Local News

  • State unemployment at 10.1 percent in July

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent in June.

    The nationwide unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, down slightly from 9.2 percent in June.

    The dip in the rate, according to Lynn Holmes, chairman of the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, was attributed to losses in public sector jobs.

    Private sector jobs gains in July were 6,900 jobs. State government jobs were decreased by 300 jobs and local government lost 11,800 jobs.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled to meet Monday, Aug. 29

    Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly meeting is Monday, Aug. 29.

    Council is meeting a week early in lieu of the Labor Day holiday the following week.

    A council work session is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., followed by the regular called council meeting at 7 p.m.

    Jeff Viscount and Suzanne Bland are to give a presentation on the upcoming, second annual Bike MS Breakaway to the Beach 2011.

  • Twin Lakes overgrowth scrutinized by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—Who is responsible for trimming overgrowth at Twin Lakes?

    That was the topic of debate at a Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting Aug. 18.

    Board member Eddie Walters said historically the Twin Lakes Property Association has only taken responsible for management of the lakes on Shoreline Drive West.

    Sunset Beach Public Works Director Dustin Graham said the town can cut to the banks at the right-of-way but can’t cut where it’s considered private property.

  • Bellas/Sunset Beach case continued till Nov. 30

    A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until Nov. 30.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Thursday, Aug. 18, for his case involving the Sunset Beach Police Department. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • Candidate interviews 'waste of time' in Carolina Shores, contenders charge

    CAROLINA SHORES—Candidate interviews conducted last week by a community action group were a charade, two seasoned contenders claim.

    The Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores met in separate, closed sessions with all six town candidates in a room provided at Calabash Presbyterian Church on Aug. 18. The media also was not allowed into the sessions, except to shoot a few quick photographs.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Closings and delays

    Island residents should make sure they have vehicle decals.Decals are the basis for allowing early return to islands for residents following a hurricane evacuation. Decals shall be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle windshield.

  • Quake shakes East Coast, including Brunswick County

     Brunswick County residents felt shaking from an earthquake that struck the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon.

    The National Earthquake Information Center recorded a 5.9-magnitude tremor at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about 27 miles east of Charlottesville and 34 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Va.

    The quake was felt in New York City and Washington, D.C., where thousands evacuated buildings, according to MSNBC.

    The quake was felt at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Local residents also reported feeling the quake.

  • Viriginia earthquake felt in Brunswick County

    A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that happened in Virginia is reported as being felt here in Brunswick County.

    More information as it becomes available.

  • Supply woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

    SUPPLY—A Supply woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck on Stanbury Road in Supply.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Sabrina Fulford Parrish, 53, of Stanbury Road, was driving her 2001 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle south on Stanbury Road.

    Around 5:47 p.m., Parrish, who was driving an estimated 70 mph on the 55-mph stretch of road, came to a curve in the road, when she ran off the road to the right and collided with ditch.

  • Transportation service to Fayetteville now available for veterans

    Another stop has been added to the veterans transportation program for Brunswick County’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    In December 2010, Veterans Affairs (VA) officials began a transportation assistance program to take Brunswick County veterans to the VA clinic in Wilmington. Now, local veterans can reserve a ride to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.