Local News

  • State unemployment drops slightly in October to 10.4 percent

    Statewide unemployment was down slightly in October, but North Carolina’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

    According to the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, statewide unemployment dipped from 10.5 percent in September to 10.4 percent in October.

    The national average also dipped slightly—from 9.1 percent unemployment in September to 9 percent in October.

  • Commissioners approve one-time bonuses for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Just in time for the holidays, county employees now have some extra cash in their accounts.

    At their last meeting, commissioners approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees.

    County employees who have been employed prior to last Jan. 1, 2011, received a $1,000 bonus. Full-time county employees who were hired after Jan. 1, 2011, received a $250 bonus.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the funds—totaling $1,054,550—were deposited in county employees’ bank accounts last Wednesday, Nov. 23.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice-narcotics unit is made up of agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Brandon Antonio Bryant, 28, of Bell Trail SE in Bolivia, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Black Friday, Small Business Saturday sales are up

    Whether you were one of Black Friday’s early risers or you opted to sleep in and shop Saturday instead, chances are your wallet is a little lighter after the holiday weekend, which has become as famous for shopping and sales as turkey and pumpkin pie.

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are once again spending money—with shoppers spending $52.4 billion on Black Friday alone.

  • UPDATE: Calabash bank robbery suspect nabbed

    Christopher Wilson Scott, a suspect in a Calabash bank robbery, has been captured.

    Scott, 32, was apprehended Wednesday night by the Horry County, S.C., Police Department as he exited the waterway at a marina in Little River, S.C.

    At 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Horry County police went to the Sleep Inn in Little River after receiving a report of a possible sighting of the suspect there.

    Brunswick County detectives were already on the scene and began chasing Scott on foot, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Horry County Police Department.

  • More than a brown sugar-and-marshmallow covered side dish

    Sweet potatoes are more than a popular side dish at Thanksgiving—they are a risky business in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County farmer Wayne Grissett of W.W. Grissett Farm off Russtown Road in Ocean Isle Beach grows a little bit of everything on his farm.

    “Farming is such a risk, every year one crop is bad for one reason or another,” he said.

    This year more than one of his crops have been in danger.

  • Holden Beach Tea Party

    HOLDEN BEACH—There was tea and politics on the agenda Saturday during the annual Holden Beach Tea Party.

    More than a hundred people showed their support for the movement by attending an event featuring musical entertainment, six speakers and a barbecue lunch.

  • Leak at nuclear power plant sparks NRC investigation

    SOUTHPORT—A reactor at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant was shut down last Wednesday, Nov. 16.

    A leak prompted the shutdown of the Unit 2 reactor and has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • Advocates offers hope to crime victims at annual vigil


    It’s something Mel Chilton knows all too well.

    Chilton, featured speaker at the 16th annual Justice for Citizens’ candlelight memorial service Friday night in Leland, lost her mother in 1975 to a violent crime.

  • County reports more than $500,000 in losses to off-shore financial scams

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.


    That’s how much money Brunswick County residents have lost to financial scams in the past two years. At least that’s what has been reported to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.