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Today's News

  • County prepares for infectious diseases outbreak

     SOUTHPORT — If Ebola makes its way to Brunswick County, emergency services director Brian Watts wants to make sure the region is prepared.

    Part of that preparation took place Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, as county officials converged at Brunswick County’s No. 4 EMS base on Committee Drive in Southport to train employees in the event an emerging infectious disease such as Ebola reaches the district.

  • Brunswick board approves land sale to state for $300,000

    Brunswick County commissioners have approved the sale of 397.85 acres to the state for $300,000.

    The land is east of River Road SE (NC 133) near the entrance road to Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county was preparing to sell the property to the Nature Conservancy with funding from Pittman-Robertson Land Acquisition Grant.

  • AVID students aid charities during holidays

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Shallotte Middle School were in the giving spirit last week.

    A group of students in the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program took part in a “Pay It Forward” initiative that will benefit several local charities and families this holiday season.

    As part of the AVID coursework, seventh- and eighth-grade students research community organizations and decide which program they’d like to assist during the holidays with a financial donation.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate lowest in years at 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in October, beating the two-year low of 6.3 percent unemployment reached in April.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a point from September, the same rate as the state unemployment rate, which decreased from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent.

  • Homeschool students donate books to backpack ministry

     SUPPLY — While toy chests fill up during the holiday season, so will bookshelves for several local children thanks to a service project by a home school group.

    Brunswick County Homeschool Activity Group (BCHAG) hosted a “Milk and Bookies” party Friday, Dec. 12, at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply, where more than 30 students donated books of all varieties that will be given to students from low-income families throughout the county.

    Lisa France, whose ninth-grade son Mark is part of the homeschool group, organized the event.

  • ‘Bottle Man’ passes away at 66

     Walking into Wal-Mart on Main Street Shallotte will never be the same.

    A staple for years and years at the entrance of the store near the Subway restaurant, 66-year-old Roy Leon McCall has passed away.

    McCall died Sunday, Dec. 14, at his Shallotte residence, according to his obituary.

    Those who knew him spoke of his love for wrestling and his bottles and cans collection. But his bright smile is what they said they’ll remember most about him.

    Family friend Nordis Hewett Smith wrote a heartfelt tribute about McCall.

  • District hosts career fair at county basketball game

     LELAND — Graduating seniors from North Brunswick High School didn’t want to miss the Scorpions’ last home game against county rival South Brunswick Monday, Dec. 15. While they showed up in large numbers, the students also had the opportunity to mull over possible job opportunities at Monday night’s basketball game.

    Brunswick County Schools hosted a mini-career fair inside the lobby and concessions area of North Brunswick’s Leland campus that night in an effort to encourage high school seniors to begin exploring job opportunities.

  • May all your Christmases be white

    It’s Christmas time, so how about a Christmas tale?

    One of the reasons I left Florida years and years ago was to get away from the rather monotonous seasons that I grew up with.

    In Florida, the seasons aren’t based on the weather or the calendar. Instead of spring, summer, winter and fall there was allergy season, football season and spring training season.

    Oh, there is also a Christmas season.

    Throughout each of these seasons, the temperature didn’t change much, just the amount of yard work.

  • Trial begins in 2011 Longwood murder

     A Longwood man accused of second-degree murder in 2011 is on trial this week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Hakeen Ahmad Muhammad, also known as Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, is accused of shooting Sherman A. Daniels to death Oct. 2, 2011, at a Carlon Road home in Longwood.

    Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas is prosecuting the case.

  • Bobcat unwelcome visitor in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Roxanne Shircliff has a new rule whenever she ventures into her backyard.

    “Tread very carefully, and I have a stick,” says the Holden Beach resident, who has grown increasingly alarmed by a Lynx rufus — more commonly known as a bobcat — making uninvited visits to her Brunswick Avenue abode.

    After losing two cats, apparently to the unwelcome predator, Shircliff is keeping a closer eye out for the hungry bobcat that frequently ventures into her yard early in the morning and at dusk.