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Today's News

  • Unemployment inches up again; retraining options available

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in June from 5.8 in May. Employment officials say the weakening economy is having an effect on typically thriving industries like retail.

    Brunswick County ESC Manager Eli Smith said recently the local unemployment office in Shallotte has seen a big increase in traffic since the economy began slowing down.

    He said the office averages 160 claims per month, and clients are also filing claims using the Internet.

  • Access Family Services targets kids, families

    WILMINGTON—Access Family Services, a behavioral healthcare center in Wilmington, focuses its efforts around the entire family.

    From children dealing with mental illness or behavioral issues to therapeutic foster care, Access Family Services targets the entire family to help a child recover.

    Children and adolescents suffering from behavioral disorders, trauma, anxiety, grief and loss issues and depression as well as children with a dual diagnosis of mental health issues and survivors of sexual and physical abuse can be treated at Access Family Services.

  • Access Family Services seeks foster families

    Access Family Services is seeking foster parents and therapeutic foster parents.

    Children are placed in foster care when their families are unable to provide basic safety and protection they require. In many cases, foster care provides a temporary safe place while issues within the child’s family are resolved.

  • Retailers look forward to tax-free weekend

    Local retailers say the sales-tax-free weekend is one of the busiest of the year, and they are counting on the seventh annual back-to-school event to be as successful as previous years.

    The tax-free weekend starts Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3.

  • Sunset Beach landscaping company donates services to Arlington, Congressional cemeteries

    Nufarm Turf & Specialty, a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), participated in “Renewal & Remembrance” at Arlington National Cemetery and Historic Congressional Cemetery on July 21.

    Hundreds of landscape and lawn care specialists from across the nation brought their crews to Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries to spend the day mulching, caring for and cabling trees with lightening protection, pruning, liming, planting and aerating as well as installing an irrigation system at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Calabash commissioners approve sewer grant application

    CALABASH—After some tweaking, commissioners approved a letter of support for a $500,000 Brunswick County Rural Center Grant application.

    After grant consultant Skip Vereen answered questions at the special July 24 meeting, commissioners also approved a supplemental program authorizing a resolution for the Rural Center Grant application for Calabash’s wastewater collection expansion project.

  • Kitten gets new home at Calabash maintenance building

    CALABASH—Bill Danford thought it was just a routine animal-on-the-loose call.

    As Calabash’s town service coordinator, he often handles animal-control issues in addition to many other sundry duties in the seafood capital.

    But this critter call about three weeks ago on Meares Street was a little different, involving a tiny black kitten that had strayed into Calabash Acres.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z approves consultant recommendation

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board on Monday approved recommending Penny Tysinger as consultant for the town’s codes book update.

    Tysinger, director of planning and development services for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, will be recommended to town commissioners at their upcoming workshop next Monday, Aug. 4.

    Planning and zoning board chairman Jim Hartnett said the board reviewed three people who applied for the consultant’s job.

    He tallied paper votes at the afternoon meeting Monday to determine Tysinger as the choice.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Shoplifting on New Pointe Boulevard; suspect shoplifted from Wal-Mart.

    •Shoplifting on New Pointe Boulevard; Barbara Karen Hewett, 45, of 1328 Goley-Hewett Road, Bolivia, was cited for shoplifting and issued a trespassing violation warning.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on Sandpiper Bay Drive; victim reported a green club golf cart missing but was later recovered.

    •Larceny on Palm Court; victim reported a golf cart missing but was later recovered.

    •Larceny, breaking and entering and property damage on Causeway Drive; victim reported a broken plate in the door and a gumball machine stolen.