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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Low Income Energy Program begins Dec. 1

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Dec. 1, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services will begin operating its Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

    Brunswick County DSS Director Patty Connelly said the program provides residents 60 years and older or those who are disabled with assistance for heating costs.

  • State House passes gas tax cap

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to cap the state’s gas tax at 35 cents per gallon for six months.

    But before the ink on the legislation had even dried, state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, accused his colleagues in the House of playing politics with the bill’s passage.

    The bill passed its third reading in the House Tuesday afternoon 94 votes to 23 votes, with Brunswick County’s two representatives, Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, and Dewey Hill, D-Whiteville, voting in favor of the measure.

  • Old scams updated with new twists

    Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a series of stories about 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.

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County residents continue to lose money to overseas scams, and scammers continue to change tactics and update popular scams.

  • DSS board argues, appoints vice-chair and recesses until December

    BOLIVIA—Newly appointed Department of Social Services board member David Grimes took the reigns at a recent DSS meeting, which chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren fought.

    At the start of the DSS meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, Grimes moved to scrap Warren’s agenda, appoint board member Tina Jackson as vice-chair and recess the meeting until December.

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Motor vehicle theft on Sweetbay Drive in Southport; suspect stole victim’s vehicle from driveway.

    •Larceny on Waterview Lane in Calabash; suspect stole medication from victim’s home.

    •Vandalism and larceny on Sourwood Court in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s property and stole a TV, computer tower and cable box.

  • 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.