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Today's News

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Help clear the air in Brunswick County

    I had family vacationing on one of the islands recently.

    They missed the hurricane, the fireworks and the “Tammy” premiere but they didn’t miss all the Brunswick County happenings.

    Maybe they were keeping a lookout because they had Brunswick County on their mind in eager anticipation for their week off at the beach.

    But the county has also made it into the news for other reasons recently.

    One of the first questions I got after they arrived was, what was going on with that Brunswick County sheriff?

  • Need for news remains constant through days, decades
  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Leland Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and larcenies that occurred on July 16 in the Brunswick Forest development.

    Two of the break-ins and larcenies happened in the Brunswick Forest development on Lillibridge Drive and the two more occurred on Foxbow Cove.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 10

    Larceny by someone taking $50 from the victim’s wallet at the Sunoco gas station on Naber Drive.

    July 14

    Simple assault by someone striking the victim with a closed fist on Mulberry Street.

    Obtaining property by false pretense by someone returning items to Walmart to obtain a $20.15 gift card.

    July 16

  • Newest addition welcomes veteran home

    A special reunion awaited Navy veteran Alan Stanley when he arrived in Wilmington on July 15.

    Among the family waiting for him was his infant daughter he would see in person for the first time.

    Alan Stanley is a Flight Engineer with the Navy’s VP-9 out of NCBH of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

    Alan, his wife Lauren and family live on the base when he is stationed there.

    But Alan has served on two deployments in the past three years.

    During that period, Lauren has delivered their two daughters: Lillian, 2, and Leah, four months.

  • Brunswick County bridge listed on AAA’s substandard list

    The US 17 bridge that crosses US 76 near Leland is included on AAA Carolinas top 20 substandard bridges list.

    AAA Carolinas released a report July 18 that despite North Carolina investing nearly $500 million in state and federal funds to replace and repair bridges in 2013, more than 5,100 state bridges still remain substandard.

    And Brunswick County’s bridge is ranked 13th.

    The only county bridge to make the list, it was in 10th place in the 2013 rankings, the first year the bridge was added to AAA’s list.

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.

  • Virus hurting pork production in Brunswick County, North Carolina

     Expect to pay more for pork now that a virus, which has created an epidemic in hog farms across the globe, has made its way to southeast North Carolina — including at least one Brunswick County farm.

    The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) came into the United States last spring, said Funston Farms general farm manager Mark Green, who works in Winnabow.