Today's News

  • Unemployment dips in 73 counties in April

    RALEIGH—Unemployment rates are down across North Carolina in 73 of the state’s 100 counties.

    According to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates increased in 10 counties and stayed the same in 17 during the month of April.

    Statewide, North Carolina’s April unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

    Brunswick County’s April unemployment rate was 10.3 percent, down from 10.9 percent in March. 

    Brunswick’s unemployment rate in April 2010 was 10.8 percent.

  • Sheriff's office gears up to switch over to VIPER

    BOLIVIA—Finishing touches are being put on the county’s new emergency radio system, and Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the switch to the new system could take place any day now.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will be the first to switch over to the new VIPER, or Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders, system, which is expected within the first few days June, Marzano said.

  • Most of $36 million in real estate sales is in Brunswick

    Nearly $36 million in real estate volume sold in Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties in March.

    Steve Candler, executive vice president for the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said the majority of the $35.9 million share was sold in Brunswick County.

    Leland home sales are not included, however, because they are reported to the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, Candler said.

    In March, 111 housing units were sold in the three-county region with an average sales price of $249,751.

  • Nonprofits seek money from county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—At a Brunswick County Commissioners budget workshop last week, commissioner Phil Norris wanted to make one thing clear to area nonprofits: Their funding, or lack thereof, was not a reflection of their worth as a nonprofit.

    The county simply can’t be as generous with its funding in such a tight budget year, Norris said.

    “There’s no question in the value of this program, or any of the programs we’re going to hear from today…we’re in a bad position,” Norris said.

  • County $190 million budget hearing set for today

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will have a public hearing tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, in county commissioners chambers at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Highlights of the proposed $190 million operating budget include a revenue-neutral 44.25-cent tax rate.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed a $146 million general fund budget—$31.9 million of which would fund Brunswick County Schools.

  • Drug report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and New Hanover County Vice Narcotics Agents arrested two Southport residents last week after intercepting a mail delivery package.

    On May 25, the package was intended to be delivered to Cary Evan Shreve and Kiah Wrenn Fernside at a residence on Pine Glen Drive. Agents intercepted the package and arrested Fernside at the residence. Shreve was later apprehended by K-9 Handler, Deputy Chris Sasser, near the residence.

  • Afternoon barbecue almost turns deadly

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An afternoon barbecue almost turned deadly on Wednesday, May 18, for the Washam family.

    Lee Washam and his wife, Karen Hubbard, owners of Second Street Bar and Grill, were preparing for a cookout for their grandson’s first birthday at their Ocean Isle Beach home when the unthinkable happened.

    “We had been out shopping at Home Depot,” Hubbard said. “We had just gotten home and set up two chairs beside the cooker. We were getting ready to relax.”

  • Shallotte moves closer to setting a budget

     SHALLOTTE—Shallotte’s 2011-2012 fiscal year budget is taking shape.

    After a series of workshops to discuss the budget with individual departments and as a whole, the decision-making process is winding down.

    Before the town can adopt its final budget, officials must first wait for the county to pass its budget.

  • Grandma scammed out of more than $3,000

    SHALLOTTE—A distressed phone call from a “grandchild” led one Shallotte resident through a whirlwind scam that cheated her out of more than $3,300. She wants others to hear her story so they won’t be caught in the same trap.

    “I am not going to run scared,” said Alice May Bookout, two days after she fell victim to a scam. “I think people need to know so it doesn’t happen to them.”

  • ACE Report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.