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Today's News

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

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

  • OIB museum celebrates Family Day on April 4

    Saturday, April 4, is Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That means it’s free admission day for residents of Brunswick County presenting IDs and $2 admission for all others.

    It’s a way for the museum, which turns 24 next month, to give back to those who have supported the museum in its mission through the years since its inception and launch in May 1991.

    Family Day festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, March 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Easter events

    Easter means egg hunts and other festivities. Here’s a roundup of area events this week for kids and adults of all ages.

    Leland egg hunts

    The town of Leland is having its first adult Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

  • Brownings celebrate first anniversary

     Albert and Lisa Browning are celebrating their first anniversary Saturday, April 4, with a dinner for invited guests, friends and family at their residence in Shallotte.

  • Musical beans

    Every little kid knows the song: “Beans, beans the musical fruit ...” I’ll let you do the next line in your head.

    Not only are beans musical, they are inexpensive, tasty and a powerhouse of nutrition. On any given day, at least 14 percent of the U.S. population is eating beans. Good for them! Pinto beans are the most popular, closely followed by Navy, black, Great Northern and garbanzo beans.

  • Resurrecting hope with the homeless

     It’s nearly Easter. Bonnets and parades are signals. Perhaps, there will even be warmth in the air and a spring in our steps. Yet, difficulties abound, especially for those who can find no home, no place to know rest and re-creation. How can we celebrate Easter’s resurrection when we allow crucifying poverty to crush our brothers and sisters?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    I’m looking at the calendar, and I’m listening to the weatherman. Lots of things suggest that winter is about to be history, but don’t say it too loud or we will be jinxed!

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

    By Gary G. Crowden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Officially, the date of the observance is March 30 –– as decreed by the U.S. Senate –– a time to honor all who served honorably and bravely in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia war zone.