Today's News

  • West students rally to make Relay for Life a success

     SHALLOTTE — On the 2015 Brunswick County Relay for Life web site, survivors were given the opportunity to share stories about their courageous fight.

    “I will proudly walk the Survivors Lap at Relay for Life this year,” one survivor wrote.

    “This is me, and I am a survivor,” wrote another.

    Those cancer survivors and more took center stage at Brunswick County’s annual Relay for Life event Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at M.H. Rourk Stadium on the campus of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • County OKs ending non-emergency ambulance transport

    Brunswick County Emergency Services will stop offering most non-emergency transportation at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Brian Watts, the county’s emergency services director, asked the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during its May 4 meeting to approve ending county non-emergency transport service.

  • Animal advocates teach Petucation at Jessie Mae

    It was no ordinary school day when Ronna Sue Graham and “Miss Di,” her Welsh corgi/pit bull mix therapy dog, showed up for fourth-grade classes last week at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    Graham and her dog were among volunteers who have been taking part in hour-long Petucation classes at the elementary school in Ash.

  • Carolina Shores to present budget Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is poised to present a proposed $1,410,600 balanced budget for fiscal 2015-2016 at the town board of commissioners meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 7.

    The budget does not raise taxes or fees and in fact represents a 3 percent tax cut because of the drop in assessed values countywide, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall noted in his monthly report at commissioners’ monthly workshop this past Monday morning, May 4.

  • County back to less than 7 percent unemployment in March

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for March 2015 decreased to 6.8 percent.

    The rate was down to 6.3 percent in December 2014, then soared to 8.0 percent in January 2015.

    The rate drop continued from February, when unemployment fell to 7.5 percent.

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

    In March 2014, the county had an 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • Lincoln Elementary students on fast track to healthier lives

     LELAND — Students at Lincoln Elementary School spent last Tuesday and Thursday on a fast track to learning various ways of keeping their bodies healthy.

    The Speedway to Healthy exhibit is a 1,200-square-foot walk-through exhibit designed by researchers and specialists at North Carolina A&T University to educate kindergarten through fifth-grade students about how the food they eat affects their bodies.

  • Crews repair broken water main in Holden Beach

     Some Holden Beach residents were without water for nearly two hours Tuesday, May 5, as public works crews repaired a broken water main.

    The water main in the area of Ocean Boulevard West and Salisbury Street broke sometime before noon Tuesday and was repaired just after 1 p.m., town officials confirmed.

    The break affected 409-427 Ocean Blvd. W. and all properties on Salisbury Street, town manager David Hewett said.

  • Increased access to health-care providers prompts county health clinic closure

    Brunswick County announced it will close its adult health clinic by June 1.

    The changing face of Brunswick County in the past decade made the county adult health clinic unnecessary, health department director David Stanley said.

    “There have been big changes from 10 years ago until now,” he said.

    The adult health care clinic began operating about 10 years ago to provide additional access to health care in the county by offering screening, diagnosis and management of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

  • Cumbie to serve as BCAR interim CEO after Candler’s resignation

     SUPPLY — Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Director Cynthia Cumbie will serve as the organization’s interim CEO following the resignation of Steve Candler.

    Candler resigned effective May 28 to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont. He has served as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Deputies search for missing Leland woman

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a 26-year-old Leland woman who was reported missing Friday, May 1.

    Alicia Marie Deans of Old Lanvale Road is described as a 5-foot-7, 160-pound white woman with blue eyes and brown hair that was recently dyed black. She is driving a green, four-door 2005 Ford Taurus with a valid North Carolina license tag CLS-5844.