Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    April 27

    Jessica Ann Howell, 30, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence protection violation, assault inflicting serious injuries and trespassing.

    Larceny of a weed eater and blower worth $500 from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

    April 28

  • SBI finds no wrongdoing in county’s $3.5M land buy

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has found no criminal wrongdoing in Brunswick County’s $3.5 million Holden Beach land purchase.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said Monday, May 4, citizens’ concerns prompted the SBI to review the buy and the circumstances that led to it. The county announced the SBI’s findings May 1.

  • 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.

  • Local leaders discuss ways to create funding source for beach projects

     SUPPLY — The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) announced earlier this year that one of its legislative goals was to establish a dedicated funding source to beach nourishment and renourishment projects.

    The organization took its first step in that direction Monday, May 4, as local leaders convened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to discuss how Brunswick County could contribute in establishing a beach management program for the Tar Heel State’s coastal communities. 

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach looking at tax hike to at least 16 cents

    SUNSET BEACH — A majority of town council has indicated it favors increasing the town tax rate at least 5½ cents, to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The informal poll came at the board’s last workshop April 29 before the proposed fiscal 2015-2016 budget public hearing at council’s upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, May 11.

  • 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.

  • Celebrating literacy: It's the season for books, poems and a spelling bee

    Not only does spring bring flowers, it has also reaped an array of events celebrating the oral and written word. Following is a roundup of what’s on tap in coming days and weeks.

    ‘Frosty the Yellow Frog’

    Sunset Beach author Anne Giordano has just published her third children’s book.

    At 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, she will read a copy of “Frosty the Yellow Frog” to children at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.