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Today's News

  • North Carolina Disaster Assistance deadline extended

    At the request of the state of North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 31-day extension for Hurricane Matthew survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance.

    The state has requested more time for registration because a number of counties, including Brunswick, were added for individual assistance several weeks after the original Oct. 10 presidential disaster declaration.

  • Unemployment stays below 6 percent for September

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for September at 5.9 percent.

    The rate change continued a monthly fluctuation, rising from 5.7 percent in August and 5.6 percent in July. The unemployment rate for June jumped up to 5.8 percent after hitting a year low of 5.5 percent in May. The unemployment rate last reached 6 percent in April.

    The rates dropped significantly compared with early 2016, when Brunswick County had 6.7 percent unemployment for March, 7.8 percent in February and 8.1 percent in January.

  • Man accused of threatening officers at hospital

    An Ash man is accused of threatening law enforcement officers and security personnel Friday afternoon at Brunswick Health Novant Medical Center.

    Paul Hodges McKeithan, 70, of Stout Road NW, was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with being intoxicated and disruptive and three counts of communicating threats, all misdemeanors.

  • Man arrested in 2001 Oak Island sex crimes involving child

    A Burlington man is accused of sex crimes involving a child that happened 16 years ago in Oak Island.

    Alamance County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 45-year-old James Floyd Cameron at his Baptist Church Loop Road home Nov. 18 on two felony charges: indecent liberties with a child and committing a crime against nature.

    According to warrants issued by Oak Island police June 6, 2004, Cameron committed the sex crimes when he was 30 against a victim younger than 16 between June 1, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2001.

  • Three men charged boat motor theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three men on charges relating to the theft of boat motor.

    Jason Nathan Jones, 30 and Roy Allen Jones, 58, both of Lake Drive SW in Supply and Jeffery L. Hunt, 40, of Butters Cemetery Road in Bladenboro, were arrested Nov. 23. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said records do not indicate how the Joneses are related.

  • Fugitive extradited to Brunswick County

    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., man wanted in connection with an Oct. 28 officer assault at a pharmacy near Sunset Beach has been extradited back to Brunswick County.

    Keith Lee Sessoms, 36, of 7129 Clay Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, after being extradited from New York City, where he was apprehended Nov. 8 by U.S. Marshals.

    Sessoms’ secured bond has been set at $1 million.

  • Governor’s Volunteer Service Award nominations sought

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

  • Baseball coaches: Mike Alderson Field one of the best

    The Mike Alderson Field at West Brunswick High School received N.C. Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 Field of the Year award Dec. 2 at the annual NCBCA banquet in Greensboro. 

     This is second year the NCBCA has started choosing Fields of the Year throughout the state.

  • West Brunswick’s McCray, Williamson get MEC top honors

    West Brunswick senior running back Anthony “Bubba” McCray and coach Kelly Williamson have received top honors from Mideastern 3A/4A football coaches.

    Coached voted McCray the MEC Offensive Player of the Year and Williamson the MEC Coach of the Year.

  • West overcomes turnover struggles to down North

    By Samone Bland

    Beacon Correspondent

    LELAND — After the technical fouls cleared and tempers cooled, it was the West Brunswick Trojans who ran away with a 68-53 road victory over their county rivals, the North Brunswick Scorpions, on Friday, Dec. 2, in Leland. The Trojans (1-1) overcame an early deficit and 17 first-half turnovers to hand the Scorpions their second loss of the season in the non-conference basketball game.