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Today's News

  • Entrepreneur’s motivation for success born in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County native Rickey Miller moved north to find his calling as a business owner and entrepreneur, but attributes growing up in the Ocean Isle Beach area to making his success possible.

    Miller grew up on Sommerset Road between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    “Living in Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte made me who I am,” Miller said.

    A 1976 graduate of West Brunswick High School, he went to technical school in Atlanta before finding his first career in West Virginia working in coal mines.

  • County unemployment continues increase, above 7 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has risen nearly one full point in two months, to 7.1 percent in June, since hitting a low of 6.2 percent in April.

    The numbers are up for a second month after rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in May.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County crept back above 7 percent just as it did one year ago when the June 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent.

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

  • 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.

    July 27

    Cameron Garrett Savage, 28, 128 Mill Creek Road SE, Bolivia, cited on charges of possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.

    Clayton Adam Lowery, 29, 3337 Whiteville Road NW, Ash, cited on a charge of concealing items worth $112.76 at Wal-Mart.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Holden Beach 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.

    July 28

    Larceny; someone stole a purse containing items worth $100 from an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

    July 30

    Breaking and entering a motor vehicle parked at an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

    Breaking and entering two motor vehicles parked at an Ocean Boulevard West residence.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland 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.

    July 27

    Jon Matthew Harvey was arrested on charges of driving while impaired, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to maintain lane control.

    Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle parked at Oak Lane Apartments.

  • Next time, commissioner, don’t hold back

    It is a shame about Huey Marshall. I won’t debate marijuana laws or even hazard a guess about what year North Carolina will put legalizing it on a ballot as other states are doing. He is accused of breaking the law, which is unacceptable in his position, or former position, as Brunswick County’s county attorney.

    But I can understand why he might have done it: He had to work with county commissioners, and that can be stressful. I only have to sit through a couple meetings a month and often I could use a drink afterward.

  • Town Creek Park senior site adds to BSRI 2015 projects

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) is preparing to open a 10th senior site in the county.

    County commissioners approved a request from BSRI at their July 20 meeting for more than $29,000 to fund a nutrition site in the Town Creek Park community building: $2,628 to purchase set-up equipment and $26,580 to operate the site for one year.

    BSRI provides programs and services for Brunswick County residents 60 and older — a population that is estimated at more than 40,000.

  • East end street closings hearing Sept. 8

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public hearing on commissioners’ intent to permanently close portions of eight streets on the east end of the island for a planned development.

    At their July 14 town meeting, town commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary conceptual plan for the 47-lot, gated development on the east end of the island beyond Shallotte Boulevard.

  • Fort Anderson Confederate flag in need of repair

    Controversy over displaying the Confederate flag has arisen in Southern states following the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    But the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visitor’s center in Winnabow has had to take down its Confederate flag for another reason: To save it from deteriorating.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian, said the flag, which has been on display on a wall in the museum, was ready for an upgraded display with a conservation-grade case.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to enable the death penalty to be carried out, we had a long budget meeting for public input and we saw many bills finally moving through committees.