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Today's News

  • BCC baseball wins three out of four games in weekend play

    Brunswick Community College won the last three of its four baseball games played over the weekend against four different teams.

     

    Catawba Valley Community College 8

    BCC 10

    After a nine-run lead in the fifth inning, the Dolphins held off a late rally by the Red Hawks on Sunday night to claim a 10-8 win.

    BCC got an early lead, scoring on a double by Anthony Lombardo and a groundout in the second inning.

  • Trojans outlast Asheboro in 2-0 playoff win Wednesday

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick held Asheboro scoreless with stellar defense and steady pitching to win its Wednesday night playoff game 2-0. Their next 3A playoff game is scheduled at home against the South Johnston Trojans (17-10) at 6 p.m. Friday.

  • To my dad on his 90th birthday

    Let me tell you a story I’ve been thinking about recently from the time long ago known as the 1980s.

    It was back when I was in the dumb kid age range, somewhere between 10 and 13, but not yet into the surly, punk teenager era.

    These were the days before every moment of a kid’s day was scheduled.

    We could get on our bikes and ride around, see who else in the neighborhood was doing the same thing and end up with a half dozen or more kids looking for something to do.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops below 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate went on a roller coaster ride during the first three months of 2017, rising from 6.7 percent in December 2016 to peak at 7.7 in January, then falling back to 6.7 percent in February and settling down to 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate fell back to numbers more in line with September and October 2016 unemployment rates that were steady at 5.9 percent.

    Brunswick County’s last spike in unemployment occurred in January 2016, when it reached a rate of 8.0 percent.

  • OIB board approves condemnation of beach easements for terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed to keep moving forward to build a terminal groin by authorizing condemnation of easements on nine beach lots.

    “The situation is, we need these to complete the terminal groin application. And we’ve gotten them from everybody else all up and down through there,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said at the May 9 town meeting.

  • Leland fire department announces probation to end in June at town acquisition follow-up meeting

    LELAND — Town and volunteer fire rescue department officials hosted a drop-in for residents May 3 to answer questions about the department becoming part of the town.

    But the fire department also used the meeting to announce its state probation period was coming to an end.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office put the LVFRD on probation May 17 for not meeting minimum response requirements.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 2

    Donald Wright, 26, was arrested on charges of felony drug trafficking, opium, and misdemeanor shoplifting, possessing/concealing of paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

  • Leland projects could raise tax rate above 20 cents

    Leland officials are considering a tax rate above 20 cents to begin capital improvement projects that have come up in budget talks.

    The town board held a budget workshop May 3, their last before staff make the budget presentation at the town’s regular meeting May 18.

    Once the budget is presented in May, a public hearing for residents’ input will be held June 1.

    The board ended an April 5 budget meeting directing town staff to look at what a 20-cent tax rate could pay for off the capital improvement list.

  • Leland Economic Development Committee seeks to replace two members

    The Leland Economic Development Committee will lose two of its three members when their terms expire in June.

    Chairman David Sink said the LEDC vice chairman Richard Allison and committee member Paul Stiegler would not seek another term when their appointments end June 30.

    The LEDC organized in 2016 with a seven-member committee serving staggered initial appointments so four members would serve three-year terms ending with the 2018 fiscal year and three members serve two-year terms ending with the 2017 fiscal year.

  • HB 398 offers county half-cent tax option on prepared food, drinks

    While Brunswick County officials wait to see if Senate Bill 126 is approved and redistributes sales taxes, House Bill 398 remains in play and could offer a small source of beach and waterway funding.

    Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island filed HB 398 on March 16. The bill would allow Brunswick County commissioners or municipal board members to levy a prepared food and drink tax up to one-half percent of the sales price at restaurants or groceries and stores where food is prepared, such as a grocer’s deli.