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Today's News

  • Fisherman’s find on Holden Beach linked to Civil War-era ship

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina has a new artifact to display for visitors thanks to a local man’s curiosity.

    Gary Mullen discovered two iron chain links that date back to the early 19th century.

    Mullen’s Indiana Jones moment didn’t come from treasure hunting or metal detecting; he was just walking along Holden Beach in February when something caught his eye.

  • Leland ends town hall construction contract with builder

    LELAND — Leland officials have decided if their new town hall will ever be finished, another contractor will do it.

    The Leland town board held a special meeting Thursday, July 17, where they voted unanimously to settle their dispute with contractor Paragon Building Corp. and mutually agree to end their association.

    Town staff have waited more than six months to move into the 44,000-square-foot, winged building which will house the town staff and council chamber on one side and the Leland Police Department on the other.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The senator’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

    As the 2014 short session begins to wind down, we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals before wrapping things up.

  • County to review ways to help towns fund beach renourish/dredging projects

    It took two months for the dust to settle after voters denied a sales tax increase.

    County commissioners began looking for ways to support beach renourishment and waterway dredging project at the July 21 monthly meeting.

    The issue was raised when Steve Foster, Town Manager of Oak Island, spoke to the county board to request financial assistance to stop beach erosion by assisting with the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • You decide: What are the gains and gaps in our economy?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Help clear the air in Brunswick County

    I had family vacationing on one of the islands recently.

    They missed the hurricane, the fireworks and the “Tammy” premiere but they didn’t miss all the Brunswick County happenings.

    Maybe they were keeping a lookout because they had Brunswick County on their mind in eager anticipation for their week off at the beach.

    But the county has also made it into the news for other reasons recently.

    One of the first questions I got after they arrived was, what was going on with that Brunswick County sheriff?

  • Need for news remains constant through days, decades