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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.

  • Leland man killed in head-on collision

    A Leland man died Nov. 22 after his vehicle hit another head-on on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

    Elijah James Barron, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Troy Pope said.

    Barron was driving north on Mount Misery Road when he crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by Miranda Holmes at 5:45 p.m., Pope said.

    Holmes, whose age and town of residence were not available, had been wearing a seat belt.

    Barron, who Pope said was at fault in the crash, had not been wearing a seat belt.

  • 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.

  • Disaster legal services network expands

    A toll-free legal aid hotline is available for victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the North Carolina Bar Association, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scorpions improve to 5-0

    LELAND —  North Brunswick remained unbeaten by defeating West Brunswick 54-38 in a non-conference girls basketball game Friday, Dec. 2, at North.

    Senior forward Jada Bellamy scored 22 points and senior guard Taylor Perkins 19 as the Scorpions improved to 5-0.

    Unique Hines and Sarah Bell scored five points, Bailey Evans scored two points and Aliah Johnson one point.

    For West (1-2), sophomore center Breanna Mercer scored 16 points.