Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Seasonal jobs drive unemployment rate down

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 percent between March and April, mainly due to seasonal hiring, according to employment officials.

    Eli Smith, director of the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said traditional summer jobs are still available including housekeeping and restaurant work.

    While there are still not enough jobs to keep up with demand, Smith said many longtime jobseekers are more receptive to considering job opportunities they may have overlooked in the past.

  • Herrick ends term as SBIC chair, continues to lead farmers market

    When she worked as director of a cancer center in Akron, Ohio, Linda Herrick met a number of people who had no idea what to do after they lost their spouses and loved ones.

    “I felt so bad for the widows,” Herrick said. “Some of them didn’t even know how to write checks…I decided then that when I retired, I would give back.”

    Since moving to Brunswick County in 2000, Herrick, who now lives in Shallotte’s Brierwood community, has done just that.

  • Oak Island woman charged with bank robbery

    An Oak Island woman has been arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Karilyn Neely, 30, of 132 NE 16th St., Oak Island, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Neely was arrested Monday afternoon for her alleged role in a robbery at Waccamaw Bank, 3178 Holden Beach Road, Supply around 4:48 p.m., Stanley said.

  • Thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a motor vehicle break-in and larceny reported June 7 on Sailfish Drive. A cell phone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

    Another car break-in and larceny were reported June 8 on Sixth Street. A purse and wallet, credit cards, money and personal checks were stolen. The purse was recovered from the waterway.

    Damage to personal property was reported June 8. Someone slashed a tire in the Food Lion parking lot.

  • Metal artist David McCune featured at Silver Coast Winery

    Silver Coast Winery is once again showcasing the metal artistry of David McCune during the summer season.

    The show launches Saturday, June 19, and runs through Sept. 14.

    McCune, of Fayetteville and Brunswick County, is recognized as a prolific artist who has had successful shows from Florida to Las Vegas.

  • Beyond the quaint: Maisel writes of Southport’s ‘rough,’ colorful past

    Since moving to Southport, the one word Larry Maisel always hears when people describe his adopted hometown is “quaint.”

    People from all over Brunswick County and around the state enjoy strolling downtown, browsing antique shops and eating at seafood restaurants in the small, charming town along the Cape Fear River.

    But the picturesque Southport of today is different than its early days as an industrial town, where canning plants, lumber mills, boat repair facilities and shrimp houses lined the now scenic, tourist-friendly waterfront.

  • Local history is right at your fingertips

    I recently had the opportunity to interview Southport history expert Larry Maisel about his new book “Before We Were Quaint,” covering some of the forgotten, less-than-savory history of the popular riverfront town.

    The book includes tales from longtime residents who were there during some of the town’s more trying times as well as stories handed down for generations. Southport was a hardworking town for many years, with canning factories and lumber mills that have since been replaced with scenic walkways and antique shops.

  • Man who left nursing home reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man who left a Brunswick County nursing home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said David “Sunny” Riggins, 62, of 1478 River Road, Winnabow, was reported missing June 13.

  • Two killed in early morning wreck in Supply

    Two are dead after a single vehicle wreck in Supply early Sunday morning.

    According to Sgt. Timothy Daniels of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Hermilio Galarza Vargas, 23, of Supply, and another passenger died after being ejected from a 1999 Pontiac that wrecked on Boones Neck Road in Supply at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Daniels said the vehicle was traveling south when it ran off the road, struck a tree and rolled over several times.

  • Weather Alert: Heat advisory in effect Monday

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Brunswick County from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of temperatures in the 90s to near 100 degrees with high humidity will create potentially dangerous conditions, according to NWS. The heat index, which measures how hot it actually feels, may reach between 105-107 degrees.

    Heat-related illnesses may be possible as a result. Those who must go outside, are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and to stay out of the sun.