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Today's News

  • 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.

  • West Brunswick advances to second round of state baseball playoffs

    Since the beginning of last season, the West Brunswick High School varsity baseball team has leaned on the powerful right arm of senior Johnathon Carlyle.

    The first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A state playoffs was no different as Carlyle tossed a complete game to lead the Trojans to a 4-1 road victory over Western Alamance on Wednesday, May 10.

    After a 231-mile trek to Elon for its first-round contest, West raced out to an early lead behind timely hitting.

  • Piperettes play member-guest tourney

    The Piperettes of Sandpiper Bay played their annual member-guest tournament May 2. Thirty members and their guests were divided into three flights and played two-person best ball. The tournament chairwoman was Pat Hannigan.

    Gross, first flight: Bernice Morris and Mary Hedrick, +10. Second flight, Diane Rauch and Sandy Belcher, +14. Third flight: Carol Haack and Claire O’Brien, +24.

  • Golf highlights, notable scores of area leagues

    Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.

    Brick Landing Plantation