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Today's News

  • County unemployment rate stays at 5 percent for May

    Brunswick County maintained a 5 percent unemployment rate from April to May.

    The unemployment rate for Brunswick County had fallen in each month of 2017, from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February, 5.8 percent in March, down to 5 in April before holding steady in May.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County had a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in May 2016.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Officials: Agencies act to keep drinking water safe

    BOLIVIA — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Wilmington on Monday announcing efforts to eliminate the chemical GenX from the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, an action sought during a public forum last week.

    “I look for the state to step forward and provide an authoritative voice and provide information to the citizens,” Brunswick County commissioner Randy Thompson said during the July 19 forum at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Two towns lack enough candidates to fill open seats

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County’s two-week election filing period for 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees ended at noon Friday, July 21, but not enough candidates filed to seek all the open seats in Calabash and Bolivia in November’s election.

    Three Calabash commissioner seats are up for election, but only one candidate filed.

  • Gore makes county proud while serving country

    When members of the Coast Guard typically make the news in Brunswick County, it is because they have come to the rescue of distressed swimmers and boaters, or because they are assisting local agencies with searches in and along our waterways.

    The members of Coast Guard Auxiliaries and Flotillas are just as active in our county, most notably for offering free vessel safety checks and reminding us about the importance of wearing life vests on personal watercraft and boats of all sizes.

  • Beware of Portuguese man-of-wars

    Rick Fox and his wife, Elaine, who moved to Holden Beach in February, were walking along the shoreline when they spotted this Portuguese man-of-war in the surf at low tide about 4 p.m. Monday. “My wife had never seen one before and thought it was a toy. I told her not to touch it because I had seen them in the Caribbean and knew their sting was dangerous,” Rick said. “I was not aware they would come this far north. Everyone needs to know to stay away from them.”

  • Damage undermines dredge work in Lockwood Folly Inlet

    HOLDEN BEACH — Dredging under way in the Lockwood Folly Inlet will have to be cut short this week because of needed repairs on the decades-old boat doing the work.

    Last Wednesday, July 19, the side-cast dredge Merritt and its crew arrived at the inlet to try to open a pilot channel to the ocean but were sidelined when the vessel got stuck in a shoal.

  • Ash native Will Gore named Coast Guard Service Member of the Year

    He grew up in Ash, graduated from West Brunswick High School in 2000, joined the National Guard in 2007 and has now been bestowed a national honor.

    On July 12, Electrician’s Mate 1st Class and Brunswick County native William Gore, 35, received Military Times’ Coast Guardsman of the Year honors and recognition in Washington, D.C.

    Gore was also welcomed by 7th District Congressman David Rouzer while he was in Washington for the Service Members of the Year awards ceremony.

  • Community choir UNITED tunes up for July 30 concert

    They’re a 50-voice community choir converging from all over Brunswick County and three adjacent counties.

    At 7 p.m. this coming Sunday, July 30, the ensemble called UNITED unites at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia to present a free public concert.

    Choir director Michael Galloway, a Brunswick County native and son of longtime Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Anthony Clemmons, deems UNITED a ministry and opportunity to bring a variety of people and their unique talents together.

  • Brunswick Coastal Cookbook serves up July 27

    Pre-sales have almost sold out the first batch of copies of Brunswick Coastal Cookbook, which officially goes on sale Thursday, July 27.

    The cookbook consists of coastal recipes, history and information about Brunswick Catch, a collaborative effort of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Brunswick County Commissioners, North Carolina Sea Grant and Carteret Catch to promote and educate people about locally harvested seafood.

    The front cover art on the book was done by Terrah Hewett. The back cover features art by local artist Bryan Varnam.

  • Amuzu presents “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music”

    Tickets are still available for Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth 1950s and‘60s music extravaganza, “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music,” Aug. 3-6 and 17-20 at the theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

    This year’s revue pays tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who died in March at 90.