Today's News

  • County unemployment for January nears 7 percent

    The Brunswick County unemployment rate increased to 6.9 percent in January.

    Unemployment numbers have increased for Brunswick County each month since September’s rate dropped to 4.9 percent; October hit 5.2 percent, November reached 5.8 percent and the rate rose to 6.1 percent in December.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in January 2017.

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

  • Brunswick County moves up in state health ranking

    Brunswick County has moved up in statewide county health rankings, though there’s still room for improvement.

    Brunswick County now ranks 40th in health outcomes, 28th in health factors and 10th in health behaviors among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the annual rating released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

  • Leland man dies in fall at construction site

    A 32-year-old Leland man died after falling at the Wilmington construction site where he was working Friday afternoon.

    Ramero Felipe fell from a six-story scaffold at the Cape Fear Apartments on Chestnut Street at 2:15 p.m., North Carolina Department of Labor spokesman Jason Tyson.

    The fall appears to be accidental, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

    A preliminary investigation shows Felipe was installing brick veneer to the front of the building before falling the six stories between the building and the scaffolding, Tyson said.

  • State superintendent visits Union Elementary School

    SHALLOTTE —State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson visited to Union Elementary School on Friday to present a ceremonial check of funds available through the North Carolina Read to Achieve Program.
    Under this state law, third-graders who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade will receive special help, including summer reading camps and other interventions that will make sure they can read well enough before doing fourth grade work, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

  • Shallotte man sentenced on federal drug, firearm charges

     A Shallotte man will spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

    Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced 27-year-old Freeman Hankins Jr. to 75 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

  • Required fire hydrant testing in Leland starts Monday

    To ensure fire hydrants in Leland are prepared to protect property, valuables and occupants in the event of an emergency, the National Fire Protection Association requires fire hydrants undergo annual inspections and maintenance.

    The hydrant testing/flushing will begin Monday, March 26. Flow testing will take place Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.

  • Man charged in Oak Island break-ins

    Oak Island police arrested a man they said was caught breaking into a home and a vehicle Friday.

    Kenneth Vernon Lee, 29, is charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Citizens called 911 to report someone breaking into a vehicle at the Norton Street beach access. Police who responded discovered the break-in at a McGlammery Street residence.

  • Brunswick County Teen Court set for March 27

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Couple charged in Leland lottery ticket theft

    Leland police arrested two people accused of stealing lottery tickets from a gas station earlier this month.

    Davette Rae Artemisio, 30, of Carolina Beach Avenue in Carolina Beach and JonMichael Joseph Laurie, 27, of Seaview Road in Wilmington each face a charge of larceny from the person and felony conspiracy.

    Police said Laurie entered the Exxon station on Ploof Road followed by Artemisio on March 8 when the tickets were stolen, then left in a blue Dodge truck with damage to the front end.

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for March 29

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Wilmington Health Care Center (WHCC) is inviting coastal area transitioning military, veterans and VA employees to a two-hour introduction to VA Whole Health Workshop.

    The workshop is set for Thursday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilmington HCC at 1705 Gardner Road. Reservations are required. Veterans are welcome to invite their spouse or significant other to this training. RSVP to William Lowry Jr., WHCC peer support specialist, at (910) 343-5300, ext. 3585 or (910) 813-5448.