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Today's News

  • BCAR releases real estate statistics for first half of 2017

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market showed strong, steady growth in the first half of 2017, as well as during June, with sales volume continuing to increase steadily, according to data released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    “Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continued its trend of strong, healthy growth through June,” BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh said in a news release. “All signs indicate that we can expect the steady growth we’ve experienced in the first half of 2017 to continue.”

  • Supply man accused of killing bicyclist jailed on higher bail

    A Supply man charged in a crash July19 that killed a bicyclist was jailed again Friday after his bail was raised to $250,000.

    Ricky Colin Pruett, 42, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired in the death of 17-year-old David Fetner of Wilmington.

    Fetner was in the 2000 block of Civietown Road when the crash happened at 12:10 p.m., Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Capt. David Robinson said.

  • FOP fundraiser under way in two counties

    The Brunswick County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 53 is conducting a fundraiser through Aug. 25.

    Fundraisers will be calling businesses in Brunswick County and Columbus County.

    Monies will be used for its annual Christmas Cops and Kids program, formerly Shop with a Cop.

  • Brunswick County Republican Women to meet Aug. 3

    The Brunswick County Republican Women will have a membership meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at GOP Headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. The special program is entitled, “Human Trafficking,” a very serious problem in Brunswick County, North Carolina and the country.

    Guest speakers will provide valuable information on human trafficking, including its signs, the effects it has on its victims and what concerned citizens can do about it. The public is encouraged to attend.

  • CSA to celebrate 10th anniversary with open house and cookout

    Community Support Agency (CSA) in Delco will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with an open house and health information fair Friday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p.m.

    The CSA motto is to be “the heartbeat of the community” and the staff seeks to celebrate community life by offering music, health screens, art therapy, a chance to win prizes and a cookout. The public is invited to come out for this free event.

  • BFA commodities distribution Aug. 10

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency (BFA) will have a commodities distribution from the BFA/Big Lots parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte on Thursday, Aug. 10.

    Items to be distributed include: apple sauce (4.5 oz.), green beans, shredded cheese (5 lbs.), dried cherries (2 lb. carton), sweet pitted cherries (2.5 lbs. frozen), corn, ham (frozen), cranberry juice concentrate (11.5 oz.), cling peaches (can), peanut butter (18 oz.), pears (can) and raisins (15 oz.).

  • Free Medicare seminar planned for Aug. 10

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) and SHIIP will host a free Medicare seminar beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church Oak Island, 4608 Oak Island Drive on Oak Island.

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare. The seminar will include speakers from Social Security, Department of Social Services Medicaid, Coastal Horizons and the Area Agency on Aging.

  • Sheriff’s son charged with DWI following single-vehicle crash

    John William Ingram VI, son of Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, was arrested July 15 on a charge of driving left of center and driving while impaired after a single-vehicle crash.

    No one was injured.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R.M. McDermott said he received a call at 9:50 p.m. about the crash on Ash-Little River just south of Etheridge Road.

    McDermott said he arrived between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

  • 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.

  • 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.