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Today's News

  • Latest housing data show local market is improving

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to statistics released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said the real estate market in Brunswick County is “moving forward,” based on statistics released in a news release issued by BCAR on June 17.

    Although there was a slight decrease in the number of listings in Brunswick County, the percentage of units sold increased more than 14 percent, Cumbie said.  

  • Supply brothers accused of trafficking LSD

     Two brothers from Supply are accused of trafficking LSD in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 29-year-old Seth Anthony Lupek and 27-year-old Tobias Ian Lupek on June 16 after a search of their Woodard Road residence.

    The Lupeks each have been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of trafficking LSD.

  • Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

     A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle in Supply on June 13.

    Twenty-five-year-old James Wesley Gray, of Supply, was pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. after he was struck by a Cadillac SUV near Mount Pisgah and Cumbee roads, Brunswick County deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    The vehicle struck Gray from behind and he was pronounced dead while being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Crocker added.

  • Brunswick County drug agents assist in heroin bust

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents assisted New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Wilmington police in the arrest of four men and seizure of heroin Wednesday, June 17, in Wilmington.

  • Smart Start tabs Gabriel as new executive director

     The local Smart Start branch will be under new leadership in Brunswick County beginning July 1 when executive director Linda Gironda’s retirement takes effect.

    The Smart Start Board of Directors announced Helen Gabriel would fill Gironda’s role beginning next month, according to a news release issued Tuesday, June 23.

    Gabriel has worked for Smart Start since 2007 and provided program and evaluation direction to Smart Start programs and oversight of the North Carolina Pre-K program in Brunswick County.

  • Leland man receives prison sentence for role in 2013 home invasion

     A Leland man was sentenced to more than 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges, including three counts of second-degree kidnapping, in New Hanover County Superior Court last week.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kadeem Ramel Thomas received the sentence after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious bodily injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping, according to a news release issued by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Coast Guard, county paramedic render aid to boat passenger

    Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday on a boat outside Southport.

    Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification about noon from the 25-foot recreational vessel, which had five people aboard, about a 35-year-old man who was having heart problems and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to a Coast Guard news release. The boat was about 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

  • County approves 4.25-cent tax increase

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s tax rate will rise to 48.5 cents per $100 following commissioners’ unanimous vote to approve the proposed budget Monday night.

    Only a few people spoke during the June 15 public hearing on the 2015-16 Brunswick County budget — all in favor of the funding decisions — so commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the budget.

    Brunswick County’s tax rate increases 4.25 cents to 48.5, up from 44.25 cents to offset property value tax losses in the 2015 property revaluation.

  • 11th-hour vested rights sought in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Just as Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled a June 29 public hearing to consider reduced multi-family density in the town’s island commercial district, a developer is seeking vested rights.

    The town board of adjustment has delayed until July 8 deciding on developer Sammy Varnam’s request for vested rights to build a multi-family development in the island’s commercial district.

  • Calabash maintains 8.75-cent tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a $1.229 million budget that will maintain an 8.75-cent tax rate per $100 valuation for fiscal 2015-16.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly board meeting June 9, said the tax rate is the same as last year’s despite the 2015 Brunswick County tax revaluation in which the town lost about 19 percent of its tax value.

    “I just hope the public realizes we’re not raising their taxes in this coming year,” town commissioner Sandy Melahn said.