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Today's News

  • County unemployment sees sharp increase in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has bounced back up to 6.9 percent in May after dropping to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

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

    The numbers are still down from a year ago, when the May 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent, rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in April 2014.

  • County commissioners, department heads to serve as EDC board

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners and staff will serve as the board of the county’s Economic Development Commission and Economic Development Corporation while a new economic development department is organized.

    The county board of commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission on June 30 after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions.

    The EDC will be reformed as a county department. County Manager Ann Hardy will serve as its interim director.

  • Elections filing period draws new candidates, incumbents

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County continues through noon Friday, July 17. It opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    In November’s municipal election, council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns.

  • Another winning lottery ticket sold in Brunswick County

    Lottery luck has struck again.

    Four tickets sold in North Carolina — including one in Brunswick County — won big prizes in drawings held over the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend.

  • Calabash town clerk resigns to accept new job and move

    Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward has resigned after accepting a new position in the Charlotte area.

    Southward’s resignation was announced following a closed session of a special called town board of commissioners meeting last Tuesday, June 30.

    Southward has been with the town for nine-and-a-half years, starting in December 2005 when she was hired by the town as an office assistant.

    She was promoted to deputy clerk in the summer of 2006, to interim clerk in February 2008 then to town clerk in July 2008.

  • Group approaches goal for new Veterans Memorial in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A group working to build a new Veterans Memorial is closer to its goal.

    Since a groundbreaking ceremony Memorial Day, May 25, in Sunset Beach Town Park, the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans has been making progress on the project, veteran and committee first vice chairman John Corbett announced at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting June 29.

    While the memorial will be located in Sunset Beach, committee members have stressed from the get-go it is for all citizens and veterans of Brunswick County.

  • OIB airport operator claims restraining order violation

     An employee of Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has filed an affidavit in Brunswick County Superior Court claiming Ocean Isle Beach’s assistant town administrator has violated terms of a restraining order issued by a judge in January.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis issued a temporary restraining order against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, its commissioners, mayor and town administrators six months ago after the owners of Jackson/Hill Aviation Inc. alleged town officials illegally tried to take over the airport building.

  • ‘American Ninja Warrior’ shares life lessons with summer camp students

     SUPPLY — Last year, Wilmington resident Solomon Harvey represented the southeast region on NBC’s television show, “American Ninja Warrior.”

    The spotlight was on Harvey again last week — this time at Supply Elementary School, where he was a guest speaker at Camp Invention, a summer program for elementary-school students offered through Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

  • Carolina Shores OKs first reading for proposed annexation

     The town of Carolina Shores is one step closer to welcoming a business that could bring $1 million in investments and 12 jobs inside the town limits.

    At a town board workshop Monday, July 6, commissioners approved the first reading of a petition for a voluntary annexation at a property off U.S. 17 that would place Beach Window and Door, a window and door manufacturing business, inside Carolina Shores town limits.

  • Detectives seek suspects in break-in cases

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying those responsible for several breaking and entering cases near Bolivia and Winnabow in the last two weeks.

    Most of the break-ins have occurred in the areas of Malmo Loop, Maco and Funston roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Saturday, July 4.

    Flax provided additional details about two possible suspects in a news release issued Tuesday, July 7.