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Today's News

  • Major motion picture to film in area

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced the Marvel Comics-turned-major-motion-picture-franchise “Iron Man” will film its latest installment in the Wilmington area.

    Perdue said the production, which stars actor Robert Downey Jr., will begin pre-production work soon in the Port City.

    Expected to take about 10 months to film, Perdue said the movie production is anticipated to create more than 550 crew jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities. The total economic impact to the area is estimated to be more than $80 million.

  • Brunswick County sees slight dip in unemployment rate

    Brunswick County saw a slight dip in its unemployment rate in September.

    According to recent unemployment numbers released Oct. 28 by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, Brunswick County had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate during September.

    The September rate is down slightly from August, which had a 10.8 percent unemployment rate, but was still above the September 2010 unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to ESC figures.

  • Detectives search for weekend armed robbery suspects

    CAROLINA SHORES—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery near Carolina Shores late Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said two suspects entered the Food Lion on U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores around 10:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

    Routh said the suspects concealed their identities with masks, and forced employees to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the business.

  • West loses to Stallions; will open playoffs at 10-0 Wilson Hunt

     TABOR CITY—South Columbus beat West Brunswick 28-21 Friday in the final game of the Waccamaw Conference football season.

    South Columbus finishes 5-1 in the conference. West ends the conference season 3-3, 4-6 overall. It will open the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3AA state playoffs on Friday at Wilson Hunt (10-0). In the East, West Brunswick is seeded No. 16 and Hunt is seeded No. 1.

  • ‘Operation Lumberjack’ nets multiple drug arrests

    LONGWOOD—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently teamed up for a drug sting in the Longwood community.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, agents conducted “Operation Lumberjack,” which targeted street-level, mid-level and upper-level drug dealers.

  • West JV football team wins conference championship

     The West Brunswick High School junior varsity football team won the Waccamaw Conference championship Oct. 27, beating South Columbus 26-14.

    West’s first score was set up by an opening-kickoff return by Erick Hill to the South Columbus 16. Quarterback Dylan Darguzas ran to the 3 and on the next play Kavonte Gore scored with 10 minutes, 54 seconds left in the quarter.

  • New era begins for the Old Sunnyside School

     

    SHALLOTTE—Former students and teachers returned to the old Sunnyside School at 221 Village Road last week to begin a new chapter for the building.

    Students and teachers were joined by past mayors, Save Old Sunnyside committee members, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, Brunswick County Schools representatives, the mayor and aldermen for a ribbon cutting reception.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 1

    There is no fear deeper than being homeless.

    It’s scary not knowing where your next meal will come from, where you will sleep, where you will bathe, or if you will survive.

    Fear lurks around every corner for the homeless. Will I be arrested today? Will I get killed in my sleep? Will someone steal my shoes? Will people even acknowledge me in public?

    “I learned to wear all black so I could fade into the background,” said Jay Hancock.

  • Holden Beach’s annual free Festival by the Sea is Saturday

    In a struggling national economy, everybody’s favorite two words are “It’s free.”

    Those two words describe Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea. Once again, there will be free admission and free parking. A family can spend its money on food and crafts instead of on admission.

    The two-day festival is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, under the high-rise bridge on the island.

  • Ghost lore and legends

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There is something spooky lurking outside. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?

    Not if you live in Brunswick County.

    If you live here—or are visiting—you may want to call Will and Allison Smith of Ocean Isle Beach. They have been tracking and researching the county’s ghost sightings, legends and lore for several years.