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Today's News

  • Unemployment rate rises; fiscal year the busiest yet

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased slightly between April and May, going from 10.2 to 10.8 percent, continuing a yearlong trend of high rates due to the lagging economy.

    On June 30, the last day of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, Brunswick County Employment Security Commission Director Eli Smith reported 8,391 people had received services from his office in Shallotte between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

    The year was the busiest he’s seen in his career with the ESC, Smith said.

  • Physicians stress importance of seeking care from appropriate provider

    There are several reasons why people should seek immediate care at the emergency department—chest pain or pressure, stroke symptoms, car accidents, trouble breathing, broken bones or any injury requiring X-rays or intravenous fluids or medications.

    But a common cold is not one of them.

    With healthcare costs and uninsured patients on the rise, physicians say selecting the appropriate healthcare provider for any given injury or illness can help curb the cost of treatment.

  • Economy, lack of insurance affects when and where people receive care

    The strategically placed sign in the waiting room of a Shallotte physician’s office is a familiar one: “Co-pay due at time of visit.”

    Eighteen months ago the sign was little more than a formality for many insured patients going about their usual healthcare routine—preventive care, check-ups, physicals, immunizations and treatment of the occasional cold- or flu-like symptoms.

  • House bill 1305 voted out of insurance committee Tuesday

    RALEIGH—House Bill 1305, which amends North Carolina’s Beach Plan, was voted out of the House Insurance Committee Tuesday and referred to the House Finance Committee for review.

    N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, does not serve on the House Insurance Committee, but said he sat in on Tuesday’s committee meeting because of the potential effects the bill would have on Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte cancels fire truck order, starts re-bidding process

    The town of Shallotte has canceled its order for a fire pumper truck from Johnson Fire Safety Systems since the manufacturer, American LaFrance, has declared bankruptcy. The order has not been filled since the bid was awarded 18 months ago.

    The town board of aldermen voted unanimously at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to cancel the order for a $276,572 pumper, which has been included in the town’s budget since 2008.

    Fire chief Paul Dunwell told aldermen he and the dealer’s representative have agreed canceling the truck would be the best thing to do.

  • Shallotte begins 'paperless' agenda era

    The Town of Shallotte is doing its part to go green—and to save time and money.

    Beginning with Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the town board and staffers are working from Web-based “paperless” agendas on computer laptops provided at each alderman and employee’s seat during meetings.

    Each item on the electronic agenda is hyperlinked to the supporting documents. The full agendas will also be available online so any citizen interested can have easy access to the information, as well.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department recovered a $12,000 ring from a Shallotte residence on June 29 with the help of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. According to Ocean Isle Beach Police, charges are pending.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Property damage on Palmer Drive in Calabash; suspect damaged victim’s TV, telephone, two table lamps and two pairs of sunglasses.

    •Breaking and entering on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect pried open victim’s back door.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged with following individuals from June 15-26. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Vandalism on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect damaged an electrical line.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect stole victim’s bike.

    •Larceny on Crab Street; suspect stole victim’s golf cart charger.

    •Larceny on Ranger Street; suspect stole victim’s beach cart.