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Today's News

  • Brunswick County unemployment numbers fall in February

    After three months of unemployment rate increases in Brunswick County, the rate fell in February to 8.0 percent.

    According to unemployment numbers released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, unemployment dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent reported for January 2014.

    Brunswick County hit a low of 7.7 percent unemployment in October 2013, which was the culmination of a yearlong decrease in unemployment numbers.

  • SB approves sales tax resolution with stipulation

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a resolution supporting a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be decided by voters in a May 6 referendum.

    Unanimous approval came at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night, April 7, with an added stipulation about terminal groins and following a presentation about the proposal by Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy.

  • Bridge construction causes U.S. 74/76 lane closure

    The inside lane of eastbound U.S. 74/76 near Leland just east of Malmo Loop Road will be closed Friday, April 4, at 9 a.m. until Monday, April 7, at 6 a.m. for bridge deck preservation.

    The impact on traffic is expected to be low and no detour will be in place. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

  • Sunset Beach teen's body found in Shallotte River
  • County track meet photos
  • Scorpions’ Terrance Brown signs with BCC

     LELAND — North Brunswick High School senior Terrance Brown signed a letter of intent Thursday, April 17, to attend Brunswick Community College and play basketball.

    Brown had many proud moments in evening games at North, but the highlight of his career was Thursday morning in the library at North.

    “Really, it’s just this signing,” he said. “That’s the best thing that’s happened to me all  year. I’m really looking forward to (BCC).”

  • Why I propose another Brunswick County school day schedule change

    By Edward Pruden

     

  • A brief guide to seeing the editor, visiting the newsroom

    Most of the time, the people who come by to speak to the editor have two reasons for doing so.

    The first reason is they want to introduce themselves and comment about our news coverage. I’ll always welcome this. I’m never OK, though, with people who bypass our front desk and barge into the newsroom (or my office) unannounced, no matter how friendly their intentions.

  • Trial outcome serves as wake-up call

    On Thursday, a jury of 53-year-old Richard Hugh Grissett’s Brunswick County peers convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges related to the Nov. 12, 2012, slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward.

    Under state law, Judge Wayland Sermons had no choice but to order Grissett to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of being released.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 5

    Michael Anthony Leal, 33, 9387 Night Harbor Drive, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on U.S. 17.

    Kyle Mitchell Prince, 25, 146 Wild Raven St., Shallotte, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.