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
  • West’s Zio scores 100th career soccer goal

     LELAND — When someone reaches a sports milestone, the player usually asks her coaches and teammates to sign the game ball.

    Instead of autographs, Carla Zio just got a nose print on hers.

    The star scorer became the first player in West Brunswick High School history to score 100 goals last Thursday after she recorded six in a 9-0 win over North Brunswick.

    After the victory and with her Trojan teammates all around, coach Brian Quinn ceremoniously gave Zio the game ball.

  • BCC loses twice to Rockingham

     Rockingham Community College beat Brunswick Community College 2-1 in nine innings and 9-2 in seven innings in region baseball games Friday, April 18, at Founders Field.

    In the 2-1 loss, BCC starter Jimmy Boyd gave up four hits and one run seven innings in a no-decision. He walked one and struck out five.

    Rockingham scored the winning run on a two-out error in the top of the ninth when two BCC outfielders bumped into each fielding a flyball and the ball dropped out of the glove of one of the outfielders.

  • Trojans beat South in softball

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-1 in a conference softball game Friday, April 18, at South.

    Leilani Emile and Caroline Gore each hit two-run home runs as West finished with 15 hits. The Trojans improved to 8-2 in the conference.

    Maddi Emmons was the winning pitcher, giving up one hit in the seven-inning game. She walked three, hit one and struck out 11.

  • 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