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Today's News

  • County to review ways to help towns fund beach renourish/dredging projects

    It took two months for the dust to settle after voters denied a sales tax increase.

    County commissioners began looking for ways to support beach renourishment and waterway dredging project at the July 21 monthly meeting.

    The issue was raised when Steve Foster, Town Manager of Oak Island, spoke to the county board to request financial assistance to stop beach erosion by assisting with the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • You decide: What are the gains and gaps in our economy?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Gore leaves lasting legacy

    It might have been easier for Edward Mannon Gore to simply live in the shadow of his father, who founded the town where he spent most of his life.

    Instead, Ed Gore chose to not only build upon the legacy of Mannon C. Gore, but also leave his own mark on Sunset Beach, Brunswick County and North Carolina.

    After graduating from what is now East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Longwood native served our county in the Air Force where he monitored Russian radio transmissions during the Cold War before returning home.

  • Help clear the air in Brunswick County

    I had family vacationing on one of the islands recently.

    They missed the hurricane, the fireworks and the “Tammy” premiere but they didn’t miss all the Brunswick County happenings.

    Maybe they were keeping a lookout because they had Brunswick County on their mind in eager anticipation for their week off at the beach.

    But the county has also made it into the news for other reasons recently.

    One of the first questions I got after they arrived was, what was going on with that Brunswick County sheriff?

  • Need for news remains constant through days, decades
  • 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.

    The Leland Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and larcenies that occurred on July 16 in the Brunswick Forest development.

    Two of the break-ins and larcenies happened in the Brunswick Forest development on Lillibridge Drive and the two more occurred on Foxbow Cove.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte 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.

    July 10

    Larceny by someone taking $50 from the victim’s wallet at the Sunoco gas station on Naber Drive.

    July 14

    Simple assault by someone striking the victim with a closed fist on Mulberry Street.

    Obtaining property by false pretense by someone returning items to Walmart to obtain a $20.15 gift card.

    July 16

  • Newest addition welcomes veteran home

    A special reunion awaited Navy veteran Alan Stanley when he arrived in Wilmington on July 15.

    Among the family waiting for him was his infant daughter he would see in person for the first time.

    Alan Stanley is a Flight Engineer with the Navy’s VP-9 out of NCBH of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

    Alan, his wife Lauren and family live on the base when he is stationed there.

    But Alan has served on two deployments in the past three years.

    During that period, Lauren has delivered their two daughters: Lillian, 2, and Leah, four months.