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  • County’s December unemployment rate creeps above 6 percent

    The Brunswick County unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in December.

    The last unemployment rate recorded above 6 percent was February 2017’s 6.7 percent.

    Unemployment numbers have increased for Brunswick County each month since September’s rate dropped to 4.9 percent.

    October numbers rose to 5.2 percent and November’s rate reached 5.8 percent.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December 2016.

  • RO system begins testing to remove GenX from county water

    Brunswick County Public Utilities’ low-pressure reverse osmosis pilot water treatment system is up and running at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    County officials learned last June the Cape Fear River, the county’s source of drinking water, contains a number of previously unknown contaminants including GenX.

  • Elections board sets one-stop voting sites, schedule

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to add the Belville Town Hall as a 2018 primary election one-stop early voting site for the north end of the county during a special meeting Feb. 20.

    Belville offered its commissioner meeting room for use after Leland officials said the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Town Hall would not be available for early voting sites this year.

  • Commissioners delay coastal drilling decision until March

    BOLIVIA — Dozens of opponents to seismic testing and coastal oil drilling converged outside Brunswick County’s David R. Sandifer Administration Building before the Feb. 19 county commissioners’ meeting.

    While they protested under a covered walkway to avoid the Monday evening rain, a handful of testing and drilling supporters were the first to sign up to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

  • Four people face drug charges in separate cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people on drug charges in separate cases.

    ·      Jenna Lynn Cerniglia, 25, of Gores Landing Road SW in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Cerniglia had 4.8 grams of cocaine and a plastic baggie Feb. 14.

  • Former Navassa officer’s lawyer blames stress, PTSD for shooting report

    A former Navassa cop accused of staging a shooting in April did so because of work and personal stressors, his attorney said in court Feb. 9.

    Thomas Moshe Cutler, 25, of Oak Island, was arrested May 1 and charged with filing a false report to a police station. Assistant District Attorney Jacob Ward said Cutler now also faces a charge of obstructing justice.

    Cutler was booked and released May 1 on $5,000 bail, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said previously.

  • Bolivia man faces dozens of felony charges

    A Bolivia man is accused of using his parents’ checkbook to make more than $800 in grocery store purchases three months ago.

    Danford G. Clemmons, 59, was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with 22 counts each of uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor counts of larceny, according to warrants released by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • Man to spend more than a year in prison for Sunset Beach drug death

    A Lake Waccamaw man will spend at least a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 drug death of a man in Sunset Beach.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 36-year-old Hunter McCrae Morgan to serve between 17 and 30 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served after Morgan pleaded guilty Feb. 13.

  • State announces $1 million to improve public beach access

    The state Division of Coastal Management recently announced the availability of about $1 million in funding to local help governments in 20 coastal counties improve public access to coastal beaches and waters for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments in those counties.