Local News

  • Unemployment in Brunswick County back up to 7.9 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased in November after dropping steadily throughout 2013.

    Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, which estimated Brunswick County was back to 7.9 percent unemployment for November.

    The unemployment rate dropped a full point from August at 8.7 percent to October at 7.7 percent. In July, the rate was 9.3-percent, down from June’s 9.8-percent unemployment rate.

  • Leland to review $1 fee schedule

    Leland commissioners will review the town’s $1 inspection fee policy at the Jan. 16 town meeting.

    Board members approved the drop in fees for in town inspections as part of the 2013-14 budget.

    Town Manager David Hollis explained during his budget presentation in May that there wouldn’t be any opportunities for the town to annex property for the foreseeable future and proposed the almost free inspection permits to entice developers to build and request annexation of their property into the town.

  • President, officials comment on McIntyre retiring

    Following Congressman Mike McIntyre’s Jan. 8 announcement that he would retire at the end of his current term in office, elected officials including President Barrack Obama, Sen. Kay Hagan and McIntyre’s Congressional colleagues released statements reflecting on his service.

    President Obama on the Retirement of Congressman Mike McIntyre:

  • McIntyre was Brunswick County’s coastal champion

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced he will be retiring at the end of this congressional term.

    McIntyre’s office released a statement Jan. 8 outlining his decision to retire at the end of the 2014 term.

    “In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf,” McIntyre said in a press release.

  • Calabash approves release of closed-session minutes

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved release of closed-session minutes from six meetings last year.

    The minutes document closed sessions the town board of commissioners took part in on April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 8 and Sept. 10, 2013.

    The minutes were requested by resident Michael Herring, who campaigned as a write-in candidate in last November’s town commissioners race.

    Herring requested the minutes be verbatim regarding a foreclosure on property owned by Theresa Couick.

  • Wild horse story: Bolivia mustang wins national contest

    BOLIVIA — On a recent winter afternoon, Gringo the once wild horse is calmly, if not eagerly, following directions.

    Hoofing it inside the ring of their Bolivia ranch, the white mustang responds on cue as owner/trainer Lauryn Zepeda provides instruction using a small riding crop.

    “I’m not whipping him — this is an extension of my hand,” Zepeda explains as Gringo suddenly changes direction and starts walking backward.

  • Calabash sets fees for park shelter use

    CALABASH — The town will begin charging fees for use of the picnic shelter in its one-year-old park.

    Town commissioners voted 4-1 at their Jan. 14 meeting to charge non-charitable entities signing up to use the Calabash Community Park picnic shelter for events.

  • Towns oppose insurance hike

    The towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach are among those registering opposition to a 35 percent hike in homeowners insurance for parts of Brunswick County proposed by the North Carolina Rate Bureau.

    Town boards in all three municipalities have approved resolutions opposing the increase and are encouraging residents to express their opposition, as well.

  • New gazebo under way on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — A new gazebo under construction on the island should be finished by the end of the month, a town official said.

    If everything goes to schedule, town workers will be adding the floor and have the new gazebo open for business and ready to go, town public works director Dustin Graham said.

    The town recently tore down the old gazebo to redo that area and build a new gazebo, Graham said.

    The old gazebo had been there since the early 1990s and its deck was starting to deteriorate. The gazebo ties in with new walkways.

  • Sunset Beach reduces speed at bridge entrance

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved adoption of a speed-limit reduction ordinance on Sunset Boulevard North at the mainland entrance to the Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge.

    Approval came at council’s monthly workshop Jan. 21.

    The measure repeals a 45-mph speed limit on Sunset Boulevard North from the bridge to the N.C. 179/904 intersection. It now specifies a 45-mph speed limit on the boulevard “from 1,500 feet north of Station Trail” to the N.C. 179/904 intersection.