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Local News

  • State unemployment rate closer to national average

    North Carolina’s unemployment rate continued to drop in October.

    While still larger than the national rate, the state’s unemployment numbers drew closer to national numbers.

    Unemployment in North Carolina was down to 8.0 percent while the national average increased to 7.3 percent last month.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce - Labor and Economic Analysis Division, provides the county, state and national numbers on unemployment each month.

  • Leland interested in taking over leftover road from NCDOT

    Leland commissioners are considering what to do with a section of Old Fayetteville Road that was cut off when a new intersection was built at Village Road.

    Town Manager David Hollis told board members at the Nov. 21 council meeting the North Carolina Department of Transportation has asked if the town will take the short stretch of road into the town system.

    When the intersection was rearranged to widen and add a curve to Old Fayetteville Road, a block of the old street was left and still services businesses that built along the road prior to the renovation.

  • BCC samples small business center courses at first annual summit

    Brunswick Community College hosted its first small business summit Nov. 21 to promote the opportunities available for potential business owners.

    The college held a series of brief talks from some of the instructors of their free seminars and workshops in the Small Business Center, and others from the extended community.

    “We all know small businesses are the backbone of our community,” BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams said.

  • Bolivia woman arrested, charged with kidnapping

     A Bolivia woman was arrested 10 days after being released from jail on breaking and entering and larceny charges, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Deputies arrested Jamie Ann Rivenbark, 35, of Clemmons Road, and charged her with larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering after they said she broke into a Bolivia home Nov. 4.

  • Local tribe entertains students at Union Elementary

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Union Elementary were captivated Friday, Nov. 22, when members of the Coharie Native American tribe visited their school for a performance.

    Members of the tribe played songs on the drums, and several danced around the gym to the smiles of hundreds of students.

    Gene “Two Feathers” Jacobs, the chief of the Coharie tribe, spoke with the students briefly after being introduced by his wife, Charlene.

  • FBI, sheriff’s office search for teen missing since 2011

     The FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are looking for new information that could help them find a Holden Beach teen who has been missing since 2011.

    Rachel Natacha Owens, 18, was last seen the morning of May 5, 2011, at South Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Memorial honors victims of violent crimes

     BOLIVIA — Garrietta Proutey remembers her brother-in-law Josh vividly.

    “He lit up a room,” Proutey said. “When he’s not there, the room almost feels empty.”

    Josh Proutey was shot and killed in Wilmington in 2012.

    His sister-in-law shared an emotional message with a crowd that gathered Friday, Nov. 22, during a candlelight memorial service for families of victims of violent crimes at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Live burn held in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE — Firefighters from several local departments received invaluable training at a live burn during a Brunswick Community College Fire-Rescue Training Division exercise in Shallotte on Thursday, Nov. 21.

    The training exercise, in which a donated structure at 271 Smith Ave. was burned to its foundation, involved several fire departments within southern Brunswick County.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the planning for the live burn took about three months.

  • A Dickens of a time

    Southport’s second annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival kicks off 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, rain or shine.

    Last year’s first festival paid tribute to Charles Dickens on the 200th anniversary of his birth, and a tradition was born.

    Organizers will once again transform the streets of Southport into everything Dickens. Highlights include singing groups, exhibitors and performing artists, a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree and costume contest, food and froth.

  • Brunswick County emergency director resigns

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano has resigned.

    Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy announced Marzano’s resignation at a local emergency planning committee Thursday. Marzano has been out on vacation.

    His last day with the county is Dec. 6.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone will serve as acting EMS director. Stone said he doesn’t plan on changing anything in the interim until a new director is hired.

    “These guys and gals know how to do their job,” he said.