Local News

  • Brunswick County unemployment tops 10 percent in June

    Unemployment in Brunswick County continues to hover more than 10 percent.

    North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division officials recently released county unemployment rates for June.

    Brunswick County’s June unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, up from 10.3 percent in May.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent briefly in April, but jumped back up the following month. April’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate was Brunswick County’s first sub-10-percent rate in three years.

  • Brunswick County Victory Office opens

    Brunswick County’s Victory Office has opened at Brunswick County Republican Headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. The Victory Office is funded jointly through the Republican National Committee and the North Carolina Republican Party. The Victory Office is open seven days a week through November’s election.  


  • Wanted suspects captured by U.S. Marshals in Louisiana

    BOLIVIA—All three suspects wanted in connection with a July 26 shooting are in custody.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said Dwight Sylvester Powell Jr. turned himself in to deputies Saturday, July 28, for his alleged role in the shooting.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the two remaining suspects were captured, Routh said.

    U.S. Marshals captured Deontray Tremel Bryant and Mickey Alonzo Bryant in Louisiana.

  • Leland man sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for eighth DWI conviction

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he was convicted of his eighth driving while impaired charge.

    According to assistant district attorney Chris Thomas, Wilbur Brown was convicted of habitual impaired driving, and sentenced as a habitual offender, this week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Brown to 108 to 138 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Should chips, cookies, energy drinks and sodas be purchased with an EBT card?

    Should food stamps be used to purchase soda and other junk food?

    That’s the question and now the federal government is looking into potential changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps/EBT).

    A change to the current definition of food for the program requires action by Congress.

  • Bite on Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Shortly before noon on Tuesday, July 24, a call went across the emergency radio scanner for medical help for an animal bite.

    The dispatcher said it was a “possible shark bite” and the victim was on the beach with lacerations to the leg.

    Emergency personnel were sent to 121 West First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to Mayor Debbie Smith, it was not a shark bite.

    “According to first responders it looks more like a bluefish bite or a stingray barb,” she said.

  • Two Shallotte firemen get "Picked Off"

    SHALLOTTE—It was just a typical day at the Shallotte Fire Department for firefighters Justin Ward and John Pettry last fall when Ward mentioned to Pettry a casting call for a new TV show.

    Ward had seen a posting on Facebook that there was a new show looking for firefighters. Ward told Pettry who called the number and left a message for a New York-based production company, Cineflix.

    “They called back and said they were looking for two firefighters/EMTs in all of the U.S.,” Pettry said.

  • Sunset Beach residents come out to talk to town at community meetings

    SUNSET BEACH—Only one resident showed up for the town’s first community meeting last week.

    Linda Barber, a resident of The Regency, met with town officials at the first in a series of meetings July 19.

    But nearly 50 people showed up for the town’s second community meeting for residents of Sandpiper Bay Tuesday, July 24, bringing with them questions about the future town park, available parking at the new boat ramp, the size of the new fishing pier and other concerns.

  • Calabash Town Hall day talks about the weather

    CALABASH—Town Hall Day this Friday will focus on the weather.

    This year’s event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at town hall on Persimmon Road, will center specifically on storm history and hurricane preparedness.

    Highlights include experts from the weather bureau in Wilmington, a hurricane simulation trailer, a WECT-TV meteorologist and weather-related prizes. Weather experts will also be on hand to program weather radios.

    The new Brunswick County mobile emergency command bus will be at the event as well.

  • Meeting about Sunset Beach proposed park is Aug. 2

    SUNSET BEACH—Withers & Ravenel consulting firm will have a public meeting from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input on what should go in the proposed 5-acre public park site on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The meeting will be in the form of a “charrette,” in which the public will have an opportunity to sit down at tables and participate in the design of the park, according to Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin.