Today's News

  • State unemployment drops slightly in October to 10.4 percent

    Statewide unemployment was down slightly in October, but North Carolina’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

    According to the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, statewide unemployment dipped from 10.5 percent in September to 10.4 percent in October.

    The national average also dipped slightly—from 9.1 percent unemployment in September to 9 percent in October.

  • Commissioners approve one-time bonuses for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Just in time for the holidays, county employees now have some extra cash in their accounts.

    At their last meeting, commissioners approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees.

    County employees who have been employed prior to last Jan. 1, 2011, received a $1,000 bonus. Full-time county employees who were hired after Jan. 1, 2011, received a $250 bonus.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the funds—totaling $1,054,550—were deposited in county employees’ bank accounts last Wednesday, Nov. 23.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice-narcotics unit is made up of agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Brandon Antonio Bryant, 28, of Bell Trail SE in Bolivia, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Motor vehicle theft on Sweetbay Drive in Southport; suspect stole victim’s vehicle from driveway.

    •Larceny on Waterview Lane in Calabash; suspect stole medication from victim’s home.

    •Vandalism and larceny on Sourwood Court in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s property and stole a TV, computer tower and cable box.

  • Black Friday, Small Business Saturday sales are up

    Whether you were one of Black Friday’s early risers or you opted to sleep in and shop Saturday instead, chances are your wallet is a little lighter after the holiday weekend, which has become as famous for shopping and sales as turkey and pumpkin pie.

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are once again spending money—with shoppers spending $52.4 billion on Black Friday alone.

  • UPDATE: Calabash bank robbery suspect nabbed

    Christopher Wilson Scott, a suspect in a Calabash bank robbery, has been captured.

    Scott, 32, was apprehended Wednesday night by the Horry County, S.C., Police Department as he exited the waterway at a marina in Little River, S.C.

    At 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Horry County police went to the Sleep Inn in Little River after receiving a report of a possible sighting of the suspect there.

    Brunswick County detectives were already on the scene and began chasing Scott on foot, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Horry County Police Department.

  • Seven drivers arrested for DWI over Thanksgiving holiday

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested seven suspects for driving while impaired over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. ACE deputies issued 61 total charges from Nov. 21-27.

    ACE deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Frank Pruitt, 54, of 1530 Hickman Road, Calabash, was charged with DWI and no operator’s license.

  • More than a brown sugar-and-marshmallow covered side dish

    Sweet potatoes are more than a popular side dish at Thanksgiving—they are a risky business in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County farmer Wayne Grissett of W.W. Grissett Farm off Russtown Road in Ocean Isle Beach grows a little bit of everything on his farm.

    “Farming is such a risk, every year one crop is bad for one reason or another,” he said.

    This year more than one of his crops have been in danger.

  • Holden Beach Tea Party

    HOLDEN BEACH—There was tea and politics on the agenda Saturday during the annual Holden Beach Tea Party.

    More than a hundred people showed their support for the movement by attending an event featuring musical entertainment, six speakers and a barbecue lunch.

  • Generations separate us, but technology links newfound friends

    We are unlikely pen pals.

    He’s a World War II-era veteran who has tales to share about his service as an Army Air Force medic.