Today's News

  • County’s unemployment dips slightly in February

    Unemployment dipped to 10.1 percent statewide, but Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains at 11.9 percent for February.

    According to February numbers recently released by state’s employment security commission, unemployment rates across North Carolina dipped .3 percent from 10.4 percent in January to 10.1 percent in February.

    Brunswick County also experienced a .3-percent drop in unemployment—from 12.2 percent in January to 11.9 percent in February.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a Shallotte man after a traffic stop in Supply on Friday, April 8.

    Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, agents initiated a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Turkey Trap and Stanbury Roads in Supply, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said.

    During the traffic stop, agents searched Shawn Deontae Hewett and seized one ounce of cocaine and digital scales, Stanley said.

  • Family comedian returns home to entertain

    A funny man who grew up as the ninth of 14 children on a farm along U.S. 17 in Bolivia is returning home to entertain audiences.

    Brunswick County’s own Alcindor Hankins, aka LaSalle LaSalle, will perform along with musical talent Dick Knight Express as a fundraiser for Mt. Carmel AME Church of Southport. Performances will be at the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From April 4-10, K-9 deputies issued four citations and made five drug arrests.

    •Delmer Maurice Smith, 40, of 4368 Northwest Drive NE, Leland, was charged with manufacture marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

  • T-shirts will be plentiful in Ocean Isle

    Ocean Isle Beach will not be lacking in T-shirt shops this summer season.

    According to Justin Whiteside, town planner, Xtreme Surf and Sport is currently preparing to open its doors in an outparcel adjacent to the Lowes Foods, Eagles is renovating the old IGA and Waves plans an upcoming expansion at its current location.

    Ocean Isle commissioners chuckled as someone said, “I think we are in the wrong business.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    Officers with the Ocean Isle Beach police department investigated the following incidents during the week of April 6-12:

    •Larceny on East First Street; suspect entered victim’s residence and removed two TVs, a DVD player and a CD player.

    •Drunk and disruptive on East First Street; suspect was drunk and disruptive at a hotel in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Golden Corral on hold, Smith Avenue extension project extended

    SHALLOTTE—Plans for Golden Corral are on hold until further notice. According to Allen Serkin, planning director, the applicant asked in March for the issues to be placed on hold for consideration by the board of aldermen until the April meeting.

    Prior to this month’s meeting, the applicant requested the items be withdrawn from consideration from the board’s agenda until further notice.

  • Retiring after 25 years with Black's Tire

    SHALLOTTE—Fifteen years ago a man drove from Tabor City to Shallotte to help a company store for the day.

    Fifteen years later, Arnold Ward celebrated his last day of work at Shallotte Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Ward, the store manager for 14 years, retired after 25 years with the company. At the time he came to Shallotte, he was employed at the company’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., store.

  • Eliminating the federal budget deficit and unicorns for everyone

    It has been my personal experience that just when you think you’ve seen it all—when something or someone is so ridiculous it seems there’s no way things could possibly get any stranger—they do. They always do.

    For example, take any situation lately involving former state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    Every time he’s in the news, which is increasing in frequency now that he’s no longer in the state Senate, you think it can’t get any stranger.

    But it does. It always does.