Today's News

  • County’s unemployment rate for January: 13 percent

    RALEIGH—Statewide unemployment dipped slightly in January to 10.2 percent.

    But here in Brunswick County, unemployment is up.

    The county’s January unemployment rate was 13 percent, up from 11.9 percent in December 2011, and up from 12.2 percent in January 2011.

    Commerce officials said “seasonal factors” contributed to the spike in unemployment in 95 of the state’s 100 counties.

  • North Brunswick’s Reed, Zacek sign with BCC baseball

     LELAND—North Brunswick High School seniors Dylan Reed and David Zacek signed letters of intent March 20 to attend Brunswick Community College and play baseball.

    Reed, the son of David and Janet Reed, is a pitcher and third baseman. Zacek, the son of David and Shelley Zacek, is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. They were members of the Scorpion team last year that reached the Eastern Regional in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man sentenced for abusing teenager with Asperger’s syndrome

    BOLIVIA—After a three-week jury trial in Brunswick County Superior Court, an Ocean Isle Beach man was convicted for sexually abusing a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome.

    Matthew Kevin Yow, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was convicted last Monday, March 12, of two counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of disseminating obscenity, District Attorney Jon David said.

    The incidents occurred over a period of time in 2006 and 2007, David said.

  • Held to three hits, Lady Trojans beat Knights 6-5

     West Bladen outhit West Brunswick 11-3 but the Trojans took advantage of the Knights’ errors for a 6-5 conference victory Friday night at West Brunswick.

    The Knights’ Erica Tanner had a no-hitter for three innings and had a 3-0 lead off a two-run home run and a Trojan infield error.

    But in the fourth the Trojans scored five runs off one hit. Sophomore Abby Dyson and junior Alex Wickel reached on errors. Junior Hannah Stocks was safe on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases.

  • VIDEO Many participate in hospice fundraiser at Buccaneer Gun Club

     The inaugural Hospice Closer to Home Skeet Shoot March 16 at the Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland attracted many participants.

    It was part of two-day fundraiser, with the activities beginning March 15 with the Barn Party at Honalee Stables in Bolivia, which featured live music, a silent auction and an exhibition horse show.

    The events were fundraisers benefiting Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and the Brunswick County Care Center Closer to Home Project.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Public computer quiet as a mouse in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—It was set up as a way for the town to reach out to citizens and keep them informed. But a simple computer terminal in the lobby at Sunset Beach Town Hall has drawn little to no interest.

    In fact, town receptionist Judy Presnell says not one person has stopped by town hall to use the computer since it was installed last August.

    Most people already have computer access, says Presnell, who is responsible for logging people in at the front desk.

    And out-of-towners tend to bring their own laptops as well, she said.

  • County and BOE emails: Yours for the reading

    At the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia public access to emails, which are public record, is available through email terminals.

    Both the county and the board of education have email terminals.

    The county set up its email terminal in spring 2009 in response to a suggestion by local media outlets.

    “Prior to the email terminal, if there were any requests we made them available,” said Steve Stone, assistant county manager. “We discussed the best way and decided on a public terminal.”

  • A keeper of public records who gets it right

    Editor’s note: The Beacon recognizes Brenda Clemmons, Brunswick County Register of Deeds, as a public official who does it right. Each month without a request, Clemmons mails the Beacon an income and expense report. She said the report is mailed to several media outlets, the county finance office, the county manager and county commissioners.


    A keeper of public records who gets it right

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

  • Earth Hour—Go dark for the planet


    The county is invited to join a worldwide public environmental action event called Earth Hour.

    At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, millions of people around the globe will switch off the lights of their homes and businesses for one hour to acknowledge a commitment to go actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

    Linda Rudick, member of Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, is coordinating local Earth Hour efforts.

  • Ocean Isle residents oppose stormwater changes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—After hearing opposition from residents during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s board of commissioner’s meeting about proposed stormwater modifications along Scotland Street, commissioners decided to set a special meeting.