Today's News

  • House members approve state House district maps

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives on Monday approved new maps outlining state House districts.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican representing District 17, said house members approved the new maps 68 votes to 50 votes, with two Democrats joining the Republican-led majority during Monday afternoon’s house session.

  • Statewide unemployment for June at 9.9 percent

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate for June was 9.9 percent.

    Individual county unemployment rates will be available next Friday, July 29, according to a press released issued by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina on Friday morning.

    Brunswick County’s May unemployment rate dipped down to 9.9 percent, down from 10.3 percent in April. It was also a decrease from the May 2010 unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.

    The Wilmington metro area unemployment rate for May was 9.6 percent, or 17,084 unemployed workers.

  • New map puts Brunswick County (mostly) back together for state House district

    It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps Wednesday evening.

    The proposed state House District 17 brings most of Brunswick County back into one district. Last week, maps released split Brunswick County and various precincts and towns, including Southport, Oak Island, Town Creek and Sunset Harbor voting districts.

    These districts were placed into District 18, which includes most of downtown Wilmington.

  • Brunswick rallies to win Dixie Boys state title

     Four strikes from losing to Lillington 3-1 in the Dixie Boys Baseball state championship game, Brunswick County rallied for three runs and a 4-3 victory.

    Shelton Perkins hit a bases-loaded double against reliever Tyson Messer that scored the three runs with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Brunswick pitcher Gray Cheers then completed a three-hitter by striking out the final batter he faced. Cheers walked one and struck out 10 in the game at Smithville Park.

  • Brunswick Beat for July 21, 2011
  • Seven of 19 Brunswick County schools meet AYP

    BOLIVIA—Seven of Brunswick County’s 19 public schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark.

    On Thursday morning, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden revealed the scores, part of the federal mandate No Child Left Behind, for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Four of the county’s 10 elementary schools met AYP, while six elementary schools did not meet the standard. Jessie Mae Monroe, Town Creek, Union and Waccamaw all met AYP, while Belville, Bolivia, Lincoln, Southport, Supply and Virginia Williamson did not.

  • Religion briefs

    Services set for OIB Chapel

  • To discover the ‘Fire of the North’ requires opening of the ear of our understanding

  • Hewetts celebrate 60 years

    Arnold and Louise Hewett celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 13 with a dinner in their honor. They have six children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.


  • BEMC gets USDA grant

    A new 14,000-square-foot warehouse at the headquarters of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) will now use solar power for about half of its electric needs, with the help from a grant from the USDA Rural Development program.