Today's News

  • Future of Brunswick Community Hospital still unclear

    SUPPLY—When the new state-of-the-art Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens its doors to the public this Sunday, ownership of the soon-to-be-vacated-hospital facility will revert back to the county.

    So, what exactly does one do with a 74,000-square foot facility where a hospital once stood?

    “We’re just trying to find the highest and best use for the lowest cost,” commissioner Scott Phillips said about the hospital’s future.

  • Leland man arrested for insurance fraud

    RALEIGH—A Leland man has been arrested for insurance fraud.

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Joshua Rex Walston last week for insurance-related charges.

    Walston, 26, of 1567 Lanvale Road, Leland, has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretences, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance press release.

  • UPDATE: Brunswick VA clinic opening pushed back

    UPDATE: Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County’s Veterans Services Director, announced Monday “unforeseen delays” have caused the clinic’s opening to be pushed back.

    Originally scheduled to open Monday, Hartsell said VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

    An opening date has not been announced.

  • Shallotte police officer, girlfriend arrested for insurance fraud

    A Shallotte Police officer and his girlfriend have been arrested on insurance fraud charges.

    Shallotte Police Detective Sgt. Eric King, 35, and his girlfriend Leah Rasa Cunningham, 41, both of 1450 Grace Road, Southport, were arrested following a multi-agency insurance fraud investigation.

    They were each charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretences, according to N.C. Department of Insurance officials.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said King was on paid administrative leave from the department.

  • Lightning-sparked fire heavily damages home near Holden Beach

    A fire sparked by lightning heavily damaged a three-story house near Holden Beach late Monday night.

    The house, at 3802 Somerton St. in the Seascape community at Holden Plantation, sustained major fire damage on the roof and third floor, said Tri-Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd.

    The first and second floors of the house have some water damage from the fire reported at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday.

    Todd said the owners of the house were able to safely evacuate, and there were no injuries.

  • Lightning-sparked fire damages three-story house near Holden Beach

  • 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.