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  • Two bus drivers suspended after two incidents in one week

    BOLIVIA—Two Brunswick County school bus drivers have been suspended following two separate incidents last week.

    Last Monday, Sept. 12, a kindergarten student at Town Creek Elementary School boarded the wrong bus and later got off at a stop near the Leland Walmart, where her parent works.

    Town Creek Elementary School bus driver Christopher Graham, who has been with the school system since Sept. 20, 2004, has been suspended without pay for two weeks effective Sept. 19, Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

  • Commissioners support mega port feasibility study

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have endorsed an independent feasibility study for the proposed N.C. International Terminal and its economic, environmental and infrastructural impacts on Brunswick County.

    Representatives with Yes Port, N.C., a nonprofit organization pushing for the proposed N.C. International Terminal near Southport, asked commissioners to endorse a feasibility study for the proposed mega port.

  • Statewide unemployment up in August

    RALEIGH—Statewide unemployment was up in August.

    According to officials with the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, the state’s labor market retracted last month.

    Even with an increase of 16,500 workers, North Carolina’s unemployment rose in August, up to 10.4 percent, ESC officials said.

    July’s statewide unemployment rate was 10.1 percent, which was also an increase from June’s 9.9 percent rate.

  • Brunswick County crime report

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

    •Larceny on Riverside Drive in Supply; suspect stole victim’s mailbox.

    •Burglary and property damage on Seashore Road in Supply; suspects broke into victim’s residence, causing $125 worth of damage.

    •Larceny on Jack and Johnny Road in Supply; suspect stole $200 worth of sports equipment from victim’s home.

  • Sex offender pleads guilty to statutory rape

    BOLIVIA—A Southport man pleaded guilty to statutory rape in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    According to a press release from District Attorney Jon David’s office, Joshua Benjamin Higgins, 22, of 536 Green Moss Road, Southport, pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape Sept. 14.

    The incidents occurred in 2009 with a then-13-year-old girl.

    Assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart said Higgins and the victim knew one another from a church youth group. Higgins confessed to having sex with the victim, Everhart said.

  • Six arrested for role in Pizza Hut armed robbery

     Six suspects were arrested for an armed robbery at Pizza Hut in Shallotte.

    Around 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, two suspects entered the Shallotte Pizza Hut with their faces covered by bandanas. The suspects demanded money from the assistant manager. They left the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of money before law enforcement arrived.

    Shallotte police detectives working in conjunction with the sheriff’s office South End Task Force followed up on leads that steered them to the business’ employees.

  • Sept. 14 Brunswick Beat
  • 'Just another day on the farm'

     GRISSETTOWN—It’s 3 a.m. and the temperature in the tobacco barns has already been checked. Wake up phone calls are being made to rouse the crew.

    By 4 a.m. tobacco fields around the southern portion of Brunswick County are alive with activity. By the time most residents of Brunswick County are finishing their first cup of coffee, the work day for the Grissett family is well under way, for several of their workers its already over.

    “It’s a different way of life,” said Wayne Grissett.

  • Returning traditions to school

     SHALLOTTE—The school day begins a little differently at West Brunswick High School this year and not because of staggered start times.

    This year for the first time in years, students stand together in classrooms across campus to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

    But that’s not all that is different for students at West. In the middle of the school’s courtyard standing 50-feet overhead, Old Glory proudly blows in the wind—a sight West students haven’t seen in years.

  • Town officials set park times

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Starting soon Ocean Isle Beach’s Ferry Landing Park and the playground area will only be open to the public during certain hours.

    At the town’s September board of commissioners meeting, staff recommended the establishment of daily operation hours at the two locations.

    The idea is to prevent overnight parking, camping and littering at the sites, town administrator Daisy Ivey said.