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  • State foreclosure prevention fund available for hardship assistance

    A stimulus-funded state foreclosure prevention fund is available for homeowners facing certain hardships to prevent foreclosure proceedings.

    Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum said he learned about foreclosure prevention fund at a recent clerks of court conference in Durham, and he wants eligible Brunswick County homeowners to utilize the fund if they qualify.

  • County seeking requests for proposals for old hospital building

    BOLIVIA—Want to buy an old hospital no longer used to see patients?

    Brunswick County Commissioners are looking for a buyer to take the former Brunswick Community Hospital off their hands.

    At their meeting Monday night, commissioners approved soliciting requests for proposals for anyone who wishes to procure the former 74-bed Brunswick Community Hospital.

    When Novant Health opened the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors. Then, on Sept. 12, the hospital was deeded back to Brunswick County.

  • Bicyclists descending Sunday at Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—About 1,500 bicyclists are expected to ride into town Sunday as the two-day Bike Multiple Sclerosis: Breakaway to the Beach Ride ends for the second year in Sunset Beach.

    Bicyclists are expected to start arriving in Sunset Beach as early as 11 a.m.

    As it did last year, this year’s ride will end in the parking areas at the Village at Sunset Beach and Ingram Planetarium.

  • Eleven-year-old cold case ends as South Carolina Jane Doe identified as missing Brunswick woman

    For the past 11 years, the body of Jane Doe lay beneath the earth in Darlington, South Carolina’s Magnolia Cemetery.

    For 11 years, the identity of Jane Doe haunted law enforcement officials in Darlington, and former coroner Elridge Norton, who paid for Jane Doe to have a plot in Magnolia Cemetery—to save her from a pauper’s grave or worse, cremation, which would have meant her identity would always remain a mystery.

  • New 'den' found for former zoo bear in Bolivia

    Shadow the bear finally has a new home.

    The 8-year-old Syrian Grizzly/black bear mix, who has resided at the site of the former Faircloth Zoo in Bolivia all his life, will soon be moving to Noah’s Ark, an animal sanctuary outside Atlanta.

    Lillian Caudill, owner of the former zoo off Midway Road, has been trying to find a new home for the bear since the zoo closed in 2006.

    Operators of the Georgia animal sanctuary are supposed to come and get him by the end of this month, Caudill said Tuesday.

  • 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.