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Today's News

  • 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.

  • South beats West 41-28

     Photos from football game between South Brunswick and West Brunswick.

  • 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.

  • Trojans improve to 5-0 in conference in volleyball

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the conference by beating South Columbus 25-23, 25-11, 25-14 Sept. 15 at West. West is 9-3 overall.

    The first set was tied 19-19 before the Trojans got a sideout on a kill by Jasmine Jackson off a set by Alex Wickel. Another kill by Jackson and a service winner by Wickel put West ahead 23-19. The Stallions got a sideout and another point before an errant serve put West ahead 23-22. Mary Morgan Inions hit a service winner and after a sideout West won on a kill by Jackson off a set by Wickel.

  • Sept. 14 Brunswick Beat
  • Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 31

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Karen Richards and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • With shuffled lineup, West beats North 4-1 in soccer

     LELAND—With a new defensive backfield and a new starting forward, the West Brunswick High School soccer team beat North Brunswick 4-1 in a conference game Sept 14.

    Sophomore Luis Espinoza, a substitute for injured senior co-captain Alex Harrell, scored two goals in the first half.

    Junior forward Scottie Melvin also scored in the first half and Nick Carozza had two assists. Junior Jonathan Newhouse scored West’s goal in the second half, about a minute after North’s Carlos Mateos had cut the lead to 3-1.

  • Religion and club briefs

    Church plans fundraiser
    New Life Baptist Church, 5420 Ocean Hwy. E. in Winnabow, will have a barbecue chicken/pork chop fundraiser from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
    Barbecue chicken and pork chops plates will include green beans or baked beans, potato salad, roll and dessert.
    Spaghetti dinner set for Sept. 24
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will have its fifth annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the fellowship hall.

  • God’s hands and feet are visible in human form if we have the eyes to see

    Life is an exercise in learning if it is anything at all. Certainly, Hubby Dear and I have had ample opportunity to experience it, especially during the past two years or more. Food arrived when we least expected and most needed it. Company came to visit and lift our spirits. Cards galore, including birthday greetings and well wishes both comic and otherwise, were lovingly read and placed within sight and smiling review.

  • Food safety and restaurants

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff NC Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center
    This is National Food Safety Education Month. It’s been held every September for the past 17 years and focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and food service industry.