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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Election-and-issues season kicks off in southern Brunswick

    It’s that time of year again. You can feel it in the air.

    The summer array of vacationers has retreated farther inland, and local voters and candidates are starting to huddle closer together, mapping their strategy.

    The seasonal transition into fall always brings a timely kickoff into the upcoming election season, too.

    It started early in Carolina Shores, where the Concerned Citizens staged private interview sessions last month with candidates for mayor and town commissioners.

  • Arrests made in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police made the following arrests in the past week.

    •Maurice Dallas Moore, 24, of Augusta, S.C., was arrested for DWI Sept. 18.

    •Donna Kayleena Knollenberg, 28, of Evans, Ga., was arrested Sept. 18 for disorderly conduct.

    •Rhonda Michelle Bass, 41, of Laurinburg, was charged on outstanding warrants for driving while license revoked from Richmond County.

    •Jeremy C. Moore, 35, of Calabash, was arrested Sept. 14 for driving while impaired and possession of a Schedule III substance.

  • Four suspects sentenced in DWI court

    BOLIVIA—Four suspects were recently sentenced in Driving While Impaired (DWI) court.

    Mollie Elaine Fischer, 20, of 404 Sherrill Ave., Oak Island, pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to DWI and felony serious injury. Fischer was sentenced to 13-16 months suspended sentence, 60 days split sentence and 36 months probation.

  • 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.

  • White, Nolan had big weeks for Mount Olive

     

    BY FRANK LAMM

    MOUNT OLIVE COLLEGE

    Mount Olive College sophomore Carly White (Ash, N.C./West Brunswick HS) came up big for the Trojans last week, helping the squad open Conference Carolinas play with a win over St. Andrews.

    White delivered a match-high 10 kills for Mount Olive, including seven in the first set. Fellow sophomore Keri Nolan (Calabash, N.C./West Brunswick HS) added three kills during a 6-0 run that helped ice the final set.

  • UPDATED: Sheriff’s detectives arrest wanted shooting suspect

    UPDATE: Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Joseph Kelly late Wednesday evening. Kelly, 19, of 3098 Shell Point Road, Supply, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault and battery. Kelly was taken to the detention center, where he was placed under a $40,000 secured bond.

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a suspect wanted for an early-morning shooting Tuesday.

  • Trojans shut out West Bladen 3-0

     

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team improved to 3-0 in the conference by beating West Bladen 3-0 Monday night. Senior midfielder Nick Carozza had an assist and scored twice.

    West controlled play for most of the first half, but its best shot on goal came 15 minutes after the start. Carozza passed to sophomore midfielder Luis Espinoza, who lined a shot that hit the bottom of the right post and bounced out of bounds.

  • 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.