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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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