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Archive for September, 2011

Area student SAT scores drop

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

More students took the SAT this year locally and across the state, but scores in reading and math dipped, according to results released Wednesday.

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Southport man pleads guilty to statutory rape

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

BRUNSWICK CO., NC (WWAY) — Brunswick county man pleads guilty to statutory rape. The District Attorney’s office says 22-year-old Joshua Benjamin Higgins of Southport pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape for incidents that occurred with a 13-year-old girl in 2009. Prosecuting attorneys say Higgins and the girl knew each other from a church youth group. Higgins was sentenced to spend up to 13 years in prison.

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Expect delays as Third Street renovation project gets under way

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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ONLY ON 3: Free ride leads to carjacking

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A weekend carjacking landed a suspect in jail and an alleged victim in the hospital. One of the victims says the situation could have been much worse.

Clayton Coston and his wife Michelle were at the Hess gas station off Carolina Road Saturday morning when they began to have car problems. Little did they know the person helping them start their car would eventually steal it.

Clayton Coston says after helping them start their car Jason Batson asked them for a ride and to use their phone. Coston says he was appreciative for the man’s help, so they drove down the road. They went to their house down off Morningside Drive, and once the Costons thought they were parting ways, chaos ensued.

“We got to the house, walked to the porch and looked and my wife was bleeding from her elbows,” Clayton said. “This dude had run into her and knocked her down and I could hear the tires spinning on my car and he was cutting the corner with the car.”

Coston says he called police and the last person Batson had called on his phone. That person said Batson was coming to their house with the intent to harm them.

Sheriff’s deputies say they met him at that home near Kerr Avenue, where they arrested Batson for assault on a female, then assault on a law enforcement officer and stealing the car.

Michelle Coston was hospitalized for her injuries.

Clayton Coston says he will no longer trust just anyone along the road.

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CFPUA bond sale means more rate hikes down the road

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A leaky, out-dated water system means repairs, and that means money. And guess who gets to pay?

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board today approved a $52 million bond sale to update the water and sewer systems in Wilmington and New Hanover County.

The system has been plagued by leaks and service problems because of the outdated systems and connections. When the utility was formed it identified $400 million in needed improvements, many of which are required by state and federal law.

The cost of the latest CFPUA bonds will be passed on to users, who will see an increase in their bills in 2013 and each of the following three years.

Board chair Jim Quinn told WWAY the repairs and money borrowed with these bonds is not optional.

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