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Today's News

  • N.C. State Senate District 8 candidate Randolph W. “Randy” Crow

    Name: Randolph W. “Randy” Crow

    Office sought: N.C. State Senate District 8 seat

    Party affiliation: Libertarian

    Age: 72

    Town of residence: Kelly

    Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 1970; Studies of Advanced Real Estate Subjects, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, 1980

    Profession: Self-employed small investor

  • N.C. House of Representatives District 17 candidate Patricia L. Sykes

    Name: Patricia L. Sykes

    Office sought: N.C. House of Representatives District 17 seat

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 65

    Town of residence: Southport

    Education: High school, some college and training with federal government

    Profession: Retired after 32 years with the federal government in various agencies; Brunswick County Schools, Brunswick County and town of Long Beach (now Oak Island); past owner of Sykes Portable Welding & Repair for more than 25 years

  • N.C. House of Representatives District 17 candidate Frank Iler

    Name: Frank Iler

    Office sought: N.C. House of Representatives District 17 seat

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Town of residence: Oak Island

    Education: Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley High) College prep; Campbell College (now University) bachelor’s degree in business; Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., graduate courses in business

    Profession: Cost accountant in the textile industry; budget supervisor in the fast food industry; small business owner; sales and marketing in the food and automotive industries

  • 2018 primary candidate profiles for contested Brunswick County races

    The Beacon asked candidates in contested races within our coverage area to fill out and return questionnaires seeking basic information for readers ahead of May 8’s primary election. All were asked for the same information.Each was asked to be brief in sharing their political and public service experience; to identify, in 100 words or less, the top issues in our community they plan to address; and explain, in 100 words or less, how they will address these issues if elected.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate John W. Thompson

    Name: John W. Thompson

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 63

    Town of residence: Belville

    Education: Graduate of N.C. State University School of Design, 1977, with Bachelor of Environmental Design in architecture

    Profession: Architect

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Robert B. Cruse

    Name: Robert B. Cruse

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 51

    Town of residence: Leland

    Education: MBA with a concentration in accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management; Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting from UNCW

     

    Profession: Auditor

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Gerald “Jerry” Benton

    Name: Gerald “Jerry” Benton

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 37

     

    Town of residence: Leland

     

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology

     

    Profession: Retired; disabled veteran

     

  • Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidate Randy Thompson

    Name: Randy Thompson

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 59

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

    Education: Bachelor’s degree in public administration from Shaw University; associate degree in fire protection technology from Durham Technical Community College

    Profession: Retired public safety professional with more than 30 years of experience, last position as Brunswick County Emergency Services director

  • Rouzer joins Ag Committee in releasing 2018 Farm Bill

    On April 12, Congressman David Rouzer, R-N.C., joined members of the House Committee on Agriculture in unveiling H.R. 2 — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill, which funds farm programs through 2023. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 works to address the five-year, 52 percent decline in farm income by providing certainty that a simple extension of current policy cannot provide, according to a news release from Rouzer’s office.

  • This is a call for cookies

    Last week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon had a notice announcing the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines scouts who sold the most cookies in this area this year.

    It went on to say the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts average number of boxes sold per girl was 261.

    I want to send this message out to the second- or third-place finisher or, heck, even the winner if she is looking to clean up again next year.

    If you want to increase your sales, don’t overlook the Beacon, or its staff. Or more specifically, me.