Local News

  • Jury trial amendment undecided

    A vote to determine whether a felony defendant can waive a jury trial in favor of a bench trial appeared to have passed at press time Tuesday.

    North Carolinians voted on the amendment during the general election. If it is approved, the decision to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial will make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Rabon ahead of Ward in N.C. Senate District 8 race

    Precinct results available by press time Tuesday show Republican incumbent Bill Rabon ahead of Democratic challenger Ernie Ward in the state Senate District 8 race.

    Preliminary state election results, with 57 percent of precincts reporting, had Rabon with 26,919 votes or 55 percent to Ward’s 21,882 or 45 percent.

    Rabon, who sought his third term as state senator, said job creation is the most important issue for southeastern North Carolina.

  • Iler bests challenger Warren in House race

    Election results Tuesday show Republican incumbent Frank Iler of Oak Island winning over Democratic challenger Charles Warren in the state  House of Representatives District 17 race.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Iler had 20,790 votes or 67 percent and Warren had 10,159 votes or 34 percent.

    Iler, a small business owner and company employee from Oak Island, was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2009, followed by a 2010 election and 2012 re-election to that post.

  • Initial results show incumbents returning to school board

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    Preliminary general elections results show a pair of Brunswick County Board of Education incumbents keeping their seats .

    Incumbents John Thompson and Charlie Miller, both Republicans, ran against Democrats Leonard Jenkins and William Flythe, respectively.

    At press time, with six of 26 precincts reporting, Thompson had garnered 14,691 votes (61 percent) against Jenkins’ 9,275 votes (39 percent) in the District 5 race.

  • Early results show Gore wins District Court seat from Prince

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer


    Fred Gore will move from assistant district attorney in the 13th District to District Court judge after apparently winning Tuesday’s election over the incumbent, Sherry Dew Prince.

    At press time, 17 of 69 precincts reported Gore lead the race for the district court seat with 68.34 percent of the vote, 6,850, to Prince’s 31.66 percent, 3,174 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  • Cooke keeps county commissioner seat

    Incumbent Commissioner Marty Cooke will serve Brunswick County’s District 2 for the next four years, winning Tuesday’s election over John Holleman Jr.

    At press time, the North Carolina State Board of Elections reported 22 of 26 precincts had Cooke receiving 22,433 votes, or 62.34 percent to Holleman’s 13,551 votes, or 37.66 percent of voters.

  • Oak Island teen accused of $130K fraud

    An Oak Island teen is accused of bilking about 20 people out of $130,000 through an elaborate investment scheme.

    David Alan Topping, 19, of Ocean Drive, was charged Nov. 4 with misdemeanor solicitation to obtain property by false pretense, felony obtaining property by false pretense for items valued at more than $100,000 and felony securities fraud, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • New finance officer starts job in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has a new finance director and budget officer.

    Bonnie Schwerd, who previously served as finance director with the town of Oak Island and has a master’s degree in accounting, started her first day of work Monday, Nov. 3, and introduced herself at that night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    Schwerd said she also previously worked in Horry County, S.C., and lives in Myrtle Beach. By December, she said she plans to present a draft of the town financial report.

  • Carolina Shores to review communications committee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Mayor Walter Goodenough is proposing the town do away with its communications advisory committee.

    The proposal will be considered by town commissioners at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at town hall.

    Goodenough, speaking at the town board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, pointed out the committee has already been put on hold or hiatus.

    Goodenough said every month town administrator Jon Mendenhall posts information on the town website about progress the town is making.

  • Deputy summoned for 'demands' in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Mayor Walter Goodenough said he summoned a sheriff’s deputy last Friday after a citizen made demands at town hall.

    Goodenough said he called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office from his home the afternoon of Oct. 31 after he was told former town commissioner Gere Dale was at town hall demanding information.