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  • Sunset Beach mayor (incumbent) Ron Watts

     Name: Ron Watts

     

    Office sought: Sunset Beach mayor (incumbent)

     

    Party affiliation: Non-partisan

     

    Age: 57

     

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

     

    Education: Master of Business Administration in marketing from Loyola College; Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland

     

  • Sunset Beach councilman candidate Mark Benton

     

     

    Name: Mark Benton

     

    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman

     

    Party affiliation: Independent

     

    Age: 59

     

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

     

    Education: University of Tennessee

     

    Profession: Independent contractor

     

    Political and public service experience: Long-time member of Elks service organization; recipient of many service awards

     

  • Sunset Beach councilman candidate Rich Cerrato

     

     

    Name: Rich Cerrato

     

    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 69

     

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

     

    Education: Northeastern University, Boston, Bachelor of Science in labor and personnel Relations; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Executive Development Program (1973-1974)

     

  • Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent) E. Wilson Sherrill

     Name: E. Wilson Sherrill

     

    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent)

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 72

     

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

     

    Education: AS Electronics Engineering Technology, N.C. State University

     

    Profession: Retired from Duke Energy after 40 years of service; Realtor

     

  • Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent) Mike Williams

     

     

    Name: Mike Williams

     

    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent)

     

    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated

     

    Age: 65

     

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

     

    Education: Bachelor of Science in education, Master of Arts in administration

     

    Profession: Retired; motel and apartment owner for 33 years; mental health professional for 25 years; teacher for four years. 

     

  • Law enforcement executive faces prostitution charge

    A former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy is charged with solicitation of prostitution in Brunswick County.

    Darrell Wayne Ayers, 55, of Crowell Avenue in Oak Island, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday, Feb. 3, a warrant shows. It is unclear where the incident took place.

  • Leland woman, 5-year-old child recover from dog attack

    A Leland woman and her 5-year-old child are recovering from injuries they suffered in a dog attack Feb. 1.

    The dog, a Lab mix, is in 10-day quarantine at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Services.

    A neighbor was helping the woman change a flat tire on her vehicle at her Provincial Drive residence when the attack happened at 8:50 a.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Friday, Feb. 5.

  • Grand jury indicts three Supply men

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three Supply men Feb. 1 in separate  cases.

    Jamar Levon Bellamy, 22, was among 35 people arrested July 31, 2015, during Operation Summer Heat, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Men accused of sex crimes involving child indicted on drug charges

    Two Southport men who were charged with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Jan. 21 have been indicted on drug charges.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., 70, and Travis LaShawn Siler, 27, both of Cherry Road, were initially arrested Dec. 30, 2015, as a result of tips and complaints from the community, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • NBHS teacher accused of assaulting two children

    A math teacher at North Brunswick High School has been placed on leave amid accusations she assaulted two children younger than 12 last week.

    Two Elizabeth City women took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Victoria Leigh Jeffries of Leland, whom they say injured their children sometime between Jan. 26 and 28.

    One woman claimed Jeffries kicked her 7-year-old son into a wall, causing bruises to his buttocks and right thigh, a warrant shows.