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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. 


  • County greenway, blueway public input meetings planned

    The Brunswick County Planning Department is holding two public input meetings to receive ideas and input about a new project to create a network of greenways and blueways throughout the county.

    The greenways and blueways would create a network of trails, help preserve natural resources and provide a tool for residents and visitors to find trails and water access sites, according to a county news release. They would help connect parks, open spaces, historic and cultural sites, population centers, shopping centers, water access sites and beaches.

  • Voter registration, party change deadline approaching

    The deadline to register or change one’s party affiliation before the primary is Friday, Feb. 19, and residents should take this time to review their polling place location as some locations have moved.

    Voter registration forms must be in the Brunswick County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. Feb. 19, or must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 19. This includes voters wishing to register for the first time and voters wishing to change their party affiliation.

  • Shallotte police seek woman in computer theft

    Shallotte police are asking for the community's assistance in identifying a woman they think stole a computer from Wal-Mart last month.

    The woman, described as white with a slight build and brown hair, came into the store at the same time as a black man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 27, reports show. It is unclear whether the woman and man were together.

    Investigators believe the woman took a $98 Hewlett Packard desktop computer without paying for it and left the store in a van.

  • NCDOI examines Blue Cross and Blue Shield

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin recently met with top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to discuss the insurer’s ongoing payment and enrollment problems.

  • Shallotte woman, 56, faces felony heroin charges

    A 56-year-old Shallotte woman arrested Wednesday, Feb. 10, faces three felony heroin charges.

    Betsy Wynne Padgett, of Central Avenue SW, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, selling or delivering heroin, conspiring to sell or deliver heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Padgett had nine bindles, or doses, of heroin and sold them Sept. 22, 2015.