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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. 


  • Man accused of setting Brunswick Forest house on fire

    A Brunswick Forest resident is charged with arson after a fire Saturday night, Feb. 6, damaged a home in the Leland subdivision.

    William James Kelim II, 34, of Walbury Court, was arrested Feb. 6 and charged with first-degree arson, breaking and entering and communicating threats for starting the fire following a domestic dispute earlier in the day, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

  • OIB officials recognize fire department’s 40th year

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials recognized the town fire department’s 40th anniversary at the Tuesday, Feb. 9, town board meeting.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Protection Association, originally an entirely volunteer fire department, was chartered in January 1976, Mayor Debbie Smith said. Johnnie Hill was the department’s first fire chief and the volunteer staff had only one pumper truck to respond to fire calls.

  • OIB residents air concerns on fire training facility

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — An Ocean Isle Beach resident told town commissioners during the town’s first public forum of 2016 he and his family don’t want a fire training facility as their next door neighbor.

    Roberto's restaurant owner Dave Gundrum and his wife, Karen, live at 5839 Watts Road with their two children, Dave Jr. and Gracie.

    The town owns two lots adjacent to the Gundrums’ property to the west, which is also bordered to the north by the Ocean Ridge development and is a short distance from Ocean Isle Beach Park to the southwest.

  • Shallotte crash kills teen, injured two others Wednesday morning

    Shallotte police are investigating a crash that killed one teen and injured two others early Wednesday morning.

    Officers were dispatched to Bridger Road in response to a 911 call about 4 a.m. and found a blue 2007 four-door Honda Accord submerged in about seven feet of water in Mulberry Branch creek, according to a news release. They, along with Shallotte firefighters and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies, pulled three teens from the wreckage.

    The youngest, a 13-year-old who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Wet, windy weather drenches weekend

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Cold and rain descended in torrents this past weekend, causing some local flooding and soaking some Super Bowl plans.

    As 40-degree temperatures accompanied by rain enveloped the area, many stayed indoors and hunkered down.

    Flooding was reported in certain parts of Brunswick County, spurring Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Government to delay their Monday, Feb. 8, opening times by two hours.

    Several people reported flooding in their yards.