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  • Elections: Board of Education, District 4, Shirley Babson

    Name: Shirley Babson

    Town of residence: Bolivia

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 4

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Profession: Retired

     

    Education: North Carolina School Boards Association; Institute of Government, Chapel Hill; Continuing Education Courses, Brunswick Community College; Continuing Education Courses, Cape Fear Community College; graduated from Shallotte High School, honor student

     

  • Pared-down park plans outlined in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The cost for proposed amenities for the future town park just came down.

    Residents got a chance to view a pared-down proposal for the future Sunset Beach Town Park at a public-input meeting Oct. 11.

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 2, Lorene Williams

    Name: Lorene Hewett Williams

    Town of residence: Supply

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 2

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Retired

     

    Education: B.S. from Shaw University, M.Ed from NCCU; and advanced level certification as curriculum specialist, program administrator, principal and superintendent, University of South Carolina.

     

    Family information: married to Floyd I. Williams Sr. for 35 years. We have two children, Ashley and Jamie.

     

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 2, Catherine Cooke

    Name: Catherine Cooke

    Town of residence: Shallotte

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 2

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: Catherine Cooke for Board of Education on Facebook

    Profession: Self-employed

     

    Education: Page High School graduate, Greensboro; St. Mary’s College, Raleigh; N.C. real estate broker.

     

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 1, Bud Thorsen

    Name: Olaf “Bud” Thorsen

    Town of residence: Shallotte Point

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 1

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Facebook page: Bud Thorsen Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Profession: Chief Court Counselor, 31 years, 13th Judicial District.

     

    Education: West Brunswick High School 1972-1976; UNC Pembroke BA Degree 1976-1980

     

    Family information: Wife Debbie, married 29 years; children, Tyler, 26, Jessica, 22

  • Elections: Board of Education, District 1, Ray Gilbert

    Name: Ray Gilbert

    Town of residence: Ash

    Political office sought: Board of Education, District 1

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.teamgilbert.org

    Profession: Pastor

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 5, Frank Williams

    Name: Frank Williams

    Town of residence: Northwest

    Political office sought: Brunswick County Commissioner, District 5

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: electfrankwilliams.com

    Profession: Owner, Pioneer Strategies

     

    Education: B.A. in communication, N.C. State University (1993); North Brunswick High School (1988);

     

    Family information: Single

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 5, Michael Ballard

    Name: Michael A Ballard

    Town of residence: Navassa

    Political office sought: County Commissioner, District 5

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Pastor

     

    Education: Graduate of North Brunswick High School 1980, Livingstone College 1980-1982, Fayetteville Tech 1982-1983, Cape Fear Community College 1983, University of Phoenix 2008-2009

     

  • Elections: County Commissioners, District 4, Brenda McMillian

    Name: Brenda Faye McMillian

    Town of residence: Leland

    Political office sought: County Commissioner, District 4

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Profession: Retired social worker

     

    Education: Bachelor in business management; licensed real estate broker; licensed assisted living administrator

     

    Family information: Two adult children 

     

  • Parks plans, recreation on Holden Beach work agenda Oct. 25

    Holden Beach commissioners will have a public forum and work session in town hall at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, on proposed plans for two parks and recreation projects on the island.

    One project is for the land behind the water tower, and the second project is near a spoil area on Scotch Bonnet Drive. The town recently purchased both pieces of land.

    Facilitator will be Chris May, executive director of the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

    Commissioners and parks and recreation advisory board members will talk about the two projects at the forum.