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  • Elections director reports ‘moderate’ voter turnout in Tuesday’s election

    BOLIVIA—It was a moderate day in Brunswick County on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8—at least in terms of voter turnout.

    “We’ve had what would appear to be a moderate day,” Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said about voter turnout.

    Of the county’s 45,093 voters who were eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election, more than 20 percent of voters turned out to cast their ballots.

  • Offshore wind turbines hot topic in Holden Beach

    A North Carolina Sierra Club representative made a presentation on offshore wind turbines to Holden Beach commissioners at their meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Carina Barnett-Loro’s pitch for wind energy was called “First in Flight, First in Wind.”

    She talked about the Wright Brothers making the first human flight in 1903 on North Carolina’s coast because of the strong winds.

    “In 2011, we have an opportunity to be a leader again in renewable energy,” she said.

  • General Assembly to take up redistricting later this month

    RALEIGH—After returning to Raleigh on Monday, Nov. 7, members of the N.C. General Assembly adjourned until Sunday, Nov. 27.

    When members reconvene later this month they are expected to consider several bills relating to the state and congressional redistricting maps.

  • New mayors elected in Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach

    The southern end of Brunswick County has three new mayors.

    Unofficial precinct results from Tuesday’s municipal elections show unopposed candidate Mary Knight is the new mayor of Calabash, Walter B. Goodenough is the new mayor of Carolina Shores, and Richard Cerrato is the new mayor of Sunset Beach.

    “I am just absolutely thrilled,” Knight, a Calabash town commissioner, said Tuesday night of her unopposed bid for the mayoral seat in her town. Her predecessor, Anthony Clemmons, did not seek re-election to a second mayoral term this year.

  • Write-in candidate gets seat on Holden Beach board

    HOLDEN BEACH—Alan Holden will once again serve as mayor of Holden Beach.

    Holden, who was unopposed in his bid for mayor, was elected to his second term as mayor Tuesday night.

    Four incumbent candidates were also re-elected to the board of commissioners. One write-in candidate, Dennis Harrington, secured enough votes to become the board’s newcomer.

  • New mayors in four towns

    Brunswick County polls are closed. All results below are unofficial tallies.

    With three of three precincts reporting in Shallotte, Sara McCullough has sizably defeated Paula Pease for mayor. McCullough brought in about 89 percent of the vote.

    It was a tight race for three seats on the Shallotte Board of Aldermen. With three of three precincts reporting, the three top voter getters unofficially are Walt Eccard, Carson Durham IV and Alan Lewis.

    Gene Vasile was next in votes followed by Jo Anna Simmons and Michael Pease, respectively.

  • Sunset Beach continues with garbage rollback ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has indicated it will continue with its garbage rollback ordinance and subsequent $25 fine for violations.

    Island homeowner Michael Rahman spoke out against the ordinance at Monday night’s monthly town council meeting but was cut short after Mayor Ronald Klein said public comments are limited to three minutes.

    Klein said Rahman could speak again during a second public comment time at the end of the meeting, but Rahman said he had to drive back to Winston-Salem and did not stay for the remainder of the meeting.

  • 'Personal' comments faulted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—One day before the town election, a heated exchange ensued when town commission candidate Gere Dale spoke during public comment time at a town board workshop Monday.

    Dale said he wanted to apologize to town commissioner Joyce Dunn for erroneously attributing a statement to her that was actually made by town commissioner John Russo about contacting people to see if they favor having a town events center.

  • Humane Society meeting set for Nov. 16 in Brunswick County

    The Humane Society of the United States is having a grassroots animal advocate meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. meeting room.

    HSUS will inform residents about current animal advocate issues and how to be a participant in the community. The meeting open to the public and all who are interested in animal issues and advocacy programs.

    BEMC is at 795 Ocean Highway north of Shallotte.

  • Man jailed for attempted armed robbery in Carolina Shores

    A suspect is in jail in connection with an attempted armed robbery last Friday morning in the Carolina Commons shopping center in Carolina Shores.

    Sheriff’s office spokesman Del Routh said Richard Tyler Borrelli, 21, of 356 Ridgewood Drive, Calabash, is being held in connection with an attempted armed robbery reported at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Subway restaurant, 9869 Ocean Highway West. On Tuesday, Borrelli, arrested Nov. 4, was still in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond. He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.