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  • Carolina Shores mayor says he won't seek re-election in 2011

    CAROLINA SHORES—A year before the November 2011 election, first-term Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby is already saying he won’t be seeking re-election.

    Selby, speaking to a reporter at a first-anniversary gathering of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said last Friday he has no plans to serve another term.

    “I didn’t come here to become a career politician,” said Selby, who was elected mayor as a write-in candidate in November 2007.

    Instead, Selby said he plans to devote more time to his ministry.

  • Brick sales to be part of fundraising for Calabash park

    CALABASH—Tentative plans for selling engraved bricks to raise money for the town’s new park were the focal point of a long-range committee discussion at town hall last week.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, meeting with fellow commissioner Mary Knight and interim town administrator Kelley Southward, said the standard 4-by-8-inch bricks have a base cost of about $20 or slightly more apiece.

  • Federal, state disaster assistance available at county complex in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA—The disaster recovery center is up and running at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the disaster recovery center is in Building G, 20 Referendum Drive, at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Six NBHS students arrested for vandalism at SBHS

    Six North Brunswick High School students have been arrested in connection with vandalism that occurred at South Brunswick High School.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, South Brunswick school officials contacted Cpl. Larry Auman, school resource officer, at 9 a.m. Friday in regards to vandalism at the school's football stadium.

  • Sunset Beach park site negotiations 'unsuccessful'

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon on Thursday that the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site bearing a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.

  • Two vying in Brunswick County Clerk of Court race

    Democratic incumbent Cheryl Cheers Wilson faces Republican challenger Jim MacCallum in the Nov. 2 Brunswick County Clerk of Court race.

    Wilson, who defeated challenger Linda Moses in the May primary, was elected to her first clerk of court term in 2006. Prior to that, she served 16 years as a magistrate judge and nine years as a legal assistant.

    MacCallum, a Shallotte attorney, defeated Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins in the Republican primary. He has practiced law for 33 years.

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  • Ingram challenged by Democrat for sheriff

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is being challenged by a retired magistrate and former law enforcement officer for sheriff.

    Both candidates defeated primary opponents in May.

    Ingram, a Republican, has served as sheriff since he was first elected in a special election in May 2008.

    In the May 2010 GOP Primary, Ingram defeated Tim Daniels.

    In the Democratic Primary, Ingram’s opponent, Democrat E. “Rendy” Lewis, defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic nomination.

  • Incumbent Cooke faces challenge from write-in for District 2 county commissioner

    Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke is facing a last-minute challenge for the District 2 commissioners seat from a write-in candidate.

    Cooke, a Republican who was first appointed county commissioner in April 2008, is seeking his second term as county commissioner.

    Cooke was unopposed in the GOP primary in May, and until July, was unopposed in the Nov. 2 General Election.

  • Incumbent Norris faces challenge from former board of education member

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris is being challenged by former board of education member Ray Gilbert for the District 1 county commissioners seat.

    Norris, a Republican, is seeking his third four-year term to the board of county commissioners. Gilbert, a Libertarian, is seeking his first term as county commissioner.

    Norris said he is committed to the upcoming countywide property revaluation.

    “It’s in the process,” he said.

  • Brunswick County to be included in FEMA disaster declaration for individual assistance

    Brunswick County was not included in the original six counties that received a disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Nicole and the flooding that left Brunswick County under nearly two feet of water, but was included Tuesday afternoon.

    On Oct. 14, President Barack Obama declared a disaster area for six Eastern North Carolina counties, including Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties.