Local News

  • Election 2010: Republicans win District 3 and 5 seats on Board of Education

    BOLIVIA—Republicans have won both open seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Incumbent board member Charlie Miller of Southport reclaimed his District 3 seat with 24,431 votes, according to the unofficial results. His challenger, Democrat Deanna Antonio of Southport, received 14,080 votes.

  • One killed in single-car wreck

    A Raleigh man was killed in a single-car wreck Saturday night in Supply.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Silvestre Rogel Vazquez, 52, died after being ejected from the vehicle after it wrecked on Mount Pisgah Road near Cedar Grove Road. The wreck happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

    Daniels said Vazquez’s son, Silvestre Rogel Gandarilla, 24, of Raleigh, was driving the vehicle north when he overcorrected and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned twice and struck a cable box.

  • NAACP holds annual Freedom Fund Banquet


    The message for one local group is “to step into the light” and “choose right.”

    The Brunswick County Branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had its 2010 annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    With more than 100 guests in attendance, the banquet focused on the celebration of freedom and youth while looking to the future and working together as a community.

  • Town satisfied with dredging, says it’s necessary for water access

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials are satisfied with the results of the concrete canal dredging that occurred almost two years ago, and say it was needed in order to keep canals navigable.

    The canals, which average 6 feet deep and about 75 feet wide, were dredged 25 feet down the center, according to survey results provided by the town. The “T” portion of the canals were dredged 20 feet in the center, because they are narrower, Mayor Debbie Smith explained.

    The access canal that leads to the Intracoastal Waterway was centrally dredged 40 feet.

  • Pantano concedes to McIntyre; wins Brunswick

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County, it turns out, no longer likes Mike.

    In the race to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre won his re-election bid in the 10-county district.

    But in Brunswick County, McIntyre was defeated by Republican challenger Ilario Pantano, who, around 10 p.m. Tuesday conceded to McIntyre.

    The numbers just weren’t there, GOP party officials said about his concession.

  • Ingram holds off Democratic challenger

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram will remain at the helm of the sheriff’s office for another four years.

    Ingram received more than 70 percent of the vote to hold off Democratic challenger Elizabeth “Rendy” Lewis for the county’s chief law enforcement officer.

    At press time Tuesday, unofficial results showed Ingram received 27,890 votes, or 70.5 percent, to Lewis’ 11,649 votes, or 29.4 percent.

  • ELECTIONS: David beats Pope in DA race

    For the first time in 20 years, Brunswick County will have a new district attorney.

    In the May primary, Democrat Butch Pope defeated five-term incumbent Rex Gore, and Tuesday night, Republican Jon David defeated Pope.

    David will represent North Carolina’s 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, as district attorney. 

  • Norris wins third term to county commission

    It looks like the faces on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will remain the same for at least the next two years.

    Incumbent commissioners Phil Norris and Marty Cooke both held off their challengers to regain their seats. In the District 1 race, Norris, a Republican, bested former board of education member Ray Gilbert, a Libertarian, 27,400 votes to 6,565 votes.

  • Brunswick Soil and Water District supervisors

    BOLIVIA—Incumbent Randy Sullivan of Shallotte and Tony Street of Supply have been elected to fill two open posts as Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors.

    Unofficial vote tallies Tuesday night were 19,981 or 32.61 percent for Sullivan, 15,621 or 41.71 percent for Street, and 12,124 or 25.31 percent for a third candidate, Robert G. Ward of Winnabow.

    The nonpartisan posts are for four-year terms. Sullivan was the only incumbent candidate.

  • Discussions on park property resume in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is continuing negotiations about possibly buying a multi-million-dollar site for a future park.

    Though the town had announced just last week discussions with Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site, had reached a stalemate, town administrator Gary Parker said owners of the company had changed their minds and subsequently contacted the town about continuing negotiations.

    “We need to have a closed session,” he said at the start of the board’s pre-meeting workshop Monday night.