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  • Heated congressional race gets personal

    BOLIVIA—The gloves came off Monday night.

    During the first segment of the Meet the Candidates Night, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and Republican challenger Ilario Pantano came out swinging—with attacks quickly turning personal during the hour-long segment. 

  • Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14

    Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins this Thursday, Oct. 14.

    With early voting locations throughout the county and at the Board of Elections office in Bolivia, voters can cast their ballots early from Oct. 14 until Oct. 30.

    The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

    Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Brunswick County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, if delivered by hand, or by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, if mailed. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2.

  • ADA faces off against a defense attorney for DA

    An assistant district attorney and a defense attorney will face off Nov. 2.

    But it will be on the ballot for district attorney, not in a courtroom.

    Jon David, a Leland Republican who serves as an assistant district attorney in the 5th prosecutorial district, which includes New Hanover and Pender counties, will face off against Harold “Butch” Pope, a Whiteville Democrat and defense attorney.

    It is his experience as a prosecutor that gives him an advantage over his opponent, David said.

  • Committee completes yearlong architectural history of county

    With the exception of Southport, Brunswick County did not have a completed survey of its architectural history until a recent yearlong survey was completed.

    Leslie Bell, the county’s planning and community development director, presented the findings of the yearlong survey to commissioners at their last meeting, Monday, Oct. 4.

    “The project started a year ago—an architectural history of Brunswick County,” Bell said. “Brunswick County was listed three years ago as one of the most threatened places.”

  • Write-in commissioner candidate to be on the ballot

    Brunswick County voters may have one additional choice on the November ballot they would not have otherwise had for county commissioner because of a write-in candidate.

    David “Reggie” Hewett of Supply has garnered more than the 100 required signatures needed to run as a write-in candidate, Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director for the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said.

    Hewett declared his intentions to seek the write-in candidacy on July 12. There will be a write-in line on the ballot for the District 2 county commissioners seat, Ashcraft said.

  • Incumbent Iler faces challenge from mayor in state house race

    Republican incumbent Frank Iler is facing a challenge in this year’s North Carolina House District 17 race.

    James Knox, mayor of the town of Northwest in northern Brunswick County, is also seeking the seat as a Democratic candidate.

    The two faced off at Monday night’s Meet the Candidates night at Brunswick Community College.

    Iler, a retired Oak Island businessman who was appointed to the seat last year when former Rep. Bonner Stiller resigned, and Knox responded to questions posed to candidates in state races.

  • Parade of homes marching out this weekend and next

    Want to take a peek inside some of Brunswick County’s finest and newest homes?

    You have an opportunity this week and next.

    Nineteen homes are in the lineup for Brunswick County’s eighth annual Parade of Homes, set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the following weekend in six different towns.

    Nine of the homes are for sale.

  • First UMC service in new sanctuary Sunday

    SHALLOTTE—The construction of the new $2.8 million sanctuary set to open Sunday at Camp United Methodist Church is as much for the community as it is for its members.

    The Rev. Richard Vaughan said when looking at new visions for the church, members decided they should participate in more community outreach and missionary work opportunities.

    The new sanctuary and Sunday school rooms can provide ample space for small groups to develop, John Donoghue, finance chair, said.

  • Sunset Beach tables open space amendment

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is reviewing a proposed open-space amendment after it was tabled Oct. 4 by Sunset Beach Town Council, a town official said last week.

    Jeff Curtis, chief building inspector for the town, said at an Oct. 7 town planning board meeting that he, along with town attorney Mike Isenberg and planning board chairman Bill McDonald, are “working on making the section clear” regarding open space for golf courses.

  • Commissioners take no action on funding request from museum foundation

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners of Ocean Isle Beach took no action Tuesday regarding a capital funding request from the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation.

    On the agenda during the town’s monthly meeting, commissioners were presented with a $7,100 funding request for capital expenses from the museum foundation. Tom Deacon, interim executive director, said three heat pumps have failed within the past six months and need to be replaced.