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  • Elections: N.C. Governor, Barbara Howe

    Name: Barbara Howe

    Town of residence: Oxford, NC

    Political office sought: Governor

    Political affiliation: Libertarian

    Candidate website address: barbarahowe.net

    Profession: Homemaker

    Education: B.A., English and psychology, Pfeiffer College, 1975.

    Family information:
    Spouse, Tom Howe.
    Two sons, one daughter.

    Organizations or affiliations:
    Libertarian Party of North Carolina
    Grassroots North Carolina
    Gun Owners of America
    La Leche League

  • Elections: Superintendent of Public Instruction, June Atkinson

    Name: June Atkinson

    Town of residence: Raleigh, North Carolina

    Political office sought: StateSuperintendent of Public Instruction

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.juneatkinsonnc.com

    Profession: Educator-former business teacher, administrator, and currently State Superintendent


  • Elections: N.C. Commissioner of Labor, John Brooks

    Name: John C. Brooks

    Town of residence: Raleigh, North Carolina

    Political office sought: N.C. Commissioner of Labor

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.brookslaborcomm.com

    Profession: Attorney


    Greenville High School Diploma
    A.B., Economics and Political Science, U.N.C., Chapel Hill
    J.D., University of Chicago Law School
    Government Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ.

  • Elections: N.C. Auditor, Beth Wood

    Name: Beth A. Wood, CPA

    Town of residence: Raleigh

    Political office sought: North Carolina Office of State Auditor

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.bethwoodcampaign.com

    Profession: CPA - Currently NC State Auditor

    Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University, Greenville

    Family information: Married - Husband Sam

    Organizations or affiliations:

  • Election: N.C. Treasurer, Janet Cowell

    Name: Janet Cowell

    Town of residence: Raleigh

    Political office sought: State Treasurer

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: Cowellfortreasurer.com

    Profession: Currently serving as State Treasurer


    Bachelor of Arts.  University of Pennsylvania
    Masters of Business Administration. Wharton School of Business
    Masters in International Studies.  Lauder Institute

    Family information: Single

  • Elections: N.C. Supreme Court Justice, Paul Newby

    Name: Paul Martin Newby

    Town of residence: Raleigh, NC

    Political office sought: Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court

    Political affiliation: Non-Partisan Election (registered Republican)

    Candidate website address: www.newbyforcourt.com

    Profession: Justice, NC Supreme Court


    UNC School of Law, 1980
    Duke University (Public Policy Studies) (Magna Cum Laude), 1977
    Ragsdale High (Jamestown, NC), 1973

  • One-stop voting drawing a crowd

    Those who forgot to register to vote by the Friday, Oct. 12, North Carolina deadline have another chance.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said people could still register to vote as one-stop early voting launched Oct. 18 in the county.

    A steady line of people showed up for early voting when it opened at 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Shallotte, and the parking lot was jammed.

  • Voting straight-ticket in N.C. doesn't include presidential race

    North Carolina voters who vote straight-ticket need to know that doesn’t include the presidential race.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, confirmed voters will need to pull the lever for presidential candidates separately.

    Earlier this month, Carolina Shores resident Donna Lowry summed up North Carolina’s straight-ticket issue after recently learning about it.

    “It’s the dumbest damn thing I’ve ever heard of,” she said.

  • Traffic changes afoot in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—More changes are in store along Sunset Boulevard.

    Sunset Beach Town Council recently approved a 35-mph speed zone for the stretch of road that used to lead to the old Sunset Beach swing bridge.

    Now, there’s a new state-operated boat ramp that has drawn more traffic than anticipated.

    Sunset Beach Town Council is also poised to firm up development plans for the future Sunset Beach Town Park site extending from Sunset Boulevard to the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Seniors helping seniors and BSRI volunteer awards

    The second annual Seniors Helping Seniors and their Caregivers event drew a large crowd on Friday, Oct. 12.

    “We felt like it was a big success,” Jim Fish, BSRI executive director, said. “About the same number of people attended this year as last year.”

    This year the event was at the South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores; last year it was at the Southport Senior Center.