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  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for this Saturday at West Brunswick High School


    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.

  • Candidates file for North Carolina House races


    As election filings closed Friday, two Republicans and two Democrats will be vying for the North Carolina House District 17 seat.

    Republican incumbent Frank Iler is seeking re-election, facing a challenge from fellow Republican Mac Tyson and Democratic candidates Leonard Jenkins and James A. Knox.

  • Candidates vying in state judicial races

    As election filings closed Friday, candidates are vying in one state Supreme Court race and four N.C. Court of Appeals races.

    They include:

    N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ed Brady seat)—Robert C. (Bob) Hunter and Barbara Jackson, both of Raleigh, have filed for the nonpartisan race.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville is seeking re-election, with challenges in the nonpartisan race from Jane Gray of Raleigh and Mark E. Klass of Lexington.

  • Woman organizes community forums to raise awareness about human trafficking

    Allysa McKenzie wants to make history. She wants to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    McKenzie, an ordination ministry student and certified Christian counselor, is passionate about ending human trafficking. After attending Stand Against Trafficking (StAT) training in Fisher, Ind., last year, McKenzie said she was disturbed to learn 27 million people worldwide are living in some form of slavery include human trafficking and debt bondage.

  • Additional charges filed against Navassa police officer

    A Navassa Police officer arrested last week for sexual battery has been arrested on several additional charges, including sexual battery and statutory rape.

    On Thursday, Feb. 18, detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit arrested Jaymin Lenwood Murphy, 35, of 9586 Old Mill Road, Leland.

    He was charged with the first-degree rape of a child from a 2006 offense, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dumped shrimp settlement outlined in Varnamtown



    VARNAMTOWN—More than 50 people, including local shrimpers, packed in Feb. 18 to hear representatives outline a trade-dispute settlement regarding dumped shrimp from Thailand.

    Representatives with the Southern Shrimp Alliance said the settlement with the Thai Frozen Foods Association would make at least $100 million in funds available for the domestic industry.

  • ELECTION 2010: No new filings for judicial seats


    No new candidates have filed for state judicial races as of Tuesday.

    N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ed Brady seat)—Robert C. (Bob) Hunter and Barbara Jackson, both of Raleigh, had previously filed for the nonpartisan race.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville and challengers Jane Gray of Raleigh and Mark E. Klass of Lexington have filed for Calabria’s seat.

  • ELECTION 2010: Tyson files as fourth candidate for District 17 race


    Mac Tyson has cast his hat in the ring for election in the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Tyson, a former Cumberland County commissioner and senior legislative adviser who lives in Holden Beach, filed for the race against fellow Republican and incumbent Frank Iler (R-Brunswick), who is seeking re-election.

    Two Democratic challengers, Leonard Jenkins and Northwest Mayor James A. Knox, have also filed.


    State Rep. Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election in the N.C. House District 20 race.

  • Man dies, child seriously injured in Shallotte Point wreck

    A Shallotte man was killed and his 2-year-old daughter severely injured after a two-car wreck Saturday on Pigott Road in the Shallotte Point area.

    The other driver involved in the crash was not injured and is facing several charges including felony hit and run and driving while impaired, according to 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Jorge Velasquez Sotomayor, 1510 Phelps St., Shallotte, died in New Hanover Regional Medical Center a day after the wreck occurred.

  • Hughes pushes for more board interaction, communication with public

    In the midst of construction crews building additions to town hall, Shallotte’s town administrator settles into his new office and prepares for an upcoming board retreat. His desk is piled high with plans, notes and blueprints.

    The March 10 board of aldermen is where Albert Hughes hopes to establish his goals as administrator and get aldermen more involved in planning the town’s future, he said recently.