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  • ELECTION 2010: Daniels files for sheriff

    Republican Tim Daniels filed for the office of Brunswick County Sheriff on Thursday, Feb. 11. Daniels, a sergeant with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, will challenge incumbent Sheriff John Ingram to seek the GOP nomination.

    No Democrat has filed for sheriff or publicly announced plans to run.

    “I am excited to be officially entered into the sheriff’s race and, if elected, I look forward to serving the citizens of Brunswick County with professionalism, stability and most importantly integrity,” Daniels said.

  • ELECTION: Gore joins David, Pope in seeking bid for DA

    Incumbent district attorney Rex Gore filed for re-election Tuesday, joining a Brunswick County Republican and a Columbus County Democrat who want to represent the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Gore, a Democrat, filed for office Tuesday.

    Last week, Jon David, a Leland Republican and assistant district attorney in New Hanover County, filed for office.

    Harold Pope, a Whiteville Democrat and attorney, also filed for district attorney last week.

  • ELECTION 2010: Contenders file for board of education

    Two former educators will appear on the ballot at this year’s primary election for the District 3 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Democrat Deanna Antonio and Republican Harvey Rash were the only two candidates to file as of press time Tuesday.

    Board member Charlie Miller announced last Tuesday he was seeking re-election, but due to a recent political party change, is unable to file until later this week.

    Antonio said after 35 years in education, running for a spot on the board seemed like the next step in her career.

  • ELECTION 2010: Three have filed for Soles' Senate seat

    Three people have filed for the chance to take over Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.’s District 8 seat in the North Carolina State Senate.

    Republicans Bill Rabon and Bettie Fennel will face each other in the primary elections this May.

    Rabon said he knows what the people of southeastern North Carolina need and is ready to address their concerns.

  • Literacy Council opens Touch a Life Learning Center

    “We are here today to celebrate a very special event,” Mari-Lou Wong-Chong told the group gathered at the Brunswick County Literacy Council building Thursday morning.

    The official ribbon cutting marked the opening of the Touch a Life Learning Center, inside the Literacy Center in Supply.

    Wong-Chong, president of the Literacy Council board, said it was “a true labor of love made possible by so many in our community.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department to receive $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced in a press release last Thursday Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department would receive funds, along with Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Department and Cerro Gordo Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Terminal groin draft report released

    The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) has released a draft report of the terminal groin study that was mandated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009.

    The study intended to examine the “feasibility and advisability of the use of terminal groins as erosion control devices,” according to the CRC Web site.

    Contractor Moffatt & Nichol, which conducted the study, examined five terminal groins in North Carolina and Florida, but deemed the effects of terminal groins on natural resources “somewhat subjective.”

  • More dresses, shoes and accessories needed for Wings of Love Prom Closet

    The Wings of Love Prom Closet is still seeking formalwear donations, which will be given to Brunswick County girls in need of dresses, shoes and accessories to wear to prom.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet, a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown, will outfit girls in need with all the essentials to go to the prom free of charge.

    Junior and senior girls of Brunswick County high schools can see their counselors and request a referral form for Wings of Love Prom Closet.

  • Soles to appear in Columbus County court Feb. 25

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. will appear in Columbus County court this week.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney who announced he would not seek re-election to represent District 8 in the state Senate, has a scheduled court hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, where he will face an assault charge for a shooting at his home in August.

    Soles will appear before special Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. at 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shallotte Middle School reopened after early morning lockdown

    Classes resumed just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning at Shallotte Middle School after the school was placed in lockdown before the school day began.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb said a student received a threatening text message, which was reported to school officials at about 7:25 a.m. Thursday. The school was immediately put in lockdown. Students who were arriving by car or bus were asked to wait at West Brunswick High School until the school reopened. Students already in the school were directed to wait in the gym.