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  • Race to Washington: State senator, Libertarian candidate challenge Washington veteran for seat in U.S. Senate

    Editor’s note: Democratic candidate Kay Hagan declined the invitation to the candidates’ forum. The Beacon made several attempts to reach Hagan by phone and e-mail for an interview, but she was unable to be reached by press time Tuesday.

    If it were up to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the U.S. would begin drilling for oil immediately to break its dependence on foreign oil.

  • The race to Washington: U.S. House of Representative challenger tries to unseat six-term incumbent

    In a battle of 10 counties, only one candidate will make it to Washington to represent North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republican Will Breazeale is challenging six-term incumbent Mike McIntyre in their race to Capitol Hill. McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, has served Southeastern North Carolina in Congress for 12 years, and Breazeale says it’s time for new representation in Washington.

    McIntyre maintains he’s the man for the job.

  • Two of three gubernatorial candidates face off at candidates’ forum

    WILMINGTON—It was a silent night for Democratic candidates Friday at the Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.

    The event, co-sponsored by various media outlets, including The Brunswick Beacon, featured Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

    Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the Democratic nominee for governor, declined the invitation to the forum, as did Dole’s opponent, N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan.

  • Four of five county commissioners up for re-election

    The face of Brunswick County’s governing board could change dramatically after next week’s election. Four of the five sitting county commissioners are up for re-election Nov. 4.

    The District 2 seat, held by Marty Cooke, became a contested race after the death of county commissioner and chairman David Sandifer in April. Either Cooke or his challenger Marion Davis will serve the remainder of Sandifer’s term, which ends in 2010.

  • Chief jailer resigns; interim captain to resume full-time duties

    BOLIVIA—After 22 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Kevin Holden has resigned.

    Sheriff John Ingram said Holden resigned on Monday from his post as captain over the detention division. Capt. Phil Perry has been named interim jail administrator and will resume full-time duties as jail administrator next Monday.

    Holden was hired in July 1986. In 2000, he was promoted to captain of detention. Until his resignation Oct. 27, Holden was making an annual salary of $70,933.

  • Crowds turn out for Festival by the Sea

    Crowds turned out this weekend for Holden Beach's Festival by the Sea.

    The annual parade kicked off Saturday's festivities. Arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment were available throughout the weekend. 

    The food lineup included: Maco Enterprises, Ocean Isle Beach; Greek Boys, Wilmington; Ruby Woods, Morganton; Reva's Kitchen, Wilmington; Dippin' Dots, Rocky Mount; Mrs. K's Funnel Cakes, Calabash; Provision Company, Holden Beach; N.C. Sweet Tea, Wilmington; Coble's Ice Cream, Asheboro; Steak Boys, Matthews; and Onions Gone Wild, Raleigh.

  • Beacon to sponsor candidates’ forum

    The Brunswick Beacon has teamed up with The Big Talker FM, Cape Fear Community College and other media outlets to sponsor the “2008 Southeastern North Carolina’s U.S. Senate and N.C. Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.”

    The candidates’ forum, Friday, Oct. 24, at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, is for all U.S. Senate candidates and North Carolina gubernatorial candidates. Not all candidates are scheduled to attend.

  • Wounded Warriors to ride into Brunswick County

    The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is gearing up to ride into Brunswick County this week.

    The Wounded Warrior Project is a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide programs and services to severely injured servicemen and women.

    One of the project’s many programs is its annual Soldier Ride.

    “Our No. 1 goal is to raise awareness. I don’t think the average Joe knows what it’s like,” for disabled servicemen and women, organizer Debra Racine said.

  • Federal government plays role in BEMC underground power line project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. hosted a luncheon last week to thank U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance with funding the replacement of aboveground electric lines with underground wires in local beach towns.

    Representatives from state, county and town governments gathered at Cinelli’s Wednesday to hear a report about the completion of the years-long project from BEMC officials.

  • Leland homicide victim died from gunshot wound; sheriff's office still seeking information

    Mark Deegan Johnson, 54, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Friday.

    Chief deputy Charlie Miller said Johnson's body was found at his home on Red Fox Street around 1 p.m. Monday. Ingram said investigators believe Johnson was killed sometime between Saturday and Sunday. Johnson was last seen Saturday morning at his home, Ingram said.

    Johnson was not married and lived alone at the home at 9826 Red Fox St., where his body was found. A neighbor reported finding Johnson's body.