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  • Discussions on park property resume in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is continuing negotiations about possibly buying a multi-million-dollar site for a future park.

    Though the town had announced just last week discussions with Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site, had reached a stalemate, town administrator Gary Parker said owners of the company had changed their minds and subsequently contacted the town about continuing negotiations.

    “We need to have a closed session,” he said at the start of the board’s pre-meeting workshop Monday night.

  • Speeding an issue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are looking at ways to slow speeders.

    “We’d like stepped-up police enforcement and presence,” town commissioner Joyce Dunn said at a monthly workshop Monday, to make citizens more conscious of the problem.

    Fellow commissioner Tom Puls said there is a common problem area across from a stop sign at Clubview and Waterview in the Village at Calabash.

  • Election 2010: MacCallum wins Clerk of Court race over incumbent Wilson

    BOLIVIA—Republican challenger Jim MacCallum has been elected Brunswick County Clerk of Court over Democratic incumbent Cheryl Cheers Wilson, according to unofficial voting tallies Tuesday night.

    Unofficial results Tuesday night showed MacCallum garnering 58.13 percent of the vote over Wilson’s 41.87 percent—22,606 votes to Wilson’s 16,286.

    “I really appreciate all the hundreds of thousands of people who assisted me in my campaign,” MacCallum said Tuesday night. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

  • Elections 2010: Iler holds onto N.C. House District 17 seat

    BOLIVIA—Republican incumbent Frank Iler has been re-elected to a full, new term to N.C. House District 17.

    Unofficial results posted Tuesday by the Brunswick County Board of Elections show Iler bested Democratic challenger James Knox, mayor of the Brunswick County town of Northwest, with 68.37 percent of votes—24,000 over Knox’s 11,104 or 31.63 percent.

  • Election 2010: Democrat Hill holds onto N.C. House District 20 seat

    BOLIVIA—Democratic incumbent Dewey Hill has been re-elected to a 10th term in North Carolina House District 20.

    Unofficial results Tuesday night show Hill beating Republican challenger Tristan Patterson with 53.2 percent of the vote. Results posted on the state election website showed Hill garnering 10,966 votes in Columbus and Brunswick counties over Patterson’s 9,646 votes.

    District 20 is composed of Columbus County and a portion of Brunswick County.

  • ELECTIONS: Constitutional amendment to ban felon sheriffs passes in North Carolina, Brunswick

    The people have spoken, and they do not want convicted felons serving as their chief law enforcement officer in North Carolina counties, including Brunswick.

    According to unofficial election results, the constitutional amendment to ban convicted felons from serving as sheriff in North Carolina garnered statewide support and passed 34,297 votes to 4,839 votes in Brunswick County. Statewide, the amendment passed with 2.05 million votes to 362,061 votes, with 95 of 100 counties reporting.

  • More than 50 percent of registered voters go to the polls Tuesday

    Polling locations across Brunswick County reported a steady influx of voters throughout the day Tuesday. Polls were open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

    Unofficial results reported by the Brunswick County Board of Elections website show that voter turnout on Tuesday was 51.83 percent with 40,196 ballots cast in the county.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, noted Tuesday’s voter turnout in Brunswick County.

  • Unofficial Brunswick County election results

    With 25 of 25 precincts reporting, unofficial Brunswick County race winners:

    RACE                       CANDIDATE            PERCENT OF VOTES

    US SENATE              Richard Burr            64.73

    US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7 Ilario Gregory Pantano            55.02

  • The founder of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated

    Laughter and tears were shared at a celebration of life for the founder of Ocean Isle Beach.

    On Saturday, Oct. 30, family and friends of the late Odell Williamson gathered on Ocean Isle Beach in a celebration of his life and his life’s work. Williamson died on Sunday, Oct. 3.

    Often called “the father of Brunswick County,” Williamson died at the age of 90. He was born in Brunswick County on Nov. 19, 1919, to the late John Bunn and Love Bennett Williamson.

  • ELECTION DAY: Voter turnout steady across Brunswick County

    Polling locations across Brunswick County reported seeing a study influx of voters throughout the day on Tuesday. The polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m., and will close at 7:30 p.m.

    By 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Shallotte precinct at the Shallotte Fire Department reported there had already been more than 300 voters through their doors, and they anticipated an evening rush with polls closing at 7:30 p.m.