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  • ELECTIONS: David beats Pope in DA race

    For the first time in 20 years, Brunswick County will have a new district attorney.

    In the May primary, Democrat Butch Pope defeated five-term incumbent Rex Gore, and Tuesday night, Republican Jon David defeated Pope.

    David will represent North Carolina’s 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, as district attorney. 

  • Norris wins third term to county commission

    It looks like the faces on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will remain the same for at least the next two years.

    Incumbent commissioners Phil Norris and Marty Cooke both held off their challengers to regain their seats. In the District 1 race, Norris, a Republican, bested former board of education member Ray Gilbert, a Libertarian, 27,400 votes to 6,565 votes.

  • Brunswick Soil and Water District supervisors

    BOLIVIA—Incumbent Randy Sullivan of Shallotte and Tony Street of Supply have been elected to fill two open posts as Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors.

    Unofficial vote tallies Tuesday night were 19,981 or 32.61 percent for Sullivan, 15,621 or 41.71 percent for Street, and 12,124 or 25.31 percent for a third candidate, Robert G. Ward of Winnabow.

    The nonpartisan posts are for four-year terms. Sullivan was the only incumbent candidate.

  • 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.