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  • Six NBHS students arrested for vandalism at SBHS

    Six North Brunswick High School students have been arrested in connection with vandalism that occurred at South Brunswick High School.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, South Brunswick school officials contacted Cpl. Larry Auman, school resource officer, at 9 a.m. Friday in regards to vandalism at the school's football stadium.

  • Sunset Beach park site negotiations 'unsuccessful'

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon on Thursday that the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site bearing a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.

  • Two vying in Brunswick County Clerk of Court race

    Democratic incumbent Cheryl Cheers Wilson faces Republican challenger Jim MacCallum in the Nov. 2 Brunswick County Clerk of Court race.

    Wilson, who defeated challenger Linda Moses in the May primary, was elected to her first clerk of court term in 2006. Prior to that, she served 16 years as a magistrate judge and nine years as a legal assistant.

    MacCallum, a Shallotte attorney, defeated Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins in the Republican primary. He has practiced law for 33 years.


  • Ingram challenged by Democrat for sheriff

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is being challenged by a retired magistrate and former law enforcement officer for sheriff.

    Both candidates defeated primary opponents in May.

    Ingram, a Republican, has served as sheriff since he was first elected in a special election in May 2008.

    In the May 2010 GOP Primary, Ingram defeated Tim Daniels.

    In the Democratic Primary, Ingram’s opponent, Democrat E. “Rendy” Lewis, defeated Louie Lewis for the Democratic nomination.

  • Incumbent Cooke faces challenge from write-in for District 2 county commissioner

    Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke is facing a last-minute challenge for the District 2 commissioners seat from a write-in candidate.

    Cooke, a Republican who was first appointed county commissioner in April 2008, is seeking his second term as county commissioner.

    Cooke was unopposed in the GOP primary in May, and until July, was unopposed in the Nov. 2 General Election.

  • Incumbent Norris faces challenge from former board of education member

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris is being challenged by former board of education member Ray Gilbert for the District 1 county commissioners seat.

    Norris, a Republican, is seeking his third four-year term to the board of county commissioners. Gilbert, a Libertarian, is seeking his first term as county commissioner.

    Norris said he is committed to the upcoming countywide property revaluation.

    “It’s in the process,” he said.

  • Brunswick County to be included in FEMA disaster declaration for individual assistance

    Brunswick County was not included in the original six counties that received a disaster declaration following Tropical Storm Nicole and the flooding that left Brunswick County under nearly two feet of water, but was included Tuesday afternoon.

    On Oct. 14, President Barack Obama declared a disaster area for six Eastern North Carolina counties, including Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Hertford, Onslow and Tyrrell counties.           

  • Commissioners OK Special Assessment District for Brick Landing wastewater project

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved creating a Special Assessment District for Brick Landing Plantation to pay for urgent repairs to the ailing wastewater system.

    In March, the county had an emergency takeover of the system, repairs for which will cost around $950,000, county utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

  • DSS bills growing without all invoices tallied

    The decision to fire a longtime Department of Social Services Director may have been made last week, but county taxpayers continue to pay for it.

    At a special meeting Monday, Oct. 11, DSS board members voted to fire Jamie Orrock, who has served as director since 1981.

    But since the DSS board first voted to place Orrock on paid leave beginning Aug. 11, the county has continued to pay him.

    From Aug. 1 until Oct. 18, the county paid out $24,419.80 in salary and another $6,310.08 in benefits.

  • Early voting off to a good start; no major problems reported

    BOLIVIA—More than 5,500 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said 5,584 ballots had been cast between Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began, and press time Tuesday afternoon.

    Of the 5,584 total votes, the Shallotte Armory on Main Street led the early voting locations, with 1,780 ballots cast since Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.