Local News

  • Census takers hit streets

    U.S. census takers have started going door-to-door to interview people who have not returned questionnaires for the 2010 count.

    “I’m putting 1,400 people on the street in my region,” Tony Osticco, local census manager based in Wilmington, said last week.

    Census takers or “enumerators” were scheduled to hit streets this past Saturday.

  • Voters to receive primary ballots based on party, house districts

    With one-stop voting underway in Brunswick County and the Primary Election May 4, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy, reminds people they will receive one of four partisan a ballots and one nonpartisan ballot for judicial races when they vote.

    Registered Democrats will receive ballot D-1 or D-2. D-1 ballots are for registered Democrats who vote in the District 17 State House race, and D-2 ballots are for those who vote in the District 20 State House race.

  • Sheriff, highway patrol sergeant vie for GOP nomination

    John Ingram is the current sheriff of Brunswick County. Tim Daniels is a sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. They both have experience in law enforcement, and they both want to be sheriff.

    Now a Republican, Ingram was first elected sheriff by the Brunswick County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee in May 2008, when former sheriff Ronald Hewett resigned amid and federal investigation.

    After being elected by the committee, county commissioners appointed Ingram as Brunswick County Sheriff.

  • Two Democrats vie for sheriff’s nomination

    To move gangs and drugs out of Brunswick County—that is why Louie Lewis said he is running for sheriff.

    “The reason I’m running is the drugs in Brunswick County and the gangs moving in. I want to see if more can be done to help slow that stuff down or get rid of it,” Louie Lewis said.

    “If I can get to the source [of drugs in the county], I believe I can slow this stuff down a little bit.”

  • Defective-kidney removal spurs questions for Calabash patient

    CALABASH—Bob Warzel wants answers.

    He’s also starting to believe he won’t get them.

    A year after undergoing removal of a transplanted kidney believed to be cancerous, Warzel and his wife, Pat, said no one in the medical realm is owning up to responsibility for the defective organ.

  • Inside the letter: Carolina Shores mayor reprimanded for gender comments

    CAROLINA SHORES— Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission grievance she filed last October about sex discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Stephen Selby has to do in part with comments Selby made on several occasions about her abilities to do her job as the “weaker sex.”

    Chestnut now believes she is being retaliated against for filing the grievance.

  • Defense attorney challenges DA seeking his sixth term

    District Attorney Rex Gore said he loves the job he has been going to for the past 20 years and wants the voters to give him four more.

    Gore is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for district attorney for the 13th prosecutorial district for a sixth term.

    He is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney.

    “My motivation is as a defense lawyer for 26 years, I have been studying the prosecution. After playing defense for 26 years, you learn a lot about offense,” Pope said.

  • N.C. Court of Appeals dismisses coastal insurance rate appeal

    Judges with the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard arguments on Dare County et al. v. the North Carolina Rate Bureau and North Carolina Department of Insurance case last week.

  • County commissioners District 1: Norris seeks third term; challenged by political newcomer

    County commissioner Phil Norris is seeking the GOP nomination to run for his third term as county commissioner. Norris, of Ash, is being challenged by Corrine McCray, of Calabash, a political newcomer.

    “My main motivation is out of concern for the way things are—the economy. I just feel like we need some experience in office. It’s probably the most difficult times in the county, or anywhere else, as far as the economy is concerned,” Norris said.

    Norris said his background and experience make him the best candidate for county commissioner.

  • Sullivan challenges Cooke for District 2 seat

    Soil and Water Conservation Board member Randy Sullivan is challenging incumbent Marty Cooke for the GOP nomination to run for county commissioner for District 2.

    Cooke, who is seeking his second partial term and first full four-year term as county commissioner, said he is running for re-election because, “I have really fallen in love with Brunswick County.”

    “I feel like it is the greatest county in the world. I enjoy serving the people,” Cooke said.