Local News

  • Arguments heard in judge’s defamation suit against Republican activist

    BOLIVIA—A Wake County judge heard arguments in a First Amendment case last Friday in which a sitting judge sued a local political activist for defamation.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sued local activist and former campaign strategist Ed Rapp for defamation for an April 2010 blog post written during a heated Republican primary election.

    Both Lewis and Rapp are Republicans. Lewis supported state Sen. Bill Rabon, and Rapp supported then-candidate Bettie Fennell, also both Republicans.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 29, 2011
  • Candidates file for municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidates have wasted no time as filing for November's municipal elections opened at noon Friday.

    Candidates among the first to file Friday at the Brunswick County Board of Elections include: Brenda Bozeman, Leland mayoral race; John Russo, Carolina Shores commissioner; Sara McCullough, Shallotte mayor’s race; Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor; Bob Williams, Ocean Isle Beach commissioner; Mary Knight, Calabash mayor's race; Daria Buccilli and Charles “Buddy” Walton Jr., Calabash commissioners' races.

  • Candidates file for municipal elections

  • Calabash hires new administrator

    The town of Calabash has hired a new administrator.

    Charles M. Nance of Rutherfordton, N.C., a senior planner for the past 10 and a half years with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina, will begin new duties as Calabash town administrator on Aug. 1.

    Announcement of Nance’s hiring was made by the town Thursday following a closed session Wednesday of the Calabash Board of Commissioners to discuss the open position and candidates who have applied for it.

  • Candidate filing for upcoming municipal elections begins Friday

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming fall 2011 municipal elections begins Friday.

    Candidate filing opens at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    For the towns of Southport and Navassa, candidate filing will run from noon Friday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    The following seats will appear on the ballot in November:

    •Bald Head Island: Three council members

  • Smoke from Pender County wildfires moves into northern Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the county’s 911 center has received numerous calls Thursday morning about heavy smoke in Northern Brunswick County.

    There are no wildfires in Brunswick County, Marzano said.

    North Carolina Forestry Services officials have said the smoke is from a wind shift that occurred Thursday morning, causing smoke from the Pender County wildfires to move into Brunswick County.

  • Local teen fights for his life

    SHALLOTTE—A teenage boy in his last semester of his senior year of high school is supposed to be making plans for prom, graduation, vacation, college, the future—not undergoing radiation treatments at Duke.

    Eighteen-year-old Shallotte resident Tyler Scott began radiation treatments May 2 and completed them June 15. This is just the first phase of treatment for the young man. He will begin chemotherapy in the early winter.

    Earlier this year, Tyler began to have abnormal pains and was not feeling well.

  • Bills signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the following bills into law:

    HB 12: Stop Methamphetamine Labs—increases regulation of the sale of pseudoephedrine products to curtail the production of methamphetamines and establishes a study to find ways to mitigate the costs of cleaning up meth labs.

    SB 125: Regional Schools—allows school boards to establish regional schools with other school districts.

  • A look back at the legislative session


    The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned for the session—at least until legislators come back in mid-July to consider veto overrides and tackle redistricting House and Senate districts.

    The state Senate adjourned Friday, June 17, and the House adjourned the following day on June 18. Both chambers will reconvene July 13.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the Republican majority was pleased with what it was able to accomplish this session, including adopting and then overriding a two-year state budget.