Today's News

  • ELECTION 2010: U.S. Senate race heats up; Burr has yet to file

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has announced he planned to seek a second term in the U.S. Senate, but he has yet to file for office.

    Candidate filing has been open for more than a week and, so far, six candidates have filed for office to challenge Burr.

    Republicans Eddie Burks of Asheboro and Brad Jones of Toxaway filed to challenge Burr for the GOP nomination in May.

  • ELECTION 2010: Breazeale files for Congress to seek GOP nomination to challenge McIntyre

    One of three Republicans who have announced they plan to vie for the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District has filed for office.

    On Friday, Feb. 12, Republican and Iraq War veteran Will Breazeale filed for office. Breazeale won the 2008 GOP nomination, but lost to McIntyre in the 2008 General Election.

  • N.C. International Terminal: Reconnaissance study expected to be complete next month

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing its reconnaissance study of the large-scale dredging project that would precede construction of the N.C. International Terminal near Southport. The port has been proposed by the N.C. Ports Authority.

  • ELECTION 2010: David, Pope file for D.A.'s race

    A Brunswick County Republican and a Columbus County Democrat have filed for District Attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District.

    Jon David, a Leland Republican and assistant district attorney in New Hanover County, filed for office to represent the 13th District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    David won the GOP nomination for D.A. in 2006, but lost to incumbent District Attorney Rex Gore in the November 2006 General Election.

  • Morehead City port accident concerns some port opponents

    A hazardous materials accident last month at the Port of Morehead City alerted residents to possible risks related to a new container terminal planned for the Southport area within the next seven years, port opponents say.

    On Jan. 12, the Port of Morehead City was evacuated, and a portion of the nearby highway was closed, after nine containers of the explosive material PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) leaked that morning at the port.

    According to officials, no injuries or environmental damage was reported.

  • Miller to seek re-election for board of education

    Brunswick County Board of Education member Charlie Miller announced his intent to seek re-election Tuesday afternoon.

    Miller, who was elected to the board in 2004, cannot officially file for re-election until later this month. He must wait 90 days after he switched political parties.

    A lifelong Republican, Miller was elected to the board of education as a Republican but switched to the Democratic party after being hired as chief deputy of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May 2008.

  • Road improvements, traffic signals coming for two schools

    Brunswick County School officials plan to seek an easement to an agreement with the developers of neighboring property adjacent to West Brunswick High School to make improvements and alleviate traffic flow.

    The board of education signed an agreement in Sept. 2008 granting Stonecrest Partners LLC an easement in exchange for several improvements. Stonecrest agreed to improvements to the storm drainage piping and sediment ponds and construction of an access road off of Ruby Way, which would make a rear entrance from the school’s parking lot.

  • ELECTION 2010: Rabon, Fennel file for state senate

    With Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. not seeking re-election, the District 8 seat in the North Carolina State Senate will be open for the first time in 35 years.

    Bill Rabon, a Republican and Southport veterinarian, filed for election Friday. Though it is his first time running for public office, Rabon said he knows what the people of southeastern North Carolina need and is ready to address their concerns.

  • Superintendent search narrowed to 10 candidates

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has narrowed the search for the next superintendent to 10 candidates from a pool of 34 applications.

    Board members met Thursday afternoon and selected the top 10 applicants. Chairperson Bud Thorsen said the 10 will be interviewed over the course of three days beginning March 12.

    “We’ve gone through the big hurdle of narrowing it down, and I feel very confident that out of the 10, we’ve got it narrowed down to where we’re gonna find the right person for Brunswick County,” Thorsen said.

  • Oyster recycling program collects 6,800 bushels from Brunswick

    Since its inception in 2003, the North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling program has collected 108,017 bushels (2,971 tons) of oysters from 22 counties throughout the state.

    Brunswick County restaurants, residents and festivals have helped contribute to that number by giving 6,805 bushels since 2003.

    The North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries recognized local recycling partners last week.