Today's News

  • Jury trial amendment undecided

    A vote to determine whether a felony defendant can waive a jury trial in favor of a bench trial appeared to have passed at press time Tuesday.

    North Carolinians voted on the amendment during the general election. If it is approved, the decision to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial will make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state, according to a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

  • Rabon ahead of Ward in N.C. Senate District 8 race

    Precinct results available by press time Tuesday show Republican incumbent Bill Rabon ahead of Democratic challenger Ernie Ward in the state Senate District 8 race.

    Preliminary state election results, with 57 percent of precincts reporting, had Rabon with 26,919 votes or 55 percent to Ward’s 21,882 or 45 percent.

    Rabon, who sought his third term as state senator, said job creation is the most important issue for southeastern North Carolina.

  • Iler bests challenger Warren in House race

    Election results Tuesday show Republican incumbent Frank Iler of Oak Island winning over Democratic challenger Charles Warren in the state  House of Representatives District 17 race.

    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Iler had 20,790 votes or 67 percent and Warren had 10,159 votes or 34 percent.

    Iler, a small business owner and company employee from Oak Island, was first appointed to the House of Representatives in 2009, followed by a 2010 election and 2012 re-election to that post.

  • Initial results show incumbents returning to school board

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    Preliminary general elections results show a pair of Brunswick County Board of Education incumbents keeping their seats .

    Incumbents John Thompson and Charlie Miller, both Republicans, ran against Democrats Leonard Jenkins and William Flythe, respectively.

    At press time, with six of 26 precincts reporting, Thompson had garnered 14,691 votes (61 percent) against Jenkins’ 9,275 votes (39 percent) in the District 5 race.

  • Early results show Gore wins District Court seat from Prince

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer


    Fred Gore will move from assistant district attorney in the 13th District to District Court judge after apparently winning Tuesday’s election over the incumbent, Sherry Dew Prince.

    At press time, 17 of 69 precincts reported Gore lead the race for the district court seat with 68.34 percent of the vote, 6,850, to Prince’s 31.66 percent, 3,174 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

  • Cooke keeps county commissioner seat

    Incumbent Commissioner Marty Cooke will serve Brunswick County’s District 2 for the next four years, winning Tuesday’s election over John Holleman Jr.

    At press time, the North Carolina State Board of Elections reported 22 of 26 precincts had Cooke receiving 22,433 votes, or 62.34 percent to Holleman’s 13,551 votes, or 37.66 percent of voters.

  • Oak Island teen accused of $130K fraud

    An Oak Island teen is accused of bilking about 20 people out of $130,000 through an elaborate investment scheme.

    David Alan Topping, 19, of Ocean Drive, was charged Nov. 4 with misdemeanor solicitation to obtain property by false pretense, felony obtaining property by false pretense for items valued at more than $100,000 and felony securities fraud, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Cold start to November fishing


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  • Tournament of Champions preview: Women champions

     The Brunswick County women’s golf champions for 2014 are an eclectic group.

    Some have won their club championships numerous times in the past 11 years; others are new to this elite order. Some started golf when they were children, others learned the game at midlife. All are excited to be the best of the best at their club for this year.

    The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions is Nov. 15-16 at Rivers Edge. Women’s and men’s champions in Brunswick County will compete in two rounds of medal play.