Today's News

  • Gore out as DA: Pope defeats five-term incumbent

    It’s the end of an era.

    After 20 years as district attorney, Rex Gore will not move forward to the General Election to run for his sixth term for district attorney.

    Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney, defeated Gore, the five-term incumbent district attorney Tuesday night to secure the Democratic nomination for DA for the 13th prosecutorial district.

    Pope defeated Gore 10,205 votes to 8,010 votes, or 56.03 percent to 43.97 percent in the three-county district, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Ingram wins GOP nod to continue bid for sheriff

    Surrounded by his family, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram accepted the GOP nomination for sheriff Tuesday night at Brunswick County’s Republican headquarters in Bolivia.

    Ingram defeated his primary challenger, Tim Daniels, 6,908 votes to 3,351 votes, or 67 percent to 32 percent.

    “It’s very exciting,” Ingram said from GOP headquarters after delivering a victory speech to a standing room only crowd, many of whom were sheriff’s deputies cheering on their sheriff.

  • Hill, Iler, Knox winners in state House primaries

     Democratic incumbent Dewey Hill and Republican incumbent Frank Iler were winners Tuesday in respective N.C. House primary races.

    With four Brunswick County precincts involved in his race, Hill received 415 or 71.92 percent of votes over challenger Ken Waddell’s 162 or 28.08 percent of votes for the North Carolina House District 20 seat.

  • Incumbent commissioners receive GOP nods to continue

    Incumbent Brunswick County Commissioners Phil Norris and Marty Cooke both secured GOP nominations for their respective districts Tuesday night to move forward to November’s General Election.

    Norris defeated Corrine McCray 6,248 votes to 2,534 votes, or 71.15 percent to 28.85 percent to secure the GOP nomination for the District 1 county commissioners seat.

    “I appreciate the confidence that the voters have shown in me and I pledge to continue to do my very best for them,” Norris said Tuesday night.

  • Rabon defeats Fennell for State Senate District 8 GOP nomination

    Bill Rabon has won the GOP nomination for the North Carolina State Senate District 8 seat.

    Securing 67 percent of the votes from Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties, Rabon defeated challenger Bettie Fennell, who secured 33 percent of the votes.

    Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, won 7,340 votes in Brunswick County, compared to Fennell’s 2,705 votes.

    Fennell previously ran for Senate in 2008, but lost to Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. Soles, the state’s longest-serving senator, who announced in December he would not seek re-election.

  • Miller, Thompson win GOP nominations for Board of Education

    Charlie Miller and John W. Thompson won the GOP nominations for the Brunswick County Board of Education for District 3 and District 5.

    Miller, who is the current board member representing District 3, defeated challenger Harvey Rash to secure the nomination.

    Unofficial results show Miller won 71 percent of the votes (6,117) to Rash’s 29 percent (2,506).

    “I look forward to continuing to serve the kids in Brunswick County, and I look forward to the race in the fall,” he said.

  • Burr wins GOP nomination for U.S. Senate

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has secured the Republican Party nomination with a reported 80 percent of votes statewide, according to Tuesday’s unofficial results.

  • Officials recommend offering Pre-K in northern elementary schools only

    Brunswick County Schools officials have previously suggested transferring all 14 of the district’s Pre-K classes to private sectors as a way to help offset the $5.8 million budget shortfall expected for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    During a policy committee meeting Tuesday, school officials presented committee members with two possible choices—transfer all 14 Pre-K classes to private sectors or operate seven Pre-K classes, up to 54 students, in the northern end of the county.

  • Leland Middle principal requests approval of uniform policy

    Leland Middle School principal Patricia Underwood said the staff is “fighting some problems” when it comes to the school’s dress code.

    The three main problems, she said, are girls wearing tight, low-cut shirts, inappropriate T-shirts and sagging pants.

    “Students continue to wear things that are not appropriate,” she said.

    And when it comes to middle schoolers, a dress code violation conversation often turns into insubordination and “a moment of defiance,” Underwood said.

  • Renourishment begins at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2010 Beach Renourishment Maintenance Project is under way at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Company began work last week at Shallotte Boulevard and has worked west to Lumberton Street. The project is expected to end at Tarboro Street.