Today's News

  • South Brunswick Middle School’s lockdown lifted after bomb threat

    South Brunswick Middle School was placed on temporary lockdown following a bomb threat Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29.

    School officials implemented standard procedures for a bomb threat reported at 12:30 p.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    Less than an hour later, the lockdown was lifted, Swencki wrote in a text message.

    “Students are on their way back to class,” she said, adding that South Brunswick Middle School principals notified parents through the district’s School Messenger system.

  • Brunswick County boasts 12th lottery winner of 2015

    A Leland man has been named the fourth and final player to win the top prize of $150,000 in the Emerald 7’s scratch-off game, making him Brunswick County’s 12th lottery winner of the year.

    Robert Jenkins purchased his winning ticket at Tommy’s Mini Mart on Mount Misery Road in Leland, state lottery officials said Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    After required state and federal withholdings, Jenkins received a check for $103,876.

    Diane Pennellatore of Winnabow won $10,000 in Powerball money Sept. 16while

  • Carolina Shores candidates speak out at community forum

    CAROLINA SHORES — Storm response and the town recycling center were hot topics of debate at a meet the candidates night Oct. 20.

    With the Nov. 3 election just days away, two mayoral candidates and six people vying for three town commissioners’ seats got a chance to speak to a smattering of residents who attended the event in the Village at Calabash community clubhouse.

    Former town commissioner Joyce Dunn, who is challenging Mayor Walter Goodenough, feels a need to get involved again.

  • Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent) Mike Williams



    Name: Mike Williams


    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent)


    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated


    Age: 65


    Town of residence: Sunset Beach


    Education: Bachelor of Science in education, Master of Arts in administration


    Profession: Retired; motel and apartment owner for 33 years; mental health professional for 25 years; teacher for four years. 


  • Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent) E. Wilson Sherrill

     Name: E. Wilson Sherrill


    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman (incumbent)


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Age: 72


    Town of residence: Sunset Beach


    Education: AS Electronics Engineering Technology, N.C. State University


    Profession: Retired from Duke Energy after 40 years of service; Realtor


  • Sunset Beach councilman candidate Rich Cerrato



    Name: Rich Cerrato


    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Age: 69


    Town of residence: Sunset Beach


    Education: Northeastern University, Boston, Bachelor of Science in labor and personnel Relations; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Executive Development Program (1973-1974)


  • Sunset Beach mayor (incumbent) Ron Watts

     Name: Ron Watts


    Office sought: Sunset Beach mayor (incumbent)


    Party affiliation: Non-partisan


    Age: 57


    Town of residence: Sunset Beach


    Education: Master of Business Administration in marketing from Loyola College; Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland


  • Sunset Beach councilman candidate Mark Benton



    Name: Mark Benton


    Office sought: Sunset Beach councilman


    Party affiliation: Independent


    Age: 59


    Town of residence: Sunset Beach


    Education: University of Tennessee


    Profession: Independent contractor


    Political and public service experience: Long-time member of Elks service organization; recipient of many service awards


  • Navassa District 3 commissioner candidate Dorsey Jones Jr.

        Name: Dorsey Jones Jr.


    Office sought: Navassa District 3 commissioner


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Age: 49


    Town of residence: Navassa


    Education: Associate degree in sociology


    Profession: Clinical research/records management


  • Leland mayor candidate Glen Thearling

     Name: Glen Thearling


    Office sought: Leland mayor


    Party affiliation: none


    Age: 63


    Town of residence: Leland


    Education: One year at Penn State; Naval Nuclear Power Program and Electronics Technician; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensed Senior Reactor Operator


    Profession: Retired senior analyst with 35 years at Duke Energy’s Brunswick Power Plant