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  • One-stop voting drawing a crowd

    Those who forgot to register to vote by the Friday, Oct. 12, North Carolina deadline have another chance.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said people could still register to vote as one-stop early voting launched Oct. 18 in the county.

    A steady line of people showed up for early voting when it opened at 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Shallotte, and the parking lot was jammed.

  • Voting straight-ticket in N.C. doesn't include presidential race

    North Carolina voters who vote straight-ticket need to know that doesn’t include the presidential race.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, confirmed voters will need to pull the lever for presidential candidates separately.

    Earlier this month, Carolina Shores resident Donna Lowry summed up North Carolina’s straight-ticket issue after recently learning about it.

    “It’s the dumbest damn thing I’ve ever heard of,” she said.

  • Traffic changes afoot in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—More changes are in store along Sunset Boulevard.

    Sunset Beach Town Council recently approved a 35-mph speed zone for the stretch of road that used to lead to the old Sunset Beach swing bridge.

    Now, there’s a new state-operated boat ramp that has drawn more traffic than anticipated.

    Sunset Beach Town Council is also poised to firm up development plans for the future Sunset Beach Town Park site extending from Sunset Boulevard to the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Seniors helping seniors and BSRI volunteer awards

    The second annual Seniors Helping Seniors and their Caregivers event drew a large crowd on Friday, Oct. 12.

    “We felt like it was a big success,” Jim Fish, BSRI executive director, said. “About the same number of people attended this year as last year.”

    This year the event was at the South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores; last year it was at the Southport Senior Center.

  • Elections: U.S. House of Representatives, District 7, David Rouzer

    Name: David Rouzer

    Town of residence: McGee’s Crossroads

    Political office sought: U.S. House, North Carolina 7th District

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: http://davidrouzer.com

    Profession: Business consultant


    Education: B.S. in agricultural business management; B.S. in Ag Economics; B.A. in chemistry, N.C. State University


    Family information: Single


  • Elections: U.S. House of Representatives, District 7, Mike McIntyre

    Name: Mike McIntyre

    Town of residence: Lumberton

    Political office sought: U.S. Representative, North Carolina 7th District

    Political affiliation: Democrat

    Candidate website address: www.mcintyreforcongress.com

    Profession: Member of Congress


    Education: Morehead Scholar; B.A. University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa; J.D. University of North Carolina; recipient of Chancellor’s Sullivan Award for best exemplifying humanitarian service


  • Elections: N.C. Senate, District 8, Bill Rabon

    Name: Bill Rabon

    Town of residence: Southport

    Political office sought: North Carolina Senate, District 8

    Political affiliation: Republican

    Candidate website address: billrabon.com

    Profession: Veterinarian


    Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia; diploma, West Columbus High School


    Family information: One son, Will


  • Elections: N.C. Senate, District 8, Danny Hefner

    Name: Danny Hefner

    Town of residence: Ocean Isle Beach

    Political office sought: N.C. State Senate, District 8

    Political affiliation: Democratic

    Candidate website address: www.dannyhefner.com

    Profession: Truck driver and therapeutic foster parent


    Education: Belford University, bachelor of science, engineering management; USMC Engineer Equipment Officer School; USMC Warrant Officer School; USMC Journeyman Engineer Equipment Operator’s Course


  • Elections: Register of Deeds, Brenda Clemmons

    Name: Brenda Mercer Clemmons

    Town of residence: Bolivia

    Political office sought: Brunswick County Register of Deeds

    Political affiliation: Republican


    Profession: Register of Deeds


    Education: Graduate of North Brunswick High School; UNC School of Government-N.C. Association of Register of Deeds (NCARD) certification (2010); NCARD Advanced Training (2011); N.C. Notary Public.


  • Elections: NC House, District 17, Lundia Washington

    Name: Lundia Washington

    Town of residence: Bolivia

    Political office sought: State House Representative, District 17

    Political affiliation: Democratic Party

    Candidate website address: www.lundiawashington4nchouse.org

    Profession: Retired educator


    Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Spelman College; Master of Arts Degree, Clark Atlanta University; Post graduate work in Administration and Special Education.


    Family information: Mother of eight; grandmother of five.