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Some have aptly described this Election Day – the voting part – not the counting ballots part – as the eye of the storm. Around lunch time, anecdotal reports described trickles of voters around the region – after a relatively busy morning. Brenda and Bobby Hunt showed up at the polls just after 1 o’clock -- what they hoped would be a slow time to vote in Brunswick County – and they were right. But line or no line, military veteran Bobby Hunt says exercising the right to vote is something he...

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has three of its five districts in play this year; however all county residents vote for all the districts. Three Democrats are hoping to win seats on what is currently an all-Republican Board in a very red county. William Flythe is a retired chemist who worked for two decades at Pfizer / ADM before retiring to Brunswick County and teaching high school and college chemistry. After serving on the county’s planning board for one term, Flythe says he...

In Brunswick County, Republican Frank Williams is running for his second term representing District 5 on the Board of Commissioners, and Mike Forte is running for District 4. Both Republican candidates are focused on economic development and education. According to Mike Forte, the only economic engine in Brunswick County is tourism, and he says this isn’t enough: "That’s part-time, minimum wage jobs. I have two sons—24 and 20 years old. They need full time work. Warehousing, manufacturing,...

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we hear from the three Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners. There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County. The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years. This year, Districts 3, 4, and 5 are in play. Nearly 82,000 residents in Brunswick County are white, almost 9,000 are black, less than a thousand are Hispanic and about 3300 fall into...

Today, we continue with our CoastLine Candidate Interviews, and on this edition, we’ll hear from two of the three Republicans seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners. There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County. The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years. This year, Districts 3, 4, and 5 are in play. Today, we’ll meet Mike Forte – who hopes to win District 4 – and Frank Williams – who is seeking a...

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Besides the addition of classrooms and schools to address overcrowding concerns, the bond money would go towards updating technology. That’s according to Deanne Meadows, Assistant Superintendent for Brunswick County Schools: "You have to continue to upgrade and update your technology resources. We are on a seven-year rotation right now. It really should be five years that we take a computer and we trade it out for an upgrade." With more schools and classrooms comes the need for more teachers....

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Marty Mentzer is running as a Democrat to represent District 4 of Brunswick County’s Board of Education. As a retired teacher with over two decades of experience, she says her number one issue is increasing teacher pay and morale. Marty Mentzer says state cuts to education spending have discouraged teachers. But she says local actions could help pick up the slack left by state lawmakers: “Locally, we need to find ways to fund a raise in teacher supplements and to reinstate longevity pay at...

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’ll hear from the two Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education. There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County. The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years. In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats. No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition. Write-in candidates are...

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet one of three Republicans seeking three seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education. There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County. The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years. In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats. No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition. Write-in candidates are...

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