Nelson Burgess fills the unexpired term of Mack Whitney while Brandon Howard fills the unexpired term of Hugh Batts.

Two community leaders and local business owners with extensive business experience, were recently selected to fill unexpired terms of previous board members.

Nelson Burgess, of Jacksonville, was selected to fill the remaining term in District Two of Reverend Mac Whitney III, who passed away in late September 2016. Mr. Burgess, who is a native of Richlands, attended Richlands High School and East Carolina University and is a small business owner in Onslow County. Mr. Burgess is active in the community, serving as a board member of BB&T and the Onslow Caring Communities Foundation. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Coastal Carolina Community College and is a past board member of the New River Rotary and the Onslow Economic Development Commission. Mr. Burgess and his wife, Regine, have two children, Tiffany and Jessica.

Brandon Howard, of the Half Moon Community, was selected to fill the remaining term in District One of board member and one time chairman Hugh Batts. Mr. Batts retired from the board at the end of July 2016. Mr. Howard, who was born and raised in Onslow County and attended Richlands High School and later North Carolina State University, is self employed as a farmer, general contractor, and home inspector. A current board member of the Onslow County Farm Bureau, Mr. Howard is also a member of the Jacksonville Board of Realtors. He previously served on the Farm Bureau of North Carolina’s Young Farmer & Ranch Committee. Mr. Howard has two children, Anna and Zachary.