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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 17, 1985, Image 1

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TH Volume 23, Number 10 Sunset B BY SUSAN USHER Passage by car across Uie intracoastal Waterway to Sunset Beach was expected to resume as early as Friday, less than a week after a barge rammed and destroyed a 50-foot section of the community's poontoon swing bridge, state transportation officials announced Tuesday afternoon. "If the weather holds and we don't run into any unforeseen difficulties we will finish up significantly ahead of schedule," said Jim Sughrue, chief spokesman for the N.C. Department of Traasportation. "Traffic could be restored by the end of the week." Jack Edgerton, area bridge manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said Tuesday it appeared vehicle traffic would resume Friday. Until transportation is restored, Sughrue said, officials are asking that only residents and those with legitimate business on the island use the temporary ferry service operating while repairs aic completed. Information on Island access car. be obtained by calling 57SW020 or 5?<M021 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The phones are staffed at a joint command post established at the Sunset Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Calls in reference to emergency situations should be routed through the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department at 253-4321. The Marine Safety section of the U.S. Coast Guard's Wilmington District office is investigating the incident. It was uncertain Tuesday what charges, if any, would be filed Sr. connection with the incident, but Suglirue said tl* state plans to recover all that is possible within the limits of maritime law. Meanwhile, a combination of f Cardim BY SUSAN USHER A staff analysis by Cardinal Health Agency Inc. of Lumberton recommends thai agency's board of directors approve an apDlication from Autuuui Corporation's to build a nursing home in Brunswick County. Members of the Ixiard's evaluation committee were to consider that recommendation along with proCalabash To Update KY TERRY POPE Calabash town council members voted unanimously Monday afternoon to seek the engineering services of Jerry I*'wis and Associates of Shallotte to prepare an updated feasibility study on the costs of installing a town water system. However, before Lewis can be officially hired as the town's engineer, a long-standing contract between Calabash and Peirson and Whitman Inc. of Raleigh must be legally broken. According to Mayor Soma Stevens, s feasibility study prepared b> the Raleigh engineering firm in November 1975 is still binding against the town until November 1985. On a motion by Marie Brown, the board voted to nave town attorney Mike Isenberg negotiate with the company over breaking the contract, provided it dees not cost the town snore thsr. JSCS to do so. ' We may not have to pay." Stevens s?m But ss need to ss ? how Frink To le Calabash Councilman Michael Krtnk told fellow board members Monday afternoon be must resign from the council within the next two to three weeis. "I'll have to be leaving the council." Frtrk said Frink. IS. will be moving into a new home be has recently put chased thai lies cytsde the tcewn limits (iounrtl members must be residents d the town Board members agreed Monday to begin cunssderuig an appointment for the partition that will be up for ri I IE DDI IL imt ) 19*5 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON ridge T r< private motorboats, state-provided Boston wiuicia sr.d ar. LCU, nr military-type landing craft boat, shuttled both non-resident property owners, construction workers and residents to and from the island. Officials said the island was experiencing a "mini construction boom" with 31 houses in various stages of completion and numerous service vehicles going to and from the island. Emergency and other official vehicles had top priority on the ferry service, with others served on a firstarrival basis. "We don't really have a disaster," commented one transportation official during a planning session Sunday evening. "We iust have a transportation interruption problem." Among the non-residents trappec! on the beach were a group from Winston-Salem that included Annette Daniels, who had flown to the coas) and rented a car. She at lived or. th; island about one-ha If hour before the bridge got knocked out. South-Round Tug The 65-foot tugboat Angela M out ol Virginia Beach, Va., was pushing t barge laden with bridge pipe k Jacksonville, Fta., when it veered of) course and rammed the bridge aboul 11:40 a.m. Saturday, ripping oui three 17-foot sections of the bridge approach on the island side as well a: the fender, and causing slighl damage to a fourth section. The swinging barge section cf the bridgi was not damaged and water traffic was allowed to resume passage Sun day. Not knowing the extent o submerged debris or other hazards Brunswick County Emergencj Management Coordinator Ceci I-ogan had closed the bridge to al 3/ Staff Recor posals from applicants and publit comment at a hearing Wednesday Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. at Southport Cit; Hall, llieir recommendation wiii gi to the board of directors, whicl meets Jan. 23 in I.uinberton to con sider the Brunswick County nursini home project applications. Autumn Corp. is one of six firm seeking approval to build all or par Council Wc i Town's" W< much in case we do." The $500 would be for the plans tha Pcirson and Whitman Inc preparer in 1975, but that were never accepter by the town. Town Clerk Jane Thomas said. Several counci members labeled the 1975 plans a: "outdated" and questioned hov valuable the study would be to tlx town now. "It wouldn't be useful because tlx town's changed a lot since then,' Councilman Michael Frink said. In seeking the services of l>ewi and Associates, the board aisr downplayed an offer recently dtodos ed by Ocean Isle Beach developei OdeU Williamson. At a rneetmi orgamred in November by towi residents to discuss obtaining vratei UI1U sewei srnrnrs, n .luoiiuwn m fered to build a system for the town as o private venture Although council members did no diaruss Williamson's offer Monday (."lark CaUanan. one or ihe organise* 1 * m COflauilin- "lllini w ?idy 'hi tave Councii election in the fall. Fnnk said he ma; be moved into his home before th council's next meeting on Jan. 28 Keep us informed. Send us a let ter or something so well know." sail Mayor Soma Stevens Fnnk was elected to the board t November ISO. along with four othe candidates who ran unepptsed to five seats on the board It was ttt first attempt at public office. Krtrik. a native of Calabash, i iSBjiarl inanager of the farmi rr^^nrd, J ? *'? jimS Willi Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, Janu< attic Couid Rei i *. i s ; ,sa * -4'; A~- *''' :.,. ^iarj.?t^v".:^.; - "? * y . \ ' - v>. , t :?5$iL -a* M '.. ?c ! .*'V* * ) ir 3 ' i; r * ^ - w r I - ^ '* vO?- . . .T' . | STUDENTS BOARDED the ferry at Bonaparte's landing Monday afternoon that also transported a school . bus to the Island. Of 27 students on the island, 21 were t transported by boat to a waiting bus on the mainland Monday morning, said School Supervisor Bill Turner, waterway traffic Saturday night un- he said. - til an underwater survey and any The operator of tl necessary clearing work could be lifted as Jim Kel ' completed. When he could not con- Beach, Va., by Bi , tact Chris Ciiappaii, chairman w ? * Danny" Hewt-U, s t county board of conunissioners, he radio contact with 1 made the decision to close based on after Uie incident. 1 1 his own judgement of the situation, by Seatow inc., whi amends Autumn Cor ; of 100 long term care beds identified White and Mu!b* , by the state as needed in Brunswick Shallottc at an es I County. J1,7S3,000. 'Use proj i The staff recommendation can be port of the Shai t upheld or rejected; in either case, a Aldermen. Autumn - minority irpoit is allowed. operates ,n nursing j The Rocky Mount-based firm pro- Carolina and Virgi poses to build a 110-bed facility, with beds, s the project name Autumn Care- Spokesman Sa i Brunswick, at the intersection of Autumn's home c Mount said the delighted with the n iVA + C I *-S\A/Io place ranking. II I 1 O L^Wib That ranking wi consideration by the * Ox factors related to c OTUQV cost containment ai / resources such as fi sonnet. These inclui town s water and sewer needs, spoke ^ ^ djem charf t in lasur o. u?r town .U o?,. raUo ^ adml 1 system. Callahan spoke to the council revenuc to)I LS< i in positive tones, asking that they rfoniiar t move ahead in their plans for jected a financi ! building a water system. geographic accessit 5 "We ve been waiting for the coun- offcnnRS an r cil here to approve hiring a feasibili- Geographic acce ? ty study engineer," Callahan said. was t.ofnpared ^ t "Then we're going to put the lines in. ltnn care Un u . We suggest that the town own It. tjon ^ ^ Ms. Brown told other members of the council Monday that several town s and county officials she has talked ? j with recommended hiring lewis to Coun . conduit the town's feasibility study. r She spoke against keeping Peirson BV jjuSAN ? and Whitman on as the town's ResidenU of floo. j engineers. Brunswick County c r it's a known fact that we don't (of much ^g^,. j " U< Rrnwn added. "Sol i_iranr? ^ , don't see why wc can t take a vote to home3 and get rtd of them." t Both she and Councilman Virgil County cotnmist , "Tink" Coleman were appointed by ficials ot the six nn * Sl^tss t? f"? iiwi's cwiSiii. fMrtlcipatc in the pr - to ?tndv water and sewer needs act on tlie results 01 Callahan said the committee is open study completed 1 to anyone who would like to join the Federal K merger* group to discuss obtaining water and Agency, which a sewer services federal insurance pi Annexation Axed A public meetin* y By unanimous vote Monday, the results of the i c council denied a request for satellite preliminary flood uuxuiimii ?am norm ? uie town maps based oc it ;- limits on N.C 179, the ate of an Oasis FEMA Tuesday, Ja i Food Mart the public assembh Following a public hearing that Brunswick Count i> lasted for about IS minutes, the board Center in Bolivia C r ended a six-month-long wait for a specialist in the At r owners of the convenience store, fice ot FEMA, will s They bad requested annexation tow- sioo RepresenLauv tain a ucrrae to seii beer and km as and the muntctpai. s well as to receive specified town ser- Hollen Ocean Isie y vices Mayor Stevens said a main and Long beaches it-..-ii -enu p???i.ii Shallotte will attend fHOftG 8 SONS BOOK BINDERY SPR INGPORT MI 49c:64 Dry 1 /, iVb5 25c Per Cc >ume Early A i /W. * &%&&*? &*&&&&'.... as 'kt-. ?v #m. v. v.; ;.-' ??,** 1* ? -?: * > SJAM fMOIO ?Y IIMV fOfl who Is in charge ol pupil transportation. Students wore liicjackcts for the 30 minute ride to the island, assisted by Turner and Emergency Management Coordinator Cecil Logan. Turner said the student transport proginm was "working nut quite well." operated by Jim Wiiiiams, also of tie tug was idea- Virginia Beach, Va. The tug and ley of Virginia barge were boarded by the U.S. idgctender J.D. Coast Guard below little River, S.C., ?ho said he had south of Sunset Beach, but then Kelley shortly allowed to continue its trip. The tug is owned Shagruc said the replacement eh is owned and work, including nil costs but salaries p. To Build Nursinc f v rry Streets in within the county should reflect proxtimated cost of Unity... to the source of prospective ect has the sup- patients." lotte Board of Since there was "no one best site" Corp. owns and for geographic accessibility, four of homes in North six applicants?all of those from Supinia totaling 717 ply to Shailotte?received a "2," the best possibly score, liy Brown of Autumn Care compiled a total iffice in Rocky score of 18 followed by Ocean Trail company was and then Beverly Care. Autumn ews of their first- received ratings of cither 1 or 2 on seven of nine factors. Beverly Care, is derived from with 28 points, earned 1 or 2 on three Cardinal staff of factors. :ornm unity need, Cardinal's findings say Autumn id availability of will build its 32,816 square foot faciiinancing and per- ty on a paved municipal road with ded development water and sewer available, on a site je. bed to staffing one-half mile from the fire departnistratlve cost to meru wiiii a hydrant less titan 300 feet in of their past away. Ambulance service is ice with that pro- available about one rnile away. Basal comparison, ed on these site factors, Cardinal glity, alternative ranked Autumn second best, just d site factors. ahead of Beverly Enterprises, which ss for instance proposes to build on a site adjoining he agency's long the Brunswick Hospital in Supply, cy recommcnda- Autumn proposes to also offer i, "the location adult day care. It has more staff per ty To Review Flood Insu L'SHER members of the general public, d-prone areas of developers, realtors, surveyors, the ould soon qualify media and the Brunswick County evels of federal league of Women Voters. itectior. for their While the result* will effect how es. buildings are bum in ?i Uui win of nontrs and of- I u/wopsliUss that [ *? B a ?r\2?*3BEB-'--i m J*u .or ur . f-viGG Tc Up?n fLlSdTS I . Ajectl^rfttelx^w^Fot- j rocram 7 . Had" caa to open to thettfiafc % to review the . .ludy and the Jn- ??>?***. [ insurance rate Mahood, director c4 the I will be held by N .C DlvUion ?f_ Marine r, 22. at > p m at rbheria, amoncM Tuesday. buildm* at the Oyster* cm tn the I) Government li*~" T""**"* arol S. Campbell, ?P^? by haoxt. OflB, total ianta regional Of- votatfeer* i?ha mere prid a [conduct the **- m^xmm per-tactoeiCffre. L of the county TW? ^ rereatactaarf ta | lues of CtrweU, ?fl i?ffl be P?tM [&ket Yaupon , Southporl and Startoe Fuowlea. | Also invited are " w t!|V TM ipy 22 Pages vs Friday and expenses for the emergency mangement personnel on the scene, is expected to cost about $270,000, That cost estimate was based on DOT working its crews 14 days during all available daylight. Strike Was Seen Several persons were eye witnesses to the event, including Sunset beach Police Chief William Hill, Bridgetender J.D. "Danny" Hewett of Shallottc and drivers who liad been waiting on both sides of the waterway to cross the bridge. Police Chief William Hill was in his patrol car with Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. employee Ronnell mariowe wnen uie incident occurred. The car was parked at Twin l^kes Restaurant, on a hill near the bridge overlooking the waterway. "I told Ronnell,' I,ook at that joker. He can't handle it; he's going to hit the bridge," recalled Hill. The bridge opened when the barge was still nbout one-half mile away, partly because of its erratic nassnee. As tlie barge passed through a man was situated on the bow of the boat, apparently to help direct the pilot, bystanders noted. "He was all over the waterway," ssid RriitortenHer Dnnnv Hewett. He talked with the tugboat operator by radio shortly after the incident and was told tliat wind had buffeted the barge's high load of pipes, reportedly causing Kelley to lose control of the barge. Beach resident Ruby Mew, bundled in a Sunset Beach Volunteer h ire IX'partinent jacket, said she was waiting third in line to leave the beach when the incident occurred. She and her husband Dennis are ren(Continued On Page 11-A) MOKE PICTURE COVERAGE ON PAGES 10-A AND 11-A I Hnmo f ( IWI V bed titan other applicants propose and the lowest projected daiiy charges, according to the Cardinal analysis. No preadmission deposit is required and a 3 percent had de!>t charity allowance is indicated. estimated cost per square ieoi ul $53.59 "appears reasonable," Cardinal indicated, and compures favorably with other applicants. Autumn has the second lowest total ana construction cast per square foot, as well as the third lowest total cost per bed of <15,989. The firms seeking to build in the county are as follows: Brttthaven Inc., Triad Medical Services/Ocean Trail Convalescent Center, Autumn Corp., Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America, Beverly Knterprisc: or.d Un'four Medical Managernent/Cypress Springs. Britthaven, HCR and Autumn Corp. plan to build in our around Shallotte, Beverly plats to build in Supply and lJnifour/Cyt>ress Springs in Bolivia. Triad would expand Ocean Trail Convalescent Center in Southport, presently the only nursing home in the county. irance Study the county, Planning IJirector John Harvey said tie didn't think the study results would come as "too much of a surprise" to local builders and developers He has sent copies of the study to various county officials in arm ntL vurimi* at atfrinilhir* rrv*. quito control and industrial development lor comment on how the change* will affect those areas. Preliminary maps presented in i#T? --*?-Nriv Kv (arming interests in the WaccamawAsh area, he added The more detailed study appears to contain few major changes, he said. At Ocean Isle Beach, Building Inspector T D Koberson emected more ot a reaction from developer* The greatest changes on that town's maps occur in our Hood elevations along the first and second row, which have increased at least one foot arw in some case* three feet, he said. While much of the ocearfront is already developed, any future redevelopment would be affected Developers of Ocean Cove con(See COUNTY, Page t-A | I

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