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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 24, 1985, Image 1

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Corn mi BY SUSAN USHER Brunswick County Commissioners Monday night endorsed a location "adjacent to or within one mile of the Brunswick Hospital" for a proposed nursing home. Their unanimous vote came at the request of a citizens' group representing the Brunswick County Hospital Authority, which is encouraging the application of Beverly Enterprises for a certificate of need to build on a tract adjoining the hospital. Robert Sellers, chairman of the Authority, and Rev. Ned Eaddy of Brunswick Christian Center spoke for the group. tsaciuy saiu liie coiiuiussiuiiers' endorsement would allow the Authority to go to a meeting of the Cardinal Health Agency Inc. Wednesday with r 1H Volume 23, Number 11 7 .V-. ^ -;dL ?Ti i f ley waves at Hclden Ileach formed morslng on the remains of this bulkhe lecied mi cast end psvUfo" from the sa Sunset E BY SUSAN USHER A military landing craft struck the Sunset Beach Bridge early Sunday morning, hitting a portion of the same section heavily damaged one weekend earlier by a southbound tugboat and barge. Because the extent of the damage was not immediately evident, the bridge remained in operation until midmornirw. It was then temporarily closed to both land and waterway traffic while repairs were made, said Robert Cox, bridge maintenance supervisor for New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Cox said it was the only instance he knew of in which a bridge was struck twice within such a short period of time, "li was a freak kind erf thing to happen," he said. The southbound LCU struck the bridge about 3 25 a.m., said Bridgetender J.D. "Danny" Hewett, Iwuinoitui nJt a ah.ela. ?HI Wl a liuiri UK puili^a W1 the mainland side of the approach, then striking the beach side. "It didn't do any damage you could actually see." said ncweil Tiic bridge closed without any problem. Cos said the impact knocked one subcap off the pilings and pushed one within several inches of coming off. a subcap is a section 11 feet wide, 12 feet long and sue feet high that rests on top of the . luster pilings and supports the apron of 'he bridge, u uie second subcap hac come off. Co* said, the roadway would have collapsed for the second tune this mccitn "We're lucky vibrations from veracirs cuuurig onio uir Dodge didn't shake it loos* We're lucky not to have had a serious accident," he CwUiioad. The extent of damage could not be seen except when the bridge was opened to water traffic, Cos said. After the LCU passed through, a was not opened again until after daylight and after another brldgetender. I?wis Stanley, had reported for duty Cos was called about 9 am., he said- The bridge was closed around 10 a m. and Cos rounded up a crew to t ssioners "totally unified support" for a centrally located medical facility at Supply. He and Sellers said locating the nursing home at Supply would further the intent behind the decision eight years ago to locate the county hospital at Supply. Twn wh>1tq uan nnmmi c?i .'.nor c had refused to make any endorsement related to the competition among six firms for the right to build a 100-bed nursing home in the county. The county presently has a rest home in Supply and a combination rest home and intermediate care facility at Southport. This would be the first ' - ??? ? ? .er. . .1.111.4 ...m. Idcim/ tcnuiui vuuin.1 oniui.uiiuiu ing care. A Cardinal review committee endorsed Beverly Enterprises, the only w* t bKl L iJSSh 2 i *?? j?BW 11 <~+~s*~ fjSf*% -rJ*! ' * ?- j*? | ? - ** *~ X^ "" ' B^.r^ *u"" *Sr'a".T?cides Form From SuH Irlrles Tuesday temperature dlpp ad that race pre- this week as tern irf. The seawatcr single digits. ? -! _! C A s I ir if 15?? mi ii wm 9 %avijw w w\ make the repairs that took approximately three hours. The bridge reopened to traffic between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. He estimated the cost of i ejxiirs at about $1,000 and no more than $1,500. Hewett said one reason repairs were completed so quickly is tliat the bridge maintenance barge had remained at the Sunset Beach bridge, along with a crane. The barge had a pile of debris on it collected after the previous accident. On Jan. 12, a tugboat-barge combination headed tor Jacksonville, Fla., knocked out three 17-foot sections of the bridge approach on the island side and damaged a fourth, cutting off vehicular access to and from the island until fi-in n m lad Wednesday. It also tore away the protective fender system or "whalers" on the beach side. The tugboat A^eio m and barge were boarded near Georgetown, S.C., but allowed to continue on its journey. The IjCU had not resumed passage ' - - ?. . ? -a - .. il ulll uk; tin* jcvjbii as vu no \n day morning. A U S Coast Guard spokesman at Georgetown said the hull of the landing craft that struck the bridge Sunday had been punctured, but that it was not known if the damage stemmed from contact with the bridge "Apparently il also later ran aground." said Petty Ofticer nm Class George Evans, which could have caused the damage. Mean while, we i.oast Guard had provided pumps and other equipment to help coram! we ttootsng ana keep uie vessel afloat until (livers could make repairs, he added, and was helping to vwsi uic uiaagc. iuk muX bsd come to the craft's aid at the request of the Oak Island Coast Guard Station Both a colder Is are under investigation by the U.& Coast Guard Wtlra?gUw District Marine Safety flfTW. under the charge d Lt James Carter Carter said the owner/operator at the tugboat An9?u m had filled out his i dorse Suppl firm that plans to build in the Supply area, 4-2, last Wednesday, overriding a staff recommendation favoring Autumn Corp., which plans to build in Shallotte. The debate was to renew at a meeting of the full Cardinal board of directors in T.umberton Wednesday night. Cardinal's recommendation will go to the N.C. Division of Facility Services, which has the final say. Beverly spokesman Barbara Wright said the firm began seeking support for its project in Brunswick County seven months ago, adding that was evidence of the company's commitment to the project. Beverly hu." letters of criuvtovuivriv froiT* numorniio J-? ?I ? Iiumvi WHO ICdUVIS, SIX municipalities, six fire departments and five rescue squads and more. m uuifi rawi oiiotte. North Carolina. Int. i"^1 ^ MN^va%?- - s*,.^ <.? ._ .> itai i fnoto iv iijnr roel r ed down to around 32 degrees early peratures also dipped down into the ?i-? MMiaw ,f\ /-\yus? i accident report in Jacksonville, Fla., 1 ? l. i .1?1 it k.. wl? *?win aiiu iimiivu it vij waj m uu attorney. "I'll see that and the log," said Carter, "and I suspect! will probably need more information from the operator." He has talked with witnesses to the accident and also hopes to talk to the operator, Jim Kelley, on his return trip up the coast Kelley continued from Jacksonville to New Orleans, La., to pick up a new load bound for New York. Meanwhile, traffic is iimiieu to 10 mph crossing the Sunset Beach Bridge. Cox said the Brunswick County bridge maintenance crew would probably begin setting pilings for the new fender system Wednesday, weather permitting Rails needed to be painted and the actual fenders and permanent fender lights installed. t See SCNSKT, Page VAi t. 8\ TRAFFIC ONCE AGAIN (Vmed ktm alter N' C- IVpartment ?f Transport* :IS p_m. Wedaesday. He"ever, tm i i !y Location I Beverly's strategy in preparing f or Wednesday's meeting consisted primarily of continuing its past efC r. A _ r l * vl ? - * ' " iui ? iw gei me worn oui aooul Uie project, she added, incorporating citizens' concerns into the campaign as they are identified. Autumn Corp. spokesman Sally Brown met last Thursday afternoon with Shallotte Mayor Beamon Hewett, Aldermen Jerry Jones and Bobby Ray Russ, town employees and R.D. (Deedy) White 111, owner of the tract where Autumn proposes to locate, to chart a renewed effort on behalf of the Autumn project and a Shallotte location. They divided rpcnntjlihiliUpc among themselves for contacting citizens, agencies and organizations both in Southport and the IH HA emmm** irsaay, January 24, 1985 Rrunsw H ^Bca^ ? b ' mm v w Copes V ???? 0tiP tkl liomr^n ?> * nuarni uonr.h An Arctic air mass brought frigid temperatures to Brunswick County Sunday, but only a mere hint of snowin the form of a few afternoon flurries. Inclpnd of a vri ntnr a>rtndorlon4 residents woke up in a deep freeze Monday similar to the Christinas freeze of 1983, generating a record demand for electricity from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. T1. -4 -r ?I I ItL. ti-1. *1 i =*? wiui rciuvico uuiv wouldn't crank, frozen or burst water pipes, no electricity and in some cases, heating problems as t?rn|W?lHCw f?ll to a Uri brlow i^ro Monday morning and hovered around 5 degrees through much of Sunday night Brunswick County Schools opened ore hour late Monday and Tuesday, and 37 of the system's HO buses would not start Monday morning, causing some students to arrive even later. Trie school board canceled a Monday night meeting and, because of heating problems, Brunswick Toastmasters canceled a Wednesday morning meeting at Ship's Chandler Restaurant In Southport "Who hasn't had problems?" was the reaction of one realty company owner contacted Tuesday about the condition of beach homes. "I think if you say everybody's had prcblciiaS you'd Jsc ssfc " 7snry Barbee, owner of Island Realty at Ocean Isle Beach. He said pipes starred thawing oui Tuesday afternoon, mostly In floors, under houses, with little damage inside. "The plumber's at my house right now." he added. He said lie that while temperatures were lower than durine the mlrf snan ^ y a year ago, he thought residents were better prepared this time around. StiU, he said, "there's not enough plumbers to go around." True enough, the Beacon reached not one plumber by telephone Tuesday. And Monday, several area / J / * -. j.\ if (he Sunset Beach bridge last week itioa cfflrUb completed repairs by file was (gain intrrrapSed Sunday Por Nursing souiu^TcSiCTn cud cf the ccuuty snd in preparing materials for presentation to the Cardinal board. All beean circulating a netitinn that supports Snaiioiie as the most appropriate area for the development of a nursing home," citing its status as the hub of the county's secondary population area which lias a high number of elderly residents, and proximity to physicians, pharmacies and rescue squads. The petition also endorses Autumn Corp. as having the proposal that offers "quality care in a cost effective manner." Further, it says Autumn uses local pnnfr-o otrvr-c cttrmliorc and staff. would encourage patients and their families to "utilize the hospital of their choice, wherever the hospital W"r - ~ HOOG S. SUNi, BGC 5PRINSPORT M ^vIV. I OB VA/py sck Coun Vith Coid businesses saw an increase in business because of the weather. R.E. Bellamy & Sons was selling replacement water pump heads, said Jo Ann Simmons. "So far we're not into fittings. The pipes haven't thawed out so people can check them." Area tow services said business was generally up, though not as much as some expected. Johnny Hair at Hair's Garage near Holden Beach, had not received a call Monday at 10 a.m. "I've been exPt't'iinK tiicili, uiit Wc iiaVcii t iuu niiy calls this morning." But both Larry Ilewett at Hewett's viiii i?Kt- near c-ivieiown ana ucnnis Pul?<iw1?t yuWi?)d'a Auto 3ct?Iw and Towing at Grissettown were busy. Hewett had towed in ^even or eight vehicles and Fulwood two, with two more waiting. Many of Uie vehicles having problems were ueisei, tiiey saiu. Municipalities weren't immune frum problems of their own. Fulwood said a garbage truck owned by the Town of Sunset Beach had frozen up and would have to liave a new fuel pump. Shallotte tared belter, Town Clerk Cynthia l-ong indicated. with no problems of its own. But lots of residents called to report Uieir water pipes had frozen, she added. Batteries, thermostats antifreeze and radiator checks were also movins = =!! UAMI.U - otuuti# I Hp) wcu i'ioi itMi J , <1 i ui si is. * tntvn with dealers such as Dykes Hewett's Shady Park Exxon and Mack Gray's Phillip 66 siaiions in Siiaiioiie anu Bruce Quaintance's Ocean Isle Beach Shell station at Ocean Isle Beach. Hardest hit, perhaps were the home heating fuel distributors. At Collier-Gwyn in Shallotte, the person who answered the telephone suggested calling back Tuesday. "We're too busy now," he said. Oleta Lindsey at Shallotte Ice & Fuel said that comuanv liad received so many delivery orders it would take three days to fill them all. "We've got more orders than we have help or trucks It will take at isfij / after***) for several hoar* after ttu by aa t'-S. Army landing craft earth by DOT official* last week to traaap Home may be located," and it notes Autumn's top-ranking by the Cardinal staff. Craig Smith, a Cardinal Health Agency iteauii systems analyst, saiu the staff will add to its earlier findings results of the project evaluatir?n fVMTlHtiHnoo'c rntrimn nnJ fKn A o mv? vv<iu>uktvvv o iv ?ivrr ciiivi HIV "X-?i vole iit lavui of Ecveilj. "If they have questions we answer them. There may be more of that questioning Wednesday at the board meeting. If they ask, we can explain what we did." Since the committer hearing. Smith has met on request both with Autumn Corp. representatives and with Charles Sons. Brunswick Hospital adminstrator and a member of the Cardinal board. (See COMMISSIONERS, Page 2-A) >K BlNDERY/gg tv / I Snap least three days with everybody working." People were coming to the office to buy white kerosene for Kerosun-type heaters, but there was a high demand for home heating oil as well At K.D. 'Vhite Oil Co.. Kyle White said he had "A lot of people calling in wanting fuel today." "We're going to try our best to fill them. I feel like we'll at least be able to get the ones thut are out." Ix>w Of Century? "I ! !~ OI Ulli'in. i vitu tuvtwi vivgioy Jackson Canauy saiu he recorded a low of ! degree on Jan. 2i, the minimum low for Ore period Jan. ' That's a very rare thing to put on the rererd hooks here." Ire snfd. venturing ttrat since a 5-dcgree reading 111 Wlimiiiftnn hrnkn ro/>/rriie fitorn o ... 'O"" 1 4 VWl HIVt U II minus reading here is "probably as cold a.- we've had tilts century." Hut there are no local records to either confirm or refute that, he noted. TJie outlook for the corning period culled for more cold, with temperatures well below normal and near-normal precipitation. Temperatures should average In the mid-20s at night reaching Into the inid-40s during the day, with one-half inch precipitation. For the period Jan. 15-21, Canady said the maximum high was 59 degrees, recorded on the 19th. Ths svsrasc high for the period was 49 degrees, and the average nightly low, 25 degrees, for a duily average temperature of 57 degrees, about nine degrees below normal. The area received silghtiy under a half-inch of precipitation, .40 inch. r?. Inside Moro Weather-Related Stories On Po0? 3-A; Peoit demand record broken, reports SEMC Flo. cold weather keep absences hiflh i. . ii > ? " ? "? ' ^ ... 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