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Page ^A—THF BRUNSWICK BEACON, Thnnday, June 11,1987
Post Office Still
Nailing Down Site
Postal officials believe it will take
10 to 12 more weeks before a final site
is “nailed down” on the location of
the South Brunswick Branch post of
Art Shealy, communications coor
dinator for the Columbia (S.C.)
(Kistal division center, said the sites
under consideration exceed the three
listed in a Brunswick Beacon article
The South Brunswick Branch will
serve residents of Ocean Isle Beach,
Sunset Beach and Calabash. Once a
site is chosen, it will take at least 18
months to build the 13,665-square-foot
The new post office would be a
branch of the Shallotte station and
wouid retain the 28459 Shallotte zip
code. However, residents served by
the new facility would keep their
Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach or
Calabash mailing addresses.
In an article last week, three sites
between Ocean Isle and Calabash
were listed as those under considera
tion by the postal service's funds
assessment committee. Shealy said
the postal service does not comment
on the location of sites or on the land
owners with which the committee is
The Beacon has learned of at least
three sites under consideration—one
at Cause Landing, one on N.C. 904 at
Seaside and one on N.C. 179 at Sunset
Beach. However, they are not the on
ly sites under consideration, Shealy
Offers from land owners between
Ocean Isle and Calabash were open
ed by postal officials on April 15.
Unlike formal bids, offers are
negotiable, Shealy said.
Calabash Tax Rate Talked
(Continued From Page 1-A)
Ramos said it would take “a lot of
political old-time persuasion” if the
referendum is passed in November.
Mayor Doug Simmons said the
townspeople arc listening to the
wrong information regarding a
“I think if a few of them were to at
tend tlie meetings," Simmons said,
“and ask some questions and get the
facts instead of getting it secon
dhand, they may change their
“All 1 can say is, we gave it a good
shot,” Weber said.
The board also learned Monday
from the Army Corps of Engineers
tliat a disposal site for the dredging
of the Calabash River lias been ruled
unacceptable due to “risk to ground-
'llie town had gained permission
from Ocean Isle Beach developer
Odell Williamson to use land he owns
south of the town hall as a disposal
site. The Corps has recommended
another 12-acre tract north of Little
River, S.C., that is also owned by
The board agreed to ask William
son if the town can use the substitute
“We’ve got a letter saying we can’t
dredge the river because we don’t
have a towm water system,” Ms.
In other business Monday, the
•Agreed to give Ms. Thomas a five
percent pay raise for the 1987-88
fiscal year. The board met in ex
ecutive session to discuss personnel.
•Set office hours for the new towm
hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mon
day, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday,
and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on
Sheriff Investigates Drowning
BY SUSAN USHER
llie Bnmswick County Sheriffs
Department is investigating the
drowning Saturday night of a
34-year-old Supply man.
After an all-night search under
flood lights, the body of George John
Nixon was recovered about 8 a.m.
Sunday approximately 25 feet from
where he was fishing in Lockwood’s
Folly River when he went into the
Nixon was fisidng with two other
men. Joluuiy Walker and Jerry Ben
ton, also of Supply, in a 20-foot skiff
near the landing at Vamumtown,
about one mile upriver from the In
tracoastal Waterway. At about 9:15
p.m. Saturday, he “either fell out of
tlie boat or removed himself from the
boat," indicated Cecil Logan,
Brunswick County Emergency
Ix>gan said he asked the sheriffs
department to investigate the inci
dent because Nixon was a certified
scuba diver and an excellent swim
mer. There were no visible signs of
physical injuries, he added.
Detective Douglas “Sonny”
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Padgett, the investigating officer,
said an autopsy performed Monday
at Onslow Memorial Hospital In
Jacksonville showed that the cause of
Nixon’s death was drowning.
The department is waiting now for
additional test results, but at this
point has no indication it was
anything other than an accident
“There’s no indication at this point
of foul play. As far as we can deter
mine, it appears to have been an ac
cident’’ he said.
Rescue personnel from the
Coastline, Shallotte and Waccamaw
volunteer squads dragged the river
from 10 p.m. until the body was
recovered with a shrimp net.
Assisting in the search were person
nel from the U.S. Coast Guard, which
has jurisdiction of all navigable
waters, the N.C. Wildlife Commis
sion and the Brunswick County
Near normal weather’s in the local
Shallotte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said temperatures
should range from the mid-60s at
night into the mid-80s during the
daytime, with about a half-inch of
For the period June 2-8 he recorded
a maximum high of 90 degrees,
which occurred on June 3, and a
minimum low of 57 degrees, which
occurred on June 6.
An average daily high of 86 degrees
combined with an average nightly
low of 65 degrees for a daily average
temperature of 75 degrees, which he
said is about normal.
He recorded .58 inch of rain.
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ON LOW TIDEl, the finger canals at Sunset Beach are Impassable to boats. Residents are circulating a petition to ask the lowi to have the canals dredg
ed at property owners' expense.
Sunset Canal Residents Hope To Dredge
BY TERRY POPE
When it’s low tide at Sunset Beach
the canals turn to mud.
Residents living along those canals
are trying to get their water back.
They are circulating a petition to ask
the town to start dredging the canals
in the fail.
“Response has been heavily in
favor of it," said Wilson Stubbert of
Sunset Beach, a property owner who
has organized the effort to have the
Stubbert recently mailed 95 to 100
letters to property owners living on
the canals. At least 51 percent of
canal residents must agree to the
dredging before the town can assess
those property owners to pay for the
Stubbert said the project will cost
the property owners an estimated
$1,200 to $1,500 per lot
“I’ve gotten 23 or 24 cards back,"
Stubbert said. “All but one are for it.
Most are heavily for it’’
An earlier estimate prepared by
Wallace Martin, who was town ad
ministrator at the time, listed the
cost of dredging at $1,000 per lot
“So, our estimate is probably a lit
tle high," said Stubbert
I.ast year, the town received a
thrce-ycar permit from the Army
Corps of Engineers to dredge the
island’s four finger canals and the
bay leading to the Intracoastal
“One year has already passed,"
Sfubbert said. "Rather than let this
thing sit any longer, we want to go
Redwines Golf Course
Bill Passes Senate
(Continaed From Page 1-A)
to members and guests, including
golf, tennis and racquet clubs, and
physical fitness centers. The defini
tion was narrowed to golf courses.
Rick Moran, manager of Carolina
Shores Golf Club, said passage of the
legislation will enable more tourists
to come into the county.
“BruTiSwick County is destined to
be the upper crust of the Grand
Strand," he said. “There are some
real nice golf courses coming on line
and they promise to bring a lot of peo
ple to the county and enhance the
This was one of 3500 bills introduc
ed in this session, speeding up
General Assembly activity over the
past three weeks.
Redwine said he and his colleagues
are now considering a compromise
proposed by Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan
regarding the funding of public
“The bouse earlier passed an addi
tional one-cent sales tax which would
go toward construction needs,” he
said. “However, the senate’s plan in
volved issuing long-term bonds to
raise the money."
Jordan’s compromise would be a
pay-as-you-go system that would
make new state appropriations of $50
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ahead and get it done."
Property owners hope to present
the petition to the town council at its
July meeting. The town must then ac
cept bids for the dredging. Dredge
work is restricted to the period Oct. 1
to May 1.
“At low tide, there really is no
water in them,” Stubbert said.
“After dredging, there should be six
feet of water.”
Canal residents must use their
boats “only with the tide,” he added.
Only small flat-bottomed Jon boats
are now able to use the canals.
Town Administrator Linda Fluegel
said the town hasn’t discussed the
dredging project. Council members
are waiting to receive the residents’
petition, she said.
“I don’t think they’ve ever been
dredged,” Ms. Fluegel said. “They
arc all filled in. You can’t get a boat
Tlic town council originally set
aside $15,000 in its 1987-88 budget for
dredging. However, that amount was
cut wlien the board agreed that the
residents should be assessed for the
entire project cost.
In the letter Stubbert sent to canal
residents to explain the need for
dredging, he stated that within a
reasonable amount of time the town
may also require that property
owners bulkliead their individual
"All of the lots aren’t bulkheaded,”
he said. It will be in the property
owners' best interest, however, to
bulkhead the lots before they “start
losing some of their bank,” he added.
million per year, require counties to
spend part of their sales tax revenue
on schools, and provide a one-time
windfall by accelerating the payment
of income taxes withheld by
liiis plan would earmark $29
billion over ten years for school cort-
struction without new taxes.
Another proposal being studied by
the legislature is a major overhaul of
the state tax system. It would raise
the personal income tax to seven per
cent, increase the corporate tax from
six to seven percent, raise the ex
emption and standard exemptions,
and abolish the business inventory
and intangible taxes.
Redwine said he has also been try
ing to resolve the problem of the
small boat harbor in Southport, con
sulting with the Department of Com
merce, the State Ports Authority and
the City of Southport. All agree the
harbor should remain a recreational
facility open to the general oublic,
but the ownership is still in question.
Constituents are encouraged to
contact Redwine as to their opinions
on these and other legislative mat
ters. They can call a toll-free
number, 1-800-BEACH, or write Rep.
E. David Redwine, 2219 Legislative
Bldg., Raleigh, N.C. 27M1.
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