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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, October 08, 1987, Image 1

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y‘ \.:5 \ Oyster Festival Information Included In Special Supplement state and National Oyster Shucking Champ Cathy Carlisle will appear on "Carolinas at Noon” Friday on WECT-TV 6 to pro mote this weekend’s N.C. Oyster Festival. Celebrity judges for Saturday’s state shucking championship will be Richard and Jill Rogers of WWAY-TV 3. A supplement inside this issue gives details of the festival. I9B7 Southport Man Wins Mackerel Tournament Michael Clemmons claimed $25,000 Saturday as winner of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament at Southport. The event set a state saltwater fishing tournament record with 544 boats entered. Story and photos on Page 11-C. Two New Area Golf Courses Reviewed Two more championship golf courses have recently opened in the South Brunswick Islauds. and there are at least si.x more on the way. A review of The Pearl Golf Links and Brick Landing Plantation can be found on Page f»-R. HoAn i> TcifiS fi'AOk J . * ‘ :;iF'R INGF 7 f’l j in J Twenty-fifth Year, Number 48 IWICICinACON 1907 TMC BRUNSWICK BEACON I m Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, Octobers, 1987 62 Pages Including Supplement 25c Per Copy Black Leaders Want County Manager Fired BV RAHN ADAALS ■‘That’s ju.st not enough.” That was the Rev. Alphonza Fiillwooti's respon.se .Monday to an apology from Brunswick County .Manager John Smith over an ethnic- joke he told last month to a local homebuilders group. Representatives of the Cedar Grove and Southport Branches of the NAACP and the Bninswick County- Citizens As.sociation appeared at .Monday morning’s Brunswick Coun ty Commissioners meeting to “recommend” that Smith be fired for telling an anecdote about a black minister at the .Sept. 22 meeting of the South Brunswick Islands Homebuilders As.sociation iSBlHA) in Calabash. County officials, including Smith, a.ssured black leaders that the inci dent would not be repeated and en couraged them to “put this behind us.” Commission Chairman Grace Beasley also made a public apology- on behalf of the county. South Brunswick Islands Homebuilders Association Program Clvdirnuui Nick Newton, who had ar ranged icr Smith to speas to uie homebuilders, was also present at the commission meeting to defend the county- manager. Newton, who was the first speaker during the meeting’s public com ments section, reiterated that a.ssociation members were not of fended by Smith’s joke. Me said he felt the .SBIHA’s "rights were violated" when association member Kitty Nubel repeated the joke to her husband. Richard .Nubei, news editor of the State Port Pilot, who in turn repoited the incident to county commissioners in executive ses.sion on Sept. 23. Newton called Nubel’s handling of the incident "unethical and an inva sion of privacy.” "Where does .sensationalism end?” Newton asked reporters present at Monday’s meeting. However, while black leaders ad mitted their information was l)a.i I on news media accounts, tliey s.a . they feel "this type of remark from a county official does not do justice to ser\-e and promote harmony among all citizens of the county.” according to a letter read by the Rev. Winston E. Brown, president of the Southport NAACP. The letter to commissioners was signed by Brown; the Hev. M.C. Her ring, president of the Brunswick County Citizens .Association; and Cedar r.iuve N.AACP President Jesse A. Lryant. ”We are strongly protesting such a remark and attitude by any or ail county officials,” the letter said. ’If this statement is true, we recom mend the county manager's employ ment be terminated.” Ms. Beasley agreed that the Board of Commissioners would formally reply to the letter in writing. Commi.ssioner Chris Chappell said .Smith’s joke was "a little distasteful COME THANKSGIVING vacation, South Brunswick High School senior Bernard Flythc will be playing his tuba in the Mat-y’s Thanksgiving Parade and on the To- SIAfF PHOTO er SUSAN USMTP day .Show as part of the McDonald’s AU-Amerlcan High School Bond. Brunswick And Wilmington Murders Believed Linked Coming Holidays Are Booked For SBHS's Favorite Bandsman Don’t bother calling him. Bernard Flythe’s already booked up for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easier. After that, who knows what’s ahead for this talented 17-year-old bandsman? Last Wednesday, the South Bninswick High School senior learn ed he has been chosen as a member of the 1987 McDonald’s All-American High School Band, the first Brunswick County student to attain that honor. Band Director Steve Skillman called Flythe to the front to make the announcement before the full 75-member school band. By Friday afternoon fellow .students were already affectionately- calling Bernard “McNard” and “Mr. McDonald.” And Monday night, Skillman told Brunswick Coun ty Board of FIducation members, “We’re just as proud of him as we can be.” Only two players from each state and one player from Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia are named each year to the band. Only eight tuba players are selected. Said Skillman, “It’s very com petitive. For a high school band musician, it’s right at the top. “Wliat I’m proudest of is he is a product of the Brunswick County- School system,” added the band director. Without the provision of band classes, equipment and oppor tunities for competition, he con tinued, ’"none of this would have been possible.” If this year’s band follows the itinerary of past McDonald’s bands, on Thanksgiving Day, it will march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade following a cameo appearance on the Today Show with weatherman (See BANDShUN, Page 2-A) BY RAHN ADAMS Two Wilmington men are dead in what investigators late Tuesday call ed related shootings—the first occur ring early Tuesday outside a Wilm ington bar, the other discovered later Tuesday morning near Grissettown in Brunswick County. “At this time, we are going on the assumption that the Brunswick Coun ty case and the Wilmington case are related,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Capt. Phil Perry said late Tuesday. .According to Perry and Wilm ington Police Capt. Jimmy Williams, no arrests had been made in either case by late Tuesday, and both in vestigations were continuing. Perry said lawmen Tuesday were looking for at least two persons who left the Wilmington murder scene together. Perry identified the victim in the Brunswick case as Michael Edward Baker, 33, of Green Meadows Drive, Wilmington. Williams identified the Wilmington shooting victim as Nick H. Patelos, 31, of Kenwood Avenue, Wilmington. According to Williams, the first shooting apparently occurred just after midnight Tuesday morning out side Friendly’s Bar and Lounge on .Market Street in Wilmington. Witnesses told lawmen that two men—one of them identified as Patelas—left the bar after playing pool inside, then exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the bar. Patelos was dead by the time emergency personnel arrived on the scene, Williams said. Williams said Tuesday that in vestigators had not identified the other man involved in the Patelos shooting. They also did not know if the other man was injured in the ex- cliange of gunfire. He added that a white female and two white males left the shooting scene in a 1976 F'ord Econoline van owned by Baker—the same vehicle located later Tuesday morning by Brunswick County lawmen. According to Perry, Baker’s body was found by a newspaper deliver>-man Tuesday around 5:40 a.m. in a service station driveway at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 in Grissettowm. Baker, who was dead on the scene, apparently died of multiple gunshot wounds. Perry said. An autopsy was to be performed Wednesday at the regional medical examiner’s office in Jacksonville, he .said. Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad transported the body from the scene to The Brunswick Hospital in Supply. Perry said that shortly after Baker's body was discovered, sheriff’s deputies located the Ford van abandoned about one mile east of the scene on N.C. 904. The vehicle was taken to the sheriff’s department’s impoundment lot in Bolivia for investigation pur poses. The SBI is also involved in in vestigation of the double murders. Diana Morgan Sworn In As Clerk Of Court BY RAHN ADAMS F'ormer Chief Assistant Clerk Diana Morgan was sworn in this week as Brunswick County’s new Clerk of Superior Court, a job she has performed .since July when former Clerk Greg Bellamy was indicted on a cocaine charge. Resident Superior Court Judge Giles Clark of Elizabethtown ad- mini.stered the oath of office to Ms. Morgan at noon Tuesday in the clerk’s office at the Brunswick (^oun- iy Ccurthcii^«c, one dsy bnr 30-lay term as acting clerk was to ex pire. "I have known Diana and liave worked with her in this office for alxnit 14 years,” Clark said. "1 know she is very capable, very competent, very efficient and very (lualifieil. “I feel .she’ll serve well as clerk of court for Brunswick County.” Clark also noted that Ms. Morgan’s appointment as permanent clerk was recommended to him by the Brunswick County Bar Association, the Brunswick County Democratic Executive Committee and other county officials. election to the clerk’s post as a Democrat in 1988. Her annual salary will be approx imately $34,000, she said. Clark said other Bninswick County residents considered for the clerk’s post included Magistrate Roney Cheers; Charles Glisson and Joe .Stanley, Ixith of Shallotte; and Ixina Caudill of lA>land. Clark said Ms. Morgan’s ex perience and ((ualificrations were the determining factors in her selection. Ms. Morgan, 35, of Ixing Beach, said Tuesday she intends to seek “I am very grateful for Judge Clark’s confidence in me, and to everyone else who’s been so much help,” she said following the brief swearing-in ceremony. ’Tm just go ing to try to do the best job I can.” She added that some promotions and other staff adjustments will be made in the clerk’s office. "There will be some cnanges in ihe office, but those will be due mainly to personnel and shifting roles in the of fice now that I’m not going to bo do ing some of the things I have done in the past,” .she said. Ms. Morgan, who lias 14 years ex perience in the local clerk’s office, has been overseeing its operation since July 22, when Bellamy an nounced he was taking an unofficial leave of absence to await trial on a cocaine posse.s.sion charge. Bellamy, 38, of Holden Beach, resigned the clerk’s post Aug. 31 after pleading guilty to the felony count in Bninswick County Superior Criminal Court. His .sentence included a two-year .suspended term and two years of laipcrvised prolxition, during which lime he is not allowed to hold public office. On Sept. 8, Clark appointed Ms. Morgan acting clerk. State law pro vides that an acting clerk can serve up to 30 days. STAf f PHOlO BV PAM*4 ADAMS DIANA MORGAN takes the oath of office as RruiLswIck County’s new clerk of court from Ju«lge Giles Clark Tuesday in Bolivia. black leadei-s to give Smith another chance. "The only thing he (Smith) did wrong was not knowing Brunswick County and its people,” Chappell said. In his own defense. Smith apologiz ed for the anecdote and emphasized that he supports the black coinmuni- ty, saying his “door is open to everyone.” ”It was a bad decision, and I admit •o that, so it .shows I’m not the smartest county manager in the world.” Smith said of his choice in jokes --.All I can say is, I did make a mistake, and I humbly apologize.” However, Fullwood, who is pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church in Bolivia, staled he cannot “effectively lead people and persuade people to i)e good citizens,” when county of ficials think fney can ina’i\.C- a mistake, then simply ask forgiveness. People in iugii positions have- a responsibility,” Fullwood said. “I’m not sm e you tSmitlu can effectively perform (county manager’s post).” Fullwood said any statement like the joke in question creates an at mosphere for “racism to flourish.” ■Ml*

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