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PAGE 4-A, THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1993
Dredging Is Past Due Break
For Commercial Fishermen
It was a happy day for commercial and recreational boaters
last week when the dredge Hampton Roads reached the Vamam
town fish houses.
"I'm 62 years old, and I've only seen them come up this far
one time before." said Billy Caison as he chatted with a friend on
the waterfront. "I've never seen them go up as far as they're go
When it's all said and done, 3.6 miles of channel will have
been dredged in the Lockwood Folly River, from the Intracoastal
Waterway to a point two miles upriver from the fish houses.
It's about time the commercial fishermen got a break. This
dredging project will hardly make up for the double-whammy of
increasing regulations and decreasing water quality that have ren
dered fishing a nearly impossible way to make a good living.
(The latest proposed new. regulation would require waterproof
tags on every basket of shellfish harvested.) But it will give back
to local fishermen a traditional safe harbor near the Lockwood
Folly River bridge?a refuge which shoaling has made inaccessi
ble to all but the smallest boats in recent years.
There is also optimism that the increased water flow resulting
from the project will flush out pollutants and bring about the re
opening of contaminated fishing areas. Seeing a little ground
gained on that faint would be a welcome change, too.
mNo snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
?Jerzy Lec Stanislaw
m.\bout 60 years ago, I said to my father. "Old Mr. Senex is
showing his age; he sometimes talks quite stupidly." My father
replied, "That isn't age. He's always been stupid. He is just los
ing his ability to conceal it."
Mil's good to be just plain happy; it's a little better to know that
you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know
why and how...and still be happy, be happy in the being anil the
knowing, well that is beyonil happiness, that is bliss.
mManifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have
mWhen choosing between two evils, I always pick the one I never
Accident Should Never Have Happened
To survive in the newspaper busi
ness, you have to develop a few
emotional calluscs. Though I have
my share of Ihem, I've never been
able to covcr a serious accident
without experiencing a great deal of
discomfort. On the way, a guts-in-a
knot sense of dread. At the scene, an
eerie detachment. And afterward, a
hundred slow-motion mental replays
of what went wrong.
When 1 left the office two Fridays
ago, all I knew was what I had heard
on the office police scanner. There
was a wreck on U.S. 17 nonh of the
N.C. 211 intersection and 1 could
tell by what wasn't being said that it
was a bad one. 1 turned off 17 onto
211 to keep from getting stuck in the
growing clot of traffic, parked on the
shoulder of Stone Chimney Road
and started running toward the Roy
al Oak station, the area from which
the police radio sounds were com
Carlson * >
Crossing ihc road, I had a queasy
flashback to 15 years ago when a
plane crash in that intersection killed
five young Navy men. I had been on
my way to Wilmington from Holden
Beach that drizzly winter Saturday
when 1 happened on the scene. I
wandered through the burning
wreckage taking pictures, not realiz
ing until I developed them that the
smoldering (light jacket 1 had step
ped over had been a victim's torso.
Snapped shuddering back into the
present, 1 passed a man coming from
the sccnc who lold mc a school bus
had been hit by a log truck but it
didn't look too bad. I passed another
who told mc a school bus hail been
hit by a log truck and that it looked
A woman in an expensive sports
car disregarded a deputy's directions
and turned ofT 211 toward Royal
Oak. She stopped and asked mc how
she could get to Wilmington; I told
her she'd either have to wail it out or
drive back up to Midway since a
school bus had been hit by a log
truck just up ahead. She rolled her
eyes, rolled up the window, made a
U-lum and headed back toward
It didn't take but one glance at the
bus to tell that, though the accident
could have been a great deal worse,
it shouldn't have happened at all. A
trucker driving too fast in bad traffic
and not paying close enough aitcn
tion found himself in the path of a
stopped school bus. He was able to
get his cab off to the right shoulder,
but his empty trailer jackknifcd and
rear-ended the bus, injuring 15 of 18
passengers and their driver.
Though most everyone is going to
be okay, the young life of Amanda
Scoggins will be changed forever,
simply by having been in the wrong
scat at the wrong time. It took more
than eight hours of surgery last week
to fix her broken legs and another
operation this week to repair the
crushed pelvis she sustained when
impact of the trailer mashed her seat
into the one in front of it. Although
Amanda and her family arc under
going a terrible ordeal, they can take
heart in knowing that if caring and
concern alone could heal her, she'd
be as good as new today.
? ? ?
Mattic Bryant, driver of the
school bus, callcd our office on
Friday to explain that her bus was in
the right-hand lane when the acci
dent occurred, and that the log truck
approached her from that same lane,
contrary to what we reported last
week. She didn't want anyone to
think she had been letting off a pas
senger from the passing lane.
Mattic was readmitted to the hos
pital last week after the accident,
suffering from pain "all over." She
was released on Friday and said she
is doing well.
? ? ?
Brunswick Countians arc rightful
ly outraged at the number and sever
ity of accidents in which log trucks
arc at fault. One caller said he thinks
North Carolina should have a spe
cial "truck speed limit" of 45 miles
an hour. Another was disgusted by
the idea that it can be cheaper for a
trucker to pay a tickct for speed,
weight or faulty equipment than to
arrive late, light or adequately
Expect to hear more on the issue
as they take their cases to the people
? ? ?
There arc rampant rumors that the
log truck driver or his company arc
the same as those involved in previ
ous accidents, including the Novem
ber 1991 crash which claimcd the
life of Steve Allen Smith of Ash and
Misty Dawn Carmichael of Shal
Just for the record:
? In the 1991 fatal crash, the dri
ver was Charles Maurice Lassiter,
36, of Maysvillc, in a truck regis
tered to T & J Trucking of Mays
?In the recent accident near the
state line, in which a Faycttcvillc
couple was unharmed though pinned
in their truck for an hour by logs, the
driver was Stcffonza Mclntyre, 24,
of Curric, in a truck registered to
Kirby Daughtry of Rocky Point.
?The school bus was struck by
Willie Clarence Pridgen, 44, of
Ivanhoe, driving a truck registered
to L & T Trucking of Walha.
Please be careful out there.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Reader Looking For
Frequent Log Truck Collisions
To the editor:
Whatever in the world can we do to prevent this car
riage on our highways, especially U.S. 17? In the past
few weeks we have had several severe accidents involv
ing large (mostly log) trucks with passenger vehicles,
and most recently involving a school bus.
1 do not pretend to know where the fault lies. Is it the
driver, or is it owner of the trucking companies which
apparently establish the incentive to throw cautious dri
ving to the wind and reward the drivers for completing
runs in times which preclude driving within the limits?
How many tiiries have yuu personally been passed by
trucks exceeding the limit? Have you ever seen a truck
being ticketed for exceeding the limit? Why are trucks
not required to drive below the speed of passenger vehi
cles? Why do so many accidents involve trucks found to
have unsafe braking systems?
It is difficult to know where to start to help to remedy
any of these problems, but 1 plan to try.
Ruth Crosby, Shalloite
Warn Visitors Of Danger
To the editor
As a uansplanted New Jersey Shore fisherman to a
Carolina pier fisherman, I was shocked and surprised 10
read each year ihe number of drownings that occur
along the Grand Strand beaches.
The reason may be that the vacationers using the
beaches do not know the dangers of ocean swimming.
They are not aware of the undertow and how to handle
I regularly fish Sunset Pier and each year have wit
nessed many near drownings. Four or five times last
summer I able to call out to nearby surfers to come
to the rescue of these troubled swimmers and if not for
the surfers l am sure that there would have been two or
three drownings at Sunset Beach.
1 realize small beach communities can not afford life
guards but I am sure there are ways to protect unsuspect
ing vacationers and would like to make a few sugges
?When a beach house lease is pickcd up, hand oui a
printed pamphlet explaining the dangers of ocean swim
ming and explain what an undertow is and what to do if
caught in one.
?Parents MUST watch their children and never allow
them to swim alone.
?Install flags at quarter- to half-mile intervals along
bcaches, yellow flags for caution and red when there arc
Hopefully some of the above suggestions can be im
plemented to make everyone's vacation is happy and
Theodore Pahwoda, Calabash
Good Job By EMS Head
To the editor
Last week it happened, the call that we in the emer
gency service do not want to hear?the call that makes
your blood run cold. The call? A report of an auto acci
dent, a school bus accident.
As veterans of the fire and rescue service, the report
of a vehicle accident is almost routine. But when it in
volves a school bus, everything changes. Your mind
goes into high gear, searching all past training and expe
rience for a plan of action, what will you find on ar
rival? What will you do first? What type of equipment
or manpower will you need? Will you be able to handle
it? All this happens within seconds.
After the first arriving personnel reported several chil
dren injured, volunteer fire and rescue units from all
over the county responded immediately. Also with the
volunteers, Brunswick County Emergency Medical
Service responded with its advance life support units un
der the leadership of county EMS coordinator Doug
Ledgett. On arrival Mr. Ledgctt began setting up a com
mand structure. He designated a triage (a system for de
termining the most critical injuries in order) officer and
set up on-site communications. During the entire inci
dent he remained in his vehicle coordinating the efforts
of the rescue and EMS units, keeping track of which
children went to which hospital, handling all radio traf
fic. and calling for additional units?all the things an ef
fective coordinator must do.
Whenever we see or read about such an incident, the
image of the injured being removed, or the firefighter
carrying the child from a burning house comes to mind.
But without the many men and women behind the scene,
operating as a team, none of these scenes would be pos
sible. At the bus accident, Mr. Ledgett remained in his
vehicle, behind the scene, coordinating operations?a
"no-glory" job but one of the most important. Thai's the
sign of a true professional.
A1 Nord, Chief, Civietown VFD
(MORE LETTERS, Following Page)
Almost every week in the
Beacon we run one or more notices
of fish fries or other dinners spon
sored by non-profit groups such as
fire departments, Boy Scout troops,
fishing clubs and churches. Some
times they're called "dinners," oth
er times "bog," "fry" or "feed."
Whatever you call them, the food is
usually (but not always) good and
the service very friendly. Get
friends to order also and many
groups will deliver. You can't beat
that for the price.
Someone with a liking for fried
fish, barbecue and hush puppies
could cat someplace different every
weekend, helping a worthwhile
causc at the same time. I've bought
plates out of a sense of obligation,
to show support for a good cause
and to satisfy hunger while not hav
ing to cook supper. But sometimes I
buy just bccausc the food is so
Over the past 10 years I've eaten
about everywhere?breakfasts in
Calabash, fish fries in Southport,
barbecues at Town Creek and
chickcn bog at Waccamaw Fire &
Rcscuc and points in between.
When in search of pork barbe
cue. Winnabow Volunteer Fire De
partment is my No. 1 choice. No,
their barbecue isn't homccookcd
like Zion United Methodist Church
occasionally offers. But on the first
Saturday of the month they serve
well-seasoned lean chopped pork in
large, consistenily-si/cd helpings?
a regular plate that can feed two
people with small appetites and a
whopper that could feed almost an
entire family, or one big man with a
huge appetite. The volunteers make
good coleslaw and hush puppies,
too; not every menu can boast that.
My favorite chicken bog isn't
made for mass consumption, be
cause it would be loo spicy for most
tastes. It features lots of chicken
(picked thoroughly after stewing to
remove skin and bones), a richly
flavored broth with peppers, two or
three different kinds of sausages,
and just the right proportion of rice.
Not too much, not to little.
Looking for a great Discuit'.' The
cooks at Shallotte Point Volunteer
Fire Department know how to make
one. The rest of their Saturday mor
ning breakfast isn't bad either.
For vegetable soup, the choice is
tough. Both the Methodist women
at Camp Church in Shallotte and
Village Point Church at Shallotte
Point serve a mean bowl of soup.
Quite different from each other, but
both very tasty. Last fall Camp
Church featured a new recipe thai is
spicier than the earlier version, and
um-um good. Take your pick; their
luncheons arc usually on different
But my favorite local charily
breakfast (which 1 havcn'i indulged
in for some time) has to be at the
Brunswick County Fishing Club on
Sunday mornings during the sea
son. It may have something to do
with the view from the fishing club
v.ir.dowi Gi iiic drive across tne
marshes to reach the clubhouse at
Sunset Harbor. In any case, my ap
peute was always enormous and I
ate loo much.
The VFW serves a tasly Bruns
wick Slew al the Festival By ihc
Sea at Holden Beach 1 hear, but
twice they've sold out before I goi
there. Next year, maybe. 1 do love a
good Brunswick Stew.
Seafood? There's no discussion.
It has to be the Dixon Chapel
Oyster Roast, with its oysters roast
ed over a wood fire and served with
fried bread and pickles (sometimes
Yes, there are plenty of great
places to eat while helping out a lo
cal church or charity, but I'm still
looking for a mess of slumgullion
like my father and his friends used
to make down at Shallottc Point.
The cast iron pot would hang
over the fire and cook for u/h^t
seemed like cons. The aroma waft
ing from it was almost as good as
the food within: whatever they
brought from the river?fish, clams,
conch, shrimp?stewed with pep
pers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and
pork and served over a bed of hot
Just thinking about it makes me