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Concerned Residents Offer Fresh
BY SUSAN USHER
, Approximately 50 conccrned Brunswick County res
idents shared their visions for education in the county
last Thursday, with plans to meet again to work toward
making their ideas become reality.
Their goal is to make public education a top priority
for Brunswick County and its people.
The "Solutions for Schools Through Partnership"
community meeting was sponsored by the Brunswick
County Unit of the North Carolina Association of
Educators (NCAE), the Brunswick County Literacy
Council, Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. and
Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. An outgrowth of
a regional meeting held earlier in Wilmington, it is ex
pected to result in spin-off projects across the county be
fore the full group meets again.
While participants' visions varied in detail, several
constants ran through small-group discussions that were
then reported to the full group: creating schools and
classrooms that are conducive to learning; developing
active support from and shared responsibility for learn
ing by parents and community; and developing teachers
who care about their students and who have the skills,
tools and backing they need to do their jobs.
"The main thing 1 heard tonight was the need for
more parent involvement and more community involve
ment in education," said convener Tom Simmons of the
Brunswick County NCAE Chapter. "There was only
positive thinking, no rehashing of the problem. We
looked at the way we want our schools to be."
Owen Weddle. dean of general education for
Brunswick Community College, served as facilitator for
the small group discussions. He complimented the group
on its "tremendous amount of energy, intelligence and
good ideas," concluding, "I think we'd all like to see
Greta Saunders reported for a group that advocated
changes similar to those of other groups: stronger disci
pline, invoking a desire to learn in students, smaller
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STAFF PHOTO HI SUSAN USHtK
GLORIA TALLEY reports for one of the "Solutions Through Partnership" discussion groups that met
last Thursday at Brunswick Community College to explore nays to improve education in Brunswick
classcs, more community support, taking pride in the cation? I look forward to the day we can have year
school environment and creating a community of leani- round schooling."
crs as keys to helping put "education first" in Brunswick Reporting for another group, Gloria Talley,
County. Brunswick County Schools public information and staff
"We don't think it is right now," said Saunders, an development director, said learning should be made
art teacher in the public schools. "There arc too many "more meaningful" for students and should help prepare
other concerns." them for the job market in a global, technological soci
"We have three or four pages of sports news in the ety. Higher expectations and effective partnerships are
paper. Why can't we put that kind of emphasis on edu- part of the answer.
Vision For Education In County
Kosa Davis said her group proposed businesses al
lowing parents some ume to go to school activities dur.
ing work hours, with pay. working to improve sclf-cs
teem of children anil their parents, and offering parent
ing skills training.
More respect for teachers by students, administrators
and parents, parcnung skills, safe schools, on-site access
to telephones and other technology for teachcrs. and
school administration leadership development were part
of the vision shared by Beth Osick, PTA president at
Curtis Bernard of Supply, president of the Cedar
Grove Improvement Association, said it's time to stop
"pointing fingers" and share responsibility.
"If we don't, these other goals will be hard to do," he
continued. His group envisioned improving youngsters'
readiness for school, mentoring at-risk students, increas
ing teacher-parent communication, and setung higher
standards?but with an understanding approach that
doesn't scare students because "seared people will only
work st) long."
His group also recommended making schools more
inviting, a place students want to be, not holding back
able students, and making sure that non-collcgc bound
graduates have a marketable skill.
"When students realize somebody cares, they'll do
better." he concluded.
Caring was also important to the group that included
Bernard's son, Marcus, a student at West Brunswick
High School. Its key vision was a school system in
which people listen to one other. He was one of several
students who participated in the meeting.
Dorothy Essey's group envisioned eliminating ihc
need for the GED (a high school diploma equivalency
certificate); providing tuition scholarships to Brunswick
Community College to any local high school graduate
who wants to enroll there; and having "tcachers who
stick with students through thick and thin, teachers who
have a positive attitude."
School System Safety
Hotline Taking Tipsters'
Calls About Weapons
BY SUSAN USHKR
A safety hotline at the Brunswick County Board of Education office
went into operation last Wednesday.
School system officials set up the hotline as pan of an overall effort
to deter violence and make schools safer. Other measures arc being de
veloped by staff and a school safety committee formed after the seizure
of several weapons and rumors of an expected fight in February shook
the South Brunswick High and Middle school communities. These in
clude a tougher weapons policy now being prepared for board consider
ation, in-scrvice training for school administrators and faculty members,
and use of alternative settings?in one ease, a local police station?for
educating students who are disruptive.
Individuals can call the line 24 hours a day and leave messages re
garding weapons or predicted incidents of violence, such as tights, with
out giving their name. Calls received after 5 p.m. arc recorded and re
viewed at the start of the next day, while daytime calls are monitored as
they come in. Depending upon the nature of the call, the appropriate
school(s) and/or agencies are contacted.
"We're going to treat all calls as legitimate," said Superintendent
The message callers hear states, "Thank you for calling the Bruns
wick County Schools Safety Hotline. We want and intend for our
schools to be safe and orderly and appreciate your helping us to do this.
"At the sound of the tone please leave, your message about any un
safe or illegal activity that is scheduled to occur. Do not give your
name. The information will be held confidential."
Two numbers are available: 457-1991, or toll-free 1-800-734-5204.
U.S. 17 Project Funds On
State Board Agenda Friday
Leland Highway Fatality County's Fifth In 1993
A Leland woman was killed last
Wednesday, March 24, when the car
her husband was driving attempted a
left turn in the path of another vehi
Patty Dawn Carpenter, 31, of
Route 4, was the fifth person killed
in an accident on Brunswick County
roadways this year, according to the
N.C. Highway Patrol office in
Her husband, Michael George
Carpenter, 36, of Leland, has been
charged with death by motor vehicle
and a yield violation.
The accident occurred at 6:35
a.m. on Village Road (S.R. 1472) in
Leland, reported Trooper R.L. Mur
ray. Driver Albert Doshcr Robbins,
60, of Leland, was traveling east on
Village Road in a 1989 Toyota
truck. Carpenter, who was west
bound on Village Road in a i980
Chevrolet, attempted to make a left
turn into a driveway as the Robbins
venicle was approaching the drive
way. The right front of the Toyota
struck the ri?ht passenger area of the
Robbins complained of injuries
and George Carpenter sustained se
rious, incapacitating injuries. Both
were transported to New Hanover
Regional Medical Center in Wilm
Damages to the Toyota were esti
mated at S3,500 and to the Chev
A driver was seriously injured
Thursday, March 25, in an early
moming onc-vehicle accident on
N.C. 211 west of Supply.
David Michael Marshall, 33. of
Supply, was injured when his east
bound 1985 Ford van ran off the
road on the left, struck a bridge and
overturned, coming to rest on its top
on N.C. 211, and then burning, re
ported Trooper R.L. Murray.
Marshall was transported to The
Brunswick Hospital with serious,
Damage to his van was approxi
No charges were filed in the 4
One person was injured in a two
car accident that happened at 2:30
p.m. Thursday approximately 2.4
miles east of Shalloitc on Hale
Swamp Road (S.R. 1154).
A 1984 Subaru station wagon op
erated by Charles Elwood English,
73, of Wilmington was turning left
off Goose Creek Road (S.R. 1155)
onto Hale Swamp Road when he
failed to yield ihc right of way to
1987 Ford headed west on Hale
Swamp Road, according to the re
port filed by Trooper J.V. Dove.
The driver of the Ford, Marvin M.
King, 35, of Shallotle, was trans
ported to The Brunswick Hospital
with serious injuries.
English was not injured. He was
charged with a yield violation.
Damage to the Subaru was esti
mated at SI,(XX) and to the Ford,
BELIEVED TO BE FROM FAYFTTFVIII F
Body May Be Man
Wanted In Attempted
Local authorities say they are
"99-percent sure" that a body dis
covered in the Brunswick River re
cently is that of a Fayeueville man
who allegedly tried to murder his es
tranged wife, then committed sui
cide by jumping off a bridge.
"From all the indications we
have, he is a man they've been look
ing for in Fayeueville who shot his
wife three times and thought she
was dead and jumped into the Cape
Fear River," Brunswick County
Sheriff's Detcciive Capt. Phil Perry
said Monday. "He couldn't swim, so
it looks like an attempted suicide.
All the high water we've had must
have taken him downstream."
A fisherman discovered the badly
decomposed body of a black man
floating in the Brunswick River near
its intersection with Sturgeon Creek
in Lcland March 20.
Brunswick Sheriff John Carr
Davis said last week that the dead
man did not match ihc description of
any local missing person and was
believed to be the same body that
was spotted floating down the river
near Riegclwood four days earlier.
The medical examiner in Fayet
tcville learned of the recovered body
and contacted local authorities last
week to inquire about a man named
Marvin McArthur who has been list
ed as missing in Cumberland
County since late February or early
March, said Brunswick Detective
Faycttcville Police have been
seeking McArthur on a charge of as
sault with a deadly weapon with in
tent to kill inflicting serious injury in
the shooting of his wife, Gwcn
McArthur, Mason said.
There was a report that Marvin
McArthur jumped off a bridge after
the shooting. Mason said. Fayet
tcvillc authorities searched the river
bottom, but found no trace of him.
Mason and Leland Police Chief
Charles Cliff went to Fayeueville
and interviewed Mrs. McArthur Sat
She is recovering from the shoot
ing incident and has confirmed that
her husband wore size 15-D shoes,
had a partial denial plate and fre
quently dressed in a jogging suit,
Mason said. All three details match
the description of the body pulled
from the Brunswick River, he said.
The dead man also wore two pairs
of socks. Mason said. Mrs. Mc
Arthur said her husband worked in a
turkey processing plant and fre
quently wore multiple pairs of socks
to protect his feet from the cold.
Two wedding bands found on the
body have been sent to Fayetteville
for identification by Mrs. McArthur,
An autopsy and toxicology re
ports have yet to establish a definite
cause of death, but preliminary indi
cations are that the man died of
drowning. Mason said.
The Cape Fear River passes
through three locks and dams as it
winds through Cumberland, Bladen
and Pender Counties. The river
flows inio the Brunswick River and
is joined by the Alligator Creek and
Sturgeon Creek in the Lcland area
before returning to a single channel.
The Young Lawyers Division of
the North Carolina Bar Association
is offering free legal assistance to
North Carolinians affected by the re
cent winter storms.
Volunteer attorneys will answer
questions relating to topics such as
property damage, insurance claims,
home repair contracts, tenant and
landlord responsibilities and wills
and other legal papers that may have
Interested persons can call the
N.C. Bar Association weekdays
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-800-662
7407 and ask for Disaster Legal
Only minor items of business re
lating to Brunswick County will be
on the agenda when the State. Board
of Transportation meets Friday in
Again the board will be asked to
approve additional funds for work
on two projects that are part of the
widening of U.S. 17 to the South
Carolina state line.
Another SI8,000 is sought for
preliminary engineering from N.C.
211 at Supply to the state line; this is
in addition to SI.73 million previ
Also, another S500.000 is re
quested to cover right of way acqui
sition and utilities or. U.S. 17 from
west of N.C. 904 at Grisscttown to
die state line. Previously the board
had approved S3.9 million.
The board is also expected to:
?allocate SI70,000 for right of way
and utilities and construction of a
bridge over Rice's Creek on Gover
nor's Road (S.R. 1521) east of Bell
?approve road name changes re
quested by the county commission
ers as follows, S.R. 1477 to Tobe's
Road NE and S.R. 1537 to Wescott
?approve addition to the state road
system of Mercantile Drive and
Trade Street, both in Leland Indus
trial Park subdivision.
?allocate an additional SI0,000 to
grade, drain, base and pave a four
tenths mile section of Benton Road
?approve finai right ot way plans
for two sections of U.S. 17 from
Supply to the South Carolina state
line that reflect revisions in right of
way, easements or control of access
from previous plans.
Roman Gabriel To Speak
At Youth Family Night
Former professional football play
er Roman Gabriel will be the guest
speaker at the
fifth annual Par
Night on Thurs
day, April 8, in
GABRIEL Based Alter
Youth are co-hosting the ?;vent,
which starts at 6 p.m. in the Public
Assembly Building at the Bruns
wick County Government Center.
The primary goal of the program
is to inform parents about organiza
tions within the school system and
community that serve youth. Those
agencies will be represented with in
Another aim of ihc family night is
to support the school system's effort
to integrate with other community
Wendy Milligan, dropout preven
tion coordinator for the county
schools, encourages parents to bring
their children to the event. There will
be refreshments and door prizes.
Gabriel, a native of Wilmington,
played quarterback for the Los Ang
eles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles
during a successful National Foot
ball League career that stretched
from 1962 to 1977. He presently
serves as executive director of the
Charlotte Rage of the Arena Foot
Entertainment will be provided by
the Union Primary School Honor
Chorus, West Brunswick High
School Drama Department and
Brunswick Community College Vis
iting Artist Jon Thornton.
Cashier Training To Be Offered
At Brunswick Community College
Brunswick Community College learn the basic skills involved in
will offer a coursc in cash register good customer relations.
operation this spring to students eli- Persons who qualify will receive
gible for Job Training Partnership tuition, student insurance and course
Act (JTPA) programs. supplies at no charge.
Participants will be trained to op- Interested persons arc asked to
crate computerized cash registers, to call Diane Hcwett at BCC, 754
makc change and to process credit 6900, to find out if they qualify for
card transactions. They will also this cashier training opportunity.
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