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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 08, 1993, Image 1

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Happy Easter! See page 6-B for a listing of special church services and g*** programs THE 12/31/99 #*P0 HO AG ??< SONS BOOK BINDERY P.O. BOX 162 SPRINGPORT MI 49284 Look To The Links The South Brunswick Islands Chamber Golf Tournament is coming up. Page 9-C Thirty-First Year, Number 20 ctmiucox Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, April 8, 50c Per Copy 92 Pages, 4 Sections Including Suplement. 3 Inserts INCLUDES WBHS EXPANSION. COMPUTER LABS School Board Considers $18.8 Million Budget BY SUSAN USHER Renovation and expansion of West Brunswick High School, construction of a new Leland area elementary school and funding new plans for using technology and improving school performance are key elements of an SI8.8 million budget proposed by the Brunswick County Board of Education for next year. Of that total, S7.85 million wouid go fm capital pro jects, and would come from a combination of state and county money; and S 10.96 million for current expenses. The schools will ask the county to provide the bulk of the latter, S8.99 million, which would reflect a 20.58 percent increase over the S7.45 million received this year. The full school board got its first look at the draft budget last Wednesday night and was to consider it Wednesday, April 7, in a 6:30 p.m. meeting at Union Elementary School. By law the schools' budget request must be submitted to county commissioners by May 1; Superintendent Ralph Johnston said the county has asked that it be submitted earlier. It is the first school system budget developed under his administration. Jump starts on the West Brunswick High School pro ject and a new elementary school in the Leland area would make up the bulk of the capital outlay budget The board wants to spread the cost of the two projects over a two-year period, spending S3 million for each school next year and the year after. The elementary school is expected to cost about S5.6 million and the West Brunswick project, S6.4 million. The current expense budget, which covers day to day operation of the schools, includes an additional $310,000 to add nine lead teacher positions, a key ele ment in the county's three-year performance improve ment plnn. It also sets aside 525,000 to provide for the possibility of a county school being chosen as a pilot for the regional A+ Arts program. The project will use arts participation to stimulate learning across all areas of study. Top Construction Priorities The two construction projects are part of the school system's 10-year capital improvement plan. A new school system administration building in the county government center at Bolivia was also a top priority on that list, but has been put on hold again until more press ing student space needs are met. At West Brunswick High School, 14 teachers do not have permanent classrooms and "nine or 10" trailers arc in use for classrooms or other purposes. The renovation and expansion, similar to that com pleted at South Brunswick High School two years ago, would eliminate the trailers and provide room for growth. Construction of the new K-5 school at Leland would relieve overcrowding at Lincoln Primary School, reduc ing its student membership from more than 800 students to a more appropriate size. Assistant Superintendent Bill Turner told the board. The new school would also serve fourth and fifth grades. That would free Leland Middle School to be come a "true" middle school serving grades six through eight only, and reduce its student population from 981 students to less than 600, "an ideal middle school." While the high school project will take longer to com plete, both projects could be finished within 18 months if begun this fall. Plan Calls For Computers The expansion budget also includes SI23,000 for technology items. Of that, 550.000 would be spent for software, $24,000 for network design, cabling and supplies; 529,000 for (See SCHOOLS', Page 2-A) HARVEY OK'S 32 HIRINGS Board To Interview County Manager Candidates In Public BY RRIC CARLSON The Brunswick Board of Com missioners unanimously agreed Monday to hold the final interviews of applicants for the county manag er's post in open session at a public meeting. As of Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Clerk Joyce Johnson said she had re ceived a total of 38 applications for the job .left vacant when former county manager and county attorney David Clegg resigned March 15. Johnson said she could not reveal details of the applications, but said they have been received from Brunswick County, from other areas of North Carolina and from states as far away as New Jersey. She said the heaviest influx of applications for a county position typically occurs dur ing the final week. Board Okays Ciegg's Vacation Pay The Brunswick Baud of Commissioners Monday reluctantly agreed to pay former County Manager/Attorney David Clegg for 641 hours of ac cumulated vacation time. At Ciegg's annual salary of $68,078, the time will add up to $20,979 in back pay. Unlike most employees, the county manager is exempt from a person nel policy that allows workers to accrue no more than 240 hours of annu al leave. In 1986, the board of commissioners authorized Clegg, who was then county attorney, to build up additional vacation time. County Manager Billy Carter was away from his post on sick leave at the time. He request (See CLEGG, Page 2-A) April 14 is the last day applica tions will be accepted for the county manager position. At the board's regular meeting Monday night, commissioners Chairman Don Warren urged that the process of selecting a county manager be conducted in public, as it was two years ago when Clegg was hired. County boards frequently choose their county managers in secret by calling the interview process a per sonnel matter" that state law allows them to discuss in a closed "execu tive" session. Warren suggested that after the April 14 deadline, all applications should be reviewed and screened by Personnel Officer Starrie Grissctt to determine which candidates meet the minimum qualifications speci fied for the post. The advertised requirements in clude "academic credentials in either (See MANAGER, Page 2-A) STAfF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON Electrical Fire Destroys Home About 30 firefighters from three departments were unable to save a wood-frame home on Stanley Road that was destroyed by fire Monday night. See story on Page 9-A. STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER Going Home?And Not Alone Kindergarten student Trenton Burney gingerly holds one of his two ducklings that were soon on their way home from Supply Elementary School Tuesday morning with his dad, Alvin Burney. The two young birds were among more than 200 young birds hatched at school just in time for Easter. The story and more pic tures are on Page 6-A. Easter Schedules Will Vary Easter holiday closing schedules vary widely across the South Brunswick Islands, with one island community setting Saturday office hours for the convenience of non-resident property owners. Brunswick County Schools.. Closed April 12-16 Brunswick Community College .-.No classes Friday, Monday Offices closed Monday B.C. Government Center ? ?Offices closed Friday Holden Beach Town Hall ?.. ..?Closed Friday Open 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday Shallotte Town Hall ?.....................Closed Monday Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall .Open Friday, Monday Sunset Beach Town Hall.? ....Open Friday, Monday Calabash Town Hall ?? Closed Monday Financial institutions Closed Friday The county's landfill will be open its usual hours. Also, Waste Industries will maintain normal hours at its staffed sites and its normal collection schedule. No towns reported any change in trash collection. Engineers Suggest Pumping Wastewater To Little River BY LYNN CARLSON Calabash, Billups added. Consulting engineers are recom- Billups and fellow engineer Joe mending that wastewater from Tombro say "preliminary inquiries" Sunset Beach and Calabash be have been encouraging for the pumped to South Carolina for col- prospect of pumping 300,000 gal lection and treatment for about four ions of wastewater per day to a man hole across the state line to be collected by the Little River Water and Sewer Authority, which in turn contracts with Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority for waste treatment. They estimated con struction costs for 8,000 feet of of sewer main at Holden Beach citizens petition for sewer system, Page 10-A. years until a sewage treat ment plant can be con structed. "We've essentially run out of other options" for interim wastewater dis posal that is the First phase of a central sewer system proposed for southwestern Brunswick County, engineer Jim Billups told the Sunset Beach Town SI 12,500, and collection and treat Council on Monday. ment costs at $6,000 per month. The Carolina Blythe sewer sys- The "typical residential customer" tcm currently serving Carolina would probably pay SI5 per month, Shores carries too high a price tag, they added. and a consultant for Ocean Isle's Billups said he sees no "physical municipal sewer system lias recom- or bureaucratic problems" with the mended against accepting waste- concept and encouraged beginning water from Sunset Beach and (See SEWER, Page 2-A) WBHS To Host Russian Baseball Team On Friday BY DOUG RUTTER It s lime to break out the Russian English dictionary and blow off the dust. No kidding. It'll come in handy Friday night, when the Russian National Baseball Team visits Shallotte for an exhibi tion game with the West Brunswick High School Trojans. Game time is 7 p.m. "There seems to be an awful lot of interest hero at the school and in the community about the game," West Brunswick Athletic Director Jim Brett said Monday. "We're really looking forward to it," Brett added. "It's not every day you get to do something like this. It's real spccial having a team of that caliber come here to play." West Brunswick will provide lunch for the visitors and dinner fol lowing the game. Brett said there al so will be an exchange of gifts be tween players prior to the contest The school also will arrange bus transportation for the team, which will be based in Whitevilie for ap proximately 10 days while playing teams throughout southeastern North Carolina. "We're trying to do it right and do a good job of taking care of them," Brett said. "We want them to re member us as one of the schools that treated them well while they were here." The team was scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C., Saturday and travel to Southern Pines for a game with Pinecrest High School Monday before moving to southeastern North Carolina. While visiting the southeast pan of the state, the Russian team had games scheduled Tuesday against Waccamaw Academy and Wednes day against Whitevilie. After playing at West Brunswick Friday, the Russians will play Cape Fear High School of Faycttcvillc April 14 and Waccamaw Conference member East Bladen on April 15. This is the third year the Russians have visited North Carolina. While baseball in relatively new to Russia, most of the players have excelled in other sports. "It's something the kids will be able to look back on when they're our age and say, "We played the Russians.' It's going to be good for the community and the kids," West Brunswick Baseball Coach Mike Aldcrson said recently. The Trojans enter Friday's game riding a five-game winning streak. West Brunswick opened Waccamaw 2-A Conference play last week with road wins over South Robeson and Fairmont. West (2-0, 5-1) bombed South Robeson's Mustangs 11-1 Friday night in Rowland, three nights after an 8-0 win at Fairmont. In the Fairmont game, senior pitcher Scou Gore fired a complete game, no-hitter in his first start of the season. The hard-throwing, right-hander struck out 14 batters and went 3-for-4 with a double to help his own cause. Senior shortstop Keane Bellamy also went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a two-run home run to power the West Brunswick offense. It was the third straight shutout for the Trojans, who beat Dillon, S.C., 7-0 March 29 and Waccamaw Academy 10-0 March 25. Inside... Birthdays 2B Business News ..9C Calendar of Events ? ??? 10A Church News 6B Classified 1-7C Court Docket 12C Crime Report 9A Fishing 3A Goif !0B Obituaries.?.. Opinion ????*??*???????.....??4**$ People In The News .....7B Plant Doctor...., .3B Sports H-11R Television 10-11C " - mmm *? ->?V

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