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As Way To Better Control Future
BY SUSAN USIIKR
Residents of Shingletrec Acres
subdivision and several other pre
dominantly black communities be
tween Grissettown and Calabash arc
exploring the possibility ot a new
town as a means of better control
ling their own destinies.
Robert Gore, a leader in the
Shingletrec Acres community spear
heading the effort, said Monday that
more than 230 people had signed
petitions in support of the effort and
none had gone on record opposing
At a meeting Friday night at
Calabash Fire Station, Gore fired up
30 of his neighbors with a vision of
community, of local residents doing
for themselves what others have not.
Louis "Bobby" Brown, longtime
mayor of Navassa, a predominantly
black town in northern Brunswick
County, explained to the group the
steps involved in incorporation.
On a straw vote, they agreed to
move ahead on the project.
"We want to become eligible for
county, state and federal grants and
subsidies and other sources of in
come to help us maintain a good
quality of life for ourselves and our
children," states the petition being
Gore sees a town as a vehicle for
bringing people together and helping
give them a sense of pride, reduce
their dependence on public assis
tance as a way of life, and begin
tackling economic needs by creating
capital, developing their own busi
nesses and jobs.
Some families, he said, have been
dependent on public assistance for
their survival for three generations
and know no other way of life.
"We have to change that and we
have to do it ourselves. We have no
choice; we have to do something
and we have to act fast," he contin
ued, noting probable future limits on
federal assistance programs.
"Individually we are too poor and
too weak politically to accomplish
our goals," said Gore, who has been
involved in recent efforts by local
residents to get roads in Shinglctrcc
Estates paved and maintained by the
state. He has also lobbied for repeal
or amendment of the county's new
zoning ordinance, which regulates
land use, because he considers it too
restrictive on rural residents.
"With the help of God and peo
ple of good will," he concluded, "we
believe we can obtain the same qual
ity of life we see other people enjoy
He said white residents of the
area who have expressed an interest
in being included will be given
equal consideration and that others
who live in or near the area under
consideration would be welcomed.
The next step in pursuit of incor
poration is to consult with the
institute of Government at Chapel
Hill and other agencies, and then to
take up the matter with local legisla
Gore estimates 500 people live
within the boundaries of the mush
room-shaped area, or as Gore de
scribed it, "an ink blot." It stretches
"Individually we are too poor
and too weak politically to
accomplish our goals."
from the Marlowtown area south of
U.S. 17 and north of Calabash, in
cluding the area known as "The
Hole." North of U.S. 17 it takes in
the black community "on the road to
Hickman's Crossroads" then west to
a point along No. 5 School House
Road west of the Hezekiah Reaves
property, then northeast to include
the Jack Griffin estate, then east to
include the Daniel Hill estate. It then
crosses to south of U.S. 17 to in
clude the Sambo Brown property
and south to include minority prop
erty owners along U.S. 17 to
Thomasboro. The line runs north by,
but does not include. Acme Oil Co.
and also excludes the Brunswick
Plantation golf course development.
It includes Camell Stanley's proper
ty and Pleasant Grove Baptist
Church on U.S. 17.
State Rep. E. David Rcdwine said
last week it is premature for him to
comment about the proposed town
because he hasn't been approached
on the subject.
However, he said any town that is
formed needs to have a tax base that
can provide services to residents.
He's not certain the area in question
has ihc businesses and residences
needed for that.
In an interview last week regard
ing his decision not to introduce leg
islation that would provide for in
corporation referenda for two other
towns, he told the Beacon, "I think it
is time to stop and take a look at
where we're headed, perhaps we've
been moving too fast (on incorpora
tions)." He said he would probably
rely more on the House
Incorporation Commission to review
incorporation bill requests objective
ly and decide if becoming a town is
in a community's best interest.
Asked what significance the nu
merous efforts in rcccnt years to
more towns in Brunswick County
might have, Rcdwinc speculated,
"One message that's been sent in the
last eight to 10 years is that people
feel the county hasn't responded to
them, but I don't know whether
that's true or not.
"I think there arc more people
now interested in protecting their lit
Ue area of paradise or what they
think is paradise," he said. Citing
support for Ross Perot for president,
he said more people arc interested in
government and how iheir money is
being spent and want stronger par
"Some may be saying they don't
think the system works well; their
solution is to create their own,
smaller system," he said.
Just as alcoholic beverage control
issues played a part in some earlier
incorporation efforts, Redwine sug
gested dislike of the county's zoning
ordinance by rural residents of the
county could contribute to newer ef
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The Occan Isle Beach Property
Owners Association is encouraging
participation in its annual 'Trash
Bash" on Saturday, May 22.
Trash will be picked up from the
strand and major roadways. Partici
pants will meet at the Museum of
Coastal Carolina at 10 a.m. The
pick-up is expected to take about
The "Trash Bash" was one of a
number of projects discussed by the
OIBPOA Board of Directors during
its Easter weekend meeting.
Hayden O'Neil, board spokes
man, said the board decided on the
following projects for 1993:
?constructing a public wheelchair
ramp and gazebo to overlook the
ocean on Beaufort Street;
?acquiring the cast iron plaque from
the island's old swing bridge, as
well as the old bridgetenders' logs,
for donation to the town;
?purchasing chairs and tables for
the new meeting floor at the Mus
eum of Coastal Carolina;
?sponsoring a contest to design an
Ocean Isle Beach flag; and
?printing informational brochures
about church services on the strand
and at Ocean Isle Beach chapel and
telling hours of the museum. The
brochures would be distributed to
renters through real estate companies.
O'Neil said the organization's
membership currently nears 800 and
is "growing nicely, with the privi
lege card and Ocean Isle Beach
town decal being the impetus for
more people joining than ever be
fore." New members receivc a privi
lege card entitling them to discounts
on certain services and goods.
As a campus Earth Day activity.
Recreational Grounds Management
Technology students are selling
herbs and perennials today (Thurs
day) at the Brunswick Community
College campus north of Supply on
U.S. 17 Business.
Sale hours arc 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Proceeds will help defray the cost of
a student field trip to North Carolina
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owns and operates a herb farm, will
discuss the care of these types of
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