The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, May 06, 1993, Image 1
????-? ~TTmBTTniHimminmnffninfiiiiiiwTWHwnwwiiinninnnfwiiwwwiwiw>i MiwwnrannnniiwMHwwwwwwHotwHBBrBWWBffwiHWiiMWWtnwwiinwfflHnniTrwiwnnHrnnwinwnMHinHnHHwnwniwwTrwMflMM^ Towns, Agencies Told Good Paper Trail Is Key To Federal Storm Aid BY SUSAN USHER costs. iar territory after having gone through a sim- Brunswick County, and Brunswick Electric "Document, document, document." "It's really important to go back and look i^Y0U flCfZd tO TTlClkC ilar process following Hurricane Hugo. This Membership Corp. filed "noticcs of inter That's the advice given last week to local at your recordkeeping," said Steve Glenn, ^ , ??=??? time, Brunswick County is one of 10 eastern est," or intentions to seek reimbursement agencies interested in applying for federal Area C coordinator for the N.C. Division of wfiiM. C-CLtl lu?Hlljy counties to qualify so far for only limited grants. The towns of Holden Beach, Ocean relief assistance following a March 13 storm Emergency Management, as he led the Is&wJ;ffttr#TnfoP**'^ aid; reimbursement to local governments Isle Beach. Southport, Calabash, Yaupon that hammered Brunswick County with hur- group through the paperwork and a time- ^ certain other agencies for up to 75 per- Beach, Caswell Beach Long Beach and ricane-force winds and left behind an esti- table. "You need to maJte sure you can iden- fh^S* Wjffir ccnt cosl cmcr8cncy protective Bald Head Village fileu notices, and two mated S23.5 million in damage and clean-up tify who was where and what ihey were do- - ~ measures taken during the storm and debris others. Sunset Beach and Bolivia, plan to do costs. ing during the storm." removal during and afterward, specifically so, said Brcnda Freeman, administrative as Pictures, videotapes, work orders, over- Glenn and Roger Free of Denver, Colo., a - t * within six months of the April 26 declara- sistant in Brunswick County's Emergency time logs, financial records. All these make coordinating officer for the Federal 5lJOn- Management Office. up a paper trail that could make the differ- Emergency Management Agency, met with Glenn said additional declarations may The county's other large utility coopcra cnce in a municipality or agency's efforts to about 25 representatives from Brunswick, for the federal reimbursement grants and later qualify the county for aid to businesses live, Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp., qualify for reimbursement of up to 75 per- New Hanover and Columbus counties last what they would and would not cover. or individuals. has not filed notice that it intends to try to cent of some, but not all, storm-related Thursday at Bolivia to discuss how to apply For some of those listening, it was famil- Last Thursday, eight municipalities, (v^,e STORM, Page 2-A) wmsmm. TH E BRUNf Manager Candidates' Field Is Narrowed To 5 7:^1 STAFF PHOTO BY DOUO tUTTE* A Young Man's Fancy West Brunswick High School's Bryan Fleming (left) hit two home runs last week, including a two-run blast at Whiteville that carried an estimated 430feet. He is pictured with Trojan Coach Mike Alderson. For more baseball and other spring sports, see Pages 8-1 IB. No Vote To Fire Barefoot, Though Rumors Continue BY ERIC CARLSON Contrary to a television news report Monday night, no vote was taken at Monday's Brunswick County Com missioners' meeting to remove Board Clerk Kelly Bare fool from her appointed position. Nor was such a vote scheduled for the board's May 17 meeting, as a Wilmington station reported Tuesday. Still, rumors persist that the board's three-member Democrat majority plans to fulfill a campaign promise to dismiss Barefoot, who is also a registered Democrat, and replace her with former Clerk Regina Alexander, who lost her job nearly two years ago in a reorganization of county administration by the former Republican board. There had been speculation last week that the firing would take place Monday nighL But Democrat Commissioner Wayland Vereen failed to show up, dooming any possibility of a party-line vote to remove Barefoot. Vereen did not respond to a telephone message left with his secretary Tuesday. Attempts to reach Commissioner Tom Rabon Tuesday also were unsuc cessful. Commissioners Chairman Don Warren said he had "no comment" on the rumored plan to fire the county clerk. He also had "no comment" when asked if he felt Barefoot was properly performing her duties. "However, the clerk to the board serves at the plea sure of the board," Warren said. "If anyone is removed, it will be on the basis of performance, not politics or any other factors." Barefoot also said she had "no comment at all" about the rumors. Republican Commissioner Donald Shaw Tuesday called Barefoot "a model clerk" and said he had experi enced "not one problem" with her job performance. He said he had heard "talk on the street" about plans to re move her, but has not been told of such an effort by the other commissioners. "I hope they don't do this," Shaw said. "I don't know (See BOARD, Page 2-A) BY KRIC CARLSON All five axe from North Carolina, said Commissioners' Chairman Don Warren. Most have "in excess of 10 years" experience in county govern ment "at the level of department head or higher." According to Commissioner Jerry Jones, "one or two" of them are cur rently managers of other counties. One is an assistant county manager. Another is a former county manager now employed by a regional council of governments. None of them arc from Brunswick Counly. But one is from a neighboring counly. One of ihc candidates is "a minor ity," according to Commissioner Donald Shaw. That's about all the board mem bers arc saying about the five final ists whose names will be revealed at 3 p.m.. May 17, when the commis sioners conduct public interviews of the candidates for Brunswick Coun ty manager. Only seven of the 37 applicants met the minimum qualifications specified in the board's advertise ment for a new county manager. Warren said Monday night. Still, he said he feels the commissioners have narrowed the field down to "five good candidates that have the experience and background" for the job. But Jones had some reservations about the response, saying he had hoped to receive inquiries from a lot more qualified applicants. He blames the county's recent approval of two-year terms for discouraging applications from top-notch manag er candidates. Under the new terms of office, all five county commissioners will be up for election every two years, be ginning Nov. 1,1992. "Whoever we hire won't get here for at least a month," Jones said. "Which means that after a year and a half, he could be working for an entirely different board. They could come in all gung ho and say they're going to change the whole works. "If 1 was a well-qualified county manager with a good position and I saw a job opening here, I'd be ask ing myself, 'Why take a chance?*" Jones said. Commissioner Shaw echoed Jones* lack of enthusiasm for the se lection process, saying he felt the county "had the best already" in for mer County Manager David Clegg, who resigned March 15. After Clegg's departure, Shaw charged that the manager had been "forced out" by the board's recently elected three-member Democratic majority. The three have denied Shaw's allegation. Shaw and Jones were members of the all-Rcpublican board that hired Clegg, a Democrat, as county manager. "We may find one who is pretty good, but we won't find another David Clegg," Shaw said. "I really regret what happened about that." The county advertised for the manager position in several newspa pers and in a statewide county gov ernment publication. Applications were received from across North Carolina and from other states as far away as New Jersey. Among the advertised require ments for the position were "acade mic credentials in either govern ment. political science, business ad ministration or finance" and a mini mum of "five years of professional county government administrative work experience in North Carolina." At their April 5 meeting, the com missioners agreed to interview the finalists in public. Some boards hold such inquiries in closed meetings, calling the selection process a "per sonnel matter." The board directed county Per sonnel Officer Staric Grissctt to re view the applications and note which one's met the advertised re quirements. The commissioners were given all the applications for review. According to Warren, Gris sctt determined that seven of the 37 candidates met the requirements. Warren said the other commis sioners had been "polled by phone" in an effort to narrow the field. He said there was no dispute over which of the five finalists should be called in for an interview. The five have been contacted and asked if they will agree to be interviewed in pub lic. The board will interview the can didates onc-by-onc, with the same questions directed at each. Warren said. The commissioners could vote to hire the county manager at the board's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m Officials Mum On Holden Beach Workers' Suspension Two Holden Beach employees, including one department head, have been suspended without pay. Public works director Jim Holt and David Hair, a public works em ployee, were suspended April 23, according to Town Manager Gary Parker. Both have worked for the town since the spring of 1991. Parker refused to say why he sus pended the workers, citing a stale law that limits the type of informa tion that can be released from public employee files. "I really can't tell you any more because it is a personnel matter...," Parker said Tuesday. "You can't gel into the reasons. There's an obliga tion to protect the privacy of the in dividuals involved." Parker would not confirm or deny rumors surrounding the suspensions. "Under the privacy act I wouldn't comment one way or another," he said when asked about the rumor. Other town officials also refused to comment on the reason for the suspensions when contacted Tues day. "I respect both parties' privacy so I can't say anything at this time," Commissioner David Sandifer said. Board members Jim Foumier and Sid Swans also declined to com ment. "It was all in executive ses sion so I'm afraid I can't tell you," Swans said. "It's one of those things that's pending." Parker said the matter was dis cussed during a 35-minutc executive session at the close of Monday night's town board meeting. No action was taken in public fol lowing the closed session, but Parker indicated Tuesday the matter would be resolved soon. "You'll be notified shortly I would say, but I really can't get into anything further at this point," he said. "Some resolution has to be made, but I can't tell you anything further right now." Chris Caudill's Four-Year Fight With Breast Cancer Ends Quietly BY SUSAN USHER While wailing for the outcome, in an agree- a routine follow-up visit less than a month Club for several consecutive years and was ruled in the insurance company's favor. Crystal "Chris" Varruim Caudill, an in- ment worked out with the hospital, she un- ago, the news was bad. involved in almost every activity. Caudill's appeal to the U.S. 4th Circuit spiration to those who knew her, died quiet- dcrwcnl the procedure "They told her it was back and there was "We're going to miss her. She was an in- Court in Richmond, Va? was heard in ly at 1:30 p.m. Friday at her home, at rest after friends and neigh- nothing else they could do," said a sister, spiration to me. She held on to her faith un- March, but the decision isn't expected for after a four-year fight with the cancer that g bors raised enough Beverly "BcBe" Woolen of Vamamiown. til the bitter end," said Wootcn. "If we several more months. eventually won. money for a deposit "It was in her lungs, her liver and in her could all keep our trust in His will for us, 1 Caudill's court case is built around the Death for the 37-year-old mother of two against the final tab. bones. They gave her two months." think things would work a loi better for us argument that bone marrow is not actually came nine months after she underwent a ?[ Efforts to raise money Wooten was holding her sister's hand ^ 311 organ and thcrcforc a 15006 marrow bone marrow transplant at Duke University to cover her medical whcn shc dicj as jt was "She never complained and she thanked transplant is not an organ transplant as the Medical Center in Durham, using her own Bft, care continue, with a the hardest thine I ever did in mv life " she God every morning for each day shc was insurance company contends. The policy bone marrow in a final bid to extend her fund established in her mailed given. Most people don't do that," said slates it docs noi pay for organ transplants life. ' i I name at United Caro- Wootcn. "She was a blessing to me." not specifically identified. The expensive procedure had been de- ? ? ' ? " lina Bank. However, overwhelming support from Wooten doesn't plan to return to her own Wooten said that the family still owes layed on the hope thai her insurance com- caudill She was the first pa- neighbors, coworkers, friends and former job for several months, as she had promised Duke Medical Center approximately pany, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North ticnt to undergo this type of transplant schoolmates helped see the family through her sister to help James Caudill and the S40.000 of the SI 12,000 cost of the trans Carolina, would agree to covcr the costs. A through Duke's new oncology outpatient the ordeal, she said. "Words cannot tell how Caudills' two boys through this period of plant. Another $27,000 is owed for related security clerk at the U.S. Army's Military treatment program. A lingering lung infec- we appreciated how people supported us transition. The children's paternal grand- outpatient care, but the family has applied Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, shc was in- lion left her short of breath, but all signs of through this." mother, who has been staying with the fam- for Medicaid and is hopeful it will cover surcd under a policy for federal civilian the cancer disappeared after ihc procedure, Chris Caudill was an inspiration to her ily most of the past year to help care for the the latter. employees that the company says does not and Caudill had been optimistic of rcmis- sister as shc was to others, especially at boys, plans to slay on with them. Caudill's husband, James Earl, is still un cover bone marrow transplants as a treat- sion and a return to her job after an extend- Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church The legal action against Blue Cross & able to return to work. He is under treat ment for advanced breast cancer. cd leave. where she had sung in the choir since child- Blue Shield will continue, said Wootcn. ment for back injuries received in an auto Caudill sued Blue Cross & Blue Shield. However, when shc returned to Duke for hood, served as president of the Ladies Last August a federal district court judge mobile accidcnt last November.