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I What Goes Around... ??? local law enforcement agencies find ways to benefit from the national military down sizing. Page 11-A ^ v mam ... _ Aaron Butler and Emily Gore are named senior athletes of the year at the WBHS sports awards reception. Page 10-B ?MMiiliBittr B1 ? I? II THr HOftlfc SONS.BOOK BINDERY F' 0 BOX lt'-i T * SPRIN6P0RT MI 49^84 Wet A Hook! till Local anglers are bringing in decent catches of spot and flounder as the water warms and the crowds gather. Page 8-C. Spiff' ~ . ? <? Thirty-First Year, Number 29 ? THI MoNSWiCt MACON Shallotte, North Corolino, Thursday, June 10, 1993 50? Per Copy 36 Pages, 3 Sections, 1 Insert rot met Lincoln Manager Set To Interview For Post Today BY KRIC CARLSON Albert Sharp Jr., a former manag er of two North Carolina counties and past teacher at UNC-Wilming ton, will be the fourth candidate to be interviewed for the job of Bruns wick County manager at a recessed commissioners' meeting today (Thursday). In a telephone interview from his home in Lincoln County, Sharp said Tuesday that he is "very familiar" with the coastal area. He said that while teaching at UNCW, he and his wile lived in Wilmington and Wrightsvillc Beach for more than three years. Sharp's parents live in New Bcm. "We would love to come back to the coast," he Last December, Sharp gave notice of his intention to resign after eight years as Lincoln County Manager. Calling the decision a "lifestyle change," Sharp said his departure was "an amicable parting" during which he continued working until late April while the county commis sioners selected a new manager. Sharp described Lincoln Coun ty?population 52,000?as a diverse area extending from the Charlotte suburbs of Lake Norman to the ap ple orchards of the western foothills. He said the county is similar to Brunswick in that both arc experi encing rapid growth with an expand ing retiree population. Asked to describe his accomplish ments as Lincoln County manager. Sharp said he has overseen only one tax increase in six years while the collection rate increased by 5 per cent. During his tenure, he said Lincuiu established a county-wide water system, adopted a merit-based personnel policy and passed suc cessful sewer and school bond rcfcr endums. Before taking his most rcccnt po sition, Sharp said he was hired as the first manager of Granville County, where he worked from 1974 to (See FINAL, Page 2-A) HI - ? & < I -1 ? ? f Obituaries Opinion .4-5A People In The News 5B Plant Doctor 3B Sports 9-12B Television 10-11C : x-x-xxx-xvx-xxvx-x i! : :m, W j? *4 x STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON Science Class iMmar Jones (left) and Roy Stephens, both of Ash, examine the contents of a cast net tossed into the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle Beach. They were members of an eighth-grade class from Waccamaw School that spent a morning studying coastal ecosystems with science teacher Ellen Milligan. High Court Decision Paves Way For Student Prayer At Graduation BY SUSAN USHER A studcni-led prayer was to be allowed Wednesday night, June 9, at South Brunswick High School, as Brunswick County's three high schools held simultane ous commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Senior Jason Lanier of Bolivia's Mill Creek commu nity, an honor student who is considering a career in the ministry, was chosen by South Brunswick High School's student graduation committee to lead the prayer. It was Lanier who had originally proposed a prayer or blessing as pan of the ceremony. He had a petition showing support from almost the entire senior class for the request, which was denied by the school's principal and had not been heard yet by the county school board when the latest federal court decision relating to prayer at graduation was handed down Monday. He was initially told the school system couldn't offi cially sanction such a prayer because it would be in vio lation of a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That deci sion, in a Rhode Island case, indicated that public school graduation prayers violated the principle of separation of church and state. However, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday settled the confusion over the issue of students' right to prayer at graduation. The court upheld, without further comment, a lower court decision in Texas that allowed student prayer at graduation under certain conditions. That court decision indicated that graduation prayer was permissible so long as it was led by students, was non-sectarian, did not at tempt to convert listeners, and was wanted by a majority of the students concerned. The Texas suit contrasted with the Rhode Island case in that it did not involve a prayer by clergy or prayer at the direction of the school district. If school officials had not changed their opinion, Lanier had intended, during the moment of silence that was to be allowed in lieu of oral prayer, to lead seniors in the voluntary recitation of the Lord's Prayer. He had signatures on petitions from most of the senior class supporting the request. Last Wednesday, the board had planned to include the prayer issue on the agenda of a special meeting it set Monday, June 7, to begin cutting its budget and review ing personnel reorganization plans. However Chairman Donna Baxter canceled that meet ing when the school system was invited to explain its technology program funding request to county commis sioners, and failed to notify reporters present at last week's meeting of the change in plans. At its meeting last Wednesday night, the school board also: ?approved a one-year only contract extension for Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services William Turner, who is in charge of facilities, maintenance, transportation, child nutrition, warehouse and distribu tion services. ?delayed until iLs June 14 meeting reconsideration of the school calendar, and two alternatives. One would have tcachcrs reporting three days earlier but not change the start of school for students, the other would move the start of school up to Aug. 24, with students' last day of classes June 7,1994. ?approved on first reading a revised school personnel policy after a three-hour work session with consulting school law attorney Richard Schwartz of Raleigh. A sec ond reading is required before adoption; several more sections will be added later through separate action. Schools' Computer Program Proposal Gets $1 Million County Approval BY ERIC CARLSON AND SUSAN USHER The Brunswick County Commis sioners voted Monday to scrap a previous board's plan for a new SI million county warehouse and agreed instead to spend the money on school technology programs. In a split vote, the commissioners agreed to reallocate the warehouse construction funds set aside in last year's budget to provide for expan sion of a fledgling program to offer computer training in classrooms throughout the school system. "It's certainly not that I'm against the schools," said Jones, explaining his no vote. "1 am totally in support of the schools. They just haven't convinced me that we need comput ers in every classroom in every school." Gene Zuck, the school system's director of technology, told the com missioners Monday night that the computer program has "made some good progress in past months." He expects to have 15 to 30 work sta tions in operation at each of the county's 12 schools by Aug. 1. Teachers and other school personnel arc also being trained to use comput ers and to teach students their use. He said the technology funds re quested in this year's school budget would be used to create more stu dent work stations, to expand the computer network into classrooms, libraries and administrative offices and to hire additional computer sup port personnel. The work is part of a 3- to 5-year plan for increasing the school system's use of computers and other technology for instruction, management and communication. This fiscal year the school board transferred funds set aside in its 1992-93 budget for design of a new central office to the technology pro ject. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has adopted a state cur riculum that directs schools to offer computer literacy education for all grades and that will eventually re quire students to pass a standardized computer skills exam to receive a high school diploma. The SI million had been ear marked in the current budget for construction of a 15,000-square-foot building at the county complex in Bolivia. It was to have housed of fices for the public utilities and parks departments with storage space for all county departments. Architectural work has been com pleted and the project is ready to go to bid, said County Engineer Robert Tucker. "It's not a lost effort, because those plans can be used to construct the building in the future," he said. "It's just a shift in priorities." Commission Chairman Don Warren and members Donald Shaw and Tom Rabon voted for the pro posed rc-allocation. Commissioner Jerry Jones voted against it. Clerk to the Board Kelly Barefoot recorded the vote as 4-to-l, as did Shaw and several members of the audience. But according to Jones, Commissioner Wayland Vcrcen also voted against it Verccn left immediately after the meeting and was unavailable to clar ify his vote Tuesday. In other business the board: ?Voted unanimously to award four construction contracts for new branch libraries on Oak Island and in Leland. An all-inclusive contract for S384.000 was awarded to Luther T. Rogers Inc. to build the library at Yaupon Beach. Harnett Construction Co. received a S343.208 contract for general construction of the Leland branch, with a S31,869 clectrical contract to Watson Electric Co., a S26.625 ventilation contract to Cannon Heating and Air Conditioning Co. and a S15.700 plumbing contract going to Kelly Plumbing Co. All the contracted firms are from Wilmington except Cannon, which is based in Wilson. ? Heard a report from Operations Services Director Derry Somcrsett that the county landfill can be ade quately maintained without hiring a solid waste director. The county has advertised to fill the S24.818 posi tion left vacant when former director Leo Hewett was fired last March and later rehired in the created posi tion of "solid waste control officer." Interim County Manager John Harvey said he was told to fill the position by Commissioners Chairman Don Warren, who report edly polled his fellow Democrat commissioners by telephone to es tablish a voting majority to autho rize the move. ?Took no action on a request for approval of an ambulancc service franchise for Northwest Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Inc. Corporation member Artis Bryant told the board that the new volunteer squad was needed to improve emer gency service in an area at the north end of the county currently served through a cooperative arrangement with the Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire and Rescue squad from Columbus County. Brunswick EMS Director Doug Ledgett recommend ed that the request be turned down, saying that the proposed squad does not have enough trained staff or equipment to provide adequate ser vice. ?Heard a progress report on the (See COUNTY, Page 2-A) Trial Set July 12 For First Of 2 Defendants In Evans Death BY ERIC CARLSON "We have yet to make a decision as to who we will tainted by this publicity and speculation," the motion met Evans in the Revco parking lot and got into the car One of the two Shallotte men accused in the abduc- try first," Bollinger said in an interview the day after he states. with him shortly after 8 p.m.; that at some point in the lion and murder of a young Ash man last fall is sched- filed the motions to proceed with trial. District attorney Rex Gore has said that he will op- evening, one of the two defendants pulled out a pistol ulcd to go on trial next month. But prosecutors aren't R ?. . ? . . . ?,iih r?iihor P0550 ^ moti?n to movc cither trial, noting that "there and forced Evans into the trunk; and that Evans was let saying which case will be heard first. case and will not decide which on! lo call unUI pre-trial was not a lot of pre-mal publicity in this ca.sc " Ramos cut on the dirt,oad portly before he was shot. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger has filed ^,th h-.v,- iv? final also has saul he was prepared to proceed with Kings Brunswick County sheriff s detectives claim State notices to proceed with the trials of both William Earl * Mjchac, Rafnos am, Slcphcn Yount have been an- Uial in Bolivia- Burcau of Investigation laboratory tests have deter Hill. 18, of Blueberry Farm Road and Bradley Tyrone ? ' , K ? Williim Furl? inrf hmM Police say both Hill and King have given statements mined that bullets removed Irom Evans' body and shell King, 17, of Route 1, in Brunswick County Superior j>. nc m jcj-cn(j jjjh indicating that on the night of Oct. 12, they rode to- casings found at the scene were fired from a 9mm se Court on July 12. 1 gcther in a Honda automobile down a dirt rode and mi-automatic pistol owned by Hill. Both men arc charged with first-degree murder, kid- As in most cases that could result in a death-penalty stopped. Both defendants said Evans was ordered out The SBI is also analyzing fingerprints found on the napping and armed robbery in the shooting death of 20- verdict, the defense has filed numerous motions on of the trunk at gunpoint, led to the front of the car and weapon and on items recovered from Evans' car. year-old Ronald Everett Evans, who was reported miss- their clients' behalf. Lawyers have asked the court to shot twice from behind, according to police. But each Investigators have requested that highly detailed "ma ing after he left home to pick up dinner for himself and declare the death penalty unconstitutional, to allow the man has said that the other one pulled the trigger. jor case inked impressions" be taken from the hands of his girlfriend at a Shallotte fast-food restaurant on the defendants freed on bond and to prohibit the district at- Evans was driving his champagnc-colored 1986 both Hill and King. night of Oct. 12. He never returned. tomey from dismissing potential jurors on the basis of Honda Accord when he left Ash at about 7:30 that Both King and Hill could face the death penalty even Six days later, a horseback rider found Evans' dc- race, sex, religion or because they arc uncertain about Monday night, according to police. He bought dinner at if it is never proven who did the shooting, Bollinger composed body on a ditch bank beside a dirt road lead- imposing the death penalty. the Shallotte Burger King and took it to the Revco store said. A person convicted of committing a felony that ing into the Green Swamp. He had been shot twice Hill's lawyers have asked that his trial be moved to on Main Street, where his girlfriend worked. results in a person's death can also be guilty of murder from behind with a 9mm pistol. another county, claiming that Hill could not get a fair His car was found the next day in the marsh behind no matter who did the killing. Hill and King have been held without bond in the hearing here due to local news coverage of the murder Brick Landing Golf Course. Inside was a Burger King Bollinger has overseen the local investigation into Brunswick County Jail since they were arrested less investigation. bag with a receipt recording a purchase lime of 8 p.m., the Evans killing and is expected to be the lead prosc than a week after Evans' body was found. Both defen- "It would be exceedingly difficult to find someone in Oct. 12. cutor at next month's trial. He said he expects lhat dants have undergone psychological testing and expert the area who had not heard of this case, who had not Investigators say they believe King and Hill were District Attorney Rex Gore or another of his assistants medical testimony is expected at both trials. heard opinions concerning it and who had not been planning to steal a car that night; that they allegedly will help present the state's case.