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Forty Attend, Few
Speak At Hearing
BY LYNN CARLSON
Local restaurateurs say $500 is
too steep a fine for failure to send
food service managers through the
Brunswick County Health Depart
ment's proposed six-hour food han
dling safety course.
Though about 40 restaurant own
ers. managers and workers a second
public hearing on the certification
issue last week, only a handful
spoke. Comments opposing the pro
gram and the proposed fine drew ap
plause from the group.
"We arc small businesses, and
we'll have to pay people to attend,
and pay to replace them on the job
while they're attending," said Robin
Schuster, a Southport day care cen
ter owner. "This doubles our ex
pense. 1 hope you consider the cost
to small businesses."
Schuster said $50 would be a
more reasonable penalty for non
"This type of situation doesn't exist in 95
percent of the other counties of this state...
I somewhat resent the control and
bureaucracy. This will be more expense
on our part and theirs."
?Bob Williams,Leland Restaurateur
The health department proposes to
require all food service establishment
managers to attend a six-hour course
to study food-handling safety issues,
and pass a written exam, in order to
earn a three-year certification.
Establishments would be required
to post a copy of their managers'
certification and a list of those certi
fied. Managers would be required to
carry identification cards proving
Humphrey Chosen For 'Spotlight'
Sandra Humphrey, exceptional children preschool teacher and
School-Based Committee chair at Supply Elementary School, has been
selected for the Supply Spotlight, a monthly tribute
to volunteer and teacher excellence.
Humphrey previously was employed with New
Hanover County for nine years in the exceptional
After obtaining a two-year early childhood de
gree from Gaston College, she worked as a teacher's
assistant before deciding to pursue a bachelor's de
gree in spccial education from Appalachian State
University. That was a "strong program in practical
use of materials at different age levels and was a lot '
of hands-on training," she said, "but being a HUMPHREY
teacher's assistant in Gaston County was the best ex
perience I ever got."
"Preschool holds a special interest because of its newness. If we can
improve developmental delays in children so that they don't continue to
need spccial education, it's at this point. I can make a different while
they're young," Humphrey says of her work with the nc program of the
spccial education division of Brunswick County schools.
Humphrey and her husband Michael live at Long Beach.
they are certified.
The current proposal, modified by
a committee of restaurant owners
and health department staff after the
initial plan met opposition in the
first public hearing, would give
restaurants one year to get their
managers certified. Environmental
Health Supervisor Andrew Robin
son is proposing that the courses be
offered monthly, beginning this fall,
for a year. At least in the first year,
there would be no charge for taking
the course, he added. Day and
evening classes would be offered.
Leland restaurateur Bob Williams
said. "This type of situation doesn't
exist in 95 percent of the other coun
ties of this state... I somewhat resent
the control and bureaucracy. This
will be more expense on our part
Williams added. "The timing is
bad. We're having a hell of a hard
time staying afloat in these times,"
adding that his restaurant and others
are experiencing escalating costs for
products, insurance and workers'
compensation rates, while facing in
creased competition from large fran
Some of those attending said they
think certification should be re
quired only for restaurants who re
ceive grades of B or C on their quar
terly sanitation inspections. 'Those
of us who have superior grades
ever)' time are being penalized.
when only those who get B's or C's
should he," one participant said.
Another expressed concerns that
his Greek-speaking parents would
be unable to pass a test in English
and was told that an oral test could
be administered if necessary.
Still another suggested that there
be some flexibility in the amount of
fine for noncompliance if extenuat
ing circumstances exist. Others said
failure to become certified should
cost restaurants sanitation grade
points instead of money.
Health Director Michael Rhodes
said the county health department is
not allowed not make certification a
part of the grading system, which is
devised and mandated at the state
Robinson told the group the
course would "keep you informed of
the changes in technology and new
processes which arc being devel
oped and implemented daily."
He showed a few minutes of the
videotape "Ice: The Forgotten
Food." about how ice cubes can be
contaminated with bacteria, as an
example of the type of educational
materials which would be used.
Robinson and Rhodes thanked the
committee members for their work
revising the proposal and the restau
rateurs for their input. They agreed
to consider reducing the proposed
Marilyn Janncll Sawyer of
Brunswick. County was among stu
dents named to the dean's list for the
spring semester at the University of
North Carolina at Ashevillc.
The dean's list includes students
who have achieved a 3.5 grade point
average or above.
SHOOTING OCCURS MONDAY NIGHT
A 38-year-old Ash man was shot
in ihc back shortly alter midnight
Monday by the former boyfriend of
a woman who was riding in the vic
tim's car that night, a Brunswick
County Sheriff's detective said
Ronald Daniels of Route 2 was
released from New Hanover Reg
ional Medical Center Tuesday after
spending a night under observation
following surgery to remove a
small-caliber bullet from his upper
Another Ash man, Richard Lee
Gore, 38, has been arrested in the
shooting and charged with assault
with a deadly weapon with intent to
Shot In The Back Over Wo man
kill, inflicting serious injury, accord- them, got out of his car, walked to
ing to Detective John Ingram. ward Daniel's vehicle and shot him
An investigation of the shooting 'n ^ ^n8ram sa"J;
indicates that Daniels had been out ? Af,cr lhc, s*?? ,nS; Gorc ,nadf a
Sunday night with "a young lady U-l"m ant! ,lcd thc .scc"e ^
who was-^-or who had teen- cord.ng to the mvcst.gaUBg deputy s
Gore's girlfriend," Ingram said, report. Dan,els was later lound at
Gore had been looking lor her .ha. fncnrds ho'nc on Rcd Bu? Road
night and had jus. left her home ,n? facc d?n m,thc ?'V'ng room
u u .. a r\ - 1 i .u with a small circular wound in his
when he spotted Daniels and the . . ?
iic I-? i _ upper hack near his shoulder.
woman driving on U.S. 17 bypass
sometime after 11:30 p.m. Daniels was taken to thc Bruns
| i * ? wick Hospital and later taken by pri
The woman told police that she . . ? , . r, . , *V
r* ii . ,r L. u l. valc vehicle to Wilmington, where
saw Gore pull onto thc highway be- . Mf,DUP .
.. . . i , j r ii j .l. he was admitted to NHRMC, In
hind Daniels car and followed them y
to a home on Airport road. Gore ?
pulled into the driveway behind In an interview after the shooting.
Gore claimcd the gun went off acci
dentally, Ingram said.
Gore was released on a $10,000
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