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Motion Seeks Legal Fees In
'Frivolous' Chamber Lav/suit
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be available to appear in Brunswick
County Superior Court for the
scheduled hearing next week.
On Monday, Grecson filed two
affidavits in support of his upcom
In one affidavit, former chamber
executive Susanne Sartelle c'aims
that she saw Richards "impaired by
the consumption of too much alco
hol" at the 1991 N.C. Oyster
Festival, which is a chamber- spon
sored event. As a result, Sartelle al
leges that Richards was unable to
perform her duties as executive di
In a second statement submitted
Monday, current South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce
President A1 Laughinghousc states
that his examination of chamber
payroll records indicates that the or
ganization "has never had 15 em
ployees at any time," which contra
dicts a statement made by Richards
on a complaint to state regulators.
Last October, Richards filed suit
with N.C. Equal Employment Op
portunity Commission, claiming she
"was discriminated against in retali
ation for opposing acts in violation
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
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concluded that re-opening Eastern
Channel would have no significant
impact on water flow in Lockwood
Area residents including John
Holden of Holdcn Beach say that
study was flawed because it didn't
take into account the impact of clos
ing the existing inlet
If Congress comes through with
the $50,000, the Corps could consid
er that option.
Rose, who obtained $150,000 for
the original study, helped secure an
additional $50,000 in the House
Energy and Water Development
Appropriations Bill after it was not
included in President Clinton's re
The $50,000 is part of a $28 mil
lion package for Corps projects in
the Wilmington area that cleared the
House last Thursday.
Also included in the appropria
tions bill is $924,000 for mainte
nance dredging at Lockwood Folly
Inlet and $210,000 for an ongoing
flood control study for the
Brunswick County beaches.
Last year. Congress authorized a
one-time demonstration dredging of
Eastern Channel. Rose had earliei
told coalition members lie hoped to
get the $1.5 million needed for the
project this year.
While retail businesses, err.er
gency workers and law enforcement
officers in the South Brunswick
Islands step up their work schedules
for the July 4 holiday, financial insti
tutions and government offices will
be getting a day off.
Offices in the Brunswick County
Government Complex at Bolivia
will be closed on Monday, July 5, in
observance of Independence Day, as
will local banks. Post offices will
In Southport, the N.C. Fourth of
July Festival will culminate on
Monday with a flag-raising ceremo
ny at 10: ?0 a.m. at Waterfront Park,
followed by a parade at 1 1 . The cel
ebration will close with a fireworks
display on the waterfront at 9 p.m.
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Tivat action was dismissed without
i.ivcrtigal'ori because such actions
can only be riled against a company
or organization wuh 15 or more em
A copy of her signed EEOC filing
form attached to the suit indicates
that Richards filled in a blank desig
nated for the "number of employees,
members" with (he response "Cat A
(15-100)." In answer to another
question on the form, Richards re
sponded that the chamber "employs
1 5 or more employees."
Grceson said he will use the affi
davits and the EEOC form to show
that Richards made false statements
in her suits against Odom. Barbec
and the chamber.
"She played fast and loose with
the facts," Greeson said. "If any
body ought to know how many em
ployees the chamber had, the execu
tive director should. Hollis Richards
didn't have any trouble at all swear
ing that the chambcr of commerce
had 1 5 employees, which shows she
would swear to anything."
Grceson said he intends to intro
duce another affidavit from former
Brunswick County Commissioners
Chairman Kelly Holden in which
Holdcn describes his observations of
Richards at the Oyster Festival.
According to Grccson, Holden's
statement supports other claims that
Richards "was not doing her job" at
die event. The incident marked "the
beginning of the end" of her em
ployment at the chamber, Greeson
Richards alleged that as a direct
result of her refusal to participate in
sexual activities, Odom and Barbee
"embarked upon a course and
schemc to terminate and get rid of'
Although he c ailed many of
Richards' allegations against Odom
and Barbee "scandalous," Grccson
said their inclusion in a court plead
ing gives them "a qualified privi
lege" against claims of libel or slan
"There are a lot of really scan
dalous allegations that have no basis
in fact," Grccson said. "But even if
you assume they are true, they are
still improper in a lawsuit"
A judge could order Richards to
pay damages to his clients, but
Greeson said he will limit his re
quest to full payment of court costs
and legal fees.
"I think my clients are entitled to
recover those costs," he said.
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MARIJUANA, drug paraphernalia, a book on organic gardening
and a cloth bag displaying the name of a western North Carolina
drug treatment center are displayed on a narcotics officer's desk
after a raid on the home of Brunswick County Animal Control
Supervisor Robert Cr is sett Wednesday night.
No Change In Weather Due
Near normal weather conditions
are expected as the South Brunswick
Islands area begins gearing up for
the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Shalloue Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said temperatures
are expected to range from nighUy
lows of around 70 degrees to day
time highs averaging around 90 de
grees, "with hopefully about three
fourths inch of rainfall."
"There doesn't appear to be any
major change in weather for the
foreseeable future," he said.
For the period June 22 through
28, Canady recorded a maximum
temperature of 91 degrees on both
June 23 and 28, and a low of 67 de
grees on June 26.
An average daily high of 90 de
grees combined with a nightly aver
age low of 70 degrees for a daily av
erage temperature of 80 degrees,
which Canady said is about 1 degree
above the average for this lime of
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XVYMAN YELTON (right), Brunswick County's new county manager, speaks with County
Commissioner Tom Rabon (left) and N.C. Cooperative Extension Director Milton Coleman at a
Monday morning reception welcoming Yelton on his first day at the new position.
Yelton Begins County Manager Job
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county manager position, Yelton
said he also worked for 10 years in
the textile industry as a production
manager and a plant manager. He
told the board that his management
style emphasizes "teamwork."
"I like to get ideas and weigh the
opinions of a variety of people,"
Yelton told the board. "I also like to
maintain good public relations and
keep employees informed of what's
Asked how he would handle the
political pressures of the county
manager's post, Yelton said he plans
to "stay away from politics" and to
implement the policies of the board
and not his personal philosophy.
"The board will be smarter about
the political aspccts than any county
manager," Yelton said. "I know I'll
have to reali ?? "he political implica
tions. But this job is not supposed to
be political, period."
Yelton said he would like to hold
the job of Bmnswick County
Manager for the next ten years.
"I'd like to retire here," he said.
Grisseft Faces Drug Charges , Suspension
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dcnce at about 8 p.m. They placcd
Gnssett under arrest on the posses
sion charge and read him the search
warrant, Crocker said.
"We found marijuana all through
out the house, from the master bed
room to the garage," Crocker said.
Some of the marijuana was com
pressed into hard blocks, while other
samples were loosely ground and
packed in plastic bags. Also found
were numerous stalks of marijuana
plants with leaves still attached.
During a search of Grissett's
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the 10-mile area around Carolina
Power and Light's Brunswick
Nuclear Plant may hear sirens July
Because CP&L tests the plant's
sirens individually, there is no spe
cific time during this period when
residents should expect to hear
Each siren will be tested at low
volume. This will sound like a
"growl" and will last only a few sec
onds. Residents may not hear the
sirens unless they are very close to
one being tested. The tests are not
intended to check volume but to
make sure each siren works.
CP&L conducts a silent test every
two weeks and the "growl" tests
every three months. It conducts a
full-volume test once a year. The ro
tating sirens arc mounted on tall
poles at 34 locations in the 10-mile
area around the Brunswick plant.
The sounding of the sirens does
not mean the public should evacu
ate, a company spokesman said. If '
an emergency occurred, the sirens
would alert the public to listen to ra
dio and television for information
and instructions from the Emer
gency Broadcast System.
Questions about the tests should
be directed to county or state emer
gency management offices, to
CP&L's Brunswick Visitors Center
or any CP&L business office.
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property, detectives found 94 mari
juana plants ranging in size "from
seedlings to seven feet tall." One of
the plants was growing in the
ground. The others were planted in
pots, Crocker said.
The plants were located in a
wooded area in a small clearing
where sunlight could pass through
the tree canopy, Crocker said. Drug
spotter planes had flown over the
area before, but had not seen the
marijuana because of the tree cover,
Also seized at the residence were
four shotguns, two rifles, marijuana
seeds, drug piiraphemalia and a
book on the cultivation of marijua
na, Crocker said.
If convicted, Grissctt could face a
maximum sentence of 15 years in
prison. He also may have to pay
more than S54.000 to the N.C.
Department of Revenue in unpaid
taxes on the illegal drugs, Crocker
The state returns 75 percent of
those funds to local law enforce
Grissett was hired April 27, 1988
as a Brunswick County animal con
trol officer 11. He was promoted to
animal control supervisor March 10,
1992. His current salary is S19.820.
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