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Holden Beach Seeking
Revised Fire Contract
With Tri-Beach VFD
BY douc; Run KR
For nearly a year, Holdcn Bcach
officials were under the false im
pression that the town's water rescue
program had been incorporated into
the Tri-Bcach Volunteer Fire Depart
Now that they know the truth,
town commissioners want to rene
gotiate their existing fire service
contract with the department so it
covers both fire protection and water
The town board approved a con
tract last August that would have
placed the community's water res
cue program under the direction of
the fire department. However, Tri
Bcach officials never signed the
"We thought it was settled,"
Commissioner Jim Fournicr said at
last Wednesday's town meeting.
"We ix" r formed our part of a non-ex
Now town officials want to try
again. Mayor Pro Tcm Gil Bass said
transferring the water rescue pro
gram from the town to the fire de
partment would reduce the town's li
ability in case of a lawsuit.
Water rescue team volunteers
would be covered by the fire depart
ment's insurance instead of the
town's. "1 think that's a positive for
Holdcn Bcach," Bass said.
The water rescue team, made up
of volunteers from the fire depart
ment, Coastline Volunteer Rescue
Squad and Holdcn Beach Police
Department, was formed in 1991
following several drownings at Hol
The program is currently the
town's responsibility. But the fire
department has changed its chartcr
to include water rescue service as
part of its function.
Among the contract provisions
tentatively approved by town offi
cials last week is one that would re
quire the department to keep water
rescue equipment for at least three
years. The old contract said one
Bass said the rescue boat and oth
er equipment, which was purchased
by the town, is too expensive to re
place every year. "I would like to
see that extended for two or three
years. It would make them more ac
Commissioners also voted to
specify each year in the contract the
amount of funds being provided for
fire protection and water rescue.
Holdcn Beach included S20,(XX) for
fire and S5.000 for water rescue in
this year's budget.
Some town officials say they
aren't comfortable with a provision
in the existing fire service contract
that would allow the department or
town to terminate the contract after
giving 9() days written notice.
"I'd hate to be sitting down here
with no fire protection and all our
equipment sitting in Columbus
County," Founder said. "We're not
protected. We need to be protected."
"We have no security," added
Commissioner Gay Atkins, who op
posed the proposed water rescue
contract last year because of the 90
day termination clausc.
If the contract is terminated, com
missioners want the fire department
to return any equipment purchased
witli town funds.
In other business last week, com
?Postponed the appointment of a
regular planning board member until
the Aug. 2 meeting. The board
needs a replacement for Pernan Pad
gett. who has resigned. Sandifcr vot
ed against a motion to postpone the
appointment after suggesting that
Johnny Craig, an alternate member,
?Asked Parker to send a letter to
state health officials asking them to
test Holden Beach's finger canals to
see if they are safe for swimming or
too polluted. The town earlier sent a
request to the county health depart
ment, but it was turned down due to
budget constraints. County and state
health officials are currendy testing
canals at Sunset Beach.
?Received a petition to pave the dirt
portion of Brunswick Avenue near
Ferry Road. Harry Lockwood pre
sented the petition on behalf of Ca
nal Investment Society and W.F.
Sledge, which owns the property
along the mad. Town officials re
cently "closed" portions of two un
opened streets at the request of the
company, which owns a large tract
of land north of Brunswick Avenue.
County Hires Ten Teachers
A new cafcicria manager for
Shallotte Middle School and 10
teachers were hired by the Bruns
wick County Board of Education for
the 1993-94 school year Monday
night, along with other routine per
These teachers were hired: Ellen
Carroll of Bolivia and Teresa Smith
of Boone, Chapter I pre-K, Lincoln
Primary; Kimberly George of Castle
Hayne, Chapter I prc-K, 50-50 Sup
ply and Bolivia Elementary; Barbara
Sich of Wilmington, Chapter I and
Reading Recovery, Lincoln; Karen
Cayot of Suppiy, special education.
Supply; Chris Laird of Wilmington,
math, North Brunswick High; Cyn
thia Covil and Ginny Pridgen of
Shallotte, interim, elementary, Un
ion Elementary; Mary King of Car
olina Beach, elementary, Supply;
Joyce Bunoughs of Supply, interim,
Also hired were Elizabeth Aik
man of Ocean Isle Beach, cafcicria
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Supply; Thomas Gardner of Bolivia,
interim, six-hour custodian. Supply;
William Mosley of Leland, truck
driver and warehouseman for child
The board accepted the resigna
tion of Mary Beth Morris of Shal
louc, a teacher of the academically
gifted at Southport Elementary; and
received a notice from Amy Pricer
of Wilmington rejecting the offer of
a special education position at West
Brunswick and Bolivia Elementary;
and approved one substitute teacher.
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Meeting The Founder
David Pickett of Shallotte, right, is introduced to Dr. Muhummid
Ytinus of Bangladesh at a recent Association for Enterprise Oppor
tunities conference in Raleigh. Yunus founded the concept of mi
cro peer group lending, which has been adapted by the U.S. Small
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communities. Pickett is enterprise agent for the N.C. Enterprise
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counties. The program is administered by the Rural Economic
Development Center in Raleigh.
BAROMETER ON THE ECONOMY
Employment Rose During May
In Brunswick County employ
ment rose 1.7 percent between April
and May 1993, according to data
compiled by the Center for Business
and Economics Services at UNC
The center's monthly "Barometer
On The Local Economy" showed
17,490 people at work in April, with
2,956 unemployed, for an unem
ployment rate of 14.5 percent.
During May 1993, 17,795 were
working and 2,632 unemployed, for
an unemployment rate of 12.9 per
cent. The statewide unemployment
rate is 5 percent.
In May 1992 17,343 people were
employed, and 2,544 looking for
work. The unemployment rate was
12.8 percent. At the time the state
wide unemployment rate was 5.6
New vehicle registrations rose 9.5
pcrccnt in Brunswick County be
tween April and May 1993, from
147 to 161.
The May 1993 level was 17.5 per
cent above the May 1992 level of
137. For the year ending May 1993,
registrations of 1,912 showed a 6.8
pcrccnt incrcsc above the prior year.
In the year ending May 1992, the
county saw 1 ,79() new registrations.
Month Saw Decline
Between February and March
1993 retail sales in Brunswick
County fell 5.6 pcrccnt, from S35.7
million to S33.7 million.
The March 1993 level was 19.5
pcrccnt above the March 1992 level
of S28.2 million.
For the year ending March 1993,
county retail sales totaled S392.5
million. That was 7.5 pcrccnt above
the level for the year ending March
1992, when sales of S365.1 million
Renovation Bids Awarded
For Union Classrooms Wing
project?" queried board member Bill
Fairley before motioning to award
All contracts went to the low bid
ders, with six bids received for gen
eral contractor, and three each for
electrical, plumbing and mechanical.
Graka Builders Inc. of Whitevillc
will serve as general contractor, with
a 5i63,GG0 base bid pius a $7,000
alternate for cabincts. Other bids
went to Anchor Electrical Contrac
tors of Wilmington, clcctric,
546,300; Watson Electrical Con
struction Co. of Wilmington, mec
hanical, 570,850; and Williams
Plumbing Co. Inc. of Wilmington,
514,282, including S927 to fix and
reinstall a sink.
In a September 1991 report, the
N.C. Department of Public Instruc
tion said the classroom area was
suitable only for short-term use. The
Division of School Planning recom
mended phasing out use of the
building, which it said was in "fair"
condition and "of marginal adequa
Renovations of the oldest build
ing at Union Elementary School
near Shallotte arc expected to begin
right away and to be nearly com
plete before students begin school
The Brunswick County Board of
Education approved contracts Mon
day night for upgrading the circa
1951 classroom facility.
The 10 small, 693-square-foot
classrooms housed third- and fourth
grade students last year, said Union
Elementary School Principal Zel
Work to be completed includes
installation of a new heating and
cooling system to replace the aging
boiler and window air units, as well
as new windows and dropped ceil
ings. Some repairs were completed
earlier, including recarpeting of the
floors and roofwork.
Bids came in at a total of
5301,432, under the $385,000 bud
geted for the 12,400 square foot pro
"We do have the money for this
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Call May Have Been Phony
Authorities believe that an off
shore distress eall that sparked a
multi-agency search off Holden
Beach Friday might have been a
Boats from the U.S. Coast Guard
station at Oak Island, a U.S. Marine
Corps helicopter, a Brunswick
County Sheriff's Department spotter
plane and a Coast Guard cutter
searched the waters, but were unable
to locate an oil slick or floating de
bris that would have been left by a
sinking vessel. Sheriff's Deputy Lt.
Carl Pearson said Monday.
Pearson said he flew search pat
terns up to 18 miles offshore for
three hours with a Marine helicopter
Hying complimentary patterns over
head. They identified numerous
boats in the area, but none appeared
to be in distress, he said.
The Oak Island Coast Guard Sta
tion received a radio call at about 10
a.m. Friday from an unknown vessel
reporting itself taking on water.
Station Chief BMC'S J.D. Amdt said
"The reporting source stated that
he was sinking and this was his final
transmission," Arndt said.
The transmission indicated that
the boat was about five or six miles
off Holden Beach, he said. The sta
tion launched both its 21 -foot fast
response inflatable boat and its 41
foot patrol boat to assist.
Coast Guard authorities also
callcd Brunswick County 911,
which alerted local rescue squads,
the sheriff's department and the
Marine Corps air base at Cherry
Point, which dispatched its "Pedro"
scarch-and-rcscuc helicopter. They
combed the area throughout the day
with no sign of the distressed vessel.
Oak Island's two boats returned to
station at 7 o'clock Friday evening.
Amdt said. The USCG Cuitcr Poini
Warde continued searching the area
through the night, after which the
Coast Guard suspended further ac
tion on the case.
While no official determination
has been made, some authorities
said privately that the call might
have been a false alarm.
In addition to criminal penalties, a
person convicted of filing a phony
distress call can be forced to pay the
considerable fuel costs of search and
rescue agencies, Pearson said.
In other Coast Guard activities
last week, the Oak Island station re
ceived a call at about 12:30 a.m.
Friday morning from the vessel
"Lucky Lady" reporting that it had
run aground on an old barge on the
outer edge of the lntracoastal Wat
erway channel between the wildlife
ramp and Sandy's Seafood.
The station's 21 -foot boat investi
gated and found the Lucky Lady
resting on top of the old barge. It
was listing heavily to starboard, but
was not taking on water, Amdt said.
Three crew members were taken
ashore and transported to Southport
by government vehicle. The 21 -foot
er remained on scene as a commer
cial salvor retrieved the boat on the
next high tide.
Wednesday afternoon (July 21) at
about 5:30, the station received a
telephone call reporting that a vessel
was disabled at the state port in
Wilmington. The owner said he had
tied his vessel to the pier and was
calling from a pay phone uuu'oy,
Because the boat and its occu
pants were not in any danger, the
station determined that this was a
non-emergency case, Amdt said.
The owner moved the vessel back to
the wildlife ramp by himself.
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