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Aldermen Plan Meeting
With Top Postal Official
Shallotte Aldermen and a top U.S.
Postal Service official are expected
to discuss town demands for im
provements at Shallotte Post Office
when they meet Thursday at 1:30
p.m. in town hall.
Todd Lee, facilities manager with
the postal service in Charlotte, will
meet with the town board and inter
ested residents and merchants, said
Alderman Roney Cheers.
Aldermen, as well as some postal
patrons, have said they are disap
pointed in the service at the local of
fice since most postal operations
were moved to the new South
Brunswick branch at Seaside last
Lee will be the latest in a long
line of postal service officials who
have met with the town board in the
past year to discuss the need for bet
ter service and facility improve
ments in Shallotte.
"We've never had the chance to
talk with him," Cheers said Tuesday.
"We're very anxious to meet with
him and let him see for himself what
our contentions are."
Cheers, who has led the town's
year-long crusade for better postal
service, is circulating a petition call
ing for improvements at the existing
office or a nev.' facility in Shallotte.
"I got nearly 150 signatures my
self and I'm going out this afternoon
to try to get a few more,"' Cheers
The former Shallotte mayor said
he has no reason to expect the postal
service to build a new building in
"Nevertheless, we will be posing
questions to him about the traffic up
there and various aspects of the post
office," Cheers said.
"His title implies that he would be
the one involved should there be a
change in the fiscal plan for a new
Towns Plan Holiday Closings;
Property Owners Set Meetings
While all county offices will be closed, most local beach municipali
ties will open their town halls sometime over the long Labor Day holi
day weekend for the convenience of non-resident property owners.
Scheduled closings/openings are as follows:
Holden Beach Tbwn Hall Open Sat., 8:30 a.m.-noon
Ocean Isle Beach Town Hail ....Open Monday
Sunset Beach Tbwn Hall ........Open Monday
Calabash Town Hall Closed
Shallotte Town Hall Closed
Brunswick Schools.......... Closed
Brunswick Community College Closed
Brunswick Government Center Closed
Local post offices will be closed Monday, with no rural delivery.
Delivery as usual is planned Saturday and Tuesday. A spokesman said
that as of Tuesday it was not certain whether mail would be put up in
post office boxes for Monday.
Federal and state government offices, banks and other financial insti
tutions will also be closed Monday.
Local property owners' associations will, as usual, be taking care of
business during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. the Holden Beach Property Owners
Association will meet in the town hall. On the agenda are election of di
rectors and an update on town issues. HBPOA's board of directors will
meet at 9.
The Heritage Harbor POA at Holden Beach will meet at the home of
John Broadnax, 114 Lions Paw, at 2 p.m. New officers will be elected.
At Ocean Isle, the property owners' association board of directors
will meet at 8:30 Saturday morning at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
No general membership meeting is scheduled.
Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association members will gather at the fire
station at 10 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts. The business meeting will;
begin at 10:30. On the SBTA agenda are discussion^ <>f the proposed
sewer system for Sunset Beach and Calabash, the island bridge and the
proposed development of Bird Island, said President Clete Waldmiller.
GOP Officers Endorse Brown,
4 Months Before Filing Time
Brown finished first of five candi
dates in the 1990 GOP primary for
sheriff, with nearly twice as many
votes as his closest challenger. In the
November 1990 general election, he
received 7,010 votes to incumbent
John Carr Davis's 9,621.
"I think that was a real re
spectable run against a popular in
cumbent," Brown said.
A Southport businessman, Brown
said his strongest assets as a candi
date are his background in military
intelligence and 18 years' adminis
trative experience as owner of an au
to repair shop, a paint and body shop
and an auto sales dealership.
An Army veteran and former mil
itary policeman, Brown is an honor
graduate of various military training
schools was was "Soldier of the
Year" honoree in 1973. He served in
the Army from 1968-77.
Filing for sheriff will open in
January for the May 1994 Repub
BY LYNN CARLSON
The Brunswick County Repub
lican Party Executive Committee
has announced its endorsement of
James E. Brown for sheriff, four
months before filing opens in the
Brown is vice-chairman of the
party and one of its four Executive
Committee members. The others are
Shirley Babson, party chair; Pat
Adams, secretary; and Tom Yeagle,
Brown was earlier endorsed by
the party's previous Exccutivc Com
mittee, led by chairman James
Payne. The current officers were
elected at the party's March 6 gener
"The previous one endorsed me
first, and I asked the new one to,
too," Brown said. "I wanted it to be
Brown said he plans to run "for
the same reason as last time ?
Brunswick County needs some new
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THE GRAVESITE Of MARY HEMINGWAY and Joseph Hewett, an abandoned cemetery on Kinston
Street in Holiday Haven subdivision near Holden Beach, is gradually disappearing because of vandal
ism. The double headstone has been knocked over and stones removed from the surrounding wall to
border flower beds. Petitioners are concerned that these and other graves will disappear if commission ?
ers don 't enforce the law.
Document Save Old Cemeteries,
Descendants Urge County Board
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over to the cemetery to see about
doing something to mark their fa
"There was no markei, but they
knew about which one it was," he
said. "The next thing they knew,
they couldn't get in. Someone had
put a fence up."
"That didn't upset them too much,
because they thought the cemetery
would surely be taken care of."
On his past visits to the cemetery,
said Washley Lancaster of Supply, a
descendant of William Lancaster,
the last person buried in the ceme
tery, the wire fence was up, but he
could still see the gravesites, as well
as some headboards.
"It was recognizable as a ceme
tery," he said, noting that another
family member, Chris Lancaster,
had a footboard from one of the
But the action taken in February
to mark the graves may have been
taken just in time to prevent the
gravesites from disappearing into
oblivion. Lot 44 had been sold to a
private individual and was slated for
ueveiopment, said KirOy.
It is illegal in North Carolina to
destroy or vandalize graves or ceme
teries. However, those clearing land,
digging wells or septic tanks or de
veloping property aren't always
aware of the presence of cemeteries
on the land, or of the several laws
"Development in Brunswick
County is happening so fast," said
Kirby. "We feel like something
needs to be done quickly to prevent
this from happening in other
While the Lancaster, Galloway
and Varnam families want to protect
the old cemetery at Zion Hill for
personal reasons, they are also con
cerned that much of the county's
history and heritage is in danger of
being lost through the destruction ?
deliberate or accidental ? of other
They are spearheading a county
wide petition drive to encourage
commissioners to act quickly on a
state law that requires them to see
that abandoned cemeteries in the
rural areas of the county are record
ed with the Brunswick County
Register of Deeds office.
"This is an effort to increase pub
lic awareness of the problem all
across the county," said Schmidt.
Kirby said he can understand why
the county hasn't acted sooner, giv
en the large number of state laws
and continuous turnover of member
ship on the county board. But now
that they know, he's hoping they
move quickly to protect old ceme
teries from development and de
"This is our history and heritage
we're losing, and we feel all old
cemeteries need to be recorded and
clearly marked to protect them from
destruction," reads the petition.
"This would also save other families
from the emotional strains of trying
to protect the burial sites of loved
ones and their ancestral heritage."
Representatives of the group met
last month with Brunswick County
Manager Wyman Yelton to discuss
the project, providing a list and ac
companying map of of a countywide
cemetery survey completed years
ago by a commission headed by
They found him receptive, said
Yelton said he has turned their re
quest over to county attorney
Michael Ramos for research because
of the legal questions relating to the
"It's something we don't need to
wait on," said Yelton. "He's prepar
ing to take it to the commissioners, I
would hope at the Sept. 7 meeting, if
not the last meeting of the month.
It's something we need to do a thor
ough job on."
Yeiton said Ramos is working
with Brunswick County Planning
Director John Harvey on the project.
Presently, when subdivision plats
arc submitted to the planning depart
ment for review, cemeteries are indi
cated on the maps, as "outparcels,"
only if the developer identifies them.
Otherwise the department has no
way of knowing if there is a ceme
tery on the property or not. A coun
tywide inventory would change that.
Andrew Robinson, environmental
health supervisor with the Bruns
wick County Health Department,
said that having a record of all
cemeteries ? new and old ? in the
county would help his department in
locating well and septic tank instal
lation sites and conducting soil eval
uations for new family cemetery
"We've been talking about that in
the department," he said. "The aban
doned cemeteries catch us by sur
prise. I have heard it has created
problems for us in the past.
"It wculd definitely be a great
help to us," he said.
Smoking Law Would Affect Workplaces
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All workplaces would have to
have a written policy related to
smoking and to post signs designat
ing any smoking areas set aside
within the building.
Under the proposal, an employer
would have to make his or her work
place completely smoke-free, which
would be prohibited under the state
Workplace smoking areas would
have to be located either outside the
building or in an area served by a
ventilation system "so as to provide
a smoke-free environment for non
smoking employees in enclosed
While enforcement of the smok
ing rules are provided for under
N.C. General Statutes, the ordinance
requires that the owner, proprietor of
employer of a building "make rea
sonable efforts to prevent smoking
in non smoking areas."
If approved by the health board,
the rules would become effective
Tedder Manhunt Continuing
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Tedder was serving a six-year
sentence imposed in Brunswick
County Superior Court last Febru
ary after he pleaded guilty to man
slaughter in the April 8, 1988 shot
gun slaying James Thomas Smith of
Nakina. Smith's body was found
beside N.C. 904 about a mile from
the South Carolina line, not far from
where is was reportedly hiding
Tedder confessed to the killing
after Brunswick Detective Billy
Hughes pursued new evidence that
led to his arrest on a charge of mur
Hughes, who lives not far from
where the murder took place, was
among the detectives involved in
the search for Tedder Tuesday
At about 7:30 p.m., Brunswick
County Sheriff John Carr Davis
asked the New Hanover County
Sheriff's Department to send an at
tack dog to aid in the search. A heli
copter was sent from South
buying or selling.
? I '
Carolina to transport the dog and its
handler to the search area.
Davis had asked the N.C.
Highway Patrol to assist with its lo
cal canine unit, but that request was
No further details were avail
able at press time.
Above-average temperatures and
near-normal rainfall are anticipated
for the coming week.
Shallotte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said the outlook
calls for temperatures averaging
from around 70 degrees at night to
around 90 degrees during the day
time, with approximately three
fourths inch of rainfall.
For the period Aug. 24-30, he
measured a high of 96 degrees on
Aug. 29 and a low of 62 degrees on
The daily average high of 93 de
grees and nightly average low of 69
degrees created a daily average tem
perature of 81 degrees, about 3 de
grees above normal.
Canady recorded no rainfall for
Emily Spares I
(Continued From Page l- \,
who bought approximately 5,4(1 0J
"D" batteries. Sunday we ran out of!
water, lanterns, lantern oil anil bat-1
At Pelican Building Center in]
Shallottc. the slock of plywood and
construction sheathing was depleted '
by mid-morning Monday and sales
persons were substituting other
"I expected to be busy this morn
ing, but not to the point of them
buying up what we had," said
Assistant Manager Jerry Jones.
"But, he added, "it doesn't hurt to he
Along with individual property
owners, property management busi
nesses were buying as well. "We
have so many out-of-town property
owners, it is important for us to pro
tect it for them as best we can," said
Mark Saunders of Coastal Devel
opment at Holden Beach. He stock
piled plywood behind his office
Monday in case the need arose to
start boarding up windows.
At Holden Beach Town Hall
property owners purchased a whop
ping 185 window decals. At $5
apiece, the town raked in $925.
Stickers are free before June 1.
Interim Town Manager Gus
Ulrich said officials started follow
ing the town's hurricane prepared
ness plan when the "watch" was is
"I think it worked very well."
Ulrich said of the plan that was re
vised after Hurricane Hugo struck in
1989. "We never called a meeting of
all the team members because it
didn't seem that imminent.
Everybody was ready to go. Nothing
like a live drill."
Ulrich and town commissioners
met at frequent intervals Monday
before ultimately deciding against
an evacuation around 5 p.m.
At Ocean Isle Beach, Finance
Officer Daisy Ivey said the town is
sued a "blue nvllion" stickers Mon
day; she then checked her records
and amended that figure to 210 de
cals at $2.50 each.
While a majority of visitors to the
beach opted to remain, many called
the town hall to ask advice on
whether to evacuate, Ivey said.
The town's only preparation, said
Building Inspector Druied Rober
son, was to remove garbage cans
from the eroding east end of the is
land. Hard hit by the March 13
storm, the east end is scheduled for
dune replacement after Labor Day
using Federal Emergency Manage
ment Administration funds.
Sunset Beach Town Hall employ
ee Cookie Minton said island prop
erty owners bought 72 stickers for
$3 each, with "quite a few" out-of
towners calling to ask about weather
conditions and the storm threat.
Hurricane Emily drew Brunswick
County Emergency Management
Coordinator Cecil Logan's full at
tention as he and other officials
waited as the storm approached the
coast. A borderline Category 2
storm, it was slow to make the ex
pected turn to the north.
Logan began his close monitoring
of the storm at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
With the storm's path highly uncer
tain Sunday night, he briefed county
commissioners and Brunswick
Schools Superintendent Ralph Jonn
ston in an emergency meeting at the
government center. All response
teams were on standby, waiting for
Emily's next move.
Based on that briefing and consul
tation with Board of Education
Chairman Donna Baxter, Johnston
canceled the start of school Monday
for 8,500-plus public school stu
"What we were looking at was
the storm was stalled. We didn't
know what it would do," he said.
With the typical confusion of the
first day of school, coupled with
new bus drivers, new routes and
buses just out of storage, "we felt
this would be the better route to
Schools were also closed Tues
day, but were to open Wednesday.
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