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Three Incumbents Survive
Primary At Long Beach
Three incumbents made it
through an uneventful Long Beach
primary Tuesday, with the clear-cut
results setting the stage for the Nov.
2 municipal election.
A mayor and three council mem
bers will be elected. Councilman
James Sloop did not file for re-elec
First-term Mayor Joan Altman
will face challenger Rupert Riley,
with former mayor Johnny Vereen
out of the running.
In the council race, challenger
Frances Allen garnered 584 votes,
more than any other candidate for
council or mayor. She was followed
closely by David Drummond. a for
mer councilman, and Helen
Cashwell. Also making the cut were
incumbents Jeffrie Ensminger and
Danny Leonard and another former
councilman, Kevin Bell.
Eliminated from the field were
low-vote-getters Doris Hertel, Tim
othy L. Jones, Dan Windsor and
Carlton (Gene) Frazier.
Forty -eight percent of the town's
voters cast ballots in the primary,
said Brunswick County Board of
Elections Supervisor Lynda Britt. Of
those, 39 voted absentee and 1,346
went to the polls at Long Beach
The election ran extremely
smoothly, she said, with only two
telephone calls received the entire
day and no complaints filed.
Totals were as follows, including
Mayor: Altman, 569; Riley, 522,
Council: Allen, 584; Drummond,
565; Cashwell, 547; Leonard, 472;
Bell, 464; Ensminger, 452; Frazier,
284; Hertel, 246; Jones, 20i; and
Sunset Board Goes Along
With Bird Island Zoning
(Continued From Page 1-A)
the future for Bird Island proper."
Bill Ducker, president of the
1,500-member Bird Island Pres
ervation Society, lauded the council
on its decision: "I think this is Sun
set Beach saying not only to the lo
cal public but to the public in the
state 'we're going to be a first at es
tablishing these areas.'"
The year-old society is working to
raise money and garner support for
the purchase and public conserva
tion of Bird Island. Pace and Poag
have said they are open to an offer,
but must first pursue state, federal
and local permits to get an idea of
the island's current worth and devel
In a later interview Ducker elabo
rated, "It is a kind of milestone to
me. I think it will go a long way to
ward protecting what is pristine
"The town could have legally set
much more severe restrictions, but
the planning board had compassion
for everyone involved in this thing."
While Mrs. Price had first pro
posed developing only seven dwel
lings on the island, her representa
tivcs more recently had sought a re
laxing of the proposed zoning to al
low denser development and smaller
oceanfront setbacks than those pro
posed by the town.
Following a public hearing two
weeks ago, the council tabled a vote
on the island's zoning to allow more
time for consideration.
The zoning adopted applies to the
entire conservation reserve zoning
district created by the board in an
earlier vote Monday. The district in
cludes Bird Island, the western tip of
the Sunset Beach island, and the
marshes surrounding Bird Island
and Sunset Beach Island. Town Ad
ministrator Linda Fluegel said it in
cludes some areas other than Bird
Island that might be suitable for de
velopment in the future.
The district is intended to provide
long-term management of fragile,
undeveloped or unique natural areas
and is zoned to sharply rec'rict de
velopment to single-family, low
density uses in upland areas only.
The Price counterproposal for
zoning of Bird Island sought up to
66 units on 10,000 square-foot lots,
with up to eight bedrooms per
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG t UTTER
Feels Like Fall
A couple enjoys the crisp fall air as they walk up the ramp at Holden Beach Fishing Pier, silhouetted by one of the spectacular sunsets
common in October.
Shallotte Aldermen Ease Siqn Regulations
BY DOUG RUTTER
Shallotte merchants are now play
ing on a level Held when it comes tp
the signs they're allowed to have
outside their businesses.
Town aldermen voted 4-1 Tues
day night to change the zoning code
to make sign regulations consistent
in both the Central Business and
Highway Business districts.
The amendment will allow busi
ness owners in the both zoning dis
tricts to erect signs as tall as 40 feet
with an area up to 50 square feet.
Under the old Central Business
rules, signs were restricted to 6 feet
high and 32 square feet.
Most town board members said
keeping the sign standards stricter
for the Central Business district
STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON
THOMAS HUGHES, president of American Refuse Systems, Inc., of Pinehurst asks Brunswick
County commissioners to consider signing a contract with Columbus County to dispose of waste in a
regional landfill his company plans to build there. At right is County Manager Wyman Yelton.
County Discusses Landfill Option
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"If you want to participate, you
need to negotiate," Hughes said. "If
you wait too long, it may be there or
it may not. Or it may be moved to
another part of the county."
County Engineer Robert Tucker
told the board he agreed with the
idea of lowering costs through par
ticipation in regional disposal sites.
But he cautioned against hauling
garbage to Columbus County's old
landfill before the regional facility is
completed. He estimated that doing
so would cost the county $7.39 more
per ton than using the current land
"On a long-term basis, regional
ization by all accounts is the prefer
able way to go, Tucker said. "I am
somewhat concerned about using
the unlined landfill in Columbus
County. You might be buying into
their liability, environmentally.
"I wouldn't want to see Bruns
wick County put all its eggs into
someone else's basket and have that
basket fall and break."
Tucker recommended the board
keep the Columbus County option in
mind as Brunswick moves ahead
with its own landfill siting plans.
Commissioner Jerry Jones agreed,
calling Hughes' proposal "worthy of
thought." He suggested that the sit
ing committee should include partic
ipation in a regional landfill as one
of its options.
In other business the board:
?Voted 4-to-l, with Jones dis
senting, to award a contract for the
public housing agency's weatheriza
tion program to B&B Construction
of Navassa. Although the company
submitted the higher of two bids, the
majority of commissioners went
along with Yelton's recommendation
to award the contract to B&B, which
is owned by Navassa Mayor Louis
Brown. Yelton said Interim Housing
Expect Pleasant Fall Temps
More pleasant fall weather is in
the forecast, after a week that in
cluded a brief taste of winter.
Temperatures are expected to be
near normal, averaging from the up
per 50s at night into the upper 70s
during the daytime, with no more
than a half-inch of rainfall, said me
teorologist Jackson Canady of
For the period Sept. 28 through
Oct. 4, Canady recorded a high of
88 degrees on Oct. 3 and a low of 45
degrees on Oct. 1 .
That low, 15 degrees below the
average for this time of year, was
"probably close to a record if not a
record," said Canady. "They broke
the record at Wilmington (the
National Weather Service office) the
same day with basically the same
For the period he recorded no
rainfall, but that didn't reflect the
month overall. During September,
Canady recorded 9.23 inches of rain.
Nearly two-thirds of that, 6.25 inch
es, fell during early morning Sept. 5.
"That was the heaviest period of
rainfall I have recorded since the
passage of (Hurricane) Diana in
1984," said Canady.
Director Ihurman bverett had rec
ommended Brown over Shallotte
contractor Bob Ford because of his
?Voted 4-to-l, with Jones dis
senting, to return a proposed three
part zoning ordinance amendment to
the county planning board for recon
sideration. Jones said he felt the
board should have approved the sec
tions dealing with a proposed map
change and new mobile home park
lot size regulations, while sending
the third section back to the plan
ning board. The latter proposal
would return portions of Sandy
Creek's extraterritorial jurisdiction
to coijnty zoning control.
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would be discrimination, since the
two commercial districts meet on
Alderman Paul Wayne Reeves
cast the only vote against the
change. He said stricter sign regula
tions are needed in the Central
Business area because of the close
proximity of the buildings to the
New Backhoe Coming
Shallotte will soon be the owner
of a new Ford 555D backhoe. Al
dermen voted Tuesday to accept the
apparent low bid from Sessions
Farm Machinery Inc. of Whiteville.
The anticipated cost is $31,384,
but Public Works Director Albert
Hughes was instructed to verify the
bid because the proposal wasn't
Lower Cape Fear Hospice of
Brunswick County will hold its an
nual Hospice Memorial Service on
Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at St.
James the Fisherman Episcopal
Church in Shallotte.
The service will honor people
who died under Hospice care from
Nov. 1, 1992 to Sept. 30, 1993.
Family members, relatives and
friends of the deceased, volunteers
and the public are invited.
After the service, there will be an
opportunity to meet with the
Hospice staff in the church fellow
Hospice is a not-for-profit agency
that provides a medically-directed
program of palliative care for pa
tients with a limited life expectancy.
The program is designed to im
prove the quality of life during ill
ness for both family and patient
with a follow-up bereavement pro
gram after the patient's death.
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Brunswick County office at 754
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nual payments of $11,147.
The backhoe features a four-in
one bucket, which opens and closes
for digging and picking up heavy
items. "They are very, very handy,"
Aldermen also decided to adver
tise for bids on several surplus
pieces of town equipment, including
a motor grader that Shallotte has
owned since 1 947.
"We purchased that motor grader
when 1 was mayor," Alderman Ro
ney Cheers said. "That tells you how
old it is."
In other business Tuesday, alder
men voted to recommend that
Brunswick County Commissioners
re-appoint Shirley Eisenman to the
town planning board as a representa
tive of the extraterritorial area. Her
term expires in December.
The town board also voted to hire
Jimmy Sublett as a full-time police
officer, on the recommendation of
Chief Rodney Gause. Sublett will
serve a probationary period of 12
Alderman Morris Hall warned
fellow board members Tuesday that
he will renew his push to prohibit
vendors and peddlers from selling
merchandise along Main Street at
the Oct. 19 meeting.
"We have a place for them now
and we should get them off Main
Street," Hall said. "I'm going to
bring it up at the next meeting, so if
you don't want to vote on it don't
Wilton Harrelson, who goes off
the town board in December, said he
plans to attend the meeting and vote
against Hall's proposal.
"It's part of the local color and
they can stay here as long as they
want as far as I'm concerned," he
Greene Withdraws From Holden Race
Nash Greene Jr. has withdrawn as a candidate for commissioner at
Holden Beach, according to town board of elections member Elizabeth
Voters will elect five town commissioners in November, choosing
from incumbents Gay Atkins, Jim Fournier, David Sandifer and Sid
Swarts and challengers Dwight Carroll, Crawford Hart, Jeff Lee, Don
Pollard, James Shafor, Larry Vogt and Roger Williams.
Incumbent Mayor Wally Ausley is unopposed in his bid for re-elec
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