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Shallotte Voters To Elect New Aldemen
Shallotte voters will elect two
new town board members when they
go to the polls Tuesday, replacing
two veteran aldermen who are call
ing it quits after serving a combined
Wilton Harrelson and Paul Wayne
Reeves did not file for re-election
'.his year. Reeves has been a member
of the town board since 1977. and
Harrelson is a 10-year board veteran.
Seeking election to the two avail
able town board seats are William
Allen, Carson Durham. Sam lnman.
Odell Johnson and Elaine Wright.
Aldermen serve four-year terms,
as does the mayor. Incumbent
Mayor Sarah Tripp is unopposed in
her bid for re-election.
Tripp has served as mayor since
1990. when former mayor Jerry
Jones resigned so he could serve as
county commissioner. Tripp was
elected to a two-year term in 1991.
A county native and graduate of
Waccamaw High School. Tripp was
elected to the board of aldermen in
1985 and re-elected in 1989. She
works at Southern National Bank.
All municipal candidates in
Brunswick County were asked to re
spond to a Brunswick Beacon ques
tionnaire. Allen. Johnson and
Durham were the only Shallotte can
didates to respond.
William Allen said two of the
most important issues the town
board must address in the next four
years are maintaining and upgrading
the sewer system and using local
and county zoning to maintain the
desired growth of Shallotte.
He also said the town board
should annex unincorporated areas
of town to assure planned develop
ment and establish accessible recy
cling centers to reduce carting fees
and improve the environment.
"I have always been involved in
local civic organizations and I hope
to contribute to keeping Shallotte a
viable place to
live." Allen said
of his reason for
he is the most
date for the po
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ALLEN make the assur
ance that I will dedicate myself to
meeting the needs of the residents of
A retired packaging engineer with
American Cyanamid, Allen received
a BA degree in public administra
tion/metropolitan studies from
Ramapo College of New Jersey.
He has served as vice president of
Newcomers of South Brunswick
Islands and as a referee/timekeeper
for the Brunswick County Men's
Church Basketball League.
Allen previously served as presi
dent of the board of health. Little
League director and a Boy Scouts
committee member in Mahwah. N.J.
Allen and his wife, Marion, have
two grown sons.
Carson "Pete" Durham III says
sion and post
ments are the
three most im
the town board
must address in
the near future.
vors growth because it will general
ly benefit the town. "1 feel it is im
perative that master plans be pre
pared for the infrastructure neces
sary for growth."
The first-time candidate said sew
er expansion will be needed mainly
due to growth along the bypass and
in the extraterritorial area.
Concerning the Shallotte Post
Office, Durham said the present fa
cility is not adequate, especially the
parking area which creates unsafe
conditions for people entering and
exiting the post office.
"I feel we must have a different
facility that will eliminate the park
ing problems and improve service,"
Durham, owner of Carson's Cards
and Gifts in Shallotte, says he's
seeking election because of his ex
perience as chairman of the town
planning board, a business owner
and executive with a large manufac
He says it has given him the "ex
perience required to serve the citi
zens in planning for the future
growth of Shallotte. Shallotte must
be prepared and not react as we ex
In addition to chairing the plan
ning board. Durham is a member of
the county's mobile home park regu
lations committee, treasurer and
board member of Hope Harbor
Home and a member of First
Investors Savings Bank advisory
He is president of Ocean Aire
Camp World Inc. and Must Stop
Shop Inc. and previously served as
vice president of finance and admin
istration for Buriingion Industrial
Durham says his desire to serve
and interest in the future of Shallotte
makes him the most qualified candi
date for alderman.
He received a BS degree in ac
counting from Virginia Tech in 1958
and completed the University of
North Carolina Executive Program
Odell "Odie" Johnson said he is
running for office "to work with fel
low townspeople to help make
Shallotte a better place to work, live
and raise a family."
He lists sewer system improve
control and post
ments as the
three most im
the town board
must face in the
and jobs will
depend on a JOHNSON
modern waste disposal system,"
Johnson said the U.S. 17 bypass
doesn't help traffic from the beaches
to Shallotte, and the federal govern
ment "wasted" money by building
the South Brunswick Post Office at
A World Ward II veteran and re
tired retail executive with Sears,
Roebuck and Company, Johnson
made an unsuccessful bid for the
town board in 1991.
He said a "20-year reputation of
being able to work with difficult or
troublesome people" makes him the
most qualified candidate.
Johnson attended grade school in
California, Missouri and Indiana. He
studied marketing at the University
of Cincinnati and English at
Colorado State University.
He has held president and lieu
tenant governor positions with
Kiwanis, served as fund drive chair
man for United Way and served as
retail president for the chamber of
Johnson also has served on the
board of directors for a downtown
development organization, the
United Way, chamber of commerce,
Kiwanis and two country clubs.
Sewer Is Top Issue Calabash Races
In Calabash, the issue on every
one's mind is how best to provide
central sewer service to areas of the
town that don't already have it.
In the mayor's race, a fellow town
board member is challenging the
four-term incumbent for control of
Four candidates will vie for three
seats in the District 2 commission
ers' race, with one incumbent squar
ing off against the town code admin
istrator and two political newcom
Forrest King will run unopposed
in the race for District 1 commis
sioner, assuring him the seat former
ly held by Edward Rice.
Incumbent Douglas Simmons is
seeking his fifth
term as mayor
and says he is in
favor of the cur
rent plan to pro
vide sewer ser
vice "for all of
he plans to con
SIMMONS tinue his efforts
to have the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers dredge the Calabash
River. "I've worked for eight years
to see this done," he said. "Maybe
we are in the final stage of it."
Simmons is an employee of
Federal Paper Co. who also owns a
business in downtown Calabash. He
is a graduate of Shallotte High
AsKed what makes him the most
qualified candidate, Simmons re
sponded, "I think I can work with
both District 1 and 2 better than the
other candidate can."
Calabash Commissioner and
Mayor Pro Tem George Anderson
feels that cost is the most important
consideration in deciding the best
way to provide
service to all
well he that Cal
abash should go
it alone," he
to annex areas
surrounded by its current borders,
including "such pockets as the fire
station and the Carolina Shores
He would also like to expand the
town hall or build a new one, both to
provide more room for present staff
and to allow for future growth.
A retired banker with Chase Man
hattan Bank, Anderson has served as
vice president of the India /America
Chamber of Commerce board and as
a member of the executive commit
tee for the U.S./Pakistan Economic
He is a graduate of New York
University and attended graduate
school in banking at Rutgers Univ
Candidate Alvin L. Leisey Jr. did
not respond to the Beacon's ques
Seeking support for another term,
incumbent Commissioner Stuart
Thorn stresses his experience and a
need "to continue the progress of
Calabash for the future growth start
ed by our present board of commis
He feels that the need for sewer
service in District 1 and the extrater
ritorial district is "of utmost impor
tance" and are "needed immediately
to meet environmental needs along
the coastal areas of North Carolina."
Thorn wants to continue working
for dredging of the Calabash River,
to boat traffic
He also hopes to
see the widen
ing of N.C. 179
from South Car
olina to Cala
"I have been thorn
involved with all these projects
since the beginning and I feel I am a
dedicated candidate," he said.
Thorn is a graduate of the Un
iversity of Pennsylvania who work
ed as a financial analyst for the Sun
Company Inc. before retiring to
Theodora "Teddy" Altreuter lists
the "proposed sewer authority" as
the top issue of the campaign.
"1 don't think all the options have
think the impact
sewering as it
may effect pop
quality of life
and the ecology
of this fragile
AJ.TREUTER environment has
been studied enough."
Altreuter said she would like to
see a master plan for Calabash, call
ing such a study "absolutely critical
to control and enhance the develop
ment of Calabash as a small, attrac
She is concerned that there is an
"apathy about local government" in
Calabash and "a growing rift be
tween District 1 and District 2."
A retired dental hygienist, Altre
uter holds an associate degree in ap
plied science from the State Univer
sity of New York.
Edward Schaack, code enforce
ment officer for the town of Cala
bash, also wants to see a "compre
hensive area solution" to the town's
waste water and storm water treat
Calling the present town hall fa
cilities "not adequate," Schaack said
he wants to see a new facility built
because the current building cannot
"I am for the annexation of areas
within the cor
porate limits of
the town imme
makes him the
Schaack cites his "three years of ex
perience in town affairs," as a mem
ber of the Governor's Coastal Init
iative Committee, a former member
of the town planning and zoning
board, a state certified building in
spector and an administrator of such
programs as the Coastal Area Man
agement Act (CAMA).
Schaack holds a bachelor of sci
ence degree in civil engineering
from Columbia University and is the
owner of E.F.S. Engineering Con
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Chairman-Sewer Expansion Committee
Member-Post Office Committee
I have the experience, the desire
and the time to represent the
citizens of Shallotte.
Vote November 2nd for Carson Durham
Coastal Committee Urged
To Exercise Stewardship
A panel charged with reviewing North Carolina's coastal manage
ment regulations started work last week, with urging from Gov. Jim Hunt
to be good stewards as they look to the future of the coast.
"I think we have a moral responsibility to do the right thing ? for our
people and our land." Hunt told his 15 appointees to the Coastal Futures
Committee. "We all love it. We all care about it. Now is the opportunity
to do something for it and for our people."
Hunt urged committee members to take a broad approach as they plan
for the future and to remember that people in all parts of the state have an
interest in, and responsibility for, the state's cpast.
Committee appointees include Eugene Tomlinson of Southport,
chairman of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission. The
CRC is the panel established by the CAMA to set policy and guide
coastal development in the 20 coastal counties. CAMA establishes permit
requirements and provides for communities in those counties to establish,
in accord with state policies, land use plans to guide their development.
For the next year the group, led by former Congressman L. Richard
son Preyer, will review the Coastal Area Management Act, which took
effect in 1974, and draft recommendations for improving the state's man
agement and protection of coastal resources.
In an earlier interview with The Brunswick Beacon Tomlinson said he
hopes the committee will focus on the need for more comprehensive land
using planning that coordinates county and municipal plans and that con
siders cumulative effects.
Driver Asleep At Wheel Is Charged
A driver was charged with driving T.L. Pearce of the N.C. Highway
with his licensed revoked and reck- Patrol office in Wilmington noted
less driving Saturday following a that between Friday and Sunday
one-car accident on N.C. 133. there had been at least six auto acci
Chris Scott Mills, 24. of Wilm- dents involving deer that resulted in
ington, told Trooper J.V. Dove he property damage to the vehicle.
fell asleep at the wheel and didn't "It's spread around," he said,
remember what happened. "They're all over the place."
Will's 1986 Honda automobile
ran off the right shoulder of the road
and overturned at 6:50 a.m. about
4 5 miles north of Southport.
Wills was uninjured.
Reviewing data from a series of
minor accidents last week. Trooper
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