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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, October 28, 1993, Page PAGE 8-A, Image 8

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Stricter Standards Paying Off With Improved Student Behavior BY SUSAN USHER It's been said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." and West Brunswick High School Principal Ed Lemon would agree. A strong, cooperative effort countywide to reduce student misconduct and violence on campus is paying off with improved student behavior at West Brunswick High School this fall. Lemon is attributing the better learning environment to a combination of clearer student conduct and disci pline policies; higher expectations for behavior; stricter, more uniform enforcement; and an improved working relationship with campus Deputy Shelton Caison. "The implementation of our program's a lot better this year." said Lemon, "and he's had a lot to do with that." While carpentry teacher Gary Poulos monitors the bus parking lot from 7 a.m. until the start of classes. Caison's day on campus begins at 7:45 a.m., when he begins patrolling the student parking lot and helping with traffic control. He generally works 8 hours a day, plus ball games, but his schedule can vary according to school needs for security and traffic control. "They're so used to him they don't even speak about him any more," said Lemon. "I think there is probably a level of comfort there for everybody here. You have that help in case there is an incident. "We haven't had anything on campus so far and we want it to stay that way." Frequently Caison can be spotted at a favorite posi tion on the walk near the front corner of the campus courtyard, where he can keep his eye on traffic moving onto and away from campus. Considered a member of the staff, he enforces school rules as well as state laws. During the course of the day he patrols not only exits and parking areas, but areas at the rear of buildings and hallways. Once students arrive on campus, they aren't to sit in their vehicles in the parking lot and they are not to leave campus again before dismissal without permission. On a recent morning, the first bell had just rung as Caison strode across the student lot to discuss a parking situation with a student. Another student stood by, wait ing his turn to ask the uniformed officer a question. "This year is going a lot better," said Caison. "The new policies and programs they've put in effect are real ly making my job a lot easier." So far West Brunswick hasn't had any incidences of campus violence this year or weapons on campus and Lemon said he would like to keep it that way. "If people do something before they have problems k STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER DEPUTY SHELTON CA1SON (left) talks with students in the school parking lot before the start of classes. The campus safety officer says new policies and procedures at the school for handling student discipline are making his job easier this year. then they are likely not to have problems," he said, and the school's emphasis this year is on prevention. Local schools got support from both the state legis lature and Brunswick County Board of Education this year in dealing with student discipline, particularly relat ing to policies that deal with weapons on campus. Lemon still has concerns that the message may not be getting through. "I don't think the students necessarily see the seri ousness of the (weapons) law, especially as it relates to facsimiles. Fourteen-year-olds are not that far away from playing with toys." Under a student code of conduct, a long list of items of firearms, knives and other weapons are banned, along with any "look-alikes," toy or not. A state law that goes into effect Dec. 1 makes pos session of certain weapons on campus a Class I felony rather than a misdemeanor. The law applies to open pos session or concealing of a gun. rifle, pistol or other firearm or dynamite, cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine or powerful explosive on school property. Also new ? it's a Class I felony for someone to "cause, encourage or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether open or con cealed" any of the above-mentioned weapons on school property. Possessing other weapons and/or encouraging a mi nor to carry any other weapon remains a misdemeanor. In addition to any potential criminal penalties, the school's own sanctions for violating the code of conduct can range from short-term (up to 10 days) to long-term (up to the remainder of the school year) suspension, de tention, referral to community treatment programs or al ternative disciplinary program depending upon the severity of the offense and any mitigating factors. The school is required to seek prosecution under the law of any student sanctioned by long-term suspension for violation of the weapons and facsimiles ban. "The law takes the decision regarding the filing of charges off of the school," said Lemon, "even at ball games." The school has the option of seeking prosecution of a parent if the principal has reason to believe that person encouraged, aided or acted in such a way as to allow the child to commit the violation. Others can also be prose cuted for aiding or encouraging a student in violating the weapons/lookalike ban. The school has the right to expel a student age 14 or older who has been convicted of a felony and whose "continued presence in school constitutes a clear threat to the safety and health of other students or employees." Someone not attending school who brings an un loaded weapon on school property, doesn't conceal the weapon and doesn't display it in a threatening manner ? such as parent coming on campus with a gun in the rack of a pickup truck ? can only be charged with a misde meanor, not a felony. This year Lemon is seeing less pressure from parents on faculty and administration to make exceptions. Students, and parents of incoming ninth graders, were briefed on the new guidelines at the start of the year and both have a clearer understanding of what's expected. Furthermore, faculty decisions regarding student disci pline can no be overruled by the school's administration. The school's "Choices" program, now in its second year of holding students accountable for their behavior when they are tardy or otherwise disrupt school, is working in ways both expected and unexpected. "They don't loiter," said Lemon. "Before if we had a fist fight everybody used to stand around and watch. Now they move on; they can't afford to stay and watch, or egg somebody on. They don't want to go to Choices." Other changes are contributing to the overall change in school climate. The school day now includes three lunchts instead of two, cutting the number of students milling about on break from 500 to approximately 330. Other new guidelines require students to make up all work and all absences beyond four days by the end of each nine-weeks grading period, or suffer the conse quences. Students who don't make up absences as re quired will see their grades in all affected classes low ered substantially, with more points deducted for every additional absence not made up. "I think the kids are seeing a strictness at the high school they never thought it would have," said Lemon. Program Offers Low-Cost Test For Lead In Drinking Water Have all those news reports about the health risks caused by high lead levels in drinking water caused you to wonder about what's coming out of your tap? You can find out Wednesday, Nov. 3, when the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service conducts a lead sampling program to determine the levels of lead in drinking water sup plies. Samples will be analyzed at the extension center in Bolivia from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Residents interested in having a sample tested should draw a quart of water from their kitchen taps first thing in the morning. Samples also can be taken later in the day after a period of non-use. "The aim is to collect water which has been standing in the pipes for several hours," said extension service Director Milton Coleman. Each sample analyzed will cost $5. This compares to a normal com mercial testing fee of $25 to $75 per sample, Coleman said. Participants also will be asked to complete a drinking water survey aimed at collecting information on the source of water, type of well, deputy of well, construction stan dards and plumbing system. The sampling program is being conducted in cooperation with the department of toxicology and the department of biological and agri cultural engineering at N.C. State University. The program is being funded in part by a grant to study the extent of lead in North Carolina's rural water supplies. For more information about the program, call the Brunswick County Extension Center at 253-4425. CP&L Plans Annual Siren Test Brunswick County residents in the 10-mile area around Carolina Power & Light's Brunswick plant will hear alert notification sirens on Wednesday, Nov. 3, when the sirens will sound twice for about three minutes each time between 3:30 and 4 p.m. "Residents should not be alarmed by the sirens," a company news re lease says. "Full volume siren tests are conducted annually to ensure each siren is functioning properly." The Emergency Broadcast Sys tem (EBS) will not activate during this full-volume siren test. I>ocal ra dio and television stations will not Holden Beach Voters ELECT Dwigh! Carrol! interrupt their regular programs for the test. "The sounding of the sirens does not mean the public should evacu ate," the release states. If an emer gency occurred at the plant, the sirens would alert the public to listen to radio and television for informa tion and instructions from the BBS during a declared emergency. The rotating sirens are mounted on tall poles at 34 locations within 10 miles of the Brunswick plant. The Nov. 3 test will be the annual full-volume test of the sirens. Low volume or "growl" tests are con ducted every three months to regu larly ensure the sirens are working. CP&L conducts silent testing every two weeks. Questions about the tests may be directed to county emergency ser vices offices, to CP&L's Brunswick Visitors Center or any CP&L busi ness office. NOW...RECYOE YARD WICTEflSYOUWMJg Introducing the revolutionarv NEW TROY-BILT* Chipper/Vac! ? Breakthrough dcugn' ? V*uum% up kavci. small Iwig*! ? Self-fccdt and chip* brant het up 10 3 1/2'! ? Rctycle* into taluabk landtcaping mukh! ? No more raking. pile making or bagging' CLEANUP Sale! NOW IN PROGRESS ! Save on Troy-bilt tillers, shredders & chipper vacs. Financing Available O 4 MILLIGAN POWER & LAWN EQUIPMENT, INC. 501 Whiteville Rd. (Hwy. 130 W) Shallotte ? 754-8535 ACCIDENT VICTIM Varnam Remembered As Pleasant Hard Worker BY DOUG RUTTER Anson Roland Varnam, who was rarely seen without a smile lighting up his face, was a pleas ant, hard-working and faithful man who would go out of his way to help others. That's how friends and co-workers say they'll remember the Brunswick County native and Shallotte town employee who was killed last Friday in a single-vehicle accident in Johnston County. One of the last active charter members of the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the 66 year-old Supply man died at 10 a.m. Friday ap proximately 10 1/2 miles north of Selma. Trooper Deryl Bass of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Varnam was driving a Chevrolet truck south on N.C. 96 when the truck ran off the left side of the road, crossed a shallow ditch, collided with a tree and burst into flames. "I suspect that the driver had either fallen asleep or had suffered a heart attack," said Trooper Bass, adding that the body was sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy. Shallotte Town Clerk Mary Etta Hewett said Varnam had driven to Electric Motor Repair Shop in Wake Forest on Friday tc pick up a load of pumps for the town. He was on his way back to Brunswick County at the time of accident. " What stood out most about him was any time we needed something done he was there to do it. " ? Curtis Todd, Tri-Beach VFD "He was an excellent worker and a most gentle man," Mayor Sarah Tripp said of Varnam, who had worked in the town's maintenance de partment since 1985. "The town is going to sore ly miss him." Tripp said Varnam was a devoted employee. "He could have taken his retirement a year ago but he told us right off he did not want to retire. He took pride in his work. It's really a loss to the town." Varnam was one of three charter members of the Tri-Beach VFD who was still active in the department, said assistant fire chief Curtis Todd. "What stood out most about him was any time we needed something done he was there to do it," Todd said. "Any time I called on him he was there to help me." Varnam, who most recently served as safety officer for Tn-Beach, had previously served five years as a lieutenant and eight years on the board of directors. He recently received a plaque for 25 years of service. "He was very active," Todd said. "We met on every Tuesday night, and every Tuesday night he was there." Todd said Varnam was certified as a Firefighter 3. "He really worked at it. He didn't just come out and sit around. He didn't have much education, but he got to the level where most people wouldn't dream of getting." Varnam was a "father figure" to a lot of the younger men in the department. "If you would go to him about something he would kind of set you straight," Todd said. Varnam was born in Brunswick County on Jan. 5, 1927, a son of the late William Henry and Minnie Hewett Varnam. His funeral was Monday at Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown. Var nam is survived by his wife, Pauline Griffin Var nam. He had eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Holden Beach Man Accused Of Fencing Property Juveniles Stole A 40-year-old Holden Beach man is accused of acting as the fence for two juveniles who allegedly stole more than $20,000 worth of proper ty in "at least 30" Sunset Harbor break-ins, a Brunswick County sher iff's detective said Tuesday. The adult suspect, Timothy Earl Street, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts each of re ceiving stolen property and con tributing to the delinquency of a mi nor and one charge of manufactur ing marijuana, according to De tective Charlie Miller. Two Sunset Harbor boys, ages 13 and 15, will be served with juvenile petitions next week on charges of breaking and entering and larceny, Miller said. More charges are ex pected against all three suspects. Investigators Miller and Detective Gene Caison feel the two youths are responsible for breaking into about 30 mobile homes, storage buildings and boats in Sunset Harbor and stealing "between $20,000 and $30,000" worth of property during the past seven months. Miller said that after each theft, the boys would put the stolen items in a building owned by Street, who allegedly sold the stolen property at flea markets in Rockingham and Gastonia and paid his young accom plices with the proceeds. The pair allegedly stole televi sions, videocassette recorders, two golf carts and a large volume of fish ing tackle. "They concentrated on things that didn't have serial numbers," Miller said. "Especially fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, gill nets, life pre servers, marine radios ? anything to do with fishing. None of that stuff was safe." Although most of the stolen prop erty "is already gone," Miller said some items, including one of the golf carts, have been recovered. Street was being held in Bruns wick County Jail Tuesday in lieu of a $60,000 secured bond. The two ju venile suspects have been brought in for questioning and are aware of the charges pending against them, Miller said. In what Miller termed "a long, drawn-out process," the detectives will present their evidence to a juve nile services officer next week, seeking juvenile petitions against the two suspects. The boys will be brought before the juvenile officer, who will decide whether or not to detain them until a trial is held in ju venile court. State law prohibits law enforce ment officers from releasing the names of juvenile suspects. 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