The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 11, 1993, Image 1
A True Champion A local educator is named state Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Page 8-A County Grid Title The Trojans escape the Cougars' den as West beats South 29-20. Page 10-B Nice Nurse Carol Newton, R.N., receives a plaque and prize as The Brunswick Hospital's Employee of the Year. Page 12-C Thirty-Second Year, Number 2 THE BRUMWICICfiffiACON I II 'III Ullll? HOAS I P.O E'0> rvi T A l~J ?* \ A rolina, Thursday, November 1 1, 1993 50< Per Copy 42 Pages, 3 Sections Plus Inserts No Certifying Food Service Managers, Board Rules BY ERIC CARLSON The Brunswick County Board of Health on Monday decided that edu cating restaurant managers about proper food handling techniques is a good idea, but only if they want to be educated or repeatedly flunk health inspections. By a vote of 5-to-l, the board re jected a set of proposed regulations that would have required all food handling establishments to have a designated food-service manager trained and certified by the health department. Under the proposal, the manag er's certification would be revoked if the restaurant received two con secutive "C" health ratings. A $500 fine would be imposed every three months against any restaurant that continued to operate without a certi fied manager. Calling the regulations too severe, board members asked that they be sent back to a committee for revi sion. This will be the second time the rules have been modified since they were drafted by health department staff. The original proposal, drawn from similar regulations in Meck lenburg and Cumberland counties, required that a certified manager be on the premises of all restaurants at all times. The plan was loudly opposed by restaurant owners, day care opera tors and other food handlers who at tended a public hearing last January. A committee of restaurant owners and health officials was formed to modify the regulations. Health board member Patrick Newton said he was opposed to the certification course being mandato ry. "It ought to be an incentive and not a penalty," Newton said. "In stead of jamming it down their throats and saying we're going to fine them, you could give them a nice certificate for passing the course that they could hang on their wall. Then market forces would make restaurants who don't have a certificate follow suit when they see that their neighbor has one." Board member Don Warren said he felt the $500 fine was too harsh, warning that "some mom-and-pop restaurants" couldn't afford it. "It would put them out of busi ness," Warren said. Environmental Health Supervisor Andrew Robinson, a member of the committee, said the proposed penal ty was raised from $50 to $500 to insure compliance with the rules. Board member Bruce Quaintance suggested that instead of requiring a food service management course, "you could do it in a book and make these people read and sign that they read it." He said requiring a trained manager would not assure compli ance with health standards. "Just teaching one person is not going to help," Quaintance said. "It's not going to get to that guy at the end, because the one who took the course is not the one doing the cooking and the wiping and empty ing the ice and washing the tops (See HEALTH, Page 2-A) STAFF PHOTOS BY DOUG R UTTER MORE THAN 600 people enjoyed good food and fellowship Saturday afternoon at the Dixon Chapel Oyster Roast in Varnamtown, which was a huge success despite threatening skies. In the photo above, Rae Maurer of Florence, S.C., (left) and Clyde and Vermelle King of Hartsville, S.C., were among the 520 diners who turned out for the roasted oysters. Below, Herbert "Midget" Varnum offers granddaughter Alexis Varnum a taste of Dixon Chapel's famous cornbread. Dixon Chapel Oyster Roast Is A Success Despite Weather Threat BY DOUG RUTTER All of the weather forecasters said it was going to rain Saturday, and the steel-gray skies over Var namtown looked like they would indeed open up any second and drop buckets of water on the crowd below. But not on this day. Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church was holding its oyster roast, an an nual event that had never been rained out since it started some 35 years ago. It still has never been rained out. "The Good Lord was looking out for us again," a relieved Marlene Varnam said Saturday af ternoon, when more than 600 peo ple flocked to the church for oys ters, fish and fellowship. "The rain kind of threatened a little bit but it went on," she said. "It just threatened all day long, but it never rained enough to put out the fire. It was a good cool day." Varnam said she was up at 4:30 Saturday morning, praying for oys ter-eating weather. "When your husband's got 200 bushels of oys ters on hand for a roast, you pray," she said. Her prayers were answered. It turned out to be just the right tem perature for people who love their shellfish cooked over an open fire. Church members had considered calling off the roast two weeks ago when Lockwood Folly River was temporarily closed to shellfish har vesting because of pollution. But the river re-opened four days before the roast, allowing the church to stockpile about 150 bushels of local oysters. Another 50 bushels were brought in from Florida. "Most of them came from Lockwood Folly and a we had a few to supplement from Florida," Varnam said, adding that the saltier Florida oysters went over well with some people. "I think all in all it was a good day and good fellowship," she added. "I think the people enjoyed themselves. I know some of them did cause they ate a lot." Although the roast attracted 100 people less than it did in 1992, turnout was still pretty good. Five hundred twenty people consumed 173 bushels of oysters, while an other 100 opted for fried fish din ners. New picnic tables added this year provided extra elbow room for diners, who didn't face any lines all afternoon. The cloudy skies may have been a blessing for the church. "If we had sunshine we probably would have run out of oysters," Varnam said. With the crowd thinner than nor mal, church members who are usu ally too busy working had time to take a breather and enjoy the food themselves. Varnam estimated that 75 to 80 volunteers helped put the roast to gether, including 25 youngsters who carted off the empty oyster shells, shoveled fresh oyster onto roasting grates and served corn bread, pickles and sauces. "We appreciate all the help. We get so many people that don't at tend our church that help out," she said. "It's not just a one-day thing. It takes a couple of weeks to get ready." After the roast, Varnam said the church held a special memorial service for Roland Varnam and Chris Caudill, two members who had died since the last roast. "They were missed at our oyster roast very much," she said. ROSE CAL LS MINE 'A DISASTER' Foes Claim County Gave 'Preferential Treatment' To MM With Septic Permit BY ERIC CARLSON Mining opponents launched an other salvo against Martin Marietta Aggregates on Monday by asking state environmental regulators to overturn the Brunswick County Health Department's "unlawful" de cision to issue the company a septic tank permit at its proposed lime stone quarTy site near Southport. The county's same-day approval of a permit request "is unavailable to the general public and indicates that Martin-Marietta received preferen tial treatment," opposition leader Robert Quinn said in an overnight letter to the N.C. Division of Environmental Health. On another front, anti-mining forces enlisted a powerful ally last week when Congressman Charlie Rose (D-7th District) called the pro posed quarry "an environmental dis aster for Brunswick County" in a strongly worded letter to the man whose state agency will rule on Martin Marietta's application for a mining permit. The Congressman told Charles Gardner, director of the N.C. Division of Land Resources, ihauhe project will harm "wildlife, estuar ies, surface water, drinking water or ground water quality" and could have a "devastating and irreversible effect on marine hatcheries, ecosys tems and indigenous species, espe cially those unique to Brunswick County's coastal ecology." In an interview Tuesday, Quinn said he recently met with Rose in Fayetteville and gave the congress man a fact sheet on the mining pro posal along with copies of resolu tions from the eight towns that have gone on record in opposition to the mine. "He said he was very much aware of the effects of Martin Marietta's mines from their Castle Hayne oper ation," Quinn said. "He was alarmed and said, 'They'll destroy your wa ter table.' He told me he'd have his staff look into it immediately." Martin Marietta has applied for a permit to extract and process lime stone from a 1,000-acre tract the company recently purchased be tween Bethel Church Road and the entrance to Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Smithville Town ship. Opponents fear the company's plan to pump 10 million gallons of day from a fresh-water aquifer will dry up wells and ponds and create sinkholes that could endanger opera tions at the nearby ammunition ter minal. They are also concerned about traffic from heavy rock trucks and worry that regular blasting could trigger nrohlems at the neigh boring Brunswick Nuclear Plant. A group called the Brunswick County Anti-Mining Awareness Committee, co-founded by Quinn, has gathered the signatures of more than 2,000 mining opponents on pe titions and rallied large crowds at re cent meetings of the county com missioners and planning board. Quinn has asked to he put on the agenda for the Nov. 15 commission er's meeting. He wants the board to ask the state to delay consideration of any permit requests for mining, hazardous waste disposal, incinera tors or animal slaughterhouses until the county decides whether it will permit such uses in its zoning law. The planning board will hold a public hearing Nov. 17 to consider Quinn's request to eliminate those uses, which are permitted in the H M (heavy manufacturing) zone around the proposed mine site. A public hearing on Martin Marietta's mining permit request is scheduled for Nov. 30. At the request of mining oppo nents, the county commissioners last week agreed to suspend enforce ment of the zoning law But they did not go along with the request to de lay permitting after County Attorney Michael Ramos advised that the wording of the proposed resolution would have prohibited the issuance of building permits throughout the county '"We want our county commis sioners to be part of what we're do ing, as is Charlie Rose." Quinn said. (See MINE, Page 2-A) Inside... Birthdays 2B Business News 9- 10C Calendar 6A Church News 6B Classified 1-9C Crime Report 9A Court Docket 11C Fishing...... 16B Goif 15B Obituaries 7B Opinion 4-5A People In The News ????? 4B Plant Doctor JB Sports 10-16B Television 8-9B Some Papers Early ; Others To Be Late Beacon subscribers served by the Shallotte, South Brunswick, Supply, Ash and Longwood post offices should receive this week's edition a day early. Newspaper and postal dead lines allowed delivery to those nearby post offices ahead of schedule in order to avoid a delay due u> ine Veterans Day postal holiday on Thursday, Nov. 11. Other subscribers' papers were delivered to the post offices ac cording to our regular schedule, but will be in their mailboxes a day late because of the holiday. Forum To Explain , Get Feedback On Three Calabash Sewer Plans BY ERIC CARLSON Now thai the dust has settled in Calabash's election of a mayor and three new commissioners, citizens of the town have another decision to consider ? one that will affect their lives and the health of their town for decades to come. Wednesday (Nov. 10) at 7:30 p.m. in the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department building, a public forum was scheduled on three proposed methods of establishing a central sewer system in the town. Town commissioners, representatives of the town's engineering and accounting firms, along with Billy Burnett, owner of the Carolina Blythe Utility Co., will be on hand to explain the three proposals and to answer questions. There will be presentations and discussion periods on three plans for building the system: the joint effort with Sunset Beach, the purchase and expansion of Carolina Blythe and the creation of a Calabash Sanitary District. Those who attend the forum will be asked to register at the door, said Jon Sanborn, the town commissioner who suggested the public meeting. Hand-outs summa rizing each of the proposals will be available. There will be a separate presentation on each of the three options. Each will be followed by a discussion pe riod during which members of the audience can submit written questions, Sanborn said. "At the conclusion of the meeting, we may have a pe riod of public comment, with each speaker limited to a three-minute statement," he said. For more than a year, Powell and Associates of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., the town's paid engineering consul tants, have been studying various sewerage proposals and presenting their findings to the Calabash Board of Commissioners. After considering numerous options presented by the engineers, the board has backed a plan to join the town of Sunset Beach in building a joint sewage system de signed to serve both towns and their outlying areas. Together the two towns formed a South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority to manage the system. Formation of the joint venture is expected to allow Calabash to qualify for about $15 million in state and federal grants and loans to construct a sewage treatment plant and collection system. Under the plan, debt service on the loans would be paid back by users of the system through rates and impact fees. The town's tax base would not be used as collateral for the loans, so residents of District 2 who are currently provided sewer service by the Carolina Blythe would pay nothing for the new system, according to the engi neers. Utility owner Burnett has proposed an alternative plan under which the town would pay him $4.5 million for his company and expand the collection system to areas not currently served, beginning with the downtown restaurant district. Burnett has offered to finance the entire purchase at a rate he says will allow the town to expand the system and pay back the loan through user fees, without raising taxes. The option of creating a sanitary district was suggest ed by Sanborn, but has not been discussed by the board of commissioners. In a fact sheet prepared by Sanborn, he said the dis trict can only be formed after 51 percent of land owners in the proposed service area sign a petition supporting the idea. The petitions would be submitted to the Brunswick County Commissioners, who would set a public hearing on the plan. If the sanitary district is approved, the county board would appoint three to five members to a district board, which would "basically operate the same as a town, ex cept their scope of activities are related to water and sewer," Sanborn said. The sanitary district board would also have the power to levy taxes and condemn property. Sanborn said the public forum was scheduled both to educate residents about the three proposals and to "get feedback" on which way the town should proceed.