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STAFF PHOTO BY tRIC CARLSON
Chairman Don Warren (right) and Commissioner Tom Rahon are
the first county hoard members to officially announce their plans
to seek re-election as filing for the May .? primary opened last
Three Brunswick Businesses
Busted In ALE Gambling Sting
The owners or managers of ihree
Brunswick County businesses were
among the 37 charged w ith violating
state gambling laws in a six-county
investigation into illegal poker ma
chine operations, the N.C. Alcohol
Law Hnforcement Division (ALE)
announced last week
Poker machines were seized and
permit-holders were cited at the
Market l \press convenience store
in Shallotte. Boswell's Gas and
Grocery in Boiling Spring Likes
and the Shamrock Restaurant and
Pub in Southport. according to Tom
Hegele at the N.C. Department of
Crime Control and Public Safety.
Last Friday. ALE agents ended a
three-month undercover operation
that targeted businesses where gam
bling on "joker poker" machines
was permitted. Members of the
Brunswick County Sheriffs Depart
ment narcotics squad aided ALE of
ficers in the three local arrests.
The investigation also found vio
lations at 12 businesses in New
Hanover County, eight in Columbus
County, six in Onslow County, five
in Pender County and three in
in 1989, the N.C. General As
sembly exempted certain video
games and coin-operated machines
from state gambling laws, allowing
players to receive free replays or pa
per coupons that may be exchanged
lor prizes \v ith a value not exceeding
$10. The law also prohibits the re
plays or coupons from being ex
changed for cash.
Working undercover, an officer
from the Wilmington Police De
partment's Career Criminal Unit vis
ited each of the businesses where he
u|vi.lied .it icriSl uPiC joker poker
machine. In each location, the offi
cer received more than $10 in paper
coupons that were converted to
prizes or cash bv a store employee.
During the investigation, ihc un
dercover officer received cash at one
location. At other locations he re
ceived an assortment of prizes in
cluding motor oil. transmission flu
id. battery jumper cables, baseball
caps anil beer.
All joker poker machines at each
location were seized by AL.IL agents.
The defendants were criminally
charged at the Wilmington district
ALL office Monday. In addition to
the criminal charges, reports of the
violations will be submitted to the
state Alcoholic Beverage Control
Commission in Raleigh, which
could result in an administrative tine
and the suspension or revocation of
the ABC permits issued to the busi
Legislators Request Ideas
On Tackling Crime Problem
Have some ideas on what the
state should do to .tddress its rising
crime rate and overloaded criminal
It' so, state Reps. E. David Red
wine and Dcw v HHI mil st:?ie Sen
R.C. Soles Jr say they want to hear
i hem before heading to Raleigh for a
special session to deal with crime.
The trio of legislators is sponsor
ing a public meeting 7 p.m. Thurs
day. Jan. 20. at Brunswick Com
munity College to hear from con
stituents. The meeting will be held
in the teaching auditorium in the
ALS Building on the main campus
north of Supply on U.S. 17 Busi
"We want to hear Irom people
what they think we sould do?law
enforcement officers, educators,
anyone who has an interest." said
Gov. Jim Hunt has asked the
General Assembly to convene in
special session beginning Feb. s to
address crime-related issues onh
B> the Jan. 2(1 rneetinu here. Rid
wine said legislators will have been
briefed by S|ieaker of the House
Dan Blue and Hunt will have out
lined his proposal for addressing the
issues. Some individual legislators
ma\ alsn tv* circulating their own
ideas by then.
According to Hunt. North Caro
lina and its criminal justice system
are facing a crisis in trying to deal
wnh a rapidly rising crime rate with
inefficient and insufficient remedies.
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Stanley Loses County Health Board Chair
BY ERIC CARLSON
Maliston Stanley, one of the coun
ty 's foremost advocates for minority
health issues, was removed from his
chairmanship of the Brunswick
County Board of Health Monday
and rrphicnl hv fnjinpcr
Patrick Newton, one ol the hoard's
The 5-to-4 vote against Stanley's
re-appointment was divided between
at-large members and health care
providers County Commissioners
Chairman Hon Warren was joined in
the vote to replace Stanley by the
three members named to the board
since Warren took office.
Ilonie Builder Bruce Quaintance.
who was nominated by Warren to
fill the optometrist slot on the board
last June, made the motion to name
Newton chairman. Former county
commissioner Benny Ludlum, who
was appointed in October, seconded
the motion. Newton, a board mem
ber since June, voted for his own
nomination along with Warren and
former register of deeds Arthur
Nurse Patricia Nutter, dentist Dr.
Jeff Mintz. veterinarian Dr. Brad
Kerr and pharmacist Joey Galloway
supported Stanley's reappointment.
Stanley did not attend the meeting,
due to a prev ious commitment Nut
ter was named co-chairman in a
After the meeting. Warren would
not reply to questions about his vote
lor Stanley 's removal.
In an interview Tuesday. Stanley
said he w as not surprised by the vote
and pledged to remain an active
member of the health board.
"I'm ii t'jum player/' Stanley sni'J.
"He (Newton) was elected and I will
support him l(K) percent. I think he
will do a good job."
Kerr, who made the motion to
reappoint Stunlev. said he w:is itis:in
pointed at the outcome and ques
tioned whether it was proper for
Newton to vote for himself at a
meeting where Stanley was absent
The board of health has no formal
bylaws to govern its voting proce
"It would have more fair if Moc
(Stanlev) was there and able to vote
for himself." Kerr said.
Calling him "'a key member,"
Kerr said he hoped Stanley would
remain active on the board and
would "continue to voice his con
"I'm a team player, he (Newton)
was elected and I will support him
100 percent. / think he will do a
?Maliston Stanley, Former County
Health Board Chairman
cerns about health issues, especially
those affecting the black communi
Kerr said he hopes the change in
hoard leadership will bring an end to
the "factionalism" he said has hin
dered the board since it became po
larized over the controversial smok
ing control ordinance. He also ex
pressed concern that "health profes
sionals are under-represented" on
the health board.
"It hurts our ability to deal with
health issues." Kerr said. "When it
comes to septic tank issues, we're
well represented. But I'm not sure
health issues are going to be ad
In its first item of business after
the vote, the board heard a com
plaint from Holden Beach septic
system installer Clayton Robinson
about a "personal problem with the
health department." He asked to
speak to the board alone.
Ouaintancc immediately made a
motion for the board to go into
closed session "to discuss a person
nel matter." after which the public
was asked to leave the room.
In the hallway outside the meet
ing. Robinson said he came before
the board to appeal the department's
rejection of a septic system he re
cently installed in the Riverside II
subdivision and to protest 'nis iieai
ment by department employees.
I le said he built the septic system
according to a rough plan sketched
bv one ol the county's environmen
tal health specialists, which did not
specify a required setback from ad
joining property lines.
When the system was inspected
for final approval. Robinson said it
was turned down because he had al
lowed fo. only a five-foot setback.
\shich he said was the standard for
older subdivision lots in that devel
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Lots platted after 1977 must meet
a 10-foot setback requirement, but
Robinson said he was not told to
comply with the stricter standard be
fore he began work. Instead, he said
he was told th.tt the septic system
would have to be moved before it
could be approved.
Robinson said that when he asked
how to appeal the decision, a health
department employee told him "to
sue the county."
When the board returned to open
session. iNuiiei iuiu Robinson thai
the board "cannot change what hap
pened with the permit" and said the
decision would have to be appealed
to state regulators.
"As for as the personnel matters
and the public relations matters,
those are going to be taken care of,"
In other business, the board
scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m..
Feb. S, in the public assembly hall to
discuss a revised set of proposed
mobile home park regulations.
WEATHER FOR THE MONTH
December Was Cool, Dry
December was cool and dry. ac- ing the month, .7 of an inch on the
cording to the National Weather 23rd and a trace on the 29th. There
Service's monthly report from its were 11 days of measurable precipi
Wilmington office. tation.
The average monthly temperature The sunshine percentage for the
was 46.1, 2.4 degrees below normal, month was only 61 percent of the
There were 11 days with the low possible.
temperature 32 degrees or less. The The high wind gust was 4') mph
lowest temperature was 20 degrees from the southwest on the 4th, a
on the 31st. The warmest was 74 de- record for the month. Records only
grees on the 4th. back back to 1984 for wind gusts.
Total precipitation for the month The highest one-minute wind speed
was 2.67 inches, or .96 inch below was 26 mph from the southwest on
normal. The greatest precipitation in the 5th.
a 24-hour period was .60 during the Highest sea level pressure was
14th and 15th 30.64 inches on the 1st. The lowest
Snowfall was recorded twice dur- was 29.46 inches on the 5th.
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