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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 13, 1994, Page PAGE 12-A, Image 12

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STAFF PHOTO BY tRIC CARLSON Incumbents File 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 Monday. 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 Duplin County. 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 nesses. 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 justice system? 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 ness. "We want to hear Irom people what they think we sould do?law enforcement officers, educators, anyone who has an interest." said Redwine. 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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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 Knox. 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 unanimous vote. 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 dures "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 JL good job." ?Maliston Stanley, Former County Health Board Chairman cerns about health issues, especially those affecting the black communi ty." 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 dressed." 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 To all our friends, from Shallotte Health Foods We are moving to a new location Monday, January 17 4564 Main Street ? Shallotte Natural Vitamins and Herbs ? Organic Foods Books on Nutritional and Healthy Living Cosmetics The move to a larger store will enable us to expand our inventory to better serve the community. We are pleased to announce a new addition to our natural vitamins and herbs-Planetary Formulas. Come see Mattie, Betty or Helen. 754-2113 THE BRUNSWICK BLACON ^JWJVWVWWV. 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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," Nutter said. 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. Let Uncle Sam Make Your Use your early tax refunds and you could be in a new home by spring! Check out our new arrivals. We're expanding to better serve you. 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