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Red Cross Issues Urgent
Appeal For Blood Donors
Officials of the Cape Fear Chapter. American Red Cross, have is
sued an urgent appeal tor Mood donations in the wake ot the rccent win
try weather across North Carolina.
Ic\ weather conditions throughout inland North Carolina cost the
American Red Cross opportunities to collect more than 1,000 units of
blood Monday and Tuesday of this week, said Dr. Jerry Squires, princi
pal officer of blood services for the Carolina region.
"Even though donations have increased over the past few weeks,
supplies have not reached the point that we can afford to lost 1.000 do
nations in a two-day period," Squires said.
The Red Cross is asking that those who iive in aicas not affcctcd by
snow and ice consider giving blood "We must make sure that blood is
available for every emergency need," Squires said.
The Red Cross Blood Center for this area is at 1102 S. 16th St.,
Wilmington The center's hours will be extended to K a.m. until 6 p.m.
this Friday. Jan. 21. Surf 107 radio will conduct a live remote at the site
from 1-3 p.m. and local businesses will provide doughnuts and pizza to
Locally, a blood drive is scheduled for Saturday. Feb. 26. from 9
a.m. until noon at Elks Lodge 2679, 927 Carter Drive. Calabash.
According to a Red Cross spokesman, any units of blood collected
exceeding the regional need will be sent to the Red Cross St. Louis hub
to be available for use in California, in need after Monday's earthquake
in the Los Angeles area.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (no upper age limit),
weigh more than KM) pounds and be in good general health. Donors can
give every 5ft days (eight weeks).
State DOT: Union
Merit Full Signal
BY SI SAN USHER
Itforts to con\ ince the slate to in
stall .t traffic control signal at the in
tersection ot Union School Road
and I S. 17 hit a snag last week, but
hackers say they aren't giving up.
Last week state Transportation
Secretary Sam liunt advised Rep. E.
I);i\ id Redwine that traffic volume
and traffic pattern studies of the in
tersection indicate a fully-phased
signal is not warranted.
I'he department has decided that
it would he appropriate to install an
inerhead flasher to warn traffic on
U.S. 17 that vehicles may he enter
ing the highway, and then conduct
another engineering study once all
four lanes of U.S. 17 are open to
traffic this summer. Hunt also point
ed out that N C. '>1)4 and Old
Shallotte Road otter another access
route to the school.
"We're not going to he satisfied
with that response." said Karl An
drews. chairman of the school advi
sory council, who as of Tuesday had
not received direct notice of the de
partment's decision hut had talked
"It s because of the safety of the
children." Andrews said.
Most of the buses and family ve
hicles that transport students to and
from the 'Mi-student school use that
entrance, though sonie do use Old
It is difficult now for cars and es
pecially buses to enter U.S. 17. he
said, "and I know it will be even
harder to get across once all four
lanes are open, because traffic will
be going faster."
The median is designed wide
enough for one bus to fit between
the north- and south-bound lanes,
unlike at Supply Elementary School,
but Andrews said that and a flasher
The advisory council is pushing
for the state Department of Trans
portation to install a signal that can
be operated just during the busy
morning and afternoon periods at
the start and end of the school day.
They have written transportation
officials. Transportation Commis
sioner Odell Williamson and state
legislators in their quest, and plan to
"We're hoping they will reconsid
er installing a signal before it be
comes four lanes." said Andrews
The North Brunswick High
School Band Booster Club will
sponsor a barbecue plate in the cafe
teria of Leland Middle School Jan.
28 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Plates are $4 each, and all pro
ceeds will go toward projects of the
NBHS Band Binisters.
For tree delivery of five or more
plates, contact Brian Benton at
North Brunswick High School. 371
2261. by Jan. 27.
N.C. Dance Theatre Sets
1 lic North Carolina Dance
Theatre will hring classically-bused
contemporary dance to Thalian Hall
ii>i two performancesIan. 2l?
2 p.m.. .t special Uance pro
gram lor children and their families
will i>c niicrcil. featuring u narrated
performance <>t dancc works de
signed !'.< ippeal to \oung people.
Tick 'j ! ? !i?r ?!>.?? ru'rfi -f m i ni i* arc $5
At N p ni that evening, a lull
dancc concert will Ihj presented, in
cluding the new ballet "The Kite of
Spring Leading the program are
lchaikowsk\ s "Allegro Brillante."
choreographed hy George Halan
chine, and Yiannis Markoupoulous's
"Sundance^. choreographed hy
Greek ( \ print I amhros l .imhrou
tickets lor the evening [lerfor
niancc are SI7. S15 anil S10 and in
clude ,i tree performance preview
with Artistic Director Subatore
Aiello i! 7 p.m.
for a dry ride
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CAIS0N S SUPERETTE
Upcoming Meeting Is Another Step
In Sunset Bridge Replacement Study
BY LYNN CARLSON
N.(\ Department of Transportation planners
will present II revised alternatives for replacing
Sunset Beach's single-lane pontoon bridge over
the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway when they
come to town Feb. I for a "citizens' informational
The public meeting w ill take place from 4 un
til 7 p.m. in Sea Trail's Jones-Byrd Pavilion. It is
part of a process scheduled to culminate with
completion of an environmental impact statement
in the summer of 1995.
The 11 basic concepts for a new bridge are
the same ones DOT put forth two years ago. but
proposed routes have been revised, according to
DOT planner Julie Hunkins.
In addition to a tunnel and ferry linking the
mainland and island of Sunset Beach?options
that Hunkins admits "don't look too promis
ing" --DOT continues to study nine basic bridge
replacement choices involving a 15- or 30-foot
high drawbridge or a 65-foot fixed span. One of
each has been mapped on corridors west, center
and east ot the existing bridge for study anil dis
Since DOT's first "scoping meeting" in late
October 1992- the first step in studying the envi
ronmental implications of replacing the bridge?
consultants under contract to DOT have been re
fining possible bridge routes after studying possi
ble biological, economic and lifestyle impacts,
"I don't want the public to get the impression
that they'll be looking at the same options they
did in "92." she said. "These (bridge) alignments
differ in the land they would require to be taken,
houses to be displaced and businesses which
would lx- affected."
However, the state has still not ruled out the
possibility of keeping the old bridge. One "no
build" alternative includes trying to improve the
existing single-iane. steei-barge swing-span uiaw
bridge. which the DOT calls "structurally defi
cient and functionally obsolete." That would be
accomplished "piece-by-piece." according to
Hankins. via a stepped-up schedule of routine
maintenance, "which would, of course, be more
and mote frequent as times goes on."
A second "no-build" alternative would be to
rehabilitate the old bridge by shutting it down for
'7 don 't want the public
to get the impression
that they 'li be looking
at the same options they
did in 92."
Julie Hunkins, DOT Planner
periods ol time?Hunkins used six hours per day
ior six months to a year as an example?so that
workers could remove a portion at a time, work
on 11 and replace it.
That option would likely meet stiff opposition
from police and emergency workers who have
say the existing biidge endangers public safety
because it is subject to breakdown, slow to open
and close, and must he shut down during strong
winds and astronomical tides. During (he March
13. 1993, "Storm of the Century," ihc bridge had
to lx- shut down for more than nine hours with
more than 100 cars bearing day visitors stranded
on (he island.
During (he first II days of July 1993, DOT
staffers clocked SI.147 cars crossing (he bridge.
Daily traffic peaked on July 3 with K.943 vehi
Since the 1W2 meeting. DOT staff and con
sultants have been looking not just al routes and
costs, hut at what Hunkins calls "secondary and
cumulative impacts" such as how a new bridge
would likely affect real estate development and
change other land uses.
"We've done some research into how (high
rises) affected Ocean Isle Beach and Holden
Beach, but we've not ijuite finished formalizing
those, and ! don think we're ready to announce
any conclusions yet."
Pie engineering firm Greiner Inc. of Raleigh,
under contract to "develop and study feasible and
functional replacement and rehabilitation options"
lor the bridge, this week mailed its first "Sunset
Beach Bridge Replacement Newsletter" to citi
zens who those who signed up for (he mailing list
at the 1992 workshop.
The six-page document includes aerial photos
wilh (he bridge replacement options anil routes
denoted and gives this project schedule:
? draft environmental impact statement com
pletion. fall 1994;
? pre-hearing workshop, winter 1994-95;
? corridor public hearing, winter 1994-95;
? final environmental impact statement com
pletion, summer 1995
Grciner also h;is a toll-free hotline lor com
ments and questions regarding the bridge project
study. It can be reached bv calling l-8(K)-233
Fifteen years ago DOT began discussing
plans to replace the Sunset Beach bridge with a
high-rise fixed span. At the time, there was heavy
opposition from island residents and homeown
ers, and the issue led to organization of the Sunset
Beach Taxpayers Association.
In 1990, the SBTA successfully won a legal
battle over the bridge when U.S. District J u due
Earl Britt ordered the slate to compile a full envi
ronmental impact statement and voided permits
already obtained for the multi-million project.
Deputies Seek Two
Who Fled After Chase
Two Thomasboro area men sought in connec
tion with a series of thefts remain at large despite
a Friday chase involving sheriff's deputies, high
way patrolmen and a police dog.
Brunswick County Sheriff's Detective John
Ingram said Tuesday that law enforcement offi
cers are continuing to seek Curtis Mill. 27, and
Charles Fdward Stanley, <>4 in connection with
breaking and enterings, burglaries, a grand larce
ny and possibly a armed robbery. The incidents
occurred in both Brunswick County and Horry
County, S <' Ingram said.
Ingram was driving through the area where
the suspects live on Friday morning when "I
caught them on the highway." Sheriff's deputies
and highway patrol troopers joined in pursuing
the suspects near the state line, but the two es
caped into the woods.
Anyone with information about the suspects
should call the Brunswick County Sheriff's De
partment at (910)253-4321.
Jesse Thomas Reaves, 37, Killed In. Thomasboro Crash
A 37-year-old man lost his life
Monday night in a single-car acci
dent on Pea i binding Road in the
Thomasboro area, according to
Trooper Bobby Wilkes of the NX'
Jesse Thomas Reaves, for whom
the trooper had no address, "was just
going to fast, when he skidded off
the road and turned over." Wilkes
Wilkes said he believes Reaves
was a Shallotte area native recently
residing in South Carolina. Reaves
was alone in his 1981 Toyota when
he lost control of the vehicle.
Three other persons suffered seri
ous injuries in two single-car acci
dents on Brunswick County road
ways last week, according to the
N.C. Highway Patrol office in Wil
A driver and his passenger were
both taken to New Hanover Reg
ional Medical Center in Wilmington
following an accident Friday, Jan.
14. that happened at about <):55 p.m.
William Ray Brcnnick, IS, of
Winnabow, was driving south on
(S.R. 15IS) 9.3 miles south of
1 .cl.iml when his l')l>3 Nissan truck
ran off the left side of the roadway,
reported Trooper C.E. Ward. The
truck struck a ditchbank and over
turned three times before striking a
utility pole at a point about six feet
in the air. It landed upside down be
side the pole.
Brennick was listed as having se
rious. non-incapacitating injuries,
while his passenger. 16-year-old
Christina Diana Price of Southport,
sustained more serious incapacitat
Brennick was charged with failure
to reduce speed, according to Ward's
Damages to his vehicle were esti
mated at about $12,000.
In another single-car accident that
happened Saturday Jan. 15. near
Ocean Isle Beach, driver Cheryl
Evelyn Woods, 33, of Shallotte. was
seriously injured and taken to The
According to Trooper B.L.
Wilkes' report, at about 1:50 a.m.
Woods was driving north on N.C.
179 approximately 3.2 miles north
of Ocean Isle Beach near Shallotte
when her 1974 Plymouth ran off the
right side of the roadway. It traveled
across Village Road (S.R. 1143) and
struck a tree.
No charges were filed against
The Plymouth sustained about
$5(M) in damages.
Yard Sale Helps
Victims Of Fire
Shallotte VFW Post 11275 will
hold a yard sale Friday and Saturday
to benefit a local family whose
home was seriously damaged by fire
earlier this month.
Proceeds from the sale will be do
nated to the Paul Smith family. Fire
gutted the kitchen and caused other
damage at the Smith residence off
Holden Beach Road on Jan. 6.
Yard sale hours will be 8:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday in
front of the Idle Hour Tavern on
Holden Beach Road.
Theme Of Contest
Discounts arc available for groups
or members of Thalian Hall. For
tickets or reservations, call or visit
the center box office at 310 Chestnut
Street. Wilmington, or call 1-800
The performances are presented
by Thalian Hall Center for the
Performing Arts, with financial sup
nort from the N.C. Arts Council.
The Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation Department will sponsor
an amateur photography contest
with the theme "Coastal North
Caroiina Rivers, Streams, Lakes and
Deadline for entries is Monday,
May 16. and photographs should not
he sent in any earlier than May 2.
Photos entered for competition must
have heen taking between August
1 'W3 and May 1994 and must be
from the coastal North Carolina re
F.ntries may be in color or black
and white and must lie 5-by-7 inch
es, 8-by-10or U-by-14and framed.
The contest is open to all amateur
photographers in coastal North
Carolina. Prizes will he awarded to
winners, and the photos will he on
display during June at Franklin
Square Art Gallery in Southport.
For more information, contact
Emma T. McGraw. special events
ciHtrdinator at the Brunswick
County Parks and Recreation De
partment, 253-4357 or 1-800-222
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