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Thirty-Second Yeor, Number 13 Ol*?4 m< atUNSVMCK KAC ON Shallolte, North Carolino, Thursday, January 27, 1994 50<t Per Copy 34 Pages, 3 Sections, Pius Insert |
Closure May Be
BY ERIC CARLSON
It looks as if patrons of the West
Brunswick Library branch in Shal
lotte will see only a brief interrup
tion of service during a scheduled
renovation this spring, thanks to the
efforts of volunteer fundraisers.
The Brunswick County Library
Board of Trustees on Monday told
Library Director Maurice Tate to de
velop a plan for staffing a temporary
branch in Shallotte during the five
months of construction and to sug
gest ways of providing evening
hours at all branches.
The Shallotte and Southport li
brary branches are scheduled to be
closed for renovations from early
April to mid August. While those
who normally use the Southport
branch will have nearby access to
the new Leland and Oak Island li
brary branches, citizens of western
Brunswick County were faced with
no local library service during the
The Friends of West Brunswick
I ihr.irv has organized a successful
fundraising effort to rent and staff a
temporary library branch. Organ
izers say they have located two po
tential sites in the Shallotte area and
feel certain they will have enough
money to operate the temporary
it you can have a county em
ployee there eight hours a day, we
will guarantee that you will have a
volunteei for every one of those
hours." FOL member Sue McCann
told the library board. "If necessary
we will organize a back-up system
for every hour. Having volunteers
will not be a problem. Having em
ployees might be."
The group hopes the library board
will authorize a regular county li
brary employee to be on hand five
days a week to allow full-time oper
ation of the temporary branch. As an
alternative. FOL member John
Twomey suggested staffing the site
at least three full days and one
evening per week.
1 he people who are donating
money are not going to be very hap
py to see us rent a space and only
have it open two days a week. That
would make it pretty expensive,"
Library hoard member Marie
Harrison suggested that the trustees
agree to put oil evening hours tor
the new library branches until July,
when additional library personnel
may be authorized in the new coun
But Harrison tound no support on
the board tor the idea of postponing
extended operating hours. The board
has gone on record in support of
longer hours in an effort to give
more people access to the new four
branch library system. A more flexi
ble library schedule has been one of
the primary issues for the citizen
groups that raised funds to buiid the
Leland and Oak Island branches.
"There are going to be some mad
people on our island if we don't
have evening hours," said library
board member Ann Hines, head of
the Oak Island Library Boosters.
Instead, the board agreed to have
Tate develop alternate proposals for
stalfing the temporary Shallotte
branch, while providing some
evening hours during tne construc
The latest project schedule re
leased by architect John Sawyer
Monday calls for the Leland and
Oak Island library branches to be
opened by the end of March.
Construction on the renovations and
additions to the Shallotte and
Southport branches will begin April
IS. Both are scheduled to re-open in
(See LIBRARY, Page 2-A)
Business News UC
Church News 9A
Crime Report 9C
Court Docket..?7A, IOC
people In The News 6A
int Doctor 3B
A soft mist rising from the marsh along the intracoastal waterway gives an unearthly glow to this
early morning view from the Holden Beach Bridge.
Landfill Siting Work
For Internal Study'
BY SUSAN USHER He said he would like to see the
A Tuesday night meeting of a siting committee have at least one
committee charged with recom- more public meeting before reach
mending the site of a new county ing a decision.
landfill was called off last week and "I intend to have the whole corn
committee activity suspended by munity at the next meeting?at the
Brunswick County Manager Wyman last one I had 50," said Burney.
Yelton. He and another local property
Yelton's action raised concerns owner, Anthony Clemmons, said
from people living near one poten- they anticipated at least 500 people
tial site about how and when the lo- were prepared to attend the Jan. 25
cation will be decided, as well as meeting before its cancelation, up
i|uestions about whether the county from the more than 125 people who
can stay on track to meet a January turned out for the Jan. 11 meeting.
1998 deadline for opening an artifi- "We see a pattern of the county
cially lined county landfill. locating landfills in disadvantaged
"I just want us to have more time neighborhoods," said Burney and
to look at the information internally Clemmons. while more wealthy
before we go back to the commit- population centers generate a major
tee." said Yelton of his decision at ity of the waste. They're also not
mid-week to cancel the meeting. "I convinced the "people" factor has
think we need to back (iff a while been taken into account or given
and do a little homework so we can high priority by the interagency task
provide commissioners as much in- force or siting committee. The edge
formation as possible." of the proposed site in their commu
The siting committee was to make nity, for instance, comes up to Little
its recommendation to the commis- Macedonia Baptist Church?so
sioners. who will make the final sit- close, suggested Burney. that con
ing decision. gregating gulls might interfere with
Yelton said he particularly wants worship.
to look at information from a state Clemmons suggested siting the
interagency task force that County landfill in a more remote area away
Engineer Robert Tucker and siting from residential communities, point
committee members received at a ing on a map to a possible site in the
publicmeetingheldJan.il. Winnabow/Town Creek area north
The decision to cancel the Jan. 25 of U.S. 17.
meeting came too late to announce Landfill siting committee member
through local newspapers last week; Major White, who was county land
an announcement was posted on the fill director for 10 years, wants the
door at the Brunswick County committee to consider yet another
Public Assembly Building and an alternative: not opening the landfill
advertisement taken out in the at a new location, but expanding at
Sunday edition of a daily newspaper, the existing location. It would cost
Royal Oak resident William substantially less, he suggested, be
Burnev, who owns some of the cause an access road exists, scales
property targeted in a site recom- are on site and sufficient paper com
mended as "second-best suited" lor pany-owned land is available for ex
the landfill, is one of several com- pansion.
munity leaders jointly organizing "Just because a site's best in the
opposition in the Supply/Bolivia state's opinion doesn't mean it is
area. He was trying late last week to best for Brunswick County," he said
get word out through churches and
fellow leaders of the cancellation. (See LANDFILL, Page 2-A)
BY DOUG RUTTER
AND LYNN CARLSON
Questions about monthly charges for cus
lomcrs uiiu cuiuuicut^ .Mj|ipouiri^ iSk nccJ tor
an environmentally-friendly sewer system
dominated a hearing Tuesday night at Sunset
Approximately KM) people turned out as the
Sunset Beach Town Council held a public
hearing on amendments to the Southwest
Brunswick 201 Facilities Plan for the
Calabash/Sunset Beach planning area.
The South Brunswick Water & Sewer
Authority is planning to construct and operate
a S34.9 million sewer system that will serve
Sun:;et Beach, downtown Cnl.ihnsh and some
unincorporated areas in between.
As proposed, the system will he financed
with $8.8 million in loans and S26.1 million in
authority-issued revenue bonds. Construction
is expected to begin in September with com
pletion scheduled for the end of 1996.
Most of the 14 speakers who attended
Tuesday's hearing at the Jones/Byrd Pavilion
indicated Ihev are in favor of a sewer system.
However, they asked questions about how
much it will them cost each month and voiced
concerns about how the sewer system could
impact the environment if a stormwater runoff
system isn't included as part of the project.
Fielding their questions were engineers Joe
Tombro and Jim Billups of Powell Associates
of North Myrtle Beach. Inc., who were hired
to prepare the 201 Facilities Plan.
Based on Sunset Beach water usage
records, the engineers reported that three
Fourths of the permanent residents use less
than 5.0<M) gallons on water per month.
"That individual home would pay $18 per
month (for sewer service) under the proposed
program," said Billups, adding that the aver
age monthly water usage is 4.1(H) gallons.
People who use more than 5,000 gallons per
month would face a higher charge. "If you
happen to fall into the higher category, yes
you're going to he impacted." Billups said.
The engineers indicated that they have wa
(See SEWER, Page 2-A)
Hewett Leads Local Candidates
In Donations, Campaign Spending
BY ERIC CARLSON butions during 1993. His biggest financial supporters
It's far too early to pick a likely winner for any of this have been campaign treasurer Albert H. Parker Sr. of
year's May 3 countywide primary elections. But a clear Supply, who donated $7(H) last year, anil Shallotte husi
leader has emerged in the race to gather political contri- nessman Floyd Kirby, who gave $650.
butions. While several other people donated between $200 and
When Brunswick County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Ron- $500 to Hewett's campaign, most of the contributions
aid Hewett sinned up to file for the sheriff's race on Jan. were for $25, $50 or $ 100.
3. he had already collected more than $18,700 in dona- Nearly all of Hewett's campaign donations have come
lions to his campaign and hau spent from within Biunswuk County,
over $ 13.0(H) on advertising, pos- _ . with a few notable exceptions.
tage and fund raising events, ac- The next campaign North Carolina Secretary of State
cording to campaign tinance re- Kul us Edmiston donated $100 to
ports filed with the Brunswick TLtlflftC.e (XlScloSUTf the campaign. Former U.S. Senator
County Board of Flections. J Robert Morgan gave $2(H(. State
This is the lust year that candi- y/yriDftV dTP flllc* Aflfil Superintendent of Public Instruc
dates for local office in Brunswick Ml C- Utlt- Ap/ (i tjnn Bob Ftheridge contributed
County are required to file reports frtr tlic> ns?rin/l $50.
of their campaign funding and ex- JC// IflC JJfZt LL/tl Both N.C. State Representatives
penditures. Contestants in all local ? -?2]' Dewey Hill and David Redwine
races were told to submit their first OetWeen JllMg ana gave $ 100 each to the Hewett elec
disclosures within 10 days of filing. . -tic lion effort.
The reports indicate that before ID. Hewett's expense report shows
filing, most candidates had done his campaign spent more than
little more than to establish a cam- $3,000 on signs and nearly $7.000
paign treasurer. Most simply donated enough of their on posters, stickers, pens and other advertising during
own money to their campaigns to pay filing fees. 1993. All of Hewett's campaign money was spent in
Only in the sheriff's race was there any significant Brunswick County.
fund raising activity during the year leading up to what The North Carolina Campaign Reporting Act specifi
is likely to be a hotly contested election season. cally prohibits anonymous or "pass-the-hat" contnbu
Chief Deputy John Marlow gave his campaign $ I,1900 tions to candidates for public office. Donations can be
and collected one $50 donation during 1993. His only accepted only from known individuals and registered
reported expenditure was the $532 tiling fee. political committees.
Long Beach Police Sgt Bill Sisk gave his campaign None of the Brunswick County candidates reported
$1,200 and collected two $50 donations. He has spent any contributions from political committees.
$1.117 of that on print advertisements, bumper stickers. Under the law, all contributions must be recorded and
an Easter Seals donation and his filing fee. reported. No individual or committee may give a candi
Former N.C. Highway Patrolman Jeiry Dove collect- date. |X)litical parly or political committee more than
ed $1,210 in donations, with only one exceeding $100. $4.(HH) during an election cycle.
He spent about $700 on campaign buttons and stickers The next campaign finance disclosure, a pre-primary
last year. report, will lx- due April 22. In it, all candidates must list
Meanwhile, Hewett's campaign began raising money their contributions and expenditures lor the period be
last January and collected nearly 200 individual contri- tween tiling and April 15.
hiawes Seeking Rural
Seat On School Board
A former civil officer with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Depart
ment is the latest candidate to file for election to public office.
Liston Hawes of Ash, who recently retired as deputy lieutenant in the
civil division of the sheriff's department, filed as a Democratic candidate
for the District 4 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education.
Hawes presently faces no primary opposition for the seat; incumbent
Donna Baxter of Boiling Spring l^ikes has not filed for re-election. Pat
Purvis Brown, who announced icctiiiiy as a Republican candidate fr?r 'he
seat, is also rrom Asn.
As the county's largest electoral district in terms of land size. District 4
encompasses most of the county's rural area from Ash to Winnabow.
In other filing activity, Shallotte attorney Wayne Long filed Jan. 18
wish the N.C. Board of Elections office as a candidate for district court
judge. (See related story elsewhere in this issue).
These candidates filed earlier for nomination to county or district of
? Board of Education: incumbent Thurman Gause and challenger Olaf
"Bud" Thorsen, Democrats, District 1; George F. Wilson, Democrat
District 2; incumbent Bill Fairley, Republican, District 3, Pat Purvis
Brown, Republican, District 4; incumbent Yvonne Lewis Bright, Re
publican, and Glenda C. Browning, Democrat District 5;
? Board of Commissioners: incumbent Don Wa.ren, Democrat, and
Frances Ludlum Babson, Republican, District 1; incumbent Jerry Jones,
Republican, and W.A. "Alfonzo" Roach. Democrat, District 2; incumbent
Wayland Vereen, Democrat, District 3; incumbent Tom Rabon,
Democrat, District 4; incumbent Donald Shaw and S. L. Doty,
Republicans, and Michael A. Ballard, Dan Davis, W.M. (Bill) Sue,
Democrats. District 5;
? Sheriff: N.C. Highway Patrolman Jerry Dove; Chief Deputy John
Marlow; Deputy Lt. Ronald Hewett; and Long Beach Police Sgt. Bill
Sisk, Democrats; and Southport businessman James Brown, Republican;
? Clerk of Superior Court: incumbent Diana Morgan, Democrat;
?District Judge, 13th Judicial District: G. Phillip David, Democrat,
? Superior Court Judge, 13th Judicial District: incumbents Chief
Judge William C. Gore Jr. and D. Jack Hooks Jr.. Democrats.
? N.C. House of Representatives: E. David Redwine, Ocean Isle, and
Dewey Hill, Lake Waccamaw, Democrat, 14th District (2 seats); Thomas
E. Wright Jr., Wilmington, Democrat, 98th District; and
? State Senate: Ron Taylor, Bladen County. 18th District.
Candidates have until noon Monday, Feb. 7. to file for office.