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To Two Long-Time Friends
KKIC CARLSON Gurganus, who formally retired Friday after 23 years
r'sc' with the sheriff's department and 22 as a bailiff, put on
It would be impossible to calculate how many times his uniform one more time to call the courtroom into
Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies Lt. Billy Gurganus session Monday. Dunkin will end his 18-year career
and Sgt. Troy Dunkin have uttered those words in their March 31 after having been assigned to the courts for
32 combined years as bailiffs for district and superior the past 10 years.
court. . .
But it wasn't difficult to see how much the two men M I?10* we!e J"ine^ ,he,[ w,vcs Una 9"^"^
meant to the judges, prosecutors, law enforcement off.- Dun?" for cercmony and(
cers, court clerks and defense attorneys who gathered to lunchc1on, !wo d^",,cs, ?c,rc Prc5*n,cd w,,h cnrt
commemorate their services at a retirement cercmony in Favcd Pla?ucs from thfc'ocal d,S,"CtK and SUpCThT
Bolivia Monday morning. * Jud8cs and c',al,ons of honor- wh,ch wcrc rcad by ,he
"We're gonna miss you fellows," said Judge William Jud8cs during the cercmony.
Gore Jr. before beginning a week-long session of Dunkin and Gurganus were praised for being "prompt
Superior Court. He was joined on the bench by Superior in (their) duties, attentive to the judges, protective of the
Court Judge Jack Hooks Jr., who made a special trip to public and courteous to all." Both were thanked for go
Bolivia to honor the two men. ing "above and beyond the call of duty to provide trans
"I've some of the best bailiffs around, but you two set portation and meals to judges at (their) own expense."
a standard that would be hard to match," Gore said. On a more personal note, the judges expressed their
"There will be a little something missing in Brunswick appreciation to Gurganus and Dunkin for being sources
County when I come bark." of "advice, political wisdom, local lore, oysters, shrimp,
Ocean Isle Board Contemplating
Quarterly Nighttime Workshops
fish and fishing information." their respective homes in Boiling Springs and Shallottc
Neither Gurganus nor Dunkin voiced any formal Point.
plans for their retirement except to spend more time at "I'm just going to take it as it comes," Gurganus said.
BY SUSAN USHER
Starting sometime in the near fu
ture, Ocean Isle Beach residents
should have the option of attending
an occasional night meeting of the
town board of commissioners.
Commissioner Ken Proctor was
charged Tuesday morning with
working out the details with town at
torney Elva Jess for conducting
quarterly evening workshop meet
Proctor broached the idea of
commissioners holding an evening
"open forum" to hear from the pub
lic at least once each quarter. The
idea followed up on a suggestion
made by a resident at a commission
ers' meeting last month that morn
ing meetings keep some interested
people from attending board meet
Jess said other towns she works
with have held nighttime meetings
for similar reasons. Sometimes
board members take turns conduct
ing informal gatherings and then
sharing citizens' concerns at the
board's next meeting. If a quorum of
commissioners doesn't attend such a
gathering, the legal requirements for
meeting notice don't have to be fol
But Proctor wants a meeting at
which the full board can participate,
along with the public. An official
workshop meeting would allow that.
In work sessions, governing boards
can discuss public business but can
not take official action.
"I think it's a wonderful concept
but it needs some planning," Mayor
Betty Williamson said as she asked
Proctor and Jess to work out the de
Approximately 15 town residents
attended the commissioners' meet
ing Tuesday morning, in contrast to
the usual one to three persons.
In other business, commissioners:
?Heard a request from Director
Pete Barnette for support of the
Brunswick Volunteer & Information
Center, which provides a variety of
human services countywide.
?Heard from Proctor that pho
tographs of Eastern Channel are be
ing sent to Congressman Charlie
Rose's office as the next step in an
effort to get the channel dredged.
?Renewed a lease for $1 with
Odell Williamson for public parking
on lots between The Breakers and
the Ocean Isle Beach Pier and the
pier and the Ocean Isle Beach
Motel. Williamson said that because
of his willingness to lease the prop
erty, Ocean Isle Beach has a reputa
tion for its ability to accommodate
more people from the mainland than
any other beach he knows along the
North Carolina coast. While receiv
ing offers to use the property for
other purposes, "1 haven't done it
and don't intend to as long as I'm
around," he said.
?Assured property owner Betty
Causey a drainage problem adjacent
to her property will be addressed by
?Authorized pre-application to
the N.C. Office of Coastal
Management for a grant to help cov
er the cost of codifying town ordi
?Met behind closed doors in ex
ccuiivc ScSSiOfi to uiSCUSS ScVcuil
?Heard from Building Inspector
Druicd Robcrson that the valuation
of residential construction in the
town had increased in $2 million in
crements since 1991, when con
struction was valued at about $4
million, it is expected to near $10
million during 1994. "If you're won
dering why I've been a little snappy,
I've been busy," he quipped.
?Approved a letter to be sent to
the Region O Council of Govern
ments requesting COG hire some
one to oversee OSHA compliance
for all towns in the service area,
with the towns to share the expense.
?Specified, at the request ot
Utility Supervisor Odell Wil
liamson, that no public tax money
be spent on a new 10-lot private
subdivision near Tubbs Inlet. The
utilities will not be dedicated to the
town and any repairs or maintenance
will be made at the developers' ex
?Approved sewer department
ciTiploycc William Rivcribark ss ?
permanent employee after one
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STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON
BAILIFFS Troy Dunkin and Billy Gurganus (right) listen as two superior court judges praise their
lengthy service to Brunsn'ick County at retirement ceremonies in Bolivia Monday. Joining them are
their wives, Nellie Dunkin (left) and Lena Gurganus.
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