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Coast Guard Investigates
Ship Aground In Cape Fear
Hie U.S. Coast Guard station at citizcn reporting the 40-foot fishing
Dak Island was called to check for boat "Amy Marie" 24 hours overdue
an oil spiii when a 720-foot ship ran from a trip off Charleston, S.C.
aground in the Cape Fear River last The station conducted a commu
week, station chief BMCS J.D. nications check with all area mari
Arndt said in his weekly activity re- nas. but was unable to learn the
port Tuesday. boat's whereabouts.
Wednesday morning (March 30) A short timc later, thc Amv Maric
at about 6:30 the station received a was succcssfuUy con,acted by .he
call from the captain of the Coas( Guard -Gro office in
Clorinda stating that the ship was A ^ Bcach Thc fish? (lo<irs
aground about a mile southeast of Jn cd ,ha, hc was rcturn.
river buov number two. ? . J,u.,
, . ing to port that evening.
The station launched its 21 -foot '
fast-response inflatable boat to in- Friday evening at about 5:30, the
vestigate and to make sure that no Brunswick County Emergency
pollution had been released. Arndt Services (911) Center contacted (he
said. The Marine Safety Office in station to report a 16-foot tishing
Wilmington also was notified. boat disabled and adrift oft llolden
The 21-footer arrived on the Beach Fishing I'ier with three peo
scenc a short time later and found no pie on board.
evidence of pollution being released. The station launched its 21-foot
'I~he ship was re-floated on the tide boat to assist. It was recalled after
and proceeded under way without learning that the disabled boat had
incident. Arndt said. drifted ashore with all those on
Later that morning, at about 11 board safe and accounted for, Arndt
o'clock, the station was called bv a said.
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STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USHER
Union Students Visit Beacon
Susan Brown 's fourth-grade class from Union Elementary School toured The Brunswick Beacon office last week, getting a first-hand look
at the people and the technology involved in publishing the county's largest newspaper. That's Pressman William Manning standing at
right rear above with a student.
$89,000 Contract With Sewer Engineers
BY DOUG RUTTER
Shallottc Aldermen, despite a somewhat reluctant
mayor, approved an SW.IMK) contract Tuesday night
with the Wilmington engineering firm that is designing
expansion of the sewer plant.
The contract with McKim & Creed Engineers covers
the required 201 facilities plan update and environmen
tal assessment as well as plans to expand the 12-year-old
"Let's get this show on the road!" Alderman Hill
Allen declared enthusiastically in moving to accept the
'?ontract pending a review by Town Attorney Mark
Aldermen approved the document without the full
support of Mayor Sarah Tripp, who said she wanted to
wait until both the contract and town budget could be
"I feel like we have to know everything before we
sign a contract." she said. "I'm not asking you to delay
it. I'm saying before we sign the contract we know we
have the money in the bank to cover the contract."
However, several aldermen said the hoard couldn't af
ford to wait any longer. Town officials and engineers arc
rushing to meet a Sept. 30 deadline for applying for state
"If we don't get this going and don't get this money
we're going to shut this town down next year," Allen
The sewer system is presently treating about 70 per
cent of its maximum capacity of 206,000 gallons per
Alderman Carson Durham said there are landowners
in the Shallotte area who arc waiting for expansion of
the facility so they can develop.
"1 sure would hate for somebody to come in to our lit
tle town here and we have to tell them to wait two or
three years because we won't get off our duffs," Durham
In addition to the $89,(XM) contract, McKim & Creed
project manager Street Lee said Shallotte also will be
billed for a boundary survey of the land that will be
needed for additional spray fields.
Pressed for a cost estimate, Lee said the survey would
cost about based on 4(H) acres of land. But the
engineers don't know yet how much land will be need
Shallottc has approximately $98,000 in its sewer re
serve fund to pay for the engineering work, which could
cost around $95,(KX) if Lee's estimate is on the money.
Lee said McKim & Creed will be contacting Federal
Paper and International Paper about acquiring land near
the sewer plant for additional spray fields, cither through
a lease or purchase.
Finlcy Boney of Raleigh, who has been retained as
the town's consulting sewer system engineer, was previ
ously negotiating a long-term, low-cost lease with
Boney said Tuesday that he dropped negotiations
when McKim & Creed was hired to design the expan
sion. "1 feel very strongly I shouldn't step on their toes,"
In an effort to determine how much wastewater treat
ment capacity will be needed over the next 10 to 20
years, aldermen will hold a special meeting next
Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in town hall.
Anyone who owns property in the town or within one
mile of the town who plans to develop in the futur* and
will need sewer service is asked to attend the meeting.
New Billing Cycle
Effective July 1, Shallottc water customers will re
ceive hills every two months instead of every month.
Aldermen voted Tuesday to go to bi-monthly billing
to save money on meter reading, computer data entry
People who do not pay on time will continue to be
charged a 10-percent late fee. and water service will be
cut off if the bill is more than 45 days overdue.
"If people understand their water's going to be cut off
in 45 days, they're going to pay their bill. I promise
you," Durham said.
In other business Tuesday, aldermen voted to pur
chase four hand-held radios from Kanoy
Communications for the Shallottc Volunteer Fire
Department. The radios will cost SI,516.
Moms Want Others To Heed Lessons Of Sons' Personal Watercraft Accident
BY LYNN CARLSON
The mothers of a rcscucd boy and
his rescuer want others to learn
some things from their near-tragedy
Saturday on Holdcn Beach.
"Learn lifesaving skills, never go
out alone, and know that when a life
jacket says 'Coast Guard approved,"
that doesn't necessarily mean it will
keep your head out of the water if
you're unconscious," said Sybil
Siddon of Winston-Salem on Tues
Her teenage son Shaun was the
first to reach his friend Rodney Cole
Saturday afternoon when Rodney
lost control of his personal water
craft and was unconscious in the
Intracoastal Waterway off High
Rodney, who lives at Holden
Beach and attends Cape Fear Aca
demy, and Shaun, whose family
owns a cottagc several doors down,
were on the waterway Saturday
when something?no one's really
certain what?went wrong.
"Shaun looked back and didn't
see Rodney," said Rodney's mom,
Myrna McSwain. "Then he came
up, hut he was face-down, he wasn't
breathing, and he was unconscious."
Shaun went into action with the
skills he learned when training as a
lifeguard in Winston-Salem. He
turned Rodney over and gave
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and
kept both of them afloat until neigh
bors Dean Druughn Sr. and Jr and
Shaun's brother Christopher reached
them by boat.
Shaun's father had been looking
out over the waterway through bino
culars when he saw his son yelling
for help. The Draughns and Chri
topher helped Shaun get Rodney
ashore; meanwhile. Coastline Volun
teer Rescue Squad was called to
meet them on the mainland side.
Residents of Sea Aire Estates
came to Rodney's aid with bed
spreads and towels until the ambu
lance arrived. Rodney was taken to
The Brunswick Hospital where he
was kept overnight for observation,
then sent home to spend Easter
Sunday with his family and friends.
Myrna McSwain said Tuesday
she's a lucky mom and a new be
liever in the kindness of strangers.
"One woman in Sea Aire Estates
brought the comforter off her own
bed to wrap Rodney up in," she said.
"I've got towels here I've washed
and dried, and I don't even know
who they belong to."
She also had kind words for
Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad,
who reached her son quickly and
treated him efficiently and gently in
the middle of the hectic holiday
Apparently, it was a bump on the
head that made Rodney lose con
sciousness, but he doesn't remember
it happening. Rodney said Tuesday
he feels "pretty good" and "pretty
lucky" to have had Shaun with him
when the accident occurred.
Rodney's forehead is swollen
from the blow, and his mother spec
ulates the watercraft?and Rod
ney?may have been struck by
something floating in the waterway.
"They weren't horsing around,"
she said, "and the Jet Ski had some
scratches on the bottom that weren't
It has taken a couple of days for
Rodney to fully realize he nearly
drowned, she said. "Shaun saved my
Fishermen Land Meeting With State Legislators
After beating the bushes for three
months to organize Brunswick
County's commercial fishermen,
Lloyd Ward has arranged a meeting
he hopes will do them some good.
State Sen. R.C. Soles and State
Reps. David Roriwine and Dewev
Hill will answer questions from fish
ermen at the C'arolinas Commercial
Fishermen's Association meeting
Wednesday, April 13.
"Those three are in a better posi
tion to help commercial fishermen
than any of the local government of
ficials," Ward said Monday. "We the
commercial fishermen are catching
the brunt of everything they pass."
The public meeting will begin at
7:30 p.m. at Oceanway Auto Sales,
which is located on N.C. Ix:
twecn Seaside and Grissettown.
Soles, Redwine and Hill are the
county's three representatives in the
N.C. General Assembly.
Ward, a Calabash fisherman who
serves as president of the associa
tion, said the group has attracted
more than 100 members from North
and South Carolina since forming in
"They're coming in from all over
the place," he said. "They're angry
and they're afraid. They're about to
lose everything they got."
Ward said license fees, water pol
lution and imported seafood are
among the chief concerns of associ
"Politicians generally work for
those who ask them to. That's why
this organization is so necessary,"
Ward said. "The Bible says you
don't get if you don't ask. We're
gonna start asking."
Ward also said commercial fisher
men arc worried about sportfishing
groups that he says are trying to stop
"1 tell you. We're fighting for our
lives here...From everything I've
seen they are trying to abolish com
mercial fishing in North Carolina.
We got a battle on our hands."
Ward emphasized that next
week's meeting is not a political ral
ly for Soles, Redwine and Hill. All
three are Democrats who are seek
ing rc-elcction this year to the
"We just hope to get some really
good answers and see where they
stand," Ward said.
The Carolinas Commercial
Fishermen's Association usually
meets the second and fourth Thurs
day of each month at Oceanway
Auto Sales. All meetings arc open to
For more information, contact
Ward at 579-6817 or secretary Alice
Floyd at 579-X319.
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