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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 14, 1994, Image 1

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Wally Ausley Remembered As A Positive, Charismatic Leader BY DOUCJ RUTTER December IW1. died last Wednesday at his home. He lb most of North Carolina, Wally Ausley was a fa- was buried Monday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens mous radio sportscaster. He was the rich voice that de- following a service at Sugg Funeral Chapel in Fuquay scribed hundreds of N.C. State Wolfpack football and Varina. basketball games over a career that spanned more than "The chapel at the funeral home was full to overflow 30 years. ing," said David Sandifer, a town commissioner and To the folks at Holden Beach, though, Auslcy's out- close friend of Ausley. "It was a very, very moving cere standing career as a radio personality may have been the mony." least of his many accomplishments. Ausley, 65. was found sitting in a recliner at his home Neighbors will remember him as a kind man. great on Clippcrship Drive last Friday afternoon by a Holden friend and devoted Christian. His booming laugh and in- Beach police officer. A widower, Ausley lived by him fectious positive attitude uplifted others and made him self. an outstanding promoter of Holden Beach. Bmnswick County Coroner Greg White said Ausley Ausley, mayor of the small island community since (See NEIGHBORS, Page 2-A) Holden Board Meets Friday To Discuss Succession Plans Who will be the next mayor of Holden Beach? And if it's one of the town commissioners, who will be appointed to the vacant seat on the town board? Those arc the two biggest questions being asked these days at Holden Beach, where the board of commissioners will meet Friday morn ing to discuss the appointment of a mayor to replace the late Wally Ausley. Commissioners met briefly last Friday after hearing of Ausley's death and decided to wait until this Friday to discuss the appointment. The board will meet at 9 a.m. at town hall. Under state statute, it is up to the board of commissioners to appoint the next mayor. The mayor may be a member of the town board or anoth rii'~"?nr W V 1 er rcs'dent ?f Holden Beach. wHAmr 'i If one of the commissioners is named mayor, the board also must ap f D ftTTll ??? A point someone to fill the vacant commissioners' seat. In both cases, ap VV\I I Y M'SI FY pointccs will serve until the next election in 1995. PO POABOX 16?S BOOK BINDERY SPRINGPORT MI 49284 Thirty-Second Year, Number 24 ? :?? MuNSwKn si AC ->N Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, April 14, 1994 50c Per Copy 46 Pages, 4 Sections, Plus Inserts jF d STAFF PHOTO BY LYNN CARLSON Geometric Beauty One of hundreds of visitors to last weekend's Quilt Show '94 is reminded that the craft of quilting thrives in modern times, though more as a form of artistic expression than frugality. The Hrunswick County Lxtension Homemakers Clubs sponsored the two-day ajfair at Shallotte Middle School. EIGHT^^UJNTEEiriw ~ Sunday Fire Destroys Shallotte Church Thrift Shop, Classrooms BY SUSAN USHER "My school, my school." Fighting back tears, Carolina Christian Academy teacher Latisha Graham repeated the phrase again and again as she watched firefighters from eight communi ties battle a Sunday afternoon fire in downtown Shallotte that gutted a church-operated thrift shop and school. It took firefighters more than two hours to secure the noon fire, which gutted the brick and concrete block building beyond repair. The loss was more than $1U0,(XX), said Shallotte Fire Chief Tim Carter. More than 60 fire and rescue volunteers responded, as well as county and town law enforcement officers for traffic control. Overheated ballast in a fluorescent light mounted flush with the ceiling in the left rear classroom area ap parently caused the blaze, according to an SBI fire in vestigator called to the scene by Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause as routine procedure. "That was the best he could determine," said Carter. Owner Hd Thomas said Monday his first priority is to raze what's left of the building and clear the site of de bris, an effoit he has been assured his insurer will expe dite. "It's a hazard right now. I want to get it cleaned up before any kids or anyone else gets hurts." After that, Thomas said he and his wife Sandra will talk it over and confer with town leaders before deciding what to do with the downtown location. "We're going to put our heads together and see if we can't make a bad thing better," he said. The fire had probably smoldered for several hours be fore it was detected. Carter hypothesized, for the heat in side to have built to such an intensity "and cause the problems it caused." After the report was called in to 911 at 11:54 a.m. from Eastside Fellowship and dispatched immediately by Central Communications, Shallotte had firefighters and its first truck on the scene by noon, said Carter. "We were pumping water in 10 to 15 minutes and try ing to gain entry into the building without causing too much damage," he said. Additional firefighters and equipment were already on the way from Shallotte Point and Civietown. Vol unteers with five other departments reported to their sta tions on standby. Carter, incident commander, and Brunswick County Fire Marshal Cecil Logan called the departments to the scene at staggered intervals. "That saves confusion in communications," Carter said. (See BUILDING'S, Page 2-A) Inside... Birthdays 2B Business News I0-11C Calendar 8B Church News 5B Classified 1-9C Club News 4B Crime Report 12B Crossword 7A Court Docket 9-1 OB Fishing .31) Golf 4D Obituaries 5B Opinion 4-5A People In The News...I2D Plant Doctor JB Sports 1-4D Television ?-/M Look... ...for Bill Faver's nature column in a new place. It's "Under the Sun" on Page I-B. Yelton Said Improving; County Board May Name Temp Manager Monday BY ERIC CARLSON Brunswick County Manager Wyman Yelton was moved from intensive care to a private room at Duke University Medical Center Sunday as his condition continued to im prove from the Easter Sunday car wreck that killed his wife and a fe male college student. . County Commissioners Chairman Don Warren, who is overseeing county affairs until an acting manag er can be appointed, said he spoke with Yelton by telephone Sunday night and found him "alert and in good spirits, but real tired." yelton "He told me he was just banged up," Warren said. "He was already concerned about how things were go ing with the budget. 1 told him not to worry about his job and to just concentrate on getting better." Warren and several other commissioners and county officials attended the funeral of Kathryn Shirley Yelton in Morgantoii Friday. She wd.-> driving the couple's Mercedes Benz back to their home in Southport when a University of North Carolina coed lost control of her car * ?? on Interstate 40 in Durham, crossed a grass median and slid sideways into the Yelton's car. Olivia Frigga Tjia, 21, of Cary was killed instantly in the resulting crash. Mrs. Yelton was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour before she could be air lifted to the hospital where she died that night. Wyman Yelton has had three operations for injuries suffered in the accident, including a broken right shoul der, a crushed left knee and a compound fracture of the lower left arm. He is expected to undergo a fourth round of surgery to repair a crushed rib cage. Warren said. Doctors have are not speculating about whether Yelton can fully recover the use of his leg and shoulder. Warren said. Nor have they indicated how long he will be hospitalized. Meanwhile, Warren said he hopes the board of com missioners can appoint a temporary county manager at their next meeting April 18. He said he has consulted with the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and the N.C. Council of Governments and found "three strong candidates" foi the post. None of the three are currently working in Brunswick County, he added. STAFF PHOTO 8Y LYNN CARLSON AS THE BUILDING'S REMAINS cool down, firefighters examine the damage from Sunday's fire in Shallotte. More than 60 volunteer fire and rescue volunteers responded to the afternoon blace, which took more than tw o hours to bring under control. The loss is estimated at $100,000; the building has been in the Thomas family since the 1960s. More photos are on Page 2-A. SECOND VOTE REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION OIB Opts 3-2 To Give ETA Duo Full Planning Board Vote BY SUSAN USHER Despite public sentiment to the contrary, Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners decided Tuesday on a rare split vote to keep its current five-member planning board and allow the two extraterritorial area representatives to vote on all town planning and zoning matters. Voting for Commissioner Debbie Sloan Fox's motion were Commissioners Janet Sanders and Bill Benton. Opposed were Commissioners Kendall Suh and Ken Proctor. Bccause at least a 4-2 vote would have been required to adopt the ordinance on first read ing, commissioners will have to vote again at their next meeting. "I think this board deserves a chance to function," urued Fox, who rejected with sec onder Hill Benton a request trom Proctor to amend her motion to include more members She cited current members' qualifications and public access to commissioners, planning board members and public meetings. "My mo tion is not saying we're not listening," she said over a growing rumble of "But you're not lis tening" from audience members. "I think these five members are well qualified to make rec ommcndations to this board of commission ers...! don't think the board's size has any in fluence over the public's making its wishes known." Benton concurred, saying a smaller board would work better, was more likely to reach consensus on issues and that it was time for the ETA "to have a vote" in town affairs. A former planning board member who had urged its restructuring since his election as town commissioner. Proctor charged town leaders Tuesday with ignoring the wishes and best interests of Ocean Isle Beach residents. "We as elected officials of this town have promised voters to do what is in the best inter est of the town." Instead, he said, "what we said todav was 'we know better than you."* No speakers at a 35-minutc public hearing Tuesday supported the planning board recom mendations commissioners approved on first reading. live speakers, including ETA residents James Kuss and Nick Newton and island resi dents Phil Holcombe .ind Stuart Ingram, advo cated a larger planning board. Russ suggested greater ETA representation as the only way to educate and inform its residents on planning and zoning issues and to have enough mem bers to conduct business. Newton recommend ed requiring a four-fifth's vote to adopt any motion and holding night meetings. Ingram and Holcombe strongly opposed giving ETA members full voting privileges. The planning board consists of three town residents appointed by the town board, and two residents of the extraterritorial area ap pointed by Brunswick County Commissioners, usually concurring with nominations made by the town. The board has no policy-making powers, but makes recommendations to the town commissioners on matters relating to planning and zoning. While ETA members could participate in all planning board discussions, in the past they could only vote on matters relating to the ETA. Town members voted on town and ETA matters. Suh predicted that giving ETA members voting power on town planning matters wouldn't go over well with town residents since town issues differ from those in the ETA, and ETA residents don't pay town taxes while lown residents do pay county taxes. " The people have unanimously said (in the public hearing) they want an expanded plan ning hoard," he said. "I think we need to listen to them. I think going with the planning board recommendation is going against that and sets bad precedent." Alter the meeting town resident Stuart Cooke said he "applauded" the stand taken by Proctor and Suh in support of "what the public is espousing." Town Attorney Llva Jess argued before the vote there is defensible reason to give ETA members a larger voice, given the mutual in terests of the town and the community at its entranceway. "The town has power and authority over the ETA area in all zoning and planning mat ters and they have no power," she said. "Placing them in positions on the planning board where they make recommendations is all you have done. The impact you have on them is much more powerful." The planning board has had a longstanding problem with irregular attendance and inabili (Scc OCEAN ISLE, Page 8-A)

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