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POSSiBLfc SfcWtK DELAYS A CONCERN
Bridge Closing Last Wednesday Disnjpted Plans
BY SUSAN USHER
A ?ch?!ij!?d twn-hrMir thulitown of Ihr Sunvl
Beach Bridge last Wednesday lasted several hours
longer than intended, disrupting plans made around the
closing and upsetting people who wanted to get on or off
the island by vehicle.
I Tic bridge was to be closed to vehicular traffic tram
10 a.tn. until noon to allow maintenance work by a state
Department of Transportation crew. The delay occurred
because a hose blew, spraying concrete mix and slightly
injuring three workers, hie said. The interrupted work
was resumed at 1 p.m.
Students, on early dismissal from school, and others
who crossed the bridge on foot were shuttled to their
homes by a police officer stationed on the island.
An officer is on the island during any scheduled
closing. Fire and rescue units have the option of station
ing personnel and equipment there.
"A lot of people came to get across to the island at I
p.m. and couldn't,** Buell said. "I don't think anyone
would have been ill if they (DOT) had finished on
Buell said the bridge to the island was out of service
20.5 hours during April in scheduled and unscheduled
Sewer Delays Prompt Concern
Count:: :ncmbcis wcui ucuiaa cioscd doors a: she
bottom of Monday's meeting to discuss legal actions
available to the town and the possibility of setting aside
funds for future legal action in the town budget.
At the council's last meeting Mayor Pro tcm Ed
Gore said he thought the town should begin challenging
the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association through legal
action, even if it meant increasing the town p operty tax
The group, which has supported the idea of central
vwff only in conjunction v^ith 2 ston^w ?!cr rnsr.2??
ment project, has asked the state to require a full envi
ronmental impact statement for the southwestern region
al sewer effort.
Town officials say such a study would delay the
sewer project, possibly by several years, and drive up its
A less detailed environmental assessment already re
quired for the project is under state review. In an effort
to preclude the need for an E1S, consulting engineer Jim
Billups said Piedmont Olsen and Hensley is looking
mctrf rjovlv at certain issues "we wouldn't have Other
wise" and would like input from SBTA members on
what should be addressed.
Until an environmental study is cleared by the ap
propriate state agencies. Billups said, interim funding
for the sewer project will remain "on hold."
Town Administrator Linda Fluegel announced that
Sunset Beach will be receiving a S 10.000 CAMA grant
from the N.C. Office of Coastal Management to develop
a model stormwater management ordinance that will be
used as a "teaching model" for other coastal communi
ties. The town's matching cost is $4,925.
Consulting engineer Joe Tombro called the grant "a
very important step." because ttie ordinance wiii deter
mine the town's short-term and long-term objectives for
stormwater management and set out action steps ioi
achieving those objectives.
In another sewer project-related matter, Billups con
firmed that Nationsbank underwriters for the revenue
bond sale have recommended an inspection fee or hook
on fee to insure that sufficient funds are available for re
payment of the bonds. Billups said the authority has
adopted a resolution guaranteeing the funds will be
available, but haven't committed to obtaining the funds
from thai source or some other source. The additional
revgsae lias item is nggdgd to obtain ? AAA rating for
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also well-qualified for the seat, council appointed Albert
Coosalvi of Sea Trail Plantation to the South Brunswick
Island* and Srvrr Authority os s 3-1 vote, with
Mary Katherinc Griffith absent.
Consalvi, a retired engineer, served on the town's
sewer advisory committee and actively supported pas
sag? of !h? town's sewer bond vote.
His nomination by Councilwoman Julia Thomas was
delayed from a council meeting last month to allow
Councilman Herb Klinker the opportunity to also nomi
nate someone to fill the vacancy created by the resigna
tion of Marynell Eaddy.
Klinker cast the lone vote for his nominee, Jim
Smyly, an island resident for six years who retired after
33 years as an engineer with 3M, and also a sewer sys
tem supporter. Eaddy 's resignation left the authority
without island representation, said Klinker, though rev
enues from the island would be a major source of in
come for the sewer system.
Near the close of Monday 's meeting Council mem
bers cherri Cheek. Ed Core and Mayor Mason Barber
iummiwi they thuii^ut Siuyly w?s ? good ncnuzsee.
"Consalvi weighed more with me because of his in
volvement with the sewer project." said Cheek, explain
ing her vote and adding that she understood why the is
land might want representation.
"Anyone we appoint should serve the entire town,
what is good for all of it," she said. "I wish people
would not feel like they had to have someone who lives
next door to feel they have representation."
Barber suggested Smyly's name be kept on file for
consideration when another vacancy occurs.
In other business council:
S inmwni annrtatirai nf Seaside
Plaza and adjacent property on both sides of N.C. 179
effective juiy i, the suui of the new focal year.
? renewed a past resolution of consideration of an
nexation of additional extraterritorial area including
Seaside Center. The town can adopt a resolution of in
tent to annex in a year's time.
? over the objections of adjacent property owners
Aubrey and Evelyn Bellarr- if Calabash, re zoned lots
19 through 24A of the R j. Sommersett Subdivision
from MR-2 to MH-1, to allow mobile homes as well as
stick-built homes. Even when two are combined, most
of the lots are too small to accommodate conventional
stick-built homes. The Bellamys, who own 1 1 lots in the
portion of the subdivision that falls within the Calabash
planning area, objected to what they consider devalua
tion of the property.
? rezoned the lot on which the town hall stands from
RI-1 (institutional) to MR-2 (residential) as part of a land
swap between the town and Sea "TYail Corp.
? licaiu a injwai for unauCial SUppGTt fo? the
Brunswick County Volunteer &. Infarmsdsn Center
(VIC! a United Way agency that provides nine different
human services, mainly to low-income residents of iiic
? adopted a resolution declaring the results of the
April 5 sewer bond referendum.
? set a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 17,
to consider proposals for providing portable toilets near
the occan front beach access, to be followed by a plan
ning and budget work session.
The U.S. Coast Guard Station at
Oak Island was called Friday morn
ing to help search for a West African
man who stowed away on a ship to
Wilmington, then escaped to shore
by smashing open a porthole.
According to station Chief BMCS
J.D. Arndt, Oak Island received a
call at about 2 a.m. reporting a per
son in the water around Berth 3 at
the State Port in Wilmington. The
station launched its 21 -foot inflat
able fast-response boat to investi
"Further information revealed that
the person was a male African de
tainee that had jumped off the vessel
Karen Win the r," Arndt said.
The man was later identified as
Sahr Konday Matturi from the West
African port city of Kamsar. Guinea.
Authorities on the Karen Winther
discovered him hidden on the ship
April 16 and locked in a cabin.
Police said he escaped and jumped
into the river.
Aradi reported that the boat from
his station arrived and searched the
area, but was unable to locate the
"At approximately 4 a.m., the
missing person, who had apparently
been hiding under the pier, departed
the water undetected and was found
ashore by the State Pott Authority,"
Matturi was scheduled to be re
turned to his home country when the
ship leaves port.
In other action last week, the Oak
Island station received a call at
about 1 p.m. Friday from a passing
vessel reporting another boat dis
abled with engine problems near
Shallotte Inlet buoy number two.
Bccausc the beat was not deemed
to be in an emergency situation, the
station issued a Marine Assistance
Radio Broadcast (MARB) to give
commercial salvors an opportunity
to assist. However, because the ves
sel did not have a radio, the station
launched its 21 -footer to the area as
a precautionary measure.
After discussions with two private
salvage operations, the boat was
eventually towed to Holden Beach
Marina. The 21 -footer was recalled.
On April 27 at about 5:30 p.m.,
the station received a call from the
Coast Guard group office in Atlantic
Beach, notifying it of an Emergency
Position Indicating Radio Beacon
(EPIRB) going off near Ocean Isle
Beach. The station responded by
dispatching a 21 -footer and ground
personnel with locating equipment.
The area was searched, but no dis
tressed vessel was found.
Benefit Auction Set For Long Beach Squad
Long Beach Volunteer Rescue
Squad is accepting donations for its
May 28 benefit auction, scheduled
for 10 a.m. at the squad building.
Spokesman Nan Lapon said such
donations as appliances, furniture,
antiques and baby items are espe
cially wanted, and squad members
are willing to pick up items.To
arrange for pick-up, call Jean Wise,
278-9024; Nan Lapon, 278-3270; or
Sam Newton, 278-7269.
The public is invited to the auc
tion; the squad building is at 4Sth
and Oak Island Drive and will be
held run or shine.
Police Charge Teen, Adult
In Armed Robbery Of Home
A 15-ycai buy and s 21 -year
old Winnabow man were arrested on
armed robbery charges Tuesday af
ternoon after they allegedly held up
a Southport woman at gunpoint and
led sheriff's deputies on a two-hour
chase through the woods.
Keith Everett McCoy and the un
named juvenile were also charged
with breaking and entering and lar
ceny, according to Brunswick
County Sheriff's Detective Tom
The victim, who lives in the West
Trace subdivision off N.C. 211, sur
prised two thieves inside her mobile
home at about 1:30 p.m.. Hunter
said. The 15-year-old allegedly
pulled out a .22 -caliber revolver and
pointed it at the woman, who gave
the two men about 550 in cash.
A ssw ;i:c v::ujc in
progress, called 911 and chased after
the two suspects as they fled on foot
He flagged down a deputy who was
responding to the call and showed
the officer which way they had run.
AT CI VIE f OWN
On Sato At
r?ncnri s deputies ami stale troop
ers set up a perimeter around the
area and began searching the woods
for the two suspects. Hunter said.
After about two hours, they geve
themselves up after being surround
ea by poiicc.
McCoy was being held in
Brunswick County Jail Tuesday
night. The 15-year-old was trans
ferred to a juvenile detention facility
in Wilmington, Hunter said.
Coastline VRS Makes 74 Runs Durina March
Coastline Volunteer Rescue
Squad made 74 runs during March,
reports squad spokesman Sharon
Calls included 46 emergencies, 13
transports, 10 mutual aids and five
stand-by, she added.
The squad has several newly oer
tificd emergency medical techni
cians, she added. They are Marilyn
Hewett, Susan Hcwett. Ronnie
Hicks and Don Martin. Junior mem
ber Todd Pniitt took and passed his
EMT exam and will be eligible to
serve when he turns 18 in October.
Certified as ambulance attendants
were Frank and Diane Wilkins.
STATE LINE GARAGE
Gather the family and join us for Mother's Day lunch. She'll enjoy
thr comfortable family atmosphere and friendly service. We're
^ planning luncheon specials in addition to our delicious menu.
Serving Mother'* Day lunch Sunday, beginning at 11:30 am
DClly S Restaurant
Onthe witenwy at Holden Beach ? 842-3381
$ Tribute To My Mother
(By 'Patty Jones
1 would like to tell you about mu pretty little Mama.Jicr name
was Xguise JCatherine j Cgwis, her parents were Queenie Leonard
ijfiris and Hilljienry j&icts. She was bom in <8runxwiek County in
the ShaUotte Point area.
I have been told by her playmates she was a sweet loving child.
,fts she grew into a young ladu. *!\e met and married Woodrow
Spencer. Ten month* laiei ! wua bom, ana three months later she
died She is buried in the Gurvanus Cemetery on the ShaUotte Point
,g1U my life I have been taken to hergruve. I would read the head
stone, her last words, 7 am going to sleep with my Jesus." I really
didn't understand but one night years ago, we were at the oldjames
Walker Jlospital in Wilmington. My Grandfather .fired was ilL My
dad and I were driving up the driveway to (he hospital and he said
to me, "Sugar, see that old magnolia tree?" I said yes, and he began
to tell me about my mother.
Jie said, 'See ttuii umndott? on the second fioor-i iaouid oome
down and sit under the tree because she was in such pain and
moaning. One day as I was going back to her mom, the door was
ajar and I heard a voice. I opened the door antl your mother teas
walking to the middle of the room with her amis stretched out, talk
ing iojesus. I gathered Iut up in my arms and put her back on the
bed The fluid covered Iter lungs arid she died "
jfow 1 live in the area my mother did-how strange! I have been
told some of the habits I have are like Iters. My mother was a poor
girl, she had no worldly things to leave me. 'But 1 am a very rich per- 1
snn. herniate the left me with a (rift mnne ti mn't huff?f crift nfje*u*
She left me at 19 years old, but one dan 1 have the dream of seeing i !
them both, my pretty Mama and my sweet Jesus.
Spring Lobster Sale
Hundreds of Prime Live Maine Lob
sters F!s-t?zs Into Bj^ijsswick County
For This Sale.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
Pick-up 10am- 1pm
$9.50 each (perfectly
cooked add 500)
Orders must be received
by May 15. Call our
automated secretary at
754-9313 or ui?ke check
payable to St. James the
Fisherman and mail to PO Box
68, ShaUotte, NC 28459.
Join us for our |
ANNUAL GIGANTIC RUMMAGE SALE
Come, Browse and Get a Bargain!
Saturday, May 21, 8:30 AM-Until? \
4941 Main St., ShaUotte (next to Sizzling Sirloin) j
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