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District / School Board nomine* Olaf (Bud) Thorsen lights a victo
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cumbent Thurman Cause.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHAIRMAN DON WARREN
(right) muses over precinct returns with Register c/ Deeds Robert
Robinson. Werren won the District 1 Democratic nomination ,
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Sunset Cuui iCil Asked To 'Revisit'
Low-Density Zoning Of Bird Island
BY SUSAN USHER
Agents for the sws? of Bird
Island approached Sunset Bench
that it "revisit" the conservation
serve zoning applied to the island
because it is overly restrictive.
After months of consideration,
last Oct. 4 the council applied the
new zoning category not only to
Bird ?iy) ih airmtimjinp
marshes but to similar areas within
the town's planning boundaries.
The zoning was approved one
month before town elections in
which conservation of Bird Island
became a community issue. It effec
tively limits development on the
barrier island straddling the South
Carolina/North Carolina line south
of Sunset Bcsch to 30 to 35 single
family dwellings with a maximum
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density to one home per acre, with
uplands comprising at least half that
Last October, after the board's
vok, agent Joan Ryoer of Cemury
von Oisen consulting engineers of
Wilmington asked that the town "re
consider possible zoning relief in the
nituie for Bird isiand proper"
Monday night he reiterated that
Island owner Janie Page Price of
Greensboro initially proposed devel
oping seven single-family homes on
the island. Later her agents revised
the request, seeking greater density.
The would-be developers pro
pose alknving a density of two units
per net buildablc acre and eight bed
rooms per unit, if septic field capaci
That plan would provide up to 66
units, some on 10,000- square- foot
lots with six bedrooms, others on
!5,G0Q-sqy?r-fhnt-lots with eight
Hot Climate Can Help Fuel Heartworm Disease
Local veterinarians say this week.
National Pet Health Cafe Week, is a
good time to remind Brunswick
Countians that the hot, humid coas
tal environment is a perfect breeding
ground for the mosquitoes which
produce heartworm disease in dogs.
Heartworm is potentially lethal
but treatable if detected.
ikre's how it develops:
? The cycle begins when a mos
quito bites a heartwonn-infected dog
and picks up immature heartworms,
called "microfilaria,'' in the blood.
? During the next few weeks, the
microfilaria develop into infective
larvae inside the mosquito.
? When the mosquito bites a dog,
inc infective larvae aic pnwu
through the proboscis, or feeding
tube, and develop into adult heart
worm* over the next few months.
They eventually enter and reside in
side the heart.
? Once inside the heart they can
grow up to 14 inches long and cause
significant damage to the heart and
lungs. Untreated, heartworm disease
is usually fatal.
Some of 'he more common signs
of heartworm disease are chronic
cough, loss of appetite and de
creased weight, fatigue or lethargy,
and shortness of breath.
The symptoms gradually worsen
until the animal dies of congestive
heart failure or its cumpikaikma.
Heartworm tests, treatments and
picVciMuVca uc CUllcuiJy aVailoblC,
"We want to get the density op to
a much more viable utilization of the
uplands." said Ryder.
Toe currcni proposal wuwiu inn
no impact on wetlands, according to
Ryder, and includes environmental
protection measures such as
stormwater management. The N.C
Office of Coastal Management has
asked for an environmental assess
ment of the project's impact before
it will consider issuing a major de
velopment permit for the project
Council took no action Monday.
Planning Board Chairman Dick
Good asked thai Ryder submit his
request in writing.
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has sparked the organization of the
Bird Island Preservation Society. Its
1,600 members are interested in
public acquisition of the island for
conservation or preaervation purpos
es. Should Mrs. Price be willing to
set an asking price. Rep. David
Redwine has said he is willing to in
troduce a bill seeking up to $1 mil
lion in state funds toward that effort.
Saturday Crash On U.S. 1 7
Claims Life Of Leieune Marine
A Camp Lejeune Marine who ap
parently fell ssleep at the wheel was
fatally injured and three other per
sons hurt Saturday evening in a two
car accident on U.S. 17 south of
Bryan Keith Matthews, 18, from
Opelousa, La., died at approximate
ly 7:45 p.m. Saturday in New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington of injuries sustained
in the crash, reported N.C. Highway
Patrol Trooper T.W. Caulder.
Matthews was traveling north on
U.S. 17, entering a left-hand curve
at Bell Swamp, when his 1990
Vblkswagen Fox ran off the road on
to the right shoulder. The accident
occurred at approximately 6 p.m.
"He apparently fell asleep at the
wheel and just ran off the road and
woke up on the shoulder," said
At that point Matthews jerked the
car back onto the highway but lost
control of it The Fox crossed the
grassed median and struck a 1988
Buick traveling in the southbound
lane. His car came to rest in the
ditch, while the other car came to
rest in the roadway.
Matthews and his passenger, 19
year-old Mike Stout, were both as
signed to Romeo Battery 5/10 at
Thelma Chandler Fullwood, 54,
of Bolivia, the second driver, and
her daughter, Feletia, 13, and Stout
were treated at New Hanover
Regional Medical Center for serious
b*Jt rion- :~r*~ritatisg Injuria?
Both Full woods were wearing
scat behs, while nciibci maiihcWS
nor Stout was wearing one, Cauldcr
Matthews' car was a total loss,
while damages to the Fullwood
Buick were estimated at $4,500.
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