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I Double Deadlock l! Mistrials are declared in two Superior Court I cases when juries are unable to reach 1) verdicts. Pagel2-A. fflWiitJlSfll.' . I , 1UMMIW9I One-Of-A-Kind Legendary picker Doc Watson and the Shady Grove Band come to Williamson Auditorium June 17. Page 6-B. M 12/31/99 **P0 HOAG h SONS BOOK BINDERY PO BOX 162 SPR I NGPORT MI 49284 VICK* I Little Guv, B|g Power a "west Brunswick tennis ace Lamarr Hardy I finishes the season undefeated in 12 1 matches. Pagel-D. ? ? T-F-F CUB Board OKs Plan Board Ruies BY SUSAN USHER All five Ocean Isle Beach Com missioners stood firm IUesdav re garding changes to the town plan ning board, adopting on a 3-2 show of hands a measure that gives mem IWmm lilulta ?an* voting powers as town mem bers. The vote fc!! the sssx ss ss April 12, with Commissioners Debbie Sioane Fox, Janet Saunders and Bill Benton for the plan and Kendall Suh 2nd Ken Proctor against it The sec larger percentage vote is required to adopt an ordinance on a single read ing. Proctor and Suh had favored ex pansion of the planning board and Suh had said he didn't think town residents would like the idea of ex territorial area (ETA) residents being allowed to vote o*> planning and zoning matters within the town lim its. Benton said at an earlier meeting he didn't think ETA representatives would be very interested in attend ing meetings regularly if they were only iliOwcu io vote un business re lating to the ETA. Fox also has said she thinks the town needs to give the ETA a greater voice in town affairs since their fotares are interconnect ed. Proctor, a former planning board member, had pushed for changes in planning uuiiu iiiuc-uji auu upaa tion since his election as commis sioner i~i JfrnrtrafriML putkuiariy stricter attendance rules and expan sion of the board to include a broad er cross-section of townspeople. TV board will resssis St five members ? three from town and two from the ETA, with any three consti tuting a quorum for conducting busi ness. Members will be allowed to miss up to four meetings a year. All five members will vote on any busi ness coming before the board. In the past ETA members were allowed to vote only on issues involving the ex Mnriinriil area, an area extending up to one mile beyond ihc town lim its in which Ocean Isle exerts plan ning and zoning controls. (See OIB BOARD, Pa?e 2-A) Former OIB Mayor Johnston, 88, Dies Funeral services were held Sunday for former Ocean Isle Beach iiuju riuiuci Lcc juiuodju, unc ut the island's founding fsimn aod a major real estate developer U?ere. Johnston, 88, passed away May 4 at Wesley Nursing Center. He moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 1969 after 33 years with the J.B. Ivey Co. in Charlotte and began developing real estate. He served three terms an mayor and 18 years on the town council and was instrumental in or ganizing the Rrat "Warship by the Sea" services at Ocean Isle 25 yean ago. For 17 years, he served as church school superintendent at Hickory Grove Methodist Church in Char lotte, where the Homer Lee Johns ton Library was named for him. He was an assoriatr member of Shai lotte Presbyterian Church. Johnston's wife Eloise died in 1992. He is survived by son Homer Johnston Jr., daughter Linda J. Link of Matthews and four grandchikhen. Outstanding In Their Field A sea of brilliant Black-eyed Susans is the view from Modi* Romck * home on HoUen Beach Road this time of year. Mrs. Roach started with a few plants * a long time ago. Later her husband disked the property and the seeds spread. Charles Roach died in January, bat the wildflowers he helped spread serve as an annual memorial to him. Local Man Fatally Shot While Trying To Moke Peace At Bar BY ERIC CARLSON Tine who knew "Jet" Puckett say he was a friendly, peaceful man with a broad smile and a big heart ? the sort of guy who'd be far more likely to prevent a fight than to get into Which is why so many people who live around the Seashore Road area of Hoiden Beach were shocked to leani that John Houston Puckett had been shot to death Sunday morning at the neighborhood tavern where be worked as a part-time bar tender. Witnesses say Puckett, 36, of North Tanslewood Drive, waa one of the few people at die Garor Lounge who wasn't drinking Ssusdsy uig hi. He was playing darts, practicing far an upcoming tour nament, when a pair of South Carolina men started caus ing trouble and were asked to leave the bar. Brunswick County Sheriff'i detectives on Tbesday were continuing efforts to piece together wiuii irsnrpirs! ucu, Lu the minutes leading up to Puckett's teal shoot ing detective Capt. Phil Perry. "We're still conducting inter views to determine what happened." Late Tuesday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of one of the two South Carolina men, John Allen Martin, 28, of Latta, on a charge of murder. Detective Gene ?iH Other charges could be ?***?* at the inves . "These two guys got to drinking and ooe guy got real obnoxious and startrd running his mouth. The owner asked him to leave," said Caiaon. Hi* uieau gut the man outatde, bat be insinwi on re turning to tiic hif The distuitoance confiiiWHt ioskIc, where another customer says the man pointed a small (See MURDER WARRANT, Psge 2-A) ac? rm tour 42 ffaga*. 4 SwUobk It^Oiarifc > I Baxter Drops Bid For Third Term. On School Board; A. .4. AX l#vii i iwiiW VUI V I Commission Race BY SUSAN USHER Though Ouij one of five incum bents will be standing for re-election in November, Brunswick County Board of Education members say they don't plan to be a "lame duck" board the remaining seven months of their term. Incunabcuis roily Ross (District 2) and Thurman Cause (District 1) were defeated in last week's prima ry After six years on the board Chairman Donna Baxter has with drawn as the Democratic candidate for the District 4 seat. Her fomwl letter asking to be removed from the ballot arrived at the Brunswick County Board of Elections Monday, along with a similar letter from Republican Bill Fairiey of District 3. The executive committees of tlx Brunswick County Democratic and Republican parties have until Aug 23?75 uucumi vajfi uuuic uac ** -1? - ? Itov. O CKUU? w uauij UK 1KW nominees with the county elections hoard. Baxter's replacement wii! be run ning against Republican Pat Purvis Brown of Ask, a retired educator. CoifUy'c nunli^wniml will iwiMifto against Democrat William D. Carter of Caswell Beach, a former county "I feel I have lost my effective ness," site said in an interview Friday. "Instead of someone who can lead, I'm held up to be the prob lem. People are using me to get away from the real problems we have. I don't want that" uot worth ot Asa, a Democrat who served on the board from 1986 to 1990 from District 2, called The Brunswick Beacon Tuesday to an aousoe iim sue wuuiu be seeking the Democratic nominaboa tar the District 4 seat and changing her vot er registration. Though she moved Co Ash in 1990 while still on the school board. Worth has continued to vote in Siulloae. Baxter was first elected to the boerd in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992. She is serving her third con secutive term aa board chairman and said she typically spends the equiva lent of two days a week away from her job on school -board -related business. She wag unopposed in the prima ry because the man who would have been her opponent, Liston Hawes, died in March ?? a point tco late for his name to be removed from the ballot. He stilly received 41 percent of the vote, outer said tne vote wasn't a tew in her decision to withdraw. ui ____ jp__ Aa Lf j. ? ? ? . ? * m 1 iau aw uie un, imnking U 1 ? a ? a i; . ? ? ? . ? ?wm uaiu, iimciku am wanted, I could itpnaent the children of Brunswick County. But at some peim you have to ask if you are bringing the system forward. Ai Siai I thought I waa moving the system jl'yyj, b"J* 29?? !'?? jwrnnw a lightning rod. People are allowing issues not important to education to polarize the situation." "Everything I did, 1 did it because i thought it waa beat for the kids. "I would like to thank She people who did support education in Brunswick County and tried to posh the system forward. I think time will show these boards have advanced education in Brunswick County." ??iH ? school board mem (Scc SCHOOL, Page 2-A) Uninvited Guest Supply's ' Miracle Boy ' is Youngest Heart Transolant Recipient At LJNC M * BY LYNN CABSON Logan POttorff came into the world February 17; so far that world is limited to the two hospitals where be has spent the first 12 weeks of his life. His family and mrriicai team is iioptng for ail thai to change Tuesday, when he may come home to Supply foe the fir* time, the youngest patient ever to have received a heart transplant at UNC Chikhea's Hospital in Chapel ?L The day after his both in Wilmington, Logan's doc tors discovered he had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. USi si&s o! ?? hssn, xhich pirr?* nty?? to the body, was not developed. The only option was a heart transplant, rontingr.nt upon a tragic but miraculous coin cidence ? the loss of some other child whose parents could cot through their grief to allow one baby's death to save another's life. His second chance came March 24 from a two-year old donor whose identity will remain unknown to Eddie and Alicia Dales Pottorff, Logan's parents, unless the Qooof s family cttooaci io contact mem "Wfe are Mened," Alicia Pottorff said Monday, back in Brunswick County for a few days to kick off a fundraiaer for Logan sponaored by the Children's Organ Transplant Association. (Set FOUNDATION, Page 2-A) Brunswick Jailer Accused of Raoe Resians BY EMIC CARLSON Aa 11-year veteran Brunswick County jailer has re signed in the midst of aa SBI investigation into a female inmate's claim that he and another prisoner raped her while the woman was in custody last week Deputy Sgt. Thomas Gore tamed in his resignation to Sheriff John Can Davis Monday, according to District AWoracy R? Gops. Use two tut* mi rHaM Toe (mwaiior said SgL Gore's resignation should not be Taj* hi as an indication of guilt. "I don't think we should read that much into it," the DA. said. "There is a criminal investigation and an ad ministrative side to this situation. Regardless of what happens in the criminal investigation, the sheriff has to consider how it should be handled administratively." A 23-yesr-oid jail issats hss changed tfcsS she was lured from her odl and forced to have sex witfe Sgt Gore and another praooei at about 4 o'clock Wednesday morning (May 4). She ww moved to New Hanover County jail Inter that morning, where agents of the State Bureau of Investigation bepn looking into her allegations. That in quiry is continuing and a final report in not expected un til early next week. Re* <W Me cfcsp: fcsvt h?m ftUirt in Htf ifi?l??> "As in any rape investigation, among the issues to be fTsmmrd will be the question of whether or not there was force and a lack of consent." he said. The inmate who made the accusations was being held in Brunswick County Jail in lieu of a $4,000 bond await ing trial on several charges of forgery and uttering. She also faces additional charges in New Hanover County, ** s*IJ iWA VANS MHU.