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

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Hoiden Report: Real Estate Office Too Close To Ocean BY DOUG KUTTEil It's up to the stale to decide what action, if aay, should be taken regarding a Holden Beach office building that the town allowed to be built doaer to the ocean than regula tions allow. A town committee reported Monday that the Coastal Development A Realty building exceeds 5,000 square feet, and therefore, should have been set bach at least 120 feet Commissioner Jim Fournier, chairman of the fact-finding committee, said the total square footage of the three-story commer cial structure at 131 Ocean Blvd. West is 5374. N.C. Division of Coastal Management regulations say any building with more than 5,000 square feet must be set back at least 120 feet from the first line of vegetation. "My understanding of the situation con cerning square footage is that our people did not realize that total square footage in the building was a factor, only the foot print," Fournier said in a written report. Commissioner Dwight Carroll, who was building inspector when the office was con structed in the fall of 1992, said Monday there was no intent on his part to violate any rules. "I had no knowledge of it whatsoever un til a month ago," Carrol! said of the setback "It HY/.sVl now n \ in C AM \ \ hands. " = Dw lulu (\u lull violation. "It's just in CAMA's hands. It was a goof and now it's in CAMA's HandJL" Said Cnnmiiwioner Sid Swans, "wp were wrong. We approved that building for more than 5,000 square feet and it's a viola tion. It was wrong. We can't shrink it." The town committee was appointed last month at the request of Coastal Manage ment district manager Bob Stroud after his agency received a complaint from Holden Beach homeowner C.H. Osborn. Osbom, whose house is next door to the Ccsstal Development office, raised several concerns about the commercial building in a Feb. 28 letter to Coastal Management. Fournier said Brunswick County Health Department officials are looking into Oahorn'* allegations that the septic sys ten n overloaded and pavement wm i!lrg?My placed over part of the septic tank area. Regarding Osbom 's other complaints, Foumier uid town rfftvH* inHi^l? ih? homeowner was notified prior to construc tion. Also, Foumier said there was no viola tion of the town's five-foot side yard set back requirement and no violation regard ing contractors used to build the office. "All ! tried to do was present ?tv fsct* " we found them... We are presenting facts. We are not calling for any assumption of blame or anything." Foumier said of the two-page committee report "As fcr as any enforcement authority we have, i dsn'! Scssw what it is. We don't en force CAMA regulations and we don't en force health department regulations," Four njy Commissioners asked Town Manager (See PROBLEM, Page 2-A) t# Making Friends Fred Karger of Southport feeds a carrot to Charlie, one of three Horses who enUHuiiud rssidssSs St the Autumn Care Nursing Home in ShaUotte Friday morning. The show was organized by Charlie's owner, Autumn taw Administrator Tmi HiM {center), to recognize niaoonai Nursing Haenm Week. Residents also etyoyed a Mather S Day tea, a quit show, a wheel chair parade, cookouts and bingo games as part of the week's festivities. Schools Encouraged By 4th Grade Writing Test Results ?* BY SUSAN USHER Brunswick County's younger stu dents are writing more and, judging from the latest state a? ?el re sults. f naming themselves better. Fourth grade students were asked to write thi; same kind of composi tion as last year's fourth grade, a personal narrative. This year 36.9 percent of the students received av Mayw wi Uciig* usqwtu tt> 21.4 percent last year. This year's scores are above the statewide aver age of 34 J percent "We were very pleased with the fourth grade results; they indicate growth,'* said Gloria Ihlley, director of staff development and assess ment. These are children who have been exposed to print since Irinder flsftca. "I think it's what we've been do ing in the classroom This is reaffi/ fiwrtow that tbe things we are doing M? paying off. 1 hope it will filter on up." "Students are writing more ? I would say every day ? and teachers are creating an atmosphere in which ?sr are wiUis? to take risks with their writing." said TUley She said the State Board of Education feels that if students can read and write well they can do well in other areas. That philosophy is re flected in administering the the writ ing tests. Teachers cannot read the prompt to any student Generally. Brunswick County eighth grade students are showing improved or steady performance from year to year in their ability to cjqaeas themselves through tbe vari ous types of writing tested by the Local scores generally reflect statewide trends. "Our scores tend to go up when the state's go up and down when the state's go down," ?aid Ihlley. Since 1983-86, the first year eighth graders wr*e tested, eighth H>aders achieving standard (2.5) Uoores on persuasive writing have ppcreased bom 13.9 percent in 1985 96 to 75.1 percent in 1989-90, 55.7 percent in 1991-92 and 54.1 percent this year. Overall, local eighth grade results have fallen just shy of the state average for the past four years. Sixth grade scores have shown the greatest inconsistency. In the years students had the clarification prompt, for example, the block of students achieving standard scores has ranged from 26 percent in 1985 86 to a high of Sl.l percent in 1987 88, down to 38 percent this year. Sixth grade scores have been be low the state average by a 10 per cent margin or more for the past four years. The state curriculum focuses oo teaching personal or imaginative narrative writing in fourth grade, clarification and descriptive writing in sixth grade, and the more com plex point of view and persuasive writing in eighth grade. Students do not know which of the two types of writing they study that year will appear oo the writing In the writing process taught in the county schools, students are taught to concentrate on getting their ideas down on paper, then editing. On the annual tests, students at all grade levels were expected to write in complete paragriqihs and use good sentences, with correct gram mar, spelling, punctuation and capi talization. Students weren't penal ized on their composition score for errors in mechanics, but received a separate proficiency rating. On the 1993-94 test, fourth grade students were asked to write a per sonal narrative exposition, telling a story "about a time you enjoyed with a friend." They were directed to make sure the story had a begin ning, a middle and an end. Sixth graders were asked to "think about a time when you felt 'proud' of yourself. Name the time and explain why you felt proud of yourself." They were to write a clar ification composition, giving at least two reasons why they felt proud and explaining those reasons. Eighth graders were given this persuasive writing prompt: "The manager of the mall is considering a mall policy which will state that teenagers under the aye of fifteen may not be in the mall without an adult chaperone. Much of the shoplifting and property damage has been attributed to teenagers. "Write a letter to the manager of the mall telling him/her whether you agree or disagree with the policy. Persuade the manager to take the ac tion you want taken." They were to give a least two different reaaons in (See GRADE 4, Page 2-A) Dn ? mc\ ? /i/'lx Uitac ui vi iovv iv-rv i 111 'Professional Temp' As Interim Manager BY ERIC CARLSON With tittle fanfare and a sigh of relief, Brunswick Commissioners Monday voted unanimously to hire a professional temporary administra tor to overwe county government until hospitalized County Manager Wyman Yelton can return to work. The new administrator, Charles Donald McGinnis, is a North Caro lina native and former manager of Cabarrus, Catawba and Gaston counties who has worked as a re placement manager in government and business while under contract with a Boston, Mass., administrative temporary service. ' The commiationcrs agreed to pay McGinnis $270 a day for a mini mum of 30 days, aAcf which he will serve at the pleasure of the board until Yelton is well enough to re sume his duties. Commissioners Chairman Don TCssa toX the bo sd =: S&aday's meeting that be visited Yelton in Rex Hospital in Raleigh Sunday. Yeiton had been recovering at a skilled nursing facility, but had to be returned to hospital care due to a fluid buildup in his lungs. Warren said. Yelton was seriously injured in an Faster Sunday head-on collision on Interstate 40 in Durham that claimed the life of his wife and a University of North Carolina coed. He is ex pected to be out of work at least un til late summer. "He was real alert and jovial yesterday." War ren said Mon day. "His prog nosis is still good, providing they can deter mine the cause of the fluid McGINNIS buildup." McGinn is began work as Yelton's temporary replacement Tuesday morning. He said he plans to meet with county department heads this week and to begin reviewing pro posals for th- 1994-95 budget, which is scheduled for presentation to the commissioners early next month. "It's going to be a cram course," McGiaais said. Tii be trying to find out as much as I can as quickly as I ___ n can. It's a task McGinn is has undertak en many times under his contract with Project and Interim Manage ment Executives Inc. (PRIME). His most recent assignment assignment with the company was a seven month stint as interim manager for the City of Mount Holly. McGinn is has also worked for 1 PRIME as temporary manager of Anson County and a management consultant for Lee County, Va. His private industry assignments have included work as an interim admin istrator for Anson Memorial Hospital in Wadesboro and as a sales representative for the Gastonia firm of Megathcn, Inc. Before going to work for PRIME, McGinnis was the permanent man ager of Cabarrus County for 11 yean. He has also worked as county manager of Gaston and Catawba counties. Assault Suspect May Be Serial r 1 'by ERIC CARLSON Local detectives believe that a mas anrsted on rape charges in Onslow County recently may be a serial rapist who sexually assaulted and mutilated a Wilmington woman earlier this month and who may be responsible for at least one oth er rape in Brunswick County. The suspect, Russell Lee Kirk, 33. of Chadwick's Mobile Home Park in Leland. has been charged here with four counts of first-degree sexual offeree and one charge each of first-degree rape, m ? * J - a ? a ? ? ? IUUU?|^m)g MM OBMMUI with a deadly weapon inflicting seri ous injury, Brunswick County Sheriff's Detective Steve Mason said Tuesday. Kirk is accused of picking up a prostitute at her home in Wil mington, driving her to Navassa and forcing her to perform multiple sex acts while threatening to kill her with a laz or knife. Mason said. During her four-hour ordeal. Mason said Kirk used the knife to cut off a portion of the victim's Originally from Oca la. FU., Kirk also resided in Virginia and Ohio be fore moving to Leland. Manon has issued a bulletin on the police com puter network requesting informa tion from authorities in those states regarding any unsolved sexual as sault cases that resemble Kirk's al (See ASSAULT. Pace 2-A) In Perfect Harmony Harmtmy, the West Brunswick High School Show Choir, rater tains twic volu^itecn c ifttf a^ctk ai Union ctrffiftfaf/ School. Pictured arc singers/ dancers Heather BrwmekmaiSttBMkn, Inside... Birthdays 2B Business News 8D Calendar 7D Church News 10-11C Classified 1-9C Crtae Report I0D Court Docket 9D 4-5D Golf ? 3D Obitaartes IOC Opiaioa 4-5A People la The News I2C ~ ~ 3B Sports 1-5D Ttete-rtetaa .4-5B

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