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lose situation," Redwine said. "But
I've always been one who believed
in talking things out face to face."
The local move to regulate men
haden fishing suited at Long Beach,
where officials have documented
five menhaden-related fish spills in
the past 10 years. The latest oc
curred about two months ago.
"Our point was not to ban the
fishery or damage the fishery,"
Mayor Joan Altman said last week.
"However, we feel we've got to
have some sort of consideration of
One of the biggest problems for
beach towns when a fish spill occurs
is the public relations damage.
Officials fear tourists won't return if
the most vivid memory of their va
cation is thousands of smelly fish on
"We do have complaints from
tourists and game fishermen," Alt
man said. "It generates an unfavor
able impression of our town."
Town leaders said requiring men
haden boats to stay at least 1 1/2
miles offshore during the peak tour
ist season would lower the risk of
fish washing up on the beach.
"Obviously we don't want to
close down the fishing. We just want
to protect what we have," Caswell
Beach Commissioner Joe O'Brien
Menhaden company officials said
they would gladly stay offshore, but
they have to fish where they find the
schools of menhaden. In Brunswick
County, most menhaden stay within
a mile of the beach.
"Unfortunately we are an inshore
fishery," said Steve Jones of Zapata
Protein, one of two Virginia-based
companies that work in local waters.
"We'd like to be far enough offshore
that nobody could see us."
Mike Street, research section
chief with the N.C. Division of Mar
ine Fisheries, said summer is the pri
Shallotte, County ABC
Boards Discuss Merger
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four years ago. the amount of money
Shallottc receives from its store has
dropped more than 60 percent.
Town officials expect $20,000 in
ABC revenues this fiscal year. In the
five years prior to the opening of the
Holden Beach Road store, Shallotte
received an average of $64,359 per
year from its store.
"The way we're going the future
doer.n't look too bright." Shallotte
Aiuerman Carson Durham said. "I
think it would behoove all of us to
sit down and consider how we can
do it together."
Alderman Roney Cheers, who
was mayor of Shallottc when the
ABC store opened, said he has a
great interest in keeping it open.
"I don't want to see anything hap
pen with our store." he said. "I don't
want to see the store and its profits
eroded to the point where it's no
Shallotte officials decided to open
talks with the county ABC board af
ter it was suggested by Raymond
"Clyde" Babson. a town resident
who previously served on the county
"I feel like if these two boards
will sit down the world is full of op
tions." Babson said.
Precautions In Place At Supply
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flow alarm on (he septic tanks to
give a three-hour advance warning
that the tanks need to be pumped
out; and repair surface drainage
The N.C. Department of
Transportation has cleaned out a cul
vert under the bus drive, a move ex
pected to sharply reduce surface
"The pipe had filled up and water
was coming up over the road instead
of going under it and was running
across the bus lot and toward the
drainage field," said Boney.
While the architectural firm and
consulting civil engineers Talbert &
Bright are looking forward to a "so
lution with a long-term lasting ef
fect," Boney said he thinks what
Brunswick County needs as a long
term solution is a central sewer sys
" We'll do anything you ask us to.
But if you take our fishing
grounds we're out of business. "
? Joe Wheatly, Beaufort Fisheries
marv season for menhaden fishing
in Brunswick County and most are
caught just off the beaches.
From 1986 through 1993, 21 per
cent of the menhaden caught locally
were within a quarter mile of the
beach and 52 percent were within a
half mile. Street said 69 percent
were within one mile and 91 percent
within two miles.
"To close Brunswick County
would devastate the menhaden in
dustry in North Carolina." said Jule
Wheatly, president of Beaufort
Fisheries, the only active menhaden
operation in the state.
"We're here to work with you.
We'll do anything you ask us to. But
if you take our fishing grounds
we're out of business," said
Wheatly, who also is a member of
the Marine Fisheries Commission.
In North Carolina, menhaden
fishing is prohibited on holidays and
weekends from Memorial Day
through Labor Day. Menhaden fish
ing is banned off the coasts of Mary
land. Delaware and South Carolina.
"It's getting to the point that we
have lost grounds up and down the
East Coast. We are running out of
area," said John Barnes of the
Virginia-based AMPRO Fisheries
Prompted by Redwine. menhaden
company officials said they are will
ing to give notification when work
ing off Brunswick County and stay
at least 750 feet from Ashing piers.
They promised to use a defoam
ing agent to break up fish oil slicks
if state environmental officials ap
prove. Menhaden boats arc required
to use the product in New Jersey
Industry officials also said they
would reimburse the towns for any
costs associated with cleaning up
fish spills, even if they aren't re
sponsible but happened to be fishing
in the vicinity at the time of the inci
Depending on what the Marine
Fisheries Commission decides at its
meeting, a committee of town and
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Becky Evans of ShaUotte escorts her daughter Roe (right) to her first-grade classroom on the first day
of school at Union Elementary. Four-year-old Colbee Evans wore a matching dress to give her sister
TRAINING AT SUNNY POINT
Mock Accident Staged In Preparation For Nuke Shipments
BY ERIC CARLSON
A shipping container loaded with
nuclear fuel rods tumbled off a rail
road car at the Sunny Point Military
Ocean Terminal last week when a
train hauling the radioactive cargo
applied emergency brakes to avoid
colliding with a stalled automobile.
Fortunately it was only a drill
staged to test the readiness of emer
gency workers who might be called
upon to handle such an occurrence
when the first of three planned ship
ments of spent fuel rods from
European research reactors passes
through the ammunition terminal
near South port sometime in the next
More than 60 federal, state and
local personnel took part in three
days of training and a final exercise
set up at a railroad siding on Sunny
Point property Thursday (Aug. 18).
First on the "accident" scene was
Trooper Caulder of the N.C.
Highway patrol, who screeched to a
halt a safe distance away and took
radioactivity readings with a Geiger
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state patrol cars.
Brunswick County Emergency
Preparedness Coordinator Cecil
Logan arrived a few minutes later
and cordoned off the area with yel
low tape before setting up a mobile
command post. Fire and rescue
workers were brought in, donning
white protective suits and plastic
booties before proceeding to the
wreck site for a closer look at the
"In a case like this, our first con
cerns. in order of priority are the ac
cident victims, public safety and the
environment," Bruce Hurley of the
U.S. Department of Energy's
Nevada Operations Office explained
during a briefing before the exercise.
"We believe that container is less
important than other things at the
The metal casks used to transport
the spent fuel rods are designed to
withstand the type of impact that
might be expected in such an inci
dent, said DOE spokesman Bob
Giusti. The containers have been
dropped from heights of 30 feet "on
to an unyielding surface" to make
sure they won't come open. The
casks have also been tested in fires
and underwater to assure their in
tegrity, he said.
Calling the upcoming nuclear fuel
shipments "nothing new," officials
said the Department of Energy made
two million "radiological ship
ments" in 1992 and has experienced
"no accidental release" of transport
ed nuclear material in 45 years.
The military ocean terminal is
scheduled to receive more than 400
spent fuel rods in the next decade
from reactors in Austria, Denmark,
Germany, Greece, the Netherlands,
Sweden and Switzerland. The U.S.
government wants to get the ra
dioactive material out of Europe to
prevent its sale to those who might
use it for the production of nuclear
Officials said the exact arrival
time of the first shipment will not be
released for security reasons.
However, the first batch of fuel rods
is expected to arrive at the munitions
terminal sometime in late August or
A second shipment of fuel rods
will be sent through Sunny Point in
January or February, with a third de
livery possible in late 199S.
After arriving at MOTSU, the
spent fuel rods will be quickly
loaded onto a special five-car train
manned by two armed guards for the
trip to the DOE's Savannah River
Site near Aiken, S.C.
"The rods will be here for less
than 24 hours. We'll have them on
rail cars and on their way to
Savannah River as quickly as possi
ble," Giusti said.
Area Receives Good Soaking
Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms that moved through the
Sooth Brunswick Islands area (art week dumped nearly 4 inches of rain
ia at least one location.
"Wc finally got some rain, at least at my ran gauge," said Shallotte
Point amatmr meteorologist Jacksoo Canady, who measured 3.97 inches
during the period Aug. 16-22.
The iiusinwmi high temperature for the week was 91 degrees on Aug.
18, and the minimum low reading was 69 degrees on the 16th.
Canady repealed a daily average high of 88 degrees and an average
nightly low or 73 degrees. The daily average of 80 degrees is about nor
mal for this time of year, he said.
For the upcoming week, Canady said be expected normal tempera
tures and rainfall. Temperatures should mage from the upper 60s at night
to the npper 80s during the day. with about 3/4 of an inch of rain.
buying or selling.
industry officials may be formed to
draft a solution that both groups can
JerTy Schill, executive director of
the N.C. Fisheries Association, said
the towns can resolve the problem
quicker by working with industry
officials than it can by working
through the government.
Melba Edwards, a commercial
fisherman from Southport. said
commercial fishermen don't need
any more regulations.
"The commercial fishing industry
is under assault from the state and
federal government. It won't be long
before commercial fishing is wiped
out in the United States," she said.
Menhaden is the largest volume
fishery on the East Coast with more
than 300,000 tons landed per year.
The fish arc used primarily for oil
and fish meal and are captured in a
purse seine, a large net that is laid
out around the school of fish and
then pulled shut at the bottom.
In Death Of
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allegedly hit Davis in the head with
a machete. They are Byron Henry
Knowles, 25, of Wilmington;
Terrance LaQuinn Jones, 19, of
Randolphville Road, Bolivia; and
Nicholas Lavoir Smith, 17, of U.S.
Ford, Jones and Nicholas Smith
were arrested less than 48 hours af
ter the murder. Knowles fled the
country and is believed to be living
with his father in the Bahamas.
Police remain unsure whether he can
be returned to the United States for
A tenth suspect in the case,
Jeremy Javon Smith, 17, of Tobes
Road, Bolivia remains under indict
ment on charges of conspiracy to
commit assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill inflicting
serious injury, accessory after the
fact to the felony of robbery with a
dangerous weapon, aiding and abet
ting an assault with a deadly weapon
with intent to kill inflicting serious
injury, first-degree kidnapping and
conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Investigators say the ten acted
with a "gang mentality" when they
piled into two cars and drove to
Davis's home with the intention of
exacting revenge for a dispute that
occurred earlier that evening.
Attorneys for defendants who ap
peared in court Monday said their
clients "thought they were going to
see a fight" and were unaware that a
murder was about to be committed.
Some said they thought the purpose
was to "scare" Davis or "to teach
him a lesson." One lawyer said his
client "became appalled at what he
saw and cried at the scene."
But Assistant District Attorney
Lee Bollinger told the judge his evi
dence would show that some ? if not
all ? of the defendants knew that one
of the assailants had a pistol and an
other was carrying a machete. At
least some of them heard talk of get
ting another gun. Some were also
present when Ford allegedly
claimed he was "going to smoke a
white dude." Two of them drove the
cars that carried the murder suspects
away from the scene.
Bollinger also noted that none of
the defendants went to police to re
port the murder after seeing Davis
shot in the back, lucked, beaten and
slashed with a machete.
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