The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 10, 1994, Image 1
Hewett Sweeps All Precincts To Win Sheriff's Race BY ERIC CARLSON It wasn't easy. But in the end, it wasn't even close. After a hard-won primary, an impressive fundraising effort, an effective advertising campaign, scores of public appearances and an eleventh-hour attempt to discredit him. Deputy Lt. Ronald Hewett won the resounding ap proval ot voters tuesoay to earn the job of Brunswick County sher iff. Hewett received 11,331 votes, more than any other candidate in any race. His opponent, Southport businessman James Brown, attract ed 6,201 votes. He was the top vote-getter in every one of the county's 22 precincts, winning by margins ranging from 56 percent in Southport II and Bolivia to 86 percent in Shallotte. HEWETT His overall margin of victory, 65 percent to Brown's 35 percent, was the largest of any race in the county. Loud cheers erupted in the packed Democratic Party headquar ters Tuesday night as unofficial to tals began to come in shortly after the polls closed at 7:30. Supporters began cuugiaiuiaUug Ilcwctt and declaring him the winner a short time later, as precinct workers phoned in reports of Hewett's ap parent victory margins. For the next three hours, Hewett shook hands and received hugs and BROWN pats on the back from scores of well-wishers, who were already addressing the young deputy lieutenant as "Sheriff Ronald." "I want to take the opportunity to thank the citizens of Brunswick County for their overwhelming vote of confidence," Hewett said in an interview after the offi cial vote tally was complete. "I look forward to giving the people of this county one of the finest sheriff's of fices in the state, one that is open, positive and progres sive." Hewett said that upon taking office, he would imme diately fulfill one of the promises he made during his campaign. "The doors of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department will re-open 24 hours a day on Dec. 5, with new telephone lines added to give the citizens the access to law enforcement they expect and deserve." Addressing another of the major primary campaign issues for both candidates, Hewett said he met Monday with officials of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI to discuss coordinated drug enforcement efforts. "They have given me the green light in leading drug dealers to their red light," Hewett said. Calling himself "humbled and grateful for the tremendous show of support" for his campaign, Hewett promised to remain as accessible as sheriff as he was during his years as a deputy. "I want the people of Brunswick County to feel as comfortable calling me tomorrow as they did yester day," he said. "I'm the same Ronald Hewett and I will always place their needs first and foremost." The mood was decidedly less upbeat at Republican headquarters, where Brown reportedly left early and was unavailable for comment. At age 31, Hewett may be North Carolina's youngest sheriff, a position he has sought since he completed ba sic law enforcement training and joined the Holden Beach Police Department in 1983 as North Carolina's youngest law enforcement officer. Hewett was deputized by Sheriff John Carr Davis later that year. While working as a full-time patrol offi (Sc? NEW BRUNSWICK SHERIFF, Page 2-A) IV/ JL li. / m- * _ HO AG h 50Ni BOOK B f MOtR V -"O BOX lb. :? F' P i N6F0R V- ? * MJ yyjtf, . .U MSWICK' Thirty-Third Year, Number 2 mmmh*mbmcm Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, November 10, 1993 50* Per Copy 44 Pages, 4 Sections, Plus Inserts Election At A Glance SHERIFF ?Ronald E. Hewett ..11,331 James Brown 6,201 COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 Don Worrtn 7,929 ?Douglas Simmons . .8,655 DISTRICT 2 W.A. (AHonza) Rooch 7,792 ?Jerry Jones 8,712 DISTRICT 3 Wayiand Vereen . . . .7,359 ?Leslie Collier 9,160 DISTRICT 4 ?Tom Robon, Sr. 9,412 Theron Leonard, Jr. .7,243 DISTRICT S ? ?W. M. (Bill) Sue 8,602 Donald Shaw 7,825 BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 1 ?Olcrf (Bud) Thorsen . .9,163 M. Rozell Hewett . . .7,279 DISTRICT 2 ?Clara Carter 9,160 Eugene Hewett . . . .7,195 DISTRICT 3 ?William (Billy) Carter 8,233 Eugene Hewett 7,953 DISTRICT 4 J. Bryant Pergerson . .7,595 ?Pat Purvis Brown . . .8,307 DISTRICT 5 ?Glenda C. Browning 8,569 Yvonne Lewis Bright 7,509 SOIL & WATER DIST. SUPERVISOR ?James D. Bellamy, Jr. 7,596 R. C. (Roy) Gilbert ..5,145 ?Harold C. Robinson .7,322 7T H CONGRESS. DISTRICT flnmswkk County only) ?Charles G. Rose, III .8,559 Robert C. Anderson .8,278 Election results by precinct on Page 2- A BwdMMt News 10- 11C Cnieator 10D CM News 12-13A ClfcMtthd 1-9C Crime Rtport 11 A Cowl Docket 11D JSD cm 7D Obituaries Opinion. 4-5A People In The News Plant Doctor 7B .1-7D ..8-9D Sports IWevkion. IANS. 2 DEMOCRATS GOP Regains Its Majority On County Board BY ERIC CARLSON Republicans regained a majority on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Tuesday in an elec tion that gave no clear signals about the mood of voters toward either in cumbents or party affiliation. The board's current chairman. Democrat Don WarTen, lost his bid for re-election to former Calabash Mayor Douglas Simmons. Incumbent Democrat Way land Vereen was soundly defeated by Republican newcomer Leslie Cottier. who will be the first woman on the board in eight years. Meanwhile. Democrat Commissioner Tom Rabon had little difficulty overcoming a challenge from little-known Republican new comer The run (Woody) Leonard. But at the same time, incumbent Republican Jerry Jones was returned to office in a win over W.A. (Alfonza) Roach, while incumbent Republican Donald Shaw lost his seat to former two-term school board member W.M. (Bill) Sue. \bting did not seem to be signifi cantly cffcctcd by the rcccnt contro versies over school funding and the support some commissioners' gave to those opposed to Martin Marietta Aggregates plan to open a limestone mine near Southport. Two commissioners who voted to appeal a jury's SS million increase in the school budget were returned to office. One board member who voted against passing the law that stopped the mine from opening was re-elect ed, while another lost. The board's most outspoken supporter of antf mining activists was defeated, while another commissioner who voted against the mine won re-election. So while voters may not have sent a consistent message about the board's performance, they did agree to add some new faces and alter its leadership. Although none of the newly elect ed Republican commissioners would say who they will choose to be the next board chairman, its most expe rienced member said he would ac (See TWO, Page 2-A) .v ? * jBT-* im r jwivfe* Crowning Achievement STAFF rHOTO BY EKtC CAJtLSON Renee Ward of Long Beach is crowned Miss Brunswick County 1995 by outgoing queen Ashley Summerlin in Saturday night's annual pageant. Looking on (from left) are Miss North Carolina 1994, Dana Ann Stephenson; Angela Alley, second runner-up and Miss Congeniality; and Kristian Pulliam, first runner-up. The pageant story and more photos are on Page 12-D. 4 DEMOCRATS ? 1 REPUBLICAN Voters Elect All-New Slate To County School Board BY SUSAN USHER "It's time to start to work" was Clara Carter's first response Tuesday night after winning the District 2 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education. "We've talked the talk and now it's time to walk the walk." The retired Union Elementary School prin cipal wasn't talking about just the four Democrats and one Republican elected to the board. The Brown's Landing resident won by the largest margin of the five, garnering 12 per cent more of the vote cast in the District 2 race than her opponent Eugene Hewett of Cedar Grove, a longtime trustee of Brunswick Community College. "I challenge all of the people who voted for change to work together now to make it hap pen," said Carter. She anticipates no problem in the new board members working together just as they have campaigned amicably. "I believe we ba sically, no matter which party we belong to, generally have the same goals, the same gen eral agenda," she said. Joining her on the board in December are fellow newcomers Olaf "Bud" Thorsen of District 1, a juvenile court counselor; William TWO HIGH-RISE . ONE DRAWBRIDGE Sunset Beach Bridge Options Down To 3 BY SUSAN USHER Three options for replacing the single-lane pontoon bridge leading to the island of Sunset Beach will be presented to the public at an infor mal workshop TW-sday. Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jones/ Byrd Pavilion at Sea Trail Plan tation. Engineering consultants for the project have narrowed the options to a 65-foot fixed span on either the western corridor (Alternative W-l), basically the same option DOT chose as its preferred alternative several years ago, or the center cor ridor (C-l) by the existing bridge, or a center corridor mid-level 30-foot bascule, or drawbridge (C-4). "We looked at a number of para meters, primarily the traffic needs and travel demand and how the pro ject served the traffic. Our overall goal is to provide safe and reliable transportation," said David Griffin, project manager with Oreiner, Inc. "I wouldn't say we're more or less in favor of one of the three alterna tives over another at this point. Each has its pluses and minuses." Consultants ruled out all 15-foot bascule options for safety and relia bility reasons because of the fre quency of bridge openings required. Ferry and tunnel options went be cause of their obvious impracticably and cost. Also eliminated were other corridor options that created compli cated left turns or the potential for long lines of waiting traffic or dis rupted residential neighborhoods, said Griffin. Griffin said a mid-level bascule would not have to be opened as fre quently as a low-level bridge, but more often than a high-rise. It also has aesthetic appeal. The lower grade more easily accommodates bi cycle and pedestrian traffic than the other options. A center or western high-rise (See WORKSHOP, Page 2-A) "Billy" Carter of District 3, a former county manager; Republican Pat Purvis Brown of District 4, another retired educator; and Glenda Browning of District 5, a business woman, parent activist and PTA volunteer. Some of the broad goals they shared during the campaign have been better schools that provide a higher quality of education, the strong need to involve parents in their chil dren's educations, better communication with the board's varied publics, and establishing a better working relationship between the school board and board of commissioners. Those two boards have been embroiled in a two-year controversy over the county's role in funding and oversight of the school system. While none of the members-elect have ever served on a school board, all five bring specif ic knowledge of the school system and its op eration from the differing perspectives their careers have provided. All five have been reg ulars at school board meetings throughout the campaign. While Billy Carter's past focus has been on finance and management and Browning's on parent involvement, for example, career edu cator Clara Carter said her initial emphasis (S?e SCHOOL, Page 2-A) STAFF mOTOS BY DOUG RUTTBt Strike Up The Band The West Brunswick High School Marching Band performs during halftime of Friday night s football game between the Trojans and visiting South Brunswick Cougars. Ricky Phillips plays trumpet, while Stacy Jankowski twirls a flag.