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Killed In Wreck;
On Critical List
A Charleston, S.C., man was
killed and his wife seriously injured
last Thursday (Oct. 10) night in a
collision with a tractor-trailer mak
ing a U-turn on U.S. 17 north of
Bolivia, according to the N.C. High
way FaiiOl off icc III \nrTuiiiugiuil.
Killed in the 8:05 p.m. accident
was driver Harry Ghas Besancon,
76. His wife, Sadie Unrue Besan
con, 67, remained in critical condi
tion Tuesday evening in New
Hanover Regional Hospital in Wil
Charged with death by vehicle is
truck driver Thomas Gordon Under
wood Jr., 59, of Winnabow.
According to the report filed by
Trooper R.L. Murray, Underwood
was driving his log truck south on
U.S. 17 when he made a U-turn at a
median crossover a half-mile south
of Bell Swamp Connection (S R.
1407). Besancon was driving north
on U.S. 17 in a 1985 Lincoln.
The truck was completely block
ing the northbound lane when Mr.
Besancon's Lincoln struck the GMC
tractor-trailer rig just in front of the
In a single-car accident earlier
Tiiuisday, ai 7; 30 a.m. on Midway
Road (S.R. 1500) near Bolivia,
Christopher Daniel McClain of
Southport received minor injuries.
McClain, 21, was driving north
on Midway Road, he told Trooper
D.V. Harvell when he attempted to
slow down because he was ap
proaching traffic. The 1988 Ford ran
off the road on the left and into a
No charges were file i.
Minor injuries were also reported
in two accidents Saturday. Nov. 12.
David Juan Hardie, 23, of Leland
was charged with driving left of cen
ter following a two-car accident that
happened at 6:15 p.m. on Lanvale
Road (S.R 1438) near Leland
Trooper D.A. Lewis reported
Hardie was driving southeast on
Lanvale Road at a high rate of speed
when he lost control of his 1992
Ford coming out of a left-hand
curve. The car crossed the center
line and struck an oncoming 1985
Chevrolet operated by Patty Gainey
Key, 50, of Winnabow.
Both drivers complained of minor
Several hours later, at 9:10 p.m.,
Edward Wayne Honeycutt, 28, of
Angier, received minor injuries in a
one-vehicle accident on Shell Point
Road (S.R. 1 132) near Shallotte.
Honeycutt was charged with dri
ving under the influence by Trooper
The Angier man was diiving
north on Shell Point Road in a 1985
pickup when he ran off the road on
the left and struck and fence and
then a large tree, with the truck com
ing to rest against the tree.
ai in is point, H olden Beach officials must feel as
if their plan to dredge the canals in the Harbor Acres
subdivision isn't such a hot idea after all.
The town is actively seeking bids for the third time
after finding out the company hired last week to do the
dredging does not have a North Carolina general con
Commissioners voted last Monday to hire Bald
Head Island Transportation Inc. to dredge the five fin
ger canals, the connector canal that runs parallel to the
waterway and the entrance canal to the waterway.
However, town officials later discovered that the
local company doesn't have the required general con
Holden Beach is now advertising for bids for the
third time. Town Manager Sean Anderson said the bid
opening is scheduled Nov. 29.
The first two times the town asked for bids, Bald
Head Island Transportation Inc. was the only company
to submit a proposal. The bid accepted last week was
Holden Beach is coordinating the dredging project
on behalf of property owners in the neighborhood who
petitioned the town board. Lot owners will be assessed
for the full cost of the project.
Holden Officials Say
HV DOUG RITTER
What did Holdcn Bcach Com
missioners talk about during their
day-long retreat last Wednesday at
the Lockwood Folly Golf Unks
A better question might be what
didn't they talk about
Topics covered included roads,
stormwatcr runoff, dune rcnourish
ment. menhaden fishing boats, pol
lution in canals and marshes, side
walks. bike paths, regional sewer
systems, the land use plan update
and the condition of the town's 24
year-old water lines. ?
"It was an intense eight hours,"
Mayor Gay Atkins said of the re
treat. "Everybody had a list of prob
lems they see on the bcach as a
whole or in the particular area where
Commissioners ? along with new
town manager Sean Anderson, retir
ing manager Gu* I Jlrich and town
clerk Joyce Shore ? starred meeting
at 8 a.m. and didn't break up until
after 4 p.m.
"We covered, I think, pretty much
everything we could have covered,"
Atkins said. "It was a good retreat
Everybody had good questions and
answers and projections of how they
want to sec the beach."
One of the objectives of the meet
ing was to allow the board to discuss
what it wants to accomplish over the
next year. All five seats on the board
of commissioners will be up for
election next November
Commissioner Dwight Carroll
said the board needed the planning
session. "I don't like to put out fires.
1 like to plan ahead. That's all we've
been doing recently is putting out
larroll said officials discussed
just about every aspect of town gov
ernment "I think we had a real good
day and a real good meeting We got
a lot accomplished."
Although the board did not make
any decisions or take formal action.
Mayor Pro Tern Sid Swarts said the
retreat was beneficial.
"All in all a meeting never pro
duces as much as you hope it will,
but it was productive," he said. "We
talked about everything we normally
do at a meeting except in more de
Swarts said the atmosphere of a
day-long retreat is more conducive
to long-range planning than a ty pical
business meeting that may last two
or three hours
"It puts everybody in an atmos
phere of it's a business meeting but
you know no decisions are going to
be made " Swarts said. "This is the
value of it. You've just got the time
to do it in a relaxed atmosphere."
Said Atkins, "It gave us all a
chance to sit down and talk about
ideas and where each commissioner
is coming from and how they see the
beach It's just not often that you
have that much uninterrupted time."
Carroll says the board should
have a retreat every six months "In
a regular meeting you don't have
time to talk about stuff like this. You
can get more done talking among
The retreat couldn't have come at
a better time for Anderson, who
started work on Monday. He was
able to find out the primary concerns
of each board member and what
they want for the town.
"He knows what the commission
ers' aims are for the year," Atkins
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