A former calabash businessman
charged with drug trafficking was
sentenced Tuesday to two 35-year
terms and fined $500,000. Details
are on Page 9A.
Taking Second Look
Holden Beach Officials are taking a
second look at a controversial outside
light rule that bans lights such as this
fixture suspended from the top of a
utility pole. The story's on Page 6A.
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Trojans Ciaim Win
West Brunswick High school Trojans won
three boys' games in a busy week of
prep basketball, while the Lady Trojans
didn't fare as well. Check out full sports
coverage on Pages 12A-14A
Twenty-ninth Year, Number 12
CT1991 THE brunswck beacon Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, January 24, 1991
25< Per Copy 30 Pages, 2 Sections
A Southport man was killed Sat
urday evening when the truck he
was driving ran off the road near
Holdcn Beach and struck a tree.
Herbert Parker Jr., 65, was travel
ing north on Stone Chimney Road
about five miles north of Holdcn
Beach when his pickup ran off the
road, sideswiped one tree and hit
another tree head-on.
State Trooper B.L. Wilkes report
ed the driver was exceeding a safe
speed at the time of the accident, es
timated at 65 mph.
The 1986 Chevrolet truck came
to a rest about 10 feet to the left of
the tree. There were no passengers
in the truck.
The accident occurred around
7:15 p.m. Damage was estimated at
It was the first death reported on
Brunswick County's highway for
1991, said Ruby Oakley, Highway
In another accident last Thursday,
a Shallottc woman was seriously in
jured when her car ran off the road
about a mile west of Shallottc and
struck a drainage culvert
Eunice Strickland Kersey, 70,
was traveling west on N.C. 130
when she crossed the center line
and ran off the roadway, reported
State Trooper B.D. Bamhardt. The
driver stated that approaching head
lights blinded her from seeing the
highway, according to the officer's
Ms. Kersey was charged with
driving left of center following the
6:40 a.m. accident. Damage was esti
mated at $800 to her 1972 Chevrolet.
She was taken to The Brunswick
Hospital in Supply.
An early-morning accident Sun
day sent two drivers to the hospital.
Two drivers were taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington with serious injuries
Sunday following an carly-moming
(See MAN, Page 2-A)
STAFF PHOTO BY TERRY POPE
TURNPIKE ROAD resident Junior White says he can't figure out why the U.S. Census Bureau
failed to notice his house, one of about 30 homes in his neighborhood near Supply.
U.S. CENSUS SAYS OTHERWISE
Homes Exist On Turnpike Road
BY TERRY POPE
Residents along Turnpike Road near Supply say
their community is one of the oldest in Brunswick
County, yet the U.S. Census Bureau claims theie are
no houses on the road.
Junior White was busy Monday morning wiring
in some goats and a turkey in front of his home on
Turnpike Road. His home has been there for more
than 30 years, he said.
White pointed south to a two-story wooden struc
ture just a few hundred yards away. Although nobody
lives there now, generations once grew up there.
"That's the old Mrs. Bertie Lancaster place,"
White said. "It's at least 100 years old."
Turnpike Road runs between Ml. Pisgah Church
Road and Stone Chimney Road near Supply. Mt.
Pisgah Baptist Church sits at the corner of Turnpike
Road, which was once called Bellamy Road.
White's son, Brunswick County Coroner Greg
White, also owns a home on Turnpike Road and so do
about 30 other people, according to the Brunswick
County Planning Department.
How then could the U.S. Census Bureau reach a
conclusion that there are no homes along Turnpike
The planning department requested that the bu
reau recheek its figures after a preliminary housing
count released last September by the federal agency
showed no homes existing in a census block which
includes Turnpike Road. Spot checks to compare the
census report with county land use maps showed a
discrepancy, said Don Eggcrt, a county planner.
"We went out and counted the number of units
and sent that information to the Census Bureau," Eg
A letter received this month from William Hill,
director of the U.S. Census Bureau regional center in
Charlotte, said there were no houses in the census
block where Turnpike Road is located. The number of
housing units was confirmed by a "field review," the
County planners were stunned.
While said he was not aware that his ncighbor
(See HOMES, Page 2-A)
Poor Bookkeeping Could Cost Brunswick Schools
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick County Board of
Education members digested bad
news of its own last Wednesday
while the world outside the board
room received word that war had
begun in the Persian Gulf.
The school system must repay the
state approximately 575,667 and
faces possible legal action by its in
surance underwriter to recoup any
benefits improperly paid to or on
behalf of an unknown number of
The county owes the state
$75,000, said auditor Charles Flow
ers, because the finance staff was not
? Charles Flowers
reconciling its State Public School
Fund with the state treasurer's office
on a timely basis. Because the school
system didn't know how much state
money it had spent, "expenditures
were charged to the state fund that
were not qualified and had to be re
funded." Finance Officer Rudi Fal
Ion has since implemented stem to
ensure timely reconciliations of all
Discovery that health insurance
premiums for several former em
ployees were still being paid
through the school system has left
the system potentially liable for ben
efits received by those individuals.
"We don't know what that claim
will be or for how much," said
Flowers. "Management doesn't
know how many claims may have
been paid. The records aren't there."
North Carolina Blue Cross/Blue
Shield administers the state's self-in
surance program in which the school
system participates. Former employ
ees are allowed to continue their
group policy coverage for a transi
tion period of up to 18 months if
they pay both their share and the
school district's share of the premi
ums, plus 2 percent They arc billed
individually, not through the schools.
However, that was not the case in
one or more instances. Randy
Worth, the husband of former school
board chairman Dorothy Worth, left
the system's employment in 1985,
but continued paying premiums
through the school system until June
1990 for his family hospital insur
(See BOOKKEEPING, Page 2-A)
Clegg Hired As
BY SUSAN USHER
In a move Monday night thai
evoked little surprise, Bmnswick
County Commissioners gave David
Clegg the job he has held in func
tion, if not in title, for approximate
ly 14 months.
The board's second move did
come as a surprise as it named
Douglas Lcdgclt as assistant to the
manager, leaving open the possibili
ty of a future reclassification to as
sistant county manager. Ledgett, an
attorney from Southport, was hired
in late 1990 as the county's first
emergency medical services coordi
Clegg, 35, who will continue as
county attorney, said he is "proba
bly" the only county manager in the
state to hold both positions, though
some county managers arc lawyers.
Clegg said he sees no conflict of in
terest in holding the dual roles.
He was among four candidates
for the post interviewed in open ses
sion by commissioners a week earli
er. A vote on hiring a hew county
manager had been delayed pending
routine background investigations
by the Brunswick County Sheriff's
"He has done an outstanding
job," said Holden, describing Clegg
as a "proven leader" in his perfor
mance over the past 14 months as
the two boards he served under dur
ing the past year moved forward
with construction projects and water
extension projects and began push
ing for revised subdivision ordi
nances and zoning regulations.
Since joining county government
in 1985 Clegg has served in the dual
roles of staff attorney and cither as
sistant, acting or interim county
manager, depending upon the cir
The 4-0 unanimous decision to
hire Clcgg was made on a motion
by Gene Pinkerton early in
Monday's meeting. Commissioner
Frankie Rabon was absent. He had
called before the meeting, saying he
had to deal with an emergency at
However, when the subject was
broached by Chairman Kelly
Holdcn, Pinkerton said he wasn't
prepared to vote on Clegg's salary.
Clegg's salary was increased a
year ago to 554,000 to reflect his
added duties as acting county man
ager. He said Monday he hasn't dis
cussed the question of salary with
Commissioners indicated they
would lake up the question of
salaries for Clegg and Lcdgett at
their next meeting.
Clegg Gets Back-Up
In the newly crcalcd position of
assistant to the manager, Ledgctt
will continue as emergency medical
services coordinator and will as
sume other responsibilities under
Clegg's direction and supervision,
said Holden. He will also serve as
acting manager in the manager's ab
Holden said the idea of Lcdgett
taking on the role of assistant was
"David is r.ot going to be here ev
eryday. It's asking too much to ask
him to assume both jobs with no
backup. He could get burned out,"
said Holden. Lxdgett was chosen,
said Holdcn, because he is also a
lawyer, has a good knowledge of
the county and administrative skills,
and works well with Clegg.
Wearing Two Hats At Once
Familiar Role For Clegg
BY SUSAN USHER
David Clegg has worn the hat of
- ? %?,. County manag
er as well as at
torney off and
on again since
? ment in 1984.
% 4 1 that, he said
|k 1 M Monday, coun
? HI ty residents
clegg shouldn't ex
pect any overnight changes in coun
ty government, though changes may
be forthcoming in future months.
He may be the only county man
ager in North Carolina who also
serves as a county staff attorney. It's
a mix with which he is comfortable
and also challenged.
One of four candidates for the
position, Gegg had told commis
sioners in an open interview earlier
this month that he thinks the man
ager's role includes serving as a
conduit between the public and the
commissioners. Employee morale is
tied directly to "a sense of accom
plishment, an achievement of the
goals of the county," he said, and
county employees should r.o? work
"simply to bring home a paycheck."
Clegg has an undergraduate de
gree in government and foreign af
fairs from Hampden-Sydney
College and a master's degree in
theater arts and law degree from the
University of South Carolina. In his
spare time he is involved in the
(See TWO HATS, Page 2-A)
Figures Show County Suivfed
A Sluggish Year For Bunding
BY TERRY POPE
Brunswick County wasn't hit quite as hard as other
areas of the country by a slump in new home construc
tion in 1990, area figures show.
. Area realtors remain optimistic that Brunswick
County's market can remain strong enough to survive a
possible recession of the national economy this year.
"We're definitely in better shape than other parts of
the country," said Terry Barbee, president of the
Brunswick Islands Board of Realtors. ' A lot of folks re
main ready to do something if they could move their
Retirees from other areas comprise a large block of
local home buyers. Because homes arc not selling in
other parts of the country that are affected more by the
sluggish economy, new home sales locally are cxpccted
to be off slightly for the first quarter of 1991, he pre
"Then I'm looking for it to pick back up," Barbee
Brunswick County remains the second- fastest grow
ing county in the state behind Dare County. According
to building permits issued in 1990, the number of new
homes built in unincorporated areas of the county last
year increased after two straight years of declines in
new home construction.
While the county saw a trend in fewer homes being
built inland in recent years, the beach communities
have continued to experience steady growth. New home
construction on the South Brunswick Islands remained
steady or increased again last year, building reports in
At Ocean Isle Beach, permits for 35 single-family
homes and two duplexes were issued last year for an es
timated $3.6 million in valuation. In 1989, only 27 per
mits were issued for 52.37 million in valuation.
"I felt like it was a little bit slow," said Barbee, an
Ocean Isle Realtor, "but the building inspector kept
telling me that we were doing better than last year. It's
all in the frame of mind of how you look at things."
The Brunswick County Building Inspections
Department issues building permits for new home con
struction in areas outside of town zoning districts and
for six towns that do not have their own programs.
Those towns are Belville, Bolivia, Leland, Navassa,
Sandy Creek and Varnamtown.
According to the county's annual building inspec
tions report, permits for 181 new homes were issued
outside of municipal ?nning districts last year for a val
uation of SI 3.7 million compared to 184 permits in
1989 at a valuation of SI 2.1 million. The county also is
(See AREA REALTORS, PAGE 2-A)
ST *ff rHOTO BY DOUG KUTTEK
AT HOIJ)EN BEACH, new home construction actually increased last year on the island despite a
sluggish year nationally. This home is under construction in the Wild Dunes subdivision.