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BY SUSAN USKER
Aquaculture Program
A Possibility For
BCC Campus
Brunswick Community College is busily
pursuing cooperative efforts to bring new
programs to the stale's youngest communi
ty college campus, with a regional aquacul
lure program among the possibilities.
Other possibilities include a recreational
grounds management technology program
for which a feasibility study is being pre
pared and expanded offerings in the allied
health fields
"The more 'niche' programs we can find
like this the more successful we can be,"
BCC President Michael Reaves said last
week.
BCC is working with the N.C. Marine
Crescent, a marine-related development or
ganization based in Wilmington, and the
W'dtcaiiiaw-Siouan Association at Boiton
to apply for a $400,000 grant from the U.S.
Economic Development Administration
(EDA) to start an aquae ulture program. If
approved, the program is expected to draw
students from a wide area, and potentially,
from abroad, he said.
As proposed, '.he project would include
construction of ponds on the Supply cam
pus for raising fish such as hybrid striped
bass and catfish and construction of a
building to house the program.
juiiuiuv omii'auu, vuc prcsi'jeni i or in
struction, said BCC was advised by the
EDA that "there is a 90 percent chance we
will get this grant if we apply." She said the
grant application is nearly completed.
Also involved closely with the project arc
the Brunswick County Soil Conservation of
fice, N.C. Agile 'ltural Extension Service
and South Brunswick High School aqua
culture program taught by Byron Bey for
Lhe Rnin?wick County Schools
'This would like a regional demon
stration site," Reaves told The Brunswick
Beacon. "It also would benefit our fanners
and fishermen who are trying to make tran
sitions and find alternate sources of in
come. The timing is right for this."
BCC is simultaneously working with
three other area community college cam
puses to determine the need for additional
program offerings in the allied health areas.
A regional study identified staffing short
ages and declining student enrollment in a
number of critical areas. These included
medical records, medical technology, occu
pational therapy, respiratory technology, ra
diology technology, physical therapy and
speech and hearing.
BCC has been chosen to administer a
S> 15,000 grant lor a feasibility study to be
completed in cooperation with the
Wilmington Area Health Education Center
(WAHEC). The study will determine in
which allied health fields graduates are
most needed locally and identify which
community college campus would be the
most appropriate training site for that pro
gram.
Chances are that Brunswick Community
College would be selected as the site for one
or noeeihlv luin i*?w mtwrawi Reaves
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Presently BCC has a wailing list of stu
dents for its only health-related curriculum
program, licensed practical nursing.
Reaves said he is pleased with the coop
erative effort by the campuscs and their
willingness to cross-recruit students for any
programs established.
"We're actually puiiing together and uy
ing to work together to meet area needs,"
he said.
Other schools involved are Cape Fear,
James Sprunt and Southeastern community
colleges.
Also at BCC, efforts began last year to
establish the need for the recreational
grounds program, with a consultant already
at work on the feasibility study. Pending
approval of a curriculum program, several
continuing education courses have already
been offered, with others planned.
Aviauon-reiated continuing education
courses are being offered five days a week
at the Soul!) port campus this spring for the
first time, in cooperation with Resort
Aviation. However, Reaves said the chances
are dimmer for establishing an aviation
management technology program since
Lenoir Community College already offers a
regional program.
Reave* and Mi?? Simpsor reviewed
these program possibilities with college*
trustees at their meeting last Wednesday.
Other Business
In other business, trustees:
? Accepted resignations from employees
GeeGee Lewis, Margaret White and
Raybon Moore.
fifviuvcu liicii Miucli 20 meeting 10 BCC's
Southport campus.
? Authorized, at a cost of S25.000 to
$30,(XX), repair and replacement work on
the roof of the classroom building on the
Southport campus by Quality Roof of
Shallotte. Also the chimney will be cut
down to a height of six feet. No action was
taken on proposed plumbing renovations
estimated to cost $8,000.
? Learned that BCC is exploring the possi
blity of ouerating its own daycare centcr
next year for childir.. students, faculty j
and staff.
? Heard from SGA President (Catherine
Lyles of plans for a March 20 blood drive
ami March 27 student appreciation day.
? Hired Steven Johnson to fill a full-time
temporary JTPA job counselor position for
the balance of the fiscal year. The position
may not be funded next year.
? Adopted a drug and alcohol policy and
reviewed related education?' materials that
will be circulated among faculty, stalf and
students.
? Approved in conccpt allowing
Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. to
install, at its own expense, 65-foot utility
poles to lilt the high-voltage power lines
that run in front of the planned site of the
Oucii Williamson Auuiloiiuiii. Raising the
lines will allow construction of a covered
wilkway and and a clear view of the front
of the building without BCC having to pay
to relocate or bury the cables.
? Reviewed with Architect Ken Phelps of
Boney & Associates the proposed bidding
package for the auditorium construction pro
ject. Several items will be bid as alternates
for added tlcxibility, but a proposed scenery
storage wea will be put out for bid at all at
this lime.
County Chapters Offer
Black History Program
Religion, the civil rights move
ment, cducai. n ? these three major
influences on the history of African
Americans meshed Saturday during
the annual black history program
sponsored by the Cedar Grove and
Brunswick County chapters of the
NAACP.
Approximately 60 people attend
ed the event in the public assembly
building at the county government
complex at Bolivia Saturday night.
William C. Hythe of Soulhport,
keynote sneaker, encouraged young
people in the audience to pursue an
education and to develop their abili
ties to the fullest. He reminded them
of the United Negro College Fund
motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to
waste."
Flythe, a Southport resident, was
employed by Pfizer Chemicals for
20 years, most recently as a senior
supervisor. He earned a bachelor of
science from Johnson C. Smith Uni
versity and a doctorate from How
ard University. He is vice president
of the Region GHSouncil for the Ad
vancement of Minorities in Engine
ering, a program that encourages
minority youths to explore and pur
sue careers in engineering and the
sciences.
In a 10-minuic scrmonctle, the
Rev. Charles A. Jacobs, pastor of
Little Macedonia and Friendship
Baptist churches, reminded his au
dicncc that freedom isn't being abic
to vote or to get a job "like every
one else".
Rather, he said, "there is only one
way you can be all you can be ? that
STAFF PHOTO BY SUSAN USH??
PATRICE GORE, one of the
youngest members of the Mart
in Luther King Jr. Youth Choir
to perform Saturday.
is to be free. And if you don't know
Christ you arc not free."
The program also included read
ings of her own work by Louise
Johnson, a county native who re
turned recently from New York
State, and comments by NAACP
Chapter Presidents Leslie Myrie,
Southport, and the Rev. M.C. Her
ring, Cedar Grove.
Certificates of recognition were
presented by Barbara T. Hcwctl,
while music was provided by Bob
bie Gore & The Gospel Brothers
and members of the Martin Luther
King Jr. Youth Choir, directed by
Tcrri Mitchell and Vicki Jcnrcttc.
Sunset Beach Begins Looking At Sewer System Alternatives
Sunset Bcach Council members
will begin looking at the possibility
of town sewer service when they
meet Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Coy Batten, of the construction
grants section of the N.C. Division
of Environmental Management, is
to discuss the state's Clean Water
Fund. The fund provides low-inter
est loans to eligible communities for
projects such as sewer systems.
"We know sewer's got to be put
in," Mayor Mason Barber said
Tuesday. "This is a start. We're go
ing to find out if any money is
available, if we have to go with
bonds or what."
Barber said tlic council is willing
to listen to all alternatives anyone
has to offer. There is one option in
particular the town will explore, he
said. That is the potential for a coop
erative project with Sea Trail Corp
oration, which has developed exten
sive properties within the town and
its surrounding extraterritorial zone.
"Sea Trail will probably be in the
sewer business within a year if it can
get the permit," said Barber. "There's
a possibility of tying in there and
eventually operating the plant."
Another possibility could be a re
gional approach to sewage disposal,
he said, though meetings along that
line several years ago resulted in no
activity.
In any case. Barber would like to
see the town move ahead on the is
sue. "Soon we'll be hemmed in and
won't be able to afford to buy land
for a treatment plant," he said.
Barber said he doesn't think in
stalling a sewer system will increase
the rate of development for Sunset
Bcach.
"We're going to keep on growing
Gunfight Leaves Calabash Man
Injured; Charges Are Pending
BY TERRY POPE
As of Monday, chargcs were still
pending from a shooting at a Sea
side business last week that left two
people injured.
A Calabash man remained hospi
talized in serious condition Monday
after being struck in the upper chest
area by a bullet
Brunswick County Sheriff's De
tective Billy Hughes said the dis
pute that turned into a gunfight in
volving two local business partners
began around 8:08 p.m. last Tues
day, Feb. 19. One person injured by
stray bullets was an innocent by
stander, Hughes said.
Del. Hughes said William F.
"Bookie" Taylor Sr., 47, of Seaside,
and Hcrshal Allen of Calabash
agreed to meet at the T&T Develop
ment Co. office at Seaside Plaza to
discuss a business deal.
"Bookie" Taylor's brother, Wayne
Taylor, happened to be at a nearby
business when he noticed his broth
er's car in the parking lot and entered
the building before Allen arrived.
"He just wanted to see why his
brother was working so late," Det.
Hughes said.
When Allen arrived, an argument
developed between Allen and
"Bookie" Taylor that became heat
ed. Both men drew weapons and be
gan firing shots at one another,
Hughes said. "Bookie" Taylor al
legedly fired a ,38-caliber revolver
at Allen, hitting him twice, once in
the upper chest and again in the el
bow.
Allen is believed to have fired
shots from two guns, a .38-caliber
revolver and a ,357-caliber pistol.
Ll Donncll Marlow said he has
been calling doctors at New Han
over Regional Medical Center in
Wilmington, where Allen is being
treated, to determine when detec
CRIME REPORT
lives could qucslion the victim about
the shooting. Mariow said he was to
contact doctors again Feb. 25.
Allen's condition has been up
graded from critical to serious con
dition since he was admitted to the
hospital last Tuesday night, said a
hospital spokesperson Monday af
ternoon.
Detcctivcs say they will not file
charges until they have had a
chance to interview the victim.
When the shooting started,
"Bookie" Taylor's son, William F.
Taylor Jr., 27, was also at a nearby
business at Seaside Plaza at the in
tersection of N.C. 904 and N.C. 179.
Taylor Jr. rushed into his father's
office when he heard shots fired,
Hughes said, and was hit once by a
bullet in the arm. He was transport
ed to The Brunswick Hospital in
Supply where he was kept over
night, treated and released.
"In all, about 10 to 11 shots were
fired," Det. Hughes said.
Hughes said the incident appears
to have stemmed "from a phone call
made between the parties to discuss
a business deal" just before the two
agreed to meet at the office. He did
not believe the shooting was plan
ned by either man, but was brought
on by a heated debate.
"It was a common habit of both
men to carry guns wherever they
went," said Det. Hughes.
Other Shootings
There were two other shootings
reported in Brunswick County over
the weekend.
A Shallotte man died Monday
morning after being hospitalized
with a self-inflicted gunshot wound
to the stomach, said Detective Kev
in Holden of the Brunswick County
Sheriff's Department
James "Sonny" Redwine, 73, ap
parenUy shot himself in the stomach
Sunday around noor with a .410
gauge shotgun, Holden said. He was
transported to The Brunswick Hos
pital in Supply by the Shallotte Vol
unteer Rescue Squad and later
transferred to New Hanover Re
gional Medical Center.
The gunshot did not penetrate or
gans, Holden said.
"We don't know if the gunshot
caused the death," Holden said. "It
is still under investigation."
Redwine's wife was at home
when the shooting occurred. Accor
ding to Holden's report, she ran out
to U.S. 17 and flagged down a pass
ing motorist for help.
In another shooting Friday night,
a Taylorsville man was charged
with discharging a firearm into an
occupied vehicle in Leland.
Duncan Eric Flowers, 25, was
charged by Det. Holden after the
man allegedly fired three shots from
a ,38-calibcr automatic pistol into a
car on Village Road that was occu
pied by Kenneth Elton Hooper, 31,
of Leland.
The shooting stemmed from a
dispute over a girlfriend, said Hol
den.
He said Wilmington police have
charged Hooper with first-degree
burglary after he allegedly broke in
to an apartment in Wilmington
where Flowers was staying.
Flowers then allegedly followed
Hooper back to Leland where the
shooting occurred, Holden said.
Three bullets hit Hooper's car and
another bullet hit the ground.
Hooper told detectives that he lay
down in the car when the shots were
fired but later jumped out and ran.
The car then rolled into a ditch, re
ported Deputy Randy Robinson.
like wc arc," he said. 'The econo
my's down other places, but they're
still building out on the beach
Sea Trail's going gangbustcrs.
"It's fine with me just as long as
wc slay with the single-family hous
ing," said Barber.
Noting that sewer treatment is the
No. 1 priority for at least three
council members. Barber said the
council may dccidc Monday to au
thorize a sewer feasibility study.
Other items on the meeting agen
da for Monday include a public
hearing and action on the proposed
zoning of Pelican Shopping Center,
a request from the Twin l.akes
Residents Conservation Association
lo install an overflow pipe and riser
board at the first of the Twin Lakes,
and N.C. 179 and review of a final
plat for Marsh Point subdivision.
The council will also continue its
discussions on annexauon and meet
behind closed doors to discuss a
personnel matter.
Tech Prep Program Offers Students New Alternative
BY SUSAN USHKR
Brunswick Community College is teaming up with
the Brunswick County Schools to offer a prog: am
aimed at turning out graduates with the kind of techni
cal skills and academic background they say employ
ers arc seeking.
The Technical Preparation (Tech Prep) program
will be offered to local high school students this fall.
Tech Prep targets high school students who may not
pursue professional careers or attend four-year col
leges or universities, but who could benefit from addi
tional education at the community college level.
Studies show the slate's businesses and industries
arc seeking employees who can communicate effec
tively, compute accurately and think and reason skill
fully, said Johnnie Simpson, vice president for in
struction at BCC.
She and William Furplcss, vocational director for
the public schools, have been working for 1 1/2 years
to lay the groundwork for Uic cooperative program.
Students enrolled in the Tech Prep program will
take a blend of higher level academic courses and vo
cational courses that ease the transition to community
or technical college studies.
Tech Prep will be offered in three major cluster ar
eas: industrial careers, health and human services ca
reers and business careers.
Required courses for study in each area will include
algebra, English, science and social studies. The bal
ance of students' course schedules will be based on
gradual ion requuements and individual career goals.
Tech Prep students may receive advanced place
ment and may be able to receive credit at Brunswick
Community College for courses taken while enrolled
in the Brunswick County Schools.
Students will be provided comprehensive carccr
counseling services starting at the middle school level
and continuing through their enrollment at BCC.
They arc expected to begin planning their six-year
Tcch Prep curriculum in eighth grade, with the assis
tance of their parents and guidance counselor, based
on their aptitudes, abilities and interests.
Two Injured In Boones Neck Wreck
Two people were injured Saturday
in a two-car accident near Boones
Neck, three miles west of Holdcn
Beach.
According to State Highway Pa
trol reports, a Supply man was char
ged with failure to yield after he al
legedly pulled his car into the path
of a pickup truck at the intersection
of Boones Neck Road (RPR 1137)
and Kirby Road (RPR 1141).
Charged in the 3 p.m. accident
was John Burgwin Hewctt, 67, re
ported Trooper C.E. Ward.
Ward stated that Hewett's 1984
Oldsmobile pulled away from a stop
sign at the intersection and into the
path of a 1987 Chevrolet pickup
driven by Lloyd Wayne Rhodes, 39,
of Supply.
Hewetl and a passenger in the
Rhodes' vehicle, Cindy Rhodes, 37,
received minor injuries and were
taken to The Brunswick Hospital in
Supply.
Damage was listed at S6,000 to
the Rhodes vehicle and $3,100 to
the Hcwett car.
In another accident early Satur
day, a Shallotte woman was charged
with a scat belt violation after the
car she was driving ran off of Cala
bash Road (RPR 1300) about 12
miles south of Shallotte.
Trooper Ward chargcd Shannon
Hardwick McLamb, 30, who was
taken to The Brunswick Hospital in
Supply with Class B injuries. Class
B are incapacitating injuries, but are
not serious.
According to Ward's report, Ms.
McLamb ran off the left shoulder,
lost control of her 1987 Nissan and
then struck a ditch culvert.
Damage was estimated at S3, 100
to her car in the 6:30 a.m. accident.
In another accident Saturday
evening, a Wilmington teenager re
ceived minor injuries when the car
she was driving crashed into a tree
about four miles west of Lei and.
Meredith JoEllcn Heim, 16, was
traveling cast on Green Loop Road
(RPR 1429) at an excessive speed
when her 1985 Oldsmobile ran off
the left, crossed the roadway, struck
a ditch bank and became airborne
before striking a tree, Trooper T.W.
Cauldcr reported.
Ms. Heim was charged with driv
ing while impaired and driving
without an operator's license.
She received minor injuries and
was taken to New Hanover Region
al Medical Center in Wilmington.
Damage was estimated at $3,000
to the car in the 9:55 p.m. accident.
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