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Twenty-ninth Year, Number 34 macon Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, June 27, 1991 25<* Per Copy 94 Pages, 4 Sections Including Supplement, 4 Inserts
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Cruiser Runs Aground
This 40-foot cabin cruiser ran aground Saturday on the Ilolden Beach side of iMckwood Folly Inlet. The owner made arrangements for
salvage, according to Petty Officer Tony Iximb of the Oak Island Coast Guard Station. The effort was still in progress Monday. iMmb said
he wasn't sure how the boat ran aground or the extent of the damage to it. He refused to release the name of the boat or its owner.
Drug Checkpoints Net Three Arrests Friday
A prominent Soulhpon resident
was among three men arrested Fri
day on drug-related charges at a
road narcotics checkpoint manned
by the Brunswick County Sheriff's
Department and the N.C. Highway
Leslie Rolce Myrie Sr., 45, of 556
Jabbertown Road, was charged with
misdemeanor possession of mari
juana and possession of drug para
phernalia, said Lt. David Crocker,
narcotics officer with the Brunswick
County Sheriff's Department.
Myrie serves on the Resources
Development Commission for
Brunswick County and is active in
Republican politics. He is also past
president of the Southport-Bruns
wick County Branch of the NAACP
and serves on the Seafood Industrial
Park Authority at Wanchese by ap
poinimcni of the governor.
Deputy Mike Allen and narcotics
officer Doug Todd made the arrest,
Crocker said, following a vehicle
Also charged during a narcotics
check Friday were Matthew Russell
Schmidt, 23, of Edwards Road,
Greensboro, and Anthony Addison
Lea, of 2208 Tyson Sl, Raleigh.
Schmidt was charged with misde
meanor possession of marijuana,
maintaining a vehicle for the pur
pose of keeping a controlled sub
stance and possession of drug para
phernalia, Crocker said.
In a separate arrest. Lea was
charged with the same offenses,
said Crocker. Detectives did not
seize the vehicles in either case.
It was the second straight week
end that state troopers and narcotics
officers manned road checkpoints in
Brunswick County in an attempt to
stop the flow of drugs on county
highways. The first road checkpoint
was established in March.
Two men were also arrested June
13, one for felony possession of
LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
a hallucinogenic drug oncc popular
in the 1960s.
Michael McCann, 23, of Raven
wood, Va., was charged with felony
possession of LSD, misdemeanor
possession of marijuana, possession
of drug paraphernalia and maintain
ing a vehicle for keeping controlled
substances, said Crocker.
McCann was charged by State
Trooper Roy Murray and was re
leased from the Brunswick County
Jail June 14 on S3.500 bond.
From McCann's 1988 Mazda, of
ficcrs seized an assortment of smok
ing pipes, a small plastic bag con
taining marijuana and six paper
squares containing hits of LSD, said
"Thai's our first acid that we've
seized in about three years," said
LSD can be blotted onto paper
squares to resemble ink drawings.
The paper is placed in the mouth so
the drug can come into contact with
Officers also confiscated a .45
calibcr pistol from McCann's car,
Also arrested at the June 13 nar
cotics checkpoint was Franklin
Blackburn, 35, of Route 2, Shallot
te, for possession of drug parapher
nalia, according to charges filed by
State Trooper J.V. Dove.
CONTROVERSY FOLLOWS JOB CUTS
BY TERRY POPE
Some people plan to protest
Friday morning when Brunswick
County Commissioners hope to
adopt a S35 million 1991-92 county
The controversy doesn't concern
a proposed 68.5 ccnts per S100 of
valuation tax rate, the same as last
Instead, the all-Republican board
drew angry criticism following a
meeting last week when it voted 3-2
to fire three county employees, in
cluding 15-year veteran Clerk to the
Board Rcgina Alexander, as well as
eliminate two proposed positions.
Democratic Party Chairman
Crawford M. Hart said Monday the
firings have both a "racial and polit
ical tone" about them and should be
"We have talked to the attorney
general (Lacy Thomburg) three
times," said Hart. "We just felt there
should be some type of investiga
tion on it"
The Brunswick County Citizens
Association also plans to respond to
the board's recent actions, but
spokesman Roscoe Butler said
Monday he wasn't sure how.
The group wants to make sure it
presents a unified message when
going public, said Butler.
Filing For November
BY DOUG RIJTTER
Filing begins next week for 58
scats up for election this fall on 16
municipal boards in Brunswick
County and five other scats on local
hospital and sanitary district boards.
Candidates can start filing Friday,
July 5, at noon at the Brunswick
County Board of Elections office at
the government center in Bolivia.
They also can file at their kral
town hall, if forms arc available.
Elections Supervisor Lynda Britt
said the filing fee is $5. Candidates
have until Friday, Aug. 2, at noon to
file for office and get their name on
a ballot for the November 6 elec
One of the more complicated mu
nicipal elections this year will lake
place in the Town of Shallotte,
where voters will elect a mayor and
The mayor and one of the alder
men will be elected for two years,
while three aldermen will be elected
for four years.
Sarah Tripp was appointed mayor
of Shallotte last fall to take the post
vacated by Jerry Jones, who resign
ed after being elected to the county
board of commissioners.
The winner of the mayor's seat
this year will serve until 1993,
which is when Jones' term as mayor
would have expired. The mayor
normally serves a four-year term.
Joe "Junior" Hewett was appoint
ed to fill the town board seat that
Mrs. Tripp vacated. The person
elected this fall to that seat also will
serve until 1993.
Board of alderman seats occupied
by Wilton Harrelson, David Gause
and Jody Simmons also arc up for
election this fall. Winners of those
seats will be elected to four-year
Mayor Pro tem Paul Wayne
Reeves, who has served on the town
board since 1977, holds the only
scat not up for grabs this year in
At Calabash, three seats on the
seven-member board of commis
sioners will be up for election in
From District 1, the seat presently
held by Keith Hardee will be filled,
and from District 11, those held by
Jon Sanborn and Phyllis Manning.
Candidates can only run for a
seat in their home district, but they
are elected at large. They serve
Sunset Beach residents will elect
a mayor and two council members.
Mason Barber presently serves as
mayor. Council seats occupied by
Mary Katherine Griffith and A1
Odom are up for election in No
The mayor is elected every two
years. Council members serve four
Ocean Isle Beach
At Ocean Isle Beach, the mayor's
post presently held by Betty Wil
liamson and town commissioner
seats held by Debbie Fox, Virginia
Gibson and Pearl Steele will be up
The mayor is elected to a two
year term while commissioners are
elected to four-year terms.
The mayor's post and all five
seats on the board of commissioners
are up for election at Holden Beach
this fall, as they are every two
John Tandy is the current mayor.
Commissioners are Judy Bryari,
Kenncr Amos, Gloria Barrett, Bob
Buck and Gay Atkins.
Vamamtown residents will elect
four public officials, including some
body to the mayor's post presently
held by Judy Galloway.
The three town board seats up for
election in November are now occu
pied by Roger Robinson, John
David Dawson and Luellen Norris.
The mayor is elected for two
years while aldermen serve four
In Bolivia, voters will elect a may
or and all four members of the board
of aldermen to two-year terms.
Ina Mac Mint/, is the present
mayor. Aldermen are Ella Jane Wes
cott, Robert S. Willctts 111, Sarah E.
Knox and Cecil D. Robbins Jr.
(See FILING, Page 2-A)
to march. It's a free
On Possible Protest
Commission Chairman Kelly
Holden said the group had asked
that the board of commissioners
hold a special meeting with mem
bers of the black community prior
to Friday's budget session. Holden
said such a meeting would be a vio
lation of the open meetings law.
Rumors of a planned march at the
Brunswick County Government
Complex to protest the firijigs have
reached Holden, but as of Tuesday
no one had formally requested a
right to march. Commissioners will
meet in their chambers at 9 a.m.
"If there is a march, it won't be
put on by the Democratic Party,"
said Hart. 'There may be Dem
ocrats there, but it won't be spon
sored by the Democrats."
Holden said he and County
Manager David Clegg have deter
mined that a citizens group could
march there without a permit.
'They're welcome to march,"
said Holden. "It's a free country."
Smooth passage of the county
(See BUDGET, Page 2-A)
Early Next Week
Because of the July 4th holi
day, The Brunswick Beacon will
publish a day earlier next week
and all advertising and news
deadlines will be a day earlier.
All classified advertising must
be placed by noon on Monday.
The newspaper will be avail
able in racks and at dealer loca
tions Tuesday. Mail subscribers
in Brunswick County should re
ceive their paper on Wednesday.
Other subscribers should get
their papers about the same time
as usual since post offices will
be closed for the holiday on
Thursday, July 4 th.
The Beacon office will be
closed Thursday, July 4.
Committee Of 1 00
Hopes To Broaden
South Brunswick Economy
BY DOUG R UTTER
Local community and business leaders gathered at
Sunset Beach last week to organize a new committee
that hopes to improve the quality of life through eco
The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100
plans to develop programs and services that will attract
manufacturing firms to complement the area's thriving
Speaking at an organizational meeting last Thursday,
South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce
President Annette Odom said the new Committee of 100
can help develop a broader economic base.
"We're not looking for DuPont necessarily," Mrs.
Odom said. "We're looking for small businesses or
medium-sized businesses that enhance what we've al
try that's "compatible with our environment".
Resources Development Director Tom Monks said
the committee has "great potential." Monks said the
Lee Langston, a local
physician who helped or
ganize the committee, said
the group can make things
happen if enthusiastic busi
nessmen and residents get
behind it and they are will
ing to donate time and
Working closely with
the Brunswick County Re
sources Development Com
mission, Langston said the
organization can lure indus
group can help him bring in new industry by providing
sites and building a pro-business attitude in the com
In the last year, Monks said nine plants have an
nounced they will locate in Brunswick County and in
vest S17 million. Of the nine, he said seven plan to lo
cate in existing buildings.
The South Brunswick Islands isn't the first area to
establish a Committee of 100. Similar groups are oper
ating in the Southport-Oak Island area and in neighbor
ing New Hanover and Columbus counties.
Harold Wells, chairman
of the board of the Co
lumbus County Committee
of 100, told area business
leaders last week what the
group has accomplished in
his home county and what
it could do here.
Wells said the commit
tee formed in 1983 to create
jobs. With unemployment
at 14.5 percent, Columbus
County had to do some
thing to attract industry.
Although the South
growing much faster than
Columbus County, Wells said a local committee could
work with government to guide balanced growth.
Since 1983, the Columbus County Committee of
100 has helped attract 19 new manufacturing firms and
create 1 ,300 new jobs.
Wells said one of the smartest things the committee
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Brunswick Islands area is
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CHAIRMAN OF THE IX)CAL STEERING COMMITTEE, Bobby Davis, is all smiles as membership
totalled over 100. Writing names on the board is Judy Gore.