New Assistant Superintendent
Will Charge 'Full Speed Ahead'
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick County Schools' new
assistant superintendent of curricu
lum comes from within the school
system, but from outside the central
Moses Lewis, who has served as
principal of South Brunswick High
School since June 1982. brings to
his new office a positive attitude
and a "full speed ahead" approach
to getting things done.
On the recommendation of
Superintendent P. R. Hankins, the
former high school leather, football
coach and career Army man was
appointed Monday night by unani
mous vote of the Brunswick County
Board of Education.
The post was previously held by
William Harrison, who resigned last
month to become superintendent of
the Hoke County Schools.
Doug Bailey's motion came after
members relumed to open session
from ihicc hours behind closed
doors, where they discussed person
nel and attorney ?client matters.
A native of Brewton, Ala., the
57-year-old Lewis has a bachelor of
arts degree in sociology from Fayet
teville State University, a master's
South Brunswick Island residents
may get to ease off on their lawn
and garden sprinklers again during
the coming week.
Shallotte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said Tuesday the
weather outlook calls for above av
erage rainfall, coupled with near
He expccts at least one inch of
rainfall, coupled with temperatures
ranging from the lower 70s during
the nighttime to near 90 degrees
during the daytime.
of education in adult education from
N.C. Slate University, and princi
pal's and educational specialist cer
tificates from East Carolina Univer
sity. He also attended the Principals'
Executive Program at the lnstititutc
of Government in 19X6.
"1 thought about this a lot," said
Superintendent Hank ins. "I wanted
someone to work with me who has
a different style, one that 1 think
will complement mine in getting the
No one knows his leadership
style better than Lewis, who dc
M.iil<es himself as "rather intuitive"
and a man who "doesn't understand
the word 'can't'".
"I focus well. I can focus in two or
three directions at the same time," he
said in a telephone interview Tues
day morning from the school.
"I like productivity; 1 like my
work to be seen, not talked about. 1
take what guidance 1 have and go
Lewis said he originally had
planned to leave the education field
w hen him time at South Brunswick
High ended, but changed his mind
when the new opportunity devel
oped. Tuesday he said he's not as
"It's coming at a rate we can use
it," he said of the rainfall pattern.
"It's very beneficial this way."
For the period July 9-15, he
recorded 1.2 inches of rainfall on
The maximum high of 98 degrees
occurred July 14, while the low of
71 degrees was recorded on July 15.
Canady said a daily average high
of 92 degrees combined with an aver
age nightly low of 73 degrees for a
daily average temperature of 82 de
grees, about 2 degrees above average.
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Ms. Evans bccamc ihe eighth
person to die on Brunswick Coun
ty's highways this year, said Ruby
Oakley, spokesperson for the High
way Patrol office in Wilmington.
Through the end of July last year,
eight people had also died, she said.
Both drivers involved in an acci
dent on U.S. 17 northwest of Cala
bash Friday afternoon were charg
Larry Lee Jesscn, 49, of Ash, was
charged with failure to yield the
right of way in the 12:05 p.m. wreck
at the intersection of Calabash Road
(S.R. 1300), reported State Trooper
Jcsscn's 1989 Dodge pickup truck
turned onto U.S. 17 from Calabash
Road, pulling into the path of a 1978
Cadillac driven by Ollan Corneilous
Vaught, 38, of Calabash, Jones re
Vaueht's car struck the Jessen ve
hicle. Vaught was charged with
driving with no operator's license,
Neither driver was injured. Dam
age u/as listed at S3.500 to the Jes
sen truck and $1,500 to the Vaught
Four Cars Collide
No serious injuries were reported
in a four-car accident Friday even
ing on U.S. 17 near Supply.
Anthony Dale Caison, 16, of
Supply, was charged with driving
left of center following the 5:30
p.m. accident, reported Stale Troop
er J. V. Dove.
Caison's 1983 Chevrolet pickup
skidded on wet pavement and struck
a line of cars headed south on U.S.
17, Dove reported.
His truck collided with a 1986
Toyota driven by Paul Edwin Ham
mc, 38, of Riegclwood; a 1988
Volkswagen driven by Robert Mark
Tew, 27, of Greensboro; and a 1990
Daihatsu driven by Suzanne Elaine
Clegg, 22, of Greensboro, Dove
Ms. Clegg and a passenger in the
Hamme car, Robyn Hamme, 10,
each received minor injuries and
were taken to The Brunswick Hos
pital in Supply.
Damage was listed at S3.000 to
the Hamme vehicle, S100 to the
Tew car, $3,000 to the Clegg car
and $2,500 to the Caison truck.
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5.1991 I M? BRUNSWICK BEACON
*7 like my work to be
seen, not talked about"
? Mose Lewis
happy perhaps as he should be
about the change, but looking for
ward to it nevertheless.
"I'm enthused, but not elated."
he said, noting that he will miss the
daily interaction with students, par
ents and faculty, and that he consid
ers the school as his "family."
Still, he's looking forward to new
challenges involved in developing
the curriculum in ways that lead to
improved student performance.
"I'm going to do what I can to
carrv out the board's goals and to
carry out the school system's objec
tives," he said. "1 don't know any
thing but full speed ahead."
If he has had succcss at South
Brunswick High School, Lewis
says, the credit belongs to the pco
pic with whom he has worked ?
SUIT, parents, students.
"I don't look up to please," he
said. "I've always said that if you
take care of the people below you,
they will take carc of the people
Hankins said the promotion
won't become effective until either
the suite's hiring freeze is lifted or a
waiver is granted. Under the freeze
in place since January and extended
as of July 1, the only slots that can
be actually filled without special ap
proval arc those for classroom
teachers, teacher assistants and
school bus drivers. Hankins said he
sent a facsimile request for a waiver
to the state Department of Public
Sue Sellers of Kouie 2, Leland,
was named lo succeed Lewis as
principal ai South Brunswick. Mrs.
Sellers has served as an assistant
principal at the school for three
Lewis was chosen from a field of
13 applicants, including six employ
ees of the school system. Hankins
said he and Bill Turner, assistant su
perintendent for operations, and
Ralph Ward, personnel director, in
terviewed as many of the applicants,
11. as could be arranged. Lewis, he
said, came out at the lop of every
one's assessment of the candidates'
strengths and weaknesses.
Familiarity with the system
should free Lewis to move rapidly
into the job of improving student
performance, said Hankins. "1 Iclt
he was better prepared to get the
best out of the staff we have than
someone from outside would be."
Also of note, he said, is Lewis'
record at South Brunswick High.
"He has been very instrumental in
turning around a very difficult situa
tion," said Hankins. "South Bruns
wick was somewhat a trouble spot
in the past. He has brought about a
higher standard of performance."
In relation lo the Other two county
high schools South Brunswick stu
dents in rcccnl years have consistent
ly score higher on standardized tests,
posted improved drop-out statistics
and attracted more scholarship
awards to further their education.
Hankins said the school has also
been the source of few complaints
to his office during Lewis's tenure.
Before coming to South Bruns
wick Lewis previously served as as
sistant principal and assistant foot
ball coach at Erwin High School
from August 1974 to June 1978 and
again from August 1979 to 1982.
Fur the interim year he served as
dean of students/instruction at Rut
ledge College in Fayctlcville. He al
so taught social studies and coached
junior varisity football at Coats
Union School in Coats.
As assistant superintendent, Lewis
will cam between 533,456 and
S48.816 plus a local supplement of
Lewis retired from the U.S. Army
in 1972 as a sergeant major with 20
years' service. His last assignment
was as supervisor of a unit training
and tactical operations section.
POLICE CHIEF HAD RECOMMENDED FIRING SAMEK
Shallotte Reinstates Officer On Split Vote
BY DOUG RUTTER
Shallottc Patrolman George Samck is back on
the job after the board of aldermen voted 3-2
last week to reinstate him following a recent
Officer Samck, who was suspended with pay
June 18 and relumed to work Tuesday, said he,
was pleased but not surprised by the decision.
"As far as I'm concerned justice was served,"
he said. "1 thank the town board for making a
very fair decision and allowing me to serve this
Board members Paul Wayne Reeves, Jody
Simmons and Joe Hewctt voted to reinstate
Samck. Aldermen Wilton Harrclson and David
Cause, who is the father of the town's police
chief, opposed the action.
The split vole followed a hearing Uiat was
started July 3 and completed last Wednesday.
The hearing, held entirely in executive session,
lasted more than five hours.
While Samck was happy with the outcome,
his boss and co-workers said they disagreed
with the town board's decision.
Police Chief Rodney Gausc said he acted in
the best interest of town residents and the policc
department when he suspended Samek and rec
ommended that the officer be fired.
"I disagree with the board's action, but what
ever they tell me to do I'll do it," said Gausc.
When asked if the outcome would affect his
working relationship with Samck, Gausc said,
"I'm still going to conduct myself in a profes
"/ disagree with the
board's action, but what
ever they tell me to do,
I'll do it."
? Police Chief Rodney Gause
sional manner and still run the department as
I've been running it."
Shallottc police officers, many of whom wait
ed at town hall while the hearing was conduct
ed, have sided with their policc chief.
Speaking on behalf of the officers, Del. Tom
Hunter said they disagreed with the town
board's decision to reinstate Samck, but that it
would not affect their job performance.
Hunter said officers met among themselves
after the hearing. "We support Rodney and what
he tried to do and will continue to support him
in any way he leads us," he said.
Del. Hunter said policc officers haven't been
told any details about the suspension or hearing.
"I'm as much in the dark as you are," he said.
"I'm a little confused, as the rest of the depart
The reason for the suspension has not been
made public. Shallottc officials ? including
town board members, the policc chief and town
attorney ? have refused to discuss the reason for
the disciplinary action.
"I have nothing to say so don't ask," was the
only comment from Alderman Wilton
Harrclson, made as he walked past reporters
waiting outside the town board chambers.
Alderman Jody Simmons said he based his
vote on what he thought the board should have
done under the town's employment guidelines.
He said his vote didn't rellect any intention to
undermine the police chief.
Simmons said he thought the matter could
have been taken care of within the department.
He said there wasn't any evidence presented
during the hearing to indicate that Samck had
done anything to endanger anyone.
Samck and his attorney. Sheila McLamb, also
have declined to comment on the reason for the
"I don't think there would be any benefit
gained by Mr. Samck or the Town of Shallotte
by going into those details," Ms. McLamb said
last week. "He's reinstated, and dial's the im
Ms. McLamb said she expected the officer to
be reinstated to Uk force. "Samck has a history
as a good officer and I think that was reflected
tonight in the board's decision to reinstate him."
Witnesses called during the hearing included
John Duboise, Sandy Dye and Mike Arnold.
Ms. McLamb said Samck was not the only per
son to present evidence during the hearing, but
refused to say who testified on his behalf.
Holden's New Manager Starts Work Auaust 5
BY DOUG RUTTER
Gary Parker, a former town man
ager of Erwin. will bccin work Aue.
5 as ihe new town manager of
Town commissioners voted to
hire Parker last week, ending a six
month srarrh that began in January
following the controversial resigna
tion of former manager Blake
Parker will receive a salary of
S34.000 per year, and the town will
pay his moving expenses, said
Mayor John Tandy.
Parker was one of four applicants
interviewed June 27, and commis
sioners met with him for a second
time July 9 before making an offer.
Tandy said Parker notified him
that he would accept the position
The mayor said the vote to hire
Parker was unanimous, and com
missioners were pleased he accept
ed the post. "They were all just tick
led to death, which is a good note to
start oat on."
Parker, 44, served as town man
ager in Erwin for about eight
months before he resigned in Aug
ust 1990. He has been unemployed
"A town manager's relationship
to a council is a lot like a marriage,"
Parker said in a telephone interview.
"Sometimes they just don't work
Parker grew up in Fort Lauder
dale, Fla., and said he likes the coast.
Ho particularly enjoyed the view
from the Holdcn Beach Bridge. "It's
a nice setting to work in," he said.
As town manager of Erwin, Park
er supervised six department heads;
recommended policies; prepared
and administered the budget; and
reorganized and updated the town's
pay plan, according to his resume.
He had previously worked as hu
man resources director for the city
of North Lauderdale, Fla., assistant
town manager in Newington, Conn.,
and town manager in Franklinton.
While in Franklinton, he was ap
pointed to the Franklin County Task
Force on Juvenile Delinquency and
the Franklinton City Schools Voca
tional Education Advisory Board.
In the 1970s, Parker served as a
human resources planner with the
N.C. Department of Human Re
sources and a program analyst in
the Raleigh city manager's office.
Parker has a bachclcr's degree in
political science from Florida Slate
University and a master's degree in
public administration from N.C.
Suite University. He also attended
the N.C. Central University School
He is a member of both the North
Carolina and International City and
County Managers' Association and
Phi Sigma Alpha, the national polit
ical science honor society.
Tandy said he hopes the town
board comes up with some type of
orientation program for the new
Interim Town Manager Gus
Ulrich will probably stay on for the
first week to help Parker get started.
"You can't just walk through the
door and go," Tandy said.
The new town manager and his
wife, Wendy, will temporarily stay
in the apartment above the Holdcn
Beach Police Department on Davis
Street until they find a place to rent.
Tandy described the new manag
er as a "principled" man with a "se
riousness of purpose about life in
The mayor said Parker is hand
some as well. "He looks like a
movie actor 1 suppose," Tandy said.
"That's according to the ladies in
State Taxes Two Charged
In Drug Deal
I?Y TERRY POPE
Two men arrested in Shallotlc
last week during an undercover
drug operation were taxed more
than S50.000 each by the N.C. In
ternal Revenue Service.
The men arc accused of attempt
ing to buy 17 pounds of marijuana
from undercover police officers.
Doug Todd, a narcotics detective
with the Brunswick County Sher
iff's Department, made the arrests at
a Shallotte convenience store
around 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday, July
9, said Lt. David Crocker of the
While working undercover, Todd
received a phone call from a suspect
who wanted to buy a large quantity
of marijuana, Crocker said.
Todd and an undercover SB1
agent arranged a meeting with the
suspect in Shallotte.
John Wesley Faircloih Jr., 28, of
Route 4, Lumbcrton, was charged
wilh conspiracy to possess marijua
na and felonious possession of mar
James Samuel McGill, 43, of
April Drive, Faycileville, was char
ged with conspiracy to possess mar
ijuana, felonious possession of mar
ijuana, maintaining a vehicle to
keep or sell drugs and carrying a
At the sheriff's department's re
quest, an IRS representative was al
so at the scene and immediately
levied a drug lax of S54.186 against
each defendant, said Crocker.
Under a state law passed in Janu
ary 1990, persons found in j\>., ses
sion of large amounts of drugs can
be taxed based on the value of the
drugs. Of the lax money collected,
75 percent returns to the local nar
cotics unit in the county where the
lax was administered.
According to Crocker, Faircloth
allegedly callcd Todd Monday and
asked to buy a large quantity of
Seized in the incident were
S19.517 in cash, a 1981 Toyota
truck registered to McGill, a gun
found in a side panel of the truck
and a set of scales used to measure
marijuana, Crocker said.
Faircloth allegedly paid SI 3,300
for 10 pounds of marijuana and
promised to pay for the remaining
seven pounds at a later date, said
Officers immediately seized the
marijuana and placed the men under
arrest, he said.
The men were placed under
S300.000 bond each. That figure
was reduced last Thursday morning
to $50,000 each at a bond hearing in
Brunswick County District Court.
The seized truck has also been
turned over to the sheriff's depart
ment, said Crockcr.
Commissioners have been
searching for a lown manager since
January, when Proclor resigned un
der pressure from the board of com
Tandy said town board members
were "very conscientious" about
choosing a new manager because
they have been criticized in the past
for hiring people they couldn't get
"They were quite determined not
to make any kind of mistake,"
While looking for a new manag
er, town officials received more
than 100 applications. "We spent
some time on those resumes,"
Tandy said. "I'm talking about ev
eryone on the board."
Since Proctor left Holden Beach,
commissioners have hired two in
terim managers to supervise the dai
ly operations of the town depart
Diane Clark was promoted from
deputy town clcrk to interim town
manager immediately after Proc
tor's resignation. However, she re
signed May 31 due to an illness in
On June 20, commissioners hired
Ulrich as interim manager. He had
served as Holden 's Beach first town
manager, from January 1989
through August 1990, before he re
signed for personal reasons.
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