STAFF PHOTO BV TON' A TREST
Street Signs Going Up
New River Drive and Wilson Avenue street signs and 10 other sign
posts went up in Calabash Acres last Thursday. Every road in
lirunswick County must have a street sign and name before the
county's 911 emergency communication program goes into opera
tion. Ten to 15 signposts will go up every day until the job is com
pleted. Pictured from the left are Tom Birmingham, a county plan
ner; I'llis Bryant, sign team member; and Hoard of Commissioners
Chairman Kelly Holden. Kneeling are (from left ) sign team mem
bers Donald Reavis and Bryan llollis.
Deputies Seize Marijuana
The Brunswick County Sheriff's
Department sei/cd 53 marijuana
plants at a value of 584,800 in June,
according to the monthly activity
Officers answered 1,164 calls
during the month, including 166 do
mestic calls and summoned 138
The department conducted 117 in
vestigations and recovered $4,370 in
property. Officers spent 334 hours in
court, according to the report.
Tree Care Session
A tree care workshop will be held
July 30 at the Southport Town Hall
from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The seminar will be conducted by
Dr. James McGraw of N.C. State
University. Topics covered will in
clude the basic biology of tree
growth, maintenance and protection
from construction, said Bruce
Williams, extension area turf agent.
Tree pruning and other maintenance
Lawmen served 467 civil papers,
32ft local w;uTanis, one juvenile pe
tition and eight mental and inebriate
Officers traveled 86,970 miles
during the month and made 19 trips
out of the county. The department
logged 1,216 miles on the transport
The department held 50 crime
prevention meetings during the
month, according to the report.
Scheduled July 30
will be demonstrated.
The cost is S5 per person. The
course is limited to 25 people, so
prc-rcgistration is required.
To register send a check payable
to County of Brunswick to Bruns
wick County Extension Service,
P.O. Box 109, Bolivia, N.C. 2X422.
For more information, call the
extension office at 253-4425.
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IN SUPERIOR COURT
Lakes Teen Remains Under $100,000 Bond
It Y TKRKY POPK
A Boiling Spring Lakes teen-ager
charged in the shooting death ol his
moihcr was still being held under
$I00,(MX) bond Monday.
James Vickery, 15, has been held
in a juvenile detention center in
New Hanover County since peti
tions were served on him May 21.
In Brunswick County Superior
Court last week. Judge B. Craig
Ellis set bond for the suspect and
ruled that he undergo psychological
"I don't think he'd be of any kind
of risk to flee," defense attorney
Michael Ramos toiu F.llis. "If he
was a candidate to Ilec, he had op
portunity to do so."
Last Thursday, Ellis ordered that
Vickery receive private psychologi
cal testing. On Ramos' motion, the
court appropriated S2.IXX) for the
According to the evidence, offi
cers approached the Pierce Road
home to find out why Virginia An
derson, 44, had not reported to work
at Dosher Memorial Hospital in
Southport for more than a week.
Her body was found in a locked
bedroom alter Boiling Spring Lakes
officers noticed fou! (vJor c?n|',u'
from the house. An autopsy indicat
ed she had been shot in the head
about a week earlier.
During that time, Vickery contin
ued to live in the home.
Although he will be iried as an
adult, the maximum sentence Vick
ery can receive, if found guilty of
first-degree murder, is life in prison.
According to stale law, anyone
younger than 17 at the time of a
crime is too young to receive a
"This is a non-capital case simply
because of the age of the defen
dant," noted District Attorney Rex
Vickcry's step-father anil a num
ber of relatives live in Charlotte,
"I don't think he has any ties to
the area," said Gore.
He will appear in Superior Court
Aug. 5 for arraignment, when per
sons arc brought to court to answer
to criminal charges. The charge is
then read to the defendant, who is
asked how he or she pleads.
Judge Hllis also heard the follow
ing cases in Superior Court last
?Anthony Craig Smith, 27, of
Route 6, Shallottc, was sentenced to
a total of six years in prison. He was
sentenced to two years in prison and
given work release alter pleading
j'tiiliy to driving while impaired,
driving with a permanently revoked
license and driving with no insur
ance. He was given another two
year sentence and recommended for
the DART program alter pleading
guilty to driving without a licensc
and driving with a fictitious regis
DART is a drug rehabilitation
treatment program administered by
the prison system. Smith was also
sentenced to two years in prison af
'.er pleading guilty to driving while
his license was revoked, speeding to
clutlc arrest and resisting arrest. All
sentences arc to run at the expira
tion of each previous sentence.
? Ronald Ciary Hart, 49, of Ben
nctlsvillc, S.C., was given a tour
year sentence, suspended for five
years and placed under five years'
supervised probation after pleading
guilty to the sell of marijuana and
contributing to the delinquency of a
Hart was accused of selling a
quarter-pound of Columbian mari
juana to an undercover SBI agent in
Maco on May 13. Officers said he
used his 7-year-old son as a decoy
in the sell. Hart was fined S2,(X)0
and ordered to pay $50 to the
Brunswick County Sheriff's Depart
ment, S5(X) in attorney fees and to
perform 100 hours of community
?Gregory F. Williams. 26, of Route
I, Supply, was sentenced to two
years in prison on each of three
counts of conversion by bailee. The
sentence was suspended for live
years and he was placed on five
years' unsupervised probation. He
was ordered to pay S5IX) on July 10,
Sl,7(X)on July 24 and SI. 647 on Jan.
24, 1992 in restitution to F&SW
Inc., his employer at the time the
money was reported missing in
October 1990, indictments suite.
?Joseph Carson Brooks, Route 5,
Shalloltc, was sentence to 30 days
in jail, suspended for two years and
lined S50 after pleading guilty to
possession of undersized oysters
and selling lish, shrimp and crabs
without a license. He was ordered lo
pay S72 in restitution for oysters to
the Stale of North Carolina and to
not violate any laws for two years.
?Thomas Wesley Blackwood, 34,
of Greensboro, was sentenced to
four years in prison, suspended for
live years and placed on five years
supervised probation after pleading
guilty to possession with intent to
sell and deliver marijuana and sim
ple possession of cocaine.
He was placed under six months
intensive probation, fined $2,000,
ordered to serve 150 hours of com
munity service within 12 months,
pay $240 to the Brunswick County
Sheriff's Department and submit to
He was ordered lo cooperate fully
with the sheriff's department and
testify truthfully and submit to
counsel and treatment if required by
his probation officer.
Charged With Drug Possession
BY TKRKY POI'K
Officers arc taking u> ihc high
ways and ihc air this summer to
combat drugs in Brunswick County.
Drug charges were filed against a
Cincinnati man last week alter offi
cers seized a number of marijuana
seedlings from a car near Lcland.
Charles Erwin Skidmore Jr., 41,
was stopped by Brunswick County
Sheriff's Deputy She lion Caison for
suspicion of driving while impaired.
The marijuana plants were found
following a search of the suspect's
car, said Lt. David Crocker, nar
cotics officer with the sheriff's de
Skidmore was charged with mis
demeanor possession of marijuana,
maintaining a vehicle to keep a con
trolled substancc and possession of
The seedlings are among 25 mar
ijuana plants that have been seized
by narcotics officers in Brunswick
County during July. Last month, 53
plants were seized, said Crocker.
The plants confiscated this month
range in size from seedlings to more
than three feet tall, he said.
As in years past, spotter planes
have also been used this summer to
locate marijuana plants from the air.
"This season, the plants are slow
growing and arc well-hidden," said
On the streets, sheriff's detectives
and the N.C. State Highway Pairol
organized Operation RIP in March.
The joint effort is aimed to combat
the How of drugs on the county's
Operation KIP was back in force
during the July 4 holiday weekend
as six people were charged at sever
al highway drug checkpoints.
Two drug-snilfing dogs aided of
ficers in the searches, said Crocker.
Marcos Augustus Ceasar is han
dled by Slate Trooper J.V. Dove.
Buddy, a county crime prevention
dog, is handled by Deputy Don
The six people charged with drug
violations during die latest road
?Sharon Arline Lupion, 21, of
Spring Valley Road, Wilmington,
was charged with misdemeanor pos
session of marijuana, maintaining a
vehicle to keep a controlled sul
stance, possession of drug paraphe
nalia and possession of pyrotecl
nics (fireworks) by Trooper Roy
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Q. What is "dry eye"?
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not produce enough tears or produce tears which do not have
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ing Some people experience an overly wet eye. This is a natu
ral reflex to comfort a dry eye.
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