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WATCHING AS HYBRID STRIPED BASS eggs hatch at Brunswick Aquafarms at Fttnslon are
(clockwise from front left) Brunswick County school board member Robert Slockett, Marine Crescent
Director Mike Bradley, ADM engineer Ron Massey; Aquafarms President Doug Holland, BCC Dean
of Students Beth McLean and Director of Planning and Research Gerry Shaver.
Tuition Going Up At BCC This Fall
It will cost more to attend Brunswick Community
College or any of the state's other community colleges
this fall.
At the direction of the N.C. General Assembly, the
State Board of Community Colleges has raised tuition
rates at all 58 institutions, according to Dept. of
Community Colleges spokesman Mark R. Van Sciver.
Tuition for in-state community collcgc students will
increase from S105 to S161 per quarter for full-time
students, or SI 1.50 per credit hour up to a maximum of
14 credit hours.
Out-of-state tuition is increasing from S981 per quar
ter to SI, 505, or S107.50 per credit hour, up to 14 credit
Community colleges must now charge for each credit
hour up to 14, as opposed to the previous limit of 12
credit hours.
Registration fees for occupational extension courses
were raised from S25 to S30 per course.
The boards of trustees of the local colleges set the
registration fees for other community service extension
System President Bob Scott and many members of
the state board have expressed concern that the increas
ing tuition fees will affcct the system's long-lend tradi
tion of broad accessibility.
"I'm very concerned that our system's open door pol
icy is closing in the face of the very people who could
most benefit from a community college
education ? people for whom a rise of S55 in tuition
means the difference between attending college or not,"
said Scott.
A tracking system is being developed as part of an
effort to analyze student retention rates.
New Postmaster Enjoys
Slow Pace In Winnabow
Betty Carpenter was appointed
postmaster at Winnabow on April 6
and was on the
job six days lat
She saw an
opening for the
job in a postal
memo and im
mediately ap
plied, she said.
Ms. Carpenter
was interviewed
CARPENTER along with sev
eral other people for the position.
Ms. Carpenter had tried for 10
other appointments, but with no
success, she said.
The Columbus County native
says she likes the slow pace in Win
nabow, where she succeeded long
time postmaster Tom Rabon Sr.,
who retired this year.
"Winnabow has been very recep
tive of me, even though I am an out
An article in the July 25 issue of
The Brunswick Beacon staled BCC
employees would receive an extra
day off during the Christmas holi
However, the BCC Board of
Trustees has not yet approved the
proposed extra day. President Mi
chael Reeves is checking with other
colleges regarding the number of
holidays their employees receive
and is to report his findings at the
board's next meeting.
The Beacon regrets the error.
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sidcr," Ms. Carpenter said. "1 enjoy
the customer service of the post
master position."
Her postal career began in 1975
as a substitute rural carrier. For 15
years she served as a window clerk
at the post office in Whiteville.
She was officer in charge in Fair
Bluff in 1986 and for four months
in Hampstead in 1990 during the
postmasters' absences.
Ms. Carpenter commutes every
day from Whiteville for now, she
said, because she "does not want to
uproot" her 16-year-old daughter.
She says the 45-minute drive is not
that bad and is worth it.
At Winnabow she is the only of
fice employee, but that hasn't led to
boredom. "No, I haven't gotten
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bored yet and I have been here three
months," she said.
Besides handling the mail, Ms.
Carpenter is also responsible for
any janitorial services. After all this
is done, she catches up on her man
ual reading.
'The afternoons are never boring.
Everyone starts getting off of work
and they come in to get their mail,"
she said.
"I like it here, but I am trying to
move up," said Ms. Carpenter. "I
would eventually like to become a
level 20 postmaster." (Wilmington
is considered a level 21.)
"I may stay here until retirement
(15 years), but it all depends on if
the advancement bug bites," she
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I BCC Eyeing Aquaculture Program
Brunswick Community College
trustees and staff members toured
several local aquaculture facilities
Monday as part of BCC's quest to
determine the feasibility of an aqua
culture training program on campus.
Thirty-five to 40 persons partici
pated in the tour sponsored by BCC
and the Brunswick County Cooper
ative Extension Service. It included
stops at Brunswick Aqualanns at
Funston, Walden Creek Aqualanns
and the aquaculture program at
South Brunswick High School at
Boiling Spring Lakes, the only one
of its kind in North Carolina.
In addition to trustees, among
those on the tour for one or more
slops were Kelly Holdcn, chairman
of the Brunswick County Commis
sioners; Board of Education mem
ber Robert Slocked and Stipt. of
Schools P.K. Hank ins; Rep. E.
David Rcdwinc, Brunswick County
Extension Director Milton Cole
man; Mike Bradley of The Marine
Crescent; Bobby Davis, BEMC eco
nomic development officer; mem
bers of BCC's administrative coun
cil and officials with the Economic
Development Administration were
among the participants.
There arc presently 10 to 12
aquaculture facilities in Brunswick
County and about 19 in Columbus
rti iiic c lose of lmC tour, the group
dined at the CP&L Vistors Center
on Maynard Owens' cagc raised
catfish cooked by Owens and Wil
ton Harrelson.
Doug Holland, president of
Brunswick Aquafarms, said a pro
gram as that proposed at BCC could
provide skilled workers to 50 to 60
farmers who need help.
Speakers told the group that
aquaculture is labor and capital in
tensive, and expensive to start up.
Costs average, around SI, 200 to
S1,8(X) per acrc to huikl ponds and
S3.(XX) to $6,(XX) per acre to oper
ate. The return on that investment
typically ranges from 10 percent to
15 percent.
Choices for stocking ponds in
clude hybrid striped bass, which are
more difficult to raise but yield a
better return, crayfish and catfish.
Aquaculture offers opportunities
for North Carolina farmers to diver
sify. indicated Tom Lasordo, N.C.
State extension aquaculture special
ist, as well as an alternative for the
farmer looking for a means to re
main on the family farm.
He said completion of the two
year training program by operators
would increase financial institu
tions's willingness to make loans
for aquaculture operations.
Holland said the industry in North
Carolina could absorb 12 to 15 new
ly trained employees now and in
South Carolina, even more. Pay
starts around S 1 5,(KK) to S18,(XX) an
nually with a two-year degree.
Those who arc good managers can
be earning around S30,(XX) in three
to four years.
The proposed BCC project would
only be a two year program in the
Carol inas. Speakers on the tour sug
gested graduates could find jobs
across the Southeast as well as in
other countries.
Holland and Barry Bey, instructor
of aquaculture program at South
Brunswick High School, have devel
oped a proposed two-year curricu
lum that could lead to an associate
degree in applied science. Students
would study plant biology, limnolo
gy, water quality, fish nutrition and
diseases, economics, genetics and
breeding and aquaculture marketing.
Among those asking questions on
the lour Monday were members of
an ad hoc committee of BCC
trustees appointed July 17 to ex
plore ihc feasibility of an aquacul
turc training program at the school.
The committcc was named sever
al months alter BCC anil the Wac
camaw-Siouan Development Asso
ciation jointly applied to the U.S.
Department of Commerce, Econo
mic Development Administration
(EDA) lor a $239,164 Public Works
Gram. The grant funds would help
in construction of an aquaculturc
training facility.
The application is not complete,
however, because the EDA is requiring
the college to indicate a willingness 10
use some of its land as security.
Through the efforts of Rep. E.
David Redwine, a local bill was
adopted that will allow BCC to give
security interests in purchased prop
erty to federal government agencies
in order to receive grants from them.
Appointed by board Chairman
Dave Kelly, ad hoc committee
members arc Jim Rabon, Malcolm
Grissctt, Lynda Stanley and Jamie
The committcc is to determine (1) if
BCC should enter into a lien agree
ment with the granting agency; and (2)
the feasibility of the program. If both
findings arc positive, then the group is
to decide the cxact location of the pro
gram on the campus and to assess its
impact on the campus.
The committee's report is due in
f ?-?? ? r montho
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The grant would cover 60 percent
of all costs for the facility while the
school will fund the rest.
Project components include con
struction of 38 acres of ponds in
cluding well and plumbing; con
struction of a 4,2(X) square foot
building with classroom and equip
ment storage space; and production
and classroom equipment.
The proposed site is on a 50-acre
tract that is part of BCC's campus at
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