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STAFF PHOTO BY TIBIY fOPi
VETERINARIAN BILL RABON tends to Squeaker, a eat owned by Chris Fulwood , right, of Shallot te.
Rabon says North Carolina's pet vaccination program has helped prevent the spread of rabies into
Health Officials Warn Owners
To Protect Pets From Rabies
BY TERRY POPE
Two years ago, two cats were
found playing with a bat on the
front porch of a Brunswick County
Fearing the hat might have ra
bies, the owner called veterinarian
Bill Rabon, who sent the bat to
Raleigh to be tested.
"It was rabid," said Rabon. "One
cat had not been vaccinated, so it
had to be destroyed."
Rabies is not uncommon in bats,
but it is in most other animals.
When news spread last week that a
rabid fox had bitten a child in
Pasquotank County, it sent a signal
to area veterinarians that a possible
outbreak could occur here.
"Rabies seems to break out in
pockets," said Rabon. "When it
does break out, it tends to slay there
a while. The mid-Atlantic suites
have been a pocket for quite a
In 1982, at the peak of a rabies
epidemic in Virginia, state officials
there found rabies in 645 raccoons.
Each year the disease has spread to
more counties and has migrated to
The good news, said Rabon, is
that North Carolina has a good pet
vaccination program that residents
should take advantage of. Pets can
be protected from the disease with a
simple vaccine shot given through
Brunswick County's Animal
Control rabies clinics or by local
Cats and dogs can be vaccinated
after they arc four months old. Once
they arc six months old, state law
requires it. After the second yearly
shot, a vaccine is needed every
"We're way beyond other states
in vaccinating our animals," Rabon
said. "If 70 percent of our dogs and
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cats arc vaccinaicd, then rabies will
not comc into Brunswick County
through our pet population."
Rabon, chairman of the
Brunswick County Board of Health,
said he doesn't know what percent
age of local pets have been vacci
nated. But news that rabies has been
found in foxes and bats in North
Carolina should make pet owners
think twice about waiting to have
their pets vaccinaicd, he said.
Rabies is a viral disease that af
fects the central nervous system. It
is spread from animals through their
saliva, which must enter a person
through a skin puncture or animal
bite. Even in a dead animal, the
virus can live for 24 hours.
"Because our wild animal popu
lation does not recognize slate line
boundaries," said Rila llalchcr, pub
lic health educator with the
Brunswick County Health
Department, "people in Brunswick
County need to vaccinate their ani
mals, to avoid any fatalities."
The disease has also been report
ed in South Carolina, she said.
Rabies is fatal in animals and can
be fatal in humans. The risk of be
ing bitten by a rabid animal is 3(X)
times greater for a veterinarian than
for an average pet owner, said
Rabon. Thai's why animal workers
also lake vaccines against ihc dis
Jill Caison, a veterinarian assis
tant and local wildlife animal reha
bilitaior, was bitten on the hand sev
eral times by a bat thai got away.
She had taken the vaccine shots
against the disease.
"I only had to lake two treauncnl
shots," said Ms. Caison, "because 1
had been vaccinated previously."
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Olhcrs believed billen by a rabid
animal musl lake up to five treat
ment shots at S72 each, said Rabon.
Hunters often help bring the dis
ease to communities by transporting
in wildlife from other areas. If fox
es, raccoons or other wildlife act as
if they're not afraid of humans, they
arc likely carriers of the disease,
said Dr. Jim Rabon, veterinarian.
"Cats have been known to run
themselves to death alter getting the
disease," he said.
Dogs can die from hydration, he
"Even if the animal has been vac
cinated and is bitten, it should be
quarantined and vaccinated again,"
said Jim Rabon. An unvaccinated
animal that has been bitten by a ra
bid animal should be destroyed, he
Symptoms of rabid animals in
clude excessive salivating, chewing
on wood, mood changes, fear of
light and overly agressive behavior.
Those signs may be present from
two to three days after the pet has
lie en infected, or front two to three
months, Rabon said, because the
virus musl travel up the animal's
nervous system to the brain.
Also, a normally vicious dog may
becomc cowardly, he said.
People should be cautious of try
ing to make pets out of wildlife,
said Bill Rabon.
"The rule of thumb is not to
touch wildlife," said Rabon. "If you
can. don't. Leave it alone, because
they are likely carriers of rabies."
Baptist Church To Mark Anniversary
United Faith Baptist Church of
Ash will cclcbratc its anniversary
A "pre-annivcrsary" program is
planned Saturday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m.,
led by the pastor, the Rev. Samuel
Flowers. Guests will be Billy Har
dee and The Soul Brothers, a gospel
chorus from Washington, D.C.,
whose appearance is sponsored by
Rose Bellamy of Washington, D.C.,
Miss Shining Star.
Sunday's daylong anniversary
celebration begins at the 11 a.m.
worship service following Sunday
School at 10 a.m., said spokesman
The Rev. Washington V1. Flow
ers, pastor of New Life Baptist
Church, Baltimore, Md., will be the
guest speaker. Me will be accompa
nied by his choir and congregation.
Dinner will be served in the fel
lowship hall, with the evening ser
vice starting at 3 p.m. Miss United.
Mary Piggott, will be crowned at
that scrvice. Accompanying her will
be past Miss Unitcds Zettie Price,
Edna Gore and Christine Flowers,
and Miss Shining Star Rose Bel
lamy, guest queen.
Teens To Retreat
Lighthouse Mission Church* of
Calabash will hold a "Icon Retreat"
Saturday, Aug. 10. from 10 a.m. un
til 3 p.m.
The retreat is for boys and girls
ages 12 to 17. A SI donation for
lunch is requested but not required.
To register, call the pastor, Larry
Ward, at 579-6762.
A Youth Choir anniversary pro
gram, sponsored by the Rev. James
L. Smith Sr. and the Pleasant View
Missionary Baptist Church ol
Grisscttown, will be held at the
church Sunday, Aug. 4. at 3:45 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Hc/.ckiah
Reaves Jr. will be ordained.
Ihc public is invited to attend.
Village Point United Methodist
Church at Shallolte Point will hold
Vacation Bible School Aug. 5-9,
with all ages invited to participate.
Hours arc 8:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m., said spokesman Patty Jones,
with refreshments each day.
Crafts made by Bible School stu
dents will be on display at the
church Sunday, Aug. 1 1 .
Gospel Music Planned
Piney Grove Freewill Baptist
Church will hold a gospel program
Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m., with
Pastor Raymond McLeod officiating.
The program is sponsored by
Everyone is invited, a spokesman
Gospel Sing Set
The Browns, a gospel group Irom
Wallace, will Ik featured at a gospel
sing Sunday. Aug. 4. at 6 p.m. at
Oak Grove Baptist Church, said
spokesman Eflic Kvans.
The Rev. Russell Hewitt, pastor,
invites the public. The church is lo
cated on Holden Beach Road (N.C.
1 30 East).
Crowder At Chapel
The Rev. Dr. Richard Crowder, a
United Methodist minister irom
Archdale, is the pastor of die week
at the Holden Beach Chapel.
He will preach the 11 a.m. wor
ship service at the chapel Sundav,
Aug. 4. The service is preceded by
Sunday School at 10 a.m.
The nondcnominational chapel is
located on Rothschild Sireet, Hold
CEDAR GROVE AREA NEWS
Ocean View Union Slates Aug. 3 Picnic
BY BARBARA T. HKVVKTT
Pack a picnic basket with a des
sert, cups, plates
and napkins and
join members of
14 churches lor
the Ocean View
3, starting at 10
a.m. at Wacca
Park at Ash.
The youth department is spon
soring the annual event. The church
with the most members present will
Maria Grisscit is the youth of the
month for July, selected by the
youth department at Cedar Grove
Missionary Baptist Church lor her
dedication to the mission program.
She has written a proposed program
lor helping motivate young people
to become more involved in church
She is the daughter of Buddy
Grissett and granddaughter of the
late Harry and Nina Grissett.
Happy birthday to Rosa Mae
Gause. Julia Brown, Stacie Hill,
Kevin Johnson, Monekia Gausc,
Lisa Sowells, Maria Hcwcll, Char
lenc Timmings and John and Cyn
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The Scripture of the week conics
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Deaths And. Funerals
WILLIAM NKSBY KING
William Ncsby King, H2, of Lc
land, died July 24 ai his residence.
The funeral was held July 26 in
Ash Freewill Baptist Church with
the Rev. Garland Long officiating.
Burial followed in Smith Cemetery,
Survivors include five sons, Ed
ward S. King of Whitcvillc, William
Tom King of Bolivia and Douglas
McArlhur King, Robert King and
Ronnie D. King, all of Lcland; four
daughters, Rosic Evans of Ash,
Annie Ezzcll of Clarkion, Blanchic
Parton of Wilmington and Carolyn
Fayc Dan lord of Maynardsvillc,
Tcnn.; four brothers, Talmer King
and Newman King, both of Ash,
Edgar King of Wilmington and
Malcolm King of Sunset Beach; 24
grandchildren and 30 great-grand
JAM IK YATES
Jamie Yates, 3 1 , of Route 1 , Win
nabow died July 23 at his residence.
The funeral was held July 2X in
the Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Ser
vice Chapel with the Rev. Thurnian
W. Allrcd officiating.
Survivors include his mother,
Dollic Malpass and her husband.
Wade, of Winnabow; one brother,
Rickey Mitchell of Winnabow; one
sister. Rhonda Iscnbcrg of Wilson;
one stepsister. Tammy Simmons of
Leland; and several nieccs and
The Family Of
Julia (Scooter) Evans
wishes to tliank even/one for all tlw cards, letters, food and
the main/, many flowers.
Your prayers and thoughts have touched us all wry deeply.
Wt> know how much everyone loves Scooter. She ivill always
be extra special in all of our hearts.
Again, thank i/ou! _
I 'd life to share my thoughts with you about a very special 'Dad. when 1 (ore
so dearly, the best one I could've had.
?\pw most fol^s ^neu> this man, lovingly as "S fanner. " 'Why, in my boofa he'll
always be especially a winner.
?Most folfas said he had the patience of Job. And one day we 'll meet again,
adorned in his white robe.
'Me never believed in speafang evil about others as bad. and I'm trying to carry
out this legacy of my 'bad.
'Me tilled to laugh and jo fa and wear that "I'arnam" smile, while malting you
feel good and happy all the while.
And even though, in this life, he didn't have riches untold, he (eft me with
memories, more precious than gold.
In (oving memory of Johnie "S fanner" I'arnam from his daughter. Judy Lewis
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