Getting A Fair Chance
The South Brunswick Isles Civitan Club has donated two bowling
aids for disabled participants to use at the Brunswick County
Bowling Center in Shallotte. Above , Kelly Smith of Brick landing
is trying out one of the bowling aids with a group from the Bruns
wick Interagency. Helping her is assistant Dorothy llewett.
Leland Man Dies Of Heart
Attack Before Auto Crash
A 1 .eland man died of a hear! at
tack while driving along Village
Road m 1 eland Monday alicnioon,
seiu'i.nc I. is car trashing off the road
and into a powet pole wire.
According to a report liled by
Trooper T.W. Caulder of the N.C.
Highway Patrol, Burton Milliard
Richardson, 72, of Neil's Mobile
Home Park in Lcland, was heading
west on Village Road (S R. 1472)
Monday at 4:25 p.m. when he suf
fered cardiac arrest and died.
His 1983 Nissan then ran off the
right side of the road and hit a pow
er pole guide wire and several small
trees, according to Caulder's report,
said Ruby Oakley, spokesperson for
the Highway Patrol office in
Wilmington. She said that
Richardson was taken immediately
to New Hanover Regional Medical
Center in Wilmington, but that in
vestigation determined he was dead
before his car crashed. The report
will not be filed as a traffic acci
No other persons or automobiles
were hit by Richardson's car,
Oakley said, but Carolina Power &
Light Co., owner of the utility pole,
reported slight damage of an unde
termined amount. Damage to
Richardson's car was valued at ap
A faulty let i turn caused severe
damage to two cars traveling
Cherry tree Road 3.9 miles north of
Bolivia the morning of Oct. 16.
Wilson Carlie Fdge, 77, of
Lcland was heading south on
Chcrrytree Road (S.R 1406) at 8:30
o'clock Wednesday morning when
he attempted to make a left turn into
a driveway. His 1975 Chevrolet
struck a ll>88 Ford driven by Annell
Eldcricc Dyckman, 48, of Winna
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bow, who was traveling mirth along
the same road.
Trooper R.C jones' report stated
that approximately S3, (XX) worth of
damage occurred to Dyckman's car.
while damages to Hdgc's car were
estimated at about S2.(XK). said Ms.
Neither person was reported in
jured in the accident. Edge was
charged with making an improper
Ms. Oakley said that no other se
rious accidents occurred last week,
but "that's a good thing."
Rivergate Still Violating Environmental Rules
by none; khitrk
I'oui weeks afler signing an
agreement wtih the state to resolve
alleged environmental violations, a
corporation developing land on the
Waccamaw River still isn't in com
Developers of Rivergate Estates
promised to submit a sedimentation
and erosion-control plan to the suite
by Oct. 3 in a consent judgment
filed last month in Brunswick
County Superior Court.
But the company still hadn't
turned in the plan as of Tuesday, ac
cording to Carol Miller, an inspec
tor m the Wilmington regional of
fice of the N.C. Land Quality
Jimmy Gore and Dale Core are
developing the I (X)-acre-plus
Rivergate Estates subdivision off
N.C. next to the N.C. Wildlife
Resources Commission boat ramp
at the Columbus County line.
The consent judgment hk\l Sept.
23 is the state's latest effort to get
the developers to comply with the
N'.C. Sedimentation and Pollution
Control Act of l1)?.^.
State land quality officials cited
the developers lor six violations of
' the act hi September and November
Initial violations included failing
to submit an erosion control plan to
the suite prior to beginning develop
ment and failing to install devices to
control erosion at the site.
North Carolina officials later
charged the owners with tailing to
lake measures to keep sediment on
site, failing to have a buffer zone
between the development and river,
grading slopes near the river too
steep and lading to provide ground
covcr on exposed slopes.
The U.S. Anny Corps of
Engineers issued a "cease and de
sisi" order last fall lo prevent the
developers from filling any more
wetlands along the river.
In March, the N.C. Department
of Environment, Health and Natural
Resources I tied a civil suit seeking
an injunction ordering the develop
ment company to halt all land-dis
turbing activity at the site.
Assistant N.C. Attorney General
Kathryn Jones Cooper and Robert
I). Floyd, attorney for Rivcrgatc
Estates Inc., filed the consent judg
ment last month. It was signed by
Superior Court Judge B. Craig Ellis.
The judgment, which is designed
to "amicably resolve" the matter,
says the site is still out of compli
ance, but the corporation wants to
Like action to correct the problems.
The judgment prohibits Rivergate
Estates Inc. from conducting any
more land-disturbing activity at thi
stle without first complying with the
It gave the developers 10 days to
submit a sedimentation and erosion
control plan to the suite reflecting
work going on at the site. ITie dead
line passed three weeks ago, and no
plan has been submitted.
Under the terms of the consent
judgment, the court will retain juris
diction over the case until the cor
poration is in compliance with the
stale regulations and the matter is
The judgment does not prevent
the state from assessing civil penal
ties against the corporation, and
gives the developers the right to
challenge any lines that arc as
Volunteers Help Launch Leland Police Unit
BY TKRRY POPK
Volunteers arc helping to orga
nize Leland's first policc depart -
ment, which may he temporarily
without its new chief.
John R. McCarthy, hired in Sep
tember as the town's first police
chief, has been denied a waiver
from the state and must take basic
law enforcement training courses to
He has 27 years' experience with
the New York City Police
Department and teaches classes in
law enforcement, but his certifica
tion lapsed following his retirement
and move to North Carolina.
Some council members say it is
only a temporary setback.
"All of us knew of his situation,"
said Councilwoman Lyncltc Calisle.
McCarthy's credentials im
pressed a review committee that
chose him as one of two finalists for
the council to interview.
"He has already gotten I ft volun
teers for the department," said Ms.
Carlisle. "Six of those have |K?1 icc
The Democratic Party of Bruns
wick County has announced a fund
raising drive to benefit their build
Ireasurei Mark Lewis said thai
persons who donate SUM) will be
come members of the Century Club,
so named due to the amount being
asked from donors.
Lewis urged interested Demo
crats to call him at 754-7557 or to
call Crawford Hart, party chairman,
at 754-8880, for more information
on this fundraiser and other parly
Q. What is nearsightedness?
A. Myopia, or nearsightedness as it is more commonly known, is a
vision condition in which near objects are seen clearly but dis
tance objects do not come into proper focus.
Q. Why does nearsightedness occur?
A When the eyeball is too long or the cornea has too much curva
ture, light entering the eye is not focused properly. Some theo
rists believe that nearsightedness is hereditary. There is grow
ing evidence, however, that nearsightedness may also be
caused by the stress of too much close vision work.
Q. How common is nearsightedness?
A. Nearsightedness is actually a very common vision condition
that affects nearly 30% of the total U.S. population. It normally
first occurs in school age children. Since the eyes continue to
grow during childhood, nearsightedness almost always occurs
before the individual reaches the age of 20.
Q. Will I have to wear glasses?
A. Nobody has to wear glasses. They are worn because they will
enable you to see more clearly. If your condition warrants it,
your doctor of optometry will prescribe corrective lensec for you.
You may only need them, however, for certain events, like wat
ching television, going to the theatre, or driving an automobile.
Q. Will glasses/contact lenses cure nearsightedness?
A. Eyeglasses or contact lenses correct the problem by altering
the way the light images enter your eyes, but the procedure
does not cure nearsightedness. At present, there is no proven
cure for nearsightedness.
Q. How is nearsightedness diagnosed?
A Nearsighted children are usually easy to identify because they
often squint of have trouble seeing the chalkboard, the movie
screen, the television or other distant objects. When your doctor
of optometry gives you a complete vision examination, it will in
clude a test for nearsightedness.
Q. How will nearsightedness affect my lifestyle?
A If glasses or contact lenses are prescribed, it may take you a
few days to adjust to them and to seeing clearly. After than,
nearsightedness will probably not affect your lifestyle at all.
In the interest of better vision from the office of:
Brunswick Vision Care
Chris Moshoures, O.D.
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Salt Marsh Si].. Calabash, 57lM020
In its first year, Lclaiul may de
pend on ;in unpaid auxiliary police
force since the town has budgeted
only S5().(XK) for a police depart
ment lor the 1991 -92 fiscal year.
The town council approved an in
terim personnel policy last week
that will "enable the departments to
get started," said Ms. Carlisle, who
as head of the personnel committee
drafted the 29-pagc document.
"I"he new policy outlines employ
ee recruitment and selection, the
role of the council and its town ad
ministrator, pay classification plan,
holiday and vacation periods and
benefits package. It also outlines a
grievance procedure for disgruntled
The council may adopt the policy
permanently at its Nov. 7 meeting.
In a report to the town council
last week, McCarthy outlined what
he has done to organ i/.c the police
department since he was hired in
September. He has heen patrolling
an average of two to three hours a
day, including patrols with
Brunswick County sheriff's
deputies, he said.
McCarthy said he will not acccpt
a salary while actually attending
classes for his rcccrtification. That
doesn't present a problem, he said,
because he will be busy instead
with writing policy and procedures
for officers. He also hopes to have
auxiliary patrolmen ? both sworn
officers with full police authority
and police aides (unsworn person
nel) ? in place and on patrol soon.
While providing only part-time
coverage, McCarthy said the offi
cers will still be able to assist
deputies and fire and rescue units;
respond to emergencies; organize
community watch groups; provide
security inspections of homes and
businesses; assist in marking prop
erty tor an Operation I.D. program;
operate a citizen Ride-Along pro
gram; and enforce all local laws and
McCarthy says he has worked an
average of 55 hours per week in
getting two vehicles donated by the
county repaired and ready for patrol
and in renovating the town hall to
accommodate the auxiliary staff.
The town will rely on sheriff's
patrols until the department can pro
vide full-time coverage, he said.
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