LET ME TELL YOU THE ONE ABOUT. . .
Gore First County Resident To Win Bullshooter's Trophy
Six storytellers regaled listeners
with tales almost, but not quite be
lievable Saturday at "North Caro
lina's Greatest Bullshooling Con
test" at the N.C. Oyster Festival.
Ash resident Ellis Gore became
the first Brunswick County resident
ever to win the contest in its six
years as part of the festival. An ob
vious crowd favorite. Gore said af
terward that he would be back to
defend his title next October.
Emcccd by Cecelia "CcCc" Gore
of Ash, this year's event drew six
contestants from across the Caro
linas, with dogs and other animals
an obviously favored topic.
Winner Ellis Gore is a former
"mayor" of Lower Ash, a title won
in a fundraiser held annually by the
Waccamaw Volunteer Fire and
At Saturday's contest he recount
ed his experience in traveling to the
moon with astronaut Neil Arm
Thirty thousand miles from
Earth, he said, the two encountered
two Brunswick County men who
were asking the way to the nearest
welfare office. They said they need
ed gas money u> gel home.
"I fell kind of sorry lor them,"
Baek on Earth, Gore had a dog
story of his own, of a coon hound
that was so good he could tell by
sniffing tracks if a deer was a doc or
a buck and act accordingly.
Defending 1990 Champion June
C. Porter of Charlotte and Seaside
told of a hunter with a perfect shot.
He so talented that with one shot he
returned from the field with two
bass, a mud turtle, a row of ducks
and a buck. The tale won Porter
Bob Johnson of Ocean Isle
Beach, a last-minute entrant, re
galed listeners with vivid details of
"The Battleship Wreck," claiming
Other contestants were David
Grimes of Sunset Beach, Carroll
Sexton of Greenwood, S.C., and
James H. Bix>nc of Rock Hill, S.C.
Grimes claimed a snore that reg
isters 8.6 on the Richtcr scale, and
he also claimed to be the world's
Sexton related what he said were
personal experiences, telling of a
dog so smart that it saved the fami
ly's fire insurance policy.
Boone's tale was entitled "The
In addition to Porter, past winners
of the contest include Lewis
Williams, Concord, 19X6; Warren
Sing, Belmont, 19X7; and Boh
Johnston, Matthews. 19XX and
19X9. The contcsl is sponsored an
nually by TJ.'s Electric.
Judges for this year's event were
Beth Simmons, Annette Odom,
Susannc Sartelle, Ann
Laughinghouse and Rosic
Scarborough, with David Clegg as
chief judge, ballot counter and
Judging was based on factors
such as content, originality, use of
exaggeration to create a story that is
almost believable, and use of body
language, vocal expression and ap
Mrs. Gore, a former contestant
and former judge of the event, suc
ceeded longtime master of cere
monies and contest founder Jess
Parker, who has retired as county
Veterans' Service officer and moved
to Washington State.
"BUM-SHOOTING CHA MP"
Hunter Spends Hours Lost In County's Green Swamp
BY TKRRY POPK
A losi hunter spent about seven
hours in Brunswick County's Green
Swamp last Thursday night before
searchers found him.
It marked the fifth hunter in the
past three years who has gotten lost
in the heavily-wooded area near the
N.C. Nature Conservancy property
on N.C. 211 near Supply, said Cecil
Logan, Brunswick County Emer
gency Management coordinator.
Each time, the hunters have been
rescued with just minor injuries or
mild hypothermia, a drop in the
body's temperature due to cold
Albert Shelton, 65, of Weavcr
ville, was hunting with four other
men from western North Carolina
when he couldn't find his way out
of the woods last Thursday evening,
"People get in there and every
thing looks the same," said Logan.
'This man had gotten worn out
walking and finally just sat down."
Shelton told Logan that he had
dropped a cigarette lighter in the
dark and couldn't find it when he
wanted to build a fire.
He was feeling the effects of hy
pothermia when a tractor from the
N.C. Forestry Service reached him,
Shelton was taken from the woods
around 1:15 a.m. and into a wailing
Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad
vehicle, where he was wrapped in
blankets and warmed but wasn't
transported to the hospital.
Panic set in when the four other
hunters realized that their partner
was lost. The men returned to the
woods around 6:30 p.m. to search for
Shelton, reported Brunswick County
Sheriff's Dctcciivc Gene Caison.
They were Larry Oxcndine and
Bobby Sanders of High Point, Mike
Shelton of Asheville and Bill
Trcadway of Shelby. They, too, be
came lost after re-entering the
woods to look for Shelton, Caison
Treadway managed to find his
way back to N.C. 211 and drove to
Kirby's Food Center on U.S. 17 in
Supply, where someone called the
sheriff's department for help.
The other three men emerged
from the woods around 10:53 p.m.,
"1 drove down into the woods as
far as 1 could go and got on my PA
system," said Logan. "I could hear
just a faint yell."
Sheriff's Sgt. Carl Pearson pilot
ed an airplane to help direct the
tractor to the lost man.
Volunteers from Tri-Bcach,
Supply and Civietown fire depart
ments also helped in the search.
Federal Aviation Administration To Study
Federal Aviation Administration
officials have been called to Bruns
wick County to investigate pieces of
an airplane that washed ashore re
cently on Bald Head Island.
A green and white piece of metal
found on the south end of the Bald
Head beach strand has been identi
fied as the engine cover to a Cessna
airplane, said Cecil Logan, Bruns
wick County Emergency Manage
"It had Cessna written on the in
side of it," said Logan. "Thai's all
that I know about it."
The matter will be turned over to
FA A officials for investigation, said
Logan, who did not know when au
Suspect Takes Seafood, Cash
A man who ordered a carryout
dinner ai the Eastside Restaurant in
Calabash Saturday night left with
more than just seafood.
Brunswick County Sheriff's de
tectives say the man reached into
the cash register and robbed the
restaurant on N.C. 179 of an unde
termined amount of money.
The white male is described as
approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall,
weighing from 120 to 130 pounds,
and wearing dark sunglasses, a
black baseball cap with gold letter
ing, dark shirt and blue jeans, said
Detcctivc Billy Hughes.
Fire destroyed a commercial fish
ing boat that was working in the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near
Little River Inlet last week, but the
captain wasn't injured.
The Bon-Jon , a 55-foot wooden
shrimp boat, was consumed by a
fire that started in the engine room
last Wednesday afternoon, said
Petty Officer Brent Phelps of the
U.S. Coast Guard at Oak Island.
Phelps said the boat was a total
loss, but he couldn't provide an esti
The fire was reported to the
Coast Guard around 2 p.m. "By the
time we got down there the vessel
had burned down to the water line,"
Another boat in the area rescued
the captain, who jumped overboard
after opening the engine compart
ment and noticing the fire. "It was
The suspect had called in his or
der ahead of time, said Hughes.
"He gave the cashier S20," said
Hughes. "When she opened the
cash register, he grabbed the money
and his food and fled on foot."
He took an undetermined amount
of S20 bills and was last seen run
ning toward Jimmy's Pantry. No
weapon was used in the strong-arm
robbery, said Hughes.
The incident occurred around 9
p.m. and is still under investigation,
"We're still looking for the sus
pcct," he added.
all up in smoke, and he couldn't see
anything," said Phelps.
Phelps could not provide the
name of the captain, but said he
wasn't injured. "He was able to
come off with no harm done to
Democrats To Feast
The Democratic Party of Bruns
wick County will hold a "home
coming" feast of barbecue and fish
Sunday, Nov. 3, at the party head
quarters building on U.S. 17 be
tween Bolivia and Supply, from 2
p.m. to 6 p.m. Food for the event
has been donated.
The Brunswick Democratic Wo- <
men have been asked to bring des
serts. The women's group welcomes
new members. For more informa
tion about future meetings, call 754
Also new kits for
New Fall Yams ;
3-101 >4 Wrightsville Ave.,
10nm-4 pm Mon.-Sat. or by appointment
thoritics would arrive.
Officials have speculated that the
parts may belong to a single-engine
Cessna 172 that is believed to have
crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near
Frying Pan Shoals at the mouth of
the Cape Fear River on Jan. 7.
Two men were aboard the plane
that took off from the Brunswick
County Airport at Oak Island and
was lost off of radar about an hour
later. At last reports, the plane was
located about 10 miles northeast of
the Cape Fear at Frying Pan Shoals.
Pilot Jessie H. Vernon, of Wil
mington Beach, and John R. Fitz
gerald, of Carolina Beach, were on
Officials at New Hanover County
Airport lost all contact with the
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The U.S. Coast Guard searched
the waters for several days. When
no sign of a downed plane was dis
covered, the Civil Air Patiol began
a scarch over land, scanning a 715
Someone walking on the Bald
Head beach found the debris and
notified the police department there,
"They (police) had checked the
beach quite often after it happened,"
said Logan, "but they could never
Some debris found just after the
scarch was from a sailboat, he said.
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The Mth Annual loris
November 9, 1991
Downtown Loris, S.C.
8 a.m. to S p.m.
The festival includes rides for the kiddies, chicken bog cook-otY with
prizes for the winner, chicken bog plates for sale, chickcn chuckling
contest, arts & crafts, educational demonstrations, classic car show,
Civitan Bog-Off Run, and much more. All types of entertainment
during the day for your enjoyment.
8 a.m. Loris Civitan BogOffRun 10K. & 1 mile
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Country, Gospel and Blues including
The Kerry Michaels Band
Buck Johnson ir Pure Country
Dance with one of the best party bands in the Southeast
This year, the Bog Off Cooking Contest offers over $3,000 in cash ,
prizes and trophies for the top three contestants. The Classic Car
Show attracts the top local and regional show cars.
For ticket or event information, contact
Chamber of Commerce
iHorry Cultural Arts Council
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