Southport Mayor Faces Familiar
Opponent; Aldermen Challenged
Southport's Mayiw (' It "Cash" Caroon taces a chal
lenge I uesday 1 11*1 m a laimliar lace. Ii inner Mayor
Noimaii R. llolden. w lu i served from I W wants Ins
old job haek
Three incumbents on the board of aldermen who seek
re election also lace coni|vtition.
Waul I incumbent Mary II "Mee/ie" Childs. ol S.
Mlantie Ave., will taee J. Walton Willis. ot Hay Street
In Ward II. incumbents Nelson l;. Attains, ol West
1 1 'ill Street, ami Paul W. Sweeney, ol West Street, are
hauling against challenger William W. Delaney II. ol
Cottage 1 ane. Two w ill be elected to the hoard.
Aldeinian aie elected at large to four-year terms. I he
mayor is elected every two years and may run from ei
C.l?. "CASH" CAROON
Caioon has served as alderman ( 1 X4) and mayor
since I'W. A memK'r ot the N.C.
Marine lisheries Commission
(l'</fv7S and l"Ss present >. he is
president ot CM. Caioon C'rah Co.
He and his wile, Inna R.. have
"When I was elected in IWI,"
sanl I'aroon. "I loniul onr city in
trouble, in a state ol discontent. It
was lacking in leadership and man
agement It's my belief these |>toh
loins have been properly addressed, a sense ol leader Inp
has been well-established. I'd like to see this continue in
the ycais to come."
Caioon said his ,V> years ol business e\|vrience has
helped put Southpoit on a "good. solid financial lounda
"I'ach depaitmeni is now standing on its own mone
tary le u." he said, " l itis is a must for ginxl govern
Hie mayor should do more than mediate aldermen
with "old worn out ideas," said Caroon. "I believe the
mayor should Iv able lo ideate new and progressive
ideas ili.it will establish ctnsl leadership lor the city's
A nuijor need for the city, he said, is the river walk
project, wlm.li would connect downtown South|iort with
the Small Hout Harbor. It should be completed as soon
as possible. he said.
"'This would be an A- 1 visitors attraction," said
Caroon, "which means dollars lor nsciii/eiis."
NORM AN K. IIOI.DKN
lloldcn. supervisor ol the N.C. Division ol Adult
Probation and Paiolc office in Brunswick County.
served as alderman (I WJ-8.*) and
mayor of Southpon.
He and his wife, Janice Swan,
have a son. lloldcn earned a bachc
lor's degree from Pembroke State
llniversity aiul graduated Irom
Southpori High School.
"I have been involved in various
public service capacities lor much
of my adult life." said Holilcn. "in
nT^v eluding over six years as mayor of
l.l h Southpori, and I have the desire to
continue 10 oiler the city the benefit ol my experience in
lloldcn served 011 the N.C. Council of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention and as director ol the
l.ower Ca|V Fear Juvenile Services Center.
Hie price and quality of city utilities and services is a
key issue in the election, said Holdcn.
Southpori citizens should be given "the opportunity 10
prionti/e those services they desire, and to determine
whether they are willing to pay for those services," lie
As mayor. Holden said he would "review possible in
centive programs that would promote a healthy and vital
atmosphere lor business."
II elected. Holden said he would "make every effort
to protect the quality ol life, and preserve the natural his
toric qualities we all en joy" in historic Southpori.
He is most qualified, Holden said, because of his "un
derstanding of the desires and wishes of all residents,
both old and new, that have chosen to make Southpori
Incumbents Challenged For Dosher Seats
Smithvillc Township voters will
elect three people to the IVsher
Hospital Hoard of Trustees. two to
six-year terms and one to a lour
yea r term, the unexpired portion of
a seal vacated by IXnrg Ledgett.
Hugene B. Totnlinson Jr.. of
Southport. is running unopposed for
the tour-year scat. He was appoint
ed to till that vacancy tins year,
l our candidates, including two in
cumbents. are vving for the remain
Incumbents are Charles B.
Johnson, ot NF. 6th Street. Long
It oacli. and F.velyn Teal Butler, of
Frink Drive. Southport. Neither re
turned questionnaires to The
Ft runs *uk Beth' on.
Challengers are Debra Amos, ?l
NW isth Street. Long Beach, and
(lib Rarbee, ol Fast Oak Island
Drive. Long Beach.
Ms. Amos, a state-ccrlified sub
hours ol hospi
work. She has
eight years' ex
petietice in a
two years as a
She and her husband. Tom. live
in I ong Beach.
She has an interest in keeping
Dosher Hospital in Southport "an
up to -date quality medical facility
lor both residents and visitors in
this area." she said.
Ilie Salem College, Winston
Salem. graduate has served as nurs
ing assistant at Fmnianucl Hospital
in Portland, Ore. and as president of
the hospital auxiliary there. She was
Uaining oil iter at the Forsyth
County Register ot Deeds office
and a Girl Scout and Brownie troop
leader in Winston-Salem.
Trustees need to make long- and
short-range plans lor service expan
sion due to growth and to imple
ment an intermediate physical ther
apy program, she said.
"(We) need to plan now lor the
inllu.x ol people into our area due to
large land developments," said Ms.
Also, employee grievances
should bo heard by "individuals thai
arc acquainted with tlieir type work
to help ensure continuance of quali
ty stall," she saiil.
A physical therapy program lor
persons that do not need regular
structured therapy, but need more
supervision than what's offered at a
gym, is needed at the hospital, she
KlUJKNK II. TOMLINSON JR.
Tonilinson. of River Drive,
Southport, i s running unopposed for
a four-year term.
The retired U.S. Army engineer
has served on the N.C. Coastal
Resources Commission since 1977,
is past mayor of Southport, (1957
X^t. former hospital trustee (1976
771 and served as trustee of
Wilmington College (1958-60).
A graduate of Wake Forest
College, he also earned a degree
from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1946. lie and his wife, Leigh W..
have five children.
He has worked as administrative
engineer for the U.S. Army (1952
XI I and Carolina Power and Light
Co. in Southport (1982-86).
"I am interested in assisting
with the continuance of Dosher
Hospital as a patient-oriented, tar
ing. acute medical care facility,"
Key issues for trustees are tfy
ing to hold medical costs down,
promoting hospital cooperation in
Brunswick County to ensure maxi
mum care for patients and maintain
ing an aggressive atmosphere to at
tract medical personnel, he said.
" There must be a halt to the spi
raling cost of medical services,"
said Tonilinson. "I am a long-time
resident of Brunswick County with
a genuine concern for the well-be
ing and medical care of all our resi
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MAItY II. "MKK/.IK" CIIILDS
Ms. Chillis, u sivul worker lor the Brunswick County
Department ol Si vial Services, is a graduate of
Southpoit High School anil Meredith College.
Site ami her husband. Robert K. Chillis Jr., have two
She has served mi the South port -Oak Island Chamber
ol Commerce Hoard ol Directors and as chairperson of
ihe SoHtli|vit Ixonoinic lX*velopment Commission.
"I have worked ft* years in planning for and promot
ing my community." she said. "I seek to continue in this
oliicc in order lo work further toward the visual attrac
tiveness ami economic enhancement ol this town."
Priorities w ill need to Ix* established to implement im
provements to South|xirt. she said.
"I hope to be involved in this proccss," Ms. Childs
said. "I have a solid record ol public interest and service
to the Community in which I grew up."
Aldermen need to practicc fiscal responsibility, yet al
so he "creative and progressive in budgeting for the
community's needs and serv ices," she said.
I Ik- board should work "for a close and dynamic rela
tionship between the business and citizenry and the local
government," she said.
"I would seek greater citizen input into board deci
sion making by involving aldermen more actively and in
closer touch with existing committees ol the city and al
so by ail ling M?mc ad hoc committees," she said.
J. WA1.TC >N WILLIS
Willis. a sclf-Cmployed business
man. is challenging Ms. Childs in
I lie Southport High School grad
uate has so r veil as a |mlicc cliicl for
five years and is married to F.ilna
I le presently serves on the
South|Hirt-( )ak Island Committee of
KXl and the Souih|xirt Economic
Willis said he wants to add "ac
tive lc;idcrship to the hoard" and feels qualified lor the
imsition h-xause ol lus "ability to lead with common
sense judgment and not have to depend on others lor di
Southport should reduce the cost of its services to res
idents "by creating more ellicient management, giving
l>iiority to basic needs and directing el forts toward pro
jects which will provide significant value to all resi
dents," he said.
Aldermen need to promote and allow an expansion ol
the economy, "which will enable the younger to improve
their quality of life," Willis added.
A larger base on which to spreail the cost ol services
is needed, he said, "so the older can afford to live here
These tilings need to be accomplished without slip
ping backward, he said.
PAUL W. SWKKNKY
Sweeney was elected to tlic Ward II scat in 1989.
The retired utility contractor holds
a degree in architecture and engi
neering. He and his wile, Jimrnie,
have two daughters.
Owner of Sweeney Construction
Corp., he has served as vice presi
dent of the National Utility
He is seeking re-election, "to con
tinue the good work that the present
ciiiL'L'mi'i; administration has started in the last
SWKKNKY ,WQ yc;lrs .. hc s.l|l)
"1 ;un willing to spend the time to do the job proper
ly," said Sweeney. "I love Southport and the pcplc who
Aldermen should continue to upgrade the city infras
tructure that, he says, has been previously ncglccted.
The town also needs to "develop ways to enhance
commerce and expand the tax base," hc added.
A youth center needs to be built and the community
center needs improvements, hc added.
Sweeney is seeking rc-clection to one of two seats in
Ward II. Incumbent Nelson Adams is also running along
with challenger William W. Delancy II, but neither of
them returned candidate questionnaires to The
dents and visitors. My election to
tiiis ofilcc would not he just |H>si
tion. but an opportunity to place this
concern into positive action."
Former Yaupon Bcach Council
man Barbcc said he wants to do his
part to "see that Doshcr Memorial
ues to provide
health care that
it has a reputa
tion for provid
earned a busi
ness degree hakhvk
from UNC-Chapel Hill. He and Ins
wife, Billie Potter Barbcc, have
He worked as director of Oak
Island Golf Course before becom
ing a self-employed teal estate ap
"I have a background in govern
ment and a history of working with
people," said Barbcc. "Also, most
of my adult life, I have had to make
long-range plans for business enter
Barbcc is a trustee at Ocean
View Methodist Church, a Sunday
school leather and a tnistee at the
Southport-Oak Island Moose
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efforts and volunteer opportunities is available by calling the council, 754-732.1.
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