First 'Killing Frost' Due
Meteorologist Jackson Canady is
predicting the first freeze of the sea
son as temperatures in the South
Brunswick Islands dip below aver
age lor November.
Temperatures should be in the
mid 30s at night and in the mid 50s
during the day, Canady said No
more than a half-inch of ram is ex
pected during the next week.
"The first killing Irost should oc
cur this week," Canady said, also
predicting that temperatures should
inch closer to freezing in the early
part of the week before the
For the period of Nov. I1' through
24, Canady said that the maximum
daytime temperature was 74 de
grees, which he recorded on Nov.
20. The minimuin night-time low of
42 degrees was recorded on Nov. ll>,
The daytime average for the peri
txl was 73 degrees ami the evening
average was 53 degrees, which
made for a daily average tempera
ture of 63 degrees.
ITiis reading was eight degrees
above average for this time of year.
He said he recorded .58 of an inch
of rainfall at his home near Shalloue
Shallouc Aldcmicn had to cancel their second consecutive meeting
last week because there weren't enough board members present to con
For the second time this month. Mayor Sarah Tripp and Aldermen
Wilton Harrelson and David Gausc were the only officials to show up for
a regular meeting.
Absent last Wednesday were hoard members Joe Ho won Jr. and Jody
Simmons, who lost their bids for re-election Nov. 5, and Mayor Pro Tern
Paul Wayne Reeves. Those three were absent Nov. ft as well.
Roncy Cheers and Morris Hall are scheduled to bo sworn in as new
town board members at the Dec. 4 meeting.
CAUSE UNDER INVESTIGATION
Blaze Destroys Point Home
The Brunswick County Sheriff's
Department and SBI arc investigat
ing a Monday morning fire that de
stroyed a residence at Shallotte
The blaze at the George Sellers
residence on Pigott Road was re
ported at 3:20 a.m. Monday, said
Shallotte Point Fire Chief Mike
Pints said the double-wide mobile
home was "fully involved" in flames
when firefighters arrived. State
Trooper Roy Murray, who lives
nearby, reported the lire.
Approximately 20 firemen from
Shallotte Point. Shallotte and Ocean
Isle Beach YFDs responded. Potts
said the bla/e was under control b\
daybreak, around 6 a.m.
Polls said he didn't know what
caused the lire. "It's under investiga
tion right now." he said Tuesday af
The fire chief said nobody was
home when the fire started. "It
looked like it started in the living
room area." he said.
Brunswick County Deputy
Shelton Caison said "fire was com
ing out the top of the residence in
die middle of the residence" when
he arrived at the scene at 3:29 a.m.
Sellers told Caison thai he had left
the house at 9 p.m. Sunday, about 6
1 fl hours before die fire was report
Potts said die home was total loss.
He estimated damages at S50.(XX) to
Advance Care Planned
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;in A.L.S. program.
Ledgett anticipates thai the ad
vanced training and equipment will
come in handy on about one-third of
the emergency calls that are received
each year in the county.
Brunswick County rescue work
ers respond to approximately 2,400
emergency calls per year. Ledgett
expects that number to increase
when the 911 emergency telephone
system starts operating April 1 .
Population growth in the county,
especially among people of retire
ment age, also may contribute to an
increase in the number of emergen
Ledgett said implementing the ad
vanced program will cost the rescue
squads about SI 0,000 to outfit one
ambulance. The semi-automatic de
fibrillators alone cost S7.000 each.
Brunswick County Commission
ers usually give each rescue squad
SI 3,500 per year. An additional
$50,000 is allocated to meet emer
gency expenses incurred by the fire
and rescue units in each of the coun
ty's five districts.
"A lot of it will be done through
private donations," Ledgett said.
"We've been talking aboui this tor
three or four years, so most of the
squads have been saving whenever
Mrs. Moore said Shallotte Volun
teer Rescue Squad is trying to raise
about S25,(XX) to buy the equipment
"All of this stuff costs a lot of
money," she said. "We're trying, by
donations and any way possible, to
raise this money."
Shallotte VRS has eight members
who have already received their
EMT-I certification, according to
"Right now we're sort of setting
still wailing for everything to fall in
its place so we can start using the
training," she said.
Ledgett said the county's emer
gency medical service workers may
begin taking paramedic training in
March. The curriculum takes about
two years to complete.
Brunswick County E.M.S. also
may expand from six to 12 workers
early next year. The county employ
ees help staff rcscue squads during
the day, when volunteers are often in
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WORK CONTINUES ON the ne* Supply Elementary School on Benton Road, which n ill open next fall. The Brunswick County Hoard
of Education expects to hire a principal for the facility shortly after the first of the year.
New Cafeteria, Administrative Offices
Top Schools' Long-Range Building Course
BY SUSAN USHF.R
A new central office and a new
cafeteria at Soulhport Primary
School lead the list of improvements
proposed in a long-range facility
plan presented to the Brunswick
County Board of Education at a re
cent work session.
The board is expected to consider
adoption of the plan at its Dcc. 2
meeting at the central oll'icc in
Also proposed are construction of
new elementary schools in the
northern and western districts and
additional teaching stations at West
Brunswick High. South Brunswick
Middle School and North Bmns
wick High School.
Bill Turner, assistant superinten
dent for operations, said the plan is
in keeping with recommendations
made by the N.C. Division of Schtxil
Planning in a study completed for
the school system earlier this year.
The school systems anticipates
completing two projects and begin
ning several others during the 1991
92 fiscal year, when it expects to re
ceive S2.2 million in half-cent sales
tax and capital fund tax revenues.
The first project, construction of a
new cafeteria and kitchen wing at
Southport Primary, is already in mo
tion, Turner said. Designs are com
plcted and bids will be released as
s(H>n as die balance of the money
needed, $4(X).(XX) becomes available
in lite 1WI-92 budget.
Plans call for renovating the exist
ing kitchen to provide additional in
structional spaces anil space for the
educable and trainable mentally
handicapped student programs.
Total cost of the project is esti
mated at S743.(XX).
Also during the IW2-93 fiscal
year, the new central office would
be built at the Brunswick County
Government Center at Bolivia, at an
estimated cost of $1.24 million. The
16,000-squarc -foot facility would
include administrative offices, an
audiovisual suite and public meeting
Equipment for the Southport and
central office spaces is budgeted at
Central administrative offices are
now housed in the former county
home on N.C. 133/N.C. 87 at Soudi
port and in adjacent mobile units.
The plan anticipates also purchase
during the coming budget year of
two 40-acre sites for construction of
the new elementary schools at an es
timated cost of S3,5(X) an acre.
Another S8(),(XX) would be bud
geted for professional fees relating
to design of the West Brunswick
High addition. When completed, the
1 7, (XX >- square-foot addition would
include nine (caching siaiions with
support areas, and a new administra
The two proposed elementary
schools would each serve an esti
mated MX) students in a 75, (XX)
squarc-foot structure. Estimated cci".
of each school is S5.3 million.
An 18,000-squarc-foot addition of
eight new teaching stations, special
education facilities and resource
rooms at South Brunswick Middle is
expected to cost about SI. 35 million.
Figures were not available for the
projected expansion of North Bruns
wick High School, but Turner said
the work would be similar to that
done at South Brunswick and West
Brunswick High, including more
room for the band and art programs
and to accommodate population
growth. "We know this area is going
to grow," said Turner.
The proposed additions will ac
commodate Brunswick County's
gradual shift to a full K-5, 6-8, 9-12
grade and sch<x>l organization plan,
according to the suite report. It will
also help in keeping student popula
tion and facility utilization rates
within the stale's recommended
Presently two of the county's
middle schools are overcrowded and
three of live elementary schools
have larger student bodies than rec
ommended. Four of the five arc also
Completion of the new sch?x>l at
Supply will eliminate some but not
all of these problems.
Growth is also a contributing fac
tor. The state division projects that
Membership in the county school
system will increase by 1 0.5 percent
through the 1994-95 school year,
with the greatest increase in grades
K-5 (23 percent), while grades 9
through 12 decrease by 7 percent.
The state survey/study found
Brunswick County School facilities
generally excellent or of very good
quality, with only three buildings
rated as "fair". These included the
ccntral office, indoor rifle ranges at
the high school and two older areas
at Union Primary.
"With the utilization of new facil
ities, such as the elementary school
under construction, replacing and
phasing out of older and less than
adequate facilities, renovating and
refurbishing of older facilities and
upgrading of other facilities to meet
the handicapped requirement, the
board has the opportunity to house
all of its students in recently v. in
structed facilities which meet up-to
date standards," the report indicated.
Board To Adopt Tougher Weapons Ban
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affccis parents' pocketbooks.
"Thai's when ihe heat goes on,"
However, they agreed that schixils
should stand firm, holding student
and parents responsible for the stu
In turn, the principals want assur
ance that the ccntral officc anil
board will back enlorccment efforts.
"When that parent calls raising
cain," Lemon advised, speaking di
rectly to a system administrator, "we
want your support."
If the board sets a policy.
Superintendent Hankins said he w ill
uphold it so long as a principal is
acting within its scope. "But if they
go outside it, I'm not sure I'm going
to go out on a limb."
Chairman Donna Baxter advocat
ed the policy changes.
"I think the taxpayers would be
glad to know we're taking a firm
stand," she said, noting the alterna
tive might eventually be having to
have police officers assigned to pa
trol campuses at taxpayers' expense,
as is the ease in the New Hanover
County Schools. "1 think we ought
to go with the hard line."
As it stands now, member Polly
Russ noted, teachers arc cxpectcd to
serve as policemen, monitoring halls
and rcsirooms and cafeterias in time
they should spend teaching.
Union Primary School Principal
Zclphia Grissctt said that whilt. the
proposed policy is aimed primarily
at middle and high school, elemen
tary schools need guidelines as well.
With "crack babies" and other
types of students, she said, "we need
something other than traditional
means for dealing with these prob
Principals also suggested adopt
ing stcp-by-step procedures and per
haps tougher rules for dealing with
fights on campus as well as
Schixil board members plan to ex
plore the option of buying at least
one metal detector per attendance
district and will check with the
board attorney on appropriate usage
of the device in searching for
Other areas of policy concern re
viewed Monday included guidelines
for field trips and overnight excur
sions, prohibition of solicitation by
students and a revised tool for teach
er evaluation. At a future time the
What's In A Name, Anyway?
What's in a name?
Perhaps ihc overall image project
ed by a school.
Superintendent of Schools P.R.
Hankins said Monday night that he
has received calls expressing con
cern about the name chosen earlier
this year for a new elementary
school under construction at Supply.
Some county residents apparently
don't care for it.
"There's some concern about the
dignity and the ring of a name like
Supply," Hankins told Brunswick
County Board of Education mem
bers at a policy workshop, adding
that he could bring the subject up
because the community was his
"Other than that, I don't think flic
name says a whole lot. With that in
mind the board might want to recon
sider," he said. It could choose a
name that is "a little more dignified
or witli a little more significance."
While growing up, Hankins said
he got ribbed "quite a bit" about be
ing born in Supply (as in 'What do
you supply?') as did others.
"I'll tell you what they did; they
lied," said Hankins. "They said they
were from Wilmington or from
Sc1hx>I board members were
asked to come up with a name for
the new school before construction
bepan so that it could be rcierred
uniformly on maps and in corre
Several possibilities were consid
ered, including Supply and Royal
Oak. A divided board settled on
Supply Elementary1 School, conced
ing thai is what most people were
likely to call the new school once it
opens next fall.
The K-5 school is generally con
sidered to be at Supply, with its site
on Benton Road just north of the
N.C. 21 1 intersection and the Supply
However, the site actually lies
within the Bolivia postal district.
The school system had obtained an
exemption that would allow mail de
livery through Supply, in keeping
with the name of the school.
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board plans to look at issues relating
to transfers into the system of stu
dents living with someone other
than a parent or legal guardian, and
of appropriate placement of atypi
cally older students.
Most agreed with Principal Don
McNeil of Southport Elementary,
who said the school's parent-teach
er group handles fund-raising.
Parents are advised students are not
to go door-to-door selling and that
sales are the parents' responsibility.
If students do go door-to-door, he
said, it is because their parents let
them, not bccausc the school ap
proves of it.
Last year the county's 11 schixils
and their related organizations took
in more than S8(X),(XX) profit from
sales and spent at last S76 1 ,(XX).
Generally, board members and
principals agreed, such money is
used for worthwhile reasons, to pur
An article that appeared in the
Nov. 21 issue of The Brunswick
Beacon incorrectly reported the final
position of a vehicle involved in a
fatal highway accident Nov. 17 on
Mt. Misery Road in Lcland.
The report filed by Trooper D.A.
Lewis of the N.C. Highway Patrol
indicated the 1979 Jeep operated by
Thomas Wayne Caruthcrs actually
came to rest right side up, not on its
The Beacon apologizes for the er
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without a public hearing. The Town
Creek and Winnabow communities
arc the last areas where it may be
feasible to route water lines into
communities off of main transmis
sion lines without further capital im
provement projects, said Jerry
Webb, director of Public Utilities.
"We're just about to the point
where we have to determine some
new areas to run water into," added
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