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Thirtieth Year, Number 7
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BY TKKRY I'OI'K
Brunswick County Board ol
In a prcpa
den told his fcl
low hoard mem- HOl.DF.N
hers at the conclusion of Monday's
meeting that he will leave his options
open, raising speculation that he may
enter the race for the 1 3th District
State House scat held by Democrat
David Red wine of Ocean Isle.
"I haven't decided what I want to
do," said Holden.
At the Dec. 2 meeting, District 3
Commissioner Gene Pmkerton an
nounced that he would not seek re
election to the board, saying he
needed more lime to devote to his
grow ing import business.
day that he v
not seek re-el
tion to the bo
Holdcn. of District 1 , won his seal
on the board by an overwhelming
margin in 19XX over Democratic in
cumbent Chris Chappell. Me was ap
pointed chairman of the board last
December and again Dec. 2.
"It's not a big letdown," ex
plained Holdcn tollowing the meet
ing. "I'm not going to drop out of
sight. As lar as my personal and po
litical options go. I'm not discount
The seats open for election next
year are those held by Holdcn,
Pinkerton and District 4 Commis
sioner Frankie Rabon. So far, Rabon
hasn't indicated if he will seek re
Seats held by Donald Shaw, of
District 5, and Jerry' Jones, of
District 4, will be up for election in
1994, when voters will elect a slate
of five candidates.
Residents voted last month to be
gin electing commissioners and
school hoard candidates to two-year
terms rather than staggered, four
(See HOLDKN. Page 2-A)
Most Shallotte Postal Operations Moving To South Brunswick Branch
BY SUSAN USHER
When the South Brunswick postal station opens in
February, most mail-handling operations and a majority
of the employees at the Shallotte main office will be re
assigned to Sunset Beach.
However, Postmaster Frank Bringoli said his plans
call for window and box service to continue at the
Shailotlc site, which will remain the serv ice area's main
"Everything gets handled the same," he said.
"Anything ucclcd Iron. Shallotte will ha?e a Shallotte
if V /'neUwor -'Ivv 'i e
"The bottom line is nothing is changm except that
there will be no carriers working out ol here, but there
will be carriers slopping here lor mail," Bringoli con
"It's the only
way that makes
sense to me."
? Frank Bringoli
Incoming mail wil! be sorted at Che South
Brunswick station, and carriers for all Hi area routes
will work out of the branch office.
Also, both Bringoli and Ronald Reeves, superinten
dent of postal operations, will work from offices at the
South Brunswick location.
"Both Ron and 1 will be going back and lorth, with
one of us in the Shallotte office for at least a part of ev
ery day," he said. "We won't leave the staff here unsu
Individuals who contact the Shallotte office with
problems the suit! there cannot handle, he said, will be
referred to the station in Sunset Beach.
The Shallotte office woul.l be staffed by two win
dow clerks. Brineoli s,>id he doesn't ant-eip-ite aiv
change in service hours, now X:30 a.m. to 4:.<u p.m.
lie has asked to hire up to three new clerks in addi
lion to filling an existing vacancy, but doesn't know il
he will get ihc slots.
With or without additional staff, Bringoli said he
believes the change of plans is for the best. Succeed or
fail, he said, his superiors in the U.S. Postal Service
have "left the final decisions up to me."
"It's the only way that makes sense to me and the
carriers agree," said Bringoli of the changes planned. "1
expect there will be more changes, depending especial
ly on whether we get any new people. But that's our
plan as of now.
"We're going to have to ptay it by ear as we go."
the postmaster continued "I think it will work out bet
tor lor cveijonc.
Previous plans called for the seven rural routes in
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Friendly Dog Snitches Neighbor's Marijuana
BY TKRRY I'OI'K
At first, it l(H)kcd like a trash bag
filled with dirty diapers, said
Cecilia Kinlaw of Shallotic Point.
But the garbage bag found on her
lawn Saturday evening contained
more than two pounds of marijuana.
She knows the beast that put it
Brandy, a black, female Labrador
retriever, had just retrieved about
S5,(XX) in illegal drugs from some
"She snitches shoes and anything
that's left out at the neighbors," said
Mrs. Kinlaw, who operates a day
care center. "She's a liule thief."
Brunswick County Sheriff's
Dcicclivc David Crocker said Tues
day die ease is still under investiga
tion. No arrests have been made.
Mrs. Kinlaw said it is in Brandy's
nature to retrieve objects left lying
around. Sometimes it is a kid's toy.
Once it was a coat.
"Then she drags it into Grand
mama's yard," she said.
Her daughter and son-in-law,
Steve and Nancy Nagy, own Bran
It was ironic that Mrs. Kinlaw's
granddaughter graduated Monday
from her school's Drug Abuse
Resistance Education (DARE) pro
gram sponsored by the Sheriff's
Department and Brunswick County
Schools. The program tcaches chil
dren lo resist pressure to use drugs.
The wide-eyed pupil got a lirsi
hand look al how drugs can be
lound inosi anywhere, even in her
Brunswick County neighborhood.
It was also the first lime Mrs.
Kinlaw has seen marijuana, she
"I'm so thankful that I found it
and not a young person who might
not have had the same intentions,"
said Mrs. Kinlaw.
She immediately called a law of
ficer that she knew. Suite Trooper
B.D. Bamhardl. Officers indicate
the bag contained about 2 pounds, 7
ounces of homegrown marijuana.
some of which hail spilled out onto
Brandy had managed 10 chew
through part of the package and evi
dently didn't like the taste, said
Mrs. K inlaw.
She says there is probably an an
gry neighbor around who wants to
blame someone for the theft.
"They probably think a friend
look it," she speculated.
Instead, it was just a friendly dog,
and she hopes the neighbor will un
"I'm afraid that someone might
want to do harm to her," she said.
"We want people to know that it's
just something that a dog did."
10 RECYCLING STATIONS PLANNED
Private Hauler To Handle County's Trash
BY TERRY POPE
A company hired Monday to begin a trash col
lection and recycling program in Brunswick
County says it can begin hauling the county's
trash within 60 days.
In a 3-2 vote, Brunswick County Com
missioner; accepted a low bid of S561.082 per
year from Waste Industries of Raleigh, which has
agreed to hire the county's 1 3 to 15 employees af
fected by the move for a 90-day probationary pe
Chairman Kelly Holden said he was surprised
the bid was so low. The contract could save the
county more than S2 million in five years, esti
mated District 3 Commissioner Gene Pinkcrton.
"The companies that are hungry are putting in
the bids," said Holden.
Waste Industries, which has trash contracts
with South port and Long Beach, warns a five
year contract with Brunswick County. The county
will have an option to renew it for two years in
Commissioners budgeted SK78,000 for the
1991-92 fiscal year for trash collection and close
to SI million for operation of the county landfill
in Supply, which will remain under county con
trol. Landfill employees will keep their jobs, said
County Manager David Clcgg.
Brunswick County will auction its trash collec
tion equipment and trucks, some of which will
likely be purchased by Waste Industries, which
has a Wilmington office, said County Engineer
Commissioners Donald Shaw and Frankic
Rabon voted against hiring the firm.
"What happens after we sell our equipment and
we're not satisfied?" asked Shaw. "We'll be in had
"It eliminates a lot of
our overhead. That's
what it amounts to."
? Gene Pinkerton
District 3 Commissioner
Tucker said ihc firm must post a bond equal to
two years' payment for the contract. The compa
ny can be removed for poor performance, he not
ed, and the bonding company would have to hire
"1 just think we're moving too quickly on this,"
said Rabon. "Just looking at the numbers, it's a
big savings. 1 don't think we can question that.
It's the possible hidden things that scares me. I
have a great concern for the employees."
Jones said he hoped the county's employees,
who will be given layoll notices from the county,
can keep their jobs with Waste Industries.
"I think we're all concerned about that," said
Jones. "I think every one of us is."
Concern for what would happen to former
county employees after a probationary employ
ment period was a key factor in a decision by
commissioners a number of years ago to drop
similar plans to contract the service to a private
Clegg said he believes it will take more than 60
days for the company to begin operation.
"I think that's quick," he noted, but Tucker indi
cated the company is equipped to begin on the
"I'm very confident this firm has the stuff and
the resources to launch this in a 60-day lime
frame," Tucker said.
The company will also operate 10 recycling
stations to collect newspaper, aluminum, plastic
and three colors of glass. Tucker said those sta
tions may open in less than 60 days.
Recycling stations will include five stalled
sites ? at the county's three transfer stations and
two convenience stations on Oxpcn Road near
Holclen Beach anil one under construction on
N.C. WW at Seaside.
According to County Finance Director Lithia
Hahn, the county paid S706,(XH) in I989-90 for
trash collection, SX43,(XX) in 1990-9 1 and budget
ed SX7X,(XX) 1991-92. Not included in the figures
are indirect costs for administration and person
nel, she said.
Other bids submitted by Nov. 25 included
SX2 1 ,XX6 per year from Waste Management of
Wilmington: SI, 14 1, 336 per year from Chambers
of Conway, S.C., and a recycling only bid of
S30,(XX) from VI A: J Plastics of Bolivia. '
"It eliminates a lot of our overhead. Thai's
what il amounts to," said Pinkerton.
The linn cannot raise its fee until IW3. Any
fee hike afterward is restricted based on the infla
tion rate, said Tucker.
Stale law requires counties lo have recycling
programs in place this year and to cut down on
the amount of waste entering landfills by 25 per
cent in 1993.
"I don't expect this one program of dropoff
sites lo meet lhal goal." said Tucker The county
can expect to recycle jusi 5 percent to (?> percent of
wastes through dropoff sites, he continued, and
w ill need to lake other steps to reach t 25 percent.
Brunswick County has been without a recy
(See PRIVATK, Page 2-A?
STAFF PMOIO By DOUG RUTTtR
Season Worth Celebrating
West Brunswick's Jimmy (irissett celebrates his 15-yard touch
down catch in the N.C. 2-A High School Football Championship
Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill. Thotnasville beat West
Brunswick, 21-6, but the Trojans won a school-record /.? games
this season and claimed their first eastern championship. For
more details on the state title game, turn to page H-B.
News, Advertising Deadlines
Earlier During The Holidays
Because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, there will be ear
lier news and advertising deadlines for The Brunswick Beacon issues of
Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.
Routine news items should be submitted no later than Friday, Dec.
20, for the Dec. 26 issue and Friday, Dec. 27, for the Jan. 2 issue.
Real estate advertising deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Dcc. 19, for the
Dec. 26 issue and Thursday, Dec. 26, for the Jan. 2 issue.
Classified and display advertising must be in by noon Monday, Dec.
23, for the Dec. 26 issue, and noon Monday, Dec. 30, for the Jan. 2 issue.
Both issues will be mailed on regular schedule. Mail subscribers
should receive their copies on the usual delivery day. However, the Dcc.
26 issue will be in racks and in stores Tuesday, Dcc. 24, and the Jan. 2 is
sue will go on sale in racks on Tuesday, Dcc. 31 .
The Beacon office will be closed Dcc. 25 and Jan. 1, but items may
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