t.r' ' i 2/31/31 t 10 AG & ';.0N:.. fcOUr- LiINOEF P . O . Bo X 1 ?. i t.PR I NGPOftT Mi 49284 Thirtieth Year, Number 7 , North Carolina, Thursday, December 19, 1991 50c Per Copy 44 Pbg ? H irrrr;; easrns M l y ->1A . ?A Commission Chairman Won't Seek Re-Election BY TKKRY I'OI'K Brunswick County Board ol Commissioners Chairman Kc In a prcpa sialcmcni, H 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. I loldcn nounccd Mi day that he v not seek re-el tion to the bo in 1992. Mi 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 ing anything." 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 election. 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 (X)>t office. "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 Shallotte Postmaster fm 'MV.'Cvl 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 pervised." 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 iSre POSTAL. Page 2-.\ \ 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 there, too. Brandy, a black, female Labrador retriever, had just retrieved about S5,(XX) in illegal drugs from some unsuspecting neighbor. "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 dy. 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 said. "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 ihe ground. 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 derstand. "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 riod. 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 1997. 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 Robert Tucker. 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 shape." "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 another firm. "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 firm. 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 short notice. "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 be left in the drop box 24 hours a day.