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TO ELECT OFFICERS TUESDAY
Northern Brunswick County
Merchants Plan Association
BY SUSAN USI1KR
Merchants in northern Brunswick
County may soon have an associa
tion to call their own.
The fledgling group, tentatively
called the North Brunswick
Merchants Association, meets
Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the
on Village Road
to elect officers,
Tharp of First
Investors Sav- ^ y
ings Bank's Lc
ianu branch of
He said die
ga)up hopes to tharp
have larger attcndancc Tuesilay than
at two previous "brainstorming"
meetings held to survey interest in
Tharp and Brad Brucsde of
UCB's Lcland branch officc arc do
ing the "legwork" to get the organi
to promote in
of cxcitcd about
it," he said. !'n
??? ? ?? appears from
BRUESTLE miking to the
people we've talked with that there's
a lot of interest in it I think that
something will come out of it and
that it will be a positive organiza
Tharp said the aims of the group
ineiuue working io unify the area,
promoting the area in a positive
fashion and providing a point of
contact for new people coming into
the area to obtain information.
Also, he said the association will
provide a network for sharing infor
mation among merchants on every
thing from individuals writing bad
checks to various scam operations.
Getting organized should help the
area deal in a positive fashion with
the "tremendous amount of growth"
expected there, said Tharp. "We're
tired of having a negative image."
Proposed boundaries for member
ship range from the Brunswick
River to the Columbus County line
and as far south and west as Bolivia.
"We consider anything north of
Bolivia to be northern Brunswick
County," said Tharp, who said the
group hopes to involve merchants in
the rural as well as the more urban
sections of the target area. "We want
an organization that everybody can
In nuiking contacts for the mer
chants' association, organizers found
out that other community members
were making similar inquiries re
garding possible organization of a lo
cal Chamber of Commerce.
ine two giou^>s hud "pretty much
the same goals," he said, and the
would-be chamber organizers have
stepped back to see what comes out
of efforts to organize the merchants
MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Maintain The Tradition
To the edilor:
I must disagree with the position
put forth editorially to downscale or
eliminate Brunswick County Veter
In my opinion, with due rcspcct,
your conclusions reflect little knowl
edge and understanding of the
practical necessity and advantage of
your county veterans service pro
gram; and invite your county to
turn away from its 40-year tradition
of moral commitment to the Bruns
wick County sons and daughters
who have borne the rigors of mili
I submit that, in large part, tangi
t)!c manifestation of mom! com -
mitment to the Brunswick County
veterans community is represented
by continued support and funding of
your county veterans claims and ad
Stephen M. Guthrie
District Service Officer
Tc the edilor
At the end of World War II, in
1945, it was an accepted doctrine
that when more than 10 million men
and women that were in our armed
forces were discharged, there would
be horrendous unemployment and
another great depression. The great
minds of that day were unable to
grasp the fact that there was a pent
up demand for goods and services
that had been accumulating all dur
ing the war-years, and of course,
what followed was the great boom
of the 1950s and early 60s.
Now that the 45 years of cold war
has ended, with the breakup of
Russia to II confederated states,
once again many fears abound at the
present time. Let us pause for a mo
ment to look at the other side of the
Hundreds of millions of people in
Central and Eastern Europe have
had no outlet for spending what they
have earned in a lifetime!
Thom ic on incoh|>Klr> ihiref for r?i/_
erything from toilet paper to tele
phones and TV, from housing tc
hospitals and highways, from fresh
food to fresh air and just plain free
dom. In Russsia's Georgia Republic
we are already observing the begin
ning of political opposition parties
and this will be accelerated by the
freedom to dissent through newspa
pers, magazines, live theatre, motion
pictures and satellite TV. All this
will spark a truly historic economic
boom in the 90s!
Peace through people-power is
the password. What does it matter
whether the Russian Federation has
10,000 tanks or 40,000 tanks if they
can't get drivers for these tanks?
How are we Americans prepared
to participate in this great coming
boom? I would like to have this
question answered by our political
incumbents and our community
leaders-an open forum-that we can
bccomc aware as to where to invest
Bob L. Johnson
Ocean Isle Beach
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There Is A Sianal: Turn. Turn, Turn
The automobile manufacturers of
this great, wide world have invented
some pretty gcxxl stuff to make driv
ing our ears safer and more comfort
When we sit behind the steering
wheel of our car, we are confronted
with a number of fancy gadgets and
brightly-colored buttons to operate.
Sometimes 1 think people don't
take these gadgets seriously.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I
dunk the only gadget in a car that's
intended for fun is the stereo.
Well, OK, sometimes 1 can be en
tertained by the windshield wipers.
The particular device that seems
to be ignored by a large number of
drivers appears to be the turn signal.
You might also call them 'blink
1 ierc arc some scenarios that have
caused me frustration for many
years, and I'm sure they do ihe same
to many of you out there:
You're driving behind a car that
has its right blinker flashing.
You're lx>th going well under die
speed limit, so you think that this
person is going to make a turn
sometime in the immediate future.
But. you both keep going on anil
on and on, and the driver ahead of
you never turns. Jusi continues
blinking at you for miles and miles.
It's as if he/she doesn't realize
that the blinker is on.
Or this one:
You're driving behind another car
that begins slowing down consider
ably and then inches over, in the
course of about 25 seconds, into the
left mm lane to make a turn.
This person never put on a blinker
to let you know what they were
planning on doing, and never really
applied the brakes hard enough to
have the brake light come on as a
It was a slow crawl over into that
. JWi H
Helping The Olives
BY BILL FAVKR
The winlcr beach at low tide gives us a wide expanse of gray sand
and lots of space to walk or run. Each time I start out for a "power walk"
! end up being attracted to some birds or a she!! or
some playful porpoises near the water's edge. It was
like that several times during the recent holidays
when the skies were gray and the sand was gray and
the water was gray. On one of those days several live
olives were trying to dig back down into the sand
and I tried to help.
They had been dislodged trom the sandy bottom
of the sea and brought in by the rolling surf. Only a
few minutes were available for them to get back in
7? the wet sand before a hungry sandpiper or tumstone
pAVKK would find them and pick out the meat. Or, on sunny
days, they needed to get beneath the sand to keep from being baked in
the shell. 1 rescued several olives by hurling them back into the water
and then placed one in a shallow tidepool to await the incoming tide.
Olives are some of the most beautiful of our shells. Our lettered olive
with its shiny exterior and hieroglyphic-like markings is most often
found whole and in good condition. Older shells lose some of the sheen
as they roll around in the water, but most appear as if they had been
highly polished. This sheen is caused by the animal which coven; the
shell completely when it expands.
When live shells are placed in water an observer with paticncccan be
rewarded by seeing the body expand and the animal begin digging for
cover. A shallow baking dish or a tidepool make a good temporary
aquarium but the live shell should be relumed when you finish watching.
I'm never sure whether or not the olives need my help. They could
probably dig deep enough to withstand the probing of birds and the dry
ing by the sun without me. I guess I'm meeting my needs when I stop to
help. At !csst it give mc 2 ch-incc to !c^m ?.bou! ihf* nlivrs in act outside
in the crisp air, and to get some much-needed exercise.
Region Enjoys Mild December
Southeastern North Carolina resi
dents didn't see a white Christmas in
1991, but the weather last month
couldn't have drawn too many com
The month of December was
much warmer and drier than usual,
according to the National Weather
Service in Wilmington.
Average temperature for the
month was 51 degrees, which was a
whopping 2.8 degrees above normal.
The highest temperature for the
month was 79 degrees on Dec. 2,
which tied a record for that day that
was last recorded in 1982.
The lowest reading for the month
was 22 degrees on Dec. 20. The
weather service recorded 12 days in
December when the temperature
dipped to 32 degrees or lower.
Heating degree day units totaled
447 in December, which was 74
units below normal. There were 20
cooling degree day units.
Precipitation for the month tallied
2.17 inches, which was 1.26 inches
The greatest rainfall in a 24-hour
period was .73 inches on Dec. 3.
The weather service recorded mea
surable rainfall on nine days.
Sea level pressure climbed to a
high of 30.85 inches on Dec. 20,
which was an a3!-time high for the
month of December in Wilmington.
Daily average wind speed was 7.6
mph, and the fastest gust was 30
mph from the southwest on Dec. 14.
The weather service reported 13
cloudy days, 1 1 clear days and seven
partly cloudy days for the month.
The area received 67 percent of the
possible sunshine in December.
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By the time the yellow line is be
tween their tires, you've figured that
the driver is probably not drunk, but
is just heading over to make a left
You're idling at a lour-way inter
section wanting to make a left turn.
A car approaches in the road to
the left and has no blinker on, so
you think you'd better wail for lin
ear to pass through before you make
that left turn.
But instead, he/she makes a right
turn and it would have been OK for
you to proceed.
I could recite more, but space is a
consideration at most newspapers.
Now. none of these is a situation
that will halt the progress of world
peace or anything, and the planet
will not explode if we don't use our
It's just irritating.
And potentially life-threatening.
I don't know about anybody else
out there, but I really don't want to
die for an avoidable reason unless I
It absolutely baffles me how a
person can be driving along with the
lum signal on and not be aware of il.
Unless the radio is on loo loud
and the driver doesn't hear the click
ing noise made by the signal.
Or maybe the person doesn't hear
Otherwise, how docs it happen?
There's a little light that Hashes
on the dashboard to remind us that
the blinker is on.
If a driver can neither see the
Hashing light on the dash, nor hear
the clicking of the signal while it's
on, should that person be considered
a safe driver?
It's beyond me.
What's really inexcusable is a
driver who thinks that signaling is
Not to mention that's it's against
the law to not signal (I called the
DMV on this one).
I wish I, n*), could register to
own the road so that I could drive
around without feeling any responsi
bility to signal to other drivers.
Oh. how I envy those privileged
And. how I hope that no harm
comes to them for their carelessness.
Tax U^tinn<; AAnil^rl
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Due By Jan. 31
II Y TKRRY POPF
Round two has begun for the
Brunswick County Tax Department.
Some 3 5, (XX) personal property
tax listings were mailed to county
residents last week.
Round one ended Monday when
some 90,(XX) property tax Dills lor
1991 were due.
It makes for a busy time for lax
office employees, who began listing
personal property Jan. 2.
Some 1992 listing notices were
mailed a little late this year, but all
residents should receive their forms
by this week, said Ronnie Young,
Brunswick County assistant lax su
"People arc coming in pretty
steadily to list," said Young on Fri
day afternoon. "Rainy weather actu
ally helps us. They can't do much
else when it's raining."
Brunswick County is one of ihe
few counties in the state to use a
permanent real estate listing system,
an approach it began in 1989. If
someone owns real estate in Bruns
wick c oiuity, it is 2uiQm3i!C2!!y list
ed at the tax office.
r? i ^ ?_:i. i
1MJOJ UU11V. OIC IIUl IIIU11CU
listing forms each year, but residents
mncl ill livt rv?rvon:*l nmivrlv with
r - ------ r ~r - v
the tax officc. Personal property in
cludes cars, boats, airplanes and re
The deadline for listing personal
property for 1992 is Jan. 31. Late fil
ers may still list after Jan. 31 at the
lax office in Bolivia or by mail, but a
10 percent penalty will be charged
on the amount of taxes to be levied.
Persons who arc new to Bruns
wick County can register at any time
in January at the tax office, said
Young. Or they may register with
tax employees working the field Jan.
30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
the following township locations:
Leland Sanitary District Officc for
Northwest Township: Southport Fire
Department and Long Beach Com
munity Center for Smithvillc Town
ship; Tri-Bcach Volunteer Tire De
partment for Lock wood Folly Town
ship; Shallottc Volunteer Fire De
partment for Shallottc Township;
and Waccamaw Park Community
Building for Waccamaw Township.
By the last of July property own
nv* r^xci^'c LhiCir \ * * ?
bills. Taxes will be due again next
Ticket Proceeds Go
To Moose Lodge Fund
A Christmas morning fire that
razed the Shalloite Moose Lodge on
N.C. 130 East of Shallotte also de
stroyed a shotgun and all ticket stubs
related to a lodge fundraising pro
ject, said Addison Hayes, lodge ad
The drawing was to have been
held Dec. 27, he said, but the club
has no record now of who gave do
nations for tickets.
Since the fire, he said, many con
tributors have asked that their dona
tions for tickets go instead into the
building fund to help reconstruct the
The lodge plans to follow that
plan for all donors who do not re
quest a refund, said Hayes.
Contributors have until Jan. 31 to
contact Hayes at 842-3738 with a re
quest to the contrary. Otherwise it
will be assumed that they want their
donation to go to the building fund,
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