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 Lclanil Sanitary District office on Village Road to elect officers, said Wayne Tharp of First Investors Sav- ^ y ings Bank's Lc ianu branch of fice. He said die ga)up hopes to tharp have larger attcndancc Tuesilay than at two previous "brainstorming" meetings held to survey interest in the project Tharp and Brad Brucsde of UCB's Lcland branch officc arc do ing the "legwork" to get the organi zation going, said Tharp, making personal contacts with area businesses to promote in terest "We're kind 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 tion." 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 participate in." 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 association. 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 ans Services. 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 idry scrvicc. 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 vocacy service. Stephen M. Guthrie District Service Officer Wilmington Are Americans Prepared To Participate ? 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 equation. 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 our resources. Bob L. Johnson Ocean Isle Beach r?5?0FFl o Any New Prescription g - , Over $1 0.00 SKSfB ~ o j I - \ w W WI ^ ' vy-*/yy 5:30 PM Jan. 11) O O. ] _xr C r*r\ A pta ? r>nn/\\ O (COASTAL prugP) STORE ' 4802 Main Street, Shallotte Across From Camp United Methodist Church Open 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Phone 754-6563 Wildwood Village We have it all ... ^Location. ..Price. . . S ize Large wooded, restricted lots for permanent homes. Adjoining area for mobile homes. $7,000 Up ? 10% Down ? 10% Financing New 3-BR, 2-bath home with concrete drive on paved street. Home/lot package $59,9(X). Located just off Hwy. 17 Bypass south of Shallotte. (919)754-4950 or (803)249-2171 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 able. 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 ers.' 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. Dori Cosgrove Gurgonus 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 warning. It was a slow crawl over into that turn lane. . 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 plaints. 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 below normal. 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. BEAUTIFUL HOMES SOLD BY J OUAIL RUN HO M E S NEW '91 72x14 MUST GO! Dealer Cost NEW 4-bedroom doublewide, living room and den with fireplace. Payments under $300 per month. We have other beautiful models and floor plans to choose from at special low prices. Hwy. 17 N. Bus., Shallotte, 754-7097 ? Comfuuu} Clothing For Men SUPER SHOE SALE Sperry Top Siders Size 7-13 $49.90 top s/oe/r Group ot Bass shoes in assorted Colors. Size 7'/t -1 3 Now $69.90 754-5000 Coastal Plaza, Shallotte 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 turn. And again: 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 turn signals. 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 have to. 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 that well. 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 necessary. 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 few. And. how I hope that no harm comes to them for their carelessness. Tax U^tinn<; AAnil^rl - ? - - - 1 W ? ? ? ? J v f ? fwi ? ? *w w? ^ 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 pervisor. "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 creational vehicles. 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 i tr jail. j. 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 ministrator. 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 lodge. 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, he said. 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