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Address Shared Economic Concerns
Illiteracy, poverty and high unem
ployment arc some of the problems
across Southeastern North Carolina
participants in a daylong economic
forum in Wilmington Monday arc
interested in addressing through ic
More than 250 business, educa
tion and government leaders from
16 counties participated in the re
gional economic development forum
sponsored the University of North
Carolina at Wilmington.
The forum was part of UNC-W's
outreach efforts to develop regional
linkages with Brunswick, Bladen,
Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cum
berland. Duplin, Greene. Jones, Len
oir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico,
Pender. Sampson and Wayne coun
The new Southeastern Network
lor hcononuc Development views
regional cooperation as the best way
to address common economic, social
and educational problems.
Attendees developed an initial set
of goals in six major areas that will
be reviewed at eight conferences
across the region over the next six
months. Then a Regional Planning
Council will be named to lead in
mapping how to achieve the goals.
The council will include nine mem
bers from cach of the 16 counties.
Also, a University Research
Council will be developed with uni
versity and professors and staff serv
ing as advisors and brokers for net
work research projects.
Program moderator UNCW
Chancellor James R. Leutze, Ph.D.,
initiated the networking effort. He
stressed Monday that the universi
ty's strategy is not to replace or
compete with efforts of other agen
cies and governments, but to support
their work, serve as a catalyst and to
help avoid rcsourcc-draining dupli
cation of effon. The university will
provide resources, leadership train
ing and education, increasing work
force skills and helping make the re
gion more competitive.
He told the group that too often in
the past competitiveness has retard
ed regional progress. "The time has
come to cement ourselves together
in ilic common good, JiC said.
His focus was emphasized by
keynote speaker Estcll C. Lee, a
Wilmington native and secretary of
the N.C. Department of Economic
and Community Development.
"Too often localities become so
emotional about individual likes and
disiikcs, they fail to look at the 'big
picture', ultimately putting their
own communities and regions at a
disadvantage," she said.
She and Ixulzc stressed the need
for regional teamwork in landing
major economic initiatives si".h as
the proposed air cargo transport ter
minal, now called Global TransPark.
"If there is to be an air cargo port
here, the entire area of Southeastern
North Carolina needs to get together
and agree on one, two or three sites
and work collectively for that," said
Leiitze. "If we find ourselves divid
ed, we may find it located some
Goals hammered out by partici
pants meeting in small groups ad
dressed different areas of regional
development: economic growth,
technical and infrastructure, cultural
resources, environment, leadership
They include lapping into sophis
ticated telecommunications services
for regional networking; studying
the effectiveness anil economic im
ptict c? environmental rc^uluucro cn
a regional basis; fostering leadership
development and training and in
creasing minority leadership; inven
torying water resources and devel
oping appropriate industrial/com
mcrcial development strategies; and
developing a plan to improve ele
mentary and secondary education
"as quickiy as possible" in the re
gion. Participants also want to see
that educational systems provide the
training students need to meet work
place demands to incorporate cco
nomic development into the school
curriculum and develop linkages be
tween schools and business.
Tom Monks, director of the
Resources Development Commis
sion for Bn,n,jwirk County, ssid he
was unable to attend the conference,
but would submit written comments
after talking with RDC members
V.A. Creech Jr. and Don Hughes,
who did attend.
While supportive of a regional
database and information/education
efforts. Monks said he doesn't think
the area needs another regional de
velopment agency or chamber of
commerce-type structure that might
find itself in competition with exist
The county was also represented
by Planning Director John Harvey.
Others attending from Brunswick
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Holden Beach; Sandy Tate, Bolivia;
Emily Parker, Karen Hope and
Joanne Wesson, Southport; MichacI
Reaves, Brunswick Community
College; James McAdams, Bruns
wick County Schools; Milton Cole
man, county extension chairman;
Joan P. Aitman. Long Beach;
Russell G. Baldwin, B.H. Jones,
Lcland; David J. Batten, Supply;
James D. Bellamy, Bobby R. Davis
and Robert W. Leavitt, Shallottc;
and David Rouen.
Four Killed In Wreck Identified By Patrol
Four people from Albemarle who
died in a traffic accident at Gris
settown last Tuesday, Jan. 7, have
According to the State Highway
Patrol, the accident victims were
David William Tucker, 78; Arlcnc
Barbce Holt, 75; Dorothy Hinson
Freeman, 73; and James Worth
The victims were all passengers
in a 1985 Dodge Diplomat that
pulled in front of a dump truck trav
eling north on U.S. 17 south of
Shallotte at the N.C. 904 intersec
Their names were withheld pend
ing notification of kin last Tuesday
evening by the Highway Patrol. No
charges were filed after the 3:30
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The driver of the 1988 dump
truck, John Curtis Fuller, 59, of
Council, was treated and released at
The Brunswick Hospital in Supply.
The deaths were tile first fatalities
recorded on Brunswick County's
highways for 1992.
"That's not the way we wanted to
start the new year," said Ruby Oak
Icy, spokesperson for the Highway
Patrol officc in Wilmington.
A Leland man was seriously in
jured Sunday evening when the car
he was driving ran off the road,
struck a small tree and overturned.
lames Roscoc Soles, was
traveling east on Old Mill Road
(S.R. 1432) about a half mile from
Navassa when his 1981 Honda ran
off the road on the left, reported
State Trooper T.W. Caulder.
Soles was charged with driving
while impaired (DWI) and driving
with no operator's liccnsc, Caulder
The driver was taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
in Wilmington following the 5:35
p.m. accidcnt. Damage was listed at
S3 ,000 to the car.
DWI Charge Filed
A Shalloue man was charged
with DWI, operating a vehicle with
no insurance and driving while his
liccnse was indefinitely revoked af
tei tiie car he was driving ran off the
road and landed on its side in some
shrubs cast of Shalloue.
Thomas Michael Blount, 3-1, was
traveling west on N.C. 130 about
two miles cast of Shalloue when the
1980 Chevrolet he was driving ran
off the shoulder, crossed the road
way and struck a tree. State Trooper
B.D. Barnhardt reported.
The car also struck a telephone
line pedestal and damaged some
shrubs in a yard before coming to
rest on its right side, Barnhardt re
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Blount rcccived minor injuries
and w&? taken to The Brunswick
Hospital in Supply following the
11:45 p.m. accident.
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Cars Hil Head-On
Two drivers were seriously in
jured last Monday, Jan. 6, when
their cars collided head-on on U.S.
17 about 4.6 miles north of Bolivia.
According to Caulder, the acci
dent happened around 7:40 a.m.
when a car driven by Vcrnell Bryant
Bellamy, 40, of Bolivia, attempted
to avoid slow-moving traffic by ap
plying the brakes on her 1979 Ford,
which slid out of control, Caulder
Her car struck a 1980 Toyota dri
ven by Edna Mac Shrader, 59, of
Shallotlc, Caulder said. Ms.
Bellamy was charged with driving
left of center, he said.
Both drivers were taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center
Damage was estimated at S3.000
to each vehicle.
Receives SGA Award
Elisa Herndon (center), the 1991 winner of the Edna Russ Schol
arship Award, accepts a check for $500 from West Brunswick High
School Principal Ed Ionian (left) and Student Government Asso
ciation (SGA) Advisor Susan Tubo. The award is spunsOicu by the
SGA and is presented to the student who demonstrates achieve
ment in mathematics and desires further education. Miss Herndon
recently completed her first semester at North Carolina State Univ
ersity in Raleigh, earning a 3.5 gradepoint average. She is the
daughter of Claude and Jill Herndon of the Holden Reach area.
Volunteers Offer Seniors
Free Tax Assistance
Free incomc tax assistance will be
available at four locations this year
to Brunswick County residents
through the Hsx-Aidc Program of
the American Association of Retired
The local program begins Tues
day, Feb. 4, and continues through
mid-April, said Dan Bcddard,
AARP tax counseling coordinator in
Bcddard said the service is de
signed to help older persons under
stand income tax forms and become
familiar with special benefits avail
able to older persons.
Last year, AARP Tax-Aide coun
selors assisted 375 couniy residents.
"We had an astounding % percent
accuracy rate," said Bcddard, based
on monitoring and fecback provided
to the volunteers by the IRS.
Volunteer counselors trained by
the Internal Revenue will provide
counseling services and assistance at
sites in Southport, Shalloue, Supply
"Our counselors, many of whom
are retired business people with con
siderable experience in tax matters,
are trained to prepare returns for
older taxpayers," said Bcddard.
According to Bcddard, past expe
rience indicates that many older per
sons arc unaware of the spccial ben
efits they are entitled to claim; some
may not even be required to file a
return because of limited income.
Persons wishing to use the free
servicc arc asked to bring with them
copics of their previous year's feder
al and state returns and forms for the
current tax year. These should in
clude W-2s and other relevant
records ana materials showing in
come for the year.
Sites, dates and times arc as fol
?Shallottc: Senior Center, U.S. 17
Business, Tuesdays and Wednes
days, Feb. 4-April 14, 8:30 a.m. to
11 :30 a.m.;
?Supply: Brunswick Community
College, Brunswick Interagency
Building, Wednesdays, Feb. 5- April
8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appoinunent
only. (Call Debbie Bryant, 919-754
6900, Ext. 400, for an apppcint
?Southport: Public Library, Tues
days and Thursdays, Feb. 4- April
14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
?Leland: Community Center, Wed
nesdays, Feb. 5-April 8, 3 p.m. to 5
More information about the ser
vice is available from Beddard, 919
278^242, or Larry Nielsen, 845
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