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BEACON Staff WrUer Terry Pope and News Editor Susan Usher
look over the three awards won by the newspaper's staff in the
1991 North Carolina Press Association news-editorial contests.
They accepted the awards last Thursday.
Beacon Staff Wins
Three State Press
The Brunswick Beacon received
three awards in the 1991 North Car
olina Press Association news edito
The newspaper received a second
place award for appearance and de
sign and a third pLcc award for
news coverage, both acccptcd by
Susan Usher, news editor.
Staff writer Terry Pope accepted
his third place award for editorial
Awards were presented last Thur
sday by Bill Ahcarn, executive edi
tor of the Associated Press, New
York, at the NCPA's 67th annual
Newspaper Institute. The event was
hi-IH at the Friday Continuing Edu
cation Center at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pope entered three editorials for
judges' consideration. One criticized
the Coastal Resource Commission's
proposal to weaken its ban on sea
walls. Another praised the county's
proposed new subdivision ordinance
and cncouraged public participation
at public hearings on the ordinance.
The third credited a Calabash town
official for starting to enforce the
town's neglected sign ordinance, to
the displeasure of some area busi
The Beacon competes in the com
munity newspaper division with oth
er newspapers published once a
Members of the New Jersey Press
Association judged the 1991 con
In his comments on entries. Judge
E. Christopher Cone of the West
Essex Tribune in Livingston, NJ.,
wrote that Pope's editorials show he
"is strong on local issues, and clear
ly has the interests and needs of the
community at heart. The writer
knows how 10 make use of specific
points and examples in presenting
For the years 1981 through 1991,
the Beacon has won 52 awards in
NCPA news and advertising con
Another weekly newspaper in
Brunswick County, The Stale Port
Pilot , won four awards in this year's
news-editorial contests. News Editor
Richard Nubel won first place in in
vestigative reporting for a series on
the possible impact on Brunswick
County of the proposed hog-pro
cessing plant in Bladen County. The
staff won third place, editorial page;
first place, general excellence; and
first place, news coverage.
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Holden Committee Waiting For Street Liahts
BY DOUC; RUTTER
A Holdcn Bcach committcc plans
to wait unul street lights go up be
fore making any recommendations
regarding the town's highly-debated
outside light ordinance.
Members of the planning board
committcc said Monday they think
street lights will solve most prob
lems associated with outside lights
on the island.
Holdcn Bcach Commissioners arc
considering having street lights in
stalled at cach intersection and every
500 feet between intersections.
Town officials cxpcct two types
of lights to be put up on Ocean
Boulevard this week so residents
can dccidc which one they like.
On Monday, planning board
members Roger Williams, Jim Sha
for and Harold Steorts met to dis
cuss possible changes in the town's
outside light rules.
Commissioners had asked the
planning board last September to re
view the controversial regulations Tn
response to complaints from resi
Existing rules are intended to reg
ulate yard and security lights so they
don't bother neighbors and don't in
terfere with the vision of motorists.
However, some residents say they
arc too restrictive and don't allow
people enough freedom to protect
Committee members agreed
Monday that the current rules arc
too subjective to enforce. A light
that's considered a nuisance by one
person, they said, can be just fine
with somebody else.
They also agreed that the regula
tions need to be written using objec
tive standards that can be easily
measured and enforced.
"The problem is we've got to
have something a preponderance of
the people on this biach can live
with on a daily basis," Williams
said. "This is not going to work,
what's on the books now. We al
ready know that."
Town Manager Gary Parker said
he thinks the rules should be thrown
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out He doesn't think the town
should gel involved in squabbles be
"I have a big problem trying to do
this at all," he said. "Leave it to the
private individuals to handle those
Parker said it's difficult to write
an ordinance using objective and
measurable standards that would
stand up in court.
The manager said the N.C.
League of Municipalities hasn't
been able to help the town. "Not on
ly do they not have a model ordi
nance, they don't have any ordi
nances from any cities in the state."
Committee members did have an
outside lighting ordinance from
Tucson. Ariz., to review. But it was
written to keep city lights from in
terfering with astronomers at nearby
Parker said he would take the
town to court if he was forced to re
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could keep the same light if his
neighbor didn't complain.
The town is still involved in a
lawsuit over a security light that a
Brunswick Avenue homeowner had
refused to remove from a utility pole.
Resident Jim Lowell, who at one
point Monday night recommended a
moratorium on new yard lights,
agreed with the town manager.
"People got along for a long peri
od of time without a lighting ordi
nance," he said. "People arc really
upught about this thing."
Crawford Hart, a member of the
board of adjustment, said the town
can control lights if it includes al
lowable light meter readings in the
Han said die uiwii needs to regu
late the amount of light because peo
ple enjoy looking at the stars when
they visit the beach. If there's too
much light pollution, he said they
won't come back.
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