Officials Hope Termites
Gone From Holden Beach
Local officials have ihcir fingers
crosscd, hoping an unusual breed of
termites spoiled last year on some
landscaping timbers at Holden
Beach won't be back this spring.
"We'll just have to wait and see
what nature does," Brunswick
County Cooperative Extension Ser
vice Director Milton Coleman said
Tuesday. "Hopefully we've got it
nipped in the bud."
Formosan termites, more aggres
sive than other termites common in
the United States, were detected at
the beach last spring. It was die first
time the species had been recorded
in North Carolina.
"They arc far more aggressive than
our regular subterranean termite,"
Coleman said. "They can leave the
ground and form colonics in the
walls of a house without having to re
turn to the ground for moisture."
Coleman said die termites got to
the beach on landscape timbers pur
chased at a building supply store.
Officials couldn't determine where
the shipment of timbers originated.
The timbers, which were placed
outside of a home on Brunswick
Avenue at Holden Beach, were re
moved and destroyed when the ter
miles were discovered by a local ex
"We feci pretty sure it was re
stricted to the landscape umbers,"
Coleman said. "I hope they've been
taken care of."
Coleman said about live lots on
the street were treated with pesti
cides. But officials won't know if all
of the termites were eliminated until
late April or early May when the
weather turns wanner.
Formosan termites can burrow up
to one yard into the soil and may
have avoided the pesticide treat
mcnt, Coleman said.
"They do have the capacity to go
down pretty deep in the soil," he
said. "We're sort of keeping our
eyes on it."
Coleman said experts from N.C.
State University and the N.C. De
partment of Agriculture were called
in last year to help get rid of the ter
Formosan termites are usually
found in sub tropical areas and arc
common in Central America. Cole
man said they arc also found in
Charleston, S.C., but had never been
detected in North Carolina before
Met At West Brunswick High
Directors of the South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce met
at West Brunswick High School
Tuesday morning for breakfast and a
visit with students and faculty mem
The visit was sponsored by the re
cently organized homc-community
school relations committee, which
vocational instructor Gary Poulos
serves as chairman. Other members,
all from the faculty, are Liz Erick
son, Susan Morgan, Zula Jcnrcttc,
Bertha Bell, Maggie Dessing, Dcana
Disarno, Jim Price and Linda Hick
At the breakfast Tuesday, Poulos
said directors heard from senior
April Dowless, a siuucnt in Harriet
Bellamy's marketing program. Miss
Dowless is involved in a cooperative
program that allows her to learn
some skills by working part-time at
a local business on early release
The committee is exploring sever
al program possibilities that have
worked well at other high schools,
including such activities as "chats
with the principal" for parents; exam
jams for which teachers study with
students in preparation for exams
and the school provides transporta
tion to and from home; semi-annual
open houses; orientation at the start
of the school year for not just in
coming freshmen, but for all stu
dents and their parents; and ques
tionnaires sent home to parents.
"We as teachers can only do so
much," said Poulos. "We're looking
at anything we can do to get more
involvement from the community,
anything to get parents involved
with their students. When you have
an interested parent you have a good
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Two new town officials took officc Monday night at Varnamtown.
Will (W.H.) Mumford of Riverside subdivision was installed as al
derman of the riverfront village. He replaces Faye Galloway, who re
signed Jan. 28 less than two months after taking officc. She was clcctcd
Mayor Judy Galloway said Edward McLelland was also installed to
succeed Paul Vealey as town clerk.
Both had been appointed to their respective positions at the February
In other business Monday, the board voted to apply for a state plan
ning grant to develop its first CAMA land use plan. Consultant Howard
T. Capps told the board it could be as late as August or September be
fore the town knows if it will receive a grant.
An application submitted several years ago was not funded, but Capps
indicated he thought the town's chances were better this time around.
Under the Coastal Area Management Act, the state's coastal /one
management law, the 20 coastal counties and municipalities within them
are required to develop a plan to guide land use and then to update it
every five years.
"We haven't done one yet." said Mayor Galloway. "If they want as
to do one, they need to provide us the grant."
Also Monday, the board hired Scott Vamam to mow the yard at
town hall and rescheduled its April meeting from April 20 to 7:30 p.m.
April 27, to avoid scheduling conflicts with revival services at local
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A blood drive will be held
Tuesday, March 24, at Brunswick
Community College in conjunction
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Airport Commission Takes
No Action On Allegations
At a special meeting lust week,
the Brunswick County Airport Com
mission voted 6-1 not to take action
regarding allegations that its former
attorney, Grover Gore of Soulhport.
had misused funds.
The commission was also sched
uled to meet in regular session this
Wednesday, March 18, to discuss its
1990-91 annual audit report.
Performed by Milton llardison of
Wilmington, the audit reported that
the Airport Commission's treasurer.
Gore, wrote checks to himself total
ing $5,220 to pay for legal services
he provided the lx)aril.
State law pmhibits elected and
appointed officials from becoming
"an undertaker or to make any con
tract" for services to the government
they serve, the report cites.
Gore, who volunteered his legal
services to the board before he was
appointed to the commission, has
denied any wrongdoing. He did not
take pan in the Commission's vote
that hired him as attorney and
stepped down from the job six
months later, saying he did not feel
comfortable with the role. His term
on the Commission expired Dec. 31.
The board is charged with operat
ing the airport on N.C. 133 at Oak
At the March 10 special meeting.
Commission member Bob Miller
questioned the board about the use of
telephone credit cards issued to Gore
while he was on the board. At ques
tion is whether the S 1 , 1 24 and S 1 ,602
in phone bills made on a crcdii card
issued to Gore, as noted on the June
1990 and June 1991 audits, repre
sents airport or personal business.
Alter meeting in executive ses
sion, the board voted 6-1 not to take
action regarding the telephone bills
incurred by Gore during the term of
his appointment to the Commission.
Miller voted no.
The board also voted 6- 1 to termi
naic its contract with Faith Walker
of Southport. Ms. Walker had been
hired by the board to take notes anil
to write minutes of the meetings.
She sent a letter to Brunswick
County Commissioners and to the
mayors of Long Beach, Yaupon
Beach and Southport last month crit
icizing the board's behavior at meet
ings and asked that county commis
sioners step in to settle the disputes.
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