County Hires Veterans Service Officer
II Y TKRRY POPE
Starling Monday, Brunswick County will have
a new Veterans Service officer.
Virgil Batten. 54. of Route 2, Supply (Holdcn
Beach community), a 30-year U.S. Air Force vet
eran, wi|! report (<i work Man h said Brunswick
County Manager David Clegg.
^^runswick County's new recycling coordina
tor, Mbry McCarley of Long Beach, will also sum
work Monday on her new job. She is presently an
environmental health specialist with the Brunswick
County Health Department.
Batten, a I960 graduate of N.C. Suite Univ
ersity, has also obtained a master's degree in busi
ness from Webster I Jniversity in St. Louis, Mo.
He will replace Jess Parker, who resigned and
moved to Washington Suite last October. Batten
was chosen from among 207 applicants.
"He is very well-versed in veterans issues,"
said Clegg. "He certainly has an appreciation for
Batten retired from the Air Force in September
1990 as a colonel and moved to Brunswick County
when: he built a home. At the time of his retire
menu he was chief of suilf for the Air Force
Reserves, which includes 70,000 soldiers.
The Columbus County native and Hallsboro
High School graduate served a tour of duty in the
Vietnam conflict from 1971-72, flying in 105 com
bat missions aboard C-130 gunships.
"I'm excited about being selected for the posi
tion." said Batten.
The veterans director, he said, should pursue
the best possible services for county veterans, their
spouses and dependents.
"I'm convinced that the squeaky wheel is
where the grease goes," said Batten. "I want
Brunswick County Veteran Scrviccs to he known
as the best office of its kind throughout the suite.
That is one of my goals."
The director is also responsible for investigat
ing veterans' status for eligibility for admittance to
Veteran Administration hospitals and advises per
sons serving in armed foacs of their disability pro
visions and other procedures. Also, the officer as
sists pensioned veterans and widows. The full-time
position pays $23,444 per year.
"If veterans out in the county arc eligible for
benefits," said Batten, "then they should be receiv
ing them. Veterans benefits are also a benefit to the
Following Parker's resignation, county veteran
organizations lobbied Brunswick County Commis
sioners, asking that a veteran be hired. Clegg said
the application process was open to veterans and
non-veterans to avoid discrimination. The most
qualified person for the job, he said, happened to
be a veteran.
"He has dealt with personnel," said Clegg. "He
has dealt with organizations. He is certainly quali
Acting Veterans Service Officer Julia Hayes
was among the finalists for the position. __
Ready To Recycle
As recycling coordinator, Ms. McCarlcy will
work w ith County Engineer Robert Tuckcr's of
fice. Her job is to meet with private industries, lo
cal governments and individuals to establish a uni
fied recycling program to "capture the 25 percent
goal," said Tucker.
By state law, counties must cut the amount of
garbage entering landfills by 25 percent through re
"She has a lot of work to do," said Tucker.
Ms. McCarlcy has a degree in environmental
health from Hast Tennessee State University,
Johnson City, Tcnn., where she also studied solid
waste management She was also involved in recy
cling programs in Tennessee.
She will finish a two-week notice this week
with the Health Department, where she has worked
for two years as a registered sanitarian, performing
field work as an on-site soil evaluator.
"While working the job for the Health
Department, I've seen first hand what the solid
waste problems arc in Brunswick County," she
Part of the groundwork for her job has been es
tablished, site said. Waste Industries will operate at
least 10 recycling stations in Brunswick County
under its five-year contract agreement.
"We're going to sec if we can get everybody
involved," said Ms. McCarlcy. "I feel recycling
should have been started years ago."
MEETING MARCH 26 & 27
Holden Beach Land Use Plan
Returns To CRC Next Week
A revised land use plan update for
Holden Beach goes before the Coas
tal Resources Commission for con
sideration when the CRC meets
March 26 and 27 at Wrightsville
Sessions begin both days at 8:30
a.m. at the Holiday Inn in the
Nor' Easter and Cape Faire rooms.
All are open to the public.
The land use plan is scheduled to
go before the Planning and Special
Issues Committee Thursday, and be
fore the full board Friday, with certi
The Holden Bcach Board of
Commissioners were to hold a pub
lic hearing, Wednesday, March 18,
at 7 p.m. at the town hall on the lat
est draft of the plan.
The plan, in the works now for
nearly two years, was referred back
to the town for further revision fol
lowing the CRC's last meeting.
Town Manager Gary Parker said the
town's been assured that the revi
sions going to public hearing this
week will satisfy the concerns raised
by the N.C. Office of Coastal
Parker developed die revisions
with the assistance of Haskell Rhcu,
a planning and access coordinator
with the state agency. Most of the
changes simply brought wording of
the plan into consistency with CRC
In other CRC business, the state
panel has set a public hearing at 4
p.m. Thursday, March 26, to discuss
proposed amendments to several
rules that regulate development
within the estuarine system.
According to a news release from
the N.C. Division of Coastal
Management, the proposals do not
reflect a major change in CRC poli
Thursday at 1 p.m. the full com
mission will hear a status report on
the findings of a DOT study of op
tions for state-maintained coastal
roads subject to long-term erosion;
preliminary results of a marine sew
age pump-oul study: a status report
on Coastal Zone Management 309
strategy; and a status report on pend
ing National Flood Insurance Pro
Two standing committees arc to
meet in concurrent session Thursday
In addition to land use plans for
Holden Beach and two other com
munities, the planning commiuce
will discuss also land use plan ccrti
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consistency with CRC rules; proce
dures for nominations for areas of
environmental concerns (AECs) and
a draft policy statement regarding
near shore sand disposal.
Gene Tomlinson of Brunswick
County chairs the Implementation
and Standards Committee, which
will continue ils discussion of the
proposed "Dawson Amendment"
that would change setback criteria
for large structures; several pro
posed rule clarifications; a proposed
declaratory ruling option for public
projcct proposals; a proposed defini
tion of submerged aquatic vegeta
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the si/.cs of occanfront structures.
The CRC designates areas of en
vironmental concern (AECs), adopts
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