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HRUNSWICK COUNTY Sheriff's Deputy Itrian Sanders directs traffic around an accident on U.S. 17
at Winnabow last Wednesday , March IS.
Three Hurt In Winnabow Wreck
Three people were injured in an
accident at the intersection of U.S.
17 and Governor's Road (S R. 1521)
at Winnabow last Wednesday,
Donald Eugene Wcathcrford, 37,
of Winnabow, was charged with
making an unsafe movement after
he drove his 1967 Ford pickup into
the path of an approaching car
around 8:30 a.m., reported State
Trooper B.L. Wilkes.
Wcathcrford was traveling south
on four-lancd U.S. 17 when he at
tempted to cross the northbound
lanes to turn onto Governor's Road,
Wilkes stated. His pickup was struck
by a 1977 Pontiac driven by Edward
Gordon Ward, 45, of Bolivia.
Ward's car spun around and came
to rest in the northbound lanes of
U.S. 17. Weatherford's truck trav
eled out of control and struck a 1978
White tractor-trailer driven by Eldon
Lamar Brooks, 42, of Robbinsville,
The tractor-trailer was stopped at
the stop sign on Governor's Road.
Wcathcrford received serious in
juries while Ward and a passenger in
his car, Edward C. Ward, 19, of Bol
ivia, each received class B injuries,
which arc serious but not incapaci
tating. All three were transported to
New Hanover Regional Medical
Center in Wilmington by ambu
Damage was listed at SI, (XX) to
the Wcathcrford truck, $500 to the
Ward car and S100 to the tractor
A Supply man was seriously in
jured Saturday night after he walked
into the path of a car on N.C. 130
east of Shallottc.
Jerry Wayne Hcwctt, 44, was
walking from the parking area of
Woody 's store about 2.5 miles east
of Shallottc when he was struck by a
1984 Mercury driven by Frances
Agnes Barnes, 33, of Shallottc, Suite
Trooper B.D. Bamhardt reported.
Hcwett was taken to The Bruns
wick Hospital by ambulance follow
ing the 10:30 p.m. accident. He was
attempting to walk to a private dri
veway across N.C. 130, said Bam
No charges were filed.
Damage was estimated at $500 to
the hood, windshield and roof of the
car, Barnhardt slated.
Minor injuries were reported Fri
day afternoon in an accident on the
U.S. 17 bypass about .3 miles north
of Shallottc, State Trooper D.B.
The accident happened around
3:15 p.m. when a 19X5 Chevrolet
driven by Heath Patrick Mankins, 18,
of Supply slowed for traffic, Harvcll
stated. His car was struck in the rear
by a 1990 Plymouth driven by Jesse
Eric Hcmdon, 17, of Supply.
Herndon was charged with failure
to reduce speed, Harvcll suited.
Hankins rcccived minor injuries
and was taken to The Brunswick
Damages was estimated at SS(X)
to the Hankins car and S 1.5(H) to the
TIPS FOR PARFNTS
School Testing Dates Set
All Brunswick Counly students in
the third, sixth and eighth grades
will be involved in testing March 30
through April 3.
They will be taking the California
Achievement Tests or CAT, which
the state is presently using to evalu
ate student achievement in reading,
language and mathematics.
Students will also take the state's
science and social studies tests,
which arc given with the CAT, but
arc reported separately.
At Lincoln Primary School in
Leland, third grade teachers plan to
spend some time reviewing skills in
preparation for the CAT and will use
an instrument called "Scoring High"
to help acquaint studenLs with the
Like typical third graders county
wide, most third graders at Lincoln
haven't taken any type of standard
ized test before.
"The staff at Lincoln tries hard to
entourage our students to do their
best without overemphasizing the
testing program," a news release in
Among other support efforts,
tapes on reducing test anxiety are
available for parents to check out
through the school counselor.
A guide for parents published by
the N.C. Department of Public
Instruction's Testing Division offers
advicc to parents to help their child
Some of the suggestions include:
?Offer encouragement to your child
before the test:
?Avoid discussing scores of older
brothers or sisters and making com
parisons. Children have different
?Try to avoid family conflicts or
other problems that might upset the
child and affect test scores; and
?Make sure your child has normal
rest before the test
Lakeside 4-H Gets Grant
Lakeside 4-H Club of Boiling
Spring Lakes has received a S5(X)
grant from Deere and Co. lor a spe
cial program that encourages young
people to conserve the community's
The funds are part of a National
4-H Conservation of Natural Re
sources Grants Program coordinated
by the National 4-H Council, said
Billy PriveUe, 4-H agent with the
Brunswick County Center of the
N.C. Cooperative Extension Ser
vice. Lakeside is one of eight groups
nationwide to receive a grant.
Lakeside 4-H Club began this
project by adopting a farm in the
Supply area. The club began a limit
ed stream analysis program with as
sistance of the N.C. Stream Watch
coordinator and the Soil and Water
Utilizing a lake on the property,
the club initiated a fish stocking and
tagging program with South
Brunswick High School's aquacul
ture program. The club has also built
and placed wood duck boxes on ihe
farm and installed beaver dam water
"We're excited about the kinds of
things that we have already been
able to accomplish," said Fayc Lay
man, 4-H Club leader. "With the
grant money from Dcerc and Co.,
wc will be able to greatly improve
our stream analysis program."
Other future projects, with the as
sistance of the N.C. Wildlife Re
sources Commission, include the
planting of wildlife seed plots and
hardwoods m the buffer zone be
tween the pasture and lake. The
group also plans to erect an osprey
nesting platform and install bluebird
4-H is the youth education pro
gram of the Cooperative Extension
System of the state land-grant uni
versities and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. National 4-H Council is
a not-for-profit organization which
uses private resources to enhance the
development and education of youth.
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A former director of the Carolina
Power anil Light Co. Visitors Center
in Soulhport has filed suit against
the company, claiming he was
wrongfully fired from his |ob last
Thomas S. Corbitt Jr., 4/, of
Soulhport, an 1 1-year veteran of
CP&L, was fired Oct. 31 as senior
energy information specialist at the
visitor's center of the Brunswick
According to the lawsuit filed in
Brunswick County Superior Court.
Corbitl wants a judge to rule that
CP&L discriminated against him on
account of his handicapped condition
and that the company violated the
Handicapped Persons Protection Act.
It asks that Corbitt he restored to
his job, he allowed to collect back
pay from Oct. 31, receive comjxrn
satory damages in excess of SI(),(KX)
and punitive damages in excess of
SK).(XK) and receive a trial by jury.
Corbitt was diagnosed with hy
pertension in August 1989. the com
plaint slates, and placed on a med
ication called Propranolol until
September 1991, after he had been
notified that he was fired.
Hypertension is a high blixxl pres
sure condition treatable with med
Physicians indicated the drug
"caused depression" as a side effect
and a "substantial impairment in his
mental condition," the complaint
states. Corbitt's disorder and mental
impairment paralleled the alleged
deficiencies in his job performance
over the same period of time, it
Individuals suffering from the
disorder arc forgetful, disorganized,
show poor concentration, demon
strate problems in completing as
signed tasks on schedule and do not
handle new conditions with in
creased work demands well, it
Corbitt was given a reduction in
pay and additional duties under a re
organization ol employees by CP&L
in August 19X9, it states.
In June 19X9, his son, Thomas E.
Corbitt III, was diagnosed with atyp
ical anorexia and was hospitalized
for his illness for two months after
his weight dropped from 2(X) to 140
pounds. Anorexia is a psychological
and eating disorder characterized by
a pathological fear of weight gam.
found primarily among teens, and
leading to laully eating patterns and
Corbiti had received ratings of
commendable or satisfactory on job
evaluations prior to the one dated
August 21. 1991. That appraisal was
given to him after he was notified
that he would be fired, the complaint
It rated his performance as com
mendable in two categories, satis
factory in two areas and unsatisfac
tory in two others.
Corbiti was "given no opportunity
to correct any of the deficiencies in
which he was allegedly unsatisfacto
ry," it stales.
At the lime, Corbitt was earning
S42,(KX) per year plus benefits. He
was replaced by a female employee
from outside of the company with
no experience in areas covered by
the job, ii claims.
It also alleges that David Kelly.
CP&l.'s external relations director,
offered the job to the new employee
"months previous to the plaintiffs
termination ol employment," in vio
lation of the company's policy to de
velop and hire from within.
It slates the person who took
Corbitt'sjob was a "personal friend"
Corbitt was given a grievance
hearing on Dec. 6, 1991 . held before
three CP&L employees, including
ihe chief personnel officer from
Raleigh. Corbitt says he w:is denied
legal counsel and that the hear me
"was nothing more than a sham."
The plaintiff was awarded uneni
ployment pay, but on Dec. 2, 1991,
CP&L filed an appeal of the unem
ployment office's decision ":n retail
alion," it stales, alleging that Corbitt
had been fired for "misconduct or
substantial fault connected with bis
A hearing on the CP&l.'s appeal
was scheduled for Dec. 31, but on
Dec. 27 the company withdrew the
appeal without contacting Corbitt, it
The lawsuit, filed by Wilmington
attorney William Shell, claims Cor
bitt is a qualified handicapped per
son and that CP&L was advised ol
Corbitt's condition when he was
fired from his job It claims CP&L
discriminated against him because
of his handicapped condition and on
account of his sex.
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