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UN WOOD CKAi receives u put on the buck Jrom his boss, Biunswick County Sheriff John L'arr
Davis, at a retirement dinner last week, dray's wife, Irene, is at his side.
Beloved Court Bailiff Set For Retirement
BY IHRRY POPK
hot 17 years. Lmwood Gra> has
been a familiar lace around the
Brunswick County Courthouse
The Shallotte resident retired last
week from the Brunswick County
Sheriffs Department and vows now
to spend more lime traveling with
his wife of 44 years, Irene.
"It's kind of a sobering thought,"
noted Gray at a retirement dinner
held in his honor by fellow deputies
"It's the fiist time in about 50 years
that I've not had a job."
He began as a jailer m 1975 but
for years has served as court bailiff,
acting as messenger and usher of
prisoners to and from the couru\>oni.
"That's a pretty long sentence,"
he added, while checking the exact
dates on a retirement cake.
For 15 years. Gray also owned a
gas slauon in Shallotte.
Now the couple plans to buy a
truck and lariipci and uavel the
I'hose at Uk Uutiiei last week m
eluding ihcii three childicn and two
grandchildren all had kind things lu
say about Gray.
"I'm thankful that the Good I .ord
has blessed us this long," added
Mrs. Gray .
On a lightei note, Brunswick
County Sheriff John Cari Davis
joked that he would make sure Gray
still had a key to the courtroom in
case he had trouble sleeping at
nights He could then settle into his
favorite chair by the courtroom
(Kxm , added Davis
"During the time that he worked
in the jail," said Davis, "all of the
prisoners loved him just as much as
1 do "
A larger than cxpccted crowd
gathered for the dinner at a Shallotte
"The next time I hold a depart
menial meeting 1 m going to tell
everyone it's a party for Mr Gray."
said Da is so iht.) II all show up
He s been might) gracious to mc
He s a fine, fine person.''
District Attorney Rex Gore said
he has worked with Gray as an attor
ney, when the retiree helped to keep
clients sale, and as a prosccutor in
"What I've enjoyed is talking
with him about things that have
nothing to do with any ol our jobs,"
said Gore, "of knowing him not just
as a comrade but as a person."
Gray received an engraved watch
and plaque from the Sheriff's De
partment honoring his years of dedi
"He is truly a man of his word,"
said Gore "You can count on him
"Those kind of men are rare to
day. 1 hope people can say the same
thing about us when we're no longer
Court Deputy Troy Dunkin said
Gray is a man that "lives what he
"I don't think you can say any
thing more about a man." said
Dunkin than thai he's lived what
Arson Suspected In Mobile Home Fires
BY 1F.RRY POPh
Arson is suspected in fires thai
destroyed two unoccupied mobile
homes on Cedar Hill Road (S.R.
1430) in the Phoenix community
north ot Leland Sunday morning
The adjacent homes burned si
multaneously around 11 20 a.m re
ported Brunswick County Sheriffs
Deputy Steve Mason.
A neighbor saw smoke coming
trom the area and at first thought it
was a woods fire, Mason reported
The man then went to the Phoemx
Country Ston. on Mt Misery kuad
to call the Leland Volunieei Fire
Brunswick County Fire Marshal
Cecil Logan and Sheriff's Detective
Ken Messei are investigating The
homes are owned by two brothers
who had a leud ovei properly about
two years ago 1 wo brick homes
burned as a result ol that incident,
In other reports on file at the shei
?Damage was S300 to a ramp and
post at Victoria's Ragpatch in Cala
bash Saturday, reported Deputy
Keithan Home Someone pulled a
post from a conciete bed al the Rag
patch Row shop.
?A boat motor and gas container
valued at S745 were stolen Irom a
home in Sea Village Saturday,
Home reported The resident woke
up and saw the items missing
?A car parked behind the Carolina
Shores 76 station sustained S200 in
damage Friday, reported Deputy
Richard Long 11. A glass, glove box
and dooi handle were broken, and a
tire rill) was stolen
?Someone tried to break into a
home at Holiday Ranches Saturday,
causing damage to a front dooi. re
ported Deputy Robert Allen.
However, nothing was taken.
?Nothing was stolen during a break
in at a home in Villa Nova Mobile
Home Park in Southport Saturday
evening, Deputy Becky McDonald
reported. Someone reached through
a window, unlocked a door and scat
leicd items nisidi the home.
?A child slaying with grandparent.-*
in the Brick Landing community
south of Shallotte may have been
taken by a parent to California,
Detective Billy Hughes reined.
Ihe father, who had custody of the
child, reported Thursday, April 30,
that the boy was taken from the
home by its mothei without permis
?A pry tool was used to break into a
Shallotte Point home between April
12 and 26, resulting in SI IX) in dam
age, reported Deputy Patti Hewcu.
A television worth S500 and drinks
worth S25 were stolen
?A convertible top worth $550 was
stolen truin a vehicle parked at Sea
Gab Motors in Shallotte Satuiday,
reported Home A gas cap and lens
cover, each worth S10, were also
?An employee ol Roses Department
Store in Southern lold Deputy
Charles Ciocker that someone stole
$20 tiom hei purse while at the store
?Items worth S3.900 were stolen
from a home on Mill Branch Road
in Ash Friday, reported Long.
Damage was listed at $300 to a
dooi. laken were a video recorder,
satellite receiver, jewelry and video
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EPA Proposes $10 Miiiion Cleanup
Of Potter's Pits Hazardous Wastes
A hazardous waste silc in ihe Brunswick County
town ot Sandy Creek is getting the lull attention of the
Environmental Protection Association (EPA), but the
federal agency will stop short of a final Superlund
cleanup unul North Carolina demonstrates the ability to
handle its hazardous waste disposal.
A public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the
Hood Creek Community Center on N.C. 87, will be
used to inform the public as to preferred plans for a pro
posed S10 million cleanup by the EPA.
The 1986 Superfund Amendments and Authoriz
ation Act requires a state to build or provide for disposal
facilities, meeting certain specifications, in order to
qualify for Superfund cleanup money. That congression
al action may be used against North Carolina in the case
of a Sandy Creek cleanup being planned by the EPA
Poller's Pits in the area that is now the town of
Sandy Creek was a dump site for creosote, oil and septic
sludge in the 1970s and it was designated a Superfund
site in 1989. based on its scores in the Hazard Ranking
System, lhe site's value for lead, alone, was 64.5, with
values above 1.0 indicating an unacceptable risk.
Families in the immediate area of the hazardous pits
have been moved out of the community along U.S. 74
76, including the Earl Gurkin Jr. family. Gurkin has said
they will return it the site is cleaned up because he has
little hope of selling his home, despite the EPA assess
meni that cancer risks there arc between one in 50. (XK)
to three in a million
The proposed clean-up plan would include ground
water recovery and treatment at a cost of S5.3 million,
which would require about 10 years, and a year or more
of soil treatment, costing S4.7 million.
An on-site treaunent plant the size of a small shed
would be used to purify the groundwater Soil cleanup
would fx- accomplished b> removing topsoil and healing
u to 3(X) degrees Ur500 degrees, burning off contamina
lion, then returning it lo the site.
Diane Barrett, community relations coordinator for
the waste management division ot Region IV, EPA, said
the treatment plans would continue up to the point of
"If the state does not at that point meet the require
ments ol the law," she said, "the EPA will go no further
in paying for cleanup." She added that any olher entity,
such as the state or community, could pick up the lab for
Had ThermalKEM been successful in its aiicnmK
last year to construct a hazardous waste incinerator in
Pender County, Barrett said, or if it accomplishes the
same objective, currendy being pursued, in the town of
Woodland in Northampton County, the requirement
would be fulfilled and Supcrfund money would be avail
She said North Carolina had several years ago sub
nutted a plan lo EPA for its ha/aidous waste disposal
but it was rejected as unsuitable and a second plan is
now under consideration.
Meanwhile, community participation is being sought
in decision making regarding cleanup ol Poller's PiLs.
EPA is conducting a 30-day public comment period
from April 30 U) May 30. During this time, the public
can make oral comments at the May 1 2 meeting or sub
mit them m writing to: Diane Bairett, NC Community
Relations Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 4, North
Remedial Supcrfund Branch, 345 Courtland Street, NE.
Adanta, Ga 30365.
Barrett said every comment will receive a written re
sponse and that within 30 days after the close of the
comment peiiod, a decision should be made as to rcme
diation in Sandy Creek. The actual cleanup, she said, is
at least a yeai away.
State Board Expected To Increase
Funding For Local Road
The state Board of Transportation
is expected to increase funding by
S 149,000 for five Brunswick County
projects when it meets Friday in
At the 9 a.m. meeting, staff will
ask the board to approve project
budget increases as follows:
?S75.000 in addition to the S7.17
million previously approved for con
struction on the U.S. 17 relocation
from southeast of Galloway Road
(S.R. 1401) to U.S. 17 north of Boli
via, a distance of 6.84 miles called
the Bolivia bypass.
?S40.000 to complete the paving ol
3.7 miles of Royal Oak Road (S.R
1345), a loop that runs Ironi north of
Shallotte toward Supply.
?S 10,000 to complete paving of 2. 1
miles of a segment of lown Creek
Road (S.R I413A)
?SI 0,000 more for obtaining right
ol-way signatures lor various pro
jects in the county;
?S.*>,0(X) in addition to the S675.000
previously approved for preliminary
engineering and utilities on U.S. 17
from N. C. 21 1 at Supply to N.C X7
at Bell Swamp, a distance ol 13 ^
Also, the boajU is CApecteO to au
thori/e the transportation secretary to
Parents of South Brunswick Mid
dle School eighth graders preparing
to make the transition to high school
next year can gel answers to some of
their questions at an informational
session Monday, May 11, at South
Biunswick High School.
Guidance counselors and depart
ment representatives will be avail
allocate S9,()0<) 10 ihc Cape Fear
Council of Governments to assist in
preparation of a regional transporta
tion study for Brunswick, Columbus,
New Hanover and Pender counties.
The transportation board meets in
the Highway Building in Raleigh
Marilyn Williams of Wilmington is
tht boaid memtxi who represents
Division 4, wmch includes Bruns
able at the high school at Boiling
Spring Lakes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m
to meet with parents of incoming
ninth graders and the students them
selves, said Guidance Counselor
Marsha Cochran. They will be avail
able to answer questions, register
students for classes and provide
lours of the school
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