STAf F PHOTOS BY MAJUOtlE MEGfVltN
Honor Students Inducted
Shallcttc Middle Scfiool **???? iTidncicd ? \intinnnl Junior 11 ottor
Society. They were selected by a faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service,
leadership, character and citizenship, said Janice Gore, chapter adviser. Pictured above left are (front,
from left) Heather Heavener, Shenna iMncaster, Nicole Jeffries, Amanda Wright, Brandi Whites ides
and Zena Hankins and (back row, left to right) Travis llewett, Joel Gupton, Venee Robinson, IxtToya
Fullwood, Talya Grissett, IxtC'hella Stevenson, Glacia Simmons and James Ansley. Shown at lower left
are (front row, from left) Sue Sievers, Shayne Nott, Carrie Wemyss, Misty Melendres, Barbara Cox,
Jessica Robertson and Kathryn Holcombe and (back row, from left) Heather Hilton, l*ah Sloane,
Heather Clemmons, Diana Anderson, Sarah Brown, Amanda Chestnut and Teni Stinner. Pictured
above are (front row, from left ) Antwan King, Crystal Widener, Holly Holden, Neal Galloway, Regina
Britt and Timothy Gibbons and (back row, from left) Kimberly Boston, Caroline Sheffield, John Coble
Jr., Jennifer Harrison, Erica Sellers, Jocelyn Hewett, Amanda Koser and Stacy Jankowski.
15-Year School Bus Driver Earns Award
BY MARJORIK MKGIVF.RN
Beverly Clcmmons thinks of 48
youngsters at Lincoln Primary'
School as her very own, at least dur
ing the time they all share together
traveling to and from school.
"While they're on the bus. they're
mine!" she said. "1 treat them like I
was their mother."
Clcmmons' driving and safety
record earned her the Tracy Lea Cal
houn Memorial award for safe dri
ving, presented Friday at the first
annual bus driver's recognition ban
quet, held at Bolivia Elementary
The plaque she received testified
to 15 years of driving for Brunswick
County schools without being
charged w ith an accident, as well as
her constant concern for the welfare
of children. Clcmmons also has dis
played leadership, serving as presi
dent of the bus driven; and mentor
among them, helping other drivers.
She has twice been the winner of the
county bus "roadeo," as well.
Bus driving has been a career for
this Brunswick County native, since
her graduation from North Bruns
wick High School in 1975. Eighteen
months later she began her job, dri
ving for kindergartners through third
graders at Lincoln School. In addi
tion, between the morning and after
noon bus routes, she has worked at
the school as a teaching assistant.
"1 love children," she said, "and 1
like working with them and teaching
She insisted she's never had sig
nificant problems with her little pas
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STAFF PHOTO BY MAkJOlll MtOIVKN
BEVERLY CLEMMONS flashes a smile from behind the wheel of
ihe bus she has driven for 15 years, transporting children to and
from Lincoln Primary School. iMst Eriday Clemmons received the
Tracy l*a Calhoun award for safe driving.
"They're a good bunch of kids,"
she said, "but, of coursc, they like to
get arguments going sometimes.
When they get a little rowdy, instead
of yelling at them, 1 have this stick
and I beat on the side of the bus with
it. That gets their attention."
Clemmons admits that she occa
sionally feels like quitting, but the
kids plead with her, "Please don't
leave us!" and parents entreat her to
stay at Lincoln when there are ru
mors of change.
Her real affcction for the children
keeps her going.
"1 tell them I love them all and 1
treat them all alike; 1 don't have any
favorites," she said, adding that this
sometimes arouses jealousy in her
own daughter, age 5.
The most dramatic event in
Clcmmons' 15 years of driving, she
said, was a minor head-on collision
several years ago. "A car hit me
head on just after I'd put the iasi two
kids off the bus," she related. "1 was
really scared, but more worried
about the man in the other car.
Neither of us was hurt, though."
The issue of safety is a daily one
on Clcmmons' bus.
"I talk to them about the possibil
ity of an accident," she said, "and 1
designate one child to check on me,
if I should be unconscious and tell
them how to drag me off the bus. I
tell the bigger kids how to take care
of the little ones."
Friday's banquet, recognizing all
bus drivers with special certificates,
"made us feel good," Clemrnons
said. "We take a lot of 'mess' from
some parents and we don't get much
pay, so it really meant a lot to get
The Tracy Lea Calhoun award
was established by the N.C. Petro
leum Marketers Association, for
each North Carolina county in honor
of (and named for) a 17-year-old
high school student who lost her life
during a school bus accident in May
1980. Since that incident, the state
has improved the selection, training
and supervision of school bus dri
vers and increased their hourly
Brunswick County bus drivers are
paid an hourly wage ranging from
S5.55 to S7.K4, depending on senior
JOINT EFFORT STUDIED
Calabash Asks For Sewer Talks
BY TERRY POPE
Calabash officials arc willing to
work with Sunset Beach to help
build a regional sewer system that
would serve the two towns.
Faced with a decision last week,
Calabash Commissioners opted to
begin immediate talks with their
neighbors. Plans call for the creation
of a sanitary' district and a citizen's
advisory committee to wade through
details of a joint effort.
Calabash's other option is to pur
chase the Carolina Blythe sewer
plant that currently serves Carolina
Shores and to face construction of a
costly sewer system alone.
The two towns could still pur
chase the plant for S4.5 million and
use it on an interim basis until a
larger plant can be built in the vicin
ity of N.C. 904.
"Within a 20 year planning peri
od, you would need another plant,"
said Joseph Tombro of Powell and
Associates of North Myrtle Beach,
S C., the engineering firm hired by
both towns to study their sewer
If the Carolina Blythe system
isn't purchased. Calabash would be
split between two utilities with vary
ing sewer bills for its residents.
"I see it creating a nightmare,"
Powell and Associates gave a re
port to Calabash last month that lists
several options the town can take to
provide sewer for its residents with
hopes of cutting down on pollution of
groundwater and the Calabash River.
Commissioner Jon Sanborn asked
fellow board members to choose be
tween two of those options at a
workshop April 29. The board unan
imously rejected option one, a
scaled down version that would
have eliminated all incorporated ar
eas except the main business district.
"We could see what it looks like,"
said Sanborn. "If it doesn't fly, it
doesn't fly. But we've got to start
The board said the proposal
would be too great a financial bur
den on businesses in the area and re
sult in enormous sewer impact fees.
When a regional system is built, the
businesses would then be asked to
pay again, said Commissioner Keith
"We're noi Baptists and
Proiestants on one side," he added
emphatically. "We're in the town to
Residents would have to approve
a bond referendum to finance up to
S8 million in Farmers Home Admin
istration (FmHA) loans to build the
projcci. Carolina Shores residents,
already connected to the Carolina
Blythe sewer system, would likely
vote no, some commissioners specu
Tombro said the owners of
Blythe 's sewer and water system has
applied for rate increases should the
town decide not to buy it. The plant
is operating at about a fourth of its
capacity with room to expand.
He advised the board to sit down
with Sunset Bcach immediately to
begin talks of a possible joint ven
ture. Sunset Bcach Town Council
mast now dccidc if it wants to deal.
"You're right here together," said
Jim Billups of Powell and Asso
ciates, referring to both towns'
progress in sewer plans. "Tiicie is
more flow coming from the Sunset
Beach area over the 20-year plan
ning period ihan from Calabash."
The maximum capacity of
Blythe's system is 925, (XX) gallons
per day, but expansion would re
quire the town to find another dis
posal site for treated wastewatcr
with area gulf cuuiscs ilic likeliest
prospect. Brunswick Plantation on
U.S. 17 has signed a deal to accept
up to 3(X),000 gallons per day to irri
gate its golf courses, a practice ex
pected to be approved by the state in
a package of regulatory changes.
"You've got a number of golf
courses in the area that are interest
ed," said Biiiups. "It's proven to be
a very safe technique."
The town would pay S3.2 million
for the Blythe sewer plant and SI. 3
million for the water system.
The Powell and Associates pro
posal also addresses concerns about
reducing stormwater runoff into the
Calabash River to protect shellfish
and nursery areas.
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DWI Charge Filed After
Wreck Near Sandy Creek
A Lcland man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when the car
he was driving ran off the road and struck a fence and two pine trees near
Frankie Elton Hooper, 24, was charged with driving while impaired
and driving with no operator's license following the 5:50 p.m. accident,
according to State Trooper B.D. Bamhardt's report.
Hooper's 1979 Chevrolet was traveling east on Northwest Road (S.R.
1419) at a high rate of speed when his car ran off the road at a curve and
struck a wire fence. Barn hard t reported.
The car was traveling an estimated 75 mph at the time, said Bamhardt,
and continued in a northeast direction, striking two pine trees.
Hooper was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in
Wilmington for treatment.
Damage was estimated at SI, 000 to the car and $300 to the fcncc
owned by Ronald Medlin of Route 2, Riegelwood.
Four people were injured last Thursday, April 30, in a two-car accidcnl
at the intersection of N.C. 133 and N.C. 211 about two miles west of
Gail Helen Dragon, 27, of Yaupon Beach was charged with an unsafe
movement violation after she pulled her 1988 Ford into the path of anoth
er vehicle around 8: 15 pjn.. State Trooper J.V. Dove reported.
Ms. Dragon's car was making a left turn onto N.C. 133 when she
failed to see an approaching 1984 Oldsmobile driven by Lisa Ellixson
Krahn, 24, of Southport, Dove slated.
Both drivers were seriously injured as well as two passengers in the
Krahn car, Wayne Krahn, 24, and Ashley Krahn, 2.
All were taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport for treatment
Damage was listed at $1,800 to the Krahn car and SI ,200 to the
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