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STAFF PHOTO BY ERC CARLSON
U.S. MARINE Cpl. Jesse P. Pierce Jr. (right) inspects the damage to his car after he ran into a ditch
on U.S. 17 about a half mile south of Brunswick Community College Monday morning as an uniden
tified bystander looks on. Pierce, who was unhurt, said he was heading north toward Camp Lejeune at
about 10 o'clock when his steering failed, forcing him off the left side of the road. Investigating N.C.
State Trooper B. D. Bamhardt filed no charges.
Two Injured, Two Charged In Two Wrecks
Two area men were charged in unrelated accidents
that sent two people to local hospitals last week.
Todd Christopher Hart, 22, of Fort Leonard Wood,
Mo., was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in
Southport with Class A injuries Thursday evening after
his motorcycle crashed into a car that was making an
improper left turn. Trooper D.B. Harvcll of the N.C.
Highway Patrol reported.
Hart was riding his Kawasaki south on N.C. 133 at
about 9 o'clock when the driver of a northbound 1988
Suzuki automobile attempted to turn left onto N.C. 87
about 3.5 miles north of Southport. Hart crashed into the
right side of the Suzuki, Harvcll reported.
The driver of the Suzuki, Patrick Edward Jones, 17, of
Yaupon Beach, was charged with an unsafe movement
violation. He was uninjured.
There was an estimated S2.000 damage to the motor
cycle and S700 to the car.
On Wednesday, Ricardo Jerome Bennett, 21, of
Wilmington was taken to The Brunswick Hospital with
Class A injuries after a single car accident on U.S. 17
about 1.7 miles south of Shallotte.
Bennett was driving a 1992 Ford south when he lost
control in a curve, crossed the centerline and drove onto
the shoulder of the northbound lane, according to
Trooper B.D. Bamhardt's report.
The car struck a concrete drain pipe, jumped a creek
and came to stop on the northbound shoulder of the
road, causing an estimated $5,000 damage to the vehi
Bennett was charged with driving left of center.
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Patrol, Cut Tax Rate
I$Y ERIC CARLSON
In a last-minute round of late night budget cutting
Tuesday, the Calabash Board of Commissioners
scrapped a proposal to hire a security service, approved
a per-mectmg payment to themselves and reduced the
property tax rate by one cent.
The board approved a 1992-93 general fund budget
of 5309,708 at a tax rate of 9.5 cents per S 1 (X) property
At that rate, the owner of a S50,(XK) piccc of proper
ty will pay annual town taxes of S47.50.
"I hope it's going to be enough," said Commissioner
Ray Card as the final budget figures were tabulated.
Other board members expressed surprise that their
evening of budget negotiations had cut 4 cents from the
tax rate set in the original spending proposal.
About 40 residents attended the meeting. Some wait
ed in the hall and others stood behind the commissioners
as they took separate votes on each line of the budget.
Public comment was allowed and frequently heard
throughout the meeting.
As cxpccted, the major topic of debate was the pro
posed expenditure of SI 7,888 to contract for an unarmed
security guard to patrol the town. The money would in
clude a car and radio equipment. The guard would have
no arrest powers and would have to call the sheriff's de
partment in an emergency.
Commissioner Jon Sanborn said he had suggested
the measure in response to numerous residents who had
expressed concerns over break-ins in Calabash last win
ter. Recognizing that few people in the town wanted a
police department, Sanborn said he had "made a stab at
trying to do something" for those who had contacted
Card and several residents praised the Brunswick
County Sheriff's Department for its frequent patrols of
the area in marked and unmarked cars.
"I've never seen so many police in Calabash," said
long-time Carolina Shores resident John Carpenter. "If
we hire a rcnt-a-cop it's going to send a message to the
sheriffs department that if they're needed they'll be
Bob Cramer of Carolina Shores said the department
"takes good care of us." He noted that extra patrols were
added when a funeral for someone in his neighborhood
resulted in many residents being away from their homes.
A1 Smith, a former FBI agent, cautioned that the
town could find itself in legal trouble if an unarmed, un
certified law enforcement representative of the town was
involved in a confrontation with a criminal.
In the end the board voted unanimously to kill the
The first item to spark controversy was a budget pro
posal allocating S4.500 to pay board members 525 for
each meeting they attended
Frank Whitman objected to the idea, telling the com
missioners he had served on numerous boards without
receiving any pay. He hinted that a positive vote might
result in members being defeated in their next election.
"I don't know why you would approve this,"
Whitman said. "If you do, it will only go to the people
who follow you (on the board)."
Commissioners Card, Stuart Thom and Robert Noc
voted in favor of the measure. Voting no were Sanborn
and Ed Rice.
The approval of a S24.640 expenditure for twice
weekly residential garbage pickup and nothing for com
mercial sanitation brought an angry reaction from sever
al restaurant owners.
The board voted last month to discontinue commer
cial scivicc when contracts with haulers run out in
November. The latest round of bidding on the scrvicc
brought a cost estimate of S55.000, which Sanborn said
"was four times what we get in taxes."
Jonnic Thomas said she had not heard about the pro
posal, had not attended the public hearing and had "just
begun to fight" the measure. She criticized the board for
favoring newly arrived retirees over Calabash natives.
"1 pay taxes too, but what do you give me? More
regulations?" Thomas said. "Maybe wc should all get
together and throw our shrimp heads and fish scraps on
Other changes adopted in the final budget included:
?A reduction of S8.000 in the inspection department
budget achieved by declining to hire a part-time code
enforcement officer. The board instead voted to raise the
salary of the building inspector by 5 percent from
SI 5,600 to SI 6.380.
?An increase from SI, 000 to S3.000 in the town
bcautification budget for maintenance of medians and to
provide decorations for special celebrations such as
Christmas and the upcoming Calabash Festival. The
board voted down a proposal to increase the allocation
?A cut from S4.000 to S2.000 in the planning and
zoning budget for printing costs. The money was pro
posed for a quarterly town newsletter.
In other business the board voted to rezonc an area
of Calabash Acres between Thomasboro Road and N.C.
179 to allow mobile homes.
Sanbom noted that mosquito spraying would begin
in the town July 6 and said that anyone suffering ill ef
fects from the program should call the county mosquito
control office at 253-1366.
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