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At A Glance
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Debra Amos 1 407
?Bill Kirby 1 601
?C. William Newnam 1858
?Joan Altman (I) 1042
Rupert Riley 719
Frances Allen 739
?Kevin M. Bell 939
Helen Cashwell 759
David Drummond 737
?Jeffrie Ensminger 862
?Danny C. Leonard 897
?Norman Holden (I) 640
?James Brown (I) 384
William Crowe (I) 300
?Paul D. Fisher 532
John D. Gorman II 153
?Philo Joyner 415
Leonard Moore 56
?Dorothy Kelly (I) 1 43
?Jackie Slockett 181
?William Smith (I) 176
Linda Vereen 91
Hugh Zachary (I) 124
?William Boyd Jr. (I) 85
?Joseph O'Brien 75
Robert C. Spake 47
Robert M. Terry (I) 42
?Louis "Bobby" Brown (I) 65
Ida White Dixon 20
?Jimmy Lewis (I) 37
Roosevelt Toomer (I) 1 5
?Edward Williams 47
?Ernest E. Grainger (I) 35
Franklin Squires 1 7
Charles Bailey 3
?Louie Blouir 33
?Daniel Canady 40
Robert Cowan 1 3
Robert B. Cruse 25
Milton Garner 3
Earl Gurkin 24
Carolyn Hamilton 16
Shirley McCoy 1
Donald Minnis 7
?Kenneth D. Messer (I) 1 0
?Eunice Long (I) 1 0
?Betty J. Sutton (I) 9
S.L. Doty (I) 188
?Franky Thomas 240
?Lucille D. Blake (I) 241
Jimmy Cooke 1 62
?Sadie Richburg (I) 215
Donald Sellers 189
Fred P Seltzer III 20
?Jerry Munn 1 42
Linwood Ballard 75
?Sylvester Ballard 1 09
?Charles Carroll 131
?Elsie J. Peterson 1 1 9
?Elijah Perkins Jr. 99
?Robert J. Munn 1 1 6
Jay Robinson 55
AT SUNSET BEACH
On Sal* At
BIU S SEAFOOD
SUNSET BEACH GROCERY
TAVERN ON THE TEE
ALL BEACH MAYORS RETURN TO OFFICE
Votes To Be Canvassed Today By Elections Board
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was not available by press time.
Proctor said Tuesday, "I'm very happy. I
promise not to change the way I have pledged
to the voters to represent the people of Ocean
Isle Beach, to stand up for them, to work hard
to represent every one of them in a way to
make them proud of the beach and me."
Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber was re
turned to office, fending off a challenge by
former council member Minnie Hunt 250
votes to 125.
Barber said he sees the victory as a vote of
confidence for the town government's pro
gram of work under his leadership. "We'll go
ahead with our sewer, our bridge and our
plan." he added.
Incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gore was
top council vote-getter with 212. followed by
incumbent Julia Thomas with 167.
However, the race for the third available
seat was a squeaker, with incumbent
Councilman Bud Scrantom apparently failing
to win re-election by only two votes.
Challenger Herb Klinker received 13 absentee
votes for a total of 164. with Scrantom and
challenger Paul "Ed" Hughes tying at 162
Challenger Therese Regan received 1 1 7
Candidates have a right to
be present for the official
canvass of votes scheduled
today (Thursday) at 11 a.m.
at the elections office.
Klinker, reached by phone on election
night, said he was "happy for the support." but
was cautious to claim victory in a race so
tight. "It was very close, and I don't know yet
whether there'll be a runoff."
Gore, who has served on the board for 30
years said his win was by "probably the
largest margin I've ever gotten? that makes it
a wonderful victory." He said the election "re
inforces my faith in people ? I'm just really
pleased, thrilled and gratified."
All four incumbent commissioners seeking
re-election at Holden Beach were returned to
office Tuesday. They will be joined on the
board by former building inspector Dwight
Turnout was high at Holden, where 316 of
524 registered voters (60 percent) cast ballots.
Gay Atkins, an eight year board veteran, led
the field of II commission candidates with
210 votes. Also re-elected were David
Sandifer with 162 votes, Sid Swarts with 155
and Jim Fournier with 143.
Carroll, who received 151 votes, vowed
Tuesday to follow through on his biggest cam
paign promise and enforce all codes and ordi
nances fairly. "That's what I ran for and that's
what I'll work for," he said.
Wally Ausley, unopposed in his bid for a
second term as mayor, said he was pleased
that the four incumbents were re-elected since
they have accomplished a lot over the past two
"I have tried to praise the current board
every opportunity I could because I think
they've been an excellent board," Ausley said.
"I'm delighted that the people apparently feel
the same way."
Carroll will take the seat of Gil Bass, who
did not seek re-election.
Carson Durham and Bill Allen will be the
two new aldermen in Shallotte. They replace
long-time board members Paul Wayne Reeves
and Wilton Harrelson. who did not seek re
Durham garnered 160 votes, while Allen re
ceived 147. They defeated Sam Inman, Elaine
Wright and Odell Johnson.
"I'm looking forward to serving the town,"
said Durham, a downtown merchant who
chairs the planning board. "I appreciate the
voters' confidence in me and I hope to meet
Allen, a relative newcomer to Shallottc, said
he was surprised to he elected on his first try.
"I'm not known in the town. There was
minimal politicking going on, and there
weren't any major issues," said Allen. "I think
it's a challenge. I'm glad to have a chance to
serve the Town of Shallotte. I'm thankful for
all of the people who voted for me and hope to
serve them well."
Mayor Sarah Tripp was unopposed in her
bid for a second full term in office.
In Varnamtown, residents re-elected town
board veterans Ada McDonald and Ennis
Swain for another four years. Both have
served on the board since the community in
corporated in 1988.
"I appreciate the support of the people."
said McDonald, who led all town board candi
dates with 81 votes. "I feel like that indicates
the voters feel the town is moving in the right
direction. In the next four years I hope we can
continue with the same progress."
Swain was returned to office with 79 votes.
The field also included challengers Chris
Lancaster and Charles McDonald. Mayor Judy
Galloway was unopposed for re-election.
Boards Clash Over Schools' Equipment Funding Needs
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"We knew the needs still existed,
but we didn't have an option at that
time," said Baxter. "It was our un
derstanding that the leftover money
would give us some leeway to re
solve that problem later, but that
wasn't spelled out in the consent
After the projects were closed out
and the 1992-93 schools audit com
pleted, the school board adopted its
revised 1993-94 budget resolution
last month, with the equipment ex
penditures subject to commission
However, Warren said Tuesday he
thought the school board should
have come to commissioners about
the request for equipment funds be
fore submitting the adopted budget
resolution to the county.
"If I had sued the board that paid
the bills. I would call first and dis
cuss it before I balanced my budget
with their money," he said. "It
makes sense to plan ahead and have
a good working relationship."
He also criticized the schools for
not moving more quickly in acquir
ing land for the new Leland school
and in downsizing the central office
staff, which he said are priorities for
the commissioners. He said com
missioners are waiting for data from
the school system administration
comparing its staff size with that of
similar-size school systems. "If it's
not out of line we need to know it,"
Several positions in the schools'
central office have been consolidat
ed. while additional restructuring is
to be announced by the end of the
"That's not what is really going
on, though," said Fairley. "If they
really want us to cut the central of
fice staff, why don't they tell us
where to do it?"
'"When I was running for the
school board. I couldn't tell the
school board candidates from the
candidates for county commission
ers because they were all talking
about how they were going to sup
port the schools, and now we get
this, nothing but pettiness, and it is
"It's because they are wanting to
teach us a lesson ? and I'm not
agreeing they need to, but even if
they do, this is about as petty and in
excusable a position as an adult can
Barefoot Quits, Blames
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Barefoot's removal by deleting those
positions from county administra
tion. A new job of "secretary to the
county manager" was created.
Although she was performing that
function as administrative officer.
Barefoot was not designated in that
or any other budgeted position.
Harvey's budget proposal was
quickly scuttled in an uproar of pub
lic opposition to many of its propos
als. It wasn't until one of the last in
a series of workshops that
Barefoot's position was returned to
When the board hired Wyman
Yelton as its new county manager,
one of his first actions was to "re-or
ganize" the administrative office.
Barefoot was removed from her po
sition of administrative assistant and
replaced by Andrea Merklinger, a
secretary hired in 1991, who former
ly worked under Barefoot.
Left only with her position of
public information officer. Barefoot
was moved to an office half the size
of her previous one.
In an interview after the meeting
Monday night. Barefoot said Chair
man Warren and Commissioner Tom
Rabon had frequently criticized her
performance both verbally and in
"numerous" entries to her personnel
file. She said no such reprimands
had been put in her file during her
previous 14 years with the county.
Personnel files are not public
record. Their contents can only be
examined by the employee, his or
her supervisor and the county per
sonnel officer. Only the employee
can make public the contents of a
Barefoot said Warren recently put
a reprimand in her file criticizing her
for failing to send a piece of corre
spondence to someone. She said she
had a letter from that person ad
dressed to Warren indicating that the
correspondence had been received.
It was such incidents and a feel
ing of "constant stress" that led to
her decision to step down. Barefoot
"It's sad to leave Brunswick
County after giving it almost half
my life," Barefoot said. "The last 1 1
months have been very difficult, but
I look forward to having a life again
and letting my children see the real
"It's the most difficult decision
I've ever had to make," she said.
"But it makes me feel good to know
that the majority of the board was
Only Warren and Rabon voted to
accept Barefoot 's resignation.
Commissioners Wayiand Vereen,
Jerry Jones and Donald Shaw voted
Jones and Shaw were members of
the Republican board that selected
Barefoot as county clerk. Vereen
was one of the new Democrat ma
jority. When asked about his vote to
support Barefoot, Vereen said, "I
thought she was doing a good job."
Drier Weather In Forecast
Normal fall weather is in the fore
cast for the next few days, on the
heels of high winds and heavy rains
that wreaked havoc this weekend at
the N.C. Festival By the Sea.
Both temperatures and rainfall are
expected to hover near normal over
the next few days, according to
Shallotte Point meteorologist Jack
Temperatures should average
from the upper 40s at night to
around 70 during the daytime. He
anticipates about a half-inch of rain
But for the week of Oct. 26
through Nov. 1, he recorded 3.57
inches of rain, and temperatures
ranging from near-freezing to the
The high of 75 degrees occurred
Oct. 30, while he recorded a night
time low of 37 degrees Nov. 1.
A daily average high of 67 de
grees combined with an average
nightly low of 52 degrees for a daily
average temperature of 59 degrees,
which Canady said is about 1 degree
Day Of School
Hurricane Emily may be long
gone, but she's not forgotten.
Friday, Nov. 5, Brunswick
County students will be in the
classroom instead of on break.
The day was to have been a
teacher workday, with a county
wide teachers' meeting sched
uled. Instead students will go to
school a full day to make up
classes missed when the threat
ened landfall of Hurricane Emily
delayed the Aug. 30 opening of
school by two days.
Students made up one of the
missed days in September.
Warren was also critical of the
school board for increasing clerical
salaries (delayed for two years) just
two months before submitting their
1993-94 budget to the county. "We
have employees who didn't get rais
es that we would like to see get rais
es too," he said.
In addition to the "leftovers," the
school board resolution asked that it
be allowed to spend $100,000 in
half-cent sales tax money it expects
to receive this year, since the county
finance office had upped its projec
tions for revenue from that source.
The school board also wanted to
use another $99,400 in half-cent
sales tax money left from a fund es
tablished two years ago for con
struction of a new central office for
The total came to $308,000. none
of it from county funds.
Of that the largest portion,
$108,000, was to be spent on in
structional equipment for all 12
"I invited the commissioners to
come to my daughter's eighth grade
science class (at South Brunswick
Middle School) where there are 30
students and 12 microscopes, with
only five that work," said Fairley. "
"What it boils down to," said
Fairley, "is that they are refusing to
fund the school supplies necessary
for my children's education."
Another $53,000 was budgeted
for athletics at the high schools and
middle schools; $15,000 each for an
on-bus camera system to deter mis
behavior on the buses and for voca
tional equipment at the high schools
and middle schools; $30,000 each
for custodial supplies and school
furniture, such as replacements for
broken chairs; $I6,3(X) for media
equipment; $11,000 for fax ma
chines for all 12 schools; $12,000
for a new printer to handle payroll;
$1,700 for a milk box for West
Brunswick High School; $10,000
for bus garage equipment; and
$6,000 for maintenance tools.
Warren said he would recommend
that the school system "go on
through the school year, paying bills
as they arise, take their fund balance
and carry on, and come back to
commissioners later. It may be they
will have some lapsed salaries that
will cover it."
"Let me tell you about the fund
balance," said Fairley.
As part of the consent agreement
reached with commissioners the
school board is spending $600,000
of its cash balance, he said. That
will leave only $58,000 unbudgeted,
he said, while the state Local
Government Commission recom
mends a reserve fund equal to 6 per
cent to 10 percent of the budget ?
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