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D.A. ASKED TO INVESTIGATE 'CONCERNED CITIZENS'
State Elections Board Orders New Leland Sanitary District Vote
BY SUSAN USHER
A new election must be held to choose the five mem
bers of the Leland Sanitary District, and District
Attorney Rex Gore will be asked by the N.C. Board of
[?lections to look into possible campaign improprieties
in the Long Beach municipal election.
Results of the Nov. 2 Leland Sanitary District election
were thrown out by the state elections board last week
because ballots were given to voters at Leland precinct
whether they lived in the sanitary district or not.
Of its own initiative, not in response to any inquiry
from the local board, the N.C. Board of Elections direct
ed the Brunswick County Board of Elections to hold a
hearing to determine the continued employment of
Iceland precinct registrar Helen Best.
Lynda Britt, supervisor of elections with the Bruns
wick County Board of Elections, expressed surprise at
the state board's directive.
"There's probably enough fault to go around to every
body, including this office," she said.
Britt said the county elections board will wait until it
receives official word from the state board to act on
Is On Job At
Bill Goodman, a former self-em
ployed architect in Hickory, started
his new job as building inspector at
Holden Beach Tuesday.
Goodman, president and owner of
Goodman & Associates since Nov
ember 1983, will replace inspector
Jim McSwain, who is resigning to
go into the construction business.
Town Manager Gus Ulrich said
McSwain will continue working on
a part-time basis for a short while to
help with the transition in the town
"Bill was the most qualified can
didate," Ulrich said. "He has not
worked as a building inspector be
fore. but most architects have to do
quite a bit of inspecting."
Goodman will be paid an annual
salary of $25,875, Ulrich said.
Before starting his own architec
ture firm, Goodman W'?-ked as a
draftsman and designer for two
companies in Hickory. He also was
a designer, job captain and estimator
for Hickory Construction Company.
Goodman said he received "a lit
tle taste of coastal development"
several years ago when he worked
for a developer who built condo
miniums in the Carolinas and Vi
Goodman received a bachelor of
arts degree in business administra
tion from Lenoir Rhyne College in
1971 and a bachelor of science de
gree in architecture from the Uni
versity of North Carolina at Char
lotte in 1976.
He also received training as a
wastewater treatment plant operator,
planner and inspector at the Uni
versity of North Carolina.
Goodman said he applied for the
building inspector's position at Hol
den Beach for a change of pace. He
and his wife, Sherry, have four chil
"My wife and I both love the
coast," Goodman said. "We had
been wanting to move to the coast
and this was a good time to do it."
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scheduling that hearing or a new sanitary district election.
Previously she had said the earliest a vote could prob
ably be scheduled would be February.
Sanitary district residents vote at three different
poliing places: Woodburn, Leland and Woodburn. In
Leland precinct 65 votes were cast in the sanitary dis
trict election by people who didn't live in the district.
Only four votes separated two of the six candidates.
John Harvey, county planning director, received 398
votes to incumbent Julius Adams' 394 votes. Harvey
had offered to withdraw if that would eliminate the need
for another election.
During its business session last week the slate elec
tions board also directed either its executive secretary or
deputy director to "report to the local district attorney
the anonymous status of the Concerned Citizens of Long
The district attorney will be asked to investigate the
group to determine what, if any, violations of election
law occurred before and during the election. That in
cludes whether the group used money from businesses
for political purposes or whether its funds came from in
"We have not been able to find officers or information
about the Concerned Citizens," said Deputy Director
Yvonne Southerland. "They held meetings, placed ads
and even held a raffle."
"We couldn't find individuals," said Southerland.
"There's nothing wrong with political activity. The prob
lem is that it cannot be anonymous."
Before the Nov. 2, election Concerned Citizens of
Long Beach was allied with four candidates who later
lost the election ? mayoral candidate Rupert Riley, and
commissioner candidates David Drummond, Helen
Cashwell and Frances Allen.
In interviewing candidates for town office.
Southerland said, not one claimed to have received any
money from the Concerned Citizens. Her office asked
for financial records from the group, but received a letter
from Eileen Kellagher saying that while she had attend
ed meetings of the Concerned Citizens, the group didn't
have any officers.
"As far as we know it could be the name of one or
more of the candidates themselves, but it didn't show
up," said Soulherland.
In investigating another complaint stemming from the
Long Beach elections, the hoard found that four proper
ty managers had used company resources to raise money
for four candidates who won election ? Mayor Joan Alt
man. incumbent commissioners Jeffrie Ensminger and
Danny Leonard, and commissioner-elect Kevin Bell.
However, the property managers have all repaid their
companies and the violations no longer exist, said
Southerland said it would be sometime this week at
the earliest before the Brunswick County Board of
Elections or the district attorney's office would receive
their notification letters from the state board.
Meanwhile, the county elections board has disposed
of most of the challenges filed in advance of Nov. 2
against 53 potential voters in the Long Beach municipal
Twenty-eight of the challenges have been withdrawn,
eight were overruled and seven have been tabled until
the board obtains more information, said Britt. Ten chal
lenges were upheld.
STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON
Something about cooler weather seems to bring out the shell-seek
er in South Brunswick Islands visitors and residents. Bundled up
against a cool north wind, these strollers hunted for treasures on a
recent Sunday afternoon.
Murder Charges Filed
Against 3 Bolivia Men;
More Arrests Possible
(Continued From Page I -A)
dismissed by the state when evi
dence indicated that he may have
acted in self defense.
Smith was scheduled to appear in
court Wednesday (Dec. 1) on a
charge of bringing a seven-inch
folding "hawk bill" knife to South
Brunswick High School Nov. 12.
Ford is currently on two years'
probation imposed after a March 26,
1992, conviction for carrying a se
mi-automatic handgun into the
G.FB. Club in Ash. An assault
charge brought against Ford in that
incident was dismissed after the al
leged victim, Aldridge Reed, did not
show up to testify.
In July, a warrant was issued for
Ford's arrest on a charge of selling a
rock of crack cocaine to an under
cover police officer last February.
The warrant was not served and the
charge was dismissed when the dis
trict attorney's office learned that the
officer was no longer available to
In May 1990, Davis also had a
brush with the law over drugs. He
pleaded guilty to misdemeanor pos
session of marijuana and was given
a 30-day suspended sentence and
None of which explains what hap
pened Sunday night, when Davis
was allegedly shot at least once out
side his home with a ,380-caliber se
A neighbor told investigators he
heard two gunshots at about 9 p.m.,
but Perry said the noise may have
been cause by hunters.
At about 6:30 Monday morning,
the victim's brother-in-law was dri
ving by and found Davis's car par
tially blocking the roadway. The
glass had been broken out of the dri
ver's side window.
The brother-in-law told police he
found the body lying face-up in the
driveway about 15 feet away. He
went to the nearby home of the vic
tim's father, who called 91 1 .
Investigators feel that Davis had
been dead for several hours when
his body was discovered. They
found no sign of forced entry to the
victim's home. Perry said.
Davis's body was sent to
Jacksonville for an autopsy. The re
sults of the examination had not
been released Tuesday night. The
three suspects were scheduled to
make a first appearance in District
Court Wednesday morning.
Is In Forecast
Unseasonably mild weather on
Thanksgiving and throughout the
holiday weekend has given way to
cooler temperatures this week.
Shallotte Point meteorologist
Jackson Canady said residents can
expect temperatures ranging from
40 degrees at night to the lower 60s
during the day for the next week. He
expects about one-half inch of rain.
"In the long haul we may yet con
tinue to have temperatures above av
erage," Canady said. Both the 30
and 90-day outlooks call for warmer
weather than normal.
For the period Nov. 23-29, Can
ady said the daily average tempera
ture was 59 degrees, which is 8 de
grees above normal.
The maximum high temperature
during the period was 75 degrees on
Nov. 24 and the minimum low was
35 degrees on the 29th. Canady
recorded 1.42 inches of rain during
I New Test Grades 'No Surprise'
(Continued From Page 1-A)
above the state mean average per
centile: In reading, grades 4 and 5 at
Southport Elementary, grade 6 at
Shallotte Middle, grade seven at
Waccamaw and grade 8 at Leland
and to a lesser extent, eighth grade
students countywide. No schools
scored above the state average per
centile in grade 3 for reading.
In math, grades 3 and S at
Bolivia, grades 3 and 4 at Southport,
grade seven at Waccamaw and grade
8 at Leland and to a lesser extent,
county eighth graders in general. No
schools scored above the state aver
age percentile for grade 6 in math.
The results released so far are
those for answers to multiple choice
questions; scores for open-ended
questions won't be released until
some time in December.
Even the multiple-choice ques
tions aren't like those students have
seen on previous standardized tests.
said Jan Calhoun, assistant superin
tendent for instruction.
"These are not concrete simple re
call multiple choice test items," he
said. "They require a lot of thinking
and problem solving to answer."
Student performance on end-of
grade tests will gradually become a
part of future "report cards" for the
school system issued by the state,
with scores for three-year periods
averaged and school systems ex
pected to meet a minimum standard
and show steady improvement.
The school system plans to use
state-provided test data to begin iden
tifying students' strengths and weak
nesses. While schools are generally
set up more along a "factory" model
for mass education, Calhoun said
teachers are going to have to take
such information into account in
make appropriate decisions in their
classrooms. They also must look at
why students perform p<x)rly try to
address those concerns as well.
"It's never just one thing for
everybody." he said. "It may be one
thing for one child and something
else for another. Usually it's a com
bination ? the quality of teaching,
the support the student receives at
home, the experiences the child
brings to school or doesn't bring to
school. It's our job to meet those in
dividual needs ? whether it's provid
ing support, offering new experi
ences or whatever."
"Not to make excuses, but every
day we face children in varying lev
els of crisis. Our teachers are work
ing on it and our principals were
working on it."
While recognizing those problems
and not being insensitive to students,
Calhoun said the one thing the
school system needs to do county
wide is "raise expectations, demand
more, expect more."
; Senator, Representatives Voice
Opposition To Quarry Proposal
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of Martin Marietta's plan to pump
10 million gallons of water per day
from a limestone pit into the Cape
Legrand said the removal of that
much ground water is "almost cer
tain" to cause saltwater contamina
tion of the Castle Hayne aquifer as
brackish river water flows in to re
place the fresh water.
"Such contamination is almost al
ways permanent," Legrand said.
Depletion of the ground water
may also dry up wetland ponds and
form sinkholes that could endanger
natural gas lines and railroad ship
ments of hazardous materials to and
from the Brunswick Nuclear Plant
and the giant military ammunition
terminal at Sunny Point, he said.
Other statements were read into
the record from geologists who
claimed that the mine de-watering
plan could lower the level of
groundwater by up to 10 feet in a
circular area extending several miles
from the center of the quarry, includ
ing land surrounding the nuclear
plant and the Military Ocean
Terminal Sunny Point.
Robert ? Quinn, a leader of the
Brunswick Mining Awareness Com
mittee, read excerpts from studies by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and other government agencies re
garding groundwater depletion and
the formation of sinkholes.
"The single most important factor
for preventing or greatly reducing
the undesirable occurrence of sink
hole development and subsidence is
management and maintenance of the
existing groundwater table," Quinn
read from a study by the N.C.
Department of Transportation.
Quinn and others also warned
against the possible impact of fresh
water and limestone dust on the
nearby Walden Creek estuary, a
nursery area for fish and crabs.
Fritz Rohde of the N.C. Division
of Marine Fisheries called Walden
Creek and its tributaries "a fragile
estuarine system" and said his
agency is currently studying the po
tential effects of dewatering and
limestone dust, which he said could
alter Ihe salinity and acidity of the
Chuck Roof and Dwayne Price
raised new concerns about potential
ly hazardous chemicals left behind
on a portion of the proposed mine
site by the old Pfizer fertilizer plant.
The company used land applications
to dispose of waste products. The
material was said to be "verv high in
nitrates and also contains some
heavy metal products" including ar
"We recommend that permits not
be issued to Martin Marietta," Price
said in a prepared statement. "Their
de-watering process will allow the
solid waste material and associated
chemicals applied by Pfizer to enter
the aquifer. As a result, the drinking
water used by multiple municipali
ties would be contaminated."
State Mining Specialist Beth
Chesson said the l^and Quality
Section will review the comments
made at the public hearing for 30
days before considering whether or
not to issue a mining permit. Agency
representative Steve Reeve said an
other public hearing will be sched
uled before a final determination is
Former MM Executive Scorns
Opponents' Tactics, Arguments
A Holden Beach official with 30
years' experience working with
Martin Marietta quarries says he be
lieves opponents' arguments against
the proposed Brunswick County fa
cility are not justified.
"Whether they put (the quarry) in
means nothing to me financially,"
Commissioner Jim Fournier said in
a telephone interview following
Tuesday's hearing. "But I'm violent
ly opposed to the kind of scare tac
tics that have been used against it."
Fournier, who opened numerous
quarries as a Martin Marietta divi
sion manager, said, "Their so-called
facts are not facts. The experts argu
ing against this are the same experts
you hire when you go to court ?
ones you can count on to say what
you want them to say."
Though Fournier resigned from
Martin Marietta before he retired, he
says he "never lost my high opinion
of the company. They're the class
act of the industry nationwide."
He called alarm about drawdown
of the freshwater aquifer, the devel
opment of sinkholes and blasting in
the vicinity of the Brunswick
Nuclear Plant and Sunny Point mu
nitions terminal "a good scare pro
gram based on opinion and very lit
tle fact. I've seen these quarries all
over the country, with no disastrous
Fournier says the quarry would be
"a good economic opportunity for
Brunswick County, which desperate
ly needs more industry" and criti
cized local legislators who "showed
up at the hearing campaigning."
He said he did not express his
views in the hearing because "I
didn't think the climate was appro
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