The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 21, 1994, Image 1
[ Where To Turn Next? Commercial fishermen look to local legislators to solve the problems of their ailing industry. Page 8-A. Multi-Cultural Experience Appalachian storytelling and Cherokee song and dance combine in 'All Together Now,' coming to Williamson Auditorium, 5-B. nnm 12/31/99 WO St SONS BOOK BINOERV P? BOX Ib2 SPRINGPORT MI 4^284 ISWICK* ?E2EH3EL The Three Amigos Former Brunswick high school stars now lead the Southeaster Community College Rams baseball team. Page 1-D. i? 'W4 THi tftUNtWtC* BEACON Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, April 21, 1994 50c Per Copy 42 Pages, 4 Sections, Plus Inserts Just A Drill...This Time STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON West Brunswick High School Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) attempt to get their peers' attention with a mock car crash and ex trication depicting what can happen when people drink and drive, or don t wear safety belts. Shallotte firefighters and emergency medical technicians and Sunset Beach firefighters participated in the realistic demonstration, along with SADD members who posed as crash vic tims. The mock crash is one of numerous SADD-sponsorcd events leading up to the April 29 West Brunsw ick High School Prom. Today (Thursday) the club sponsors an appearance by Miss North Carolina, Mary Susan Runion. PROCESS CONTRARY TO '93 POLICY Harvey Gets New Job At Old Salary BY ERIC CARLSON One year ago (his week. Interim County Manager John Harvey an nounced that he had created a new county job and hired a recently dis missed department director to fill it. After questions were raised about whether the move was allowable un der the personnel policy, the Bruns wick County Commissioners voted unanimously to require board ap proval before any new county posi tion can be created. On Monday night, acting county manager and County Commis sioners Chairman Don Warren an nounced that he had created a new county job and hired former county planning Director John Harvey to fill it. There was no vote of the county commissioners to authorize the new position. Harvey, who was replaced as planning director April 4, will work as a "special projects coordinator and consultant to county depart ments," Warren said after Monday's commissioners meeting. Funds to pay Harvey's $49,028 salary will be taken from the current county ad ministration budget until a new spending plan is adopted. Warren said Harvey "will have plenty to do" assisting county de partments in "capital planning," en gineering, long-range solid waste management and helping oversee the county's compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. After more than 13 years as plan ning director, Harvey was removed from his position and put on part time status March 29. County Man ager Wyman Yelton said he made the change to allow Harvey time off to care for his wife Betsy, who had been diagnosed with terminal can cer. An advertisement was sent to local newspapers seeking a new planning director at a starting salary of $35,564. The following morning, Yelton announced that former county zon ing administrator Wade Home had been hired as planning director at a reported salary of $42,000 a year. Three days later, Betsy Harvey died, leaving her husband free to re turn to work full-time. The following afternoon, Yelton and his wife were involved in a vio lent head-on collision on Interstate 40 in Durham. Kathryn Yelton was killed. The county manager was se riously injured and remains hospital ized at Duke University Medical Center. Warren was named acting county manager until a temporary replacement can be found. In an April 15 letter to the Beacon (see page 5-A), Wairen called Harvey a "dedicated, loyal county employee." He said the two met re cently and agreed on a "mutually satisfactory employment arrange ment that took into account his and the county's needs. This arrange ment was negotiated following Mr. Harvey's wife's death, when Mr. Harvey no longer needed a leave of absence." Harvey returned to work Tuesday morning with a new office in the county engineering building. County Engineer Robert Tuckcr on Tuesday said he was "very glad to have the help." He said Harvey has been put in charge of drafting a long-range solid waste management plan required by the state. Harvey's new position was not discussed by the commissioners dur ing their regular meeting Monday night. Nor was there a formal budget transfer to fund the new salary. After the meeting, Warren was asked if he felt the hiring violated the board's year-old policy prohibit ing the creation of new positions not authorized in the budget, lie said it was something that needed to be done. In a similar move last April, Har vey created a new post of solid waste control officer and hired for mer Solid Waste Director Leo Hew ett to fill the position. Hewett had been fired a month earlier and had requested a hearing to protest the dismissal. Hewett's appeal was withdrawn shortly before his new position was announced. On May 3, 1993, the commission ers unanimously adopted a policy prohibiting the county manager from creating new positions without formal authorization from the board. Hiring Practices Racially Biased, Black Leaders Tell School Board BY SUSAN USHER Two black community leaders Monday night accused the Bruns wick County Board of Education's of discriminatory hiring practices, claiming blacks are shut out of jobs and that salaries for the county's two black principals are "not up to par." One warned newcomers to the staff to watch where they tread; the other called on the board to show its commitment to greater equity in hir ing before election time. Robert Gore of Shingletree Acres, a former JROTC instructor at West Brunswick High School, and Frank lin Randolph of Piney Grove, a for mer school board member, echoed some of the same criticisms ex pressed by school board member Thurman Gause in an interview pub lished in a regional newspaper this past weekend. Gause later disavow ed any connection with their appear ance before the board. "If you want to be re-elected, 1 think you owe voters an explanation (of how two black principals' sal aries were determined) and to ex plain what you're going to do about it in Oie future, said Randolph. The two accused the system of using the concept of "qualified" to discourage and circumvent hiring of blacks, especially for entry-level teaching positions and administra tive slots. The school system, like many across the state and nation, has seen a decline in recent years in the ratio of blacks holding jobs that require teacher certification. Gore and Randolph believes qualified candi dates are available, but are being overlooked. "Either you're under or you're over (qualified), it's always an ex cuse," said Randolph, charging the problem rests with not only the school board by central office ad ministrators and principals involved in selecting candidates. In turn, school administrators lamented the small available pool of minority candidates with teaching certification, saying that the most qualified arc being lured into other fields. Gore, Randolph and other black leaders have been urging the school board to give local black candidates who are recent college graduates with certification greater considera tion for teaching positions. According to Gore, through its teacher certification process the state determines who is "qualified" to go into a classroom, hut that doesn't mean the person can do the job. Thatjhe suggested, can be decided only 9fter the person is in the posi tion. Current board policy is to hire for any position the candidate recom mended as "best qualified." Top ap plicants are interviewed by a team of school system employees that in cludes minority representation. If there are minority candidates who meet the minimum requirements for a position, including certification, they are typically part of the pool considered in interviews, according to Personnel Director Ralph Ward. In another interview, Russ said the school system has been encour aging local entry level candidates who aren't first choice for vacancies to substitute teach and to seek inter im positions. Developing a track record and becoming familiar to school system personnel should in crease their chances of being hired when reapplying for a permanent post, she said. Supplement State Pay? Randolph also questioned the salary paid Principals Zclphia (iris sett at Union Elementary and Sandra Robinson at Shallotte Middle School, saying the two black women earn less than other principals hired at the same time. Superintendent Ralph Johnston (See SCHOOL, Page 2-A) Inside... Birthdays 2B Business News 12C Calendar ..8B Church News 9D Classified 1-9C Crime Report 101) Court Docket. 10-I1C Fishing .'.41) Golf 51) Obituaries 8D Opinion 4-5A People In The News .....4B Plant Doctor 3B Sports 1-5D Television 6-7 B Environmental Study Would Jeopardize Sewer Funding, Balloon Cost, Mayor Claims BY SUSAN USHER Delays associated with a full-blown sewer system environmental im pact statement (EIS) sought by the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association could jeopardize funding of the regional system and create an "unneces sary financial burden" on taxpayers. Sunset Beach Mayor Mason Barber says in a letter to town residents. Written with the help of council members, the letter was sent by the town to all resident property owners. It will be sent to non-resident prop erty owners only if council directs, he said. Calling for residents' "continued support," Barber writes, "Public re sponse to this action must be forthcoming if we are to assure our future welfare and protect the best interests of ourselves and the community." What action residents take, said Barber, "is going to be up to each indi vidual." The letter responds to one written earlier this month by attorney James Maxwell of Durham on behalf of the SBTA. That letter asked Preston Howard, director of the N.C. Division of Environmental Management, for assurance that a full EFS would be required for the sewer project. "Such an action can only delay but not stop the project," Barber wrote. "A sewering program for this growing area is inevitable. If the SBTA should be successful in their efforts, it will result in higher taxes, and higher sewer charges, and we will see further degradation of our environ ment and water quality." Piedmont Olsen and Hensley consulting engineers are preparing for the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority an environmental as sessment, which will be evaluated by state officials to determine if the more in-depth statement will be required. (See related story.) To date, (See MAYOR, Page 2-A) Atkins Named Holden Beach Mayor; Appointment Talk Expected Wednesday BY DOUG RUTTER Holdcn Beach Commissioners were cxpectcd to discuss appointing someone to the vacant seat on the town board at their legular mid month meeting Wednesday night (April 20). Commissioners, still mourning the April 6 death of Mayor Wally Ausley, voted unanimously last Friday to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Gay Atkins to serve as mayor through the I995 election. Atkins, a real estate and property management agent who has served on the board of commissioners since 1981, is the first female mayor of the Holden Beach and the fifth may or in town history. After appointing Atkins, officials decided to wait until their April 20 meeting to discuss the appointment to the open seat on the five-member board of commissioners. The F'riday morning meeting, which drew about 25 residents to town hall, lasted less than five min utes. After being appointed, Atkins de cided against moving one seat over ? I PHOTO BY GUS UIKICH GAY ATKINS, the first female mayor of Holder Beach, takes the oath of office last Friday from Town Clerk Joyce Shore. to the mayor's chair, 'i guess I'll have to get used to tilling a seat that will be very difficult to fill," she said. Atkins was appointed on a motion by Dwight Carroll that was second ed by Sid Swarts. Carroll also made the motion to wait until the next meeting to consider the appointment of a commissioner. In both cases, Carroll's motions passed unanimously with no discus sion by board members. The board's unanimous support for a new commissioner seems un likely based on recent actions. Commissioners have appointed four people to the planning board in the last few months, and none have re ceived unanimous support. It also is unlikely that the appoint ment will be made this week. The town board's policy is to present nominations at one meeting and make appointments at the following meeting. After Wednesday, the board's next regular meeting is May 2. The special meeting last Friday was opened with an invocation by the Rev. Richard Warner, pastor at St. James The Fisherman Episcopal Church of Shallotte, where Ausley was a member. "We've all lost a friend and a leader, but we know Wally is where Wally wants to be," Atkins said. A memorial service for Ausley will be held this Sunday at llolden Beach Chapel during the 11 a.m. service. Jim Hartman of Holdcn Beach will officiate the service. Anyone who wants to speak for a minute or two will be given ar. opportunity, ac cording to Gil Bass.