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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 02, 1994, Image 1

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Brunswick Candidates Cited I Fined For Finance Reporting BY ERIC CARLSON All things considered, they did pretty well. But election* officials say candidates for Brunswick County offices wiii need io pay cioscr aiicniiuu iu iwii campaign finance reporting to avoid costly fines and embarrassing reprimands from the state board of elec tions. Three candidates in the May 3 primaries were fined by the state for submitting their reports of campaign contributions and expenses after the April 22 deadline, Brunswick County Board of Elections Supervisor Lynda Britt said last week. Two sheriff s candidates have been asked iu clirify thc sources of improperly accepted contributions or to turn the money over to the state board of elections. One of the two also was notified that he had accepted a loan in excess of the maximum amount allowed by state elec tions laws. At least one county commissioner candidate apparent ly failed to list an expenditure for advertising, Britt said. Asothsr ? to have violated the spirit ? if not the let ter ? of campaign reporting requirements for small cash contributions. And many candidates neglected to include mmmm "in-kind contributions'* of labor and materials donated to their campaigns, she said. Brunswick recently exceeded the population threshold of 50,000 residents that puts the county under the legal requirements of the N.C. Campaign Reporting Act. This year's election season is the first in which candidates for county offices have to submit a senes ot reports on their campaign contributions and expenditures. "I think all-in-all they did exceptionally well," Britt said last week. "Although we had three late reports, I've been very pleased with their promptness. It doesn't ap pear that anybody deliberately did not disclose some thing. We had some errors iiuu miHiiuaics realized auC" the fact ? after reading the manual ? that they have obvi ously made attempts to correct." Three candidates ? Bill Sisk for sheriff. W.A. Alfonza Roach for commissioner and Thurman Cause for Board of Education ? failed to submit their financing reports in time to meet the Friday, April 22, deadline and were fined $20 per day for their tardiness. Roach and Gausc turned in their reports on the following Monday, while Sisk returned his uti Tuesday. (See CAMPAIGN, Page 2-A) THE 12/31/99 **P0 HOAG S; SON'S B<.'OK BINDER"/ PO BOX 162 SPPINQPORT MI 49284 JTHtrty-Second Year, Number 31 . ShdlipHe, North Carolina, Thursday, June 2, 1994 50c Per Copy 36 Pages, 3 Sections, Plus Insets STAff PHOTOS ?Y ?MC OJOSON A 25-FOOT FIN WHALE weighing about two tons struggles in the surf ui Holden Beach Saturday morning kef are beaching itself and dying on Ocean Isle Beach Sunday. Two more immature cetaceans ? this time pilot whales ? were in trouble in the Holden Beach surf at press time Tuesday night. Experts say onlookers should resist the urge to try to help the mammals. Contracts Not Offered To Three Supervisors In Step Toward Schools' Planned Reorganization BY SUSAN USHER Contracts were not renewed last week for Brunswick County Schools supervisors James McAdams, Ro bert Rhyss and Christine Hs|!i whose positions are among those be ing eliminated at the end of the cur rent school year. Board of Education Chairman Donna Baxter said action on the contracts is one step in the instruc tions! wrvices staff reorganization plan adopted by the board last December. The board vote was unanimous Friday afternoon during a special meeting called to discuss attorney client and personnel matters. Mem ber Bill Fairley had left the meeting earlier because of a conflict in his schedule, she said. While adjusting some other as signments, the reorganization plan developed by Jan Calhoun, assistant superintendent for instructional ser vices, eliminates five positions and creates five others that relate more directly to goals of supporting school-based management and deci sion-making. The plan eliminates the above four positions and one other now va cant (director of health, athletics, physical education and driver educa tion) at the end of the current term, either reassigning or doing away with their duties. Each of the three supervisors was either eligible for tenure (career sta tus) or for contract renewal as a su pervisor. A fourth employee whose posi tion will be eliminated under the re organization plan, Library/Media Service Director Edna Cause, al ready has tenure as a supervisor. June 1 is the cut-off date for noti fying professional employees with probationary sums if they will not have contracts for the coming school year or, in the case of third-year em ployees, will not be granted tenure. If timely notification isn't provided, the contract is considered automati cally renewed. Personnel Director Ralph Ward said Tuesday the supervisors whose jobs have been eliminated could be considered for the five new posi tions being created, or for other staff vacancies for which they qualify. "We have not completed our staffing for the coming year, so that's a possibility," he said. All three individuals have been granted tenure previously by the Brunswick County Schools in other career slots, two as principals and one as a teacher. Mc Adams was First hired as a principal in 1*62, serving North Brunswick High in that capacity un til October 1992, when he was named a supervisor. The Wilmington resident presently serves as supervisor of high schools and said Tuesday he has applied for one of the new positions being creat ed. Rhyne, of Yaupon Beach, had served as a principal and assistant principal before moving into a su pervisor's job in July 1992. Hall, of Riegelwood, has also been a princi pal and assistant principal before her appointment as a supervisor in August 1992. Rhyne is presently su pervisor of middle schools and Hall supervisor of elementary schools. Neither Rhyne nor Hall could be reached for comment Tuesday evening. Calhoun said Tuesday that inter (See FIVE, Pace 2-A) More Whales Come Ashore At Holder* Beach; Cause Unknown BY DOUG RUTTER Tko whafes washed up on the Holden Beach strand Tuesday, just three days after a fin whale came ashore in the same vicinity and later died at Ocean Isle Beach. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, a crowd of about 100 people had gath ered near the west end of Holden Beach to watch, photograph and videotape the whales as they rolled and twisted in ankle -deep water. Both whales were between IS and 20 feet long and came ashore around 2:30 p.m. Officials from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher were sent to investigate the stand ings. Andy Wood, curator of education at the aquarium, said the all-black whales were probably pilot whales. "Without seeing them that's just a guess. Pilot whales are all black," he said in * telephone interview late Tuesday. Wood pointed out there's a possi bility more whales may beach them selves within the next tew days. "Pilot whales often strand togeth er. Pilot whales have commonly been involved in mass stran dings... hundreds at a time in some instances, but usually it's a dozen or SO, t?C SSm!. Asked if the two whales could be part of a mass stranding. Wood said, "We hope not, but that possibility exists. If there is going to be a mass stranding it will occur relatively quickly, at least if history is any guide." Early Saturday morning, a 25-foot fin whale weighing about 2 tons washed up on Holden Beach, also near the west end. Onlookers pushed the whale out to sea several times, but it beached again and died Sunday at Ocean Isle. As of Tuesday, Wood said offi cials had not determined the age of the fin whale or the cause of death. "The speculation was it was young enough that it hadn't been weaned by its mother, so months old rather than years," he said. Wood said biologists do not know what causes whales to beach them selves/There's lots of speculation, but nobody knows for sure. Every thing from parasites in the ears to just confusion. It's just not known," he said. When people see a beached whale. Wood said they should resist the urge to try to help it. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes it illegal to handle whales. "Marine mammals are protected by federal and international law. When they're stranded like that they can only be handled by licensed vol unteers," Wood said. "U's as much for the protection of humans as it is for the whales. A 15 foot whale has incredible strength in the tail. A whale writhing and strug gling in the surf can snap a neck without any problem," he added. "When they're stranded you don't know what they have. Some whales uuiy liixw that can be tr2=?n!i!!?d to humans. It's not something you want to mess with." rioiucn Scacil puiiix ouvl putriic works employees tried to keep on lookers away from the beachcd whales Tuesday, but did not have much success. People stood within a few feet of the whales to get a close look and splash water on them. Wood said whales usually beach themselves when they are dying and pushing them back out into the ocean usually just prolongs the dy ing process. "That's what happened with the fin whale. It was put back in the wa ter only to wash up later on," he said. "A stranded whale creates a charged atmosphere. People want to help and we're appreciative of that," Wood said. "But if it's alive it poses a very serious threat to humans who get in the wa!?rr to try to help it" Wood said there is some positive that comes out of whale strandings. "When we see strandings like this that does tell us one thing. There are whales out there. If there were no strandings we wouldn't know if there were whales out there," he said. Don't Lose Sight Of Day's Meaning, Veterans Say BY ERIC CARLSON The American flag remained at half staff outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8866 in Holden Beach Monday morning in remembrance of fellow veteran and former Commander-in-Chief President Richard M. Nixon. BcmJc the door to the post's aew recrcatio?? build ing, two white crosses were flanked by pairs of well worn combat boots and two rifles standing upside down on their bayonets. Inside, about 40 VFW members and their wives were gathered on this Memorial Day to honor all those in uniform who gave their lives to preserve the United States of America. "Yesterday I watched a newscast wnerr incy ioici viewed people on the street about the purpose of Memorial Day," said featured speaker Billy Ray Cameron, former national commander-in-chief of the national VFW organization. "One talked about having cook-outs. Another said it was the beginning of sum mer. A thnii person said it was 2 good time to go to the beach. "Not one of them said anything about honoring vet erans." Camerons told the group. "People seem to be forgetting that Memorial Day is more than just a sale day at the department stores." Cameron, the first Vietnam War veteran to head the VFW, said he spent the previous day giving a speech at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, "among more than 1 7,000 individuals -'he gsvs tfcfir |?? for their country." The Sanfbrd resident said it was great to be back at his "second home" of H olden Beach, where he frequently returns for vacations. Severely wounded in Vietnam. Cameron spent a year recovering in the hospital after he was evacuated. He said the experience inspired him "do everything hu manly possible" to find out what happened to the 2,300 servicemen who are listed as missing in action in Southeast Asia. He also noted that 8,000 U.S. soldiers were never accounted for after the Korean War, while 88,000 remained missing at the end of World War U. "I can't imagine anything worse than going to bed at night wondering what happened to a loved one who didn't come back," Cameron said. "This issue will not be resolved until every one of these cases is resolved. Cameron asked his fellow veterans to say a prayer each day for the families of missing soldiers. He urged VFW members to combat the public's apathy about the dedication and commitment of former military person nel by "communicating to others what veterans have done for this country." "If not tor veterans ana the friends and family who support them, this great country would not be what it is today," Cameron said. "God bless the United States of America, and may we always remember those who gave it the supreme sacrifice.** Following a prayer led by post chaplain Rudolph Grissette, Post Commander Fred Dilley read the names of members who have died since VFW Post 8866 was chartered in 1988. As each name was read, post auxil iary leader Joanne Gunn placed a commemorative pop py into a red-white-and-bluc memorial wreath. Those honored were John N. Clark, James D. Griffin Sr., Leon M. Stone, Francis J. Miles, James B. Hulon Jr., Littleton J. Glass, Nortec Vamum, Alton Schroeter, Wiibui G. iicnkr. and Herman Stewart. FORMER Commander-in-Chief of the national Veterans of Foreign Wars organization Billy Ray Cameron addresses feUow veterans who gathered for a Memorial Day observance at VFW Poet 866 in Holden Beach Monday. yuff moTo wr hoc cajuom

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