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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 02, 1994, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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New Campaign Finance Reports Give Candidates Trouble All three candidates promptly naid their fin**. Rritt said. Of those who competed in the puty primaries, sher iff's candidate Jerry Dove seems to have had the most trouble complying with the campaign reporting guide lines. As required by law, Britt mailed three notices to Dove's campaign treasurer Cathy Harvell, informing her of the problems. Dove's report listed contributions of $200 each from Cannichael Construction Co. and Bland Coastal Development Harvell was reminded in Britt 's letter that state election laws prohibit contributions by "business entities, corporations, professional associations or labor unions," although individuals within such organizations can make contributions of personal funds. In another letter, Britt notified Harvell that Dove's re port included an entry for "four cash contributions, none over $100," totalling $450. There were a number of problems with that entry, besides the obvious error in math. "First, no cash contribution in excess of $100 may be accepted," the letter said. "Because this is in excess of $100, it must be by check, money older or bank draft and must be reported by name and complete mailing ad dress." The letter also notes that anonymous contributions are prohibiSed by !--.v ssd t&sf if <? flBajp iicouia re ceives such a donation "it shall be paid over to the state board of elections," where it will be deposited in the state's general fund budget. In the third letter. Dove's campaign treasurer was no tiffed rtut Kk nmmivn refmrl Iktnj a $5,000 kss from Thomas Bowmcr of Southport. It notes that "a loan may not exceed $400 per election unless the individual mak ing the loan is the candidate or the candidate's spouse, parent, brother or sister." Britt pointed out that a later entry in Dove's report in dicates that $1,000 of the loan was repaid oo April IS. "It appears the error was realized and the $1,000 loan repayment was an attempt to correct the error," Britt wrote, asking for clarification. Considering that more than $61,000 was spent on the four-way Democratic Party primary for sheriff, Brit! ??iH that "for the imniint of itwtrihutinm mH expendi tures they handled, I think they did a wonderful job." Sisk also ran into problems with a cash contribution that arrived in the mail with no return address and no in dication of who sent it, Britt said. The donation was list ed as such oo his financing report As required by law, she notified Sisk that any contri bution over $100 must be made by check or money or der, with the name and address of the donor included. She abo noted that anonymous gifts in excess of $100 are prohibited and must be returned to the state board of elections. "I feel so bad about Bill Sisk's situation," Britt said. "He received the contribution in the mail and reported it n?u he ncC mn; *' ? * honest, so one ^ould hav? known." While Britt said she "does not go through these re ports with a fine-toothed comb," she is required to check all calculations on each repot t. She mast alao look for 2nd ? ??* for iadrvid ual contributions that exceed the $4,000 limit A review of the financing reports shows some other questionable entries that did not result in reprimands, but may lead to problems for rmiidafci in the future. County commissioner candidate Randy Stanley, for example, listed $275 in canyaign contributions and $71.79 in expenses. The latter included $42.11 for "checks" and $29.68 for "sign stakes." However there was no listing for the money spent to print Stanley's campaign posters, which were displayed at several loca tions in the county. Commissioner Tom Katxxrs repon iisaed SoSG in contributions. It stated that the money came in "13 con tributions, none over $100" on April 14, the day before his campaign financing report was filed "It appears that may have happened at some sort of event, but there needs to be some deification. He should have named the event," Britt said. "It's not illegal to accept cash contributions of less than $100 without naming the individuals. But this is loo simplistic." Another reporting role that wis widely overlooked during the primary campsjgn was the requirement that candidates record all "in-kind contributions." According to the law, these include, "without limitation, such con trsbetks!! ~ liber or ; ssr*ic??, f?n'nyr. publica tion of campaign literature or materials, in-kind trans fers, loans or use of any supplies, office machinery, ve hicles, aircraft, office space or similar related services, goodi or pereon^ or real property." In ntjtar mnwh candidates who bold flllldnilim events such aa barbecues or fish Cries must report the amount of raooey spent on food and materials, Britt said. They must also list ss donations the hours worked by volunteers at the event Although several candidates reported collecting dona tions at fundraisers, none of them reported in kind contributions of materials and labor used to orga nize the events. "It seems that in-kind contributions are one area where the candidates are not on a firm footing." Britt said. "I don't rtiink it was a willful attempt to circumvent the law. It was just that they did not know what to do. So ? since there was no cast) money involved ? wy chose not to do anything" Britt suggested that candidates who hold fundraistng events keep track of the hours worked by volunteers. After arriving at a fair-market value for their efforts, the candidate should list that amount as a donation on the contribution side of their report and as an outlay on the expenditure side. "It's like trying to make your checkbook balance," Britt said. "I know some of the candidates feel they can't be bothered, but it bothers me more than it does them. It's the law and I have to keep track of h-~ All candidates who were defeated in the primaries are ?opureu u> uit a puii-piiuMi}' uummu^ TCpCTt SO than 5 p.m. Thursday, June 2. All candidates in the Nov. 1 general election will have to submit a pre-election re port by Oct 28. OWNER SAYS IT'S 'A LIE' Woman Claims Skating Club Discriminates BY DOUG HOTTER "They've been like this for years and years. I say it's time for them to step," MaS-s M=jcrsdc ***** i? ? week as she stood outside Shallotte Skating Qab. The Holden Beach woman picket ed in front of the Main Street busi ness last Wednesday because she says the private roller-skating club discriminates minorities. Mamdn said her Hi?n?nif Han ghter, Shiona, and two black chil dren in a first-grade class at Supply Elementary School were not invited to a classmate's birthday party at the dub because of their race. Asked about the allegations of discrimination, dub owner Steve Becky refused to comment. "That's a lie and I have no com ment to make about it," Becky said in a telephone conversation Thurs day. "When she told you we dis criminate against Hispanics she told you a lie." Mejorado said a girl in her daugh ter's first-grade dass announced last Tuesday that she would be having a birthday party the next day after school at the skating dub. Shiona said she and two class mates were told they wouldn't be al lowed Id aucori the party bccauac of their race. The two other children singled out were Made. The 16 other kids in the daw received invitations. "It made me fed bad that they were taking people from this be cause of the color of their skin," sev en-year-old Shiona aaid. 1 came home crying that day." "1 was angry," Mrs. Mejorado said, "my child was crying, and i was furious. She came to me and said, 'I'm not good enough to go to the party.' I asked why and she said, 'Because I'm Hispanic'." Mejorado said she spoke briefly with the dub's owner, Becky, on the telephone, before he hung up on bet. "He said it's his dub. He'll ran it the way he wants to run it," Mejorado said. I'm shocked. He just took us back 30 yean. I've nev er seen anything like this. It's duck ing." ' OJfhUOKKKUilUfm SHIONA MEJORADO (left) pickets im front of ShaOotU Skating Club tost week with her UKk sitter, Briona Santas Mejaradc. Shallotte Skating dob is a mem bers-only dob. When a non -member goes to the dub, a group of mem ben prumt are called together to vote on whether to issue a new membership. The party for Shiooa's classmate, Alex Floyd, was held last Wednes day at Brunswick County Bowling Alex's father, Robat*Floyd, said the was made the Floyds were afraid some of her daughter's friends would not be ac cepted aa members at the skating dub. "We changed it over to where everybody would be welcome," Floyd said Thursday. Floyd stiesaed that neither he nor his wife were tokl that their daughter could not invite Hispanic or Mack children to the party. "Those words were never used. Anybody whose lived here for many yean will tell yon that's the way it's been at this skating dab. It's an un written thing. You know it's going to be a problem." Floyd said. 'It's a private dub, and you have to be voted into membership. It's not open to the general public. It just so nappriia that certain people aren't voted in," he said. Floyd, ar attorney, said the law allows private dubs to set their own rules and vote on members. 1 don't vee with it, but it's their business. If they want to have their rules and restrictions, they can as a private dub. The law would support them on that," Floyd said. He noted that die skating dub is just like a private country dub or college fraternity. "If IW nwmtwn <*?n? l" unto against certain people be* wee they don't fit their ideal.. .who's to say they can't do it? There's nothing that can be dooe became they have a right to do it," Floyd said. "It's not something I can do any thing about. Nobody can. It's the last bastion of snmrthing It's like a di nosaur," Floyd added. MfjftTtd" ?lo plmnwl |o contact the American Civil Liberties Union and file suit T"* the dob owner. She said she has received support from NAACP chapters in Cedar Grove, Southport mi New Hanover Coonty. "Every black person I've talked to told me, 'Well it's always been like that You can't change it' I think we should try. Only when everybody stands up are we going to make a difference.** Commissioners Okay Loan For High School Renovations BY ERIC CARLSON The Brunswick County Commis sioners have agreed to "float a loan" at $211,706 to the board of educa tion ao building contracts can be signed for $1.6 million worth of im provements at Weal Bnmswick and North Brunswick high schools. The board of commissioners held a brief special meeting to consider the school board's finding request No county funds will actually <*"Hr hands in what Commis sioners Chairman Doo Warren called a "paper transaction." Accor ding to county Finance Officer Lithia Hahn, the money transfer will be authorized to underwrite the knarrj 'c immhIi iirfinq nlana while !? wMta fnr ousrantoed state funding that will repay the loan "by January." The school board discovered that it needed more money after con struction bids far the two high school renovation projects came in shout $200,000 over budget, Hahn told the commissioners. With its building funds already earmarked, the school board needed the coun ty's funding guarantee so it could move ahead with construction. Brunswick County Schools are exported to receive about $300^)00 in state "ADM" funds, which are al located according to a school sys tem's average daily membra thip of students. That money will be used to repay the county "loan" before the building funds are actually spent, Hahn said. While he supported the motion agreeing to the tend transfer, Com miiionri Donald Shaw took the op portunity Tuesday to question the way the comtraction money was al located. Shaw npujcjto District 5, where North Brunswick High School is located. "I'm kind of concerned aboot twice as much being spent at Wert than at North," Shaw said. "People don't think I'm representing than very well when they ootne up with half as much every time." "Maybe they want to ease you oat in the next election,'' quipped Commissioner Way land Vereen. "I won't vote against it, but I'm still concerned," Shaw said. Shaw's question went unan swered, as no board of adoration members or school administration officials IV mating Hahn said current construction plans call for $1.13 million to be spent on improvements at West Brunswick, while $524,067 has been allocated for North Brunswick. THE KSICWIOflRACQN Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telepbooe 754-6890 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallot*. N.CL 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year $1036 Six Months $5-55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year $14.86 Six Months -$7.90 ELSEWHERE IN USJL One Year. $15.95 Six Months .... $835 Second class Dontatt naid at Shallotte, N.C. 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changes to: P.O. Box 2558, SkaBotte, N.C. 28459-2558 Five Schools' Jobs Eliminated, 5 Created 1-A) soon to fill Ibe Directors of elementary education (grades prcfcindergarten-thromb fivc) and secondary education (grades 6-12) will be hired to help scnoot fniiiBfT* ^^-11^*11 spocunmB. ouc at each pads level, sad will ?ok I'm hoping at the school board's next meeting that Dr. Johartoa we're "He hss been here two yean ad we haven't seen aay recommenda tions based on his obscrvatioas sad Also Fridsy, high school priaci pals Bob Harris (North Brunswick) and Sue ScB? (South Brunswick) received (earn, or continniai_ , As of June they will have ! ary yean ss school i Contracts ware reacwid for first or second-year probatioaary princi pals Patricia Carney, Saadn Mintz, Laity tumuey and Carolyn William. The board also renewed contracts for the coming year for 146 other probationary professional employ ees, granting career status (continu ing contracts) to 40 of them. Contracts were not renewed for the 1994-95 school year for two otto at South Brunswick Middle. AWAYI Make money fast. Rid yourself of unwanted items by advertising in the classifieds. Your items may be exactly what someone else is looking for. Advertise in the classifieds and watch your stuff *saie away.3 HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO I THE BRUNSWKIC#RACON j POST OFRCE BOX 296* " POBT OFRCE BOX] 9HALU)! it. NORTH CAROLINA 2?4gB In North CaroOna N.C. Sates Tax TOTAL., _lj CHy, ap l l l .J

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