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Gantt Dashes Easley's Hopes For Senate Seat
BY SUSAN USHER
Mike Easlcy's expectations of a November con
frontation with U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms were dashed
Tuesday, as North Carolina voters nominated their first
black senatorial candidate in this century.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, former
Charlotte mayor Harvey (iantt had 60 percent of the
vote to Easley's 40 percent. Vote counts totaled
288,511 for Gantt to 191,430 for Easlcy, according to
the Associated Press.
At 9:15 p.m., campaign spokesman Hampton
BY SUSAN USHER
The Town of Sunset Beach has
begun the search for a new chief of
police, following the dismissal of
Chief William Hill Monday night
by unanimous vote of the Sunset
Beach Town Council.
Council members met behind
closed doors with town attorney
Mike Iscnberg for approximately 15
minutes before returning to open
session for the vote. The action
came after a business session at
which the council decided to keep
the same tax rate for 1990-91 and a
public hearing at which no one
spoke. Councilman Mary Kathcrinc
Griffin arrived from a promotion
exercise at Waccamaw School,
where she teaches, in time for the
Hill, who will be 54 on July 21,
had served as chief of the depart
ment since March 1, 1982. He pre
viously was employed by the
Holdcn Beach Police Department.
As Sunset Beach police chief, he
supervised four officers and earned
an annual salary of $22,383, said
Town Administrator Linda Flucgcl.
Mrs. Flucgcl would give no indi
cation regarding the reason for his
(See SUNSET, Page 2-A)
Dellinger said Easlcy had not conceded the election,
but he added, "We're dealing with the harsh reality of
a Gantt victory."
While Gantt was a frontninncr in polls going into
Tuesday's race, history had given the edge to Easley
based on the outcome of similar run offs in the past
Prior to the election, Easley predicted he could win
with strong showings in the coastal and mountain areas
while holding his own in the urban Piedmont ? show
ings that did not materialize Tuesday.
Easley, a Southport resident, led in Brunswick
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG RUTTfft
Long May She Wove
Six Army National Guardsmen ran an American flag through
downtown ShaUotte Monday as part of a statewide campaign
called Operation Patriotism. iMok for the story on page 12- A.
County with about 55 pcrccnt of the ballots. He re
ceived 2,558 votes to Gamt's 1,976 votes, according to
the Brunswick County Board of Elections' unofficial
results. His strongest showing was in the Oak Island 1
and II, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport 1 and
Secession II prccincts.
Supervisor Lynda Britt said 28 percent, or 4,679, of
the eligible Democrats turned out. Vole totals and the
number of voters were off by 145 ballots, she said, re
flecting the voting machines' response where "people
marked ballots in crazy ways."
Prccinct-by-prccincl results were as follows:
Shinglctrce ? Easlcy, 112, Gantt, 108; Longwood
? Easlcy, 16, Ganu, 91; Ash ? Easlcy, 87, Gantt, 11;
Frecland ? Easley, 45, Gantt, 67; Grisscttown ? Easley,
150, Gantt, 119; Frying Pan ? Easlcy, 156, Gantt, 153;
Shailottc ? Easley, 108, Gantt, 110; Secession
II ? Easlcy, 141, Gantt, 64; Secession I ? Easlcy, 128,
Also, Supply ? Easley, 65, Gantt, 157;
Mosquito ? Easley, 71, Gantt, 59; Oak Island
(See GANTT, Page 10- A)
County Rescinds Ordinance,
Begins Accepting Old Tires
BY BOB HORNE
The Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners took two steps
Monday night in an effort to begin a
positive move to allow Brunswick
County to surface from beneath a
sea of discarded tires it has found it
First, the commissioners unani
mously approved a motion to re
scind a county ordinance and allow
tires to be dumped at the county
landfill without being shredded.
Then they unanimously passed
another motion to allow David
Clcgg, interim county manager and
county attorney, and County En
gineer Robert Tucker to search for
alternative solutions to the county's
tire problem, including searching
for companies that haul discarded
tires to tire-disposal sites.
The landfill is now accepting un
shredded tires and stacking them up
pending Clegg's and Tucker's suc
cess in coming up with an alterna
tive method of dealing with them,
Clegg said this morning.
I Inder North Carolina Senate Bill
(See COUNTY, Page 2-A)
Public Hearing Set For
Tonight On County Budget
A public hearing on the 1990-91 Brunswick County budget is
scheduled for tonight at 7 o'clock at the Public Assembly Building at
the county government complex at Bolivia.
The original budget presented to the Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners by Interim County Manager David Clcgg was for
$34,667,194 and included a 12-cent tax -rate increase, from 59 1/2 cents
to 71 1/2 cents, as well as a 25 percent increase in building and electri
cal permit fees and a 5-cent across-the-board increase in the water rate
for usages more than the minimum 3,000 gallons, which would remain
Since then, the commissioners have added $182,876, which
amounts to about one-half ccnt of the tax rate, into the budget, but they
haven't yet proposed increasing the tax rate further.
The recommended budget now is $34,850,070 or almost SI. 9 mil
lion more than the 1989-90 budget of $33,049,350. Clegg says the
county also suffered a tax -base loss of more than SI.! million, because
the state valued local utilities ? the largest of which is the CP&L
Brunswick nuclear power plant ? at about 74 percent of their previous
valuation. Therefore, the utilities will see their tax bills fall, because
they will pay taxes on property that is valued at 26 percent less than its
The budget includes S2.7 million in debt financing for capital pro
jects and S600.000 for employee pay increases, reclassifications and
TOURISM EXPENSE OPPOSED
Holden Beach Commissioners Eyeing 4-Cent Tax-Rate Hike
BY DOUG RUTTER
Holden Beach residents had more
lo say about spending $10,000 to
promote tourism than a possible 4
cent increase in the tax rate at a
public hearing Monday night.
There were no direct objections
to the proposed 29 percent increase
in the Holden Beach tax rate during
a hearing on the 1990-91 budget,
which drew about 20 people to
However, two residents objected
lo the proposed contribution of
SI 0,000 to a five-person committee
that spends money on advertising
and promotions to draw more visi
tors to the South Brunswick Islands.
Included in the proposed Holden
Beach budget for next fiscal year is
a $2,000 contribution to the South
Brunswick Islands Chamber of
Commerce and 510,000 for a sepa
rate committee that promotes tour
ism at the three local beaches.
The commille, first started last
year, is made up of one official
from each of the towns ? Holden
Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sun
set Beach ? and two chamber of
commerce representatives. Contri
butions of SI 0,000 have been re
quested from each town's occupan
cy tax fund.
Margaret Vasco, who heads up
the Holden Beach Beatification
Committee, said Monday she op
poses the donation In the tourism
committee. She expressed objection
to the fact that 53,000 has been pro
posed for the beautification com
mittee next year compared to
510,000 for tourism promotion.
Mrs. Vasco said beautification
helps the entire island, while tour
ism "benefits special-interest groups
Property owner Mack Foster also
questioned spending SI 0,000 to
boost tourism, saying the real estate
firms that benefit from rentals
West Brunswick Seniors Look Ahead
While Recalling Loss Of Classmate
BY SUSAN USHER
Commencement was a bittersweet moment Friday
evening for many of the 181 graduates of West Bruns
wick High School in Shallotte, as seniors looked ahead
to an unknown future while recalling how their ranks
had drawn closer following the death of a classmate 1
1/2 years ago.
For the first lime in several years, audience mem
bers assembled in the school courtyard could hear grad
uation speakers clearly over a new public address sys
tem presented by Valedictorian Sam Gus Stathos on be
half of the Class of '90 "in exchange for the foundation
laid in our education."
Also speaking were senior class officers, Superin
tendent of Schools John Kaufiiuld and Brunswick
County Board of Education Chairman Dorothy Worth.
Waiting on the walkway by the school for the cere
mony to start, the seniors were enthusiastic and ner
vous, calling to no one in particular, "It's 7 o'clock! It's
lime to get started!" as dignitaries and faculty began
their march into the courtyard.
Later, with their diplomas firmly in hand, many of
the class tossed their mortarboards into the air to cele
brate before the recessional began.
Salutatorian and senior class Secretary Becky King
said she hoped graduation would be "one of the most
cherished memories" of those present, with classmates
recalling both their tears and their smiles.
"We will take with us also the knowledge and expe
rience this community has given us," she said.
Class Vice President Sonya Bumcy told the class,
teary-eyed through her smile, "It wasn't so bad," as she
traced their four years together at West irom uic fum
bling of "grecnie" freshmen struggling with locker
combinations to dates and drivers' licenses as sopho
mores, to the death of junior classmate Eric Shawn
Ingram in a Sept. 5, 1988. auto accident.
"We were not a close class," she recalled, "but with
the death of one of our classmates we pulled together to
show how much we cared."
Suddenly they were seniors, with a prom and after
prom party behind them and "left with not enough time
to say goodbye."
"So looking back, we realize it wasn't so bad after
all," she said, her voice breaking with emotion.
In closing, she quoted the theme song from the
class's junior prom, "Give me one moment of time
when I'm more than I ever thought I could be," and a
poem popular with the class, "Friends Are Friends
For her classmates, Treasurer Wendy Kinlaw pre
sented plaques in memory of Ingram to his parents,
Billy and Marjorie Ingram, thanking them for the care
and understanding they've shown to the class.
"We needed you tonight and you came and we
Uiaiik you foi dial," she said. "He was well liked and
could always make his friends smile."
Eric's death pulled the class together with a re
newed appreciation for life, she continued. "We want to
live our lives to the fullest" and, should death come, "to
be remembered with fondness and love like Eric."
In her farewell, class President Lauren Sellars said
she and fellow graduates "have grown together like
flowers wailing to blossom," likening their schooling to
"Wilh belief, determination and persistence, we will
succeed," continued Miss Sellars. "We must have
enough belief in ourselves to do the most we can to
make the land we live on or in and the world we live in
a better place because we are here."
For parents uncertain of what to say to their young
graduates, Superintendent Kaufhold offered the work of
writer Carl Sandburg, Father Sees Son Leaving Child
Mrs. Worth urged the class to begin thinking ahead,
and "to be yourself, to shoot for the stars" and to re
member that "what you are is God's gift to you; what
you make of yourself is your gift to God."
Stathos and Miss King were presented the valedic
torian and salutatorian awards by Assistant Principal
Eugene Bowden. Other Honor graduates were I'ania
(See WEST SENIORS, Page 2-A)
should pay for promotions.
"They're the ones making the prof
it," he said.
However Commissioner Boh
Buck said absentee property owners
gel the most benefit from tourism,
because they rent their houses to
Buck, who serves as Holden
Beach's representative on the three
island tourism committee, said,
"There is no special-interest group
that gets a piece of the pie."
Commissioner Kcnner Amos said
that, without occupancy tax rev
enue, the town tax rate would be
"much higher" than it is now.
Town officials are proposing
transferring more than SI 50,000 in
occupancy tax revenue into the gen
eral fund next fiscal year to help
support the police and fire depart
ments and pay for other services.
Another 560,000 has been earmark
ed for a dune replacement fund.
Resident John F. Holden, a for
mer mayor and rental agent, sup
ported the proposed $10,000 ex
pense. Without the tourists, he said,
Holden Beach wouldn't have any
occupancy tax revenue.
Charles Pahl, who said he was
representing the Holden Beach Har
bor Property Owners Association,
requested money in the budget for
canal dredging. He said the town
has the authority to pay for dredg
ing and assess lot owners to recover
There is no money in the pro
posed budget for dredging, but the
budget does include a tour-cent in
crease in the tax rate. The increase
would raise the tax rate from 14
cents to 18 cents per $100 of valua
tion, costing the owner of a
S 100,000 piece of property an extra
S40 next year.
Town officials said 1 cent of the
tax rate increase is needed to bai
lee HOLDEN, Page 2-A)
STAFF PHOTO IY SUSAN USHf*
BILLY AND MARJORIE INGRAM, whose son Eric Shawn would have graduated with the West
Brunswick Class of '90, receive memorial plaques presented by class Treasurer Wendy Kinlaw. Eric
Shawn Ingram was killed in a Sept. 5, 1988 auto accident.