Council's Vote On PTO Grant
Angers Some Leland Residents
BY TERRY POPE
Some Leland residents say they
have lost trust in their town council.
The controversy sterns from the
board's 3-2 vote to revise a pro
posed contract awarding a SI, (XX)
educational grant to Lincoln Prim
ary School's Parent Teacher Organi
PTO President Tina Childs had
already signed the contract and for
warded it to Leland Mayor Russell
Baldwin when the vote was taken.
"We had an agreement, and you
broke it." PTO spokesman Letha
Thomas told the council last Thurs
day. "As a citizen, I resent that."
Board members Lyncttc Carlisle,
William Benton and Baldwin voted
July 27 to revise the contract to re
quire 50 percent matching funds.
Nine days earlier, the board had vot
ed 3-1 to bypass matching funds
and to require two a-ports from the
PTO on how the money was spent.
Council members George Yates
and Jane Gilbert voted against Hen
ton's motion to revise the contract
and questioned why Baldwin had
failed to sign the agreement. Hie
Fro now says it does not want the
"There was a contract which obli
gates the town to that agreement."
said Yates, who asked Town Attor
ney Glen Peterson for a legal ruling
on the vote.
After an hour-long executive ses
sion, Peterson said he had advised
the hoard on the legality of the mo
tion but could not comment on the
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Riggs Serves As Page
Broil Ortmann Riggs, a student at
E.A. Laney High School, recently
served as a page
in the N.C.
State House of
He is the son
of Kathy Lemon
Clyde Riggs 111
of Castle Haync
and the nephew
of H. Edward
Bowman Lemon Jr. of Shallotte.
Brett was sponsored by Rep. E.
David Rcdv.ine and appointed by
the Speaker of the House of Re
presentatives. Daniel T. Blue Jr.
On Dean's List
Natasha Veronica Godwin at
tained the spring
list at N.C. Cen
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least 3.0. carry- GODW1N
ing at least 1 5 semester hours.
An elementary education major.
Miss Godwin is the daughter of
Cary and Bcttie Godw in of Ash and
the great-granddaughter of the late
Roosevelt and Ruth Marlowe of
Tina Pritchard, coordinator of the
Brunswick County Senior Games
and a member of the N.C. Senior
Games State Finals Committee, was
honored at the annual Gold Celebra
tion in Raleigh July 17.
Gov. James Martin honored Ms.
Pritchard, an employee with Bruns
wick County Parks and Recreation,
for her dedication and devotion in
providing volunteer services to
North Carolina's senior adults.
Brunswick County Senior Games
is part of a statewide network of 43
local games programs that offer
competition in more than 40 sports,
events and arts categories. This
year's state final will be held Sept.
26-29 in Raleigh.
In Who's Who
Sally Schutte, a rising sophomore
at West Bruns
School, has been
chosen to appear
in the 25ui an
of Who's Who
can High Scho
Only 5 per
cent of the na- SCHLTTE
lion's students arc honored in Who's
Who each year.
She is the daughter of Stephen
and Connie Schutte of Supply.
Casola To Compete
Shannon Casola of Shallottc will
Carolina in the
beauty and tal
ent divisions at
the 28th annual
Aug. 21-24 in
CASOLA wi? compclc
from the United States, Canada.
Puerto Rico, the South Pacific and
Miss Casola won the Miss East
ern N.C. Hemisphere and Miss N.C.
Hemisphere pageants June 21 and
22 in Kinston. She is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brown of
Kennesaw, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Turner of Ac worth, Ga.
Bolivia Bypass Paving To Begin
Paving of a U.S. 17 bypass
around Bolivia is sei to begin later
this month following award last Fri
day of a S3.6 million contract to a
The N.C. Board of Transportation
awarded the contract for the 7.4
mile project to the low bidder, S.T.
Woolen Construction Co. of Wil
son. It calls for paving a newly
graded section of the bypass from
Galloway Road (S.R. 1401) to U.S.
17 north of Bolivia.
This was the last of four contracts
to be awarded by the board to build
a four-lane, 13.7-milc section of di
vided highway from N.C. 211 north
of Supply to N.C. 87 at Bell
Swamp. Total expcctcd costs for the
four projects is SI 5.1 million.
The paving is scheduled to be
completed in December 1992.
During construction, a news re
lease from DOT indicated, safe
guards will be taken to protect small
streams and wetlands from contami
nauon by soil or construction mate
rials. Grass will be planted to cover
bare ground caused by construction.
Yates said the board never estab
lished a matching funds policy prior
to as vote to give the PTO part of
Sb.(XX) the town set aside for grants
from its education commission, a
body that was formed in March but
has not organized.
The PTO hail originally asked for
SI, 5(H) to help fund a "Caught You
Being CSixkI" program for Lincoln's
8(X) or more students in grades K-3.
The program is designed to improve
grades, behavior and self-esteem by
rewarding students with tokens that
can be traded in for prizes.
"We'll get this program," said
Ms. Thomas. "I think it's unfortu
nate, though, that the people of this
town can't depend on the council."
Baldwin said the motion did not
take money away from the PTO, but
would require all groups in the fu
ture to provide matching funds.
"It's the principle," Ms. Thomas
responded. "1 don't trust people
who give me their word and then go
back on it. Nobody in this town
should expect to do business this
Ilie matching funds requirement
is to protect against groups who
"conic up here asking us for money
mid sit down over there and do
nothing," said Benton. "I'm for it
1(X) percent. This SI. (XX) being
turned down is a lack of good un
Rosemary Long, a Lcland resi
dent. said some council members
arc no longer listening to their con
stituents. The Lcland Civic Associa
tion supported incorporation two
year:; ago under a promise that the
residents would "have a say in our
governmental fxxly," she said.
"After what the council has done.
I don't sec how we can take their
word on anything," said Ms. Long.
Mike Thomas says he plans to
actively campaign this fall to have
some council members voted from
"It's a crying shame we have to
wait two years to get you defeated,"
he told Benton.
"There may be a great surprise
for you," Benton replied.
Baldwin will run against S.L.
Doty Jr. for the mayor's scat. Ms.
Carlisle, Ms. Gilbert and newcomer
Thomas Hyatt arc running for two
available seats on the council.
Records Show Hot, Wet July
The month of July was one of the
wettest and warmest on record in
southeastern North Carolna. accord
ing to the National Weather Service
office in Wilmington.
It was the ninth wettest July on
record, service records indicate, and
tied with July 1980 for fourth place
in the top 10 warmest Julys.
Average temperature was 82.9
degrees, almost three degrees above
normal. The region received 13.35
inches of rain or 5.91 inchcs above
The average daily high tempera
ture in July was 91.2 degrees while
the average daily low was 74.6 de
grees, according to the weather ser
vice's monthly report.
The highest temperature for the
month was 97 degrees occurring on
July 8 and 14. Twenty days last
month the temperature reached 90
degrees or above.
The lowest temperature was 71
degrees recorded on both July 11
Cooling degree day units totalled
565 or 91 units above normal. There
were no heating degree day units.
The weather service recorded
2.84 inchcs of rain on July 6. The
greatest rainfall in a 24-hour period
was 3.01 inchcs occurring between
July 28 and 29. Rainfall was record
ed on 23 days with measurable rain
on 18 days and trace amounts on 5
days. There were 7 days with rain
fall of 1/2 inch or more and four
days with one inch or more.
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