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Most recruiting allegations in
volve schools in the same city or
county. S trunk said he has never
heard of one high school trying to
recruit students from a school far
Polk County is about 250 miles
from West Brunswick, "it would be
rare because of the distance in
volved," Strunk said.
Stnink said schools or coaches
found guilty of rccruiting are subject
to penalties imposed by the NCH
SAA. Penalties could range from a
reprimand for the coach to one year
of probation and loss of playoff
rights for the school.
"It could be anything within that
spectrum depending upon the sever
ity of the case," Strunk said.
Seay, the winn ingest football
coach in West Brunswick history,
was 48-20 in six years in Shallottc.
He never had a losing season after
taking over the program in 1986.
He led West Brunswick to its best
record ever in 1991, a 13-2 season
that included the school's first trip to
the state championship game. The
Trojans lost 21-6 to Thomasvillc.
Seay resigned as head football
coach at West in May 1992 to take a
job as athletic director and head
football coach at the new Polk
County school, which is 20 miles
from his hometown of Spartanburg,
S.C. Seay recently resigned as ath
letic director at the school.
In their first season under Seay,
Polk's Wolverines had a 3-7 record
in football. In Brett's first season at
West Brunswick, the Trojans had an
11-3 record and won the state 2A
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Board member Bill Fairlcy urged
audience members at Monday's
meeting to support the school
board's bid for additional funding.
"We have been wrestling now for
six weeks or more with a very diffi
cult budget situation. Our conclu
sion, after a lot of argument and dis
cussion, is that we cannot operate an
adequate system of education with
nfy Boards To
out more funding."
He said the system not only needs
to work with the county to provide
more money for the coming year,
but for the future as well if county
youngsters arc to receive a "decent
"We need to be planning five to
six years down the road," said
Should county commissioners de
ny the request for more funds, the
school board has the legal right to
appeal to the Clerk of Superior
Court, Peterson said.
The clerk can choose to attempt
arbitration, or refer the matter to
court. If the clerk hears the issue,
then cither commissioners or the
school board have the right to appeal
that decision to Superior Court.
STAFF PHOTO BY ERIC CARLSON
DON WARREN (left), Chairman of the Brunswick County Commissioners, congratulates I A. Ronald
Hewett for receiving the National DARE Officers Association's Officer of the Year award for 1993.
The commissioners presented Hewett with a certificate of recognition Monday night.
Board Ignores Deadline On
Threatened Redisricting Suit
BV ERIC CARLSON
The Brunswick County Board of
Commissioners look no action to
head off a threatened lawsuit de
manding that it create a black-ma
jority voting district, as the 90-day
deadline set for action on the pro
posal passed without formal com
ment Monday night.
The board made no mention of
the deadline or the threatened legal
action during their regular meeting.
As a result, the lawyer who
claims to represent "a group of black
voters" said Tuesday that hie will file
a lawsuit charging that Brunswick
County has violated the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 by not re-draw
ing voter districts or changing elec
tion rules to assure that blacks can
elect representatives to county
"Our position has not changcd a
bit," said James Wall, director of lit
igation for Legal Services of the
Lower Cape Fear, inc. "We intend to
file suit. When I get everything to
gether and ready, I'll do it. Other
than that I have no comment as we
arc going into litigation."
Wall appeared before the commis
sioners at an April 19 meeting
claiming that the way Brunswick
County's current voting districts are
drawn makes it extremely difficult
for a black candidate to be elected.
He offered a proposed map showing
how a new voting district could De
drawn with a black voter majority.
The proposed black district fol
lows the western bank of the Cape
Fear River from the Columbus
County line to Southport, then zig
zags west across U.S. 17 almost to
the South Carolina border.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court de
cision voiced strong disapproval of a
new North Carolina Congressional
district that was created to increase
the election chances of a black can
didate for the House of Repre
More Hot, Dry Days Ahead
While more rain was in the imme
diate offing, Shallotte Point meteo
rologist Jackson Canady said
Tuesday that pattern isn't expected
to continue. He's expecting tempera
tures to rise again, perhaps "consid
erably" above normal.
'The forecast is for next week to
be very hot and dry, right back
where we were a week ago. It's not
over yet," he said, adding, "I would
love for this to be wrong."
He anticipates temperatures will
range from the mid 70s at night to
the mid-90s during the daytime,
with "hopefully" three-quarters inch
For the period July 13-19, he
measured 2.5 inches of rainfall at his
residence near Shallotte Point. "That
was more rain from Thursday
through Monday morning than I had
measured in three months together,"
That break in the weather wasn't
unexpected, however, following a
typical summertime pattern.
Canady recorded a maximum
high temperature of 99 degrees on
July 13 and a minimum low of 73
degrees on July 17. A daily average
high of 94 degrees and a nightly av
erage low of 76 degrees combined
for an average daily temperature of
85 degrees, about 4 degrees above
He cautioned Tuesday that as
August approaches, coastal residents
should keep a closer watch on
weather disturbances off the west
coast of Africa, where Atlantic trop
ical storms or hurricanes arc more
likeiy to develop this time of year.
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Although his proposed new- vot
ing district closcly resembles the
one criticized by the Supreme Court,
Wall said "nothing in that decision
has discouraged me from suing
Brunswick County." He said he had
carefully read the decision and de
termined that it was "not a voting
County Attorney Michael Ramos
said after the commissioners meet
ing that he had not studied the
Supreme Court decision, but felt it
could have a bearing on how a court
might rule in a re-districting lawsuit
against Brunswick County.
In another matter, during his re
port to the commissioners during the
meeting, Ramos recommended that
the board hire an auditing firm to re
do an assessment of the back taxes
allegedly owed to the county in
1988 by the DuPont, Brunswick
County's second- largest taxpayer.
The company has appealed to the
N.C. Property Tax Commission to
dispute the county's claim that
DuPont owes SI. 5 million in back
taxes it failed to pay between 1987
and 1992. The company claims the
audit was performed in a manner
that was determined to be improper
by the N.C. Carolina Court of
Appeals. That ruling has been ap
pealed to the state Supreme Court.
Ramos advised that the county
could lose its right to collect
DuPont's 1988 taxes if it waits for
the outcome of the appeal. By hiring
a different firm to do a single-year
audit by a different method, the
county might still collect the
S250,(X)0 DuPont allegedly owes
before a five-year deadline passes.
The commissioners took no action
on Ramos' request.
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REAL ESTATE AGENTS, health department officials and interested citizens listen to state legal and
health experts explain the relationship between septic system capacities and home occupancy levels at
a meeting in Bolivia last week.
Meeting Sparks Statewide
Enforcement Of Septic Regs
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Those departments already have
begun to call the state environmental
health office to ask about the depart
"The word has definitely gotten
out," Rowe said.
Last Thursday's meeting was the
third in a series of discussions by a
committee of real estate representa
tives and Brunswick County's Board
of Health members formed to con
sider the relationship between over
advertised rental capacities and
overloaded septic systems.
The group was formed after a
health department study of 1993
rental agcncy brochures indicated
that more than 75 percent of the
rental cottages in Brunswick County
arc advertised to hold more visitors
than their septic system was de
signed to accommodate.
In response to the survey, the
board of health agreed to notify of
fending rental property owners that
they could face criminal penalties if
they refuse to cither reduce occu
pancy levels or upgrade their rental
units' wastewater treatment capaci
The health department's action
sparked protests from real estate
agents over the sudden enforcement
effort of an industry-wide practice
that has gone on for many years.
The committee was formed to dis
cuss the concerns of the rental
agents and the requirements of stale
environmental health regulations.
In its only official vote Thursday
night, the committee agreed to ask
the Division of Environmental
Health to consider modifying the
rules under which most residential
septic systems are permitted for an
occupancy le v.l of two persons per
bedroom. Instead, the committee
wants the state to consider basing
the occupancy permit on actual
Several real estate representatives
on the committee said that merely
removing occupancy advertising on
rental brochures could make the
problem of septic system overload
Eugene Hewett of Cedar Grove
was incorrectly identified in a pho
tograph in the July 15 edition of The
Brunswick Beacon depicting Bruns
wick County Citizens Association
members protesting school board
hiring policies outside the school
system administrauon offices.
The person in the photograph was
Roscoc Butler of Shallotte.
The Beacon apologizes for the er
? Richard Rowe
ing worse. They said listing ihc oc
cupancy level allows them to turn
down potential renters who want to
overcrowd their cottages.
But, they said advertising cottages
as holding only two persons per bed
room will cause agencies to lose
"More than likely what you're go
ing lo end up with is an advertise
ment that says 'four-bedroom
house,' and you lose control of how
many they put in there," said San
Barklcy said that until the state
septic regulations arc changed, own
crs of rental property will be violat
ing the law if they excccd the per
mitted occupancy. Rental agents
could face enforcement action if
they advertise illegal capacitics.
Violators could face revocation of
a septic tank permit, a fine of S3(X) a
day or a misdemeanor criminal
charge, Barkley said. Rental agents
could also sec their licenses revoked
by the state real estate commission.
I, Eugene Hewett, am not
affiliated with the group
protesting the schools
hiring practices. However,
I agree with that group.
Roscoe Butler was
mistakenly identified as
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