Beaufort County schools borrowed $130M in 2008. How well did they spend your money?

A decade has passed since the last successful Beaufort County Board of Education referendum.

In 2008, voters agreed to let the district borrow $162.7 million for a long list of projects, including two new schools, a high school auditorium, two Early Childhood Learning Centers, land for four schools and maintenance upgrades at schools throughout the county.

A slim margin of just 422 “yes” votes led to its passage. A total of 10,022 voters cast ballots.

On Saturday, voters will be asked once again to let the district borrow money — $76 million this time — raising the question of how well the district spent tax dollars the last time.

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All but two of the projects came in on or under budget, according to a third quarter financial report for fiscal year 2016. One of those cost nearly double what the district estimated, while the other — a major building project — cost about $6 million more and was built three years later than planned.

The savings from the overall list of projects meant the district borrowed less than what they asked for in the 2008 referendum, according to district spokesman Jim Foster.

The first cost overrun, an upgrade of the band and drama rooms at H.E. McCracken Middle School,

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Casten open to loaning his campaign more money to challenge Roskam

Democratic businessman Sean Casten loaned his campaign $650,000 in the primary, and said Monday he will “do what we have to do” financially to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam as the 6th District Congressman.

Money-wise, Casten’s war chest lags far behind that of the incumbent, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed. The $192,447 he reported is overshadowed by the $2.2 million Roskam had in the banks as of the end of last month.

Casten said Monday he had no problem using more of his own money in the race, although he would not say how much he was comfortable contributing.

And the financial picture could soon change given that both political parties see the Congressional district — which includes parts of Naperville, Elgin, Wheaton and portions of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties — as an important race in the battle for control of the U.S. House.

OU students to host annual Relay for Life event, raise money for American Cancer Society

Relay for Life will return to OU’s campus this weekend to raise money for cancer research, and is decorating the campus with purple ribbons in advance to increase awareness.

OU’s Relay for Life fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. April 20 on the South Oval, said Alex Berney, Relay for Life chair. The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The night will feature several miniature entertainment activities and smaller fundraising events, including performances by the American Indian Student Association and a local band, a lip sync battle, a date auction and more, Berney said.

In order to engage the campus and raise awareness prior to the event, the Relay for Life team is celebrating “Paint the Campus Purple Week” by decorating the campus with purple ribbons, putting purple rubber ducks in fountains and other initiatives throughout the week.

Although the team does not have a specific fundraising goal, its goal is “to grow every year,” Berney said.

“We want to make sure we leave everything on the table as far as being able to impact as many lives as we can on campus and in the community beyond, too,” Berneys said.

Last year’s event raised $260,000, Berneys said, with all of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

The event will be accepting walkup registrations, and organizers want to let “all areas of campus know they are invited and welcome and we

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Chicago’s Art Institute receives historic money donation

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CHICAGO (AP) – The Art Institute of Chicago has received two donations totaling $70 million, including a $50 million gift that amounts to the largest monetary donation in the museum’s history.

The museum announced the donations Tuesday. The $50 million unrestricted gift comes from museum trustee Janet Duchossois and her husband.

Another $20 million came from board chairman Robert Levy and his wife to be used for operations and acquisitions.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Art Institute President James Rondeau says there are no specific, immediate plans for the new money.

Rondeau says the “gifts are allowing us to now start to conceive what our future might look like, rather than specifically funding an existing plan.”

Before Tuesday, the museum’s largest cash gift was a $35 million donation in 2015 from late Massachusetts collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg.


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Kim Kardashian topless to reveal she saves money on at-home treatments


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Kim Kardashian has flown to her sister Khloe’s side this week to help her get through the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal as the 33-year-old takes care of her newborn girl True.

But somehow the 37-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star found time to pose in only her Calvin Klein undies for her pay site


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See that 100-foot yacht in Harbour Town? Here’s who owns it and how he made his money

He may be best known at the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing as the guy who for years played in the pro-am with Steve Spurrier.

Big crowds followed Spurrier as the trash-talking, visor-tossing football coach who led the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to their greatest heights.

But his playing partner, who few recognized, sports a winning record in a different field that may never be matched.

That tall, tanned man is Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant. He’s one of the most successful trial lawyers ever. He has negotiated the largest settlements in American history. The dollar figures soar into the hundreds of billions, with cases that have household names like asbestos, tobacco, BP and 9/11.

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But besides playing for nearly a quarter of a century in the pro-am, Rice is literally a big part of the Heritage.

He is the owner of the 100-foot yacht, the Rice Quarters, that makes everyone touring the Harbour Town Yacht Basin stop, gawk and whisper. This year, it is flying a large tartan flag as the Heritage celebrates is 50th year.

The pile of shoes

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Ottawa cyclist raises money for indoor skate park

When the winter winds hit the city next year, Anthony Bereznai is hoping local skateboarders and bike riders will find shelter at a new indoor park.

In just over a week, the Ottawa cyclist has already raised almost $50,000 in an online fundraising campaign for The Yard — a proposed space for competitive and recreational riders which, if it comes to fruition, would be the only one in Ottawa. 

One of the biggest differences for us is that we are really being very inclusive.– Anthony  Bereznai , The Yard

“Ottawa is a very active town, as you know. But we also don’t have the best weather all year round. We get really cold days [and] we get snowstorms,” said Bereznai.

“It’s great for kids especially to have somewhere where they can go where they can just get exercise.”

Bereznai told CBC Radio’s In Town and Out on Saturday that unlike the previous Epic indoor bike park — which shut down in 2015 — his goal for The Yard is to offer a space for people who ride both competitively and recreationally.

“One of the biggest differences for us is that we are really being very inclusive … we really want to include everybody,” he said. “We are [also] very focused on getting it to the right size for the number of people who are coming.”

‘Focus is on fun’

The current designs are based on input from local cyclists, skaters, scooter riders and a handful of Ottawa shops, Bereznai said.

The large

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Parents of sick boy with life-threatening illness hail Peter Kay for raising money to find a cure

A mum whose son has a rare ­life-threatening illness has hailed Peter Kay as an “absolute legend” for joining the fight to find a cure.

The big-hearted comic raised £34,000 for The Lily Foundation – set up to support children with mitochondrial disease – through charity screenings of new episodes of his huge TV series Car Share.

Now Kitty Banks, whose lad Arthur, seven, has the chronic condition, says she and husband Marcus were stunned when Peter revealed where the money from last weekend’s Blackpool event was going.

“We are shocked, thrilled and so grateful to him,” says Kitty, 46.

“We couldn’t believe it when we heard he’d chosen to support The Lily Foundation.

Peter Kay at a charity screening for his comedy series Car Share at Blackpool Opera House last weekend
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“Mitochondrial disease has been low profile. Peter’s involvement is amazing in getting people to talk about what it is.

“It gives us hope. Peter comes across as really genuine on TV. It seems he is that nice in real life. He’s an absolute legend.”

Kitty and Marcus, 49, hope other families will benefit from the publicity about the little-known condition, which Arthur was diagnosed with at eight months old.

“Doctors said my son could just die one day,” says Kitty. “It was shocking,”

Mitochondrial disease is an inherited chronic illness.

It causes debilitating physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as seizures,

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Focus on Jordan Rhodes: How the striker showed against Hull City glimpses of what Sheffield Wednesday initially paid all that money for

It was just one performance, in among a great big load of abject ones, but Jordan Rhodes deserves a huge amount of credit for his showing for Sheffield Wednesday against Hull City.

Too often this season when the now maligned Rhodes has managed to find a place in the team, some fans would continue to fire out the ‘give him the service and he’ll score’ line of argument, when really he had been getting the service and missing too many easy chances.

Jordan Rhodes celebrates what would be the winning goal against Hull City

Jordan Rhodes celebrates what would be the winning goal against Hull City

It’s hard to imagine those supporters even believed it themselves, they just wanted it to be the case and made excuses for a man whose signing has been a massive disappointment almost from the start.

The biggest problem facing Wednesday when it comes to their very costly striker, is that when he’s not scoring, he’s not doing much else. Compared to, for example Atdhe Nuhiu or Lucas Joao, Rhodes won’t give defenders anywhere near as many problems, for differing reasons. He’s not as quick as Joao and he’s not NORMALLY as physical as Nuhiu.

That final criticism couldn’t be aimed at him after his matchwinning display at the KCOM.

The 1-0 victory over the Tigers was very much a team effort, borne from doggedness in defence and midfield but the

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