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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Some controversial signs in Boiling Spring Lakes have some folks very upset. The hand-written political signs calling Mayor Richard White a liar have some asking if this sort of political attack should even be allowed.

Natasha Yarolin is responsible for the signs that call White a liar. She says she just wants people to know the facts.

“All I’m doing is telling the truth,” she said. “I have not slandered him in any way. I have not said one thing about him that I cannot back up with documentation.”

But some people, like Eva Hayes and her daughter Tracy Kelley, find the signs distasteful and untrue. Kelley says when she removed a sign from private property, a BSL Police officer threatened to charge her with larceny. Hayes claims her daughter did nothing wrong.

“If they’re not on your own personal property then you have a right to remove a sign that is offensive,” Hayes said.

Yarolin said, “To my knowledge, I’ve followed all the laws, and if I haven’t, I welcome them to tell me which laws I’ve broken, and I’ll abide by them.”

BSL City Manager Paul Sabiston says as long as Yarolin did not place her signs on public property or right of ways, she did not break any laws.

“Certainly there is a long history of freedom of speech in this country, and we don’t really want to get into this issue,” Sabiston said. “We’re just trying to limit our responsibilities with just political signs at the right place at the right time.”

Yarolin says she will continue to put up her signs around Boiling Spring Lakes and hopes her message about White gets across to voters.

“He’s bullied people for years now, and I’m just showing that he’s not going to bully me,” Yarolin said. “I’m going to get the truth out there, and pretty much he’s going to get a dose of his own medicine, because they’ve tried intimidating me, and I’m not going away.”

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree says this kind of situation with candidate signs is common during elections.

We tried to talk with Mayor White, but he declined an interview.

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24 Comments on "Political signs create war of words in BSL"

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY has given this woman an opportuntiy to slander a candidate for public office.

They now have an obligation to explain the facts so that voters can make up their own minds.

Just what are the lies that Richard White told??

We need the rest of the story.

2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone Is always worried about the he said she said crap! And I understand this is just politics in general, But really this a small area that’s nice and quiet. Everyone for the most part gets along and minds there business. So why don’t we focus on who is going to put the effort in to improving BSL and whats best for all the people living in this community. We are all human and have dirty little secrets, I am not much of a voter b/c of this kinda stuff right here!!! This BS that has nothing to do with the issues at hand. What are the potential mayor’s going to do for the community the spillway to save the lake that is boiling springs lakes, lower taxes etc.. I don’t know about everyone else but I want to know who is going to make the decision that effect my pocket. Not who has a criminal record and couldn’t get a job as a BSL cop, and who told lies on who. I really don’t know what the situation is and none of us probably ever will know the whole store. Which the Whole police dept. seems corrupt and that really is just sad considering nothing really goes on as far as crime around here, I guess that’s what boredom leads to… poor decision making. It’s a sad world out there and all of you are feeding into this, you are just as bad as this lady plastering signs everywhere!! Please make your decision based on something other then this nonsense. I want to make this clear I am not a supporter of Richard White or Craig Caster but am making my choice based on the ISSUES at hand and the options giving. Hope there is someone else out there in this confusion that feels like we are getting way off track!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I know I, and several of my friends have commented on several of the remarks on here, but they are NOT being posted! If Ms. Yarolin can slander Mayor White’s name, why can’t we, who KNOW her, air her “dirty laundry”. What happened to freedom of speech?!?!?!?! SHE opened this can of worms, let her squirm!

John Henry
2015 years 10 months ago

“If they’re not on your own personal property then you have a right to remove a sign that is offensive,” Hayes said. < Quote from article. Good. I'm only removing signs from other peoples private property so I should be fine. Is this true outside of BSLs as well?

2015 years 10 months ago

Mr white is a liar and the whole police dept should be investigated by the SBI. For years now he has covered the ex det in BSL so Leland is not the only police dept in Brunswick county that is doing stuff that is wrong. ask curtis of BSL police dept.

2015 years 10 months ago

Of Course he has no comment. He can’t comment when he knows Ms. Yarolin has the proof she needs to prove he is nothing but a liar. How can a liar investigate crimes. If he will lie about Ms. Yarolins husband he surely will lie to pursuade someone to his way of thinking. People are calling this politics. I guess they will find out if he is re-elected and the lying continues and the truth about him continues to be spread. Why dont he save us the embarassment of what he represents and move back where he came from. Apparently the truth doesnt matter to folks where he was raised but he’s going to find out that here we stand up for whats right and the truth. If people with any sense would stop and think and wonder why he dont do anything about Ms. Yarolin they would come to realize its because she has everthing she is saying she has. Keep hiding Richard White, you are going to be exposed for who and what you are.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m interested in getting more details on what the lies are that this woman insists Richard White told.

Let her speak her mind, and let the voters decide for themselves.

She seems to be loud on slander, and short on facts here in this newstory.

2015 years 10 months ago

Have you not been to any of the town meetings? She was there with a handful of papers with the truth printed on them and she even handed them out one night to anyone who wanted to see the truth. Get with her and I am sure she will be only too happy to fill you in on things! I have seen the papers, I have read them and I have looked at all of the proof to all of the “slander”, as you put it! Richard White has been a liar!!! He has been a thief and has tried to get people to lie for him and when they don’t lie for him, he is “out to get them”! I am serious!
Another thing people need to know and so does the WWAY TV News is : I know one of the commissioners sent emails to the city workers to “keep things to themselves” be cause this is a “very crucial time”. Since when can’t the tax payers go to the city and ask questions and expect an honest answer?!!!!!! What are WHITE AND HIS PUPPETS trying to hide? We, as tax payers, have every right to the truth!!! Don’t you agree?
People need to acquire the info Ms. Yarolin has and rethink their opinion of White!!! Do we want a crook for the city mayor? I sure don’t!!
Some people can’t make it to the meetings and I understand that, but don’t call her slanderous when you have yet to read the truth……she has PROOF, honey….lots of it!!!
You have the right idea when you say let people decide for themselves….but people need to know the facts, right?

2015 years 10 months ago

If this woman has proof of any lies Mayor White told, why does she not make them public? As for the signs, I find all political signs offensive. They do nothing but clutter the lanscape. A year or so ago, I witnessed a DOT mower on US 17 South mowing the shoulder of the road. He came upon a large cluster of signs and mowed them over just like the grass. I had to give him a big thumbs up!

2015 years 10 months ago

She was interviewed for this newstory. Why didn’t she cite the lies and give the facts to all the voters to the news reporter?

I don’t understand why she didn’t when she obviously had the platform to do so.

Also, please don’t call me “honey”. It’s insulting and condecending when strangers use terms of endearment.

Guest Wez
2015 years 10 months ago

Really? Are you serious? Is Mrs. Yarolin a grownup or a child? Mrs Yarolin should woman up and tell the truth about what this is all about. Mrs Yarolin is slandering a man for her own personal reasons and should stop her insane childless manevers, grow up and get a life! Everyone is tired of looking at these “kiddy” signs littering our neighborhood, if she has all this “proof” take it to Mr. White and be done….quit acting like a child.

2015 years 10 months ago

If I understand correctly, there is only so much time allotted for the news and so much to say about this, this is the reason she has all of the papers as handouts. She wants to get the message across, but it would take a long time on the news to go through it all. She has taken the floor at the meetings and said much of it face to face with the mayor and he has no response because he knows it is all true!
Sorry about the “honey” word. Being a senior citizen, I forget sometimes about the ever growing need to ” watch what you say as you could offend someone”……..! The world just gets more and more crazy.
I think it is insulting to have the mayor and his puppets think we are all dumb!

2015 years 10 months ago


2015 years 10 months ago

If you would have actually read all of what Guest LK said instead of taking offense at something so innocuous as being called honey, you will see that she did provide the facts in an appropriate manner.

Guest wez
2015 years 10 months ago

Come on! Sounds like Mrs Yarolin has personal problem and the only way she can express her feelings is through hate signs. This woman should grow up and quit slandering Mayor White, get a life and quit littering our road ways with those child-like signs. If she has proof why did she not speak up in her little interview? Mrs Yarolin’s signs will not change anyones mind on who they want to run our city!

2015 years 10 months ago

Sounds like you have your head in the sand, or somewhere else! These signs SHOULD DEFINATELY change your mind who to vote for!! Thats what they are the for!! You can just go ahead and vote in someone who cheats, lies, steals, etc. And that is pretty much who YOU like…..but there is proof of all of this if you want to see it. He even has a problem with the African Americans and there is proof of that. Man! If I were you, I would want to read all of this before I made my decision!! That is, if YOU have a life and want things better for your city!! This woman HAS grown up and even WISED up to the fact that he is a bad mayor and a not so respectable person!! There are some people who keep their head buried….you are one of them!
The reason for the short interview is listed here and doesn’t need to be repeated.
WAKE UP PEOPLE! For the sake of BSL!

2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t know Yarolin but I am sure she is not out there slandering Mr. White. I know Richard White and he is a BULLY… BSL will be better off without him as their Mayor. I hope he gets beat in this election and let him go on being Jon David’s puppet…..

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 10 months ago

Unfortunately, I know these people personally. Ms. Yarolin is so upset that her husband was not hired by the BS Police Dept. she will do anything to get even. Obviously there must be a problem with Mr. Yarolin, because he has yet to be hired by anyone. As for the signs, she is only showing her true colors, not to mention having her children wear tee-shirts with the same slogan.

Someone should also investigate a couple of the BS police officers that frequent their home for parties etc. and pass on confidential information to them. Not to mention giving special treatment, such as clocking Ms. Yarolin speeding, then giving her husband a call to tell her to slow down, instead of stopping her and giving her a ticket.

I just wonder if the Yarolin’s would like all their “dirty laundry” to be made public, because they certainly have a lot!

I have no opinion of Mr. White, but it does upset me that knowing Ms. Yarolin for what she really is can cause this much problem. Maybe if everyone just ignors her she will go away. She is enjoying the attention entirely too much.

2015 years 10 months ago

Guess you don’t know them personally as you said you do otherwise you would know Mr. Yarolin DOES hold a respectable job.
In case you didn’t notice, Mr. puppet, the Yarolins are not running for office, so their laundry is of no interest to the BSL people.
I would have to see proof of the ticket thing you mentioned, but I can assure you, if it IS true, it wouldn’t bother me as much as knowing the mayor tossed a ticket for someone who was being held in possession of marijuana. What about it, Puppet?
Police officers AND the Yarolins are entitled to friends and can have get togethers with them while the officers are off duty. No one is giving out information that isn’t already made public, or should be made public, for the people of BSL. You are ALL supposed to be working for us….the tax payers! Remember us?
I don’t believe Ms.Yarolin is CAUSING trouble, I believe she is trying her best to STOP more of it. Just my opinion.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank goodness someone FINALLY called her out for what she REALLY is!!!! I also know Ms. Yarolin, and in my opinion SHE is the bully!!!! I can NOT believe Brunswick Forest puts up with her behavior and antics!!!!!!!!! I thought it was a “classy” not “trashy” development!

2015 years 10 months ago

It’s a tad late to ask that question my friend…this won’t get to you before the polls close. If it does I will be pleasantly surprised.
Who or who not to vote for is your own decision. All I can tell you is the mayor in office right now has done nothing in the 23 months he has been in office.
I go to the meetings and know them somewhat and my vote will be for Caster, Forte, and Susie. Wish I could help you. The only place that might have info I know of might be the City Hall. Trust me, they will ALL look good on those papers, but they are not.
See you at the polls!

2015 years 10 months ago

To guest 90210……
Huh? What are you trying to say? I have read this a few times and I am still in the dark about what you are trying to say! What is the “ex det” you refer to? Please explain….I am curious what it is and what “Curtis” of BSL Police Department has to do with any of this……this might be an interesting piece if it was made clear what you want to say.

2015 years 10 months ago

Hi,I was wondering if anyone knows how I can get information on all the people running for office in this area. I would love to have the history on them and know what they do or don’t stand for. Thanks.

2015 years 10 months ago

Seems like it could be handled in a better way and this woman needs a lesson in working things out.

If she came on my property without permission, she is trespassing; if she has posted a sign on my property, she is trespassing. If I decide to take it down, that is my property, my business so Mr. Police Officer, go find someone else to intimidate and stop threatening legal action. She is in the wrong, not me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Put the signs in your own yard – we can’t stop you!!!!!!!!!!!!


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