Other (indicate in message) Submitted: December 21, 2022 | Updated: December 21, 2022

[See Editor’s Note] (December 2022) Submission related to “Cleveland County Commissioners, Shelby, NC related to tourism dollars for the Cleveland County Fair and the American Legion World Series”

Date sent in to Sunshine: 12/18/22

Original Subject:
Cleveland County Commissioners, Shelby, NC related to tourism dollars for the Cleveland County Fair and the American Legion World Series

Original Message:
I would like to request all communication information, email, text messages, etc of the Cleveland County Commissioners and the Cleveland County Manager between the personnel of The Cleveland County Fair and The American Legion World Series. I am also seeking the information as to whether the commissioners and/or county manager requested to see "the books" of each entity above. If so, how was the request handled? And was the request to look at theior financial requests honored or refused?

Thank you.

Government Entity:
Other (indicated in message)

Start Date / End Date:
May 03, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note 12/21/22: The submission above has been marked as “Completed”. As written, it is unclear what specific info the sender would like to receive.

We attempted to rewrite the request into a more clear request for available public records (see below). However, looking at the original Subject vs. the original Message the sender wrote, it is still unclear whether the “communications” search is keyword or subject specific.

For example: Are you looking for communications specifically related to “tourism”, “tourism dollars”, “funding”, or some other keyword / topic between the parties mentioned? ( All emails sent to and sent from [X parties], related to [X topic, or X keywords] during [X dates] ) ?

Clarifying this info will help narrow the request and reduce the amount of time it takes the County to produce the records. If it is not subject or keyword-specific, however, and you’d just like “All electronic communications”, then please indicate that in the request Message.

Additionally – Part B. of the request is more of an informational type of question for Cleveland County to answer, rather than a clear request for a specific public record. For example — what “books” are you referring to? Is it related to a particular subject / topic of financial information, during a specific date range? Please consider rewording this as a request for electronic communications between certain entities about a certain topic.

We’d ask that the sender please revise and submit new request(s) clearly indicating specific date ranges and any other specific details about the exact public records that are being requested.


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Hello Cleveland County, NC Government (Records Officer),

I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law. Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

This request is related to the Cleveland County Commissioners and Tourism dollars for the Cleveland County Fair and the American Legion World Series.

A. Please provide all electronic communications [Text Messages, Emails, Voicemails, etc.) sent and received by any and all of the Cleveland County Commissioners and the Cleveland County Manager, between the personnel of The Cleveland County Fair and The American Legion World Series.

During the specific time period of May 03, 2022  through July 29, 2022. 

This request is not keyword or subject specific — I’d like “ALL communications” exchanged between those entities during the time period specified.

Please note. I am not requesting printed copies of electronic records. In accordance with NC Public Records Law, I’m requesting explicitly that all responsive records be provided via an electronic medium / format (in which the records should already exist), such as an email, file share, google drive folder, mailed flash drive if necessary, etc.

B. This is more of an informational type question, rather than a records request – but I would also like to know whether any of the Commissioners and / or County Manager ever requested to see “the books” (financial records) of each entity above. If so, how was their request handled? Was their request to look at their financial requests honored or refused?

**I do not have any additional or further clarifying information to provide. If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

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I am not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely from the email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Please note that I cannot commit to sign any forms or pay any potential fees / associated costs related to any request. If it is not possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost.

Thank you for your assistance!


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Status: Completed

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  • December 21, 2022 12:32 pm

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