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Duplin times progress sentinel. (Kenansville, N.C.) 1963-current, October 07, 1982, Image 1

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... ? , _?. "V? m m., - ? . ?;? ?' ' ? ? r . ? > ;> ? jvucji vm ? PROGRESS SENTINEL . VOL. XXXXVI NO. 40 USPS 162-860 ?. KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 OCTOBER 7, 1982 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX Watershed Project Comes Up A Bid Short > Three brown envelopes on the table did not mean three bids last week, sorPtmse 1 of the Limestone Creek Water shed project in eastern Duplin County will have to be readvertised. State law requires a mini mum of three bids in the first round of bidding on a project before a contract can -be 9 awarded. No minimum number of bids is required in a second bid call. The three brown enve lopes, one of which arrived in Monday's mail, contained only two bids. One envelope contained only the bid speci fications ? returned by a contractor as a courtesy. The two bids were returned un opened to the bidders. Calvin Mercer, chairman W of the county soil conser vation district and contract officer for the county board of commissioners, said he expects to readvertise for the bids after consultation with the State Soil Conservation Service and county board. "We may call for bids on both Phase I and II," Mercer added. If both phases are in cluded, new specifications will have to be prepared and a minimum of three bids will be required before a contract can be awarded. The bid call must be advertised for 30 days. County Attorney Russell Lanier said. The Phase I specifications call for 21,000 feet of channel restoration and three sedi ment basins. It states, "It is anticipated that channel ex cavation shall be performed from a barge." The price range is esti mated from $25,000 to $100,000. Kenneth Futreal, county soil conservationist, said the relatively small scope bf the project and the unusual con dition of having to do the work from the stream rather than from the bank with a dragline may have discour aged potential bidders. Mercer commented, "I'm sorry it happened this way, because for many years I've been looking to see this (Limestone Creek drainage) cleaned up." Mercer also said Phase II may be added to the speci fications in the next bid call. Futreal explained the second phase involves tiie balance of the channel work ? 21 miles of channel reno vation and restoration and 17 miles of excavation. Its cost is estimated at $600,000 to $700,000. Phase I calls for 107 work ing days and Phase II for 470 working days for completion. If the two phases are joined, Futreal extimated the work will require about two years. Futreal noted no work can be done on the main channel or in the swamps between March 1 and July 1 due to wildlife environmental con siderations. Work on laterals can be done during this time, he added. ( Enrollment Drops By 46 Students At JSTC Pall milrtpr onrrtllmant Hp cai/{ ^Kp c/<Ii/v\1 kac ran*p/4 araHnatPC nocca/l >-4n4a James Sprunt Technical Col lege totaled 667 this past w.&ek with another 50 expected to enroll by this week. ^ In addition to the 597 w regular full-time students, 70 \ inmates of the state oor S rectional facility near Kenansville are enrolled. The total is down 46 from last fall's 713 students. Summer term enrollment of 398 was 34 less than in the 1981 summer term, officials reported to the board of trustees this past week. %A money-saving change in location of the off-campus classroom in Wallace was reported by Gene Ballard, dean of instructional affairs. ' ? * ? ?v juiu iiiv dviiwi lino ivihvu space at Clemment Park front the Wallace recreation department for $60 per month. It has been renting space in the former C.W. Dobbins School for $5,000 a year from the Duplin - Sampson Mental Health De partment. Ballard said the park building provides a more suitable location for the classes. Ballard said official approval of the new finished carpentry program has been received from the state. Nine students have enrolled, in cluding three women. Gail Weeks, director of the nursing education program, reported 20 out of 26, or 77 percent, of this year's gi?uu?ivo pujjvu '.nt aiait nurse licensing examination. Last year only 35 percent 'pessc&.the -first time they took the test. During the 10 years the program has existed, 189 nursing students have been graduated and only 10 have failed the test. One student has not taken the test. The board approved a budget resolution on request of Bob Lee, finance officer. The school's budget in cludes $2,055,372 from the state and $282,550 from Duplin County. County and state capital outlay funds total $248,003.41. The bud get includes institutional funds of $239,442 from fees, book store and other activi ties. DUPLIN COUNTY AGRIBUSINESS FAIR OPENS Top photo, Roy Houston, president of the Agribusiness Council, Congressman Charlie Whitley and Art Pitzer, manager of the North Carlina State Fair cut ribbons to the opening of the fair. Bottom photo, John Lanier sells first ticket to Cleo Hobbs and Alice Raiford. National Spinning?Warsaw Complete Plans For Project Don Barham. vice presi dent of National Spinning Co., Inc. and Sam Godwin, mayor of the town of Warsaw jointly announced that financing arrangements have been completed for the Warsaw plant project of National Spinning. Approximately $10 million has been made available for the project by the sale to First Union National Bank and United Carolina Bank of bonds issued by the Duplin County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority. This money has been loaned to National Spinning and placed in an escrow fund to be used to purchase equipment for the project. An additional SI million has been made available to *1 a. ... ,.f \A/? IIIC IUWII Ul TTdlSdW llllUUgll an Urban Development Action Grant, these funds will be loaned to National Spinning pursuant _to a formula for use in the project. In order to obtain the UDA grant. National Spinning's Warsaw plant was annexed by the town of Warsaw and immediately became a major taxpayer of the town. Interest paid on the loan by NS and repayment of prin ciple will belong to the town for future use in financing other qualified projects. Barham indicated that, ?IIIIV miauling aiiangc ments have been completed, the task of finalizing market ing and equipment studies is still underway. He empha sized that expenditures for the project will conform to the timetable dictated by the results of these studies. "If everything goes for ward as anticipated." said Henry C. Humphreys Jr., vice president of manufac turing for NS, "we expect to start receiving equipment by March of 1983. An estimated 118 new jobs and the reten tion of 70 other jobs is expected to result from the project wnen nnaiiy com pleted." Humphreys also announced that Buford Hut chins is being transferred ,to Warsaw as plant manager. Hutchins, who joined the company in 1983, has served as department manager, ad ministrative manager and is an industrial engineer. Mayor Godwin stated that the completion of these fi nancing arrangements is of great benefit to the residents of the town and Duplin County. He said that this accomplishment was made* possible through the help of maiiv pcujjiv 1111 u u ^ ii u u i North Carolina in Warsaw, Raleigh. Washington, Charlotte. Whiteville and the county, as well as in New York and Washington, DC. ??; North Duplin Youths OK t Following Truck-Bus Collision Seventeen North Duplin school students escaped in jury when a county school bus collided with a tractor trailer Thursday at the inter section of U.S. 117 and State Road 1337 south of Faison. State Highway Patrolman ? R.R. Johnson charged the bus driver, Robert Taylor, a 17-year-old student, with "failure to look at a cross ing." Johnny Farrior of Rose Hill, driver of the tractor trailer. suffered a minor leg injury. The Eastern By-Products 18-wheeler from Rose Hill was traveling north on U.S. 117. When Farrior saw the bus coming onto the highway he swerved the rig in an attempt to miss the bus. The right front fender of the bus was hit and the tractor trailer jackknifed off the shoulder of the highway. Duplin bus supervisor Allen Wood, said Taylor stopped at the intersection, looked to his right and left along the highway but failed to see the tractor-trailer be cause of a hill that obstructs vision. Wood said Taylor drove onto the highway in front of the truck. Wood estimated $600 damage to the bus and $2,000 to the truck. It was the first school bu. accident of this school year in Duplin County. Wood said the bus route may be changed to avoid the intersection where the acci dent occurred. Turkey Growing In Export Picture For Local Plants ft While tobacco remians North Carolina's principal export crop, turkey products are becoming an increasingly important export item. The state led the nation last year in turkey production with about 26 million birds. Two firms, one native to _ the state, and one a national ? meat packer, lead the turkey export drive. Swift ? Co., with a turkey processing plant in Wallace, and House of Raeford Farms Inc. of Raeford (and Rose Hill) export processed turkey meat, much of it through the port of Wilmington. As with tobacco, the actions of foreign govern ments Interfere with the normal trade flow in turkey ' meat. And, as with tobacco, these actions affect North Carolina farmers. Most of the 3 million pounds of turkey products produced weekly by the House of Raeford begin on Duplin and Sampson County farms. Most of the turkeys processed by the Swift Co. plant at Wallace come from farms in Pender, Duplin and Sampson counties. E. Marvin Johnson, presi dent of the House of Raeford and a partner in Nash John son & Sons Farms of Rose Hill, testified recently before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agri culture on the adverse effect of European market restric tions and subsidies "(We) here in the United States can grow turkeys more efficiently and process them to higher standards than any of our foreign competitors, but processors are often ex cluded from foreign mar I kets," he said. He added: "Standards for international trade ought to be based ' on end results: Whether the product is clean and wholesome, not whether the fresh wate* goes into the front or back end of the chiller or how much water is used in the chiller. "But, the European Com munity has special design standards for turkey chillers. . .Recently, the British tried to exclude poultry from any country which vaccinates for Newcastle disease (a dread disease of _poultry). EC re quirements based on pro cessing techniques and drug use are trade barriers. Un less they will make products cleaner or more wholesome, these restrictions should be struck down." Johnson emphasized EC I I agriculture is highly subsi dized and protected by "gate prices," which equalize the price between efficiently produced U.S. Turkeys and subsidized European tur keys. The EC also subsidizes exports of turkey and other products, he added. He called on government and industry to join in mak ing world trade work by playing the same rules other countries use until they are ready to agree to "rules we can live with." Numerous U.S. farm com modity groups, farm organi zations and export com panies make the same com plaints about other products. Tobacco interests long have fought against various trade restrictions. Broiler pro ducers face similar prob lems. > Wallace Rescue Squad Opens Building Fund Drive The Wallace Rescue Squad opened a fund drive this past week to finance completion of its new home beside the town hall. Treasurer Becky Jones said $4,500 was raised at the first meeting on Tuesday night. Construction has begun and work on the exterior cinder-block walls is sche duled to start this week, she h said. Mayor Melvin Cording said $80,000 will be needed to Finish the structure. The squad had a reserve of $30,000 before the fund drive began. Ms. Jones said the squad hopes to have the walls and roof up and utilities roughed in by December at a cost of about $55,000. "We have enough money nuvv to make uur first pay ment of $35,000 to the con tractor (Dixie General Con tractors of Wallace) Nov. 1," she said. The squad's present home is a tin storage building, on the town hall block. * The structure cannot house all of the equipment. The squad's newest ambulance is too ta'l to qo into the structure. Cording said the town will use the tin building for storage after the squad moves. The squad has two ambu lances. a crash truck to carry equipment, a four-wheel drive vehicle with a portable generator, a boat and trailer. It answers about 40 calls a month. Each call averages three hours. Three people make up an ambulance crew, so an average call requires nine man hours. Wallace Well Progressing The new Wallace well should be "one line" in about two weeks, Mayor Melvin Cording said this past week. The engineer's report recommends the well pump no more than 500 gallons per minute regularly, although it tested at a potential of 650 gallons per minutes, he said. "When it goes into operation we hope to be able to rest some of our other wells and let them recharge," he added. The town now has nine wells in operation. They pump an average of 3 million gallons of water per day. Thev have oumoed as much as 5 million gallons a day. Cording said, explaining production at the J.P. Stevens Co. plants in Wal lace is at a low ebb reducing the amount of water used in their operations. We want to keep an ade quate water reserve in case we have an industry pros pect," he said. "A prospect can't wait for a year to get water." The well will be put on line as soon as the pump house, which is now under con struction. is completed and the pump equipment in stalled. The well is located behind the Town Hall, near the elevated water storage tank on the town hall block. Andrews Concert Rescheduled Due to the recent illness of Maxene Andrews, the Tar Heel Fine Arts Society con cert featuring Ms. Andrews which was scheduled for Oct. 12, has been rescheduled for Jan. 18, 1983, at 8 p.m. in * the Kenan Memorial Audi torium. The first concert of the season will be Boots Ran dolph on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Tickets may be obtained by writing Tar Heel Fine Arts Society, PO Box 428, Kenansville, N.G. 28349 and enclosing S10 for each adult ticket and SS for each student ticket desired.

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