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The Duplin County Board of County Commissioners just
simply bumluz/les me. Several years ago I compared one
of their meetings to the old "Amos ahd Andy Show." . i
But thc\ mavc matured with time. They now remind me of i
the Roadrunner and Coyote cartoon show, ino matter how
many times the Coyote gets zonked due to his not
understanding what he is trying to do. he does it again ?
and again not understanding, and again he gets zonked. .
.The counts commissioners were informed of the problems
at Duplin General Hospital about two years ago. . .They ?
listened with open ears, fretted, frowned and forgot or
ignored. The situation of two years ago has gotten worse.
I he folks at Duplin General say they need a million dollars
lor a fresh start. The county does not have a million dollars
to pass out to whomever says they want it. . .To promise
the hospital a million dollars would mean a tax increase.
The commissioners are farmers, businessmen and
businesswomen. None are hospital experts. . .Yet. they
are ready to lake a self-serving corporation's word for what
is good for Duplin General Hospital ? a corporation whose
intent is profit not what is best for Duplin County's
citizens, taxpayers and the helpless. . .It would seem to me
tin. logical thing to do would be to ask an outside
consulting ftrnt to make a study on Duplin General
Hospital and make recommendations and projections. It
would cost money to have such a study made, but "nary
one" ol the commissioners have such knowledge, nor will
thev know it they are getting a good deal from the hospital
corporation. . But. like the Coyote, it (he reasoning is
logical, they seem to want to try another way.
Duplin County is one of the better, practically debt-free
: VI /?_ II I k..:iit?v. v.h.v.l
Counties in winII v inmnA. ?s uimhj Munwiu^a.
buildings. municipal buildings and other assets have been
paid for b\ people who worked hard and deserve a bit of a
break Many ot these people are bS or older and are on
Medicare health care. If a private corporation w ere to lease
Duplin (iencral Hospital and not recognize and accept
Medicare patients (of which Duplin County has a bunch),
then the reason for having a hospital in Duplin County just
dropped to zero, as far as I am concerned. . If the people
who paid lor this hospital w . re tn t able to use it or reap the
benefits they thought thc\ were entitled to ? that would
be a very bad thing ? like making decisions with
knowledge is a very had thing .Let me be sure and clear
any misunderstanding one may derive from these words. .
No decision has been made publicly to do anything to
Duplin General Hospital vet but let it operate as is. .
.These decisions are to be made between now and
budget-time in June. It just seems to me they could come
to better decisions if they kne w something about w hat they
were doing. . .
It makes me feel good to know a "local yokel" made it
big A Magnolia boy has a center fold picture in the April
i,sue of McCalls Reggie Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Kennel Smith of Magnolia, is the design photographer. It
is entitled "Get Hooked on Shoes." Reggie lives in New
t rk now and works with some of the large departments
stores, such as Bloomingdales. . But his roots are in
Duplin County. . .Son-of-a-Gun. . .
^ PRO. I. B. DUFFER
Pro Rick Green reports SO
players showed up and
played in the Superball held
at Duplin CC last Sunday
afternoon. "It was a beauti
ful afternoon and everyone
came out with all the early
spring color and I think had a
good time." Green stated.
"We are very fortunate to be
able to play the lb holes with
all the rain lately."
Duplin Pro Rick Green
announces winners in the
Sunday Superball including
the overall winning teant of
Sonny Kitchin. Connie
Carlton. Gerald Yount. Jean
Martin and Noble Martin,
with a score of eight under
b4. The team of Frank Huff
man. Roy Barwick. Kendall
Lee. J.P. Johnson and Jerry
Potter took second with a 65.
followed by three teams one
stroke back. Ed Rector's
team of John McGuire,
James Fields. Marlyin Mc
Guire and Robert Fields
came in third: IJoyd Parker's
team of Ruth Parker. Elwood
Revelle. Mark Vinson and
Bob Brumleve were fourth,
and Bill Potter, and team of
Betty Potter. Mark Rector.
Arthur Benton and Helen
Benton were winners in fifth
place. "We congratulate all
those who placed in Duplin's
first Superball of the season
and especially the winners,"
the 19th Hole committee
Other Duplin CC news in
cludes the first annual
Seniors Invitational Golf
Tournament scheduled for
Tuesday. March 29th. If you
are over 50. you are invited
to play. Pick up an appli
cation at any local pro shop
and send it to Pro Rick Green
now. You can call 296-0919
for any additional informa
tion. Green says about 40
players have already signed
Some of the notable quotes
over the long rainy season
are included in the ifih Hole
column this week.
Harry Carlton. RCC - "Be
sure to have your weight
definitely on the left foot and
don't shift during the shot."
Glenn Lanier. LCC - "One
very simple tip will definitely
improve your timing and that
is pause briefly at the top of
Charlie Thomas. LaCC -
"To become a standout
putter, the main things to
remember are to keep the
head dead still and make the
putter blade go accurately
toward the hole."
Harold Mathis. DCC -
"Cultivate a snooth waggle
for. as the Spider's saying
goes. 'As ye waggle, so shall
ye swing.' "
barber. Dean Teachey. says
this is his year on the links.
"None of my gang, not even
the boss, is going to whip
me." Word has just reached
the ldth Hole that Dennis
Kirby. the spoiler in Dean's
gang, beat the untouchable
seven wavs last week.
Pro Rick Green reports one
of the best functions at
Duplin is the Family Steak
Fry held about every six
weeks through the golf year.
The recent steak outing,
hosted by Jay and Laura
Jones. Dennis and Anna
Graham. Randy and Nancy
Edens and Jack and Jean
Stephens was one of the best
in seveial years. "This com
mittee did an outstanding job
hosting the function." Green
said. Take it from Pro I.B
Duffer, you really did miss a
Many historians believe that the Christmas celebration
had its origins in ancient Greek and Roman festivities
to mark the midwinter change of seasons.
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