PAGE 2 — WEST CRAVEN HIQHUGHTS - FEBRUARY 16. 1989
Most folks who know me and know me well would not bat
an eye to hear I was riding shotgun with a motorcycle gang.
But while I don't wear baby's breath in my hair or roll my big
brown eyes at the nearest man when the tire is flat, I’m still a
Southern Belle. We “Dixie Darlings” have come a iong way
since Sherman marched through here and took our men and
mansions. In fact, we “steel magnolias” are probably the
strongest females in the country. However, I think we need to
nudge our menfolk towards the fact that, in the middle of our
iron-plated bosom, still lies a big yearning for mushy mess and
all the fixings that go with it.
I’m talking romance, boys. First class. The oid-fashioned
kind with chocolates, lace, and a rose or two. While we like our
men the size of a tank with hands as big as hams, we’d also like
those men to know that the surest way to hit a woman’s heart is
to take aim ... kneeling.
Romance has become an endangered species. Today we
meet, mate and move in. By the time we’re sharing the dental
floss, the flres of passion have been replaced by the heat pump
and “sweet words of nothing” by the VCR. The problem, I
believe, is not that we’ve stopped loving one another. It’s the
WAY we’ve stopped loving one another.
We courted and wooed until we finally got the paper that
gave us permission to do it all in the first place. Next thing we
know, we’re staring dead straight into the world of dirty diap
ers and dangling gutters, and have no time anymore for
“foolishness.” Life has suddenly slapped us in the face and
said, “Gotcha NOW! Let’s see ya get out of this’n.”
Men are, by nature, just not as romantic as women, regard
less of the fact that the word “man” appears in the term. But
girls, it’s not always the man’s fault that the romance is gone
from your relationship. We women share haif the responsibil
ity of keeping the home fires burning. But, it’s hard to do the
two-step alone ... for either of the sexes.
So, for the men reading this, I have these words of advice:
We are modern, hard-working women whose lives are as
rushed and complicated as yours. We, as the saying goes, bring
home the bacon as well as fry it up in the pan. But, basically, all
females, no matter how modern we’ve had to become to sur
vive, still long for, and need, old-fashioned romance. Some of
us might be embarrassed to admit it, but it’s true. There’s no
need to make a drooling fool of yourself, but we do want you to
try now and again in little ways. We like to be helped with our
coat and helped in the kitchen. To us, it doesn’t matter what
form romance comes in ... so long as it comes. And a single
rose doesn’t cost THAT much. There is no excuse in not
saying, “I love you.” If your tongue sticks to the roof of your
mouth... so what? If you can’t say it, show it. Often. Before .
somebody else does.
Now you women: It is difficult for a man to entertain roman
tic notions with your curler poking him in the eye. Neither is
he likely to want to cuddle your egg-dried robe or caress your
cactus skin. Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light
so dim he wouldn’t have chosen a suit by it, so when the sun
shines on you, look the best you can. He deserves as much.
And, if you can’t say, “I love you,” show it. Often. Before
somebody else does.
Respect FOR one another and communication and con
versation WITH one another will keep the romance in your
relationship. Most men and women who have affairs readily
admit that they do so, not for sex, but for the excitement of
romance. Like the line in a country song all about a rela
tionship gone bad ... “It’s not what I did, it’s what I DIDN’T
do.” You should paste that to your refrigeratior door.
Romance is more ftin when we appreciate the differences
between man and woman without trying to increase the simi
larities. We should pay homage to those differences, and let
one another know where we stand. With old-fashioned ro
mance. Every way we can.
West Craven Boys Lose Russian
Teacher Salary Increase
Is Very Important Issue
There are always big issues facing every session of the North
Carolina General Assembly. We have several very big ones
facing this session.
We have to find a solution to hazardous waste. Our highways
need immediate attention. Of course the budget itself draws
unanimous attention on the part of iegislators.
But then the various parts which fit into that budget tell the
real story. If we take a good look right now, we see quickly that
this matter of salary increases for our school teachers cannot
be swept under the rug nor will it disappear if the legislators
just let it alone.
The meat of the coconut lies in the comparison of teacher
salaries in North Carolina with the other states of the nation.
We read that the average teacher salary today in North Caroli
na is about $24,900 per year. The national average for all 50
states for school teachers is $26,044 per year. Thus we in North
Carolina are under the national average by $3,144, if the recent
story by the Associated Press is correct.
North Carolina is one of 32 states paying teachers less than
the national average. Now in his budget message Governor
Jim Martin has proposed that no salary increases be given in
this year’s budget, but that a raise of 5.7 percent be given in
April of 1990. That proposal appears to be entirely unsatisfac
tory with the teachers.
Now the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is
proposing a boost of nine percent for each of the coming three
years. Now within that three year period the national average
will also increase, but in 1992 our state would either be at the
national average or close to it.
Intense pressure is being brought on the governor as
teachers are holding meetings, coming to Raleigh to protest,
and in Hickory recently when the governor sought to explain
his position, he was greeted with a solid round of boos. In face
of the loud boos, he was unable to give his AiU explanation.
It is difficult to say whether or not a chorus of boos helps or
hurts. But we wish it had not happened that way.
Now Governor Martin has changed his tune somewhat. Ori
ginally he proposed a raise of 5.7 percent effective in April,
1990. Now he recommends cutting the Basic EMucation Prog
ram and giving teachers and state employees a 4.5 percent
raise effective in October of this year or in July if revenues are
Cutting the Basic Education Program is serious business.
We doubt very much that the Democratic controlled legisla
ture will go along with this recommendation. At least we feel
rather certain the Senate will balk.
So what happens now? If the legislature will not go along
with cutting the Basic Education program, the governor must
back up and off or he will have to do what he so stubbornly
refuses to do. He will have to recommend a tax raise. The
Democrats are not going to stand back and take all the heat for
a tax increase. The governor must share his part of the action.
He cannot have it both ways.
Teachers might be called upon to suggest a tax source. The
teachers, governor, and legislature have a challenge which
must be met.
Publish Or Perish
Colleges and universities know very well what is meant by
“publish or perish.”
Today in America we spend many millions of dollars in
various areas of research. And a committee of the National
Institute of Medicine says that an “excessively permissive”
attitude by institutions tends to allow careless and sometimes
even fraudulent medical research.
The charge is serious, and the committee named several
New England institutions alleged to be guilty of misconduct
in research. In past years in institutions where research is
carried out, those involved too often appear to be evaluated on
how much they manage to get published in various medical
journals. If they do not publish, they do not remain, according
to those close to the story.
We absolutely must have research. We cannot survive with
out it. We’d like to feel that the money is all well spent and
honestly used. The National Institute of Health appears ready
to take a more active guiding hand, and the picture should get
From Page 1
The West Craven and West Car
teret girls remained tied for the
lead in the Class 3-A Coastal Con
ference as each squad posted
league victories Friday night.
Hie Lady Eagles defeated East
Carteret 46-36 and the Lady Pat
riots bested North Lenoir 58-45.
In boys’ action. East Carteret
held off West Craven 72-67 while
North Lenoir blasted West Car
East Carteret and West Car
teret won their respective junior
Despite not having waterbug
point guard Linetta Bryant, who
is out with a sprained ankle. West
Craven's girls got 18 points from
Tarsha Raynor and 11 from
Evelyn Brimmer in defeating
Lynada Murray scored 13
points to pace the Lady Mariners.
Because Bryant was out. Lady
Eagle coach Liz Cox said Brim
mer, normally an inside perfor
mer, played point guard and Lisa
Volaric, a post player, was moved
to the wing.
Billy Ellison led the East Car
teret boys with 31 points while
Joe Montford added 13.
Tony Jenkins, a 6-3 junior, led
West Craven with 20 points.
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Morgan, a 6-1 senior, led three
North Lenoir players in double
figures with 18 points as the
Hawks avoided sixth place in the
league standings with a victory
over West Carteret.
William Kenon, a 6-4 freshman,
had 14 for Patriots, who are o-for-
In the girls’ game, Wendi Nel
son, a 5-8 senior, led all scorers
with 22 points to spark West Car
teret to its fifth league win in
seven tries. Wing performer Staci
Kyle added 16.
Rolanda Kittrell led the win
less Lady Hawks with 16 points
while 5-6 junior Sheronika Joyn
er added a season-high 14.
change of cultures,” Podakin
said, because he returns with
stories and photographs of ev
eryday life in a small town.
“Through this exchange, a
newspaper like the Nashville
of East-West relations,” Sharpe
Highlights’ Editor Mike Voss
questioned Podakin about jour
nalism in the Soviet Union and
later dined with Podakin. The
Soviet said his crab soup was de
licious but he had trouble tasting
the crab in his crabcake.
“I enjoyed the chance to talk
shop with a fellow journalist
from a different country. His
being from the Soviet Union
made the conversation that
much more interesting. I wanted
to know how a journalist worked
in a country where fireedom of
the press does not have the same
meaning as in the U.S.,” said
Ethel Y. Wright
Mra. Ethel Young Wright, 83,
died Sunday at Craven Regional
Medical Center in New Bern.
Services were at 3 p.m. Tues
day at Juniper Chapel Free Will
Baptist Church with the Rev.
McDonal Bennett officiating.
Burial was in Celestial Memorial
Mrs. Wright was a native of
South Carolina. She iived most
of her early life in Laurinburg be
fore moving to Vanceboro in
1952. She was married to Harvey
D. Wright Sr., who died in March
1981. Mrs. Wright worked at
Vera's Diner for a number of
years. She was a member of
Juniper Chapel Free Will Baptist
Church, where she was active in
the women’s auxiliary.
Mrs. Wright is survived by two
sons, Clayton Wright and Earl
Wright, both of Vanceboro; a
daughter, Maxine W. Alligood of
Washington; three sisters, Mae
Carlyle of Yadkinville, Hazel
Seasons of Wilmington and Dol-
Ue DelFonno of New York; two
brothers, TTiad Young of Laurin
burg and Albert Young of Gold
sboro; 16 grandchildren, 17
great-grandchildren and four
Wright was themotherofthelate
Norman Wright, Harvey D.
Wright Jr. and Woodrow Wright.
Ledrew Tripp, 92, died iast
Thursday at his home at Rt. 2,
Box 285, Vanceboro.
The Ameral service was held at
3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wilker-
son Funeral Chapel in Vance
boro and burial was in New
Salem Church Cemetery near
Tripp was bom and raised near
Vanceboro and moved to South
Carolina in 1959. For more than
20 years he was a barber in
Greenville, Ayden, Vanceboro,
New Bern and Fort Barnwell. He
also owned and operated a saw
mill at Vanceboro for more than
20 years. He was a minister for
more than 30 years and held
pastorates near Maysville, at
Grifton Holiness Mission which
he (bunded and built and Jones,
town Holiness Church near Fort
Barnwell. While in South Caroli
na, he founded and built the
Church of Christ near Ruffin. He
was a retired farmer. He was mar
ried to the late Tiney Wiggins
who died in 1978.
Surviving are four sons, Lyn
wood Earl Tripp of New Bern,
Marvin Tripp, Dink Tripp and
Kenneth H. Tripp, all of Ruffin,
S.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Sudie
Hudson of Rt. 2, Vanceboro and
Mrs. Joyce Brantley of Gold
sboro; 23 grandchildren; 30
great-grandchildren; and four
Susan T. Toler
Susan Thomas Toler, 26, died
last Monday at her home in
The fimeral service was held
last Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Wil-
kerson Funeral Chapel in Vance
boro by the Rev. Grady Simpson,
her pastor. Burial was in Celes
tial Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are her husband,
Webster A. Toler; two daughters,
Angela Toler and Lisa Toler,
both of the home; her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Thomas of
New Bern; two brothers, David
E. Thomas Jr. of Vanceboro and
Michael S. Thomas of New Bern;
a sister, Patricia T. Williams of
New Bern; four half-sisters, Mrs.
Diane Fortner of Augusta, Wmt
Mrs. Jackie Langley and Mrs.
Amanda Coley, both of Greenvil
le, and Mrs. Vickie Allen of Wilm
ington; her grandfather, 'T.N.
Rice of Jackson, Tenn.; and her
grandmother, Mrs. Vivian Tho
mas of New Bern.
She lived in Ernul for eight
years and was a member of Mace
donia Free Will Baptist Church.
From Page 1
West Craven’s wrestling
squad had its numbers shor
tened during the season by two
things: “Grades got some of
them, and I got some of them,”
In the confmence tournament,
McKeel, a first-year wrestler,
advanced by defeatiiig Washing-
ton’sTimThek in the first round.
He captured the championship
with a 4-1 decision over D.H.
Conley’s Danny Osborne in im
proving to 14-7 on the season.
"He has made steady improve
ment all year,” said JordarL “He
had done a lot of good things.
But to take first in the confer
ence is quite an achievement”
West Craven's other finalists
were Toby Wooten at 103 and
Jason Allen at 171.
Wooten advaced to the finals
with a triumph over D.H. Con
ley’s Jon Smith before falling to
Rusty Day of West Carteret 14-3
in the finals. He improved to 613
and avenged an earlier loss to
Allen advanced to the finals of
the 171 pound class with a
triumph over Jason Booher of
Havelock before being pirmed
by Jason Hamby of Coriey in
4:29. Allen dropped to 17-3.
“I expected Jason to makefile
finals,” Jordan said. “He didn’t
get what he wanted.”
In the 116pound dass, James
Johnstone lost to eventual
champion Jaidnto Moore in the
first round and then dropped a
10-4 decision to Washington
Adam Christopherson in the
In the 125-pound dass, Russell
Acker was pinned by eventual
champion Gary Howard of D.H.
Conley in the first round. Then
he dropped a 167 decision to
Gayland Fiimey of Havelock in
emerging with a 7-14 worksheet
Chris Stilley earned a third-
place finish in the 13S-pound
weight class with a 26second
pin of Jim Stone of Havelock. He
was sent to the consolations after
falling to Jason Adams in the
second round. He dropped to 14-
James Smith was eliminated
in the qualifying round of the 145
pound weight class and exited
Jordan said he felt postive
going into the Regional.
“We have a couple of kids who
could wrestle well and quality
for the state,” he said. “Toby
Wooten has come along. He pul
led the biggest upset in the
tournament Saturday, beating
the Conley wrestler.”
Jordan said he thought Allen
would have “the best chance” in
the Regional although he hasn't
been wrestling well.
Jordan said his lineup for the
regional would list Wooten at
103, Acker at 119, Johnstone at
125, Stilley at 130, Smith at 145,
Allen at 171 and McKeel at
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