lOA-Sunday, February 26, 1995 THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT INSIGHT ’95 Tobacco still king By Joseph Tew surr Writer For many people, the word tobacco is synonymous with livelihood. It is what their oitire lives revolve around. Here in Sampson County, tobacco has been a major crop for years. Farmers are turning to other products and areas to diversify now, but tobacco is still the ert^ that this county has been known for, and by all accounts, will still be known for in the future. “Tobacco has been here a long time. It has gone through some tough times, but for years it has beat the mainstay, as far as farmers are concerned,” said Pee Wee Spell, farm market manager at Bright Leaf Tobacco Warehouse. “It is the only crop a farmer can take to the bank and it will stand for his credit,” he added. Spell said as long as the farmer has price support, which gives the assur ance of a cmain price p>er pound, he can thai use that leverage at the bank. “Tobacco has been kicked around in the most recent years. It has been a political football. Just in the last three months the tobacco situation has sta bilized sonewhat, because of the to bacco company’s interest in what’s produced in Easton North Carolina,” said Spell. Over at Sampson Tobacco Ware house, Carltcai Barefoot, owner opera tor, said even though farmers have turned to other areas of farming to create othw income, tobacco would not play out of the picture. “All of us have tried diversifying but we still wind back up with tobacco being our major product,” said Barefoot “Tobacco has a lot to do with the ecwiomic future of Sampson County, the state and the country,” he added. He went on to say that there has been many people who have benefited fran tobacco, not even realizing it was tobacco supplying the means by which they were benefiting. “Tobacco has been good for a lot of people that do not realize that where the mcmey came frean was tobacco and tobacco products. Thank You For Your Support! Owners: Lynn & Debbie Medlin Tobacco warehouse auction eers, pricers and buyers are seen here inspecting tobacco. The 1995 season is expected to be the best farmers have ever seen. And, since the tobacco situation has somewhat stabil ized, growers, and warehouse managers are looking forward to an even better year in 1995. According to Spell, the tobacco produced here is of such quality that it cannot be produced to the standard here in the southeastern part of the United States and es{>ecially North Carolina. “Nowha-e else can it (tobacco) be produced with the aroma and flavor that is produced in North Carolina. They produce tobacco in Brazil that loolu like ours but does not have the aroma and flavor as we have here...that one thing will keq) tobacco hwe. “Tobacco is the livelihood for many persons, and education for a lot of children. The money tobacco produces is one of tremendous value to farm stores, farm equipment dealws, groc ery stwe people and dry goods. It is the bread and butter, or the glue that holds the farm family life together,” said Spell. “I look forward to having a good year in Clinton,” Barefoot said. “Tobacco is the backbone of the farm family life today. Cotton, poultry, and swine are coming on strong and have kept a lot of fanners in business that used it as cash flow,” Spell said, “but tobacco is still very important to this economy.” Sandy Ridge has enjoyed ‘tremendous community support’ Sandy Ridge Country Qub, tic. was started in 1989 by L.B. Wilson, president and other own«s, Kenny Godwin, rumity Matthews, Tommy Sloan and Lany Naylor. The “fixHit” nine holes qiened for play in September 1989 and the “back” nine opened in 1990. All of the ori^nal lots have been sold and most lots now have new houses. Since the original cmstruc- tiem the clubhouse, the pro stx^ has expanded and added a grill. In 1993, the dance Boot was expanded and a large stage for the band was added. An additional 29 lots will be available by mid-1995. These lots will be situated in the area next to the #2 greoi and #3 tee and fitMn there to N.C. 421. Sandy Ridge curroitly enploys ap proximately 10 people with the numb^ varying with the season. The primary business is the golf course and member ships for the swimming pool/clubhouse and eolf course are available. “Since the beginning of our business we have enjoyed tronendous suppeat fiom our &ie^, neighbors and the entire region,” Larry Naylor said. “For this siqrpcHt, we are tharikful and we will continue our best effcHts to earn your continued support in the future.” It’s Planting Time! •Azaleas •Garden Pottery •Water Fountains •Wind Chimes •Cabbage Plants •Broccoli Plants •Tomato Plants (many varieties) •Pepper Plants (bell & hot) •Wolverine Boots •Trampolines •Treated Mail Box Posts •Insecticides •Fertilizer •Pine Bark Nuggets •Seed Potatoes •Variety of Grass Seed •Large Selection "Fresh" Garden Seed •Pine Straw & Wheat Straw •Herb Plants •Large Selection Bedding Plants •Hanging Baskets •Watermelon, Cantaloupe & Cucumber Plants (will be available at planting time) •Vidalia Onion Plants Stop by & see Lynn or Debbie for all your lawn & garden needs. "Your Business Is Appreciated" MEDLIN SEED CO. Clinton! 357 S. Blvd. g beside Lundy's 592-2717 VISA Heel Pain? Have you unsuccessfully tried corti sone injections, arch supports and pills? A new endoscopic technique has been developed to correct heal spur syndrome and eliminate painful recovery. Usually patients can return to work in days! Simple, fast proce dure, without general anesthetic. Call for an appointment DR. JEFFREY B. PUPP All Insurance Plans Accepted & Filed, PHP Participating Provider WAIUCE FOOT CENTER 285-3362 928 N. Norwood St., Wallace Covering Sampson County Since 1953 With Proven ProtectSom^^^ Ruby C. Johnson Andy Shaffer Lee Smith Jr. Regardless of your needs: . IV;,. •IRA's ‘Life Insurance ^ •Health •Cancer •Medicare Supplement \ life " L ' •Auto •Home •Specialized Coverage Jon Moody Give us a call for prompt, personal attention. We Cover Sampson County! Toby Boyette Billy Lockamy FARM BUREAU INSURANCE R.H. 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