12A-Sunday, February 26, 1995 THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT INSIGHT ’95 Winds of March will always be cherished By Andy Rackiey Sp«rts Edttor The winds March are a tradition for people all over the worid. They are a sign that old man winter has put away the snow and bone-chilling winds until at least the following November. The winds mark a change in season when parents no Icmger have to lot^ there duldira in the house. It’s a time whoi the young and energetic are again allowed to dance in the streets, chase butterflies or fish down by the credc. The warmo- weather tells farmers that its time to began seeding their crops for flje next year’s harvest Yes, the winds of March are winds of change...a new and fiesh season (tf ^ning approaches. It is a time that many baseball fans cherish with anticipatiort A time that fans, including I, struggle all winter kxig for. However, the firing of 1995 no l^er semis to carry that same enthusiastic feeling. In 1994, baseball went on strike. The players and owners short changed fans of die traditional World Series. Though many ot us thought it would never h^)pen.~it dkL October rolled around with no cheers, no crack the bats...no joy in Mudville for ‘Mighty Casey,’ (the farts) had struck out without getting a swing at the plate. For this reason, many fans see this spring as an extended winter. Fans see ^ firing as possibly neva reUiming. For oily in America has die traditional game — Amaica’s game — like some many other diings in the nation, gene by die way side. Greed has come in fiom the bullpen and we may never be able to ga him off the mound By Andy Rackiey Spoits Editor The game that fans love..jio loiga loves us. Or at least it seems that way. Yes, when late March rcdls around or early April, there will still be baseball in Arnica. It may not be the R-ank Thewnas ‘The Big Hurt’ crashing home runs, or Adanta’s Greg Maddux throwing a shut out; but baseball will be hae. This year, it’ll be litde eight-year-old Jdinnie walking to the plate and facing veteran nine-year-old Cnariie on the mound Fans are guaranteed no home runs and no shut out But th^ will be guaranteed players who are playing for the fun of it And maybe...just maybe the strike is the key to the future ctf baseball. Maybe litde Johnnie and Charlie will always be disgusted with the World Series they weren’t allowed to share with their fathers in 1994. And maybe...just maybe when they reach the big league they’ll keep that in mind whai the thought of ‘ba^ball strike’ rears its ugly head in the 21st Century. Maybe then and only then will the snuggles of this caituiy’s fans be cashed in by our children And then thae will be joy in Mudville again...for Casey will get anotha bat and this time he will chaish his swings as much as we used to cherish the winds of March IgfCflTCS Nobody pickles pickles like Cates I Ezzell providing good, old-fashioned service By Jeanne Schoninger Staff Intern Ezzell Tracking was founded chi “goexi old-fashioned service” and that traditicHi has k^t the business prospering since 1951. Founded by James A. Ezzell in 1951, Ezzell Tracking started hauling live turkeys and other farm-related comnxxlities. “Our goals must con tinue to exceed our cus tomers’ needs. We can not fall behind our com petition or let new technology pass us by.” — David Parks. In 1%9, the refingaated division of Ezzell Trucking came into being aixl the company began to haul processed turkey products and produce. Ezzell Tracking expanded in 1982 with the purchase cf the Wilmuigton Erqjress. This expansion included dry van hauling. Anotter company, Wocxl chips Divi sion, came on liiie in 1989 hauling federal paperboard’s wood chips from Snow Hill, N.C. to Riegelewcxxl, N.C. Most recently, Ezzell Trucking ac quired Young Transfer Company out of Charlotte in 1991. This expansion oi- hanced the dry van eperadon. “Ezzell Tracking is built cm good old Steel Buildings buUt on hard work By Jeanne Schoninger staff Intern Through the years. Steel Buildings general conUacting ccxipany may have changed locations, but the ccHipany’s tradilkms (£ quality products and hard work have stayed as they always were. Owner Don Cole started Steel Build ings in 1971 with the first facility on Elizabeth Street In 1984, Steel Buildings relocated to U.S. 701 where the business remained for 10 years. In 1994, the business moved to its current office locaticm at 629 Nexthwest Boulevard. The last move enabled Cole to own the building the office was operating from instead of renting. .According to Cc^e, Steel Buildings w^ built tqxm hard wexk, fair practices and good products. Steel Buildings, which has been open in Clinton for 24 years, has built a reputation of providing quality products to its customers. “ We pride ourselves on that very fact,” said owner Don Cole. “Like all businesses, we have prog ressed with changing times,” Cc^e said. “Service is what we sell.” Steel Buildings concentrates its busi ness in North Cart^ina, mainly Sampson and Duplin counties, but has stretdied as far south as Fkaida and gme as far nmhwest as West Viiginia. Becaus the business wcxks with sub contractors, Steel Buildings enqtloyment numbers vaiy each week. “We could have 20 pec^le wcxking one week and 50 woriting die next,” Cole said. The general contracting company spe cializes in steel buildings and meets customer ^)ecifications. “Business is great,” Cdc said. “1994 was one of the best years we’ve had because of repeat business. We haven’t had any major changes and we are continuing business in the same way.” Pickles Processors of fine pickle, pepper and relish products Marsha Sumner and Ricky Kaleel, trucking dispatch specialists at Ezzell Trucking, see to it that trucks get to and from their destinations each and every day. The two are working from Ezzell’s dispatching center. fashitm service,” Dave Paries said. “We have good work ethics and high values.” According to Paiks, Ezzell tracking changed to stay abreast modem technology, stamg regulations and sharp competition. Paries said the business is successful because they are a strong and growing servdee conpany. Ezzell Trucking employs 240 people in three lercarkMis, Harrells (corporate headquarters), Wilmington, Charlotte and an tpening soon in Camden, S.C. Ezzell possesses 150 power units and 500 trailers to meet hauling needs. “Our goals must ctHitinue to exceed our customer’s needs.” Parks said. “We cannot fall bdiind our conrpetition or let new technology pass us by. “Our employees are our strongest assets arrd we appreciate what they do for Ezzell Tracking.” DEAN FOODS I Quality READY MIX CONCRHE Helping Pave The Way For Eastern North Carolina 1 ★ j GOLDSBORO /' ★ NEWTON GROVE ★ NEW BERN CLt^ON \ WARSAW ★ I WALLACE I ELIZABETHTOWN \ / ★ BURGAW I >#■ JACKSONVILLE \ ★ \ HOLLY \ RIDGE WILMINGTON Commercial-Residential-Agriculturai-Industrial State Approved • Radio Dispatched Trucks 907 WARSAW RD. 592-2191 CLINTON I Kenansville Tractor Co., Inc. MAaSBV-nmWON FORO rf'AHOLLAI'O P.O. Box 725 Kenansville, North Carolina 28349-0725 Telephone: (919) 296-0777 is proud to offer you quality NEUJ HOLLBND products Sales Parts Seruice & MWHOUAHO Huiy 11 North, Kenansuille

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