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3cck To The Basics
By ANGELA BALLANCE
And EMMY LOU COLEMAN
John Graham Middle School students are "back
to the basics," in school. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the
opening day, students and teachers were full of
smiles. Everyone seemed glad to have the oppor
tunity to renew old acquaintances. Eighth-graders
couldn't resist smiling at how nervous some of the
seventh-graders appeared. It brought back
memories of the way they were the year before.
Seventh and eighth grade teachers for this year
are: Mr. Stephens—language arts, Mr. Crews
math and science, Mrs. Reid—language arts, and
Mr. Reynolds—math and science, seventh grade;
Mrs. White—language arts, Mr. Goolsby—math
and science, Mrs. Boone—math and science, and
Mrs. Corbett—language arts, eighth grade. Ms.
Levister, Mr. Marable, and Mr.Townes teach
reading. Ms. White is our librarian. Ms. Brown,
Ms. Powell, and Mr. Kearney teach vocational edu
cation. Mr. Coleman teaches physical education.
Ms. Roope and Ms. Atkinson teach special educa
tion at John Graham.
Ms. Alston, seventh grade math and science
teacher, did not return; and Mrs. Steverson trans
ferred to Warren County High School. We will miss
both of them.
To boost morale and to add more unity to the
physical education classes, John Graham has its
very own standard physical education uniform. The
uniform consists of a golf shirt with blue lettering on
the front and a pair of navy blue shorts.
The new school year has started off with a bang.
Football and cheerleading try outs have already
started. Students wishing to tiy out for football or
cheerleading should see the teachers in charge.
At Norlina School
Price Given Honor
We would like to congratulate Walter Price who
recently received a commendation from the N. C.
Department of Public Instruction for giving a work
shop on environmental occupations at the Annual
Vocational Conference in Charlotte. It always
makes us proud when one of our teachers is
recognized at state level!
This year the Personal Excellence Program at
Norlina Middle school will include sports, clubs and
academic or cultural enrichment courses. Among
those courses being offered for the first six weeks
are computer literacy, logic, government, news
paper reporting, science experiments, fundament
als of math, and map reading.
Also being offered are furniture refinishing, knit
ting, calligraphy, and patchwork pillow-making.
We hope and expect that the time spent in these
courses each day from 2 to 2:45 p. m. will be both
educational and interesting for all concerned.
Our football team has already begun practice.
Their first game will be on Sept. 26. Cheerleading
tryouts begin today (Wednesday).
We encourage all interested students to partici
pate in these activities.
First Year Is Hardest
For Most Gardeners
There's little more a gardener can do about the
weather than complain.
If there's a drought, the plants dry out. If it rains
too much, planting must be delayed or one must
hope that those plants already in the ground won't
Soil, though, is different. According to specialists
with the N. C. Botanical Garden at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the gardener can
make some changes that can matter.
Nogh Carolina has a great variety of soils— san
dy, clayey and rocky—so that nearly everyone has
to add something to improve the soil's consistency.
What the gardener is aiming for is a good sort of
loam that drains but not at too rapid a rate. It should
be of a consistency that holds some moisture, but
does not remain water-logged. Also, the soil should
contain the proper nutrients for the plants to grow.
Ordinarily, the first year in establishing a garden
is the hardest; thereafter steps to improve soil con
sistency and nutrients are easier.
One of the easiest methods of adjusting and
stablilizing the soil is the use of cover crops, long
practiced in farming. This means planting a green
crop in the fall that will stand all winter and is tilled
into the soil in the spring.
This provides the soil with humus and nitrogen,
which is why some refer to cover crops as "green
The practice also holds the soil in an open area in
place until a lawn, landscaping plants, vegetables
or flowers can be planted in the spring. Cover crops
in this area are especially practical in that the soil
does not freeze hard for very long periods.
The procedure for cover crops is straightforward.
If a soil test indicates a need for lime, it should be
distributed, followed by a layer of manure, compost
or both. These should be dug into the soil, after
which the cover crop is sown.
Those with a large garden can choose from
among rye, oats, millet, clover and peas. For the
more usual small backyard garden, rye is a gocd
choice, because it is easy to turn under in the spring
with just a spading fork, if it is not allowed to get
more than eight inches high.
A desirable growth pattern for rye planted in
early fall will be for it to be several inches tall
before winter slows it down. Growth will start up
again in the early spring until time to till it under
when spring planting time comes around.
It is always possible to buy lots of fertilizer and
peat moss to improve the garden soil, but with a
cover crop, the garden is green all winter long and
it's working for you all the while.
Among local golfers receiving trophies for their
finish in the 1984 Warrenton Golf Club tournament
are shown above. Seated, from left to right, are
Betty Lou Coleman, second flight winner; Sharon
Renn, Junie Drake Memorial Award winner; and
Sberri Carroll, second flight runner-up. Standing,
from left, are Mike Theiler, second flight winner; Al
Williams, fourth flight winner; Benny Hilliard,
championship flight runner-up; Elree Hilliard,
championship flight winner; Jesse Currin, first
flight winner; Mack Hilliard, fifth flight winner;
and Arthur Williams, fifth flight runner-up.
Brothers Battle For Golf Title
For the first time ever, two brothers have battled
head-to-head for the men's championship of the
Warrenton Golf Club.
Elree Hilliard defeated his brother, Benny
Hilliard, to take the title in this summer's cham
pionship. Trophies were presented to the winners
last week at an awards banquet held at the club
Veteran golfer Rhada Currin turned aside form
er Meredith College golf team member Jan Gard
ner Crenshaw to win the ladies' championship.
Other ladies receiving trophies were Marguerite
Miles, first flight champion; and Emily Burrows,
first flight runner-up.
Betty Lou Coleman took top honors in the second
Subject to change
MONDAY - Cheese
burger w/mustard, cat
sup, lettuce & tomato,
TUESDAY - (Ger
man Menu) pork chop
pette, buttered noodles,
school baked roll, apple
Beans and franks, cole
slaw, fruit cup, hot roll,
chocolate chip cookie.
THURSDAY - Spa
ghetti w/meat sauce,
corn, Italian bread.
FRIDAY - Barbe
cued chicken, buttered
potatoes, June peas, hot
All schools will be
served the same lunch
menu, with Norlina and
John Graham Middle
Schools and Warren
County High School
having a second choice.
Breakfast will be
served grades K-6.
MONDAY — Glazed
donut, sliced peaches,
TUESDAY - Pecan
twirl, juice, milk.
Sausage biscuit, juice,
THURSDAY - But
tered toast, bacon/jelly,
FRIDAY — Cereal,
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flight by downing runner-up Sherri Carroll.
Sharon Renn was named winner of the Junie
Drake Memorial Award.
Men's winners in addition to the Hilliard brothers
—Jesse Currin, first flight champion and Todd
Wemyss, first flight runner-up.
—Mike Theiler, second flight champion and Duke
Miles, second flight runner-up.
—Coleman Perkinson, third flight champion and
Bobby Edmonds, third flight runner-up.
—A1 Williams, fourth flight champion and Randy
Renn, fourth flight runner-up.
—Mack Hilliard, fifth flight champion and Arthur
Williams, fifth flight runner-up.
Theme Of Movie
"Joni," the dramatic
story of a young
woman's struggle to
find a useful life in the
wake of a tragic ac
cident which left her
handicapped will be
shown at Sulphur
Springs Baptist Church
on Sept. 23. The film will
begin at 7 p. m. The
church is located on
Highway 401 south of
Warrenton in Elberon.
According to her year
book, Joni was voted by
her graduation class at
Woodlawn Senior High
School in Maryland as
the "Most Athletic" girl
in the senior class. She
>was not only active but
outstanding in a variety |
of sports, including ice
basketball and diving.
She also was an ex
cellent horsewoman, a
winner at both trick and
The Rev. Julian R.
Mills, Sr. and the mem
bers of Sulphur Springs
Baptist Church invite
the public to see this
outstanding film. For
further information, call
the church at 257-4725 or
the pastor's home at 257
By Bass Club
Warren County Bass
Club held its last regular
Sept. 8 on the Chowan
Bob Marlin was the
first place and "Big
Fish" winner. Second
place was won by Gene
But, a month after her
graduation, her whole
life changed. Diving
from a raft in the
shallow waters of the
Chesapeake Bay, her
head struck something
solid and in a fraction of
a second she had suffer
ed a broken neck.
The film follows Joni
from the moment she
became a quadriplegic.
In the beginning, she
rebelled, but finally
drew upon faith in God
and began the long, hard
fight towards rehabilita
Allan Adcock finished
first and Gene Richard
son second in the final
standings of the club.
Adcock will receive a
trophy at the club's
January winter meeting
for having caught the
most pounds of fish for
The next scheduled
event for the club will be
its annual "fall classic"
on Sept. 29 on Lake
Mount Vesuvius Eruption
As Mount Vesuvius erupt
ed in A.D. 79, Pliny the
Elder, scientist and com
mander of the fleet at Mise
num, sailed toward the vol
cano to rescue friends and
investigate the phenomenon.
He died at Stabiae in the at
tempt, according to Na