VOL. XXXXVII NO. 6 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE. NC 28349 FEBRUARY 9. 1984 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
New Chamber Leader
President Doug Judge passes his leadership role to
Charles Sharpe during the installation exercises of the
Kenansville Area Chamber of Commerce last Monday
night. Pictured (L to R) Doug Judge and President
* Candidates File
For May Primary
Filing for Duplin County offices
ended Feb. 6 at 12 noon.
Filing began Jan. 2 for two seats
on the Duplin County Board of Com
^ missioners and two seats on the
V Duplin Board of Education, Register
of Deeds, and Representative to the
Three people filed for Duplin
County offices the first day the
county Board of Elections opened,
Jan. 3. Lillie Frederick Sandlin of
Magnolia became thi first candidate
to file for the new District 5 board of
educa%n seat. Also filing for that
'?aCi is Amos Q. "Doc" Brinson Jr.
of Kenansville. The Fifth District
Q seat includes Kenansville, Magnolia
and Rose Hill precincts. No resident
of that area has been on the board
since a change was made four years
ago requiring board of education
members run in districts. Board of
Education districts comprise the
same territory as the commissioners'
districts. Each commissioner and
board of education member is voted
on only by voters of the district.
Incumbent members Riddick
Wilkins and James F. Strickland of
the Duplin Board of Education filed
for the District One seat last week.
Incumbents Wilkins and Strickland
of Warsaw, both of District One, arc
serving terms up for re-election in
the May primary. Strickland is a
24-year veteran on the Duplin Board
of Education and Wilkins will be
ending his first term with the board.
W.J. Costin filed for re-election to
the First District seat of the Duplin
County Board of Commissioners.
Costin will be seeking his fourth
term as a Duplin County Commis
sioner. Also a candidate for the
District I county commissioner seat
is Frank Steed of Warsaw. Steed is a
former member of the Warsaw Town
Board and City Mayor. D.J. Fussell
of Rose Hill has filed for re-election
as District Five representation on the
Duplin County Board of Commis
sioners. Also, a candidate for the
District Five County Commissioner
seat is George Ammons Jr. of
Kenansville. Ammons is a member
of the James Kenan High School
Christine Williams filed for re
election as register of deeds.
Williams will begiivher ninth term i?
she wins re-election; currently she
has held the office 32 years.
Representative Wendell Murphy
of Rose Hill filed for re-election to
the Tenth District seat of the State
House. Murphy will be seeking his
second term as Duplin and Jones
counties representative to the State
Sharpe To Lead
Kenansville Area Chamber
Charles Sharpe, director of
Guardian Care Nursing Home of
Kenansville, was installed as
president of the Kenansville Area
Chamber of Commerce on Monday
night. The seventh annual meeting
was held at the Farm Service Credit
building at 7 p.m.
Chamber President Doug Judge
called on Tom Rouse to introduce the
speaker. "I'd like to thank you for
letting me introduce someone like Ed
Walker, stated Rouse, who is a close
friend of the Greenville Chamber of
Commerce director. Walker is also a
retired Baptist preacher and
president of the North Carolina
Chamber of Commerce Association.
"Right across the street is my
birthplace," opened Walker, as he
pointed toward Duplin General
Hospital. Walker is a native of Rose
'I know about your sophistication
and your progress," continued
W alker. "I like to speak to Chambers
ot Commerce because of all organi
/vMons, the Chamber can make
tt ngs happen. Everything rises and
'a .Is with leaders. The Chamber is
(he leader in any community, de
signed with purpose to make things
worthwhile. The Chamber is a
vehicle that gets people out of the
livingroom and gets them together in
order to get things done. You've got
to plan where Kenansville is going to
be five years from now. Congratu
lations to you on your membership
and what you are doing. You have
done good. . .a good job. In order to
make your community like you want,
you must do one thing ? work.
You've got a good Chamber and 1
challenge you to make it better."
In closing, Walker said, "Ladies
and gentlemen, all of you are leaders
and I tell you to lead good."
President Judge outlined what the
Chamber had accomplished the past
year as follows: (1) welcomed new
comers. (2) helped with tour groups.
(3) helped with Bill Helton Appre
ciation. (5) advertised in local papers
and Liberty Cart program, (5)
Community of Excellence, (b) helped
with Countv Fair, (7) Twelve Days of
Christmas, (8) welcomed lots of
visitors in Kenansville. (9) sent
brochures to Welcome Centers, and
(10) furnished Santa at Christmas.
Judge ended by saying, "It has
been an honor to have been your
president this year." He then in
stalled Charles Sharpc as the new
Chamber president for 1984.
Other 1984 officers and directors
installed were: Vice-president. Gray
Morgan; Treasurer, Mattie S. Min
shew; Executive Secretary. Vickie
Vinson; Directors - Mattie Minshew,
Charles Sharpe, Charles Hughes.
Amos Brinson, Gray Morgan, Paul
Phillips, Charles Ingram and John
Newly-installed President Charles
Sharpe made these observations
about his leadership and the coming
year for the Chamber; "1 guess you
might call me an import, so to
speak," stated Sharpe. "When we
first thought about coming, we were
down in the dumps, but when we got
to Kcnansville we were delighted.
I'm very proud of Kcnansville and
the Chamber and what it does. We
have become very active in the
community and want to progress as
your Chamber leader. I would like to
see new industry come to KenanS
ville and I invite you to come to the
monthly meetings. This is your
Chamber and you only get out of it
what you put in it. I challenge you to
"I want this Chamber to become
the best it has ever been," con
The dinner was catered by
Chamber member John Ramirez of
The Graham House Inn with special
entertainment by John Goodnow,
artist in residence at James Sprunt
? Saturday Night In Kenansville
Miss Duplin County and Little
Miss Duplin pageants will be com
bined February 11 at 8 p.m. ir. the
Kenan Memorial Auditorium In
The 1984 theme for the pageant
night is "Winter Wonderland."
And, mistress of ceremonies will be
? Susan Griffin Fisher of Elizabeth
town, the Miss North Carolina 1975,
who ranked in the top talent finalists
during Miss America competition.
Ms. Fisher is the former Miss High
The Miss Duplin County contes
tanfc will hp iiiHopH on pupnino
gown, swimsuit and talent compe
tition as well as their reactions
during an interview with the judges.
Miss Duplin County will receive a
$700 scholarship and a $250 ward
rone, nrst runner-up to Miss Ltuplin
P will receive a $150 scholarship.
Trophies will be presented to con
testants named 'most talented' and
'Miss Congeniality.' The winner of
the pageant will represent the county
in the 1984 Miss' North Carolina
The reigning Miss Duplin County,
Julia Spicer. will crown the new
queen. Julia is a junior at the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill studying radio and
^ television communications. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Spicer of Kenansville. As a More
head Scholar, Julia will study in
London, England this summer. She
is also a varsity member of the
UNC-CH fencing team.
M|s? Duplin County 1981
Seven contestants will vie for the
1984 title of Miss Duplin. County
Saturday night. The contestants
include: Allyson Stroud of Kenans
ville, Clarice W. Carter of Rose Hill,
Oscara L. Carter of Wallace, Lee
Ann Blanton of Wallace, Cynthia
English of Wallace, Melissa Lou
Brooks of Wallace and Angela Joy
Norman of Rose Hill.
Melissa Lou Brooks
Melissa Lou Brooks is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Brooks of Wallace. Melissa is a
senior at Wallace-Rose Hill High
School and hopes to attend Wake
Forest University and study nursing,
law or music. She is an eight-year
member of the band and will sing as
her talent presentation for the
Mary Allyson Stroud is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmv
Stroud of Kenansville. Allyson is a
senior at James Kenan High School
and has ten years of training in
dance. She will perform a ballet
routine as her talent presentation for
the Miss Duplin County pageant.
After graduation, Allyson plans to
attend the Oral Roberts University in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, and major in
business administration. Allyson is
also a four-year veteran actor and
dancer with the outdoor drama, The
Liberty Cart, in Kenansville.
Oseara L. Carter
Oscara Lynne Carter is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar T.
Carter of Wallace. Oscara is a 1981
graduate of Wallace-Rose Hill High
School and presently attends North
Carolina State University in Raleigh.
At NCSU, Oscara is studying to
become a licensed certified public
accountant. Oscara has 11 years of
training in piano and dance and will
perform a tap dance in the 1984
competition for Miss Duplin County.
Angela Joy Norman
Angela Jov Norman is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warner
W. Norman III of Rose Hill. She is a
graduate of Harrells Academy and
presently attends East Carolina Uni
versity in Greenville. Angela is
seeking a bachelor of fine arts
degree with a major in dance
choreography and a minor in drama.
She will perform an original tap
dance in the Miss Duplin County
Cynthia Rose English is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
English of Wallace. Cynthia is a 1982
graduate of Wallace-Rose Hill High
School and presently attends Miller
Mottc Business College seeking a
degree in business administration.
She has had training in piano and
voice and plans to sing in the Miss
Duplin County talent competition.
Lee Ann Blanton
Lee Ann Blanton is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby G. Blanton of
Wallace. Lee Ann presently attends
Duplin Officials Paid
More Than Penders
In' almost every case, Duplin
County pays its department heads
J,# than people in the same jobs
"are paid in Pender County.
While length of service may
contribute to higher wages paid
some employees, that factor doesn't
hold true in all situations.
Howard Holly, finance officer,
personnel director and clerk to the
Board of Commissioners in Pender
County, for example, makes $20,184
annually. Holly, who was initially
hired as tax supervisor and county
auditor, has worked with the county
In Duplin County, the finance
officer, who has been employed with
the county since 1968, makes
$28,605 annually. The finance officer
is also responsible for purchasing
and computer services, said Duplin
County Manager Ralph Cottle.
Cottle makes $28,102 annually.
Pender County does not have a
According to the 1980 census,
Pender County was 22,215 residents
and Duplin County has 40,952.
The Pender County tax collector,
who has held the position since 1961,
makes $17,556. In Duplin County,
the tax collector was hired less than a
year ago and makes $16,498.
The tax supervisor in Pender
County, who was initially hired in
1977 as a county planner, makes
$16,752 annually. Two years later he
became tax supervisor.
The Dupltn County tax supervisor,
who. is also part-time Veterans
Service officer, was hired in 1975.
The supervisor makes $19,706 an
Pender County's full-time Veter
ans Service officer makes $13,296.
In Pender County, the register of
deeds, who has held the position tor
20 years, makes SI7.S66. In Duplin,
the register ? deeds who has b'-ld
the r sUa>n lor V. years, t skos
Although the register of deeds is
elected in all counties, the county
commissioners determine the salary.
The commissioners determine the
salary of the county sheriff, also an
elected position. The Pender County
sheriff, who took office a year ago,
makes $18,360. The Duplin County
sheriff has held the position for more
than 20 years and makes $23,736.
Even .though a large part of the
salaries of the counties' health
directors and social services direc
tors are paid with state funds, the
commissioners in each county de
termine the salaries of those de
In Pender County, the social
service director, who was hired a
year ago, makes $20,184. In Duplin
County, the director, who has held
the position for more than 20 years,
Pender County's health director,
who was hired in August, makes
$18,360. In Duplin County, the
health director, who has held the
position for more than 20 years,
Pender County'Is'attorney is paid
an annual retainer of $8,532; Dup
lin's attorney is paid $12,780.
Duplin Red Cross
Holds Midwinter Meeting
The midwinter meeting of the
Duplin County Chapter of the
American Red Cross was held Jan.
2b in the afternoon in the fellowship
hall of Grove Presbyterian Church in
Clarice W. Carter
Wallace-Rose Hill where she is a
senior. She has seven years of
training in dance and will perform a
modern jazz routine during talent
competition for the 1984 Miss Duplin
Clarice Williams Carter is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene
Carter of Rose Hill. She is a graduate
of Harrells Academy and presently
attends the University of North
Carolina at Wilmington. Clarice is
studying business and marketing at
UNC/W. She will perform -a dance
routine in talent competition for the
Miss Duplin County title and has had
15 years of dance training.
Charles Albertson, chairman, of
Beulaville, presided. Rev. David
Dickey, pastor of Grove Church,
made the opening prayer.
Harold Rose, treasurer, gave a
very alarming report showing that
the chapter funds were extremely
low and something would have to be
done soon to replenish the treasury.
He reminded the group that 50
percent of the Fund Campaign
receipts had to be sent to National
headquarters and that did not leave
much for the local chapter to run on.
It was suggested the chapter try to
get advance donations on the 1984
The report on youth activities was
given by Mrs. Vernon Reynolds and
Mrs. George Penney gave the report
on safety services. It showed 11
classes were taught during the past
six monins ana oo ceruiicaies wcic
Mrs. Viola Quinn gave the report
for community services to camps and
hospitaJs. This was followed by the
report of services to military families
by Mrs. N.B. Boney. Mrs. Boney
also discussed the results of the nine
visits of the bloodmobile since the
annual meeting last June. She
thanked the volunteer workers and
blood donors for the 701 units of
blood that were given on those
George Garner's fund campaign
report was'pfinted in detail last week
in the county papers. Rev. Troy D.
Mullis, retired Presbyterian
minister, closed the meeting with