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VOL. XXXXV11 NO. 18 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE, NC 28349 20 PAGES THIS WFF.K MAY 3. 1Q84 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Amos "Doc" Brlnson
James F. Strickland
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William J. ' ifltin
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J. Frank Steed
George N. Amnions
Child Shoots Himself
' At Rose Hill
A 12-vear-old bov shot himself
^ Thursday morning in a classroom at
/ Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary
School, officials said.
Duplin County Sheriffs Depart- ?
ment Detective E.G. Baker said the
boy shot himself around 8:25 a.m.
after he left his classroom and went
to another classroom. Baker said
students and the teacher were in the
room when the shooting occurred.
The boy apparently did not attract
any attention to himself before the
shooting. Baker said.
?k The youth was reported in satis
' factory condition in Duplin General
Hospital in Kenansville Thursday
night. He waswc aided in the side.
Baker said 'the boy carried a
handgun to school in his brother's
book sack, which he had borrowed.
"There had been no- indication of
any problem beforehand," said
Duplin County School Superinten
dent L.S. Guy. "During the investi
gation some things probably will
show up and we're going to try to
find out what and why it happened so
maybe we can prevent another
student from doing the same thing."
"I'm saddened and shocked,"
Guy said. "We're going to make
every attempt to see that this does
tot take place again, but we don't
exactly know how to proceed."
Dupiin Man Charged
A man was charged with man
) slaughter Saturday following a traffic
accient that left a 63-year-old woman
dead in Jones County.
William Henry Hudson of Route 2
near Pink Hill was arrested at his
home within an hour of the accident
that occured at 6:4S p.m. Saturday.
The accident happened at Rural
Route 1147 and Rural Route 1148
about 23 miles southwest of Trenton
in Jones County.
According to Highway Patrolman
William Swindell. Hudson was driv
J ing a pickup truck west on Route
1147 when he ran a stop sign. Carrie
Heath Quinn, 22, of Pink Hill was
driving south on Route 1148 and ran
off the road to avoid hitting the
She hit a chain link fence and
sheared 550 feet of the links before
the car stopped, according to Swin
Jell. The bar _^>oss the top o? uic
fence crashed through the front
window on the passenger's side and
came out the rear windshield.
Mrs. Quinn's 63-year-old mother,
Pearl Heath of Albertson, was sitting
in the front passenger's side. The
bar struck her head and killed her.
Mrs. Quinn and her two children,
who were in the back seat, were
One witness said Hudson briefly
stopped and then left the scene,
according to Swindell.
Hudson was arrested at his home
about 40 minutes after the accident
and charged with manslaughter,
driving under the influence, driving
while his license was nermanentlv
revoked and running a stop sign.
He Was taken to Jones County Jail
in Trenton and released Sunday
under a $2,000 bond.
) Magnolia Man Killed
A Duplin County man died Mon
day night of last week in an
automobile accident about a mile
west of Wallace on N.C. 41.
Frank Bryant, 75, of Magnolia,
was reported dead on arrival at
Duplin General Hospital in Kenans
ville, said N.C. Highway Patrol
Trooper W.F. Sandy.
Bryant was traveling west on the
highway about 7 p.m. when he
drifted across the center lane and
collided with the car belonging to Ira
Alan Johnson of Teachey, Sandy
said. Teachey was treated and
released, Sandy said.
Bryant may have had a heart
attack, which caused him to lose
control of the vehicle. An autopsy
was to be performed.
3 Warsaw Man Killed
A man driving a moped was killed
sarly Sunday when he ran a traffic
Ight in Warsaw and struck a
Trailways tour bus.
At 3 a.m. Sunday, Jamie Ray
Jones, 22, of Route 2, in Warsaw,
ran a red light at N.C. 24 and U.S.
117, according to a police report.
Jones was traveling south on U.S.
w 117. Harley Lantz, 55, of Jackson
* ville was driving a Seashore Trail
ways bus east on N.C. 24.
Lantz was proceeding through the
ereen light when Jones nit the ous.
The impact threw Jones 68 feet into
the parking lot of a nearby gas
station, according to the police
No one was injured on the bus witl
35 passengers. No charges were filed
against Lantz. Police are investi
gating the case as an accidental
A blood test on Jones indicated he
had been drinking, according to the
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On Ballot In Duplin Election
Four Duplin County elective
offices are being contested in the
May 8,primary election..
In a fifth election, Christine Wil
liams is unopposed for her ninth
term as register of deeds.
Winning the Democratic primary
will be tatamount to election as the
Democratic candidates have no Re
publican opposition in November.
Two candidates are seeking each
of thqgtovo Board of Commissioners
and tww Board of Education seats
that will be open. Commissioners are
paid $1,800 a year plus in-county
travel allowances of $2,000 each.
Board of Education members are
paid $1,000 each.
Vying for the newly constituted
Board of Education District 5 seat
are Amos Q. "Doc" Brinson, 33, of
Kenansville, and Lillie Fred^r^k
Sanders, 39, of Magnolia. The dis
trict includes Kenansville, Rose Hill,
Magnolia, Register's Crossroad and
It is the last of five school board
districts to be constituted. Now,
district seats from the Board of
Education and Board of Commis
JSoners wilfi?ver 1 he su;.* art as. - *
Before 1980, Duplin school board
members were elected at-large for
six-year terms. The terms have been
reduced to four years with members
elected by districts as terms expired.
At present the Warsaw area is
represented by two members, both
of whom are seeking that district's
Ms. Sanders lives in Magnolia and
manages the Duplin Apartments
complexes in Magnolia and Rose
Hill. She wants to help improve
"I want to see the children
represented," she said. "I think we
should just listen to children a little
tnore. 1 believe the board needs a
woman's point of view. I heard
someone say that you need a woman
around to keep the men working. I
want to work for better education."
Brinson was born and raised in
Duplin County and has two sons in
"I am concerned that they get a
quality education," Brinson said.
"We need better communication
between parents and teachers. I'm
concerned that teachers don't con
tact parents soon enough if some
thing goes wrong. Teachers should
call parents and parents should call
teachers. It can get better. I'm not
blaming anyone for the fact it's not
"The board can do a lot to open
lines of communication," he said.
'It needs to tell the advisory boards
iiioole of the county what's
Two incumbents at* vying for the
District 1 seat, which includes the
Warsaw-Faison area. They are Rid- -
dick E. Wilkins, 61, and James F.
Strickland, both of Warsaw.
Wilkins, a retired county agri
cultural extension agent, was ap
pointed to the board in 1981 to
replace a member who had resigned.
Wilkins believes he can help solve
problems such as those of slower
students. Being retired, he said he
has the time to put into the job.
On consolidation of James Kenan
and North Duplin. High schools, an
issue in the northwestern and central
areas of the county, Wilkins said: "I
lean toward consolidation, although
not everything is firmed up in my
mind. I know larger units can afford
broader and stronger cuTriculums.
"When I was coming up there
were two strong values. One of them
was religion and the other was
education and I still believe that
way," Wilkins said.
Strickland, when asked whv he is
seeking re-election, said, "I asked
myself that question. It's that we
have a chance to do something now.
There was a time when we couldn't
do anything. I've been on the school
board 24 years. I like the idea of
merit pay but I don't know how to do
it. Good teachers need rewarding."
Strickland does not favor consoli
dating James Kenan and North
Duplin High schools until people of
the two school areas want to join
hands. "When y * take a . cn.^i out
of a community, the community
loses," he added.
Two veteran office holders are
seeking the District 1 seat on the
Board of Commissioners.
William J. Costin, 58, of Warsaw,
a farmer, is running for this third
term on the board.
Costin wants another term be
cause of his experience. He said: "It
takes a period of time to get in
position to do something. It's that
time for me. I think I can do as much
in the next four years as I have in the
past eight. We need reasonably
priced medical care and we need to
work on programs for the elderly."
J. Fr$rik Steed, 53, owr and
operates Steed's Tire Service in
Warsaw. He served as a Warsaw
town commissioner for 12 years
before leaving office after he moved
outside the town limits.
Frank Steed said. "I have always
been interested in government as my
past .hows. 1 am grcatlv concerned
about the hospital. We have good
doctors coming to Duplin and then
we lose them. When they are gone,
we miss, them more wavs than iust
the doctor. They are good citizens.
This needs some close looking at and
changing. As far as education goes,
we need to put our time, money and
energies on the child."
D.J. Fussell, 70, of Hose Hill, a
16-vear member of the board of
commissioners for Disvict 5 is
op -.cd by George N. Am.A, -<s. Jj>.
of kenansville. Fussell is a retired
contractor and is a vintner. Ammons
is a farmer.
Fussell said he has a special
reason for running again. "1 don't
want to see taxes skyrocket."
He said James Kenan High School
facility improvements are one of his
Heritage Week In Duplin Schools
Duplin. County schools will be
celebrating Heritage Week May 1-3.
A schedule of Duplin folk artists are
to appear in the public school along
with a visit from Mary Martha
Phillips, wife of Craig Phillips, North
Carolina Superintendent of Educa
Mrs. Phillips is the chairperson of
the North Carolina Heritage Week
and has served in that capacity since
197rj She will arrive May 3 in Duplin
County for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at
Wallace Elementary School and later
activities are planned at Chinquapin
Primary and Elementary schools anu
conclude with a tour of Liberty Hall
Scheduled local guests at the
Wallace Elementary School will in
clude George Cowan, curator of the
Cowan Museum in Kenansville, and
folk artists demonstrating soap
making and doll-crafting. Folk artists
Stacey Andrews and Lonnie An
drews will be at Chinquapin Primary
and George Cowan and another local
dollmaker are to be at Chinquapin
Elementary School. Mrs. Phillips
will arrive at Chinquapin Primary at
10: JU a.m. and leave for Chinquapin
Elementary at 12:45 p.m. The tour of
Duplin schools will end at 3:45 p.m.
and Liberty Hall in Kenansville will
be the final stop.
According to Austin Carter of the
Duplin County schools, students
from Duplin's high school folk art
class will participate in the activities
scheduled for the Heritage Week
celebration. The folk art students
will appear with the Duplin artists
during the presentations beginning
May 1 at the Rose Hill-Magnolia
School and concluding May 3 at
Students from the folk art class
participating in the Heritage Week
celebration in Duplin public schools
include Carlton Smith. Mitchell
Kernstine, Cynthia Middleton, John
Lewis. Camille Grady, Andy
Maready, Karen Hanchey. Anita
Conrad and Nanda English.
Appearing in Duplin schools will
be basketweavers. corn shuck crafts- '
men. soap makers, quilters, musical
instrument makers, woodworkers, a
taxidermist, wooden shingle crafts
man and a turpentine distiller.
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Students Learn Twilling At Kenansville Elementary
Duplin County Agricultural Extension Service home economics agent Mae
Spicer is pictured above instructing Sara Williamson in twilling. The students
used their new skill to construct a quilt as a project in celebration of North
Carolina Heritage Week. April 30 - May 4. The school also constructed a
Maypoie ana iearn< tne dance associated witn the pole. Instructors at the
school set up exhibits in their rooms Monday showing antique agricultural
and household furnishings, and elementary students traveled room-to-room
viewing the artifacts and demonstrations of their uses.
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