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VOL. XXXXVII NO. 25 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLA NC 28349 JUNE 21.1984 14 PAGES THIS WEEK F 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Weed Killer Found In
Fertilizer Sold To Farmers
Friday four Duplin County tobacco
farms had been identified as suf
fering from herbicide contaminated
Tobacco specialist with the Duplin
County Agricultural Extension
Service, J. Michael Moore, said a
total of about 10-12 farms are
expected to be damaged.
The herbicide, dicamba, a week
killer, was found in W.R. Grace &
Co.'s Gold Dollar 4-8-12 tobacco
fertilizer. Duplin has five farm
supply dealerships which carried the
contaminated fertilizer and Moore
said all agents had reported damage.
"At this point, the damage is
limited to about 100 acres of Duplin
tobacco," Moore said. "The damage
is not as severe as the 1979
contamination and the dicamba is
not expected to cause great economic
injury to the farmers.
"With the proper rain and the
continued cultivation of the damaged
crop, the leaf is expected to be
marketable," Moore explained.
"The herbicide itself cannot be
found in the soil or leaf samples of
damaged crops. The only way of
detecting dicamba in the product is
testing the fertilizer left over from
planting time on farms suspecting
The chemical does cause a defor
mation of the tobacco leaves which
Moore said is very distinctive and
easy to recognize. The deformation
of the tobacco plant due to fertilizer
contaminated with dicamba causes
leaves to come to a narrow point like
a bird's beek and then hook down
The use of dicamba has been
discouraged by Moore at the Duplin
AES. Safer chemicals are available
to be used in killing weeds and
bermuda grass on the farm, Moore
pointed out. The danger, he ex
plained, is with the chemical drifting
to other crops and causing damage
similar to what Duplin and other
county tobacco farmers are ex
periencing with the contaminated
The dicamba contaminated ferti
lizer is estimated to be only 20 parts
per billion, which is far less than the
1979 herbicide contamination found
at two parts per million. Farmers
suspecting or proven to have damage
should contact their fertilizer com
pany and then continue to grow the
leaf as a normal crop, Moore said.
Throughout the state more than
2,000 acrespf tobacco in at least nine
counties have been damaged by the
contaminated fertilizer. Grace has
removed the suspect fertilizer and
two other formulas, 3-9-9 and 6-6-18,
from the stores in North Carolina.
Damaged tobacco crops were also
found last week in South Carolina.
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Technical College Dean's
Contract Not Renewed
The James Sprunt Technical
College Board of Trustees Wednes
day night unanimously upheld the
decision of President Carl Price not
to renew the contract of the school's
dean of instruction, Dr. Gene
; Ballard's contract will expire June
30. As dean of instruction, Ballard
las been the No. Two person on the
? Ballard early this month appealed
Price's decision to the board. He was
represented at the meeting by
lawyer George T. Rogester Jr. of
Tharrington, Smith and Hargrove of
In an opening statement, board
Chairman James F. Strickland said
^the board granted Ballard the hear
ing, "out of a sense of fair play" and
it "was not the board's purpose to go
into reasons for non-renewal" of the
contract. Immediately afterward, the
board went into secret session.
Emmett Wickline made the motion
to go into secret session and Helen
Boyette seconded it.
After the meeting Wickline ex
plained his move: "I've been on the
board about a year. I don't know a lot
of things that went on before and I
wanted to ask questions about
Strickland said he would have
preferred the meeting to be open but
board members wanted it closed.
Rogister said his client wanted the
meeting to be open.
Commenting on the board decision
to support the non-renewal decision.
Strickland said, "Two people can't
run a ship."
Reading from a written statement.
"Over the last two years there has
been a deterioration in the relation
ship between the dean of instruction.
Dr. Ballard, and the president, Dr.
Price. The level of HtPfr and confi.
dence in each has reached the point
that in my opinion it is adversely
affecting the communication and
decision-making processes of the
"Therefore, and in accordance
with the authority and duty of the
president, it is my decision not to
recommend Dr. Ballard for a con
tract upon expiration of his current
contract on June 30, 1984. Dr.
Ballard was notified of this decision
some 38 days prior to the expiration
of his current contract."
Price said the state community
college board bars its member
schools from granting tenure status
to employees, the employer assumes
no obligation to continue employ
ment beyond the expiration of a
Following Price's statement
Strickland called for the vote.
After the vote Ballard said. "1 am
deeply disappointed" in the trus
tees' action. He thanked his "many
friends and colleagues at JSTC and
across Duplin County for the support
they have given me during the last
Ballard said he will consult his
attorneys to consider an appeal.
"1 have at all times acted in what I
believed to be the best interests of
James Sprunt Technical College and
this community. I will make every
effort to continue to do so," he said.
Ballard joined the JSTC faculty in
1969. Price was hired in 1988.
Development Chief Hired
Woody Brin son
W.W. "Woody" Brinson Jr., 36,
has accepted the position of Duplin
County development director.
Brinson is community develop
ment planner with McDavid Asso
ciates in Kenansville, a position he
has held for three and one-half
Before joining the consulting en
gineering firm, Brinson was a
"tri-town" administrator for
Kenansville, Rose Hill and Mag
nolia. He has served as mayor of
Brinson said he expects to assume
the position about August 1st. The
job pays $26,600 a year.
Woody is a Kenansville native and
graduate of James Kenan High
School. He attended Wake Forest
University and received a degree in
business administration from Camp
Wilbur Hussey of Beulaville, vice
chairman of the development com
mission, said "I think he's ready to
roll up his sleeves and go to work. If
there's something out there, he'll go
"Saying 'industrial' sometimes
gets people off on the wrong track
because this is more than just
seeking new industry," Hussey said.
"We want Woody to help existing
industry as well as seeking new
industry. Anything we can do to help
our e, '.sting industry is part of it.
Roads, 1-40 are part of it. The
commission wants him to try to bring
industry that helps existing in
Brinson agreed with Hussey's
view of the job and added, "I want to
launch a strong public relations and
Duplin Property Value Up
? Duplin County's assessed valua
tion increased $27,026,909 in the
past year. Tax Supervisor Frank
Moore reported recently.
He said the assessed valuation is
$700,910,7%, an increase of 4.01
percent in a year.
Each cent of tax levy would bring
the county $70,091,08 if the collec
tion rate were 100 percent.
The county's 70 cents per $100
assessed valuation would bring
$4,906,375.57 to the county treasury
at a 100 percent collection rate.
While increases varied, every
township showed some valuation
increase. Rockftsh had the highest
percentage of increase with 9.09
percent. Island Creek, in which
Wallace is located, had the greatest
actual increase, $6,839,716 or 5.41
Phenius Arrives For 1984
Season At The Liberty Cart
Phenius Pickett, played this
season by William Hollingswor.h of
Virginia, has arrived at THE
LIBERTY CART outdoor drama in
Kenansville and rehearsals are
After spending the past few years
with theatre companies in Washing
ton. D.C. and Atlanta. Ga.. Hol
lingsworth takes on the lead role of
Phenius, his first in an outdoor
"It's nice to be back in a small
town where everyone still waves to
their neighbors," Hollingsworth
said. "You can see the pride of the
town of Kenansville everywhere.
The outdoor drama THE LIBERTY
CART is a good example of the pride
Duplin has in its heritage and the
hope it has for its future.
"The lead character, Phenius, in
the drama seems to be typical of the
people I have met in this area ? he's
just a likeable and friendly human
being who cares about the rest of his
neighbors," Hollingsworth said.
"The magic Phenius has goes
beyond his ability to tell the story of
Duplin's history. His magic creates a
friendship between the audience and
the characters in the play. Every
member of the audience leaves the
amphitheatre with new friends from
The ninth season of the hisotrical
outdoor drama opens July 13 in the
William R. Kenan Amphitheatre in
Kenansville. The season continues
each Thursday, Friday and Saturday
through August 25. Shows begin
nightly at 8:15.
"THE LIBERTY CART will be my
first experience with outdoor
theatre," Hollingsworth said. "Just
in the few rehearsals we have had
since I arrived, some very big
differences from indoor theatre have
become challenges for me in
adapting to outdoor theatre. The
chance to work with THE LIBERTY
CART in outdoor drama is going to
be a valuable learning experience for
Hollingsworth is a native of
Lynchburg, Va. After three years in
the United States Army, Hollings
worth beean his act ins career. His
first acting experience was in role? at
Sweet Briar College in WOMEN OF
TROY and THE RESURRECTION,
and at Randolph Macon College he
performed in TARTUFFE. In Wash
ington, D.C. Hollingsworth
performed with the Source Theatre
Company, Spheres Theatre
Company and The Arlington Players.
During the past year in Atlanta,
Hollingsworth worked as a member
of the First State Company at The
Academy Theatre. Hollingsworth
performed in THREE BRASS MON
KEYS, EQUUS, ONE FLEW OVER
THE CUKOO'S NEST, THE HOME
COMING, THE PERFECT
DEFENSE, PERSEPHONE and A
y ( m\ ? "Mar jc. ? . ^ ?- .?>
jUuplin County assessed valuation
$ Cypress Creek
$27.026 909 4.01
1984 Phenius Of THE LIBERTY CART
*|*Estimate. Final figure will not be known until November.