PROGRESS SENTINEL g VOL. XXXX VII NO. 29 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE, NC 28349 JULY 19, 1984 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 GENTS PLUS TAX Portrait Presented United Carolina Bank of Kenansville presented the portrait of the late Philip Kretsch Jr. to the public July 13 at the bank. Kretsch, a former UCB executive, came to Duplin County in 1951 to establish a branch office of Waccamaw Bank in Kenansville. In recent years the Waccamaw Bank merged to become United Carolina Bank. The portrait will be displayed in the bank lobby. Pictured above, Kretsch's grandchildren, Heatner auu Philip Roller, complete the unveiling of the portrait as their grandmother, Juanita Kretsch and UCB executive Carey Wrenn watch. Duplin Benefits In Support For Firefighters Many rural North Carolina coun ties appropriate substantial sums from their general funds for volun teer fire departments, county offi cials said Friday With such assistance, in addition to the fire departments' or districts' &md raisiiig*'efifurts, scrmeone -will respond to a fire call from any part of those counties, even if the fire is not in a fire district, the officials said. In addition to reducing damage from fire, the presence of fire fight ing equipment reduces fire insur ance premiums in rural areas. The reductions vary with distance from fire stations but range from 10 per cent to about percent, according to county officials The Duplin County commission ers appropriated $103,412 for the 24 volunteer fire departments serving the county during the 1984-85 fiscal year, according to County Manager Ralph Cottle. The county also pro vides $38,550 in operating expenses for its rescue squads as well as pro viding ambulances for most of them. The county is purchasing two am bulances for about $50,000 this year, Cottle said. The total appro priation for operations ? just over $142,000 ? represents just over 2 cents of the county's 75 cents per $100 assessed valuation tax levy. Duplin provides $400 a month to the fire departments in the county and smaller amounts to four depart( ments in other counties that serve portions of Duplin. The county has about 41,000 people scattered over 819 square miles Duplin has one fire tax district ? Oakwood ? in the northern part of the county, which has a fire tax rate of six cents per $100 assessed valu ation. The tax brings it $8,404 a year in addition to the county's $400 a papnth contribution. Legislature Passes Duplin Bills Southeastern N.C. Legislators were busy during the short session of the (general Assembly. In addition to dealing with a wide variety of bills of statewide interest, area lawmakers introduced and lobbied for local bills that directly affect their constituents. Rep. Wendell H. Murphy, J D-Duplia, introduced three bills that were ratified. Murphy represents Duplin and Jones counties. The legislation: ? Limits hunting from roadsides ' in Jones County. ? Increases from $75,000 to $300,000 the value of work and i materials the county's labor pool can j use in the conversion of a Kenans ville school to county office space. 1 ? Allows Jones County to sell certain property at private sale. The j bill validates an agreement between i the county and Trenton Apparel Co. Appropriations asked by Murphy, included $100,000 for the Duplin | County livestock facility and $345,000 for the construction of a treatment clinic at the Duplin Sampson Area Mental Health Center. According to legislative staff members, these appropriations were not funded. Rose Hill Seeks New Well The Rose Hill Town Board this past week directed town attorney Richard Burrows to seek a 90-day option on a potential well site on the northwest edge of town. The 3.74-acre site lies at Secon dary Road 110? and Ridge Street. The owners, Edd Monk and J.W. Maynor Jr., are asking $11,000 for the whole site and $5,000 for a portion of a'ooi't 1V* acres, Burrows said. After obtaining the option the town will have a test well drilled to determine whether a sufficient quantity of water can be obtained. The board declared two police vehicles surplus and voted to open, sealed bids on the cars at noon July 23 in Town Hall. Ihe vehicles are Chevrolet Impalas. One is a 1978 model and the other a 1979 model. Eugene Fussell, town mainten ance supervisor, was directed to begin mosquito spraying imme diately. The twjoe-weokly spraying will coi''?i i ihroui >?' r. , Chinquapin Church Is Getting New Siding Donald and David King of Pink Hill are placing vinyl siding on the Chinquapin Church "from the bottom board to the steeple." The brothers work with Eastern Exteriors of Warsaw. The church is located at the junction of Highways 50 and 41 .^esil ' "a ? ? ? - Warsaw Recreation Director Awarded Extra Pay WARSAW ? The Town Board increased the salary of its new re creation director by $1,000 a year for one year during its regular July meeting this week George W. Lloyd will assume the position of town recreation director July 25 at a regular salary of $12,729 per year. The board agreed to increase that figure by $1,000 the first year to help him with medical expenses un til he 19 covered by the town's insur ance after 12 months. In other business, the board awarded fuel contracts Service Oil Co. of Warsaw was awarded the contracts for regular gasoline at 95.8 cents a gallon, un leaded gasoline at 99.8 cents, pre mium unleaded gasoline at $1 032, non-highway diesel oil at 86 2 cents and No. 2 fuel oil at 85.2 cents a gallon Par Gas Co of Warsaw was awarded the contract to supply the town sewage plant and fire station with liquified petroleum gas at 69 9 cents a gallon Smith Bros Gas Co of Magnolia received a contract to furnish LP gas for the town recreation center and garage for 71 cents a gallon. The board reappointed town clerk Alfred Herring as fiscal officer and tax collector for 1984-85 Wallace Board Discovers Old Ordinance Declaring Sidewalk Sales Illegal WALLACE ? A long discussion about a little-remembered town or dinance banning the placement of merchandise for sale on sidewalks resulted in the Town Board this week directing the town attorney to work up a new ordinance Some downtown business people had complained to board members about baled straw on downtown sidewalks They complained that it created a fire hazard A 1941 town ordinance bans plac ing any merchandise on sidewalks At the time it was approved, virtu ally all local businesses were down town and many of them displayed merchandise on the sidewalks, the merchandise forced people to walk in the streets to get around the dis plays. Enforcement touched off further complaints. If fully enforced, the or dinance would ban sidewalk sales promotions "When you tell a man to remove the straw, you also have to tell ev erybody else to remove merchandise from the sidewalks." said Town Ad- C ministrator Robert Hyatt "If you p enforce it for one you have 10 en force it for all You must be consis- & tent" r Merchants have expressed d? c pleasure with the enforcement They said they want a workable so- a lution so sidewalk sales can be v staged ti A definition of what constitutes a t public sidewalk is also needed. ofTi- a cials said f< "It looks like downtown Wallace s is dying and if a sidewalk sale will u help bring it back to life, then I'm all for it," said Joe Blanton. a mer- w chant. Police Chief Roscoe Rich said, tl "You mean that these farmers who s come in and set up in back of pick ups can't do it." r The town's attorney. .Richard f Burrows, was directed to contact v merchants and attempt to draw up a c practical ordinance r During a public hearing the 1 boahd annexed the area near Tin li "ity on which a town well is being iroposed David Criser of Henry von Oesen i Associates of Wilmington was di ected to prepare an engineering ontract for drilling the well. Criser said that if the contract is pproved at the next meeting, it wuld take about one year to have he well ready for pumping He said he state has approved the site, but pproval for well house plans and ir connecting the well to the water ystm must be obtained Approvals nil take about 90 days, he said A public hearing on drilling the rell will be held Aug 23 A test well must be drilled before he main well can be started. Criser aid In other business, the board ap ?01 nted Webb TurUnrtPA to the anningrBoard, to leplr.teTom Da idson who resigned Turlington to omplete term expiring in 1986 It eappointed Joe Bryant and Francis 'ownsend to six-year terms on the ibrary board Lightning Blamed For Several Fires In Duplin Severe lightning from thunderstorms was blamed for a series of fires in Duplin County 1 Friday night Storms swept through the Wal lace-Rose Hill area around 8 p.m Lightning struck the house of Elmer James on Secondary Road 1101 and set it on fire An outbuild ing at another house nearby was also set on fire from a lightning strike, the Duplin County Sheriffs Department reported At Teachey, on S R 1172. a house owned by Necie Murray caught fire, also from an apparent lightning strike At Fountaintown. near Chinqua pin, firemen fought a fire in an out building, owned bv Ralph Hunter, on S.R 1715 In the Re * Hill-Lake Tut area, high water covered some roads Missing Man Found Dead A man missing since July 5 was found dead in a Duplin County to bacco field Saturday morning He apparently died of natural causes Johnny Morrisey. 58, of Manas sas, Va . was visiting relatives near Warsaw when he went for a walk and disappeared Duplin County Sheriffs Depart ment and rescue workers conducted a search of the area off Secondary Road 1105, where he was last seen, but called it off July 7 when they failed to find Morrisey Workers in a tobacco field ofTS.R 1105, not far from the area that was searched, found Morrisey's body shortly before 11 a m. Saturday, ac cording to Duplin County Sheriffs Department reports The cause of death was not imme-. diately known, but there were no apparent suspicious circumstances Bloodmobile In Albertson The Albertson area churches will host a community-wide Red Cross Bloodmobile on Saturday, July 21 at th? Albertson Morm'.in Church from 10 am to 2 pm. South of Kenansville, there were reports of heavy hail, but no word on damage, according to sheriff s de partment dispatcher Addie Cham bers - v' ? * . Fire departments from Wallace, Teachey and Rose Hill fought the fires There were no reports of injur ies and no damage estimates avail able Herb Garden Dedicated The O.P. Johnson Memorial Herb Garden was dedicated July 13 at Liberty Hall in Kenansville. Johnson served 35 years as superintendent of Duplin County Schools and played an active role in the restoration of Liberty Hall and the presentation of the 1949 and 1950 pageant. THE DUPLIN STORY. Tom Kenan 111 presented the garden to the public on behalf of the Duplin Board of Education and the Liberty Hall Restoration Committee. Pictured above. T?t" Kr?-.n anrf Mrs. O.p. "Minnie'' Johnson pose for photos in the center walk of the round herb garden.