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VOL. XXXXVU NO. 33 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 AUGUST 16. 1984 14 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
# JSTC To Graduate 240
Students September 23
James Sprunt Technical College
will graduate 240 students in its
annual commencement ceremony at
5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Kenan Me
The school will graduate 130 stu
9 dents from its one- and two-year
curriculum programs and 110 from
its general education development
program for high school equivalency
Registration for the fall quarter
will open Sept. 26 with classes
starting Sept. 27.
Business computer programming
and a homemakcr health aide pro
gram will be added to the curriculum
? this fall, President Carl Price said.
The aide course calls for 36 hours'
credit and is a two-quarter course.
The computer course requires 177
hours' credit. The curriculum is
spread across seven quarters.
During the 1983-84 school year the
school had the equivalent of 1,214
full-time students registered. During
the past year the school had 45
full-time and 100 part-time instruc
It has a budget of nearly S3.3 mil
lion, of which Duplin County is pro
viding S462.000 and the federal
government, $150,000. The state is
providing the rest.
The school also received $500,000
from the spring legislative session
for capital improvements.
A cooperative agreement with the
Duplin County public school system
permits some high school students to
take courses at JSTC which the
students' schools do not offer.
Among Such courses is calculus.
During 1984 JSTC marked its 20th
anniversary as a member of the state
community college system, although
the institution is somewhat older.
Price said 1984 was chosen for the
anniversary because it was provided
a campus in August 1964 by the
Duplin County commissioners. The
county board appropriated money for
a 54-acre site one mile south of
Kenansville. The first building was
completed in September 1966.
The school that became James
Sprunt began as a Duplin County
unit of the Goldsboro Industrial
Education Center, now Wayne Com
munity College. James Sprunt In
stitute was chartered March 12, 1964
and named for Dr. James Sprunt, a
Civil War chaplain, educator and
Presbyterian minister who v, .is head
% master of a former James Sprunt
Institute in 1845.
The campus includes-four major
buildings including one with a 300
James Sprunt now. provides pro
grams in accounting, agricultural
business, animal science, associate
degree nursing, business adminis
tration, commercial art, criminal
justice, electronic engineering tech
nology, executive secretary, general
office technology, genen ' technical
curriculum core, met teal office
assistant and technical special
studies in its technical education
A study is being conducted to de
termine whether a satellite campus
should be established in Wallace.
The school lunch operation is big
business in rural counties such as
The Duplin program spent
$1,711,386 during the 1983-84 school
year. It will begin operations at the
end of this month with a reserve of
$346,830 which would finance its
operation for nearly three months.
The reserve is needed because of
delayed federal payments.
Shelby Kilpatrick, school food
program supervisor, told the board
of education last week that she spent
$769,000 for food and $664,000 for
A labor during the past school year.
Other expenditures were $46,000 for
equipment, $86,000 for supplies,
'$24,000 for purchased services, and
$115.000 for indirect costs.
Mrs. Kilpatrick reported an aye- A
rage of 6,380 students per day were
served lunch during the last school
year. She said 2,195 received break
She said meal charges will be the
same this year as last ? for lunch. 70
cents for elementary and 75 for
junior and senior high school stu
dents, and SI.20 for adults. Students
eligible for reduced fees will pay 40
cents. Breakfast charges will be 45
cents for students and 65 cents for
adults. The reduced breakfast fee
will be 30 cents.
During the last school year, 2.552
students paid full price and 510
reduced price for lunch.
. School Opens Aug. 23
Duplin County School Buses Being Readied
County mechanics Greg Rackley, Bobby Best, Wilbert
Kornegay and Alvin Dunn can be seen working on some
of Duplin's school buses. Student drivers will pick up
the buses for the 1984<-85 season on August 24. County
Garage director Allen Wood said the buses traveled
? i,234,571 miles last year and transported an average of
6,296 students per day. The county will put some 140
regular buses on the roaJ this year. There were three
buses replaced with new ones this year, Number 14 at
Rose Hill-Magnolia, Number 93 at Wallace Ele
mentary, and Number 133 at Beulaville Elementary.
Bus drivers are paid $4.25 an hour and will average
about $150 a month, with some, of course, making more
and some less.
I Sammy 0oone Reworking The Brakes Of A Duplin School Bus
bus recei\ es normal maintenance on the braking
* 1 ? $*1
system every 20 days, according to Allen Wood, garage
38JOOO Square Feet To Be Added
National Spinning Company
To Expand Warsaw Plant
National Spinning announced
Monday morning a 38,000 square
foot addition to their 105,000 square
foot Warsaw plant.
According to Joe Tisdale, execu
tive vice-president of manufacturing,
the new addition should be com
pleted by the middle of November
1984, and will house manufacturing
equipment for a new product line.
"We will try to penetrate a new
market," Tisdale said. "If it works
out, we'll have to add 12,000 more
quare feet to our warehouse."
"We will install new equipment to
un half of the maximum capacity oi
120,000 pounds of yarn," continued
Tisdale, "shooting for 60,000 pounds
at first." Tisdale said that the
Warsaw plant work force would be
increased from 240 to 310 employees
upon completion of this expansion
with the same supervisors as they
Ben Ellenberg, division personnel
manager for National Spinning, said
that hiring for this expansion will
begin the first of January, 19S5.
Before the details of National
Spinning Warsaw plant expansion
was announced, Mike Lauter,
manager of National Spinning War
saw plant, welcomed the news media
and local business leaders, saying,
"We have some good news to share
with you this morning." After men
tioning the expansion, Lauter intro
duced Don Barham, corporate vice
president of industrial relations, who
gave an up-to-date progress report
on both of National Spinning's
Duplin County plants.
Barham, who lived in Warsaw for
several years, began by saying how
nice it was to be back in Warsaw
among friends to talk about some
good news. Barham said that
National Spinning's Warsaw piant
bottored out in 1977. New product
lines and technical changes allowed
the company to rebuild and expand
"We want to keep you informed
about Warsaw," said Barham.
"We've got good labor and good
people in Warsaw."
When asked about the dollar value
of this expansion, Tisdale said,
"Initially it would be Sl'/i million
and at full capacity S2 million."
The expansion meeting ended
with a tour of the Warsaw plant led
by Lauter, Ellenburg, Tisdale,
Barham and Technical Manager
Kenansville To Buy Land
Bank Building For Town Hall
Kenansvifle will own a town hall as
soon as the paperwoxk is done.
The town board voted unanimous
ly last week to buy the former
Federal Land Bank building for a
town hall. The town office has been
in the ftre department's building.
The Land Bank vacated the
building when the Federal Land
Bank and Production Credit Asso
ciation merged to form Farm Credit
Services and consolidated their
offices throughout the Southeast.
Kenansville will pay $73,000 for
the structure. Carey Wrenn of
United Carolina Bank told the board
the bank will lend the town money
for the purchase. He offered the
town a choice of variable or fixed
interest. The board decided to take
the fixed rate of 10 percent for a
three-year loan. Under the other
plan the town would have paid 60
percent of the prime rate. At the
present prime rate the town's rate
would have been 8.45 percent, but
board members feared the prime
rate will rise.
"Our people at the bank can
finance the project on a lease-pur
chase plan," Wrenn told the board.
Town attorney W.E. Craft told the
board he believes it is legal for the
town to enter into such a contract.
The town plans to pay $20,000
down and borrow $53,000 from the
The town's federal revenue shar
ing grants will be applied to the loan.
In other action, the board agreed
to allow the county to extend water
lines from the old Kenansville school
to a wooded site adjacent to the
William Rand Kenan Jr. Memorial
Amphitheatre. Stacey Smith, Duplin
County maintenance supervisor, re
quested permission for the exten
sion. Electric service will be ex
tended from the school to the site,
which will be used for travel trailers.
Jim Johnson, manager of THE
LIBERTY CART, which is performed
in the amphitheater, said some
people attending the outdoor drama
come in travel trailers and want to
stay overnight. He said some people
might want to stay in campers at the
site during the county fair in
October. The board limited campers
to one week's continuous stay.
The See-Saw square dancers of
Warsaw received permission to put
on a demonstration on downtown
Kenansville streets this week.
Beulaville Town Employees
Receive 5 Percent Pay Raises
Beulavillc town employees were
granted a five percent pay raise
during the August 6th meeting of the
Board of Commissioners.
The motion by Commissioner Joe
Edwards granting a five percent pay
raise to all town employees was
approved by all Board members
except Rabon Maready. Maready
has spoken out at earlier meetings of
the Board in favor of merit-type pay
increases for town employees.
Town Auditor Doug Clark reported
Beulaville had collected 91 percent of
its taxes in the budget year just
ending. The prior year % percent of
the taxes had been collected which
yielded a difference of approximately
$2,000, Clark said. Town Clerk Carol
Miller was authorized by the Board
to begin legal procedures to collect
Proceeding with the local option
portion of the Wickline Community
Development Block Grant in Beula
ville, Commissioners approved a
motion to purchase land for a park.
Local option funds total $70,000 for
use in street paving, repair and
drainage along with the park in the
sojth section of Beulaville. Town
Attorney Russell Lanier was
requested to draw up an option for
the town to purchase three acres of
land just off Parker Street. The price
for the property is $13,000. Com
missioner Rabon Maready opposed
the motion to purchase the property
for the park.
Beulaville Commissioners urauieU
Lanier authority to begin action
requesting the removal of all mobile
homes from areas in town not zoned
to provide for them. The motion was
promoted bv citizen complaints and
an appearance by Duplin Building
Inspector Brice Sanderson at the
According to citizen complaints
mobile homes are being parked in all
areas of the town while being re
modeled. Remodeling of the mobile
homes creates a public nuisance and
eyesore in areas zoned residential,
Beulaville citizen Colon Whaley ex
plained to town commissioners. The
motion by Maready granting Lanier
authority to request removal of
mobile homes called for a 72-hour
period in which to vacate or face
Anthony Ramsey appeared before
the Board questioning town policies
for extension of water and sewer
lines. Ramsey first appeared before
the Board in May requesting the
extension of sewer lines to his lot on
Stanford Street. Ramsey was in
formed that the policy of extending
lines required the citizen requesting
service to purchase the pipe andithe
town do the installation. In Ramsey's
case the extension along with tap
fees and deposits totaled SI,045.
"The policy in the past has been
with lines that are not covered by a
major extension of the system,"
Commissioner S.A. Blizzard said,
"that the person requesting service
has to pay for the pipe We have to
treat you just as the Board has
treated people in the past. If we
extend the line for your lot, then
tomorrow there might be 10 people
wanting sewer lines extended."
"I don't see how we can burden
town citizens with $500-5700 for
pipe," Commissioner Rabon
Maready said, "when we have spent
money to extend lines out of town to
non-taxpayers and charged them
only a tap fee. It seems that we are
discriminating against the tax-payer
in our own town." Maready was the
only commissioner opposing the
policy which requires Ramsey to pay
for sewer lines to his property. The
motion by Maready to install the
sewer line to Ramsey's property
charging only a tap fee died when no
second came from the remaining
members of the Beulaville Board.
Mayor Wilbur Hussey presented
boardmembers with a letter from
Duplin County Manager Ralph
Cottle. The county has been asked to
remove the trash dumpsters from the
old drive-in theatre location. Cottle
informed the Board the dumpsters
would be taken back to the county
landfill within 30 days if a new
location could not be secured by the
The Board voted to continue
business with Commissioner Joe
Edward's insurance company. Ed
ward's insurance company has a
total of $150 worth of business with
the town in policies covering die
Beulaville Scout Hut and Armory.