VOL. XXXXVll NO. 39 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 SEPTEMBER 27, 1984 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Early this past Wednesday morning, the fire alarms sounded in Warsaw and
Magnolia, as Dorothy Moore's home was ablaze. Mrs, Moore and her two
grandchildren were awakened in the night by the fire. They quickly got up
and out of the house and ran to a neighbor to call the fire department, but by
this time there was not much left to save. Mrs. Moore and the two children
got out of the house with only the clothes on their backs. Nothing else was
saved. Later durine the day. the fire caught up again, but it was decided to
just let it burn. Everything was gone anyway except the cement walls.
Neighbors and other good folks took clothing to the Moores and a few othei
meager items have been donated. They have set up housekeeping in an
abandoned house nearby "until we can do better," said Mrs. Moore.
New Voters Register To Mark
Ballots In November 6th Election
In the November elections, there
will be more than 2,700 new voters
eligible to mark .ballots in a Presi
den^tial.race for their first time within
Prior to the primary elections in
^ May, the Duplin Board of Elections
reports 2,500 new voters registered.
Since the primary, 200 new voters
have signed up and the deadline to
register and be an eligible partici
pant in the November elections is
Currently, Duplin has 19,237
vote?-s registered and 8,873 turned
out to mark primary ballots in May.
The run-off election that followed on
June 5th had 5,481 voters turning
The local competition may have
been more responsible for the new
voter registration for the primary
than other contests!! the state and
national level,'" Qtrotyri Murphy,
supervisor of the Duplin Board of
Eelections, said. "There has been
the get-out-the-vote effort going all
along this year, and the county had
two very close political contests in
the Kenansville-Rose Hill district for
county commissioner, and Board of
Education representative." Accord
ing to Murphy, the registration of
new Duplin voters breaks down into
almost equal numbers from both
white and black races.
Within the past year, election
registrars and judges have been
named in each of Duplin's Five
districts to assist with registration of
new voters. In addition, special
regis (ration commissioners were ap
pointed in each district to register
voters locally. As usual, new voters
may also register at the Duplin ,
Board of Elections office in the
courthouse in Kenansville.
November ballots will feature un
opposed Duplin County commis
sioner and Board of Education
elections, along with highly con
tested races for North Carolina
Governor and U.S. Senator, and the
United States Presidential office.
Local candidates unopposed on the
November 6th ballot include, district
one incumbent County Commission
er William Costin, district five
incumbent County Commissioner
D.J. Fussell Sr.. district one incum
bent member of the Duplin Boatd-df
Education James F. Strickland,
Amos 0 <D?c) Brinson for the district
five seat on the Duplin Board of
Education, incumbent Register of
Deeds Christine W. Williams, in
cumbent 10th district State House
Representative Wendell H. Murphy,
and incumbent fifth district State
Senator Harold W. Hardison.
Absentee ballots for the Nov. 6
elections will be issued at the Duplin
Board of Elections office in Kenans
ville through November 1 and the
return deadline is 5 p.m. November
Morehead Scholarship Nominees
Named From James Kenan School
Last week Morehead Scholarship
nominees were named at James
) Kenan High School and among the
five are two of the youngest students
ever named locally in the competi
James Kenan nominees named
include Warachal Faison, Becky
Frederick and Anthony Earl Hall and
16-year-old seniors Wesley Casteen
and Sonia Bell. The James Kenan
students will be among other area
high school seniors in competition to
be named as Duplin Morehead
Nominees and advance to the district
Morehead awards are made an
nually to approximately 70 high
school seniors. The students are
awarded $6,500 each for their four
years as an undergraduate of the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. The funds are intended
*o pay tuition, room, board, books
and laundry during the school year
and cover the cost of the student's
participation in the summer enrich
% ment program providing off-campus
? internships for Morehead Scholars.
Sonia Bell is the daughter of Mrs.
Helen Bell of Warsaw and Samuel
Bell of Mississippi. As a senior,
Sonia is involved in the James Kenan
Monogram Club, Pel Club, FHJA,
National Honor Society and serves as
vice-president of the student council
and as a varsity cheerleader. She is
also a national semifinalist in the
National Achievement Scholarship
for Outstanding Negro Students.
Sonia, like her classmate Wesley
Casteen, has turned 16 years of age
just prior to the beginning of her
senior year at James Kenan; both
students were advanced one grade
early in their education.
Wesley Casteen is the son of John
and Judy Casteen of Warsaw.
Wesley is a member of the National
Honor Society and has served as a
marshal. He represented James
Kenan last fall as a member of the
Quiz Bowl team and was a Gover
nor's School nominee. Wesley is also
a member of the James Kenan
varsity baseball team.
Warachal Faison is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Faison of
Warsaw. Warachal serves as vice
president of the James Kenan
National Honor Society and is a
member of the high school Drama
Club, Hep Club, student council and
band. She also serves as pianist tor
the St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion
Church junior choir. ?
Becky Frederick is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Gradie Frederick of
Warsaw. Becky has received several
academic awards while attending
James Kenan High School and is a
member of the tennis team. She
serves as president of the National
Honor Society and is a member of
the Pep Club. Becky was named in
1984 as a marshal and served during
graduation ceremonies. And, she
also attended Governor's School.
Anthony Earl Hall is the son ot
Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn Earl Hall of
Magnolia. Anthony is a member of
the high school Pep Club and serves
his fellow students as a bus driver.
He was among the students named
as 1984 James Kenan marshals and
Anthony competed in the East
Carolina Math Contest.
Nominees for the Morehead
Scholarships must have evidence of
moral force of character and the
capacity to lead and 'iit- nn interest
in their classmates. Nominees must
have a proven scholastic ability and
extra-curricular attainments, as well
as a physical vigor as shown by
participation in competitive sports.
The students are nominated first by
their high schdol scholarship com
mittee and then interviewed by the
county Morehead Selection Commit
tee, where two nominees are chosen
to advance to district interviews.
The most recent Morehead
Scholar named from Duplin County
w|s Camille Gradv i* '984.
Students To Make
Up Two Diana
Duplin County public school stu
dents who received two or more
vacation days courtesy of Hurricane
Diana will have to make up at least
two of them.
The school administration's calen
dar committee will recommend pos
sible make-up days at the next
meeting of the Board of Education.
Superintendent L.S. Guy asked
the school board last week to sche
dule make-up days once it receives
the committee's recommendation.
The school calendar already has
some make-up days built into it.
Because it is so early in the school
year, however, Guy said it may be
best to make up the two lost class
days from teacher work days or other
vacation days. "We don't know what
lies ahead," Guy said.
All schools in the county were
closed Sept. 12 and 13. Schools
opened two hours late Friday and.
because of rising flood waters, were
East Duplin High School lost
Friday as well as Sept. 12 and 13
because of flooding on area roads.
A request to excuse East Duplin
from having to make up Friday will
be sent to the N.C. Board of
Education. School days iost because
of a natural disaster may be excused
by the state board, Guy said.
In other business, the board heard
an explanation of the "open court"'
teaching system being tried as a pilot
operation in the kindergarten and
first-grade classes of Warsaw, North
Duplin and Kenansville elementarv
schools from Thelma Alle*., a super
She said the system is a way of
teaching reading and writing by
blending those subjects witn
spelling, grammar and arithmetic.
The alphabet is sounded out 20
minutes at a time four times a day.
Gary Sanderson, assistant super
intendent, believes the state will
adopt and finance the system in the
next school year. The Duplin pilot
program is sponsored and financed
by the county system at a cost of
about $20,000 for supplies.
Sanderson reviewed some com
parative scores from the California
Achievemnt Tests, which students
took in the last school year.
For the third-graders the norm
was 3.7, which means third grade, v
seventh month. Duplin third-graders
scored 3.7 in 1983 and 3.6 (third
grade, sixth month norm) in 1984 in
reading while the state average was
4.0 for both years. In mathematics
they scored 4.0 in both-- years
compared with a state average of 4.0
(fourth grade, first month norm) in
1983 and 4.2 in 1984.
In language. Duplin third-gr iders
scored 4,3 for both years compared
with state averages of 4.4 in 1983
and 4.6 in 1984. The summation of
all three subjects showed Duplin
students scoring 3.9 in both years
compared with a ?-Late average of 4.1
in 1983 and 4.2 in 1984.
Duplin lOth-graders scored more
than a year ahead of the 10.7 norm in*
language and mathematics, but
below the norm for reading. The
lOth-graders scored 10 1 in 1983 and
10.6 in 1984 in reading. 12.4 in 1983
and 12.9 in 1984 in language, and
11.1 in 1983 and 11.8 in 1984 math
matics. The combined average was
10.9 in 1983 and 11.3 in 1984.
Watha Boy's Death
A four-year-old Watha boy died in
an accident about 5 p.m. Wed
nesday, said Chief Deputy Gene
Kelly of the Pender County Sheriff's
The boy, who was found by his
mother, apparently died while play
ing on a gym set. He had become
tangled in a rope that was tied to the
crossbar of the set, Kelly said.
Kelly said the death has been
ruled an accident.
Brent McKinley Phillips, 4, died
Wednesday. Funeral. Bible Baptist
Church, Burgaw. Burial, Riverview
Memorial Park. Watha.
Surviving: parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Bart M. Phillips; brothers, Chad and
Kurt Phillips, both^ttf the home;
maternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Gene Padgett of Watha; pater
nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Clyde Phillips of Orrnand Beach, Fla.
Town Of Kenansville Receives Award
Charles Sharpe, president of the Kenansville Chamber of Commerce, is
pictured, left, above, receiving the 1984 Community of Excellence award for
the town from North Carolina Governor James Hunt. The annual Community
of Excellence awards banquet was held recently at the Raleigh Civic Center.
Melvin G. Cording of Wallace has '
joined the Duplin Agribusiness
Council as director, representing the
Fourth District. He replaces Jay
Thomas who resigned.
Cording, who is presently retired,
has spent his life promoting agri
culture and has been very active in
local government. He served as
councilman and mayor of Wallace,
director of the N.C. League of
Municipalities, and chairman of the
Legislative League committee.
In the field of agriculture, he has
served as executive secretary of the
N.C. Cattleman's Club, vice-presi
dent of the National Association of
Cattlemen, president of the Pure
bred Cattle Association, and has
been featured by the Raleigh News
and Observer as the "Tar Heel of the