jJHip PROGRESS SENTINEL VOL. XXXXVll NO. 39 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 SEPTEMBER 27, 1984 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX Homo Burns 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 DupMnVount,. s 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 October 8. 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 out. 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 5. 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 tion. 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 ^ level. 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 ?? Sonia Bell 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 Wesley Cssteen 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. ? ? WarachaJ Faison 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 Becky Frederick the Pep Club. Becky was named in 1984 as a marshal and served during graduation ceremonies. And, she also attended Governor's School. Anthony Hall 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 Vacation Days 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 excused early. 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 visor. 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 Judged Accidental 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 Department. 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. Cording Joins ? Duplin Agribusiness 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 Week."