James Kenan Announces Morehead Nominees
James Kenan High School announced the names of five Morehead
Scholarship nominees for 1984-85. The five seniors are pictured above and
include two students, Wesley Casteen and Sonia Bell, 16 years of age.
Pictured above, standing left to right, Wesley Casteen, Sonia Bell and
Anthony Hall; seated, Warachal Faison and Becky Frederick. The Morehead
Scholarship is awarded each year to approximately 70 high school seniors and
^ consists of $6,500 for each of their four years as an undergraduate at the
10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Two students are selected from
Duplin high schools as county Morehead nominees to compete for the
scholarship at the district level. Nominees chosen from district competition
are interviewed at UNC-CH and from them Morehead Scholarships named.
Nominees from North Duplin High School include Laura Alphin and Patrick
Simpson; Wallace-Rose Hill, Robert Jessup and Mary Gill; East Duplin, Iris
a Along The Way
J-M Mf ' ^rLL. By Emily Killatta r
It is true that the collard has
become a celebrated plant in the
South. Festivals are named in its
honor, just as books of poetry have
been written about the collard plant.
Just recently, a minister in
Magnolia won top honors for his
^ pcom about collards, as judged by
? Ayden Collard Festival officials. But,
not all southerners enjoy the taste of
the collard plant and understand no
reason for picking the food as a
The following article was written
by Lawrence Maddry for a Rich
mond, Va. newspaper. Maddry ex
presses my views exactly on the
subject of the collard. The article was
brought to my attention by Mrs.
Ruth Grady Jones, a former owner of
THE DUPLIN TIMES. ,
That vile vegetable with a vengeance
Let us hear no more of collards.
I mean there are so many wonder
ful and entertaining things in Dixie
such as kudzu, walking catfish, Jerry
Falwell, barbeque, fried chicken and
grits that there is no need to go
overboard on the collard.
A collard is a vegetable with a
green leaf that tastes like spinach
that has spent all afternoon working
out in a sweaty gym without chang
ing its socks.
If cooked properly ? boiled all
afternoon in fatback ? its stacked
leaves lie dark and brooding on the
plate in an unappetizing mass.
Once consumed, it lodgei itself in
the stomach like a cannonball,
dispersing enough acid to strip the
veneer from a banquet table. It
breeds indigestion with a vengeance.
I like to 4hink of the collard as the
Ayatollah Khomeini of vegetables.
Yet, Southerners ? who should
know better ? get their kicks by
praising^eollards, just to get under
the skin of Yankees who have never
And in short order, the Southerner
makes a mockery of hospitality by
serving the beastly vegetable to his
Northern friend. The fork is lifted.
The fork is lifted. The vile green
leaves are shoveled in the mouth.
"It tastes like green cardboard,"
the Northerner announces.
"Oh don't worry about that. Just
put a little pepper vinegar on it.
Picks the taste right up!" his host
Pick it up with pepper vinegar!
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,
the case rests.
Small wonder that relations re
main strained between North and
Yet, even as this is written, a
collards festival is in progress in
Ayden, N.C., with collard-cooking
and collard-eating contests. Even a
collard king and queen.
Worse, this year a collard poetry
contest was held by two English
teachers at East Carolina University,
Alex Albright and Luke Whisnant.
"I hate collards myself. It was just
something to do for the summer,"
The winning poem ? there were
more than 500 entries, some from as
far away as Paris ? was written by a
minister from Magnolia, N.C., and
was entitled "Spring Collards in
What this town does not devour
Neglected greens, yellow bud,
Runs skyward into flowers...
It gets worse. The English
teachers published more than 100 of
the entries as a book. ("Leaves of
Green: The Collard Poems." Pub
lished by the Ayden Collard Festival,
Ayden, N.C. 28513; S1.50 for mail
Although many of my friends will
deny it, there has always been a
strong anti-collard element in the
South. And, many of its adherents
have been from the better families.
1 recall that it was Col. Chambers
Ru Hedge of South Carolina who once
told the students at his academy to
"eschew bad company as you would
the lowly collard, for both are corrupt
? one by ingestion, the other by
Even among the lower orders
there has been an antagonism to
collards by sizable numbers of
I know that in my own family a
great-great-uncle, a corporal who
fought at Gettysburg with the North
Carolina Irregulars, mentioned his
aversion to the collard in letters
written from the battlefield.
"Our supplies are so low that we
had collards again. How I do detest
them. Poor cousin Etfie in the next
detachment fell ill from them at
suppe;. He puked all night. My
mules refuse to eat them. As for me,
I would sooner swallow my bau
onet," he wrote,
That was old Alf Lawrence for you.
He told it like it was and later
became something of a poet himself.
His poem on the collard was one of
the last products of a pen stilled by
diphtheria in the 1880s. Yet it is as
vital as though written yesterday:
Is this a collard green I see before
So flat and dark and oozin' grease?
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The 82d Airborne Divison Band's
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Thursday, Oct. 11.
The concerts, sponsored by the
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As the only band on Fort Bragg,
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division and post functions as well as
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Band members will be glad to
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Students interested in trying out for
an Army band may audition while
the "All American Express" is in the
area. To schedule an audition,
contact Staff Sgt. William Fitz
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