VOL. XXXXV11 NO. 44 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 NOVEMBER 1. 1984 20 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
?Duplin Arts Council
Operating In Its Tenth Year
Grants ? jusf another way to
waste taxes? The Duplin County Arts
Council built a permanent founda
tion after operating three years on
^ grant dollars.
The DCAC is in its tenth year and
today operates on a budget of more
than $30,000, excluding the direc
tor's salary. The largest single
source of income for the Arts Council
budget is private donations.
"There were critical times when
funds could have not been
renewed," said W.G. Warren of
Pink hall, recalling the Arts Coun
a cil's early dependence on grant
? funds. Warren served on the de
veloping organization's interim
board and later as a board member
of the chartered DCAC.
"There were no promises if you
did real well you'd be around the
next year," he said. During the early
years, the Arts Council organized an
annual Arts-in-the-Schools program
which gained state and national
recognition. An achievement award
_ from the National Association of
W' Counties was awarded the Duplin
Arts Council for the program in 1977.
According to minutes of the Council,
the program was performed in all 17
public schools in the county and
reached 10,000 individuals. The
Arts-in-the-School program provided
workshops by a potter, painter,
pianist, vocalist and photographer.
The Duolin Arts Council was the
first group in the state to be
organized in cooperation with a
? technical institute. A grant between
James Sprunt and the North Carolina
Arts Council provided funds to begin
the organization and an office was
established at the technical institute
in 1975. Regina Whaley, a Duplin
native, who had just completed a
term as visiting artist at JS1 became
the first director of the Duplin
County Arts Council, Warren ex
"Considering where it has evolved
? the quality of programs, the
volunteers and the use of the
availabel resources ? has made the
Duplin County Arts Council one of
the most respected in the state
today," Warren said.
"Everyone brought a little
different perspective to the first
meeting of the interim board.
Schools were the binding tie. We
_ saw the Arts Council as a way to
make Duplin County a better and
more enjoyable place to live. But, the
single, most unifying thing was what
we could do to improve the quality of
life for our children in the schools.
And, Regina inspired members to
work," Warren said. "You know,
she was an organizational whizz!"
Today the Duplin County Arts
Council is directed by Merle Creech
of Warsaw from an office located in
the courthouse building of
Kenansville. The salary of the Arts
Cv">.icil director was assumed by the
county in July of 1978 and office
space provided when the courthouse
annex was re-opened after renova
tions in 1979.
"The Arts Council has a two-focus
approach today," Merle Creech
said. "Our programming is focused
on the school and the community.
We focus first on our schools
because the children are a large base
of the population.
"The Arts Council wants to be
related as a supporter to established
organizations, not as a sponsoring
presentor," Merle said.
And, each year the Council sup
ports Duplin's public schools
through programming art activities.
According to Merle, most of the Arts
Council budget is spent on school
"1 am real proud of the Art's
Council's programming, especially
in the schools," former member of
the Arts Council Board Ervin
Graham of Wallace said. Graham
was elected to the board in 1977.
"The big thrill in working with the
Arts Council is knowing that its
programs arc reaching children,"
Graham said. "Each child has
different abilities and through the
Arts Council programming, some of
those talents may be brought out!"
Through the Arts Council, Graham
and personnel from his business
worked two summers with Duplin
school students at The Liberty Cart
outdoor drama in Kenansville.
Graham and his staff organized
student ushers and ran the con
cession stand at the amphitheatre
two seasons. Graham Drug Company
of Wallace was recognized as one of
five businesses in the state to receive
the first Governor's Business
Awards in the Arts and Humanities
for outstanding county leadership in
1978. Graham was presented the
Business Award for their efforts
through the DCAC to help launch the
new outdoor drama of Duplin.
"Regina asked me to attend a
meeting of the Arts Council board,"
Graham said. "And, I went. I got a
full-time job that night ? just the
quickest you've ever seen ? I
became a member of the board and
'We fsau some good people fco on*
the board that night, along with
me," Graham said. "And, that year
we originated the idea of member
ships and raised more than $12,000
in the first fund drive. Looking back,
I know it was just aa example of
getting the right group of people
together and working for a common
"And, I know we had an active
and enthusiastic board, but Regina
was the real sparkplug that kept us
charged," Graham said.
0 The annual meeting of the
Tobacco Growers Association of
North Carolina, Inc. will be held
Friday, Nov. 9 at the Scott Building
on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in
Raleigh. The meeting will start with
registration at 9 a.m.
The Governor-elect will welcome
the group at 9:45. Other speakers
include Dr. G.E. Legates, dean of
agriculture at NCSU, and Dr. Daniel
Stevens, foreign agriculture service
The business session will start at
10:40 and be followed by a free
The afternoon program includes a
discussion of the Canadian tobacco
program and a panel discussion on
how to grow quality tobacco. The
meeting should adjourn by 2:30 p.m.
Duplin County tobacco growers
who -.vould like to attend and carpool,
should contact J. Michael Moore,
tobacco agent of the AES.
Smith Students Learn From Color Wheels
Artist Kitty Mitchell taught basic techniques last week
during her three-day residency at E.E. Smith Junior
High of Kenansville. The artist-in-residentcy was
sponsored by the Duplin County Arts Council and Kitty
is pictured above with students as they learn the
primary and secondary colors. Kitty is just one of more
then 50 artists-in-residence the Duplin Arts Council will
sponsor in county schools this year.
Artist In Residence At
E.E. Smith School Last Week
The Duplin Arts Council is spon
soring more than 50 artist-in-resi
dence programs in county schools
"Arts in the schools is the most
important program the Duplin
County Arts Council can sponsor,"
said Kitty Mitchell, artist-in-resi
dence at E.E. Smith School of
Kensnsville. "If students are not
-?*posed to art in their schools,,they
may never develop their potential
talents." Kitty, a professional artist,
worked three days at Smith last
week. She is a graduate of the
University of Pittsburg and has won
awards for her cartoons.
"A standard approach here is to
teach basic techniques because
Duplin's schools have no art
teachers," Kitty said. "So 1 try to
cram the basics from my four years
of art classes into three days of
residence at schools like E.E. Smith.
"And, 1 usually see more talent
than the schools know exists," Kitty
explained. "The students bring in
pictures they have done outside what
we can do in class to show me. And,
the things they have done on their
own are pretty amazing, especially
when I know the students have had
"Without c at. agemeni most
students do clop their artistic
talents. And. it is a handicap to deny
the development of those abilities."
Kitty explained the use of the
intuitive artistic abilities are used
daily and especially in careers of
clothing design, automobile design
and design and building homes.
Students at Smith participated in
lectures and demonstrations as part
of Kitty's residency. Each day Kitty
held five classes. Students were
introduced to the primary and
secondary colors, drew from the
right side of the brain, and sketched
with charcoal and ink.
Work completed goes into each
student's portfolio and Kitty pointed
out many of the art works may be
displayed at the local NCNB office in
"The students got right down to
work for me," Kitty said. "In the
future hoie they vill add to their
p^rdolm -tnd as they Itarn more, the
portfolio will ,iu>w the growth of
their talents." Students participat
ing in the program were recom
mended by their teachers from
grades seven, eight and nine at
Kitty is a former resident of
Ocracoke Island where she owned
and operated the Southside Studio.
Completing the artist-in-residence at
Smith, Kitty begins a full-time
position in the arts at Rockingham
Jr. High School in Rockingham.
Polls Open Tuesday In Local,
State And National Elections
In the November elections, there
will be more than 2,700 new voters
eligible to mark ballots in a Presi
dential 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
voters 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 at the state and
national level," Carolyn 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
iho 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.
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 Cou ,ty Commission
er William Costin, district five
incumbent County Commissioner
D.J. Fussell Sr., district one incum
bent member of the Duplin Board of
Education James F. Strickland,
Amos 0 (Doc) 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 M
Warsaw s Annual
Planned Nov. 10th
The 63rd Warsaw Veterans Day
Celebration is November 10 and
features a confederate troop
encampment and a friendship day.
The North Carolina 23rd Battalion
will present living history in an
encampment across from the
Masonic Lodge. The confederate
toop will set up Nov. 10 for an
overnight stay in Warsaw. A War
Museum will also be open Nov. 5-10
at Southern Bank in Warsaw. And. a
memory window will be on display at
the City Finance office depicting the
Veterans Day theme of post World
War II years.
Friendship Day is November 11 at
the Warsaw Baptist Church. The
program, designed for Veterans Day
in Warsaw by the Duplin County
Arts Council, is a look at the culture,
government and people of Warsaw,
Poland. The friendship service
begins at 4 p.m. and features a slide
presentation, ethnic refreshments,
some polish folk songs and stories,
and a display of artwork from school
children in both cities of Warsaw.
Featured speaker is Friendship
Force Representative Dr. Ralph
Honoree this year for the 63rd
celebration is H.D. Taylor of
Kenansville, a World War I veteran.
Marshal for the 1984 parade and
celebration is Dick Jones, host of an
area morning television show. The .
parade begins Saturday at 11 a.m.,
followed by the annual fund raising
barbeque dinner held by the Warsaw
Fire Department. Plates wiii be on
sale at the fire department build
Sidewalk sales are planneed for
the celebration on Saturday along
with a variety of free entertainment.
The Warsaw See Saws perform in
the town hall parking lot beginning
at 1 p.m. The James Kenan High
School band, chorus and Unicorn
Club follow the square dancers at
1:30 p.m. Students of Brenda Her
ring's Dance Studio perform at 2:30 i
p.m. and a break dance review
begins at 3 p.m. The Hesitations
Band concludes the scheduled after
noon entertainment with their per
formance from 3:30 until 4:30.
Saturday evening entertainment
includes a senior high school student
dance at the Warsaw Recreation
Department gym, the See Saws at
Warsaw Elementary School and the
Charlie Albertson Band at the
Warsaw Armory. Admission to the
dance at the armory is $12 per
couple. The student dance begins at
8 p.m. The Warsaw See Saws dance
from 7 until 11 p.m., and the
Charlie Albertson Band plays 9 p.m.
until 1 a.m. Tickets for the dance at
the Armory are on sale at the
Kenansville Drug Store, Warsaw
Southern Bank, Warsaw Veterans
Committee members and at the
door. ^ .?
I State Official Welcomed
The Duplin County Board of Education, in an effort to
take some of their meetings to the schools, has
developed a plan to hold each second monthly meeting
in an area school. The first monthly meeting, which is
held on the first Tuesday of each month, will still be
held at the O.P. Johnson Administrative Building in
Kenansville. Dr. ManilufTs topic at B.F. Grady was
"The Basic Education Program of North Carolina's
Public Schools." The program is designed to give a
student a thorough grounding in the arts, commu
nication, media and computer skills, second languages,
k healthful living, mathematics, science, social studies
" and vocational education. To highlight some of the
changes proposed: summer school for all grades K
through 12; second language taught beginning in
Grade 3; testing and state standards to be met in lower
grades for promotion; in-school suspension; a clear
ing-up of funding responsibilities (state and local). This
plan is to be presented to the state legislature in
February of 1985 for funding and implementation,
partially or fully. To enact the plan would take an
additional 10,969 classroom teachers, 1,500 exceptional
education teachers, and 3,500 instructors in support
areas, according to Dr. Maniloff of the N.C.
Department of Public Instruction. B.F. Grady school
principal Paul Britt is pictured above, left, with Dr.
Suit Settled Out Of Court
A malpractice suit against a
Kenansville surgeon has been
settled out of court for $125,000, a
| lawyer for the plaintiff said.
The suit against Dr. Oscar L.
Redwine, involved the death of
Henry Noah Blackburn. Testimony
in the civil suit began Tues'day in
Superior Court in Kenansville.
Jimmy Blackburn, son of Henry
Noah Blackburn, sued Redwine,
charging that Redwine was negligent
during a hernia operation performed
on the elder Blackburn in March
1982 at Duplin General Hospital.
I According to testimony, Henty Noah
' BJackburn's- esophagus was torn
during the administration of anes
Henry Noafc Blackburn survived
the operation but died from compli
cations caused by the tear, which
went unnoticed after the surgery,
according to testimony.
In opening statements made by
Jene Thompson, attorney for the
plaintiff, and lorn Harris, attorney
for the defendant, on Tuesday
afternoon, the plaintiff outlined the i
areas of negligence and defendant
denied that he was negligent in the
care and treatment of Henry Noel
Blackburn during the week of March
After over a full day of jury
selection, the plaintiff, through
Attorney Thompson, called as his
first witness the defendant, CKcar L.
Redwine. Di :,fhony J. Mure, a
general surgeon, v^ho formerly
" .2 In K-na-.'-i'-lr and new
practices in Clinton, was the second
witness for the plaintiff. Mure was
cross examined by Tom Harris of
New Bern, a medical malpractice
defense lawyer for Redwine's
insurance company on Thursday
The Court recessed for lunch at
12:30 on Thursday and the settle
ment was announced by the Court at
2:30 Thursday afternoon.
The Blackburn's attorneys, Jene
Thompson and his law partner.
Garrett Ludlum, and Sam Clawson of
Charleston, S.C., an attorney
appearing in the case with
Thompson, said that they and the
Blackburn family were satisfied with
the judgment of $125 000.