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VOL. XXXXVI1 NO. 51 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 DECEMBER 20. 1%4 20 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Moving The Restored Cart Wheels Used In Building The Washington Monument
When simply pulling ihe 10-fi. carl with a tractor was halted by a jammed
wheel, Duplin's maintenance staff called fur some help from Carey Williams
' a the l<vai auto rcfflPr shopH. t#s"?. of moving the'cart fiVm James Sprunt
Technical College to the'Kelly-Farrior House in Kenansville was originally
A supposed to take a few minutes, but at the end of (wo hours and many
attempts, the cart was set into place as part of the Cowan Museum last
Thursday. The wheels are restored as originally used the the expedition of
the fisindation for the Washington Monument by the Duplin firm of Smith
Lumber Company. The restoration of the wheels was done by the JSTC
building trades class and instructor Prentice Smith. T! ? wheels were placed
n 'he grounds of the restored Kelly-Farrior house, which is the new home of
he Cowan Museum. The 10-fi. wheels are only part of the plans for outdoor
a tactions'at the Ketly-Farrior House when the museum items take the place
nex month. According to museum curator George Cowan, bee hives, the
Herring log house now on the James Sprunt campus, a smoke house, a cane
mill, a saw mill and grist mill, a whiskey still, a wash pot and small pond are
planned as support features on thegrounds of the Cowan Museitm at the
Kelly-Farrior House. The Herring log house is expected to be moved this
week. The Kelly-Farrior House is located next to Liberty Hall and the Cow an
Museum currently occupies the former Duplin County-Dorothy Wighlman
Rose Hill Considers Land Annexation,
? Road-Widening Request And Audit
Herbert Pope will initiate annexa
tion procedures for his property on
U.S. 117 just south of the town of
Rose Hill limits in order to receive
town water and sewer service.
He asked the town board for the
utility service last week on Tuesday
night. The board said it would be
willing to extend the service pro
vided Pope let the town annex the
property. Pope agreed to petition the
town for annexation.
After it gets the petition, the board
will call a hearing on the annexation.
Pope plans to move his vehicle
repair business to the property. He is
being forced out of a building owned
by Rose Hill Hardware Company
which needs the space.
In other business:
? The board approved advertis
ing for a public works director. The
salary range is $14,000 to $22,000 a
year, depending on experience and
capability. The director will be
responsible for maintenance and
operation of all facilities and equip
ment owned by the town. A Class II
waste water treatment plant opera
tor's license will be required.
? The board decided to ask the
state to widen U.S. 117 to four lanes
from the end of the present four-lane
street south to the Rose Manor
Shopping center. It plans to replace
water and sewer pipes under the
street that require frequent repair.
? B.A. Pope of Wallace pre
sented the annual Rose Hill audit
report, which showed the town's
revenue exceeded expenditure by
$34,364.70 in the last fiscal year.
General fund revenues totaled
$298,942.11 or $16,480.11 more than
budg. ted. Expenditures totaled
$264,577.41. The town collected
$117,419 or 89.6 percent of the
property tax billed in the 1983-84
fiscal year. The town's assessed
valuation is $17,280,958. The tax
rate is 70 cents per $100 assessed
Commissioner Clarence Brown
said, "Instead of talking about
raising taxes what we need to do is
Mayor Ben Harrell said he was
concerned about Gov.-elect Jim
Martin's proposal to repeal the sales
tax on food. He said the town cannot
afford to lose the $80,000 in revenue
and revenue sharing grants created
by the tax. He asked for a motion on
a resolution opposing the proposed
repeal. None of the commissioners
made the motion. If it had been
approved, Harrell said he would
have given copies to the coui ty's
legislators, Rep. Wendell Murphy
and Senator Harold Hardison.
Commissioner Keith Hinson said.
"That's a political argument and 1
don't want to get into it in .the town
% New Agent Located At Duplin
Agricultural Extension Office
Livestock Pest Management
Agent Michael Stringham as been
located at the Duplin Agricultural
Extension office in Kenansville. He
will service the eastern half df the
"1 am responsible for everything
? east of Wake County," Extension
Agent Michael Stringham said.
"Duplin was picked as a middle
county, but really there are only
about eight to nine counties which I
will be mainly working in ? and
Duplin is in the middle." The agent
will be working to control pests in the
production of poultry and beef and
pork. According to Stringham, his
main duties will revolve around the
management of insects in poultry
operations and swine insect con
rtA finement. These duties involve the
control of field flies, lice and mange.
Stringham comes to Duplin after
working five years with the Exten
sion Service in the state of Missouri.
He served as an agricultural spe
cialist working with some livestock
"The position in Missouri was not
in a well-defined program." String
ham said. "What work I diJ in pest
management was on my own, and I
was looking for a position to get back
to the use of my formal education.
"My wife and 1 wanted to return to
North Carolina because we both
went to school here. And, for me, 1
spent more years in North Carolina
than any other place during my life. I
think of coming back to North
Carolina as returning home."
Stringham is a graduate of North
Carolina State University with a
masters in entomology.
Stringham was raised in a military
family which relocated homes about
every three years until his father
retired in the 1960s. The family
retired to a farm in Missouri and
became involved in the dairy
...j managed to
have a small acreage and we kept
some livestock. It was on'y after my
father retired that the family got real
serious with farming and that was in
"Looking back, farming is one of
the better occupations I've been
involved with during my life,"
Stringham said. He began in the new
position December 3. The first week I
was spent in the office and the past '
work week He has been meeting area S3
poultry and swine farmers.
"The winter months are slow and I
plan to use the time to get M
acquainted with the area farmers J
and learn the nuts and bolts of swine M
and poultry production. Also, the
winter months are used to design
programs for summer pest control.
And, I want to offer workshops to ^
help train and update the field man
in techniques of pest management,"
Stringham and his wife,
I Whitley's Mobile Office To Visit Duplin
f Congressman Charlie Whitley's
^ Third District mobile office will visit
I1' Duplin County on Thursday, Dec. 20.
I William McPhail, field representa
tive, will be manning the office and
I will be available to persons having
matters that they wish brought to
Whitley's attention. i
Locations and times are as follow:
Wallace, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Rockfi^h
Shopping Center; Kenansville - 11 -
12 noon, Old Elementary School; and
Albertson - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.. Post
This schedule is subject to pre
vailing weather conditions affecting
Marihelen, and daughter reside in
Sarecta. Marihelen is a native of
North Carolina and she holds a
masters of education from East
Vs' ? ' ?
To Inspect Creek
Bank For Erosion
Warsaw town officials w ill inspect
a portion of Stewarts ( reek at the
Grace Smith residence to determine
the extent of her efforts to halt
erosion of the creek banks.
Mrs. Smith complained to the
town board last week that she has
spent $1,263.14 to protect her prop
erty from the erosion. She said she
has a shed that will fall into the
stream unless something is d^ne.
She said she has asked the "own,for
help without results.
Mrs. Smith and a neighbor built a
fence on the bank and placed broken
cinder blocks and other debris on lb
bank to protect it. She hired a mar
straighten a bend in the banks
"I feel like the town should h
me pay back my money.' she
"I'm only getting Social Sccurb ,<j
that's a lot of Social Security. 1 <?
done what the town refused to d'
pay taxes and 1 feel I've c ? n
Mayor Sam Godwin said h- no
some of ihc hoard members will
inspect the creek.
Billy Kennedy, a town commis
sioner. said. "The only way to fix it
is to lile it. I'd take a big tile. It's the
mam drainage source of Warsaw."
I.arry Simmons, maintenance
supervise, said of Mrs. Smith's
work, "I'm not sure but that the next
big rain will wash it down the
he. heard also asked that
M David \ssociates, the engineer
i firm that is handling the town's
federal rehabilitation grant, provide
report on the grant-funded work,
w Irk h includes street work as well as
repair of homes.
One portion should be completed
by )uni, 19XS. If contracts for the
w ork uv now awarded by that time,
the money will revert to the federal
! rll them (McDavid) we'd be
.'remely unhappv if that happens."
I he project is about 60 percent
Continued planning for a 11,569
square-fool student center at James
Sprunt Technical College was
approved last week by the Board of
Trustees during its December
Wilmington architect Herb
McKim presented plans for the pro
posed structure, which will cost an
estimated $645,000. The board asked
McKim to prepare more information
on the proposed building.
Trustee Amos Brinson 6r. re
ported that the institution has
$500,000 from a state grant and
$100,000 from Duplin County to
finance the proposed building.
The building committee agreed to
ask the County Commissioners to
appropriate the additional $45,000
out of next year's budget.
Plans call of exterior walls com
posed of "R-Wall," a synthetic
substance with insulation character
istics and an extremely hard finish.
Trustee Dallas Herring questioned
the use of this material and the
shape of the planned structure,
saying he believed a more square
design would be more efficient than
the irregular floor plan McKim
In other action, the board agreed
to spend $20,056 to cover exposed
steel beams on the McGowen Build
ing with the same material proposed
for the student center. The change
should improve the energy efficiency
and appearance of the oldest build
ing on the car-pus.
A five-year capital needs program
also was outlined.
I he list includes renovation of the
McGowen Building, which opened in
1966. Cost is estimated at $300,000
with $100,000 front local money and
$200,000 from state funds. The
23,045-square-foot building was
built at a cost of $12.50 per square
II needs a new heating and air
conditioning system, a new roof, new
energy conserving windows and
electrical system improvements.
Board members said the exterior
appearance now reflects the minimal
cost of the structure.
Completion of the student center
will free 6.000 square feet in the
Mctiowah Building. The health
occupations program will expand
into the area, fhe human resources
development program will move out
of temporary units into another part
of the \acaled space.
Also on the list is a "high-tech"
building to house the electronic
engineering, computer, hydraulics
and pneumatics laboratories, class- -
rooms and shops. Cost is estimated
at $1 million with $400,000 coming
from local monc\ and $600,000 from
state funds. The building would free
space in the Herring building for the
continuing education department
and in the Hall building for a child
The other major item in the plan is .
a resource center at a cost of
$750,000, with $350,000 from local
and $400,000 from state funds.
JSTC has ? current enrollment of
743 students. Enrollment includes
432 students in two-year technical
May Fly Away
Unless the Wallace Town Board
comes up with some change, Caro
lina Telephone Company plans to
take away the Wallace airport's only
The pay phone is not bringing in
enough money, the company notified
the board in a letter discussed at
Thutsday night's meeting. Unless
the board agrees to pay the company
$28 a month, the phone goes.
The airport is southwest of
Wallace on Secondary Road 1307 in
The board wants to keep a phone
at the airport, but has not made a
decision on whether it wants to pay
the bill. The matter was put on hold
until a later meeting.
In other action, the board:
? Agreed to lease at no charge a
former Wallace Rescue Squad build
ing to scout organizations in the
? Hired Henry von Oesen &
Associates in Wilmington to provide
engineering services for the repair
and resurfacing of streets. Engineer
ing costs are expected to run $1,800
to $2,400. The firm is expected to
charge between $800 to $1,000 to
inspect the repairs.
? Set a public hearing for 7 p.m.
Jan. 2 on a request by developers to
rezone land on North Railroad Street
for the 50-unit Rockfish Court Apart
ments, a housing project for the
elderly. The land is now zoned for
? Reappointed Joe Eaddy, Bill
English and Web Turlington to
three-year terms on the town