PROGRESS SENTINEL VOL. XXXXVII1 NO. 3 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 JANUARY 17. 1985 12 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX Kenansville Amphitheatre To Install Stadium-Style Seating By Summer Grant Seats Amphitheatre Lean back and enjoy the 10th anniversary of THE LIBERTY CART outdoor drama in Kenansville. A $50,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust of New York has been awarded the Kenansville amphitheatre for the purpose of installing stadium-style seating. In announcing the grant monies, THE LIBERTY CART General Manager Jim Johnson said the new seating would be installed before the summer and this year's 10th anniversary production of the outdoor drama. The William Rand Kenan Jr. ? Amphftheatre in Kenansville was constructed in 1976 as the home of THE LIBERTY CABT. At pletion, the amphitheatre provided seating for 1,100 people. Funds.for the seating project were received earlier this month after official notification of the grant came by letter last October, Johnson said. As completed in 1976, the amphi theatre is valued at more than one-half million dollars, excluding the cost of lighting and sound equip ment. "The addition of the new seats is expected to increase the total value of the amphitheatre as well as provide a more comfortable viewing area," Johnson said. "It is a great pleasure to be able to announce vthe seating pct^ec*. especially as we go into our 10th season. "The iddiiion of the seals makes i easy to say the William R. Kenan Jr. Amphiiheaire is one of the finest amphiiheaires in ihe siaie," he said. Duplin ciiizens should lake greai pride in ihe facility as well as the his'orical outdoor drama performed t here each su mmer.'' The William R. Kenan Jr. Me m rial Amphitheatre was designed by Wilmington architects Ballard. McKim and Sawyer. Engineer for the project in 1976 was Henry Von Ossen and Associates. Funds to c ns ruct the amphitheatre were pr vided by the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation, the WUiian) R. j* Kenan Foundation, and the Flagler F undation. State School Officials Brief Public On Proposed Educational Plans The slate Department of Public Instruction told regional legislators politely but clearly last week in Beulaville to put their money where their mouths are. At one of eight "briefings" around the state, DPI staff members gave presentations at East Duplin High School on several proposed education programs that the General Assembly will consider this year. They include a teachers' career development plan, a basic education program that would provide more equal education opportunities in public schools around the state, a plan to incc. irate computer train ing into public school curricula and programs for exceptional children. Throughout the meeting, state school Superintendent Craig Phillips reminded the legislators that the state Board of Education and his department prepared the proposals at the specific request of the General Assembly. Following a presentation on career development for teachers, for example, Phillips said the state board made tiie assumption that ?'the Genera! Assembly wants de velopment; the General Assembly intends to fund." Some 65 people attended the meeting, including several county school superintendents, local school board members and close to 20 legislators. The department was glad to see everyone, "But we're talking to the legislators this afternoon," Phillips said. Among those who attended were slate Rep. Harry E. t'ayne Jr., D New Hanover; stale Rep. E. David Redwine, D-Brunswick; state Rep. Murray Poole, D-Sampson; Demo crat Alex Hall of New Hanover, recently elected to the House of Representatives, and Democrat Edd Nye of Sampson County, who re cently was re-elected to the House after a two-year 9osence. Others who ^ttended included New Hanover v_ounty school Super intendent Richard Flynn, New Hanwer County school board chair man L- cille Shaffer, Pender County school Superintendent Haywood Davis and Pender school board chairman Twila Jones. Payne said that he had observed "a split" or "smoldering diffe rence" between the Department of Public Instruction and some legis lators on how much money is needed and how it should be spent in educa tion programs. Phillips said that he knows of no split. He said some of the proposed programs, such as the 'career de velopment plan, had sparked contro versy among some groups, including the North Carolina Association of Educators. As details of various proposals have been discussed and modified, differences have become minimal, Phillips said. Those who attended the meeting were greeted with light hors d'oeuvres and punch. After hearing four presentations, they ate a candlelight buffet dinner. A Nonconventionai ABC Store In Poison Pictured above is Faison ABC Store manager Billy Wood and along the walls are some of the antiques on display in (he building. Some of the artifacts drawing knives and the small-brimmed hat worn by the Wild West outlaw, Jesse James. Wood said the store reflects a country-type atmosphere instead of the conventional mood set by the operating procedure of other establishments of its kind. ^ ??????, m>mwmmmmmmmm > Duplin Ta* Officer Fights Inventory Tax Repeal Repeal of the state inventory tax would slash the tax base of Duplin County by 9.6 percent and the tax bases of its towns by as much as 20 percent, Frank Moore, county tax supervisor, said last week. Gov. Jim Martin said during his campaign tnat he would repeal the inventory/and intangibles taxes and the stilus tax on food and non prescription medicines. Moore said county officials' or ganizations are opposing the pro posed repeals because they fear they would seriously erode local tax bases. Repeal of the inventory tax, for example, would remove 20 percent of Faison's tax base, Moore said. -rO the current tax rate of 70 cents per $100 assessed valuation, Wallace would lose $38,884 in tax income. Ri*e Hill, with the same tax rate, would lose $23,980 and Kenansville, with a 69-cent rate, would lose $6,471 each year. Towns that have large industries within their Hmits, such as Faison, would be particularly hard hit, Moore said, unless the legislature provided other income. Faison's assessed valuation for 1984 was S36 million and its tax rate 57 cents per $100. The town's business inventory valuation was $7.5 million, Moore said. The town received $43,076 from the inventory tax. The county received $490,000 from the inventory tax last year. Business inventory valuation last year was $65,385,000. The county's assessed valuation last year was just over $700 million. The county tax rate is 75 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Several of Duplin County's largest industries, including Quinn Co., Car roll's Foods, Nash Johnson & Sons farms, Guilford Co., National Spinning Co. near Beulaville and sMurphy Farms, are in unincor porated areas. * Moore said officials fear that if the General Assembly repeals the un popular business taxes, it will not fully replace the income towns and counties would lose. He said that in some instances, for example, the legislature has mandated local action, but has provided only part of the money to pay for that action. Without income replacement, local governments would be forced to raise property taxes or eliminate services, Moore said. While the Seaboard System Rail road property value in Duplin County is relatively low at SI million, the company would have paid $7,500 in property taxes last year, Moore added. Moore said the railroad is paying S3,500 a year in taxes and with holding the remainder, pending a decision about valuation of its property. The railroads have con tended they have been unfairly appraised because they are revalued each year while other real property is revalued every eight years. The ciHinty is now undergoing revaluation, which must be done every eight years. New values will become effective Jan. 1, 1^86. Voters May Use Machines In Duplin Duplin Counly residents may face voting machines instead of paper ballots in the next election. The Board of Commissioners re ceived an offer for voting machines from one company last week. It has called for other companies to submit offers by Jan. 21. The board expects to make a decision at that lime on whether to buy machines or continue with hand marked ballots in its elections. At the board's meeting last week. Counly Election Supervisor Doug Judge introduced Russell M. Sloss. sales representative for Computer Election Systems of Lewisville. The company has offered to apply voting equipment for the county's 20 precincts for $77,446 ? 20 percent off its list price. The county would need 125 machines and 20 tabu lators. Judge said the county paid ballot counters $1 U00 for?tin fembui , election. Results from most elections are not complete before the early morning hours after election day, Judge said. Commissioner Allen Nethcrcutt said, "We sure need something. It didn't look very official where 1 voted." He said ballot boxes "were everywhere. Someone cut a hole in the tops with a pocket-knife." After discussing the possibility of installing voting machines in a few precincts, board members agreed that they should install machines in every precinct or remain with paper ballots. In other business, the board approved the request of Social Services Director Millie Brown for J 1.300-51,500 to pas for a sterili zation operation for a severely mentally retarded 15-year-old girl. The girl's mother has approved the operation, she said. The board also; ? Appointed Dwight Smith of Warsaw to the county Industrial Bond Authority to succeed Johnny Hotlingsworth of W*rsa.v, Holiings vv >rth was appointed to the county industrial dcvcl- pment board last month. ? Approved redrawing fire dis trict lines mi that fire departments can extend coverage to five miles from their fire houses ? Heard Hiram Brinson, emer gency services coordinator, say rescue squad members from the Warsaw and Faison units will begin ? hepatitis B inoculations 33it. s u- 'I,. vuison hi. de partment. Brinson expects about 160 out of 180 eligible rescue squad members in the county to receive the shots. ? Announced that the annual appreciation banquet for the county's 4-H memnbers will be held Feb. 4. ? Decided to re-advertise for a Duplin C >unty librarian. None of the initial applicants met state quali fications. ? Promoted C athy Williams from clerk to office deputy in the Sheriff's Department at a salary of S10.900 a year. Rose Hill Treatment Plant Will Cost Less A change order reducing the cost <?f ihe new sewage treatment plant by $1,000 was approved by the Rose Hill town board last week. Plans called for a metal building. The engineering firm of L.E. Woolen C". of Raleigh recommended chang ing it to a masonry structure at a cost reduce n <>f SI ,000 In >iher action ihc board ap p in id Janet Blanchard, Fu/zy Buckncr and Pete Murphy -to ihe rccrea ion commission to replace Alexander Loath, Marsha Whaley and Ben Mathews. Faison Not Just Another ABC Store The Faison ABC siore is not just any liquor store and people who visit are not always there to buy. Through the front window, an old plow and corn shelter arc easily visable and often they are enough to bring in people for a closer look at the old farm implements displayed in the Faison ABC Store. "Wilson King started the tradi tion," Billy Wood, Faison ABC Store manager, said. "And we have carried it on." Today the Faison ABC Store carries a variety of liquors, brandy and wine, but it also carries on the tradition of preserving the community's heritage. The store has on dispiay approximately 35 farm implements and household items used in the early 1900s. "I might have thought of it, but I don't think it would have been done if Mr. King had not started the collection," Wtxtd said. "But it's a good idea and I think all good ideas should be preserved. "It makes this store different than mi*t and generates a lot of conver sation," he laughed. "It's kind of fur.ny because the younger people come in and comment that we have a lot of nice antiques. But, the older folks come and say they can remem ber using some of the items, like the cross saw, and want nothing to do with (he collection! "I think Mr. King wanted to change the atmosphere of the store by putting things in here that would reflect the kind of area wy live in and a> ihe same time preserve history. You sec. he was kind of a history buff." said Wood. Unique the si<tc is because there are no' maris ABC establishments which have the hat worn by Jesse James among a collection of histori cal artifacts. And. among wanted posters, a bunermond. ox harness equipmen'. a cowbell, cotton scales and a o>bacco plug cutter is a copy of the 1985 Farmer's Almanac. The Store opened in May of 1%6 and six years later King and the establishment were featured in Carolina Crossroads, a column by Jack Aulis in the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper. King, who died more than eight years ago, was quoted in that column as saying, "My idea was this. I asked a man for that turning plow over there (one of two on the walls) just to put in the window. But when people saw it they said. 'I've got something you ought to have in here.' And, now it just keeps coming in." "From lime to time some things still come in," Wi>od said. "But we have about all the store can handle, now. "You know, if liquor sales ever drop," Wood laughed, "we can aliways start to sell antiques." Wood, like many others, has ctmtributed to the collection and said he often finds himself stopping at antique shops just to look for something that might go with the other artifacts of the ^faisor^kBtCStiwe^^^^^^^^^^

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