VOL. XXXXym NO. 7 USPS162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 FEBRUARY 14.1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Awards To Outstanding 4-H Members
The annual Duplin County Commissioners Winner's Circle 4-H banquet was
held last week at the Country Squire. In order for a county 4-H'er to attend
the banquet, he or she must have won an award during the year. Former
Duplin 4-H member and Kenan Scholar from James Kenan High School,
Greg Swain was the guest speaker. Commissioners' awards were presented
tdfour Duplin 4-H'ers by Duplin Commissioner Dovie Penney. The selection
of the four most outstanding 4-H'ers is done on a point sytem, Penney
pointed out. Pictured above, left to right, County Commissioner Dovie
Penney stands with the four award winners, Roxanne Pearsall of Wallace,
Andrea Kenan of Wallace, Amy West of Warsaw, Shannon Rowers of
Warsaw and guest speaker Greg Swain.
Faison Sets.Annexation Hearing
The Faison town board reviewed
an annexation report at their regular
meeting last week and set April 3 as
the public hearing date, moving the
Winifred 9* project*t4Mrd comple
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According to town attorney
%Garrett Ludlum, approximately three
acres are included in the proposed
annexation. Unlike an earlier re
quested annexation in the area of
Winifred St., the current project is
not voluntary. While some residents
requested annexation in the current
pr<ject, others oppt>sed the action.
The report compiled by the town
attorney stated more than 75 percent
of the proposed annexaiion is used
as residential property, the area is
also currently serviced by town fire
and police protection and has
* triMablew.tttj# a?iJ st'v -ge connec
tions. Tlie annexation will add only
the availability of trash pick-up
services.^According to Ludlum, the
report is necessary to meet require
ment in annexation proceedings by
B -ard action. A copy of the report
and map of the area to be annexed
will be posted in the town hall until
the public hearing.
The commissioners unanimously
agreed to give town works employee
Archie Rackley Jr. a raise. Rackley is
a par-iime employee working ap
proximately 30 hours a week.
Rackley was hired and working ai
8 a'rd members approved a police
depar mem request to purchase a
new walkie-'alkie radio. The radio to
be replaced had been repaired
several times and needed additional
work, board member Bill lgoe said.
The c si of ihe radio, if traded in,
w uld be $663.
C mmissioner Jane Hollingsworth
rep r ed on meetings with Melba
Laney f 'he Norih Carolina Depart
men f Cultural Resources.
H llingsw rih pointed out Laney's
eff >rs u> encourage small towns to
revitalize their downtown areas.
H'lllingswiTth requested the town
br^uul assist k?cal merchants in
organizing efforts to look at down
' wn revitaliza'ion. She added, at a
mee ing earlier in the day, the
Warsaw Chamber of Commerce had
ffered to hold joint meetings with^
Fais n merchants and downtown
pr perty owners on revitalization.
B ard members requested the
May r talk with downtown property
wners and determine the interest in
he pr jec' before additional efforts
Money matters occupied last
week's meeting of the Duplin County
Board of Education.
The board adopted the calendar it
will use to prepare its 1985-86 school
To cut down on bookkeeping
problems, the board reduced the rate
it will pay employees who drive their
own cars on school business from
25 cents to 20.5 cents per mile. The
Internal Revenue Service recently
ruled that mileage payments in
excess of 20.5 cents per mile must be
reported as income.
The board discussed another new
IRS requirement that employees
who drive school system cars to and
from work show $4 per day income
for use of the cars.
A $4,500 contract for engineering
work to connect the Rose Hili-Mag
nolia Elementary school's sewer
system to the town system was
awarded to the L.E. Wooten Co. of
Raleigh. Rose Hill is building a
sewage treatment plant. The school
is about three miles north of Rose
The budget calendar calls for Jane
Rich, school finance officer, to
present drafts of departmental bud
gets by Feb. 18. The school ad
ministration will hold review ses
sions with departments between
Feb. 18 and March 25.
The final budget proposal vill be
presented to the school boaro April
9. Suggestions by the board wiii be
incorporated by April 16. The board
will present its budget request to the
eountv commissionprc Anril 74
The Chinquapin Presbyterian
Church will receive the first chance
to purchase the plot where the Chin
quapin principal's house was built.
The building is no longer used and
has been declared surplus property.
The board has not decided whether
to dispose of the land. Church
records show the county school
system paid $125 for the plot, which
is on a corner of the church property.
The board plans to ask the federal
Environmental Protection Adminis
tration for a $60,000 grant to remove
asbestos insulation and replace it
with acceptable material. It joined a
class-action suit seeking damages
from the Johns-Manville Co., a
major asbestos supplier.
Shelby Kilpatrick, food services
supervisor, reported on a reauired
random verification of at least three
percent of applications for free or
reduced price lunches. The check
found that 160 out of the 1%
applicants cltecked qualified for free
or reduced price lunches. Thirty
were declared ineligible and six were
changed fr??m free to reduced price
Altogether, 4,036 applications
were received. She said 81 percent of
the system's enrollment, or 6.400
students, eat lunch daily and 28
percent, or 2,200, < ut breakfast. She
said 48.4 percent of those served
lunch receive it free and 9.2 percent
receive lunch at reduced rates.
Eighty percent of those eating
breaklast receive their meals free
and seven receive them at reduced
r\n pi n n t k a CaKpii /i pii m aa ti ft/t
ILsuimg < 11 v i mutual) nitt ting,
Beulaville Commissioners agreed to
try to maintain the two-day-c-week
service of the driver's license
examiner in the town.
Town Mayor Wilbur Hussey was
appointed to begin contacting offi
cials about maintaining the service of
the driver's license examiner for
Beulaville citizens. Plans had been
stated in earlier meetings of the
Board to discontinue the service of
the driver's license examiner in
Beulaville and centrally locate the
office in the towns of Kenansville
and Wallace five days a week.
The board passed a commercial
sewer ordinance setting rates at $10
per 1,000 gallons. The rate for
commercial businesses came as a
result of Alexander Judge's request
to dump sewage collected by his
tank-cleaning service at the Beula
ville town treatment plant. The rates
were passed on a four-to-one vote
with Commissioner Rabon Maready
T.I. Chasten was appointed to fill
the vacancy on the Beulaville Plan
ning and Zoning Board. Chasten was
approved on a four-to-one vote with
S.A. Blizzard opposed. Chasten will
fill the vacancy left after Quincy
Copies of the proposed extra
territorial jurisdiction regulations
were presented to the board. The
town board and Planning and Zoning
Board are scheduled to discuss the
regulations during a February 12
Officers Installed For Kenansville Area Chamber Of Commerce
The Kenansville Area Chamber of Commerce held its
annual membership dinner Feb. 5 at ilic Country
Squire. The featured guest speaker was A1 Callaway,
director of the Division of Business Assistance of the
North Carolina Department of Commerce. New
Chamber officers and executive board members were
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installed during the meeing. Pictured above, out-going
Chamber of Commerce president Charles Sharpe.
guest speaker A1 Callaway, and newly-installed
Chamber officers Gray Morgan, president and Katie
Brown, treasurer. Not pictured, Emily Killette,
^Chamber Recognizes New Executive Board
? The Kenansville Area Chamber of Commerce held its
annual membership dinner Feb. S at the Country
Squire and recognized the new officers and executive
^ hoard members, pictured above are members of the
newly-installed Chamber executive board, left to right,
Paul Phillips, Frank Quinn, Bert Alabaster and Charles
Ingram. Not pictured is board member John Ramirez.
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Will Dry Up
i ne proposea aeminse 01 revenue ,
sharing would disrupt cities' services
and force property tax increases,
area town officials said this past
Revenue sharing is a $4.6 billion
program that returns federal tax
money to 40,000 local jurisdictions
with virtually no restrictions on its
In Duplin County, Warsaw has
used revenue sharing to replace
police cars, garbage trucks and other
capital outlay items, said Alfred
Herrins. town clerk. Without the
money, a substantial tax increase
probably would be necessary, he
Kenansville is using revenue
sharing money to pay for its first
town-owned town hall.
Duplin County has financed school
construction and major repair with
revenue-sharing grants. The county
is scheduled to receive $869,000 in
1984-85. The county has appro
priated $535,000 of the money for
school capital outlay.
Replacing revenue-sharing grants
could force Duplin to add 16 cents
per $100 assessed valuation to the
tax rate, which is now 75 cents,
County Manager Ralph Cottle said.
Wallace would have to increase
property taxes by 12 cents to replace
revenue sharing, said Kobert Hyatt,
The officials said the towns do not
have the tax base to offset, through
property tax increases, the loss of
revenue-sharing funds. The towns
would have to do without such items
as new equipment. School systems
would lose most of their construction
funding, Cottle said.
Kenansville has a tax rate of 69
cents and is scheduled to receive
$27,960 revenue sharing this fiscal
year. The town made a $33,000 down
payment for its new town hall last
year and owes $40,000, to be paid
over a two-year period.
Its tax rate would have to increase
18.6 cents if it were to lose revenue
sharing grants and make up the loss
through property taxes.
Herring said Warsaw is scheduled
to receive $75,639 in revenue
sharing grants this year. The town
uses revenue-sharing money for
basic capital outlay such as police
cars and garbage trucks and for the
recreation department, he said.
The town property tax rate now is
73 cents. It would have to go up to
about $1 to make up for the loss of
the revenue sharing.
"When it first came out it was
gravy, but it has migrated into
operating expenses," Herring said.
After 5 Years
A probably cause hearing for
Melvin Guy Williams, 42, of Beula
ville on charges of fraudulently
setting fire to a dwelling and
conspiracy to set fire to a dwelling
has been scheduled for Feb. 21 in
Duplin County District Court in
The warrant states that Williams
owned the house. Its address Vas
Route 2, Box 12, Pink Hill, in eastern
Duplin County. The warrant charges
Williams set the fire on October 3,
1979, to collect insurance. t
Williams' first appearance hearing
vas held Thursday before District
Judge James N. Martin <jf Clin toe.
He is free on S5.000 bond.
Facing the same charges in con
nection with the fire is Paul Chester
Osik. 27, -if Kenansville, now serv
ing a sentence on other charges in
the state prison unit at Kenansville.
T.D. Batchelor of the State Bureau
of Investigation arrested Williams
Wednesday. He placed the charges
against Osik on the same day. Bail
for Osik has been set at S20.000.
During a telephone conversation,
Melvin Williams made the following
statement: "I am not guilty and am
sure 1 will be exonerated when the
case conies to court.''