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VOL. XXXXVI11 NO. 16 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 APRIL 18, 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Foison Merchants And Downtown Property Owners Organize
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Faison have met twice this month in order to organize a
group to spearhead a local revitalization project.
Merchants and downtown property owners are calling
the group the Faison Revitalization Committee and
hope their efforts will lead to increased trade and
downtown beautification. Pictured above is a view ot
one side of the main downtown business section.
According to Faison Mayor Francis McColman, the
downtown section has about 30 store fronts, most of
which are occupied.
Merchants and downtown prop
erly owners in Faison are organizing
a Faison Revilalizaiion Committee.
Volunteers to begin the Commit
tee's organization came at a
meeting of the local merchants
and property owners held April 9.
The ipeeting featured guest speaker
fHfltfa Laney of the nortrt'Carul'na
Department of Nv. ural Resources
and Community Development with a
slide presentation on the possibilities
for small, town revitalization.
"I'm really here as an advisor,"
Melba Laney said. "1 can point you
in the right direction, but it's really
up to the town.
"The first step for the town would
be to organize," she said. "The town
has to start somewhere; it has to
decide what needs to be done. And,
there needs to be a group in charge.
"In order not to get discouraged,
the group has to realize it will take
long term work," Laney said.
In order to include both property
owners and merchants into a group
to begin determining the needs of
the town, business people selected
the title Fpison Rcvitalization Com
mittee. on organisation will be the
only one of its type in the town
because no Chamber of Commerce
or Merchants Association exist in
Faison. The Faison Revitalization
Committee set their meeting date,
beginning April 16, every third
Tuesday night of the month.
The town of Faison has 30 store
fronts in the downtown section of the
city. And, according to Faison Mayor
Francis McColman, only four are
unoccupied, and some of the down
town store front buildings are used
by other local businesses as storage
space. In all, the town of Faison has
approximately 50 privilege licenses
issued to local businesses, McCol-'
In an effort to contact businesses
with news of the meeting, town
..officials personally delivered letters
to local merchants and downtown
Volunteering to contact other
merchants or downtown property
owners not present for the April 9
meeting were Julie Lane of the
Faison Pharmacy and Anna Graham
of Southern Bank & Trust.
"Every project that has come forth
in this town has shown good com
munity support," Faison resident
and businesswoman Nan Fesperman
said. "And, I don't think this project
will be any different."
Farmers Line Up
To Register Leaf Leases
As Monday's deadline approached
for tobacco leases and designations,
many tobacco farmers throughout
the area spent time in lines.
"We didn't know how much to
charge or pay" for leases, said
Marvin Fountain of Fountaintown in
eastern Duplin County, explaining
his appearance in the long line at the
Agricultural Stabilization and Con
servation Service office in Kenans
ville last week.
"We still don't know," Fountain
Fountain referred to the continu
ing uncertainty over price support
and the assessment to finance the
price support program.
Designations and leases are re
corded in county ASCS offices and
'the deadline was Monday.
Under the tobacco marketing pro
gram. farmers designate their to
bacco production to auction ware
houses of their choice for sale. The
designation program ensures farm
ers of a time and place to sell without
extensive haggling and waiting in
The lease-transfer program allows
growers to lease production quotas
from owners who do not want to
grow the crop.
Farmers who failed to designate
their tobacco to warehouses before
last Monday will be unable to sell
tobacco when the markets open.
Farmers throughout eastern North
Carolina crowded county farm pro
gram offices last week to lease
tobacco and to designate markets.
"It's been slow getting arrange
ments for leasing." said James
Coley of Faison. "I just came today
to designate." I
Coley said there is tobacco in his
area "that's still not rented. The
rent is about half the price of last
Coley and Fountain agreed most ,
farmers leasing tobacco are paying
from 30 to 35 cents a pound this year
in their areas compared with 60 to 70 ]
cents a pound last year. "The 25
cents a pound assessment's knocked
it down," Coley added.
Area ASCS officials said the
number of leases is exceeding the
number of designations. They were
concerned about the designation
State ASCS officials, however,
reported that the number of leases in
the state appears to be lower than
"Under the current law, 1987 is
the first year we won't have the
lease-and-transfer system, and 1
think growers and allotment holders
are getting ready for that." John
Cooper, state ASCS director said.
Cooper said a large number of
Farms are being combined which will
reduce the number of farmers grow
David English, Duplin ASCS di
rector, said his office was jammed all
day. "We haven't been able to make
a count lately. We expect about
1,600 designations and about 2,200
leases by the time it's over," he
Brock Awarded Scholarship
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Russell Leon Brock of Route 1,
Beulaville, has been awarded the
Duplin County Farm Bureau
scholarship. This is a one-time
scholarship in the amount of $500
and is awarded to a deserving
individual attending college in the
field of agriculture or home econo
The applications are mailed to all
surrounding high schools. Once the
applications are received from the
schools, they are carefully con
sidered by the scholarship com
mittee. The committee then recom
mends to the Board of Directors of
the Duplin County Farm Bureau the
individual they feel is the best
qualified and most deserving. After
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approval by the Board, the individual
is notified and the scholarship funds
are presented at an upcoming Board
Brock was also the nominee of the
DCFB as their recommendation to
the N.C. Farm Bureau scholarship
committee for consideration of the R.
Flake Shaw memorial scholarship.
This scholarship is presented to 24
students int he amount of $1,000
w hen attending a college in the field
of agriculture or home economics.
Russell will be considered for this by
the committee in Raleigh.
Russell is the son of Garland and
Fannie Brock and is presently active
in FFA, Dobson Chapel Baptist
Church and the running of the
Warsaw Puts Grant ,
Money Where Reauest Is
The town recently applied for I
Community Development Block
Grant of S7S0,000.
Saying that a small local appro
priation would improve the town's
chance of getting a Community
Development Block Grant, the
Warsaw Town Board has set up a
matching fund of $25,000.
The town recently applied for a
Community Development Block
Grant of $750,000 to rehabilitate
houses, drainage and paving on
Garfield and George streets near the
southern city limits west of U.S. 117.
Half of the grant, if approved, will
be used for drainage and paving.
"I'm kind'a in favor of this
because $25,000 is not much to put
up for $375,000 for drainage and
paving," Mayor Sam Godwin said at
last week's board meeting.
The matching fund will come from
money the town received from
National Spinning Co. for an Urban
Development Action Grant. The
town loaned the $25,000 UDAG
grant to the company. The federal
grant program allows towns to retain
loan payments for their own use.
In other business, the board dis
cussed that it faces a possible
$36,000 bill from McDavid Asso
ciates plus a possible $5,000 bill for
an archeological study as a result of a
recently approved $900,000 UDAG
grant. The town plans to loan the
grant to Carroll's Foods of Warsaw
and Goldsboro Milling Co. of Golds
boro as part of the financing package
for an $18 million turkey processing
plant the company wants to build in
northern Duplin County.
The town had asked for $936,000,
but the grant was cut to $900,000 and
all $900,000 has been earmarked for
the turkey plant. The archeological
study is required in the regulations
governing UDAG. according to
The town had planned to pay
administrative costs of the loan with
the difference between its grant
request and the amount loaned to the
The board refused to rezone a
tract on Hill Street from industrial to
R-6, a residential classification. The
R-6 zone would have allowed a
mobile home park.
Property owners in the area
objected to the rezoning.
Wallace Street Moved
Relocating a street could lure a
shopping center to Wallace, accord
ing to a Wallace businessman.
A public hearing on the proposed
relocation of Graham Street will be
held by the town Board of Commis
sioners at 7 p.m. May 21.
Thursday night the board set the
hearing at the request of Graham
Phillips, a lawyer representing Joe
Bryant, a Wallace businessman. A
portion of Graham Street divides
property owned by Bnant on the
west side of U.S. 117.
Bryant told the board that ifthe_
street is moved to the edge of"the
property, a South Carolina firm
might establish a shopping center
on the tract.
Some of the property involved in
the street relocation is owned by
The board will hold a special
meeting following the May 21
hearing to decide on the street
Following a public hearing Thurs
day night, the board decided to have
McDavid Associates of Kenansville,
community development consul
tants, submit an application for a
$750,000 Community Development
If it is approved, the town would
use $600,000 for housing rehabilita
tion and $150,000 for street, water
system and drainage improvements
alone Brice. Dixon and Poplar
streets in the dhttv^rn pei. of town
west of U.S. 117.
The board agreed to have the town
lay tile and cover 424 feet of a
drainage ditch near the Wallace
medical center now under construe
tion on the southern edge of town.
William Buckley, who represented
the medical center building com
mittee, said the center would pay for
the tile. Cost of the material is
estimated at about $6,500.
Other improvements valued at
$13,850 were requested by Buckley.
The board will act on these during its
1985-86 fiscal year budget con
siderations. The improvements
include extension of a six-inch water
line 140 feet to the center, paving the
street by the center and installation
of a 900-gallon septic tank.
The town would hav- to construct
a mot; costly lift station to connect
the center with the town sewer
The board awarded a contract for
street resurfacing to Cumberland
Paving Co, on a bid of $55,014.20.
Duplin Education Board
Takes Up Budget Requests
The Duplin County Board of
Education will be asked to decide on
budget requests totaling S3.71S.069
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a special
meeting at the school system head
quarters building in Kenansville.
The board received its first look at
the administrative staff's 1985-86
budget proposals Tuesday night of
The school administration is
asking for $3,295,755 for current
expenses and $419,314 for basic
capital outlays for the 1985-86 fiscal
Construction plans and proposals
for a school activities transportation
system will be added next week.
The current expense request is
$612,350 more than the $2,683,405
budget for the present fiscal year ?
an increase of 22.8 percent. The
1983-84 current expense budget was
Increases are requested for
salaries, utilities and fuel expenses.
The budget proposal projects in
come of $2,791,272 from county
appropriations, $150,000 from bonds
and forfeitures from the courts,
$25,000 in interest. $200,000 from
carry-over funds and $129,483 from
Basic capital outlay includes
maintenance and equipment funds.
Last year the system received
$382,000 and in 1983-84, $225,000
for this outlay.
The system has a capital reserve
for new construction of more than
$520,000 from funds set aside in the
past two fiscal years.
School administrators say the
county needs a transportation plan
for extra-curricular activities such as
sports. Old school buses have been
sold to individual schools to trans
port teams to extra-curricular
events. Because of the realignment
of the county's sports conference,
travel distances have increased and
the old buses are inadequate, ad
The board also agreed to allow the
Army to use showers in the E.E.
Smith School in Kenansville between
4 and 6 p.m. April 22 to May 24 while
troops are on field exercises in the
A sale of surplus school supplies is
scheduled at 10 a.m. April 27 in the
maintenance shop south of Kenans
The board approved the 1985-86
school calendar. Teachers will return
to work Aug. 15. Classes will start
Aug. 26. The last day of classes for
students will be June 6, 1986. The
last day for teachers will be June 13.
Students working to harvest tobacco
will be excused from classes during
the first two weeks.
Kenansville Area Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Deno's
Deno's Pizza opened in January ajad prepares take-out
orders of pizza and subs. The utetaurant, located next
to West Auto Parts in downtown Kenansville. is owned
bv Rudene Kennedy.Chamber of Commerce Executive
Board member Frank Quinn and President Grey
Morgan welcome Deno's as a new area business.
Pictured, left to right. Frank Quinn, Grey Morgan,
Den^'s employees Pam Rhodes and Ann Weis.