? ^ m PROGRESS SENTINEL VOL. XXXXV1II NO. 29 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 JULV 18. 1985 14 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX ' ' _ ~ ' J Presents Scholarships To NCSU Murphy Farms Scholarship endowment ceremonies ? were held on the campus of N.C. State University at the PFaculty Club in Raleigh. (L ro R) Jim Stocker, general manager of Murphy Farms, Wendell Murphy, Bruce Poulton, chancellor, and Holmes Murphy are shown above. Murphy Farms Offers Scholarships To NCSU Murpny farms ot Kose Hill has provided an endowment to support ^ four S3,000-a-year scholarships at ? North Carolina State University starting in 1986. The recipients will be chosen from students from Eastern North Caro lina who display some financial need and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in animal science or agricul tural economics. These criteria met, the awards will be then presented hpe<? on academic potential. -The awards are renewable anlTare worth Si2,000 for students in a four-year ^ degree program. Recipients are ex pected to demonstrate strong academic achievement and extra curricular involvement similar to the Caldwell Alumni Scholars. Wendell Murphy, president and ,-hairman of the board of Murphy Farms, graduated from NCSU in 1960 and became a vocational agri :ulture teacher in Duplin County. In 1962, he and his father. Holmes ^ Murphy, started Murphy Farms with ? one employee. The firm now em ploys nearly 200 people and is the largest pork producer in North Carolina. Wendell Murphy is serving his second term as 10th District state representative, representing uupun and Jones counties as a Democrat. Bruce Poulton, chancellor of N.C. State University, said, "The Murphy Farms endowment is one of the largest endowments ever established at N.C. State University. This en dowment will permit North Caro Una's original land grant university and its nationally recognized school of agriculture and life sciences to make even greater contributions to agriculture in North Carolina as the University moves into its second century of service to the people of North Carolina." Contract Approved^ riiwiy " i^11 fr " **? *'.*: 7",*1* For Duplin County The state Board of Transportation has awarded a $2.7 million contract for construction of an additional 2.3 miles of 1-40 between Benson and Wilmington. The contract, which was awarded to C.M. Lindsay and Sons of Lum berton, is for grading and drainage work on the interstate highway from south of West Road (Secondary Road 1105) to US 117 south of Warsaw in Duplin County. The contract also calls for bridges at Secondaty Road 1113 and Beasley Mill Road (Secondary Road 1107) with an interchange set for US 117. Part of that interchange includes a bridge over Seaboard System Rail road's tracks. Tommy Pollard of Jacksonville, who represents Duplin County on the board, said construction could start by August 12 and be completed in November, 1987. Plane Skids Into Pond ? All Occupants Are Safe A small airplane that developed engine trouble shortly after noon Friday went down in a pond between Magnolia and Rose Hill. The pilot and two passengers were not injured, said Hiram Brinson, the director of emergency services. Pilot Gregoty R. Frailey of Mid dletown. Pa., and passengers Mike Steelman of Pennsylvania and Marie Clark of New Jersey ? all doctors ? left New Cumberland. Pa. early Friday to attend a funeral in Palm Beach, Fla. Their single-engine plane lost power over a Duplin County field near the 50-acre body of water known as Johnson's Pond, Brinson said. Steelman said the pilot tried to land in the field, "but we ran out of runway and ended up in the pond." The passenger said the pilot had "vast experience." Asked if the landing was rough, he said that "actually, it was a pretty smooth landing." The plane came to rest in about six feet of water, said Bizzell Johnson, owner of the pond. An unidentified man who was fishing in a boat when the plane went down found the three standing on the wings and brought them ashore. Steelman said in a telephone interview from Johnson's house. Collapse Of Roof Injures Swift Worker A combination of heavy rains and high winds this past week resulted in one injury in Duplin County when a section of the roof collapsed at the Swift & Co. processing plant near Wallace, according to police. A 32-year-old man was injured around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a steel beam fell and struck him in the shoulder, according to a police spokesman. The victim's name was not available. Surgical Practice 1 Opens In Kenansville A private Thoracic and vascular surgery practice has been opened in Kenansville by Dr. Mobib N. I. Ghobrial, M.D. * ______ Dr. Mohlb N.I. Ghobrial "I will be trying to introduce a new type of medical service In this area." Dr. Mohib N.I. Ghobrial said. "My practice will offer vascular work which involves improving circulation to the body extremities to avoid the ^ loss of those body parts." In addi tion, Ghobrial will offer a variety of general thoracic surgical services. The practice is located in the South Wing biding next to Duplin li General Hospital in Kenansville. Ghobrial is currently a member of the medical staff at Duplin General. "The doctors at Duplin General have been nice to me," Ghobrial said. "And, I am glad to be Dart of their efforts to upgrade Duplin General Hospital. The effort has been team work to get new monitors and equipment at the hospital so Duplin General will be able to stand up and compete with other county hospitals. "The joint effort of the doctors and Duplin General Hospital has been to bring its citizens back to using the local facility," Ghobrial said, "and, that will take time." Currently, Ghobrial pointed out, surgeons on the medical staff at Duplin General Hospital offer all major categories of surgica! services except cardiac pro cedures. Ghobrial is a graduate of Alexan dria University in Egypt where he completed medical school. He has recently completed five years of surgical residency at New Hanover Memorial Hospital in Wilmington and one year of residency at North Carolina Memorial in Chapel Hill. Ghobrial's training during residency at Chapel Hill specialized in surgery, trauma and intensive care. Currently GhobHal resides in v' fw. Warsaw Board Reviews Police Overtime Pay Warsaw police officers may have two options on working hours under the recent Supreme Court fair labor ruling on overtime pay, town officials say. The town board discussed the problem at its July meeting last week. Town Clerk Alfred Herring said officers could be limited to working a maximum of 171 hours in a month for straight time pay. Under that option, they would be paid at a rate of l'/i times their straight pay rate for additional hours. That would require the town to hire more police officers, he said. The other option. Herring said, would be to pay the officers an agreed amount after determining the average number of hours worked last year. If the average were 46 hours a week, they would be paid the amount agreed on for that time. Additional time would be paid at half the agreed-on rate. The board re-appointed Herring as fiscal officer and tax collector. Liquid petroleum gas contracts were awarded to Smith Bros, of Magnolia for the town garage and gymnasium on a bid of 63 cents a gallon. Par Gas of Warsaw received the contract to serve the firehouse on a bid of 59.28 cents a gallon. Both suppliers said their price will fluctu ate with the market. Service Oil Co. of Warsaw re ceived the contract of regular gaso line on a bid of 99.75 cents a gallon; for unleaded gasoline at SI.0111 per gallon; $1,0475 for premium un leaded; and 77.75 cents a gallon for kerosene and diesel fuel. Judy Moore was appointed to the recreation committee to succeed Pat Swanda. who resigned. Wallace Approves Overtime The Wallace town board this past week approved payment of back overtime totaling $2,278.14 to 13 town employees after discussing a recent U.S. Supreme Court labor ruling. The amount included payment for overtime since April 15. The police department was di rected to work out its schedule so no overtime will be required of the regular officers. The four dispatch ers will receive a total of eight hours a week overtime because the station must be staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week. Police Chief Roscoe Rich said he following requests from residents. A question of liability if a child were injured in a large culvert behind the house the John Walker family recently bought from Joe Bryant Jr. was answered by Richard Burrows, town attorney. Burrows said it did not appear that Walker would be liable. Walker said: "My wife and I have pulled 14 kids out of there. They come through the culvert from anothei street. I got one the other day on a bicycle. They play war there." He said his property deed de scribes the property as extending to the ditch. could only avoid some overtime pay for dispatchers by pulling an officer off the beat to staff the dispatcher's post part of the time. Commissioner Charles Blanchard said the board can't cut costs at the expense of protecting the town. The board agreed to increase the town automobile license fee from $2 to $4 and to use windshield stickers instead of dated metal tags in the future. When residents list their taxes, they will be given notices to buy their town licenses. Those who haven't bought licenses by Jan. 1 will be visited by the police. A street light was authorized for the corner of Brav and Ivev streets Sands Suit Is Settled Claims and counterclaims of Bar bara and Bobby Brinkley and James G. Hanes III of Winston-Salem have been settled. The Brinkleys will remain sole owners and operators of Riverside Sand Co. of Wallace, Bruce Robinson, lawyer for the Brinkleys, said last week. Robinson said several suits evolved out of the dispute. Under terms of the settlement, he said, Hanes deeded his interest in the sand company to the Brinkleys by turning over to them promissory notes of $314,780 and $75,558 owed by the company to Hanes, an heir to the Hanes Hosiery company in Winston-Salem. The company now owes the money to the Brinkleys, who own the company. Mrs. Brinkley originally filed a $10.1 million suit against Hanes. claiming she was wrongfully fired from her job as a bookkeeper with the sand company. She contended the Brinkleys signed an agreement with Hanes for a sand mining operation in October 1984 and at the time she contended Hanes told her she would have a job as long as she wanted it., Hanes responded to the suit by saying he entered a limited pertner ship agreement with Brinkley in June 1980. Hanes filed a cross-action against Brinkley in March, saying Brinkley told his wife to take what the suit called improper actions with company funds. He alleged, in the suit, that mis-use of corporate funds required him to advance $300,000 to the company. The sand company, located off N.C. 41 east of Wallace, is continu ing in business as Riverside Sand Co. Inc. JSTC May Be Community College In an unscheduled vote last week, the House of Representatives approved legislation to give com munity college status to James Sprunt Technical College in Kenans ville. Bv a 77-2 margin, the House approved the James Sprunt bill and sent it to the Senate for action. The bill was not included on the printed calendar fn~ Tuesday's House session. !? Wendell Murphy, the sponsor, said the legislation came to the House floor after Rep. Billy Watkins of Green ville asked that the bill nbe brought back from the appropriations com mittee. where it was awaiting dis cussion. "This was a real important piece of legislation to Duplin County and the surrounding area." said Murphy. "Obviously the time is running down real close." General Assembly leaders hoped to adjourn this past week. The bill would allow James Sprun' students to receive college credit for the work they complete at the two-year school. The state Board of Community Colleges has endorsed the proposal. However, it could encounter oppo sition in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Kenneth Royall of Durham has said he thinks technical colleges serve a valid purpose and should remain com mitted to their primary goal of providing vocational training. Hardee's Cuts Ribbon Hardee's of Kenansville opened July 9. Among those present for the ribbon cutting were Kenansville Mayor Don Suttles, Kenansville Area Chamber of Commerce President Grey Morgan and Duplin Development Officer Woody Brinson, Wade-Carey Enterprises Vic^president of Operations Tommy Jackson, and Kenansville Hardee's Manager Steven Bowen, all pictured above. The Kenansville Hardee's is one of eight stores in the Wade-Cary Enterprises chain. The local Hardee's employs 51 people and will be open 6 a.m. until p.m., seven days a week. Hours may be cxtdbded during weekend days this summer. I

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