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IvOL. XXXXVHIJW. 32 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE. NC 28349 AUGUST 8. 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Painting Colorful Pictures
Wiebekah Costin paints a colorful picture using watercolors during the
ummer enrichment arts camp held at Kenansville Elementary School
Rebekah was one of 14 students enrolled in the arts camp taught by Cathy
Lee of Warsaw. Rebekah is the daughter of Bill and Cathy Costin of Warsaw.
On Stage, another camp in progress at Kenansville, offers instruction in
theatre arts. The theatre arts camp enrolled 19 students and was coordinated
by the Duplin County Arts Council.
i 8,200 Students
I Expected On First
r Day Of School
The weather-delayed tobacco har
vest concerns Duplin County school
officials because of the demand by
farmers for students to work in
harvesting and curing the crop.
The expected 8,200 students will
report to class Aug. 26. Officials
expect SO fewer students this year
0han in 1984-85.
The system's 450 teachers will
report to their schools Aug. 15. The
system will employ about 900 people
du ring the coming school year.
The tobacco harvest will be in full
swing when school opens. The recent
rains following a dry early summer
have caused the tobacco to take up
fertilizer, green up and grow. Many
farmers have not completed their
A North Duplin junior high school
students will attend classes this year
on the North Duplin High Sihool
ramnns. Their former sehool has
Supt. L.S. Guy said added mate
rial for science and mathematics
classes "puts science and math in
the best shape since the mid
Another educational boost, he
said, will come from the extra money
allocated by the state for students
^this year. The state will provide
$1.75 per student for grades seven
through 12 and $2 per student for
kindergarten through grade six.
A new method of teaching reading
called "open court" that was ap
plied for the first time to kinder
garten and first-grade classes last
year in Rose Hill-Magnolia, Chin
quapin and North Duplin Elementary
schools, will be extended to the
second grade in those schools this
A year. The program is county funded.
? Guy said he hopes the state will
eventually fund this pi ..gram.
"The most exciting instructional
change is the open court program,"
Guy said. "It appears that both the
good and the poor students grasp it
better than other plans."
Guy said word processors have
been placed in business and office
course laboratories of all high
schools. He said the system has 80
computers in elementary schools.
a Because of state changes, the
? county will gain 10 teachers despite a
smaller enrollment. The ratio of
students to teachers will be reduced
from 31 to 26 per teacher in the
seventh and eighth grades and to
27'/i in the ninth grade.
Last year the basic education
program brought an increase of
seven teachers and a reduction from
31 to 26 students per teacher for the
fourth and fifth grades
The East Duplin High School
Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps has 124 students signed up so
far this year. Additional students are
expected to enroll. Last year 150
students took the course.
The school system will operate this
fiscal year on local funds of
Si,811,497 for current expense and
$347,725 for capital outlay. Guy
expects the system to get about $11
million from the state and $3 million
from the federal government during
the current fiscal year.
The high schools will be in
different athletic conferences this
year. James Kenan, East Duplin and
Wallace-Rose Hill will be in 2A
competition ana Nortn Duplin will be
in 1A. Guy said this will mean in
creased travel time and costs..
He said the 2A schools will play
Carteret high schools, some 70 to 80
miles and more than two hours travel
time from home.
Stretching In Dance Class
Pictured above are local children participating in the
arts camp. On Stage, held by the professional actors of
the outdoor drama, THE LIBERTY CART. On Stage
was coordinated by the Duplin County Arts Council and
featured mime, dance and drama. The arts camp was
open to students of all ages and 19 enrolled. On Stage
participants will be featured as pre-show entertainment
this week at THE LIBERTY CART in Kenansville.
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1985 Drama Society Season In Full
Swing With Two Productions
The 1985 Duplin Outdoor Drama
Society season at the William R.
Kenan Jr. Memorial Amphitheatre
in Kenansville is in full swing with
"The season has a play for
everyone in the family." General
Manager of THE LIBERTY CART,
Jim Johnson said, "in addition to the
10th consecutive season of THE
LIBERTY CART, the Duplin Outdoor
Drama Society presents an adapta
tion of William Shakespeare's A
Midsummer Night's Dream.
"This season our alternate show is
a classic comedy," Johnson said.
"Children and adults alike will enjoy
A Midsummer Night's Dream. The
play involves elves and fairies in an
adventure of romance and comedy.
And. like all tales involving fairies,
magic and mischief, the show
generates unlimited laughter!
"This show is Duplin Outdoor
Drama Society's first production of a
play by William Shakespeare and the
show has been adapted for audiences
of today," Johnson said. "It only
shows four more Wednesday nights,
so don't wait to see A Midsummer
Night's Dream until it's too late." A
Midsummer Night's Dream plays
Wednesday evenings through
THE JIBERTY CART historical
outdoor drama by Randolph
Umhorger opened Julv 12 fgtd playi
Thursday, Friday and Satuiday
evenings through Aug. 24. Both
shows open at 8:15 p.m.
"We have two great snows and
with the cooperation of the weather,
we expect one of the best seasons
since the amphitheatre opened with
THE LIBERTY CART in 1976."
Johnson said. "Anyone not seeing
this season's show will have missed
some of the best entertainment and
talent to be found in outdoor
New this season at the Amphi
theatre are stadium-type seating and
camping hook-ups for self-contained
And, returning as part of the
services offered is the Liberty Tour,
consisting of visits to over 15 historic
homes and sites in Kenansville. a
trip to a working winery in Rose Hill,
with an opportunity to taste the
native wines, a visit to Liberty Hall,
the historic plantation home, a
journey through the past in the
Cowan Museum, and dinner at the
Country Squire restaurant. The tour
concludes with an 8:15 p.m. per
formance of THE LIBERTY CART or
the season alternate show, A Mid
summer Night's Dreatp,
The tour package is available to
groups of 15 or more at a cost of $17
tier iitoividual. Groups traveling by
artcred bus, van or private auto
can be accommodated on the tour.
For additional information on
tickets, tours, or show dates, contact
THE LIBERTY CART. P.O. Box 470,
Kenansville, NC 28349 or phone
Sketching Using A Model
John Ludlum is pictured above using pastels to draw a duck from the decoy
model at his right. John is the son of Garrett and Patsy Ludlum of Warsaw.
He is pictured as part of the art enrichment program held at the Kenansville
Elementary School. '
sketching, mime, arama. aance,
pottery and painting have all been
part of summer arts camps held in
The On Stage theatre arts camp
held by professional actors from the
cast of the 1985 LIBERTY CART and
coordinated by the Duplin County
Arts Council featured mime, dance
and drama. The summer enrichment
program coordinated by Kenansville
Elementary School features drawing,
painting and pottery, and is taught
by Cathy Lee, a certified art instruc
tor and artist of Warsaw.
"Everyday when the parents came
to pick up their children, they came
in to look," Cathy Lee said. "They
liked what they saw."
Looking into the future, Cathy
plans to arrange an exhibit for
summer enrichment art works.
"And, the children have been very
serious about their work," Cathy
said. "They have explored a lot of
artistic mediums and the talent they
have shown has been great!" The
two-week art ennctiment program
was attended by 14 students. The
program was open to kindergarten
through sixth grade, and while the
majority of the students were from
Kenansville and Warsaw, some at
tended from Albertson and Rose
In the future, Cathy said, the
program plans to continue offering
painting and drawing and with
added interest include music and
On Stage, the theatre arts work
shop, was attended by 19 students
from age seven to 18. Participants
attended from rural Mount Olive and
Pink Hill, while the majority were
"The majority of the participants
have been high school students,"
Duplin County Arts Council Director
Merle Creech said. "And, we are
pleased that we are getting to our
high school students with artistic
programs before they leave the ?
"The p-"rents have been well
pleased an very supportive of the
program," Merle said. "The partici
pants have been very enthusiastic
and lively, and that is the end result
On Stage is in its last week of the
two-week session. In addition to
drama, mime and dance. Merle
pointed out that students are also
receiving instruction in auditioning,
theatre as a career, costuming and
make-up, clowning, set construction
and design, and improvisation. Par
ticipants are groups in two age
classes and each wi" present a night
of pre-show entertainment at the
outdoor drama. THE LIBERTY
CART, this week.
. "The instructors have done a real
good job; they have taken on a good
deal of leadership and required
almost no assistance from us,"
Merle said. "We had parents calling
last week askinu to enroll their ehild
for the rest of the session."
Tuition charges covered supplies,
refreshments and instructors for
both summer arts programs. Limited
scholarships were available for the
On Stage arts camp.
Plans are underway at the Arts
Council to coordinate a similar week
of workshops for Duplin County
teachers using the talents of the
professional cast of THE LIBERTY
CART as instructors. Merle said. If
the proposed workshop is developed,
it will be conducted Aug. 19-23.
Duplin General Hospital has
received a grant of $30,000 from the
Duke Endowment to help fund con
struction of a medical office building
as well as some modernization within
f hr> hi ni I n 1
According to Hospital Adminis
trator Richard Harrell: "This grant
completes the funding for this two
part project. I'd like to express our
appreciation to the Endowment and
also to Duplin County atfd to the
Wallace community, all of whom
helped in this effort."
Plans for the medical office facility
call for a 3.50ff square-foot building
to be located in Wallace to serve the
needs of that community and sur
rounding area. The first physician to
occupy the building will be an
internist who is presently using
The hospital modernization project
involves relocation of the inpatient
psychiatric unit to another area of
the hospital. The vacated space will
be used to provide 25 single patient
rooms and a lobby. Also included
in the project is the updating of the
telephone system to provide for a
telephone in every patient room.
The cost for both parts of the
project are estimated at $395,000
with funding provided by the state,
the hospital and the Wallace com
munity as well as by the Duke
Since 1955, the Duke Endowment
has awarded grants totaling over
$420,000 to Duplin General Hospital
for both capital and operating sup
Founded in 1924 by Industrialist
James Buchanan Duke, the Endow
ment is one of the nation's largest
private foundations. Its assets total
over $550 million. The Endowment
provides assistance to non-profit
hospitals and child-care institutions
in North and South Carolina; to rural
United Methodist churches and re
tired ministers in North Carolina;
and to Davidson College* Duke,
Furman and Johnson Cv Smith
In 1984, the Endowment approved
grants of over $38 million.
Awards since 1924 total nearly
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