VOL. XXXXVIII NO. 34 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 AUGUST 22. 1985 14 PAGES THIS WEE^ 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Painting The Dome
A The Duplin County courthouse is being spruced up with
a new coat of paint. The Page Paint Company of
Warsaw has been working three weeks rcraping and
repainting the trim on the historical yellow brick
courthouse in Kenansville. According to Ralph Page,
the biggest part of the job is dealing with the wasps and
pigeons who have made homes along the roof of the
building. The job is expected to take more than 100
gallons of paint and Page and his crew of five painters
expect to be finished by Labor Day. Ralph Page is
pictured above scraping paint along the roof of the
Duplin Will Aid Filmmakers
Duplin County will get into the
A movie busines ? or, at least, an old
" Cadillac ambulance owned by the
county will get in the movies.
The County Commissioners
Monday agreed in a 4-1 vote to rent
the ambulance to N.C. Film Corp. of
Wilmington for use in the Dino Di
Laurentiis production of Blue Velvet,
directed by David Lynch. The
company will pay the county $100 a
day for the ambulance. It is expected
to need the equipment for three
While Commissioners Calvin
Turner, Dovie Penney, W.J. Costin
and Allen Nethercutt agreed to the
rental, Commissioner D.J. Fussell
Fussell protested, "If we need an
ambulance, we need it. We don't
need to be renting it out. If we don't
need it, let's get rid of it. Let's sell
In other action, the board:
? Approved an either-sex deer
hunting season beginning Nov. 1.
Nethercutt observed: "I'm sure glad
you're going to be shooting some.
They're eating everything we got in
Cypress Creek." Nethercutt repre
sents southeastern Duplin County,
including the Cypress Creek com
? Approved $75 to replace
judges' gavels in two courtrooms.
Finance Officer Russell Tucker said
the gavels have been stolen.
? Delayed until its Sept. 3 meet
ing action on County Librarian Linda
Hadden's request for $13,323 to
match a state grant for the county
library. She said the county is
eligible for a grant of as much as
$26,034, depending on how much of
the total the county will match. The
library fund includes $12,711 in
available matching money. The addi
tional sum wouid allow the library to
get the entire grant. Ms. Hadden
wants to use the money for books,
salary for the bookmobile operator,
library furniture and a microfilm
? Found that the county airport
has already used all but $500 of its
repair budget. Woody Brinson,
county economic development direc
tor, reported the airport needs a new
well at an estimated cost of $1,100. A
new electric circuit board panel that
controls landing lights has been
ordered to replace a board that failed
recently. Its cost is about $800.
? Acceded to the request of
Magnolia Mayor Ruth Quinn to
award one of two new ambulances
the county will buy this year to the"
Magnolia rescue squad. The ambu
lances originally were scheduled to
be awarded to Rose Hill and Mag
nolia. However, because the Duplin
General Hospital ambulance
receives more use than the Magnolia
ambulance, county Emergency
Services Coordinator Hiram Brinson
urged .'hat the hospital get a new
ambulance and the hospital ambu
lance be transferred to Magnolia.
? Awarded the county audit con
tract to Nunn, Banks and Brashear, a
certified public accounting firm of
Goldshor on a bid <4 $8,800
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Revised School Calendar
The delay from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in opening Duplin County public schools
forced the Board of Education to revise the 1985-86 school calendar.
During the first 10 days of school, students actually involved in the tobacco
harvest will be excused and will be allowed to make up all missed school
The tobacco harvest is two to three weeks lpter than normal. Usually,
virtually all of the tobacco is out of the fields by the time school opens. This
year, tobacco harvesting and curing will continue into early September. The
? harvest won't reach its peak until late August.
The revised calendar eliminated two weather days and some teacher work
Teachers were to report to their schools this week for two work days.
The schedule for students is:
Aug. 19-22: teacher workday, no school for students.
Aug. 23: teacher vacation day.
Aug. 26 and 28: teacher workdays, no school for students.
Aug. 27: student orientation day.
Aug. 29-30: teacher vacation days.
Oct. 11: The first grading period ends.
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Nov. 11: Veteran's Day holiday, no school.
^ Nov. 26: second grading period ends.
Nov. 27: Teachei wurkdav.,no school for students.
Nov. 28 and 29: Thanksgiving holidays, no school.
Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Christmas-New Year's holidays, no school.
Jan. 22-24: high school examinations.
Jan. 24: third grading period ends.
Jan. 27: teacher workday, no school for students.
March 6: fourth grading period ends.
March 7: teacher workday, no school for students.
March 28-31: Easter Holidays, no school.
April 24: fifth grading period ends.
April 25: teacher workday, no school for students,
A June 4-6: final high school examinations.
^ June 6: sixth grading period ends, graduation day, final school day for
June 13: teyher vacation day. y
Miller To Succeed Hinson
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On Rose Hill Board
Gregory MHler will serve as a town
commissioner for 3'/j months, suc
ceeding Keith Hinson, who re
While Hinson's term didn't expire
until 1987, the seat will be open for
the Nov. 6 election, according to the
interpretation of town attorney
Miller was appointed by the board
last week. Hinson left Rose Hill
earlier in the summer for a position
with a poultry firm in the Piedmont
of North Carolina.
Miller is a certified public ac
countant and chairman of the town
planning board. He will resign from
the planning board.
The board delayed until Septem
ber action on the request of fcbern
Watson Jr. to discharge the treated
effluent from his Feather Processors
Co. plant into the town sewer
Watson estimated the flow would
be 25,000 to 45,000 gallons a day.
Mayor Ben Harrell said the system
could handle about 350,000 gallons a
day. He estimated about 200,000
gallons a day is being treated.
The board decided to obtain accu
rate figures on the flow and deter
mine what it should charge. Engi
neers have suggested charging triple
the in-town sewage rate. The plant is
outside the town limits. Its water bill
is $800 to $900 a month.
Burrows said the board can con
tract with an out-of-town utilities
customer on a year-to-year basis.
During a secret session, the board
discussed hiring a town clerk-main
C.T. Fussell, long-time town clerk,
will retire at the end of the year.
The board approved an additional
$14,520 payment to its engineering
firm, L.E. Wooten of Kaleigh, be
cause of a 152-day overrun in com
pletion of the sewage treatment
plant now under construction. The
engineering firm's base fee was
$76,714. The contractor. Crane and
Denbow, was supposed to have com
pleted the work by March 7. The
plant is in operation while the
contractor completes details.
The town is to recover its money
from late completion damages that
will be charged to the contractor.
After receiving a cost estimate of
$139,000, the board decided the cost
of moving all water lines from under
U.S. 117 to the highway shoulder
would be too high. Lines under the
heavily traveled highway frequently
The board will accept sealed bids
on a 1963 Ford fire tanker truck and a
1981 Chevrolet police car at its Sept.
Outdoor Drama Season
Ends This Week
Too late, that is exactly what you
will be if you wait another week to
attend The Liberty Cart, historical
outdoor drama, in Kenansville.
This week is the final perform
ances of the 1985 season of Randolph
Umberger's The Liberty Cart at the
William R. Kenan Jr., Memorial
Amphitheatre in Kenansville. Also,
concluding this week is the 1985
alternate show at the amphitheatre,
A Midsummer Night's Dream by
"The 1985 season has offered a
play to suit every member of the
family," General Manager of The
Liberty Cart Jim Johnson said.
"And, we want to encourage the
public to take advantage of the
'TthCiws this week and attedd.
"This is the 10th season of the
outdoor drama and in addition to an
excellent show, the amphitheatre
has been refurbished with new
stadium type seating!" Johnson
"Theie will be one performance of
the alternate show, an adaptation of
Shakespeare's A Midsummer
Night's Dream, on Wednesday,"
Johnson said. "And, there are three
performances of The Liberty Cart left
this season." The final week of
shows begins Wednesday with A
Midsummer Night's Dream and
concludes with performances of The
Liberty Cart, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday night. Shows begin at 8:15
"Anyone who has put off attend
ing the show this year has missed a
great group of actors on stage."
Johnson said. "But it's not too late
yet. This is the final week and you
can still attend both shows."
The Liberty Cart opened July 12
followed by the adaptation of A
Midsummer Night's Dream premi
ering at the amphitheatre July 24.
The season concludes August 24,
with the Saturday evening perform
ance of The Liberty Cart.
Improve 37 Homes
The town of Magnolia will recqjye
a $750,000 community tieveloptiithl
block grant for improvements in the
Sandy Street area of southeastern
The town board last week also
hired Sandy Bell at $4 an hour to
keep the town office open until a new
clerk can be hired.
Kathryn Pope had resigned, ef
fective Wednesday, to go into teach
ing. She agreed to work part-time at
5:00 a week to keep up books and
other ite tat ltd business until her
successot is named.
The town will use $600,000 of the
grant to renovate 37 houses, tear
down 10 and make some street
improvements. The project area
includes portions of Carroll, New
berry and Swinson streets.
Another $100,000 of the grant will
be used to install a six-inch water
main along Main, Pope and Carroll
Warsaw To Offer Lots For Sale
The town of Warsaw will offer two
lots for sale through sealed bids
which will be opened during the
Sept. 9 meeting of the town board of
One of the lots is at the corner of
Front and Hill streets beside Smith
Cleaners. The other lot is at the
corner of U.S. 117 and North Street
beside the Village Motel.
A community development block
grant of $750,000 will be used to
rehabilitate 25 houses, demolish four
houses and move one. It also will
provide drainage improvements and
paving of several dirt streets in
The area is a one-block wide tract
between U.S. 117 and the Seaboard
System Railroad. The streets are
George, John, Pierce. Bass, Wash
ington, Lincoln and Garfield.
Twister Hits At Red Hil
A tornado touched down in a
Duplin County community Sunday
destroying a mobile home and
several acres of tobacco.
The tornado smashed the unoccu
pied mobile home at about 4 p.m.
Sunday in the Red Hill section of
Duplin County, according to a dis
patcher at the Sheriffs Department.
No injuries were reported. An esti
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mated four or five acres of tobacco
were destroyed by the tornado, the
No estimates were given on the
amount of damage to the home or
tobacco, but the county emergency
management coordinator and agri
culture department are assessing the
Kenontville Jaycees Participate In Talathon
The Kenansville Jaycees participated in the eiahth
annual cystic fibrosis telethon held Friday and
Saturday, August 9 and 10. The local Jaycees raised
SI, 120 in pledges which was almost double donations in
the previous year, pointed out Kenansville Jaycee
Cystic Fibrosis Chairman David Phillips. The telethon
was based at the Kenansville NCNB building. Pictured
abofl. left to right, Kenansville Jaycee President J.D.
Newkirk. CF chairman David Phillips and telethon
volunteer 0. Jerome Murray. According to Newkirk,
the CF telethon is one of many projects that involves
the Kenansville Jaycees. Upcoming events planned by
the Jaycees for September include a family day in the
park Sept. 12, and a wrestling match in Kenan
Audi^ium Sept. 24.