L. XXXXVII1 NO. 36 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 SEPTEMBERS. 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
1THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
THE COUNTY OF DUPLIN
IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE
SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION
TO THE HONORABLE T. ELWOOD REVELLE, HIGH SHERIFF OF
THE COUNTY OF DUPLIN AND THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, that in the bygone days of yesteryear, perhaps
intermittingly for centuries, the "Old Bell" now situated on the west
side of the Duplin County Courthouse in the village of Kenansville,
proudly tolled its warning and admonition to all within its curtilage that
the Honorable, The Superior Courts of the Great State of North
Carolina, were about to embark upon the business of the people.
AND WHEREAS, that for reasons unknown, this ancient and noble
ritual was abandoned, to the dismay and sorrow of all who believed in
the continued preservation of this historic custom.
AND WHEREAS, it is deemed proper, fitting, and most appropriate
that the "Old Bell" once again resume its time honored roll of
jw announcing the opening of the Superior Courts of Duplin County, to the
joy and delight of all who remember and cherish "the traditional
pealing of the bell" on High Court day.
IT IS THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND
i DECREED, that forthwith, five minutes prior to the daily scheduled
opening of each and every session or term of the Superior Court of
? Duplin County (civil and criminal) on the morning of and again at the
noon recess, the High Sheriff of said County of Duplin shall cause the
"Old Bell" to be rung by a competent and trustworthy Bailiff, duly
k selected and commissioned by him, to the end that all persons, firms or
corporations shall be put on notice that this most Honorable Court is
about to address the day's transaction of business for those who may
be summoned to appear within its hallowed halls.
HEREIN FAIL NOT, this the 29th day of August, in the year of our
Henry L. Stevens, III
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
Fourth Judicial District of
The State of North Carolina
Editor's Motet The following article about DnpUn's Courthouse bell
was published fit Along The Way My 18 oftUt year. The Duplin
Times feprtats the article as a point of historical Interest.
Q Very often things in plain sight are often unnoticed. An example is
the bell outside the Duplin County courthouse.
Near the west entrance of the Duplin County courthouse is a bell
which was used to toll for courts and important meetings. The June 18,
1943 issue of DUPLIN TIMES carried an article about the courthouse
bell. The article is reprinted below.
Duplin's Courthouse Bell Tolls On
The Duplin County courthouse bell continues to toll for courts and
other important county doings though it no longer hangs in the tree on
the north side of the courthouse, which was its home for many years.
_ Recently the tree was found to be so badly decayed that it was not
thought safe. The bell, which weighs 211 pounds, was taken from the
tree and has been mounted on a standard by the door on the north side
of the courthouse.
In the old Duplin County courthouse, which was torn down in 1911
for the erection of the present structure, there was a bell cupola, in
which a brass bell, which tolled out calls to court for many years, was
hung. When the old courthouse equipment was sold, the bell was sold
along with the other equipment to a farmer somewhere in the county.
No plans were made for installing a bell in the new courthouse but a
bell was purchased to hang at the post office, to ring when the mail was
brought in. Gradually the use of this bell was discontinued and the
county, in need of a bell, this bell was brought to the courthouse and
^ hung in the tree, where it has served its purpose for the past 15 or 20
Drooping Leaves Alarm
Duplin Tobacco Growers
"Droopy leaf is slashing the
tobacco income of farmers in rural
areas of Duplin County.
The cause is unknown to the
farmers, but the problem appears to
affect only one tobacco variety ? a
new one, Speight's G-80. Other
Speight's varieties, such as
Speight's 28, seem unaffected.
Speight's varieties have long been
standbys for area farmers who say
they have had good luck with them
over the years.
Leaves of tobacco plants in affect
ed fields droop from the stem. They
fall off long before thev mature.
Fields with "droopy leaf have
carpets of fallen leaves between the
Morris Kornegay has G-28 and the
new G-80 in the same field near
Friendship Church on Secondary
Road 1304 at Outlaw's Store. While
all tobacco in the area is three to four
weeks later than normal, the G-28
looks good. "That's making a real
good crop," Kornegay said.
The ground under the G-80 plants
is carpeted with fallen leaves. Im
mature leaves fall if a plant is shaken
and leaves on the stalks droop to the
ground, stems of many of the leaves
are circled with a brown, rotten
appearing surface where they joined
the stalks. The stalks appear norma).
Kornegay estimates he is losing as
much as $1,000 an acre of potential
income from the affected field.
Similar conditions with this
tobacco variety appear on many area
farms, growers said Thursday of last
week while coding off from the
sticky heat with drinks from coolers
at Outlaw's Store.
W.K. Collins, an extension tobac
co specialist at N.C. State Univer
sity, said that the culprit is a
bacterial disease called leaf drop,
hollow stalk or soft rot.
"We've had it before they *pppi
plants, and we have instances of
fields where they have two vari
eties," Collins said. "In some cases
Speight would be the one that had
the problem and in others, both
would have it."
William K. Snyder, owner of
Speight Seed Farms, said the com
pany stood by its claim that the new
variety is resistant to disease.
"Every variety is susceptible" to
leaf drop, Snyder said. "It just
depends on where it was planted,
whether the field has proper drain
age. It's strictly a bacterial rot."
Kornegay said he noticed the
droopy leaves after, but not before,
he topped the field. The flowering
top of tobacco plants is topped ?
removed ? to keep the plant's
strength for leaf development.
"There's a crowd from right
around Magnolia to Mount Olive
that's affected," Kcrnegay said.
Oliver Outlaw said his previous
success with Speight varieties
prompted him to make his entire
tobacco planting of the new variety.
His tobacco is severely affected.
"It's taught me a lesson about going
whole hog on something new," he
Marshall Phillips has G-28 and the
new variety. His G-28 looks fine,
although late. Leaves of his G-80
carpet the ground under the plants.
Phillips said he tried curing and
selling some of the falling and fallen
leaves. "1 didn't even get a price
support grade for it," he said.
Developer Buys Historic
Property For Restoration
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investment with Pennsylvania de
veloper Owen Kugel appear to be
coming in, said a spokesman for the
Warsaw Chamber (if Commerce.
Ben Eason said last week that
papers are being signed for Kugel to
buy the Bowden Apartments,
although no money has changed
The large buildings provide low
rent housing. They are owned by
Nell Bowden, a descendant of the
builder. They were constructed in
the last century near the railroad.
Eason said Kugel plans to turn the
buildings into "luxury" apartments.
He believes about SI.5 million will
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The chamber spokesman said
another Kugel project is shaping up
but is not ready to be announced
The Chamber of Commerce is
putting up $50,000 for a contract
with Kugel, the Lancaster, Pa.,
owner of OK Associates and OK
Properties. In return, Kugel is pro
moting development of a five-block
area in downtown Warsaw. In March
the town board added $10,000 to the
Eason said Kugel's company I
promised to have bids called for at
least $2 million worth of construe' >n
in the project area within a year.
Kugel began his development
operations about 10 years ago and
has contracts with 15 cities in
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and
Ohio. He also has contracts with
business groups in Tarboro, Green
ville, Henderson, Salisbury, Ashe
ville, Elizabeth City, Kinston, Yan
ceyville, Burlington, Goldsboro,
Rocky Mount, Mount Olive, Eden,
Reidsville, Fayetteville, Aberdeen,
Clinton, Dunn and Sanford in North
Asked for comments about Kugel,
spokesmen in Lewistofi, Pa., praised
his work. But Berwick, Pa., officials
said they had no results.
Kugel recently said the lenders in
Berwick did not support the down
town projects and local support is
New Kidney Stone
Treatment Offered locally
The Carolinas, Georgia and Vir
ginia are known to urologists as the
"stone belt." Locally 16 private
urology practices have banded
together to provide eastern North
Carolina with the most advanced
treatment available for kidney stone
Within the past two years, the
Food and Drug Administration has
approved the use of a device that
crumbles kidney stones with shock
waves. After the stones are
crumbled into tiny pieces, a patient
is able to pass them without surgery.
According to statistics, the proce
dure is successful 99 percent of the
time without surgery. The tech
nique, extracorporeal shock-wave
lithotripsy, was developed in
Germany and 12 of the physicians
forming the Carolina Lithotripsy Ltd.
in eastern North Carolina have
trained at the developing institution.
The ESWL was purchased by the
Carolina Lithotripsy and granted a
Certificate of Need by the Depart
ment of Human Resources of North
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Carolina, wmcn win quaniy a paiiem
for reimbursement of treatment
charges by their insurance company.
The ESWL is currently being in
stalled at Highsmith-Rainey
Memorial Hospital in Fayetteville.
According to Dr. J.E. Scarff Jr.,
M.D. with the Clinton Urological
Associates of Carolina Lithotripsy,
the machine was purchased at a cost
of $2 million and is the only privately
owned ESWL in the United States.
Carolina Lithotripsy expects to begin
treating patients October 1. The
Clinton Urological Associates also
practice in Duplin from an office
located in the South Wing building
next to Duplin General Hospital.
According to Dr. Scarff, a kidney
stone about the size of a nickel would
have required open surgery with an
expected hospital stay of seven to
eight days, without complications.
And, the patient would be out of
work up to six weeks after surgery.
The same size stone using the ESWL
technique would require a two-night
stay in the hospital and only a week
away from the job, Dr. Scarff
Cost of the technique is com
parable to surgery, Dr. Scarff ex
plained. Within the past 18 months
the cost of the ESWL has decreased
from $14,000 to $8,000. Currently
there are 11 ESWL machines
operating inthe United States.
One of the greatest advantages of
the ESWL technique is the safety for
repeated use. According to Dr.
Scarff. open surgery could only be
performed twice to remove stones
from the kidney ? the third opera
tion would require the removal of the
The technique will work only for
stones still in the kidney. The tech
nique uses an underwater spark to
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.iw i on suwck waves which arc
focused on the kidney stone through
the use of X-ray machines. The
repeated waves begin to break up
the stone after 200 to 400 shocks and
Dr. Scarff said as many as 1,500 can
be administered safely. The pro
cedure is finished in about 45
During a single day the Carolina
Lithotripsy expects to treat up to six
patients. Patients from all over
eastern North Carolina will receive
the basic work-up by their urologist
using the local hospital facilities
prior to being scheduled by the
Carolina Lithotripsy office. Physi
cians from the 16 private urology
practices alternate services at the
Carolina Lithotripsy office and High
smith-Rainey Hospital in Fayette
Maple Hill Man
Sought In Shooting
Duplin County Sheriffs Depart
ment officers last week were seeking
Charles Jacob Farrior, 48, of Maple
They have charged Farrior with
assault with a deadly weapon with
intent to kill and inflicting serious
Fat 'tor was charged in the shoot
ing of his 19-year-old stepdaughter,
Mary Ann Farrior of Wallace, with a
handgun about noon on Monday of
last week in a wooded area in the
Cypress Creek area of southeastern
She was reported in serious but
stable condition in Duplin County
General Hospital. She was brought
to the hospital on Monday afternoon
of last week by the Chinquapin
Deputy E.G. Baker, who heads the
investigation, urged anyone with
information about the whereabouts
of Farrior to notify the Sheriffs
Department in Kenansville.
Bostic Accused Of Water Violations
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In Topsail Island Project
' Muitw Bostic, president of the
company, is of Rose Hill, sad has
heee cited at least three times for
North Topsail Water & Sewer Inc.
is in violation of state water quality
standards for activities disturbing an
Onslow County creek, a state official
said last week.
The violation stems from water
samples collected July 26 in Mill
I Creek, a tidal creek into which the
company's wastewater treatment
plant discharges runoff, said Bob
Jamieson, regional director for the
N.C. Department of Natural Re
sources and Community develop
Onslow County developer Marlow
Bostic of Rose Hill is president of the
company, which has been cited at
least three times for environmental
violations. The last of those viola
tions resulted in a $24,000 fine,
which Bostic has appealed. A
hearing has been rescheduled for
mid- to late-October.
In the most recent case, the state
Division of Enviconmental Manaee
ment found the turbidity level of
Mill Creek violated water quality
standards, Jatnieson said. The viola
tion notice was written Aug. 12, but
a decision on whether to levy a
penalty has not been made, said
Jim Sheppard. a spokesman for
DEM in Raleigh.
Jamieson said sediment in the
creek is affecting the amount of sun
light that filters through the water,
affecting the levels of oxygen in the
water and possibly harming plants
and animals. The sediment also can
end up in estuarine areas and disturb
shellfish, which need smooth sur
faces to attach to during develop
Treated sewage is pumped into
lagoons and is not discharged into
the stream, Jamieson said.
Both Charles Lanier, Bostic's
lawyer, and Jim Furney, his spokes
man, said they were not aware of the
most recent charges.
Lanier said the state is trying to
come up with new violations to
support the $24,000 fine levied last
"It just seems tome they're trying
to conjure up everything they can,"
he said. "I think they're going to end ?
up with egg on their face."
The $24,000 fine was levied after
sedimentation ? from 300 acres the
comoany cleared for three large
ponds ? filled in 80,000 square feet
?mary nursery area, the state
T-nnv also altered a
permit, illegally deepened the
stream and dug four ditches that ran
into its headwaters, the state
Bostic has been cited about 15
times since 1976 for violations for
work on the coast. In some cases, the
developer has been required to
restore the damaged areas. In a few
cases he has paid tines, but assess
ments for many of the violations are
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Jury Says Warsaw
Man Guilty In Rape, Murder
Kussell Hoiaen jr., ji, or
Warsaw was found guilty Friday of
first-degree murder and rape by a
Duplin County Superior Court jury in
Judge Henry L. Stevens III de
layed the jury's consideration of
sentence until this week. Holden
could be sentenced to death or life
imprisonment on the murder con
He was charged with the rape and
murder of Vanessk Jones, 17, of
Warsaw. Her body was found March
16 in a corn field just outside of
Warsaw. She had been shot in the
The prosecution contended that
part of a pair of suspenders be
longing to Holden was found under
the right foot of the victim.
The jury returned its verdict about
In testimony Wednesday, Steve
Tawistowski of the State Bureau of
Investigation said that under the seat
of the defendant's car he found half a
set of red suspenders. He said he
found half a set of similar sus
penders under the right foot of the
Tevone Hicks of Warsaw testified
he was driving a car in wnich Hoiaen
was riding at about 4:30 a.m. March
16. He said Holden told him he
wanted to have se* with the girl and
probably would have to kill her.
The prosecution completed its
case just after lunch on Thursday.
The defense presented no witnesses
and completed its case about 4:30
lJudge Henry L. Stevens III, who is
presiding, asked jurors if they
wanted to hear his instructions and
begin their deliberations late Thurs
day. The jurors decided to wait until
Friday. The jury was to decide if the
defendant is guilty of first degree or
second degree murder or not guilty.