VOL. XXXXVIil NO. 38 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE, NC 28349 SEPTEMBER 19, 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
The North Carolina Community
College Alumni Association recently
honored Dr. Dallas Herring of Rose
Hill by establishing a permanent
scholarship in his name at James
Sprunt Technical College.
The Dallas Herring Scholarship,
which will provide tuition at JSTC for
one year, is the third scholarship
established by the association. The
first, beginning in 1983 to honor Ray
fejefferies, coordinator of sutdent
"development services for the De
partment of Community Colleges, is
given each year to the state SGA
president. The second, established
last year to honor the late John
Knight, former counsellor at Nash
Technical College in Rocky Mount, is
awarded yearly to a student at that
Official announcement of the
Herring scholarship was made at a
? recent fund-raising dinner and roast
9 held by the Alumni Association in
Raleigh. Several state dignitaries
were on hand to roast former Gov.
James Holshouser Jr., the guest of
The association is comprised of
former students of community and
technical colleges. Besides providing
scholarships, the organization spon
sors several yearly student work
shops, assists individual alumni
associations in the system, and
works in other ways to support the
educational mission of the commu
nity college system throughout the
Dr. Herring, as a long-time
member and chairman of the state
board of education, was instrumental
in gaining the necessary support
which led to the establishment of the
state community college system in
1963. Now a private businessman, he
has also served on the Board of |
Trustees of James Sprunt Technical 1
College since 1971.
In acknowledging the scholarship,
Dr. Herring said, "I'm grateful to be
remembered. 1 cannot think of a
better cause to support than helping
a person to get a good education."
The Dallas Herring Scholarship
will be awarded this fall quarter to a
full-time student at JSTC selected by |
the scholarship committee.
Duplin May Help
? Wallace Collect Taxes
TL_ ur.ii 4 j ? ? .
i iic "anacc town aaminisirator
and tax collector are studying the
possibility of using a computer
owned by Duplin County to prepare
and mail local property tax bills.
At the Town Board meeting
Thursday, Wallace Town Adminis
, trator Robed Hyatt said he and Fay^.
Peterson, tax collector, discussed the
matter with Ralph Cottle, county
^ manager, and Russell Tucker,
county finance officer. Tucker said
the county could do the job, Hyatt
The Town Board instructed Hyatt
to find out the cost of using the
county computer and to compare that
figure with the present cost of doing
the work in the town office.
Hyatt said if the county provides
some of the work and the town
provides supplies, the move might
cost about $1,000.
k Hyatt also said that Wallaoe needs
..a new computer. If the tax work is
taken over toy the'county, the town
can use a computer with reduced
capacity. Maintenance on its present
computer cost the town about $6,000
In other business. Associated In
surance of Wallace received the
town's liability insurance contract for
a premium of $18,000, an increase of
$5,000 from last year. Tommy
Blanton of the agency said public
liability insurance is "in a mess."
The board also set a public hearing
for 7 p.m. Oct 10 on rezoning a
house at 306 and 308 W. Main St. to
s business. Jones Insurance Agency
wants to buy the house and convert it
The board also decided to have
Carolina Power & Light Co. serve the
new town well and pump at Tin City.
Four County Flee trie Membership
Corp. also could have provided the
The board concluded the meeting
with a secret session to screen appli
cations for chief of police.
? Duplin Hospital Foundation
Sets Date For Benefit
The Board of Directors of Duplin
General Hospital Foundation has
announced that the annual dinner
dance for the benefit of the hospital
will again be held on the first
^ Saturday in November, Nov. 2.
P Plans for the outstanding gala
affair are again going forward in the
hands of a countywide committee
chaired by Charles and Carolyn
Ingram. The committee has again
engaged the Allen McDonald Band
Of Chapel Hill to provide dance
music for the occasion and prelimi
nary plans for decorations and
arrangfements promise to out
distance the elegance of last year's
| The dinner-dance will be held in
the Jester's Court of the Country
Squire on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets
are now on sale in all areas of the
county and will be offered first to the
people in a position to be vitally
interested in the delivery of health >
care in the county. Only 175 people
can be accommodated for a dinner
such ai this, which will be served
with dancing to follow. Therefore,
the tickets will allocated to leaders of
health care, government, education,
business and civic affairs.
Alice Scott is chairperson of ticket
distribution and her committee
composed of W.S. Buckley, W.L.
Hennessee and Violette Phillips is
currently placing tickets in the hands
of representatives in the various
communities. Tickets will be $35 per
To secure tickets contact: Warsaw
- Gerald Quinn; Kenansville -
Violette Phillips; Wallace ? Maijorie
Overman or W.S. Buckley; Beula
ville. Chinquapin, or Albertson -
Alice Scott; Faison - W.L.
Hennessee; and Rose Hill - Betty F.
Marjorie Overman, chairperson of
Duplin General Hospital Foundation,
stated that the Foundation in recent
meetings has planned to go forward
with all efforts to educate Duplin
County citizens concerning the
excellent facilities and services by
their county-owned hospital.
The Foundation continues to make
available to civic and other small
groups a slide presentation depicting
hospital equipment and capability. A
brochure is being circulated and
plans are going forward to circulate a
continuously up-dated bulletin
regarding medical services and
specialties available through the
hospital medical staff.
The Foundation has been gratified
with the response of Duplin County
citizens in rallying to the effort to
support the hospital. Overman
seated that at a time when other
small hosoitals in the state are
closing or being given over to
for-profit management, the Board of
Trustees and administration of
Duplin General Hospital have
worked diligently to preserve the
image and reality of DGH as a caring
and viable facility in a county of
caring people who can manage their
affairs for the benefit of all.
Actions by the county Board of
Commissioners, the Hospital Board
of Trustees, and citizens of the
county have quickly brought the
hospital from a precarious financial
condition to a fiscally sound position
from which ever-increasing services
are being rendered.
Overman emphasized that the
annual Duplin General Hospital
Foundation dinner-dance is an oc
casion when all who are interested in
outstanding health care in Duplin
County can be together to rejoice and
to enjoy tjie company <rf fellow
community leaders, while at the
same time contributing toward
roadening and improving the range
. I'fi our.
The Warsaw Police Department
^ arrested four people, including a 15
year-old, following break-ins at a
Warsaw service station Friday night
and Sunday morning.
On Friday night, thieves broke
into the station and stole a six-pack
and a case of beer, valued at $22.50.
About 1:15 a.m. Sunday, someone
stole beer, oatmeal cookies, flash
light batteries and cigarettes, valued
James Elwood Owens, 19, of
Stewart Circle in Warsaw and a 15
| year-old were arrested in connection
with both break-ins. They were each
charged with two counts of breaking
and entering and larceny. Owens
was released from jail after posting a
$2,000 bond. The juvenile was
released in the custody of his
Also charged in the Sunday morn
ing break-in were Gregory Levon
Leonard, 19, Route 1, Warsaw, and
Glasco Levon Hicks, 23, of South
Cross Street, Warsaw. They were
each charged with one count of
breaking and entering and larceny.
Hicks was released from jail after
posting a $1,000 bond. Leonard was
sting a $500 bond.
1985 Duplin County Fair
Sept. 30-Oct. 5 Det0j|$ Next Week
Warsaw Accepts Money
The Warsaw Town Board accepted
a $750,000 Community Development
Block Grant plus two smaller grants
last week for improvements on the
south side of the city.
It awarded contracts to engineer
and supervise the project to Mc
David Associates on a bid of
The project will involve rehabilita
tion of 25 houses, demolishing six
houses, l'/i miles of street paving
and drainage work. Drainage has
been a continuing problem in the
area. Tyndall Lewis of McDavid
estimated the project will require
two years to complete.
In addition to the main grant, the
project will also receive a federal
grant of $25,400 to make the houses
more weather resistant. It will also
receive a $34,500 loan authorization.
In other business, the board
agreed to allow James Kenan High
School to connect its sewer system to
the town system if the work is paid
for by the Duplin County school
system. About two miles of pipeline
will have to be laid for the project.
The board endorsed efforts of
Charles Harrell, administrator of
Duplin Retirement Village, a rest
home in Warsaw, to obtain approval
from the state for a 50-bed nursing
home. Wallace-also is seeking the
nursing home authorization.
Answering a request for street
signs warning that children are play
ing, Police Chief R.P. Wood said the
signs don't do what they are sup
posed to do. He said they are sup
posed to slow traffic down. What
they do is give parents a false feeling
of security about letting children
play in the streets, he said.
The board took no action on the
The board appointed Pat Matthis
to the recreation commission to
replace i3en Hilton, who resigned.
" * ? ;
Special Kenansville town board
and planning board meetings were to
be held starting Monday of this
At 7 p.m., the town board was to
hold a public hearing on rezoning a
plot on N.C. 24 on the east side of
town from residential to business.
The plot is owned by LaMar Ketel
sleger who plans to build a green
house and accompanying sales office
on the site. He now nas a hobby
greennouse on tne property.
The board was to convene in
special meeting to act on the
re -..<ning question and later to dis
cuss a gun ordinance. It was to
reconvene to act on the proposed gun
During the board's meeting last
week, MUta King asked for a gun
ordinance to keep a neighbor from
shooting stray dogs. She said she
fears a bullet might hit her children.
Margaret Oakley opposed it, say
ing she wanted to shoot squirrels
that were pests in her yard. Town
attorney W.E. Craft was directed to
obtain information on a possible gun
Craft also was directed to obtain
easements on the east side of N.C.
50 for a sidewalk to the Kenansville
Elementary School. The cost of con
crete work for a 1,700-foot sidewalk,
four feet wide, is estimated at
$10,578 and for a walk five feet wide,
A total of $13 million for another
11.5 miles of Interstate 40 was
approved by the state Board of
Transportation Friday in Jackson
Half the money ? $6.5 million ?
is earmarked for a 6.5-mile stretch in
Duplin and Sampson counties from
N.C. 43 to north of Secondary Road
1341 northwest of Warsaw.
The other half will be spent on a
five-mile stretch in Duplin from
north of S.R. 1341 to south of S.R.
1105. Some of the money will be
used to grade a rest area along the
route at N.C. 24 west of Warsaw .
In other action, the board awarded
a $1 million contract for resurfacing
38.5 miles of highway on 23 roads in
Duplin and Sampson counties. The
board also approved bids to re
surface 22 miles of 12 roads in
Pender and Onslow counties at a cost
of roughly $823,000.
To Tox Study
Rep. Wendell H. Murphy of
Duplin County has been appointed
by House Speaker Liston B. Ramsey
to the N.C. Property Tax System
An outgrowth of the 1985 General
Assembly, tbe 22-nu tiber
committee will mtflnv a detaiicu and
comprehensive study of the effi
ciency, effectiveness and fairness of
the property tax system in the state,
included will be all classes of
property subject to taxation; exemp
tions, exclusion and preferential
classifications; the evaluation of
public service company property;
procedures for listing and collecting
taxes; and the revaluation program
now conducted every eight years.
Murphy, a Rose Hill agribusiness
man is chairman of the House
health committet. He represents
Duplin and Jones counties in the
H' ise District
Spelkei Ramsey -pp intefi f!
members of the study committee ?
eight House members, one county
commissioner, one county tax official
and one person representing the
public at large. The other 11
members will be appointed by the
President of the Senate.
The study committee is to file a
final report bv March 1, 1987.
Water and sewer fees in Rose Hill
will increase about 30 percent
starting Oct. 1.
Mayor Ben Harrcll said that under
the new schedule a customer who
uses 6.800 gallons of water a month
will pay $22.96, compared with
$17.60 under the old rate. The
Minimum charge will be $10 per
month for 2,000 gallons.
The town has 641 water and sewer
Customers. Of those, 207 use less
than 3,000 gallons per month and
350 use more than 4,000 gallons. The
new rates hcve been recommended
to provide operating and replace
ment funds for the system.
Ben Hillard has been hired as
supervisor of the wastewater treat
ment plant supervisor at $16,500 a
ttear. Hillard said an average of
247,987 gallons of sewage per day is
treated in the town's new facility.
The plant has a capacity of 325,000
gallons per day.
The Town Board Tuesday night of
last week approved opening Third
Street between Whisper Soft M;"s
and Coastal Exterminating L .
McDavid Partners plans to build a
14-unit apartment complex in the
adjacent wooded area.
The street will connect with U.S.
117. The development will be called
Kenansville Elementary School New Staff Members
nciurea aoove, ten 10 ngni, Judy lucaer ana snaron
Bryant are preparing materials for students this year.
Judy joins Kc-nansville Elementary as a special
education instructor, and Sharon comes to the school as
a teacher's aide. Judy is in her eighth year as a special
education teacher in Duplin and has been with the
county 16 years as an instructor. She will work at KES
and E.E. Smith School each half-days with special
education students. Sharon begins her first year with
Duplin County schools and will be an aide for the third
grade at KES.