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VOL. XXXXVI1I NO. 40 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28349 OCTOBER 3. 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Kugel Outlines Warsaw
Begin Next Year
LUAUly icuuii apai unciili, uniCCS,
shops and possibly a restaurant will
appear in Warsaw beginning next
year, if the promises and plans of
Owen Kugel of Lancaster, Pa. and
his OK Associates work out.
Kugel announced in Warsaw
Wednesday that his first project will
be development of the Bowden
property at Hill and Railroad streets
into 10 luxury apartments.
The developer appeared before a
Warsaw Chamber of Commerce
r group last week to announce com
pletion of an agreement to buy the
Bowden property, which consists of
huge frame houses. It has been
owned recently by Nell Bowden.
Kugel emphasized that aside from
a commitment of $60,000 from the
chamber and the town, he would
arrange for all of the money required
for this and two other projects he
plans for Warsaw. "Were not asking
anyone here to put money into this,"
Kugel makes a business of going
into a town with plans to invest in
downtown property for development.
He contracts with chambers of
commerce on a money-back basis to
launch development of a specified
value within a specified time. If he
fails, he promises, he will return the
goo^-faith fund put up by the
chambers of commerce and towns.
ine Warsaw cnamber is pumng up
$50,000 and the town $10,000.
The Warsaw agreement was made
in March. At that time Kugel
promised to have bids let for $2
million worth of construction in the
town in a year.
He said last Wednesday that he
had contracts with 21 North Carolina
towns, including Fayetteville,
Clinton, Mount Olive, Kinston,
Goldsboro, Tarboro and Rocky
He began his development busi
ness in Pennsylvania. He said he
now owns 300 luxury apartments int
he northeast. He is opening a $4
million project in Pittsfield, Mass.
He said 80 percent of its units are
Plans for development of the
Bowden property should be ready in
30 days, he said. He expects
developing the buildings to cost
about $525,000. Each covers about
1,000 square feet.
Historic Property To Become Luxury Apartments
The Bowden property will be the first phase of
construction in the OK Associates plan to revitalize
downtown Warsaw. Construction will begin next year
to turn the Bowden property pictured above into luxury
1 Coal-Dumping Station
Is Next Step To Steam
It looks like the beginning of a
sewer pump station, but the thing
) beside the road is anything but that.
The big "it" will unload railroad
coal cars. The coal, an estimated
120.000 tons a year, will be mauled
by truck to the Cogentrix cogene
ration plant under construction ad
jacent to the Guildord Co. textile
. factory on N.C. 11 near Kenansville.
The coal station is just north of
Warsaw on a rail siding between
U.S. 117 and the Seaborad System
* Now it's a mass of reinforcement
* bars and wooden jackets into which
concrete will be poured, creating a
structure strong enough to hold
trains loaded with coal. Two huge
steel I-beams lie atop the framing.
They will support the rails. Coal from
hopper cars will be dumped into a
pit, from which a conveyor will load
it into trucks. A road will be built so
the coal trucks can be driven to N.C.
24. They will go east to Kenansville
on N.C. 24 and north to the plant on
Crowder Construction Co. of
Charlotte is building the coal station
for Cumberland Elkhorn Coal Co. of
A construction official said the
company has just completed a
similar station at Lumberton. Coal
for Cogentrix cogeneration plans
next to West Point Pepperell plants
at Lumberton and Elizabethtown will
be unloaded at the Lumberton point.
The Cogentrix plants will sell
steam to the textile factories and
electricity to Carolina Power & Light
George T. Lewis Jr., company
president, expects the plants to go
into operation sometime next year.
Each of the three plants will cost
about $30 million, Lewis said earlier
The Kenansville plant will have
generating capacity of 35 million
watts. Boilers will be capable of
producing 315,000 pounds of steam
^ JSTC Students R?c?ive D?gr??s
Over 200 graduates in various program areas walked
across the stage to receive congratulations oti theii
graduation from James Sprunt Technical College.
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Graduation exercises were held Sept. 22 at the Kenan
Over 200 At
A large crowd of well-wishers 1
filled the Kenan Memorial Audi
torium in Kenansville on Sunday,
Sept. 22, to witness the 23rd annual
graduation exercises of James
Sprunt Technical College. Proud
family members and friends watched
over 100 graduates receive degrees
or diplomas in 25 one-year or
two-year majors. Another 100
graduates were awarded adult high
school equivalency certificates.
In his commencement address,
Dr. Dudley Flood, associate super
intendent of the State Department of
Public Instruction, counseled the
graduates to realize that the hardest
part of their education is still ahead
as they begin to apply the theories
earned in the classroom.
Flood's main challenge was for
graduates to evaluate their lives and
:areers regularly to be sure they
vere doing what they truly wanted to
lo, and to change their profession if
ihey were not.
"There are no time limits on
education or further education," he
.aid. "If you are not satisfied with
.'Our career, have the courage to go
sack to school or do whatever you
tave to do to get what you want.
"You have to have perseverance
n pursuing what you truly want, and
itick with what you want to achieve.
Perseverance is the main key to
iuccess," said Flood.
Following Dr. Flood's address. Dr.
Don Reichard, dean of instruction,
presented academic awards to honor
graduates. Joey Lynn Jones received
the award for the highest academic
iverage of associate degree gradu
ites. Jones received his degree in
iccounting. Connie Taylor was
iwardcd honors for the second
highest average of associate degree
graduates. She received a degree in
secretarial science. _
Two graduates tied }' >r highest
honors recognition among graduates
n one-year diploma programs. Rena
Z. Swinson in cosmetology and
lerry Willoughby in welding shared
Ihe award for highest academic
iverage. Anthony C. King received
the award for second-highest aver
ige among diploma program gradu
lies. King received his diploma in
:lectri-al installation and main
t he higtcst nrMenic award givsn
?h-n.*fly io a JSTl'-'graduatt lie
Faison W. McGowen scholarship
medal. The recipient is selected by
ihe faculty based on scholarship,
cadership and citizenship. The 1985
recipient was Joey Lynn Jones,
Recipient of the 1985 faculty
:ouncil award was Armin Jancis,
mathematics instructor. The faculty
council selects an annual recipient on
ihe basis of such criteria as profes
sionalism, committee participation,
professional growth and excellence
Disabled and non-disabled North
Carolinians will join together during
national "Hire the Handicapped"
week. Oct. 6-12 in an effort to
maximize employment opportunities
for disabled workers.
"The annual week-long obser
vance calls attention to a very
valuable resource of skill and ability
available to employers," said Dennis
Kirby, manager of Kcnansville ESC.
Kirby points out that nearly one out
of eight North Carolinians is handi
"Employers looking for good,
def -ndable workers would be wise
toe ? isider hiring the handicapped,"
Kirby continues. Reliable studies
indicate that overall, disabled
workers have fewer on-the-job in
juries and have job performances
and attendance records as good or
better than unimpaired workers.
"Skilled disabled workers are an
asset not only to their employers but
to the economic growth of the
community as well," says Kirby.
During state fiscal year 1985, 11,262
individuals were rehabilitated with
assistance from the state's Voca
tional Rehabilitation Program. The
placement of these individuals could
represent a significant contribution
to North Carolina's economy.
The Kenansville office of the
Employment Security Commission,
Vocational Rehabilitation and
Services for the Blind are coordi
nating this year's efforts to help
employers and the public become
aware of the capabilities pf disabled
people. Local offices of these agen
cies may be contacted for further
Ready For Gloria !
Duplin County could have become
a major evacuation route from Top
sail Island and staging area for
emergency equipment if Hurricane
Gloria had forced the evacuation of
Topsail Island, said Hiram Binson,
Duplin County emergency services
Aside from the small Pender
County community of Maple Hill, the
fjrst towns pn the N.C. 50 evacuation
route from Topsail Island are in
Duplin County ? Chinquapin, i
Kenansville and Warsaw
Brinson said that if the need had
arisen, schools and some churches 1
would have been opened as evacu- ?
ation centers. A warning system in 1
each school would have been '?
activated if it became necessary to >
send students home, Brinson said. '
"?We got a lot of cbuoae . alls but
we didn't know *n> thing to tell the
callers," he sAid.
At least five Duplin County
youngsters were slightly injured last
week on Wednesday when a school
bus ran into a ditch on an unpaved
road near Kornegay, the N.C. State
Highway Patrol said.
Bus driver Hugh Batchelor
Harper, 16, of Route 1, Albertson,
was charged with exceeding a safe
speed by Trooper B.E. Floyd.
All but one of the injured students
were taken to Lenoir County Hospital
for treatment. The last student, who
complained of pain in her back when
she picked up some books after the
Pink Hill Rescue Squad left the
scene, was taken to Duplin General 1
Hospital by Floyd.
Floyd said Harper was driving the
bus south on Secondary Road 1707,
rounded a curve and saw a tractor
pulling a disk harrow about 450 feet
away on the 18-foot-wide road.
Floyd said Timothy Lynn Smith,
25, of Route 2. Pink Hill, pulled his
tractor partly into the ditch to let the
bus pass, but the shoulder collapsed
under the weight of the bus, causing
two wheels to drop into the ditch.
The bus ran 33 feet down the ditch,
hit the embankment and bounced
another 11 feet, Floyd said.
JSTC Visiting Artist
To Perform On
Campus Oct, 8
Duplin County residents will have
the opportunity to hear JSTC's new
visiting artist, classical guitarist
Brian Morris in his first major public
concert at JSTC on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in
the Edd Dudley Monk Auditorium.
As visiting artist Morris will be
presenting concerts and workshops
for various groups throughout the
county during the year.
A native of Grand Rapids. Mich.,
Morris began his interest in the
guitar at age 14. At 18. he began
serious study of the classical guitar
a<td intoa talented
His performance credits include
concerts throughout the U.S. and
several features on television and
radio. He has aiso arranged and
performed jazz and popular music ,
professionally since 1974. He has
studied formally with such master
guitarists as Christopher Parkening,
Bruce Holzman, Michael Lorimer
and Manuel Barrueco,
At the Oct. 8 concert, ?ui
share the stage with his duo partner,
Joseph Hoey. The two guitarists
joined forces while bcth were gradu
ate students at Florida State Uni
versity. An immediate rapport and
compatibility of style enabled the
two to win third prize in an inter
national duo competition after only a
.year of performing together.
Hoey is currently visiting artist at
Wayne Community College in
Goldsbofo, making it possible for the
Brian Morris, JSTC Visiting Artist
duo to continue performing together
while in North Carolina.
The visiting artist program was
initiated '? 1971 as a cooperative
effort between the N.C. Arts Council
and the state Department of Com
munity Colleges. Artists are placed
at local community or technical
colleges and are available for per
formances and workshops for civic
groups, schools and other non-profit
organizations within the community.
The Oct. 8 concert is free and open
to the public.