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VOL. XXXXV111 NO. 41 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE, NC 28349 OCTOBER 10, 1985 16 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Win Competition At The Fair
Tracey Kinlaw and Tar Baby were the showmanship winners at the 1985
Duplin County heifer show. Karen Kornegay and her two heifers. Crystal and
^ Tiffany, were the winners in the overall junior and senior class competition.
W Tracey is from Rose Hill and her heifer is a Black Angus. Karen, the 1984
Duplin fair heifer competition and showmanship award winner, is from
Mount Olive and her heifers this year are Polled Herefords. Pictured, left to
right, are Cecil Kornegay and daughter Karen with Crystal, and Jerry
Kinlaw and daughter Tracey with Tar Baby.
75 Workers Flee After Rose Hill Blast
An explosion in a pressurized
ammonia gas line forced about 75
evacuate a poqltry plant
Tti Rose iirff last' wee*. Nfo''6h* *'
injured in the incident, county
? officials said.
^ A man who answered the tele
phone at the House of Raeford Rose
Hill Poultry Plant would say only that
no one was injured. He refused to
answer any further questions and
abruptly hung up.
Fire and rescue units from Mag
nolia, Rose Hill, Kenansville and
Warsaw responded to the call at
about 6 p.m. Wednesday. At least
three State Highway Patrol troopers
tent to detour traffic aiound the
plant on U.S. 117.
"When I was going down there I
could smell it a mile away," said
Hiram Brinson, the county's emer
gency services coordinator. "It
wasn't difficult to detect what it
Brinson said he, firefighters from
Rose Hill and Magnolia, and two
plant employees donned breathing
gear, entered the plant and closed
the valve on the line. Within an hour
emergency workers had stopped the
leak, he said. - ?
In July a similar, more serious
incident occured when leaking gas at
a turkey processing plant in Wallace
sent some 35 workers to area
hospitals. Emergency rooms in
Pender and Duplin counties treated
workers suffering from vomiting,
dizziness, chest pains, coughing,
headaches, eye irritation and breath
Emergency officials believe that
the July gas leak was either chlorine
or ammonia, but probably chlorine,
which has a weaker odor, Brinson
said. The ammonia leak at the Rose
Hill plant had a strong odor that
workers quickly identified, Brinson
He said plant officials responded
quickly to Wednesday's leak and
were able to move the workers
outside to safety in minutes. "They
have a lot of exits in that plant,"
In Duplin Schools
The Duplin County school system
will hold a child identification pro
The Board of Education last week
approved the plan which calls for
fingerprints, dental checks, a state
ment of physical characteristics and
a photograph of^-.ch child parti
One set will be made for each child
and given to his or her parents.
The schedule for the program will
be coordinated with school princi
A child must have parental per
mission to participate. Children will
be given permission slips to take
home. The forms include a space for
parents to sign if they don't want
their children fingerprinted.
"I think we ought to try it but 1
think it's going to take a lot of
work," said James Strickland of
Warsaw, a board member.
"As long as the emphasis is on
missing children, I think it's OK,"
said board member Amos "Doc"
Brinson. "Parents that don't want it
don't have to take part."
Supt. L.S. Guy said: "We have a
captive group. It's a large group.
There are all kinds of things and
ideas people want to push on the
schools. I think we have to protect
In other business, the board
agreed to ask the Duplin County
Commissioners to transfer building
fund money to the school system for
the James Kenan High School
addition and renovation.
"We have begun work and obli
gated money," Guy told the board.
The project's estimated cost is
$1,055,000. Plans call for eight new
classrooms, a new library and reno
vation of old classrooms, the cafe
teria and the administrative suite.
Herb McKim of the Wilmington
firm of Ballard. McKim and Sawyer
Architects is preparing the plans.
After unsuccessful attempts in the
last two years, the board again
applied for a health education coor
dinator from the state Department of
For New Building
Faiscm lost three of its oldest
buildings when construction crews
began tearing them down to make
way for a new Southern Bank facility.
Three adjoining brick buildings
originally built by Luther Taylor
prior to 1932 were torn down late last
month and clean-up at the site
continued this past week. The
buildings were located between the
Faison Volunteer Fire Department
and the Animal Hospital.
According to Mount Olive
Southern Bank President Bob
Williams, construction of the bank
facility will begin in November and is
expected to be ?mplete by March of
1986. The pre-ent Faison location of
Southern Bark is .1 downtown store
Williams addod the new facility
would of<*r 1 n Bank cus
tomers full scrOTcC, hot limi*ed
banking like in its present Faison
office. Among the services will be a
bank vault with safe deposit boxes
and night deposit.
During the past, the future bank
site has been a general store, an auto
dealership, hardware store, grocery
store, apartments/dry cleaners,
theatre, cotton gin and R.D. Clifton
Fruit and Vegetables.
^ Commissioners Address Teen-Age
Pregnancy In Duplin
A health department official hopes
to start a teen-age pregnancy pre
vention program next year in the
Duplin County schools, he said
The N.C. General Assembly allo
cated funds this year to county
health departments to address teen
? age pregnancy problems, said Joe
Costin, county health director.
Duplin's share is $40,000.
About 100 Duplin County teen
agers gave birth in 1984. Costin told
the County Commissioners Monday
that his department wants to work
through ihi! school system by show
ing films and giving lectures on teen
age pregnancy. The commissioners
endorsed Cos tin's plan.
Before the plan can be carried out,
the Board of Education also must
approve it. Debra Beasley, a county
health educator, said no coordinated
effort is carried out in the Duplin
County schools to educate teen-agers
on the subject.
In other business, the commis
sioners awarded a bid to Motorola of
Raleigh for a radio console for the
Sheriff's Department, to be used to
dispatch emergency service vehicles.
The unit will cost $67,272, plus
$2,500 for installation and $4,200 for
two years' maintenance.
The board also:
? Granted a $1,571 salary in
crease to Glen Jernigan, chief ad
ministrator int he Sheriff's Depart
ment, from $17,456 to $19,027.
Under the new federal wage and
hour law, Jernigan is not eligible for
overtime pay because he holds an
? Gave the Health Department
$3,500 to buy vinyl flooring to
replace carpet in offices that have |
been converted to examining rooms.
? Gave $100 for Christmas to the
Caswell Training Center of Kinston,
which provides a home for the
mentally retarded. About 40 Duplin
County residents are cared for at the
Free Legal Assistance To Low Income
ft F poal nt rhp I nu/Ar rmo ?**
Fear will begin a Circuit Riding
program in Kenansville. Thursday,
Oct. 10 to provide free legal assis
tance to lo*? income Duplin County
A legal staff representative will be
available to interview low-income
people with civil legal problems free
of charge between the hours of 10
a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Duplin County
Senior Center at Seminary Road near
the Courthouse every other Thurs
day. Persons interested in making an
appointment to receive this service
win neea 10 leiepnone i-ouv
672-9304 (toll free) between the
hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
This nine-year-oia legal services
program out of Wilmington is a non
profit. federally funded legal ser
vices program. The program does
not charge a fee for its services and
has low-income eligibility require
ments. Persons qualified for the
service may choose to talk with a
legal staff representative over the
toll-free telephone number through
Legal Services' Telephone
Assistance Program (TAP) or they
may now choose to make an appoint
ment to meet with the legal staff
representative at the Duplin County
Duplin County is one of seven
counties Legal Services of the Lower
Cape Fear serves, the others being
New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick,
Columbus, Bladen and Onslow.
The orosram accepts cases for
representation in the following
areas: public benefits (AFDC, food
stamps. Medicaid, and Social
Security), housing, civil rights, em
ployment, and consumer issues. The
program has a special project for
income eligible domestic violence
victims, called Judicare. Legal Ser
vices screens and pays attorney's
fees for private attorney represen
tation of low-income eligible domes
tic violence victims with serious
problems. Legal Services also has a
community education unit to provide
workshops, self-help information
A The low-income energy program
to help with heating bills of low
income households will begin on
Tuesday, Oct. 15. Applications will
be taken and processed at the cheese
distribution warehouse near the dog
pound on Highway 11 south of
Kenansville. Social Services staff
will be available to take applictions
from Oct. through Nov. 27 at the
This is not a first-come, first
served program. Anyone applying
between Oct. 15 and Nov. 27 who
meets the eligibility requirements
will receive a payment.
There will be no issuance of food
items from the warehouse fronj Oct.
through Nov. 15. New households
wishing to apply for food should not
come during that time.
Income of recipients of food
stamps, AFDC, Medicaid and SSI
will be used and other applicants will
need to verify the total family income
for the month of October, 1985.
The Elks National Foundation has
established a national scholarship
program for eligible students in
two-year or vocational/technical
schools. Called the 1986 Vocational
Grant nrnaram. it nrovides 249
. two-year awards of $1,000 per year.
They are available for the 1986-87
ft academic year.
Five awards are allotted to N.C.
I sIndents and will be granted on a
I competitive point system according
to tne criteria of motivation, need,
skills, grades and application prepa
All applicants must have the
endorsement of a lodge of the
B.P.O.E. of the U.S.A. to be ac
cepted for judging. Application
deadline is Nov. 25. For more
information or application forms,
contact the financial aid office at
James Sprunt Technical College in
Gifts From Outer Space
James Andrews, left, of Mount Olive Colleee. recently
presented Don Reichard, right, JSTC dean of instruc
tion, and Mark Patrus, center, JSTC commercial art
instructor, with photo collages and NASA insignia;
from Dr. William Thornton. Thornton, a Faison native
anu NASA astronaut, oresepted the eifts in appre
ciation for his portrait painted bv Patrus in 1<)KT. Two of
the photo collages respresenting Thornton's Space
Shuttle "Challenger" flights, will hang in James
Sprunt Technical College.
(Photo by Nelson Best)
Patrus And JSTC Receive
Gifts From Astronaut
James Sprunt Technical College
and commercial art instructor Mark
Patrus were recently presented gifts
from outer space, courtesy of NASA
astronaut Dr. William Thornton.
James Andrews of Mount Olive
College represented Dr. Thornton in
presenting three photo collages of
Space Shuttle "Challenger" mis
sions bearing NASA insignias and
American flags flown in space
aboard the space shuttle.
Patrus was commissioned to paint
a portrait of Thornton which was
officially presented at William
Thornton Appreciation Day in
Faison. The ceremonies were held in
Oct. 1983 to honor Thornton, a
Faison native, on his return from his
first space flight. The portrait is now
on permanent display in the Faison
Dr. Thornton was selected by
NASA as a scientist-astronaut in
1967. and currently works in the field
of space medicine at the Johnston
Space Centefjn Texas. The exercise
machines used aboard space shuttle
flights are one of Thornton's several
So far Thornton has served as
medical officer on two space shuttle
missions. His first flight was aboard
the Challenger on the first night
launch and landing of the shuttle in
1983. His second was Spacelab 3
Mission, successfully completed in
In making the presentation, An
drews said, "Dr. Thornton is vefy
appreciative of Mr. Patrus honoring
him with his portrait and is very
grateful for all of his good friends
and supporters in Duplin County."