VOL. XXXXVIHNO.46 USPS 162-860 KENANSVILLE. NC 28349 NOVEMBER 14, 1985 14 PAGES THIS WEEK 10CENTS PLUS TAX
Here's How Duplin Voted
Town board members and mayors
were elected last week throughout
Duplin County on Tuesday.
Beulaville voters re-elected
Wilbur Hussey Jr. as mayor and
I Kenneth Smith and Elvis L. Sumner
as town commissioners, all for four
year terms. They ran unopposed.
Mayor: Wilbur Hussey Jr., 144.
a Commissioners Kenneth Smith, 143
? and Elvis L. Sumner, 134.
In Calypso, voters elected Eugene
S. Emmer as mayor and Libby Lewis
Boykin, Jerry R. Turner, William
Rose, M.J. Lambert Jr. and Roy D.
Davis as commissioners, all for
two year terms. Mayor - Norwood G.
' Barfield, 83, Eugene S. Emmer, 90.
Commissioners - DAvid Brock, 81;
Leslie Ike Nunn, 70; Roy D. Davis,
93; Libby Lewis Boykin, 117; M.J.
% Lambert Jr.. 93; Jerry R. Turner,
116; William Rose, 105; and Milford
Voters in Faison re-elected Mayor
N.F. McColman Jr. and Commis
sioners Robert David Kennedy,
Melvin Rogers and William J. Igoe
to four-year terms. They ran un
opposed. Mayor, N.F. McColman,
72. Commissioners - Robert David
Kennedy, 48: Melvin Rogers, 49;
and William J. Igoe, 58
Voters in Greenevers elected Earl
H. Murphy, George F. Henry and
Clifton Williams to the Town Board
for four-year terms. They ran
unopposed. Commissioners - Earl H.
Murphy, 38; George F. Henry, 40;
and Clifton Williams, 29.
Voters in Kenansville re-elected
Mayor Donald E. Suttles and Earl
Hatcher and Ronald Bostic as com
missioners for four-year terms.
Mayor ? Donald E. Suttles, the
incumbent, 123; Jimmie D. Newkirk,
58; and Pat Prince, 54. Commis
sioners - Earl Hatcher, an incum
bent, 191; and Ronald Bostic, an
Magnolia voters elected Clarence
W. Whaley, Millard Williams and
Sherwood Ezzell to four-year terms
as town commissioners. Commis
sioners - Sherwood Ezzell, 63;
Preston Hall, 37; Millard Williams,
70; John D. Quinn, 49; Hubert L.
Howard, an incumbent, 42; Ilene
Guy, 53; Ruth Evans, 50; and
Clarence W. Whaley, 82.
Voters in Rose Hill re-elected
Mayor Ben Harrell. Gary L. Boney
and George S. Murray were elected
as commissioners to four-year terms
and Gregory D. Miller to complete a
two-year term. Mayor - Ben Harrell,
the incumbent, 188; and Perry
Whaley, 172. Commissioners - Gary
L. Boney, 275; George S. Murray,
230; Felton Rackley, an incumbent,
181; and Gregory D. Miller, an
Teachey voters elected Henry
"Zeke" Wells Jr. and W.O. Mont
ford to four-year terms on the Town
Board. They were unopposed. Com
missioners - Henry "Zeke" Wells
Jr., 20; and W.O. Montford, 20.
In Wallace, Mayor Earl W.
Wfcitaker was re-elected. Voters
named David E. Jordan, J. Luther
Powell and Jerry Frank Bullard III to
four-year terms as commissioners.
Mayor- Earl W. Whitaker, the in
cumbent, 377; and Melvin Cording,
270. Commissioners - J. Luther
Powell, an incumbent, 366; David E.
Jordan, an incumbent, 417; and
Jerry Frank Bullard III, 377.
Warsaw voters elected Benjamin
Eason as mayor and W. John
Weatherly and W.E. Foster as com
missioners, all for four-year terms.
Mayor - Benjamin Eason, 404;
Thomas D. Johnson, 69. Commis
sioners - Charles Johnson Sheffield
Jr., 269; W.E. Foster, incumbent,
278; W. John Weatherly,Incumbent,
282; and Celestine Nickelson, 90.
Duplin & Union Counties Squabble On Gobbles
Which county "talks turkey" the
loudest: Duplin or Union?
Each claims to be the top turkey
producer in North Carolina, which
produces more turkeys than any
The big birds leave a mark of
, white feathers along roadside- in
both coilnties, where hundreds of
long, low turkey houses have become
The N.C. Department of Agricul
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ture gives Union County the edge,
valuing its 1984 turkey production at
$100.85 million, to $80.48 million for
Duplin County. Duplin, however, is
the leading poultry-producing county
of the state and one of the leaders in
the nation, with 1984 income from all
poultry estimated at almost $140
Duplin County Extension Chair
mar Lois Britt expects turkey pro
duction to rise when a large process
ing plant opens in northern Duplin
County next year.
In Sampson County, turkey pro
duction last year was valued at S15.8
million. In Wayne County, turkey
output was put at $37.7 million. The
four counties accounted for more
than 80 percent of the estimated
$284 million in farm value turkeys
brought the state last year. Total
poultry gross income of more than
$1.2 billion last year topped total
tobacco income of about $1 billion for
the first time.
The state came from almost no
where to a top ranking in poultry
production in the past decade. The
plant expected to go into operation
next summer in Duplin County is
described as the world's largest.
The leadership of companies such
as House of Raeford, owned by Nash
Johnson & Sons Farms of Rose Hill,
and Swift & Co. and Cuddy Farms in
Union County in marketing their
product has built a year-round
Taking turkey far from its tradi
tional holiday role, these companies
are appealing to diet-conscious and
budget-conscious consumers with
turkey hams, barbecued turkey,
turkey sausage and other products.
In 1930 the National Turkey
Federation estimated per capita
turkey consumption at 1.5 pounds
per year. In 1983, its per capita
estimate was 11.2 pounds per year.
Kenansville Seeks Water Improvement Funds
With $9,435 allocated to Kenans
f ville for .water and sewer develop
k ' m 130*3*** fc '*??? ?c
^ obtain additional money from Duplin
Duplin County has been allocated
B $284,098 of state water and sewer
funds for fiscal 1985-86. That money
may be used for the county water
system, the county Bqard of
.JfrtKto, all 10 tc.Vns.' and the Albert
son, Chinquapin and Potters Hill
Requests for the county money
must be submitted to the county
manager by 5 p.m. Dec. 18. They
will be reviewed by the manager,
Ralph Cottla Russell Tucker, county
finance officer; Woody Brinson,
county development director; and
county attorney Russell Lanier.
The Kenansville Town Board last
week reviewed a proposed budget
for metering water sold to Duplin
General Hospital in Kenansville. The
budget totaled $32,585.
The contract between the town
and hospital ends in 1992. In 1969,
the hospital agreed to advance the
town $50,000 for the town water
system. The advance is being repair
at the rate of $150 per month in
return for water..
Town officials believe that the
town now is losing money on the rleal
antf that if the water were metered
the hospital's water bill would
exceed $150 per month.
The board reappointed Cordell
Johnson to the Alcoholic Beverage
Control board for another three-year
11 Duplin School Students Featured In i
|#| Musical Production Saturday I
Cooperation has been the key to
putting together the show Genera
tion Celebration featuring the work
of about 150 Duplin school students
and 15 cultural arts teachers. The
production is Saturday evening.
The musical production combines
all the arts to feature Duplin's most
talented students. The show features
dance, song, drama and art pre
sented bv Duplin students of all ages
Nov. 16 in Kenan Memorial Audi
"There has been a lot of coopera
tion from many people in many
different areas," North Duplin Pand
Director and Generation Celebration
Director Brian Hoxie said. "If asked,
I w.>uld never have tried anything
like this three years ago. The arts
just did not seem to have any
support, but now, the time is right
and the support is high.
"I think it will be a whiz, bang
production and the public is going to
love it!" Hosie said. "Anyone who
misses it will be sorry and next year
tickets will go quick."
According to Hoxie the show
features a musical program designed
to reflect the course of life, from
childhood to adulthood. The show
involves all age students from almost
all Duplin schools. Students were
selected by the Generation Cele
bration committee of cultural arts
teachers through individual appli
"The students in the show are like
an all-county group, but on a smaller
scale," Hoxie said. "After the first
rehearsal, I said I wished I could bus
them all back to North Duplin. To
have this group all year round would
be the teacher's dream!" Along with
Hoxie are Musical Director Susan
Keeter, the James Kenan district
band instructor; Technical Director
Jeff Landen, a Chinquapin school
teacher; Choreographer Angela Joy
Norman, reigning Miss Duplin
County; and script composition by Jo
Jones of James Kenan High School
and Margaret Glasgow of Wallace
Members of the Generation Cele
bration Committee worked indepen
dently at the local schools with
students, Hoxie said, before
rehearsals began in Kenan Audi
torium Nov. 4.
"The committee of teachers met
and assigned songs." Hoxie said.
"Together the group said let's use
this voice here and that person there.
And, they assigned the songs to be
able to rehearse in the individual
"And, the students are great,"
Hoxie said. "The first rehearsal
together, they came well-prepared
and ready logo!"
The Generation Celebration is
sponsored by the Duplin County
Education Foundation and according
to the Duplin County Schools Di
rector of Support Services Austin
Carter, the musical is hoped to raise
$15,000. The production revenues
are designated to be returned to
Duplin schools in the form of
scholarships and funding for cultural
"The Generation Celebration has
enabled the cultural arts teachers to
work together in writing, staging and
planning the musical program,"
Austin Carter said. "And it has
given the teacher an opportunity to
demonstrate their creativity, skills
and flexibility in working with all
different ages /and all the arts."
While Duplin teachers work to
produce the musical, members of the
Duplin County Foundation have
worked to provide the resources for a
first-class production. Carter pointed
out. As an example, the Generation
will be the first production to use the
new $13,000 stage lighting system
installed in Kenan Auditorium last
week. Funds for all but $3,700 were
from private donations through the
Education Foundation, Carter said.
The Foundation is also involved in
ticket sales, program production,
concessions and other aspects of the
Members of the Foundation began
ticket sales Oct. 1, Carter said.
Tickets are available by contacting
Bill Hennessee of Faison, Ed Holt of
Warsaw, Carey Wrenn of Kenans
ville, Buford Hutchins of Beulaville,
Linda Murphy of Rose Hill and
Harriett Farrior of Wallace. A limit
of 2,000 tickets is available for the
production. Group ticket rates are
Colobratlon Dancort Talk With Choroographor Angola Norman
W. Dallas Herring of Rose Hill,
often called "father of the North
Carolina community college sys
tem," will receive national recogni
tion for promotion and preservation
of the state's history.
The N.C. Community College
Alumni Association recently honored
Herring by establishing a permanent
Dallas Herring scholarship at James
Sprunt Technical College in Kenans
ville. It will provide tuition for a
student for one year.
Herring, as a long-time member
and chairman of the State Board of
Education, took a leading part in
winning support for establishment of
the state community college system
Earlier, the Rose Hill native and
Davidson College graduate, had
been mayor of his home town and
chairman of the Duplin County
Board of Education.
The American Association for
State and Local History presented
awards during the Friday morning
session last week of the N.C. Literary
and Historical Association to
Herring, James A. Gray of Winston
Salem and Robert O. Conway of
Herring received an award for his
support of the study of history during
his long tenure as chairman of the
State Board of Education.
When professional educators
began eliminating history from
public school curriculums in the
early 1970s, Herring strongly ob
jected. He encouraged <he organi
zation of the Joint Committee on the
Status of History in the Public
Schools which, after several yean
of effort, helped penuade officials to
reutriiihisiory to the classroom.
Herring also established an
award-winning local history program
in the community college system.
Herring has turned the front
portion of his Rose Hill home into a
headquarters and research library
for the Duplin County Historical
Gray was the volunteer president
of Old Salem, Inc. when it was
formed in 1950 and the full-time
president for eight years in the
Conway is a staff member of the
N.C. Divison of Archives and
A Duplin County man has won top
honors from the N.C. Society for
County and Local Historians for the
best new book of local history in the
state during the past year.
Leon H. (Sonny) Sikes of Rose Hill
received first place in the Willie
Parker Peace Book Award, pre
sented at the society's annual
meeting in Raleigh.
The award honored Sikes' pri
vately published volume, Duplin
County Places, Past and Present.
Sikes, an employee of the Duplin
County Health Department, wrote
and researched the book in his spare
Society president Joe McLaurin
said the award is intended "to
encourage the writing and publish
ing in book form history about a
North Carolina county, institution or
Bobby Maready became Wallace's
chief of police recently.
Maready will head a force of eight
other officers, one clerk and four
dispatchers. He will succeed Roscoe
Rich, who retired Oct. 1 after 10
years as chief.
Maready has been Rc*c Hill's
police chief since August 1982. He
started as a policemen in Wallace in
Maready will receive a salary of