VOL. XXXXVIII NO. 48 USPS 162-860 KENANSV1LLE, NC 28344 NOVEMBER 28, 1985 * 12 PAGES THIS WEEK 10 CENTS PLUS TAX
Kenansville Troop 50 Court Of Honor
The Kenansville Boy Scout Troop 50 held a Court of Honor, Nov. 20 in the.
fellowship hall of the Kenansville United Methodist Church. According to
p Scout Master Conrad Jenkins, a total of 126 badges was awarded to the
14-member troop. Jenkins also pointed out the group is the oldest continuous
Scout troop in the Tuscarora Council. Currently the troop is working to
renovate the Scout hut located behind Duplin General Hospital and acquire
photographs of all former leaders and Eagle Scouts since its organization in
1946. Troop members pictured above, left to right, seated, Brandon Hobbs,
Davis Brinson, David Page, Tad Rouse and David Casey. Kneeling, Jimmie
Rich, Franlrie Wood, Scott Autry, Robbie Whitman, Rolf Blizzard and Scout
Master CottLd Jenkins. Standing. Bobby Hughes, Bo Hobbs. David Price,
Timmy Jenkins and Jeffrv Jones.
Rose Hill To Take
Despite a possible problem with
iron and manganese in the water, a
new town well will be drilled at the
site of a test well on the west side of
The Rose Hill Town Board last
week directed Lee Register, who
drilled the test well, to drill the
Register reported the site pro
vided an adequate water supply at a
potential Dumuii.a rate of 250 gallons
per minute but said he could not
guarantee the water would not
exceed the state's manganese and
iron content limits. State limits for
drinking water call for no more than
three parts per million for iron and
five parts per million for manganese.
Iron and manganese are com
monly found in well water in the
region. Van Lewis of McDavid
Associates of Kenansville said the
elements are a nuisance rather than
a health problem. Excess iron in
water stains clothing and other items
that are washed.
Lewis said changing the well site
would not guarantee any improve
ment and could cost more money for
options and for piping.
The board decided to go ahead
with a well and provide whatever
treatment is necessary to maintain
The town will seek Damages of
S31,750 for delayed completion of its
new wastewater treatment plant.
Engineer Buck Kennedy of L.E.
Wooten Co. of Raleigh said the
plant, which was supposed to be
finished March 7, was completed 152
days later in August.
Kennedy said the delay cost
$25,987.66 to the engineering com
pany, $5,413.69 in interest on bond
notes that couldn't be sold until the
work was completed and $350 in
attorney fees. Kennedy pointed out
the damages are not a penalty but a
safeguard to cover additional costs
due to a delay. They will be deducted
from the final payment for the work.
The board will study the request of
D.L. Parker Jr. of South Elm Street
for permission to drive his tractor
trailer ris 350 feet on Elm Street to
his home for parking. The empty rig
weighs 25,000 pounds and is 56 feet
Buddy Pope, who holds the town
auditing contract, reported that the
tax collection rate is 92.1 percent.
Christmas was just developing its
holiday trappings and decorations in
the days before the Civil War.
Commercial tree decorations, fcl
example, did not arrive on t.V;
marketplace until the 1870s and "
ready-made Christmas cards were
also a post war phenomenon. Even
the Christmas tree was a relatively
recent acquisition in American cul
ture, becoming somewhat accepted
during the 1850s. These facts are all
taken into consideration as plans are
made for the annual Plantation
Christmas Celebration scheduled for
Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. The beautiful old ancestral
home of the Kenan family will be
decorated and open to the public.
Weeks of preparation and
planning go into making open house
at Liberty Hall an area holiday
tradition. Over 800 people toured the
buildings last year to see how the
holidays were celebrated on a
southern plantation. Early southern
families also spent an enormous
amount of time planning for the
Christmas season. Decorations
feature imaginative arrangements of
such fruits as apples, lemons, pears
and pomegranates and natural
materials like the dried nods of okra.
sweet gum balls, nuts, cottom bolli
and dried peppers are used through
out the house. Greens ? ,cedar<
nine, h ixwrod, yew and hemrttck are
.AomVintti Awith the leave* of mag-. .
nolia or holly to create unusual
combinations and pleasing effects.
Decorations range from elabo
rately created nosegays for the
Christmas tree in the Ladies' With
drawing Room to a simple sprav of
pine and holly on a window sill.
Elaborate or simple, plain or fancy,
each decoration at Liberty Hall
expresses the spirit of Christmas the
Kenan family enjoyed each year and
one that guests can enjoy today. The
decorations used are built from
scratch and create an effect of
elegant simplicity and inestimable
charm and an atmosphere of love
and caring at a special time of year.
The Liberty Hall Restoration
Commission stages the annual open
house as part of the "Twelve Days of
Christmas in Historic Kenansville,"
which is sponsored by the Kenans
ville Area Chamber of Commerce. A
Plantation Christmas is open to the
public and there is no admission
charge on Sunday, Dec. 15. For more
information, contact Liberty Hall
Restoration at 296-0522.
Lifeline Coming To County
? At Duplin General Hospital
Duplin General Hospital an
nounced that it will be providing
Lifeline to the people of Duplin
County beginning Dec. Sth.
The .Lifeline committee is com
prised of representatives from
Duplin General Hospital, Duplin
County Home Care, Duplin County
Emergency Medical Services, the
y Health Department, Services to the
Aged, Hospital, Medical Society
Auxil&ry. and Duplin General Hos
pital foundation Board. It has been
with a cooperative effort by these
organizations that Lifeline will made
Lifeline, a personal emergency
response system operated by Duplin
General Hospital, can be the es
sential service which will allow many
elderly or disabled persons living
alone to remain safely in their
Lifeline uses the subscriber's tele
phone line to make a call to the
emergency of the hospital, which is
monitored 24 hours a day. The sub
scriber has a portable help button
which he is instructed to keep with
him at all times. It has a range of 200
feet from the phone allowing for a
fair range of mobility. In case of a
medical emergency, arrangements
will be made to have the subscriber
transported to the hospital. Even if
the subscriber became unconscious.
Lifeline will place the call for help
through the automatic timing device.
Lifeline allows the independence
and happiness of living at home and
the reassurance of emergency care
whenever it is needed.
For more information, contact
Duplin County Home Care in
Kenansville at 296-0819.
Kenansville Town Office Announces
Holiday Service Schedule
) There will be no garbage pickup
Thursday, Nov. 28, or Friday, the
29th as these are Thanksgiving
holidays for town employees. The
regular schedule will resume on \
Monday and the clerk's office will be
closed both days. I
The garbage truck will operate on
the following schedule during the
Christmas holidays: the truck will
run on Monday, Dec. 23 to pick up
both businesses and residential gar
bage. The truck will not run on
ruesday, Wednesday nor Thursday,
9ut will run again on Friday,
27th to pick up garbage from
businesses and residences.
The clerk's office will be closed the
whole week of Dec. 23-27 for
Christmas and vacation., but will
open Dec. 30 and 31st for anyone
wishing to pay their 1985 town taxes
before the year ends. We will not
begin charging interest on unpaid
1985 town taxes until Jan. 7.
There will be no garbage pickup
on Wednesday, Jan. 1 due to the
New Year holiday. The clerk's office
will also be closed that day. If there
are any questions, call the Town Hall
at 296-0369, said Mary Ann Jenkins,
5 Duplin Receives Grant
The Duplin County Watershed
Improvement Commission will '
receive a $31,000 watershed grant
from the N.C. Deparment of Natural
Resources and Community Develop
ment (NRCD) for channel improve
ment and water based recreation
development on Limestone Creek
* located near Beulaville.
? Limestone Creek is a $2 million
project to improve 50 miles of '
ii<?uuels for better drainage of
agricultural lands and prevention of
The Duplin County Watershed
Improvement Commission will use
the grant to purchase landrights for
the recreation area needed to com
plete the project. The project is
sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Soil Conservation Ser
vice, NRCD's Division of Soil and
Water Conservation, the Duplin
County Board ot Commissioners,
Duplin County Watershed Improve
ment Commission, and the county's
Soil and Water Conservation Dis
The state's small watershed grant
program is administered by NRCD's
Soil and Water Conservation Com- M
mission. The Legislature appro- M
priated $300,000 in each year of the 1
1985-87 biennium for the program.
Cheap Help For
Farmers In Duplin County
"There's cheap help available to
^ fanners these days," says Kenneth
? Futreal, district conservationist with
the Soil Conservation Service in
,? Kenansville. "All a farmer must do
is recognize the extra helper and use
What's the help, you ask? It's crop
residue, and all a farmer must do is
leave it on the fields instead of
plowing or burning it.
How does crop residue help?
"Crop residue helps in many ways,"
says Futreal. "One way crop residue
) helps is that it prevents erosion
during winter rains."
Controlling erosion keeps organic
matter jn the fields where it in
creases die moisture-holding capa
city of the soil and makes the soil
easier to work.
Years ago it was believed that crop
residue^ needed to be plowed under
but research shows that organic
matter increases more with less
cultivation. Crop residues on or near
the surface allow organic matter to
work into the soil slowly and at the
same time protect the soil from
Some people even burn crop
residue. When an acre of small grain
stubble and straw if burned, you lose
about 40 pounds of nitrogen, five
pounds of phosphorus and 60 pounds
of potash, plus the loss of benefits
from organic matter. With today's
tough economic times, it makes
sense not to burn residue or fall
One more feature of crop residue
is that it helps keep runoff water
cleaner, which keeps water in our
streams and lakes cleaner. We all
Use crop residue effectively, and
let it help you save time, money, soil
and organic matter. This conser
vation practice costs little, and it's
waiting to help you.
Kenansville Elementary School
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