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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 9, 2004 2:03 PM

How Warsaw got its name

The town of Warsaw was originally known as Mooresville and later changed to Duplin Depot.

The town's Web Page, at www.townofwarsawnc.com, says the community was first settled around 1825. In 1838, Thaddeus D. Love of Wilmington, conductor on the first train that ran through the then crossroads community, moved to Warsaw. His friends, who were familiar with Jane Porter's novel "Thaddeus of Warsaw," began calling him Thaddeus of Warsaw. The name had such appeal to the few residents that in 1855 the community was incorporated and the name was changed to Warsaw.

At that time, there were about 20 houses, three general merchandise stores and a combination store and post office in town.

Secretaries Day

OK, bosses. They remembered you on your day, now it's time for you to remember them.

The 2004 Administrative Professionals and Secretaries' Day Luncheon will be held April 21 at noon at Walnut Creek Country Club. It is being sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

It will honor the administrative assistants of Wayne County, including those at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The guest speaker will be Linda Staunch, president of Linda Staunch and Associates of New Bern, a marketing agency. Ms. Staunch co-produces and is host of the TV show "Around Town," which appears on Fox TV. She is also on the board of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and is co-chairman of the small business advisory board.

Entertainment will be by the Southern Wayne High School jazz band.

Awards to be presented include secretary of the year and five Golden Phone awards -- most diplomatic, most resourceful, most patient, most budget conscious and most considerate.

Nomination forms can be printed from the Chamber's Web site, www.waynecountychamber.com.

For more information about the event, call 734-2241.

MOC unveiling

Mount Olive College has ambitious plans over the next five years, and it will unveil those plans later this month joined by former Gov. Jim Hunt.

On Wednesday, April 21, the college will reveal its "New Century Campaign: Building a Better Future for Our Most Valuable Resource."

The college has raised about 85 percent of its $23 million goal.

The plans include a new 45,000-square-foot academic building, which will double the classroom space; a wellness center dedicated to promoting good health; and a communications center to house a variety of communication systems.

Money raised from the campaign will also support new programs, scholarships and technology and reduce long-term debt. Endowed professorships and support for faculty development and research are also planned.

The unveiling and public campaign start will be at 7 p.m. in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center. Gov. Hunt, whose father was on the college's board, will be the guest of honor.