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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on February 3, 2005 2:01 PM

Butterfield to speak

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield will speak at next week's 31st annual Human Relations Awards Banquet.

Butterfield has represented the 1st Congressional District since his election last July to fill the term of former congressman Frank Ballance. Butterfield was then elected to a two-year term in November.

Butterfield, a Democrat from Wilson, is a former associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was a Superior Court judge and often worked in Wayne County.

The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Bear Creek Fellowship Hall, 1800 S. Slocumb St. Cost is $10 per person.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Feb. 8. Call the Community Affairs Commission at 580-4359 for ticket information.

Eastpointe chairman named

Rebecca Henry Judge has been elected chairman of The Eastpointe Mental Health Board. The board is composed of representatives from four counties -- Duplin, Sampson, Wayne and Lenoir.

Ms. Judge has been involved with mental health services for 35 years. She was influential in the establishment of the Duplin County Mental Health Center and was the center's first professional employee. She was psychiatric nurse/counselor and the director of adult services for 25 years and was involved in the development of the initial psychiatric unit at Duplin General Hospital.

A graduate of N.C. AT&T University, Ms. Judge received her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Horse clinic Saturday

February is Horse Health Awareness Month, and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Center will be holding its annual equine vaccination and Coggins-testing clinic Saturday at the county fairgrounds.

Dr. Mark Sasser of Waylin Animal Clinic will provide services from 9 a.m. until noon. Horse owners are urged to call the extension office at 731-1525 to preregister.

Volunteer workshop

The Wayne County Association of Volunteer Administration will hold a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the multipurpose room at WAGES.

The title of the workshop is "The Wild, Wild World of Volunteers." The registration fee is $12.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Lunch will be provided.

Charlenzo Belcher will present the workshop. He is a master facilitator and a certified administrator of volunteers in North Carolina. He works with the Wake County Human Services 4-H Youth Development Program as manager for the best friends and spaces program.

The workshop is for people who work with volunteers.

Breakfast with MLK

How would you have liked to share a meal with Martin Luther King Jr.?

Julius Arnold did.

Sandra Evans, director of Center Stage Theatre's upcoming play "The Man Who Came to Dinner," told about the experience during an interview Wednesday morning.

Julius is the son of Floyd Arnold, a forestry and wildlife instructor at Wayne Community College in the 1980s. Floyd helped raise Mrs. Evans after both of her parents died and was the person responsible for exposing her to the performing arts. One of his gifts to her were tickets to the Friends of the College arts series at North Carolina State University.

Arnold was a cultured and intelligent man, Mrs. Evans says. One year, he went to a program in New York and sat at the speakers table with King. With Arnold was his son, who was about 4 or 5 years old.

After finishing his breakfast, Julius said he was still hungry.

Mrs. Evans remembers hearing about King's reaction.

"He shared his pancakes with him," she says.