Duplin County has another name to add to the list of successful and famous people from Eastern North Carolina: Blair Mozingo. Miss Mozingo is a native of Albertson and attended East Duplin High School. Although she has clenched many achievements, one of the most recent endeavors was making it to Hollywood and being in the top 96 contestants of the hit TV show American Idol.

Although she didn?t make it to the final rounds of Idol, she has no reason to be down. Blair is a psychology student at Mount Olive College, aspires to earn a Master?s degree, won the crown of Miss Goldsboro, and is slated to compete for the title Miss North Carolina. She is the second student out of East Duplin to compete in Hollywood, the first being Jordan Southerland in 2006. Duplin County is proving to be quite a source of hidden talent!

Lee Swinson, owner of Golden Grove Candy Company, has found his niche in the business with the success of the Carolina Crisp Peanut Bar. For over 30 years, this local treat has been in production, satisfying the cravings of North Carolinians state-wide. The bar is made with just enough corn syrup, sugar, and salt to hold together the paramount ingredient- double roasted Carolina/Virginia-style peanuts. The double roasting process is what gives the peanut bar its rich flavor.

The Golden Grove Candy Company is based out of Warsaw, North Carolina and distributes their product to area stores such as Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Kerr Drugs, IGA, and Handy Mart. The company is unique to the business in that they control every aspect of production. From planting, raising, harvesting, storing, roasting, packaging, and shipping, Golden Grove can ensure high quality control.

For more information on Golden Grove Candy Company and the Carolina Crisp Peanut Bar, visit www.goldengrove.com.

Golden Grove Candy Company

364 West Park Drive

Warsaw, NC


The weather is once again beautiful in Eastern North Carolina and it is the perfect time to get outdoors. Maxwell Mill Park in Pink Hill offers a wealth of activities for the entire family. If you are planning a ?stay-cation? or looking for things to do while in the area, be sure to put Maxwell Mill on your list.

The park is a full service membership RV and camping facility that has trails for hiking and biking, areas for fishing, WiFi, and even a swimming pool. Enjoy the gorgeous 75 acre cypress mill pond by canoe or kayak available for rent. Active duty military is always welcome and eligible for a 10% discount. Maxwell Mill Park is open year round for the absolute nature lover. For more information and park photos, visit www.mawell-mill-park.com

Do you love fresh and local produce, but can?t make it to a farmers market? James Sprunt Community College has teamed up with local farmers to bring you Eastern Carolina Food Ventures. This website is a network of local famers that offer their goods for sale to the online community in a sustainable system.

Goods that are available for sale include baked goods, fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey, jams & jellies, herbs, and meats. Customers make their selections and pay for the order online via credit or debit card by Wednesday at 12PM for a Thursday delivery. Orders are delivered to a predetermined location (such as JSCC or Duplin General Hospital) or delivered directly to a restaurant for chefs.

Eastern Carolina Food Ventures is currently serving Duplin, Sampson, Pender, Johnston, Lenior, Wayne, Wake, and Jones counties. There are no minimum orders and the network is always searching for more growers to participate. For more information and to place an order today, visit www.farmersfreshmarket.org/easterncarolinafoodventures/

One may have a hard time picturing a modern spa and salon in the quiet little town of Faison, but that is exactly what Robin Smith has created with Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa. Smith has 18 years of experience in the beauty business and is a former cosmetics teacher at James Sprunt Community College. Mainstreet offers typical hair care services, as well as facials, salt scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and microdermabrasion. The salon has an upscale feel without having to travel into the big city and pay boutique prices.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30AM-until. Robin is the sole worker in her business, so please make an appointment with her by calling 910-267-0700.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa
216 West Main Street
Faison, NC 28341