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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - August 3, 1976, High Point, North Carolina By Forrest Cates Enterprise City editor this could be the crucial month in deciding if High pointers will vote again on legalizing liquor sales in their City. Elections officials say that if they Are to be expected to Check the Validity of signers of petitions for a vote on nov. 2, they must have the petitions in hand before the end of this month forces which so far have not identified themselves by name reportedly Are working toward holding the fourth liquor referendum Here. They plan to have the vote coincide with the general election which will be held on nov 2. The Enterprise Learned from reliable sources today that a planning meeting has been scheduled by a number of individuals who Are interested in promoting the Issue. As yet no identified leadership has emerged elections officials however report that they have had no a formal Contact in regard to the referendum. A just several Telephone Calls asking information. That s All we have had Cornin enter mrs Frankie Spainhour. Chief clerk at the county election office Here. Monday. The last Call was a from a woman who wanted to know when the petitions would High Point Enterprise tuesday afternoon August 3, 1976 Section b commissioners fire Randolph inspector Rescue squad members secure Stretcher assault victim hospitalized for lacerations fracture photo by Sonny hedge Colt Man still in Hospital following assault a 38-year-old Man is listed in satisfactory condition today at High Point memorial Hospital following treatment for face and head lacerations and a Skull fracture resulting from an assault on him with a wine bottle according to High Point police reports. Lester Lebron Pike of Potts Avenue was assaulted at 2 43 . Monday in West end with what police believe to have been a wine bottle and a Rock police investigating the Inci Dent found Pike beside a Mission next to g amp i h restaurant on the 1500 Block of English Road police said there was no Money on him Pike was taken by ambulance to the Hospital where he was Given 40 stitches for lacerations on the top of his head near one Eye and on his lip. He was confined in the intensive care unit. Investigation of the assault is continuing. By Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Asheboro the Randolph commissioners went into a sudden executive session monday afternoon to a discuss a personnel problem Quot and then came Back into Public session and tired county electrical inspector Bill Linebarrier effective today the commissioners voted along political lines in firing Linebarrier. Who has served As county electrical inspector for almost four years. Voting to fire Linebarrier were commissioner chairman Frank Auman and Board members Logan White and w d. Bowman All democrats coing against the motion made by White were Republican commissioners Richard Pugh and Floyd Langley. Linebarrier was not aware of the action against him until Early monday night earlier in the Day. He had attended the commissioners meeting at their request to connector Between cities Road May be deleted by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro a proposed connector Highway Between Greensboro and High Point May soon come off planning maps it the state s dept it transportation Linds recommendations from local officials acceptable Larry Goode a transportation planning Engineer for i err told the Guilford county Board of commissioners monday that the route from Greensboro s outer Loop to High Points intermediate Loop May not be needed in Light of studies showing projections of traffic Levels Over the next 2u years. Goode said later the proposal to delete the Roadway which would pass through the new Jamestown Park will be taken before the Public in the near future for comment before going to local elected officials and the Hoard of transportation officials in High Point said today Highway planning agencies have recommended the route be removed from the Community s thoroughfare plan but that Dot is still studying traffic projections for use of the route from the High Point end Goode said the state now believes the existing 1-85 together with the new 1-85 and High Point Road which he said could be widened and the Wendover . 68 route will be sufficient to carry traffic projected for the next few years he said local Highway Brown desires Active role for treasurer by Carol Wilson Utley Enterprise staff writer the state treasurer should take a More Active role in the formation of state policy while maintaining current fiscal integrity. Democratic candidate Lane Brown said Iii an interview Here monday. Brown in High Point to attend a breakfast for his supporters. Said retiring treasurer Edwin Gill a has no peer in the area of fiscal management but that he would seek to by a More Active within the duties imposed on the office. Brown who is opposed in the primary by Gill s longtime assistant Harlan Boyles said that As a member of the state Board of education and the Council of state and As head of the banking commission the tax review Board and the local government commission j he treasurer should be an Active member of those groups. A the difference Between or Boyles and i relates to our View of the entire office Brown pointed out a for example. T h e treasurers membership on the state Board of education he has said that is a a a ceremonial Job i think that when you Deal with a school system that serves i 1/4 million people and has a billion Dollar budget the treasurer ought to play a role in All financial or policy considerations.�?�. Lane Brown Brown discounted Hoyles claim that the treasurer s office should not be a political one the treasurer being an elected official there is no Way he cannot be political a As chairman of the banking commission Brown said he would seek to retain the present dual banking regulation system which has been the subject of National debate. A your state chartered Banks Are much closer to the people a he said Brown would also make changes in the functions of the tax review Board which he says has been criticized in the past for being a a rubber stamp for the dept of Revenue a a a a think the tax review Board should be an impartial. Independent quasi judicial Board which would Deal with tax problems a he said Brown recommended turning much of the Abc taxes which currently go into state coffers Back into local governments a one of the functions of the treasurer As chairman of the local government commission is to help local governments identify additional sources of Revenue and i think this is one possibility the legislature should consider a the Albemarle attorney would also seek to improve communications in the administration of state retirement systems. A right now there Are 240.000 state and local employees served by this program a he pointed out a those people cannot find out what their options Are until after they be retired a Brown said the treasurer s race was still a close one a with a tremendous undecided vote a and admitted that often the contest for treasurer could be overlooked among other National and statewide elections a i think that s one Good reason to have off year state elections a he said Brown who has an educational background in business and finance and taxes As Well As Law. Has served three terms in the House of representatives planning agencies for Greensboro and Guilford county together with planning boards Here All favor removal of the route from the thoroughfare plan at present the route. Which would Start from an intersection on the proposed Greensboro outer Loop and go southward through the Hilltop area and across the upper end of High Point City Lake and through the Jamestown Park to connect with the proposed . 311 by pass there and the intermediate Loop e. College drive in High Point remains on planning maps although Jamestown officials have strongly urged it be removed. Goode also noted it May be necessary to provide an in to rely new Access Road from Northwest Greensboro to the new regional Airport terminal he predicted work will Start soon on the new n c 68 link around the Airport area in other action. Mrs Anita Schenck. Coordinator for the Guilford county Bicentennial commission presented a certificate of appreciation to commissioners for their support and cooperation in this year s activities she said the july 4th events did not close the year s activities but that other activities including a visit by the Freedom train Are planned commission chairman Gaston Faison told mrs Schenck that a you have All done a Job that was really outstanding a commissioners approved petitions seeking paving of three Rural roads under a plan which Calls for property owners to pay halt the Cost of placing pavement Larry Marvell environmental services director. Said one of the projects. Pecan drive is located East of High Point off Baker Road and that another. Shimar drive and Andrea drive is located in the Hilltop acres area off the Jamestown Guilford College Hoad North of High Point thus far commissioners have included two High Point area roads among the 21 projects they have approved in response to petitions. These Road on 2b hear two complaints against him by Asheboro contractor and former Republican commissioner j Vav Plummer and Bill Campbell also of Asheboro Plummer a candidate for the Board of commissioners has made a number of appearances before the commissioners in recent months to complain about Linebarrier. Monday was Campbell s first visit to the Board Vamp be la complained he had a hard time getting a permit to wire his own House and that he was told by Linebarrier he could not help his father wire a House he was building he said when he went to get a permit that Linebarrier started giving him an Oral test on his knowledge of wiring he said he thought such tests had been deleted from the county ordinance recently Linebarrier explained a Man can now wire his own House but he can not get someone else to help him under the county ordinance. Plummer claimed he wired a portion of his own building which he was going to lease he said he wanted lights in the portion to be leased to this Linebarrier said both the county electrical ordinance and state statutes forbid such wiring in a leased building he said even though Plummer indicated he had done the wiring himself he had been told Plummer had had help Plummer then said that Linebarrier had asked three electricians to Aid him in doing the electrical work on a new Home being built by a former county employee he implied the three men had not done the work voluntarily but had done it because they did not want to go against the wishes of the county s electrical inspector. Linebarrier said he had got three men to work with him on the new Home of former county manager Secretary mrs Brenda Wheeler. He said mrs w heeler had worked closely with the men while she served As Secretary to former county manager Harold Holmes and the men had wanted to show their appreciation he said the men had agreed to do the work voluntarily along with himself but another electrician had been brought in to do the inspection of the Job commissioner Pugh after listening to the debate Between Plummer and Linebarrier said he was a Little disgusted with the entire matter. He said he see commissioners on a have to be in for checking she said the petition will have to contain signatures of 15 per cent of the registered voters in the City to qualify. Registration now totals 26.-000 which Means that the petitions will have to be signed by about 3.900 presented with such a petition the City Council must by Law. Schedule a referendum the Council could on its own motion and volition Call for a vote but that is not Likely to happen the three previous liquor referendums in High Point have All been by petition the first was held in 1955. The second in 1965 and the last in 1968 the 1968 vote was the Only one of the three held at the same time As a general election it was the Only time that the wets Quot came near to winning the Law does not prescribe a specific course of action for a Council to follow when presented with a petition except to Call for a vote if the petition contains the proper number of signatures in the past however the Council has passed the petitions to the elections Board for validation of the signatures before actually scheduling a referendum the Council presumably could not set the vote at the time of the general election electing instead to hold a separate election this is not Likely to happen however in Light of the Cost of holding elections the caller to the election Oft ice mentioned the figure 5,000 in connection with the petitions a possible indication that advocates plan to get More than the required n u in b e r of s i g n a t u r signatures. There is the possibility that the petitions never will be circulated and the move w ill be abandoned moves to Force the liquor Issue to another vote have reached this stage before Only to falter and fail this Effort however seems to have some support that the others did not have Robert Gruenberg general manager of the Southern furniture marketing Center pleaded recently with the City Council to consider profits from liquor sales As an alternative to raising the property tax rate he May have been speaking the sentiments of a Large segment of the business Community Hutchens fined gets probation Winston Salem a supported by several High Point Community leaders business executive Robert l Hutchens was. Allowed probation and fined $20,000 monday after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to report certain income to the internal Revenue service. Judge Hiram h Ward presiding in Middle District court ordered the food world. Inc officer to pay the Tine plus $22 895 in extra taxes and penalties he imposed a three Vear sentence suspended and placed Hutchens on probation for three years. Hutchens had originally been indicted on six counts Tor tax reports in the years 1969. 1970 and 197i. They involved both his personal returns and corporate returns for big Bear of North Carolina later reincorporated As food world earlier this year he was allowed to plead guilty to two counts and the government attorneys agreed to dismiss the other four Hoyle Trotter agent for the is. Testified monday that Hutchens received rebate income from several Dairy companies he told the court that the payments were first demanded in Cash that some went to state realty co a term owned by Hutchens. Testifying on Hutchens behalf and citing his business and civic leadership in High Point were District judge Byron Haworth former Guilford county commission chairman Dale Montgomery and finance executive w d Lee or several other High Point leaders were in the courtroom and see Hutchens on 2b triad officials plan new airports system by Phil Speaks Enterprise staff writer Lexington the Piedmont triad Council of governments Pacog is planning a system of airports which eventually May Tunnel up to $90 million in state and Federal funds into regional Tacki fies and May provide two new airports for Davidson county Pacog official Carl Loop outlined plans for the system before the Davidson county commissioners monday afternoon the plans Call Tor two new airports in a corridor stretching from the Eastern Section of the county Between Thomasville and Lexington to the Arcadia Community in the West Loop emphasized that the plans Are in the Early stages and that whether there will be any airports and where they will be located will depend on the reaction of county and municipal officials and the general Public according to Loop the two Davidson county facilities would serve two areas of the Public one Airport would function As a general aviation port while the other would be for cargo carriers the general purpose of the airports would be to relieve pressure on the Greensboro Winston Salem High Point regional Airport and the Smith Reynolds terminal in Winston Salem. In fashioning the new see triad on but water shortage one could casually assume from this picture of Oak hollow Lake that the water shortage has struck High Point and that City residents Are possibly in danger of having to conserve Thier consumption of water. But there is a nothing to worry about a said Clete Misenheimer Park supervisor of the Oak hollow Marina. According to Misenheimer Oak hollow Lake which functions As a Back up Lake for the City Lake is Down la inches from its Normal level because of water transferred to replenish City Lake. The water level is a holding its own now a said Misenheimer who sees no threat of water shortages in the near future. Photo by Sonny he Ecock forces working on petitions for scheduling liquor vote

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