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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - August 10, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Transit system garage destroyed by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer High Point s municipal transit system garage was gutted by fire monday taking minutes to consume the building and its contents in flames. One transit employee received Burns in his arms neck and face which his family described As serious. He was taken to High Point memorial Hospital where his Burns were treated with ice packs and both arms were bandaged from the fingers to the shoulders. He was subsequently discharged the garage located on w Kivett drive caught fire about 7 30 p.m., sending smoke and flames billowing skyward and visible for Miles. The Call was received by the High Point fire dept at 7 33 and firefighters were dispatched to the site within a few minutes according to h. L. Thompson fire chief. Thompson said the Blaze was apparently started As the injured Man Roland Styron was refuelling one of the buses parked in the garage. As he extended the nozzle of the fuel Hose into the tank fumes from around the opening were ignited. Apparently by Static electricity. Thompson said Styron said after being burned he dropped the Hose and ran out of the building. Gasoline continued to flow from the Hose As flames continued burning about the fuel tank of the bus. Flowing gasoline from the Hose Over the floor of the garage probably accounted for rapid spread of flames throughout the building. Thompson said. Within a very few minutes the entire building was engulfed in flames. One policeman who arrived Early said the fire was limited to a Small area As he began Clearing spectators away from the building. When he cleared the area the building was already consumed he reported the building contained numerous flammable substances such As Drums of fuel and solvent As Well As an accumulation of grease in repair areas. Several Drums of acetylene Gas were stored in an adjacent room but they were not ignited the presence of these flammable substances probably contributed to the rapid spread of the fire Thompson said once the Interior temperature reached Soo to 900 degrees All flammable substances probably ignited spontaneously he said the terminal was listed As a total loss with damages estimated at about $100,000 everything inside was destroyed except transit records which transit manager Jack Holt said Are still intact. Three buses in the garage were destroyed but one of the vehicles was to be discarded soon anyway the City recently received the first two of 16 new buses for the Fleet valued at about $62,500 each. The new vehicles were outside the garage and were undamaged Thompson said the Drums of flammable liquids inside were ignited and they could be heard from the outside sex see transit on 2b High Point tuesday afternoon Gay Augustio 1976 9 Enterprise Sec no area one of three buses destroyed in City bus garage Blaze photos by Sonny Hedgecock students score below National test average aides teachers improve Reading by Phil Speaks Enterprise staff writer Holly Grove a after a year of the experimental primary Reading program in one class of each of the first second and third grades at Welcome elementary school the tests show the methods effective in raising performance Levels. Or. Max Walser told the county school Board monday. The program at Welcome is part of an Experiment being conducted by the n. C. Board of education to determine the effectiveness of providing additional instructors and materials to improve the Reading performance of students the state selected several schools across North Carolina for the Experiment along with Welcome elementary Walser said within each school two groups were chosen to participate in the program one of the two groups called the Benefit group was provided with additional aides and materials to help improve skills in Reading while the second group called the control group pursued Reading skills in the traditional manner. Walser said both groups were administered tests last year before the see aides on 2b the test administered to the sixth and third graders is titled the a a Iowa tests of Basic skills Quot and examined achievement in the following categories vocabulary Reading spelling total language and math. In comparison the the National Norm test results showed local students performing below the National norms in All areas in the sixth Grade Southeastern students As a whole also out scored Davidson sixth graders in All areas except spelling. On the brighter Side however local students did outscore youngsters in North Carolina taken As an aggregate the Good news for county students came from test results on the third Grade level. The Iowa test also was administered to Grade three students and showed local pupils scoring better than Southeastern and North Carolina students in All see students on 2b City buses continue rounds by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer a it s gone. Everything was completely that was the sad assessment from municipal transit manager Jack Holt As he surveyed the charred remains of the City bus garage this morning. But he was Quick to add. A All the Drivers were on the Job at 4 . And we did t miss a single bus the municipal transit system had been in operation less than one year when its garage and three of its buses were destroyed by fire in just a few minutes monday night but Holt is determined that the setback will cause no interruption in service. He was on the phone this morning at seven o clock trying to line local youngsters will receive safety awards Gabriella Cambell by Howard Hayes Enterprise staff writer a Ideal boy and girl have been credited with saving the lives of two younger a children according to the High Point Thomasville chapter of the american red Cross. A spokesman for the local red Cross said that both youngsters will be presented safety awards. The recipients of the awards Are Gabriella Cambell 11-year-old daughter of mrs Ronnie j Smith of Yor Leigh apts in Jamestown and Mark bean 8-year-old son of or and mrs James m bean or of Lake Shore drive Gabriella will receive her award wednesday during a noon Board meeting at the red Cross chapter House on English Road Mark is on vacation this week and will be presented his award at a later Date. Gabriella is accredited with saving the life of a fellow classmate during swimming lessons at High Point City Lake Pool. She said monday that her group was practising floating on their backs during a weekday class earlier in the summer when a classmate yelled for help and started under. Gabriella said she held to the Side of the Pool and extended her foot to the stranded girl who grabbed hold and was pulled to the Side. Lifeguard de Pia Satino witnessed what was happening but said he stood Clear because Gabriella had the situation Well in hand Gabriella said she recognized the situation and knew what to do because of instructions received from her Mother a graduate of advanced lifesaving and now a student in a course for instructors at the Pool Mark is accredited with saving the life of his 4-year-old sister. Shawn earlier this summer at a Randolph county farm Pond owned by his family and used As a weekend Retreat. An older brother of Mark s said monday by Telephone that Mark and Shawn were with their father at the Pond on a sunday afternoon the two children were fishing from a pier which extend some distance out Over the water Shawn who is a non swimmer dropped the bread she was using for bait into the water and fell in when she reached to retrieve it Mark jumped into the water and pulled her to safety the father witnessed the Accident. But was some distance away and did not arrive until Mark had completed the Rescue the brother explained that the family has its own Pool and that Mark has both taught himself and received instruction from his Mother and father. Up a possible location for a new garage later today two Drivers May be sent to Roanoke va., to pick up two 1959-Model buses that Holt thinks can be purchased for a Good Price three buses parked inside the terminal were destroyed in the fire two were to be retained when the Fleet of new buses arrived but the third was to be discarded in the meantime there Are several other older buses that May be placed in service. Holt said buses will be stored and serviced at the City garage until new arrangements can be made. A a we be got to have somewhere to service them or else others will break he said. Most of the buses now in the Fleet Are to and 15 years old the City has ordered new vehicles two of which have already arrived and been placed in service they were parked outside the terminal and spared from damage but normally the new vehicles Are stored inside at night because of fears of vandalism to them had the fire begun a few hours later the new buses costing $62,500 each would have been inside and thus would have been destroyed Roland Styron who was refuelling a bus when the fire started received serious Burns on his arms face and neck he fled the building As the fire spread a my daddy wanted to go Back in there and save those buses they were just like his own children Quot his daughter said this morning. Styron 62, has been employed with the transit system for some 30 years Holt said equipment and special tools for working on buses were All destroyed in the fire. He estimated the value of lost equipment at $11,000 a some of our fare boxes were All ready to go into the buses Quot he said insurance is expected to cover most if not All the losses the records were the Only see City on 2b judge denies Conrad s motions of prejudice by Phil Speaks Enterprise staff writer Lexington two defense motions by attorney for Dermont Conrad. Joe Biesecker. Were denied monday opening the Way for selection of the jury today Conrad owner operator of the Shangrila Motel near Here and Cynthia Louise Anderson alias Cindy Hunt a an employee of the Motel Are charged respectively with operation of a Bawdy House and kidnapping and prostitution Biesecker presented clippings of newspapers in Thomasville Greensboro Winston Salem Danville va., and High Point and argued that the pre trial publicity was so extensive and biased that it precluded the selection of a unprejudiced jury in Davidson county not Only did the papers radios and television stations make the Normal reports listing charges and actions taken by the sheriff s Dep but they also made affirmative statements concerning Conrad. Biesecker said wit to this argument Biesecker moved that judge Forrest Ferrell move the trial to an adjoining county either Forsyth or Guilford or bring in jurors from those counties Biesecker stood on the same argument for both motions judge Ferrell however. Commissioners suggest recreation changes by Ann Sjoerdsma Enterprise staff writer assuming a retrospective viewpoint As the summer draws to a close High Point Parks and recreation commissioners discussed the results of their summer programs and suggested future changes for their recreational projects and facilities at the monthly commission meeting monday. Tennis facilities in particular including court fees playing hours the High Point Tennis Assn. S court rights and the problems of stray Tennis balls were closely examined by the Mem Liers. Speaking for Tennis no players who happen to live adjacent to Tennis courts Oak hollow resident Gary Luther of Tanglewood Avenue entered a plea for assistance from the commissioners to help him keep people out of his Yard Luther was referring to those Tennis players who hit balls Over the Oak hollow Tennis court Fence and then Chase them into nearby residents Back Yards the commissioners agreed to consider his predicament and authorized the Tennis committee to look into the problem further George White representing the Hopta came before the commissioners to recommend altering Tennis court fees for members of the Assn and for other Tennis players at Oak hollow a recent report from the Parks and recreation Tennis committee quoted fees which White thought should be amended according to the Tennis committee report yearly fees for members Are $100 per year for the first family member $35 per year for the second family member and $25 per year for every family see commissioners on 2b did not find sufficient cause to carry either motion and both were denied a defense motion for a list of particulars about Mildred n. Wayne was settled out of court the 17 y e a r o i d woman is alleged to have been kidnapped by Conrad and Anderson for purposes of prostitution Early in May miss Wayne told sheriff s deputies that As she was travelling through North Carolina she stopped at the Shangrila Motel near Here for an overnight stay it was then that she allegedly was detained against her will by Conrad and others and forced into prostitution Conrad is free on $50,000 Bond while miss Anderson remains in the Davidson county jail under a Bond of tar same amount. Her Bond a recently revoked by judge Charles t Kivett because she refused to accept As her Legal representative court appointed attorney Ted Royster of Lexington who was to replace the lawyer of her personal preference Chuck Wall Kivett reasoned that because Biesecker and Wall were employed by the same Law firm and because the Anderson and Conrad cases Are related there exists the possibility of a conflict of in see judge on 2b by Phil Speaks Enterprise staff writer Holly Grove achievement tests for 1976 show Davidson county students in grades six and nine performing below the National Norm in All areas while third graders scored higher than the National average in every area except two. Or Max Walser assistant superintendent for Davidson county schools presented the data from the tests to school Board members monday. In the ninth Grade a total of 1,141 students in the county were tested for achievement in the following six areas of study social studies composition science Reading math and literature the test administered to the ninth Grade is titled a tests of academic Progress Quot and Walser explained that there is no meaningful Way to explain the difference Between scores of students in various school units the scores on this test Are simply Points and there is no Point of reference to permit an easily understood comparison. Walser said Davidson county ninth graders from 1974 to the present have never scored above or at the National Norm except in social studies in 1974 when local students exactly matched the National average. In the third and sixth grades Walser presented data comparing the county s students to the National Norm to students in the Southeast and to students in North Carolina. Firemen unwind hoses As fire demolishes municipal bus garage despite destruction of garage

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