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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - August 16, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Prices on fur roofs continue their upward spiral by Louise Cook associated press writer inflation recession and the growing popularity of synthetic look alikes have tailed to ruffle the fur Industry. But Consumers planning on fur Coats this Winter had better be prepared for High prices. Sales of fur Coats jackets stoles Etc totalled $525 million last year. According to the fur information and fashion Council a Trade association that san increase of 88 per cent Over the $279 million Worth of furs sold in 1970. Prices meanwhile have risen steadily and this year s increase is the biggest yet. I he average Price for a Good Quality full length Mink coat is now around $6,500, up $2,000 or 44 per cent from live years ago according to a Council spokesman a Raccoon coat goes for about $2,500, double the 1970 figure. A Rabbit coat that used to sell for $150 to $200 now costs $200 to $200 at the top of the Price scale a russian Sable available for $15. Xxx to $20,000 in 1970 is up to $25,000 to $30,000 today. The consumer Price Index increased 43 per cent from 1970 to 1975. The fur Council spokesman said that prices increased about bh2 to 7 per cent a year until 1976 a this year was the big jump a a he said part of the reason is increased demand. Part is that the Industry relies heavily on work done by hand a there is almost $1,000 Worth of labor in that $6,500 Mink coat a and wages Are rising. The biggest cause of this year s increase however is Competition from foreign buyers at fur auctions. Quot european traders have bid us up a a the Council spokesman said. He said economic troubles and fluctuating currencies abroad led people to invest in fur pelts much As they invest in precious stones metals and works of Art As a hedge against inflation. Most people look on the Purchase of a fur coat As a major investment and the investment can be a risky one if you wind up with poor Quality. Remembering certain Basic rules cuts the risk the Federal fur products Labelling act of 1952 set standards for Labelling any fur costing More than $5 among the things to look for a the animal s True English name. No other name May be Given on the Label that Means you won t see terms such As a Mink dyed a the country the fur comes from if it is imported. A if the fur has been processed in any Way a dyed bleached Etc. A the Label must say so it also must say whether paws tails bellies Etc. Have been used instead of whole k its for All or part of the garment used furs must be identified As second hand the fur Council suggests that buyers Check furs to make sure that each Pelt has a uniform color is fairly dense and has a Silky texture and Bright Luster Short haired furs usually Are sturdier and will last longer than Long haired furs . A a Bill Anderson for county commissioner Republican primary August 17 paid for by we Bil Anderson visitors for Chavis state traffic toll runs blocked slightly behind 1975 Raleigh apr Central prison officials sunday refused to admit a group of nine persons seeking to visit imprisoned civil rights activist the Rev. Ben Chavis. Chavis in the prison Hospital where he is on a hunger strike is being allowed visits by Only his lawyer minister and immediate family said w l Kautzky Deputy director of the state division of prisons the group sought to visit Chavis As part of activities commemorating a a Wilmington to Day a Kautzky said Chavis was one of ten persons sentenced to Long prison terms for convictions stemming from racial violence in Willmington . In 1971 he was transferred to the Hospital after beginning the hunger strike in May at the Mccain prison unit he was protesting an a Arber Transfer from another unit and has continued to refuse most food. Kautzky said sunday. By the associated press the North Carolina Highway patrol says ten persons were killed in traffic accidents in the state Over the weekend bringing the toll for the year to 881 compared to 900 in the same period last year the patrol said James Edward Muse or. 68. Of Robbins was killed sunday night when the car he was driving was hit head on on . 27 about three Miles West of Carthage. Ten persons were in the car that hit Muse but none were seriously injured a 3-year-old Winston Salem boy. David Epps died sunday afternoon when he darted from Between two parked cars into the path of a vehicle the patrol said. William Anthony Caudill 16. Of Lansing died sunday evening when his car ran off a Rural paved Road in Ashe county and struck an embankment the patrol said. Killed in an Accident on interstate 95 in Robeson county sunday was Richard Paul Edge. 21, of Fayetteville Leo Joseph Kelland. 18. Of Fayetteville died Early sunday when the car in which he was Riding went out of control at High Speed left a Rural paved Road and overturned the patrol said Oscar Lee Johnson 34. Of Pendleton died sunday when the vehicle he was driving went out of control on a Rural unpaved Road in Northampton county and struck a tree. Joyce Siler Fox. 31. Of Bear Creek was killed and seven others injured saturday when their vehicle went out of control on a Rural paved Road near Bonlee in Chatham county and struck a tree. Claude Edward Hardy 41, of Yadkinville died saturday when his car left a Rural Road and struck a tree. An Asheville woman. Martha Hill Ohlsen 55. Died in a Headon collision near Asheville late Friday. Killed saturday was David Wayne Stone 20, of Bunn level the patrol said the car he was driving left a Roadway near Sanford and overturned. Mark Short Democrat for , Hout of re a Lect a proven legislative Leoder. Past chairman Many committees. A decade of dedicated Public service paid for by Mark Short co Ordino Fot a re elect Mark Short , House of representatives 5 terms in . House of representatives a decade of dedicated Public service. Past chairman vice chairman amp sub committee chairman of Many committees an attorney especially interested in court improvement amp criminal Justice. An effective voice for Guilford county August 17 democratic primary paid for by friends Mark Short coordinator f8 ult who a Joe you would be in Good company to support Joe for insurance commissioner. Here s what is being said about Joe in some of North Carolina s major newspapers business Joe Johnson seems Well qualified for that role. Ii i he news and observer August 2, w7o ii it Seph e. Johnson. Is highly knowledgeable about insurance matters and. Has Given voters no reason to in hew he would not in the office fairly and in the Public interest. We recommend his candidacy. Johnson s platform is a detailed and reasonable one. He wants a cooperative Effort through the department the Industry Anil the general Assembly to meet the problems in Auto malpractice and health insurance which Ingram has largely ignored or mishandled 99 99 ii Greensboro daily news August 8, 197t> ii the Fayetteville times August 7, 107o we recommend or Johnson because he is knowledgeable about insurance principles and is thorough ill acquainted with the insurance business we think he would uphold the Public interest while rest iring stability and Trust to the regulatory climate in North t arum a n i he Charlotte observer Augustio 197t> ii Atter the incumbents tour tempestuous wheel spinning years the insurance department needs a productive peacemaker. With his Calmer temperament consumer concerns and tar Superior knowledge of the think Johnson is thoroughly competent and i have no reason to question his integrity or the spirit with which he would approach his work in that office. 99 Edwin s. Lanier tonner insurance commissioner in the news and observer August 9 w7n who a Joe Joe is your next insurance commissioner the Only qualified candidate Joe Johnson Democrat for insurance commissioner Etal us Johnson for i surant i commission r committee Walter , treasurer n your vote Tor Rachel g. Gray will give Guilford county a woman a touch with a moderate Businesslike approach Rachel g. Gray Democrat for state Senate paid for by friends of Rachel Gray Robert e Hauser treas should this Mah be a judge ? the Greensboro record made the following observations. Editorial june 15, 1976 the Greensboro a Tecora Page a14 tuesday june 15, 1976 funny business when James Castle Thomas went before District court judge Byron Haworth last March 26 on five charges of stealing the judge took a Long look at the defendants Long record and sentenced him to 34 months behind bars. And thereby hangs a curious tale indeed Thomas appealed to Superior court then changed his mind whereupon Superior court judge Thomas w. Seay remanded the Case to District court for execution or sentence at this Point Justice went off the Road by virtue of an incredible decision by the District attorney s office to plea bar gain in a Case it had already won. Now As is Well known plea bargaining is a tactic often resorted to in an Effort to avoid going to anal if you re the prosecutor. Or going to jail if you re the defendant. It is the Means whereby prosecutors with weak cases sometimes arrange for defendants to plead guilty to lesser charges thus averting the risk of a trial. Plea bargaining is not a practice prosecutors engage in after the trial is Over and the defendant has been sentenced to prison at least not normally. The Thomas Case was different. There assistant District attorney Joseph John finding himself with a defendant who had been sentenced already to 34 months in Anson commenced to whittle away at the Case intimately he and defense attorney Walter Johnson agreed to an arrangement whereby three charges would be dismissed und Thomas would plead guilty to two counts of Misdemeanour larceny. District a Curt judge Dari Fowler evidently nodding went along agreeing to give Thomas six months in the county jail on one charge and eighteen months suspended on the other a net gain for Thomas of a year on the Loose. For reasons not hard to guess Joseph Shore the clerk of Guilford Superior court looked upon this curious a bargain As no bargain at All but a highly questionable proceeding. Unable to find the least justification for one District court judge overruling another or. Shore declined to Honor the lighter sentence thereby earning the Public s thanks this setback comes at an awkward time for or. John who is running for judge and the assistant d a. Has issued a self serving statement to the press in an Effort to put his performance in the Best possible Light unfortunately for him the Best possible Light is none too Good. Or John would have us believe that the doctored sentence a full 12 months Shorter than the original was actually a break for the Public not the defendant. How come0 because. Or John insists with a straight face the Shorter sentence entailed three years of probation during which period the watchful Eye of the Law would have been fixed on brother Thomas. Not Only that says or John but the sentence would have been served in the county jail. Not some state prison unit. The state. Or John scoffs regards Thomas As a Model prisoner it probably would have sprung him in an Ace. One must not take such nonsense too seriously. Probation is a useful tool but it is no substitute for punishment nor must it be supposed that Thomas was any frightened first offender begging for just one More Chance to go straight. He stood before judge Haworth with a record longer than his face a record of convictions for Offen ses ranging from larceny to Possession of hard narcotics. He is what is known As an habitual offender judge Haworth s decision to Send him Hack to prison was altogether sensible and or Johns tardy plea bargaining along with judge Fowler s decision to shrink judge Haworth s sentence by two thirds were. Well Odd the Public deserves a better explanation than the feeble excuses thus far offered by or John and judge Fowler it also deserves better administration of Justice far better than sometimes it gets you must decide on a District court judge vote Cecil i 14 6 Robert l. Cecil Joseph r. John paid for by the friends of the Robert Cecil committee

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