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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - February 9, 1972, High Point, North Carolina Their Day Wharrie Council boy scouts celebrated their birthday tuesday by going downtown to see the mayor who proclaimed it boy scout Day. Several Hundred cubs scouts and explorers got out of school Early to hear mayor Bill Bencini Call them the Promise of a Good tomorrow. The boy scout organization is 62 years old and the Wharrie Council 49. Photo by mar Austin shopping Center larger than mall pledged of Whites land rezoned by Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer j. B. White chairman of the High Point planning commission told fellow com missioners tuesday night that he is prepared to build a regional shopping Center bigger than Westchester mall if they would rezone his land. A with its proximity to the new bypass this property has the potential of becoming a regional shopping Center a White told the commission after stepping Down temporarily from his role As chairman. He referred to an about 35-acre tract of property fronting on the West Side of s. Main Street just outside the City limits. The tract is joined by another about 35 acres of undeveloped land White has asked the planning Board to consider recommending a business a-5 zone classification for the front half of the tract and an Industrial-6 classification for the Back half. The entire tract now is zoned limited Industrial which has restrictions which Industrial-6 does no to have. White referred to himself As the owner of the property but in outlining development plans he indicate d that others Are involved. A we can fill this shopping Center right now a White said noting that one would be tenant had wanted 15-acres for a store but had been declined. Teachers Union charter issued teachers from the High Point and Greensboro school systems tuesday night became the first in the state to receive Charters from the american federation o f teachers aft. David Selden National president of aft. A Union affiliated with the Al Cio presented the Charters in ceremonies at the Albert pick motor inn. The granting of the Charters ended the drive which began several months ago to enlist 20 per cent of the teachers in each system in the Union. The 20 per cent figure is necessary to receive an aft charter. Officials of the National Union and of the local organization have refused however to release the number of teachers who have joined the High Point and Greensboro chapters. Elected As officers of the High Point local were Don Keams president William Mclnnis vice president Connie Yarborough Secretary and Milton Kirkland treasurer. Edwards seeks seat in Senate Greensboro attorney Elton Edwards a Veteran of three terms of service in the legislature announced today that he will seek one of Guilford county s three state Senate seats subject to the May democratic primary. He joins High Pointer t. Lynwood Smith who is the Only other announced candidate thus far. Edwards late last year made formal announcement that he would run for the state attorney general s Post but he later withdrew when the incumbent Robert Morgan removed himself from the gubernatorial lists and said that he would seek a second term. Edwards served in the state House in 1964 and again in 1966 and was elected to the Senate in 1968. Two years ago he was edged out in the Senate race. In addition to legislative duty he has served on the passes spa exam Chapel Hill Kenneth Donald Smith of High Point has passed the spa examination Given nov. 3-5, 1971, by the state Board of certified Public accountants. Elton Edwards legislative research commission the n. C. Board of science and technology and the juvenile delinquency advisory Council. In the 1969 legislature he was chairman of the Day care study committee and a member of the state zoo study commission. A member of the Law firm of Moseley Edwards and Greeson he won his undergraduate and Law degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is Active in the presbyterian Church the masons the kiwanis and the air Force Reserve. His Home is at 309 n. Tremont or. In Greensboro. A we did not feel that the Type of store was in keeping with our plans to make this truly a regional shopping Center a White said. He added that most of the prospective tenants a do not want in unless we have at least 30 acres a Duncan Mcintyre planning director reported that the staff had viewed the proposal and Felt that the proposed shopping Center is too Large. The staff proposed a a convenience Type shopping Center on about half the land. Mcintyre said the zoning on the shopping Center portion should be the much More restrictive planned shipping Center classification rather than business a-5. He said noting that Fairfield Plaza shopping Center across the Street is in a planned shopping Center District. Westchester mall the planning director noted has Only about 28 acres and it is considered a regional shopping Center. The staff proposed also that the portion of land deleted from the shopping Center be left As limited Industrial. White objected noting that the property has been zoned limited Industrial for several years and has not b in developed. White urged commissioners to make As their first consideration the question of whether a regional shopping Center is a reasonable use of the land. A if it of see fit not to zone it commercial a he said a i would prefer that you make it All Industrial-6.�?� lie indicated however that he would not object to a planned shopping Center zoning rather than business a-5. A a we had to give ourselves something to bargain he told commissioners jokingly. The site is near where a proposed Highway 311 bypass is supposed to pass Over s. Main Street the Access to the by pass White argued makes the site Ideal for a regional Center. His proposal to the commission last night was informal asking Only the boards feeling Ai feasibility of the City a annexing the property and zoning it As requested. Commissioners initial reaction appeared to be favourable but a final answer probably won t be forthcoming until studies Are made. Mcintyre insisted that the commission should first determine whether the site is suitable for a regional Center taking into consideration the Impact of another major shopping Center on the downtown business District before making a decision. Thursday Friday saturday a amp a Board meets Here Selden told teachers at the tuesday night meeting that the Union movement in the South now is similar to the position of the civil rights movement 20 years ago. He said that higher salaries is not the greatest demand of teachers today. A certainly they need this a Selden said a but i hear teachers say they want to be allowed to do a Good Job to come out of the classroom with the satisfaction that they be had More Success than he said that As More teachers join aft tile other educators organizations such As the National education Assn. And n. C. Assn. Of educators will be prompted a to do some things that should have been done Over the past 50 years a Selden said that the aka and Oncea had the Power to establish the kind of school systems that could save this nation and state but did not use it. By Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer an address by Brooks Hays chairman of the North Carolina Good neighbor comic. I will be one of the features of a three Day meeting of the state Board of conservation and development Here thursday Friday and saturday. Hays will speak at a Friday evening banquet session during activities which also Call for a general business meeting Friday morning and for committee sessions the remainder of the Day. Business session activities will include talks by Charles we. Bradshaw or. Secretary of the dept of natural and economic resources the Parent unit of the Board of conservation and development and by w. Eugene Simmons director of the a amp a Board s activities. Committee sessions include consideration of several unit budgets for the 1973-1975 b engum As Well As reviews of Welcome Center activities collection of fisheries taxes and an Industrial development Mission. The banquet at which Hays will speak is planned for 7 30 p. In. Friday at the High Point room in the Southern furniture exposition building. The founder of the ecumenical Institute at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem Hays served 16 years As a member of the . Congress representing the fifth congressional District of Arkansas. He has served As special assistant to two presidents and he has twice served As president of the Southern Baptist convention. Earl Phillips or. Chairman of the High Point chamber of Commerce committee planning the banquet will preside at the banquet and mayor w. S. Bill Bencini will Welcome the visitors including the 27 members of the Board. De Kemp member of the Board from High Point will introduce the chairman Gilliam Horton prior to the address by Hays. Among the guests at the event Are expected to be two High Point residents w to formerly sen cd on the a amp a Board Amos Kearns and Charles Hayworth. A amp a Board members and their staff Are expected to arrive thursday but the business session will open at 9 30 a. In. Friday in the top of the Mart area of the Southern furniture exposition building. Horton will preside and Phillip r. Dixon president of the High Point chamber of Commerce will Welcome the meeting. The chamber of Commerce is co sponsoring the meeting with 30 local business firms. The Agenda Calls for new Board members to take the oath of office and for a Public hearing to hear those wishing to speak before the Board As Well As for talks by Bradshaw and Simmons. Heads of each of the follow ing divisions will speak Mineral resources state Parks commercial and sports fisheries North Carolina Forest service geodetic Survey travel and promotion com Merce and Industry and local see a amp a Board on 15-c mailing of bids scheduled Greensboro Guilford county will mail out bid invitations to at least five firms producing solid waste disposal equipment this week according to plans announced monday by James Rickards who Heads the county a solid waste disposal system. Actual mailing of the invitations to bid on pulverized units engineering work and on conveyor equipment became possible after All three governmental units taking part in the new waste disposal program approved an operational agreement. The Board of county commissioner approved the plan last month High Points City Council acted last week and the Greensboro City county approved the agreement monday. Rickards said that bids will be opened 45 Days from the Date the invitations Are mailed and that the county will have 20 Days to award a contract. The successful firm will have an additional 45 Days to prepare working drawings. At that time Rickards said there will be an additional round of bids for site preparation necessary buildings Concrete work a Scales station a control Tower necessary roads and some vehicles. Present plans Are for the first of the three planned stations to be located East of High Point at the former Riverdale facility. Officials Are hopeful that construction can Start sometime in april. Rickards expressed Hope the Cost of each station can be kept around $400,000 by keeping costs at this level the Over All Cost of the new program will be within the $1.2 million Bond program approved by the voters. Of la i i u to p 0 i n Section wednesday afternoon february 9, 1972 to amp to club installs president Hudson l Barbee was installed As president of the High Point traffic and transportation cub tuesday during a meeting at the Holiday inn South. Other officers installed by John t Burton membership chairman were c a Stallings vice president Milford Payne secret Ary treasurer and Paul Fry chaplain. Those installed As me tribe s of the Board of directors were t. In Biggs. Calvin Rice. Gene Mutt Hudson Barbee. Adrian Walker William i Nderwood William Martin and Howard Parsley life membership plaques were presented to Robert l. Murray of the High Hun Thomasville and Denton Railroad James p. Kehret of the englander co. And George Covington of the High Point chamber of Commerce. All three recently retired from their posts with their respective firms. Brooks hats second of a series inspectors May fear reprisal by Tom Wells associated press writer a u. S. Dept of agriculture poultry inspector says he recalls vividly the situation that led to the discovery of maggots on equipment in a poultry processing Plant in North Carolina. He told his Story and later signed a statement in return for a Promise that his name would not be used with published accounts of what he said. He said he feared reprisals from us a officials. Each Plant under Federal inspection has Federal poultry inspectors assigned to it by the Usdan a consumer and marketing service. The inspectors duties include checks to assure Over All Plant sanitation. One us a inspector is assigned each Day to look Over the Plant and approve or reject sanitation. Operations cannot begin until the Plant is approved As clean. This particular inspector said he noted during one of those routine checks that feathers had been in it on a picking machine a device that mechanically plucks feathers from poultry so it can be dressed. Us a regulations require that All machinery be clean of such things As feathers blood and manure from the previous Days operation. The inspector reported the condition to his inspector in charge a veterinarian but the Plant was permitted to begin the Days operations anyway. The inspector said that other inspectors assigned to sanitation after that also reported the Feather buildup but that still the Plant was not required by the vet to clean it up. Several months passed the inspector said while the Plant processed 60,000 chickens a Day. A one Day a Federal inspection team that travels around the state stopped at the Plant a the inspector said. A the Plant was shut Down for j hours to give management time to clean it up because it was so filthy. Quot that a when the maggots were found a on the picking machine he said. A they were All through the feathers. We were having a lot of trouble with flies at the the inspector in charge of the Plant at that time has since retired according to or. George Hamer head of the Usdan a mid Atlantic Region which includes North Carolina. Hamer said no administrative punishment was dealt to the veterinarian. Hamer refused to let a newsman see sanitation reports on the Plant to Check How Many times the Feather buildup had been reported. Such reports Are filed daily from each federally inspected Plant. Twelve inspectors who were interviewed in depth also gave other examples of what they called outright failure by us a to enforce sanitation regulations. An inspector at a Plant that processes More than 200,000 chickens a Day said he complained to superiors that proper action Wasny to taken when a toilet overflowed and the raw sewage bathed dressed poultry. In the interview and in a signed statement the inspector said that Only a portion of thousands o f chickens contaminated by the sewage was condemned. The toilet was on the second floor. Directly below it was a huge chilling vat. Dressed chickens Are moved slowly through the vat. Which is filled with cold water to reduce the temperature of the poultry and prepare it for freezing or shipment in ice packs. The sewage was pouring into the chiller in a slow but steady flow the inspector said. That would mean All poultry in the water would be contaminated. The chilling vat is an unattended operation and therefore no one knows How Many chickens had been processed through the contaminated chiller before the sewage overflow was discovered. Only the poultry actually in the chiller at the time the sometimes inspection reports Are vague by Tom Wells associated press writer the general accounting office investigated Federal inspection of 40 poultry plants in several states during 1969 and at 68 plants during 1971. The 68 plants investigated last year included 17 that had been visited by Gao in its prior visit. Only the 1971 report gave details of what investigators found. It listed discrepancies at four unnamed plants in unnamed states. Sometimes the report on the discrepancies was vague such As simply saying that sanitation was a a inadequate in a particular phase of the operation. Specific findings however included manure and Mold on Walls Fly problems rust in ice makers water with rust in it dripping on dressed poultry dirty equipment heavy blood accumulation on equipment no soap in restrooms and rat fees on tables. The report said since the plants inspected had been picked at random it could Only conclude that such filth was widespread in plants inspected by the consumer and marketing service. The Gao noted that As Early As june 20, 1969, a a amp is supervisor had recommended that inspection be withheld or withdrawn at one Plant until the Plant management a a indicates. That they will operate their Plant i n accordance with Between that time and feb. I 1971, the Plant was described in eight official memorandums As having filthy conditions but i t continued to operate with us a approval. As late As july 23, 1970, a supervisor noted rat fees on a packing table and no evidence of traps or other Means to control vermin. He also reported feathers and filth in a scalding tank Rusty equipment paint flaking onto products and numerous other specific instances of filthy equipment. The Gao report added that the supervisor had warned the summer that sanitation a was definitely however the Gao added no subsequent action was taken and Gao investigators visiting the Plant about seven months later found much the same conditions. The Gao said unsanitary conditions at 17 plants it visited in 1969 still existed when it rechecked the same 17 last year. Conditions at the other 51 plants selected at random in 1971 included filth similar to that found at the initial 17, the Gao said. Overflow was detected was condemned. Other poultry processed in the chiller that Day already had been boxed and mixed with poultry tha. Had been processed in other chillers. Or. Hamer said there were a four maybe six c. Milers operating that Day and that it would have been a a impossible to Tell which of the stored product came from t h e contaminated chiller. Thus the us a veterinarian in charge had no other Choice to condemn Only the poultry that was in the chiller at the time the sewage was found. Hamer said. The inspector thought there was another Choice a to condemn All poultry processed that Day that might have been contaminated by the sewage if that was the Only Way to assure the consumer he would be protected. Ice making machines Are described As easy items to be ignored by inspectors supervisors. Three inspectors signed statements that they found scum in ice machines at two plants. The discrepancies were reported to superiors and the superiors ignored the reports the inspectors said. The filth in the ice makers would build up overnight after operations were shut Down the inspectors said. And would be swept Down into the inner part of the machine the next Day when water was run it. The ice came into direct Contact with chickens. The inspectors say their reports have been ignored so Long that they no longer Check see inspectors on 15-c t

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