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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Dispute Between attorneys Council referees fight Over City Merit system participants in tree planting on Ferndale Boulevard l to r Jim Tinsley Mark Kellam Sally Bulla mrs. Worth Ivey Tony Simeon Siah photo by Mark Austin tree planting Marks Arbor Day braving a cold wind pushed drizzle a Hardy band of 70 Garden clubbers and students marked Arbor Day on saturday by planting nearly 70 Trees in the median of Ferndale drive. Members of the hum no Hoe Garden club along with student groups and residents along the Street took part aided by Sam Claar Parks and recreation landscape architect. Participants included the Tomlinson Pat. Ferndale ecology club and from Central High the science club Anchor club interact Fellowship of Christian athletes sub juniors key club key ettes Civitano Civin ettes math club and National Honor society. Prior to the planting a Brief Arbor Day ceremony was held by mrs. Richard Kellam project chairman for the sponsoring club mrs. Rachel Gray of the City Council and mrs. Worth Ivey environmental improvement program District chairman. Claar gave pointers on proper planting and Early care for the Trees. Two of the Trees which included 18 red Maples 24 flowering crab apples four Willow Oaks and la dogwoods were designated in Honor of mrs. Johnsie Jackson and Tony Simeon two longtime school veterans. By Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer City councilmen today found themselves virtually in the role of referee in a fight Over the merits of an employee Merit system. Two attorneys one an author of the High Point civil service act and longtime member of the civil service commission spoke against the Merit Demerit system for City employees. Frank Wyatt who is chairman of the local democratic party but who stated that he was representing Only himself in the Issue charged that the system is a basically a juvenile system which is demeaning to a it is not in keeping with Good management policies. No business that i know about has a Demerit system a Wyatt said. He and the other attorney James Lovelace sought to persuade the City Council to reverse earlier action endorsing a legislative Bill which would spell out the civil service commission s auth orly to hear Appeal to demerits give to City employees by department Heads. Lovelace said that the a a philosophy of the commission in regard to its own Mission is changing. He noted a a trend to substitute the judgment of the commission for that of the department the move to give the com Mission Power to hear Demerit appeals is a deliberate attempt on the part of the commission to increase its own Powers he said. He called it an invasion by the commission of the rights and functions of the administration Section of the City government. He urged the Council to head off this a unwanted unwarranted and potentially dangerous Lovelace served for Many years As a member of the commission. He helped write the Bill which established the civil service system in High Point in 1937, and has had a prominent part in the subsequent amendments to the act. In rebuttal to charges of Lovelace and Wyatt Nick Fisher present chairman of the commission denied that the Board has any a ulterior motive in seeking authority to hear Demerit appeals. He noted that the Board for Many years had in fact heard appeals on demerits but ceased when advised that the authority to do so was not spelled out in the act. The request for clarification was initiated after the commission was brought into the Challenge by police capt. G. T. Leverett of demerits Given him by police chief Laurie Pritchett recently he said. When the commission asks for authority to hear the demerits appeals a we Are not talking about a Power grab a Fisher said. The merits and Demerit system he noted is used almost exclusively by the police and fire departments. They have a a a military sort of set up which lends itself More readily to that Type of system he said. He noted however no department head is under compulsion from the commission to use the system Wyatt had suggested that a merits system be replaced by a letter system of reprimand and commendation. Copies of such letters from department Heads would be see Council on 2b tub High Point Enterprise monday afternoon March 18,1974section b Greensboro watershed Rule u slain concerns Board ii on the scene i i Raj exr a i in a ii a if 1 against chair Titian triad Civitano the newly formed triad civitan club will be presented its charter monday night during ceremonies at the top of the Mart. Made up of residents of the Allen Jay Archdale and Trinity communities the club is co sponsored by the Twilight civitan club of High Point and the newly formed Oak hollow civitan club. The new organization has approximately 30 charter members. Inc address Hargrove a a skipper Bowles of Greensboro civic Leader and former state government official will address the monthly meeting of the High Point chapter of the International management Council tuesday at the Myca. Bowles the 1972 democratic nominee for governor was elected to the state House of representatives in 1967. He served in the state Senate in 1971-72 and was chairman of the Guilford county delegation ban asked on new stations service station operators asked High Point City councilmen today to take Steps to Stop Industry from installing Gas tanks and curtail construction of new service stations. Randall Johnson president of the Guilford county service stations operators assn., presented the Case for the operators while the Council was in session As a committee of the whole. He noted that in february the county issued 23 permits to allow manufacturers to install gasoline tanks. The Industrial users Are draining off some of the Supply which should go to the service stations he said. The association he added also wants the Council to consider taking action which would keep big Oil companies from putting up new stations in the City thus tending to run the Little operators out of business. The Council was asked to take the action effective with the ending of president Nixon a phase 4 program. Councilmen agreed to consider the requests. Court volunteers an orientation meeting for prospective participants in the a volunteers to the court program will be held tuesday and thursday nights at 7 30 at first presbyterian Church on n. Main Street. The session is open to any person interested in working with Young probationers 16 to 21 years of age on a one to one basis. Speech class Lexington a new course a a effective speaking for adults a will begin at Davidson county Community College tuesday. The 14-hour course will meet each tuesday in room 2 of the gee buildings from 7-9 . Recommended for supervisory and management personnel As Well As All persons wishing to improve their speaking ability and total communication skills the course will be instructed by William f. Thompson of management related programs staff at the College. Crime prevention three members of the High Point police dept presented a program on crime prevention thursday at an open meeting of the trophy Council no. 29 of the Junior order United american mechanics Here. The program included a film on How citizens can help prevent crime followed by a question and answer session. The next open meeting of the organization will be held March 28 rape charge is lodged Thomasville a Thomasville Man was arrested by police Early today on charges of raping a 13-year-old Doak court girl a spokesman for the department has disclosed. The accused is Robert Crosby. 30. Of James Avenue who allegedly committed the rape around 6 30 . Sunday according to it. Don Truell an officer with the police juvenile division. The girl s Mother signed a warrant against Crosby late sunday night. Crosby is being held in Davidson county jail without privilege of Bond. Another Thomasville Man Leo Gregg 26, of James Avenue was taken into custody sunday afternoon on a rape warrant pending since feb. 23. In a warrant sworn out by the alleged victim Gregg is accused of having raped a Lexington woman on that Date he is also being held without Bond. In other arrests three Thomasville youths were picked up by police saturday night on Trade Street and charged with felonious Possession of marijuana. One of the Trio. Mark Bennie bean 16, of Cedar Lodge Road was cited for Possession with intent to distribute. His Bond was set at $1,000. The other two. Cathy Hicks so rape on 2b Greensboro Guilford county sheriff s deputies were searching today for the slayers of a 15-year-old Greensboro girl who died this morning in Wesley Long Hospital. Deputies said Pamelia Elizabeth Hyatt of 1704 Ledford re. Died about i . From three Stab wounds in the area of her heart and lower right Abdomen. According to officers is. Heat twas found sunday night by a passing Motorist along the Side of Bunch Road about two or three Miles off Highway 220 in the Summerfield area. They said she was taken to the Hospital by the Motorist and the sheriffs department was notified about la 50 . Deputies said the circumstances leading up to the stabbing Are still unclear. Officers were Able to talk with the girl before she died. The deputies said they were searching for two White males clean shaven with medium length hair further details were not immediately available. By Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro Guilford county commissioners today showed continuing concern Over opportunities for development in the Southeastern Section of Guilford county an area the state has indicated is now a watershed for a proposed Burlington Reservoir. Commissioner f. P Bodenheimer complained that people having land in that area had received no notice of the change which would push lot sizes from 20, xxx Square feet allowed in general residential zones to 40,000. The size the state requires in watersheds. He said some developers May have done some preliminary work but now a without notice at the stroke of a pen someone says in Raleigh that instead of living at 20,000 Square feet they must live at 40,000 Square Bodenheimer said a i think we owe the people More consideration than that a and More notice than was Given. The discussion came As commissioners talked briefly about a proposal to expand Forrest Oakes subdivision located in the Southeastern area. Developers indicated they will Appeal past the Guilford county planning Board to the Board of commissioners for expansion of their property at the existing 20,000 Square feet requirement. Commission chairman Robert Shaw warned that even if the commissioners did give preliminary approval the developers would face the ruling of the Guilford county health dept. He also warned that developers should be aware that they could face problems with state officials. Commissioner Percy Sears said he feels that the watershed should not be declared until work is actually started on a dam for the Reservoir. He said the state waited until construction actually started on a dam before declaring other areas watersheds. Democratic Unity appears fragile by Robert Marks Enterprise staff w Riter Raleigh a democrats briefly enjoyed a spirit of partisan Unity at their Jefferson Jackson Day dinner saturday night when they cheered and applauded As sen. Henry m Jackson criticized the economic and Energy policies of the Nixon administration. The United states senator from Washington who is regarded As a Strong candidate for the democratic presidential nomination in 1976, Jackson was introduced by sen. Sam j. Ervin or. With what was in effect an endorsement for just that nomination Jackson is a a Loyal Democrat a Wise senator a courageous american qualified to a very High degree to occupy the office of the presidency a Ervin said in his introduction. No one in the audience in Raleigh s memorial auditorium seemed disposed to dispute Ervin a assessment. But in the background were events which showed that not All North Carolina democrats feel so strongly about Jackson nor especially about the present leadership of the state party. At a meeting of the democratic executive committee saturday morning Hargrove skipper Bowles renounced his role As a a titular head of the party state party chairman James r. Sugg was harassed again by a sizeable group of democrats critical of his leadership and lines were further drawn for the developing showdown when Sugg s term As chairman ends in August. Meshed into the dispute Over the leadership is the Senate primary Campaign Between Robert Morgan Nick Galifianakis and Henry Hall Wilson. Democrats Are understandably jittery Over All this and what effect their internal squabbling May have finally on the Senate election in november. As Bowles reminded the executive committee since the 1972 election when republicans won both the governorship and a Senate seat North Carolina is no longer a a a tantamount state for the democrats. The executive committee divided Over the adoption of an affirmative action plan. The plan which encourages the participation of All groups and minorities in the party abolishes the a a quota system adopted in 1972, which required mandatory representation of minority groups. Liberal and Black members of the committee from Orange and Durham counties and other members from Greensboro Winston Salem and Charlotte objected to the new plan. The plan threatened the gains Blacks has made in he party or. Lavonia Allison a Black woman who Heads the democratic party in Durham charged the new plan was approved by the committee however by More than a two to one vote. Sugg was the target for Sharp criticism when he called for the vote after More than an hour of discussion. Sugg who was the Choice of Bowles for the chairmanship in 1972, remained noncommittal on whether he will seek re election As the party chairman. Bowles repeated his support for Sugg saturday. A the has honestly and sincerely played a Neutral role a he said. A there has been no attempt to make the democratic party a a skipper Bowles party or a a skipper Bowles machine. A if the democratic party is to regain the governors mansion and the u. S. Senate seat we must be organized and United As a real fighting party a not three or four Bowles said. A if our personal Choice for governor or senator does no twin the primary we can to go off in a Corner and pout or suck our thumbs. We can t have the attitude that if our personal Choice does t win in the primary that Well hold a grudge. This idea of Rule or rum in the democratic party must become a thing of the with Bowles stepping aside the role As a a titular head of the party apparently will be assumed by it. Gov. Jim Hunt. He was at the executive committee meeting and urged that democrats stand together on common Middle ground. Finally democrats were touched by notes of sadness at their annual gathering. Tribute was offered to the memory of former sen. B. Everett Jordan who died last Friday. And it was noted the Jefferson Jackson Day dinner for 1974 will be the last for Ervin As a member of the Senate. He is retiring from that position next january when his successor will be sworn in. Who Ervin a successor will be a whether a Democrat and which Democrat or a Republican a North Carolina democrats Are not yet making any predictions. Water Bond forum is set in Archdale by Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Archdale a citizens of this City will have their say tuesday night on a proposed $2 million water Bond referendum now tentatively scheduled for May 7. The Public hearing at 7 30 . In the City Hall has been called by the Archdale City Council As required by Law before an election can be held. After the hearing tuesday night the Council could go ahead and officially set May 7 As the Date for the proposed referendum to determine whether City residents favor using $2 million in Bonds to build a Public water distribution system. The City has received approval for a $539,349 water Grant providing the funds Are available when the project requires them. The Grant which does not have to be paid Back reduces by that amount the total Bonds needed to build a system. The City will Purchase its water from the North Davidson water co. Inc. City officials Hope a Large crowd will turn out so they can get the Public a reaction to issuance of the Bonds. Opposition to the proposal was quietened when Council so water on 7b wet walkers Clindon Richardson of Asheboro right himself a polio victim cuts the ribbon saturday which began 225 Archdale Trinity area residents on their annual 20-mile hike for the March of dimes. Approximately 150 of the starters braved the cold Rainy weather to Complete the round trip from Trinity senior High to Hillsville and Back. First to finish the trek was Kevin Albertson jr., a student at Trinity Junior High. The amount collected by the March will be compiled within the next few Days As each Walker collects donations from his sponsors. Staff photo by Mark Austin

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