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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 20, 1972, High Point, North Carolina The High Point Enterprise Friday afternoon october 20, 1972. Section b Pruette blames sorry legislation on Smith Sec anti Beer on s b Kich Ahi m. Dixon meets mrs. Ann Snotherly mrs. Madeline Fowler president Nixon a lookalike at Southern furniture exposition building stiff photos by Sonny Hedgecock Richard Dixon that is Nixon lookalike attends Market by Robert Marks Enterprise staff writer Richard m. Nixon a oops a Richard m. Dixon came to the fall furniture Market today. The Man who looks like president Nixon talks like him and acts like him caused a flurry of excitement and a turning of Heads when he arrived at the Southern furniture exposition building at 8 30 a m. He did not ask anyone for his vote however and when asked whether he represented the a old Nixon a or the a new Nixon a Dixon responded a the future during a Brief visit in the office of Robert Gruenberg managing director of the exposition building Dixon anti Beer explained. A i went with a Winner in 1968. I m staying with the Winner this Dixon who is a professional actor from new York bears a striking resemblance to the president. Since the election of Nixon to the presidency in 1988, Dixon has honed his imitation to include t h e mannerisms walk and voice inflections of the president. He said that during a trip to Washington shortly after the 1968 election he caused a traffic Jam when everyone thought in was the new president. Since then Dixon said he has become a familiar figure to Washington police officers White House guards and secret service agents who guard the president. Quot i have been in the White House but i have never met president Nixon i have met his daughter Julie a Dixon said. Asked How he would vote in the election on nov. 7, Dixon responded a i will vote for the Best looking he pointed out that As a professional actor he had worked at fund raising events for sen. George Mcgovern the democratic candidate f o r president. A there Are Many Good men in he added a Elf a Republican majority is elected in Congress. I think we will see some real changes in the country in the next four Dixon will be at the furniture Market until its close next Friday except on monday when he is scheduled for an appearance in new York. He will be at the Burris industries showroom in the exposition building. Dixon is helping Burris promote its new president lounge and its american dream machine at the plea by mayor gets Okay what High Points main Street needs along with its myriad of shops pizza houses and service stations is some Shade Trees. So agreed the City Council thursday after hearing a plea for the Trees from mayor Bill Bencini. He proposed that Trees be planted at 50-foot intervals for the entire length of main Street. A it would be Fine if some organizations want to do it but if they done to the City should a Bencini told councilmen. Apparently inspired by the mayor s enthusiasm other councilmen proposed that the City take the program further offering services of the City a tree planting machine to any business operator who will Plant Pees on his premises Trees line the streets of downtown los Angeles Al f. The mayor noted adding a it is amazing what the Trees add to the City of Raleigh observed councilman Arthur by Ray Hubbard Enterprise staff writer North Carolinas new teacher tenure Law is a sorry piece of legislation. Or. Dean b. Pruette superintendent of schools believes and he blames the inadequacies on a Guilford county legislator. A it was written by a third year Law student under the supervision of our representative from Guilford county Mcneil Smith and it should not have been passed in this form a Pruette declared thursday during a discussion of the Law by the High Point Board of education. Smith who was a democratic representative from Guilford county during the last general Assembly was a prime mover in getting the Law passed. Smith a Greensboro attorney since was appointed to fill state Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Hargrove skipper Bowles when he resigned to seek the governors chair. He is in the race to retain his Senate seat. The new Law called a the orderly system of employment and dismissal of Public school personnel act a was designed primarily to protect teachers against capricious firing of teachers and replaces the continuous contract system. It became effective last july i. The Law provides for mandatory maintenance of teacher records specific procedures for employment and dismissal a system of probation for new teachers rights of Appeal by teachers and requires certain involvement by boards of education. Pruette has expressed no dissatisfaction with the intent of the Law which was passed at the urging of professional educator organizations of the state. What he is disturbed about Are contradictions and a a fuzziness in the Law which Pruette contends defy reasonable interpretation. Pruette brought the matter before the Board at the regular meeting thursday to a let you know what we Are up against in implementing the provisos of the Law. Board members agreed that there is a need for clarification of certain provisions of the Law. In addition to opinions already handed Down by the stand is approved High Point Baptist ministers will try to persuade the City Council to reverse its action removing the prohibition on sunday sales on Beer within the City limits. In resolutions unanimously adopted thursday the Central Baptist Assn. Also pledged to seek abolition of Legal liquor stores in Jamestown and Greensboro. The resolutions were proposed from the floor by the Rev. Woodrow Robbins pastor of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. The City Council in a Surprise action on oct 5 voted 5 to 4 to remove the City prohibition on sunday sales of Beer. By the same vote margin last february the City Council had voted to retain prohibitions to the limit allowed under state Law. The state Law provides that All establishments which have Brown bagging licenses can legally sell Beer during prescribed hours on sundays local ordinances notwithstanding. Councilmen removed the City prohibitions after operators of local businesses complained that it was not fair for businesses which have Brown bagging permits to sell Beer when they could not. Or. E. W. Price jr., a Baptist preacher voiced the Only opposition to repeal of the prohibitions at the Council meeting. He indicated after the Council had acted that there would be efforts to reverse the action. Representatives of the state attorney Genera and told Pruette and Board attorney Dan Whitley to begin seeking answers to specific questions. Board member Jay Thomas pressed for Early formal action by the Board in adopting regulations and policies for implementation of the new Law. When the Law became effective july i. A probationary period began for All teachers in the state and school boards Are required to make decisions at the end of the current school year As the result of teacher evaluations. In other action thursday the Board delayed action on a request by the president of Guilford technical Institute to reconsider charges made to that institution for use of classrooms and f a c i i i t i e s owned by High Point City schools. There has been an Exchange of letters Between Pruette and git president Luther Medlin regarding the use of classrooms at Ferndale Junior High school. Medlin contends that git cannot afford to pay the going Price $4 per night per classroom or a minimum of $32 each night. Git wants to use the classrooms for night adult education classes in a variety of subjects. Medlin said that the William Penn building now in use is unsatisfactory because a High Point residents Are reluctant to attend courses offered at Penn for reasons obvious to both of us. Women Are naturally More vocal on this Point than men Quot Medlin wrote. He apparently was referring to the fact that William Penn is located in a predominantly Black neighbourhood although he did not make this Point obvious. Pruette told the Board that the present charges Are too Low and that there Are other drawbacks to renting classrooms for night classes including untidy classrooms for school children the next Day and hindrance to regular teachers in class preparation. The Board however told Pruette to find out what the county and Greensboro systems did about these problems and How much they charged before considering Medlin s request. Thomas said that he believes that an agreement ought to be worked out. A there must be some Way we can work with git to arrive at a satisfactory arrangement Quot he said. A it All comes out of the same taxpayers both Board chairman a. Laurin Welborn and member John Bridgers said that they Are regularly approached by git officials who press for cooperation in providing space in which to hold git classes. Both indicated they want All the facts related to the problem assembled so that a sound decision can be reached. Pruette told the Board. A it is simply a question of what you want to do. It does not make any difference what the other two systems do. It is just a matter of whether you want to subsidize git a he said. Deadline set for bids on Leonard St. School by Ray Hubbard Enterprise staff writer the High Point Board of education thursday set a deadline of nov. 16 to receive a commitment to Purchase the Leonard Street school property. The deadline is applicable to anyone interested in bidding $210,000 for the building and six acres of land but was aimed specifically at the High Point Myca which a month ago asked the Board to consider Sale of the property. Myca spokesmen at that time urged the Board to act quickly on the request. The Board responded to the urgent plea with two closed sessions at which it voted to put the property up at auction setting a minimum bid of $210,000. The Board said that it would not actually conduct the auction until a firm offer was assured. It appears now that the Myca probably will not make that bid. Further consideration by Myca officials apparently has raised serious doubts about the Wisdom of making the Purchase. It had been planned to move Carl Chavis Myca to the Leonard Street site. But since learning of the planned development of a recreation Center on adjoining property by the City and certain restrictions on the use of the Leonard Street property the Myca appears about ready to discard the proposition. The Board also has requests for use of the Leonard Street property by Guilford technical Institute and developmental Day care inc. Both have expressed interest in leasing the property. The Board indicated that if the Myca has not acted to Purchase the property by its meeting nov. 16. The lease requests will be reconsidered. The school Board was sharply criticized thursday by a school Patron for going behind closed doors to decide what it wanted to do about the Leonard school property. Jennie Herndon president of the Northeast Junior High it a and regular attendant at school Board meetings told the Board that a i think it s wrong for you to go behind closed doors to decide How you Are going to dispose of taxpayers property. You May have been within your Legal rights but i Don t think you were within the spirit of the Law Quot she said. A i want to know whether you Are going to continue to have closed meetings a she declared. Or. John Bridgers replied that although he had voted against the closed meetings to consider the Leonard Street property question because he see deadline on i b grassroots session candidates meet voter major construction announced by Tai Thomasville Thomasville furniture industries will begin a construction project this Spring that will see the enlargement of the company a offices and showrooms on e. Main Street Here. Completion of the project designed by Little and associates of Charlotte is expected in 1974. Tom a. Finch president of Tai announced the construction program thursday afternoon. Plans Call for a new four Story Structure to be inserted Between two existing buildings. Further renovations including a two floor addition to one of the present structures will create the illusion of a single Large building. Tai will Transfer All of its exhibition operations to the new building when the construction project is near completion. Currently Only two furniture exhibits belonging to the company remain outside Thomasville. They Are at the Southern furniture exhibition building in High Point and in Lenoir. Of the new Structure Finch said. A this project will provide for Over 100,000 Square feet of showroom area which will allow for the display of the company a Complete product line to serve customers More Kirkman has a Man on the payroll whose main responsibility is preservation of Shade Trees. A we can expect some criticism a commented Bencini a but i think it is Worth later he explained that he expects Quot some people to think we Are wasting Money. There Are usually some who do on with approval from other members of Council Bencini named councilman j i in Pearce As a committee of one to pursue the idea. The Council also gave a tacit nod to the idea of developing biking and hiking trails at Oak hollow and City Lake Parks a citizen group is mapping plans for the trails councilman Joe Patterson reported to the Council. A eventually expenditure of funds will be necessary but not a great Deal a Patterson said. By Keith Carter Enterprise staff writer in a year in which presidential politics holds the spotlight local political races sometimes tend to be shunted aside by the voters. But grassroots hand shaking and Back slapping experienced a revival thursday night at the Owca open forum for candidates for state Senate state House of representatives county commissioner and District judge. Nineteen candidates showed up at the informal meeting sponsored by the Owca Public affairs and dialogue committees and the High Point youth Council. A number of the office seekers arrived after the p Ogram had begun but Many were present before the meeting handing out Campaign literature bumper stickers matches and even plastic shopping bags All with the candidates names displayed prominently. A reception following the main program gave them a Chance to do some face to face politicking and the candidates made the most of their Opportunity mingling with the crowd to meet As Many people and shake As Many hands As possible. Nearly 60 persons were present for the forum which allowed each candidate two minute Genera opening statement followed by an Opportunity to answer questions submitted by the audience. Noticeably absent from the meeting were Young people not counting the to or so volunteers from the youth Council who served As pages and passed out election material. Less than Halfa dozen persons under 25 were in the audience made up mostly of Middle aged people with a majority of those being women. A few of the office seekers spoke longer than the allotted two minutes and had to he firmly but gently reminded of the time limit by the Moderator the Rev. Hail Partrick an episcopal minister from a amp t University in Greensboro issues which the candidates seemed most concerned with included education t h e environment and the Economy. A mild debate developed among the candidates Over two of the state constitutional amendments which voters will decide on nov. 7. State House candidates Marcus Short and Charles Phillips voiced their support of the amendments providing for mandatory retirement o f Superior and District court judges and establishment of a judicial review commission by the legislature As might be expected District court judge candidates Walter Clark and Ross strange spoke out strongly against the amendments. Sen candidate Coolidge Murrow Drew a laugh when he called for a equal rights for republicans in the Senate. A we Are already conceding one seat to the opposition Only two gop candidates have filed for the three seats election and during the 1971 session we had Only seven republicans out of 5 0 senators. It was lonely there a Murrow said with a smile. Democratic House of representatives candidates attending were Charlie Webb Charles Phillips Tom Gilmore Henry Frye Marcus Short and Bill Barnett. Tom Sawyer sent a representative to speak. Republican House candidates at the forum were William revels Odell Payne Margaret Keesee Ted Hunt and inc Hodges. State Senate office seekers who spoke included Mcneil Smith Lynwood Smith and Elton Edwards democrats and Murrow Republican. County commissioner candidates Richard Maxwell Republican and Zoe Barbee Democrat were present. Also at the meeting were District court judge candidates strange Republican and claim. Democrat. Holshouser Speaks Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Holshouser third from right campaigning Here thursday told members of the High Point Lions club that helping sex convicts find jobs is the Best Way to reduce crime in North Carolina. Citing statistics which show that Over half the people in prison Are repeaters Holshouser said that there would be Little opposition to such a placement program for sex inmates. Shown talking with the candidate following the meeting Are i to r Lions club members Ralph Norman Darrell Pierce or. L. H. Hollingsworth Joe Floyd and Herman Crawford. Stiff photo by Mirk Austin

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