The Daily Times-News from Burlington, North Carolina on October 7, 1977 · Page 16
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Burlington, North Carolina
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Friday, October 7, 1977
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Burlington, (N.C.) Times - News Fri., Ocl. 7, 1977 3A Achievement Testing Program Nearly Finished DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Thei The tests will be administered for the first time this spring and will concentrate on students' abilities in reading, mathematics and language arts. The ll - member commission, chaired by Durham school superintendent Dr. J. Frank Yeager, was named in July to select a test and make recommendations on how the tests should be administered and what should be done with the results. Yeager said the panel began by notifying 30 test publishing companies of the state's plan. 'Only nine companies sent us proposals and one of those later withdrew," Yeager said. After hearings, the choice was reduced to four, and 45 teachers from the five grades were called in to look over the sample tests. Yeager said their job was to search out any cultural, geographic or sex bias in the tests and to make recommendations on the time of day the tests should be given. At the same time state education officials and administrators of public and private school systems were asked to evaluate the tests and make suggestions. "Up until the last six or eight years, sex, geographic and cultural biases have pervaded," Yeager said. "Test publishers are getting much better. Greater strides are being made to eliminate bias and to neutralize the exams." Yeager added that he has been told by educational consultants and other experts around the country that no other state has gone to as much trouble as North Carolina is to develop an effective test program. Yeager said the test should help school administrators identify weak programs or textbooks that need to be changed. At the classroom level, he said teachers will get a clearer idea of what individual students' problems are. charge of developing an program for North Carolina schools will finish its work this month after thousands of man - hours of work, much of it devoted to selecting the tests themselves. The General Assembly enacted legislation this year requiring the tests in grades 1, a, 3, 6 and 9. Results are to be used to evaluate the state school system and identify weak points. across the Crisis Plan Draws Fire From Merchants RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The State Energy Policy Council's crisis plan for fuel shortages this winter is already drawing fire from some of the merchants who would be affected by it. Among the protesting retailers was McDonald's hamburger chain, which said it didn't want to limit its operations to 60 hours a week in the event of serious natural gas curtailments. Under the plan submitted to Gov. Jim Hunt for approval, all retailers would be subject to the 60 - hour limit. Stores would be set on a standard schedule. Convenience stores would be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight, six days a week. Gas stations and restaurants like McDonald's would be allowed to choose their own schedules but would still be limited to 60 hours, with a few special exceptions. R. Crist Berry, regional operations coordinator for the chain, said McDonald's would save more energy with heating cutbacks than with a shortened "We could meet just about any reasonable curtailment placed on us with less inconvenience to our customers (than with the state proposal)," Berry said. Bill Ipcock, president of the state Assoiiation of Convenience Stores, said convenience stores should be given the same schedule flexibility as restaurants and gas stations. "Inasmuch as we offer gasoline and fast food, you would have thought the Energy Policy Council would consider these stores technically qualified as restaurants andor gas stations, he saw. "The council certainly disregarded our association's input into the plan, and they obviously have no understanding of what our industry really does," ipcock said, adding that the 60 - hour limit would force layoffs and financial hardship on operators without saving much enerirv. Testimony Begins Duncan Trial WINSTON - SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Testimony was to begin today in the trial of former Northwestern Bank board chairman Edwin Duncan Jr., charged with misapplying more than $257,000 in hank funds. Jury selection took up all of Thursday, with U.S. District Judge Hiram H. Ward and defense attorneys concentrating on the effect that pre - trial publicity might have had on prospective jurors. Of a pane! of 60 possible panel members, 36 said they had heard of the charges against Duncan or of his conviction this week on charges of bugging Internal Revenue Service agents at bank headquarters several years ago. Those prospective jurors were questioned separately by Judge Ward and government Leaf Price Trends Mixed RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Mixed price trends were reported Thursday on flue - cured tobacco markets of the Carolinas and Virginia. The Federal - State Market News Service reported prices by grades were $1 to $6 per hundred pounds higher on markets of the South Carolina - Border North Carolina Belt, held general steady on the Old and Middle Belt and were weaker on the Eastern Belt with price losses of about J5 per hundred pounds recorded for about 70 per cent of the marketings. The news service reported the border belt sold a total of 4.2 million pounds and the average of 1126.15 was up $2.27 per hundred from Wednesday. Sales for the season reached 222 million pounds and the season average was $124.36. Incomplete figures showed at least .7.6 million pounds were sold on the Eastern Belt and the average of $114.57 was down $3.55 from Wednesday. Season sales totaled 315.7 million pounds and the season average was $120.71. The news service said the Old and Middle Belt sold 7.6 million pounds and the average of $118.28 was down $1.98 from Wednesday. and defense attorneys. Defense attorneys had moved earlier this week that Ward order the trial held in another state because of publicity surrounding the case, or at least give Duncan a six - month delay. Ward denied the motion, Duncan is accused of ordering bank employes to stop checks on his personal account and pay them with bank funds, waiting to debit Duncan's account until Duncan gave the order. Duncan's attorneys have argued in pre - trial motions that this simply amounted to overdrawing his account and was not a crime. But the government has contended that making special arrangements with the bank's bookkeeping department for handling his checks makes Duncan guilty of misapplying funds. Power Shortages Loom For Winter state's RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) - Higher prices i tages of electricity loom this winter in addition I well - chronicled problems witn natural gas. The United Mine Workers and coal companies will be negotiating a contract soon, and a strike is possible. Hiere were wildcat strikes in the susmmer that have cut into stockpiles of North Carolina power companies. Both Duke Power Co. and Carolina Power & Light Co. generate most of their electricity with coal - fired generators. Even without a coal strike, the price of coal is rising, and the price of electricity will follow it. Most users of natural gas who suffer curtailments will be able to switch to alternate fuels, says Allen L. Clapp of the state Utilities Commission. But electricity consumers generally have no way of using anything else. "That's where it's going to hurt us if we have a problem," Clapp said. "A three - month (coal) strike would be a very serious situation," said Brian M. Flattery of the state Commerce Department's energy division. "But I really feel that if you saw power companies getting down to a two - week supply of coal 1 think the President would have to step in..." Prices have soared from $14 a ton a year ago to nearly $30 a ton now, a CP&L spokesman said. But no one knows yet how prices of electricity will be affected this year. 1978 CALENDARS Wall, Desk, and Pocket Sizes Including: Date Books Daily, Weekly, Monthly Planning Guides f arly Shoppers Hove the Best Choices CAMMACK'S E. Davit St, Neor Company Shops Mall You Are Invited to Attend Davit Street United Methodist Church Kevivm services Oetober 9 thru 13 Hear Dr. (Jack) Fogleman, Jr. Colltfft Hill United Mithndist Church Wichita, Kansas Services Oct. 9 10:55 AM and 7:30 PM 10 - 13 7:30 Mch nvtning Dr. Fogleman i a native of Burlington. Rev. Wilbur I. Jackson, Pastor Dial - A - Prayor 226 - 8405 FoffemM, Jr. 1 - 85 Opening Set Nov. 22 ATLANTA (AP) - The superhighway through the heart of the South will be complete Nov. 22 when Georgia opens the final 18 - mile stretch of Interstate 85 between Grantville and LaGrange, officials said. The highway begins in Richmond, Va., and runs to Montgomery, Ala., both capitals of the Confederacy. Overturned Truck A workman gives instructions to a crane operator as on overturned Suburban propane truck is righted in Winston - Salem. Firemen spray water at the truck in case the tanker explodes. The truck overturned Thursday morning when the driver, Mac McGee, went into a nearby convenience store for a snack. McGee looked back and saw his truck run into a light pole and turn over. No one was injured. 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