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The News and Observer from Raleigh, North Carolina • 23

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Raleigh Man Convicted of Covering Tag Slogan Tlx Asuciattd Prtss Despite the state attorney general's advice to drop such cases a Raleigh man has been convicted in district court in Smithfield for putting tape over the "First in Freedom" slogan on his 1975 North Carolina auto license plate The North Carolina Civil Liberties Union is sponsoring Walter Williams III in his appeal of the conviction The CLU contends that citizens have the right to tape over the slogan to show disagreement as part of the free speech guaran black said a white Smithfield policeman stopped him and asked about the tape After Williams explained that he didn't believe North Carolina offers equal freedom for blacks the officer gave him the ticket and added the speeding charge Williams said Williams said that while he was explaining why he taped the slogan "He told me if I didn't like the slogan I ought to move" The officer was laughing as" he drove away Williams said Williams an illustrator at the Re copy of Edmisten's opinion Judges in most cases defer to rulings of the NC attorney general in their decisions They are not required to follow the advice of the rulings however District Court Judge Pope Lyon said Monday that the attorney general's opinion "left some questions It was sort of nebulous The statute says you can't deface it (the license tag) and I thought it was therefore a violation" In a telephone interview Williams a tee in the US Constitution's First Amendment In an opinion issued April 14 Atty Gen Rufus Edmisten advised the district attorney in Durham County to drop a similar case because of the constitutional question Williams 32 was arrested last month in Smithfield on charges of taping over the slogan and of driving 47 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone He was convicted Thursday and fined $10 plus costs even after his attorney showed the court a search Triangle Institute described himself as "middle class" The father of three said he is working part-time for a bachelor of fine arts degree at NC State University and had attended Boston University for 3Vi years and the New England School of Arts for two years "Right now I don't see anything in North Carolina that indicates there's freedom for all of us There isn't freedom for me or my race" he said add ing that he also objects to North Carolina's having 69 prisoners awaiting execution That is more than any other state and most of the prisoners are black He said he applied the tape when he got his 1975 tags in early February He said he didn't know others were also doing it "I just didn't like the slogan" State officials have cited several historical claims by North Carolina during the Revolutionary War era as grounds for the slogan on the license tags The News and Observer TuesddyMay201975 ii uj WM 'frrr: Ford's Schedule Set For Charlotte Fete Raleigh NC shouser said Holshouser said the state's license plate slogan "First in Freedom" is justifiable because "North Carolina indeed did stand first in the line of American states who declared themselves independent of the British crown" A drama depicting the signing of the Mecklenburg declaration was presented in downtown Charlotte Monday night Tradition has it that participants met on the evening of May 19 and signed the document at 2:05 am the next day Ford will be speaking from a site near where former Presi fawn IWfTllWtiii fti i rw i ft HEEWACK! Holly Skleris of Durham a far cry Wrightsville Beach Pity the proverbial 98-pound weaklinq qets in some surfside karate kick sand in Bogue Banks Island Road Plans Delayed May Fuel Bills Clear Hearing TRENTON US Judge "John Larkins Jr Monday restrained state highway officials from work on proposed improvements on the Bogue Banks highway in Carteret County ruling that an environmental impact statement for the project is inadequate Larkins granted a preliminary injunction requested by several Bogue Banks property owners and environmental organizations who contend that the impact statement does not meet federal regulations StaH phot by Gm Fun poor bully who tries to decision on the contrary most of its substance conclusions based on assumptions without supportive data" he wrote He scored the document for insufficient social and economic data and said it does not consider secondary effects of increased development of the island The judge ruled that alternatives to the proposed action were not adequately discussed noting that this section of the statement "is exactly 1V4 pages long" He also said the final statement was not available for hearings on the highway project Larkins said the new statement should "adequately reveal the real environmental effects" of: The destruction of large areas of natural sand dunes and vegetation The increased danger of erosion from normal weather and from heavy storms The increased levels of automobile traffic and the increase of air and water pollution and noise level The "intensive" development of the entire island the increased demand for fresh water and the increased amounts of sewage and solid wastes The effect of the Salter Path bypass and the state's ability to maintain the area considering its exposure to wind and water JERRY ALLEGOOD Page 17 dent Dwight Eisenhower spoke 21 years ago in dedicating Freedom Park Spokesmen for the sponsoring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Bicentennial Commission predict 75000 to 100000 persons will jam the park to hear Ford and to participate in an all-day session of music religious ceremonies and speechmaking Evangelist Billy Graham a Charlotte native will conduct an interdenominational service at 10:30 am Ford is to speak at a program beginning at 12 15 pm Ford is scheduled to leave Charlotte shortly before 2 pm using the same amount would pay $385 compared to $465 in April A Vepco customer would pay $958 in May compared to $1144 last month The fuel charge reflects coal and oil purchased by the companies in March Industry witnesses said that in general open market prices foe coal have been coming down But Hall Jr assistant manager for fuel purchasing for Duke Power said the future on the fossil fuel market looks "cloudy" He said his company believes that enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act and a federal law regulating strip mining would remove 200 million tons of coal a year from the market said that in March it spent $109 million on coal $67 million on buying coal under contract and $42 million on open market coal The contract coal averaged $2365 per ton The open market coal averaged $2517 per ton considerably less than the $40 to $45 was having to pay for coal last fall Currently however said it is still having to spend 176 per cent more for coal this spring than it spent in the spring of 1973 Since early 1974 the commission has allowed the companies to pass directly on to customers increased costs of buying the coal oil and natural gas needed to generate power check cashing or movie theater discounts Bare emphasized that the permanent cards would be good for only one year In other action the board approved the expenditure of $57500 to compensate for specifications la't out of drawings for construction of Northwood School Associate Superintendent Rufus Forrest said items were often left out of such drawings but that contingency funds built into contracts usu- See STUDENT Page 20 NC Mutual Opposes Sickle Cell Bias Ban By STEVE BERG Staff Write No major flaws were found in the fuel charge portions of May electric bills sent out by the state's three major power companies a staff expert of the North Carolina Utilities Commission testified Monday The testimony by Andrew Williams chief of the electric engineering section of the commission came at the commission's regular monthly public inquiry into the fuel purchasing practices of Duke Power Co Carolina Power Light Co and Virginia Electric Power Co The one-day hearing held on the third Monday of every month is also designed to examine whether the fuel escalator charges levied by the companies are accurate Williams told the commissioners Monday that there was a slight technical error in Vepco's May charges and recommended that small refunds be made on next month's bills The commission reached no decision Monday but is expected to routinely accept the recommendations of its staff For May Duke and Vepco fuel charges were down slightly over April was up slightly A customer using 1000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month would pay a fuel charge in May of $631 compared to $629 in April A Duke customer From Ntwt Dispatch CHARLOTTE President Ford is scheduled to help Charlotte and Mecklenburg County celebrate on Tuesday the 200th anniversary of an event that some historians say never occurred The White House schedule calls for Ford to arrive in Charlotte about noon for a quick trip to Freedom Park and a speech commemorating the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20 1775 North Carolina's flag carries the date of the reported signing which predates the declaration signed a year later by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia Authenticity of the Mecklenburg document however is still debated Gov James Holshouser Jr said Monday he hoped to congratulate Ford on his handling of the rescue of the captured freighter the Mayaguez "I hope to tell him his action was firm positive and it came at a time when the morale of our people across the country was low as far as our standing internationally was concerned" Holshouser added Holshouser will join the President at the Bicentennial observance In a brief news conference Holshouser told reporters Ford won't be in North Carolina for any political reasons Tuesday He said Ford recognizes the signing of the declaration as a historic event "The President and the people in Washington recognize this is one of the first and may be the first major Bicentennial events in the South" Hoi- Pilot Unhurt In Landing McCLELLANVILLE SC The pilot of a single-engine Cessna 150 escaped injury when the plane crash-landed on US 17 three miles south of here Monday The pilot the only person aboard the plane was identified as Ronald Simonsen of Desoto Tex A Highway Patrol spokesman said Simonsen was en-route from Moncks Corner SC to Southport NC when the plane went down about 9:45 am Simonsen was either out of gas or low on fuel the patrol spokesman said took no action on the initial request Bare said the cards would allow principals to control the activities of students on campus "In the past there have been cases where we have had trouble identifying students especially in tense situations" he said "It can show whether or not he has a smoking permit" Bare added The Wake schools do not now use identification cards Bare said International Identification Co of Miami Fla Faded from the around Salter Path and elimination of two right angle turns at Emerald Isle are proposed The plaintiffs including the Conservation Council of North Carolina and the League of Women Voters charged that the work would cause destruction of protective vegetation and harm the island's environment In his 23-page order Larkins agreed with three of five allegations against the environmental impact statement He rejected arguments that the There is a companion bill pending that would prohibit employers from discriminating against sickle cell carriers It has no organized opposition Mutual officials said the company has been insuring people with the sickle cell trait "without reservation" or higher rates for about 15 years but is opposed to the bills as bad precedents "It's just politicians trying to make political hay" said Dr Charles Watts a Durham physician and medical director of Mutual All six black members in the General Assembly are supporting the legislation Watts joined several other witnesses from the Association of Insurance Companies last week in testifying against the bills before a Senate subcommittee which will make a final report Wednesday According to Watts the company's main concern is that the legislation would force a change in Mutual's family policies which guarantee coverage of unborn children withouthigher premiums Children with sickle cell disease have a life expectancy of about 30 to 35 years he said and are "uninsurable" Both Green and Michaux disagreed that the bills would require coverage of children with sickle cell anemia "We don't see this kind of practice at HER face statement was deficient because it was prepared by state transportation officials and that the defendants failed to consider the state's Coastal Area Management Act He particularly criticized the statement for lack of detail "Only a glance at the statement prepared for the proposed project on Bogue Island is necessary to see that the statement has very little detailed objective information on which the decision-making agency could base an informed HM Michaux Jr legislation as a precedent" said Michaux "The legislature has this authority Who are insurance companies to hold themselves above everybody else and say they can't be regulated" Michaux said there are at least 16 insurance companies operating in North Carolina that still charge higher premiums for people with sickle cell traits Green said insurance company representatives were now promising to pass the word about the minimal health effects of sickle cell trait "But" he added "if indeed the industry had been responsive in the first place and had conducted research and acted intelligently there would have been no need for this legislation to begin with" Wake Student IDs Urged He ruled that a new statement is required and took under advisement contentions that highway officials have violated federal air and noise pollution standards The project planned by the state and approved for federal funding calls for widening and straightening two state roads which link Atlantic Beach and the Bogue Sound Bridge Under the proposal the new highway would have paved shoulders in a 100-foot right-of-way Two relocations a bypass Carolina have the dormant carrier-stage of sickle cell anemia a trait that usually causes few health problems But if two people with the trait have children there is one chance in four that the offspring will have the actual disease The bills would not require insurers to write policies for people with the disease itself Screening North Carolina is currently planning a statewide screening program to detect carriers and catch the disease in its early stages according to Green a Henderson doctor who heads the Governor's Council on5ickle Cell Anemia "But there's a fear of getting tested" observed Rep Michaux D-Durham one of the sponsors of the bills "'We want to get these people to come in so they can get some professional genetic counseling We want to be able to tell them "The law will protect you1" Vote Bonds plant near Lfllington to serve Lillington Bues Creek Angier and Coats The total cost of the first stage to be completed in two years is $65 million with some of the funds coming from previously approved federal and state grants The second stage of the plan to be completed in five years will cost about $46 million $28 million of which will come from the bond issue if passed The plan calls for drilling deep wells and installation of distribution lines in the Johnson ville Anderson Creek Dunn and Erwin areas with linkage of Bunnlevet to the Lillington line Rally Set NASHVILLE Tenn (AP) -A rally in support of Joan Little the 21-year-old Washington NC black woman accused of killing a white jailer is scheduled at Vanderbilt University Wednesday Betty Mitchell a member of the Nashville Student Coalition Against Racism said the rally would focus on racial and sexist issues She said several other orgnizationsVould join in the rally offered to process the cards for a flat fee of $250 per school plus a $2 charge per card He said students would be asked to pay the $2 fee but that those who could not afford it would be issued monthly temporary cards at the school system's expense Asked by board member Samuel Ranzino what would lead any students to want to pay for the bard Bare said the temporary card would not include a photograph but that the photo-card would be desirable for out-of-school uses such as 'By RICK NICHOLS Uaff Wrltar The nation's leading black-operated insurance firm North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co of Durham is opposing legislation that would prohibit health and life insurers from discriminating against people who carry the trait for sickle cell anemia a debilitating blood disease that primarily afflicts blacks Sponsors of the bills which have already passed the North Carolina House and are awaiting action in the Senate say blacks are often fearful to be tested for the trait because they're worried about higher insurance rates and job discrimination But a spokesman for Mutual explained Monday that "we don't want the legislature to get in the habit of telling us who to insure" It has been estimated that about 120000 blacks in North Harnett to On Water DUNN Residents of Harnett County will vote Tuesday on a $73-million bond issue for a county water system Polls will be open from 6:30 a until 7:30 pm Election officials said they expected a light voter turnout If passed about $43 million of the bond issue would be used for construction of a water Beg Your Pardon Because of a typographical error in a story in The News and Observer on Saturday a story indicated that crew leaders of migrant workers did not have to identify facilities they owned or controlled The story should have said they were "now" required to do so The Farm Calendar in Monday's The News and Observer erred in reporting the site of the Farmers Home Administration meeting Friday in Raleigh The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Crabtree not the Sir Walter Hotel The Wake County Board of Education was asked Monday to allow the use of student identification cards on an experimental basis in seven schools Students would be asked to pay $2 for the card which would include a photograph the student's complete daily class schedule and such other information as campus club memberships said Wayne Bare assistant superintendent for secondary education If the experiment is successful Bare said the plan would be requested for use in all Wake public schools The board Jack Aulis Story of a Man and a Green Shade country to see the snake-grave One old-timer said he has seen more snakes around the grave than he could count But another man maybe 70 told Sykes he does a lot of coon hunting and parks his truck in that cemetery at all times of the day and night and has never ever seen a snake around the grave I So Harold Sykes trip didn't prove much he said: "I still don't know whether there's any snakes there or not And finally I have a letter that purports to be from the Rev Elton Jones of Harrisonburg Va For 14 years he has toured the Southeast preaching against the evils of drink the letter says: "I have been accompanied by my young friend and assistant Clyde Lindstrome Clyde a young man of good family and excellent background is a pathetic example of life ruined by excessive indulgence in beer whisky and women "Clyde would appear with me at the lectures and sit on the platform wheezing and staring wretching profusely picking his noseand making obscene gestures while I would point him out as an example of what over-indulgence can do to a person "Last year unfortunately Clyde died A mutual friend has given me your name and I wonder if you would be available to1 take Clyde's place on my 1975 tour?" Probably What's it WA Bobbitt began work in Bobbitt's dry goods store in LITTLETON in 1911 and bought the business in 1927 1 told you about him last fall about the way time had overrun his store about how he had just finished patching the tears in the green cloth shade in his street display window "But the green window shade has worn so thin you can see light through it" I wrote "And on the outside of the window where handsome gold letters used to spell out 'WA Bobbitt' only one gold 'B' remains All the rest have vanished leading just a shadow outline of what once was there" Last week I got a note about Mr Bobbitt from Bill Egerton of Egerton's grocery in Littleton Bill wrote "I have known him all my life He used to sell me my Sunday suits for 50 cents down and 25 cents a week Thought you might like to know that this week he pulled down the faded green shade for the last time" WA Bobbitt who was 91 in April died May 12 He had run his store until the final 10 days I recently received a photo of a two-story outhouse It is not unique The Rev Samuel Moore of Rt 2 NEWTON GROVE has now sent me a clipping from "Grit" which has a picture of another double-decker outhouse in Gays 111 I also told you awhile back about the gospel society tract somebody sent me with the story about the avowed atheist in Ohio whose grave has allegedly been full of snakes ever since 1908 when the man was buried Well Harold Sykes 36 who works for Eastern Airlines at Raleigh-Durham Airport has visited the gravesite Sykes who had read the same tract I got flew up there just to see for himself Did he see any snakes? "No sir" Sykes said But I'll tell you what I did see three or four inches of snow on the ground" He went in February Folks in North Benton Ohio a very small pjace 25-30 miles "from Akron told Sykes that people stop by from all over the IAAAAA -A -m.

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