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47th YEAR, NO. 20. THREE SECTION* TWENTY PAGES
MORE HEAD CITY AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 1968
PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDA
I Beaufort Reassigns Personnel
! On Zoning , Planning Commissions
Besufort's toning and planning
commiMiwu were defined, ?? to
personnel, Friday night at a meet
ing at the town hall. Town com
' missiooert were present The three
group* discussed the proposed
dead-ending at Moore Street on
the north where it would lain the
Members of the toning commis
sion are J. 0. Barbour Jr., chair
man; D. F. Merrill, Dr. David
Farrior, Earl Mason, and J. H.
Davis. Gerald- Woolard, building
1 inspector, will act aa secretary to
[V the board.
I The toning commission also will
act as the board of adjustment.
As a toning commission it will
keep the toning ordinance up to
date, recommend when changes
should be made and how.
When a zoning problem arises,
the town hoard is required to hear
the toning commission's recom
mendations, but law does not re
quire the town board to accept
The foregoing are the duties of
, the toning commission as defined
by Leigh Wilson, League of Muni
Acting as the board of adjust
ment, the toning commission hears
appeals on special cases. The town
board has no authority to overrule
the board of adjustment. The next
line of appeal is superior court.
, In many cases, where a builder
cannot comply with the toning
law, he has gone to the town board
in an effort to bypass the court
by getting the town board to re
vise the toning ordinance. That
involves more than "adjusting".
Members of the planning com
mission are H. D. Paul, chairman;
O. S. (Tobe) Clawson, W. H. Muse,
? Rufus Sewell, and Mrs. G. W. Dun
can, who will serve as secretary.
Mr. Wilson, when he sppeared
before the town board last August,
defined the planning board as the
"big thinkers". Their duties not
only include planning future
streets, sewage treatment, etc.,
but can also study salaries to be
paid town employees and other
projects affecting the town's fu
Mr. Wilson speeifiqi .tfcat the
planning board and the toning
commission should not be the same
1 , group Of persons.
Moore Street Problem
Relative to dead-ending Moore
Street, various opinions were ex
pressed. No decision was made,
but it was recommended that the
persons living on Moore, between
Broad and Cedar (the new high
way) be invited to the meeting at
11 a.m. Thursday when the prob
lem win be discussed with B.
4 Markham, highway engineer.
Those in favor of keeping the
street accessible to the new high
' 1. It took a long time to get
Moore opened on to Cedar (water
used to be at the north end) and
it would be a mistake to close it
2. Don't allow two-way traffic
on Moore, just allow traffic to go
j from the highway south on Moore
Those In favor of dead-ending
Moore at the highway, said
1. To leave It open, even to Just
one-way traffic, would create a
safety hazard. Cars going west
would have to wait until east-bound
traffic cleared, to make (be turn
south on Moore. ,
2. A large amount of fill would
be needed because Moore it 4*4
feet below the hlghwsy grade.
This would mean that Moore Street
would be higher than the houses
alongside it In that case, a car
careening off the highway could
possibly land on top of one of the
" ? bouses.
J. To allow traffic flow from the
highway to- Moore would require
condemning property which would
cost up to $13,000. Of that amount,
the town would have to pay a third.
4. The state is considering put
ting a turn table at the north end
of Moore to allow traffic to turn
5. It was recommended that
' step* for pedestrians be pot at fhe
Driver Hurt When
, Thrown from Car
George O. Perry, 23, Cherry
Point, Differed ? cut finger and
internal injuries when be was
thrown from his ear at 11 o'clock
Saturday night on Highway TO
three hundred feet west Of the
Junction of Highways TO and 24.
Patrolman R. H. Brown said that
I Perry was beaded toward More
head City in a JM? Ford when it
left the road an the fight, skidded
200 feet and turned over several
times. The oar was demolished.
' First aM waa given Perry I ly
L' Raymond Edwards, chief, USN,
> Cherry Prist. The driver was then
I taken to the Monhead City hos
1 pital in the Dill ambulance. He
? has boon transferred to Cherry
I Charge* against Mia are pend
end of the street to allow access
to the highway by foot
When the town board approved
the state highway's plans for the
new highway, the Moore Street
problem was not foreseen, espe
cially the fact that the street is
so much lower than the highway.
The street is also narrow. The
state favors dead-ending it.
Gene Smith, town attorney, told
the board that in consideration of
the matter, the general ssfety of
the public should be weighed csre
fully against the personal desires
of property owners on Moore
Gray Hassell. town engineer,
said plans have been completed
with the (Utr on correcting the
drainage problem on lire Oak
Dan Walker, town clerk, report
ed that W. r. Babcock, director
of highwayi, aaid that Ann Street
would be resurfaced (that part
which is now highway 70) when
the new highway la opened.
Attending the meeting, in addi
tion to thoae mentioned, were J.
H. Davis. Halsey Paul, Dr. David
Farrior, Gerald Woolard, Earl
Mason, William Muse, D. F. Mer
Rufus So well, O. S. Claw son, Dan
Smith, and the following mem
bers of the town board: Mayor
Clifford Lewis, Math Chaplain,
Gerald Hill, Otis Mades, James
Rumley and W. R. Hamilton.
Grady Davis Fish House
Bums at Davis Sunday
Twelve divorces were granted by
11 a.m. yesterday in the civil term
of superior court at the court;
house, Beaufort Seven divorce
caaes were continued.
Divorces granted were the fol
Mollie G. Scott and Jame* Scott,
Erma Ruth Taylor and William
T. Taylor, Crystal W. Bonner and
Bernard L. Bonner, Rome Msirtin
and Rita J. Martin, William F.
Purifoy aqd Frances J. Purifoy,
Frank M. Wheeler and Katherine
Jimmy H. Willis and Norma
Jeaa Willis, David G. Smith and
Eleanor R. Smith. Mildred G. Kel
ly and Randolph H. Kelly, Telsey
0. Wiggins and Clarence H. Wig
gins, Curtis F. Willis and Gladys
C. Willis, and Dentfef K - ftaee
Name* at couples whose divoree
caaea were continued were Liw
rence, Anderson, Graham, Brice,
Morton, Wilklns and Yates.
Two motions. High vs. Oglesby
and Merrill vs. Wright, were con
Among the eases continued were
Atlantic Diacount vs. H. Earle
Mobley, a suit involving the de
fendant's personal car and in
which the Commercial Bank bas
now intervened, according to Lu
ther Hamilton Jr., attorney for
Mobley. Mr. Hamilton said his
client is no longer Involved in the
Other cases continued: Wilson
vs. Lancaster, Fulcher vs. More
head City, Hill *s. Morgan, Trant
Distributors vs. Smith. Goodwin vs.
Gathrie, Babbitt vs. Motors Insur
The first case scheduled to be
heard yeaterday afternoon waa HID
vi. Parker Motors.
Approximately one hundred per
sona saw the Carteret Community
Theatre's final play of the current
season Saturday night at the rec
reation building, Morehead CNy.
The comedy. Peekaboo Penny,
by Frank Spohn, involved an
emerald theft and a collection of
zany characters who . planned to
produce a play.
Holes were ably portrayed by
Lillian Frances Giddena, Jimmy
Wheatley, MadeUnc Royal, Lesta
Willis, Anne Lewis, Tressa Vic
kers, Leonard Lewis, Betty Ruffin
Willis and Thomas Respess.
Mrs. Jean Holt was in charge
of properties and Mrs. Vickers di
- Members el the theatre, patrons
and other invited gueata will at
tend the theatre's snnual awards
dinner Saturday night The thea
tre's monthly meeting will be at
? tomorrow at the recreation build
To Sponsor Show
The Beaufort Fir* Department
la planning to apaaaor the Grand
HIGH ** LOW
Taeaday, March 11
12:17 a.m. |:K a.m.
1:? *.?. 7:13 p.*.
Wednesday, March 11
1:M a.m. 14* a.m.
2:06 p.m. I X p.*.
*:M aU"?**'' ?;11 a.pi.
3:08 p.m. __ _ 1:33 jun.
The Grady Davis fish house at
Davit was destroyed by fire early
Sunday morning. Fire trucks from
Marshallbcrg, Atlantic and Beau
fort pumped thousands of gallons
of water in a vain attempt to ssve
The fish house was valued be
tween $lt,000 and $22,000 and was
insured for about a third of its
value. It ia believed that the fire
was caused by persona stealing
The sheriff and the FBI are in
The fire was discovered by Ron
ald Lawrence, Winston Cornelius,
Lloyd MeCabe, Lonnie Hyatt and
Jack Lawrence, members of the
Morehead City Road Runners Auto
Club, about 1 a.m.
Three of the men went to a route
neighbors while two stayed to try
to move boats docked beside the
fish house. With the help of sev
eral persons, the boats were moved
out of the range of the fire.
Only one, which belonged to Joe
Davis of Davis, was slightly dam
Gasoline storage tanks and
pump* caught fire and one pump
exploded. The gas vapor escaping
through vents in Ike tanks caught
fire art erected another hazard
In? flUMin !>?! lllnit th? fhtracs.
By the time the Beaufort truck
arrived at the fish house, the
building was in a light blase Beau
fort firemen concentrated their
efforts on seeing that the fire did
not spread to other buildings in
The fish house had a wooden
frsme and was covered with sheet
Mr. Davis's fish and oyster house
was destroyed by hurricane lone
in lMt He rebuilt it, 52 by ?3 feet,
on land he had filled in.
His fish house was also taken
away in the storm of 1133.
Vandals at Work
Windows in two cars parked at
Atlantic Beach were smashed by
vandals Saturday night, according
to Bill Moore, police chief. One
car was a 1953 Chevrolet owned by
S. T, Johnson of Beaufort. The
other was a 1954 Chevrolet owned
by Denny Lawrence, a Coast
Guardaman. Several weeks ago a
window of a car owned by a beach
resident, Harry H. Hill, was simi
At 3 Tomorrow
Group Expected to Take
Action on Investigating
The E?it Carotin* Regional
Housing Authority, at a special
meeting at 3 tomorrow afternoon
at Goldsboro, will "consider any
business which comes before the
authority," I. E. Pittman, More
head City, chairman of the author
ity, said Saturday.
Mr. Pittman said that he expect
ed this would include the report
made recently by the 10-county
committee which investigated the
authority's agreement to purchase
Seymour Johnson homes.
The homes are located at Golds
boro and provide housing for Air
Force personnel and their families.
The authority made an agreement
in January to purchase the homes
for $1. 165,000 from H. Emmett
Powell, ECRHA executive director,
and his associates.
The Public Housing Administra
tion has since stated that the
ECRHA already owns the homes.
In light of that information, Gov.
Luther Hodges requested officials
from 10 counties in which the
ECRHA has rental units, to inves
tigate the Seymour Johnson deal.
As a result of the investigation,
the ECRHA has been asked to
"assert its interest in the prop
erty". Also recommended was the
firing of Mr. Powell as executive
director, as well *TN. E. Mohn,
assistant executive director, who
also Ftood to profit by the transac
Mr. Pittman said the Carteret
board of commMoners, who ap
points him, has promised him a
letter reaffirming. Their confidence
in him. He expccts to have this
letter with him when he attends
The meeting will be in the
ECRHA office in the community
center of Seymour Johnson homes
Mr. Pittman said that reporters
have never covered ECRllA meet
Jngs in the past, but because of
the recent publicity on the bousing
'?They're welcome if they wlnt
to come," he remarked.
Following the report of the in
vestigating committee, two ECR
HA members were relieved of their
positions on the authority. One
was the governor's appointee, Ro
land 0. Dail, and the other was
S. H. Ilocutt, Wayne County's ap
pointee. Goldsboro is in Wayne
Representatives of Sampson,
Pamlico, Duplin and Onslow Coun
ties were directed by their county
boards to follow recommendations
of the committee.
Harnett County commissioners
"approved" the investigating com
mittee's report. Harnett County's
appointee, Mack M. Jernigan, was
the only member of the authority
who did not vote in favor of the
purchase of Seymour Johnson
homes. He abstained from voting.
Jones and Craven County boards
took no action on the report
Johnston and Carteret Counties re
affirmed their faith in their ap
Semper Parotm .
Two Coast Guardsmen
Rescue Stranded Porpoise
One porpoise ii probably happily
cavorting today whereas he mi((ht
have been in pcrpoiae heaven. He
has two Cape Lookout Coast
Guardsmen to thank.
EN 2 Thurman EUls and SN
John Seaman wore riding beach
patrol in a jeep Sunday when
about five miles from the station
they taw a large porpoise in the
He was In trouble. He wat dote
inshore and couldn't get into deep
water to iwim away.
Mr. EUia and Mr. Seaman drove
the Jeep at doae to him at they
could and then, heaving and puff
ing, shoved the 10-foot 400-pound
mammal aboard the Jeep.
They raced back to the ttation
dock, which extendi out into deep
water, and shoved their cargo
| The porpoise swam around in
circiea a short time and then Head
ed for deeper water.
The Coaat Guardsmen said the
porpoise made no attempt to bite
them or harm them when they
were handling him. He seemed to
know they were trying to help.
Whales and porpoises occaaional
ly have been known to get into too
shallow water and die. They come
close inaltore after small fiah and
don't realise they're out of thair
There aren't always Coast
Guardsmen around, however, to
make a rescue. The Cape Lookout
porpoise waa just lucky.
Club Re-Elects Officers
Director! at the Msrshallberg
Community Club were elected at ?
meeting Saturday night at the Har
bor Light* Beataurant, Marshall
berg. They elected officeri. :
The officeri were re-elected (or
a lix-month term. They are John
Valentine, preaideat; Laos Thomas,
vice-president; AI Walencc, secre
tary; and Grayer Willis, treasurer.
Directors, in addition to the of
ficers arc Ralph Ncal, Archie
Jooea. dud* Brown, Neat Jones.
Capt. Fred Gillikin. Guy Lewis.
Ikie Guthrie and (XU Guthrie.
Article* of incorporition and the
by-laws were read and accepted.
Neai Jones wai appointed chair
man of the committee of harbor
attain. On that committee are
Claude Brown, Luther WUli?,
Grayer Willis. Odcl Guthrie, Ikie
Guthrie aid Archie Jones.
This committee will formriate
See CUJB ELECTS, f a?. 1
Atlantic Beach Will Break
Ground at 1 for Town Hall
Officers on the Job
. >i in
Col. John P. Condon, left, com
mander of Marine training ma
neuver! in Puerto Rico, and Gen.
Randolph McC. Pate, comman
dant of the Marine Corpa, ob
serve a Held problem being eon
ducted by units is the Second
Marine regiment. O
eral Pate are known to sports
men in Carteret. The colonel has
golfed at Morehead City Country
Club and Cencral Pate is an ar
dent freshwater and saltwater
fisherman who has mad* special
trip* to Carteret to eajoy the
Easter Seal Campaign
By MIS. THOMAS NOE
The word! cooperation and Car
teret may often be considered
synoflymus when the case involves
a good cause. So it is in the case
of the Easter Seal campaign, the
drive which provides funds to aid
crippled children and adults
throughout the county and the
I'nder the leadership of the
sponsoring organisation, the
Morebead City Junior Woman's
Club, local mercbanta, business
men, private Individuals and or
ganised groups unite to serve in
whatever capacity possible to
bring aboat a successful conclu
sion to the Easter Seal Appeal
Local business establishments al
low coin containers to be placed
in convenient places for public
contributing, restaurants provide
for a special "Coffee Day" when
all coffee receipts are donated to
the drive, the Hi-Y'a of the More
head City and Beaufort Schools
handle the Lily Day Program, the
faculties of county schools join
Junior Woman's Club workers to
provide a special Crippled Chil
dren'a Day program for the achool,
and tlfe typing claaaea lend their
services for the preparation of
Easter Seal lettera for mailing.
The Eaater Seal program far
the entire month ia so plaaae4
that Carteret County may be
more con (clous than ever of
food accompUaked with fund*
donated to the campaign.
It has been with this in mind
that Eaater Seal workers have re
lied heavily upon the aervicea of
the Carteret Newa-Times, the ra
dio stations, and civic organiza
tions to help present it* informa
' Ground for the Atlantic Beach town hall will be broken
at 1 p.m. today.
The beach town board has awarded the $20,000 con
tract to Earl Dunn, Atlantic Beach. It will be located on
the Salter Path Road east of Fleming's Motel.
Chief of police Bill Moore- was named chairman of the
ground-breaking ceremony at the
beach town board meeting Satur
day morning at Fleming's.
The building will be of concrete
block. In the central aection will
be the fire atation; on the weit at
Raleigh Avenue will be a vacant
atore rental apace and oo the eaat
of the fire atation will be the police
department and the town board
A detention hall will be located
at the back of the fire atation.
The $20,000 figure ia expected to
cover coat of the property, the
building, aidewalk and curb and a
The building ia being put up by
Ibe Atlantic Beach Improvement
Corp. The town board haa entered
into a contract with the organiza
tion to rent the fire atation and
municipal office for ISO a month.
The contract also atatea that
when the town has the money, the
building will b* sold to the town at
cost of construction.
Bcach residents are buying stock
in the improvement corporation at
1100 a share. Approximately $7,000
has been raiaed. The town board
passed a resolution thanking those
who have already bought sharea
and expressed the hope that more
will take an intereat in the build
ing and buy stock.
The town alao expects to borrow
Mr. Dunn aaid that be hopei to
have the building completed in aix
weeks. The board haa given him
The beer and teen-age dancing
committee appointed at the laat
meeting haa met but ita complete
report will not be available until
The committee waa appointed by
Mayor A. B. Cooper to look Into
complaint* about teen-ager* at
baft danoa speta drinki** U*r
Preliminary findings of tne com
mittee show that persons under il
have not been aold beer.
Committee members stated that
the trouble lies with the law, in
that persons 18 are permitted to
buy beer. They recommended that
police pay strict attention to law
enforcement and decided that a
meeting relating to the matter
ahall be held early thia summer.
Attending will be the tows board
and beach buainessmen.
In connection with a recommen
dation by Mr*. Etta Willis, com
mittee member, that an area be
made available where no beer ia
aold, Mr. Cooper reported that a
beach ia to be opened northweat
of Dom-El'a drive-in.
Designed for Families
It will be designed specifically
for family uae. No beer will be
sold. The beach will cover several
8ee GROUND-BREAKING, Page i
To M?ot at Cherry Point
The Carteret County Toaatmas
ters Club will meet at the staff
NCO club at Cherry Point tomor
row night. Club members will meet
at the main gate at 7:lS p.m.
Prepared speakers for the meet
ing will be Jasper Bell and T/Sgt
Paul Bray. Their critica will be
Dr. Russell Outlaw and Clifford
L agUe. P. H. Geer Jr. will be
H. Earle Mobley Files Suit
Against Elizabeth Citv Firm
A breach of contract auit (or
$50,000 has been filed In thia county
by H. Earle liobley against the
Atlantic Discount Corp., Elizabeth
City, and othera.
The $50,000 figure is an estimate
of the worth of Mobley Buick Co.
on Feb. 4, 1957. Mr. Mobley de
clared that price to be a reason
able market value of the business
over and above its just debts and
The following points were
brought up in the complaint:
Among the various liabilities
were debts due to the Atlantic Dis
count Corp. These debts came
about after pcoptt paid money to
Mobley Buiek Co. which wa* to
have paaaed it on to the Atlantic
Discount Carp, bat which, in fact,
was never paaaed on.
On Jan. 31, 1957, the corpora
tion had demanded payment in
full of ita account. Since Mobley
was unable to pay off, he agreed
to give all his interest in Mobley
Buick Co. to Atlantic Discount
Corp. la settlement of the account.
This action, according to ton
complaint, came on Feb. 4, 1957,
?t which time Mobley agreed to
keep his franchise with the Buick
Motor Co. for the beneTit of Atlan
tic Discount Corp.
In exchange for this, Mobley
says, Atlantic Discount Corp.
agreed to pay or cancel all obli
gations of Mobley Buick Co. for
which be could be held personally
liable and to continue operation
of the company or sell it as a going
concern, thus enabling Mobley to
seek other "employment without
the impairment of his credit or
The complaint states tbat im
mediately following this contract,
Atlantic Discount Corp. took over
as owners of Mobley Buick Co.
On Feb. 12, 1H7, Atlantic Dis
count Corp. closed the doors aad
stopped business of Mobley Buick
Co. According to the complaint,
this formed a breach of contract.
On March II, 1937, Atlantic Dis
count Corp. and others instigated
legal action against Mobley Buick
Co. that resulted In a receiver's
being appointed and the eventual
ule of the assets of Mobley Buick
The Coastal Corporation, totally
owned by Atlantic Discount Corp.,
bought the real property through
The complaint then states that
Mobley gave his business to At
lantic Discount Corp. and received
no consideration in return. It ia
for this that Mobley hopes to col
Case* Agaiast MoMey
Two suits against Mobley are
Socketed for the coming terms of
Atlantic Discount Corp. vs. Mob
ley is scheduled for trial Thursday
in the current term of civil court.
During the criminal term which
opens March 31, Mobley 1a docket
ed for trial on ?? charge of em
The state highway safety division
has revoked the licenses of two
county driver'- Both have been
convicted of driving drunk. They
are Learnon 11. Gariier, route 2,
Newport, and Edward N. Jones,
Decides It Wants
Carolina Telephone and Tele
graph Company haa decided that
the present rates it ia getting
aren't high enough.
The phone company preaented ?
petition to the State Utilities Com
mission Thursday asking the com
mission to hike further the in
creased rates put into effect Nov.
On this new request for more
money, the company didn't request
a specific amount. It aaid that if
the utilities commission approvea
the present |1V4 million rate in
crease, that atill won't be enough
to give it a return of 6 per cent
allowed by law.
In asking for more money, the
telephone company based its re
quest on investment it plana to
make in the future.
Stanley Winbome, chairman of
the State Utilities Commission,
aaid that it haa not been the policy
of the commiasion to provide for
a return on what i company ex
pecta to inveat in the future.
The new petition will delay the
rati hearing which waa originally
set for April 1.
The petition asks that "further
inert ?e ? is rates as may be grant
ed by the commission on deter
mination of the fair value of the
company's property", should be
charged to buainesaes and other
iar|ea rather than
Job is Open
At Farm Office
Frank Nance of the Beaufort
mobile farm labor office says that
he la accepting applications for the
vacancy left by Donglas Amerson,
who has been transferred to Green
Three qualified applicants are
already under consideration but
lir. Nance aaya that local men
who meet requirements can still
apply for the Job.
The man must have a farm
background and should have a col
lege degree. Two yeara of college
and other qualifying experience,
however, will meet the second re
In addition to the above, the ap
plicant must take and pass the
state merit system examination.
Shift of Wind
A violent shifting ' of the wind
from northwest to southeast about
4:30 p.m. Sunday caused high
winds that blew out three large
sections of plate glaa* at Dom
El's oa Atlantic Beach.
John Willis, a customer who had
stepped inside the drive-in for a
cup of cotter, was cut on the leg
when the steel bars holding the
glass gave way before the wind.
Each section of glass was 5^x7
feet. Dom Femia, owner of the
drive-In, estimated the coat of re
placing the glass at $250
No other damage was reported
from the high winds.
Weather observer Stamey Davis
said that the twister seemed to
come down Bogue Sound and die
out around the Morehead City wa
terfront. Rain fcH most of the day
Sunday, but Mr. Davis did not
measure it until yoaterday after
noon after prescfime.
Maximum and minimum temp
eratures and wind direction for
the weekend follow:
Max. Mia. Wind
Thursday 55 39 SW
Friday S3 M E
Saturday 59 44 NW
Sunday 57 47 NW
Atlantic Beach polka chief BUI
Moore and military police broke up
a fight on the street at Atlantic
Beach at ? p.m. Sunday. Two Ma
rines were put in jail and one waa
sent to the boaptUl at Cherry