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CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES
47th YEAR, NO. 22. THREE SECTIONS EIGHTEEN PAGES MOREHEAD CITY AND BEAUFORT, NORTH CAROLINA TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 1968 PHRUSTTttn TTTrefoAYS ANP TR?tvIv^
New Ports Director Meets
Here Yesterday with SPA
D. Leon Williams, director of
North Carolina porta, was for
mally welcomed at the new State
Porta Authority's first formal
meeting in Morehead City yester
day morning. The SPA met in the
board room at the municipal build
ing, following a quick tour by auto
mobile of the Morehead City port.
Mr. Williams assumed the posi
tion of ports director Saturday.
Yesterday's meeting was his first,
as director, with the authority.
The authority approved purchase
of a trackmobile to ahift cars at
the Morehead City port.
E. E. Lee Jr., director of com
merce and traffic, who had been
acting as ports director until Mr.
Williams' appointment, gave a re
port on the increase in tobacco
tonnage moving through the More
head City port.
In 1953 the total amount of to
bacco moved was 5,683 hogsheads.
The tobacco export* steadily in
creased to 26,735 hogsheads and
1.864 cases in 1857. Through Feb
ruary of this year, the total num
ber of hogsheads shipped out of
Morehead City was 4,236.
Most of the session was taken
up with the proposition presented
by John H. Frailer Jr., Philadel
phia, who proposes to build a grain
elevator at either Morehead City
or Wilmington. Mr. Frailer is
with the P. R. Markley Grain
Corp. With him was Fred Webb
Mr. Frazier presented an outline
of the advantages and disadvan
tages to be had by placing a grain
elevator at a North Carolina port.
Coat of Elevator
Cost of construction would run
between $700, 000 and tl, 000, 000.
Such construction would provide
Director Reserves Opinion
On NewMorehead Manager
I). Leon Williams, whose duty it
will be to select a manager for
Morehead City port, yesterday said
that he could make no estimate on
how long it will take him to find a
i The position has been left vacant
since the State Ports Authority
fired J. D. Holt Dec. 3.
Mr. Williams said that Mr. Holt
is a well-qualified porta man, but
made it clear that he had no one
in mind as yet for the position.
He said he didn't know whether
it would be anyone now affiliated
with the state ports, since he is not
well enough acquainted with the
personnel. He added, however, that
he thought a qualified North Caro
lina person could be found for the
Contrary to reports last week,
Mr. Williams was not making his
first visit to tbis area this week
end. He has visited Morehcad City
on several occasions prior to this.
The new ports director will be
here through today, will return to
Raleigh and plans to go to Wil
mington the latter part of the
Jobs immediately for persons in
this are*. Because of increased
activity at the port, all other bus
iness in tbe area would benefit,
and perhaps more important, the
number of ships making regular
calls at the port would increase.
Mr. Frazief predicts.
He said that the SPA would
have to decide whether it wanted
to give up present dockage space
for the elevator Vnd present reve
nue from the transit shed (which
would be turned over to the grain
corporation). Mr. Frazier claimed
that grain operations would far
exceed what he estimated to be
(6.SOO income from the transit shed
Mr. Frazier proposes to rent the
transit shed at $1,000 a year and
asks that the SPA waive dockage
and wharfage fees to meet com
petition at other ports.
After the grain company repre
sentatives had left, SPA mem
bers questioned Mr. Williams at
to grain operations at other ports.
Mr. Williams said a grain elevator
is desirable but he doubted the
value of operating one on a non
Mr Frazier, before he left the
meeting, said that plans for the
elevator had been in the works
for a year and asked that they let
him know of their decision soon
lie would like the elevator to be
ready to operate this fall, if it is
to be built.
C. S. llalfhill and G. S. Rawlins,
of J. N. Pease, Charlotte engi
neers, presented plans for the dock
extension at Wilmington.
The plans were tentatively ap
proved. The authority asked Mr.
See PORTS, Page 3
' Water Walkway' in Front of Hospital
Was Once Favorite Spot for Strolling
, Hurt Sunday
In Otway Wreck
James S. Holland Jr., Beaufort,
was the only one injured in three
Holland suffered cuts under his
chin at 1:35 a.m. Sunday When
the 1951 Ford he was driving ran
off the highway at O. W. Lewis's
store, Otway. He was headed to
The car ran off the left side of
the highway, hit a mailbox, went
into a culvert, glanced back to
the right and ended up in a fam
ily burial plot.
Holland was alone in the car.
He was taken to the Morehead
City Hospital. Damage to the car
' is estimated at $200. Patrolman
J. W. Sykes, who investigated, said
charges against him are pending.
Lake Road Wreck
A 1950 Chevrolet driven by Jack
1.. Harshberger, Camp Lejeune
Marine, turned bottom up at 1
a.m. Friday on the Lake Road.
Patrolman Sykes said the car was
coming from Havelock, went off to
the right, clipped a phone pole and
Harshberger and his two pas
sengers were not hurt. He has
been charged with careless and
' Car Upsets
At 12:30 a.m. Friday a 1952
Chevrolet driven by Robert A.
Morroney, Cherry Point Marine,
turned upside down in the yard*
of George F. Langdale, at the east
end of Ann Street, Beaufort.
Patrolman Sykes said that Mor
roney, instead of turning left at
the end of the street, kept going.
He said he thought he was on his
way to Beaufort, S. C.
He is 18 years old and was re-'
leased from the Morehead City
jail Thursday where he had been
detained on ? public drunkenness
Morroney has been detached
from Cherry Point and assigned
, to the Marine bate at Beaufort,
S. C. He was still in the county
To Sponsor Show
The Ozark Country Show, star
ring Tommy Scott, will hold a one
night performance at the Beau
fort School April 1. The show will
be sponsored by the Beaufort Fire
Featured on the program will be
A1 "Fatty" St. John, star of over
300 western movies and currently
seen on coast-to-coast tv movies.
The show will last for over two
hours. Admission will be 80 cents
for children and (0 cents for
SS Molds ? Docked at state
port yesterday to- load dairy pro
ducts for Casablanca and Tri
USS Tatonic? Docked at state
port yesterday to take oil men
and equipment. The Tatonic will
take part in the aasault on On
alow Beach this weekend.
USS Pandemus? Due at state
port today to load Marines.
Saarland ? Due at stste port
today to load tobacco for Hank
Vera Cms? Due at state port
tomorrow to load knocked down
hogsheads for Cuba.
Easo Kcranton ? Due at the
Standard Oil dock, state port,
Thursday with petroleum pro
ducts for Standard Oil.
Anna Maersk ? Due at state
port Friday to load tobacco.
USS Cambria? Docked Friday
to load Marines preliminary to
assault on Onslow Beach.
USS Capricorn* s? Dockcd Fri
day and sailed Sunday; also par
ticipating in Marine maneuvers.
By F. C. SALISBURY
That long walkway over the
water, known for several years as
the state dock, extending from the
seawall in front of the Morehead
City Hospital out to deep water,
was i favorite strolling place on
From the end of the doek a won
derful view could be had of the
full moon coming up out of Core
Sound. The remoteness of the pa
vilion afforded many a romantic
Built following the construction
of the seawall in 1913, it served
for over four decades as the home
base of what was sometimes
called the "North Carolina Navy."
The boats consisting of the "Navy"
were used by the State Department
of Commercial Fisheries for pa
troling the oyster grounds and
state fishing limits along the
For several years the late Capt.
John A. Nelson was "commander"
of the "Navy" in his capacity as
fisheries commissioner. The craft
shown in the picture at the end
of the dock, with the sharp pointed
See WALKWAY, Page 3
Still Alive; Fire
Started at Ann's
Sheriff Investigates Arson
At Scene of Shooting;
Sonny Sykes Released
Sheriff Hugh Salter reported yes
terday that Clayton B. Hall Jr.,
Marine who was shot at Ann's
Place, west of Morehead City last
Wednesday night, was still alive
Sunday. Hall, who was shot in the
abdomen, was given only a slim
chance to live. He is in the hos
pital at Cherry Point Marine Base.
Timothy (Sonny) Sykes, who
was charged with the shooting of
both Hall, and another Marine,
Edward J. Keane, was released
from the county jail Friday under
$2,500 bond. Keane was not ser
Sheriff Salter said that an at
tempt was made early Sunday
morning to burn Ann's Place, a
beer joint located on Highway 70
at the old Morehead City airfield.
The sheriff was at Cherry Point
yfcsterday checking on the arson
case. It is believed that friends of
the wounded Marines attempted
to bum the place.
The sheriff said a gallon jug
filled with a combustible liquid
(probably kerosene) was wrapped
with a rag and then thrown
through the front window of Ann's.
When the jug broke, the liquid
saturated the rag and then it was
Dean Chatlos, a Marine who
plays in a dance band, was return
ing from Cherry Point and saw
flames in the place at about 1:15
He went to a service station at
Mansfield and called the fire de
partment and police. The More
head City West End station
answered the alarm.
Meanwhile, Sykes, who lives in
a trailer at the rear of Ann's had
been wakened and he put the fire
out with some water. It was out
by the time firemen arrived.
The sheriff said that his plans
to padlock Ann's were not carried
out. He had requested Wiley Tay
lor Jr., solicitor, Thursday to draw
up papers to close the place, btft
after a conference with Judge
Joseph Parker, who was holding
court in Beaufort, it was decided
that the law would not support
Ann's has been declared off
limits to military personnel. Al
though it was closed Thursday
night, the sheriff said it was open
Tides ai the Beaufort Bar
Tuesday, March 18
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Better Schools Committee
Egg Month Chairman at Work
Photo by R. M. Williams
Carl Garner, Newport, chairman ol Carteret County Egf Month,
reminds folks to nse lota of eggs this month and throughout the year.
Ems are one of the most nutritious nature-packaged items one can
eat, Mr. Garner says. .
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Richard M. McClain,*
Morehead City, was elected
chairman of the Carteret
County Citizens Committee
for Better Schools Friday
night at the Rex Restaurant.
Other officers are Milton War
ren, -Newport, vice-chairman, with
Dr. Milton Morey, Morehead City;
Mra. Elmer Willis, Smyrna;
Charles Caudell, Atlantic; Dr.
Theodore Salter, Beaufort; and
Gerald Merrill, Newport, serving
as member! of the executive com
A secretary-treasurer is yet to be
The executive committee consists
of the heads of the Better Schools
committee in each of the county's
five school districts. Dr. Morey re
places Mr. McClain as chairman
of the Morehead district's commit
Full organization of the commit
tee was undertaken following ad
journment of the general meeting.
Dr. Yovnt Speaks
During the general meeting. I)r.
M. K. Yount. executive secretary
of the State Citizens Committee for
Better Schools, commented on Bet
ter Schools committees and their
work in other sections of North
He suggested that committees be
appointed, within the main com
mittee, to study school curricu
lums, extra-curricular activities,
buildings and maintenance, and fi
In answer to a question follow
ing his talk, Dr. Yount said that
the state committee has taken no
official stand on segregation. He
pointed out that two Negroes are
members of the State Committee
for Better Schools, adding that in
some localities, Negroes serve as
advisory groups on school prob
Since the Carteret Citizens Com
mittee for Better Schools were ap
pointed March 3, member) have
been considering ways to get the
best educational facilities for Car
teret children within the limits of
More conventions and summer
meetings for the Morehead City
area are booked already (or this
summer than were booked (or all
of last summer.
This is the information released
this week by James Morton Davis,
chairman of the Morehead City
Chamber of Commerce tourists and
The meetings scheduled ^lus (ar
are the following: April 26, Jaycee
district meeting. Morehead Bilt
more; Pest Society Association,
May 3-4. Morehead Biltmore.
Biology class of 50 students from
Erwin, May 10; Orthopedic Asso
ciation of Richmond. Va., May 16
17 at Morehead Biltmore; Carteret
Bridge League Tournament, May
19, Atlantic Beach.
Home Demonstration Clubs and
home agents, May 20-21, Morehead
Biltmore; Plumbing and Heating
Contractors, May 22-24, Morehead
Biltmore; May 29-31, Telephone
Tioneers, Atlantic Beach.
Production Credit Association,
June 3-4, Morehead BUtmore; N.
C. State College Meter School, June
3-6, Morehead Biltmore; North
Carolina Sheriff's Association, June
9-11, Morehead Biltmore.
Cotton Classing School, June 16
17 and Surveyors' Short Course,
June 16-20, places to be decided;
North Carolina Institute of Archi
tects, June 21 22, Morehead Bilt
more; and Tile Contractors Asso
ciation, Aug. 22-23, Morehead Bilt
Mr. Davis said that Bill Taft,
manager of the Morehead Biltmore
Hotel, has been of tremendous help
in booking the conventions.
Coach Frank McGuire Heads
State Easter Seal Appeal
...father helps out
Sheriff Hugh Salter said yester
day that his department is con
tinuing investigation of the Grady
Davis fish house fire. The fire,
which occurred March 9, is be
lieved to have been set.
By MRS. THOMAS NOE
Busy people make the beat work
This maxim is not only exempli
fied in this county where the many
volunteer workers in the Easter
Seal campaign find extra hours in
already full scheduled to serve the
cause of Crippled persons, but also
in the selection of Frank J. Mc
Guire as the 1958 state Easter
Coach McGuire is well known as
the basketball coach at the Uni
versity of North Carolina and for
his deep interest in crippled chil
dren. A father of a crippled child
himself, Mr. McGuire never fails
to take time from his busy sche
dule to visit frequently hospitals
or centers where crippled children
arc being treated.
"They do a hard job well," he
stated, "which is so much harder
The appointment of Mr. McGuire
should add impetus to this the
25th annual Easter Seal appeal,
for here is a man who has given
fully of himself that he might be
of service to crippled children and
adults throughout the state.
R. M. McClala
... (or better schools
Jack Sewcll, member of the
Beaufort committee, asked persons
present to raise their hands if they
were in favor of two large high
schools for the entire county. Quite
a few hands were raised.
Others said they could express
no opinion until they knew more
about school problems and finance.
Claud Whcatly. a member of the
Beaufort committee, said that the
idea of two high schools for Car
See SCHOOLS, Page ?
Plans Under Way
For Port Day
William Willson, public relations
director with the SUte Ports Au
thority, yesterday reported that
plans are proceeding (or observ
ance of North Carolina Port Day
Mr. Willson said that present
plans call for bringing writers
from upstate newspapers to Mye
hcad City for a tour of the port
here, ?hcn take them by boat to
Wilmington to tour the port there.
He said Southern Railway, aa
well as the chambers of commcrcc
of both Wilmington and Morehead
City, are planning to cooperate in
May 22 is National Maritime
Observance of a North Carolina
Port Day was proposed editorially
by THE NEWS-TIMES last May
and again several months ago.
The suggestion has since been
promoted by the Morehead City
Chamber of Commerce.
The county health department
has released the schedule for pre
school and typhoid clinics at the
The schedules follow:
Prc-School CI laics
Queen Street School, noon today;
Harkers Island, 12:30 p.m. March
2S; Stella, noon April 3; Newport,
1:30 a.m. April 11; Beaufort, noon
April 1?; W. S. King, 12:30 p.m.
April 22; Smyrna, noon April 25;
and Morehead City, noon May 2.
The pre-school clinic and ty
phoid clinic was held Friday at
W. S. King School, 9 a.m. to
morrow; Beaufort, 9 a.m. Friday;
Camp Glenn, 9 a.m. March 26;
liarkers Island, 9 a.m. March 2S;
Morehead City, 9 a.m. May 7.
Typhoid clinics were held ear
ier this month at Smyrna and
Newport, as well as Atlantic.
Leslie Bercegeoy Heads
Leslie 8. Bercegeay. West New
x>rt, haa been named chairman
>f the Newport Planning Commis
lion by Mayor Leon Mann Jr.
Mr. Bercegeay succeeds the
Rev. Dan Jolly, who haa left the
Other members on the commis
sion are R. L. Fruit, Mrs. Floy
Saner, Dal ton B. Rhue and the
Rev. Rilpb Fleming Jr.
Questions They're Asking
Quite i few questions have been
raised since the first meeting of
[he Carteret County Citizens Com
mittee for Better Schools. Some
jf those questions, with the an
1. Is It true that this committee
?a?t* to build Just two M(h
ichools In the county?
Answer: This subject was dia
:usscd, but no decision was made,
rhis requires some thoughtful
itudy, with transportation and
ithcr factors to be taken into con
2. If two high schools were built,
rhere woald they be placed?
Answer: This is one of the things
he Citizens Committee would
lave to look into. The judgment,
is of now, seems to be that one
tould be in the eastern part of
he county and one In the west.
J. Why ire people talking about
ust two high schools?
Answer: Opinions voiced thus
ar run like this: Carteret County
axpayert aren't getting their
noncy's worth by having to build
mall high schools Small hlfh
schools arc limited in the number
of subjects they cin oiler (they
don't haw enough pupils to meet
state requirements for the num
ber of teachers needed to teach
various subjects). Small high
schools are also penalized because
their number of extra-curricular
activities, including sports, is lim
4. If the number of Ugh school,
in the county (five not including
the Negro high schools hi Ben
fort and Morehead City) were re
duced, what would happeu to the
Answer: In other counties where
one or two high schools serve
large areas, the Individual com
munities still have their own ele
mentary and grammar schools. At
what year a pupil leaves his
"home community" school to go
to "high school" depends on the
local county scl-up. Some "high
schools" have eighth graders at
tending; some begin with ninth.
There is no act rule.
5. Who U going to decide whe
ther the county reduces the num
ber of high schools It mi has in
order to get the advantages they
say these larger high achooli can
five oar children?
Answer: The Cirterct County I
Citizens for Better Schools Com- ,
mittce is to study the problem. If ,
it comes to a conclusion approved i
by the whole committee, this con
clusion can be placed before the |
County Board of Education. The ,
County Board of Education is the
only body which, legally, can make
the decision. i
?. Doesn't the county hoard of j
commissioners have anything to
say about It? 1
Answer: The county board of |
commissioners considers recom- ]
mendations made by the county
board of education. It tries to find
the money to carry out those rec- |
ommendations. In the recent past, .
the county board of commissioners 1
has never "vetoed" any proposals
by the board of education. It has
tried to meet school budget re
quests to the extent that money
was available. Bonds have also
been floated to help meet school
building needs. ;
1. What is this CKIxeas Commit
toe for letter flcfciolB, sayhow?
6m QUESTIONS, Page ?