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Volume 6, Number 17,
Vanceboro, North Carolina,
Thursday, April 28, 1983
Fireworks will light the sky, flowers and art
will burst with color and marching bands will fill
the air with music when this historic port city
hosts a gala spring festival April 29-30, it was
announced by Swiss Bear, Inc., the non-profit
organization for the revitalization of downtown
Among the highlights of the weekend
celebration will be a Friday night fireworks
display over the Neuse River and Saturday’s
annual downtown art show, walking tours of
New Bern’s historic district and a parade
through the city’s center sponsored by Pepsi
Cola. The Festival coincides with the soft drink
company’s commemoration of the 86th
anniversary of its birth in New Bern.
North Carolina Governor James Hunt, Jr. is
scheduled to appear at the celebration, which is
expected to attract 10,000 visitors to the city.
Creating a dazzling backdrop for the festival will
be the thousands of tulips in bloom here this
month, 30,000 of which can be viewed at Tryon
Palace, where a press conference will kick off the
event Friday night.
“We expect this festival to be one of the biggest
events ever in New Bern,’’ said J. Harold Talton,
Chairman of Swiss Bear. “We all take pride in the
heritage of New Bern and its people, and we look
forward to showing our hospitality to the
thousands who will be here that weekend.”
Also scheduled are an appearance by Suzanne
Asbury Oliver, who will demonstrate the art of
skywriting in an authentic 1929 open cockpit bi
plane, and the unveiling of an historic marker at
the building in downtown New Bern where
North Carolina native Caleb Bradham produced
Pepsi-Cola at his pharmacy in 1898.
Jelly Beans (3-5 year olds) take instructions
from dance teacher at the local Y.M.C.A.
Be a part of Spring Arts ’83. Have fun face
painting, being caricatured^ browsing, eating
and buying! Be on Pollock St. at 11;00 for the
Pepsi parade . . .hear the NBCT Showboat
Singers and Washington Community Band.
Don’t miss it. Saturday, April 30 in downtown
Jimmy Spruill explains the job of the
conservation people to the Vanceboro Rotary.
Ready on the right. Ready on the left. Ready
on the firing line — West Craven FFA
Students take aim at targets at their local rifle
Spring: Arts ’83
Arts, crafts, music, demonstrations, sales,
displays, children’s Create-In, hot dogs, and 59
Pepsis: The Spring Arts ’83 festival will have
something for everyone to enjoy. There will be a
judged showing of the works of amateur and
professional artists and craftsmen at the 0.
Marks Building and across the way the
Merchants Mart & Club Bazaar will have booths
at Bear Plaza. Arts and Crafts demonstrations
and booths will line Middle Street from Tryon
Palace Drive to the Bank of the Arts. Pollock
Street will be closed from the Saax Bradbury
Theatre to City Hall.
Hot dogs, potato chips and 5P Pepsis will be
available at the concession stands at three
locations on Middle and Pollock Streets so you
and your family can spend the whole day seeing
the displays, watching the Pepsi Parade just
before noon and then stay for the entertainment
that will take place on center stage on Middle
Street. Leading off with the Washington School
Band there will be performances by the Pepsi
Girls, a troupe of belly dancers and the singers
from the New Bern Civic Theater’s production of
Showboat. The circus paintings by Robert E.
Weaver on display at the Bank of the Arts offer
yet another facet to the. Festival’s activities, ...
The Little Swift Creek citizens turned out
Saturday night in large numbers to hear Sheriff
Pete Bland explain some of the problems that he
and his forty deputies face on a day to day basis.
He stated that on a three shift watch he only had
five deputies on duty at any one time. He further
stated his men were serving 1200 to 1400 papers
per month with an average of two hours per
paper. “It is necessary that warrants be served
within 25 days”, stated Sheriff Bland, “and this is
a must for my men”.
'The final outcome of the Crime Watch Meeting
was that Sheriff Bland said “I’ll try to get more
patrolling done in this area and we will run
license checks on suspicious vehicles in the area.”
The citizens seemed satisfied with Sheriff
Bland’s promise and decided the Crime Watch
would have to be more observant in the
The next Crime Watch Meeting is June 11 at
Caton Fire Station.
The Vanceboro Board of Aldermen held their
regular meeting, April 11,1983, in the Town Hall
at 8:00 p.m. The following were present:
Aldermen: Richard Bowers, Abe Cleve, Lee
Johnson, Howard Tyre and A.F. Whitley.
Mayor Pro Tern Whitley called the meeting to
order. Prayer was led by Alderman Tyre.
Minutes of the last meeting were approved as
Mr. Bell of Cable T.V. advised the Board that
they were doing as best possible due to the bad
weather, but hoped to have at least part of the
Town hooked up within 30 days.
Michael Hodges, of the Vanceboro Boy Scouts
asked the Board’s approval on his Eagle Scout
Project. The project consists of numbering
individual property including College and Farm
Life Avenues and adjoining streets. Alderman
Bowers made a motion to approve Michael’s
project. Motion was seconded by Alderman
Johnson and carried.
Cash receipts, disbursements and current bills
were reviewed. Alderman Cleve made a motion
to pay bills. Motion was seconded by Alderman
Tyre and carried.
The land in front of the Sewer Plant was
discussed. Alderman Cleve is to talk to Bill Cleve
Earl Lewis is to check the ditches here in town
to make sure they are draining properly, and the
manhole at the corner of College and First
There being no further business the meeting