Index Books, 2-B; Carthage News, 1-4-D; Church News, 3-B; Classified Ads, 7- 15-D; Editorials, 1-B; Entertainment, 6-10-C; Obituaries, 12*A; Pinehurst News, 1-5-C; Sandhills Scene, 2-11-A; Sports, 11-15^. Uiqh falls M' Glandon fia takas T Carrraron , SR? ,'>(?'5p""5vassW ' SpS*TinS^t>%uihern Foxfire ^ ^^Abaraean PinSblLjfP^ s LOT Support for schools at public hearing on Monday nrged by grass roots group. See Page 10-A. Loud Crowd OnHand In Schools Showdown ■/ * ^ , i r -t rt BY FLORENCE GILKESON What was billed as a joint meeting of the Moore County boards of commissioners and educaticm turned into a noisy con frontation in the old courtroom in Carthage Monday night. An estimated 400 persons jam med into the room to hear members of the two boards argue over the 1981-82 budget proposal, which represents a 17.6 percent decrease over the county's cur rent expense appropriation to the schools for 1980-81. The room was crowded, temperatures and tempers were high, the public speaking system was inadequate, and the result often was a shouting match bet ween members of the two boards. Most seats in the courtroom were taken, and people stood at the rear, along the sides and crowded along the front entrance and into the hallway. “Do you intend to appropriate the budget by line item? If so, you could save time by telling us where to cut. We’re audited by the John C. Muse Co. every year. I’m getting embarrassed and humiliated that someone would imply we’re misappropriating funds. Let’s get on with the business at hand,’’ said School Board Member John Sledge. Sledge’s assertions followed a series of questions aimed at the education board by the commis sioners, most voiced by Chair man Charles Phillips and Vice- chairman Tony Parker. Early in the meeting Dr. Phillips discouraged School Board Chairman Lou Frye from allowing School Finance Officer Joe Vaughn to answer some of the questions posed by the com missioners. Phillips declared that the discussions were to be confined to members of the two boards, not their staff members. Vaughn finally read a paragraph from the commis sioners’ letter to the school board in which both Vaughn and Supt. Robert E. Lee were asked to par ticipate. From this point on, Vaughn was permitted to help the school board with the answers to some of the highly technical financial questions. The school people clearly regarded the interrogation as an effort to discredit them in the eyes of the public. When one board member was unable to give an immediate answer to a question, Parker re quested that the information be secured from the professionals and passed on to the commis sioners for more careful scrutiny. To this, Vaughn responded that the school board employs a superintendent and other ad ministrators to carry out assign ed duties while the board decides on policy. “You want to carry out policy and administration and everything,” Vaughn said. “Then you hold joint meetings like this and embarrass everyone.” In answer to another question, Mrs. Frye estinnated that about three percent of the school budget is spent on administration. Phillips was surprised and (Continued on Page 14-A) gt:;' r: V Purvis Asks 5^^ Tax Hike To Help Schools; Tabled V w County (Commissioner Arthur L. Pur^ on Monday nights proposed a five-cent tax rate increase “to provide the services the county deserves and wants.” His recommendation, which was tabled on a 3-2 vote, called for turning the major portion of the additional ad valorem tax money over to to the public schools’ current expense budget. Purvis said the additional five cents on the $100 property valuation would produce $546,000. He proposed that $400,000 of this go into the school’s current expense budget, $100,000 be placed in the county’s contingen cy fund, $25,000 for recreation and $16,000 for Sandhills (Com munity (College. The budget discussion came during a special meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners, which preceded a joint meeting with the schools board. Purvis opened the meeting by saying the board made a mistake at a special June 5 meeting when it tentatively approved the $11,198,580 budget for 1981-82. He made a motion to rescind the June 5 action, and his motion was seconded by (Commissioner Lee WUliams. Chairman Charles Phillips pointed out that the board’s action was tentative and the 1981-82 budget would not be formally adopted until after the public hearing scheduled Monday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the old courthouse in Carthage. “I feel we’ll find ourselves in Phew! It Hit 103! THE PILOT LIGHT REDISTRICTING~It now ai^ars that Moore (County will remain a single-county district in the State House of Represen tatives. A legislative committee last week made this recom mendation, and it is likely that the proposal will get the en dorsement of the full legislature. Early this year there had been some talk about putting Moore into a district with Scotland (County, but Scotland and Hoke have now worked out an arrangement for a district, and the truth is there never was much enthusiasm in Scotland for joining up with Moore. As for the State Senate it also an>ears that the 16th district, which is made up of Moore, Randolirii, Chatham ard Orange, will remain as it is now con stituted. LEGISLATURE-While the si^tc are still set on ad- tournament, or rather a recess, of the legislature by the end of this month, it is beginning to look like a longer session. Many legislators are deter mined to recess by July 4, but others are now saying that the session can run until July 15. There is a large backlog of bills to be acted iqran, including several troublesome issues, such as congressional redistricting. Plans already have been ((Continued on Page 15-A) With the first day of summer still five days away, Moore (Coun ty can claim three successive days of temperatures above the 100 degree mark. Warren Baecht, volunteer weather observer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told The Pilot that his thermometer registered 103 degrees on Mon day and Tuesday. It was 102 degrees Sunday. Baecht’s weather-measuring instruments, standard equipment issued by USDA, are located in the backyard at his home on Lakeview-Airport Road near Whispering Pines. The last rainfall, 1.31 inches, was measured Friday. Low temperatures were 72 degrees Monday and 71 Tuesday. The exceptionally early severe heat may have an adverse effect on gardening and livestock. Paul Seabolt, a farm agent with the Moore County Agricultural Extension Service, said Tuesday that poultry growers should begin using fans to prevent mass deaths by suffocation, typical of chickens and turkeys when the weather becomes severe. Weather forecasters were predicting that the heat wave may break today. Sunday will be the first day of summer. Judge Gavin, GOP Leader Dies At 65 At Home Here Former Superior (Court Judge Robert Lee (javin, one of North Carolina’s best known Republican leaders, died Thurs day morning at his home in m j Robert L. Gavin Pinehurst. Gavin, 65, who died of cancer, had been in failing health for the past six months. ^ ' A former state Republican chairman, Gavin twice ran for Governor. In his first try for the state’s top office, in 1960, he garnered 46 percent of the vote, making him one of the first GOP candidates in modem history to show such a substantial gain in the North Carolina gubernatorial race. Funeral services were con ducted Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Village (Chapel in Pinehurst by Chaplain Henry C. Duncan. Burial followed in Buffalo (Cemetery, Sanford. Bom May 22, 1916 in Sampson (County, Gavin grew up in San ford. He graduated in 1936 from the University of North Carolina at (Chapel Hill, where he returned later to earn his law degree. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. After his ^aduation from law school, Gavin joined the family law firm, Gavin, Jackson and Gavin, in Sanford. In 1953 he was appointed assis tant U.S. district attorney for the U.S. Middle District of North (Carolina. Four years later he was appointed U.S. district attorney. Gavin served as state chair man of the North Carolina Republican Party in 1963. He was defeated by Terry San ford, now president of Duke University, in the i960 campaign. Gavin was a candidate again in 1964, when he was defeated by Dan K. Moore, now a retired justice of the North (Carolina Supreme (Court. The long-time Republican leader served as city attorney for Sanford from 1965 until 1971, when he moved his residence from Sanford to Pinehurst. In (Continued on Page 16-A) worse condition than we are this year, and I admit that I contributed to that error. I’m the first to admit that, but we should try to reach a compromise,” said Williams. “Frankly, I don’t believe we can operate on those funds, and I don’t believe the Local Government (Commission will let us,” he continued. Purvis argued that the contingency fund is too low in ttie budget adopted June 5, that revenues were inflated, and “we’ll have to turn to tax anticipation notes.” “That budget was tentative,” said Commissioner Coolidge Thompson. “It’s not set in concrete yet. It’s still subject to ^udy and further revision. Until it’s adopted, it would be premature to rescind it.” (Commissioner Tony Parker agreed that the budget needs (Continued on Page 16-A) PEACH SEASON — The peach season is under way in the Sandhills and the fruit is ripening fast. In the above picture Clyde Auman of West End, one of the state’s leading peach growers, is showing a customer, Willard Smith of Whispering Pines, some of this week’s offerings.-(Photo by Glenn M. Sides) Hearing On County Budget Monday School, college and recreation leaders are not the only ones hurt by budget cuts proposed by the Moore County Board of (Commis sioners. Economic development, plann ing, mental health and register of deeds are just a few of the depart ments and agencies which also are targeted for budget decreases in the 1981-82 budget. For several other county of fices the increase is little more than nominal and will not be suf- Mary Jo Haywood Goes To Pageant Next Week Mary Jo Haywood of (Carthage, “Miss Aberdeen 1981,” will travel to Raleigh the week of June 22-27 to participate in the Miss North (Carolina Pageant, which is hosted by the Raleigh Jaycees. I%e will stay at Peace (College along with other contestants from across the state. The pageant will be held at Memorial Auditorium. Miss Haywood will participate in swimsuit competition on Wednesday evening, talent competition on Thursday evening, and evening gown competition on Friday evening. She will also be intei^ewed on Friday. For her talent entry, she will play the piano. The finals of the pageant will be televised Saturday, June 27 at 9 p.m. As “Miss Aberdeoi 1981,” Miss Haywood has bera required to represent her town in several events across the state. She rode in four (Christmas parades during one week last year. She has also participated in the Peach Festival, the Wake Forest Pageant, and the Junior Miss Pageant. Miss Haywood is the dau^ter of Ernest and Ann Haywood of Carthage. She is a rising sophomore at Meredith (College in Raleigh, majoring in music education with &e organ as her principal instrument. During July and part of August, she will serve as organist for Ae First Baptist (Church in (Carthage. “I have really enjoyed being Miss Aberdeen, mainly because I have met so many interesting people,” she says. Roy and Karen Hickman will accompany Mary Jo to Raleigh as her chaperones and business manage. ficient to offset the inflation fac tor. A proportion of the decrease has been distributed through several agency budgets by elimination of positions and the merging of agencies. One assistant administrator position has been eliminated, for example, and these duties, pur chasing and emergency manage ment, have been turned over to existing personnel. The position of planner has been eliminated, and these duties have been assigned to the personnel officer. Youth services and com munications departments were abolished altogether, but one new office, data processing, was formed. Although the commissioners tentatively approved the $11,198,580 budget at a special June 5 meeting, the budget can not be officially adopted until after a public hearing is held on Monday, June 22. The hearing wUl begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the courtroom of the old courthouse in Carthage. Since the budget was tentative ly approved, the most attention has been paid to the public school budget, which sustained a $600,000 cut in the crucial current expense budget. Nevertheless, the budget cuts made on the departmental level are causing concern, almost panic in some offices, where ex penses are up because of inflation and growth factors. In some departments there is an increase, but not large enough to be measurable. County Administrator Larry Moubry said last week that he was spending much of his time dealing with the budget problems faced by department heads. Moubry will be leaving his posi tion at the end of the month, and the department leaders are ap proaching him while there is so- the commissioners fill the posi tion of county manager. Changes in the design of the budget proposal can provide a nriisleading picture, if 1980-81 figures are compared in- meone left to approach. As of Ju- discriminately with those propos- ly 1, there will be no one left in a ed for the new year top administrative position until (eontinned on Page 16-A) Federal Cuts Hang Heavy Over Train Service Here Amtrak passenger service through Southern Pines remains uncertain in spite of more positive action recently taken by the Commerce (Committees of both houses of Congress. Jung Lee, media relations representative with Amtrak in Washington, D.C., said the deci sion about continuation of routes will not be noade qntil July or August. “We have not made any deci sions about the routes, which to preserve and which to discon tinue. We are waiting for the con clusion of (Congressional budget action,” Lee told The Pilot. The future does appear more ((Continued on Page 16-A) Moore Loses Cathy Bryan To High Post In Iredell Moore (County is losing its veteran industry hunter to the Mooresville (Ch^ber of (Com merce. Cathy Walker Bryan, whose employment with the Moore (County Economic Development Program has not been continued by the county commissioners, has accepted a position as ex ecutive vice-j)resident of the Mooresville chamber, effective June 29. Mrs. Bryan has been serving as interim executive director for the Moore County Economic Development (Committee since January. Prior to that she was administrative assistant to the economic development director, Homer Faulk, who resigned in December to accept a similar position in Halifax (County. She had been associated with the Moore County industry search program since 1978. Earlier she held an executive position with the Sandhills Area Chamber of Conomerce. (Continued on Page 16-A) Ewing Given Another Job As Acting County Manager *^0 Haywood as “Miss participate in the Miss North Carolina Pageant in Raleigh next week. Robert S. Ewing was given a second job with Moore (County Monday night. Ewing, who will become economic development director on July 1, was tapped by the county commissioners to serve US acting county manager until a fulltime manager can be ap pointed. ffis new duties carry no ad ditional salary. The prominent Republican was once rumored to be in line for the job of county manager, but the GOP-dominated board of commission0‘s selected him for tile economic development post instead. In the meantime, the board has advertised the position in three daily newspapers and two publications with statewide circulations. Chairman Charles Phillips recommended this action at a special board meeting Monday night. He pointed out that (County Administrator Larry Moubry’s resignation becomes effective June 30 and that the county will be without a top administrator from that date until the new person is employed. The motion by (Commissioner Coolidge Thompson and seconded by Commissioner Tony Parker was approved unanimously and with a niinimum of discussion. GCommissioner Lee Williams, who has served on the Economic Development Committee, did ask if the action would ^ect Ewing’s ability to carry out the industry hunting duties. Phillips expressed the opinion that it would have no adverse affect. Ewing, who is chairman of the American Hospital Association’s National (Council for Hospital Governing Board, is a former mayor of Southern Pines and a former county commissioner. He is also a former editor publisher of the Moore County News. He presently serves as vice- -diairman of Pioneer Service Corporation, the non-profit (Continued on Page 16-A) 1 / Robert S. Ewing

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