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for We the People of North Carolina Vol. 19 Issue 5, October 1961
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New whole grain wheat wafers have been developed for fall out shelters, while tax payers will receive some relief from a new wheat program available to farmers in 1962, along with a bigger wheat income forecasted for over $8 million. Additionally, a new method of harvesting honey has been developed, while tobacco has been described as the most suited crop for mechanical harvesting.
The Blue Ridge Parkway's silver anniversary ceremonies were held at Waterrock Knob. During the event, Secretary of the Interior Steward L. Udall confirmed his belief that the Parkway should be extended, and cited Kennedy's signature on legislation providing for a survey route extending the Parkway south.
The 1961 North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $427 million for the public school year, $15.5 million for vocational education, and over $5 million for the purchase of text books, and $5 million for new school buses. A new classroom teacher salary scale ranges from $3,607.50 to $5,605.50, making a 22.4 percent increase in salaries.
In June, the North Carolina Consumer Finance Act was ratified, providing for loans up to $600. Loans are set out in dollar amounts rather than interest rates and installment payments are not to exceed the equivalent of $20 per every $100 borrowed.
Total valuation for real, personal, and excess property amounted to over $8 billion in North Carolina for 1960. This is more than a half-billion dollars above 1959. The combination of increased value and higher tax rates accounted for the additional millions.