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BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA,
BOONE'S AMBASSADORS TO PRESENT CONCERT —The memben
of the Appalachian High School Band are to be preaented in a
concert which will be of interest to all. The prof ram is designed
with the family in mind and will feAure "Visual Music," something
t little different in concert presentation.
The concert is to be held in the .Elementary Auditorimu at 8:00
p. m., on February 9, and is open to the public free of charge.
The program will, include: "Thunder West," march by Farrell;
"The Impresario," overture by Mozart; second movement from
"Symphony in C Minor," by Williams; "Dancing Reeds," by Eiseh;
"Londonderry Air," arranged by C'heyette-Roberta; "Minute from
the G Minor Symphony," by Moiart; "Singing the JSIues," by Endsley;
"Midnite Matinee," by Schafor', "Stormy WMther," arranged
by Bennett; "Sunset Soliloquy," by Walters; and "Blackout Baton
Ballet," arranged by Yoder.
The band has performed at all .the home football games thii year.
It hat presented two concert programs, prepared tape for two radio
programs and played for several pep-rallies. Future plans include
participation in the All-State Band Clinic held here at A. S. T. C,
entries in the State Solo and Ensemble Contest, the Band District
Contest, the State Contest and a tour of the county-schools sometime
during the spring.
Sentence Of William Wyatt,
Confessed Slayer, Suspended
William Oscar Wyatt of Glendale
Springs was ordered lait week
to pay the widow of Cleraon TripI
lett $3,000 as one of the conditions
i of a suspended 4 to 7 year sentence
T 'n State's Prison.
[j Judge Zeb V. Nettles of Ashe;
ville pronounced sentence on the
I 45-year-old tavern owner in Wall
tauga Superior Court Wednesday
'i *'ter the State had accepted a plea
I ot manslaughter in the pistol «Iaying
of Triplett last July 8.
i Wyatt testified that he fired his
p pistol twice after demon's brother,
I. Ernest, hit him in the face with a
rock during an argument over
Wyatt's car being in a churchyard
| near the Triplett home at Trip■'
lett. He said he wasn't firing at
anyone but one of the bullets hit
» Clemon as he was approaching,
and the other wounded Ernest in
I * Ier
f Wyatt, who had been free since
, the shooting under a *13,000 bond.
previously was charged with sec;
ond degree murder. His wife was
acquitted of a charge of aiding
1 and abetting in the shooting.
I In a separate action, Wyatt was
' charged with assault with a deadly
j weapon on. Elmer Triplett and
i sentenced to 18 months on the
£ roads, suspended on condition that
f be pay Triplett $2,000.
I Other conditions of the two sus[
pended sentences are that Wyatt
r remain of good behavior and not
I violate any criminal laws for five
I years, »ot possess any firearms,
L not molest the prosecuting witL
oesses or their families, and appear
| at the September terms of court
| for the next five years and show
J by competent evidence that he has
1 observed the terms of the judif
In other court action, Pvt. James
k F. Young, 21, stationed at Fort
Bragg, was given 5 to 7 years in
State's Prison for the armed robbery
last October of the Friendly
Market Service Station on Highway
421 east of Boone.
John Wayne Vannoy was acquitted
of manslaughter charges in
the traffic death last summer of
Phillip Shull, 17.
Warren Wilson Williams, driving
drunk, $100 and costs ,
Harvey Andrew Baity, speeding,
Theodore Anthony Komarowski,
J Arthur Marburg, speeding, costs.
■ Brady Cbrnelius Seitz, speeding,
I Charles Lee Kemp, no operator's
| license, $23 and coats.
Kt Keith, violation of prolaws,
$23 and coats.
; Jwae Smith, v.p.l. and no chauff
fcur's licenses, $23 and costs in
1 each case.
' Joseph Dee Collins, speeding,
' $23 and coats.
Wiley Jacob Probst Earnhardt,
' Jr.. speeding, costs.
Andrew Jackson Helms, speed!
tag. costs. p ;
M. L. Greene, Jr., driving drunk
and carrying concealed weapons.
$123 and coats.
;• Roby W. Osborne, driving drunk.
$30, cods, revocation of driver's
I license for 3 years, and other conf
Maurice Poole, speeding, costs
* Heece, speeding. $23
Barner Cook, selling mortgaged
property, coats and pay $23 a
| month to prosecuting witness for
Leonard Rominger. Jr., driving
[ drunk, reckless driving, speeding
' ,nd »• operator s license. $200 sod
<0W," ; - , I
i J'r" Stanberr>. driving
I drunk. WW, costs, license for S
years, and other conditions.
James E. Lawrence, non-support
and bigamy, 2 to 3 years in
Vernon Buff, driving after license
Jack McQueen, assault with a
deadly weapon, 18 to 24 months on
James Park, forgery,' 1 to 3
years in state prison.
David Park, aiding and abetting
forgery, coats and 3 years probation.
Charles Burrus, escaping prison,
90 days on roads added to sentence
Archie Potter, no operator's license,
$29 and coats.
Edward C. Barnes, driving
drunk, >9190 and costs.
J. C. Rutherford, assault witn
a deadly weapon, 60 days on roads.
James Woody, a.d.w., 6 months
Cari Tori, driving drunk, $200
Clyde R. Ferguson, driving
drunk, $100 and costs.
Gilbert McGuire, destroying personal
property, coata, 9 years probation,
and pay Baxter Hardy $200
at rate of $10 per month.
Allie R. Church, violation of prohibition
laws, suspended sentence,
post $1,000 bond for appearance
at January and September terms
of court for 9 years, and other conditions.
Collie M. Church, v.p.l., sus
pended sentence, poet $800 bond
for appearance at January and
September terms of court for &
years, and other conditions.
Annie Mast, v.pj., costs and 3
Sought By Pr A
Letters were mailed January 28
to all parents having children in
the elementary and high schools
of Boone, requesting that all contributions
of the "Safety Fence
Project" be mailed or delivered to
each child's teacher.
The proposed fence is to be
built around the elementary school
paved playground, to protect the
children from passing cars on the
north end, and to prevent them
from tumbling down the embankment
at the south end. Coat will
be $990 and the drive for funds
will continue until March 18th, it
"Let's all join in on, this worthy
project and insure the safety of
our children while at play on the
school playground," urged Major
John H- Thomas, chairman of the
Blowing Rock's new tcbool
building provide* eight cla**roms,
three (or the primary, five
for the elementary grade*, complete
with re*t room*, lunchroom,
kitchen, library and a teacher*'
The total coat of the modern
new building wa* $115,633.40. The
cost of construction was $106,892.52;
site improvement and
landscaping $1,240.88; furniture
$5,000; kitchen equipment, $2,500.
The state paid for the coct of
construction. Site improvement,
landscaping, and furniture were
supplied by the county.
Othfw A«A&aihiitiriff bmpo Itln—
• ■■■ VWwWIVUllHJ WviC HiVW*
ing Rock PTA $510, Blowing Rock
School $1,465, anonymous donor
$525. The cost of the conitruction
of the building, it is pointed out,
was $7.53 per square foot.
More Space Is
The chairman of the Watauga
bounty Commissioners met with
the Library Board in the Watauga
County Public Library Thursday
and agreed to allot more space in
the County Building for library
This would be done, Paul Coffey,
chairman of the Library Board
said, by removing a partition cutting
off wasted space in the hall.
The Soil Conservation office' will
be moved into the ipot now occupied
by the Health Department
which in turn will be moved to the
new county health building about
the first of February.
Coffey aaid Watauga'* ihare of
the $40,000 allocated by the itate
lor the u*e of public libraries in
rural town* (under 10,000 population)
would be between $2,500
and $3,000, all of which would be
ipent for book*.
Homer Brown, librarian, laid the
library is inade<tuate for the *upply
of book* now on hand. There
would be no pouiUe place for additional
book* unlets new shelves
were installed, he added.
Salt Lake City, Utah—Kirby
Allen, out dee> hunting, eacaped
with a scratched neck, torn coat
and damaged gun itock when a
wounded cougar jumped him. Allen
Mid be *hot and wounded the
big cat while looking for deer.
$30,000 Is Allowed
For Local Weed Bank
Agreement! signed under the
Soil Bank's 1007 Acreage Reserve
program for barley tobacco will
be entered into a "finrt-eome,
fifat-eerved" basis, Dwight Cable,
chairman of the County Agricultural
Stabilization and Conaerratioa
committee, reminded farmeri
The a location of funds for payments
under the Barley Acreage
Reserve program Mr Watauga
county is (30.398. Acreage rwwrvi
payments wil be la the form of
negotiable certificates, redeemable
Producers on Unas which have
3rley acreage allotment* are elllie
to take part In the 1M7
hurley acreage reserve program un
lea* the allotment is a "new farm"
allotment tor 1987.
Chairman Cable explained that,
at the time farmers file applications
to participate in the program,
they may put the entire allotment
in the acreage reserve.
The deadline for signing • burkiy
tobacco acreage reserve agreement
under the 1M7 program la
March 1, the chairman stated.
Further Information may be obtained
at the local ABC office.
Blowing Rock's New
School Modern Plant
S. C. EGGERS
Mr. S. C. Eggers, Watauga county'!
Representative in the Houae of
Representatives, leaves next Monday
for Raleigh to be present for
the opening of the Legislative session.
'Mr. Eggers will be serving his
fourth term in the House, and says,
so far as he knows he's the only
man from Watauga to have been
elected so often. He served three
of the terms "ia a row."
Mr. Eggers says he's having lota
of callers In these final days before
the start of the Assembly,
and finds that the matter of teacher
pay raises, and advanced salary
scales for other State employees
feature most prominently in his
conferences with constituents.
There ia also considerable local
interest, he says, in expansion
of welfare programs, and liability
insurance requirements for motorist*.
However. Mr. Eggers state*, he
didn't make any specific promises
during the campaign, and ia
not presently sponsoring any special
legislation. However, be does
say that he is available when anyone
wants to talk to hire, and will
do hia best to serve the people of
Watauga to the best of his ability.
Mr. Eggers will go to Raleigh
alone, but Mrs. Eggers will likely
Join him there after the session
gets under way.
Mrs. Emma Guy Lunceford, 00,
died January 22 at her home in
the Sugar Grove section.
Funerfcl services were conducted
on the 24th at Aatloch Baptist
Church by Rev. Carl Wilson, Rev.
Bynum TriveU and Rev. W. C.
Payne Burial was in the Wanl
She ia survived by her huahand,
a ton, Renxo Guy, of Sugar Grove;
lour' brothers and six slaters.
County To Act I
On Request For
Sum Of $5,000
; - By V. G. ROLLINS
First steps were taken last week
toward a brand new development
and promotional setup for Watauga
The new plan would combine
the separate publicity and promotion
activities of Horn in the West,
the Boone and Blowing Rock
Chambers of Commerce, the Boone
Merchants Association, and the
towns of Boone and Blowing Rock
into one central office which
would be equipped to handle touriit,
industrial, educational, and
agricultural development for the
Funds totalling $7,800 have been
allocated so far by the various organizations
to employ the services
of a public relations man to head
the organization, and to defray
other expenses of the operation.
These allocation* include 95,000
by Horn in the West, »1.200 by the
Boone Chamber of Commerce,
$1,000 by the Town of Boone, and
$600 by the Town of Blowing
Rock. The Boone Merchants Association,
whose entire budget for
the year has already been allocated,
passed a resolution pledging
full "moral support" and such financial
assistance as may become
The board of county commissioners
was given the details at a
meeting Thursday with a special
committe composed of representatives
of the various organlzafidlGf.
The commissioners were asked to
allocate $9,000 of county funds for
the project, and promised an answer
after their next meeting, scheduled
for February 4.
According to present estimates,
the operation wilt cost around
$19,000 a year.
A. T. ADAMS
Chairman St&ering Committee
The new organization will be
the Watauga County Development
Aaaociation, and a steering committee
headed by A. T. A damn,
caahier of the Northweitern Bank
of Boone, has been appointed representing
the various participating
organizations. Other members
are R. D. Hodges, Jr., G. C7
Greene, Jr., Spencer Bobbins, Dr.
W. H. Plcmmons, Hugh Hagaman,
B. E. Agle. S. B. Greene. W H.
Gragg, H. J. Cottrell, and Rathmell
Chairman Adams has issued the
following prepared statement relative
to the formulation, aims,
and functions of the association:
At a recent meeting of. representatives
§f the various group* inter(Continued
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MAY COURT.—The May Court at Appalachian
State Teacher* College, haa been aelected by the
student body. The court include!, left to right
front row: Martha Christopher of Conover, Ann is
Byers of Forest City, Betsy Capel, queen, of Salisbury,
Barbara Winkler of Boone, Glenda Vestal of
Photo bjr Palmer * studio
Joneaville, Ellen Kate Koonce of Raeford; back
row: Batty Ijamei of Mockaville. Lila Malone of
Greenaboro, Joyce Ollia of Ingalla, Joan Foy of
Davidaon. Shirley Hugea of Bakenville. Othera in
the court are Theda Holder of Blowing Rock, and
Maxine Joyner of KerneraviUe.
Sees Parkway Facili ty Plan
Lasting Economic Blow
_ ,Winston-Sal«ra, N. C. Jan. M—
Federal plans for $4,000,000
worth of new tourist facilities on
the Blue Ridge Parkway have been
attacked as leading to "an immediate
and lasting blow to the economy
of Northwest North Carolina."
The Northwest North Carolina
Development Association, in a letter
Friday to the director of the
National Park Service in Washington,
went on record as opposing
Boone Board Acts
The Board of directors of the
Boone Chamber of Commerce
voted unanimously to join with
the town of Blowing Bock and
hire an attorney to fight govern^
ment plana to fester more housing
and eating facilities on the
Blue Ridge Parkway.
The reaolutlon already had
been adopted by the Blowing
Rock Chamber of Commerce.
government financing or supervision
of additional tourist accommodation
in the area.
Private enterpriae can do the
job better, aaid the letter, signed
by aasociation president J. Herman
Coe of Dobson.
Copies of the three-page letter
were sent to Governor Hodges and
to North Carolina congreasmen, aa
well as to Northwest Chambers of
Commerce and other interested
It refers to National Park Service
plans to build additional gaa
atationa, lunch counters, coffee
shops, a housekeeping cabin group
and several lodges along the 477mile
A regional official of the Na
tioaal Park Service, Elbert Cm of
Richmond, Va., told the North
Carolina Board of Conservation
and Development in Raleigh earlier
thli month that "no government
fundi are to be uaed" in the
expansion project and that bids
will be accepted from "any individual
or firm interested in constructing
and operating" the new
The Northwest Association letter
says that even if government
money is not used, "the federal
government . . . will have so used
a monopoly situation as to damage
the existing tourist industry
of this area and to curtail the possible
future development of that
Mr. Coe's letter was another action
in the controversy which began
last fall when the National
Park Service plans were announced.
Since that, time an argument
has been in progress as to whether
or not federally-guided expansion
would hurt private enterprise in
The Chambers of Commerce of
Boone and Blowing Rock have
jointly adopted a plan to hire an
attorney, John W. Caffey of
Greensboro and Washington, D.
C., to fight the government plan.
The Northwest Development Association,
representing 11 Northwest
counties, took its stand in
opposition to the government
sponsored expansion earlier this
month and directed a committee
to draft the letter released yesterday.
Improvement in parkway tourist
facilities financed by private
citizens of the area has been oxtensive
in the last five years, Mr.
Coc's letter said.
^Tfce tourist traffic in this area
,t . has becomc an important part
of the regional economy. More
than that, the further development
of the touriit facilities industry
offer* one of the bright
hopei for the future economic
growth of the Northwest"
The association blamed the National
Park Service's "refusal to
provide adequate signs to direct
travelers to those nearby communities
where facilities are available"
for any slowness in private
development of the area.
G. A. Edmisten
Dies On Sunday
George Abner Edmisten, 77,
member of a prominent, Watauga
county family and a retired farmer,
died suddenly at his home at
Sugar Grove Sunday. '
Funeral services were held Tuesday
at 2 o'clock at Antioch Bap;
tist Church. Rev. Clell Cook, Rev.
W. C. Payne and Rev. Carl Wilson
took part in the rites and burial
was in the Adams cemetery in the
Brushy Pork section.
Survivors include the widow,
Mrs. Dare F. Edmisten, two sons
and two daughters: Clyde Edmisten,
Cleveland, Ohio; Ted Edmisten,
Sugar Grove; Mrs. Dwight
Cable. Sugar Grove, Mrs. Peggy
Edmisten of the home. There are
six brothers and three sisters;
Dallas Edmisten, Zionvifle; Carl
Edmisten, Beech Creek; Marshall
and Edgar Edmisten, Sugar Grove;
Ira and Dwight Edmisten, of
Boone; Mrs. W. D. Farthing, Mrs.
Walter Johnson, Boone; Mrs. Henri
Hagaman, Sugar Grove.
FHAiSupervisor Says Farmers
May Get Building, Repair Loans
Eligible (arm owners in Watauga
county may borrow from the
Farmeri Home Administration to
repair or remodel farm dwellinga
or other eaaential farm building*.
Jennings B. Robinson, the
agency's county supervisor, serving
local farm families said today.
Loan* are also made to construct
new dwellings or other farm buildinga.
Mr. Robinson said the farm
housing loans were made available
under recent legislation A
total of 180,000.000 has been provided
for these loans.
Interest on the loans will be 4
percent per year on the unpaid
principal Repayments will be
scheduled over periods tip to 33
A housing loan will be secured
bjPs mortgage on the borrower'!
The agency expects applicant*
to obtain the building plana and
specifications (or the improvements
to be (inanced with the
loans. To help tha borrower obtain
construction that meets generally
accepted standard* o(
soundness, (he Farmers Home Administration
will review the plans
and inspect the construction as it
Tha local Farmers Home Administration
will determine whether or not an
applicant is eligible (or a houaing
loan. T# be eligible, an applicant
mu»t be the owner of a farm, be <
unable to obtain luitabie credit
(or dwellings and other building*
from other lenders,' and have
enough income from the farm or
from the farm and other sources,
to meet family living and farm
operating expenses and repay his
Farm housing loans are made
under the authority,of Title V of
the Housing Act of 1M» aa amended
Further information on the
loans nuy be obtained at the
county office of the FaraMra
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