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VOLUME LXXH1? NO. 38 .
An Independent Weekly Ne** paper . . . Seventy-Third Year of Continuous
PRICK: im CENTS BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, MARCH
PAGES? TWO SECTIONS .
THE MUSIC COMES OUT HERE. ? The contrabassonist with the North Carolina Little Symphony just
descended from the bu? in which the musician! travel from the Blue Ridge to the Atlantic, demon
strates his instrument for school children before a special matinee.
Watauga School Children Look
Forward To Visit Of Symphony
A year of preparation and anti
cipation will come to a climax for
children in the lower grades of
Watauga county'! schools at one
o'clock Monday, when the North
Carolina Little Symphony will pre
sent a special children's matinee
at the new gymnasium auditorium
at Appalachian State Teachea*
Children's matinees by the little
symphony have been a highlight of
the school year in many North
Carolina towns, but this will be the
first performance of one in Wa
The children of the county have
prepared for the matinee since last
fall by studying recordings of the
music to be played and getting
ready for special numbers. They
have made up their own verses to
folk songs to sing with the orches
tra and have made home-made per
cussion instruments to accompany
the orchestra in other numbers.
About 2600 children will attend
the matinee from all the schools
in the county. The preparations
have been under the general di
rection of the county supervisor,
Mrs. Mae Edmisten. All the teach
i ers in the lower grades have con
tributed, the work being directed
in the various schools by thefol
Parkway, Mrs. Ruby Moretz.
Green Valley, Mn. Susie Bn
Appalachian, Mrs. Gaynelle Wil
Valle Crucis, Mrs. Mary Mast.
Cove Creek, Mrs. Jimmy Mast,
Mrs. Agnes Shipley.
Bethel, George Harmon, Mrs.
Mabel, Mrs. Paul Hutchinson.
For the children the symphony
(Continued on page eight)
Panel Discustion On
AHS School Policy To
1 Feature PTA Gathering
The Appalachian High School
diviiion of the Boone Parent
Teachen Association will meet in
the high school auditorium on
Monday, March 27, at 7:30 p. m.
The program (or the meeting,
planned by the National Honor
Sociuty and their sponsor, Robert
Snead, will be a panel discussion
on policies and activities of the
Appearing on the panel will be
two student members of the Hon
or Society; two parenU of high
school students; and the members
of the high school administration,
Principal Roy Blanton, Assistant
Principal L. M. Venable, and Mri.
Margaret E. Gragg, Guidance Di
After the program, teachers will
be available to answer questions
of parents concerning registration
of high school students for cours
es to be elected for next year. Re
gistration will be held during the
week fo March 27 30.
Vilas Man, Stabbed
B^Youth, Is Better
A Vilas man was hospitalized
with stab wounds allegedly inflict
ed by a 15-year-old lad in the heart
of Boone's King Street shopping
district Saturday afternoon.
Chief of Police Glenn R. Rich
ardson said he took Charlie Wat
son, 33, of Vilas, to Watauga Hos
pital, when he found him lying on
the sidewalk at the Depot and
and King Street intersection, where
surgery was performed for three
stab wounds ? two in the region of
the heart and one in the abdomen.
While Watson's condition had been
termed critical, he is said to be
Ivy Isenhour, 19, of Meat Camp,
Starts At AHS
Spring registration for courses
to be studied next year will begin
on March 27 for Appalachian High
Monday morning students will
meet by classes in three group*
for a brief discussion of registra
tion procedures and courses to be
At the PTA meeting on Monday
evening, teachers will be prepared
to answer questions of parents
about courses and plans of the stu
During the week of March 27-30,
students and teachers will discuss
elective courses, study the stu
dents' records, and select courses
for next year.
Registration of incoming fresh
men will be conducted during the
last week of April.
The PTA meeting in April will
be devoted entirely to the registra
tion of present eighth-grade stu
dents for high school work.
Speak To Voters
Ojames Holshouser, Jr., will ad
dress the monthly meeting of the
League of Women Voters on the
subject "Court Reform in North
The meeting will be held Thurs
day evening. March 23, at 8:00, in
the Adult Assembly Room of the
Boone Methodist Church.
The public is Invited to attend
the discussion of this timely topic.
Mr. Holshouser, a Boone native,
Is a graduate of DavidVon College
and the University ot North Caro
lina Law School. He has recently
entered law practice in Boone.
told Chief Richardson he stabbed
Watson in sell-defense with a poc
ket knife after Watson grabbed
his throat. The Chief says that
isenhour told him Watson had
been "picking on him" and push
ing him around previously.
Watson, says the police officer,
told him that he had never known
Isenhour until a short while before
the alternation. Chief Richardson
quotes Watson as saying he was
accosted by Isenhour, who claimed
Watson "had called the law on
him," as the result of Isenhour
having been asked to leave the
Appalachian Theatre by the man
agement a while earlier. Watson
is quoted by the Chief as saying
Isenhour struck him twice before
After the affray. Chief Richard
son says, Isenhour engaged a cab
and went with a friend to the home
of the friend's brother near Boone,
where the blood was washed from
his hands. Then he engaged an
other cab and returned to Boone,
where Chief Richardson arrested
him about an hour after the stab
The accused was placed in jail
and was later released under a
<1,000 bond. He will have a hear
ing before Austin E. South, Judge
of the Juvenile Court, April 10.
Chief Richardson says Watson is
S feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about
160, and is lame from injuries he
had suffered in a traffic accident.
He said the boy is about five feet
tall and weighs about 110 pounds.
The knife used in the fracas was
never found by officers. The Chief
says Iaenhour denied knowledge of
STADIUM ONE OF FIRST PROJECTS fjf||j|
$2V2 Million Building Program
Is Now Under Way At College
On 3 Buildings,
2 More In June
The ending of winter marks the
beginning of construction of sev
eral new facilities at Appalachian
State Teachers College. Work has
been started on clearing the sites
for an industrial arts building,
home economics building, and new
football and athletic field.
Work 1s also being done on an
addition to the College Book Store.
Dr. W. H. Plemmons, college
president, said that within a few
weekf construction of a new dorm
itory for women will be started.
It is hoped building of a new
science building will be underway
These projects represent an ex
penditure of nearly two and a
half million dollars.
The industrial arts building will
be on Faculty Street, behind the
laundry and power plant. Trees
have been cut and dirt is being
moved to get ready for building.
Industrial arts courses presently
are taught In the Fine Arts build
The new home economics build
ing will be on Locust Street, di
rectly behind LoviU Hall. A sec
tion of the street has been torn
?Viur< *nd traffic can ao longer
travel through the campus on Lo
Blocks and bricks are already
being laid at the Book Store. The
building is being expanded to the
back and east side. Due to in
creased enrollment at Appalachian,
the store, which sells books and
school supplies and acts as a social
center for the students also, has
been crowded for some time.
The industrial arts and home
economics buildings are scheduled
for completion during the summer,
and should be ready for use at
the opening of the fall quarter
this year. The book Store addition
should also be completed this sum
The lake at the site of the new
athletic field has been dranied,
trees are being cleared and brush
was being burned last week in
preparation for building the sta
dium, field house, and access roads
and walks. The lake covered much
of the site where the football field
and stadium will stand.
The State Advisory Budget Com
mission, which met here last fall
to study the needs of the college,
in preparation to advising the cur
rent Legislature, has recommend
ed that fund* be provided for a
new cafeteria and student center,
a dormitory to replace White Hall,
a dormitory to replace Lovlll Hall,
and a new classroom building. Dr.
Plemmons said these facilities
would cost approximately three
and a half million dollars. He aaid
it is proposed that most of these
items, recommended for 1901-63,
be financed out of a bond Issue to
be submitted to a vote of the peo
(continued on page eight)
SITE OF HOME ECONOMICS BUILDING
Try outs began thi? week for the
most ambitious undertaking in Ap
palachian May Day hiitory ? pres
entation of Rodgcri and Hammer
stein's eminently successful musi
Hopeful Curlys, Judds, Aldo An
nies and other would-be Oklaho
mans strutted their vocal wares in
the Fine Arts auditorium last
night, and others were scheduled
to be heard tonight.
Cast members are expected to
be announced next week, with re
hearsals to begin April 4. '
Overall musical director for "Ok
lahoma" will be Nicholas Erneston.
Mrs. Virginia Wary Linney will
train the chorus, and David French
will provide scenery and stage the
Student designers of scenery and
costumes, respectively, are Larry
Clark, a junior from Gastonia, and
James Lay ton, a senior from
Boone. Bill Ford, also of Boone,
will choreograph the production.
In addition to the various solo
roles, the musical will feature an
18-voice chorus and a 12 member
dance group. Accompaniment will
b? by the Appalachian Symphony
"Oklahoma" will pUy for two
nights, May M, in the college aud
itorium. Tickets for the May 6
performance will be placed on sale
to the general public. College stu
dents are expected to attend the
May S performance
Good Friday, Easter Services Being
Plan nedlivMin isteria I Assoc ia tion
Plant have been completed for
the annual Community Good Fri
day and Easter Sunrise services.
These services of worship have
been worked out by committees
of the Watauga Ministerial Alto
The Good Friday service will be
held at the Advent Christian
Church on East King Street at 1:00
o'clock Friday afternoon, March
31. Thia will be a one-hour serv
ice and the Rev. Floyd Boston,
pastor Of the host church, will be
la charge of the service.
"The Seven Last Words of
Christ on the Croat" will b? the
theme of the program. Seven of
Um ministers will discuss the last
words of Christ. Special music will
be provided by the Advent Chris
The Easter Sunrise Service will
be at 0:00 o'clock on Sunday morn
ing, April 2, at the Horn in the
West theatre parking lot. The
speaker (or this occasion is the
Rev. Todd Ferneyhough, priest- in
charge of St. Luke's Epiacopal
The Appalachian High School
Band will provide music for the
service, aed the Rev. Res West,
pastor of Perklnsville Baptist
Church, will lead the congrega
tional singing. Howard Cottnril,
Mayor of Boone, will serve as head
usher for this arnica.
The congregation U asked to
come up cloie to the speaker's
stand in order to make It easier
to conduct the service. An offer
lag will be taken to help defray
the cost of the special Easter serv
In case of rain the Sunriae serv
ice will be held in the First Bap
Both of these services will be
carried over radio station WATA.
The residents of Boone and sur
rounding areas are cordially in
vited to attend these services of
worship at the Easter season which
commemorate the death and res
urrection of the Lord
City Recreation Proposals Take
Attention Of Chamber Commerce
Cattlemen To Vote Next
Saturday On Assessment
Saturday March 29 la a very im
portant day for the cattle produc
ers in Watauga County and North
Carolina, in the opinion of Mr. B.
W. Stalling!, owner of Diamond S
Mr. Stalling! lays that on thii
date producers of ilaughter cattle
will vote oa whether they wish to
continue the ten cents assessment
on all cattle sold for slaughter to
help finance the progressive pro
gram of the North Carolina Cattle
man's Association in its efforts to
increase production, marketing
and consumption of North Caro
lina beef and beef products.
Mr. S tailings, who is chairman
of the referendum committee in
Watauga county, point* out that in
the 1998 voting the vote here was
4 to 1 in favor of initiating this
self-help program, and adds: "Let's
make the vote on March 29 equal
ly as favorable. There will be a
ballot box in every community, so
vote yes in the cattle referendum
Saturday March 29."
Lewis Franklin Critcher, 81,
former resident of Boone, died un
expectedly last Tuesday morning
at his home, Route 5, Lenoir.
The Rev. Archie McKee offici
ated at the services at the Chapel
of Rest in Happy Valley.
A retired farmer and sawmiller,
Mr. Critcher was born September
29, 1879, in Watauga county, and
waa a son of the late CapL An
drew Jackson Critcher and Mrs.
Louise Hagaman Critcher. He was
a brother to the late Hurray P.
Critcher of Boone:
He had resided in the Happy
Valley section for a number of
Surviving is the widow, Mrs.
Harriet Greer Critcher.
Mrs. Mollie Edith Stanberry, 81,
widow of Sylvanus Stanberry, died
last Saturday at Ashe Memorial
Hospital, West Jefferson.
A native of Watauga county,
Mrs. 3tanberry had lived most ot
her life in Boole. She waa a
daughter of the late William H.
N orris and Mrs. N orris of Meat
Camp township. She was a mem
ber of the Baptist Church.
Surviving are ? daughter. Miss
Helm Stanberry of Charlotte and
a brother, W. W. N orris of Aber
deen, N. C.
Funeral service* were conduct
( Continued oil page eight) '
On Tax Plan
Representative Murray Coffey
and Senator Gordon H. Winkler,
both of Watauga, are getting a
good deal of mail relative to Gov
ernor Sanford'a proposal to tax
food under the (ale* tax law to
provide more money for an ex
panded educational program in
Mr. Coffey tella the Democrat
that his mail is running heavy and
about 90-90 for and against the
proposal. He says that teachers
and other school personnel are
overwhelmingly for the Sanford
plan, while reaction from other*
la largely against 1L He finds
strong sentiment for taxes on to
bacco and other non-essential
Senator Winkler says his mail
is running almost 100 per cent for
the Governor's plan. Both solons
express their appreciation to the
people for the fine response on
this issue and ask for their furth
TO TRY FOB TEST BAN
Britain and the United States
were reported fully agreed to
make one more major effort to
negotiate with Russia a treaty out
lawing nuclear test explosions.
President Kennedy has told of
ficials, and reportedly assured the
British, that he Is determined to
get an agreement if the 8ovis*s
wilt accept reasonable inspection
The regular meeting of the
Boone Chamber of Commerce was
well attended laat Tuesday, aa the
group met to air the questipn of
recreational facilities for the com
A report was heard by the pre
liminary stufy committee, headed
by James Harsh, in which he de
clared that community growth the
past quarter century has been re
markable in every facet except the
provision of suitable recreation for
the youth of the town and vicinity.
Mr. Marsh cited the projected
growth figures of the next twenty
years, as compiled by the U. S.
Department of Commerce, and de
clared that Boone has a role in
the future as the shopping center
of a vast area of Northwest North
"Whether we actually enjoy the
fulfillment of such a role is going
to be determined in great measure
by the degree in which we recog
nize and meet the neds of a grow
ing community," Mr. Marsh de
The community's failure to pro
vide a suitable and appealing recre
ation program is discouraging the
growth of tourist interest, Mr.
Marsh believes, and said a study
by his committee revealed the
question of community progrmma of
this nature to be among the prime
concerns of prospective industry
seeking sites in our area.
Mr. Marsh said the committee's
brief study had turned up ample
evidence of need, but declared
that he would like an expression
of community sentiment before
further study was undertaken. He
pointed out that earlier efforts to
initiate a recreation program and
the provision of suitable facilities
had been defeated at the polls.
Several private citizens and rep
resentatives of local civic group*
roae to speak in favor of continu
ing the study and making of rec
ommendations bty the committee.
A motion was made and carried
that the study be continued; that
the committee make actual rec
ommendations on how best to meet
the needs it discovert; and that
a questionnaire be presented to all
taxpayers of the community to de
termine their interest in j
such facilities aa i