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VOLUME LXXIII. ? NO 4? PRICE: FIVE CENTS BOONE, WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROUNA, THURSDAY, NAY 18, IM1
An Independent Weekly Neum paper . . . Seventy-Third Year of Continuous Publication
Annual Meeting Sees
Good Season F or 'Horn'
By JOE C. MINOR
"Horn in U>e West' tu given
credit Monday night for attracting
a large number of visitors to the
area, and helping travel and tour
ist business maintain its place as
the third largest industry in North
Robert T. Ellett, chairman of the
Travel and Recreation Committee
of the Northwest North Carolina
Development Association, was
speaking to the Southern Appa
lachian Historical Association dur
ing their annual spring meeting
and banquet at the Daniel Boone
Hotel when he praised the Horn
and its sponsors.
Mr. Ellett, who is a public re
lations representative for Reyn
olds Tobacco Co., of Winston
Salem, last year directed a film,
"The Everlasting Hills," which in
cluded scenes of the local drama.
The film is a promotional produc
tion for the area, and was donated
to the development association by
his company. Mr. Ellet said he
believes the exodus scene of the
Horn is the highlight of the film,
and expressed his appreciation to
last year's drama director, Bill
Ross, and the cast for their efforts
under adverse conditions in shoot
ing the scenes.
Mr. Ellett gave some figures to
show what the tourist and travel
business means to North Carolina.
He said last year receipts from the
travelers in the State amounted to
$788 million, and that taxes paid
to the State from this trade was
Seventy-two thousand persona are
employed in North Carolina in var
ious capacities to serve the travel
ing public, with a payroll of $118,
000,000, Mr. Ellett said.
In the eleven-county area of the
Northwest North Carolina Devel
opment Association gross sales and
receipts of the travel business was
$70,300,000, and $23,000/000 of
this came from visitors from out
of state. This, he said, gave a
tremendous boost to the economy
of the area.
To help illustrate further the
impact the tourist and travel have
on the economy of the State, Mr.
Ellett pointed out that last year
there were 18,069 businesses serv
ing the industry. He broke this
down as follows:
1900 establishments serving food.
4850 hotels and motels.
10,220 service stations and ga
rages keeping cars on the road.
1119 recreational facilities (not
counting motion picture theatres).
He also showed how the travel
ing dollar was spent:
27 cents for food.
22 cents for transportation.
21 cents for lodging.
14 cents for retail purchases.
7 cents for amusements.
5 cents for laundry and dry
4 cents for attractions.
Mr. Ellett expressed his best
wishes to the Horn, saying he in
tends to see it again this year.
He encouraged his listeners to im
f ove and increase the traveling
cilities so that more people will
want to come here and may be
Dr. I. G. Greer, Chapel Hill,
president of the Southern Appa
lachian Historical Association, pre
sided over the meeting, which was
attended by 109 members and
guests. He said the large number
attending indicated growing loyal
ty to the association.
H. Grady Farthing recognized
David French, Horn director;
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William C. Shell
Dies In Norfolk -
William Carl Shell, 63, former
resident of Beaver Dam township,
died in Norfolk, Va. last Wednes
Funeral services were held Sat
urday at Bethel Baptist Church
by Rev. J. H. Crisp and Rev. Ed
Farthing, and burial was in Bethel
Surviving are a daughter and
three sons, Mrs. Trula Barrett,
Bermuda; W. 0. and Thomas B.
Shell. Norfolk; Wesley S. Shell,
Princess Ann County, Va. There
are four sisters: Mrs. Lunda Law
rence, lira. Dora Mast, Sugar
Grove; Mrs. Bulah Harmon, Vilas;
Mrs. Clara Grogan, Lynchburg,
Va.; four brothers, John W. Nep
tune, N. J.; Charles, Massachusetts;
Earl and Don Shell, Sugar Grove.
There are ten grandchildren.
Photo Flowers' Photo Shop
MISS JANE HODGES
Jane Hodges Is
Hiss Jane Hodges, an Appalach
ian Hig|i School senior, is the new
Miss Watauga County for 1062. She
received her crown before a large
and enthusiastic audience' at the
Appalachian Elementary School
The final selection of the new
county beauty queen climaxed an
evening of exciting competition
among twelve lovely girls in talent,
evening gowns, and bathing suits.
The new queen was crowned by
Miss Jean Watts, Miss Watauga
County for 1961.
The first runner-up in the pag
eant was Miss Peggy Beal and
second runner-up was Miss Gail
Jenkins. Other awards went - to
Miss Betty Leonard for Miss Con
geniality and Miss Margaret Tem
pleton for most talented non-fin
Prizes valued at $300 were
awarded Miss Hodges. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W.
Hodges, Jr., of Boone. For her
talent Miss Hodges sang a medley
of songs by Rogers and Hammer
stein. The new Miss Watauga
County will be a contestant in the
Miss North Carolina Pageant to
be held in Greensboro during the
month of July.
The Miss Watauga County Beau
ty Pageant is produced each year
by the Boone Junior Chamber of
Ia addition to the five girls who
won award*, other contestant* in
the Saturday night finali were
Margot Cobb, Sandy Deal, Mary
Lou Hawkins, Sarah Lytton, Bar
bara Marshall, Sarah Williams, and
Martha Ellen Wood.
Judges for the competition were
J. T. Greene, Jr., of Winston
Salem, W. C. McDonald of Char
lotte, Cecil Lee Porter of North
Wilkesboro, James B. Fain of Hic
kory, and Blake Watts of Hickory.
According to the Judges, decisions
were difficult due to the fact that
all twelve contestants were most
lovely and talented.
During the evening George Flow
er* presented the 1B61 Miss Wa
tauga County, Miss Watts, with an
oil portrait of herself.
Entertainment at the pageant
was headlined by Paul Weston at
the Hammond organ. Other enter
tainment was provided by the
Modern Dance Quartet of Appa
lachian State Teachers College;
Miss Sarah Oldham, who is the
current Miss Siler City; Miss Don
na Uilley of Boone; and a male
vocal ensemble composed of Son
ny Tugman, Jim Agie, Tommy In
man and Jack Martin Thoma^)
Bob Barnes was master of cere
monies and Mrs. Carolyn Taylor
assisted as mistress of ceremonies.
This year's pageant was directed
by Ken Schaeter and Steve Gabriel,
both local Jaycees.
The Boone Junior Chamber of
Commence expressed its thanks to
the many merchants and business
es who sponsored contestants or
donated prizes for the pageant. It
also thanked the Watauga Demo
crat, radio station WATA, the Jay
cettes, and the many others who
assisted in the promotion of the
Mrs. Alice Banner
Mrs. Alice Comb* Banner, 70,
resident of Sugar Grove, died in
Watauga Hospital, Monday where
she had been a patient since Sat
urday. She had been in failing
health for some time.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock
at the Cove Creek Baptist Church,
by Rev. E. M. Blankenship and
Rev. C. 0. Vance and burial was
in Cove Creek cemetery.
The husband, A. M. Banner and
14 sons and daughters survive:
James E. Banner, Belmont; Mrs.
Susie B. Henson, Vilas; Joseph N.
Banner, Collettsville; Mrs. Helen
B. Williams, Zionville; Robert L.
Banner, Shen^gpd; Mrs. Ruth B.
Warren, Shouns, Tenn.; Mrs.
Josephine Joines, Boone; Mrs.
Sophronia Edmisten, Olin, N. C.;
Arthur M. Banner, III, Glasgo,
Mont.; Mrs. Charlotte Martin, Win
ston-Salem; Mrs. Eva Nell Alex
ander, Newland; Martin fanner.
West Hollywood, Fla.; John C.
Banner, Raleigh. There are thirty
grandchildren and 2 great grand
Also surviving are a sister and
two brother*, Mrs. Maggie P res
Dell, Vilas; Filmore Comb*, Vida,
Oregon; Occar Combs, Athol, Ida
ho. A half sister and ? half broth
er also survive: Mr*. Edna Keller
and Marvin Comb* of Hileah, Fla.
BETHEL PROGRAM STARTS FIRST
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220 High School Seniors To Get
Diplomas In Watauga's System
Deep Gap Man
Takes Own Life
Roy G. Welch, 29, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Glen Welch of Deep Gap
died last Wednesday from what
was believed to have been self-in
flicted gunshot wounds.
The body of the former South
Carolina state trooper, was found
in an isolated area in a wooded
area in Union county, S. C. and the
Coroner, Fred Phillips, said he
had apparently killed himself with
Mr. Welch served the State
Highway patrol in South Carolina
for a number of years, but had re
signed. He worked in Chester for
a while before going to Greenwood
as a dispatcher for the State High
Mr. Welch had been held in
high esteem by the Highway patrol
in South Carolina, and fourteen
patrolmen attended the funeral
which was held at the Stony Fork
Baptist Church Friday at 11
o'clock. Rev. Raymond Hendrix,
Rev. Rex West and Rev. Homer
Greene were in charge of the
rites. Burial was in the church
To Meet Friday
Directors of the Northwest
North Carolina Davalopmant As
sociation will meet Friday, May
IS, S p. m., at the Wilkes Y. M.
C. A., North Wilkesboro.
The program will feature
George Simpson and George Ste
phens, representing the governor's
program area development.
Announcement of the event by
John A. For lines Jr., president,
and Neil Bolton, secretary, urged
that each of the 11 counties in the
association be well represented at
the meeting on Friday.
Last Rites Held
For Miss Moretz
Miss Gertrude E. Moretz of
Route 2. Boone, died Sunday. She
Funeral service* were held
Tuesday at 2:30 at Bethel View
Methodist Church by Rev. R. H.
Ballard and Rev. Arlie Moretz.
There are four brtthers and two
sisters: Elbert S. and Ira Moretz,
Todd; Rev. Willett L. Moretz,
Swannanoa; Grady G. Moretz,
Statesville; Mrs. Barbara Seatz,
Mrs. Lydia Winebarger, Todd.
The Democrat* of the town of
Boone are asked to meet in con
vention at the courthouae in Boone
Saturday evening May 20, by Wade
E. Brown, chairman of the local
Democratic Executive Committee
for the purpoae of naming candi
dates for Mayor and three mem
ber* of the Board of Aldermen to
be voted on in the election of
A full attendance of Democra
tic voter* i* asked.
J. W. N orris has been elected
Commander of Watauga Poet,
American Legion for the coming
year, while Lionel Ward ha* been
re-elected a* Adjutant, Finance
Officer and Service Officer. Cloyd
N orris 1* thf first Vice-Commend
er, Lawrence Henaon, Chaplain;
Jack Ward, Sergeant at Arm*; E.
B. Hardin, Historian.
Delegate* elected to the Depart
ment Convention of the American
Legion were J. W. N orris, Chair
man; Lionel Ward, Secretary; E.
B. Hardin, Thomas Stan* berry, F.
E. Arndt, Charles P. Dougherty,
William C. Miller; alternates: Troy
NorrU, Battle Norris, Clyde C.
Miller, Cloyd Norria, Ralph Greer.
THEY WALKED AWAY! ? The driver of this car and his two passengers suffered only bruises and
scratches when the vehicle ran off highway 221, three miles south of Boone Saturday, and went over a
190-foot cliff. The car was demolished. Driver of the 1M9 Mercury was Dennis Eugene Kidd, and his
passengers were Claude Walker and Louise Walker, all of Lenoir.? Photo Flowers Photo Shop.
SKI RUN PLANNED
Winter Sports Project
To Cost Half Million
King Triplett Is Awarded
Harvard College Scholarship
Word hai Just been received by
King Triplett, a senior at Appa
lachian High School, that he is
the recipient of a $2000 scholarship
to Harvard College. The letter
also stated that he it one of about
fifty students holding this award
in a class of almost twelve hund
The National Scholarship, which
Is an award made in recognition of
exceptional intellectual promise
and strength of character and per
sonality, is the highest honor Har
vard College confers on an incom
ing freshman, according to the
letter. National Scholarship stip
ends are calculated to be high
enough so that the student can
pursue his college studies and ac
tivities without the need for term
time employment or borrowing.
National Scholars who maintain
high honor records continue to
hold their scholarships during col
lege, and may in some cases have
them renewed for graduate study.
King la the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Coaker Triplett of Boone. He has
been a star athlete at Appalachian
throughout his high school career,
as well as being a Straight "A"
student. He was elected president
of thii year'i student body by a
unimoui vote of the ctudent body.
Appalachian State Teacheri Col
lege director of Placement, Robert
Randall, a Harvard alumnui, was
instrumental in initiating the move
to obtain the scholarship. Mrs.
Margaret Gragg, guidance counse
lor, aided King in the preparation
of necessary materials for applica
Other AHS seniors who have
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Lions To Sell
The annual Lions Clnb broom
sale will start In Boone nut
Monday afternoon at I p. m.
Members of the Imw Lions
Clnb will eoadact a bouse to
house canvass of the town and
will wear arm bands as a means
The brooms arc manafaetared
by the Industries operated by
the blind, and local Lions nae
the profits they make from the
project to further their local
program of aid to the blind.
Calendar Of Events
In Schools Is Given
W. Guy Angell, superintendent
of Watauga county schools, an
nounce* the following calendar for
the county schools for the 1881-43
Principal* begin work Wednes
day, August 0, two weeks prior to
opening of achools.
Teachers begin work Tuesday,
August 22, two days prior to the
regular 180 day school term.
Registration and orientation of
students is scheduled Wednesday.
All schools will be open for a
full schedule of class work Tburs
day, August 24.
The holiday schedule:
(a) One day ? October 10 ?
Northwest District teachers meet
(b)? Two day*? November 23
(c) Six days ? Beginning with
cloae of school December 20
through January 1? CM-irtmas hol
(d) Two day* ? Friday, April 20;
Monday, April 23 ? Easter holidays.
All schools do** Thursday, May
17, 1063; last day o I work lor
teachers, Friday, May II,
A half million dollar winter
(porta project ia the goal of a
group of Boone buaineaa men, who
are making preliminary plana for
the financing and location of the
Tenative plana call for the loca
tion of a 2,000 foot akl alope in
the Boone-Blowing Rock area, ac
cording to Jack Williama, of
Boone, spokesman for the group.
Attorney Wade E. Brown and
businessmen Jack and Don Wil
liama are acting as the incorpora
tors of the project, which will be
known as Winter Sports, Inc., and
an organization meeting, which
will elect officers, is planned for
this week, it waa said.
The project ia expected to in
clude the ski run, an ice skating
rink, a bob sled run, ski shop and
lodge facilities, and the develop
ment will be financed through the
aale of atock in the corporation.
Stock will be offered at ten dollars
a share, Mr. Williams said.
Engineers from the Larchmont
Corporation have been engaged to
select the moat suitable site among
several being conaidered.
Will Be Held
Two hundred and twenty stu
denti in the county'* four high
schools will graduate next week, it
was announced by W. Guy Angell,
superintendent of schools.
Graduating exercises have al
ready begun at Bethel High
School, with the Baccalaureate ser
mon being preached Sunday. Com
mencement will be held at the
school tonight (Thurs.) with the
seniors conducting the program.
The Rev. Carl Wilson and the
Rev. W. T. Brackett were in charge
of the Baccalaureate program.
Other schools will have the Bac
calaureate sermons Sunday. Com
mencement exercises at Blowing
Rock and Cove Creek will be
Tuesday. Appalachian High School
will have its final program on
Appalachian High School grad
uates 110; Bethel 17; Blowing Rock
27; and Cove Creek 66.
The Baccalaureate service for
Appalachian will be in the First
oijntii v^uumn at o:vu p. III. Sun
day. The Rev J. Boyce Brooks,
pastor, will deliver the icrmon.
Graduation exercises will be
held in the new P.E. Building
on the college campua. Theme of
the exerciaes will be "Deatination
?Future." Reid Cottrell will in
troduce the theme. D. H. Johnson
will apeak on "Fuel Up") Joe
Minor will talk on "Count Down!"
Bill Brooks will speak on "Blast
King Triplett will make the wel
come address, and Jane Hodges
will sing "The Lard's Prayer" by
Blowing Rock will hold both
the Baccalaureate service and the
graduation exercises in the school
auditorium. The Rev. Blake Brink
erhoff, pastor of the Rumple Me
morial Presbyterian Church will
deliver the Baccalaureate sermon
Sunday night at 7:30.
The graduation exerciaes begin
at 7:30 Tuesday night, with the
theme being "The Handa of Youth
Hold the Power of Tomorrow."
Stuents speaking will be the wel
come by Wanda Cooke; "Coopera
tive Power," by Edwin Isaacs;
"Accumulated Power," by Betty
Martha Triplett; "Potential Pow
er" by Mary Jane Kluti; "Nuclear
Power" by Linda Greene; "The
Power God Gave Man" by Beulah
Harrison; and "Dynamic Power"
by Kathleen Craig.
The Cove Creek Baccalaureate
speaker will be the Rev. E. F.
Troutman, assisted by the Rev.
Graduation exercisea will be a
combination program of student
speakers, glee club, and tape re
cordings. Title of the program will
be "America's Heritage? America
Watauga Teachers For
1961-62 Are Selected
The following teachers have been <
elected by the Watauga County
Board of Education for the achool 1
year 1M1-1M2, it waa announced
by W. Guy Angell, superintendent
Appalachian Elementary: John
Howell, principal; llary Hamby.
Carl Day, Robert Ramaey, Earl
Petrey, Robert Blaxier, Lou ike
Horton, Elizabeth Randall, Grace
Burklaod, John Foater, Clyde 1
Goodman, Ruby Lanier, Beaa Craw
ford, Lea Broome, Jane Robinson,
Ennia Davis, Ella Beahears, Velma <
Cottrell, Elizabeth Putnam, Mary
High, Jessie Peaae, Gaynelle Wil- ;
son, and Edward Black. i
Green Valley Elementary: John i
D. Marsh, principal; Lee Greene, 1
Susie Buchanan, Pauline Angell. I
Florence Greene, Ruth Winkler, 1
Lucy Luther, Eliiabeth Norria,
Reba llodgea, Daisy Adams, and
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Parkway Elementary: James A.
Greene, principal; W. Earl Greene,
Lucille Barnett, Pearl McNeal,
Mary Ruth Ayers, Earl Thomas,
Arlie Moretz, Mary Sue Todd,
Lovely Danner, Lucy Storie, Paul
ine Shoe make, Chloe Storie, Willi*
Sims, Reka Shoe make
Valle Crucis Elementary E. B.
Fox, Jr., principal; Ernie Triplett,
Thomas McNeil, Mary Haael Mast,
Ruby Michael, Grace Campbell,
Sarah Horton, Pansy Taylor, Lu
Con* Creek Elementary: Lovill
South, prinicpal; Pearte Horton,
Clint Baird, Jamie Henson, Jim
mie Mast, Dora Mast, Agnes Ship
ley. Susie Henaon, Kate Ellison,
KtCriel Gleam, Pearl Dowlmg,
Bethel Elementary: Clyde S.
(CeMUrtM* on page six)