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DEDICATED TO PROMOTING CHEROKEE COUNTY
VOLUME (6 NUMBER ? 41
MURPHY, N. C.
MAY 9, 1957
TEN PAGES THIS WEEK
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Wastelands-Be Care -
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NEW HIGH SCHOOL TO BE DEDICATED? llio
Board of Education of the Murphy School Unit
has announced that the Murphy High School will
be dedicated on Sunday, May 19 at S p. m. in the
high cahool gymnasium. The public is nlvited
fcnd-Ui- 1 erm Activities
Slated In Murphy Schools
The schedule for commencements
and other 'exercises at Murphy
School was released this week by
Supt. H. Bueck.
The Baccalaureate Service will
be held Sunday, May 19th, at 11:15
a. m. in the school auditorium.
The Rev. J. Alton Morris, pastor
of the First Baptist Church wilt
deliver the Baccalaureate Sermon.
Sunday May 19, at 3 p. m. dedi
cation and open house will be held
at the New Murphy High School
building on Andrews Road. Attor
ney General George Patton will
Eighth grade graduation will be
Tuesday, May, 21, at 8 p. m. with
Hobert L. McKeever as speaker.
High School awards and medals
will be presented on Award Day,
Friday, May 17, at 9 a. m. Senior
Class Day will be held at the same
High School graduation will be
Thursday, May 23, at 8 p. m.
This week some 50 eighth graders
and their teachers are in Raleigh,
Wilmington and other cities on
their class tour of the state.
Elementary school May Day ex
ercises were held last Friday.
Primary grades (one through
three) will have a May festival
Friday May 10.
Miss Betty Weaver
In Essay Contest
Miss Marjorie Elizabeth "Betty"
Weaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Weaver of Murphy was the
winner in the county phase of the
1957 essay contest on "Vision and
Highway Safety", according to Dr.
William R. Gossett, local contest
chairman foi the North Carolina
State Optometric Society.
Dr. Gossett added that the win
ning essay writer will be presented
a prize of $25.00 U. S. Saving
The winning essay selected from
each county now will be entered in
the district competition. One win
ner will be chosen from the district
to compete in the state contest.
A $500 U. S. Saving Bond, plus
an all expense paid trip to the
North Carolina State Optometric
Society's annual- banquet in Ral
eigh May 27, will be awarded the
state winner. A $100 bond will go
to the second place winner, and the
third place essay will earn its au
thor a $50 bond.
Dr. Gossett also had words of
praise for the school officials who
helped make the contest one of the
most successful projects ever un
dertaken by the society.
"Withouf the help of the teach
ers and principals," he said, "the
contest could- -not have been suc
cessful, and the Society owes them
a debt of gratitude."
L L Love New
L. L. Love was elected mayor Jn
Andrews in an election held there
Mr. Love, a Democrat, polled 215
vote* and his only opposition,
Grady Garrett, Republican, had
148 vote* on a write-in ballot.
Aldermen elected were Mark H.
Elliott with 2M votes .Marvin Pal
lium, 297; Luther Truett, 298;
and Richard Flowers, 272. They
are all Democrats.
Grady Barlow, a Republican,
drew 37 write-in votes.
The incumbent, A. B. Chandler,
Jr., did not seek re-election.
CHEROKEE tOUNTY DEATHS
Ralph G. Barton Of Murphy Killed
In Florida Automobile Wreck Monday
Ralph G. Barton, 47, son of Mr.
and H. A. Barton of Murphy, was
killed Monday in an auto accident
near Miami, Fla.
Funeral services will be held
Thursday (today) at 2 p. m. in To
motla Methodist Church.
The Rev. C. A. Smith and the
Rev. Jack Palmer will officiate
and burial will be in the church
The body will remain at Ivie
Funeral Home until time for the
Pallbearers will be Ben Palmer,
Max Sneed, Neil Sneed, Dewey
Garrett, Pearl Swaim and Jim
Surviving, in addition to the par
ents are two sons, H. A. and Jack,
and a daughter Evelyn of Ports
mouth, Va; one brother, Guy A. of
Marathon, Fla., three sisters, Mrs.
Irene Scott of Jacksonville, Fla.,
Mrs. Sallie Stiles of Atlanta, Mrs.
Blanche Garren of Asheville, five
nieces and five nephews.
Dora H. Sorre Us
Mrs. Dora Seay Hooper Sorrells,
82, died in her home near Hayes
ville at 2 p. m. Sunday, May 5, af
"Kiddie Park" Set
To Open June 1
The "Kiddie Park" sponsored by
the Murphy Recreation Committee
is scheduled to open June 1 ac
cording to Hobart McKeeVer, chair
The park is equipped for almost
any sort of activities, the equip
ment consisting of two different
size wading pools, several swings,
see-saws, merry-go-round, a slide
Other members of the committee
are Merle Davis, Joe Ray and Ar
nold Beerkins. The chairman re
ports that the park will be under
adult supervision and each child
will have to present a certificate
that he or she has had at least one
polio vaccine betore they can at
The schedule hours of the park
will be announced later.
To Preach At
The Rev. Clinton J. Christmas,
pastor of Mt Lebanon Baptist
Church, Maryville, Tenn. will
preach at both morning and even
ing services next Sunday at the
First Baptist Church in Andrews.
The Rev. Christmas is a grad
uate of Fur man University and of
the Southern Baptist Seminary. He
has held pastorates at White Pine,
Dandridge, Tenn.; Calvary Baptist
Church, Alcoa, Tenn.; and Mary
-He was chaplain In Korea and in
the States for eighteen months. He
is married and has three sons, ages
thirteen years, eight years and
Dr. Roy McCulloch retired of
Asheville is serving as interim
pastor of the Andrews church.
A fellowship hour will be held
in the ladies parlor at t]ge church
on Sunday afternoon from S to 5 p.
m. Everyone is invited.
ter a brief illness.
She was a daughter of the late
Osborne and > Cindy Lou Rogers
Seay a prominent Towns County,
Ga. family. She had lived in Clay
County more than 35 years.
Funeral services were held at
2:30 p. m. Monday in Mt. Pleasant
-Baptist Churcn near Hayesville of
which she was a member.
The Rev. J. K. Hutchins and the
Rev. Berlin Thomas officiated, and
burial was in Union Hill Cemetery.
Surviving are the husband, Jule
Sorrells; three daughters, Mrs. Ef
fie Rice of Travelers Rest, S. C.
Mrs. Ernest Sims of Hiawassee,
Ga., and Mrs. Ruby Kitchens of
the home; two sons, Kirk Hooper
of Ringold, Ga., and Dennis Sor
rells of Hayesville.
Also five, sisters, Mrs. Lillie Par
ker of Westminister, S. C., Mrs.
Ollie Day of Atlanta, Mrs. Icie
Shook of Athens, Ga., Mrs. Ida
York of Bellgrade, Fla., and Mrs.
Marlor Shook of Hayesville; 13
grandchildren, and 21 great-grand
Townson Funeral Home was in
Hesby 0. Bracken
Hesby Herbert Bracken, 62,
died at 8 p. m. Saturday, May 4 in
a Murphy hospital after a brief ill
He was a native of Clay County,
a son of the late Dillard and Mat
tie Higgins Bracken and had lived
for the past nine years in the Mar
tin's Creek section of Cherokee
' -He was a member of Truett
Memorial Baptist Church in Hayes
Funeral services were held at 2
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High School Bus
Here On May 15
A school bus driver's Road-e-o
for senior high school boys in Cher
okee County will be held May 15
at the Murphy High field.
About 15 entrants from Hiwassee
Dam, Andrews and Murphy High
Schools are expected to participate
in the school bus driving contest,
according to Joe Sherrill of Bry
Mr. Sherrill, a representative of
the N. C. Dept. of Motor" Vehicles,
said that winners in the contest
will receive prizes donated by lo
Winners will also be allowed to
compete in the District Contest to
be held June 3 at which time $1400
in scholarships will be awarded.
Judges in me Cherokee County
contest will be from local civic
Old Martha's Creek
The Rev. Vernon Davenport, pas
tor of the Old Martin's Creek Bap
tist Church announces that there
will be" preaching every second
and fourth Sunday afternoon at 2:90
at the church.
The West Union quartet will take
part in the service this Sunday.
The public is cordially invited to
3-Day ^?*fy Check Lane
Started Here Wednesday
Dr. George Dyer
Of Murphy Civitan
Dr. George Dyer was elected
president of the Murphy Civitan
Club for the 1957 term at the club's
regular meeting Monday night at
the Methodist Church.
Other officers elected were: Ben
Palmer, president-elect; W. T.
Brown, vice-president; Bunch Nu
gent, secretary; Donald Phillips,
treasurer; and Ray Joseph, chap
Members elected to serve on the
Board of Directors are: Lillard
Walker, Kenneth Davis, Wilson
Palmer, Ralph Rhodes, John
Smith, and William Gossett.
The new officers will be installed
at a Ladies Night Metting on
Miss Becky Rhodes, a winner in
the Civitafi Essay Contest, was a
guest of the club and read her win
ning essay, "Home? The First
School of Citizenship". Miss Mary
Haigler was the other winner.
S. S. Williams, Roy Lovingood
and L. L. Mason were appointed to
a committee to select a Cherokee
County student to receive the an
nual $250 Civitan Scholarship A
The award is to be given on the
basis of scholastic achievement
and the need of tb? student, ac
cording to Dr. William Gossett, Ci
The Baptist Churches of Western
North Carolina and West Liberty
Associations plan a Central Train
ing School beginning Monday even
ing, May 13-16.
At the First Baptist Church in
Murphy, 7:30 p. m., Conference
leaders will be the following: the
Rev. Bill Spardlin, Associate T.
U. Director for N. C. Baptist will
lead the pastors and T. U. Direc
The Rev. E. F. Baker of Rob
binsville Baptist Church will be
the Adults leader. Young People,
Miss Doris Raxter, Associate Mis
sionary of Tennessee River; Inter
mediates, Mrs. Bob Smith, Stone
ville, N. C.; and Juniors, Mrs. E.
F. Baker, Robbinsville.
Other instructors will be Mrs.
Carl West and Miss Frankie Mar
tin.. Someone will be present to
look after the nursery.
All members of the Baptist
Churches are expccted to attend.
Andrews Lions Club
To Sell Light Bulbs
The Andrews Lions Club will
sponsor a house-to-house canvass
to sell light bulbs Thursday night.
Dr. F. E. Blalock, Lions presi
dent, said that the sale was in
conjunction with a state-wide Lions
Club drive and that proceeds would
go to aid the blind.
A three-day voluntary safety
check lane for Cherokee County
Motorists started Wednesday in
front of the Episcopal Church on
Peachtree Street here.
Frank Ellis, chairman of the
safety lane committee, said that
the check lane will be in operation
from 9 to 5 on Wednesday, Thurs- j
day and Friday.
He urged all motorists to take
their cars through the lane for a
free mechanical inspection.
Motorists with cars passing the
inspection will be given a wind
shield sticker signifying that the
automobile has been safety check
ed and all motorists will be given
a pamphlet on safe driving prac
tices, Mr. Ellis said.
Mechanical features of the cars
to be checked are brakes, front
lights, rear lights, steering, tires,
exhaust system, glass, windshield
wipers, rear view mirrors, and
Lions Club District Governor's Night
Scheduled For Tuesday. Mav 14th
Edward G. Barry of Little Rock, ?
Ark., first vice president of Lions
International, will address the an
nual Western Nortli Carolina Lions
District Governor's Night program, !
May 14, at 7 p. m. at the Battery
Park Hotel in Asheville
The program will honor W. E.
(Ed) Michael, Jr., of West Ashevil
le, Governor of 36 Lions in District
31-A comprising some 1,600 mem
bers in 12 western mountan coun
Barry will succeed John L.
(Jack Stickley) of Charlotte as pres
ident of the world's largest club
organization? 12,415 clubs with 546,
447 members in 75 countries? at
the international convention in San
Francisco, Calif., In late June.
The Lions International officer
will be introduced by Roy A. Taylor
of Black Mountain, past District
31-A Governor who is now serv
ing as an international counsellor.
Among state and WNC Lions of- j
ficials expected to attend are Nor- j
man Trueblood of Elizabeth City, j
secretary-treasurer of the N. C
State Lions Club Council; R. W. j
Easley Jr., of Murphy deputy dis
trict governor of Region 1; and W.
Mike Brown of Robbinsville, Zone
Barry, who is commercial sales
manager for the Arkansas Power
and Light Company, was elected
an international director at Chic
ago, 111. In 1950 third vice presi
dent at New Tiork City in 1954,
second vice president at Atlantic
City, N. J., in 1955, and first vice
president at Miami, Fla., in June
Thrift Sale Set
The "Thrift Sale" scheduled for
last week which was postponed due
to a conflict in activities will be.
held this Friday and Saturday.
The two days affair will be held
in the Rowland building formerly
occupied by "Bobbies Beauty Sa
lon" from 10 to 5 each day.
In addition to various articles of
clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture,
white elephant numbers, etc. on
sale, coffee, sandwiches, candy,
cakes, and cookies will be served.
The sale is sponsored by the Val
ley River Garden club with pro
ceeds going for projects of the
Murphy School Unit Requests $5,000
From County For Work On New Gym
The Board of Education of the
Murphy School Unit asked the
Cherokee Board of Commissioners
for $5,000 at the regular meeting ol
the Board Monday at the Court
The money is to be used for
building and installing seats in the
new school gymnasium. The Board
directed the County Attorney to
check to see if funds were avail
able for that purpose.
In other business conducted at
this meeting, the Board recom
mended that the Harbin Road be
replaced on the state highway sys
tem after receiving a petition from
about 60 signers.
They had previously recommend
ed that the road be removed due
to misinformation and misunder
A delegation from Hanging Dog
School requested funds to build an
auditorium. The request was de
The Board ordered that $250 be
donated to the Murphy Summer
Recreation Board as its share in
the lot for the new swimming pool.
They also ordered several roads
to be placed on the map. They are:
a one mile road in Shoal Creek
known as the Hibberts Road; a
one-half mile road in Valleytown
known as the Pisgah Road; a one
mile road in Valleytown known as
the Newman and College Street
Road; and a .09 mile road in Shoal
Creek known as the J. R. Stewart
The Commissioners also ordered
the County Accountant to purchase
EDWARD G. BARRY
Representatives of Cherokee
County's two Lions Clubs ? Mur
phy and Andrews ? have been in
vited to participate in the pro
gram. W. D. Foster of the West
Asheville Club is in charge of ar- :
rangements and will serve as toast- 1
N. C. Brotherhood
Be In Bryson City
Region Ten of the North Carolina
Brotherhood convention will be
held at the First Baptist Church of
Bryson City, Tuesday, May 14th.
from 6 to 9:15 p. m.
The theme of this conveVi >n will
be, "Men Marching for the Mast
er". W. K. Hooker of Franklin,
Regional president, will preside.
The program which starts at
7:05 will feature the Macon Assoc
iation Male chorus, and short talks
will be given by various speakers.
Dr. H. Park Tucker, Chaplain of
the Atlanta Federal Penintentiary
will bring the major address and
close the program.
Dr. Tucker has a vital message
for all men and boys. Each church
in Region ten is urged to send a
full delegation. The attendance is
1000 men and boys.
To Appear On
A group of young people from
Andrews sponsored by the Youth
Center will appear on "Tlie Top
Ten Dance Party" over station
WDEF Chattanooga, Tennessee at
noon Saturday, May 11.
Participants are: Kent Laughter,
and Carolyn Evans; Dickey Hig
don and Jean Hogsed; Bob Slagle
and Terry Slagle; Lloyd Derreber
ry and Anita Luther; Jackie Allen
and Ruthie Almond; Butch Love
and Joyce Deaton; and Bob Mar
tin and Martha Derreberry.
The group will be accompanied
to Chattanooga Saturday by Mrs.
L. E. Laughter, chairman of the
Youth Recreation Center commit
tee and Mrs. John Slagle and oth
Beaeflt Card Party
The Providence Hospital Auxil
iary will sponsor a benefit card
party at tfce Regal Hotel, Satur
day May 18th. from S to 11 p. m.
Mr. Ellis said that a uniformed
policemen would be on hand while
the lane is in operation and that
local garages would furnish the
services of an experienced mechan
ic for the mechanical check.
Highway patrolmen will also be
there as much as possible, he add
.The lane will be operated by vol
untary committees who will work in
two hours shifts. Chairmen of these
are: Wednesday, Dale Lee, Arnold
Beerkens, Bob Wnite, Bill Costello;
for Thursday, Hobart McKeever
Charlie Hughes, Richard Howell,
Harry Bishop; and Friday, Her
man Edwards, Gordon Wilson, W
A. Singleton and C. R. Freed.
In Andrews last week, 308 cars
were checked during the three-day
safety check lane held there.
The lane was operated under the
direction of John Ellis with local
civic clubs participating.
Mechanics for the check were
furnished by Dickey Chevrolet and
Reese Motor Co.
Exams Open For
At Post Office
The fifth U. S. Civil Service Reg
ional Office, Atlanta, Georgia, an
nounces an open competitive exam
ination for career or temporary ap
pointment to the positions of sub
stitute clerk, substitute carrier,
and substitute special delivery
messenger in the Murphy, North
Carolina post office.
Applications will be accepted
from persons who reside within the
delivery of the post office named
or who are bona fide patrons of
such office. Persons employed in
the post office will be considered
bona fide patrons of the office. Ap
plications must be received or post
marked on or before June 4, 1957.
The beginning basic rate of pay
is $1,82 per hour. Applicants must
have reached their eighteenth bir
thday on the closing date for ac
ceptance of applications. This age
limit does not apply to persons en
titled to veterans' preference.
Necessary forms and further in
formation may be obtained from
the Civil Service Information Rep
resentative .at the post office, or
from the Fifth U. S. Civil Service
Regional Office, Peachtree-Baker
Building, 275 Peachtree Street, N.
E., Atlanta 3, Georgia.
Mrs. Freel At Tea
Mrs. Margaret Walker Freel, Au
thor of "Our Heritage, a History
of Cherokee County", was honor
guest at an Autograph Party given
by the Cherokee County Historical
Society, Thursday evening in the
recreation room of the First
Methodist Church in Murphy.
Joe E. Ray, president of the soc
iety, presented the two winning
contestants in the recent Declama
tion Contest sponsored by the His
torical Society and the Toastmast
I er's Club. They were Ronnie Brit
Itian and Bobby Easley, who gave
the Declamations, "Give Me Lib
erty or Give Me Death", and "The
Miss Bell Slaughter, of Robbins
ville, Mrs. R. A. Dewar, of And
rews, and Mrs. Glenn Prater,
mayor of Hayesville, praised the
book of the county.
Dr. D. L. Corbitt, State Depart
ment of Archives and History, Ral
eigh, North Carolina, was tbe guest
speaker for the occasion and was
introduced by Mr. Ray.
Out of town guests included: Dr.
and Mrs. D. L. Corbitt, of Raleigh,
Miss Bell Slaughter, Mrs. Miriam
Ingram, Mrs. C. A. Bales and Mrs.
Cord ell Russell, at 1
Mrs. Glenn Prater, ms
esville; and Mr.
Dewar and Mrs.