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\ OLUME 6J NUMBER II MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA. THURSDAY. OCTOBER 15, 1969 EIGHT PAGES THIS WEEK ilULISlllO) '
4,100 VehidesCross Hiawassee
River Bridge Daily- SHC Says
Four thoiuand, one hundred ve
hicles cross H.iva*see River Bridge
every day, ; --cording to Sam Beard.
i>u:Uc relations o 1 lers for the
SUte Hijhway Commission.
All. Beard noted that the traffic
count over the Hivasee Bridge was
not as great a_> counts in other sec
t ens ot :>je state wheie r>ad work
has been considered.
"There has jeen a general nib.
un ' rsta.-ling about the ma..er of
a new bridge across lhwassee Riv
ton-jtructi. n," Mr. Beard said.
"Ihc iirmiu' * will be a safe faur
lane ^r.dfc w'.iich will n ?el all of
lhi> niin n-.um ^andrrrds required by
tie stile-. For all in;cnt and ^urpiso
the bridpc will b? a new bridse be
cause what is to be done <0 th?
present brirtre vill be major re
construct on." Mr. Board aid.
Mr. Beard continued, "when mon
ey was appropriated (or the Hiwas
? (Judge project it camr under
th? heading of "New Construction"
and not under "Betterment Pro- i
Jects," which ii the category used
lor repairs to roads and bridges.
AA hydrographic sirvey i-t?dy of
high and low water level l is not
complete as yet and plans for the
br.rige can not be drawn up until
Ihir study U finishec, added Mir.
Kslimated time fer completion of
?ho hydrographic study is Nov. 'IS.
M.\ Beard noted that this .will allow
a period of design for the bridge of
about f,ve months. Plans are now
for a May 1V30 letting of bids on
"The bridge acro-s lliwassee Riv
er will be just as sife cs a bridge
c.vi be. If any portion of the old
t idnc can be safely used, it will be
salvaged but at tills time it U not
kcwi i. any part of the bridge will
b s?ved. It might be that the whole
cooMriphon will be torn down,"
said Mi. Beard.
Crntrov^rsy over the Hiwassee
R.vf Bridge arose in Murpii-' at a
highway ir-eeting on Oct. 1. A
spokesman from the Highway Com
mission stated at the meeting that
a new bridge would not be built
but that 1'ie present bridge would
be repa ired. i
Frank Forsyrh. state senp'or for
Ike 33rd District, received word
fr-m Melvin Brcughton. ch .irmin
of the Highway Commission, in
Juno, that the necessary funds had
teen reserved for a new bridge
across Hiwassee River.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Mrs. Phyllis B. Babb, Editor
THE CHEROKEE SCOUT
Murphy, North Carolina
Dear Mrs. Babb:
Alter talking with you by phone
today, 1 checked the daily tra.tic
count on US 64 in the vicinity of the
Hi was ;>ee River in Murphy and
found our latest count to be 3900
west of the bridge, 45C0 east of the
bridge and 4100 on the bridge facil
ity itself. The traffic counts repre
sent averages over a yearly period
with counts taken approximately
three times each year.
The Highway Commission at its
June meeting here in Raleigh ap
proved major construction on this
facility, recognizing the fact that
the present structure is not ade
quate to handle present volumes ol
traffic. I regret very much tha
there has been a misunderstanding
and that some of your people feel
the Commission has in mind only
repairs to the existing bridge.
Whatever is done over the Hiwas
see may be considered as major
construction or reconstruction. Bj
reconstruction, 1 mean that a com
pletely new superstructure would
be built with murh wider lanes, new
rails and sidewalk facilities, and
new bridge approaches. 1 think you
wculd be interested in knowing that
in such reconstruction projects, the
Commission Engineers have in
m nd an eventual bridge facility
which would be new in appearance
and in the service it would provide
to ?trairic. It would also be new from
the standpoint of its life expec ancy.
I si ould like to point out that no #
linal decision has been reached on
inc mailtcr of the bridge or bridges
and we shall be happy to keep you
informed from time to time as the
engineering details of location and
design are worked out.
Generally speaking on major pro
jects si/ch as this, a period of one
year and sometimes is required
before a Commission approved
project can be let to contract.
I know that you can appreciate
the engineering intracacies which
must be worked out in final form.
The present schedule as I indicated
ea loc phone calls for the Hydro
graphic Department to finish its
survey work around the middle of
next month, leaving a six or seven
month period for design and acqui
sition of any needed rights of way.
The tentative letting date for the
Hiwassee Bridge project is May
I can appreciate your Temark
that your paper wanted only the
facts in the case, and I am happy
to furnish you this information.
This project nas been a long
needed one for Cherokee County an
now that the Highway Commissioi
has given it the nod of approval
we certainly want to avoid any mis
understanding about it, and we ap
prociaie any efforts you can exer
to see that the matter is explainer
to your readers.
Public Relations Officer
October 12. 19a9
A record iwmaer of 4,369 handi
capped North Carolinians were re
s ored to employab'o and produc
tive status through services ren
dered by the Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation. State Department ot
Public Instruction, during the past
' iscal year.
Charles K. Warren, Director ol
the division, reported that 13,073
disabled and handicapped persons
received services during tiie year,
and that the division now has ready
ior employment 8S0 persons. There
a:.: also 61 additional persons not
included in the 4,369 .wlto are in
employment and are undergoing
linal adjustment to the job.
The number rehabilitated repre
I sents an increase of 832 cases ?
I a 22.8 per cent increase over last
Mr. Warren stated that rehabil
itation of a disabled person is no
something which is done for a com
munity, but tha* rehabilitation must
be achieved by the community it
s. If. The aid and guidance of a
professional counselor from the di
vision of Vocational Rehabilitation
are available to coordinate such
To Hold Meeting
MUrphy Woman's Club will mest
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p. m. at the
Power Board Building.
First National Attack On Adult
Illiteracy To Be Made This Year
BRASSTOWX ?Ten commercial
television stations In the Carolinas
and Tennessee will devote a total
of nearly 500 hours of ptfblic service
time to a mass attack on adult
illiteracy during the next year.
The stations, scattered from Wil
mington, N. C. on the coast, to
Charleston, S. C. and Chattanooga,
Tenn., will give the time for X!
adult reading and writing lessons.
Each lesson will last 30 minutes.
The annoiicement of the plan
which will make possible the first
mass attack on Illiteracy In the
ration was made by Mayes Behr
man, director of the Literacy Center
of the Jcfcn C. Campbell Folk School
at Brass town.
la addition, Behrman said major
metropolitan] newspaper la cttM
like Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville,
Columbia, and Chattanooga had
agreed to help in the movement
called The Literacy Movement in
I he Southeast by Televiaion.
V'e organization of the 10-atation
chain which will present the lessons
during the first half of 1960 marks
(he first time in the history of thin
ration that one million adults have
been offered an opportunity to learn
to read and write.
The movement, which will cover
the Carolina*, Eastern Tennessee
and will have, at the same .time,
the Alabama Literacy Movement
offering lessons over three eduoat
icnsl stations in Alabama, is an
outgrowth of two aoBcmfal tel
evision twrblin mwitewou.
A new company. Murphy Crush
ed Stone and Marble Co., has rec
ently been formed. The company
will be located at Regal.
Jack A. Smith of Clear Water,
Fla., Jack A. Good, Chattanooga,
Tenn. and Forest Dean, Clear Wa
ter, Fla., formed the company.
Mr. Good will be the local man
ager and plans to move to Murphy
ir the near future.
Crushers are being moved here
now and the plant will be neady to
begin operation short a spokes
man for the Company said. The
plant .will employ seven or eight
people but plans are to employ
more people as the operation pro
gresses the spokesman continued.
Pie Supper, Cake
Walk To Be Held
A pic supper and a cake walk
vil! be held at the Unaka School
Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p. m.
Proceeds will be used to purch
ase school equipment.
Sept Honor Roll
The First Methodist Church has
announced the Sunday School honor
roll for the month of September.
Nursery: Robert Scott, Bobby
Forsyth and outan Taylor; Kinder
garten; Sharon Lochaby, Melessie
Bulord, Mrs. Whitley and Mrs.
Primary 1, Loioie Brittain,
Steve Wells and Mrs. May Brittain;
Primary 11, Wayne Wells, Bennic
Scott and Miss Clara McCombs.
Juniors IV, Tommy Clark. Fredd
<e Lochaby and Judy Qulnn; Jun
iors V, Mrs. Ruth Forsyth: Jun
iors IV; Jane Whitley and Tieacy
Nugent, Ann Lochaby, Freddy Dav
is, Judy Brittain and Gretchen
Intermediates, Ben Scott, David
Alverson, Dean Anderson, Doc
Carter, Barbara Worthen, Jerrj
Dickey, Steve Crawford and BiUle
Seniors, Linda Houts. Lynn Whit
ley. Brenda Qulnn. Phil Mattox.
Bobby Weaver and Shirley Burr
ell and Young Adult Class, Merle
Davis and Florence Houts.
John Wesley Class, Mrs. John
Davidson and Mrs. Howard Mar
tin; Hyatt Bible Class, Mrs. Neil
Davidson. Mrs. Vancce Wilson, and
Miss Lula Fain.
Men's Bible Class, Alden Coward,
Jerry Davidson, Neal Davidson,
<?*y Davidson, John W. Davidson,
E. C. Moore, Howard Martin, Frank
Mauciy. Jim Green, Paul Hyatt
the Rev. R. T. Houts. Jr. W. B.
Johnson, A. Q. Ketner and Hugh
Accidental Blast From Shotgun
Fatal To Two Year Old Child
Band Day To Be Held Saturday
The Murphy Elementary Band
will observe Band Day in Murphy
on Oct. 17.
Purpose for the special day is
to raise funds according to Ed
ward J. Reynolds, band director.
The Murphy band will celebrate
their first birthday on Oct. 29.
Mr. Reynolds said that when he
look over the baud that there we
re only two basic instruments that
were in playable condition and
a good 9et of drums. He said that
practically all instruments recently
purchased are new ones.
In order to build a band that will
be a credit to Murphy, I have set up
a seven year program to achieve
my goal. Since good musical
instruments are quite expensive,
the school^ band must foot the bill.
We can't expect parents to sink be
tween three and five hundred doll
ars for an instrument," said Mr.
Reynolds. He continued, "That is
why we must have the help of the
community to maintain our band."
Uniforms for band members are
rented at a nominal fee. These fees
are saved and will he used to pur
chase new uniforms when they are
needed, said Mr. Reynolds.
The Murphy Elemenlary Band
was invited to lead the Young Har
I ris Wagon Train and was invited
| to play at Duke Band Day and the
State-Clemson game last Week.
Mr. Reynolds said that he plans
for the band to enter the District
Contest in Cullowhee in <the spring.
The youngsters of the band play
for all Murphy High School games,
1 both at home and out of town.
I Duo to the lack of a band in past
years, Murphy has had to borrow
bands for special occasions.
Mr. Reynlds has a B. S. Degree
| in Music Education and is married
| to the former Jane Hill of Murphy.
Members of the band are; Judy
| Brittian, Mary Arden Davis, Kathy
Russell, Mike Jorden, Calvin Stiles,
Willian Fish, Luke Bayless, Mary
Linda Hyatt and Ann Lockaby.
Also, Carla Beth Stiles, Hairy
? Moore Gleen Alexander, ^FVank
Dickey, John Bruce, Faddy Lock
by. Knox Singleton, Bo Drcher,
David Hall and Sandra Rogers.
Also, Sherry Millsaps, Miriam
Rogers, Mary Francis Fain, Ron
ald Grice, Jimmy Jorden, Charles
Barrett, Wfp Bourse, Charles
Hinson, Hubert Wells, William Gr
een, Bobby Rogers and Bill Chen
Murphy High Bulldogs
Take Another Victory
Murphy High Bulldogs took ano
ther Smokey Mountain victory Fri
day against Hayesville Yellowjaj,
kets with a final scone of 21 to 0.
Chuch McConnell, coach of the
Bulldogs, said, "Both teams played
good ball but neither team could
do its level best in all that mud.
Mud hurts offensive playing rather
than defensive because the ball is
hard to handle and footing is diffic
When asked about individual }?la
y.?rs the coach said that all of his
boys played good ball and that no
one in particular stood out. AU of
the Murphy team got to play and
gained some valuable experience
which will help next football sea
Murphy took the kickoff and with
d 30 yard run by Hill drove to the
one yard line where they held and
Hayesville took the ball. Hayesville
kicked again and Murphy drove
ddep into Hayesville territory, this
time to the four yard line. The ball
went back and forth the rest of the
first quarter. Early in the second
period Bud Killian went over from
the three and N* Donald passed to
their own SO yard line. A pass from
McDonald to Rati gave Murphy SO
yards and ICieir second touchdown
lor the night. Ml- Donald ran the
Hill for the extra point.
The ball changed hands several
times until Murphy took over on
their own SO yard line. A pass fr
om McConald to Hill gave Murphy
90 yards and their second touchdo
wn tor the night. McConald ran the
The half ended with a score of
la tha third parted Bajraavilla
took the ball and was unable to
move it. Murphy took tne punt on
their own 40. Killian carried for
10 yards. A pass to Hartness gained
25 and another run by Killian gai
ned 11 yards, putting the ball on
the seven yard line. David Thomp
son carried for the final Murptiy
touchdown and Emanuel McDonald
carried the extra point.
On the final play of the game
Bobby Weaver intercepted a Haye
Friday night the Bulldogs will
meet the Cherokee Braves at Cher
okee. Gordon Isijy, assistant Coa
ch, said that the Cherokee team
might give Murphy a hard time.
Fall Craft Course
At Folk School
John C. Campbell Folk School
will begin it's annual fall craft
course Monday, Oct. 19.
Three hours classes will be held
daily in weaving woodcarving,
woodworking, pottery and Christ
mas decorations. The course will
continue througn Oct. 31.
Instructors will be Murrial Msrtin
Fannie McLellan. Lynn Gault and
Jesse Ledord, Miss Bernice Stev
ens. Field Craft Consultant for the
Southern Highlands Handicraft
Guild will hold a Craft Design work
shop during the nwe weeks.
Interested presons should write
to the school or Call VE 7 -7775 for
further information. Tha class in
Ctirtrtmai decoration* la United.
W. D. i Bill i Whitaker of And
rews was recently elected National
Commander of the 81st Wildcat
Division at the annual convention
held in Concord.
About 400 members of the 81st
Division from both World Wars re
united at the 40th annual conven
Mr. Whitaker. first vice presid
ent of Citl/ens Bank and Trust Co
served in the division during
World War 1 as first sergeant of
Company G. 323 Infantry Regiment.
The 81st Wildcat Division during
(he two World Wars was made up
mostly of men from North Carolina
and from most of the Southern
Serving with Mf. Whitaker are
James E. Cattail of Chicago, El.,
as national adjutant; George Owl
of Cherokee ai assistant national
adjutant, and William R. Lee o<
Georgia ae senior vice commander.
9. Bradly White of Concord la the
outgoing national commander.
A memorial service to honor de
ceased veterans of two World Wars
closed the Convention.
Next convention will be held at
Waynesville in October 1960.
TO HOLD MEETING
Murphy PTA will meet Monday
Oct. 19, at 7:30 pjn. at Murphy
The program will consist of a
panel dtscuScion on "Should Schools
Group Children By AMHty?" The
panel will delude: 1**. W. T.
Brown, panel leader: Mrs. Charlea
White, Walter Puett, Dr. H?in
WaQa and Paul Nare.
Wrestling With Brother
Causes Gun To Discharge
Saturday M'irilyn Beavers will
no! rclc jratc her third bi: :h?lay
Sh? was accidentally shot while
playing with a 20-gauge shotgun
Tutsdry e.'ierncon at icr home in
the Liberty section of Cherokee1
Coroner J. C. Townson reporte.l |
(he accident occurred ab>ut 4:30.
p.m. Coroner's jury ruled the death [
Muilyn was found by her mother, i
M. Welford Beavers, when she
Ensley Places j
Walt Ensiey of Rcute 1. Andrew.';
placed first in last week's football
contest sponsored by the Scout.
He received a ?S prize.
Second place winner was Rneer
Kephart of Route 3, Box 70. He
received a $3 prize.
James Whitaker of M'irphy plac
ed third. He recc:ved a $2 prize.
Murphy Midget Football team is
sporting complexly new (outfits. :
Frank Forsyth, one of the coaches '
ss:d that the best equipment avail
able was purchased.
Money, which was recently rai
sed through a public appeal, reac
hed $1422 but the uniforms cost
mono than that, according to Mr.
The team also carries insurance 1
nn its ircmbers which cost $150. A 1
$25 fee was paid to join the Pop
Warner Youth Conference and the
young group agreed to abide by
the rules and regulations of the
An anonymous donar has agreed
to cover additional expenses of the
Tht Murphy Midgets beat the
Turlletown Midgets Monday night
with a final score of 6-0.
Sept. Court Fines
Murphy. Andrews and County J
schools have received $6,309.96 from j
ihe clerk of court office for I
September according to James C.
Howse, Clerk of Superior Court.
.The money was received from
undistributed fines and fbrfituncs
according to clerk's audit report.
This was the largest amount re
ceived at one time In the way of
court fines. It was reported by Holl
and McSwain, atfeerintendent of
Murphy City School, that the scho
ols usually receive only several
The money is divided according
to the number of pupils each school
has enrolled. The money will be us
ed for general operating expenses.
The amount of money varies acc
ording to the way the court caaes
To Be Postponed
Recorder s Court trials to be held
Oct. ID has bees postponed tndefr
i nitely doe to Hie lUneas at SoUcttof,
F. 0. Christopher.
i lui i'f i :iu? r 'm a
Tli-. .iirotM stated ili.nl Marilyn,
?.i.i I r r#o brothers, ag?.
seven and lite. we ' aline in tin:
h ?ir.c I * i t war, on I be floor
n.wt t? lite kU in the bedroom.
11 and I ,r :>e\en year old
I. rather picked up the gi^n and be
gan wrestling .villi it. The boy was
laihiiw: the slock end of the gun
while Marilyn was holding the other
cm'. The tun accideatly discharged
inflating the fatal injury in the
I: was r-'porlej that Mrs. Beavers
loaded li e : 1 ti o;:rh ni'ht . for [TO
lu ti 'ii, and miioaded it in the mora
in;; placing the shelli on the dres
Her husband, ivho has been work
in : in New York, is flying home
Surviving are the mother and
father, six brnl '?? rs. Ray, Ronnie,
Lowcry. Sammy. Junior and Tony;
p. iisler. .1 'idy M k all of the home;
Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. H.
Beavtrs arj Mr. and Mrs. Clyde
Funeral services w ill be he'd Fri
lay at 2 p.n at Friendship Baptist
Church The Rev. I -ester Cook w ill
i.fficiate. Burial will be in the
Pack Funeral Home of Copperhill,
renn.. will be in charge of arrange
JOSEPH (JAY) WILSON
Scholarship Semifinialist '
Joseph H. Wilson
Principal Walter R. Puett of
Murphy High School has announced
that Jot.?ph H. <Jay> Wilson has
been named semifinalist in the
1959-60 National Merit Scholarship
Jay is the son of Mr. and Mrs. ?
J. H. Wilson Jr. of Valley River \
Avenue. He is a member of the .
senior class and student council
He is among 10,000 of the highest
scorers on the National
Scholarship Qualifying |
outscored over 560,000
and thus moved a step
winning one of the coveted
Scholarships to be awarded is I