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Govt. Asks School Board Imprisonment
New Court Room
Third Remodeling Of 1849
The .$200,000 renovation of the
courthouse was completed a few
weeks ago and the various agencies of
county government have now moved
into the greatly improved facility. -Ex
cept for empty spaces awaiting the
purchase of new furniture, the struc
ture-is now ready td withstand, per
haps, another 33 years.
That's how long is has been since
the old building was remodeled last.
Built in 1849 of "hrick and stone" it
was later remodeled* and used until
1936 when it was remodeled again and
now, in early 1969, the latest face
lifting is completed.'
The remodeling in 1936 cost
around $33,000 and was shadowed by
a court injunction which halted cons
truction for nearly a month when B.
M. Stallings. described as "a former
pressing club operator" went to court
in his name and the name of other
taxpayers because the Board of
County Commissioner failed to award
a contract .to a low bidder and under
took to accomplish the work without
In August of that year, the injunc
tion was removed- when the Board
awarded the general contract to C. A.
Ragland for- $28,935 and the heating,
plumbing contract to W. N. Wiggins
for $4,520. William Edens was super
visor of the construction.
J. H. Boone, retired county tax
Collector and accountant, had the
honor of laying the first brick for the
new construction in_ 1936. No such
ceremonies were held when the newest
By Clint Fuller
Times Managing Editor
renovations were started in 1968.
An interesting side note to the start
of work in 1936 is the report in The
Franklin Times that the "First lick
struck produced a broken sledge ham
mer". No record is available on how
many, if ' any, such hammers were
broken in the latest project.
Another parral is that in 1936 court
was adjourned in the old opera house
because "heating facilities (were) not
sufficient'.'. The same happened here
on several days when the heating
facilities in the Uuiwbttfg- Armory
were found Insufficient.
But, alt that is behind now and the
newly renovated building would be
something to see fpr those who built
the first courthouse out of logs In
1781. Modern lighting, perhaps adds as
much as anything else to the interior
and the bright new coat of paint
throughout also brightens what was.
before, a dark and dreary hallway as
well as most offices.
There is ample space in all quarters
now and although it looks spacious,
when more furnishings are added, the
picture will become better focused.
All in all, the new facility is a credit
to the county and to those who had a
hand in its doing. Many compliments
have been expressed over the looks of
the building. The outside architecture
was not harmed with additions and
except for some less vision at the
corners of Nash and Market and Court
Streets, little difference can be noted.
There is always someone nearby
from one of the offices glad to take
persons wishing to see the facility on a
tour. A large number of people have
taken a look in recent days and more
are expected. It is one of the nicest
courthouses anywhere for a county
this size. It belongs to the people. Go
by. Take a look.
of the National Council of State Wel
fare Administrators for some ten
years; from 1956 until 1963 she served
as Chairman of the North Carolina
Governor's Coordinating Committee
on Aging; and was a member of the
Governor's Committee t>n Migrant
Labor from 1959 to 1963.
Member of the Academy of Certi
fied Social Workers and a Fellow of
the American Sociological Association,
her honors and awards include the W.
S. Terry, Jr., Memorial Merit Award
presented by the American Public Wel
fare Association In 1963, and the
Distinguished Service Award of the U.
S. Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare, 1967.
Author of a number of books and
articles, her recent publications deal
primarily with issues in social welfare
policy with special focus on public
To Get Cotton
The U. S. Department of Agricul
ture has announced tHat small cotton
farms will be eligible (or the small
farm payment on 35 per cent of the
effective allotment even if no cotton Is
planted on the farm. Small farms are .
those with allotments of 10 acres or
less or with projected production of
3,600 pounds or less. As in past years,
farms releasing acreage to (he county
ASC committee will not be eligible for
the small -farm payment. s
The principal provisions are as fol
lows: Unlike the programs for -1966
through 1968, payments will not be
offered in 1969 for diverting acreage
The National average price-support
,loan rate for middling 1-inch cotton at
average location has been set at 20! 26
cents per pound for the 1969 crop.
Price-support loans available to pro
gram cooperators for different indivi
dual qualities will be based on the
middling 1-inch rate. This compares
with the 1968-crop rate qf 20.26 centa
per pound for middling 1-inch cotton.
The price-support payment rate to
cooperators has been established at
14.73 cents per pound. This payment '
is In addition to the price-support
loan. It Is the amount necessary In
addition to the loan to provide pro
ducers at least 66 per cent of parity on
cotton produced within the acreage
permitted under the program.
Says Classrooms, Buses Segregated
The United States Justice Department has asked the U. S. Eastern District Court to "remand" the Franklin
County Board of.Education "to the custody of the Attorney General for imprisonment? in charges filed in
Raleigh Wednesday afternoon, Seeking to have the Court declare the five-member Board and Schools
Superintendent Warren Smith in contempt of federal court. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has also asked ~~
that a "daily fine" be levied against the individual members and Smith.
The Attorney General claims in his latest charges against the Franklin Board that students are segregated in
the classrooms and on school buses
and that Negro students are being
taught by Negro teachers and white
students' are being taught by white
"The great majority of Negro pupils
jn the district, especially in the
elementary grades, have been assigned
to all-Negro classes taught by Negro
teachers," the Justice Department
claims, "whereas white pupils have
been uniformly assigned to all-white or
predominantly white classes taught, in
most instances by white teachers. "
The Board of Education disclosed
at the opening of schools, under the
federal court order to fulty integrate,
that pupils were assigned to classrooms
based -on reading ability as determined
by tests a year before the court order.
Team teaching was also begun this
year to insure that all children in a
class would get the benefit of teachers
of both races and teachers were select
ed to teach subjects for -which they
were best qualified. No policy or
directive was ever issued pertaining to
Segregated school buses, although a
number of- parents have transported,
th&lr children to school by private car.
Sth^ol Supt. Warren Smith and
Hoard attorney E. F. Yarborough de
clined comment on the latest charges
until a further study is made. Indica
tions are, however, tttaC a statement
from the Board will belnade later
today. The next meeting schediliedby
the Board is set for Monday nightSc
The Attorney General also asks that
the tuition policy of the Board be
halted, claiming that it discriminates
against Negro students. The North
Carolina Attorney General ruled some
time ago that tuition may be charged
for pupils attending schools outside
the district in which they reside. The
Franklin Board instituted such a
policy last fall.
Clark claims "these requirements
denies Negroes equal protection of the
laws, to the irreparable injury of the
United States". r ' -
_ The latest charges in the court
battle which began in 1965, asks the
U. S. Eastern District Court for "An
order adjudging the defendants, Frank
lin County Board of Education, War
ren W. Smith, Horace W. Baker, W. T.
Boone, Jones H. Winston, Albert C.
Fuller and Lloyd A. West, to be in civil
contempt" of five court orders and to
direct. 'That unless said defendants
purge themselves of their contempt
within three days of such adjudication
or iuch time as may be set by the
Court, each of the individual defen
dants be remanded to the custody of
the Attorney General for imprison
ment and. that each of the defendants,
individual and corporate, be subjected
to a daily fine, all until they have fully
purged themselves of their contempt."
HEW Official To Speak At College
Dr. Ellen Winston, a consultant to
the Office of the Secretary, U. S.
Department of Health, Education and
Welfare, will be sponsored in a public
lecture by the Louis burg College Lec
ture Series Tuesday. January 21, 1969,
at 3 p.m.. in the College Auditorium.
Her subject is "Private versus Public
Responsibilities for Welfare," and the
The Franklin County Sheriff's of
ficers are continuing a search today for
Brooks Merritt, 61, of the Moulton
Community. Merritt, reportedly miss
ing since last Friday, was described as
being about 5'10" tall and weighing
around 135 pounds. When last seen,
according to reports, he was wearing
The Sheriffs Department reported
that the , man wu reported missing
Wednesday and a search was launched.
Merritt reportedly lived alone and a
brother, according to the Sheriffs
Department filed the missing persons
By mid-morning, the Department
reported that Merritt has not yet been
audience will be invited to a discussion
and inforn\al reception following the
Among Dr. Winston's other current
activities are: Chief Consultant for the
Natibnal Study Service of New York;
consultant for the Ford Foundation;
Vice President of the Child Welfare
League of America. Inc.; member of
the Board .of Directors of the National
Council for Home maker Services,
Council on Social Work Education,
and the Silberman Fund; and trustee
of the National Health and Welfare
Retirement Association. She is secre
tary of the U. S. Committee of the
International Council on Social Wel
fare and one of the two United States
representatives on the Permanent
Committee of the International Coun
cil on Social Welfare. She represents
the United States on the 9 member
United Nations Preparatory Com
mittee for the 1968 International Con
ference of Ministers of Social Welfare.
As the first U. S. Commissioner of
Welfare, Dr. Winston headed the Wel
fare-Administration in the Department
of Health, Education, and Welfare,
which included the Bureau of Family
Services, Children's Bureau. Office of
Juvenile Delinquency and Youth
Development, and Cuban Refugee Pro
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NC 39 Held
A hearing was scheduled this morn
ing in Henderson on the NC-39 project
in Vance County. The project, which
has a counterpart in Ftaqklin County,
has been cut due to what the Highway
Commission calls "innation".
An announcement by Capt. W/Pk
Brewer, Executive Secretary of the
Henderson-Vance County Chamber of
Commerce, states that Fifth Division
Commissioner J. B. Bra me of Durham
and other highway officials will be
present for the 11 A.M. conference.
It is expected that the Vance of
ficials will seek to obtain additional
funds, hoping to extend the improved
road to Gillburg. somf five miles east
Bids are to be let in the January 28
meeting of the Commission on both
ends of the project, which reaches
from Louisburg to Ingleside in Frank
lin County. ? . .
Pictured above are officers of Louitburg Lodge No. 413, who were installed at the meeting on Tuesday night. Front row, left
to right: Max T. Brown, Treasurer; Candler Strickland, Senior Warden; Douglas Gupton, Master; Charlie Smith, Jr. Warden;
James Johnaon, Secretary; second row: Herbert P. Beasley, Chaplain; Dean Holton, Senior Deacon, Sammy Beasley, Steward;
Milton Alford, Steward; Perry B. Beasley, Installing Marshal; George Finch, Jr., Jr. Deacon and bacc row, James Harris Wheles,
Installing Officer. Larry Griffin, Tyler, was not present when the picture was made.
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