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The FraMklin Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday ~
Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg. N. C.. Tuesday, May 6, 1969
(Eight Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 23
After 97 Fatality-Free Days
County Has Second
Road Death Of Year
Darrell Lane Smith, 21 -year-old
construction worker became the
second highway fatality of the year in
Franklin County Saturday. Smith was
injured in a single-car accident last
Thursday afternoon around 4 P.M. on
the River Hoad, four miles east of
According to reports, Smith was a
A three-car smash-up on NC 561
Sunday afternoon shortly after 2 P.M.
resulted in heavy property damage and
minor injuries to four persons, accord
ing to reports.
The accident, which occurred about
eight miles east of Louisburg, sent
Raymond Smith, 29, and his son
Wayne, 8, both of Raleigh; Mrs. May
nard Brewer, Rt. 2, Louisburg and
5-year-old James Earl Anderson, Hali
fax Street, Louisburg, to Franklin Me
morial Hospital with minor injuries.
Julius Lee Anderson, father of the
youth and Maynard Brewer, husband
of the injured woman, were not hurt.
Smith was believed the most seri
ously injured of the four. He reported
ly suffered some fractured ribs in the
crash. The vehicles were heavily dam
Governor Bob Scott has declared
this week, May 4 through May 10, as
Mental Health Week in North Carolina.
In connection with Mental Health
Week, the citizens of Franklin County
are invited to visit their local mental
health center. The Franklin County
Family Counseling and Education Cen
ter. at 110 Clifton Avenue just north
of the Louisburg College Campus.
An informal open house will be
held throughout the week except for
Thursday morning. Mental health films
will be shown every hour, on Ihe hour;
mental health literature will be on
display, the members of the staff will
be present to explain the services of
the local center.
passenger in * car owned and report
edly driven by Billy
Stallings. w m 17, Rt.
3, Louisburg. The ve
hicle ran off the road at
a point known as
struck a tree and caught
fire. Franklinton Res
cue Service and Frank
linton firemen answered the call.
Funeral services were held Sunday
at 4 P.M. from the White Funeral
Home Chapel here, conducted by Rev.
Walker Pettejohn. Burial followed In
Surviving are his mother, Mrs.
Valona B. Smith of Rt. 3, Louisburg;
two brothers, Morris of the home and
Bill Smith of Louisburg; two sisters,
Mrs. Carrie Stallings of Rt. 3, Louis
burg and Mrs. Mavis Bryant of Buies
Southern Pines - Dr. Raymond A.
Stone, president of Sandhills Com
munity College, has announced the
appointment of Dr. Avery J. Dennis to
the Sandhills faculty. He will assume
his duties this summer.
Dr. Dennis, a Louisburg native, who
joins the Sandhills faculty from Louis
burg College where he was a professor
of chemistry, has been named chair
man of the department of science. He
earned his Bachelor of Science Degree
in chemistry at N. C. State University,
Raleigh, and the Master's Degree and
Doctorate in organic and physical
chemistry at UNC at Chapel Hill.
A member of several honorary
scholastic fraternities including Sigma
XI, research. Alpha Beta Gamma,
chemistry and Kappa Mu Epsilon,
mathematics, Dr. Dennis is the author
of numerous published scientific
Dr. and Mrs. Dennis and their
young daughter and son will move to
Southern Pines from Louisburg this
One Dead, One Hurt,
Two Held In Shoot-Out
One man is dead, another it in
Wake Memorial Hospital with pistol
wounds and two others are being held
in Franklin jail facing charges growing
out of a shoot-out at a Negro night
spo't on Loiiisburg. Route 4, early
Sunday morning, according to the
Franklin Sheriff's Department.
Arthur Lee Ellis, c/m/20, Rt. 2,
Middlesex is lodged in the local jail
charged with murder in the pistol
death of Joe Fonnie O'Neal, c/m/20,
Rt. 3. Zebulon. Eddie Whitfield,
c/m/22, it in jail under $1,000 bond
charged with assault with a deadly
weapon with intent to kill William
Rogers Standi, c/m/22. Whitfield of
Rt. 1, Middlesex, is accused of shoot
ing Standi in the arm and chin.
The affray occurred in a place
known as the Tin House or Billy
Junior Mitchell's Place between Bunn
and Seven Paths around 1 A.M. Sun
day morning. Deputy Sheriff David
Batten said the two were not directly
connected although both occurred at
the same place about the same time.
He indicated that some difference*
might have existed between the men
from Middlesex and the men from
Zebulon prior to the shootings.
College Has Awards Day
The annual Awards Day at Louis
burg College was held Thursday. May
1, at 11:00 A.M. In the college audi
torium. Twenty-one students received
awards for their outstanding contri
butions and achievements during the
current school year.
Awards Day Chairman C. Ray
Pruette presented members of the
Faculty and Administration who gave
the awarda to the deserving students.
Dean John B. York presented the
National Methodist Scholarships to
Margaret A. Weston of Frankllnton
and Glenna Lee Wood of South Milla.
The Art Department awards were pre
sented by Mias Sarah Foster to Eliza
beth Bailey of Durham, painting;
Sharon Pullen of Virginia Beach, Va.,
drawing; Wayne Inman of Elizabeth
town, prints; Wayne Forsythe of
Fiankllnton, ceramics; and Carolyn
Levy of Durham, collates. For out
standing athletic and academic ac
hievements Terry Davis of TlUery was
presented the Athletic Award by
Athletic Director Ruaaell Frazler.
The Alpha Phi Epsilon Medal for
outstanding business achievements was
presented by Miss Adelaide Johnson to
Deborah Roberts of Wiurenton. Dr.
Avery Dennis presented the two
chemistry awards -? for the hi^lnct ,
average in General Chemistry. Ed Pri
vette of Bishopville. S. C., and in
Analytical Chemistry, Veil Freeman of
Louisburg For distinction in the thea
ter during two years at college. Grey
Williams of Norfolk received the .Wil
liam Raymond Taylor Drama Award,
presented by Mr. Robert Versteeg.
In the English Department Mr.
Umphrey Lee presented the Edwin'H.
Malone Medal to Linda Jo Ayscue of
Route 1, Henderson and the Journa
lism Award for outstanding work on
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Members of the Louisburg Rescue Service are shown above aiding 69-year-old
Leroy Williams, Rt. 2, Louisburg. who had fallen some forty feet down a ravine at
the approach to the Bickett Blvd. Tar River bridge here Monday afternoon. Shown,
left to right are: Jimmy Hill, Bryant Best and David Minnlch. Williams got out of a
pickup truck which had stalled along the shoulder of the highway and fell down the
ravine. He was uninjured. Staff photo by Clint Fuller.
NC 561 To Get Resurfacing
Raleigh - Bids for resurfacing two
primary highways in Franklin County
are being asked this month by the
State Highway Commission.
The work, estimated to cost some
$150,000, calls for 19.7 miles of roads
within the county to be resurfaced.
Thirteen miles of ...the resurfacing
will be done on NC561 between Cen
terville and Louisbuig, and the re
mainder of the work will be on US 1
from its intersection with US 1-A
north of Franklinton. This will involve
some resurfacing in the town of Frank
The bids will be opened at the State
Highway Commission building in Ra
Funeral services for Archibald
Nicholas Wilson, 62, retired tobacco
warehouseman and farmer, were con
ducted Saturday at 11 A.M. from the
Louisburg United Methodist Church
with Rev. Norwood Jones officiating.
Wilson, former President of the Louis
burg Tobacco Board of Trade, died at.
Franklin Memorial Hospital last Thun
day shortly before noon following a
lengthy illness. Burial followed in Oak
wood Cemetery here
He had served as Vice President of
the Middle Belt Warehouse Association
and was a past president of Green Hill
Country Club. A native of Franklin
County, he was the son of the late Mr.
and Mrs. John 0. Wilson, Sr. and one
of eight children. He was one of the
founders of the Big Franklin Ware
house here and was active in church
and civic affairs.
Surviving are his wife. Mrs. Myra
Wagg Wilson; two sisters. Mrs. James
Dick of Charlotte and Miss Lucy Wil
son of Tarboro; and two brothers.
John O. of Louisburg and Sam M.
Wilson of Fayetteville.
ieigh on May 28. and then will be
considered for final approval at the
regular June meeting of the commis
Cotton Producers To Vote
Cotton producer* will be given an
opportunity to rote on whether they
favor or oppoae the tale or leaae of
cotton allotmenta between counties
but within the state for 1970.
Ballots wan mailed to all known
eligible votera on Friday, May 2. They
must be returned on or before May
9th. Producer! are encouraged to read
the Instructloni for voting very care
fully, mark their ballots and return
them so as to reach the County ASCS
Office by May 9th.
John R. Davis, County Office Man
ager, says "1 hope our cotton pro
ducer* will cast their votea in this
referendum. A favorable vote will
mean producers can sell or lease their
aDotments between counties for 1970
If they ao desire "
Any producers who have questions
about the referendum should contact
the ASCS Office.
> Heaviest in Franklinton School Race
Voting Light As Four
Town Choose Officials
Reports from three of the four
county municipalities shortly before
noon today indicate a light turnout in
today's elections. The heaviest voter
activity by mid day was in the Frank
linton Township Board of Education
race. Almost 300 had cast ballots in
the seven-man contest for three seats
on the Board while only 121 people
had voted in the Town Council and
Mayor's race. Incumbent Mayor Joe
Pearce and five Council members are
In Louisburg, 222 people had voted
at 11 o'clock and a number had been
turned away because they were not
registered. One political observer said
this figure is below the normal count
at this time of day but expects that
voting will pick up later this after
Centerville reported that only
twelve people had voted there at noon.
Mayor John W. Neal is opposed by
newcomer J. D. Gupton in the only
contest in Franklin's newest incor
porated town. Two incumbent Council
members and one newcomer are unop
posed for the three seats.
There has been no report from
Youngsville where eight men are run
ning for five Council seats. Five incum
bents and three newcomers are com
peting there but Mayor Marvin Rob
erts is unopposed.
in Louisburg. Mayor V. A. Peoples
is unopposed but seven men and two
women ure running for the six Council
seats. Five of the nine are incumbents
and one Negro is in the race. At
Franklinton three Negroes are among
those seeking positions on the School
In 1967, Louisburg voted 501;
Franklinton cd&nted 557 and Cen
terville voted 72. Youngsville counted
only 43 ballots in 1967 when all
candidates were unopposed. In 1965,
Youngsville voted 109. The largest
vote in recent years in Louisburg was
735 in 1961 when Franklinton voted
Board Gets Tough On
School Fee Collections
The Franklin County Board of Edu
cation adopted a get tough policy on
fee collections in a regular monthly
meeting held here Monday night. It
ordered Superintendent Warren W.
Smith to advise all principals today
that no student would be promoted or
graduated until all fees and book
damage charges are paid.
The Board sets certain fees each
year to be paid by students for special
services not included in state and
county tax appropriations. The state
sets certain charges for book damage
and lost books and the Board was
informed by the Superintendent Mon
day nitfit that a number of delinquent
accounts had been reported and that
principals were asking what they
Garden Clubs Win State Awards
At the Forty-Fourth Annual Con
vention of the North Carolina (lard en
Club, Incorporated, held April 29-May
1 at the White House Inn in Charlotte,
the Louisburg Garden Club received
These were: the Elsie B. Deatom
Silver Award-given to the club which
makes the largest contribution finan
cially to the scholarship fund in pro
portion to its membership and a cash
award as one of the winners in the
state wide civic improvement contest
co-sponsored by the Garden Club of
North Carolina and the Sears Com
munity Improvement Fund.
A citation was also presented to the
Senior Club in recognition for out
standing activities in planting the seeds
of civic development and improvement
for present and future generations to
The Perennial High School Gar
deners were the recipients of the Car
dinal Silver Bowl Award. This award is
given to the unit submitting the best,
annual report on promo(ing>all seven
plans for the year. These plans include
work done in horticulture, conserva
tion, design and color, displays, work
shops and special unit projects.
This unit also received first place
winner for their year book and scrap
At the Junior Breakfast on Wednes
day morning the Gay Gardeners Junior
Club won first place for their scrap
book and second place for their year
book. There are fifty-three junior
clubs in North Carolina and each club
competes for these awards.
These young gardeners also received
the Junior Achievement Award that ii
See CLUBS Page 8
should do about them.
Principals are expected to be told in
a special meeting today that notices
must be sent to the parents of students
who have not paid their fees and book
charges and that unless such fees are
paid by the end of school, students
will not received report cards and will
not be promoted or graduated until
the accounts are paid.
In other actions, the Hoard approv
ed the construction of a relocatable
shop building at U>uisburg High
School. The inetal building is expected
to be completed by the fall opening at
a cost of around $13,000.
A number of routine business mat
ters were considered and the Board
delayed approval of the school calen
dar for the coming year until a special
meeting set for May 22 for the pur
pose of "reviewing teacher employ
ments for the coming fall term.
Miss Master (Charge paid her second
visit to Louisburg this morning and
immediately gave away $300. Lucky
card holders were Davis Perry, local
service station proprietor. Dean Hoi
ton. local postal employee, and Don
Hartness. manager of Louisburg
The Master Charge lady gave away
$400 a few weeks ago on an earlier
visit here. The young lady, accom
panied by a bank official, visits the
area regularly, as part of a charge card
promotion sponsored by several banks,
including First-Citizens Bank and
Trust Company here. ? ?
Members of the Gay Gardners and their sponsor* are shown above displaying dub projects which took top prizes in the state
last week Pictured left to right, back row, are: Cindy Deb nam, Gaynelie Harris,. Rhonda Grady. Kim Dement. Donna Abbott
Becky Talton and Jane Jolly. Front fo w, left to right: Marsha Tlllotson. Mrs. John Mills, sponsor. Ne?l Kimball. Cindy Wilder
with red ribbon winning drawing of a red bird, Ellen Friabe with dub honor roll certificate. Penny Nash, blue ribbon winning
scrap book, Gwen SU in bark. Karen Isley, Becky White, Sue Scott, Cathy McDonald and Mrs Fred Leonard, sponsor
Staff photo by Qint Fuller