North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
The FrarfkMn Times
r^\c^ i toj [
D- Cuaru Tuai^au A Ttinrulau * V V V >. t? ? All ai m Ll!_ f . ? a..
Published Evary Tuesday A Thursday ' Serving All Of Franklin County
Gy 6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg. N. C., Tuesday, May 20, 1969 (Eight Pages Today) 100th Year-Number 27
Bunn Has Full Slate
For Tuesday's Election^
Two members of the present Bunn Town Council have died to succeed Mayor
W. A. (Bill) Andrews in the top post and five men have filed for the four Council
teata. Bunn municipal elections are scheduled for next Tuesday.
The filing deadline set for 6 P.M. today, Bunn Councilmen Wayne Winstaad. a
former Mayor and Councilman Macon Morris, Road Maintenance Superviaer with
the State Highway Commission, have filed for the Mayor's post being vacated by
Bill Andrews, who is moving to Selma, according to reports.
Incumbent Councilmen Louis Debnam and Thurston Bailey have filed to return
to the Town Board and former Mayor and Council member Joe Edwards has also
joined the race. Two political newcomers have also filed for one of the four seats.
They are Robert Lee Jones and Kenneth L. Brantley.
Louisburg, Franklinton, Youngsville and Centerville held municipal elections
two weeks ago. Bunn traditionally holds its election later in May.
House, Three Others Get
Probation In Murder Cases
Four persons, three Negro and one
white including one woman, all charg
ed with murder, were given suspended
sentences here last week in the May
term of Superior Court. Perce II W.
Blacknall, 60-year-old Negro woman,
received four to six years and placed
on five year probation; Elvis G. Hicks,
Jr., Negro man, received a 5 to 7 year
sentence and was placed on five year
probation and Arthur Lee Ellis, Negro
male, was given Ave years and placed
on probation for that period of time.
Lonnie G. House, 51, former Dep
uty Sheriff here, charged in the Jan
uary 16, 1968 pistol slaying of Frank
linton Police Officer Carlyle Breed
love, was given a suspended sentence
in Superior Court here last week.
Houae was sentenced to "4 to 6 years
in prison, suspended for five years on
condition: (1) Not be engaged in or
participate in any form of gambling of
any description during the period of
probation; (2) Not use or have In his
possession any alcholic beverages in
CAPT. EDGAR OWENS
Retires After '
Capt. Edgar Owens or Raleigh, a
native or Louisburg Is shown above
following ceremonies staged here Sun
day afternoon as he retired from the
National Guard after 21 years of ser
vice. Capt. Owens was presented a
certificate and an office desk set by
the officers and men of the battery.
Col. John Fleming of Raleigh partici
pated in the ceremonies with other
officers and men of the unit. Owens
works with the N. C. Dept. of Revenue
any form; (3) Not have In his posses
sion or on his person any firearms; (4)
Be in his place of residence each night
during the period of probation be
tween the house of 9:30 P.M. and
6:00 A.M. with leave that these hours
may from time to time be modified at
the discretion of the Probation Officer
should circumstances dictate same".
House plead guilty to voluntary
manslaughter in Superior Court here
last February and Judge James H. Pou
Bailey ordered him committed for
psychiatric observation for sixty days
and withheld sentencing until the May
term of Court. House was charged
with shooting Breedlove at the Police
Officer's Oibln on the night of Jan
uary 16, 1968 following a supper
meeting of county law enforcement
officers. All had left the cabin when
the shooting occurred except House,
Breedlove, and Franklinton Police
Chief Leo Edwards and Franklinton
Assistant Chief Tom Allen.
A jury acquitted James Thomas
Alston charged with the capital crime
of rape last Friday in one of the final
actions of the week-long session.
Other cases disposed of by Judge
Bailey and Solicitor W. G. Ransdell, Jr.
William Edgerton, assault with a
deadly weapon. Nolle pros with leave.
George Clyde Evans, operating
motor vehicle under influence of in
toxicants. 120 days In jail, suspended
on surrender of his driver's license snd
payment of $100.00 fine and costs.
Melvin Richardson, non support.
Motion to quash is allowed.
Clem Pearce, speeding. 30 days in
jail, suspended on payment of $50.00
fine and costs.
William W. Crawford, breaking, en
tering and larceny. Nolle pros with
J David Lee Mann, murder. Nolle
pros with leave.
Joel Nebern Wilder, false pretense.
4 months In jail, suspended on pay
ment of costs.
Robert L. Anderson, breaking, en
tering and larceny. (2 cases) Not less
than 8 nor more than 10 years in
prison; to be confined under provision
of Youthful Offenders Act.
Cleveland "Catbird" Harris, break
ing, entering and larceny. (2 cases).
Not leas than 8 nor more than 10 years
in prison; to be confined under pro
vision of Youthful Offenders Act.
James H. Washington, breaking, en
tering and larceny. 10 years in prison.
Donnie R. Brown, non support.
Nolle pros with leave.
James Ernest Hicks, assault with a
deadly weapon with_ Intent to kill.
Court allowed motion to non suit
charge of "intent to kill". GuHty of
assault with deadly weapon. 2 years in
Linwood Gupton, operating auto
while under Influence of intoxicants.
Nolle pros with leave.
Nathaniel Alston, operating auto
under Influence of Intoxicants. 90
days In jail, suspended on psyment of
$100.00 fine and costs and to imme
diately surrender driver's license.
James Earl Hicks, operating auto
under influence of intoxicants. 4
months in jail, suspended for one year
See COURT Page 6.
College Graduates Largest Class In History
Dr. Thomas A. Collins. President of
North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Rocky Mount, told the graduates at
the 182nd commencement exercises at
Louisburg College Sunday to consider
the role of "A Magnificent Fool".
Using the biblical interpretation of
the word fool, instead of the mundane
usage. Dr. Collin* challenged the gra
duates to be i magnificent fool by
being aware of the world, its evils and
its goods, and by using their know
ledge, wisdom and efforts to better
conditions in a peaceful way.
Dr. Cecil W. Robbins, President of
Louisburg College, assisted by Dean
John B. York, presented diplomas to
174 graduates, the largest graduating
c)ass in the history of Louisburg Col
lege. Of these. 134 received Associate
in Arts diplomas. 7 Associate in
Science and 33 one year business
William Edward Privette of Middle
sex graduated cum laude and received
the Brantley Medal for men. Mrs.
George Ann F. Edwards of Louisburg
and Linda Jo Ay9cue of Henderson
tied for the Brantley Medal for wo
men. This medal Is awarded to the
candidates for graduation who have
the highest 2 year scholastic average.
The I. D. Moon Awards went to
Miss Barbara Brown of Raleigh and
James Edward White, III of Cove City,
N. C. This award is presented to the
best ail-round leaders.
The Chapel Choir sang the anthem:
"Give To The World Thy Peace" by
Grant. Miss Sarah Foster, director, was
The Reverend Sidney E. Stafford
pronounced the invocation and bene
Mrs. Cecil W. Robbins at the organ
played "Grand March" by Verdi as the
processional and "Largo" by Handel as
Marshals for the commencement
exercises were Deborah Elizabeth Ro
berts of Warrenton, Chief, Edith
Another Line Passes
Talton Matter Not Settled
Commissioners To Meet Again
On Welfare Budget Increase
The Board of County Commis
sioners will meet for the fourth time
this month, Wednesday afternoon, to
again tackle a troublesome budget
increase for the Welfare Department.
The session is slated to start at 2 P.M.
in the Commissioner Room in the
The Board delayed any action on
Electric Service will be interrupted
In the Louisburg area Sunday, May 24,
between the hours of 5 A.M. and 7
A.M.. according to an announcement
by Electric Department Superinten
dent Harold Foster.
Areas to be affected according to
Foster are: Franklin Street, Down
town section, Williamson Street. John
Street, Cedar Street, Spring Street,
Middle Street, College Street, Bickett
Blvd. north to Halifax Street. Justice
Street and Ford Circle.
The Interruption, says Foster, is
necessary to make repairs to the main
Sisters ln-Law Meet - Unexpectedly
Picture above shows scene of Monday afternoon accident on Blckett Bird involving sisters-in-law. Mr*. Elmer Griffin, driver
of car at left, waa attempting to make a left turn onto Ford Circle when her car waa (truck from the raar by Mr*. Q. S. Leonard.
Mrs. Leonard la the wife of Mr*. Oriffln't brother. Except for a minor facial cut suffered by Mrs. Leonard, teacher at Loulsburg
High School, no Injuries were reported. Her two children, paasengers in her car, were not hurt. Mrs. Griffin was alone at the time
4ftd she waa not injured. Damage to the two vehicles, however, was extensive.
the budget request last week in order
to make a further study of some
aspects of the state-federal require
ments, according to reports. The Wel
fare Department Is asking an increase
in the Public Assistance portion of the
budget from $75,437 this year to
$108,591 for the coming fiscal year.
Meanwhile the resignation of J.
Harold Talton as Chairman of the
Industrial Development Commission
remains unchanged. Talton. who has
been out of town for several days on a
trip with the Governor's Riven and
Harbors Committee to Washington,
Types of services and operation* of
the Franklin County Family Counsel
ing and Education Center were de
scribed by the coordinator Talmadge
H. Edwards, Jr., in an address before
the Epsom Lions club Thursday even
The meeting was held in the fellow
ship hall of Liberty United Church of
Christ with Nelson Falkner presiding.
Prior to dinner. Rev. John C. Allen,
III, returned thanks, and music and
singing was led by R. A. Bartholomew,
Jr. Osman Garrard led in the pledge to
Special guests were two Lions from
Durham, A. S. Holt, Jr., and Andy
Holt, III, who appeared before the
club to ask support for the candidacy
of Herbert C. Bradihaw of Durham for
the ofnce of District Governor of
31-G. The yourtg Holt, whO is blind,
was recognized as the Black Belt Judo
champion, the only such title held by
a blind person in he country so far as
is known, it was said.
Addressing the group, Edwards
stated the Franklin County Family
Counseling and Education Center is
the service headquarters for a project
designed to Hnd new, additional ways
to meet the mental health needs of
rural communities. He offered a his
tory of the center, enumerated ita
goals, and elaborated on the many
services it conducts. The speaker, like
wise, gave a schedule of the center's
hour* of operations and something of
the work of Its staff and consultants.
The Franklin center facilities and
staff became available for services In
June of last year.
saici mis morning mat nmntnn nas
happened to make me change my
mind." He said his actions were final.
However, friends of the Commission
chief and some members of the Com
mission have indicated there is a pos
sibility that "ftlton could be induced
to reconsider in the interest of the
county. No one has spelled out just
what action would be necessary to get
Talton to withdraw his resignation.
Lack of action on the matter in last
weeki meeting of the Board is said to
have dampened efforts by some to get
Talton to change his mind. Commis
sion supporters were reportedly hope
ful that the matter could have been
worked out before now. What action,
if any, the Board will take Wednesday
A 51-year-old Epsom painting con
tractor and farmer died Saturday in a
Henderson hospital of injuries received
in an accident on N.C-39 on Saturday,
May 10. Rufas Lelsnd Clayton was
Injured in 1 tractor-trailer? auto crash
around 10 A.M. a mile and a half
north of Epsom, according to reports.
Also Injured in the head-on colision
was Benjamin Randolph Alford, 29, of
Louisburg, operator of the truck, ac
cording to reports.
State Trooper S. E. Atkinson re
ported that the northbound auto op
erated by Clayton struck the south
bound truck operated by Alford. At
kinson reported that his investigation
indicated the automobile crossed the
highway center line and met the truck
headon. He charged Clayton with
driving on the wrong side of the road.
Damages were figured st $3,000 to the
truck, owned by Ollle Vaughn of
Loulsburg and $200 to the Clayton
Funeral services for Clayton were
held Monday at 3 p.m. at Liberty
Christian Church at Epsom, conducted
by Rev. John Allen, III an; Rev. J.
Frank Apple. Burial followed In the
church cemetery. Surviving are his
wife, Mrs. Virginia Journigan Clayton;
a son, Rufus Clayton, Jr. of Hender
son; his mother, Mrs. Paurse Brlggs
Clayton of Henderson; two sisters.
Mrs. Nelson Hobgood of Henderson
snd Mrs. Macey Rowland o( Wilson; a
brother, Lewis William Clayton of
Louise Dudley of Fairfield. Margaret
Veil Freeman of Louisburg, Swannelle
C. Etherton of Bunn and Michael L.
Barnett of Henderson.
The Reverend Norwood L. Jones,
pastor of the Louisburg United Metho
dist Church, used as his text for the
commencement sermon "The Wings of
the Morning", taken from the selected
scripture lesson: Psalm 139.
Rev. Jones advised the graduates as
they take on "the wings of the morn
ing" today and go their individual
ways, that wherever that way might
be. God will be there. Hold fast to
Him, he suggested; you will need Him
when your stais do fall, for surely
Chaplain C. Wade Goldston gave
the invocation and benediction.
The Chapel Choir, directed by Miss
Foster, sang two anthems. "Jesus,
Jesus, We Adore Thee" by Cherublnl
and 'The Beautltudes" by Hopkins.
Dr. Cecil W. Robbins led in the
responsive reading. And following an
nouncements, he introduced The Re
verend Norwood L. Jones, speaker.
As processional, Mrs. Robbins, or
ganist, used "March of the Priests" by
Mendelssohn, and for the recessional.
"Pomp and Circumstance" by Elgar.
Mr. Shearon Harris, president and
chief executive officer of Carolina
Power and Light Company, was speak
er at the Alumni Banquet Saturday
evening, held in the Benjamin N. Duke
Mr. Harris, introduced by Rep.
John T. Church of Henderson, discuss
ed the history and plight of church-re
lated colleggfand gave, as a result of
extensiw'study, his opinion of what
needs to be done to preserve them.
Mr. Walter B. Jones, Director of
Alumni Affairs, was master of cere
monies. Rev. Wade Goldston gave the
See COLLEGE Page 6.
Inches Of Rain
Louisburg weatherman G. O. Ken
nedy reported this morning that the
local area received 1.78 inches of rain
Monday and coupled with the .002
inches Sunday gives a total of 1.8
inches or the best rainfall in two
months. Kennedy reports that 1.7
inches fell in March and only a half
inch fell in April.
The area had two inches of rain in
January and February this year, Ken
nedy said, but had received less than a
half inch in May before the Monday
downpour. He reported that tempera
tures are about normal for this time of
MARY JO DENTON
Mary Jo Denton, * student at Gold
Sand High School, hat been appointed
a pagette In the Noith Carolina Senate,
according to an announcement tMa
week. Ml* Denton wis named by U.
Got. Pat Taylor, Jr. upon the recom
mendation of Franklin Senator E. F.
Griffin. She la the daughter of Mr. and
Mrt. Joe Denton of Wood.