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The Franklin times. (Louisburg, N.C.) 1870-current, June 19, 1969, Image 1

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The Fran'kMn Times Published Eve?y Tuesday & Thursday Serving All Of Franklin County Telephone Gy 6-3283 Ten Cents L<ouisburg, N. C., Thursday, June 19, 1969 (Eight Pages Today) 100th Year-Number 36 u Wind , liain Damage Heavy At Centerville Centerville residents are busy todny clearing away fallen trees and other debris following one of the worse storms in years which hit the eastern Franklin community shortly after 9:30 P.M. Wednesday night. Scores of trees were blown over; several across busy highways snarling traffic in at least two directions. Limbs and leaves were strewned across.all roads leading into the crossroads community. There has been no estimate of the damage in the area but at least one car. owned by Clemon Nelms. was heavily WIRES CLIPPED ALONG NC-58 SOUTH M\ ? T . ? , TOBACCO BLOWN AND WATER-LOGGED ON NELMS FARM CAR SMOTHERED BENEATH FALLEN TREE TRAFFIC SNARLED ALONG NC-58 NORTH Two Missing Boys Found Unharmed In Maryland Sheriff William T. Dement reports that two boys missing from their homes since Tuesday night, June 3, have been found safe in Westminster, Maryland. Wesley Earl Smith, 17, and Charles Wayne Piper, 14, both Franklinton High School students, were first reported massing over two weeks ago. The boys' parents traveled to Maryland Tuesday night after being alerted as to the whereabouts of the boys through an insurance company. The 1961 Chevrolet, owned by Ben Smith, Route 1, Kittrell. father of one of the boys, was involved in what was apparently a minor mishap in Maryland and the Insurance company there reported the incident to a Louisburg insurance agency. According to reports both boys were working at a cement plant in the small town, twenty miles from Baltimore. It was learned that the Smith youth decided to remain in Westminster and continue his job. The Piper youth returned home, according to reports. Neither boy was hurt or harmed, it was reported. The pair had been the object of an all-state alert for the past two weeks and the Sheriffs department had conducted an extensive investigation and search for the youths. A number of false leads had been run down by Sheriff's officers and parents of the youths. One Killed Former Local Man Injured In Vance Wreck A former local resident now living In Raleigh was admitted to Maria Par ham Hospital In. Henderaon follow ing an automobile-truck accident on US-1 south of Henderaon Tueeday around noon. The driver of the truck waa killed. Cecil Robert (Bobby) Sykes, ion of Mr. and Mi*. Cecil Sykea of Loulaburg waa not believed seriously injured when the small foreign car he was driving was struck in the rear by a panel pickup truck. Jerry Woodard, 22, of Route 2, Four Oaks was killed with the truck overturned pinning him underneath. , Sykea received a whiplash-type In jury, the officer explained, and com plained of head and back pains. Both vehicles were southbound on U. S. Highway 1 at the time and the truck apparently ran into the rear of the small auto. Upon impact, the truck overturned on Ita right side and Wood all momentarily was pinned In the vehicle. Trooper B. R. Sutton pointed out. Paaaarbys freed the victim from the wreckage before Vance Ambulance Service ambulances arrived at the scene, then both men were moved to the hospital. Damages wen estimated at some $600 to each vehicle, to the rear of the ?uto and to the rfront and right tide of the truck. Immediately following the cradt, Sykaa told officers at the hospital that he could not remember exactly what hap petted to cause the crash and about all he could remember was that he was driving south on the highway. Trooper Sutton said. Sportswear Open House To Mark Seventh Year Louisburg Sportswear will hold open houie here Sunday afternoon between the hours of 1 and 5 and a plant official emphasized today that "everybody's invited". He said the celebration is for "friends in town and also in the county and we want every body to come." With Sunday's open house, the lo cal plant, which manufactures knit shirts for men and boys, will mark its seventh year In Louisburg. "Hie facility first begun operations in July, 1962. Announcement of the location of Sportswear hereon February 15, 1962 brought new life to Industrial advo cates in the area. It's the largest plant to announce location here in several years. At the time it was said that the plant would employ 160 persons with an annual payroll of $400,000.' Today, however. Sportswear em ploy* 200 people with an annual pay roll of $776,000. The original 30,000 square foot building has grown with a recent expansion to 61,000 square feet. At the outset, it was announced the firm would employ mostly local people. One spokesman said recently he believed that two employees lived just across the Franklin line in adjoin ing counties. The others, he said, are local people. Donald Hart new is plant manager and Robert T. Hayes Is Sewing Room foreman and Robert Tanner is fore man of the Cutting Room. Line Supervisors include Elizabeth More Budget study Board Fails To Act On Zoning The Board of County Comnriaion- , ers continued It* lengthy study of the' 1969-70 budget here yesterday and reports say that still another iaa*ion li on docket for Monday. The Board again declined to act on a request by the Induatrial Develop ment Commission and the County Planning Board toward gaining au thority to zone certain areas of the . county. The request was made laat week that the Board paaa a resolution seeking to hare 'the Franklin delega tion Introduce a bill In the General Assembly to include the county In the law already in exiatance. The Board failed to act on the matter laat Thurs day, Monday and yeaterday. The ac tion was recommended by the coun ty's consulting engineering Arm of Peirson and Whitman and would, ac cording to industrial and planning spokesmen, protect an quarter-million dollar county Investment In water lines along NC-58 west of Louisburg. A reliable source reported that the Board hopea to complete Its budget study In Monday's meeting. Redmond, Dorothy Lambert, Margaret Gilliam, Ron Lee Gupton, Danlze Neal, Rose Stroud, Madge Shearon and Margaret Gupton. Sneaa Carey, Jr. la Head Mechanic and Klrby Holt is Shipping Supervisor. Nell Strickland is Office Manager, Irene Shearin Is Personnel Supervisor and Jane Griffin Is Training Super visor. The plant ships out an average of' ? 6800 dozen shirts each week. Open House Sunday will include guided tours of the plant with explanations of the plant's ope rations, _lt was announc ed. Refreshmenta will' be served and favors will be given children attending the event. Locals Get Food Stamps Atlanta, Ga. - U. S. Department of Agriculture food progranS aided 222,229 needy persons in North Caro lina during April. This was 5,936 persons less than the number that received food assistance in March. In Franklin County, 2,942 persons receiv ed food stamps. Franklin does not have a Family Food Distribution Pro gram. USDA's Consumer and Marketing Service said the family food distribu tion program aided 146,913 persons in 59 counties. 8;741 persons less than the number of recipients in March. C&MS officials attributed most of the decrease in this program to seasonal employment. The foods distributed had an esti See FOOD Page 8) damaged when a tree trrthe Nelms yard was felled across the vehicle. A large tree was blown down across the Centerville-White Level highway nealr the home of Howard Lee Griffin. This tree blocked traffic on this road for more than two hours. A car load of fishermen returning home narrowly escaped injury when the car came to halt right at a fallen tree on the Center villeWarrenton high way. There were no injuries reported in the area and while some roofs were damaged, no heavy loss of property was reported. Heavy rains accompanied the thun derstorm and damage to crops in the area was heavy. However, C. T. Dean, Jr., County Farm Extension Chairman, said this morning that if there was no hail in the area, he did not believe the overall crop damage would be exten sive. Hail did hit on NC-98 on the farms of Horace Baker and Kaeford Baker inflicting what Dean described aa a 26 percent lots. The Baker brothers had suffered hail damage earlier this month. Heavy winds also were report ed in White Level but damage there was not as great as in the Centerville area, according to reports. Centerville was without electricity and telephone service for several hours as lines were knocked down by falling trees. The northern section of Louia burg was without electricity for an hour and a half last night and some areas north of Loulsburg to the Warren County line reported no electricity by midmorning today. Trees were blown down in the yard of Centerville Mayor John Neal but no other damage was reported. A fallen tree did some damage at the home of Bennle Ray Gupton when it struck the roof of a porch. The heavy downpour of rain which accompanied the storm . and continued for some time there after. hampered road crews and volun teers in their efforts to clear the highway. Homeowners, for the most part, made no attempt to clear up the damage last night . The rain, according to Dean, was general across the county with Bunn receiving 1.6 inches and Louisburg reporting .45 inches. Nelms, in addi tion to losing his car, also reported the loss of some young pigs and that lightning had killed one of his prize horses over the weekend. He reported the wind storm lasted about 7 to 8 minutes. Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Gupton re ported hearing a whistling sound and compared the storm with a small cyclone. Gupton apparently had no major damage at his home. There was a report that one Center ville resident had said the storm blew his television set out of the house, but the source insisted that the story not be attributed to him. The storm ap parently was confined to a relatively small area generally around Center ville White Level and the Gold Sand School section of the county. TREE BLOCKS STATE RURAL 1451 AT CENTERVILLE

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