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S. Kenneth Schubart, left, Industrial Development Director and J. Harold Talton
are shown above displaying the plaque presented Talton by members of the
Industrial Commission last Friday night. Talton, who has served as Chairman of the
Commission since 1966, is retiring from the Commission and moving to New Bern
where he will take up resident manager duties for First Citizens Bank and Trust Co.
today. The plaque reads "In appreciation for outstanding service to Franklin
County as Chairman of the Franklin County Industrial Development Commission"
and "For unselfish efforts which have contributed to substantial economic and
industrial growth from June 1, 1966 through June 30, 1969". The namei of all
members of the Commission appear on the plaque.
Pearce Removed As Guardian
Franklinton Mayor Joseph W.
Pearce, who was arrested last week and
charged with contempt of court for
allegedly not having filed a proper
accounting of his 11-year-old daugh
ter's estate, has been removed as the
child's guardian by Clerk of Court
Ralph S. Knott.
In the latest actions in the case,
papers Tiled by the Clerk disclose that
Pearce is bonded for $10,000 with
Western Surety Company and that
"thereafter there was, on information
and belief, delivered to said guardian
the sum of $7,800, being the property
of his ward, namely Jo Dorcas Pearce,
minor, who was at that time ten years
of age." The date of the bond is noted
as January 24, 1968.
The charges also explain that Pearce
failed to file the accounting for the
estate even after being served with an
order to do so on May 20, 1969 and
after having asked for and been grant
ed additional time to file in June.
Based on these findings by the
Clerk, Knott ordered that the action
appointing Pearce as guardian be re
voked and . . . Further ordered that
said Joseph W. Pearce forthwith re
store to said Clerk of Superior Court
of Franklin County all property de
livered to him belonging to said Jo
Dorcas Pearce, minor, after deducting
therefrom the proper legal charges and
Pearce is free under $1,000 bond
on the contempt charges and a hearing
has been set for July 14 before Su
perior Court Judge C. W. Hall at
Oxford on these charges.
The Franklin Times office will be
closed all day Friday in observance of
the July 4th holiday. The office will
open as usual Monday at 8 A.M.
T-Day: Paying More,
Enjoying It Less?
This is T-Day. The "T", in esse you've been away stands for TAX. Today we
begin getting more. Gasoline got up early this morning to take advantage of its
newly acquired values. You'll be paying two cents. more today than you would have
paid yesterday. The state tax moves from 7 V< cents to 9'<c cents-the highest in the
nation. That should make everybody feel good. We're finally number one in
When you consider the federal tax--if the taxpayer can stand to do such a
thing- every gallon costs 13'< cen^s in taxes. In some areas, gasoline has now jumped
to 41.9 per gallon. Anyone for walking?
Then there is a tax for boaters, flyers and folks interested in buying trains. This
is a sales tax and it ranges from 1.5 percent to 2 percent on certain vehicles, boats,
planes and a maximum tax is in effect on trains of.$120.
Beer jumps today with a tax rise from 3.5 cents on a 12-ounce can to 5 cents;
from 4.66 cents to 6.66 cents on a 16-ounce container and from 9.33 cents to
13.33 cents on a 32-ounce can. Whiskey goes up today with an additional tax of 5
cents per 6 ounces or fraction thereof.
T-Day Today. In case non of these new taxes meets your fancy, don't despair,
rhere will be another T-Day in October. That's when soft drinks advance probably
i nickel to take care of a one-cent tax hike and cigarettes may go anywhere they
Mease to take care of a two cent tax per package.
If all this isn't enough to give you "T" for Trembles consider the federal surtax.
Chat, too, is being continued. Oh happy T-Day. ~~
_ t0 Senate Today
Bill Goes Back 10 *
The controversial bill to include
Franklin County in the 1959 annexa
tion law goes to. the Senate today
watered down by a lengthy amend
ment which may or may not please
either side of the heated issue. The
amended version passed the House
Monday and is expected to have no
trouble getting through a Senate
hurrying toward adjournment.
The amended bill-apparently de
signed with something for everyone
- was introduced Monday by Rep.
James Speed who had opposed the
original bill as passed by the Senate.
According to reports, the amended
version constitutes a compromise
agreed upon by Senator E. F. Griffin,
who sponsored the bill in the Senate
and Rep. John Church, who forced a
public hearing on the matter last week,
and Rep. Speed. The bill calls for a
vote of the people in any annexed are*
or a petition signed by a majority of
those to be annexed.
The controversy began a few weeks
ago when the Louisburg Town Council
requested that a bill be introduced
which would include Franklin County
in the Jaw now affecting 93 counties.
Such a fcill would allow Louisburg --and
other towns--to annex outlying areas
under certain conditions without a
Robert Fleming, Edward Lane, in
Louisburg, has been named Headmast
er of Franklin Academy for .the com
ing school year, it was announced
today by Garland Mustian, Chairman
of the Board of Franklin Education
Foundation, which operates the
school. Fleming, who U a graduate of
Atlantic Christian College, has been
principal of Edward Best High School
for the past two years.
Franklin Academy has met the re
quirements for Approval by the State
Board of Education and will offer
work in grades one through nine in the
1969-70 session. In addition to Flem
ing, eight teachers, all of whom hold
North Carolina "A" certificates, have
been named for next year. They are
Mrs. George Davis, Miss Martha Yar
bo rough, Mrs. Durwood Dement, Mrs'.
Ivey Bolton. Mrs. William O'Neal. Mrs.
John Ihrle, Mrs. Peter Allen and Mrs
Official* of the Loutabu* Rotary Club are ton a bore aa Mm officer, were Installed In ceremontea held I tat Tburaday nfcht
Pictured left to right, are: Tommy Patterson. aecreUry treuurer; Jamas Brown, aecond vice prealdent; Bin
Inatalled President, D R. (tlocky) Saunders, first t*-? prealdent and Bin Beckham, outgoing Prealdent Newly named dlrectoraof
the club are: Paul Brewer. Seth Washburn, Don Hartneaa and Wade GokMon.
vote by the people
When the\^)ill passed the Senate, a
group of residents of the Jeffreys
Drive section ndrth of Louisburg rose
up in oppositionv to it. When Rep.
Speed wrote a letter to Rep. Fred
Mills, D-Anson. chairman of the House
Calendar Committee, siying he would
leave the matter to Mills and. Rep.
Church. Church asked for and received
a public hearing on the bill.
The hearing, held last Thursday in
Raleigh, was attended by a number of
proponents and opponents of the bill
and with Church's 'endorsement it
passed second reading in the House
last Friday before being halted until
Monday, reportedly by Rep. Speed.
The Louisburg Town Council re
jected an amendment to the bill pro
posed by Rep. Speed in a special
meeting here Friday night.
Members of the Council ay that
Speed did not give them a copy of hi*
proposals and that they were not
allowed to see the copy he held while
making the suggestions. Five members
of the Council agreed later thst Speed
proposed to exclude all areas north of
Nash Street here and east of Blckett
Blvd. This would have left the Council
only. South Main Street and River
Road for any future annexation,
according to the council members in
They reported that Speed was ask
ing that the amendment be accepted
because of the opposition to annexs
tion on the part of many of the
residents of the Jeffreys Drive section
CAP Praises .
Speed For Bill
Major Larry E. Tetterton of the
Franklin County Civil Air Patrol has
written s letter in praise of Rep. James
D. Speed for the "the excellent co
operation and fine sponsorship of
House Bill 367". The measure "will
permit tax deductions to persons sup
porting the very fine service organiza
tions in our area and across the state,
namely the Rescue Squads, Volunteer
Fire Departments and the Civil Air
Patrol", according to Information
from Rep. Speed.
Tetterton wrote, "We in Franklin
County CAP will never be able to
express our gratitude. It is an unselfish
devotion to duty and your great ca
pacity of understanding which makes
you one of the finest representatives in
the North Carolina General Assemt>
Tetterton explained that "This bill
just sat in committee until he (Speed)
got out of the hospital and pushed it
Wielding a sharp pair of cuttera, the
Board of County Commissioners have
whittled a budget expected at one
time to reault in a tax levy in exceaa of
$2.00, down to what Oiairman Brooks
Young nys he hopes will be In the
neighborhood of $1.86.
The Board meets today for what is
expected to be final action on the
tentative budget which will remain
open for inspection with final approval
coming later this month.
The new budget if set at $1.85 will
represent an increase of only 14 cents
over last year's rate of $1.71. Cutbacks
have been noted in budgets of the
county school systems, the hospital
and the Industrial Development Com
mission among others.
Sheriff William T. Dement reported
this morning that nothing new has
developed In the caae involving a
breakln at the home of A. C. Fuller on
Route 2, Louisburg, last Thursday
around 11 A.M. He says his investiga
tion la continuing.
Three men, whom Dement says
have now been ectabl Ished as being
white, were reportedly seen fleeing
from the residence by Carolyn Fuller,
a niece of the owner of the house.
Dement reports that between $330
and $400 is missing and a caae of
transistor radios is also gone. One caae
of radio* and an adding machine were
diacovered In a wooded area behind
the Fuller home last Thursday
Bloodhounds ware brought to the
scene but no trace of the burglars was
north of town. ' -
The amendment, according to
council members, was modified by
Speed later to exclude only the Jef
freys Drive section and Hillcrest Acres
on NC-561. However, the Council %
agreed that Speed proposed that no
See SENATE Page 6
Hot Enough For You?
Mayor V. A. Peoples is shown above pointing to a spot on South Main Street
here where the street exploded Saturday due to the intense heat. Rouisburg
weatherman G. 0. Kennedy reports the 99 degree temperature Saturday was a high
for the year but It did not set a record. Kennedy points to June of 1964 when the
mercury rose to 100. 103 and 101 on June 10, 20 and 21 respectively. The June
high last year was 97 on June 24 and 26. Hottest days in June this year were June
7, 95; June 8, 96; June 25, 96 and June 28, 99.
June, while hot, was also wewet, according to Kennedy. The area received 6.59
inches of rain this year as compared with slightly over 3 inches In June of 1968.
The heaviest rainfall recorded here last month fell on June 14 when 1.98 inches was
Readiness Program Announced
The Pre-School Keadiness Program
will open Monday, 4\Ay 7, at 8:00 a.m.
The following schools will be partici
pating: Bunn Elementary, Edward
Best Elementary, Epsom, Gold Sand
Elementary, Louisburg Elementary,
Transportation will be provided and
as much area as possible will be cover
ed with the limited number of buses to
be used. All parents are urged to make
arrangements to get their children to
the bus route nearest them. Each
parent who has pre-registered his child
for the coming school year will be sent
a letter and a map outlining the bus
routes for his particular school district.
The only requirement for attend
ance in the program is the pre-registra
tion for the first grade in the 1969-70
Stores Open 4th
(Frk. B.W.) All stores in Franklin
ton will be opened Friday, July 4, but
will be closed Monday, July 7 accord
ing to an announcement by Mr. Eve
rett Moore, president of the Franklin
ton Chamber of Commerce.
Six persons were injured in a two -car craah on NC-561 between Wood and
Centerville last night around 7:30 P.M. Scene above thorn the two can which ran
together when the Ford pulled out Into the highway (torn a roadside store. Injured
In the accident were Steve Shearln, w/m/30, his wife, Oolda Jean, 29, and their
4-year-old daughter, Tiny Michelle. The Shear! na, who lived nearby, were riding In
the Bukk convertible. Alao Injured when thrown (torn their car were: Erneat
Alston, c/m/21, Maurice Alston. 8- month-old baby, and Fannie Mae Alaton, c/f/23.
The Alstons live on Route S. Warrenton Both can were badly damaged. The
Centerville Reecue Service transported the Injured to Franklin Memorial Hospital.