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The Franklin Times
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Published Evtry Tuesday & Thursday ^ Serving All Of Franklin County
Telephone Gy 6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg. N. C? Tuesday, August 19, 1969 (Six Pages Todav) 100th Ye?r - Number S3
Scene above shows single car accident on NC-S81 Sunday afternoon around 1:30 P.M. Two persons were injured, three
escaped unhurt. Photo below shows Louisburg Rescuers David Minnich, left and Tommy Collie, right aiding 51-year-old Ellis
Wood of Rt. 4, Louisburg injured in the accident. Staff photos by Astor Bowden and Clint Fuller.
Rescuers Give Aid
Eight Injured in Accidents
While North Carolina was counting
one of the bloodiest weekend highway
tolls in years, Ftanklln neaped a fa
tality but sent eight persons to the
hospital as a result of four separate
accidents. The state as a whole regist
ered 32 highway deaths, which is said
to be the worse non-holiday weekend
The greateat number of injuries
occurred on State Rural 1611 near
Bunn when two can collided around
midnight Saturday. Six persona were
injured. State Trooper C. G. Todd gave
a tentative identification of thosp as
follows: Daphine Perry, c/f/40 and
Maggie Lucas, C/f/40. both of Spring
Hope and Julia Crews, Josephine
Dunston. Mary Rob bins and Vernon
Prtdgcn. The two can, a 1960 Ford
and a 1961 Fairiane were total loaaas,
Todd said. The Injured were unable to
obtain treatment at Franklin Memorial
Hospital and were taken to a Raleigh
hospital, according to reports.
About 1:80 P.M. Saturday a trac
tor-trailer truck overturned at the in
tersection of US-1 and US-l-A north
of Franklinton. The unidentified driv
er reportedly received a broken back.
The truck was hauling frozen chlckena
which, according to reports, were acat
tered over a wide area of the highway.
Sunday around 1:30 P.M. two per
sona were injured and three wan
unhurt In a single car accident on
NC-581 near Jackson's Pond. EtHs
Wood, c/m/61 and Jeremiah Williams,
c/m/25. both of Rt. 4, Louisburg,
ware taken to Franklin Memorial Hot
pital by the LouisBurg Rescue Service.
Jesse Wood, c/m/26, reportedly driv
ing the car when it ran off the road
and overturned was uninjured. Two
unidentified passengers in the Wood
car were also uninjured, according to
At about the same time Sunday
afternoon, a tractor-trailer truck re
portedly driven by Cecil Macon, Jr.,
c/m/39 of Louisburg, overturned on
State Rural Road 1237 -the Rocky
Ford Road nonorth of Ingletide. The
accident scattered a load of plywood
over the area. Macon, according to
reports, was uninjured.
A reminder has been issued by
county officials that the Open House
display of the county court house will
take place Sunday afternoon from 2 to
The newly renovated structure will
be open during these hours and per
sonnel working in the courthouse will
be on hand to talk with visitors and to
show them around.
No formal ceremonies ate planned,
it was reported, but a large crowd la
expected to tour the building
Schools To Open On Schedule
School Board Defers
The Franklin County Board of Ed
ucation. meeting in special session here
Monday night, deferred a decision on
the postponement of school opening
until its regular monthly meeting on
September 2. Board members had re
ceived a scattering of requests for a
postponement in order that children
could help in the harvest of the tobac
co crop. After lengthy discussion it
was agreed that schools would open as
previously scheduled on August 28. It
was also agreed that the situation will
be given another look on September 2
and if conditions merit, appropriate
action would be taken at that time.
Schools will operate on Thursday,
August 28 from 1 to 3 P.M. for
student orientation. August 29 and
September 1 will be observed for the
Labor Day holiday and the first full
schedule day is set for Tuesday. Sep
In other actions, the Board upped
the price of lunches in grades one
through six to 35 cents, which is equal
to the prices charged in grades seven
through twelve last year. It was ex-,
plained that new wage and hour laws
and the fact that lunchroom personnel
now come under the state retirement
plan, makes the increase necessary It
was pointed out that this is a trial basis
and that further adjustments could
become necessary. The Board asked
Superintendent Warren Smith to keep
a close watch on lunchroom finances
in the first months and to report back
to the Board.
Two teacher resignations were ac
cepted and two new teachers were
approved as the Superintendent re
vealed that four vacancies now exist in
the entire system. The Board approved
the employment of non-professional
personnel including janitors, maids,
aides, lunchroom employees, clerical
assistants and bus drivers.
Also approved was policy statement
on selection and procurement of sup
plementary textbooks, library books,
periodicals and other instructional sup
plies and materials.
The forthcoming school opening
was discussed in light of the pending
school case with Board attorneys E. F.
Yarbo rough and Charles Davis. Several
points were clarified and guidelines
were defined for presentation to the
school principals in a special meeting
with the Superintendent today.
Partly cloudy warm and humid
with chance of afternoon or evening
thundershowers continuing into Wed
nesday. High near 88; low 72.
State Trooper C. O. Todd k shown above viewing damage Id a tractor trailer accident on State Rural 1237 north of Ingledde
Sunday afternoon. Cecil Macon, Jr.. 39 year-old Louisburg Negro *u uninjured when the track jac knifed around 1:30 P.M.
Staff photo by Astor Bowden
Eleven Warrants Issued In
Centerville Fracas, More Expected
Eleven warrants have been issued as
an outgrowth of a .disturbance at
Centerville early Sunday morning and
at least two more are expected to be
issued today. The eleven were issued
for three Centerville men charging
varing degrees of assault and inter
fering with an officer.
The trouble started, according to
reports, when a group of young white
youths gathered for what was describ
ed as a drag racing session on NC-561
east of Centerville around 1 A.M.
Sunday. The youths were reportedly
"cutting up" in the area by spinning
wheels and scratching off.
Franklin Sheriff William T. Dement
says that County Dog Warden Tyree
Lancaster, his brother James Lancaster
and the former's son, Jerry Lancaster,
attempted to break up the distur
bance. Dement said that Tyree Lan
caster told him that he had "tried for
over an hour and a half" to get a State
Trooper to come to Centerville to stop
Dement said that Louisburg radio
dispatcher Joe Perry was having diffi
culty in getting Raleigh to answer for a
patrolman. According to Dement,
Perry also tried to reach the Raleigh
Patrol station by telephone.
The Sheriff said he was not called
but that he heard the radio traffic
while on a call and when he was
informed by the dispatcher of the
nature of the trouble, went to Center
ville as soon as he could. Dement's
Deputy Lloyd Oupton, who lives at
Centerville was out of town on a trip.
State Trooper C. G. Todd reported ?
that he was busy with a drunk driver
and an accident near Bunn when he
was finally reached with a report that
somebody had reported drag racing at
Centerville Ho said he stopped in
Louisburg long enough to jail the
drunken driver after Trooper Sam
Monday arrived to investigate the au
tomobile accident. Both Todd and
Dement arrived at Centerville around 1
A.M., they report.
Trooper Todd reports that things
were quiet when he arrived but that
one of the youths, identified as Bobby
Two meetings to explain ASC Com
mittee election will be held at the
Agricultural Building in Louisburg,
Wednesday. August 20, 1969 at 9:30
a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anyone having
questions about the election should
plan to attend.
Committee election will again be
held by mail. There are 10 com
munities in Franklin County and 3
farmer committeemen from each com
munity will be elected to serve a 1
year term. These elected play a very
important role in helping to administer
farm programs on a local level.
The County ASC Committee will
meet this week with present com
munity committeemen to prepare a
slate of nominees. Ballots will be
mailed to all known eligible voters not
later than September 5, 1969. Ballots
must be returned on or before Septem
ber 16, 1969.
Newly clected committeemen will
attend a county convention on Sep
tember 26, 1969 to elect 1 member to
the County ASC Committee and two
Mrs. Paul A. Brewer, Cystic Fibrosis
campaign chairman for the area, has
announced the appointment of local
chairmen who will assist in the fund
drive for Cystic Fibrosis research and
control beginning in September.
They are: Mrs. Bland B. Pruitt, Jr.,
Mrs. J. Jackson Dean, Mrs. Thomas
Riggan, Mrs. Robert G. Stanley, and
Mrs. David Daniel. Each chairman will
have 10 other women to help canvass
the Franklin County area.
Mrs. Brewer, in accepting the ap
pointment said, "I am delighted to
have a part in bringing about better
Cystic Fibrosis control by raising ad
ditional funds for Cystic Fibrosis re
search at Duke Medical Center and
other research laboratories across our
Debnam, 18, asked him to take a look
at bullet holes in his 1969 Plymouth.
When the youth told Todd the ihota
apparently came from a white house
nearby, in answer to the Trooper'*
quiry, Todd says that Tyree Lancaster
struck the Debnam youth. When Todd
attempted to separate Lancaster from
the youth, he himself was shoved.
Todd said both James Lancaster and
Jerry Lancaster were involved before
Sheriff Dement arrived and "broke it
The Debnam youth's car was hit by
two pellets or pistol bullets, according
to reports. Another youth, identified
by Dement as James S. Finch, Jr., 22,
is hospitalized in Raleigh with head
and back injuries sustained when he
was shot with a shotgun. A third
youth, identified by Dement as Elmer
C. Griffin. Jr.. 19, was treated at ?
Raleigh hospital for head laceration
and a broken left arm. He said he was
struck with a shotgun, according to
The Sheriff said he estimates about
25 young men were involved. Several,
he reports, admitted they were there
to "watch the boys race" between
Centerville and Wood.
Four warrants have been issued
. See CENTERVILLE Page 4
C. T. Dean, Jr., County Extension
Chairman for Franklin County, an
nounced today the appointment of
Neal Thomas as Assistant Agricultural
Extension Agent to fill the position
that became vacant July 15 when
Parke Brown resigned to accept ?
similar position in Indiana.
Dean says that Thomas comas to
Franklin County highly recommended.
He is a native of Randolph County and
a graduate of Guilford College.
Dean also stated that Thomas's
major responsibility would be working
with 4-H Club members and 4-H
leaders; however, he would be involved
in the entire Extension program.
Thomas is married to the former
Elizabeth Berry of Guilford County.
They will reside at 111 Middle Street
Congressman L. H. Fountain will
tour the area Thursday, visiting several
communities in Franklin County to
meet with the people. His itinerary, as
announced earlier this weak I* as fol
Pilot: 8:30 to 9:30 A.M.; PearceV
9:16 to 9:46 AJM.; Bunn 10:00 to
10:30 A.M.; YoungsvtUe: 11:00 to
11:46 A.M.; and lunch in Younpville:
12 to 1 P.M.
'In the < afternoon, Congressman
Fountain will visit Fnnkllntoa: 1:16
to 2:16 PM.; CenterriUe: 2:46 to 3:16
P.M.; Louisburg. Main Straat: 3:90 to
4 P.M. and Louisburg: County Com
mMoner's Room In the Courthouse:
4 to 6 P.M.