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The Franklin times. (Louisburg, N.C.) 1870-current, September 09, 1969, Image 1

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Telephone Gy6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg N. C? Tuesday, September 9, 1969 (Six Pages Today) 100th Ye?r Number 59 Town Council Groans, Snaps, But Fails To Bite Although the minute book makes no mention of it, the Louisburg Town Council meeting here Friday night revealed that some Council members are grossly dissatisfied with the way things are being run. A reliable source said the matter came up when Councilwoman Lois Wheless expressed her dissatisfaction with a number of things pertaining to the town government operation. The source said Mrs. Wheless told the Council she was not satisfied with the way the town was being operated, saying the town is dirty, there is a need for better recreation facilities and there is a lack of organization. Councilman Grover Harris, Jr. add ed his views to the discussion, the source reports^ by saying "We might as well burn the ordinance books for all the good they're doing". Harris re. portedly pointed to an ordinance pass ed unanamiously about 18 months ago which forbids the dumping of boxes on town streets and sidewalks between late afternoon and early morning. The law was passed because winds blew the trash, it was reported. According to the report, Town Ad ministrator E. S. Ford was instructed at the time to write letters to all merchants informing them of the or dinance. Harris is reported to have told the Council his check of this two months later revealed that the busi nessmen had no knowledge of the new ordinance. Harris said, according to the source, that Ford replied to his question as to why letters had not been sent by saying that he (Ford) didnt know he was supposed to write letters. Harris contends that the or dinance has never been enforced and this is apparent. He also said there are a number of other ordinances not being enforced, according to the re port. Councilwoman Breattie O'Neal is said to have joined Mrs. Wheless and Harris in expressing her dissatisfaction with "the way things are being run". One report quoted Mrs. O'Neal as saying, "The town is being run in a haphazzard way and I'm tired of It and I'm going to see that some changes are made" Pedestrian Killed County Gets Sixth Highway Fatality A 57-year-old Route 2* Franklinton Negro became Franklin County's sixth road victim of the Year Sunday when he was struck and killed on NC-56 about three miles west of Franklinton. The man, identified as Eck Green was struck by a car driven by Ral Alston. 36, of Butner, N. C. about 1:15 A.M. Sunday, according to re ports. Franklin had experienced an 84-day death-free period on its highways prior to Sunday's accident, the first pedes trian killed this year. The last road fatality took place on June 14 when a 20-year-old Negro was killed in a single car accident just east of Pilot. The county went 97 days from January 24 to May 1, this year without a road death. The modern record of raod-free deaths was set in 1965 when there were 119 days without a fatality. Nine persons were killed on Frank lin highways last year and five had been killed at this same period a year ago. The source said that Councilmen Jonah Taylor, H. D. Jeffreys and George T. Bunn are believed to favor retaining the present Town Adminis trator. Mayor V. A. Peoples reportedly told the council if it was ready to clean house, he was ready in Friday's meeting. Mayor Peoples said he knew nothing about the move of the three councilmen prior to the meeting. Mrs. ? O'Neal reportedly told the Council that a visitor here recently commented to her that this was "the dirtiest town she'd ever seen". The source reports that the Council agreed to bring in an Institute of Government expert to study the situa tion and to make recommendations. This action was not recorded in the Council minute book and one council member expressed doubts that it "will ever be done". Other actions by the Council, which were made a part of the minutes, included pay hikes for 16 town employees ranging from in creases from $80 per week to $90 for some supervisory personnel to hikes from $49 to $55 for unskilled laborers. A motion by Mrs. O'Neal and seconded by Harris was approved and authorized the Town attorney "to proceed with the necessary steps to organize a public housing authority for the Town". A claim for damages suf fered in a fall on a town sidewalk by Mrs. Effie G. Wheeler was denied by the Council and bids were ordered for a new street sweeper and a new police car. ? ' ? I Monday Avg. $74.39 Leaf Prices Good Here Prices on the Louisburg Tobacco Market averaged $74.39 Monday as the sale of this year's golden leaf moved into its second week. The three local warehouses sold 295,354 pounds for $219,830.28, according to William Boone, Sales Superviser. Two local houses registered the exact same aver age Monday, an event which Boone termed unusual. Total pounds sold through last Fri day's sales reached 1,219,910 for a total receipt of $882,408.58 and an average of $72.33, according to figures supplied by the Sales Superviser. Flue-cured tobacco prices improved Monday on markets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the Fed eral-State Market News service report ed. Most grade averages on the South Carolina-Border North Carolina mar kets showed gains ranging from $1 to $3 per hundred pounds over last Thursday's levels. On the Middle Belt, increases amounted to $1 per hundred in most instances and were centered on leaf and smoking leaf. Blocked sales con tinued at most markets. Quality im proved as a small percentage of non descript and more smoking leaf was offered. More than two-thirds of the sales consisted of leaf and smoking .leaf. Weather and not a? warm today with showers. Wednesday, fair and mild. Low, around 70; high, low 80s. Local Green Hill Country Club Hit By *30,000 Fire Fire, believed caused by lightning during a heavy thunderstorm here Fri day night,' inflicted between $25,000 and $30,000 damage to Green Hill Country Club. Heaviest damage was suffered in the furnace room, the locker rooms, bar and pro shop. The ball room, kitchen and parlor areas were damaged, for the most part, only by smoke and water. The ceiling and roof over the west portion of the building was burned almost com pletely away. Club President L. C. Hasty gave the damage estimate following the blaze and said the club was "adequately covered by insurance". Louisburg Fire Chief R. G. Person, Jr. said he believed lightning ran down a wire to a switch box inside the furnace room and start ed the blaze. The fire is believed to have started during one of the worst electrical storms to hit the area in years. Franklin Sheriff William T. Dement discovered the blaze shortly after 7 P.M. when he had stopped at a hearby farm equipment firm. "Hie blaze caused a burglar alarm to go off and the siren was heard by Dement and others at the equipment place. Dement said he could see the smoke before he traveled the relatively short distance to the club house. He said he had dif ficulty reaching the local fire station due to his car radio not functioning properly and had to go to a nearby phone to call in. Fireman Joe Perry reports the alarm came in at 7:20 P.M. and Chief , Person says his crew left the scene around 9:30 P.M. Person expresaed his appreciation to fire units from Bunn, Justice and Epsom and said without their tankers the fire could not have been extinquished without con siderably more damage to the struc ture. The 18,000 gallon capacity swim ming pool, located directly behind the club house had been drained the day before following the closing of the swimming season. This left the facility without any adequate water supply with which to fight the blaze. Person called for the rural units as soon as he arrived at the scene and by the time the Louisburg tanker was dry, Justice arrived to take up the fight. Person said he did not call Centerville because it is a practice never to call all county units. Centerville, he explained, was left on standby for any possible blaze In areas usually covered by the units engaged In the Green HID fire fight. Some club records snd minutes of meetings of the clubs Board of Direc tors were lost along with a number of sets of golf clubs and shoes and bags belonging to individual club members. Many items were damaged In the pro shop which is operated by Club Mana Pro Shop Damage i ger Louis Wheless. His operation was reopened in the dining area Sunday afternoon. Chief Person said that "traffic con gestion hampered firemen in their ef forts". Another reliable source re ported that Louisburg Police Officer Lewis Evans was actually struck by a spectator's car as he attempted to direct traffic in the small area fronting the club. One fire tanker operator said an unidentified man stopped his car in the middle of the narrow club drive and got out and would not move to allow the tanker to get in to the fire. Others said a number of cars belonging to spectators had to be pushed aside to allow the fire equipment td get to the blaze. No arrests were reported of any of the violators and no estimate of what additional damage this situation might have caused. Hasty said Sunday that damage would be repaired as readily as possi ble. Roof Gutted Dog Warden Gets Suspended 4-Month Jail Sentence Franklin Dog Warden Tyree Lan caster was found guilty in two cases of assault and a third charge of inter f erring with an officer in performance of his duty in District Court here Monday. A third assault charge was dismissed on motion of the defense attorney. Judge Linwood Peoples sentenced Lancaster to be "Confined in the common jail of Franklin County for a term of four months snd assigned to work the roads of the state under the supervision of the Commissioner of Corrections. Sentence suspended for six months on condition defendant remain of good behavior; not violate any laws of North Carolina for six months and pay into the office of the Clerk of Superior Court the sum of $200 for the use and benefit of the Town of Centerville, N. C. for pur poses of law enforcement and that he pay the costs". Lancaster had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on Bobby Deb nam, 18; Cloice Burnette. Jr., 18, and Rufas Jones, 16, during an affray at Centerville on Saturday night and early Sunday morning of August 16-17. The youths and others were reportedly disturbing the community with automobiles and one report said at the time they were drag racing. No charges were lodged against any of the estimated 25 youths gathered at the scene for racing. Two were charged with reckless driving. The charge against Lancaster for assault against Jones was dismissed snd he was convicted on the other two assault charges Monday. He was also found guilty of interf erring with State Trooper C. G. Todd. Urged To Check Cards The tobacco markets In this area opened Tuesday, September 2. All producers are urged to check their tobacco marketing cards sfter each sale to determine If ssles have been deducted from the card correctly. After each tobacco sale, farmers ?hould pick up their tobacco market ing cards from the warehouse since it Is against regulations to leave cards In the poanssion of warehousemen unless the farmer has tobacco on the ware louae floor that has not been sold. i. Lancaster's son, Jerry, was found guilty of simple assault against Deb nam and was taxed with a fine of $20 and court costs. Lancaster's brother, James, was hospitalized and the six charges against him were continued until September 22. The Dog Warden, accompanied by three Centerville citizens, made an appeal to the Board of County Com missioners in the regular meeting here September 2 that he not be discharged from his job. Reliable sources reported at the time that some Commissioners had expressed intentions of suspending Lancaster until the outcome of the trial was seen. The Lancaster?, had contended that they were unable to obtain a State Trooper to come to Centerville on the night of the incidents and had at tempted to break up the disturbance themselves. Kranklin Sheriff William T. Dement and Trooper Todd arrived around 1 A.M., it was reported. Dement said he was not called and Todd was busy near Bunn with a drunk driver and an auto wreck when ' he was informed he was needed at Centerville. Centerville Mayor John Neal, who spoke to the Commissioners in Lancas ter's behalf, said things are better at Centerville now and praised the High way Patrol for their work in curtailing what Neal and Fire Chief L. S. Ward indicated was a serious racing problem in the area. Twenty Arrested For Hunting Baited Field Twenty dove hunters were arrested Saturday and charged by federal and state game officials with hunting a baited field. Using a helicopter to aid in the capture of the host of hunters, agents of the federal and state wildlife departments struck at the lx S. South erland farm off N. C. 39 -the Bunn highway near Louisburg-and the John Wilson farm In the Margaret Gom munlty. Heading the federal agents was Special Agent Lupton with the hell copter pilot and two assistants. Head ing state agents were E. D. Chin, District Supervisor, Wade Redgteter, Assistant Supervisor and Burley A. Clark, Franklin Game Warden. Arrested and charged with the mis demeanor, which carries a state max imum fine of $60 and a federal max imum of $600, were the following: Steve Leonard, w/m/19, 1210 E. Green St., Frank linton; Robert Lee Burger, Jr., w/m/23, Route 1, Frank-, linton; William E. Trent, w/m/34, 4628 Reuse Drive, Raleigh; Mac Beck ham, w/m/18, 104 Field St., Franklin ton; J. E. Neville, Jr., w/m, Box 809, Butner. N. C.; J. E. Nelville, Sr., w/m/53, Church St., Creedmoor and Heniy Davis, w/m/32, Box 284, But ner, N. C. Abo arrested were: Steve Andrews, w/m/17, S22 Inglewood, Raleigh, N. C.; Wllbem Andrew*, w/m/38, 5212 Inglewood, Raleigh, N. C.; Harold Jen kin*, w/m. Box 502, Butner; Joseph demon Coley, w/m, Rt. 1, Louisburg; Charlie Graham Holmei, w/m/22, 304 N. Main St., Louisburg; Aubrey S. Tomlinaon, Jr., w/m/26, 306 E. Noble St., Louisburg; and Wesley Franklin Jackson, w/m/30, 206 Joyner St., Franklinton. Others arretted include James Ralph Umberlake. w/m/25, 321 Noble St., Louisburg; Flnley Snipes, Jr., w/m/21, 1006 Salem St., Wilson, N. C.; William J. Parker, Jr., w/m/23, 6315 Nancy St., Wilson; Laurence Douglas Mercer, w/m/21, 812 lYinton, Wilson; Harry Drew, Jr., w/m/21, 1119 Park Ave., Wilson and WIDiam Tltchenok. w/m/19, 1118 Wataon Drive, Wilson Trent and the two Andrews paid off charges of (10 fine and $16 court costs, according to Clerk of Court records. *" ' The Southerland farm was re portedly being rented by Ransom Stone, Route 1, Louisburg farmer at the time of the arrests. Oftkan claim the fMds were baited to allure dovsa there for the kill which is In violation of the law, according to one source

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