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The Franklin times. (Louisburg, N.C.) 1870-current, September 11, 1969, Image 1

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The Franklin Times ? C? 1 0 I / A J I Published Every Tuesday A Thursday ^ Serving All Of Franklin County Telephone Gy6-3283 Ten CenU Louisburg, N. C., ThuwUy, September 11, 1969 (Twelve Pages Today) XyHh Year-Number 60 NC 561 Getting New Coat Resurfacing of NC-561 from Louisburg to Centerville is underway this week and by Wednesday afternoon over two miles of the project had been completed on both sides of the highway. The S. T. Wooten Construction Co. is doing the way. The highway, built in 1951, was resurfaced from the Halifax-Nash line to Centenrille last year. When completed, this latest project will make NC-561 one of the best primary highways in this section of the state. Staff photo by Clint Fuller. Man Loses $555 In Holdup Here Police Chief Earl Tharrington said it wasnt exactly a flim-flam act, but that the holdup of a Negro man here Wednesday afternoon was close to it. Tharrington and Police Officer Ned Lloyd told of the robbery this morn ing. Fred Evans, c/m/35, of Rt. 2, Louis burg was stopped on the street corner here Wednesday by an unidenti fied Negro man described as being in his sixties. Evans was holding a tobac co warehouse check in his hand at the time. The man asked Evans directions to a lawyer's office and they had a short conversation, according to Qiief Tharrington. A short time later as Evans was walking in the alley at the rear of Dr. B. L. Patterson's office on North Main Street, Evans says two Negro men came up behind him and stuck what felt like a gun in his back and told him not to turn around, but to hand over his money. Lloyd says that Evans told him one of the men ran his hand in his, Evans' pocket and pulled out $555.00 and both the men made their getaway down the alley leading to Spring Street, which runs behind, the stores facing East Nash Street. Thamngton reports that Evans says he got a look at the men and could identify the older of the two if he sees tiim again. The second robber was 1 escribed as being about 45 years old. Dne of the men, Evans told ThaiTing on, has a scar across his face. A similar robbery reportedly took )lace in Franklinion last week. This ime the victim had cashed his check ind placed the money in the glove ?ompariihent of his car, which he ocked. Someone broke open the com wrtment and made off with someover >100, according to the report. ASCS Ballots Go Out Ballots for the voting on the coun ty's ASCS elections were mailed this week. John R. Davis, Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service of fice manager said eligible voters are encouraged to vote for the nominees they think will represent them. Ballots must be postmarked or re turned to the county ASC office by September 16, 1969, Davis said. A voter may vote for five nominees, he explained and listed the nominees for each community as follows: 1 Willie Conn, 0. T. Fisher, John nie Floyd, Copland House, Ashley Jenkins, WiUie F. Jones, G. D. Long, R. S. May, Hubert Wilder. 2. Charles Bass, J. S. Collie, Thomas Gay, Jr.. Bonnie Harris, Jr., George Murray, A. C. Stallings, Durward Wil kins. 3. Harold Alford, Henry K. Baker, McKinley High, William Festus Jones, E. Reginald Lewis, O'Deyns Mullen, Lawrence D. Perry, Melton White, Bennie B. Williams, B. A. Yeargin. 4. Roy Allen, Clifton Conyers, N. G. Gales, R. J. Journigan, Carl Kear ney, Jr., Howard Pearce, Raymond L. (See BALLOTS Pkge 8) New Plant To Locate Ten Miles From Centerville W. i. (Bill) Benton, former Indus trial Development Director here and now ssrving as Dbector far Halifax County, Informed The Timet today that he has been successful in locating a new plant In Halifax which will be within ten miles of Centenrille and closer to other parts of Franklin Coun ty The prepared statement, rdeaaed today by Benton's office folows: The HoDleter Eaex Garment Cor poration, an affllate of Shartyn Fas hions. Inc. of New York City, an nounced Wednesday It will open a plant here to manufacture children's drawls. The announcement was made by Bob Wallace, pisridsnt of the local garment corporation. Wallace aid he hoped to be In operation by November and that his Company would employ up to 160 workers within the fin year. The building for the new plant will be constructed on a seven acre sKe between Hollster and Essex by the HoD Wsr Essex Development Corpora tion according to James H. Quails, pr ad dent of the local non-profit deve lopment corporation. He said flnanc Ing for the building will come from tlx sale of local bond*, the Small Business Administration and The Citizen* Bank of Warrenton. He said' the garment company would acquire the building over a period of yean through a leaae-purchase arrangement. Other of ficers in the Hollister-Easex Develop ment Corporation, in addition to Quails, are: W. R. Richardson, vice president; Mrs. Ann L. Arlington, se cretary; Mrs. J. J. Williams, treasurer, and the following Directors: Amos L. Capps, D. D. Thome, Thomas H edge pet h, Murzie Mills and Arthur Lee Wotlett William J. Benton, executive direc tor of the Halifax Development Com mission. Mid one of the main reasons for the garment company choosing Hollister for the location of its plant was due to the enthusiasm and co operation of the local people In the HoMater and Easex area. Benton Mid that when the plant was In full opera tion that It would have a. payroll approximating 9600,000 and would have a tremendous effect on the economy In the Hollister and Essex area of Halifax County. > Child Had Franklin Background Accused Slayer Of Jackie Stone Goes On Trial At Wallace Jury selection was expected to be completed by today for the trial of Vernon Miller, 23, of Rose HID, N. C. accused in the kidnap-slaying of Jackie Stone, 13, of Wallace. N. C. The girl's father, Leon Stone, a Wallace radio announcer. Is a former resident of Franklin County. Her grandmother, Mrs. Irene Nelms Stone, now live* on Route 1, Henderson. Her father and grandparents lived near Sandy Creek Church along NC-561 for many years, moving there in 1946. "Hie child was abducted while on her way home from school last March 25 by "a stranger in a black and white car". The man reportedly told Jackie her mother wanted her to accompany him to the hospital. He told the child her mother had been injured and wanted her. Jackie's body was found the follow ing night in a small creek off a rural paved road 16 miles from Wallace following an all out search of the area by authorities. A dog found her poc ketbook and its owner flagged a high way patrolman. Around 400 people converged on the scene to search for the missing child. Two state troopers found the body. Miller was picked up for question ing the day following the kidnapping and was later charged with the crime. Seven jurors were seated Tutaday and the panel was expected to be completed by today. When Judge George M. Fountain recessed court Tuesday 97 prospective jurors had been excused. Twenty-dx, according to reports, said they had formed an opinion in the case, 43 were opposed to capital punishment and others were excused for age and hearing defects. Seventy-five additional jurors were summoned from Wayne County to report Wednesday morning. Wallace is in Duplin County. Solicitor Walter Britt of Clinton exercised three of his six pre-emptory challenges by Tuesday. Miller's court appointed defense attorney Hubert Phillips of Kenansville, used twelve of his fourteen. Prosecution witnesses, including FBI and SBI agents, were told to report Wednesday afternoon. Miller wearing a blue sport shirt and dark trousers, chewed a fingernail dur ing most of Tueedsy's proceedings. His wife, Faye, held his other hand. The defendant's mother, Mrs. Roger Miller, seated beside her daugh ter-in-law, wept as Britt questioned potential jurors about the death pen alty. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Stone of Wal lace, parents of the victim, conferred with Britt at the prosecution table before the state accepted a juror. Miller, a textile worker, is charged with slaying the girl after she was abducted while walking home from school with two younger sisters. Her body was found the next day in a creek 16 miles north of Wallace fol lowing a county wide search. Robin Stone told the court Wednes day that a man stopped a (roup Including herself, Jackie and a six year-old sister and told them their mother had been injured in an auto wreck and he was to carry Jackie to the hospital. The nine-year -old witness said all of the (roup attempted to get into the 1964 white and black car and the man. whom she identified as Miller in court, stopped her and, told her to go home with her younger sister. Mrs. Stone testified In court that the children were very surprised to find her at home and told her of the Incident. Mrs. Stone said she called the police. Thirteen other witnesses testified during the afternoon session, including two school friends who said they saw Jakde and a man whom they identi fled In court as Miller riding from the school. A school lunchroom employe testi fied that die saw the man she identi Enrollment (FYk. B.W.) Mr. R. B. Gordon, juperintendent of the Franklinton CRy Schools, snnounced today that 1,894 students had been enroDed. At the Franklinton Elementary School, there are 676 students snd at the Franklinton High School, there are' 818. fled In court as Miller sitting in the white and black car waiting near the achooi. The witneaa, Mrs. Effle Mob ley, aaid (he also saw the same car in the town about & p.m. on the same day. A farmer, James T. White, said he saw a car of the same make, model and color outside of Wallace on March 2 5 traveling in the direction where the body was found the following day. He was unable to identify the driver. Another witness, Mrs. Elizabeth Varker. testified she passed an auto mobile on March 2& matching the daacription of the Miller car. She said she was going to visit a friend who lives several hundred yards from the creek where the body was found and saw the car stopped on the bridge. Mrs. Varker was unable to identify Miller but did describe the clothing the man on the bridge near the car was wearing. Miller sat in the courtroom wearing sport clothes Wednesday and was bit ing his nails, according to witnesses. Bunn Opens Water Project Bids Today Bids were due to be opened today at the Bunn Fire House at 2:30 P.M. on the long awaited water project there. Franklin Industrial Develop ment Director Ken Schubart said that "everything has been done so that after the bids are received, they can be awarded if that be the case." He explained that all necessary papers, including those filed with -the federal government have be^n completed. Bunn received a federal grant of $135,000 last June and a loan of an equal amount. Bunn voters approved a $160,000 bond issue several months ago to aid in the financing of the project. Schubart said last June that if there were no unforeseen circumstances, the new water facility would be in opera tion by next February or March. The project will consist of one or more wells located northwest of Bunn and a 200,000 gallon water tower, to be located to the southwest in the vicinity of the church on NC-39 at Bunn. Water lines will be run the' distance of NC-39 through the town limits to Old Bunn and will consist of a ten-inch pipe. Six-inch pipes will be laid to serve connecting streets and lines will be laid to the industrial park near the Bunn High School and Bunn Elementary Schools. "It has been established", Schubart said last June, "That no tax increase will be required this year." He further explained that the $160,000 bond approval by Bunn voters will cover the project's final payment. "In the event the federal government withholds the Locals Attend CD Director Swearing Franklin Civil Defense Director George Champion, Jr. and Louisburg Mayor V. A. Peoples attended the swearing in ceremonies for the new State Civil Defense Director in Raleigh Wednesday. James Denning was swom to the new position at 11:30 A.M. in the old House chambers. About 200 Civil De fense Directors were present, accord ing to reports. Former State CD chief Gen. Edward K. Griffin and Mrs. Grif fin of Louisburg were also present for the ceremonies, it was reported. Gen eral Griffin retired from the post about two years ago. Following the ceremonies the group had lunch in the Emergency Prepared ness Room in the new Administration building in Raleigh. final payment for any length of time, the remainder of the bonds could be sold in order to satisfy the con tractors," he said. He pointed out that the government does not make final payment until the project meets Iti requirements and that this is some times delayed. The effect the water project might have on future industrial development at Bunn was commented on by Schu bart. "There has been a renitency among industrial developers-state and utilities-because we did not have ap proval of this loan. Now that the loan is approved and funds 9et aside, we will be able to talk from a slightly different point of view. I am sending the necessary information and' listings are being submitted to appropriate agencies.'' Food Stamp Numbers Drop In Franklin The number of families participat ing in the federal food stamp program declined again during the month of July the U. S. Department of Agricul ture reported today. In June of this year, 2.778 families received food stamps but the July number dipped to 2,696. The county also showed a decline in June over the month of May. Food programs aided 196,113 needy persons in North Carolina dur ing July, 17,684 persons leas than the number that received food assistance in June but 48,314 persons more than the number that took part in the programs a year ago. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service said that 67,838 persons in 38 coun ties took part in its food stamp pro gram and received $453,066 in bonus coupons. FNS' family food distribution pro gram aided 128,275 persons in 59 counties. The foods distributed had an estimated retail value of $1.4 million and Included dairy products, canned and dried fruits and vegetables, canned meat or poultry, grain and cereal products, as well as other items such as peanut butter and scrambled egg mix. In North Carolina, the food distri bution program is administered by the North Carolina Department of Agricul ture, and the food stamp program is administered by the North Carolina Board of Public Welfare, both in co operation with the Food and Nutrition Service. Serving Hospital Patients Mr* Neva Fuller, ? Hospital Guild Volunteer, It shown above preparing to rialt patlenta at Franklin Memorial Hospital with the Quild't hospitality cart. The Guild held Its regular meeting this weak and Mrs. Connie Med dare announced that mora volunteers are needed to help with this project. She asked any interested persona to contact h?r or Mrs. Fred Lohmudtor. ' Staff photo by CVnt

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