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Telephone Gy6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg, N. C. Tuesday, September 16, 1969 (Ten Pages Today) 100th Year-Number 61
Burui Gets Bargain
In Water Project Bids
Bunn officials- like a housewife in a
supermarket -shopped around a bit
and came up with a bargain price for
the massive water system project last
week. Bids were opened last Thursday
and Bunn Town fathers and Franklin
Sheriff William T. Dement reports
that two rolls of wire were stolen from
the Henry Edwards Store on Route 3,
Louisburg Friday night. He says that
Edwards is offering a $50 reward for
information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the guilty party or par
Dement described the missing items
as one roll of 39-inch hog wire and one
roll of 4 -barb barb wire. He says his
department is continuing its investiga
Development people were delighted.
The low bids were about 15 percent
below what they had expected.
Bids totalling $198,391.00 were ap
proved with the breakdown announc
ed as follows: Water Lines, T. A. Lovin
of Goldsboro, $87,387.00; Tank
Foundation, T. A. Lovin, $9,400.00;
200,000-Gallon Tank, Chicago Bridge
and Iron Works, $51,600.00 and WeU
Supply, Sydnor Hydrodynamics, Inc.,
Kenneth Schubart, Industrial De
velopment Director, said that an of
ficial of the federal Economic Devel
opment Administration was present
for the bid opening and carried the
bids back to West Virginia for govern
ment approval. The Bunn Council is
expected to meet in a few days to
formally approve the low bids. "Work
could conceivably start 30 days after
the final awards," Schubart said.
Schubart said, 'The engineers said
these prices are unusually good."
Bunn, it appears, got a bargain. Now,
if they will help that housewife. . . .
Two L.JC Coeds Killed,
Two Injured In Wake
A small foreign sports car ran off
the road late Sunday night five miles
west of Wake Forest on NC-98 as four
Louisburg College coeds headed back
to school after a weekend in Burling
ton. Two young girls were killed, two
DEBORAH LUCILLE ANDREWS
others were injured.
Killed were Deborah Lucille An
drews. 19, of 402 Trail 4, Burlington
and Peggy Joanne Harris, 19, of 307
Old Mill Road, Chesapeake, Va. Hos
pitalized at Wake Memorial Hospital
PEGGY JOANNE HARRIS
are Terry Ann Tremon, 19, of 1915
Wheat Street. Rockingham, N. C. and
Kathryn Elaine Strickland, 19, of 700
Quarterstaff Road, Winston-Salem.
Miss Tremon't condition was listed as
satisfactory and Miss Strickland's was
TFRRY ANN TRKMON
KATIIRYN I LAINI STRICKLAND
White Level Man Claims Youths
Racing When He Fired Into Car
For the second time in as many
months young automobile drivers have
been shot at in the late night hours
and the reasons given tor the act are
the same: racing and disturbing the
The latest incident, which occurred
early Saturday morning neat Sid
Champion's Store In White Level, has
resulted in three warrants being issued
against Jimmy H. Dean, 51, an em
ployee of the store. Dean is charged
with two counts of assault with a
deadly weapon and a third charge of
damage to personal property.
Dean allegedly fired a shotgun blast
through the rear window of a car
belonging to Larry Wood, a
20-year-old Louisburg, Route 2, man.
Danny Murphy, 20, also of Route 2,
received minor injuries when struck
with flying glass, according to reports,
and was treated and released at Frank
lin Memorial Hospital.
Three Centerville men were charged
in similar incidents last month at
Centerville and each claimed the
youths were there to race and that
they were disturbing the peace.
Wood told The Times Sunday that
he was driving and that Murphy was a
passenger in the car around 12:30
A.M. Saturday and that they were
pulling away from the Champion store
when Dean fired the blast. Wood said
they were not racing. Damage to the
car was extensive, including several
pellet holes in the rear, a shattered rear
window and a broken rear view mirror.
Wood said they were not "cutting up"
as claimed by Dean.
Dean told The Times, also Sunday,
that he had gone to bed after "work
ing 16 hours" and was awakened
around 1 A.M. when he heard a car
"scratch off" in his yard. He said the
car threw small rocks and dirt against
his front door and against hit car
which he said he had recently pur
chased and which had that day been
cleaned and waxed. He said he went
outside and asked Wood and Murphy
to stop their actions and that Murphy,
whom Dean says was driving, told him
he didn't care if he (Dean) never got
any more sleep.
Dean said a third youth was stand
ing in the intersection in front of the
store with a white hankerchief and
that when the road was clear, the
youth would wave the hankerchief and
the Wood car and another car, which
he described only as "a blue racing
type car" would "take off toward
Edward Best High School side by
He reported that he returned to bed
only to be aroused later -he said
around 2 A.M. -by the same car. He
said he went out his back door and
fired into the rear of the car. He then
went over to the car and asked if he
could call a doctor or the Rescue
Service or aid the boys.
State Trooper C. G. Todd Investi
gated and reported that no charges
have yet been filed by him in the
Incident. He reported only th* one car
was there when he arrived.
Dean lives directly behind tbe
Champion Store and reported that
racing "has been going on here every
Friday night for the past two years".
Dean pointed to a number of tire
marks on the highway which branches
off in four directions from the store,
as evidence of his racing claim.
Franklin Sheriff William T. Dement
reports that he called for help from
the State Patrol after a "Centerville
citizen" called him to report a gather
ing a young drivers at Centerville
Saturday night. Dement said seven
patrol cars were dispatched to the
Tyree Lancaster, County Dog War
den and resident of Centerville, report
ed "twelve car loads" of Troopers
arrived around 2:30 A.M. Sunday and
checked every car coming through and
netted 17 arrests but none for racing.
Lancaster was Involve in the Center
ville incident last month.
Second In Two Months
Lany Wood, 20, of Route 2, Loulsburg ia ahown above pointing to holea in hi* late model car which he says were Inflicted by
Jimmy H Dean 51, of White Level. Dean la charged in three warranta with firing a shotgun blaat Into the rear of Wood'a car
evly Saturday morning near Sid Champion's Store in White Level. Danny Murphy, 20, atao of Route 2, received minor Injuries
when struck by flying glaaa while inside the Wood car. Staff photo by Clint Fuller
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Avenge* on the Louisburg Tobacco
Market took a slight decline last week
at the quality of offerings dipped.
From an opening day average of
$73.42 and a Monday high of $74.39,
price* dropped to an average of $70.82
on Thursday's closing sales day.
Sales reached 308,544 pounds last
Tuesday, 295,941 Wednesday and
308,486 pounds last Thursday, accord
ing to figuraa released by William
Boone, Sales Supervisor Tuesday's
sales brought in $223,093.00 and an
average of $72.30; Wednesday's sales
were listed at $210,423.13 for an
average of $71.10 and Thursday's leaf
brought $218,474.60 for an average of
Through last week, the local market
has sold 2,428,235 pounds for
$1,754,229.59 and an average of
$72.24 for the season thus far.
Sheriff William T. Dement reports a
State Highway Patrol Wolfpack was in
the county Sunday morning. Dement
says his Information is that seven State
Trooper cars were in the Centervllle
area. Dement said he called Raleigh
Patrol headquarters Saturday night
when he received a call from a "Cen
tervllle citizen" and was advised that
only one Trooper in the county was
Dement reported that he then
called Sft. R. E. Evans In Oxford and
received Immediate response.
Tyrse Lancaster, County Dog War
den and a resident of Centerville, told
The Times there were "at least twelve
patrol cars" at Centerville, some from
"as far away as Burlington". He placed
the time of the arrival of the Wolfpack
at 2:30 A.M. Sunday and said 17
persons were jailed as a result of the
Troopers stopping every car going
through Centerville. None of these,
according to Lancaster, were arrested
for racing, the problem which has
disturbed a number of area citizens
recently. Lancaster said the charges
included carrying s concealed weapon,
drunken driving and public drunk
Re*. W. P. Chllders, a former Coun
ty Commissioner who also lives in
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JASON WILTON STRANGE \.
Jason Wilton Strange, 55, owner- \
operator of Midway Food Store here,
died in Maria Parham Hospital In
Henderson at 12:25 A.M. Saturday
following an acute illness of a few
hours. Strange, whose home was at
714 Harriet Street in Henderson,
opened a grocery here in 1960 in the
McCracken building on South Main
Street. He later moved his operation to
a new building at the cloverleaf traffic
pattern at the south of town. He
commuted from Henderson daily.
He was born in Vance County April
15, 1914, the son of the late Clyde
and Cora Mills Strange, who survive*.
Prior to coming to Louisburg Mr.
Strange operated a grocery business in
Henderson for many years.
He was one of the founders of the
Harriet Baptist Church in Henderson
and served on the Board of Deacon*
and as a Sunday School teacher.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Or*
Gupton Strange; one son, Jason Tim
othy Strange of the home, and one
daughter, Mrs. James C. Hayes of
Hendenon; his mother, Mrs. Cora Mill*
Strange of Henderson; two brothers,
Clyde A. Strange of Henderson and
Charlie R. Strange of Raleigh; three
sisters. Mrs. William G. Hale of Jack
sonville, Fla.; Mrs. Jaunita Buchanan
of Durham, and Mrs. L. A. Harris of
Route 1, Henderson.
Funeral services were held at four
o'clock Monday afternoon In Han-let
Baptist church, by the paitor. Rev,
John W. Phillips, and Rev. Alfred T.
Ayacue of Pine Level, a former pastor.
Burial followed in Sunset Garden*.
Active pallbearers were: Hayes V.
Roberson, Melvin Majors. Arnold D.
Carter, James T. Duke, Bennett G.
Johnson. William F. Grissom, Roy C.
Morton, Henry Darnell.
Honorary pallbearers announced
were: Raymond Abbott, Jr., Lawrence
Hilliard. J. L. Roberson, W. E. Ram
sey, James G. Tart, L. H. Roberson,
Ed Haithcock, Art is Haithcock, Henry
Boone, Owen Gupton, Linwood Den
ton. Wayne Blackwell. Lee Harris. W.
R. Harris. W. R. Hayes. Richard H.
Gilbert. Dr. M. W. Wester, W B.
Burwell. Jimmy Pettigrew, John Par
ham, Tony Robertson. James Graham,
Paul Huchins. and all member* of
Harriet Baptist Church Baraca class. 1
and friends attending the service
listed as (air.
According to reports received here,
the three coeds accompanied Miss
Andrews to her home in Burlington
for the weekend. When the girls (ailed
to arrive by the 11 P.M. Sunday
cur(ew, College officials contacted
Miss Andrews' parents, who at the
time were unaware that anything had
happened to the girls. The report said,
however, that the Andrews felt the
girls had had enough time to have
arrived back here at the College. Of
ficials here received word of the acci
dent around 2 A.M. Sunday.
State Trooper D. C. Fulk, who
investigated the accident, said the
small English sports car ran off the
pavement on a curve at a point where
the shoulder was four inches lower
than the pavement. He said that Miss
Andrews, driver of the car, cut the
wheels to pull back onto the pavement
and caused the car to overturn.
The vehicle traveled 330 feet from
the point where it first left the
shoulder to where it came to rest, Fulk
reported. He said that speed was not a
factor and was quoted as saying, "If
Miss Andrews had remained on the
shoulder until she slowed the automo
bile, I believe the accident would have
The Trooper said that a passerby
found two of the girls lying in the road
and pulled them to the shoulder to
prevent other traffic from running
over them. He said other passersby
uprighted the Andrews car and freed
the two girls pinned beneath the ve
hicle. All four of the girls were second
?year students at Louisburg College.
Funeral services for Miss Andrews
will be conducted Wednesday at 11
A.M. at Glen Hope Baptist Church in
Burlington, conducted by Rev. George
W. Swlnney and Rev. Clarence
Miss Andrews was a 1968 graduate
of William High School and was a
contestant in the 1969 Miss Burlington
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John B. Andrews, Jr.; one broth
er, John B. Andrews, III of the home;
her maternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. M. S. Riggans of Burlington; and
her paternal grandmother, Mrs. John
Andrews of Burlington.
Funeral arrangements for Miss Har
ris have not been announced here. This
is the second time tragedy has struck
the local college campus by way of
highway deaths. L^st October 12, Ke
\-vin Hanrahan, 19, of West Chester, Pa.,
Vstar athlete at the College was killed
In ajiighway accident on NC-56 here
in Franklin County.
The 23-year-old textile worker, ac
cused of the kidnap-murder of 13
y ear-old Jackie SUyie, whose grand
mother lives in this area and whose
father once was a resident of the
county, was sentenced to death in
Kenansville last week for the crime.
Roger Vernon Miller of Rose Hill,
who was accused of luring the young
school girl into his car by telling her
that her mother had been injured and
that he was to take her to the hospital,
displayed no emotion as Judge George
M. Fountain of Tarboro handed down
the death sentence after a jury had
deliberated for two hours before bring
ing in a verdict of guilty without
recommendation of mercy.
A second sentence of life imprison
ment was imposed on the kidnapping
An estimated 200 spectators filled
the courtroom before the all-male jury
returned its verdict at 11:44 A.M. The
front-row observers included Mr. and
Mrs. Leon W. Stone of Wallace, the
Miller's court-appointed attorney,
Hubert E. Phillips of Kenansville. aak
ed Judge Fountain to poll the jury.
After sentence was passed Phillips an
nounced he would appeal the verdict
to the State Supreme Court.
Judge Fountain, who had designat
ed Oct. 3 as the execution date in the
Central Prison gas chamber while im
posing sentence, allowed Phillips 70
days in which to file the appeal.
Miller was charged with abducting
Jackie while she was walking home
Testimony indicated that rfie waa
See KIDNAPPER P?ge 5