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The Franklin Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday
Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg, N. C., Tuesday, September 23, 1969
(Ten Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 63
Weekly Average: $72.56
Over 3 Million
Leaf Sold Here
At the close of sales last week the
Louisburg Tobacco Market had sold
3,4X9,908 pounds of the golden leaf,
according to information released by
William Boone, Sales Superviser.
This poundage has brought
(2,473,844.39 to growers in the area
for an average of over $72.00. Last
week's average was $72.56, slightly
higher than the week before which
Poundage has dropped from a high
on September 4 of 310,386 to a low
thus far of 239,270 Wednesday of last
week. The highest single day average
was on September 8 when a high of
$74.39 was reached. The lowest single
day average was recorded on Septem
ber 11 when prices dipped to an
average of $70.82. *?
The local market is selling around 1
million pounds of leaf per week.
Demand was stronger Monday for
Old Belt flue-cured tobacco as most
grade average rose $1 to $3 per hun
dred pounds over last Friday's level,
the Federal-State Market News Service
On the Middle Belt, marketings
were a little stronger although grade
averages in most instances were un
changed or $1 per hundred pounds
above the previous day of sales.
Top price was $84 for a few grades
of fair orange cutters. Quality improv
ed considerably over last Thursday's
sale^The ratio of good and fair leaf
and rab and low smoking leaf increas
ed while the portion of poor leaf, low
primings and non-descript was down
Combined .sales of savings bonds
and freedom shares during August
were $5,639,168, a 13.2 percent in
crease over the comparable month a
January-August sales were
$42,320,325, a 2.3 percent decrease
over the same 8-month period a year
ago. This represents 71 percent of the
atate's annual quota of $59,600,000.
Savings bond and freedom share
sales in Franklin County were $12,402
for August. For the year, cumulative
aales amounted to $98,748, which is
76.7 percent of the county's 1969
dollar quota, according to Bland W.
Woriey, volunteer chairman of the
aavings bonds program in N. C.
More Buildings Needed
Four Cases Non-suited
Over On Two Counts
Four cases of assault with a deadly
weapon lodged against a Centerville
man following a series of incidents last
August 17, were non-suited in District
Court here Monday and the youths
who swore out the warrants were
taxed with the costs of court.
In two other cases, charging assault
with a deadly weapon with intent to
kill, not resulting in death against
James Lancaster of Centerville, prob
able cause was found and bond was set
at $500 on each count. The two
charges brought by James S. Finch,
Jr., 22, and Elmer Carey Griffin, Jr.,
19, will be heard in Superior Court.
Lancaster and a brother Tyree Lan
caster and the latter's son, Jerry were
charged in eleven warrants for anault
against six youths around midnight on
August 17 at Centerville. The I-arx- as
ters claimed the young men were
disturbing the peace and had gathered
for the purpose of racing.
Tyree Lancaster was found guilty
of two assault charges and one charge
of interferring with an officer in Dis
trict Court here September 8 and
sentenced to four months in jail, sus
pended on condition. Jerry Lancaster
was fined $20 and costs when found
guilty of one charge of simple assault.
James Lancaster faces two felony
counts now in connection with the
fracas in which the Finch man was
shot in the back, requiring extensive
hospitalization and the Griffin youth
suffered a broken arm.
Court records show that three of
the youths, Rufas Jones, Qoke Bur
nette, Jr., and Rodney West were
taxed with court coats in the non
suited cases against James Lancaster
here Monday. Each paid $15.00 in
costs. In a case brought by Bobby
Deb nam, no costs were taxed.
In a similar, but unrelated case
growing out of a shooting incident on
September 13, Jimmy H. Dean, 51,
White Level man had two charges of
assault with a deadly weapon and one
charge of damage to personal prop
erty, continued until September 29.
Larry Wood, 20, of Route 2, Louis
burg lodged the charges claiming that
Dean fired into the rear of his car.
Dean said Wood was racing. Wood says
he was not.
Sheriff William T. Dement reported
that five Negro youths were arrested
Monday, charged wtyh breaking, enter
ing and larceny in connection with a
Thursday night braakin at a store nesr
Chief Deputy Dave Batton Identi
fied the youths as: Henry Dsvls. 17, of
Bunn; Michael Davis, 16. and his bro
ther, Larry George Davis, 17, both of
Route 1, Louisburg; Clyde Neal, 16,
Rt. 4, Louisburg; and Anthony Tony
High, 17, of Bunn.
Batton said three of the youths are
out on bond and the other two were
still being held In jail here Monday
afternoon. He did not say which are
still being held.
The group is charged with entering
the Roger Bros. Grocery near Bunn
Elementary School around midnight
last Thursday. Batton aaid a pistol,
some knives, a radio, combs, a case of
oil, lighten and t -shirts were among
the missing Items. He said the stolen
merchsndise was estimated to cost
$253.68 and portions of the miistng
item hive been recovered.
Rites Today For Epsom Leader
Tollie H. Weldon, Sr., 78, promi
nent resident of the Epsom com
munity, died suddenly at his home
Funeral services were conducted
today at 3 P.f4. at Liberty Vance
United Church of Christ, with the
pastor, Rev. John Allen, III, officiat
ing, assisted by Rev. Otis Boiler of
Knlghtdale. Interment followed in the
The deceased was a well known
farmer and land owner in Franklin
County. Born November 22, 1890. he
was the son of the late James Thomas
and Lucy Ha mm Weldon.
Mr. Weldon for many years had
been active in community and church
activities. He was a member of Liberty
TOLLIE H. WELDON, SR.
Church, the John H. Mills Masonic
Lodge No. 624, AF&AM. Wellons
chapter No. 167, Order of the Eastern
Star, and a Past Patron of OES. He
also held membership in the Royal
Arch Masons No. 54, Knight* Tempi
en No. IS, the Sudan Temple of the
Shrine, and Henderson Shrine Oub.
Surviving are his wife: Mrs. aide
Daniel Weldon; Ave daughters, Mrs.
Spurgeon Ayscue of Henderson, Mrs.
J. B. Jackson of Greenville, Mrs. Ed
win Fuller of Salisbury. Mrs. W. W.
Renn of Raleigh and Mrs. Clemmon P.
Faulkner of Derby, Kan.; a son, T. H.
Weldon, Jr., of Henderson; 14 grand
children and three great grandchildren.
Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. T.
W. Ellis, Sr., of Henderson; and six
brothers. J. Ira Weldon of Route 3,
Louisburg; Obie W. Weldon of Vance
County; Hill D. Weldon, K. G. Weldon,
Julian K. Weldon, and Bennett H.
Weldon, aB of Franklin County.
The family requested that in lieu of _
flowers, donations be made to the
building fund of Liberty Church.
Pallbearers were announced as fol
lows: Active-Stephen Fuller, Michael
Fuller, Albert Dubber. Lindaey Gould,
W. Daniel Renn, Dean Weldon.
Honorary-Robert Dement, Joe
Burgess. Claude Goodaon, Otha Good
son, Thomas Goodaon, A. H. Moore,
C. E. Jeffcoat, R. E. Tanner, Brooks
Turner, Irvin Greenway, Charles Rose,
?Henry T. Powell, Dr. W. W. Leathers,
Jr., Dr. W. B. Burwell, Dr. Joe Mayo,
Jr., E. W. Woolard, Charles Roberts,
John Zollicoffcr, Sr., I. Perry Wheeler
of Louisburg, Bynum Burgess of
Franklinton. and members of the
Men's Bible claas of New Bethel Bap
tist Chuit^i, Men's Bible claas of Li
berty (Vance) United Church of
Christ, and all members of John H.
Mills Maaonic Lodge No. 624.
To Raise $1,950,000
College Announces Most
Program In History
Louisburg College today announced
the mast ambitious development pro
gram in its history. Designated Project
Attainment, the program is designed
to produce a total of $1,950,000 to
complete the long range development
, .projection originally envisioned nearly
10 years ago. The announcement was
made by E. Hoover Taft. Jr., President
of the Board of Trustees.
Early In the 1%0's the Board of
Trustees researched the total needs of
the College through the present de
cade. Based on an anticipated enroll
ment of 800-825 students, the opti
mum desired by the Institution, the
total expansion program involved the
expenditure of nearly four million
'dollars. The projection included con
struction of four residence halls, two
each for male and female students,
acquisition and refurnishing of the old
Mills High School property, a new
maintenance facility, an academic
science hall, a new or expanded stu
dent center, plus appropriate funds for
faculty salary adjustments and varied
Much of the original projection has
already been accomplished. In 1961
Patton Hall, a residence facility for
?-? men, was constructed, and the former
high school property was acquired.
This latter provided the auditorium,
some classrooms and the fine arts
facility, as well as a site for the new
library. In 1963 Merritt Hall, a second
residence building for women, was
built. In 1965 the Cecil W. Robbins
library was completed. In 1968 Kenan
Hall was opened, the newest building
on the campus, which provides addi
tional residence facilities for female
students, and a 24 bed infirmary.
These accomplishments since 1961 re
present an investment of approximate
ly $2,000,000, and constitute more
than 52% of the total project. Progress
was aided greatly by a grant of
$240,000 from the Sarah Grahafh
Kenan Foundation of Durham, N. C.
In a statement -accompanying his
announcement of the Project Attain
ment program, Mr. Taft said: "Our
decision to enter upon a final fund
raising effort at this time was made
only after long and careful study. Last
summer the trustees retained The
Cumerford Corporation, college deve
lopment consultants of Kansas City,
Missouri, to make a thorough study of
the situation. As a result of this study,
which was submitted to the Board of
Trustees in November 1968, the First
Annual Planning Conference was held
at the College in April of this year.
After weighing the results of both the
study and the planning conference, the
trustees voted to finish the expansion
program as originally envisioned, with
in the decade that will end in 1971.
"We are all aware this is a real
challenge and a tremendous oppor
tunity. We know also, it is a project
that must be undertaken, and it must
be done now. The need for the aca
demic-science hall is obvious to trus
tees. administration, faculty, and stu
dents alike. It is equally obvious the
College must provide adequate recrea
tional facilities for the students. It is
likewise extremely urgent that we pro
vide additional, modern residence faci
lities for our men students."
Dr. Cecil W. Bobbins. President of
Louisburg College, told The Times he
is completely confident of success for
the Project Attainment venture. "The
fact is", he stated, "we have very little
choice. The buildings with which we
are concerned are all necessary and are
equally important to the College pro
gram. Perhaps there are some who feel
we should delay a portion of our
project, but after careful considera
tion of all the factors involved the
decision to 'do it now' was made. This
decision is motivated largely by two
facts. First, the constant increases in
construction costs make it mandatory
we do what has to be done as quickly
as possible to take advantage of the
present cost elements. Second, com
pletion of this program will mean
Louisburg College will be able to
eliminate 'bricks and mortar' from its
expansion programs for the next se
Pledging by members of the Hoard
of Trustees is now under way and is
expected to be completed within two
weeks. The worker organization to
handle Louisburg and Franklin County
is now being built, and will kick off as
soon as trustee pledging is completed,
tentatively scheduled for October 1 .
On Water Bids
The Bunn Town Council held a
special session Monday night to give
official approval of the low bids receiv
ed on the water system project expect
ed to get under construction by the
first of October.
Informed sources report that the
officials have received a verbal appro
val from the Regional Office of the
Economic Development Administra
tion located in West Virginia EDA has
indicated approval of the bids as re
ceived by Bunn last week.
The Town Council awarded con
tracts pending final approval of the
federal agency, expected to come at a
special pre-construction conference
slated at Bunn on September 30. Dale
Jones, EDA representative, is expected
to attend the session and final appro
val should be given at that Mme.
Construction time Is slated to begin
on October 1 and contracts call for the
project to be completed in 210 con
secutive calendar days, which should
iplace the completion date around
E. HOOVER TAFT, JR.
DR. CECIL W. ROBBINS
Rotary D.G. To Visit Louisburg
RoUrlaru will welcome on Thursday,
September 25th. the governor of this
Rotary district, Mr. Alfred H. Paddi
ton of SmithfMd,
He will sddress
the Rotary Club of
Loulsburg, one of
44 In hit district,
and will confer
with Mr. William
Lancaster. Jr., pres
ident of the local
Rotary Club, and
with other club of
ficials to obtain in
formation on the
group's plans for
its service activities
and to offer sugges
tlont on Rotary administrative mat
Mr. Paddbon la one of 298 Rotary
governor* throughout the world who
are tervtng as representative* of Rotary
International in districts composed of
member clubs. Each district leader is
responsible for supervising the clubs in
his are* Rotary, an international
men's service organization, has more
than 664,000 members in some
13,822 clubs In 148 countries.
A member and past president of the
Rotary Club of SmithfMd. Mr. Paddl
son Is pmident of Atlantic Sport*
8upply Co., Inc. He was elected to ,
office at the Rotary convention in
Honolulu, Hawaii, In Mgy, 1969 and
will serve until June 30, 1970.
. Though a seasoned Rotarian before
h|i (taction to the office of district
governor, Mr. Psddiaon attended an
eight-day International ?*aembly last
May at Lake Placid, New York, at
which all Rotary governon for
1969-1970 attended In-depth aeminan
to plan for their jobs. One of his
biggest jobs will be to hold i district
conference of all Rotary clubs in this
area. The conference will be held April
26 and 27, 1970 at the Sir Walter
Hotel. Raleigh. N. C.
Board Chairman Passes
Funeral service* for Norris Wilton
Collins, 49, Frinklinton oil dealer and
former County Commissioner, were
held Sunday afternoon at 3 P.M. from
the Fnnklinton Methodist Qiurch.
.Services were conducted by Rev. Earl
Richardson and Rev. Horace Jackson.
Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery
with Masonic rites.
Collins, who died Saturday, served
from 1956 to 1964 as a County
Commissioner and served during this
period as Chairman of the Board. In
1964 he did not seek reelection.
He was a member of the Franklin
ton Ma tonic Lodge No. 123, a Shriner,
a steward in hit church and a Chair
man of the Church Board of Trustees.
? He wat alto a member of American
Legion Post 63 and a member of the
Fnnklinton Fire Department where he
had previously served at Chief.
Surviving are hit widow, Mrs Uerrie
Parker Collins; a ton, Maurice W.
Colllnt, Jr.; a daughter, Mitt Kathie
Collins, both of the home; hit mother,
Mrt. Bessie Fowler Collins of Fnnklin
ton; two sitten, Mrt. Joe Chaplin of
Raleigh and Mrt. Curtis Laughter of
Franklinton; five brothers, John of
Hamlet, Sam of Smithfield. Sidney of
Charleston, S. C., Frank and Joe Col
lins, both of Franklinton.