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Louisburg Wins First Football Championship
COACH TOMMY TWITTY GETS VICTORY RIDE
How Sweet It Is
Larry E. Tetterton, Commander of
the Franklin County Squadron, re
ceived a promotion to lieutenant
colonel and appointment as state co
ordinator for the Civil Air Patrol and
Civil Defense Activities. LTC Tetter
ton served as coordinator for the state
wide Civil Air Patrol-Civfl Defense
exercise in December of 1968.
Other members of the local squad
ron receiving recognition were Major
Joe Shearon and Captain Talmadge
Fuller. Both Major Shearon and Cap
tain Fuller received Blue Service Rib
bons for more than ten years of service
and Senior Pilot rating for more than
1500 hours flying time.
Captain Forest Poythreas was
awarded the Blue Service Ribbon for
more than 10 years of service and the
Senior Recruiter Ribbon In recogni
tion of his efforts in bringing new
members into the squadron. Robert
Coats and Joel Faulkner were pro
moted to Warrant Officer and awarded
CAP pilot's wings. Also promoted to
Warrant Officer were Bryan Burgess
and Don Kapp.
Donnie Bunn received a simul
taneous promotion to Staff Sergeant
and was awarded CAP pilot's wings,
thus becoming Franklin County
Squadron's only flying Sergeant.
Franklinton Mayor Indicted
On Seven Charges Of Embezzling
Franklin ton Mayor Joseph W.
Pearce was indicted here Monday by
the Franklin County Gn|nd Jury on
seven counts of embezzling funds en
trusted to him as guardian of his minor
daughter, Jo Dorcas Pearce.
Pearce was placed under $7,000
bond-$l,000 on each of the seven
charges-by Superior Court Judge C.
W. Hall who is presiding over this
week's term of Criminal Court.
The Franklinton politician is
charged with "knowingly, wilfully,
frandulently, corruptly, unlawfully
and feloniously" embezzling and "con
verting to his own use" amounts total
ing $5,936.74 during a period from
January 19, 1968 through July 1,
The seven counts oharge that Pearce
took the following amounts on the
following dates: $585.95, April 16.
26, 29; $2,100.38, March 11, 21. 26;
$200.00, February 19; $2,511.36. Jan
uary 19; $275.00, July 1; $450.00,
May 3, 14, 17; and $400.00, June 3, 5.
The indictments came following an
Investigation by State Bureau of Inves
tigation Agent Roy Epps.
Pearce was jailed on June 24 this
Youngsville - Rev. Floyd Benfield,
pastor of the Flat Rock Baptist
Church, spoke at the Youngsville
Lion* Club meeting Monday night of
thii weak on the subject of Alcoho
lism. Presenting statistics, Mr. Benfield
also told of work which la being done
In Franklin County for alcoholics. The
speaker was introduced by program
chairman Darts HID.
Lion E. J. Pearce made announce
ment in regard to the annual Liona
Club Calendar project which la to be
completed this month
The Lions Club ia again this year
sponsoring the sale of Trick or Treat
Halloween Candy. The bap of candy
ware distributed to members by Lion
Marvin Roberta, and will go on sale
Lion Prealdent Earl Hart preaided at
the meeting and recognized gueata.
Among thoae recognized, who remain
ad on for a Zone Meeting held after
the local meeting, wan DiatrM 31 -G
Governor Herbert C. Bradshaw of Dur
ham. Zona Chairman Elmer Gene Mul
len of Bunn, and the Club Presidents
and Secretaries from all around the
Zone Eight area. Lion Warren Smith of
UMiWrarg waa welcomed aa a visitor
year for failure to file a proper ac
counting of the guardianship with the
Clerk of Court here. The order charged
that Pearce had ignored an order on
May 20, for such accounting. Pearce
J. JACKSON DEAN of Louisburg,
operator of Dean Karms here, was
elected rresideni 01
the North Carolina
Egg Processors and
last week. DEAN, a
was honored as
ing North Carolina
DKan vUle last Saturday.
THILBERT PEARCE of Franklin
ton was honored last week with the
presentation of a 25-year pin for
services in the county Health Depart
ment. PEARCE is county sanitation
officer for the agency.
HERBERT GENE LEONARD, JR.
of Onterville was named Centerville
Police Chief last week, according to
reports LEONARD succeeds Howard
Lee Griffin in the post.
Thieve* hit three places in the
county ovw theVeekend, according to
reports, and made off with consider
Strickland Electric on Blckett Blvd.
was hit Friday night or early Saturday
morning when thieves entered a side
window and hauled off three portable
television lets and six transistor radios.
Strickland had been entered several
months ago and the merchandise was
later recovered by Sheriff William T.
Dement and Louisburg Police Chief
Reports also say that thieves enter
ed Wood lief Supply Oo. on Youngs
ville's Main Street Saturday and stole
son* shotguns and shells.
And the R. W. Foster Grocery on
US- 401 north, near the Warren County
line was entered and about $1,000 in
clothing, groceries and other items are
was arrested and jailed around 4 P.M.
and remained in jail until 11 P.M. that
On Monday, July 14, he was return
ed to jaO after a hearing held in
Oxford before Judge Hall and was
later released when he filed an account
with the Clerk.
Pearce was supposed to have filed
an account, according to reports, on
January 4 of this year. He had been
made guardian of his 11-year-old
daughter's estate upon the death of
her mother in 1968. Pearce was sep
arated from the child's mother prior to
her death and has since remarried.
The amount of the estate at the
time was listed in the Clerk's office at
$7,800 and Pearce is bonded by
Western Surety Co. of Raleigh for
Pearce has been Mayor of Franklin
ton since being first elected to the
position in May, 1961 after having
served several yean as Town Clerk and
Tax Collector. He won reelection to
the office in May of this year-hls fifth
Among other indictments handed
down by the Grand Jury was a charge
of assault with a deadly weapon with
intent to kill against Michael Evans,
c/m/lS. Evans la charged with knifing
Warren Boone at Edward Beat High
School last June. Both were students
at the school at the time of the
William Lee Stalling! waa Indicted
on charges of manslaughter In the
death of Darrell Lane Smith on May 3,
1969. Stalling was reportedly driving
a car in which Smith was a passenger
when the vehicle wrecked near Frank
linton last May 1. Smith died two days
later of injuries received In the acci
The Loulsburg Tobacco Market
told 1,171,980 pounde of tobacco laat
week for $832,207.28. Hie average of
171.01 compare* favorably with aver
' age* ot the paat aeveral week*.
There are no report! on activities
on the local market for the week of
September 29, but other weekly aver
age* have been juat slightly higher than
lait week's average. The tint eight
days of the season the average waa
reported at $72.24. The week of Sep
tember 16, the average waa 172.68 and
for the week of September 22, the
sales averaged $71.20.
County Records Seventh Hgbway
Fatality In Unusual Accident
An unusual two-car accident Thurs
day night around 11:30 P.M. on Rural
Paved Road No. 1100 -the Tarboro
Road-claimed the life of a 22-year-old
Wake Forest, Route 3, man. Luther
Ellis Neville, an employee of the Wes
tinghouse Corp. in Raleigh, became
Franklin's seventh highway victim
when he died Friday of injuries re
ceived in the accident.
State Trooper C. G. Todd reported
the accident saying that two auto
mobiles were involved and that both
overturned although they did not col
lide with each other. Todd reported
that a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu, report
edly driven by Jimmy Franklin Den
ton, w/m/22 of Rt. 1, Louisburg, and
a 1969 Ford Mustang, reportedly
driven by George Cleveland Fuller,
w/m/27, Rt. 2, Spring Hope, over
turned simultaneously when both ve
hicles ran off the highway.
Neville, according to Trooper Todd,
was a passenger in the Denton car, and
Ted Ray Young, w/m/20 of Bunn, was
a passenger in the Fuller car. Neville,
Fuller and Denton were taken by a
Wake Forest ambulance to Wake
Memorial Hospital Young was taken
to Franklin Memorial in Louisburg
Young suffered multiple concus
sions, abrasions and lacerations. Fuller
suffered back injuries and lacerations
and Denton suffered back, shoulder
and arm injuries. Neville suffered head
Injuries when thrown from the car.
Trooper Todd told that both cars
were traveling west and that the Chev
rolet ran off the right side of the road
and crossed the highway landing in a
shallow ditch on the left. The Mustang
nn off the left side of the road crossed
over and landed in a tobacco field.
Neither of the cars collided with the
other, Todd said. .
The Chevrolet traveled 724 feet, 4
inches after leaving the highway and
before striking a mail box on the
opposite side of the road. The Mustang
traveled 395 feet, 6 inches before
crossing over and landing in the Held.
The accident occurred on a straight
stretch of highway after tire marks
indicate both cars went out of control
on a slight curve. The last fatality in
the county occurred on September 7
when a pedestrian was struck and
killed along NC-56 three miles west of
Trooper Todd said no charges have
been filed in the fatality pending
Funeral services were conducted for
Neville Sunday afternoon at 3 P.M.
from Oak Grove Baptist Church by
Rev. Otis Boiter and Rev. Dwight
Watts. Burial followed in the church
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Lonnie Neville of Route 3, Wake
Forest; a sister. Martha Neville of the
home; a brother. Rex Neville of the
home; his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Elura Mitchell of Rt. 4, Zebulon; his
paternal grandmother. Mrs. Estelle
Neville of Rt. 3. Wake Forest.
Franklinton Negro Youth
On Trial For His Life
An 18-year-old Route 1, Franklin
ton Negro is on trial for his life in
Superior Criminal Court here this
week. Buddy Jones is charged with
shooting to death Sylvester Jeffreys on
the night of February 16, 1969.
Three jurors were selected in the
case Monday and the full panel is
expected to be chosen today. The trial
is expected to take much of the week's
The incident reportedly occurred at
Green's Place, a nightspot on old US-1
near Franklinton, as a result of an
argument involving four men.
At the time. Thurman Yarborough
was seriously wounded and Robert Ed
Parrish of Rt. 1, Youngsville wax
charged with assault in that mishap.
The two incidents were said at the
time to have been related. The shoot
ing occurred around 12:30 A.M.
Sheriff's officers reported.
Several other murder cases are
docketed for this term of court, In
cluding murder charges against John C.
Kingsberry, n/m/22; Charles Taylor;
Johnnie E. Fowler, n/m/42; Richard
Alston, n/m/25; Jack Evans, n/m/22;
Johnny Hartsfleld, n/m; Robert L.
Williams, n/m/24; and Frank Coley,
STATE TROOPER C. G. TODD VIEWS CAR IN FATAL ACCIDENT
Fountain Discusses 1970 Census
Congressman L. H. Fountain dis
cuaa the upcoming 1970 cen tut in
this week's report from Washington
He alao comment! on the tendency of
government to invade the privacy of
tbe Individual citizen. The full text of
the Congreaaman's report follow*:
In a day and time when many feel
we an being polled and queationnalred
to death, the Invaaion of privacy by
governmental age nc lei has become a
matter of serious concern.
Thle waa recently the subject of
debate In the House of Representatives
when we passed a bill requiring a more
responsible Census in 1980. This ac
tion waa prompted by considerable
public discussion of the questions to
be asked next year on the 1970
Aa you recall, aone of the questions
to be asked on the 1970 Census were
extremely personal and controversial.
Although it was too late to make all of
the changes we wanted in the 1970
Census, pressure from the general pub
lic and subsequently from members of
Congress prompted the Census Bureau
to revise some questions and substan
tially reduce the number of people
who will be required to answer long
As it now stands in the upcoming
1970 Census, most people will be
asked to answer only 26 basic ques
tions. Fifteen per cent will be aaked to
complete a 7 ^question form and five
per cent a 91-question form. Even for
ao smaD a number of people theae are
still too many questions.
The legislation we pasaed, effective
with the Census in 1960, is intended
to guarantee the right o( privacy of
our citizens and at the same time
enable government and aodety to a?
cure essential information needed for
responsible and intMilgent decision
making In these difficult times.
We lost by a very doae vote an
amendment limiting mandatory "Cen
sus questions to six and making am
wers to purely personal questions com
Nonetheless, the bill we passed,
more tightly insures the confiden
tiality of Information obtained by the
U. 8. Census. It also eliminates the jail
sentence penalty for people who re
fuse to answer Census questions. Whle
no one has ever been put in jail under
this law, even the posribillty of It was
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