The Franklin times. (Louisburg, N.C.) 1870-current, October 21, 1969, Image 1
The FrM?tn Times ? ? ?? ? ? ?- ? 1 ? 1 ? ' 1 ~ . V r ? aii c 1. 1 : _ r i.. Published Every Tuesday A Thursday Serving All Of Franklin Counfy Telephone Gy6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg, N. C., Tuesday , October 21, 1969 (Six Pages Today) 100th Year-Number 71 Three Persons Trapped Inside (Set Picture Pare 4) ?Staff photos by Clint Fuller Search For More Bodies Three Die In Franklinton Accident Three persons were crushed to dMth Saturday night when the car in which they were riding was struck by a tractor-trailer on US-1 at Franklinton. The three- all Negroes -were lulled in stantly around 8:15 P.M. as their car left a shopping center packing lot and entered the busy highway. State Trooper James E. Byrd of Another Jailed Woman Barred From Louisburg A 31-year-old Louisburg, Route 1, woman was found guilty of multiple charges in District Court here Monday and ordered barred from the city limits of Louisburg for five years. Mary Helen Vaughn, w/f/31, was convicted of using profane language, careless and reckless driving, assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Judge Linwood Peoples of Henderson ordered "prayer for judgment con tinued for five years on the condition the defendant stay out of the city limits of Louisburg for five years." In another caae, Judge Peoples ordered a local Negro woman jailed for three days. Juliet Harvie was jailed when she said that her husband, Charlie Harvie, had not struck her or pushed her around. She had signed a warrant charging her husband with asa jit but when she took the stand to testify she refuted her previous claim*. Charges against the man were dismiss ed and the woman was ordered jailed for three days and to pay costs in both caaes. NlcBride New Legion Commander Clay McBride. Program Director of WYRN Radio here, ?u ejected Com mander of Jambeee Post 106, Ameri can Legion, here Friday night. Named to urn with McBride this year were: Roger Kornegay, Vic* Commander, George Champion, Jr., Adjutant; E. P. Stalnback of Bunn, Sgt. at Arm, and T. T. Young of Youngfriile, Chaplain CLAY fcCBRIDF The election were held In the Legion's regular meeting here at a local restaurant. .1 Louisburg identified the dead as Junius Burwell, 76; Annie Mae Jones, 55 and Tommy Jones, a nephew of the woman, 10. All lived on Route 1, Franklinlon. Cleveland Griffin Whitley, c/m/40, Rt. 2, Wake Forest, driver of the Watson Poultry Co. truck was uninjur ed in the accident. He reported that the Burwell 'car came out of the parking lot headed straight across the highway toward an ice cream stand on the other side. Whitley said he had n* chance to avoid the accident and that he did not know that the car was crushed beneath his rig until he brought it to a stop and got out. The weight of the cab and part of the trailer was directly on top of the Burwell car. Both the truck and the car were in a shallow ditch on the right side of the highway. Hundreds of spectators flocked to the scene and traffic was rerouted through Franklinton on US-l-A for much of the time between the acci dent and the time when the bodies were removed some three hours later. Wrecker crews were summoned . from Henderson and with the aid of rescue squad members from Louisburg and Franklinton freed the bodies shortly ifter 11 P.M. Franklinton fi* men were on standby at the scene because of a gasoline leakage In the truck's gas tank and law officer! were kept busy keeping spectators from smoking near the wreckage. The three fatalities brought to ten the number of road deaths recorded thus Ml this year in the county. This is the largest number of road deaths since 1964 when 14 peraons lost their lives on Franklin highways and matches the ten for the entire years of 1962 and 1963. The toil la also among the third worst in Franklin's history exceeded only by two four-fatality crashes. One occurred on March 8, 1946 when four school children died in a bus accident and the other happened on April 12. 1952 when four Negroes were killed in a wreck at the intersection of US-4ftl and NC-98, eleven miles south of Louisburg. There have been three other acci dents in which three persons were killed. Two took place in 19S7. On * April 5 that year. ? 16-year-old Louis burg youth, a local nurse and the driver of the car carrying several nurses tome from work, were tilled or died Jones Gets 15 Years Franklinton Pair Gets Suspended Sentences In Kidnapping A Kranklinton Negro couple receiv ed sentences of niae months in jail suspended for two yean in superior court here last week as an outgrowth of charges of kidnapping lodged apnnst them in April. 1968. Queen Esther Perry, 36, and Eddie Parker. Jr.. 20, were placed on probation by Judge Clarence W Hall and ordered to pay court costs and $175.00 for attor ney fees in the case. The twosome were arrested on April 9, 1968 after they allegedly stopped a Franklinton school bus and prevented the school children from continuing to school. The pair report edly said the children had no business going to school on that day which was the day of the funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The charges, lodged by the State Bureau of Investigation said the of fense was kidnapping by detaining and seizure. Buddy Jones, n/m/18, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and received a term of imprisonment as a youthful offender for a maximum of 15 yean. He was accused of murdering Sylvester Jeffreys at a Negro night spot on the night of February 16, 1969 Five Bunn area Negro youths were given bom 2 to 3 yean suspended sentences on chargea of breaking and entering and larceny. They were Utry Gtorft Davit. 17; Henry D?*l?, 17; Clyde Natl, 17; Michael Davis. 16 and Anthony (Tony) High, 17. TTiey were ordered to pay $19.40 for restitution, attorney! feaa and coats of court. Other casts disposed of before See CASES Page 4 later from injuries in an accident on ^ NC-&61. And on September 46, 1967. the county coroner and two Negroes were killed instantly in a head-on crash on NC-39 north of Louisburg'. On September 1, 1963, a Winston Salem mother, her daughter and her mother were killed in a head-on crash on NC-98 west of Bunn. The wont wreck in the general area was a seven-fatality school but acci dent near Middlesex on October 14, 1949. Six persons were killed just across the Franklin line in Warren County on April 1, 1956 when an entirf family was wiped out and the driver or the second car met death. Five persons were killed near Pilot In Wake County in a head-on accident on October 7, 1965. The fnost highway deaths recorded in franklin County in recent years occurred in 1958 when 15 deaths were recorded . Commissioners Say Fifty Percent Of Sales Tax Will Be Used To Reduce Rate The Board of County Commis sioners. meeting in special session here Monday, passed a motion calling for fifty percent of all funds received by the county from the local option sales tax to be used to reduce the ad valorem or property tax in the county. Commissioner Norwood Faulkner made the motion and Commissioner E. M. Sykes seconded it with all members voting their approval. Alio included in the motion was an agreement that "the other 50% (would) be used im proving the following services: Hos pital, Fire and Rescue Services, Schools, law Enforcement. Industrial Growth, Agriculture, Health and Social Services". Attending Monday's session by in vitation of the Board were Asher Johnson, WYRN News -Director; Clint Fuller, Managing Editor of The Frank lin Times; John Ihrie, President, Franklin County Farm Bureau and David Daniel. Director of College Rela tions. Louisburg College. Daniel told the group that a sales tax b the "moat equitable" of all taxes and noted that there are "always inequities in property taxation" be cause of the "human element -judg ment decisions". He added that he supports the local option sales tax measure because it will "help us to keep the ball rolling" in local develop ment. \ Ihrie disclosed that the state farm Bureau Directors had gone on record favoring the tax and said that the Franklin Directors are also behind it. "We have endorsed the County Com missioners' resolution and are heartily in favor of it and we are going to work for it", Ihrie said. - One estimate made at Monday's meeting indicated that 50% or the county's first half -that portion col lected and returned here-could result in a minimum of a 15 cent cut in property tax rate When 50% of the county's second half -based on popula tion-is applied the reduction in the county rate could be much greater. The application of the remaining fifty percent to other county needs could prevent an increase in the tax rate over the next several years and result in an even greater savings to local property owners, it was explained. All 100 counties will vote on the local option tax on Tuesday, Novem ber 4, two weeks from today. Escapee Captured, Bound Over On- More Charges Larry Keith Sommenett. 27, who neaped la* Thunday morning from the local Jail after overpowering jailer W. L. Faulkner, wis recaptured around 1 P.M. Thunday by Deputy Sheriff Uoyd Gupton. In Diftrtct Court here Monday. Sommeraett waa bound over, to Superior Court fadnf a boat of new charfea. The Oiaiiotte man, sentenced to 40 to 60 yean In a 1966 armed robbery of Thompaon'i Hardware and Feed Store at Franklinton. now facea cbargaa of armed robbery, aaaeuit, theft and aacape. He had been return ed to Franklin County from Central Priaoa for a poet conviction hearing dated for Superior Court held here laat week. * Sommersett, also sentenced to 19 yean In prison for robbery In Char lotte, locked jailer Faulkner in a cell around 8 A.M. last Thursday, took the jailer's gun, money and car and was free for some four hours before he was spotted walking along US-401 north of Loulsburg around 1 P.M. According to reports, Sommersett abandoned the Faulkner car near Ingleslde five miles north of Loulsburg and walking in the woods, lost his direction and headed back toward Loulsburg. He was spotted about 1 mile north of town. The $116 allegedly taken from Faulkner, the gun and the car were recovered. Mrs. Pernell Named To Group Mrs. Betsy Pernell, Chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Execu tive Committee, was named last week by Governor Bob Scott, as a member of the Study Commission appointed to analyze the Democratic Party struc ture in the state. Serving with the Franklin leader, the Governor said, "Will be former governors and former chairmen of the Party, lawyers, educators, and stu dents, labor leaders and businessmen, young Democrats and old Democrats, black Democrats and white Democrats and business women and housewives". Wilson attorney James Hunt was nam ed chairman of the 60-member group. "In brief, those chosen come from all walks of life and represent a num ber of political philosophies. This is how it should be, for the proposed Study Commission's work surely will be doomed if all the people are not represented in such an Important un dertaking." Scott pointed out the group was. large because he wanted to insure a broad base of representation at each of four regional hearings which will be held across the state by the Commis sion. Then he turned to the Party's cur rent Plan of Organization and made some observations: "I am for change," he said, "but t not just for the sake of change. Some one noted recently that there has been only one major change in our Plan of Organization in the past 50 years. I, for one. look on that as an indication that our current Party plan cant be all wrong." The Governor went on to say this did not mean that a thorough study See GROUP P?ge 4 Cafe Owner Shoots Customer Jack Leonard, n/m/56, operator of a local pool room and restaurant on Bull Run Alley near the Loulsburg Police Station, shot a customer al legedly giving him trouble here Mon day Alght. Leonard hit John King, n/m/46. In both legs with a .46 caliber pistol around 7:30 P.M. Monday night. King, of Rt. 3, Loulsburg, was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital by the Loulsburg Rescue Service. Police Chief Earl Tharrington indicated that he would problabty charge Leonard with anault in the caae.