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The Franklin Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday
Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg. N. C., Tuesday, November 4, 1969
(Six Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 75
Franklin- Vance-Warren Oppor
tunity, Inc., announced today the ap
pointment of a new executive director,
the Rev. Fred Hege of Winston-Salem,
N. C. He assumed his duties the 20th
of this month.
Hege served as a minister of the
Moravian Church in Winston-Salem
and Forsyth County since graduating
from the Moravian College and Theo
logical Seminary in 1956. He served
there as a pastor and most recently as
the Associate General Secretary of the
Board of Christian Education and
Evangelism. While with the board, his
specific responsibilities were in the
areas of youth and camp work.
The Moravian Church is the oldest
Protestant denomination, founded in
1415 following the martyrdom of
John Hus in Prague, Czechslovakia.
Moravians are more familiar in North
Carolina as the founders of the Salem
community, now a part of Winston
While serving in the Winston-Salem
area, Hege was active in the develop
ment of the junior high school pro
gram as well as other efforts to meet
the needs of youth in the community.
He was also an instructor in Religion
at the Salem Academy, a Moravian
preparatory school for girls.
Hege will reside with his family in
the Louisburg area and will have of
fices at the Law Building in Hender
son. He and his wife have four
children, three sons and a daughter.
tunity, Inc. is the local agency of the
Office of Economic Opportunity. It
currently operates a Head Start pro
gram for 350 p re-school children, t
Neighborhood Youth Corps which
provides part-time jobs and training
for 75 youths, and a food and medical
supplement program aiding many per
sons in Warren and Franklin counties.
C. Felton Cash, Sr., 61, former
Louisburg Chief of Police, died early
Monday morning at his home here. He
wss a retired mere
will be held Wed
nesday at 11 A.M.
at Lancaster Fun
eral Home Chapel
Aubrey S. Tomlin^"
son. Burial will fol
low in Oakwood
CASH two daughters,
Mrs. Winston Davis of Louisburg and
Mrs. W. H. Lewis, Jr. of Farmville; one
son, C. F. Cash, Jr. of the home; one
sister, Mrs. Lillian C. Roberts of Cary;
one brother, H. J. Cash of Louisburg
and two grandchildren.
Voters Decide Tax Issue Today
NCSU Open House Slated
Franklin County high school stu
dents. especially juniors and seniors,
are being invited to attend the annual
Open House program Saturday, No
vember 8, at North Carolina State
University according to C. T. Dein,
Jr., County Extension Chairman.
Dean said the Open House is spon
sored by the University's School of
Agriculture and Life Sciences and
School of Forest Resources.
Open House, which drew an es
timated 4,000 people to the North
Carolina State Campus last year, is
held for career-minded high school
students, their parents, teachers and
career advisors. Also invited are other
adults who are interested in finding
out more about the statewide activities
of North Carolina State through its
research and extension programs.
Dean stated that special exhibits
designed around the theme. "Careers -
s 2001," will be opened to the public
\(>eginning at 9 A.M. in Reynolds Col
iseum. Several hundred careers in the
broad areas of agriculture, life sciences
and Mr^stry will be illustrated. Fac
ulty members and students will be on
hand to dWuss career opportunities,
curriculum, Admission requirements
and campus life aeUvities.
Visitors can viey the exhibits in
Reynolds Coliseum froqi 9 A.M. to 3
P.M. Time will be provided for visits to
various departments of the two
schools. A Dutch lunch will be served
at Dorton Arena at the State Fair
An exhibition by the Uni?r?ty'? v
swimming team at Carmlchael Gym
and an inter-squad basketball game at
Dorton Arena are also being planned
Curtis (Johnny) Saunders, 43,
owner of a dry cleaning firm, died
Monday. Funeral services will be held
at 3 p.m. Wednesday at White Funeral
Chapel conducted by Rev. Aubrey S.
Tomiinson. Burial will follow in Oak
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Athleen
Gupton Saunders; a son, Curtis Craig;
a daughter. Julia Anna, both of the
home; his mother, Mrs. Julia Moore
Saunders of Durham; four brothers,
Frank and J. C. Jr. of Durham, Marvin
F. of Wanrer Robbins, Ga., and Dennis
Saunders of Louisburg.
A light voter turnout is predicted
for today's Local Option Sales Tax
balloting in Franklin County. The
issue has gained neither heated support
or opposition in recent weeks and
voter interest is lacking.
Most property owners are expected
to favor the tax in light of the promise
by the Board of County Commission
ers that a favorable vote would result
in a reduction of ad valorem taxes.
Three persons were arrested in a
raid by law enforcement officers at the
site of an illicit whisky stUI on Shocco
creek in the Lickskillet community of
Warren County, near the Vance Coun
ty line, Friday.
Three submarine-type stills were
reported destroyed at the site, along
with some 24 gallons of non-tax-paid
Officers identified those arrested at
the scene as Conrad Roy Stokes. 44,
of Route 3, Louisburg; his 19-year-old
nephew, Otha Lee Stokes, also of
Route 3; and Les Alphonzo Towns,
26, of Route 4. Louisburg. They were
iailed in Warrenton on charges of
manufacturing illegal whisky.
Joining in staging the raid were
Vance A. B.C. Officers T. G. Blackmon
and W. G. Watkins; Warren A.B.C.
Officer M. D. Capps; State A.B.C.
Agent John Britt of Henderson; and
Federal Agent Bill Waldon.
Britt said one of the stills found at
the site' was a 1,080-gallon submarine
unit and the other two were of 720
gallon capacity each. Among other
materials and equipment destroyed
were some 800 gallons of mash and
the 24 gallons of whisky which was In
LouisbUrg^ Police Officer Robert
Redmond apparently dozed at the
wheel of the police cruiser early this
morning and rammed into a parked car
on Main Street here. Officer Redmond
suffered facial lacerations, according
Co reports, but was not seriously injur
Tlie cruiser and an automobile
parked near the Louisburg Methodist
Church was severely damaged. The
accident reportedly occurred around
Statewide, the NAACP and organized
labor are opposing the tax. Locally,
there has been no organized opposi
tion but the Negro block vote is
expected to be against the issue here.
Tory's vote is expected to fall far
below the 81 percent that was record
ed in the May primary last year and
the 9.749 who voted in the November
The lightest vote in recent years
was seen in November. 1967 when
only 851 of the county's 11,163 re
gistered voters participated in a special
courthouse improvement referendum.
That issue carried. 534 to 317 with
some precincts voting as few as 14
Confusion has accompanied the
sales tax issue and many people as late
as this morning were still asking ques
tions in an attempt to arrive at their
decisions. The Board of County Com
missioners endorsed the tax several
weeks ago and later issued a statement
of how the revenue will be used bere if
the voters approve. Several articles
have appeared in the local newspaper
and a special public service program
was staged Sunday on the local radio
Moitly, efforts to gain a favorable
vote have been conducted quietly by
business people and property owners.
The tax has gained support of the
county Farm Bureau as well as the
None of the Ave Franklin municipal
boards endorsed the tax although a
favorable vote would have brought
more revenue into each board's till.
The referendum was sponsored initial
ly by the League of Municipalities and
the N. C. Association of County Com
missioners and both organizations have
waged a vigorous campaign to assure
Across the state, it is expected that
larger counties will approve the tax
while most small counties, particularly
in the East, will oppose it. A News and
Observer survey published Sunday
placed Franklin in the opposition's
corner. However, local observers be
lieved this morning that the decision
was a toss-up when voting began.
Missing UNC Student
Has County Background
One of the two UNC students who
are still missing from a boat trip on the
Neuse River last weekend is the son of
Franklin County natives and has rela
tives living here.
Allan Thomas Moody of Old
Bridge, N.^l. is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Clyde Moody, Jr. now of Old Bridge
but formerly of Kranklin County. The
youth's grandmother. Mrs. Tore White
lives east of Bunn as do uncles and
aunts of the missing students. His
father is a native of the Pine Ridge
Community southeast of Bunn.
Young Moody and three other
Carolina students were attempting to
canoe in the Neuse River near Oriental
Saturday night during the heavy wind
and rainstorms that struck the area.
The body of one of the students was
recovered Sunday. He was identified as
Charles E. Baker of Bluefield, W.'Va.
Another student, Albert Stier Hudson
swam to shore and was rescued early
Sunday. Moody and Donald Litton
Lewis of Greensboro are still missing
and hope for their safe return is slim.
Moody's father lived for awhile in
Burlington before moving to New
York where he. js connected with
Burlington Industries. His mother is
the former Madeline White of Bunn.
Helen Tucker On The .Way As Novelist
Helen Tucker of Church Street,
Loufeburg and Raleigh, the daughter
of Mn. W. Blair Tucker of Louisburg
and the late Mr. Tucker it a new
Southern novelist, who has just won
the prize at the end of the rainbow
that every beginning writer dreams
Her first novel. The Sound of Sum
mer Voices, has been chosen by two
book dubs, the Doubleday Bargain
Book Club and Better Homes and
Gardens' Book Service, and will have,
initially, more than 300,000 copies in
print, liie book will be published by
Stein and Day on November 4, 1969.
The average first novel In the
United States sells only 600 copies.
Helen will therefore start out with
nearly a third of a million readers
more than the average first novelist.
In The Sound of Summer Voices
Helen has written something Increas
ingly rare-a story that manages to
hold the reader without sex or vio
Her main character Is Patrick
Quincannon To toon, an eleven-year-old
hoy who comes to believe that he has
been li?l to all of his life about his
mother having died when he was born.
He determines to find out the truth
about his parentage by the only means
svailsble to a young boy growing up in
a sheltered Southern family: eaves
With the dedication of a supenpy,
he listens In secretively to the most
private conversations of the people
who make up hit life; hides in the back
of the car when one aunt meets her
boy friend; searches for pictures of his
By Elizabeth Johnson
mother-none of which seem to exist
His search for the truth even leads him
to the cemetery in back of his house
HELEN TUCKER AT WORK
to dig away at the earth he has been
it?M contains his mother's body.
Patrick's discovery, the steps lead
ing up ip it. and what he does with the
truth oneehe finds it make The Sound
of Summer voices a warm, suspenseful
In 1961, Jamtare. The Times car
ried a feature onWelen upon the
acceptance of her firit story, "The
Guardian", for publicaub<i in Red
book. The headline was "Career Begun
at Age 9 Finally Pays Off ForVJx>caJ
Woman" and now in 1969, just eight
yean later, she really has topped tlifc.
record with her first published novel -
first published novel notice for Helen
says she has some better, she thinks,
stacked away in the cloaet.
Helen, the only native Louisburg
writer since Edwin Fuller, has had a
career in journalism, having been a
reporter on newspapers In Twin Falls
and Boise. Idaho, and Burlington and
Raleigh, N. C., a radio writer for
stations in Salt Lake City, Utah and
Raleigh, N. C., and an employee in the
editorial department at Columbia Uni
versity Press In New York. Since
August, 1967 she has been director of
publicity and publications at the
North Carolina Museum of Art.
Previous publications include a
book of poetry in 1961, two novels In
Red book Magazine, a number of short
stories in national magazines, a short
story, "Such a Quiet Thing," In
Ladies' Home Journal in November
1967. This last short story was pub
lished in seven foreign countries: Eng
land, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Italy,
Australia, and South Africa.
Ben Downey, former Louisburg
resident and son of Mr*. S. Z. Downey
of North Main Street here, is in the
intensive care section of a Charlotte
hospital in serious condition following
an accident in his Gastonia office last
According to reports received here,
Downey was in the proceu of moving
a small automatic ptstol from a desk
drawer when the weapon accidentally
discharged wounding him in the chest.
Two associates witnessed the accident
and Downey was rushed to the hospi
tal. The bullet reportedly struck him
in the heart and also damaged his liver.
Downey, a building business execu
tive, is married to the former Marjorte
Pa Irish of Franklin County. A report
from the hospital this morning said
that he is improving and there is hope
that he may be moved from the
intensive care section in the next few
U. S. Savings Bond anil Freedom
Share sales In North Carolina for
January-September smounteik to
$47,173,717. This represents 79.1
cent of the state's 1969 dollar quota
of $69,600,000. Sale* for the month
of September amounted to
Savinp Bond and Freedom Share
sales In Franklin County were $10,524
for September. For the year, cumula
tive sales amounted to $109,272
which la 84.9 percent of the county's
1969 dollar quota, according to, Bland
W. W or ley, volunteer chairman of thf
savings bonds program in North Caro
CORONER JAMES H. EDWARDS. LEFT. AND DEPUTY SHERIFF LEROY
TERRELL VIEW BODY OF MAN FOUND ALONG NC-36 NORTH OF
Man Believed Hit- Run Victim
Deputy Sheriff David Button reported thii morning that the Sheriff! office
believes that Garland West, 48-year-old Louisburg, Route 3, Negro, whoee body was
discovered along NC-39 seven miles north of Louisburg early Sunday morning, was
the victim of a hit and run driver.
NAn autopsy has been ordered by Franklin Coroner James H. Edwards, according
to reports and preliminary word says that the man suffered Injuries to his left pelvis
and severe internal bleeding indicating that he was struck by a car.
West's body was discovered Sunday morning around 6:30 A.M. by Tom Powell,
Route 1, Henderson man who was returning home from work when he happened to
see the body lying.in a roadside ditch near the home of Charlie Robert Wynne.
Powell and Wynne alerted Deputy Sheriff Leroy Terrall who In turn called the
Coroner. If K is ruled that West died as the result of being struck by a motor
vehicle, he will be the eleventh highway victim of the year in Franklin County and
the fifth In the past three weeks.