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DEATH CAR FOR TWO ON HIGHWAY 421 WEDNESDAY
This picture shows all that was left of a car which collided with a truck on
1 highway 421 near Purlear Wednesday night. Killed in the accident were both
occupants of the car, Charles Edward Adams, 22, and Wm. Blaine Nichols, 37, resi
dents of Wilkesboro route one. The car railed over several times after crashing into
a coal truck driven by Zell Flake Malcolm, of Mooresville, who was not injured.
8 Singers From
Go To Mars
Director And Students To
Take Part In Choral
Clinic Two Days
Mars Hill ? Eight selected
singers from North Wilkesboro,
under the direction of Miss Sara
Jane Judy, will participate in the
second annual choral clinic to be
held at Mars Hill College Friday'
and Saturday, February 3 and 4.'
The glee club directors and octets '
from 18 high schools in western
North Carolina will take part In '
the clinic this year.
The schedule for the clinic will
include two days of concentrated '
rehearsals and conferences and
will culminate in a concert on
Saturday evening at 8 o'clock in
the college auditorium. Approxi
mately 160 singers will take part
in the concert, to which the pub
lic is invited.
Donald Winters, director of
choral music at the school of mu
sic of the Southern Baptist Semi
nary, Louisville, Ky., will direct
the choral rehearsals and con
cert and hold conferences with
students and directors. The mu
sic faculty of Mars Hill College
will serve as hosts for the clinic
and will be in charge of arrange
Those attending the clinic
will be guests of the college.
The schools participating and
their choral directors are as fol
lows: ABheville, - Mrs. Graham
Beams; Belmont, Frank West;
-Bessemer City, William O. Mel
vin; Black Mountain, Mrs. A. W.
McDo-ugle; Candler, Mrs. J. R.
Owen: Canton, Martha M. Math
ews; Dallas, Mrs. Grady T. Fri
day; Hendersonville, Earl H.
Martin; Hickory, Landon D. Wal
ker; Mars Hill, Henry C. Ed
wards; Mooresville, Robert O.
Klepfer; Mt. Holly, Dwlght Price;
Newton - Conover, Robert
Rhodes; North Wilkesboro, Sara
Jane Judy; Shelby, Mary Louise
Clements; Valdese, Robert Gour
ley; Waynesville, C. T. Isley;
Weaverville, Irene H. Clark.
Selections to be used in the
clinic will include three groups,
sacred, spiritual, and secular. The
objectives of the clinic, as stat
ed by J. Elwood Roberts of the
Mars Hill College music faculty,
are, first, to give the talented
singers of this part of the state
an opportunity to associate with
and work with others of like tal
ent and, secondly, to stimulate in
these students and directors a
greater enthusiasm for the finest
in choral music.
Dogwood Brood cost
Mrs. E. F. Gardner will give i
broadcast on "Dogwood Plant
tog" over WKBC Friday, 10:4
Mr. W. A. Stroud, who suffer
ed a heart attack several weeks
ago, is making satisfactory im
provement, friends will be glad
^ < o
Mr. W. O. Absher baa return
ed from Dnke Hospital, where
he received treatment daring the
past week. His condition is much
Rondo Man Builds
New Type Bam For
(By J. P. Ghoplin, County Agent)
John R. Sparks, of the Ronda
community, has recently com
pleted a new tobacco barn with
the latest type ventilating sys
tem. This type of barn requires
20 to 25 per cent, less fuel in
curing tobacco. Mr. Sparks has
started construction of another
barn of the same type. Both
barns will use wood as fuel.
A meeting will be held at this
farm at 10:00 a. m., Wednesday,
February 1, at which time S. N.
Hawks, extension tobacco spec
ialist, will explain the operation
and advnatages of this type of
Over *72,000 For
License Plates In
Carolina Motor Club Here
Seta New Record Volume
During the past five days the
Carolina Motor Club branch here,
of which T. C. Caudill is man
ager, sold over *72,000 worth
of automobile and truck license!
In a five-day period ending
February 1 the club's office in (
the Motor Market building sold,
3,010 license plates, which was
an average of more than 600 sets
of tags daily. Mr. Caudill said
that the number and amount set
a new record in sales for the
North Wilkesboro office.
In handling that vast amount
of money and sales, Mr. Caudill
and his associates in the office
had a phenominal record for ac
curacy in that no errors were
made in issuing plates and at the
close of each day the cash check
ed out to the penny.
Notwithstanding the fact that
motorists had the entire month of
January in which to purchase
1950 tags after expiration of
those for 1949, a number neg
lected to buy and were arrested
by patrolmen for driving in this
area without 1950 tags since Jan
Bill McNeill With !
W. B. (Bill) McNeill, who is
well known in the automobile
business in northwestern North
Carolina, has accepted a position
as salesman with Barber-Somers.
Motor company, local Plymouth
and DeSoto dealer.
Mr. McNeill was connected
with automobile business for 15
years here before going to Dever.
Colo., some time ago, where he
was employed a? an automobile
salesman. Bill's friends are glad
to hear that he has returned to
Wilkes and are invited to call on
him at any time. Mr. McNeill's
family will return here in the
Mr. T. M. Foster, of Wilkes
boro, is a patient at the Baptist
hospital in Winston-Salem.
Jim Moore Wins
i In Semi-Finals
Of Safety Fornm
Will Take Part In Finals
During Charlotte Broad
cast Sunday Afternoon
James M. Moore, son of Mr. and
Ivey Moore, of North Wilkesboro,
was one of six semi-finals win
ners in the state Student Safety
Forum in Greensboro Sunday af
He will go to Charlotte Sunday
afternoon to take part in the
state finals on a broadcast start
ing at 1:3D. He and the ottrerf
finalists will be honor guests at a
banquet Saturday night in Char
Grand prize for the state win
ner will be a $1,000 scholarship \
at the college or university of the
winner's choice. All other final
ists will receive $100 scholar
ships. The prizes are given by the
American Mutual Liability com
The Student Safety Forum
contest was conducted through
out the state and started with
7,500 students participating. Of
that number 180 were selected
for broadcasts and that group
was reduced to 30 by elimination.
The North Wilkesboro high school
student has rated highly through
out and many here will be cheer
ing for him to win the/final con
The Wilkesboro Business and
> Professional Men's Club in meet
ing last week went on record as
1 favoring the immediate paving of
I the road leading from 268 via the
'Sheriff Johnson farm to 421?
and also the paving of the road
leading from the federal build
ing via Cub Creek to the Oak
woods road. Both of the roads
were pointed out as being impor
tant connecting links that should
receive the attention of the state
The club also heard reports on
the progress the Wilkesboro high
school band is making. These re
ports were made by Dr. G. T.
Mitchell and Claude Jarrett, of
j rector of the band. The club voted
J to buy new instruments for the
band amounting to the sum of
$765.50, the instruments to be
the property of the school.
Robert M. Gambill, new presi
dent of the club, presided at the
meeting, and Tale Miller, the
new club secretary, served in this
capacity for the first time fol
lowing his election.
Rev. W. N. Brookshire, pastor
of the Wilkesboro Baptist church, I
opened the meeting by speaking
the invocation, and the bounti
ful dinner was served by ladies
of the Wilkesboro Woman's club.
The Community Chorus will
meet Sunday, 2:30 p. m.. at the
Presbyterian church. All who are
interested in learning Caster
music are asked to attend.
Boy Scout Week Is Planned
WILKES CHAMBER COMMERCE I
HAS BEST ANNUAL MEETING!
Annual membership meeting of
the Wilkes Chamber of Com
merce held Tuesday evening at
Hotel Wilkes was the most suc
cessful in the four-year history
of the organization.
Attendance of more than 175,
which filled the banquet hall to
capacity, heard splendid reports
of the chamber's operation dur
ing 1949, witnessed the installa-'
tion of new officers and directors,
and heard a highly entertaining
address by Lester Rose, manager
of the Raleigh chamber and for
mer president of the Southeast
ern Association of chamber exe
Richard John&ton, retiring
president, presided. John T.
Cashion led singing of "America"
and invocation was by Dr. John
Following the dinner a pro
gram of special music was ren
dered under direction of Robert
Morrow, with Mrs. C. T. Dough
ton at the piano. An octet com
posed of Mr. Morrow, R. R.
Church, Fred Davis, Zeb Dick
son, Claude Jarrett, Dewey Min
ton, Bill Gabriel and John T.
Cashion sang "Love Sick Blues",
"On the Jericho Road", and "It's
All Gone Now". John T. Cashion
sang "I'se Got Plenty of Nothin' *'
and Claude Jarrett, of Marion,
sang "Road To Mandalay". The
musical program was a highlight
of the banquet and was received
with much favor.
Report of President Richard
Johnston and Treasurer J. B. Wil
liams showed that the chamber
had a successful year, carrying
out many projects for the welfare
and progress of the Wilkesboros
and the entire county.
W. K. Sturdivant, chairman of
the Agricultural committee, brief
ly reviewed activities of that
committee duijng the year and
presented nash award* to winners
ni the corn growing contest spon
sored by the chamber. Irvin Key,
of Ronda, took first prize with a
yield of 12 bushels, with Fred
Finley 4-H club member, a close
second with 126.4. Third, fourth
and fifth went to Arvil Johnson,
A. X. Wyatt and Warner Hoots
In that order.
Mr. Key received a big ovation
from the crowd when he return
ed his prize check as his mem
bership dues in the chamber for
the coming year.
Arthur Venable, chairman of
the Contact club, reported a suc
cessful membership year with a
substantial net gain in member
ships. There were 51 new mem
bers and 13 firms increased their
memberships by a total of 24 dur
ing the year.
Paul Osborne, incoming presi
dent, presented certificates to six
retiring members of the board of
directors as follows: J. B. Wil
liams, Vernon Deal, Dr. F. C.
Hubbard, J. B. Carter, Richard
Johnston and W. O. Absher.
Eugene Trivette, a former di
rector in the chamber, following
inspiring remarks, installed new
officers and directors: Paul Os
borne, president; Gilbert Bare,
vice president; Maurice Walsh,
treasurer; Richard Johnston, na
tional councilor; W. J. Bason, R.
R. Church, W. G. Gabhiel, Jack
Swofford, Maurice Walsh and W.
H. H. Waugh.
Tom Jenrette, chamber man
ager and who had earlier in the
program received an enthusiastic
ovation and rising vote of thanks
for his work during the year, pre
sented the speaker, Lester Rose,
Mr. Rose kept the crowd in na
uproar of laughter with humorous
stories and chose as a subject
"What Are You Going To Do
About It?" He said a good cham
ber of commerce is the world's
best investment. He said a cham
ber must have adequate finances,
leadership, efficient management,
an adequate and attractive office.
Here he advocated a City Plan
ning committee to be added to
the organization to guide a grow
The latter part of his address
dealt with national affajrs, par
ticularly the Hoover Commission
report, which he said made 288
recommendations of government
re-organization which would save
three to four billion dollars an
nually. He urged chamber mem
bers to keep informed on nation
al affairs and to let their influ
ence be heard by representatives
and senators in congress.
The banquet hall was attrac
tively decorated with flowers
given by Henderson's Flower
FORREST JONES VICE PRESIDENT
. SOUTHEASTERN POULTRY GROUP
Forrest Jones, President of the
Wilkes Mountain Poultry Prod
ucts company, last week was
elected State Vice President of
the Southeastern Poultry and
Egg Association, at the annual
meeting in Atlanta, Ga. This or
ganization, with a membership of
over 10,000 poultrymen, covers
the 11 southeastern states. Mem
bership includes growers, pro
cessers, hatcheries equipment
manufacturers, and others who
have an interest in this expand
ing poultry industry.
Jones was also selected by the
processors of the group to serve
as chairman of the Southeastern
Processsers Committee for the
coming year. "Although there
was a great deal of industry jit
ter due to confusion and fear,"
Jones said today, "The general
feeling was that the 1950 busi
ness outlook is good."
List Your Property
At County Courthouse
All citizens of the county who
have not listed their property for
taxation for the year 1950 are
urged to do so at once at the
county accountant's office in
Wilkesboro, J. C. Grayson, tax
supervisor stated oday.
The various listtakers have re
turned their books to the tax
supervisor's office and if you fail
ed to list your property while the
listtaker had the books in your
township, you may list your prop
erty through February 15 at the
Tax Supervisor Grayson urges
every property owner to list his
property on or before February
15 and avoid the penalty that at
taches under the law for failure
to do so.
Father Of Mrs.
Harmon Is Dead
Mr. H. D. Woodruff, 81, for
many years a valued employe of
the Chatham Manufacturing Co.,
and one of Elkin's best known
and most highly esteemed - citi
zens, died in the Hugh Chatham
Memorial hospital at Elkin this
morning about 10 o'clock. Mr.
Woodruff had undergone an
operation Monday night a week
ago, and his condition had re
mained critical since that time.
Mr. Woodruff was the father
of Mrs. W. R. Harmon, of this
city, and had visited here a num
ber of times.
Funeral service will be held at
Elkin Valley Baptist church, of
which Mr. Woodruff had been a
member for a number of years,
at 2 p. m. Saturday. Burial will
be In the church cemetery near
Four Injured In
On Highway 268
Two were critically hurt and
two others were less seriously
injured when an automobile and
truck collided here Monday after
R. D. Gentry, 65, of E-lkin
route one, was driver of a car
traveling east on highway 268
when it collided with a truck
driven by Clarence Shew, of
Boonville, at the intersection near
Carolina Mirror Corporation.
Mr. Gentry sustained concus
sion and other injuries. He and
his wife were both thrown from
the car. Mrs. Gentry had internal
Injuries and a broken leg and re
mains in serious condition at the
Wilkes hospital. A daughter of
the Gentrys was less seriously
hurt and a grandchild had a
broken leg. Mr. Shew was not
Local Teams Face . -
_ Tough Cage Teams
Basketball teams of the Wilkes
boros have some hard games
coming up during the latter part
of this week.
North Wilkesboro teams go to
Children's Home in Winston
Salem Friday night and to Kan
napolis Saturday night. Both
dates are in the South Piedmont
Wilkesboro will go to Moun
tain View Friday night for three
games, the boys' B game starting
at 6:30, followed by girls and
boys varsity engagements. At
Wilkesboro Tuesday night Rouda
will play three games, with girls'
B teams starting at 6:30.
At Millers Creek ,
Sparta will play Millers Creek
at Millers Creek Friday night.
The girls' game will start at
Approximately 150 citizens of
the Wilkesboros and from many
parts of rural Wilkes county, ap
peared at a telephone hearing to
day before representatives of the
North Carolina Utilities Commis
sion at the North Wilkesboro
town hall asking improvements
and extension of the telephone
system in the Wilkesboros and in
Edward H. McMahan, commis
sioner, conducted the hearing..
Other representatives of the com
mission were Vernon W. Chase,
telephone engineer, and Miss
Bonner Whitley, reporter, who
took all evidence for considera
tion by the entire cmomission. i
Commissioner McMahan open
ed the hearing by stating its
purpose and call. He explained!
that the hearing was originally
requested by the Wilkes chamber I
of commerce, representing many
citizens who had complaints re
garding the service or lack of
service, and that the commission
had received many complaints
w-hich had not been channeled
through the chamber.
Central Telephone company ,
which serves Wilkes, was repre
sented by W. S. Beddingfield, of
Mount Airy, district manager,
local personnel of the company!
and Fred Folger, Mount Airy at
torney, who acted as company
The first witness was Richard
Johnston, president of the Wilkes
Chamber of Commerce during the
past year. He reviewed activities
of that organization in behalf of
expanded service. He stated that
the chamber had filed petition
for a hearing, listing many im
provements and expansions
sought, including additional
rural and long distance lines, and
that following a conference be
tween Central Telephone officials
and chamber directors that the
chamber has requested indefinite
postponement of the hearing be
cause the telephone company had
proposed a number of improve
ments and had asked for more
time t0 do the work. He stated
that the company had improved
long distance service and had
proposed to construct additional
lines to Winston-Salem and
Statesville and to West Jefferson
He also read from the company'c
proposal to construct a new cable
line to Wilkesboro if recent re
pairs were not adequate. How
ever, no date was given for this
Several rural communities
were represented by spokesmen
who said that there people were
desperate for telephone service.
The first witness heard was Al
He Hayes, North Wilkesboro at
torney who lives on the Brushies
six miles from town. He repre
sented 21 petitioners who wanted
telephones. Other communities to
be heard today Included Oak
woods, Pores Knob, Boomer.
Hays, Mulberry; along highway
268 east of this city, area west
of Millers Creek, and along high
way 268 weet of Wilkesboro
St. Paul's Episcopal ITiurch
Rot. B. M. Lackey, Rector
Vesper service will fee held in
St. Panl's Episcopal Chnrch Sun
day afternoon, "February 5, at S
o'clock. A cordial invitation is ex
tended to everyone to attend this
To Honor Scouts
Wilkes District Has Num
ber of Projects In Observ
ance Scout Birthday
The annual National Boy Scout
Week will be observed through
out the nation next week, Feb.
6-12, as some 2,300,000 Boy
Scouts join in showing their
scouting spirit by Wearing their
uniforms and living up to the
ideals of this great movement.
Locally the scouts will honor
the week with special ceremonies
at their troop meetings and will
show their pride in their organi
zation by wearing their uniforms
every day throughout the week.
All troops in the district have
planned enlarged programs ^ of
scout work for this week. The
District Camping and Activities
Committee has planned in co
operation with local firms and
institutions for a big week of
activities for the local troop.
An appreciation movie will be
shown for all scouts in the Dis
trict on Saturday morning at
9:30 at the Allen Theater in
North Wilkesboro. The troops
will assemble at prearranged
meeting points and march as
troops to the theater. Credentials
for admission will be the Scout
Uniform and Registration card.
After the show the scouts are
asked to assemble at Smoot Park
for a weiner roast at 1 p. m.
On Sunday, February 12, there
will be a special Union Church
Service for the Scouts at 7:30 p.
m. at the First Methodist Church
in North Wilkesboro. This service
has been arranged through the
cooperation of the local minis
ters. All Scouts, Cubs, Soouters,
parents and friends are urged to
attend and make this the climax
of National Scout Week.
14 Examined In
Free Examinations For Can
cer Given Every Tues
On Tuesday, January 31, the
Wilkes - Alleghany Cancer Clinic
held its weekly clinic. Fourteen
appeared for examination.
Mrs. A. R. Gray, Sr., served as
chairman of receptionists, and as
sisting her were Mrs. James Os
borne and Mrs. Charles Ziiiak.
Those who presided "in the ex
amining rooms were Mrs. E. E.
Vaught, Mrs. George Parlier and
Mrs. Charles Ziiiak.
Thirteen examinations were
completed, and 11 patients were
referred to their personal phy
sicians for medical attention.
The Center is staffed by mem
bers of the Wilkes-Alleghany
County Medical Society.
There were several from out
of town: three from Taylorsville,
five from Thurmond, one from
Gilreath and one from Traphill.
Examinations are free to all
women 35 or over, all men 40 or
over, and to anyone with a symp
ton or a "danger signal", regard
less of age.
The clinics are held ever Tues
day in the Wilkes county court
house. Registration Is from 9 to
Frequently there are more ap
plicants for examinations than can
be accommodated. Therefore, in
order that those who live at a
distance may be sure of an ex
amination and thus not make
a trip in vain, priorities will be
sent, on request, to all who live
20 miles or more from Wilkes
boro. Address your request to
Cancer Center Olerk, Courthouse,
Wilkesboro, N. C., and indicate
two dates on which you could
come for examination.
Mrs. Ozmer Griggs, a teacher
in the city schools, has been call
ed to Clifton Forge, Va., on ac
count of the serious illness of her
Friends regret to learn that
Mr. R. B. Pharr is ill and con
fined to his home in Wilkesboro.
Miss Mae Foster has been sick
tor the past two weeks at her
home on Kensington Drive. Her
friends will he glad to learn that
she Is now able to be up part of