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The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, March 08, 1956, Image 1

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CIRCULATION Laat Week 2656 ' Net Paid * ftanklin *>???& Jtoramian PRICE 10 Cents 71st Year ? No. 10 Franklin, N. C., Thursday, March 8, 1956 Sixteen Pages SIDEWALKS FOR THE NEW Franklin High gymnasium sent the Macon Board of Education outside after its business meeting Monday monTng. The board is shown talking over the project with contractor Wiley Clark (kneeling) ? <L to R) Chairman I rwin Patton, Supt. Holland McSwain, George Gibson, and C. C. Sutton. Franklin And Clyde Erwin To Clash Tomorrow Night Franklin High's spanking new gymnasium is expected to be packed to capacity tomorrow (Friday i night when teams from Clyde Erwin High School in Buncombe County come over the Balsams to help the local lads and lassies mark the debut of W. N. C.'s latest sports pal ace. This will be Franklin's first home basketball game in two seasons. Since the old gymnas ium burned in March. 1953, the Panthers and Pantherettes have been practicing outdoors and playing scheduled games on op ponents' courts. Three Games Set For basketball-starved fans, three games are on tap tomor row night, At 6:30, the Jaycee boys' teams will play; at 7:30, the varsity girls; and at 8:30, the varsity boys. A former Franklin principal, Ralph L. Smith, is principal of the Buncombe school. With the proceeds of the game already spent, two men have stepped forward and offered to officiate free at the ball game. They are "Dutch" Kinley, of Bryson City, and R. A. (Art) Byrd, former coach and now principal at Union School. To Play Murphy Friday week (16th>, the new gymnasium will again throw open its doors to fans for a clash between Franklin and Murphy. The girls will play at 7:30 and the boys at 8:30, ac cording to Coach Howard Barn well. Coach Barnwell said he is hoping to schedule still another game later in the month, but has nothing definite to an nounce this week. Installing Seats Meanwhile, as the belated first game of the now defunct '55-56 season approaches, the gymnasium echoes a flurry Of activity. The last of the tile work is going in the locker rooms. With the assistance of students, about 1,800 bleacher seats are being installed for the opening night crowd. Late News and Briefs CONCERT BAND READY The Franklin' High School Concert Band is now ready to present programs at civic clubs, P. T A meetings, and for other non-profit organizations, T. A. Orr, band director, announced this week. The band will be glad to play SEE NO. 1, PAGE 8 ? Already Spenl Gat? receipts from Franklin High's upcoming basketball games tomorrow (Friday) night and on the 16th are already spent, according to Principal Harry C. Corbin. They'll be channeled equally to pay for the sidewalks around the new gymnasium and to cut the $2,000 debt of the school athletic association. School officials estimate that sidewalk construction, which is now under way, is going to cost $1,350. Contractor Wiley Clark is pushing the - job to completion. Mr. Corbin said it is his un derstanding that the money be ing advanced by the school for the sidewalks is to be repaid by the county next year. There are no funds available in this year's school budget to pay for the walks, according to Supt. Holland McSwain. SIIOPE GETS PRESIDENCY Elected To Head Local N. C. E. A.; Group Will Help Out Students Z. Weaver Shope, principal of Cullasaja School, is the new president of the Macon unit of the N. C. Education Association. He succeeds Mrs. Dora Lee Carpenter. The county unit elected '56 officers in session Monday af ternoon in the high school cafe teria. Others are W. G. Craw ford, vice-president, and Mrs. Joyce J. Cagle, secretary-treas urer. Committee reports also fea tured the program. The organization voted to as sist the Future Teachers Club of Franklin High in sending members to the N. C. E. A. con vention in Asheville later this month. A professional fee was dis SEE NO. 2, PAGE 8 Franklin High Footballers Being Honored Here Tonight About 50 Franklin High Pan thers and cheerleaders will be feted tonight (Thursday) by the Rotary Club. ? Guest speaker for the annual football banquet is Dr. Quinn Constantz, associate professor of health and physical educa tion at Western Carolina Col lege, Cullowhee. Gene Wike, of Asheville, own er of the Sports Mart, will be master of ceremonies. Arrangements are being han dled by a committee composed of Holland McSwain, W. W. (Bill i Sloan. Steve Bundy, and Howard Barnwell. The meal will be served at 6:30. ZONES FOR FRANKLIN'S development program were out lined at a meeting Friday night. Working on the roninj were (seated) Holland McSwain and Mrs. Prelo Dryman; (standing ? L to R) Mrs. E. S. Purdnm. Verlon Swa.fford, chamber of com merce president, Mrs. A. R. Iligdon, and Bob S. Sloan. A map ?f the zones may be seen on Page 5 of this Issue. Board Plans Buildings For Summer The Macon Board of Educa tion plans to give the go-ahead on construction of lunchrooms at Cowee and Otto and two classrooms at Cullasaja Just as soon as schools close this spring. In session Monday morning, the three-member board report ed that architect Lindsey Gud ger is now revising plans for the buildings to cut construc tion costs. Original estimates for the lunchrooms ran from $35-$40, 000. Supt. Holland McSwain said the ordered revisions are ex pected to chop the estimates to $25 -$30,000. As a single project, the two classrooms at Cullasaja will cost $15-$20,000, he said. Macon's estimated $152,000 al location from the state bond program will be used to finance construction, the superinten dent added. The architect is expected to have the revised plans ready within the next few weeks, Mr. McSwain said, and if they meet with the approval of the board, bids for construction will be asked. Mrs. Crawford Elected O. E. S. Worthy Matron Mrs. Katherine Crawford is the new worthy matron and her husband, W. G. Crawford, the worthy patron of Nequassa Chapter 43, Order of the East ern Star. Election of '56 officers fea tured a meeting of the chapter last Thursday night. Mrs. Cath erine Henry is the out-going matron. At tne chapter's regular meeting next Thursday night ( 15th i at the Masonic Temple, the new leaders are to be in stalled by Mrs. Hilda S. Halli burton, of Canton, worthy grand matron. Set to begin at 8 o'clock, this will be an open meeting for friends and rela tives of O. E. S. members. Other new officers include Mrs. Emma Jane Phillips, asso ciate matron ; W. L. Harper, as sociate patron; Mrs. Nobia G. Murray, secretary; Mrs. Alice C. Ray, treasurer; Mrs. Eula D. Carpenter, conductress; Mrs. Ruby M. Harper, associate con ductress; Miss Lassie Kelly, marshall; Mrs. Louise C. Dar nell, organist; Mrs. Lucille H. Phillips, Adah; Mrs. Evelyn S. West, Ruth; Mrs. Merle P. Dry man, Esther; Mrs. Roberta S. Hall, Martha; Mrs. Jessie D. Horsley, Electa; Mrs. Thelma N. Harmon, warder; and James L. Hauser, sentinel. New Age-Group For Vaccine Is Announced Dr. Guy V. Gooding announc ed this week that Salk anti polio vaccine will be available for all school children through the age of 15 on April 5. On this date, the district health officer said the county health department plans to start vaccinating between 600 and 700 students. Previously, the vaccine has been available only for first and second graders. As a matter of policy, Dr. Gooding said parents will be I asked to give signed permission ; for the health department to t administer the vaccine. Special i blanks will be made available. Vaccine also will be available | through private physicians, Dr. , Gooding added. t Miss Moody Appointed ? Vice-President Of 1 College Student Body Miss Julia Moody, daughter t of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Moody, of Franklin, has been appoint ed vice-president of the student f body ol Western Carolina Col- s lege, Cullowhee ( She was appointed by the r college senate to fill the vacan- s cy left when the former vice- c president was found to be in- t eligible. a Miss Moody is also chairman of the standards committee and r will fill both offices through \ the spring quarter. She is a \ junior, an honor studentf, and s on the staff of the school paper. t OTTO FARMER GETS G. 0. P. CHAIRMANSHIP McChire Elected Head Of Party. Here; Reece Is New Vice-Chairman Macon Republicans, In con vention Saturday at the court house, elected Bryant McClure, Otto farmer, chairman of the county party organization. He succeeds George W. Reece, of Franklin, who has held the post for 10 years. Mr. Reece was elected vice-chairman. The office of secretary-treas urer went to Ray Swafford, of Franklin. E. J. Carpenter served as tem porary chairman of the conven Mr. McClure tion, which drew about 75 per sons. ' Two Franklin men, J. c. Crisp and A. R. Higdon, were named state committeemen. Elmo Rog ers and L. B. Welch are alter nates. The following were named as precinct chairmen: W. P. Bry ant, Franklin; Garland Shep herd, Millshoal; Bill Higdon, El lijay; Ernest Dills, Sugarfork; Harvey Talley, Highlands: Frank Green, Flats; Ralph Hen son, Smithbridge; P. T. Kell. Cartoogechaye; Dallas Roland. Nantahala No. 1; John Wishon, Nantahala No. 2; Pink Martin, Burningtown; and Ralph Brad ley, Cowee. Swimming Pool At Lod^e Being Opened For Public A public swimming pool for residents and visitors found new hope this week with an an nouncement by Frank B Dun can and T. W Angel, Jr.. of plans to reopen the old pool at the Franklin Lodge and Golf Course. Work already is under way and the lodge owners plan to . have the pool ready for use by May 1. i Mr. Duncan said the pool will ! be rehiodeled with a marbleized plaster finish and trimmed in tile An approved filtering sys- ' tem will be installed, along with i new water lines to the pool and 1 to the lodge and cabins. ( Plans also call for renovating ] the locker rooms, building a playground for children, and putting the tennis courts back in shape, he said Mr. Duncan said the over all program will cost about $20,000. Contract for the pool work has been awarded Pool Con struction Company, of Asheville. Family memberships and sea son tickets, in addition to daily admissions, will be announced later. Up until last year, the pool was operated for three sum ners by the Franklin Jaycees. Vlaintenance costs forced the jrganization to drop it as a project. RAY'S RETIREMENT ? Has Some 'Fixing Up' To Do John B Ray pitched a shovel ull of dirt into the driveway ind surveyed his progress with hf- efficient eye of an engi leer. "Thought you were supposed o be retired." yelled The Press eporter. pulling his car into he drive. "He's on my payroll now," .nswered his daughter. Mrs. Inn (John "Speck") Murray "Haven't seen a pay check et." observed the man with he shovel. Been A Week It's been a week now since ^ Ir. Ray officially severed as- . ociation with the Aluminum I torporation of America through I etirement Behind him stand " ome 38 years' service with the orporation, more than 26 of hem with Nantahala Power nd Light Company. Ahead of him are "fixing up round the house" (he likes p /orking outdoors i, some visiting r Ith relatives, and a special ightseeing trip to Florida. "And he still has to work ? hrough the list I have pre Mr. Ray iared for him," his daughter eminded. On Ground Floor After attending Oklahoma A md M, Mr. Ray joined Alcoa as SEE NO. 3. PAGE 8 I Governor Won't Be Here [Long Pause] Board Finds Water Topic Water kept coming before the Franklin Board of Aldermen in a variety of ways Tuesday night. i (1) Muddy Water ? Because of complaints of rusty water, an analysis of water from the town's No. 5 well (near the tab ernacle) was obtained. The re sults were read to the board by Town Clerk C. O. Ramsey. In brief, the report showed the water to have a heavy concen tration of iron bacteria, which has. been causing the dirty water condition. It was sug gested that the well be clean ed and sterilized and an iron stabilizer be used to kill the iron bacteria. Water Supt. Her man Childers reported he al ready has sterilized the well and started treatment. He said he has noted improvement. (2> Pool Water ? A request for water to fill the pool at the Franklin Lodge and Golf Course was approved by the board, on condition that water is avail able. In the event of a water shortage this summer, other customers would be served be fore the pool. (3 1 Water Revenues ? A com mittee composed of J. L. West, Jr.. J. C. Jacobs, and Frank .Martin was appointed by Mayor W. c Burrell to prepare a study on the town's water revenue situation for presentation at the next meeting. (4) Rain Water ? It, poured at intervals during the meet ing. ? A committee made up of Mr. Martin, Sam Gibson, and Prelo Dryman was appointed to study bids and select the best for furniture for the town confer ence room. IOTLA SETS MEETING A meeting of the Iotla Rural Community Development Or ganization is set for Monday at 7:30 p. m. at the Iotla School, it has been announced. Who, What, When, Where, And Why Of Mixup Is Explained Governor Luther H. Hodges will not speak in Franklin to morrow (Friday). And it's not that Governor Hodges had to cancel his en gagement here? he didn't have one! It seems everybody knew the Governor was coming ? except the Governor. Just how and why the mis understanding occurred nobody seems to know. Here, though, as well as it can be pieced to gether, is the sequence of events that had led up to the point of making arrangements for the Governor's entertain ment while here, the choice of a local leader to introduce him to the thk-ong at the courthouse Friday morning, etc. In Fayetteville. id days ago, The Press' news editor. J. P. Brady, heard that Governor Hodges was going to deliver a series of speeches in Western North Carolina this spring. Will he come to Franklin? was the first question that oc curred to the newspaperman. On his return to Franklin, he started making inquiries. He struck pay dirt in Sam Gibson,, president of the county Young Democrats Club. Mr. Gibson had been in Raleigh over the week-end for the Jef ferson-Jackson dinner. He said the governor told him he would visit here on the 9th. To make it official, Frank I. Murray was called. He confirm ed it as chairman of the county Democratic executive commit tee: "He'll speak here the 9th . at 10 o'clock." On the basis of all this. The Press last week published the story, illustrating it with the Governor's photograph. This week, efforts to obtain more details were unavailing. Mr Gibson repeated that he understood from the Governor that he was coming to Frank lin. But he knew no details. Mr. Murray knew nothing else. And questions addressed to other leaders here drew a blank. A sixth newspaper sense, working subconsciously a little like conscience, suggested all was not well; there was too lit tle known about anything that important: something was wrong So Tuesday afternoon the newspaper telephoned Governor Hodges. The newsman making the call opened the conversation by tell ink the Governor people here were pleased he was coming to Franklin. There was a perceptible pause at the other end of the line Then: "Well, i hope I can get to SEE NO. 5, PAGE 8 C.Of.S TO RALEIGH Clyde N. West left yesterday (Wednesday i for Raleigh, where he will attend a meeting today for the State Democratic Exe cutive Committee. Mr. West has been a member of the commit tee for a number of years. The Weather Th' wtt k's tern ix> rat ii'-s and rarifall. a* f eord?-d in Franklin hy Man-*on Stiles. IT. S. w?-ather ob^ervr* in Highlands hv Tudor N. Hall and W. l'. Newton. TV A observer ; and at th?* Coweta Hydrohojric 1 41 bora to i ? v. FRANKLIN Temperatures High Low Rain 51 29 Wed . . Feb Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday 29 58 61 53 66 72 17 .19 33 30 46 .28 .03 Wed . Feb Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed Feb Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Uonday fuesday 75 41 HIGHLANDS Temperatures High Low Rain 29 40 18 46 17 49 30 .36 43 30 52 27 .33 58 26 62 44 trace COWEETA Temperatures High Low Rain 29 52 29 58 61 57 63 70 70 18 38 33 29 24 40 81 .45 09 .04

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