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The Franklin press and the Highlands Maconian. (Franklin, N.C.) 1932-1968, July 05, 1956, Image 1

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CIRCULATION 2721 Net Paid Lut Week fllllft Jttlb PRICE 10 Cents $!)# Jfiawrottm 71st Year ? No. 27 Franklin, N. C., Thursday, July 5, 1956 Twelve Pages Budget Adopted; Tax Rate Same Property Valuation Increases Slightly; Talk Library Gift A budget Identical to last year's has been adopted by the Macon Board of County Com missioners. For the fiscal year 1956-57, the county will operate on $585,187.36, with the same tax rate of $1.40 per hundred valu ation. i Additional revenue is expect ed to be gained by a slight in crease in property valuation, from $15,470,925 last year to $15,800,000. This figure, the commissioners estimate, should bring in $221,200. The remainder of the budget will come from state and fed eral sources. A request made by the Board of Education for an extra $14, 000 to operate the school sys tem failed to make the budget. However, Lake V. Shope, secre tary to the commissioners, said the county hopes to gain a sur plus during the fiscal year and turn this over to the school system. The increased valuation alone, he explained, will bring in about $2,000. Mr. Shope also called atten tion to the fact that the coun ty managed to raise $16,000 to complete the gymnasium at Franklin High last year with out setting up a special alloca tion. "If we can build the surplus it will be given to the schools," he declared. Under the budget, the schools get a total of 38 cents of the tax rate, 23 cents for current expenses and 15 for capital out lay. Here is a breakdown of the tax rate, by departments: General Fund. .20 cents; Pauper Fund, .02; Health, .05; Farm Demonstration, .03; Home Demonstration, .02; Fire Pre vention, .01; Veterans Service, .01: Public Welfare, .15; Public Welfare Administration, .07; Schools, Current Expenses, .23; Schools, Capital Outlay, .15; County-wide Debt Service, .46. In drawing the budget Mon day, the Commissioners also dis cussed a $2,000 allocation for the library, but deferred a de cision to a later meeting. Suggestions Don't Change Budget Plans Four recommendations deal ing with school financing failed to alter the commissioners' plans when they drew the 1956 57 budget Monday morning. The recommendations were prepared by a special P. T. A. committee and were stated in a letter to the commissioners. The letter was presented by Fred Vaughn, of the Franklin P. T. A. In brief, the recommenda tions : (1) Relieve the teachers and principals in the schools of the burden of operating candy stores, and the P. T. A.<s of raising funds for school opera tion and maintenance, by shift ing the burden of supporting the schools to the taxpayers in providing the additional funds asked by the school board. (2) Take proper steps to pre vent future expenditures from current operating funds to cover capital outlay expenditures. This recommendation was made in view of past transfers of money between the two funds to help finance the construction of Chapel School and the new gymnasium. (3) Consider replacing adult school bus drivers with student or teacher drivers wherever possible as an economy move. In 1955-56, $16,920 was set in the budget for transportation, mostly driver salaries. "Student drivers have proven themselves to be safe drivers throughout the state and we see no need for any concern in this respect," the letter said. (4) Consider that, in talking with the various P. T. A.'s in preparing the recommendations, a majority of those expressing SEE NO. 1, PAGE 12 NOLEN WINS STATE FFA . FEATURE Dairy Judging Team Places Second; Deal Is Awarded Money First place in the state -wide Future Farmers of America farm electrical contest has been won by Frank Nolen, a member of the Franklin chapter. Frank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nolen, received a check for $100 at the F. F. A. conven tion last week in Raleigh and will be the North Carolina en try in the national competition. Win Second Second place in the state was won by the local chapter's dairy judging team. It scored 1,300 points in losing to Mt. Ulla's 1,307. Members of the team are Buddy McClure, Mark Dowdle, and Bill McClure. The three-man beef judging team ? Bruce Houston, Johnny Killian, and Bill Fouts ? placed fourth. Free Trips A check for $75 was awarded SEE NO. 3, PAGE 12 McDowell Named Assistant Camp Superintendent Sgt. John W. McDowell, a native of this county, has been elevated to the post of assistant superintendent at the Macon Prison Camp, according to Supt. John E. Cutshall. Veteran guard Clyde Conley, of Whittier, is the new sergeant at the camp. A native of Swain, he has been here about six months. He has served at the Caledonia Prison Farm and at the Whittier camp. The promotions of the two men, both of whom, are vet erans of World War II, were effective Sunday (July 1), the superintendent said. The post of assistant superin tendent has been vacant for several weeks, after the resigna tion of John Goins, who is now superintendent of a camp in another county. Air Force Radar Station Slated For Wayah Bald Mile-high Wayah Bald has been selected as the site lor a U. S. Air Force radar station. The U. S. Army, Corps of Engineers, has announced that the station, in the design stage now, will be an unmanned facil ity and will bear a "low alti tude gap filler radar" title. It will be operated on a "need-to do" basis. Estimates of cost of the proj ect range from $40,000 to $50, 000, based on similar stations erected elsewhere In the state, the announcement disclosed. Construction will be let to private contractor with award and supervision by the corps' district office In Wilmington. It will be a small station with a tower and a building to house generator and similar operating equipment. The entire site will be enclosed by a chain link fence. Survey for the station is now under way about 1,000 feet southwest of the observation tower on the bald, near Raven Cliffs, according to Wayah Dis trict Ranger W. L. Nothstein. The ranger said he has been informed the tower will be about 70 feet high and that, although the station is to be unmanned, living quarters for one man will be included in the cabin at the base of the tower. Ranger Nothstein said the tower will not detract from the view from Wayah Bald's crest. Girl Seriously Injured In Car Accident Thursday "Excessive speed" is blamed by Highway Patrolman H. T. Ferguson for a one-car wreck last Thursday night on US 23 441 south that injured four people, one critically. Fifteen - year - old Victoria (Vicky) Ann Vinson, of Dillard, Ga., Route 1, yesterday (Wed nesday) was reported by Angel Hospital to still L?e in a "serious condition", but recovering. The most seriously injured of the four, she received a fractured skull, broken jaw, and cuts on the head and face, it is report ed. Miss Vinson was riding in the front seat of a 1956 Ford driven by Lawton Jess Taylor, 21, of Clayton, Ga., Route 2. Patrol man Ferguson said Taylor ap parently lost control of the car in a curve near Jake Adding ton's. He said it traveled 190 feet after leaving the highway, knocked down a section of fenc ing, and jumped an estimated 50 feet across a creek and hit the bank head-on on the other side. The patrolman has charged the driver with speeding and SEE NO. -1, PAGE 6 More Protection Planned With Dry Falls' accidental death figure now at three with week's tragedy, steps are being taken by the Nantahala National Forest to provide additional protection for visitors to the attraction. Although danger areas have been marked with signs and a fence blocks off the area at the top of the falls, a new fence to run parallel with the entire parking lot has been authorized, according to Highland Ranger Pat Int-Hout. Barbed wire will be strung along its top, he said, and more dajiger signs will be erected. Work already is under way. The ranger said he hopes to receive authorization in the near future to extend the fence that runs along the trail lead ing behind the fails. The child w,ho was killed at the falls last week either skirted the end of the fence or crawled under it, it is reported. Water Rates Upped By Franklin Board ? ? ? Water Reserves Down; Requests Conservation With water reserves dropping under the pressure of Increased consumption, Water Supt. Her man Childers this week request ed all residents of Franklin to observe voluntary conservation measures. The superintendent said dry weather has nothing to do with the decrease. "They're just wanting more water than the wells have got," he declared. The town storage tanks lost five feet Monday night, instead of gaining as they usually do, he said. He attributed the increased demand for water to the heavy influx of tourists in the last few days. This is the second time in recent weeks that water re serves have dropped. During a dry period several weeks ago, voluntary conservation on the part of residents averted a serious shortage until relief came from rain. Bids For Nantahala Job Given Bids for the new highway project in the Nantahala com munity have been approved by the State Highway Commission. Bids for the 5.29-mlle reloca tion from Fiesty Branch to Nantahala School totaled $358, 231.40. Low bidders are Asheville Contracting Company, $290,373 for roadway, and $61,418.40 for structures, and G. E. Crouch, of Asheville, $6,440 for moving buildings. SEE NO. 4, PAGE 1? Larger Consumers To Shoulder Most Of Burden Of Increase Water rates are going up this month tn Franklin, with large consumers shouldering most of the load. The Board of Aldermen has decided to boost the minimum rate (1,000 gallons i from $1.25 to $1.50 and a new scale has been worked out for higher amounts of water. Also going into effect this month are tapping charges of $25 for both water and sewer lines. After a special study of the water situation, the board de cided an increase in rates was necessary to offset the mount ing costs of operation and maintenance. Some items used in the water department have advanced in price more than 150 per cent in the past four years, it was pointed out. To the average customer in town, who uses about 4,800 gal lons of water monthly, the in creased rates will boost his bill about 63 cents ? from an aver age $3.18 to $3.81. Large consumers, particular ly those in the 10,000-250,000 gallon bracket, will be harder hit. Under the new water rate system, after a minimum 1,000 gallons is used by a customer, a charge of 1 cent mor" per hundred gallons will be made up to 10,000 gallons. This means that those who have been pay ing $4.45 for 10,000 gallons will now pay $5.60. Two cents more per hundred will be made from 10.000 gallons up to 250.000 gallons ? a Jump from $40.45 to $52.45. A cent more will be charged from 250.000 gallons on. The old water rates have been in use about seven years. Body Of Missing Child Is Recovered From PogI At Scenic Dry Falls ?/- rwftfrlfcAv**- SV?fe nan^MM? <1 Mmm >? ? ^tMhiM h nmnfi<v, ? ??? I ? I.. I ??.jilMaiw? I ? mm ???'OTii?iia ???.: ? Volunteers recovered, the body of 10-year-old Janice Mc Giverin from a deep pool at the base of scenic Dry Falls about 8:15 Wednesday night of last week after an extensive search operation involving scores of people. Up until the child's body was located with grappling hooks by Jimmy Lowe, of High lands. many on the scene including Janice's parents, Mr. axid Mrs. Paul L. McGiverin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, believed she was lost in the woods and had not fallen over the falls. This picture layout shows the extensive operations of the search. (1) The man in the foreground stands at a point where Janice's brother, Terry, said he looked' up and saw her about 10 a. m. at the top of the falls (X) and raji to get her out of danger. She had disappeared when he got there. In her death fall, the child closely followed the dotted line into the ravine below. (2) To hold back high water at the falls and enable volunteers to search the pools at the base of the falls, the .Mirror Lake dam was raised with sandbags, a piece of strategy that slowed the flow considerably. (S) Meanwhile, spectators, many of them tourists who arrived, on the scene unaware of the drama un folding, lined the fence and peered over to watch dragging operations below. (4) Volunteers are shown dragging for the child's body at the base of the falls. (S) When the larger pools at the base of the fails did not yield the child's body, sand hags were used at the top of the cascade to divert the water so volunteers could probe some smaller holes under the falls. The arrow points to Highlands Mayor V. W. McCall, who help ed -coordinate the operation. (6) Under tons of pounding waier, Karl Baty, of Highlands, (circled) holding to a life line, is shown searching one of the holes. In the foreground is Harry Holt, Jr., waiting to give him a hand. (7) About 7:45, Jim Hines reported striking something soft In one of the holes and soon after Lowe located the body with grappling hooks. The body wm quickly brought up the steep walls of the ravine and taken to an ambulance. In the back seat of a car nearby, the child's fattier and brother wept quietly. Late News and v.? Briefs FOURTH UNDER WAY Macon County's July 4 cele bration opened yesterday i Wed nesday i morning with a parade through Franklin. A beauty contest and field events were staged at East Franklin School in the morning and a Little League double header in the afternoon. With other organizations co operating. the celebration was coordinated by the Franklin Jaycees. MEETING POSTPONED Regular meeting of the Frank lin Board of Aldermen Tuesday night was postponed until Fri day at 7:30 p. m. The board is scheduled to adopt the town's new budget. No increase in the tax rate is anticipated. OPENING DATE SET September 4 has been tenta tive set for the opening of the county schools. ~~ action was taken Monday ng by the education ? ? ? * 4 ARE RETIRED Four men officially retired from service with the State The Weather Th.. r <*onI t s Tu?Im v Ul.o Wwk'j tempera' in Franklin wi'Hthfr ol?s*?rv N. v I'.t'l ?r; :>n.i at ni W the Co r<* and rainfall, as l>y Manson Stiles, in HirHJand* by Newton. TV A Hydrologie Temperatures High Low Rain FRANKLIN Wed.. June 27 85 56 Thursday 90 50 Friday 83 54 Saturday 84 59 Sunday 87 62 Monday 88 63 Tuesday 90 62 HIGHLANDS Wed.. June 27 83 60 Thursday 84 50 Friday . 80 54 Saturday 75 61 Sunday 80 60 Monday 79 58 Tuesday Wednesday trace trace trace trace .04 .08 .10 .66 ? _ .06

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