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Highlands Biological Station
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73rd Year ? No. 30
Franklin, N. C, Thursday, July 24, 1958
Price 10 Cents
T. Y. Angel (left) and Sam Gibson are shown distributing ''Welcome to Franklin" packets to
motorists on US 23-441. A trial run of the new chamber of commerce project was held !.ast Thurs
day. In each packet are gift certificates valued at about $25, along with chamber of commerce
literature. (Staff Photo)
BOB MOORE, who has never
missed the Labor Day Southern
500 mile auto races in Darlington,
already is liring local interest in
the ninth annual event. He's had
his ticKets and motel reservations
for some time and would like to
see more local faces in the crowd
come race time.
AN ODD-SHAPED egg, resemb
ling a small gourd, was brought
to THE PRE^S office by Mrs. J.
C. Dowdle, of Route 1. Makes one
think the hen had trouble decid
ing when to stop.
MANY THANKS are due V. H.
Burt, one of our enthusiastic sum
mer residents, for his work in pro
moting a ruby-digging "fly-in"
here in September. Mr. Burt has
worked hard selling our wonderful
mountain country to his fellow fly
ers and everyone should pitch in
and make sure the Floridians and
their families have the time of
their lives when they come here.
MOURNING WREATHS should
be out for "Hillbilly Day", a cele
bration that put Highlands on the
map The town tossed the spon
sorship i with a small gift of mo
ney i to the chamber of com
merce, but the latter has now de
cided to abandon tt. This will
come as something of a shock to
officials of the N. C. Department
of Conservation and Development.
"Hillbilly Day" is among the fea
ture attractions in the state's new
Variety Vacatlonland color movie
HIGHLANDS favorite young
actress. Miss Colin Wilcox, of tele
vision fame, starred Saturday
night in "Red Peppers", the lat
est production of the Highlands
Community Theatre. The com
munity drama group's next offer
ing will be "The Glass Menagerie"
THE FAMILY of 1st Lt. Frank
L. Henry, III, got a thrill out of
seeing him stop off briefly Sun
day afternoon at the airport
while on a navigational profic
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 8
- TRIAL RUN HELD ?
There's Nothing Like'
Franklin's Welcome Project
"There's never been anything
like it," declared Sam Gibson last
Thuisaay afternoon following a
trial run of the new "Welcome
to Franklin" project of the cham
ber of commerce.
For several hours, Mr. Gibson.
T. Y. Angel, and others stopped
oat-of-state cars on heavily travel
ed US 23-441 north and handed
out specially prepared packets
containing about (25 worth of
gift certificates from local mer- ?
chants and chamber of commerce
Reaction from the traveling
public to the project ranged from
suspicion to astoni3hment.
"I've never had anything like
this happen to me." declared one
man with a New York license.
"You mean you're just giving it
One car load of women eyed th?
road block while in line and then
drove through without stopping
when it came their turn. However,
curiosity got the best of them and
they turned around and came
Persons receiving the packets
(only one to a can were instruct
ed to give it to someone else if
they didn't pian to stop in Frank
lin ana take advantage of the of
fer. That was Thursday. Sunday
night a loaded car of tourists stop
ped at a local restaurant to eat.
They planned to stay overnight,
they said, and redeem the gift
certificates in their possession.
Some one in Miami. Fla.. had
handed them a packet.
Thursday's trial run, Mr. Gib
son < reported. pointed up several
weak points in the project. A aur
uts commute j is meeting this
SEE lO 2. ,PAC-^
FLY-IN PLANS SET ?
Florida Flyers Are Coming
For Rubies In September
The sky above Franklin will be
buzzing with between 75 and 100
airplanes the week end of Sep
tember 19-20-21 when members oi
the Florida Air Pilots Association
drop In for a "fly-in" featuring
rubies, recreation, and rest.
Plans for the unique "fly-in",
the first of its kind, were com
pleted last week by officials of the
Florida group and 1,500 circulars
explaining it went into the mails
Pilots from all sections of Flor
ida are expected to take advan
tage of the offer.
Dr. G. R. McSween, president
of the local chamber of commerce,
this week said his organization
has promised to "roll out the red
carpet" for the visiting pilots and
IV t r
Digging for rubies in Cowee
Valley and a special "Harvest
Square Dance" are two of several
activities planned for the visitors,
Also, Franklin stands to receive
nation-wide publicity from the
"fly-in". Max Karant, aviation
writer and member of the nation
al Aircraft Owners and Pilots As
sociation, plans to publish pictures
and a story in "The A.O.P.A. Pil
ot". official magazine of the as
Should bad weather halt the
proposed flight, an alternate week
end will be selected, according to
Arrangements in Florida for the
"fly-in" are being handled by V.
H. Burt, a summer resident from
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MOORE KILLS AN ARM-SIZE ftATTLER
H. L. Moore (left), of Toecoa, Gi., brother of Franklin's Roy Moore (right), is pictured with
the big four-foot rattler he killed Wednesday morning of last week nmr the checking station on
Standing Indian. Roy is comparing his arm with the girth of the snake, which had eight rattles
and a button. (Staff Photo)
FARTHING PRESIDING ?
Superior Court Actions
Should Take Entire Week
Trial of criminal and civil mat
ters is expected to take up the
entire one-week term of Superior
Court here next week.
Mrs. Kate M. Wrinn, clerk of
court, thi6 week said her dockets
indicate about three days will be
spent on criminal actions and two
on civil cases.
Judge J. C. Farthing, of Lenoir,
will convene the short term Mon
I SATURDAY AT SCHOOL ?
Musical Touch Will Feature
Garden Clubs Flower Show
There'll be a musical touch to
the Franklin Garden Club's 36th
annual flower show, which opens
Saturday in the high school cafe
"Southern Melodies" is the
show theme, and the arrange
Causes Work Loss
At Hosiery Plant
Franklin Hosiery Plant lost
some production time Monday and
Tuesday "due to a misunderstand
ing among some of our employes,'
according to Supt. S. A. Bundy.
The Burlington plant was back
in full operation Tuesday morn
Mr. Bundy said there was no
organizational effort from the
outside involved in the brief shut
Macon V. F. W.
Words of welcome will be spok
en here Sunday afternoon by
members of the local V. F. W.
post and auxiliary to between 75
"and 80 expected for a District 17
V. F. W. meeting.
Representatives from po?U and
auxiliaries In AsMvlUe. Hender
sonville, Brevard, Canton, and
Hayesvllle will be on hand, ac
cording to local officials.
All activities, including separate
meetings of posts and auxiliaries
will be at the post home on Palm
Supper will be served following
the meetings, which will open at
2 o'clock. In charge of planning
for the meal are Mrs. Anne Mur
ray, Mrs. Margaret Dowdle, and
Miss Elizabeth Meadows.
During the afternoon, Mrs.
Murray, immediate past president
of the local auxiliary, will be hon
ored as "Auxiliary President of
the Year", an honor recently be
stowed on her in competition with
22 other districts in the state. She
will be presented an engraved
silver tray by Mrs. Elsie Smith,
of Canton, district president.
ments division carries it out in
song titles, ranging from "Little !
Broun Jug" to "On Top of Old !
Last minute details are now be
ing worked out by several com
mittees, headed by Mrs. Prelo Dry
man. general show chairman.
Hours for the public will be 2
to 9:30 p. m.
Rules and regulations govern
ing .he show may be found else
where in this issue of THE
No admission will be charged i
for the show, but a silver offer
ing will be taken.
For Annual Event
Twenty-five cents per person,
that's what it's going to cost to
see the annual Macon County
"We discussed the idea of rais
ing the admission price." a Jay
Cee spokesman disclosed this week,
"and then decided not to because
we want everyone to have the op
portunity to see this all-local ,
mountain show . . . everyone can
raise a quarter." .
Meanwhile, plans for holding
the festival, now in its sixth year,
week end after next Uuly 31-Aug
ust 1-2 > are moving ahead. I
Several entertainers already 1
have registered in advance. Oth- i
ers wanting to compete for the 1
cash prizes being offered are ask
ed to get in touch with any Jay- i
cee in Franklin. t
As a "back-up band" - to play (
for exhibition square dance teams (
and other acts, the string band
that played for the Fourth of t
July celebration will be on hand, t
It features the hot fiddle of Ashe- J
ville's Jimmy Lunsford and the 1
bass slapping of Macon ounty's t
own Harry Roberson. ?
Exhibition dances by the fa
mous Smoky Mountain Cloggers t
and the new Carson Square Dane- k
ers are to be spotlighted all three a
As in the past, the festival will $
be held "under the stars" at the 1;
Franklin High stadium. $
Under Way Here
Rain delayed the opening of the
western division Little League
play-offs in Franklin Monday aft
The three scheduled games were
set ahead a day.
Tuesday afternoon, in opening
play, Andrews-Murphy defeated
Sylva 14 to 10.
Yesterday (Wednesday) after
noon, Franklin played Andrews
Murphy. The outcome of this game
was not known at press time.
This afternoon at 5, the winner
of the Franklin-Andrews game will
play the winner of the Canton
In Babe Ruth
Franklin's Babe Ruth All-Stars
were knocked out of division play
offs Tuesday night.
Playing under the lights in
Asheville. the locals were defeated
15 to 1 by Asheville National All
Stars. Jim Franklin got Franklin's
The game was scheduled Mon
day night .but was rained out.
Church Benefit Set
To Finance Water
System For Church
A benefit supper will be held
at the Bethel Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 29, at 6:15 p. m.
Proceeds will go toward provid
ing a water system for th? church:
The public is Invited.
The fourth Sunday singing will
be held Sunday. July 27, at. 1 :45
p. m. at the Oakdale Bafrtist
Church, Lon Thompson, president,
Downpour Flooded Street Near Franklin Indian Mound
At least one Marine from Ma
con County is now in Lebanon,
the present center of interna
Cpl. Eugene C. McDonald, ot
Franklin, Route 5, was with the
1,800 L. S. Marines who landed
at Beirut at 2:30 a. m. iEDTi
July 16. This was the second
group orcVred ashore by Presi
Assigned to the Fleet Marine
Force with the U. S. Sixth Fleet,
the Marines are members of
the 3rd Battalion, Sixth Regi
O'rt On Bcrvzl
County music star Carl Story
*as released Friday on $7,000
jond from the county jail, where
le had been for a week for fati
ng to show up for a preliminary
Mr. Story, a Macon native who
low lives in Asheville. posted the
rand for appearing in Superior
7ourt here next week on a charge
>f fraud and false pretense.
The original warrant was drawn
igainst the radio-television person
ality in March by Mrs. Vernon
?ruitt, a local widow, who alleges
le obtained about $7,000 from
ier to put up a radio station on
i partnership basis.
Last week, when Mr. Story was
irought here by an Asheville
londsman for failing to put in an
ppearance at a preliminary hear
ng July 7. his bond was set at
8,500. However, the figure wa,
ater reduced by court officials to
DAMAGE IS LIGHT -
( Stat t Photo)
Heavy Rain Pours
A real old mountain "gully-washer" backed by
'ightning and thunder dumped nearly two inches of
rain on Franklin in about an hour Monday after
Many streets were ankle-deep when storm drains
??logged or were unable to turn off the heavy down
"I guess you could say it settled the dust for a
vhile," was the wry comment of Manson Stiles,
Franklin's T.V.A. weather observer, in reporting a
rainfall of 1.85 inches for the late afternoon.
Lightning knocked out about telephones south
of Franklin and crews "of Western Carolina Tele
phone Company were still working Tuesday after
noon to restore service. Frank Dean, division man
ager. said Tuesday morning lightning apparently
struck a cable feeding the area.
Xantahala Power and Light Company had only
a "little trouble", according to Mac Ray Whitaker.
Lightning knocked. out service in the Prentiss-Co
.veta section south of Franklin, and some trouble was
reported at Cullasaia and Iotla.
Mr. Whitaker said service was restored by 10:30
that night in all sections.
The heavy, rain started falling about 4:3 and did
not let up until about 5:30.
1 1 5 PICNIC TIME AGAIN ?
Neal Sisters On The Move
It's Farmers Federation picnic
time again, and that means the
Neal Sisters, of Franklin, are on
A more appropriate description
night be "on the bend ", because
:he Neals, Linda and Patsy, do an
acrobatic act for the Federation
The sister acrobats are self
taught. Television has been a big
lelp in developing their act. When
hey see a particularly good stunt
3ulled by an acrobatic group on
;elevision, they immediately start
trying to duplicate it They've
been performing for more than
five years now. The Federation
job is their first professional one.
Patsy, 17, will be a senior this
fall at Franklin and plans to go
on to college. This won't break
up the sister act. though
"We can still work during th ?
summer, can't we?" asks Linda
Through August 9. the gills will
perform at Federation picnic:
every Tuesday. Wednesday, Fri
day, and Saturday in towns ail
over the western end of the state.
They give two performances at
(ach picnic, morning and after
Thanks to the Federation, this
winter will see Patsy and Linda
expand their act by the addition
pf a unicycle ? a wheel with a seat!
They say the Federation is confi
dent they can master the unusual
vehicle and has ordered one for
"At( least we'll have all winter
to find out if we can ride the
thing.'' laughs Patsy.
The Neal Sisters . . . All Wrapped Up In Their Work
? (Staff Photo) ;
Franklin's (our neighborhood
development groups have voted to
incorporate under the name of
Franklin Community Club.
This action was taken Saturday
night at a picnic supper meeting
at Franklin Memorial Park, a
The club members decided to
seek pledges of labor from the
town's piany civic . and service
groups in order to complete proj
ects under way at the park.
Two new directors were added
to the board, Mac Whitaker and
Rafe Teague. Allan Brooks was
named chairman of the board.
The week'i temperature* apd rainfall below
are recorded in Prankiin by Mingon fltllaa,
U S. weather obeerver; in Hirhlnnda h?
Tudor N. Hall and W C. Newton. TV*
oteervera; and at the Coweta Hydrwo?ie
Laboratory. Reading* ara for the 24-hour
period ending at I a.m. of th- dar
High T ->w Rain
87 63 .00
86 63 .20
88 65 .00
89 65 .00
88 65 .00
81 66 ,4iJ
80 65 1.92
_ 63 .05
85 62 .00
87 55 .00
88 60 .00
88 60 .01
90 62 .00
89 62 .03
80 64 1.74
81 60 00
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