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VOL. 35?NO. 26 TWENTY PAGES SOIITHERN PINES, NORTH CAROLINA. FRIDAY. MAY 21, 1954 TWENTY PAGES PRICE^TEN~CENTS
3-Way Sheriffs Race Tops Interest
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i ne man wno nas served Moore
county as sheriff continuously
since 1928 is a candidate for re
nomination in the Democratic pri
mary. Sheriff C. J. McDonald
completed 25 years in the office
A native of the county, the sher
iff was a member of the first class
to graduate from the Farm Life
high school at Eureka, in 1916.
The next year he went to the
army in World War 1, serving
about two years, leaving the serv
ice with the rank of second lieu
In 1920, Sheriff McDonald went
to work for the county as super
intendent of highways and re
mained in that position until he
was elected sheriff.
An elder in the Carthage Pres
byterian church, Sheriff McDon
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R, G. Fry, Jr., of Carthage, 87
year-old candidate for sheriff in
the Democratic primary May 29,
has held public office for a large
part of his adult iue.
At the age of 21, he was elect
ed coroner of Moore County and
held the elective office for eight
years when he left the post af
ter deciding not to run for anoth
er term. He is now holding anoth
er elective office as a member of
the Carthage town board of com
He is active in civic affairs and
has been a member of the Car
thage Volunteer Fire Department I
for 21 years.
The candidate was brought up j
in a tradition of public service, as i
his father, the late R. G. Fry, was
sheriff of Moore County. It was
Sheriff Fry whom the present
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Wendell B. Kelly. 53. candidate
for sheriff who saw 20 years and
eight months of service iri the N.
C. State Highway Patrol before
he retired with the rank of tech
sergeant in 1951, is one of the
most widely known men in Moore
Now farming three miles noith
east of Carthage, Mr. Kelly is a
native of Moore county, born
about two miles from the place
where he lives. He attended Elise
High School and worked as an
auto mechanic at Carthage ga
rages before entering the State
Highway Patrol in 1931, two years
after its formation.
In his first six years on the pa
trol, he worked at 14 different
stations throughout the state, but
was stationed in Moore county for
his next 14 years of service, liv
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CUT 4S CENTS
The town council made a $1.75
tax rate official Tuesday night
when they adopted a tax-levying
ordinance for the 1954-'55 fiscal
The new rate cuts this year's
rate 45 cents?a saving that for
the average owner will be coun
ter-balanced by the new sewer
service charge. Most home own
ers, estimates City Manager Tom
E. Cunningham, will enjoy a small
saving under the lowered tax rate.
Large water users will pay more
than formerly, in taxes and sew
er charges combined, and small
water users or those without sew
er service will receive a consider
Also of wide interest is the ap
proval Tuesday night of an
amendment to the garbage col
lection ordinance that provides
for rear door collection through
out the town beginning October
An appropriation ordinance pass
ed by the council provides for
purchase of another load-packer
garbage collection truck which
will make this service possible.
Council approved the load-pack
er purchase atter Cunningham
told them the town's garbage col
lection facilities arc now strained
to the breaking point and that, if
purchase of the load-packer were
postponed, time would be lost by
town personnel who now have to
be taken off street and sewer
work to aid with garbage collet
lion, using also one truck from
the water department one day per
The town also adopted the new
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Sanford Horse Show
Biggest In 8 Years
The charity horse show spon
sored by the Sanford Kiwanis
Club today (Friday) and Satur
day at the Lee County Fair
grounds has the largest number
of horses and exhibitors in the
eight-year history of the event,
officials said this week. Trick
riding and other special attrac
tions are scheduled.
The first show is to be held to
night (Friday! at 8 o'clock;, with
other classes listed for 2 p. m and
8 p. m. Saturday.
KXKIBmOH TO OFEN
An exhibition of paintings bv
Joan Crisp Ellert, wife of Capt.
Sotert B. Ellert. a Fort Bragg
Army officer, will open at the
iiorarv art gallery Monday ot next
week to remain on view for two
i Lvle McDonald
I New Commander
(>f Legion Post
Installation of officers by Sand
hill Post 134, American Legion,
' was held Thursday evening of
ilast week at the Legion Hut in
| Southern Pines, with Lyle D. Mc
; Donald, Jr., as the new command
J Also installed were: vice-ctm ,
Imander, Edgar B. McDonald, 2nd I
! vice-commander, Alden Bower; I
1 sergeant at arms, George Watson; |
j historian, Frank M. Dwight, chap-,
jtain, the Rev. C. K. Ligon; and,
finance officer, W E. Cox, Jr.
The Post was presented with!
two certificates and an honor rib- j
bon by the N. C. Department for
having passed its membership'
i quota and for distinguished serv
I Twelfth District Commander!
i Robert Chriscoe, of Pinehurst, I
i conducted the installation. Mc
| Donald, en assuming command of
' the Post, said, ' There are a lot
! of potential members we do not
i have and through increased actiV
Jity we. together with our Auxil
iary, should become one of the
I best posts in our District."
PLAY IN TOURNEY
i James Collins and Jimmy.
! Townshend represented Southern J
I Pines High School in a golf tour
! nament at Chapel Hill Monday
jand Tuesday of this week.
Wins Grand Prize
For 'Value Days'
Danny Sheffield, an employee
of the Powell Funeral Home, won
the $25 Grand Prize of the South
ern Pines Chamber of Commerce
in the prize-drawing held Monday
morning, climaxing the Chamber's
"Spring Value Days."
Mr. Sheffield, who lives at 160
East New Hampshire Avenue, re
ceived a certificate good for cash
in any or all of the 35 participa
ting merchant members of the
Chamber who sponsored coopera
tive sales event of last Thursday,
Friday and Saturday.
Winners in the prize-drawings
held by the participating busi
nesses Saturday, and the prizes
they won, were as follows: Mrs.
S. A. Benson, A & P, $10 food cer
tificate; Miss Hannah O'Neil,
Agnes-Dorothy Beauty Shop, $5
certificate: Mrs J. R. Marsh.
Bread Street Pharmacy, cologne;
Mrs. James H. Pruitt, Brown's
Auto Supply, garden hose: Dr. R.
M. McMillan, Country Book Store,
book; Miss Ruth Upchurch, High
falls, franjeans, $10 certificate;
Mrs. L. H. Ledden, Hamel's Res
taurant, two steak dinners.
Mrs. A. R. McDaniel, Hayes
Book Shop, purchase certificate;
Miss Birdie Long, West End, Mrs.
Hayes Shop. $10 certificate; Mrs.
M. D. McCallum, Aberdeen, Hon
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Yomiff Artist Paints Action
I The action- filled pointings
of a Southern Pines High
| ."school student, I i-year-aid
Phillip Morgan son of Mr.
and Mrs. B. C. Morgan of Ni
j agara. are on exhibition in the
| binary art gallery Shown
j here with the one he likes
best of the eight paintings in
the show, Phillip concentrates
on sports subjects?with box
ing his chief interest in art
| as it is in life He boxes with
his older brother, Ed, anu
1 keeps up w?th the sport on
television, in newspapers and
in magazines Five of the
iempera paintings are boxing
scenes and one each deals
with football, tennis and horse
racing. Phillip has had no
formal instruction except
work done in the 7th-Rth
giade taught by Don Moore,
school art teacher. Vigorous,
colorful and original, the
paintiogs have drawn praise
from experienced local ar
tists. The show runs through
this week (Pilot Slafi Photo;
! Renewed In Area
Air Ground School
j Joins With Civilian
Groups In Program
"Operation Impact," the traffic
safety campaign that was con
ducted successfully in Southern
Pines last summer, after it was in
troduced to the community
through the USAF Air Ground
Operations School and received
the cooperation of civilian organ
izations and business firms, will
get off to a new start May 23, it
was announced this week by the
The "Operation Impact" cam
paign originates with the Tactical
Air Command of which the Air
Ground School is a unit and has
been used effectively to cut traf
fic accidents in the Air force.
The campaign now is being ex
tended to severel towns in the
Sandhills and will be cosponsored
by the VFW in Southern Pines,
by the American Legion in Carth
age and Aberdeen, and by the
Lions Club in Vass and Pinehurst.
For the period May 19-July 7,
traffic safety films will be avail
able at the Air Ground School
for showing to civilian organiza
The core of "Operation Impact"
is the pledge of which a wind
shield star is the symbol. The
pledge is that of the car owner
who promises that, "We, the un
dersigned, in order to reduce the
loss of life, health and property
by accident, do hereby voluntari
ly pledge that we will obey all
speed laws" from now until
through 10 July.
Once the pledge is signed and
the star affixed, it's a matter of
the driver's conscience from then
on. Last year more than 200 local
cars wore the stars, and town po
lice and highway patrolmen of the
area said they could tell the dif
ference from the beginning of the
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Knights flay At
In 3rd of Series
Southern Pines Blue Knights
w.-re playing at Clinton Thursday
afternoon in the third game of a
two-out-of-three series with Rich
lands High School of Onslow
County, to decide a Regional
championship in the race for the
! North Carolina Class A High
School baseball title.
Results of the game could not
be obtained before the Pilot's
press time Thursday
Southern Pines and Richlands
had split two games of the series
?the Blue Knights taking the
first contest here 9-2 Wednesday
of last week and Richlands win
: rung 2-0 on their home fiela Mon
I A victory at Clinton Thursday
1 would allow the Blue Knights to
play for the Eastern champion
ship. The Eastern winner will
play the Western champion for
the State title
(Details cf Monday's game else
where in today's Pilot!.
Two films on teen-age problems
will be shown at the regular meet
ing of the Southern Pines Parent
Teacher Association in Weaver
Auditorium Thursday of next
week, May 27, at 8 p. m.
Also on the program, said Mrs.
Hoke Pollock, program chairman,
is discussion of a survey made by
the Association of facilities avail
able for children and young peo
ple during the summer, including
Bible Schools, tutoring classes
and various recreation facilities.
Membership In the PTA is open
to all adults who are interested
|in the schools. All membership*
received through next week'?
meeting will be considered as
cnai in-i.,bersh:pi> in the rc
cently formed o-?9iizetion. it has
W. LAKO.WT BROWN
Brown Chosen As
W. Lamont Brown of Southern
Pines was elected chairman of the
Moore County Democratic Execu
tive Committee at Carthage Sat
urday, following an enthusiastic
county convention of Moore Dem- i
In voting by precinct chairmen, 1
Brown was chosen to head the
committee of which he has been '
chairman by appointment, filling
out the term of W. Lelarid Mc
Keithen of Pinehurst who resign
ed when he was appointed a Su
perior Court judge.
Other officers of the executive
committee chosen in the voting
Saturday are: Miss Bess McCas
kill, Carthage, first vice-chairman;
T. Roy Phillips, Carthage, second
vice-chairman; Voit Gilmore,
Southern Pines, third vice-chair-1
man; and Mrs. W. G. Brown, Car
Tribute to Sen. Hoey
The convention opened by a
standing silent tribute to the late.
Sen. Clyde R. Hoey whose fun-!
eral was being conducted at Shel
by while the convention was in j
session. On motion of M G. Boy-'
ette of Carthage, 13th district so
licitor, the convention adjourned
out of respect to Senator Hoey. j
The Rev. George W. Blount of'
Carthage spoke the invocation j
that followed immediately after
the silent tribute to the late sen
As a preliminary to reports
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Plans Underway For
Memorial Day Riles
P'ans for a united memorial
service for veterans of all wars?
to be held at Mount Hope Ceme
tery Sunday, May 30, at 4:30 p. j
j m.t are being made by local vet
orans' groups and other organiza- j
Jtions and individuals, with Shields j
| Cameron of Sandhills Post, Amer
ican Legion, as general chairman.
| Persons desiring to contribute'
| flowers for decorating graves
should leave them at the town1
I hall by 2 p. m. May 30.
To Address Voters In
Open Meeting Tonight
Public Invited To
Meeting At Country
Club; Starts 8 P. M,
Something new in Moore Coun
ty politics will take place tonight
(Friday) at 8 p m. in the Southern
fines Country Club when candi
dates for Congress, state senator
and representative and county of
fices have been invited to meet
the people they will represent if
elected. All are candidates in the
Democratic primary to be held
Saturday, May 29.
Sponsored as a free public
service by the Southern Pines
League of Women Voters, the
event will allow the candidates,
most of whom are unopposed in
Moore County, to talk to the audi
ence and will provide an oppor
tunity for persons attending to
question those seeking office.
W. D. Sabiston of Carthage will
be moderator for the meeting.
Mrs. Graham Culbreth is chair
man of the LWV committee in
Aim of the meeting, said Mrs
C. A. Smith, president of the
League, is to give every voter the
fullest information before he
casts his vote. The meeting is
Candidates invited to attend
U. S. Congressman ? C. B.
Deane, Rockingham; Coble Fun
State Representative?H. Clif
ton Blue, Aberdeen
State Senate?J. Hawley Poole,
Recorders Court Solicitor?W.
I-amc-nt Brown, Southern Pines.
Recorders Court Judge J.
Vance Rowe, Southern Pines.
Sheriff?C. J. McDonald, R. G.
Fry, and Wendell Kelly, all of
Register of Deeds?Mrs. Bsesie
Griffin, Lakeview; and Cliff L.
Worsham, Southern Pines.
Clerk of Court?Carlton C.
County Commissioners ? Gor
don Cameron, Pinehurst; James
Pleasants, Southern Pines; T. R.
Monroe, Robbms; L. R. Reynolds,
Leaman; John Currie, Carthage;
and David Sineath, Carthage (op
Board of Education ? T. Roy
Phillips, Carthage; J. A. Culbert
son, Bobbins; Jere McKeithen,
Aberdeen; G. H. Purvis, Robbins;
Howard Matthews, Clay Road
Farms; E E. Monroe, Cameron,
Administrators of the town and
County school systems this week
adopted a "wait and see" attitude
on the local effects of Monday's
momentous U. S. Supreme Court
decision banning racial segrega
tion in the nation's public schools.
A. C. Dawson, Jr., local super
intendent, and H Dee Thomas,
county superintendent, each,
pointed out that policy and proce
dure of North Carolina schools
under the court ruling would be
set at tile state level by the gov
ernor or general assembly and
state school officials.
iioth administrators expressed
approval of the rather long wait
ing period the conditions of the
Supreme Court decision provides
for, pending further hearings to
be held this fall before the court
to determine how and when the
decision will be put into effect.
In discussing the problem at
town and county level, both Mr.
Dawson and Mr. Thomas adopted
a calm attitude, expressing confi
dence in the ability of both white
and Negro citizens to meet forth
Mr, Thomas said: "We are wail
ing for the state authorities to de
cide on a policy of procedure. We
will carry out the instructions
they send to us."
Mr. Dawson prepared the fol
lowing statement for The Pilot:
"The decision of the United
States Supreme Court declaring
segregation in the Public School*
j unconstitutional is one of the most
| far-reaching decisions of our time.
| Thus decision will challenge the
best thinking of both races. The
people of Southern Pines have al
ways faced every issue calmly
and with open minds. I know they
shall do so in this instance.
"The consequences of the deci
j sion are not clear at this time,
and with additional hearings
scheduled by the Supreme Court
I for next October, it is evident that
' any change will come about grad
ually and over a relatively long
period of time. The School Admin
istration Units of North Carolina
are agencies of the State and
operate under State Statutes.
Since this is true, the matter of
segregation in the public schools
| will be debated and the problem
largely resolved in the halls of
our State Legislature
"It will behoove us to reserve
judgment until more information
is available. Discussion of this
matter by both races should be
unemotional and kept on the high
est plane in order that future de
cisions may be made with a mini
mum of difficulty."
The spring bloodmcbile visit is
slateri for next Wednesday at the
Southern Pines Country Club be
tween 11 a. m. and 4 30 p. m ,
John Buchholz, permanent biood
chairman for the Red Cross, re
This will be the last visit which
the unit will make in Moore
County, barring unforseen devel
opments. and it is hoped that as
many donors as possible will sign
up to give a pint
It is asked that donors telephone
the Red Cross office and make ap
pointments or do oo through blood
donor cards which are being dis
tributed bv several volunteers.
r-m- ?- ?v. ..en,.. Mini 9-887(1
may be made "collect" from out
of town. In Aberdeen, call J D.
Arey at. 8701.
Refreshments will be served at
"Success depends on thorough
cooperation," said Chairman
Buchholz. "and we hope Hie peo -
ple of our county will not let us
down, despite ih- wid of K/trcrn
Seek Register of Deeds Post
Seeking nomination for regis
ter of deeds on the basis of long
business experience and residence
in Moore County since September,
1025, C. L. Worsham of Southern
Pines is waging an active cam
paign throughout the county. Mr.
Worsham, 5" years old, lives at
330 E. Pennsylvania avenue.
Early this year he retired as
partner- in a local automobile
dealership with which he had
been associated since May, 1850
Born on a farm near Wilson,
V?;? and P ?r?d>i?te of Wilson
High School, the Southern Pines
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i Mrs Bessie J. Griffin seeking
i renominatinn in the Democratic
j primary this year, ha* served as
I Moore County register of deeds
i since she was first nominated and
i elected to the office it* 1JW, wta
i ning the nomination in a hot cam
I paign that went into a second pri
j Bom in Wake County, Mrs,
I Griffin has lived in Moore County
! fot the past 11 years. She is the
daughter of W. H. Jefterjrs of Ra
leigh and the late Mr*. J rffrey*.
he has two daughters, Mrs, H oy
ster Ba'xer of Willow Springs and j
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