The pilot. (Vass, N.C.) 1920-current, September 10, 1954, Image 1
MARCH^OF'DINKS ^ ^OT MARCH^OF DIMK VOL. 35- NO742 " FOURT'EEW'PAGES SOUTHERN pfNE^rNORTH CAROLINA^RIDAY^ SETTEMB?Rlori954 FOURTEEN PAGES PRICE?TEN CENTS Methodists To Conduct Charter Day For Church 73 Persons Will Be Accepted For Membership Sunday Charter Sunday for Southern Pines' new Methodist Church will be observed September 12 by prospective members and friends of the church with special serv ices at the Civic Club at the cor ner of Ashe St. and Pennsylvania Ave. The Rev. O. L. Hathaway of Fayetteville, superintendent of the Fayetteville District of the North Carolina Conference, will deliver the sermon at the morning service which is to begin at 11 a.m. Regular Church School at 9:45 a.m. will precede the Charter Sunday service. The call to worship and the in vocation will be delivered by the Rev. E. E. Whitley, pastor, who has been organizing the new church during the last several months. There will be special music. Prelude and postlude will be played by Mrs. Eleanor Cald well, pianist. Seventy-three persons will be received into membership of the church?12 coming by profession of faith, 43 by letters of transfer and 18 children coming by bap tism and preparatory member ship. TTie service will include bap tism of infants and children, re ceiving baptized persons into the church, reception of members of transfer, reception of preparatory members; and also the church conference and quarterly confer ence at which the actual organi zation of the new church will take place. A nominating committee will bring in nominations to be consid ered by the new church members for stewards, ^rustees, Church School superintmdent and a num ber of commissions and commit tees, as well as lay delegate and alternate to the annual confer ence. Tentative plans call for con struction of an education building and church sanctuary, when pos sible, on a lot at the southwest corner of May St. and Maine Ave. Blue Knights To Open Season At Max ton Tonight Southern Pines High grid squad completed a week of hard work Thursday afternoon with taper ing-off drills in preparation for Friday night's opener with Max ton under the lights at Maxton. A broiling sun all this week failed to dampen the high spirits of the squad although their shirts and practice pants were quickly sweat-drenched. Workouts were spirited Wednesday, made more so by the boys making terrific bids for starting positions in Fri day's game. Headcoach Irie Leonard on Wednesday hadn't picked the starters for the game with the Robeson County high team, but indicated that Tony Parker and Bill Marley would be on the ends. (Continued on Page 8) Mrs. Struthers Burt Here; Service Of Mr. Burt For Moore Hospital Recalled Mrs. Struthers Burt, widow of the novelist and poet who died at Jackson, Wyo? August 28 and who had spent a large part of his life in Southern Pines, arrived here this week and is staying at Weymouth, the home of Mrs. James Boyd. Mrs. Boyd is expected to arrive in Southern Pines from Sorrento, Maine, Monday. Funeral services for Mr. Burt were held at Jackson, Wednesday of last week. Burial wax in the Jackson cemetery which is de scribed as a beautiful spot in view of the Teton mountains. The Three Rivers Ranch, which had been owned by Mr and Mrs. Burt for many years, is not far from Jackson. Mr Burt's many years of faith ful service as both a director and officer of the board of directors of Moore County Hospital were pointed out this week by Paul Dana of Pinehurst, secretary of Moore County Hospital. Inc. He wus one of the 15 original directors elected at the permanent organization meeting of the hos pital board on April 28. 1928, and continued to serve as a director for about 20 years, until the end of 1947. He was a member of the first finance committee appointed in 1928 and chairman of that com mittee in 1932. He served as vice president in 1932 and as president of the board during 1933. He was a member of the execu tive committee from 1934 through 1937; a member of the public re lations committee from 1940 through 1942; and a member of the professional relationa commit ? tee from 1943 through 1940. "During all these years he was one of our most faithful and val uable directors," Mr. Dana noted. NEW SCHOOL OPENS?Students gather on the steps of the new "Phase A" unit of South ern Pines High School, as classes opened Wed nesday, marking first use of the structure which was built at a cost of $128,644. Leslie N. Boney of Wilmington was architect of the brick build rn ? i rm r* 11 * m i aaa ing which has a "modified Colonial" design to harmonize with other units of the school plant here. Work is expected to begin later this year on the adjoining "Phase B" unit that will ex tend 191 feet north, parallel to May St. Total cost of the whole structure is expected to be about $250,000. (Photo by V. Nicholson) iciai lown r.nroi;rneni iops x.uuu Record Number Pupils Enter Schools First-day enrollment at South ern Pines white schools increas ed by 71 pupils, as compared to the first day iast year, Supt A. C. Dawson, Jr., reports. Local schools opened Wednesday. An increase of 50 was recorded in the elernehtary school?trom 475 last year to 525 this year. In the high school, enrollment jump ed from 125 to 146. Further increases in the high school registration, probably to between 155 and 160, are expect ed, Mr. Dawlbn said, as addition al students who have been out of town return. In the West Southern Pines schools, Principal J. W. Moore re ported an increase of 16 in the elementary school, from 228 to 244, and an increase of 18 in the high school, from 82 to 100. This brings the total first-day enrollment in all schools of the Southern Pines city unit to 1,015 ?the first time enrollment has topped the 1,000 mark in the local school system Total increase of pupils in all the local schools this year, as compared to last year, amounts to 105. Supt. Dawson said that the,in flux of pupils at the white ele mentary school may mean that one class will have to move to quarters outside the school plant. The school is short lour class rooms and is conducting one class in the teachers' lounge, twe in the home economics cottage and one in the gymnasium office. The teachers' lounge, he said, will accommodate a class of cnjy 20 students, because of its size. As it appears each teacher will have to instruct the full comple ment of 30 students, it may be this rcom cannot be used for sn emergency classroom, he said. The Parent-Teacher Associa tion formed here early this year will have its first meeting in the school auditorium Thursday night, September 23. County Schools Supt. H. Lee Thomas at Car thage reported that the county school system showed a first-day attendance gain of 303 as a total of all elementary and high schools in the nine districts of the! county. Total enrollment in the county schools was 6,407 as compared to 6,104 last year. Largest gain registered was at Berkley Negro school in Aber deen which showed an enroll ment increase of 100. Aberdeen white schools showed 33 more students in high and elementary schools combined; Westmoore School showed an increase of 39 and Pinckney Negro school at Carthage 38. Four schools of the county sys tem showed decreases in first day enrollment?seven at Farm Life, nine at Hightails, 12 at Vass! GILMORE ENDORSED FOR COMMITTEEMAN 260 At YDC Rally Hear Call To Party Activity A lively group of 260 Young Democrats from all but one of the 12 counties of the 8th Congres sional District gathered at the Southern Pines Country Club last Friday night to hear L. Y. (Stag) Ballentine, State Commissioner of Agriculture, and other party lead ers call for Democratic enthusi asm and activity in the fall elec tions. Of paramount local interest was the endorsement bestowed by the convention on the candidacy of Voit Gilmore of Southern Pines, president of the coun\y YDC and general chairman of Friday's gathering, for YDC national com mitteeman, a post that is to be filled by election at the state YDC convention in Charlotte, Septem ber 16-18. A delegation from Moore County is expected to jour ney to Charlotte to back Gilmore's candidacy and take part in the po litical maneuvering that is always ' a part of state YDC1 meetings. Motion for endorsement of Gil more's candidacy was made by Ralph Monger. Ja., of Sanford, who is Lee County Democratic chairman and has been active in YDC for many years. Pat Taylor. Jr., of Wadesboro, 8th District YDC chairman, pre sided at the outdoor chicken sup per for which Morris Johnson and associates at the Country Club re (Contlnued on page 8) BROOM SALE CONTINUES I The broom sale begun Tuesday by the Southern Pines Lions Club is continuing through Saturday. Proceeds of the sale are used to help the Lion*' program of aid to the blind and sight conservation Brooms will be sold Saturday from a booth in front of the Cit izens Bank and Trust Co and also from, a truck at the post office. AT DEMOCRATIC RALLY ? Commissioner of Agriculture Stag Ballentine rides in the "YDC Special," a tiny cart drawn by a "Democratic" donkey at the Young Democrats' 8th District convention here. At right is Voit Gilmore, general chairman of the event, and in centei is Pat Taylor, Jr., of Wadesboro, district YDC chairman. Onlookers in the background were not identi fied. The commissioner, main speaker at the gathering, drove the cart around among the outdoor picnic tables before he deliv ered his address. The donkey and cart were supervised at the rally by Bob Priest of Pinehurst, their owner. d'hote by V. Nicholson) Town Audit Shows 1 Excess Of Nearly 129,000 For Year Deficit Of Previous Year Overcome; Funds In Bank Increase An audit of the town's accounts ?eceived from W. M. Russ and Co., ratified public accountants, of ftaleigh, shows an excess in the general fund of $14,420.53 and in :he water fund of $14,422.23. The audit report covers the fis cal year ended June 30, the first fiscal year under the council-man ager form of government. An audit of the previous fiscal year, ended June 30, 1953, had showed expenditures exceeding revenue in the general fund by $5,590 and in the water fund by $1,299. While the town at the begin ning cf the fiscal year had a defi cit of about $20,000, some of which had been carried over from previous years, the new audit shows a surplus of $24,300 in the water fund and $4,109 in the gen eral fund, for a total accumulated surplus of $28,409, The deficit of $20,210 was wiped out during the year. The audit for the 1953-'54 year shows cash in banks as $118,699, compared to $47,787 at the end of the previous fiscal year. Because the transactions had not been undertaken when the new audit was made, the report does not show as cash assets for the town $13,500 which is expect ed from sale of the Community Center building on May St., nor $7,000 which is the price the town expects to receive for the site of the former police station and ABC store building. Dr. Malcolm Kemp of Southern Pines now holds an option on the site for that price. "The audit x-eport shows that the town is now in a much better position to tackle things that n<jed to be done," said City Manager Tom E. Cunningham. Among these things he listed building sewers and streets and a new town hall, police station and fire station. elementary (Negro); and 20 at Vineland, a Negro elementary school near West End The Vass and Vineland Negro schools are priority projects for consolidation with the Carthage schools. Com in i ssioners A ccepf School Money Decision ? SPCC TOURNEY With about 65 entries, play in the qualifying rounds of the annual Southern Fines Country Club golf tourna ment began Wednesday. Harold Collins of Southern i Fines is defending champion. I Match play will start Sep- | tember 15. 'Outsize Zoning,' To Be Discussed Discussion of a proposal to in crease the membership of the town council from five to seven and of a proposal to work with Aberdeen on joint zoning of terri tory between the two towns, as well as possible zoning of other outside areas, is slated for the town council at its regular meet ing at town hall Tuesday night of next week at 8 o'clock. Also on a.tentative docket being prepared by City Manager Tom E. Cunningham is discussion of cem etery financing with a view to setting policy now and in the fu ture. A study made by the man ager, at the request of the council, recommends that contributions to a perpetual care fund be discon tinued, that prices of lots be rais ed and that the cemetery, now claiming about five cents of $1.75 tax rate, be put on a more nearly self-sustaining basis. All three of these matters have been previously discussed by the j council, some at several meetings, j Change in the council member- ( ship, as well as "outside zoning" j would require authorization from I the 1955 session of the General Assembly. The zoning proposal looks to discussion with Aberdeen officials, as well as public meet ings for the property owners in volved and all other interested persons. Its aim is to give the towns some control over the de velopment of approaches to the communities. Emergency Dimes Drive To Go On A "very good response" in the emergency March of Dimes was reported this week by Paul C. Butler of Southern Pines, chair man of the Moore County Chap ter of the National Association for Infantile Paralysis. While reports have not been received from most of the com munity chairmen throughout the county, Southern Pines has con tributed close to $500, Aberdeen has about $200 and one report lists $30 collected in Niagara. The emergency drive, nation wide attempt to meet a $20 mil lion need to continue programs of polio research, will continue through September 15. IN TOWN OFFICE Mrs Dick Mattocks of S Ben nett St., began work as adminis trative clerk at town hall Friday of last week, resuming a position that she left March 1 of this year She replaces Mrs. Elizabeth Zoll who will leave with her husband for Gainesville, Fla., September 10. Tax Rate Will Not Re Raised, Officials Say Th. (_ou nty cotntittiiiMUUvib, meeting Tuesday at Carthage, re solved to accept the decision of Cierk of Court C. C. Kennedy, ar bitrator in the school capital out lay dispute with the county board of education, thus terminating the controversy between the two boards. The board of education had previously accepted the decision, leaving the way open to the com missioners to accept or appeal to the civil court . By iheir action, both boards have now abandoned their right of appeal, and the caiptal outlay budget remains in effect as ap proved by the commissioners Au gust 2< except for the modifica tions ordered by the arbitrator. The budget as originally ap proved reduced capital outlay funds from $472,471 requested by the board of education to about $269,000. The modification restor ed certain deleted items totaling $8,359, bringing the total capital outlay for the year for the county school system to $277,359. No Tax Increase Before adopting the resolution in their regular session, the com missioners asked John C. Muse, auditor, who was present, if the addition of the $8,359 would ne cessitate any alteration in the tax rate, already set at $1.35. The auditor informed them that it need not, as that amount could be "absorbed" in the budget. The acceptance was advised by M. G. Boyette, county attorney, who also attended the meeting. He told the commissioners of their right to appeal to the superior court, in which the findings of the clerk would be laid aside and the judge would make his own findings, and reach his own de cision. "He could go lighter on you, or he could make it very much worse," warned the attor (Continued on Page 8) APPRECIATION C. N. Page, "general" for the athletic field light* cam paign which hat been con ducted during the past month, and W. B. Holliday. chairman of the project for the Cham ber of Commerce, this week expressed their appreciation to all persons who have been active in the drive or who have made contributions. Calling the campaign a "wonderful community effort in which many worked hard and many gave generously," the chairman pointed out that installation of the lights will enable larger numbers of per sons to see athletic contests of all types here and will bring pleasure to the town for years to come. "We are deeply grateful to everyone who has given time, effort or money, whether the contribution was large or small. The response ia thir. campaign was a tribute to Southern Pines," they said. Contract Signed For Work On Lights; Elks Lodge Turns Over $2,000 Fund W. B. Holliday, chairman of the athletic field lights project of the Chamber of Commerce, reports that a contract was signed Wed nesday with the Cameo Construc tion Co. of Sanford to start work Saturday of next week on instal lation of the poles and lights. Work to be done by the Sanford firm will cost $P45 under the con tract. This will cover setting the poles, installing the. lights on the poles and part of the wiring. Some of the remaining work may be done by volunteer labor. "We are trying to make our mon ey go as far as possible," said Mr. Holliday. Elks Fund Turned Over Also this week, the Elks contri bution of $2,000 to the project was turned over to Mr. Holliday by Bryan Poe, Exalted Ruler of the Southern Pines lodge. This amount, raised by the Elks through various activities over the past years, formed the original backbone of the lights fund, of fered by the lodge to the project some time ago, if it were matched by other funds Mr. Holliday said that two con tributions from individuals ? one of $200 and one of $100?had swelled the total collected in the campaign to over $2,800. This does not include the Elks' contri bution nor the $1,800 pledged by the Southern Pines Rotary Club. Contributions - from individuals continue to come in, he Baid. o tal contributions, therefore, now amount to almost $9,000. Trans Given A unique and welcome contri bution to the campaign this week -.vus the gift of six trees by W. I. Barbour from his property near Southern Pines. The particular trees given will not be used for the light poles, but will replace poles purchased from the creosot ing plant at Gulf.