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VOL.? 45 No. 6
SOUTHERN PINES, N. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1964
PRICE: 10 CENTS
Moore Industrial Plants
Close Down For Holidays
Moore County industries plan I
to close over the Christmas week
end and most have already had
Christmas parties for employees
or children of employees. A sum
mary of their Christmas holiday
In Southern Pines, Trimble
Products will close its plant j
Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Its office force will work part
of Thursday and close until
Monday, December 28.
Fletcher Southern closed today
Dock, G= Smith, Jiv
President Of YDC j
Dock G. Smith. Jr., young j
Robbtns attorney, was named;
president of the Moore County]
YDC at delayed elections held at'
a supper meeting of the club at
the Carthage Hotel, Monday
Smith, elected by acclamation,
moved to Robbins from Paleigh
three years and three months ago.
A native of Princeton, he gradu
ated from East Carolina College
and the University of North Car
olina law school. He is married to
the former Peggy Smith of An
gier and they have three young
children. He has been serving as
first vice-president of the YDC]
during the term just ending. I
Also elected were Mrs. Waitsel
Deese of Carthage, first vice-j
president; Frank McNeill ofl
Aberdeen, second vice-president;!
Jack Barron of Southern Pines,
third vice-president; Sam Poole
of Southern Pines, treasurer;
and Jerry Cole of West End,
By motion unanimously passed,
the club expanded the number of
directors from three to five, to
include automatically the outgo
ing president, in this case Mrs.
Carolyn Blue of Eagle Springs.
Elected directors to serve with
her were her husband, Harold
Blue of Eagle Springs; Elvin
Jackson and Earl Barber, of Car
thage; and DeWitt Purvis of
The election had been postpon
ed from early fall because of the
campaign then in progress, and
since the election, because of va
rious conflicts causing delay.
About 30 members were present.
Mrs. Blue, presiding, thanked
the members for their coopera
tion during her two terms in an
office from which she is now
stepping up to the post of State
(Continued on Page 8)
Carolyn Blue Will
Be Honored Jan. 4|
With YDC Dinner
Mrs. Carolyn Blue of Eagle
Springs, national committeewom
an-elect of the Young Democrat
ic Clubs of North Carolina, will
be honored at a Moore County
YDC dinner at Howard Johnson's
Restaurant on Monday, January
4, at 7 pm.
The incoming state YDC Presi
dent, George Miller of Durham,
has accepted the invitation to be
principal speaker of the evening,
according to Stite S?nator-elect
Voit Gilmore of Southern Pines
who is in charge of arrangements
for the event.
"We are proud of Carolyn Blue
and her opportunity to give
Moore County two years of dis
tinguished service on the nation
al political scene," Gilmore said.
"Everyone is invited to attend
this informal, dutch treat dinner
to help Carolyn begin her nation
al service with our good wishes."
Mrs. Blue, the wife of Harold
Blue and mother of three, won
election to the national commit
teewoman post at the State YDC
convention earlier this year.
State political leaders are be
ing invited to the dinner and
county YDC club members are
also expected. Tickets are $2
TB SEAL REMINDER
Reminder letters are going out
to persons who have received
Christmas seals from the Moore
County Tuberculosis Association
and have not yet contributed to
the fund to fight TB. J. W. Jen
kins of Southern Pines, county
seal sale chairman, urges that nil
contributions be sent in as soon
I (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. and will
reopen Monday morning.
Carolina Soap and Candle
Makers closed its operation last
Friday. December 18, and will
resume production on January 4.
A skeleton force is being main
tained during this period.
Smithson of Southern Pines,
Inc., will close Thursday, De
cember 24, at noon and will re
sume work Mondav, December
Proctor-Silex Corporation will
close Thursday and will reopen
January 4, for production. Be
tween Christmas and Mew Year's
1 the company's annual inventory
will be taken.
In Aberdeen A & M Kara
gheusian, the Gulistan Carpet
Division of J. P. Stevens & Co.,
will close Thursday and Friday
and reopen Monday morning,
The Amerotron Company will
close at noon Thursday and open
Monday morning. Plants at Red
Springs and Robbins will close
at 8 a.m. Thursday and will
resume operation with the third
shift Sunday at midnight
The Aberdeen Hosiery Mill is .
shutting down Wednesday at 4
p.m. and will begin operating]
The Carthage Fabrics Corpora- !
tion will close Thursday at the ]
end of the second shift and will
reopen with the third shift Sun- ?
Pinebluff Products will close
at 2 p.m. Thursday and a party
for employees will follow. Pro
duction in this plant will resume
(Continued on Page 8)
Course For Young
A two-day driver education
course for teenagers who are not
taking driver training in a high
school course will be conducted
at the National Guard armcry
here on Wednesday and Thurs
day of next week. December 30
and 31, from 9 am to 1 pm each
Worth McDonald of Carth
age. driver education representa
tive of the Department of Motor
Vehicles, who will be the in
structor, said that the course is
set in vacation time so that it can
be attended by young people
who are home from schools they
To take the course, a student
must be at least 15 years, nine
months of age and not over 18.
No young person can get a driv
er's license unless a school course
or this course is taken.
Students must register in ad
vance with a State driver's li
cense examiner, presenting a
In this area, a driver's license
examiner will be at Aberdeen
Monday and Tuesday of nexti
week and at Carthage Monday. I
The regular Thursday and Fri-i
day hours of examiners are can-j
celled this week because of I
The State's course to be given
next week qualifies a young per-j
son to get a license but does not!
assure the reduction in liability
insurance rates, as does the long-]
er high school driver training:
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FATHER-SON EVENT SET NEXT DAY
Junior Golf Tourney Slated Monday
The 17th annual Donald J. i
Ross Junior Golf Tournament, i
held at Pinehurst each December
in memory of the famed golf ;
course architect, will be played j
on all five 18-hole courses at
the Pinehurst Country Club,
Monday, December 28.
The 7th Father & Son Holiday
Tournament is set for the follow
ing day, for junior golfers playing
in the DJH Junior tourney, and
Advance entries are requested
but not required. Ambitious
young golfers may arrive, present !
club credentials and enter on the ;
spot. Participating boys usually I
come from a wide area of North j
and South Carolina.
Staged to encourage competi- 1
tion among players under 18, this
is a free event with no entry fee
and no greens fees. With over
300 entries last year, the tourna
ment is divided into three classes.
Class A (boys 15-17) will play
Number Two and Number Five
courses, with lowest handicap
players drawing the Number
Two. Class B (boys 11-15) will
play Number One and Number
Three courses, while Class C
(boys under 11) play nine holes
only on Number Four Course.
Twenty-one prizes are given,
including the championship, tak
en ftom low gross on the Number
Two Course, four prizes for each
age class, with first, second, third
and fourth low gross on each
2 Fatalities Recorded
In Highway Accidents
Traffic accidents occurring Friday and Saturday of last
week took the lives of two Moore County residents, sounding
a note of tragedy as the Christmas holiday season opened.
The serious injury of a young man who was home 011 leave
from the Army, in one of the two fatal mishaps, added to
the sadness of the events.
Heavy Trucks Hit.
One Driver Dead
Astor Colon Key, 49, of Rob
bins, Rt. 2, died Saturday morn
ing at Moore Memorial Hospital
of injuries sustained in a collision
of two heavy trucks, shortly after
The wreck occurred on NC 27
about five miles west of Carth
age when Key, driving toward
the county seat, made a left turn
and was struck by the second
truck, coming along behind him.
The impact knocked Key's
truck off the highway and part
ly down an embankment. It was
loaded with coal from a Robbins
fuel company, which he was de-i
The other truck overturned
down the embankment, spilling
(Continued on Page 8J
TWO RECEIVE MINOR INJURIES
2nd Wreck In Week Occurs At Same
E. Conn. Ave. Location; Man Arrested
Two Fort Bragg servicemen ro-l
ceived minor injuries at 5:15 1
Tuesday afternoon when the 1963 j
Chevy II in which they were rid- 1
ing ? the car later proved to have
been stolen ? left E. Connecticut
Ave. Extension on the same
curve where five young men
were injured last week and
where numerous accidents have
taken place in the past.
The curve, partly in and partly
out of the city limits, is in front
of the home of Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Leon H. Baker who again, as
with past accidents, summoned
Chief Earl S. Seawell, who in
vestigated, said that town police
took jurisdiction because tire
skid marks extending for 309
feet started inside the city limits.
Last week's wreck was turned
over to the State Highway Patrol
for investigation as it apparently
took place entirely out of town.
The driver of the car, Robert
W. South of the 584th Medical
Company at Fort Bragg, and a
passenger, Peter H Keshick
also of the 584th, were taken to
the police station with minor
cuts and bruises and complaining
also of back discomfort. They de
clined opportunity to be exam
ined at a local hospital and were
token to Womack Hospital, Fort
Bragg, by military police.
Chief Sea well charged South
with careless and reckless driving
and having no operator's license.
Auto larceny charges, if any, will
be made at Fort Bragg, as the car
proved to have been taken with
out permission of the owner, Rob
ert Bradford of the same medical
Girl. 16, Killed;
Young Mail Hurt
Eva Jane Hooker, 16, an 11th
grade student at Elise High
School, Robbins, was killed and
Army Pvt. Ronald Bill Thomas,
22, of West End, seriously injured
when the car in which they were
riding went out of control and was
wrecked near Harris Crossroads,
West of Carthage, late Saturday
State Trooper W. R. Austin said
the car left the rural paved road
on a slight curve, went down an'
embankment on the light-hand
side and sma-hed against a tree
| with such violence the front end
was locked around the trunk. It
traveled 275 feet off the road.
Passersby found the car, with
the young people inside, about
midnight and summoned help.
Austin said it was impossible to
determine just when or how the
accident occurred, or if another
car had been involved.
The young girl was believed to
have died instantly, with a broken
neck. Pvt. Thomas sustained in
ternal injuries, fractured pelvis
and upper right leg and severe
lacerations of the face and head.
He was spending the holidays
with his parents, Mr, and Mrs.
Arnold C. Thomas, at West End,
while being transferred from
Fort Gordon, Ga., to Fort Lee,
Va. The car, which was demol
ished, was his father's.
No charges have been prefer
(Continued on Page 8)
I CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
! SET AT BAPTIST CHURCH
A short Christmas Eve candle
light service, with sermon by the
pastor, the Rev. John Stone, will
take place at the First Baptist
Church at 7:30 pm Thursday. The
Pilot regrets that this service was
omitted from last week's an
nouncement of church services
and that other errors were made
in the listing of Baptist events.
Pilot Out Early
Much of Southern Pines and'
this area will have a long week
end Christmas holiday
Practically all stores, business
es, offices and public services
will be closed on Christmas Day
(Friday), with some remaining
closed on Saturday as well
An exception, for businesses,
are the three large food super
markets serving this area, all of
which will be open Saturday.
The Pilot is publishing Wed
nesday. one day ahead of normal
schedule, and will remain closed
Separate stories today detail
the closing plans of the local post
office and of industrial plants
over the county.
The offices at town hall and the
town-owned Southern Pines Li
brary will close at noon Thurs
day to reopen Monday, as will
county offices at Carthage.
The town's Friday garbage col
lection route will be skipped but
collection will be made on this
route on Saturday.
Local schools have been out
since Tuesday, with students sla
ted to return to classes on Mon
day, January 4.
ABC stores in Southern Pines
and Pinehurst will both be closed
Christmas Day, but will both be
open Saturday. However, em
ployees will get a holiday next
week, when the Southern Pines
store will be closed Monday and
the Pinehurst store will be closed
A complete round-up of Christ
mas season church services and
events in Southern Pines appear
ed in last week's Pilot. For lack
of space, it is not being repeated
and no further announcement
of these events is being made in
The Pilot today.
Christmas decorations at the
Southern Pines Library were put
up this season, as in past years,
by a committee of the Southern
Pines Garden Club. Mrs. Allan T.
Preyer was the committee chair
For School Survey
Meeting in special session at
Carthage, Tuesday morning, the
board of county commissioners
authorized the drafting of a con
tract for a professional survey
to help them reach a decision on
school consolidation in the south
ern part of the county.
The contract is with Education
al Research Service Tnr . of
White Plains, N. Y., whose presi
dent, Dr. Francis G. Cornell, met
with the board Tuesday. It speci
fies that the survey is not to cost
more than $3,500.
Work is expected to begin
January 2, with expectation that
a report will be submitted by
Cooperating with the com
missioners on the project, as what
one of the board members called
an "unofficial committee," have
been Albert Tufts, president of
Pinehurst, Inc., A. B. Hardee, de
veloper of Whispering Pines, and
Ward Hill of Southern Pines.
Others from around the county
have been added to this group,
the commissioner said.
Food Baskets To
By VFW Thursday
Members of John Boyd Post,
Veterans of Foreign Wars, will
be delivering between 80 and 90
"Christmas Cheer" food baskets,
along with toys for needy fam
ilies with children, in this area
Hubert M. Cameron, post com
mander and chairman of the
Cheer program which is conduc
ted in cooperation with the
Moore County Welfare Depart
ment, said that the post is spend
ing about S450 for food items,
which were bought wholesale, to
go in the baskets. He said that
contributions to help finance the
program have been coming in
well but that more are needed.
Checks should be made to "VFWj
Christmas Cheer Fund" and sent,
to the post here.
The toys distributed by the
VFW are new, small toys. It had
been previously announced that
the post would not be giving toys
this year, but Commander Cam
eron said that meant that the
post would not be distributing
larger items like bikes and wi
gons, or repairing old toys.
The Jaycees and the police de
partment have a separate Christ
mas gift program in which toys
and larger items are being re
ceived and repaired, at the po
lice station, for distribution to
needy families with children.
Mrs. Friesen To Become
Postmaster At Highfalls
Mrs. Mildred Upchurch Friesen
will be installed December 28 as
acting postmaster of the High
falls Post Office, it was announc
ed this week by J. Elvin Jackson
of Carthage, chairman of the
Moore County Democratic exec
Mrs. Friesen has been the as
sistant at the Highfalls Post Of
fice for the past 11 years and will
take the place of the retiring
postmaster, Mrs. Lillian P. Davis.
DONATIONS NEEDED NOW. SAYS PRESIDENT
Mid-Town Fire Protection Plans
Progressing; Meeting Set Jan. 13
volunteer workers will be call
ing soon on residents of the area
between Southern Pines and
Aberdeen, seeking information
needed to plan the proposed
operations of the Mid-Town Fire
Protective Association, Alton
Scott, president of the associa
tion, said this week.
"It will be a great help to our
progress if people give the infor
mation called for," he said.
The Association, chartered re
cently, proposes setting up a
legally organized fire protection
district, with it.1 own equipment
and volunteers, covering a three
mile wide area which runs up to
the stoplight at the corner of S.
W. Broad St. and Morganton
Scott also reminded resident.;
of the area of a meeting sched
uled for the Aberdeen school at
7:30 pm, Wednesday, January 13,
when the proposal will be further
explained. He urged everyone
in the area to attend.
"Before Christmas, 1965, we
hope to be In business," he said,
"but it will be up to the cooper
ation of the people in the area,"
Donations, which should be
made to H. Clifton Blue of Aber
deen, treasurer of the association,
are needed now to pay for inci
dental expenses, pending full or
ganization of the district, Scott
said. The donations are deduc
tible on 1964 tax returns, he no
ted, if made by December 31.
Commissioner W. S. Taylor of
; Aberdeen told The Pilot that the
commissioners have full confi
dence in the competence and im
partiality of the survey group
which is nationally known.
They will take all aspects of
the consolidation problem into
consideration, Taylor said ? geo
graphical location, taxes, costs
and so forth. All points of view
will be looked at, he stressed.
Dr. Cornell is a native of Red
Springs who has been in the
j educational survey field for many
> years. His firm did the survey
| that led to the consolidation of
Presbyterian educational institu
tions into St. Andrews College
at Laurinburg. and has done
other work in North Carolina.
"We may or may not accept
the survey results," Taylor said,
"but we have great hopes that
this survey will help the com
missioners and all three boards
of education in the county come
: to a satisfactory agreement on
i what is best to be done."
| As matters stand now:
? The Aberdeen and West End
: High schools of the county school
: system are slated to consolidate
; in a school to be built at a site
; on the Pinehurst-Airport road.
? The boards of education of
the separate Southern Pines and
Pinehurst administrative units
j have announced their intention
to seek an election by the voters
I of the two districts on the
j merger of the districts and con
struction of a new high school,
J somewhere between the two
j towns, with Negro students from
the Academy Heights school at
Taylortown to attend West South
ern Pines High School.
? Other proposals by persons
who are not satisfied with these
| two plans include: Southern
Pines and Pinehurst to join the
j county school system and use a
single school, with Aberdeen and
West End: Southern Pines to re
main independent and Pinehurst
to join West End and Aberdeen
of the county school system;
Southern Pines, Pinehurst, with
| Aberdeen and possibly West End,
too, to join in a single indepen
dent administrative unit, with
West End and Aberdeen Districts
leaving the county school system.
All Negro high schools of the
county system have previously
been consolidated into the Berk
ley School at Aberdeen and the
Pinckney School at Carthage.
Southern Pines and Pinehurst
Districts each have their separate
Negro high schools.
The survey will take racial as
pects of consolidation into con
sideration, Commissioner Taylor
Public; Office To
Be Closed 2 Days
Postmaster Morris Johnson this
week thanked the public for co
operation he said has made pos
sible the successful handling of
the greatest volume of Christmas
mail ever to pass through the lo
cal post office.
"In good shape" ws* his reply
to a query Tuesday how the
handling of holiday mail was
The po st office will provide no
city delivery and no window
service on either Friday (Christ
mas Day) or Saturday, Mr. John
son said, except that on Satur
day special delivery mail and
perishable articles will be deliv
ered and the postmaster's door
will be open, for the public to
pick up parcels, between 9:30 and
Maximum and minimum tem
peratures for each day of the past
week were recorded as follows at
the II.S Weather Bureau obser
vation station at the W E E B
studios on Midland Road.
I December 22