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VOL.? 45 No. 7
SOUTHERN PINES, N. C., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1964
PRICE: 10 CENTS
L R. Reynolds,
Succumbs At 82
Lyndon Robert Reynolds, 82,
of Robbins, Route 1, a member
of the Moore County board of
commissioners for the past 32
years and chairman from 1958
till last December 6, died Monday
afternoon at his home after sev
eral weeks of illness.
The courthouse and all county
offices were closed for the fun
eral services which were held
Wednesday at 2:30 p m. at Pleas
ant Hill Methodist Church. The
four other county commissioners
were honorary pallbearers.
Officiating was the Rev. Van
Crawford, assisted by the Rev.
Bennie Maness ar.d the Rev. Co
lon Strickland. Burial was in the
Mr. Reynolds's health started
to decline last fall, and the last
commissioners' meeting he attend
ed was in October, when he pre
sided in the morning, going home
that afternoon. He continued for
a while to come to the courthouse
to sign the county checks until
Vice-Chairman John M. Currie
became acting chairman in his
Following his reelection No
vember 3, Mr. Reynolds had a
letter of resignation prepared but
postponed signing it and was
sworn in for his 17th term on
December 7, at his home.
He was the last survivor of 11
children born to Wiley Robert
and Mary Elizabeth Williams
Reynolds, and spent all his life
in the rural community where he
had been born, and where his
Scottish and English forebearers
settled in pre-Revolutionary days.
The family name was original
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Thefts Of Outdoor Home
Several complaints of thefts of
outdoor Christmas decorations
during the holiday season have
been made to police, Chief Earl
S. Seawell said today.
He said a number of citizens
have reported loss of bulbs from
strings of lights on trees in their
yard* and that three persons have
reported loss of decorative
wreaths from their front doors.
Father, Son Make
2 Golf Victories
With a record field of 375 golf
ers ? age six through 17 ? parti
cipating, the 17th annual Donald
J. Ross Junior Golf Tournament
at the Pinehurst Country club
Monday saw a Laurinburg boy.
Leonard Thompson, successfully
defend his 1963 title in the top
half of the Class A (age 15-17)
Then, next day, the same teen
ager and his father, Cecil Thomp
son. teamed in the 7th annual
Father & Son Holiday Tourna
ment to repeat the aefense-of
title performance, winning again
as they had in 1963.
It was the first time either of
the tournaments had been won
by the same persons in successive
Leonard Thompson's Monday
victory was tucked away with a
10-foot putt for a birdie 3 on the
18th hole of the famed No. 2
course, for a 37-34 ? 71 that left
him one stroke ahead of six
other young golfers ending up
in a six-way tie for second place.
In the Father & Son event, the
Thompsons carded 34-34 ? 68 on
the No. 3 course, again emerging
one stroke ahead of a three-way
lie for second place at 69 ? and
again rescued from tying by a
seven-foot putt by Leonard, to ]
birdie the 18th.
Class A (15-17) of the Ross
Tournament Monday was played
in two divisions, grouped by
ability ? the top group on No. 2
course and the other on No. 5.
John Osborne of Blacksburg,
Va., was the No. 5 course winner,
carding a 74.
In Class B (age 11 to 15), play
ing on the No. 3 course, Steve
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Drive Starts For
Funds To Surface
One Tennis Court
The Sandhills Tennis Associa
tion today opened a drive for
$1,500 to pay half the estimated
cost of hard-surfacing one of the
municipal tennis courts.
If the amount is obtained by
voluntary contributions, it will
be matched with $1,500 which has
been budgeted by the Town
Council for the surfacing project.
W R. (Rocky) Bonsai III and
J. G. McCullen, Jr., are co-chair
men for the drive, with Mrs. Voit
Gilmore as general chairman of
a committee composed of past
presidents of the association: J.
D. Hobbs. N. L. Hodgkins, Jr.,
Dick Kobleur, G. H. Leonard, Jr.,
C. A. McLaughlin, Mrs. R. M. Mc- i
Millan and Dr. Charles Phillips.
The court to be surfaced will
probably be the one parallel to E.
Pennsylvania Ave., west of the
other courts, Mr. Bonsai said. He
listed advantages of surfacing as-,
permitting resumption of play
more quickly after rain or snow;
cutting the cost of maintenance;
a better playing surface ? more
level and consistent.
MUST BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY
Listing Of Property For Taxes Will
Begin Over Moore County On Monday
Listing of real and personal
property for county and town
taxes will start in each township
of the county Monday, January
to continue throughout the
Posters telling places where
property owners can meet the
list takers are posted in public
places around the county.
Mrs. Estelle T. Wicker, county
tax supervisor, said this week
that property must be listed be
fore the end of January and that
Maximum and minimum tem
peratures for each day of the past
week were recorded as follows at
the US Weathnr Bureau obser
vation station at the W E E B
studios on Midland Road.
no general extension of time will 1
In McNeill Township, in which
Southern Pines is located. Mrs
Don J. Blue of Carthage, Route
3, is the list taker for all proper
ty outside the Town of Southern
For the Town of Southern
Pines only, Mrs. Leland M
Daniels, Jr., is the list taker.
Starting Monday, she will be at.
the town hall courtroom daily,
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from
2 to 5 p.m., with the exception
of Wednesday mornings and all
day Saturday. However, the pub
lic may call her and arrange to
list property by special appoint
ment, on either Wednesday or
Dog owners reccive their coun
ty dog license tags when declar
ing their dogs for taxes. Town
dog license tags are obtainable
separately at the police station
which is in the town hall build
There is no separate listing of
property for town taxes. The
municipalities of the county take
their property valuations from
the county's tax rolls.
DANGER SPOT ? Here's the E. Connecticut Ave. Extension
curve where seven persons were injured in two one-car wrecks,
during a recent week, and where other crashes have taken place
in the past, looking east irom Southern Pines toward Fort
Bragg. The camera caught a speeding car rounding the curve
well over the center line. At right is one of tue "steposts of
the driveway to the home of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Leon H. Baker,
into which a car crashed in a former accident. In foreground is
a post-reflector warning device. A gi:ard rail and a caution and
speed limit sign can be seen in the background. The curve is
the subject of an editorial on page 2.
CHRISTMAS BRIGHTENED FOR MANY
VFW Distributes 96 Food Baskets;
60 Children Receive Gift Of Toys
Well over 100 families in South
ern Pines and nearby areas had
a brighter Christmas last week
after receiving food baskets, toys
and other gifts through the
Christmas Cheer program hand
led locally by the VFW or through
a toy and clothing distribution
made through the Jaycees and
the police department.
Hubert M. Cameron, command
er of the John Boyd Post, Veter
ans of Foreign Wars, and the local
Christmas Cheer chairman, said I
that 96 large food baskets were j
packed and distributed by VFW j
members on Christmas Eve after
He said the cost of the project
is expected to run around $700,
hut noted that donations, plus
the amount given by the VFW
post, will cover the expense.
Christmas Cheer baskets, part
of a county-wide program oper
ated in cooperation with the wel
fare department, go largely to
families certified as needy by the
Fred W. Teeter, Jr., president
of the Jaycees, said that toys
were distributed to about 60
children and that about 20 fami
lies were given food parcels con
tainning a hen and other fond
for Christmas dinner.
This program reached other
families than those on the VFW's
list, he said, many of them chos
en on recommendation of the
police department which cooper
ated in repairing donated toys
and checking on families to de
Welfare Head Thanks
Cheer Program Workers
Thanks and appreciation to
all who helped with or donated
to the county-wide Christmas
Cheer program were expressed
this week by Mrs. Waiter B.
Cole, director of the Moore
County Department of Public
Hundreds of needy families re
ceived food baskets, clothing and
toys because of the generosity of
people all over the county and
the work of individuals or or
ganizations who carried out
the program on behalf of the
welfare department, Mrs. Cole
termine their needs.
As police officers were busy
with heavy traffic on Christmas
Eve afternoon, distribution of the
gifts was made by the Jaycees.
All families with children re
ceived new toys and some receiv
ed some ol dor repaired toys, also,
Mr. Teeter said, but each child
received at least one new toy. He
expressed special appreciation to
the local Western Auto Associate
Store which donated various toy
items valued at $178, when it was
found that the older toys left by
people at the police station would
not be enough to go around. Used
clothing items were also distribu
ted by the Jaycees.
Both Mr. Cameron and Mr.
Teeter thanked all who had do
nated to the programs or helped.
Education , Business , Other
Progress Noted In Past Year
Looking back on 19B4, as the
year closes, there is evidence of
much progress in Moore County,
recorded in several fields of ac
Topping the list and drawing
most attention have been
achievements in educational, rec
reational, medical care and other
facilities; construction of num
erous public and business build
ings and private homes; and the
completion and opening of inter
esting and unusual places such as
the Penick Home for the Aging
and Camp Raster in the Pines for
Generally, it was a year of ex
pansion, properity and optimism
in the business, industrial, agri
cultural and recreational life of
Drawing top attention and in
terest in 19G4 has been the de
velopment of the Sandhills Com
munity College, starting with the
employment of Dr. Raymond A.
Stone as president and the open
ing of offices in Southern Pines, I
February 1. It proceeded through!
drawing of plans, letting of con-]
tracts for grading the Pinehurst
Airport Road site and construc
tion of water and sewer facilities,
and was climaxed with ground
breaking exercises held Novem
ber 25 with Governor Sanford as
Several staff members have
been employed, adding interest- 1
ing new citizens to the Sandhills!
community, and plans have been
announced for the opening of ba
sic education courses and a
"learning lab" in January. The
college is expected to open fully
Another significant develop
ment in the field of education
was the progress of consolidation
of nine county high schools into
three. Union Pines school (Area
I) opened in September, with
formal dedication held December
8. Contracts were let and work
begun on the North Moore (Area
II) School. Plans for the Aber
deen-West End (Area III) schools
have proceeded as far as they
can. pending decision and ap
proval of the county commission
ers regarding the site and the
Announcement was made of
plans for a merger of Southern
Pines and Pinehurst schools, but
these are expected now to wait
on a survey, which may also af
fect the Area III school, as the
commissioners would like to find
a way satisfactory to all whereby
one large school will be built to
serve the lower end of the coun- 1
In the county system, as the
new high schools are being built,
the buildings they leave behind
them are being remodeled and
modernized to serve elementary
school purposes better.
Moore Memorial Hospital at
Pinehurst completed a $2,000,000
new wing and renovation pro
gram, enlarging all departments
and upping patient capacity from
180 to 253. Named the Clement
H. Monroe Wing, the addition
honors the doctor-surgeon who
served as the hospital's first busi
A $150,0(10 remodeling and im
provement program at St. Jo
seph's hospital has provided the
building with a new front en
trance fronting on a new drive
way, flanked by new parking
areas. First floor offices and re
ception rooms have been reloca
ted for more spaciousness and
convenience and much renova
tion work in being done on upper
floors of the building.
The Mooie County Mental
Health Clinic, completing its first
year July 1, changed its name to
the Sandhills Mental Health
Center as it expanded to serve
Hoke County and (starting Jan
uary 1) Richmond County also.
The mental health center pro
vides a long-sought and much
needed facility in this special
area of medical diagnosis and
The seventh fire truck to be
purchased by the county (at the
rate of one per year) in the rural
fire protection program arrived
and was stationed at West End.
Camp Easter, the North Car
olina "Easter Seals camp" for
crippled children, opened in June
for its first season of six weeks,
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Growth, Needs Are
Heard At Meeting
A dozen alumni, students and i
friends of Campbell College at ]
Buies Creek in neighboring Har- ?
nett County met with three col- |
lege officials for a dinner session j
Tuesday evening at Doug Kelly's |
Holiday Inn Restaurant, to dis- j
cuss the college's growth and ex- 1
Welcoming the group were W. |
E. Kivett of Southern Pines and
Fred Taylor of Vass, college trus- 1
tees, and coming from the college !
were Dr. Leslie H. Campbell,
president; Robert L. King, dean
of students and director of ad
missions; and George McCotter,
director of college development.
The group heard' that there are
47 students from Moore County
at Campbell and that the college
has grown from 370 students in
a two-year institution, in 1952,
to 2,026 students in a four-year
senior college today.
Dr. Campbell described the
most pressing need of the college
as a $1 million library that is
essential for the institution's ac
creditation by the Southern As
sociation of Colleges.
(Details in story next week.)
Most Places To
Close One Day
For New Year's
Public and private offices and
most businesses in this area will
have a New Year's holiday to
morrow (Friday), but will be
open f or business as usual on
Offices in the courthouse at
Carthage, and the town hall and
library here will be closed Fri
day. but will be open until noon
The local post office will be on
holiday schedule Friday, with no
home delivery and windows clos
ed, but will be open, with deli
very of mail and normal hours,
Banks over the county plan to
close on Friday only.
ABC stores in Southern Pines
and Pinehurst will close Friday,
and also plan to give employees
a day's holiday next week. The
schedule then will be: Southern
Pines store only open on Monday
and Pinehurst store only open on
The Pilot office will be closed
Friday and will reopen Monday.
The office is not normally open
'Granny' IJlne To lie 101 Friday
It will be Happy New Year and
Happy Birthday both on Friday,
January 1, 1965, for Mrs. Mattie
Short Blue of Carthage, Route 3.
On that day, "Granny" Blue will
mark the first year's milestone
on her second century of life.
At nearly 101 years old, "Gran
ny" grows increasingly frail,
though her health is generally
good and she has had only a cold
to bother her lately. These days,
she spends most of her time in
bed. Some days, for her, are bet
ter than others, as on the "bad"
days she tires easily and cannot
see guests for long.
But on "good" days, she's
bright-eyed and smiling, enjoy
ing all that goes on. And on all
days, she's interested in her fam
ily and their doings ? the mar
riages, births, journeys and oth
Greetings for her 101st
birthday Friday have been
rereived by Mr*. Mattie Short
Blue of Route 3. Carthage,
from President Lyndon B.
Johnson in Washington, it
wat learned today, and a sim
ilar greeting is expected from
Got. Terry S&nfoid of North
Carolina, The text of the
President's message was not
er things that make up the life of
a wide family connection.
One of 10 children born to
Brinkley and Martha Lewis
Short, near Carthage, she has
outlived her parents, brothers
sisters, husband John C. Blue,
her daughter ? who died young?
and two sons. But there remain
17 grandchildren, 43 great-grand
children and six great-great
grandchildren, most of them in
Moore County and many in the
Farm Life neighborhood where
she has lived since her marriage.
There are also the "in-laws,"
and one of them is particularly
close ? her daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Calvin Benton Blue, with whom
she makes her home and who
looks after her night and day.
Last Sunday afternoon, Mr?.
Blue had a small family party
for "Granny," an advance birth
day observance which the little
old lady enjoyed to the full.
There was a beautiful birthday
cake, served with candies and
nuts in the light from Christmas
candles. And there were some
lovely birthday gifts.
Last year, on the occasion of
her 100th birthday, there was a
great, celebration, with crowds of
friends and relatives from near
and far coming to give her their
love and good wishes.
This year, though at nearly 101
she wasn't quite up to a big
party, she still had the love and
good wishes in even greater
This, in fact, is her recipe for
a long life ? "Love people and be'
kind to them."
IN 2ND CENTURY ?
"Granny" Blue will bo well
into her second century when
New Year's Day arrives, as
she was born in Moore Coun
ty January 1, 1864, one year
and three months before the
Civil War ended. The photo
above was made on the oc
casion of her 100th birthday
(V. Nicholson photo)
Awards Given For
N. C. Sanatorium
The spirit of Christmas has a
checry gleam at N. C. Sanator
ium, McCain, where patients
have created colorful decorations
out of all sorts of oddments: bits
of cotton fluff, tinsel strands,
golden stars, silver bells, "snow
flakes" and Santa Claus faces.
Limited only by the materials
at hand and their own ingenuity,
the ambulant patients in the eight
wards have taken part with a
will in the annual "Door Decor
ation" contest. Walking down
the long corridors, you look from
one door to another, seeing beauty
and color on every hand. Paus
ing to admire any door, you
glimpse beyond it happy faces
lit with smiles of greeting.
Contest judges from the Aber
deen Garden Club examined
every entry last week, awarded
prizes in each of the eight wards
in three categories, religious,
traditional and "most original,"
and gave a blue ribbon to the
one judged best of the .three.
Among blue ribbon winners, two
won gold ribbons for overall ex
Gold Ribbon Winners
One gold ribbon winner was
No. 1 on Brooks IA, where Char
lie Sales of Greensboro and
Barry Gore of Lumberton had
covered their door in gleaming
Christmas paper, sprinkled it
with Christmas-tree "snow," ad
ded tiny soaring angels and
cherubs cut from white plastic
foam, and affixed to the center a
sunburst of brilliant beauty.
Formed of gilded textile cones,
cach with a red-painted clothespin
at its tip, and centered with wax
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Auto License Sale
Will Begin Monday
North Carolina motor vehic
le license plates for 1965 will go
ori sale Monday, January 4, at
the Motor Vehicles Department
local branch office in the Farm
ers Supply Co. at Aberdeen.
The location is just east of the
Seaboard Air Line Railroad
tracks, on Main St.
Mrs. N. A, McGill, license agent,
said that the office will be open
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday
through Friday, and from 9 a.m.
to noon on Saturdays.
February 15 is the deadline
for driving without 1965 plates.
Persons planning to (jet plates
are asked to open their applica
tion card envelopes and fill out
the cards according to instruc
tions, before coming to the office,