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The Waynesville mountaineer. (Waynesville, Haywood Co., N.C.) 1925-1972, February 06, 1956, Image 1

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E~| The Waynesyille Mountaineer ! p P Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At T he Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ? ? 71st YEAR NO. 11 12 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESYILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 6. 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties SOLICITOR THAD 0. BRYSON. right, is shown ' handing II. M. Dulin, foreman of the Grand Jury, part of the bills which the Grand Jury will act upon for this two-week criminal term of Superior Court. Nine new members of the Grand Jury were named today. (Mountaineer Photo). Dulin Named Foreman Of Grand Jury; Court Opens Motorist Drives Up Track, Almost Meets Locomotive A motorist got lost on Highway 19-23 in West Canton Sunday ? night about 8 o'clock. The rain and fog contributed to the confusion, and instead of turning onto the four-lane highway, the motorist drove up the Southern Railway tracks for two-tenths of a mile, according to a report today of Patrolman W. R. Wooten, Investigating officer. The driver went as far up th? tracks as he could, when has vehicle became jammed in a switch of the tracks. In an effort to back out of the "squeeze" in the rails, the motorist burned out the clutch in his car, and while he was making a desperate effort to move the car, the roaring Diesel locomotive pulling a long string of freight cars bore down over the hill from the west. The locomotive engineer saw the headlights of the car, and started putting on all the brakes he could, and managed to stop the screaming train a bare 75 feet from the stuck car. Several men gathered about the car, and the vehicle was pushed out of the rail jam after the air was let out of the tires. The driver seemed unmoved by the narrow escape he had with the on-coming locomotive, and told Patrolman Wooten; "They need a flagman at this crossing to show a fellow where to go." The patrolman made no reply, but felt that what was needed more was for poeple who drink l.ot to take the wheel of their ve hicle and try to drive. The driver of the car was charged with driving drunk, and will be given a trial by Judge Ralph Mease in Canton police court Friday. Burley Premeasurement Applications Being Taken Applications for premeasure ment of burley tobacco plots on Haywood County farms are now being accepted by the ASC office at the courthouse, according to A. W. Ferguson, ASC county man ager. The deadline for applying for premeasurement is April 1, he added. Mr. Ferguson explained that premeasufement Is not required, but is offered as a service to bur ley growers to insure that they do not intentionally overplant their allotment and thus lose time and materials on the surplus. Premeasurement was made a vailable to tobacco farmers last year for the first time since 1941. Mr. Ferguson said that farmers applying for premeasurement will be required to deposit $4 to cover the cost of the work. The premeas ured acreage will be accepted as "official" for all ASC purposes un less it is later determined that (1) the crop was not planted with in the premeasured area; (2) less than the premeasured area was planted, or (3) there was an ob vious error in the premeasure ment. Mr. Ferguson reminded farmers that as soon as they receive notice from the ASC Office of the allot ted acreage for their tobacco they should make prompt application for this premeasurement service. The time during which this pre measurement service can be per formed is very limited, and the only way a farmer can be sure of obtaining this service is by mak ing early application. All farmers needing premeasurement should go by the local ASC Office to de termine when this service will be available and possibly to make ap plication for premeasurement at that time. Checking of all planted burley acreage, which is mandatory, will be started by the ASC about the middle of June. ? The Weather RAIN lUin and cooler tpday. Tuesday, partly cloudy with little change in temperature. Official Waynesvllle temperature as reported by the State Test Farm: DaW Max. Milt. Pr. Feb. 2 55 30 .80 " 3 55 42 .63 " 4 _ 53 38 .68 " 5 61 40 .06| 225 Cases On Docket For The Term Nine new members of the Grand Jury, and a new foreman, H. M. DuHn. were named this morning as <fjie Febrnarjr criminal term of Superior Court convened with Judge J. Will Pless, Marion, pre siding. Judge Pless charged the-grand jury for 35 minutes, before the court began work on the docket of some 225 cases. The new members of the Grand Jury are: P. M. Chase, Ed Potts. S. E. Edwards, Logan Grady, Frank Hannah, Finley Cook, Claude War ren, Wayne Moore and Fred Sut ton. The nine members named last July to the Grand Jury, and who will serve this term, include: H. M. Dulin. new foreman; David Smith, W. B. Hawkins, J. V. Underwood, Jr., V. V. Parton, Mil lard Mills, J. Thomas Smalhers, Floyd Grant and Hugh Hoyle. In explaining the purpose and function of the Grand Jury, Judge Pless reminded the Haywood body it was their responsibility to fol low-up on any recommendations made by prior Grand Juries which had not been carried out. Judge Pelss said It had been called to his attention this morn ing of the practice of some per sons dumping garbage in the rural areas of the county and especially along the banks of Pigeon River above the Canton watershed intake. "Such a practice is a menace to health, as open garbage is a breed ing place for disease and mos quitoes. "We trust that any person who knows of anyone dumping garbage orl in places not so designated, will call it to the attention of the officers, and give them the names of such persons. "Dumping trash is a violation of the law, and constitutes a bad situ ation," the jurist continued. Judge Pless, in what he termed "preaching" said It was the wrong approach for parents to try and frighten children about the law The law is something that should (See Court?Page 6) Dayton Folk Give $2625 For Disaster Employees of The Dayton Rub ber Company have contributed $2,625.25 to the Haywood Disaster Relief Fund, It was announced to day by Paul Davis, chairman. The Fund was created early In December, after the destruction of Plant No. 2 of Unagusta in Hazel wood. A special committee was named, headed by Rev. James Y. Perry. Jr., to administer the funds to those needing assistance. Chairman Davis said that ap proximately $6,500 had been con tributed to the fund as of this date. Haywood Countians Losing Over $400,000 Annually By Failure To Fill Demand For Eggs J Asheville Businessman Says Pigeon Best Route Dual Charge Against A Canton Man A double charge of auto theft and attempted breaking and enter ing has been placed against a Can ton man who was apprehended early Saturday morning after a manhunt by law-enforcement offi cers of two counties. Sheriff Fred Y. Campbell iden tified the man as Clarence "Choco late" Smathers, 33, of Canton, charged with the theft of a }954 Buick from an Asheville service station Saturday night, and the at tempted breaking and entering of the Coffee Shop on the Soco Road early Sunday morning. | The sheriff said that he received a call at 1:30 a.m. Sunday that someone was trying to break into the Soco Road business place and started out to investigate the re port. On the way out, he met Cpl. Pritchard H. Smith of the State Highway Patrol, who accompanied the sheriff on the case. On arrival at the Coffee Shop, the two officers were told by the owner, Mrs. Ernest Edwards, that she heard someone trying to break into her place and screamed, ap parently frighenting the intruder j away. She then called a neighbor, Nor- j man Bradley, who tqld til* sheriff and corporal that he saw a man j boarding an eastbound bus a short time before. The officers notified Canton po lice to ste if the wanted indivdual was still on the bus As it hap pened, be had gotten off before the police received the sheriff s report, but officers later spotted the man (See 2 Charges?Page 6) Lions Are Told Airport Adds To Community The Waynesvllle Lion's Club at its regular meeting Thursday night heard two guest speakers discuss the value of an airport in a com munity. The speakers were O. L. An drew, manager of the Greenville, S. C. Municipal Air Port, and W. B. Coifc chairman of the Aviation Division of the Greenville Cham ber of Commerce. Andrew discussed the progress of aviation and noted that 1955 was the first year in history that air travel exceeded pullman travel. He explained instrument flying and landing of commercial planes and told why planes were able to land in Greenville when they were unable to land at other nearby fields on account of high eleva tions and bad weather. Cox displayed two large aerial photographs of Greenville and a color film of a Piper Twin flying from northern United States to South Africa. Cox told the Lions to encourage flying in their community even 'if (See Lions?Page 6) Because the road runs along the Pigeon River, he suggested that it be called the "Pigeon Gorge" as a more descriptive name. Turning to the general subject of highways, the printing execu tive asserted that America's sys tem of roadways is as vital to the economy of this nation as indus trial plants enclosed in four walls. To meet the steadily increasing flow of traffic on U. S. highways, constant widening of present high ways and construction of broad new highways is necessary, he said. Most outstanding among the new highways, the speaker stated, are two toll-charge turnpikes in the east and "freeways" in California. First of the former, he said, is the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which runs 360 miles from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and is joined on the eastern end by the New Jersey Turnpike. 130 miles long. Another new turnpike in Ohio will join the western end of the Pennsylvania superhighway. Turfnpikes have good accident records (there were no fatalities along their entire . length last Fourth of July and Labor Day), and are spectacular money-makers, Mr. Stephens said. In its last fi (See Pigeon River?Page 6) An Asheville businessman ? George Stephens, owner of Stephens Press ? told the Waynesville Kiwanis Clpb at its last meeting that the Pigeon Kiver Head is the most logical route for a new interstate highway in this region. "My views correspond with yours and also those of the best engineering authorities of the state concerning the Pigeon River Road," he said. Mr. Stephens pointed out that, as an all-weather route, the Pigeon Kiver Road might prove instrumental In extending the tour ist season in the mountain area. Dr. Smith Heads Local Medical Unit Dr. H. A. Matthews, immediate past president of the Haywood County Medical Society, will speak on "Rural Health" tomor row at the monthly meeting of the society at the hospital here, ac cording to Dr. J. E. Fender, pub licity chairman of the organization. Dr. Fender pointed out that the Medical Society meets here the first Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m., and asked that persons who need physicians that day call their doctors early in the afternoon to make the necessary arangements. In an emergency, doctors can be reached at the hospital on meeting nights. New officers of the Haywood County Medical Society for 1956 are Dr. A. H. Smith, president; Dr. W. R. Hudson, vice president; and Dr. J. A. Dickerson, secretary treasurer. Dr. A. R. Brown was re-elected as chief of staff at Haywood Coun ty Hospital. Dr. V. H. Duckett was named vice chief of stall and Dr. J. B. Britton, secretary. The election of officers for the medical society and hospital staff was held in early December and reported today. Area Has Almost 2 Inches Of Rain Almost two inches of rain fell here from Thursday through Sunday nifht, aocordinK to the official weather observer at the State Test Farm. To be exact, the official figure was 1.97 jnches. This did not in clude the steady downpour of Sunday night, and this morning. Livestock School Set Wednesday The annual Haywood County livestock school will be held Wednesday at the courthouse, ac cording to County Agent Virgil L. Holloway. Hours will be from 10 a.m. until noon. ? Speakers will be A. V. Allen, animal husbandry specialist, and John Christian, meat specialist, from N. C. State College. Both beef and* sheep production will be discussed, including breed ing. feeding and management problems, and suggestions will be made for Increasing income from livestock enterprises. A panel of Haywood County farmers, yet to be named, also will appear on the program, pre senting their views and recom mendations concerning additional profits. Moose Lodge To Give Benefit Dance Saturday The Waynesville Moose Lodge will sponsor a benefit dance Sat urday, February 11, at the Waynes ville Armory to raise money for needy families In this area. Hours will be from 9 until 1. Music for the dance will be pro vided by the Rhythm Kats of Cul lowhee. Admission prices will be $1 per person In advance and $1.25 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling GL 6-5422. GOV. HODGES ? ? ? ? Gov. Hodges Throws Hat Into Ring Governor Luther H. Hodges, in his home community in Leaksville [Township, Saturday afternoon, talked about his work as Gover nor and announced his future plans. Speaking to neighbors, friends and relatives, he spoke in formally and earnestly about some of his ideas of the governorship and and told something of his work on a few of the difficult problems con fronting North Carolina. Hodges told his audience, hun dreds of whom had worked with him or for him in his more than 30 years with the local mills, that hard work was just as essential and as rewarding in the Governor's office as when he was office boy, (See Gov. Hodges?Page 6) New Date Set For C. of C. Banquet Richard Bradley, president of the Chamber of Commerce, announced today that the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet was now set for February 23. A tentative date had been set earlier, but inability of the speak er to come at that time necessitat ed the postponement until the 23rd, the head of the civic group said. The banquet will be held at the WTHS cafeteria, Thursday, Feb. 23. Hyatt Creek Home Damaged By Fire Waynesville firemen saved the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ross on Hyatt Creek late Saturday af ternoon, when a blaze started at the kitchen flue of the newly renovated home. Chief Felix Stovall said the damage was about $200. Fireman Clem Fitzgerald, in checking the records, found that the last call answered by the de partment prior to Saturday was January 4th ? a whole month without a run for the department. Increased Production To Be Sought Haywnod County farmers could make $400,000 more annually by producing enough eggs for county dealers, who have to rely princi pally on out-of-county sources at present. This fact was brought out re cently in a survey of the Haywood County egg market, according to County Agent Virgil L. tiolloway. The survey was made last month by the county agent's staff under the direction of C. P. Libeau, egg marketing specialist from N. C. State College, who has made simi lar surveys in other North Caro lina counties and other states. Mr. Holloway said that the sur vey showed that an average of 12.000 dozen eggs are sold in Hay wood County each week, but only about 10 per cent of this amount is produced in the county. Most of the eggs consumed here, the county agent said, come from Jackson and Swain counties, Char lotte. and Asheville. Mr. Holloway emphasized that county dealers were unanimous In their desire to buy their eggs from Haywood County residents, provid ed ill the volume of eggs grown heje is adequate, (2) a constant supply can be assured, and <3> eggs are of good quality, size, and uni formity. He added that some dealers ex pressed a willingness to pay slight ly more for Haywood County eggs , because they would be fresher, not I having to be shipped lor long dis tances. i The county agent said there arc only about 15 or 20 producers of commercial eggs In Haywood Coun ty today, and that approximately 300 additional producers would he needed to fill the present demand (See Eggs?Page 3) Forest Fire Loss Is Put At 12 Acres Twelce acres of forest and wood lands were destroyed in seven fires in Haywood County during the last six months of 1955, accord ing to County Fire Warden E. R. Caldwell. These forest fires, which occur red during October, November, and December, were caused by in cendiary action, by campers and hunters, and by persons burning brush, Mr. Caldwell said. Several more fires occurred dur ing the drought period in early January, but statistics on these have not been completed, the fire warden said. Mr. Caldwell said that the total of 12 acres destroyed in consider ably less than the average for the past five years, and urged the pub lic to continue to be cautious in starting fires when forests are dry. Completion Of Parkway Now Predicted For 1966 The Blue Kidge Parkway should be virtually completed by 1966. under a $27,885,000 Improvement budget and regular annual appro priations. Superintendent Sam P. Weems of Roanoke has disclosed. The Parkway improvement fund is part of a 10-year national parks and parkways program proposed last week by President Elsenhower. The President asked Congress to vote $8,350,000 as a start on the 10-year program of expanding roads, campgrounds and other fa cilities for visitors to national parks and parkways, including the Blue Ridge Parkway. The money would be in addition to his budget of $45, 800,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1957. Wecms said with some 30 miles of work remaining in Virginia and about 85 miles of work in North Carolina, the 10-year improvement budget, If approved, would be split roughly on a 75-25 percentage basis between the two states, with North Carolina receiving the larger sum. Kentucky Firm Awarded Contract On Parkway Link ? By The Associated Press) Secretary of the Interior McKay has announced the award of a con tract for grading and other work [>n a nearly two-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The contract?for $359.666?went to Ralph E. Mills. Co., Inc., Erank rort, Ky. It covers grading, drain ing and other work on a section of the Parkway from Ravensford, to ward Big Witch Gap. The project is part of a 4*4 mile section, the balance of which will be let soon under separate contract. On January 27, Macon Construe- ' tion Co. of Franklin was low bid der at SI .243,440 for construction of a 2 82-mile link. This will con (See Parkway?Page () In letters to the Senate and House, Elsenhower said Secre tary of the Interior McKay had advised that park facilities were seriously overtaxed by the l?i (See -Completion?Pace ft Highway Record For 1956 . In Haywood <TO DATE) Killed....:: 0 (1955 ? ?) Injured . ... 11 (1955 ? 7) Accidents... 27 (1955 ? 19) Loss ... $8,905 (1955 ? $9,699) (This Information compiled from record, of State High way Patrol.) Seed Catalogues Are Here - - Spring Nears AP Newsfeatures The postman only has to ring once those days to get quick res ponse to the home of the garden er. It's catalogue time. The pages of gay and colorful pictures and descriptions of seeds, shrubs, trees and varied plantings are the invitation to spring. You throw another log on the lire, start with page one and go right through the possibilities tor the not too far distant growing season. Perhaps you muse about the big things which can he done in this year's garden. The normal tendency is to check the check book, then sit down with the order blank and go to town. The Mrs. is at foil throttle on the suggestions for the annuals t? be planted. The Mr. la all set to make this THE vegetable year. Jointly they conapire ? on paper, of course ? to auceumb to the almost uncontrolled urge to (See Catalogues?Page S)

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