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VOLUME LXIX.— NO. S7
TOURNAMENT WINNERS —Winner in th« girl's
division of the Tri-County Basketball Tournament at
Appalachian State Teachers College last week was
Bethel High School of Watauga County. Members
of the team are, front row, left to right: Lois Combs,
Ann Philips, Reba Vines, Carol Lawrence, Mgr.
Carolyn Arnette. Back row, Coach Alfred Bumgarner,
Joyce Hags man, 4o-captain; Glenda Dishman,
Ruth Rominger, Shirley Ward, Mildred Vines,
co-captain. Gene Cox, 'scorer. Kaye Campbell, another
member of the team, was not present when
the picture was taken.
Otto Thomas Is
The Junior Chamber of Commerce
has awarded Otto Thomas
the Young Fanner Award for Watauga
ltr. Thomai was honored at a
dinner meeting of the Jaycees and
will be eligible to enter hit farm
record in the State and possibly
the national contests.
He was selected on his ability
to manage a farm, participation in
community affairs and character.
He has made outstanding records
in the growing of tobacco, pota-4
toes, corn and in raising sheep
and cattle. He was selected from
To Begin Soon
Auditions for the 1997 presentation
of Watauga's famed outdoor
drama "Horn in the West" will
begin Saturday, March 23, it has
Try-outs for the coverted roles
in the play will be conducted by
Ed Loessin, director, in the auditorium
of the Appalachian Elementary
School. There are many
roles to be cast for the play—
some leads, crowd scenes, chorus,
and various supporting characters.
Hours for the tests are 10:00 to
12:00 noon< and from 2:00 to 4:00
p. m—Evening tests will be given
from 8:00 to 10:00 p. m.
An Sunday, March' 24, auditions
will be given from 1:80 to 9:00 p.
m., all of which will be conducted
by Mr. Loessin. Candidates afe
urged to be present at the hmirs
stated for the tests.
Boone Churches Map
Easter Service Plan
The churches of Boone, together
with some of the rural churches of
the county, will hold • series of
pre - Easter service*, beginning
Sunday, April 14th, and continuing
through Friday, April 19U>.
Each church will have its own
program for the evenlifg hour, and
maily are expected to have visiting
A noon-time service will be held
daily during the week at the Appalachian
Theatre. This is to be a
cooperative service for the entire
community, similar to the one'held
last year. (
Special services are to be held
at the school* and at Appalachian
State Teachers College aa desired.
Civic club* and business organisations
arc asked to cooperate in
providing time lor employees to
attend the special services.
The services are to culminate
with a sunrise service to be held
at the Daniel Boone Theatre parking
area Eaater Sunday.'
Bethel Girls Take
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Top Cage Honors
Bethel Beaverettes entered the
Tri-County Tournament on Monday,
March 4, by competing with
Piney Creek's basketball team at
the college gym at A. S. T. C. The
game began at 5:30 p. m , and was
a close one all the way, with the
teams switching back and forth
with the leading score. The end of
the game found Bethel with 53
points, with Piney Creek having
50 points. High scorer for Bethel
was Joyce Hagaman with 34
points. Next highest was Glenda
Dishman with 18 points. Shirley
Ward played an outatandlng game.
She came in tha tint quarter for
Kaye Cawpbcl land remained during
the other three quarter!. Joyce
Hagaman played the entire game,
keeping up the acoring. The lineup
was as follows: (
J. Hagaman, 34 points; G. Dishman
18 point; R. Vines 1 point, 3
fouls; M. Vines, 4 fouls; K. Campbell,
Substitutes: Combs, Ward (2
fouls), S. Hagaman, (4 fouls).
S. C Councill
Steadman Councill, 55 yean old,
died suddenly at his home in
Hickory Monday afternoon from a
heart attack. ^
Funeral services were conducted
at the Shuford Funeral Home
in Hickory Tuesday and burial
Mr. Councill was standing with
Mrs. Councill on the lawn of their
home at 216 Third Avenue, NE,
when he suddenly slumped to the
ground. Death waa attributed to
a heart attack.
He was educated in the Hickory
<ity schools. Porter Military Academy,
at Charleston, S. C.. and
the University of North Carolina.
Born in Boone, Mr. Councill was
a son of Mr*. W. B. Councill and
the late Judge Councill. The family
had lived In Hickory for many
The widow survives, also a
daughter, Alan. His mother, Mrs.
W. B. Councill and a sister. Miss
Elizabeth Councill. both of Hickory,
Mr. Councill was a construction
engineer and had just completed
a contract at Charlotte.
General Electric sales exceeded
4 billion last year.
By winning the first night of the
tournament, Bethel Beaverettes
ihet Appalachian High School on
the night of March 3th, at 7:00 p.
m. Appalachian had beaten Cove
Creek the night before, placing
them in the finals with Bethel.
The game with Appalachian was a
tense one for both teams. Bethel,
however, stayed a safe distance
ahead throughout most of the
game, although Appalachian scored
IS points during the final
quarter- This was not enough,
however, to pull their lagging
■core up to Bethel's, and the ftttal
score was 32-A3, in favor of Bethel.
The lin«up was as follows:
J. Hagaman 34 point*, 2 fouls;
G. Dishman. 14 points, 3 fouls; R.
Vines 2 points, 1 foul; M. Vines, 1
foul; K. Campbell, 1 foul; R. Rominger
Substitutes: S. Hagaman, 1 foul;
L. Combs 2 point*.
The guards played a good game.
H. Vines, Campbell, and Rominger
played all through until tha last
quarter when S. Hagaman came in
for Rominger. Then Rominger
came in for Campbell, then Campbell
came in for Rominger a few
The forwards were playing some
nice ball, also. J. Hagaman played
the entire game, scoring all the
way through. Combs substituted
for Vines occasionally.
Joyce Hagaman and Mildred
Vines made the All-Tournament
taam and received a gold basketball
each. Every member of the
Bethel team was given a medal for
being Tri-County Champions.
When the history of the development
of the mountain region if
compiled, a man who ihould stand
right dote to the frontiersmen who
carried the long rifles, slew the
beasts and 'the Indians, is a star
mail route carrier, who slogged
through winter's snow and mud,
and summer's heat, on foot and
horseback, carrying the mails to
the remote fourth-class postoffices
This early-day rpailman was the
link with the outside world He
brought in the newspapers and
magazines and the letters and
such, aild forged a link between
the isolated people of the hill
country and those of the outside
Such a man is Mr. Joe S. Guy,
who now lives in retirement at
dizabethton, Tenn.. and who carried
the mail from Beech Creek,
K. C. via Wbaley to Heaton, N. C.
and back to Beech Creek from
1908 to 1024.
Mr. George M Harmon, post
master at Beech Creek, who supplies
the substance for this story,
say* that Mr. Guy walked the
route, back and forth, 32 miles per
trip, six days a week, for a total
of 1M.744 miles, or the distance
around the world six and one-half
New Rural Telephone System
Jerry Hill To
Ifi Voice Recital
Mr. Jerry Hill, «on of Mr. and
Mrs. E. B. Hill of Shelby, a music
student with a major in voice at
Appalachian State Teachers College
will present his senior recital
Friday evening at 8:00 in the the
auditorium of the Fine Arts
Building. The public is invited to
Mr. Hill is a tenor and is a student
of Mrs. Virginia Wary Linney
of the College Music Faculty. He
has been a member of the orchestra,
the chorale, college choir and
Baptist church choir during his
years at Appalachian, having served
as soloist in the annual presentation
of the Messiah for three
successive years. He sang the tenor
solps in the presentation of Dubois'
"Seven Last Words of
Christ," sung by the Mooresville
Civic Chorus at the Easter season
of 1954 under the direction of Mr.
Klepfer. He has also appeared as
soloist in the "Messiah" given by
the Civic Chorus of North Wilkesboro
a( the Christmas season of
Mr. Hills program will include
"O Del Mio Dolce Ardor" by
Christopher Cluck; "Ave Maria"
by Bach-Gounod; the TeciUtive,
"Thy rebuke .hath broken his
heart", the arias, "Behold, and see
if there be any Sorrow" and "Thou
Shalt Break rhem" from Handel's
"Messiah" and from Mendelssohn's
"Elijah" the recitative, "Ye people
rend your hearts" and aria, "If
With All Your Heart*." "Ich
jrolle nicht' from Schumann's
Dich&rl&be; "Denn es gehet dem
menctoen" from Four Serious
Songs of Brahms; "Vesti La Clubba'
from the opera "Pagliacci" <>y
Leoncavallo; "A Memory" by
Rudolph Ganz; "Oh What A Beautiful
City.", Edward Boatner; "De
Or Arks' A-Moverin" by David
Guion; "Grenada" from "Fantasia
Espagnola" by Agustin Laia; and
"Serenade'" from "The 6tudent
Prince" by Sigmund Romberg.
Tim T. Crajg, of Newton, State
Commander of the North Carolina
Department of the American Legion,
will be the speaker at the
Legion birthday dinner to be held
at the Legion Hut in Boone Tuesday
March 19, under the auspices
of the Watauga Post of the American
Legion. The meeting will start
at 7:30 .
Joe Guy Braved Blizzards,
Floods To Tote The Mail
Mltard Tw» Day*
Mr. Guy'i mail (ailed to get
through two day*.
In the spring of 1016, there wai
WINTER WONDERLAND IN MARCH—The Aspen
ture with mow clinging to its branches. The
last week created some of the best snow
Clint Edward Ward, 27, reaident
of Boone, who had been employed
in Cleveland, Ohio wfs killed Friday
night when struck by a car on
the Weat Virginia Turnpike, north
of Princeton, W. Va.
Information if that Mr. Ward,
hit wife, and 23-monthf old daughter
were en route from Cleveland
to Boone, when their automobile
tkidded on the icy highway, and
partially left the pavement. Mr.
Ward waa attempting to flag
down a motorist for help. In attempting
to atop, the other car alto
skidded and ftrtick Mr. Ward.
Raymond J. Hamlett of Danville,
Va. wat said by Weat Virginia
police to have been the driver of
the other car which figured in the
accident. He auffered head injuries
and last reports indicatedhe
wat ftiU unconscious Hamlett'a
parent* live at Sugar Grove, N. C.
Mr. Ward and family had lived
in Cleveland for some time, where
a terrific rein, a deluge, and the
itreama went out of their banju.
Mr. Guy waa trying to walk a footlog
across Scaley Branch on hia
way to Heaton and dipped from
the log. Aa he went under the log
hia mall pouch caught on a knot
on the bottom aide of the log and
he had to leave hia mail to keep
from drowning. He returned to
Whaley, and Poetmaster ordered
another pouch for him. A few
dayi later some fisherman retrieved
the original, pouch and the
mail waa undamaged.
The other day the veteran mailman
failed to make the trip waa
during December 1*17. The snow
was about IS inches deep. He got
aa far as George Brown Lane
where the snow was drifted 12
feet deep. He had to return to
Mr. Guy waa a great walker.
Horseback riders often failed to
keep up with him. Walking up the
hills he would break into a trot
on the downgrade. Ha carried a
walking stick which also served to
feud off biting (toga
Mr. Guy is now 7® yean old, and
will be fondly remembered by
many ef thoae to whom he earlied
the mail through rains, and
anew* and dark a#- night
he w*« a mactynist for the Eaton
Rltea Held Monday
Funeral «ervicei for Mr. Ward
were held Monday afternoon at 2
o'clock at the Zion Hill Baptiat
Church. Rev. Cecil Glenn, Rev.
Herbert McCoy and Rev. Rex Wett
were in charge of the ritei and
burial waa in the Ward cemetery
at Sugar Grove.
Surviving Mr. Ward arc his
widow, the former* Iflu Mary Lee
Edmiiten of Boone, their daughter,
hi* parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aud
Ward of Beech Creek; three brothers
Tom Ward of Beech Creek;
Gilbert Ward, of Wert Virginia
and Hugh Ward of Monroe, Wa*h.;
two listen. Mr*. Charle* Byrd of
Clark'* Creek and Mr*. Jame*
Henhel McGulre of North WUke*boro.
High School Band Is
Given Second Honor
The Appalachian High School
»« n d, "Boone'i Ambaaaadora,"
stepped up one full grade of difficulty
in muaic thla year and
walked away with the aecond higheat
honor awarded a band.
Playing for the annual diatrict
conteat held at the Fine Atta
Building of Appalachian State
Teachera College, the band aelectcd
the following number*: "Thunder
Weat," a march* "Symphony
in C Minor," aecond movement;
and "The Impreaario," an overture.
All the muaic waa from
Group S of the North Carolina
Bandmaatera' Conteat Liat.
Named To High
Sgt Lloyd H. Johnson ha* been
■elected (or the vacant adminittrative
position with the local National
There had been many applicant*
(or the position (ormeriy held by
Glenn Greer, but Sft. Johnson, it
is said, was selected because of
his background of experience,
both with the local unit and with
previous military service.
In determining the qualifications,
three officers from the 112th
Field Artillery Batallion Headquarters
interviewed each of the
applicants Thene officers were Col.'
Farchaivd, Batallion Commander,
Major Seehorn, Batallion Executive
Officer and Capt. Swanaon,
The House Veteran* Committee
rejeAed the Admlniitration'a request
to increase the interest rate
on veteraaa' home loans of S per
mil — •«- «
With Group 6 being the most
difficult grade of music, this
year'! band ha* taken a big step in
the direction of becoming recognized
ai an organization which can
take its place along with other
bandi, such as Wilmington, Marion,'Henderson,
and Myers Park
The Judges hsd this to say
about the band: Mr. 'Robert Barnes,
bandmaster at N. C. College at
Raleigh—"Good "attention to dynamics
and accents. A very smooth
job and certainly well sounding."
Mr. Harold Smith, bandmaster A
Western Carolina College—"The
band has good -contrast The blend
la very good with a very good interpretation.
The band plays musically."
Mr. George Dickerson of
Woman's College M^d—"The band
has a good spirit and excellent
dynamic control. The band has
good tonal control." .
The rating earned in .the district
enables the band to enter th«
state contest to be held in Greensboro
on either April 4th or 8th.
Ends Years Of
Mr. G. W. Edward*, President
of the Skyline Telephone Membership
Corporation, announced today
that the new dial telephone
system serving western Watauga
county will be cut into service on
Monday, March 18, at 8:00 o'clock
To many residents of the county
this event will be the culmination
of several' yeara of hard work and
several heartbreaking delays on
the road to obtaining a modern
Mr. Edwarda stated that, on
behalf of the officials of the cooperative,
he would like to express
appreciation to, the many individual*
and groupa who have put in
many long hours of work pn the
project. It was through the effort*
of these individuals and groupa
that the new ayitem ha* become a
reality. He also expressed appreciation
to Southern Bell Telephone
Company for their aplendid
cooperation in the project.
The new telephone ayitem i*
owned and operated by the members
of the cooperative. It will be
controlled,by a Board of Director*,
elected by themielve*. A meeting
of the members will be held annually
for the purpose of tranaacting
business of the co-operative
and to elect the Board of Directors.
The cooperative obtained
financial aid through MCA tor the
construction of the new system.
The system Is completely modern
throughout and very high
standard* of the telephone industry
were followed in the construction
of the *y*tem. Through the
cooperation of the Southern Bell
Telephone Company, special equipment
has been incorporated Into
the syatem to permit the subscrlbera
of Skyline and the subscribers
of Southern Bell's Boone Exchange
to call each other by
limply dialing the litted directory
number* of the persons you wlih
Mr. Edward* added thi* comment:
"Pehap* there will be a feeling
of nostalgia among the subscriber*
on the old *ystem in that they
will miss the personal touch and
efficient service of 'Miss Nannie',
as she Is sffectiQnstely known.
'Mis* Nsnnie' is Mrs. Clarence
Swift, who has been the operator
for the past' 14 years. Progress
ususlly lesves one with a slight
feeling of nostalgia for the old
ways of doing things, however, our
county must gd forward if it is to
grow and Mie new telephone system
is a definite step forward toward
the future growth and progress
of the county."
The Rev. E. H. Lowman advertiaed
for a trumpet The Democrat
came from the prea* Wednesday aa
usual and by rapper time Mr.
Lowman had received offers of
three clarinets. Just after supper
a trumpet was brought to the parsonafe
and presented to the minister.
A few other calla came later,
and Mr. Lowman believe* that
Democrat ad* brine remit*.
Recruiting Drive Is
Arranged By Guar
In observance of the iekond anniversary
of the founding of Service
Battery Xlth F. A. Batallion
in Boone, an all day recruiting
campaign for the National Guard
unit will be conducted in Boone
Saturday. Manch IS.
A number of vacancies exist in
the unit. It la aaid, and it Is hoped
that three may be filled by residents
of Boom or surrounding
Gusrdsmen will be on Me streets
all day Ssturday t« talk to prospoe
live recruit*, who mutt be m much
as 17 year* old. Thon enlisting before
they are 18*, however, are
advised that they will be eotempt
from the draft. The National
Guard also offer* good opportum
tiei for Reaervisti. U ia stated.
The Armory, located in the