The Frariklin Times
Published Every Tuesday & Thursday
Serving All Of Franklin County
Louisburg, N. C., Thunday, September 18, 1969
(Twelve Pages Today)
100th Year-Number 62
Raleigh - Passenger and pedestrian
responsibility in reducing the death
toll on North Carolina streets and
highways was emphasized this past
weekend when 15 of the 25 traffic
deaths recorded fell into these cate
gories. One of the pedestrians was
killed in Franklin County on NC-56, 3
miles west of Franklinton Sunday.
According to Motor Vehicles Com
missioner Joe W. Garrett, the ratio is
"not unusual and stresses the fact that
passengers and pedestrians could do
much to reduce the number of deaths
and injuries occuring on our. streets
Garrett revealed that eight motor
vehicle passengers and seven pedes
trians were killed during the weekend
compared to eight motor vehicle
operators, one motorcyclist and one
"Passengers," Garrett said, "have a
definite responsibility to control the
driving habits of the people they are
entrusting their lives with everytime
they enter a car. It makes a lot more
sense to risk offending a driver by
telling him to obey traffic laws than it
does to sit quietly in a car and let the
driver risk your life."
"Another definite factor in the high
rate of passenger deaths is the failure
to use safety belts. We could cut our
fatality and injury figures dramatical- 1
ly," Garrett added, "if every passenger
in a vehicle in North Carolina wore
safety belts and shoulder harnessess "
With regard to pedestrian fatalities
during the past weekend, the Commis
sioner pointed out that, according to
reports reaching the Department of
Motor Vehicles, Ave were responsible
for their own deaths. Two were lying
on the roadway when struck. One was
walking on the roadway and two ran
onto the roadway when in the path of
One of the pedestrian fatalities was
attempting to change a tire when
struck. The bicyclist ran into the side
of a passing vehicle. Only one of the
pedestrians was apparently exercising
proper caution when killed. The driver
was charged with drunken driving.
'The point is," Garrett concluded,
"you don't have to be quilty of law
violations to die on North Carolina
highways. All too frequently it's the
other fellow you have to look out
for-the other fellow you're riding with
or the other fellow approaching you
on the streets or highway."
Nice Way To Spend The Day
Mrs. Joyce Person, Deputy Clerk of Court, is shown above performing some
day -off duties not necessarily related to her job in the Clerk's office. Mrs. Person is
wheeling her three nieces while acting as a deputy baby sitter this past weekend at ?
birthday gathering for her father, Floyd Gilliam, Route 2, Louisburg. Shown in the
mobile unit are Denise Gilliam, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gilliam and
Sharon and Wendy Harper, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Harper. This pasttime
appears tough, but the going around the mulberry bush was tougher. The
photographer refused to be identified for fear of repercussions from the Clerk's
Hunter Cases Nol Prossed
Cases against thirteen hunters
charged with operating in a baited
field were nol prossed in District Court
here Monday while eight others simi
larly charged had waived trial and paid
fines and costs.
Those having their cases nol prossed
with leave-that Is, the prosecutor may
reopen the case Ister-were: Henry
Davis, w/m/32; Robert Lee Burger, Jr?
w/m/23; Harry Drew, Jr., w/m/21;
Joseph Clemon Co ley, w/m; Charlie
Graham Holmes, w/m/22; William Tl
tchenok, w/m/19; Laurence Douglas
Mercer, w/m/21; William J. Parker, Jr.,
w/m/23; Finley Snipes, Jr., w/m/21;
James Ralph Timberlake, w/m/25; Au
brey S. Tomlinson, Jr., w/m/26; Steve
Leonard, w/m/19; Mac Beckham,
The eight men waiving trial and
paying $10 fines and costs were: H. T.
Mannins, w/m/18; Wilbern Andrews,
w/m/38; Steve Andrews, w/m/17; J. E.
Neville. Jr.. w/m; J. E. Neville, Sr.,
w/m/53; William E. Trent, w/m/34;
Wesley Franklin Jackson, w/m/30 and
Harold Jenkins, w/m.
Following are other cases disposed
of In District Court Monday, Septem
Felix Parrish, w/m/51, public
drunkeness (2nd offense). Not less
than 30 days nor more than 6 months
in custody of Commr. of Correction.
Notice of appeal, bond set at (500.00.
Leroy Wyche, n/m. assault on fe
male. 6 months in jail, to begin at
expiration of sentence Imposed in case
No. 69-0 2560 Notice of appeal,
bond set at $250.00.
Leroy Wyche, n/m, assault. 6 mon
ths In jail. Notice of appeal, bond set
William Donald Mitchell, w/m/34,
driving under influence; driving while
license suspended. 60 days In j*0.
suspended for 12 montla; not to
operate a motor vehicle on public
highways for 12 months; not violate
any motor vehicle laws of N. C. for 2
years and pay a fine of $100.00 and
costs. Notice of appeal, bond set at
$150.00. Nol pros as to second charge.
John Wesley Clifton, n/m/44, ope
rating auto intoxicated; no operator's
license; improper registration. Not
guilty to no operator's license; 90 days
See COURT Page 11
Mr. TV) mas A. Patterson, Dean of
Students, Loulsburg College and Mr.
Leighton Stradsr, son of Mrs. L. A.
stricter, Lynchburg, V?. will be two of
the mbre than 700 delegates attending
the first annual "Presidents to Presi
dents" Conference sponsored by the
Association of Student Governments'
September 19, 20. snd 21 at the
Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington, D.
Ends Conyers Suit
Attorneys for both sides reached an
agreement shortly before noon Wed
nesday in the $127,500 civil suit
brought on as a result of a shooting
near Franklinton on May 17, 1967.
The agreement, signed and ordered by
Superior Court Judge C. W. Hall, calls
for Edward Louis Conyers, 59-year
old, Route 1, Franklinton man to pay
to his cousin, J. Howard Conyers, 40,
also of Route 1 , Franklinton, the sum
The older Conyers was convicted
on May 8, 1968 of secret assault in the
shooting of the younger man. He was
sentenced to not less than four and
not more than six years in prison and
Is presently serving the sentence after
an appeal failed. The younger Conyers
lodged the civil suit to recover dam
ages suffered from a long period of
hospitalization which, he claims, wass
result of the wounds received when he
was shot with a .22 caliber rifle while
riding a tractor in an open field.
The shooting took place on the
Pocomo ke Road west of Franklinton
around 11:30 A.M. umcers reported
at the time that the elder ConVers
stepped from inside a nearby barn ind
began firing at his cousin. The younger
Conyers jumped from the tractor and
stopped behind the wheels after having
been hit. The older man was jaileOut
released later the same day umler
$2,000 bond. Young Conyers was
wounded in the arm and leg and
moved around in a metal walker for
Under Wednesday's content judg
ment, Louis Conyers is to pay the
court cods which were listed at
$536.71 and both men are required to
change the location of driveways lead
ing to their homes. Louis Oonyers
mutt, within 30 days of his discharge
from prison, move his drive 100 feet
east of its present location and Ho
ward Conyers must within 30 days of
the order move hit drive 6 feet west of
Hi present location. Each man is to
pay the expense of moving the drives
and it was reported that each is to pay
his own attorneys.
Opposes Present Gun Law
Washington, D. C. -- "The Oun
Control Act of 1968 has a ridiculous
requirement that all riiotgun and rifle
ammunition aalet. however amall-one
?hell or a box of ihetli, be recorded by
the merchant," aid Second District
Congressman L. H. Fountain.
"I have joined others by introduc
ing a bill in the Houae of Repreeenta
tives, which would amend Chapter 44,
Title 18 of the United States Code to
change this illly provision of the law,"
Rep Fountain aid.
"Under the law as It Is now Inter
preted, if a hunter wants to buy only
two or three shotgun shells for s little
hunting, the merchant selling the shell*
hat to register the purchase, ' noted
Rep. Fountain added, "The name
of the purchaser, his sddress, and the
quantity has to be recorded." The
requirement for this puta merchants to
a lot of extra and unnecessary trouble.
Rep. Fountain's bill, which was
referred to the House Judiciary Com
mittee, would exempt rifle and rtiot
fun ammunition from the requirement
of recording all sales.
"I am urging prompt consideration
by the Committee of this bill and all
other similar bills and passage by the
Congress, " Rep. Fountain stated.
Franklin Towns To Share
$31,226 In Powell Funds
four of Franklin County's five
municipalities will share in the
$31,226.79 allocated to the county
under the Powell bill. The funds are
slated for use in improvements to
town streets that are not part of the
state highway system.
Louisburg leads the list with an
allocation of $15,916.40 based on a
population of 2862 and a population
increment of $8,340.55 plus a 13.30
miles non-system street increment of
Franklinton is second with an allot
ment of $9,l(i8.29. This is based on a
population of 1513 carrying an in
crement of $4,409.24 and 8.39 miles
of non-system streets with an in
crement of $4,779.05.
Youngsville follows with a total
allocation of $4,038.13: Youngsville's
share is based on a population of 596
with an increment of $1,736.89 and
4.04 non-system miles of streets for
Bunn is fourth with $2,083.97
based on Bunn's population of 332 an
increment of $967.53 and 1.96 miles
of non-system streets for $1,116.44.
Ccnterville, the fifth county muni
cipality, has not yet qualified for
Powell bill funds.
The four eligible towns received
$28,631.59 last year.
State street allocations totaling
more than $ll-millions will go to
North Carolina cities and towns that
qualify under provisions of the Powell
BUI, D. McLauchlin Falrcloth, High
way Commission Chairman, announc
ed last week.
Faircloth said that 427 cities and
towns will receive proportional cash
allotments amounting to $11,224,494.
Checks will be mailed from Raleigh
this month so they can reach the
nmnicipaHHet by October 1.
Tin Powell Bill fund*, provided by
ona-half cent of the regular gasoline
tax, are returned annually to cities and
towns, baaed on both population and
non-ctate street mileage.
This year's total is almost $l-mil
llon more than last year, when $10.4
was returned to the municipalities.
Ge'neral SUtutes 136-41.1 to
136-41.3 provide that a State Street
Aid allocation be paid to eligible and
qualifying municipalities in North Car
olina from the State Highway Fund,
annually as of July 1 . The total alloca
tion is a sum equal to the amount
produced by one-half cent of the
To The Bar
Two cousins were admitted to the
bar here Monday and except for the
matter of military service which (aces
both, are now qualified to practice law
anywhere in North Carolina.
Ben Williamson, ion of Mr. and
Mrs. Napier Williamson of Franklin
ton, and Johnny WIDiamaon, son of
Mrs. Evelyn and the late John William
son, were presented to the court by
Ijoutsburg attorney Conrad St urges
They were sworn by S ulterior Court
Judge C. W. Hall.
Ben Williamson reports that he will
enter service soon and plans to attend
Officer Training School. Johnny Wil
liamson, not presently slated for ser
vice, Is expected however, to enter
later this year.
Ben was a standout basketball play
er and top student at Franklinton and
Johnny was a star football snd basket
ball player while at Louisburg. Both
are grandsons of Mrs. Mamie snd the
late B. N. Williamson of Louisburg.
0 & J Opens
D It J Pont lac-Olds. Inc. Is celebrat
ing its grand opening beginning today.
The firm has recently moved into
spacious and modern new quarters at
the intersection of NC-56 and U8-401
south of Louisburg.
Winston Davis and H. D. Jeffreys,
operators of the aiitomobtle agency,
have announced special entertainment
for vtsitos for tonight and a grand
prize of a color television to be given
The opening coincides with the
showing of the new model cars and
company personnel have been busy
night and day getting things ready for
The new facilities are among the
most modern In eastern Carolina and
both Davis and Jeffreys report that
many new services have been added.
regular six cents per gallon State
motor fuel tax during the preceding
The allocation is proportioned
among the municipalities on the basis
of relative non-State System local
street mileage and relative population,
as required by the Statutes. The popu
lation data are obtained from the
latest Federal decennial census. Each
municipality furnishes its own certi
fied local street mileage.
In order to establish its eligibility,
each municipality submits annually a
Certified Statement concerning its
municipal election, ad valorem tax,
and other sources of income. There are
some legally incorporated municipali
ties which do not perform those mu
nicipal functions necessary to qualify
for an allocation under the law.
The 1969 allocation and its rates of
distribution per capita and per mile to
th^ individual cities and towns were
computed as follows:
Net Revenue Fiscal 1969 - (Gross 6
cents motor fuel tax less refunds),
$134,804,576.15; "i cent per gallon or
l/12th of the above figure,
$11,233,714.68; Less 1% temporarily
withheld, $112,337.15; Plus 1% tem
porarily withheld last year (1968),
$104,198.62; Less adjustment to
Wade, $1,082.15; Amount of 1969
funds to be allocated, $11,224,494.00.
Half of the above total allocation,
or $5,612,247.00 was divided among
all qualified municipalities on the basis
of relative 1960 U. S. Census Popula
tion. The above half for population
divided by 1,925,802 (i.e., the popula
tion of all eligible and qualified muni
cipalities) provides a per capita rate of
A career diplomat, Andres Baeyens,
of the French Embassy in Washington
will speak at Louisburg College Mon
day, September 22, at 8 p.m. in the
Library Auditorium. i
Sponsored by the Social Studies De
partment and the Language" Depart
ment at Louisburg College. Mr. Bae
yens will discuss the French-American
alliance, disarmament problems,
NATO, and the diplomatic service in
general. The public is invited to attend
Mr. Baeyens, now serving as the
Liaison Officer for the Embassy, has
been assigned to the Washington post
since 1966, having served in similar
capacities in London, Bonn, and the
United Nations. He is a graduate of the
Institute of Political Studies and Fac
ulty of Law in Paris.
U.S. Senate Program
Two LHS Students Selected
Two Louisburg High School
seniors. Cassandra Versteeg and Henry
Mitchell, have been selected to serve as
semi finalists from Franklin County in
the eighth annual United States Senate
Youth Program, sponsored by the
United States Senate and the Trustees
of the William Randolph Hearst Foun
dation, through the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction.
Official examinations were admin
istered to the nominees on Wednesday
morning, September 13, at the offices
of the Franklin County Board of
Education, by Mrs. Mamie B. Clayton,
Franklin County's High School Super
Twenty finalists for the State will
be interviewed in ttileigh in Novem
ber. Two will be chosen to represent
North Carolina at the meeting of the
1970 United States Senate Youth Pro
gram, January 24 to 31, in Washing
ton, D. C. Each representative will
receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to be
used in accordance with rules and
regulations established in 1968 by the
Senate - Foundation Committee.
Each County is requested to select
two semi-finalists for this honor. Stu
dents must have had experience as
officers in class and in student council,
should have completed a course in
United States history, and shall have
fulfilled certain other stipulations re
quisite for eligibility.
MRS. COLE CAPT. COLE JUDGE ADVOCATE
Will live Here
Capt. Cole Retires From Navy
Retirement ceremonies were held August 29 for Captain Nathan Cole, Jr. of the
Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps shown above center. He had been the Fore*
Legal Officer on the Staff of Commander Service Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet in
Norfolk, Virginia, since September of 1967.
Opt. Cole retired with 26 years of active Naval service. He saw duty In the
European and Pacific Theaters during World War II, and he was present during the
invasions of Normandy and Okinawa.
Capt. Cole and his wife, the former Virginia Howard of Loulsburg, recently
moved from their residence at 6040 Finn Road In Virginia Beach. They plan to
make their home here in Loulsburg, when Capt. Cole will continue to practice law.