Telephone Gy6-3283 Ten Cents Louisburg, N. C., Thursday, October 2, 1969 , , . - (Ten PagesJToday) 100th Year-Number 66
Plant Could Top Out' At 500 Employees
Make Plant Announcement
Shown above at Tuesday's announcement that Winston Industries of Addison, Alabama will locate a new plant at Bunn are
seated, left to right: Fred Setzer, Production Superviser; Raymond Burleson, Genera) Manager of Bunn operation; and Walt
Abercrombie, General Manager, Winston Industries. Stand, left to right: Bunn Mayor Wayne Winstead: Industrial Development
Director S. Kenneth Schubart; Macon Morris. Bunn area representative on the County Industrial Development Commission and
Allen deHart, Chairman of the Commission. The announcement was made at'a press conference held in the Bunn cafeteria.
* ' ' -Staff photo by Clint Fullar.
Five Bound Over To Superior Court
Five Negro youths, accused of
breaking and entering and larceny in
connection with a robbery of a store
near Bunn, were bound over by Dis
trict Court here Monday and will Face
trial in Superior Court. Each of the
five were placed under $500 bond
Henry Davis, 17, Bunn; Michael
Davis, 16, and his brother. Larry
George Davis. 17, both of Route 1,
Louisburg; Clyde Neal, 16, Route 4,
Louisburg and Anthony Tony High.
17, of Bunn are accused of breaking
into the Roger Brothers Store near
Bunn Elementary School around mid
night last Thursday.
Sheriff William Dement 's office re
ported that merchandise worth
$253.58 was missing from the grocery.
Deputy David Batton said last week
that some of the goods had been
A number of motor vehicle viola
tions were heard Monday, including
twelve cases of drunken driving. The
Full Court docket follows:
Glen S. Thomas, c/m/26, non sup
port. Prayer for judgment continued
on payment of $10.00 per week for
Industrial Development Director
Ken Schubart reported today that the
firit load of part* for the 300-gallon
water tank at the Rishel Furniture
plant arrived here Monday. He mid the
remaining parts are expected next
Welders, assembly crews and cranes
are expected to arrive on the site
Monday U> start anemblying the tank.
Schubart said the tank contractor is
late and that a penalty is being assess
ed daily for the delay which began on
Greenville - A grant of $82,400 to
the Department of Physics at East
Carolina University will fund a co-op
erative program between the depart
ment and several two-year colleges in
Eastern North Carolina. Louisburg
College is one of theae colleges par
*n>e grant was awarded by the
National Science Foundation and
covers a three-year period. It will fund
a program whereby students take the
fltst two years of study In physlca at
one of the cooperating community
colleges and then transfer to ECU
where they complete requirements for
the BS and MS in physic*.
support and to paycosts.
J. B. Pearce, w/m, public drunke
ness 20 days in jail, suspended Tor 2
years on payment of $10.00 fine and
costs and not go on the premises of
Mrs. Al Privette for 2 years.
Shelley Tension Williamson,
n/m/41, speeding. Nol pros with leave.
Billie L. Mitchell, n/m. possession
See COURT PUge 8
Project Taking Shape
A project begun in 1966 by Frank
linton Mayor Joe Pearce and the Town
Council is taking shape west of town
these days and it is expected that
within a few weeks, the long awaited
water system improvements will be
Kranklinton suffered through a
summer of acute water shortage in
1966 and steps were taken to obtain a
federal grant and loan for much need
ed improvements to the municipal
water system. In December of 1966,
Kranklinton voters approved by a mar
gin of 295-14 a bond issue. In July,
1967 voters approved by a margin of
203-6 a supplemental bond issue to
raise additional necessary funds with
which to complete the project.
The Town of Franklinton was given
a $100,000 grant from the federal
government and received a $440,000
loan two years ago. Bids were called
for on the project in Sept em bet, 1968
The $540,000 project is expected
to double the amount of water avail
able to the town. A six-acre lake is
being constructed which will store
around five million gallons of water
from Cedar Creek. Franklinton't
ancient water plant is being replaced
with a modern structure and when
completed will have- a million gallons
per day capacity. Franklinton's normal
water use is between 350,000 and
400.000 gallons per day.
The project consists of four se
parate operations, all nearing comple
tion. One project consists of construc
tion of the water treatment plant and
the pumping station; a second project
is labeled Plumbing, Treatment plant;
a third is the electrical work on th?
treatment plant and a fourth project
consists of installation of the necessary
water mains. Work is expected to be
completed around November 15.
Mental Health Board Meets
The Franklin County Mental Health
Advisory Board convened on Septem
ber 23 at 8:00 P.M. for the purpose of
evaluating the programs and services of
the Franklin County Family Counsel
ing and Education Center. Miss Lucy
Burt. Chairman of the Board, presided
over the meeting.
The members present nominated a
number of persons from throughout
the county to be considered for future
service on the board in the event of
vacancies and expirations of terms. An
active discussion followed concerning
the community awareness of available
mental health programs in the county
and the effectiveness of and response
to these services.
The philosophy and goals of the
run) mental health project were pre-1
sented again by Dr. Wil Edgerton and
Mr. Harry Derr. Mr. Talma dge Ed
wards, Jr. reported on the develop
ment of local services to alcoholics and
their families through the local A!A.
and Council on Alcoholism. Mr. James
Speed noted that a portion of local
liquor sales revenue could be specified
for use in financing alcoholism rehabil
itation services with the consent of
locaii governing bodies.
Mr. Edward Boone told the group
that the transfer of Franklin County
patients from Dorothea Dlx Hospital
to John Umstead Hospital would be
completed by Oct. 6. He further stated
that Franklin County patients in
Dorothea Dix or John Umstead num
bered forty-five at present compared
to sixty at the same time last year As
of September 19 there had been 39
mental admissions and 39 alcoholic
admissions from the county for the
current year. The total admissions for
the same two categories in 1968 had
been 62 and 73 respectively. Ninety
one new patients have been ieen and
123 drug prescriptions filled at the
Family Counseling and Education Cen
ter since January 1. according to Mr*.
Other agenda item* included con
sultation and educational services to
the .community and volunteer actlvt
*"ttes. Board members attending were
Mr. Edward Alston, Mr. Luther Bald
win, Mist Lucy Burt, Mrs. Mabel Davte,
Mr. C. T. Dean, Jr., Mr Allen deHart,
Mr. Warren Smith, Mr. Wilton Smith,
Mr James Speed and Rev. Aubrey
The new Winston Industries plant
which is to locate at Bunn could
employ as many as 500 people in the
next few years. This word came from
Walt Abercrombie, General Manager,
as he addressed a special called news
conference in Bunn Tuesday after
The Addtson. Alabama industrialist
told a group crf-ci vie and governmental
leaders that "The top in this area can
be about 500 employees." Abercrom
bie's firm announced Tuesday its plans
to locate a mobile home manufactur
ing plant two miles east of Bunn along
Franklin Industrial Development
Director Kenneth Schubart said in his
opening statements at the conference
that the announcement "Hopefully
will be the beginning of Bunn-as far as
industrial development is concerned."
Abercrombie told the group that
his firm has "spent quite a bit of time
the last three or four months looking
over your state." He said that the
Bunn area is "Compatable to our
operation" and that the "People seem
to adapt well to our way of thinking
and our way of doing things." He said
these were the reasons his firm settled
on the Bunn location.
He said the first plant will employ
around 200 people by the first six
months and that within two years
there could be a second plant adjacent
to the one now proposed which would
double the employment number. He
also disclosed that some supplier firms
have expressed a willingness to locate
on the 195-acre Winston complex and
that these would employ upwards of
75 persons when operating get under
Abercromble also explained that
Winston Industries has six other divi
sions and that the policy of the com
pany is to locate pltfnts "In and around
the same areas." His implication seem
ed to be that the possibility exists that
Winston could locate other txpgt of
plants on the Bunn complex.
The 196-acre plot is known in the
Bunn area as the R. E. Burtn land and
runs between the Tar River and
NC-98. The area is served by a rail
road. Schubart announced that appli
cations for employment In the new
plant are now being taken at his office
on Court Street in Louisburg.
Abercromble said, "We are very,
very happy to be here and we look
forward to a long and pleasant rela
Allen deHart, Chairman of the In
dustrial Development Commission,
issued a statement Wednesday in
which he "warmly welcomed Winston
Industries to the county". deHart said.
"I am pleased for the economic ad
vantages this plant will bring to the
Bunn area and all of Franklin Coun
deHart was high in his praise of
Kenneth Schubart, Dirntor of
Industrial Development, hat been
highly praued by a number of
citizens for hit work in recent
months in the field of industrial
development. Schubart was sin/fled
out this week by Commission
Chairman Allen deHarl fdr his ef
forts in locating a new plant in the
The MafAewood, V. J. native was
named to the post on July 2, 1968
replacing B . J. Benton who took a
similar post in Halifax County. He
was chosen by the Commission
from about thirty applicants from
as far away as Texas and Hew York.
deHart said Wednesday that
Schubart 's persistence in the case of
Winston Industries resulted in the
successful results. He said that the
Director continued in a quiet and
unassuming manner his efforts to
persuade Winston officials to
change their decision to locate in
another North Carolina county. His
efforts paid off.
Similar expressions of apprecia
tion came Tuesday from members
of the Industrial Commission, offi
cials of Bunn and Louisburg, coun
ty officials and business leaders.
Since Schubart has been Direc
tor, Durham Hosiery has located at
Franklinton; Rishel is building a
117,000 sq. ft. building due to
open in the next few weeks and
Winston Industries has announced
its plans to locate at Bunn. Sports
wear and Gay Products have ex
panded in Louisburg in recent
months and Tre'Jay has expanded
in YoungsviUe. I ' j (
efforts by Director Kenneth Schubart
in locating Winston in Bunn. He stat
ed, "Although we are indebted to a
number of citizens who have assisted
in having the industry locate in our
county, the Commission is most in
debted to Ken Schubart. Even after
learning that Winston Industries had
selected a site in another county. Ken
persisted in his efforts to persuade
them to locate here."
Others were publicly thanked by
the Chairman as he added, "These
people have worked overtime in assist
ing us -the people of Bunn itself, Joe
Edwards, President of the Bunn Deve
lopment Corporation, Mayor Wayne
Winstead, Macon Morris. Bunn district
representative on the Industrial Deve
lopment Commission, Maurice Ball,
who assisted in flying the group over
the site areas and Charles Davis and
Conrad Sturges. Louisburg attorneys.
Ed Pittman (Manager of Gay Product*
plant) had as much influence in the
decision by Winston to locate here as
any other person, with the exception
of the Director. And there were many
Schubart disclosed Wednesday that
applications are already pouring in and
that Wade Moore Construction was
supposed to be on the site Wednesday
preparing for the initial start of con
struction. He said that all concrete
would be poured before the building
arrives and that Junior Smith of Ala
bama. General Contractor, is expected
back here within three weeks. "They
are interested in getting in as soon as
they can", Schubart said, maybe even
before the first of the year."
Fraiklin County Industrial
The following firms haw located ftlonls in h'ranklin County in rnrnt yrmrx.
There arc a number of oilier liianiifacturing firms in Ihe eounly ilating txirk lo
Sterling Mills, formed in IHIT>, lint only those locating here in reient Years are
1948 Youngstown Manufacturing Co.*
1962 Sportswear, Louisburg.
1964 Justice Manufacturing Co., Justice.
Gay Products, Inc., Louisburg.
1965 M. K. Joyner Manufacturing Co., Louisburg.
1966 Diazit. Inc., Youngsville.
Ben Bar, Youngsville.*
Comstruct Corp., Louisburg.*
Carolina Fine Woods, Louisburg.**
1967 Dean Farms, Louisburg.
Mar-Way Inc., Louisburg.***
1968 Durham Hosiery, Franklinton.
1969 Rishel Furniture Co., Louisburg.
Winston Industries, Bunn.
* Closed local operations.
** Announced location, canceled in 1967
*** Closed. New operation started.
Accused Burglar To Stand Trial
A 24-year-old Louisburg, Route 2,
Negro has been returned to Franklin
County to stand trial for first degree
burglary Sameul Davis was returned
from the State Hospital last week,
according to Sheriff William T.
Dement. Davis is accused of
attempting to break ihto the Percy
Gilliam home near Gray's Pond on the
night of July 21, 1967
Davis was arrested August 1, 1967
while working in a tobacco field. SBI
agent Haywood Starlings and Deputy
Sheriff David Batton made the arrest.
Reports of breaking had been received
for about two weeks from residents of
the area, Dement reported at the time
but Davis was charged only in the
Following his arrest. Davis was
granted a hearing and defense attor
neys requested that he be committed
to State Hospital for observation. Fol
lowing hit committment, he was ruled
incompetent to stand trial. Dement's
office was informed last week that
Davis was now competent to face the
charges and he was returned here and
lodged in Franklin jail.
Davis reportedly attempted to enter
the Gilliam home through a bedroom
window. Gilliam's three daughters
were sleeping in the room at the time.
according to reports and heard the
noise. Their screams reportedly fright -
enedithe accused away.
The case is set for October 13 term
At a pre -construct ion conference,
held at Bunn Tuesday morning, federal
officers of the Economic Development
Administration gave final approval to
Bunn's water project, which is being
aided by federal funds.
Well diggers are expected to begin
exploratory work on selected sections
of land at Bunn next week. Industrial
Development Director Ken Schubart
said today the diggers will be looking
for sites to supply wells with a 100 -gal
All contracts have been signed and
approved and work is expected to get
underway shortly on the huge project.
Episcopal Redor To
Head Convocation Here
REV. CHARLES I. pEfjJCK
The Reverend Charles I. Penick,
rector of The Church of the Good
Shepherd. Rocky Mount, and son of
the late Rt. Reverend Edwin A.
Penick, a fonner Bishop of the Episco
pal Diocese of North Carolina, will be
leader for the Central Convocation
Quiet Day of Episcopal Church wo men
to be held at St. Paul's Church, Louis
burg, on Wednesday, October 8.
Reverend Penick is a native of
Charlotte He has served aa rector of
several churches In North Carolina and
has been In Rocky Mount since 1964.
Registration for this special service
begins at 10:00 a.m.; the Quiet Day
observance ends with lunch at 1:00.
Women In attendance will coma
from churches In the following towns
and cities, located In the Central Con- *
vocation, and from other nearby
churches: Gary, Chapel HID, Durham,
Erwin, Fuquay Vsrina, Henderson.
Hillsborough, Raleigh, Oxford, Rox
boro, Smithfleld, Wake Forest. Yan