The Smoky Mountain Times Votume 87 - Number 32 - Bryson City, North Carotina - Thursday, May 6,1971 CEMTEMmAL 1871 Swain County Centennia) Year 1971 Around Town Q< The regular second Saturday night staging wit! be he!d at the Franklin Grove urch this Saturday night, ay 8, at 8:00 p.m. Out-of-town singers wii! be the Tri-State Quartet from Murphy, N.C. We urge aii ioca! groups to be there. TheWhittier Community Ciub wiii meet Thursday, May at 7:00 p.m. at the Community House. At this meeting wel! ceiebrate the 100th anniversary of Swain County. The women wiU come dressed in their Centennial dresses and bonnets and the mpa wiU show off their beards, ^^he covered-dish supper wiU " offer dishes that were served 100 years ago. The speaker wiii be from the Swain County Historical Committtee. tohd The North Carolina State Highway Patro! reported that during the week of Aprii 20- May ,2,1971 they were oh the road for of 170 hours during which time one accident occurred, one for wreckiess diriving , one fordriving with iincese revoked or suspended, and three other hazardous violations making a total of five charges. A Youth Choir from nette, Ala. will be at the First ptist Church, Friday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., to sing Foih Musical "Life". The Youth Choir inciudiug the "Beil Ringing Choir" from rst Baptist Ch^ ch, Murpfv, i be at the First Baptist Church Sunday, May 9, 7:15 p.m. The Pubiic is cordiaily invited to attend. This Friday marks the beginning of dress-up days in May for the Centennia! . Everyone shouid be in iS71 attire every Friday in May and t^e week of June 3-11. Offieia! Entire consists of ties, hats, badges, bonnets and iong dresses for the iadies if possibie. Friday aiso just happens to be the day that the Kangaroo Kourt goes into session, ff you Should come into town not attired in officiai dress, you run the risk of being arrested by the ioca! iaw enforcers and tried by the Kangaroo Kourt. The Mountain Skiii-Craft ^Organization wii open their bop in the square Saturday, 'ayS, 1971, at 10 am Come in see the many beautifui [terns that are on safe. ^)d ^ten A homecoming is scheduled to be held Sunday, May 9 at the Sawmill Hill Church. There will be plenty of food. All singers and the public are invited. PTA (I!onlf€M*eiT!<:€? Set Here /^lor)<3fcty The North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers wiii sponsor a District Conference for District I at the Bryson City Elementary School in Bryson City next Monday. This is one of 15 conferences being held across the state during April and May. Registration will begin at 9:30 Senior Citizens To Meet The Senior Citizens Group sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Bryson City will meet at the church at 11:30 a m. Tuesday, May 11. We extend a hearty invitation to all interested Senior citizens in the community to join us for this and all our meetings. This one is special. It is our salute to the Centennial Festival. We are a newly-organized group. We need your fellowship. We offer you ours. So, won't you please meet us at the church at 11:30 promptly with your favorite picnic dish? We share with each other. If the weather is nice we will go to the Deep Creek picnic grounds for our lunch, followed by recreation and a planning session. We also want to choose a name for our group. Hope you have some good suggestions. In case of rain or cool weather we wiH meet in the church Social dMb A"* BIBLE TALKS Bible talks are scheduled to be held at the Town Hall Community room beginning Friday, April 30, and continuing each Sunday at 4:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pjn. Everyone is invited to attend. CLUB MEETS The Light n Lively Club meets Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Mrs Elizabeth Boys. Ladies interested in losing weight may join. Contact Mrs. Boys at 488 3330. a m. and the program at 10:00. AH PTA members, school administrators, and other interested persons are encouraged to attend. State PTA president, Mrs. Stanley S. Atkins of Asheville, will present an in depth program on PTA-its objects, philosophy, and its impact on the local community, the individual, and most important of all, the child of this generation. Cleo L. Winningham, Acting Director, District 1, will preside. A business session will follow the program. Counties in District I are: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson Macon and Swain. Editor Resigns George Owens, editor of The Times for the past three years, has resigned. His tentative plans are to move his family back to his hometown of Union, S.C., where he will open a small engine repair shop. A new editor will be announced shortly and until then, the newspaper office will be kept open by staff employes Linda S. Ogle and Linda K. Ogle. Chss Set rfos/Mfa/ Southwestern Technical Institute is offering a course ir "Dietary Food Service" scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 at the Swain County Hospital. Classes will meet in the cafeteria dining room two evenings a week from 7 until 9 pjn. The 30-hour course wil 11 be taught by Mrs. Feme Helton, Dietician at the Hospitall. No charge is made for this couse and anyone employed or wishing employment in dietary service may enroll. For further information, please contact Mrs. Helton at the Hospital. it. *4 WEATHER Tuesday, April 27, Sunny. Low 42, High 78. Wednesday, Aprii 28, morning showers, sunny and warm. Low 54, High 79. Thursday, Aprii 29, sunny. Low 40, High 78. Friday, Aprii 30, partiy cioudy with iight showers. Low 42, High 78 Saturday, May 1, sunny andwarm. Low 36, high 81. Sunday, May 2, partiy cioudy with iight showers Low 33, High 62. Monday. May 3, partiy cioudy. Low 32, high 63. 0!d DeHart Home Pictured above is the home of Mary Sue DeHart. The rear portion of ^nis home was built in 1865 by Mr. [ John DeHart who was a member of the first board of County Commissioners in Swain County. This home is probabiy the oidest occupied home in the county. Aiarka Camping Area Boy Scouts from Swain , Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties gathered at the Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area in Clay County last weekend for a camporee. More than 100 Scouts and their leaders attended event. Shown above is the camping area of the Alarka Scout unit. The Bryson City Scouts also attended the camporee. (Staff Photo) The Swain County Centennial Dinner Plate is now on sale at Centennial headquarters. The price is $2.00 plus tax. For a ioveiy and appropriate souvenir of our Centennial celebration, buy a commemorative dinner plate. There are only eighteen sterling silver Centennial coins left to be purchased. The cost is $25.00 plus tax and may be bought at the Northwestern Bank. The bronze coin is available at Centennial Headquarters H>SCS To Meet ^4t Sy/ca Friday The AnnualDistrict Meeting of the Women's Society of Christian Service will be held on Friday, at Syiva United Methodist Church beginning at 10 AM Miss Louise Bailrd, Waynesvilie, District President, will preside and the speaker witi be Conference President, Mrs. J.Frank Redding Jr. .of Monroe. The program win aiso include a meditation given by the Rev. Thomas Cassidy of Syiva, a 4-H News 4-H Activity Day will be Saturday morning. May 8 at 10:00 a. m. in the Fellowship Haii of the Methodist Church. Activities wili be a dress revue and demonstration contest. The dress revue will be divided into an apron division for beginners-dress revue for ages 9-13 and 14-19. The annual 4-H talent show will be scheduled for later in the month. Two Swain 4-H leaders attended the Western Extension District 4-H Leaders Forum, Saturday, at the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska. Mrs. Suzanne Bunn and Mrs. R.L. Lyday, joined a group off 4-H leaders for an interesting program on Saturday morning. Highlight of the program was a talk by Dr. Jamews White, Superintendent of the Western Correctional Center. state of the district report prepared by Mrs. W.W. S!oan, Frankiin, and a skit presenting the work of the Board of Missions. The meeting will close with iunch at noon. Members are asked to bring a sandwich; saiad, dessert and beverage will be served by the Syiva W.S.C.S. of w hich Mrs. W.S. Crawford is president. Safety Award Gfven lo Power F/rm The National Safety Council has announced that Nantahala Power and Light Company has been presented the Council's Award of Merit for its excellent safety record. The award is presented only where an establishment's record satisfied rigid requirements laid down in the Council's Award Plan for recognizing good industrial safety records. Howard Pyle, President of the National Safety Council in a letter of congratulations to W.W. Sloan, Vice-President and Safety Director of Nantahala, explained that the local utility qualified for the Director of Nantahala,explained that the local utility qualified for the aw ard bccau.-t <f its injury free period of 3'. -.547 man-hours Taylor Voices Opposition To US 441 dosing WASHINGTON - Rep. Roy A. Thybr last Thursday Hlad a fqrmahdatemspt withNational ParkServlCe Director George B. Hartzog, re-emphasizing Ms opposition to any curtailment of private veMcle use of U S. 441, which bisects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Cherokee, N.C., and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "I am unalterably opposed to closing or restricting automobile use on U S. 441," he flatly advised the NPS Director. Hartzog, who once served as assistant superintendent of the Great Smokies, announced in February a plan to eventaully phase out public use of the highway contingent upon completion of a proposed 190 mile parkway which would completely encircle the base of the park with a dozen short spur roads into fringe recreational areas. Tayor, who serves as Chairman of the National Parks and Recreation Subcommittee of the House Interior Committee, immediately announced his opposition to the proposed closing. Then in nud-Apnl, Hartzog revealed during a hearing before Taylor's subcommittee that he was seriously condidering closing the highway between around 9:30 ajn. and 4:30 pjm. starting this summer. A shuttle bus service would be used to transport visitors bach and forth across the park from fringe parking lots. The Congressman advised Hartzog during the testimony that he could expect strong opposition to such a move and indicated that he would use his position as Chairman of the subcommittee to personally help block it. In his formal statement to Hartzog, Taylor warned that even partial closing of the highway would deal a severe economic blow to the tourist industry in Cherokee and Western North Carolina and would prove an inconvenience to motorists wishing to travel the road both as a scenic attraction and as a means of reaching a destination in either North Carolina or Tennessee. Taylor was highly critical of the prospect of discontinuing or limiting the use of a highway which "cost millions of taxpayer dollars to construct. ' The Congressman challenged the legality of the action. He cited documents in which Tennessee section of the hignway was originally , transferred to the government and called Hartzog s attention to language which he said guarantees perpetual use of the road by the public. Aside from the pure legal questions involved, Taylor insisted that there was also a question of morality, and declared that "closing ' this highway to automobile traffic would be a breach of faith with the States of North Carolina and Tennessee, which donated the road to thegovernment expecting it to remain open and available for the use of the people." Taylor acknowledged that the highway is often highly congested during summer months, but argued that motorists are obviously willing to tolerate the inconvenience in exchange for an opportunity to survey the scenery from the higher elevations and suggested that they should not be denied the opportunity. "Good or bad, the automobile is a part of the America lifestyle and is the means used by most people to see America. There is ample room in the Smokies for hikers, horseback riders, and the motorists, many of whom never walk more than a hundred yards from their cars," Rep. Taylor declared. STILL Pictured above is a stiH brought in last Wednesday afternoon by the Swain County Sheriff's Department and Interna! Revenue men. !t was iocated on Kirkiand's Creek. Lady Mayor Keeps Job By 6 Votes Mrs. EHen Hyams was re-elected mayor of Bryson City in voting Tuesday, beating her closest chaiienger by a scant six votes. Mrs. Hyams poiied 140 votes to 134 for former alderman Cecil Piott. Tom Cromweil, the third person in tbs mayor's race, got 58 votes. There were 10 peopie running for the four seats on the Board of Aldermen and the 335 voters who participated in the town election put two incumbents back in office along with two new aldermen. Felix Potts with 152 votes and Glen Conley with 146 were re-elected to the board. The two new members are Clyde Crisp, who led all candidates with 220 votes, and Ray Nichols with 137 votes. Alderman T.L. Jonews failed in his bid for re-election, drawing 119 votes. Other candidtes for alderman and the votes they received were Perley Hyde with 116, Lee Rickman with 110, Jack Franklin with 107, Mrs. Edith Moore with 69 and Martin Dunn with 68. Span Closing For Repairs The main How of east-west traffic on US-19-129 will be detoured around Bryson City next week as repairs are made on the Little Tennessee River Bridge. W.F. Ray, division engineer for the State Highway Commission in Sylva, told The Times Thursday that the bridge will be closed to all traffic beginning next Monday morning. Repair work "will take at least a week," Ray said and will consist of jacking up one section of the large bridge and adding a new girder to the structure. A standard bridge inspection on Tuesday of this week showed that one section of the big bridge near Almond had sagged % of an inch, he said at that time the SHC employes and State Highway Patrolnten began sending heavy tractor trailer rigs and buses on detour routes. Private autos and pickup trucks, however, were allowed to continue to cross over the bridge. Ray blamed the sagging on rusty I-beams which support the roadway in one section of the bridge. "This is pretty much a normal maintenance operation," he said. "We do the same job on bridges on rural roads and it never makes news. This is news because it's a big bridge on the main road through Western North Carolina." The detour route, now in effect for trucks and buses, will include all through traffic beginning Monday. It goes from Dillsboro to Murphy by way of Franklin, Clayton, Ga. and HayesviUe. Donations Listed The labor for the park in Bryson City was done by Operation Mainstream. Blue prints were furnished by the TVA. This project was sponsored and directed by the Bryson City Woman's Clu . Donations for the park on the square and the Chamber of Commerce and grounds were as follows: shrubbery DeWitt's Nursery, grass seeds, Clampitt's Hardware, lumber (2x4) Maness's Manufacturing Co., rope, Reagan's 5 and 10 cent store, red material (markers), Belk's Department, vines for ground covering, Myers Tourist Court, boxwoods, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Marshall, potted plants, Hemlock, Inn, bulbs, Gay Nell Woodfy, and fertilizer and shavings, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Huddleston.

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