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VOLUME 58, NO. 26
STAR-TIMES—(CONSOLIDATED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1941)—ALLEGHANY COUNTY’S ONLY NEWSPAPER.
a Year in Alleghany County
SPARTA, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, MAR. 27, 1947
$2.50 a *3$
Faced With Critical Water _
Longer Pipes _
For Town Well
Cooperation Is Asked Until
Situation Can Be Remedi
ed; Schools Hampered
The old adage, “You never
miss the water until the well
runs dry,” has oome home to the
people ol Sparta during the past
tew days, since there has been
an acute shortage of water, with
the well literally almost dry.
According to information a
vailable the water reached a low
level in the well before the short
age was discovered. And town
officials are now making an ef
fort to corrtWk the situation as
early as possible. In the mean
time the cooperation of every
one is asked in using as little
water as possible.
Work started on the well this
week revealed that the supply in
♦the well is so low that the pre
(jflfbent pipe lines do not .extend be
low the water level far enough
to draw a minimum amount
of water from the welL Plans
are now underway to lodger the
pipe lines as soon as the necessary
material can be secured.
The shortage of water has
handicapped business as well asj
(Continued on page 8)
R. K. Fortner
Buried On Wed.
_ bed At Waddell Hos
tel In Galax On Monday
Alter Few Week’s Illness
Funeral service for Richard K.
Fortner, 70-year old Sparta re
sident, was held yesterday after
noon at two o’clock at the Plea
sant Home church at Vox., Of
ficiating were Elders Shade G.
-Caudill and Edd Douglas. Inter
nment was in the Nichols cemetery.
Mr. Fortner succumbed at the
Waddell hospital in Galax on
Monday after a few weeks illness.
He had been undergoing treat
ment there for ten days before his
The son of the late Elizabeth
Murphy Fortner and Patrick
Forter, he was a native of Yad
kin county. He is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Nannie Fortner and
the following children: Edgar
and Oscar, of Bel Air, Md.;
Arthur, of North Brook, Pa.; Mrs.
Vergie James,, p| Lanalue, Iowa;
Glenn, of Galax and Mrs. Hattie
McLean and Mrs. Grace Brown,
both of Sparta. Four sisters, Mrs. |
Tank Lowe, of Glade Valley,:
Mrs. Dave Higgins and Mrs.
Sarah Andrews, of Ennice, and
Mrs. Jesse Johnson, of Bluefield,
W. Va., also survive.
3r350 Fanners Have
Signed Plans For
H e a 11 h Measure
By N. C. Solons
Would Match Federal Funds
Far Permanent Improve*
ment In Program
By Statt Writer
Clinic Will Be
Held Here Tues.
A pre-school clinic will be held
Tuesday, April 1 at the Sparta
high school by the Alleghany
county health department, it was
announced this week.
This clinic is to provide ex
aminations and vaccinations for
children who enter school for the
first time next fall. Parents are
asked to have their children
there at that time.
ilonor Roll Is Announced This
Week For Spute High S.h«.l
.. - *'•
The honor roll for the sixth
quarter at Sparta high school has
- been announced this week by
Ray H. Walker, principal. One
hundred and twenty-five students
made honor grades. Those on
the honor roll included:
First grades: George Ed Far
mer, < Joe Thomas Hampton,
Gracen Lucas, Homer Miles, Bar
bara Sue Busic, Betty Lou Busic,
Lois Edwards, Patsy Miles. Hazel
Woodruff, Mary Jane Sturdivant,
Charles Hoppers, Dale Poole,
Rose Marie Andrews, Shirley
Andrews, Lorene Roberts, Rose
Second grades: David Duncan,
Robert Fox, Joe Thomas Irwin,
Terry Johnson, Ralph Poole,
David Truitt, Page Truitt, Dor
man Wooten, Elizabeth Barton,
Marian Cheek, Alice Crouse,
Edna Jones, Peggy Miles, Lewis
Third grades: Walter Lee
Hampton, Harley Walker* Bobby
Busic, Bobbie Johnson, Patsy
I Jo __
vant, Marion Allison, H o yt
Sparks, Ann Thompson, Jane
Duncan, Doris Ann Blevins, Sally
Quinn, Eleanor Ward, Victoria
Crouse, Frances Crouse, Harold
Hoppers, Shirley Ann Billings.
Fifth grades: Hulton Shepard,
Pauline Thornton, Lettie Sue
Waddell, Carof Sue Edyards,
Doris Jean Edwards, Rosemond
Maines, Ruth McCann, Iva Rec
tor, Wilma Richardson, Shirley
Ann Thompson,' Gaynell Truitt,
Nancy Waddell, Charles D. Doug
lass, Tommy Wagoner.
Sixth grades: Billy Edwards,
Carol Hoppers, Shirley Bumgand
ner, Nelson Gascho.
Seventh grade: Beulah Ed
wards, Edith Mae Hampton.
Eighth grade: Delano Choate,
Wanda Edwards, Vena Miles,
Dorothy Richardson, Carol Wood
ruff, Betty Jo Gentry, Emma
Lee Mitchell, Georgia Sexton,
Ercelie Wooten, Myrtle
■ ~ ’ *
1947 Plans Call For Approxi
mately $160,800 In Various
According to reports received
yesterday from Herbert Osborne
chairman of the AAA committee
a total of 1350 Alleghany far
mers have signed plans to co
operate with the program this
year in a large number of im
proved farm practices.
It was explained that the allot
ment for AAA practices for the
county at the present is $52,800.
00; but there is a chance to
get this increased since the prac
tices the farmers have signed for
total $160,800.00 it was stated.
A break-down of the total farm
plana, signed by the farmers
•hows that they are interested in
many of the practices. The total
of value various practices sign
ed for is as follows:
Lime, AAA, 4,255 tons valued
at $11,701.00; lime, COM., 16,555
tons at $45,526.00; phosphate,
AAA, 51,260 100 lb. bags valued
at $48,184.00; phosphate, COM.,
16,478 lbs. at $15,489.00; potash,
AAA, 171 100 lb bags valued at
$273.00; winter cover crops, 18,
684 lbs. of crimson clover valu
ed at $2,802.00; vetch, 1460 lbs.
(Continued on Page 4)
Spring came in with a breeze
that literally became a whirl
wind, Friday and Saturday.
t Sunday was a typieal Spring
day, but winds blew again on
Monday, followed by ra!ns and
thunderstorms. Early Tuesday
morning the snow started fall
ing and continued throughout
most of the day as well as into
The strong wind together
with the blowing snow made
Yesterday morning the tem
perature dropped to a low of
sixteen degrees above zero,
bringing out winter coats
And as a climax to this
seige of winter weather snow
fell in earnest again today.
This measured nearly three
inches at noon. Most people
predicted winter weather un
til after Egster.
Sparta Girls Make Good Record This Season
Shown above are meigters of the Sparta girls’ basketball team who recently won
the Yadkin Valley tournanteht at Elkin. The girls have made an exceptionally good
record this season. Reading^frdm left to right are: Front row, Uptie Andrews, Mabel
Osborne, Tommy Sue Moxley, Annie Blanche Pugh, Mary Buth Miller and Annie Sue
Bennett; back row, Evelyn Mitchell, Ellen Woodruff, Clarice Mitchell, Jane Bledsoe,
Johnsie Cox and Juanita Spicer.
And Enter Two
Canned' Goods And $501- In
Cash Stolen; No Arrests
Have Been Made*'
Two stores at Wmtehead were
raided by thieves \^thin a week’s
time. The store‘owned by Carl
Edwards was entered by thieves
about . midnight'-Monday night.
They gained entrance by break
ing the glass in the front window.
Approximately $50 in cash was
stohn as well, as two cases of
canned goods and a box of candy j
bars. Sheriff Glenn Richardson j
investigated and although several!
clues were uncovered, no arrests
have been made as yet.
The grocery and feed store,
owned by Letcher Edwards, .was
broken into Tuesday of last week,
but was not reported to local
Officers until late Wednesday
night The thieves pried the
hinges off the door of the feed
room. A large package of garden
seed was taken and later aban
doned on the highway near by.
A case of canned goods was also
stolen. No money was found by
the robbers. No arrests have been
made in connection with the
breaking and entering, local of
Dairy Meeting Is Planned
For Farmers Interested In
Producing Grade A Milk
Again Named As
r Wildlife Pres,
Other Officers Elected At
Dinner Meeting Held Here
• G. Glenn Nichols was re-elect
ed president of the Alleghany
Wildlife Club at the dinner meet
ing at the community building
last Saturday night. Paul Miles
was named vice-president to suc
ceed D. F. Sturdivant and Albert
Richardson was named secretary
Present at the meeting in ad
dition to the forty members,
were D. T. Bryan, county game
warden, and Walter Hampton,
warden from Independence, Va.
During the meeting, it was stated
that that the Virginia authorities
would recognize the North Car
olina hunting licenses in the ter
ritory where the two lines con
nect and that N. C. wardens
would recognize Virginia licenses.
(Continued on page 8)
To End Basketball Season Here Next Wednesday Night
Meeting Is Scheduled To Be
Held At Community Build*
I ing Next Thursday
Plans are now underway for
a meeting at the community
j building next Thursday evening
at 7:00 p. m. for all farmers in
| terested in producing grade A
A special invitation is extend
ed to all dairy farmers to at
! tend. At this time equipment will
. be on display, showing those far
: mers interested in producing
! milk, just what they need. Re
presentatives of the various milk
! companies will be present as will
Wade E. Eller, district sanitarian.
Mr. Eller- will tell of require
ments of producing grade A milk
j and the possibilities and profits
! possible. He can also give figures
i orr the cost of construction neces
sary and explain priorities neces
■ saTy in securing equipment.
According to unofficial figures
j there are now around 20 farmers
in the bounty producing grade A
milk and possibly 20 more who
could do so at a profit, with a
minimum of additional invest
ment. Dairy specialists are
anxious for all interested far
mers to attend.
All Reports Are
To Be Turned In
Before March SI
Total Of $348.00 Reported
Want To Conclude Drive
With $343.00 reported yest*r~
day, Alleghany county is near
ing its Red >Cr6ss Campaign
Drive quota of $390.00, but there
are still a number of Township
chairman that have not complet
ed their 'collections and reports,
drive chairman, Carl Irwin said,
Chairman IrWin said that he
hoped • that all workers would
complete: theirj collections and
turn them iAMnttnediately since
the drive is to officially close on
Mr. I^vin said there were
three townships that were even
the top in their quotas
the following* Gap Civil, gUOdtt.
Bill Sprinkle chairman; Glads
Creek, $80, I. W. Wagoner, chair
man; Cranberry, $38.00, E.
He reported the following from
other townships: Prather’s Creek.
$27.90, Mrs. Dan Jones, chairman;
Whitehead, $30.00 Ethelyn Rick
(Continued on page •)
Near Stone Mt
Sheriff And Deputies Make
Arrests On Assault Aad
Another Alleghany county still
was raided by the sheriff and his
deputies near Stone Mountain last
Wednesday evening when a 80
gallon boiler and still were de
stroyed. Sheriff Glenn D. Rich
ardson reported that the still
looked to be comparatively new'
and one run has already been1'
made. Approximately 600 gallons!;
of beer were destroyed. The
operators have not as yet been
discovered, local officers report
Several arrests were also made
this week pn minor charges, it
was reported. Elgin Atwood, of
Sparta, was arrested Saturday On
an assault charged and was re
leased on $100 bond pending a
hearing before B. F. Wagoner
on April 19. Atwood was ar
rested by the sheriff following as,
warrant issued by Clint Combs,
of Sparta, who reported that At
wood struck him after he had
ordered him to leave his house.
Garnet Todd, of Eunice, was
arrested Tuesday night by De
puty-sheriff Wade Hoppers, on
the charge of public drunken
ness. He was fined $10 and costs
before Sam Brawn, jutice of tbs
Intramural Games Postponed;
To Begin New Schedule, Tues.
To Study Farm
J. H. Armbrust
To Preach Sun.
Rev. J. H. Armbrust, district
superintendent, will preach Sun
day at the'Chestnut Hill church
at three o’clock, at the quarterly
conference meeting, it was an
nounced this week by Rev. Wil
liam C. Crummett, pastor of the
Laurel Springs charge.
The public is cordially invit
ed to attend.
A special meeting on farm
water systems will be held April
9 at 10:00 a: m. at the community
building here when Elmer Daniel,
renting the T. V. A., and
Due to the absences of players,
the intramural tournament, spon
sored by the Monogram club of
Sparta high school, scheduled to
beghj yesterday, has been post
poned until Tuesday, April l, it
was announced this week.
The new schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, 2:10 p.m., eighth
grade vs. ninth grade girls; 2:40
p. m., tenth grade boys vs, eleve
nth grade boys.
Wednesday, 3:10 p. m., tenth
grade,'girls vs. eleventh grada
girls; 2:40, eighth grade boys vs.
ninth grade boys.
Thursday, 2:10 p. m„ winer of
eighth and ninth grade girls*
game vs, twelfth grade girls; 2:40
p. m., winner of eighth and ninth
ay in the