=?*Y RUN — 2,025 ' Net Paid 1,704 Covert Alleghany VOLUME 58, NO. 45 AND STAB-TIMES—(CONSOLIDATED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1941)—ALLEGHANY COUNTY’S ONLY NEWSPAPER. $2.00 a Year in Alleghany County SPARTA, NORTH CAROLINA THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 1947 $2.50 a Year Out of County Observe Anniversary Of Soil Conservation District : Teachers Will Have Meeting Here August 23 vla'rr Urged To Attend i - * l. A county-wide teachers’ meet-’ ing, the first to be held this school year, will be held at the Sparta high school August 23 at 9:30 o’clock, Miss Clyde Fields, county school superintendent, announced yesterday. All teachers, with the excep tion of those still attending sum mer school, are expected to be present, Miss Fields pointed out as a number of new regulations which concern all teachers will be pointed out. Several changes in the methods of handling truant problems, will be discussed by Swanson Ed wards, truant officer. Dr. R. R. King, Jr., district health officer and Miss Blanche Riddle, county health nurse, will also be present. Dr. King will the dental clinics which are to present to the group plans for be scheduled soon after schools open August 25. Teacneis are urged to attend this important meeting, Miss Fields stated. Dairymen Meet Here On Monday Breeding Program Is Discuss ed And Much Interest Is Shown Much interest in the possibi lity of establishing an Alleghany Artificial Breeders’ Association vra*shown at themtyting of over eastern Scientific Breeders’ As sociation, were present at the fgpefiiAg and explained to the group the artificial breeding plan which is to be set up for Wfcoun ties in the state, with a central location in Asheville. If enough interest in establish ing an association here can be stimulated, a local person will be employed as a technician, to receive training at State college at a short course which is to be offered there in October. Twenty proven sires are to be purchased to be located in Ashe ville, it was pointed out and ser vice requests for Jersey, Guern sey and Holsten sires are to be given to various milk plants by a technician, in charge. Farmers can seiia tneir requests by mUK haulers. A county charter to establish a county unit is necessary and al ready Selected Dairies has pled (Continued on r*age 4) Laurel Springs Man Shoots Self Venner Thompson, 29, of Laurel Springs, is now a patient in the Ashe Memorial hospital as the v result of self inflicted gun wounds. Thompson was reported to have accidently shot • himself Sunday night with a German Luger, at his home at Laurel Springs. The bullet entered his chest negr the heart and came out through his back, it was learned. fiospital authorities pointed out that although Thompson’s condi ion was grave, that he would re cover. Bus Drivers To 1 Have School Wed. do Scott Will Attend Tobacco Field Dav mJ WAR MEMORIAL CHAPEL The War Memorial chapel in Washington Cathedral, where he names and service records of Alleghany county veterans will be entered and memoria lized for all time. VFW To Inscribe Members5 Names In War Memorial Will Be Put In National Shrine In Washington :'l;: ' Cfthedral • and patriotism of the living who served in the foreign wars of the nation, the names and war 'Ser vice records of-local servicemen and women will be enrolled on dig permanent national roll of honor at Washington Cathedral by the Bruce Wayne Osborne POet No. 7034, Veterans of For eign Wars, it was announced by Cecil J. Murray, post commander. One-hundred and four members of the post are expected to have their names inscribed, Ernest Edwards, post adjutant, stated. The war memorial chapel, which is nearing completion, is part of the cathedral structure. (Continued on Page 4) Rural i eiephone Needs Are Cited The board of directors of the Alleghany unit of the farm bu reau mat Friday night at the community building and named a committee to make a survey of the need of rural telephones through the county. Named on the committee were Charlie Collins, Elmer Edwards and Rush Thomp son. Following an investigation, a second meeting of the directors will be called; in order that a re port can be made. memory of Irifoy county te sacrifice, the lofttty! Other Agricultural Leaders Will Take Part On Program Farmers in this area and oth-, ers will have an opportunity to learn more about the possibili ties of tobacco in this section on Tuesday, Aug. 18, when a Field Day will be held at the Upper Mountain Test Farm at Transou, with Commissioner of Agricul ture, W. Kerr Scott and other leaders taking part in the pro gram, which will open at 1:00 o’ clock. Following the opening address by 'Commissioner Scott, James A. Graham, superintendent of the test farm WiH introduce other officials. k ~ There will be a short talk on “Turkish Tobacco in the Moun tain Area,” by John Wilkins, Ag ronomist of the Extension Ser vice, West Jefferson. The group will then tour the to bacco fields under the supervi sion of James A. Graham, Dr. Luther Shaw, USDA, Waynes ville; Dr. W. E. Coldwell, Agron omist of N. C. State College; E. (Continued on Page 4) ii Aiiegnany 4-H Members To Go To Raleigh to Attend 4-H €lub Course ; Ang. IM3; Speotei Five Alfeghany county 4-H club girls and sin 4-H club bdys have odlto selected to lepresent the county at the State 4-H short course to be held at State College in Raleigh, August 18- 23, it was announced this week. The group will be accompanied by Mrs. I som Wagoner, home agent, and J. P. Burch, assistant county a gent. The week's activities will get underway Monday, August 18, when registration will begin and actual club work will begin the following Tuesday morningvClas ses will be held each morning and the afternoon will be taken up with county and district winners in dairy production, dairy foods, livestock judging, dress review and health contests will vie for the honor of statewide titles. Rec reational programs have also been planned. One of the main events plan ned, in addition to trips to the State Capitol, is the program to be presented by the State 4-H Honor Club on Thursday night, and the health pageant and re cognition of county and district winners and coronation of State king and queen of revue, fea turing the modeling of dresses by preliminary winners. Club members will stay in col lege dormitories while they at tend the course. A special 4-H club broadcast (Continued on Page 4) Leo Irwin Completes Law Training; Has Good Record It took twelve years for an Alleghany county man to make himself reedy for the career he had chosen but it was not all merely “a- going tq school job.” Leo H. Irwin, 30, son qt Mr. and Mrs. Carl Irwin, of Twin Oaks, last week learned that he was one of the 01 men to' pass the state bar examinat he, was one of the 153 U district bar association Mon. He is now definite location. Leo. high cord his m LEO H. iswor m ■ ■ *.* . . . , 1 l1 1 1 .■■■■■ '■■■ "I A Community Of Soil C onservation-Minded Farmers The above picture shows a section of a community in Alleghany county, where many farmers are interested in soil conservation. Reading from left to right: Stripcropping and pasture improvement on the farms of Robert Edwards, Herman Hudson and Cabel Wilson. There are more than 25 other farmers in this immediate community, who also have activated soil conservation plans. Work Continues On VFW Bldg; Sob-Flooring In Total Contributions Now $2,128.80; Much More Is Needed Work continues on the jj$KFW clubhouse end the foundation lor the nufk floor has already been W# rWi-ay. manddF, reported yesterday. Reg ular flooring has been ordered from the Oak Flooring company gt West Jefferson, delivery of which has been promised by the early part of September. All those who have not con tributed and who would like to do so, miy send their contribu tions to Gene Irwin, quartermas ter, gt Sparta. Plhns for sponsoring a street dancte to be held in the near fu ture* were discussed at the meet ing last Thursday. A picnic was held last night at Bluff Park for the members and specially invited guests. The next meeting of the post will be held Thursday, August 21. Contributions toward the build ing fund now total $2,120.80, how ever, $1,859.10 has already been spent., Those to contribute this (Continued on Page 5) R. L. Doughton Heard By Group Congressman R. L. Doughton was guest speaker at the dinner meeting of the chamber of com merce held at the community building Friday night when a number of sp"’'®"® invitwi weer present. Mr. , Doughl group the progress nucgnauji county had made and paid tri bute to some of Alleghany’s sons. The speaker was introduced by the president, Ben G. Reeves. The dinner was served by the ladies of the Lucille Ford Circle History Of New River Soil Conservation District Shows Popularity Among Farmers More than five hundred base ball fans gathered at the local baseball diamond, Sunday, to see the 5-0 shut-out game’ Sparta against Elk Creek. On the Sparta was Geyer. Thompson got on base five times out of five trips to the plate, bv an error, hit by a pitched ball and three hits. One of the best plays of the season was made by Mack Caudill when he came in fast from the left field to take a low line drive and relay the ball to first base for the final out of the game. Catching for Sparta was Holloway. ~ Sparta also scored a victory here, Saturday, defeating Grant 9 to 7. Sparta will go to Grant, Va.,1 on Saturday and Independence will play here on the Sparta dia mond, Sunday. The public is again reminded of thd box supper, to be sponsored by the Sparta ball team, which is to be held Saturday night at the courthouse at 8:30 o’clock. Prizes are to be awarded and a cake walk is to be held. The public is cor dially invited. Proceeds will go towards improving the local ball diamond. pleted 1,083 farm plans with co operating farmers operating 99, 023 acres as of July 1. And the majority of recpmmended soil conservation practices have al-1 ready been established farms. This has haa influence from the beginning on all farmers in the district as it (Continued on Page 4) Prospects Good For Wool Prices Good prices for wool have been predicted by R. E. Black, county agent, since both the house and senate passed the wool bid and farmers need not hold their wool any longer. Last year wool brought 52% cents for Alleghany sheep grow ers and 50 cents or better has been promised, Mr. Black stated. * A schedule for a wool sale will be announced in the near future. White Pine Seedlings Set Out On Busic Farm; Save Soil J. F. Busic planted a field of beam and followed with small grain on his farm at Piney Creek some ten years ago. In the fall following, the field was so badly eroded that Mr. Busic decided the field was* too far gone to cul tivate in any longer so he left it without any form of cultivation. In IMS, with the assistance of the Soil Conservation Service a complete acre by acre conserva tion fanning plan was developed on his farm. White pine seedlings for to be the best bet reclaiming the field. Clinton Bpalc, an older brother of J. F. Busic, is the Busic farm and he i cost hav Other good ' V sic stated that he believed he should strip crop all other cul tivated fields when they are plowed again." He pointed out that he realized that the field stripped last spring has eroded very little during the summer. Pastures and meadows have both been mU treated with lime and phosphate and tire once gul lied pasture fields are now al most completely covered with grass and clover. , . , Special Program To Be Held FrL For Two Counties./ Dr. Hugh Bennett, E. B. Gar> rett, I. E. Miles, R. L. Doughton To Speak Alleghany and Ashe farmers, along with other agricultural and business leaders will celebrate' the sixth anniversary of the New River Soil Conservation District tomorrow, when tours of the two counties will be made along with a formal program at West Jeffer son in the morning and evening. Dr. H. H. Bennett, Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, along with other authorities in this field, will take part on the pro gram. Veterans on the farm training program in several counties will attend as well as farmers and others - interested in soil conser vation. Among those taking part on the program in addition to Dr. Ben nett will be Dr. I. E. Miles, di rector of soil testing division. If. C. Dept, of Agriculture; Her bert White, President of the N. | C. Association of Soil Conser vation; E. B. Garrett, State Soil Conservationist, Congressman R. L. Doughton, Dr. B. B. Dougher ty and others. The program will open Friday morning at the community build ing in West Jefferson, at 10:30. Following registration and view ing at exhibits, the group will adjpurn to the West Jefferson high school building for a for mal meeting. Here Dr. E. B. Garrett, Congressman Dough ton and others will speak briefly. The meeting will adjourn at It 30 for lunch. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon the Miss Blanche Riddle, of Ashe ville, assumed he luties as Al leghany county se here on IS; has been emp, two and one t L. N. Bell in . health nur Jiss Riddle for the past years by Dr. ieville, having received her t aiJng at the Mis sion bosspjtal In Asheville, of which she is a graduate. She has just completed six week’s of field training in public health at the Greensboro City health department. Miss Riddle will be at the health departments hr t&e com munity building each Saturday from the hours of 8:30 o’clock to 12:00 noon to give vaccinations, blood tests and any other such duties. She will also assist in th« general clinic which is held each Tuesday by Dr. Robert R. King, Jr., health officer. Officers of the health deport ment stated that they were very fortunate in securing the services of Miss Riddle. She replaces Mr*. Stewart Medlin, the former Miss Matteline Gambill, who last October. Family Hold* Reunion SB fe TEfce Weaver family held their annual reunion last Sunday at the. home of jir. and Mrs. Fred G. Weaver, with twenty amt'