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Southport, N. C., Wednesday, December, 22, 1948 published every Wednesday per yea?
ISport Still
[jst For State
^ ,Tion Was Here For
|^tionL?t Week
UarV Vann OBriant, a
' 'of the -staff of the De
r~ - ot" Public Instruction,
Uit to the county last
wvi? <?? sh*"ottel
cguthport schools.
Parent-Teachers Associa
*, tl,e Southport school has
-major project this year
lament of obsolete and
? equipment in the ele
? school. Mrs. M. B. San
Lhe local Parent-Teachers
n president, accompan
?* o'Braint in the inspection
southport school and was
of the needs to bring
&& up to present require
(or accreditment.
* elementary school must
?ventv-five percent if its
? holding "A" certificates
rt is the only white school
to county that meets this
r- Miss OBriant will
???? Southport school again
W to see if the recom
^ons have been carried out.
schools of the county are
r?X. with a shortage of
L. ciass rooms. Seven teach
ce holding classes in audi
-s Three schools have from
,10 three classes going on at
ame time in the auditorium,
s schools are unable to have
public performances because
:t lack of space for prepara
tTte means that the children
not being taught to perform
tt large groups.
present estimated cost for
oms runa from $7.000.00 to
... v.", u/r room.'or $10.00 per
in root. With the increased
j-ent it is anticipated that
will be an increase of at
five teachers in the county
year. This would bring the
H need to 12 rooms.
: present levy for school
oes is approximately $25,
) per year. Around $7.000.00
i amount goes for debt ser
The insurance for buildings
eo.uipment cost around
MtU per year. Approximate
?000.00 per year is spent for
cz.-,\ education. The county
1 ceer. spending approximately
W.QO per year foT transport
equipment to take care of
.x: dsed number of children.
2 leaves around $6,000.00 to
B buildings in operating con
T. Denning, superintendent of
Kis, says: "We need State aid
tapitoi outlay. This can be
tei if enough of our people
I behind the movement. The
led forces for Education are
b? the 1949 Legislature to
?de $50.000,000.00 for a state
i building program. Most of
people are members of one
?re of the group that are
gating that steps be taken
5eet the needs of our schools,
t schools are soliciting your
fcWill you answer the call?"
Iriif Ntwt
^ager Hubert Livington of
'*? B. & s. Bus Lines an
that on Christmas day
!t?&ular Sunday scehdule will
employees will have Fri
Saturday and Monday off
^istrnas, according to Mayor
Livington. Work will be
on Tuesday morning,
?sber 2S.
?V"'HT m\ss
"ytmas evs sendees at, the
? Hf. Catholic church in
"Pw. will be marked by a
N1 preceded by carol
that will begin at 11:30
f<- Tb- p iblic is invited to
111 this service.
Christmas Pilgrims" w-ill
; ?ented 011 Thursday evening
^ ?*-lock at Southport Pres
chur. h. About 35 young
^ *'11 participate in the pro
'S under the direc
p, Jlr? J. M. Wolfe, Mrs.
H, C'J ana Mrs. J. M. Wag
Corbett Coleman
Back On Board
In Soil Program
Reelected Member Of Coun
ty Soil Conservation Com
mittee In Balloting Early
Corbett Coleman was reelected
J to the County Soil Conservation
i Committee of the Lower Cape
Fear Soil Conservation District
I in a vote tabulated last week.
The other candidates in this
election were A. J. Walton, Jr.,
and Earl Thompson.
An election is held each year
to elect a committeeman for a
3-year term. The present commit
tee consists of Corbett Coleman
of Ash, Gilbert T. Reid of Winna
bow and W. Claude Gore of Shal
lotte. One of these men will re
present Brunswick county at the
annual meeting of Soil Conser
vation District Supervisors at
Shallotte January 13 and 14.
Many Motorists
Wait Too Long
No More Opportunity For
Drivers Whose Names Be
gin With E, F And G To
Take Test Before January
1st, 1949
Only a scattering of E, F, &
G license applicants appeared be
fore examiner N. E. Hudson at
Southport and Shallotte Monday
and Tuesday. These two appoint
ments marked the last visit of
the examiner to Brunswick be
fore the end of the month and
the deadline for having the
license if you want to drive a jcar.
Mr. Hudson will be on vacation
next Monday and Tuesday. He
says that more than a hundred
Brunswick drivers have failed to
get their license. They waited
too long. With the examiner not
to be in the county again this
Continued On Page Four
No Bond Sought For
Hart In Murder Case
S. B. Frink, Attorney For
Woodrow Hart, Says That
No Effort Will Be Made
To Free Client Before
Because Of Information Con
tained In Confession Made
By Hart First Degree
Indictment Unlikely
Woodrow Hart still is in jail
awaiting trial for the murder of
Edward Wescott and his attorney,
S. B. Frink, says that no effort
will be made to get him out on
"Because of the nature of the
facts revealed in his confession,"
said Mr. Frink, "I have no doubt
but that bond could be arranged.
However, the January term of
Superior court will convene here
on the 24th and we will just
wait until that time to see what
can be done about getting my
client out of jail."
Wescott was found dead near
(Continued of page four)
Local Merchant
Passes At Home
W. F. Jones Died Thursday
Morning At Home; Funer
al Services Conducted On
Friday Afternoon
W. F. Jones, prominent busi
ness man of Southport for the
past 15 years, died at his home
j here early Thursday morning. He
I had been in declining health for
the past several years.
Mr. Jones was 55-years of age,
I a veteran of the first world war
| and a member of the American
j Legion. He was a resident of Wil
mington and a boilermaker by
I (Continued on page six)
Lighting Contest
Attracts Entries
Again this year the Southport
Woman's Club is sponsoring a
Christmas lighting contest, and
Mrs. R. B. Thompson, chairman
of this event, says that judging
will be conducted on Christmas
Eve from 8 o'clock to 10 o'clock.
This year in addition to the
usual prizes for house decora
tions, there is a special section
for commencial decorations. Al
ready many of the stores and
business places have decorated
for the holiday season.
Wildlife Group
Leases Acreage
For Lespedeza
Representative Of Raleigh
Office Notifies Johnnie
Price Of Decision To Use
Land Near County Home
Long-Range Program Calls
For Increase In Acreage
Used For This Purpose
After First Year
Johnnie Price was notified this
week that the North Carolina
Wildlife Resources Commission
has decide to use five acres of
his land lying back of the county
farm for use in raising bicolor
lespedeza plants next year.
Bill McConoughey, a representa
tive of the department, spent last
week in this area looking for
suitable land. He particularly lik
ed the Price land, and a tenta
tive agreement was reached with
the owner Friday afternoon.
The wildlife folks will seed this
five-acre plot next spring and will
raise plants to set out in 1950
for the purpose of raising seed.
The idea is to have a large stock
of bicolor seed and plants for
free distribution to farmers
throughout North Carolina so
that they may be planted for
quail feed.
The location of this project in
this area will mean additional
favorable publicity for the soil
and climate of Brunswick county,
as both these factors were con
sidered in choosing a local site.
Commissioners In
Session Monday
Another Busy Day For New
Board As Matters Of Im
portance Come Up For
Members of the board of county
commissioners in regular session
here Monday made provision for
all county offices to close Thurs
day at noon and to reopen on
Tuesday morning, December 28.
This Christmas holiday period Is
in keeping with those .being ob
served by officials of nearby
Members of the board discuss
ed the salaries of W. P. Jorgen
son, newly appointed auditor, and
of Edward H. Redwine, named
to succeed Jorgensen at tax col
lector. A decision was reached
to leave the salaries as they have
been for the jobs affected by the
Jorgensen receive notice of his
appointment Friday and was
sworn in Saturday by Clerk of
Court Sam T. Bennett. He will as
sume his duties as soon as Audi
tor W. C. Raines has checked out
the late R. C. St. George, and Red
wine will go to work in the tax
office as soon as Mr. Raines can
complete a check-out for Jorgen
Some time was spent discussing
the appointment of a successor
to J. E. Dodson as county farm
agent, but no final action re
The commissioners heard sever
al petitions v from interested
parties regarding reclaiming pro
perty which has been foreclose by
the county for taxes, and pro
vision was made for several par
cels of property to be reclaimed
upon payment of taxes, penalties
and costs.
Before another issue of The j
Pilot appears Christmas will be;
in the past and we will be ap
proaching the New Year. It is
appropriate to say here what we
sinccrely feel?We wish all who
read this column, and everybody
else, a very happy Christmas and
a bright New Year.
Having cheer leaders in the per
son of several attractive and live
ly girls is not a bad idea to
stimulate attendance at the school
basket ball games Shallotte and
I Southport are both following the
I plan this' season. We don't Know
j about the other "schools, but it is
I worth trying. Incidently all of the
I white schools could learn some
! thing about cheer leaders by at
tending one of the gamete at the{
i Brunswick County Training
school in Southport. For anything
| in the way of a ball game in the
gymnasium of their school from
50 to 75 young people can be
depended upon to make things
lively with their cheering.
On one Brunswick county farm
the egg crop sold for $13,500.00
this year, and eggs are not the
only thing. This farm does not
put everything in one basket not
even all its eggs. Stores are now
having to pay around 65 cents
per dozen for eggs, buying them
A few years from now in we
are still here, we shall be able
to do some first class bragging
Continued On Page Four
Ak, dearest Jesus, Holy Ckild
Make Tkee a ted, soft, undefiled,
Witkin my keart, tkat it may te
A quiet ckamker kept for Tkee.
My keart for very joy dotli leap,
M.y lips no more can silence keep,
I too must sing, witk joyful tongue
Tkat sweetest ancient cradle song, ^
Glory to God in kigkest Heaven,
Wlio unto man His son katk given.
Wkile angels sing, witk pious mirtk,
A glad New Year to all tke eartk. ,
Coast Guard Watching
For Arrival Of Santa
Rumor Has It That St. Nicholas Will Arrive By Plane And
May Make Emergency Landing
Santa Claus is due to show up
around here Friday afternoon
about 4 o'clock, and the rumor
mill has it that the men at Oak
Island Coast Guard Station have
received orders to keep a sharpe
lookout for the jolly gentleman in
the red suit.
They are telling it around that
Santa is due to arrive here by
plane, and if he does he undoubt
edly will run into some difficulty
making a landing. Could be that
he will set his plane down on
some nearby smooth sandy beach,
in which event he will require
a little taxi service to the Com
munity Building, where he has a
date with a lot of Southport boys
and girls. Or there is even the
possibility that with no landing
strip available Santa may hit the
silk, coming to land wherever he
I drifts with his chute.
That's where the Coast Guard
I comes in, and if Santa Claus and
j his pack come to rest anywhere
in view of the men at the station,
it is a good bet that they wiU
see to it that the star attraction
of the Southport Community
Christmas Tree will be delivered
to the right place, and on time.
That would be to th* govern
ment dock in front" of the Com
munity Building somewhere about
the hour of 4 o'clock, for that is
when he is supposed to start
handing out toys to all children
under 10 years of age. Immediate
ly following the distribution of
gifts, there will be an old-faahion
ed Christmas Carol sing, to which
everyone isVinvited.
Santa Claus will leave the Com
munity Building and will go to
the Brunswick County Training
School where he will do a repeat
| performance for the children
'there, presenting a gift to each
I child under 10 years of age.
Mrs. Helen Bragaw is person
I ally in charge of these activities.
Washington Reports
Hope For Refugees
Holidays Will
Begin Thursday
The schools of Brunswick
county, both white and colored,
will close at noon tomorrow
(Thursday) for a short Christmas
holiday. They will all reopen on
Monday, January 3rd. This gives
the children six find one half days
Veedom from their books and the
school room.
Short holidays cannot be help
ed under school conditions this
year, however. Much time was
lost in opening, due to the polio
danger. All schools strated out
under a heavy handicap .of. time.
Now they must either plfcR up for
lost time in every possible way
or else continue the schools until
an unreasonable late date in the
spring. Even with short holidays
the schools are faced with the
prospects of not being able to
close until after the usual time.
Routine Session
In County Court
Cases Of Unusual Interest
Brought Before Judge W.
J. McLamb Wednesday
With Two Most Import
ant Bound Over
Two cases, one for murder, the
other assault with a deadly wea
pon, were bound over from Re
corder's court here Wednesday by
Judge W. J. McLamb. Hearing
was waived in the murder case
while the defendant in the assault
case was bound over to superior
court after evidence had been
Rice Gwynn, Jr. assault with
deadly weapon, State made mo
tion for jury trial and defendant
appealed from this motion. The
case was heard, probable cause
being found and defendant bound
over to Superior court under
$400.00 bond.
Woodrow Hart, murder, preli
mary hearing waived and defend
ant sent to Superior court.
Les Clark, drunken driving,
fined $100.00 and costs.
Herman Bridges, reckless oper
ation, continued.
Russell S. Nesbett, speeding,
A1 Rambler, speeding, capias.
George Howard Lewis, assault
and non-support, continued.
Luther C. Piver, assault and
non-support, continued.
George Morris, public drunk
ness, ordered to serve a total of
Continued On Page Four
Methodist Choir
Presents Cantata
"The Song Of The Holy
Night" Sung Sunday Af
ternoon As First Feature
Of Holiday Season Spec
"Song of the Holy Night", a
simple but beautiful Christmas
cantata, was presented Sunday
afternoon by the choir of Trinity
Methodist church for the apprecia
tion of a full congregation which
had braved one of the worst days
of winter.
Success of the program was
due not to any one or two out
Continued On Page Four
Indications Are That Eston
ians Who Made Perilous
Atlantic Crossing Last
Summer May Remain
ON $500.00 BOND
President Has Indicated Per
sonal Interest In These
People And Special Act
May Be Forthcoming
Late dispatches from Washing
ton are to the effect that 10 of
the Estonian refugees, brought in
here last August and September
on the small boats, Rowland and
Prolific, have been given their
liberty under J500.00 bond and
WB1 remain ^ tlw, I'nited Stat?.
It is said that a total of 84
of the refugees will be liberated,
which is understood to have been
the full number on the two ves
sels. Bonds of ?500.00 each are
being required for each if the
heads of families and for each
adult. These bonds are being put j
up by various social agencies in-1
terested in the plight of the re
fugees. No bonds are required
for the children.
This act of liberting them un
der bond does not mean definite
ly that they will be allowed to
remain in the United States per
manently. The bonds and freedom
appears to be a matter of tempor
ary relief until the question is
settled as to whether they shall
be deported. It will probably take
an act of Congress to perimt
them to remain in the United
President Truman is quoted as
saying he would personally ap
prove legislation that would per
mit them to remain in this coun
try. ?
The Rowland, first of the boats
to arrive here, bringing 15 of the
refugees on Aug. 17th, is still
anchored in the Southport har
bor. This is a small 37-foot boat
and nearly four months were re
quired for the 15 men, women and
children to make the 7500 journey
from Sweden. The Prolific, a lar
ger vessel, arrived about the mid
dle of September.
Southport Teams
In Even Break
Record Now Stands at Three
Victories And Three De
feats In County Contests;
Leland Wins Two
The Southport high school
basketball teams earned an even
break in games played during the
past week, dividing a double bill
with Bolivia, sweeping two games
from Shallotte and dopping a
i pair of games to the strong Le
I land invaders.
The Southport boys were un
defeated until they ran afoul the
j Leland quint here last night. The
! Northwest township boys were
I quick and clever and held a com
1 manding lead throughout the
> contest, which ended in a 33 to
25 victory.
The Leland girls were having
a good night with their shoot
| ing and piled up a 41 to 30
| victory over the local sextet, who
refused to be outclassed.
j In a double bill here Friday
: night Shallotte lost two games
i to the locals, the girls by a score
! of 36 to 19, the boys by a score
of 22 to 15.
1 The local girls lost their first
| Continued On Page Six
Elroy King Will :
Head AAA Farm
Program In '49
Waccamaw Township Man
Re-Elected Head of Coun
ty Committee; S. L. Purvis
Named Vice-Chairman
This I* In Accordance With
Plans Announced Some
Time Ago To Consoli
date Administration
As a result of the December
election for the 1949 farm pro
township continues as chairman
gram, Elroy King of Waccamaw
for the county committee. With
him on the county committee la
Sylvanus L. Purvis and G. Mar
tin Bennett, Paul Brown is First
Alternate and J. Manley Bennett
is second alternate.
Instead of community commit
tees several of which have here
tofore been in each township, the
1949 program will have only six
community committee, one serv
ing each of the six townships.
These six community commit
tees are as listed below. The first
named in each case is the chair
man, the second vice-chairman'
the third members and others
are alternate members.
Lock woods Folly?A. Rosemond
Mooney, Edwin S. Clemmons, Wilv
liam R. Brown, Oscar Gray and
James H. Galloway.
North West township?Fitzhugh
L. Medlin, Charles W. HarvelJ,
G. Blaine Skipper, J. L. Sessoma
and Leo F. Medlin.
Smithville township? Clarence
Lennon, Garfield Clemmons, Her
bert Johnson, *J. F. Swain and
Ralph K. Sellers.
Shallotte township ? Herbert
Russ, Rufus R. Sommersett, Al
bert Russ, Henry M. Hickman
and A. Millard Blanton.
Town Creek township?Sylvan^
us L. Purvis, Thomas E. Rabon,
Clifton Wescott, Roy G. Sellers
and William E. Lewis.
Waccamaw township?Thurston
Hughes, Lomile Bvartf, 1 jester C.
Babson, Sinclair C. Gore and B. L.
! Local Man Held
For Hit And Run
Alton Tolar Lodged In Jail
Monday Following Arr??t
On Charge Of Hitting
Child On Highway Near
Held on a charge of hit and
run without stopping to render
assistance to his victim, Alton 1*
Tolar of Southport and Wilming
ton was lodged in Jail here Mon
day afternoon. The arrest wu
made by State Highway Patrol
man C. M. Cummings.
Tolar and a companion, D. J.
Lewis of Southport, were travel
ing north over Route 131 be
tween Southport and Winnabow.
Nine miles out of Southport at.
the old Willetts farm Mack Catoo,
3 years old, and his four and a
half year old brother were walk
ing alongside the highway. They
had their arms full of Christmas
According to Tolar's story when
arrested over ar; hour later, the
younger child walked directly in
to the side of the car. Instead
of stopping Tolar is alleged to
have sped on. Returning to the
scene later he was promptly ar
rested by Patrolman Cummings
who was making an investiga
The child had meanwhile beep
found by its father and others
and taken to the hospital. Tolar
told the patrolman that after the
child ran into the side of the car
he drove right on. Later on h?
became scared and returned to
the spot intending to give hl^i
seft up.
College Girls
And Boys Home
Returning Student? Add To
Life And Activity Of
Southport During Christ
mas Week
College students have returned
to their homes in Southport for
their Christmas vacations. In
cluded in the group are Afln Mp
Racken, Meredith; Betty Todd
Corlette, Atlantic Christian Col
lege; Pat Arlington, Flora Mac
donald; Bess Miller Plaxco, Mary
Baldwin; Mary Lou Hanson, Wo
man* College.
Joel Moore, Jr., the Citadel;
Jack Swan, State College; Harold
Aldridge, Wake Forest; Bobtff
Jones and Ed Harrelson, Univen
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