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6-pages today Southport, N. C.# Wednesday, April 19, 1950
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY $1.50 PER YEAR
to Last Minute
11 Qf 47 Candidates Have
fled For County Offices
[eliding At Least One
Each Position On
ard Of Education
U HAVE CONTESTS
Candidates For Each
rty Enter Race For
heriff Nomination; Ten
Democrats Out For
rtv seven candidates filed for
tv offices before the dead
gaturday, 33 of them for
es on the Democratic ticket
14 on the Republican ballot,
addition, there were 6 can
tes to file for township off
lj6 board of elections met here
irday for the purpose of in
king the registrars in their
es and for turning over to
n the necessary books and re
vas necessary to make three
1£es in the precinct organ
on. Mrs. Mae McKeithan re
ed as registrar at Southport
II and was replaced by Miss
ie L. St. George, Wilson Arnold
med at Supply and was re
ed by George Dance. Curtis
rett resigned as registrar at
isettown and was replaced by
. Dudley Lewis.
he board found that the pre
polling place at Supply still
(mowing is ci LumpicLc hoi ui
didates who filed for office:
enate: Walter M. Stanaland,
11 Williamson, and S. Bunn
ouse of Representatives: Tom
Ward and Harry L. Mintz, Jr.
lerk of Court: Sam T. Ben
t and Elrich Y. Hickman,
heriff: Ed. V. Leonard, O. W.
ry. Sr., Waynsie D. Evans and
udge Recorder's Court: W. J.
,amb, Geo. B. Ward and J. W.
'eroner: John G. Caison, Dave
•rish and Joe C. Wilson,
toard of Commissioners: 0« P.
lamv, F. Herbert Swain, J.
Ward,' Sr.„ Eddie Spencer, R.
Woodside. C. A. Montgomery,
ML Bennett, ElRoy King, R. L.
ion and H. O. Peterson,
ioard of Education: Herbert
ig. Thomas St. George, G. Ken
Lewis, B. A. Williams, J.
ith Stanley and Malcolm H.
Unstable: Northwest township,
on L. Ganey; Northwest town
3, J. E. Lewis; Smithville town
), Johnnie Hewett; Shallotte
■nship, Drew C. Long; and
illotte township, W. H. Todd,
ustice of Peace: Smith town
3, A. W. Smith.
'ollowing is a list of Republican
didates who filed:
louse of Representatives: Char
-ierk of Court: Harold Rivers
'heriff: J. Lindsey Robbins, H.
(Sinker) Willetts, G. W. Hugh
and G. W. Piver.
udge Recorder’s Court: C. C.
Ioard of Commissioners: A. R.
nson, Odell Jenrette, C. W.
ow, 1. E. Reynolds, Percy A.
Shes and E. Vance Gore.
:°unty Surveyor: L. C. Bland.
Southport Lions Club meets
borrow (Thursday) at 1 o'clock
lhe Community Building.
rs' F- Mollycheck has return
ome from a two weeks stay
e James Walker Memorial
spital Wilmington, where
^ underwent an operation on
,eJ hroat- She is now doing
s°uthport Lions Club wi
‘i01 a juke box dance Sa
Jl evcning at the Communi!
j m&‘ Proceeds derived fro
- event will go toward payir
F^tion of the cost for ma;
ugit Uring the month (
rJ'.an^ Mrs. W. A. Reynolds,
keeoi-. ^,ladotte> now of Lake
^hobee, Florida, are spend
Lt with relatives in Wil
eyn2 and at Shallotte. Mr.
Hot 5s’ f re&ular reader of The
lia off 1 ‘onda called around by
" °«ice Tuesday.
OPPONENTS — Senator Frank P. Graham, former president of the University of
North Carolina, is opposed for reelection to his seat in the United States Senate by for
mer Senator Robert R. Reynolds, center, and Willis Smith, Raleigh attorney, right.
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r orest tires
Lay Waste To
Light Showers Tuesday
Night Brought Some Re
lief To Forest Rangers
Who Have Been Unusual
ly Busy Recently
Brunswick county has suffered
heavy damage to young trees in
woodlands as a result of forest
fires during the past ten days.
And Forestry Officials estimate
that 25,000 acres of land have
been burned over. With the woods
very dry and high winds prevail
ing, the power and destructiveness
of forest fires has been asserted
wherever the flames could secure
In one fire, starting near Shal
lotte Monday approximately three
thousand acres were burned over.
This fire swept up to the clearing
just back of the REA office and
the Shallotte school buildings. One j
small, unused building was de
Another bad fire was burning
near Holden Beach Sunday and
Monday. The past ten days have
j brought . a continuous series of
! bad blazes and much young tim
! ber has either been destroyed
I or badly damaged.
I Tuesday night. brought light
j rains to lessen the danger to the
woods. Despite this prospect
Forest Warden Dorman Mercer is
calling on all citizens to be
especially viligent to prevent fires
from getting started and in aid-1
ing to combat them if they do
Cold Snap During Past
Week-End Threw Big
Blanket Of Frost Over
Young Vegetable Crop
Inquiry of County Agent A. S.
Knowles this week reveals that
the farmers in Brunswick are re
porting the almost complete de
struction of their snap, bean crops
by the cold weather of the past
Harvey Hewett of the Shallotte
community saved some of his by
puting pine straw over them. Joe
Cochran of Southport saved five
acres by having smudge fires on
the edge of his field during one
A number of farmers, says Mr.
Knowles, are reporting damage to
the corn crop that was up. Straw
berries were damaged to some ex
tent. Practically all blooms were
killed, but the growers expect
more bloom to come in time to
give a fair crop. Red spiders con
tinue to feed on the strawberry
leaves and to cut down on the
prospect for this crop.
In all, says Mr. Knowles, sev
eral thousand dollars in damage
was done to the various crops by
the cold weather. However, con
sidering the early season this
damage may be materially reduc
ed, especially if good weather
sets in immediately and continues.
Local Nine In
Class B Game
Southport Will Play Willi
ams Here Friday After
noon In First Game Of
State Championship Eli
Southport plays Williams high
school here Friday afternoon at
1:30 o’clock in the first game of
the Class B baseball championship
for North Carolina. A second con
Continued On Page Five
Warns Growers To
Save Tobacco Plants
County Agent A. S. Knowles
Sees Signs Of Severe
Shortage Of Plants In
Southeastern North Caro
IN FULL FORCE
County Agent Believes That
Cold Weather Of Past
Week-end Will Not
Prove Fatal To Plants
County Agent A. S. Knowles is
calling on Brunswick tobacco
growers to preserve all tobacco
plants they may have. He says
that tobacco plant shortages are
being reported in many nearby
counties, and it is necessary that
growers save all plants in Bruns
wick. This says Mr. Knowles, is
both to guard against any possible
local shortage and to fill needs
that may arise elsewhere.
Blue mold has been the chief
enemy of plants throughout the
southeastern part of the State.
It is advisable to continue spray
ing or dusting tobacco plants un
til transplanting is completed he j
warns. The weather is continuing
favorable for the development of
blue mold. Dust or spray after
each pulling of plants to insure
good coverage with fermate at
all times is his advice.
The recent cold weather and
frost did some damage to plants
that were already in the fields,
but it is thought that most of
them will survive. A few farmers
had removed the tobacco canvas j
from their plant beds and the
frost killed some beds and severe
ly damaged others. •
Blue mold has been severe on
small plants unprotected by fef
mate and will cause some grow
ers to have to look to neighboring
growers for their plants, but the
county agent thinks that there I
will be enough plants for every
one if the present supply is taken
care of and protected against
both mold and cold.
Last year Brunswick county
growers opened up their hearts
and plant beds -to growers in a
number of other counties. They
may be called upon to do a neigh
borly deed again.
Transplanting, he says, is get
ting off to a good start this week
and will swing out into high
gear next week. It is expected
that most of the Brunswick plants
will be set out by May 1st, Mr.
Knowles says. . y
Made In County
Telephone Company Is Now
Conducting Study Of
Needs And Cost Of Tele
Representatives of the Southern
Bell Telephone Company started
Monday with a servey of the
need and demand for communica
tion facilities beginning at Jackies
creek and extending westward
through the county.
This action has resulted from
repeated efforts on the part of
the telphone committee of the
Brunswick County Farm Bureau,
which has been constantly behind
this project for several years.
Recently the members of the
local committee conducted a sur
vey of prospective telephone users
throughput the counfcf, and later
T. T. Ward, chairman of the
telephone committee, and other
members of that group went to
Raleigh for a meeting with utilities
Continued On f*dge . Four
Save His Beans
Except for possibly a few
scattered beanstalks in gardens, '
Joe Cochran of Southport may
have had the only field of snap
beans left in Bruifewick. county
after the cold of the past week.
Mr. Cochran has five acres in
the beans and- they were not
injured. Robert McRackan who
lives 3 miles from town on
Route 130 is said to have suf
fered a complete loss to 6
acres. Partial credit may be
due to the fact that Cochran
had fires burning at two dif
ferent points around his field
Friday night. However, it is
said that the worst of the cold
struck Thursday and Saturday
Cochran sana ne went all over
Brunswick ^ounty Sunday and
everywhere he went he found
•that all beans and some other
crops had been killed. Dewey
Anderson of the Hickman’3
Crossroads community stated
Monday morning that about all
tobacco growers kept fires burn
ing near their plant beds and
this resulted in little loss of
Youth Meeting i
Southport Baptist Church!
Will Be Scene Of Baptist
Youth Rally Friday Eve-!
ning Of This Week
Friday night there will be aj
Baptist Youth Rally at the South- I
port Baptist church and young i
people from all the 27 Baptist;
churches in the Brunswick Asso- '
ciation will gather for fellowship, i
inspiration and open forum dis- i
cussion of youth work and pro-1
blems in the various churches.
J. H. Holden, moderator of the
(Continued On Page 5) i
Of Penalty On
County PM A Chairman Stat
es That Probable Penalty
This Year Will Be 19
Cents Per Pound
MAKE UP MIND
May Not Wait Until After
Tobacco Is Cropped To
Destroy Excess, But
Must Plow Up
Present indications, according
to S. L. Purvis, PMA chairman,
are that the excess tobacco penal
ty rates during the 1950-51 mar
keting year will change very little
from the 1949-50 marketing year
rate. The official rates will not
be available until some time in
May; however, it is estimated
that there will be a penalty of
19c per pound on this crop
whereas the penalty for the 1949
crop was 20c per pound.
The penalty rate is set prior
to the beginning of each market
ing year in accordance, with Sec
tion 314 of the Act which pro
vides for a penalty of 40% of the
average market price for such
kind of tobacco for the imme
diately proceeding year to be col
lected on the marketing of any
kind of tobacco in excess of the
marketing quota for the farm on
which the tobacco is produced.
Purvis stated that the county
office has been advised that re
gulations will be received permit
ting the farmer only 5 days from
the date of his notice 'of measured
acreage to decide whether or not
he wishes to harvest his excess
tobacco or destroy it before any
of the tobacco has been cropped.
According to this procedure, once
excess. tobacco has been cropped,
it cannot be destroyed to bring
the farm within the allotment.
Young Southport Man Sus
tained Painful Injuries
When Auto Struck Rear
End Of Big Truck
Thirteen stitches were required
to sew up the lacerations in the
head of Malcolm Frink, young
Southport man who has been in
the Dosher Memorial Hospital
since Sunday afternoon when he
drove a Ford Sedan into the rear
of a heavy, army type steel truck,
owned and operated by Wrily
Willis, also of Southport.
The truck is said to have been
damaged to the extent of $150.00.
The Ford was almost demolished.
The hood passed under the truck
body, and the bumper, engine and
right front wheel crashed against
the double rear left wheels of the
heavy truck. Young Frink was
knocked unconcious by the im
pact and the Ford, with no one
at the wheel, veered around the
truck and ran unguided for 270
feet, according to Patrolman J. C.
Taylor. It finally dashed itself up
on the curbing in front of the
tax collectors office.
Willis, the owner and operator
of the truck, stated that he knew
(Continued On page four)
W. B. KEZIAH
We’re wondering slightly what
Mrs. Jimmie Woltz of Long Beach
said Thursday night when Jimmie
carried home a brand new wash
board? We had just paid 98 cents
for that board and donated it to
the auction sale stuff for the
benefit of the Volunteer Fire De
partment. Wishing to protect our
investment, we bid a dollar on
it when it was put up for sale.
Jimmie, who was doing the auc
tioneering, thought he saw a
chance for a raise and he bid
a dollar and a half on his own
account and found liimeslf both
seller and buyer.
Henry Belk, editor of the Golds
boro News-Argus and a long-time
friend, wrote us this week that
he and Mrs. Belk were expecting
to be at Long Beach for their
summer vacation as usual this
year. Henry is one of a dozen
North Carolina newspaper editors
who are deeply interested in
Brunswick county beaches. George
Beasly, editor of the Montgomery
Herald, is now building a, new
home at Long Beach.
While the weather here may
have been just a little unusual
recently, making the wearing of
a coat comfortable in the early
mornings, it still has not been
anything like in various other
States. For illustration, Thomas
M. Thompson, now finishing
technical school at Fort Wayne,
Ind., wrote us on April 11 and
mentioned that it had been snow
ing hard there all of that mor
ning. Finishing college some years
ago Mr. Thompson,, who is the
son of Mrs. J. W. Thompson of
Southport, served in the Coast
Guard during the war and during
the past year or two has been
taking further studies in engineer
ing at Fort Wayne.
The use of pictures jn this
paper and in thousands of other
weeklies and some daily papers
calls for a rather involved pro
cedure that many readers of the
State Port Pilot may not under
Continued On Page Four
Want Mess Of Fish
Interesting Sidelight On Florida Shrimping Is That No}
Fish Appeared In Trawls
a neretoiore unmenuonea angle
to the Key West shrimping was
revealed Monday in an interview
with Captain Merritt Moore of
the Penny with which he re
turned Friday and is now getting
ready for local operations.
He says that in the shrimping
I at Key West the boats did not
j get enough fish for the crews to
get a meal. Now and then they
caught a mackerel but outside
of this just no fish were taken
except a few 3 and 4-inch speci
i mens. Since shrimp form one of
the main sources of food for fish,
it is a little odd that no fish
j are taken with the shrimp at
Another oddity thinks Captain
Moore is that all of the Key West
shrimping has to be done at night.
The boats simply cannot ' drag
them up in the daytime. It is
believed that in the daytim* the
shrimp go down in the abundant
wnite mud that covers the ocean
j bottoms in that area. This mud,
while powdery on top, is some
I thing like the “bull tallow” stuff
j frequently found at points in
j North Carolina. It is very hard
just under the soft surface mud
■' and once an anchor gets stuck
! deep it is a little hard to pull
I In the past few weeks the
| volume of the Key West catches
i of shrimp have been growing
| smaller. At the same time the
jsize of the product has also been
! growing smaller. At the present
!rate of things and if no new dis
covery is made the catches may
play entirely out in a very short
j The shrimp may show up there
| again next winter, Captain Moore
jsays, but he expects very little of
j any operations from now until
I that time.
Dr, Goodman Named
May Court Term
During the April term of civil
court attorneys and Solicitor
Clifton Moore took notice that
only a few minor cases were
waiting trial at the May term
of criminal court. The fact that
court week comes on election
week was also recognized.
The solicitor and attorneys
reached an agreement that if
there were no jail cases await
ing trial one month in advance
of the scheduled opening of
court, the term would be can
celled. Monday the board of
county commissioners acted in
accord with this agreement be
tween the solicitor and attor
neys. They passed a resolution
cancelling the May term. This
will automatically continue the
few minor cases on the docket
Hntil the September term.
Clerk of Court Sam T. Ben
nett states that the cancelling
of the May term of court will
save the county eight or nine
hundred dollars that would have
to be paid to the grand jury,
trial juries, court stenographer,
Routine Matters Disposed Of
Before Board In Regular
Session; Cancel May Term
Members of the board of coun
ty commissioners disposed of
routine business at their regular
meeting here Monday.
Included on their list of activi
ties was approval of changes in
the 1949-50 county school fund
budget supplementing state school
funds. These changes had nothing
to do with the total amount of
The board approved sale of 6
acres adjoining Southern Kraft
and Harrison Moore, known as
(Continued on page five*
Southport Memorial Asso
ciation Netted $142.00
From Benefit Supper Here
The members of the Southport
Memorial Association were de
lighted at the fine support given
on Thursday night supper for the
benefit of our cemetery work.
The net proceeds amounted to
$142. and will serve to good pur
pose in beginning work where
most needed on the cemeteries
until more funds can be secured.
The success of the supper is due
in large part to Mrs. Wiley Wells,
chairman of the special committee
appointed by the Board of Man
agers and her staff composed of
Mrs. F. M. Niernsee, Mrs. Louis
Hardee and Mrs. George Whatley.
In addition, there were ladies
from each of the participating
organizations of the community
who helped in serving and in
general assistance about the
Community Building. Everyone as
far as need arose contributed pies,
corn bread and other items of
the food supply.
Brunswick County Forestry
Council Organized At
Meeting Friday Night At
District Forester And W. S.
Edmunds, Head Of N. C.
Forestry Association, At
The Brunswick County Forestry
Council was formally organized
.Friday night at a well attended
meeting at the office of County
Agerit A. S. Knowles in Supply.
Officers elected were Dr. E. G.
Goodman, chairman; Fred Mintz,
vice-chairman T. T. Ward, secre
tary and treasurer. The executive
committee is composed of Roland
Simmons, H. L. Clemmons, D. L.
William Edmunds of Wananish,
secretary of the North Carolina
Forestry Association, and Joe
Herlevich of Whiteville District
Forestry Warden, were present
and told the gathering of interest
ed farmers and landowners what
the council can do to promote
better forest production practices.
The officials pointed out that
forest fires are the No. 1 pro
duction problem at the present
time. But, looking to long-time
production, there are several
practices that should be follow
ed to improve and protect this
most important crop. The woods
crop in Brunswick has been
estimated to be worth more than
all other crops put together in
The council will work vigorous
ly in the interests of the wood
lands keeping in line with the
other such organization that have
been organized throughout the
State in reecnt years.
Jerry Ball Show
Talented Pianist And Archie
Thornhill Combined To
Furnish Good Entertain*
ment Here Thursday Eve
Jerry Ball and Archie Thorn
hill, two employees of Standard
Oil Co. and employed in the public
relations department, scored an
other success before a Southport
audience Thursday night when
they put on a program for the
benefit of the Volunteer Fire De
It developed that Thornhill not
only is a capable master of cere
monies, but is an accomplished vo
calist as well. It already was a well
established fact that Ball is a
versatile and talented pianist, and
the musical efforts of this pair
highlighted a good evening of en
The program was given variety
through a number of stunts, for
which valuable prizes were award
ed participants. The crowd thor
oughly enjoyed these audience
A more serious portion of the
program was a picture showing
various hazards which may result
in dangerous petroleum fires, and
many methods for their preven
tion were explained.
The Charlotte men had hoped
to combine an exploratory fish
ing trip with their visit, and did
go out on Thursday as guests
of Capt. James Arnold. However,
bad weather forced them in and
(Continued on page fivej
Annual Meeting Of Woman’s
Missionary Society Of
Brunswick Association At
Officers For Next Year
Elected By Gathering
The Annual Associational Wo
mans Missionary Society meeting
was held Thursday at the South
port Baptist church. Represen
tatives from the different societies
in the county attended this meet
ing to present reports of work ]
done the past year and elect the
officers for the new year.
Miss Laura Frances Snow, state .
field representative, discussed the •
cooperative program and pointed
out that this program is the best
way in which all Southern Baptist
churches can work together for
the fair promotion of all the work
outlined by the Southern Baptist
Convention in America and
throughout the world.
Miss Lillian Williams, mission
ary in Colombia, South America,
brought greetings from the Mis
sionary Societies in that land and
a descriptive report of Baptist
progress in Colombia.
Rev. H. M. Baker, pastor of the
local church, spoke on the in
dividual responsibility of every
Christian to be a soul-winner if
Christians are to e faithful to
the commands purposes of
Mrs. h. H. Reynolds, divisional -
superintendent, brought the clos
ing message of the program. Mrs.
Reynolds spoke on '•“Your Labor
Is Not In Vain In The Lord’’.
The new officers elected at this -
meeting are: Mrs. M. B. Robbins,
Winnabow, associational superin
tendent; Mrs. H. M. F-ker, South
port, assistant sup rintendent;
Mrs. W. E. Greer, Bolivia, secre
tary-treasurer; Mrs T. Me
Rackan, Southport, assistant sec
retary-treasurer; Mrs. Dennis. He
wett, Supply, community missions
Chairman; Mrs. J. D. Johnson,
Bolivia, mission study chairman;
Mrs. Paul Lewis, Winnabow,
stewardship chairman; Mrs. Fos
ter Mintz, Bolivia, training school
and Margaret Fund chairman; .
Mrs. Alex Bogie, Winnabow, liter
ature chairman; Mrs. Dewey Rob
bins, Winnabow, young people's
(Continued of page four)
Seniors Present •
“Almost Eighteen” Will Be
Presented Friday Night
At 8 O’Clock In High
Members of the senior class of
Southport high school are rehear
sing for their performance of the
three-act comedy, “Almost Eigh
teen” which will be presented at
the auditorium on Friday eve
ning, April 21. Principal H. T.
Sanders is directing the play.
G. W. Fisher will be “Eddie”,
whose ambitions, hopes and
romance furnish the laughs and
tears. Linda Hickman will play
opposite him as “Ann Sherman,”
his ideal. Other members of the
cast are as follow: William Barry, ,
Leroy Stanley; Grace Barry,
Continued on page four
Following is the tide table
for Southport during the next
week. These hours are approxi
mately correct and were furn
ished The State Port Pilot
through the courtesy of the
Cape Fear Pilot’s Association.
High Tide Low Tide
Thursday, April 20,
9:34 A. M. 3:47 A. M.
9:55 P. M. 3:42 P. M.
Friday, April 21,
10:07 A. M. 4:25 A.
10:32 P. M. 4:19 P. M.
Saturday, April 22,
10:47 A. M. 5:05 A. M.
11:16 P. M. 5:00 P.‘M.
Sunday, April 23,
5:51 A. M.
ll :36 A. M.
0:00 P. M.
0:06 A. M.
12:34 P. M.
5:48 P. M.
6:44 A. M.
6:47 P. M.
Tuesday, April 25,
1:03 A. M. 7:43 A. Mi
1:40 P. M. 7:56 P. M.
Wednesday, April 26, n
2:06 A. M. 8:44 A. M.
2:46 p. M. 9:06 P. S4