Diligence is the mother
of good fortune.
72nd Year ? No. 16
Frankl?n, N. C, Thursday, April 18, 1957
Price 10 Cents
Recent rains washed out some shoulder sections along the new roadbed of the Franklin
Georgia. link of US 23-441. Crews are now at work repairing the damage and preparations are
under way for paving the 12.46-.mile link. The pictured washout is near the Union cutoff.
Closed As Work Is Resumed
The 12.46-mile link of US 23
?441 from Franklin to the Geor
gia state line was closed to
traffic yesterday (Wednesday)
as work preparatory to paving
got under way.
8. T. Usry, resident state
highway engineer, says watch
men are being posted at both ,
ends of the project to stop traf
Since -winter halted work on
the job several months ago,
through traffic has been mov
ing over the new roadbed.
Now that work has been re
sumed, the engineer said the
highway is closed to "all traf
fic" and will not be open until
paving is completed "some time
The contractor, W. E. Gra
ham, flew here Monday for an
inspection of the project.
Recent rains washed out some
shoulder sections along the new
highway, but did little damage,
according to Mr. Usry. Repairs
already are under way on the
shoulder washouts, which prob
ably were not any more serious
than those occurring on most
new construction Jobs, the en
Sunrise Services, Church
Events Slated For Easter
Maconians are now preparing <
to celebrate Easter at tradition
al sunrise and church services.
At least four sunrise services
?are scheduled over the county.
The annual dawn service atop
mile-high Wayah Bald will
again be held at "High Heaven",
Camp of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer
Speaker will be the Rev. Rob
ert J. (Bob) Goldston, pastor of
the West Macon Methodist Cir
cuit. He is now serving his
third year as circuit pastor
here and just recently was grad
uated from Candler Theological
Seminary in Atlanta, Ga.
The service will begin at 5:30.
Churches of Highlands .and
Cashiers are sponsoring the an
nual^ dawn rite on Whiteside
Set to begin at 6 o'clock, the
service in the parking lot near
the crest of the ancient moun
tain is expected to attract sev
eral hundred worshippers.
Bringing the Easier message
will be the Rev. Eugene Walter,
pastor of the Highlands Bap
tist ? Church.
Music will be by a choir of
voices from the participating
4-H Leader Workshop
Is Slated Friday
A workshop conference for 4
H community leaders is set for
tomorrow (Friday) at the Agri
On hand to assist local ex
tension officials will be G. L.
Carter, of Raleigh, assistant
state 4-H leader.
Workshop hours will be 2 to
4 p. m.
In addition to group discus
sions on a variety of topics, in
cluding record books, commun
ity club records, gardening,
dairy foods, health, recreation
and cralts, those attending will
hear a talk by Jo Anne Boles
bee, of the Nantahala club. Her
topics will be "The Philosophy
No charge will be made over
the toll road up the mountain
for the service.
Raven's Hock Rite
Another annual service is
planned on Raven's Rock, in the
The Rev. Glenn Anderson,
pastor of the Macon Methodist
Circuit, will preach. He will be
assisted at the service by the
Rev. Sherman Beird, assistant
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 10
And He Did
What He Said
He Would Do!
Just as the postmaster gen
eral said, rural "route patrons
didn't get their mall delivered
Irom the Franklin post office
last Saturday whan Congress
failed to appropriate extra
money to the Post Office De
Franklin Postmaster Zeb Mea
dows this week said "everybody
took it in stride ... no one
seemed bitter about it." He said
Monday morning always is a
busy one in the post office and
Saturday's non-delivery of mail
didn't make too much extra
There was a noticeable in
crease in mall, but he attribut
ed this to Monday's being the
income tax filing deadline.
While the newspapers have
carried the announcement that
Congress and the postmaster
general have got together, and
that restoration of mail service
has been ordered, Mr. Meadows
said service cannot be restored
here until he receives official
orders to that effect. At mid
week, such an order had not
been received. Whether it will
reach him before Saturday he
did not know.
TOWNS OOIET ]
AS ELECTIONS I
DRAW NEARER 1
Franklin Has No
Highlands Has One
Although there aren't many l
outward signs to indicate it, I
Saturday is the deadline for '
candidates to file for office in (
Franklin and Highlands. (
Franklin's political ring was I
empty and Highlands' had but J
one hat ? a reelection "derby" I
belonging to Commissioner H S ]
Talley, who filed a couple of 1
weeks ago. ,
But, in spite of the apparent i
lack of interest in the May 7 1
biennial elections in the coun- ,
ty's two towns, the deadline
(Saturday, 5 p. m.) is expected 1
to flush the usual number of 1
Franklin will elect a mayor ,
and six aldermen, while High- J
lands voters will pick a mayor ,
and five town commissioners. |
Two thousand letters with '
Easter Seals in them have been '
mailed to citizens of Macon Coun- ;
ty as the major effort for furds
in the annual crippled children
money campaign. (
Girl Scouts will sell Easter lillies
Saturday in Franklin in another ?
E. J. whitmire, chairman of 1
the Macon County Society for
Crippled Children, has been visit
? ing schools and explaining the
i society's program. He raid this
; drive is the only one officially
endorsed by the state superintend
Mr. Whitmire promised the
schools that the gross amount
raised by each one would be re
turned for use in the school dis
trict. He said this is made possi
ble by several large personal do
nations from throughout the coun
Dr. J. H. Fisher, county rabies
inspector, has announced his final
schedule of rabies vaccination
On April 22 he will be at Led
ford's Store from 3 to 4 p. m., and
at Shields' Store from 4 to 5 p. '
m.; on April 23, Crawford's Store
4 to 5 p. m.; April 25, Prentiss
post office, 3 to 4 p. m. 1
GOING TO CONVENTION
Mrs. Harry Pangle, ? president
of East Franklin P.-T. A., and
Mrs. Frank Martin, vice-presi
dent of Franklin P.-T. A., will 1
go to the annual Parent-Teach- ?
1 er Association state convention i
in Winston-Salem next week.
? Pr?M IUf PDom
'Cameraman' H. TV Ferguson 'Dollies In' With His Camera
Murphy And Macon Swap
Bueck Coming Here
From Murphy, McSwain
Taking His Job
Murphy and Macon County
ire swapping school superin
tendents in actions described as
'unplanned" by Erwin Patton,
:hairman of the county board
H. Bueck, superintendent of
Murphy City Schools for 25
rears, was hired by the local
joard on April 9 to succeed the
present superintendent, Holland
vfcSwain, but the action went
unannounced until Monday
night to "give Mr. McSwain
;ime to make his plans," ac
cording to Mr. Patton.
Monday afternoon the Mur
phy school board announced
hat it had hired Mr. McSwain
[s Being Washed i
"Clean Up Week" is under ?
way in Franklin and a well- ]
scrubbed look is beginning to
show through in spots.
Because of court week crowds
and the threat of rain, the ]
scheduled scrub down of Frank- j
tin's main streets by volunteers
yesterday (Wednesday) was
postponed until next Wednesday
Merchants also are rallying
behind a proposal to have flow
er boxes in front of business
establishments in town. Bob S.
Sloan, chairman of "Clean Up
Week", reports .that 14 mer
chants have ordered boxes,
which are being made by F. F.
Cowee Baptist Revival
Is Now Under Way With
Doyle Miller Preaching
Revival services started at the
Cowee Baptist Church Sunday
night and will continue each
night at 7:30 through April 24. '
The Rev. J. Doyle Miller is
preaching and Mrs. Ed Brogden
has charge of the music.
The pastor, the Rev. Clyde
Rhinehart, extends a welcome to
Slate Meeting Friday;
The American L<egion and the
American Legion Auxiliary will
meet at Siagle Memorial Building
Friday night at 7:30 o'clock.
A program on "Child Welfare
and Mental Health" will be given.
Hostesses for the meeting are
Mrs. Frank Reece, Mrs. Frank I.
Murray, and Mrs. Reid Womack.
SCOUTERS TO MEET
Scouters of the Smoky Moun
tain District will meet tomor
row (Friday) night at 6:30 at
?lark's Restaurant between
Franklin and Dillsboro. Several
from here plan to attend.
UNION SING FRIDAY
A public singing at Union
School, sponsored by the P.-T. A.
and in which any individual or
?roup of singers is invited to par
ticipate, will be held tomorrow
(Friday) night at 8 o'clock. No
admission wijl be charged, but
an offering will be taken.
to succeed Mr. Bueck.
The two superintendents will j
change jobs July 1. s
Mr. Patton said the action to
relieve Mr. McSwain of his du
ties and to hire Mr. Bueck was ?
unanimous. In addition to Mr. 1-'
Patton, the other two board o
members are C. C. Sutton and p
George Gibson. C
Nothing Secret d
In an interview yesterday 0
(Wednesday), .Mr. Patton made f
the voluntary statement that *"
there was "nothing secret" in
the hiring of Mr. Bueck. f
"We had been hoping to get v
him for several weeks . . . when f
he agreed to come here the t
board members decided to be i:
quiet about it until Mr. Mc- F
Swain could make his plans for i:
a change," he explained. ?
Miss Jean Phillips and Miss
Margaret Jones, Franklin High
School entrants, won first places
in the 11th annual Western Dis
trict Science Fair and High School
Day, held Wednesday of last week
it Western Carolina College
Miss Phillips won in the me
;hanics of English. Miss Jones
took honors in oral interpretation.
Miss Phillips is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Nat Phillips, of
Franklin, Route 5. Mr. and Mrs.
R. S. Jones, of Franklin, are the
parents of Miss Jones.
There was no list kept of sec
ond place winners, a field day of
ficial said. /
"Mister," said the stranger
at Harry C. Stoudemire's door
late Thursday night, "would
you mind getting my truck
wheel out of your bull lot."
Mr. Stoudemire said he'd be
glad to oblige, but wondered
what the wheel was doing
there in the first place. The
man told this story:
A logging track driver, two
or three days earlier he'd had
a flat tire and he guessed the
wheel lugs must not have
tightened enough, for tonight
as he drove toward Franklin
on the Murphy road, just
above the Slagle barns, at
Max Ledbetter's house, a rear
wheel came off.
One wheel of the dual
wheel rolled into a field on
the right hand side of the
road. The other continued
down the highway some sev
eral hundred feet and went
1. Four strands of barbed
2. A 2 x 6 timber.
3. And an electric fence,
coming to rest in the branch
inside the Slagle bull lot.
There were bulls in the lot
and the man didn't want to
risk a scrape with them. .Mr.
Stoudemire said it's a good
thing the logger decided to
stay out of the lot, because
one of the bulls wis a mean
Maconians Can Have 'Star'
Roles In Patrols Picture
Macon County ? in the lime
light a couple of years back when
Walt Disney filmed portions of
his "Great Locomotive Chase"
here ? is back in the movie busi
ness again. ,
But on a spmewhat more limited
scale and in a Judicial instead
of an entertainment vein.
The "producer" is Troop E.
State Highway Patrol, with head
quarters in Asheville.
"Director" of the saga, which
:ould well be entitled "Peek-a-boo,
['ve Got The Reel Ooods On You",
Is the troop commander, Capt.
Lewis, a man who is dedicated to
drastically reducing the accident
and death rate on the highways.
His "cameramen" are the coun
ty's two highway patrolmen, H.
r. Ferguson and E. N. Hooper.
These uniformed "cameramen"
are now using the very latest in
equipment ? the all-seeing Abell
Traffic Camera, a ifevice mounted
inside the patrol cars that can
take movies of traffic violators
along the highways. And it does
a complete job, too, recording on
film the date, time, hour, and
speed of the vehicle breaking the
law, as well as reproducing the
actual violation. The camera
clicks off 16 frames of 16mm film
per second and the use of high
speed film enables the camera
to see up to 75 feet ahead at night.
The "plot" In this new approach
to movie-making is. of course,
making highways in the area safer
and cutting the accident and
death tolls. However, Capt. Lewis
says his cameras are not con
centrating solely on traffic viola
tors. A lot of footage Is expected
to be used on courteous drivers
and their many acts of safety.
Acts of courtesy will be rewarded
by special . letters of commenda
tion. he said.
And Just anyone with a driver's
license and an automobile can
"star" in the movies.
It's up to the Individual to
select his role as "hero" (the
courteous driver) or "villain" (the
A native of Spencer, Mr.
lueck received his education at
?alisbury High School, the Uni
erslty of North Carolina, and
f. C. State College. Before go
ng to Murphy, he was principal
f Selma High School. He is
resently a trustee of Western
Carolina College and vice-presi
lent of the Western North Car
llna Associated Communities,
"ifty-seven, he is married and
ias one child. <
Mr. McSwain, who came here
rom Flora McDonald College,
.'here he was business manager
or a year, is ending his third
wo-year term as Macon super
ntendent. Prior to going to
lora McDonald, he was super -
ntendent of Caswell County
Schools for 15 years.
The Superior Court murder trial
of James H. Maney and R. C. Led
ford. Shooting Creek men charged
in the slaying of C. L. (Cecil) Led
ford last Christmas Eve. got under
way late yesterday c Wednesday)
morning. The state agreed to , re
ducing the charge from first de
gree murder to second degree
murder against Maney. R. C. Led
ford is charged with being an ac
Earlier, it was thought a special
venire of jurymen would be called.
However, this was not necessary
when the meri entered guilty, pleas.
Dr. Hayes Will
HIGHLANDS ? Union "Holy
Week" services are under way
here this week at the Church of
the Incarnation. They begin night
ly at 7-30. ,
The hev. S. B. Moss, pastor of
the Franklin Methodist Church,
will be the speaker tonight 'Thurs
Tomorrow night, Dr. L. B.
Hayes, of Canton, a former Frank
lin pastor, will preach the closing
The Rev. Roy Bell, of Sylva,
spoke Monday night; the Rev. F.
C. Smathers. of Lake Junaluska,
Methodist district superintendent,
Tuesday night; and the Rev. Joe
Hauser. of Bryson City, Wednes
A communion service for the
Macon Methodist Circuit will be
held tonight (Thursday) at the
it will be conducted by the cir
cuit pastor, the Rev. Glenn And
erson, who will be assisted by the
Rev. Sherman Beird, assistant
The Service starts at 8 o'clock.
WAR 1 VETS CALLED
World War I veterans living
in Macon County are invited to
a courthouse meeting Sunday,
April 28, at 2:30 p. m. at which
time pension legislation affect
ing them will be explained. Ef
forts will be made to organize
a local barracks of the North
Carolina department of veter
ans of World War 1, U.S.A. Inc.
The week's temperatures and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Manson Stiles.
U. S. weather observer; in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers; ' and at the Coweta FPyd rolosrlc
Lnboratorv. Readings are for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
W?d? April 10 58
Wed , April 10 63