Eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty.
?John Philpot Curran.
72nd Year ? No. 51
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, December 19, 1957
Price 1U Cents
By Chamber Voting
Results of the Franklin Cham
ber oi Commerce's annual m&il
election were announced Tuesday
afternoon following a tabulation
Five directors were named to
the seven-man board. The new di
rectors and the votes they polled
Charlie W. Potts, 66. who was
critically injured Monday night
when struck by a truck on US
23-441 in East Franklin, was still
unconscious yesterday (Wednes
day) morning at Angel Hospital.
Walking toward his home along
the highway near the junk yard,
he was struck by a truck driven
by Junior Thomas Wilcox, 24, of
Franklin, Route 1.
Investigating officers said no
charges will be preferred against
The mishap occurred about
6:15 during a light rain.
Franklin High's lads lost both
their games this past week while
the. lassies cruised to easy victor
Friday night against Sylva on
the home court, Lucy Henry
bucketed 33 points to lead the
girls to an 85 to 44 victory. Cissy
Dowdle was in second place with
12 points. The halftime score was
4B to 18. in favor of Franklin.
In a close game all the way.
Sylva dumped the boys 35 to 33.
Doug Pearson was high scorer for
the locals with 16 points. Sylva
led at the half, 20 to 17.
Tuesday night In Cherokee, the
lassies rolled to another easy vic
tory, 76 to 31, with I>eota Beok
hitting the strings for 31 points.
Franklin was out in front 39 to
16 at the half.
Franklin boys lost another
"squeezer" against the Indians, 44
to 36. Gary Clark scored high for
the locals with 12 points. The In
dians led at the half, 24 to 19.
With Christmas holidays com
ing up. the Franklin teams do not
play again until January.
are S. A. Bundy, 113 (re-elected) :
Ei win Patton, 103; Bob S. Sloan,
83; Dr. G. R. McSween, 89 (re
elected); and Victor H. Perry, 79.
The retiring members are Ver
lon Swafford, who has served two
years as president, J. C. Crisp,
treasurer, and J. P. Brady, who is
ending a one-year term.
"Hold-over" members with an
other year of- two-year terms to
serve are T. W. Angel, Jr., and
H. H. Gnuse, Jr.
The new directors will take of
fice in January and will elect a
president for the year from their
Charles "Chuck" Swafford
has decided he's not the type
for deer wrestling.
He got in a hassle with a big
burk Monday afternoon of last
week and came out second best.
His jacket was torn and his
shins .jvere "barked" in several
places from the deer's front
It all started when "Chuck",
a Coweeta Hydro logic Labora
tory employe, spotted a buck
that dogs had run into a creek.
He picked up a rock and toss
ed it at the animal.
The deer ducked the missile
and charged him.
"Chuck" grabbed the deer by
the antlers and held on for dear
(no pun intended) life. He tried
to twist the animal's head under
water so he could get loose. He
couldn't budge It.
He later told friends he want
ed to let go but was afraid to.
Finally, both he and the
angry buck let their tempers
subside and he released his grip
on the antlers.
The bfiek ambled off In one
"Chuck" went off in the other.
Cominor Out Early
So subscribers will receive
The Franklin Press prior, to
Christmas, next week's Issue
will be published Monday and
will be delivered on the routes
A news and advertising dead
line of Saturday noon has been
set for this issue.
The Press normally Is pub
lished on Wednesday and is
placed in the mails Thursday
December Court Channels
$9,266.90 To School Fund
Macon County's school fund is
getting a much-needed shot in the
arm from the December term of
A total of $9,266.90 was channel
ed to the ?chool fund by the court,
as specified by law.
The largest sums came from
forfeitures and fines, $4,920.10
and $3,116.45, respectively.
Other amounts were solicitor
fees, $448; jail fees, $79.50; high
way patrol fees, $121.60; jury
fees, $224.75; clerk of court fees,
$301; and sheriff's fees, $55.50.
The December term marked the
first time the fees of the clerk of
court and sheriff went into the
school fund. These two county
offices were taken off the fee
system in October and became
salaried jobs. i
SPREADING CHEER AMONG THE NEEDY
Kenneth Clark and his young daughter, Robin, make their contribution to the Lions Club
"Christmas Cheer" dime board Saturday, while Verlon Swafford (center) and Lion President
Wayne Faulkner look on. The board will again be in operation this Saturday. The money is
used to buy baskets lor the needy.
Dime Board For
Members of the Franklin Lion
Club are again operating thei
"Christmas Cheer" dime board ii
the downtown area.
Lions President G. Wayn
Faulkner expects the board t
raise more than $350 to suppl;
Christmas baskets for the needy.
The club last year distribute*
more than 30 baskets.
Harry C. Corbin is the chal]
man in charge of the dime boarc
which is operating on Saturday
only. Serving on his committe
are Robert J. Korte, C. B. Hussej
H. T. Collins, and Dr. Ben I
Lions will deliver the basket
IT WAS SUDDEN ?
Mail Monday Sets Record
At Franklin Post Office
r A sudden deluge of Christmas
n mail and packages set an all-time
record for a day at the Franklin
e Post Office Monday, according to
o Postmaster Zeb Meadows,
y Inside a 15-hour period Monday,
the office's six employes cancelled
18.700 cards and letters and hand
led about 500 pieces of parcel post.
Mr. Meadows said no extra help
> was needed to cope with the prob
I, lem. The office's two custodians
s pitched in and helped the four
e regulars, he said. Each employe
r, put in about three hours overtime
The postmaster said the Mon
s day "peak" came without warn
ing. Mailing was about average
prior to then.
"And then it hit us," he de
Tuesday it appeared the rush
was over and the post office had
things well under control.
Mr. Meadows yesterday 'Wed
nesday* had a suggestion to pass
along to patrons planning to mail
packages. To assure delivery, he
said they should be mailed not
later than Friday.
The Cancer Detection Center in
Sylva will observe Friday, Decem
ber 27, as a holiday, it has been
announced. The center will be
open Friday, January 3.
Have You Caught
The Tempo Yet?
Have you caught the tempo o i
Christmas in Macon County?
it's quickening' as each day aasi
night brings Chritsmas, 1957.
Counting today < Thursday i .
there are just five more shopping
Christmas business, after a
slow start in Franklin, appears to
be speeding along now and most
merchants are pleased with holi
day business in general.
The Franklin Post Office al
ready has survived its Yuletide
headache. The office's "peak"
mailing hit Monday and things
are pretty much back to normal
Decorations are going up in
homes in increasing numbers.
Many will be entered in the Frank
lin Garden Club's annual deco
rations and lighting contest.
Churches and organizations
over, the county are scheduling a
variety of Christmas activities.
Following are some of them:
Choirs To Sing
The adult, junior, and child
ren's choirs of the Franklin Meth
odist Church will present a Christ
mas program at the church Sun
day at 7:30 p. m. The program
Miss Willie Ruth Norton, a
freshman at High Point College,
has been awarded a National
Methodist Scholarship by the
board of education of the Metho
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.
B. Norton, of Franklin, Route 2,
she is a member of the Asbury
The Methodist awards cover tu
ition and fees up to $500 and are
granted on the basis of superior
academic standing, leadership
ability, active churchmanship,
character, personality, and need.
They're Talking About The Weather...
Talk about the weather . . .
And that's about all anyone could talk about for
the past week in Macon County, where temperatures
and weather attitudes ran the gamut of seasons in
It has been sunny, rainy, warm, freezing, snowy,
and foggy ? all since Wednesday of last week.
Starting Wednesday of last week, the temperature
dipped to 10 degrees in Franklin. Oddly enough, it
only dropped to 22 in Highlands.
Thursday everyone shivered. It was 10 below zero
in Highlands (and the ice skaters cheered), in the
neighborhood of zero in Franklin, and service sta
tion operators and tow trucks won all .popularity
Snow blanketed the higher elevations. Highway
crews sanded Cowee Mountain so traffic could move
east and west between Franklin and Sylva. Several
inches of snow fell on the Balsams, between Sylva
Friday was another chilly day; four degrees in
Franklin and nine in Highlands.
Saturday the rain started as a drizzle and the tem
perature climbed to a high of 47 in Franklin and 49
in Highlands (ice skaters howled in indignation).
Sunday, the mercury zipped up to a pleasing 60
high in Franklin while .04 inch of rain puddled the
High of 58 and 57 were recorded in Franklin Mon
day and Tuesday. Highlands wasn't far behind (exit
ice skating) with 54 and 50. Lows at both places were
in the 40's.
Yesterday (Wednesday) started out as an overcast
day with promise of rain. Lows of 45 and 36 were
recorded in Franklin and Highlands.
Talk about the weather . . .
v. .11 include Christmas music by
tin oi the choirs and a play,
"The Story of Christmas", by the
children of the church. The pub
i.c is invited.
A "Joy Gift" candlelight serv
ice will be held Sur.cay at 5 p. m.
at the Fraaklin Presbyterian
Church with Mrs. T. H. Fagg in
charge. The public is invited, ac
cording to the Rev. Donn Lang
A Christmas program is slated
tomorrow 'Friday) night at 7:30
at the Morrison Presbyterian
Church. Miss Winnie Bates will
have charge of the program and
thi public is invited.
The Ellijay Missionary Baptist
Church will hold a Christmas pro
gram Christmas Eve. beginning at
7:30. The public is invited.
A children's Christmas Eve
service will be held Tuesday at
5 p. m. at the St. Agnes Episcopal
Church, according to the minis
ter in charge, the Rev. John Tuck
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 4
Macon's 1958 March of Dimes
campaign will be conducted dur
ing January, according to J. W.
(Red > Smith, chairman.
Civic clubs and other groups
have been contacted and asked
to assist with the drive, he said
this week. A quota of* $3,000 has
A "Mother's March on Polio"
will be staged during the month
by members of the Franklin Jun
ior Woman's Club. The Franklin
Jaycees will operate road blocks
in town to raise funds. Other
groups also are planning benefits
for the drive.
K. L. west nas resigned as treas
urer for the campaign. Claude
Bolton, who has held the job for
several years. Is serving tempora
rily until a new treasurer is ap
The week's temperature? and rainfall I
are recorded in Franklin by Mansen St ilea.
U. S. weather observer; in HirManda br
T'tHor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers: and at the Coweta
l.iiltoratorv. Readings are for the 24-hour
period ending: at 8 a.m. of the day Mated.
High Low Rain
? No Record.
Below Zero Weather Brought Out The Ice Skater* In Highlands Last Week
Cowee Gap Wa? Covered With Snow Wednesday Of Last Week