not, "I am as good as
you are" but "you're as
good as I am."
1 ? Theodore Parker.
73rd Year ? No. 1
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 9, 1958
Price 10 Cents
Set January 15;
More than 200 delegates are ex
pected to converge on Franklin
next Wednesday, January 15, for
the annual conference of the
Waynesvilie Methodist District.
Opening at 9:30 a. m., the con
ference will be held at the Metho
A highlight of the gathering
will be a worship service at 11:30.
Presiding will be the district
superintendent, the Rev. Prank C.
Smathers, of Waynesvilie.
Lunch for the conference will
be served by the women of the
Macon County churches, in co
operation with the Franklin Wom
an's Society of Christian Service
and the Wesleyan Service Guild.
The Waynesvilie district in
cludes Haywood, Jackson, Swain,
Macon, Cherokee, and Clay. There
are 35 pastoral charges in the dis
trict and 86 organized churches.
The total membership reported at
the last conference was 12,061.
Lions Dime Board
Brings In $470.47
Franklin Lions Club's Christ
mas dime board raised $470.47, ac
cording to a report made this
week by Harry C. Corbin, chair
man of the project.
Of the total, the club spent
$465.52 for the needy at Christ
mas; $347.03 for baskets of food;
$112 in cash donations; and $6.49
Belk's Department Store, Bow
ers' Department Store, and Caro
lina Pharmacy donated about $200
worth of toys to the club to go in
the baskets, Mr. Corbin said.
Dr. Wilson, Summer
Dr. J. Victor Wilson, a Frank
lin summer resident, died Decem
ber 28 in Miami, Fla., it has been
A native of Germany, Dr. Wil
son at one time was a drama crit
ic in New York City.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
'Chuck Wagon Gang'
Coming To Franklin
"The Chuck Wagon Gang", of
Knoxville, Tenn., will present a
program January 16 at the Frank
lin High gymnasium under the
sponsorship of the Franklin Jay
The program will start at 7:30
"The Chuck Wagon Gang" ap
pears regularly on radio and tele
vision and has recorded a number
of songs. i
Robert Lafayette Bryson, 60, a
Macon County native, died Tues
day in a Greenville, Ala., hospital.
He had been living in Alabama
since 1918. Services were held yes
terday (Wednesday) In Greenville.
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FIRST '58 BABY
The first Macon County baby
of 1958 was born Tuesday night
at 11:20 at Angel Hospital. It's
a girl, parents Mr. and Mrs. James
Grady Thompson, of Franklin,
This isn't the first baby born
In the county however. A Clayton,
Ga? couple had a boy at the hos
pital January 1.
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They're ice skating night and
day in Highlands, thanks to low
If the weather holds, the resort
town's many lakes are expected
to be covered with skaters from
Georgia, North Carolina, and
South Carolina this week end.
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A slate of officers for 19S8 was
nominated Friday night at a meet
ing of the Macon County Bar
racks No. 906, Veterans of World
War 1, and an election will be
held In February.
For Use Of Schools ?
Schedule Of Fees
Adopted By Board
Folicy governing use of school
facilities for non-educational pur
poses has been adopted by the Ma
con County Board of Education.
The policy paper approved by
the board Monday morning in reg
ular session sets a schedule of lets
lor the use of school auditoriums,
classrooms, gymnasiums; and cale
terias. It also covers regulations
on the use of the buildings and
Fees set for facilities range
from $1 for the use of classrooms
to $20 for evening use of a gym
nasium where admission is charg
Exempt from the payment of
fees will be Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, organized community de
velopment groups, churches, and
approved charitable organizations.
The board of education has
rone on record as approving the
formation of a Citizens Com
mittee for Better Edncation in
this county. A public meeting is
to be called by the board in. the
very near future to lay the foun
dation for such an organisation.
Supt. H. Bueck reported the
payment of $13,080.40 on the
school system's total indebted
ness of $35,759.11 at the begin
ning of the school term.
However, these groups must com
ply with regulations set by the
In taking its action, the board
of education was complying with
legislation' passed by the last Gen
eral Assembly. According to School
Supt. H. Bueck, this legislation
ordered boards to set definite pol
icy and regulations governing the
use of school buildings.
"We don't want people to think
we're trying to block anyone from
using the buildings," he declared.
"We're conforming to the law . .
Following is the policy paper
adopted by the board:
Section 1 : Legal Status of
School Buildings ? The board of
education shall have the care and
keeping of all school buildings
and other school properties be
longing to the school districts.
They shall have authority to open
any or all school buildings for the
use of night schools, improve
ment associations, scientific,, me
chanical, or agricultural societies
under such regulation as the board
of education may adopt: provided,
that the board of education may
at any time it thinks best, refuse
to open any and all school build
ings for any or all these purposes.
Section 2: Regulations on Use
of School Buildings ? School
buildings represent a heavy invests
ment by taxpayers of the local
school district. There are many
evenings while a school term Is
in session that school facilities are
not in use for school purposes, as
well as many days during the sum
mer that school buildings and
grounds are not utilized for educa
It is the desire of, the board that
maximum use be made of the fa
cilities under its jurisdiction for ,
educational and recreational ac
tivities. To extend the privilege cf
using these facilities, the tyoaid oC
education finds it r.ecossaiy to
seek compliance to its regulations,
governing the use of school build
ings and facilities.
Since it is a policy to raise
through taxation funds lor the
operation of the school's educa
tional program only, the board
finds it necessary to charge a
small fee for use of school build
ings and facilities by organiza
tions not directly associated with
the schools. These fees will be used
to defray a portion of the ex
penses made by increased use of
heat, light, and janitorial ser
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, com
munity development groups,
churches, and approved charitable
organizations are exempted from
paying fees but must observe all
other regulations in making use
of school facilities.
The board of education will con
tinue to make its facilities avail
able to organizations that cooper
ate by complying with its regula
Section 4: Schedule of Pees.
A. For use in presenting plays,
recitals, or other performances
that require stage settings and
special lighting, and admission is
charged, after 6 p. m. ? $10.
B. Same as above with no admis
sion charge ? *7.50.
C. Afternoon performance, with
D. Morning or afternoon per
formances, with no admission ? $5.
E. Stage only, for rehearsal pur
poses ? $2.50.
A. For use in holding meetings,
presenting musical and dramatic
al numbers ? $1.
B. For meetings in cafeteria. $15
for Franklin High School, $10 for
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 12
To Meet Thursday
To Elect President
A reorganization meeting of the
Franklin Chamber of Commerce
will be held by the incoming and
outgoing directors tonight (Thurs
day) at 8 o'clock at the Nantahala
Power and Light Company build
The new directors are scheduled
to elect a president from their
number and also to map a tenta
tive program for the coming tour
OFF FOB MEETING
The Rev. A. Rufus Morgan left
Tuesday of this week for Greens
boro, where he will attend a rural
committee meeting of the North ?
Carolina Council of Churches.
GIRLS ARE BEATEN ?
Waynesville Did It Again!;
Games Slated Here Friday
Waynesville's lassies did It
again Friday night.
They repeated an earlier perfor
mance in defeating the Franklin
High girls. The score: 58 to 54.
Franklin's lads also lost to Way
nesville, on the Waynesville court,
40 to 28. ?
Tuesday night, the girls fared
better in Bryson City, defeating
Swain High 48 to 35. Leota Beck,
with 21 points, and Cissy Dowdle,
with 18, paced the locals to the
win. The boys lost to Swain High,
61 to 32.
Tomorrow (Friday) night, the
Franklin teams return to their
own gymnasium for games with
Cullowhee High. The first game
starts at 7:30.
Tuesday night, the lads and las
sies go to Webster.
GOING IN FALL ?
Stiles Is Awarded Tulane
Fellowship For Law Study
Alvln J. Stiles, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Elbert A. Stiles, ol Franklin,
has been awarded a regional fel
lowship at Tulane University
School of Law in New Orleans, it
was learned this week.
Mr. Stiles is teaching the eighth
grade this year at Mountain View
School in Oraham County. He
plans to finish the school year
there, complete the requirements
for a master of arts degree at
Western Carolina College in the
summer, and then enroll at Tu
lane In the fall. He was graduate
ed from W. C. C. with honors last
The Tulane fellowship will cov
er full cost of his tuition for one
year and is renewable each year
upon maintenance of satisfactory
scholastic record. Because he al
ready has a bachelor's degree, the
law course will require only three
years for completion.
Mr. Stiles Interrupted his und
ergraduate work after one quarter
at W. C. C. to enlist in the U. S.
Air Force. He served four years
and was discharged with the
rating of staff sergeant. When he
returned to W. C. C. he was active
In the Veterans Club, the Young
Democrats Club, and the Future
Teachers of America organization.
To Decide About
Use Of Tabernacle;
Issue Is Divided
A public meeting has been call
ed by tha Macon County Minis
terial Association for January 16
to elect a board of trustees to over
see the use of the Friendship Tab
ernacle in Franklin.
The election of a board is ex
pected to hit some rough sledding
since ministers fere divided on the
way in which tha tabernacle
should be uled.
One faction is in favor of re
stricting it for church use only,
on a county-wide basis. Another
side wants the tabernacle to be
open for both church and com
munity use, the latter on a non
Ministers of both sides are urg
ing their congreations to attend
the open meeting and vote on the
At the present time, the taber
nacls is used only by the four
major denominations in Franklin
and it is supervised by the minis
It is reported the ministers de
cided to throw the issue open to
the public when they were unable
to come to an agreement among
The tabernacle, which is locat
ed on Wayah Street, is owned by
the A. A. Angel heirs, who placed
its supervision in the hands of the
The open meeting will be held
in the chapel of the First Baptist
Church at 7:30 p. m.
Might as well face It Maconlans,
the April IS deadline for filing
tax returns la but a stone's throw
If you can use some help on
your federal return, the staff of
the Internal Revenue Service of
fice in Franklin is at your service
each Friday from 8:30 a. m. to
5 p. m. The office is on the sec
ond floor of the post office build
Taxpayers are also offered some
suggestions by the staff:
1. Fill in as much of your re
turn as you can.
2. If you, have a question which
can be answered by telephone,
call the Internal Revenue office,
3. If you still need further as
sistance, go to Room 201 in the
post office building.
Heretofore, the special taxpay
ers' assistance day has been on
Taxpayers are reminded that
Friday will be the only day re
served for this tax assistance.
Two Highway Deaths
Recorded During Year
Two highway deaths were chalk
ed up against Macon County dur
ing 1957, according to Highway
Patrolman H. T. Ferguson.
One occurred near the begin
ning of the year and the other
at the end.
On January 12, Miss Lenora E.
Lowe, 17. Highlands High basket
ball player, was killed in a one
vehicle wreck near Highlands.
Her death was the first fatality on
Macon highways in more than a
year and a half.
The second fatality was pedes
trian C. W. Potts, 69, who died De
cember 22 of injuries received six
days earlier when he was struck
by a truck on US 23-441 as he
walked toward his home.
SCOUTS TO MEET
The Boy Scouts of the Otto
Community will meet tonight
(Thursday) at 7 in the school
auditorium. All Scouts are urged
to attend for the beginning of the
AT LAYMAN'S MEET
J. C. Jacobs, W. K. Hooker
Curtis Pearson, the Rev. M. W.
Chapman and J. H. Brookshlre at
tended the Layman's Institute of
the Baptist State Convention at
the Thomasvllle Orphanage last
The board of county commis
sioners. in session Monday morn
ing, approved a road petition for
the Frank Bailey Road and sent
It to Bryson City for action by
state highway officials.
LICENSE SALES SET OPENING DAY RECORD
Opening day sales January 2 set a record at the Carolina Motor Club branch office in Frank
lin, where the state's '58 license tags are on sale. Above, Mrs. Kate Jacobs is shown selling a
plate to Ralph H. Duvall, of Route 4. Below, Mrs. Roy Ramsey holds one of Franklin's new town
tags, which all residents must purchase for a $1.
EVENTS SCHEDULED ?
Battle Lines Are Drawn
In County Polio Campaign
Macon County is drawing the
lines of battle in its annual fund
warfare against polio.
J. W. (Red i Smith, chairman
of the March of Dimes drive, re
ports a number of plans for fund
Saturday night at Cullasaja
School, a benefit March of Dimes
amateur show and cake walk will
be sponsored by the Higdonville
Rural Community Development
Organization, beginning at 7:30.
The organization promises music
and fun for everyone. Sidney Clay
will be master of ceremonies.
Saturday and Sunday, the
Franklin Jaycees will operate a
"Polio Roadblock" on Main Street.
This1 project annually brings in
more than a hundred dollars for
A "Mothers' March on Polio" is
to be staged the night of January
30 as the closing feature of the
March of Dimes drive, according
to Mr. Smith. The march will be
handled by members of the Frank
lin Junior Woman's Club.
Mr. Smith also said the V.F.W.
Is planning a benefit square dance
later in the month. The date will
be announced later,
Macon County's goal this year
WHERE IS HE? ?
By Letter, Ragan Resigns
As Coroner, Leaves Town
The big question in Franklin
this week is, "Where is Jack Ra
The mortician and county cor
... Where Is He?
oner unexpectedly left Franklin
with his family New Year's Eve.
He left his wife and children in
Boone and hasn't been heard from
since, according to his brother-ln
lata, who was here Monday to at
tend to moving the family's furn
By letter, Mr. Ragan submitted
his resignation as coroner. In ses
sion Monday morning, the board
of county commissioners accept
ed it and then appointed John
Kusterer, a co-worker of Mr. Ra
man's at Bryant Funeral Home, to
serve out his unexpired term,
which ends next fall.
Carson HD Club
Carson Home Demonstration
Club has elected new officers for
They are Mrs. Etta Vogel, pres
ident; Mrs. Constance Jones, vice
president; Mrs. Jim Hauser, sec
retary; and Mrs. Earl Cabe. treas
The club, held its December
meeting at the home of Mrs. Fred
S. Moore. A covered dish lunch
I a g Sales
198 Plates On
The Franklin branch of Caro
lina Motor Club had Its biggest
opening day in history last Thurs
day when North Carolina's 1958
license tags went on sale.
Verlon Swalford, C. M. C. man
ager, reported selling 198 tags
during the day (or an all-time
opening day record.
While tags will be on sale
through February 15. Mr. 8waf
ford suggests that motorists pur
chase early and avoid the expect
ed last-minute rush.
"They can save all of us trouble
if they'll drop by early and even
up the sales," he said.
The manager said his staff was
having "very little" trouble be
cause of the new FS-1 form, which
a motorist must present before a
tag will be issued. Issued by in
surance companies, the FS-1 form
is proof the motorist has complied
with the new financial responsi
bility insurance" law.
However, Mr. Swafford said
just about every motorist is for
getting to fill in the name of the
county on the license renewal
card. Of the 198 on opening day,
only two remembered to write it
in. he explained.
The C. M. C. office is situated
in the rear of the Western Auto
Associate Store on Main Street.
ENXIST IS ARMY
Billy G. McCall and William H.
Woodward have enlisted in the
U. S. Army under the "buddy as
signment" program. McCall Is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. McCall,
of Route 3, and Woodard is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood
ard, also of Route 3. The enlistees
are now training at Fort Jackson,
S. C. They chose as their Army
branch the military police corps.
The wwk'i temperature* and rainfall Mow
are recorded in Franklin by Manxon Stiles.
U. S. weather obaerver; in Hirhlanda br
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
obaervera: and at the Coweta Hydrotoda
Laboratory. Roadlnn ar? for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day lilted.
Wed., Jan. 1
High Low Rain
46 28 .00
Wed., Jan. 1
? No Record.