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It is error alone which
needs the support of
government. Truth c^n
stand by itself.
? Thomas Jefferson.
? 3rd Year ? No. 5
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, January 30, 1958
Price 10 Cent*
DEADLINE IS ALMOST HERE
The deadline for listing county taxes is Janu lry 31, and listers are stationed at points over
the county to dfo the job. Above, the Franklin lis er, Frank I. Murray, Sr., jots down the value of
property owined by Tom Bailey. (Staff Photo) '
E'v ? * iiODV is talking about
the vc^tiier, mainly because the
weat. . is doing everything. It
has i-.tuy well run the gamut of
condi in rectet weeks and a
baio. c low was set at Coweta
Hydro. Laboratory Friday.
And we.d?'t the frozen mountain
A thing the metal awn
ing li, .n front of Bill Bryant's
dim^ si_-e in Franklin. The wind
the o.iier day knocked out some
glass ...auows in the top of the
old .idoned Skyway Hotel.
Pieti glass showered down
and tC the awning. A woman
wal. .da- just as thj p-eces
hit upward and the look,
on e suggested she was
thai. . oroe of the powers that
be . awning.
T .) ikjway., by the way,
"is A our chanting ways.
Tim many of the old timers ?
an . timers will tell you,
wht 3kyWay was the social
cen Franklin. Tney held
NO. 2. PAGE 10
To Meet Monday For
The American Legion Auxiliary
will meet Monday, February 3, at,
7:30 p. m. at the home of Mrs
Miss Frances Winstead will b >
in charge of the program on
Co-hostesses with Mrs. Hunter
will be Mrs. Horner Stockton a:i
Mrs. Ed Carpenter.
DARE COUNTY FIRST ?
Macon Ccunty Was Second
In Stat 3 In Bonds Sales
In sales of U. S. Savings Bonds during 1957, Macon
County was second only in North Carolina to Dare
Figures just released by the U. S. .Savings Bonds
Division in Greensboro show that Dare was in first
place by going over its yearly quota by 250 per cent.
Macon came in second by topping its quota by 142.7
per cent. ,
The year's sales here totaled $279,474.22, while the
quota was only $195,840.
H. W. Cabe, of the Bank of Franklin, serves as
county chairman of bonds sales.
December .sales here came to $34,535.80, according
to Mr. Cabe.
LOCAL STOCKYARD -
But It's Growing
A little-known, but growing busi
ness in Franklin last year prob
ably put between four and five
hundred throusand dollars into
1 e pockets of farmers.
t's a business that packs 'em
n every Wednesday. It's well off
('3 23-44- south, but the overflow
of vehicles seldom fails to spill
er on the shoulders of the high
hat elce but the Franklin
OUTER SPACE VISITOR
The Rev. Claude Ledford, pastor of the Coweta Baptist Church,
found this meteorite recently while pouring the footings for a
building on Cartoogechajre near Lawrence Setter's Store. The
earth was scorched for about 50 feet around where the meteorite
struck and there were other smaller particles. (Staff Photo)
The yard, which has been in
operation for more than 10 years,
is presently leased from B. V. Mc
Coy by R. M. McCoy and Georgp
Gibson, who have been In partner
ship about four years.
Take A Look
Let's take a look at a typical
Wednesday sale at the yard.
The '57 average each Wednes
day was 200-250 head, which
brought about $10,000. On sale in
December totaled $13,000 accord
ing to Mr. Gibson.
Any livestock, but horses, is ac
cepted at the yard. Horses, be
cause of their temperament,
means the yard would have to
carry a costly insurance, so the
two-man operation skips them.
Livestock is brought to the sale
from Macon, Jackson, Swain,
Clay, and Rabun County ?Ga.i
Other than the local one, the near
est yards are at Murphy and Ashe
The yard operators list their
biggest purchasers as White Pro
visions of Atlanta. Queen City
Livestock, of Gainesville, Frank
lin Packing Company, Franklin
Frozen Foods, and Bradley Pack
See No. 3, Page Ten
Mark 58th Date
Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Picklesimer,
of the Clear Creek section near
Highlands, celebrated their 58th
wedding tinniversary on January
He is 85 and she is 88. Both
are quite active and do their own
chores on their small farm, where
they have spent their married life.
Mrs. Picklesimer is the former
Miss Cora Rogers. She taught
rchool here for several years be
fore her marriage.
Fact-finding committees are
reac*y to go to work surveying
school needs county-wide; foliow
irg the organization of a Macon
County Citizens Committee for
Better Schools at East Franklin
School Monday night.
The committees will delve irtto
buildings, special education, ath
letics. equipment and supplies,
curriculum, and finance. Other
citizens are now b^ing asked to
serve with the various groups.
On hand to help with organiz
ing was Bruce Drysdale. of Hen
dersonville, chairman of District
8. N. C. Citizens Committee for
The more than 80 citizens pres
ent heard Mr. Drysdale trace the
development of the state-wide pro
gram as advanced by Gov. Luther
Hodges, and, in organizing, they
accepted his challenge to support
the school board and school super
intendent in having better schools.
The chairman emphasized the
importance of a child getting prop
er preparation, particularly in
science training. Those who some
day will take up careers in science
must become interested jin science
while in the lower grades. Inade
quate facilities can completely dis
courage them, he declared.
"This thing didn't really get
serious until Sputnik came along, "
the speaker added.
Supt. H. Bueck, who presided,
asked the committees appointed
to be "county-wide in your think
ing. non-partisan in action, and
to erase any inequities that may
Heads of committees include A.
A. Brooks, curriculum; Mrs.
George Byra, special education;
Victor H. Perry, equipment and
supplies; Robert C. Carpenter,
atjiletics; C. S. Brown, buildings;
C. M. Bolton, finance; and Mrs.
Florence S. Sherrill, publicity.
Sales of Franklin's new city
license tag are slow, according to
Town Clerk C. O. Ramsey, who
this week reminded .Franklinites
they have only two weeks remain
ing to purchase them.
After the February 15 deadline,
he said police will begin checking
automobile registrations to de
termine those who failed to pur
chase a tag.
The town clerk also reminded
businessmen who live outside of
Franklin, but who operate a
business inside the town limits,
that their business vehicles must
have a license.
At $1 each, the tags are on sale
at the town office on West Main
O. E. S. Sponsoring
Dinner On Sunday;
A dinner will be sponsored Sun
day from 12:30 to 2 p. m. at the
Masonic Hall in Franklin by the
Nequa'sa Chapter No. 43, Order
of the Eastern Star.
The public is invited to attend
Plates will be $1 for adults and
75 cents for children.
THEY'RE ADMIRING NEWSPAPER AWARDS
Editor Weimar Jones (left). News Editor J. P. Brady, and Williafn Friday, president of the
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, are shown looking at the awarai won by The Frank
lin Press for newspapering excellence during 195 7. President Friday presented the awards Thurs
day in Chapel Hill as a feature of the annual st ite-wide newspaper institute. (Staff Photoi
Business at The Bank of Frank
lin was up 12.17 per cent in 1957
over the previous year, according
to Frank B. Duncan, president.
A 10 per cent increase was noted
in customer checking accounts ?
from $1,762,405.08 in '5<J| to $1,
944,566.78 in '57. Savings rose
17'/2 per cent during the year ?
from a '56 figure of $604,192.59 to
$710,107.39 in *57.
Total assets at the bank in
1957 were $2,996,510.33.
At the institution's recent stock
holders' meeting, all directors
were re-elected for another year.
The directors, in turn, renamed
the same officers.
Directors , include A. B. Slagle,
chairman, T. W. Angel, Jr., H. W.
Cabe, H. L. Bryant, John L. Craw
ford, W. E. Baldwin, Frank B.
Duncan, R. S. Jones. Verlon Swaf
ford, and Elmon Teague.
Mr. Duncan is president; Mr.
Swafford, vice-president; Mr.
Cabe, cashier; Walter Dean and
Robert C. Carpenter, assistant
A remodeling program costing
about $5,000 was started and com
pleted by the bank during the
In The Ring
Another candidate has pitched ]
his hat into the ring for the 12th <
Congressional District seat in the I
May Democratic Primary. i
Sanford W. Brown, an Asheville
attorney, announced one day last
week, turning the race at the pre;
sent into a three-way affair. ,
Incumbent George A. Shuford. ;
of Asheville, and Waynesville in- I
dustrialist Heinz Rollman were al
ready off and running when Mr. :
Brown filed. i
FIRST IN FEATURES -
Wins 3 Awards
Macon County's hometown
newspaper. The Franklin Press,
won three different awards in the
1957 state-wide competition ?
more than any other weekly news
The Press copped first place in
feature writing; second place in
photography; and third place in
editorial page excellence.
It also placed in the top 10 in
news coverage for the year.
Awards for '57 were presented
to the winning newspapers Thurs
day night in Chapel Hill as a fea
ture .of the 33rd annual News
paper Institute of the North Car
olina Press Association.
Publisher Bob S. Sloan, Editor
Weimar Jones, and News Editor
J. P. Brady attended the Chapel
Mr. Jones \was the principal
speaker Friday afternoon at a
meeting of associated non-dailies:
In the critique accompanying
the list of prize winners in the
newspaper contest, the judges had
this to say about The Press:
Features: Enough bright, read
able features were scattered
through the entries to make
much of the judging a matter of
sorting for "good, better, and
best" rather than culling good
from bad . . . first, prize in the
weekly division goes to The Frank
lin Press. This paper could make
=till grer.ter strides toward carry
ing the feature concspt through
jut the pages of the paper. But its
Schools were turned out yester
iay (Wednesday i morning when
i light snow began sticking over
Highway sanding crews were
Oiling out to take care of troubles
n the higher gaps.
features show uniform high qual
ity. especially in terms of telling
the story succinctly, with an ec
onomy of sharp, significant color
details. Its features, for the most
part, had strong hews pegs. Leads
were short, lively, and provaca
tive. This paper's writing style
was noteworthy for its sentence
variety and imaginative word
choice. Franklin covered its popu
lation, with stories ranging from
the youngster who broke both arms
up through the young artist, the
middle-age farm wife, and the
SEE NO. 4, PAGE 10
The week's temperatures and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Manwn St ilea.
U. S. weather observer; in Highlands by
Tudor N. HalJ and W. C. Newton TV A
observers; and. at the Coweta Wydrologic
Laborntot?> . Rending? are for the 24-hour
period' ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
We 'ne day
* No record.
Franklin Livestock Yard ... A Busy Place Every Wednesday