Whatsoever thy hand
findeth to do, do it with
all thy might.
72nd Year ? No. 6
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, February 6, 1958
Price 10 Cents
MACON COUNT* certainly is
ideally located from a weather
standpoint. Last week, although
tornado conditions were ripe, the
twisters failed to jump the ridg.s
and hit in Georgia Instead. A.id,
Sunday while snow was falling all
around the area heavily, only a
few flurries made it in our vallc-y.
POLITICS is in the air again.
Not on the local scene quite yet,
but the caldron is beginning to
boil over Western North Carolina.
It's a bit early yet for local candi
dates to be flushed out of their
cloak of I-might-if-the-people-want
LAST WEEK'S comments about
the old Skyway Hotel and its fan
tastic store of memories sure
seemed to stir up talk of the old
days among a lot of folks.
YOU FOLKS who are Ponder
ing why there's no mention of
Groundhog Day in this week's Is
sue are reminded, quite tartly,
that we hold to the old school that
holds to the 14th as the day when
the little creature comes out of
his hole to make a weather pre
BELIEVE IT or not. there still
are children in the world who
know how to behave. Last Thurs
day morning. Principal Z. Weaver
Shope and his teachers slipped a
whole bunch of children into the
Nantahala Building to record Cul
lasaja School's radio program for
the following day. And there was
nary a peep out of the children.
They stayed in line, whispered po
litely, and drew many, many com
pliments from grown-ups who
thought the days when a child
was seen and not heard had pass
DIRTY STREETS are really In
Franklin now, with no thanks to
last week's ice and snow. Highway
crews had to sand most of the
avenues to keep traffic moving.
The thaw disposed of the ice and
snow in short order, but the sand
? It's all over the place ? is still
there. Disposing of It presents
something of a problem. Just let
the town decide to wash the
streets down and the odds have it
that the temperature will dip to
below freezing. Like the fellow
once said, "you can't win with
women or the weather!"
IT'LL BE nice when Spring fi
nally arrives and the merchants
start planting flowers in the side
walk boxes again. Many visitors
to Franklin last season comment
ed on the flower boxes.
HIGHWAY traffic counters have
been installed on the main high
ways. This is one good sign that
Spring is just around the corner.
ICE SKATING in Highlands
does have a dull side. A Franklin
man fell on the ice recently and
broke a couple of bones in his leg.
He'll be on the shelf for about six
THAT BRIDGE job contractor
W. A. Hays has over in Haywood
County is going to help our econ
omy here some: maybe an esti
mated $20,000. He says he'll hire
mostly local labor.
WAYAH BALD was just right
this past week for sled riding.
Among those going up to the Bald
for a little slippin' and slidin' were
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Harrison,
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Hunter, and
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore. )
I,298 PARTICIPATE ?
$68,483.83 is Received
By Farmers Through ACP
Macon County farmers received $68,463.83 in 1957 from the
Agricultural Conservation Program administered by Agricultural
Miss Mildred Corbin, A.S.C. office manager, said $56,095 was
on practice payments and $12,039.40 on small pay increases.
A total of 1,298 farmers participated in the program in the
The A. C. P. is a national conservation service of the U. S. De
partment of Agriculture and it shares with farmers about a half
of the out-of-pocket cost of practices needed for conserving soil
and water resources.
Following is a breakdown of practices for '57 and the cost
Practice No. Participating Acres
1. Establishment of
or Hay 767 1,256
2. Establishment of
Vegetative Cover in
Crop Rotation 138 213
3. Liming Materials .... 142 495
5. Forest Tree Planting 1 7
6. Permanent Pasture or
Hay Improvement.. 389 1,487
II. Tile Drainage 11 2,907
14. Establishing of
Winter Cover Crop 300 1,700 3,757.00 2.21
Cost Share Cost Share
Rec'd Per Acre
396.00 .13 per ft.
NO PENALTY CHARGED ?
Franklin Is Short Of $$$;
Tax Money Not Coming In
The Town of Franklin is run
ning short of funds, according to
Town Clerk C. O. Ramsey.
But, the situation isn't unusual.
It happens about this time every
year, he explained this week.
At the core of the problem is
a piece of local legislation passed
several years ago abolishing a tax
penatly for non-payment of taxes
in the county and its two towns,
Franklin and Highlands.
Since there is no penalty for
non-payment, Mr. Ramsey ex
plained that taxpayers aren't pay
ing off as fast as they would if
the state penalty law was in force.
At present, about $18,000 is
outstanding in unpaid 1957 taxes,
due last October 7. the cleric re
If the state law was valid here,
taxpayers would pay a 1 per cent
penalty beginning February 2; 2
per cent after March 1; and after
April 1, until taxes were paid, one
half of 1 per cent monthly, in ad
Because the tax money isn't
coming in, Mr. Ramsey is meeting
current obligations of the town
from water revenues. However, he
says several large bills owed can
not be settled until later in the
year when funds are available.
He is holding in reserve $10,000
to meet a municipal bond payment
that Is due May 1.
"If we had a penalty law,
enough money would be com
ing In at this time of year to
avoid this," he declared.
STILL ON TOP, THOUGH ?
Franklin Lassies Suffer
First Conference Defeat
Franklin High's lassies lost their
first conference game Tuesday
night against Cullowhee, but the
defeat did not jeopardize their
top standing in the eastern divis
ion of the Smoky Mountain Con
Cullowhee won 59 to 51 in a
real loop thriller. With three
games left to play in regular sea
son, the Franklin girls are still in
the No. 1 slot in their division. At
Cullowhee', the local lads lost 103
Friday night, the Franklin girls
downed Swain High on the home
court, 53 to 37. The boys came up
on the short end of a 70 to 53
Tomorrow (Friday) the Frank
lin teams play host to Webster,
with the first game set for 7:30.
Tuesday night, they'll go to High
lands for games. February 14, the
teams will meet their last oppon
ent, Glenville, on the home court.
HIGHLANDS ? A Bloodmobile
from the regional American Red
Cross Blood Center in Asheville
will be here February 19.
The unit will operate at the
Methodist church from 2 to 6
Highlands community is the only
one in Macon County now parti
pating in the regional blood pro
HONOR STUDENTS AT FRANKLIN HIGH
A valedictorian and two talata tor tans hare been announced for Franklin High's graduating
class of 1958. Miss Joann Burrell, (center) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Bnrrell, is the valedic
torlam. She made all A'a daring her four years of high school for a perfect 4.1 average. Miss
Shirley Henson (left), daughter of Mr. and Mia. Carter Henson, and Mrs. Genera Hediden Shuler,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Hedden, tied for salutatory honors, each having a 3. Ml average.
(Gene Dowdle Photo)
'YOUNG MAN' CONGRATULATED BY PRESIDENT
District Principal Harry C. Corbin is getting a handshake
from Jack Sharpe, president of the N. C. Junior Chamber of
Commerce, for having been chosen Macon County's "Young
Man of the Year" for 1951. Looking on are (left) Stover
Dunagan, of Rutherford ton, a national Jaycee director, and
Bob S. Sloan (right), who receiTed the "Boss of the Tear"
Practicing . . .
It's practice, practice, practice
for the Smoky Mountain dog
gers ? Macon County's prize
winning square dance team from
Otto ? as they prepare for their
coming appearance March 2 on
Ed Sullivan's television show.
The Cloggers are practicing
twice a week; on Mondays at
the homo of Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Robereon and ?n Thursdays at
Mrs. IMberson to manager of
the team. Parents of the Clog
gers also are helping her put
the team through its figures at
the practice sessions.
The Cloggers are scheduled to
fly to New York City on March
1 from .Spartanburg, S. C.
Heard By Youth
"Uncle Samnik", or if you
choose, "Explorer", was beard
Monday night in Franklin by
young Fred Bulgin, son of Mr.
and Mrs. John Bulgin.
On his short wave set, he list
ened to the satellite's signal for
about 45 minutes ? from 6:30
The satellite, which was
launched Friday night, is giv
ing oft a steady "E" sound and
a "beep", according to Fred. He
also heard faint "code of some
kind" in the background about
every five seconds.
Fred picked the orbiting
"Uncle Samnik" upon a fre
quency of 1800.
At Franklin High
The Montreat College Singer,
the touring chorus of Montrea
College, w?ll appear at Frankli:
High School today (Thursday) a
11 a. m.
The singers, composed of 3
girls under the direction of Alle
Guy, w.ll present a program o
In the past five years on annuo
tours, the chorus has travelet
more than six thousand 1 mile
through the South, singing it
North Carolina, South Carolina
Georgia, Alabama. Florida. Tei
nessee. West Virginia, and Virgil
ia. This year they are appearin
in Western North Carolina, Tei
nessee. and Alabama.
Low Bidder On Job
A local contractor, W. A. Hay
was low bidder for constructio;
r> - ' ^gc over Pigeon River i
His bid on the state highway
project was $54,983.68.
Mr. Hays this week said he will
hire mostly Macon County labor
on the Job.
CENTER TO OPKN
The Franklin Teen Center will
be open Friday night after the
basketball game. It has been an
Of Jaycee Award
Harry C. Corbin. principal ol
District 1 of the Macon County
School System, is Macon County's
"Young Man of the Year".
Selected from among six young
men nominated for the annual
award, he vas announced as the
recipient and was honored Satur
day night as a feature of a ban
quet held by the Franklin Junior
Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Corbin, who is active in
church and civic work and is a
member of the Franklin Lions
Club, is the third non-Jaycee to
receive the award in the six years
it has been given. The award is
made on the basis of community
Jack Sharpe. of Kannapolis,
president of the N. C. Junior
Chamber of Commerce, was guest
speaker at the banquet. Introduc
ed by J. P. Bracy, who served as
toastmaster, Mr. Sharpe discussed
the many facts of Jayceeism in
church, home, and community.
Stover Lunagaii, of Rutherford
ton. a national Jaycee director.
recognized the young men nomi
nated for the "Young Man of the
Year" award and presented Mr.
Corbin with a Distinguished Serv
ice Award key after announcing
him as the recipient.
The other nominees were J. W.
(Red) 8ml th. Dr. J. L. Hill. Jr .
Roy M. Biddle, Jr., 8MB Gibson,
and Robert W. Moore.
A "Boss of the Year" award
was made to Bob S. Sloan, pub
lisher of The Franklin Press, for
SEE NO. 2. PAGE 10
Local Scout Leader
Awarded Silver Beaver
B. L. McGlamery. of Franklin,
was awarded the Silver Beaver at
the Daniel Boone Council's an
nual recognition dinner in Ashe
ville January 13 for his long and
faithful service to Boy Scouts.
He is the Smoky Mountain Dis
trict finance chairman. This is
the highest award made to a
LONG, LONG ROAD
A bet between Tommy Jenkins (left) and Ben Harrison to
see who could out-walk the other was born Wednesday of last
week (f iring a light snow. Wayah Bald, .more than Zt miles away
from Franklin, was set as the finish Ikte. The picture was made
at the city limits on US 64 as Mr. Harrison, 69, set a Mistering
pare for Mr. Jenkins, 39. By mutual consent (they say), they
called it a draw after nearly seren miles and a truck was sent
to Wayah Valley to pick them up.
Interested in the production of
Then you'll want to attend a
special meeting tomorrow (Fri
day) night at 7:30 at the Agricul
tural Building, according to Coun
ty Agent T. H. Fagg.
He emphasized that the poultry
meeting is only for those interest
ed in commercial production.
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BAKE SALE SET
A bake sale will be held by the
Franklin Junior Woman's Club
February 14 at Angel Drug Store,
it has been announced.
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The recent local campaign for
the Children's Home Society rais
ed $205.60, according to Mrs. Bet
ty McKay, president of the Frank
lin Junior Woman's Club, which
conducted the project.
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LIONS ARE COMING
About 250 Lions and their wives
of Zone 2 are expected to attend
a zone social and "ladies' night"
in Franklin February 14. accord
ing to Wayne Faulkner, local pres
The featured speaker at the
gathering, which will be held at
the high school cafeteria, will be
Jbhn L. Stickley. of Charlotte, im
mediate past president of Lions
Poindexter's Amoco Station in
East Franklin was entered late
Monday night or early Tuesday
morning, according to Police Chief
Sid Carter. Entrance was gained
through the grease pit side of the
station and Lee Poindexter, own
er, reported about $150 in small
change missing and some ciga
The week's temperatures and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Mnnson Stilea,
U. S. weather observer; in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
obnervert; und at the Coweta Ify.lrologis
Laboratory. Readings are for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day luted.
Wed.. Jan. 29
Wed., Jan. 29 45
Wed.. Jan. 29
? No record.