Tale-bearers are as
bad as tale-makers.
73rd Year ? No. 9
Franklin, N. C., Thur?day, February 27, 1958
Price 10 Cents
MAIN STREET *
A GOOD SIGN of spring ? or of
warmer weather? is the reappear
ance of merchandise on the side
walks in front of. the stores.
HAVE YOU noticed the many
dented fenders caused by loose
AN OUTSIDE coat of trim
paint is now being applied by
ipainters to the post office.
Matches the new paint work in
SAVE FOR a few sad looking
enowmen in some shady areas,
last week's big snow is gone.
L. A. BERRY, of Route 4. is
showing a picture of a snake and
a chicken. In attempting to swal
low the chicken, the snake died.
The chicken, unable to get loose,
suffocated in the snake's throat.
FRANKLIN'S STREETS could
take all the prize money for be
ing dirty. Some merchants are
washing down in front of their
stores ? a decided improvement, to
say the least.
FREEZING AND THAWING
sure has played hob with the pave
ment on the Georgia highway.
Trying to keep out of the holes is
like playing motorized hopscotch.
It's fortunate that this is not the
final surfacing. In this state, they
wait a couple of years for a new
highway to "settle" before- apply
ing the final paving.
HIGHWAY DEATHS in the
state, as of February 17, were
considerably lower than they were
for the same period in '57; 91
deaths as compared to 142. This
is proof that the state's concerted
safety campaign is paying off.
WEATHER BUFFS who need
some supporting facts might find
these interesting. An old diary
kept by Jacob Siler <he started
it in 1842) on Cartoogechaye's
weather says a big snow fell Dec.
10, 1876, and was still on the
ground December 24 when an
other snow came, and then still
another January 1, 1877 for a
total of 26 inches. On Jan. 11,
1886, it was 10 below zero and 17
below Jan. 16, 1887. On Feb. 14.
1899 it was six below, as com
pared with a reading of 15 above
in Franklin this 14th.
HOW LONG has it been since
you can remember the Little
Tennessee River frozen solid a
bove the Franklin bridge? And
did you ever see anything prettier
than the ice while the sun played
ALL A. G. Cagle is waiting for
Is some good weather to open
his new crafts and gift shop in
the East Franklin Intersection.
He's also waitin' for better wea
ther before installing a big sign
above the building.
TURN THOSE televisions to
CBS this Sunday night at 8
o'clock and watch our very own
Smoky Mountain Cloggers capture
the heart of all America. And, it
would help us all In this mountain
area if everyohe would either
write or telegraph Ed Sullivan
and thank him for giving the
Cloggers their big break.
FRANKLIN'S Cub and Boy
Scout troops really did themselves
up brown with their window dis
plays marking National Boy Scou*.
WOULDN'T some overhead ar
rows indicating lanes of traffic
help tourists move through the
one-way street system much easier
this season? A lot of towns are
using them, you know.
DOLLAR DAYS are being eyed
by local merchants to pull them
out of the red side of the ledger,
where they dropped during the
cold snap last week.
IN DISCUSSING business con
ditions, one businessman asked
last week "If there is no hell,
where has business gone?"
A three-day trade promotion,
"Dollar Days" opens in Frank
lin today (Thursday).
All merchant! are participat
ing, according to Sam Gibson,
chairman, and shoppers will be
eligible to win a hundred silver
dollars at drawings slated Sat
urday afternoon at 4:30 on the
Four separate drawings are
planned ? *5?, $25. $15, and
Shoppers may register for the
prises at any store, Mr. Gibson
Watch Out New York! Here Come ' Our Cloggers*
Mrs. Lois Roberson, Team Manager, Practices The Smoky Mountain Cloggers. (Staff Photo)
WXNT $5,500 FOR WORK ?
Franklin Chamber Directors
Approve Record '58 Budget
A record budget of $5,500 has
been approved by the board of di
rectors of the Franklin Cnambei
' The budget ? $1,000 higher than
last year's ? must now be submit
ted to the general membership of
the chamber for final approval at
the annual banquet in March.
Meeting last Thursday night,
the chamber president, Dr. G. R.
McSween, and his directors set
up the budget; made advance ar
rangements for the March meet
ing; selected '58 committees: vot
ed to continue membership in the
W. N. C. Highlanders; and start
ed mapping a slogan contest to.
promote this area.
H. Bueck, of Franklin, presi
dent of the W. N. C. Associated
Communities, reported on the or
ganization's recent meeting at
Cullowhee. He also urged members
of the chamber to attend the
April meeting of W. N. C. A. C., to
be held in Frankliii on the second
Director Bob S. Sloan reported
he had obtained Jeff B. Wilson,
editor of Tar Heel Wheels, a gen
eral interest magazine published
in Raleigh, as guest speaker for
the annual membership banquet.
With the speaker confirmed, the
board voted to hold the banquet
Steve Bundy. chairman, Erwin
Patton, and Vic Perry were ap
pointed by the president as a
committee to work out the ban
Dr. McSween described the new
Blue Ridge Parkway folder pro
posal being considered by Frank
lin, Sylva, and Dillsboro. * The
board voted to back the project.
SEE NO: PAGE 8
P.-T. A. Study -
Tuesday At Otto
Macon County's annual P.-T. A.
study course is scheduled for ?
Tuesday, March 4, at Otto School
from 9:30 a. m. to 3:30 p. m.
This year's theme is "Parent 1
and Family Life Education".
Featured speakers will be Dr.
Herbert Koepp-Baker, of High
lands and Western Carolina Col
lege, who is a widely-known au
thority in the field of special edu
cation, and the Rev. Robert R.
Standley, pastor of the First Bap
Dr. Koepp-Baker will address
the gathering in the morning and
the minister will speak in the
Also scheduled on the morning
program is a group discussion.
"Proficiency in P.-T. A. Leader- ,
ship". This will be led by Mrs. T.
Edwin Hyatt, of Canton, district ?
P.-T. A. director.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 in
the school cafeteria.
MOTOR GRADER OPERATOR HAD A CLOSE CALL ON HIGHWAY
June* N. Lowe (above), state highway motor grader operator, had a close call last Thursday
afternoon when rising temperatures sent. more than a half ton of ice plummeting down on toi
of his machine In Cullasaja Gorge. Note the smashed windshield. Lee Keener had the top of hl<
automobile damaged one day last week when lee fell as he went under Bridal Veil Falls. (Staf
Announce For ^
Four incumbent county officials
announced this week they will
seek reelection, subject to the May
31 Democratic primary and the
general election in November.
They are Sheriff J. Harry '
Thomas, Mrs. Kate M. Wrinn,
clerk of Superior Court, Lake V.
Shope, register of deeds, and
John J. Kusterer, county coroner.
The sheriff and the clerk both
are seeking their third four-year
terms, while the register of deeds
is running for his fifth term.
The coroner is now serving out
the unexpired term of C. Jack
F. F. A. Team
First place was won by the par
liamentary procedure team of the
Franklin Future Farmers of Amer
ica last week in the Nantahala
Federation contest at Andrews.
Team members are John Kil
lian, president: Bud Shope. vice
president; Wayne Taylor, secre
tary; Ferry Wiggins, treasurer,
Riley Henry, reporter; Ronald
Harper, sentinel, and Wayne Prof
The team will compete for dis
trict honors in Asheville May 2.
The Andrews contest was held
Garden School Set
Today In Franklin
A school for garden leaders is
slated this < Thursday > morning
at 9:30 at the Agricultural Build
It is for home demonstration
garden leaders and 4-H neighbor
The latest garden information
and recommended vegetable vari
eties will be discussed.
'Long about X o'clock Sunday night in the middle
of New York City's television world, the infectious
strains of "Sugarfoot Rag" will wing across the CBS
And from the wings will dance the Smoky Moun
tain Cloggfcrs. a group of talented young square danc
ers from the hills of Western North Carolina? more
specifically, from right here in Macon County.
Just out of camera range will he Kd Sullivan, the
man responsible for the appearance of the Cloggers
* * *
iems For Ed
A "mountain gesture" of
appreciation is ready for pre
sentation to Ed Sullivan dur
ing his Sunday night show.
The gift consists of four
native gems from Cowee Val
ley. They were donated and
cut* by Jim Brinkman, local
Two of the gems are rubies,
one is a blue sapphire, and
the fourth is a rhodolite.
Each is about a carat in size.
Bob Cox, CBS talent scout
for this region, who has help
ed with arrangements to put
the Smoky Mountain Cloggers
on the Sullivan show, was
given the gems this week and
he said he would make the
presentation to Mr. Sullivan
personally "on camera" dur
ing the show.
Telegraph, telephone, or write
Ed Sullivan after the Smoky
Mountain Cloggers appear on
his show Sunday night, requests
Dr. G. R. McSween, president of
the Franklin Chamber of Com
"The Cloggers' appearance has
paved the way for future moun
tain entertainers' on national
television," he said, "and all of
us should let Mr. Sullivan know
how much we appreciate his in
terest in this area and his faith
in our talented Cloggers."
Mr. Ed Sullivafl
New York City, N. Y.
Area Girl Scout
A trainig course for Girl Scout
eaders of the Nantahala area is
scheduled in Franklin for the
lext two Saturdays, March 1 and
It will be held at the Methodist
:hurch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
vith Mrs. Harry J. Price, of
Franklin, in charge.
Mrs. Price, who recently moved
:iere, has wide experience in Girl
Scout work. She took basic train
ing in Atlanta, Ga., in 1949, and
led a troop until 1954. She also
lias taken National Training for
Volunteer Leaders and Day Camp
Directors and has been teaching
Doth of these courses since. Mrs.
Price's daughter, Peggy, is a
BUECK IN RALEIGH
H. Bueck, superintendent of
schools, was in Raleigh Saturday
for a meeting of the federal rela
:ions committee of the N. C. Edu
Playing Friday Night ?
Tops In Division
True to advance predictions,
Franklin High's lassies are head
ing for the tournament finals of
the Smoky Mountain Conference
tomorrow (Friday) night in Hay
esville, after copping the eastern
division title in playoffs here last
The girls will take on the An
drews sextet, winner of the west
ern division title, at 9 o'clock in
r the Hayesville High gymnasium,
i A large delegation of local sports
i fans will be on hand to root for
f the locals and a victory. <
At 7:30 Friday, another Macon
County team will play In a consol
ation battle. The Nantahala lads
will meet the Cullowhee boys.
Saturday night at 7:30. the
Hayesville gymnasium action will
continue with a consolation game
between the Swain and Murphy
girls, -followed by a 9 o'clock
championship clash between the
Swain and Murphy boys.
In advancing to the finals, the
Franklin lassies defeated Webster
89 to 44 Tuesday of last week and
Olenvllle 86 to 54 Thursday, with
SEE NO. I, PAGE 5
on nis nation-wide variety snow.
His will be the look of a stern
critic, for this will mark the first
time in the history of television
that a non-professional group like
the young dancers has been thrust
so rapidly and dramatically into
the national limelight.
But all of this is coming up
Sunday. How are things with the
Well, as they have been for sev
eral weeks, they're practieing.
practicing, practicing. And they're
talking happily about the coming
trip to the big city. And. way in
the back of their minds they're
harboring a dream that could
well come true ? a trip to Holly
wood for a movie! They've been
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 8
MRS. MATHER DIES
Mrs. Clara B. Mather, mother
of Mrs. Katherine M. O'Neill, of
Franklin, Route 5, died at the
O'Neill home Tuesday at 6 p. m.
Services are set for today (Thurs
day) at 12 noon in the chapel of
Bryant Funeral Home.
* ? ?
YOUTH CENTER OPEN
The Franklin Youth Center will
be open tomorrow (Friday) night
MRS. MILLER SLAIN
A 20-year-old woman and moth
er of four children, Mrs. Barbara
Jean Boone Miller, who is report
ed to be from Franklin, was shot
and killed Saturday in Jackson
ville, Fla., by an Air Force serge
ant. Her mother, Mrs. Louise
Moseley, said she and her daugh
ter and the children had gone to
Jacksonville about six months ago
from Atlanta. Ga. Mrs. Miller was
separated from her second hus
? ? ?
HURT IN WRECK
Mrs. Myrtle Stone, of the Car
toogechaye section, was critically
injured in an, automobile mishap
Friday night in Georgia.
She is reported to be partially
paralized and is hospitalized in
Greenville. S. C.
Details of the accident were not
? ? ?
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Wiley, of
Highlands, will observe their Gol
den Wedding anniversary with an
open house Sunday, March 2,
from 2 to 6 p. m.
I K' VVeather
The week's temperatures and rainfall below
are recorded in Franklin by Man son St ilea,
U. S. weather obeerver: in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
observers; and at the Coweta Hydrologte
Laboratory- Readings are for th* 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day listed.
Hie* Low Rain
Wed., Feb. 19 38 -4 .00
Thursday 44 10 .00
Friday 56 9 .00
Saturday 56 25 .00
Sunday 65 18 .00
Monday 68 18 .00
Tuesday ? 64 26 .00
Wednesday _ 45 88
Wed., Feb. 19th 25 * 2 .00
Thursday 37 8 .00
Friday 44 9 .00
Saturday 54 25 .00
Sunday 53 19 .00
Monday 64 20 .00
Tuesday 68 27-- .00
Wednesday 64 44 1.33
Wed., Feb. 19th 35 0
Thursday 46 10
Friday 48 6
Saturday 41 24
Sunday 52 24
Monday 62 25
Tuesday 58 32
? No record.
A Hundred Silver Dollars On The Square Saturday At 4:30