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? Thomas Jefferson.
73rd Year ?No. 16
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, April 17, 1958
Price 10 Cents
COURT WEEK really flushes
folks Into town, doesn't tt.
Many newcbavetB, unaccustom
ed to seeing the opening day
crowd, thought at least a half
dozen politicians had passed on
by the size of the mob hanging
around the courthouse door.
AND IT JUST keeps raining,
and raining, and raining ...
and folks just keep looking up
and jumping puddles and re
calling what the sun looked like
when it used to shine . . .
IT'S THE lucky motorist who
happens to find a parking
meter that is jammed with an
hour and a half of time left
HAVE YOU noticed all the
bowing and scraping that goes
on in the double doors of the
post office? Someone will open
the outside door for someone
and then the someone just
served steps through with a
"thank you" and holds the
door on the inside for the one
he's just "thank I you'd".
APPEARS AS HOW someone
is going to have to warn tour
ists about driving and trying
to read their road maps at the
same time. A couple of local
motorists did some sidewalk
running one day last week
when meeting a visitor buried
deeply in his map.
THE CHLORINE taste Im
proved some of the coffee in
town, didn't It?
IT'S A SHAME all that water
poured out by the town Sat
urday night couldn't have been
used to clean those filthy
ISN'T IT A nice feeling to
have that income tax headache
out of the way 'for anothei
year? That is, until your check
bounces at the bank, as many
meandering along Main Street
have predicted for their own.
TOURISTS ARE beginning to
pay more and more interest In
Cowee Valley and its rubles.
Just shows that publicity pays
off. Might be a good idea for
everyone who meets the public
to carry some rough stones to
IF THE STAFF of The Press
eventually has to clean the
streets, It'll have some help at
least. Numbers of men and
women have volunteered to help
with the Job.
FISHERMEN are reporting
Macon County's streams are
THAT'S REALLY good news
about the state's plans for pav
ing the Georgia highway. The
stretch frod) here to the state
like is badly broken In many
sections. Highway crews were
spot-patching several days last
The above sign explains the
highway situation on US 23-441
between Franklin and Georgia
state line, a stretch that will soon
be paved again after roughing out
the winter weather. The dotted
iine in the other picture indicates
a section of broken pavement ?
lust one of many along the 12
Severe winter weather is respon
sible for the condition of the heav
ily -traveled route.
LETTING THIS MONTH ?
Hutchison Says US 23-441
Paving Bids Coming Soon
Bids will be asked by the State
Highway Department on April 29
for the paving of US 33-441 from
Franklin to the Georgia state
line, according to Frank Hutchi
son, 14th division engineer.
The existing surface of the new
highway has been badly damaged
by winter weather.
In a telephone interview from
his office at Webster, Mr. Hutchi
son said the project probably
would not get under way for about
a month after the bids are re
The paving involves 12.46 miles.
Meanwhile, the engineer report
ed highway maintenance crews
have Macon County's secondary
road system in "fair condition",
following one of the roughest win
ters in many years.
"Time is all we need" to get the
system back in good shape ,he
ARNOLD IS ELECTED ?
Pony League Abandoned In
Favor Of Babe Ruth League
Last year's Pony League has
been dropped In favor of a Babe
At a meeting Friday night in
the high school cafeteria, C. K.
(Ike) Olson, Pony League presi
dent, resigned and Alex Arnold
was elected to succeed hiai.
Others named to offices include
Weaver Shope, vice-president, and
Mrs. Robert Corbin, secretary.
It was decided to drop Pony
League because a loss of members
from age eligibility would limit
the league to only three teams.
The age limits of Babe Ruth
League are 13 to 16 and the boys
will play by professional rules and
on a regulation field.
Guest speaker at the meeting
was John Wood, of Asheville,
district representative of Babe
A meeting of Babe Ruth officers
and managers has been called
for tomorrow (Friday) night at
8 o'clock in the cafeteria.
At Iotla School
A Little League benefit is slated
Saturday night at Iotla School
under the sponsorship of the
school P.-T. A. and' the league
Set to begin at 8 o'clock, the
night's program of fun will in
clude cake walks. Bingo, "white,
elephant" sale, bowling darts, and
music by Roy Ramsey's string
Refreshments also will be on
NANTAHALA HIGH HONOR STUDENTS
Honor students for the 1958 graduating class of Nantahala
Rich School have been announced as Miss Susie Denny, valedlc
torian, and Mian Fretla Dills, salutatorlan. Daughter of Mr. and
Mr*. Will Dennjr, Susie has a scholastic average of 92.23, while
Frella's average Is 92.08. She la the daughter of Mrs. Earl Dills
and the late Mr. Dills. Susie plans to attend Western Carolina
College and Frella wants to enter nurse training.
Civil Actions Today
As the first to wear the
state's new black robe in the
local courtroom, Judge Hugh
Campbell opened the April term
of Superior Court Monday
morning and quickly moved
through moat of the criminal
Yesterday (Wednesday) morn
ing, Solicitor Thad D. Bryson,
Jr., said the court expected to
dispose of all criminal cases
docketed by afternoon, except
for an incest trial that has
been rescheduled for Tuesday
Judge Campbell, of Charlotte,
will take up the civil docket
beginning this morning.
Macon County's courthouse
and Jail are "in as good con
dition as could be expected due
to the age of both buildings",
according to a report of coun
ty facilities prepared by the
Inspecting jurymen Tuesday
found the prison camp '?in
good shape" and "driver's, li
censes of school bus drivers and
school busses in good shape,
according to Ptl. Ferguson."
In talks with H. Bueck, school
superintendent, and Erwin Pat
ton, chairman of the school
board, the Jury learned that
Cowee, Nan*ahaU, and High
lands schools need new roofs
and that repairs are needed at
other schools. However, the re
port said "Mr. Patton assured
the grand jury they would take
care of this before the open
ing of school in the tall."
L. B. Liner was jury foreman.
Jurymen were Clyde Hughes,
Lemmie Holland, Lester Norton,
Ray McConnell, Ray Franklin,
Gorman Raby, Claude Duvall,
George W. Nix, Cecil Crawford,
Cragle Dockery, Homer C.
Greene, Dean Mash burn, W. R.
Edwards, Earl Emory, Perry
Brendle, P. B. Swafford, and
Carl D. Green.
Perry Is Appointed
To Elections Board
A. Winton Perry, of Franklin,
has been appointed to the Macon
County Board of Elections by the
Mr. Perry was one of two recom
mended to fill the vacancy left
by the resignation of Fred S.
Moore on the three-man board.
To Mark Meeting
An election of officers will
feature the regular meeting of
the Franklin P.-T. A. Monday
night in the high school cafe
Prior to the business meet
ing at 7:30, the elementary
school will be open so parents
may visit the classrooms.
Girl Scouts Going
To Cullowhee Meeting
A number of local Girl Scouts
and their leaders will be on hand
Saturday at Western Carolina
College for a rally sponsored by
the Nantahala Area Oirl Scout
Set to begin at 2 p.m.. the rally
will be held at Hunter Library.
It will be a "swap shop" of ideas
First Graders Will
Give East Franklin
P.-T. A. Program
First grade children will have
charge of the program Tuesday
night at the East Franklin P.-T. A.
The meeting is set for 7:30, ac
cording to Mrs. Harry Pangle,
The Rev. R. R. Standley was
elected Monday night to serve as
chairman of the executive promo
tion committee of the Macon
Baptist Association. He will serve
the unexpired term of- the Rev.
M. W. Chapman, resigned.
A RARE HONOR
A tribute rarely accorded any- <
one off the campus of the Univer
sity of North Carolina came to
Franklin's Weimar Jones in Chap- '
el Hill Monday nirht. The widely- '
known and quoted newspaper edi
tor was one of two men tapped '
for honorary membership in th%
Order of the Golden Fleece, high- ?
est men's honorary society at the
university. Mr. Jones is a former
president of the North Carolina
Press Association and served as
lecturer on the university journal
ism faculty for a year. The other
man selected for the honor was
Jan Phillips Schinhan, a member
of the university's music faculty. 1
Is April 23
The annual associational meet
ing of the Women's Missionary
Union of the Macon Baptist As
sociation will be held at the
Ridgecrest Baptist Church, April
23, beginning at 10 ajn.
Outof-town speakers will be
Mrs. Wayne Slaton, of Brysor.
City, regional superintendent;
Miss Irene Chambers, of Pocohan
tas, Ark., field representative of
the home mission board; and Miss
Miriam J. Robinson, of Raleigh,
state executive secretary.
Mrs. C. T. Taylor, of Franklin,
associational superintendent will i
The Cartoogechaye Rural Com
munity Development Organization ;
will meet tonight (Thursday) a,t 1
8 o'clock at the community house,
it has been announced by Mrs.
Joe Setser, president. -
OLD ORDER RESCINDED -
For Four Precincts
The Macon County Board of Elections has rescind
ed its May 11, 1957, order for a county-wide registra
:ion of voters.
Instead, new registrations will be required only in
four precincts created by the board as a companion
iction to the May 11 order, according to J. Lee
Barnard, chairman. These four precincts, Union,
Bast Franklin, Iotla, and Franklin, contain approxi
mately 40 per cer\t of the voters in the county and
prior to the board's action constituted a single pre
:inct known as Franklin.
In announcing the board's decision to abandon
plans for a county-wide new registration, Mr. Barn
ard said the registration books of the other precincts
were re-examined and it was decided "they weren't
in bad shape" like the four new precincts.
Books will open May 3 for new registrations and
will be open the next two Saturdays, Mav 10 and
May 17. '
Mr. Barnard said it will be necessary for voters
to go to their precinct polling places on the three
legal Saturdays for registering. However, during the
week he, as chairman of the elections board, will reg
ister anyone if they will .stop and see him at the
Following are descriptions of the territory covered
by the four precincts :
Union Precinct: Covers all who live from Car
toogechaye Creek south to the Smith's Bridge pre
cinct line. Polling place is at Union School.
East Franklin Precinct: Embraces voters who live
in the area east of the Tennessee River and west and
south of the Millshoal, Ellijav, and Smith's Bridge
lines. Polling place is at East Franklin School.
Iotla Precinct: Includes the area from the Trimont
divide north to the Burningtown and Co wee precinct
lines. Polling place is at Iotla School.
Franklin Precinct: Covers the area from the Ten
nessee River west, from the Trimont divide south
and from Cartoogechaye Creek north. Agricultural
Building is designated as polling place.
Contributions to the local Amer
ican Canter Society fund drive
are conling in slowly, according
to the chapter president, Mrs.
Tuesday, she had about $225
TIME WILL TELL ?
'Operation Red Wat?r' In
Franklin Seems Successful
Although it will take a couple
more weeks to make sure, "Op
eration Red Water" last week
end In Franklin appears to
have been a success.
A member of the town water
committee, H. H. Gnuse, Jr., '
commenting on the operation '
to clear up the red water prob
lem in the town's water sys- |
tem, Tuesday said "so far it
appears to be working . . . but
it will take a couple of weeks I
to get a, complete answer." *'
Warned in advance of the ,
"week end drought", Franklin :
residents had drawn water re- i
serves for cooking and drink
Shortly after 10 o'clock Sat
urday night, a highly concen
trated solution of chlorine was
Introduced into the town's stor
age tanks under the supervision !
of R. F. Hill, of Asheville, dis
trict engineer for the State De
partment of Health, and Mr.
Then, memDers of the Frank- ;
lin Volunteer Fire Department, !
under the leadership of Chief ,
A. C. Tyslnger, divided into '
four squads and started fan
ning out from the tanks and '
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 8
TW WV. >?
rh?* week's temperature* and rainfall heiow
ire recorded in Franklin by Mnn?n Stile*
U S. weather observer: in Highlands by
rudor N Hall and W C Newton TV A
ohnrrver* ?*nd a? the Coweffl Wvdr*?lo?ri?
f.iho'-atory . Readings are for the 24-hour
period ending nt .S a.m of ?h#> H?v
HIGH IAN V
? No record
THERE WAS WATER IN THE STREETS
Under the wmtchful eyea of K. F. Hill (con tor, standing), district engineer with tfce State De
partment of Health, and alderman H. H. Gnuae. Jr. (right, ?**"
men opens a main Saturday night to atari off "Operation Red Water* , a town project to akian
the water system. (Staff Photo t