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If You Aren't
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73rd Year ? No. 19
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, May 8, 1958
Price 10 Cents
GEM CUTTER Jim Brinkman
did a bang-up job ol publicizing
Macon County and its mineral
wealth last Thursday morning
over a Greenville, S. C., television
program. Jim had about 10 min
utes on the air and he came
through as a "Macon County Am
bassador" with flying colors.
EVEN THOUGH it is still rain
ing at intervals, it seems warm
weather finally is with us again.
And, by golly, it's about time! ! !
IF FOLKS keep pouring into
town on Saturdays like they did
last week, they'll have to rename
Main Street "Sardine Street". The
tobacco chewers on the corner
didn't even have room to spit.
THE STREETS aren't dirty, de
clares one town employe. No, and
it's just a short hop to the moon!
A ROAST PIG, complete even
to an apple in its mouth, graced
the buffet table in Waynevsille
the other night at the W.N.C.
Industrial Development Corpora
tion. The porker, for your en
lightenment, came from Macon
County. When Heinz Rollman,
who sponsored the meal, couldn't
find one anywhere, he gave a
yelp for Woodrow Franklin, who
supplied the pig and apple.
WOULDN'T YOU like to have
all the gasoline spent on a Sunday
afternoon by people "checking
IF YOU'RE bitten by Spring
Fever, don't fight it. Go fishing,
take a nap, double your coffee
break time, or just take it easy.
STATE HIGHWAY men were
out in force last Thursday paint
ing yellow and white lines on
highways going through Franklin.
Of course, the lines won't last
long after the dirt from the
streets covers them up.
"CRAWF" M'COY'S LAUGH fre
quently is a traffic-stopper along
the main stem. Someone's always
telling him a joke and when he
laughs, lie laiigtjsl^.. ,
Misses Dwain Horsley and Jean
Franklin have been selected by
the local American Legion Auxil
iaiY as delegates to Girls' State.
Miss Horsley is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Horsley, of
Frankin. Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow
Franklin, of Holly Springs, are the
parents of Miss Franklin.
At its April meeting, the auxil
iary also decided to sponsor Girl
Scout Troop 6 for the third grade
girls. Mrs. A. R. Higdon was se
lected to serve as the auxiliary's
representative on the Girl Scout
Girls' State will be held in June
on the campus of Woman's Col
lege, University of North Carolina,
Try-outs for the new Babe
Ruth League have been called
for Saturday morning at 9:30
at the East Franklin diamond.
Any boy 14 to 16 years old is
eligible to compete for a posi
tion, according to Alex Arnold,
Maoon And Rabun
Maoon County and Rabun
County, Ga., have decided to go
separate ways in seeking feder
al aid for flood and erosion
control in the little Tennessee
Meeting Wednesday night of
last week at Otto School as the
Little Tennessee River Water
shed Association, citizens of
both counties voted to form
separate organizations and sub-'
mit individual applications for
Each county elected Its own
slate of officers to carry out
provisions of the federal water
Elmon Teague was named
president of the Macon County
group. Bryant McClure will
serve with him as vice-president
and Max Parrish as secretary
The Macon group took no ac
tion on future meetings or a
course of action.
About 40 citizens from the
two counties attended the meet
4-H Parade Set
17th !n Town
May 17 has been set as the
date for the annual 4-H parade
Clubs already are at work on
floats, according to Mrs. Jessie
D. Cabe and Clark Walker, as
sistant agents in charge.
The parade will be led by the
"King and Queen of 4-H", a
couple now being selected from
among candidates entered by
the individual clubs.
Invitations have been sent
to 4-H council officers in
SauUn, .Jackson, and. Clay to
join the Macon County parade
King and queen candidates
include Pat Bryson and Lanny
Holland, Cullasaja Junior; Jan
ice Cabe and Leon Holland, Ot
to Senior; Linda Moffitt arid
William Vanhook, Otto' Junior;
Lucille Rogers and Steve Wil
son, Highlands; Linda Raby and
Raymond Shepherd. Cowee Sen
ior; Peggy Sheffield and Lee
Roy Parrish, Cowee Junior;
Janice Burrell and Bobby Ply
ler, Iotla Junior; Shelia Duvall
and Harry Henry, Iotla Senior;
Arvil Holland and Jewel Fox,
Cullasaja Senior; Sara Lee Bry
son and Eugene Dean, East
Franklin; Sue Moffitt and
James Brabson, Union Junior;
Joyce Cloer, Olenda Lee, and
Michael Hastings, Union Senior.
CHOIR TO SING
The Carson Newman Baptist
Student Union Choir will sing
at the 11 o'clock service Sunday
at the First Baptist Church, ac
cording to the pastor, the Rev.
R. R. Standley.
Franklin's pre-sicnool clinic is
set for May 16 at 9 a. m. Par
ents of pre-schoolers are asked
to meet in the library of the
high school building.
BOY FINDS A BIG RUBY AT COWEE
Sterling Peek, son of Beulon Peek, is shown with the 101 carat ruby he found last week at
the Holbrooks .mine in Ccwee Valley. Note the size of the rough gem in comparison with the
quarter Sterling is holding. Although the stone is not the largest ever found in the valley, its
quality is exceptionally good, according to a local gem cutter, Jim Brinkman. (Staff Photo i
MEETING LN FRANKLIN ?
State Baptist President
To Address Brotherhood
Dr. A. Leroy Parker, Jr., pres
ident of the Baptist State Con
vention of North Carolina, will
be the principal speaker Tues
day night (May 13) when the
Regional 10 Baptist Brother
hood Convention is held at the
First Baptist Church in Frank
er. K. Hooker, of Franklin,
regional president, will preside
at the session, which will be
gin at 6 o'clock with a barbe
Dr. Parker, of Greensboro, is
scheduled to speak at 8:50.
At the business session, spe
cial music will be by the ''Mel
ody Five", of the Tuckaseigee
association. "The Value of a
Boy" will be presented by Royal
Ambassadors of the Franklin
church, and the male chorus of
the local church also will sing
Dr. Earle Bradley, secretary
of promotion of the Baptist
State Convention, will discuss
the program of church finance.
Associations tnaking up the
region, In addition to Macon,
are Cherokee, Tennessee River,
Tuckaseigee, West Liberty, and
Open In Town
Franklin . tourist information
booth on Main Street is now open
for the 1958 season.
The attendant at the booth is
Mrs. Lasca E. Horsley, executive
secretary of the chamber of com
merce. sponsor of the information
Democrats will gather Saturday
at 2:30 p. m. at the courthouse
in Franklin for a convention.
Under the leadership of Jess
Shope, party chairman, they will
organize for the coming primary
and general election and also will
pick delegates to attend the state
convention in Raleigh May 15.
At precinct meetings Saturday,
precinct officers and convention
delegates were elected.
Slated In Town
Next Monday through Sat
urday will be "Clean -Up
Week" in Franklin.
In setting up the special
week Monday night. Mayor
W. C. Burrell aind his alder
men urged Franklinites to
cooperate by cleaning up their
vacant lots and around their
During the week, the town
garbage truck will be at the
.disposal of those having rub
bish to haul to the dump. A
telephone call to the town
office (38) will send the truck
Mayor Burrell also hopes
firemen will be able to wash
the streets one night during
In session Monday night, the
Franklin Board of Aldermen:
1. Stipulated that the town will
install no more water lines under
two inches in diameter.
2. Ruled that sub-divisions will
not be accepted by the town until
approved by the town engineer
and comply with requirements of
street width, proper drainage,
street and utilities right-of-way,
3. Authorized Richard Slagle to
survey the town limits on Sloan
Street, US 441. First Street. Sec
ond Street, and Lake Emory Road
and to set boundary markers.
GLEE CLL'B COMING
Brevard College Glee Club will
appear next Thursday. May 15. at
the Franklin Methodist Church,
it has been announced. The time
will be announced next week.
SEVERAL THOUSAND TO GO -
In New Precincts
Voter registrations in the four
new precincts are "much too
slotf"', according to J. Lee Barn
ard, chairman of the county elec
Yesterday < Wednesday', only
about 400 names had been signed
in the Franklin Precinct and
about 100 each in the East Frank
lin, Union, and Iotla Precincts, he
An estimated 4,000 voters come
within the boundaries of these
four new precincts (formerly one
large precinct). This means some
3.000 citizens must register be
tween now and May 17. the clos
ing day for registrations. Books
will be open this coming Satur
day and on the 17th. The 24th
is challenge day for the May 31
Voters are registering at the
Agricultural Building in the Frank
lin Precinct; at East Franklin
School in the East Franklin Pre
cinct; at Iotla School in the Iotla
Precinct : and at Union School in
the Union Precinct.
BETTER PAY UP ?
Clerk Warns That Unpaid
Taxes Will Be Advertised
Some 175 taxpayers must plunk
down about $6,000 in the Town
of Franklin's coffers by next week
or have their names advertized
as being delinquent.
Town Clerk C- O. Ramsey yes
terday (Wednesday i said he will
prepare the delinquent tax list for
publication in The Press on the
12th, "and those who don't want
to see their name in print should
see me before then.''
The cleric so far has collected
about $35,000 in 1957 taxes, which
were due last October.
As for the town's financial
situation. Mr. Ramsey said "it
will come out about even" at the
end of the fiscal year June 30.
DIRECTORS NAMED ?
Maconians Attend Meeting
To Organize For Industry
A large delegation from Ma
con County was in Waynesville
last Thursday night for the or
ganization of the W. N. C. In
dustrial Development Corpora
tion, an area-wide group devot
ed to publicizing the industrial
advantages of Western North
Elected as director? from Ma
con County, and also listed as
incorporators of the organiza
tion, were J. P. Brady and Sam
Gibson, both of Franklin.
It will be the aim of the new
corporation to raise an estimat
ed $600,000 ($2 per person ( in
the participating counties of
Western North Carolina and use
the money to direct the atten
tion of industry to the area.
Formation of the corporation
Is an outgrowth of "Operation
Bootstrap", an industrial pro
motion idea advanced by Heinz
Rollman, Waynesville industrial
In addressing the more than
200 attending the "Operation
Bootstrap" banquet, Mr. Roll
man declared that by provid
ing 40 new jobs a week in
Western North Carolina, per
capita income could be raised
in the area from the present
$1,400 to $4,000 in six years.
Mr. Rollman and other speak
ers emphasized the importance
of an "area effort" if the plan
to obtain new industries for the
area is to work.
By way of illustrating the
lack of publicity coming out of
Western North Carolina, it was
pointed out that an industrial
booth arranged by Mr. Rollman
and others at a New York City
exposition recently already had
attracted several "feelers" from
interested industrialists and
that one company has looked
over Murphy as a possible site
for a plant.
Attending the Waynesville
meeting were Mr. Brady, Bob S.
Sloan. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hors
ley, Verlon Swafford, Stephen
A. Bundy, Bruce Bryant, Mr.
and NJrs. H. Bueck. all of
Franklin, and Louis Potts and
George Penland, of Highlands.
SEVEN HAVE SIGNED ?
May 15 Is Deadline For
Entering Ar ^a Competition
Organized communities are re
minded that next Thursday. May
15. is the deadline for entering
the W. N. C. Rural Community
County Agent T. H. Fagg said
this week that seven communities
have sent applications to the Ashe
ville Agricultural Development
Council, sponsor of the program.
About five or six more are expect
ed to enter before the deadline.
He has extra applications on hand
in case communities have lost
the ones mailed earlier in the
More than $2,000 in cash is be
ins; offered the winning commun
ities in the contest.
The week'i temperature. and rainfall below
?re recorded in Franklin kr Manimn Stllaa.
U. S. weather obeerver: in Highlands b?
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newton. TV A
obeerver*: and at the Coweta ?rdrolo*i.
l.aboratn'7. Readings art for the 24-hour
period ending at 1 a.m. or the da; liatad.
High Low Hair
? No Record.
SIGNS OF SPRING IN FRANKLIN ? And what better harbingers of warm weather can be spotted than checker players moving their board out on
Main Street in front of J. B. Pendergrass' store and the appearance of North Carolina's flower, the dogwood, which is enhanced in the above picture by the
addition of Miss Kay Ledford( who was voted by the seniors at Franklin High as being the prettiest. (Staff l'hotos)
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