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Franklin, N. C., Thursday, June 19, 1958
Price 10 Cents
County Tax Rate Increased 10 Cents For Schools
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AIR CONDITIONING systems
have been Installed by De Soto
Trail Restaurant and the Nor
mandy, forward steps for both
In providing the type of service
wanted by visitors.
WHAT HAPPENED to the
"Welcome to Franklin" banners
that spanned Palmer and Main
last year? About time to get
'em out and glad-hand the
traveling public, isn't it?
THE ENERGY AND enthusi
asm of Mrs. Harry Price has
revived a very vital activity in
Franklin, Girl Scouts. She de
serves a vote of thanks for her
efforts, don't you think?
WAYAH BALD'S beautiful stand
of flame azalea attracted a steady
stream of visitors over the week
end. Mrs. Miriam Rabb, travel
editor with the N.C. Department
of Conservation and Development,
took several photographs on the
bald Friday for use in advertising
WHY is IT the weather always
seems to cut up over the week end,
instead of during the week?
1 FRANKLIN'S famous Indian
Mound (state's largest) is getting
a much-needed haircut!
MONDAY HAD its slack hours.
Plenty of parking places along the
main stem. Plenty of people slow
ing down because of the warm
WAYAH RANGER Bill Noth
stein reports he and his men have
been waging war on dwarf willow,
a bush threatening to snuff out
Wayah Bald's famous stand of
flame azalea. The ranger says the
only satisfactory way to stop the
willow is to cut it out with a
HAVE YOU seen that big oper
ation they've set up on the Geor
gia highway for the paving pro
ject? Some of the mixing ma
chinery appears to be a couple
of stories high and that pile of
FRED SALAIN thinks The Press
is really progressing. "I thought
I was Rip Van Winkle," he de
clared, when he saw the "1968"
date on the front page of last
MRS. A. G. CAGLE reports
tourists are buying and reading
The Press on the newsstands in
increasing numbers. She thinks
that's a tribute to Macon County's
hometown newspaper when
strangers buy a copy and read
it from cover to cover.
MACON COUNTY'S new boys
camp. Camp Highlander, not only
is the highest summer camp in
the Southeast, it's probably the
most beautiful from the air of
any in the world. It's sitting al
most on top of the world and the
views are absolutely breathtak
CLUB TO MEET
The Macon County Methodist
Men's Club will hold a family
night covered dish supper meet
ing at Wilson Lick Camp, on
Wayah Bald, Sunday night. The
meal is set for 6 o'clock.
THERE'S FLAME ON WAYAH >
Mile-high Wayah Bald is wearing its famous garb of flame ]
azalea and mountain laurel. Travel up the bald has been heavy
for several days, particularly over the week end. Miss Sarah (
Reagan was among those taking in the annual attraction and s
she's shown above in a big clump of flame azalea. The display ,
of color is ezpectad to last at least another week in the higher ,
elevations. (Staff Photo) i
IT'S OFFICIAL NOW ?
Judge Patton Takes Oath I
In Raleigh Monday Morning 1
It's official now; George B.
Patton is resident judge of the
30th Judicial District.
The Franklin native, who re
signed as attorney general of the
state in April to run for the
judgeship in the Democratic pri
mary. was appointed Saturday by
Gov. Luther Hodges to serve dur
ing the interim period until Dec.
Judge Carlise W. Higgins, of the
State Supreme Court, administer
ed oaths of office in the gov
. . . It's Official
ernor's office Monday morning at 1
It to Judge Patton and to Robert '
M. Gambill, of North Wilkesboro, j
who was nominated as the Demo
cratic candidate in the 23rd Judi- i
cial District. I
Friday The 13th
Fizzles ... S
Friday the 13th did a little '
Roofing off here. (
Like a real, jim-dandy 13th, t
the fire alarm sounded in Frank
lin about breakfast. It was a
cooking range afire at the
Stockton home off US 23-441, 1
near the old county home prop
erty. Practically no damage,
though. i 4
Later in the morning, a rattle
snake (an onimous Friday the
13th omen) reared its ugly head \
near Mrs. Hazel Holland and <
her family, who were raspberry I
picking in the Cullasaja section ?
(see picture). Bite anyone? (
Nope. Mrs. Holland ran for a
.22 rifle and polished the ser- t
pant off in short order. ?
Meanwhile, over at Angel t
Hospital, a Friday the 13th baby 1
was making a grand entrance. I
No trouble here, either. It was 1
a healthy boy (third in a series) t
for Dr. and Mrs. Dan A. Chase, c
of Franklin. f
QUICK, HENRY, GET THE FLIT GUN!
Mrs. Hazel Holland (center), her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Stmonds, and her son, Richard, had f
their Friday the ISth raspberry picking trip Interrupted by this 30-Inch rattlesnake that sported I
1* rattles and a button. While the snake rattled, Mrs. Holland rolled toward her home In the !
Cullasaja section, returning with a .it rifle to eliminate the berry lntrader. ' (Staff Photo) <
IAYCEES ARE PLANNING ?
Bigger And Better' Fourth
Of July Celebration Slated
Under the direction of the Jay
ees. plans are now being made
or a "bigger and better" Fourth
if July celebration In Franklin.
The day-and-night observance of
ndependence Day will feature:
Field events for men, women,
ind children beginning at 10 a.m.
in the west side of the county
:ourthouse. Cash prizes will be
i warded the winners and events
will range from the greasy pole
0 a slipper kicking contest for the
An afternoon baseball game at
he East Franklin diamond be
tween the Franklin All-Stars and
1 team still to be named.
A county-wide beauty contest to
select "Miss Fourth of July". This
event will spotlight nighttime ac
tivities at the side of the courts
house and, as last year, will be
run in three eliminations, Con
testants will be sponsored by busi
nesses, R, M. Biddle, Jr.. is in
Free square dancing, beginning
at 8 p.m., featuring a well-known |
string band and caller. Dance
teams also will perform at inter- J
vals during the night.
Proceeds from the celebration
have been earmarked by the Jay
cees for the memorial park at the
foot of Slagle Memorial hill.
IN AUTO ACCIDENT ?
Bo Norton, Former High
School Athlete, Is Killed
An automobile accident early
Sunday morning on NC 209 near
iot Springs claimed the life of
Charlie Ray "Bo" Norton, former
'""ranklin High athlete.
Mr. Norton, 25, was assistant
JjS. Forest Service ranger at Hot
Springs, a post he had held for
ibout three months. A 1951 gTad
iate of Franklin High, he lettered
n both basketball and football.
Mr. and Mrs. Bowden Dryman
nave purchased the Carolina A
jartments on West Main from
Prank B. Duncan and plan to turn
:he building into a funeral home.
The deal was closed Tuesday
afternoon Stamps on the deed
indicate the transaction involved
August 1 is the date the new
>wners will take possession. Mr.
ind Mrs. Dryman, who operate a
'uneral home in conjunction with
i furniture store on the square,
;aid the apartment building will
>e completely renovated before
.he funeral home Is moved.
Two special Methodist youth
workers have arrived in Macon
bounty for the summer and are
low conducting a vacation Bible
school on the Highlands-Cashiers
They are Misses Odessa Benbow
ind Nancy Keever. Miss Benbow,
i graduate of Pfeiffer College, has
jeen working on the Cherokee
:ndlan Reservation as assistant to
Miss Eleanor Hickock. She worked
lere last summer as an assistant
.0 Miss Margaret Wilson. A native
>f Statesville. Miss Keever is a
student at Duke University.
On June 30, the youth workers
vill come to Franklin to set up
vacation Bible schools in this arei
through August 15. They will live
vith Mrs. Weimar Jones.
The Methodist Men's group is
sponsoring the youth program
Franklin's latest trade promo
tion, "Sidewalk Carnival" is
slated for tomorrow (Friday).
Participating merchants plan
to place bargain tables on the
sidewalks outside their stores,
affording easy access to featur
ed "Sidewalk Carnival" items.
Sam Gibson, chairman, said
the one-day promotion, which
was highly successful last year
in spite of rain, is offering
"bargains that shoppers won't
find anywhere else in the whole,
PATTON WILL SPEAK
Judge George B Patton will
ipeak at the Clark's Chapel home
?om\na at 11 o'clock Sunday
norning. A picnic will be served
it noon, followed by another
.praker and hymn singing in the
The Rev. and Mrs. Robert R.
Jtandley are spending the week
n Frultland. where they are mis
ilonary speakers at the R. A.
He received his degree in forestry
in 1957 from N. C. State College.
Funeral services were conduct'
ed Tuesday morning at the High
lands Methodist Church by the '
Rev. Eugene H. Little. Burial was
in the church cemetery. Military j
rites were conducted by the Amer- 1
ican Legion posts of Franklin and
Highlands and the Macon County
The young forest ranger was
riding alone at the time of the
accident, which was placed at a
bout 3 a.m. He was thrown clear
when his car struck a boulder
after failing to negotiate a sharp
curve. A passing motorist saw his
body lying face down in a small
stream about daybreak and noti
Surviving are his mother. Mrs
Agnes Norton, of Highlands', four
brothers. Herman and Edwin Nor
ton, of Aiken, S. C.. and Robert
and John Norton, of Highlands;
four sisters, Mrs. Van B. Higdon
of Cherry Point, Mrs. Leona
Meadows and Miss Nancy Norton,
of Highlands, and Mrs. Guy Crisp,
of Newport News. Va. His father
was the late Ray Norton, of High
Funeral arrangements were han
dled by Potts Funeral Home.
Now Under Way
Measuring the 1958 crop of bur
!ey tobacco in Macon County is
now under way.
Max Parrish. chairman of the
county AS;C? which is supervis
ing the job, this week reported
that 47 of the county's 224 burley
farms placed allotments in the
Soil Bank, leaving 177 farms to
be visited and measured.
The job should be finished by
June 30. he said. Three full-time
reporters and a performance,
supervisor are doing the woik.
AT O.E.S. MEETING
Mrs. 6. J. Carpenter and Mrs
W. L. Harper attended the 53rd
session of the grand chapter of i
North Carolina Order of the East
ern Star in Asheville last week
GETS PROMOTION i
H. H. Gnuse, Jrf' vice-presi- '
ient of Nantahala "Power and
Light Company here, has been
promoted to the power engi
neering division of Alcoa in -
Pittsburgh, Pa., effective August t
I. Mr. Gnuse came here in No- '
member, 1940, as assistant elec- v
trical engineer on the Thorpe ?
project and was elevated to ]
vice-president in 1948. Active in -
church and civic affairs, he is ,
a town alderman and vice- '
Local Chamber (
'Long Way' From
Franklin Chamber of Commerce ^
"is a long way" from reaching j
its $4,500 budget for 1^58-59. with '
only $1,600 now on hand.
Mrs. Lasca E. Horsley, execu
tive secretary, this week reported 1
that 10 workers in the membership |
. nipaicn still have not informed
l.er office of membership collec
tions. The areas they are soliciting
would cover about half the cham
ber membership, she added V
Mrs. Horsley also said many
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 8
^urnsville Man j
/ gent's Staff ;
A new assistant agent is sched
ule to join County Agent T. H. 1
Fagg's staff here July 1.
He's Bryan Anders, a native of !
Barnardsville and a June grad- '
uate of N. C. State College.
The new agent will succeed '
r'ark Walker, who resigned re
c~ntly because of the illness of
hU father. As far as his duties
here, however, Mr. Anders will '
take over those of assistant agent
Kenneth Perry, who has assumed '
Mr. Walker's duties with 4-H work !
in the county.
Unmarried. Mr. Anders served
frur years in the U.S Navy, from !
1951 to 1955.
A picnic supper is planned Sat
urday night at 7 o'clock at the \
memorial park by the North ?
Franklin Community Development c
Club. Development of the park 1
lias been one of the club's pro- 1
Per Hundred Value Is $1.60;
Mo Other Changes Are Made
Macon County's tax rate has been increased a dime,
?row $1.50 to $1.60 per hundred valuation, with the
chools receiving the additional revenue.
This is the second straight year a 10-cent increase
las been tacked to the tax rate to meet growing
;chool maintenance and. growth problems.
Of the dime boost, eight cents is for current ex
)enses (from 42c to 50c), and two cents for capital
mtlay ;(from 6c to 8c).
No other changes were made in the tax structure.
It is estimated by county officials the 10-cent in
:rease will bring in $18,000.
The county commissioners. \Y. E. (Gene) Baldwin,
A ilev Brown, and John \Y. Roane, have been meet
ng with count v department heads to plan the 1958-59
Following is a breakdown of the' new $1.60 tax
'ate: General Fund, .20; Health, .06; Farm Demon
stration, .03; Honie Demonstration, .02 ; Fire Protpc
:ion. .02; Library, .02; Veterans Service, .01; Public
Welfare, .15; Public Welfare Administration, .07;
Schools, current expenses, .50; Schools, capital out
ay, .08; County-wide Debt Service, .44.
SLATED JUNE 28 ?
Run-Off Primary To Cost
County Estimated $1,500
? * *
Concerning Vote \
What will happen in the run
off election between G. L. Houk '
and J. M. tjir.i> Raby. to be held ;
Saturday, June 28?
In the three-cornered' race for ,
the Democratic nomination for (
representative, in the first Pri
mary May 31," Mr. Houk led by
308 voces, but lacked 273 of win- j
ning a cioar majority.
That gave Mi. Raby, the sec
inc. h.gh man, the j nght to call
for a second primary.
Here are some facts and figures
ibout the May 31 voting that may
;ast light on the probable out
come June 28: 1
Percentage-wise, the 2.938 bal
ots cast in the representative race
vere divided between Mr. Houk, 1
vlr. Raby, and Weimar Jones, the J
hird candidate, like this:
Houk got 41 per cent of the |
Raby got 30 per cent.
Jones got 29. j
The county has 15 voting pre- a
nets. Houk led in 7: Raby in 8. c
Houk received a clear majority [,
n none of the 15 precincts, Raby a
ad a majority 'in four? three of c
hem small precincts.
The two candidates came to 0
FYanklin, by far the biggest box s
n the county, running neck and r
leck. Houk was leading by just j
0 votes. f
But in the Franklin precinct, s
vhere 29 per cent of the total vote c
vas cast. Raby got only a little (
>ver 15 per cent. Houk got slight
y less than 50 per cent of the
?Yanklin vote, and Jones. 35 per
BIG HIGHWAY PROJECT IS UNDER WAY 1
Paving machinery has taken over the spotlight on US 23-441 between Franklin and the Oeor- ?
gla state line. After a short delay, pending arrival of a piece of equipment, Ballenger Paving ?
Company has started the $433,182 paving job, one of the largest ever undertaken In this area. I
The large truck at right is dumping a load of pdvlng mix Into a machine that distributes It even- 1
ly over the highway. As a safety precaution, the smaller truck at left is used by the company to \
lead traffic by the machinery. Only brief delays are being experienced by motorists.
,4 (SUM Photo) <
Macon's run-off primary June
:8 between O. L Houk and James
A. i Jim i Raby will cost the coun
y about $1,500. according to J.
.ee Barnard, elections board
This is about half the cost of
he regular primary, he explained,
since election officials in the 15
precincts will not be required to
spend as much time preparing
[or the second primary as they
lid for the first.
Most of the expense will be
for registrars, judges, and clerks
it the precincts, he said. Regit
rers receive $15 a day and judge i
md clerks 310.
Printing new ballots will run
ibout $50. Mr. Barnard estimates.
The cr.ur ty will pay for th -
un-off out of the general fund.
Bobby Womack. son of Mr. rn<1
drs. ReltJ Womack, of Franklin,
ind a rising senior in the School
if Engineering at N. C. State Col
ege. Raleigh, has been awn '1
, scholarship from Douglas Air
raft for 1958-59.
This scholarship of $750 Is lmrte
in the recommendation cf
cholarship and standard- nra
nittee of the School of Engineer
ng -and upon the approval of
L. E. Raymond, chairman of the
cholarship board of Douglas Aii
raft Company. Santa Monica.
At State. Bobby is vice-president
SEE NO. 2. PAOE 8
Mrs. John Wasilik and Mr and
irs. Lon Dalton were among
hose attending the 38th annual
onventlon of the N. C. American
eg ion in Ashevllle Thursday and
Yiday of last week. Mrs. Wasilik
fas a delegate from tfte local
uxiliary and Mrs. Dalton was an
he week'a Mwmura and rainfall ham
re recorded In Kmnklln by Huna Stilaa.
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udor N. Hall and W. a Nawtun. TV*
wtervera; and at tha Coweta ^drolo*rle
sboi Htory. Raadinsa ara for tha 14-h?ur
'?< enHinv at > a.m. af tha day lieverf
Htch Low Rain
fed.. 11th 90 56 .00
hursday 92 63 .00
riday 92 58 .00
aturday 93 60 .00
unday 82 62 .00
[onday 83 61 .16
uesday 82 60 .00
Wednesday 51 .00
fed.. Uth 87 53 .04
hursday 86 58 .13 ?
riday * 90 58 .00
aturday 91 58 00
unday 90 60 .00
[onday 83 58 .06
'uesday 83 56 .00
Wednesday 79 46 .00
fed.. Uth 79 54
?hursday 85 57
tlday 87 . 58
aturday 87 83
unday 78 60
(onday 80 63
-uesday 73 58