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74th Year ? No. 6
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, February 5, 1959
Price 10 Cents
AN ALDERMAN has jokingly
observed that it may be cheaper
tor the town to fix chipped teeth
of motorists than to repair the
teeth-chipping holes in the streets
all over town. Most of the holes
are products of winter weather,
but that one hear the jail was
caused by pavement settling where
a ditch had been dug.
A SURPRISING number of
people still aren't aware of the
existence of the town's big park
ing lot behind the Baptist church.
Don't complain about the lack of
parking places on Main Street.
Just swing around the block and
save yourself time and money.
FRANKLIN getting the basket
ball play-offs again this year will
give a good shot in the arm to
the athletic machine, which al
ways seems to make its ledger
entries with red ink.
BOYS IN Mrs. Olson's class at
Franklin Elementary were busy
Friday shredding newspapers. The
class plans to study anatomy soon
and is making its own paper
BET IF the '59 General Assem
bly has any singing to do, Macon's
Jim Raby will be leading it.
ATTENTION Explorer Scouts!
Several tourists have been noted
taking pictures of the Indian
Mound. Aren't you glad you took
its grooming as a project?
FRANKLIN'S new chamber of
commerce president, J. C. Jacobs,
has some excellent plans for the
'59 tourist season. Everyone should
pledge him their cooperation.
BUSINESSES depending upon
Sunday receipts breathed a col
lective sigh of relief when the
power company decided not to
shut off the power and work on
1U V"* lylitiiviv Ks . W. lvauiocj ,
who calls this column "the
Indian Mound column" because of
our recent lengthy campaign to
get same cleaned up, wants us to
tell Frankllnltes to hurry down
to the town office and purchase
their '59 town tags.
MACON COUNTY doesn't have
locks on Bridal Veil Falls. There
is another in California's Yose
mite Park. However, they spell it
A FOLDING fork is a prized
possession of Mrs. W. W. McCon
nell. Her father. Dr. T. W. (Dr.
Snipe) McCloud carried it through
the Civil War. It's about the size
of a pocket knife.
A FORMER slave and native of
this county, Mrs. Minnie (Aunt
Minnie) Parrish had a birthday
Monday of last week in Bryson
City. . Her age is unknown and
could be 110. Aunt Minnie was
born in the Iotla section and says
she remembers when the men here
went off to the Civil War.
WFSC HAS a new program
director. He's Charles A. Rush, of
Laurens, S. C. He and his wife,
Mary Ann, have a seven-week&old
Eastern Star And
A covered dish supper for mem
bers of the Eastern Star and the
Masonic Lodge and their families
wjll be held Wednesday night,
February 11, at 6:30 at the Ma
The supper originally was sched
uled for February 14, but was
changed because of conflict with
"MR. MACON! AN'
It appears to me those civic signs put up on the
highways leading into Franklin several years hack
was one of the best projects tackled by our civic
But, we've kinda let 'em go to seed here of late.
The paint's comin' off the things and a couple are
cattvwompus. Seems a shame to let a good thing
turn against us.
And I thank you.
THEY'RE TOPS AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL
Principal Harry C. Corbin is shown talking with the top honor students of the 1959 gradu
ating class, Misses Rebecca Reeves and Barbara Waldroop. Miss Reeves, (center) daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Reeves, of Franklin, is valedictorian. Her scholastic average is 97.8. Daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer Waldroop, of Route X, Barbara is salutatorian, with an average of 95.3.
IN THE GROUN'HOG STAND ?
Are You Fer Us' Or 'Ag in Us'?
" ' i
Brer Grounhog didn't see his
Leastwise, that's what the
big city papers report.
And it's no wonder!
Wasn't even "Groundhog
Any mountain-born soul
knows its the 14th ind?ot the
2nd when the promosMcatlnc
animal is supposed to come out
of his hole and make a predic
Saturday . . .
Looks like city mail deliv
ery in Franklin is really go
ing through this time.
A truck, carrier bags, mail
cases for the two new routes,
and the two required car
riers are ready for the official
Apparently, there's no hitch
that can develop and cause
another postponement in the
on - again - off - again change
that has been coming since
Unless, of course, carriers
John Cunningham and Tom
McKay strike the snag sug
gested by the tongue-in
cheek comment of a patron
"You may have trouble get
ting mail into my box. The
hinges have rusted."
The second Sunday singing con
vention will be held at the Shorts
off Baptist Church this Sunday
at 2 p. m. All singers and the
public are Invited. The church is
about two and a half miles north
on US 64 between Highlands and
The third session of the leaders
training course for adults Interest
ed In Olrl Scout work will be held
Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4
o'clock at the Franklin Methodist
church. Mrs. Heinz Rollman. of
Waynesviile, again will be in
argument about it this year;
you're either "fer us" or "a'gin
If you're "fer us", wait until
the 14th and lePs see what hap>
pens between Brer Groun'hog
and his all-knowing shadow.
If you're "a'gin us" he didn't
see his shadow, which in ground
hog language (be it the 2nd or
the 14th) means Spring is just
around the corner and there's
not much Winter left.
tion about the weather.
We don't aim to start any
IN MAINTENANCE WORK ?
'Stitch In Time' Theme
Keeps Schools Going
The philosophy of "a stitch
In time" Is the backbone of the
maintenance program of the
Macon County School System,
according to Supt. H. Bueck.
With an insured value of
something like two million dol
lars on the buildings alone, the
maintenance program becomes
just as vital in the over-all
operation of the system as the
curriculum Itself. Add another
$128,500 to cover the contents
of the 12 school buildings and
the Franklin High gymnasium
and It takes on all the aspects
of big business.
Annual maintenance costs,
including salaries of four men,
comes to about $27,000.
Playing "nursemaid" to the
buildings and the variety of ail
ments that plague them - are
two capable men, Charles W.
Nolen and Dorsey Elmore. Both
are full-time employes of the
school system. Mr. Nolen spe
cializes in plumbing, heating,
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 7
FURNACE MAINTENANCE keeps Jack Mash bum and Charles
Noien hopping in the winter. Above they're shown working on
Franklin Elementary'* furnace. (Staff Photo)
A "stay of execution" has been
granted the Franklin Youth Cen
In session Monday night, alder
men voted to allow the organi
zation use of the basement quar
A special meeting of the
Franklin Youth Center Associ
ation has been called for Sun
day afternoon at 2:30 in the
basement of the town hall.
Plans for building a youth cen
ter are to be discussed, along
with other business. All parents
and teen-agers are urged to turn
out so a representative vote can
be had on any decisions.
ters of the town hall until Septem
ber 1, thereby changing the Feb
ruary 1 eviction date.
Meanwhile, officers of the
Franklin Youth Center Associ
ation are pushing plans for build
ing a youth center at an early
date. Franklin Memorial Park has
been mentioned as a possible site
for the center.
Meeting with aldermen to re
quest a temporary "reprieve" were
Allan Brooks. Dr. G. R. McSween.
Mrs. C. K. Olson, Mrs. Bill Phil
lips, the Rev. Donn K. Langfitt,
and John Bulgln.
"World Day of Prayer" will be
observed February 13 under the
sponsorship of the Baptist, Meth
odist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian
churches of Franklin.
Under a rotation system, this
year's service moves to the Meth
odist church. It will be held at
8 p.m. and persons of all denomi
nations are invited to attend.
Offerings taken at "World Day
of Prayer" services go to finance
work in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
About SO per cent of the annual
budget comes from this one
Are Coming Here
For the second straight year,
the Smoky Mountain Conference
eastern division basketball play
offs will be held in the Franklin
The dates? February 16-21.
Also, some state elimination
play-offs have been scheduled
In the local gym February 26
27-28. However, details on this
are still sketchy, according to
Principal Harry C. Corbin.
Boys' and' girls' teams from
Franklin, Swain, Cullowhee,
Highlands, Glenville, Webster,
Sylva, and Cherokee will play in
the division play-offs.
The finals are set for the
Swain High gym.
Threatening weather Sunday
prompted Nantahala Power and
Light Company to postpone line
work planned (or the afternoon
However, the company has an
nounced it will undertake the pro
ject this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
To do the maintenance work,
it will be necessary to shut off
power over most- of Macon Coun
Except for the main business
section and the hospital area, all
of Franklin will be without serv
Highlands area will not be af
Vets To Elect
New Officers '
An election of officers will fea
ture a' meeting tomorrow < Fri
day) night of the Veterans of
World War 1 of U.S.A.. Macon
County Barracks No. 906, at the
courthouse at 7:30 o'clock.
The new slate will serve during
PRINCIPALS IN FRIDAY night's annual award b'Jinquet were (L to R) James Grimes, of
Thomasville, inatiunal Jaycee director; the Rev. Dunn K. Langfitt, who was named "Macon Coun
ty's Young Man of the Year"; Tom McKay, banquet chairman; and Marvin B. Koonce, Jr., of
Raleigh, state Jaycee President. (Staff Photoi
J. C. Jacobs
New C Of C
Franklin businessman J. C.
Jacobs is the new president of
the chamber of commercc.
Elected by the board of directors
last Thursday night, he already
has several projects moving for
the '59 tourist season and plans
soon to hold an open meeting to
sample feeling on how the cham
ber can best serve the community.
Named tp serve with Mr. Jacobs
are T. Y. Angel, vice-president,
and Erwin Palton, treasurer. Mrs.
Lasea E. Horsley has been re
named executive secretary.
Directors Tom Jenkins, the
Rev. R. R. Standley, and Steve
Bundy have been appointed by
the president to plan the annual
One of the first actions taken
by the board last week was re
ordering 10,000 of the "Ruby.
Recreation, and Rest" promotion
al folders. Also, the directors dis
cussed the continuation of the
"Welcome to Franklin" project
started last year.
The meeting, held at the office
of the retiring president. Dr. O.
R. McSween, brought together the
old and new directors.
KOONCE IS SPEAKER -
Some 75 Jaycees, their wives,
and special guests honored the
Hev. Conn K. Langfltt as "Macon
County's Young Man of the Year"
as a feature of the annual awards
banquet of the Franklin Junior
Chamber of Commerce Friday
night at Slagle Memorial Build
Pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church and un untiring commun
ity and civic leader. Mr. Lanrfltt
was selected for the honor from
among five nominated by civic
and service organizations. He was
nominated by the Methodist Men's
Club and the Franklin Junior
Also highlighting the Slagle
Memorial banquet was an address
by Marvin B. Koonce. Jr.. of
Raleigh, president of the North
Carolina Junior Chamber of Com
Special Awards ~
Special appreciation awards
also were made to THE FRANK
LIN TRESS and radio station
WF3C on behalf of the Jaycees.
rhese presentations were made by
Jaycec Jim Williamson.
Steven A. Bundy, superintend
ent of Franklin Hosiery Company,
was picked as the "Boss of the
Year? by a vote of the Jaycee
membership. Jaycee Charles Led
better made the presentation. Dan
Stewart accepted the award for
Mr. Bundy. who was unable to
attend at the last minute because
The Jaycee local president, J.
P. Brady, nave "Key Man" awards
to Tom McKay and Robert W.
i Bob i Moore for their contribu
tions to club activities during the
James Grimes, of Thomasvllle, a
national Jaycee director, explained
the purpose of the "Young Man
of the Year" award and presented
a Distinguished Service Award
key and certificate to the winner,
Also recognized during the
banquet program were the other
four nominees for the award. Dr.
J. L. Hill, Jr., who received a
certificate for his work with Boy
Scouts, Jim Conley. Clayton Ram
sey, and Mr. Mo<#re.
Er Hill Was nominated by the
Lions Club and the Presbyterian
Men's Club: Mr. Conley by the
V F W: Auxiliary; and Mr, Ramsey
and Mr. Moore by the Rotary
This marked the seventh year
the "Young Man of the Year"
iward i has been made by the
Jaycees. Other winners have been
Dr. C> R. McSween < < 1952-53 >:
J. P Brady ' < 1953-54 1 ; Edwin T.
Williams 1 1954 551; Wayne Prof
ritt < 1955-56'; Robert C. Carpen
SEE NO. 3. PAGE 6
ITS UNPRECEDENTED -
14 Local Scouts
To Get Awards
A ceremony unpreeidented In
this area will highlight the local
observers of National Boy
Scout Week]', which opens to
This ceremony will see 14
Boy Scouts receive Ood and
Country awards as a body at
the Methodist church Sunday
night at 7:30, It will mark the
first time in the Smoky Moun
tain Boy Scqut District that
this many Scouts have received
the coveted award at Die same
All ol the Scouts started on
the God and Country award
the highest special award In
Scouting under the leadership
of the Rev. S. B. Moss wheji he
was pa-stor of the Methodist
church. Mi Moss, who i.s now
pastor of the Big Spring Meth
odist Church In Charlotte, will
attend the ceremony and has
SEE NO. 2. PAGE 7
HAVE A HEART? GIVE
( Macon County's Heart Fund chairman, Roy M. BKIdlr. Jr.,
was given a hand thin week by policemen in distributing Heart
Fund coin collectors. Mr. Riddle is pictured with officer Nelson
Ledford. (Staff Photo)
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period ending at ft a m nf th? day liaUd.
Wed., 28th 61 35
Thursday 60 37
Friday 57 46
Saturday 60 39
Sunday 49 34
Monday 44 33
Tuesday 47 32
Wed., 28th 64 36
Thursday 58 30
Friday 58 44
Saturday 59 33
Sunday 59 36
Monday 4/7 30
Tuesday 44 31
Wednesday 47 40
Wed., 28th 52 37
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