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74th Year ? No. 30
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, July 23, 1959
Price 10 Cents
State Allocates $520,500 For Secondary Roads Here
THEY MADE IT!
- Cloggers Are Back
1 From West Coast
FLASH FLOODS seemed to be
the rule here last week, rather
than the exception. Folks just
looked up and commented laconi
cally, "Here comes another one."
NORTH CAROLINA is sure do
ing some highway butchering. As
of the 13th, highway traffic
deaths totaled 575, exactly 100
more than for the prior year.
A LITTLE MORE cooperation
between all businesses engaged in
meeting the traveling public
would keep more visitors here. A
who-cares attitude serves only to
run people out of town. A Let-me
tude will convince travelers this
is a friendly town and they'll
want to stay overnight. On the
average, each car stopping over
night will leave $25 and $30 here
THERE'S A parking meter in
town that gives two hours for a
penny. If all of them were that
considerate there wouldn't be so
much opposition to their use.
CAMERON LEE. who is well
well-known here, has been named
chief engineer of the State High
way Commission. He is a former
chief engineer of the 14th division
and has been in Raleigh for more
than a year as assistant director
of state highways.
JACK GRIBBLE says we've al
ways had a Lost Bridge. Now
we've got a Lost Culvert.
A. C. CAGLE, master restaura
teur. opened his new restaurant
on US 23-441 Monday morning
with breakfast. He's really got a
beautiful place, with plenty of
class. It's a credit to the commu
A LOT OF folks predicted im
mediate financial ruin for Paul
Carpenter's new motel because it
is so far from town. It must be a
nice way to go broke because he's
been full every night since he op
ALL THIS weather must have
a name: Maybe "Dog Days" or
something like that. Something
surely is responsible.
RED STOCKINGS are the vo
gue in town with the Junior Wo
man's Club. They'll stage their
"Red Stocking Revue" the last of
DID YOU SEE the little amphi
bian airplane land at the airport
one day last week? One fellow
wanted to know if it landed on
STILL THINK the county
should put that colored drinking
fountain in operation. Or maybe
it's the town's responsibility.
Macon County's Smoky Moun
tain Cloggers returned Saturday
from a western tour that saw
them score solidly in both the
movies and television.
The new famous dance team
was booked by Hal Kemp, a Hol
lywood N. B. C. executive, for an
.appearance In a fall color spect
acular, "The Roy Rogers Show."
They'll be flown back to the coast
for this appearance.
While auditioning for MOM.
they did an encore for three fa
mous movie personalities, who
were working on nearby movie
sets ? Prank Sinatra. Gene Kelly,
and Donald O'Connor.
Just Three Weeks
It was just three weeks ago
that the Cloggers, their manager,
Mrs. Lois Roberson, their band,
and talent scout Bob Cox headed
for the west coast to see if they
could take Hollywood, by storm.
Mrs. Roberson figures the
young dancers "gained in exper
ience and knowledge equal to a
year of school" and, in addition,
gave Macon County at least "$50
000 worth of free publicity." Ev
, erywhere they stopped she rep
orts. the first question asked was
1 "Where are you from?"
Were They Liked?
How did the rest of the country
react to the Cloggers as the)
worked their way across the coun
try by dancing, A rancher in
Lordsburg. New Mex.. gave them
a free two-day vacation on hi*
100.000-acre ranch; they were non
paying guests at "The Dunes" in
Las Vegas, Nev., where Prankie
Lane was featured: and while in
Las Vegas, Ed Sullivan heard
they were there, called them in to
renew old friendships, and assur
ed them he would have them back
on his show again soon.
They visited the Alamo, the
Court of the Two Sisters in New
Orleans, saw a bull fight in Jua
rez, Mexico, saw Carlsbad Cav
erns in New Mexico, ilie Sequoyah
and Yosemite National Parks, the
Petrified Forest, and the Painted
Desert. Oh yes, and a big heaping
MEETING ANDREWS ?
Little League All-Stars
Play Today In Andrews
Franklin's Little League All
Stars will play Andrews, In An
drews, today (Thursday) at 4 p.
m? in the first round of the 1959
Little League Mountaiu Area
Sylva will play the winner of
this game tomorrow at 4 p. m. in
Saturday at 4 p. m . the winner
of the second round will play the
A special tourist section, "Ru
bies, Recreation, and Rest,"
will be included in next week's
issue (July 30) of THE
About 1,$00 extra copies of
eight-page section will be print
et ii These will be given to adver
tisers in the section for distri
bution as they see fit.
While all facets of Macon
County's complex tourist world
will be covered in the edition,
heavy emphasis is being placed
on ruby mining in famed Cowee
Valley since this is the only
place short cf kda were rubies
are found and the only place in
the world v/here anyone with a
dollar bill ^nd a penchant for a
little ^crk can look for Jitones.
winner of the Waynesville-Can
ton game for the championship.
This game also will be held in An
drews. The area champion will
then go to Shelby for the District
Players for the local team were
selected on the basis of playing
ability. They are Owen Reagan
Ammons. Thomas Rich Crawford.
Dan Robert Reynolds, and Gary
Mack Shields, of the Thunder
birds; Larry Ross Cloer, Dennis
Gerald Holland, and Andrew
Parker Norton, Jr., of the Reddys:
Robert Edward Dalton, Donald
Woody Fisher, and Hugh Albert
Rogers Franklin, of the Wildcats;
Ben Pryor Grant, Dennis Melvin
Houston, Raymond Lee Jones, and
Terry Fred Mashburn, of the Jay
Managing the team are the Rev.
Earl T. Crowe. Jr., and Joe Wil
CLAN TO MEET
The family of the late Joseph
Clark will hold its annual reun
ion Sunday. July 20, at the Hit;
donville picnic ground, according
to Mrs. Vernon Bryson, secretary.
All relatives and friends are inviv
< d to attend and bring a picnic
JUDGE RULES TALLULAH FALLS RAILWAY IS SAFE
After studying the pros and cons, II. S. District Judge Boyd Sloan has ruled that the Tallu
tah Falls Railway is safe for operation. In petitioning for the 57-mile line's abandonment. South
ern Railway has said it was unsafe. The line's receiver, however, contended it was safe. A ruling
on the abandonment petition is now up to the Interstate Commerce Commission. Meanwhile,
trains continue to move over the picturesque railroad; and its wooden trestles (above) between
Franklin and Cornelia, Ga. (Staff Photo)
FAIR CATALOGUES HAVE BEEN MAILED TO MACONIANS
Catalogues for the '59 Maccn County Fair went into the mails Tuesday and Maconians are
now thumbing through them. Miillng was handled by extension service personnel. Shown pre
paring a mailing are (L to R) Agricultural Agent T. II. Fat::, Mrs. Pauline Houston, office secre
tary, and Bryan Anders, assistant agent. The fair is iet for August B-7-8. (Staff Photo)
August 13-14-15 are the dates set
for the annual Macon County Folk
As in the past, ttv Jaycee-spon
sored mountain entertainment
show will be held "under the
stars" in the Franklin High sta
A Jaycee committjP making ar
rangements for the festival in
cludes the Rev. Donn K. Langfitt.
chairman, Alfred Higdon. Bob
Bryson, and Dr. J. L. Hill. Jr.
Entertainers are asked to regis
ter in advance with any Jaycee.
This Saturday night will be
"Tourist Night" at the weekly
square dance sponsored by the
Jaycees at Slagle Memorial Build
Jaycees President R. M. Biddle,
Jr., said the dance caller, Henry
Wilkie, assited by others, will giv?
free instructions in dancing to vis
itors sp they can join in the fun.
Dancing will begin at 8 o'clock
with music by the Cumberland
Bob Moore, who is in chaise
of the dance project, reports the
activity is "a urowins: thing" and
that larger crowds are attending
each Saturday. The weekly 'dance
Was started by the Jaycees .this
summer as a civic venture n'pio
vide entertainment for visitors
and local people alike
His Job ^
Police Chief Sid Carter, h i li
stened and is now working out lr.
He has been on the Franklin
force for the past 25 montlis
A new officer, Brice Rowland
has been employed by the town
to replace Nelson Ledford, who
tfas relieved of duty the first of
the month. Officer Homer Coch
ran is working part-time until a
man can be hired to lake his.
Chief Carter said the recent
shake-up in the polle# department
did not influence his decision to
resign. He has no immediate plans
for the future.
Franklin's Babe R?th All
Stars last (Wednesday) night
played Beacon In division play
offs at McCormick Field in
Outcome of the game was not
known at press time.
The winner of the Franklin -
Beacon game is scheduled to
play the winner of the Ashe
On the All-Star team are
Ronnie Higdon, Jimmy Wil
liams, Tommy Kiser, Morris
Davis, John Swan, Sonny Bur
rell, Ronnie Mashburn, L. T
Gibson, Qeorge Tallent, Larry
Franklin, Jimmy Cabe, Alex
Corbin, Steve Heafner, David
Simpson, and Bill Plyler.
AT FRANKLIN CHURCH ?
African Quartet, Speaker
To Kick- Off Methodist
The Waynesville Dis'.rict Mis
sionary program of th j :u;
churches will have i i kick-off
Si slon at the Firs'. \U ? i.. <ii i
Church here Monday Light at 3
The emphasis for i;.e y?c: is
Africa and appealing on tne pro
gram will be a nnths African
quaret. "The Ambassadors,'' aa>1
a speaker, the itev. L.ster Grif
fith, who was a prisoner ot th*
Algerian rebels for 40 cays.
The quartet's progium vail be
a varied one. The emphasis wii!
he on African folk music, espe
cially the songs of the Mashona
Tribes people of southern Rho
desia, home of the quartet mem
bers! Inherently musical, the
African people do much cf t,h"ir
daily work to song. These ever
day work songs will be a part of
the program. The quartet also Will
sing African lullabys. wedding
and festival song.j, hymns, and
chants. Western hymns ..nd song1*
also will be included. They w:ll
bring various African musical in
struments and will demonstrate
iheir ur/\ Tlie qwlrte' 111 ?? -in "
and drum in the garb of witch
doctors and in .the ' -i.ntmn! !: ii
garments that Aiiiiuu vwl.i
like to wear on f ' <r : :>?i .
The quartet's ton: 'i'J
sponsored by the Rhodesia Meth
odist Annual Conference, in colla
boration with the Methodist
Board of Missions.
Dr. Griffith, a young Methodist
missionary, whose merican home
is* Cleveland. Ohio, returned to
the United States last October,
shortly after he was released un
harmed .by the Algeria rebels
Sept. 27, 1958. He has served in
Algeria five years as a literary
teacher and social worker.
On August 18. Mr. Griffith was
taken prisoner ,by a rebel com
mando group wnile he was on the
way from Algiers to his home at
Fort National in the Atlas moun
tains. He is believed to be the
crlv American to hii'p b^en ?
prisoner of the AUiciian leotis
for so !orfr aftlr*e, sir^e tho
i\. l.aliuiialsit ci^nllict began
. The annual Pcul nid f; tnily r ??
union will -be h<;l 1 f-Unitiav. At: u .1
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CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING CULVERT SOLVED
Where's the culvert they're building at the foot of limn hil!? It's milder water and that strip
of concrete peeping up through the moisture is one end of it. A flash floca Wednesday of last
week dumped 2.36 inches on Franklin in i matter of atx.ut an hour or so and "Krogtown Branch"
rose and covered the rulvert. Workmen had to close the detour road for several hours while the
water receded. (Staff Photo)
An allocation of $520,500 has been set tip for Ma
con County for the 1959-00 fiscal year for mainte
nance aixl construction work on its secondary road
Figures received this week from the State High
way Commission in Raleigh break the allocation into
two parts, one for maintenance and the other for con
struction. Thi amount lor maintenance .is $199*00 and
' " " tor constructioti. $321,500.
The Stat.' Highway Commis
sion's planning board has de
cided to abandon plans for ex
tending US '"3-441 south from
the south Franklin city limits
near A R Hlgdon's to US 64
near George Reece's store.
In a memorandum letter to
Mayor W. C. Burrell and the
14th division engineer, F L.
Hutchison, the commissioner's
new chief engineer, C. W. Lee,
"This decision was reacched
due to the bad intersection
that would be created at US
64, particularly since the City
of Franklin is against mak
ing the one-way street system
as was originally proposed,
using US 64 for eisthound
traffic and the street back
of the Nantahala Creamery
(West Main) for westbound
"It was also brought out
that the primary problem fin
Franklin was not this section
of highway, but was the fact
that parking is aK';>wed on
both sides of Main Street and
this creates the main restric
tion to the flow of traffic
"1 do not recall the width
of the existing section of US
23-441 which passes in front
of the school, hut it appears
to me that some improve
ment of this section i< war
rain ted. I would Uke to re
quest, therefore, that you
study this section of the ex
isting highway to determine
if improvement i.s warranted
by widening -the existing
highway, taking out or easing
the two bad curves, and to
revise the grade line near the
school <k> adequate sight dis
tance is provided for the
school entrance . .
Working On Plans
Macon will receive 1 786 per
cent ol the total allocation of
$42. J!)!). 585 for the state's 100
counti's. Of the statewide total
$18,000,000 Is set aside for road
construction according to the se
condary road plan of each county,
which Is now being worked up.
The ermalning $24,299,585 is ear
marked for maintenance of the
slate's 58.000-mile secondary road
Basis of Need
Harold Makepeace, secondary
roads officer, said the $18,000,000
allocation was distributed on the
basis of each county's relative
need as determined by a compre
hensive study of all unpaved ru
ral secondary roads in the state
The survey, which was conducted
'during the first live months of
this year, carried estimates of
cost to stabilize every road to
minimum standards and the cost
to pave those roads serving more
than 50 vehicles per day. Such
costs in each county were totaled
and compared with costs in all
other counties to secure a percen
tage of need for each county, he
explained. Allocations were made
strictly on the percentage of need
In the county compared with total
state-wide need. Thus, a county
with one per cent of the state's
need was given one per cent of
the $18,000,00 available.
.Under the allocation method,
Wilkes County, with 3.8 per cent
of the state's need, -received the
largest construction appropria
tion, $608,900. Several counties
received more than $400,000 for
road construction, including Guil
ford, Randolph. Ashe, and Bun
combe, Burke County, came clos
est to having a "average need"
for new construction with 1.01 per
cent of the state need Burke's
share of the $18,000,000 was
$183,400. New Hanover County,
with less than 20 miles of un
paved roads, got the smallest con
SEE NO. 1, PAGE 6
COMING BACK SATURDAY -
27 4-H Clubbers
Are In Raleigh -
In Monday's dawning hours? 27
_tj r !?.!-) ?.},?.-: ;,nf? .jr j, ;lfji;rs were
ji: on ,? ,;ifi p.? tan : ,i RaI.;i^Ji
iiui "St i te 4 !l Club W; ek ".
Inrliicied in the M/r-on Corjnty
?' !* ? ? .'v.- ' ? v.- I- of the
'(-? : I...- iu .i danee'
? %in.r ? ? ?? . thl
? s i < ! a- <.? ' . iii S.iii-ai n't Uk>
?Ovi.t . .".I it .i. , als->
are representing the district in
4-H activities. B rendu Cunning
ham and Peggy Dills, of the Car
son club; will take part in the
vreetable and fruit use competi
tion; Peggy also will be in the
health, event; Sandra Henson'?
i n ion club, will compote in ento
; Robert Ehjoe, CartOoge
< h. yt club, will drive in the trac
C'liiiiin "ham. Sandra Norton, Ro
? t Lh!o' . puvid Er.loe, "Patsy
Coi/bin. Sandra Henson. Spike
Madcl'o.x, Dennis Brook Hire, Peg
v Dills. .J an D.ilis. Sieve Cabe,
Kenneth Reynolds. Robert Vin
son. 'Eli/a belli Ann Ammons, Sal
ly Moore. Diane Clay. Jewel Fox,
Rlonnie Waldfoup. Raymond
.Fh< plurd. Margaret Cowart. Ed
die Mokes, Gary Phillips. Jimmy
Shook. Mary Jo Waldroop. Lowell
Crawford, and Bili Dills.
Leaders going included Mrs. J.
F. Cunningham, manager of the
Carson doggers. Mrs. Florence S.
Sherrill. horVie economics agent,
and Kenneth Perry, assitant agri
Macon's group will return here
and Patsy Corbin.
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