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74th Year ? No. 31
Franklin, N. C., Thuriday, July 30, 1959
Price 10 Cent*
Three - Day County Fair Opens Next Thursday
VANCE HENRY, director of the
"Red Stocking Revue", went bear
hunting over the week end in the
Smokies. He just wanted a look
at one of the critters-. They spotted
one rooting around in a garbage
can and Mr. Henly decided to go
c*>er and have bis picture made
with it. He touched the bear, the
bear lunged out of the can, and
the dance director is reported to
have cone a fade-out routine that
defies anything in the show.
GENE CRAWFORD has opened
a rhodolite mine to the public. It
is on Crawford Road in Wayah
Valley. He has erected signs, so
it isn't hard to locate it.
THE TOWN got its big water
main installed at the culvert Mon
day. But, it was broken by a piece
Of heavy machinery pushing dirt
over the roadbed and they had to
dig it up and start over.
IT'LL BE COLD this winter and
a lot of needy children will be
barefooted will be, unless the
Franklin Junior Woman's Club
buys them shoes. The club Is spon
soring the "Red Stocking Revue"
this week end to raise money for
shoes for the children. Go and
enjoy yourself at the show and
take heart in knowing you're help
ing this worthy charity.
PEOPLE LIVING in the shadow
of the water storage tanks haven't
got water pressure, simply because
there's no water in the tanks half
the time. Doesn't this indicate how
vital the coming water bond issue
Is to Franklin and its growth?
WHILE FRANKLIN has been
almost drowning in rain, many
outlying areas in the county are
parched. The ways of a thunder
shower are mysterious, to say the
THERE'S A dangerous traffic
hazard near Franklin High that
needs correcting before some child
is seriously injured or killed, or
autos are involved in a bad wreck.
It's the dirt road beside the ball
field that enters Wayah. The
fence around the field blocks the
view of anyone entering Wayah
and it also hides anyone walking
into the street. How about setting
the fence back 10 feet and elimi
nating this potential killer?
NEXT WEDNESDAY'S flower
show in Franklin promises to be
one of the most, colorful in recent
years. The jewelry theme sounds
unusual and exhibitors should
come up with some noteworthy
arrangements. This is a "must".
MANY MACONIANS will want
to attend the concert of the
Brevard Music Center symphony
July 30 at Western Carolina
College. It starts at 8 p. m.
Soloist will be Walter Carringer,
tenor, a Western North Caro
linian who has distinguished
himself in the world of music.
THINK TOURISTS aren't on
the move? Sunday the St.
Francis Catholic Church over
flowed with 134 people. Its
seating capacity is 100. Winter
attendance is about 30.
A VIRGINIA man, Garnette
S. Thomas, of Highland Spring,
is but one of many reporting
unusual finds at Andy Reid's
Vhodolite mine In a week of
prospecting, he found a bottie
full of rhodolites and sapphires.
He also found a piece of dark
green gem stone he was unable
to identify. Mr. Reid Wouldn't
name it either.
BODY CAN holler himself blue
in the face about things the com
munity needs, things like some
fixing up around the Macon Coun
ty County Health Center. It's a
$30,000 building on a 30-cent lot.
TOURIST OPERATORS com
plaining about business might
consider giving a little support to
last year's "Welcome to Frank
lin" project. It died for lack of
money, yet it was one of the best
business boosters we've had here
MEMBERS OF THE BABE RUTH All-Star team are (L to R) front row, Ronnie Mashburn,
George Xallent, L. T. Gibson, Robbie Gibson, bat boy, Al'ex Corbin, Larry Franklin, Steve Heaf
ner, and J. D. Gibson, coach; back row, Jimmy Williams, Johnny Swan, Morris Davis, Ronnie
Higdon, Sonny Burrell, David Simpson, Tommy Kiser, Jimmy Cabe, and Bill Plyler. (Staff Photo).
Lose In Area
Franklin's Babe Ruth All
Stars last Thursday night were
knocked out of the district title
by the Brevard Babe Ruthers
by a score of 7 to 3.
The night before at McCor
mick Field in Asheville, the
Franklin team defeated the
Beacon team 4 to 0 to step Into
Brevard will represent the
district in the state tournament
next week in Charlotte.
In downing the Beacon team
In the semi-finals, Ronnie Hig
don pitched a three-hitter and
struck out 12 batters. In the
bottom of the first Inning
Franklin scored three runs and
never trailed from this point
A four-run rally in the bot
tom of the fifth inning put
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 8
Lose To Andrews
In a district Little League
play-off last Thursday in An
drews, the Franklin Little
League All-Stars lost in the frst
round to Andrews by a score
of 3 to 1.
It was a pitching duel, with
Franklin's Hugh Franklin and
Andrews' Dick Slagle both giv
ing up only three hits during
the game. Andrews, however,
capitalized on Franklin's hits
and won the game.
The Macon Search and Res
cue Squad was called out Sun
day afternoon to .search for
Troy Swafford. who had been
missing on Burningtowh. near
his hpme, since the night be
They began searching from
his abandoned car and covered
a large area before stopping be
cause of coming darkness.
Members had no . more thah
left the scene when the miss
ing man emerged and drove off
in his car.
- While he offered no expla
nation for his actions, Mr.
ij'wafford was given an over
night "cooling off" period in
the county jail, compliments of
the sheriff's department.
A local dontractor, W. A.
Hays, has been awarded the
contract for curbing and gut
tering in the town of Newton.
His bid was $13,800.
Ao sayA MR. MACONIAN "
Hi-ya Neighbors :
Even a feller who's not right bright knows that
plants and animals and the like can't grow with
So how in the world can a town like Franklin
expect to make it Without water?
Growin* is growin', I say, and it just can't be
done without water.
And I thank you,
GETS JOB ONCE AGAIN ?
C. D. Baird Is Appointed
Police Chief Of Franklin
C. D. Baird is once again police
chief in Franklin.
The veteran police officer was
renamed to the post at a special
meeting of the board of aldermen
last Thursday, filling the vacancy
left by the resignation of Chief
Mr. Carter, who held the post 25
months, had succeeded Chief
Baird. who remained as an officer
on the force. An officer here since
1933, Chief Baird first became
police chief in 1934, and except
for time off for Army service dur
ing World War II and the Korean
War, served until 1957. He also
was a candidate for sheriff in the
county election last year.
The resigned chief, Mr. Carter,
plans to join the staff of Conley
Motor Company this month as
Aldermen also appointed a new
police officer. He is Ancil Crutch
field, a native of Knoxville, Tenn.,
and husband of Mrs. Martha
Hyatt Crutchfleld, case worker
with the local welfare department
Officer Crutchfleld started work
Friday. He is a former Marine.
Hiawassee bowed here Saturday
afternoon to the Franklin All
Stars 6 to 5.
Trailing 5 to 4, a home run by
Norman Seay with one man on
put the All-Stars out in front to
win the game: Tom Huff was ths
winning pitcher. In the batting
department, C. D . Corbin had
three for four and Grady Corbin
and Bobby Gregory each had two
This Saturday on the local dia
mond. the V.F.W.-sponsored team
will meet Robbinsville at 3 o'clock.1
Sunday, the All-Stars will play
in Young Harris, Ga.
Chief C. D. Baird
A 'FIRST' FOR MACON 4-H CLUBBERS
Misses Elizabeth ^nn Amnions (standing) anil Brenila Cun
ningham last Week were tapped for membership in the State
4-H Honor Club during "State 4-11 Week" activities in Raleigh.
This marked the first time anyorne from this county has been
so honored. Both of the girls are outstanding 4-H members in
local, district, and state activities. (Staff Photo)
Judge Patton Will Convene
Superior Court On Monday
Superior Court will opeii Mon
day in the county courthouse with
Franklin's own Judge George B.
Patton on the bench.
While the August term generally
is only one week, an extra week
has been authorized this time m>
Judge Patton can clear some old
cases from the ci immal .and civil
What this means is that all 54
Jurors probably will see outy, the
first 36 the first week and the
jest during the second special
week. Grand jurors also will be
drawn from this number during
the opening session.
Mrs. Kate M. Wrinn, clerk of
court, this week said there are
a number of civil actions of long
standing that need attention. The
Xirst three days of the term will
be devoted mostly to criminal
actions. Civil trials are scheduled
to begin next Thursday and prob
ably will consume most of the next
week, she said.
On the criminal calendar, there
are 139 new cases, most of them
traffic violations. Also, the calen
dar lists about 40 hold-over cases
from prior terms.
Thirty civil actions are listed, iu
addition to five divorce cases.
Directors of the Franklin Cham
ber of Commerce this week hope
to wrap up the '59 membership
With $2,377 of the year's $7,500
budget now on hand, they've di
vided among themselves some 50
membership prospects and are out
to sell them on the value of the
chamber of commerce movement
in both business and tourist activ
At a meeting last week. Presi
dent J. C. Jacobs and his directors
discussed a number of projects and
acted on several.
It was announced that the
chamber's new industrial booklet
?should be ready for distribution
before long. It is being printed by
an Asheviile firm at a cost Of
Also, the new documentary film
on Macon County. "The Majestic
Nantahalas", is nearing comple
tion and a special showing is be
t ing arranged at the local theatr?
in early August. The movie is be
ing shot by Ken Stambaugh, of
Mr. Stambaugh had hoped to
film the ruby fly-in of the "Flying
Rebels" the past week end, but it
had to be cancelled because of the
weather. However, he has told the
chamber he will xp'iee in a future
fly-in to make the iiuvie complete.
The Chamber, has voted to pay
gasoline expenses for the Carson
? Cloggers to the Mountain i
Festival ill A-.heville nex inontli
About that sp? ci.il tourist
edition slated for publication
by THE FRANKLIN PRESS
It'll be included in next week's
The truth of the matter is
the staff underestimated the
popularity of the eight page
section promoting the area.
Many merchants also requested
additional time in which to pre
So, the deadline has been ex
tended to tomorrow (Friday)
noon to enable everyone to "get
their name in the pot".
| Look for this picturecpacked
edition next week. Oh yes, and
make plans right now to mail
a copy to a relative or friend
away from home.
The annual Rickman family re
union will be held Sunday, August
2. at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Fouts io the Cowee com
munity. All relatives are invited
j to coir.e and bring a picnic lunch.
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Revival services will begin at
the Iotla MethodLst Church Mon
day. August 3. and will continue
through August 7. The Rev. G L.
Lovctt, of Clyde, will preach each
'night at 7:30. The public is in
vited , to attend.
SLATED FOR WEDNESDAY ?
Jewels Theme Will Feature
Flower Show Next Week
"Our Mountain Jett els" will be
the '59 theme for the annual
flower show being sponsored next
Wednesday. August a. by the
Franklin Garden Club.
A special exhibits of items and
minerals is being prepared by Jim
Brinkman to carry out the theme.
Slated for the cafeteria at
Franklin High School, the show
is open ot any resident of Macon
County. Under the show rules,
entries In potted plants must be
placed Tuesday, August 4, between
8 and 10 p.m., and In the horti
culture and arrangements sections
between 8 and 10 a m. the mom
ins of the shoiv. Show houis will
be 2 to 9 p.m.
Judging will be by accredited
judges and'jseul.s C>1 blue, red, and
yellow will be awarded the win
ners. Point values for the seals
Will be 3. 2, and 1, respectively,
in all classes and sections. A tri
color seal will be given for the
best arrangement and the sweep
stakes award will be presented to
the exhibitor receiving th^ great
est number of points In horticul
ture and arrangements.
No admission will be charged for
the show, but a silver offering
will be taken.
IT'S THIS MONTH ?
Sign Now For Festival
Do you sing, play an Instrument,
buck dance or engage In any form
of mountain entertainment?
Then you're wanted for the
eighth annual Macon County Folk
Festival, the colorful event that
lets home talent work the year's
accumulation of music out of their
system for three nights running.
Slated for August 13-14-15 "un
der the stars" In the Franklin
High stadium, the '59 festival
promises to be one of the biggest
and best yet. according to the
festival general charlman, the
Rev. Donn K. Langfitt.
As in past years, the. Jaycee
sponsored event will award prize
money to winners in a variety of
categories, ranging from individ
ual musicians to string bands and
square dance teams.
'rhe '58 festival even turned up
iome accomplished spoon players
and Jug blowers and Mr Langfltt
satd the competition in these two
fields will be stiff
To enable the Jaycees to plan
the progtam in advance, all local
entertainers are requested to
register immediately with Mr.
Langfltt or the other members
of his committee. Alfred Higdon.
Dr J L Hill. Jr . and Bob Bryson.
HIGHLANDS TONIGHT ?
'Red Stocking Revue'
Ready For Performances
With last night's 'Wednesday'
dress rehearsal out of the way.
the local talent musical show.
? Red Stocking Revue", is ready to
go "on the road" for three pei ?
Starting from "scratch" little
more than a week ago. the New
York director, Vance Henry, has
almost miraculously moulded a
professional-type production that
runs the gamut- of song and dance
Citi/"ns of . the Hi:. 1 ;!.i r ? nrv i
tonight 'Thursday ? will, t'.-t to
Me the opening show .it H o;clo?>:
in the 1 1* '.Jil.md.s 5<-ht&} Yin
i.;i ium. Nightly perlui nrtn<-< s un
scheduled for th - Fimklin an i
Friday and Saturday ni?hts at 8
nt the East Franklin School.
Sponsored by the Franklin
Junior Woman's -Club, the sho\v
theme Ls 'Vication Time m '59"
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A popularity contest also is . be
in# staged- in conjunction with
the show, with local civic and
.service groups rooperatin? Thi>
is the "maha: a : i contest". Five
tnahar.jas" are -coiripetitiq for
the title, Ltm Dalton, iTpnscnL
i the \rn. : ir:ir. I."^ion.
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'SRR NO V PA(iF K
Placing Of Exhibits
Will Begin Tuesday;
It's ju.sl about county (air time ;
again and Macortians are prepar
ing to make the three-day event I
August 6 7-8 the biggest and best
To provide additional fair oper
ating expenses. the Georgia
Air.usement Company will set up j
lides and other entertainment on |
the Franklin High grounds be
ginning Monday and running
through the entire week.
Also scheduled by the fair com- j
mittee as a fund-raising project
is a barbecue supper the night of
the 6th at the Vocational Agri
culture Building near the gym
nasium. Both pork and beef bar
becue will be featured, according
to Agricultural Agent T. H. Fagg.
Fair exhibits and booths will
be set up in the gymnasium. Judg
ing will be done from 9:30 to 12
noon on opening day. The fair
will be open to the public at 1
o'clock and will remain open until
10 that night.
Friday, the 7th, will be "show
day", with a sheep and swine
show set for 12:30: dairy cattle
show. 1 p m . beef cattle show,
2 p.m.: and horse and mule show,
A pet show will open Saturday
activities at 9 a m. and the puk'*
will be allowed to view exhi
until 3 p.m.
Maconians will start plack.
exhibits and working on booths 1
Tuesday afternoon. All exhibits
must' be in place by 9 a.m. Thurs
tilth I-nw Rain
Wed., 22nd 82 66 .00
Thursday 80 65 .00
Friday 83 63 .00
Saturday 85 62 .00
Sunday 87 55 .00
Monday 87 64 .23
Tuesday 87 66 .12
Wednesday 63 .00
Wed., 22nd 82 64 .50
Thursday 81 63 .08
Friday 80 64 .00
Saturday 83 58 .08
Sunday 86 59 .00
Monday 86 59 .15
Tuesday 86 59 .00
Wednesday 87 56 .00
Wed., 22nd 76 64 * .
Thursday 73 64 *
Kriday 78 67
Saturday 80 60
Sunday 80 58 *
Monday 78 60 *
'1 lie -day 80 59 ?
W' t'ne day 60 *
ix i record.
LKGS ARK VF.KY IMPORTANT in the "Rod Stocking Revue" indicate the director Vance
Henry, during a rehearsal. Girls dancing in the show include <L to R) Beatrice Pruitt. Frances
inincan, l.hnda Wh^taker, Jean Bedford, Barbara Dvncan. and Pat Ward. (Staff Photo)