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74th Year ? No, 36
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, September 2, 1959
Price 10 Cents
Duke Power Is Buying Out Nantahala
LAST WEEK'S issue of Life
carried an Interesting spread of
text and pictures on Western
Carolina College's gifted chil
dren program. Another great
boost for our area.
RANDOLPH BULGIN, in from
Navy duty on the west coast,
brought a men's adventure
magazine with him that carried
a story and pictures on digging
for rubies in Cowee Valley. Tke
author is Ben T. Traywick. Our
fame is spreading.
THE RAFE TEAGUES have
been getting out the baby bot
tles. Their Collie had 11 pups
one night last week and there
aren't enough "faucets" to go
MACON'S HOME demonstra
tion women are scheduling
their United Nations trip for
the last week in October. The
package deal is going to cost
$49 per person, with a night in
Washington and two in New
BIG TRUCKS are again being
the cause of traffic jams on
Main Street. The town law says
they're supposed to unload in
the back alleys and not on the
HAVE YOU tried on some of
the holes for size? We .mean
the ones in the pavement on
the Hiverview Street extension.
You could bury a cow in some
TOURIST OPERATORS are
wondering what has happened
to the traveling public. Uusual
ly they stick around until Labor
Day. However, the stream is
getting dry a bit early this'
WON'T BE long now before
each car in the county will
have its own filling station.
They just keep building the
A TOUCH of autumn can be
noted in the higher elevations,
even though the daily tempera
tures don't point to cooler
OKAY, NOW'S your chance!
Things are ready to roll again
on the youth center construc
tion. Bend your back and help
share the load.
THOSE AFTERNOON showers
don't do much toward keeping
folks cool. They just cause it
to get hotter when the sun
?GOING OUT of town with the
Panthers' to give them support?
A team needs boosters, particu
larly away from home.
Hey TOURISTS! Why don't
you plan to come back and
visit with us this fall when the
colors are at their peak. It's a
beautiful sight and one you
THERE'S NO denying that
this year's Little League season
was the most thrilling yet. Even
the championship game went
into an extra inning.
A WHOLE bunch of race fans
are heading for Darlington, S.
C? and the Southern 500 on
SUNDAY'S OPENING race at
the Go-Kart Speedway on the
Dillsboro-Franklin highway at
tracted more than 500 spec
tators and about 40 racers trom'
ail over the area. *
LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPS are the Wildcat : front row <L to R> Alvin Doster, Reggie Van
ht )k, Tommy Colliins, Clyde Downs, and Delber Clouse; back row, Paul Armes, Hugh Franklin,
Tommy Bateman, Bob Dalton, Donald Fisher, an d' the Rev. Earl Crowe, coach.
(Gene Dowdle Photo)
WILDCAT CO-CAPTAINS Bob Dalton and Hugh Franklin
are shown receiving the Little League championship trophy from
the Rev. Dorun K. Langfitt, league vice-president.
(Gene Dowdle Photo)
9 ISSUES INVOLVED -
October 27 Bond
Steps are being taken here to
hold a special state-wide bond
eleotion October 27.
Called by Gov. Luther H.
Hodges, voters will ballot on nine
questions of whether the state
shall issue bonds for capital im
provements for state institutions
and agencies, state aid to com
munity c?llege^ and for local
J. Lee Barnard, elections board
chairman, this week said the
special election will be held under
the same general elections laws
as regular elections, except that
no absentee voting will be per
mitted. No special registration
will be held, he said, Persons who
are now registered on the general
election registration books will not
have to register again.
For those not registeded Mr.
Barnard has been instructed to
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 12
APPROVED BY MINISTERS ?
Grcup Named To Inject
Nev/ Spirit In Series
With the approval of the Ma
con County Ministerial Associ
ation, a special committee has
been appointed to inject new
spirit into next summer's inter
denominational evangelistic series
Jo Ja^J "MR. MACONIAN"
Well sir, they're ready to go full steam ahead on
the youth center building.
Two workings have been called, one Saturday
and another Monday. All that's needed is some \o1t
unteer labor and they'll have the center ready for
use this fall. ,
t You teen-agers, in particular, should turn out
and help with the. work. After all. the center is for
you and its success is going to depend on how
much interest you show. W hy don't you show the
grownups you have what it takes ami turn out
Saturday and Monday mornings at 9 o'clock with
plenty of elbow grease?
And I thank you,
at Friendship Tabernacle.
The Rev. Donn K. Langfitt. as.1
sociation president, who requested
the committee, explained that the
move was prompted by a decrease
in interest in the annual series,
coupled with the growing spiritual
reeds of the community.
He said1 it will be the commit
tee's function to study and de
velop the program more fully,
starting at once on the next series.
Those on the committee at pres
ent are J. L. Fesperman, H. H.
Plimmons. Mr. Langfitt. the Ilev.
Robert E Early, the Rev R. R
Standley. Mrs. R. F Cunnin?ham.
Bab S. Sloan, Erwin Patton, and
the Rev. Jack Tucker.
More appointments to the fom
mittee are to be made and it
ultimately will be composed of lay
representatives from all section
of Macon County. Mr. Langfitt
A nominating committee also
has presented a slh.te of Officers
to the ministerial association fo"
1 or, 9-60. The 'late, to bo voted
upon at the October meeting. If
eludes the Rev . R. R Standley,
president, the Rev. R K Early,
vice-president, and Mr Lanufitt.
In a real championship thriller,
it took an extra inning Saturday
afteriioon for the Wildcats to "ttin
the Little League crown froia the
Jaybirds 5 to 4.
Hugh Franklin was the winning
Immediately following the name,
the Rev. Donn Langfitt, Little
League vice-president, presented
the championship trophy to .the
coach of the Wildcats, the Rev
Earl Crowe, and the team cap
tains, Bob Dalton and Hugh
The two teams, which have been |
battling it out for three weeks ,
through bad weather and one pro- 1
tested game, were tied at 4 to 4
at the end of the regular six
inning game, but, the Wildcats
clamped the pressure on in the !
seventh and put across the
With the long Labor Day week j
end coming up, state, county, and I
town law enforcement agencies I
urge Maconians to axercise ex- 1
treme caution if they plan to <
travel the crowded highways. i
The best suggestion they have i
to offer is: Stay Home. 1
Over the Labor Day .week end
in North Carolina last year, 20 1
?were killed on the highways and .<
247 injured. Accidents alone :
totaled 521. ' . i
LOCALS LOSE 25 TO 7 ?
Panthers Find Wildcats
Have Sharp Claws Also
Franklin High drew first
blood in their football season
ppener Friday night in An
But, Wildcats, like Panthers,
also have claws and with the
games end Franklin trailed 26
? * *
He Didn't Die
Panther Keneth Hall, who
received a broken lei; in a
kick-off play in the third
quarter against Andrews, is
reported in a satisfactory
condition at Memorial Mis
sion Hct>pital in Asheville.
Doctors operated Tuesday
afternoon and set the break
in his right leg. Coach Dick
Stott, who stayed with the
young ball player until late
that night, satf "he's in good
shape . . . tlrey didn't even
have to put a cast on the
A rumor that young Hall
had died circulated in Frank
lin Tuesday afternoon and
was completely unfounded. As
near as could be determined,
it was started by a traveling
salesman, who said he heard
about it in another tuwn.
A telephone call by THE
PRESS to the Asheville hos
pital, and the subsequent re
port that the haliback had
just returned from surgery
ind was in good spirits, serv
ed to squelch the rumor.
? A r ",v application for a cer
tificate of . abindonment h:u
been filed with the Interstate
Commerce Commission by the
TaliuUih Falls Railv.ay Com
A federal judij'e ruled earlier
in the year that a certificate
issued t'le company in ?. eatiy.
80 s was invalid.
Southern Railway, ow.i.-r of
the 57-mile line that runs from
Cornelia, Ga., to FranirlVn. ' i si s
year has been using two points
?f attack in seeking 1 . sa.'i
don the line, one point is ths
line's poor financial condition
and the fact that :t hxs been
in receivership for many yeirs
\ contention by Sou'hern that
the 'Tallulah Falls r? unsafe
tor trav# was o. eiio'ed Ly
Federal Judge Bo.d Sloan re
cently after a revi.'w o. argu
ments presented b" - .') 1 hern
ind the line's re-.-iv^r, II. L.
Brewer, of Cornel:'
In its new application, tie
line asks for either complete
}r partial abandonment About
15 miles of line falls 1 in Macon
to 7. Riving Andrews the so
ahead to keep the state crown
it won last year
Pass Did It
Franklin's seven - point
' scratch'' on the Andrews Wild
cats came in the first quarter
when Jimmy Williams connect
ed with a 30 -yard pass to Doug
Pearson. Kenneth Hall, who was
later seriously injured in the
game, ran the extra point.
Smarting under the Panther
attack. Andrews bounced back
In the second quarter to score,
bit paydirt again in the third,
and racked up two more in the
The second quarter score was
made by Pete Nichols, who went
29 yards on a quarterback
sneak. After a penalty moved
the ball from the 2 to the. 18
yard line, Nichols passed to Ray
Conley for the third quarter
score. Hubert Myers and Jun
ior Griggs scored the touch
downs for the Wildcats In the
First downs 9
Rushing yardage 220
Passing yardage 18
Passes * 1-1
Passes intercepted 3
Punting average 32
Fumbles lost 2
Yards penalized 80
For Week End
In P.obblnsville Sunday after
noon, the Franklin All-Stars
racked up an 11 to 2 victory to
hold the top position in the
Bobby Gregory and Norman
Si'iy both hit homers in the
game, Seay was the winning
pitcher and led in batting with
two for four.
A league. tournament is
schedu!i'd for Young Harris,
tia , over the I.ibor Day Week
end In addition t> Franklin
and Young Harris, teams play
ing will be Hiawassee, Murphy,
Andrews, and Blairsville. Frank
lin Ls slated to play Blairsville
Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock
in the first game of a double
header. The second game will
be between Hiawassee and the
winner of the Young Harri.s
A number of All-Star fans
wui be in Young Harris u>, see
F.auklin nlny '
The annual Hiijdon reunion will
be held at the old home place
->f Major William H . Higdon. in
Higdonville, Sunday, it has been
SOLDIER INJURED WHEN CAR , NOSE DIVES I ROM HIGHWAY
A so!di'erf Charles Donald Pwpv, Jff. 12, of Bradford, Ark.. Route 1, iv in \nicej llospitaT re
covering frfcin injuries received Monda about 1 .50 p in. whin IjK automobile nose divrsi' from
I S (?1 eight miles west of Franklin and traveled .Vt to 7> feet in the :,:r ? fore smashing to t! r
bottom of the embankment. Highway Patrolman II. T. Fergusou 'viid V-. ' Invest Km t on ii .lieate'l
the soldier probably fell asleep at the wheel, lie w ,i s en r* w4" i '?? ' ( ?? ? .? Ciordon, (ia.. to Fort
Bragg. Ilis injuries included lacerations of the arm and liiM'l vl a M toticu.siim.
About 4 Million
("harlottc. \. ('., Sept. .V An agreement to pur
chase the electric .-'distribution facilities of N'anta
hala I'ower and Fight Cowipany in six Western
North Carolina counties has been announced by
Duke I'ower Company.
The transfer is subject to approval by the North
Carolina Utilities Commission and the Federal I'ow
The N'antahala service area includes the com
munities of Andrews, Bry.son City, Dillsboro, Frank
lin,. Highlands, Robbinsville, Sylva, and Webster,
and the rural areas adjacent thereto. Counties af
fected by the sale are Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jack
son. Macon, and Swain.
The transaction involves about $4 million. Large
additional investment will be made by Duke in ,
transmission and generating equipment to serve the
1 5 .< K K ) customers in the area.
Regarding electric rates, W. R. McGuire, presi
dent of Duke I'ower Company, has stated that Duke
rates will be placed in effect where they are lower
than N'antahala rates. "This will mean a reduction
in the. cost of .electricity for the majority of residen
tial and industrial customers and for most of the
commercial customers served by Nantahala. Where
N'antahala rates are lower than Duke rates, the
N'antahala rates will he" continued until and unless
there should be a general revision of Duke's rates
either at the instance of the Utilities Commission or
otv application by the company. All new customers
will be served on Duke rates."
( 'oliviuentiug < >i i tin- Xantahala service area, Mr.
Mi'( iuire said tliat average resident ial useof electric
service by Xantahala customers last year of 4,134
kilowatt hours was 'well above the national average
1 1 of 1 >11 1 considerable below ave^ajje use on
lite f >uko system of 4.N5S kilowatt hours, lie noted'
as evidence of. business activitv in the I hike service
area populat ion growth", per square mile in the last
In vears almost twice that of the Carolina* and
t h'ree, t imes that, of the South as a whole, and ex
pressed the interest of t he company in promot ingMii
dustrial and commercial development in the new
part of- the 1 'tike service area.
I lie heavv duty transmission svstem and principal
h > d r<f electric generating plan.ts, Th< >r j >?-. Xantahala,
( Mieeiis ( l eek, Ttickascgcc, ( Vdar Cliff, Heat Creek, .
and Tennessee Creek, are not to be included in the
sale. The small Mission, I'ranklin. Hryson, and
Dillsboro hvdro plants with a eap;icitv ol 4,045 kilo
waits are directly associated with the retail distri
bution lines, sub stations, etc., ami are to be, included
in the sale.
Negotiations with Duke were entered into by Nan
taliala because of Duke's ready access to the border
ing Xantahala area and confidence in the ability of
DukiJ to provide excellent service to its customers. .
FLYERS /*RE COMING -
Is Next Week
Preparations for the second an
imal "Pilots Ruby Rendezvous"
here in mid-September are being
-Meanwhile, V. H. Burt; cruise?
rr aster of the ruby fly-in be in1;
sponsored by the Florida Air
Pilots Association, reports from
How about volunteering a
little labor over the Labor
Day week end?" .
Allan Brooks, chairmain of
the building committee of the
proposed Franklin Youth Cen
ter, reported this week that
the town has installed the
water and sewer lines to the
building site and construction
is ready to start rolling.
The chairman has schedul
ed two workings, one Satur
day and another Moindav
(Labor Day). The starling
hoi r both days will be 9 a. m.
Materials for the youth cen
ter, which is going up in the
city park, were donated earli
er in the year in a commun
ity-wide campaign. The foun
ds ' ieii is 11 and now lji.it the
w.iler and sewer lines arc in
s! i'!ed c? rfistruction is expect
cd to move along at a rapid
Miami that final details on his
end of the line are' falling into
At last reports .the unusual fly
ing event had more than 75 reser
Planes will begin shriving at
the Prankliri Airport on Thursday.
September 10 A full week end of
fun is being planned for the fly
ing miners and their families!
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 12
The week'* atiii >*s and rainfall below
art- in. Franklin by Ma nmr Stiles,
IT. S. wYnther ob??-rv?'r; in . Highland* bjr,
Tudor N\ Hill anil W: ?' N. wUm. TV A
<>liH4-rv? i x ; miiH at th?* Cow?-tft Hydrolofric
i?ai>oratory. iCeadintca are for th?- 24-hour ?
period ending at .8 a.m. of the day listed.
Wed . 2fith
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