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74th Year ? No. 50
Franklin, N. C.( Thursday, December 10, 1959
Price 10 Cent
SHE ALMOST became rich, al
most that is! Belk's Mrs. Baldwin
(basement store) ' missed the
Home Show Case on the "Price Is
Right" by a scant 35 cents last
FROM ALL Indications of the
past week or so, Including two
snows, this winter means to leave
a lasting impression. School chil
dren, although elated at not hav
ing to go to school Monday, will
have to make up that lost day
when the weather is warmer.
DONT TELL us you've forgotten
to send in your check for those
TB Christmas Seals you received
THE TELEVISION talent show
Monday night raised more than
$100 for Cartoogechaye School
and community. Also, it paved the
way for local talent to appear on
THAT FRANK Baker who will
remain as manager of the J. H.
Duncan Tire Company (formerly
Alllaon-Duncan) Is the same ol'
"Tilley" Baker. He's afraid folks
wont know Frank Baker.
THERE ARE SOME spots along
the main drag where the sun
never shines. Traces of snow were
still there yesterday.
R ALMOST acted like spring
Tuesday afternoon. Men were
shucking heavy coats like mad.
Dldnt see anyone fanning, how
MONDAY'S COURT opening
had a heavy proportion of teen
ager spectators because schools
didnt keep because of the
THE HIGH SIDES on the Little
Tennessee River bridge create a
bad traffic hazard. A number of
near mioses have been noted lately
when vehicles attempted to eater
the highway from the service sta
tion on the east end or from the
restaurant on the other.
nUHXLIN GARDEN Club wants
everyone to know that It'll have
the .Toll detail* of Its. Christinas
lighting contest ready for next
IBS. OLSON'S toy makers still
need some Items to finish their
Christmas project. For details read
ntANKLIN HIGH appears to
have better-than-average teams
thta year. So, it would help mat
ters at the gate If better-than
average crowds turned out for the
WOULD IT be' possible and
f eatable at this late date, for the
couety rural development council
to sponsor some kind of Christ
mas lighting contest among the
organized communities? The old
NfAL. contests were real at
tractions, you'll recall.
A4.VIN HEALY, a Franklin
Hiah freshman, is turning into
a good press photographer. If
any of you other boys apd girls
happen to stumble upon accidents
and the like, and your pictures
are good enough for reproduction,
THE PRESS will pay you for
THAT SURE is heavy "sand"
the state boys used on the icy
streets' over the week end. You
ca? play marbles with some of the
VKANKLIN MUST have been a
gbast town Saturday. Everyone
was In Asheville shopping, which
coaM very well indicate that the
merchants goofed by not getting
together earlier and planning a
Ixiag-up Christmas promotion to
BEE NO. 1. PAGE 8
SEN. SAM J. ERVTN, Jr., spiced his frank talk about issues facing the next session
of Congress with anecdotes and humorous experiences. Pictured at the speaker's table
are (L to R) John H. C. Perry, president of the Highlands Rotary Club, Mrs. Harry C.
Corbin, whose husband is president of the Franklin Lions Club, Mrs. R. S. Jones, who
was hostess to the senator during his visit here, and Weimar Jomes, president of the
Franklin Rotary Club. (Staff Photo)
AT JOINT CIVIC DINNER IN FRANKLIN -
Problems Of Next Congress
Are Discussed By Sen. Ervin
In a talk spiced by humorous
stories, Sen. Sam J. Ervin, Jr.,
discussed a "whole passel of prob
lems and troubles" facing the next
session of Congress at a joint civic
gathering last Thursday night In
More than ISO Rotarians, Lions,
and their wives and special guests
heard North Carolina's senior
senator speak extemporaneously
about, divll rights, foreign aid,
trade, and national defense.
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A brief musical program pre
ceded Sen. Ervln's talk. Rotarian
Robert C. (Bob) Carpenter served
as toastmaster. The guest speaker
was introduced by Weimar Jones,
president of the Franklin Rotary
Club, which arranged the pro
gram and invited members of the
Highlands Rotary Club and the
Franklin Lions Club to meet joint
ly for the occasion. Group singing
was led by the Rev. Robert E.
Early, with Mrs. Harry Hifeglns as
accompanist. A piano solo,
"Valse", by Chopin, was played
by Marttl Haapakoski, the young
Finnish exchange student who is
attending Franklin High this year.
A vocal solo, "Danny Boy" was
sung by Mrs. Clarence Henry.
Rotarian Sidney Martin Intro
duced visiting Rotarians and other
guests, Including John H. C.
Perry, president of the Highlands
Rotary Club, and Harry C. Corbln,
president of the Franklin Lions
Sen. Ervin commented on the
Civil rights: He said most of
the bills involving civil rights are
unnecessary because of existing
laws on the statute books to en
force the rights of individuals.
6en. Ervln said the bills are
"wrong in the first place, because
they attempt to take one group
of people and make them special
favorites of the law . . He cited
this point as a fundamental de
fect of all civil rights measures
because it "robs other men of the
protection of equal laws." Such
bills are "out of harmony with
fundamental American law of
equal burden and equal rights,"
Foreign aid: The Marshall Plan
at one time was a good thing, the
SEE NO. 2. PAGE 8
"MR. MACONIAN '
Hi-ya Neighbors :
If you're looking for a righ? sound argument in
favor of revaluation of property, you might like to
know that Cherokee County is one of seven coun
ties in the Tar Heel state to cut its tax rate and
revalue property and still have more money for
county needs than ever before.
Cherokee, because of revaluation, was able to cut
its tax rate from $2.12 per hundred to $1.68.
Don't recon there's any need to say any more,
And I thank you,
,? Mr. Maconian
OVER CHANNEL 4 ?
Promelettes Going On TV
Saturday In Greenville
Macon County's up and coming
young dancers. The Promelettes,
will appear on television Satur
day night at 6 o'clock over Chan
nel 4, Greenville, 8. C.
They'll be guests on Bob Poole's
show, "Carolina Promenade
Party". Later that night, at 11
o'clock, the dancers will be on a
late TV show from Greenville
Mr. Poole selected the Prome
lettes to appear on his show
when he was here Monday night
for a talent show at Cartooge
chaye School. He also plans to
Invite Judy and Beverly Darnell,
to be on his show In the near
future. Mrs. Esther C. Cunning
ham, manager of the Promelettes.
is serving as Mr. Poole's repre
r?ill?lXI? lulm In Greenville
include Jinger Banders, Donna
Sanders, Susie Stlnson, Nancy
Ruth Crockett, Pat Lane, Debbie
Bowman, Stevie Bowman, Betsy
Conley, Linda Stanley, Donald
Waldroop, Mark Crawford, Jerry
Wallace. Jimmy Cunningham.
Billy Crawford. Mike Waldroop.
and Joe Sanders. Hunter Young's
String Band will accompany th?
Special Christmas Bundle
Going To Sailor On Guam
, A Christinas package will l>e on its way next week
to AG/2 Joseph Phillips, who's with the U. S. Navy
Fleet Weather Central on Guam.
This extra special gift for the Navy man is a
daughter he's never seen.
To assure delivery, said daughter, Janet Lee, who's
a doll-ish six weeks old, is taking along her mother,
the former Miss Betty Jo Shepherd^ of Cowee, and
her brother, Joe, Jn, 2J4. ,
They're scheduled to fly from Atlanta, Ga? to San
Francisco, Calif., Saturday and then will board a ship
for the cruise to Guam.
The Phillips family expects to be on Guam for at
least two years. Mr. Phillips is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. Phillips, of Rabun Gap.
Mrs. Phillips And Family . . . Going To Guam
(St *11 Pl.t.,
TO BE GIVEN
Beck Is Directing
"The Messiah", a Christmas
cantata by Handel. Is now in re
hearsal for presentation Sunday
night, December 13, at 7:30 at the
Franklin Methodist Church.
Featured will be the combined
voices of Franklin church choirs,
under the direction of Samuel F.
Beck. The organist is Mrs. L. J.
A rehearsal is set tonight
(Thursday) at 7o'clock at the
Soprano soloists for "The
Messiah" are Mrs. Julian Maddox
and Mrs. Charles Qidney; alto,
Mrs. Clarence Henry; tenor. Dr. T.
J. Huff; and Bass, Jay Fesperman.
In the chorus are Mrs. John
Bulgin. Mrs. C. D. Corbin, Mrs.
R. F. Cunningham, Mrs. Ollmer
Crawford, Mrs. Charles Gidney,
Mrs. E., C. Harmon, Mrs. Charles
Ledbetter. Miss Harriett Murray.
Miss Joy McCollum Mrs. W. W.
Sloan, Miss Sarah Smart. Miss
Margaret Swan, Miss Penny Tay
lor, Miss Lyn West, and Miss
Esther Wallace, soprano; Miss
Betty Ann Bulgin, Mrs. Wlllard
Oreer, Mrs. Clarence Henry, Mrs.
Neal Johnston, Mrs. Jack Powell,
Mrs. Jerry Sutton, and Mrs. Julian
Maddox, alto; Roy M. Blddle, Jr.,
the Rev. Robert E. Early, Dr. T.
J. Huff. Phil McCollum. Jack H.
Powell, Curtis Pearson, and Dick
Slagle, tenor; Fred Bulgin, Prelo
J. Dryman, Jay Fesperman;
Marttl Haapakoski, Spike Maddox,
L. J. Neal. Doug Slagle, Charles
Slagle, and the Rev. R. R. Stand
A wlraihr of CkrWaui
events at Franklin charehes has
been ?nnonrvod by the minis
Dates, times, and places are
December 13: 11 a-m., pulpit
exchange of all churches; 7
p.m., Handel's Messiah at the
December 20: 5 p.m., candle
light service of scripture and
music at the Presbyterian
church; 7 p.m., children's pro
cram at Methodist church ; 7:30
p.m., program of music at Bap
tist church; 8 p.m., combined
youth group carolling.
December 24: 4:30 p.m., chil
dren's service at Episcopal
church; 10:30 p.m., carol service
at Episcopal church; 11 p.m..
midnight service at Episcopal
church; 11 p.m.. midnight
service at Episcopal church.
In The Air . . .
Only skeletons remain of
Thanksgiving birds and Christ
mas is beginning to take hold
in Macon County.
Volunteer firemen braved the
raw of Sunday niorn'ing to in
stall Chistmas lights along r
Franklin's Main Street.
Churches and community
groups are rehearsing holiday
plays, planning parties and gift
exchanges, and preparing bas
kets for shut-ins and the needy.
Children are jotting letters to
Santa Claus, assuring the old
boy that they've been on their
best behavior I for at least two
or three days).
Outdoor Christmas scenes are
going up in the communities.
Rldrecrest was first with one in
the church yard week before last
and Cowee community erected
Its display over the week end.
Plans for Its annual Christmas
lighting contest are being made
by the Franklin Garden Club.
Christmas carols are heard
over the entire radio dial and
newspaper and radio advertising
has taken on the holiday hard
sell, complete to jingling bells
and pictures of old St. Nick and
Most store windows In town
are "Christmassy" with candy
sticks, trees, and other decora
FIRE PUT OUT
A flue fire at the home of
Denver Vinson in the Otto section
Was extinguished before the
Franklin Volunteer Fire Depart
ment arrived. The alarm was
sounded shortly after noon Mon
day and the call meant a trip of
some 20 miles for the fire truck.
SWAIN HIGH BRINGS 'OLD SMOKY' TO FRANKLIN HIGH
"Old Smoky", a friendship trophy being exchanged by Franklin High and Swain High,
depending upon which wins at football each year, was presented to Franklin daring a
special assembly program last Thursday. Shown accepting the trophy from Miss Freda
Ledford, president of Swain's student body, is Doug Pearson, Franklin's president and
a Panther co-captain. Also pictured are (L to R) Douglas Cole and James Sossamon, at
Swain, and "Red" Seay, FrankHn High's Tlce-praridnnt. For more details read Franklin
High Highlights in this issue. (Staff Photo*
WHY HASNT SOMETHING BEEN DONE?
Judge VowsTo Warm Britches
If Courthouse Isn't Fixed
BANQUET IS PLANNED ?
Jaycees Seeking Nominees
For Two Special Awards
Macon la ns are Invited to help
the Franklin Junior Chamber of
Commerce find two outstanding
young men so It can honor them
for their contribution*.
At a special banquet In January,
the club will honor the county's
"Young Man of the Year" and
"Outstanding Young Parmer".
Nominations for both honors are
now being accepted.
Any young man between 18 and
36, who has made outstanding
community contributions during
the past year. Is eligible for the
"Young Man of the Year" award,
which has been made annually
by the club since 1952. Written
nominations may be mailed to Bill
ZickKiaf. of Franklin, who hus
charxe of this year's program.
Jaycee. Jim Williamson is head
lng the "Outstanding Young
Farmer" program for the club and
nomination* may be sent to him
personally. Any young farmer
doing a good job In agriculture
la eligible to compete.
Meanwhile, the Jaycee presi
dent, Roy M. Biddle, Jr., reports
plans for the January banquet are
shaping up. As is traditional, the
club hopes to obtain the state
Jaycee president, A) Harrison, as
RECITAL 18 TONIGHT
Between 25 and 30 piano pupils
of Mrs. Harry Hlggins will be
presented in recital tonight
'Thursday) at 8 o'clock at I he
East -franklin School,, it has been
MANY AT LUNCHEON ?
Iotla Community Wins
$50 In W. N. C. Contest
Macon County's top communityT
Iotla, not a 5:50 honorable mention
award in the '59 W.N.C. Rural
Community Development Contest.
Twenty-seven from hero were in
Asheville Saturday at the annual
awards luncheon at City Audi
torium when the names of the
winr.inK communities were an
Barnardsville was picked as the
top community. Pi' isah Forest
was second, and Hawk was third.
Mrs. Stanley Penlantl. immedi
ate past president of Iotla, ac
cepted the check on behalf of her
Also attending were Mr. Pen
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Trim!, and Mrs. Jack Cansler, Mr
and Mrs. Claude Roper, Mr. and
Mrs Cay tori Ramsey. Mrs. Albeit
Ramsey. Jr., Mrs. Albert Ramsey,
Sr . James Roper, Mr. and Mrs.
Jay Houston. Mrs. Ed Duvall, Mrs.
Clyde Collins. Miss Barbara Jean
Roper, H- W. Cabe, Frank B.
Duncan. Mr. and Mrs. J. P Brady.
Bob 3 Sloan. H. Bueck. the Rer.
A. Rufus Morgan. Mr. and Mrs
B I Slierrlll, W. W. Sloan, and
T. H. Fagg.
Guest speaker for the luncheon
was Brooks Htv's. former Con
gressman from Little Rock, Ark ,
and presently a director of the
Tennessee Valley Authority.
IOTLA'S CASH AWARD and framed certificate was accepted
at the rural awards dinner by Mrs. Stanley Penland, who is
shown looking at the certificate with Brooks Hays, former Con
gressman from Uttle Rock, AlV., who waa guest speaker. Mre.
Penlanrf is the immediate past president of Iotla. (taff Photo)
If something isn't done about
the old courthouse when he re
turns to this district to hold court
in two and a half years. Judge
George B. Patton promises to
"make it so warm the seat of
their (county commissioners
britches will catch fire . .
In his opening charge to the
grand Jury Monday morning, the
Superior Court Judge left no
doubts that his patience is wear
ing thin. Recalling unheeded sug
Yesterday (Wednesday) at
press time, Jadge Patten waa
moving rapidly through Hie )
criminal docket, which is made i
up of mostly traffic violation
cases. He Is expected to get to If
civil actions ap for trial next t
gestions he made about the oourt
hou.se situation at the August
term, he decided "They're dragging
their feet if I ever heard of It."
Judge Patton told the grand
jurymen the only sensible way to
approach the problem is for the ]
county commissioners to investi
gate the situation thoroughly and \
decide which is more feasible, re
pairing the present 79-year-old
structure or building a new one.
This information, preferably by
some contractor from outside the
county, would form the basis for ]
a decision, the judge added.
"You can't tell a thing standing
looking up at the ceiling . . . but
it doesn't take an expert to see
that the vaults (in the offices!
won't stand a good hot fire > . if
it (fire) happens, you'll have to
import 400 lawyers to handle the
litigation because you won't have
a public reoord left . . . let's don't
sit around and sleep and dream
and lose everything we've got.''
The judge suggested the grand
jury hbld a conference with the v
county commissioners to determine j
if they have done anything.
Judge Patton tossed a bouquet
or two to the commissioners for
SEE NO 3. PAGE 8
The weck'ft temperature* and rn in fall below
are recorded in Frnnklin by Mansor. Stiiea,
U. S. weather ohaerv?r; in Highlands by
Tudor N. Hall and W. C. Newtto. TV A
observe!*; and nt the Ooweta Hydrotocric
Laboratory. ftoadlntrs ar? for the 24-hour
period ending at 8 a.m. of the day Hated.
Hl*h Low Rain
Wed.. 2nd 43 38 00
Thursday 55 35 .34
Friday 64 24 .00
Saturday 56 31 .00
Sunday 47 31 .24
Monday 32 19 .07
Tuesday 55 14 .00
Wednesday 23 .00
Wed.. 2nd 54 32 trace
Thursday 45 33 .38
Friday 55 21 .00
Saturday 62 32 .00
Sunday 56 30 .33
Monday 45 19 .01
Tuesday 34 15 .to
Wednesday 55 24 .00
(no table available)