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75th Year ? No. 7
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, February 18, I960
Price 10 Cents
Si xtiTti I
NO ONE can complain that
nothing ever happens here if they
happened to be around over the
week end; storms, wrecks, fires,
and other happenings made it
WE TAKE back that blurb about
the state fixing the drainage
problem at the foot of Town Hill.
The repairs just made the water
puddle elsewhere. Help!
A LOT OF rubber was burner!
off back tires by motorists spinn
ing out of icy parking places on
the Main Stem Monday. A lot of
free parking went on also at
meters frozen lip.
A SNOWMAN to beat all was
sculptured Monday by Arthur
Hays and Bill Garrison. It was a
remarkable likeness of Abe Lin
coln, quite appropriate since "Hon
est Abe's" birthday is this month.
A BIG PAT on the back should
go to radio station WFSC fo'
the excellent- Job it did keeping
the public informed of road con
ditions and the like during the
week end storm.
A NEW traffic light, recently
authorized by the town, was in
stalled Tuesday by the power
company at the intersection of
Palmer and Maple. This is a wel
come addition and should slow
down some of the speeding on that
end of town.
CHALK THIS up In your mean
est man" file: Someone swiped
three chain saws during Sunday's
fire at Auto Parts and Equipment
Company. They had been
"rescued" from the fire.
SCHOOL CHILDREN made the
most of the unscheduled holidays
Monday and Tuesday and were
very much in evidence in the
FROM ALL the building that
is going on, business appears to
be really on the upswing, doesn't
it' Many more will spring up be
tween now and summer, if the
rumor mill is correct.
JAYCKES: First and third
Mondays, 6:30 p. m., Cagle's
Restaurant on US 28-441 south.
ROTARY: Every Thursday, 7
p m., Slagle Memorial Building.
UONS: Second and fourth
Mondays, 7 p. m., 81agle Me
JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB:
Fourth Monday, 7:30 p. m., Ag
V. F. W.: Second and fourth
Wednesdays, 8 p. m., V. F. W.
Post Home on Palmer Street.
AMERCIAN LEGION: Third
Tuesday, 7:30 p. m., Slagle Me
Sunday. 2 p.m. meeting of
Franklin Youth. Center Associ
ation, Presbyterian church.
Wednesday, county-wide P.-T.A.
workshop at Union School.
ANGEL WINNER OF BEST PLAYER TROPHY
Panther "Butch" Angel is the winner of the V. F. W. "Most Valuable Player" football award.
Picked for the honor by his teammates, he received the trophy from Principal Harry C. Corbin
Wednesday night of last week as a feature of the Rotary-sponsored football banquet. Standing
in the background are Panther Coach Dick Stott (left) and U.N.C. Coach Jim Hickey, who was
guest speaker. A story and more pictures may be found on front page of the second section.
STATE BOARD OFFICIAL COMING ?
Engineer Requests Meeting To Iron Out
Differences Of Opinion On Water Survey
A meeting to iron out- some
differences of opinion on proposed
solutions to Franklin's water
problem has been suggested by a
representative of the Harwood
Beebe Company, municipal and
civil engineers of Spartanburg,
| S. C.
I In a letter to the Franklin
| Board of Aldermen, Russell A. Mc
Coy, Jr., calls attention to the
| story appearing in last week's
j PRESS concerning a Wayah
| watershed proposal outlined by
, local engineers H. H. Plemmons
! and Russell Cabe and suggests.
' "Since there seems to be a
difference of opinion as to ths
minimum flows to be expected
from Wayah and also the cost of
installing the facilities necessary
to supply potable water to the
Town of Franklin, it would appear
that the Lov.r. would be benefited
if a meeting could be arranged
between the town's engineers,
Messrs. Pltmmons and Cabe 'Edi
tor's note: They are not town
engineers, but prepared the Wayah
survey on their own time and
v. it!) jut compensation.), and a rep
resentative of the State Board of
H:alth to discuss the overall pic
ture from a strictly engineering
Town Cleric Ray Swafford said
the town already has requested
the appearance of a representa
tive of the State Board of Hralth
ana that a meeting will be ar
ranped as soon as possible.
Mr. McCoy, in his letter, as
sured, "This office has no bias
in the matter, as is indicated in
the editorial appearing in the
issue mcntoned above. It is our
sole concern to assure the Town
of Franklin a satisfactory supply
of potable water at reasonable
cost and It is to this end that our
efforts are exerted."
Harwood Beebe Is the firm that
prepared the proposed Cartooge
chaye Creek filter and pumping
station project for the town sev
eral years ago.
The Methodist Men's Club meet
ing has been changed from the
Hickory Knoll Methodist Church
to the Franklin Methodist Church,
with the Iotla community serving
the meal for the "ladies' night"
affair. Set for Tuesday night at
7 o'clock, the featured speaker
will be the Rev. Rollin Gibbs, of
LITTLE TROUBLE REPORTED -
First Snow Wallops County
Although It fared considerably
better than most other counties
In the western area, Macon Coun
ty got a bitter taste of the storm
that swept the country over the
week end. j
The season's first heavy snow
fell Friday, with about two and
a half inches in the Franklin
area. Some of the snow melted
Saturday morning under a warm
ing blanket of air, but before
long this temporary relief moved
out and Saturday afternoon and
night added another Inch of
snow to the existing blanket.
Then, at night fall, the tempera
ture took a nose dive and high
ways turned into icy' sheets
cutting the county off from the
rest of the area Some motorists
managed to get out Sunday usir.it
chains, but most prel^ried to stay
at home and hops for better
SunCay church services experi
enced sharp decreases in attend
ance and at least two Franklin
c ''rre.-rurons. the Method. st and
j Baptists. Joined forces and hf Id
? a joint worship service at the
F c- i Baptist Church.
With rural roacs still icy.
? schools were closed Monday by
I Supt H. Bucck. A reading of four
' above zero Monday mornint? and
' little improvement during the da*'
kept mist of the rural roads in
SEE NO I. PAGE 8
AO AayA "MR. MACONIAN"
Would you give a feller a piece of string and
tell him to use it for a fly swatter?
Well sir, that's about the situation firemen faced
Sunday afternoon in trying to put out that big fire
with no water pressure.
If a fire of that size had happened on Main Street
There's no doubt that Franklin would be minus half
its business district right now; or they'd still be
t^hting to save the whole town!
This water problem is long, past the serious stage
tiid most folks don't' give a hoot if it conies from
?i pumping station or a watershed so long as they've
got ample water-to protect their homes' and busi
And I thank you,
'HONEST ABE' Ijncc'in was in the neighborhood near Frank
lin High Monday and Tuesday before melting bark into history
again. Johnny and Billy Harrison and Arthur Hays made a
striking snow likeness of the great American in Arthur's yard.
I FOR p/rTs
I IS SL ATED
With a theme of ?Iirprovins
Instruction Through Parent Par
Jicipaiicu". Macon County's an !
nua! Parent and Family Life Edu- 1
.-ation Siudy Course is set for I
. est Wednesday. February Z4, a I
"U? x>h Elementary School.
A iii.iiv.bcr of .speakers ar, m-I.;- .
i.'i , ; i appear ori the p.og ' rv |
v.ji'/li will run from 9:30 a.m. vo ;
2:3 '' p.m.
At the mornins .'.essiori, \V ~
B'.ix, former president of We-t '
i .Una College, will spe.ik u.t
A panel discussion on coopera
ion between home and school
n working toward their mutual
: il of developing well-adjuste
rid well-educated children is set
for the afternoon session.
The panel will be made up of
ocal people representing various
P.-T.A.'s throughout the county.
A nursery will be operated at
the school to care for young chil
dren of mothers who could not
Lunch will be served in the J
Those planning to attend are
requested to make reservations not.
later than February 22 by tele
phone Union School. LA 4-2348.
Is Over Quota
Music definitely Is coming to
Macon County this spring.
\Drs. H. Bueck, chairman of the
loc.,1 chapter of the N. C. Sym
phony Society, this week announ
ced that the membership drive
here has topped Us (980 quota,
assuring the appearance of the
North Carolina Symphony or
chestra on March 9.
Tickets purchased by individ
uals and firms during the drive
are now being mailed out, sh<
said. Anyone failing to receive one
should get in touch with Mr?
Bueck or Mrs. Grover Schafer.
Directed by Dr. Benjamir
Swalin, the orchestra will givr
two performances here. A specie |
matinee concert has been ai
ranged for school children and the
regular concert will be held at
Tenor Walter Carringer, who is
hailed as outstanding among
America's young singers, will be
In First Clash
The Franklin High girls basket
ball team smothered Webster 91
20 Monday night (February 1 5 ?
in first round competition in the
Smoky Mountain Conference East
ern Division Tournament at Cher
The Franklin boys team was set
for first tournament action against
Cherokee last < Wednesday! night
but scores for this games were nit
available at press time.
The Franklin lassies, in the
Monday night win over Webster,
starred five forwards hitting in
With the defense of Franklin's
guards matching the unfailing
accuracy of the forwards, the one
sided halftlme score was Franklin
SEE NO 3. PAGE 4
Bl I. LOWING SMOKE and snaking fire ho*es dci<mln.itrd ,v unday afternoon in Franklin when
fire of unknown origin tutted Auto Parts ana' Kqnipmrnt Company on Palmer Street. For more
pictures of this spectacular blaze, turn to the in-i^V. tb'iaff Photoi
HAMPERED BY LOW PRESSURE -
Firemen Of Three Towns
Battle Fire 1 1 frank In
* ? ?
Fire Was After
By rr.nc strange twist of f.ifc.
ire was looking for fT.ruirk I.
erry. Jr., Sunday aKi rnoon.
About 2:15, at vi tualVv tt" ?*>
ame lime fire was id svming
his auto parts busines s in F . ;n'
lin, Mr. ?IIenry and hi . son. I.t.
Frank L. Henry, II:. a?' Army
p lot, h id a close hvu h v. ta
They were in thr infield at
the Day ton a International
SpeeJuay when a speeding
raters gasoline tank broke and
fJame . rocketed from it.
vTIi driver cut the huiti'nit
ear ir/o the infield. It roared
past l- e two IIeni>.?, sp? wine
ire. .Y.i\ Henry threw a news
paper he was carrying in front
of h!s fare for protection. Lt.
Henry, unprotected, had the
hair s'ri ed on his arm.
An clrctio 1 of new officers for
the PrankHn Youth Center As
sociation Is cheduled for 2 p m
Sunday at the Presbyterian
Th" preskint, Dr. G R Mc
Swcen. un'is all parents ahd teen
atrers to turn out for the meeting
LAMBASTS FEBRUARY 2 BELIEVERS ?
Mountain Groundhog Forecasts
Early Spring, Other '60 Happenings
Groundhog: "Man, is it
good to see someone who
realizes that 'Valentine's l>ay'
also is 'Groundhog Day'. We
groundhogs are a romantic K>t
and the characters who
changed it to February 2
ought to he . . .
Reporter: "Look, my crys
tal-gazing frii'nd, I'm with
you on that 'Valentine's Day'
jazz. Our paper's been called
everything tor not conform
ing to the 2nd, but what I'm
really here for is your annual
Groundhog: "Shoot son, I'm
sharp enough with the an
swers to . be om an unrigged
Reporter: "First off, did you
s?e your shadow yesterday?"
Groundhog: "See It! |,Son, I
couldn't even get outside, let
alone see my shadow. The
snow was packed so tightly
in the entrance to my hole
I didn't dig my way out until
early this morning."
Reporter : "Then that means
Spring is just around the
Groundhog: "Well. I wouldn't
go swimming tomorrow if I
were you. but it won't be h>ng
now. I.ot me think, where did
I put my bikini?"
Reporter: "Just as an extra
favor, how about predicting
some other things for our
SEE NO. 2, PAGE 4
' Hampered by lo\e water pressure and a stiff and
freezin'i W 'tul, volunteer firemen from three towns
lor more three hours battled a Sttndav alter
iioo-i n ;at gut.ed :t Franklin automobile parts
V tr i i' i fortvl'n loi'a! iiretiieii. aided l?\- firemen
ami e(;nit-t' ;nt from t'lavton. (ia.. and Svtva, kept
the fire Inn spreading into another section of the
building a t < r flames the had raced tineljecked through
Aulo ' Parts arid Equipment lar^e concrete block building is
I Company. not known ^ and it had auwar
] Frank L. !'? *y, Jr., and C.
E. i Ked i II "iry. partners in
the auto parts linn, conserva
tively set the lo . at $(25,000.
It Is pa'Tly covered by in-sur
| anee, they said fhe fiilding is
; .owned by F'rani: 1. riV ry, Jr.
I How the fire ;ttr!e.l in the
enily been burning for some
time be for>' being discovered.
Volunteer firemen arriving on
the scene about 2:15 found the
' inside thick with smoke. The
intense heat already had crack
' SES NO. 4. PAOE 4
SKUNKS STILL THERE ?
Fulcher's Cry Of 'Help'
Is Growing Mere Fe bl :
Bart FulriM r*K rry of "help"
is l.rt on irk ?. ore feeble by W?"
lie'* lo> nt hih war with i
eolopy of skui lis that h .s taken
ov' r th.iiKs wider his h'U^e.
Trt m /set by Mr. Fuleher
have bagged wo adult skunk*,
but he says more are Mc'i * oH.
vVe ean hoar them ^layin.T
undrr there :it night. " he as
1 sures, 'and. of course, tiurr's
(he stneli h i is unm:< tjkkoly
Fuill riri; he's* at a com
n't*- 'a .? ?. , , -jow' l?j * i d \
of the ?reu fires.
But. maybe he wot t hu?e (a
''ftcr ' ' ?s family scenes to
1 1- .??!<> wi-v erow|i x *eeii twifird
to lh- l.o'.Hbic s<<n?.
"Doesn't >irul! ..ear a1* bat an
it ii . t to * V\ F., *? r vi.v! i.
"you rceon we're just gettirg
used to it?"
Bart Fuller (gasp) and (gasp) skunk