Average for February 1960
75th Year ? No. 10
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, March 10, 1960
ON THR IN'SIDR ?
Staff correspondents of THE
PRESS keep the inside pages
of this newspaper alive with
news about your friends and
neighbors Read the Inside
puees Irom top to bottom and
you'll kr.ow Macon County
Price 10 Cents
KEN PERIIY has taken up his
lit w duties in 4-H extension work
in Bui.combe County, l.en did
scnie fii.e woik with thi county's
youi.g people ai:a he ii fat iiu?.e
A FORMER f.un.-:li.i ce. c: .
"Chuck" McCor.nell sol ui. "? e
co(; jj" ward in t'.ie weoU.n a.
vi&i jn of t'he Smoky Mountain
CiUvience. His boys t.am took
top honors in the vvlit e co.l.i
I'ARRELL E. HEN SON, a M i
cJ. ian, has been appointed agent
with the Prudential insurance
Coa pany for the Waynes viile
S..iva area. He has been with the
c or. pany in Brevard for some
IS. L. BRYANT has been in
vacuum cleaner country ? Las
Vegas, Nev., that is. As an Amana
appliance dealer, he was flown
there to view new '60 appliances.
THE FRANKLIN All-Stars plan
two mcney-raislng projects soon,
a talent show and a double-header
basketball game. The games will
send the Franklin Junior Woman's
Club against the Burlington girls
and the All-Stars against the
senior boys at Franklin High. Da
tails are coming.
EVERYONE OWES highway de
partmeht crews a vote of thanks
for their above-and-beyond efforts
cu,ing the big snows. Of course,
it is their job. but remember they
worked around the clock and
didn't get any time-and-a-half lor
it. Uncle: stand they cid a lot bet
ter job here than crews did ir.
other counties, too.
A SEVENTH grader at Frank
lin Elementao School, Fleta Tal
lent, has won a 15-volume set
of Compton's Encyclopedias in
the "Ask Andy" feature appearing
in the CITIZEN-TIMES. Her ques
tion was "How is sound pro
duced?" Fleta's teacher is Mrs.
HARVEY R. "Cap" Price as
sistant. Wayah District ranger, is
in Fontana this week taking a
training course that all personnel
of- the Nantahala and Pisgah for
ests must take.
A GRANDDAUGHTER of Mrs.
W. B: McGuire, Miss Betty
Bullock, has won the 1960 Perry
Piano Scholarship. The 17-year
old pianist in 1958 scloed with the
N.C. Symphony Orchestra and in
'53 won the N.C. Federation ot
Music Club piano scholarship
She and: another student have
been giving two-piano concerts
in the two Carollnas.
DON'T HESITATE in your gen
erosity to the Macon County Fair
building fund. Having a fair
ground and buildings will be p.
great asset to Macon. Mail thosi
donation^ to Mrs. Grace Tatham.
treasurer. Franklin, N. C.
Has Exhibit Hall
A ear.: paign to raise money for
tai.. ii jj: has fce.n launched by
th. ? Mi*, -u Coumy . Fa.r Associ
o eil Pal',: : , president, sav
ariytliing v?*!l be accepted -
.rio. Cj 'a l-i.!.r.y ? tj filty mt:*.
ianc, labor 01 b'uih tiiy ma . i ...
A nauibei oi fl.Use ca.u> w-.
mailed out c.e iii _? county
week' i -i '.1, .! <?tj i".
Mr.' Paikcr eiripi'a l/.ed t! 1
Pledge cards are not b .ug m. i.>
to evi.yne aad that donate
of cah may be mail-d to t. i
association treasurer, Mrs. G <
Tatham, in Franklin.
The association would like t
have conations and pledges o
hand by the 29th of this month
so plans for building can get undr.
way. Blueprints have been secure.,
for a 132 by 48 foot block exhibit \
Mr. Parker revealed that if the
pepole will raise enehgh to build
the main exhibit hall an interested
Macon County citizen promises to
erect a cattle barn.
The county recently donated
some of the old county home prop
erty on US 23-441 south for the
Weather caused the postpone
ment of the annual 4-H talent
shew last Friday night at Eas'
It has been rescheduled to to
morrow (Friday) night at 8 o'cloc!:
at East Franklin.
Acmission will be 75 cents for
adulU ana 50 cents for children
More than 100 4-H clubbers ' will
participate in the program.
FOR HIS EFFORTS ?
Sheriff Slagle Honored
By Guernsey Association
Tlie North Carolina Guernsey
breeders Association has doffed
its hat to one of its staunches'
supporters, Macon County's A. B.
Affectionately known as "Sher
iff", the widely-known cattleman
was honored February 23 in
statesville at the 41st annual
meeting of the association. His
picture appeared on the front of
he progam and a page-long list
of his activities was on the inside.
Following is the , tribute paid
him by the organizaton:
A. B. Slagle was born in Macon
County, April 25. 1883, and ha*
been a lifelong resident of Macon
County, devoting a large portion of
his time to serving the public and
I his fe'lowman. He studied Civil
Engineering at State College,
formerly A. & M. College, and
up un'.il a few years ago did sur
veying for the public. He served
?!x years as a County Commit
:;ioner, twelve years as Sheriff,
and during these terms was most
influential in many highway and
. ommunity projects. It is through
' htse twelve years as Sheriff that
the title "Sheriff" still sticks to
him, and all of his close friend5
still know him as "Sheriff". ,
"fheriff" has completed twelve
yea's as a member of the North
TwroVna Board of Agriculture, is
?>ie etit'y serving as Chairman of ;
the Board of Directors of the
SEE NO. 3, PAGE 5
POURING SALMON FROM a barrel! Into a net are <L to R) Wildlife Protector C. H Bof- '
inc. Jim Messer, fish biologist, and Bill Arrington, hatchery assistant. This was the beginning of
the recent stocking of the little forage fish at Nantahala Lake to provide food for rainbow
trout. (Staff Photo)
Th,. wis a common sight along Main Street last week as businessmen attempted to clear
snow and water from the sidewalks to keep it from pouring inside their establishments. It ap
peared yesterday (Wednesday), with a new snow falling, that they'd be practicing more of the
same this week. (Staff Photo)
ROUGH TIME LAST WEEK -
I How dees that old song go. "It's
( started Al! Over Again"?
j Alter digging out from under
| several inchcs of snow last
j Wednesday and Thursday, it start
ed all over again yesterday
'Wednesday) morning. Roads. were
again virtually impassable, schools
remained closed, and business
houses started closing. By noon,
some six inches of fresh snow
had fallen and the white stuff
was still pouring out of the sky.
It was a powerful punch that
Ol' Man Winter tossed at Macon j
County last week ? one that ;
stunned business for several days.
An ice storm, on top of rain
and snow, paralized the county
Wednesday night of last w..ek. Ai |
one time early Thursday morning,
75 per cent of the county was
without electricity, according to
Nantahala Power and Light Com-'
"Jn my 28 years with the com
pany, I've never seen it as bad as
it was then (Wednesday and
Thursday)," declared Mac Whit
aker, in summing up the damage.
Ice forming on wires and tree
limbs caused most of the trouble.
An Ice-heavy maple fell on Main
Street- early Wednesday night,
cutting off power along Main and
lotla Street. That was just the
beginning of the trouble. Jagged
flashes of light, caused by wires
breaking or coming in contact,
lighted the night sky and power
company crews hopped from one
area to the other making temp
Mr. Whitaker said Macon Coun
ty got the hardest lick from the
ice storm1. Surrounding counties
iidn't experience too much
Power crews had to walk 111
iliow knee-deep to Wine Springs
3ald near Wayah to repair a
rower failure at the C.A.A. remote
They reported it c on some
rower lines on Wayah as much
is three inches in diameter and
hat guy wires on the C A A.
owers were coated with as much
is seven inches.
day) appearance of the N.
('. Little Sympftony in
Franklin was postponed
to March 19 because of
weather conditions in the
Highlands and Xantahala
Mrs. H. Bueck,. local
chapter president of the
X. Symphony Society,
explained that schools are
not open in the two areas
and children would he un
able to attend the morn-!
ing concert in the Frank- j
1 i ii High gymnasium.
"The, brchestra's ap
pearance is for all of. Ma
con County," she declar
ed, "and we felt it would
not be fair to go ahead
and hold it without con
sidering Highlands and
Macon County's 1,200 4 II
clubbers thish week (March
5-12 > are celebrating "National
4-H Club Week'" in a number of
A talent show will be held
tomorrow (Friday) night at
Cast Franklin School.
Also, several articles explain
ing some facets oflhe 411 pro
gram in the county appear in
this issue of THE PRESS,
written by club members and
This year's. theme is "l.ive, I
Learn, and Serve Through l-II
The second Sunday iinKinj; will
be held at Cowet a Baptist "Church
beginning at 2 p.m. Present, will b?
the Bailey Trio, of Greer. S. C
the Gospel Praise Quarte' an
others. All singers and the public
are invited, tccording t /. ' L
FOR TROUT EXPERIMENT - -
Lake Is Turned
Into Test Tube
M?con County's power-pi odur
inn and picturesque NanthnN
Lak< has been turned into a test
Lube tor an unusual experiment
oeinu conducted by the N. C
Wildlife Resources Commission.
If successful, trout, fishermen
will reap the benefits.
This month. 106,000 miniatun
salmon finiierlin?K were dumped
into the lake from a number of
locations and from here on out
they're "supper on the table" for
the many rainbow trout.
Jim Messer, fish biologist with
the N.c.w.n.c . explains that the
little salmon are "foraye fish" for
the rathbow and are a sub-species
of the "Sockeye" salmon They are
plahkton feeders, that Is ? they
fied on microscopic plant and
animal life; 'not on other fish, and
they live best In' the cold water
strata <50-60 degrees i frequented
The salmon grow slowly and are
not considered a sport fish. How
ever, Mr, Messer said In three or
four years, when they reach ma
turity. they will be "mighty tasty
eating" This species of salmon
SEE NO !, PAGE 8
Get a loa<r of what was playing at the local theatre hist week during the big snow. "A Sum
mer Place" didn't do too well in attandance because of the weather, howevrr. (Staff Photo!
FOR $350,000 ISSUE -
Water Bond Balloting
Authorized By Aldermen
Or. p . cent.iife ij: \?;- . ? ?
was^ belli. r in Mac^n ( oum\ i. .
>.;9 tijan in ai.y . o. : - i. .
, 1 his is iTVe:il'.Tt; y . sale-.
.i?id us.- t.?:: cr? ;eV*.u s. us | u i
I. she:, in HIS KE TAILED , pub!,
cation of the N. c. Mc ::haiu.. j
Macon County had a 12.64 ij. i |
cent increase in '59 ve '->8: t!mt
is, collections jumped $22,070.1
from $179,31)4 for the p.viod Feb
ruary 1958 -through January 1959
to $202,030 for the pc riod F- b- 1
' uary 1059 through' January 1 96.') r |
By comparison, Buncomb Coun
ty collections were up 11.03; C'lty.j
8.95: Hay wo d. 9.89: Jk -so |
II.00: S-.v; ;ri. 9.31i; Transylvania?]
5.24; Grnh ;n. 12.13; and Chtfro-J
By unanimous vote, the Franklin Board of Alder
men ordered Town Attorney R. S. Jones to take the
necessary steps' to call lor a vote on a $.?5(),(K)0 bond
issue to provide the town with a more adequate water
This niolion was made In I >r. J. \\ kalin and sec
onded l?v Frank I.. Henry, Jr.
The hojids would provide funds lor the construc
tion of 'an intake dam and pumping station on Car-1
too^eeliave ( ink. a 12 inch main to hrinjj raw water
lo a. filler plant; the construction of a million pal
Ion per day Miter plant ; a 12 iiich main from the filter
plant to iK..'iVNt i x st.nn 10-uich |
m.iiji, wi;, ii aow > j u?
F,ank:in ??i> l ... u ?
11. th i. a.:i f ?i?i (.oil V t L)i'i vt
tc Wi.i Wtai.j &ul\ .,ii . .1 1
Inch iiiu.n fiom W st $.?eet
to l.il 11:, Oil AVei.Lt
'ini . in sub litre . cn.iies out
the rcommtiu ?t i.< nia.ie by. the
Hhi wooc'Bi < be Company as the
most efficient wiy 01 obtaining
ail ' adequate water supply for
Franklin. This flim of recognized,
reputable hydraulic engineers has
WEATHER BALLOON ICES UP
Even weather balloons can't take any more of this winter
weather. The one above held by Debby Rogers^ of (''arson com
munity, apparently iced up Wednesday at last week and de
scended, landing in a tree. Numbers on the red balloon *re
3/57 018713, if that means anything (Staff Photo >
nac.i! a complete anrl tnorough
tury of tho situation. it was em
ivi Jones said lie would begin
work immediately to c omplete the
ftps necessary to call an election.
Lettc r Read
A letter cortainimi suugstions
i or meded improvements in the
town from the outgoing board of
directors of the Franklin Chamber
of Commerce was r-ac to the
board by Mayor W C. Burrell.
The -following sueg-stions were
1. On Palmer St.-eet around the
areo ( f the old F> eration build
inn. the pavement becomes very
m uudy durin ; periods o; rainfall
??! (i is 1;. /it re :;iis and unsightly
;<> ( jj tcwir Also o'": l iundiy
. 1 :i,k in tin an a is very un
it:; : y ar r, "r/5 iliiv ' hould bv
. . tni < i ' ) . j hazard as
? ( r>'e\ to : <? I ' .
a ? A ;li . > ? mi i. (1 - : 'iio often
? on f;alr.s' r t;: r el- by cars
v \ ? o' th- right hand side
.tlCl.g tiie area of
? j i ? c 1 ? * ? F.. 1 1 oil's r ski r.rv. . This
..iriilarly io!c. tun en Satur
SEE NO 4. PAGE 8
1 he Weather
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f-1 u .i>
High I,ow Haiti
33 23 3.31
34 23 2.61
35 9 .00
36 4 .00
37 2 .00
35 17 .00
43 9 trace
35 14 .00
30 7 .00
28 5 .00
35 16 .03
35 9 trace
4 in snow
41 20 33
33 28 _
28 6 _
30 -2 _
37 2 _
37 9 _
39 4 _