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75th Year ? No. 14
Franklin, N. C., Thursday, April 7, 1960
Price 10 Cents
HUGH MORTON, owner of
Grandfather Mountain and a top
notch promoter of the Tar Heel
State, has issued two new color
postcards. One is a beautiful scene
of Wayah Bald when the flame
azalea is in bloom and the other
is a display of cut and uncut
gem stones found in this area.
ROCKHOUNDS are beginning
to arrive. They're kinda like the
Robins when it comes to herald
ing the beginning of spring. The
ruby mines in Cowee Valley re
port good crowds in spite of rainy
THE NORTHERN lights were
showing up over the ridges last
Thursday night. A number of
people telephoned to make sure
members of THE PRESS staff
saw them. The streaks of red were
CONGRATULATIONS are due
everyone involved in the staging
of the Junior Woman's Club
fashion show Saturday night at
East Franklin School. It went off
smoothly and professionally.
NOT MANY folks are complain
ing about the April showers.
They're recalling those promises
they made about not griping about
the weather if the snow would
EVERYONE is interested in
something for nothing. So why
don't you take advantage of the
free chest X-rays being offered
through the 23rd at the mobile
unit near the jail? Costs nothing
and takes only a couple .of
THE LATE A. R. Higdon surely
has a smile on his face. During
his long illness at his home a
bunch of neighborhood boys play
ed on his large and green lawn.
Occasionally, when they became
too boisterlous he fussed at them
some, but he always referred to
them as "his boys". At his funeral
last week, without any prompting
from grownups, "his boys" showed
up to pay their last respects to
TO HECK with spring! How are
we going to explain that sleet
that poured down Tuesday morn
ing shortly after 9? Can fall be
far behind the shortest spring
summer on record?
TOWN CLERK Ray Swafford
has a new office helper. She's
Mis. Bill Tallent.
THE PUBLIC is invited to hear
Dr. Frank P. Graham speak at an
assembly this (Thursday) morn
ing at Western Carolina College
at 10 o'clock in Reid Gymnasium.
No reservations are necessary. The
former U.S. senator is no stranger
to W. N. C.
JACK CABE, a State Highway
Patrol corporal, his moved to Bry
son City from Brevard under the
newly-instituted patrol troop set
up. Cpl. Cabe is a Macon native
and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
LOCAL MOTORISTS driving
east Tuesday reported running
into heavy snow between Franklin
' JAYCEES: First and third
Mondays, 6:80 p. m., Cagle's
Restaurant on US 23-441 south.
ROTARY: Every Thursday, 7
p. m., Slagle Memorial Building.
LIONS: Second and fourth
Mondays, 7 p. m., Slagle 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
Friday: Franklin High seniors
vs Franklin1' Hosiery basketball
t?un, 7:30 p.m., high school (?ym.
Monday: M3con chapter, N. C.
Association for Retarded Children,
7:S0 p.m.. Franklin High library
Wednesday : District meeting ol
State School Board Association,
Fnuikiin High cafeteria, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Home demonstra
txm dress review. 2 p.m.. East
HERE ARE FRANKLIN HIGH'S winners at the academic high school field diy held' at Western Carolina College Saturday.
Pictured are, front row (L to R), Dorothy Bell, Jane Long, Linda Shope, Lois Real, and Linda Phillips; back row, Juanita John
son, Fred Bulgin, "Spike" Maddox, and Margaret Davis. One winner. Ronald Ilenson, was absent when the picture was taken.
? (Staff l'hoto)
AT WESTERN CAROLINA ?
About 125 school board mem
bers, superintendents, principals,
and committeemen from Haywood
County west are expected in
Franklin next Wednesday, the
13th, for a district meeting of
the State School Board Associ
Featured speaker at the supper
meeting in the Franklin High
cafeteria will be Ernest Ross, of
Marion, former McDowell County
school board member and repre
sentative to the General Assem
Erwin Patton,' chairman of the
Macon County Board of Educa
tion, is serving this year as presi
dent of the district organization
and will preside at the session.
Registration will be held from
4:30 to 5 and individual study
groups for superintendents, prin
cipals, board members, and com
mitteemen will be held until the
supper meeting at 6:30.
Mr. Ross is expected to discuss
the general needs and conditions
of North Carolina schools and to
E*:inl out needed legislation. An
oil dealer in Marion, he serve1!
for many years on his county
? school board and is familiar with
the problems of legislation by
virtue of having btsn in the fern
eral Assembly. He is a past presi
dent of the district association
and a Rotarian.
Candidates for the General As
sembly in the district have been
invited to attend the Franklin
meeting, according to Mr. Patton
A singing with the Black Rock
Quartet of Clayton, Ga., will be
held at the Hickory Knoll Meth
i odist Church Saturday at 7:30
I p.m. The public is invited to at
10 Franklin High Students
Among Field Day Winners
Franklin High students earned
a total of 10 honor places in the
science fair and academic field
day events held last Saturday at
Western Carolina College.
First place winners weie Doro
thy Geraldine Bell, Spanish gram
mar and vocabularly; Linda Dell
Shope, chemistry : Margaret Davis,
world history; Juanita Johnson,
Those taking second place in
their respective events were Jane
Long, original Reclamation, tie;
Fred S. Bulgin. oral interpreta
Third placs winners were Ron
aid Colin lier.soa, mechanics of
English; Linda Sue Phillips, ele
mentary algebra; "Spike" Mad
dox, general science for ninth
grade; Lois Ann Deal, civics.
More than three hundred and
fifty students representing 23
Western Ndrth Carolina high
school participated in the multiple
events. The science fair is now
held on state-wide and national
levels; however, the western dis
trict is the only one of nine in
the state to conduct the academic
contests. Officials at Western
Carolina College are trying to in
terest others in holding similar
events. so that those students
who excel in the academic fields
might have opportunity for state
Dr. . Dexter. Squibb and Dr.
Frank Yow, both of the W.C.C.
science department, were in
charge of Saturday's program.
MEETING IS CALLED ?
Macon Chosen As Pilot'
County For 4-H Project
Macon County has been selected
a- one of eight "pilot counties"
in North Carolina for the South
rn Regional 4-H Leadership
In line with this, a special 4-H
leadership training school for
Macon leaders has been called
for tomorrow (Friday) night at,
7:30 at the Agricultural Building.
All extension agents associated
with Agricultural Agent T. H.
Fagg and Mrs. Florence S. Sher
rill, home economics agent, will
assist with the training. Dick
Smith, of Raleigh, western dis
trict 4-H agent, will be present
to observe methods used in train
ing by the local agents. Mrs. Har
ley Stewart is president of the!
local 4-H leaders' organization.
Thirteen southern states and
Puerto Rico are participating in
the Southern Regional 4-H Leader
ship Training Program, which is
designed fcr the person in the
community and county who will
want and will recevie training and
then dedicate their efforts to lead
ing 4-H clubs and to serving 4-H
club members. Each state is de
veloping and testing its leadership
training program area in several
counties so the program will be
sound and profitable. After states
have had experience with their
own program area, each will dup
licate these training materials for
exchange with the ether states.
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FREE CHEST X-RAYS AVAILABLE THIS MONTH
Through the 23rd qf this month, Tuesdays th rough Saturdays from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m., a mo
bile X-ray unit >\ ill offer free chest X-rays to all Maccinians over 15. The slate unit is Seated
on Phillips Street near the county jail. Tl>? need for Maconians using this X-ray service is
pointed up in the fact that five new cases of tuberculosis have been discovered here ?ince the
first of January, according to Mrs. Frank Shope, public health nurse. Getting an X-ray re
quires little time aind a person stays fully clothed. The tuberculosis association sends each person
a written report on the findings. (Staff Photo)
April's showers aren't bothering
Macon County's home demonstra
tion club women.
They're capitalizing on them by
using "April Showers of Fashions"
as the theme for their annual
dress review next Wednesday.
April 13, at East Franklin School
An estimated 100 women are
expeced to turn models-for-a-day
and model outfits they have made,
according to Mis. Florence S.
Sherrill, home economics agent.
Narrator for the review will be
Mrs. J. M. Maddox, of Cartooge
Registration and judging is
scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m.; re
hearsal, 11 to 12:30: lunch, 12:30
to 1: and the show, 2 to 3:30.
Host club for the annual event,
are Carson and Upper Cartooge
chaye. Mrs. Earl Cabe is presi
dent of the former, Mrs. M. W.
Beck of the latter. Refreshments
are being arranged by the Frank
lin club, of which Mrs. Frank
Recce is president, and registra
tion by the Ruth Current Club
Mrs. W. H. Jones president.
Modeling divisions for adults in
clude "Fashions for Home'', "Fr: ni
Sacks to Garments", play clothes,
tailored suits and coats, general
wear or street clothes, best dresses,
and special occasion clothes. The
children's division is made up of
play clothes, best clothes, school
clothes, and tailored coats and
Judges will be Miss Mary Corn
well, extension agent in Haywood
County, and Mrs. Shirley Blaine,
agent in Swain.
Two Macon County square
dance teams will be competing
tomorrow (Friday) night in the
Mountain Youth Jamboree in
They are the Carson doggers,
a team of teen-agers that already
has made its mark in the enter
tainment world through television
and other mediums, and the
Promelettes, a group of eight and
nine year olds organized just prior
to last year's Macon County Folk
Both teams are under th* direc
tion of Mrs. J. P Cunningham, of
Team numbers will be trans
I norted to Asheville for the jam
; boree by their parents.
Hunter Young's String Ban
will play for both teams.
The Promi Icttes also will be
performing in new costumes at
the jamboree. MOthp.tx have been
busy this week making red and
white Cheek shirts for the boys
;i ntl red and white check over,
rgandy dresses for the girl:
Local P.-T. A.
, J. C. Jskdds nas Doett elected
president of the Franklin P.-T.A.
for the next school year.
Serving with him are Mrs. J. L.
West, > Jr., vice-president; Mrs
Fred Vaughn, secretary; and L. C.
Howard, treasurer. ,
HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED -
Winter Road Damage
More Than $200,000
Franklin's Board of Aldermen
heard Town Attorney R. S. Jones
report that steps to bring the
$350,000 water . bond election be
fore the voters are underway.
At the monthly board meeting
Monday night, Mr. Jones reported
that an advertisement Riving
notice of intention to apply to the
Local Government Commission in
Raleigh for approval of the bonds
is running in THE PRESS during
the month of April.
The board will meet in a special
session April 25 to consider
adoption of the bond ordinance/
and to call the election. The order
of election will be published in
THE PRESS April 28 and May 5,
In other business, Town Clerk
Ray Swafford read a letter from
O. M. Stephens, Jr., a regional
planner with the state highway
Mr. Stephens had met earlier
in the month with Mayor Wy C.
Burrell and members of the street
oammlttee. E. C. Shook, H. E.
Cagle, and Frank h. Henry, Jr.,
to consider a thoroughfare plan
The letter from Mr. Stephens
noted that 40 other towns in
North Carolina are ahead of
Franklin in asking for this aid
and it will be.more than two years
before the state can offer any
Mr. Stephens suggested thai
the board go to the Western North j
Carolina Planning Commission for j
aid, or proceed on the town's own j
The board voted to have WW j
Sloan, Franklin's commission
member, get in touch \frith John
Hampton, W.N.C. Planning Com
mission director, to clin k on the
possibilities of Betting help on the
thoroughfare from this source
Alderman Frank L. Henry, Jr
moved that the board instruct Ihe
town clerk to obtain information
about getting automatic water
level controls and feeders for the
town's wells and that the con
trols be purchased. The m.tion
Hunter Calloway and Roy
Mashburn appeared before the
board to question the town's use
of the Elbert Angel <"Big Betsy"!
well at this time of year. They
SEE NO. 1. PAGE 4
Winter damage to Macon County highways and
rural roads is estimated at more than $200,000 and
could climb as high as $250,000, according to Frank
L. Hutchison, 14th Highway Division engineer.
In a telephone interview yesterday (Wednesday)
morning from his office in Webster, the engineer
said Macon County ran a close second to Jackson in
the 14th division in damage from
the recent seige of bad weather
With the spring thaw, he said
original estimates are being re
vised upward. In this county, for
example, it *;us first estimated
that 35,000 tons of gravel would
be adequate to repair damaged
rural roads, but now it appears
that between 40.000 and 50,000
tons will be needed to do the work.
Mr. Hutchison said in some
counties "we'll be repairing this
winter's damage next winter."
However, to speed repairs, the
engineer said the state plans to
secure some extra trucks for haul
ing gravel and will shift person
nel from other counties to those
with heavier damage
In the entire 14th, the weather
wrought more than a million and
a half dollars in damages and
Mr. Hutchinson said even this
figure could go higher.
Landslides on Cowee Mountain
(US 23-441) between Franklin and
Cowee Gap constitute some of the
major damage done in this county,
the engineer said. Geologists in
vestigating the cause of the slides
are waiting for the ground to dry
out before continuing their work,
he said. It is believed that the
blame falls on a layer of water
bearing rock or muck beneath the
surface of the ground and not
from the dirt fills themselves.
A full repart on the Cowee
Mountain situation Is. expected be
Buy Town Tags
Car owners living inside the
city limits of Franklin must (lis- !
play city taps on their autos
by April Jf>, accord in;; to Kay
Swafford, town ckrk.
.Mr. Swafford savs .notices
have brcn sent to all car owners
notifying (hem of this ordinance
and that vehicles not displaying
tags after the ticactJinc will I ?c '
ticketed by the police depart
In the 411 talent show .story in
last week's issue, one of. the win
ners. Debbie Rogers, was inad
vertently listed as "Debbie Enloe '.
The error is regretted.
! COMPLAINTS UNHEEDED ?
It's Called 'Old Faithful'
Folks living near it call it
"It" in a broken sewer line
below I'hil McCollum's house
near the intersection of I'S
23-441 and US 64 west.
When overloaded (particular
ly during a rain) "it" spurts
five or six feet into the air, like
Yellowstone's "Old Faithful",
con tam ina ting Frog Town
Branch with a heavy amount
of sewage because the large line
serves most of south Franklin. !
Residents living near "it" say 1
they have eoniplained to. the |
toun to no avail. In fart, some ,
*^ay the break was made in I
tentionally by the town because !
the line wa* overloaded.
"We've been thinking about |
building a park around 'Old i
Faithful'," quipped one resident. I
"At least we'd be doing' more
than the town has about it."
"Old Faithful" spouts from sewer*
To Fair By
A $1,000 donation from Nanta
hala Creamery and its 11 Macon
County milk producers put the
exhibit hall building fund over the
$2,000 mark this week, according
to Mrs. Grace Tutham, treasurer,
of the Macon County Fair Associ
The creamery producers making
the large donation are Harley
Stewart, Harold Enloe, Jess Shope,
Bud Shope. Jim Cunningham,
Lawrence Ledbetter, Slier Slagle,
Max Parrish, Hillard Solesbee, A.
B. Slagle, and Harry Stoudemlre.
Mrs. Tatham gave the total
building fund figure as $2,022, In
cluding $630 in pledges. She also
said a number of individual and
businesses have donated labor and
materials for the proposed exhibit
Recent bad weather haa hamp
ered the fund-raising campaign
and those planning to donate are
asked to do so immediately) so
building plans can be started.
The exhibit hall will go up on
the grounds recently donated to
' the fair association by the county
on US 23-441 south (old county
Benefit Supper Set
A supper for the general public
is being sponsored by the Car
toogechaye P-T A. in the school
rile ;ria Saturday, April 9. be
inning ;it 5:30 p.m
l'l ites will sell for $1 to adults
nn.i M) rents for children, featur
ing: a menu of ham or chicken,
pii \s and cakes, with service con
tinuing as long as the food lasts.
The Macon County unit of the
North Carolina Association for Re
tarded Children will meet Monday
night, April 11. at 7:30 in the
Franklin High School library. Bill
Raby. president, urges all commit
tie chairmen to be present.
To Meet Saturday
Baptist "Youth Night" will be
held Saturday. April 9. at the
lotla Baptist Church at 7:30 with
a theme of "Vital Problems In
It Is being observed in churches
throughout the Southern Baptist
The program will consist of dis
cussion groups led by The Revs.
J. H. Propst, Thad R. Dowdle, and
There also will be a general con
ference and the program will be
highlighted by a message by Jud
son Hall, of Asheville and Frank
lin. who is a ministerial student
at Mars Hill College.
All Macon County Baptists and
cpcciftlly Baptist young people
have been urged to attend.
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