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Five-Year Prison Sentence
jlmfKwedl By Judge
Donald M. Cox, 34-year-old for
mer employe of the Citizens Bank of
Marshall, Monday pleaded guilty to
eharpes of embezzlement and iriak
irwr false entry in the bank's books
in the opening day of May criminal.
term of District Court in Asheville.
Seventeen charges in the indict
ment against Cox involved $00,200.
Cox took the stand Monday follow
ing Government testimony and char
acter witnesses presented by his at
torney, Kester Walton.
He said he believed his total in
cWbtedness to the bank was about
He gave an account of his first
use of notes to cover an indebted
ness and his deeper involvement over
a period of several months. He and
his brother owned a department
store, which he said was operating
at- a loss, and he had debts which
he attempted to cover by use of notes
signed by other customers of. the
Cox said that he "loat his head"
when bank examiners arrived to
check the books on June 27, 1965,
and left town. One month later he
surrendered to Government officials
and entered a hospital for psychi
atric treatment. In November Judge
Warlick ordered him, to the Federal
Penitentiary in Atlanta, Gfc, for ob
servation and he was retained, to
Government custody Mvr! Wtakt
ago. He ha been radar f
., bond, ' , ."'Vi'. 3.Mf
on his home,' and borrowed money
to buy a car. His highest salary, he
said, was $500 a month and travel
Austin McDonald, Federal agent
stationed in Washington presented
testimony in the government case
against Cox. McDonald gave an ac
count of the investigations he con
ducted in connection with the col
lection of evidence concerning al
leged fraudulent entries in the bank's
' Walton presented a number of
character witnesses for Cox, includ
ing Owen Tilson who had worked
with Cox in the Junior Chamber of
Commerce and Civitan Chub, Dr. R.
L. QoU of the staff of Mars HU1
Oollsge, Dr. W. O. Duck, Mars Hill
pSyslciao, Sheriff E. Y. Ponder of
Madison County, and several other
Madison County civic leaders.
Sentence was passed Tuesday
morning with a five years, in prison
sentenc being imposed.
.Jadgsi Wason Warlick consolidat
edn separate charges of embeml
stv drinakin. false entries in
xmx ths bsnt
"tlis ttHoi pointed' out-that in tin
posing aeatsince, the reputation back
groand,'famiIr nd efforts at resti-
twtion to the bank were taken into
eon4dersion. Cox wUl be eligible
for pamU at the end of 20 months.
Before Imposing sentence, Judge
JWarifak said "this court still doesn't
know the Amount of the shortage of
the hank , rths'Gevernsnent says
it , la somewhere- near f 100JXM) ' And
the defense contends it is 'cttmpara-
tivelr smaU.B. ,
U. & -District Attorney James' M.
Baley Jtu, sald,vai the oaclsion of
fhe plea for the defendant, that ih
Governmens derives "no pleasure
out punishment' J is merely in
terested - U presenting facts ; to, the
court zi '. end these- facts- hscJode
shortages at the bank -and -the der
fee dent's, admission to same.,,J..i-
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ToStirt June 10
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';: The Dafly ' Vacation Bible ' School
i tor Walnut will ben June IS st 9
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Funeral - services were held Sun
day for two young North Buncombe
High School students and an Ashe
ville architect who were killed late
Friday night in an automobile col
lision near Brevard. -
Joint services for Miss Judy Car
ter, 16, of Alexander, and Montre
ville Delane Weaver, 16, of Weaver
ville, were held in the auditorium
of North Buncombe High School
Sunday at 3 p. m. They were buried
in West Memorial Park at Weaver
ville. Both were honor students nd
would have served as marshals at
North Buncombe's first commence
ment May 25.
Furleral services for W. H. Pur
nell, 46, of Pisgah Forest RFD 1, an
architect for Six Associates of Ashe
.ille, were held at 2:30 p. m., Sun
day in Brevard Methodist Church.
Purnell was returning home from
work when his car and that of four
students collided. The State High -
way Patrol said the students' car
went out of control and skidded
across the road.
Michael David Holcombe and Miss,
Margaret Parker, both 17 and bbfchv
of Weaverville, the. other students;
were hospitalized at Hendersonville,
The students had been on an out
ing following the North Buncombe
junior-senior banquet. They had
driven to, -the Davidson River recrea
tien ,areex to' celebrate the birthday
of ""Miss Carter, which war-Friday. A
f .Hies;, Carter, a niece, e llrsV; Cal-
Ma R."EdaMfi of !Ul1flC!;lweUf
ova Marshair wheter ahw fre
Calvin Jr."i was one pi the
pallbearers at the funeral.
Fred O. Tilsbn I
Of Golf Association
Fred O. Tilson, of Marshall, re
turned Sunday night from Pine
hurst where he had been at the an
nual meeting of the officials of the
Southern Golf Association.
Mr. Tilson, was again re-elected
on -the board of directors and is now
the second oldest member of this
Dn addition to being a director,
Mr. Tilson 1s also chairman of the
all-important , Rules Committee of
He hai served as an official of
this nationally-known association
since 1940 and has also refereed
'many matches involving nationally
known and 'renowned players.
. "K nave enjoyed the association
ttnee" 190 and:- still get a' great
pleasure in being of service," Mr.
Tilson stated here this week.
At Bank Of French
Broal " Great - Addition
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The' attractive; clock recently in
stalled over V the sidewalk: at - the
Bank of -French Broad here. is. in
memory of the la'ta. Craig I Rudi
sUL The dock' weighs , eppoximately
erne ton and is .eased in ' beautiful
copper. 'Each of the four .faces -pa
the- dock 'measures 80 Inches wijth
the minute .hand approximately. 18
inches in length. . :The height of the
dock (s - nine f est and two; inches
and adds greatly to the appearance
of the business, area as well a to
ing.most'-Jbenefkial in maintaining
accurate time.'-'-' . ?w" i
This memorial clock not only pro-
fidea the eorrcct time for everyone
within t its sight, but it also ehhnes
the quarter hour In a soft pleasing
tone and .strikes the hours as weJLt
On the ffall hr, the c't-: t i
sixteen pofs of the oU as i f "
'3r", CL!-,, t-.l . U ft
A minor accident early Sunday on
U.S. 25 near Marshall led to the ar
rest and jailing of s four Gaston
County youths on charges of auto
mobile theft. ?;
Lodged in jail Were to await the
arrival of Gaston County 'officers
were: Bee Chilly Chitwood 19, "Billy
Gene Phillips, 22, Donald tee, 16,
all of Gastonia, and Bruce E Mc
Keever, 19, of Dallas,, ,
The car ran into a ditch near Mar
shall and the youths reported the mis
hap to Deputy Sheriff DowaroJ Gen
try, telling him they had seen, W
accident and that the driver ran
from the scene.
But State Highway Patrolman P.
H. Long said a check, of fingerprints
oa the rear view mirror of the car
showed one of . the four youths was
the driver. ', :
Long said they eventually admit
ted taking the car from a Gastonia
used car lot and said they told him
ithey were going to California in the
The theft was reported lafe Sat
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TO 14 HEAD
.' From An, '- 'foundation iwWiIl
rieenlxiWr4,, of ' Mare JWitou
vwo cows are primarily respond
sible for this tremendous increase.
One of the cows has had two sets
of twins and three single calves in
six years, and her daughter has had
a set of twins and two single calves.
Elect NeVr Of ficers
AlMari kill High
The Future Homemakers Club of
Mars Hill High School met Wednes
day, May 9 and elected new officers
for the school year of 1956-67. The
officers are: President, Betty Lou
Bradley; vice president, Joy Lou
Hensley; secretary, Carol Kendall;
treasurer Sharon Tomberlin; report
er, Marian Reese; and program
chairman, Grace Ballard. Miss
Elisabeth MoConnell is sponsor of
Mars Hill High School.
Mar. Hill High
School Fashion Show
Held Last Friday
The Mars Hill Home Economics
Department, under the direction of
Miss . Elisabeth McConnell, held its
annual fashion review Friday. May.
11. Those participating were ninth
and tenth grade girls. The fashions
modeled were Jn. the following ..or
der: Sport clothing, including, skirts
and blouses, shorts, and pedal push
ers, ; school dresses, business and
street, afternoon and church' dresses
and party dresses.
.'From seventy to seventy-five out
fits were modeled. The. stage -was
decorated with spring flowers, con
sisting of dogwoods, iris, and crab-
eppie; pfossomsw p t
Local 5couToJ; .
Attend Campcree .
1 Ifiae, members of Scout Trow Ne.
8 'of Marshall will sttei en oer
night" xampores w " led , by the
Khododendron- Distr' t . Patrol Cam
poree at Bent Crf-'v Bar Asheville,
7,, Ksy 13.
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RMS SENIOR CLASS
TO PRESENT PLAY
The senior class of Marshall High
School will present "Just Ducky," a
light-hearted 3-act comedy in the
school auditorium Friday night, May
18, at eight o'clock.
What makes teen-age girls do the
things that they do? That's the
question. What should be done
about them? Betty Lou Maxwell
and Bernadine Smith are a couple
of questions and problems rolled in
to two. This day started off peace
fully enough at the Maxwell house;
in fact, it was a whale of a day.
But what a day! What a family!
Don't miss "Just Ducky."
The cast of characters: Mr. Max
well, Tommy Ball; Mrs. Maxwell,
Barbara Davis; Betty Lou, Olga
Sprinkle; Bernadine, Janice Ram
sey; Wilbur, Jerry Plemmons; Her
cules, William Wilde; Connie, Glin
na Ponder; Craig Moore, V. C. Fish
er; Mr. Moore, Herman Rector;
Del Marshall, Charles Huey; Aunt
Mary, Carol Houston; Miss Blayne,
Shelbey Jean Coates.
Producing staff: Prompters and
sound effects: Carolyn Worley and
Stage crew: Bobby Reese, Hugh
Shipley and Donald Hunter.
. Director: Jessie Mae Ramsey.
174 SENIORS TO
GET DIPLOMAS IN
tyV'six higfcfJKls will receive di
plomas .during' commencement, exer
cises next week. y
following is -the number f : Stu
denta graduating from each' school:
V Marshall, 40; Mars Hill, 58; Hot
Springs, 17; Laurel, 18; Spring
Creek, 19; Wajnut, 22.
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HAS MANY TOURIST
By JIM &TORY
Although Madison County is pri
marily known as the chief county
in North Carolina for producing bur
ley tobacco, the county also offers
many, attractions for tourists.
Hot Springs, perhaps, offers more
varied attractions than any other
town in the county. The progressive
little town is nationally known for
the baths which are patronized by
hundreds of people from all States.
'Adjacent to the bathe is the mag
nificent Hot Springs Hotel which is
located on the spacious and beau
tiful grounds next to the French
Broad River. In addition to the ho
tel, Hot Springs also has several
Udiern touHst " court -which are
highly praised by tourists who come
annually to rest and relax. Trout
and' bass fishing (s excellent neer
Hot Serines as well as on the
streams in other parts of the county
- Hiking is also popular during the
summer with Hot Springs located on
the famous Appalachian Trail. Fine
Swimming and picnics are eajoyed
at the Silver Mine Lake; and, trips
to the lookout tower on Rich . Mouni
tain in. the Pisgah National Forest
also afford pleasure to hundreds' of
tourists. Ma: Patch, about fifteen
miles from Hot Springe, to another
tourist attraction' in addition te he-
Hng the highest, emergency landing
field in Eastern America."
Marshall' offers tourists one of
the finest swimming pools ' ltf this
area; plus interesting hiking on sev
eral of . the mountains. '.'Two -mod
ern tourist homes are located in the
center "6f town, and tourists stop
over for relaxation as well ac for
admiring the be?; "ul B"ery tni
In a harmonious convention here
Saturday Madison County Demo
crats reelected Glenn Reems of Mar
shall RFD 1 chairman of the county
Democratic executive committee by a
unanimously approving vote.
Miss Hazel Sprinkle of Mars Hill
RFD 1 was named vice chairman,
and A. E. Leake of Walnut, secre
tary. The executive committee endorsed
for reelection to the state executive
committee F. E. Freeman and
The members also advised that any
Democrat frum Madison County who
attends the state convention could be
a county delegate.
Named to the congressional dis
trict committee were Clyde Brown
and Zeno Ponder; and to the judi
cial district committee, E. Y. Ponder
and Tom Russell.
MRS. MATTHEWS IS
HERE ON MAY 25
First Marshall Alumni Meeting
To Be Held In School
Mrs. C. Odell Matthews, of Winston-Salem,
a graduate and former
teacher of Marshall High School,
will be the guest speaker at the
Alumni Association , ..meeting to
evening, MeyB t 7:80 o'clock
MrSi Matthews' is president of the
Winston-Salem - Woman's Club ahd
js very cdve in civic and'religious
circles, and ; Has reeenuy been se
lected as chairman pf a ' city-wide
program to welcome Wake Fpreet to
She is the former Miss Madge
Tweed, daughter of Mrs. Robert
Tweed, and the late Mr. Tweed, of
Reservations may be made by con
tacting Mrs. Jim Story, Mrs. W. W.
Peek or Miss Patricia Caldwell, and
all reservations must be made not
later than Monday, May 21.
Price of the plates will be $1.50
and remittance must accompany res
AT MARS HILL
Two persons ' were injured near
Mars Hill on Highway 19 Sunday af
ter an automobile stalled on. the high
way and a collision followed.
Hospitalised at Asheville were Eu
gene Ballard, 26, of Mars HQ1, and
Mrs. Edward C. Willis of Asheville
RFD 4. Ballard was suffering from
broken ribs and internal injuries
and Mrs. Willis was held for obser
State Highway Patrolmen P. H.
Long and R. A. Pruett gave the fol
lowing account of the accident:
A car driven by Gurley Phillips,
20, of Cempobello, S. C stalled on
the highway. Another , vehicle, driv
en by Edward C.. Willis, tl, of Aahe-
rvills RFD 4, pulled up and stopped
behind. the ,ataUelea&.'y
Then a ;caf4rfvfcyt -Baflaril'
crashed Into the rear ef the WOlis
vehicle and tumbled dowa SO-foet
embankment.' The PMllIpe car: was
not Wtvl.': -ip .titi-
' Long said no one had bees charg
ed pending further, investigation.
the roving Kzrcrrnr-
"if yo were aomcody else,' woukl
you like yooT -
(J. 5. District Attorney Baley
.Indicates He Will Appeal
Ruling to Circuit Court
Bills of indictment against ten
Madison County men, charged with
105-1 general election irregularities,
were ruled invalid yesterday (Wed
nesday) by Judge Wilson Warlick,
in U. S. District Court in Asheville
and the defense motion to quash was
Named in the indictments were
Zeno Ponder, chairman of the Coun
ty Board of Klections; Sheriff E. Y.
Ponder, B. K. Meadows, Arthur E.
Cantrell, Leroy Shelton, W. T.
Moore, Roy Freeman, Merit Whitt,
Jeff Whitt and James William Bald
win. The Government indicated it
would appeal the District Court's
ruling to the United States Court
of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Validity of the search warrants
with which the Madison County elec
tion materials were confiscated and
impounded was the basic question
The defense contended the seizure
should have been made on a motion
under Rule 41, and the Government
held the bills of indictment were
valid under search and seizure as
provided in Rule 47. '
Considerable verbal fire flew back
and forth at the opening of yester
day's hearing. Judge Warlick took
exception to a statement made by
U. S. District Attorney James M.
Baley Jr., that, he had heard it ru-
mored the casi . weal 'neve be k "I
Judge Warlick countered: U W &
pne has said title ease - won't be
heard on ks 'merits And irdiag to "
a proper procedure he is a, lljr
aley quickly explained ttot'what
he heard was not meant as a jreflee. :
tioa against the' court, butn .him 1
self. "I was the, one referred to as : i
to the ease not, being trfed," Baley; ',.."
said- ul am ready to try itT'T
Judge Warlick said that lie signejj Vi
the warranto for search and seiaure t
on good faith when they weitt- pr
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Officers, Committees Named;
Large Attendance la
The Walnut High School Alumni
Association will hold its . annual
meeting on Saturday night, May l"
at 8:00. . ' .
"This year, for a khaage. We Wre
having an informal party, eonalsV
w m program ana a social aenrj- . . v
Ernestine Reeves, aecretary, said, t
All members of the fllaesaiif Aiti ' .-'1
elation are urged te be present asT,'V.
keep up the spir of Sdear old We if
autHigb,- ci.'-, Pi-.. , , r
Below is published a Bat f fSe- . ' '
ere and committeea ei tW.-aeMc'v.-, V '
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Officers :Cbla B. Chaadler, r
Ment; Mnt Marie tt Bofeerts,
president; Ernestine Beeves, . t
try.:-5-' r''" ",.;v '''. -i
Commrttess . PiMleByt IT. -ethy
B. Clmpe, f-.i.
i- Nominating; h-ISm': if"- '
Baker, lira, .Bope-J,.r ;
iee B.'Psyne-f -.
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