VOL. 62 NO. 9
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MARSHALL, N. C, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1963
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Mars Hill Teams Advance To
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Of 'Spotlighting' Charge
The chairman of the Madison
County Board of Elections and two
of three sheriff's deputies charged
with "spotlighting" deer were
acquitted Saturday afternoon be
fore a magistrate's court in Madi
son County Courthouse here.
Acquitted wen Roy Freeman of
Marshall, chairman of the Board
of Elections, and Charles Woody
and Charles Blankenship, both of
Mars Hill. Berlin Bowie of Mars
Hill, the fourth member charged
with the game violation, is ill in
a hospital. His case was held In
Wildlife Protectors Raymond
Ramsey and Clyde Huntsinger,
both of Madison County, made the
arrests January 5 in the vicinity
of the French Broad River road
near Hot Springs. Warrants were
sworn out by the protectors
Justice of the Peace Clyde A.
Rice of No. 4 Township, who pre
sided, rendered a verdict of not
guilty on the grounds that the de
fendants were pursuing their
duties as law enforcement officers
in a vicinity which had been the
scene of several robberies, and on
a road frequently used by makers
of illicit whiskey.
Rice considered the evidence of
the Marlin .30-30 rifle, the unfired
cartridge and the electric torch,
confiscated by the game protec
tors, as likely equipment which
peace officers might carry in line
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Judge Walker Affirms The
Latest Order Of State
A Superior Court judge Tues
day rejected a protest by Western
Carolina Telephone Co., against a
State Utilities Commission order
denying the firm permission to
raise its rates.
Judge Hal Hammer Walker of
Asheboro affirmed the latest or
der of the SUC in the phone rate
case. The SUC had previously
turned the company down twice in
its efforts to obtain authority for
a rate increase.
Attorneys for the telephone
company gave notice of appeal of
Judge Walker's decision to the
State Supreme Court. Court offi
cials indicated it would be Sep
tember or later before the appeal
is heard by the high court
Arguments for both sides took
up three and a half hours as the
proceeding got underway Monday.
Judge Walker told the attor
neys, Raster Walton and Herbert
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Coon Hunters To
Rleet Fri.v Right
The Madison County Coon Hunt
ers Association will have an im
portant meeting at the Courthouse
in Marshall, on Friday night,
March 1, at 8:00 o'clock.
At the last meeting money was
collected for restocking the coun
ty with coons this spring, but as
one member stated, "we need more
money and more members if the
project is to be successful"
"We have received the informa
tion and the prices of the coons,
but we must now collect the bal
ance of the money and arrange
transportation," a member stated.
All members, prospective mem
bers and hunters are urged to at
tend this important meeting.
Group To Organize At A
Meeting March 1 ; All
At the invitation of women
Democrats of Mars Hill, a group
of Madison County women met in
Mars Hill February 14 and vot
ed to form a new organization of
women Democrats in Madison
Mrs. Richard Hoffman was ap
pointed temporary chairman by
Miss Irene Willis, who opened the
meeting. Mrs. Hoffman appoint
ed a By-laws Committee to draft
the proposed By-laws.
Women Democrats of Madison
County who are interested in join
ing this new organization are in
vited to attend a meeting Friday
night, March 1, at eight o'clock
in the Mars Hill Community
Building. The By-laws will be vot
ed upjon and officers elected at
this meeting. 1
Mrs. Pearl ODonnell of Ashe
ville, Regional Coordinator for the
North Carolina Democratic Wom
en's dubs, is expected to be pre
sent at the meeting.
Burnsville Mrs. Sam J. Hus-
kins, Revenue Collector for N. C.
Department of Revenue for the
district of Madison and Yancey
counties, has announced her itin
erary for income period through
April 15, 1963, to assist in filing
income and intangible returns.
Mrs. Huskins will be in the
State Revenue Office in Burns
ville on Feb. 25; March 4 6, 11,
15, 18, 20, 25, and 27; April 1, 3,
8, 10, 12 and 16.
Mars Hill, The Cub Restaurant:
March 7, 21, 28, and April 4.
Marshall, Courthouse: March 12,
26; April 2 and 9.
In 1962 North Carolina farm
families repaid more than $14 mil
lion in principal and interest on
loans from the U. S. Farmers
Home Administration, Melvin H.
Hearn, state director of the agency
announced in Raleigh, N. C today.
The amount repaid by North
Carolina farmers in 1962 was 16.
4 per cent more than the amount
MrMjlPid, die record of
North Carolina farm families us
ing Farmers Home Administration
credit pras'w&nical advice on
farming problems, small farmers
can operate successfully under
modern agricultural conditions.
The family farmer is not obso
lete, as some commentators charge.
Given access to the best farming
information available and capital
to do a modern job of farming, he
is and will remain the mainstay
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J. C. Roberts, 24, of Asheville,
a railroad brakeman, was killed
early Monday, February 25, 1968,
when a Southern Railway freight
car ran over him at Inman, S. C.
His left hand was severed and
the lower part of his body was
The train was switching cars
at the yards in Inman when the
accident occurred. An inquest is
Roberts succumbed about 6 a.
m. Monday in a Spartanburg, S.
C. hospital shortly after he was
brought in by ambulance.
Services were at 2 p. m. Wed
nesday in Barnard (Madison Coun
ty) Free Will Baptist Church. The
Rev. E. H. Goode officiated.
Burial was in Antioch Cemetery
near Hot Springs.
Pallbearers were Cliff Dotson,
William H. Kemp, Mallie, Bert
and Lloyd Roberts, and Billy
Surviving are the widow, Mrs.
Jannett Lawson Roberts; a son,
Donnie James; the parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Roberts of RFD 1,
Walnut; two sisters, Mrs. Sherdon
Shelton of RFD 1, Walnut and
Mrs. Robert Coop of Fort Lauder
The body was taken to the home
of the parents at 3 p. m. Tuesday
and remained until taken to the
church for services.
Bowman Funeral Home of Mar
shall was in charge.
A. P. Hassell Jr., Executive Di
rector for the ASC state commit
tee, has asked us to remind farm
era that they have until March 22
to sign up for participation in the
1963 feed grain program.
Only growers who are in the
program will be eligible for price
support on their '63 crops of corn,
grain sorghum, or barley.
Through participation, Hassell
explained, producers will volun
tarily reduce their acreage of one
or more of the three feed grain
crops by at least 20 per ' cent of
the farm's base acreage . . . and
will put the diverted acreage into
an approved conservation use.
Participating farmers qualify
for the regular price-support loans
and purchase agreements, and
in addition they will earn a di
version payment and an extra
These price-support payments
will be made on the normal pro-
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Mars Hill Man Burns To Death
As Cigarette Ignites Clothing
A Madison County man was
burned to death within half a mile
of his home Saturday night, ap
parently when a cigarette ignited
The body of June McDowell, 48,
of Mars Hill, was discovered in a
burned sage field about 10 a. m.
Sunday when two men, James
Briscoe and Albert Ray, both of
Mars Hill, went searching for him
after he failed to return homo
Sheriff E. Y. Ponder said he
believed McDowell, who was walk
ing along a worn trail near a Neg
ro school, had stopped under a
pine tree to rest and either lit a
cigarette and the match ignited
his clothing, or that he had fallen
asleep with a lighted cigarette
which set his clothing afire.
Evidence at the scene indicated
that McDowell had run up and
The February term of Madison
County Superior Court to hear
criminal cases started quietly and
on schedule here Monday with no
questions raised as Ho the consti
tutionality of the jury.
A recent ruling of Judge Har
ry Riddle, that a jury drawn un
der an act of 1956 was unconsti
tutional, is now pending before
the State Supreme Court on ap
peal. Due to icy roads and snow,
Wednesday's session was postpon
ed. Court resumed here today
(Thursday) with Judge James C.
Farthing, of Lenoir, presiding.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will
be in Mars Hill Monday at the
Baptist Church, from 12 o'clock
noon until 5:30 p. m. Blood do
nors are badly needed.
Mrs. Shupe Calls
To Clarify Demo.
Mrs. George B. Shupe, president
of the Madison County Women's
Democratic organization, called
)ng to "clarify the dUXtren
tween her group and that of the
newly formed club at Mars Ifl
"I have jus Wlr with Mrs.
(Pearl O'Donnel loi Asheville, Re
gional Coordinator for the N. C.
Democratic Women's Clubs, who
said that the Mars Hill group will
be merely a study group rather
than a new organization. They
will be studying the principles of
the Democratic Party at their
main objective," stated Shupe.
Mrs. Shupe also announced a
Board of Directors' meeting of
the Madison County Women's
Democratic organization, within
the next two weeks, specific date
to be announced later. The pur
pose of this meeting is to make
further plans for that organiza
500 Race Sunday
Among those from Madison
County attending the Daytona
500 Race last Sunday were Jack
Guthrie, Richard Freeman and
down the sage field flinging
burning clothing from his body.
The body, when found, was clad
only in a heavy leather belt and
shoes, the sheriff said.
The clothing set the field of
sage afire, and burned about five
acres, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff placed the time
about 7 p. m. At that time, he
said, Fred Rolland, who lived
nearest the scene, had seen the
field afire. Rolland went to inves
tigate, but it was mostly burned
out by the time he arrived. Roll
and had gone within tome 80 feet
of McDowell's body without seeing
Dr. V A. Sams, Madison Coun
ty coroner, ruled the death acci
dental and said no inquest would
SHOW SAT. AT
An unusual program of enter
tainment is coming to Mars Hill
College at 8 p. m., Saturday night,
March 2, and will be open to the
public without charge.
It is "Llords' Puppets Interna
tional," a marionette show fea
turing Daniel Llords and nearly
200 "little people."
"At first glance,'' says Dean W.
L. Lynch, who arranges the col
lege's lyceum series, "this might
appear to be a program more for
children than for college students
and adults; however, this is not
true. Mr. Llbrds bills his show
as 'puppets for adults' and in re
cent years his performances on
our campus have been enthusiastic
ally welcome by the older peo
ple in the audience. They have
been fascinated by the skill with
which he manipulates the puppets
and marvel at the attention to de
tail given to the construction and
costuming of the figures."
Children will be welcomed at
the program, of course, but they
must be accompanied by an adult
and they should not sit at the
Front. Llords insists on these two
The stage on which Llords pre
sents his show is 12 feet wide
with an opening of six feet. Above
it, in full view of the audience,
sits Llords, who sometimes manip
ulates as many as 187 strings at
State Patrolman J. M. Shuler
was guest speaker at the Mar
shall Lions Club meeting Monday
night at the Block Cafe.
Shuler first showed a film, en
titled "Highway Safety," which
dramatically revealed the whole
sale slaughter now taking place
on highways. Careless operators,
intoxicated drivers, speedsters, and
other violators were shown in one
of the most vivid films ever
shown to the club. Many scenes
showed children and innocent
adults killed by such drivers.
Following the film, Patrolman
Shuler gave a talk to the group
concerning highway safety ana
stressed that the public should do
everything possible to lessen the
present rate of highway acci
"In the past 60 years, mo
people have met their deaths on
highways than have been killed in
all the wars and police actions,"
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evidence of foul play.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs.
Irene Ray McDowell; six daugh
ters, Mrs. Mary Brooks of Wea
verville, Mrs. Ida Bay of Mars
Hill, the Misses Patty, Ton! and
Betty McDowell of the home; two
sons, Ray and Donald of the Home;
the mother Mrs. Doskey McDow
ell of Mars Hill; three sisters,
Mrs. Manuel Briscoe of Mars Hill,
Miss Mildred McDowell of New
York City and Mrs. Mary Bailey
of Charlotte; two brothers, Hugh
L. of Charlotte and Jasper of
Graveside services were at 2
p. m., Tuesday in Longridge Cem
etery. The Rev. J. H. Smith officiated.
Hokomhe Funeral Home was in
Marshall Girls, Laurel
Boys Capture JV Titles
IN NEW YORK
More than 30 civic leaders
from the mountain counties, in
cluding D. M. Robinson, Charles
E. Mashburn and Zeno Ponder
from Madison County, headed for
New York City Monday to take
part in the celebration of North
Carolina Day Tuesday.
Most of the WNC delegation
went by special Pullman, although
some made the trip by plane.
In Manhattan, they joined Gov.
Terry Sanford and some 300 other
Tar Heel leaders and told the in
dustrial story of North Carolina.
Gov. Sanford addressed some
600 industrial leaders at a special
luncheon of the New York Sales
Executives Club Tuesday at the
The Tar Heel delegation was
seated with the executives and
presented the North Carolina in
dustrial picture before the gtover
nor made the main address.
The WNC delegation made follow-up
calls Wednesday morning
with various officials who desire
more information about the area.
The WNC delegation was organ
ized by James H. Glenn, executive
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Annexation ut industrial
Site To Be Aired March 12
SET FOR COUNTY
Madison County's 1963 quota
for U. S. Savings Bonds sales is
$166,980.00, according to an an
nouncement made by Craig L. Ru
disill Jr., County Volunteer Chair
man. Purchase of E&H Bonds
by Madison County citizens in
January amounted to $10,507.00,
which is 6.3 per cent of this quota.
The 1963 quota for North Caro
lina is $50,600,000. January sales
in the state amounted to $4,874,
874, which is 9.6 per cent of the
State's quota for this year.
Series E Bond sales in North
Carolina during January were the
greatest for any month since Jan
urary, 1957. The combined E&H
Bonid sales during January in the
state mmtffc third highest for
any month since 1956. Due to a
drop-off in H Bond sales, the to
tal of E&H Bonds sold in January
were 4.6 per cent behind sales
made in January, 1962.
Two Craggy Prison Camp es
capees were recaptured about 6:80
a m., Monday m the Walnut sec
tion of Madison County, Captain
Perry Hilliard, camp superintend
They were identified as J. Hen
ry Meesey, 26, of RFD 1, Walnut,
and George D. Holland, 24, of RFD
1, Union Grove, who escaped Feb.
13, from a road work gang on U.
S. 26-70 near the
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Final Games To Be Played
Friday Night; Big
Ice and snow caused postpone
ment of the final games of the
Madison County high school bas
ketball tournament being played
in the Marshall gymnasium but
games thus far have been excit
ing and closely contested. Capa
city crowds have been on hand
each night and an overflow crowd
is expected for the finals Friday
night. The girl's championship
game will start at 7:30 o'clock
with the boys' final game slated
to get underway about 9:00 o'
clock. Both the Mars Hill girls and
boys have earned their way to the
finals as have both Marshall
Mars Hill girls, drew a bye in
the opening round, met and de
feated the Laurel sextet Thurs
day night, 36-30, in a fast and
exciting game with Mary Peek
scoring 16 points to lead the win
ners while Patsy Thomas scored
15 points for the losers.
Mars Hill (36) M. Edwards 6,
S. Slagle, J. Ramsey 7, M. Peek
16, B. Peek, J. Bass, J. Allen 4,
J. Ledford 1, S. Farkas, R. Douck
Laurel (30) F. Ray 12, P. Thom
as 15, J. Landers 8, W. Thomas,
P. Plemmons, J. Adams, F. Ed
wards, B. Chandler, Aikens, L.
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Trustees Petition Town To
Place Property la
Official notice is published on
Page Seven calling for a public
hearing at the City Hall here on
Tuesday night, March 12, at 7:30
o'clock at which time the ques
tion of the annexation of the
property on the by-pass, generally
known as the Industrial Sites, to
the corporate limits of Marshall
will be discussed.
The notice of public hearing
States, in part:
"A petition for annexation
having been filed with the Town
Board by all of the record title-
holders of a certain 24-acre, more
or less, tract of land located con
tiguous to the City Limits of the
Town of Marshall, and generally
known as the Marshall Industrial
Park nad the sufficiency of said
petition having been certified by
the Town Clerk of the Town of
Marshall, notice is hereby given
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Bebik Plea Will Be Heard
In Asheville This
Bank Robber Norman Bebik re
turns this (Thursday) morning
to the U. S. District Court in
Asheville where he was sentenced
seven-and-a-half years ago for
the $19,434 hlodup of the Hot
Springs Branch, Citizens Bank of
At that time, Bebik and co-de
fendant Carl V. Wacker were jriv-