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1 y ? Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At The Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park J4 ' n? n
H'KAR NO. 1 14 PA(;ES Associated Press V, AYNESVILLE, N. C., MONDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 4,1954 $3.00 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
i'lNG DAY for Central Elementary School pupils today saw
e scholars with their books and school supplies, ready for a
; to their new building at the end of Haywood Street. The long
structure is the iirsi school building completed under the county's
two million-dollar school bond program.
intra! Llementary Pupils
sve Into New Building
cers Get 200
loris Beer Made
m Chick Feed
officers captured 200 gal
[ beer at a still site just af
at was estimated to be a 75
still had been removed.
t Gene Howell and Con
Clarence "Foxy" Edwards
the beer and f|irnace of the
bout a half mile from the
in the Rabbit Skin section
officers poured out three
lion barrels of beer, and
it another in for evidence,
eer, they said, was made
hicken feed which had been
>r the mash.
:ers hauled out the thump
ong with the beer for evi
illment of members in the
hospital insurance program
under way, County Agent
Franklin announced today.
CDP recently transferred
spital insift-ance from Hos
Savings of Chapel Hill to
al Care of Durham and fbp
itives of the latter company
>w in the county enrolling
d new members in the pro
tiers were scheduled to bi
ter Pigeon, West Pigeon and
an Creek today; in Maggie
>od. South Clyde, Canton
aunook Tuesday; in Thick
yatt's Creek and Fairview
sday, and in Hominy and
iberships are also being tak
he county agent's office, the
od County Hospital, and
edical Building at Canton.
Franklin said that old mem
hould make application for
'w program by January 10
e pre-existing conditions
f paid on all present mem
members will be accepted
'anuary 15, he added.
lay, sunny and cool. Tues
>nsiderable cloudiness with
?d showers likely.
ial Waynesville temperature
ipiled by the State Test
Mas. IMin. Rainfall
1 46 21
53 30 .13
Today was a big day in the life
of Central Elementary School pu
pils who reported to their old
building this morning, picked up
their textbooks, and then marched
down to their bright new home on
Gudger Street ? the first hew
school building completed in Hay
wood County under the two-mil
lion dollar bond program.
The new building has 15 class
rooms. library, combination cafe
teria and auditorium (referred to
as a "cafetoritjm") and office space.
It was built by the Dillard Con
struction Co. of Sylva at a cost of
$251,282?with an additional $10,
000 spent for equipment. Construc
tion on the buliding was started in
Installation of equipment in the
cafeteria is still going on, Principal
Claude Rogers said, and serving of
meals to pupils will not begin un
til next week. In the meantime,
children will bring their lunches
or go home to eat.
Also still to be completed are
landscaping and grading for a park
ing lot, Mr. Rogers added.
As the new building was opened.
Central added two new teachers to
its faculty?Miss Velma Stamey of
Waynesville and Miss Joan Med
ford of Iron Duff
The disposition of the old Cen
tral building, constructed about
1910. remains unsettled since both
the Town of Waynesville and Hay
wood County have laid claim to its
Bank To Start
Plan For Patrons
Officials of the First National
Bank are announcing today the be
ginning of a Christmas Club. Pa
trons select the amount they want
to invest in the club each week,
and then just before Christmas the
hank will mail a check for the ac
cumulated amount. The designat
ed amounts range from 50c to $5
weekly, or any combination of
Many citizens throughout the
nation have found such a savings
plan beneficial and an easy way
"to have funds on hand at Christ
mas," an official pointed out.
For Water Lines
To Ratcliffe Cove
Over 6,000 feet of water mains
have been purchased for extend
ing water lines into Ratcfiffe Cove.
Residents of Ratcliffs Cove have
put up the money to purchase the ,
pil*e. at about one dollar per foot,
and will give the lines to the Town
j of Way nesville in exchange for
maintenance and upkeep. The ar
rangement was made in order
I that the area will be served with
! water from the tow n system, The
patrons on the line will become
customers just like other areas af- j
ter the lines are installed, it was !
G. C. Ferguson, town manager.
[ said that it W'ould take about a
j month to receive the shipment of
pipe, and perhaps about the same
length of time to get the lines in
stalled along the route covering
I more than a mile.
Is Under Way
Installation of an auxiliary 12
inch sewer line along Shelton
Creek is due to get under way
this week by the town sewer
The pipe has been on hand
sinc-^ last summer for the pro
ject, which is part of the com
munity-wide plan to take all sur
face water from the sewer lines
and the main trunk sewer line to
Engineers have pointed out that
the existing line along Shelton
Creek leaks and absorbs much of
the creek water during rains.
As work of installing the new
sewer lines goes forward, a two
mile section of the lines has been
put into use in the Aliens Creek
area. Some smaller lines are yet
to he laid in the area, and some
connections made. Completion of
several manholes tomorrow will
enable a largei area to begin us
ing the system, it was explained.
The work of cleaning the main
trunk sewer line from Hazelwood
to Pigeon river has progressed as
far as the Narrows at Lake Juna
luska. Special equipment was pur
chased by the two towns for the
' cleansing job of the 46.000-foot
line. Many roots, together with ;
sand and gravel, have been re- j
moved from the line along the
route from Hazelwood to the
shore line of the lake.
Ditch Halts Truck; Jail
Claims South Carolinians
"Everything comes to him who
waits.' but "everything" in this
ease turned out to be a cell in the
county jail and prospects of facing
a Superior Court trial on charges
of transporting non-tax paid liquor.
The individual who finds himself
in this situation is Bernel.v R
Travis, colored, of Marietta. S. C.,
who came to grief in a Haywood
According to the report made by
Cpl. Prltchard Smith of the State
Highway Patrol and Deputy Sher
iff Carl Setz.er, the story goes
something like this;
Travis, on his way through here t
from Tennessee to South Carolina,
with 78 gallons of liquor in his;
truck, became confused while driv-'
ing on Highway 284 near Dellwood
and attempted to turn around.'
i However, he became stuck in the
mud and had to abandon his ve
hicle and his bottled spirits.
After hiding the liquor in a ditch
I off the shoulder of the road. Travis
started walking but was picked up
by Cpl. Smith, who arrested him
for not having a registration card
for his truck.
iSee l.iquor?Page 8' Vt
roui scooois tn me couniy navr
received "A" ratings in a sanita
tion inspection report made today|
by the Haywood County Health |
Seventeen other schools were
given "B" ratings and four "C". j
Two were classed as "sub stand
Lunchrooms in 20 schools won
?"A" ratings, while four were fat
ed "B" and only one "C'. None
was judged sub-standard.
"A" ratings are given for point
scores of 90 or above; "B" is from
80 to 90, and "C" from 70 to 80.
according to inspectors Bill Mil-'
ner and Jack Arrington of the
The major deficiencies reported
were in the lack of proper toilet
facilities. Twenty-five of the coun
ty's schools were unsatisfactory in
Other faults noted and the num
ber of schools cited were:
Floors, walls, and ceilings, 19:
drinking fountains. 18: handwash
ing facilities, 14: garbage and;
refuse disposal. 13: outside sur
roundings, 11; storage places, 9;
dressing rooms and showers. 7:.
sewage and waste disposal, 7: light
ing, 7; water supply, 4; and ventila
In the inspections of lunch
rooms, the most common deficien
cy noted was in the cleaning of
utensils, and equipments?with 14
schools listed as unsatisfactory.
Other defects and the number of
cases reported were;
Lavatory facilities. 13: waste dis
posal. 12: food protection. 12:
floors." 9: construction of utensils
and equipment, 9: walls and ceil
ings, 8: toilet facilities; cupboards
and other storage spaces. 9; stor
age and handling of utensils. 7::
doors and windows 6; lighting, 2.
and miscellaneous. 2.
Recent improvements made by
the schools, according to the health
department inspectors, include:
Crabtree-Iron Duff ? new sewer
Morning Star?well drilled and
sewage system reconditioned.
Saunook?improvements trade in
(See Schools?Page 8)
Business Outlook In Section
Go Up For
Members of the town electrical
department have started work on
the white way on Main Street. The
task of erecting the 22 steel poles
was started this morning. The
foundations for the poles were
poured before Christmas, when
work was halted due to the string
ing of Christmas lights across the
G. C. Ferguson, town manager.'
said that all equipment is 011 hand
for the white way. which will do
away with all wires and poles 011
Main Street except the 22 steel
poles, and one small yure running
on top of the poles.
The mercury vapor lights will
produce far more light than the
present svstem. it was explained,
and should be in operation within
a short time. The present lights
will remain in operation until the
new ones are completed.
This project is part of the gen
eral program of expanding the
electrical system of the town, and
will cost about Sti.OOO.
Tickets for the Jaycee banquet
on January 13. honoring the 1953
Waynesville football team, the
coaches, and cheerleaders, are bow
or. sale at Charlie's Mace. Han's
Urug. Curtis Drug. American Fruit
Stand and Hazelwood Pharmack
and from memlrers of the Junior
Hex Enright. head football coach
at the University of South Caro
lina. Columbia, will he the princi
pal speaker at the banquet. The
program will also include the show
ing of a game film, awarding of
letters to varsity gridders. intro
duction of the "Mountaineer
Queen." presentation of a plaque
to tire team's most valuable player,
and special music.
The Blue Ridge Conference
championship trophy, which was
given to Coach Weatherby infor
mally in Asheville in December.
(See Banquet?Page 8)
Rev. Robinett To
i ne kpv. t. k Hobinett, new
pastor of the First Baptist Church.
Waynesville. will be guest speaker
at the next meeting of the Dions
C'luh. It will be a dinner meeting
at 7 p.m. at Spaldon's Thursday.
January 7, and will be the first
regular meeting following thei
Christmas holiday intermission.
Dr. J. E. Fender is program
chairman for the first quarter of
1954, and Wayne Franklin, presi
dent, will preside at the meeting.
Closet Fire Causes
$300 Damage To Home
Damage estimated at $300 was
caused at the residence of Neal
Mathis in Mauney Cove by a fire
which started in a clothes closet
on the first floor of the home at
6:55 p. m. Saturday
Waynesville firemen also made
another run Saturday to extin
guish a grass fire on the Hall Top
Listing Of 1954 Taxes
Starts In Haywood County
(See picture pane eight)
Listing of taxes in Haywood
County got under way this morn
ing. Mrs. Mildred Bryson, tax col
lector and supervisor, announced
l.isting of taxes in the county
will continue through the month
of January. Failure to list taxes
will hring penalties, Mrs. Bryson
reminded county residents.
Tax listers will work at thpir
homes during the month and at
certain other locations on specified
days. Their schedule includes:
Cataloochee ? Mack Caldwell's
Store. Mack Caldwell. Jr., lister.
Clyde ? Cagle Furniture Store,
'illiam Osborne, January ?>.
East Fork Boston* Store, Ken
Burnette. January 9.
Crabtree Ferguson's Store.
Frank Medford. January 9
Ivy Hill Palmer's Service Sta
tion, H. E. Griswold, January 9,
Iron Duff - Roy. Medford's
residence. Mrs. Roy Medford.
Pigeon Township Gaston Burn
ette's home. Gaston Burnette, Jan
Fines Creek?Homer Trantham.
Glen McCracken, January 9
Waynesville ? Commissioner's
room at courthouse. Mrs. Coin
and Harley Francis, daily
White Oak Teague Williams.
Mrs. Teague Williams. January 9
Beaverdatn Canton Chamber
of Commerce ofiee. Mrs. Wade
Phea and Vaughn B'"rs
MR. 1!>54 OF HAYWOOD OOl'NTY is Ronnie Fee KaMsey, born at
12:03 a.m. New Year's Day to Mr. and Mrs. Bruoe Ramsey of
f'ove Creek Ronnie Fee, the lirst bal>> born in the county this
year, weighed X pounds and It ounces. (Mountaineer I'hoto).
First 1954 Baby Born
To Cove Creek Couple
Pay Taxes Now
Waynesvilie residents today!
were urged by G. C. Ferguson. !
town manager, to pay their taxes
now in order to avoid a one per
rent penalty which will be impos
ed on February 1 and a 2 per cent
penalty which will lake effect
A iurtner penalty of one half
of one per cent will be imposed
for each month that taxe? remain
unpaid after that, Mr. Ferguson
Foreclosure suits will be order
ed if taxes are not paid, the town
The Mountaineer set another
production record during 1953 by
publishing a total of 1.666 pages
18 more than last year's total
which established a previous rec
During the year, issues of The
Mountaineer averaged 16 pages and
an advertising content of 47 per
Special issues included one of
48 pages on the Haywood County
Hospital's 25th anniversary, when
the new wing was opened; 30 pages
on September 3 for Labor Day, and
30 pages in the tobacco issue.
Feb. 1 Is Deadline
For Town Auto Tags
Town auto tags must ho pur- j
chased by February 1 to avoid a
line. Police Chief Orville Noland j
reminded motorists today.
The tags cost one dollar, the
An almost ported New Year's1
baby is Ronnie I. e Ramsey, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ramsey of
Cove Creek, who was the first child
born in Haywood County in 1954.
Ronnie Lee arrived only three 111111-!
utes behind the new year making1
his debut at 12:03 a.m. Friday,
As the result of ins having won
the "Haywood County Baby Der
by," Ronnie and his parents will
receive special gifts from 11
Way nesvitle and Ha/.elwood mer
chants. They include;
Thirty quarts of milk from Kilt-1
more Dairy, baby car seat from the
Firestone Store; sterling cup. sterl
ing spoon, and sterling teething
ring from Reliable Jewelers; a
$10 trade eertiticate from lielk
liudsoli; bottle sterilizer from
Smith's Drug Store; free transpor
tation home in the Crawford
Funeral Home's new ambulance;
two-weeks retailing service from
Wayncsvtlle Laundry; a $3 savings
account from the First State Bank
in Ha/.elwood: dozen cans of baby
food from Burgiu's Market; gallon
of paint and brush from llaywood
Builders Supply, and a year's free
subscription to The Mountaineer.
Ronnie Lee, who weighed hi at
8 pounds and 14 ounces on his ar
rival. is the third child born to
ttie Ramsey*. Their other children
arc Florence Anne, 5. and Kalhy . 2.
Mr. Ramsey, employed in the
hose department at the Dayton
Rubber Co. plant, served lor 18
months m the Navy. Mrs. Ramsey
is the former Ruth Jenkins,
The paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ramsey of
Cove Creek; the maternal grand
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harley
Jenkins, also of Cove Creek.
The last baby born in the county
in 1953 was a boy. born at 8:10 p.m.
Thursday to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
Fie of Maggie.
Two other babies who came into
the world early Friday were a girl,
born at 4:J5 a.m. to Mr. and Mrs.
Dewey Fowler of Waynesville, and
a boy, horn at 6:37 a.m. to Mr, and
Mrs. Junior Messer of Clyde.
Kiwanis Club To Install
'54 Officers Tuesday Night
Charles Underwood of Lake
Junaluska will be installed as the
third president of the Waynesvllle
Kiwants Club during ceremonies
Tuesday night at Spaldon's. He
succeeds Bob Winchester.
Also to be installed are Hye
Sheptowitch, vice president, and
Don Payne, secretary-treasurer.
Mr. Underwood is retiring vice
president, while Ray Pleiness is
the retiring secretary-treasurer.
? New directors to take office are:
Knos Boyd. Roger Ammons. Ruf
its Cars well, .lim Coleman. Mark
Kirkpstrlck, Henry Clavton, Bill
1 Holier! s, Mr. Pleim'-ss, and Mr.
In addition to the committees
| announced last week hv Mr. Hn
derwood arc the Kiwanis Boy
! Scout committee, which includes
lack Klopp, chairman; .loe How
ell. Mr. Winchester, live Shepto
wttch, Mr. Amnions, Charles Ed
wards and Joe Davis, and the Girl
| Scouts commiltee. consisting of
j Ed Aiken, chairman, and Hooper
I Andy Moody is scoutmaster of
the Hoy Scout troop sponsored by
?the Kiwanis Club. I?
Better Than U.
Haywood Countians can be pret
ty cheerful about business for the
coming year, according to a sur
rey made Monday morning of sev
eral leading business men by the
The general opinion seems to be
that business here will be above the
national average, and about the
wme a- for tt,,. past year. Most of jfl
>e men interviewed agreed that fl
lines had been a little olf 1m.n ^
he previous peak years, but that
lan eau,iously optimistic
?bout the future.
Jonathan Woody, president of
li?' first National Bank, had the
sunnist outlook when he <aid, "It's
been the best year in business that
Haywood has ever had. except the
iattic business. The coming vear
" ill probably b,. off a little' ac
cording to the forecasters, but I
think well still eat in Haywood
1 ountv. AH industry is running
pretty good, and it looks really
favorable. We'll be better off than
the average citizen in the U. S."
Hugh Massie, owner of The Tog
gery. stated he felt that business
in 1953 was "hardly as good as
the previous year. It wasn't quite
"P to par. and 1 think business is
going to be almost the same in
1954. 1 think definitely that sales
will be a little lower next year."
Bill INevost, Assistant to the
President, L'nagusta Manufactur
ing Corp., says that "the furniture
business has already had its reces
sion and is settling down to a more
normal stale of affairs. So far as
other .types busiio..,s
cernecl. H-.afcmer. to l?4,u Cn bet
ter last year than ever before As
' vc just got my fingers
crossed. The more people talk re
cession.' the more they keep their
money and the less trade there is."
( harles Ray, partner of (\ K
? S,",s remarked. My general
iinpresshm was that 1953 was
-slightly off. and I feel that the
same"* about 1he
Ross Caldwell, owner of tlie Mag
gie Country Store and the Cher
okee Chieftain Indian Trading
lost, spoke for the tourist trade
this way: "The tourist business in
Western North Carolina has been
off approximately 20 to 30 per cent
during 1953 over '52. The pros
pects for 1954 would appear to be
n continuation of the decline. How.
ever a pooling ?f advertising ef
fort on a regional basis instead of
a localized basis would certainly
place WNC in a better competi
tive position with approximately
six or seven other well know,, and
established vacation areas."
Wayne franklin, Haywood Coun
t.i I arm Argent, summarized the
farmer's lot this way: "Ail farm in
tonie was lower this year. I don't
liave the exact figures, but beef
cattle are one of the largest
sources of income in this county
and prices were way off on them.
Milk and poultry prices were also
down some although the apple
market held its own because of a
?short crop. Average tobacco prices
were up. again on account of the
short crop, and extraordinarily high
quality. in general, though, our
farmers didn't fare as well as la-t
J<h> Cline, co-owner. CHne-Brad
ey Hardware, and outgoing presi
dent of the Merchants Association
said that he felt "business was a!
good last year as in other years if
not better. I've only been in this
(Justness tw0 years though and
others in town could answer your
Employment was summarized by
Miss DeBrayda Fisher, manager
? See Business?Page 8)
Injured. i i0
(This information com
piled from Records of
State Highway Patrol I