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t^P^oTioO 24 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESVILLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 16, 1954 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Sinty Receives Bids On 3
ool Expansion Projects
5 In '55
Khool officials received
Ojffe expansion projects
jnd will make announce
contract awards after
bsve been checked oy
^ projects, totaling
wd?six class rooms, and
u of plumbing in the old
t present building, about
Ivnesville ? addition of
grooms, about $30,000.
per a new boiler and
costing about $6,000,
died, offiicals said,
-renovation of old gym
gricultural and industrial
i. About $16,000.
icc Leatherwood, county
tndent, said tbat he did
ct to get final details from
Board until after the first
ce projects are part of the
Ide school expansion pro
I included in the two mil
ir bond issue.
1 Owen home on Soco
I homeplace of Dr. Boyd
Wavnesville and Dr. Rob
ben of Canton, was de
lg Are about 3:20 Tues
sdence. a two-story, six
?e. had been occupied by
Mrs Bob Mintz, but they
t of the dwelling on Mon
Ibief Felix Stovall said
origin of the fire was un
M that the blaze was be
ntrol when Waynesville
arrived at *he scene. The
partially covered by in
the property was Aude
Rogers Making Study For
Rural Police In Haywood
Representative Jerry Rogers U
making a study of proposals for
1 establishing a rurrl police system |
| for Haywood, under the direction
of the sheriff's office.
| "Several counties about the
same size as Haywood have such
a plan, and find it very satisfact
ory." Rogers explained. "We plan
to pursue the course' of study
further; and if the plan is found
practical-, will consider introduc
ing legislation setting up such a
system here in Haywood."
Rogers pointed out that counties
operating with a rural police sys
tem offer more protection to the
citizens outside the incorporated
towns. And he added: "under the
terms of the proposal, the costs for
serving all legal papers would go
into the general fund of the coun
ty. and the county would in turn
pay the salaries of the full-time
men for their servicGs."
"I have learned from talking to
citizens in counties thai have such
a plan that they are highly pleas
ed. and prefer it over fhe system
we have here in Haywood.
"Our rural areas are growing,
and in some instances communi
ties are as thickly populated as in
"It is too much to expect a sher- ,
iff, and one full-time deputy to
cover the entire county. In our
towns, we have police forces of a
much larger ratio than what the
rural areas of the county have,"
Rogers pointed out that a num
ber of citizens are helping him j
with the study, and he is finding
interest in the proposal growing in
every part of the rural areas. He j
said he hopes to have all informa
tion in hand before leaving early!
in January for the General As- j
Two persons were injured in j
five accidents reported during the \
past several days by the State j
Highway Patrol. Two accidents
occurred Wednesday, which was
observed throughout the United,
States as "Safe-Driving Day."
One accident at 5:30 p.m. Mon
Hnv at intorsortinn of th#? npw
.super-highway and the old high
way leading to Lake Junaluska in
volved cars driven by Cleveland |
Kirkpatrick and Ralph Prevost,
both of Waynesville.
State patrolmen said that Kirk
Patrick, preparing to make a left |
turn from the old road onto the
new highway, pulled out in front
j of Mr. Prevost's car, traveling
[ west toward Waynesville.
Injured was Mrs. Kirkpatrick.
who suffered a fractured elbow
when she was thrown out on the
highway by the force of the col
Damage to both vehicles was.
estimated at $550 each.
Kirkpatrick was charged with |
reckless driving by State Patrol
man W. R. Wooten, who investi-1
gated the accident along with Cpl.
Pritchard H. Smith.
Another mishap occurred at 7 j
p.m. Wednesday on icy Canton,
hill, caused by the skidding of <
Larry Cagle of Clyde told Can- j
ton police and the State Highway
Patrol that he was forced to apply
his brakes while descending the
hill to avoid hitting another car
which started skidding.
As he attempted to stop, Mr.
(See Fise Accidents?Page 6>
Retail Sales In
Haywood Are Up
Sales tax collection in Ila.v
wood were about $2,000 more
in October this year than last
year, according to a computa
tion just made by the N. C. Mer
The sales tax for October this
year amounted to $35,168 as
compared with $33,386 last year,
the report showed.
The September record was
$39,095. Total for the state in
October was $4,776,535.
The program for the sixth an
nual Christinas party for the vis
ually handicapped of Haywood
County, sponsored by the county's
six Lions Clubs, was announced
The party this year is to be held
Sunday, December 19, at 2 p.m.
in the recreation hall of the First
Baptist Church at Canton.
Organ music by Gordon Woody
of Fines Creek, singing of old-!
time hymns led by tlje Rev. J W. I
f Fowler, superintendent of the
Lake Junaluska Methodist As
sembly, with accompaniment by
Mr. Woody; devotional by Rev.
Fowler; introduction of guests. |
musical selections by the Sanford
quartet; games for the blind led
by Miss Pauline Williams, case
workers: two readings, "My Sev
enth Husband." and "Sleeping at
the Foot of the Bed." by Mrs.
Mabel Duncan of Asheville.
After the serving of refresh
ments, gifts will be presented by
Miss Williams. The party will |
then be concluded with the sing
ing of "God Be With You Till We
In charge of serving refresh
ments will be these Lionesses from
the Clyde Club:
Mrs. Weaver Chapman, Mrs.
Carlton Corzine. Mrs. Grover i
Haynes. Mrs. Roland Leatherwood, ;
Mrs. Charles Matthews, Mrs. Wil
ts ee Lions Party?Page 6)
pnile Delinquency Here
|d Equal To New York's
Pojers, county school at
1 officer, speaking before
Bamille Kiwanis Club
?flit, said that poor home
Vt is the major cause of
Vised that use of alcohol
Pud divorce are the two
frc responsible for such
P*? asserted that juvenile
r|is as prevalent in Hay
wood County as it is in New York,
according to population.
He urged greater efforts to deal
with this problem and remarked
that civic organizations, composed
of responsible citizens, "are falling
down on the job of helping needy
"Help us lift them up and teach
them the right way of life," Mr.
He also outlined the program
which has increased the county's
school attendance to more than 97
per cent since he was employed as
a full-time attendance officer in
Joe Howell was in charge of the
program Tuesday night.
Kiwanis members were also giv
en names of underprivileged chil
dren for whom gifts will be bought
and distributed for Christmas.
The club will have its annual
Christmas party next Tuesday
night at Spaldon's, with Roger Am
nions In charge of a "ladles night" |
eold today. Friday, in
?"<*ness and somewhat
} Ue State Test Farm:
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[ In on ground.
$1/000 Christmas Goal
Set By Salvation Army ?
The Salvation Army's Christ
mas cheer goal has been set at
$1,000 this year. Major Cecil
Brown, superintendent of the Max
Patch citadel, announced today.
Working through the Welfare
Department, the Salvation Army
plans to distribute food for 25
families, clothing for 50 children,
and toys for 600 children.
Starting this Sunday, the Sal
vation Army will have parties in
six county communities to give1
out the Christmas cheer items.
Most of the families to be assist
ed will be in the Max Patch area
where it would be difficult for
representatives of clubs and civic
organizations to locate needy per
Major Brown asked that the
public contribute to the Salvation
Army's program by dropping mon
ey in the organization's Christmas
pot In Waynesville, or by mailing
it to the citadel at Max Patch. '
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MAKK KIRKPATRICK, left, chairman of the board of education,
is shown presenting the keys of the $300,000 Bethel Elementary
school to Clifton Terrell, district school board chairman, at the
formal dedication of the building Wednesday night.
1,000 Attend Dedication
Of New Bethel School
Other pictures on Pages 6 and 7.
It took more than snow, ice
covefed roads, and low tempera
tures to cool the enthusiasm of
more than 1,000 who attended the
formal dedication of Bethel's new
$500,000 Elementary' school plant.
The patrons, students and friends
of the school filled the cafeteria to
overflowing for the hour-and-a-half
i program of the formal dedication,
with C. C. Polndexter, district prin
Lawrence Leatherwood. county
superintendent of education, de
livered the principaj address,
I which followed the formal present
: ation of a key from the architect,
I Lindsey Gudger, to Mark Kirk
patrick, chairman of the county
board. Kirkpatrick, in turn gave
the key to Clifton Terrell, chair
man of the Bethel school district.
Terrell then presented the key |
to little Carolyn Clark, represent
ative of one of the first grades, and
the key was in turn passed to stu
dent representatives and teachers
of every grade, ending with Prin- j
In a brief memorial service, rec-1
ognition was made of Tom Leather-'
I wood, former chairman of the coun-!
ty board; C. C. Hanson, former!
principal, and Miss Alma Cham
bers. a former Bethel teacher.
The dedication program began
with the advance of the colors by
Boy Scouts, and the two Bethel
bands?junior and senior?playing
the National Anthem under the di
rection of Robert Matthews.
Ministers of the area participat
ing included. Rev. Oder F. Burnett.
(See Bethel School?Page 7)
Schools To Begin
Haywood schools will close Fri
day for the two-week Christmas
holidays, Lawrence Leatherwood,
county superintendent said.
The new term will begin Jan
; uary third, he announced.
"Thus far, this school term, we
have been spared of any major ab
| scnteeism, such as has been experi
enced in other areas," he said.
"We trust the new year is just as
good to us."
(See special story on school at
tendance, page one, section three,
On Soco Gap
Snow averaging more than
nine inches was reported on
Soco Gap yesterday, although
travel was normal there today.
Mrs. V. A. Campbell, who lives
half way up Soco Mountain,
told The Mountaineer that high
winds piled up the snow deeply
in some spots, swept others com
pletely clean of snow.
Wednesday afternoon school
buses were unable to use the
new highway and were forced
to travel on the old road. Some
children reached their homes
by walking. ,
At the Salvation Army citadel
an attendant reported a fall of
"only 3Vj inches" and added that
the sun was shiiyng brightly to
D! J. Boyd of Ivy Hill has been
elected as one of three supervis
ors of the Haywood County Soil
Conservation District over his op
ponent. J. R. Caldwell of Iron
Duff, it has been announced by
Roy Beck, soil conservation spec
Mr. Boyd will replace Jule Boyd
of Jonathan Creek, retiring super
visor, will take office January 1.
Approximately half of the bal
lots cast in the soil district elec
tion were disqualified because
voters failed to sign their ballots,
Mr. Beck said.
The county's other two soil sup
ervisors are Hcrschel Rogers,
chairman, and Van C. Wells.
Seized At Hemphill
A 60-gallon copper still and 300
gallons of beer were seized by
Sheriff Fred Campbell and a fed
eral revenue officer Monday at
"Pinch Gut" on the Hemphill side
of Ned's Lick Mountain.
The owner of the still is un
Two Drunks Try New
Way To Work Tobacco
"There's something new in
classing tobacco," Deputy Gene
Howell, and Everette McElroy
reported, as they arrived from
Fines Creek with two young
men, hoth charged with being
drunk and destroying tobacco.
The two deputies found the
two drunk men, almost frozen,
in the tobacco barn of Con
stable Faraday Noland. The men
were shuffling tobacco with
their feet, shredding it to bits,
as their hands were stiff from
Nearby was a pint of liquor
in a half-gallon jar.
The deputies led the men
three-quarters of a mile through
a heavy, and freezing snow to
the offieer's ear. Deputy How
ell's hands almost became stiff
as he carried the remainder of
the liquor down the steep hill
fine of the men was 27, the
They were still in jail at noon
today, thawing out, and sobering
up from their aiew method of
classing tobacco?that is. mak
ing it from good tobacco to un- I
R. Bradley Elected President
Of Chamber Of Commerce
Richard Bradley was elected
president of the Chamber of Com
merce here Tuesday night as the
new board of directors met Tues
Robert Winchester is vice presi
dent, and George BischofT is treas
The board discussed the proposal
of a full-time executive secretary
manager, and postponed action un
til the January meeting. Several
applications have been received,
and the board decided to defer ac
tion until January 11, when the
regular monthly meeting will be
The carry-overs from the 1954
board includes: Hye Sheptowitch.
H. P. McCarroll. Harvey Dulin and
Tohn N. Johnson, who served as
?^resident during 1954.
TJjose directors representing
"ivic organizations include: Rotary,
Charles Way; Kiwanis. Charles Un
derwood: Lions, Francis Massie;
Hazelwood Lions, Lewis "Shue"
i Green; Boosters. George BischofT;
.Tavcees. John Carver.
Lake Junaluska Assemblv. James
W Fowler: Town of Waynesville.
G C. Ferguson, and Town of Haz
elwood. Lawrence C. Davis.
Radio, Ken Fry; and press, W.
I C. Russ.
The board named W. C. Russ to
represent the Chamber of Com
merce on the WNCAC board of di
rectors, with Charles Ray. alter
James Kilipatrick will represent
the directors on the Cherokee His
President Bradley said the com
mittee chairmen and members
would be announced soon.
James W. Fowler renorted that
he had been encouraged by the at
titude of school officials concern
ing postponing the opening of
schools until after Labor Day. The
proposal was made in behalf of
the large number of students who
have summer jobs, and are expect
ed to remain on their jobs until
after Labor Day.
John Carver reported the re
sults of the annual meeting of
the Haywood Horse Show Associ
ation. and the plans for staging an
other successful show in 1955.
The directors expressed to past
president Johnson and his associ
ates appreciation for the fine work
of 1954. ?:
Bradley, a successful young busi
ness man, has been active in civic
affairs of the community, and has
been a member of the board of
directors of the Chamber of Com
New Orleans Trip
Financial provisions have been
made for transportation of 46 of
the 50 members of the WTHS Or
chestra to get to New Orleans to
play a concert in March.
Parents of the students raised
$2,500, while friends of the only
high school orchestra west of
Charlotte, have given over $200
towards the transportation cost of
Charles Isley, director, said "we
are within about $80 of the goal,
figuring $20 for each member," he
These three have been elected to
top offices in the Chamber of
Commerce for the coming year.
Richard Bradley is president;
Robert Winchester is vice presi
dent. and George Bischoff is
, treasurer. Bradley succeeds John
N. Johnson, and Bischoff succeeds
M. R. Whisenhunt.
8 Prisoners Refusing To
Work Taken To Two Camps
Eight convicts at the Ilazel
wood prison camp refused to go
to work Tuesday morning, until
they got a dose of tear gas, and
then came out of their cells.
The eight striking felons were
taken to other prison camps equip
ped with solitary confinement,
Five of the prisoners were a
mong those long-termers who
?scaped during a heavy rain storm
Dec. 5. They were captured, re
turned to the prison and placed in
These prisoners were listed by
?amp officials as follows:
John Strickland, serving 15-20
fears from Cumberland for break
ng and entering: Leonard Mose
ey, i8, serving 5 to 7 years from
Buncombe for breaking and en
James Edwards, 25, serving 21
,-ears from Rockingham for break-,
ng and entering: Joseph Lott. 34,
servihg life for second degree
aurglary from Mecklenburg: and
Voland West, Jr. 39, serving four
fears from Forsyth for accessory
These five convicts refused to
:ome out of their cells and go to
vork this morning in protest a
ainst wearing chains, camp
This group was joined by three
ither prisoners in a sympathy
The eight prisoners refused to
leed the pleas of prison guards
>ut came out of their cells when
he guards used tear gas.
Concert At 8:15
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i lie najnnvinc iuHiisni|i
High School Christmas band
concert, originally scheduled at
the VV'THS auditorium at 8 p.m.
tonight, will start instead at
The time waa changed to avoid
conflict with a Christmas pag
eant at Central Elementary
Killed . .. . 3
? This tnfermatloo tmm
oiled froaa Records <r?
State tfhrhwav Patrol.
Forty-two Haywood County men
have been given draft classifica
tions by Selective Service Board 45.
Class 1-A (available for induc
tion)?Edward Billie Kirkpatriek;
Edward Rhodes; Clyde Eugene Rig
i gins; Sanford Elory Ross; Bobby
Gene Fletcher; Ward Robert Owen;
James Ellis Burrell; Jerry Jer
ome Rathbone; Robert Alvin Math
ews: Kenneth Edward Swayngim:
Mahlon Raymond; Clarence Ray
I mond Rhinehart.
Class 1-C (inducted) ? James
Class 1-C 'enlisted) ? Thurman
W. McCracken; Curtis Weaver
Thompson: Wiley Earl Paige; Tom
mie Franklin Clark; Mark Joseph
Class 1-C (reserve)?Charles R.
Mitchell; Jere Newton. Jr.; Jesse
Lester Fowler. Jr.; George Henry '
Ryder. Jr.; Frank Ray Mathis; Rob
ert William Kirby; Jhue Britton ?
Class 4-A (prior service or sole c
survivor) ? Max Monroe Yarbor- s
ough; Joe Bob Carswell; Roosevelt
Ney Kinsland; Ted Joe Smith; Wil- h
I liam Clifford Green; Keller C. fc
! Wells. t:
Class 4-D (ministerial student)?
Bobby Dale Compton; Robert Guy |
(See Draft Board?Page 6)
Haywood Citizens Invest
$72,253 In Savings Bonds
U. S. Savings Bond sales during
the month of November in Hay
wood County totalled $72,253.75.
The accumulated Savings B9nds
sales for the first eleven months of
the year for this county totalled
During the month of November,
sales in North Carolina were 15.2%
over the same month if 1953. The
sales of the Series E & II Bonds
in North Carolina reached a nine
year high during the month when
$4,069,797.50 worth of bonds were
sold. The accumulated sales of
Savings Bonds for the State were
$2,132,143.50 greater than for the
comparable period of last year.
"Although we are now In the
maturity period that reflects the
tremendous World War II pur
chases of Savings Bonds, Novem
bcr sales exceeded redemptions
across the nation. As of Novem
ber 30, 1954, the cash value of
Series E Ac H Bonds in the hands
of individuals reached a record
peak of over $38 billion, the great
est amount of U. S. Savings Bonds
ever held by the American people
at any one time."
"We In the Savings Bonds Divi
sion are exceedingly proud of the
fine increase we are having in
sales this year and we salute the
bankers and other volunteers in
North Carolina who are making
this outstanding record possible.
The encouraging trend towards
greater thrift among the people in
our State Inspires confidence of
even larger sales in the new year
of 1955,"said Walter P. Johnson,
State Director for North Carolina.
LOCAL STORES WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL NINE O'CLOCK FRIDAY NIGHT