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? YEAR NO. 106 18 FACES A^SSTS77 ?^ _ Thejiaatern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
WAYNESVILI.E. N. C? THURSDAY AFTERNOON. DEC. 297195:, ? D -O
' *3-50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackaon CountfeT"
alsam Residents To Get 60
ew Telephones Next Year
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uumately 60 telephones will
Blled at Balsam area next
,nd summer to serve tour
d summer residents in that
C T. McCuiston, Southern
[Hephone Co. manager for
k) County, announced today,
jssion for the extension of
into the Jackson County
irea has been granted to
n Bell by the North Caro
lilities Commission. The
approval was necessary be- '
lalsam is outside Southern
ranchise territory here, Mr.
resent there are only three
dies at Balsam and in the
| calls between that section
lywood County have had to
led with long-distance opera
When the new equipment
died next year. Balsam sub
I will be integrated into the
r Haywood County dial sys
iBation of the new tele
i at Balsam is expected to
I May, but the work of ex
| Southern Bell's cable to
k will get under way either
wary or March, according
[Southern Bell official as
Dhat "Balsam residents are
? to good telephone service,
?felt an obligation to serve
? because it is so close to
?ded that his firm is ex
Itts lines to Balsam "be
Be are in good shape at
?t fill orders for telephone
MR. 1955?Haywood's first baby born this year, Rocky Nelson
Tucker, sou of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Tucker, Canton. Rocky is a
healthy youngster, and full of pep. Rocky arrived at 9:25 a.m.
January first, and is the third son for the Tuckers. Rocky'g father
works at Champion Fibre. (Mountaineer Photo).
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t Troutrnan, president of !
135. Unagusta Union, said
ut $2,916.64 had been turn
ttae Union Disaater Fund
Jo aiding Unagusta employ
! of work by the $750,000
Bin said money was still
toto the special fund, which
Ntion to the Haywood Dis
nd which is being handled
i United Fund. The two
ire working together in ad
ring funds, it was explain
Iman said a union meeting
in set for January 5th at
telwood school, 7 p.m.
are going to see to It that
gusta employee lacks for
kthing, fuel, and medi
Troutman said, as he ex
i special committee had
imed to handle the pro
man said money sent to the
*d come from the follow
irces: Wellco Employees,
St. John's Church, $50.35;
'la Bottling Company, $100;
Disaster Fund?Page 5)
Variety Of Guts Await
First Haywood Baby Of '56
Eleven gifts will be awarded
next year to the winner of The
Mountaineer's annual "Baby Der
by", which will go to the first baby
born in Haywood County in 1956.
Lucky Mr. 1956 or Miss 1956
will receive the following prizes:
Thirty quarts of milk from Bilt
more Dairy, a baby car seat from
the Firestone Store, a sterling cup
and sterling spoon for the baby
and a gold wedding band for the
mother from Reliable Jewelers,
$15 in merchandise from Belk
Hudson. a baby-bottle sterilizer
from Smith's Drug Store, free
transportation home for the baby
and mother in an ambulance by
the Crawford Funeral Home, two
week's dry cleaning service from
the City Laundry and Dry Clean
ing Co. (Sheehan's), a savings ac
count of $3 from the First State
Bank in Hazelwood, a stroller from
the Garrett Furniture Co., a gal
lon of paint and a paint brush
from Haywood Builders Supply
Co., and a year's subscription to
Rules of the contest are:
1. Both the mother and father
must be residents of Haywood
(See First Baby?Page 6)
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To Reopen Classes
Haywood County schools will
end their two-week Christmas
holidays and reopen classes at
the usual time Monday morning.
Classes were dismissed for the
holidays on Friday, December 16.
With the resumption of school,
county basketball teams also will
get back into action with most
teams scheduled. to see action
next Tuesday night.
Detailed surveys for two propos
ed school projects, costing over
$125,000. wil Ibe presented to State
Board of Education Planning Com
mission officials Friday in Raleigh.
County board chairman J. R.
Caldwell, and Supt. Lawrence
Leatherwood. wil make the formal
presentation Friday. They hope to
get approval from the planning
commission in order that the State
Board may take action when it
meets early in January.
The county board is asking for
approval to construct a new Pi
geon Street school, estimated to
cost about $80,000 to $85,000.
The second project is the reno
vation and enlargement of the
Cruso School, with the addition of
a cafeteria, kitchen and a new
heating system. This project, of
ficials estimate, will cost about
Financing of both projects would
come from the recent $216,000 al
location from the State fund.
[ponents To County Farm
|e To Meet Monday Night
rats to the sale of the
feme farm will meet at
day night, Bethel School,
? general review of the
I details of the pending
tor January 9th In civil
?ogburn, one of the three
to" the 108 plaintiffs In the
II that since the pending
I involve broader issues,
# there will be a dual
question?that of dissolving the
restraining order and deciding the
$25,000 damage suit brought by
the commissioners?he felt It nec
essary to present all the facts in
order that all opponents would
have a clear understanding of the
At the past two hearings, the
issue has only been on the ques
tion of the restraining order, and ,
all testimony presented was !
(See County Farm?Page 6>
Arable cloudiness ?nd rsin
^fiday, mostly cloudy and
11 occasional rain likely.
11 Waynesville temperature
^ by the State Test Farm.
Ma*. Mtn. Free.
32 16. .01
83 22 ?
66 42 ?
68 SB ?
60 29 ?
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Services Being Held In New
Richland Baptist Church i
(See cut'on Pare 1, Section 3)
Services are now being held in
the partially completed new Rich
land Baptist Church, a short dis
tance north on Water St., from
the old church which is is now be
The new sanctuary is expected
ta be completed in May at an ap
proximate cost of $18,000. The
structure U of brick veneer exter
ior with a plaster interior and a
The auditorium, which measures
M by 48 feet, will have a seating i
capacity of 300. The building also
has 12 Sunday school rooms. The ?
lot on which the church is situat
ed is 100 feet by 188 feet.
Members of the joint building
and finance committee are:
Roy Pfu-ton, chairman; Will Ar
rington. Everett Cutshaw, Ralph
Sisk, Wayne Caldwell, Ernest Mil
ler, Jack Moore, George Austin,
and J. K. Carver.
The Rev. Edgar Willix Is pastor
of the Richland Baptist Church,
and Mr. Carver la churrh treasur
er. , ?
Local Watershed Story |
Told In Reader's Digest
In an article on the advantages
of community forests, in ttye Jan
uary Reader's Digest, PeteT Farb
cites Waynesville's watershed as
"an outstanding example of what
a town-owned watershed forest can
do for the local economy." The
article is condensed from Town
"W?ynesville has owned 8244
acres of woodland since 1915,"
Farb writes. "The town began
harvesting timber in 1948, and in
seven years realized $250,000 net
profit. With the lumber supply,
local industry prospered. Earn
ings by sawmill workers and those
employed in the wood-using indus- |
tries approximated $750,000. The
town put its profits back into .
further community benefits, such
as a modern water-supply filter
Nearly 3300 other communities
in 47 states have found forests val
uable, the author states. He cites
the advantages of community for
ests in providing revenue from
sale of timber, easing tax burdens,
controlling erosion and flood,
beautifying town outskirts and af
fording recreational areas.
$21,000 In United Funds
Beinq Nailed 13 Agencies
4 Drug Stores
To Start Closing
Nightly At 7 P.M.
Three Waynesville and one Haz
elwood drug stores will start clos
ing at 7 p.m. nightly, beginning
Monday, January 2. The stores now
close at 9 p.m.
The early closings will be observ
ed by Curtis, Dan's, and Smith's
drug stores, all located on Main St.
in Waynesville, and the Hazelwood
"?he three Waynesville stores list
emergency telephone numbers for
prescriptions which have to be
filled after closing hours.
Has But One
Only one trade injweje?involv
ing a Fines Creek pedestrian?was
reported in Haywood County dur
ing the long Christmas weekend in
which a new record of highway
fatalities was set in the nation.
Cpl. Pritchard H. Smith of the
Highway Patrol reported that Billy
Brown, 31, of Fines Creek was
struck as he was walking near the
center of the Asheville highway in
front of the REA building by a
car driven by Robert Verlin Muse,
21, of Allen's Creek.
Brown was knocked 30 feet by
the impact and suffered fractures
of both legs, a back injury, and
bruisco. He was first admitted to
Haywood County Hospital and
later transferred to Asheville.
Cpl. Smith said that Brown was
drunk at the time he was struck
down, and was being sought by
Waynesville police at the time of
No charges were placed against
Cpl. Smith was assisted In the
investigation by Patrolman V. E.
A coon hound was blamed for
an accident early Christmas morn
ing when Frank Parker lost con
trol of his truck on the Lake Logan
Road near the sawmill in that area.
Parker told Patrolman Wooten
(See Accident-?Page 5)
J. M. LONG |
United Fund checks for $21,000
will be mailed January 1, to 13
participating agencies, it was
learned today from J. B. Siler.
The payment of the first phase
of the budget to the various par
ticipating agencies was ordered
recently by the board of directors.
Siler said the audit of the fund,
as made by Frank P. Riggs, CPA,
showed the following amounts to
be paid. ,
Boy Seoufs $1,683.09
Girl Scouts . 1,683.09
Red Cross . 3,420.73
, Clothes Closet 103.13
WTHS Band ? 1,718 95
Waynesville Lions . ? 1,786.09
Crippled Children 515.70
W.C. Christmas Tree 103.13
Cerebral Palsy .... 2.062.77
Hazelwood Lions 515.70
Carolinas United 1,219.34
It was explained that several of
the funds were combined under
(See United Fund?Page 6)
The request of the North Caro
lina Advisory Committee on Edu
cation for temporary suspension of 1
local committee study for school '
segregation problems was receiv
ed here in a "matter of fact man
Two committees have been nam
ed to make the study in Haywood
?one for the Haywood system and
one for the Canton system.
Neither committees have made
public any findings, or recommen
dations, Similar committees in
other parts of the state have giv
en out their opinions, and it was '
hinted here that this might have (
been what prompted the request
of the state advisory committee.
Supt. Lawrence Leatherwood
was out of town today and un
available for comment. A mem
ber of the county school board
said that the feeling of the board
was to proceed on the entire ques
tion "with caution" and not be too 1
hasty in forming opinions. '
"We have been aware of the
many problems the question pre- i
sents. and felt it best to make a J
complete stud yand get all the i
facts first. We have been looking J
to the State Board of Education i
and the Advisory Committee for '
guidance in our line of study," the
Last Rites Held ;
Here On Tuesday r
For I. M. Long i
Funeral services were held }
Tuesday afternoon in the First
Methodist Church for James M. ^
Long, prominent retired business s
man and civic leader, who died at 0
his home Sunday morning follow
ing a long illness. ?
The Rev. Barl H. Brendall, pas- ,
lor of the church, officiated and J
burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Alvin
JVard, Hugh Maisie. H. L. Prevost, _
foe Davis, Paul Hyatt, and Jack
(See J. M. Long?Page 5) J
Owners Of Sheep-Killing 1
Dogs Must Pay Damages ;
The County Commissioners have passed an oiritr that owners w
of docs that kill or injure animals must pay for the damages in- 8'
curred, after the board makes an investigation of the matter. ''
The action was taken by the board, and sprnlfim that a per- a
son having sheep, or other animals killed by dors should report
the loos to the Dog Warden immediately. bl
The Doc Warden is also directed by the order, to make aa "
investigation, and report the findings to the nmmlmiiiiiii? Urn r
investigation must be completed before the hoard orders pay- se
merit for the looses sustained, the action reads. ar
The complete order is published elsewhere in this edition. ri
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Liner Starts Converting
School Into Apartments
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THESE LINES do not have anything to do with the picture above,
which needa no explanation. This is just to say that news that made
headlines in Haywood during 1955 will be found on page one of
the second section, and other pages of that section. Readers will
be interested In reviewing the news of the past year as taken from
the pages of The Mountaineer. ,
Workmen have started clearing
out the basement of the old Cen
tral Elementary school preparatoy
to converting ihe three-story
building into a modern apartment
Jerry Liner, owner of the prop
erty, said this morning, that the
work now underway is the removal
of such walls and windows which
are kndwn to be in the way of the
master conversion plans.
Liner said engineers are now at
\^ork on blue prints for converting
the structure into an apartment
house of 25 to 30 apartments. He
said the engineers are also plan
ning additions to the building
which will give about 50 apart
ments in all.
"We might change present
thinking and build another new
apartment house on the site in ad
dition to converting the present
building. This is not definite, but
in the planning stage with engi
neers. My goal Is to have 50 apart
ments on the property. But wheth
er we enlarge the present building
or erect another structure is yet to
be decided," he said.
Workmen are tearing out the
school heating plant, because an
entirely new system will be neces
sary, Liner explained.
A number of walls will be built
on the grounds, and driveways pav
ed to each entrance. All apart
ments will have private entrances,
The owner of the property said
he hoped to have the complete
set of plans within 30 days, but it
might be 60 days, because the^H
plans require blueprints of elec-H
trical, heating, plumbing and air^^
conditioning, in addition to the
general layout of the apartments
within the huTMhlg, lie said.
A new front is also being plan
(See J. Liner?Pare 5)
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Plants, Offices To Observe
New Year; Stores To Open
2 WTHS Seniors
Win In National
Two WTHS seniors have been
notified as being winners in the
are? of the National Merit Schol
arship examinations held recently.
Seven local seniors took the ex
aminations, and on January 14,
Johnny Killian and Sonja Snyder
will go take the district examina
tion in Asheville.
M. H. Bowles, district superin.
tendent, said there were 167
North Carolina seniors who took
the examinations that are entered
In the district finals over the state,
rhe winners are eligible for
scholarships in a large number of
nationally known colleges through
Hit the nation.
Waynesville area Industries,
banks, postofflces, and most public
offices will be closed Monday for
New Year's Day, but local stores
will not observe the holiday and
will be open for business as usual.
Scheduled to close Monday in
addition to the plants are offices
at the courthouse, the Haywood
County health center, Welfare De
partment, employment office, pub
lic library, postoffices at Waynes
ville, Hazelwood, and Lake Juna
luska and the First National and
First State Banks. Offices of the
Town of Waynesville, however,
will be open.
Although the library Itself will
be closed Monday, the Bookmobile
will be in operation, according to
(See New Year?Page 5)
Meal Kelly Gets
Neal Kelly, Bethel High School
enior, has been nominated for a
dorehead Scholarship at the Uni
'ersity of North Carolina by the
faywood County Scholarship Com
The announcement was made by
t. A. Fetzer, executive secretary
if the Morehead Foundation, New
Neal will be interviewed by a
istrict scholarship committee
ome time during the latter part
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Lelly of West Pigeon, Neal is ac
ivc in both school and community
(fairs and is now serving as state
ice president of the North Caro
na 4-H Clubs.
Not Even Park
Had Snow For
For a while It looked like
those living in Cataloochee would
have a white Christmas, as four
inches of snow remained on the
frozen ground for over two
weeks. Then came the warm
days at Christmas, and all the
snow vanished, Mark Hannah,
Park Ranger, reported. Even the
snow on the northern slopes in
the Park melted during the
Christmas holidays, he said.
Hannah said traffic into the
Cataloochee area was not as
heavy this year as last, but per
haps the thing that the ranger
will remember most about the
fall of 1955 is that there were
not any forest fires In his area.
*>USe PnDellwood Road II
Burns As Family Moves In|
A family moving into a resl
r-nce on the Dellwood Road today
ad to stand by helplessly and
atch the house burn to the
round when Are started In the at
c at 12:30 p.m., apparently from
In the house at the time the
iuze broke out were Bulo Carver,
ho was preparing to buy the
veiling; hia daughter-in-law, Mrs.
harlie John Carver, her two
ins, Herbert Hayes and Bulo, Jr.,
id Mrs. James C. Norris. All ea
iped the lire without Injury.
The Carvers had been renting
living quarters next door at the
home of Charlie Palmer and had
moved about two thirds of their
household furnishings into the
house which was destroyed by the
fire. They were able to save only a
small bit of their property?mostly
canned goods and a quantity of
The house was owned by Jack
Waynesville firemen answered
the alarm, but found the blaze
beyond control on their arrival.
Saturday For 10
C of C Directors
Balloting for the ten directors
of the Chamber of Commerce will
end at noon Saturday. Ballots for
the 10 posts to be Ailed were mail
ed to members about 10 days ago.
There will be two members from
each of the Ave divisions of the
organization elected as directors.
There is one "carry-over" member
from each of the Ave divisions.
Ned Tucker, executive vice
president of the organization, said
tabulation would be made by noon
Monday and announced in the
Monday issue of The Mountaineer.
'56 Burley Acreage Notices
Mailed To 1,989 Farmers
j\ loiai 01 i.?ow Duriey lODacco
acreage allotment notices have
been mailed to Haywood County
farmers by the ASC, according to
A. W. Ferguson, ASC manager.
The allotments specified in the
notices will be in effect for the
1096 burley crop unless tobacco
farmers fail to approve, by a two
thirds majority in today's refer
endum, the continuation of quotas
for the next three years.
Approximately 400 allotments in
Haywood County will be affected
by the 19 per cent acreage reduc
tion announced recently by Secre
tary of Agriculture Benson.
Any county burley producer who
thinks an error has been made in
:he determination of his 1996 to
jacco allotment is asked to contact
the ASC office, Mr. Ferguson said.
(1M4 ? J)
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