State Board Approves New Pigeon Street School
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71st YEAR NO. 2 18 PAGES ' Associated Press WAYNESV1LLE, N. C., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JAN. 5, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
Waynesville Building Permits Hit $514,000
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County Farm Sale Goes To Civil Court Monday
Thirty-six eases are listed on the
docket for the January civil term
of Superior Court, which will be
convened here Monday morning
by Judge J. Will Pless of Marion.
The top.case on the agenda con
cerns the sale of the county home
property, listed as Bay Haynes
et al vs. Board of Commissioners
for Haywood County, scheduled for
Other cases on the docket are:
MONDAY. JANUARY 9
Jack Redmond vs. Grover C.
G. W. Clark vs. Robert Mc
Cracken and Billy McCracken.
Joe Browning vs. E. L. Weis
singer, Weissinger Lumber Co.
Ray Haynes et al. vs. Board of
Commissioners for Haywood Coun
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
Jack Redmond vs. Grover C.
Ruth Kelly vs. A. T. Ward,
Adm'r. of David F. Underwood. Jr.
Olson Ledford vs. Arthur C.
C. B. Anderson. Aiken Builders
Supply Co. vs. R. W. Gaddis, Gad
dis Construction Co.
J. B. Maiden, Allied Roofing Co.
vs. Tom J. Frazier and Ruth Fraz
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
R. L. Parks vs. Sue L. Parks.
Dovie Randolph vs. N. C. State
Hy. A PWC.
Dovie Randolph A W. W. Cairnes
vs.N. C. State Hy. A PWC
THURSDAY. JANUARY 12
Mrs. Margaret Gidney, Adm'r. of
Charles W. Gidney vs. Charles H.
Leatherwood and Mrs.
J. B. McClure vs. Fay McClure.
Jerry Liner, Junaluska Supply
Co. vs. J. Way Hatcliffe, et al.
Royle A Pilkington Co., Inc., vs.
Chubb Chairs, Inc.
J. Richard Sales vs. John B.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Clifford Stamey vs. DeRoy Ford
and wife, Dorothy Ford.
Eula Jo Stamey. n/f Clifford
Stamey, vs. DeRoy Ford and wife,
Mrs. Floyd Miller et al, vs. Joe i
Floyd Miller, Jr. n/f Mrs. Floyd i
Miller vs. Joe Palmer.
Jessie Plemmons., n/f Jessie
plemmons, vs. Joe Palmer.
MONDAY. JANUARY lfi
Alex Martin vs. Dr. R. H.
Monarch Finer Food Corp. vs.
Elmer Hendricks A Ralph Hen
dricks. Smoky Mtn. Self Service.
Beulah Shelton. n/f James T.
Shelton vs. Patton Ledford and
Elizabeth Shelton vs. Patton
Ledford and Mabel Ledford.
James T. Shelton vs. Patton Led
ford and Mabei Ledford.
Moody Rulane, Inc. vs. Coca
(See Civil Court?Page 6>
Dog Owners Must
List Pets When
Tax Collector Bryan D. Medford
has urged all dog owners In Hay
wood County to be sure of listing
their dogs when they list their
property this month.
Owners will be given a tag. free
of charge, to put on their dogs.
Dogs without tags will be pick
ed up by the county dog warden.
Mr. Medford cautioned.
Sunny and warmer today. Fri
day. generally fair and mild.
Official Waytiesville temperature
?r reported by the Stat^ Test Farm:
I Date Max. Min. Pr.
I Jan 2 50 19 .01
? " 3 56 30
I ? 4 42 20
DR. GEORGE W. BROWN
Dr. George Wallace Brown.
Haywood County health officer
since last August, has offered his
resignation to the county commis
j sioners to enter naval service.
When Dr. Brown took the health
post here last year it was under
stood that he would be called to
i active duty at some time in the
future in the Naval Reserve, in
which branch of the service he
hojds the commission of a lieuten
ant junior grade.
Dr. Brown will report to Beau
ford, S.C., near Charleston, next
1 Monday for a temporary assign-1
ment. and expects to be sent to the
Far East during the next two
months. His tour of naval duty will
be for two years.
Dr Brown, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. George A. Brown, Jr., of
Waynesville, is a graduate of Way
nesville Township High School,
Wake Forest College, and the Uni
versity of North Carolina Medical
'Sorry, No Tags
Today' At C of C
"Sorry, no tags for sale this
That is the sterotype answer
Ned Tucker, executive vice presi
dent of the Chamber of Commerce
is giving the scores of callers to the
Last fall the Chamber of Com
merce made an effort to get state
license tags to sell. The time limit,
and other factors prevented the
program from materializing this
"As to having tags for 1957, that
is on the program, but we cannot
be definite at this moment," Tuck
"For your 1956 tags, we are sor_
ry. we cannot help you. But please
call again in 1957.
"A news story published that
we were working on the program
caused many people to feel that
the project had been completed,
but due to the time limit, we were
unable to make all necessary ar
rangements," the executive ex
"Sorry, we have no tags."
Saunook CDP Sets
Meeting For Monday
The Saunook Community De
velopment Program will meet
Monday. January 9. at 7:30 p.m.
in the Saunook school.
A program for the new year
will be outlined.
Farm Sale Is
Ruling on a temporary restrain
ing order which stopped the sale
of the 140-acre county home farm,
and a $25,000 damage suit resulting
from the injunction will claim the
attention of Judge J. Will Pless as
civil court convenes here Monday
The case is slated to come up
Monday as the two-week term of
On two occasions, scheduled auc
tion sales of the farm were halted
by court injunctions, and after the
stopping of the last sale the com
missioners entered suit against the
108 plaintiffs for $23,000 damages,
The case is creating much inter
est in Haywood, and in the opinion
of many, stands out as the biggest
civil case in many, many years.
There was much speculation this
morning as to the amount of time
which will be necessary for the
hearing of the dual-angled case.
Some ventured a day, while others
guessed to six days, with the aver
age being three days.
By consent of botl^ parties, the
case will not be a jury trial. All
testimony will be from the witness
stand, and not through affidavits
as was the procedure in the two
previous hearings. The cross-ex
amination of witnesses can be
"time consuming" one attorney
pointed out. "There are some
witnesses we will want to cross
examine at length," he said, "while
others will be very, very short."
It was apparent this morning
that the case will eventually go
all the way to the State Supreme
Court, regardless of the decision
handed do^n by Judge Pless. In
the event the case does go to the
State Supreme Court, it will be the
fall term, it was explained, or prob
ably early October before the
court's decision would be made.
The history of the case dates
back to last spring when the com
missioners decided to close the
county home. They placed the 12
to 14 inmates in state-approved
nursing homes, and then announc
ed that for economic reasons, the
farm would be sold at auction.
The board explained that it
would be more economical for the
county to have the property own
ed by individuals, and on the tax
books, than for the county to try
and operate it since the home had
been closed. They explained the
closing of the home would save the
county over $9,000 per year.
The explanation did not satisfy
opponents to the sale of the farm,
and 81 petitions were circulated
through the county. When about
3.000 signatures were on the peti
tions. a conference was held with
the commissioners at which the
plaintiffs asked formally that the
farm not be sold.
The commissioners listened as a
plea was made for retaining at
least part of the farm for school
Shortly after the hearing on Sep
tember 1, the board announced that
they would retain a tract of about
35 acres, which is between Highway
110 and Pigeon River, and proceed
with plans to sell the remainder of
about 105 acres plus buildings. The
sale date was set for September
Opponents to the sale threatened
with a restraining order to stop
the sale, and then came the an
(See County Farm?Pare ?>*
Clyde Firemen Save House
Periled By Burning Truck
Clyde firemen Monday night put
out a Are in the cab and engine
of a coal truck which threatened
to destroy the driver's residence.
The firemen received an alarm at
8:10 p.m. and made a run to the
home of Ulas Case, five miles south
of Canton, where fire of unknown
origin had started under the hood
of the coal truck, owned by Lester
Burgin, Jr., of Wa>nesville and
driven by Case.
' Because of the fact that the
truck was parked against the house.
the Case family feared the dwell
ing would catch Are and were car
rying out their household furnish
ings when the Clyde Art men ar
Because of the poor road at that
point, the Aremen had to park their
truck 200 feet from the scene and
carried chemical equipment on
foot, with which they soon put out
the Are in the truck.
Damage was estimated at $190 to
the engine and cab of the truck.
Scorched paint on a wail was the
only damage done to the house.
Cruso And Clyde Projects I
Given Formal OK Today i
The State Board of Education today approved
plans for the construction of a new Pigeon Street
School, and the addition to the Cruso School.
The Board followed the recommendations of the
planning commission in approving both projects.
Lawrence Leatherwood. county superintendent
of education, said that work of completing blue
prints and specifications would go forward at once.
He predicted about 60 days would be required to
get this work finished. The blueprints have to be
returned to Raleigh for final approval, but that
is merely a technical detail, he explained.
Leatherwood said he felt that work on the two
projects could get under way by April first.
The money for both projects will come from
the special allocation to Haywood from the 25
million dollar bond issue of the state. Haywood's
share was (216.704.
The new Pigeon Street school Is estimated to
cost about $80,000 to (85,000. The Cruso project,
which will include a cafeteria and new kitchen
plus a modern heating plant Is set at (40.000.
The State Board also approved the $23,000
project at Clyde of converting the old gym into an
agriculture building and additional classrooms. The
present ag classroom in the main building will be
nude into a modern science room, since the equip
ment is already on hand.
Leatherwood said these three projects ?om
plete the county-wide improvement program as
planned up to this point. ,
Town Begins Three Sewer
Projects Costing $30,500
A Waynesville milkman sudden
ly turned firemen saved a Hazel
wood prison camp inmate from
more serious burns in a unique ac_
cident on the four-lane highway
just west of Canton last week.
It all happened after Wilson
Medford, driver for the Pet Dairy
Co., stopped on the road to buy
knives from a trusty at the spot
where a work gang of prisoners
Was eating dinner around a fire.
As Medford talked with the
trusty, another inmate attempted
to revive the dying fire by pour
ing a mixture of oil and gasoline
on the flames. The fuel suddenly
exploded and doused the prisoner
with burning fuel.
As the man rolled on the ground
to beat out the flames burning his
clothing. Medford grabbed a fire
extinguisher out of his milk truck
and quickly put out the fire.
Jerry Rogers, superintendent of
the Hazelwood Prison Camp, iden
tified the burned inmate as Wel
don Ross. 25. and said that he has
been transferred to the prison hos.
pital at Raleigh for treatment of
burns on both legs.
Medford said later that this was
the first time he has ever used his
fire extinguisher in 14 years on his
Luckily for the prisoner, the ex
tinguisher was filled with a chem
ical especialy adapted for fighting
gasoline and oil fires.
The Town of WaynesviUe Is ,
spending more than $30,500 on i
new sewer and water lines, it was
learned from G. C. Ferguson,
A six-inch water and sewer line.
1,500 feet long, was completed
Tuesday on Highland* Road, and
connected with Marshall Street.
This project cost $3,500.
The major project of three will
be the 3-mile line in the Country
Club area, which will cost about
$20,000, according to Ferguson.
The plans for the lines are in
hand, and includes going through
the golf course for a distance of
about 2,800 feet, the map shows.
Ferguson said the town street
forces will do the work.
Another project, which will cost
about $7,000 in the laying of a 6.
inch cast Iron pipe line from the
reservoir to the Hospital area.
This is being done due to the heavy
demand for water in that section,
and to assure ample supply to pat
rons in East Waynesville.
Ferguson explained that when a
cut off is necessary now in East
Waynesville, the Hospital and all
other users are without water dur
ing the maintenance operation. Un
der the dual line system, the main_
tenace cut-off tim? will be much
less. The duaj lies are also good
insurance aginnst breaks, the town
Ferguson said the town com
pleted the paving program last
year, when 2V4 miles of streets
were surfaced. No paving is plan
ned right at the present, he ex
16 Over '54
Haywood County's traffic fatal
ity toll last yeai was the same as
in 1954 ?? three ? but the total of
injuries was up 16 over the pre
In 1955, there were 86 persons
injured in county traffic accidents,
but only 70 in 1954.
A check of traffic records for
the past five years shows that
while the fatality toll has gradual
ly heen reduced, the number of
injuries has risen.
In 1950 there were seven deaths
and 28 injuries, in 1951 seven
deaths and 23 injuries, in 1952
five deaths and 50 injuries, and in
1954 four deaths and 53 injuries.
Since records of the number of
accidents and the amount of the
damage were kept last year by The
Mountaineer for the frist time, no
figures are available for campari.
son with past years. However, it is
believed that both figures are a
record for the county.
Although the number of acci
dents totaled 183 and the amount
of damage reached $84.,470, both
figures are low because of the fact
that a number of minor accidents
are not reported to law-enforce
ment officials, and others which
are investigated are hot reported
to The Mountaineer.
Damages reported are for prop
erty loss only. They do not take
into account doctors' and hospital
bills and time lost from work due
Officials estimate that total
losses of all kinds in traffic acci
dents last year actually exceed
$125,000 or possibly $150,000.
However, the actual loss of $84,.
470, would have been enough to
build a new 15-room school build
ing in Haywood County.
Tar Heel Generosity
Aids Alabama Boy
By BOB CONWAY bought for him by the truck
. . driver.
How would you like to be hun
- - - .. . _ . While Tommy was eating, the
areas of mim irom nwnr.
try, sleepy, and have only 57
cento in your pocket?
That's just what happened here
to a 14-year-old boy from Ala
bama on the way home from
Washington, D. C., but the tale
has a happy ending due to the
generosity of several Waynes
Here's the story related by
Sgt. Arthur Paul Evans of the
Last Friday Tommy Kennamer
of Mulberry. Ala., with S3* in his
possession, boarded a bus for
Washington, spent two days In
the nation's capital, and then
started southward again.
By the time he got as far as
Asheville, Tommy found his
money dwindling rapidly and
started hitchhiking. He managed
to get a ride to Waynesville on a
truck and had his breakfast
trucker who brought him from
Athrville stopped Set. Evans on
the street and told him of the
Alabama boy's plight.
Learning that the youngster
had only 57 cents left, the ser
geant took up a collection from
other members of the police
force. ftom town employees, two
bread truck drivers, and Ben
Sloan, assistant Are chief here.
The collection yielded a total
of more than SIX, with which Sgt.
Evans was able to buy Tommy a
ticket back to Alabama, give him
<3 for food, and buy several
comic books to keep him occu
pied on the bus trip home.
Before he left here Tuesday
morning, the traveling teen-ager
told Waynsaf llle polite that he
got mad and ran away from home
"Just to be smart". He explain
ed that bis mother is dead, his
(See Alabama Boy?-Page 6)
Pastor's Son Will Undergo
Rare Operation On Heart
Leroy George. 10, son of the
Rev. and Mrs. L. B. George of Can
ton. and formerly of Bethel, will
undergo an operation for a rare
heart condition at 10 a.m. Friday at
Vanderbilt University Hospital at
Ten doctors?including a noted
English heart specialist?will ob
serve the operation which, accord
ing to some sources, has never been
done before successfully.
The Georges' family doctor. Dr.
H. A. Matthews of Canton, will fly
to Nashville fnr the operation.
Despite the heart condition
which he has had since birth, Leroy
has attended school at Bethel regu
larly and Is now in the fifth grade
R. L. PI.EINESS. chemical en
gineer at Dayton Rubber, was in
stalled in absentia Tuesday night
as the new president of the
Waynesville Kiwanis Club, suc
ceeding llye Sheptowitoh. Mr.
Pleiness is now in New York
City on business.
(Other pictures on Page 1, Sec. 2>
Officers for 1956 were installed
by the Waynesville Kiwanis Club
Tuesday night at Spaidon's Restau
The installing officer was Dr.
Robert 11. Owen of Canton, lieu
tenant governor of Division 1 of
the Caroiinas District of Kiwanis.
Ray Pleiness, who is in New
York on business, was installed in
absentia as president; A. D. Har
rison was installed as vice presi
dent, Enos Boyd as secretary, and
John Shelby as treasurer.
Also installed as new members
of the board of directors Were Bob
Tippett. Roger Ammons, Joe Todd,
Dr. Wilson Nance, and Rufus Cars
Kiwanis goals for 1956, outlined
by Dr. Owen, are;
Four new members in each'club
of Kiwanis International. 225 dele
gates from North Carolina to the
international convention at San
Francisco, and 29 delegates to the
convention from Division 1.
Invite Group To
Visit This Area
Tom Alexander is to accompany
Governor Hodges to New York.
Jan. 20, to extend to the Honorary
Tar Heels a formal invitation to
visit Calaloochee Ranch next
The North Carolina party will
fly to New York in the Governor's
plane, where the chief executive
is to speak that night, with the
meeting of the Honorary Tar Heels
set for Saturday.
The HTH was organized in 1945
and met at Catalooche^ in 1948.
The group Is composed of writers,
and photographers who have been
In the state on special assignments
and publicized the vacation advan
tages of the state.
there. His mother has taught in
the elementary grades of Bethel
for the past several years.
Accompanying Leroy to the Van
derbilt Hospital was Phillip Ed
wards. son of Mr. and Mrs. James
Edwards of Bethel, and a sixth
grade student at Pennsylvania Ave
nue School fri Canton.
According to his parents. Leroy
first refused to go to Nashville for
the operation, but Anally consented
on condition that his friend. Philip,
go with him to the hospital.
Rev. George, former pastor at
the Bethel Methodist Church, is
now pastor of the Rock wood Metho
dist Charge in the Canton area. I
Building permits for Waynes
ville totaled $514,060 for 1955. ac
cording to the records of Ben
Sloan, building inspector.
The report includes $407,350 for
45 new houses.
Fifteen new business places add
ed $92,360 ^to the total Tor the
year, while repairs and alterations
to both homes and businesses ac
counted for $14,350.
The five major items in the new
businesses included the drive-in
unit of The First National Bank,
Denton's Tourist Court, Dicker
son's Auto Parts Company, and the
addition to Giles Chemical Com.
G. C. Ferguson, town manager,
said that it was essential that all
persons ? contemplating building
within the town to first get a per
"There are zoning ordinances in
force, and it is necessary that all
structures, both new and those re
paired. or altered, be in keeping
with the ordinances," Ferguson
"Before any repairs, alterations,
or new structures are started it is
important that the permit be had.
and in that way, all phases of the
zuning ordinances can be explain
ed. and no expenses entailed in vio
lation of the present ordinances."
The records show this was one
of the best building years in
Waynesville, and especially fer the
45 new homes.
Ferguson said that during the
year 150 new water meters had
been installed?some on the out
side of the town limits, and about
100 new light meters. There are
now about 2,500 water meters on
the town system, and some 2,400
light meters on the power lines of
For Farm Agents
Miss Martha Ann James, 1953
graduate of Wavnesville Township
High School, has been named by
the county commissioners to suc
ceed Mrs. Asbury Medford as sec
retary in the county farm agent's
Miss James, the daughter of Mr
and Mrs. Glenn Jaems of Ivy hill
Township, will start to work Jan
Mrs. Medford resigned from her
job to join her husband, a sergeant
in the Regular Army.
Miss Mary Medford is the other
secretary in the county agent's
Total Down Five
From '54 Figure
The Hon. Dan Cupid was not
quite as busy in Haywood County
last year as in 1954, but the matri
monial decline was slight.
According to records in Regis
ter of Deeds Jule Noland's office,
Dan hit the target 216 times in
1955 as compared with 221 in 1954.
Actually, however, this figure
does not represent the total of Hay
wood County couples married last
year since a considerable number
were wed in South Carolina ? at
Greenville and Walhalla.
June again upheld its title as
the "Month of Marriages" with 29
ceremonies, while December was
runner-up with 22.
(1955 ? 9)
(1955 ? 9)
Loss ?.. $2,800
(This Information compiled
from record, of State High