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The Waynesville Mountaineer .
13 D Published Twice-A-Week In The County Seat of Haywood County At T he Eastern Entrance Of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park ?? p
71st YEAR NO. 105 16 PAGES Associated Press WAYNESYILLE. N. C. THURSDAY AFTERNOON, DEC. 20, 1956 $3.50 In Advance In Haywood and Jackson Counties
$1,100,000 School Betterment Proposals Made
A Citizens Committee for Bet
terment of Schools was organized
here Wednesday night, and are al
ready giving serious study to a
physical plant improvement pro
gram. estimated to cost more than
The action on the improved
building program, came after an
address by Lawrence Leatherwood.
county superintendent of educa
tion, in which he cited the needs
in each school in the county, in
order to meet the increased enroll
ments, and to correct present
Supt. Leatherwood said he was
not proposing a school bond issue
for the long-range program, which
would probably extend over a five
to eight year period. He felt that
some local money, plus that al
located by the state could be ap
propriated to fulfilling the general
Harry Whisenhunt was named
president: Mrs. Kenneth Stahl.
vice president; Lawrence Leather
wood, secretary; and Mrs. Hugh
Daniel, publicity director.
Ah executive committee, with a
representative of each of the five
school districts, was named: Kin
McNeil Bethel; Mrs. Carl Gillis.
Clyde; Raymond Caldwell, Crab
tree-iron Dufl; J. B. Soesb'O.
Way nesville, and the Fines Creek
representative will be named soon.
Supt. Leatherwood reviewed the
state and national school picture,
and brought it down to a local
level, and pointed out four basic
needs for improving the schools
1 To meet the needs of grow
ing and expanded economic stan
2. Prepare youth for a better
opportunity of making a decent
livelihood in each community.
3. To meet the needs of indus
try and social life, and
4. Prepare youth for a much
more competitive life.
The specific needs proposed b>
Supt Leatherwood, included:
A high school building of 10 to
12 classrooms; some minor repair
to present buildings, including
Cruso, and addition of covered
Walkways, plus an additional space
(See School Program?Page 2>
Reeds To Open
New Store Here
In Early Spring
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Reed,
formerly of Sylva have leased
the Galusha Building, formerly
occupied by Harry Liner Real
Estate, where they plan to re-open
the business which they operated
in Sylva, Hale's Dress Shop.
The building will be complete
ly modernized, according to Mrs.
Reed, featuring new fixtures and
new front. The shop will be open
ed in early spring
Mr. and Mrs. Reed moved to
Waynesville a few weeks ago and
have taken an apartment in the
home of Mrs. T. Lenoir Gwyn.
Their son. Charles. Jr., student at
Davidson College, joined them this
week for the holidays.
Library To Observe
The Haywood County Library
will be closed for Christmas holi
days Monday, Tuesday, and Wed
nesday, December 24, 25, and 25.
New Year's holidays will be ob
served Tuesday and Wednesday,
January 1 and 2.
The Bookmobile will not oper
ate on December 24 and 25 or
Killed .... I 4
(1955 ? 3)
Injured .... 100
(1955 ? 85)
(1955 ? 172)
Loss ... $66,080
(1955 ? S78.929)
(This information compiled
from records of State High
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Yule Mail Rush Breaks Records At 2 Postoffices
28,130 Here i
New records for the cancellation
of mail in a single day have been
set this week both at the Waynes
ville and Hazelwood postoffices,
according to an announcement by
postmasters of the two towns.
In Waynesville, the peak was
reached Tuesday when a total of
z8,130 pieces of mail went through
the cancellation machine, break
ing the old record by five thous
The previous record in \Vaynes
ville was set in 1954 when a one
day total exceeded 23.000.
Christmas parcel post business
also is ahead of previous years, Mr.
Boyd said, explaining that the
peak flow of the incoming parcels
is expected today. Friday, and Sat
As to stamp sales, the postmast
er disclosed that more than 10,000
two-cent stamps were sold each
day at the Waynesville postoffice
on Saturday of last week and
Monday and Tuesday of this week.
The sale of three-cent stamps al
so has shown an increase, he add
At Hazelwood, the peak of the
outgoing mail was reached Mon
day. according to Postmaster
Smith, when more than 8.600
pieces of mail went through the
cancellation machine ? a new
record for Hazelwood.
Mr. Smith said that Christmas
mail at Hazelwood this year has
come earlier, and has been heavier
than in previous years.
With the peak of the outgoing
mail reached Monday, the post
master said, the biggest part of
the Christmas rush at Hazelwood
now will involve incoming mail.
Car At Saunook
A traffic accident reported by
! the State Highway Patrol involved
I a 1951 Mercury, driven by George
[ Kenneth Griffin, 21, of Hazelwood,
which was wrecked on Highway
19A-23 at Saunook.
Cpl. Pritchard H. Smith said
that Griffin, traveling east, lost
control of his vehicle, causing it to
go off the road on the left side.
! The driver cut back the car sharp
j ly to the right, but it struck a rOck
| wall and then hit a parked car
j owned by Maude Coward Fisher,
| Route J. - '
Griffin escaped injury, but his
car was damaged to the extent of
S250. Damage to the parked car
| was estimated at $15, and to the
I rock wall, owned by Earl Sutton,
The investigation is continuing.
Record This Year
A report of the Highway Pa
trol for last Christmas, shows
that there was one person in
jured in the two traffic acci
The patrol is going "all-out"
to keep the record for the state
lower than that of last season,
when there were 783 accidents,
with 342 injured, and 15 killed.
The record showed that more
accidents happened between 6
and 7 p.m. than at any other
time of the day.
REELECTED FOR 1957 were these officers of
the llaywood County Unit Tost Demonstration
farm program at a recent meetipg of the organi
zation at the Iron Duff community house: (from
left) Sam J. Jackson of South Clyde, vice presi
dent; R. II. Boone of Francis Cove, president, and
Tom Krummitt of RatclifTe Cove, secretary-treas
urer, shown here talking with Denver Robinson,
assistant diotrict farm agent, who showed colored
slides on UTD activities in Western North Caro
(County Agent's Photo).
Episcopalians Approve A
Contract For New Church
MemDers 01 orace episcopal
Church, in a called Parish meeting
Tuesday night, voted unanimous
ly to accept W. C. Norris' low bid
of $97,345 for construction of their
new church and Parish house.
It is understood that Norris
will receive the formal contract
within a few days.
Last April the church, which has
a membership of only about 100
adult members, started its build
ing program. Pledges and gifts
now amount to $80,000. Cash col
lected in the few months since the
program started amounts to
E. M. Rothermel, senior warden
of the church, said that the total
cost of construction with landscap
ing will probably reach $105,000.
Around sixty-five members at
tended the meeting Tuesday night
at which time the Rev. James Y.
Perry, Jr., rector, presided. It took '
the only about thirty min
utes lSw each their decision to go
ahead .with the building and they
hope to break ground early in
Dave Felmet is chairman of the
building committee. The new
structure will be on Haywood
Miss Jane Dudley Francis of
High Point will arrive Friday to
spend Christmas with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Francis.
3 SHOPPING DAYS
Considerable cloudiness with oc
casional light rain and mild today
Official W'aynesville tempera
ture as recorded by the State Test
Date Max. Min. Pr.
Dec. 17 ... _ 67 38
Dec. 18 _ 60 37 .02.
Dec 19 60 38 !
Christmas Edition Of The
Mountaineer Set Saturday
The special Christmas edition of The Mountaineer, containing
a large number of feature articles and pictures ? both local and
national - - - will go to press this Saturday at noon
A major feature of the Christmas edition will be another
| Christmas "service" of inspirational material prepared by minis
ters of five churches in Waynesville.
Inaugurated last year for the first time, the service is being
repeated because of its popularity in 1955. Joining in the presenta
tion of this religious feature will be the Rev. T. E. Robinett of the
First Baptist Church; the Rev. Earl Brendall of the First Metho
dist Church: the Rev. Calvin Tiiielman of the Waynesville Presby
terian Church; the Rev. James Y. Perry, Jr. of Grace Episcopal
Church, and the Rev. Lawrence Newman of St. John'^ Catholic
The news deadline for Saturday's paper will be at 9 a.m.
Papers will be delivered by newsboys Saturday afternoon, and will
be put into boxes at the postoffice at the same time.
The next edition of The Mountaineer following the one this
Saturday will be Thursday, December 27.
Kiwanis Plan To Assist
Nine Needy Families Here
Instead ol its annual Christmas,
party this year, the Waynesville
Kiwanis Club has voted to provide c
Christmas cheer baskets for nine '
needy families, whose members in- '
elude a total of 25 children.
Fnr this project, the Kiwanis '
Club will spend $50 from its
treasury to buy toys. food, fruit,
candy, and other items for the '
needy families. v
Walter Rollman is chairman of
a committee for the Christmas
At the Kiwanis program Tues
lay night, it was announced that
10 meeting wil be held next Tues
lay (Christmas night), but a
ound-tahle session will be con
lucted next Friday night.
It was also announced that 1957
viwanis officers will be installed
it a meeting January 1, which
vill be obserrved as Ladies' Night.
Officers to be installed are: Rog
?r Amnions, president: Enos Boyd.
(See Kiwanis?Page 2)
A $50,000 loan to the Haywood
Electric Membership Corporation
was announced yesterday in
Raleigh by the North Carolina
Rural Electrification Authority.
R. C. Sheffield, manager, said
the money would go into the fund
which is loaned to their customers
for the purchase of electric equip
The organization has under way j
an expanding program, and is i
steadily adding on new members !
in the seven counties in the two |
slates in which it operates.
STEADII.y IIIOItKK grows the mountain of par
cels at the Waynesville postoffiee, with the peak
expected today, Friday-, and Saturday, according
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to Postmaster I'nos Boyd. Pictured here stacking
up incoming mail is Frank Nichols.
I Mountaineer Photo).
Schedules For Holidays
Announced For This Area
Christmas holidays in the Way
r.esvitle area will vary from ono to
live days, (including this weekend*,
according to a survay made by
The Mountaineer this Week.
The industrial schedule will be
Dayton Hubber, close down at
11 j .111 Friday, resume at 11 p.m 1
Tuesday: UnigusU?from 3:45 p.m
Friday to 7 a.m. Wednesday; Wellco I
?form 11 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. 1
Wednesday; A. C. Lawrence
closed Christinas day; Royle-Pil- |
kington from 3:30 p.m. Monday
to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
(At Canton, the Champion Paper
and Fiber Co. plant will be down
from 3 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m.
Wednesday. The office force will
work a half day Monday, will be
off Christmas day, and return to
Haywood County offices at the
courthouse will close at 5 p.m.
Friday, and reopen at 9 p.m. next
Tmu'sday. December 27. Town of
Waynesville offices will close at
neon Saturday and reopen Wed
W a ynesvllle and Hazelwood
pbstoffices will be closed on Christ- ,
mas Day only, (This Saturday both
postoffices will be open all day.)
The First Natipnau Hank of Way
(See Holiday?Page 2)
KKKVKS NOLAND REMAINS
1) Reeves Noland of Lake Juna
luska remains a patient at Memor
ial Mission Hospital, Asheville j
where he has been receiving treat
ment for the past three weeks.
It. M. HE RESTING BETTER
Robert M. Fie was reported j
resting more comfortably today at'
the Haywood County Hospital
where he has been a patient for
Most Stores Will
Be Open Thursday,
With the exception of some ;
grocery stores, business places
wilt be open tonight until !)
p.m., with all stores scheduled to
remain open until the same hour
Regular hours will he observ- j
ed Saturday and Monday. Clos
ings have been set for Tuesday
and Wednesday, resuming reg
ular schedules on Thursday.
Santa will be on the streets j
and in stores from 10 to noon.
2 to 4. and tonight and Friday
from 6 to 8 p.m.
Moose To Play
Host To Children
At Party Sunday
The Moose Lodge of Waynes
ville will be host to 50 needy
children at a Christmas party Sun
day afternoon from 2 until 5 110
at the lodge home on Marshall St
In addition to the program plan
ned here, the children and the
Moose members will see a special
Christmas television show broad- 1
cast from the Moose "Child City"
in Moosehart, III.
The telecast will be featured on I
Dave Garroway's "Wide Wide
Marion Cooper is chairman of
the Christmas party for the Moose,
and Bill Hyatt is in charge of
arrangement with the Welfare He- !
partment for the attendance of the ?
Eight Families Facing Dreary Christmas
Christmas will he just another
December day for eight families
in this area unless some individ
uals agree to take care of their
needs before the Welfare Office
closes Friday afternoon.
A little 8-year-old girl is try
ing as best she ran to take rare
of tier ill mother. I.'nless some
warm-hearted person provides
for this hright-eyed youngster,
she will not realize the gladness
and happiness which thousands
of others her age enjoy at this
time of year.
In anolher instance, there is a
widow ? all alone ? no rcla
tives, and to make matters worse,
she Is bed-ridden. The prospects
are to spend Tuesday gazing at
the same four walls she sees da.v
in and day out.
Another widow, also all alone,
is confined to her bed with a
broken hip. Not only must shr
remain still, but she does not
have the reminders nearby to
show that this is the season of
In another family, where the
father is ill, a 13-year-old boy
and his 11-year-old sister, face
just a regular day, with hardly
enough to eat. They are living in
the hopes that somewhere there
is someone who will share Christ
mas joys with them. They do not
expect much, but would like to
have just a little more on Christ
mas. even if just a complete
Three husky boys in another
family, ages 8, 10 and 12. know
about .cowboys, and games which
other boys play, but for them, it
is all imaginary. They do not
have such advantages, because of
illness in the family. Their wants
are small, because it will take
so little to make them so very
Another family has sis chil
dren, und face a bleak day. un
less something is done for them. '
Due to circumstances the parents
can do little more than feed the
These are the eight cases re- I
maining on the Welfare rolls.
Kach rase has been investigated
by Welfare workers, and full de
tails ran be had as to complete
needs of each family by contact
ing the office prior to 5 p.m.
The Welfare office closes Fri
day at Ave, and will not be open
again until the 27th.
The opportunity to enjoy
Christmas more by helping oth
ers Is available.
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Eight new directors were elect
ed this week to the Chamber of i
Commerce Balloting began last j
week, and was concluded Tuesday , j
The tabulation was under the di
rection of the nominating commit
tee. headed by Kuel Taylor.
Ned Tucker, executive vice
president, announced the follow
ing new members of the board:
Joe Cline, 3 years, agricultural
council: William Millar, 3 years on
Civic and Professional division,
with llarrv Whiscnhunt two years
and Frank Biggs one year.
George M Kimball, 3 years,
-tourist division; J, C. Jennings, 3 J
years, merchants division, whilej
Boy Reed was named to a three
year term, and Boy Wright to a
two year term on the industrial
The new board and l!)5t> board 1
will meet in January at which time '
a president, vice president and,
treasurer will be named.
Six Boy Scouts
Get Awards At
Court Of Honor
Six Haywood County Hoy Scouts
received insieniii of rank and merit .
badges of the December Pigeon
River Court of Honor, held Monday
Presented Tenderfoot badges by
Francis Pfess. field Scout execu
tive. were: Charles L. Sheppard,
Duglas Lee Maynard,, and Charles
VV. Haynie. all of Troop 16. Canton.
Guy Jones of Troop 16 was
awarded the Second-Class Badge
by Ben Edwards of Western Caro
lina College, and David Nix and
Eddie Wells of Troop 12. Bethel,
were presented merit badges by
Robert llall. who also served as
court of honor chairman.
Chester LaKountaine acted as
clerk at the court of honor, and
Floyd Lowrance gave the invoca
Clothing Catches Fire,
Girl, 13, Is Burned
Nudina Cook, 13-year-old daugh
ter of Mr and Mrs. Weaver Cook
of the Henson Cove section, was
severely burned about the body i
Tuesday when her clothing caught
She was rushed to the Haywood
County Hospital, and was report
i ed to be resting more com forts hly