North Carolina Newspapers

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Ab-we is pictured a part of
the fish pond where two 12-year
old girls lost' their lives. The
boat in which they were thought
Two Young Girls Drown
In Form Pond —-■»
Tragedy struck in two Horton
Hll Community homes Tuesday.
Two 12-year-old girls, Patsy
King and Nancy Whitson, lost
their lives from drowning in a
fish pond on the farm of Mrs.
T. A. McKinney.
According to reports, the two
g'ris left home Tuesday morn
ing on their bicycles and told a
neighbor lad that they were
going swimming.
Early in the afternoon mem
bers of their famil'es became
worried about the girls and be
gan To enquire if they had been
Mrs. McKinney and a neigh
bor boy found the girls’ clothes
by the pond and help was sum
The Spruce Pine Rescue Squad
took part in recover ng tne bod
ies from 12 feet of water only
a few yards from shore.
A boat used on the pond was
floating loose, and it was thou
ght that the girls were in the
boat and that through some mis
hap both fell into the pool.
Joint funeral servi c e s
will be held at ‘three o'clock
Thursday in the North Bend Free
Will Baptist Church, with Rev.
Lyda Letterman and Rev. Geor
ge H ggins officiating. Burial
for Patsy King will be in the
Fairview Cemetery. Burial for
Nancy Whitson will be Ih the
Peterson Cemetery.
The girls were cous'ns and
sixth grade students at Clear
mont Elementary School.
Patsy King is survived by her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis
King; a sister, Diana Lynn
King, of Green Mounta'n; her
maternal grandfather, Ike Whit
son of Green Mountain; the pa
ternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Tom King, Burnsville,
Rt. I.
Nancy Whitson’s survivors are,
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rob
Burnsville, N.C. Thursday, June 8, 1967
to have been in is in the fore
ground. Their bodies were re
covered only a few yards out
from the boat.
ert Whitson, Jr., two sisters,
Dobra and Lisa; two brothers,
Stephen and David, all of Green
Mountain; her maternal grand
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom
King cf Rt. 1, Burnsville; her
paternal grandmother, Mrs. Vio
let Whitson of Green Mountain.
The bodies will remain at the
funeral heme until taken to the
church 30 m'nutes prior to the
Citizens Coll For Election
Os Education Board At
Mass Meeting
A mass meeting of 130 Yancey
County citizens Saturday after
noon at the Courtrouse in Bur
nsville turned into an emphate
tic endorsement of legslation
that would call for the election
of members of the Yancey Coun
ty Board of Education.
Senator Ted Dent and Repre
sentative Ernest Messer, who
attended the meeting, express
ed whole-hearted support of
pending Raleigh legislatim to
make mandatory the election of
county board of education mem
bers on a state-wide basis.
Yancey County is presently
one of seventy North Carolina
counties in which members of
the board of education are ap
pointed by the State Legislature.
A b 11, soon to be voted on in
the Senate, would make the
boards of education in all Tar
Heel counties an elective office
on either a partisan or non
partisan basis.
In effect, members of the
board of education in each
county would have to stand for
election by the people like any
other public official.
The occasion for calling the
Dedicnted To The Progress Os Yoncey County
Singing On The
June 25
By: Frank O’Br en
The largest yearly event in the
mountains of the South, the 43rd
annual Singing on the Mountain,
will be held June 25, and is ex
perted to attract over 25,000
visitors and pcrtitfpants.
This year’s principal speaker
will be Gov. Robert E. McNair
of South Carolina, who is wav
ing his rule against Sunday
public appearances in this in
stance because of his “deep in
terest in the program and its
religious nature.”
The famed, all-day religious
E-'nging convention also wll fea
ture gospel singing quartets and
group* from all parts of the
South, and it will be held on the
ancient slopes of Grandfather
Mountain, tallest peak of the
Blue Ridge Mountan Range.
Gov. McNair’s invitation was
extended by Arthur Smith of
WBTV in Charlotte, who also
serves as music master for
Singing on the Mounta n. Smith,
himself a musician and nation
ally-known television personal
ity, will head h s own Cross
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tured gospel singing groups.
This unique highlands event is
headed by Joe Lee Hartley of
L nville as chairman, and locU
Cook of Linville as vice chair
-<man. Hartley is the son of the
fwinder of the mountain relig
ious singing convent'on. Cook is
a singer and member of a chur
ch quartet.
Continued to Insido
meeting were newspaper re
ports that Senator Harry Buch
anan of Hendersonville intends
to introduce an amendment to
the Senate bill which would ex
empt Yancey County, along with
twenty-three other western cou
nties, from conditions imposed
by the state-wide bilL
Strong opposition was ex
pressed at Hie Saturday meeting
to any move to exempt Yancey
County. The two legislators were
plied with numerous questions
about the best method to fore
stall Buchanan’s move.
Those attending the meeting
were advised to write personal
letters to Representative R. D.
McMillan, Chairman of the
House Committee on Education,
and Senator Clyde Norton, Cha
irman of the Senate Committee
on Elections and Election Laws.
Senator Dent said he proposed
to fight on the Senate floor any
efforts to exempt Yancey Coun
ty, and Representative Messer
explained that he would make
every effort to obtain the adop
tion of statewide legislation to
provide for the election of coun
ty school boards.
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Gov. Moore Salutes N.C. Dairy
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ing the North Carol'na Dairy
Industry. In saluting the North
Carolina Dairy Industry, Gover
nor Moore said, “We propose a
tcast to milk the
that has helped our children
grow taller; our young adults
more vigorous; and our senior
c tizen to enjoy the longest nr'st
productive lives in the history
of the world.
June is Dairy Month and I en
courage all our citizens to enjiy
milk and da'ry foods and we do
urge civic and business organi
zations to cooperate, in public
and private, in order that we
may enjoy improved health and
increased prosperity.
Young ladies, join with me in
saluting the North Carolina
Dairy Industry.
June is Dairy Month.”
June is Da'ry Month and
many and varied activit'es are
taking place across the state
to celebrate. Some of the activi
ties taking place in North Caro
lina include ice cream festivals,
dairy parades, June Dairy Month
breakfasts and luncheons, da'ry
fashion shows, dairy demonstra
tions, ball game promotions, and
a host of similar activit'es.
‘‘Fresh, Fast and Fun with
Dairy Foods” is the 1967 theme.
The value of milk sales to
North Carolna dairy farmers
and processors is nearly 150
million dollars. North Carolina
has nearly 3,000 Grade A milk
producers and over 5,000 per
sons employed by North Caro
lina’s 54 dairy plants.
Leaders in agriculture, busi
ness, education, and government,
and scores of enterprises tied to
the multi-billion-dollar da'ry in
dustry are uniting with the da'ry
industry in this annual obser
vance of June Dairy Month.
Bruce Bailey of , T icks Creek
has been named Dairy Month
Chairman for Yancey County
Number Forty One
Aufo UccKfent
Fatal To
Yancey County’s first fatal
automob le accident occurred
early Wednesday morning in the
Brush Creek section of the
William A. Hampton, 38, a
Korean War veteran, was killed
near his home between five and
six oSclock Wednesday morn ng
when the Jeep pick-up he was
driving left the road and over
According to Patrolman R V.
Davis, who investigated, the ac
cident occurred on hghway
1317, a rural paved road.
Hampton, reported to be on
his way home after working a
late shift, was employed at the
Burnsville Mill of Mohasco In
Funeral services will be held
Fr day at 2:30 p. m. at Pleasant
Grove Baptist Church, with Rev.
Roach and Rev, Shell officiating.
Burial will be in the Woody
Survivng are the wife, Mrs.
Wilma Woody Hampton; the
father, William Hampton of
Erwin, Tenn.; three sisters, Miss
Betty Hampton and Mrs. Bobby
L'ngerfelt of Erwin, Tenn., and
Mrs. Ralph Hughes of Marriet
ta, S. C.; four brothers, Sam of
Fletcher, N. C., Hobart of Web
ber City, Va., Paul of Hender
sen, N. C., and Henry of Erwin,
The body will remain at Hol
combe Funeral Home until
thirty minutes before the ser
vice, at which t'me it will be
moved to the church.

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