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THE DURANT NEWS
Mississippi’s Leading Weekly _ _ VOLUME NO. f*8 DURANT, HOLMES COUNTY MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY JAMJARY 28, 1*87 NUMBER 27 --- KNOCK KNOCK By Haze! Brannon V__ Alabama, dry for 21 years, is the only state in the nation which prohibits the sale of all intoxi cants, including beer. Notice the word “prohibits". Actually in toxicating beverages can be bought in Alabama as easily as in any other state....and cheap er. too....they don’t have to pay the tax. • • * Fred C. Kelly say* “Don’t be too smart. Kverybodv likes a man who makes mistakes or who has pretty human weaknesses bet ter than if he were too smart." • • * Governor White I as set aside January 'M February 5 as con servation week in Mississippi. Land and natural resources m»; > ro much in Mississippi that we should indeed give though'. to conserving these resources for future venerations. * • * The Mississippi 8tate Planning Commission has unearthed some interesting facts regarding the stale and various communities in it. The work of the Commission in volves a long-time planning pro gram for the state and is in line with the Presidents suggestion ;*v ' * !at the states Co-ordinate their programs of development through the creation of planning boa rats. Some of the most interest in? facts deseovered, we pass to you. # • * In 1930 1 lu* tenant population of Mississippi was 947,000 or 40% of the total in the state. • • * . Afi’ial maps are bei.'ur used Tur tax equalizat ion purposes in many states and in some counties in Mississippi. * * * Mississippi lias 10.238 youths certified for XYA assistance, "bile Oklahoma has 90,000 and Kentucky 1ms over 97.000. * • • In 1930, 72% of all farm oper ators of Mississippi were tenants, this being the highest percent of any state in the union. # * # 1/ st year, Jackson built more homes than New Orleans, Atlanta or Louisville, and constructed ] three times as many houses as Memphis, Tennessee. • • • There is available from various agencies in the United States over 5.000 educational films. The use of these films cost only trans portation charges. • * • (in January 1, 1936, the state owned approximately 1,700,000 acres of land exclusive of road beds, building sites, parks, etc. • • • All of the wonders of a mod ern civilization have been brought into play in fighting the tremend ous flood in our country now. Were it not for a highly organ ized machine fighting the ele ments of destruction, the suffer ing of humanity would be trwice as much. NICKTOWM, BUT one mUG, rve uoTiceo.. people here' poor RUM FOR COVER EVERY TIME AM AUTOMOBILE BACK-FIRES.. i Co. Club Officers Met Last Tuesday HOME DEMONS GROUP HEAR LEADER _ Officers of the Home Demons tration f’lut's of Holmes county met in the office of Miss Ellen Sente, home demonstration agent, at two o’clock Tuesday. Miss Sallie Span Swann, rural [ organization specialist form the I slate department, was present and j spoke to the club officers. Mrs. S. Browning, West, i gave a talk on the duties of club I officers and Mrs. Harvey Blaster Harmony, spoke on cooperation !*h 1 IT dubs in the county. Miss Swann in her speech to the i group told of a leaders! ip con I test conducted in the state. Miss Seale read the county j council constitution. \ House Members Organize Bloc POWER Ex.OU FORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES Washington, Jan., ‘211-(Special) Organization of a public power ! blue among members of the House j of Representatives was perfected this morning, with Representative John K. Rankin of Misissippi, Chairman, and Representative Knute Hill of tlu* State of Wash it\af no Sool'oDl PV “We already have a large num ber among our membership and expect to have a majority of the ! House within the next few days,” said Mr. Rankin. They adopted a resolution eon jtaiuinc ti>- ioutline of their policies; “As individual Representatives in Congress, we are banded .to gether for the purpose of striving t< save tor the American people, now and for all time to come, the hydro-electric power of the na-j tion. one of the greatest natural resources in all the world. “If we lose it now, it is gone forever. “We regard the hydro-electric power in our navigable streams and their tributaries as public property, national wealth, which belongs to all the American peo ple and should be used for the benefit of all. “Whoever controls the water power of this country in the years to come, will control the nation. “We believe this power should he made available to every home in America at rnt*>s based upon the cost of go:: transmis j sion and c s vributior. “We believe the C v< merit | should hold in perpervuty the dams it now owns or iias under construction, or in contemplation should build and own the trans mission lines to convey the elec tric energy generated at those dams throughout the distribution radios ot each one, and sell it wholesale to cities, towns, cooper tive associations and other public agencies at the minimum rates necessary to amartize that part of the investment charged to pow er in forty or fifty years, with the district and specific require ment that it be distributed to the ultimate consumers at the yard j stick rates, or rates based upon | the cost of its purchase and dis tribution. “We believe in encouraging and assisting, through Govern mental aid. the count es, cities towns, cooperative associations, or other public units, in owning •>nd operating their electric dis tribution systems. “We are unalterably opposed to pooling the public powc* pro duced by the TVA on the Tenne ssee r:rer, or at Boulder Dam on i he < 'nlorado River, Boorieville or .Grand Coulee on the Columbia diver, or by any other Govern mental project or agency with that of any private power com I pany, or private distribution agen ov. (Continued on Page Four) TVA Power Means ! Much To State CONGRESSMAN CITES TUPELO CASE The significance* of the TVA and what it means to Mississippi was set forth today in a letter to the editor from honorable J. E. Rankin, member of the House ot Representatives from the fifth district. Congressman Rankin cites the city of Tupelo as an example. Tupelo residents three years ago used an average of 42kwh per month. Under TVA they now use an average of lob kwh per month, almost four times the amount ot three years ago. During the year 1936 he resi dents of Tupelo used 2,146,097 k wh which cost them $38,292.16. j Before TVA went into effect i1 v ot'ld have cos them $208,763.2K. The same conditions are said to j exist in Cornith, Booneville, A nioiy, Okolona and other towns | in that area which have shifted TVA. The complete letter from Mr. i Rankin follows: | WHAT THE TVA CONTROVERSY MEANS Washington. D. 0. January 22. 1937. Dear Editor: 1 wonder if the average Mis sissippian realizes what the TVA means to him and his children, ...it.il %» !»•»* if u'Aiihl lnonn in tlw^m to have it impaired or destroyed, either from without or within. It produces and delivers to our very door a wealth of electric en ergy more valuable than any oP field or gold mine in the world. This _Admjn.Ui^ra. ion „ ..be cat. striving to get this power suppli ed to our people at the properj rates, and our enemies are trying! in every way to keep us from it.! 1 f every man every woman in! Mississippi knew what this means ■ no man could be elected to any | office whatsoever who is noli wholeheartedly in sympathy with! our program. I have before me Hie report o. | the Electricity Department of the (Tty of Tupelo for 1936. It tells a wonderful story. The resident ial consumers in Tupelo used 2, 116.097 KWIl of electric energy year, for which they paid $38,292. 16. At the rates they were paying three years ago, before the TVA rates went into effect, that amount of electricity would have cost these consumers $208,763.28, in stead of $38,292.16. Three years ago the residential consumers of electricty in Tupelo were using an average of 42 kwh a month. Today they are using an average of 156 kwh a month— al most four times the amount thej’ were using three years ago. Three years ago there were in use by the residential consumers of Tupelo (Continued on Page Four) 4 at iii 4i uiua Can Be Improved One approach to greater farm profit during 1937 is the use of higher grades of fertilizer, espec ially in the instance of nitrogen said to be the greatest limiting factors in crop production in most acres in the state. Not so many years ago the preponderance of complete ferti lizer used in the State contained only 1.65% of potash, and State farmers wasted probably millions of dollars on this low grade mix ture containing large quanities of sand or other worthless filler. The present State fertilizer law put an end to that w-asteful prac tice by establishing a minimum plant food content: During the year closed, according to a report by J. C. Holton, commissioner of agriculture, Mississippi farmers utilized a total of 219.250 tons of fertilizer, and of 107,200 tons of complete fertilizer, 94,707 tons (Continued on Page Four) Conservation Week To Be Held in State JANUARY 31— FEBRUARY 5 DATES SET Schools throughout Mississippi will observe Conservation Week beginning Monday, January 31 and continuing through Arbor Day, February 5. The program is being sponsored by Ihe Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs assisted b the Congress of Parents and Teach ers. the Carden Clubs of he Sta te. Mississippi Association for the Conservation of Wild Fife. These organizations are cooper ating with the State Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the! State Came and Fish Commission! and State Forestry Commission. The Cover nor has issued a I proclamation setting aside Con-! serration Week and asks that during this period nil ei ’zens consider carefully the nimv bene-j fits already received from our varied natural resources and en courage such efforts as will assure the continuation of these naCirnl fundamentals to the full yti'npss of the future citizens of Mississ ippi. A letter to the teachers from •7. S. Vandiver State Superintend am or ivnir"i m regaiunig con servation Week follows: To the T,of Mississippi: We are '• ■ ■ ■ * f -operate a gain " ',1 ' of Conserva tion Week Committee in publish ing this '-one: ‘not : oo 'lilet. T hog" that th-> tee-'hers of Mis sissinH ■■ :!1 sen *o i ‘l,at the vaf inn- • •<••••:*«ms of (' nsorvation Woe’ ■ no observed in everv school W'' need to t It ink and to value properlv the opportunitv to tenet) at r: “ ’ hand a greater anpreem tuM* •' ■ ■■ l-.ir-K s '* a *• •• fish ’and wild life of nnr state. Let’s get our school children] into the attitude of appreciating more highly the valuable gif s of nature ami of conserving them. 1 trust that all the county sup erintendant and the superintend anls and principals of all schools will not only comply with the law in observing Conservation Week, but will FEATURE it. May I suggest at least one public program during that week to which your trustees, patrons, and friends are invited. Conservation Week in Mississ ippi should cause our school child reti and adults to co-operate more fully in preventi>> - fn-ther waste of our natural sources and iti treasuring mor•> ;.igh!v the wond erful blessings ’! left us f,v most bountiful na ire. Thanknig you for your hearty co-operation in making this Week an outstanding sueci and with every good wish, I am cordial! yours, J. S. VANDIVER, State Superintenant of Education Financial Status 01 State Improves That Mississippi “is eettim? re suits ill her gallant fight to over come her previous subordinate financial status” becomes more report of the State Planning Com mission pointing out substantial increases in eight phases of com mercial activity during the first nine months of 1936 over the first nine months of 1935. The Planning Commission’s re port shows Mississippi made sub stantial gains in sales of passen ger and commercial automobiles, household refrigerators, ordinary life insurance, value of checks drawn, farm income, electric pow er output and heavy construction. The average increase of all eight items Avas 6775 percent as com pared with an increase of 23.25 percent in the same activity throughout the nation during the same period, giving the Magnolia State the highest rank in average percentage of increase. The outstanding feature of the (Continued on Page Four Holmes County Subscribes Quota - ■ DURANT RAISES $150 FOR REFUGEES Holmes county citizens have! already donated over eleven hun-! dred dollars to flood sufferers,I according to Mrs. Allen Ramsey, i chairman for this county. The ! quota set for the county was $500. 00. Miss Winfred McIntyre, chair man of the Red Cross committee m Durant, announces that $150.00 was given in Durant. Reports from other sections of I the county indicate that the fol-: lowing has been reported: Lex ington. $350.00; Tchula. 280.00 ;j Thornton, 12.00; Cruger. 100.00 Pickens. 65.00; West. 150.00; Du rant. 150.00. Contributions are still beingi forwarded to Red Cross head quarters every day. Anyone de siring to contribute is asked to communicate with his local chair an. The local chairman send 1he jmoney to the Count \ Chapter "here it is forwarded directly to «lie national fund for flood relief. The Rev. Ingram is directing the drive among the colored peo ple. Those having clothing and oth er necessities to donate are asked to hold them until further notice as a call will he sent out later for them. Social Security Offices Now Op en NEW POSTS IN HATTIESBURG AND MERIDIAN Two more Social Security Board Leld offices are open in Hatties burg and Meridian, bringing the! Mississippi total of offices to four ] it is announced today at the Reg-1 ional office of the Board here. i The other two offices were! opened in November in Jackson! and Vicksburg, with H. H. Dash-! iell and T. Syivertis Wilchcr in charge, respectively. Luther N. Davis. of Hatties-: burg, is the officer in charge of the Hattiesburg office, located in the Commercial National Bank Building. Ill East Front St. The Meridian office is in the Threefoot Building, Twenty-Sec ond Avenue and Sixth Street, with Nathaniel B. Bond, of Oxford, in charge. Mr. Davis for the past three year-, ha been District Manager : ' Hie ItOLC with offices in Hat tiesburg. Prior to that he was Superint'’ lant of th*' th Cou nty Agriev urnl HuL . X ool and Special Consolidated IIu.h School and is wed known in Mississippi educational circles. Mr. Bond, also 'widely known in Mississippi, since last Septem ber has been Professor of Socio logy at the University of Missi ssippi. Previously he was Director of Employment of WPA for State; was on the faculty of Woman’s College and did Y. M. C. A. work during the World War. Eighty-one field offices are now in operation throughout the country. Managers of these offices are for the present on a tempor ary basis, the Regional office points out. These offices are assisting in the maintenance of wage records of workers for whom social secur itv accounts have been set up and in the adjudication of claims for Federal old-age benefits. Employ ers, employees and all other inter ested persons -will be provided with accurate information regard ing the Federal old-age benefits plan and their rights and obliga tions under the Social Security Act. The staffs in each of the new offices are relatively small, and the personnel has been drawn entirely from the civil service lists. Probably Site 01 Factory Is Named OPTION TAKEN ON WILKES PROPERTY Option lias been taken by the city on the property belonging to the Wilkes estate on Highway 51 opposite the cemetery, as the probable location of the new Du ran Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of ladies’ high quality silk hosiery. The officials of the city are said to be more than pleased in the progress of the ncriotations so far. The decree of validation has been issued which do* 'ares <| • tp,. bord- to be issued are in strict accordance with the consti tution and laws of the state of Mississippi and more particularly what is known ns the Industrial Law of .Mississippi. The effect of this validation is ihat bonds can never be called in >rl into question in any court in t]ie state. They are forever a bind big obligation on the part of the mnioipality until they have been retired. Training classes for workers C.v the new concern grow larger . « i • < • f* every any ana appucnumi* n>r e'l'nlovment are still hoing taken. YOUTH AT ETHEL WIN IN CONTEST Charlie Shipp and Horace Lowery, Ethel, Attala County, were among the forty prize win ners which were feted at a ban quet given by the Chilean >.|l’,ate ( iie.pany to the winners in the 1936 crop production contests sponsored by the company. In cooperation with he state depart ment of vocational education. The banquet was given on the roof garden of the Robert E. Leo Hovel in Jackson. Mr. Shipp received first place ii th ■ North Mississippi corn con test and was awarded *25.00. His yield was 117 bushels. Mr. Lowery received third place in the same division and re ceived *15 00 Ilis yield was 02.5 bushels. Both of the boys were students under *T. W. Riley. TWENTIETH CENTURY CLUB SPONSORS OUT DOOR CONTEST The Twentieth Century Club, woman’s club of Durant, is again this year sponsoring the out-door living room contest through tlie Department of American Homes, Mrs. Eugene Cole. Chairman, and the Department of Conservation Mrs. Frank Calender, chairman. Lovely prizes will be awarded each of the winners and the Twentieth Century Club desires that every home-maker enter the contest. RUBY KATE CLEMENTS GETS ALABAMA DEGREE Miss Ruby Kate Clements re ceived her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Home Ecomics from the University ol Alabama on January 23rd. She was the only student to receive a degree in the school of Home Economics at mid term. Mrs. A. B. Clements and Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Clements at tended the graduation exercise. Miss Clements visited friends in Millport, Ala. several days before returning home. DURANT SCOUTS TO AWARD MERIT BADGES The public is invited to attend a Court of 'Honor held by the Boy Scouts of Durant at 7:30 o’ clock, Friday night, in the Sun day School rooms of the Methodist Church. At this time merit badges 'will be awarded and friends and par ents of the boys are urged to at tend. Spurgeon Gaskin, Scout execu tive from Jackson, will be pres ent at the meeting and talk to the gathering. A meeting of the Durant Scout Committee will be held preceding the main gathering at 7:00. All nembers of this committee are urged to be present and on time.