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THE DURANT NEWS
Mh^YKAR NUMBER 36 PUKANT MLSSISSIPHT^ THURSDAY, MAY 14, 1953 ===!=!!= YEAR*^ H An impressive campfire pro gram is being planned by Holmes county Boy Scouts this Friday evening at the Holmes County State Park near Durant, at 7:30. Everyone, particularly par ents of Scouts, is urged to at tend this campfire program and see what the boys are learning in their scout pro gram. It was the great pleasure of the writer to attend the 68th annual convention of the Na tional Editorial Association held recently at the Jung Hotel in New Orleans. Nearly 600 editors from every section of the United States attended and a large number of the group participated in a 3-day trip by bus to various points of interest around Louisiana fol lowing the Mississippi Gulf Coast where they were domi ciled at the Edgewater Gulf Hotel. iTius mis section ox me country will receive considera ble publicity as a result of the visits of these editors of the non-metropolitan press—and I believe it will be favorable publicity. For these editors are not representatives of Time, Life and Fortune and similar publications. Rather, they seek in their travels to see each state of our country as it is and to look more for good than for evil. I might add that every editor pays his own way on these trips. They may be guests of various groups for a meal or something of the kind but they pay their own transportation, lodging etc. From the opening banquet held Sunday evening at which Westbrook Pegler appeared through the Wednesday ses }ion there were a number of outstanding speakers. Missis sippi was well represented on the list with Jimmy Arrington and Clayton Rand featured on Monday and Wednesday res pectively. I was disappointed in Pegler for he read his speech—and although it was a good speech it just wasn't as effective as it would have been had he got up and let his hair down, so to speak. »f However, the< man has been subject to so many libel suits there is good reason for him to come prepared with a manu script. Contrary to some opinion Pegler has never had to pay a dollar for libel—nor has he ever had to make a retraction. If I can get a copy of Mr. Pegler’s address I should like to reprint it. His topic was “Appraisal of the Press’ and he disposed of the issue by concentrating on the metropolitan press and, more particularly, the news magazines such as Time and Life. Perhaps he based his remarks upon the belief that the metroplitan press has let these news magazines come mu wciu, uuuu up d lit* mendous following and exert an undue influence on Amer ican minds and morals. At this same time Mr. Pegler was politely ignoring an ap praisal of the non-metropolitan press to which he was speak ing. Perhaps he was afraid we couldn’t take it—and maybe we couldn’t as a group. I did hear of one publisher who stayed away from convention because Pegler was going to speak. Mr. Pegler did not hesitate to call names. He called Life magazine the ‘ peeping Tom" of American journalism and said that Henry Luce, publisher of Life, Time and Fortune, distorts the truth and emphasizes repulsiveness. He told of how Luce furnished $200,000 to investigate the American press and then load ed the panel of investigators with leftists. On this panel of men investigating the press there were 68 affiliations with Hommunist-front organizations, he said. Mr. Pegler said the Ameircan press has failed to give a fair picture of the displacement of ! the Arabs in Palestine—that it i took us years to reeogniz thej Irish Free State but we rec orgnized Israel in 15 minutes. Secretary Forrestal wanted I to retain the friendship of the 1 Moslem world so that its oil would be delivered to us rather than to the Russians, he con tinued. Felix Frankfurter (one of the Win Durant News "Most Valuable Player" Awards Trent Burrell A miniature gold football wai given by The Durant News U Trent Burrell Thursday eveninf at DHS graduation exercises foi his selection by members of tht team as the “most valuable’ player of the year. Miniature gold basketballs will be awarded to Miss Virginia Lovins and Joe Collins also by The News for their selection as “most valuable” players of the year. The basket balls, ordered earlier, failed to arrive in time for the graduation exercises but will be properly engraved and presented within a short time. The awards are given annually by The News to promote interest in athletics and fair play, to de velop and recognize leadership among those participating in athletics. Boy Scout Camporee Will Be Held At Holmes Park 15-16 The Holmes Conuty Boy Scouts will attend a camporee at Holmes County State Park on Friday and Saturday of this week. Scout troops from Lexington, Durant, Tchula, Pickens and Cruger are expected to attend. David Williams, county chair man of the Boy Scouts, states that camporee is the climax of the troop scouting year. Each troop brings its own equipment and food, puts up camp, cooks its meals, and carries through its program. The troops will be tested on the camping abilities that they have been practicing for the last year, and additional training sessions will be conduct ed in outdoor cooking, nature, fire by friction, knots and their uses, judging distances, and corri pass and map reading. All of the troops will be camp ing on the same basis and com peting among themselves for the standard of proficient campers as recognized by the Boy Scouts of America. It is possible for a troop to earn two awards, the first for attaining a high ratine on their oampine abilities, and the second is the Pioneering Award which requires very anvanced training in camping. The public is invited and urged *n attend the campfire program that will be conducted by the boys at, 7:30 Fridav night. The pro .. Cl X t;’ 11 ■ 'Wfoot Coremonv and Court ol Honor, is one of <he most impres sive ceremonies in sco itin most influential men in the Roosevelt regime — although Pegler didn't say it) was a character witness for Alger Hiss and the Washington Post found excuses for him (Hiss), Pegler said, "and the New York Times and New York Herald Tribune were not far behind.” Today the libel suit has be come a gag and a racket in American journalism, Pegler said. We all know this to be true— and the net result is to muzzle to a degree the press of the nation. Few editors are so financially independent they can afford libel suits—and although they may be per fectly innocent of any libel and go free in court the nui sance, worry and expense of any court fight is still to be borne. Mr. Pegler’s parting advice to the editors (and he was refer ring to the current American scene in which Communism is getting such a play) was: “It is wise to keep an open mind—but not so open that your brains fall out.” Virginia Lorim Jo# Collins ; -—-■ Rebel Pride Wins Championship At Tdiula Horse Show Tuesday Before 2,000 People; Arkansas' White Star Is Reserve Champ Happy Days K Wins Junior Champ At Big Delta Event Rebel Pride, owned by Breck Cabell of Jackson and ridden by R. C. Hughes of Jackson won the champion walking horse stake at the highly successful Tchula horse Show Monday evening. Reserve champion was White Star, an all white beauty owned by Willow Oak Acres of Prescott, Ark., with Percy Moss up. The crowd of more than 2,000 persons who witnessed this show sponsored by Tchula Lions and BPW Club was thrilled with the exhibition of fine horses and horsemanship at both the after noon and evening shows. Junior Champ Happy Days K owned by James Cunningham of Tchula., trained and ridden by R. C. Hughes of Jackson, won the jun ior championship of the show in the 3-year-old walking class Reserve junior champ was Alfred, owned by E. L. Burgess of Arkan sas and ridden by its owner. Awards Made Cash awards, ribbons and hand some silver tropies were given in the various classes of competition. Among those given tropies were Mr. and Mrs. Reeves Van diver of Tchula; Dr. and Mrs. L. B. Otken, Greenwood; Dr. and Mrs. D. R. Minter of Cruger; Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Nixon, Tchula; Mr. and Mrs. Breck Cabell, Jack Mr. and Mrs. Gilliam Gwin, 3’ and Mrs' Sam Foose, Tchula; Mamelli’s Optical Shop Greenwood; Dr. and Mrs. J. j Kazar, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Penn all of Tchula; Mr. and Mrs. Hamp i°T'Ja'kSOn; Sheriff a"d Mrs Riohaid F. Byrd, Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Logan, Tchula: nr' 3"d MrS' R B Brumby, Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Russell, Dr and Mrs. Worth I. Dunn, all of Lexington; Jones Planting Co. of Tchula; Ben Howell of Memphis Mississippi state Horse Show As sociation. Among sponsors of the show were Mr. and Mrs. James Peas-j' ter, Mr. and Mrs. Dixon C. Peas-1 t,pr all ToVm* 1 . »/r , __ ..• auu ivirs. Homer Brock. Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Brock, Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. James Love, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sharpe. Tchula: Mr. and Mrs Frank Eakin, Thornton: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Latham, Jackson; Mr and Mrs. Ralph Ray, Mr. and Mrs Charley Wade, Mr. and Mrs! George Vanderburg, Tchula. Hamp Jones served as ring master and Mr. B. H. Shannon of Jackson acted as master of cere monies. The latter was introduc ed by Ralph Ray, horse show chairman, who welcomed the crowd in a few well chosen words and expressed the appreciation of the Lions and BPW Club mem bers to everyone who in anv wav had contributed to the great sue- j cess of the show. Ribbon girls, whose names were carried in this paDer last week were introduced to the tune'fil me'odies of Gilbert Frvant at the Hammond electric organ Frank Clark is Lions Chih *<* *"'d“nt aurt Mrs CatWjpo ;s nresiden* of th° ToV-iq nruv Chib. Mrs. Sara Rain” ic 1 of the horse show committee and George Vanderburg. tr-pas,,,._ | pr Judges were well known m°r ! in the state in their respective fields. A complete list of winners ‘ follows: Class 1: Walking Yearlings 1952 Foal; Blue ribbon, Annie's Mid mgnt, ridden by Calvin Neal owned by W. W. Hutton of Col lierville, Tenn.; 2nd, Midnight Bomb, ridden by C. C. Phil lips, owned by 3-C Stables of Car ter; 3rd, Hutton’s Masterpiece, ridden by Jim Hutton, owned by S. D. G. Hutton of Tchula; 4th, Williams Pride, ridden by Billy Hutton, owned by Billy Hutton of Tchula Class 2: Children’s Pleasure Mount; Blue ribbon, Honest Joe, ridden by Jim Hutton, owned by Mrs. S. D. O. Hutton of Tchula; 2nd, Rusty Allen, ridden by Sacia Kazar, owned by Guy Sharpe of Tchula; 3rd. Midnight Devil, ridden by Ted Gardner, owned by Ted Gardner of Lex ington; 4th, Dan, ridden by Patricia Baine, owned by Guy Sharpe of Tchula; 5th, Lady, rid den by Sam Hutton, Jr. owned by S. D. G. Hutton of Tchula; 6th, Nancy Carter,.ridden by Miriam' Vandiver, owned by Arthur Kil lebrew of Crtigw. Class 3: Local pleasure Horses; Blue ribbon, Honest Joe, ridden by S. D. G. Hutton, owned by S. D. G. Hutton of Tchula; 2nd, Mule Train, ridden by Tom Fish er, owned by S. J. Foose, Jr. of, Tchula; 3rd, Tarzen, ridden by' Jessie Pigg, owned by Jessie Pigg j of Eden. Class 4: Walking Mares Four Years Old and Over; Blue ribbon, Champain Ladv. ridden bv R. C. i Hughes, owned by Miss Georgia McKenny of Jackson; 2nd, Lady Chesterfield, ridden by J. H. Nob lin, owned by John Perkins of Summitt; 3rd, White Star, ridden by Percy Moss, owned by Willow J Dak Acres of Prescott, Arkansas: 4th, Jane Sun, ridden by Vic Thompson, owned by Lin-Mar Stable of Louise: 5th, Mau Bell, ridden by E. L O’Call^cho owned by W. F. McGeorge of Pine , Bluff, Arkansas: 6th, Parade of. Elegance, ridden bv Jim Swoope. j owned by Jordon and Swoope of j Columbus and West Point. Class 5: Walking Stallion o-j ^elding Three Years Old: Blue i Ribbon. Happv Days K. ridden bv R. C. Hughes, owned bv .T. E Hunninghsm of Tohul'3, 2nd Kin? (Continued on Page 6) Durham And McBride Now In Run-Off For City Marshal Other City Officials Named In Tuesday's Democratic Primary In Durant Mayor R. E. McNeer was returned to office by a vote of 277 t«o 204 for opponent, C. H. Herring. City Clerk Mrs. Lucile Truitt as unopposed. In the marshal’s race incum bent W. E. Durham, who polled 194 votes, faces J. S. McBride, who counted for 124 tallies. A. L. Hatohock received 100 votes and Mayfield Howard got 64. Aldermen elected were W. C. Landrum 359; C. H. Blanton, Jr., 337; Leon Engelmann, re-elected. 320; Ralph McGeehee, 286; and Miss Georgie McIntyre. 278. Other candidates were Frank Cox, 261; Clarence Robertson (for re-election), 234; Mrs. Jessie C. Lewis, 127;; Mrs. Maude Tatum, 106 and Irby Melton, 62. Other Elections In other communities over the county these votes were cast: Goodman: For Mayor—W. A. Thomas. 76. George N. Taggart 17; Aldermen elected: A. S. Donald, Jr., 83; D. K. Gulledge, 77; J. R. Killebrew, 63: J. W. Potts, 61; A. A. Derrick, 54. Other candidates for alderman ■were Noel Dickerson who polled j 50 votes. C. H. Campbell. 45. and R. L. Taylor wfoo polled 30. West Election In West G. D. Thornton was named mayor with 67 tallies over Walter L. Campbell who polled 21 votes. W. D. Brock was unopposed for marshal. Elected aldermen wemre A. J. Stevens III, 82; John L. Mason, 64: G. L. Brook, 57; L. R. Brown ing, 57; and H. L. Bowie, 55. Other votes cast were W. B Johnson, 47, and Ben C. Weaver, 30. / f Pickens Officials In Pickens Mayor W. S. Owen was re-elected 66-45. His oppo nent was Shelby A. Parker, Clerk P. C. Hemphill was unop posed. Aldermen named were W. G McMullen, 99; W. C. Worthy, 91; Mark A. Hanna, 89; T. O. Bluford, 83; L. E. Crowford, 76. A. A. Whitehead received 56 votes and E. H. Wright 46. Lexington Ted Upshaw and S. V. Farmer will enter the runoff election to be held Tuesday, May 19, for marshal as a result of the Demo c-atic Primary election held Tuesdav in Lexineton. Mr. Upshaw polled 113 and Mr. Farmer 109 to lead the ticket. They were closelv followed by Rru1 Mvers with 104 votes, ,Jsrvev Nabors with 98 and H. H. Tate 74. George Bailey defeated Billy Rutledge for alderman in ward one in a close contest 38-36 and in ward two O. A. Cleveland h^at W. A. (Bill) Power a scant votes, 65-56. M. C. McDaniel was unoopo«ed in ward three as was M. E. Hoi- ! Iordan in ward four. W. F. (Wet) Thurmond defeat- j ed incumbent alderman-at-larg"! Pcn-Am Distributor Attends Meeting Mr. Deck J-'hnson. Pan-Am •U'-.ributor *n this circa, is shown in front of a photo of his com pany’s new fluid hydroformer oil refining unit. It is the first unit of its knid in the world and re arranges gasoline molecules un • nmDoint control never before possible to make Pan-Am's new. “Ealanced Enerev” Gasoline. At right is W. S. Eubanks, state manager for Pan-Am. at a recent molting held in Jackson. I Graduation Exercises Held Thursday Evening; Thirteen 1953 Seniors Receive Diplomas Wins Wilkes Award James Rucker James Riley Rucker won the Wilkes trophy given annually by' Mr. Claud Wilkes to that member of the DHS Senior Class designat ed by members of the faculty as “most outstanding” student at (graduation exercises Thursday Mr. Rucker al90 won the saluta torian award. The Wilkes ward is based upon scholarship, student activities, character, personality and leader ship. 9,000 Holmes Citizens Receive Free Medical Eye Examinations Week's Schedule Of Vision Survey Team Listed Here Today More than 9,000 Holmes Coun ty citizens have received free medical eye examinations, ac cording to Dr H. L. Butters, act ing director of the Holmes Cbun ty Health Department and Super intendent of Education L. R. Thompson who today announced a schedule of visits of the county wide Vision Survey Team. Eye examinations are conduct ed daily by a group of eye specialists, technicians and other specialized personnel, on week davs from 8:30-4:30 and from 8:00 until noon on Saturdays. The examinations are supervis ed by the Department of Ophtal mologv of Tulane Universitv and the State and County health de partments. With the closing of schools, plantations, crossroad stxrf ’s. rural churches, community cen ters and everv section of the county are scheduled to be visit ed. The examination bv an ev« ^’W'iahst and technicians will find visual defects or eve dis eases that mav exist. Although ♦bp program do»s not give ♦rept ♦oent for eve diseases or defects is planned to he of vabip in detecting eve d'S“pco<; pnd de fPon'inued p Page fil District Two Community Hospital Mrs. S. J. Ellington, Durant Mrs. Horace Sudduth, Durant Mrs. J. W. Sowell, Durant— Mrs. Vernice Belk, Durant Mrs. J. H. Hocutt, Lexington Mrs. Nathan Hodges, Durant Baby Linda Lou Hodges John W. Moss. Durant Mrs. Lela Siddon, West Mrs. Gamma C. Proctor, Leland Mrs. Nettie Rimmer, Kisciusko Mrs. Earl Hudgins, Sallis Mrs. Margaret Woodall, Durant Mrs. R. E. Irby, Jr. Durant Baby Boy Irbv Colored Magnolia Prince. Durant Connie Bell Wright, Durant Pabv Doris Jean Wrieht Maria Lee Parker, West Willie D. Round, Durant 0 L. Ellison 343-TitS. ivnr C: n’-td C'*’ '"’’orlr Alton S Packer were t)r> No Contests In Tohula the Demoeratie r|om; r>ees were declared el c'tl'l 5l- - eoonsition evolved T1'e«-» ti.or "Tavor J L. ^hie’ds; 'Ma’-svini \ C Cone'?r' Citv CWk fapnr,ir,t 1 odl. Mrs. Florence Puck: >ide '"°n P. L. Ray W. G. G"’’T' W. J. Penn. E. J. Shepperd and 1 E. I. Harris. Many Awards Given To Outstanding Students Of Class Thirteen Durant High School seniors received their diplomas in impressive services held (this) Thursday evening at 8:00 p. m. at the school auditorium. Speaker for the evening’s pro gram was Dr. Joe Farrar, dean of the faculty at Delta State Tea cher’s college, Cleveland. The valedictory address of the evening was given by Charles Knott, highest ranking honor stu dent of the 1953 class and the salutatorian’s address was brought by Jaimes Rucker, second ranking student Assisting in the evening’s pro gram was the Glee Club- under the direction of Mrs. Madge Lip sey whichgave Waring’s “Where In The World.” Mrs. Lipsey also played the processional, March of the Priests and Bizet’s March for the recessional. The invocation was given by the Rev. S. L. McCullough. Pres byterian pastor and the Rev. T. A. Filgo, Methodist pastor, gave the benediction. The sextette gave "Calm Is Hie Night” by Bohm. Awards Given The climax of the evening’s nrogram was reached when Supt. 'N. C. Hathom presented the awards and diplomas. These in cluded: The Willoes Trophy, given an i miallv bv Mr. Claud Wilkes to indent voted as the most outstanding student of the class, won by James Riley Rucker, who also received the salutatori en’s award: Valedictorian’s ward. Charles Knott: Highest scholastic average for 1952-53, Gerald Carr who made 94.2 for the vear. Second high was Joyce Hathom with 93.3. Durant News Awards The gold football and basket balls awarded each vear to the olayers voted bv members of the team as being the “most valuable player” were won bv Trent Bur rell in football, by Virginia Lov ins and Joe Collins in basketball. Trent Burrell also received the »H_ro„t,d athlete” award. William Ingram won the “most imnroved” football plover award. The American Legion Awards were given to Jeanette Engle mnnn and fiidnev White. The highest scholastic average two vears of iUn<or high was 97 2 made bv R?ha .Toa Love, an on, irroHfl student. Second high Was Sidnev White with 96.7. Who's Who Contest At DHS Announced Those elected in the Who’s WTho contest at the Durant High School recently are as follows: Mr. Durant High School— Thomas Yoang Gunter; Miss Durant High School—Virginia Lovins Most Popular Boy, Larry Day ; Most Popular Girl, Virginia Lovins; Friendliest Boy, Bernard Hays; Girl, Betty Jo McLellan; 'Most Intellectual Boy, Billy Wayne Brown. Most Intellectual Girl, Marjorie Dickerson; Most Handsome Boy, Thomas Young Gunter; Most Beautiful Girl, Joyce McBride; Most Versatile Boy, Trent Bur rell: Most Versatile Girl, Betty Jo McLellan: Wittiest Bov. Wayne Truitt; Wittiest Girl, Patsv Autrv; Biggest Pest Bov. r’Uv ■'--—il 1 Biggest Por. — Cprrol; Best r-'sc-'d Boy, Doc Griffin: Best Dressed Bachel Vaughn; Most Dig ”’fied Senior, Claire Jean Cooper Senior Most Likely To Succeed’. Thomas Young Gunter; Jolliest Junior. Patsv Autrv: Silliest Sophomore, Joyce Hathborn. Senior Vesper Service Held Sunday Evening Vesper services for the 1953 graduating cast of Durant High •School were held Sunday evening at the school auditorium with all ■lenominations of the city joining in the worship. The Rev. J. T. McCafferty -'ronr'M an inspiring sermon and he Glee Club sang “ There Is A Balm In Galead” bv Dawson. Mrs. L. C. Lipsey played the -n-ocessiona1 March from “Aida” ’fter* the prelude given by Edwin Sudduth. He played Adagio, | Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Mrs. Lipsev used Schubert's j March for the recessional. ! Invocation was given bv the I B°v. T. A. Fdgo end the benedic 1 tion by the Rev. J. O. Bearden.