Ronald Stephen Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Newton of Drexel, has enlisted for two years in the U.S. Marines. He will leave Nov. 26 for Parris Island,South Carolina, for recruit training, having signed up for the 120-day delay program. He is employed by the Pauline plant in Valdese.

Infantry Training: Guy Corpening Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Corpening of Yellow Mountain, is training with the Second Battalion, Fifth Brigade, at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Previously, he completed basic training at Fort Bragg. He is a 1962 graduate of Olive Hill High School.


“Revitalize, Retain, Review, Renew and Recruit” are the 5 “Rs" in the 1969-70 membership years for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Mrs. O.D. Travis of Hickory, national council woman at the 14th district membership rally held in Statesville on Wednesday night.

Membership is the most important program for the Ladies Auxiliary, because without membership, who would carry out the 14 national programs which include hospital work, youth programs, and assistance to veterans. District President Mrs.Travis Joe Ben Whisnant of Morganton announced the district membership awards for the coming year, and presented the national council woman Mrs. Travis with a beautiful carnation corsage.


More than 1,600 people attended the sixth annual picnic held by Southern Devices for employees and their families. Recreational activities were enjoyed during the day. These included swimming, bingo, horseshoe pitching and a softball contest.

The plastics department emerged as the men’s champion and the assembly women’s champion. A dance contest was also held. A number ribbons and more than 300 prizes were given away during the day. Prizes were awarded every half hour. The grand prize, a reclining chair, was won by Harry Parks.


School days are here again. For teachers, today was the first full day of school, it began with a county-wide faculty meeting at Morganton High School. After this came meetings at the various schools.

For students, the schools will open tomorrow for a half day. This means school from 8:30 a.m. until noon. After tomorrow, school will last until 3:15 p.m.

All first-graders will stay a full day in every school, including the Morganton City Schools. In the past, Morganton let first-graders go home at noon the first month and thereafter let them leave an hour early, but this was changed to conform all schedules.


There will be 21 Burke County men and two from Caldwell County participating in the Management Institute , which will hold 12 weekly sessions at Western Piedmont Community College. Morganton is sponsoring the program, which is designed for middle- and top-level business executives.

The classes will start Sept. 11, and the institute will continue each Thursday through Dec 4 and will run from 7:30-10 p.m.

The Morganton Chamber of Commerce feels it is a distinct privilege to be the sponsor of this program, said Robert L. Connelly, Chamber president. Bruno G. Draxler is serving as chairman of the management institute committee.


We are glad to note the Rescue Squad drive is going good. That is as it should be. The squad is always ready and willing to serve Come to think of it, Collett Street used to be a short one, but now by ginger, it goes all the way from North Green Street to Riverside Drive. And pretty homes and buildings galore.

We note the Macedonia Baptist Church at 508 Bouchelle Street has a permit for extensive repairs.

Work is going ahead on the new building at the Wes-Mor shopping center. This is going to be a big shopping center one of these days.

This is a good one: a woman who had worked in the Alpine Knitting Mill near the depot several years ago moved to another city. On a return visit some time ago, she was shown the mill and didn’t know what it was. Reason: big additions had been made by Drexel. Proof positive that “Morganton will grow whether we like it or not.”

This article is sponsored by the History Museum of Burke County where the archives of The News Herald are stored. Jimmy Rhyne is the researcher of the archives.

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