April 14-20, 1952
Two men robbed the Boulevard branch of the Leaksville Bank and Trust Company, taking an estimated $60,000 in the daring noonday holdup.
Shortly after the robbery, state police seized two men in a car on Highway 158 near Stokesdale because their clothing appeared to match the description given by Mrs. Herman Setliff, the bank cashier and the only person in the bank when the pair walked in. But they were released when she was unable to identify them.
Mrs. Setliff told authorities one of the men leveled a gun at her as he climbed over a cashier's cage. He tied her with tape and then the two men helped themselves to the bank's money.
Former Fieldcrest Mills executive Luther Hodges, now a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was principal speaker at the spring meeting of the Northern North Carolina-Virginia division of the Southern Textile Association at Cooleemee High School in Davie County. ... A crowd of 4,000 was on hand for the season's opening sportsmen's modified stock car races at the Draper Speedway, a paved quarter-mile banked track. Seventeen cars participated. Bob Myers of Winston-Salem won the 40-lap feature race and also won a 10-lap heat.
The Red Cross fund drive in the Tri-Cities raised $6,846, short of the goal of $7,275. ... Walter (Tee) Frye, head basketball and baseball coach at Oak Ridge Military Institute, has signed to play another season of professional baseball with the Reidsville Luckies. Frye was one of the top infielders in the Carolina League last year. ... Mrs. John Barksdale has been installed as president of the Mayodan High School Parent-Teacher Association. ... The State Highway Commission has called for bids on 4.84 miles of grading and paving on Route 29 in Rockingham County. ... The Leaksville-Spray Exchange Club will hold a soap box derby June 14 for boys 10-15 years old in the Leaksville-Spray-Draper area.
At the bookstore: "Shiloh" by Shelby Foote, an account of a Civil War battle, $2.75.
For a smooth ride: Two Davis Safety Grip tires and tubes, $26.90.