December 27, 1950-January 2, 1951
Leaksville, Spray and Draper this week became the first communities in North Carolina to receive natural gas.
Crews from the North Carolina Gas Corporation spent several days going to homes with gas appliances and converting them for use from heavier-than-air propane gas to lighter-than-air natural gas.
As soon as the Tri-City conversions are completed, the crews will shift to Reidsville . North Carolina Gas Corp. has lines tying into the giant pipeline of Transcontinental Gas Company that passes through Rockingham County. That line extends from Louisiana to New Jersey.
Ninety-seven Rockingham County men will be drafted into the Army during the month of January and another 85 will go to Raleigh Jan. 30 for pre-induction examinations. ... Cpl. David Hardy, 22, of Route 1, Ruffin, is missing in action in Korea, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hardy, have been notified. A member of an anti-aircraft unit, he has been in the Army 33 months. ... An ice storm left roads in the area glazed over and contributed to an accident on U.S. 29 near Reidsville that sent Mrs. B.F. Rudd Jr. of Reidsville and her sister, Mrs. W.H. Webb of Oakland, Calif., to the hospital after the car in which they were riding slid into a bridge abutment. Shortly afterward, a Greyhound bus skidded into the wrecked car, but no one was hurt.
The skeleton of a man, though to be a tramp, was found in a dense grove on a farm near Reidsville by several hunters, whose dogs chased a rabbit into the grove. A pair of glasses repaired with copper wire, two Catholic medallions, a weather-beaten snap purse with three cents in it and several tooth brushes were found at the scene. One of the man's shoes had a newspaper in it covering up a hole in the sole. ... Benjamin Blalock McKinney, Rt. 1, Ruffin, farmer, died in a Reidsville hospital of burns suffered while he was burning grass near his home. ... The holidays passed quietly in Reidsville with police enforcing a ban on firecrackers. Three young men were charged with violating the ban.
Gun sale: Stevens Model 15 bolt action single-shot .22 rifle, $10.88.
Make it yourself: White electric sewing machine, $192.
For the kitchen: Westinghouse refrigerator, $219.95.