June 22-28, 1953 

Rex Mitchell has resigned as principal of Ruffin School to become principal of Selma School in Johnston County, ending a controversy that erupted earlier this spring when the Ruffin school committee called for his resignation but many of the school's teachers and patrons rose to his defense. 

The school committee contended he ran a school lacking in discipline and noted he had been convicted a year ago of slapping a student. The county school board backed up the committee but students at the school staged a walkout to show their support for Mitchell, who has been principal of the school since 1944. 

County School Superintendent J. Allan Lewis noted that the Selma school is much larger than Ruffin and thus represents a step up for Mitchell. He said Mitchell goes "with my best wishes." 

Miss Tommy Sue Palmer, 19, a stenographer with a Reidsville auto dealer, was selected as "Miss Reidsville" at the annual pageant sponsored by the Reidsville Jaycees. Her talent was a dramatic reading. ... Zenia Mills, 19, Rockingham County, was named clothing champion of the year at the 23rd annual 4-H Club Week at A. and T. College in Greensboro. She was cited for making clothes valued at $1,300 for herself and her family at a cost of $450. 

The Leaksville town board has adopted a budget of $277,000, the largest in the town's history. The tax rate of $1 will be up 10 cents but Mayor John Smith said the town still has one of the lowest municipal rates in the state. ... The Reidsville Luckies baseball team is on a tear in the Carolina League, winning eight straight games behind timely hitting and good pitching. 

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