May 25-31, 1953 

Second Lieutenant Denny Page Aldridge, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Aldridge of Reidsville, was killed when the plane he was flying crashed near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., where he was undergoing advanced gunnery training. 

Lt. Aldridge was a 1948 graduate of Reidsville High School. He attended the University of North Carolina for three years before joining the Air Force in 1951. He went through flight training, getting his wings and his commission as an officer in March. He was buried in Reidlawn Cemetery with full military rites. 

Jadd M. Cox, Leaksville auto body shop owner and long active in the Republican Party, was sworn in as acting Leaksville postmaster, succeeding M.S. Hodges, who was not reappointed. ... Tri-City High School, which opened last year with the merger of Leaksville and Draper high schools, graduated its first class, with 151 seniors receiving diplomas. 

R. Carl Veach is valedictorian and Nelda Zane Joyce salutatorian of Mayodan High School. Virginia Stone is valedictorian and Barbara Jean Tuttle salutatorian of Stoneville High. ... Harold T. Williams, manager of Reidsville Furniture Store, has been elected president of the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce, and Clifford S. Moore of Hooper and Moore men's furnishing store has been chosen vice president.

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