Oct. 12-18, 1947 Duke Power Co. announced it will construct a steam electric generating plant on the Dan River in Rockingham County, with work on it to begin in January.

The dam, to be located halfway between Draper and Leaksville, will be one of the largest and most expensive construction projects launched in the Piedmont area in some years.

The overall cost of the project is estimated at $15 million. Duke officials said the plant will have two units of 70,000 kilowatts capacity each.

Draper Park will be dedicated next week by the Draper Woman's Club. Harold W. Whitcomb, vice president of Marhall Field & Co., will speak. ... G. Lawson Ivie has been named general sales manager of Fieldcrest Mills. He will replace R.T. Graham, who is being transferred to Chicago. ... Forty members of the Stoneville Future Farmers of America, accompanied by their instructor, Fred B. Davis, attended the State Fair in Raleigh Thursday. ... Radio Station WFRC in Reidsville began a regular schedule of broadcasts. It is a 1,000-watt station operating at an assigned frequency of 1600 kilocycles. ... Thomas Stevens, 24, of Ruffin, has been bound over to higher court on a charge of murder. He is accused of shooting Marylon McCollum, proprietor of the "Blue Light" road house south of Reidsville.

It was a busy week in the Tri-Cities with the first-ever Fieldcrest Community Week being held. An estimated 10,000 attended the historical pageant "The Land of Eden," and 10,026 visitors toured Fieldcrest Mills' 11 mills in Leaksville, Spray, Draper and Fieldale, Va. ... Maury F. Loftis became Reidsville police chief this week, succeeding R.W. Turkelson. Loftis moves up from sergeant. He joined the police force in 1941 and returned to it after three years with the Army in Europe. Turkelson, chief since 1939, has joined the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation. ... The daily average for tobacco sales in Madison this week ranged from $37 to $41 per hundred weight.

At the movies: "Lured" with Lucille Ball; "Cuban Pete" with Desi Arnaz; "Blue Skies" with Bing Crosby.

On the radio Wednesday: Dennis Day comedy, 8 p.m., CBS.

The price of a Ford: 8-cylinder Tudor, $1,238.15.

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