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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 3, June 1943
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Wilson County schools underwent changes after Superintendent K. R. Curtis took over in 1943. He introduced programs to aid families during war time constraints, this included education for children and parents alike. Farmers could go to classes a few days a week to learn vocational skills to better maintain and repair farm equipment during a time when such machinery was scarce. Teachers, in cooperation with parents, assigned advanced school work to students that may need to stay home and assist with farming during the school year. Curtis further emphasized agriculture by demanding agricultural vocation programs in 100% of Wilson County schools.
Transylvania County's diverse industries supplied citizens at home and troops abroad with an assortment of goods. The county's list of manufactured goods included: leather, lumber, cigarette papers, and hosiery. This area contributed to the war effort not just in manufactured goods, but local Brevard College trains pilots through the CAA flight program and prepares them for service in the air corps.
Lee Vickers of Durham worked as a radio announcers for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). A graduate of Duke University, his radio career began in the Raleigh-Durham area. He moved to Washington D.C. in 1938 and landed a position at WTOP, a then powerful Washington D.C. station. It was in his role as night manager at this station that allowed Vickers to announce breaking news and introduce the president before national addresses.
North Carolinians have been known for courageous acts and decisions from colonial times down to the present. For some it meant the end of a political career; for others the end of their careers; for some it cost their lives. Space limits Lawrence to a few outstanding acts of courage by North Carolinians, including Calvin Graves, Colonel Henry K. Burgwyn, Josiah Turner, Judge Henry Conner, and Governor Blucher Ehringhaus.
Rutherford County does not have towns of any size. There are no industries of consequence and while there is no spectacular scenery, there is plenty of the relaxing type. Still the county has many interesting things once a visitor leaves the main road. In the nation's early days most the gold was mined there, and the famous Bechtler mint produced over $2.5 million. The Gold Star Mine still operates. Mica is mined there for the war effort. The log post office at Gilkey is one of the state's smallest ones.