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MARSHALL, N. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1968
VOL 64 NO. 14
8 PAGES THIS WEEK
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County Jury System Bill Is
Ramsey Istues Statement
Opposing Bill; Now
Raleigh - The Senate Friday
passed without distant a bill that
would abolish a one-msn jury
commission system that has been
in operation in this county since
The bill, introduced by Demo
cratic Sen. Clyde Norton of Old
Fort whose district includes Mad
ison, would empower the Madison
Board of County Commissioners
to act as a three-man jury com
mission. The one-man system has been
the center of political controver
sy in the the county for several
years. Political opponents of L.
B. Ramsey and the Democratic fac
tion led by Sheriff E. Y. Ponder
and Zeno Ponder took the matter
to court two years ago in an at
tempt to have the ooe-man sys
tem ruled unconstitutional.
A Superior Court judge agreed
that the system violated the con
stitution but was reversed by the
State Supreme Court.
Ramsey has not been alone in
his lobbying. Several Madison res
idents who favor Norton's bill
have also been in Raleigh last
weak seeking support for the mea
sure. Among them were Emmett
Sams, Arthur Wood and P. It.
A public hearing before that
committee is almost certain. Ram
sey said in Raleigh last week be
expected . to appear before the
committee in opposition to the
Meanwhle, Sen. Norton Friday
had no comment on a strongly
worded statement issue by Ram
sey Thursday. Ramsey, who
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TO BE HERE ON
APftlL 15 AND 29
Richard S, Hulme, district of
ficer, North Carolina Veterans
Commission, who is in Marshall
twice a month, this week announ
ced that due to the odkl number
of weeks in March, it was neces
sary for him to change his sched
ule for April.
Mr. Hulme will be in the court
house here on Thursday, April 16
and Thursday, April 29.
"I will be glad to attend to any
matters for the veterans on these
two dates in April," Mr. Hulme
AT LOCAL GYM
Urges $1 Billion Economic
Program For Southeast
K. L. EDWARDS
R.L EDWARDS TO
SERVE AS SUPT.
NEXT TWO YEARS
Members of the Marshall High
School seftW clan are sponsoringlponder Renamed Chairman;
l mix 31. CI J 3 ii I '
h benefit dinner this Sunday in the
local gymnasium beginning at 12
o'clock Noon and continuing until
Pstfjtojft will be used to defray
expsnm of the annual Senior trip
to iMftYigton and New York.
Plates will consist of either bak
ed bam or a half barbecued chiclren,
arreen beans or baked beans, rolls.
' or potato salad4. Mr. Edwards has served in this- .
Other Officials Are
The Madison County Board of
Education, in regular session here
Monday morning at the court
house, reelected R. L. Edwards as
county superintendent for the next
eoePElii salad, coffee,
Price of adult plates
tea or capacity for the oast two years,
Prior to bis election as supenn
wili be tendent, he served as principal of
BE HELD HERE
Services At Presbyterian,
Church For Three
Communitywide Lenten services
will be held next week in the Mar
shall Presbyterian Church, it was
announced this week.
$1.26 and children's plates (under
: 10) will be 76c.
phe public is cordially invited to
Marshall High School.
In other action, the board re
elected Zeno H. Ponder as chair-
enjoy Sunday dinner at the local Other officers re-elected
' Originally scheduled for March
28, this dinner was postponed be
cause of the recent flood condi
tions on the Island.
Every hunter in North Carolina
On ffTA a w t i r Viif -fVi a Pow W
C. Clark, pastor of' the Marshall' ha a ?erlLonal stale in e Agri
Methodist Church, will deliver the
message. In addition to Mr. Clark,
a choral group from North Bun
combe High School, under the di
rection of Mrs. Clark, will present
a program of Easter music.
On Tuesday night, the Rev. Jack
Thomas, pastor of the Marshall
Baptist Church, will deliver the
message and on Wednesday eve
ning, the Rev. W. C. Deans, pastor I
of the Marshall Presbyterian
Church, will be in charge of the
Devotions and meditations will
be given each night
Members of all congregations
are cordially invited to the pro-
Services will begin at 7:16
: ACTIVITIES OF :
: OUR RED cross:
Twenty-seven unite of blood were
used by Madison County people in
March, according to the report re
ceived from the Asheville Area
Red Cross Chapter. Sixty-four
Madison Countians gave blood dur
ing this period. Ten donors gave
at the blood center in Aaheville
while 64 persona donated during
the recent Red Cross Bloodmobile
operation in Marshall.
Four Madison County service
men received Red Cross assistance
in March according to Ren Cross
officials. Two were assisted with
securing emergency leaves end
two received reporting service.
cultural Conservation Program.
So does every fisherman, and ev
ery family that likes to camp out
pr picnic in the woods.
That's the opinion of Emory
Robinson, chairman of the Madi
on County Agricultural Stabili
ation and Conservation Commit
ee. He offers some facts to prove
"Hunting, fishng and outdoor
recreation are part of our Ameri
can heritage," he said. "And each
year we find the demand for all
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Grover Gillis, teacher supervis
or; Mrs. J. J). Warrick, truant
counselor; Mrs. Jennie Lee Buck
ner, bookkeeper; and Mrs. Shirley
Members of the board of edu
cation present at the meeting
Monday were Zeno Ponder, J. G.
Gardner, Eugene Reese and Mrs.
Virginia Anderson. B. K. Mea
dows, the other member, was un
able to attend due to illness.
President Johnson said Wednes
day night the United States is
ready for "unconditional discus
sions" of a Viet Nam peace. And
he proposed, even in advance of
any settlement, $1 billion of
American aid for Southeast Asia.
Johnson, in a major foreign pol
icy address, restated at the same
time a no-retreat position in Viet
Nam, even while opening the door
wider to possible negotiations.
In announcing that he would
ask Congress to "join in a $l-bil-
lion American investment" in a
massive economic development pro
gram for the entire region, John
son called on other prospering
countries and he specifically
mentioned the Soviet Union to
join in the effort "to replace des
pair with hope end terror with
Urging Secretary-General U
Thant of the United Nations to
initiate a cooperative development
program as soon as possible, John
son said, "We cannot wait for
peace to begin the job."
But once pesos Is achieved, he
said, he hopes Communist North
Viet Nam would join in the devel
Johnson, whose speech was
broadcast nationally by television
and radio networks, accepted a
standing invitation to make a for
eign policy to the student body of
Johns Hopkins University in Bal
Saying once agefct that the
United States wfll sver oe second
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BODY MET HERE
The I'resbytery of Holston of
the United Presbyterian Church
U.S.A. convened Monday at 9:80
a. m., at Marshall Presbyterian
Dr. Ralph H. Jennings of Kan
sas City, Mo., spoke on the work
of the denomination's Board of
Five ruling elders and five
members were elected delegates
to the annual meeting of the Sy
nod of Mid-South June 22 through
24th at Maryville, Tenn., College.
The summer camp program was
In other business, William S.
Jones, pastor of Calvary United
Presbyterian Church of Ashevlle
and chairman of Committee on
Attendance, gave a report of the
committee with recommendations
to increase participation in the
Elders and pastors from the 37
ON SPRING ACP
Farm operators within the
ounty who have a need and de
sire to establish or improve a
vegetative cover (pasture or hay)
through the spring portion of the
1965 ACP cost-sharing program
have only through April 30 in
which to make application, accord
ing to an announcement by Ralph
Ramsey, AS OS office manager
for Madison County.
Ramsey pointed out that more
and more county farmers are be
coming aware of the benefits de
rived from conservation farming
and urged them to perform their
seeding or improvement practices
as early as possible so as to ob
tain the maximum results and
avoid failures caused by drought
in late spring.
Ramsey said the county records
of the 1966 ACP reveal that ap
proximately 1600 farm operators
have already enrolled in this year's
churches of the Presbytery injprogram as compared to 1350 for
this same period last year.
In conclusion, he stated that
funds are yet available for prac
tice approvals on farms which had
not enrolled and urged farm op
erators with a conservation prob
lem which can be mat through the
ACP cost-sharing program to con
tact the ASGS ofke i Marshall
for the program details and the
filing of their formal request.
Western North Carolina and east
ern Tennessee attended the meet
ng. The ladies of the Presbyterian
Church served lunch.
Mrs. S. C. Rudisill was the of
ficial delegate to the meeting,
representing the local church.
68 persons attended the all-day
Elected Here May 4
In accordance with previously
approved plans, the Wildlife Re
sources Commssion has complet
ed stocking 2,060 trout averaging
8 to 10 inches in length, in the
waters of Madison County. These
fish were produced at the Federal
Fish Hatchery located! near Pis
gab Forest District Game and
Fish Protector, Raymond Ram
sey directed the release of the
flab and solicited assistance from
members of the local wildlife club
and other interested sportsmen.
The Wildlife Resources Commis
sion points out that the coopera
tive effort of all those Interested
in the State's fish and game re
sources will be required to bring
about better fishing, the favorite
outdoor recreation of so many
Ed Roberts Is
Honored Wed. At
Ed Roberts, of Marshall, who
served as foreman of the team
who constructed the Marshall Bap
tist Church five years ago, was
guest of honor at a fellowship
supper held Wednesday evening in
the Fellowship Hall of the
Brief remarks were made by the
pastor, the Rev. Jack Thomas,
who also presented a gift to Mr.
Roberts on behalf of the church.
Town Registration Books To
Open Friday, April 16;
Initial steps have been taken
here for the Town of Marshall
election to be held on Tuesday,
May 4 when a mayor and three
aldermen will be elected. The ac
tion was taken in the form of a
resolution signed by the present
mayor, Clarence Nix, and the town
clerk, J. C. Dodson.
The resolution further states
that these officials elected shall
hohi office for a term of two years
and until their successors are
elected and qualified.
The polling place shall be on
the first floor of the City Hall,
where the fire trucks are located
It was further resolved that
Pearl R. Rector act as registrar
and that Wade Huey and Abe
Price shall serve as judges of the
The registrar shall open the
books at 9:00 a. m., Friday, April
16 and shall keep said books open
from 9 a. m., until 5 p. m., each
day for seven days, excluding
WLOS-TV ON SAT.
Members of the Marshall Gar
den Club announced this week that
a new television series would be
gin Saturday over WLOS-TV,
Asheville, from 7:00 a. m., to
7:30 a. m., which tells you how to
have an attractive homesite. The
program will be seen through
Saturday, May 22, each Saturday
Be sure to watch "Landscaping
Your Home" with Tarheel Garden
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Sunday, for the registration of
any new electors, except on Sat
urday, April 17 the books shall re
main open until 9 p. m.
Challenge Day shall be Satur
day April 24.
The official Resolution is pub
lished on Page Two.
C Of C Meeting
Clyde English, of Mars Hill, and
Clyde M. Roberts of Marshall, dis
cussed two important programs
which might affect Madison Coun
ty at the regular Marshall Cham
ber of Commerce meeting Tues
day at Plemimons Restaurant.
Mr. English dscussed the Ap
pal ax-hi a Program and Mr. Rob
erts the Economic Opportunity
Other business included the
nomination and election of two
new directors of the Chamber, W.
F. Holland and Joseph B. Huff.
In the absence of the president
and vice president, Jim Story pre
sided. 11 members and one visit
r, the Rev. Jack Thomas, were
Two Boards Agree To Meat
Together Again If
Zeno Ponds and the county
Republican Botrd of Commission
ers have buried the hatchet.
Long enough, at least, to con
duct some "vitally important"
Both Ponder, chairman of the
Board of Education, and Doyle
Cody, chairman of the Board of
Commissioners, agreed Monday
that a truce is in order.
Not in their policies, though.
Just for the purpose tf serving
"It was mutually agreed that
the best interests of Madison
County people could be served by
the two boards working together
in an attempt to solve these urg
The words were contained in a
statement they issued following a
joint meeting of the two boards
in the Courthouse here Monday.
The meeting was closed to the
press and public at the request of
the commissioners. All three com
missioners were present, and all
but one member of the Board of
Education attended the meeting.
First of the "subjects of vital
Importance" confronting the two
boards, according to an enumer
ated list which accompanied the
joint statement, was "The Eco
nomic Opportunity Act"
Both boards agreed to work to
gether to develop community pro
grams, the statement noted.
On the Appalachian Program,
the two boards "mutually agreed
to make good connections with
Raleigh and Washington in imple
menting the Appalachian Pro
gram. Also discussed by the two boards
was "the expanse of $14,162 in
the operation of the Anderson Col
ored School and transporting col
ored boys and girls to Asheville
schools and payng tuition to the
City of Asheville."
Consolidation of Madison Coun
ty's high schools and launching a
program of distributive education
were also discussed by the two
boards, according to the press release.
Both Cody and Ponder agreed
to put further study into the top
ics discussed Monday andl to
get their boards together for oth
er meetings whenever necessary.
County Is Cited
Questions Are Answered By
By NED JESTES, Soil Conser
,i vation Technician
Hundreds of localities have
demonstrated that the use of water
shed projects is an effective means
for fanners and towns to deal with
and use and water prob lems, in
cluding floods. Federal funds
ARE available provided a pro
ject is planned and carried out
jointly by local people, State and
Federal agencies WITH the Ml
understanding and support of a
arge majority of the landowners
end citisens of our communities.
Following are some questions
and answers that might help us
to understand our problems on a
general basis as related to Madi
Question: What is the most ef
fective and realistic approach to
conservation of land and water
and flood control?
Answer: The small watershed,
ranging from 19,481 acres to 190,
467 acres drainage area. Five
watersheds have been classified in
Madison and these could possibly
be divided into smaller water
sheds. It is up where the drama
begin, on the hills at the top of
the watershed where the raindrop
Inithe soil and either moves
downward and is stored in protect
ed conditioned soil or runs off, that
ASSO. AT HOT
Officers Are Elected; Holy
The Hot Springs Ministerial As
sociation mot on March 22, at An
tioch Methodist Church, and the
meeting was opened by a medita
tion by Harry Sellers and there
followed a session of prayer end
The election was held for the
coming year with the following
officers being elected: President,
Hubert Lamb; vice president,
Major Baldry; secretary, Harry
Sellers. It was decided that there
would be no April meeting unless
a special one was needed to be
called by the president. The of
ficers were to take office in May.
During the discussion about 'tea
Holy Week services, it was decid
ed that each minster would be
plied Preparing and carrying out
a basic conservation plan through
your own Soil Conservation Dis
trict is the answer. However in
the 10 years the District ha
been organised only 78 out. of a
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most flool control must begin.
During a ranfall of 3 inches in 8
hours, such as we had March 28,
at least two inches would run off
barren soil that had been hi con
tinuous row crop, and hardly any
would run off a good fescue sod
or timberland. Land treatment
meastues ere basic to any water
shed project. Dams and improved
channels cannot be effective unless
the necessary soil and water con
servation practices are first ap- in charge of a different day, the
service being held from 12:80 to
1:00 in Hot Springs. Monday
Rev. Mr. Benfield; Tuesday Rev.
Hubert Lamb; Wednesday Bee.
Mr. Mudd or Dahlenburg; Thurs
day Major Baldry; Friday
Rev. Mr. Sellers.
Dawn A. Edwards of the Hum
hie Oil & Refining Company, has
been elected Madison County
Chairman of the North Carolina
According to Mr. Edwards, "The
North Carolina Petroleum Com
mittee is a statewide organisation
comprised of volunteer county
committee of oil men and women.
One of my principal objectives will
be to bring to residents of Madi
son County facte and figures
which are as much their concern
as my own.
"In addition, I would like for
Madison County people to call on
me to supply free films, speakers,
demonstrations and materials that
are interesting as well as inform
ative.'' L. R. Wise, of Humble Oil &
Refining Co., Marion, is area chair
man of a 13-county area, includ
for this county.
Mr. Edwards is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Dillard Edwards, of
Marshall St. 2, and a graduate of
Mars Hill High School He is
narried to the former Miss Irene
Runnion and they have three chil
Mr. end Mrs. Edwards and
family plan to move to the county.
n the near future.