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SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MADISON COUNTY
78th Year No. 23
PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE COUNTY SEAT AT MARSHALL. N.C
THURSDAY, June 14, 1979
Voters Turn Down School Bond Issue
Waste Wood For Power?
FBEC Thinks It's Possible
Produce electricity with waste wood?
Charles Tolley, manager of French Broad
Electric Cooperative, thinks it can be done. Not
only does he believe it might be feasible but he's
spearheading efforts to conduct an extended
$122,500 study which will take four to five months
to complete in order to find out the possibility of
such a venture.
Should the study confirm it's practical, the
French Broad Co-Op wants to build a
115,000-kilowatt plant that would be located either
in Madison or Yancey County. The plant would
burn wood waste such as chips, bark and sawdust
purchased from local sawmills, Tolley com
"There's enough wastewood within 60 miles of
the area to provide the fuel at a cost cheaper than
coal. The plant would use about 150,000 tons of
wood a year," Tolley said, and added, "If we have
plenty of fuel and can generate electricity with it,
we ought to use it."
The cooperative has received a $30,000 grant
from the N.C. Energy Institute, an agency of the
state Commerce Department to help pay for the
study. The cooperative; made up of residents and
businesses in rural areas of five counties, is put
ting up the rest of the money.
Tolley said the study will determine financing
and operating costs, environmental requirements
and the most desirable of 12 sites under considera
tion. Construction would take about four years.
At present, French Broad is dependent on
Carolina Power and Light Co. (CP&L) for its elec
tricity. Tolley said that although CP&L's present
rate of 2.7 cents per kilowatt hour is cheaper than
the estimated 3.5 to 4.0 cents per kilowatt hour
cost of wood-fired generation, rising costs will
make power from a wood-fired plant cheaper in
about seven years.
In addition, using wood as fuel would help
stimulate local economies. "You're looking at a
fuel that will put money back into Western North
Carolina rather than sending it to a coal mine in
Kentucky," he said.
Small as power plants go, a 15,000-kilowatt
unit would supply about 5,000 homes. That's less
than 1 percent of the output of Duke Power Co.'s
uncompleted, 2.4-million kilowatt nuclear plant 17
miles northwest of Charlotte.
Tolley said the plant would provide about 25 to
30 percent of the cooperative's electricity. He said
two more 15,000-kilowatt units may be added in
French Broad, seventh largest cooperative in
the state, serves Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell
and Yancey counties in North Carolina and part of
Unicoi County, Tennessee.
Byard Ray Festival
Slated For June 23
The third annual Byard Ray
Polk Festival will be
presented on June 23 in the
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium of
the Asheville Civic Center. Ad
mission for adults is $3,
The festival, which is par
tially supported by the Na
tional Endowment for the
Arts, aims to present tradi
tional music and dance.
Unlike many other area
festival*, bluegrass music will
not be beard. This festival
aims to bring to the stage
many of the finest musicians
in the region, who still cherish
and can render faithfully the
type of song and dance that
rang through the mountains
years and years ago - the kind
of music and dance that our
grandparents favored and
pasted on to their children.
Byard Ray of Madison
County provided inspiration
tar the festival because of his
continuing interest in preser
vation and teaching the tradi
An unusual arreet was made
tare last Saturday about
ajn. when It was discovered
that the Marshall police oar
was missing from Bridge
Street wire it had been tam
perariiy parked by a
tional music. Since residents
of Madison County are known
far and wide for their par
ticularly rich musical
heritage and their sincere in
terest in sharing this heritage,
many will be featured.
Quentin Ramsey and Lamar
Lunsford will be the masters
of ceremony. Ballad singers to
perform are Berzilla Wallin,
Dellie Norton, Cas Wallin,
Doug Wallin, Evelyn Ramsey,
Betty Smith, Sheila Rice, Bob
bie McMilkm and Denis* Nor
Dance groups appearing
will be Mrs. Isabel Clark's
"Kenilworth Kapers," an
English country dance group;
Don Wise's "Ptogah View
Ranch Smooth Dancers"; and
Red Ivester's "Carolina Clog
gers " Instrumental* will be
presented by "Red" Parham
on the mouth harp; Jerry
Reed Smith on the hammered
dulcimer; Sheila Rice on ban
jo; and Betty Smith on
Traditional string bands to
play are Tommy Hunter's
'The Hornpipers"; J.P.
Fraley's "Fraley Family
Band"; Gordon Freeman's
"Pink Mountain Boys"; John
Davis' "The Asheville String
Band"; Mark Anderson's
"French Broad Jumpers";
Luke Smather's "Luke
Smather's String Band";
Quay Smatbers's "Dutch Cove
String Band"; Harper Van
Hoy's "Fiddler Grove String
Band"; Joan Moser's
Cooperative String Band"
Fred Haynie Named
The Madison County Board
of Education has named Fred
C. Haynie the principal af
M?r?h?n Elementary School.
He succeeds William J.
Brig man who resigned to
return to Red Oak School in i
Haynie graduated from
Marshall High School in 1997,
from Western Carolina
University in l m with a
bachelor of science in educa
tion degree, and again in 1976
with a master's degree. He is
education specialist degree
As an educator, Haynie has
been a classroom teacher at
Valley Springs School in
Sky land. Hot Spring* School,
and for the past five years at
Marshall. He has served aa
the treasurer of the Madison
County unit of the North
Carolina Association of
Educ^itof^ coscH^i bjtsicc t
bell, and the 1979 Mender
yearbook waa dedicated to
FOUR MADISON COUNTY
4-H'ers attended the 24th annual
4-H regional Resource Develop
ment Conference June 4-8 at Fon
tana Village to learn about
natural resources and related en
vironmental issues and career op
portunities. Shown above, left to
right, are: Connie Woody,
Bradley Franklin, Mark Rector
and Jan Blair, delegates from
Marshall; and Miss Sharon
Carter, 4-H agent from Marshall.
John Blair, TV A agent of Walnut,
was not present for picture.
County Schools Accredited At Level II
Accreditation of schools by
the North Carolina State
Board of Education involves
three levels. Level I accredits
tion denotes that a school
system has developed a com
prehensive educational plan
for the total school sytem.
Level II denotes that the plan
has been implemented. Level
ni denotes that the system
has completed an evaluation
of the plan.
Madison County Schools
were accredited at Level I in
January 1977. On April 9-10,
1979, a State Accreditation
Committee composed of Dr.
James Valsame, chairman,
Bob Boyd and Meg Murphy,
vlsisted the schools in
Madison County to determine
if the comprehensive plan was
Roger Schurer, chairman of
the State Accreditation Com
mittee, has informed ILL. Ed
wards, school superintendent,
that Level II accreditation has
been attained. Schurer com
mended Edwards and his staff
for the progress that has bean
made in implementing the
plan for the Mfthwi County
Schools. The evaluation pro
cess will begin during the
197t-80 school year.
The $2,500,000 school bond referendum wai
defeated Tuesday by a margin of 48 votes in the
unofficial returns in the countywide election. The
final total was 726 who favored the bond issue and
775 who opposed the bond issue. These figures
include the absentee ballots, which totaled 17
votes in favor and two against the bond issue.
Only 15 percent of the approximate 10,000
registered voters in the 11 precincts went to the
Although six of the 11 precincts voted in favor
of the referendum, the five precincts which
rejected the referendum had the greater margins.
Spring Creek was the first precinct to report
to the Madison County Board of Elections which
received the returns at the courthouse. The first
call was made at 7:35 p.m., five minutes after the
polls closed. All precincts had reported by 8:20
Following are the unofficial returns from the
11 precincts: yes, those who favored bond issue
and no, those who opposed bond issue.
North Marshall 151 yes, 94 no (245 total votes).
South Marshall 66 yes, 49 no ( 115 total votes).
Laurel 60 yes, 65 no ( 125 total votes).
Mars Hill 114 yes, 77 no (191 total votes).
Beech Glen 81 yes, 93 no (174 total votes).
Walnut 59 yes, 110 no (169 total votes).
Hot Springs 28 yes, 117 no (145 total votes).
Ebbs Chapel 37 yes, 18 no (55 total votes).
Spring Creek 28 yes, 101 no (129 total votes).
Sandy Mush 13 yes, 10 no (23 total votes).
Grapevine 72 yes, 39 no (111 total votes).
Absentees: 17 yes, 2 no (19 total votes).
Total persons voting including absentees:
Several of the election officials stated that
many of the voters were in the older age bracket
and property owners with set incomes who
evidently objected to the necessary proposerd tax
Proponents of the bond referendum were
disappointed, pointing out that the opportunity to
get the children off the island here and im
provements in the other elementary schools had
been voted down.
Wails Until 1980
If the dispute over the Forks
of Ivy boundary is to be settled
soon it will have to be by the
boundary commission ordered
by a superior court judge.
The bill introduced by Sen.
Larry Leake of Asheville to
settle the dispute involving
Buncombe and Madison Coun
ty will not be enacted into law
by the 1979 General Assembly.
The bill is in a House
Judiciary committee where it
will remain for at least a year.
The disputed boundary is at
the Forte of Ivy where the
operators of a grovery store
have obtained a permit from
the State Alcoholic Beverage
Control Board to sell beer.
The beer permit, and pro
tests from citizens who live in
the community, gave rise to
the question of exactly which
county holds claim to which
the store is located.
OSHA Awards Meeting
At Cafeteria Friday
Howard Ogle, OSHA Safely
Director of Madison County,
announced this week that an
OSHA Safety meeting will be
held this Friday night in the
Madison High School
Cafeteria at S o'clock. Various
safety awards will be
presented to county firms and
the public is Invited to attend.
Weadeil McDevitt, of
Weaverville, OSHA Con
sultant, will be prsewt to
speak about the OSHA
Special entertainment to
ol uries a gospel quartet
under the sponsorship of the
Marshall Day Care
County industries, along
with the public, are i
awards will be prseenta^
Mars Hill Horse Show This Saturday
The Mars Hill Liona Club
will koat Ita llth annual
charity horse show this
Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. on
the atementary school
0rmmri? "* V* u?>
of ceranoniee will bo Lloyd
Ttxxnpeoo of AaheviUe, and
the ringmasteri wUl be Max
Gibbe and Brute Sprinkle.
The ahow will be aanctkmed
by the Racking Hone