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The news-record. (Marshall, Madison Co., N.C.) 1911-current, November 22, 1979, Image 1

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The News record SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MADISON COUNTY On thm Inside . . . Mars Hill Holiday Parade And Fair .... See Page 3 78th Year No. 46 PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE COUNTY SEAT AT MARSHALL. N.C. THURSDAY, November 22, 1979 15* Per Copy Project Approved To Fight Erosion A $153,000 project has been approved to combat the serious erosion of the grounds of Madison High School. This project is the first to be funded in Region B (Madison, Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties) as an RCfcb project- Resource Con servation and Development Three-quarters of the cost of the program will be paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and one-quarter will be paid by Madison Coun ty The agreement to re-work the high school site, which has been discussed for several years, was officially approved on Nov. 13 by John Nelson of the Soil Conservation Ser vice's area office iq Waynesville, Robert L. Ed wards, Madison County Superintendent of Schools, and Emery Metcalf of the Madison Soil and Conserva tion District. FIRE FIGHTERS fom Marshall and Newport as well as Hot Springs gathered to combat the blaze. Joe Wallace Promoted To New Post In S. C. Joe Wallace, district ranger ? the UJ>. Forest Service in Hot Springs, has been pro moted to a new position in South Carolina. Wallace, who has worked in the Pisgah National Forest since March of 1977, will assume the position of district ranger at the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Gunter Na tional Forest. He will be based at Walhalla, SC., which is located about 100 miles south of Hot Springs along the east face of the Appalachian Moun tains. "The Pickens District is larger and more complex than the district here," said Wallace, "but otherwise the terrain is very similar. "In fact," he said, "a lot of the challenge of that job will center around the Chatooga River. It became very well known when the movie ''Deliverance' was filmed there; it acquired a good deal o I mystique, and the number af people going down it in rafts and kayaks has increased tremendously during the last few years. There are any number of outfitters bringing people along the river through the national forest, and I understand that the rangers in foe district have the respon sibility of training and approv ing all the guides. One guide irowned there a couple of meks ago, so I can see that .his program is going to take a ot of my attention." Wallace and his wife Jean tnd their two sons, John and Jcott, aged II and 8, will live it the ranger station in falhalla. Wallace has been with the Forest Service for 16 yean, and during that time he has worked in six southern states, including South Carolina. "My family and I are really 4 torn by all this moving around," he said as he was loading a U-Haul truck outside his Hot Springs office. "One minute I just want to find a nice district like this one in Madison County and stay put for good, and the next minute I want to climb right to the top of this organization and do something about the' way deci sions are made." Wallace said that the cooperation of the people of Madison County during his tenure has been exceptionally good. "It's just been tremen dous," he said. "The users of the forest land have been very cooperative in every way. We've had hardly any fires in the last three years. We've had to close a few roads because of erosion, but when we explained our reasons, by golly the people have gone along with us and helped us out. The local officials have always backed our decisions, and that always makes the job so much easier. There are places where the doesn't hap pen - especially when a larger city is nearby and people aren't in touch with what's really happening in the forest. But this county has just been great." Bob Haggard, the assistant ranger in Hot Springs, will serve as acting ranger pen ding the appointment of a replacement. The county Board of Educa tion is the contracting agent for the work, which will be in spected by Harold Tew, the project engineer based in Waynesville, and Bill Brown of the Soil Conservation Ser vice in Marshall. The need for major revision of the high school site has been obvious for years. It is dramatized by numerous ero sion gullies on virtually every side of the school building, an 800-foot-long swampy depress sion between Highway 25/70 and the approach road to Walnut Creek Road, the undermining and tilting of the sidewalk above the sta&um seats, extremely poor drainage of the football field, and, most spectacularly, a steep, ever-wider "Madison canyon" which is steadily and rapidly eating its way toward the northern sideline of the football field. This widening canyon has Fire Guts Motel In Hot Springs A sudden fire severely burn ed the Alpine Court motel in Hot Springs on Nov. 14. As the News-Record went to press, insurance agents had not established the amount of the damage. Preliminary estimates by the fire depart ment were that nearly half the motel was destroyed. The fire began at approx imately 5:50 p.m., according to Fire Chief Carol Anderson, and spread rapidly through the motel. The source of the fire was the laundry room and laundry and furnace room at the right-fengle center of the L-shaped building. Anderson said it probably started in either the old oil furnace or the vrpputt clothes dryer ' "it was one of the worst kinds of buildings to fight a fire in," said Anderson after ward. "The motel was built r nearly 30 years ago and they ieft a clear area up beneath the slate roof where the smoke and flames could spread fast. Nowadays, with modern building codes, they would have the concrete walls of 4-H Collegiate Club Begun There is now a new club at Mars Hill College - the Mars Hill 4-H Collegiate Club. Dr. Ed Cheek, Mars Hill pro fessor, Sharon Carter and Gary Ealey, 4-H agents, are advisors for the club. These three, along with Allen Stines, Mars Hill student, have been instrumental in forming the collegiate club. At the first meeting the 4-H agents gave a slide presenta tion and talk on the Madison County 4-H program. The club discussed their past ex periences in 4-H and ways that they could share their 4-H ex periences and knowledge with the Madison County 4-H'ers. Officers for the collegiate club elected Nov. ? are: presi dent, Marty Haney; vice president, James Brigman, secretary-treasurer, Edith Cheek; and reproter, Penny Prisby. Other founding members are Connie Hill, Sandy Ver non, John Steele and Charles Dockett. each room extending right up to the roof so a fire couldn't spread like that." Both the Marshall and the Newport, Tenn., fire depart ments came to the aid of the Hot Springs department, and even so the fire was not brought under control until about 7:30 p.m. "We want to thank both those depart ments," said Anderson. "They were a tremendous help." The owners of the motel, Harold and Virginia Ander son, were in Asheville when the fire broke out, visiting relatives at the hospital. Ac cording to Carol Anderson, Harold's brother, the motel will probably be repaired and returned to use. it is presently the only m?M ia town. A se- - cond motel, Henderson's Court, was destroyed when the French Broad River flooded in 1977. Fire Chief Anderson said that the majority of the damage was done by water and smoke. "That old oil just poured out black smoke," he said. "The whole town turned out to watch; some people thought the whole town was on fire. "The fire service had just moved to a new building, almost across the street from - the motel. So it didn't take us any time to get there. We tried to contain it in the center sec tion, but that smoke just poured into all the rooms because of the way it was built. The rooms where my brother and sister-in-law live are at the end, but they are just a mess, with oily black smoke covering the walls." Hot Springs has only olie fire truck, nearly 30 years old, and Chief Anderson says there is an urgent need for a second truck. "This one did all right in this fire, but every time we use it we just have to keep our fingers crossed that nothing will break down. And by state laws when we have only one truck we can't take it outside the town limits to fight a fire, even to a house only a mile away. We cant leave the town unprotected. We cant help the people down in the shunt - ins/Paint Rock area, where there are a lot of houses. With a second truck we coukl do that." BILL BROWN of the Soil Conservation Ser vice stands in "Madison Canyon," a large erosion gully just below the rim of the foot ball field at Madison High School. His hand rests on the drainpipe that caused it. Numerous truckloads of tires, fill and bran ches have been dumped there ? to no avail. Gov. Hunt Honors Marshall With 'Excellence' Award Marshall was officially honored as a Governor's Com munity of Excellence by Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. in Raleigh Thursday during the Gover nor's Conference on Economic Development. Gov. Hunt presented the award to James Story, former editor of the News Record and now editorial consultant and columnist for that paper. "I am proud of the progress which communities like Mar shall have made during the past year," Gov. Hunt said. "It is an achievement which they can relish with great pride. The work which has been done in qualifying for this honor also represents a big step toward better job op portunities." Story was requested to ac cept the award in the absence of Mayor Lawrence Ponder who was unable to attend. To qualify for the award, Marshall had to meet the basic criteria required by new industry which among other things includes an organiza tion for putting together and presenting the town's story, adequate labor, industrial sites, financing and access to markets. A total of 77 communities, all with populations of 15,000 or less, received Community of Excellence awards. Two highway entrance signs noting the honor will be fur nished. In addition, special consideration will be given these communities in the search for industrial plant sites. Approximately 1,000 people attended the award ceremony. GOV. JAMES HUNT presents Community of Excellence Award to James Story, former editor of the News-Record Winter Cold I The Slow Menace Of Hypothermia V ? About 175 public service employees were told some Shocking news at a meeting in Hart Hill last week. Approx imately 25,000 Americans die tack year of the cold. ; At a workshop in Balk Federation of Henderson to educate community represen tatives about hypothermia. Some of the groups represented were the Oppor tunity Corp. of Madison Buncombe counties, the Blue Ridge Opportunity Corp., Macon for Progress, Mountain Projects and Pour Square There were M public service employee* from Madison County, representing the public schools, day care aware of the extremely cold winter days," said Lonnie Burton, executive director of the Aaheville office of the Op portunity Corp. "With the high rate of inflation and the ever rising coat of fuel, I'm aura a number of ua have been con cerned about how we are go ing to make it in the mootha to com M Mabel McKaight ef the 9eator Citizens' Federation, ?aid. "Hypothermia ii something we were going to A woman from Marshal), upon hearing this, whispered to a Mead: "She'll learn a lot aboat cold all right if she hang* around a Utile latter . " The principal speaker at the morning session was W. Moulton Avery, an authority oo desert and arctic survival and executive director of the Carottaa Wilderness Institute, who defined hypattarmia simply as "low body temperature Under condi tions of prolonged cold, he P i, a person will probably die unless an external heat source, like a hot water bottle or electric blanket, is applied. In ,a forceful introAiction, Avery said that part of the dai*er of hypothermia is that so HtUe is known or said about it. The elderly poor are most in danger ; a person may sit in as underrated house for days, with his or ber body "The situation is not, I am sorry to report, going to get any better," said Avery. "I don't think the federal govern ment is going to be able to bail us out this winter. I've been appalled at the lack of concern about this problem in Washington. I feel that the on ly way to deal with it la through your own com munities "This is one of six training sessions I'll be giving in North training effort in hypothermia anywhere in the country. "Hypothermia is killing thousands and thousands of adults in this nation. They die in their own homes, and the of death is listed as any of things ? but not hypothermia. We as this. So what you art- 1 'hould be con critical information RL aren't many time, in ,mr live, when we have a Jurors Listed ' "???'? "y" **??? For Superior Court Duty The following people have been chosen to serve as jurors in Madison County for the Superior Court session beginn ing Nov. 26, 1979: Tony Glenn King, Thurman Allen, William George Roberts, Jeter Cantrell, Pauline Randall Payne, Patricia Goforth Wilde, Lockie Edgar Slagle, Kenneth Bond Franklin, Van Proffitt, David King, iir Jr Lawrence B. Cuts hall, Mrs. Trilby Sams, Oscar Wayne Franklin, James Bruce Massey., Roy Sams, Elsberry D. Wyatt, Evelyn Allen McLeod, Robin Sprinkle Buckner, Linda Gail Penland, Royal E. Akins, Manassie Gunter, Lemuel H. Kent, David Windsor, Kay S. Wilde Gosnell, Dora P. Ricker, Christa Pearl Landers, Bobby Alvin Griffin, L.B. Ramsey, Bruce Glenn Davis, Fred Bailey, Dewey Griffin Sr., Barbara Sommers Bearden, Clement Buckner, Frederick Anthony Metcalf, Mack Rathbone, Belva M. Laws, Gary Alan Nance, Joyce Elaine Thomas, Ethel B. Hensley, D.G. Church, Viola M. Ramsey, Eunice Rice, Robert Shook, Clarence Hensley, Donell Murray, Bet ty McPheters Phillips, Bonnie Williams. Billie Joe (Mrs.) Beasiey, Charles Douglas Norton, Roger W. Robinson, E. Blakely, Lela M. Zell B. Hawkins, Suttles Lawson, Chandler, Patricia Herachel , Jeffrey Allen Lowe, Ronald

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