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SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MADISON COUNTY
80th Year No. 49
PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE COUNTY SEAT AT MARSHALL, N.C.
THURSDAY, December 3, 1981
15c Per Copy
JUSt A LiMe *be, Please
"BEAR," a three-month-old part Schnauzer,
part "who-knows?" practices his attacking
and knowing ability on the knee of an un
suspecting photographer. The pooch belongs
to Julie Jennings of Walnut.
Winners Await Awards
Top winners of the 1961
Western North Carolina Com
munity Development Pro
gram, including those in
Madison County, will be
recognized and honored at an
awards luncheon at the Inn On
The Plaza in Asheville Satur
day at noon.
Ninety-two organized com
m unities in 17 counties and the
Cherokee Indian Reservation
have participated in the self
help improvement program
this year, one of the pioneer
"grass roots" rural develop
ment efforts in the nation.
The program is sponsored
by the 18-county Western
North Carolina Development
Association in cooperatioi
with the N.C. Agricultural Ex
tension Service, other agen
eies and local sponsors in tlx
counties. Over $10,000 in are*
awards is being presented thu
An estimated 550-600 rural
and community leaders, of
Frances Ramsey Dies;
Served In Legislature
Prances Crafton Ramsey of Mars Hill, ac
tive in civic and community affairs, died
unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 29 at her
residence. She was SI.
Mrs. Ramsey was the first Republican
elected from Madison County to the N.C.
House of Representatives since her late hus
band, Robert Reagan Ramsey, held the same
office in the 1953 session of the General
She was one of six women in the 1M6
Legislature and was the first woman ever
elected to the N.C. House from Madison Coun
She came to Madison in 19S8 as home
demonstration agent, serving for six years
until she resigned to marry the late Mr.
Ramsey, who served not only as represen
tative, but also was former sheriff of the coun
t?. -:4; -v mM
Mrs. Ramsey had also been office manager
for Asheville Livestock Market and formerly
t ficials and others are expected
to be on hand for the luncheon.
Among those scheduled to
present awards or make brief
remarks are N.C. Commis
sioner of Agriculture James
A. Graham; Dr.. Paul Dew,
assistant director of the N.C.
I Agricultural Extension Ser
: vice; Speaker Litton B.
Ramsey, House of Represen
tatives; Congressman Bill
Hendon; and Dr. William E.
University of North Carolina
A total of 35 community
clubs competed in the final
area judging of the improve
ment contest in the various
iivisions. These were judged
in mid-November, In addition,
13 county winners in youth ac
tivities were visited by judg
thirteen men and twelve
women, have been nominated
by their counties for special
recognition awards at the lun
cheon. A "Man of the Year"
and a "Woman of the Year" in
community development ser
vice for the 18-county western
area will be named. The Rev.
David All man and Mrs. Annie
Fox will represent Madison
Twenty-six youth groups
have been nominated for
special merit awards for com
munity service projects Eight
of these will receive awards of
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The Madison County Sheriff's Department
and the Civil Air Patrol searched unsuccessfully
Monday for a 57-year-old man in need of medica
tion, who disappeared late Sunday from a boar
ding home on Sandy Mush Road in the Leicester
area near the Madison-Buncombe County line.
Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder said the
search for Dean Rogers will be resumed Tuesday
and that rescue dogs will be brought in from
Virginia to assist the searchers.
"These dogs can pick the scent from the air,"
According to Madison County deputy sheriff
Clifton Cook, Rogers failed to return to Graham's
Boarding Home Sunday following a 3 p.m. walk.
The nursing home is located between Marshall
"He just walked (off) and never came back,"
Cook said, adding that terrain in the area is rough
and remote. "It's just nothing but mountains."
The Civil Air Patrol spent more than two
hours Monday in an air search, according to Carl
Mcintosh of the CAP. The air search was stopped
Monday afternoon because of deteriorating
weather, Mcintosh said.
"The pilot was never able to get airborne
again and the weather outk)Ok for tomorrow is not
good," Mcintosh said. "We're going to try it again
tomorrow morning and see."
Two CAP ground teams, one from the
Asheville squadron and the other from Hender
sonville squadron, searched the Sandy Mush sec
tion of Madison County near the Madison
Buncombe County line Monday, Mcintosh said.
Madison County Sheriff's Department person
nel also conducted a ground search until dark
The two search parties were made up of
members of the Marshall Volunteer Fire Depart
ment, rescue squad and sheriff's department per
sonnel, Cook said. The Buncombe County Sheriff 's
Department also assisted in the search, according
to Herbert DeWeese of the department.
A dog unit from Virginia has been called in
and is expected to arrive at noon Tuesday, accor
ding to Cook. The unit will concentrate on the area
around the boarding house, he said.
Officers are seeking information from anyone
who might have seen the man or given him a ride.
He was described as about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with
gray hair and weighing about 120 pounds. He was
last seen wearing a brown corduroy jacket, green
slacks and a tweed hat. He wears glasses and
smokes a pipe.
Anyone with information is asked to call
Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder (649-2721),
the Buncombe County Sheriffs Department
(255-5441) or Carl Mcintosh at the Civil Air Patrol
Christmas Parade Saturday
Marshall's Christmas Parade spon
sored by the Marshall Merchants Associa
tion will begin at 2 p.m. this Saturday.
Buddy Buckner, president of the
association, said the annual parade will
form on Blannanhassett Island, proceed
southeast down Main Street to Edwards
Cleaners where it will turn around, and con
tinue northwest on Main to the Farm
Bureau office. The parade will disband
after returning to the island.
Entries included in the lineup are Boy
Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops from
Marshall; the Madison High School Mar
ching Band; Madison County 4-H Clubs; the
Marshall Wagon Train; the Madison
Seminary Baptist Church float; the Walnut
Ridgerunners Clogging Team; the Marshall
Hillbilly Cloggers; the Marshall Volunteer
Fire Department; the Sheriffs Depart
ment; the Madison High School homecom
ing court; the Marshall Ambulance Ser
vice; and, of course, Santa Claus.
The Terry Hunter Band will perform
after the parade in the First Union Bank
parking lot. Santa will also be there to talk
TV A Counties To Form Association
County governments within
the seven-state Tennessee
Valley Authority region may
soon have an association to
represent their interests in
dealings with the giant public
Representatives of the 901
counties within the TVA
region will be gathering in
Nashville, Teim., on Dec. 10-11
of the Association of
Valley Counties In
i Of im
a major i
Sasser (D-Teun), iwwirf of
day lives of Tennessee Valley
County, Tetm. Judge William
0. Beach, ad hoc committee
chairman said. "Issues such
as electric power rates,
economical and industrial
development, and hatarrtnus
waste disposal are Just too im
portant to be ignotod. Coun
ties must organize as other
TV A region groups have done
if they are to deal effectively
with TVA in solvit* these and
many other problems."
Baach listed five specific
reasons why counties within
the TVA region should con
sider Joining the proposed
represent everyone living
within the TVA region.
4) There is currently no na
tions! policy regarding the
disposal of spent nuclear fuel.
5) The TVA Act gives TVA
the right to be involved in
almost ununited public ser
vice programs and activities.
The meeting will be held at
the Hyatt Regency in
Nashville. Registration lor the
meeting will begin at 19:90
a.m. on Dec. 10 and the
meeting will begin that day at
States with counties within
the TVA regim are: Alabama,
M counties; Georgia, 13 coun
ties; Kentucky, 21 counties;
Mississippi, 30 counties;
North Carolina, IS counties;
Tennessee, 95 counties; and