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Vol. 84 NO. 13 PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE COUNTY SEAT AT MARSHALL, N C WEDNESDAY, March 28, 1984 25C
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Sewer Projects Collide
By ROBERT KOENIG
The two major projects currently under con
struction in Marshall are presently on a colli
sion course that centers around the parking lot
of the Marshall Glove Co. factory.
Work on the Marshall sewer project should
proceed to the parking lot later this week accor
ding to schedule. However, sewer construction
at the site would delay work on the Capitola
Dam project being built by the French Broad
Electric Membership Corporation.
Marshall mayor Betty Wild brought
representatives of both sides together last week
at a special called meeting of the town board of
aldermen in an attempt to work out a schedule
agreeable to both parties.
Caught in the middle of all this construction is
the glove plant and its employees. Marshall
Fisher of the Marshall Glove Co. also attended
Friday's meeting. Fisher told the meeting that
he faces problems at the plant because the con
struction projects will make freight deliveries
Fisher said, "I don't have any idea when
Taylor and Murphy is coming through, I'd like
to think we can work around the situation, but it
will make getting freight in and out difficult and
be an inconvienience to our employees."
The problems with the Capitola Dam project
stem from an agreement between FBEMC and
the glove company for the use of the factory's
parking lot for the construction of giant draft
tubes needed in the dam's turbines. FBEMC
representative Rick Thomason said that
welding the large tubes together requires a flat
space near the construction site and that the
parking lot is the only suitable location
available. He said that work on the tubes will
take at least 45 days.
Thomason added that work on welding the
tubes together is scheduled to begin later this
Work on the sewer project is expected to pro
ceed into the parking lot later this week. Taylor
and Murphy Construction supervisor Alex
Keith attended the Friday meeting.
Keith said he could not give an exact date as
to when the sewer project will arrive at the
parking lot. He said, "There's no way I can give
you a definite date because we might hit rock."
The project is currently installing a line from
the treatment plant on Blannahassett Island to
the parking lot. From there, plans call for the
project to proceed up Cotton Mill Hill.
Bill Lapsley, the engineer on the sewer pro
ject said, "Concern about the parking lot was
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DAFFODILS such as these in the yard of a Hot
Springs home are signalling the arrival of spr
ing throughout Madison County. Mild
temperatures and showers have accompanied
the arrival of the flowers.
The statewide unemploy
ment picture improved slight
ly in February according to
figure released last week by
the N.C. Employment Securi
ty Commission (ESC).
Figures released last wek
show that statewide
joblessness decreased by half
a percentage point during the
month, to 7.6 percent of the
work force. The January ESC
figures showed North Caroina
unemployment at 8.1 percent.
The 7.6 percent figure for the
month represents some
222,100 unemployed workers.
ESC chairman Glenn Jer
nigan said that nonmanufac
turing jobs lead the way in
Febraury, with an increase of
12,400 jobs across the state.
Jemigan also reported that
jobs in tobacco manufacturing
decreased during the month
due to seasonal influences.
Textiles also reported a loss of
some 600 jobs during the
The report also states that
the average hourly wage for
workers was $6.92, an increase
of two cents over the previous
month and 33 cents above the
Feb. 1963 figure. The average
weekly hours worked by
workers remained unchanged
in Feb. at 39.7 hours.
The ESC chairman express
ed optimism that the decreas
ed unemployment figures
would continue in the months
ahead. In releasing the
figures, Jernigan noted, "In
the coming months we expect
unemployment rates to
decline. Historically, rates go
down as weather conditions
improve and tourism-related
activities increase. These, of
course, affect both manufac
turing and non-manufacturing
3 Plead Innocent In Bid Rigging
Three men charged in con
nection with bid-rigging on the
U.S. 25-70 projects from Mar
shall to Weavervilie pleaded
innocent during their arraign
ment before the U.S.
Magistrate in Asheville Thurs
day. The three will be bound
over to the U.S. District Court
for trial on May 7.
William Albert Ricker of
Mars Hill, a Department of
crew chief, entered not guilty
pleas to two charges of extor
tion. Ricker has been suspend
ed without pay frt>m his DOT
Edward Hume Paschall of
Black Mountain, a retired
DOT engineer, pleaded not
guilty to three counts of extor
tion to affect commerce. Both
Ricker and Paschall are
charged with accepting non
reimbursed accomodations at
a Hilton Head Island, S.C.
resort and Texas hunting
lodge. Paschall is also charg
ed with accepting a 1981
Cadillac from the third man
charged in the bid-rigging pro
be, Baxter A. Taylor, presi
dent of the Asheville Contrac
ting Co. '
Taylor also entered not guil
ty pleas during his arraign
ment. He is charged with
three counts of mail fraud, one
count of conspiracy and a
count of violating the Sherman
All three men remain free
on $2,500 unsecured bonds.
They were indicted by a
federal grand jury in
Asheville on March 9.
Food Stamp Program Change
To Take Effect May 1
Madison County food stamp
recipients should be aware
that changes in the system
will take effect next month.
According to Elizabeth
Roberts, Madison County food
stamp supervisor, the county
program will become a part of
W Food Staia^ Information
System (FSIS) on May 1. The
sysytem is a computerized
system that will connect the
coumy office with food stamp
computers in Raleigh.
Although the application
process remains virtally un
changed, the information
gathered during the applica
tion interview will be
transmitted to the computer
base in Raleigh which will in
turn issue an allotment and
expiration notice or a denial
The blue card food stamp
recipients have received in the
past will no longer be used
The new cards to lie issued
look like a bill, according to
Roberts. Food stamp reci
pients should be aware of the
change and not destroy the
card when it arrives in the
mail. A copy of the new card,
as well as copies of the Notice
of Eligibility and Notice of Ex
piration are posted on the
bulletin board at the foosd
The day the cards will be
received has also been chang
ed effective May 1. The
change may result in a two
week delay for some reci
pients. Cards will be mailed on
May 5 for persons whose
Social Security number ends
with the number"l". Reci
pients with a Social Security
number ending with "2" will
have their cards mailed out on
May 6. Persons with a Social
Security number ending with
zero will not have their cards
mailed out until May 14.
Roberts recently attended a
five-day training session in
Raleigh on the new system
along with eligibility
specialist Carol Massey and
data management clerk
Roberts said that all
Madison County certified '<
households must have the pro
per forms completed and
entered in the computer by
April 10 to insure that May
allotments are received on
time. She added that informa
tion on the new system will be
sent along with authorization
cards in April and asks that
food stamp recipients with
questions on the new system
wait until after April 10 to call
the office so that the
necessary entries can be
made in the computer.
Democratic Candidates' Positions Outlined
By Rob Christensen
Hie News and Observer
Ed. Note: This is the second in a two-part
series detailing the major Democratic guber
natorial candidates' positions. The article was
based on interviews with the candidates
published in Hie Raleigh News and Observer.
On social issues, Green was the only major
Democratic candidate to oppose state ratifica
tion of the Equal Rights Amendment should
Congress resubmit it to the states.
"I don't want to turn it over to the (U.S.)
Supreme Court to make those determinations,"
Green said. "I think we can do it at the local
Ingram said that the ERA had consumed too
much of the legislature's time and that he
would submit the issue to the voters in a refer -
rea^um if the issue reappeared.
Knox, fidmisten, Gilmore and Faircloth said
they woukjj work for passage of the ERA should
it come before the legislature again.
North Carolina is one of the few states that
provides funding of abortions for low-income
r "I favor a lifetime sentence absolutely
without parole, working at hard labor with
restitution back to the victim's family."
Gilmore said. "What we have today is a lottery
to decide which person is sentenced to death,"
he said. "It has not acted as a deterrent."
All the candidates said they supported the
principle that women working in state
governemnt should be paid equally with men
for doing jobs of comparable worth.
But most said they would wait for a state
government job classification study on the
issue to be completed before offering specifics
On another issue, which be has made a major
campaign theme, Ingram was the only can
didate to support a change in the way members
nuclear power plants.
But the other major candidates argued that a
utilities commission election probably would be
an obscure contest, in which many candidates
would be financed by the utility companies.
"I think it is a bad idea from beginning to
end," Faircloth said.
On environmental issues, the candidates ex
pressed broad agreement.
They all priased the Coastal Area Manage
ment Act and promised in general terms to pro
tect the state's watersheds.
The candidates said they would work to pro
tect the sTate from hazardous waste. They sug
gested recycling hazardous waste and looking
to industry to come up with new technology to
Gilmore was the only candidate who said dur
ing The N&O interviews that he supported ef
forts to require companies to notify their
workers when they are dealing with hazardous
wastes ? a major goal of organized labor.
All the candidates voiced support for opening
up more state government meetings to the
Edmisten, Knox, Green and Gilmore said
meetings of the Advisory Budget Commission
and the Council of State should be opened, ex