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The news-record. (Marshall, Madison Co., N.C.) 1911-current, July 11, 1984, Image 1

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Iff The News record SERVING THE PEOPLE OF MADIS S ? 17 'QOt . CO'JNTv i . ? . . n. , . , ? ' Vol. 84 NO. 28 PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN THE COUNTY SEAT AT A, 7", 1984 25C Marshall Hires Police Chief By ROBERT KOENIG The Marshal Board of Aldermen named Herschel Cox the new chief of police during a special called meeting held Thursday momiing at Town Hall. Appointment of the new police chief came on a motion made by board member Ed Niles. Alderman John Dodson voted in favor of hiring the 29-year old Cox. Board member Sammy Lunsford opposed the appointment. Cox will be paid $9200 a year as the town's police chief. The new police chief will be the first to lead the Marshall police deparment in several years. Former Marshall police officer Carlie Gunter served as the town's unofficial police chief until he was dismissed by Mayor Wild in December of last year. Gunter has filed a Blue Mold Warning Issued Hie Madison County Extension Service has issued a blue moid watch to local tobacco growers. ) Although blue mold has not been reported tat the area, weather conditions have been favorable for the disease's development. The wet .overcast and cool weather of the past several weeks is the ideal enviornment for blue mold development in unprotected fields. Farmers are urged to watch for the disease in old plant beds that have not been destroyed Parts of fields which receive morning or after noon shade and valleys subject to early morn ing fog also require careful observation. Growers should make sure that all old tobac co beds are destroyed. Hie Extension Service recommends applying a layby treatment of Ridomil at the rate of one quart per acre. The treatment should be applied to the row middles and the base of all plants. A shallow cultivation of the soil or immediate rainfall following ap plication will increase the treatment's effec tiveness because Ridomil gives best protection when it is absorbed by the plants' roots. Ap plications on the plant does not provide protec tion for any new growth. Farmers detecting signs of blue mold infesta tion in their fields are asked to contact the Madison County Extension Service office in Marshall immediately. Hie Extension Service telephone number in Marshall is 649-2411. I - if;' 5675 3 ? - Compromise Is Reached In Laurel Precinct Dispute TROON SQUIRE AND HIS PET CHICKENS were awarded a blue ribbon during animal parade at Beech community's 100th July 4th celebration. -More pictures on Page ?. By ROBERT KOENIG The Madison County Board of Commissioners redrew the boundaries of the Laurel precinct for the second time in less than two months Monday night after hearing appeals from Laurel voters opposed to the decision to split the precinct. Following an hour of public com ment and a 20-minute closed session, the com missioners emerged with a compromise that satisfied the Laurel voters. Under the compromise decision, Spillcom and Big Laurel residents were returned to the Laurel precinct (Township 2) while voters in the Revere and Rice's Cove communities will form Township 11 created by the county com misisoners on June 4. Monday's special public hearing was called after Laurel residents petitioned the commis sioners to rescind their June 4 decision creating a Revere-Spillcorn precinct from a portion of Laurel township. Terry Gunter presented the commissioners with a petition signed by some 530 Laurel area voters to the commissioners during their monthly meeting on July 2. After reading the petition, the commissioners voted to hold a public hearing. When Monday night's meeting was called to order, opinions both for and against the division were heard. Keith Ray of the Revere community opened the hearing by supporting the division. Ray said that the people of Revere and Spillcorn re quested the division and said that voters in his community were aware that a division was be ing considered. Ray told the hearing, "We don't want tokai political handouts from Shelton Laurel and Guntertown." Ray discounted the cost of purchasing new voting machines and hiring election officials and said that "threats, lies and loosely -worded petitions have been circulating in Laurel." He said that many people who signed the petition opposing the division were misled into signing petitions both for and against the split. Ray was one of the few who spoke in favor of the division during Monday's hearing. Terry Gunter, who led the fight against the split, also addressed Monday's hearing. Gunter opened by presenting another petition, this one signed by 18 voters who stated they were misled into signing the anti-division petition. Gunter then told the commissioners, "We have the majority by over 2 to 1 that don't want the precinct divided. If you continue to go through with this, you are setting the most dangerous precedence you ever have. Every time there's a spat, there'll be a call for a ( Continued on Page 6 School Board Awards Tenure To Nine County Teachers Johnson Charged With Murder Of Daughter The Madison County Board of Education awarded tenure to nine teachers and hired an additional six teachers during their meeting July 3. The teachers receiving tenure are Carol Blair, Wilda Loomis, Karen Blevins, Carol Evans, Hary Overby, Barbara Penland, Billie Redmon, Deborah Boone and Lynn Plemmons. The board also approved hiring Sandra Reeves, Melanie Blankenship, Allen Stines, Lula Meulenberg, Helen Norton and Anita Ward. Ward was hired as a part-time health careers instructor. The other five teachers were all hired as full-time workers. Reeves will be assigned to Marshall Primary School. Blankenship will teach at Marshall Elementary School and Norton was assigned to Mars Hill Elementary. Both Stines and Meulenberg were assigned to Hot Springs School. The school board also ac cepted resignations from Susan Kiser, Beverly Hough and JoAnn Johnson. The three resignations together with the retirement of teachers Dorothy Chandler and Jacob Sams means that Madison County schools have gained two teacher positions over last year's allotment. The increase is due in part to legislation ap proved by the General Assembly during the short session that decreases the class size for kindergarten through sixth grade. In other action taken during last week's meeting, the board approved Standard Life as the carrier for student insurance. The board also approved two transfers of students from Buncombe County schools. Charlie Moore and Kelly Sawyers received approval to attend Madison County school. The board also denied three transfer requests for students wishing to leave Madison County. Those denied were Glen Gosnell, James Cogdill and Darlene Turner. The board also approved a one-year extension of an ex perimental attendance policy at Marshall Elementary School. Principal Fred Haynie reported that the experimen tal policy resulted in decreas ed absenteeism at the school this year. Dr. Thomas Jones was also approved as a full-time psychologist. Jones has pro vided service to the county schools on a contract basis in the past. Superintendant Robert Ed wards delivered a progress report on construction at Mars Hill, Laurel and Marshall Primary schools. The system is in the process of installing a new roof in Mars Hill and preparing trailers for use at Marshall Primary. Work on the lunchroom at Laurel School has been completed. The school board's next sheduled meeting will be held Aug. 1 at 10:90 a.m. Richard Johnson of Hot Spr ngs was arrested on murder charges last Wednesday in connection with the June 21 ieath of his daughter, five year old Joyce Johnson, lohnson, 36. was arrested at lis home by Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder after ireliminary autopsy results ndicated the child had died as i result of poisoning. Buncombe County medical examiner Dr. H.E. Hinrtan ? rdered the autopsy following he child's death at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. rhe child had been treated wice before for an undeter nined illness at the hospital. She was taken to Memorial Mission on June 17 by the Madison County EMS. Following his arrest, lohnson was taken to Avery County where he appeared before District Court Judge Phillip Ginn. Johnson was denied bail at the first ap pearance hearing and re mains in the Madison County jail. District Court is scheduled for Wednesday and THursday of this week in Marshall. Johnson was not scheduled for a court appearance, but he is believed to have requested a bond hearing be set. The Madison County Sheriff's Department is being assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation in the case. The Madison County Department of Social Services assumed custody of an older child, Christopher, following the June 17 hospitalization of his slater. The child remains in faster care. Report To The Commissioners Committee Recommends Shift From Tobacco Following are the major conclusions pertaining to agriculture-forestry and their relationship to economic development in Madison County. The more specific recommendations were shaped by and should be con sidered within the context of these major conclusions. Agriculture and forestry in Madison County appear to of fer litUe opportunity for full maintenance of the county's rural lifeatyle and character. Since approximately 80 per cent of the county*a farmers are part-time, adequate non farm job opportunities must be available so that residents can remain in the county, re tain their agricultural lands, and pursue part-time agricultural interests agriculture and should economic I recommenda above, meat Hi I in order to | Also, it is essential to note that maintenance of healthy agricultural* lors win netpir othei essential, to promotion of tourism and recreation. The county's quality of life is greatly dependent on the coun ty's rural character shich, of course, is derived from the ex istence of agriculture and forestland. Industrial pro spects whould be interested in a work force, that, because of an agricultural lifestyle, is stable and hahlworking. In esaence, the values of main taining a viable agricultural and forestry eector go far beyond Merely calculating farm- and forestry-related in come. i The ctusly's limited I ly industry and tourism. [alternative crops and ENTERPRISES Although the future at tobac co is somewhat uncertain, it is expected to remain the chief source of farm income for quite some time. As long as producing tobacco remains a low-risk venture, farmers will not be inclined to change to alternative crop*. However, the long-term im portance of developing attar native enterprises to grsdual l obacco and s\*>ptemenl non ment tobacco for a while, not replace it. The following is recommended: Each fanner mail find the right combination of after native* since not ail can be pradaced everywhere in Ike caanty and. given their higher rWu than tobacco, ta avoid dependence on one crop. The recommended alter native unitrprlwi have been divided into kmg-and abort tar* categories. Man, local SHORT TERM ENTER PRISES: Tomatoes, berries, and vegetable* are recont m ended as the beat abort -term enterprises. Tomato prodnc tian la highly speculative and requires maintaining high staadards of fnltty and effi ciency. However, In IW about US Madison County fanners grew tomatoes which resulted la over 11 million In income. It I* believed there W greater I LONG TERM ENTER PRISES: Native and non native ornamental shrubs are ret?n?nM as the beat long-term eoterpriaes. NaUve shrubs incluse hemlock, rhododendron. laurel, dogwood and Rame azaleas. While tke market far ChrtaUaaa trees h currently goad, It May cot warrant addi other's successes. This is an across-the-board need, and therefore, ia discussed below in the subsec tion entitled Increased Awareness About Existing Agricultural Programs and Alternative Enterprises" The farmer's decision to change to any alternative enterprises is

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