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Mars Hill Lions Plan Fish Fry
The Mars Hill Lions Club will sponsor a fish fry on
Saturday on Main Street in Mars Hill across from Town
Hall. The fry will feature trout and chicken. Dinner in
cluding dessert is 13.50 per person.
The fish fry will be held from 11 : 30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and
again from 4 until 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will be
used to assist the blind. : ^ ' ' ' -
Laurel VFD Fall Festival
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department will bold its
Pall Festival on Sept. 23 from noon until6 p.m at the
Laurel Elementary School. Volleyball, horse rides, con
cessions, a dunking booth and live music will be featured.
Proceeds will benefit the work of the newly-formed fire
GOP To Open Headquarters
The Madison County Republican Party will open their
campaign headquarters in Marshall on Thursday after
noon. Former Rep. Bill Henckn is expected to attend the
opening. The headquarters is located on Main Street in
the firmer location of the New Dimensions arcade. The
public is invited to attend.
Co-Op Nursery Open House
The Mars Hill co-operative nursery for infants and pre
schoolers will hold an open house on MOnday, Sept. 17
from 9 a.m. until noon at the Mars Hill Baptist Church.
The nursery is operated by Project Sunrise and serves
to demonstrate the effectievness of parents as teachers.
Interested parents are invited to attend. For more in
formation, contact Debra Smith at 433-2805.
GOP Precinct Meeting r..
The Madison County Republican Party will hold a
precinct meeting on Sept. 13at7:30p.m. in the lunchroom
of the Walnut Elementary School. John Stewart, a can
didate for the State Senate, is expected to attend the
Registrars will also be present to register voters for the
Patriots Host Enka
The Madison Patriots will host the ?nka Jets in football
action Friday night at O.E. Roberts Stadium. Kickoff is
scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Lions Face Catawba
The Mars Hill Lions will host Catawba College in a
SAC-8 conference game Saturday afternoon at Meares
Stadium in Mars Hill. Kickoff for the Parents Day game
is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Gov. Hunt To Visit
Uovenor Junes B. Hunt, Jr. will
visit Madison County Friday morning
to address county, state and Man
Hiil College employees at a breakfast
Go*. Hunt is scheduled to adfrsss
the workers at a 7 a.m. meeting in ttse
cafeteria of Madison H.6. The
county's school teachers and otter
employees as well as Department of
Transportation workers and Mars
Hill College personnel are invited to
Coffee and ham and sausage
biscuits will be served and tlie infor
mal meeting will be open to die
public. Gov. Hunt is scheduled to
depart the high school at A am
The North Carolina Board of
Transportation will meet in ftaMgti
On Friday to consider some 941
tracts. Amoag the projects the board
is a replacement bridge
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tract! for resurfacing more than 45
miles of primary and seconds r
highways across the state
The DOT has scbechited a pubh,
hearing 011 the Radmon Bridge pn
ject for Sept. M at 7:? p.m. a
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Mayor, Alder ds
Over Charlie Sexton
By ROBERT KOENIG
The Marshall Board of Aldermen
held a brief but heated meeting Mon
day night at Town Hall. The session
was cut short when board member
Sammy Lunsford left the meeting
complaining of a headache.
Lunsford's premature departure left
the board short of a quorum to con
duct town business.
Lunsford's departure left only
board member John Oodson and
Mayor Wild. Alderman Ed Niies was
out of town Monday and did not at
tend the meeting.
Before Lunsford left, he and Mayor
Wild argued over the status of town
employee Charlie Sexton. Town at
torney Charles Mash burn briefly at
tended Monday's session to present
his opinion regarding the respon
sibilities of the mayor and board
members. The responsibilities of the
board members and mayor is at the
heart of the dispuite between Wild
Also at issue is whether Sexton quit
his job with the town water depart
ment following a dispute with the
In presenting his opinion,
Mashburn cited a number of
passages from the town code and the
North Carolina General Statutes
regarding cities and towns.
Mashburn cited a section of the
town's charter which stated, "It shall
be the duty of the board of aldermen
to divide and classify the duties of
their office into departments and to
assign one or more departments to
each of their members, and each
member shall be held responsible far
the management and supervision of
the department assigned to him, and
shall make written reports to each
monthly meeting of the board, with
such recommendations as to the ad
ministration of his department as to
him may seem best..."
Mashburn also cited another
chapter of the code which said: "The
Board of Aldermen shall have power
by ordinance to require oaths, fix
compensation amd bonds of any and
all employees of the town, and
prescribe their duties, and provide
for their removal."
When questioned as to the law's
meaning by the mayor, Mashburn
said, "The mayor is only given the
power by the charter to suspend a
police officer for cause. She is to
make reports and recommendations
to the board. The mayor is an ad
ministrative officer and reports to the
The question of the extent of the
mayor's authority arose from the
dispute with Sexton.
in a statement presented to the
board by Sammy Lunsford, the aider
man charged that Mayor Wild
threatened to suspend Sexton from
his job if a water line was not install
ed. Lunsford statement said the
mayor asked Sextan to lay 300 feet of
line in four hours.
Wild agreed that she was not within
her powers to threaten Sexton with
suspension and offered an apology.
While agreement was reached an
the mayor's authority, the question of
Sexton's status was not answered on
Mayor Wild repeatedly said that
Sexton quit bis Job with the town, both
during the initial argument and later
in the day before aldermen ?d Niles.
"He walked in and said, 'I quit' and
then he went down to the drug store
and told Doc Niles, '1 quit.' There was
a roomful of witnesses in both cases,'
Sexton denied quitting his job. He
said he told the mayor he would quit
before she would suspend him.
Sammy Lunsford is Sexton's super
visor with the Water and Sewer Dept.
Lunsford was out of town on the day
of the dispute.
Sexton has remained on the job
since his dispute with Mrs. Wild.
Although still performing his duties,
he has not been paid for a month.
Lunsford told Wild that the town is
in violation of the N.C. Wage and
Hour Act for failing to pay Sexton. He
told the meeting, "I made the deci
sion to keep him on the job, and
whether I was right or wrong, we still
have to pay the man."
The mayor responded by saying the
question of Sexton's salary should be
decided by the aldermen in executive
session. It was then decided to table
the question of Sexton's status and
salary until Ed Niles would be
available for a meeting
Lunsford and Wild also argued
about the town's backboe which is
presently out of service. Wild com
plained that the aldermen authorized
repairs months ago and that the
repairs have not bees made.
Lunsford responded by saying that
the shop that won the bid to make the
repairs couidnt handle the job when
approval was finally given.
The board then voted to reopen the
repair job for bids.
Meet An Old Friend
FRENCH BROAD RIVER NEAR REDMON
When Lunsford then asked about
Sexton's status, Wild responded by
saying, "He quit and that's the bot
tom line as far as I'm concerned.''
When the decision to table the
discussion was announced, Lunsford
told the meeting be had developed
what he called, "a bad headache''
and left Town Hall.
Without the necessary two board
members present, no further town
business was conducted. Mayor Wild
and John Dodson remained, however,
to hear from James and Virginia
Jones regarding a water line in Mrs.
Jones' mother's home in Rollins. No
action was taken on the matter.
Mayor Wild said that another call
ed meeting of the board would be
scheduled to complete the business
before the board. No date for the
meeting was set on Monday night.
Before the premature end of the
meeting, the board was to have
reviewed the town's monthly finan
cial statement prepared by Frank
and Cecilia Ward.
The report, released to the public at
the start of Monday 's session, reveals
that the town's water and sewer fund
is over budget and the town's recrea
tion and cemetery expenditures have
According to the report released
Monday, the Water and Sewer Dept.
has spent more than half its 970,000
budget with ten months left in the cur
rent fiscal year.
The entire 9917 budgeted for the
cemetery has already been spent,
along with all but 999 budgeted for
James Arthur Adams of Venice,
Fla. was released from the Madison
County Jail Wednesday after posting
a 950,000 bond. Earlier in the (My,
Superior Court Judge Charles Lamm
reduced Adams' bond from the
9100,000 figure that had been set at
the time of Adams' arrest.
Adams has been indicted by the
Madison County grand jury on
charges of first degree murder, com
mon law rape and obstruction of
Justice in connection with the 1990
slaying of Volunteer In Service To
America worker Nancy Dean
Adams' bond was arranged by the
Delta Surety Co. of Franklin, a bon
Adams was released from the Jail
at 4 p.m. and returned to his Florida
No date has been set for his trial.
. French Broad River Week
' Week-Long Celebration Opens With Clean-Up Trips
lestion: What's we I
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: The French Broad River.
Western North Carolina organizations have organized again
this year to celebrate French Broad River Week. Fishing der
bies, Whitewater rafting, float trips, nature walks and the an
nual i ition will make up the week ;s activities
Although most of this yean River Week activities are
centered in Buncombe Ceunty, Madison Countianshave <
ul h v n the
The French Broad bat also spawned a new industry in
Madison County in recent yaars. Whitewater rafting has
brought an estimated 10,000 visitors to the cfemty s year
ind provided or tour guides with the county's !
four wbitewater outfitters.
The rafting companies have or sated a new iodwtfy and in
throughout the year
F i SUvi-r Week