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The NCWS RECORD
SERVING THE PEOPLE t -'^^TpuNTY SINCE 7901
MAO I SON
COUNT Y L 1 B KA H Y
Vol. 84 No. 51
Laurel VFD Turkey Shoot
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept. will hold a Christmas Day
turkey shoot from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the fire station field.
Optimists Seek Donations
The Madison County Optimist Club is now receiving dona
tions and selling pecans for their Optimist Christmas Cheer
Fund to benefit needy Madison County children. Donations
can be made at First Union Bank to Bryce Hall, secretary
treasurer. Pecans are available at First Union, Mary's
Restaurant and The News Record Office.
Kingston R.R. On Display ^
The Marshall Public Library currently has a display featur
ing electric trains owned by Richard Kingston of Marshall.
Kingston will operate the trains from 3 until 4 p.m. daily, Mon
day through Friday and again from 6 until 7 p.m.
News Record Closed On Christmas
The News Record office will be closed on Christmas Day,
Dec. 25. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 26
Scene from Marshall Christmas pageant. Hundreds flocked to
Marshall to witness the revival Of Marshall Christmas tradi
District Court Hears
0^1 Cases .tMmM
Judge Philip Ginn presided over
two sessions of District Court last
week in Marshall. Judge Ginn dispos
ed of a number o t cases during the
Dee. 12 session of the court.
Charges of trespassing and larceny
against both Dale Phillips and
Clarence Phillips were dismissed, as
were charges of larceny against
Bruce Massey, Jr. and assault
charges against Clarence Massey.
At the request of the prosecution,
the court also accepted voluntary
dismissal of charges of com
municating threats against Diliard
Shetton. assault charges against
Daniel V, Rusher, Robert Jarvis and
John DeWeese. The court also ac
cepted a voluntary dismissal of
chiu*ges of assault with a deadly
weapon against Harry Arnold Can
trtU. In the case of assault charges
against Jarvis, Judge Ginn issued a
court outer for the complainant, Billy
Ridenour Ridenour is to appear in
court on Jan. 23 to ffcce contempt of
court charges /
The court also found probable
to serve ten days in jail for the of
John R. Ray, Jr. pleaded guilty to
charges of impaired driving and
possession of a controlled substance
and was fined $150. Ray was also
ordered to perform 48 hours of com
munity service and received a four
month prison sentence, s us pew for
two years. He was also ordered to
surrender his operator's license.
Terry Lee Roberts entered a guilty
plea to a charge of impaired driving
and was fined $100 and ordered to
serve >4 hours of community service.
Timothy Lealian English entered
guilty ideas to charges of littering
and possession of a malt beverage by
a minor and was fined 165 plus court
John Scott Landon pleaded guilty to
charges of driving while impaired
and speeding. Landon was fined $150
and was ordered to attend ADETS
and serve 4$ hours of community ser
vice. He also received a 130-day Jail
sentence which the court suspended
Mars Hill Police Scuffle
Patrolman Suspended, I
Charges Police Chief
A Thursday night dispute between two Mars Hill police of
ficers has resulted in the suspension of a patrolman and
charges of assault against the town's police chief.
Patrolman William Lisenbee and his chief, R.J. Cutshall ap
parently engaged in a scuffle sometime aroung midnight
Thursday. On Friday, Cutshall suspended Lisenbee from the ,
town police force without pay. lisenbee charged Cutshall with
assault inflicting serious injury following the dispute.
Lisenbee is a former Marshall policeman and ran unsuc
cessfully against Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder in 1982.
Mars Hill Mayor Bill Powell announced that he would ap
point a panel to investigate the incident.
students, most from North Buncombe
H.S., escaped serious injury Thurs
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uHj Biwuioon wntjft trie uu3 uicywiw '
riding slipped off Mundy Cove Rd. in
WeavervUle. On* student passenger,
Michael Cabe, suffered a broken
finger as a result of the 4 p.m.
According to Highway Patrol
Trooper M.T. Murphy, the bus,
driven by Brian Scott Dodd of
Weaverville, slipped off the side of
the road in a sharp curve when it en
countered freshly spread gravel. The
bus waa going about 10 m.h.p. at the
time of the accident. Dodd, 16, was
not charged in connection with the ac
Three Buncombe County Emergen
cy Medical Service ambulances
transported the 13 injured students to
Memorial Mission Hospital where
they were treated and released.
Among the students riding the bus
at the time of the wreck were Shawn
Bowden, Becky Rice, Becky Grooms,
Missey Bradley, Beth Zita, Mollie
Easter, Russell Bradley, Roger Rid
dle, Robin Medford, Jeanny Ballard,
Rachel Edmondstoo and Donald Can
Ponder Outlines County Road
Zeno Ponder, Madison County's
representative on the N.C. Dept. of
Transportation board is expected to
be replaced in January when
Gov. -elect Jim Martin takes office.
Ponder was appointed to the board by
Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr. in 1900. His
four-year term on the board is
scheduled to expire on Jan. 15.
Ponder told The News Record Mon
day that he is looking forward to the
end ?f his term and planning to
8e$dte more time to 'TWWt^ tttfvell
ing and tending the farm." The coun
ty Democratic party chairman has no
intention of retiring from politics,
however. "I'll be involved in politics
until I die," he said.
Ponder released a list of Madison
County road projects which have
received approval and are continu
ing. The list was compiled by DOT
district engineer Earl McEntire.
Ponder said there are currently
nine county projects approved in
which federal highway funds will be
used. Of these, only one, the resurfac
ing of U.S. 25-70 from Marshall to
Walnut, is cuurently under coins trac
tion. Ponder said that the DOT board
has also approved letting bids for a
$400,000 project to add a third lane to
U.S. 19 East from Upper California
Creek to the Yancey County line.
Other major projects which have
received approval include:
Improvements to U.S. 25-70 from
Walnut to Hot Springs and construc
tion of a Walnut Bypass. The Walnut
to-Hot Springs projects are broken in
to three segments. Rights-of-way are
currently being purchased and con
struction is scheduled for next spr
ings. Right of way for the section
from N.C. 208 to Hot Springs will be
purchased next fall, with construc
tion planned for the fall of 1988.
The final step in upgrading U.S.
25-70 from Hot Springs to the Ten
nessee state line is scheduled to begin
in 1888, with right of way being pur
chased in Jan., 1988 and construction
contracts to be let in Nov.,- 1988.
shall and the Spring Creek section is
scheduled to begin next year . Right of
way for the road from Little Pine to
N.C. 63 is planned for April, 1985, with
construction contracts to be awarded
Replacement of the Redmon
Bridge over the French Broad River,
a portion of the Marshall-Spring
Creek link, is also scheduled to begin
in May of next year.
A final major project, to make U.S.
23 a four-lane highway from Mars
Hill to the Tennessee state line , has
also been approved by the present
DOT board, Ponder said. The U.S. 23
North project is scheduled to begin
.right of way acquisition in June, 1987,
with construction planned for July,
A number of county road construc
tion projects have also received ap
proval. Those included in current
Relocation of Sweetwater Rd. from
U.S. 25-70 to Sweetwater Gap.
Grading, draining and paving of
Bend of Ivy Rd. (State Road 1578).
Grading, draining and paving of /
Ramsey Creek Rd. (SR 1115). /
Grading, draining and paving
Grandview Rd. (SR 1568) from coun
ty line to Riverview Dr.
Grading, draining and paving of
Piney Grove Baptist Cburch Rd. (SR
Work on the above six projects is k
nearing completion. Other county >
road projects and their currant status
an as follows: j
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9pOt linprOVctiiClllS it) ctflTiOy Out*
torn Rd. (SR 1150) will require fun
ding Lp the 1985-86 fiscal year. I.
Grading, draining and paving a I
.1-mile section of Laurel Branch Rd. \
(SR 1US) is scheduled for paving \
next summer. " V
Surveys and right of way for a \
1.5-mile section of Holland Creek (SR
1509) have been approved. Funding
for construction on the project has not
yet bean approved.
Grading, draining and paving a
section of Walker Branch Rd. has
been approved and is scheduled to
begin in July of next year.
The DOT has also given approval to
funds to make surveys and right of
way acquisitions for portions of Long
Branch Rd. (SR 1580), Tillery Branch
(SR 1564) and Laurel Branch Rd. (SR
1118) Construction funding for these
improvement projects will have to be
made in the 1(85-66 budget
Ponder also said that 616,060 has
been approved to study a possible
road linking Revere and Walnut
When completed. Ponder said, the >
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