jflt’s Good For Transylvania County, The Times Will Fight For It. Vgl. 88 — No. 3 ~ THE TRANSYLVANIA TIMES A State And National Prize Winning Home Town Newspaper SECTION B BREVARD. N. C., THURSDAY. JANUARY », 1875 PUBLISHED SEMI-WEEKLY WHO DO YOU TRUST? Wendy Alderman is surrounded by faces; which one masks a killer? Clockwise from left: Carle Wilson; Renate Chapman; Judy Dexter; Chauncy Shaw; Jim Alderman; Rosalie Hale. “The Spiral Staircase” is being presented Friday and Saturday at the high school. Curtain at 8:15 p.m. (Photo by Austin’s) Alcohol: Questions, Answers This is the first article of a 13-part series provided by the Brevard Jaycees in con junction with their drinking education program called “Operation Threshold” which is designed to create awareness and understanding about sensible drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism in American society, courtesy of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Parti WHAT IS ALCOHOL? Alcobol is the major chemical ingredient in wines, beers, and distilled beverages. It is a natural substance formed by the reaction of fermenting sugar with yeast spores. Although there are many alcohols, the kind in alcoholic beverages is known scientifically as “ethyl alcohol,” a colorless, in flammable liquid which has an intoxicating effect. By itrict definition alcohol it classified as a food, because it contains calories. However, it has no nutritional value. Alcohol is also classified as a drug, because it dramatically affects the central nervous system. Different alcoholic beverages are produced by u«lng differing sources of sugar for the fermentation process. Bear, for instance, is made from malted (ger minated) barley, wine from grapes or berries, whiskey from malted grains, and rum from molasses. Hard liquors result from the further concentration, through a process called distillation, of the alcohol produced by fermentation. Thus, whiskey, scotch, gin, vagka, and other liquors are referred to as “distilled beverages.” Most American beers Kfiutn 4 per cent alcohol. Dinner wines, like Beaujolais or CbahUs, are 10 to 13 per cant aVMy*1 Dessert wines such as sherries are fortified with more alcohol to bring the level up to between 17 and 30 ‘The Spiral Staircase Opens Two-Night Run On Saturday BY BABS L. JOHNSON The thing every actor dreads is to find him or herself on stage, open his or her mouth, and have no words come out. Imagine, then, the problems faced by Wendy Alderman when she undertook the role of Helen in “The Spiral Stair case”. Helen, you see, is a mute, and much of the suspense of the play hinges on her. Such a role might have unnerved a lesser woman than Wendy. Or consider poor Chauncy Shaw. In the role of Professor Warren, Chauncy finds himself making his debut as an actor. But Chauncy, who is the associate rector of St. Phillips Episcopal church, says all ministers are actors anyway, and this is just moonlighting. Hank Hohner is a veteran of one Brevard Little Theater show, “Never Too Late’’, and is returning as Constable Williams. Judy Dexter (Mrs. Warren) finally has a part that does not require her to be a maid or housekeeper, and she is making the most of it. Judy appeared in last summer’s Art Festival meller-drama “Egad! What A Cad". Jim Alderman is again playing the romantic lead; he was the hero in “Egad!” last summer. This time, as Dr. Parry, he again is seeking the hand of the fairest damsel in sight. Jim is really a clean-cut lecher at heart. Rosalie Hale will be remembered as the home wrecking secretary in last season’s “Plaza Suite”. Here, she plays Mrs. Oates, the Carolina Freight Declares Dividend ramiina Freight Carriers Corporation, headquartered at Cberryville, declared a 10 cents per share quarterly dividend on common stock at director’s meeting on Jan. 2. The dividend is payable Feb. 7, to stockholders of recordon January 24. It is the company's 46th consecutive dividend. Carolina recently opened per cent. Distilled beverages range from 40 per cent (20 proof) to 50 per cent (100 proof) alcohol. Any two drinks which contain the same amount of alcohol will have a similar effect on the drinker. Thus a 12 ounce can of beer, an average 4 ounce glass of wine, or the mini highhalj Qf with an ounce of 100 proof liquor, all contain approximately ounce of alcohol, and if drunk slowly, will have an equal terminal facilities in Gainesville, Fla. and Rochester, N. Y. bringing the total number of company terminals to 61. Carolina serves the Southeast, the East and the Midwest including 30 states and the District of Columbia. Junior Women Continuing Fund Drive Brevard Junior Woman’s Club is continuing its drive to raise $1,000for the purchase of a mammograph for the Transylvania Community Hnapltal. The club has contributed $500 for the purchase of the x ray device used to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Individuals and groups wishing td make contributions should contact Mrs. Thomas C. Bingham, P. O. Box 1141, Brevard. N. C., M711. rather gossipy housekeeper. Quite a switch; one wonders which characterization Rosalie enjoyed doing more. Renate Chapman is a long time member of BLT’s bevy of backstage beauties. She came out front to do “Witness for The Prosecution” and “Blood, sweat, and Stanley Poole”, and now we’ve got her again as Nurse Barker. “The Spiral Staircase” was first seen as a movie, which starred Dorothy McGuire, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, and George Brent. The stage version was adapted from the screenplay, reversing the usual procedure. The play will be presented Friday and Saturday, January 10 anti 11 at Brevard High School auditorium. Curtain time is 8:15. The Spiral Staircase” is directed by Carle Wilson who seems to be BLT’s perpetual motion machine. Sue Risa Huggins is the stage manager, while Shirley Drimmel is handling hand props. Stage props are done by Jo Ann Alderman, with most of the stage furniture loaned by Silvermont. The spare, modernistic set was designed and built by Jimmy Dexter, with help from Sue Huggins, Chris Pidgeon, and Mike Saunders. The Spiral Staircase” is the second production of Brevard Little Theater’s 25th an niversary year. B. H. S. Students Rank High In Test BY CAL CARPENTER AND CARTER HARDIN Brevard High School may be a small school in a small town, but it is far from small in academic achievement. At least that’s the clear in dication of the recently received results of the National Educational Development Tests (NEDT), taken by a group of students last October. For out of the group of 52 students who volunteered to take the battery of tests, eleven or approximately 20 per cent, scored between 90 and 99 in the national per centile. That is, these 11 students scored higher than 90 to 99 per cent of all the students taking the same tests in high schools all over the United States. ACHIEVEMENT In recognition of this unusual achievement, cer tificates of excellence for superior performance in the NEDT were presented to the 11 students in a brief ceremony at the high school on Dec. 20. Presenting the certificates was C. C. Hardin, Brevard High guidance counselor. Students receiving them were: Ninth Graders: Clyda D. Gaither, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gaither; Harold S. Lawing, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Lawing; and Michael P. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Williams. Tenth Graders: Joyce A. Becker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Dedner; Margaret E. Gosnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gosnell; Robin G. Henson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Henson; Daryl P . Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Johnson; John Monteith, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Monteith; Susan E. Prugh, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John L. Prugh; Martin K. Reidinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Reidinger; and Cynthia A. Smart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John K. Smart. NOT REQUIRED The NEDT^is not required by the school. It is made available and those ninth and tenth grade students wishing to take it, sign up at the beginning of each school year. The different tests of the series are administered in October by counselors of the school Guidance Department and the results are graded by machines. Participating students in high schools all over the county take the tests at the same time. The performance results are then categorized in percentiles, 1 through 100. Twenty-three ninth graders and 1910th graders at Brevard High participated this school year, and out of these the unusual figure of 11 students scored 90 to 99. Such outstanding results are a scholastic distinction at Brevard High of which the school staff, the eleven students, and their parents may well be proud. USE OF LEARNING The National Educational Development Tests are similar in part to the battery of tests first used at the University of Iowa in a program assessing the educational development of high school students. The first NEDT were given in 1959. Their fundamental prupose is to provide a situation in which the student can demonstrate how well he can use what he has learned. The questions are designed to probe the student’s capability for understanding the kind of material he might encounter later in his education. They do not place a premium on straight recall of factual information. They are thus a check on the use of learning, a strong indicator of the progress that might be expected of a student in later life. FIVE AREAS The NEDT is given in five areas: English usage, mathematics usage, social studies reading, natural science reading, and word usage. These provide an evaluation of the student’s educational development. A second area of the NEDT is an aptitude test that, like many other scholastic aptitude tests, is based on ar identification of intellectual capacity. The total NEDT is of great value, for it aids in identifying levels of scholastic ability — the slower student as well as the gifted one. This can be very valuable information to the teaching staff, guidance counselors, students and parents. Board Eyeing U. S. Development Grants The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners, at their meeting on Monday night, will discuss the procedures to apply for Community Development grants. The purpose of these grants is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities pricipally for persons of low and moderate income. This objective is to be achieved through the elimination of slums and blight and detrimental living conditions, conservation and expansion of housing and housing opportunities, in creased public services, improved use of land; in creased neighborhood diversity, and preservation of property with special values; to further develop a national growth policy by consolidating certain programs into a system which provides assistance annually with maximum certainty and minimum delay, encourages Community Development activities consistant with area wide planning, furthers achievement of the national housing goal and provides for coordinated and mutually supportive housing and Community Development activities. In developing this program, the commissioners will be holding one or more public hearings. One of these meetings will be a joint session with the Eosman Board of Aldermen to discuss development in the upper end of the county. To obtain this funding ap —See Board, Page 5B HIGH 8CHOOL SCHOLARS — These Brevard High School ninth and tenth graders scored unusually high on this year’s National Educational Development Tests. They are, left to right, First Row: ninth graders Harold S. La wing, MichaelP. Williams, Clyda D. Gaither; tenth graders Joyce A. Becker and Margaret E. Gosnell. Second Row: Daryl P. Johnson, John Monteith, Susan E. Prugh, Martin K. Reidinger, and Cynthia A. Smart. Another member of the group, Robin G. Henson, was not present when this photo was made.

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