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VOL. 62 NO. 11
$2.50 A Year In Madison Adjoining Counties
$4.00 A Year Outside These Uounties
irl Scout Week Is
eing Observed Here
Open Letter To Friends
Asks For More
Tuesday of this week marked
the 51t Birthday of Girl Scout
ing in thia country. Girl Scouts In
Madison Chanty join wish the
more than 8,000,000 Girls Scouts
in the United States during the
week of March 10-16, in the cele
bration of Girl Scout Week.
To "Serve the Future" to
move into the next half -century of
Girl Scouting, this is the theme
for the Slat Birthday and certain
ly no theme would more ap
propriately focus on the role of the
Girl Scoot leader. It is the lend
er who brings to girls the mean
ing and richness of Scouting. Girl
Scouts' service to the future be
gins with the leader's service to
In Madison there are three Girl
Scout troops serving 60 girls. The
leaders of these trips are Mrs. C.
E. Mashburn and Mrs. Troy Re id,
Marshall Brownies; Mrs. Curt
Sears, Marshall Intermediate
Scouts; and Mrs. R. B. Ramsey,
Walnut Brownies.
These leaders are busy women
who spend time every week guid
ing the girls in this community.
' These women bring to the Girl
Scout Program all the values they
have learned in school or home or
business; and the leaders help the
girls discover those values for
themselves. They enjoy cookouts
and camping flag ceremonies
and discussions. They like to see
the girls govern themselves. Girl
Scout leaders are there not to tell
them wast to do, but to advise
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Pour Madison County Repub
lican leaders attended a Fund-
raising dinner in Charlotte last
(Friday night at 7:30. Over 1000
people from all over the state
were in attendance. Among the
guests were: Congressman Charles
R. Jonas and James Broyhill, and
State Republican chairman, Rob
ert Gavin. Main speaker for the
event was Robert Taft, Jr., con-gressman-at-large,
from Ohio.
Those from Madison attending
wore: Jack Guthrie, Roy McDevitt,
Loy P. Roberts, and attorney
Clyde M. Roberts. According to
Mr. Roberts the dinner was a great
Introduces Bill To
Fix Deputy Salary
Representative Liston B. Ram
sey introduced a bill March 8,
known as HB 198 "To fix the:
salary of the first deputy sheriff
of Madison County." (Amends
SL 1969, Ch. 884 (fixing Madison
officials' salaries) to provide sal
ary of $250 (now I206J -per month
for Madison first deputy sheriff.
Effective April 1, 1968.) To Sal
4cMnd Fees.
County Unique-
It Is Mow Free Of Debt
Elsewhere in this issue it pub
lished an official notice calling fog
female trainees for power sawing
machines at Mills Manufacturing
Company in Marshall. Ages desir
ed are from 19-86 with at least a
10th grade education.
Women desiring this work are
asked to apply at the French
Broad Electric Membership Co-op
Building in Marshall on Tuesday,
March 19 for applications andi n
terview aby plant officials.
It was explained that this Is an
equal opportunity plant and that
there are also openings for exper
ienced sewing machine operators.
Mrs. S. L. Nix was elected pre
sident of the Marshall Parent-
Teacher Association for next year
at the March meeting Monday
night at the school. Other officers
to serve with her include Mrs. Lis
ton Ramsey, first vice president;
Mrs. Obray Ramsey, second vice
president; Mrs. Cleophas Ward,,
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Marshall, Hot Springs Threatened
By Rising River Tuesday Night
Raleigh A Western North
Carolina county that cmoes in for
its share of the political limelight
resulting from partisan clashes,
has a distinction shared by only
four other counties in the state.
According to the Local Govern
ment Commission, it is one of five
counties which has no general
county bonded indebtedness. Ex
cept for some school bonds, Mad
ison County doesn't owe a penny.
And school bonds are not con
sidered indebtedness.
Charlotte Duke University's
Blue Devils will be followed
throughout the NCAA Regional
playoffs this week-end by WBT
Radio, it was announced today by
managing director Paul B. Mari
on. In the opening game, which pits
Duke against ninth-ranked New
York University, WBT will be on
the air at 7:15 for a 15-minute
pre-game show prior to the 7:80
tap-off. Ed Higgins will handle
Saturday night, WBT will broad
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Republican Woman
Appointed Eleventh
Distr. Representative
Mrs. Paul D. Phillips of Hen
dersonvflle was appointed 11th
District Representative for the N.
C. Federation of Republican Wom
en on March 8, at a meeting of
the state board at the Queen Char,
lotto Hotel in Charlotte.
Mrs. Phillips will help organise
Women's Clubs in the District and
assist present Clubs fat the work
they are doing for the Republican
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Bill Instructs New Board To
Cause Revaluation Of
County Property
Madison Rep. Liston B. Ramsey
introduced legislation creating a
new tax equalization board last
Named on the board were Tal
madge Franklin, Brown Amnions
and Ralph T. Barnes, for four-
year terms.
The bill also instructs the new
board to cause a revaluation of all
property in the county to be car
ried out, to become effective with
respect to taxes levied for the year
Ramsey said the last revaluation
was held in 1958.
The National Association of
Sanitarians, with headquarters at
the University of Denver, Denver,
Colorado, announced recently that
John N. Hutchms, Madison Coun
ty Health Department, Marshall,
N. C, has been accepted as a mem
ber in this professional society.
The National Association of
Sanitarians is an official organi
zation of professional persons en
gaged in the promotion, realisa
tion, and maintenance of a fitting
healthful environment for the peo
ple of the world. It is dedicated to
the high principal that the citizens
of this country, regardless of sta
tion, deserve as a natural right the
best possible conditions in which
to live and pursue their happiness.
The membership fat concerned with
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Luther Hodges To
Visit Hot Springs
On April 5
Secretary of Commerce Luther
odges is .expected to visit Hot
pnngs o April 5 at wjuch trmi
he will personally Observe pbffii
for the redevolpment of this town
He plans to leave Asheville a-
about 9 a. m., and arrive in Hot
Springs around 10:20 o'clcok. He
will remain in Hot Springs for
approximately an hour before re
turning to Asheville for a lunch
eon meeting. While at Hot Springs
he will confer with members of
the Hot Springs Planning Board
and other civic leaders of the
Also expected to visit Hot
Springs with the farmer gover
nor of North CaroHsj are Charlie
Edwards, N. C. coordinator for
ARA; George Steve is, Governor
Sanford's Representative, and oth
er officials.
High Point As recently as the
turn of the century cancer was
rarely reported outside medical
journals, and public information a
bout the disease hardly existed.
This fact has been brought to
the public's attention by Holt Mc
pherson, 2nd Vice President of the
N. C. Division of the American
Cancer Society.
Both an outstanding editor and
educational leader, Mr. McPherson
is editor of the HIGH POINT
ENTERPRISE and Chairman of
the N. C. Citizens for Better
Schools. He is Past-President of
the N. C Press Association and
President of the Journalism
Foundation which he founded and
has headed from its inception.
"Now," says Mr. McPherson,
"cancer has been brought into pub
lic awareness."
Fout entertainment celebrities
recently died within three weeks
all victims of cancer, Mr. Mc
Pherson pointed out.
"Old wives' tales, superstitious
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Raleigh Madison County Dem
ocratic Party Chairman Liston B.
Ramsey and vice chairman Mrs. ed by the N. C. House election
A Republican-sponsored bill to
abolish absentee voting was kill-
Latrelle Robinson have been
vited to represent their organiza
tion at a Democratic Party Con
ference in Raleigh on March 29
and 30, it was announced this
week by State Party Chairman
Bert Bennett.
All county chairmen and vice
chairmen have been asked to take
part in three sessions of briefings,
Bennett said, designed to furnish
them more information concern
ing state government, the issues
of the 1968 General Assembly and
state party matters.
The conference will begin on
Friday, March 29, in the Hall of
the House at the Capitol where
each delegate will register and re-
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Mrs. Jeter M. Metcalf of Route
2, Marshall, was elected worthy
Matron of the Marshall Eastern
at a meeting of the Chapter held
Star Chapter for the ensuing year
Monday night in the Masonic Tem
ple. Mrs. Metcalf's husband, Jeter
IM. Metcalf, was elected worthy
patron. Other officers elected are:
associate matron, Mrs. R. J. Plem
mons; associate patron, Ralph T.
Barnes; secretary, Mrs. Bill Rob
erts; treasurer. Mrs. James Sto
ry; conductress, Mrs. Guy White;
and associate conductress, Mrs.
Edwin Fox.
Mrs. Metcalf then appointed the
following officers: chaplain, Mrs.
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Last spring Mr. Doyle Cody of
Mars Hill prepared a 9 foot by
100, foot tobacco plant bed in the
usual manner used on his farm,
states Harry G. Silver, county ag-
ent.v After the bed- was prepared
and seeded, he built a frame around
the bed anjd covered it with clear
plastic. Doyle received the follow
ing benefits from his plastic cov
ered bed:
1. Better germination of seed.
2. Plants came up 10 days ear
lier. 3. Plants grew off faster.
4. Earlier transplanting to field.
5. Tobacco harvested earlier
than old system.
The late freezes and wet ground
has delayed tobacco plant bed
seeding in Madison County. Some
of the higher elevation communi
ties normally have a shorter grow
ing season because of late plants
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laws committee Wednesday and a
Democratic-sponsored bill to tight
en up absentee voting was turn-j
cm uvei lu u bia limn suDcommit
tee. Action on the two bills by the
House committee came only min
utes after it had met with the
Senate elections laws committee
to hear the state chairmen of the
Democratic and Republican par
ties urge that steps be taken to
end abuses of the absentee vot
ing laws.
Democratic Party Chairman
Bert Bennett told the committees
he did not favor abolition of tho
absentee voting, but unless the
legislature took steps to clean up
abuses, "I think the people will
demand thatt he absentee ballot
be abolished in 1965."
GOP Party Chairman Robert
Gavin said, "the evils of the ab
sentee ballot system completely
outweigh the good which may be
ascribed to it" He ssid abolition
was the only effective means of
ending abuses.
Bennett commended State Elec
tions Board Chairman William
Joalin and the state board on the
recommendations which went in
to the democratic sponsored bill
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Ivy River Causes Damage;
Many Roads Badly
Residents and businessmen who
live or have businesses near the
French Broad River breathed a
sigh of relief Wednesday morn
ing when skies cleared and the
French Broad River receded fol
lowing a night of anxiety and sus
pense. Torrential rains Monday night
sent the French Broad some 18
feet above normal stage with
swirling and muddy water near
ly reaching flood stage here. Al
though the Island was covered,
causing cancellation of school for
several days, the river missed
Main Street in Marshall by a few
feet The river rose Tuesday af
ternoon with water pouring into
the lower classrooms of the school.
Businessment worked feverish
ly Tuesday night moving merchan
dise to higher shelves. Msny
basements were flooded but dam
age was kept at a minimum due to
quick work of employees and vol
unteers. Ivy River perhaps caused the
most damage and the Ivy road
was completely washed away in
certain points. So rapid did Ivy
River rise that several heads of
livestock and some hogs were
washed downstream.
Toll telephone service was dis
rupted from Tuesday until about
noon on Wednesday. Electricity
remained on, however, during the
entire day and night.
Pumps were used Wednesday
af temjoon to draft water out of
several of tho classrooms in the
Train Plunges Into F. I. River
Rear Here Tuesday Right
Legend Of County Minerals,
Rocks And Precious Stones
Byard Ray Ha
The old saying,
them thar hills"
applied to Madison
Byard Ray,
or of Madison
that there is gold
A Large
s gold in
actually be
tax collect-
, has proof
in Madison
County. Although .gold is only
one of many valuable traces of
minerals, rocks and henu-precious
stones found in Madison, Mr. Ray
is quite proud of the goto traces
he has collected, with an actual
gold count of .005 OS her ton.
'We also have the legend of
the lost Duck Shelton silver mine
at Laurel and Hot Springs," he
We wondered how he knew so
much about minerals, rocks, etc.
When asked this question, Mr.
Ray said that for too past twenty
years he has been keenly interest
ed in what "those hills had m
them." For the past 20 years he
has collected samples and has ex
plored countless miles of rugged
terrain in every section of the
We were cognisant that Mr.
Ray was a well-known musician
who has his own string band. He
elso serves a master of eaten
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Marshall Man la Assigned
Many Duties Aboard
USS Leahy
Ensign John A. Corbett, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John 0. Corbett of
Marshall, who is stationed aboard
the USS Leahy, has recently
been assigned duties as assistant
athletic officer and alternate reg
istered publication officer. In
addition to these duties, Ensign
Corbett is (0J) Division Officer,
Crypto Security Officer, and As
sistant Communications Officer.
Corbett is also a member of the
Crypto Band, Enlisted Training
Board, Censoring Board, RPS
Corrections Board and the Recre
ation Council.
The USS Leahy has recently
returned from a tour which in
cluded Puerto Rico, Cuba (Guan-M
tanamo Bay), and Jamaica where
the crew completed its Shakedown
The USS Leahy is now based in
Boston Naval Ship Yard where it
will remain until about April 24
where they will be taking addi
tional schooling and training.
Ensign Corbett recently spent
several days hero with his par
Three crewman were injured a
bout midnight Tuesday when a
Southern Railway deisel engine
and one freight car plunged into
the French Broad River Bear Mar
shall as tracks gave way in an ap
parent washout. The wteck oc
curred at Rollins Switch five
miles south of Marshall. Repair
crews were still working Wednes
day morning to get the track back
into operations. The injured crew
men, all treated at Memorial Mis
sion Hospital here, were Ralph
Merrell, 48, of Knoxville, left knee
and back injuries; E. W. Selby,
49, of Knoxville, abrasions of the
left leg and back injuries.
Byard Ray And His Rock Collection
ies at many hillbilly shows and
is performing at the weekly pro
grama held in Hot Springs. He
is a former teacher in the Veter
an's Trains iff ProffTMn snd was
associated with the Soil Conser
cation Service in thia county for
several years Last November ne
was elected to toe office of tax
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Joint Neighborhood
Girl Scout Meeting
Held In Marshall
Weaverville and Madison Girt
Scout Neighborhood meetings were
held jointly at the American Le
gion Hall in Marshall, Monday,
March 4 from 10 a. m., until 1:00
P- m. Miss Ruth Townsend, Girl
- iwhivum nvit, jpw-
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Peter J. Hanloh, Forest Super
visor of the North Carolina Na
tional Forests, has announced that
a new method of fighting forest
fires is being used on the Forests
in this area.
The U. 8. Forest Service. Na
tional Park Service, and Indian
Service have contracted with a
Western firm for two World War
II Vintage B-26 Bombers to be
based at Knoxville, Tennessee for
fire control use on the Forests and
began March 1.
Each plane has a carrying capa
city of 1,200 gallons of fire-retard-ant
chemical. Flight speeds in ex
cess of 200 miles per hour make
any point on the Forests of West
ern North Carolina within one-half
hour flight time from the Knox
Bomber Base,
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