■MBHp:/; Photo by Charles Hopson 18 Hons After Blaze Consumed Buildings, Smoke And Flames Continue With Occasional Explosions I \ \ . ■ aK ssi^3 Photo hy Jody Higgins Shopping Carts Are All That Remain After Flames Destroyed Ray Brothers Grocery ■u.-i—a-.... v -- ••'Mpvf - VIM f| *. s 1 Jhr ' I - ■ t i \ ,| • ,K M’ £is fcLSgSStfc i I MMMfttimggrSa J-- SB fi\ ■S“ ■TTf W I Photo by Jody Higgins View Os Store Backs Show Total Destruction Os Ray Bros, Ben Franklin, Carolina Tire 1 1 lift# Photo by J ody Higgin Firemen Battle Raging Fire Which Lit Up The Night For Miles Around Burnsville. 4&THEWAMCEVfoECOIU>IjI V0L.36, NO.l Fire Hits Downtown Burnsville Stores; Damages Estimated At $1 Million By Carolyn Yuziuk Monday night at approxi mately 10:00 p.m. a fire started—apparently in the basement of either Ray Mo thers Food Center or Ben Franklin Store—and quickly became a holocaust which burned out of control until early Tuesday morning and caused an estimated $1 mil lion in damages. The fire completely destroyed three of the larger businesses in downtovn Burnsville: Ray Brothers Food Center, Ram sey's Ben Franklin Stcre and Carolina Tire Company. Styles and Company, ad jacent to the shopjing com plex, was also damaged by fire, but the damage was believed minor an 1 confined to the garage building itself. Intense heat from flames caised steel bearm in the ceiling of the shopping cen ter to buckle, and walls on both sides and rear of the brick and frame structure collapsed. Firemen and firefighting equipment and trucks from Newdale, Spruce Kne, B»- keisville, Mars Hill and Mar shall came to the assistance of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, and only through determined and he roic effort was the fire com tained in the immediate area involved. At times,the flames shot up over 100 feet high over the burning Steves. Cloee by the raging fire were the old Northwestern Bank Building and the Post Office, which the fire mira culously left untouched. The frame residence and antique Store of Rush Way, owner of Nu-Wray Inn, was per haps closest to the fire and the most severely endanger ed, but energetic efforts of firemen kept the flames from gaining a foothold theru Observers speculated that had the wind blown just the right way, the Nu Wray Inn itself could have gone up in flames. Monday night's fire was Stated to have been the worst in Burnsville's Mstcry. One observer who was on the scene almost from the beginning of the fire, told how the Burnsville firemen seemed to have the situation under control right from the Start, as only smoke ms seen Irwin Bank Assets Up John M. Logan, executive vice president of Frist Feder al Savings of Erwin,said that total assets of the local finan cial institution had increased over 25 per cent to s2l mil lion, Logan said that 1971 was the greatest year in the firm's history. During the year the asso - elation paid $920,000 in in terest to its depositors. Looking ahead to 19 Logan said, "We feel it is going to be another excellort year for the association. The outlook for savings remains good and we expect the home loan market to be more ac tive in 1972. " issuing from the buildings fer quite a while. Then there was an explosion, he said, and flames diot up sky high, burning through an electric wire above the stores and plunging parts cf the city in to darkness. Volunteer firemen tentatively set the blame for the fire on a leah . ■jp- ' jfki ; jqH TRAIN WRECK NEAR GREEN MOUNTAIN—ThIrty-soven cars were derailed last Friday sight near Green Monatais. The Clinchfield line was traveling through a short tunnel when reportedly a brake shoe came loose and caught under a wheel causing the derailment. Boxcars were derailed on both ends of the tunnel. Many of the cars,loaded with paper, rolled down an embankment to the Toe River. Crews moved in immediately and had the track cleared by 4 p.m.Sunday. No injuries were reported Photo by Charles Hopson Roberson Named Director Os Student Personnel For MAY Tech.; Makes Survey Mrs. Flora B, Roberson of the Newdale Community in Yancey County has been named Director of Student Personnel in the newly estab lished Mayland Technical In stitute. Mrs. Roberson has been making frequent visits to the Yancey Countyschools recently, working with Mr. John Schortinghouse, Coun - selor, in making a survey of student interests. Mb. Roberson formerly served as Guidance Counselor in the Mitchell County Schools, and for the past se veral years has been full time Counselor at Harris High School, Spruce Pine. A graduate of Micaville High School, she received her BA degree at Tusculum College and her Masters de gree at Appalachian State Univeßity. She also atten- - ded North Carolina State Mrs. Flora B. Roberson THURSDAY, JANUARY 6,1972 ing propane gas line. The fire departments fought the blaze until 5:00 a. m. Tuesday andßrmsville firemen were still at the scene of the fire, dousing ashes, through most of Tuesday afternoon and even ing. Small explosions were frequent at the scene as cars University. She is a past president of the North Caro lina Education Association, Mitchell County Unit. She serves also in Yancey County as lay speaker for the Metho dist Church. Mrs. Roberson has alimys been a great believer in the programs offered in the Ta:h nical Institutes and Commu nity Colleges, and says that only the opportunity to work with students in this type of school would have induced her to leave her work in the Jaycees Sponsor Benefit Gospel Sing Sunday, At Cane River High School There will be a Gospel Singing at Cane River High School on Sunday, January 9th at 2sOO p. m. The singing is a benefit for the Rev. James Beaver, a well-known minister who has been sick for some time and is in desperate need of financial aid. There ' will be no admission charge, but there will be a free will of fering taken for Rev. Beaver. Groups taking part in the Gospel Singing are the Joy •• fulaires of Alexander, N.C. ; Bee Log Quartet of Burnsville; Maple Ridge Trio of N.C.; Happy Echoes, Swan nanoa; Good News Quartet, Candler; Peek Family; Re bels Creek Quartet of Bakers - of hair spray and other cans and bottles became heated to the point of exploding. Around 6:00 p. m. Tues day evening the fire alarm sounded again for the exha ra ted Burnsville firemen when the blaze flamed up despite an all-day rainfall and com plete dotsing earlier. The public schools. Mrs. Roberson expressed her appreciation for the co - operation of the principals, the teachers, the counselors, and students in Yancey County in making the student interest survey. The in formation gained from the survey will be used to help determine the curriculum to be offered in the new Tech nical Institute. Without such cooperation, she says, the Institution could not of fer an effective program. ville, N.C.; PrayerwayQuar tet of Mars Hill; Trailway Quartet of Boone, N.C. ;the Gethsemane Quartet, Spruce Pine; Thomas Brothers,WK YK, Burnsville; Rainbow Quartet, WBMS, BlackMoun- Masons Install Officers On Thursday night, De *• cember 23, 1971 Burnsville Lodge #717 AF C AM install ed its officers fer 1972, Newly elected and install ed officers were as follows: Lawrence C. Wilson, Mas ter; Paul Bran ton, Senior Warden; Terrell Wilson, Jun ior Warden; Homer Price, 10 c s mcxildering of over 1,000 tires which had been stored in the basement of Carolina Tire Company could be re sponsible for much of the continuing action. The blaze, however, has exacted its toll, and down tow n Bir ns ville will never really be the same. Results of the survey,which has also been made in the Mitchell and Avery County schools, will be made avail able to the guidance counse lors and principals of the high schools. Mrs. Roberson looks for ward to working closely with the guidance department in the local schools in inform ing students of opportunities in North Carolina's Techni cal Schools and Community Colleges. tain; Glory Bound Quartet, Mars Hill. The Singing is sponsored by the Yancey County Jay cees. Ed Ball is Master of Ceremonies. All singers and the public are invited to take part. Treasurer; Hcrsc hel bblaon be, Secretary; Dennis Carroway, Senior Deacon; Richard Wil son, Junior Deacon; Bruce Smitl» and Lee Thompaon,Ste waids; Ralph Towc,Chaplain Larry Wilson, Tyler. Hcischel Holcombe was the installing officer and How ard Nelson was the Marshall.