THE YANCEY JOURNAL
VOL. 3, NO. 40
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Contracts Signed For New High School
Contracts were signed September 28 for the construction of the new Mountain Heritage High
School. Contractors moved in and work began on Monday, September 30. Construction time is
twenty-one months, wHh the expected completion date for the new high school set for July, 1976. Low
bidders for the construction contracts were-General Construction: Juno Construction Company
-5i,414,400.; Heating and Air Conditioning: Twentieth Century Company-5574,953.; Electrical: Hayes
and LunSfoird Company-$388,969.; Plumbing: Wells and West, Inc.-$216,140.; Carpet: Eatman’s
Carpet Company-$44,500.; Food Service Equipment: Asheville Showcase and Fixture-$43,534. Total
expenditure for these contracts will be $3,682,496. Pictured are Edgar Hunter, Yancey School
Superintendent [left], and James Padgett, Architect, looking on as Board of Education Chairman
Claude Vess signs contracts for the construction of Mountain Heritage High School.
High School Students
The American Red Cross
Bloodmobile didn’t quite reach
its goal of 100 pints last
Wednesday when it visited
Burnsville, but it received
unexpected and very welcome
donations of blood from Yancey
high school students.
More than twenty students
and faculty from Cane River
High School boarded a school
bus bound for the Armory where
the bloodmobile was operating.
Although several students had
to be turned down for various
reasons such as not having had
lunch and being too thin, a total
of ten students and seven
faculty members donated a pint
of blood each.
Several students from East
Yancey High School volunteered
to give a pint of blood, but
some were bus drivers and were
not allowed to donate prior to
driving the students home. Two
of these drivers made their
rounds, dropped the students
off, and then came back to give
tiieir blood. Two faculty mem-
Pat Mayberry, Supervisor
for Mitchell and Yancey County
School Food Service, attended
the N.C. School Food Service
Fall Workshop which was
presented by the School Food
Service Division of the N.C.
Dept. of Public Instruction/on
September 23 through 27. The
Workshop was held at the
Downtowner Motor Inn in
Winston Salem, N.C.
Objectives of the workshop
were to teach skills in quantity
food production, to promote
interest in a variety of methods
so encourage students in secon
dary schools to participate in
School Food Service Programs,
and to clarify instructions for
Implementing full cost account
ing in School Food Service.
bers from East Yancey also
Members of the Red Cross
Unit and Yancey County Rescue
Squad which sponsored this
bloodmobile visit were impress
ed with the cooperation from
both schools. ‘‘An example of
good citizenship as shown by
the young people in Yancey
County should be noted,” said a
spokesman for the Red Cross. If
more adults would follow their
example we would have no
trouble reaching and exceeding
our goal on each visit of the
bloodmobile to this county.
The Board of Elections office
will be open on Saturday,
October 5, 1974 for all those who
have not yet registered to vote
in the upcoming general elec
tion November 5. Registration
deadline is October 7, 1974 at
The Board of Elections office
has regular hours of 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, and anyone who has
not registered to vote is urged to
come by before the deadline
this coming Monday.
Voters may register with
precinct registrars at their home
precinct. The same deadline
applies, which is October 7 at
5:00 p.m. Call the Board of
Elections office at 682-3950 for
the name of the registrar in your
Applications for Absentee
Ballots may be obtained until
October 30 from the Board of
Elections office during regular
office hours. Applications in the
case of sudden illness after
the October 30 deadline can be
obtained until 10 a.m. Novem
ber 4, 1974.
BURNSVILLE, N.C. 28714
I Suspect I
Yancey County Sheriff Ker
mit a third
suspeff on September 30 in
connection with . the August 6
break-in at Dr. E. R. Ohle’s
office in Celo.
Robert Jennings Waters of
Old Fort, North Carolina,
arrested Monday by Sheriff
Banks, had been arrested
earlier the same day on Drug
charges in McDowell County.
He is 23 years old.
Waters was released under
SISOO bond for his appearance
in District Court on October 16.
Two persons arrested in the
same case on August 6 by
Sheriff Banks and Chief Deputy
Erwin Higgins have had preli
minary hearings and have been
bound over to Superior Court.
They are Albert Julian Fender,
age 18, from Asheville and
Herman Lee Penland, age 17,
Banks said that a fourth
person is still being sought in
connection with the break-in.
Mary Adkins, a senior
Elementary Education major at
Warren Wilson College has
been awarded a substantial
scholarship by Glen Raven
Miss Adkins, the daughter
of Mrs. Ruth H. Adkins of Route
1, Relief, is a 1971 graduate of
Cane River High School. Miss
Adkins has maintained a 2.93
average in three years of college
and has an excellent record in
Warren Wilson’s On Campus
Cooperative Work Program.
She fulfilled her Warren
Wilson Service Project require
ment ir. January 1974 by serving
as Nurse’s Aide in the Oteen
Miss Adkins will student
teach in the spring of 1975 in the
Buncombe County School Sys
Power Os People
BY JIM TURNER
Outdoor Conservation Editor, Johnson City Press-Chronicle
(Reprinted from the JOHNSON CITY TRESS-CHRONICLE,
Sunday, September 29, 1974 edition.)
Western North Carolinians have proved that when people are
aroused by pollution, they can do something about it.
For a long time, pollution of the North Toe River-which is known
as the Nolichuckey River in Tennessee-has been a major problem
which has aroused the ire of North Carolinians and Tennesseans.
Tennesseans took little action in the matter but citizens of
Western North Carolina, primarily from Mitchell County, sought
and obtained action to improve the river’s quality.
The procedure by which the quality of the river is to be improved
required that it be classified as “trout water”, which requires a
dramatic reduction in the amount of pollutants being discharged
into the river, chiefly by plants which process ore from feldspar,
mica and kaolin mines.
Officials of the companies have disputed the charge (accounts of
their side of the issue have been reported in previous editions of the
PRESS-CHRONICLE) But the companies have been ordered by
both the federal Environmental Protection Agency and by the North
Carolina Division of Environmental Management to reduce their
The fight to clean up the river is being led by the Toe River
Valley Improvement Association, an organization which originally
was formed for the specific purpose of cleaning up the river.
According ie Harold Saylor, the youp’s secretary, an official of
the North Carolina agency said one of the major factors contributing
to reclassification of the river was the tremendous number of
requests from citizens of Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties.
From what this writer has learned of the situation-in the course
of preparing several news stories-tl is citizen action was the major
factor, a factor without which the ciean-up action likely would not
have been taken for many years, if at all.
According to A.D. Harrell, president of the association which
spearheaded the campaign, it got its impetus from Saylor himself
after Saylor selected the condition of the river to be the subject of
the thesis which he wrote for his master's degree a couple of years
Inasmuch as active environmentalists are sometimes accused of
being “liberal do-gooders and left-wingers,” it is noteworthy that
most of the officials of the association which led the fight probably
are political conservatives and probably would so escribe
At least one of them, a man close to the age of retirement, told
this reporter of his reluctance in becoming a part of the campaign.
But, he said, he saw no alternative except to allow the continued
degrading of the river.
According to Saylor, whose profession is environmental health,
the expected reduction in the amount of silt and sediment will allow
the normal ecology of the river to return, thereby permitting a
habitat which is suitable for the reproduction of trout and other fish.
It has not produced trout and bass for a long time, North Carolina
anglers have told me.
Some of the mining companies also use fluoride in their refining
process and too much of this, the pollution control agencies say, has
been discharged into the river.
Fluoride, which is added to water as a tooth-decay preventative,
is a poison when used in too-great amounts. The amounts that have
been discharged in the past exceed the standards set by the U.S.
Public Health Service, authorities say.
The companies have been told to reduce their fluoride
discharges into the river, from which the Town of Jonesboro gets its
From the standpoint of environmental health, it’s an important
achievement. But what could be more important is the lesson it
teaches: that people do have the power-if they have the will to
1974 UF Honor Roll
Points Out Progress
The first publication of the
1974 United Appeal Honor Roll
is shown below. The source of
the information is Mrs. Ruby
Smith, Treasurer of the Yancey
United Fund, who is keeping
track of progress being made in
the campaign. She recognizes
that the list may not be
complete, owing to slowness of
reports to reach her.
Just as the reporter from the
JOURNAL was about to ask
Mrs. Smith, in her office, how
the campaign was going, one of
the volunteer workers, J. H.
Cooper, appeared at the door
and dropped on the desk checks
and pledge cards totaling $765.
That, in itself, answered the
question-the volunteer workers
are definitely on the job.
(contributors of SSOO or more)
Mr. and Mrs. Mack B. Ray
Dr. Garland Wampler
(Contributors of S2OO to $500)
Drs. David and Carolyn Cort
Maxweli Home Furnishings
Pollard’s Drug Store
Dr. Fergus Pope
Styles & Co. & Styles Auto Sup.
(Contributors of SIOO to $200)
Burnsville Furn. & Hardware
Edward L. Greer
Johnson & Company
Riddle Fuel Oil Company
Yancey Builders Supply
Students in Yancey County
Schools will enjoy a holiday on
Friday, October 4 along with
students from seventeen other
western North Carolina counties
when schools will be closed in
order that teachers may attend
the Western District meeting of
the North Carolina Education
Association in Asheville.
East Yancey Boosters Club
will sponsor a Trout Supper
featuring smoked filet of trout,
on Friday, October 4 from 5:00
to 7:30 p.m. at the East Yttacey
High School lunchroom.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1974
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industry people to search out ways of handling tobacco with less labor. “One man can handle his crop