PAGE 2 the^ta I ■Food Program Funds I Food Pro in operation 1975. After October for :e years the increasing ted at 4,050 Hire Region Council of ves as the 1C program, ion D is the s office, the operates in fity Health ically based at provides JeHighway Department Has WToU-Free Phone Available ? Washington, D.C. Automo « bile owners in the 10-state » area surrounding Washington, f D.C. can now dial directly f into the federal highway Sj safety agency for a quick ? read-out on auto defect prob £ lems or to report auto safety ( problems “Uncle” should S* know about. The federal toll £ free Hotline number is 800- 424-0123 for residents of the £ areas listed below, and 426- >0123 for residents of metro > politan Washington, D.C. $ “If you have a vehicle J aroblem which threatens your % afety or the safety of others." £ said a recent federal an ■ \ nouncement to auto owners <in this area, “or if you know •Jof such a problem which jjthe National Highway Traf- J. sic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should look into, jjthe Auto Safety Hotline Os- J.fice wants that information '•and your call.” ►1 According to Gilbert L. •JWatson, Chief of the Con jlsumer Services Office which the Hotline facility '•for NHTSA. the new con sumer telephone service began Jw>n October 15 as an aid for Nauto owners who need help I*in solving safety-related ve •Jhicle problems or who have information to NHTSA is the I!.S. of Transporta tion’s enforcement “arm” Jjjwhich sets auto performance for the industry enforces the recall and jejrepair of defective autos when Necessary. y Watson says the Hotline jjjikeeps four trained operators J4)usy from 8:30 am to 5:00 Jjpm every workday. 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The WIC program is bringing federal money into ] the seven county region through approximately 300 participating grocers. WIC has proved to be a j very needed and beneficial food program that will hope fully make Christmas this j year nicer and healthier for \ the 4.050 WIC participants. . resume. “Calls which iden tify possible defects, ’ Watson explains, “are relayed directly to NHTSA’s investigative of fice by the Hotline staff. But defect-related or not. we will apply whatever powers the agency can lawfully apply, to help owners solve the prob lems reported to us. The Hotline’s toll-free serv ice is available to callers from Maryland. Delaware. Virginia, West Virginia, North Caro lina. Pennsylvania, New Jer sey and Connecticut. In New York the service is available to residents of New York City. Long Island, Buffalo and Rochester. The free ; call area also extends into south ern Ohio for residents in the telephone area-code 513 and 614. J^olk- \\6ys and ..f N«HIHM<\ \Pi* \i \« hi \ v* v*A. . g A % ilh H oj»rr* % lull in r ,1 (JZ 0 As fall gives way to winter, as the daylight short ens, and the strong winds begin to gust out of the west, mountain folks know that the season for ghost stories and assorted other night narra tives has arrived. True, such stories no longer constitute the major body of entertainment as they once did for mountain young sters when after supper Grandpa or Grandma took center stage at the fireplace and brought assorted spooks down the chimney and into the dark comers of the room. They do, however, retain their appeal for old and young alike. This fact came home to me several years ago when I invited students and friends in on a late fall evening (an occasion which has grown into a tradition) for an old THE YANCEY JOURNAL Box 667 Burnsville, N.C. 28714 Phone (7041 682-2120 Edward Yuziuk, Publisher Carolyn Yuziuk-Editor Pat Randolph-Manager Brenda Webb-Staff Published Every Thursday By' Twin Cities Publishing Co. 2nd Class Postage Paid At Burnsv ille, N.C. Thursday, Jan.l, 1976 Vol. 5, Number 1 Subscription Rates By Mail: In Yancey County One Year $5.00 Six Months $4.00 Out of County or State One Year \ $7.00 Six Months $6.00 I I Peggy Campbell, Professional Hair Stylist, announces the opening of | Mr. & Ms. J|hiy [Hair Styling SalonV- <r[ W. Main St. [ln front of Armory! ", Burnsville, N.C. I Specializing In precision hair cutting, uni perms, hair and scalp care-for Men and Women. This is a contemporary salon, doing no weekly shampoo and set customers-using no dryers or rollers. We use blow-styling techniques, curling irons and hand dryers and teach proper use of them. We teach our customers how to take care of their own | hair between visits to us. Call 682-7225 for appointment Honrs: Thursday k Friday 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | * file ‘i Nina McKinney Displays Plate Showing Beam’s Restaurant An Artist Creates: ‘House Under Glass’ BY WILLIAM F. JUD Nina McKinney can paint your home in one day, and her work will last for centuries. Two years ago, Nina vowed she would channel her bubbling, creative talent into work that is both useful and fun to do as well as profitable. She had studied oil paint ing in Asheville for a year after graduation from Cross nore High School, and com bined that training with her fashioned mountain supper of homemade beef and vege table soup, followed by a slab of stack cake washed down with sassafras tea. Afterwards there was a cheerful fire and conversa tion. Then, as the fire dimtnished to glowing coals and occasional flickers of light, ghost stories began to make the rounds, mostly time worn ones told with a bit of refurbishment according to the dramatic talents of the teller. Readers will probably recognize the following story or a close-kin version from memories of their own story telling days. I heard it first from Martha Keever, an Appalachian State student from Lincolnton, North Caro lina, who gives “passing down" credit to her parents. THE HEAD Once in the olden days South Toe Sr. Citizens Meeting The South Toe Valley Senior Citizens group will meet on Sunday. January 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Celo United Methodist Church. There will be a program of music and singing. \ AUTO DEFECTS? SAFETY PROBLEMS? CALL °’ ,H 800-424-0123 U.S. DEPARTMENT OE TRANSPORTATION NAT'I HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20590 (Clip i Save for Future U>e) experience as a commercial artist with Southern Bell telephone company in Char lotte, N.C., to go into business making specialty pottery and other decorative ceramics. But overcrowding in the ceramics field left few mar kets open to beginners. Nina saw that her opportunity lay in creating personal, one-of-a kind art works rather than in volume production. She de cided to try sketching peo ples’ homes on ceramic t ' W , there were two young men who were very close friends. One day, however, the two fell out and got into a figK?> One became so angry that he opened the blade of his butchering knife and cut off the head of her former friend. Knowing he would be hanged if he were caught, the murderer hurriedly left town. He stayed one, two, three, five, eight, thirteen years. Finally he decided that by now everyone would hive forgotten who he was and what he had done. §o he moved back to the town where he had murdered his friend. He had been back only a day or so when he decided to go to the butcher shop to get some meat for his evening meal. On the counter lay a fresh, beautiful calfs head. The man thought to himself. “My, my! How good that calf s head would taste for supper. There’s nothing I like better than a mess of fresh calfs head!” So he bought the head and the butchet wrapped it up in brown paper and tied it with a string. The man put the package under his arm and started walking home. Little did he know that the package v was dripping blood as he walked. ' When he reached the main street, the sheriff spied him and the bloody package. He questioned the man: "What have you got in that pack age?” The man replied, "Why, I’ve got a nice, fresh, beautiful calfs head for my supper.” And he was so pleased with his purchase that he began to unwrap it to show it to the sheriff. He slowly rolled back the bloody paper layer by layer. When he finally reached the center, instead of the calf's head he revealed the head of his murdered friend. There it lay, as fresh as if it had just been cut off. Blood dripped from the neck, wide open eyes stared at the man, and the mouth smiled a wicked and satisfied grin. The sheriff recognized the face and the murderer was tried and hanged for his crime. The ghost of the murdered man had won his revenge! Readers are invited to share their folk material with others. Send to Rogers Whitener, Folk-Ways and Folk-Speech, Box 376, Boone, N.C. 23608. dinner plates, then glazing and firing those sketches under a brilliant, permanent layer of hard glass. Nina’s first effort, a sketch of The Gem Shop north of Spruce Pine, was displayed in The Gem Shop for several weeks and attracted consider able attention from people pleased with the personal touch the work represented. Shortly thereafter, customers began sending in orders to have their own homes sketch ed on plates, and now Nina is so busy in her Ingienook Arts and Crafts Shop at Ingalls, seven miles north of Spruce Pine, that she must put new customers on a temporary waiting list. “It takes six days to make the average plate,” Nina says. The first step is to get a color photo of the customer's home. Nina makes a full-color drawing on paper from the photo. In certain difficult cases involving rotation of perspective or other technical problems, Larry McKinney, Nina’s husband and the second commercial artist in this talented family, lends a hand. Nina casts the rough diner plate using molds and liquid casting clays made by her father, Lee White, a clay chemist now retired from Harris Mining Company. The raw plate is trimmed, smooth ed, and fired at 2,000 degrees F. for one day in the shop’s electric kiln to become tough, white “bisque” ceramic ready for painting. Very carefully,, Nina co pies her own or Larry’s sketch of the home in color onto the bisque plate, using special, mineral-based ceramic paints. This art work generally takes a full day to do and may run two days or longer for complicated scenes. Walls, roofs, and other broad areas are solidly pain ted in at first in their basic colors and tonal variations. Then Nina scratches in the fretwork and delicate cross hatching of mortar lines between bricks and shingle patterns on the roof, using a finely pointed paint-removal tool. The finished plate is fired in the electric kiln one more day to harden the painting. Then it is dipped in commer cial glaze or in Lee White’s special glazing compound made of local feldspar and other minerals, and goes back into the furnace for the third and final time. * k lt is very important to keep the piece dust-free during this finab-- heating,’’ Nina cautions, “td ’ prevent damage to glaze." Nina's unique plates with their sketches of peoples’ homes are proudly displayed in those homes in an ever-widening area of North Carolina, Tennessee, and even in states as far away as Florida. Jack’s Creek Church Services The January schedule for church services at Jacks Creek Presbyterian Church is as follows: January 4 at 11 a.m., Rev. Bert Styles; January II at 11 a.m., Rev. John David Stewart; January 18 at 11 a.m.. Rev. Bradley; January 25 at 11 a.m., Rev. Walser Penland. BOOK CORNER THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN By Catherine Gaskin. 1974, Pp. 343. Doubleday & Co., Inc. “When I am dead, of your charity, offer nine masses for my soul”. Such was the prayer of the Spanish Wo man, a real person of long ago, whose ghost quietly takes over in The Property Os A Gentleman by Catherine Gaskin, refreshing young author from Ireland. Replete with a haunted castle, secret passages, hid den treasures, a pack of phantom dogs, and the ghost of a long-dead Spanish girl, the narrative yet exudes an air of mystery and love-a mys tery to be solved by Joanna Roswell, the intruder, who falls in love with the house, with its heritage, and with a man. This is not the usual run-of-the-mill ghost story. In fact, the ghost story is almost incidental. Joanna becomes so involved, both through the revealing spent (or misspent) lives of her ancestors and the present-day owners of the manor, that she gets caught up in the web of tragedy and treachery that surrounds the isolated estate. The startling ending will leave the reader breathless, and wondering if all is for real, or just a figment of the author’s imagination. Painting Classes To Display Art Work The Mayland Tech Adult Education Painting Classes will have a show at the Spruce" Pine Public Library from January 3 through January 16. The works on display will be by students of three classes taught by Robert Johnson in the Spruce Pine- Burrisville area. These classes will be continuing and will be accepting beginning as well as advanced students the end of February. If you are interested in joining these classes, please call the Mayland Tech Adult Education Program. Come by and support your local artists and art in this area by seeing this show. There are many interesting works to be seen. Benighted A bookmaker was at one time called a knight of the pencil! Chorle»^ill«£jt^ < li i> FerrnMtCuirr^» adHEALTH j™ Pollard Drug Asthmatic’s best friend: the pharmacist How do we pharma cists help asthmatics cope with their disease? To begin, we monitor your - medication for best thera peutic effects. Then, we encourage you to take your medication properly and to maintain an adequate supply. Sophisticated medication mechanisms are often explained and demonstrated. In addition, we advise you about your diet, exer cise, , over-the-counter medications, plus which irritants to avoid. When you need understanding, or someone to listen to your questions, fears and difficulties, this Pharma ' cist is all ears! Why? Because we care. Safety First: If you’re seeing more than one physician, be sure each knows about all medi cines you’re taking. Dial 682-2146 ‘DwzSfoic Burnsville, N.C. rfJSOMiPT-MI.Ei r j Syjf’k;! 22| | H a * * mk Mr. And Mrs. Steven Crain McLauglin, Crain Wed c Miss Lorine McLaughlin, daughter of Mr. Tony and Mrs. Magaline McLaughlin of Burnsville, and Steven Crain, son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Crain of Shronce Creek, Burnsville, were united in marriage on December 19, 1975 at the home of the bride. Rev. Frank Phillips conducted the ceremony. The bride wore a gown of white velvet with sheer acetate sleeves. Her waist-length veil was of net. She carried a bouquet of white carnations. Karen McLaughlin, the bride’s sister, was her bridesmaid. The groom chose Chester Crain, his brother, as his best man. 'f! '-'W ' A. ife I ■■ il mm wmmK * .maT^jbi Mr. And Mrs. Billy Joe McLaughlin Riddle , McLaughlin Wed e Miss Lois Kate Riddle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert e Riddle of Burnsville, was wed to Billy Joe McLaughlin, son of Mr. Tony and Mrs. Magaline McLaughlin of Burnsville, on November 27, 1975, at Jacks Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Phillip Garland conducted the ceremony. The bride, in a white gown, carried a bouquet of white carnations. Her bridesmaid was her sister, Karen Riddle. Mr. McLaughlin chose Steven Crain of Burnsville as his best man. Jr- * KBj ■ v * “"S j [ * ' V , ♦ - WB/- 1 Jamie Proffitt mountain : LsJvt HERITAGE Wpif BASKETBALL pal SCHEDULE * = Home Games //I = Conference Games Jan. 6 x East Henderson Jan. 9 x* Owen Jan. 13 x* West Henderson Jan. 16 x Sylva Webster Jan. 20 Enka Jan. 23 North Buncombe Jan. 27 Rosman Jan. 30 x Madison Feb. 3 x* Hendersonville Feb. 6 x Mitchell Feb. 10 x* East Henderson Feb. 13 x . Owen Feb. 17 x West Henderson Feb. 20Sylva Webster Celebrates Fifth Birthday Miss Jamie Marie Proffitt celebrated her fifth birthday on December 26 at a party given in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Proffitt of Bald Creek. The theme of the party was "Cinderella” with the decorations done in pink and white. The cake was done by her aunt, Mrs. Audrey Da venport of Spruce Pine. Attending the party were Mr. and Mrs. Otis Proffitt, paternal grandparents of Bald Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Proffitt, Mike, Randy and Charlie Proffitt of Phipps Creek; Mr. and Mrs. James R. Fox of Burnsville; Mrs. Audrey Davenport of Spruce Pine and Helen Elizabeth, sister of Jamie Marie. Jamie also had a birthday party at the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Wells of Rutherford. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Dail Gibbs of South Toe; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wells of Baltimore, Md.; Miss Peggy Wells of San Antonio, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wells of'Ruther forjd.