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President Ford To Visit
President Gerald R. Ford is scheduled to visit the
Tri-County area this Saturday, March 20, 1976. The President
will arrive at the Avery County Airport shortly after 4530 p.m.
on Saturday aboard the Presidential Helicopter, Marine One.
Mr. Ford is slated to speak and personally greet the people of
this area.
A special program of country music, clogging teams, and
school bands will begin at 3:45 p.m. at the airport. The public
is Invited to attend. There will be plenty of parking on the
airstrip. The airstrip will be closed to airplanes for most of the
day to allow for the necessary arrangements of the Presidential
, Visit. [Directions: To Avery County Airport-5 miles East of
Sp.'uce Pine oh 19E. Turn south at Myron Houston’s Store on
Bushy Creek Road. Follow signs.]
Local Program
Uses HUD Grant
'The Yancey County and
ToWfn of Burnsville Commun
ity bevelopment Program is
the result of a grant from the
lI.S, Department of Housing
andjUrban Development. The
Town and County received a
grait for $322,039. The grant
*as for rehabilitation of
twenty-five houses in the
easjtern part of Burnsville,
Toe, and Newdale; a
sewjer line extension to
Lincoln Park; a multi-purpose
bulling for South Toe; a
mul|i-purpose building for the
part of Burnsville;
and for equipment for the
county’s three fire depart
The program has been
operating at full capacity for
four months. Twelve houses
have been rehabilitated, al
though outside work remains
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4 Appalachia Sounding’
Hie Character Lady [Marian Baer] enjoys a square dance
song at the huskin’ party in CRT’s ’’Appalachia Sounding’’,
. coming to Harris High School In Spruce Pine at 81UO p.m. on
March 25. Tickets are available at the Yancey County Country
Store, The Northwestern Bank, and the Pendulum Shop.
on some of those houses. The
first phase of the sewer line
extension is to begin soon. A
building in South Toe has
been purchased by the County
to be used as a multi-purpose
building by the South Toe
Community. Construction of a
new fire house for the South
Toe Volunteer Fire Depart
ment has begun adjacent to
the South Toe Elementary
School. A new fire truck is on
order for the Newdale V.F.D.,
and the Burnsville V.F.D. has
purchased communications
Presently, there are twen
ty people employed by the
program. There is a director,
a bookkeeper/secretary, a
housing specialist, and the
balance are carpenters and
laborers. At the end of four
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Chamber Urges YES I of<>:
For Amendment 2 HiMHI
Voting next Tuesday in
favor of Proposition #2 which
authorizes by constitutionals
amendment the issue of
industrial revenue bonds is
receiving wide and strong
support. The Board of the
Yancey County Chamber of
Commerce is convinced that
our County stands to benefit,
and urges an affirmative vote.
The board of the seven county
Region D Council of Govern
ments, centered in Boone,
likewise sees benefits for the
western mountain counties,
and urges support. The ‘
Commissioner of Labor of the
State, T. Avery Nye, Jr. has
sent out a strong appeal for
support, stating that the
decision will have a profound
effect on the future growth
and development of our State.
The proposed amendment
will authorize the issue of
revenue bonds to provide
funds for industrial facilities,
including pollution control
facilities. The interest paid to
investors who purchase the
bonds would be tax exempt,
making the bonds attractive to
investors, and in turn making
it more economical than
otherwise for industry to
finance expansion and pollu
tion control.
At the same ? A the
To Speak
David T. Flaherty, 46,
Secretary of the North Caro- j
lina Department of Human
Resources since January,
1973, when he was appointed
by Governor Jim Holshouser,
will be the Keynote Speaker
for the Republican Dinner on
Friday night, March 19, at
East Yancey High School. The
dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.,
v and anyone wishing to attend
may buy a ticket at the door or
in advance from any local
Flaherty, in one of his first
acts as Secretary of the
Department ofj Human Re
sources, returned $4.3 million
to the 1973 General Assembly
from the Department’s base
budget request. These monies
came from the reorganization
of the management end of the
Department, and represented
no decrease in services.
The Department was
created by the 1971 Executive
Reorganization Act. It in
cludes 41 agencies, boards or
institutions. The largest of
these are Health, Mental
Health, Social Services, Vo
cational Rehabilitation, Ser
vices for the Blind and Deaf
and Youth Services. The
Department is one of the
largest in state government.
The 1973 General As
sembly enacted legislation
allowing Secretary Flaherty to
further restructure the De-
Art Class
The painting class taught
by Robert Johnson and
sponsored by the Mayland
Tech Adult Education Pro
gram will continue.
Registration will be Tues
day, March 23, 6:00 p.m. at
East Yancey High School. The
class will meet from 6:00 until
10:00 p.m. every Tuesday
evening for twelve weeks. The
only charge is a three dollar
registration fee.
New students are welcome
to join the class.
amendment does not pose any
tfireat of added tax burden.
Both interest and principal
payments on any bonds that
may be issued would be paid
by the industries benefitted.
Neither the state nor the
counties guarantee these pay
ments. Nor will the facilities
built by the proceeds of the
bonds be tax exempt. The
Legislators Endorse
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Bond Referendum
Twelve Western North
Carolina legislators this week
jointly endorsed the $43
million bond referendum for
higher education to be voted
on March 23.
“The Bond Referendum
for the University of North
Carolina has our full support”
the statement reads. “It
provides for badly needed
buildings at Appalachian,
Western and UNC-A. The
state can afford the repay
ment and the buildings will
help improve the educational
experiences for young people
all over Western North
Carolina. 'We voted for the
measure in the Genera]
Assembly and'-’WTippt mu--
voters will approve it on '
March 23.”
Joining in the endorse
ment were Rep. Glenn A.
Morris of McDowell County,
Reps. Claude Deßruhl, Her
bert Hyde, Mary Nesbitt and
John S. Stevens, all of
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David 1 Flaherty
partment. This legislation set nent and Manager of the
up seven divisions within the Nasties Division for Broyhill
Department and established "urniture Industries. He was
new guidelines for the many vice .elected-to the North
Boards and Commissions. arolina Senate from Burke
Flaherty entered public nd Caldwell Counties, in
life in 1968 in Lenoir where "'*'B and in 1970. While in the
served as National Manager enate he served on various
of the Advertising Depart- (Cont’d on page 2]
m Ltle League
i *gistration
10 fee and birth certificate.
The Yancey County Little ioths for different age
League Program will hold oups will be set up and
registration for the 1976 aches bf the various teams
season Saturday, March 27, at ill be present.
East Yancey High School l There will be a meeting of
gym. All boys who plan to ttle League coaches and
participate in the Little npires March Thursday,
League Baseball Program this arch 25 in the courthouse,
year should come by East ly person interested in
Yancey any time from 9 a.m. lping with the Little League
until 3 p.m. Saturday and ogram is urged to attend
bring your registration form, s meeting.
taxpayer is in no way
North Carolina is now the
only state which does not have
comparable legislation per
mitting the issue of tax free
revenue bonds for attracting
new industry. Our state has
consequently labored under a
distinct disadvantage in the
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Buncombe; Sens. I.C. Craw
ford and Lamar Gudger of
Buncombe, Sen. Joe HI
Palmer of Haywood, Sen.
Cecil J. Hill of Transylvania
and Rep. Jeff Enloe of Macon,
Rep. Liston B. Ramsey of
Madison and Rep. Ernest
Messer of Haywood.
Among other projects,
approval of the referendum
would mean a $3,328,000
library addition at ASU,
$1,900,000 for a classroom
office building at UNC-A, and
$3,423,000 for an administra
tion building-mountain heri
tage museum at WCU.
In addition to the joint
statement, Rep. Messer said,
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these bonds to be very
essential to our mountain
Universities. It is the only one
within my memory that gives
the Mountain counties a fair
share of the proceeds. I hope
everyone will get behind this
bond issue and help pass it.”
Wagon Train Winds Slowly Through Mountains —**
Bicentennial Wagon Train
Preparing Summer Jaunt
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It s time to get ready to
1 “hitch up your wagon”, or
saddle that “hoss” and listen
for that familiar “Wagons
Ho!” once again.
“Wagons Ho!” is music to
the ears of a group of horse
lovers and ever since last
year’s trip they’ve been
' The Tri-County Wagon Train
1 Association is headed this
' y ear by Wagonmaster How
ard Higgins and the chief
scout Phil Briggs. Other
members of the committee for
The Yancey County Re
creation Commission will
sponsor a men’s volleyball
league to be held in the
Burnsville Elementary gym.
Persons interested in hav
ing teams in the league
should attend the organiza
tion meeting Wednesday
night, March 17, 7:30 p.m. in
the Burnsville gym.
League requirements are
that persons must be 18 years
of age or older, must be
residents of Yancey County,
and everyone is required to
wear tennis shoes.
There will be a Coffee '
Break on Saturday, March 20
at Micaville Elementary
School, sponsored by the Mt.
Mitchell C.B. Club at 6:30
p.m. Everyone is invited. The
Pigeon Valley Cloggers will
be there and there will be
music and lots of fun for all.
Bloodmobile Visits
Burnsville Mondav
Editor, Cane River ‘Rebel’
On Monday, March 22,
1976 the Red Cross Blood
mobile wii| be in Burnsville,
operating from the Fellowship
Hall in The First Baptist
Church from 12:30 until 6:00
p.m. The bloodmobile, which
comes from the Red Cross
Blood Center in Asheville, is
making this visit under the
sponsorship of the Yancey
County Unit pf the Radio
Patrol Emergency Team.
Now, with the increasing
need for blbod, a donor’s job
is more important than ever.
Somewhere in the United
States someone needs blood
every seventeen seconds. The
people that you help with your
blood donation-sometimes as
0 this years trip are from
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Madison and Yancey County.
Anyone who is interested
5 in joining the Wagon Train
may contact Ottis Honeycutt
at 682-3742 or Dan Wilson at
; 682-6501.
i Any person or group is
.1 welcome to join the train. The
committee has drawn up a set
i of rules and anyone who joins
i the train must obey the rules.
The purpose of the trip is
' good clean fellowship for
those who enjoy horses and
wagons and who like to sit
around the campfire after a
good ride and swap “horse
tales.” Os course, everyone is
expected to furnish his own
sleeping accommodations.
Those interested may join for
just one day or the whole trip.
Many who planned to go one
day last year just couldn’t
leave-they had so much fun,
and ended up making the
whole trip.
This year’s trip will start
at Beech Glen Elementary
School located off 19E at
Eatmons Grocery in Madison
County. People planning to go
on the train will come to
Beech Glen Tuesday, June 29.
The train will pull out
Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00
a.m. The train will travel NE
on 19E to Yancey County and
turn left onto the Windy Gap
Road, traveling to Ebbs
Chapel School for the first
camp. Thursday, July 1, the
train will travel up Bear
v wallow Road to Laurel and
camp at Roscoe Briggs
property. Friday the train will
travel to East Fork for the
third day. The final day, July
3, the train will pull into Mars
Hill for a big Bicentennial 4th
of July Celebration. The train
will camp at the Mars Hill
many as four persons at
once-may be victims of a
vehicle accident or a fire,
people in shock, infants of
their mothers, sufferers from
leukemia or hemophilia, or
patients undergoing surgery.
People of all ages, from *
seventeen through sixty-five,
give blood. Retirees as well as
high school and college
students can donate, provid
ing they are in good health
**»d weigh at least 110
pounds. The parents’ permis
sion is required for all
seventeen-year-old donors to
be able to donate.
When the Bloodmobile
comes to Burnsville Monday.
March 22, won’t you please
give the gift of life? Please
give blood.
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, School grounds Saturday
night and disband on Sunday,
I July A.
l To cover incidental expen
t ses such as garbage bags,
t rental of portable bathroom
facilities, etc. the Committee
is selling chances on a jprize
* 200 lb. hog. Please support
: the Wagon Train and buy a
* ticket. Contact any member of
5 the committee for a ticket.
After expenses are paid
remaining proceeds will fee
donated to a worthwhile
charity or organization.
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M. Blickenstaff
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Marvin BlickenstaiT. Pro
fessor of Piano at tfte
University of North Carolina
in Chapel Hill, is the featured
artist in the fifth Mayland
Concert on Thursday, March
18, at 8:00 p.m. in the
Presbyterian Church, Burns
ville. Mr Blickenstaff, wbp
has studied with Lili Kraus -Is
a graduate of Oberlin aMD
Indiana University. He has
received outstanding recogni,
tion since childhood and hfs
performed throughout this
country as well as in Germany
and Austria. His New Yofk
debut was in 1%9.
Mr. Blickenstaff s pro
gram will consist of wotiks by
Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy,
Copland, and Bartok. Tickets
«* *1.50 are available at the
door. Student tickets are
Those who have attended
the previous Mayland Con
certs presented by Music in
the Mountains have been
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