North Carolina Newspapers

VOL. 4, NO. 14
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Fatal Car-Truck Collision
Wednesday, March 24, at 6:45 a.m. Shirley Riddle Ayers of Route 2, Green Mountain was
fatally injured in a car-truck accident which occurred on Hwy. I9E at Windom. According to
SHP Trooper Arthur Morrison, Albert Sherrill Briggs who was driving a 1972 GMC Pepsi Cola
Bottling truck said he was traveling west on 19E and was approximately 90-100 feet from the
intersection when the car [1974 Ford driven by Mrs. Ayers] pulled into the path of the truck. He
said she had stopped first at the stop sign before turning onto the highway, attempting to
accelerate fast in front of the truck. The truck struck the car in the left front door with both
vehicles skidding 60 ft. west on 19E. The Yancey County Rescue Squad assisted at the scene of
accident. Albert Briggs, of Route 2, Burnsville, was taken to Spruce Pine Hospital for observation.
N.C. Dairy Referendum Set;
Three Polling Places Listed
Polling places have been
set up in Yancey County for
the North Carolina Dairy
Referendum on April 6, 1976,
according to Wm. C. Bledsoe,
County Extension Chairman.
Polling places are Deyton
Firm Supply, Lacy Johnson
Company, and Hal Edmons
The referendum is being
held to give dairy farmers the
opportunity to vote on the
question of assessing them
selves six cents per hundred
weight of milk sold. Proceeds
from the assessment will be
used to expand the promo
tion, education and research
programs of the American
Dairy Association of North
The North Carolina Asso
ciation was organized in 1953.
Through their association,
dairy farmers carry on pro
grams of promotion, research
and education for milk and
dairy products.
Based on a favorable vote
by two-thirds or more of those
voting, the assessment will be
made at the time of payment
to dairy farmers for their milk
and will be collected by the
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Winners Os Essay Contest
At the March 25 performance of “Appalachia Sounding” before a full house attendance at
Harris High School Auditorium, awards were presented to the winners of ah allied essay contest
sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. Writing on the theme of "Independence-An
Appalachian Tradition,” the winners were Gregg McKinney, from Harris High, receiving the first
place award of a SSO savings bond donated by a "friend of the arts”; Katrinla Adkins, Cane River
High, winning the 2nd place award of a $25 savings bond from NCNB in Spruce Pine; and Alan j
Arrowood, Harris High, winning the 3rd place $lO cash award from the Spruce Pine P.T.A. The |
essay contest was judged by John Beecher, Joan Reeves and Parker La Bach. Greg McKinney’s
winning entry will now be entered in regional competition. Pictured left to right: Greg McKinney, ,
Alan Arrowood, Katrinla Adkins. Photo: TRAC
dairy processing plants and
organizations buying Grade A
milk from North Carolina
dairy farmers.
The proceeds from the
Election Board
Changes Precincts
Due to election law chan
ges in 1975, the Board of
Elections is required to make
the voting precincts corres
pond with the township lines.
Therefore, effective imme
diately the Board of Elections
is transferring the registration
of the voters of Little Creek
back to Ramseytown precinct
and voters of Baker’s Creek
back into Prices Creek. These
voters will not be required to
re-register. The Board will
transfer the registrations to
the correct precinct and will
try to notify each voter by
Anyone not so notified will
please call the Board of
Elections. The office is open
assessment will be adminis
tered by the Board of
Directors of the American
Dairy Association of North
Carolina, Inc.
on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday 9:00 to 5:00. The
number is 682-3350.
Sales Tax
Local 1% Sales and Use
Tax collections were recently
reported for the month of
February, 1976, by J. Howard
Coble, Secretary of the
N.C. Dept, of Revenue. The
report shows Yancey County
collected $16,091.96 for that
period. This compares with
Avery County collections of
$19,278.75 and Madison
County collections of $15,009.
for February; but falls far
behind Mitchell County which
collected $23,960.72
Forest Service Hails Decision;
Men Convicted For Setting Fires
“Wildfire. It’s a crime and
it spreads to everyone.” This
motto of the 1976 Southern
Cooperative Forest Fire Pre
vention Campaign was vali
dated on March 23, when four
North Carolina residents were
handed stiff jail sentences
which were suspended under
strict probationary periods of
five years in U.S. District
Court at Rutherfordton for
fires set on February 16 in the
Big Ivy section of the Pisgah
National! Forest.
Roger Dillingham of Bar
nardsville, N.C. was convic
ted of aiding and abetting in
the setting of fires in the
Pisgah National Forest. Dil
lingham requested a trial by
jury on March 23. Following a
verdict of “guilty”, Judge
Woodrow Jones sentenced
Dillingham to three years
imprisonment which was sus
pended and placed him on
five years strict probation and
fined him $750.00 as a special
Gary D. Ball of Route 1,
Barnardsville, an employee of
Dillingham, and Tommy
Crain of Weaverville changed
their original pleas of “not
guilty” to “guilty” under 18
U.S. Code Section 1855 of
setting fires in woodlands on
the Pisgah National Forest.
Ball was sentenced to thrqp
years which was suspended
and he was placed on five
years probation and fined
$650.00. Crain received four
years imprisonment which
was suspended, placed on five
years probation and fined
Michael Penland of Wea
verville had pled “guilty” at
an earlier arraignment to
setting fires and was sen
tenced by Judge Jones under
the Federal Youth Correction
Amateur And Professional Musicians
Give Impromptu Concerts In Yancey Area
Thirty-two amateur and
professional musicians came
to Burnsville and Spruce Pine
on March 20 to play music for
fun. In the morning the group
joined the Toe River Ensem
ble which meets each Satur
day in the Presbyterian
Church, Spruce Pine under
the direction of Parker La
bach. Works' by Telemann,
Purcell, and Corelli were
played. After breaking Into
quartets during the late
morning and playing at
various sites including the
homes of Mr. and Mrs. John
P. Swansen of Swiss Pine
Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Johnson of English Woods, as
well as Trinity Episcopal
Church, the group met for
lunch at the house of Ernest
Morgan in Celo.
At 2:00 p.m. the players
were invited to the studio of
Mme. Lili Kraus at Celo
Farm. They played Branden
burgs Nos. 3,4, and 5 and a
Bach Suite. Solo parts were
played by Dr. H. Max Smith
of Appalachian State Univer
sity, cembalo; Mr. Alexander
LeSueur of Western Carolina
University, flute; Mary Wake
man of the University of
Greensboro, violin, and Kear
ney Smith of Mayland Techni
cal institute, recorder. Other
local participants beside Mr.
Smith were Lillian Johnson,
Carolyn Cort, Elaine Reed,
Sewing Class
High school Thursday nights,
beginning April 8, 6:30 to 9:30
p.m. for 13 weeks. $3.00
registration fee. Call 682-3229
after 5 p.m. for information.
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Act to an indeterminate or
indefinite sentence. He was
placed on five years proba
tion, fined $500.00 and
instructed to pay the cost of
his court appointed attorney.
All four of the probation
ary sentences require that the
guilty men remain employed,
support their dependents, and
not violate any State or
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Keceives G.L.D. Diploma
The last member of the “Court House Gang’’ to receive the
G.E.D. [High School Diploma from the State Board of
Education] is Beverly McKinney. Beverly works at the health
department in Burnsville and did much of her class
participation during lunch hours. She is congratulated by
classmates: David Robinson, Bobby Banks, Tim Grindstaff,
Mary Ohle, Bev Cowdrick,
Thom Koch, Lillian Jelley,
Raghu Murthy, and Amos and
Susannah Jones.
The occasion was prompt
ed by a visit to Burnsville by
Helen Rice and Ruth McGre
gor of New York City, two of
the founders of the Amateur
Chamber Music Players. This
association, numbering 7,000
j members in 60 countries,
publishes a Directory which
i enables musicians to find
[each other and get together
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Federal law as well as
conform to the general proba
tionary standards.
Arrests were made in the
case by U.S. Forest Service
officers following a series of
fires in the Big Ivy section of
the Pisgah National Forest.
While five suppression crews
were battling a number of
small blazes, additional
ground crews including Dis
for music-making. Those who
came on March 20 were listed
members from Chapel Hill,
Greensboro, Tryon, Oak
Ridge, Johnson City, and
Asheville. Music in the
Mountains made the ar
While the planned activi
ties were for Saturday morn
ing and afternoon, a group of
musicians got a running start
on Friday evening beforehand
by playing in the lobby of the
Nu-Wray Inn, where photo
trict Ranger, Johnny McLain
were dispatched by a Forest
Service aircraft to set a
road-block in the path of the
car containing three of the
four men. Key testimony in
the case came from the pilot
of the aircraft, ‘ Jack Hile and
the observer James Thomp
son who kept the suspect
vehicle under surveillance
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Joel Woody, Shelba Ledford, and Zeb Fox. Thirteen adults
participated in the program. Others interested in a high school
diploma are encouraged to attend Friday mornings from 9:00 to
1:00. The classes are offered at no cost by Mayland Technical
Institute. Brian Westveer is the teacher.
graphers from Money Maga
zine were on hand to do a
story. Music-making was still
going on Saturday evening
Presbyterians To Meet
The Presbyterian men of ,
Mitchell and Yancey County
will meet Monday, April 5, ,
1976 at 7:00 p.m. at the First
Presbyterian Church, Spruce
Pine. This is also “Ladies (
Night” and the Ladies of the
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during the event.
Judge Jones stated that
the crime was one of the most
senseless acts of destruction
of public property he had seen
in several years. Forest
Service officials hailed the
decision as an important step
toward combatting the incen*
diary problem that has pla
gued North Carolina for many
where eight musicians con
gregated around the table saw
in Jones’ Workshop to play
the Mendelssohn Octet.
Church will serve supper at
7:00 p.m. The speaker will be
Rev. John David Stewart from
Yancey County.
All the men and ladies are
cordially invited to come.

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