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    Hearing
Outcome
Can Affect
Rates
The outcome of hearings
scheduled to begin in Wash
ington, D.C. later this month
could well affect rates for
service charged to local
Western Carolina and Westco
Telephone Companies’ cus
tomers, according to Paul
Wooten, District Commercial
Manager.
The House Subcommittee
on Communications has sche
duled exploratory hearings
September 28, 29 and 30 on
wheffterx competition, as
preempted j by the Federal
Comrtitmications Commis
sion, is having a detrimental
or beneficial effect on tele
phone service. Os particular
concern is the impact such
competition could have on
rates paid by local residential
and small business custo
mers.
“It’s reassuring to know
that Congress is at least
taking up this question. In
recent years, the FCC has
done everything it could to
make it easy for new
telecommunications suppliers
to enter the industry. At the
same time, they have hinder
ed the telephone industry’s
ability to compete fairly. Their
policies have helped these
new firms go after the big
business, high profit accounts
without any regard for what
happens to residential cus
tomers. These newcomers, in
effect, have been aided by
FCC policies in “skimming
the cream” from the more
profitable areas of business
without having to be concern
ed with serving the homes
and smaller firms in our rural
and suburban areas,” Woot
en said.
He explained that the
services most generally lost to
competition are for private
line long distance service and
terminal equipment and other
business facilities.
■“Historically, these ser
vices have been priced at a
premium so that they could
contribute revenue that helps
hold down the cost of local
service. The more of that
contribution we lose, . the
higher our local rates will
have to go,” Wooten stated.
Concern for the impact of
those potential increases on
local customers led the
traditional telephone industry
to seek passage of the
Consumer Communications
Reform Act of 1976.
Versions of that bill have
been introduced in the House
by our North Carolina Repre
sentative Roy Taylor, and
Senator Jesse Helms also has
supported a similar bill in the
Senate.
The proposed bill would
reaffirm the basic principles
and objectives for telecom
munications service set down
by Congress in passing the
Communications Act of 1934-
the provision of high quality,
low cost service to as many
people as possible.
The legislation also would
restrict the FCC from pro
moting contrived competition
and allow the traditional
telephone industry to compete
on a more equal basis.
“Washington may seem a
long way from here, but what
happens up there is going to
have a direct bearing on what
happens to our local tele
phone rates. We hope that the
hearings at the end of this
month are just the start, and
that fuller hearings on the
Consumer Communications
Reform Act itselfftvill be held
in the next session of
Congress,” Wooten conclu
ded.
Books Close
October 4
It has been announced by
the Yancey County Board of
Elections that the registration
books will close on October
4th at 6:00 A.m. for the
general election, The re
quirements for votaf registra
tion is 18 years of age by
November 2,1976 aryl 30 days
residency, /
The Board cf Elections
office will be open on
Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
or voters may register with
the precinct registrars or
judges anytime during the
registration period by ap
pointment.
Absentee balloting begins
on October 4 through Oct 27.
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Eagle Scouts At Court
BY DAN MAXWELL
Monday, September 13, Troop 502 held a court of honor and covered dish supper at the
Presbyterian Church in Burnsville. It began at 7 p.m. with an iipvßcation by Rev*%n,Sides. After
dinner came the honor awards with merit badges given to several boys. Rev. ,Pat Hardy
introduced Mr. Dover Fouts, who along with several Eagle Scouts gave tribute to Mr McLain A
gift certificate and plaque was given to Mr. McLain by Mike Moore arid Jim Remine. A gift was
also given to Mrs. McLain. Mr. John McLain became the new chairman of the troop committee.
Pictured are Eagle Scouts Tim Thompson, Donny Laws, Kenny Deyton and Jimmy Wilson with
Mr. McLain.
Yancey Benefits:
FHA Loans Increase
During the past year
ending June 30, 1976, there
has been an increase in the
number of Rural Housing
Loans in Yancey County.
Forty individuals have ob
tained loans in the amount of
$759,370 to build or buy
houses in Yancey County. As
of June 30, 1976 there were
196 Rural Housing borrowers
in the county.
During the past year 27
•farmer type loans were made
totaling $125,000. At present
there are 38 active Farm
Ownership borrowers and 46
operating type borrowers.
A Community Facility
Loan was during the
year in, tfhe " amount of
$1,500,000 to Yancey County
i%«uM<pitain Heritage High
School project. This facility
serves approximately 600
Yancey County families.
There are presently two
Community Facility loans in
the county. In addition to the
school the Town of Burnsville
has a loan which serves over
850 families and business
places.
The collection record for
the county is below the
District and State average in
the number of delinquencies.
There are no delinquent Farm
Ownership loans and one
Operating Loan delinquent
with the largest percent
delinquent in Rural Housing
Loans. There are no houses in
Government Inventory in the
county.
The present interest rate
for Rural Housing Loans is
BVi percent. Recently the
maximum adjusted income for
Interest Credit assistance has
been increased from $8,500 to
SIO,OOO. Borrowers in Yancey
County are receiving subsi
dized interest loans, and in
some cases this can result in
the borrower paying as low as
1 percent interest.
It is estimated that the
amount added directly to the
county tax base for the past
year is $700,000. This in
cludes equipment purchased,
real estate improvements,
houses and farms financed.
All loans are made without
regard to race, color, religion,
sex, marital status, national
origin, or physical handicap.
Farmers Home Adminis
tration has lending authorities
which are not currently being
used by the people of Yancey
County. Some of these are: (1)
Recreation Loans to develop
recreation areas, including
swimming, fishing and camp
ing facilities for individual
farmers planning income
producing on farm recreation.
(2) Youth Loans to establish
and operate income-produc
ing projects that will provide
practical business experience
for the rural youth enrolled in
an organized and supervised
program. (3) Business and
Industrial Loans to develop or
finance business, or industry,
increase income and employe
ment, and control or abate
pollution. (4) Repair and
Rehabilitation Housing Loans
to make repairs to remove
health and safety hazards for
low income owner occupants
who have repayment ability
for loans of this size.
(5) Rental and Cooperative
Housing Loans to build, buy,
improve or repair rental or
cooperative owned houses or
apartments for occupancy by
low to moderate income
families and persons 62 or
older. Corporations, coopera
tives, public agencies, indivi
duals and partnerships may
be eligible. (6) Homesite
Development Loans to buy
and develop building sites for
sale to low and moderate
income families (7) Soil and
Water Conservation Loans to
finance land and water
development measures, for
estation, drainage of farm
land, irrigation, pasture im
provements and related land
and water use adjustments.
County Office personnel in
the office are Wilbur G.
Howard, County Supervisor,
who has been serving Yancey
County for 9 years; and Mrs.
Naomi L. King who has
completed 30 years service as
County Office Assistant. Mr.
Paul Laughrun, District Dir
ector for 15 Western North
Carolina Counties, is head
quartered in the Burnsville
Office.
Mountain Top Dining
Featuring
Trout (From Our Own Ponds)
Steaks (Os your Choice)
Ham (Oountry-With Bruits)
Other Quality Selections [Available
weekend Buffet J
Wolf Laurel
Restaurant^
Open 8:00 prnT-'Days A Wk
27 Miles N. Os AsMvlNe Off U.S. 23
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STUDENTS I
for classes beginning
September 30 7 T Call
Leonard 682-
6813. ch 9-23
THE YANCEY JOURNAL
BOX 667
Burnsville. N.C. 28714
Phone [7o4] 682-2120
Edward Yuziuk,Publisher
Carolyn Yuziuk-Editor
Pat Randolph-Manager
Brenda Alien-Staff
Published Every Thursday
By
Twin Cities Publishing Co.
2nd Class Postage Paid
At Burnsville, N.C.
Thursday, Sept. 23, 1976
Vol. 4, Number 39
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Subscription Rates By Mall:
In Yancey County
One Year $5.00
Six Months $4.00
Out Os County or State
One Year $7.00
Six Months $6.00
County FmHA Commit
teemen are Vernon S. Pres
nell. Chairman, of Route 2,
Green Mountain; Earl C.
Wilson of Route 3, Burnsville
and Bruce B. Bailey of Route
1, Burnsville.
GOP Met
Candidates
Yancey County Republi
cans held a dinner meeting at
their headquarters on old
19E, next to the old WKYK.
building, Saturday night,-
September 18.
The enthusiastic groups
had an opportunity to meet
and talk with their local 1
candidates. Robert L. (Bob)
Rhinehart was introduced as
the candidate for Chairman of
the County Commissioners.
the candidates for the 26th
Senatorial District, Ted Smith
and Edward B. Krause, were
present and made short talks.
Plans were announced for
the “Meet the Candidates”
dinner to be held on October 9
at Mtn. Heritage High School.
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. & Silver
Policy To
Preserve
Farm
Land
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture had adopted a
policy to keep the nation’s
best farm, range and forest
land from going into nonagri
cultural use, it was announced
today by State Conservation
ist Jesse L. Hicks of Raleigh,
who heads the Soil Conser
vation Service in North
Carolina.
The new policy was
instituted by Secretary of
Ariculture Earl L. Butz, who
said that “loss of prime lands
well suited to production of
food, forage and timber is a
matter of concern to the
nation. Major consideration
must be given to long-range
needs to retain the productive
capability and environmental
values of American agricul
ture."
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture is urging all other
federal agencies to adopt a
policy that federal activities
that take prime agricultural
land should be carried out
only when there are no
alternative sites and when the
proposed use meets “an
overriding public need.”
“Here in North Carolina,”
Jesse Hicks pointed out, "this
policy could have far-reaching
effects. We have some excel
lent food production land in
most parts of the state, and
our forest resources are well
known. Yet we also know that
a, conservative estimate says
that 200 acres a day are lost to
urbanization in North Caro
lina-and much of this is
valuable farmland.”
The new national policy
calls for U.S. Department of
Agriculture officials to work
vfith private organizations and
groups, including state and
government officials, to
urge protection of prime
agricultural lands from pre
rAature or unnecessary con
version to nonagricultural
lsmd use.
Secretary Butz pointed out
that “alternatives are gener
ally available to minimize the
impact on prime lands, and
such alternatives should be
carefully studied, particularly
where federal funds are
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WORTH SO
MUCH MORE!
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Farm Being Converted For Urban Use
involved. Usually, when
prime farmland is converted
to nonagricultural use, the
change is irrevocable.”
Guidelines for protecting
prime agricultural lands call
for:
-Environmental impact
statements and review proce
dures.
-Inventories and evalua
tions of the nation’s farms,
range and forest lands.
-Cooperative efforts with
states, local governments and
universities to assure concern
for food, fiber and wood
production-to recognize and
emphasize prime agricultural
needs.
The prime agricultural
lands policy also proposes
review of all USD A programs
Notice
Bids are now being accep
ted for contracts for fiscal year
1977, for catering to the
Elderly Nutrition Program.
For more information call
682-7563.
WAMY Community Action,
Inc., An Equal Opportunity
Employer;
Appreciation
The Newdale Volunteer
Fire Department wishes to
thank Hickory Springs, Dia
mond Mica Company and
Burnsville Mill for donations,
and all the people in Newdale
for food donations for the
barbecue.
THE YANCEY JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 23, 197
to ensure that they are article shows a field in Jacks
consistent with the policy. Creek Community being con
~—The picture with this . verted for urban use.
VACANCY: Business Office
DATE: 20 September 1976
Mayland Technical Institute is now accepting
applications for the position of Bookkeeper.
Applications will be accepted through October 4,
1976.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Thorough training in bookkeeping, typing and
shorthand are required with preferably an associate
degree or equivalent experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Applicant will be keep financial
records, purchasesupplies.niide^uipment, prepare
financial statements, receive and deposit monies of
the Institution, take dictation and type letters,
reports and other, correspondence.
SALARY: /
Based on experience and education as related to
the Institution salary plan and the salary schedule
of the N.C. I Department of Community Colleges.
Position openySeptember 20, 1976 or after but prior
to October 4,\976. s?
Applications will be accepted until October 4, 1976.
CONTACT: V j /
Charles Jw. Edwards
Dean of fiscal Affairs
P.0.180x 547
Spruce PinV N.C. 26777 j
The Board of Trustees NdMaylaHd Technical
Institute agrees that no perSoHTon the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, of national origin, be
excluded from participating', in, be denied the
benefits of’ or, be othemjse subjected to
discrimination in employment"or under any
program or activity at Mayland Technical Institute.
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