The Transylvania Times -

Glancing Back: Rosman High School Considered Unsafe

 

January 28, 2019



The following briefs are from Thursday, Jan. 30, 1969 edition of The Transylvania Times.

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Craig M. Cheek, 18, of Pisgah Forest and Robert Long, 17, of Brevard were injured Friday, Jan. 24, when their motorcycle ran up under a dump truck on U.S. 276, about two miles south of Brevard.

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The trial of four men on charges of first degree burglary, kidnap and rape and robbery with firearms will highlight the one-week term of Superior court here next week. Because of the serious nature of cases to be tried in next week’s criminal term of Superior court, 145 jurors have been called to serve during the term.

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The local Selective Service office has issued an induction call for 15 registrants from Transylvania County for the month of February, according to Mrs. Helen L. Peeler, executive secretary of the local board. The call for 15 registrants constitutes the largest number called for induction from Transylvania since March of 1968. At that time 28 were called up for induction.

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The Commissioners of the Brevard Housing Authority have forwarded their application for a low - rent public housing program for Brevard to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta. The proposed project is for 100 units of which 25 have been tentatively earmarked for elderly persons and 75 units for general use.

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Chief of Police J.C. Rowe said there were no accidents in Brevard on Tuesday because of the ice storm. There were no traffic jams, either, he said. Traffic to Asheville was halted for some time early Tuesday morning because of a tractor-trailer blocking the highway on Little Mountain. The Cascade Lake Road was closed, and U.S. 276 was extremely hazardous.

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After last week’s rain and thaw the roads in the Balsam Grove area and going across to Jackson County is almost impossible. Jeeps are about all that can make it. The most needed road in the two counties would be a black top road tying the two counties together. Lots of the folks in Jackson go to Brevard to trade, see doctors and to get to work.

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We want to welcome a new daughter, Carol Suzanne, to The Rev. and Mrs. Tommy Owen. He is pastor of Cathey’s Creek Baptist Church.

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Because of the findings of the School Planning Laboratory of the University of Tennessee, the Rosman High School is considered unsafe and should be abandoned. The building was constructed in 1926; the gymnasium in 1956; the vocational building in 1965. The study group says the high school building is a fire hazard due to wood construction and lack of adequate fire escapes. Also, electrical outlets are inadequate in number throughout the building. Restroom facilities are adequate in number but are in poor condition due to the age of the building.

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Held over at the Co-Ed is “Gone With The Wind,” with Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. Tickets are $1.50 and 50 cents and matinees $1 and 50 cents.

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Staff Sergeant Arthur H. Stubblefield, son of Mrs. Grace Stubblefield, of Rosman, has been recognized for helping his unit earn the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Sergeant Stubblefield, a jet aircraft mechanic in the 437th Military Airlift Wing, will wear the distinctive service ribbon as a permanent decoration.

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