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Federal Government Buries McCall's Home

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The following briefs are from the Thursday, Feb. 25, 1971, edition of The Transylvania Times.

Vernon McCall, whose small trailer home at Balsam Grove was destroyed and buried by the U.S. Forest Service Monday, Feb. 22, 1971, slept in a bed on the property Monday night in near freezing temperatures. The federal government had claimed land that he was on and moved in with heavy equipment to bury most all of his earthly belongs. Mr. McCall’s father, Cannon McCall, has a deed claiming ownership of the small one-acre parcel of land since Feb. 28, 1967, and has paid taxes on the land since that time. The people of Balsam Grove met Tuesday night to see what they could do for their neighbor and will meet again next Monday, bringing as many household items as they can to help McCall get back on his feet.

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Fred H. Isreal, Transylvania’s Register of Deeds, releases some interesting figures this week concerning births, deaths, marriages, etc. To show the need for a new hospital, there were 110 babies born outside of Transylvania last year, while 220 were born in the county. Since 1964, there has been a slow decline in the number of births in Transylvania, while there has been an increase in the number of deaths.

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David Perry, a member of the Brevard Senior High School DECA Club, recently won second place honors at the DECA District 8 Sales Demonstration Contest held at Asheville High School. Twenty-two DECA students from schools throughout District 8 participated.

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A truckload of beer was captured recently in upper Transylvania, by arresting officer, Deputy Sheriff James Stroup. Persons are allowed to bring in five gallons of beer at a time, but a truckload is very much against the law. It is reported that hundreds of cases of beer are hauled into Transylvania each week from the adjoining counties.

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SP/4 Ted J. McCall, vehicle mechanic, recently posed for a photo with Le-Van-Bey as he was instructing the young man at the motor pool at Phu Loi, Republic of Vietnam. McCall is presently stationed with “Bravo” Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Artillery. He was previously stationed in Meinz, Germany. Before entering the Army, he worked at the American Thread Company plant at Rosman. Ted, 21, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Flem J. McCall of Lake Toxaway.

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Mrs. Charles Lauffer was crowned Chapter Sweetheart of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi at a dinner held at Berry’s Restaurant Saturday, Feb. 20.

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Solomon A. Jones, age 76, of Penrose died last Thursday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry Miller, following a lengthy illness.

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E.W. (Bill) Pangle was recently presented the award of Mecklenburg County’s “Outstanding Young Educator,” by the Mecklenburg Jaycees. Pangle is principal of Oakhurst Elementary School, Mecklenburg County and was nominated for the title by the Oakhurst faculty. Bill is a Rosman native and graduated from Rosman High School and North Carolina State University and earned a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Cited as “one of Brevard’s all-time finest running backs,” and a player who led the Brevard football team to a state championship in 1960, Branley Owen is now manager of the “Back Pack and Camping Shop,” a new department of The Athletic House in Knoxville, Tenn. Branley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Owen of Probart Street in Brevard. He is well known as a hiker who hiked the entire 2,000-mile length of the Appalachian Trail last spring in 73 days. He walked the Long Train in Vermont last year, a distance of 255 miles of Hiking last year made a total of over 10,000 miles on registered Hiking trails.

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A coke cap castle, unique in design and construction, has been built by a sixth grade student at Straus elementary school in connection with his study of medieval history. Ricky Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rice of Oak Park Drive, Brevard, built the castle, complete with draw bridge, mote and tall towers, from hundreds of bottle caps that he had collected over the years. Ricky, a student in Mrs. Flora Pickelsimer’s sixth grade class at Straus, took two weeks of diligent work to construct the castle.

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