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More Than 50 Fight Wildfire In Quebec

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The following briefs are from the Thursday, April 15, 1971, edition of The Transylvania Times.

Transylvania County suffered its third highway fatality of 1971 Sunday, April 11. A Brevard College co-ed was killed in a one-car accident on U.S. 276 about five miles south of Brevard. The 19-year-old co-ed was Sandra Leigh Dawson, of Rocky Mount, who had just returned to the campus after spending the Easter vacation at home. The driver was identified as Terry Kirkland, also 19 years of age and a Brevard College student from Tarboro, who was admitted to the hospital.

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The forests and woodlands in Transylvania County are “powder” dry, and the threat of forest fires is critical, Ranger Dan Hile reports. Over 50 fire-fighters fought a forest fire in the Quebec section Tuesday before bringing it under control. A bomber from Knoxville, Tenn., made three drops of chemicals on the head of the fire, which aided the fighters considerably. All burning permits have been cancelled by the State Forester until further notice.

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Airman David W. Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Wheeler Jr. of Brevard, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He has been assigned to Chanute AFB, Ill., for training in the aircraft equipment maintenance field. Airman Wheeler attended Brevard Senior High School.

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William J. Cathey III is Transylvania County’s representative to the Governor’s School. William is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Cathey Jr. of Rosman. He is active in extracurricular activities at Rosman High. He has served as vice-president of the student body this year and will be president of the student body next year. He is chief marshal of the Junior Class and active in the Beta Club, the school honor society, and he has played football for three years. Students are chosen for the school on the basis of superior ability in some academic field or a high degree of talent in one of the arts.

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Rosman’s “Lady Mayor” Edith C. Osborne will seek a third term on May 4. She is one of the few “lady mayors” in North Carolina. Running with her for the board of Aldermen will be A. P. Bell Jr., Charles Moore and Verion Woods.

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John D. Eversman, organizer and director of the Brevard High School Band, is retiring at the end of this school year.

From 1924-1944 he was on the faculty at the Asheville School for Boys. During that time he also served as concertmaster for the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed the music and recreational director at Ecusta by Harry H. Straus, the president of Ecusta. Under Eversman’s direction, the band soon became one of the finest in the state. In 1953 the band program was transferred to the county school system. That year Mr. Eversman joined the faculty at BHS. An accomplished violinist, he also teaches part-time at Brevard College, where he is a member of the music faculty.

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Donald R. Dixon of Brevard has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Officer Training School (OTS) at Lackland AFB, Texas. The lieutenant, selected for OTS through competitive examination, is being assigned to Craig AFB, Alaska, for pilot training. Lieutenant Dixon, a 1966 graduate of Brevard High School, received his B.S. degree in 1970 from Western Carolina University.

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Michael Dennis Surrette and Lloyd V. Eubanks, both of Pisgah Forest, were among the 19 to receive a degree in applied science in forest technology at Haywood Technical Institute. Both of these graduates have accepted positions with the United States Forest Service Southeastern Experiment Station.

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In the wake of the nationwide dissent caused recently by the conviction of Lt. Calley Jr. for the first degree murder in the incident at My Lai, two members of the local draft board have joined hundreds across the country in submitting their resignations from the draft board. The effect of these resignations will undoubtedly curtail draft calls most everywhere in the immediate future.

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Joyce Buerer of Rosman High School has been chosen as Transylvania County representative to Girls’ State in Raleigh in June of this year. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Buerer of Rosman. She is a junior at Rosman High School where she is an honor student and active in many clubs.

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