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they an session Jury to America Stomp to wtrt bare. comment to ob- fecal has Mtttaf dto- Sophia Residents To Lose Volunteer Fire Department comment By MICHAEL KIRKLAND Ctty Editor The Sophia Volunteer Fire Department will no longer answer calls in the Town of Sophia beginning Friday. Sophia Mayor Ernest D. Nichols said Monday he was told of the development in a letter from the department's attorney, Beddey lawyer Donald L. Pitts. The volunteers also will no longer house the community owned fire truck in the department station house as of that date. To combat the lack of service, Nichols said the Sophia Town Council met Monday and "initiated action to secure fire protection for residents" pending the organization of a Town of Sophia Volunteer Fire Department. The mayor, said the proposed town department will hold an organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sophia Town Hall, and encouraged those interested to attend. In the meantime, the town has received assurances from other county volunteer departments for assistance in case of a fire . within municipal limits. Nichols said the end of service apparently stems from a dispute between the department and the town. The department and town council met on Aug. 10, 1973, to establish a working contract -- the result, a town agreement to pay the department 186 a month for housing the town fire truck and to pay for its maintenance, gas, oil and tires. On March 24 of this year, however, at a council meeting on revenue sharing, Asst. Fire Chief Robert Porter requested the town assume three responsibilities: maintenance of the fire hydrants within municipal limits; assistance in firemen's ; training; and purchase of equipment, Nichols said. The council replied, Nichols said, that though it would assume maintenance of hydrants, it felt training was outside of its responsibility and any equipment purchased with* town funds must be used exclusively within town limits. Despite the apparent cutoff, Asst. Chief Porter said his department has taken a wait - and - see attitude, and still hopes for reconciliation with the town. "They don't have enough equipment to fight a fire by themselves," Porter said. "Their truck will just pump 790 gallons." Until the town actually takes the municipal fire truck back, however, Porter says he doubts if department volunteers, all'of whom live within municipal limits, would not help out in the event of a fire. "If they have a fire, all of our men will fall out to man their truck and fight the fire," he said. "I ain't going to stand by and waU^i someone's house burn down and not fight it." Khaalis Escort A shotgun carrying U.S. Marshal stands guard in the street outside Washington's Superior Court as a van carryng Hanafi leader dul Khaalis pulls away from the courthouse Monday. IQualto was held in custody for grand jury action in connection with a seiaje Washington buildings in which 134 hostages were held last month. Wirephoto) Proposed Pay Hikes Top Council Agenda The Beddey Common Council will hew a committee's proposal on pay increases for city employes based on a fire service fee at the council meeting tonight. Committee members are expected to have tentative figures on how much , fire service fee will need to be increased in order to free up other finds for a raise for poMcemen and firemen. The meeting will also be a finsipubic hearing on the renming of recently annexed properties on Harpw and Ragland roads. Council will also hear from a committee appointed to study the pvttng situation on Wickbam Avenue, and from Street Department Director Bob Leeber the reported speeding probtem on Glean Avenue Council will also hear from the committee on renaming of city streets. Mrs. Madge Richardson of 114 Hargrov* St .has been aatod to appear deanmg up her property, which autgedt is not in tompuuce wttkj sosang dtoances. Hie action comes asa result of a Board of Zonsag Appuils proposal cerning the cleaning of the property.

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 12 Apr 1977, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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