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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 69

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\ Rescuers Bookmobile Plans Stops In County Rebuffed In Gulf NEW ORLEANS (API-Rescuers looking for six missing seamen were turned back twice Saturday by intense heat on the British tanker that slammed into an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. "The aft section is much too hot for anybody to go back and look." a Coast Guard spokesman said. Helicopters and boats also searched the area. Forty crewmen had been rescued Friday. Some jumped into the sea to escape the flames raging from the 734-foot vessel Globtik Sun. The Winding New River: Its Fate Is Still Undecided This Quiet Countryside Faces Possibility of Flooding An Old Argument Rages on New River Its name is ironic: AV'ic Riivr: it happi'iis to ht ;Yorf/i /In 'nt. JVoir if is the dhjwt of a rlassir struck ht'tuwn I/!«.«' who icant to dnm it and those who don't. Mrainchilt: lhi people whom- lives been shaped by the river must icnil. mid hope. BY Robert H. Reid JEFFERSON, N.C. (AP)-The fate of North America's oldest river, a stream surveyed by Thomas Jefferson's father and which, through the years, has channeled a way of life for those along its banks, still is undecided after a decade- long dispute. A power company wants'to put two more dams on the river. So do the governors of two states. A third state wants the river's remaining unblocked stretches to run free. So do the environmentalists. THE PEOPLE WHO WILL be affected most directly just wish the others would get the matter settled so they can resume normal lives. The dispute, said Glenn Halsey, a member of the Grayson County, Va., board of supervisors, "has hurt this country in so many ways. It's kept farmers from doing the things they would have done because they don't know whether their land will be flooded." "I wish they'd jjst make up their minds." said a farmer in Allegheny County, N.C. "I got some land that won't be flooded that I could move to. But I don't know whether to start building because I don't know what will finallly happen." Teh stream is New River, which rises in the North Carolina mountains and flows through southwestern Virginia into West Virginia where it joins the Gauley to form the Kanawha. Geologists believe New River is second only to the Nile in antiquity. The state of North Carolina is seeking through the courts and the Interior Department to block construction of two hydroelectric dams on New River. Last year, the Federal Power Commission granted a license to the Appalachian Power Co. to build the dams in Grayson County, Va. The dams would flood some 40,000" acres in Grayson County. And in Ashe and Allegheny counties of North Carolina. The battle against the dams pits North Carolina against the states of Virginia and West Virginia, whose governors have asked that the $430 million project be continued. North Carolina has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to order the Federal Power Commission to reopen hearings on the license, which went in effect Jan. 2. James Holshouser Jr. of North Carolina has also asked the Department of the Interior to include about 25 miles of the river in the federal Wild and Scenic River System. Federal law prohibits construction of dams along designated scenic rivers. * *' * MEANWHILE, HUNDREDS of persons who live along the New River in Virginia and North Carolina wonder when the courts and the bureaucrats will finally decide. It has been 13 years since the Roanoke. Va., utility first expressed an interest in building the dams to generate power for customers in Virginia, West Virginia and the Midwest. The company applied for an FPC license in February, 1965, but the license was held up for nine years by various disputes, including one with West Virginia over the effect of the project downstream. The Interior Department wanted to use the water stored by the dams for flushing out pollution in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia. But West Virginians protested that the increased flow would ruin waterlife and the shoreline, and the idea was dropped. In the meantime, double-barreled opposition was brewing in North Carolina and Virginia from those whose land would be flooded and those who wanted to save the river for its beauty. Bills were introduced in both houses of Congress last year to have the river studied for inclusion in the scenic system. The Senate approved the proposal but it was killed in the House Rules Committee. Lobbying by representatives of the American Electric Power Co., of which Appalachian is a subsidiary, was persistent. Similar legislation has been introduced during his session but no hearings have been scheduled. Despite the opposition, the FPC granted the license June 14,1974, effective the following January. However, the company has not begun work pending the outcome of litigation. North Carolina has also asked the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to declare the license invalid since it went in effect after Holshouser had asked the Interior Department for scenic river designation. Opinion along the river is sharply divided between supporters and opponents of the dams. Supporters say the dams will create jobs in construction and tourism. Two state parks are planned for the shores. take them out and put them somewhere else, they won't know how to live in a rat race." TWO OF THE CREWMEN were hospitalized at Galveston with serious burns. Eight others were treated and released. A heavy slick of crude oil poured from a 50-foot gash in the ship's bow after the crash. It had stopped Saturday although a light sheen stretched about 10 miles from the ship. A Coast Guard spokesman described the sheen as "a very thin coat of oil over the water that looks like a rainbow. You can just barely see it on the water." The charred tanker sat about 100 miles south of Lake Charles, La., secured to tugboats. The Coast Guard said plans were underway to tow the vessel to Galveston, Tex. It was listing one or two degrees but was not in danger of sinking, the Coast Guard said. There was still no explanation Saturday for the crash. A board of inquiry will be convened to seek the cause, the Coast Guard said. The National Weather Service said skies were clear and seas about one to two feet in the predawn hours when the collision occurred. Chevron Oil Co., owner of the platform, said warning beacons were working at the time. THE PLATFORM, one of many that dot Gulf coastal waters, stands in 100 feet of water and its deck rises about 69 feet above the surface. The ship, owned by Globtik Tankers Bahamas Lt., was headed to Baytown, Tex., from the West Indies with 350,000 barrels of light crude. It was manned by Filipino seamen with Norwegian officers. The Kanawha County Public Library's bookmobile will make these stops this week: Monday: Emerald Heights at Shamrock and Londonderry, 9:20-10:05 a.m.; Sherwood Forst at top of hill. 10:15-10:50 a.m.: Rock Lake Village at Village Drive and Woodmont. 11:10-11:50 a.m.: Alum Creek at Rose Shopping Center. 12:55-1:30 p.m.. Tornado at ball park. 1:55-2:45 p.m.: Miracle Acres. 3:05-4 p.m. Tuesday: Rand at Church Drive and Davidson. 12:55-1:50 p.m.: Vutcher Creek at mouth of Dry Branch. 2:10-2:50 p.m.: Mammoth at Advent Christian Church. 3:204 p.m.: Ward. 4:10-4:45 p.m.; Glasgow at Third Avenue and Third Street, 4:45-5:35 p.m.: Cedar Grove near Post Office. 6:25-8 p.m. Wednesday: Tad at school. 1-1:40 p.m.; Coal Fork at Methodist Church. 1:50-2:35 p.m.; Maiden near underpass, 2:45-3:20 p.m.; Dupont City at Fourth and Main Street. 3:30-4:10 p.m.; West Belle at 17th Street. 4:20-5 p.m.; Belle City Building. 5:50-8 p.m. Thursday: Charleston at Second Avenue Recreation Center. 12:45-1:25 p.m.: Woodward Drive near Stanley Products Building. 1:45-2:30 p.m.: Little Tyler at school, 2:50-3:20 p.m.: West Dunbar at Shawnee School. 3:40-4:10 p.m.; Brookhaven at Rt. 35 and 40th Street Road. 4:35-5:25 p.m.: Cross Lanes at school. 6:20-8 p.m. Friday: Orchard Manor at rental office. 9:20-9:50 a.m.: Kanawha Two Mile at Rich's Fork. 10:05-10:40 a.m.: Sissonville at school. 11:00-11:40 a.m.; Sissonville at Big Star. 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Big Tyler at Nazarene Church. 1:55-2:55 p.m.: South Charleston at Kenna Homes, 3:15-4 p.m. Before the license went in effect, Gov. Holshouser asked the Interior Department to study a four-mile stretch of the river in North Carolina for scenic river designation. On July 15, Holshouser presented the then interior secretary, Stanley Hathaway, with a revised request to add an extra 22 miles of the river's South Fork. Bob Eastman, chief of the department's resource area study branch, said the request has been referred to the department's solicitor general, Kent Frizzell, for an opinion on whether action should be taken while the case is before the courts. However, the opinion will likely be delayed, he said, since Frizzell now is running the department following Hathaway's resignation July 26. The Court of Appeals is not expected to hear oral arguments in the case until late fail. In its brief. North Carolina argued that the FPC did not take into account the impact of the energy shortage in lowering the demand for electricity and failed to consider scenic river designation as an alternative. The commonwealth of Virginia cites economic and recreational benefits in asking that the license be upheld. Whatever the outcome, both sides indicate the case could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. OPPONENTS SAY MOST of the jobs would be temporary and would likely go to skilled technicians. They also claim the dams would alter a way of life which has developed in the valley over nearly two centuries. "The dam is just not compatible with our environment as a rural, farm county," said Ray Taylor, chairman of the Ashe County commission. "It would disrupt our whole road system in the northern part of the county and it will destroy a lot of farms in the area." · The FPC estimated that some 3,000 persons would be displaced by the dams. Local leaders agree that few in the valley would want the river included in the federal system if there were any other way to stop the dams. Federal control, no matter how slight, is unpopular among the independent mountain farmers. If the river were placed in the federal system, the government would purchase easements along the banks to prevent development and allow public access. "We try to let the landowners stay on the land," Eastman said. "This -is basically a preservation program, and if the use is consistent with preservation of existing resources, then the landowner can go right on using the land as he has been." In most cases, that means growing a few acres of burley tobacco, grazing a few head of cattle, or letting the land lie idle. There is a timeless quality about life on the New River. Unpaved roads wind along its banks past steep hills where cattle wander. Some of the local farmers are descendants of pioneers who moved into the valley a few decades after Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson, first surveyed the river banks. From Divorces To Illnesses... From Wire Services Divorce LOS ANGELES - Tom Snyder, host of " NBC-TV's "Tomorrow" show, has been sued for divorce by his wife of 17 years. Mary Ann Snyder, 39, filed a petition Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court through her attorney, James P. Cantillon. She cited "irreconcilable differences." . Mrs. Snyder sought custody of their daughter, 10-year-old Ann Marie, and child and spousal support. She also asked the court to divide community property including a New York townhouse, a Beverly Hills home, pension and retirement benefits and various securities. Mrs. Snyder claimed her monthly expenses were $5,787, including the cost of maintaining the family's Beverly Hills home. She said Snyder earns $10,000 a week as a television personality. In addition to his early morning talk show, Snyder, 39, is anchorman for a daily newscast in New York and for the "NBC Sunday Night News." Tractor-Trailer Wreck Causes Traffic Jam Traffic on U. S. 60 was backed up for more than five miles in an eight-hour ja- mup that resulted from a tractor-trailer wreck at Riverside, state police said. Troopers said James William Burr of Roanoke, Va., lost control of his Hennis tractor-trailer rig when his brakes locked and his rig jacknifed on wet pavement. The truck then skidded down an embankment. Barr was rushed to Montgomery General Hospital, where he received treatment for minor injuries. Police said the traffic jam was caused by the five wreckers that were required to pull the rig back up the embankment. Ex-President of Israel Supreme Court Dies JERUSALEM (AP) - Moshe Silberg, former, president of Israel's supreme court and a leading authority on Jewish law, died Saturday, hospital officials announced. He was 75. A native of Lithuania, Silberg immigrated to Palestine in 1929. He served as supreme court justice until several years ago, when he resigned due to ill health. Silberg was also a professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sistersville Named 'Historic District' 'Alive' LONDON - British actress Glynis Johns scoffed at speculation Saturday over an illness earlier this week and told newsmen: "As you can see I'm still alive and kicking." Miss Johns, 51, was taken to London's St. Stephen's Hospital on Wednesday suffering from what British newspapers called a "mystery illness." Hospital officials would not say what was wrong with her. "It was food poisoning," the actress said Saturday as she arrived at Heathrow Airport to fly to Nice for a holiday in the south of France. "I'd eaten a bit of fish that had obviously turned a bit and made me very ill. I think it also had something to do with the hot weather and the fact that I have been working hard lately." Advantages of Doing Business with. WEST VIRGINIA BUSINESS FORMS, INC. ·A Local Manufacturer · We Employ 25 People · We Are Interested in the State · Service · No Freight Bills to Pay · Quality · We Make Snap-Outs and Computer Forms ^ I) V/RGWM BUSINESS FORMS, INC. ·01 J732 . CXMIEITOM. «v HJJJ . O»Q M3-SM1 CXMIEITOM. «v HJJJ ·S THERE HAVE BEEN DAMS along the New River for years in Virginia and West Virginia. But in North Carolina, the river is still free flowing. "It's heartbreaking to think of this river being dammed," said Lome Campbell, an attorney in Independence, Va. "I live on the river. It's the most beautiful river I've ever seen." For others, construction of the dams would have a more direct impact. Rex Halsey. a Grayson County fertilizer merchant, says his business has already suffered as farmers sell their land in anticipation of the dams. "When a man has to change his way of life, doggone it. it costs him. If you are in the fertilizer business and that's all you know, it's tough to get started in something else." The impact would be felt the greatest in Mouth of Wilson, a Grayson County hamlet that would disappear under the lake waters. Mouth of Wilson Postmaster Steve Phipps worries about what would become of some of his neighbors. "There are plenty of people around here who farm a half acre of tobacco, keep a few head of cattle and grow their own food." he said. "They're not rich but they live good on an income of less than $3.000 a year. You Bloodmobile to Stop The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the General Division of the Char- letfon Area Medical Center from 9 a. m. to 3 p? m. Wednesday. Charlene Turner Which One... Which Winner Really Won? LOUISVILLE. Ky. W - Who do you believe? Sponsors of two black beauty pageants say their winner is the legitimate one. Both Charlene Turner and Patricia Cockerham were crowned winners in separate beauty contests held in Louisville Friday night. New Children DAYTON. Ohio -- A suburban mother of five, whose Air'Force husband has been missing in action in Vietnam since 1967, has taken in a Vietnamese family of six. The children of Betty Foley of Huber Heights are getting along "just fine" with the four children of the Hung Tien Nguyen family. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Tyler County, W.Va., city of Sistersville is now an official "historical district," according to the National Register of Historic Places. About 150 buildings in the town date from the 1890-1915 oil boom era, when the population soared from 600 to 7.000. Private property owners in Sistersville, which now has 2,300 residents, will be eligible for federal grants to preserve their homes, said the National Park Service. Other national historical districts in West Virginia are part of Shepherdstown. the state Capitol building in Charleston. Woodburn Circle in Morgantown and the Greenbrier hotel complex at White Sulphur Springs. Reunions Booker Hammock Family -- Aug. 24. Coonskin Park, shelter 18 and 19. Basket lunch. Johnson-Circle - Aug. 31. Carnifax Ferry Battleground in Nicholas County. Frazier -- Aug. 24 at Frazier's Bottom Methodist Church. Relatives, friends and neighbors may bring a basket lunch. Ice water will be provided. [ANNOUNCEMENTS) -torA of Thanks 2--In Memorlam JONES. William M. The family of Specialist i, William f Jones, wishes to express our sincere thanks to the many friends, neighbors and churches who brought food and all the kindnesses shown. We thank the Pall bearers. Chaplain Harper, for his comforting message, Myers Funeral Home, who were so kind and helpful. The men from the United States Army, especially Sot. Edward Burch, escort from Ft. Bragg, No. Carolina for their service well done, and those who sent the beautiful flowers, and for the many kind deeds during the loss of our dear loved one. Mother, Dad, wife, son, brother, sister. brother-in-law and grandpar- gs MCVEY, fioy . Remembrance is a golden cnam Death tries to break all in vain; To have, to love and then to part I; the greatest sorrow of our heart The years may wipe ou! many thing Bui this they wipe out never The memory of those happy days When our family was together. Daddy. J years ago today you went away But you didn't go alone. For part of us wen! with you. Sadlv missed by wife Juamta, son John, and daughters Nancy and Judv Sarrett. 8-Hiinltono" Htlp Wld. »_»u,,lliin...i Htlp Wld * NEED A JOB? } * SHIfTS. Patricia Cockerham .. .Is the Winner? 012 Pennsylvania Ave. Charleston, W.Va. T " .£·

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