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The Southern Democrat, February 17, 1988

New department answering calls

Blount County has another active fire department and rescue squad.

Murphrees Valley has answered four calls and is “sitting on go” according to secretary Marjoe Sanders.

The department owes only $5000 on its new building, located on Buckner Feed Mill Road, and hopes to pay off much of that debt within the month after soliciting $30 membership dues from the estimated 300 families in the area.

E.L. “Buddy” Buckner gave land for the station and a 500-gal. tank to hold gas for heating it. Max Glaze donated a water tank, which is being mounted on a brush truck on loan from the Alabama Forestry Commission. George Blackwell of All-Good Manufacturing donated a completed firefighting outfit with air tank, as did a Birmingham friend of Mel Wade. A flagpole has been given the new department.

Fire department officers are Rod Sanders, chief; Jack Daily, assistant chief; Eric Sanders, captain; Mark Skillman, lieutenant; Mel Wade, director; Marjoe Sanders, secretary; Hilda Dailey, treasurer.

Chamber executive gives council update

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking industry to occupy empty buildings in the county and is showing buildings formerly occupied by Dixie Bronze, Revere, and Winn Dixie, chamber executive director David Smith has reported to Oneonta City Council.

Do you take freedom for granted?

Denise Duke of Hayden was the winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest, speaking on the theme as it relates to the U.S. Constitution.

John Reed of Cleveland was first runner-up; Cindy Kornegay of Susan Moore was second runner-up; and Patricia May Tuckwiller of Locust Fork was third runner-up.

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