|Man’s death puts Ashe on alert|
|Wednesday, 09 January 2008 19:00|
A man froze to death in Ashe County last week, and concerned
citizens fear it could happen again.
67-year-old Marvin Dale Mash, a sometimes
homeless man in West Jefferson, was found frozen on the porch of a trailer at
Hilltop Acres Tuesday after an arctic clipper sent single digit weather to
Ashe. Although deputies now believe Mash was not homeless, but was accidentally
locked out of his trailer, the incident has brought much needed attention to
the issue of homelessness in Ashe County.
“It’s actually potentially growing. We’re seeing the numbers increase, especially in the winter, so we wanted to get control of the situation before it got any worse.”
That’s Ashe County Department of Social Services Crisis Intervention Councilor Brandy Legge. She’s helping organize a task force to address the idea of bringing a homeless shelter to Ashe County. The closest shelter is in Watauga. Now’s the time to get involved, Legge says.
“We’re just in the beginning stages. Some different forums have been held. We’ve had a lot of outreach from church groups and that kind of thing, but it’s all just in the beginning stages.”
The taskforce meets today at Smokey Mountain Barbeque in West Jefferson at noon. The public is encouraged to participate.
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