During the week of March 24, 1982, two big events took place in one day for the older residents of McDowell County. One of them was the dedication of the new Blue Ridge Terrace Apartments, which provides housing for the elderly and people with disabilities. The creation of this 60-unit apartment complex was the project of the McDowell Housing Corp. and the Marion Lions Club. Gov. Jim Hunt came to Marion and helped dedicate the new apartment complex. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from left) N.C. Rep. Bob Hunter, Tillie Twitty, Hunt, Bud Calloway, the Rev. Allen McKinney, Guy Hensley, Brady Brooks and Ernest Messer. The other big event that day was the dedication of the new senior center on Crawford Street.