Athens News Courier, October 22, 1968

Athens News Courier

October 22, 1968

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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 22, 1968, Athens, Alabama I® in ic Set Dr. Betty W, V*Ngban county health officer, announces that ttwLline&toni CountjilSiealth Departmen plans to start a Materait Clinic on WednesdiSct Sr Ittere iii I* aphysicl* pre sent. to examine indigen patients fred! of Marge All I ejwetaafcpotlie r$ Mv are fiiianciallyhnabi to go to a physician, ar dibble to attend^™ Anyone eligible felthl clinic should ?»cont*«ta Limestone ^County Heal! Department for an appoint went. rvfilM This clinic m§mm weekly. beginning at 8 a. re each*® Salvation Army Helps 223 Families The local unit of the Salvation Array helped 223 ianulier during tbesjjalp year, which ended Get. I, Chairman Louis Ulrich said Friday. - More than tf,00tfga§*. meats were issued to needy Limestone County Givers Fund. J Ulrich urged pet VOLUME 86 Single Copy 5< juccessor To - The Alabama Courier (1880), Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965) PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK - TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ATHENS, ALABAMA - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1968 NUMBER 5 Several Improvement Projects Are Planned Limestone Yout hr Elected National FFA Secretary FOR COURAGE CRUSADE - Thirteen members of the ninth grade at Piney Chapel Junior High School Saturday solicited $123.33 for the Lurleen B. Wallace Courage Crusade. Donnie Rut, who was among the group, is shown turning the money over to Principal Barney Pressnell. The ninth graders challenged students in other grades at the school to raise the remainder of Piney’s quota of $216.50 for the program to raise funds with which to build a cancer hospital and research facility in memory of the late Gov. Lurleen W. Wallace.    (Staff    Photo) Local Effect Of Increase In Rates Still Unknown What effect a rise in the Tennessee Valley Authority's electric rates will have on Athens is unknown at this time, Mayor Charles Bailey said yesterday. The mayor, who is also superintendent of utilities, said no rate schedule on the increase by TVA, has been received. TV A renounced Thursday thai continuing rising costs necessitate an increase in electric rates to all classes of customers as soon as practicable. The announcement was made following a meeting Tuesday of the boards of directors of TVA and the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, at which time the financial results of tile TVA power system and retail distributors’ operations under the rates effective since August, 1967, were reviewed. “Continued increases in costs make a rate increase necessary," TVA Chairman A. J. Wagner said. “Cost items which have advanced steadily in recent months include material, interest, labor, and fuel. For TVA present indications are that the higher costs require additional revenues of $25 to $30 million a year above that which would be provided by the escalators in the present rate schedules. “TV A’s determination to maintain increasingly higher stewards of air and water quality is also a factor in the need for additional revenue. We are spending millions of dollars for facilities in new plants and improvements in existing plants to assure a quality environment in the region for this and succeeding generations. “Specific rate changes necessary to meet the financial requirements of TVA and the distributors have not been determined.    However, the ad justments will be held to the minimum necessary to assure the continued financial soundness of both. “Rates    now in effect in (SEE PAGE TWO) Jerry Batts, a 19-year-old Limestone County agricultural leader, is the new national secretary of Future Farmers of America. He was elected at the organization’s national convention the past week in Kansas City, Mo. As secretary, Batts will travel throughout the nation as a goodwill ambassador and will assist in leadership conferences and training sessions for state officers. He will be among other national officers who will make a goodwill tour across several states in February visiting various businesses and industries who sponsor the FFA awards. Batts is a graduate of Clements High School where he was active in the school’s FFA chapter and twice represented Limestone County in the state F FA public speaking contest and was also State FFA president in 1966-67. While at Clements he was president of the Student Council, president of the Beta Club and participated in sports. He recently was runner-up in the State Young People’s Speakers Tournament sponsored by Southern Baptist Training Union. He is a member of Poplar Creek Baptist Church. Batts attended Florence State University for one year and is now a student at John C. Calhoun Junior College, but due to his new responsibilities he will not be able to continue the remainder of the year. In accepting the national office, Batts gave credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Batts, Athens Rt. 5, his brother, Jack, teachers and friends. “Without them I could not have accomplished this honor," he said. Drainage, Sewage, Streets Included By HOA,LICE SMI FU Plans ior a variety ol improvements in Athens were revealed yesterday by Mayor Charles Bailey. JERKY BATTS Athens Among 23 Sites For Training Program Jaycees Are Seeking Ideal Girl To Represent County Athens College is one of the 23 different locations in tile Southeastern United States authorized by the American National Red Cross to conduct an advanced water safety instructors training program. The program at Athens College is part of a national effort to qualify advanced trainers in water safety and help the trainers maintain their qualifications to meet Red Cross standards. The new water safety program is designed to Incorporate new procedures to outline future swimming classes. To remain qualified as an instructor in the Red Cross Training Program one must meet and complete these requirements prior to Dec. 31, 1969. People who have retrained by this time will have the responsibiltiy of training others on a national scale, according to Red Cross Officials. Al Alford, safety programs director representative for Alabama, will be in charge of instruction ami J. Loll Andrews, director of Emergency Services of Huntsville has been named assistant instructor for the water safety class. As a preliminary to Alabama’s Junior Miss Pageant, the Athens Jaycees are seeking the ideal high school senior girl to represent Limestone County in state competition. The Limestone County Junior Two Places Burglarized Two businesses were burglarized Friday night, according to Police Chief A. B. Lightfoot. He said approximately $45 and an undetermined amount of cigarettes were taken from Lane’s Food Market and that two new American batteries were taken from Burton White’s Body Shop. Miss Pageant day, Nov. 23. will be Satur- Judging of the Junior Miss Pageant is based on good character, scholarship, talent, poise, personality, youth fitness, charm and lady-like characteristics. This contest is by no means a beauty contest as it emphasizes the whole development and growth of the participating girls. Purposes of Limestone County’s Junior Miss Pageant are: (1) To publicize the good qualities of teenagers and to honor them as tine citizens. (2) To provide high school senior girls with opportunities to meet the public and compete with their classmates throughout the county. (3) To encourage the winners to continue their education with an opportunity to win a cash scholarship and other fine prizes. Last week the Athens Jaycees (SEE PAGE TLO) Officers Complete Police Course Athens Police Department Patrolmen Oscar L. Smith and S. A. Johns were graduated Friday from the Alabama Police Academy in Montgomery. Limestone Man Keeping Track Of Apollo 7 U. S. Air Force Alc Charles C. Webb, son of Mr and Mrs. I C. J. Webb of 1201 7th Ave., Athens, is keeping an unusual vigil at Diyarbakir Air Station, Turkey, in support of the earth-orbiting Apollo 7 astronauts. Airman Webb is helping track the spacecraft and 1,300 manmade objects that are now in space and which may be sighted by the three-man crew during their flight. The airman^ a communications specialist, helps operate one link in a network that relays data collected from electronic and optical satellite tracking stations around the world to the underground North American Air Defense Command Space Defense Center at Cheyenne Mountain, near Colorado Springs, Colo. Air man Webb attended West Limestone High School. Exchange Club Draft Call Three Limestone County men will be among the 300 from Alabama who will be called to the Montgomery Armed Forces Examining Station to meet the November draft quota of 207, (SEE PAGE TvVO) Man Charged With Intent To Ravish Paul Garner, 23, of Rogersville Rt. 2, was bound over Friday in Limestone County Court to await action of the grand jury on a charge of assault with intent to ravish. Limestone Comity Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans said Garner was arrested Oct. 5 after he had been out of a penitentiary about two weeks. The incident involving a middle-aged woman occurred on the side of a road near Good Springs, the sheriff said. Bond was set at $5,000. They include sewage street programs, cie: better public relations. He stated, “We will do everything possible this fall in order to alleviate some of our drainage problems throughout Athens. We are trying to improve the Town Creek Problems channel with our present equipment and manpower in order to give us much relief as we can for the oncoming rainy season.’’ “We ^111 work with Red Hat Poultry and Sweet Sue Kitchens to alleviate some of our sewer treatment problems. We will also work with other industries to improve their sewage and garbage disposal." He said a major sewer line would be installed, in addition to present facilities, to serve Red Hat, Sweet Sue, Cutler-Hammer and all residences in that area. Planning for street improvements is under way and is to be done in two phases: (I) Re-surtacing some of the worst streets throughout the city with funds to ne provided under the State Aid to Municipalities program which brings the city some $65,GUO annually, and (2) Citizens who have requested street improvements under an assessment program by property owners. Mayor Bailey sa hi plans are already tieing made to widen, curb and gutter N. Jefferson Street from 1st Ave. to Elm St. He pointed out that plans are being foruiulted by city officials to work with the state highway director to seek state funds for this project. The mayor said plans are also being made for curbs, gutters and proper drainage facilities on Brown’s Ferry Street from Coleman Avenue to Hiue Street. This will lie done by property assessment. Necessary signatures to proceed with this program have been obtained. The chief executive said, “We will do some temporary work on N. Jefferson Street as far as filling ‘cling’ holes and drainage problems iii that area." Bailey has instructed the head (SEE PAGE TvVO) , drainage, numerous ming city hall, and Eight Boats Broken Into Fight large boats docked at Decatur Boat Harbor were broken into over the weekend. Limestone County Chief Deputy Sheriff D. W. Brown said items taken ranged from sunglasses to televisions. He said all of the boats were entered by breaking glass in the doors or windows. Two of the boat owners live in Athens. They are Clint Brown, 14 Sandra Lane, and Oscar Thornton, 602 Mize St. Other owners, according to Brown, are John Recob, Rt. 3, Madison; Robert Mendhsafi, Huntsville; G. L. Martin, Decatur; Frank Gardner, Decatur; James W. Ferguson, Decatur; and Lee Smart, Huntsville. UNUSUAL CATCH - Wilson Greene of Athens Animal Shelter looks at this live diamond back rattlesnake in which he captured last Friday morning. The snake, which has seven rattlers, is about five feet long. Anybody want a rattlesnake for a pet? (Staff photo) They were presented diplomas by Col. Floyd Matin, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Athens Police Chief A. B. Lightfoot attended the graduation which was at 6 p.m. at the Academy. Project Set I Area Service Decatur Jayceettes have started a project for servicemen in Vietnam by sending them newsletters which contain news, sports, etc., from Limestone, Cullman, Morgan and Lawrence counties. Main purpose of the newsletters, which are published once a month, is to keep in contact with the men and to let them know about the concern of the people back home. Mrs. Hugh Looney, chairman of the program, said, “we send these letters to our local boys free and they contain loc a1 news, election results, sports and society." The program was started ap- Hears Cason John Cason, Boy Scout executive for the Limestone District, spoke to the Athens Exchange Club last night (Monday) with the main topic being to promote scouting. o 'Adopt’ ‘men In Viet proximately three months ago when newsletters were sent to the men along with some questions to be answered about the letters. Approximately 80 per cent of the boys responded and the program was started, according the Mrs. Looney. She also said, “We have a list of servicemen in Vietnam from the four-county area and we need help from someone to ‘adopt’ an area serviceman over there and send packages of articles to them. Anyone wishing to send news or “adopt" a serviceman may contact Mrs. Looney at 355-7639. SELLING J. A. STOCK-Pat Turner, senior at Athens High School, sells stock in Dec-co, a Junior Achievement corporation, to Robert Seinmler, Cutler-Hammer Plant manager, as Joseph W. Warren, foreman at Cutler-Hammer and senior manager of the JA Center, looks on. Decco will manufacture items to be displayed on walls. Junior Achievement is a learn-business-by-doing organization for high school students. (Staff photo) ;