Tuesday, October 22, 1968

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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 22, 1968, Athens, Alabama fmmmmm W. i i..n.mr Single Copy successor To The Alabama Courier Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965) PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ATHENS, ALABAMA TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1968 LimestoneYouth Elected National FFA Secretary FOR COURAGE CRUSADE Thirteen mem- bers of the ninth grade at Piney Chapel Junior High School Saturday solicited for the Lurleen B. Wallace Courage Crusade. Donnie Ruf, who was among the group, is shown turn- ing 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 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 Ten- nessee Valley Authority's el- ectric rates will have on Athens is unknown at this time, Mayor Charles Bailey said yesterday. The mayor, who is also su- perintendent of utilities, said no rate schedule on the increase by been received. continuing rising costs necess- itate an increase in electric rates to all classes of cus- tomers as soon as practicable. The announcement was made following a meeting Tuesday of the boards of directors of TVA and the Tennessee Valley Pub- lic Power Association, at which time the financial results of the TVA power system and retail distributors' operations under the rates effective since August, 1967, were reviewed. "Continued increases in costs make a rate increase TVA Chairman A. J, Wagner said. "Cost items which have advanced steadily in recent months include material, interest, labor, and fuel. For indications_are igfierH'o'sts -requite" additional revenues of to million a year above that which would be provided by the escalators in the present rate schedules. "TVA's determination to maintain increasingly higher of air and water qual- ity 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 suc- ceeding generations. "Specific rate changes nec- essary to-meet the. financial the distributors have not been de- termined. However, the ad- justments will be held to the minimum necessary to assure the continued financial sound- ness of both. "Rates now in effect in (SEE PAGE TWO) NUMBER 5 Several Improvement Projects Are Planned Jerry Batts, a 19-year-old Limestone County agricultural leader, is the new national se- cretary of Future Farmers of America. He was elected at the organization's national con- vention the past week in Kansas City, Mo. As secretary, Batts will travel throughout the nation as a goodwill ambassador and will assist in leadership confer- ences and training sessions for state officers. He will be among other national officers who will make a goodwill tour across several states in Feb- ruary visiting various bus- inesses and industries who sponsor the FFA awards. Batts is a graduate of Cle- ments High School where he was active in the school's FFA chapter and twice represented Limestone County in the state FFA public speaking contest and was also State FFA president in 1966-67. While at Clements he was president of the Student Coun- cil, president of the Beta Club and participated in sports. He recently was runner-up in the State Young People's Speakers Tournament sponsored Southern Baptist Training Un- ion. 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, butdue Jaycees Are Seeking Ideal Girl To Represent County to his new responsibilities he will not be able to continue the remainder of the year. In accepting the national of- fice, Batts gave credit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Batts, Athens Et. 5, his brother, Jack, teachers and friends. "Without them I could not have accomplished this he said. JERRY BATTS Athens Among 23 Sites For Training Program Athens College is one of the 23 different locations in the Southeastern United States au- thorized by the American Nat- ional Red Cross to conduct an advanced water safety in- structors training program. The program at Athens Col- lege is part of a national effort to qualify advanced trainers in water safety and help the train- ers maintain their qualifi- cations to meet Red Cross stan- dards. The new water safety pro- gram 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 As a preliminary to Ala- bama'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 bur- glarized Friday night, ac- cording to Police Chief A. B. Lightfoot He said approximately 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 will be Satur- day, Nov. 23. Judging of the Junior Miss Pageant is based on good char- acter, scholarship, talent, poise, personality, youth fit- ness, charm and lady-like char- acteristics. This contest is by no means a beauty contest as it emphasizes the whole de- velopment 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 fine citizens. (2) To provide high school senior girls with opportunities to meet the public and compete UNUSUAL CATCH Wilson Greene of Athens Animal Shelter looks at this live diamond 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) with their classmates through- out 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 TV.O) Officers Complete Police Course Athens Police Department Patrolmen Oscar L. Smith and S. A. Johns were graduated Fri- day from the Alabama Police Academy in Montgomery. They were presented diplo- mas by Col. Floyd Mann, dir- ector of the Alabama Depart- ment of Public Safety. Athens Police Chief A. B. LigMfoot attended the gradua- tion which was at 6 p.m. at the Academy. Limestone Man Keeping Track Of Apollo 7 U. S. Air Force A1C Charles C. Webb, son of Mr and Mrs. 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 man- made objects that are now in space and which may be sighted by the three-man crew during their flight. The airman, a commun- ications specialist, helps op- erate 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 Com- mand Space Defense Center at Cheyenne Mountain, near Col- orado Springs, Colo. Air man Webb attended West Limestone High School. Exchange Club Hears Cason John Cason, Boy Scout ex- ecutive for the Limestone District, spoke to the Athens Exchange Club last night (Mon- day) with the main topic being to promote scouting. Project Set To 'Adopt' Area Servicemen In Viet Decatur Jayceettss have started a project for service- men in Vietnam by sending them newsletters which con- tain news, sports, etc., from Limestone, Cullman, Morgan and Lawrence counties. Main purpose of the news- letters, which are published once a month, is to keep in contact with the men and to let them know about the con- cern of the people back home. Mrs. Hugh Looney, chairman of the program, said, "wesend these letters to our local boys free and they contain local news, election results, sports and society." The program was started ap- proximately three months ago when newsletters were sent to the men along with some ques- tions to be answered about the letters. Approximately per cent of the boys responded and the program was started, ac- cording fiie 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 an area serviceman over there and send packages of articles to them. Anyone wishing to send news or "adopt" a serviceman may contact Mrs. Locney at 355- 7639. these requirements prior to Dec. 31, 1969. People who have retrained by this time will have the responsibiltiy of train- ing others on a national scale, according to Red Cross Offic- ials. Al Alford, safety programs director representative for Alabama, will be in charge of instruction and J. Lon Andrews, director of Emergency Services of Huntsville has been named assistant instructor for the water safety class. Drainage, Sewage, Streets Included By HOLLICE SMITH Plans for a variety of improvements in Athens revealed yesterday by Mayor Charles Bailey. include sewage, drainage, numerous street programs, cleaning city hall, and better public relations v He stated, "We will do every- thing possible this fall in order to alleviate some of our drain- age 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." Draff 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 Rogers- ville Rt. 2, was bound over Friday in Limestone County Court to await action of the grand jury on a charge of as- sault with intent to ravish. Limestone County 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 mid- dle-aged woman occurred on the side of a road near Good Springs, the sheriff said. Bond was set at "We will work with Red Hat Poultry and Sweet Sue Kitchens to alleviate some of our sew- er 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 improve- ments is under way and is to be done in two phases: (1) Re-surfacing some of the worst streets throughout the city with funds to tje provided underline State Aid to Municipalities pro- gram which brings the city some annually, and (2) Citizens who have requested street improvements under an assessment program by pro- perty owners. Mayor Bailey said plans are already being made to widen, curb and gutter N. Jefferson Street from 1st Ave. to Elm St. He pointed out that plans are being formulted 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 Hine Street. This will be done by property assessment. Necessary signa- tures to proceed with this pro- gram have been obtained. The chief executive said, "We will do some temporary work on N. Jefferson Street as far as filling 'chug' holes and drain- age problems in that Bailey has instructed the head (SEE PAGE TuO) Eight Boats Broken Into Eight large boats docked at Decatur Boat Harbor were broken into over the weekend. Limestone County Chief De- puty Sheriff D. W. Brown said items taken ranged from sun- glasses 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 Mendhsaff, Huntsville; G. L. Martin, De- catur; Frank Gardner, De- catur; James catur; and Lee Smart, Hunts- ville. SELLING J. A. STOCK Pat Turner, senior at Athens High School, sells stock in Dec- co, a Junior Achievement corporation, to Robert Semmler, Cutler-Hammer Plant man- agei, as Joseph W. Warren, foreman at Cotter-Hammer and senior manger JA Center, looks on. Decco will maoalactare items ment is a learn-bTBiness-by-doing organisa- tion for high school students. (Staff photo)