Athens News Courier, October 29, 1968

Athens News Courier

October 29, 1968

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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 29, 1968, Athens, Alabama ATHENS Courier Single Copy 5< «N V Successor To - The Alabama Courier (1880), Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965) PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK - TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ATHENS, ALABAMA - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1968 NUMBER 7 Lester Gets FHA Grant, Loan For Water System /Man Sought For Taking $225 From County Couple A man pretending to be from a gas company is being sought for taking $225 from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Adams of Elkmont Rt. 2 on Wednesday, according to Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans. REVIEWING CONTRACT - Athens High School officials review the Athens-Bradshaw contract for the football game to be played here Friday night. Half of the gate receipts will go toward construction of a cancer hospital in memory of the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace. Holding the contract are Supt, of City Schools Julian Newman, left, and Principal Ferman Elmore. Standing, left to right, are Dan Havely, band director; Morris Sch-rimsher, assistant principal; and Football Coach and Athletic Director Larry McCoy. (Staff photo) Athens-Bradshaw Game To Aid Hospital Fund $ I A Athens school officials have designated the Athens-Bradshaw game Friday night as the one for half of the gate receipts to go to the Lurleen B. Wallace Courage Crusade. One of the deciding factors on .Bradshaw being tile foe for the special event is that Joe IBrewer 4 principal of Bradshaw, and Gov Albert Brewer are brothers. Athens Principal Ferman Elmore yesterday talked via phone with Cecil Jackson, high ranking assistant to Gov. Brewer, explaining the benefit project and invited the governor to the game. Jackson said he would ask the governor to telephone Elmore and that he felt the chief executed probably would want to attend the game if his schedule w pemit. &■'» I.    <<.,    y\\,    V    •    i,    '('x    AS    xVvlw    •'    *5 Tanner received a little more than $800 from gate receipts and the Quarterback Club passing buckets at the half for the Courage Crusade when the Rattlers played Clements. Funds from the Crusade will go toward construction of a multi-million dollar cancer hospital in memory of the late Gov. Lurleen B. Wallace. Members of the Athens Highschool chapter of Future Homemakers of America will pass buckets through the stands at the game to solicit funds for the Crusade. Elmore said anyone who-can't attend the game or does nothave children in school here but would like to contribute to the project (SEE PAGE TWO) PROGRESS FOR AMERICA. ALABAMA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC O Column I AMERICAN INDEPENDENT OF ALABAMA O Column 2 Chamber Plans Meetings Athens - Limestone County Chamber of Commerce has launched the first of several general membership coffee sessions. The first was at 6:55 a.m. Friday at Tourway Inn. Coffee and donuts were served. Athens College Coach Oba Belcher, chairman of the Chamber's Recreation Committee, was the featured speaker. He discussed activities and goals of the committee. He pointed out that the objective is to coordinate recreational activities in Athens and Limestone County and to utilize facilities to the best advantage. He also discussed advantages of a comprehensive plan for recreation a iv! development. The Recreation Committee has been meeting weekly for several months. Wallace McDow, Chamber manager, said the purpose of the meetings is to familiarize the membership with activities of the chamber and its 18 committees. Cecil Christopher, Chamber president, presided over the meeting. The unidentified man drove to the Adams residence around noon, saying he was there from a gas company to measure for the installation of a gas line. Evans explained that the couple, thinking everything was all right, gave him permission. He asked them to accompany him into a field behind their house. They did ami after he measured a distance, he told them he would have to return to his car for a stake to drive into tile ground. While the man was gone, he apparently entered the house, took $100 from a cigar box and $125 from a purse in a bedroom, then sped away in his car. No arrest has been made. Evans warned persons to beware of such incidents. There have been several cases of this Election Officers’ School Set There will be a school for election officers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at Athens Elementary School, according to Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) -♦•/ans. All officials helping in boxes where machines are used will need to attend and take part in the school, he said. Those working at polling places where paper ballots are used need not attend. There is a voting machine set up in the corridor of the boffo rn floor of the courthouse for persons who wish to look over a machine and ballot prior to the election Nov. 5. type reported in Lauderdale County. The sheriff asked persons to report cases of this sort immediately if persons do not have proper identification. Ladies' Night Set Tonight Athens Civitan Club will have a Ladies* Night meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 7 o'clock at the Count ry Club, according toC. S. Pettus, club president. NELSON SWINEA Nelson Swinea’s Death Leaves Some Vacancies The death of Nelson Swinea, longtime public servant in Limestone County, created four official vacancies. They are chairman of the Limestone County Democratic Executive Committee, member of the Athens-Limestone Hospital board and Limestone County Board of Education, ami administrator of Limestone Nursing Home. Only one of the posts has been filled. Binford Turner, secre-tary-treasurer of the Limestone Democratic Executive Committee, said Beasley Thompson, vice chairman of the committee, automatically became chairman upouSwinea's death. A successor on the Board of Ed "cation can be appointed by that board. County Supt, of Education C.S. Pettus explained the law is that the board has 30 days within which to appoint someone, lf the board cannot reach an agreement on a successor, the appointment will be made by the state superintendent of education. Mr. Swinea, 48, who lived at Belle Mina, was a lifelong resident of Limestone County except for duty in World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He died of an apparent heart (SEE PAGE TWO) Other Projects Okayed A federal loan and grant totaling $31,500 has been approved for a new water system at Lester, Rep. Bob Jones said Monday. The funds approved by the Farmers Home Administration include a grant of $6,500 and a loan of $25,000. Lester officials requested the funds for the water system because of construction of a new hospital in the community. Lester is among seven rural communities in North Alabama to share federal funds of more than $2 million this year for new water and sewer systems, Jones said. The new funds have been reserved by FHA for the Lester water system, a sewer system in Rogersville, water system in Killen, sewer system at Cherokee, sewer system at Leighton, water system in the White Pike community in Colbert County, and sewer in Bridgeport in Jackson County. Please Pick Up Pictures In Month Pictures published in this newspaper will be kept for one month after they are published. Owners of photos submitted for publication are requested to pick them up within that time. Your cooperation will be appreciated. “These projects should provide a substantial boost to the Muscle Shoals region by making these fine rural communities even better places in which to live," Congressman Jones said. Congress recently removed the fixed limit on the Farmer's Home Administration authority for insured loans for rural community water and sewer projects. This made funds available in excess of the regular budget requests and allowed financing of the rural systems. Cherokee was approved for a (SEE PAGE SIX) IOU THE RIGHT! DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEMOCRATIC O Column 3 PROHIBITION O Column 4 REPUBLICAN O Column 5 THE ALABAMA CONSERVATIVE O Column 6 THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ALABAMA O Column 7 INDEPENDENT Column 8Olina Procedure For Nov. 5 Explained (Editor’s Note: Like the rest of the nation's citizens, Alabamians will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5, to vote. Unlike others, however, voters in Alabama will be faced with one of the most confusing ballots ever placed before them. To help explain the choices, Don Wasson, political writer for the Montgomery Advertiser, has written an exclusive report for members of the Alabama Press Association. Here is his article.) Alabama voters will have a Choice of eight columns for oting Tuesday, seven party columns and one column for independent candidates. There will be five slates of electors plus a partial slate under one of the seven party labels. The parties are arranged on the ballot by the Secretary of State and lineup, from left to right, shows the Alabama Independent Party, the American Independent Party of Alabama, the Democratic Party, the Prohibition Party, the Republican Party, the Alabama Conservative Party and the National Democratic Party of Alabama. The final, or eighth column, is for the independents. As for top-to-bottom of the ballot, the arrangement here is left up to the probate judge of each county. In Montgomery County, the probate judge is Perry O. Hooper, who is also the candidate for the U. S. Senate on the Republican ticket. Understandably, the senate race leads the ticket in this county. But the probate judge may elect to let the presidential electors lead the ballot, then the Senate, then the congressional race, then the other state races and finally the local races. Or he may even elect to put the local races at the top of the ballot. Alabamians should be aware, before they enter the voting booth on Tuesday that the names of presidential and vice presidential candidates do not appear anywhere on the ballot. Voters should therefore know, before entering the booth, the names of the electors pledges to support the presidential candidate of their choice. In the legend under each party emblem accompanying this story, there is an explanation of which presidential candidate each slate of electors supports. Two other pecularities in the Alabama ballot should be explained. One is that there are two slates of electors pledged to vote for the Hubert Humphrey-Edmund Muskie ticket of the Democratic Party. The first is the Alabama Independent Democratic Party (AIDP). The electors are the only candidates this party has. The party was formed solely to give Alabamians the opportunity to vote for the nominees of the Democratic National Conven -tion. In Alabama, the regular Democratic Party has a slate of electors, too. They are pledged to vote for former Gov. George C, Wallace, who is running as a Democrat in Alabama but on third party tickets elsewhere in the nation. The other slate pledged to Humphrey-Muskie is the National Democratic Party of Alabama (MDPA). This party also has a number of state and local candidates running. Their ballot position is under litigation at this time but the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that they should be left on the ballot until a judicial determination can be made of certain points of law regarding the party. That will probably come after the election. And here it should be explained that the Hurnphrey-Mus-kie ticket will not get the total votes of the AIDP and the NDPA. Instead, the electors of the party getting the highest number of votes would be elected. This is a moot point since neither party is given much of a chance of outpolling the regular Democratic party slate of electors. But if one of their slates is to win, it must outpoll all other parties, including the other slate pledges to Humphrey-Muskie. The second pecularity is in the position on the ballot of the American Independent Party of Alabama. Although the name is similar to the name of the party under which former Gov. George Wallace is running in some other states, this party has no connection with the Wallace movement. It has but four electors on the ballot and they all say they will vote for Wallace. But if voters wish to vote for Wallace, and want to vote for the American Independent Party's four electors, then they should pick six others from Wallace's official slate under the Democratic (Rooster) column. This party also has candidate for the State House of Representatives from the 3rd Alabama Senatorial District, Place 2 (Madison County). Voters may split their ticket - that is, they may vote for the electors of one party and candidates for state and local office from another party column. Only one vote may be cast for a candidate for any particular office, however. To split the ticket, a voter should use the individual levers beside each name or mark the proper place beside each candidate's name on paper ballots. To vote the straight ticket -that is, to vote for all the nominees of a particular party, voters should pull the large lever at the top of the party column or, in the case paper ballots are being used, place their “X" in the circule at the top of the party column. There are three independent candidates and they will concern only voters of the 5th and 3rd Congressional Districts. In the 3rd District, the name of Ralph “Shorty" Price is listed in the eighth column. In the 5th District, Richard Eugene Deloney and Mike Simpson are both listed in the independent column. One of the seven parties will appear on the ballots of only 15 Alabama counties. That is the Alabama Conservative Party, which qualified candidates only for congressional races in the 5th and 8th districts. In the eight counties ofthe Subdistrict, the name of W. C. (Chad) Gibbs is on the ballot. In the seven counties of the 8th Distinct, the name of Ken Hearn will appear under the Conservative Party emblem. Column I ALABAMA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC This party presents only a slate of presidential electors. They are pledged to cast their votes for the regular Democratic Party's national nominees — Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey for president and Maine Senator Edmund Muskie for vice president. It is permissible to vote for these electors and for the candidates of any other party for state and local offices. This is the party which suc cessfully challenged the seating of the Alabama delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Several of its members were seated at that convention. Column II AMERICAN INDEPENDENT OF ALABAMA This party has only four elector candidates - for Places 2, 4, 6 and 9. It has two candidates for congress, A. V. Stone in the 7th District, and Richard J. Pella in the 8th. Despite the similarity of the Party’s name with that of Third Party Presidential candidate George C. Wallace, this party has no connection with the Wallace movement and its four electors are not pledged to the former Governor. Column III DEMOCRATIC This is the regular Democratic Party of Alabama and the candidates under the rooster emblem were selected in the May 7 Democratic primary. The IO presidential electors are pledged to vote for former Gov. George C. Wallace. Wal lace's name does not appear anywhere on the ballot nor do the names of the presidential nominees of any other party. If a voter wishes to cast a straight Democratic ticket, he may pull the one big lever at the top of the column. Or he may split his vote by pressing the levers by the candidates of his choice, no matter what column they are in. Column IV PROHIBITION This national party has only a slate of presidential electors on the ballot. They are pledged to vote for the party nominees — E. Harold Munn Sr. of Hillsdale, Mich., for president and Rolland E. Fisher of Topeka, Kans., for vice president. As with any other party, voters may split their ticket if they wish and vote for these presidential electors and for the nominees of another party or parties for state and local offices. Column V REPUBLICAN Voters wishing to vote for Republican presidential nomi-(SEE PAGE TWO) ;