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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - October 29, 1968, Athens, Alabama ews Courier 5 Successor To- The Alabama Courier Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965) PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND THURSDAY ATHENS, ALABAMA TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1968 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 hos- pital in memory of the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace. Holding the contract are Supt. of City Schools Julian Newman, left, and Prin- cipal Ferman Elmore. Standing, left to right, are Dan Havely, band director; Morris Sen- rinisher, assistant principal; and Football Coach and Athletic Director Larry McCoy. (Staff photo) -Bradshaw Game To Aid Hospital fund 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. Tanner receivedLa little more than from gate the Quarterback Club passing at half for the Courage Crusade when the Rattlers played Clements. from the will go toward i. being Joe Ifire.wer, 4 principal of Bradshaw, and Gov AibertBrewer i Athens Principal Ferman Elmore yesterday talked via phone with Cecil Jackson, high ranking assistant to Gov. Brewer, explaining project and invitefr 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 game if his schedule w pemit. <rtiosgital dfctfie late-Giqy. B. Wallace. r :i- Members of the Athens fflghSchool chapter of Future Homemakers of America will pass buckets through the stands at the game to solicit funds for the Crusade. C Elmore said anyone whcccan't attend the game or does nothave chUdrefl inischool here but would like tb contribute to the project (SEE PAGE TWO) Lester Gets FHA Grant, Loan For Water System Man Sought For Taking From County Couple A man pretending to be from a gas company is being sought for taking from the re-, sidence of Mr. and Mrs. Ro- bert H. Adams of Elkmont Rt. 2 on Wednesday, according to, Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans. Chamber Plans Meetings Athens Limestone County- Chamber of Commerce has launched the first of several general membership coffee ses- sions. The first was at a.nv Friday at Tourway Inn. Coffee-; and donuts were served. Athens College Coach Oba chairman of the Chamber'sRe-f creation Committee, was the; featured speaker. X- He discussed activities and; goals of the committee. Hes pointed out that the objective; is to coordinate activities in Athens stone County and to utUiie fa-f cilities to the best He also discussed advantages- qf a comprehensive plan, for' The Recreation Committee 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 com- mittees. 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 coup- le, thinking everything was all right, gave him permission. He asked them to accompany him into a field behind their house. They did and after he measured a distance, he told them he would have to return to Ms car for a stake to drive into the ground. While the man was gone, he apparently entered the house, took from a cigar box and from a purse in a bed- room, then sped away in his car. No arrest has been made. Evans warned persons to be- ware of such incidents. There have been several cases of this Nelson Swinea's Death Leaves Some Vacancies Election Officers' School Set There will be' a school for I election officers .at p.m. Thursday, at Athens Elementary School, accordingctoiLimestone .Sheriff (Buddy) 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 bot- to m floor of the courthouse for persons who wish to look over a machine and ballotprior to the election Nov. 5. type reported in Lauderdale County. The sheriff asked persons to report cases of this sort im- mediately if persons do not have proper identification. Night Set Tonight Athens Civitan Club will have a Ladies' Night meeting tonight (Tuesday) at 7 o'clock at the Country Club, according to C.S. Pettus, club president. NELSON SWINE A 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 Hos-; pital board and County Board of Education, and administrator, of Limastohe Nursing Home. Only; one of the posts has been filled.; Binford secre- tary-treasufer of Lime- stone EXBQ utive said 'B e a s 1 e y Thompson, 'of the committee, automatically became chairman uponSwinea's death. A successor on the Board of Education 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. If the board cannot reach an agreement on a suc- cessor, the appointment will be made by the state superin- tendent 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) Please Pick Pictures In Month Pictures published in this newspaper will be kept for one month after they are published. Owners of photos sub- mitted for publication are requested to pick them up within that time. Your cooperation will be appreciated. NUMBER 7 Other Projects O A federal loan and grant totaling 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 and a loan of Lester of- ficials 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 million this year for new water and sewer systems, Jones said. The new funds have been re- served by FHA for the Lester water system, a sewer sys- tem in Rogersville, water sys- tem 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. "These projects should pro- vide a substantial boost to the Muscle Shoals region by mak- ing these-fine rural cqmmiinit- I better places in which Jones I said. Congress recently removed the fixed limit on the Farmer's Home Administration authority for insured loans for rural com- munity water and sewer pro- jects. This made funds avail- able in excess of the regular budget requests and allowed financing of the rural systems. Cherokee was approved for a (SEE PAGE SIX) PROGRESS FOR AMERICA ALABAMA INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC O Column 1 AMERICAN INDEPENDENT OF ALABAMA O Column 2 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 8 Voting Procedure For Nov. 5 Explained (Editor's Note: Like the rest of the nation's citizens, Ala- bamians will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 5, to vote. Un- like others, however, voters in Alabama will be faced with one of the most contusing 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 I' Voting Tuesday, seven .party columns and one column for in- dependent There -aill be five slates of electors p3us a partial slate under one oi the seven party labels. The parties are arranged on the ballot by the Secretary of State and lineiip, from left to right, shews the Alabama Inde- pendent Party, the American independent Party of Alabama, the Democratic Party, the Pro- hibition Party, the Republician Party, the Alabama Conserva- tive Party and the National De- jn-jcraiic Party of Alabama, The iinai or eighth column, is the i 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 Reputdician tick- et. Understandably, the senate race leads the ticket in this county. But the predate judge may elect to let the presidential electors lead the ballot, then the Senate, then the congress- ional race, then the other state races and finally the local races. Or he may even elect to pat the local races at the top of the ballot Alabamians should be aware, before they enter the voting booth on Tuesday that the na- mes 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 can- didate of their choice, In the legend under each party ennMem accompanying this story, there is an explanation which presidential candidate each slate of electors supports. Two other pecularities in the Alabama ballot should be ex- plained. One is that there are two slates of electors pledged to vote for the Hubert Humph- rey-Edmund M'iskie ticket of the Democratic Party. The first is the Alabama In- dependent Democratic Party 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 De- mocratic 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 Na- tional Democratic Party of Alabama This party also has a number of state and local candidates running. Their ballot position is under litiga- tion at this time bat the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that they should be left on the bal- lot until a Judicial determina- tion can be made of certain points of law regarding the party. That will probably come after the election. And here it should be ex- plained that the Humphrey-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 elec- ted. This is a moot point since neither party is given much of a chance of outpoUirag the re- gular Democratic party slate of electors. But if one of their slates is to win, it must 'outpoll ail 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 Hie name is similar to name of the party under which former Goy. George Wallace is running in some other states, this party has no connection with the Wal- lace movement It has but four electors on the ballot and they all say they will vote for Wal- lace. 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) col- umn. This party also has can- didate for the State House of Representatives from the 3rd Alabama Senatorial District, Place 2 (Madison Voters may split their tick- et that is, they may vote for the electors of one party and candidates for state and local office from another party col- umn. Only one vote may be cast for a candidate for any particular office, however. To split Hue ticket, a voter should use the individual le- vers beside each name or mark the proper place beside each candidate's name on paper bal- lots. To vote the straight that is, to vote for all the no- minees of a particular party, voters should pull ithe 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 con- cern only voters of the 5th amid 3rd Congressional Dis- tricts, 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 Simp- son are both listed in the inde- pendent column. One of the seven parties appear on the ballots of only 15 Alabama counties. That is the Alabama Conservative Party, qualified candidates only for congressional races in the 5th and 8th districts. In the eight counties of the 5th district, UK name of W. C. (Chad) Gibbs is on the ballot In the seven counties of the 8th Dislirct, the name of Ren Heamn 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 Demo- cratic Party's national nomi- nees 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 can- didates 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 Conven- tion. Several of its members were seated at that convention. Column II AMERICAN INDEPENDENT OF ALABAMA This party has only four elector for Places 2, 4, 6 and 9. It has two candidates for con- gress, 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 Wal- lace movement and its four electors are not pledged to the formei Governor. Column ffl DEMOCRATIC This is the regular Democra- tic Party of Alabama and the candidates under the rooster emblem were selected in the May 7 Democratic primary. The 10 presidential electors are pledged to vote for foimer 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 be may split his vote by pressing the levers by the candidates of his choice, no matter what col- umn they are in. Column IV PROHIBITION This national party mas only a slate of presidential electors on ithe ballot They are pledged to vote for the party nominees -E. Harold MunnSr. clHill- sdale, for president and Holland E. Fisher of Topeka, Kans., for vice president As with any other party, vo- ters 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)