Athens News Courier, November 14, 1968

Athens News Courier

November 14, 1968

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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 14, 1968, Athens, Alabama ATHENNews Courier Successor To - The Alabama Courier (1880), Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965)PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK - TUESDAY AND THURSDAYGLU ME 86    aSi    ATHENS,    ALABAMA    -    THURSDAY,    NOVEMBER    14,    1968 HOSPITAL GROUNDBREAKING - Former Gov. George C. Wallace, left and Gov. Albert Brewer, with the as-istance of Wallace’s youngest daughter, Lee, lift the first spade of dirt in Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremonies for the Lurleen B. Wallace Mental Retardation Hospital on U. S. Highway 31 south of Decatur. The 400-bed $4.2 million facility is one of four such hospitals to be built in Alabama and to be financed in part by a $15 million bond issue initiated by the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace. In his address at the groundbreaking, Gov. Brewer said the “Lurleen legacy” of compassion, concern and love for others will live forever.” (Photo by Charlotte Sachs, courtesy of the Cullman Times) uscular Dystrophy rive Under Way Mayor Charles Bailey and Thomas Lee Hammons signed proclamations Wednesday afternoon designating this week as Muscular Dystrophy Week in Athens and Limestone County in connection with the Muscular Dystrophy fund drive which is under way. Pi Beta Sigma sorority of Athens High School will be soliciting funds for the drive door lojdoor from I until 5 p.m. Sunday in Athens. The money will be deposited in a bank Sunday night. Frank Beemer of First National Bank is chairman of the Limestone drive. He placed canisters in Athens stores and the Sheriff’s Department placed them in stores in the county outside Athens. Jerry Lewis is the national Muscular Dystrophy drive chairman. Tanner Fire Dept. Will Seek Funds Tanner Volunteer Fire Department will solicit donations immediately t after lunchSunday, according to Herman Swanner Jr. The funds will be used to construct a fire hall. The land on which the station is to be built was recently acquired from the county and is just east of the Methodist Church. MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DRIVE - Mayor Charles Bailey, seated, and Limestone County Board of Revenue Chairman Thomas Lee Hammons, right, Wednesday signed a proclamation designating this as Muscular Dystrophy Week in Limestone County. At left is Frank Beemer, chairman of the drive in Limestone . Also witnessing the signing are Freda Burgreen, center, president of Pi Beta Sigma sorority at Athens High School, and Jan Johnson, vice d president. The sorority will solicit funds door to door for the drive Sunday.    (Staff    photo) Christmas Seals To Make Annual Debut This Week Police Dept. Receives 20 Textbooks Athens Police Department yesterday received 20 new textbooks on criminal investigation. Police Chief A. B. Lightfoot said they are standard textbooks sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and will be used for in-service training. Some of the titles are “Principles of Investigation”, “Rules of Evidence”, “Fingerprint Evidence”, “ObtainingInformation From People” and “Testifying In Court.” New Store For Women Has Opened Beth Ann Shoppe has opened in L&S Shopping Center. The new store is owned and (SEE PAGE TWO) Christmas Seals will be making their annual debut in Limestone County and across the nation this week. Dr. Charles Lambert, Limestone County Christmas Seal said a goal of $5,000 is the minimum amount needed for the TB Association’s health-protecting and life-saving work during the year ahead. Money raised by the annual TB campaign, said the chairman, is used to promote good health for all by fighting and preventing tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases in in Limestone County. Dr. Lambert added, “Of every Christmas Seal dollar, 78 cents is spent to finance the association’s local program. Another 15 cents goes to aid the statewide tuberculosis and respiratory disease program of the Alabama Tuberculosis Association, and the other seven cents helps to support medical research, medical education and other work on a national level. “The community could not begin to finance all the medical research carried on by the pooling of Christmas Seal funds throughout the nation,” Dr. Lambert pointed out, “but we benefit from the findings. “We’ve come a long way since Emily Bissel, a prominent civic worker in Wilmington, Del., mailed out the first Christmas Seals in 1907 to raise money for a small TB hospital. We’ve seen tuberculosis reduced from a horrible plague to an illness that can be cured. Progress in the fight against TB, since the first Christmas Seals were sold, has meant a saving of millions of lives. “Bet we have a long way to go before we can say “TB is finished”. 226 Alabamians died of TB last year, and 1,379 new cased of active TB were reported in Alabama...the highest rate per hundred thousand population in the nation. That’s why the Christmas Seal Campaign is so important to all of us. It’s a Matter of Life and Breath.” This Thief Must Have Headaches Midway Gulf Service Station on Highway 20 was broken into Monday night by knocking a hole through the back wall. Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans said items taken were: about 17 cartons of cigarettes, six boxes of cigars, five boxes of chewing gum, about six boxes of St. Joseph aspirin, and a carton of Standbacks. Cooky and candy machines were damaged. Stopping Bad Checks Is Main Objective A Bad Check Telephone Net Alert System has been set up in Athens. Frank Griffin, chairman Limestone County Chamber Betail Division, explained, names of Chamber members targets of bad check writers I- and bogus money passers.” of the Athens-of Commerce’s “We’ve got the most likely to be FIRST CONTESTANT — Freda Burgreen is the first contestant in the Miss Merry Christmas contest. She is shown examining parts of the decoration which will soon be installed in downtown Athens and in shopping centers. Miss Burgreen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burgreen of Athens, is representing Athens High School. Contestants are also to be named from other schools and colleges in Limestone County.    (Staff    photo by Sonny Turner) City Workers Get Raises; Police Chief Given Support Accidents Have Killed 15, Hurt 121 In Limestone County so far this year there have been 347 rural traffic accidents, injuring 121 persons and resulting in 15 fatalities. This is the same number as the same period last year. Col. Floyd Mann, state director of public safety, said highway patrolmen are doing everything they can to reduce the death toll in this area. He urges everyone to do their part to avoid a traffic accident “because unless you, the individual,driver, makes a concentrated effort to improve your driving, you stand a good chance of being the victim of a traffic accident. You owe it to you and your family to make every effort necessary to be a safe driver.” Col. Maim pointed out this is the time of year when bad weather and increased traffic makes driving much more hazardous than at any other time. He stated “Darkness comes (SEE PAGE TWO) City Council granted $25 a month raises to 175 city employes Monday night and agreed to stop taking applications for police chief at midnight Friday night, Nov. 15. Interviews with the applicants will be Monday night in the former meeting room for the council at City Hall. Some 75 persons attended Monday night’s meeting. Practically all of them were there in support of Police Chief A. B. Lightfoot and many of them voiced their support to this effect. Councilmen voted 4-2 at a previous meeting to accept applications for a chief and set the salary at $750 per month. Lightfoot makes $770 per month, but started with the city two years ago at a salary of $750 a month. Councilmen invited him to file an application. The raises granted were for all of the city’s employes except department heads, the mayor and council. They amount to $4,250 a month or $52,500 annually. This is not quite the IO per cent raise Mayor Charles Bailey had hoped to grant employes, but stated: “It’s a scale we can afford; ifs a scale we must afford. Athens is no longer going to prove as a training ground for municipal workers, only to have them go somewhere else becausethe pay is higher.” The vote by the mayor and council in favor of the across-the-board raise was unanimous. A graduated scale of continuing increases may be made at a later date with incentive raises being a part of the package. Councilman Leonard Me-Lemore said lie believes employes in the Electric Department who handle “hot” wires should be paid more than others because of the occupational hazards they face. The council accepted low bids on approximately $1,300 worth of police clothing. The bid was submitted by a Birmingham firm. A low bid of $3,130 by Jack Yarber Ford for a police car containing “police package” features was accepted providing the federal tax is taken off. No mention of the tax was made in Yarber’s bid. Yarber was awarded a low bid of $3,242 for a one and one-half ton truck for the Sanitation Department. This included a trade-in. Earl Holloway, manager of the Electric Department, was authorized to take bids on a new hall-ton truck. The council authorized City Clerk William D. (Bill) Owens to obtain a temporary loan of not more than $175,000 to pay for the new fire station being erected on Freeman Ave. and the two new fire trucks which arrived Tuesday. A motion was tabled on a request which Mayor Bailey had received for clerical workers to be off on the Friday following Thanksgiving so they could get a “long holiday weekend.” Banquet Set By College Monday Night Freed-Hardeman College Banquet will be held at the Hickory House on Highway 72 East at 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 18. Cost per plate will be $1.75. Seniors in high school who are considering attending Freed-Hardeman College are invited to attend as guests of the college. Alumni, parents, friends and other high school sutdents are invited to attend at the regular price. All who plan to attend should contact Bobby Wade, 3209 Ivy Avenue, S. W., Huntsville, Ala. 35805. He must know how many dinners to reserve. A program is to be presented. He said the program has been arranged for law enforcement officers, merchants and banks to contact the Chamber as soon as they get a report on bad checks, stolen checks, bogus money, or suspected shoplifters. “As soon as we get that report, we make a few calls, then everyone who gets a call, in turn, calls two other merchants,” Griffin stated. He said that with this method, all merchants who are members I of the Chamber of Commerce can lie contacted within 15 minutes alter the report is first received. This was a project of the | Chamber’s Retail Division. The system has been in use for about two weeks and there have been several occasions to use it. Griffin said merchants have also been asked to contact the Chandler office is someone from out of town comes in and wants to cash a check for more than the amount of the purchase. Griffin said his office wants to know this information regardless of whether the merchant cashes the check. He pointed out the reason for this is that some bad check writers from out of town will go from store to store making purchases and writing checks for more than the amount. He commented, “If we can get merchants to cooperate, we can help curb the problem of outsiders writing bad checks and leaving. We can’t stop it, but we feel we can make a big dent in solving the problem.” Is this unique? Griffin answered, “I don’t thinkso.Other towns have similar set-ups. We don’t pretend it’s 'unique, but we do feel it is a useful tool.” Ch arlotte Pastor Will Speak Here Dr. Carl E. Bates, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charlotte, N. C., and Jim Carraway, “Singing Engineer” from Shreveport, Louisiana, will serve as a revival team at First Baptist Church in Athens Monday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 24. Dr. Bates, a native Mississippian, is past president of the Texas Baptist convention, president of the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention, now twice president of the Baptist Convention of North Carolina. Tilford L. Junkins, pastor of First Baptist, said “Dr. Bates’ greatest quality is that he is an old-fashioned, down-to-earth up-to-heaven gospel preacher. His messages will meet your needs.” Carraway is a well known singing evangelist, Junkins said. “His meetings take him all over our nation. He has a radio and television ministry in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is Mr. Carraway’s second visit to First Baptist.” Services will be at IO a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and every night Monday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7:15 A big rally is scheduled Saturday night at 7:15, featuring young people. Tag Deadline Is Friday Deadline to purchase car tags for the coming year is 4:30 p.m. Friday. Tags must be displayed on vehiclesSaturday morning. First Baptist Adopts Budget Of $137,244 First Baptist Church of Athens has adopted a 1969 budget of $137,244. Total pledged and estimated for 1969 is $137,598.24. The church has budgeted $24,311 for missions: Co-op Program (15 per cent of budget), $17,901; Limestone Baptist Association, $2,400; Elkton Road Mission, $1,500; Associational Camp Fund, $660; Limestone Benevolent Association, $200; Gideons International $75; Alabama Temperance Alliance, $175; and Radio Ministry, $1,400. One George Washington Will Buy All Stew You Can Eat All the stew you can eat for one piece of paper with George Washington’s picture showing, clearly. That’s right fans: The Athens High Booster’s Club will start serving stew' at the Athens High lunchroom at 5 o’clock Friday afternoon preceeding the Athens Golden Eugle-Austin football game. Tickets will be available at the door, according to Booster President Oscar Barker. FIRE TRUCKS ARRIVE - Mayor Charles Bailey, left, and Fire Chief A. E. Bumpus are shown in a new fire truck which was delivered here Tuesday. The other arrived Wednesday afternoon. The custom-built trucks cost a little more than $66,000 and will be placed in the new tire station when construction is completed. (Staff photo) Single Copy 5< NUMBER 12New Telephone Alert System Is Established By Chamber ;

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