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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 14, 1968, Athens, Alabama ATHEN News Courier Successor To- The Alabama Courier Limestone Democrat (1891) and the News Leader (1965) PUBLISHED TUESDAY AND THUSDAY Single Copy 5' ATHENS, ALABAMA THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 14, 1968 NUMBER 12 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 cere- monies for the Lurleen B. Wallace Mental Retardation Hospital on U. S. Highway 31 south of Decatur. The 400- bed million facility is one of four such hospitals to be built in Alabama acid to be financed in part by a million bond issue initiated by the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace. In his address at the groundbreaking, Gov. said legacy" of compassion, concern -M-and love for others will live forever." by Charlotte Sachs, courtesy of the Cullman Times) Dysffbph y 'rive Under Way Mayor Charles Bailey and I Thomas Lee Hammons signed proclamations Wednesday af- ternoon designating this week as Muscular Dystrophy Week in Athens and Limestone County jm connection with the Muscular Dystrophy fund drive which is 1under way. -'Pi Beta Sigma sorority of Athens High School will be sol- iciting funds for the drive door from 1 until 5 p.m. Sunday in Athens. The money will be deposited in a bank Sunday night. Frank Deemer of First Nat- ional Bank is chairman of the Limestone drive. He placed canisters in Athens Tanner Fire Depf. Will Seek Funds Tanner Volunteer Fire Department will solicit donations immediately after lunch Sunday, accord- ing to Herman Suanner 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. stores and the Sheriffs De- partment placed them in stores in the county outside Athens. Jerry Lewis is the national Muscular Dystrophy drive chairman. Police Depf. Receives 20 Textbooks Athens Police Department yesterday received 20 new text- books 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 "Prin- ciples of "Rules of "Fingerprint "Obtaining Inform- ation From People" and "Tes- tifying In Court." New Store For Women Has Opened Beth Ann Shoppe has opened in Shopping Center. The new store is owned and (SEE PAGE TWO) New Telephone Alert System Is Established By Chamber Christmas Seals To Make Annual Debut This Week Christmas Seals will be mak- ing their annual debut in Lime- stone County and across the nat- ion this week. Dr. Charles Lambert, Lime- stone County Christmas Seal said a goal of 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 chair- man, 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 associat- ion'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, med- ical education and other work on a national level. "The community could not begin to finance all the medical research carried on by the pool- ing of Christmas Seal funds -tbcoughouU- the Dr., -pointed '-tilt we" benefit from the findings. 'We've come a long way since Emily Bissel, aprominentcivic worker in Wilmington, Del., mailed out the first Christmas Seals in 1907 to raise money for a small TB hospital. seen tuberculosis reduced from a horrible plague to an illness that can be cured. Progress in the fight against TB, since the first Christinas 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 226 Alabamians 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 direct- or of public safety, said highway patrolmen are doing everything they can to reduce the death toll in this area. He urges every- one to do their part to avoid a traffic accident "because un- less 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. Mann pointed out this is the time of year when bad weather and increased traffic makes driving much more haz- ardous than at any other time. He stated "Darkness corals (SEE PAGE TWO) "e- died of TB last year, and new cased of active TB were- reported in Alabama... est rate per hundred thous population in the nation. Thatfsj why the Christmas Seal Cam% paign is so important to all ofT us. It's a Matter of Life and- Breath." f Ai- 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 ol cigars, five boxes of chewing" gum, about six boxes of Joseph aspirin, and a carton of Standbacks. Cooky and candy machines, were damaged. FIRST CONTESTANT Freda Burgreen is the first con- testant in the Miss Merry Christmas contest. She is shown examining parts of the decoration which will soon be in- stalled in downtown Athens and in shopping centers. Miss Burgreen, daughter o! 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) Stopping Bad Checks Is Main Objective A Bad Check Telephone Net Alert System has been set up in Athens. Frank Griffin, chairman of the Athens- Limestone County Chamber of Commerce's Retail Division, explained, "We've got the names of Chamber members most likely to be targets of bad check writers City Workers Gef Raises; 'c> M. Police Chief Given Support City Council granted a month raises to 175 city em- ployes Monday night and agreed to stop taking applications for police chief at midnight Fri- day 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. Prac- tically 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 ap- plications for a chief and set the salary at per month. Lightfoot makes per month, but started with the city two years ago at a salary of a month. Councilmen invited him to file an application. The raises granted were for all of the city's employes ex- cept department heads, the mayor and council. They amount to a month or annually. This is not quite the 10 per cent raise Mayor Charles Bailey had hoped to grant em ployes, but stated: "It's a scale we can afford; it's 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 con- tinuing increases may be made at a later date with incentive raises being a part of the pack- age. Councilman Leonard Mc- Lemore said he believes em- ployes in the Electric Depart- jpent who handle "hot" wires should be paid more than others because of the occupational haz- ards they face. The council accepted low bids on approximately worth of police clothing. The bid was submitted by a Birmingham firm. A low bid of by Jack Yarber Ford for a police car containing "police package" features was accepted provid- ing the federal tax is taken off. No mention of the tax was made in Yarber's bid. Yarber was awarded a low bid of for a one and one-half ton truck for the San- itation Department. This in- cluded a trade-in. Earl Holloway, manager of the Electric Department, was authorized to take bids on a new half-ton truck. The council authorized City Clerk William D. (Bill) Owens to obtain a temporary loan of not more than 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 MayorBaileyhad received for clerical workers to be off on the Friday fol- lowing Thanksgiving so they could get a "long holiday week- end." 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 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 sented. is to be pre- and bogus money passers." He said the program has been arranged for law enforce- ment 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 re- port, we make a few calls, then everyone who gets a call, in turn, calls two other mer- Griffin stated. He said that with this method, all merchants who are members of the Chamber of Commerce can be contacted within 15 min- utes after the report is first re- ceived. 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 Chamber 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 regard- less of whether the merchant cashes the check. He pointed out the reason for this is that ;ome bad check writers from out of town will go from store :o 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, jut we feel we can make a big dent in solving the problem." Is this unique? Griffin an- swered, "I don't think so. Other towns have similar set-ups. We don't pretend it's 'unique, but we do feel it is a useful tool." Charlotte Pastor Will Speak Here Dr. Carl E. Bates, pastor of First Baptist Church of Char- lotte, N. C., and JimCarraway, "Singing Engineer" from Shreveport, Louisiana, will serve as a revival team at First Baptist Church in Athens Monday, Nov. 18, through Sun- day, Nov. 24. Dr. Bates, a native Mississ- ippian, is past president of the Texas Baptist convention, pre- sident of the Pastor's Confer- ence of the Southern Baptist Convention, now twice presid- ent 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 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 10 Tuesday through Friday, and every night Monday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 24 at A big rally is scheduled Satur- day night at 7.15, featuring young people. Tag Deadline Friday Deadline to purchase car tags for the coining year is p.m. Friday. Tags must be displajed on vehicles Saturda} morn- ing. First Baptist Adopts Budget Of First Baptist Church of Ath- ens has adopted a 1969 budget of Total pledged and estimated for 1969 is The church has budgeted for missions: Co-op Program (15 per cent of bud- Limestone Bap- tist Association, Elk- ton Road Mission, As- sociational Camp Fund, Limestone Benevolent Associa- tion, Gideons International Alabama Temperance Al- liance, and Radio Min- istry, MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY DRIVE -Major CterJes Bailey, seated, and Limestone County Board ol Revenue Chainmm Thorrais Lee Hammons, right, Wednesday signed a pr-o- clamation designating this as Muscular Dystrophy Week in Limestone Coanty. At left is Frank Deemer, chairman of the drive in Limestone. Also witnessing the signing are Freda Bargreen, center, president oi Pi Beta Sigma sorority at Athens High School, and Jan Johnson, vice president The sorority will solicit funds door to door for the drive Sunday. (Staff photo) One George Washington Wil Buy All Stew You Can Bat 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 alternoon preceeding the Athens Golden Eagle-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 jn a new lire track which was delivered here Tuesday. The other arrived Wednesday afternoon. The cwstom-irailt tracks cost a little more than and will be placed in the new lire station when construction is completed. (Staff photo)