Athens News Courier, November 21, 1968

Athens News Courier

November 21, 1968

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Issue date: Thursday, November 21, 1968

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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 19, 1968, Athens, Alabama JBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK - TUESDAY AND THURSDAY GLI ME 86 ATHENS, ALABAMA - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1968 NUMBER 14 REHEARSING FOR PAGEANT - Limestone Junior Miss Contestants are rehearsing this week in preparation for the contest which is to be in the Athens Junior High School auditorium at 7 p.in Saturday. Among the 27 contestants are from left, Amelia McConnell, West Limestone; Sandra Thompson, Ardmore, Gail Fincher, Athens; and Alice Hancock. Athens.    (Staff photo by Sonny Turner) BULLINGTON Distinguished Flying Cross Is Presented Sgt. Thomas L. Billington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Bullington of 1106 Winston Drive, Athens, has been presented the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was presented the award for activity in Vietnam. He has been stationed in Thailand for nearly a year and is expected 'to arrive home in mid- (SEE PAGE TWO) Athens Lions Club Hears Concern Expressed Over Permissiveness In Nation 18 Floats Already On Parade List Eighteen organizations have notified the Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce that they plan to enter floats in the Christmas Parade here at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. Wallace McDaw, Chamber manager, said “there are a numl>er of other organizations we hope to hear from. Wa do need to know as soon as possible.” American flags on floats are fine, McDow said, but high school bands are being urged to refrain from carrying U. S. flags because policeman automatically come to attention when flags are being carried by marching groups. MoDow also asked persons willing to loan trailers for use in groups constructing floats to contact his office. “Is America forgetting God?” This question was asked Tuesday night at Athens Lions Club's 25th anniversary observance at HiH Barbecue Ranch by Edward Lindsey, president of Lions luternational in 1966-67. Lindsey, a businessman in Lawrenceburg, Ienn.,expressed concern over a growing permissiveness in society and decaying of moral fiber in this nation. He said this is right in line with a lack of respect for law and order. He quoted FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as saying 10,080 serious crimes are committed each 24 hours in the United States. He stated, “I hope God never forgets America and America never forgets God.” Lindsey and his wife visited in 93 countries during his tenure as president of the world's largest service organization. He said it is shocking how some of the poor people live, but pointed out that Lions Clubs in all of these nations are attempting to help mankind. He said every 24 hours there (SEE PAGE TWO) Card Charge Freddy G. Nash, 21, of Athens Rt. IO, was arrested about noon Wednesday by Limestone County Sheriff M. W. (Buddy) Evans. Nash was charged on four counts of false use of a credit card. Bond was set at $300 on each charge. Holiday Is Forcing Change In Schedule Publication schedule of the NEWS COURIER is being altered next week because no mail will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day. The regular Tuesday publication will be printed Saturday night so that persons will receive it in the mail Monday. Schedule for the regular Thursday edition will be pushed up a day so that persons will receive the newspaper on Wednesday instead of Friday. NEWS COURIER employes will be working this Saturday so they can observe a long Thanksgiving weekend. CONTESTANT - Miss Debra Rogers, an Elkmont High School junior, has become the second M'.ss Merry Christmas contestant. She is the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers of Athens Rt. 4. Judging in the contest will be Nov. 25. PRENTIS DAVIS Davis Named To Board Prentis G. Davis, owner and operator of Davis Brothers General Merchandise at Pleasant Grove, Monday night was appointed by the Limestone County Board of Education to fill the unexpired term of Nelson Swinea: who died recently. Davis stated; “It is with humble gratitude that I accept the appointment by the County Board of Education to fill the vacancy on the board created by the death of our good friend, Mr. Nelson Swinea. “I hope the appointment meets (SEE PAGE TWO) Gen. LeMay in Athens | General Curtis LeMay, vice presidential^ candidate on the third party ticket with George J Wallace, was in Athens Tuesday. LeMay spent about an hour Tuesday after-:-: noon with Jim Beasley at Sweet Sue Kitchens.:;: He also signed autographs from some 20:*: persons while there.    # LeMay, accompanied by an associate who is a Ph.D., made the trip from Calif-;:;: ornia to talk with Beasley. He arrived at# Huntsville-Madison County Jetport and de-# parted from there alter visitng with Beasley# at the Sweet Sue plant and new Sweet Sue# restaurant.    # Beasley said they had a nice conversation# and discussed business, but it is uncertain# whether a business agreement w ill be worked;: out between the two. Details were not revealed# It was the first time Beasley had met# the retired Air Force chief of staff. Beasley# described him as very personable and a “lot;: better talker across the table than on TV.’#: No Confract On Tenure Was Stressed City Council, in a special session last night, voted to retian A. B. Lightfoot as Athens Chief of Police. The vote was Beasley later date. Grand Opening Saturday At Yarber’s New Building Jack Yarber Ford, Inc., will have grand opening at its new building on Highway 72 East Saturday. Jack Yarber, owner and manager, said the new facility contains approximately 28,000 square feet of floor space. The nnxiern structure contains carpeting throughout with the exception of the Parts and Service Departments. Music and the sound system is by 3M. The showroom is designed for IO automobiles. Among officials of the firm, in addition to Yarber, are Houston Moore, general manager; Billy Cook, sales manager, Dean Campbell, service manager; and Parts Department, Felton Smith, Wayne Gooch and James Davis. Numerous grand opening prizes will be given. They include a color television, 30-cup coffee maker, two transistor radios, 50-piece stainless steel service for eight, picnic outing kit, and vacuum cleaner. There will be free refreshments for everyone. Dexter and the Derbies are to provide entertainment all day Saturday. On display will be the Mustang Cobra Jet Racer, winner of more than25tropniesin 1967-68. Dave Campbell, Yarbei shop foremen, has raced the car in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florid0 on^ u<>n every race in “C" stock. He won top eliminator seven times in a row. Yarber has some 70 (SEE PAGE I WO) new LIGHT I*'( KTF with councilman leonard McLemore casting the only dis-I sent mg vote. However, it was made plain by Mayor Charles Bailey that the Chief has no contract as to length of employment. Nine applicants for tile post were interviewed by the council Monday night. City clerk William I). Owens called their names upon instruction from Mayor Bailey, and councilmen were asked to make a motion to hire their choice. Only other applicant for whom a motion and second was made was Lt. Marvin II. Vinson of the Athens police force. Motion to employ Vinson was (SEE PAGE TWO) FORD DEARLERSHIP OFFICIALS-Officials of Jack Yarber Ford which will have grand opening in the new building on Highway 72 East Saturday are, from left: Jack Yarber, owner and manager; Houston Moore, general manager; and Billy Cook, sales manager. (Stall photo) IN REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONAthens,Limestone Decline Membership Athens and Limestone County have declined for the second time in as many years to join the North Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. A meeting was held Friday in Decatur of the North Central group, and invitations were issued to Thomas Lee Hammons, chairman of the Limestone Board of Revenue, and Charles P. Bailey, Athens' mayor. In addition, Bob Gunn, executive secretary of the Top of Alabama Council of Local Government, composed of Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Jackson counties, attended. Guy Roberts of Hartselle, late chairman of the Morgan County Board of Revenue and Control, who will soon become the $12,000 a year director of the North Central planning organization, was among those issuing the invitations to Hammons and Bailey, along with Gary Voketz, planner for the City of Decatur, and a Cullman County representative. No one was present from Lawrence County. Trie North Central Alabama planning Commission is composed of Morgan, Lawrence and Cullman counties, and Limestone's membership in the organization has been persistently sought. Limestone and the municipalities within the county are not (july members oi the Top oi Alabama Council of Local Governments but is also a part of the Standard Metropolitan Statistical District with Madison County. It was upon the recommendation of federal officials that Limestone, as a part of the metropolitan district with Madison, also joined the Top of Alabama Council of Local Governments. Hammons and Bailey reported upon their return from the Friday meeting with the North Central planning group’s representative that they were cited the advantages of Athens-Limestone withdrawing from the Top of Alabama council and joining the Morgan-Lawrence-Cullman group. It was pointed out to them that Limestone and Morgan are joint members of the Wheeler Basin Regional Library and that Limestone is also a member of the Tri-County Regional Appalachian Health Commission. Politically, Morgan and Limestone are now in the same State Senatorial Distaict and this county is in the same House District with Lawrence County. Moreover, these two counties adjoin Limestone with only the Tennessee River running between. Limestonians have long held a suspicion that Decatur will some day attempt to annex that portion of Limestone County lying along U.S. 31 north of the river and including the John C. Calhoun State Technical School and College as well as the property on the west side of the highway. The latter includes many residences which yield Limestone tax returnes and a large housing development is foreseen in the near future in the immediate area of the college. Lending support to the supposition that Decatur some day Ians to extend its city limits into Limestone County is instruction of a 16-inch water line across the Tennessee River a few years ago. The line now serves no customers but ends at a point a few yards on the Limestone side of the stream, and in the event of annexation could easily be extended to serve residences, businesses and industry as far north as the Luke Pryor farm. Hammons bluntly told the North Central Alabama group that Limestone has no intention of joining them, and added that when Tanner installs its water system, now awaiting federal approval, it expects to serve customers all the way to the Tennessee River. Frankly, Limestone countains are weary of having Decatur lay claim to the TVA Brown’s Ferry nuclear plant, which is almost invariably located in news stories as “IO miles northwest of Decatur,” with mention seldom made of its being in Limestone County or near Athens. Nor do Athenians see why mail from Brown's Ferry should bear a Decatur postmark instead of one from Athens. Likewise, the Carl T. Jones Jetport for which Huntsville and Madison Conty bore all the local tinaming, is on the boundary of Limestone and Madison counties, but it has never occurred to Athens to lay claim to it. N >r do Athenian' see any reason why Decatur should refei to die tai ili.y as the Huntsville-Decatur Jetport, any more than Athens residents should call it, in alphabetical order, the “Athens-Decatur-H mtsville Airport.” Athenians remember the days when, though sharing in the cost of Pryor Field, it was referred to as the “Decatur Airport.” Only in recent years has there been any reference to Athens. People in this county cannot foresee when, if ever, they Will furnish a State Senator for the Limestone-Morgan District. More populous Morgan can easily place its candidate in the seat each four years. Limestonians are wondering if Morgan County really wants to make a beau geste, and establish a gentlemen’s agreement between the two counties for each to furnish the senator every four years. Such an arrangement worked between Lauderdale and Limestone efficiently and without breach for more than 60 years, though Lauderdale County could have out-voted Limestone at any time. ;

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