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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - November 25, 1968, Athens, Alabama sssor To The Alabama courier Limestone Democrat (1891 fond the News Leader PUBLISHED TWICE EACH WEEK TUESDAY AND THURSDAY VOLUME 86 ATHENS, ALABAMA MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, NUMBER 15 Circuit Judge From Limestone Talked Construction Work Starts On Hospital Construction began Thurs- day on the D. E. Jackson Mem- orial Hospital at Lester, ac- cording to attorney Jimmy ander. Flanagan Lumber Co. has the contract which has a maximum price of Part of the project is being done on a cost plus with limitation of cost. Alexander said the price can be under GENIA PUT.MAN ...Ardmore GLENDA MILLER ...Clements AMANDA JACKSON ...West Limestone MARCELLE SMITH ...Athens Bible School JACKIE CANNON ...Cal-Tech Health Officer Gives Tips For Safe Holiday "If your family is holding a get-together this Thanksgiving, plan and prepare to prevent ac- cidents in your home that can mar the stated Dr. Betty W. Vaughan of the Lime- stone County Health Depart- ment. "The following guidelines should assist you in celebrat- ing she said: With the onset of cold weather, the danger from fires increases. Provide adequate screening for open fires, and (SEE PAGE TWO) A Responsibility EDITORIAL A tabulation Friday afternoon of contributions and pledges to the Athens-Limestone County United Givers Fund was a little more than 80 per cent of the goal of Robert Semmler, UGF president, said "We have hopes of getting to more based on people who have not submitted their returns." Semmler; Macon Brock, drive chairman; and Wallace contributions are turned in "and week plan to contact persons who have not reported or "reported .Efforts will be made to make these contacts next week and conclude the campaign the week of Monday, Dec. 2. The is slightly more than was raised last year when the goal was but drive leaders are making a determined effort to reach the goal this year. And, with your help and our help, this -goal can easily be achieved. But unless you and I help out, the cause can go very little further. We realize there are other worthwhile'drives under way, but the UGF is supposed to be a "united" drive to keep from continously having drives and being asked for don- ations. The UGF is supposed to be the one big drive. If we give it the push it deserves, we will surpass the goal. There are 14 organizations depending upon the UGF and in most cases the UGF is their only source of income. Less funds mean less services to the community. Possibly there are persons who have not been con- tacted. Although the drive leaders have made concen- trated efforts, let us remember they are working people and must perform the UGF chores in addition to their regular jobs. No one receives any pay for their UGF duties. We are endorsing the drive and at the same time filing a contribution. We feel the UGF is a communitywide responsibility. Chimney Foundation Work Ends Included in last week's total cubic yards of concrete placed on the project was the final pour for the chimney foun- dation. About onehalf of the total concrete was placed for the reactor building and turbine foundations. Other areas of concreting operations were the the service building, control bay, radwaste building intake structure, and various items in the 500-kv portion of the swithc- 1 yard. The contractor reported to the project last week and began installing window frames for the office building. Insulation con- tinued on the various duct work and mechanical piping; masonry for the bail ding's interior walls continues. Placing of earth backfill mat- erial around the 350-foot lengths of discharge pipe progressed on two shifts this week. The con- tractor is arranging his equip- ment preparatory to dredging the trench for the remaining sections of discharge pipe and removing the earth dike that is now enclosing the discharge structure area. The Piitsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company forces are in (SEE PAGE TWO) VIRGIt CAUDLE ...Trinity JOYCE CHRISTMAS ...Athens College LYNN RICHARDSON ...East Limestone JEAN ROBERTS ...Tanner Miss Merry Christmas Of 1968 To Be Chosen Tonight At College young ladies are to be judged Monday night with only one to be named the 1968-69 Miss Merry Christmas for Limestone County, in Founders Hall at Athens College, at 7 p.m. The girls who represent each of the high schools and colleges in Limestone County, will be judged in street dresses. .'The winner will reign over the Christmas parade Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. She will ride on the Miss Merry Christmas float, while the other contestants will ride in convertible cars. Miss Deborah Taylor, a form- er student at Athens HighSchool, was selected as last year's Miss Merry Christmas. Vying for the title this year are: Genia Putman, a senior at Ardmore High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie E. Put- man, Ardmore Rt 1. West Limestone HighSchool's choice is Amanda Jackson, a senior and the daughter of Mr. and -Mrs. -WaddeU and Mrs. Ed Burgr-eeu, Lester Rt. 1. Athens. Virgie Caudle is represent- Representing Elkmont High ing Trinity High School, and is a senior. Her grandmother is Mrs. Annie Warner, Madison. Marcella Smith is the repre- senative from Athens Bible School, where she is a jun- ior. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Smith of Ath- ens Rt. 8. Lynn Richardson is Limestone's choice. She is a sophomore. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Richard- son of Athens Rt. 4. is Debr a .Rogers. She is the daughter Elizabeth (SEE PAGE TWO) Lawyer Here May Be Assistant DA Talk of a third circuit judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which consists of Limestone and Morgan Counties, has arisen in connection with reports Gov. Albert Brewer will appoint R. L. (Dick) Hundley as circuit judge. The Tanner High School re- presentative is Joan Roberts, a senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Roberts of Athens Rt. 2. Glenda Miller will represent Clements High School where she is a junior. Miss Miller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller of Athens Rt. 8. The Athens High School re- presentative is Freda Burgreen She is a senior and daughter Limestone Death Toll Up To 16 Limestone County's traffic toll for this year was raisec to 16 the latter part of las week. Larry Stephen Russell, 29 of Huntsville, died at p.m Thursday in Huntsville Hospital where he was admitted after being injured in a one-car mis- hap earlier in the night 6.5 miles east of Athens on U. S Highway 72. Russell was manager of The Steak Barn in Huntsville. The number of fatalities in Limestone during 1968 is one more than at the same period last year. Has Been Raised In Seal Sale "Again the citizens of Lime- stone County have pledged their faith in 3rthe-Voluntaiy: "fight against tuberculosis and other respriatory diseases by supporting the 1968 Christmas Seal said Dr. Charles Lambert Christmas seal chairman. Reporting on the results of the 1968 Seal Campaign to date, Dr Lambert said he hoped contributions would continue to come in and bring the total from its present amount of to somewhere near the amount of estimated as necessary to carry on the association's activities during the coming year. "In return for the confidence showin in us, the tuberculosis association pledges itself to carry the fight to the Dr. Lambert said. "Tubercu- losis and other respiratorydis- eases can and must be eradi- cated. No home in Limestone County is safe from these dis- eases until all homes are safe. It's a Matter of Life and Breath.' Limestone has reached its goal for the past several years. BUILDLVG DAMAGED This is the rear of Automotive Parts Co. which was damaged Thursday afternoon as tbe result of lion of ttie earth sinking. R was explained that the site is in the vicinity of First Baptist Church and Athens bos station wMch have experienced similar occurrences. Both are near Hie city's spring from which under- ground chasms extend in several directions However the erase is uncertain. Slate geologists arrived bere Saturday and were to spend the weekend observing the situa- tion. George Patterson, co-owner of tbe business, said Saturday the ground had sank a little since the occurrence Thursday. (Staff photos by Price Parker) INSPECTS DAMAGE -Froal Martin, mana- ger of Athens Water Department, views a large crack in fee rear of the Automotive Parts building on Pryor St Stanley Bri- tton and George Patterson are owners of the parts firm and W. B, Young owns the building, A "roughly circular <3epressioa" in the earth about 50 feet across was res- ponsible for the damage. Ajwther crack in the concrete floor can be seen at left. Efforts were made last week by a group of Athens lawyers to get Gov. Brewer to appoint George Johnson, a member of the Alabama Court of Appeals and former resident of Athens. But the governor had already committed himself to appoint Hundley, reliable sources said; Upon the official appointment, of Hundley from circuit district- attorney to judge, deputy DA Dan Nelson is to be elevated to the DA post. Henry Blizzard, young Athens- lawyer, has expressed an inter- est in becoming assistant DA. This appointment will be up to Nelson. The last resident of Lime- stone County to be a circuit judge was Judge Ed Horton, more than 30 years ago. However, the appointment this time previously was unofficially offered to Bruce Sherrill and then Jimmy Woodroof. However, neither accepted. Two years are remaining on the term vacated by Judge James N. Bloodworth who assumed duties early this month as a member of the seven-member Alabama Supreme Court. The circuit judge post pays about annually. Many successful lawyers make more than this, but one of the reasons Sherrill and Woodroof said no to the offer was that the post would be up for election in two years. I The judges are chosen voters in both counties, a Decatur lawyer could run and probably carry Morgan County, which has several thou- sand more eligible voters man Limestone. Therefore, there was too much risk of being left without a job and no private practice. It would be like start- ing all over in private practice. The circuit court docket for Morgan County is much heavier than Limestone. The load of cases in both counties may be- come too much for two judges. Possible legislation to set up Limestone as a judicial system has been discussed, but there are not enough circuit court cases here to keep one judge busy full-time. Therefore, the idea has been discussed of appointing a third judge with the specification that he be from Limestone. The jud- icial system in the two counties would operate under thepresent system, except with an additional judge. Limestone County Rep. Ed Burgreen was asked if be been requested to secure legislation of fiiis type. He answered "No comment." He said there had been a little talk about setting up Lime- stone as a separate judicial system, but that be does not think the Limestone Bar As- sociation would want fids at the present time. Hundley, 43, was among three applicants for the post The others were Johnson aad Morgan County Judge C. Bennett Mc- Rae. Hundley replaced Johnson four years ago as circuit dis- trict attorney. Hundley is a native of the Mooresville-Belle Mina area. (SEE PAGE Franchises Are Signed Officials of ABC Fast Foods, Inc., of Nashville signed a con- tract Wednesday for 100 fran- chises of Sweet Sue International restaurants in Tennessee and Kentucky. The signing ceremony took place in the office of Jim Bea- sley, president of Sweet Sue Kitchens and Sweet Sue Inter- national.
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