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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - March 12, 1995, Fort Walton Beach, Florida vy vs>VV'. I!) J. J i l'i« 1- * 'i »1 WEATHER TODAY Partly cloudy. High near 70; low 50-55. Southeast wind 10 mph/2A. SPORTS INSIDE ACC, SEC title games on tap today PAGE 1D School versus prisons in fight for funds INDEX Classified........3G.1H Commentary.........1E Crossword.............9C Dear Abby........... 7C Friends...............5,6E LifeStyle................1C Local News...........1B MoneySense.........1F Movies..................9C Obituaries..............2B Public Record.......2B Roll Call.................3B Sports....................1D This Week.............4C PAGE 1B r 11 sections Fort Walton Baach, Fla. Copyright* 199% The Daily News SUNDAY, MARCH 12, Daily 1995 " NORTHWEST FLORIDA $1 Deutch tapped as CIA director ■ The deputy defense secretary replaces retired Air Force Gen. Michael P.C. Cams, who withdrew his nomination late Friday. WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving quickly to minimize damage from the administration's latest personnel problem, President Clinton nominated Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch as CIA director on Saturday. Hours earlier, Clinton's first nominee decided to withdraw after acknowledging errors in helping a Filipino worker obtain a visa. Deutch, a scientist known as a shrewd political adviser and demanding administrator, had resisted earlier Clinton overtures to take command of the CIA at a time when its entire mission is under review by a presidential commission. He relented during an Oval Office meeting Friday evening. "In John Deutch, we have a dynamic, brilliant leader with all the necessary skills for this crucial as signment — and my highest trust and confidence," Clinton said in a written statement. To ease Deutch's concerns that he would have limited access to the president as CIA director, Clinton promised to make Deutch a member of the Cabinet if he is confirmed. "I appreciate the confidence the president has shown by selecting me," Deutch said in a statement. "My only regret is the prospect of leaving the great military and civilian team in the Department of Defense." The president's low-key announcement of the Deutch nomi DEUTCH month earlier. nation offered a marked contrast to the crowded cer-e m o n y at which retired Force Michael Carns nomi-for the same job with fanfare only a Carns asked that his nomination be withdrawn late Friday after acknowledging he had failed to prop HEADING TO THE POLLS Future Shalimar? Daily News/MICHAEL BOLDEN Wilmer, Ala., like Shalimar today, was once known as a speed trap. A crackdown on excessive police traffic activity was a primary reason the town disincorporated. Dissolving town brought crime worries ■ Wilmer, a rural community in Alabama, could be Shalimar's ghost of things to come. By MICHAEL BOLDEN Oaily News Staff Writer MOBILE COUNTY, ALA. -The blinds covering the mul-lioned windows of what once was Wilmer Town Hall hang askew. Cats sun themselves on the steps, and no one mills about the grounds. They have no reason to. Residents dissolved this town of 494 people on May 10, 1994, with a vote of 184 to 73. Shalimar's 463 electors face a similar decision in a referendum March 14. If they vote to disband, however, the Town Commission still must adopt an ordinance dissolving the town before it can revert to an unincorporated area of Okaloosa County. Wilmer, a rural community located on U.S. Highway 98, 24 miles northwest of Mobile, had a short life span. Residents founded it in 1974. By contrast, Shalimar originated as military housing in 1947. Both towns, however, wrestled with the perception of being speed traps. Ironically, the reputation Wilmer residents say kept the roads safe led to the town's demise. Like Shalimar, Wilmer had a full-service police force. Now, residents say the lack of police in the town during the last 10 months increases wrecks on U.S. 98. One Mobile County sheriffs deputy includes Wilmer in the patrol of several square miles each shift. Daily News/DEBBIE AOKISON When the town existed, Rae Brown worked full-time as part of a team that dispatched police and fire units. She now does the job part-time for the Fire Department, which still exists. "A year ago, we didn't have hardly any wrecks," Brown said. Now we have more wrecks in a month than we used to have all year. We've had 50, and five people died. Before the town formed, they called the highway Bloody 98. Well, it looks like it's going back." Please see WILMER/9A Shalimar hopefuls campaign on town's fate By MICHAEL BOLDEN Daily News Staff Writer SHALIMAR - Town Commission hopefuls have based their campaigns on one issue: whether voters will endorse dissolving the municipality when they go to the polls March 14. The results, however, won't bind the commission to any action. The referendum is non-binding because Florida statutes prescribe only two methods for dissolving the town, which was incorporated in 1947. The Legislature can disband the town or the commission can pass an ordinance. Mayor Harry. Montague, who votes on the five-member commission, has said the commission will pursue whatever course voters decide they want it to pursue. But retired dentist Charles Ferdon, a Town Commission candidate in a three-way race for two seats, doesn't believe officials will disband the municipality. "I don't seriously think they'll do it," he said. "I don't think they would have made it a non-binding referendum if they intended to." Ferdon, leader of the dissolution effort, says services residents receive from the town do not justify the property taxes they pay, an average of $272 per home. If he's elected, Ferdon expects to spend his time urging other commissioners to re duce costs and taxes. "I'll probably be a voice In the wilderness," he said. Commissioner George Wilkinson, who also is a candidate in Tuesday's balloting, said he won't commit to any action until after the vote and he weighs several factors relative to the outcome. "It depends on several things," Wilkinson said. "It depends on how close the vote is, and lots of things can happen to sway it one way or another, such as literature that may go out the day before." The other contender in the town election, Commissioner Sylvia Nikonovich, said she Please see SHALIMAR/8A erly compensate a young Filipino who accompanied the Carns family to the United States in 1987. Carns said he was not aware of the error until last week, when he reviewed a copy of a contract signed by his wife. He said the contract falsely stated that Elbino Runas, the nephew of a family cook, had worked for the family in the Philippines and would continue to work for them in the United States. "I believe these innocent errors may not be properly understood and will be exploited to question my competency and suitability," he wrote. Carns added that the principal reason he withdrew was that unspecified "venomous and abusive accusations" were being put forward against his wife and children as part of a smear campaign. White House press secretary Mike McCurry said the FBI report reached the White House at the start of last week and "there clearly were some problems" that would make it difficult to win Cams' confirmation. McCurry insisted there was nothing wrong with the process by which Carns was cleared for nomination and said there was no way to anticipate the problems. Crestview council candidates have 'dirty' campaign ■ Trash pickup and i upgrading other services are high priorities for the 10 seeking office. ' By PAM GOLDEN Daily News Staff Writer CRESTVIEW - City Council candidates are talking trash in Okaloosa County's Hub City this election season. While the 10 candidates seeking election to a two-year term on the five-seat City Council don't agree on which of the leading issues deserves top billing, all of them include trash pickup on their political agendas. "It doesn't seem like it should be such a big issue or that any of us should spend so much time talking about it," Precinct 1 candidate Ray "Elray" Hornbaker said. "But how many services that a city provides can people really see? They can see that one. And they don't like what they see." High on the agenda for the challengers is establishing a unified team in city government. High on the agenda for incumbents is continuing the work ¡ELECTION X-J9 5 INSIDE ■ South and North Okaloosa candidate list/4A,6A. ■ What the ballots will look like/7A._ ■ Race for mayor heating up in Crestview/12A. ■ Where to vote Tuesday/ 12A. they've started, primarily in industrial development. Nearly every candidate places a high priority on upgrading police and fire protection. In this mixed bag of philosophies are four incumbents, two former councilman, two also-rans from prior city election competitions and three newcomers. Please see CRESTVIEW/9A Water finally calms in Laurel Hill politics ■ Retiring Mayor Gene Clary is not leaving office with any regrets. By PAM GOLDEN Daily News Staff Writer LAUREL HILL - For a time, city politics was so contentious here that the fighting stopped being noteworthy and became expected. Of considerable note these days, however, is the fact that the waters have calmed — even before Mayor Gene Clary announced he wouldn't run for a 13th term. "We've had a good two years this time," said Councilman P.P. "Junior" Cadenhead, who is campaigning to add two more years to the sue he's already served on the council. Cadenhead's first term on the council, at a time when members were elected for four years, was a raucous time marked by the firing of the city's last police chief and continual squabbling between two well-defined factions in the city. These days, each of the seven candidates for City Council supports widening State Road 85 to four lanes, is encouraged by development plans in the city's newly created industrial park and is proud of the creation of the annual Hobo Festival. Clary — who has always been willing to recommend a slate of candidates — won't even recommend which five of the seven candidates people should vote for to represent the city for the next two years. "Whoever they pick for council is going to be good," Clary said. "I'm not leaving with any regrets that council would be abusing the power or squandering the money." Laurel Hill doesn't have a property tax, has experienced great success in acquiring grant money and hasn't had much to argue about since the police department was abolished. Only one candidate proposes seeking a change in the latter issue. Newcomer Mike Blizzard wants the city to either revive the police department or contract with the Okaloosa County SherifTs Department for city police services. rnmnmmmmmßmmmm*
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