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   Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - April 4, 1969, Fort Walton Beach, Florida                               Around Florida DRAFT-FREE CHURCH ST. PETERSBURG, Kla. (AP) In college newspapers throughout the nation are offering draft-free status to students accepted as ministers in the Church of the Humanitarian God. B u t Ronald Liborg, 38-year-old founder of the church, says it is not a haven for draft dodgers. Instead, he says it will be a sort of "religious Peace Corps." Liborg said he has received hundreds of inquiries in the month that the advertisement has been running. But he admits that the draft-free status is wide- open to legal interpretation. Brig. Gen. Haiold C. Wall, director of the Selective Service System In Florida, said he knew of the church only through the college newspaper advertisement. A source in the U.S. Justice Department said the church was being investigated but that no legal action had been initiated. Liborg said he organized the church "to offer an alternative to disenchanted young people who feel they would do more good serving among the people of this nation than in military service." The church has no building and holds no services, but Liborg said a church would be opened in St. Petersburg In about two months. ALL-AMERICAN CITY JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Jacksonville celebrat- ed its recognition as one of 11 all-America cities of 1969 as a festive occasion Thursday, but in the shadow of dissenting Negro Pickets. "We still have slum housing; all the garbage dumps, incinerators, meat packing houses and chicken slaughter pens are in Negro declared James Washington, vice president of the Jacksonville branch of the National Association for the Advance- ment of Colored People. He led a dozen pickets mar- ching before the hotel where the official award presen- tation was made. "All American asked one of the picket signs. Others in a similar vein contended Negro hous- ing, schooling and working conditions remained infer- ior. Mayor Hans Tanzler said he tried to head off the demonstration but wasn't able to persuade Negro lead- ers to abandon the plan "We didn't get the award because we had no pro- blems in this community, but because we are trying to solve our Tanzler said. "That's the fallacy of the demonstration they are making out front. We have done more for race relations in this community in the last year than had been accomplish- ed in 10 The award from the National Municipal League and Look magazine particularly recognized the consoli- dation of city and county governments which went into effect here last October BACK TO SCHOOL WEST PALM BEACH. Fla. to school" trend was reported at three Palm Beach County schools Thursday where pupils boycotted for three days in protest "to phasing out the all-Negro institu- tions. The schools are Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School at West Palm Beach, Kennedy High School at Riviera Beach and Carver Junior-Senior High at Delray Beach, with enrollment totaling "There is a back to school trend developing in the current absenteeism." said Lloyd F. Early, county school superintendent. "Tuesday there were only 348 students in these three schools. Yesterday this total had risen to 377 and today there were 512 in these three Early said. CUBA A NUCLEAR ARSENAL MIAMI Castro's sister, Juanlta, said Thursday that the prime minister Is trying to make Cuba a nuclear power. With Soviet Union help, said the self-exiled Miss Castro, "Fidel plans to turn Cuba Into a nuclear arsenal." Miss Castro continued: "Fidel is developing a new strategic plan that will be as dangerous or more so" than that which set off the 1962 missile crisis. The Soviet Union, said Miss Castro, is furnishing Cuba nuclear reactors and personnel. More than 200 Soviet technicians have arrived' in Cuba, she said. Also In Cuba, she asserted, is "one of the highest Soviet authorities on nuclear matters to supervise the plan." Miss Castro's statements are to be broadcast bunday night over "Radio Nueva a Spanish language program in New York. She made available her speech for immediate publication. She said- "The Kremlin will try to nullify the U.S. antlballistic missile defense plan" by helping establish a nuclear base near the United States. She charged also that her brother plans "nuclear blackmail" against countries of the Americas. NO BOND BIDDERS TALLAHASSEE. Fla. Despite increased opti- mism on a sale possibility, State Education Commis- sioner Floyd Christian late Thursday urged the Legi- slature to raise the bond interest rate for S39 million in higher education bonds. Failure to attract any bidders to date, Christian said places the future of Junior colleges, universities and'vocationaltechnical centers "in serious jeopardy." way must be found to build the facilities needed. It is no! a question of should we. but a question of how. We Christian said. 23rd Year No. 41 16 Pages Fort Walton Beach, Fia. Friday Morning, April 4, 1969 Single Copy 10 Cents _ Guardsmen Called Into Windy City CHICAGO (AP) Six thou- sand Illinois National Guard troops were ordered into Chica- go Thursday night and a 1 p.m. curfew on persons under 21 years was imposed as authori- ties acted to stem an outbreak of looting, window smashing and rock throwing by Negroes in two areas of the city. Mayor Richard J. Daley halt- ed sales of firearms, ammuni- tion and gasoline in portable containers. Sales of alcoholic beverages were banned in areas hit by disturbances. Twenty two persons were re- ported injured. Daley took action as disorders seemed to subside in the West Side's Fillmore police district, where serious rioting broke out two years ago and again a year ago after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, looting and rock throwing were still taking place in the Negro area of the city's Near North Side, just west of the Old Town nightclub neigh- borhood-. "As a precautionary measure and after recommendation of the superintendent of police I asked the governor to make the See GUARDSMEN, Page 2 Canada Will Reduce NATO Commitment Photo by Marilyn Pusell JOANN 18- year-old OWJC freshman will be one of the 12 girls seeking the title of Miss Fort Walton Beach Satur- day. She is the daughter of Lt. Col and Mrs. Exley C. Mixon Jr., 807 Chero- kee Road, Eglin. She is a member of Phi Theta Chi at OWJC and was in the Homecoming Court, She will display her sing- ing ability in the pageant. in Lauderdale Up Sun, Suds FORT More than col- lege kids are on the seashore between here and Daytona Beach Thursday and more are en route as the annual Easter invasion nears its climax. Police all the 250 mile stretch of Florida East Coast between here and Daytona Beach said the boys and girls were behaving themselves. The only cloud on the horizon was a call by the Sexual Free- dom League of Berkeley, Calif., for a nude-in Easter Sunday. Most officials said they didn't believe the nude-in would come off, but warned they would be ready with paddy wagons. Anyway, most of the bikinis worn by the coeds left little to the imagination and the over- whelming majority of girls inter- viewed said they planned to keep their clothes on. The Sexual Freedom League called for students to disrobe Register For City Elections By April 21 Residents of Fort Walton Beach that wish to vote in the May 20 election for councilmen and mayor must be listed on the City's voting rolls. Voters listed on county rolls only are not eligible to vote in City elections. Residents qualified to vote (21 or over, resident in state for one year and in city six months) may register at City Hall Mondays through Fridays. To qualify to vote in the May 20 election residents must regis- ter before noon April 21. and wade naked into the Atlan- tic Ocean "to establish the right of nude swimming at public beaches." At Daytona Beach, officials estimated nearly boys and girls were crowded onto the spa- cious beach. Police Chief Oscar Folsom said: "In general, they have been very well behaved." And Robert Johnson, the Fort Lauderdale police chief, called city's young visitors "one of the nicest bunches we've had." Both Johnson and Folsom said many of the troublemakers arrested had never seen the in- side of a college. "A lot of times it's hangerson who give the col- lege kids a bad said Folsom. Since last Friday, Folsom's men have made 659 arrests. He couldn't say how many were col- lege students. But he did say most of the arrests were for drinking on the beach or public intoxication. In Fort Lauderdale, Johnson said only 204 kids had been ar- rested since the season began three weeks ago. OTTAWA (AP) will start next year a phased reduc- tion of her armed forces in the North Atlantic Treaty Organiza- tion, Prime Minister Pierre El- liott Trudeau said Thursday. Canadian forces are commit- ted to the European defense body until the end of this year, Trudeau told a news conference. Commitment of Canadian armed forces to NATO beyond this period "will be discussed with our allies" at a meeting in May, he added. "The Canadian government intends, in consultation with Canada's allies, to take early steps to bring about a planned and phased reduction of the size of the Canadian forces in Eu- he said. Trudeau had announced last year that Canada would reduce its air force commitment to NATO, but shelved the idea aft- er the Soviet-bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia. His announcement of a phased reduction came on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the sign- ing of the NATO treaty and aft- er months of Cabinet debate and speculation about Canada's fu- ture course in the alliance. Much of the speculation was nurtured by the fact that the treaty provides that after 20 years any member may with- draw by giving one year's no- tice. Canada has not done this. In announcing his govern- ment's decision, Trudeau listed four major roles for Canada's armed forces, in this order: "Protection of our own sover- defense of North America in cooperation with the United States; carrying out "such NATO commitments as may be agreed and in- ternational peacekeeping. Canada now has about troops assigned to NATO in Western Europe. Most of them are stationed in West Germany and comprise a six squadron air division and a mechanized bri- gade. Despite the announced force reduction. Trudeau told news- men: "We believe that NATO is an alliance that is for the time being necessary We are staying in NATO." But he said he felt Western. Europe was now capable of de- fending itself with fewer Cana- dian forces and expressed hope that NATO and the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact could "reach some kind of de-escalation" in the near future. He did not spell out how many Canadian troops he expected to pull back from Western Europe, but said the government would begin discussion with NATO members on the reduction in May. Barrow Explains Legal Aspects of Merger Move INDEX Amusement 10 Cla-ssified .................13-15 Crossword ....................J J Comics Dear Abby Editorials Obituaries Sports, Slocks, Vtomen ..11 ___4 ___2 .9-10 ...12 ..6-7 WEATHER Partly cloudy and continued mild through Saturday with widely scattered showers. High today 74-84. Sunrise sun- set High tide a.m.; low tide p.m. RIVER READINGS Jim Uoodurff Dam ..........47.0 Blounlslown ................11.0 Mud ........................I-? By EMMA GOGG1N Daily News Bureau TWIN response to the position of the Senate with respect to the proposed merger of Niceville and Valpa- raiso, Sen. William Dean Bar- row stated Thursday that Chap- ter 166, Florida Statutes was placed on the books for the ex- pressed purpose of allowing ci- ties on their own volition to change their charier, including charter changes which would merge two cities together. "This c h a p t e he said, "provides upon petition of 20 per cent of the qualified voters of each city requesting such a merger that the Council of each city will take appropriate steps to hold an election. "To all persons interested in the merger, I suggest that they follow the provisions of Chapter 166. There is no requirement to carry this matter to the State Legislature. "The citizens of Seminole have expressed a concern about whether they would be affected by any such merger. The an- swer is no. Seminole is not con- tiguous to Niceville and Valpa- raiso. It is approximately th- ree miles East of Rocky Bayou with federal and private unin- corporated lands intervening. It does not have the statutory 1 000 citizens for incorporation and at the present time it is not even eligible for incorpora- tion. "I have forwarded a copy of this release to my fellow legi- slators with the request, that they refer any merger ques- tions to the respective city which have their own regula- ting statutory authority to hold a vote on a merger without additional legislation. "All that is needed is a peti- tion with 20 per cent of the qualified voters of each city re- questing such a Bar- row said. The survey forms on the pro- posed Niceville-Valparaiso mer- ger recently to all Twin Cities voters will be picked up at the two post offices next Tuesday or Wednesday according to Ed Slown, a member of the merger committee. Slown informed Twin City Ro- tarians at their luncheon meet- ing Thursday that he is asking Valparaiso Mayor John B. Ar- nold and a Niceville city official to accompany him to the two Post offices to pick up the pos- tal survey forms and get them counted. King Announces For City Council Jack King, local business man and prominant contractor of King and Hatch Construction Company, announced his candi- dacy for the group 3 city coun- cil seat. The position is now held by Joe Guidry who has stated that he will be a candi- date for reflection. In his announcement state- ment. King said, "This action is taken with pride and a deter- mination to serve in a manner of respect and integrity. It is my firm belief that the govern- ment of this community, or any community of the democratic process, should be governed in an open, individual and forth- right manner. "The selection of this gover- ning body is the burden of the individually registered voters and to this selection group I Viet War Now Fourth Bloodiest in History By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (API enemy's spring offensive sputtered through its 40th day Thursday but it already has sent U.S. bat- tlefield deaths in the war past the grim mark recorded in the Korean conflict. The U.S. Command reported that 312 Americans were killed and wounded In the week which ended Saturday. The deaths raised to the number of Americans slain in combat since Jan. 1, 1961, com- pared to killed In the Ko- rean War, heretofore the fourth bloodiest in American history. U.S. military analysts have said all along that one aim of the enemy offensive launched Feb. 23 was to inflict higher casualties on American troops and thus bring about pressure in the United States on allied nego- tiators at Paris to end the con- flict. Statistics show that the enemy at least has succeeded in in- creasing casualties, killing an average of twice as many American servicemen a week as were killed in the first eight weeks of the year. U.S. Command figures show that in the five weeks since the offensive began, Ameri- cans have lost their lives in bat- tle, an average of 343 per week. In the preceding eight weeks the average was 172. The costliest week of the of- fensive for Americans was the first, when 453 were killed. In the next four weeks, the num- bers of Americans killed were 336, 351, 266 and 312. The U.S. Command figures also show that enemy deaths per week have doubled during the offensive, with slain In the past five weeks. Additional figures released Thursday by the U.S. Command showed that the Americans wounded last week rasied this total for the war to The number of dead and wounded thus totals These U.S. casualty losses have been surpassed only in the two world wars and the Civil War. The total Korean casualty toll was The toll in Vietnam is fast ap- proaching that of World War I, when Americans weie killed and wounded, a to- tal of Government troops suffered 357 killed last week and wounded. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong lost killed last week, bringing their losses in eight years of battle to the U.S. Command reported. In the only significant ground action reported Thursday, about North Vietnamese tacked two night bivouacs of government paratroopers near the Cambodian border north- west, of Saigon. wish to present some of the issues that havemost affected my decision and determination. I do not believe the City Administration should quietly purge the voter registration books without an active cam- paign to register all Fort Wal- ton Beach voters. All purchases made by the city should be on an open bid basis and not handed to present members of the City Council, as is now the policy. City employees should come under a Civil Service Pro- gram and not under the politi- cal control of any individual. The policy stating "If taxes are lowered they can ne- ver be raised" is a fallacy. Af- ter the 100 per cent property evaluation for taxation went into effect in Fort Walton Beach, I believe the millage should have been substantually reduced. The Urban Renewal Pro- gram should not be made a political football with the "po- wer of approval of participa- tion" invested in those who pre- sently own property in the pro- grammed area. "All offices in the forthco- ming election are open to a city-wide vote and not restrict- ed by any wards or intra-city divisions. As such, a true ex- pression of the issues can be gained only by the citizens that are registered to vote by April 21. "I humbly request all citizens who believe in the issues as outlined herein join me in a city-wide campaign with all friends and neighbors. "I can vote in the city. Can Opposition Groups May Join In Effort to Stem Pollution The behavior of some children suggests that their parents embarked on the sea of matri- mony without a paddle. By CHARLES BRADY The board of directors of the Game Fish Protective Associa- tion (GFPA) Thursday night voted unanimously not to with- draw a petition pertaining to closing certain areas of Chocta- whatchee Bay to certain types Photo by Marilyn MISS FWB girls will compete Saturday night In the first annual Miss Fort Walton Beach pageant. Two not shown here are Janie Mikel and Melody Read. Pictured are (top, left to right) Jennifer Spruill and Beth Robinson, (second from top, left to right) Kathy Birks, Jo Ann Mlxon, and Marsha McCoskrie, (third row, left to right) Brenda Booth, Liz Barton, and Debbie Maynard, and (bottom, left to right) Lindy Gates and Sally Tomasson. Varied Talents Highlight Of Miss FWB Pageant dance and instrumental dexterity will highlight the Miss Port Walton Beach Pageant Saturday night at Chocta- whatchce High School. The Jaycee-sponsored event begins at p.m. Miss Linda Fitts of Panama City, Miss Florida of 1969, will crown the winner. Twelve girls have entered the contest. Their talents range from singing to art demonstration. Six will compete as vocalists, two will play musical instru- ments and sing, three will present comedy and original mono- logue, one will roller skate, one will perform with a baton and one will demonstrate art. The vocalists are Jennifer Spruill, singing "Somewhere" from "West Side Sally Thomasson, "My Jo Ann Mixon, "Born Melody Read, "Lovely" and "I could have danced all night; Lindy Gates, a medley of folk songs; and Beth Robinson, folk songs. Miss Gates and Miss Robinson are also instrumentalists. Liz Barton and Kathy Birks will present comedy original comedy monologues. Brenda Booth will present a comedy routine, "I Feel Pretty. Denny Maynard will roller skate. Janic Mikel will twirl the baton. Marsha McCoskril will give an art demonstration. of fishing equipment. However, the board did Indicate its will- ingness to work with commer- cial fishermen, or any group, In fighting water pollution Immediately following ad- journment, Bobby Davis and Jay Hamilton, two fishermen representing commercial inter- ests, said their group would be glad to join with anyone in fighting pollution. The fish- ermen also said they would not withdraw their petition which would negate the one circulated by the GFPA. The GFPA, a sports group, asked that certain bayous be closed to net fishing except han- d-operated minnow nets not more than 12 feei long, thrown cast nets and crab nets. The position of the GFPA is that sports fishing in the bay is threatened by over-fishing by commercial net fishermen. The commercial fishermen deny this. It would be a step forward if the groups will work together to fight water pollution. The petitions will now be sent to area legislators who are pre- paring for the 1969 session of the legislature which opens April S. Concerning t h e legislators and the petition, Ed Webber, president of the FGFPA said. "If the legislators will not rec- ognize signatures (the ap- proximate number of names ga- thered) they are not worth go- Ing back to the legislature." Webber has stated1 before that political pressure would be brought to bear on legislators who did not heed the wishes of the GFPA. However, it ap- pears unlikely that the present legislators will look favorably on any legislation to close cer- tain areas of the bay. Jn rejecting any suggestion that their petition be with- drawn, board member George Pryor said, "I personally feel it would be absurd." Pryor criticized the Daily News, saying he felt the paper had done the GFPA an injus- tice. "I wonder if it was done longtime native See POLLUTION, Page 2 Annual Easter Egg Hunt Today at Jet Small Fry and their mo- thers are reminded that to- day is the day for the F.astcr Kgg Hunts at .let Stadium. At 10 a.m. pre-school chil- dren will have their hunt. The hunt for the 6 to 8-year- olds gets underway at 5 p.m. JACK KING Outdoor Writers Head for Destin And Fishing Trip Six outdoor writers will visit the Playground Area and fish for cobia and king mackeral out of Destin, the Florida Deve- lopment Commission said Thursday. The writers Hurley Campbell, presldnet of the Outdoor Wri- ter's Association Barry Cadi gan, outdoor editor of the Bos- ton Globe; Bob Rankin, outdoor editor of the Cincinnati Enqui- rer; Pete Czura, free-lance out- door and travel writer from Lincoln, Neb.; Johnny Wilson, outdoor editor of the Fort Laud- erdale News, and Red Marston, outdoor editor of the St. Peters- burg Times. The free fishing trip is the final leg of a houseboat cruise around Florida. After leaving Destin, the group will wind up the tour in Pensacola. iNEWSPAPERI SFAPERl   

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