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Ada Sunday News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Ada, Oklahoma What s Ada s real population housing Survey May show census Bureau figures Low officials say by Judy Elswick in the midst of the rolling Hills of Southeastern Oklahoma a Arbuckle up lift sits the town of Ada population 14,509, according to the . Census Bureau. Or population 17.200. According to the Southern Oklahoma development association and the state employment Security commission. Or a population of about 19,000-20,000, according to a recent Survey done by the City a planning staff. Which figures Are reliable none according to City planner Bill Harding. A the wily Way to definitely define what a going on in Ada is to Call for a census update a he said Friday. Harding pointed out this is quite expensive and for a City the size of Ada a whatever size that May be a the Cost could run $7,000-48,000. However the City May be Able to come a Little closer to an accurate population count following a housing Survey to be conducted Over the next two weeks. A graduate planning student from the University of Oklahoma will be hired to work with the planning staff on a de tailed housing analysis during that time. Among other things this involves driving Down every Street in Ada counting houses and noting their conditions. Harding explained this information is needed to help identify population and economic trends in the City for planning purposes. City officials Are beginning an update of the Community a comprehensive Long Range plan. A population and economic decline can be indicators of other factors a Harding observed. A this is part of our planning update process. A the City planner also noted Popula Tion information is required on applications for state and Federal funds. Harding and City manager Leonard Briley say they Are sure of one thing the census bureaus report is wrong. A ifs obvious that it is in error a Briley said last week noting the census figures show Ada has declined in population since the 1970 census which showed the City had 14,859 residents. The City manager pointed out building has continued in the City and that Many Young couples have made their Homes in Ada meaning a probable increase in birth rates. Harding said he has contacted the census Bureau requesting copies of the information and methods of calculation used to arrive at its current figure. Part of the discrepancy in estimates could result from the Way the census Bureau counts full time College students Harding observed. He indicated he feels an estimate in the Range of 18,000 or 19,000 is a comfortable a based on the number of building permits issued and other related factors. The planner added he was sure a population count which included Homes in a 1-2 mile radius of the City would be Well Over 20,000. Harding conceded his original estimate of 19,000-20,000 residents within the City could be in error a but not by 4,000 people a he asserted referring to the census figure. A another two weeks and Well have a better idea a he said. Once the housing count is completed the planning staff will have to figure ratios to apply to each part of the City to determine the number of residents in those areas he explained. 416 on Handa fellow spent years trying to get it All together then found out he could t afford the taxes on it. Girls state the Ada sunday news event begins 74th year no. 66 4 sections 48 pages Ada Oklahoma sunday May 29, 1977 15 cents weekdays 25 cents sunday Oklahoma girls state got underway saturday with the arrival of 416 girls from All Over the state who Are now embarked on a concentrated study of City county and state government. The week Long program sponsored by the american legion auxiliary is being held on the Campus of East Central University for the 10th year. Mrs. Walter Bonham. Oklahoma City this years director opened the sessions at 3 30 . Saturday. Following a Welcome by or. Stanley Wagner East Central president speakers were mrs. Leno Easky. Department president of the american legion auxiliary and u. S. Congressman Mickey Edwards Oklahoma 5th District. On saturday evening lessons began with a political parties and or. Wagner talked on nominations and elections. City meetings and filing for City offices were held. City elections Are scheduled this morning and patience letting mayor of Oklahoma City will address the Assembly at 2 30 . District and county meetings will also be held today. City and county government continues monday leading into District conventions and party committee meetings. Each girls Stater is a member of either the Boomer party or the sooner party. The girls will learn about state elections and campaigning tuesday. A 1977 girls state governor and other state officials will be elected tuesday night. One of the highlights of girls state is the quiet and touching Flag ceremony held each evening when the flags in front of science Hall Are taken Down for the Day. All 416 girls and staff members Are present for this Retreat. Many dignitaries will be on hand at girls state this week including gov. David Boren it. Gov. George nigh and state attorney general Larry Derry Berry. See related photos on Page 5b moluccas still hold hostages Assen the Netherlands apr dutch officials waged a War of nerves saturday with asian extremists holding some 60 hostages in a train and a nearby school. Doctors said some schoolchildren released earlier by the terrorists May have meningitis. Police and troops surrounding the two locations threatened to attack if the terrorists harmed any of the hostages still held after nearly a week. Justice ministry official Toos Faber said. Despite the warnings the South moluccas who seized the train and school last monday showed no sign of relenting in demands for the release of comrades jailed for terrorism and a plane to Fly them All out of the country. They also want the dutch to pressure Indonesia into granting Independence for their Pacific Island Homeland which was once a dutch Colony. Retired teachers ask loan a group of retired teachers submitted an application Friday for a $1.5 million loan from the . Department of housing and Urban development Hud for a retirees housing Center in Ada. The Pontotoc county retired teachers corporation is applying for the funds through huds 202 housing loan program. The group is asking wily for the loan with no rent subsidy involved. The group is seeking to establish a retirement Center containing too units for retired persons. The Pontotoc county retired teachers association from which the corporation was formed met Friday night with members of the local chapter of the american association of retired persons to discuss possible locations for the Center. Although several Sites in different areas of the City have been considered members voted Friday to try to establish the Center in the downtown area the group plans further meetings to consider plans for the retirement Complex. Carter takes fishing break St. Simons Island a. Apr president Carter and three friends one of them his confidant Charles Kirbo caught 25 to 30 Bream during four hours of fishing saturday on uninhabited Blackbeard Island off the Georgia coast. Hike to two per cent eyed sales tax election tuesday Kroger to open its doors Ada voters will decide tuesday if the City sales tax is to be increased by a Penny. Traditional polling places will be open 7 a.rn.-7 . For residents to cast their ballots. Only two changes in polling places have been reported. Voters in Ward 4, precinct 5, who previously voted in the Middle school auditorium will cast their ballots in room 102 at the school. Voters in the Colbert area who Are within the City limits will vote at reaper Baptist Church. Only persons living within the City limits May vote in the election. The increase would mean Ada shoppers will pay four cents tax per Dollar a two cents state tax and two cents City tax. City Council members called the election in Hopes of raising an additional $700,000 for City operations. Citing inflation As the primary reason the additional Penny sales tax is needed City manager Leonard Briley pointed out $350,000-$400.000 will be required in the coming year to keep up with inflated costs. Briley and City finance director Jerry Farnham have estimated the inflation rate for City materials and equipment is 12-14 per cent. City officials Are also hoping to raise municipal employ yes salaries nearer the level of comparable jobs in the local labor Market. A study by the Oklahoma municipal league showed City salaries to be below that level according to Briley. An increase in police and fire personnel is also planned. The remainder of the monies received from the increase would be used to build a capital improvements fund so the City can make such improvements without incurring indebtedness Briley said. He pointed out the added income would mean Public works funds could be kept in that departments account so monies would be available for water and sewer improvements without issuing Bonds. Public works surplus has been transferred in previous years to the City a operating account. A it would put us on a much much sounder financial basis a Briley said last week. City officials have noted the Only alternatives to raising the City sales tax Are to increase Utility rates or Cut Back on City services. Mowing his family plot Oscar Wardlow Stonewall resident mows his family plot in the Frisco cemetery. Located on the Southeast Edge of Frisco the cemetery is one of the oldest Community burial grounds in the Community. It is also one of the approximately 30 cemeteries still Active in the county. Photo by j. Don Cook More than 70 county cemeteries still exist memorial Day will Mark the visit of hundreds of people to Well known area cemeteries like Rosedale and memorial Park. Hundreds More however will pay their respects monday at numerous smaller cemeteries scattered throughout the county. In fact few people realize there Are More than 70 cemeteries in Pontotoc county alone. Many Are no longer actively used. Some exist Only As vague references in Community records. They Range from Small family plots and Indian burial grounds to Large Community cemeteries Many dating Well Back into the late 1800�?Ts. The Upkeep of most of those in Good condition depends on donations from families with relatives buried there. Others Are funded by burial fees or Are manicured by volunteers. In Many instances records of cemeteries and those buried in them do not exist or Are Only accurate for the last few years. Members of the Pontotoc county historical and genealogical society especially Adas mrs. Robert Hasskarl have tried to Correct that deficiency of records. They have gathered what information is available about every cemetery they could identify in the county. Their efforts led them to cemeteries of All descriptions where they have painstakingly recorded every Headstone every reference to those buried at each site. The historical society published its records in a five services scheduled for memorial Day the traditional memorial Day service will begin at to . Monday at Rosedale cemetery. Featured speaker will be Peggy Cleere 4th District president of the american legion auxiliary. The special service including a Flag service for War veterans will be held at the flagpole in the new addition of the cemetery. De Gwin vice chairman of the Ada cemetery commission said the service is open to the Public. Volume set of county cemeteries and a single volume devoted entirely to Rosedale. The books list All recorded references to those buried at nearly 70 cemeteries and where possible the location of each cemetery. Still other cemeteries have been identified since the volumes were published mrs. Hasskarl said. Currently Active county cemeteries in addition to Rosedale and memorial Park include Athens Frisco Jesse Franks Sunshine East Hill Rof Denney Maxwell Box x Oil Center Beeb Egypt new see a a county so Page 3a the Kroger superstore 804 n. Broadway opens its doors for business at 9 . Tuesday. The store will be open 24 hours daily with one exception during the week Midnight saturday until 9 . Sunday. The new Ada store is the third Kroger operation in Oklahoma. Kroger food stores operate the third largest food Chain in the nation and is the sixth largest retailing company As ranked by total sales volume. Kroger now operates in 21 different states through a network of 1,173 stores. Taff development inc., Ada owns and developed the property. The handsome new superstore was built by the Cutler construction co., fort Worth. Set on a spacious site at the intersection of 4th and n Broadway the store contains 27,104 Square feet. The store is located at the West end of the 246-space Black topped parking lot. Terry Stevens formerly of the Dallas area is manager of the store. He has been with Kroger for eight years. Stevens said the store will employ 50 people at full staff. Jim Haley is co manager at the superstore. An Osu graduate Haley has been with Kroger two and one half years. He is an sex Ada resident. The son of Nelson Haley who was in business in Ada for several years Jim lived Here until he was 12 when the family moved to Oklahoma City. Haley said the stores annual payroll will run approximately $450,000. Department managers in the store include Lonnie Brooks grocery Sharon Hawk head cashier Loyd Mcalester produce and Roland Henderson Market. With the exception of these department Heads All employees at the Kroger superstore were hired local in two especially unique departments will function in the store a full line Delicatessen and an in store bakery. A company spokesman said a a full line Deli and bakery will provide Ada shoppers with everything they could want for parties or a Quick evening snack. A the Deli will feature Domestic and imported cheeses and luncheon meats. Also featured will be a hot to go lunches or dinners such see a a Kroger Page 10a Francis couple Quot learning to live again Quot Patricia Hai Ftp reads by the Light of a kerosene lamp in the trailer Home she Aid her husband in the Woods North of Francis. She sometimes supplements the lamp with a Light bulb powered by her car s Battery for Reading. Photo by j. Don Cook by Stephen Hillman nestled at the Edge of a Clearing uncluttered by Power and Telephone lines Warren and Patricia Haizlip a trailer Home sits at the end of a winding dirt Road in a Remote area a couple of Miles Northeast of Francis. They Are members of a new Breed of Modem pioneers. Products of a society facing an Energy crisis and fighting inflation the Haiti is Are seeking self sufficiency a Way of life combining the old and new to diminish their dependency on society for food and Power. They draw their water from a Well grow most of the produce they eat and value the Woods around them More than the electric Power that would Cut a 20-foot Swath through the Trees to reach them. The Haiti is have not always lived a secluded life however. In fact it is fairly new to them. Three years ago they lived in Tulsa where they both held steady jobs and were buying a Home. But they began questioning the advantages of the life they were leading especially after Patricia 47, developed a condition requiring open heart surgery to Correct a malady which she partially blamed on their hectic rat race existence. A we realized we were working More for that three bedroom two Bath House than ourselves a she said. A we decided we had done it society a Way Long enough a mrs. Haizlip is native to the area of their new Home near Francis. Her Grandfather a. Doner first came to the Community in 1903. Both have lived on the property for the last year. Warren 48, a native of Barkerville ran., lived there for six months before that in order to Fence the land Clear their Road and build a Low water Bridge across the Creek running within a couple of Hundred Yards of their Home. Formerly a foundry worker in Tulsa or. Haizlip now works full time on the evening shift at general tire and rubber co. To earn what Cash they need. Patricia the Holder of a master s degree in psychology has worked As a vocational rehabilitation Counselor and child development specialist. She Hopes to supplement their income As a writer and has already been published in a Mother Earth news and a the wooden porch a two professional journals catering to people with similar interests. A it does no to Cost us much to live out Here a Warren noted pointing out a your biggest Bill is the Gas i need to go to a in five to six years we wont have to worry about going to town so often a he predicted. A we May be satisfied with a trip to the supermarket every month or seated at their combination picnic typing see a franc is Page 2a>

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