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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Athens, Alabama News courier volume 94 25 cents per copy Athens Alabama a sunday May 29, 1977 32 pages contents copyrighted 1977 Athens news courier inc. No. 104 judges clerks ready to sue legislature for funds by Bob Dunnavant copyright 1977 by the Athens news courier associations representing three separate Levels of the state court system Are preparing to Challenge the constitutionality of a lid on judicial spending by filing suit against the Alabama legislature. Sources told the Athens news courier saturday that the i Tate a circuit and District judges and circuit court clerks Torbert orders court cutback see Page 19a As this week without additional Money. Both men and members of their associations across Alabama will be meeting with Torbert today to discuss pending additional legislative appropriations to the court system. The meetings a in Huntsville Birmingham and Mobile a Are also Likely to discuss the proposed lid Challenge and other alternatives toward continuing court operations. Torbert plans to huddle with judges and court clerks from 10 North Alabama counties at 10 . At the Huntsville Jetport then Fly on to another meeting with regional court officers in Birmingham and a later meeting in Mobile. A i think the chief Justice will assure us that some Relief is imminent a Harbin said a the has told me that he has Confidence in the a Bill that would Grant additional operating Money to the court system was reported favourably out of a Senate committee this past week and is expected to come up for legislative action tuesday. Some Montgomery sources however give the appropriation Bill a poor Chance of passage. Limestone county a court system one of the few self sufficient court systems in the state is facing the same spending limit crisis As the remainder of the state according to circuit court clerk Frances Rogers. A we used to be Able to pay All our Bills with the Money that came in through fines and fees a she said a but since the state assumed the court operations in january we Send them 15 times More than we see funds Page 15a Wallace for Strong defense wants committee Post and registers have discussed a Legal Challenge to the legislature As a a last desperate resort to win Money for continued court operations. Without additional Money from the state according to supreme court chief Justice . A a boy Torbert the court system is quickly reaching a $9.9 million spending limit set by the legislature and May grind to a halt across Alabama Early next month. He ordered a drastic cutback in court activity saturday afternoon. �?o1 done to think a lawsuit will materialize but if it comes Down to operating the courts or shutting them Down Well have to see if this lid is constitutional a Alabama association of circuit court clerks president Billy d. Harbin told the news courier saturday. A it would be a last desperate resort a Alabama association of circuit judges president judge Fred w. Nichols agreed a a we be just got to have our courts going we can to just Stop operating Nichols said courts May shut Down As Early by Rick Ricks governor George c. Wallace told a commencement audience at Cash Hin Community College Friday that the . Must maintain a Strong National defense later adding that he wished to serve on the armed services committee if elected to the Senate. Wallace who has All but formally announced his candidacy for the . Senate seat held by John Sparkman said a Strong defense was Only one part of the work which must be done to keep a your country As great As it the three term Alabama governor told the news courier he Felt a i have something to offers As a . Senator and once elected would seek appointments on the Senate services and agriculture and forestry committees. Both Sparkman and senator James Allen serve presently on the Senate agriculture committee. Wallace told the group that the South was a a viable vibrant Region and the most progressive area in the country. A some people like to Call me a professional southerner but that a not True. I am proud of All areas of the country one just As much As the other a Wallace said. A because i am from the South naturally i am especially fond of this Wallace had said before the speech that he was qualified to be a senator and that charges he would be interested in Only the South were Wallace lauded the 100 or so graduates who had appeared for the ceremony saying a you will be the next leaders of this country whether you like it or not he advised them to take the a a clinical knowledge they acquired in College and Combine it with practical knowledge which they will learn later in life. A the people of Alabama have sacrificed a lot to make this kind of education available i just want you to know that i am proud and the people of Alabama Are proud of what you have done. Wallace recalled that the 29 vocational schools and 19 i remember George Gey of Athens stands in Battle dress seemingly remembering his friends who died in world War i and perhaps a friends son who died in world War ii. Gey was a Veteran of the first world War serving in the 306th engineers. Other athenians will remember the dead of Battle monday when memorial Day is celebrated. The Athens High Roth squad will raise the Flag on the Lawn of the Limestone county courthouse at 10 ., thus beginning a memorial Day service Here. Rev. Douglas Mccurry will give the invocation which will be Community Junior colleges in Alabama were built in a time when Alabama had the lowest per capita income in the United states. A when i was in my first term in the state legislature there was Only one Community Junior College. Now there Are 19 All Over the state and located where everyone can go to one a Wallace said. The governor said that during the progression of Alabama Over the last several decades the states citizenry a suffered More than any other a but there was no poverty of spirit and from that time to now we the people of the South and of the Tennessee Valley have come into our in introducing Wallace Calhoun president James r. Chasteen said a i Hope the next time i introduce you it will be As senator Chasteen certified the graduation of 682 students at Calhoun Friday although Only slightly Over 100 participated in the commencement exercises Chasteen said of the 100 or so participating in the ceremonies 25 were graduating with honors and five had been elected to a a who a who among students in american Junior also during the ceremony Chasteen announced the appointment of or. Marshall Smith As the new Calhoun academic Dean. Chasteen said Smith presently Dean of students at South Georgia College Douglas ga., would join the see Wallace Page 18a smile he s a candid artist i Lisa Hall picked up her diploma from Athens High school Friday night and paused saturday to have her smile recorded for posterity by an artist at the Athens Middle school Street fair. The school staged the fair and is planning other events to raise $16, a a for air conditioning. Additional fund raising projects will be announced. News courier photo insurance companies Settle explosion claims against City by Bob Dunnavant insurance companies for the City of Athens have paid out $74,910 to Settle 34 claims arising from a 1974 natural explosion on North Marion Street. The settlements in lieu of nearly $400,000 in claims against the Crity were filed Friday with Limestone county circuit court judge Newton b. Powell. The Cash payments Settle damage suits filed in the Wake of a september 1974, explosion at the Vogue shop on North Marion Street. The shop and building As Well As two adjoining businesses were demolished in an explosion state fire marshalls said was caused by leaking natural . The City recently found More main leaks in the same area and just this week shut off service to four customers until Trees and Bushes growing near lines Are removed. A growing Root was blamed for the 1974 explosion. Authorities said the Root busted a main joint allowing a a pocket to form under the building. The pocket is thought to have been set off by a thermostat. Etoile Miller operator of the Vogue shop Drew the biggest payment of the settlements filed this week in court. The City a insurance companies agreed to pay $14,416.32 for the damage to that shop see insurance Page 15a Chasteen appoints new Dean at Calhoun College an administrator at South Georgia College was named the new academic Dean at Calhoun Community College Friday by president James r. Chasteen. Or. Marshall Smith Dean of students at the four year Liberal arts College in Douglas ga., will replace or. William Osborne who resigned earlier this year to accept a Job with the state department of education. Smith a native alabamian and doctoral graduate of the University of Alabama will join the Calhoun staff july 1, Chasteen said. Chasteen made the announcement of Smiths appointment at commencement exercises Friday just prior to a speech by Alabama gov. George Wallace. Smith was one of four candidates selected by a search committee at the College which see Chasteen Page 15a physician shortage subject of meeting followed by the decorations of tombs at City cemetery by commanders and auxiliary presidents of local veterans organizations. The Gold Star mothers will be recognized and Rev. Ellis Kennedy will give the memorial message. Rev. Ervin Watson will give the Benediction and Michael Vaughn will play taps. A special invitation is extended to the parents of men who were killed in the Viet Nam War As Well As City and county officers to attend the ceremonies. News courier photo by Bob Dunnavant How to get More doctors into Rural areas will be one of the key issues under discussion at the first annual Institute on delivery of human services to Rural people in Tuscaloosa june 20�?21. Or. Leon h. Ginsberg who will be the keynote speaker at the seminar will stress what he feels May be one possible solution. A there is a need for medical schools to require some training and residency in Rural areas a says Ginsberg because a doctors usually practice where they do their residencies or the commissioner of the West weather the weather forecast for Athens and Vicinity is partly Cloudy through monday with a Chance of mainly afternoon and evening thundershowers. Winds variable five to 10 Miles per hour sunday. Highs today and monday mid 80s. Flow tonight in the mid 60s. Probability of rain is 30 per cent today and 20 per cent tonight. Virginia department of welfare Ginsberg is a National authority and recognized Leader of the National social work Community according to a University of Alabama news release. A some Guy at lab medical school is not going to say to a going to move to Athens if he has no idea what it is like. He will stay in a big City which he is familiar with a Ginsberg elaborates. Rural areas demand family practice doctors a generalists rather than specialists a but Small towns must hold up their end of the bargain he states by providing clinics and Low Cost office space. Ginsberg says that he first became familiar with the Rural residency concept in South America 12 years ago. A before a new doctor practices in the City he is required to serve in the country few remain however because people Are too poor to pay them. He believes that doctors would have no problems supporting themselves in Rural areas Here see physician Page 18a health care a special Section on pages a16-17 in today s edition. Where do we go from Here one of 273 saturday graduates at Athens state College has a perplexed look As she fills out a Post College career form during commencement exercises Friday afternoon. For a look at the weekends graduations turn to Page 13 of today a edition. News courier photo

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