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Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - September 26, 1976, Athens, Alabama After 30 years old time fiddler making comeback try by Jackie Smith its been almost 30 years since Tom Sutton of Athens has played his fiddle but he plans to enter the Competition at the Tennessee Valley old time fiddlers convention next weekend. Sutton 70, says from the time he was 18 years old he has been entering contests and playing the guitar. Then at age 21, began learning the fiddle. It took months and years of practice but he became an accomplished musician winning first place in most of the contests he entered. In the late 1940�?Ts he entered his last contest won and did no to pick up his fiddle again until this year. A we had five sons to raise a said Sutton a and i did no to have time to work with my fiddle. Of id occasionally pick it up and pull a Bow across it a he said a but i did no to play it seriously until this his rekindled interest came As a result of his granddaughter asking him to play at her wedding reception. He declined to play but at her insistence did practice some and revived his old interest. A the used to win every contest head enter a said mrs Sutton his wife for 49 years. A it got so when wed go to the contests and some of the other fiddlers would see him they a say a Well we know who la win this Sutton says it has been hard work getting Back into practice since he began to play again. A but in a making Progress. Its come Back quicker than i thought it would a he said. A i have arthritis now and sometimes i have a Little trouble with my hands a he said a but i think ill be Able to do like Many of the old time fiddlers Sutton a musical ability is natural and Learned from hours of practice. He a never taken lessons but played a guitar for Many years before he attempted fiddle music. A fiddle music is my favorite a he said a but i still Strum my guitar and sing too a he said. To prepare for the contest Sutton says he has been practising about two hours each Day. A this morning a he said a i picked up my fiddle and played it before i even washed my face a he said. Sutton says he loves Good Competition and will Welcome it. His formula for Success in his past contest is the same he plans to use during this one. A and that a he says a is practice practice 1�#ynews courier volume 93 25 cents per copy Athens Alabama a sunday september 26, 1976 28 pages no. 194 november 1 Chasteen takes Calhoun reins Calhoun Community colleges newly named president or. James r. Chasteen of Montevallo says he plans to assume duties at the South Limestone county school a in two or three weeks a. The state Board of education Friday confirmed the recommendation of or. Chasteen during their regular meeting the Calhoun presidency has been vacant since june 30 when or. Carton Kelley reached retirement age. Or. Chasteen who received his doctorate degree from the University of Alabama in administration and higher education is presently assistant to the president at the University of Montevallo. State superintendent of education or. Wayne Teague said Friday that he Hopes to have Chasteen Here by nov. 1. In announcing his recommendation or. Teague said he considers or. Chasteen a a very Fine capable Young Chasteen is 34 years old. Teague added that by Chasteene a appointment to the position he did not want a to take anything away from or. William of or. Osborn academic Dean at Calhoun has been acting As president of the school since Kelley a retirement and was an applicant for the position. A Bill Osborn is my kind of Man a said or. Teague a and if Ever there is a position in this state As president of a College ill do everything i can to help him get Teague said he did not make the decision to recommend Chasteen to the Post until one hour before the meeting began Friday morning. A a in a sure that or. Osborn will be supportive of dry Chasteen and i Hope that he will stay at Calhoun. He is a Fine individual and has done an excellent Job while acting As president a reportedly or. Teague supported or. Osborn for the position but was opposed by Charles Carmichael state Board representative from this District. Carmichael and Teague after screening a Long slate of applicants compromised on the decision. Or. Chasteen said he is a very excited about assuming duties at the school a and plans to visit the school this week. A a in a looking Forward to working with the Community and with the College a and says As soon As he can a work out details at Montevallo will be on my Ford will visit Mobile tonight Mobile Ala. Up hoping to Cut into what the polls say is a wide Lead for Jimmy Carter in the Region president Ford will conclude a motorcade through the deep South today in Alabama the scene of one of his worst primary losses. Ford who was Defeated by Donald Reagan by More than a 2-1 margin in the Republican primary last May will speak at the Mobile Airport at 7 . Before flying on to Miami. He will have driven from new Orleans. Gov. George c. Wallace who has endorsed Carter will nevertheless be on hand when the president arrives in Mobile and plans to introduce Ford to the crowd. Wallace a aides say the governor will try to get Fords ear to make a plea to keep open Craig air Force base in Selma which the Pentagon wants to close in an Economy move. University of Alabama football coach Paul a a bears Bryant will ride with Ford and rep. Jack Edwards r-Ala., of Mobile in the presidential limousine As the motorcade makes its Way from Pascagoula miss., to Mobile. Bryant is a member of the athletes for Ford committee. He will stand with the president on the speakers platform during Fords remarks at the Airport. The Alabama gop a weak organization plans to make a show of Unity in Mobile. Reagan a backers Are openly autumn leaves the Cool nights Are slowly but surely turning the leaves to Gold and bringing autumn to the Hills of North Alabama. These leaves clinging to a limb near Pettisville Are Only a Promise of what is to come. News courier photo by Bob Dunnavant bitter about the support of the party leadership for Ford at the Kansas City convention and both sides Are mane vering for what is expected to be a Battle for party control after the election. Former president Richard m. Nixon scored an overwhelming Victory in Alabama in 1972, winning by a margin exceeded Only in neighbouring Mississippi. That Victory was attributable largely to opposition to sen. George Mcgovern the democratic nominee and the gop lost the few legislative seats it had in the 1974 election. The Ford Campaign has shown Little visibility in Alabama thus far but what activity there has been has concentrated on attempting to portray Carter As a Liberal whose views Are not in Accord with those of Alabama voters. Inside. Staff writer Reg Garrett takes a look Back Over the ten year history of the a Tennessee Valley and time fiddlers convention on Page by today. The convention brings thousands of fiddle music fans to Athens next weekend. On Page 7-a Bob Dunnavant recounts How a Little trickery helped Confederate Calvary capture a fort on Coleman Hill 112 years ago this week. And there a another look at the a Good old Days on Page 3-a. Cartoonist Jeff Mcnalley takes a look at Jimmy Carters Playboy Magazine interview on today a editorial Page. And there a plenty of interesting Reading As always on the news courier second front on Page 6-a. Around the Sec Alabama 42, Vanderbilt 14 Auburn 38, Tennessee 28 Georgia 20, South Carolina 12 Kentucky 14, West Virginia 10 Florida 34, Mississippi state 30 Man is found dead of Burns Hud Grant will Aid county water system the Limestone county commission has won a $100,000 Grant to expand the recently completed East Limestone Rural water system. The Grant was announced saturday by the department of housing and Urban development Hud and senators John Sparkman Jim Allen and rep. Bob Jones. County officials requested the funds earlier this 8 year to extend water Mains to a Region in which they said an eminent health Hazard exists. The Grant Money will finance the addition of some 40 families to the 600 subscribers already served by the $1 million Rural water system. The expansion will include an area near the Limestone Madison county line and an area near the City a Eastern limits. By Reg Garrett the body of an elderly Athens Man was found at his North Madison St. Home Friday after he apparently died of Burns sustained in a Small fire. Limestone county Coroner George Moore identified the Man As Jesse Taylor 67, of 912 n. Madison St. He said Taylor died As the result of second and third degree Burns across his body and ruled the death accidental. Investigating police officers said they had ruled out foul play. Taylor was discovered lying in the bedroom of his Home late Friday afternoon by a neighbor. Mrs. Patricia Braden told acting Coroner Jimmy Stroud that she became worried after not having seen Taylor All Day and peering in through a window saw the body on the floor. Moore said circumstances surrounding Taylor a death remain unclear but said the Man May have spilled lighter fluid on his clothing. He said the fire that apparently burned Taylor a clothes could have started from a spark produced in several ways or could have come from the stove. Stroud reported finding evidences of a Small fire and pieces of burned clothing on the floor of the Homes Kitchen. He said Taylor had apparently moved to the bedroom after the fire. Moore set the time of death As sometime thursday night. An autopsy was not performed. Neighbors said they last saw Taylor alive late thursday afternoon As he sat on his front porch. He was retired and lived alone. Moore 6aid there was no Telephone in the House. Cities May face ethics requirements governments at five municipalities across the county May be facing financial disclosure requires under state ethics legislation. The state supreme court this week end declared unconstitutional a Section of the ethics Law that would have limited its effects to municipalities of 15,000 or More. The action paves the Way for the state ethics commission to require full disclosure from All elected municipal officials in the state. Members of City boards May also be affected. County officials were already covered under the act but most have not filed the forms while awaiting the outcome of the court cases Over the ethics Law. Some City and county Board members resigned earlier this year in a dispute Over the disclosure requirements. Officials in Athens Elkmont Ardmore Lester and Mooresville could not be reached immediately for their reaction to the supreme court action. Chamber committee to discuss taxation out for a spin Reserve la president Gerald Ford takes the levers that control the Stern Wheeler Natchez As his wife Betty watches other River traffic. Capt. A a Doc Hawley of the Natchez checks the ships log. Up by Bob Bryan a special committee of the Athens Limestone chamber of Corr Pierce is expected to meet this week with Decatur City officials regarding that municipality a taxation of businesses in the Southern portion of Limestone county. According to chamber president . Collins the five member committee along with Collins and Athens City attorney Jim Alexander will try to reach an understanding with members of the Decatur City government Over the dual payment of both Limestone county and Decatur City taxes and License fees by county businesses just North of the Tennessee River. Several local contractors have issued complaints Over the requirement that they pay Decatur governmental levies for jobs actually performed in Limestone county while they Are denied representation in that municipality a decision making process. Under Alabama state Law any municipality has the right to Levy taxes up to three Miles outside its City limits or within its police jurisdiction. This area for Decatur currently takes in a portion of Limestone county extending As far North As Calhoun Community College and general motors Saginaw steering gear Assembly Plant. Pm according to Decatur City records has been paying a manufacturing License fee amounting to $3,250 a year to that municipality scoffers while several service stations a Small restaurant and the Calhoun College cafeteria Are required to pay an additional one cent sales gasoline and cigarette tax to Decatur. In addition county contractors Are required to pay for a Decatur building permit amounting to approximately one percent of the total Cost of a construction Job in South Limestone. This compares with a building permit fee of Only .001 percent charged within the Athens City limits and surrounding police jurisdiction. Athens based contractors Are also required to obtain separate licenses from the Decatur City government in specific areas for such jobs Are As plumbing and electrical work under threat of a $200 a Day penalty for work done without a License to obtain such a License an examination is required and an application must be submitted and approved by the Decatur licensing boards a process which local contractors say can take As Long As two months. The Athens Limestone chamber committee which is composed of recent Athens mayor elect Dewitt Garrett attorney Winston Legge and local businessmen Terrell see taxation Page 15a Carr buys Mcconnell service one of the City a oldest established businesses changed hands Here this week when Mcconnell service funeral Home was sold to Aubrey Carr of Guntersville. The Sale was announced Friday by mrs. Edith Feigley and her son George Feigley. Carr owns five other funeral Homes. Mcconnell service funeral Home is the successor to an undertaking establishment begun Here in 1830 by Milton Irvin. The business was purchased by the late . Feigley in 1951 and operated by the Feigley family for the past 25 years. George Feigley has directed the operation of the business since his fathers death following a heart attack earlier this past summer. Another son Dillard Feigley helped operate the funeral service until his death in an automobile Accident near Birmingham in 1971. A your plans Are to continue the Fine service that . Feigley and his family have provided for Athens and Limestone county a Carr said Friday. He said the business will continue under its present name. Mcconnell service funeral Home is one of the states oldest such establishments. The business operated for 126 years at a building in the Northwest Corner of the courthouse Square in Athens before moving 15 years ago to its present location. The funeral establishment was operated by Irvin until the 1890�?Ts when it was purchased by . Holland who was succeeded by his son in Law . Mcconnell in 1917. The Mcconnell family operated the business until 1947 when it was acquired by Brown service insurance company briefly before . Feigley and Robert Cooley purchased the operation As a partnership. Feigley acquired full control in 1951 and his family has operated the funeral Home until now. A i would like to thank All of the people of Athens and Limestone county who have been so kind to mrs. Feigley said Friday. Carr who worked with Feigley when both were employed in Anniston during the 1930�?Ts, said he plans to provide for additional space at the establishment at . 31 and Nick Davis Road. He indicated the Chapel May be enlarged. Carrr said he will be naming additional personnel to the Mcconnell staff. The former state senator from Marshall county operates funeral Homes in Guntersville Boaz Sylacauga and two Funera Homes in Memphis

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