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Cullman Times Democrat (Newspaper) - April 7, 1974, Cullman, Alabama The Cullman times year n0< 68 Cullman Alabama sunday morning april 7, 1974 1to pages 25 Ceils per copy Tornado briefs state Public service commissioner c. C. Owen said he Bas urged two of Alabama a largest utilities to cooperate with smaller systems in restoring electric Power and Telephone service to storm damaged areas of the state. He asked Alabama Power and South Central Bell to cooperate fully toward prompt restoration of Power and Telephone communications facilities. A a a senators John Sparkman and Jim Allen and representatives Tom Bevill and Bob Jones announced a Grant of $750,000 to assist Tornado stricken areas of North Alabama. The Grant approved from the department of health education and welfare was released this weekend As a a emergency medical funds to help the thousands of alabamians affected by the tornadoes. A a a Central discount furniture store said it will offer merchandise to Tornado victims who lost their furniture at dealer Cost. This special offer will be for the month of april at the store located near West Point and Jones Chapel at the intersection of Central Community. A a a Cullman county civil defense coordinator Bob Mcgukin said that a shelter for storm victims has been set up in the Fellowship Hall of the first Baptist Church. In addition Mcgukin said that temporary housing will be made available to those left homeless. He stressed that applications will have to be made at the c Cullman county courthouse for housing. A a a mrs. Frances Swindell of Cullman announced that she is taking items to be Given to the Tornado victims. Donors May Call her at 734-8880 and make arrangements to gather the items at her Home. A a a cd director Bob Mcgukin said that the civil defense is continuing to make a House to House Check in the areas affected by the tornadoes. He reported saturday that there has been one death but contrary to several reports there Are not any persons missing. A a a Cullman county commission chairman Robert Harbison said see briefs Page 6-a Wallace Tours damage a _ a state damage hits $40 million Mark governor expresses sympathy Alabama gov. George and mrs. Wallace wife made a special trip to Cullman Friday night express their sympathy to a woman whose Home to View the storms damages which wrecked was destroyed in the tornadoes that hit Cullman several areas of the City and county. Times county wednesday night. The governor and his photo by Joe Traylor of county Pruett favors chaplain by Dale Greer times staff writer editors note in an Effort to clarify the issues of various races for both state and local elections on May 7, times publisher Robert Bryan will allow each candidate an Opportunity to speak out on the problems and policies which w ill be determining a factors in the upcoming campaigns. E. E. A a Fritz Pruett a candidate for the office of Cullman county sheriff said this weekend one of the first priorities during his term of office would be to appoint a Chaplin to Overlook prisoners and department related activities. Weather the Cullman area weather forecast for sunday Calls for increasing cloudiness with a 30 per cent Chance of rain. Thundershowers Are expected to begin sunday night and continue through monday. Highs sunday will be in the mid 70�?Ts. The High monday will be near the 70 Mark. Southerly winds travelling from eight to 14 Miles per hour Are expected today. The prisoners would get proper medical attention phone Calls immediately after arrests and be provided with proper living conditions under the direction of a Chaplin Pruett explained. He noted the chaplins general responsibilities would be to look after the general welfare of the prisoners a. But added he would assist in the Upkeep of the jail and office facilities. Pruett said he Felt the morale of the department As a whole could be increased by the addition of a Chaplin. He pointed out that he would not live in the office but would continue to reside in his Home to. Allow More office space for the department and leave the office for the state troopers working Cullman county county to reclaim. A i feel i can double the strength of the sheriffs office by cooperating and having the City state and Federal Law enforcement officers full cooperation a Pruett predicted. A if elected one of the first things i will undertake will be to have a meeting with the Heads of All the local Law enforcement agencies. Ill attempt to Iron out All the problems we now have to come up with a full understating of the issues a he stated. Pruett said he w Ould Welcome Fritz Pruett the news Media into his office at All times because he Felt the citizens of this county should know about All the departmental activities and policies. A i intend to spend considerable time in All the surrounding communities to witness first hand the needs of All Cullman count Ian a Pruett explained. A once i understand the problems i will work to the fullest of my abilities within the Law to resolve the problems and serve the Peoples Pruett said he would seek the Confidence and Trust of the see Pruett Page 6-a by United press International Tornado damage to insured property in Alabama hit the $40 million Mark and residents of the stricken area were encouraged today by gov. George Wallace to apply for Federal assistance at several centers in the affected counties. The american insurance association said Alabama was the hardest hit of the states in its Southeastern service division accounting for $40 million damage out of the $53.8 million assessed from Alabama Georgia North Carolina South Carolina and Tennessee. Wallace toured Huntsville Athens a Rural Section of Lawrence county and Cullman Friday making his second trip in two Days through storm whipped areas of North Alabama. A after viewing the destruction in be seen its just a Miracle in my own mind that Many More lives were not lost a. Wallace told a group of 300 at one Stop in Limestone county. A i thank god that was not the Wallace said that seven in Campaign to locate tax payers Cullman county tax collector Raymond Higdon said saturday that his office is conducting an extensive Campaign to locate every taxpayer and determine the True ownership of their property including personal property tax. Higdon said that All county tax must be received by the end of april in order that departmental books May be audited. A the routes and addresses of Many people have changed and we have so Many incorrect addresses a Higdon explained. A we need everyone to Check their receipts to see if they have paid their 1973 persons who failed to pay their 1973 taxes Are requested to Contact Higdon a office in the courthouse immediately. If taxes Are not paid he said the auditors will require All to be advertised for Sale in the newspaper. To help victims Federal team to Start today Cullman gets Lepa Grant Cullman county commission chairman Robert Harbison second from left is presented a $479 Alabama Law enforcement planning Agency Lepa Grant from gov. George c. Wallace during a mid March awards presentation in Montgomery. The Cullman Grant will be used for equipment in the office of circuit clerk Ruth Gasser. Others attending the presentation were from left Cullman Deputy Verlie Jones Lawrence county sheriff Dan Ligon behind Wallace and Lepa Board chairman Earl Morgan. Ligon represented Lepa Region i which includes Cullman co in to. By Kay Agle times feature editor calling the Tornado that struck Cullman county wednesday night a a tragic situation a congressman Tom Bevill said that a Federal emergency Aid team would arrive Here to inform local persons of funds now available to finance reconstruction of Homes and businesses. Congressman Bevill flew Over Cullman county Friday viewing the devastation left in the Wake of the Tornado As it Cut a path through the county. A state official said saturday that the five Federal agencies to have representatives in Cullman including Small business administration internal Revenue Farmers Home administration Hud and u. S. Department of agriculture would locate in the Cullman courthouse opening at to . Today will the Federal emergency Aid team stay at the courthouse until 9 . Sunday open from 9 . To 9 . Monday and again at 9 . Wednesday. They will close the office at noon on wednesday unless application for funds warrant div dual assistance centers will begin operation this weekend for persons to get help from various state Federal and Volunteer groups. Centers at the Guin National Uard armory and Jasper National guard armory Riverside school a Asper Huntsville Industrial Complex Cullman courthouse and the Athens National guard Annex will open sunday. The Federal disaster assistance administration doubled the number of counties that qualify for Federal Aid. The latest were Blount Cherokee Colbert Franklin. Jackson Lamar Jeffeson Pickens and Tuscaloosa. Already eligible were Cullman Fayette Lawrence Limestone Madison Marion Morgan Walker and Winston. Those last nine counties also Ere notified they could qualify for emergency Loans from the agriculture departments Farmers Home administration. In addition those nine counties qualified for disaster unemployment assistance. Persons who lost their jobs or source of employment As a result of storms could draw $48 to $68 per week depending on prior earnings for the time they were out of work. Alabama Power co. Crews see damage Page 6-a them staying open the rest of the week. Congressman Bevill said that five counties in the fourth District were declared disaster areas Cullman Walker Fayett Marion and Winston. He added that during a called see team Page 6-a radio station honoured radio station a fms was recognized saturday by the Hanceville first Baptist Church for the work it did during the tornadoes that struck Cullman last week. Rev. A. H. Thorpe left presents the certificate to Carroll Eddins ii four storm victims station manager. Others include Paul Owen and Leon Murphree of the radio staff. The certificate of approbation was for a outstanding concern for the people of Cullman county and surrounding times photo by Bob Walker Hospital made ready by Joseph Traylor times staff writer the night of wednesday april 3,1974 is going to be one that most Cullman count ians would like to forget but will not be Able to forget for a Long time maybe never. It was a night which turned into a Nightmare As tornadoes battered Cullman and the county for almost three hours. It was a night where people kept a constant Vigil in candlelight tuned to their radios listening for when and where the next one was going to strike. It was also a night the Cullman Hospital staff worked around the clock treating the wounded from the twisters which slashed the county in what could be termed As a Cullman s darkest countless persons at the Hospital including physicians nurses technicians and support personnel responded to help the victims of the storms. Before Tornado victims began arriving at the Hospital the facility a disaster plan was put into action. The Hospital emergency room was fully equipped and staffed with equipment drugs diagnostic aids and medical personnel. By the time the first of the 27 victims began arriving at the emergency room staff physicians along with three doctors from out of town were waiting. In addition both Hospital radiologists were ready along with medical Laboratory personnel to interpret and assist with the diagnostic equipment. Or. F. L. Crocker chief of emergency service said afterwards that without Quick action on the part of the staff handling the patients casualties would have been much higher. Crocker stressed the importance of having adequate emergency facilities. A one year ago without the new facilities in the Hospital phase i construction plan we would not have been Able to treat and take Cane of see Hospital Page 6-a asserts House candidate Bice to serve working Man City arrests Cullman police reported 14 arrests Friday including three persons for violation of the prohibition Law four no Drivers licenses four driving while intoxicated one drag racing one speeding and one forfeiture of Bond. Fire report the Cullman fire department answered one alarm at 8 42 a. In. Friday to the residence of Frances Justice 1302 3rd St. Be. Damage was minor in the fire which was caused by an overloaded Cir see news beat Page 6-a editors note in an Effort to clarify the issues of various races for both state and local elections on May 7, times publisher Robert Bryan will allow each candidate an Opportunity to speak out on the problems and policies which will be determining factors in the upcoming campaigns. Serving the working Man in Cullman county will be the main objective of James g. Bice a candidate for state representative he said this weekend. Bice a native of Cullman county says he has spent most of life residing in District to and feels his Long relationship with the people there qualifies him to perform a meaningful and creative service As their James Bice legislative representative. In a letter to the time Bice said he realizes that Are lasting Republic maintains i Freedom peace Justice a order by unrelenting exercise intelligence. A i believe firmly that to principal of democracy education and that is my Bas he pointed out Bat Aloi those lines he believes in 25 be retirement for teachers. Ai added he feels thai Teache should have profession negotiations for their Salari in the area of economics by said he believes in the Reduci of Bank loan interest rates fault automobile insurance a the most important Issue see Bice Page 6-a

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