Cullman Times Democrat in Cullman, Alabama
29 May 1977

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29 May 1977

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Cullman Times Democrat (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Cullman, Alabama If the Cullman times 7sth year no. In Cullman Ambala sunday morning May 29, 1977 42 pages Content copyrighted i77 Tim Democrat inc. 35 cents per copy 660,000 Grant of d for projects in Cullman a Community planning and development Grant in the amount of $660,000 has been approved for the City of Cullman according to announcement made saturday by members of the Alabama congressional delegation in Washington. The Grant from the department of housing and Urban development is made under the Community development Block Grant program of the Federal Agency and represents entitlement funds for which the City of Cullman was certified for three years. Sens. John Sparkman Jim Allen and rep. Tom Bevill in making the announcement of Grant approval said the funds will be used to Aid in reconstruction of streets and sidewalks in the downtown Cullman business District parking lot development establishment of a housing Agency and to Aid in the elimination of storm Drain problems in parts of the City. Application for the continuing Grant program was made by the City Community development Agency Early this year and listed As justification the projects enumerated by the Washington delegation in a Telegram announcing approval. Additional Hud funds known As a discretionary funds a were not approved for Cullman this year since those additional monies Are on a competitive basis and Are awarded on a Point system to the cities amassing the most Points in justifying their use. Potential controversies surface at school Board poppy girl pretty Valerie Mays of Hanceville one of Many poppy girls in this area Friday and saturday was caught by the camera at Cullman county s Monument to its War dead in front of the county court House saturday. Miss Mays stands beside a Flag of poppies made by Marjorie Brown president of the ladies auxiliary veterans of foreign wars. Poppy sales at the memorial Day Observance each year support the veterans assistance programs of the . Through Sale of the poppies made by disabled veterans. Times news photo orders activity reduction Justice claims courts will be broke tuesday by Floyd Norris Montgomery Ala. Up a saying the state court system will run out of Money tuesday supreme court chief Justice . Torbert ordered a drastic reduction in court activities saturday. Torbert announced that beginning wednesday civil jury cases will not be heard in circuit courts and Only a a essential criminal jury cases will be tried saying he was acting with the advise and approval of the other supreme court justices Torbert banned All judicial travel paid by stae funds and the Purchase of equipment and forms with state funds. The chief Justice said that tuesdays payroll was the last that could be met with available funds but said he was asking All court personnel to remain on their jobs despite the possibility those paid from state funds would not be paid. The state budget ties court spending to Revenue from the courts a limitation Torbert asked the legislature to remove last week after it became Clear that Revenue is running far below the projections made before the new judicial system began operations in january. A Senate committe approved Torbert a Bill unanimously last week and it could pass the Senate tuesday. It still would need approval by the House where several legislative leaders have indicated opposition on the ground the state itself is Short of Money. A i am hopeful that the legislature will act promptly toward this problem in a positive fashion Quot Torbert said in a statement saturday. A however As i pointed out the problem Tim Wise is critical. We will be Able to meet the payroll for judges clerks registers and other court support personnel this tuesday. At that time for All practical purposes there will be no More operating funds for the Torbert said he had met with steering committees of the circuit District and juvenile judges and the clerks and registers. A i requested to these organizations that they stay on the Job with no assurances of being paid a he said. A the leadership of these groups agreed that they would urge their memberships to do this. A was administrative head of the state courts i am extremely proud of the attitude expressed by All officials and personnel of the system a Torbert said. The chief Justice met with court personnel and officials in Mobile and Montgomery saturday and said he planed to hold similar meetings in Huntsville see courts Page 14a two potentially controversial issues surfaced Friday afternoon As the Cullman county Board of education voted on a proposal to terminate the contracts of two tenured teachers followed by a heated discussion Between the county superintendent of education and an area schoolteacher concerning split unit travel expenses. In a meeting attended by the Board Alabama education association representative Amy Burks and county split unit teacher Gary James superintendent Boyd voiced his objections to the teachers complaint that he was receiving no Cash compensation for travel expenses Between two county schools. A i resent or. James going Over my head to the Aea with his complaint a Boyd said. A the Standard procedure for a teacher with a complaint in this system is to notify either his principal or the superintendent but the first i heard of this was when i received a letter from the Aea asking me to remedy the James who drives approximately 19 Miles each Day Between teaching assignments at Logan and Good Hope High schools told the Board he Felt he should be compensated for his travel expenses. But the superintendent said he had talked to James prior to his employment with the county school system in 1973 and told him there was not enough Money in the budget to pay travel expenses for split unit teachers. Two other county split unit teachers present at the meeting confirmed that Boyd had informed them of the stipulation before they signed contracts with the county system. The discussion became tense however when James denied he had been told he would get no travel expenses by Boyd. A nothing was Ever said to me about mileage reimbursement a he stated Quot i talked by or. Boyd and he never mentioned James was asked by Board member Carl Pruitt Why since he was employed in 1973, he waited four years to complain. A after my second year with the system a the teacher admitted a i talked to the superintendent about travel expenses. But nothing was said to me about it before that that statement was called Down by Boyd who referred to a daily journal he has kept since taking office. A i have an entry Here dated july 19,1973, or. James. Do you remember a meeting we had that Day a the superintendent asked. James replied he had met with Boyd in his office that summer but did not remember the exact Date. A do you remember if we discussed a request from you that i Contact a superintendent in another county school system about giving you a Job a Boyd asked and was answered with a a a yes from James. A Well i have a reference to that discussion written Down Here a Boyd said a and it also says we talked about travel expenses if you were hired with the Cullman county school system. There is a notation on that Day that says you were told there could be no reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by when asked to explain the. Contradiction Between his statements and the superintendents journal James answered a i can to explain the contradiction. Just writing it Down do Esau to mean it was discussed. I m not responsible for anything Boyd writes James was informed by the Board that the system policy authorized the county superintendent to approve All travel expenses and that the decision would be left up to him. In other action taken by the Board Friday it was proposed to terminate the contracts of two county teachers who have tenure. A letter sent to one of the teachers a woman who has taught school at West Point for 20 years linked the proposed contract cancellation to a Lack of knowledge of the subject matter assigned a Lack of organization and charged the teacher a has demonstrated a Lack of ability to maintain proper classroom the West Point teacher was also charged by the Board As having demonstrated a Lack of self control in the presence of pupils and that the teacher on one occasion a did administer see Board Page 14a four projects in addition to establishment of a housing program of a Type not yet identified by the City planning Agency have been singled out for use of the Block Grant funds this year although mayor Robert e. Mcgukin claims there have been no priorities established for implementation of the projects. One project for the correction of drainage deficiencies in the City a Northwest sector lists four primary areas of work again in no order of priority. The drainage problems listed for correction include a Between dripping Springs Road and the South Side of Joseph St. B from the South Side of Joseph St to the North Side of Brunner St. C from the North Side of Brunner St to the South Side of Katherine St. D and North of Katherine St. And South of the Cullman shopping Center. Drainage in that area according to residents of the Section has been impaired by construction and paving in upper elevations which has diverted increased amounts of surface water into open drainage ditches which do not have the capacity to carry excessive rainfall. Flooding of Low lying areas and erosion of see Grant Page 14a commission acts to Cut county Board authority unique program plans Christian Community a unique new program for the Derly was outlined recently to embers of the local Christian immunity. The program As scribed by its founder would Ovide Low Cost housing to Nior citizens who wish to live a Christia atmosphere. A the purpose of this meeting a program founder Dith Cloyd told a group at ending last weeks a Gani National meeting a is to and people interested in establishing a Chrisitian immunity for the elderly in Lis the project termed the . Lub by its founder would set up club like Community for Mior citizens wanting to live in Christian environment. The Lub initials stand for exclusively Christian and Fer to the fact that Mem Reship in the Community will e restricted to those who Are interested in actively Par Cipa Ting in a non denominational exclusively Hristian environment. Those attending the meeting were told by the founder that members As a criteria for admission into the Community must be Fin year of App or Over. Non drinkers and non smokers mentally Alert and capable and willing and Able to help others. Members will also be expected to a a Lead a life of Christian example and conduct themselves As such at All times a the founder said. Mrs. Cloyd described the proposed project As a Community exclusively for christians Over 60 years of age. A singles or couples of retirement age May Purchase Homes or duplex units in the Community at near Cost and retain a life time interest Quot she said a they May and operate the Home As they would in furnish any Community. Retired persons who do not want the responsibility of their own Homes May live in Small clubhouses limited to six persons maximum which will be operated on a family Type the project founder also said no activities will be planned for clubhouse members by anyone other than the family members themselves. Under the project plan each clubhouse will be a separate entity and individuals will go and come As they please. Individuals desiring membership in a clubhouse will be carefully and minutely screened according to mrs. Cloyd to assure maximum congeniality within each clubhouse. Members first accepted in a specific clubhouse will have an Opportunity to express their opinion in selection of members accepted at a later time. A acceptance will not be based solely on the ability to pay the membership fee Quot the founder said. Membership in a clubhouse relieves individuals of All responsibility for Bill paying and the amount of income of club members will have no see Community Page 14a in ambassador featured in quiz mave you been following the news of americans outspoken in ambassador can you identify him and describe his recent visit to Africa test yourself on identifying him by taking the quiz on Page 3a. Each week the quiz brings you challenges with respect to identifying people in the news As Well As a question you May enjoy discussing with your family. The Cullman times brings you the quiz each sunday As a service to students in our area. The quiz also provides a timely test for adult readers. The feature is an important part of this newspapers school program with students often using it As part of a class assignment. Adults find it entertaining and informative. Why not test yourself on your knowledge of the weeks news events the authority of the Cullman county Park and recreation Board was defined and clarified by the county commission during a special called meeting of that body late Friday afternoon. Although the original purpose of the meeting entered around a letter to the commission from the Park Board objecting to the recent appointment of Bibb Windsor As manager of Smith Lake Park. In that letter the Board claimed they were not Given enough applicants to make a recommendation for the position and further that Windsor did not meet Board bylaw requirements because he was unmarried. A the Smith Lake Park manager should be a family Man a the letter stated a and his wife should be willing to assist him in his duties As but commission chairman Randall Shedd pointed out the Park Board has no authority Over Smith i be Park a for any other county Park except sportsman a Shedd also stated he Felt the bylaw requiring the Park manager be married was a a Clear Cut Case of discrimination and should be stricken from Park Board commission members said they had Only recently become aware that the Park Board has no authority Over Smith i be and Felt the Board should continue in an advisory capacity to make recommendations concerning Smith Lake Park for commission approval. The commission chairman also Corror ted a statement made several weeks ago to the press concerning the authority under which the Park Board was originally created. A after checking our records a he said a we have found that the county Park and recreation Board was set up under the authority of the county commission in 1964, rather than under the state code As was weather the weather forecast for Cullman and Vicinity is partly Cloudy through monday with a Chance of mainly afternoon and evening thundershowers. Winds variable five to to Miles per hour today. Highs today and monday mid 80s. Low tonight in the mid 60s. Probability of rain is 30 per cent today and 20 per cent tonight. Previously county Parks director Hollis Tucker informed the commission of a coming resignation at Smith Lake Park. Tucker told the commission a replacement should be found immediately for the Park caretaker who is expected to resign within the next few weeks. Following a Short recess the commission went into executive session to discuss the character of the newly appointed Smith Lake Park manager. Although nothing was said about what was discussed during that session the commission chairman reported the appointment of Windsor had received the approval of the entire commission. The three Man county governing body also voted to recommit More than $20,000 in state funds left Over from a $100,000 Grant utilized in Cullman county. That amount along with $12,000 from the county a general fund will be used for repair and up keep of county roads and Bridges the commission chairman said. Public offices closing although memorial Day is not observed As a Legal Holiday in Alabama most Public offices Here will be closed monday anyway. The Holiday is a Federal Legal Holiday to Honor the War dead of this country in All wars although it began originally in 1868 As a Day for honouring those soldiers of the grand army of the Republic who fell in the civil War. As a Federal Holiday Federal offices will be closed Here and throughout Alabama although most state offices will remain open. In Cullman county however the county commission and other county offices in the court House will observe the Holiday. And mayor Robert e. Mcgukin of Cullman issued a memorandum last week declaring an a administrative Holiday for monday. Mcgukin said All City offices will be closed although emergency services will be manned. Since a a Holiday routine will be observed in Cullman the mayor said there will be no garbage collection service monday. Those areas of the City scheduled for garbage collection on that Day will receive the service on tuesday instead he said. Of hostages harmed dutch officials ready to attack terrorists by Ruth e. Gruber i Emmen the Netherlands up a dutch officials warned saturday that combat troops might attack a hijacked passenger train in Northern Holland if South moluccan terrorists harm As Many As one of their 56 hostages. Four teachers also were held at an elementary school in Bove Smilde 15 Miles away where a second band of gunmen released More than too children hostages Friday. Since the release officials have maintained intensive negotiations with the gunmen at both locations. Friday night troops in armoured cars and a Convoy of 18 military ambulances moved to a rail crossing near the halted train. Combat ready marines also replaced wooden barriers at the Side of the track with a twin Wall of barbed wire and steel. A the government has been saying since the beginning that As soon As anyone is killed or injured by the terrorists then an attack is possible a a government spokesman said. Officials stressed privately the stepped up activity should not be seen As a prelude to an attack but was designed largely to prod the gunmen to free the remaining hostages. As the siege entered its sixth Day officials expressed concern Over the health of the hostages aboard the train including a woman five months pregnant. The children at Bove Smilde were released after an outbreak of intestinal illness and doctors see terrorists Page 14a

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