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Fort Walton Beach Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Story a Okaloosa today no nudes at Sammy s after May 27 reopening Story a Okaloosa today a a. Destin murder suspect confessed Lawman says playground news fort Walton Beach Florida 38th year no. I of Friday May 20, 1983 4 sections 40 pages 25� $600,000 setter education Center in feb by Jon Peck daily news capital Bureau Tallahassee the Senate adopted an $112 billion state budget thursday after tacking on an amendment that allocates $600,000 to Start a higher education Center in fort Walton Beach the education Center has been a much talked about item Ever since the state Board of regents suggested it earlier this year and the Okaloosa county school District first considered closing some of its schools the decision to close Oakland Heights elementary fuelled the talk but officials cited legislative funding As the biggest question Mark Iii the centers future. Under Senate action thursday $600,000 would in used to renovate the Oakland Heights school and launch the higher education Center. The Center would to a joint use facility Between the University of West Florida and Okaloosa Walton Junior College the goal is to offer four year courses now available in Okaloosa county Only on Eglin air Force base education matters took a front seat in the budget debate As the Senate spent 4 hours considering nearly Khz amendments to the spending plan before adopting it 31-8 the budget would in for the fiscal year beginning july i Senate president Curtis Peterson fought off a push to use $63 million from property taxes to give teachers a pay raise but legislators added $48 million from a different source that could end up in teacher paychecks the Leader of the teacher pay raise Effort said she has a commitment from the Senate Hierarchy to fight for funds when budget negotiations begin with the House perhaps next week House leaders have proposed a $2im million corporate tax increase Iii part to pay for teacher raises thirty six minutes of the debate took place in the secrecy of Peterson a conference room where most of the 40 senators huddled in an attempt to avoid a Public see education a Page 8a tentative budget a Reagan defeat Washington a the Republican controlled Senate in a stunning defeat for president Reagan gave tentative approval 53-47 thursday night to a 1084 budget that relies on tax increases of $9.9 billion next year and More than $74 billion Over three years to reduce swollen Federal deficits it was the worst setback Reagan has suffered in the Senate since his presidency began two and a half years ago of finally approved the $849 7 billion budget could pave the Way for a democratic led assault later on major elements of his tax reduction program including this years to percent income tax Cut the vote came As the Senate struggled to free itself from a budget gridlock in which a gop leadership budget offering Low taxes but High deficits has twice rejected on votes of 56-43 and 57-43. The higher tax alternative offered by sen Slade Gorton r Wash and supported by other Republican moderates and Many democrats also was rejected once. 52-48, before winning tentative approval the second time. In addition to the tax increases the plan provides a 6 percent spending increase after inflation for the Pentagon in 1984, far window the to percent Reagan originally asked for and less than the 7.1 percent the cop leadership wound up approving on Domestic spending the senators Pete Domenici Lawton Chiles and Slade Gorton meet just before the budget panel convened wednesday on Capitol Hill. Budget provides about $12 billion More than Reagan originally sought in january. It relies on tax increases $9.9 billion in 1984, $13.7 billion in 1985 and $51 billion in 1986 to reduce budget deficits that might otherwise Bas soared beyond $2<m billion by the end of the decade. The red Ink is estimated in the budget at $178.6 billion in 1984 $167.7 billion in 1985 and $130 billion in 1986 lower than the deficits in the plan Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee tried so hard to win. The budget itself does not raise taxes but requires the full Senate Good morning today is Friday May 20, the 140th Day of 1983, with 225 left. The Moon is gibbous a 66 percent disc. The Sun will Rise at 5 49 and set at 7 36. 35 Okaloosa seniors won t get diplomas by Tom Conner daily news City editor thirty five Okaloosa county High school seniors will not receive diplomas in commencement exercises next month because they have flunked the states functional literacy test in neighbouring Santa Rosa county. 16 seniors will receive certificates of completion instead of diplomas when Milton High school holds its graduation ceremony tonight. To the East in Walton county though every senior in the District has passed the 120-question test that quizzes students on Basic skills in math and communication. Okaloosa county school officials received the results of the March testing thursday afternoon before the March testing 57 students stood to be denied diplomas. Of the 35 who have failed nine have either moved out of the District or quit school said Rodney Walker director of testing for the Okaloosa county school District. Also about 40 percent of the 35 students Are special education students he said. Okaloosa county will graduate 1,750 students during its june 2 and 3 commencements at six High schools. Deputy superintendent of schools pm Der Sullivan said the 35 failures translate into a 98 percent passing rate on the minimum standards test Sullivan said a 98 percent passing rate is High compared with other districts in Florida a i still feel the literacy test is Good and fair a he said Quot it indicates at least for those who pass that they have mastered the minimum standards. An overwhelming majority of our students far exceed the minimum standards Quot Walker gave this school by school breakdown of the 35 failures a Baker school nine. A Chocta Ohatchee High school eight a Crestview High school la a fort Walton Beach High school six a Laurel Hill High school Zero. A Niceville High school one. Walker did not know the breakdown by race for the 35 failures. Milton High school in Santa Rosa county had planned to hold its graduation thursday night at its football Field but the threat of rain forced officials to postpone the ceremony until tonight said superintendent of schools Bennett Russell. The Milton school the first school in the state to hold commencement this year will graduate 328 students he said of them 16 have not passed the test four of the 16, he added Are special education students except at face High school where one senior still has not passed the literacy test All other seniors in Santa Rosa county have mastered the exam of eighth Grade level Basic skills Bennett said the 17 students who have flunked the test Are boing encouraged to take it again this summer Teddy Deshazo superintendent of schools in Walton county said All 207 High school seniors in the county have passed the test. Four seniors three of them new to Florida schools took the test in March he said All see seniors a Page 8a patients at Madison Manor nursing Home in Madison. Ala., Are evacuated Marina forecast winds South 15 to 20 knots today. Scattered thunderstorms. Tides High tide at the Okaloosa Island pier 3 27 . Low tide at 2 07 . High tide at the Destin East pass 2 03 . Low tide at 2 28 . Index Bridge column.9b business news.3d classifieds.3-1 id crossword.9b dear abby.8b editorials.4a ,9b Hospital report.3d living today.5-7b local news.1b movies. 8b obituaries.3d Okaloosa digest.2d police log.3d scrabbiegram.10b sports.1-8c to weather.2a tornadoes floods shatter the South weather mostly Cloudy today with a 40 percent Chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the Low 80s. Winds South 15 to 20 mph. A 40 percent Chance of thunderstorms tonight. Lows in the Low 70s. A Chance of thundershowers saturday. Highs in the Low 80s. By the associated press a swarm of at least 29 tornadoes demolished houses and businesses in Small towns scattered across Dixie and Flash floods from up to 8 inches of rain thursday chased hundreds of people from their Homes and blocked highways. At least four people were killed and nine were injured in two Days of violent thunderstorms spitting twisters Hail and heavy Rains across Texas Louisiana. Mississippi Alabama Tennessee. Kentucky and Missouri the dead included two children who drowned when they fell into a rain swollen Creek in Missouri. Thousands of Homes went dark As the twisters snapped Power lines uprooted Trees and toppled Mobile Homes. Flooding was occurring along see storms a Page 8a a toddler sits outside his Home in Madison. Miss budget changes Jet travels 1,600 pilotless Miles before plummeting into Atlantic London a failure of the oxygen system May have knocked out the three Man Crew of a West German executive Jet that flew 1,600 Miles off course across Northern Europe and crashed into the Ocean aviation experts said thursday. The pilotless Odyssey ended when the $2 million Learjet 25d ran out of fuel and plummeted into the North Atlantic wednesday night 200 Miles South of Iceland . Officials said. A search for the wreckage was called off Early thursday and the three crewmen All of them pilots were presumed dead. Please see Jet a Page 8a this Jet is similar to the plane which crashed wednesday oohs

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