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Fort Walton Beach Playground Daily News (Newspaper) - September 26, 1976, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Florida 34. Miss. State 30 Alabama 42 Vanderbilt 14 Pittsburgh 21 Temple i Missouri 22 Ohio St. 21 Georgia 20 South Carolina 12 Oklahoma 24 Florida St. 9 Michigan 70 Navy 14 Nebraska 64 thu to Auburn 38 Tennessee 28 leu 31 Rice o Ole miss 28 s. Mississippi 0 Maryland 42 Syracuse 28 Iowa 7 Penn St. 6 Colorado 33 Miami 3 Southern Cal. 31 Purdue 13 notre Dame 48 Northwestern 0 Palm cml Good morning today is sunday september 26, 1976daily news i a Florida Freedom inc., 1974 31 it Yar a you Don t have to preach honesty to men with creative purpose i it a human being throw the engines of his soul into the making of something and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his a Walter Lippmann it. Walton Beach Florida no. 199 7 Section 25 Centi on Campaign thai Ivy president Ford lifts a youngster out of the crowd As he boards the riverboat Natchez As he continues his Campaign trip Down the Mississippi River. I i photo a Paunchy Man sought in Jaffa Kidnap Case Jacksonville Fla up a a massive search of the Ocala National Forest was called off saturday without finding any Trace of kidnapped socialite Sheri Linda Jaffa the Fri said an Fri spokesman said agents wanted to question a greying Paunchy Man who might have witnessed the 35 year old woman s abduction the Man was reported seen near the place where mrs Jaffa a car was found empty Art Nehrbass. Special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Fri office released a description of a 45-to 50-year-old Man. Who he said is not considered a suspect the Man was about 5-foot-ll and weighed about 20 pounds with a protruding stomach he had Grey hair and was last seen wearing a red and White striped Pullover shirt. The Man could perhaps be a witness in the Case. Nehrbass said real estate Developer Richard Jaffa. 36, remained at Home waiting for a Call from the kidnapper he had made a tearful television Appeal to the Abductor on Friday saying he had the $200,000 Ransom Aid w anted the Safe return of his wife a a he a remained quite Calm under the circumstances Quot Nehrbass said saturday a a he a very composed and holding up Nehrbass added that the kidnapper would have to reveal some personal information about mrs. Jaffa in his next Call he said Jaffa had received several Crank Calls and they had to be sure the person calling was mrs. Jaffa s Abductor. Hundreds of volunteers communicating via citizens band radios scoured the West Edge of the huge Forest in four wheel drive cars and trucks earlier saturday for some Trace of mrs Jaffa or the unidentified caller who had demanded the Ransom Nehrbass said the terrain was searched near the tiny Community of Lynn about to Miles East of the Florida thoroughbred horse capital of Ocala agents also inquired at the few scattered houses in the area the Pine Woods and Lake shores area is located about 90 Miles from the Jacksonville Home from which mrs Jaffa a Petite socialite Matron and Mother of two. Vanished wednesday taking part were about too vehicles from the Jacksonville four wheel drive posse a group of deputized civilian Volun teens a similar group from Marion county in which the National Forest is located Duval county sheriffs deputies and Fri agents. Jaffa last saw his wife whence left the family a $60,000 Home in Jacksonville a Beau Clerc District to go to his office wednesday morning gloves off in sheriff s race by Sheila Braxton tie race to elect Okaloosa county a chief Law enforcement officer has become As heated in this 1976 election year As a sweltering Southern summer night. For the first time since Wilson took office in 1956, the incumbent was out polled in a local race by his opposition. Democratic contender Frank Mills led Wilson some 107 votes when the final sept. 7 votes were tallied the democratic Winner of the upcoming sept. 28 run off primary will then face Republican opposition from vie Cheney in november general balloting. Wilson swept All 12 Northern precincts during initial balloting while Mills garnered the majority of votes cast in 12 out of 13 Southern precincts. The majority of votes in the Southern precinct of Cinco Bayou were cast for former sheriffs Deputy candidate Joe Johnson who placed third in that race. The remainder of votes in Cinco Bayou went to Wilson in second place and Mills in third position. Wilson also took the majority of military votes cast in Eglinas precinct 23but gave up victories to Mills in the other four Central precincts representing Niceville and Valparaiso voters. The outcome of the sheriffs race May Well be decided by the 9,000 votes cast in the primary for the four candidates who polled behind Wilson and Mills. Of those four candidates Only Johnson a former employee Wilson a has pledged Public support for either Runoff candidates. Johnson a support for his former employer has been questioned As a a political sellout for the Sake of personal political achievement by Mills. According to Mills. Johnson contacted him before meeting with Wilson the following Day and a tried to bargain for my support in Exchange for the Promise of employment if i was elected. A i reminded Johnson that to offer Reward or monetary Exchange for the purpose of securing political vote was illegal a Mills said. A i will not make a political Deal or become a party to the sellout of the Confidence of Okaloosa county citizens Quot Mills commented. Wilson was also contacted by the daily news thursday but declined to comment on his qualifications and issues of the Campaign As both candidates were asked to do. Wilson instead was highly critical of the daily news for what he termed a slanting my Mills who has challenged his opponent to a Public debate on several occasions since july i told the daily news thursday that Wilson a has refused to come Forward with any in it continued on Page 2a _ local firm gets military contract a local contractor has been varied a $1.2 million contract r the manufacture of in i diary devices for the air Urce. Ordnance research inc. Of Ort Walton Beach will manufacture 22 million i diary Bricquett according to e company president Hal r. Site. The Bricquett were developed iring a one year company Ogram and have been tested Eglin air Force base a Ament test and development inter for some time Okessen said. A fall the manufacturing wide me in the fort Walton Beach Waite said. New Mars dust Sample gathered by Viking 2 Pasadena Calif. Up the Viking 2 Lander saturday delivered a fresh soil Sample to an organic analysis instrument that May determine if Micro organic life Ever existed on Mars. A project spokesman said the data confirming the successful acquisition and loading of the red Martian dust was sent Back As part of a relay link test of orbiter one the Viking i orbiter was put into a synchronous orbit Over the second Lander to assume relay duties so orbiter 2 could head for a photographic Mission Over the North pole of Mars. Major data on the soil acquisition was scheduled to be returned the More than 233 million Miles from Mars to Earth sunday. The organic analyser the Gas chromatograph mass spectrometer looks for organic matter in the form of Carbon molecules it is needed to confirm results of the three biology instruments which Are looking for Active metabolisms of some form of Micro organic life. Ford paddles Way into Carter country new Orleans up president Ford chugged Down the Mississippi in a paddle wheel Steamer saturday and warned Jimmy Carter to a watch his own backyard Quot because the republicans will carry some Southern states in november. Quot i wont predict we will carry the South a Ford said As the Steamboat trip ended with a Dixieland greeting in new Orleans a but we will carry some states a More than my opponent thinks. Head better get town Here and do some campaigning head better watch his own backyard Quot Ford told about 20 Southern newspaper editors joining the six hour trip aboard the Natchez in his Campaign is gaining in the South. A we Are encouraged in Virginia Louisiana and he said. Ford pounded at the theme at frequent stops along the River where he was greeted by Friendly crowds a the South is with us Quot he told a levee audience in Destrehan ferry la. When he arrived in new Orleans Ford and his wife Betty stood in their open top limousine and waved to a crowd estimated at about 5,000 lining the Steets on the Way to the hotel. Hie motorcade followed a Dixieland band which played new Orleans jazz and some spectators danced along the curb apartment Blaze kill 6 occupants Aberdeen. Wash. Up six persons including four children were killed saturday in a fire which gutted an old House divided into apartment units. Four other persons including the Mother of three of the dead children escaped from the burning building in North Aberdeen. Officials said the bodies were badly charred and immediate identification was not possible. A i heard kids Yelling a help help fire a before i got myself out a said mrs. Inez Coppock who fled with a Friend from a basement unit in the building. A they were throwing stuff out of the windows upstairs. A naked Gal jumped out of the window. She had bad Burns and that woman was Susan Tidwell 26, who lost three children to the flames. Mrs. Tidwell was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of first and second degree Burns on her lower legs feet and Back. George Hertzog 32, the father of the fourth dead child also escaped the flames. He was treated for Burns and released the instrument was to be heated to 200 degrees centigrade tuesday to begin the first phase of the test. Data was expected Back wednesday. Viking los earlier biological tests gave surprising results but they could not be confirmed As evidence of life because the organic analysis could not find Carbon molecules in the same soil. Another Trench was to be dug Early next month after Viking 2�?Ts Boom and scoop is commanded to turn Over a Rock weather partly Cloudy through monday with a Chance of mainly afternoon and Early evening thundershowers. Low sunday night lower 70s. Highs sunday and monday mid 80s. Wind southerly 8 to 14 Miles per hour sunday. Probability of rain 30 per cent sunday and 20 per cent sunday night. East pass Low tide 12 32 ., High tide 12 17 . Island pier Low tide 9 46 . High tide 11 30 Sunup 6 36 ., Sunset 6 38 Index amusements. .,.5-70 Bridge column .7d classified .3-1 if comics .2f crossword Puzzle so dear abby.8e editorials .4a horoscope.7d obituaries.2a Okaloosa digest.7a sports.1-7c stocks .10-1 in to schedule.5d women.1-7e j the big Steamer draped with Blue a president Ford �?T76�?� banners pulled in at tiny River ports like Reserve Lan Ding and Destrehan ferry where Ford Shook hands among the thousands thronged at dockside cuddled crying babies and made speeches from the boat rail a a we re coming Down Here to prove that the South is with us Quot he told the crowd gathered along the levee at Destrehan ferry the president who changed sweat soaked shirts several times in the muggy 80-degree heat told crowds his economic policies would put More Money in their pockets and his defense policies would a keep America no i a and he attacked Carters running mate Liberal sen Walter Mondale at every Stop calling him a big spender who voted to override All the presidents Money saving vetoes. A do you want him for your vice president Quot he shouted to one crowd trying to lend authority to claims he is overtaking Carter in the georgians Homeland Ford brought along Southern democratic politicians sup porting his candidacy. They included former Mississippi rep John Bell Williams and former Georgia gov. Marvin Griffin who pledged to do Quot our dead level bests to help Ford beat Carter in his native state terminus for the riverboat ride was new Orleans Toulouse Street wharf and a Riverside Republican rally. On sunday and monday. Ford was moving on to Mississippi. Alabama and Florida the Southern swing got him rolling into his first heavy schedule of trips since the Republican convention with a tour of California and the far West to Start oct 5. The eve of the second presidential debate Carter has travelled extensively Smice labor Day. The Fords began the Day by flying to new Orleans and driving upriver to Lutcher to Board the River boat about 4. My persons crowding the Dock and riverbanks burst into cheers a.4 the Fords arrived in muggy heat that exceeded 80 degrees six girls in flouncy Scarlet o Hara outfits carrying lace parasols greeted the president and gave mrs Ford a bouquet of roses. For 3 Eglin employees Lego fund started to fight transfers a Legal fund has been started by local residents to help three civil service employees at Eglin air Force base fight their involuntary transfers to other stations in the Wake of months Long discrimination investigation. The three led by civilian personnel director Robert c. Mckelvey Are being transferred by the air Force following an intense investigation into discrimination allegations lodged against Eglinas equal employment Opportunity office by the local chapter of the National association for the advancement of coloured people. The Trio Mckelvey mrs Bettyjo Forter and William Hamilton have according to Mckelvey been told that they Are being a transferred for the Good of the service Quot but have also been told they have a done nothing supporters of the three have set up a fund to defray the costs of the Legal fight protesting the transfers with the first National Bank of Niceville under the supervision of Fred Johnson and Buford Potter the transfers resulted from a complaint from the a act filed in Early summer which alleges racial discrimination in the civilian hiring practices at the Leo and further claims damages for Over 20 local Blacks in an amount in excess of $5 million. Throughout the investigation air Force officials have refused to make Public the exact forms the alleged discriminatory practices took nor have the findings of the investigation been revealed the Only information made Public by military spokesmen has been the acknowledgement of the Transfer proposals and assignments Potter and Johnson said that any funds raised will be used Only for Legal fees in the trios fight against the compulsory transfers a Money from the fund will be spent for Legal fees. Fees will be used where joint Legal action is taken with Mckelvey and the other two affected employees a Johnson said. An old downtown fort Walton Beach landmark will be converted into the City a newest business and shopping Center according to one of the partners Mitchell Benaquis. At noon sunday the last guest is to Check out of the fort Walton motor inn on Miracle strip Parkway and monday morning workmen will began to convert the 22,000 squares 65-unit Motel into a minimal. A sign Reading a Village Square shopping mall will be erected monday in place of the familiar Motel sign. The Motel is one of the original businesses in town at least 30 years old built by or. And mrs. Craig Walker. Benaquis purchased the Motel two and one half years ago. Benaquis said the $100,000 project will in clude removing the swimming Pool and in its place build a fast food shop possibly an outdoor cafe and converting the Motel room into Over 40 Small shops and offices. Benaquis said one of the features will be the off Street parking for 65 to 80 vehicles with Entrance and exit to the property on both Miracle strip Parkway and first Street. Benaquis said while some of the food shops May serve Beer no taverns or bars Are planned for the minimal. The developers Hope to attract curio shops Beauty shops lady a and men s dress shops tailor shops and business and professional offices. Spaces will be renovated to suit tenants Benaquis said. Other partners in the venture with Benaquis Are George l. Maples of Knoxville tenn., and Sam Goldenberg and j c. Mon Cier both of Pensacola. H v. A old landmark to become downtown a newest shopping Center Mitchell Benaquis and partners to begin conversion work on Motel monday. Photo by Morgan Little developers changing Motel into minimally

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