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b;e .Amttalon tar May 6, 1994 Page 13A Stringfellow case has new faces and complications -"" u. ii m-Li- - mmiiOLJ.. .111 -J ii lumuumju-Mii.iiuuj i mimmmlmmmmmm1imf.iimt 1 . ili.ii .iiijiiimi . i,ji...jhjui , . ljijiiiiiiiiuiuimiu nimijunniLuiMim nil u..uj mi n. i-' ' ;v -v - ; - v At- 1 -v i- , ff I . A. I I i, 11 , rT-?-- rr-t v-?V4i' " fr- ' M r A' ' I SIX , . j Sh. By Elizabeth Pezzullo Star Health Writer quest by Regional Medical Center to intervene in the case, but told the rival hospital it could file motions as a friend of the court. The judge has set aside June 1 to begin formal hearings on the Stringfellow case, which was filed more than 14 months ago. Street said he denied RMC's motion to intervene in the case because the hospital showed) no precedent for its request. KMC attorneys argued that the hospital should be allowed to intervene because if Stringfellow is sold to a for-profit company, RMC would be burdened as the only public hospital in town to care for indigent patients. "I didn't see it that way," Street said. Street said his decision to allow RMC to function as a friend of the court will allow attorneys for the hospital to file briefs on issues RMC has a particular expertise in that could guide the court. The heirs entered the scene earlier this week when Hubbard and Agee submitted a written request to B See Stringfellow16A Almost a decade after signing away the claim they had to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, two of Susie Stringfellow's heirs have re-emerged in the court case over the hospital their aunt left the city of Anniston. Shirley Noble Moreno of San Leandro, Calif., and Jeanette Noble McClellan of Livermore, Calif., signed away any interests to the 125-bed hospital on Leighton Avenue in early 1986 for an undisclosed sum. But last week, they hired Anniston attorneys James Hubbard and Henry Agee to represent them in a case that could , clear the way for Stringfellow to be sold to a for-profit company. "Now I've got more lawyers in it than I did before," said Circuit Judge Malcolm Street Jr., who has been asked to interpret the will to determine if the hospital can be mortgaged or sold. "But I'm doing my best to keep this on track. We want to get all the issues resolved as quickly as possible." Street Wednesday denied a re nil. hi ill f IT t VJ ' JZIL-I"--'"1 'l!WIWIMilagg f . - I I M J ' .1 i'iiii iJLLij.i ijnimmicu wromBaass te''- -"Hm. ,,f .--.- .y.j,.....,...,,!-..,.. . ;.. . ...... I Stave Groafhe Annnton star Here's looking at you, Kid Rick Haney of Rainsville drives "Maggie," Mayfield Dairy tour of the area. Mayfield Dairy soon will be selling its products Farm's cow mascot, through downtown Anniston on a goodwill in Calhoun County for the first time. Summer school tuition in city to go up; 18 employees cut By Judy Johnson Star Education Editor Goodwin told the board the state does not pay for any" part of the summer school program, which is offered mostly for students needing help in basic required subjects. The program is offered in two sessions each summer. Anniston High and Anniston Middle School students are eligible to attend. Some elective courses are also available during the summer. New board member Bill Gray asked the board why a summer school for elementary school students needing remedial help could not also be offered if it were paid for by tuition fees. Goodwin said he will ask principals about the feasibility of doing that. Also Thursday, the board agreed to terminate 18 the cuts because the federal government looks at the percentage of low-income students in the entire county when decisions are made about allocations of money. Overall, the 1990 census showed 17.7 percent of Calhoun County's population in poverty, lower than the national average of 18.3 percent, Mrs. Cox said. She said that because of the way Chapter 1 money'is distributed, some school systems in other states are getting more of the federal money than Anniston is, despite having a smaller proportion of low income B See Tuition1 5A employees for a variety of causes. Among them are four tenured employees of the federally financed Chapter 1 program, victims of a cut in federal money for the program. Goodwin and Chapter 1 coordinator Annette Cox told the board the school system will lose $100,000 in Chapter 1 money for the next year in addition to a loss of $220,000 already absorbed by the Anniston program. The program is intended to provide math and reading help to students needing it in schools with a high population of low-income children. Mrs. Cox said the Anniston school system, which has a 74 percent low-income student body, is suffering The price of summer school at Anniston High has gone up. The Anniston school board raised the tuition from $50 to $70 Thursday night because the school system can no longer afford to underwrite any part of the summer school costs, according to Superintendent Paul Goodwin. The $70 per student cost is expected to pay the full costs of the program, including salaries of teachers. Tiif eat of filibuster in Senate kills bill for farms' tax break Graduation date, time at school moved again By Phillip Rawls Associated Press By Anthony Cook Star 8tafl Writer nBFpni uw- '"WW' j i ""i 1 '"'M'iww iivw-p pww-""j "'Luinj m ' mim-wmmmwwm "'""'"s." ' ' "- - '' ' " - ,s . . ( . . flx1 Senate roll call MONTGOMERY The Senate's 20-0 vote Thursday that failed to get the 21 votes needed to cut off a filibuster on a tax break for farmers: Voting for (20) Amari, Bailey, Barron, Boiling, deGraffenried, Denton, DIAL, Dixon, Ellis, Foshee, GHEE, Hale, HILL, Lipscomb, Mitchell, Mitchem, Owens, Parsons, J. Smith and Underwood. Votinff against (0) none. Absent or not voting (15) Bedsole, Campbell, Corbett, Escort-Russell, Figures, Floyd, Horn, Langford, Undsey, Little, Sanders, B. Smith, Waggoner, Wilson and Windom. exempted from the state gas tax for fuel they use on their farm, get a break in their property taxes because of the current use law, and don't have to pay sales tax on their seed and fertilizer. "I'm tired of being a second-class citizen because I live in a city," the Gadsden lawyer said. Corbett said the bill was "a tidbit to keep fanners in an organization that is really a big insurance company." MONTGOMERY The Alfa Farmers Federation came up one vote short in its push to get farms exempted from the state's 4 percent utility tax on electricity and natural gas they use. Alfa's $1.3 million tax break for farmers passed the House 85-0 on Tuesday, but it stalled in the Senate on Thursday when Sens. Danny Corbett, D-Phenix City, and Jack Floyd, D-Gadsden, threatened a filibuster. Sen. Don Hale, R-Cul-Iman, asked the Senate to vote to cut off the filibuster, but the 20-0 vote fell one vote shy of the 21 votes needed to end a filibuster. That killed the bill on the final day of the special session. Alfa lobbyist Milton Parsons said farmers deserved the tax break. "We give Mercedes-Benz and other businesses incentives to come to the state, so we ought to give farmers incentives," he said. Floyd said farmers already are MUNFORD The time has been changed again for the sixth-grade graduation at Hill Elementary School. The lack of security at the school was the reason behind the original change, and an agreement by the sheriffs department to send deputies to the event is the reason it has been changed again. The ceremony had been changed from the traditional time of 6:30 p.m. May 26 to the morning hours of May 27. The graduation is now scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. May 26. Principal Alice Huddleston said there were fights among visiting teen-agers and young adults at the past two graduations. To avoid problems this year, Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard has agreed to provide deputies for security. "IT'LL BE during daylight hours," Miss Huddleston said of the 5 p.m. starting time. "We just think daylight hours will be safer." Parents were notified of the latest change last week in a letter from the school. The letter apologized for any inconveniences and told parents that security officers would be present during the graduation. It also said limousines would not be allowed on campus during or after the ceremony. "Limos increase our traffic problems," Miss Huddleston said, adding that there are also social reasons for not allowing such accommodations. "Some parents can't afford them, and the other children feel bad." Stcv Orostmw Anniston Star Serial murderer will be tried again before he's executed Oxford businessman Jim McGhee talks with people at small business breakfast. Oxford businessman Jim McGhee selected Small Business Leader Associated Press By Frederick Burger Star Business Editor Adamsville and in the July 1972 killing of Betty Jo Richards of Quinton. Trawick has also confessed to two murders in the Pacific Northwest. "I think if anybody ever deserved the death penalty, Jack Trawick deserved it," said Russell, who prosecuted the case involving Miss Gach. "God knows how many people he's killed. Society's got to get rid of this man forever because if he gets out again, he'll kill again like he said." Trawick was arrested on Oct. 29, 1992, 20 days after the bound and gagged body of Miss Gach was found in an illegal garbage dump in Irondale. She had been strangled and stabbed through the heart. Trawick' s attorney, William DelGrosso, had entered an insanity plea on Trawick's behalf. "It was a very difficult case to defend," DelGrosso said. "I was defending somebody I knew was crazy." BIRMINGHAM A convicted serial killer will get his wish to die in Alabama's electric chair, but not before he is tried" for two more slayings. Jefferson County Circuit Judge James Hard followed a jury's recommendation on Thursday and granted the wish of Jack Trawick by sentencing Trawick to death. Trawick, 47, was convicted March 23 for the kidnapping and fatal stabbing of Jefferson State Community College student Stephanie Gach, 21, in October 1992. Trawick confessed to the killing. Trawick has confessed to killing four other women. He told Hard before the sentencing that he wanted to be prosecuted for the other murders. Deputy District Attorney Don Russell said Trawick will bie tried in the June 1992 killing of Frances Aileen Pruitt of class of Leadership Calhoun County. Other district winners who competed for the top honor were Bice, the owner of Telephone Communications Inc.; Mike Williams of Jacksonville, the owner of 'the Sportsnut, a restaurant and night club; Piedmont's Jann Doyal of the Guttery Insurance Agency; and Ron Stancil, who was the at-large candidate and owns the Western Sizzlin restaurants in Anniston and Oxford. -fy i' f 1 This morning's breakfast drew about 60 people to the Western Sizzlin in Oxford. It concluded a week of activities for people involved in small business. Gigi Pickard, the comptroller of S.B.F- Corp., a computer software company in Birmingham, told the gathering this morning that small business "allows the creative juices to flow." Small business is exciting, she said, because it nurtures the "spirit of individualism." She noted that for businesses to succeed, they must be aggressive in applying new technologies in order to compete for customers. Ms. Pickard is familiar with the demands on small business. She worked at the small business incubator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Qram designed to encourage the growth of new lesses. Jim McGhee had been so busy organizing the week's activities for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce that he hadn't given much thought to winning the chamber's top small business award. So it came as quite a surprise to McGhee when he was named the chamber's Small Business Leader of 1994 at a breakfast this morning that capped the local observance of Small Business Week. "I really did think that Ken Bice (of Anniston) would win," said McGhee. "He's done so many things.' I was really amazed when they gave me the award for the Oxford Area Council." Being picked as the small business leader for the .Oxford Area Council was the necessary first step in qualifying for the top prize. To mark the occasion, McGhee received a plaque from chamber Chairman Hoyt W. "Chip" Howell Jr. McGhee, the" owner of Crown Energy Insulation Inc., an Oxford insulation contracting business, has been active with the chamber since joining in 1985. He has been a member of the chamber's Economic Development Council and is now a member the 1994 H - tea i J I If Ask Us Sue Vondracek The Ask Us column will resume Wed, May 11.

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