Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 24
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 24

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Tuesday, December 24, 1968
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*4-C THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON. ILLINOIS .TUESDAY. DECEMBER 24, 196& THE CHRISTMAS STORY AT THAT TIME Emperor Augustus sent out an order for all " the citizens of the Empire to register themselves for the census. 2 When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 3 Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own town. * Joseph went from the town of Nazareth, in Galilee, to Judea, to the town named Bethlehem, where King David was born. Joseph went there because he himself was a descendant of David. s He went to register himself with Mary, who was promised in •marriage to him. She as pregnant, 6 and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. 1 She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger ,—there was no room for them to stay in the inn. 8 There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. 'An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, 10 but the •angel said to them: "Don't be afraid! For I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. 11 This very night in David's town your Savior was born—Christ the Lord! 12 This is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped In cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with ^the angel, singing praises to God: 14 "Glory to God in the highdst heaven! And peace on earth to men with whom he is pleased!" 15 When the angels went away from them back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, that the Lord has old us." 14 So .they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and saw the baby lying in the manger. Luke 2:1-16 Rend lake $100 Million Nik For Little Egypt From "Good News for Modern Man," Today's English Version of the : New Testament, with illustrations by Annie Vallotton, published by the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, N-.Y.. 10023. Copyright 1936. for a Christmas rich r^e /blessings of Dve and friendship. mode o'day 820 Plaza Lane Park Plaza Shopping Center mm May the blessed spirit of I a this joyous $ season fin your heart with peace, | good win and § CO At C0„& PATIO SHOP Corner 17th and Perkins 244-0884 Water to 31 communities in southern Illinois will start moving through 125 miles of transmission lines nearly a year ahead of schedule if the present pace of construction continues cn the new Rend Lake dam and reservoir. Officials of the Rend Lake Conservancy District at Benton, which is developing a multi-million dollar flood control, water treatment and conservation facility in that area of Illinois known as "Little Egypt," said that the water should start being impounded behind the new dam in late 1969 and be available to communities after mid-1970. The three - fingered reservoir should be filled in 1971, producing a maximum of 40 million gallons of water daily and ending a problem that has plagued southern Illinois for the Inst 100 years — s u f f icient "white gold" to insure the economic acceleration of an area plagued in the past with economic woes. The new water distribution system, extending from Rend Lake north to Mt. Vernon, south to Herrin, east to McLeansboro and west to Du Quoin is being developed in part iwth an $8 million loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development It will make fresh treated water available to 80,000 residents of 31 communities and will replace 31 separate and local water systems each now straining to provide basic municipal requirements. The development of the Rend Lake project, two decades in the making, is being looked upon as the major economic salvation for much of southern Illinois. It involves every layer of government — federal, state regional, county, township and municipal . -o- -o -c- Its premise has been to harness the watershed of the Big Muddy River which originates north of Mt. Vernon and spills into the Mississippi river near trie little hamlet of Wolf Lake. During the winter and spring • he Big Muddy Rampages and floods in the summer it dries to a trickle. "We either have too much water or not enough," says Richard Jones, manager of the Conservancy District, "but never at the same time." The District was legally established in 1954. Its history has teen much like that of a frustrated Beetle Bailey: "Hurry up ond wait." -From a modest beginning its development programs have now reached gigantic proportions, totalling nearly 5100 million dollars in direct and indirect expenditures and piojections. Key anchors of the project are Rend Dam, a two mile long earthen barrier to initially store 300,000 acre feet of water and create a lake 18 miles long and lour miles wide; the Conservancy District's multi- million dollar treatment plant and transmission lines; and the reservoir itself, in turn sparking a new major educational facility and opening up unlimited tourist and i recreational facilities. The Corp of Engineers is committed to some $45 million dollars for the key elements of the understaking. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Economic Development Administration are in for nearly $14 million. Rend College will spend some $10 m'Uion dollars for extensive new facilities; the state of Illi- -icis will have a $5 million do- .ar investment in land and parks. The investments themselves are expected to generate some $25 million dollars in private capital in the form of motels, marinas, resorts and commercial facilities. The Conservancy District plans to develop a major auditorium and convention center on land it controls, complete with an 18 • hole golf course. "Our feasibility studies predict an annual return of between $5 and $7 million dollars within two years after the completion of the project," says John D. Douglas, a Benton busi ncss man who has been president of the District's board of trustees since inception. He points out: "One of our advantages is the fact that some 50 million persons live within 400 miles of Rend Lake. Three major Interstate Highways skirt our area. We will be easily accessible from all the major centers of population in the mid­ west." While the recreational aspects teem unusually bright, the most far- reaching effects of the en- cVavor will be a continuous a- tundance of water. The decline of coal production and its supporting industries, together with a scraggly agricultural yield left southern Illinois one of the nation's first "depressed areas." The population of Franklin County alone, for example, dropped from 50,000 to 30,000 rc-sidents in a 13 year period. The advent of the new system will enable those communities being served to offer their present water as industrial and commercial inducements, Jones related. The possibility that additional communities may be tied into the lines in the future has been considered- by the District. The basic 40 million gallons daily can be increased to 60 million when the growth and development of the area so warrants. SHEARED SHEEPISHLY When a 16-year-old boy showed up at a neighborhood barbershop and ordered his long hair cut down to a flattop, the barber naturally was curious and asked about the change. "Well, it's like this," the boy explained, "yesterday was my 16th birthday, and Mom and Dad gave me a dress for , my present." Another nice thing about newspapers: You don't have to listen to the commercials unless the guy next to you on the bus lip-reads the ads. WORLD ALMANAC FACTS With the coming of autumn, the crickets' singing becomes louder and longer. The tempo of a cricket's song is determined by the temperature. As the weather gets colder, the tempo becomes slower. Scientists, The World Almanac notes, have derived a formula to calculate the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit by counting the number of chirps in 15 seconds and adding 40. Copyright ©1968, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Merry Christmas! CLOTHING CO. 0th & Main—Store for young men and men whw toy young ay all the joy? of the Yuletide season be yours in great abundance! OSCAR'S HEALTH. AND BEAUTY AIDS East Side Square Mt. Vernon, II PLUCKED FROM THE DEEP, an astronaut is hoisted aboard a helicopter. Egress training is an important part of the astronauts' preparation for space travel. 1 We wish you and yours a rich abundance of all of the joys of this happy holiday season. Leslie Elliot County Treasurer AND STAFF DOBBS BARGAIN TOWN y 2 .Mile South on Benton Road 1 1 reefing our friends at Christmas time has become more than a habit with us. It is a manifestation of a deeply felt appreciation of the understanding and good will that we have been privileged fo enjoy over thes& many years. And it is for this reason that we are so anxious now, to extend to everyone our Bincerest wishes for a most enjoyable Christmas and a very happy Neu> Year. T. 121 North 10th Street Mt. Vernon

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