The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 51
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 51

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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JLCT (tf SCOTCH PIHE, "Qufck-Sef Tree' Pre tmsmbled row of bronchei that lide 'n' ploce. Moke trimming Iht free o inap luih 5'-" CHRISTMAS Palm Beach Post-C9 Thursday, December 9, 1976 Beer Vs. Baptists In Plains By JAMES R. DICKENSON (c) Washington Star PLAINS, Ga. - You couldn't exactly cut the tension with a knife in Billy Carter's Election Central, generally known as Billy's gas station, but the good ole boys who are hie rooular rnmnanions allowed drug stores- CARDS SOUD in A DESIGN WITH PRICED J MATCHING ENVEtOPES C2E3? WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT OUAHITITIEt LADY BORDEN CREST SCOTTIES ICICLES ICE CREAM PACK OF 200 200's TOOTHPASTE 7 0Z. 15' OFF themselves an occasional political speculation between swigs of Jim Beam and orange juice Monday afternoon. "Two years ago Billy lost by six votes but two of those tee totaling little old ladies have died since then," mused one. "Then Billy's oldest I think is old enough to vote, and Jimmy's son Chip and his wife are , DCCNl'Ll HALF GALLON NATURAL 2 FOR w icicles Ik Stnd hin.long LIMIT 2 LIMIT 3 PACKS comin' in to vote, so we re picmng up some there. And then there are a lot, both black and white, who've registered since then and I figure they'll mostly go for Billy." "Yeah," agreed Billy's "press secretary," Bud Duvall, who was wearing an ABC-TV cap and a Nu-trena Feeds warm-up jacket. (By the end of the evening Uuvall would have lost the cap but would have acquired an apparently brand new ABC nylon jacket.) "But I think he'll win by 12 votes." Billy lost, as a matter of fact, to incumbent Mayor A.L. Blanton, 90-71. And for all the laughs Billy and his friends got out of the campaign they had a keg of beer iced down and ready to go by the gasoline pumps all afternoon awaiting the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. - the 4 FT. KENNER ARTIFICIAL SCOTCH m SIX-MILLION ',11 - . . 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"You'd have made a good mayor, you'd have been a great mayor," jimmy Carter said. "It was hard for Billy to overcome all the publicity and the problem of his brother. There are too many Carters in politics, one is president-elect and our cousin Hugh is a state senator." it' tnuuh to beat an incumbent LITTLE MAC" 60-SECOHD MiNATURE 50-LITE SET rooted hair, moving eyes. MONOPOLY "Daffodil" 199 O. BURGER MAKER Flips its AJ reflector style. 5 flasher bulbs. Popular real estate trading game for 2 or more players. II Reg. ISO U 2.69 sandwiches W'1 HAIR STYLING 1 01 Reg. tool OR Your Choice! 19.88 Model 2108 2" DIA. GLASS SALON Doll head on base, accessories. ORNAMENTS 6 CLAIROL SKIN CLUE GAME Box of 10, 5)99 MACHINE 0, one color: red, blue, gold, green, or silver. Reg. 5.88 Model 0SM-1 WEEBLES Automatic cleansing brush and holder. I Reg. 12.88 Reg. 99; j , MICKEY MOUSE i P CLUBHOUSE IL. n i: ITlf STICK-ON - jiouse and camera KEN-TECH DIGITAL isn't it? a reporter asked. "Well, yes, it is," Carter responded after laughing out loud. "Yes, it is." Billy Carter had run for mayor two years ago and lost by six votes to Blanton, who works during the week as an air controller in nearby Albany, where Jimmy Carter's jets fly in and out, and is the Plains barber on Saturdays. Several years ago Billy was elected to the Town Council for one two-year term. During that term he helped pass an ordinance legalizing the sale of beer in Plains, got the town's first beer license in his gas station, and was voted out of office at the next election by the outraged Baptists and Methodists who comprise a majority of Plains' 266 registered voters. The Rev. Bruce Edwards, the pastor of the Plains Baptist Church, of which Jimmy Carter is a member and which is going through a controversy over admitting blacks, was about a minute too late to vote. "That's one Baptist vote I didn't lose," Billy quipped on hearing the news. 11 M ALAtr WhJ-ygTT Pack of 25 MATTEL 199 , Assorted ALARM CLOCK w colors I Reg IQ9 1 12.88 Model rfT-420 Set ahead 24-hour alarm VERTI BIRD AIR POLICE SET Helicopter control & accessories. Reg. 79ci system. Big lighted numerals. PARKER BROTHERS Reg. 12.99 'Reg. Quiet operation. 12.99 1 SCHAPH NERF ' t & SUPER TOE ROCKETS BRACH'S 3 lb GIFT FISHER PRICE POCKET IS FOOTBALL GAME l Comes with Super Toe Soft, safe rockets of Nerf foam. kicker goal post, I balls, ''field ' accessories and CHOCOLATES arm rules. 44 m Handsome assortment j) A A CAMERA Looks "real", shows 27 different 4fr' photos. 199 Reg in aift 2 Refl 2.99 6.88 box. 0 jMI SCOTCH Cellophane TAPE l2x800'. 5 ROLL PAPER OR 4 ROLL FOIL GIFT WRAP o 50 sq. ft. of paper or 20 sq. ft. of 1-PLY TINSEL 2-PLY TINSEL GARLAND GARLAND oil. Assorted 2T DIA. SATIN ORNAMENTS 10 REEL RIBBON designs. Reg. 1.49 pk. 2" wide, Bags 44 45' long, in gold, silver. one color: 10 rolls of 58" ribbon in assorted . colors. 150' V total. Reg. 99i 3" wide, 50' long, extra-full silver or gold tones 9 bluegreen, Reg. 1.89 17 redgold. Reg. 995 Billy and Blanton could not hide the fact that they really don't dislike each other. "Everybody likes Billy," Blanton said. "It's pretty hard not to like Billy." Billy conceded that Blanton had been a pretty good mayor but said that he never let him cut his hair. Both candidates expressed concern that restrictive zoning laws be maintained so that Plains does not become despoiled by the tourism resulting from Jimmy Carter's presidential election. Billy campaigned primarily, however, against a plastic 20-foot Christmas tree that Blanton accepted as a gift and erected on the railroad right-of-way across the highway from Billy's gas station. If elected, Billy pledged, he would lead a foray to take the tree down immediately after the vote was counted. The difference between Blanton and Billy was displayed on the front pages of most of Georgia's daily newspapers in the form of photographs, one of which showed Blanton carrying his baby daughter and escorting his wife from church on Sunday, the other showing Billy and Leon Johnson, his "campaign manager" chug-a-lugging Blue Ribbon in their "Billy Carter for Mayor" T-shirts. Billy may have been stung slightly by his defeat but his buddies, fueled by Jim Beam and Blue Ribbon, played the role of good ole boys hoorahing the city slickers to the hilt. At a weekend barbecue behind the gas station, they shocked the good citizens and tourists alike by pitching their beer cans into a puddle of rain water as they ate barbecued chicken and deer stew and joked that their empty beer cans were a tribute to Billy's concern with ecology. "That's the only river in Plains," Billy joked. At the end Billy was philosophical. What was your chief disadvantage? He was asked. 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