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Fort Myers, Florida
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Thursday, November 14, 1968
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In DeSofo County Fort Myers News-Press ey Southwest Florida News Of Bus Routes n no SEC B THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1968 PAGE I Surv Sought KJ ill (Special t the Newj-Prwj) ARCADIA - A trans-portation survey by the State Department of Education specialist was requested by the DeSoto County School Board Tuesday night. The county's 10 buses will be assigned definate and more accurate routes at a saving on both gas and mileage by the survey. The request was approved unanimously. v In other action, the board voted to advertise as surplus several sewing machines, wrist compasses, two buses, two sets of door chimes and a 220 volt light circuit. Old lockers will be added to the list. Members were wondering how the door chimes and wrist compasses came to be on the item list. New lockers for the junior and senior high school will be purchased. The 430 lockers will solve the need of the school with what lockers are already available. A site for the new middle school will be chosen from one of three spots in the north and northwest section of the city, after architect Bill Frizzell looked over the area and recommended the area. Frizzell was assisted by Ray Jensen. Boring checks of the Cape Kiwanis Asked fo Help Downtown Club With Juveniles An appeal for help was made in a joint presentation by Tom Ruke and Doug Grace to the Cape Coral Kiwanis Gub Tuesday at the Country Club, and an opportunity for a North Pole cancellation on letters and details of the Kiwanis auction were outlined. Ruke and Grace, representing the Fort Myers Edison Kiwanis Club, described their "juvenile camp project" as an outgrowth of a challenge presented by Judge Thomas W. Shands. "The President's Commission on Law Enforcement stated that one of the two contributing factors to juvenile delinquency is the lack of the father Image in the home. Our camp supplies this need," Grace said, giving Ruke's talk for him, Ruke having a severe cold. "Potential drifters and dropouts are salvagable. Through our experience with some 20 of these boys who helped us build a picnic setup and a shack for themselves at our camp near Punta Gorda, we learned that the boys not only enjoyed doing something creative but that their craving for adult direction was partially fulfilled. "With one out of six youths in juvenile court before the age of sixteen, and 15 years the age at which the highest number of arrests occur, there is a tremendous need for work in this area. Studies show that in five years half of the population in the United States will be under 25 years of age." A letter from a Kiwanis Club in Iceland described the hope of "the largest Kiwanis Club in Europe" of building an aquarium and polar zoo in Money Squabble Involved in Issue Rush Work on Hog Bay Road', Citrus Grower Asks DeSofo By TED BRYAN ARCADIA F. A. Bouseman, a citrus grower, Tuesday requested the DeSoto County Commission work on the county's secondary road, Hog Bay Road, be expedited. The Hog Bay Road, bisecting the south part of the eastern section of DeSoto County, was placed In Number 1 priority on the commission's list of secondary roads. Bouseman was told by County Attorney David Holloman that title searches on the proposed road have been completed as well as the major part of the engineering and that he expected bids to let some time in March. Holloman said the work possibly could begin In April, 1969. , , The commission agreed to a resolution, signed by all members, which will go to the State Road Department, state senators and representatives and other , officials stating that Hog Bay Road was the priority secondary road and that other county organized groups cannot dictate to the county's elected officials as to what roads will "area for underlying stability will be made within the next few weeks. The middle school will be "paid for by revenue bonds in the amount of $1.2 million backed by race track funds accruing to the School Board. The pledging of the funds was made possible by special legislation. Bonds will be delivered to the board for signing about Nov. 22. Letters of appreciation to Rep. Jim Tillman and Sen. Warren Henderson for their aid in securing the legislation to use the race track funds for backing the new school bond issue will be sent from the office of School Supt. CO. Weaver. A letter of appreciation for his help will also go to Councilman Coleman Brewer who worked hard for the special legislation. At the next regular meeting in December the board will select a name for the new school. One name, submitted by Board Chairman Joe Mot-tashed, was the Ella Ralls School, a tribute to Miss Ella Ralls, supervisor, who has put in 50 years in the field of education. Other names will be submitted and a vote taken. that country, where fishing is the major industry. To raise funds for the country's first aquarium, the Kiwanis Club there will have letters cancelled with a North Pole stamp. Special seals with mythological figures will be used on the letters. The Cape Coral Kiwanis will hold its third annual auction Nov. 3Q at 1 p.m. at the parking lot to the rear of Jack's Market, with proceeds going to the support of the blood bank and local community projects. Ivarson's or Whatley's Furniture Store will pick up heavy items ea request. Donations of smaller, good, workable items may be taken Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. to an empty store next to Jack's where they will be housed until Nov. 30. Cape Coral V1T Station Offered To the Chamber R. G. Crawford, president of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, has announced that Gulf American Corp. has tentatively offered one of its VIT stations as a home for the organization and that the county may provide the land. By vote of the membership, five persons were named to the board of directors for a three year term Ed Den-man, Millard Bowen, Cliff Van Slyke, Lowell Mills and Tom Gray. The Cape Coral Directory, published by the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, is expected to be ready Dec. 1. Copies will be available at 75 cents at local stores. be built. Bouseman agreed to ask for a similar resolution from the DeSoto Farm Bureau, which he heads. The controversy started over the county's failure to include the widening of U.S. Highway 17 in a five year program, although such project came under the primary road funds. The county borrowed 1325,000 from the State Road Board for the purchase of right of way In the widening of U.S. 17, but later requested that the funds be used on the Hog Bay Road. The county contends that since it has to repay the money it can use it as the county decides. Holloman was instructed to arrange a meeting with B. C Simpson, representative of the State Road Department, and set up a meeting between county commissioners along with Road Board member Donald R. Crane Jr., for the district that includes , DeSoto. The commissioners made the decision to use the funds for secondary roads after the State Road Department did not include the widening of U.S. 17 in the five year V h. .V HKA i The Bill Lewis home on 110th Avenue, Na- the Lewis family lost a home to natural pies Park, lies in ruins after Monday's twist- causes. (News-Press photo by Jane Hamlin) er struck the area. It was the second time Help Is Sought For North Naples Tornado Victims (Newt-Press Bureau) NAPLES - Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lewis of 110th Ave. are back at their jobs today working toward a new future. Their home, badly damaged by the freak twister that hopscotched through the Naples Park area Monday, is a total loss. A small insurance policy carried by the mortgage holder will help insure that Lewis will start out with a clean slate when he is able to buy a new home. The Lewises have four children living at home, all boys 13, 14, 16 and 17. Althought most of the family's clothes were saved, bedding, furniture and appliances were ruined by the storm. Such tragedy is not a first time experience for the Lewis family. Once before their possessions were wiped out by a hurricane and it was difficult for them to find the courage to start again. Friends and neighbors have been kind and the family is presently living in a donated apartment at Debbs Court. Rev. Frank Alderman is doing all he can to help the Lewises and donations of food, clothing and money may be taken to the Naples Park Baptist church on 109th Ave. Kentucky Club All Kentuckians and their friends are invited to the first fall meeting of the Kentucky Club of Southwest Florida in the Tice Community Center at 1 p.m. Sunday. Those planning to attend should bring a covered dish. primary road project Local groups contend that the money should be used for the purpose it was obtained and that the county cannot legally use it for secondary roads. Commissioners awarded a contract for a new tractor to Joseph L. Rozier Company of Tampa and Orlando, and a contract for a dump truck to South Florida Motor Co. of Arcadia. The gasoline supply for contract of the year went to Chevron (Standard) Oil Company. A petition by Sgt Jack Bretton of the National Guard Armory located in Arcadia, for the county to help with the maintenance of the new armory now under construction was tabled pending the next budget meeting at which time the request will be considered. City Administrator Bill McAnly asked commissioners for permission to lay extension of water and sewer lines outside the city limits of : Arcadia along county roads. Permission was granted pending a drawing up of rules and regulations between the city and county. Would Give Day Care Charleston Park Working on Center Charleston Park residents are hard at work toward starting a combined community center-day care center, with hopes of having a floor to build from by the first of the year. Charleston Park is a farm labor area of about 400 Negroes. A day care center long has been sought there and several attempts made to open one, but a part time center was the best attained due to housing problems. . With the advent of Self-Help Housing Program experience, VISTA workers in succession and the recent involvement of the Migrant Mission Board of Lee County, efforts are being speeded. The Migrant Mission Board, for 10 years working in the Charlotte Okays Work Program, Rates Teachers (Newl-PrtM Bureau) PUNTA GORDA -Members of the Charlotte County School Board Tuesday night approved work experience program for the schools system. Dr. James Longstreth, Superintendent of schools, explained that the schools have a diversified cooperative training program but that it is limited to certain types of work. He said the work experience program, while similar to the DCT program, does not limit the occupational areas included. Dr. Longstreth said the program is a realistic approach to bring together employers who need part-time help and youth that are prepared to accept the responsibilities of a part time job under school supervision. He said the anticipated goals' of the program are to develop positive attitudes and increase skills and abilities on-the-job work experience to enable the student to become gainfully employed. The School Board also approved granting two vocational educational units toward graduation to those students participating. The board also approved a plan for differentiated staffing and instructed Dr. Longstreth to undertake a feasibility 6tudy of the plan which would get away from the idea of one teacher teaching about 30 students in one classroom. Under the program teachers would be rated as master, staff, professional or paraprofessional teachers and instruct according to their rating. Board approval also was given to hold a managerial school in Charlotte County for program budgeting. The program would draw school personnel from nine counties, more than 100 teachers and administrators and will be funded by the federal government. The $9,800 program would start the second week in March. Harlem Heights area started work east of Alva about two weeks ago, supplying clothing donated through individuals and churches for a rummage sale. The Charleston Park Community Improvement Association Inc., headed by Sammy Edmundson, has been selling clothing at an aging building in the park, able to open only about once every two weeks. So far the rummage has yielded ,, $250 toward the center. Other projects bring the total to about $300, VISTA volunteer John Wyttenbach said. He and his wife, Mary, residents of a neat cottage they built, in the park, are from southern Wisconsin. Their home town folk have sent 500 pounds of clothing by mail to be sold in Charleston Park. The current plan is to build a neat storage and sales cabin of scrap lumber across the street from the Wyttenbach home, so sales can go on nightly. This is invaluable in winter, when the workers need clothing and can buy at night, Wyttenbach said. Other household goods will be sold in addition to the clothing. The Charleston Park people are even repairing television sets for resale. "We hope by the first of the year to pour the slab," Wyttenbach said of the community center. The association calculates a cost of about $500 for plumbing, concrete and other materials, he said. The association has the advantage of having residents who have gone through the Self-Help Housing Program, erecting their own homes. They plan to erect the community center in the same manner, with each person putting in time and skills as needed to do the job as a team. The day care committee is headed by Kitty Russ. Currently the day care and community center funds are the same, for a building is needed for both. The Migrant Mission Board, headed by Dr. David G. Robinson, combines the aid of area churches wanting to participate to assist spiritually and materially the underdeveloped areas. It grew 10 years ago from efforts of Mrs. Edna Grady Roberts and others of the First Methodist Church Sunday School Class, wanting to help the migrants after a freeze wiped out their employment Scientists Adding ; Precise Standards NEW YORK:- The five basic standards of measurement: length, volume, weight, -time and angle are insufficient for such modern technologies as assembling a car or a TV set Scientists now have accurate gauges, of temperature, light intensity. X-ray dosage, nuclear , radiation, sound Intensity, color and electric cur- (Newt-Preu Bureau) NAPLES City Attorney Tom Trettis said Wednesday that he was "shocked" at the Public Service Commission's decision to allow United Telephone Co. a temporary rate increase and that he would appeal the order. Trettis, who has fought the increase for 14 months by authorization of the City Council, said, "United has not given adequate service. The hearings of just three weeks ago clearly brought out that the service has not improved." PSC Attorney Lewis Pette-way said in Tallahassee he didn't think the City of Naples could appeal the order at this time. But it will be up to the State Supreme Court to accept or reject an appeal, he said. "It's not a final order," Petteway said. "This is a temporary emergency order, until the final hearing. I would imagine there will be another hearing in January," as soon as some additional studies are completed. Petteway said as far as he knew only a final order by the PSC was subject to appeal. PSC decisions are appealed directly to the Supreme Court with the PSC using court proceedings at circuit court level in its activities. The present order is to be under bond. If a final order goes against the company, the company must refund to customers any overcharge. "The service commission has short-changed us," Trettis declared. "They said and United admitted at the initial hearings that it would take at least two years to give adequate service. "It's ironic for me because I argued before the state Supreme Court with the PSC attorney against the telephone company to uphold the constitutionality of... legislation,, passed in 1967 which permits , the PSC to withhold increases in rates if service is in-, adequate. "The Supreme Court did uphold this legislation and Sarasota Editor Roy Cook Dies Of Lung Cancer (Special H the News-Press) SARASOTA Roy J. Cook, executive editor of the Sarasota Journal and Herald-Tribune died in Sarasota Memorial Hospital Tuesday night following a lung operation. Cook was hospitalized last Thursday. Cook spent 40 of his 54 years in the newspaper business, working his way up from paper boy to top spot on the Sarasota newspapers. A native of Wilmington, N. C, Cook Joined the Herald-Tribune as managing editor in 1953, later switched to the same position with the Journal, then became executive editor of both newspapers. The illness that claimed Cook was diagnosed as lung cancer. He had smoked for many years but in recent years became active in anti-smoking campaigns. Cook was noted for his many civic activities and helped organize many beneficial activities in the Sarasota area. He is survived by his wife, Camille; a daughter, Mrs. Beverly Mills of Okinawa, and a brother, Leonard of Orlando. Service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday and Cook will be interred In Wilmington at 2 p.m. Saturday. Meets Cost of Living Punta Gorda Hikes City Employe Pay (Newt-Prtti Bureau) PUNTA GORDA - All city employes except those classified as exempt will receive a raise of $3.20 a week, starting the . first week in January, Acting City Manager Ray Lee announced Wednesday. The raise is to allow for the rise in the cost of living. Starting Oct 1, 1969, employes will be given raises based on the cost of living index each year through 1971, after which the plan will be reviewed, Lee stated. ' The cost of living index will be calculated for the months of May, June and July, to determine the amount of the now the PSC does not use the tool it won." The board of directors of the chamber of commerce later Wednesday afternoon issued the following statement: "We are shocked at .the PSC decision to grant this interim rate increase in view of testimony previous FCD Board Will Meet at Lehigh (Special io Hi News-Press) WEST PALM BEACH -The threat of an interstate highway bisecting Conservation Area 3 in South Florida . will be reviewed at 9 a.m. Friday at . the Lehigh Acres Motel by the governing board of the Central & Southern Florida Flood Control District. Robert W. Padrick of Fort Pierce, chairman of the FCD board, has termed a planned alignment for Interstate 75 running through the middle of the conservation area "an abominable proposal." Padrick has sent a letter to more than 100 conservation-minded people in Florida urging their help to defeat this plan. He has written Sen. Elmer Friday and Rep. Ted Randell of Fort Myers; asking their help. The FCD has suggested an '' alternative alignment between the jetport site and Miami Studies Airport, Roads Naples Chamber Is Ahead on Projects ' (News-Press Bureau) - ,' NAPLES President Earl Hodges of the chamber of commerce reported Wednesday that 9 of the 13 major Chamber projects for the year are completely or partially successful. Hodges cited these results: In transportation, the chamber prompted City Council action to appoint an advisory' committee to look into the operation and development of. the Naples Airport. The council appointed to the job the chamber committee which had drafted the recommendation and timetable for action. US 41 is slated for four-lan-ing north of the city to the county line in a program beginning this month. Meanwhile, West Coast residents are faced with deciding which of two methods they want to see used to build a limited access highway south from Tampa to Naples, as a toll road or an interstate facility. This development followed months of work by the Naples chamber and sister groups all along the coast The chamber has aided in site studies for a new post office for Naples which it hoped will be in operation by late 1969. Chamber committees have initiated studies of vocational training facilities in the county and are working with a newly appointed school board committee to develop plans for creation of a vocational training center. A chamber committee is at work on the question of adequate housing for service raise. With each 410 change in the index, an increase of 40 cents per week will be made. The minimum Increase, however, will be $1.20 a week and the maximum Increase will be $3.20 a week. These raises do not include merit raises, Lee said, which will be made on the anniversary date of each employe if such a raise seems warranted. "We believe we have taken a step forward toward protecting the employes and their families against the erosion caused by inflation," Lee said, "with the result that we are making your city a better place to work." ly presented by dissatisfied customers as well as the representations made by the City of Naples. "The Greater, Naples chamber will continue its utilities committee in an effort to upgrade the service to the standards to which the community expects and deserves." immediately adjacent to the Tamiami Trail, which separates Conservation Area 3 from Everglades National Park. The governing board also will review water conditions in the 18-county district. It is reported that as of Wednesday a total of 965,000 acre-feet of water has been released into Everglades National Park from Conservation Area 3 this year. It is expected it will reach one million acre-feet by the end of the month. It Is four times as much water as national park officials have indicated is the minimum annual need from the conservation area. An acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons. The board also will discuss improvement in recreation sites throughout the district and consider a bid received . for nine rain gauge water level recorders. 1 employes and reports growing community interest and support for the program. Continuing efforts by the chamber with United Telephone Co. has brought an upgrading of that utility's services in recent months, a prerequisite in the chamber's views to approval of any rate increase. ' Other chamber activities include a successful area wide clean-up, paint-up, f i x - u p campaign, a kick-off meeting in cooperation with the Naples Jaycees for, a local civic club presidents round table and plans for the annual Farm-City Week later this month which for the first time will include a short tour of agricultural facilities and farms exclusively for middle school students. Walker Given Public Lands Committee Post Rep. J. Lorenzo Walker of Naples was named chairman of the House Public Lands and Parks Committee at the organizational session in Tallahassee Tuesday. Walker serves Lee, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties. He also was named to the Committees on Rules and Calendar and Governmental Organization and Efficiency. Rep. Granville Crabtree, who represents Charlotte, DeSoto, Highlands and Sarasota Counties, was named to the House Committees on Mental Health, Public Safety and Public Schools. Rep. Jim Tillman, who represents Charlotte, DeSoto, Highlands and Sarasota Counties, was named the vice chairman of the crime and Law Enforcement Committee and to the Appropriations and Rules and Calendar Committees. Rep. Don Heath, who represents Charlotte, DeSoto, Highlands and Sarasota Counties, was named to the Committees on General Legislation, Labor and Industry and State Institutions. Rep. Ted Randell of Fort Myers heads the Committee on State Institutions and serves also on the Appropriations and Public Roads and Highways Committees.

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