Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 11, 1973 · Page 29
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Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, February 11, 1973
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NEWS-HERALD, l^anama, City, Fla., Sunday, February 11, 1973 Snow In PC? You're Kidding With snowflakes giving the shivers Friday night to con- Jirmed sun worshippers in Panama City, at least one person in Mobile Ala., decided if you can't lick 'em. join 'em. The unidentified person found a use for the Interstate 10 tunnel beneath the Mobile River, after ice and snow blanketed that Gulf Port city, forcing postponement of scheduled dedication ceremonies. Even though the $48 million twin-tunnel was ready for traffic, officials kept the facility closed because of ice that covered the entrance ramps. Observers said someone donned a set of water skis, with the water hardware removed, and zipped down the icy incline leading to the tunnel. The four-lane, twin-tube tunnel was dedicated Saturday the George C. Wallace Tunnel. Wallace was unable to attend the ceremony due to bad weather, but he spoke by telephone from the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. Now You Know Q.lWIiere wUI the new Crawford Mosely HiRh School be lo- ca.ted? A. The School now in the process of construction is located on a 60-acre site near SR 77 between Panama City and Lynn Haven. Officials said the building has not been given a permanent address yet. Now You Know was told the school will hopefully be opened for the fall semester of this year, and feature a swimming pool. Q. According to the Chinese calendar, what year are we living- in? A. According to the Chinese calendar, we are in the year of the Ox, or 4671. The Chinese New Year is an exiciting tradition celebrated throughout Chin e s e-American communities with the "Dragon Dance," a colorful parade filled with fireworks. The year 4771 translates into 1973 for Americans. the mother of children less than 15 years old and employed full- time yoa are eligible for this tax break. Married couples must file a joint return and both work full- time. Also, the total income of the family must not exceed ,?18,000 a year For every dollar your adjusted gross income exceeds, you forfeit 50 cents of the child care deduct).-^n. For mrre details contact your local Internal Revenue Service office. The paperwork involved may seem complicated but officials say it is well worth the trouble. Q. I have heard a lot about the 'Toint Military Commission involved with the Vietnam cease­ fire, what is thetn Job? A. The Joint Military Commls sion Is made up of representatives of theUnited States, North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. TTiey are responsible for supplying cease-fire supervisory teams with transportation, supplies and security. They also are supposed to make detailed arrangements for the release of Americans held captive (POWs). The commission has recently gone Into effect, and at first experienced some difficulty in organizing. Q. With rising food (!osls liow can by family reduce our food bill? A. Wo have heard of one per­ ron who tried to eat only once \^•eekly but time caught up with him and the following week'a grovery bill was larger than ever so that method is not recommended. However, a recent consumer report from the Florida Consumer's Council said one of the best ways to cut food costs is to study and comp .T -e grocery ads eoch week before making out a shopping list. A person can frequently save money by anticipating future needs and buying non-perishable items on sale. Q. I am a working mother of two smaD children, and employ a full-time babysitter. Can I get a tax break for the sitter's wages? A. Changes In the tax law approved last year greatly liberalized the amount a working mother can deduct for child rare on her form. Reports show deductions may be up to $400 a month. If you are Q. My brother and I are in a lengthy discussion about \onf; hair on men. Where does It say in the Bible not to wear long hair if you are a man? A. In" the Holy Bible's Book of I Corinthians 11:14 these words are found, "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it Is a shame unto him?" An extensive study of other parts of the Bible, especially the New Testament, will reveal further scripture in support of the latter verse. Got a question that lacks an answer? Send it to Now You Know, c-o News-Herald P. O. Box 1940, Panama City, Flu. 32401. Mrs. Wainwright Announces Candidacy For Commission Panama City Realtor Marguerite Wainwright announced today that she will qualify Monday for the Ward 2, city commission seat, subject to the Feb. 27 city primary. "It is my desire to be elected to the city commission in order to be a structural part of Pana m a City's future," Mrs. Wainwright said. "I feel I have the qualifications necessary for this office and I intend to call upon Panama City voters for the chance to apply these qualifications to city government." Mrs. Wainwright is a realtor- appraiser long respected in her profession. Her affiliations in real estate range from the Panama City Board of Realtors to the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. "I feel I would provide the city with a progressive approach to planning Panama City's future. My profession alone has kept me aware of the ever-changing times. "The future of Panama City rests entirely on today's decisions and how they are made," she continued. "These decisions must be made by a person who is progressive in her thinking." Mrs. Waimviight has been In the real estate brokerage business in Panama City for the past 10 years. She completed ur- Iban properties courses at the University of Tampa as well as a three-year course of the Realtors Institute, thereby earning the national re-il estate desifljna- tion of G. R.I. (Graduate of the Realtor's InsUtute). Mrs. Wainwright cun -ently Instructs two courses at Gulf Coast Junior College, one a three -hour college credit couise. She is a member and past sei^re- tary-treasurer of the Panama City Board of Realtors, is past president of Multiple Listing Seivlce, a member of the American Businesswomen's Association, and holds memberships In ^Ija Florida Association of Real- Marguerite Wainwright tors, the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the National Institute of Real Estate Brokers and the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers. "I have definite ideas on how to upgrade city services without an increase in millage. . .possibly with a decrease in millage. Many of these services, such as fire and police protection, must be upgraded. The streets of Panama City are as safe to walk by night or day as our present police department can make them. If our department was on a par with like^ized cities insofar as equipment and manpower are concerned. The safety of our streets would be insured for years to come. 4 "With new high-rise buildings on their way up in Panama City, our fire department needs to be brought ahead with the idea that fire protection is only as gpod as firefighting equipment." Pd. Pol. Adv. "It is not often that a person gets to dedicate something named for him, but I am grateful for the Legislature of 1964 that passed a resolution giving this twin tunnel my name," he said. The $48 million facility will augment the two-lane Banichead Tunnel built in 1941. Here in Panama City, arguments over whether observers were seeing snow or-sleet, made experts out of northerners who had come here to escape just such precipitation. The late night snowfall was the first in Panama City in 13 years, and drivers were taking it easy on slippery streets or staying home by the fire. No weather-related accidents were reported. Some spoil sports complained that a group of children were making too much noise at midnight Friday. The children, the report stated, were playing in the snow. Now, docs that sound like Panama City? Law Broke; No 'Shares IT'S VO-ED WEEK - Panama City Mayor M. B. Miller has proclaimed the week of Feb. 11-17 as Vocational Education Week in the city. After he signed the proclamation, Jeanette Howell, right, director of vocational education for the school system, shows a poster to be used in promoting the week, as the mayor and Walter Carter, school industrial education coordinator, look on. The local observance is being held along with the National Vocational Education Week. In detlaring the week's observance, Mayor Miller noted the locognition given by Congress to the growing need of vocational education, providing broader concepts of career education for individuals- Citing the increased emphasis on preparing individuals to enter employment, the Mayor noted thai vocational education serves high school youth as well as adults. LEO MILLER TOM COOK RALPH ALCOTT Local men honored with trophies. (See story below right.) Four Injured In Disturbances PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (UPI1 — At least four persons were arrested Thursday during racial disturbances at four Pinellas County schools and two schools in neighboring Hillsborough County. The worst outbreak occurred at Pinellas Park Ju- Tax Help Program Moves Into City BONIFAY (UPI) — Sheriff Wiburn Raley tilted back his chair, repositioned the ever- present toothpick in the corner of his smile, and said he has no idea what to do if the Holmes County Commission insists on sitting on its $102,000. With its ambulance service self-destructed for lack of funds, and its nine-man sheriff's department facing bankruptcy but proudly turning down ill-fitting hand-me-downs from a neighboring county. Holmes County has $102,000 in federal revenue- sharing money sitting untouched in the bank. Federal revenue-sharing like federal everything-else since Vhe Reconstruction Era, is regarded with skepticism by some rural officials who look for dangling "strings attached." County Clerk Jack Faircloth, who deposited the money equally in the county's general revenue fund and its fines-and-forfeitures fund, said he thinks it's '. a shame so much money should sit idle, in the face of so much need. "Holmes County is one of the poorest counties in the state of Florida," he said. "It would be utterly foolish for Holmes County, probably one of the poorest counties in the United States, to refuse to use the money that belongs to it." , Florida Department of Commerce figures rank Holmes 63rd among Florida's 67 counties, with a per capita income of $1,952. The 1970 figures, the most recent compiled in TaUa- hassee put the unemployment rate at 9.8 per cent — more than one-third above what the U. S. Labor Department considers serious unemployment. In a 3-2 vote, the county commission recently decided to shelve its revenue-sharing money until a "study" is made. Faircloth said the motion by Commissioner Jimmy Josey carried with no debate — and with no instructions about when, how. or by whom the "study" is to be accomplished. Raley, a friendly and soft-spoken man with the mildly sur- nior High School where two persons were arrested and about 200 black students returned to their homes. Police said the trouble started when blacks and whites chased each other across the school yard and several fights broke out. Everything was quiet at Boca Ciega and Seminole high schools in Pinellas County early in the morning. However, when security personnel withdrew from tliose schools to go to Pinellas Park, some minor disturbances were reported and two persons were arrested at Seminole. Minor disturbances also were reported at Madiera Beach Junior High in Pinellas County, and at East Bay High School in Southeast Hillsborough County and Chamberlain High School in Tampa. Police said there were no injuries reported in any of the disturbances. At Southport, N.C., sheriff's deputies were ordered to stand guard today at racially troubled South Brunswick High School, where about 20 students were injured in a fight. Authorities said the students were hurt Thursday when a brawl broke about between about 50 blacks and whites. No one was seriously injured. The trouble apparently started Wednesday when a black girl and a white girl fought, an incident touched off when one stepped on the other's toes. "Then as a result of this, after lunch today they chose sides and started going after it to avenge each gh'l," said Melton McCumbee, the chief deputy. NCSL Hosts Workshop The Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory here will be the site of a two-day Acoustic Warfare Workshop to be held next Wednesday and Thursday, it was announced today. The workshop will bring to Panama City close to 200 representatives of U. S. Navy commands and some of the leading industrial firms in the nation. With NCSL as the host activity, the workshop will be jointly sponsored by the Naval Ship Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research. Purpose of the workshop, according to NCSL officials, will be to identify critical technological and operational issues in the area of acoustic farfare, with emphasis on developments, functions, requirements, and responsibilities. NCSL is one of the Navy's leading laboratories for the development of acoustic warfare systems. Rear Admiral B. H. Andrews, deputy commander for research and development. Naval Ships Systems Command, will deliver the keynote address. Students SS Extended Students who get monthly Social Security payments may now get checks for a time after their 22nd birthday, according to James Robinson, manager of the Panama City Social Security Office. Under a change in the law, an undergraduate student can continue to get Social Security payments through the end of tiie semester or quarter in which he reaches age 22, Robinson said. 11 the student's school does not use the semester or quarter system, payments can continue until he completes the course he's taking or two months after he reaches 22, whichever comes first. "The changes means students will no longer face . the problem of having their benefits stop in the middle of a school term," Robinson said. Checks for dependent children normally stop at aj^e 18, but payments continue to 22 for young people who are in school full time and remain unmarried. Under previous law, Social Security payments stoi^ped when the student reached 22. The Bay County Chapter 1315, American Association of Retired Persons, has just completed a three-week tour of surrounding areas within a radius of 75 miles offering free income tax assistance to all persons 55 years of age or older, and with earnings less than $12,000 for the year. The program is moving into Panama City, following one last trip to a neighboring city. AARP personnel will be in DeFuniak Springs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chautauqua Hall, Feb. 19. The visit is coordinated by the DeFuniak Springs Council on Aging. Moving into Panama City for six days of assistance to those needing help in preparing tlicir returns, the AARP-VITA group will b?. at West Florida Gas store on Oak Avenue, Monday through FVidty f, a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, March 12 through 16. The foUowmg week, on March 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the free scrvire ri the volun'.or •r.r ->'i ,e tax arsis ^ance per ?JMS will be available a*, the City of rarnn.M ( "ty Be; rh Commui'y Center. Officials of the American Association of RoM*ed Persons a-i{ officials of ihe !i >sional Dir'ic- tor's office rf U S. Inte.- lal •Revenue ."c'lvice vill visit .li" VITA -rciips ur.} • nounced to see the progrnrn m action. The program i^ vot in opposition to rrofp.ssio firms and :»•• dividU'-s uho p't pare income tMx ri .'turns f <.r a ice, but 's a service i.T.Aiccd free to ansvn- questions which nny confuse . n older taxpayer v iii'e he is co i: VI:n- his (iwn reti .rn, acco'd- ini- to Al ''.••\^y. AARP pres;- dpnt. Revival Starts At 7:30 Tonight The Rev. Sam Self, pastor of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Ponce de Leon, and Al Yancy, minister of music at the First Baptist Church of Ashford. Ala., will hold a revival tonight through Feb. 17, at the First Baptist Chi /i -ch of Green-Hills- Fountan. The revival services will start at 7:30 nightly. David Croft is pastor if the Green Hills-Fountain church. Sounds Fishy Local Men Honored Two local men received honors at the recent quarterly Board meeting of Division I, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Leo Miller, last year's commander of Flotilla 16, Panama City, and current vice captain of Division I was awarded the William F. Valentine Memorial Trophy for amassing the most fathoms (work units) for 1972 in the First Division. Ralph H. Alcott, Flotilla Newsletter was awarded the Commodore Cook Trophy for outstanding individual contribution to the division by his creation and publication of an outstanding newsletter in the Eighth Coast Guard District. The Valentine Trophy was presented by Mary Helen Valentine, widow of the 1972 division captain for whom the trophy was established. The Comm o d o re Cook Trophy was presented by Tom Cook. Vice commodore of the Eighth Coast Guard District Auxiliary. prising habit of calling every man "sir'- in a region where the sheriff can strut unchallenged, plunked down the keys to the county's only ambulance and told the five commissioners the sheriff's office can no longer run it. He said the jail had to be left unguarded sometimes while a lone deputy ran a emergency call with the ambulance. Not only did he quit providing ambulance service, but Raley said he needs a quick $48,500 supplement to keep enforcing the law through Oct. 1, the start of the county's next fiscal year. Raley said that when he took office last January, he found that former Sheriff Harvey J. Belser had overspent his accounts. He said he does not blame Belser, who quit to run for Congress against U. S. Rep. Robert L. F. Sikes of Crestview, but that the over-spending leaves the new sheriff seriously under-funded. He said he «has $20,032 in the salaries fund to last seven more months, and that salaries are running $5,000 a month. He said he needs $19,500 for modern equipment, including replacing at least two of his four prowl cars — two he said have more than 200,000 miles on them. Some of his men are not making the $6,000 minimum, he needs a bailiff, and needs to hire three women to be jail matrons — and that could cost him some state funds for not meeting standards of the Police Standards Council Raley said. He said Belser used to use jail trusties as ambulance attendants while a deputy drove. That had to stop when a trustie escaped. When the Jackson County Sheriff's Office got new uniforms, it offered its old ones to Raley's men. None of them fit, he said. Raley wants the ambulance, now parked beside his office, to start running again — but not as part of the sheriff's budget and not with a deputy at the wheel or an untrained trustie working as a "medic" in the back. "The reason I stopped that is, I don't think that's a practice required of the sheriff by law," he said. '"The county was in jeopardy every time that ambulance rolled out of here." Raley said some commercial ambulance services have bid on the county's business, but the commission is not taking any action until its revenue-sharing study is complete. As for the law-enforcement budget, he said none of his eight deputies has threatened to quit, even if the office runs out of money. "I don't know, sir, I just don't know what's going to happen" He said. "I believe that if we run completely out of money, the door will still be kept open — somehow." In a rundown, nearly empty rooms of the wooden house that Raley uses for an office, idle deputies play cards next to a battered radio that whines the "lonesome - in-the-saddle-since my-horse-died" breed of mournful country music. Bonifay is a friendly town, where people would rather offer their own help than direct a stranger to the sheriff's office, and Raley's small jail has a big "Welcome" sign out front. But morale seems to be sli[)p- ing among the deputies, even though they do not plan to quit and leave their neighbors unprotected. "I think it's just pitiful, myself," said Deputy Bob Hendry, for five years a policeman in Walton and Seminole Counties before joining Raley last January. "I feel like law enforcement ought to be given first consideration — not speaking in a selfish manner, you understand — but without us enforcing the law, over a period of time there won't be much else left." Hendry said he had told a Panama City reporter "I'm ashamed to walk down the street — they call us the welfare sheriff's department." Commissioner Hulon King, one of the three who voted for Josey's motion to "table any use of revenue sharing funds for further study," said he is displeased that Clerk Faircloth was not getting "literature" such as Raley s request for a $48,500 budget boost before the board prior to meeting time. "To be frank with you, we've voted to have literature come before the board of county commissioners five to 15 days ahead of the meetings," he said. "We haven't had such done." He said Faircloth "is not cooperating with the board, and he's not even trying to." Commissioners Josey and Tamphus Messer, who voted with King to bank the revenue- sharing money indefinitely and reject Raleys plea for a cut if it, were not available for comment. Back at the jail. Sheriff Raloy said he saw a glimmer of hone from Tallahassee during a recent conference of Florida sh-r- iffs. "They told us over there — I don't know if it was the governor or the attorney general — but they told us that the office of sheriff would never, ever be closed due to a lack of funds," Raley said. Band Booster Plans Events The Rosenwald Band Booster announces the following band activities. The band has a concert at the Rosenwald School on Feb. l.T at 7 p.m., including all members of the advanced, intermediate and beginner band. This will be followed by an ice cream social for all banid members, their parents and friends attending the concert. Tickets for the event are $1 each person and may be purchased from any band member. The Cream Castle supnlied the tickets a' no cost to the band and is giving a free burger to anyone turning in n ticket stub to the Ca=tle after attending the concert. Other c\-ents planned are; individual nfouns frnrp the band will participate in tie .Solo and Knsemblp Conto'^t at Talla- hpsspfi on Feb. 24. Cn March 3, the band iroes to •'^Tnhile. Ala. to perform in the Mfi "di-Gras Parade. It -s back to TaMihassee for the r >i=:lrict Bnnd Contest on Mar. 21 The band hcoster.^ in- \ite everyone out to the concert and ice cieam social r,n Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Candid Comments What Direction Prices? BY JOE ALLEN STAFF WRITER The nation's economy has always been of great concern in the hearts and minds of Americans. Wage and price controls imposed during latter months have given some people doubt and others faith in the President's economic policy. The News-Herald Candid Comment reporter asked Floridians, do you think the wage- price controls have lowered prices in Bay County today?. . , "Not where I have been. Groceries and everything else has gone sky-high. I can't see appar- not difference. I have not received any salary raise in the past couple of years." J. T. Jones Panama City "I don't think they have lowered prices. The controls might have held prices lower than they could have been. It has definitely controlled wages, but I don't know about prices." Christian Werle Route 1, Box 802E Panama City time. I don't think the wage- price controls did their job." Charles Parker 610 Satsuma Ave. Panama City "No I don't believe they have. I don't think the controls have lowered prices although they may have stabilized them." Wade Wood 1309 Fairy Ave. Panama City DLNN RICE ...oK,. PARKER WOOD Panama City Police are looking for some fishy characters who they said stole 100 pounds of shrimp from a boat docked at the City Marina Friday. Police said Capt. Francis Cardin, 1912 Drummond Ave. told Ihem the jumbo shrimp taken from the hold of his boat. Tiki S, was worth $180. Police reports show the shrimp belonged to Anderson l^eafood of Panama City. JONES WERLE "I work at a local food store and I see jjiijricas going up all the "I have not really noticed any change either way. When I shop I just pick things up and buy them without considering whether the price had gone up or not. Maybe that is why I don't have any money." Donna Dunn 3710 W. 17th St. Panama City No I don't think so because controls are the major causes of inflation. When a person doesn 't have the money to spend, prices are not going to drop. The world is going to keep progressing and it can't be held back. When ambition:-, [loople do not have all the money they want inflation is inevitaWo." Tom Rice 1236 Beck Ave. Panana j ^ty "I think they have lowered prices slightly. The controls were supposed to reduce inflation. There is no question that they have been at least a partial success." Larry Hodges 2809 A. Falcon Tyndall AFB "I sure do. First of all the local people caused the prices to be held down. When they lower the prices jobs fade away." Richard Harris 1019 Kirkland Ave. Panama City 1 HAICKIS Don't miss next week's News- Herald to see what top question the Candid Comment reporter asks Floridians, This time It may be you!

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