Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 23, 1973 · Page 13
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 13

Panama City, Florida
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Friday, February 23, 1973
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PAYCHECK DILEMMA Food Price Rise Means $ Short MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — AFL-CIO President George Meany served notice on President Nixon Thursday that unless the administration can halt the soaring spiral of food prices, it is "inevitable" that wages also will have to go up sharply. "You've got to keep a balance. You've got tc keep the consumer purchasing power up," Meany told reporters after hearing a government report that the cost of groceries vaulted 2.1 per cent last month, with more increases expected. "Who's going to buy this stuff if the prices keep going up and up and up and the wages are frozen. NEWSHEKALD, Panama City, Fla., Ffiday, February 23, 1973 Page IB SCHOOL ZONING DEBATE ^What Makes This Necessary?' "Whatever happened to freedom of choice?" a member of a parent group asked school officials Thursday. The parents, who admit they are not professional school planners, were meeting in the board room to begin working to find an alternative zoning plan to take the place of a school proposal they find unacceptable. "Freedom of choice was judged unconstitutional" by a federal court several years ago when the county wai ordered to integrate into a unitary school system, Gil Wilson, county schools coordinator, retorted. "Can I ask you one question? What makes this necessary?" This was the query of one frustrate parent to school officials during Wednesday's meeting to discuss rezoning. These questions seem to sUm up the feeling of parents opposed to the changes. They declare they just don't want their children to have to change schools again. Supt. Curtis Jackson replied that "the student Is our only consideration." He went on to say the school system's responsibility is "to make full use of facilities, reduce the black ratio and move fewer black students from one school to another. Jackson said rezoning is necessary because of a shift in the growth centers in the county and because the system is required to provide kindergarten classroom for all five years olds next year. In doing so, he said, the officials tried to see that kindergarten would be available in the school nearest to the child's home. In addition, the construction of a third high school necessitated rezoning of senior high students. Former Supt. Luther McDonald recommended that study last September, and the school board voted to have a committee do a comprehensive study of the whole system at the same time. n» elementary school boundaries approved this week for next year will shift between schools to re- due* overcrowding at some and utilize space at oth- tn, Jackson said. While zones remain basically the same, he said, a major difference is that Hiliand Park sixth grades win be moved to Patterson Sixth Grade Center and Lynn Haven sixth grades to "A.D. Harris Center. School officials said Thursday parents may obtain more detailed Information on boundaries by contacting their school principal or by calling Gil Wilson at the administration buiding, 769-1431. Wilson said maps and boundary descriptions were being sent to the principals. T^e elementary zoning plan also is expected to bring the racial breakdown more Into line, Jackson said. Some Oakland Terrace black students will go to Lucille Moore; some St. Andrew whites to Oakland Terrace; and some St. Andrew blacks to Parker, he explained. The superintendent said the only thing that will solve the Southport School problem is to "build classrooms." He said the school is in a growth area and has no land available to expand. The elementary plan was approved over the objections of one board member and without too much debate from parents, who indicated more interest in and opposition to a junior high zoning proposal. But one local resident believes it would be better to move "good temporary buildings into a growth area, rather than bus the children out." He said it is cheaper to build the portable classrooms than to transport children daily. He also questioned the leadership of a workshop in which the zoning proposal was presented to the board, and called for further study and a new junior- senior high proposal. Jackson said he feels the; board does a better job than federal district court would. Besides rezoning to use a third high school, the proposal would move white students from Jinks and Everitt into Rosenwald Junior High to utilize space there and to reduce the black ratio from 47 per cent to 18 per cent, Jackson said. The school was integrated three years ago from an all-black school by busing in white students from Tyndafl Air Force BaFe. Now the boundaries would be expanded to take in students from the Millville and Cove sections. The plan would move about 140 students from Everitt to Rosenwald and about 280 from Jinks. In addition, 180 blacks, 30 from Jinks and 150 from Rosenwald, would go to Mowat. One parent Wednesday called the rezoning proposal "a vicious circle of moving children." Thursday the small group of determined parents gathered in the board room with Wilson and Gib Kelly to see if they could find a better way. They have until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to come up with a plan which will be presented, along with the original proposal and any others offered, for discussion and action'by the school board. The board reports it is faced with making a judgment that will "make the best use of available facilities." They also have to consider the objections of parents and the suggestions of educators. Several of the mothers said they don't pretend to be able to prepare zoning proposals. But they don't like the one being considered^because it means their children have to move. 'You just have to realize t|at's how mothers are," one said. The higher food prices and Meany's demand that wages siiould keep pace appeared ominous for administration hopes of keepiiig inflation under control now that mandatory wage and price controls have been lifted from most of the economy during Phase III. There's a heavy schedule of union collective bargaining this year, with contracts covering about 5.5 million workers up for negotiation. A recent informal UPI survey showed that most union negotiators already planned to ignore any government wage guidelines, but the continuing rise in food prices could push their wage demands even higher. Meany disagreed with President Nixon's contention that government price controls on raw food prodcts would lead to shortages, rationing and black marketing. He said, "Let them have a stick in the closet for farmers" to force them into line the way the White House has threatened to force other excessive wage and price increases into line. "I think you can do anything you want to do when you've got the machinery of government," Meany told reporters after Thursday's session of the midwinter meeting of the AFL- CIO Executive Council. He said Nixon not only has complete control of the administration, but also "practically dominates congress." The 78-year-old labor leader said he plans to bring up the problem nf soaring food prices at a meeting here Friday of tiie Cost of Council's Phase HI Labor-Management Advisory Committee. Meany is a member of the panel. (See Related Story Page 1) Odd Series, And Man Is Back In Jail A Jacksonville man who was confined to the Community Correctional Center near Lynn Haven, until his "escape" in Sep tember was back in the Bay County Jail TTiursday under a yiO.OOO I)ond. The $10,000 bond had nothing to do with escape, however, law officers said, as the man, John D. Nash, 27 of Jacksonville had been released from the Bay County Jail three days before he allegedly stole a gas truck. The strange series of events went something like this: Nash escape from the Community Correctional Center in September and was picked up a short time later and charged with es<ape. The charges of escape were dropped after law officers said they found Nash had not broken out of any jail, but had simply been late getting back to the Correctional Center from a downtown furlough. The officers at the center had declared Nash an escapee when he turned up missing at the 10 p.m. curfew. Nash's escape charges were dropped, but he was "washed out" of the work release program at the Correctional Center, and ordered back to Raiford State Penetentiary to serve the rest of his sentence. Raiford was filled to overflowing at the time Nash was ordered sent back, so he was admitted to the Bay County Jail to finish out his sentence—which he did. Nash was released Feb. 12 from the jail, and left the area. Several days later, a gas truck was reported stolen from a local firm. The Bay County Sheriff's Office entered the truck's license number in state and nation-wide computer printouts as stolen. Wednesday, Jacksonville police officers saw the truck, called in the license number, and in seconds were advised that the number was a "hit" — telling the officers the truck was stolen. When the sirens sounded and the blue lights came on, tl\e driver of the truck jumped from the truck and ran. Officers ran the man down and arrested him. Thursday afternoon, Nash was served with a warrant for hi^i arrest on charges of larceny o! an automobile. Thursday afternoon Nash was arraigned and his bond was set at $10,000. Later that same afternoon a bond reduction hearing was held and Nash's bond was lowered to $1,500. Nash was still in the Bay County Jail at press time. Accusations At Lynn Haven FLYING - Private flying was the subject of a talk Bob Houston gave the Panama City Civitan Club. Houston has been teaching flying for more than PS years. Jerry Myers advised the club that the note for the bus used by the Mary Mackin School has now been paid in full. The bus was a club project. Eight Member Tennesee Family Rescued At Sea KEY WEST (UPI) — Tiie Coast Guard Thursday found and rescued eight members of a Tennessee family whose 18-foot boat was disabled Tuesday in eight-foot seas whipped by cold 20-knot winds. The family of construction company owner Larry McCrary of Kingsport was spotted Thursday morning drifting in the storm-tossed Gulfstream about 70 miles southeast of Key West. The Cqast Guard Cutter Cape York, which was one of a dozen boats, planes and helicopters involved in a 9,000-square-mile search for the four adults and four children, took the family aboard, gave them a hot meal and took their boat in tow. The Coast Guard said those alxjard the boat with McCrary were his wife Shirley, 35, his children by a previous marriage, Tony, Pam, 3, Gary, 7. Clarence, 12 and McCrary's mother and an uncle. A Coast Guard spokesman said the family was in good condition, despite the two-day ordeal in the sun and 50-degre9 temperatures. They were expected to arrive at Key West about 5 p.m. "They were very lucky," a Coast Guard official said "If that boat, which was terribly overloaded, had capsized and they had gone into the water, they probably would have died of exposure in a few hours." The Coast Guard said McCrary and his family ignored small craft warnings Tuesday morning and departed in heavy seas for a fishing trip out of Key West. McCrary told the Coast Guard the stern-drive motor on his boat broke down Tuesday afternoon about 30 miles frorn shore. The only food they had was The remains of a picnic lunch they had eaten around noon The family was reported missing by another daughter, Shelby, 12, who had remained ashore with some friends of the family in Key West. The McCrarys set out for the Florida Keys last Friday in a camper, towing their 18-foot boat behind them. - They had 'em in the aisles at the Lynn Haven City Hall Thursday night, but the persons in tiie aisles weren't laughing — they were just trying to find a place to sit. The occasion was a special called meeting of the Lynn Haven City Commission, called by a small group of city residents to air Lynn Haven City Manager Billy Kinsaul's past driving record. According to the two women who asked the meeting be called ~ the wife of a twice defeated candidate for the Lynn Haven City Commission and a woman herself recently defeated for a commission seat — Kinsaul has been charpted with three separate offenses of driving while intoxicated. The meeting, which also heard discussion of a civil suit brought against the city's insurance agent because of a wreck Kinsaul had, ended after on full hour of heated debate between the two women, Mrs. John Weiss and Mrs. Juanita Taylor, and the city attorney, Thomas R. Ellinor! The women, each taking their turn, directed questions to EUi- nor, and Ellinor answered them in language phrased in legal terms. Ellinor explained to the women that Kinsaul had been Thrift Shop Reopens Today The Salvation Army's local Thrift Shop, which lost all of its goods in a devastating tire about two weeks ago, will be back in business today at a new location. Capt. Robert Tritton, local commander, said the shop will open its doors at 9 am. today in a temporary location at 103 E. Ninth Street. The Salvation Army lost more than $50,000 in clothing, appliances, furniture and equipment Feb. 7, when fire gutted the organization's Thrift Shop, then located at the comer of U.S. Business 98 and Sherman Avenue. Tritton said the new location in a warehouse building is "temporary'- and was donated by John Christo Jr. The captain said sufficient clothing had come in to begin stocking the store. "However,' he said, "we still need useable furniture and appliances." Salvation Army thrift stores are operated to provide indigent families with clothing and household goods. Most of the items are donated, and they are then either given away or sold for a nominal charge to needy families. "We appreciate the interest and concern of the people in our community during this recent crisis. So many people have been so kind," Tritton concluded. Foresters Donate Trucks To Firemen Personnel of the Florida Division of Forestry today presented fire trucks to the Volunteer Fire Departments of Caryville and Graceville for use in fighting structural, grass, and woods fires in and around the respective cities. The trucks were turned over to the fire departments on a "free lease" basis, The 1956 Chevrolet 2-ton truck presented to the Caryville Volunteer Fire Department was obtained by the Division of Forestry from the federal government as surplus propery. The truck was re-conditioned and modified for use as a fire truck at the Division of Forestry shop in De- F u n ia k Springs by Forest Ranger Hurtis Wilkerson with the help of other forest rangers in that area Wilkerson mounted the water tank and pump from the old Caryville fire truck on this newer unit and gave the whole thing a new coat of bright red paint. The truck leased to the City of Graceville for use by its Fire Department is a truck which was formerly used by the Division of Forestry to fight structural and grass fires in the DeFuniak Springs area. It is being replaced there by a larger tanker that also will be used against railroad fires. It also was reconditioned and painted red by Forest Ranger Wilkerson before being presented to the Graceville Fire Department. Both trucks were eased under the Division of Forestry's Rural Fire Defense Program The Division of Forestry is a part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. charged with driving while intoxicated before, but had never bfen convirted. Ellinor said that Kinsaul had been charged with the offenses while oft duty, and had been Involved in the traffic accident, in a city rar, after working hours. The accident resulted in the City of Lynn Haven being sued for $2,500 by rre; owner of the second car invcl'.ed in the cnlli- sic>n. After hearing the debate for approximately one-half houi'. Commissioner J. H. Elkins moved thai th*" charges, because they had been heard before in commission meetings and disposed of, be banned from any further action before the commissicn. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Montel M. Johnson, and carried the five-person commission unanimously. Another motion, one to call the meeting adjourned, also carried the unanimous assent of the commission, but not befor Kinsaul answered to the people finding fault with his personal life. ' 'I ser\'e at the convenience of this commission, and I will do so until they either fire me or request ray resignation," Kinsaul said. Kinsaul said he had done some things he "was not too proud of," but said he considered himself a "moral" man. As he was talking, John Weiss, the citizen whose wife Viad requested the meeting, interrupted him several times. Kinsaul said to Weiss, in closing "You have tried to make it f election to the commission) twice, but lost both times." The commissioners finall> voted to end the meeting, but the citizens who brought the charges against Kinsaul could be heard loudly proclaiming after the meeting that the people "Haven't heard the end of t"Hs yet." Woman Beaten, Robbed Of $8 APAL4CHIC0LA — A juvenile charged with beating an 88- year-old v.oman will be brought before circuit court here at 10 a.m. today for a decision nn whether he should be tried as an adult. Circuit Court Judge Ben C. Willis of Tallahassee will hear the case of a 16-year-old youth charged with the beating anil robbery of Mary Marshall, 88, on Jan. 11, The take from the alleged robbery was $8.75, police said. Two other youths, not identified, are alleged to have participated, isrames of juveniles were withheld. ^ According to reports, Mrs. Marshall was taken to Weems Memorial Hospilal as a result of a beatin;^ i:)y thrpe boys she said gained entrance to her home late on the night of Jan. 11 by teliing her they had a telegram f'.i hor. She said they demanded her mon(r/ ai ?d boat her when she told them she had none. So she i,did sr.-o then lied and told them the money was buried in the yard. When the youths took her outside, she screamed lor help and they '.letl, Mrs. Marshall said. MOVING IN —Salvation Army personnel move into their organization's new Thrift Shop location at 103 E. Ninth St. The shop will open today. The Salvation Army lost the entire contents of its for­ mer Thrift Shop here in a fire Feb. 7. ShowTi, left to right, are: Bill Nash, general foreman; Capt. Robert Tritton, local commander, and Mike Brock. There s Room At U Of F GAINESVILLE — Priority for admission to the University of Florida's 1973 freshman class will be given to qualified instate students, according to James B. Parrish, director of admissions. Board of Regents policy limits the size of the University's freshman class each fall and Parrish said priority in admission m.ust be given to those eligible applicants who have their request for admission in by March 1. He points out that in the past all Florida students who met minimum admission requirements and filed their application on ti .me have been offered admission to the feshman class despite the quota. Parrish said the number of applications received to date exceeds 6,0(10. "More than 2,800 freshm .Hn applications already have been approved for admission," he reports. "I am confident that we can accommodate every qualified Florida student who submits an application by Bay High First In Latin The Bay High Latin club which attended a District I Latin forum at Escambia High in Pensacola recently succeeded in placing first in five separate events and third in the District I Latin Bowl, Winners for Bay High were Vicky Mercer, second year derivatives, Ingrid Johnson, orations, Laura Hadaway, mythology, Priscilla Callahan, scrapbook, and the cast of "Rinse the Blood off my Toga" in skit competition. The team for the Latin Bowl included captain Laura Hada- 'jvay. Gracen Smith, Greg Brudnicki, and Edwin Prevatte. Mr .K. Corine Lindley, former Bay High Latin teacher and foundi-r of the Di-sfrict I Latin forum was presented with a floral arrangc- . ment in appreciation for her services ard dedication. March 1." Parrish encoa'ages all students who are interested in attending the university to apply. Minimum requirements for admission are g.-aduation fr^m high scht.ol with at least an overall "C" academic average and a t^core of 300 or above on the Florida 12 (h Grade Placement Test. "Many people think our requirements are higher than they actually are," Parrish says. "Students already have their test scores and if they meet the minimum requirements and are interested, we ufge them to ap- .niy-" The admissions office reports that although there has been a slight decrease in the number of applications from Florida students, the number from out-of- state has remained constant. .Application forms and instructions may be obtained in high school liuidance offices throughout the state or by writing the Admissions Office, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. 32601. Adams To Thomas: Irresponsible BOYS TO RESPONSIBLE ADULTS — Walter Hall, center, directbir of the Boys Club of Bay County, spoke to the Optimist Club of Panama City last week on the objectives of the Boys Club: "to build responsible adults." Right, David Maxted, club president, presents check for $100 to Boys Club for use in the general program. At left is George Cornett, Optimist program chairman. FORT PIERCE (UPI) - Lt. Gov. • Tom Adams said Wednesday a suggestion by State Republican Chairman L. E "Tommy" Tliomas that he be impeached because of reports he has used state-paid help on his private farm was "irresponsible." "I l^now, having observed some of the things he (Thomas) has done and being aware of some of the statements he has made, that he is a bit prone to irresponsible positions of which this appears to be one," Adams said. Adams said he could not un- derstani how Thomas could inake such a suggestion on the basis of facts. "I presme that he is judging from tnnny of the stories which have been published that are noth-ng .short of fabrication." Adams said. "I take solace in the fact that as it has in the past and will in the future, 85 will take time for the facts end reality of the situation to emerge," Adams said. "It will in this case." Adams was in the Fort Pierce area to attend a recreation show. Tiie legislature has launch«»cl an invpstigation of the char&ea that Adams is using a man paid by the state to help run his l,00O- acre cattle spread near Gadsden. Thomas asked Tuesday thst impeachment p'-oceedings be initiated in the case. Magic Menu Magic on the men? Yes, dui> ing the Kiwanis Club of East Bay County Tuesday night meeting at the Coffee Cup Restaurant in Springfield. "Magician" Don McCoy presented a demon- sh-ation of his prowess ; as a magician. Other club agenda was the announcement by President Nelson Helms of the club sponsored Rodeo to be held on May 4th and Sth at the Bay County Fair Grounds on East 15th Street.

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