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2 B Wednesday, November 12, 1969 Monroe News-Star Arrive In City GIRAFFES KNOW who their friends are. This female, one of a matched pair recently arrived at the Monroe Zoo, snuggles Zoo Director Jake Yei verton during a photo session today. The giraffe, with a front leg kick capable of felling a lion, can be meaner. The pair were brought to Monroe from zoos in San Francisco, Calif., and Colorado Springs. Colo. Group Is Named To Study New West Monroe Charter A four man committer today smaller council and a stronger began studying nominations for mayor as the '•tructure best able a charter commission to write a to meet the citv's n^eds new homo rule charter for the Chamber Manager Eugene city of West Monroe. Smith presented the resolution The group is to make its re asking the council to initiato the port at a special meeting Friday change from the special char- night. ter, which would be a prelude to The move was urged by the the eventual redesigning of the West Monroe Chamber of Com city - governmental organiza merce at Tuesday night's coun- ti n cil meeting. The Chamber, aft- Mayor W. B ‘ Bert’’ flatten er a lengthy study, endorsed » named a committee composed • • • • • • Opposition Rises On Fluoridation Public opposition arose f< r the first time against fluoridation of West Monroe’s muniei pal water supply, when sev eral citizens appeared at Tuesday night's council meeting to ask the council to submit the issue to a public vote. William G. Haynes Jr presented seven objections to fluoridation In addition to requesting a referendum, Haynes points included: — Fluoridation of the public water supply “violates the individual rights of all citizens, that the government should not have the power to compel any eiti/en to submit to unneces sary treatment which violates the dictates of his conscience, his f>ersonal integrity or his day - by • day control and re sponsibihty of * and for the care of his own body ” — Cost of the program could be much better spent on oth er “urgent” < unspecified) needs of the city. — Not all doctors and den tilts are in favor of fluoridation — Other means of utilizing fluoride exist, such tablets, toothpaste, direct application, etc, which would allow voluntary use. Haynes, Fifth District chairman of the Republican Party, acted as spokesman for some 10 fluoride opponents present at Ihe council session. Two months ago the coun cil authorized the city’s engi-| neering firm to prepare speci-; fications on fluoridatir*! equipment The specifications have not been completed and no1 further action has been taken, Mavor W. B “Bert“ Hatten re (ported. "I personally am not com pletely sold on it." the mayor declared “You can rest assured that before we take the final step every person pro or con will have a chance to be heard “ Fluoridation was recom mended by the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce It ha^ the solid support of most American medical and dental societies Although no opposition was heard when West Monroe first acted on fluoridation Hatten said he has be^n deluged with phone calls from opponent > within the past week In other action the council — Authorized bid: be advertised hr oxidat'.on equipment for the city’s new sewage treatment facilities — Granted a beer permit to Harvey W. Johnson, operator of the River Front Cafe at 100 Coleman Ave. — Set a public hearing for 6 30 pm Dec 9 on Gentry Ambulance Services applica tion for a franchise to operate within the city limits —Discussed but took no ac tion on the ne»»d to regulate the placing of mobile homes in res* dential neighborhoods — Heard a report by Hatten on efforts to initiate a single group insurance policy for city employes The mayor said specifications have been sent to insurance firms with a request that bids be returned by Nov Z> No action will be taken, however, before the council's regular December meeting of Ciuncilmen Truett Thom, L. 0 ‘Sam’’ Yeager, and Jeff Odd well, and City Atty William Norris III The eroup is to report with nominations for a charter commission to write a new charter Smith said the chamber pro t tses the follow mg provisions be included in a new city charter; Th;'t the board of aldermen be comprised of three members. —Th tt the form of government be “strong mayor strong counci’ " with the council making policies and the mayor ex ecuting them That ‘special attention" be given to a provision that would permit the mayor to veto council decisions. That an admimstativc assistant to the mayor be hired, who would be directly responsible to the mayor. —That a policy manual be published, outlining the specific responsibilities of both the board of aldermen and the executive branch —And that the mayor be responsible for preparing the annual budget for approval by the council. The council, which participated i! the chamber’s study appear ed receptive to the recommen da t ions Smith pointed out that West Monroe has existed as a special chiller municipality since 1926. Anv change1- or updatings of the charter must come through the legislature, which granted the original charter ‘ The burden of having to ap peal to the legislature for amendments has caused the charter in many instances, to be outmoded in these swiftly changing times,“ the chamber refHirt states In contrast. Smith said a home rule charter can he amended by local referendum at any tune “I think there’s no question but the sentiment of a majority of people favor a change in our form of government to make it more pliable to the needs of our times," observed Hatten “The form we have now worked at the turn of the century, w'hen we had 1 500 people, but it doesn’t meet the needs of 20,000.” Tuesday night’s proposal came after months of work by the chamber’s municipal gov ernment committee Smith aid The panel is chaired by Hr T Scott Strickland With new animals arriving frequently, the Monroe Zoo — due to be the “finest in the country in a city of this size“— will have stock to match. A tour of the zoo. at Bernstein Park, today turned up several new additions among both birds and hooved stock. Zoo Director Jake Yelverton says much more will be added before the zoo is reopened. p< ssibly by next September * Prize additions to the animal display include a pair of giraffes purchased from zoos in San Francisco. Calif., and Colorado Springs. Colo Also newly acquired are a pair of zebra, two female elk — a male will he added - a pair of relatively rare secretary birds from Afri ca. a pair of Egyptian vultures, a number of exotic spoonbill Steen Authors Book About Playwright Set for release this weekend is a book about Tennessee Williams, written by Malcolm Har ! old “Mike“ ‘iteen. son of Mr and Mrs E M Steen, 1302 Park Ave , Monroe Steen a long time friend of the famous American playwright, has compiled interviews with 24 persons closely associated with Williams and his work into the 317 page book. “A Look at Tennessee Williams." The book will be released by Hawthorn Books. Inc , of New York By coincidence the book will be released about the same time the Monroe Little Theatre’s wodnet* * ’Villiems* "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens Friday is opening night The informal conversations between Steen and the personal ities are combined in the book with scenes fron W’iJlinms plays and photos of those interviewed Steen himself has been associated w ith a number of \\ hams' plays, as well as with local theatre in Monroe, movies and off Broadway plays A graduate of Wvjite 11 “h School, Northeast Junior College and Louisiana State I'm versity. Steen has appeared off Broadway with Shirley Booth m “The Desk Set," in “The Chair.” ‘“ifteetcar Named Desire” and others He spent two and one-half years in Madrid, Spain, when he played a part in “55 Days 'n Peking “ Steen a’so coached Southern dialogue for a num bcr of pictures, such as “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “This Prop erty is Condemned” (both based on Williams’ plays). Other movies he has made include “Horse Soldiers" with John Wayne and William Hold en. “Crack in the World,” “Jesse James and “Don't Go Near the Water " He has also made appearances on tele vision ducks, a cageful of flamingoes, a bahv leopard and two young jaguars. The zoo. closed over two 'ears ago for an extensiv« program of renovation and expansion. is continuing to grow, meanwhile, on the drawing board With the park a beehive of activity in accord with earlier plans, the city is revising and adding at the same time. Mavor W L Howard disclosed today that “five or six“ new rides have been added to plans. A Dallas. Tex., firm preparing a “master plan" for location of the additional entertainment facilities Bids will be received “probably around the first of the year." Still under construction are three covered “natural habitat” monkey cages, while canal dredging for a major boat ride through the park goes ahead as well Three 20-passenger boats already have been acquired from the previous Hemisfair in Texas Another major ride for zoo oatrons will be a narrow gauge train ride The train and track will be acquired soon. In other work to do at the park, officials list rest rooms, concession facilities, in - park streets, picnic areas and barbecue pits Among the major stock yet to come is an Indian elephant to replace the zoo’s other ele phant which died recently Tech Plans To Form Aviation Fraternity Soon Rl’STON (Special) — A new chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, an in ternational aviation fraternity, is now- being formed on the Louisiana Tech campus under the direction of Curtis Wester of Ruston and Frank Kennedy of Metairie Alpha Eta Rho, founded in 1929 by Professor Farl W Hill of the University of Southern California, proposes to foster professionalism among aviation students and to acquaint leaders and executives in the industry with the aviation program here at Toch The Louisiana Tech chapter. Lambda Tau, will also strive to project to the public a favorable image of safety in aviation At the first unofficial meeting on Oct 29. the Lambda Tau chapter received support from 73 students and school officials Royal Masons Meeting Sunday TOD AM) MAItK Yelverton. sons of Yelverton says a male elk will be com- Monroe Zoo Director Jake Yelverton. mg when facilities are ready to accom- are admirers of these female elk, new modate him and his ultra wide rack, arrivals at the Bernstein F’ark facility. Would-Be Bandit ^ Apprehended Here Monroe police officials Tues M vP day night apprehended one would be bandit and another W one got away after an attempt ^ was made to hold up the 7 11 J Store on Lee Avenue, located ■ . / in South Monr«»e. M ; i ~ The store’s attendant, Jess« " Nelson, told officials that two ^ \ white youths entered tin* store Wfc *■* and picked up various items. *'i\which time they informed L him that they were “holding up The attendant said he placed v: 4 ' moncv in a paper bag and at v|| J ^ IjL that inn*» a n t-mer came in ^ him back the morn-v so he could ^ tedly armed with what Nelson believed to be a 38 caliber pis to!. The name of the youth ap prehended was not made avail able, and Monroe officials are currently searching for the armed suspect. tm. ONE of a pair of a vanishing species a: the Monroe Zoo is this secretary bird Imported from its native Africa, the colorful bird stands about four feet high. It gets its name from the erectile black feathers at the back of the head which reminded early naturalists of quill pens tucked m a secretary's hair. <Staff Pho tos b\ .John Fogleman) THE GIANT COM'S TO MONROE ____________________ BHIiSliDZZZIEIi L NOW OPEN V* Bm x ■ AT 130Ó NORTH Î8H. MONROE | OPENING SPECIALS • 8 TRACK STEREO PLAYER * 4 TRACK STEREO PLAYER .... .... ’49.95 .... ’29.95 INSTALL IT YOURSELF AND SAVE... INSTALLATION AVAILABLE District Governor Visits Club Here A visitor Tuesdav at the meeting at the Hotel Frances of the Downtown Monroe Lions Club was Lions Hist Gov Bob Lawrence of Alexandria Both Lawrence and Monroe President Howard Morton paid note to the club s annual Shrimp Boil. The event is set for 5-8 pm,, Nov 20. at the Monroe Civic Centers convention hail. The Sixth District Chapter of Royal Arch Masons will meet at 2 p m Sunday in the West Monroe Masonic Tempi«* The West Monroe I.odge No 93 will be the host chapter The district is composed of chapters from Ruston, Clarks, West Monroe Monroe and Bas trop CB'ers Schedule Dinner Saturday The Northeast Louisiana CB’ers Club will hold a Thanks giving banquet Saturday at the Benoit Recreation Center, be ginning at 7 30 p m Pat Feazel, secretary, said a film on the club's recent jam boree will be shown Also club activities for December will be announced TAPE SPECIALS * ALL 4 TRACK TAPES FOR ONLY .............. *3.99 * ALL 8 TRACK TAPES FOR ONLY .............. *4.99 I Featuring Custom 4 or $A95 ]8 Track Rccordinq Only......... Complet* ABOVE PRICES GOOD THROUGH SATURDAY AT MONROE LOCATION ONLY Road Work OK'd Italian Actress In Farmerville Planning To Wed OFFERING • Sales • Service • Installation FARMERVILLE (Special) ~ The Farmerville Town Council accepted work on East Street by Terral Construction Co amount ing to $34,537 50 Monday. In other business, plans for a low income federal housing project for Farmerville were discussed and a cash gift for the Silver Waters (iirl Scouts was approved ROME (AP) Italian actress Cina l/illobrigida said today she would marry New York real es tate man George S Kaufman I “as soon as possible ” “We wanted to keep it a secret,” the brown haired, 41 -I year-old netress .said “But now that the word has b aked out on our romance, we might as well bring it out in the open ’* AT 1306 NORTH 18TH MONROE AT MclEMORE SHOPPING CENTER W MONROI a*' ' THE ZEBRA, the striped horse of Afri- panried /oo reopens next year. This ca. will be one of the new attractions pair of zebra are relaxing in a new for Monroyans and other \isitors when j facility for hooved stock, safe forever the cit\ s renovated and vastly ex from their natural enemy, the lion. New Zoo Animals ANCIENT DWELLERS along the Nile River made them gods, but at the Monroe Zoo, they’re just a pair of imported Egyptian vultures. Even brought down to earth, the birds—black and sickly blue—are interesting to observe. They represent one of several new species at the new zoo, which reopens next September

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