Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 29, 1974 · Page 9
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 9

Panama City, Florida
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Saturday, June 29, 1974
Page 9
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NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla„ Saturday, June 29,1974 Page 9A Bonif ay Hosts Sing Tonight FUTURE SCIENTISTS OP THE SEA — Participants in the Scientist-in-the-Sea 74 program now under way at the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory are shown preparing to take to the water for one of their underwater projects — a 1000-yard compass swim. The 20 graduate-level students, including three women, are involved in a grueling 10-week advanced diving program aimed at providing the scientists with improved skills and techniques for working under the sea. The program is a joint effort of NCSL, the State University System of Florida and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Four Convicted In Dope Seizure A Leon County grand Jury Friday convicted four Gainesville men involved in a 1973 Christmas eve seizure of 40 tons of marijuana at Overstreet, near Port St. Joe, about 35 miles east of Panama City. George Fotianos, 25, Jorge Enrique Soto, 24, and William Edwin Northrup, 26, received felony verdicts in Tallahassee for possessing more than five grams of marijuana. The fourth defendant, Charles Lane Martin, 23, was convicted of a lesser misdemeanor charge for having less than five grams of marijuana. Circuit Judge Hugh Taylor withheld sentencing until the completion of a pre-sentence investigation. The three convicted of felonies could receive up to five years In prison while the misdemeanor could result in a one-year term. The raid on Overstreet was followed by other raids throughout the state. Sparky Raffield, Overstreet resident, was recently convicted at Port St. Joe by a circuit court Jury In connection with the seizure. Law enforcement officers said they watched the "pot" being, unloaded at Overstreet and followed the four men, the arrest being made at a road block Just outside Tallahassee. Agents said the four were traveling In single file, one in a camper, one in a van and two in a truck. Agents said they confiscated 105 burlap bales containing "pot" during the arrest. The marijuana, said to be a record seizure, was stored in a warehouse and later intentionally destroyed by fire. The arrests led to formation of a statewide grand jury to follow up investigations. The jury is expected to come to Panama City later. Seafood Fete Needs Head by Margaret Key APALACHICOLA - If Apalachicola Is to have a Seafood Festival this year, they are going to have to find a chairman. Mayor Jimmie J. Nichols has refused to take the heavy responsibility again this year. Directors of the Chamber of Commerce who sponsor the festival each year, met at a luncheon to discuss with heads of civic groups the number one question, "Who will run the festival?" And, "Shall we have one?" Chamber of President James Daly stated, "If we are going to have a festival on November 2, we must start planning. It has become a money raising project • every organization in town wants to make money for Itself, which is all right, but there is nobody left to do the festival work." The Jaycees, Philaco Women's Club, Rotary, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce and city staff feel willing to help, but the job of chairman presents too great a load Jr. Store Stock Okayed For Trading .The common stock of Sunshine Jr. Stores has been approved for trading on the American Stock Exchange. As far as can be determined, the firm is the first in West Florida to be accepted for trading over the counter on a major national stock exchange. Norman Griffin, vice president and secretary of the Panama City-based firm, said Sunshine Jr. Stores, Inc., operates 200 convenience stores in Florida. Georgia and Alabama. In addition It main- Commerce tains seven supermarkets in the Panama City area. Griffin said it is anticipated trading will begin on the American board July 15 using the symbol SJS. L.D. Lewis began the firm's first store in 1944 in Panama City. The grocery was located on Harrison Avenue and was known as the Jitney Jungle. Rapid expansion followed and the firm's stock went public in 1971. Many area residents are now stockholders of the convenience grocery chain. From a geographical stand- oint, stores are operated as far Rotary President George Kir-». vest as Mobile, Ala., as far east vih, who is also a seafood 'is the Wllllston-Cross City area dealer, said, "I'm highly in'and as far north as favor of the festival. It has benefitted the town and the seafood industry. But heading it is a big responsibility to put, on one man's shoulders." Running the festival by committee alone came under' discussion, also hiring a chairman. The latter brought a com- 1 ment that everyone else would 1 expect to be paid too. "If we can't get a chairman, we might as well forget it," said Harry Falk, Jr. of the Chamber of Commerce. Birmingham, Ala. In Georgia, operations expend to the Moultrie area. All of the stores in the Cedar Grove Session Called Cedar Grove Fire Department will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at Cedar Grove City Hall. Fire Chief Richard McDoogle urges all volunteer firemen and other interested .... ^attend. far-flung enterprise are serviced out of the Panama City warehouse, Griffin said. More than 900 persons are on the payroll of the corporation. In addition to Lewis and Griffin, officers and directors include Jimmy Lewis, president; Lana Jane Brent, vice president and director; Harold C. Pope, treasurer; and Dr. A.H. Lisenby, J. Ernest Collins, and Arthur Hooks, directors. Retiree Group Will Meet Bay County Chapter 1305 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, at Harbour House Restaurant. Eloise S. LaBounty, chapter publicity chairman, invites all federal retirees to attend. Beach Lions Will Install Beaches Lions Club will hold its annual installation dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at Holiday Lodge Restaurant. Joe Hughes will succeed John Keenan as president. Also to be installed are Hal Whiting, first vice-president; Cliff Rhoades, secretary; Mike McManus, treasurer; Frank White, lion tamer; and Ted Nelson, tail twister. New directors will be Ray Hooker, Carl Holmes, Sandy Anderson, and Grady Hayes. Elderly To Get State ID Cards Beginning July 1, Bay County residents and others over 18 who do not have driver licenses may obtain official state of Florida identification cards', bearing their photograph from driver license examination offices throughout the state. Ralph Davis, executive director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, has announced that the Identification card law enacted by the 1973 Legislature will become effective on that date, and that Florida Driver License offices are prepared to issue the cards. Davis said the cards will have distinctive appearance and will not resemble driver licenses. In addition to a color photograph and signature of the holder, the cards will contain social security and identification numbers, as well as a brief description of the person. He reported that the four-year cards will expire on the birthday of the holder, and that the $3.00 fee includes the cost of the color photograph. Also, they can be Issued only to non-drivers. Therefore, persons holding driver licenses must surrender them before receiving an ID card. Davis said applicants would have to appear in person, bring their social security card, and verify their birth date, either by birth certificate, an insurance policy, Bible record, school record, certificate of baptism or passport. Computer inquiries will be made to ensure that applicants do not have current driver licenses. The division of driver licenses estimates that nearly 200,000 ID cards will be issued to non-drivers the first year. Davis said that the cards will provide senior citizens and others unable or unwilling to drive with an official means of proving their identity when cashing checks or when otherwise required to produce personal identification. , BONIFAY - All week long persons have been arriving here'from all parts of the nation in order to be on hand Saturday for the Bohifay Klwanls Club's 21st annual "World's Biggest All-Night Sing." By dark tonight, Bonlfay's football stadium and playing , field will be packed.with gospel music fans. So fervant are the fans and so huge are the crowds that by Tuesday more than 200 folding chairs had already been placed in the infield in order to lay claim for a vantage point from which to witness the gospel music program. The Happy Goodman Family will headline this year's program that begins promptly when the sun goes down and literally lasts until the sun peeps over the horizon Sunday morning. Other top-notch gospel groups on the program include Hovie Lister and his Statesmen Quartet, the Kingsmen, the Sego Brothers and Naomi, and the Dixie Echoes. Wendy Bagwell and the Sunllters of the "Rattlesnake Story" fame was also be on hand as well as the LeFevres, Hopper Brothers and Connie, Scenlcland Boys, Senators with Bill Shaw, The Bibletones, and Coy Cook and The Premiers. The sing will be held in Memorial Field, Bonlfay's high school football stadium which has a seating capacity of over 10,000. General Chairman Har, vey Etheridge said there will be . plenty of parking available for the sing this year. Local Kiwanians have obtained permission to use a large tract of land near the ' stadium to help handle the large ' crowds. Etheridge said there is no charge for the use of the parking space and also that attendants are available through the day and night to assist drivers in getting in or out. Tickets for the sing will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Prices are $3.50 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Convenient concession stands are located throughout the stadium and are operated by Kiwanians and other civic-min­ ded persons In the. area. There are also plenty of rest rooms available. MORE LOOT RECOVERED — Bay County Sheriff Tullis Easterling is pictured with stolen property valued at over $4,000 that was recovered with the arrest of three burglary suspects, all of them from out-of-town. Arrested on breaking and entering charges are Ramon Vega Cruz, 19, Bridgeport, Conn., John Allen Smith, 17, an alleged Marine deserter from Winter Park, and Timothy Laurence Salter, 17, Huntsville, Ala. Sheriff Easterling said the trio is accused of breaking into at least six beach houses in the Thomas Drive area on a one-night crime spree that lasted between 11 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday. Included in the recovered property were two television sets, four radios, two tape recorders, three handguns, three cameras, two sets of binoculars, one clock, and assorted liquor, jewelry, silverware and clothing. Easterling said Smith has been AWOL from a Marine corps station in Tennessee for about six weeks. to beat price increases.... GULF POWER & WESTING ANNOUNCE A SATURDAY SALE 9.00 AM to 130 PM Navy Building Test Facility Construction of a systems development and test facility at a cost of $1,988,000 has begun at the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory here. Being built under contract by L. Pugh, Inc., general contractor of Pensacola, the test facility is expected to be completed in July 1975. Located adjacent to the heliport, the facility is expected to enhance NCSL's industrial ships' capabilities for the fabrication, development and testing of equipment, including experimental vehicles, in support of operations in the coastal environments. Specifically, the various functions to be carried out in the new facility will be the design, development and testing of underwater towed vehicles, cryogenic devices for airborne systems and for shallow water missions; conducting controlled environmental testing including salt spray, heat, cold and humidity tests of components; materials testing and shock and vibration testing of devices; development of sensors and laboratory studies in sensor technology; and testing of precise navigation systems for shallow waters. In addition, the two-story-plus high building will provide space and facilities for equipment for surveillance, amphibious and harbor defense systems, and for support of air cushion vehicles and amphibious craft undergoing test and evaluation. The facility will contain over 15,000 square feet of working space, including a 40-foot high bay test area for working on large systems, hangar-type doors, a 20-ton bridge crane, and adjoining laboratory spaces on each side of two floors. Search Fails To Turn Up Kidnap Victim JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UPI) — Police said Friday an extensive search has turned up "absolutely nothing" in the reported abduction of a white teenager they fear could be the fourth victim of the "Black Liber«tion^rmy." A search of the entire west- side area of Jacksonville yielded no trace of a white youngster In his early teens who was reportedly abducted by three Or four Black men in a late?model car Thursday after- nopfi. the abductions were thought by police to be part of an apparent campaign of terror against white youghs which has already produced two bodies and claims of a third body floating in water, "We've come up with absolutely nothing and we're starting to cast a jaundiced eye on the alleged latest abductions," said police information officer Mike Gould, "we're calling off the searches until we get something more definite in the way of evidence, a missing person report or something. "Instead, we're going to devote our full time to the investigations Of the two murders we already know for certain have been committed." On June 7, authorities in neighboring St. Johns County found the body of 18-year-old Stephen A. Orlando stabbed and shot through th4 head and tossed oh a trash pile. There was a hote pinned to his chest with a rusty pocket knife saying the death was the work of "Your Black Liberation Army." Last Friday, television and radio stations received tape recorded messages of a man's voice saying that Orlando "was not murdered, he was, executed and made to pay for the political crimes that have been prepetrated upon Black people," Last Saturday, police found the body of Stephen Lamont Roberts, 17, stabbed numerous times and with a graze bullet wound in his head in a down- towri vacant lot. A note was left with his body signed "The Black Liberation Army." the hews media again received tape recordings claiming ttie BLA had executed Roberts, and promising "more white devils will die." On Thursday, television and radio stations received more tapes saying that the body of a youth would be found floating in a body of water. The tapes said the body was dumped in water to symbolize the voyage of the Black people from the African continent to "the land of slavery." Police have also been searching for a young man who was reported to have been abducted by a car full of black men oh an entrance ramp to interstate 10 on the city's West Side Tuesday night but have so far been Unable to come up with anything. Three men arrested by police Thursday on drug charges have been linked by police to the Kalamazoo, Mich., branch of the "Black Law Society Commune." Police said they doubted that the , three men were directly involved in the murders, but ordered them held under $200,000 bond each for questioning in hopes they would lead them to the killers. The three were identified as Ebbins C. Brown, 25; Henry Bracey, 24, and Charles Sutton, 26. They came to northeast Florida about four months ago looking for land to start a commune, police said. The group already has communes in Kalamazoo, Providence, R.I., and Newark, N.J. Telegram SALES MANAGER .« OUIF POWER COMPANY PENSACOLA. FLORIDA JBSSm WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT TREMENDOUS INCREASES IN THE COST OF RAW MATERIALS FORCES WESTINGHOUSE TO INCREASE PRICES. SOME EXPERTS EXPECT RETAIL APPLIANCE PRICES TO BE UP 10-15% FROM A YEAR AGO. WE RECOMMEND YOU URGE VALUED CUSTOMERS TO BUY NOW FROM CURRENT STOCK AND SAVE. L. G. HARDY, JR. BRANCH MANAGER WESTINGHOUSE CORP. o MATERIALS AND LABOR COSTS ARE PUSHING APPLIANCE PRICES UPWARD, GULF POWER WILL HOLD A ONE-DAY EMERGENCY SALE TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO BEAT THE PRICE BOOST, THESE ARE AMONG THE VALUES: MODEL NO. KF130M KF232M RT194N RT140M RS214M RS180L RT190M KT735L LA500\ DESC, COLOR RANGE GREEN RANGE GREEN REF, W/ ICE MAK GREEN REF, COPPER REF. GREEN REF, WHITE REF. WHITE DROP-IN 1-WHITE RANGE I-GREEN WASHER REG, PRICE $229,95 $289,95 $489,95 $389.95 $679.95 $598.95 $449,95 $489.95 REPO SALE $199.95 $239.95 $439.95 $359.95 $579.95 $49838 $399.95 $389.95 $179.95 SELECT AIR CONDITIONERS AT SALE PRICE Wfestinghouse GULF POWER APPLIANCE SALES & SERVICE

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