Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 30, 1974 · Page 2
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Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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Page 2A NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla„ Sunday, June 30,1914 Mill Dedication Ceremonies Combine Pleasure, Politics AT MILL DEDICATION — U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, right, chats with friends over a plate of fish at the dedication Saturday of a modern lumber mill near West Bay owned by Panama City's Charles Whitehead and DeFuniak Springs' Jerry Hodges. Left to right are Julian Bennett, local attorney, James Whitehead, Charles/ father, Billy Joe Rish, Port St. Joe legislator, Charles Whitehead and Chiles. Nixon Crime Defender Says Intent Absent WASHINGTON (UPI) - Rep. Charles E. Wiggins, R-Calif., one of President Nixon's, staunch defenders, says if the House Judiciary Committee Recommends impeachment if will be on a general accusation of Massive Dragnet Started WILLOWS, Calif. (UPI) Authorities launched a massive dragnet Saturday for a heavily armed, 240-pound woodcutter suspected of the "cold blooded" killings of three members of one family and the abduction of a widow and her two children as hostages. : Sheriff's deputies, police and highway patrolmen were pressed into the manhunt throughout Northern California but gravely admitted the suspect, whose rampage apparently was triggered by a $5,000 extortion plot, had a big head- start. ' "He/s got a 16-to 17-hour headsfari ( on us. We are very, very cincerned about the hostages ,'f • said Butte County undershi riff Richard Stenberg. The suspect was identified in a nationwide all points bulletin as John '% Card, 26, a 6-foot-2, 240 - pound woodcutter from Woodland. He was reportedly armed with a .357 caliber pistol, a: .45 automatic and a 30.06 deer rifle with a telescope sight. Area Schools Broken Into Panama City police records showed Friday that two area schools had been broken into. Persons entered Cherry Street School by breaking out a pane of glass in a door. Taken from the school was $30 in a desk. The teachers' lounge was also entered but nothing was reported taken. Someone who entered the school apparently cut himself on glass as blood was discovered on one wall. Police also reported that the Millville School was broken into by persons who removed a wire screen from a window fan. Half gallon milk cartons were found thrown about the lunchroon floor. Police are still investigating. presidential misbehavior — not evidence of a crime. Wiggins, who represents the same district Nixon served when he was in Congress, predicted no specific charge of criminal conduct could win a majority vote in the committee. "If they vote to impeach, the majority will coalesce on an omnibus charge based on something like failure to take care that the laws are faithfully executed," he said, paraphrasing the Constitution's description of a President's duties. Wiggins offered his view in a corridor interview Friday after James D. St. Clair, Nixon's defense lawyer, completed a two-day presentation of the case for the defense. Wiggins said such a generalized charge "tends to allow all of those who might vote for one charge or another to coalesce and form a majority." His is the hard-line Republican view that a President cannot be impeached except on a showing of behavior which violates specific criminal statutes. The Democrats generally take anotther view —that a President can be impeached for such non-indictible offense as misuse of or abuse of power or failure to enforce the law. The dispute over what constitutes impeachable conduct was the first facjed by the committee as it started its deliberations last winter. U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles praised Bay County's newest large industry Saturday as an example of the "only way out of Inflation." Chiles was guest speaker at formal opening ceremonies of a modern, $3.5 million, computerized sawmill operation at West, Bay. The mill was recently established by H.C. (Jerry) Hodges of DeFuniak Springs and Panama City businessman Charles Whitehead. Chiles explained that the only way out of Inflation was for American workers to produce more. "Too many people are drawing too much money for too little Work," Chiles said. Area Dignitaries A host of area dignitaries attended the fish fry and dedicatory ceremony at the sprawling mill situated north of West Bay. On hand were area representatives Earl Hutto of Panama City and Billy Joe Rlsh of Port St. Joe. Former state senator George Tapper of Port St. Joe and former veteran legislator Ralph Carter of Chlpley were among the several hundred persons In attendance. Successful Panama City businessman and attorney Charles Hilton Jr. — the focus of recent rumors regarding a possible challenge by him against Rep. Hutto — told friends at the gathering he was definitely in the race for the seat now held by Hutto. , "I'm running," was the succinct way Hilton answered questions regarding his can* dldacy. Sen. Chiles addressed the crowd In his now-characteristic sport shirt, leisure slacks and hiking boots. His light khaki slacks bore greasy evidence of previous fish frys. Budget Mentioned In an Interview with the News-Herald, he said insufficient attention was being given the passage of the new budget bill passed by Congress but which has not yet been signed by the President. Chiles explained the bill is a new budget concept which begins with Congress setting a budget ceiling for major areas, followed by the setting of appropriations by Congress, and finally the release of no funds until they fit the budget even If minor adjustments must be made. .Regarding President Nixon's announcement of nuclear aid to Middle Eastern countries, Chiles noted he is sponsoring legislation requiring power agreements be made by treaty only and not by executive agreement. , The first-term senator called attention to the report that India had recently exploded an atomic bomb. "That was made possible because of a power plant set up by Canada," Chiles said, "That's how they obtained the plutonlum to make the bomb." No Position Regarding his stand on possible impeachment of the President, Chiles said he would not take a position on the issue now because he may have to sit as a potential juror (as a member of the Senate) and also because he would base his decision on the evidence presented at that time. Florida Senator Dempsey Barron of Panama City served as master of ceremonies for the event. The plant will employ over 100. persons In the operation which makes wood chips for St. drys and planes lumber for. construction. One veteran sawmill man surveyed the sprawling, computerized operation and declared, "This sure ain't ho peekerwoodmlll." Tornado Team Praises American Weathermen Algeria Warns Crude Cutback BEIRUT (UPI) — Algeria has warned that It is prepared, together with other oil-producing countries, to reduce petroleum production in order to maintain current prices, an authoritative oil journal said Saturday. The Middle East Economic Survey said the warning was made by Algerian Industry and Energy Minister Belaid Abdes- salam in a statement published Wednesday by the Algiers government newspaper, AlMoujahid. The survey quoted Abdes- salam as saying that Iran, Kuwait and Algeria were ready to cut production immediately if the necesssity arises. Abdessalam also said, according to the survey, that other oil-producing countries, such as Nigeria, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, were prepared to reduce their production "if such a step was decided by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries." Abdessalam reportedly said that the Saudi Arabian delegate at the recent OPEC conference was told by other oil nations that if his country increased production by a large amount to put pressure on prices, they would not hesitate to reduce their own output to maintain a,.i balance between world supply and demand. At that conference in Quito, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia threatened to go it alone in reducing prices and raising production if the other member-states insisted on implementing proposals for increasing prices and tax rates. "Blackmail on prices through production levels will not work," Abdessalam said. "Those who are hoping for a fall in prices following a large increase in Saudi Arabia's oil production will be gravely disappointed." The meeting of OPEC, which consists of the world's leading oil exporting nations, voted to maintain price and tax levels during the third quarter of 1974 'Exorcist' Pickited Pickets for Jesus showed up at the Downtown Theatre Saturday night, marching up and down in front of the long lines of theatre-goers standing in line for "The Exorcist." According to Panama City police, the pickets were not necessarily seeking to stop people from seeing the movie, but were just "picketing for Jesus Christ," a spokesman said. WASHINGTON (UPI) - A tornado survey team reported Saturday that weather service warnings may have saved several thousand lives in the "once in the century" outbreak of tornados in 11 midwestern and southern states April 3 and 4. As a result, Dr. Robert H. White, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced plans to expand storm detection and warning programs during the next five years. "The team of investigators recommends rapid acceleration of several programs, especially NOAA direct weather broadcast facilities, the weather radar network, an automated system for National Weather Service field operations and services and preparedness assistance to communities," White said. He said 66 new local warning radars will be installed in the next several years along with five new long-range radar systems for 24 hour a day surveillance. A total of 328 deaths and 6,142 injuries were reported in the onslaught of between 75 and 85 tornados in April. Eighty-six deaths were reported in Alabama, 77 in Kentucky, 50 in Tennessee, 49 in Indiana, 35 in Ohio, 17 in Georgia, seven In North Carolina, three in Michigan, two in Virginia and one each in Illinois and West Virginia. "Were it not for the timely warnings by the weather ser : vice, the total loss of lives on April 3-4 might have been several thousand," the five- member survey team said in a preliminary report. The report said practically all of the tornados occurred In areas where tornado watches had „ been posted by local weather bureaus although not all areas were covered by actual warnings. SUNDAY SPECIAL FABULOUS ORANGE SHAKE ALSO ; ...VANILLA ...CHOCOLATE ...STRAWBERRY 0 NLY YOUR KIND OF PLACE.. REGULAR 35< VALUE 25 [McDonalds In Panama City Only TWO LOCATIONS -W. HWY. 98 & MICHIGAN AVE. ST. ANDREWS and 717 HARRISON AVE. . . DOWNTOWN Deaths And Funerals JAMES A. WHITE following active pallbearers: James A; White, 62, resident Robert Tharpe, Cecil Tharpe, of 214 Avenue B, Port St. Joe, Bobby Davis, Elmer died Wednesday morning at Cheuvront, Greg Jenkins and Weems Memorial Hospital, Jerry Penida. "For the most part, the National Weather Service por-. tion of the warning system performed remarkably well under the most trying of conditions," the report said. "The value of our network and local warning radars in handling the forecast problem cannot possibly be emphasized enough." The survey team, led by NOAA associate administrator Edward S. Epstein, said scientists at the University of Chicago and of the National Severe Storm Forecast Center said the outbreak was a once- In-a-century event that far exceeded the 1965 Palm Sunday tornados in terms of numbers, length of tracks, area affected, deaths and damage. Motorist Injured Akikawa Guchi, 42, of 805 Harrison Avenue, was admitted to Bay Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon following a traffic accident on SR 30A (Back Beach Road), according to Florida Highway Patrol reports. Investigating troopers said Guchi was traveling east on 30A and crossed the center line into the path of a dump truck driven by Fred Frady, 56, of 2729 E. 19th Ct. Frady was uninjured in thef accident which demolished both vehicles, the report shows. Area Pair Arrested A man and his wife were arrested In the Millville area and charged with the early Saturday morning break-in of a local building materials store. Charged with the breakin was Jimmy Lee Fleming and his wife Alice Mae Fleming, both of 1622 E.9th Ct., Panama City. A rear door was found open by a Panama City Police officer and the subsequent examination of the premises revealed the pair concealed behind a stack of paneling inside the store. The tornados followed a line from the Chicago area southward almost to the Gulf of Mexico and eastward to the Appalachians. NEW INDUSTRY - U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles, right, talks with H.C. (Jerry) Hodges of DeFuniak at a fish fry Saturday formally opening a modern, computerized, $3.5 million sawmill at West Bay owned by Hodges and Charles Whitehead of Panama City. Workers Probe Debris For Victims Of Slide BOGOTA, Colombia (UPI) -* Public works crews, soldiers and police Saturday pulled body after body from a mountain of mud and rocks which buried more than 200 travelers on a Colombian road Friday afternoon. A survivor said the landslide "sounded like . thousands, of furiously galloping horses." Colombian authorities said it was Impossible to say how many people were at the Quebradablanca bridge crossing at the time of the slide, but survivors said more than 200 people are missing and feared dead. Civil defense spokesmen said about 70 bodies had been found by Saturday afternoon. Only 20 of them had been identified, and many more were known to be under the rubble. Survivors said small rocks had been falling most of the afternoon and a strong gust of wind swept down from the surrounding mountains mo­ ments before the slide. • "Then we heard a terrifying sound which sounded like thousands of furiously galloping horses," said one man who asked not to be identified. We ran and ran, but the mass of rocks, mud and bushes followed us and trapped many persons." Others said many of the travelers and workmen repairing the road from earlier slides "At that moment we saw that cried out In terror when they, the hill was coming down on us. were trapped. PRE-4TH OF JULY SALE BARGAINS ON WESTINGHOUSE AIR CONDITIONERS, WASHERS, DRYERS, DISHWASHERS, RANGES, AND REFRIGERATORS. SALE STARTS THURSDAY JUNE 27TH WESTINGHOUSE WASHER - $168.00 WESTINGHOUSE DRYER- $118.00 GOODYEAR BUDGET TEMS - 90-DAYS CASH GOODYEAR SERVICE STORE 763 4651 325 E. 6TH ST. Apalachicola. He was a retired employee of St. Joe Paper Company and a veteran of World War-Two. He was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist church, Port St. Joe. Survivors include his wife, Mrs.' Louise White, Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Maggie Bell, a devoted friend, Port St. Joe, three daughters, three grandchildren, one brother and two sisters. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today (EST) at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, with the Rev. H.T. Pittman officiating. Burial will be in the family plot of Forest Hill cemetery, Port St. Joe. Comforter Funeral Home Port St. Joe, Fla. 227-3511 MRS. ANNE LOUISE KELLEHER Funeral services for Mrs. Anne Louise Kelleher, 62, of 910 Arkansas Avenue, Lynn Haven, who died Thursday, will be held Monday, 10 a.m. in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Havlicek officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemete^ with the Smith Funeral Home 505 N.Mac Arthur Ave. 7854646 The pair was arraigned before Bay County Judge Larry Bodiford and a bond of $1,000 was set on the man, while the woman was released on a recognizance bond. HOW ABOUT A CRUISE COME TO PANAMA CITY'S CRUISE HEADQUARTERS *TO NASSAU FROM MIAMI *TO MEXICO FROM NEW ORLEANS * ROUND THE WORLD D0NT GAMBLE WITH YOUR TRAVEL DOLLARS TAKE THEM TO THE EXPERTS AND BE SURE 76318771 NERVIC TRAVEL SERVICE 669 HARBISON AVE. After all the fads and frills, it's important to remember the basics - the things we simply can't do without. In our profession, we feel that the basics are still things like sympathy and understanding. 'Juneral Jome Our Staff- Serving For A Combined Total Of 142 Years 505 NORTH MACARTHUR AVE. PANAMA CITY

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