Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 30, 1974 · Page 3
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 3

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
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NEWS'HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Sunday, June 30,1974 Page SA Florida Storm Damage Figures Climb Higher By United Press International $19,110,000 in damage to public The sun broke through the and private property. Lee Coun- clouds over sodden Central ty damage was put second Florida Saturday to end five highest at $4,§00,000.- days of rainstorms which left an Two thousand homes and estimated $24.7 million worth of business suffered major property damage In 13 counties. Hardest hit was Pinellas County, which State Civil Defense Director Herbert W. Johnson said suffered damage, Johnson said, and 3,000 residents of low-lying areas were evacuated to escape flooding. Johnson made his estimates in a report to Gov. Reubin Askew. An Askew spokesman said the figures would be put In legal form over the weekend and the governor will submit them Monday with his request to President Nixon to declare Florida a major disaster area eligible for federal financial aid. The bulk of the property damage, an estimated $8.4 million, was to roads and bridges, Johnson said. Sewer and drainage systems suffered $2.1 million in damage from the glut of water, utilities $1.3 million, and wind-driven tides on the gulf coast caused an estimated $1 million worth of beacV> erosion. The governor's office noted On Press Freedom Shevin Favors Court Ruling ORLANDO (UPI) - Florida Attorney General Robert L. Shevin said Saturday the U.S. •Supreme Court delivered "an extraordinary" blow for freedom of the press when It overturned the state's "right to replylaw." "I felt the statute was patently unconstitutional. I could not defend it," Shevin told a seminar sponsored by the Greater Orlando Press Club and the Florida Public Relations Association. He added, however, "sometimes I do defend laws I don't agree If your goal is Income... how is the time to look at 8% government- guaranteed bonds. How much surplus savings do you have locked up? If it's yielding the usual rates... you might Increase your income from that money by 40%, 50% or morel If that sounds good to you... read our new booklet: "8 Reasons Why Government-Guaranteed Bonds Make Sense Today." For your free copy, just call A. G. Edwards or mail the coupon. It might yield a lot more than just interesting facts about bonds. A.G. Edwards Investments Sine* 1687 MEMBERS NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE • •••• / am Interested In earning a higher Interest on my money. Please send me your booklet "B Reasons Why Government- Guaranteed Bonds Make Sense Today." Lightening Blamed In Power Blackout MIAMI (UPI) — Florida carried a 240,000-volt tran- Power and Light Co. Saturday amission line—the largest blamed a lightning strike capacity line FP&Luses, during a stormy weather siege No one knew of the damage, for Friday night's power failure Bothwell said, until Friday that blacked out southeast night, when the insulator gave Florida's gold coast from way and let power leak from the Riviera Beach to Marathon in line running from the Port the keys. Everglades generating plant to A power company a substation, causing a short spokesman, Tony Bothwell, circuit, said the engineers felt certain lightning had struck a powerline pylon in Broward County earlier in the week, splitting an insulator which "When this backbone transmission line shorted out, it started triggering safety devices and shutting down some generating units as a _ # #. M§ m precaution to prevent any Dfl I fflfeQ 11 rOr damage to costly equipment," the spokesman said. June Scant NAME. ADDRESS. CITY STATE. -ZIP. TELEPHONE Matf to: ' 626 Loverne Ave. Panama City, Fla. 32401 . or phone: 785-0273 or 763-4644 Rainfall in June was below average, according to the National Weather Service at Apalachicola. The usual monthly rate is 5.30 inches, but only 3.40 inches were recorded this past month. Though rainfall in May was above average, a spokesman for the Weather Service said that it occurred in large amounts which drained off quickly leaving the ground unsturated. The Weather Service warns campers to be careful with fire in the woods, owing to these unusually dry conditions. Four electrical generators shut down within seconds of the insulator failure, including two nuclear units at the Turkey Point plant in south Dade County and two conventional units, one in Dade and one in Broward County. The power company and the Atomic Energy Commission were quick to point out there was no safety hazard from the nuclear units. Lights went out to a half-million FP&L customers at 10:43 p.m. Service was restored to some areas within 20 minutes, to most areas by 11:30, and to all areas by 12:15, the company said. canvas casuals for men and boys' A. Popular low-cut basketball canvas oxfords. Thick soles. Navy, red, gold, blue. Men's 6 V2- 13, boys' 11-6 $7 B. Men's canvas boat shoes. Navy or white. Extra-thick deck-gripping shoes. Sizes 6V2 to 13...$6.50 men boys' sizes $6 508 Harrison Ave. f Downtown * Open daily 9:30 to 6:00 Fridays open till 9:00 with." Shevin told the newsmen the law, which was written in 1913 and gave public office holders the right to free space to reply to newspaper criticism, "should have been the 'force to reply law'." The attorney general discussed the press and the law on a panel with State Supreme Court Justice Joesph A. Boyd and attorney Dan Paul, the lawyer for the Miami Herald who took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. "I'm extremely fearful of the government's attempt to control the press," Shevin said. He pointed out that former vice president Splro Agnew attacked newsmen as "nattering nabobs and effete snobs." "If it hadn't been for the nattering nabobs and effete snobs this man (Agnew) would still be a heartbeat from the presidency," Shevin added. "The striking of this statute this week was an extraordinary blow for freedom." Boyd, the lone dissenter when the State Supreme Court upheld the old right to reply law, told the newsmen "The words in that statute are so vague and ' amblglous nobody can be sure what they mean. Secondly, it is a direct infringement on freedom of the press. "When the government starts controlling the press, you no longer have a free press." Shevin said, "Government control of the press, which that law means, is the first step toward anarchy or dictator- Land Agency Makes Changes TALLAHASSEE, (UPI) - t he head of the state's chief land management agency said Friday his department is already implementing eight of 11 recommendations in a government efficiency report released this week. Joel Kuperberg, head of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, said two of the remaining recommendations need legislative approval and the other is being carried out differently from the manner suggested by the study group. A special governor's task force, comprised of about 80 private businessmen, released a teport with 616 ways to make tate government more efficient. The businessmen estimate that the state can save about $70 million a year if government and legislative officials follow the recommendations. Recent changes by Kuperberg's department include developing a manual for field inspectors and reorganizing land inspection methods within the department. Haney Vo-Tech Project House For Sale Up ship." Paul, who defended the Miami Herald In a suit brought by Pat Tornillo, a Miami political figure, said there Is "A public uneasiness" with the role of the news media and there Is a feeling "the press is getting too big for Its britches." He said "there is a need for a federal Sunshine Law," comparable to Florida's statute prohibiting government agencies from conducting business in private, and a "shield law" protecting newsmen from being forced to reveal their sources. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling involving the Tornillo case, said the Florida law "violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free press." "The statute exacts a penalty on the basis of the content of a newspaper by imposing additional printing, composing, and materials costs and iy taking up space that could oe devoted to other material the newspaper may have preferred to print." Appearing on an afternoon panel at the press seminar, attended by about 75 persons at downtown Orlando's San Juan Hotel, were Malcolm Johnson, editor of the Tallahassee Democrat and president of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, Jerome H. Walker Jr., Managing Editor of "Editor & Publisher," and Reid Miller, Florida bureau chief of the Associated Pre 5. that the estimates do not cover although all appeared to be damage from rainfall and below flood levels, flooding to crops and farmlan- Weathermen said the air ds. That estimate will be made masses over the state had when water recedes and the stabilized by Saturday and the land dries out, and will be made rains had broken up into widely a supplemental report. scattered showers mostly In Johnson's report also said south Florida, that between Monday, when the Johnson's damage estimate rains began pouring from a low of property damage by county: pressure trough stalled Charlotte $200,000; Citrus diagonally across the state $10,000; Collier $200,000: Her- from the Fort Myers area to nando $20,000; Hillsborough Daytona Beach, and $200,000; Lee $4,060,000; Friday—when the downpours Manatee $630,000; Marlon began dissipating—3,000 people $30,000; Orange $110,000; Pasco were evacuated from flooded $100,000; Pinellas $19,110,000; homes and 2,000 homes and Polk $30,000; and Sarasota businesses were seriously $90,000. damaged. The Freer Gallery of Art, a The sun poked through the „ art 0 f the Smithsonian In clouds Saturday morning to begin drying out the land, but rivers flowing through west part —- stitution, Washington, D.C., has the largest assemblage in „ D .. any one place of the paint- coast residential areas into the ings, drawings and prints of gulf of Mexico still were swollen James McNeill Whistler. Court Slates Murder Cases Two murder cases will be on the Circuit Court trial docket when hearings continue this week. Jack Wilson Merchant, 44,928 Arrow St., is charged with murder in the first degree. He is charged with allegedly firing a shot from a .38 calibre pistol reportedly killing Leavy Justice Brock, 58,1512 Fairland Ave. The incident reportedly took place April 5 In the early morning hours at Bay's Bar, State Road 22 and Transmitter Road, Springfield, records showed. Also charged with murder in the first degree in a separate case is William Bogan, 24,1110 Mercedes Ave. Bogan is charged with allegedly firing a gun shot through a kitchen door reportedly killing Mrs. Rosie Bell. The incident reportedly took place March 2 at Mrs. Swinson's apartment, 802-G East 15th St., according to records. Other cases In Circuit Court this week are: Tommy Lee Comer, charged with possession of more.than one gallon of moonshine whiskey; James D. Oliver, charged with stopping payment with intent to defraud; Ollie Joe Manning, charged with entering of a vehicle without breaking; Levy E.W. Miro, charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor; Mary A. Ramsey charged with forgery and perjury; Robert Williams, charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor; Ernest James Barnes chai ged with grand larceny . David Morris Tenenbaum and Floyd George Harris, Jr., charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and with grand larceny. Students at the Haney Vo-Tech Center have built a full-scale residential home that will soon be sold and moved. The brick veneer design house contains three bedrooms; two baths, kitchen and family area; living and dining area, laundry room and foyer. Total square footage is 1,287. The house is total electric with central heat and air. The kitchen includes a drop-in range with self-cleaning oven. The family room is panelled, although the rest of the interior Is dry walled. The exterior of the home includes an attached carport and outside storage area. Open house will be held Sunday afternoon at the site location behind the Haney Vo-Tech Center all afternoon. At that time final spec sheets will be distributed and the house will be placed for bid. According to Bill Slocum, Haney principal, the low minimum bid will be $12,000. Any persons interested in entering a bid may contact Walter Ford, carpentry instructor at the Haney Vo-Tech Center. Proceeds from the sale of this house will be used to purchase building materials for another project. Ford hopes to begin a two-story house in the fall of this year. LAST BIG 3 DAYS OF OUR TERRIFIC PRE-JULY 4TH FABRIC SALE!! GREAT FABRICS ... GREAT BUYS No-Roll Elastic Sole 10 Yds. ]00 Limit 1 Remnant Table 80% °« Ticket Price Great value 45" - 47" 54"-60" Arnel Jersey hang Ten Sale Cotton Single Knits 98 c ™ » 1 29yd . 1000 yds. • All new for you. Reg. 2.98. Hurry JTS.A Sale 60" Polyester Double Knits •J 66 Terrific value Yd. 45" Cotton Pique Saleggc yd. Vol. 2.29 yd. 54" Crushed Velvet Sale ] 44 yd. Val. 3.98 yd. Remnants Hang Ten Cotton Tops Sale 3 99 ea. You make 'em. SO pes. only 45" Polyester Cotton Prints Sale 88 yd. 1000 yds. Vols, to 1.98 yd. 498 Regatta Stripes Sale] 98 Full 60" top value. Yd. yd. CHARGE IT! YOU CAN STILL SAVE UP TO 50% SOUTHERN MILL END STORED Quality Fabrics At Mill Prices 3209 East Highway 98 Panama City, Florida

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