Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 9, 1973 · Page 37
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 37

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, September 9, 1973
Page 37
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$1.2 Million ForRetired Social Scciiiily bonofits woi'o being pai(i to r(!sidonls of Bay County at a I 'ato of $1,289,000 a niontb al Iho close of 1972, James C. Rohiiison, rnaiiai^'orof the f'anama City Social Security Office, reports. Of tiu' Social Security beneficiaries living in Bay County, 5,568 are retired workers and tlieir dependents. Another 2,686 are receiving benefits as tiio survivors of workers who have died, and 2,015 are getting benefits as disabled workers or tlieir dependents, he said. Robinson pointed out that although most Social Security beneficiaries are older people, about one out of every four is under age 60. In Bay County, 3457 people under age 60 are collecting Social Security payments each month and 1,820 under age 18 are receiving payments because a working father or mother has died or is getting Social Security disability or retirement benefits. Most of the 297 beneficiaries in Bay County between 18 and 22 years of age are getting student's benefits under a provision in the Social Security law permitting the continuation of a child's benefits beyond his 18th birthday, and up to age 22 if the child is attending school full time, said Robinson. Also in this 18-22 age group, Robinson said, are some other types of beneficiaries, illustrating the broad family , protection that the Social Security program provides workers of all ages. Some are children of retired, disabled or deceased workers who became disabled before they reached 22 and who will probably never be able to work and become self-supporting. The monthly benefits of these young people, severely handicapped by physical or mental disabilities, will continue indefinitely, he said. Benefits also are payable to the mother if the disabled son or daughter is in the mother's care. • Robinson .said that another relatively small but significant group of youthful Social Security beneficiaries are those who are receiving benefits as jled workers. COFFEE, ANYONE? — The Jaycees' coffee stand promoting their "drive-safe" project ran last weel< over the hazardous Labor Day Weeltend, The purpose of the project was to persuade motorists to take periodic breal<s while driving so as to prevent accidents due to drowsiness. Chairman of the project Chuck Wildzuns, shown here, offers motorists a cup of coffee. I nvestigatingGroupToMeet TALLAHASSEE (UPl) Chairman James Redman said this past week a legislative committee investigating allegations that Education Commissioner Floyd Christian awarded $1.5 million in state contracts to a frequent business associate without bids will meet Sept. 18. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee has subpoenaed the associate, Robert N. Bussey, but Redman (D-Plant City) said he had doubts whether Bussey would appear for the meeting. "If he doesn't show, we will take measures to enforce the subpoena," Redman said. Redman also said Auditor General Ernest Ellison is investigating allegations that Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner used state employes to help run a private farm, but that no committee meeting has been scheduled on that matter. "There's been no decision on a meeting on that," Redman said. "We don't know if there's reason to yet. We'll wait until we get a report from Ellison." Redman said his committee, which last session unsuccessfully^ recommended that Lt. Gov. Tom Adams be impeached for using state employes on his private farm would not hesitate to pursue a full scale investigation of any official if evidence warranted it. "If there's good cause, I'm sure the committee will not mind investigating," Redman said. He said the fact that the house voted to censure Adams rather than adopting the committee's recommendation of impeachment would not deter the committee in other investigations. The committee will meet Sept. 18 to question Bussey, if he appears in connection with allegations that firms he headed or was involved in several state contracts totalling about $1.5 million from Christian without bids. Bussey, a former St. Petersburg banker, was subpoenaed Aug. 27 while in Tampa to attend a separate civil suit hearing in federal court. Several sources doubted whether Bussey would appear for the committee meeting, and one said he may have already returned to Europe. Christian was on vacation but is expected, to return next week. Howard Friedman, one of his assistants, said the commissioner maintains he is innocent of any wrongdoing and expects the investigation to show that. Christian himself requested the investigation following a series of articles by the St. Petersburg Times. Christian said the stories, by Bette Orsini, amounted to "character assassination and personal harassment." In the articles, exploring Christian's use of public education funds, Mrs. Orsini said contracts for nearly $500,000 were given to a firm in a group of corporations whose principals included St. Petersburg attorney-banker Bussey, a friend and frequent business associate of Christian. Mike Rose, staff director of the Legislative Auditing Committee, said the contracts involving Bussey or Bussey-related firms totalled about $1.5 million. Bussey is the only witness scheduled for the Sept. 18 meeting. passport loyour future FIRST FEDERAL Savings and Loan Association of Ranama City H0M£ OFFICE 144 Htrrlioi) Auimit mam EAltT SIDE BRANCH 2«}l Eiit U. 8. 08 7A3-2824 PLAZA BRANCH IMBLIwnby Av«nu* 7M0338 LYNN HAVEN BRANCH 630 Ohio Avanuf 266 3603 .NKWS-IIKUAIJ), Panama City, Ma.. Sunday, Sn )«<'mlM'r!». l\m I'ligeSD W-V Bftflwt dbdn-Cd CHUCK ROAST ALL STORES OPEN SUNDAY 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M. 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