Birmingham Post-Herald from Birmingham, Alabama on March 6, 1979 · 1
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Tuesday, March 6, 1979
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r Image Campaign to reassu wary public planned Story pogo C3 x yy -f j-'iJfc r- -& t -V m? - John and Martha Logan Martin residents speak waters hot tempers By Jim Nesbitt Fotf-HcnU Reporter PELL CITY — Johnny Richey stood in mud-streaked wading boots as brown lake water rose in his backyard Iter’s house His trailer and his brother’s dry behind his house a dog house roof and iron clothes-line poles barely poked above the water “This is getting old" he said For the second time in two years Richey and his wife Martha have watched rising Logan Martin Lake cut them off from neighbors rimming the 1 reservoir Alabama Power Company i They could still ease their pick-up truck across a flooded roadway yesterday- mallards and coots paddling in their path But that should change Water from last weekend's heavy rains are still draining and APC officials say Logan Martin Lake won’t reach its highest crest - 474 feet above sot level — until some time today “We have done everything possible to keep the water level at the minimum within the guidelines of the US Army Corps of Engineers” APC spokesman Neal Wade said “We certainly don’t want anyone to be inconvenienced but this has been the worst concentrated rainfall in some time” And that means lots of paddling for the Richeys "We gotta paddle out drive to work then paddle back in” Richey said Rising lake water threatened waterfront bouses trailers and property yesterday — flooding homes and causing some residents to move Gary Richey moved his family out yesterday But John and Martha are staying at their trailer “If it stay here It'll ’bea l was in 77” he said “We're built above what’s supposed to be the easement to flooding nut we get flooded anyway” he said And that angers Richey ik APC and his failed to neighbors They think properly plan for flood control They’re mad about lake water almost above where APC engineers told them it would rarely go They’re mad about inthebi brown lake water $100000 homes ! basements of “It seems like Alabama Power could Voyager scans lo's orange world PASADENA Calif - Voyager 1 found an Jupiter Monday and i world on the moon Id with peaks pits plains and channels and a sharply different apparently battered one on the satellite Ganymede The spacecraft ran into radiation 1000 times more intense than the le-' that dose for humans but survived relatively unscathed as it raced on from its close encounter with Jupiter to scout to Ganymede and Callisto and eventually the planet Saturn ‘ Voyager’s output of thousands of pictures and reams of reports from nine other sets of scientific sensors overwhelmed the 100 scientists analysing the mission which in terms of studying different bodies Is the most Birmingham Richey row home across the Coosa have stopped most of this They knew they were due for bad rain Friday night but they didn't draw this winter water off” Charles Abbott agrees “People built like the power company told them building according to how high they said the water would ever go Well they lied in 1977” he said “There’s folks all along this lake who put thousands of dollars into property If the APC failed to do the proper engineering to determine proper easements for flooding it’s not the owner’s fault — thi they’re not engineers and they should get damage payment The flood waters haven’t hit Abbott waters haven’t hit Abbott’s house yet but they’ve cost him money “Yesterday I had a man wanting to buy my house We watched the water rise and he asked me how much higher to tell the can the water go and I had truth I said ’I don’t know”’ “Where can you build a house and be out of danger of being flooded?” Mrs CJ Ross is still angry about 1977 flood waters that came just sis inches from her back door “We’re two feet above the easement but if they keep flooding and washing our dirt off well be below easement — and below water too” she said In 1977 APC officials said the flood was an “act of God” but Logan Martin Lake residents don't buy that “I want them to tell me that if they exceed their easements we can collect for damages They can't claim it's an act of God every two years” JJX Abbott said Preston Wadsworth has his flat-boat ready remembering water a foot deep in his house in 1977 “We couldn't get out to two-three days Had the boat tied up to the porch” he said Flood waters that year damaged two floor furnaces caused his bouse to settle and cracked sheet rock “It don't do it no good” he said “You know Alabama Power told me they wouldn't flood but once every 20 years But I don’t think they’ve missed a year yet” Wadsworth walked toward the lake Water edged around his property covering small trees surrounding the higher crowned yard around his house like a giant moat “If there come another big rain on top of this we’ll all be in a You won’t find too many people prais-“ ikaS Coutlnied oa page j productive planetary expedition ever mounted “We should be very proud of what's Dr Garry been achieved” said Dr Garry Hunt of London’s University College “It’s an incredibly exciting tune to see these new worlds” The spacecraft completed most of its studies of the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter Itself early Monday Then Voyager 1 examined Io at much closer range and sped out at 70000 miles per hour to get a look within 72000 of Ganymede The first doseup pictures of Ganymede showed a big tan-gray satellite peppered With large features that geologists said appeared to be impact craters possibly cutting into an ice Vegetarianism home delivery worry doctors Story page A10 Tuesday March 6 1979 River flood waters Preston Wadsworth Betsy Walker Phillip Whitten blanket Such craters were not apparent on Io “It’s fascinating and confusing" said Dr David Morrison of the University of Hawaii “What happened on Io to erase the craters and what happened on Ganymede to preserve them?" Most spectacular was Voyager's exploration of Io the Innermost of the four big Galilean The! satellites i latest comi 1 photo showed a sphere or 1 shades of orange ana yellow white blotches “It’s better looking than a lot of pizzas I’ve seen” said Dr head c orbiting Brad Smith of Voyager’s television studies and an astronomer from the University of Arizona Post-Herald 95 hike granted to Alabama Power By Frank Bruer and Chris Conway Port-Herald Reported MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Public Service Commission Monday approved a 95 percent temporary rate increase for Alabama Power Co A member of the PSC technical staff said that would mean customers would pay about $817 million more a year The figure is about $207 million less than what APC is seeking in a permanent rate increase request The increase means that if a customer's bill is $50 it would go up by $475 The company had been asking for a 33 percent increase which would have raised the $50 bill by $1650 The lower amount apparently came as a surprise to PSC President Juanita McDaniel who said she had been considering something more in the line of a $210 million increase However PSC Commissioner Charles “Pete” Mathews supported Commissioner James Folsom Jr in voting for the lower amount Power company officials who claimed during testimony that their cash position is so bad they had to halt all major construction and face possible blackouts in the state later this said they would have to see the and si I study it before deciding what course to take APC spokesman fouce Gilliland said the company was “disappointed very disappointed” with the amount of the increase In moving for the lower rate Folsom said it would fall within President Carter's anti-inflation guidelines "The people in Alabama know infla- Hopes for By R II Boyce Scrippu-Howird Ncwi Service WASHINGTON - President Carter now has a 50-50 chance of achieving an Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty senior US and Israeli diplomats said Monday They stressed that differences remain to be resolved but the US diplomats expressed great encouragement that new life had been breathed into the all but dead peace process and the Israelis talked of “a breakthrough” Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Beein said the changed situation "raised good hope that a peace treaty will be signed” The dramatic developments of Sun-:h fed to the aston- day and Monday which I ishine White House announcement that Gunman turns delivery of papers into nightmare Cathey Hilyer 21 of 7438 52nd Terrace North was helping her mother deliver newspapers yesterday afternoon just like she's been doing for years But the routine job suddenly turned into a nightmare when she was shot by a man apparently determined to steal 1 Mrs Jeane Hilyer left her daughter in the car at 516 55th St South about 3:45 pm while she delivered two newspapers to Woodlawn Highland Apartments across the street But as she was returning to the car she saw a man get in with her daughter and shoot her in the face with a pistol “Then Cathey was trying to get out of the car and be took off while she was getting out” Mrs Hilyer said "I was screaming and hollering and begging to help and she was screaming too” Miss Hilyer was hit in the face and bands with what was apparently rat shot Mrs Hilyer said She was later treated and released from East End Hospital "I've been delivering papers to 10 years and my daughter has been helping me This is the first time we've ever had any trouble” Mrs Hilyer said “I was scared to death I didn’t know how bad she was hurt or if she was coins to be alright” Miss mlyer said the man that shot her had a mustache and was wearing a Gulf Shores Stabler hurt by investigation Story page B4 tion is going up and up But this ($288 million increase) the people can't understand” Folsom said Folsom claimed APC's construction program is “overly ambitious” Folsom said the actual deficit during the past year was about $15 million “The rest appears to be due to construction of future facilities I do not agree with the Alabama Power Co about the urgency of this construction Chapmans win new TV station By Stewart Lytle Port-Hcrild Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission Monday tentatively gave Birmingham a new commercial television station Deciding a case begun 13 yqars ago the FCC awarded a license to operate Channel 21 to Chapman Radio and Television Co owned by brothers William and George Chapman longtime Alabama broadcasters It rejected the competing application of Birmingham Broadcasting Corp an integrated group of Alabama Kentucky and Maryland businessmen on the grounds that BBC is not financially qualified to operate the station The FCC granted BBC 30 days to file an appeal of its order or take the case to federal court Both actions have been threatened by BBC vice president Mideast Carter will visit Cairo and Jerusalem within days turned on a significant shift in Carter’s own perception of the two controversial issues which had stalemated the situation to months Until Sunday Israel had resolutely rejected Egypt’s demand that the treaty drafted last fall include a timetable for establishing Palestinian Arab self-rule in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip And Egypt had just as resolutely rejected Israel's demand that the treaty take precedence over Egypt’s commitments to other Arab nations in event of war Carter backed Egypt and tried to persuade Begin to give in But Begin said Egypt's demands on treaty precedence would make the treaty empty brown jacket brown plaid shirt and brown plaid pants Police recovered Mrs Hilyer's yellow Buick regal last night about 8:30 It had been abandoned at Wilson Wood Park Police are still searching for a suspect in the incident There were no witnesses to the shooting but Richard Dill owner of Woodlawn Highland Apartments said he ran outside when he heard Mrs Hilyer "let out with the most god-curdling yell “I got outside just in time to see a young black man skid off in her car" he saic — said “The girl was laying on the ground She was very groggy She couldn't even talk She was real real upset” Mrs Hilyer said she had never seen the man before but she thought that her daughter could identify him “She said she had seen him before in that area around those apartments She said he had a mustache and was wearing a brown coat brown plaid shirt and black pants I think he was short too and between 18 and 25” Mrs Hilyer said A spokesman to East End Hospital said Miss Hilyer was in satisfactory condition and there were no signs of any permanent damage to her face and it think there's anything hands “We don't I serious at this time but she is a very lucky girl” the spokesman said fluff-')' ij i A f V VH j' Final Edition 1 5 Cents And there has been evidence of mismanagement and waste "Even the PSC has been viewed as a rubber stamp for the utilities” he said “1 think that it is time that the PSC and other governmental leaders responded to the public's outrage about power bills Although the power company needs some money the people's needs are more important Working people Continued on page A2 and attorney Ellis J Parker of Maryland Parker who is while has repeatedly charged that his group is being dis criminated against because it includes black businessmen such as former Birmingham City Councilman Arthur Shores Dr James T Montgomery and Jessie J Lewis president of Lawson State College and former member of Gov George C Wallace’s cabinet Barring any court order stopping Chapman from beginning construction the estimate was that it would begin construction in about a month and possibly be broadcasting within six to nine months - The station which could have a stronger signal than the CBS network affiliate WBMG-TV channel 42 would be an independent station broadcast- Continued oa page A2 peace rise He insisted that a Palestinian timetable would introduce an unpredictable element which could let Sadat simply declare the treaty void if the target date were not met for reasons beyond Israel’s control But Begin's tough stand apparently resulted in a change in Carter's thinking On Sunday afternoon he proposed to Begin a compromise: that Israel accept a firm target date for Palestinian autonomy — possibly Dec 31 or next March 1 - and that Egypt for its part accept the treaty's precedence Begin liked the idea enough to introduce it to the Israeli Cabinet He wrote a lengthy and detailed analysis cf the new Carter proposals and urged the Cabinet to approve new negotiations based on them The Cabinet did Now Carter must sell the swap idea to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat His best argument would be that Begin has vowed not to make war on Syria or Jordan so the issue of precedence would not arise in the future But why is it necessary to Carter personally to visit Egypt and Israel? Begin was already here Couldn't Cart- er have invited Sadat here? Carter did invite both men here last week hoping to arrange another “summit” like that of the three men last September at the presidential retreat Continued on page A2 Inside ( m A tf Jlh

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