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rv/ng County 1865 h t Macon County's Newspaper INUMBER 1 TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA -- THURSDA PHONE 727-3020 LEGION POST 150, Tuskegee, has time from the first Monday in first Tuesday of the month. Ben ~ABARET sponsored Continental Societies Inc. will at the Twenty Grande South Tuskegeeans will be honored with song followed by a Bicenten- are $10 and on sale at Edward's CONTEST sponsored by Elks Lodge No. 762 for district April 11, at Lewis Adams students from Chambers, Lee, l, Russell and Tallapoosa counties will will be $100, $75 and $50 for top AME ZION CHURCH TRU- 2 will hold a program Sunday. will be Rev. George Temple. E. B. Area churches are invited ProgTam. HIGH BAND under the direction will its annual concert at 3 cafetorium. The 50-member e the Bicentennial. Admission will be 75 and 25 cents for students. M]~VIN BALL JR. of Tuskegee of arts in studies of aging degree commencement at North Texas for the late Dr. Martin late Adam Clayton Powell will be in the Tuskegee Institute by Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha ALUMNI from Classes of 1961, 1961, 1966 and 1971 will haw a Day weekvnd April ~11. For James Woodson, Deidre Yates r or Alyce R. Howard. co-host of "Both Sides," will be *'Panorama" seen at 10:15 a.m. on She is a Tuskegee native. CHURCH will observe Wo- a.m. Sunday, April 25. sponsored by city recreation April 17 at Tuskegee Institute top three finishers. Registrat- wfll be in session on 19, at the ourthouso. Hours and 14 p.m. Social Security held at 8 p.m. Saturday at by Delta Sigma Theta Inc. adults and $1 for students in Cents higher at the door. LITTLE LEAGUE and Dixie by Recreation Department and meeting to be held to be sponsored by Recreation department for more information. COMMERCE will meet at 7:30 p.m. executive secretary of the of Commerce, will speak. C:OLF TOURNAMENT will be held Oaks Golf Club. Proceeds for $10. Trophies and prizes to to men and women. For more Steve Goldsberry on campus. COUNTY LIBRARY will be 11 while it is relocated at 118 Recorders Court clerk, ; in warrants and affidavits from the Southwest Alabama at Bay Minette. HERBERT SEARS will speak at of the Tuskegee Lions Club at 7 SERVICES will be Sunday at Missionary Baptist Church. Local C.F. Williams of Tuskegee will by the church and Ebezener n. FOUNDATION lecture series and Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Dr. James Curtis, if psychiatry at Cornell College, is Tuskegee's guest TOGETHER AGAIN-- The Ministry of Tourism's *'People to People At Home" program in the Bahamas recently brought two old friends together and proved that it is a world of coincidences. Dr. Ted Kimbrough (left) a dentist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, found he had been paired with his old classmate and friend Dr. Cleveland E. Eneas Jr. of Nassau when he signed up for the special program designed to give Nassau visitors a view of Bahamian life. Eneas didn't know his old classmate at Fisk University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. was in town until he volunteered for the program and was assigned to host Dr. Kimbrough. Here they enjoy an African game called "O'ware." By J.J. JOHNSON An attorney general's op- inion is expected this week By J. J. JOHNSON Macon County Superin- tendent of Schools Ulysses Byas has agreed to a new two year contract with a provision that the board may, with specified notifi- cation, cancel the agreement at the end of lhe first year. The new contract is effec- tive July 1 and at the same $20,000 annual salary the superintendent is receiving under his current contract. The board cart however, increase the superinten- dent's salary if it is granted authority to set the salary prior to the July 1 effective date of the contract. The provision which al- lows the board to cancel his contract after one year was adopted at the request of to clear the way for con- struction of the addition to South Macon School, just two months from the date Byas because, he told the board, "The fall election may bring to the board a major- ity who would want to select a new superintendent at the earliest possible date/' In a special executive ses- sion Feb. 27, the board in a 3-2 vote agreed to offer the Macon County superinten- dent a two-year binding con- tract. The. amended con- tract was agreed to in emcu- tive session prior to the March 24 public school board meeting. Byas' continued employ- ment was opposed by Mrs. Ann Buchanon and Kenneth Young, while the superin- tendent got the support of Chairman Ellis Hall, vice chairman Consuello Harper and Allen Adams. Mrs. Buchanon and Young the project was initially pro- grammed for completion. All required parties have signed the construction con- tract with the expectation of the state finance office and the attorney general's opin- ion should clear a final ques- tion raised by that office. W. Chester Williams of Montgomery was the low bidder for the South Macon construction project. The Williams company bid $725,588 and when the eight construction options were added, the base bid swelled to $868,290. School officials, along with school board architect Major Holland, have since renego- tiated the cost of the project to $653,813. State law re- quires that ~che project be rebidded if the negotiated cost is 10 per cent or more less than the original hid price. Although the negotiated amount of the South Macon contract is within the 10 per cent limits of the law, state officials expressed concern about the number of con- struction items renegotia- ted, Supt. Ulysses Byas said. Byas and Holland met with an assistant attorney gener- al Tuesday. While the board has been Dr. Herman Russell Brar~ son, president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker atFounder's Day services in the Tuskegee Institute Cha- pel Sunday, April 11, at 10 a.m. Branson is an outstand- ing American physicist and educator with a prodigious number of academic accon~ plislm~ents. Branson is a gra- duate of Dunbar High School in Washington, earned the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1939 from University of Cin- cinnati. In addition he has received honorary docto- rates from Virginia State College, the University of Cincinnati, Lincoln Univer- HERMAN R. BRANSON sity, Brandeis and Western Michigan University. He was the national pre- sident of Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society from 1954-56; the National hstitute of Sci- ence from 1956-57, and is the re-elected president of the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Edu- cation. He is a member of numerous honorary and scientific societies, among which are the Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of many profession- al organizations among which are American Physi- cal Society, Biophysical Soc- iety, Washington Academy of Sciences and Washington Philosophical Society. He is also a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington. BySTANVO~ Probate judge candidate George Paris still has not received official notification that he has been disqualified from the May 4 Democratic primary, according to Paris' campaign manager. Paris, one of four candi- dates for the judgeship, was declared this week by the Macon County Democratic Executive Committee to be disqualified from the pri- mary because his check for qualifying payment did not clear the bank. The ruling came in a public, but unan- nounced, meeting of the committee a few days ago. Ted Burney, Paris' cam- paign manager, said no "of- ficial ruling" had been re- ceived from the committee as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. The committee is headed by Sheriff Lucious Amerson. also a candidate for probate judge in the May 4 election. The committee vote was apparently a plurality, meaning a majority of mem- bers voted for disqualificat- ion, but was not unanimous. Paris said in a statement to The News that he will seek election in the Novem- ber general election. He said he considered it "unwise" to seek election in the primary. Paris did indicv, te that he has not abandoned the pos- sibility of legal action again- st the committee. Amerson has notified Pro- bate Judge Preston Horns- by, a candidate for reelect- ion, by letter of the commit- tee's action. Horusby has been instructed to remove Paris' name from the ballot, but the judge said this morn- ing that he has turned the matter over to the state attorney general's office, at the office's request. Hornsby said he expects a ruling within a few days. He said there is presently no dead- line problem for having the ballots printed. "We had the money," Paris said. "The fellow sat on the check." The "fellow" Paris accus- es is Amerson. Paris charg- ed that Amerson did not notify Paris in sufficient time of the bounced check, even though, Paris said, the sheriff was aware of the check problem nine days earlier. "The man who's running should never have collected the fees," Mrs. Paris said. [continued on page 2] . ,d constantly delayed in efforts to get the South Macon project into the construction stage, it has awarded R.T. Goodwin a contract for roof and ceiling repairs at the Notasulga school and accept- ed low bids from an Indiana firm to purchase three new school buses. Goodwin, a Tuskegee con- tractor, was the only firm to bid on the Notasulga school repairs. Some school board members expressed concern that they had to make a decision on the Notasulga repairs with the benefit of only one bid. Byas explained that the beard would have been within the boundaries of the law to declare the needed repairs an emergen- cy and proceed without bids. Goodwin's bid was some $6,000 more than the $18,000 the board had budgeted for the Notasulga school re- pairs. Ann Buchanon sug- gested that requests for bicls be advertised in the news- paper for another two weeks. Further advertise- ments, Byas explained, could delay the project by four or five weeks and jeop- ardize the school's gymna- sium floor. Although he wished there was some way to "get more competition" on the bids, Kenneth Young rather reluctantly seconded Allen Adams' motion to award Goodwin the contract at the Notasulga school. Young said two of his children had classes in the Notasulga gymnasium and he understood the need for repairs. In order to meet printimg deadlines, The Tuskegee News must follow strictly our deadlines for news and advertising. Deadlines for news and advertising are noon on Tuesday. Any news or ads brought into The News after the deadline will be published at the discretion of The News. The Notasulga school re- pairs will cost the school beard more than it had bud- geted, but the school buses were bid lower than the amount budgeted. Wayne School Bus Co. of Hammond, Ind. bid $10,937 for a 66-pas- senger school bus. The board agreed to buy three of the buses. The school bus costs are based on bids ta- ken by the state. Byas noted that the bid price for a 66-passenger school bus this year was $1,600 lower than the low bid price for the same bus last school year. A threat- ened suit by the state attor- ney general's office may have been an influencing factor in lowering school bus cOsts. In addition to three new buses, the board has also agreed to buy a 16-passen- ger van to transport special education students in the eounty'system. According to Byas, the van now used to transport the special educa- tion students does not meet state specifications. Phillips [eont inued on pqe 2] GRAND CHAMP-- This Shorthorn steer was selected as Grand Champion in the judging at the Macon County District Cattle Show held recentry. In addition, the steer won Reserve Grand Champion at the state steer show in Montgomery. The steer was owned and is exhibited by Robert L. Williams of D. C. Wolfe High School FFA Chapter. q be discussed at 7:30 p.m. room of Tnakegee Institute SCHOOL IrA will meet the school cafetorium, 8ALUTE by Tuskegee District begin with program at 6 p.m. Notasulga~ Rev. F.D. With Rev. E. Rewell guest of Tuskegee will at Mt. Esther AME Zion I}ANNER will present "The at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at sponsored by Missionary The Tuskegee Institute Golden Tigers, smarting off the 5-5 football season of 1975, are ruder a full head of steam toward 1976. The Golden Tigers lost some key people: Ed Slaugh- ter, Ken Robinson, Bernie Patrick and Ruben Riggins. Spring drills now under way are an attempt to find replacements for those lost. Melvin Kimball, at 6~3, 248, has been the "bell cow" of spring training. In only three outings he has made his presence felt and seems destined for All-America honors. A defensive whiz, he can play end or tackle. In only his second year, he [ms three years of eligibility left. He is from South Macon High. Returning to the squad after a year's absence is Michael Pearson, the best defensive tackle or nosermn to come through Tuskegee in six years. A high school fullback in Alexander City, he set several rushing rec- ords at 235 pounds. Pearson can man the other tackle opposite Kimball. "We are hurting more at linebscl~r on defense even though all linebackers are returning," Coach Haywood Scissum said. Edgar War- ren, a first teamer from Atlanta. is recovering from knee surgery. Calvin Wil- liams, another first stringer, recently underwent surgery to correct a shoulder prob- lem. The other first reamer, Ricky Jones, has problems. All of them started a year ag~ The first team backfield returns almost intact. Gone is Ruben Riggins at quarter- back. James Ligvn and Jesse Bell will inherit the job. Ligon is the better passer, Bell the better playcaller. The big backs include L.M. Hunter, 63, 217, Wade Spradley, 5-10, 216, and George Goodson, 5-9, 212. Spradley or Goodson. boih fullbacks a year ago, will be moved to halfback. Other backs who are wor- king well are Robert "Co- chise" Watkins. AI Thomas, Moses Mason and the stir- prising Michael Carter. Car- ter hails from Florida. Oth- ers in the offensive hack- field are AI Butler, Richard Glenn and Leroy Cobb, who is running track and partici- pating in spring trainin~ The delensive backfield has all starters returning except Orlanders Looney. Richard Gosa, All-Corger- ence corner for two years, returns for his last year. James Gamble will play at rover or safety and Calvin Gray ~ play at safety. Leroy Gallagher, Willie Per- ry and Wayne Brown will provide challenges for #he positions. It is the intention of the slaff to highlight individual play from week to week and those players will be feat, ured. This week's nod goes to Melvin Kimball and Mich- ael Pearson. The spring staff consists of Bobby Pearson, Oscar Downs, Roberrt Moore, Mike Jones, Theodore Was- hington, who is a linehaeker with the Houston Oilers.