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Iron C tabii beb t865 "Tis Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" get considerations affect Tuskegee VA By GUY RHODES Editor Photo by Guy Rhodes "on Tuesday 's birthday a will be Tuesday. by the Tuskegee Area To merce, the Tuskegee Area urism and Alpha Kappa Alpha )mega Chapter. is invited to the 3 p.m. birthday at the Tuskegee University Chapel students from Booker T. Wash- School and Tuskegee Institute will have an oratorical contest _ . speeches and an essay _ Was .hin~on's seven-prong phi- cmeoration will end with a bakeoff program in the Chapel, there prayer at Dr. Washington's gravesite _an_d a reception to follow in King Room on the ground The street talk in Tuskegee and Macon Coun- ty has been that the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Tuskegee is: (1) going to lose 150 jobs; (2) have 10 buildings closed; and (3) be completely closed down. At a series of meetings Tuesday, those rumors were addressed. Jobs could be lost and build- ings closed. But there are several contingencies involved. As to the VA Hospital in Tuskegee closing, it was pointed out that only three VA hospitals have ever been closed, and all three were because of earthquake damage. Officials emphasized there are no plans to close the Tuskegee VA Hospital. If a budget proposed by President Clinton is approved by Congress, there will be less money for the VA system. That means cuts to the Cen- tral Alabama Veterans Health Care Service (CAVHCS) that consists of the East Campus in Tuskegee and the West Campus in Mont- gomery. Those two campus have been on a merger track for a couple of years, but that merger has been put on hold pending approval of adjust- ments in that process. Will CAVHCS and Tuskegee's East Campus specifically lose jobs, buildings and services? much money Congress appropriates," said State Pep. Johnny Ford of Tuskegee at a Tuesday night town hall meeting at Tuskegee's Munici- pal Complex. About 150 citizens--ranging from veterans and VA employees to interested parties from the community--attended the meeting called by Macon County Commission Chairman Jesse Upshaw. The chairman was out of town for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) meeting and unable to attend. In Upshaw's absence, Ford coordinated the meeting. Among those joining Ford on center stage were representatives of service groups, VA employees and Freeman Walker, Acting Associ- ate Director of Operations and Resources for (See VA, P. A-5) busy preparing bills, holding forums RHODE8 Senate has been in turmoil of the Legislature opened Johnny Ford has been six terms as mayor of Taskegee. by Ron V~rdliams and renv- career with his election to the Leg- introduced several local brits a pay increase for the Macon Coun- ty Sheriff, a bill to allow alcoholic beverage sales seven days a week (except during the hours of 2 a.m. and noon on Sunday) and another authoriz- ing electing Macon County Board of Education members by districts rather than at-large. The representative said that those-bills came from recommendations by various entities in Macon County where he and State Sen. George Clay of Taskegee serve as the legislative delega- tion. Ford, who also represents portions of Bullock (See FORD, P. A-5) Photo by Guy Rhodes , ,,,,,,, , Nellie Moses Ms. Senior Macon Nellie Moses Specie! to The Tuskegee News Mrs. Neliie Mo~i, ~rill 'represent Macon County in the "Ms. Senior Alabama Pageant, April 10, 1:30 p.m. at John Carroll High School, Birmingham. Ms. Senior Alabama, Inc., a non-profit corporation, honors women who are over the age of 60. Each year a pageant is held to select a woman who best represents older women. The pageant is a unique program that stresses inner beauty and a positive outlook on life. It draws attention to the achieve- ments of senior women by giving them a forum to present their community service, talent, poise and elegance to the public. Through this medium, the myths about older woman may be dispelled and her true self reaffirmed. Mrs. Moses is widowed, has two sons, three daughters, 13 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. .... (See SENIOR, P. A-5)