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114 -- NUMBER 5 JUNIOR COLLEGE students from Dean's List for winter quarter: AII-A's, Jessie Crumes, Rosa Miles, Smith; B-plus average, Rosemargretha Anderson, Valerie Austin, Amalia Ellington, Johnny Lee Harris, Irene McGhee, Fay Mitchell, Willie Penn, Tommy Robinson, Lawrence of Tuskegee was a performer in the J Day event held recently. of Tuskegee is a member of softball team coached by Mildred CALHOUN, piano student of Annette , competed in the district talent hunt of fraternity. She won first place locally in the district. ~AI SVOBGO, Tuskegee Institute a 7 o'clock tonight at 10(5 Armstrong Church in Modern Africa." OF MUSIC will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Greenwood Church. who want to attend health fair program office. TUTORING for reading is offered Sugar Plum Tree June 4-Aug. 24. at GomiIIion Bldg. will be 3 p.m. Sunday. WEEK at library extended through ,-Story number 727-0149. "Uptown will be shown at 7:30 tonight. HEAD START will present fashion & SAVINGS CLUB spring tea from 29, home of Amelia Peterson, 2851 of Alex City, secretary to William Byrd, has been named to of State Judicial Planning Committee Torbert. The group is developing a plan for the state court system. WEEK April 22-28. Annual p.m. Wednesday, Holiday Inn. BALL sponsored by Red Cross Nile Club, Tickets at CfJmillion Bldg. KERS CLUB, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Upshaw, Wheeler St. CLUB, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Alabama 5 p.m. today, Wiley Scout BETA SORORITY, 7:30 p.m. Friday, TITLE 1 PAC, tonight in TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA -- THURSDAY, APRIL 19,1979 PHONE 7~-~ BySTANVO~ Gov. Fob James has signed a letter of intent, which amounts to a pre-lease agreement, for construction of a Pensions and Security facility in Tuskegee. The lease agreement will be signed as soon as the state Department of Pen- sions & Security receives a copy of the final building plans from Dr. Cornelius Hopper, who entered the low bid for the building. Hopper said this week he hoped to get the plans to Montgomery some time Wednesday, and that the lease agreement could then be signed next week. Hopper said he is awaiting word from Washington on his application for an Urban Development Action Grant which he would use to finance construction of the facility. The money would be in the form of a loan, not a grant, he said. He said he expected "all the pieces to be in place" by the end of the month, meaning the lease agree- ment and federal loan assistance. The facility will be built on North Main Street at Church Street. Hopper bid $4.16 per square foot, which would be paid annually by the state for the 12,000- square-foot building. The facility would house both P&S offices. Now they are in two separate locations in Tuskegee, - Hopper said state officials requested "certain modifica- tions" in his original design, and those changes are being worked on by Hopper's architect. "The next step as I understand it is that they will review those modifica- tions in detail and then will provide us with a formal leasing agreement," Hopper said. He is a vice president for Tuskegee Institute. Waldo Spenser, an official {conl inued on page 2) Way I All ortlch, in this column ore the opinions of the writers, not necessarily this newspoper. To J submit stories lust write it up or | type It (no more than two | typewritten, double-speced pa. | ges, please) and drop it by The | Tuskegoe News. We'll need | picture, but we can take it if you | don't have one. | By LENA CARNEY Tuskegee Citizen FIRST ONE ACROSS-MozeU Ellerbe (right) breaks the tape and gets across the finish line iwst in the 1940 Penn Relays, becoming the first runner from a predominately black college to win the 100-yard dash in a national track and field event. The former Tuskegee Institute standout will be comnnsslon The ci, izens of Tuskegee who live wil hin Washington Avenue and Ellison Avenue have been faced wilh a road washom since February. and noihing has been done aboul ft. Ellison Avenue is in lhe ci,y limits, and Ihere are many (,llizPns who pay 1axes and would seriously like I o see *his terrible, neglecled problem ameliorated. The honored Saturday at the annual Tuskegee Relays as the greatest track star during the first 100 years of the college. He is a retired VA Medical Center employee who still lives in Tuskegee. @ See photo pg. 4 coumy has been helping the cily personnel in scraping ,he road but when we had 1hal lerrible two-day rain- slorm 1he firsl week in March, the counly has refused H)lift a finger in Ibis mailer because it is ~he cily's responsibilily. Cily officials and engi- neers have been conlacted ahm~ this mailer and lhey have come oui and surveyed By STANVOIT economic survival." hand-delivered to Gray Once before it started lhe road, bm nothing ha MACOA s lawyer, Jock Tuesday afternoon, default proceedings, only to been done; consequent ly I he MACOA Sanitation has Smith, also said in a letter to MACOA's response comes vote 3-2 not to dissolve the citizens will have to suffer. threatened to sue the Macoa *commission att, Qraey~ ,Fred in ' the* w'ak@ Of the contract. G~/* wbS ins{ruc- If i! were flbl foe 'Cox County Commission unless Gray that MACOA" v~ari~ ~commission's decision earli- ted at the last Commission Road; these people would the commission pays the the commission to stop "all er this month to instruct meeting to send a letter to never be able to gel io their company $160,000 for whatnegative action" against Gray to begin default Norman Davis, president of jobs, or if there were an the firm feels has been MACOA, and to start proceedings against damage to its ability to exercising"nothing short of MACOA for what the operate, good faith par excellence" in commission feels is a breach MACOA wants $100,000 its contractual dealings with of MACOA's contract with for what its attorney says MACOA. He said the the commission. The con- are "actual and punitive Commission, not MACOA, tract provides that MACOA damages flowing from their had breached the contract, will pick up solid waste (commission's) irresponsible Smith said in the letter door-to-door in the county, acts," and $60,000 for that a suit will be filedwith residents paying a Commissioner Otis Pink- against the commission monthly fee of $2.55. ard's statements and actions unless the matter is settled The commission said it has "in defamation not only of "to our satisfaction" within received many complaints my client's character but his two weeks. The letter wasabout MACOA's service. MACOA, informing him that the commission had found his company in default. That letter had not been received by Davis as of Tuesday. Gray had told the commis- sion that he needed informa- tion to back up a claim of default. Smith, on behalf of Davis, told Gray in the letter this week that Pinkard had (Continued on page 2) emergency tha! involved the many senior citizens in 1his area of Tuskegee, I hey all would suffer greatly. There is m, need for this a! all. The ciiizens are very bi, t er about I heir basic r~md needs, and we jusl pray ~o ;he I,ord ~hai we can be heard. " We hope Ihal ihe cily officials will allend Io Ibis maller al once. INSTITUTE LOCAL ALUMNI Sunday, Moton Hall. p.m. Sunday, Washington Chapel. EDUCATION, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. CITY COUNCIL, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. /ISORY COMMITTEE, 3:30 p.m. office. LIONS CLUB, 7 o'clock tonight, G's. Preston Hornsby to speak. HISTORIC SITE meeting to discuss I~lans at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gomillion by Tuskegee Public Heavenly Harmonizers and at 3 p.m. Sunday, school auditorium. HARMONIZERS will perform at 7 Field Baptist Church. CHAPEL AME ZION Church 3 p.m. Sunday. Rev. D. V. King AND SISTERS CHOIR will celebrate at 5 p.m. May 5, Greater St. CHURCH will host Northeast 6 o'clock tonight. Food-stamp office day 11 a.m. Scott to speak. Young Adult anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday, Richard Foy of Cleveland will ~APTIST CHURCH 50-state rally at 2 ~llAPEL AME ZION fellowship at 2 CHURCH women's day at 11 Hughley to speak. ~v MARK CHURCH men's at 3 day R. Watts to speak. ZION will host Tuskegee Women's and Girls' Clubs Know ,Unday. Mrs. H' T. Hutton to speak. @ By STAN VOlT U:S. Sen. Howell Heflin pointed out a lot of problems facing the country, and a few of his ideas on how to solve them, during a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn. Heflin said the country needs to develop a long- range energy policy by choosing an alternate source of energy and intensifying efforts to develop it. He also said more federal money needs to go into soybean research to develop the crop he feels could help ease worldwide hunger. The senator said he felt revenue-sharing and food- stamp programs would continue, although they may be changed or reduced. Hefiin also said he has met with officials of Wallace & Wallace Chemical & Oil Corp. concerning the planned oil refinery in Macon County, and that some problems exist with Wallace's New York-based company. The senator is making a tour of 18 counties during his trip to Alabama. He apent the morning in Tuskegee, leaving the Holi- day Inn to visit Tuskegee Institute and meet with college officials. He went to Union Springs Tuesday afternoon. Some 50 people attended the dutch-treat breakfast, including Rep. Thomas Reed, Mayor Johnny Ford, Councilman Edward Stall- worth, Commissioner Otis Pinkard, Commission Chair- man Lawrence Haygood and Probate Judge Preston Hornsby. Ford introduced Heflin. Heflin said he has been "learning to crawl before you do a lot of walking" during his first months in office after his election last year. Heflin said the energy crisis is not so much a problem of immediate shor- tage, but of long-term dependency upon the Mid- east. "Something can happen over there that can disturb it," he said. "We have got to develop an energy policy which is long-range. I'm convinced we've got to go some toward an alternate source, and we have to approach it in an intensified policy, like putting a man on the moon." He said national unem- ployment figures don't accurately reflect how seri- ous the problem is, particu- larly among blacks. He said the unemployment rate among blacks aged 16-21 can be as high as 40 per cent, compaed to about 15-16 per cent as a total average. "There must be programs designed for the disadvan- taged and poor to improve those unemployment fig- ures," he said. He said Congress is directing more attention to rural development after years spent on urban problems. He praised the development of a rural water system in Macon County, and said health services to rural Americans also must be improved. Heflin said he doubts ff Congress will tamper with (Continued on page 2) | 2 ill) BREAKFAST SPEAKER--U. S. Sen. Howell Heflin discussed national problems with an audience of about 50 people Tuesday morning at the Holiday Inn. Seated at the head table, from left, are Ben Peckerman, assistant director of VA Medical Center; Rep. Thomas Reed; County Commission Chairman Lawrence Haygood; Heflin; Mayor Johnny Ford; Jeff Gregg; and attorney Ed Raymon. @ @ Macon County Hospital is without an administrator today after the April 3 resignation of Clifford Ham- er, according to Board Chairman F. D. Taylor. Taylor said Hamer brought him a letter of resignation the day follow- ing a board meeting. Taylor said Hamer cited health problems with his wife as a reason. Taylor said he is acting director of the hospital, although two veteran hospi- tal employees are handling the day-to-day operations. Taylor said he was elected chairman at the April 2 before because he was vice-chairman at the time the chairman resigned. Hamer-had been admini- strator since January 1978. He is from Georgia. Hamer and Taylor became adver- saries when Hamer, on meeting, although he said he behalf of the board, sought had been acting as chairman an injunction to keep Taylor from meeting with employ- ees and calling board meetings. The suit was settled. Taylor said Hamer was frequently away from the hospital for long periods of time, and that employees rebelled against Hamer's work policy of seven days on and seven days off. ~!i! ~i