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Stabli ljt lS65 ARCHIVES BINDERY 150B HWY 431S ALBERT vILLE, AL 35950 No politican Macon Commission Chairman nominee Upshaw just a citizen >urth of July activities planned e city of Tuskegee has several events scheduled Thursday for ~ Fourth o~ July. At 5 p.m., Venecia and Kom-pa-nee will be ying at Tuskegee City Lake with The Seventh Wonder play- at the lake at 7 p.m. From 8:30-9 p.m. will be the annual ~Works show at the lake. The old high school football field near Tuskegee Public S~ will be the site of an Open Horse Show and rodeo at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for children and $4 for adults. Following the fireworks at 9 p.m. on the Square in down- town Tuskegee will be the Z-Bra Fast music. During the day, both city pools will be open for free swimming and there will be a variety of food and beverages for sale, as well as games for chil- dren. .... gee' " '" ' "" Tuske residents killed n weekend hit-and-run mishaps ~y _ GUy RHODES I~'ditor A deadly weekend was reported by local enforcement officials as two Tuskegee ~idents died in hit-and-run accidents. ~he victims are 15-year-old Quintin ols and 43-year-old Fred Johnson. ~t least one suspect, 34-year-old Jerry ~Wayne Radford of Notasulga, has been arged with vehicular homicide in con- ~ltion with the death of Johnson. he driver of a pickup truck fled the ne of the death' of Echols, who was hit the side' of Macon County Road 65 at a nt where the road goes under the over- Itn Interstate 85 near Tuskegee. ate trooper Charles Wright of the Opelika Post said Echols was pronounced dead later at the Tuskegee VA Hospital. Echols was still breathing at the scene before being transported to the VA Hospi- tal. The accident happened at about 9 p.m. Sunday, June 30. ~He and a friend were walking down the street when he (Echols) was struck," Wright stated. ~rhe victim was three or four steps behind his friend when he was l~it." Law enforcement officials are seeking the public's helping in locating a pickup truck that suffered damage to the front driver's side. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Opelika Trooper Post at (334) 745-4651. Johnson, of 70 Corsail Circle, Tuskegee, was struck and killed at 10:05 p.m. Satur- day, June 29, as he walked along Alabama Highway 199. Radford, who lives at 220 St. John Church Road in Notasulga, returned to the scene of Johnson's death and admitted that his vehicle struck the victim, accord- ing to Capt. Lester Patrick of the Tuskegee Police Department. Radfdrd, who was treated by paramedics at the scene scratched eyes from broken glass, was driving a Toyota Cressida. Radford refused to take a blood-alcohol test, according to Patrick, Under state law, Radford was charged with driving under the influence for refusing to submit to the test. By GUY RHODES Editor For someone who for a long time considered himself apolitical with no interest in politics, Jesse Upshaw is poised to be chair- man of the Macon County Commission for the next four years. In what many observers consider an "upset," Upshaw defeated incumbent Frank Lee in the June 25 runoff for the Democrat nomination for the chairmanship. Lee had held the office since 1988 and was seeking his third full term. Lee had never had to go to a runoff to win the seat before this election. There's still some work to be done for Upshaw. He faces Republican Dr. Lawrence Haygood Sr. in the November General Election before he would take office for the four- year term that pays about $52,000 a year in salary and expensemoney. Nearly 4,500 Democrats voted in the primary and runoff elections while only about 100 Photo byGuy Rhodu Republicans went to polls, making Jesse Upshaw the Upshaw almost a ... Unseats incumbent cinch to win the seat against Haygood. How did Upshaw come to this point and how does he plan to handle the many problems facing Macon County, particularly in the area of fundingl accountability and cooperative efforts? "I'm an administrator, not a politician," Upshaw said during a two-hour interview last week. "I don't enjoy the political arena. I'm not on an ego trip and don't feel like I have to he in control. As long as the job gets done, I don't care who gets the credit." Upshaw has an extensive background in finance and manage- ment, having retired from the city of Tuskegee with 23 years ser- vice in 1994, with four more years attached for 27 ~'ears retire- ment after being credited for four years time in the Navy out of high school. A graduate of Russell County High in Hurtsboro, Upshaw went into the Navy immediately following high school. ~I knew I was eventually going to college and was accepted at several colleges, but didn't have the money to go onto school at the time," he recalled. He rose to Enginee~an 2nd class--equivalent to an E-5 in the Army--in his four years in the Navy. He was in from 1962-66 during the Vietnam era, but didn't have a tour of duty in Viet- nam. "I was in the Dominican Republic with the U.S.S. Vermilion, which was homeported out of Norfolk. I served in the Mediter- ranean (Greece, Italy, Spain) and in South American (Barbados, Jamaica and Puerto Rico)," Upshaw said. "The Navy was one of the best experiences of my life in my growth and making a man out of me in terms of discipline, As (See ~W, P. A-S) .... Photo by Guy Rhod~ State Representative Thomas Reed, left ... With Jess Upshaw on election night, k~,~ ......