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incumbent mayors unopposed; Langford stepping down GUY RHODES 28 years as mayor of Notasulga, Cecil Langford is stepping down while and Franklin will have incumbents to the office of mayor without oppo- scenarios developed Tuesday as quali- for town elections in Notasulga, Shorter concluded for the Aug. 22 ballot- ing. , "I'm 65 years old and am trying to retire," said Langford who owns a package store in Notasulga. "I feel like I'm going out a winner." Among many of his accomplishments, Lang- ford was referr;mg to a new sewer system that is almost on line in Notasulga. "If we hadn't gotten the system, downtown and the school (Notasulga High School) would probably have had to shut down," Langford pointed out. "There will be some people com- plaining because it will cost more, but that's progress. It's something we couldn't do with- out." Langford said he would not try to influence the mayor's race that will be contested between long-time city clerk Louise Ramsey and current District 3 councilman Frank Tew. "They are both my friends. Louise has been my town clerk for about 25 years and I've known Frank since he was a boy. Both said they would not have run for mayor if I had decided to run again," Langford commented. In Shorter, Willie Mae Powell is uncontested for a second term as mayor while in Franklin Rufus Carson returns as the town's top elected official. Incumbents return without opposition in Shorter and Franklin. In Franklin, Ailene Graves, Nora Segrest, Felix Sears, Irvin Raney and A1 Sears are all running for reelection to (See LANGFORD, P. A-8) tabli beb 1865 ~CHIVF~ HINOFRY "Tis Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" I I I II Photo by Jacquelyn Carlise Walter Scott rests on bench in his garden ... Continues to tend to his plants years after stroke doesn't keep Scott from his garden Scott suffered from a stroke about ago, he was left partially paralyzed. no one could tell that once seeing his Vegetable garden. all~ the hoeing, watering (which he does other day) and the caring for the I by myself," Scott said. lSin his 70s and and retired after 31 in the field of education at Tuskegee buys most of the vegetables he grows Feed Store. been buying from Vaughan's for i i about 30 years," he said. "We all need to shop in Tuskegee." Scott feels what made his garden so produc- tive is the fertilizer and the compost he uses. "I use pine straw, leaves, scrubs, and cut grass as my natural compost," he stated. "I also use miracle grow and bone meal." Because he has had a stroke and he gets tired easily, his friend and neighbor, Johnny Jones, made him a bench in his garden so he can rest. Scott and his wife also care for three dogs. i Photo by Jaequelyn Carlisle stops In Tuskegee ]~rock a professor at the University of Kentucky stopped in during a cross-country trip he is making this summer teaching his summer school classes online. Nine in Tuskegee mayor's race; i 18 seeking council, utilities seats i o s By GUY RHODES Editor All positions up for election in the city of Tuskegee this August will be contested after a flurry of last-minute qualifying Tuesday, the final day of qualifying. Incumbent mayor Ron Williams and two coun- cil members--Freddie Washington and Lateefah Muhammad--are among the nine candidates for the mayor's position. The position of mayor will be parttime with a salary of $23,000 annually for the four-year term after a vote of the current council set the salary. The current mayor's salary is $46,000 and the position is handled on a full-time basis. Others qualifying for the race are Maxwell, Rev. Mark Michael, Cornell Tatum and Lucenia Williams Dunn. The Place 1 seat will be vacated by incumbent Rozell Chappell Jr., who decided not to seek a second term in office. Running for Place 1 are Robert Adams, William "Chip" Gunn and Jean- nie Vaughan. Place 2 incumbent Jess Colson, who is seeking a second term in office, will be challenged by Murray Baker. Baker recently retired as a lieu- tenant from the Tuskegee Police Department. It appeared that incumbent Mae Doris Williams would have no opposition in seeking a third four-year term for the Place 3 seat, but Harold C. Carson, Willie Louise Fields and Walter Walker were late qualifiers for that seat. There will be a new Place 4 council member, either Lifus Johnson and Anwar MaQuette who are running for the seat currently held Wash- ington, who also serves as the council presi- dent. Washington is giving up the seat to run for mayor. The same is true for Place 5 where Muham- mad is the sitting council member. Seeking that seat are Bill Freeman and Benjamin Rackley. The races for two seats on the Utilities Board for the City of Tuskegee became more interest, ing Tuesday. -" Mrs. R.P. Chisholm appeared to be headed for (See TUSK~GEE QUALIFYING, P. A-8) I III Ill I I Chamber plans activities to go with TV broadcasts On Friday (July 21), television Channel 32, an ABC affiliate out of Montgomery, will broadcast live its evening news, both the 5 and 6 p.m. editions, from the square in downtown Tuskegee. The Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce plans to take this opportunity to highlight the community with "An Evening on the Square." Area residents are cordially invited to take a coke break as the Chamber celebrates the Alabama Partnership Tourism Award, as part of Central Alabama's Black Heritage Trail (Selma, Mont- gomery and Tuskegee). The state of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel presented the award on July 12 in Tuscaloosa. The Trail spotlights important African-American cultural sites in Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee. Among these are such attractions as Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site; Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma; and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery. All the sites on the Trail are featured in a pro- motional brochure that was jointly produced by the chambers of commerce in these three central Alabama cities. There will be entertainment and prizes. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. (The winner must be present to win). Three-year-old Taylor Coleman may not understand the significance of the heat wave throughout the state, but his weather drawing has plenty of sunshine. Taylor is the granddaughter of Cynthia Walford:"