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Decision day draws near for voters : !: 7 i iii: ! ~:~iI~ ~,'i, Photo by Wendell Rodgers T. Washington High School cheerleaders en a great night for the Booker T. Washington football team to do just that. Front row, from left, are Tameka Jackson, Friday as the Golden Eagles opened their season at Tashika Hopkins, Teneka Pringle, Kimberly Samuel, Mia a 27-0 victory over Southside of Selma. There was Hutchinson ~nd Rashida Outlaw. Back row. Dcbra Shivers, about and these BTW cheerleaders were on hand Lakresha T0ney, LaTara Lampkin and Metara Austin. tizens protest Macon jail site decision RHODES in an Aug. 22 story in The News, Lorraine Howard and Robinson appeared at Monday's of the Macon County Commission a petition protesting selection -acre site near their homes to build d county jail. and Robinson were joined by from the area who corn- that commissioners didn't hold or in any way notify resi- the Hurtsboro Road area where is to be built about that possibili- chairman Frank Lee also sed COncerns about the jail site and the entire process, just as he for several months. The commis- to meet a May 1 deadline 1993 by Federal Magistrate arroll to have the jail completed. lat deadline approached, Commis- Ernest Magruder created a the County Detention Facilities to )n the project. At a show cause hearing in early July, Carroll held the defendants in contempt of court for not meeting deadlines for the project and established new deadlines for progressing with the facility expected to cost about $3 million. Deadline to have a deed before the judge was Aug. 12. A deal for transfer of proper- ty in the Tuskegee Industrial Park for $1 with the stipulation that the county would receive $20 per prisoner for 20 years fell trough. The county balked at the agreement, saying the demand would be too costly in the long run. The property was located and a deal closed on the deadline day at a cost of $45,000 for the land and about $10,000 more for additional fees associated with the purchase. Citizens argued that the commission acted hastily without notification, that the safety of area residents face danger with the jail so close, that property values will decrease and traffic problems will increase. (See related editorial on Page A- 4 of today's Tuskegee News). Lee also expressed concern about addi- tional costs for extending lines for utilities to the area. Commissioners Magruder and Albert Daniels, both members of the Detention Facilities corporation, negotiated the deal and defended their action, saying they had no choice at the time. Those petitioning asked that a new site be located and one citizen, Joey Washing- ton, who is an administrative systems specialist with Auburn University's com- puter division, offered to sale the commis- sion a 10-acre site in Macon County. Carroll ordered the defendants to have financing in place by Sept. 16, a construc- tion contract by Sept. 23 and construction underway by Oct. 23. The Macon County Detention Facilities group requested in an Aug. 19 letter that the dates for completions and approval for architecture plans be extended until Oct. 31, bids be opened Nov. 26, bonds sold and awarding of a contract be the week of Dec. 14, bonds and notice to proceed to the con- tractor executed by Dec. 23, and construc- be from Jan. 1, 1997 through June 30, 1997 to meet the new May 1, 1997 completion deadline. r election undecided DES By GUY RHODES Editor It could be the end of an era Tuesday when Tuskegee voters go to the polls to decide runoff races for mayor and' two council positions. Seeking his seventh four-year term as mayor after first being elected in 1972, Johnny Ford must overcome a nearly 50 percent deficit from the Tuesday, Aug. 27 voting that saw him trail challenger and his former administrative assistant Ron Williams 1,652 votes to 864. Already, eight-term council member Frank Bentley, who was first elected in 1964, fellow incumbent Robert Ivey, who has been on the council since 1976, and incumbent Harold Washing- ton, with one term under his belt, went down to defeat in the Aug. 27th voting. That day, Mae Doris Williams was the only incumbent to retain her seat. She had 1,940 votes to 1,105 to former city coun- cilman Elrick Harris to keep the Place 3 seat she captured in 1992 over Harris. Incumbent Place 4 member and council president Louis Maxwell is the only other incumbent to make a runoff, though he trailed political newcomer Freddie L. Washington 1,027 to 878 ~li a field ~f six for the seat. The Place 2 seat formerly occupied by Bentley will be decided between Jess Colson, who drew 1,056 votes to runnerup Ludie Hall with 671. Bentley finished third in a group of five candi- dates for the Place 2 spot with 638 votes. Washington's Place 1 seat was claimed by Rozell Chappell Jr. without a runoff as he totaled 1,618 votes tb 1,287 for Washing- ton and 235 for "Murt" Gibbs. The Place 5 race runoff features political newcomers Ben Rackley and Lateefah Muhammad who finished first and second ahead of Ivey in the three-person race. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex. Voters will go directly to the machines in the auditorium rather than sign in the lobby like they did Aug. 27 when the Utility Board race was contested and the machines were in two different areas. Willie Haygood and Mrs. R.P..Chisholm won seats in that race. Following is a preview of the three races remaining to be decided: MAYOR.-Ron Williams and Johnny Ford Ford is fighting for has Tuskegee mayoral life after making the runoff by less than 75 votes. He has raised the issue of charac- ter during the runoff, pointing out that Williams is convicted felon who was involved with attempting to bribe a state senator. Williams has since had his rights restored. In a hastily called press conference called the morning after the Aug. 27th election, Ford accused Williams of involvement with drugs, but later backed offthat tactic. As for the Willia~ih, he has preferred to let the voters address Ford's allegations and has kept a relatively-low profile since the (See ELECTION, P. A-2) continue to mount concerning an Aug. 27 tie vote incumbent Andrew Thompson Jr. and challenger Willie" for mayor of Shorter. Candidates filed suit against each other, town clerk Bren- and the town of Shorter after each had 103 votes in the Judge Howard Bryan was in court with the parties as Thompson, through his attorney Fred Gray Sr. of had filed a motion to have Powell disqualified for not state-required financial disclosure form before the Aug. Powelrs attorney is Mark Montiel of Montgomery, there are too many irregularities in the case. said she didn't spend or collect $1,000 for her campaign. doesn't call for financial expenditure forms for less than campaign. Bryan said Monday that he could call for a new election the scheduled Sept. 17 runoff has been delayed. The ia Bureau of Investigation checked the election records criminal misconduct and found none. Bryan has set conference with representatives of the candidates to election materials. 5 story in The Tuskegee News, Powelrs complaint should have won 99-95 because absentee ballots were Thompson's suit claimed there were illegal votes m.i TU Air Force ROTC program gets pilot allocations Tuskegee University s Air Force ROTC Department recently mander Arnold Air Society; Johnnie Dennis, soloed a glider at received four pilot allocations with four TU ROTC cadets having the Air Fo'~-~e Academy; Jhamal Johnson, Air Force ROTC DET an opportunity to become pilots in the Air Force. From left are: 015 quality officer; Cheryl *Dee" Hunter, commander, ~gel Etienne Rosamont, pilot candidate; Mark Smith, Area V corn- Flight; and Anthony Walker, pilot candidate. S~ stow, Pa~e A-3,