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Washington $'19/5 "Tis Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse The Darkness" Photo by Guy Rhodes Drue and Doyal Wright . With memory book they compiled and Doyal, Wright a years work Macon school reunion. GUY RHODES to the most recent census figures (1990), the of Notasulga is 979. That population increased (Oct. 14) when about 500 graduates from County High School gathered for a reunion. )ordinary reunion was this. It was "The Big Blast" classes from 1910-1965. The event was held current Notasulga High School which was rebuilt in following a fire in 1964 that destroyed the high school building. Old grads traveled from as Reunion far away as California and New York and from as close on 3 as a few hundred yards down the road for the day- !event. Included were entertainment, dinner, introduc- of classes and a history of Macon County High School graduate Robert Anderson, who has been principal High School since 1971. many were involved in getting "The Big Blast" none were more instrumental than Drue Ward and her husband Doyal Wright who spent an entire ~'on the project. a 1953 graduate of Macon County High School, and (an Auburn University grad) did virtually all work from their home in Lawrenceburg, Ind. In addi- spending thousands of hours contacting graduates information, Drue Wright used her publica- background to compile a memory book of nearly 350 titled "Macon County High School Through the research is extensive, informative and a keepsake iis sure to be preserved for generations. went through one computer and Doyal put together (37,500 pages) by hand in time for the reunion. response, more books will be printed. stay up until 2 for 3 in the morning, get a little and be back at the computer getting pages together," a 1956 Auburn University graduate in engineer- whole experience was wonderful. The only thing I was stuffing envelopes," Drue mentioned. Wrights took a few moments between the morning and lunch while group Pictures were being made to on the day and the past year. 47 years, it was obvious they are a team that what they do together. They lived in Baton Rouge, "I'Iuntsville, Park River, N.D., Cincinnati, Ohio, and now Judge Ford hopes qualifications the issue in his race for Criminal Court of, Appeals T By GUY RHODES Editor Aubrey Ford's message is simple--experience counts. Just how many Alabama vot- ers will get the message when they go to the polls Nov. 7 is a challenge for the Macon dis- judge is run- for Place on the labama of riminal Judge Ford Those in Macon know the credentials and service of Ford who has served as a dis- trict judge since appointed to the position by the late Gov. George Wallace in 1977. Judge Ford has successfully run four times for six-year district judge terms--three times without opposition. Running a state-wide cam- paign has proven to be a chal- lenge and a beast of a different nature for ~ludge For~yhen a~m~ to seeking Office only one county. UnoppoSed in the June Democratic primary, Judge Ford is challenged for the appeal's court seat by Kelli Wise, who won the Republican nomination over David Estes. Wise has some state-wide recognition having run and lost a Public Service Commission campaign to Jan Cook two years ago. However, when it comes to judicial experience it's a slam dunk for Judge Ford. Not only does the M-year-old Ford have 23 years on the bench, he has severed on numerous key entities dealing with the court system, includ- ing as co-chair of the Alabama (See FORD, P. A-5) Photo by Guy Rhodes Macon County Courthouse repairs Ronald Garrett of M/monry Arts Co. of Birmifigham works from high in the air on renovations and repairs to the Macon County Court- (See REUNION, P. A-5) house. He is applying a sealant to prevent water from seeping through the courthouse walls. News supports H Photo by GuyRhodes Supervisor Dale Weeks of A.G. Dre' Co Construction Company .. Oversees project at Moton Field for Tuskegee-based company Work begins to stabilize structures Awmen s Museum Work has started on a massive project to convert the decaying structures at Tuskegee's Moton Field into a showcase for the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Initial work, being funded by a federal grant appropriation through the National Park Ser- vice, will include work to stabilize the exist- ing structures damaged from decades of neglect. As much as $50 million may ultimately be spent to construct the museum to honor the black airmen who were trained at Moton Field. African-American student pilots were trained in Tuskegee for World War II flying duty at a time when the military services were segregated, according to the National Park Service The National park Service is stabilizing eight historic structures, which will become the core of the new Tuskegee Airmen Nation- al Historic Site. Authorized by Congress in 1998, the park will memorialize the accom- plishments of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, who flew escort missions for American bombers during the war. Under a $750,000 contract, the A.G. Dre' Co. of Tuskegee is correcting structural prob- lems and weatherproofing an old hangar, con- trol tower, administrative building, shed structures, a warehouse and a building that served as an all ranks club. The work js expected to take about six months. More extensive restoration work will follow as Congress appropriates more money for the project, said Willie Madison, superintendent of the new airmen park as well as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. Four weather sirens being tested this week William E. Gunn, Macon County's EMA Coordinator says that four sirens acquired by the City of Tuskegee have been installed in strategic locations in order to substantially provide warnings for the nursing homes, hospital, schools, university, community college, recreation centers and neighborhood parks, public lake, mobile home park, and central business district. According to Gunn, initial siren testing is being conducted dur- ing the week of Oct. 16-20. Subsequent testing for approximately three minutes will be heard the first Thursday of each month at noon noon. This project was made available through the cooperative efforts ef Alabama Emergency Management, Macon County Emergency Management, City of Tuskegee, its Light Department crews and contracted providers. Gunn said that he plans to give periodic instructions on"public protection procedures in upcoming issues of The Tuskegee News as well as on TCN Chan- nel 6. Type of siren in Tuskegee