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114 -- NUMBER 38 CLASSES sponsored by Recreation are held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Building. will be at Russell Plaza Dec. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Recyclers are paid 25 cents for aluminum collections. CAROLYN GUNN of Tuskegee will a Masters degree next week during fall at Auburn University. son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Robinson of Tuskegee, was recently named of the Month for Company A, 25th Medical in Hawaii. He is records clerk. WITHOUT WINNERS," a film on the and national security involved in SALT II, shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood by Ecumenical Bible Class of lhurch Women United. Film features people on street and military and CIA CLAUS will be at VA Medical Center at !P.m. Friday, Building 90 theater. annual Christmas party will be p.m. Friday at home of Mrs. Willie Bentley. KING, librarian at Tuskegee Institute, and David, engineering librarian, attended the celebration of the Alabama Public Library held in Montgomery. CITIZENS PROGRAM Christmas party Dec. 20. Contact office for information. CLASS REGISTRATION now in progress, by Macon County Fine Arts Manifesto Inc. for information. UNIVERSITY ALUMNI CLUB will fat 7:30 tonight at home of Aubrey Ford Jr., 2925 Drive. KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY Graduate will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dorothy Hall House. ~EE LIONS CLUB will meet at 7 o'clock it at G's Restaurant.. Eye and ear testing to be demonstrated. CHAPEL AME ZION CHURCH will meet with pastor at 7 p.m. Monday. CIVIC ASSOCIATION will meet at P.m. Sunday at Bowen Methodist Church. NEIGHBORHOOD will meet at 4 at neighborhood center. AMERICAN VETERANS will meet at Monday at VA Medical Center, Building 90. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH in Waugh will ninth anniversary of Rev. James H. Martin a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. BAPTIST CHURCH on White will hear Christland Harmoneers at 6 p.m. BAPTIST CHURCH will hold Christmas at 7 a.m. Dec. 25. HULL AME ZION CHURCH will host at 10 a.m. and church service at 11 a.m. ~Cond and fourth Sundays of the month. OLIVE MISSIONARY CHURCH deaconess be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Mark A. Parks to JUBILEES of Opelika will celebrate fifth at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Chisholm filed by former ircuit Clerk James attempling to 6,476.60 from the Commission decided in the favor because trite on which the based is unconsti- ~, the Alabama Su- ~UUrl said. in question was the 1975 Alabama Ure's second special Which gave the ion authority to pay circuit clerks a salary of $8,000 a retroactive at its to Oct. 1, 1973." Passed on March Afterwards the Paid two persons been working for ~hen the county was under the era. ~yees paid the and he ~n.unty to pay it tin. The county the advice of the county attorney, who ad- vised commissioners that the statute was unconstitu- iional. Hopkins sued the county for mcmey he said the county had agreed to pay him when i he act was passed. The county coumersued for $5,300 il said Hopkins owned under an indemnity agree- mere. Hopkins had agreed to repay Ihe county for any money 1he County had to refund under a law enforce- menl planning grant which Hopkins administered. The Macon court ruled without trial against Hop- kins' claim but said he should have to pay the money he owed the county. The high court affirmed the decision Friday, citing Sect ion 68 of the Alabama Constitution, which prohi- bit s retroactive increases in pay for any public officer. Hopkins was defeated in a bid for re-election in 1976. He now lives in Chicago. TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1979 @ By STAN VOlT Tuskegee Police Detec- tive Marvin Brooks was found innocent last week of grand larceny charges in a trial marked by the disclosure of testimony Brooks gave to state officials in which he claimed two police officials were involved in drug trafficking. The jury of three women and nine men heard testimony most of Friday, deliberated Friday night and returned a verdict late in the night. Brooks was accused of taking two pairs of shoes from Campus Bootery dur- ing investigation of burgla- ries there the night of April 3. Testimony showed that on Jan. 31 Brooks told two representatives of the state attorney general's office that Detective Otto Moore and then Police CHief Herbert Sears Jr. were involved in drug traffic. Brooks had told Sears of Moore's alleged involvement during a closed-door meet- ing in Sears' office, testimo- dy showed, and Moore later confronted Brooks about the matter. Brooks and Moore are one-time partners who apparently are bitter ene- mies now. There were two burgla- ries the night of April 3 at the shoe store. Brooks admitted that during the course of the investigation he took two shoe boxes from the store, but he said he took / them at Moore's request. He said Moore wanted to dust the boxes for fingerprints. Brooks said he took the two boxes out of the store and placed them on his car while chatting with a friend. He then put the boxes in Moore's car, he said. Tuskegee Institute Secu- rity Officer Sinclair testified he saw Brooks take two shoe boxes from the store and put them in Brooks' car. Moore testified that he confronted Brooks at the police station about the shoes, and Brooks denied taking them, but later Brooks told Moore that he had two pairs of shoes and one pair was for Moore, Moore testified. Later Brooks gave Moore a pair of shoes and Moore told then-Chief Sears about it, Moore said. Sears testified he received a pair of shoes from Moore. "I submit to you that's a rotten police officer and he'll continue to be rotten," (Continued on page 2) By J. J. JOHNSON The Macon County School Board has joined other public agencies and govern- ing bodies in passing resolu- tions supporting the public's right to voice their opinibn :on establishment of a dog racing commission. FILM FOR INSTITUTE--COCa-Cola USA has presented Tuskegee Institute with a film especially produced for its School of Veterinary Medicine. The five-minute, color film will be used by Tuskegee for recruitment purposes. Titled "The Story of Tuskegee Institute's School of Veterinary Medicine," the film gives a brief history of the Alabama school and what it offers and shows faculty and students in action. The idea for the film surfaced after Coca-Cola USA officials visited the campus to shoot a segment of "The Health Professionals," the third in Coca-Cola USA's career motivational film series. "In filming 'The Health Professionals', we learned that Tuskegee Institute is T~vo motions in support of unique," said Fleetwood Price, Marketing specialist, Special such a resolution were Markets - Coca-Cola USA. "One of only 23 schools of offered during the board's veterinary medicine in the U.S., Tuskegee trains 85 per cent regular and public meeting Nov. 21, but both died for of our minority veterinarians. The film was presented by ~ lack of a second. Supt. Price (second fromAeft) to Veterinary School students and faculty that included Tuskegee Institute's Executive Vice Alonza Harvey said the President and Provost Dr. A. P. Torrence (left), President chairman, Kenneth Young, Dr. Luther H. Foster (center) and Veterinary School Dean convened the board Friday morning at which time the Walter Bowie (right). resolution was passed. The 3-0 vote, according to Harvey, was cast by Young, Vice Chairman Evans Harris and Clara Walker. Ann Buchanon did not attend the Friday morning meeting, and Charlie Hardy said he left the meeting after challenging its legality. By J. J. JOHNSON C,,mmuniiy Devel,pmem specifica i,,ns. W~file at least ~le park will be served b; Pr,,gram. :w- small industries are sewage w'mn 1he m,rth A 200-acre sile, deveh,ped T le cby's maic~fing gram being s,,ugl~ f-r ~he five reaimem plant is c-mple- several years ag. as a oily is als,, federal m.ney. .acres n,,w being designed, +ed. Design .f the north induslrial park bul s,, far Mrs. J,,nes said h,cal :rea~meni plan1 is now unable i,, atlrac~ induslry. SEASHA's pr.gram de- industrial devel,,pers w,,uld under e-nsiderali-n by ~he will ~ake -n a new h.,k in veh,pmem and pers-nnel be jus~ as in,crested in ,,ne Envir-nmemal Protection early 1980. direci,,r, L,,relta J,,nes. said firm large em,ug:~ *f, ulilize Agency. i]e principal grant- Federal grants i.taling le gran~s w.uld aid in m 40.000 square f..i ing agency f-r thai pr.ject. m,,re ~lan $300.000 have markeiing ~m park t. buiding and supp-r~ing Bu~ C-mmunily Devel-p- been designated f-r c.n- indusirial pr-spec~s. T~e acreage, men s~affers explain t'~at a s~ruc~b,n ,,f a 40.000 square "specula,ive building" site sewer system can be f.,,i building in I~e park. n,,w being designed by SEASHA. ~ ~e may.r'sdesigned specifically f-r any T ~e S,,ul masi Alabama Tuskegee-based H-Iland ar .... ffice and ~e cily's indus~ry ~ ~a~ agrees I~, Self-Help Ass,,ciati,,n isc ~i~ec~ural and planning C,,mmuni;y Deveb,pmen~ h,cae in , ~e Induslria[ Park adminisiering ~he gran~s, firm. will o,ver ab,,u~ five Office are j,,inily pursuing and bef,,re i ~e m,rlh plato is $223,000 fr,,m ~'~e Ec,,m,mic acres in ~ ~e Indusirial Park. industrial pr,,specis. (',,mp/e~ed. Suc~ a pr-mise, Devel,,pmen~ Adminis,ra- Mrs. J,,nes said {~e initial, Sewage is ~e ,,nly service Mrs. J,,nes o,nfirmed, is ii,,n and a $100,000 ma, c!~ing s ,ell facility w,,uld ,,. available a~ ,:~e Ci,y included in ~ ~e EDA granl gran~ fr.m ~e city's c .mple~ed ~- an indus~ry's Indus ri'~l Park. H~,wever, pr,.p,.sal. ,ng Speciol ByJ. J. JOHNSON city ando,unly must satisfy "He (~he industrialist) presideni, Z,,la Burse. c,,n- ~,, a~iraci industry. Neither warns y-u ~,, o,nvince him firmed, is near c,,mpleti.n -f Last week's meeting -n menii,,ned specific industry i;ta~ "tis industry will w~,rk ~ai br~,chure. industrial deveh,pment fi,r f,,r Tuskegee .r Mac-n in i'te o,mmunity," the All indicali.ns are that Mao,n C-unty has been C.unty. G,,v, dwin. in addi-, senai,,r said. W"tet"ter a ive ciiy qualifies 5 t'te c~larac~erized by Th-mas ~i,,n i,, being Reed's c-mmuni~y's lab.r f,,rce is "Preferred Ci~ies" status. Reed as a fi,lh,wup -n G-v. e-lleague in the State willing i. w-rk is a central Tle200-acreIndustrial Park F-b James' pr.mise t~, w.rk L, egisla~ure, was presented c,,ncern ~- the industrialist, is muc"t re.re t!mn t'~e 25-50 f,,r new industry in this as a ~igHy successful ,~e sena~.r added, acres S~-res. the s~ale c-unty, indusirialis~ wi~h ~he Bush S~-res urged city and -fficial, said a city .r c.unty "T'm burden is -n us t. H-g mac~dnery firm in c,,uniy .fficials t~, m.ve ,,ug~i ~,,'mve in applying f-r prevail -n the Slate .f Selma. i.ward qualifyingas a i~e"Preferred" designati-n. Alabama." Reed told bust- Regardless .f wherean "Preferred City" (or o,un- Tm city's Industrial Park nessand civicleaders Friday indus~rialisl l,,ca~es. Sh-res iy). a designation c.nferred (see separate story) is nigh~. "The g-vern-r will be explained, ~he businessman by the S~ate and is serviced by all utilities wilh as g-~l as we make him be. is imerested in c.mmunitya~ ~rac~ive t. industrial~ ~e excepti-n -f sewer. He will keep .nly the a~iiude, availability .f land pr-spec~s. The S.utheas~ H,,wever, sewer service is pr.mises we make him and supp-rting accessories Alabama Self-Help Associa- planned f.r lhe induslrial keep." and a lab-r force. G-odwin. ti,,n (SEASHA} is rep.rled siie .ff Highway 81 in the State Sen. Earl G,.(lwin meanw'file, emphasized t,, ~ave deveh,ped all ciiy. of Selma and Sherman "'mnes~y" as a c-mmunity elements -f ~he "Preferred . In additi-n t. ~he acreage Shores .f the Alabama c'mracterisdc that w-uld Ci~ies" package except the se~ aside f-r industrial Development Office both impress pr-spective indus- pr.m.~i.nal brochure. The deveh,pmem, Dr. B. D. ,,u~lined prerequisites the Irialis~s. Chamber -f C,,mmerice, its (Continued on page 2) There was no public attendance at the Friday morning meeting, but Har- vey believes it was legal. Notice of the meeting was posted inside and outside the door at the board's central office, Harvey ex- plained. Ironically, two of the three members supporting the resolution Friday morn- ing made separate motions during the Nov. 21 Board meeting in behalf of a public vote on a dog racing commission. Neither, how- ever, seconded the other's motion. Harris was particularly concerned, he explained, that the school board would not be left out in sharing money from dog racing if the activity materializes. In addition to endorsing the public's right to vote on a dog racing commission, the board's resolution exlaresses an interest in sharing the proceeds from such a venture. The county's legislative delegation is reported to have voiced reservations about making provisions in the dog racing bill, if it develops, for agenices that did not say they wanted to be included. Dec. 1 is reported to have been the date by which letters of endorsement were t6 have been prepared for the County's legislative delegation. Those letters have been prepared and apparently pave the way to request that a bill be drawn by the state Legislative Reference Service. However, the specific status of the proposed bill was not known late Tuesday evening. Rep. Thomas Reed was not available by phone and several attempts to reach him otherwise were not successful. PHONE 7~-3020 Way I By VERA FOSTER Social Worker, Activist Church, state and legal developments have re- kindled the controversy over the Equal Rights Amendment. During No- vember 35 national publica- tions carried articles on ERA to promote public discussion on the proposed twenty-seventh constitu- tional amendment. For seven years now we have been hearing about ERA. Thirty-five states have rlktified it; three more must ratify by June 30, 1982 if ERA is to become law of the land. (All constitutional amendments require appro- val by three-fourths of the states). Alabama, not traditionally given to the concept of equality, has yet to ratify and concede legally that sexism is as unjust and as undemocratic as racism. All that ERA says, in a clear, simple statement of justice in just fifty-one words, is that under federal and state law, equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged any person be- cause of sex. It has nothing to do with private relationships be- tween individuals. It will affect only those areas where government is in- volved. If passed, the amendment would bar sex discrimination in specific areas much as the Four- teenth Amendment set the stage for civil rights law. For over 100 years (1868 to 197!) courts generally rejected women's claims that laws against them violated the Fourteenth Amendment which, in 1868, gave promise. ERA opponents claim thai gains made recently by women are such that there is no need for further legal protection. Admittedly, the overall status of women has improved considerably. However, the force of a constitutional amendment is necessary to eliminate widespread inequities and to protect gains achieved thus far. To continue to challenge sex discrimination on a one-to-one basis would require years and years, as well as many expensive law suits, at the whims of a predominantly male judicia- ry. Increasingly, women have gone to work. In 1977, 48.4 per cent of women aged 16 to 70 were working, and a projected 60 per cem will be working in 1990. In the main. they work to help support their families, or as sole family support. Discrimination and pover- ty go hand in hand. There are compelling economic and social reasons why ERA is necessary, NOW! Consider just a few: --Women who work fullqime earn fifty-nine cents for every dollar earned by men--after adjustments for education, experience, occupation and industry group. --Eighty per cent of working women occupy low-income, low-status jobs (In the eight lowest-paying occupations, four-fifths of those workers are women). --While women are 66 per cent of public teachers (80 per cent of grade school teachers), men are princi- pals in 80 per cent of elementary schools, and 98 per cent of all high schools. tContinued on page 2)