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U DOLLAR GENERAr ' easy answers juvenile " t0 crime By JEFF THOMPSON Managing Editor State funding only af- fords Macon County with one bed to hold its juve- nile offenders, so some- times officials are forced to take a "lesser of two evils" approach when de- ciding who to release and who gets a pillow. For local law enforce- ment, it means most of the juveniles they arrest - even if the courts schedule a hearing" will be re- turned into their parents' custody before the case comes up to be adjudi- cated. It leaves many in local law enforcement felling frustrated - like doing their job isn't getting the job done. "It's almost like there's no deterrents for (juvenile (See CRIME, Page A-6) USDA Secretary speaks at TU, vows to correct shortcomings By GUY RHODES EditorPublisher When he stepped to the podium at the Tuskegee Uni- versity Chapel Tuesday after- noon, Jim Vilsack apologized for being a few minutes late. The Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under President Barack Obama had a good explanation. He was visiting the graveside of famed scientist Dr. George Washington Carver only a few yards from the chapel. He explained to the audi- ence attending the 68th An- nual Professional Agricultural Workers Confer- ence his connection and affinity to the great scientist who became famous over the first half of the 20th century for his development of prod- ucts from peanuts and sweet (See VILSACK, Page A-7) Questions " arise about Riley's Special Session By GUY RHODES EditorPublisher Will the new Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature mean a "rubber stamp" for the governor's ethics reform? Rep. Pebblin Warren and Sen. Billy Beasley, who rep- resent Macon County in the Legislature, have some questions about the need for a Special Session that began Wednesday, December 8 and if the minority Democrats will have an opportunity for input about the proposals. Among the package of re- forms are bills that will -- for the first time in the his- tory of Alabama -- require: Full disclosure of spend- ing by lobbyists on all public (See SESSION, Page A-6) Beasley Warren Tuskegee Christmas Parade returns By GUY RHODES EditorPublisher After further review, there will be a Christmas parade in Tuskegee this year. Tuskegee's parade will be on Thursday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m., a few days after the Town of Notasulga's parade on Saturday, December 11. In November the Tuskegee City Coun- cil agreed with a recommendation by City Manager A1 Davis that the city couldn't afford the expense of a Christ- mas parade normally conducted on a Saturday in early December. However, in recent days there has been a joint effort by the City of Tuskegee, Macon County, the Macon County School District and the Utilities Board of Tuskegee to hold a parade in Tuskegee. The Board of Education will serve as Grand Marshall. "By moving the time to 1:30 in the af- ternoon, the city won't have to pay any overtime for city employees to help with the larade," Tuskegee City Manager Davis pointed out. Macon County Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell pledged the county's sup- port withsecurity and clean-up for the event With the theme, "Christ Must." "We need to know that Christ must be the center of everything we do to get this communitycontinuing to go in the right direction," Maxwell commented. "We are asking everyone who offers a serve in this community to participate in this parade. If you are a law firm, gro- cery store, church or provide any kind of service, you need to be in this parade." Parade participants will line up near , The People's Funeral Home on the north end of Fonville Street. Parade partici- pants will proceed along Fonville to the intersection of Highway 80 next to Tuskegee Municipal Complex. The parade will then move east on Highway 80, then around square before heading on South Main Street for dis- persal in the open lot near Burger King. (See PARADES, Page A-6) C'-]tizens assist in arrests Tuskegee Police Chief' jects were charged with first Lester Patrick praised citi, degree theft of property. , zens Tuesday, December 7 for ' ' Patrick said the resident re- assisting authorities in the ar rest of two burglary suspects. Patrick said Tuskegee police officers made two arrests Sunday December 5 at ap- proximately 4:47 a.m. in rela- tion to a burglary in the 900 blocker New York Street in Tuskegee. :e"suspects arrested in , this offense were Timothy Eric Moss, 29 of Macon County Road 37; and Tezon Smith, 29 of 71i Maywood Street of Tuskegee. Bothsub- ported to the department at 3:30 a.m. that their home had been burglarized sometime between 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. Officers were able to recover the stolen property and effect an arrest of these individuals. , 'Tnis resulted from citizen willingness to get involved and work with the police," Patrick said, %vhich is what it takes to take back our neigh- borhoods and streets." The case remains under in- vestigation. Weekend Weather Rain chance hanging around See Page A-3 INDEX A3 Obituaries A3 Police Reports A4 Opinion BI Sports B6 Classifieds