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No bond referendum soon
Education ’77 asks
petition be tabled
Another school bond referendum will
not be held soot. However, the school
board will proceed with plans to pur
chase the 82% acre tract for the
proposed new high school.
The decisions were made in com
mittee meetings attended by all 10
board members Monday afternoon and
were formally approved unanimously
at the regular meeting Monday night,
which was attended by a standing room
only crowd of some 40 people.
During the committee meetings,
presided over by Dr. Tom Hunt, in
structions chairman, and Russell
Smith, building chairman, Supt. D. B.
Christie said the “best thing is to drop it
now, then come back in a few months
and take another look after the board
receives a report on the system to be
made by the Southern Association of
Secondary Schools and Colleges in
Monday night, Mrs. Jean Boggs,
president of Education ’77, asked that
the petition for another referendum in
December be tabled but that the board
Georgia Baptists map assault
on new government regulations
ATLANTA (AP) - Delegates to the
Georgia Baptist Convention today
begin mapping strategy for an assault
on a new government regulation they
say threatens the constitutional
separation of church and state.
The delegates, from 2,956 churches
throughout Georgia, are to vote on a
resolution passed by the convention’s
executive committee calling on the
Internal Revenue Service to withdraw a
regulation that went into effect last
The regulation makes a distinction
between “integral church work” and
auxiliary church organizations.
Under the new rule, certain church-
WASHINGTON (AP) — The birth
rate in America increased during the
first eight months of this year com
pared with the rate a year ago, but
scientists say the change does not
necessarily indicate a trend.
Robert Heuser of the National Center
for Health Statistics said there was an
average of 15.3 births per 1,000
population for the first eight months of
1977 compared with 14.5 per 1,000 for
the same time period in 1976.
But Heuser said the reason for the
change is unknown. And, other
statisticians cautioned against drawing
Meanwhile, the latest Vital Statistics
Report published by the center showed
there were 3 percent more marriages
during the first seven months of the
year than during the same period a
year ago, while divorces increased only
“We sure waste a lot of time
learning the right way to do the
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not delay in its actions to find a solution
while state funds are still available.
According to her, the |4 million will
be available upon passage of a bond
referendum until July 1.
The League of Women Voters was
represented by Mrs. Elaine Farr,
president, who read a statement
commending the board upon its efforts
toward passage of the bond issue and
stating the League’s stands on
Education ’77 challenged the people
who opposed the bond issue “to become
involved with us and the board in trying
to solve the problems of the school
GO WITH US
“You have admitted that there is a
problem of overcrowding and asked
that the board go back to the drawing
board. We urge you to go there with us.
Give us your ideas, your objections,
your thoughts, help find the answers,”
Mrs. Boggs said.
Chairman Henry Walker also asked
for cooperation from the opposition.
He invited Ivan Taylor and anyone
affiliated organizations, such as
hospitals and nursing homes, must file
income tax returns like all other non
profit, tax-exempt groups.
Although the “nonintegral" church
groups would not have to pay taxes,
Baptist leaders argue that the filing
requirement is unconstitutional and the
definition of “integral church work"
Although various denominations
publicly have disapproved of the new
regulation, the Baptists have been the
most vocal opponents.
Last year, the Southern Baptist
Convention passed a similar resolution
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Griffin, Ga., 30223, Tuesday Afternoon, November 15,1977
Also in this story
I.— Board votes not to accept
any out of county students
beginning in August, 1978.
2. — Bids to be opened
Thursday on new Anne Street
3. — Basketball tickets 75
cents at the gate.
4. — Seven school buses or
5. — Talent night in
auditorium gets okay.
6. — Attendance shows in
else to visit school facilities and secure
any information, then to make positive
suggestions and constructive criticism.
“Call and arrange for a meeting. The
schools belong to all citizens and we’d
like to hear from the entire com
munity," Walker said.
Taylor answered that he would be
glad to meet with school board mem-
Jail improvements will take years.
Opposing the regulation.
Also on today’s agenda was con
sideration of the convention’s sl2
million 1978 budget, an increase of $2
million over last year’s budget.
Part of the money will be used to
continue the Georgia Baptist relief
That program, begun in 1974,
received its first real test last week in
the dam failure at Toccoa that took 38
lives. A 39th person still is missing.
Dr. Searcy S. Garrison, executive
secretary-treasurer of the convention,
said the relief ministry provided im
mediate help for homeless victims of
bers but he “will not meet with
Education ’77 or anybody else who does
not have the responsibility of making
policy or accepting the hard knocks
along with the good,” he said.
Mrs. Joan Burns, mother of two
children in the system and two Griffin
High graduates explained why she
voted ‘no’ on the bond issue.
“Mr. Taylor has taken the rap for
many of us, but I can assure you that he
did not pay for those newspaper ads
himself. People were standing in line
begging for the opportunity,” she said.
“Interested citizens comprised a
small army, she said.
Mrs. Bums said she was “vigorously
opposed” to such a large high school
and suggested Griffin High be divided
into two campuses, each more easily
administered and with twice the op
portunities for all activities.
She also said she “deplores in
creasing emphasis on vocational
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Young man on nearly deserted
downtown street early today hands
stuffed in pants pockets in 28-degree
weather, stopping for second or two to
look at warm jacket in store window,
shurgging shoulders, then moving on.
Several hundred Griffin High
students enjoying warm afternoon sun
as they wait in front of building for
buses to take them home.
Deer hunter having good laugh after
friends had been hunting area for
weeks and he kills big buck after having
been there only a few minutes.
Federal courts recently ordered the
jail in Henry County to cease accepting
prisoners as of Feb. 1, 1978.
Spalding County has not been ordered
by the courts to cease using its jail. The
county is not under a court order and
Sheriff Dwayne Gilbert believes the
county will not be told to close the jail.
“Our jail at present does not meet the
criteria for jails set forth by the federal
“However, I do believe we could show
the courts we are moving forwaid with
a plan to make our jail meet their
criteria and to meet the needs of the
community for the next 25 to 30 years,”
The offices on the first floor of the
courthouse will move into the building
currently used by the Extension Ser
vice and other county agencies when
the renovations of the Grant building
are completed and those offices can be
Sheriff Gilbert said the im
provements will take several 'years to
“I would say that it will take us no
longer to complete the improvements
than it would to build a new facility,” he
The Spalding County jail is just as old
as some of those jails being ordered to
close by the federal courts, but the
Sheriff feels he could get an extension
of time if necessary because plans are
in the works for improvements.
Vol. 105 NO. 270
AUGUSTA, Ga. — It would seem that Tony, an Airedale belonging to Pleas C.
Faglie, would appear to be a very smart dog. After all, any dog that can fetch
the evening newspaper from the delivery box across the street from his home is
not dumb. Even smarter would be his master who taught him to retrieve the
paper, saving time and energy. Now to teach him to answer the doorbell. (AP)
Experiment Station helped
with mushroom problems
Good technical management with
production and shipment would have
solved problems a Japanese concern
had in trying to produce mushrooms in
Griffin, according to Dr. Curtis
Jackson, director of the Georgia
Experiment Station in Griffin.
Dr Jackson explained:
“The backers of this venture sought
and received scientific help from the
Georgia Station on six or so occasions.
We were able to accommodate all
requests from this group and to offer
sound advice. The fungus con
tamination problem and mushroom
deterioration during shipment were the
apparent causes of the failure of this
venture,” Dr. Jackson explained in a
letter to the Griffin Daily News.
“Our research indicated that these
“We are moving forward at this
moment,” he said.
Gilbert said the improvements would
include renovation of the upstairs jail
facilities to include eight maximum
security cells, library and study area
facilities. The “bullpen” would be
renovated and improved.
The “bullpen” is an area where
several prisoners are housed in the
First floor renovations would include
facilities for women prisoners, an
electronics center, kitchen facilities,
trusty facilities, a contact visiting area
for lawyer client conversations and
visits by social workers and a non
contact visiting area where family
members could visit prisoners. The
kitchen facilities would remain much
as they are now.
One improvement for the first level
would be an area where deputies could
drive in cars carrying prisoners. Doors
would close in front and back of the
area. This would help eliminate the
possibility of escape during the transfer
of a prisoner from a car to the jail.
“I believe we can complete the
renovations to the jail for ap
proximately $750,000. A new jail facility
would cost approximately $3.5 million,”
Sheriff Gilbert said.
He said the county commissioners
had agreed to include the im
provements to the jail in budgeted
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FORECAST FOR GRIFFIN AREA —
Fair and not so cold tonight with lows
around 40. Increasing cloudiness and
mild Wednesday with highs in the mid
LOCAL WEATHER — Low this
morning at the Spalding Forestry Unit
28, high Monday 50.
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problems could be overcome with good
technical management during
mushroom production and shipment,”
Dr. Jackson wrote the letter after a
story was published last week in the
Griffin Daily News that the mushroom
building and property were up for sale.
Dr. Jackson said he presented further
information because the article might
suggest to some readers that the
Experiment Station ignored the
Fukaishi group’s problems.
The Fukaishi group from Japan had
purchased land off the Everee Inn road
in an industrial park area to try to get
the business going here.
The Bank of Griffin put the property
on the market after it was abaodoned.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime
Minister Menahem Begin today of
fically invited Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat to visit Israel. Begin sent
his written invitation through U.S.
Aambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis.
In Cairo, Sadat said he is ready to go
as soon as he receives the invitation. He
called the trip, that he proposed last
week, his “sacred duty”.
Begin declined to show the content of
the message to reporters, saying it
would be discourteous to divulge it
before it reached Sadat.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Competing
forces of demonstrators awaiting the
White House arrival of the Shah of Iran
rushed one another on the Ellipse be
hind the executive mansion today
Shouting “Down with the Shah, Down
with the Shah,” masked Iranian
students threw the sticks from their
placards and debris at mounted police.
Mounted police charged into the
crowd. There was a charge of the anti
shah people into main group of pro-shah
Tear gas was fired. The police
cleared the original spot of the anti
shah demonstration which was im
mediately on the left hand side of the
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