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February 27, 1980

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Section 1, palle 2 - THE GRIDLEY HERALD Wednesday, February 27, 1980 BC independent audit V % I, P Tile Butte Community College District's fiscal practices were given a clean bill of heallh at the Feb. i 3 meeting of district trustees. About 12 months ago, the Butte College chapter of the American Federation of Teachers - together with a campus group calling itself "Save Our Schools" - invited Dr. John Caccavale of Los Angeles to investigate the nlanagement of Butte's financial affairs. Caccavale, a sociology instruc- tor who does consultant work on school budgets, eventually pre- pared a report alleging the college district was mismanaging funds and engaging in faculty admini- strative practices. The report went to the Board of Trustees with an AFT cover lelter that included hints of "unethical conduct and possible criminal behavior." Although unhappy about the report and disagreeing with its con- tents, trustees hired the Malson and lsom Accountancy Corp. of Twice-a-week lJSP~ ~'~9 420 William D. Burleson Owner and Publisher Phone [916] 846-3661 630 Washington Street Gridley, California 95948 Mike Gardner. Editor Office Manager. June Ta)lot STAFF: Display/Nat'l. Ad director. Lorelta Hawley, Adverti ng sales. Marveda l.ucke: Phototypesetnng operator, Donna Tibbins and Susie Burleson; Reporler/Photographer, Sally Coghlan; Proofreader. Arlene Hoo'k; Press Foreman. John Skaggs and Pressman Roy Sloudt. Prinler',, Helper Sieve Hanson. lk" '* "k 2nd (:"lass Postage paid al (iridley. California 95948 under the Act of Congress, March 3. 1880. Courl Decree number 27207. SUBN('RIPq[ION RA]E%: $7.0(1 per year in Butte County and 1 i~,e Oak. $8.00 elsewhere in the Uniled Slates. Single copy, 15c. Chico to make a special audil covering the serious allegations. The h',ng-awaited audit report, presented to the board by Glenn Dunning of Malson and isoln, declared, "We found no evidence of 'incompetence, mismanagement, unethical conduct, or criminal be- havior' as charged by the Butte College Federation of Teachers." It was added that "we found all areas of accounting procedure under our review to bc in com- pliance with state accounting rc- qtfirements, and in some cases to be far in excess of those re- quirements. Finally, wc conclude that the charges of financial mismanagement...based upon the date in our review, are unfounded." B Last month's crime statistics reflect the major drug operation conducted in Gridley that resulted in the arrest of 22 males and one female on charges of selling mari- juana. Gridley City Police arrested 46 adults and 11 juveniles the month of January, according to the month- ly crime report compiled by Police Chief John Donnahoe. A total of 331 criminal and non- criminal reports were also filed by city police officers. There were two reported cases of receiving stolen property and 18 cases of vandalism in Gridley last month. One female arrested for assault- ing a police officer and four cases of assault and battery were re- ported. Six males were arrested on burg- lary charges and 16 cases of burg- lary were reported. Seventeen car accidents were re- ported and a total of 111 citations were issued by city police. Two vehicles were stolen in Gridley last month. The number of warrants re- ceived were 39. unfounded." Trustees were obviously pleased to hear this, and their pleasure was perhaps summed up best by John B. Cowan of Gridley, who said the Caccavale report "has less validity than a pile of moldy mule muf- fins." In other rnatters tl'USlees: Engaged in a lengthy review of academic courses proposed for conversion from the quarter system to the semester format, then tabled action until the next regular meeting at 8 p.m. Wednes- day, Feb. 27. Butte will shift to semesters next fall. David R. Fuller, board presi- dent, said the review gives trustees and college officials "a rare oppor- tunity" to look closely al ButtEs course offerings and "critically ex- amine them for signs of duplica- lion." Concurring, Trustee Everett M. Brott of Paradise said, in a reference to Chico State Universi- ty, "It's important that we not try to duplicale whal they're doing over al Ihal other place." Among the courses he ciled was "In- troduction to Weather," offered as a f)hysical soence at bolh in- slitulions. Agreed to purchase, with Federal Vocational Education Acl funds, an electronic text editor from the Ray Morgml ('o. of Chloe at a COSl of $15,459. I1 was the lowest of three bids. The equip- mcnt will be used ill bnsiness educat im3 classes. --Authorized the administration to call for bids on a used school bus. The estimated cost is $20,000. --Agreed to discuss at lhe nexl meeting request by the environ- nlenl colnnlillee, a studenl organ|zalion, for pcrnlission IO stage a rock concerl April 20 on the B(" campus. --Heard Justin Burger, Asso- ciated Student Body president, relay some complaints he said he had received about the selection process for choosing Butte's new superintendent-president. Speci- fically, he said there was criticism i Full value for actual quality of walnuta own. A guaranteed marl t every crop year. Member controlled business. If there is one thing a w nut grower can count on, it's change. For example, field prices for walnuts flip-flopped from the biggest seller's year ever in 1978 to a difficult buyer's market this past season. Although Diamond did not pass the price gyrations through to consumers in 1978, the average return for the two years was more than the prices received by non-members. In both years, Diamond stabilized retail prices and expanded consumption of California walnuts. Reliable consumption is the under- lying insurance for Diamond members against the over-supply, low-price years, which have been part of walnut farming. Because Diamond has the market strength to withstand price variations, it can earn the premium in most years which Diamond members expect. This year, electricity generated from walnut shell at the plant will be available to process the crop, and to sell to P.G. & E. That is one of the current cost reductions which will permit Diamond to increase its members' returns. Many costs are going down at the cooperative, despite inflation. By minimizing costs, a maximum portion of the retail dollar for walnuts is passed through directly to cooperative member producers. Diamond Walnut has earned the consumer preference and distribution channels which lead to walnut sales. Ownership in Diamond is each member's insurance for his tremendous investment in orchards and equipment. Applications for membership are now being accepted. Membership in Diamond is an investment that improves every year! DIAMOND WALNUT GROWERS, INC. P.O. Box 1727, Stockton, California 95201, (209) 466-4851 about the screening committee be- ing authorized to interview appli- cants for the post. It was the ASB's" understanding, he said, that inter- .viewing was to be done only by the interview committee. Acknowledging the procedure had been changed, trustees told Burger they wanted the opinions and reactions of individual screen- ing committee members, but not a group expression from that body. Fuller emphasized that "this board is selecting the superintendenl- president. We're not delegating that to anybody." --Received a report from (;aylc Guest, college specialist in tile area of disabled student services, who said her department, now in its third year of operation, is serving about 200 students. Women in Service CHRISTINE MATTINGL Airman Christine M. Mattingly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Mattingly of 108 W. Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force course for den- tal specialists at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. Graduates of the course earn credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Airman Mattingly studied dental anatomy and radiological tech- niques. She is being assigned to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The airman is a 1978 graduate of Biggs Unified High School. Card of Thanks We would sincerely like to thank Dr. Oidroyd, Dr. Sullivan, Biggs- Gridley Hospital and the nursing staff for the fine care during Lco's recent stay in the hospital. Leo & Mary Schwartz & Famil) uaries JACK ROBERSON Long time Gridley resident Jack Roberson died suddenly last Fri- day, February 22 in Fremont Medical Center, Yuba City. He was 65. A native of Valdosta, Georgia, he was born on June 17, 1914. Roberson resided in Gridley since 1936 and was a partner in Elliott and Roberson, a painting and decorating contracting busi- ness for the last 34 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 1594. He served the community of Gridley for 37 years as a vohmteer fireman. He was at one time the assistant fire chief. He is survived by his wife Elinor Roberson; daughters, Melissa Roberson of Gridley and Leann Mims of Oroville; sisters, Bessie Brock and Sarah Finn, both of Waycross, Georgia; a brother, Robert Roberson of San Diego; and a grandson. Services were held Monday, February 25, at the Gridley Block Funeral Chapel with Pastor Burl Woodward and Father Patrick V. Lenehan officiating. Burial 'in the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery followed. D.O. WiI,IJAMS -D.O. Williams died Saturday, February 23 at Biggs-Gridley Me- morial Hospital. He was 67. A native of Boonesville, Arkan- sas, he was born on July 7, 1912. Williams was a resident of Live Oak for 30 years and a retired area ranch worker. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, of Live Oak; two sons, Clifford Williams of Live Oak and Clarence Williams of Merced; two daughters, Yvonne Wall of Live Oak and Shirley Davis of Yuba City; four brothers, Joe and John Williams, both of Gridley, Pete Williams of Live Oak, and Paul Williams of Arkansas; two sisters, Lola Martin of San Diego, and Dent Smale of National City; and seven grandchildren. Services were held Tugsday at the Gridley Block Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jim Sturgis of the Nazarene Church of Live Oak offi- ciating. Burial followed in the l.ive Oak Cemetery. Memorials to the American Can- cer Society are preferred by the family. EVA M. JORY Eva M. Jory died in Biggs-Grid- ley Memorial Hospital Sunday, February 24. She was 92. A long-time resident of Biggs, Mrs. Jory was preceeded in death by her husband, James Jory, in 1962. She is survived by a son, Jim Jory of Martinez; a sister, Nellie Walker of Biggs; two brothers, Ed and Barney Demes, both of Biggs; two grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. Graveside services will be at I I a.m. today in the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. The Gridley Block Funeral Chapel is in charge of ar- rangements. ii!~il !~!~!i!i~ .::i:~ ~ STUDENT OF THE MONTH - Gridley High senior honored as student of the month by the Gridley Exchange Club atl noon meeting at Casa Lupe. Keen's high school activities body vice president, a representative to All Girls and Gu Club, CSF, and girls' basketball. She has beenchosen "mostly ceed" by her classmates and has won the 1980 "Voice of speech contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her terests include being a member of the Manzanita 4-H Club at local area rest homes, playing the guitar, golf and sheep planson attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton and pre-law and business administration. Ore-Dam Twirlers anniversary dance is on March 14 Tile 14th anniversary dance of tile Ore Dam Twirlers will be on Friday, March 14 from 8 to 11 p.m. in Oroville's Central School, 2565 Mesa Avenue. Earl Rich will call. Art and Evelyn will call pre- rounds at 7:30 p.m. Production credit Association plans stockholder meet Members of the Feather River Production Credit Association will hold their 46th Annual Stock- holders, meeting on Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. at the Vienna Inn in Marysville, for the nomina- tion to the board of directors and to review the services provided during the past year. Card of Thanks The Gridley Women's Aglow Fellowship would lik'e to extend a special thanks to Mr. Waterbury of the Gridley Post Office for his kindness in helping them receive their bulk postage rate permit. Thank you Mr. Waterbury and God Bless you! A. John Merle seeks Superior Court judgeship Chico attorney A. John Merle announced recently his candidacy" for the judicial office being vacated by'Sultrier Court Judge Jean Morony. His candidacy was prompted by what he sees the "unequal protection before the law" for most citizens. According to Merle, "the judge alone has the ability to see that justice wears an equal face for all people." Merle also stated that he is dis- turbed with people being afraid of the courtroom. He said that he wants to int:oduce a more casual and easy atmosphere in the court- room. "1 would like tO see the robes taken away from judges so that the courts can be more humanized," said Merlo. A native of Placer County, Me'rio has practiced law in Chico since 1951 as a trial lawyer. Assemblyman's to head Reagan's campaign locally Jack Courtemanche, st man of the Reagan for Campaign, announced Mrs. Lovie Statham would serve as Chairman! Butte County Reagan for dent Campaign. Mrs. Statham is the wifl Assemblyman Stan member of the Republk Central Committee of Anyone wishing to get in the local Reagan for Campaign should Statham at [916] 342-7800. 'This is at fairg twice tonight The live stage show Magic" will be at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. The John Strong suitable for all ages. available at the door. Gridley man pay water bill A Gridley man has pay a contested $4,851 protest" to the Water Dislrict. Walter Owen, who near Farris /.Road several arguments to tors in a hearing Friday but then chose to pay But, Owen added, would be liable to re money and any punitive hinting he may carry ther. The payment came out agreement between Owe. district, which was Superior Court hearing, to William Spruance, the! attorney. Owen, representing Friday's meeting, ditch water out of 833 should not be billed to the water is seeping sources. He added that the discriminating against he had to relinquish his water from the 833 ditch. The directors tested payment and to pay in two payments Farm Advisors offer final ed programI I The Butte County l Farm Advisors Office I will present the last ses- I sion in a series of six I educational programs on Thursday, February 28, I 1980 at 7:30 p.m. Farm Advisor Jerry I" Smith points out that this series is designed for anyone interested in home grounds and farm- ing on a small scale. All sessions are held in I tile Palermo School I Multi-Purpose Room I and are open to the i general public at no charge. All 30W Oil.9 per case ........ All lO-40W $2* per'-,, " SAVE All lO-50W $24 per case. .... SAVE 2529 Highwiiy 99[-- Gridley - IIII - %, :