Volume 66 ' Number 25
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i section, 10 Pages
December 27, 1973
CAROLING their way through Jeffersontown on Sunday evening were over
ICO young peopla from area churches. The ecumenical Yuletide event was
sponsored by the Jeffersontown Association of Christian Congregations.
By Rogin Garr III
Gibson to stay as inspector
By Sandy Hinton
During his almost two years of service as Jeffersontown building Inspector, Ralph I. Gibson has seen new
buildings in the city spiral to an unparalleled peak.
"This year It has been three times
as large as ever before in one year,
and I doubt that In the foreseeable future, It will ever be that much again,"
Last week, Gibson was hired by the
New Direction Team to continue In his
capacity as building Inspector after the
new administration takes office.
"I will do Just as good a Job for them
as I am doing for the Mayor (Franklin J. Chambers)," he said.
"In all the positions I've held, I've
enjoyed this one with the city government of Jeffersontown more than any
other. For one thing I am at home.
Also, they are fine people to work
with, at City Hall, and I'm among
friends," the building Inspector continued.
His only rgret about his Job, Gibson
said, Is that he would like to have
taken a more active part In city government by being of more assistance to
"He really and truly is one of the
finest men and honest men I've ever
met in my life,"
he said of Mayor
Gibson recalled the first time he met
the mayor, "back when we moved here
and had that big flood. My basement
was full of water, and he came to my
house and helped me get It out."
He ran against Chambers for city
councilman in 1960, and was defeated
by the then-ne- w
Taxpayer's Party. "But,
I've always been on his side," Gibson
Gibson said now he plans to relax.
"We are going to visit some friends
we haven't seen in many, many years."
Gibson and his wife, the former Elva
Isaacs, moved to Jeffersontown IS years
ago. "When we came here, there were
roads from Louisville. We
Just two-lathought we were moving to the country."
He claims the people of Jeffersontown
haven't changed at all, Just the city. He
Is proud of the small town way of life
that exists so close to a large city,
saying. . . "where you can still consider
friends. . . I don't
people honest-to-Go- d
think you'll find that in any other city."
Gibson's government work did not start
In Jeffersontown. He possesses a long,
impressive list of accomplishments and
many awards received during his years
with state, federal, city and county
A native of Science Hill, In Pulaski
County, Gibson graduated from Science
Hill High School. He served in the U.S.
Air Force overseas for 21 months.
For six years, he was a financial
specialist with the federal government.
He held positions with Louisville and
Jefferson County governments from 1964
He was In charge of the
driver's license bureau for the county
and was housing and building inspector
for Louisville. He also was manager
of the city parks department repair
Prior to his appointment as Jeffersontown1 building Inspector, Gibson joined
begin this spring on the
road Improvements and
signal light installation at Taylorsvllle
Road and Merioneth Drive.
by state bureau
But a final
of highways officials appears to await
a decision by Hlghbaugh Enterprises,
Inc., on paying for
project's estimated $37,000 cost.
The outgoing Jef.'ersontown City Council last week agreed to set aside $12,000
as its share.
Monday, State Highway Commissioner
James Gray said, "Any time we (the
state, the city and Hlghbaugh) can get
our heads together, we can get right out
and get the project advertised for bids,
possibly soon after the first of the
the Kentucky State Department of Parks
for four years, under the administration
of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn.
"I started managing the smallest park
In Kentucky (General Burnslde) and in
two and a half years went to the largest
(Lake Barkley)," he recalled.
During his months at Lake Barkley,
he said, he was responsible for making
it "one of the best parks facilities in
the state." He received the State Merit
Award there, the first given In the parks
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If the project can be advertised by
early March, Gray added, all work could
be completed and the light In operation
"Our policy," the highway commissioner said, "Is that everything is going
to cost money. We like to have local
"If they ask us to undertake a project
of this magnitude," Gray said, "we
try to get the local people to make
some contribution. Then, they understand and have more appreciation of
what It costs to do these things."
Hlghbaugh enters the picture, Gray
added, as owner of property that could
affect traffic at the busy intersection a
tract on Grassland Drive near
Last summer, Hlghbaugh applied for
apartment zoning on the property, and
the County Planning Commission recommended Jeffersontown City Council approve the zone change.
The application, though, has remained
locked In the council's economic development committee for four months. At the
Dec. 17 council meeting, Mayor Franklin
J. Chambers directed the incoming New
Direction Team's attention tothedocket.
The mayor said the incumbent council
"held up (on making a decision) because
we felt Merioneth Drive would be too
much of a traffic problem to permit
"We ask the developer to participate
because the traffic problem will be made
worse by development of the apartment
project there," Commissioner Gray
By Kathy French
Staff photo by Robin Garr III
The band played and bagpipes wailed
RALPH I. GIBSON
evening, as Jeffersontown
High School band director Lamar Richardson and the former Judl Neal were
The ceremony was at the Immanuel
United Church of Christ, 2001 Doup
Avenue. The Rev. William J. Schultz,
Mazzoli won't turn down brother's aid
Richard L. (Rich)
Mazzoll, who claims to be inexperienced
in politics, and dislikes campaigning, has
visions of a better Jeffersontown.
Brother of Romano (Ron) Mazzoll, Third
District U. S. Representative, Rich said
he shares Ron's "aggressiveness, Independence and dynamic personalities."
There, the distinct similarities stop.
Richard Mazzoll readily admits he does
not believe in party politics.
"Ronnie is a Democrat and I'm a
Republican, but that doesn't mean a
thing to me," Mazzoll said.
Mazzoll, 38, is a partner In Mazzoll
and Associates, a tile firm which contracts for construction work. The construction business and a brother In
Washington may bring him a few headaches while serving as councilman, he
knows he may be asked certain
"favors" by some, and as a matter of
Staff photo by Sandy Hinton
fact, said he feels "like I've already
been approached, but I wasn't really
aware that's what was going on
told you I'm an amateur at this thing."
He declined to give specific details of
"I don't plan to bid on any work the
city has any Interest In," Mazzoll added.
recalled when he did the tile work
Cochran Hill tunnels, bethe
fore Rep. Mazzoll was elected to the
state legislature, people thought he got
the job because of his brother.
He said his brother will be called on
to help Jeffersontown, particularly In
the area of federal funding. "If I can
help Jeffersontown by any Influence I'd
have with Ronnie, hell, I'll do It," he
He said Rep. Mazzoll can "steer me
to the right person. You know, a lot of
times, It's Just finding the right person.
I've told Ronnie this and he will cooperate any way he can," he said.
The Mazzoll family moved here In
1966, and he remembers when mail
came addressed to him as "Richard
Mazzoll, J'town, Ky."
He doesn't believe the city administration should Just "fill up the city for
a tax base, but make it a nice place
to live with the money we can get. I
Just don't see much reason for rapid
Town Square, he said, should be kept
the way it is, and he would like to see
every building erected In the city have
characteristics of the Gaslight era. He
would hire an architect to design a
certain type front for the businesses,
similar to Brown County, Ind., or
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During the Holidays there are
stilMour or five readers looking
carpeting. ' Take this
op'po'i ;unlty;.to sell your usable
Ta place a Seek ad
When the Jeffersontown Jaycees advertised a phone number for children
to call Santa in last week's paper, an
unhappy error resulted in the wrong
number being printed. As a result,
called Tiller instead of Santa.
Five or. six persons called in
response to our $2.00 SEEK ad
offering carpeting for sale, said
a pleased Seek Advertiser.
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MONTE J. TILLER, president of Tiller Piano and Organ, Inc., in the
Manor Shopping Center, gave
Santa Claus a helping hand last Friday.
Hopewell Baptist Church plans a "watch
night service" on New Year's Eve, Dec.
31, from 6:30 pm to midnight.
THE FIRST Church of God has scheduled
a New Year's Eve Service on Dec. 31,
from 9 pm to midnight. The service will
be informal in nature, ending with fellowship worship and a youth program,
Masonic Lodge 774
will hold their annual election
and Installation of officers on Thursday,
Dec. 27, at 7:30 pm.
Dinner will begin at 6 pm. Lodge brother C, J. Hyde will be after-dinnspeaker, at the lodge across Watterson
Trail from City Hall.
"WATCH service" and revival will
begin on Monday, Dec. 31, at the First
Apostolic Church of Jeffersontown, 3109
Thomas Lane, at 7:30 pin.
Missouri evangelist Harold Shepard
will be the speaker. Services will continue dally at 7:30 pm.
When Santa told Mr. Tiller about the
problem, the piano store owner quickly agreed to help. Thursday afternoon
and all day Friday, he answered his
phone with a jolly "ho, ho, ho," and
sent the youthful callers on to Santa
Staff photo by Robin Garr III
cluding "Ode to Joy' and "Trumpet
Voluntary" before the ceremony.
After the bridal couple exchanged vows,
Jennifer Blanton, standing in the church
vestibule, played the bagpipes In the
haunting song, "Amazing Grace." While
the bridal couple remained at the altar,
the band struck up the Bridal Chorus.
As the couple marched down the aisle,
the band filled the church with the "Wedding March."
Following the ceremony the guests
attended a reception In the adjoining
Mrs. Richardson is a private secretary
at South Central Bell Telephone Company. Her
catered the reception for the bride.
One of the guests was Howard K. Hardin,
principal of Jeflersontown High School.
After the ceremony, Hardin commented
that Richardson was the first man he
knew who was young, never had len
married but already had 100 children
marching band niemliers.
After their wedding trip, the new Mr,
and Mrs. Richardson will make their
home in Jeflersontown,
Ho, ho, ho!
Mazzoll said he ran for councilman
because "I always figured I could run
things better than they were being run.
4 or 5 Carpets
the church, officiated.
to his bride. Mr. Doll's daughter, Debbie,
also Dlays In the band.
request, a group of
10 Chargers played five melodies, In
The bride, the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Heeb, exchanged vows and rings
with Richardson, the son of Mrs. Pauline
Richardson. The maid of honor was
Karen Bennett, a niece of the bride.
Billy Romanoll was Richardson's best
man, and Charlie Doll served as usher.
Two of the attendants and many of the
guests are associated with the high
school band, the Marching Chargers.
Miss Bennett is a member of the band
and reportedly introduced Richardson
"The developer, In effect, will magnify
we already have by
developing there, so we ask hi in to
make a contribution, too. He, In effect,
Is the fellow that created the problem,"
At a recent meeting of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce,
representative, Wilbur Jones,
who also Is a chamber board member,
said the developer was prepared to make
a cash contribution toward the traffic
signal. But he did not commit the firm
to a dollar amount,
Jones could not be reached for comment
this week because of the holiday season.
In any event, Commissioner Gray concluded, the state is ready to proceed
with the project as soon as funding Is
worked out. Engineering drawings are
under way, and paper work necessary
to allocate the state's share of the cost
is virtually complete, he said.
Gray said the Merioneth installation
Is a high cost Job because extensive road
inwill le required,
cluding Installation of a stacking lane for
traffic, and a positive warning
signal located on or near the Southern
Band plays, bagpipe skirls
as JHS band director weds
By Sandy Hinton
Staff photo by Robin Garr III