Record Observer - - OPINION -

The Centreville Town Com­mis­sion­ers have just an­nounced that cus­tomers on the 210 miles of elec­tri­cal lines served by the town will now be saving more than $11,000 a year from re­duced elec­tric rates.

Ef­fec­tive this month, the town an­nounced the 2,150 cus­tomers served will save a to­tal of $11,370.43 through the re­duced tar­iff.

The big­gest sav­ings will be to out-of-town cus­tomers, ac­cord­ing to the new rate chart. By elim­i­nat­ing the present higher elec­tric cur­rent cost to those cus­tomers out­side the time lim­its, those on do­mes­tic ser­vice will save $5,433.60 and the gen­eral ser­vice users will save $636.

••• A 9-year-old boy re­turned home wet and chilled af­ter vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, State Po­lice and Sher­iff’s deputies spent more than an hour Mon­day night search­ing for him near Pond­town.

The boy, Ar­ling­ton Buster Pritch­ett Jr., was last seen by his par­ents about 7 o’clock when he said he was go­ing fish­ing. When he failed to re­turn home by night­fall, his par­ents called the Sher­iff’s of­fice.

Three deputies and two State Po­lice of­fi­cers went to the scene, then called for help. Fire­fight­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers and For­est Ranger Amos Joiner started a search about 9 p.m. in a wooded area just east of Pond­town.

The boy was found walk­ing on State Route 290 near his home by his mother about 10:15 p.m.

Tfc. R.E. Mid­dle­ton said the boy ap­peared wet and scared, but oth­er­wise un­harmed.

••• Sher­iff Ge­orge Sharp ap­peared be­fore County Com­mis­sion­ers on Tues­day to serve them with fur­ther pa­pers per­tain­ing to the Town of Centreville’s suit against the com­mis­sion­ers and Kerr-McGee Chem­i­cal Co. re­sult­ing from a re­cent zon­ing change.

The Centreville Town Com­mis­sion­ers have asked the Cir­cuit Court to rule the County Com­mis­sion­ers’ re­cent zon­ing change at the Centreville Wharf “un­con­sti­tu­tional, il­le­gal and void.”

The change was re­quested in a pub­lic hear­ing by Ker­rMcGee and con­cerned ap­prox­i­mately one acre of land at the Wharf. Orig­i­nally zoned “A-2” Agri­cul­tural Con­ser­va­tion, it was

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