Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 14, 1974 · Page 5
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Wednesday, August 14, lfl?4 (AUK.) STAR Page Five County jail is home ioElDoroMo couple By BARBARA MORGAN Of EL DORADO NEWS-f tMES Written for The Associated Press EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - A steel door is opened. To the right, visitors can see through iron bars, down a flight of stairs. Then, a more content porary door is opened, and guests in the home of Hilda and Raymond New are pleasantly surprised to see that the News live like everyone else. Or at least, like everyone else who has bars over his windows. As jailer for the Union County sheriffs' department, New and his wife, Hilda, have Planning grants are approved LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Department of Planning has approved 11 grants totaling $73,800 to local governments and the University of Arkansas. Charles T Crow, department director, said the grants, which are financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, are designed to assist local planning and management efforts. Those grants approved were: —$5,000 to UA-Fayetteville to pay the expenses of graduate students helping small cities conduct management studies. —$6,000 to Jackson County to develop a county fire protection system plan. —$10,000 to Benton County to develop better use land records. —$4,800 to Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District for coordinated planning and management assistance for Union County. —$8,000 to Columbia County for a management study of local government. —$7,500 to Yell County to develop a county management plan. —$3,000 to Western Arkansas Planning and Development District for citizen plans for Lavaca and Huntington. —$4,000 to the city of Ozark for a comprehensive development plan. —$9,000 to the city of West Memphis to develop innovative regulations for residential development. —$9,000 to the city of Paragould to update its planning and management plans. —$7,500 to the city of Nashville to prepare a comprehensive development plan and implement regulations. Bogus money is confiscated LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Harold Duke, agent in charge of the Little Rock office of the U.S. Secret Service, said Tuesday that $4,710 in bogus bills has been confiscated in fiscal 1974 in Arkansas, compared with $2.4 million in fiscal 1973. In 1973, Arkansas ranked third nationally in bogus money confiscations. Most of the counterfeit money recovered in 1974 was brought from other states, Duke said. He said the financial loss attributed to counterfeiting also declined in Arkansas — from $36,375 in 1973 to $13,100 in 1974. BULGARIA FINDS GOLD STATUE SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - The forequarters of a solid gold statue of Pegasus, the flying horse of mythology, was dug up recently in Bulgaria, "Sofia News" reported here. The report said the statue weighed 417 grams (15 ounces) and "was a unique find for Bulgaria." adopted a matter-of-fact attitude about their apartment located on the fourth floor of the county courthouse. For almost 10 years, the News' home has been a four- room apartment located off a main lobby where prisoners are fingerprinted, photographed and searched before being incarcerated in one of the many cells leading off the fourth floor lobby. The apartment is a fringe benefit of being a jailer. "Actually, I feel safer here than I would anywhere else," Mrs. New said. She explained that barred windows and a steel door prevent anyone from trying to en^ ter the apartment. So far, the only ones to have entered the apartment have been invited. "We've never had any prisoner to break out of the jail," New said. "And an inspector said this is one of the safest jails in the western hemisphere." "We share the same kitchen used for cooking prisoners' food," Mrs. New added. "One day a week on the cook's day off, I do the cooking. It's really not much of a problem if I know how many to cook for." She and her husband do the meal-planning and food-buying on a revolving basis at area supermarkets. Some food is bought and delivered by wholesale stores, while other purchases require the same type of shopping done by housewives. The deputies help watch the jail at night, and on New's day off, they often jail any prisoners arrested at night and waiting for morning to go through the formalities of "booking." In addition to helping with the cooking, Mrs. New cares for women prisoners, counsels any prisoner requesting her advice and does all of the laundry for family and prisoners alike. The kitchen sports two refrigerators, two stoves and a large cooking table. The washroom has a regular washing machine that "often goes all day long. "We're seldom bothered by any noises coming from the jail into the apartment," New said. "Oh, if they (prisoners) holler loud enough, we can hear it." Many things put inside the cells such as televisions, sheets and prison clothing are destroyed. And, occasionally, a prisoner will set fire to his mattress. The concrete building is fireproof. Whether coming or going, the News must travel by an elevator that prominently displays a sign warning officers to remove their guns before leaving the first floor for the fourth. One other exit — a staircase leading to the third floor — is available only for emergencies. Locked steel bars at the head of the stairs prevent entry into the jail portion of the building by any curious visitors to the courthouse or exits by disgruntled captives. Perhaps the most incongruous aspect of the 72-bed facility is the presence of baby toys, strollers and beds. They are used by the News' 8-month- old granddaughter, Gretchen, who vists frequently. Usually, she and Mrs. New stay inside the apartment except at mealtime and for evening strolls around Union Square fountain. Mrs. New said she seldom walks along the corridors where cells are located. "None of the men have ever made any obscene remarks, but I just don't think it would be good to walk around there too much," she said. IJving in a "jail" took some adjustment for the couple from El Dorado's neighboring community of Wesson. But the adjustment has presented no undue hardship, and, in fact, Mrs. New said, she has "thoroughly enjoyed it." Teens organized for Centennial affair A group of "Centennial Teens" is being formed before this city's centennial celebration gets underway next year. The Teens group is for anyone between the ages of 13 and 16 who wants to help with centennial activities such as the Hollywood premiere, the staging of "Music Man", the Promenades, and much more during this coming year. Jim or Penny Gary are the ones to contact. . .777-8119. Dottie Rambo...to sing here Thursday Music comes natural to gospel songwriter Dottie Rambo, America's number one gospel songwriter for the past dozen years or more, doesn't read or write musical notes, and she doesn't make any big secret of it. "I really was shocked the first time I was asked to teach at the Stamps School of Music. I couldn't believe that they would want to hear me, because I don't know anything about the technical part of music. When I explained this to the directors, they still insisted that they wanted me to come anyway. So when I got there, I talked about the beautiful inspiration of God in my songwriting. "I suppose one reason God has so abundantely blessed me with my songs is because I have always been so eager to share what he gives me with others. When I have written a new song, I can't wait to sing it for someone and tell them the circumstances surrounding the song. "Most of my songs come from actual experiences. The pain, the trouble, the disappointments of life somehow seem worthwhile, for after they are over, God sweeps my soul like a clean refreshint! rains Strikers to ignore ultimatum LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Non- uniformed city employes, who began a strike early Monday, were told by city officials Tuesday that they will be fired if they do not report for work by Thursday. Edward Wittenberg, the chairman of the grievance committee for Local 994 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employ- es, said the union would stand firm. The firemen's union voted Tuesday to strike if all other efforts to obtain a cost-of-living increase fail. John Uekman, union president, said 91 per cent of the 250-member firemen's organization voted 207 to 21 to strike. He said he would meet with Little Rock City Manager Carleton McMullin today to discuss the firemen's grievances. McMullin claims that the nonuniformed city employes strike violates an agreement between the city and the em- ployes which is in force until Dec. 1. However Wittenberg said the present agreement was not in force. "That is the main problem...," he said. "The city refuses to enforce it and our working conditions are so bad that we lose good employes all the time." Wittenberg claimed that the Thursday ultimatium was a strike-breaking tactic. "It won't work," Wittenberg said. "Naturally, we and our families are concerned about our jobs. Many of us have given a lot of years of our lii'e to this city...." U.S. milk production for 1972 was about 1.5 per cent above that of 1971. sweetens the earth, and inspires me to write lyrics that I could never think of on my own, own. "Sometimes when I have finished a song that has a very special meaning to me, I sit back and look at it and thing, "I didn't, write this, I couldn't have." So often, I just say that I take dictation Erom the Lord and He writes my songs. "Most of the time when that "cool freezing" feeling of inspiration comes to me, I remember the first time I felt it—sitting with my feet dangling in the small brook behind my parents' home, whep I was nine years old. And at times, I can almost hear the deep, yet flatering voice of my dying 87-year-old grandfather, who was a blind minister, saying: "Little Dottie, make Jesus a good soldier when you are older and come to know Him." Usury bill amended LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A U.S. Senate bill that would override state usury laws on some loans has been amended so the legislatures of affected states, such as Arkansas, could override it. If the Senate bill were to become law, the Arkansas General Assembly would have to reestablish the current constitutional 10 per cent interest rate limit. If the legislature failed to take such action, national banks and federally insured slate banks and savings and loan associations in Arkansas could charge up to five per cent more interest than the federal discount rate. The discount rate, set by the Federal Reserve Board, is now about eight per cent, meaning that the top interest rate on loans could be 13 per cent. Tennessee and Montana are the only other states that would be affected by the bill. Tennessee has a constitutional interest rate limit on certain types of loans and Montana has a statutory restriction. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ordered Monday that the interest rate bill be combined with two other pieces of legislation to make a single package. Pat Abshire, assistant minority counsel to the committee, said the outlook for passage is favorable. Sen. William E. Brock III, R- Tenn., is the interest rate bill's principal sponsor. He has been joined, however, by Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., and Sen. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont. One of Fulbright's aides said the bill would relieve "a terrible crunch" on credit that the three states are experiencing." He said money earns more in other areas now that the prime rate has reached a record 12 per cent. As proposed, Brock's bill would have affected all corporate loans and had no floor on size. However, it has been ad- mended to include only business and agricultural loans of $25,000 or more. Abshire said ihe amended bill would not affect consumer or home mortgage loans. Education Dept. suggests higher teaching standards LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A citizen's cohimittee that takes an official look at the major public school problems every two years was advised Tuesday that new emphasis should be given to raising the quality of teaching in the four basic subjects. Professionals in the state Education Department made the suggestion to the 45-meni- ber advisory council on Public Elementary and Secondary Education. A 1963 state law requires the appointment of a citizen's committee to suggest some top-priority goals for the state in el- mentary and secondary education. The Education Department staff emphasized the need for more in-service training for teachers in English and reading, mathematics, science and social studies. A staff memorandum to the | saddle ! back... >biq, bold & The saddle is back again . . . new to her with its great crepe sole, all bounce and flex and growing foot support. A good thing . . . made better-than-ever by Poll-Parrot. 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