Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 28, 1974 · Page 9
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Wednesday* August 28, 1974 HOPE (AftK.) STAtt Page Nine Berry's World PC* © 1974 by NEA. Inc "Ok! One more time - then we talk about international affairs. Hut-one-hut-two..." Figures show AP&L rates almost doubled LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Figures from the state Public Service Commission show that Ihe average residenlial eleclric bill from Arkansas Power & Light Co. has about doubled in Ihe past 3% years. The higher bills are not the resull of any AP&L rale increase. The reason is a fuel es- calalor clause which lets the utility pass on to the customer the cost of rising fuel prices AP&L burns mostly fuel oil in its generating plants to produce electricily. Back in December 1970, before Ihe high cosl of fuel, AP&L's basic winler bill was $13.20 for 700 kilowalt hours (KWH) of electricily. The same bill Ihis July, based on idenlical usage, would be $22.70. David L. Johnson, PSC rale analyst, said 700 KWH is about normal J&r .the average-sized home withoul air conditioning and 2,000 would be high for a medium-sized home. Now that AP&L has instituted new rate schedules, bills for September will be even higher. That's because the new rates go into effect Sept. 1, even Ihough the PSC has not ruled on them. AP&L wants to increase rates by about 20 per cent. Still, any porlion of the rale increase Ihe PSC says is unjus- lified would have lo be refunded lo customers and Ihe utility promises to make refunds with 10 per cent interest. The sliding-scale fuel adjust ment clause means lhat every- time the utility's fuel bill goes up it can pass along a portion of the cost to the customer. AP&L hasn't had a major rate increase since 1957. The last lime it had a general rate adjuslmenl was in 1965 and Ihen rales were slighlly lowered. Based on the 1965 adjustment, AP&L's basic summer bill — May through October — is $15.34 for 700 KWH and $30.29 for 2,000 KWH. The winter bills are $13.54 and $24.99, respectively. More electricily is consumed in Ihe summer. In December 1970, PSC figures show Ihe ulilily wilh a downward fuel adjustment of .169 mills. That was one of the last times there was a minus adjustment. Since then, Ihe ad- juslmenl has skyrocketed upward. In June 1971, using Ihe summer formal and adding 96 cents for fuel adjustment the average 700 KWH bill was $15.68. The average 2,000 KWH bill was $31.25. The millage thai month was .480. II rose steadily unlil a December 1972 millage of 2.033, which works oul to a winter bill of $14.96 for 700 KWH and 29.06 for 2,000 KWH. The next year, the fuel adjustment millage doubled, clim- ing to 4.209 mills in December 1973. That worked oul lo a winter bill of $16.49 for 700 KWH and $33.41 for 2,000 KWH. From December 1973 until June of this year, Ihe millage again nearly doubled, jumping lo 8.209. This was in the midst of the fuel crisis and gasoline at the pump also went up substantially, price-wise. The average bill Ihis pasl June for Ihe 700 KWH customer would have tolaled $21.09. TGIT KFC Pinner Special MAN S FAVORITE Mi" A!: 3 piecesof c^o*- .M* :>•!'"<" ({"•• ' Thursday SPECIAL Visit the Colont.' COLONEi SANOtKS R • i "K'sfinger "ickin'^ood" T^\ HIGHWAY 29 NORTH Coon blasts court ruling reinstating 6 Mutt' Jones Four Fayetteville area men die in plane crash By The Associated Press .. Ken Coon of Conway, the Republican candidate for governor, said Tuesday night that a court ruling reinstating Sen Guy H. "Mutt" Jones of Conway into the Arkansas Senate was "disgraceful and ah insult to the people of i.he state." Special Judge Jack Lessenberry of Pulaski County Circuit Court prohibited state officials Tuesday from withholding Senate salary or calling an election to choose a successor to Jones, who was ousted from the Senate Aug. 1. Jones has been convicted of federal income tax evasion. In a prepared statement, Coon asked what it would take to get the Jones case resolved. "It's especially repulsive to have to continue to pay this man with our tax money," Coon declared. Coon called on the voters to flood the senators and newspaper editors with letters of disapproval. "As long as we have a convicted felon serving as one of our elected officials, how can we as citizens of Arkansas have any respect for our state government," he said. Gov. Dale Bumpers said the ruling would throw the time- table off and that an election in Senate District 21 could not be held soon. He noted that, otherwise, the general election could have been held Nov. 5, when other elections are scheduled. Of the ruling, Bumpers said, "It would have been my thought, of course, that the Senate was the sole judge of the qualifications of its members and they could handle it in any manner they felt appropriate." StateSen Ralph Patterson of North Little Rock said Tuesday he would "certainly anticipate that there would be an effort to block him (Jones) from being seated" when the legislature convenes in January 1975. Asked if he would initiate that effort, Patterson said, "I already have." He referred to a ruling he obtained from the Senate Rules Committee recently that the seating of Jones could be considered in January. He refused to say, though, if he would make a motion not to seat Jones. Jones was asked if he was surprised by the decision ' 'If I am surprised about this decision," he replied, "I am pleasantly surprised." Jones said he might have more to say later. One of his attorneys, John Harmon of Little Rock, said after the ruling that if the attorney general appealed the decision, Jones' options would include the right to a cross-appeal on the question of whether the July 12 Senate action barred the Senate from ever reconsidering the expulsion of Jones. The attorney general's office already has filed an appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court. "It is satisfying that the" circuit court has recognized the constitutional prerequisites to the exercise of the Senate's power," Harmon said. "The Senate does have the power to expel a senator, but the exercise of that power must be in accordance with constitutional standards of due process. . ." And Hot Air Some people can't tell the difference between working up steam and generating a fog. -Times, Louisville. Fit And Form Income tax is like a girdle. If you put the wrong figure in it, you're apt to get pinched. -Globe, Mason City, la. FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) Four Fayettevilla area men were killed Tuesday when their twin-engine airplane crashed three miles north of Alma on a Crawford County dirt road, authorities said. Lt. Ken McFerran of the State Police, relying on information received from the Washington County sheriff's office, identified the victims as the pilot, Dayton Stratton, 42, and the passengers, Gregory Brill Jeko, 27, Eugene Hopkins, 34, and Eldon Walter Behlkey, 44. Spokesmen for the Crawford County sheriff's office had issued conflicting statements throughout much of Tuesday night on the identity of Beh- lkey. By 9:30 p.m., though, officers from both sheriffs' offices had agreed upon the Behlkey identity and spelling. Stratton and Jeko were construction contractors. Deputy Trellon Ball of the sheriff's office said he believed the plane was registered lo a Springdale firm and that the flight was thought to have originated at Fayettevillc. Its destination was unknown. The blue and white plane appeared to have come straight down onto the dirt roadway. It then dropped into a ditch. Ball said power lines near the road were untouched, and witnesses reported seeing Ihe plane come slraighl down. Several homes surround the crash site. Officers said children were playing in the area at the time of the crash, but thai no one on the ground was injured when the plane crashed. The wreckage was scaltered over a large area — a wheel and wing strut were located about 50 yards from the main wreckage. A wing fell into a chicken yard about 100 yards from Ihe main carsh scene. Ball said the four victims were strapped in their seats when deputies arrived. He said they apparently died instantly. When deputies arrived, the plane was lying upside down and a tow truck was required to right the plane so the victims could be removed. D. E. Livingston, who lives about 300 feel from where Ihe plane hit, said he heard what he thought was a loud explosion in the sky, followed by several popping noises, or what sounded like backfires. Livingston said he looked up and saw the left front wing fall from Ihe plane, Ihen several olher parls started dropping. He said he heard the engine rev up, then die. Livingston, in his early 70s, said he did not see the plane hit, but heard it. He described it as a boom, like railroad freight cars coupling. Ed Thomas was standing in front of his home, about 125 feet from where the plane crashed, when he also heard noises thai sounded like explosions. He said he saw the plane coming apart, so he ran inside his house to get his wife. But by the time he got inside the plane already had hit. Deputy Trellon Ball of the Crawford County sheriff's office said he believed the plane was registered to a Springdale firm. Authorities said the plane was returning to Fayelleville from Fort Smith. Wisdom If you can see some good in everyone, nearly everyone will see some good in you. -Gril. Badge Of Office A lot of the wrinkles in a business man's face are trade marks. -World, Tulsa. ••••••••••••••• family center PRICES GOOD THRU FRIDAY-AUG. 30 tf ? MONEY SAVING SPECIALS C CONVENIENT WAYS TO BUY 600N.HERVEY OPEN 9-9 MON-SAT • T.G.&Y. 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