Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 31, 1968 · Page 1
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Tuesday, December 31, 1968
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TEMPERATURE Monday high 38, low 9. Rainfall Monday .75. 7:00 a.m. today 10. Downtown at noon today 10. MI VERNON REGISTER NEWS MEMBER AUDI -1 * BUREA*' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — Mostly sunny and continued cold through Wednesday. Low tonight from 5 above zero to S below. High Wednesday in the 20s. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 78 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1968 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c CHALLENGES MT.VERN0N Highway Building Plans Announced Today To Complete 1-57 In County, Start On 1-64 In Year 1969 People will be traveling on Interstate 57 through Jefferson county in the late summer of 1969—and long awaited woi'k will finally get started in the new year on east-west Interstate 64. That was the word given The Register-News today by officials of the state highway department at Effingham, on the eve of the new year. 4 1-64 Structures The 1969 road program, announced today by Governor Sam Shapiro, plans an expenditure of $2,478,000 on 1-64, between J-57 and U.S. Route 460. Included are four structures, as follows: 1—Dual structures carrying 1-64 over the C. & E. I. Railroad and Casey Fork Creek. 2—Rual structures carrying 1-64 over a Casey Fork creek overflow, a branch of the creek. 3—A grade separation structure carrying county highway 23 over 1-64. The county road leaves Route 460 near the Mills curve, southeast of Mt. Vernon, and goes along the east side of the Mt. Vernon state game farm. 4—A grade separation struc- -o- -o- -o- ture carrying U.S. Route 460 over 1-64. The state also expects to spend $353,000 in 1969 to acquire 1-64 right-of-way from Nashville to Mt. Vernon, and $445,000 for right-of-way from Grayville to Mt. Vernon. To Complete 1-57 Interstate 57 is scheduled for completion all the way through Jefferson county next summer, and from the Jefferson-Marion county line north to Route 50 at Salem. All Jefferson county sections of 1-57 are under contract and much of the work was accomplished before winter weather set in. The 1-57 work scheduled for completion includes the 1-57, 1-64, 1-24 interchange at 42nd and Broadway, on the west side of Mt. Vernon, and $210,000 for signs along the route ibrough the county. Other interstate work in the southern Illinois area will include: 1—Expenditure of $359,000 to acquire 1-64 right-of-way from New Baden, in Clinton county, to Nashville, in Washington county. -o- -o- 2—Expenditures of $9,805,000 on 1-57 Mississippi River bridge superstructure and approaches, west of Cairo. 3—Expenditure of $2,884,000 for fencing, lighting, rest area and other roadside features between Cairo and the Jefferson- Franklin county line. 4—Expenditure of $100,000 for right-of-way on Interstate 24, from 1-57 to U.S. Route 45, east of Metropolis. 5—Expenditure of $13,837,000 on 1-64 work in the East St. Louis area. Broadway Widening? Although it is not specified on the 1969 program Mt. Vernon- ites are hoping for two other projects in 1969: 1—Widening and re-paving of Broadway from 24th to 42nd, on the approach to the west interchange. 2—Acquisition of right-of-way on Fisher's Lane so that the widening and paving job can be accomplished in 1970. Fisher's Lane, from route 37 to U.S. Route 460, will replace Perkins Avenue as an in-city section of U.S. Route 460. Unveil State Road Plans SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP) — An Illinois road program of $348.4 million for 1969 was announced Monday by Gov .Samuel H. Shapiro. Of the total, $212.4 million is earmarked for the interstate system and $136 million for other highways. Right-of-way acquisition accounts for one- ninth of the program. The federal government will provide $230.9 million of the estimated available funds, the state $99 million and local sources $18.5 million. Although the program was announced as a record high, the amount of projects blueprinted customarily falls below actual contract awards. For 1968, the announced program was $318.8 million but contracts awarded during the year totaled only $200 million. Highway officials said a cutback in federal funds this year prevented placing a number of federal aid projects under contract. The 1969 interstate program calls for 186 miles of paving and 86 structures. One new project is the addition of part of the Central Illinois Expressway from Interstate 55 at Springfield to Interstate 57 at Champaign to the interstate system. The route is designated Interstate 72. Wtih this additional route, Shapiro said, the total interstate mileage in Illinois is increased to 1,722 miles of which 1,079 are completed to full or acceptable standards. Besides the interstate work, the new program calls for 67 miles of construction; resurfacing or other improvements on 518 miles of pavement; construction of 24 bridges; widening or reconstructing 12 other bridges and construction of nine grade separations. Shapiro said highway safety is again emphasized in the non- interstate program with continuation of projects for elimination of hazardous locations and roadside hazards. Over 129 miles of new interstate were opened to traffic during the year. Other construction completed in 1968 included 41 miles of new pavement on other primary highways, 389 miles of bituminous concrete resurfacing, 732 new bridges and 123 new grade separation structures. DIES IN CHURCH BELVIDERE, 111. (AP) — An unidentified man, who police said apparently had gone to St. James Catholic Church for a place to sleep, died early today when fire swept through lower levels of the structure. Damage was estimated at $:>0,000 by one church official. Firemen said the flames burned out the basement and through the main floor before the blaze was brought under control. Chronology Of Local And World News Of Year 1968— Pages 6-A, 3-B Ramada Inn Taking Future Reservations While the new Ramada Inn will not be officially open for several weeks, room, luncheon and Banquet reservations are being taken, according to the Mt. Vernon Cahmaber of Commerce. It was said at the chamber today that one next September convention management had placed a reservation at the Ramada. Tentatively, the initial public meeting planned for the Ramada is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2, when the Mt. Vernon Automobile Association has scheduled its 1969 automobile show. The site is tentative, depending on whether or not it will be possible to erect a tent in the parking space at the rear of the main —dining room, according to Chairman Melvin Bayer of the automobile association. Definitely set is a F-S Sex-vices (Feed products) meeting Feb. 11, arranged by W. Rex Fouts, sales manager of the southern Illinois region. Lake Montezuma Development Corp., Phoenix, Ariz., will have from 20 to 40 people at the Ramada for rooms and food Feb. 14 and 15, according to George Good. More than 100 representatives of the Florist Telegraph delivery Association from southern Illinois and Missouri, will attend a Mar. 16 meeting at the Ramada Inn. Mt. Vernon Chamber of Com(Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) VIOLENCE FLARES IN MIDEAST By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arab-Israeli hostlilty renewed violence in the Middle East today while, in New York, U.N. Security Council condemnation of Israel for its commando attack on Beirut's International Airport appeared imminent. Jordan announced three Israeli helicopters , escorted by two jet fighters, machine- gunned a Jordanian security police car and set it afire on a desert road between Gharandal and the port of Aqaba. . A spokesman said the fate of the five persons in the car was not immediately determined. Israel announced saboteurs from Jordan had rained 19 mortar shells shortly after midnight on a civilian target, its nature unspecified, near Eilat. At Tel Aviv spokesmen said there were no casualties. The Israeli ai^ny reported Israeli troops accidentally killed an Arab woman and wounded three other bystanders slightly in shooting down a suspicious- looking Arab who ran when a patrol accosted him near Abraham's Tomb, in occupied Hebron. The suspect died of wounds. Israel's defense of its operations against Arab terrorism brought the Vatican under fire for an expression of grief Pope Paul VI sent to Lebanon over the commando attack on Beirut's airport. The Israeli minister., pf -txfii- gion, Zerah Warhaftig, lashed out at the.Roman Cathipyc pontiff for dispatching his message Monday "while the Vatican turned a blind eye to the terrorist attack on our airliner at Athens," which prompted the reprisal. — Pope Paul had told Lebanon's president, Charles Helou: "We highly deplore violent acts, coming from wherever they come, that cannot but aggravate an already tense situation." Addressing a Jerusalem rally in memory of Nazi victims, Warhaftig charged that the Vatican always turned a blind eye to persecution of the Jews. "Pope Paul's voice was not heard when Arab terrorists killed innocent Jews (with a bomb) in the Mahaneh Yehuda market place in Jerusalem," he said. "Nor was the voice of his predecessor (Pope Pius XII) heard during the Nazi holocaust, when millions of Jews were killed." Meanwhile, an Israeli elder statesman, David Ben-Gurion, declared he favored the death penalty for captured Arab guerrillas. MT. VERNON SNOW SCENE—Louis Pavlodes made this color photograph of the Appellate Court House after a light snow. American and Illinois flags fly on the twin flagstaffs in front of the 104-year-old building on which the stale is carrying out a two-year refurbishing project. Before it was an Appellate Court House, this building wns the sent of the Southern Grand Division of the Illinois Supreme Court aiid Abraham Lincoln won a famous Illinois Central tax case there in 1859. (Delo Photo Craft) From Cong YANK HELD FIVE YEARS LIBERATED PLAN BIG PROJECTS FOR YEAR WELCOME NEW YEAR IN VARYING STYLES SAIGON (AP) — South Vietnamese army troops sweeping a thick jungle in the Mekong Delta v today freed a U.S. Army officer who had been a prisoner of the Viet Cong for more than five years. A U.S. spokesman said the American, a first lieutenant in the Special Forces, was in "satisfactory" condition despite his long captivity. But he was reported emaciated and tired. A South Vietnamese army officer was reported freed at the same time, and both were flown to hospitals. The American's identity was withheld until his next of kin are notified. The U.S. Command said a patrol from the South Vietnamese 21st Division freed the American officer shortly after noon today. He was found in a camp in the wild, marshy U Minh forest about 150 miles southwest of Saigon. The U Minh forest has long been a Viet Cong stronghold, and allied troops seldom penetrate it. There was no indication whether the South Vietnamese sweep had encountered any re(Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) Meet Today On Proposed Water Rate Cut Here The Mt. Vernon Utility Commission discussed a possible cut in the city water rate at a luncheon meeting today. The Commission met at the Elks Lodge with City Manager Chester Lewis. The noon meeting for the regular monthly session was held because the date fell on New Year's eve. NO PAPER WEDNESDAY The Register - News will not publish on New Year's Day. Rev. Burney Is New Pastor At Second Baptist MOON VIEW FROM SPACECRAFT—Tliis photograph was taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft witii a long-focal length lens, looking south at the large crater Goclenlus. An unusuual feature of this crater is the prominent rlllo that crosses the crater rjim. The threu clustered craters are MiigelliauiiN, Magellmens A, and Colombo A. The crater^ Goclenlus is located 10 degrees south latitude, 45 degrees east longitude, and Is approximately 40 statute miles in diameter. (NASA Photo via AP Wirephoto) Up Social Security, Medicare; Open Housing Starts WASHINGTON (AP) - The new year's arrival Wednesday will bring an increase in Social Security taxes for wage earners and in hospital bills for medi­ care patients. In addition, owners of many apartments and homes will have to start abiding by the Open Housing Law. For medicare patients, 1969 means that they will have to pay the first $44 of their hospital bills instead of the first $40. Moreover, there will be slight increases in the portion of the cost patients must pay for longer hospital stays. And Secretary of Welfare Wilbur J. Cohen was scheduled to announce later today whether there will be an increase in the $4-a-month premium for those taking part in medicare's doctor-fee plan . The Social Security tax rate goes up from 4.4 per cent to 4.8 per cent on the first $7,800 of annual earnings. For people earning the maximum, that's an increase of about $33 a year. A year ago, many people found their paychecks smaller when the maximum taxable salary was raised to the present level from $6,600. Each employe's contribution has to be matched' by his employer. By 1987, the tax rate will climb from the present 4.4 per cent to 5.9 per cent. The law banning racial discrimination in housing, passed by Congress this year, extends j Jan. 1 to most apartment units i and all new single-family homes ' in subdivisions or developments, i Until now, the law has applied j to such housing only if it were i financed by mortgages backed j by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or the Veterans | Administration (Va). Beginning next Jan. 1, the law | will apply to all housing with the exception of single-family homes sold without the aid of a real estate broker. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Celebrators plan to welcome 1969 in varying styles ranging from family gatherings to nightclub frolics with New Year's Eve menus featuring everything from boiled carp to vintage champagne. In cities across America and throughout Europe the hotels, restuarants and cabarets were booked solid as merrymakers prepared to start lfl69 with the traditional noisy celebrations. Excellent weather was forecast for Miami's Orange Bowl parade this evening but the prediction for New York City ran to rain with a possible damp outing for the traditional Times Square celebrators. In Miami Beach, hotels reported the Hong Kong flu epidemic had cancellations running up to 10 per cent. Those planning to do the town in Miami were told to be prepared to spend a minimum of $15 to $35 per person with the choice seats for the top acts at the Miami Beach hotels going for considerably more. For those who preferred it, the City of New York offered a fre outdoor program — with soft drinks—in Central Park and! entertainment provided by 20- foot-tall puppets. At the other end of the economic ladder there was a $55.50-a-head bash in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria featuring the music of Guy Lombardo's band. Across the Atlantic in London, clubs reported bookings sold out. In Paris the French Institute of Public Opinion said 71 per cent of the populace expects a grim 1969 financially but there seemed 1 no shortage of francs to spend on New Year's Eve. Italians in Rome prepared once again to observe a favorite tradition: As the bells of the city's 500 churches peal out the new year the signors and signoras heave out anything unwanted—pots, pans, chairs and whatnot—from upper story windows. For Berliners the celebration means boiled carpi doughnuts, hot grog, firecrackers, jammed night clubs and lots of parties in private homes. Laid aside for the morrow: Herring in sour creme a la Bismarck. It's for- hangovers. REV. CLD7FORD BURNEY The Rev. Clifford D. Burney, a native of Wayne City, is the new pastor of the Second Baptist church, 605 south 34th St. Rev. Burney succeeds the Rev. W. Carl Whittington, who resigned here to accept a pastorate in Union Grove, Wis. Before coming to Mt. Vernon, Rev. Bumey pastored churches in Morris, 111. and Milo, Okla. He is a graduate of Southwestern Theological Seminary, Fort North, Texas. — Rev. Burney and his wife, Mary, a former resident of Keenes, reside at 707 south 17th street with their two sons, Darrell an Bradley. City, County, Townships, Schools Busy Election Year Ahead In Mt. V,, County Another busy election year is coming up in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county—for city, county, township and school offices. Campaigning actually got under way before the new yea*arrived—in the Mt. Vernon city election. The filing period hns com? and gone and there are four candidates for mayor, six for councilmen, and one each for city clerk and city treasurer. The city primary will be held February 25 and the final election April 15. County Board Races Elections will fee held in all 16 townships of the county next spring, and in eight townships supervisors will be elected. Candidates will be nominated at party caucuses in February. Here are the townships which will elect supervisors, along with the incumbent supervisor: Grand Prairie—Leslie Sheldon, D. Blissville—Max Shurtz, Ft. Bald' Hill—Russell Eliston, D. Rome—Dan Hubbartt, R. Field—Ross Wimberly, D. Spring Garden—James Strain, (Continued On Page i Col. 8) An exciting new year is jusrt around the corner for Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county, with bright prospects for progress. If everything goes well a number of major projects will be under way which will have a profound impact on the economy and well being of the community. Just over the horizon are these proposed major projects: 1—Completion of a sewer line to the Mt. Vernon Airport Industrial Park, opening the way for the community to seek new industries. A new water main to the airport has already been completed. 2—Construction of a new Dowzer Electric plant in Fountain Place industrial park on Benton Road. 3 — Start of construction of a 50-acre $5,000,000 shopping center at Broadway and 42nd street. 4 — Construction of more new homes 1 in a huge residential development on the west side of town by Times Square Investment Corporation, the same group which is developing the snopping center. The investment in the area is eventually expected to reacli $25 million. 5 — Completion of the two- miles-long Rend Lake dam with impounding of water for the 18,900 - acre Jefferson - Franklin county reservoir to start in late 1969. 6 — Completion of the Rend Lake intercity water system which will provide water to Mt. Vernon and at least 30 other communities. 7 — Start on a $300,000 project to extend sewer and water mains into a big west and southwest area of town, to serve the business complex at the 1-57 interchange and fast growing residential areas. Housing For Elderly 8 — Construction of 50 units, of attractive public housing for elderly people, probably on three acres in the old car shops property between Jefferson Memorial Hospital and the Park Plaza Shopping Center. 9 — Progress on Mt. Vernon high school's campus expansion program. The school is purchasing properties south of the high school, between Fifth and Seventh streets, for a new athletic stadium. 10 — Further transformation of downtown, including demolition of the old First National Bank building at Tenth and Main and the old post office at 11th and Main, to provide off- street parking. New Mayor, Manager These ten projects are just a few of the many forecast for Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county in the new year. There will be a "new look" at city hall, too, in the early spring — with a new mayor and a new city manager. Mayor Joe Martin has decided not to run again and City Manager Chester Lewis has resigned. The city council is expected to appoint a temporary city manager until a new manager is employed. The council may wait to name the new full- time manager until after the April election. Before the year is over some decisions are expected to be made on Mt. Vernon's Broadway access route to the 1-57 interchange. There are two alternate plans now — to widen Broadway between 14th and 24th, or to extend Main street west from 14th as a one way street, cutting across the junior high school athletic field to 20th street. AH in all, it could be a banner year for the King City area. Completions Expected Scheduled for completion in the year 1969 is the new J. L. Buford grade school, which will replace the West Salem School. Other completions should include the Interstate interchange approach widening of U. S, 460 from 34th street, the demolition of old buildings on the northeast corner of the public square, a new addition to the Trinity Episcopal church, remodeling of the older section of the Central Church of Christ, new buildings on the Park Plaza Shopping Center area, and many new homes, and apartments In both the city and suburbs. v a

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