Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 5, 1974 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 5, 1974
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Th* lot* Brown TvM*r>QtQ*on. told The tdtton | t The trouble with our Country is: Tht garage is where the smoke-house ought to be, Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washhurn Thoughts on Hy, Bldg. Dedication Gene Goff While Pod Rogers and your editor were covering Wednesday's dedication ceremonies of the new District Three Arkansas Highway Department's big headquarters complex on State Hy. 29 North with the cameras my thoughts went back 45 years ago to the day when community action put an all-weather raod through to Blevins. In 1929 all northern Hempstead county was cut off from Hope in bad weather, the route of Stale 29 North then being an irregular dirt trail. The only all- weather route from Blevins to Hope was through Prescott. North county residents were as eager for a gravel road direct to Blevins as Hope was. Five of us drove to Blevins to talk about a new road. In the party were: Thurman Rhodes, Barney Hamm, E.P. Young, Sr., Roy Anderson and myself. We met the north county delegation at M.L. Nelson's store in Blevins, discussing plans by the light of. an oil-fed lamp. That meeting sparked action on an all-weather road from Hope to Blevins. It was built of gravel, in the beginning, then graduated into today's hard- surfaced highway. Those were the days when highway affairs in Arkansas were badly disorganized. But projects like this 1929 meeting laid the foundation for today's state and local road system. First, the state embarked on a policy of building roads connecting every county-seat town. Later, the principal settlements in each county were joined to the county seat with all-wither roads. And that's the story of 45 years of highway progress- climaxed by Wednesday's dedication of the big headquarters complex on the north* edge of town. Gene Goff, who added fame to Arkansas' good name as a millionaire oilman and breeder of race horses, died the other day at Ocala, Fla. He had developed cancer, but death was attributed to a stroke. I met Gene but once, at the Little River Country Club in the early 1930s, when he, was a dapper young man from DeQueen, where his father, D.C. Goff, operated a wholesale grocer company, But Gene left the family business to wildcat for oil. At first he was desperately poor, as I am told by his long-time friend, Brooks Shults of Fulton. But Gene hit it rich in the Midway field in LaFayette county, and later at Midland, Texas, and finally in Australia. He maintained homes at Tulsa, Fayetteville, and Ocala. As with oil, his horse- breeding farms also brought fame and fortune. His great horse Nodouble one year was the top U.S. money winner. It made Gene Goff and Arkansas household words across an entire nation. Associated industries intervenes in suit LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Associated Industries of Arkansas was authorized Wednesday to intervene in Arkansas Power & Light Go's, application for a $36.5 million rate increase. The state Public Service Commission granted the authority to Associated Industries, representing more than 700 manufacturers and other industrial concerns. Associated Industries petitioned to become an intervenor last week, saying it was interested in protecting its members from rate structure revisions being urged by other parties. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. Hcmpsteod County- Home of the Bowie Knife Star Member of the Associated Press VOL. 75—No. 277 —12 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5* 1974 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE lOc District 3 highway headquarters is dedicated Highways 9 vital role is stressed OUTSIDE VIEW of new headquarters building at intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 29. —All photos by Hope (Ark.) Star ON THE SPEAKERS PLATFORM during dedication ceremonies for the new building are (left to right), the Rev. Gerald Trussell, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hope; Mrs. Kelley Bryant; Mr. Bryant; Earl Jones, Miller County State representative-elect; Charles Mitchell, district engineer; Mel Thrash, vicermaypr of Hope; John Marsh, former District 3 commissioner;"Rep. Larry Patterson, master of ceremonies; James Branyan, speaker (behind the rostrum); Sen. Olin Hendrix, at the speaker's stand; Maurice Smith, AHC chairman; Crystal Phiefer; Lawrence Blackwell, AHC vice- chairman; Henry Gray, highway director; George Kell, commissioner; Rep. Charles "Chuck" Honey of Prescott; and Bill Butler, CofC president. •• - " / • -" JAMES BRANYAN (left), Arkansas highway commissioner and speaker at Wednesday's dedication ceremonies; Crystal Phiefer, poultry princess; Maurice Smith, AHC chairman; and Kelley Bryant, Arkansas Secretary of State snip the red ribbon officially opening the new District 3 headquarters on highway 29. SENATOR OLIN HENDRIX SHOP FOR DISTRICT 3 headquarters where highway equipment and vehicles are worked on and repaired. BUSINESS OFFICE in the new District 3 headquarters. Shown (left to right) are Vine Holt, fuel clerk; Helen Kidd, bookkeeper; and Edna Lewallen, payroll clerk. The three most basic needs of any society, in the opinion of Highway Commissioner James Branyan, are churches, schools, and roads. Churches remind people of the moral and spiritual values that undergird the community and nation; schools prepare the young for , responsible citizenship; and roads insure the development of commerce, trade, industry, and the ability of people to travel freely and with ease- broadening their horizons and expanding their immediate neighborhoods. Branyan directed his remarks at several hundred persons who attended the dedication of the Arkansas Highway Department's new District 3 headquarters here Wednesday afternoon. It cannot be disputed that roads are a special ingredient for a developing, aggresive society, he said. All but the most primitive of people get along without them. There are a must for this nation, and for every state, city and town however large or small. Take away good roads from our economy, and it would colla"pse overnight. The industry and growth that follow highways are evident in Hope, Branyan pointed out. "Just a few years ago you came through here and you didn't see any buildings along this Interstate (30); but how there's four or five motels. Let a highway become neglected, outmoded, and incapable of accommodating the movement of goods and people, and you will hear a tremendous outcry of rage from the public as traffic slows, accidents increase, travel is curtailed or restricted, and shipments are delayed." Eighty per cent of our nation's goods and 92 per cent of our passenger travel move over highways. Our economy and our standard of living are dependent upon the exchange of goods between producer and consumer. And highways provided this assurance, the speaker said. The Arkansas Highway Commission as it is now known in our State, is the envy of nearly every other State in the union, according to Branyan. The staggered 10-year terms of our highway commissioners afford not only continuity but also long-range planning that has allowed Arkansas to be first in percentage of completed interstates. It has allowed Arkansas to make greater progress. This has been brought about by a combination of dedicated commissioners who serve without pay, a dedicated legislature, and a dedicated staff of about 4,000 employes who take pride in their work. Construction costs in the past 30 years have increased more than 300 per cent, the speaker said, while the tax rate is up only 45 per cent—from six cents to eight-and-a-half cents a gallon. One mile of four-lane interstate as you see here today costs approximately an average of about $1,250,000 a mile. These staggering costs make it imperative that the Arkansas highway commissioners and the Arkansas Highway Department spend your tax dollars wisely and effectively, Branyan told the crowd. He pointed out that it is those who own and operate motor vehicles who pay for the operation of the highway system—as the entire revenue comes from this source. "Four- and-a-half cents tax on every gallon of gas you buy goes into a federal highway trust fund which is returned to the State on a matching basis," he said. In (Cuiuiuued ou Page Two)

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