Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 41 Carroll, Iowa, Friday, February 27, 1976 — Ten Pages Delivered by Carrier Each Evening for 60c Per Week Single Copy Signal of Stronger Growth Ahead Economic Indicators Up New, Retiring Directors — -Staff Photos New directors (top photo) elected to three-year terms on the Carroll United Way board of directors at the group's annual meeting Thursday are, from left: Linus Goblirsch, Rich Kloppenburg, Gregory Siemann, Rev. Donald Wuertz, Roman Steffes and Eileen Smith. A seventh new director, Dr. James Jensen, was not present when the picture was taken. Retiring officers (lower photo) are from left: M. J. "Mike" Arts, executive secretary of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, vice-president Jack Gleason, treasurer Alfred Klocke, and president Joe Dalhoff. Seated is Helen Nieland who will continue as local United Way secretary and office manager. The local United Way organization held its annual meeting Thursday. New United Way Directors Elected; Drive Called Success By James B.Wilson Carroll's United Way fund drive fell $1,663.08 short of achieving its goal of $49,309, it was revealed at the organization's annual meeting held Thursday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce office. But local United Way officials termed the drive a success, citing the facts that the fund drive goalhad increased over 13,000 from the previous year and that thirteen agencies are participating in the program compared to only ten in the past. " Actually the $47,645.92 pledged exceeds the $43,309 askings of the thirteen participating agencies. But the budget also includes $3,000 for the operating fund and $3,000 for a campaign expenses, reserve and emergency fund. Campaign expenses last year totaled $2,377.37. Robert McKone served as campaign director last fall. The'annual meeting was conducted by retiring president Joe Dalhoff: Other officers whq are retiring are vice-president Jack Gleason and treasurer Alfred Klocke. Directors who are retiring after serving three years on the United Way board of directors .are Mary (Mrs. Virgil) Baumhover, Mike Benton, Robert Feldmann and James B. Wilson. New directors elected to three-year terms include Linus Goblirsch. Dr. James P. Jensen, Rich Kloppenburg, Gregory Siemann,'Eileen (Mrs. L.A.) Smith, Roman Steffes and the Rev. Donald Wuertz. WASHINGTON (AP) -The government said today that its index of leading economic indicators marked its biggest increase in six months during January, signaling a more robust economic growth ahead. The Commerce Department said its composite index comprised of a dozen individual economic statistics selected for their capacity to foresee economic developments rose by 2.2 per cent in January. That was the biggest increase since a 2.5 per cent jump in July and ended five months of virtual stagnation Drugs Bill Passes in the House DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill to require pharmacists to substitute generic drugs for brand names iri prescriptions when it will save the customer money was passed 83-4 by the Iowa House Thursday. Rep. John Patchett, D-North Liberty, said the measure would help low income persons stretch their money while at the same time receiving medication as effective as if brand name drugs were used. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would- require the Iowa Pharmacy Board to designate drug .brands for which no generic equivalent is available. Pharmacists would be required to use the generic drug instead of the brand name in prescriptions when possible, tell the customer how much the change saved him, and pass the savings on to the customer. The purchaser of the prescription or the doctor writing it could insist on use of the brand name drug if they wish. Before the bill was passed. Rep. Tom Gilloon, D-Dubuque, won acceptance of an amendment to require the pharmacist to use lower priced generic drugs where possible in any prescription paid for by public funds. "If you are interested in stopping the ripoff of public funds by a few major drug companies and unscrupulous doctors, this is the way to do ' it," Gilloon said. There were objections that the pharmacist might have difficulty knowing whether a prescription was paid for by public funds if a welfare recipient didn't tell him. But Rep. W. R. Monroe, D- Burlington, assured the House that while "it might slow up the process a little bit," druggists would have no trouble making that determination. in the index. The January increase alone surpassed the total 2.1 per cent rise for those five months. At the same time, Commerce revised to nine-tenths of a per cent the index increase for December. The increase originally had been reported as four-tenths of a per cent. In the past, the index has anticipated economic turnarounds by three months or so, and the latest report signaled a stronger economic growth, particularly in the business investment sector, in the months ahead. Factors contributing most to the January rise were the volume of contracts and orders for new factories and facilities and stock prices. The monthly average of 500 stocks used in the government index showed a 9.2 per cent increase in January. The volume of new plant and equipment either contracted for or ordered during the month jumped ahead by 13 per cent. The signals from Commerce's composite index were in line with other economic indicators showing that stronger growth in the economy is likely in the next few months. After an initial strong spurt in economic growth at the onset of the recovery last spring, growth slowed signifcantly over the fall and early winter. But now consumer spending is continuing to be strong, and there are early signs that business is now prepared to begin spending more on increasing its capacity. Only 11 of the 12 individual indicators in the composite index were available for the January report, but only two of them — holdings of cash and near-cash by business and Lost is Found^ -Staff Photo A Mile of IPS Wire is Stolen A mile of copper wire strung on Iowa Public Service Co. (IPS) poles was stolen sometime Thursday night or early Friday morning, the sheriff's office reported. The wire, a ground Wire which is not "live," was taken from beside the blacktop just north of Willey. There will be no immediate effect on electrical service, Sheriff .John G. Longnecker said he was told by IPS officials, but if the,wire is not replaced, it eventually would affect service. IPS estimated the loss at ' Longnecker said the persons responsible for the theft could be the same ones who have taken copper wire from power lines in Audubon, Ringgold and Shelby Counties. The wire prpbably is cut down by pruning sheers from ground level, he said. Longnecker asked the public's help in catching the thieves before the situation gets worse. He said that although he doesn't want the public to get directly involved if they spot a theft, he added that he would like the public to call his office immediately. Also, if anyone notices a wire missing from a utility pole, they should call the sheriff's office, -Longnecker said. Deputies are on patrol every night and if the office is called immediately, there is a chance of catching the thieves, Longnecker continued. > Area Forecast Increasing cloudiness Friday night, lows in mid 30s. Cloudy and colder Saturday, highs mid to upper 40s. consumers and the money supply — showed declines. Signaling economic growth along with higher stock prices and bigger orders for business spending were an increase in the average work week, a reduction in the layoff rate for manufacturing, higher prices to producers of key wholesale goods, formation of more new businesses, increased orders for producers of consumer goods, a greater number of building permits issued, and slower deliveries by suppliers, which is taken as a sign of increased demand. Study How to Ease Prison Crowding It took a woman's touch to get 3-year-old Michelle Perry into the car with two Carroll policemen Thursday afternoon after the youngster was found walking the streets. Mrs. Denis Schirck, left, talked the daughter of Monica Perry, 703 N. Crawford St., Carroll, into riding to the police station with Officers Norbert Kaspersen, right, and Romain Boes. Soon afterwards mother and daughter were reunited. But that came after nearly an hour's worth of the policemen walking the youngster around the neighborhood trying to find the Perry house. U.S. to Test Ways to Protect Satellites WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test secret new devices for safeguarding U.S. satellites against po- sible Soviet efforts to disable them in space. Dr. Malcolm Currie, the Pentagon's research chief, mentioned on Thursday that tests of "survivable satellites" are expected this spring. Currie gave no details, but other sources said two 1,000- pound experimental communication satellites will be launched by the Air Force from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The satellites will test new types of power generators and devices designed to keep space vehicles in proper position, sources said. These devices, it is believed, would be less vulnerable to being put out of action. If the new safeguards prove out, sources said, they could be incorporated into U.S. satellites that watch over Soviet missile tests and other developments inside Russia and into other satellites sent aloft to warn against possible Soviet missile attack. "We are very concerned about satellite vulnerability and we are working on that," Currie told a news conference. The Russians flight-tested their anti-satellite system last' week for the first time in more'than four years. Intelligence sources said the test failed. Five earlier tests were reported to have scored successful intercepts of Soviet satellites.. Currie confirmed reports of the recent Soviet anti-satellite test, but said he does not know why the Russians chose this time to resume their intercept experiments. "I wish I could climb into their minds, but I just don't know," Currie said. "I don't know why this decision was made at this particular time, when SALT (nuclear arms limitations negotiations) is resuming." The 1972 arms limitation agreement bans both the United States and Russia from interfering with each other's satellites that are used to verify compliance with that agreement. However, the SALT I agreement permits testing of anti- satellite systems. DES MOINES, Iowa <AP)Iowa legislators Thursday started reviewing various ways to relieve growing over- c r o w d i n g of the State Penitentiary at Fort Madison and the Men's Reformatory at Anamosa. Rep. Tom Higgins. D-Davenport, said the overcrowding presents a "severe crisis" to which some solution must be found. He said the reformatory now has reached its absolute capacity of inmate population, and the penitentiary is within 150 beds of capacity. "When you get that many men in one institution, there is a potentially explosive situation," Higgins told a meeting of the Joint Senate and House Human Relations Committee and appropriations subco- mittees. The problem is further compounded, Higgins said, because the Fort Madison prisori is the oldest penal institution west of the Mississippi. What is really needed is a new medium security correctional institution, he said. But estimates based on experience in other states indicate that would cost from $35 million to $40 million, which Iowa can't afford right now, Higgins said. Besides, he added, building that institution wouldn't meet the immediate problem of v overcrowding. Higgins outlined these options for taking care of the overcrowding problem: —Converting the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute into a medium security facility. Higgins saKi it is estimated that within six months some inmates could be transferred from Anamosa to Mount Pleasant if the conversion were undertaken. Cost estimates for the conversion run from $1.1 million to $4 million or $5 million, he said. —Expansion of residential facilities for community-based corrections, including work-release programs. The Department of Social Services has plans to establish 10 halfway houses around the state which could take care of about 200 persons at a total cost of about $1.1 million. However, Calvin Auger, state director of corrections, said people housed there would be minimum security prisoners, and their use for transferring inmates from Anamosa would be limited. —Taking over the campus of the defunct Midwestern College at Denision. This was recommended for consideration by an interim study committee, but Auger said a lot of reconstruction would have to be done because walls in the Midwestern buildings are not fire resistant. —Transfer the 64 inmates of the Training School for Girls at Mitchellville to the Juvenile Home at Toledo and make the Mitchellville facility into a minimum security facility with space for a maximum of 90 persons. Rep. W.R. Monroe, D-Burlington. chided Auger because the 200-bed minimum security facility outside the walls at Fort Madison is now standing vacant. "Why should we consider building you more buildings when you aren't using the ones you have?" Inside School papers — Pages 3 and 7. Church notes — Page 5. Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —Page3. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news — Page 2. Sports Bobcats roll, big last half lifts LV-A, A king St. Mary's ousted, Dowling in good shape to defend mat crown — Pages 6 and 7. Cutting Mail Deliveries to 3 Days a Week Studied ' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service says it is considering cutting mail delivery to three days a week. J. T. Ellington, a senior assistant postmaster general, said in an interview Thursday that three-day-per-week delivery is "one of the options" the financially troubled agency is considering in its campaign to cut costs. Although more drastic cutbacks have been discussed, Ellington said, "Our most immediate option is reduction by one day in delivery service,'.' Postal officials had said previously they are considering eliminating delivery on Saturday or one other day of the week. Postal service officials have said the savings from elimination of delivery on Saturday would be about $350 million per year and savings would be somewhat higher if delivery is dropped on a business day. Ellington said the possibility of three-day-per-week delivery was discussed at a recent'meeting of the agency's board of governors. 1 y : ' "We'll have to see how things go in the financial area and then decide what we have to do, "he said. Other service cutbacks under consideration include ending special delivery, postal officials say. "We are not excluding anything from consideration,".Ellington said. The Postal Service would have to seek the approval of the Postal Rate Commission, an independent agency, before * eliminating any service. The, postal deficit is estimated to reach a record $1.5 • billion for the fiscal year ending June 30. Qne problem the Postal Service faces is that "everywhere we turn on cutting costs, somebody opposes it," Ellington said. In one such action Thursday, a federal judge blocked the Postal Service from closing rural post offices to save money. U.S. District Judge John Lewis Smith issued a temporary restraining order against the economy plan and scheduled a hearing for March 3 on whether to make his order permanent. The Postal Service said the order would result in a loss of about $5,500 a day. The agency has closed about 180 post offices since July 1 and is scrutinizing 600 others. Forty members of Congress had filed the suit hours earlier, contending the closings constituted "a massive assault on the country's small communities." B.P. Clinic — —Staff Pluto Don Stanzyk, training officer with the Carroll County Ambulance Service, checked Mrs. Oscar Heider's blood pressure Thursday after the congregate meal at the Masonic Temple. About 85 per cent of the 32 persons who had -their blood pressure taken were already taking medication. If anyone had high blood pressure a trip to the doctor was recommended. Mrs. Leone Jensen, a retired registered nurse now working with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, also checked blood pressure. The blood pressure clinic, sponsored by congregate meals, will be held once a month.
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