IOVSQ a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 66 Carroll, Iowa. Friday, April 2, 1976 — Twelve Pages d h> Carrier Kach fur fiOr Per Week Copy 5th Straight Monthly Decline Jobless Rate Edges Down Again Gets Certificate — Explorer Scout Chris Siepker received a certificate of training from Carroll Mayor Ronald H. Schechtman Thursday night in the Carroll City Council chamber. Siepker was one of 12 high school juniors and seniors who earned the certificates after completing a 24-hour training course with the Carroll Police Department. The scouts participated in many aspects of law enforcement work and heard several guest speakers during the course. Police Certificates to Explorer Scouts • Twelve Explorer Scouts earned certificates of training from the Carroll Police Department during the scouts' last class Thursday night in the Carroll Community Center. Mayor Ronald H. Schechtman handed out the certificates and told the scouts, "I really want to applaud you." The mayor said a course such as the scouts took to familiarize themselves with the police department will benefit both the scouts and the community. Each scout completed 24 hours of basic training in police work, according to Police Liaison Officer Les Butler. Scouts rode in police cars, participated in crime scene research, used some police equipment, were familiarized with state and local laws and heard agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Butler added. They also became familiar with local law enforcement agencies. Scouts in the program are juniors and seniors in high school. Butler said a program such as was just completed would . not have workei in a larger city, but community cooperation helped in Carroll. For instance, one citizen donated a case of pop each week for the scouts' refreshment. Students who received certificates include James Buss, Suzanne Loew, Peggy Prill, James Waters Jr., Tim Roetker, Jerry Comstock, Mark Uhlenkamp, Chris •Siepker, Andy Knoblauch, Mark Thielen, Mike Templemeyer and Louie Grote. WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate edged down to 7.5 per cent of the work force in March, marking the fifth straight monthly decline and the longest sustained drop in 14 years, the government said today. Although the decline was slight — down from 7.6 per cent in February — Labor Department analysts said the steady improvement since October reflected continuing economic recovery from the recession. Blacks and women benefited most from the March decline in unemployment, which was down by about 100,000, to a total of 7 million last month. Total employment continued climbing in March., rising by another 375,000 to an all-time high of 86.7 million, the government said. Since reaching a recession-low last March, the number of Americans with jobs has risen by 2.6 million, with Tax Plan Approved by Senate DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)A three-year plan to hold down rapidly rising property taxes was approved 27-21 by the Iowa Senate Thursday. (Voting for the bill was Sen. William P. Winkelman, R-Lohrville, Sen. Karl Nolin, D-Ralston, is ill and was recorded as not voting.) "What we have is a complicated, complex bill," said Sen. Lowell Junkins, D-Montrose. "There will be people in the state of Iowa that, in fact, may pay less in property taxes next year. There will be some other places that may see an increase. "But without this, the increases would be phenomenal," Junkins said. The measure returns to the House which passed a different version two weeks Taxes, See Page 2 Major Provisions of Tax Relief Bill DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Here are the major provisions of the three year property tax relief package approved 27-21 by the Iowa Senate Thursday and sent to the House. Agriculture Taxes Increase agriculture land tax credits to $42 million next fiscal year. Then return to usual $18 million farm credits and value farm's 100 per cent on productivity instead of 50 per cent earning capacity and 50 per cent cash value. Residential Taxes State pays property taxes on first $4,500 of homestead valuation first year, $5,000 in each of next two years. This is instead of usual $62.50 homestead credit. Budget Limits Counties and cities with a population of 750 or more are limited to a 9 per cent increase in budget items funded by the property tax all three years. In addition, a 7 per cent guideline is furnished the last two years. Elderly Reimbursement Present property tax reimbursement to low-income elderly and handicapped is increased, and those who have an annual income between $8,000 and $9,000 become eligible. The state pays half of special tax assessments on property of the elderly. adult women accounting for more than half of the over-the-year increase. The last time the unemployment rate dropped five consecutive months was between September 1961 and February 1962. Unemployment declined gradually from the recession peak of 8.9 per cent last May and hovered about 8.6 per cent before beginning a rapid decline last October. But even with the improvement the jobless rate at 7.5 per cent remains far above its normal post World War II level. Nevertheless, the Ford administration cited the improvement in the jobless rate and the declining inflation rate as vindication of its cautious economic policy. It also has been a boost to President Ford's election campaign. Government economists see further improvement in the job- less rate this year, but caution that the decline is not likely to be continuous every month. In advance of the new unemployment report, Julius Shiskin, commissioner of labor statistics, had said he wouldn't be surprised to see the jobless rate edge up in March. . _ Shiskin said the normal decline in unemployment during the first year after a recession is about 1.5 per cent. By February, it had already fallen by more than 1 per cent, and he predicted a drop of another one-half to three-quarers of a point during the rest of the year. Other economists, including Sidney L. Jones, assistant treasury secretary for economic affairs, say statistics can move rapidly for a period of time, then reach a plateau and "hang up for awhile." The last time unemployment has been below 7.5 per cent was in December 1974 when it was 7.2 per cent. Jobless rates among most of the worker groups in the labor force were relatively unchanged last month with the exception of blacks whose unemployment rate fell 1.2 per cent to 12.5 per cent. Much of the improvement was among adult women, the government said. Joblessness among blacks is now down nearly 2 percentage points from last September's peak of 14.4 per cent. Black unemployment traditionally is about twice that for whites, whose unemployment rate was 6.8 per cent in March. Teenage unemployment rates edged down from 19.2 to 19.1 per cent last month while the rate for men dropped from 5.7 to 5.6 per cent and the rate for women declined from 7.5 to 7.3 per cent. Among household heads, regarded as the family breadwinner, the jobless rate increased from 4.9 to 5 per cent. The average length of unemployment fell for the second straight month to 15.8 weeks in March, about a week lower than at the peak of the recession last year. Another bright note was the decline in the number of discouraged workers during the first three months of the year. Discouraged workers are those who want to work but have given up looking for jobs because they believe none are available. Their numbers, which nearly doubled between the third quarters of 1974 and 1975 to a high of nearly 1.2 million, receded to 940,000 during the first quarter in 1976. Discouraged workers are not counted in the official unemployment rate, a situation which AFL-CIO President George Meany and other critics say tends to give an inaccurate picture of joblessness. GM Forced to Lay Off 5,600 Near Truck Strike Accord In Hiding — Former President Diosdado Macapagal was reported in hiding in the ^Manila area today after the "U!'S.''government" refused his request for political asylum. The asylum attempt followed publication of a book by Macapagal attacking the martial law government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos as dictatorial. House Unit Oks Flu Funds WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford's emergency proposal for $135 million to immunize all Americans against swine flu was unanimously approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The committee approved the special money bill by voice vote after a brief discussion of .the proposal. The .measure will go to the full House for action soon. Backers hope to clear it through Congress and send it to Ford's desk in two weeks. A break-out of the disease, believed to be the same one which killed 20 million persons worldwide in 1918-19, including 548,000 in the United States, was discovered earlier this year among military recruits at Ft. Dix, N.J. Area Forecast Increasing cloudiness Friday night, lows around 40. Cloudy and colder Saturday, highs in lower 50s. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, 111. (AP) — The Teamsters union's c o a s t-to-coast truck strike rolled into its second day today with bargainers reported "very close" to agreement on a total economic package. But sources close to both sides said disagreement on how the money package should be distributed among wages, cost-of-living benefits and other contract items remained to be settled when negotiations resumed today. The work stoppage already vhas begun slowing-the movement of goods, produced some scattered violence and has both government and business leaders deeply worried about the possible impact on the nation's commercial well-being. In the first major industrial cutbacks resulting from the strike, General Motors Corp. today laid off 5,600 final assembly workers at its CMC Truck and Coach Division in Pontiac. An additional 2,000 workers remained on the job at the big plant. And the Ford Motor Co. said unless the strike was settled it would shut down its Atlanta- area assembly plant where 2,500 persons work after Friday's shifts because of lack of parts. Spokesmen for the other two domestic auto makers say they would have to start shutting down production plants by next week if the largest walkout ever by truckers is still on. Labor Secretary W.J. Usery Jr., the key federal official involved in the dispute between 400,000 Teamsters and the trucking industry, remained at the bargaining site in this Chicago suburb trying to resolve the lingering money disputes. Ford administration sources said it appeared that the government would refrain, at least temporarily, from taking action to invoke the TaftrHartley Act while bargaining continued and there were indications of progress. The act provides for an 80-day cooling-off period, but that would take the pressure off negotiators. Usery's continued presence -at the talks was taken as one hopeful sign. He canceled tentative plans to return Thursday to Washington and remained until negotiations recessed at 1:20 a.m. this morning. An aide said he would stay in the negotiations again today. Usery said five or six money issues were all that kept the two sides apart. However, business leaders around the country sent telegrams Thursday to Washington, urging Ford to obtain a back-to-work order. Some 60 per cent of the nation's manufactured products Strike, See Page 2 Ford Takes Campaign for a Full Term to Wisconsin Inside School papers—Pages 8 and 12. Church notes—Page 8. Women's news—Page 4. Deaths,.daily record, markets, late news—Page 2. Sports Red Sox boss pleased, Scott sparks Celtics, Messersmith to testify, Kuhn wants baseball in Washington — Pages 6 and 7. By The Associated Press President Ford took his campaign for a full term in the White House to Wisconsin today while Democrats battling for their party's presidential nomination sought votes there and in New York. First on Ford's agenda for today was a news conference in Milwaukee, followed by a trip to West Bend. He planned stops Saturday in Fond du Lac and Green Bay — all in search of urban, ethnic and farm votes in Tuesday's balloting. Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, Washington Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Arizona Rep. Morris K. Udall, contestants in the Democratic race, were on a single stage in New York City on Thursday. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn., unannounced as a candidate but willing to accept a draft, was there, too. Humphrey drew frequent and loud applause as he called for a new Marshall Plan to rebuild the cities. The Marshall Plan was devised after World War II to reconstruct Europe. The New York primary is also next Tuesday. By evening. Carter and Jackson were in Buffalo and Udall was headed for Wisconsin. Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace has been in Wisconsin for several days and planned to stay there through the weekend. The primaries in Wisconsin and New York are the first since Ford was upset by Ronald Reagan in North Carolina on March 23. Reagan, the former California governor, is listed on the GOP ballot in Wisconsin, but he called off all campaign appearances in the state this week to concentrate on a national television speech Wednesday night. In the speech, he assailed Ford's administration, particularly of foreign policy. Discussion at Thursday morning's forum in New York City, sponsored by the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, was on urban issues. Jackson and Udall, as they have before, called for a federal takeover of all welfare costs, while Carter said'he was against the idea. The former Georgia Politics, See Page 2 Practical Experience Building a House Class Provides Trained Work Force for Area By Myron Williams The Carroll building trades class, operated by the Des Moines Area Community College for area high school students, has accomplished a great many things in its current project of building a new home here. David Carroll, the instructor, said Friday that not only are the students building a high quality home, but they have had learning experiences that will benefit . them personally as well as their communities. The class is made up of two groups, a morning and afternoon group with 18 students in each. The students come from Carroll Community, Kuemper, Manning, Coon Rapids and St. Bernard of Breda high' schools. "They accepted the responsibility of building a house from the start," Carroll said. "I can trust any one of them to do any job." "We have accomplished a lot; the students are very proud of their product and have done an excellent job. The final product will be very appealing because of the quality of workmanship which has gone into it." The students have been involved in every aspect of construction. They revised the house and floor plans, supervised the excavation, took on. the job of the subcontractors and worked with the skilled contractors. "A lot of building trades programs don't include this on-the-job work experience," said the instructor.'"The program has provided opportunities to those who needed them." The house is located at 221 Kevin Ave. Work started in early September and completion is expected by the middle of May. Each student has worked on the house about 10 hours a week. All have put in 5,000 hours of work. Normally, a house takes only from 1,500 to 2,000 hours to build, Carroll said. "The students' attitudes have been phenomenal. I have worked with them as mature individuals who will support a family in the near future." \ Some of the students have found permanent jobs after graduation or summer jobs in construction. A few are planning to go into construction programs in college, trade schools and the military. "The largest industry in the nation is construction and we've supplied a trained work force for the first time in this area," Carroll said. Besides the on-the-job training, the students spend an average of two days a week in the class room. There they study blueprint reading and terminology, construction methods and materials and equipment usage. Grading is divided into effort, ability and tests. Carroll splits the students into groups, then teaches what they need to know for that day's work and spends time helping each group. "I'm very proud of the program," said Carroll "It has been a very satisfying and enjoyable job because the students have been enjoyable." ' ' T-h e community acceptance has been good, there is positive reaction from the construction industry here Class, See Page 2 Working on House — - Stall Pholo Afternoon students in the Des Moines Area Community College Building Trades Class work on the house they've been constructing all year. One of the students is working on a light fixture above the fireplace. The others are involved in staining, sanding and measuring.
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