Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 22, 1973 · Page 13
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 13

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 22, 1973
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Legislative Report By MORRISS HENRY Stale Senator I plan next week to introduce a resolution, in the Senate calling for a two-year study of the system of assessment and collection of current and delin q u . e n t real and personal property taxes. ; H o p e f u l l y , . a special legislative committee would be able to come up .with a group of related suggestions to make the system more convenient for you, more efficient for your county officials'to operate and Urns give; you more for your localvtax dollar. I have had under study several proposals during this session which would make some changes in the procedures of Former POW And Wife Take Marriage Vows Second Time SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) -: The brief ceremony in the Ft. Army Capt. Johnnie Ray and his wife, Dorothy, have reded i- cated their marriage because, as she puts it, it was as if the former POW "were dead and now he's alive." Ray, 25, from -Pauls Valley, Okla., emerged last week from a Viet Cong prison camp a n d was flown: to the Army's Brooke Army Medical; Center here to be reunited with his family. : Mrs. Ray, the mother of three, felt she might not her husband again when the Army listed him as missing in action after the South Vietnam assessing and collecting taxes; but so have several other individual legislators. About 30 bills have'been; introduced. Some of them are somewhat broad in their application and others are merly.a reflection of someone's personal pet peeve. Being uncertain of what the final result if some pf the suggestions are adopted and.some are refused.! thought it might be better to let the Legislature study the entire matter and recommend a package proposal to the 1975 General Assembly. It's not the quickest route to some of the heeded reforms, but it may well be the safest. Under · its new committee structure, the committees of the Legislature will be meeting about once a. month anyway. There's no reason one of these committees can't investigate existing property, taxing procedures, take testimony from persons with an interest in the system, and formulate a package of legislation based on ideas which are put forward in public hearings, · The big advantage of this approach is 'that 'it 1 would give us a ch,anpe to merge'. the thinking of'the assessors, collector s and county clerks.^ who are doing the work -- with that 'of the reformers'and. hopefully, find some'-worthwhile changes which alsft would'be practical. Our- Arkansas .^society has undergone some;drastic changes since theVsystern of assessing and 'collecting was first formulated-following the adoption of the 1836 Constitution. The most fundamental ,cr(ange'is that -the system was set up to handle the state property, tax -- and it was discontinued in 1935'. A number; of- legislators are interested in this^sort of reform That's evld ent from? the number of bills which have been introduced relating to the general subject. However, a two-year study by a legislative committee is more likely to,produce practical long-range improvements than the, kind- of piecemeal laws we can enact during this session.- Former Hanson Family Members Are Convicted LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four former followers of Charles Manson have been convicted by a Superior Court jury of armed robbery in what the prosecution said was ah attempt to obtain money and; guns to help Manson escape from prison.' The jury of seven women and five men deliberated four days before reaching i a verdict Wednesday. . The "four were in the family" of Manson before his arrest and conviction in the murders of actress Sharon Tale and six others. Manson is Serving a life term since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the death penalty-which he had received--was unconstitutional. The four are Catherine "Gypsy" Share, 30, Mary Brunner, 29, Kenneth Como, 32, and Lawrence Bailey, 23. They were charged with the 1971 robberies' of a suburban Hawthorne gun store and a Covina beer distribution firm. The defendants were captured shortly after the Hawthorne holdup and a gun battle with 30 police officers. A phase of ; their trial to, determine their sanity was to be^ gin today. Deputy' Dist. Atty. Harland Braun theorized during the trial that the :; defendants stole 143 weapons ;from the 'Hawthorne gun shop' and $2,600.from the Covina firm to bolster.their efforts to help Manson break .out of prison Judge Arthur, Alacron ordered the Jury sequestered during the |atter stages of the trial after two jurors said they had received death threats. The jurors, a man and a woman, were excused from the panel. After the verdict was returned Wednesday, Alacron continued the 'sequestration, saying a need' to lock up the jurors in'a; downtown hotel "still existent." unit he was advising was overrun April 8, 1972, in Tay Niny province. South Vietnam: Sam Houston chapel was 'mostly her idea" and Mrs. Ray, 22, bought a new white wedding dress for it, said Army Chaplain Robert Howerton of Mountain Home, Ark. .She said she was as nervous as .when she and Johnnie Ray were first married four · and one-half years ago, the chaplain said. .At Ray's right hand was Army Sgt. Ken Wallingford, another Viet Cong captive who officials said had an adjoining "cage" in the same camp as Ray and was released at the same time. In the small au dience was a third ex-POW .now at Brooke Army Medical cen ter, Spec. 4 Keith Albert of Thi bodaux, La. Ray himself appeared as ner- Ivous as if it were his first time I at "the altar; He smiled when this slender 'brunette wife 'appeared at the chapel door and she smiled at hrm. later when she looked Into his face and began to repeat Her vows. "She said it was as though he was dead and now he's alive. She even used .the word 'resurrection,!' according to Howerton, who counseled the Baptist couple beforehand. "She was anxious for God to bless their 'reunion," said the chaplain. Asked if the couple plan a second honeymoon, the chaplain said, 'Tnv.sure they do." Has Heart Attack PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -Maurice W. Meguiar, 63, chair man of'the board of Meguiar's Mirror Bright and Mirror Glaze Polishes, died Wednesday ap parently of a heart attack whili attending a convention in New Orleans. Final Plans For Bus Tour Completed ROGERS -- Final plans, for i three-day bus'tour of South west Missouri and' Eastern Ok ahoma were completed hero Tuesday at a meeting of t h e board of directors of the Greater Beaver Lake Association (GBLA). The tour -- designed'to .better acquaint 45 business and professional ,men .from four Northwest Arkansas counties with tourist promotion in surrounding areas -- is scheduled' fqr March 6-8. It will be sponsored by, the GBLA, the agency that qualifies for matching state funds to b o o s t tourism in Benton, Carroll; Madison,' and Washington Counties, and the chambers of commerce in the area. North*** Arkansas TIMES, Thur*., Mi. 22, 1973 ABKAM»A» · 13 Le« Zachwy, executive vice president of the Spring dale Chamber of Commerce, is tour director. In a report t o the board Tuesday. Zachary .said the tour would include stops at Harrison, Branson. Springfield, Joplln, Miami, Tulsa, Muskogee. and Tahlequah: P r e s s receptions · are scheduled for Springfield the night of March 6 and Tulsa the evening of March 7. Watson, president of GBLA said the Arkansas travelers would pay their own expenses on the trip. "A secondary purpose of the tour is to build good will with our neighbors to the north and west," he said. Tourism is a booming busl ness in Northwest Arkansas. A recent study by the Arkansa Department of Parks and Tour ism reveals that about 3. million out-of-state tourists visi the four counties that make u the GBLA annually and spend in estimated $100 million. G B L A and Northwest Arkansas chambers sponsored a Imttar tour through central Arkansas a year ago. Ex-Slave Dies CHICAGO .(AP) -- "Mary Guess, 117, born Into.slavery in Yazoo, Miss., four years before the start of the Civil War, died Wednesday. Cartoonist Dies PALO ALTO, Calif. 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