Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 21, 1976 · Page 1
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INSIDE-- Editorial ...-.T-.-.-iv.vT.YtYw. 4 For Women .,-.,,-, 5-6 Entertainment 17 Sports Virarj.. 25-20-27 Classified ,,-.·,-..-,,,.. 31-32 Legal Kolicca -.-.·.... 32 Comics .-.·.-.-.-.·.-.-..-... «B VOl. 108--NUMBER 309 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper PAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, A Will 21, 1976 IOCAL FORECAST-Fair ami warm today turning cooler lonighl. Low lasl night 51. Lows tonight near 50 with highs Thursday in the upper 70s. Sunset today 6:55 Sunrise Thursday 5:35. Weather map on page 9. PAGES--TEN CENTS Board Formally Okays Date Of Special Election Twisters Pass Over County Areas Tuesday The location a! Hashing school /one lights near the intersection At Huntsville, Willow Intersection School Zone Lights Approved of Huntsville Road and Willow Avenue was approved by the Fuyetteville Board ol Directors y ni(;bt. Board's approval, how- is based oh the condition that the lights be paid for. in some method, by the neigtinor- hood ' group them. . By DAVID ZOHROW TIMES Slatt Writer Washington County school children were moved to emer- , , ,, , , ,, ,, ,,,,. gcncy safety areas in their Tuesday ni( , hl . schools Tuesday afternoon as a Tnc Board's \vave . of sighted . tornadoes cv( , r passed over the county area in a 'torrent of heavy rain and marble-sized bail. School officials were alerted over the 'county electronic storm warning system to move children to designated safctj areas in the schools when UK county was placed under a tor nado watch at 2 p.m. Tuesday Five verified tornado sightings were reported within a 31 minute period which extended until 2:30 p.m. Washington, B c n i t o n and Madison "counties remained under the-tornado watch until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The - three counties were also placed under severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings by the .National Weather Service from 1:35 to 5:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff Herb Marshall confirmed |hc report of a tornado which touched the ground southwest of Prairie Grove, hear Peterson Mountain at 2:19 p.m. Marshal! . radioed County Civil Defense officials to report that the tornado had briefly touched dowr in a farm field and was hoadec toward Fayetteville. At 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Fay- ctteville Fire Chief -Charles MeWhotter ordered police to set off the storm alert siren on top of Fayetteville City Hall. · ' · SIRENS IGNORED ·'.'The majority of FaycUeville citizens paid no attention to the siren Tuesday. When the siren sounds, it means that citizens should take cover because it has been determined that actual tornado has been sighted in the immediate area. Maybe the, people thought it was just a 'test, hut it was the real thing," -McWhorter told 1 the TIMES today. · ·- County . Civil Defense Chief Lonnie Gilbow said. Ihat 152 defense storm spotters were rcquested The Southeast Fayetteville C o m m u n i t y 'Organization ( S E F C O ) a n d Arkansas Community Organizutions for Reform Now (ACORN) had originally requested that the Hoard ' allow placement of a regular traffic light at the intersection, with t h e - c i t y footing the bill. Directors, however, refused to grant that .requesl after traffic studies in.the area showed that such a light was not warranted. SEFCO-ACOHN then, Tues lay night, asked permission to ocate the flashing school zone ights, at an estimated cost ot $600, similar to the ones located in Wedington Drive. While the Bowd said the .rghts could be . installed provided that the neighborhood rroup could .find adequate funds ]or the project, they made it clear that they expected the money to come from elsewhere than the city's General Fund, which is hard-pressed for reve- ue. Mrs. Annie Ricks, the spokes man for the SEFCO-ACORN group asked the Board lo set the spe'ed limit through th'e area at 15 ' milcs-pcr-hour during school crossing hours end to request more patrol of the area from the Police Department Mrs. Ricks said she felt (ha the lights, signs and more police patrol would help. Director John Todd also requested that ho passing zones e instituted on HuntsviHe Road and that through truck traffic it prohibited. ACORN also presented « prop osecl resolution to the Boa rd n the subject ot intangible .axoa, asking that the Board members study the resolution and -vote on it at the Board's next meeting. The resolution basically states that the entire question of intangible taxes warrants a determination of the legal issues involved and urges the county assessor lo place the intangible property of the city's financial institutions on the tax rolls in an attempt to obtain a swift legal determination. The resolutiin basically states that the entire question of in tangible, taxes property . of (he city's financial institutions on the tax rolls in an attempt to obtain a swift legal deter mination. ACORN recently jlace on tax roll .he state $3.9 unassesscd inlangit vhich, they say, i3 banks and savi ualitutions in eig counties. After hearing request. City M Grimes said he f was one that shou' 3y some group, o Board. Grimes suggest group enlist the League of Wome hold a public fo matter in an attem citizens in the la; fects. Both Grimes John Todd said .the reservations abou becoming involved "It's the kind oM split a commuint the middle," Grim throughout billion of ;ht Arkansas the ACORN tiiat the id of the Voters to forum on the and Director ey had serious ut the Board stationed throughout the county through the extent of Tuesday's storm activities. He said four other tornadoes were spotted in the Fayetleville and Springdale areas but that none, of these tornadoes touched (he ground. -"I personally sighted a ifor- nado at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, traveling on the south side of .Fayetteville in an easterly direction. The funnel dipped Future Of Old Post Office Said Brighter The Old Post Office on the F a y e t t e v i l l e Square c a n economically be converted to commercial use und has a lot of possibilities,* according lo recent study. For the first time since the building became the center ol a controversy between citizens desiring to save and abondon- ment of plans to use brighlenec when it was learned from i study by MoBry'de, Crisp anc Associates of FayetLevillc, tha it has a great potential (o fi 1 into th c development of the Square. : T h e preliminary design p r e s e n t e d today at the Fayetteville Housing Authority meeting shows it is feasible for use as a retail center, a dining artu with capacity [o seat 171, ind professional offices. The cost of renovation varying with usage ranges from $112,000 to $183,00 to an investor. Arms Talks Deadlocked Missile Funds Sought WASHINGTON (AP) ^ President Ford is expected to Congress soon for-·- $322 million C h a d director, Kumpe, executive told directors thai .... i|W down briefly and I could hear the howling roar of the tornado," Gilbow said. He explained tlrat two (or- nadoes were reported west of Springdale and Ihat the fourth tornado was seen three miles east of Johnson. No persona! casualties nr damages to property were reported as a result of tha tornadoes. The National Weather Service said today that the last of the thunderstorms and severe wea- Ihe'r conditions moved east ol the Mississippi before midnight Tuesday. Rainfall reports for the 24-hour period which ended at 6 a.m. today were .67 at Fayelleville; .05 at Fort Smith; 1:03 at Harrison; and .41 at Lrttle nock. BIO HAH- Several residents in the Norll Leverett Street area in north ern Fnyellevillo told police tlmt hail about the size of marbles had fallen on the neighborhood over a 15 minute period Tuns- day afternoon. Similar reports of large hall stones were reported by Springdale police. No (CONTINUED ON PAQK TWO) saving the building, despite the problems that have attended [he preservation, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, may be a real blessing. [um[)e obviously favors the restaur.-mt concept and said that inquiries have been received from restaurants _ interested in becoming established in FayeUeville Tlie study wus based on the preservation of the exterior of the building, but modernizing the interior to meet the need of tenanls. The study was greeted with gotiations and the steady Jrowth of Russian missile pow- r. Pentagon sources say. Announcement of Ford's new request might come before the May 1 Texas primary, . where some political analysts believe ford may be running behind challenger Ronald Reagan. H o w e v e r, administration spokesmen are expected to disclaim any political intent. REVERSF.S DECISION A Ford request lo kcep_open the Minuteman Til intercontinental ballistic missile production line would be a rever- City Voters To Decide On Tax Package By JACK WALLACE TIMES SlaEE Writer The Fayeiteville Board d; Directors Tuesday night forn · ally approved a resolution' setting May 25 as the date f o r j a special election to determine the fate of a proposed tax package. The Board's action leaves it up to the voters whether or not thijy want the city lo levy the p r o p o s a l s , although under Arkansas law, the city may levy the taxes without the approval of the voters. On advice from City Attorney Jim McCord. the Board deferred action approving the ordinance "actually levying the tax until atter the election. M c C o r d recommended the "procedural" move and said he felt the Board should approve only the substance or form o! the ordinance and leave actual approval to be' done after the election. - ' THREE ABSENT As it turned out, the Board was unable to approve anj ordinance on the agenda Tues day night, due to the absence of tlirce of the Board's seven Directors.'-pircclors Al Hughes and Paul Nolatid were out town, while Director. : Ernes Lancaster is still recovering from recent surgery. According to the law, a two th sal of an earlier decision to the Board regarding the l a thirds -majority- (five) of Board is required t o ' p l a c e a ordinance on "second reading and "third reading." The lai states that any ordinance mus be road three .times before " is approved. - All three rcadin: may be done a t ' t h e same o subsequent meetings, h u t , done at the same meeting, th rules must he suspended befor the ordinance can go lo secqn imposed on all persons doin and third readings. Resolutions however, require only a simp] majority. The resolution approved b shut down Minuteinan production. .This shutdown decision was reflected in Ford's defense budget for year. the coming fiscal enthusiasm by the missioners and will be Com made available to potential Investors, Kumpe said. He said the ap lised value of the buildins approximately 591,500 end 15 "''"" "-"" follow the normal pattern of Urbat Renewal properties with a se price established and tin Commissioners s e I c c t i n L developers plans which fit into the total Downtown Fayellevillc development. The Commissioners tabled con wi tl resolution to make Imctural arrangement Hodges, Vines, Fox, Castin an Associates o! Little Rock fo p l a n n i n g a n d enginecrin (COXTfNUED ON FAOE TWO) Ciiy Cleanup Set The annunl city-wide cleanup--held tn conjuclion with the cleanup campaign -- is to he held on Saturday, according lo city Sanitation Superintendent Wallace Brl. Brt safd lhal city crews will pick up extra trash placed next 'curb at Saturday, a.m. and to", the beginning suggested by Ihe curb on Friday night for early pick up on Saturday. Brt said Irash should he placed in bags, boxes or other · u 11 b 1« containers, Limbs should he cut in two foo engths. Brt said that all Irash w jc collected that can lie lifto ay two men, excepl bodic dead animals or uctio (lebris. He said that 12 pacKcr truck and 12 flat bed trucks, cae with three men, will 1 assigned lo the clean i campaign and urged citizens lake part in cleaning up tl city. Further information can obtained by calling 521-770 extension 271 Ihrougli Frid ami 521-7711 on Saturday. Strike Time The recommendation sent by the Pen t agon to the White Hous/; budget office weeks ago called for $206 million to produce (he 60 missiles. At present, the United Stales has 1,000 Minuteman missiles in firing position, including 550 Minuteman Ills, each armed with three warheads, and 450 earlier MinuEeman ITs, which mount'singte warheads. Under the Pentagon's proposal, the number of land-based M in it! cm an missiles in launch silos would not be increased, officials said, but Hie "mix" probably would be changed to increase the number of multiple-warhead Minute man Ills and lower the number of Min- At 12:01 Oils morning, the United Rubber Workers slruck he rubber Industry's big four nationwide. 190,000 workers walked out. Here, URW strike captain Wall Wilson of Akron, Ohio reads the order to .mem- her.i of the local !n ironl of Firestone Tire and Bubher Co. plant number I. (AP Wire- photo) ' utemah Us. . Also included n Ihe package is S5li million lo begin production of a bigger warhead for the Minuteman III in 1977, a had been Mark 12A year earlier than planned. Th£ new NEWS BRIEFS Stick By It The University of Arkansas aid Tuesday CBS news corrc- ponitail Daniel Schorr was in- lied "to fie Ihis year's com- nencement speaker before he ecame involved in' a con- rdversy in Washington. University spokesman Bill Hughes said Schorr was cpn- nclctl by phone about speaking it the May 15 graduation he- ore it was revealed tlmt Schorr lad given a report on CIA ac- ivities lo the Village Voice newspaper. Given Probation BARTOW, Fin. AP) -Charlie Little, reported lo be iOO years old, has been sen .cnccd to five years' probation :or Ihe shotgun slaying o[ a 26 year-old neighbor in Ihe tiny lown of Waverly, Polk Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ijnngston passed sen tence Monday on LilUe's guilty plea to manslaughter after_the charge was reduced from first degree murder. To Get Funds LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The University of Arkansas College 3f Medicine will receive 520,512 rom the American Medical Association Education and Research Fourxtetion. The annual grant is more han double the 1975 amount and (here is no restriction on use of the funds, Approve! Given LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The attorney general's office today approved the popular name and Killol tille of a proposed initiated act that would abolish lime off for goc-ri behavior for prison inmates. It also would determine how much of a sentence inmates would be required lo nerve. Ctiief Deputy Atty. Gen. Rodney Parhani approved and certified the name and title sub- milled by Pros. Atty. Lee A. Jlimsoti of Little Rock, whose office said he wfls out of lown today. warhead would have the blasl power of about 400,000 tons ol TN'T. twice Ihat of present Minuteman 111 warheads. This would give the Minuleman greater ability to knock oul heavily protected targets such as underground Sovfct missile bases, command posts and dustrial plants. _ question also set out 1 suhstan tially the form to be used o the May 25 election ballot. Th actual question-is to be eithe "for" or "against" ordinance adopting the tax package an setting but an explanation ( the proposal, as follows: "It is proposed that the Boar of Directors adopt an ordinanc whereby an occupation tax- imposed on all persons doin business within the city a cording to the following sch dnlc: Ca) each profession shall pay an occupation Hccn ax in the amount of $50: (' each non-professional employ shall pay occupation license la in the amount of $15, nhis employe; each profession jempoyer shall pay an occ pation lax of, $6 per employ provided, the maximum lax p employer shall not be in exce of $500; and (c) every oth person except employes except persons .working jt:ss than 30 hours per week shall pay an occupation license tax- in the amount of $15. The tax- would be payable annually. It is further proposed that the annual utility franchise I n x o s presently levied against Southwestern KI ecir EC Power Co.. Arkansas Western Gas Co. and Ozarks Elcclric - Cooner*Mive Corp. be increased from three per cent to Eour per c^nt of gross revenues from residential (domestic) and comm ere ia 1 (TiMESphoto by Leslie BREAKING NEW GROUND' .../or iieioesf banking complex'on'the FayeUeville Square Tuesday were, forgeroimd t Vorsanger, (e/f; AfcHroy and ii rear,,Undem Ground Broken Here For Banking Complex Forma) ground breaking ecsmonies for One Mcllroy laza, a -multi-million dollar anking complex in downtown ayetteville, were" interrupted 'ucsday by rain, but went off, [though not precisely us sche- uled. In a prepared statement, laydcn Mcllroy, chairman ol \e Board of Mcllroy Bank anc 'rust, dedicated the -banking ornplex to the renaissance of "owntown Fayetteville. He was joined in early officia groundbreaking ceremonies, l i void' the. threatening rain storm, by Mayor-Marion Orton C hristy, execut i ve vice resid;ent o f _ the -Chamber ommerce; Fred Vorsanger \ice president for Fiscal affair; at the University of Arkansa: and Obert Uridem, president o ilcllroy Bank and Trust, DOWNPOUR Immediately 'following thes, 'ormalities the showers becam downpour and the ' parti ipanls sought shelter in Uii covered . parking area of Ihi present bank building, whic! will join the new 05,000 square Feet, five -" story - structure planned to occupy a major-par of Center Street between Eas and Block. Site preparation has begu and Ihe building is expected t be completed early in 1977. Th contraclor is Charter Builder Inc.! of DallasV Tex. and 111 architect is Greener and -Sum ner Architects, also of Dallas. The hew concrete wall bulk ing, with bronze glass exterio framed in pre-cast concrete ·ill have three floors for offic rental space and retail store w i l l ' l ) e invited lo rent spac on ttie first floor. Most of fh first two floors will be used fo hqnfc hi«'n« s . Th" »-*'! rf«-"»r ment .will be on the first floo and cxer.iitivn offices anrl a n Board of Directors room v be on the second floor. FIVE STORIES The five story complex \ face a landscaped pcclcslria plaza, bordered by a courlyar and will contain undergroun parking facilities. ."We are pleased to return tl Mcllroy Banking operation the Square where it began 1 years ago in 1871. Wo bcSic this is only the beginning many good things for (CONTINUED ON PAt!E Fayelteville. I'm very honor ,lo have this opportunity participate and know the pa generations of the Rlcllr family would be equally prourl if they were h,ere todaj Mcllroy concluded. The shovels used ;,for tha oundbreaking .were'the sam» ed when the existing bank, is begun Jn' 1971. Participants ?r? guests " of the bank [lowing the brief ceremonies. Republicans Draw Ballot Positions The Republican Committee of 'ashington County met Tuesday ight to determine in what rder the names of candidates ill apear on'.the baltot, in the lay 25 primary. Drawings for ballot positions ·ore h clcl on ly. for those osKions with two or mora ahdidates. In the Presidential ace, committee members drew resident, Gerald Ford's name or top position on the ballot :1 Ronald Reagan's name for econd position. In Ihis race, oters will have the third option f voting "Uncommitted.", -·In. the Governor's contest, .eon Griffith's name will ap-. first on the ballot, ,io he ollowcd by Joseph - Henry Vcston, Paul Peevy drew first losition in the County Judge's 'ace. Second position in this UCQ went io Randy Turner, and hird position to'the incumbent, T ol Lester. WON'T W1THDHAW Dy. law, the 23-year-old Turner is not old enough! to serve as a county judge. Age limit for county judge is 25 ears of age. But Turner said ic . w o u l d - n o t withdraw, and a R e p u b l i c a n Committee spokeswoman said the party did not feel it had the jurisdiction .o-sny Turner could not appear on the. ballot. ' . · In the Justice of the Peace-contest - f o r District 4, Allen , G askin's n ame \\ ill prcced e: Keith Skellon's on the ballot/ In the JP race in District 9, 1 Daniel F. Caps tick drew first;, position over Sharon Wimberty;-' In the Constable contest for/ District 11, Lee Terry's nnma!. will apnear first on the ballot,/.to be followed by Ronald -, Rhenm r s name., ·-". While no Republican rally ii : (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) j - . For Third Month Consumer Prices Held Down Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiunifiiiitiiinw^ WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fall-| ing prices al the gasoline pump and Hie third big monthly drop in grocery costs helrt the rise in consumer prices lo Iwo-tcnlhs of a per eonl in March, the government soiil today. The March increase compared with February's consumer price rise of one-tenth of a per cent and an increase of four tenths of n per cent in January. The January-to-March figures left consumers with the lowest three-month i nf 1 ation rale in almost four years. The Labor Department said the Increase for . Ihe three monllis cnrting fn March. -- i seasonally adjusted annual rtiti of 2.9 per cent -- was the smal lest three-month increase sin Tune 1972, It compared with an| average increase of about 7 per cent for each calendar quarter n 1975. Lower beef prices led the decline at grocery counters where trices fell another 1,2 per cent n March. Grocery prices fell 1,5 per cent in February after a decline of four-tenths of a per cent in Janiuiry. Gasol Ene prices fell 1.3 per cent instead of moving up as they usually do in March. The cut in the nation's flnlion rate has exceeded even the most optimistic projections hu t the Ford ariminlslrat ion had cautioned that the declines in food and fuel are not likely to he sustained, Maynard Comicz, acling chic ·^conomtsl for the Commerce, )epartmcnt, said in an inter-' 'lew before the price report vas issued that food and gaso- prices were beginning to climb higher, "I don't expect to see sharp reacccleralion in prices, hut I do think we might see some Increases larger than we have jecn getting," he said. Despite the slowing of in Nation, the purchasing power o! the average American worker foil seven-tenths of n per ccn 1 in March because weekly earn ings were held back by a re duclion in working hours. However, over the year purchasing yower was up 4.3 per cent, Ttic Consumer Price Inde: stood Dt 167.5 in March, mean :ig that it cost consumers 167.50 to buy tho same variety f goods and services pur- :hased for §100 in 1967. Over he past year,-prices have risen 1 per cent, the smallest gain i any 12-month period sine* he year ending July, 1973. The Agriculture Department', reported earlier this month that consumer food prices on the average held steady early this year, but cautioned shoppers to expect increases in the coming, months, although at a slower rate than in recent years. Although-Agriculture Department officials so f a r have declined lo predict food prices beyond m id -y ea r, pre v ioi is estimates Indicated that consumers (OONTOUED ON 1'AGE TWO)

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