The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on October 29, 1974 · Page 13
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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 13

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Tuesday, October 29, 1974
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Unfit mm Tuesday, October 29, 1974 Section B Page One ALEXANDRIA-PINEVILLE, LA. Ford ' Open to Suggestions' WASHINGTON (UPI) -Refusing to use the word recession, President Ford said today he will be "open to suggestions" for more stringent anti-inflation and energy saving measures including a ceiling on oil imports if his own economic remedies fail. In an impromptu, untele-vised news conference, the President also announced a shakeup among his high-level energy advisers, ex pressed continuing support for his nomination of Nelson A. Rockefeller as vice president and hinted he may sign a bill increasing GI benefits which he previously described as inflationary. Ford, planning to campaign in his former Michigan congressional district later in the day, continued to hammer at the Democrats as the "spenders" in government. Calling himself "a saver," ' v :fiH'' ':VI Ernie Wehba, 32, of Pasadena.Texas, is hugged by his sister-in-law, Shearon Wehba, after he walked away unscathed from his pickup truck which was thrown around by a tornado at the mouth of the Pasadcna-Baytown tunnel near Houston. One man was killed and four other people Injured by the twister. (UPI Telephoto) Funds to Cut Rapides' jobless Rate Allocated I By Len Sanderson : Town Talk Staff Writer) Rapides Parish received $231,456 in additional federal funding Monday, earmarked for easing its high unemployment rate. W. K. Brown, parish manpower director, said the monies were received under Title II of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973 after the parish registered an unemployment rate in excess of 6.0 percent over the past three months. He said in a joint meeting of the police jury's federal programs committee and the manpower advisory council, monies had already been allocated for the Samtown-Woodside area of the parish because of its unemployment rate, but the most recent figures showed the whole parish registering well above the 6.0 percent range. "We feel the greatest need in this area is for on-the-job training where enrollecs are placed in private business to be picked up by the employer at the end of the designated training period," he said. "The other need is in institutional training programs." Brown said the greatest need in institutional training, at this time, is for practical nursing and office occupations. "Our recommendation is based on data received from the Louisiana Employment Security Office and the Alexandria Trade School," he said. "The percentage of placements after completion of training has been very high in these two fields." Brown asked the committees to designate the monies for the OJT Program and the Institutional Training Program, and that they be sub-contracted through the Louisiana Employment Service. "They (employment service) are already operating these type programs in the area and are equipped to handle this expansion of services," he said. Brown said the funds would allow for 25 new en-rollees into the institutional training program and 109 en-rollees into the OJT program. $91,000 was earmarked for the former program and $140,456 for the latter. He said the sole criteria for obtaining such training positions would be that the applicant was unemployed for at least one week and had been certified by the employment service. Varies W ith Job "The training period will vary according to what the job might be," he said, "but he added he was reviewing more than 100 options that could prune between $5.4 billion and $7.5 billion from the federal budget in the current 1975 fiscal year. Ford said that if Congress approves many of the provisions in his 31-point program to prevent a further economic slump, "I am confident it will work." "But if it doesn't,'.' he added, "I will be open to suggestions." He indicated that included a ceiling on oil im ports if "necessary." Although at least three of his top economic advisers have described the current situation as a recession, Ford hedged on his own definition. "Whether it is a recession or a depression is immate-,rial,"- he said. "We really don't care what the name is. We want solutions." At the news conference, his fourth since becoming Tunnel's End Twister Was Deadly Surprise United Press International Ernie Wehba's pickup truck pushed ahead steadily through afternoon traffic in the Baytown Tunnel, under the murky Houston Ship Channel. In the same line of traffic, emerging at the Houston end, Theo Hines, 62, drove toward his Houston home. Neither man could have known of the swirling, water-heavy tornado which was churning at the tunnel's mouth. Hines was killed when his car was snatched up and hurled over a 20-foot concrete wall. He may never have known what happened. Four other persons were injured, but Wehba escaped unscathed an accomplishment he is unable to explain. "I don't know how I didn't get hurt, I swear to God," said Wehba, 32, of nearby Pasadena, Tex., after jumping from his battered truck. "I was about 20 feet out of the tunnel entrance when it caught me and turned me sideways and over. "I remember skidding along on the roof of my truck in a spray of sparks. I could smell gas and just knew the thing was going to blow up," he said. "The tornado was full of water and it picked up 12 cars and threw them against each other and against the walls at the entrance to the tunnel," said Department of Public Safety patrolman Bobby Williams. "It sloshed them cars around pretty good." A tunnel guard said the twister transformed the tunnel into "a big vacuum cleaner." "Cars started coming out of the tunnel and they just bounced around off the concrete walls." The tornado was one of many to hit Texas Monday. It closed the tunnel for three hours while workmen washed out pools of gasoline. Four persons were injured in the Houston area and five Baytown homes were damaged. Galveston received 1.25 inches of rain in a 10-minute period, causing many of the island streets to flood. Another tornado hit the Beaumont area in the southeast corner of Texas. president and the first not to be televised, Ford also: Announced the resignation of John C. Sawhill as federal energy administrator and a shake-up of the high-level energy team including the appointment of Atomic Energy Commission chairman Dixy Lee Ray to be assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental matters. Said he believes Nelson A. Rockefeller will be confirmed as vice president and added that "I strongly support him" for the No. 2 position in the nation "as I did in August." Said he believed that he had stimulated some voter interest in the Nov. 5 congressional election by his campaigning through 14 states so far. But he expressed regret at the "voter apathy" which he recognizes throughout the country. Announced he still intends to go to Japan next month despite growing anti-nuclear demonstrations in that country. The President described his economic program as "finely tuned" to handle both inflation and economic decline. He said if Congress approves it, "I am confident that it will work." "But if it doesn't, I will be open to suggestions" for suffer measures, he added. One of Ford's aims is to cut the flow of oil imports by 1 million barrels a day from the current 6 million barrel a day rate. The emphasis to date has been on voluntary conservation measures. BETTER BUTTONHOLES To wash Venetian blinds by hand, clean one slat at a time, starting at the top so dripping water won't leave spots on slats below. Use a sponge or cloth wrung out in soap or detergent suds. r . J ifMhi p . 4 TWO-CAR ACCIDENT - A two-car accident at the Intersection of MacArthur Drive and Elliott Street Monday, involving an unmarked Alexandria City Police car (right), left a 64-year-old Alexandria woman hospitalized. Police officials said a car (left) driven by Mrs. Theresa D. Goudeau, 2004 Lynda Lee Lane, pulled out in front of the police vehicle driven by Ronald Louviere, 38, that was headed north on MacArthur Drive. Mrs. Goudeau was reported in sausiaciory condition today by St. Frances Cabrini hospital sources. A passenger in the police car, Richard E. Webb, 31, of 2127 Custer, was sent to his doctor for a physical check. The La. Dept. of Highways said installation of a traffic light at the MacArthur Drive-Elliott Street intersection is scheduled for the end of this week, barring wind damage to area lights in Monday evening's storms. (Staff Photo by B.A. Cohen) like a Train Says Kenner Man KENNER, La. (AP) - "It sounded like a train going through my living room," Chuck Margosian said later. "I looked out the window and saw my boat flip over. Then I saw my neighbor's roof fly by and I went to get my kids." Margosian lives in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner- where a tornado cut a 50-foot-wide path through residential areas early Tuesday morning. "It was a miracle no one was injured," a sheriff's department spokesman said of the Kenner tornado that ripped off roofs, overturned cars and knocked out lights. Tornadoes ripped through at least two other sections of Louisiana overnight. One man was killed near Crowley. Gerald Howard, 21, was watching television in his Kenner home Monday night. His wife and baby were sleeping. "Suddenly all hell broke loose," he said. "The wind had been blowing strongly in the trees, but suddenly it became a roaring sound. "When I leaned over to my wife and told her a tornado was coming she thought I was joking. Then we both heard it. Before I had a chance to get out of bed, it smashed through our window. WATCH BILLING ERRORS If a billing error occurs on any of your charge accounts, notify the merchant at once. Keep a record of the name of the person you talk with and the date, in case of future contacts. DIP A DRAPE CLASSES Melba Cryer, Instructor THE HOBBY HUT 4136JoclconSt. Ph.445-Q686 the placement percentage for each of these programs had been in excess of 90 percent." Both the federal programs committee and the manpower advisory council approved the uses for the money, with the stipulation that if the funds were not used after three fiscal quarters, they would be transferred to the summer youth program. Ward 1 Juror Leverne Perry noted both programs presently have more applicants than positions open. Charles Stewart, federal programs committee chairman, emphasized private businesses would be hiring the enrollees for training on their jobs. He said applicants could be hired under the program only after being cleared through the employment service. "This doesn't mean," said juror Edgar Hathorn, "that the enrollees cannot be fired if they are not satisfactory to their employers. If they aren't worth a damn, then they can be fired. A lot of employers don't know that and have been afraid of such programs." The police jury committee also asked that a new food stamp office be opened in the Town of Glenmora to replace the present one. They recommended the mayor of Glenmora help in locating such an office. KIMBERLYS UPDATED CLASSIC A classic in the truest sense. Versatile, simple, pure of line; but subtly redefined in today's idiom. 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