The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 5, 1971 · Page 55
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 55

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 5, 1971
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Big Bankroll May Be Required Auto Insurance for All TGPEKA-Any Kansan with a driver's license and a big enough bankroll will be able to get full standard automobile insurance coverage under a state plan announced Monday by Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell. Cost of the Increased coverage will vary, but some insurance spokesmen said a policy under the new plan may go as high as $600 a year and possibly even higher. Some Kansans now are pay- ing up to $700 and $800 a year for so-called substandard insurance policies. Some Kansans with poor driving records can't buy insurance at any price. Assigned Risk Under the "assigned risk" plan, now called the Kansas Automobile Insurance Plan, persons whose driving records were poor by insurance company standards were assigned to a state insurance agency through a sort of lottery system. The agency negotiated a policy on a strictly cash basis (generally about $200 a year), but the policies did not cover medical or physical damage claims for the pou'cyholder. This was a hardship for many drivers because when a car is financed the mortgage holder demands that the car owner have physical damage coverage on the car. This means that the assigned risk policy holder was forced to go to another insurance company to negotiate for a second policy, and if he could not afford it he could not buy a car. Blaze Destroys Elevator (See Picture, Page 1) Fire early Tuesday destroyed the Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association elevator five miles northeast of Inman at Groveland. The fire was discovered about 3 a.m. when it broke out of the headhouse of the frame, ironclad structure. The elevator had been in operation until 8 p.m. Monday taking in milo. "We have no idea what started the fire, the power was turned off when the elevator was closed for the night," said Lee Wenger, Groveland manager for the Mid-Kansas Coop Association, which is headquartered at Moundridgc. Wenger said that, while the fire was discovered in the head- house of the elevator, "it is possible that it started in the boot and went up, using the leg as a chimney." The Inman Fire Department was summoned, and asked for help from the McPherson Fire Department under a mutual aid agreement. But firefighers could do little except try to keep the fire fron spreading to other structures. The cooperative owns another frame ironclad elevator a Groveland along with a 300,000 bushel flat storage structure. "I couldn't estimate the loss," said Bernie RuiMie- bainn, Moundridge, general manager of the cooperative "We had from 6,000 to 8,000 bushels of wheat in the elevator and about the same amount of milo." Runnebaum said a weigh-u] of all grain at the facility wouk be necessary to determine tin exact amount that was in th< destroyed elevator. "In addition, the concrete stave silos may be salvageable We don't know how bad the. were hurt," said Runnebaum The elevator had four of th concrete stave structures al tached. The grain was still smolder ing at noon Tuesday with In man firefighters still on ham to watch for any outbreak flames. Docking Uses Bread Day To Plug Lid DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) Gov. Robert Docking renewed his drive to get the 1972 Kansas legislature to act to extend the property tax lid beyond its Dec. 31, 1972, expiration date, declaring it is necessary to "halt the property tax spiral." In a speech prepared for delivery this morning before the "World Day of Bread" celebration at the Dodge City Community College, Docking again accused legislators who say action of the tax lid should be delayed until the 1973 session of procrastination. "A priority item of business when the legislature returns next January," Docking said, "should be to extend the property tax lid ... "To Halt Spiral" "If the property tax lid is go"If the propertyt ax lid is going to continue to work to halt the property tax spiral, the legislature should extend the property tax lid in the 1972 session of the legislature. "Some members of the legislature have indicated they will not work to extend the tax lie this session, but instead wait until after the 1972 legislative session and the 1972 elections. (Related Story Page 1) Local law enforcement heads vould be very surprised if At- orney General Vern Miller con- ucted a raid in Reno County and uncovered illegal gambling. "As far as I know, there's no ambling in Reno County. At ;ast I've had no complaints," aid County Attorney Porter Brown. "But the thing you have to realize about both Barton county (where Miller conducted raids over the weekend) and Reno County is that Miller apparently has an investigator out looking for gambling," said Brown. 'I don't have that luxury. I lave to-rely on people coming x) me and telling me about it." Brown said sheriff's officers ould investigate, "if they knew vhere to look. But they can't )8 going into all the clubs every night. Officers Say Reno 'Clean' 'I have no knowledge of gambling in Reno County," said Sheriff Charles Heide- arecht. "Of course, there's the possibility of isolated cases, but to the best of my knowledge Reno County is retly clean." Police Chief Bob Adams saic is officers make no special ef- ort to check out clubs for gam- ling. The basis for checking any avern or club is the volume o: omplaints we receive afoou' perations there," he said. "I'm Certain we would receive com- laints if such operations were oing on." "If there were illegal gambl- ng hi Hutchinson, rading would >e the best way to stop it," saic \dams. "Raiding is really the onlj vay you can control this thing —I certainly believe in the raic irocedure." Asked his opinion of the aids in Barton County, Heide irecht replied: "Maybe I should say it's high time, because Great Bend lias been known for a William A. Meyers Jr. IRS Agent Ends Career William A. Meyers, Jr. Hutchinson Internal Revenu< agent, has retired after 30 year; of service. Meyers, 1415 North Monroe started his career with the So cial Security Administration i: Baltimore in 1936. He was in the service three years during World War II, aft er which he rejoined Social Se curity at the Salina office. He also had been employe* by the Veteran's Administratioi regional office and the Post 01 fice Department at Wichita. H moved to Hutchinson in 1965. Meyers will enroll in Bibl college in January and plans \> engage in theological work fo the Baptist church. gnod many years to wide open gambling. have He said he had not personal y seen gambling there, bu 'it's been rather commo cnowledge." Medical and physical damage il be included in standard x>licies under the new plan, and this probably will lower the ost of the risk driver, insurance spokesmen said. Former longtime Insurance 'ommissioner Frank Sullivan aid before he left office last ear that changes in car risk nsurance should have top pri- rity. As an example, Sullivan >aid one of his own grandsons ••ould not afford to buy insurance after being involved in two accidents. In announcing the new plan, Bell said that it has "become ncreasingly evident that many eserving persons have been inable to obtain essential auto- nobile insurance protection." •Ie said he feels the new plan »ill "overcome many of these leficiencies." In a statement, Bell said the •evised plan offers: 3. Automobile liability insurance, in limits up to $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for bodily injury; liability up to $10,000 for property damage. 2. Medical payments insurance in limits of either $500 or 1,000 per person per accident, covering medical expenses of .he insured and injured parties n his automobile arising from njuries sustained in automobile accidents 100% BANKS—Representatives from all of the Hutchinson banks present United Fnnd division chairman Bud Hunler with pledges from each of their banks promising 100% fair share giving. Representatives and their banks are (from left) Keith Williamson, Northgate National; Merle Starr, First National; Wayne Nelson, Hutch National; Dcnsmorc Hart, Farmers and Merchants; and Dave Baker, Central Slate. Actual Cash Value 3. Collision coverage and :omprehensive coverage on an actual cash value basis, subject ;o a deductible, at the option of he applicant, in the amount of 5100, $250 or'$500 per loss per vehicle unless the vehicle is 25 years or more old. or has an actual cash value of more than $10,000. This protection applies to damages sustained by the insured's own automobile and not previously available. Bell said his office had been working with the governing board of the automobile insurance plan for the past several months and these efforts ended in adoption of the plan to overcome past deficiencies. The only conditions for a person to qualify for the coverage is for the person who operates the car to hold an operator's license and must be able to pay for the insurance. Bell said all automobile insurance firms in the slate have subscribed to the plan. Brown said he wouldn't resen t if Miller raided Reno Coun ty, unless the attorney genera didn't inform liinn of the gam )ling and give him an oppor tunity to clean it up. Heidebrecht said he also would like to know and be given a chance to make the case. But he wouldn't resent Miller f he went ahead. "I know tli2 secrecy with which you have to work to do these things," Heidebrecht said. Seeks Equal Status For Civilian Workers WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. 5ale McGee, D-Wyo., called today for legislation to assure that the federal government's civilian workers get the same pay raises over the next year as military personnel. McGee is chairman of the Senate Post Office 'and Civil Service Committee. He announced legislation to postpone massive pay raises scheduled Nov. 13 for military men, except basic pay for recruits; postpone the scheduled Jan. 1 military and civilian raises; and authorize the President to make equal adjustments for both groups in accordance with his economic program by Oct. 1, 1972: been and Jtleard Hntchinson Coin Club will raid a regular meeting and auction at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the community room of ths Reno County Courthouse. Members will begin planning for the next coin show. 4- > -4- City Clerk Milt Martin's report on the filing of a protest petition against the paving of South Plum Tuesday was brief and to the point, but not too informative. "We have received a protest petition," Martin told commissioners, "But I have not been able to determine if it is sufficient." To be sufficient the petition will have to bear the signatures of 51 per cent of the property owners in the district, and owners of over half the property. While Martin didn't say so officially, preliminary examination of the petition appears to indicate it will not be sufficient to stop the $130,000 project. Seven Youths In Hearing Program Seven children, including four of pre-school age, are enrolled in the new elementary hard-of- hearing program, Ray Feltner, special services director, has told the school board. Feltner said inquiries had been received from other parents and a few more enrollees were expected. However, the pupil load should be small, he said, because of the young age of the pupils and the extreme hearing difficulty they have. Amelia Mueller is teaching the new federally-funded course at Faris School. The four prc-school age children, who attend in the mornings, represent Buhler, Hutchinson, Canton and Galva. They can hear only gross sounds, Feltner said, and attempt to form words. Highly sensitive amplifying equipment is used to help them hear and distinguish speech sounds. Feltner said the proj ect had received 10 headsets and control units, two transmitters for the teacher arw teacher's aid, and three or four ear-mold receivers, valued a $6,200. He demonstrated usage of ths equipment to school board members. The manufacturing company claims the almost totally deaf child can hear witl the aid of the equipment. Con trols allow for separate regula tion of sound to left and righ ears, allow the teacher to tal to the pupil alone or to the group, or from a distance. Three school-age children nov are attending the special classe in the afternoons and Mis Mueller also is working on th hearing problem with classroon teachers. The afternoon pupil represent Nickerson and Hutch inson. Since the program is opera ing with federal funds, parent have no extra charge for th service. Assault, Extortion Case Goes to The fate of Donald Pinkston, 3, Burrton, who is charged 1th felonious assault and five ounts of extortion, was in ,the ands of district court jurors arly Tuesday afternoon. Pinkston is accused of firing shots into the home of William Murphy, 4103 North Monroe, on Dec. 29, 1969, and later making five threatening phone calls demanding $2,000. The defense is based on the estimony of Pinkston and six alibi witnesses, all of whom are •datives of the defendant. Pinkston testified he was at his home when shots were fired into the Murphy home at 9:45 p.m. He told jurors lie drove home after picking up his brother at work in Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. He stayed al home with Mark, another brother, and his father, until after 10 p.m. In closing argument, defense attorney Jack Leighnor criticized the police department for failing to lift fingerprints from one of the three telephones Pinkston allegedly used to make the calls. City May Soon Get Tough Rights Law By VIKI STONE Hutchinson may scon have one of the toughest anti-discrim- .nation laws in Kansas. The results of a four-hour meeting Monday night between :ity commissioners and eight members of an interracial committee which drew up the ordinance, indicate that the proposal is headed for passage late this month. It appears, however, that the original ordinance will be somewhat watered down in light of an opinion received two weeks ago from the attorney general Vern Miller. Tlie opinion raised questions of constitutionality of the powers of a human relations commission which the ordinance would create. City commissioners informally agreed to amend that portion of the proposal which deals with the human relations commission's enforcement procedures and subpoena powers. Commissioners and city attorney John Robinson told the group of blacks, whites, and Mexican Americans on the com- Bucs, Giants Tied PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants were tied 1-1 in jmittee that there would be no their third clash in the National League playoffs. Each team owns a victory. point in passing an ordinance which has built-in loopholes. "The first time a case ccmes to court the ordinance would be shot down," Robinson said. Darrell Pope, the committee chairman and president of the local NAACP, said, however that the proposal should be passed as it was originally submitted. He said that a revision would result in a law with no teeth. Mayor Dave Mackey and Ronson argued however that an rclinance should be placed on ie city books which "cannot be pen to legal challenge." Commissioners plan to dis- uss some finer points of the roposed ordinance at a study ession next Tuesday. Among those points are two aised by commissioner Dallas Yaible. One section of the ordi- ance he opposes would allow ertain training and vocational gencies to discriminate for valid reasons," which are un- efined. Crable also contends that all uppliers and vendors which ervice the city should be only Equal Opportunity Employ- rs." Mackey said he expects the roposal to be placed on first eading within two weeks. Lt. Robert Robinson To Rec. Commission Robert B. Robinson, a lieu- enant of the Hutchinson police orce, was appointed to the Rec- ealion Commission Monday ight to replace Hod Humiston, vho has served the past three •ears. SPARKY THE FIRE PREVENTION DOG enthralls Grandvlcw students by extinguishing fire in a skit. The "dog" is part of (he I'ire department's week. "hot" road show during fire prevention "At least they'd have been more positive about who they were pointing a finger at," he said. Leighnor told jurors he was "quite c e r t a i n" Pinkston wouldn't be on trial if police had taken fingerprints. County Attorney Porter Brown urged the panel not to let Leighnor "switch your attention in the case from the real issue to something else." He noted that every persor who testified for Pinkston was a relative. "Surely in the six clays (tile duration of the shoot ing and the plwme calls) he would have run into somebody who wasn't a relative," he said Officers testified that a tracei was placed in Ihe Murphy phone and that they were able to de lei-mine the location from whicl some of the calls were made. On Jan. 2, a call was trace< to Weeks Drug Store, B am Main, at 8:07 p.m. Former police officer Larrj Weber testified he saw Pink ston's car parked near the drui store about that time. Chief Went There Police Chief Bob Adams testi fied he went to tlie drug store few minutes after the patrolmar spotted the car. Because the tracer held th line open, he spoke directly Murphy on tha pay phone in th store. There was no testimon that Pinkston was in the store Officers testified they spottet a car bearing a tag registere to Pinkston during one suirvei lance near the West llth Stree bridge. This is the location where the caller told the Murphys to leave the money. Also introduced as evidenc was a tape recording made b Mike Murphy of one of the phon calls to the home. Page 3 Furniture Upholstery Tuesday, October 5, 1971 United Fund Drive Off to Fast Start United Fund of Reno County reported first day collections and pledges totaling $25,707. Tliis year's goal, up 2.5 per cent, is $269,696. Northgate National Bank was first to report its employes had donated on a 100 per cent fail- share basis. The firm gift represents a per capita increase of 17 per cent ovci- last year. The Pegues employes for the llth straight year, pledged one day's pay per employe. The Chamber of Commerce increased its per capita gift by 5.5 per cent to $34.08. Another fair share firm was the Central State Bank, with all 35 employes pledging a day's ay. The C.S.B. per capita rm gift jumped by $1.50. Luminous Neon, Inc. and Win- hester Packing Company both ualified as fair share employe groups with more than 94 potent of their employes pledging ne day's pay. Krause Plow employes in- reased their per capita gift by 1.86 to $35.10 and remained 100 >er cent fair share for the 21st •ear ha a row, while the firm ;ift increased 1.5 per cent. Kansas Oxygen employes were 00 per cent fair share and in- reased their firm gift by 15 >er cent. The Equitable Life Assurance Society increased its firm per capita gift by $5.10 over last r car. Tlie largest increase in total employe giving the first day was made by Deluxe Specialties Mfg. Co., Inc., whose total employe gift jumped 80 per cent over last year. Eighty-five solicitors received 750 United Fund work packets Monday during the kickoff neeling of United Fund at the Hilton. Tha meeting also served as the orientation for workers in ;he Small Business Division headed by Gene Elliott. Show Alarm Over 'Creep' SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A geophysicist says a significant movement occurred along a major branch of the 600-mile San Andreas earthquake fault- possibly creating a safety valve for strain that could lead to a quake. Dr. Chi-yu King of the Earthquake Mechanism Laboratory said the movement, called a "creep," was slightly more than one-third inch. It was the largest creep ever recorded, he added. King said in an interview Monday that the movement, which occurred during a; 29- hour period July 17-18, was.' not disclosed sooner because measurement data had to be checked. Use Gulf Ports Robert Hub in sun Kansas Grain Still Being Exported With most of Southwest Kansas' export grain moving through Gulf ports, there still has been little tie-up of grain shipments because of tlie longshoremen's strike. But Hutchinson grain dealers are working on a day-to-day basis in planning export shipments. "Our facilities at Beaumont went on strike yesterday. Today or tomorrow it may be Galveston or Houston, you just can't tell from one day to another what will be open and The appointment was made wnat ™ a y be closed down," by the school board, parent governmental unit of the Recrea- ion Commission. Mrs. Ralph Goering, who has served on the commission 13 years, was reappointed for another four-year term. Humiston was given a plaque at the school board meeting by School Board President Franklin Fee, substituting for Bill Hutchinson, chairman of the commission. The plaque lists Humiston's years of serving on the commission. said James Frost, manager of the Hutchinson office for Continental Grain, one of the grain exporting giants. The Bunge Corporation, like Continental Grain, a leader in the world grain trade, made an export shipment from Hutchinson Monday. "Our Galveston elevator is still not on strike so we used that port," said Jim Dutton, Hutchinson manager for Bunge. "If Galveston goes out we will have to hope that some other port is left open for shipment. Loyde Spivey, head of FARMAR-CO's wheat department said that firm had no occasion to ship export grain in the past few days. "But with two or three ports still open we can use, I wouldn't hesitate to book an export sliipment," Spivey said. : : 'The effect that the West Coast strike has had on Southwest Kansas export of grain is lard to determine," said Henry Yunck, transportation director of FAR-MAR-CO. "We did I get some new freight rates to : the west coast a short time back which nwht have helped -the export picture." said Yunck. "But it's a cincli we can't find out if the rates would help as long as those ports are closed down." '; As of noon Tuesday the Santa Fe Railroad reported ,the Texas Gulf ports of Galveston, Houston. Port Arthur, and Corpus Christi were still open as well as Lake Charles, La.

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