Friendly Skies Cloudy for Consumer By GEOFFREY O'GARA Telegram's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - The friendly skies we've been flying the past few years are clouding up for 'consumers, but it's not the fair weather that's changing: it's the fares. Fares have risen almost every month this year, and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is considering another boost July 1. More important to summer vacationers, excursion flight discounts have dropped from 20-35 per cent to 15-25 per cent. The CAB is insisting that airlines honor their previous commitments' to passengers who signed up for higher discounts before the recent change. But every silver lining has its cloud. Passengers who signed up early enough for the old discount rates will get a discount on the present fares, which are higher than they were when they first signed up. And thirty per cent of $200, we all know, is more than thirty per cent of $175. Soon we may all be talking about the days when we could afford to take airborne vacations, ju.st the way out parents talk about niokel movies in the Thirties. * * * For some of us there would be no Fourth of July without fireworks, but for others, particularly those who've had children maimed or injured by holiday explosives, a quiet Fourth would quiet their fears. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set out to limit the size of firecrackers and restrict the use of skyrockets and other large fireworks. After four years of studies and hearings, the FDA chose in March to limit firecrackers to the relatively small size of 50 milligrams. Oddly enough, however, the decision will not go into effect until December 6, 1976, leaving what promises to be Water District Sets Hearing Here Incentive Pay for Teachers the biggest Fourth of the century — the Bicentennial — undampened by federal interference. Perhaps they preferred the rockets' red glare to the red glare of angry citizens on Independence Day. * * * It used to be that when you thought of dolling up your car, you went in for shag carpet, mag wheels, or maybe air conditioning. But with car theft on the rise (up almost 200 per cent since 1960), a car- owner is likely to go looking at lock devices when he decides to spend some money on his Edsel. Nearly a million cars a year are stolen, with a value around a billion dollars. From this statistic has sprung a minor industry of inventions, some outlandish, some very simple, to thwart the would-be thief. Pre-1968 cars, according to the FBI, are more susceptible to thievery because they have an "open-switch" ignition, with connection wires exposed Page 13 Garden City Telegram Tuesday, July 6,1976 behind the dashboard, easy to hot-wire. Among the variety of thief- thwarting implements are "Unistop," which locks the steering wheel to the brake, and a mercury switch alarm which will set the horn screaming if anyone so much as leans on the fender. There are six-sided bolts to safeguard tires, and a fuel-line lock is available that cuts off fuel from the gas tank, making the joy ride a short. one. The Board of Directors of the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 has called for a ' public hearing on the initial management program of the district and on the proposed budget for the next calendar year. The hearing will be at the Co-Op Center, 106 North 6th in Garden City at 2 p.m. on July 23. The proposed management program has been approved by the Chief Engineer, Division of Water Resources, State Board of Agriculture as required by law to insure that it is compatible with all existing state laws. The management program is a written report describing the characteristics of the district, and the nature and methods of dealing with groundwater supply problems within the district. The report includes information about the groundwater management program to be undertaken by the district and supporting' information and data. A copy of the management program is available for public inspection at the district office at 120 East Laurel in Garden City. Copies are also being sent to each county clerk's office in the 13- county area for the convenience of people living considerable distance from Garden City. Persons wishing to make official statements at the public hearing must file a written statement of their testimony with the district office at least 5 days prior to the July 23 hearing. Persons wishing to ask questions or discuss the management program may also do so with the district manager, David Pope, at the office at 120 East Laurel in Garden City or call 275-7147. The district is interested in comments and input from the eligible voters and other interested persons. SALINA (HNS) — Rewards for "teachers who do an excellent job" may become a $20,000 part of next year's Salina school budget. The incentive program, a volatile issue requiring some form of teacher evaluation by the administration, and school board, has been suggested by board member Dave Hanson. The board gave preliminary approval to the idea, instructing the administration to develop such a program and bring it back to the board for final consideration. Hanson's suggestion would provide scholarships to deserving teachers, who would use the money to attend summer school. The incentive program indirectly would provide the selected teachers with added financial rewards as well. The extra graduate credit hours accumulated by the teachers would move them up the salary index, providing them with a higher yearly salary. Hanson's proposal was opposed by board members Rusty Myers and Pat Bolen, who said they wanted more study of the evaluation procedure before committing funds to the program. "I think we're getting the cart before the horse," Myers said. "I don't think we have -that kind of (evaluation) process taking place right now." $855 an Acre Paid for Land McPHERSON (HNS) - An average of $855 an acre was paid for 300 acres of land in the Windom, Conway and Inman areas from the Dave G. Fast estate. Prices ranged from a low of $400 an acre for pasture-land to a high of $1,505 an acre for farm land. The sale netted $227,280. Owned By W.T. Kells Oldest Farm In District W. T. Kells, Haskell county, has the oldest Century Farm in Kansas Farm Bureau's 9th district. That announcement was made by Kansas Farm Bureau in releasing the names of the 10 district winners in the Farm Bureau's Century Farm program. The Century Farm contest was a Bicentennial project for recognition of Kansas farm and ranch families whose farms and ranches have been in the family ownership for a century or longer. Although 10 years short of that mark, the Kells' farm was the oldest submitted for consideration from the district. The Kells farm is near Satanta in Dudley township. The original purchase of 160 acres was made in 1886 by Kells' father, Robert. Besides farming the 160-acre homestead, the elder Kells served as a probate judge in Haskell county. Wheat, corn, and cattle are produced on the present 934 acres. As a district winner, Kells will be presented with a silver platter at the Kansas Farm Bureau annual meeting in ENROLL for ADULT DRIVER'S EDUCATION at GARDEN CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Classes held: 7 -9a.m. Monday thru Friday July 6 to July 30 Successful completion of the course assures you of a driver's license. Enrollments accepted now at the Records Office, Administration Building, on campus. December. Also, each participant in the contest received a sign designating the homestead as a Century Farm, and a Century Farm certificate is being presented by the county Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau's 9th district includes the ' counties of Finney, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Morton, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, and Wichita. State winner was Elmer M. Roach of Leavenworth county, 1st district winner. His farm has been in the family since 1854. Other district winners are, 2nd, William Meairs, Douglas county, 1854; 3rd, Arch Ramsey, Bourbon, 1855; 4th, William Norton, Greenwood, 1857; 5th, Wesley Staatz, Dickinson, 1857; 6th, Clifford Houghton, Mitchell, 1867; 7th, Arthur Joyher, Harper, 1864; 8th, Lon Wells, Jr., Rush, 1873, and 10th, John Bieber, Norton county, 1872. Hugoton Art Festival Set HUGOTON — The third] annual Hugoton Art Festival will be held in the Hugoton' City Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8. There will be $2500 in prizes and purchase awards. 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