Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 14, 1976 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, July 14, 1976
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Officer Lies; Fired j KANSAS CITY (AP) — A police officer i in suburban Lea wood, Kan., was fired i Tuesday after he told investigators he ; lied about being attacked by snipers last i week. i David Thompson, 27, was dismissed i after he admitted he had not been attacked and that he accidentally damaged his patrol car while test firing a new pistol on routine patrol Thursday. Thompson said he tried to cover up the incident by sending out an- emergency call that he was under attack from snipers. The call prompted a four-hour manhunt by about 100 police officers. "I made a mistake. I'll just have to go from there;" Thompson said. Thompson's original story was verified by a polygraph test last week, but investigators said later they had found discrepancies in his account. County Enjoined RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) — Russell County commissioners have been enjoined by Judge Phil Aldrich of the Russell County District Court from increasing the county valuation by 30 per cent. v The action was requested in a class action suit filed last month by Joe Bohneri of Dorrance, Kan., a former president of the Kansas Association of Taxpayers. Aldrich agreed in his ruling Tuesday with Bohnen's contention that the county commission, acting as a board of equalization, was nearly a month past its state allowed deadline when it took its action June 14. Aldrich cited a state law which states that a board of equalization cannot take action past May 15 without authority from the state Board of Property Valuation. Gold Auctioned WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund today began auctioning off another 780,000 ounces of gold from its enormous hoard. Bids are expected to be lower than the $126-an-ounce price set at the IMF's first auction on June 2. Gold clcfsed at $122.25 on the London bullion market Tuesday. •.••-•The IMF is selling 25 million ounces of gold over a four-year 1 period to generate money for loans to poor nations. Chancellor Visits BONN, West Germany (AP) — Chancellor Helmut Schmidt leaves today for a Bicentennial visit to the United States confident that West German- American relations are at a high point. "There is an enormous amount of confidence by my people regarding the : United States and...regarding the vitality i of the American people, their creativity i and their ability to overcome difficulties," Schmidt told American reporters here Tuesday. Schmidt, his wife and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher were scheduled to arrive in Newport News, Va.; at 4:30 p.m. EDT to spend the night in i Williamsburg. Carter Reaches Milepost Tonight Mate to Stay Unnamed Until 'Prize' in Hand NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Carter reaches a crucial milepost on his long, once lonely journey from Georgia toward the White House when tonight he receives the Democratic presidential nomination. Not until he has that prize in hand does Carter intend to name his running mate. Carter began this day of fulfillment by meeting a series of groups anxious to have his ear and also worked on his acceptance speech. The third session of the Democratic National Convention is to open at 8 p.m. EDT, and sometime before midnight, during the call of the roll of delegations, Carter's vote total will top the 1,505 needed for the nomination. With that accomplished, the nominee will call the six senators on his list of potential running mates and notify them of his choice. Carter then intends to announce his choice publicly at a news conference on Thursday. Considered at the top of that list were Sens. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine, Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota and John Glenn of Ohio. Also in the running were Sens. Henry M. Jackson of Washington, Frank Church of Idaho and Adlai E. Stevenson III of Illinois. Carter's choice will be ratified by the convention Thursday night just before the former Georgia governor delivers his acceptance speech. The convention approached its climax in an atmosphere of unity with party leaders and delegates determined to do nothing to upset Carter's careful plans to win the White House, held by Republicans for nearly eight years. Among the meetings on Carter's schedule was one with Democratic governors. Gov. Reuben Askew of Florida, chairman of the group, said the purpose was "to try to help him in any way he feels he needs assistance rather than trying to lobby him on any particular candidate." Carter also met with nine labor leaders for what an aide described as a "get acquainted session." After the meeting, a Carter spokesman said the union leaders urged Carter to choose Mondale as his running mate. Carter is one of four candidates whose names will be placed before the convention tonight for the presidential nomination. The others are Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., of California and Ellen McCormack of Long Island, N.Y. Udall doggedly but unsuccessfully pursued the nomination through the long primary campaign. Brown entered late and defeated Carter in six states, but the Georgian had the nomination all but clinched before Brown got into the race. Mrs. McCormack campaigned on an antiabortion platform. Rep. Peter W. Rodino of New Jersey, who presided over the hearings into the impeachment of Richard M. Nikxon two years ago, will deliver the nominating speech for Carter. Seconding speeches will be given by Margaret Costanza, vice mayor of Rochester, N.Y., and by Rep. Andrew Young of Georgia. Former Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox will place Udall's name in nomination. Udall has said he would release his delegates before the balloting begins. Cesar Chavez, head of the United Farm Workers Union* will deliver the nominating speech for Brown. James M. Killilea of Boston will nominate Mrs. McCormack. Some Massachusetts delegates wanted to place Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace's name in nomination. They circulated petitions and obtained the required signatures, but their plan was thwarted when Wallace refused to grant his permission. The convention rules require that an individual agree to having his name placed in nomination. Business Inventory Shows Big Increase Gfirden City Telegram (.ARDKN CITY, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY. Jl'LY 14, 1976 Vol 17 20Pa««-h -No. 215 I. Architect's Pay Bid Is Delayed Again An architect seeking his overdue fee for services in connection with the 100-unit housing project here was again put off by the city commission Wednesday on a 3-2 vote. Michael Gibson, of Gibson- Mancini Architects, is asking $6,748 due the firm for services performed for the Local Housing Authority. The firm made inspections on the still uncompleted project which is stalled because of financial and legal complications. "You asked me to come back again in 30 days, and here I am," said Gibson. At the June 9 commission meeting, when Gibson first City Cab Service Ignites Dilemma There is not enough business in Garden City for two cab companies, one wants to sell out, the other wants an exclusive franchise, but the city can'I legally grant one. That was the dilemma raised this morning before the city, commission. Robert Ellis, owner of Yellow Cab who has been in business little over a year, wants to sell out to Ysabel Orpsco, who doesn't want to buy unless he can have the exclusive franchise for Garden City. City Manager Deane Wiley said state law forbids an exclusive franchise, because it would restrict competition. City commissioners seemed to agree, however, that a second cab company would have to present strong evidence showing a need for more service before a certificate of convenience and necessity would be granted. No company can operate without first obtaining the Ford Begins 64th Year an Underdog WASHINGTON (AP) - The President began his 64th year today as an underdog, slicing a birthday cake that urged him to "Give 'em Hell; Jerry." The unnamed 'em on President Ford's cake could be Ronald Reagan or Jimmy Carter or both. Carter becomes the Democratic presidential nominee tonight and polls show he leads Ford in surveys gauging relative popularity voters. Ford also took his semiannual physical today, with electrocardiogram and standard lab tests by his personal physician, Rear Adm. William Lukash, and that crimped an early birthday celebration. The physical examination began at 8 a.m. in the White House residential quarters. It was expected to last an hour or so. Announcement of the their results was expected later in with!: the day. certificate after a public hearing. "Boys, the business isn't here," said Ellis. "I'd like to release myself from the burden and put the two companies together, It's been a sad experience." Ellis said two-car families have taken the toll of the cab business. He also said the mini-bus for elderly, a free service, has hurt business. He said he didn't mind that so much but that a lot of younger people were riding the bus free and it wasn't intended for them. Orosco wasn't optimistic about the cab business, either. "I have been in it 27 years and it is not a profitable business." v He said 'the only way he could buy out Ellis would be for the promise of an exclusive franchise. Commissioners indicated that for all practical purposes he would have the business exclusively unless conditions indicated the need for more service. appeared for payment, City Manager Deane Wiley explained the Housing Authority was an entity created by the city, but has no money. "Until the project is reactivated through additional funding I don't know of any way "we can pay this bill," Wiley told commissioners at the June 9 meeting. At Wednesday's meeting, Commissioner Duane West favored asking Gibson to wait another 45 days because the prospect of additional funding to finish the project is brighter. The money would come from HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and HUD officials are here now inspecting the project. But Commissioner R.' H. Calihan Jr. refused to go along with another delay in authorizing Gibson's payment. "I don't see how we can hire anyone at the city level and not pay him," said Calihan. "It ought not to depend on whether HUD pours in some more money. I don't think it demonstrates much class if we asked Mr. Gibson to wait for his money." Calihan then moved that Gibson's bill be paid "forthwith." Commissioner Tony Jewell seconded the motion. "We ought to delay payment for 45 days," said West, "to see what is goingrto happen to the project. If we (the city) pay, we will have zilch chance of getting it back." West then moved to table the matter until the first meeting in September. Mayor Al Towles provided the second and the motion carried with Commissioner John Miller's vote the pivotal one. Both Calihan and Jewell opposed the tabling motion. Bogey Outdraws Demo Biff Blast NEW YORK (AP) — They played it again, Sam, and the fundamental things did not seem to apply as television viewers in the New York area preferred "Casablanca" by a wide margin to the Democratic convention, according to early ratings checks. Independent station WPIX here ran the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic as part of a Bogart film festival Monday night. It drew almost .as many viewers as the combined network convention viewing. No ratings checks were immediately available on baseball's All-Star game Tuesday night, which was expected • to outdraw the convention nationally. WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers marked up a big increase in the amount of raw materials and goods in stock during May, triggering the largest increase in about a year and a half for all business inventories, the government said today. The increase in inventories was a hopeful sign for the economy, but was muted somewhat by the first drop in business sales in 14 months. Business cut back sharply on inventories when sales slipped during the recession and has been cautious about rebuilding those inventories since the recovery began. Economists have been • counting on faster inventory growth eventually to create new jobs. The inventory increase overall in May was $1.9 billion, or seven-tenths of l per cent, compared to an increase of $1 billion in April. It was the largest jump since the $4- billion climb in December 1974 and brought the level of inventories to $272.5 billion. In the manufacturing sector, a $l-billion rise almost matched the $l.l-billion in- Garden Sass It's said a woman never loses an argument. The worst she can do, Gus Garden says, is fail to make her position clear. crease of the previous four months. Inventories were up $829 at the wholesale level, and $58 million at retail. Sales, however, were off three-tenths of 1 per cent following a nine-tenths of 1 percent climb in April. This was the first decline since the 2.6 per cent slip in March 1975, and left sales at a level of $186.4 billion. Generally, inventories are increased only when business feels that sales are growing fast enough to justify the decision. Steady sales gains since the recovery began apparently prompted the decision to pad inventories. As a result, workers are kept busy making goods to stock shelves as well as satisfy current demand. But a key indicator of whether inventories are too big or too small is their relation to sales. And the amount of inventories on hand in relation to the current level of sales climbed slightly in May to $1.46 of inventories for every $1 of sales. That compared with a $1.45 ratio in April and marked the first increase since October, 1975. Scattered Showers Expected in Kansas TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A cold front just north of Kansas triggered some thunderstorms in northwestern Kansas during the night, and the National Weather Service said widely scattered, showers were expected across the state tonight and Thursday. Highs today and Thursday were expected to be in the upper 80s to the mid 90s, with lows tonight in the 60s. Last-Minute Rush Of Voter Signups A flock of voters rushed to City Hall and the Courthouse yesterday to beat the registration deadline for the Aug. 3 primary elections. Some latecomers even attempted to register this morning at the county clerk's office. Nearly 175 persons registered at the county clerk's office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. yesterday. Before yesterday, only about 20 voters each day registered. At the city clerk's office yesterday, 108 persons registered including 28 who came in during the extended hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Normal activity there was only 10 to 15 voters registering prior to the Tuesday deadline. Registration was for persons voting in their first primary election and for those who have moved or changed names since, last registered. There are approximately 9,000 registered voters in Finney County. County Clerk Carol Brown said the late flurry of activity is normal before the registration deadline. Voters may register for the Nov. 2 general election from Aug. 4 to Oct. 12. MRS. CONNIE HUDNETT, a Deerfield native, is making a name for herself in Dodge City this summer as "Miss Kitty" in the Long Branch Saloon Variety Show at Boot Hill. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. S. Bird, Deerfield. Deerfield Native Now 'Miss Kitty' Weather Responsible Enthusiam Philip C. Vieux for County Attorney. Pd. for by P. C. Vieux. - Pol. Adv. Sunrise 8:M Sunset 8:05 Partly cloudy through Thursday with •light chance of late afternoon or nighttime thunderstorms. Lows tonight mid to upper 60s. Highs Thursday 99 to 100. Southerly winds 10 to 20 mph tonight. Probability of measurable precipitation 20 per cent tonight. Temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Max. Mln. Free. Dodge City 82 66 Emporia 91 68 GARDEN CITY 90 64 Goodland 91 61 Hill City 94 67 Russell 93 67 Salina .• 94 68 A Deerfield native is now starring as Miss Kitty, "The Queen of Dodge City," in the long-running Long Branch Saloon Variety Show at Dodge City's Boot Hill. Mrs. Connie Hudnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. S. Bird, Deerfield, opened the show's 18th season this summer in the leading role. She is featured belting out songs of the 1870's and acting out the part of the proprieter of the Long Branch Saloon ("No alcoholic beverage of any kind served in The Long Branch. Please check your guns at the door") on historic Old Front Street. The blue-eyed mother of two was chosen for the role in October after Nellis Reinert, Miss Kitty for nine years, announced her retirement. Hudnett decided to try for the role and after dyeing her light brown hair red, losing "a lot of weight" and learning to keep her voice "where it should be," she first appeared as Miss Kitty during a special show in May. The show opened about the first of June, and she performs nearly every night. A few nights a week, however, she gets a respite from the heavy schedule and a substitute takes over. A former Sweet Adeline and choir vocalist, Hudnett said she has been more accustomed to singing religious or show music than the bar room numbers required by the variety show. Her voice, both singing and speaking, needed to be lower to fulfill the "gutsy" sound of the Miss Kitty role. Her biggest problems thus far, she told a Dodge City reporter, have been re- mastering the art of flirtation with male customers ("It's been a long time since I've had to flirt."), and finding enough time to apply all the makeup she must wear for each performance ("I'm always forgetting my beauty mark."). The family show, which begins nightly at 8, features a number of variety acts and includes a gfreat deal of audience participation. Because of the demand for tickets, ,area residents are asked to make reservations by calling the Boot Hill office at 227-8188. Because Hudnett does not perform every night of the week, those who especially want to see her performance are advised to check with the Boot Hill office concerning her schedule.; Reserved tickets are $1.50. Hudnett attended high school at Holcomb, and junior college at Garden City. She and her husband, Walter, have been Dodge City residents for the past two and a half years. Vote Michael Quint for Associate District Judge. - Pol. Adv.

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