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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri • 29

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My Wind All the Time 3 Husband Keeps Lonely Vigil for Missing Carol Blades; Disappearance Remains Mystery After Months of Searching By FRANK FARMER Staff Writer Does a woman think of the time she will adopt a baby, put up her Christma tree, take clothing to a laundry And then run away from home? s. Or was Carol Blades kidnaped last Dec. 15? That is the mystery that has racked the minds of her husband, her parents, Louis and Geraldine Horton, her inlaws, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Blades, a lot of law enforcement officers, and a private Investigator.

A $1000 reward for information leading to the finding of Carol Blades, who was 20 when she disappeared as completely as a wisp of smoke, has been standing for several weeks. So far, not one iota of Information has come as a result of the reward offer. After avoiding the five-room-bungalow west of Nixa for several months, Larry Blades, now employed at a service station in Nixa, has returned home to keep a lonely vigil. His wife's clothing still bangs in the closet beside his; her shoes, her sewing, her knick-knacks, her high school yearbooks which she coveted, all are silent reminders to Larry Blades of the wife that was, but4 so far as he believes, is no more. He is 'preparing to give up the house, to turn away and, 'perhaps, mend his broken life some day.

"I think she is dead, he said recently, gritting his teeth to keep the quiver out of his jaw, but failing to stem the moisture around his eyes. Larry Leo Blades, now 23, is the son of Eli and Wilma Blades, of Republic. He was graduated from high school at Clever in 196( and went to work at General Wesco in Springfield. There he worked with a man named Louis Horton and he soon found out that Horton had a shy, petite daughter named Carol. "You know," he mused, "usually the boy calls up the girl and asks her for a date.

That wasn't the case with us. For some reason, she got up the nerve to call me and asked me to take her to a school play at Nixa. Oh, I'd seen her before that, around the place where I worked when she was with her father, but that was the first time I'd even talked with her. She was 17 and I 20. "We went out Oct, 15 of 1967, and I don't know what it was about her I liked, exactly.

She was a quiet, bashful girl and we just hit it off right away. She was the first girl I ever dated steady, and we began to go to the shows, bowling with other couples and to basketball Carol attended school for beauticians; she liked to sew, to read books mostly novels with romantic themes. They were married June 16, 1968 in See SEARCH, Page 38 I 1 mmmmmmmmmmmtmiaiiUamimtmmti A-' 1 A Carol Blades was she kid-, naped? Larry Blades "She was a quiet, bashful girl and we hist hit If off right away." By The Leader and Press Staff OFF BEAT'S Ode of the Week, taking note (and an earful) of the rising crescendo of election time hollering and wondering if it might be good idea to banish the candidates to a pasture a dozen miles outside of town and let them settle it among themselves: Slinging in the Hud or It Takes Two to Tangle These political shouts Of who's best of all Are sounding more like A rock festival SPEAKING OF politics, Off Beat learns that Pat Nixon now has a Springfield namesake. She's a registered pointer puppy, presented to local Republican Felix Rhoades by Mrs. Inez Boullardof Halltown, described by Bhoades as "the most ardent Republican in Lawrence County." Mrs.

Bonnie Crum, secretary Republican Congressman Durward Hall, suggested a good, sound Republican name Patricia. OVER tt Southwest Missouri State College, some students and other local citizenry are engaged in an effort to establish a world's record with a 100-hour volleyball game; calling up memories about' other nostalgic student Where Will It An Stop? If a volleyball record In Springfield is made, Next they'll be trying A panty raid. A RELIEVED COHORT (who probably swallowed goldfish in his day) ii thankful for the release of energy on the volleyball instead of on the steps of the school administration building, etc. Old-Fashioned Kicks It can hardly prove a Dud- The worse they can do is Thud. A SPY in the SMS athletic department tells of the 15 Named to Charter Revision Committee by Mayor Stillwell fr Days Since LastTraffic fOj Fatality to Springfield In City This Tear 22 Same Time Last Tear 1 In County This Tear 29 Same Time Last Tear 27 In Stale This Tear 1045 Same Time Last Tear 1139 In City Wednesday: Accidents 7 Injuries 0 of 15, elected by some 150 citi zens who attended an organiza tional session at City Hall, will hold a second meeting at 6:30 next Monday at the Heritage on Glenstone.

At a dinner meeting this week, the committee named James Cook its temporary chairman. During lively the mayor reported, the 14 members attending expressed the opinion that they are not sufficiently representative of the community to "steer" the course toward goals for Springfield. "I'm the poorest one here, but there are a lot of people in By War Dads Ghosts Don 't Worry Springfield Sailor By FRED WICKMAN Journalist Third Class ABOARD USS LONG BEACH, VALLEJO, CALIF. Ghosts don't bother Sprlngfleldian James L. Perdue.

A 15-member charter revision committee was announced by Mayor Carl Stillwell today with a tentative meeting date set for next Tuesday, 7 p.m., in City Council chambers. The members, agreed upon by the council, and chosen in accord with recommendations of a council study committee: Businessman Bill and Attorneys Jack Curtis and John Hulston, representing the com mission which wrote the present city charter, adopted in 1953. Councilwoman Lucue Morris Upton; The Rev. Robert Watts, pastor of Woodland Heights Presbyterian Church, representing northwest Zone Mrs. Roberta Bartley, retired teacher, from northeast Zone James Busick, florist, from southwest Zone and Carl Bradley, businessman active in tbe Cowden Commu nity Association, from southeast Zone; Dr.

C. F. McCormick of the Zoning and Planning Commis- representing advisory boards, and Joe Ben Wann of the Utilities Board, a former mayor, representing adminis trative boards; City Attorney Don Busch, rep resenting administration; Dr. Robert Ashcroft, Evangel College president, and Dr. Duane Meyer, Southwest Mis Stiff er Flag Abuse Penalties Are Asked Springfield poorer than I am," the mayor quoted one member.

Each was to talk the matter over with neighbors and acquaintances during the week, and return on Monday with suggestions for addition to the com mittee. The number 24 was men tioned, but: "The represents. tion, not the number, is of sig' nificance," Mayor Stillwell said He hopes the goals committee will be the beginning of a permanent citizen-organization to maintain contact between the people and municipal government, to assure that both are working toward the same ends. to bring pressure upon the ene my government at Hanoi to force disclosure of the names and conditions of American pris. oners held by them; to' force permission to receive and send mail, and to provide inspection by the International Red Cross of the prisoners and their condi tions of confinement." The resolution, presented by O.

K. Armstrong, added that in case of the enemy's failure to respond, the President and Con gress be urged "to place such military pressure upon the ene my that a prompt military victory will free the American prisoners, as has been done in past wars when the honor and prestige of the United States, as well as the freedom of human ity, have been at stake." souri State College dean, in the "educator" category; John Denton, Drury College student, and Samuel G. Stage of Southwest Missouri State College, nominated by their respective Student Senates to represent students who are residents of Springfield and of voting age. i Next Tuesday's meeting will be for Organizational purposes only, the mayor said and the committee will then be free to determine its course of study leading to recommendations to City Council for charter amendments to be submitted to the voters, possibly at the April councilmanic election. The committee's studies have nothing to dp with another charter amendment movement, originated by Earl Slavens, who has filed initiative, petitions for a change in the form of govern ment, from council-manager to mayor-council.

These petitions are currently being checked by Mrs. Mary Lou Nelms, employed by City Clerk Don Kelley for the task, against voter-registration books at the court house. Kelley said he hoped the check will be completed in time for certification to council at its Nov. 2 session. Updating the work of another new municipal committee on goals Mayor Carl Stillwell said that the steering committee without further incident.

The trucks were loaded with Class A and Class explosives. Last week, a Tri-State truck carrying dynamite was disintegrated and its driver, John Gait, 48, Oklahoma City, killed, when a sniper's bullet hit the truck7 west of Springfield on 1-44. Six persons were arrested for investigation in connection with the incident and three were later charged. They are awaiting magistrate court action in Greene Tri-State is involved in a labor dispute with a Teamsters Union local in Joplin. Tri-State Truck Convoy Escorted Through County 29 Pressure Fees at SMS an item of consideration "at the November meeting of the school's board of regents.

College president Dr. Arthur L. Mallory broached the matter before the regents today and in dicated he hoped a study and fee comparison could be taken up for further discussion and con sideration at the next board meeting. The president said he thought it would be necessary to give consideration toward such a move unless state funds can be increased. Mallory said he didn't like the possibility but felt if such a move were going to be neces sary it should be acted upon in order to give students adequate notice.

Dr. Mallory said he felt that with a new dormitory coming into service (a new 300 student women dorm) it would just oe a necessity to increase dormitory fees. The president said included in the study of the fee picture would be consideration of the possibility of elimination of some of the small "nuisance" fees. On a 4 to 1 vote and over objections of member Jim Peters, West Plains, the board today decided to award a contract for completion of the remodeling of the former president's house on South National for use as a home-management house by the home economics department. The college board sometime ago rejected some bids as being too high and decided to perform the job using college personnel.

Last meeting, after a closed- door discussion, it was decided to place completion of the proj- See FEES, Page 34 Trying Areas mately at High Street, and divides areas of gravity flow. Everything south of it will eventually flow to the southwest plant. Everything north of it will flow northward. The area north of the ridge line will eventually be served by another trunk included in the engineers' recommendations, generally known as "the airport sewers." The Nichols Junction sewer main meets all qualifications for FWQA financing, the city has been assured. But the city, or the city and state, must provide their share of the funds.

after trunk lines are built, residents of areas to be served must pay for district sewers, on a square foot-of-prop-erty basis. Under the taxblU method, payments may be spread over a five-year period. Taxbills art against property, rather than igainst people, Lampe pointed out Thus, cost is not paid by a tenant but by the owner, of a given tract Lots in the residential areas referred to by a spokesmaa for the Northwest Improvement Association are relatively, small (too small, according to the spokesman. Earl Slavens, to qualify for FHA loans for septic tanks). Therefore, the cost to the individual lot owner for district sewers should not be great.

Lamps said. Oct 8, 1970 SPRINGFIELD (Mo.) LEADER-PRESS Bowing to 'Labor Boost in Possible The possibility of increases in dormitory and incidental fees at Southwest Missouri State College next fall apparently will be rest of her armament is guided missilery. So, Jim's job is to "operate the radar and comput ers which operate the gun mounts." This also was his job on board See GHOSTS, Page 38 v3 Jim Perdue will be required, regardless of the financing methods finally arrived at for the recommended expansion program, Lampe said. If the charge is increased, and if FWQA and state funds become available to finance 80 percent of the costs, it's possible the city could finance the remaining 20 percent, he thought. If the city must finance two-thirds or even one-half of the program cost, a bond issue will be necessary, Lampe continued.

Revenue bonds are a possibility; general obligation bonds, to be retired from the sewer service charge but backed by the city's credit, would find a belter mar ket. Again, a higher sewer service charge is necessary to meet legal requirements for the issuance and sale of bonds dependent upon sewer revenues for retirement The two projects from the rec ommended program which are now being engineered are the Inman Road sewer across south Springfield, and the Nichols Junction sewer extending west and north.v The latter would serve a large, unsewered area between the west city limits line and Fulbrlght, and from Mt. Vernon, north to the "ridge including Homeland Addi tion. The "ridge line crosses tha railroad tracks approxi One Proposed Line Would Serve Homeland Financing Is Problem in To Extend Sewers to All At least they didn't when the sailor helped decommission his last ship, USS Colonial, a Navy landing ship dock. He rode the 25-year-old ship on her last voy ages and helped to prepare her for the mothball fleet at Vallejo, Calif.

He now is a fire control tech nician (guns) second class on board USS Long Beach, one of the Navy's younger, most modern ships. On the old Colonial, during decommissioning, he had no thoughts of the ghosts of sailors past who would at last be left alone with the ship, no longer hiding from sailors of the present He explains it this way: "As the Navy advances, a sacrifice has to be made. To maintain a modern fleet, older ships have to be phased out. It (decommissioning) was just a job." On his new ship, which recently celebrated her ninth hirthday, his job is somewhat a paradox. Long Beach is the world's only nuclear powered missile cruiser.

There are only two 5-inch guns on board; the percent of total cost, leaving the city with 67 percent to pay. One other federal agency the Department of Housing and Urban Development offers assistance to such projects on a 50-50 matching basis. This is the aid program utilized in the east sewer main extension now under construction. But HUD is Blower in approval of projects than FWQA. For instance, Walter Vlebrock of the sewer engineering staff reminded that engineering for the east main extension began some six years ago, and that the city had given up on federal aid and had chosen the joint sewer district means of financing when approval was finally forthcoming.

The sewer service charge, inaugurated in the 1950s when revenue bonds ic wer system rehabilitation were voted, has not only met all operating and maintenance costs of tha sys tem, plus the requirements for bond retirement but has pro- Tided funds for substantial system improvements. The "sur plus" for capital improvement is depleted. The consulting engineers, in their report filed last November, recommended an Immediate 35 percent increase in the sewer service charge. City Council reviewed the report in January; the charge haa not yet been increased. A higher sewer service charge school football team's recent game trip to Chicago and of the young player, walking and gawking along Michigan Avenue, who looked to the east and asked: 'TV'hat ocean is that?" GRAFFITO of tha Week, saluting the start this week of Our Town's largest annual charity drive and noting that the proceeds are divvied up in the end: A BONUS Graffito, not- Ti.

ing another fund drive currently underway in oar community Little Theater Wants Plav Donah On second thought, $150,000 isn't kid stuff, rNE MORE, referring to the campaign signs cluttering Springfield lawns-Candidates Should Keep Off the Grass Off Beat won't mention what second thoughts popped up on that one. 71 COHORT, who fx guvs her bedroom eves are the result of lack of sleep, mut ters that members of the Spring field Optimist uuo are inaeea optimistic. railed tn imn of their meet ings, she found they gathered each week at 6:30 in the morning. On Monday mornings, no less. yvNE LAST Bonus Pome, in viw of DoHce inauirv from high school safety students who wondered how many accident victims bad full bladders The Pause That Refreshes No rest stops cause crashes? Tt' unmnthine tn check Folks know from their gnashes It can leave you a wreck, FOUNTAIN GROVE old- timers took special note last week when veteran stage, See OFF BEAT, Page 38 Work Continues On 'Air Curtain' Work on a permanent pit for "air curtain destnict" is progressing at the sanitary landfill.

Public Works Director Harry Lampe reported today. Base of the pit has been poured, and steel framework for the walls is in place, ready for pouring of concrete. Only proo lem has been in construction of the curved opening at the top of the pit. Purpose of the curve is to assure the rapid, circular cir culation of air within the pit, for complete combustion with no IHJtiiisnimess Airea 'Farlk Cemtfipffll' Two resolutions, one demanding more severe penalties for persons who desecrate the American flag and the other calling on all citizens to correct the abuse of American prisoners in Vietnam, have been passed. by the local chapter of the American War Dads.

Action on each of the issues was in support of identical resolutions to be presented to the American War Dads at their na tional convention in Springfield, 111., Friday. The first resolution, presented to the local membership by El-don Graves, states, "We urge upon our state legislatures and upon Congress the enactment of more severe penalties for the misdemeanor of desecrating the American flag; we urge law enforcement officials to be more vigilant in apprehending and prosecuting those who desecrate the flag; and we urge homes, schools, and all our institutions concerned with good citizenship to greater efforts to teach respect for the flag." The second resolution urges the launching of a "crusade will be completed in about two weeks. Light fixtures are being set in boxes into the fountain walls and floors, and 'details of drainage and winterizing are being worked out. Brick paving will begin Hon-day. The gazebo received its final coat of paint yesterday, George McLaughlin of Hal-p i and Associates, San Francisco consultants to DSA in design of the Square, will be here late next week, and will proceed to St.

Louis and Poplar Bluff nurseries to inspect trees marked for planting in the Square. Seventy-five trees are to be placed, most of them from 20 to 25 feet tall, some as tall as 32 feet Varieties will be linden, flowering crab, maple, locust, hawthorn, and ash, Selections were made through Flowerland Evergreen Nur-sery, landscaping subcontractor on the park project The trees carry a guarantee for two years' growth. Dec. 1 is the completion goal for Luther Essary, general contractor on the Square's Springfield police and Greene County sheriff's deputies early today escorted a convoy of Tri-State Transit Company trucks through the city and county. The convoy arrived aoout a.m.

at the east eoge or me county. i As the procession proceeded, it was halted at Kearney and the Airport Road when a police officer reported he heard what sounded like a gunshot. A search of the area for persons or vehicles which did not belong in the area was carried out but nothing amiss was found, and the trucks continued IEmitiii Mw II It'll soon be tree planting time on Park Central Square the Public Square, that i. Downtown Springfield directors late yesterday chote the name for the renovated Square, from tome 500 suggestions by citizens, to DSA directly, and through Springfield Newspapers, Inc. They went further and named the entire downtown business district "Park Cen-tral," with an insignia of four Squares, superimposed one of the other, symbolizing "living, shopping, working, playing" as the four, purposes of the "new" center city area.

The directors liked the retention of "Square" in the name for the Public Square, the use of a geographic desig- nation, and the reference to the park which is the focal point of the renovation proj- i ect' Runners-up in the name con- test were "Center City," and "City Center." Updating the park construction project, Architect A. C. Esterly said concrete pouring tar the interior rises within the park will begin today and concrete work for the fountain By ANN FAIR DODSON Staff Writer Sanitary sewer service could be offered every resident of the present City of Springfield if the expansion program recommended by consulting engineers almost a year ago were implemented, Public Works Director Harry Lampe said today. Two trunk sewer lines included in the 15-year, $118 million program recommended by Con-soer, Townsend and Associates of Chicago are now in the engineering design process, and one of them would serve Homeland Addition and a surrounding northwest area where lack of service has been protested by the Northwest Improvement Association, Lampe added. Financing is the problem.

Representatives of the Feder al Water Quality Administration have reviewed the total pro gram, and have said that all of it will qualify for federal assis tance. If state matching funds are available in an amount of 25 percent of total cost, the federal government will pay 55 percent, leaving only 20 percent to be paid by the city. This was the arrangement under which the third stage treatment facility at the southwest sewage treatment plant was financed. The state is not funding the program and so the federal allocation would drop back to 33 iriyi I CXin CITY UV1NGSH0PPINGW0RKINGPIAYING amok emission..

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