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The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri • 36

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Dec. 31, 1978 Springfield Mo BailyNems -Highlights in the NewsBurkhalter Aide To Oklahoma Job an contribution to this city in the budget field. It has been my pleasure to rely on him pletely for information in this area." Bown has been a resident of Springfield for the past 20 years. "It is the hardest decision I have made in my life," he commented. Seminole, is a town of 8000 to 10,000 population, 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, "fairly cosmopolitan" in nature, "oil oriented" but currently seeking diversification of industry.

A native of Little Rock, Bown attended Drury College where he received a degree in English. Following Army service, he became news director for KGBX Radio, served briefly with the Greene County Safety Council before joining the city staff on Jan. 1, 1960, as Civil Defense director and public mation officer. The resignation of Assistant He has made outstanding City Manager Don Bown, tive Feb. 1, was announced yesterday with the explanation that he will become first city manager of Seminole, Okla.

Bown's resignation leaves City Manager David Burkhalter with only one assistant, Kurt Naegler, who handles all federal assistance projects. Because of Bown's announcement, a speedup in preparation of the 1971-72 budget begin on Jan. 8, three weeks ahead of schedule. Burkhalter expressed regrets at losing Bown. "He is director of the budget, and budget control officer.

Not a penny has been spent by this city that he hasn't approved. He has prepared every budget since I have been here, and this is you don't pick up overnight. Department heads have worked through him on all financial and some administrative matters. Grackles, Quail Decline In Audubon Census Weather north of the Spring. field area was a prominent factor in a low bird count taken Saturday by the Springfield Audubon Society, secretary Leonard Confer said yesterday.

The decrease of birds was especially noted in grackles and bob-white quail. The number of species seen, however, was 73, only two below the society's 1969 count which was the highest in the state. Confer said the number of birds counted was affected by the weather north. He added that the possibilities of insecticides and pesticides could not be discounted. The counting group was pleased to see a bald eagle fly overhead, but was disappointed that not one pileated woodpecker was seen.

The Springfield Audubon Society, formed in 1957, is one groups in the United States, including such, Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada which annually takes a bird count for the National Audubon Society in New York. Mrs. Rebecca Matthews had been elected president for the coming year, succeeding Sherman Reid. 3rd Largest Drug Chain Formed by Katz, Skaggs The combining of Katz Company with Skaggs Drug Centers has created a 150 drugdepartment chain with a volume of nearly $300 million, making it the third largest in the nation. The merger was approval by both Katz stockholders in Kansas City, and Skaggs shareholders in Salt Lake City.

The name favored by the Skaggs representatives was Skaggs Companies, Inc. According to M. R. Shlensky, president, there will no change in operations of the Katz chain. but he said the consolidation will produce a strong and effective management team viding potentials for greater efficiencies in administration.

In addition to owning the Katz Discount City store here, the company also owns six Crank Drug Company stores in Springfield. Three members of the Katz group will join the expanded board of Skaggs. In addition to Shlensky, who is to become chairman of the board, they are Arthur Mag, a lawyer, and Earl S. Katz, chairman of Katz Drug. Joining the Katz board will be Mont H.

Gutke, Kent T. White, L. S. Skaggs, R. S.

Lowen and John Hartman, all officials of Skaggs. Harmful Vehicle Spillage On Roads To Be Reported JEFFERSON CITY (Special) An announcement from the Missouri State Highway Commission was yesterday concerning the reporting of accidental spillage of materials on roadways by truckers or motorists. District engineers have been asked by maintenance Division Engineer W. H. Dill to notify the Missouri Water Pollution Board immediately of any accidental spillage that could be dangerous to fish, wildlife, livestock or agriculture.

Dill said the board will determine, after being notified of such events, if any precautionary action is needed. Normal spillage occurring from car or truck radiators, crankcases or transmissions will not be reported. Wrecks (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19) Jo McDonald, 9, facial cuts, abrasions and mouth injuries. Mrs. Larson, who was transferred from Aurora Hospital to St.

John's Hospital, was returned home from there yesterday only a short time before her husband died at Cox Medical Center. He was a member of Aurora Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In addition to his wife, he is sur. vived by three sons, Bruce, Mt. Vernon, Harry, Aurora, and Jack, Jefferson City; a brother, John, Smith Center, and three granddaughters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Aurora RLDS Church with Elder Francis Bishop of Springfield officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon IO0F Cemetery under direction of Max L. Fossett of Mt.

Vernon. Yesterday's deaths raised the December toll on Ozarks roads to 27. A broadside smashup at the junction of Mo. 5 and 76 in Ava sent both drivers to St. John's Hospital at 9:35 a.m.

yesterday. Officers said Dorothy Clinkingbeard, Ava, suffered rib fractures and internal injuries when her auto pulled into the path of a car driven by Harlin D. Wallace, 37, Mountain Home, who received facial cuts, bruises and abrasions. Mrs. Clinkingbeard was in andetermined condition last night and Wallace in satisfactory condition, according to hospital attendants.

The 3-month-old son of Texas couple suffered a- skull fracture and his mother received a leg fracture when the Many Springfieldians Afoot Due to Battery Thief I kaths Additional DEATHS, on Page 31 Funeral services for Dan Robinson, 57, former. Ozark businessman, will be at 1:30 p.m. today in First Baptist Church at Ozark, Rev. Burney Claxton officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Adams.

Mr. Robinson died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Christian County Nursing Home, following a short illness. DAN ROBINSON PETER I. ANDERSON Peter Isaac Anderson, 87, of 941 South Grant, died at 1:45 p.m.

Tuesday in Cox Medical Center after an illness of two months. A lifelong resident of Greene County, he was a member of Gibson Chapel United Presbyterian Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mayme Johnson, 941 South Grant; two sons, Herschel, St. Louis, and Wilburn, 1116 East Pythian; a brother, Howard, 801 North Weaver; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Gibson Chapel United, Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Wilbur C. Allen officiating. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery under direction of Herbert V.

Smith. The family will receive friends from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Gibson Presbyterian Church in place of flowers. MRS.

BERTIE LOUISA BRONSON GREENFIELD Funeral services for Mrs. Bertie Louisa Bronson, 75, of Boron, a former Greenfield resident, will be at 11 a.m. today in Canada Chapel here with the Rev. Clyde Davis Burial will be in Greenfield Cemetery. Mrs.

Bronson died Monday afternoon in Boron Citizen's Hospital after she had been a patient there several days. Surviving is her dauhter, Mrs. Gladys Feezell, Boron, Calif. A. J.

(ANDY) FOSTER A. J. Foster, 60, of 1434 North Grant, was dead on arrival at Cox Medical Center at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday after a short illness. Mr.

Foster was a musician and a lifelong resident of Greene County. He is survived by four halfbrothers, Bert West, of Grand Fork, N. William T. West, of 937 West Chestnut, James B. West, of East Grand Forks, and Lonnie W.

West, of East Pythian. Services will be announced by Greenlawn. Striking Prisoners Win WALLA Some WALLA, Concessions Prison officials agreed Wednesday to ease visiting procedures, medical care and return two inmate leaders to the Washington State Penitentiary where prisoners struck nine days ago. Dr. William R.

Conte, assistant secretary of the state's Division of Institutions, announced in Olympia the agreement between Warden B. J. Rhay and the Inmate Advisory Council, a prisoner-elected group. Conte said the agreement "is not knuckling under." "This is a reasonable approach of reasonable men." There will be no window or delivery mail service tomorrow, Postmaster C. Arch Bay said yesterday.

Lockbox service will be provided at the main post office and the three classified stations. The regular schedule will be back in effect Saturday. -Staff Photo Snowfall Blankets City It was too late for Christmas, and it won't last long, but Springfieldians were treated to inches of snow day afternoon and night. Weathermen at the Springfield Weather Service office assured residents that the snow cover would be gone by mid-morning today. This scene of the snow was taken at the intersection of Bennett and Fremont.

Inquest (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19) Prosecutor Caskey told the Daily News last night he interviewed Jones about 1:20 that same afternoon before deciding to file charges of striking police officer against him. "As far as I'm concerned," he said, "this will be the end of it; although I don't think we'll 1 ever satisfy the family." Caskey related parts of the testimony heard by the jury yesterday, noting that there were two other prisoners in a cell about 20 feet away at the time Jones was incarcerated. Jones was being detained pending the filing of assaulting an officer and had been allowed to be by himself in an empty woman's cell. The other two men were in another cell. Deputy Sheriff Melborn Roberts, Caskey said, went to get one of the other two for minutes gerprinting after Jones downstairs was several booked and placed in his cell.

Trooper Atchley, who realized Jones' car was still at the cafe near Thayer, then went upstairs to the cells to ask the man what he wanted done with his car. Not finding Jones in the cell with the other man, as he first thought he might be, Atchley then went back downstairs to ask deputies where they had put him. Atchley then returned to the single cell, calling Jones' name. When he didn't receive an answer, Atchley said he went into the cell to find Jones hanging from a metal bar in the cell's shower stall. Atchley called to deputy Roberts and the two cut the man down and attempted to revive him.

Prosecutor Caskey said he had the "impression" from FBI agents in investigating the incident that there was "no foul play" involved, but said he had been told the results, of the FBI's investigation would not be made available to him. "The agents told me they would send their findings to the Assistant United States Attorney General's office," Caskey concluded, "and it would be up to him to make the findings available to anyone else. Caskey said members of Jones' family were on hand for the inquest. Blades Funeral At Nixa Friday NIXA (Special)- Funeral for Mrs. Carol Blades, whose remains were found Christmas Day near Ponce de Leon, will be at 1:30 p.m.

Friday in the Nixa High School auditorium. The Rev. Oran Cobb will officiate. Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery under direction of Harris of Nixa. Mrs.

Blades had been missing for more than a year. Bankruptcy petitions were filed yesterday in federal court by James L. Holland, 2615 South Catalina, a salesman and estimater for a steel company, listing debts of $11,145.61 and no assets, and Leonard Dale Jeffries, a soldier at Fort Leonard Wood, listing debts of $4686.15 and assets of $250. 4th Dormitory for Evangel Construction on the fourth have 41,000 square feet of floor by a Housing and Urban Denew residence hall at Evangel space, is to be constructed velopment loan at 3 percent College is expected to begin from the same basic plans interest over 50 years. within the next 30 days, it was that were used for the Spence, The new building will be announced by college officials Walther and Krause Halls Evangel's eighth since 1962, yesterday.

with the additional feature of when the first building the Apparent low bidder for the a basement under the center library was completed. The project is Construction wing for use as shelter. meeting others are a gymnasium, marCompany with a bid of The building emergency will be used for ried students residence," and room or 803. either men or women students cafeteria, in addition to the The buiding, which will as needed. It is to be financed three dormitories now in use.

Unable to start their cars yesterday morning, many surprised Springfieldians discovered the cold weather wasn't to blame. Raising their car hoods, they found that at thieves had stolen their batteries. The losers included Edward W. Hess, 525 Cherry; Mrs. Bonnie Dean, Rosetta Pohlmann, Mae Aton and Jim Hudson, all residents of an apartment at 529 Cherry; David L.

Caffey, Richard D. Foster and Mrs. Missouri Utilities Seeks Rate Hikes JEFFERSON CITY (AP) Electric power rate increases expected to produce about $1.5 million in yearly revenue were filed Wednesday by Missouri Utilities Co. In testimony before the Public Service Commission, the company said rising costs of labor, material and taxes had forced the request. Utilities provides electricity in the southeast Missouri counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard.

In central Missouri, the company serves Cooper, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis and Saline counties. Missouri Utilities filed a lower increase Oct. 23 but amended the request at Wednssday's hearing. Youth Gets Sore Head For Improper Turn A sorehead motorist was given a sore head when he reportedly tried to run down a police officer on Park Central Square early yesterday. Officer James Noe said he was attempting to stop a young driver for making an improper turn when the youth backed his car, then pulled forward abruptly as Noe stepped in front of the vehicle.

Jumping aside, the officer reached inside the open car window and rapped the driver on the back of his head with a flashlight as the vehicle headed south without lights. June Maus, residing in an apartment building at 438 Elm; Kathleen Bray, 430 East Elm; Mrs. Emma Davis of Kansas City, visiting at 430 East Elm, and Richard Sopok, Route 2, Willard, who reported a $50 battery taken from a Queen City Roofing Company truck at 1630 West Walnut. Inept intruders damaged a $5000 safe beyond repair. and worked hard to open desks which weren't locked after they broke into the Letsch Corporation at 501 North Belcrest and the O'Byrne Electric Company, 825 North Belcrest, Tuesday night.

Dan Letsch told police a door was forced by thieves who pried on filing cabinets and three desks, although only one desk was locked. Nothing appeared to be missing, but inventory will be taken, Letsch said. L. L. Robinson of O'Byrne Electric said burglars needed only to raise the handle on a safe to open it, but they battered off the dial and handle, then peeled it open to obtain probably less than $200 and some checks.

Offices were ransacked and six boxes of tools were taken from a warehouse, Robinson reported. At Lamon Electric Company, 1323 North Nias, theives broke a window and entered to obtain $25 to $30 from a desk, according to the firm's treasurer, Robert Stahl. Red-Headed Robber Sought ROLLA (Special) Area officers are seeking a young man who robbed 83-year-old Morris Gollard of Rolla of $640 Tuesday evening. The victim told officers yesterday the robber entered his house uninvited, robbed him and tied him up before leaving. He described the man as about 25, 5.: feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds, and having red hair.

cecis "A in Meal BEEF STEW Be a careful driver today, not a sorry one tomorrow. family's car skidded out of control on snow-covered U.S. 66 and overturned down an embankment 10 miles west of Lebanon at 5:15 p.m. yesterday. The driver, Robert N.

hardt, 36, Sheppard Air Force Base, escaped injury. His wife, Margaret, 29, and son, Jerome, were taken to Wallace Hospital in Lebanon, then transferred to Fort Leonard Wood for further treatment. Shirley Jo Schloman, 42, Mt. Vernon, was treated at a clinic after suffering head lacerations at 5 p.m. yesterday when her car collided with a truck driven by James C.

Jestice, 57, Monett, at the junction. of Interstate 44' and Lawrence County a mile west of Mt. Vernon. Three members of a Springfield family were treated for cuts and contusions at Cox Medical Center following a twotruck crash 1 in the 2500 block East Kearney at 4:40 p.m. Joy Ray Hampton, 32, of 2525 North Summit, was 'cited on a complaint of driving left of center after his pickup collided headon with a truck driven by Earl Leo Graves, 43, Route 6, police reported.

Injured were Hampton and his children, Teresa, 8, and Tim, 9. L.W. Miller, 49, of 2055 North Nettleton, was treated for a severe scalp laceration and wrist injuries at Cox. Medical Center after his car struck a pole beside U.S. 60 a mile east of Sey.

mour at 1:30 a.m. yesterday. He was ticketed on a complaint of driving on the wrong side of the road. Be a careful driver today, not a sorry one tomorrow. BRIG BRICANCE ANCE ALL PRICES GOOD THRU SUNDAY ALL PURCHASE LINTS SHOWN NATIONAL and EL.M ERCIUDE OTHER DUIET LANTED PRODUCTS ITEMS AND FOODLANE WE RESERVE THE RIGHT 10 LIMIT Sun.





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