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The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri • 15

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Unsell: Interstate Nearly Complete but Funds Still Needed By SUSAN CROCE KELLY SuH Writer Despite the fact that eonstrvctioa of the original Interstate highway system is nearly complete, Missouri Highway Department District Eight engineer B. (Brownie) UnseH says be mould not Ixkt to see a decrease la highway building funds. 'The highway Industry would like to see funding stay at the tame level because the state primary system need help, and teve practically had to let the secondary systems go. In fact, I can see many demands on our highway system that none of you would disagree with." Unsell told a Monday noon meeting of the Sertoma Club at the Sycamore Inn. Speaking about the highway department's building program, UnseU told the group that he hopes Congress will continue the Federal Highways Act of 1973, which is supposed to expire In June.

L'nseU'a district comprise II counties ia southwest Missouri which include about II per cent of the roads under stile Jurisdiction. In the IJSCs, when the interstate system was Initiated, "trust fund--was set up by the federal government using the four-cent gasoline tax to provide money for highway construction and maintenance. Unsell said that this fund provides about 1109 million to the state every year, and it goes primarily to road construction. Maintenance is supported, he said from state funds, which also come strictly from road user's taxes. "We feel secure In the fact that the highway department and road system can be financed by the people who use them," he said.

"I would like to see it continue." Unsell decried at the same time a move on the federal lev! to do away with the highways trust fund, and instead designate one cent of the gas tax to the interstate system, two cent to the general reve nue earmarked for highway purposes and the fourth cent back to the state for "total transportation" purpose provided that last is equally matched by the state. He is encouraged, he said, by the fact that two bills are now being debated in Congress that would prov ide for an extension of the federal highway act, for either two or four years. "Either one would be good," said Unsell. "Neither would change things, and they would give Congress time to evaluate the act," Be pointed out that since World War II. the income from road use taxes in Missouri has climbed a predictable five per cent per year, and that the highway department program its yearly budget accordingly.

However, la 1974. road usage was reduced, and consumption of gasoline was down six per cent "what left 11 per cent down from hat we expected. Plus costs rose 58 per cent." Presently. I'nsell said, virtually ail the onoim? construction in his district is being done in Greene County. He displayed a map showing highway contnictwfl under contract, including Mo.

IS north to Bolivar, the extension of Kansas Avenue, extension of S. 63 from 144 to Fair Grove, construction of U.S. S5 south from Lake Springfield to the Greene County line, and extensions of U.S. 160 out of Springfield in both directions. He talked about plans to upgrade signalized in-t tersections, including addition of a signal light at U.S.

and Greene County M. In addition, be said, a contract has hist been let for addition of a fifth lane oo Glenstone from Bennett aorta to 1 44. Money for this project, he said. Is available as safety funds. 3 7Pi mrnr- mri.

tJpringfttliiMolIatJgNrtDa Li Lao uwuuujy Dc 16, 1975 Ash Grove to Hos? Dikecenf ennial Riders getting more questions about the program than criticism. "R' calmed down she said. Mrs. Burgess believes both bike rider and residents will benefit from next summer's experience. And she says, it also will help Ash Grove's rep-See BIKERS.

Page i ss By BOB SOSS Staff Writer ASH GROVE The city of Ash Grove is going to have overnight guest next summer as many as J00O of them. And although they will be from an over the United States and several foreign countries, the guests win have one thing in common. Theyll all be riding bicycle. Ash Grave has been selected as a major overnight stop oo a 4200-mili: cross-country bicycle trail that will be used by participants in the Bikecentennial, an official program of the federal government's American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. They'll come in groups of about 25 riders, arriving each afternoon, spending the night at the American Legion Hall here and pulling out in the morning.

The Bikecentennial tours will begin arriving here in late May and continue passing through until early September. The Bicentennial committee in this city of 1100 residents is In the midst of planning ior the massive influx of rider. Most of the burden of ban-' dling arrangements has fallen to committee chairman Carolyn Burgess. Right now she is trying to find organizations and clubs in the area which will provide meals and other services for the riders. She also is looking for couples to serve as volunteer houseparents at legion hall from the 4 p.m.

check-in lime to a.m. the next morning when the rulers move en. As the Bikecentennial chair' man for Greene County, she also must compile a list of events and activities within a 36-mile radius and post it for use by the riders. "It's a big job, it really is." she said. But Mrs.

Burgess obviously enjoys the work. However, her task has not been made any easier by the resistance to the program she has encountered from several residents. "Some of the older gentlemen bad it in their heads that these rider were hippies or motorcycle gangmembers." she said. Mrs. Burgess said, however, that since she has explained the program to a number of groups and individuals she is -y Special roadsigas will be placed aleag highways ia 11 state to mark the 42M-miIe traatteaatlaeatal "Bikeceatesaiar reale.

1- 1 IffS Agents Make Mining Claim Inquiries Founders Official Questioned About Hearnes Transaction (Tiny) Parker, who was recently unseated as Founders' president In a proxy battle. Founders and Modern American were closely affiliated and occupied the same building until Founders moved its offices to 1031 Battlefield earlier Founders' former management. Now Founders' executive vice president. Osborne still own stock in both companies. Osborne said he doesn't know the reason the mining claim was deeded to Hearnes this year.

Osborne was a Modern American agent for II years and managed about 15 other agents in the Kansas City-Odessa area until he became involved in the proxy battle with three other men against and referred the two IRS agents to Founders' officials in Springfield. "After Mr. Osborne talked with them we thought that we'd hear from them, but we haven't got a telephone call or See HEARNES. Page II -MP Carol Blades1 Dad: (Coop Hoping' NIXA Louis Horton. whose 26-year-old daughter was murdered after disappearing from a Nixa laundromat six years ago Monday, says be believes he knows a man who was involved in Carol Blades' death to some extent.

"I've got a feeling he had a hand in it," Horton said of a man who reportedly failed a polygraph test during the lengthy investigation. man might not have actually killed Mrs. Blades, but had some knowledge about her death that he was hiding from authorities, Horton believes. Carol Blades disappeared Dec. IS, 1961.

Witnesses said they saw a man running from her car after it was abandoned outside town, but the fate of Carol Blades was not known until Dec. 25. 1970. when a Ponce de Leon farmer stumbled across the remains of her body. Horton said the investigation into his daughter's death still continues.

"Sheriff Joe Mayberry has worked hard en it. In fact. If we could have gotten things done at the start of it I think it already would have been solved." Despite the lack of evidence in the case, Horton still has hopes that the man responsible for hi daughter's death will be arrested and convicted "That's why I keep bringing it up. I keep hoping some day there will be a conviction. It may be never, but I keep trying.

I'll never give up." Sua Phot by Boh Liiaer By BILL MAl'RES Staff Writer Two Internal Revenue Service agents have questioned Founders of American Investment Corporation official ia the IRS' investigation of a New Mexico copper mining claim which former Gov. Warren E. Hearties received from Founder in 1969. Hearnes returned the deed for 1 per cent of the Commonwealth claim near Silver City, N.M.. at the request of the Springfield investment firm's board of directors earlier this year.

Founders', board of directions Ewell Osborne recently discussed the matter about hour with two Chicago IRS special agents, Thomas Wilmowski and Sam Woj-ciechowski, in his home northwest of Odessa. Wilmowski confirmed Monday afternoon that the two IRS agents discussed Hearnes and the 1 per cent mining deed with Osborne, but refused to name other persons they may have contacted. The IRS agent also refused to provide other information, hut acknowledged his department's Investigation is related to a Kansas City federal grand Jury investigating Hearnes. Their discussion largely centered around whether Hearnes own any stock in either Founders or Modem American Life Insurance a Springfield firm, said Osborne. "They were more interested in (former) Gov.

Hearnes than anything else," said Osborne ia a telephone interview. "They were interested in whether he had any stock in Founders or Modern Ameri- can." Both companies were created in the 1960s by E. Burrell to Retain State Post Winter's Handiwork Skimmerlag Iddes cUiglng tree branche was list one of the sigas Msaday that the balmy weekend temperatares had heea shoved oat of tho teathwest Missoari area by the cold weather asaally associated with tht time of year. Possibility of Homicide In Fatal Blazo Chocked noted Monday that he was appointed before the rules became effective July 1 and therefore has not violated the code. And the chairman of the Missouri Commission en the Retirement, removal and discipline of judges, Robert Dowd of St.

Louis, agreed. "The emphasia is on accept' Dowd said, noting he feels tt is permissible for judges to fill out terms on boards accepted before the new rules. "They may not accept It, he said of future appointments. "However, if they are serving on the board at the present time. It would appear that they could fill out their unexpired The new code does not specifically deal with the problem of judges on boards before the new code became effective.

"I don't see any question that I'm a lame duck." Burrell said, acknowledging this term, which ends in mid-1978 will be his last. "I don't wish to resign and won't willingly resign unless I'm advised by somebody that I have to." He said he had "invested a great deal of time" with the commission learning its operation and to back out now would be a waste of what he has learned. Burrell also said he disagrees with the new rule and argued with the Missouri Supreme Court to have it dropped. "As long as it doesn't in terfere with your job. judges should be able to serve," he said.

He said he believes it is particularly important for probate judges to serve on the mental health commission because they are responsible for sending cases to the state's mental health Institutions. Three other Missouri judges in other parts of the state also are continuing to serve out their terms despite the new rule, while at least two others who held appointments before the new code have resigned from state panels. Dowd said he had received no requests asking the judicial commission to consider taking action against those judges filling out their terms on state commissions. By MARK NOBUN Capital Corresaoadeal For the Daily New JEFFERSON CITY -Greene County Probate Judge Don Burrell, a member of the Missouri Mental Health Commission, apparently wtU be allowed to keep his commission spot eves though a new judicial canon of ethics prohibits judges from accepting such appointments But he will not be eligible for reappointment under the new rules which bar judges from taking posts on state panels dealing with policies not connected with the legal system or administration of justice. Vowing to remain as mental health commissioner, Burrell ts, w-- "We would have responded to this one if they told the driver there was a life involved.

We were not notified there was a life involved," Lentisaid. Pi The trailer home was located about one-half mile outside the city limits. It was a small fire. Ferry said. "When it was discovered, the fire was confined to a divan, a hassock, a foot stool and a very small area of the carpet," Ferry said.

"The neigh-bors put the fire out very handily with a garden hose." cause, anyway," be said. Ferry said he plans to hold a coroner' inquest tomorrow "if I can get everybody together." Neighbors of Bass tried to extinguish the fire in his home Sunday morning with a garden hose and pans of water when Nevada city firefighters failed to respond to the call. Assistant Fire Chief Lonnie Lent! said the department does not answer rural fire calls unles a life is involved. He said, however, they were not told a man's life was in danger. NEVADA The state fire marshal's office Monday ruled that arson caused the fire in a rural trailer home that lulled I 51-year-old man Sunday, "It was the smallest damage in a fir which I have ever Investigated," Richard Dyer said.

"We are working now on a case of homicide." Sam Bass. died of smoke Inhalation and intense heat in a tire that was confined to the living room of bi mobile home, Vernon County Coroner Ingle Ferry said Monday. "That was the immediate GCsacc Voop (SCaristtraaa Donations Are High but PJloney Contributions elowlast Year greatly simplify her life, They also could use some furniture the cpnngs have broken through their couch, and the kitchen table ia held together by a screw driver. The children need coats, and the boys need jeans. The mother now washes jean every night because they each have only one pair.

School clothe are needed by the mother, and the youngster would like games, a fire engine and "Baby Alice." A little extra money and-or some gifts also would provide some hope for this hard-working family. Needed are woman's size 18 clothing; man's sue pant 28-31, man's small shirt, coat 18; boy's 8 slim, sie 8 coat; girl sia 5 and man' size pant 28-3. 18 boy' shirt, and 16 coat; and woman size 1 junior. CastU Mr. ha a hole in hi digestive trad and cannot retain any food.

He therefore requires a prescription diet costing $170 each 22 days. This expense is not covered by Medicaid. The man and his wife receive only $2M Social See SHARE. Page businessman who didn't want to be named, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and others.

Case histories of 50 of Greene County's most desperately needy familiea are being featured by Springfield Newspapers. ia cooperation with Family Services. Offer to help should go to the Christmas Desk at Family Service. 862 1781, NOT the newspaper. 1 1 CaseJI A straight A college student, this mother of six, aged to 15, hope to become self-supporting.

At present she receive about $450 from an aid to dependent children grant and a vocational rehabilitation grant and has just $150 a month left for household needs after paying for shelter and food expense. She say that concentrating on her studies is difficult because she worries about her children's need. The father left the home some time ago. She Is enrolled through a rehabilitation program because of a severe skin condition limiting the use of her hands. She cannot wear rubber gloves because they worsen her condition.

A dishwasher would By BARBARA CLAUSE! r- SUff Writer Numerou good-hearted Santa are providing a variety of help desperately needed by Greene County' less fortunate families. But the donation to the 12th annual Share Your Christmas program are coming mainly In the form of gift of needed item or services. Cash contributions are running about 50 per cent behind the total received at the same time last year. Mrs. Jolie Ikard, volunteer unit supervisor in charge of Share, emphasized that she realize the economy ha made finance tighter for many people.

"But most all of us could spare at least one dollar, and that would make all the difference for these families who need help," Mr. Ikard said. "We always get to serve quite a few people who also have desperate needs, in addition to the 51 featured families. We won't get to them either If something doesn't happen." Mrs. Ikard noted that the financial problem especially hurts because so many of the featured families have urgent needs tor money for various purposes.

Present designated and undesignated cash donations which are tax deductible total only about $1500, compared to more than $3000 at the same time last year. Last year' total was Sll.OuO, which was unusually high. The Christmas Desk at the Family Services Office, 1258 East Trafficway, remained open from a.m. to noon Saturday while the remainder of the orflce was closed, and Mrs. Ikard said there were a number or calls.

1 In Saturday call Share received four refrigerators, four or five beds, three sewing machines and a fullsize frame, box springs and mattress designated for Case 22, a family whose father has unsuccessfully been looking for work. Mrs. Ikard said a bed already had been given to the family but that she was sure another family would be able to use the second one. Delivery of large Items for contributors unable to deliver la no longer a problem because a plea through Share resulted in a "deluge" of offers, including a -'a a- ji.

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