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PAGE 2-A SUN -DEMOCRAT, PADUCAH, KENTUCKY IPeaDflDlle . RAY KILEY has begun publishing the Elk City Bugle, a small-circulation newspaper serving the rugged mining and logging town of Elk City in Idaho's Panhandle. A novel approach Kiley is using is intentional misspell- Food stamp revision By BRIAN B. KING ! Associated Press Write WASHINGTON (AP) -President Carter today asked Congress to hold food stamp benefits at current levels for most persons who get them but to stop making any recipients pay for the grocery-buying coupons. Elimination of payments would not diminish the aid benefits but only eliminate a procedure whereby recipients paid for some stamps at face value in order to get extra stamps free. They would still get the free stamps. Ex-judge's plea is explained ByRONCLARK Sun-Democrat Staff Writer BARDWELL, Ky. - Charles Geveden, commonwealth attorney for the First Judicial District, today said he agreed to allow former Carlisle County Judge Ronald Owens to plead guilty to reduced charges of theft for the benefit of the county's government. ;Owens, in the final year of his first term, resigned the county judgeship, effective- at 10:45 a.m. Monday, in a letter to Gov. Julian Carroll. Minutes later he appeared before Circuit Judge John Bondurant and agreed to Miniature mule a hit at Benton ' By JOHNNY MILLER Sun-Democrat Staff Writer BENTON, Ky. Ulysses Simpson Grant, a 24-inch tall mule, wasn't at all impressed with the stream of onlookers peering into his small pen at Tater Day here. The lookers paid 25-cents apiece to look at Ulysses. And most seemed to be impressed, judging from the "oohs" and "ahs" and "isn't he cute" comments. The animal, named after the 18th president, and billed as the "World's Smallest Mule," is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lee. Lee said the money his pet generated would be donated to the school for exceptional children. Ulysses has plenty of friends his own size at home, since the Lees operate Shady Acres Miniature Horse Farm near Hardin. But Ulysses wasn't born on the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Lee bought him from a Missouri farmer. He's a cross between a small mare and a Sicilian donkey, said Ray Lee. As anyone knows, or almost , anyone, that is how you get a mule. A mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey, whether it's Ulysses's size or as big as a plow mule. Ray Lee said Ulysses is two-years-old and has reached his full growth. The animal rode to Tater Day in a specially-built mule trailer. Mr. and Mrs. Lee became interested in miniature horses in 1968 in Tazwell, Va., while on vacation. "They captured our hearty." said Ruby Lee. ings in the publication. He says the on-purpose spelling errors are included to remind his readers that no one is perfect. Singer BING CROSBY, recuperating in Peninsula Sen. George McGovern, D-S.Dr," said Carter' s'"actibff represents "a welcome commitment to serve the nation's poor in the most equitable and efficient manner possible." The President will veto any revamping of the program that increases its current projected budget of between $5.4 billion and $5.6 billion per year, Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland told the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Frederick W. Richmond, D-N.Y., chairman of the subcommittee that will handle the bill, called it "quite sen plead guilty to six counts of theft of county funds under $100. The former judge was indicted last November on six felony counts of the same charge. Geveden said he agreed to the offer of Owens' attorneys to have their client plead guilty to the misdemeanor charges because the county government "now could return to some sense of normalcy. Since this came to light, the Carlisle County government has operated under a great degree of difficulty." Saying that restitution of the Today, they have a small herd and sell some. "We've shipped several to the West Coast," said Ray Lee. "They weigh less than 100 pounds anT" you don't have to wait for a cargo flight they can ride in the luggage compartment." The small horses are relatively rare. Mr.- and Mrs. Lee recently joined with seven other breeders across the nation to form the American Miniature Horse Association. The small horses range in height from 27 to 34 inches, Lee said. "And they are as playful as a puppy." It's the disposition of miniature horses that makes them a favorite, he said. Unlike the Shetland pony which has a habit of biting, miniatures are unusually friendly, he said. Miniatures have the same requirements as larger horses, according to Lee. They eat the same food, need similar shelter and are very hardy. All that is different is the quantity. "They cost no more to keep than a large dog," Lee said. Theories differ asto the origin of miniature horses. One is that they were bred for use in Argentina mines. Their small size allowed the animals to enter the narrow tunnels. A special bridle fits the miniature horses. Miniatures are popular in parades and shows, but are too small to be ridden. Ray Lee is a purchasing agent with Mayfield Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. But Ruby Lee said she makes the most money just staying home and tending the animals. TUESDAY, APRIL S, 1377 in the news Hospital in Burlingame, Calif., from a 20-foot fall from a stage a month ago, is in good spirits and ready to go home, perhaps today, his doctors say. Crosby, 72, was injured March 3 when he toppled into an orchestra pit after taping a television show in Pasadena. The show marked the 50th year in show business for the Academy Award-winning actor and vocalist. SEN. GEORGE MCGOVERN, D-S.D., has donated the papers from his unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign to Princeton University. The papers, including finan-cial records and correspondence from 1968 to 1972, were described by history Professor Arthur Link as ... representing,, "the best kept , and organized presidential campaign collection in existence." The papers will be housed at Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscripts Library with those of Woodrow Wilson and Adlai.Stevenson. Noting that both McGovern and Stevenson failed in their sitive and very .progressive'--" but complained that 43 per cent of the present recipients in the Northeast would be hurt by it because of some cuts in benefits for recipients with the highest incomes. Such recipients are Concentrated in the Northeast. The four-year Carter proposal would: - -Disqualify about 600,000 of the 5.44 million families now receiving the monthly boost in their grocery-buying power. All are among the 13 per cent of the caseload with incomes above the" official poverty lines. missing funds by the former judge was a "big factor," Geveden added that "had we gone to trial and gotten a conviction? he could have appealed to the- Kentucky Court of Appeals and all the way to the Supreme Court. That would take a year or more and he still would have been in office. It would have meant at least another nine months of difficult times for the county govern-msnt." V Also, he said, "even if he had been convicted of a felony, because of the positions he has held, his office, his age and his 1 Y es, " ' ' " --- - . rff ; Y ' ' " fl ' . ( ( ' : " .- :':. J f races, Link said "the papers of losers are Very important" because the issues they raised had an impact on the course of events in the U.S. VERNON PRESLEY, father of singer ELVIS PRESLEY, says he expects his son to leave Baptist Hospital in Memphis soon. . "I have just talked to Elvis and he is ready to get out of the hospital and back to work when the tours resume," the elder Presley said Monday. Presley was scheduled to appear at Baton Rouge, La., last Thursday but returned to Memphis and entered the hospital suffering from what doctors said was fatigue and intestinal flu. Former President GERALD FORD is back on the campus "of the University of Michigan, his alma mater, this week for a series of 10 political science class lectures. Only political science students will be able to attend the lectures, around which Ford has scheduled meetings with university officials and ' former campaign associates.'- asked Cut benefits to about 1.58 ' million families by more than $5 a month. Maintain the benefits for the remaining 3.26 million families near current levels or increase them by slightly more than $5 a month. . Bring into the program about 880,000 households which now don't have the cash to buy the stamps. They are mostly elderly, disabled or on welfare in states with low assistance levels. - The current program's authorizing legislation expires Sept. 30. - health, it's a good chance he would have been probated and never been sent to a pentiten-tiary." Owens already has. .made complete- restitution of funds reported to be missing in the judge's records for the period from Jan. 7, 1974, to June 30, 1975. Geveden said that Owens reimbursed the state $4,651 for fines and court costs, $763.50 to the estate of the late Henry Martin, and $450 to the Carlisle County treasurer. Martin was serving as Carli- ( Continued On Back Page ) that is a 2-foot-high mule .Wet T-shirt match i helped spark fracas EDITOR'S NOTE: Information for this story was compiled from interviews with Murray State University students and administrators. The series of events as related by those who were at the tavern were in basic agreement with university officials who investigated the incident By BILL BARTLEMAN Sun-Democrat Staff Writer MURRAY, Ky. - The excitement of braless co-eds in wet T-shirts, the latest college craze, apparently sparked a fracas at the Big Apple Tavern near Puryear, Tenn., last week which resulted in the arrests of 202 persons, most of whom were Murray State University students. An overflow crowd packed into the Big Apple last Thursday njght to view what was billed as a wet T-shirt contest. The rules were simple: braless females wearing T-shirts would be doused with water and judged for the best all-around figure. The possibility of the contest had been talked about since Murray students returned from spring vacation in Florida where wet T-shirt contests are common. When it was decided that such a wntest would be held at the Big Apple, word spread quickly around campus. It was not surprising when the large crowd showed up at the r : YD if . I K rata? t .. "ns The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. leads family members in prayers during services marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis during a sanitation strike there. The services coincided with the firing of 1,000 sanitation workers by the City of Atlanta. (AP Wirephoto) tavern. Students who attempted to attend the event, but were turned away, said it was the largest crowd they had ever seen at the Big Apple. "It was so crowded, you couldn't even get to the bar to buy a beer," one co-ed, who was turned away, said. Students who frequently make trips south of the state line said the Big Apple doesn't usually attract large crowds because of the type of music played, there. Most of the students spend their evenings at the Cotton Club, located a short distance from the Big Apple. But last Thursday night was different. The wet T-shirt contest brought on a change in the type of music played."It was the first time I remember them playing disco music," one student said. The spirits, mostly from beer cans, began flowing early in the evening. Excitement began to mount as the hour drew near for the contest to begin. One MSU student who was at the tavern said people were standing on tables and chairs shortly before 10:30 when the contest was ready to begin. Males were cheering and female companions were at-...tempting to keep their mates calm, the student said. The excitement was not lessened by the fact that only two girls were brave enough to King memorial Governors, others support waterway WASHINGTON - Support for the, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway project flowed like a river here Monday as governors of four states and numerous other officials testified before two congressional subcommittees on behalf of the work. Governors Julian Carroll of Kentucky, Ray Blanton of Tennessee, George Wallace of Alabama and Cliff Finch of Mississippi testified before the Subcommittee on Public Works of the House Appropriations Committee, then later testified " before a similar Senate subcommittee. In both cases, the governors urged the congressional bodies to continue full funding of the waterway because of its economic impact for the area when completed. Also testifying .on behalf of the project before the House panel was First District U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard of Mayfield. Hubbard said economic projections indicate the per capita income of Kentuckians will increase because of the Tenn-Tom project from $4,109 to $10,090 by the year 2,000. . "My district is surrounded by navigable waterways, such as' the Tennessee, Ohio, Green and Cumberland rivers," the congressman noted in a prepared statement. "Development of the potential along these rivers has generated tremendous growth and security for Kentuckians. "By connecting these major navigable water arteries with the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Kentucky will be in a position to reap even greater benefits from savings in transportation costs," the congressman continued. "Its impact will foster unprecedented participate. One eyewitness said that as the two co-eds were being viewed, chairs and tables started crashing to the ground because of enthusiasm of the bystanders who apparently were jumping up and down on the furniture. The contest had barely begun when several Tennessee law enforcement officers entered the tavern to seek the owners of cars illegally parked along U.S. 641. The patrons jeered at the officers as they located the owner of one car that reportedly was blocking a portion of the highway. Before the officers left, a student was arrested for public drunkenness, which resulted in a series of events that ended with the arrest of everyone at the tavern. It also ended the contest. As the student was being removed, his female companion became enraged and started yelling at the officers. Other . students apparently joined in, but not to the extent of the female companion. The female student began kicking and hitting the officers and she was arrested. As the two students were being taken from the tavern to the arresting officer's car, patrons exited the tavern to watch what was happening. The spirited students were ' yelling and throwing objects at VrlV iTllfft t.t..' ... ., t J: " W .UK.-. ill 3 is w -is, x.. a t m vi Mij , I : IV W Ill f i - f 7 r ii m l growth for Southwest Kentucky in the next two decades, making the state even more attractive to industry." Hubbard said the greatest impact of the Tenn-Tom on Kentucky will be in the Paducah-Calvert City area "where substantial river-oriented industry and transportation facilities already exist. " Paducah will be at the head of the proposed waterway, which will connect the Tennessee River with the Tombigbee River and result in a shorter and easier river route to the Gulf of Mexico. Construction of the project began in 1972 and $277 million already has been spent on it. President Carter put the project under review with the possibility of removing it from his budget recommendation to Congress. The House Appropriations Committee, however, is holding hearings on the project and could add funding to the budget even if Carter does not. The Ford administration had recommended $157 million for construction planned for the Drought relief WASHINGTON (AP). -President Carter is expected to sign legislation authorizing $100 million in drought assistance, including government subsidies for a water swap program among farmers. Congress completed action on the measure Monday as the Senate passed the bill by unanimous voice vote. The bill authorizes grants for states to use in their own drought relief programs and federal purchases of water to avert the officers, witnesses reoorted. The bystandards apparently became upset at the way the of-. ficers were handling the co-ed... In order to subdue her, officers, apparently held her arm behind1, her back and held her down on., the hood of the car. As the situation became-, tense, the officers called for., assistance from as far away as Memphis. At one point, there were 52 law enforcement of-, ficers at the tavern. The officers surrounded the tavern and blocked the main roads to prevent the patrons from leaving. Everyone was' herded back inside the Big Apple and placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. Four MSU students were arrest on felony charges of inciting a riot. Those arrested were then ' loaded into buses and taken to. Paris, Tenn., where they were , lodged in the Henry County jail -.and the Paris City jail. MSU President Dr. Constan--tine (Deno) Curris issued an apology for the conduct of the students who were involved. Curris said Monday the university will not take any disciplinary action against the students involved because it , cannot punish students for conduct off campus. Most of. those arrested were released on $35 bonds. They are scheduled to appear in Henry - County Court on April 12. 1978 fiscal year. Hubbard said the proposed project already has caused some Kentucky communities and industries to prepare for the increased water traffic. He told the committee that Tennessee Steel Forging Corp. is developing a 15-million ton port along the Tennessee River in Calvert City. Hubbard also pointed out that a $1.02 million port is being constructed on Lake Barkley near Eddyville. "Recognizing the need to provide adequate services to shippers, Kentuckians are, therefore, exploring the establishment of a foreign trade zone in conjunction with the waterway," the congressman said. "Kentucky is moving for ward with a regional planning program to make optimum use of the waterway and to insure that the commonwealth will sustain further industrial development." Gov. Carroll, meanwhile, joined Govs. Wallace, Blanton and Finch in asking Bert Lance, (Continued On Back Page) uamage to iish and wildlife" as well as approving the water exchanges. Thw bill will allow farmers short on water to make government-guaranteed purchases from other farmers for the current growing season. The sales would be handled through a "water bank." The program is expected to benefit farmers who grow perennial crops, which would suffer for several years if they receive insufficient water this season. v cfj rA J

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