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tovsa a place t> grew Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105-No. 80 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa 51401, Thursday, April 4,1974 —Ten Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week 15c Single Copy Hundreds Die in Storms From Georgia to Canada Tornadoes struck an area stretching from Georgia to Canada late Wednesday and early today killing more than 330 persons the worst tornado death toll in half a century. Thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damage resulted from the twisters that hit scores of cities and towns, leaving many in shambles. Half the town of Xenia, in southwestern Ohio, was devastated. Twenty-four persons were killed and more than 1,000 were homeless in the community of 25,000. Rows of bodies were arranged in the rubble-strewn streets. More victims were thought trapped in overturned cars, but heavy equipment was unable to get through the streets to lift the vehicles. Whole neighborhoods were destroyed, buildings leveled, railroad cars and trucks upended by the vicious winds that struck the Midwest and South. Kentucky appeared to be the worst hit, with 77 known dead Add Adult Services Program The Carroll County Department of Social Services has hired Randy Collier as adult services worker. The new adult services program offers assistance to all persons not on ADC or juveniles. According to Collier, most of his work will be with disadvantaged on public assistance and persons over 65. Most recently, he was a resident counselor at Siddahra House, a group home for juvenile delinquents at Onawa. Before his eight months there. Collier was an area office trainee in Onawa, where he worked in ADC and pre-sentence investigation. He graduated from the former Parsons College with a bachelor's degree in social work. Collier described his mission in Carroll as three-fold-to be an advocate on people on his case load, to act as a source of information, and to act as an interested friend. He is also assisting with promotion of the Homemaker Health Aid Program, which will provide and hundreds of injured. Alabama reported 69 dead, Indiana 63, Tennessee 54, Ohio 35, Georgia 15, Ontario, Canada, 8, North Carolina 4, Michigan 3, Illinois 2, and West Virginia 1. Early today, two tornadoes hit the town of Meadow Bridge, W. Va., about 50 miles southeast of Charleston, killing one person and injuring several others. The rampage cost more lives than any series of tornadoes since March 18, 1925, when a twister cut through three Midwestern states, killing 689. The 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes in the Midwest killed 271. Weather forecasters in Kansas City compared Wednesday's tornado outbreak to a "fast-moving shotgun blast." "There were twice as many people killed (as the result of tornadoes) in eight hours yesterday as were killed in the three previous years," said Allen Pearson of the National Severe Storms Forecast Randy Collier homemaker services to persons in need of it, such as the elderly or recuperating persons. Farm Brings $1,000 an Acre A 240-acre Carroll County farm known as the Manneman farm, has been sold to Gary Koster of Breda for $1,000.00 per acre. The land is located two miles west of Mt. Carmel in Section 20 of Kn'iest township. Koster will take possession March 1, 1975. The private transaction, which was completed April 2, was handled by Burns Fitzgerald Realtors of Pocahontas. Grand Opening— Grand opening of the Flower Loft, located at Fifth and Main, will be held Friday and Saturday. Joan Huegerich, with 13 years experience in the flower business, is the manager and head designer. Terry Pudenz is the assistant designer. The Flower Loft serves all floral needs and has cut flowers, green plants, blooming plants and gift ideas. The interior is done in rustic motif with barn siding walls and old hand-hewn beams. Delivery in Carroll and surrounding communities is available. Center. In Chicago, forecasters said there was a chance of more tornadoes through Friday. The greatest threat today was either side of a line running from 45 miles southwest of Meridian, Miss., to 35 miles northwest of Columbus, Ga. Possibility of tornadoes existed all down the East Coast from New York to Atlanta and then across to Mississippi. Areas west of that line were out of danger, forecasters said. The "frontal system will move out to sea by Friday and the threat will be over," a forecaster said. Telephone communications were knocked out in most areas and National Guard units were called up to help evacuation efforts and to prevent looting. As the tornadoes steamrollered their way across country, a moderate earthquake hit the Midwest, centering in Springfield, 111., There were no reports of injuries or property damage, however. Heavy rains and hail also struck the storm areas. Schools Closed as Snow Strikes Again The Carroll area got a taste of Mother Nature's cure for spring fever Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The medicine was two and a quarter inches of snow which closed nearly all schools in the area and forced several other cancellations. But winter may leave Iowa by Friday. A warming trend is expected Friday with readings predicted to reach into the 40s and lower50s. Officials at the Iowa State Highway Commission garage here said U.S. 71 was 100 per cent snowpacked Thursday throughout the county. U.S.,30 was said to be in "fair shape" except for some protected areas where drifting and packing was reported. The county blacktop roads were snowpacked and slick Thursday morning. Carroll County Engineer Martin Schmeiser reported. The snowfall was preceded by a steady rain throughout the day Wednesday. The rainfall and moisture content of the snow amounted to 1.04 inches. Iowa can look forward to some improvement in the weather, which has been marked by snow, rain, high winds and thunderstorms during the last 36 hours. The wet weather is expected to end Thursday night as cloudiness decreases and winds diminish. Later Afternoon highs should range from the 30s north and west to the lower 40s in the southeast. Cooler readings will prevail Thursday night with lows in the 20s. "We had about 30 seconds warning before it hit," said Gary Heflin, a grocery store manager in Xenia. "All you could hear was the wind, the crashes and people praying.'' "I've been through the Korean conflict but I have never been scared like that," said C.B. Grissom of Lexington, Ky. Kentucky was hard hit, with a higher death toll than any other state. Gov. Wendell H. Ford declared the state a disaster area and called it "probably the most tragic day in the history of Kentucky." Ford ordered National Guardsmen into the stricken areas. Curfews were clamped on Frankfort, the state capitol, on Lousiville and on Brandenburg, a town of 1,600. Brandenburg was left in rubble and 23 persons were known dead. Soldiers from nearby Ft. Knox used giant searchlights to probe the debris in the search for more bodies. In Ohio, Gov. John J. Gilligan ordered the National Guard into Xenia and asked federal officials to declare the town of 25,000 a disaster area. "About 50 per cent of Xenia is gone," Police Chief Ray Jordan said. There were 24 reported deaths and at least 1,000 were reported homeless. Area Forecast Decreasing cloudiness and colder Thursday night, lows in upper 20s. Partly sunny and warmer Friday, highs in upper 40s to lower 50s. With an average of $177 spent each month on each Aid to Dependent Children case in fiscal 1973. Carroll County ranked 45th among Iowa's 99 counties, a report issued Thursday from the state auditor's office showed. Two counties, Greene and Guthrie, of the seven neighboring counties, spent more each month per case than did Carroll County. Greene County spent an average of $190 a month per case to rank thirteenth in the state, and Guthrie County averaged $180 and ranked 34th. The report showed a significant decrease in the number of lowans receiving Aid to Dependent Children Assistance at the end of fiscal year 1973. State Auditor Lloyd R. Smith said 3,087 fewer people were receiving ADC on June 30, 1973 than at the corresponding time a year earlier. A total of 81,021 lowans were on ADC at the close of fiscal 1973. In Carroll County 333 persons were receiving ADC assistance as of June 30, 1973. The report said the average monthly case load for the county was 97 persons. The total cost of the ADC assistance in Carroll County during fiscal 1973 was $207,708, the report showed. Greene County reported 243 persons receiving ADC assistance at the end of fiscal 1973 and an average monthly case load of 72 persons. ADC payments totalled $164,354 in Greene County for the year. There were 256 persons receiving assistance in Guthrie County as of June 30, 1973. The report showed an average monthly case load for Guthrie County of 72 persons and a total annual grant of $155,728. The average monthly grant per case in fiscal 1973 for the state was $184.43, a decrease of $3.64. Marion County had the highest average monthly grant, $196.52, while Tama County had the lowest, $151.76. Calhoun County reported 274 persons receiving ADC assistance at the end of fiscal 1973 and an average monthly case load of 79 persons. The average monthly grant per case in Calhoun County was $167, while the total annual grantwas$159,644. The total ADC bill in fiscal 1973 in Iowa came to $53.5 million, up $1.5 million over 1972. Of this amount the federal government contributed $31.1 million, the state put up $10.9 million and counties the remaining $11.5 million. Audubon County ranked 84th in the state with an average monthly payment of $164 per case and recorded an average monthly case load of 42 recipients. There were 94 persons receiving ADC assistance in Audubon County at the end of fiscal 1973; A total grant of $83,011 wasusedforthe assistance for the year. Crawford County had 250 persons on the ADC rolls at the end of fiscal 1973 and reported an average monthly case load of 76 persons. The county averaged $163.20 each month per case, and had a total annual grant of $149,330. Shelby and Sac Counties ranked 95 and 96, respectively, with average monthly grants per case of $156.25 and $156.23. However, Sac County's total annual grant was about $20,000 larger than Shelby County's because of a larger monthly case laod. Sac County reported an average monthly case load of 65 persons, compared to 54 for Shelby County. At the end of fiscal 1973, 175 persons were receiving ADC in Sac County, and 172 were receiving assistance in Shelby County. The total annual grant for ADC in Sac County was $122,176 and was $102,503 in Shelby County. Feeders Honor Bankers Start Photo The Carroll County Beef Producers' Association Wednesday evening sponsored an appreciation dinner at the Red Carpet Lounge here for members of the Carroll County Bankers Association. Ralph Bock, Glidden. president of the beef group, said the dinner was a "thank you" to the bankers for providing the meat for both the pork and beef banquets. In the top photo are officers of the county beef unit. Shown in the front row, from left, are, Gary Rupiper, Templeton, vice president; Bock; and Paul Venner, Breda, treasurer for 1973 and 1974. In the back row, from left, are, Lyle Gross, Manning, past secretary; and Warren Clark, Lake City, past president. Dennis Pietig, Carroll, secretary, was not available for the picture. Paul Wendl, Dedham, second from left, and Dr. Donald Casey, Carroll, second from right, bottom photo stand with Clark and Bock with plaques they won for outstanding service to the Carroll County beef industry. Nixon May Have to Borrow to Pay Big Federal Tax Bill ADC Payments Average $177 —County Ranks 45th in State WASHINGTON (AP) White House officials say President Nixon, facing a federal tax bill for about half his reported net worth, probably will be forced to borrow some money to make the payments. Nixon announced through aides Wednesday night he would pay some $465,000 in back income taxes and interest. He acted after being told privately a day earlier that the Internal Revenue Service calculated he owed an extra $432,787 in taxes before interest for his first four years in the White House. The President's net worth as of last May 31, was put at $988,522 in disclosures Nixon made four months ago. His cash assets were put at $432,874. A White House source, asked how Nixon proposed to meet a taxes-and-interest bill of about $465,000, said the President would use some resources and probably borrow the balance. The White House announcement said the IRS report contained no suggestion of fraud on the part of the President. IRS contended Nixon improperly claimed deductions for business expenses and a controversial gift of his vice presidential papers to the National Archives. The federal tax collectors also held that the President failed to report taxable capital gains on sales of a New York City apartment and part of his land at San Clemente, Calif. The tax agency, which once gave the President an okay on past filings now challenged, also was said by Nixon aides to have found he should have reported as taxable income some federally-financed improvements to his California and Florida estates, and the value of air flights made by relatives and friends on military aircraft. The White House announcement that Nixon would pay the back taxes left open the question of the future of Nixon's vice presidential papers, on which he claimed $482,018 in deductions IRS now refuses to accept. Anti-Pet Shooting Bill is Approved DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—A measure designed to prevent the shooting of pets that get loose from their owners was passed 33-9 by the Senate and sent to the House Wednesday. Under current law, persons who spot unlicensed dogs over six months old running loose can legally shoot them. Sen. William Gluba, D-Davenport, sponsor of the bill, said this results in the malicious killing of pets. He told the Senate of a 15- year-old Williamson boy who was hunting for rabbits with his dog when the boy and the dog stopped at a service station to wait for a friend. Gluba said the service station owner walked out the door carrying a shotgun, kicked the dog and then shot it when the animal started to run. The Davenport Democrat said charges were dismissed against the service station owner because of the present law. The Senate-passed bill would allow lowans to pick up dogs without a license and turn them over to law authorities or the local pound or humane society in communities that have those facilities. The owner of the animal would then have time to rescue his pet before it was destroyed. In unincorporated areas where there are no animal shelters, authorities could be called to take possession of the animals. The bill would retain the right of farmers to kill a dog if. it were caught in the act of chasing, maiming or killing a farm animal or anyone to kill the dog if it was attempting to bite someone or it was rabid or dangerous to humans. Long Truck Amendment Riders to DOT Bill DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— For the second time in two days, the Iowa House expressed its will Thursday that 65-foot double-bottom trucks and 60-foot livestock trailers be allowed on state highways. By votes of 51-42 and 62-27, it attached to a Department of Transportation (DOT) bill amendment riders to allow the long trucks. The amendment, filed by Rep. Richard Welden, R-Iowa Falls, would create a commission to study transportation problems and form a state transportation policy. But it would stop short of creating a full DOT. Where the bill under consideration provides for pulling together five present state de-,. partments into a single DOT, Welden's amendment proposed that the commission only consider which functions of existing agencies should be pulled together. The commission would make its recommendations to the 1976 legislature. Rep. Carl Nielsen, D-Altoona, sponsor of the long truck amendments, said he would offer them again to the main bill in case the Welden amendment was defeated. Nielsen's amendment would expand the proposed umbrella department into a Department of Transportation and Energy Management. Backers of the amendment said it had the same provisions for development of a comprehensive state transportation policy and plan as the DOT measure, but would avoid creating a whole new state department. Its opponents said it would create an unwieldy body with authority to administer energy allocation programs, but with no real power in transportation matters. Appropriations Committee Chairman Charles Grasslev, R-New Hartford, urged the House not to "get the cart before the horse" by setting up a new department before a transportation plan has been formulated for presentation to the legislature. The amendment was voted down 53-42, however, after Rep. Richard Drake, R-Muscatine, floor manager of the bill, said a strong DOT was needed if Iowa is to cope with its long range transportation problems, particularly with railroads. "The question is whether you want a DOT or only want to talk about it for the next 10 years," Drake said. Rep. David Stanley, R-Muscatine, observing that a camel is a beast that looks like "it was put together by a committee," said the Appropria- tions Committee plan was even worse. "It looks like they sewed together half a camel and half a hippotamus," Stanley declared. "It will never work." Supporting Drake and Stanley, Rep. Dennis Butler, R- Council Bluffs, declared that "this isn't a transportation department. It isn't an energy management department. It tries to be both and fails all around."