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r4 . 1 # " r F B 1^ It <3ale $bMf( ister-Moil, GolesbufQ, III. Thursdo N - 4 - • * , r J r J i m p t I 9 City By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) OatestNirg's txidget for the 1VI%-H fiscal year may exceed 16 miliiofi, CSty Manager Thomas B. Herring told City Council members Wednesday night. IN ADDtnONt a special half- rniyion budget would cover expenditures using federal revenue sharing funds. Last year's budget was about $5.6 million. Between 85-90 per cent of the proposed spending 73 *4' MM h in the new budget would be for expenses similar to last year, the manager said in a review of more than half of the proposals in the new budget. A major recommendation in the new fiscal budget calls for the creation of an office of city p\anning. A city planner would be hired; in addition to his planning activities he would also seel( federal and state grants for the city. The city planner would keep community development plans more current than has been done in the past, the manager said. THERE MAY be no city recreation program this year. Last year's program was operated on a limited scale after aldermen declined to hire a proposed recreation director. Herring proposed that the council evaKiate the recreation program and perhaps consider a year-round program. ' 'This business of starting and stopping is not good,'* Herring commented. "I don't think the programs the past two years have been good." Changes in the operations of the Human Relations Commission and the city's Office of Econondc Opportunity may also be forthcoming, but Herring did not specify their nature. The Human Relations Commission has asked the city to hire a secretary to staff its office in the basement of City Hall. \ THE PROPOSED budget also suggests purchasing a new van for the Knox OOunty Emergency Police. "The emergency police are of quite some value to the city. It would be in the best interests to get a new bus," Herring suggested. Also included in the proposed budget is an fU.OOO subsidy for Ga^esburg Transit Co. A |2,00o subsidy was awarded to the firm by the city last year. THE CITY'S two part-time attorneys may be replaced by one on a folKtime basis. This would raise the personnel budget from $12,840 to $2l,tM0 for attorney services, the manager said. Savings could result from dropping a financial report which lists in detail the amount of money spent by the city with various suppliers. The report costs about $2,000 a year. "No one can look at it and reaily find out the^ financial condition of the city," Herring explained • funds Witt be discussed during an informal meeting next Monday ngiht. Another budget meeting to discuss use of revenue sharing funds - will be held next Wednesday. rs Weather and River Stages tLLINdtS: Tonliht ihowtM and thundmtortn* likely. Friday^ varl- iib1« ctoudinm* warm and humid with ahowen and thunder«tormfl Uk«ly. Low toniiht M-W. High Friday low lOn to low Wa. By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The band strudc up The Star - Spangled Banner. The man wearing admiral's stripes stood ramrod straight facing an Americaii Flag, obviously touched by the emotion of the moment — and Abingdon officially welcomed home James Bond Stockdale. Hundreds of the residents of the community packed an Abingdon Grade School room Wednesday night to show they really meant those "Welcome Home, Jim" signs they draped at the town's entrances Tuesday. They were all there. The old schoolmates. Former teachers. Neighbors of years gone by. And lots of little boys who looked at Stockdale with awe as they gathered the courage to shake his hand. Mrs. Don Stephan, Stockdale's fourth grade teacher, was first in line to greet him, his wife and Mr. and Mrs. R. Rear Adm. Stockdale r ... meets Abingdon friends L. Bond, his cousins. **He was taught Stockdale in first grade, was not too far down the line. ''He was always a good boy," she commented. She noted that while in prison camp, Stockdale remembered the Maypole dance he had taken part in as a first grader in Abingdon. **He just asked one of the boys if they still have Maypole dances. It's former pupil turn out to be such a wonderful man," Miss Robinson said. Mrs. Stanley Wolford obviously had pleasant reminiscences as she went through the line and wagged her finger at the admiral on several occasions during their conversation. **I was just reminding him of when he used to take piano lessons with our children," she laughed at the conclusion of her conversatwn. "He was Patricia Dunlap is a teacher," Mrs. Wolford said. Mrs. Mable E. Swanson was another who remembered Stockdale as a child. "He and my son were classmates, and he came to our home regular It was Mangieri who gave the official welcome to Stockdale on behalf of the community at brief ceremonies. "It is too much,to comprehend the honor you have be- .u. o stowed on me both now and ly to play. I can remember while I was gone. It is not that they were always swiping pwper for me to accept it as a man because I realize you are honoring the many who have left this wonderful town and who have served so weU," Stockdale told the group. "Nothing kept me going so much during my years in prison as my thoughts of Abingdon, and nothing could be more different than the cellblocks of North Vietnam. a good student," Mrs. Stephan g wonderful pianist. He spoke at the grade school this morning where our daughter Mrs. said. the little Masterson bay's hat to tease him," she recalled. Mrs. Swanson, who came to the reception with four generations of her fmnily, said she had had the opportunity to work on the S^^ckdaie Day committee two years ago. "That makes me very proud." Abingdon's mayor remembered a younger Stockdale, too. Sam Mangieri coached Stockdale as a football player during his freshman year in high school. "He had plenty of courage. He was kmd of a butterball at that stage, but he had courage and he was Mangieri RUTH intelhgent, commented. too," There is no part of the United States wliere patriotism is so prevalent and love is so genuine." ERNEST DAY and Pete Hobhs of Harry E. Wiles Post 381, American Legion, presented the admiral with a life membership in the unit. Stockdale told them he plana to address the national convention of the American Legion to be held in Honolulu in August. **And I wiU teU them there I am a member of the Harry E. Wiles Post where my Uncle George was ,the first commander and my father was the second." Rev. Frank Deninger, pastor of the United Methodist Church, prefaced his prayer by saying: "I gave the prayer at the James Stockdale Day when the thread of hope seemed slim, and Til give the prayer now. I feel better, now." Commenting on the crowd at the reception, Mangieri said, "There's just no way to describe it. The whole town is here." Roger Larsen, chairman of the committee which planned the reception, said: "It's terrific. I was worried about the crowd because of the weather, but look at it. Nobody stayed home/* ' WESTEftN ILLINOIS: Mostly cloudy and mild tonifht with aavtral periods of thowara or thun- deratorma. Friday conildarabla cloudlnaaa with enaneo et ahow- ers. Low tonliht mid to uppar 50a. Hlfh Friday t4-70. IOWA; Cloudy with chance Of rtiowara and thundaratorma and a little cooler toniffht and Friday^ Locally heavy ralnfaU UkeW aouUi and wcBt tonight. Low. tontiht 45- SO west, 80a eait. High Trlday around 70 aoutheaat, 00a elsewhere. LOCAL WEATHER Noon iemperature, 03; Tnornins's low, 59. Sky parUy cloudy. (Wednesday's maximum. 66; minimum, 81.) sun rose today at 5:17 Elevator Lease a.!irt.» sets at 6:42 p.m. Preclplta- Uon .07 of an Inch of rain Wednesday. CXTCIIDEirrOIUBCAat ILLINOIS: Considerable cloudiness Saturday through Monday with chance of showers north around Saturday and over state around Monday. Highs in 60a and low 70s. Iowa upper 40 B to upper BOa Saturday. Cooling trend Sunday and Monday. Highs Upper 8pa to upper 60s ana lows in 40a on Monday. mVEH STAOES Dubuque—14.6 rise 0.1 ^ DavehtK>rt-»13.7 rise 0.4 Burlington-'18.2 rise 0.1 Keokuk—14.8 rise 0.8 S uincy—17.6 faU 0.3 rafton-r34.1 fall 0 .1 Alton—88.4 no change St. Louis—34.1 rise 0.1 Cape Girardeau—30.7 rise 1 .0 LaSaUe—20.2 fall 0.3 Peoria— 19.6 fall 0.3 Havana—18.9 fall 0.2 Beardstown— 21 .4 fall 0.2 St. Charles—30 .8 rise 0.5 Rear Adm. James Bond Stockdale and his wife, Sybil, are A hingd Welcomes Stockdales him flanked for the returned prisoner of war at Abingdon Grade School. One of the first persons in line to greet Stockdale was Miss Ruth Robinson, his first grade teacher, who a first grader. A large crowd of Abingdon residents turned out to hear Mayor Sam Mangieri extend the community's official welcome. Representatives of Ralph E. Wiles American Legion Post 381 presented Stockdale with a lifetime membership during a brief ceremony. The admiral told the crowd that in no part of the United States is patriotism so prevalent and love so genuine as it is in his hometown. (Register-Mail photos by Dale Humphrey) County Unit Officials Narrow Landfill Site Ch Lets Bridge Work Pacts Contracts were awarded this morning for bridge woric and two pick-up trucks by the Knox County Board's Highway Cwnmittee. An ususual situation developed when a representative of Louis Lakis Ford asked to withdraw the finn's trudi bid. HE TOLD committee members that an honest mistake had occurred and a $1,000 error had been made in the bid. The firm had been given a contract on its bid of $4,265. The committee agreed to the motion awarding the contract, and awarded it U: Weaver-Yemm CS»evrolet, which bid $5 ,0M- VHB action is subject to the approval of the Knox County state's attorney. Spoon Elver Valley Land- Bcaping was awarded a contract to mow 97.68 acres of county right-of-way for $13 an acre. FLYNN DRAINAGE CO., Metamora, was awarded contracts of 11.239, 19.745 m I • (Cootiiuied on The location for a county- oily landfill appeared to be narrowed to two of ttoee possible sites Wedneisday night as ithe Knox County Board*s Sanitary Landfill Conrunittee and the City Council discussed costs and advantages of each. THE COMMITTEE will return to the council next Monday with more definite estimates on the two sit^- The one which seemed to win favor is a farm about 13 miles east of Galesburg off U.S.. 150, owned by Ronald Davies, a self-employed businesaman. The land had btea part <d a deal proposed to the county by William Steagall, landfill Three Are Killed In h72 Mishap MONTICELLO, lU. (UPI) Three persons were killed wh the car they were riding h Wednesday hit a bridge abutment on Interstate 72 east of here. The victims were identified as John Painter Jr., 26, Monti- ceUo. Harry Mallock, 21, and Caftrenze Galbo, 17, both of Bondville. operator, about six months ago. Davies said Steagall had olfered to purchase the land, but that Davies had refused. liandfill operators in the future will be selected oa the basis of bids, City Msmger Thomas Herring indicated. Steagairs current county landfill contract sUrted in 1969, when no competitive bids were so4tght by the county. DAVIES FIRST asked the county to reiit his land for $6,700 a year. The lease would be for five years, and the county would have the option to renew it every five years for a period of 15 years after wes the first five. He later said mated the c os t of hauling that anytime during the life of the lease, the land could be pu2Yliased for |4S0 an acre, or $91,800. This could be paid a fifth at a time each year, plus interest on the balance. The farmland is a 204- flcre tract. **It's out where the iioot owls and chickens co-mingle,*' said Davies. An advantage of the site over a stripmine site, about 15 to 18 miles from Galesburg near Co^ty Highways 12 and 17, is its closer location and the condition of the road leading to it. Herring has esti- . ,000 . mile per year, 'If we had our way, we'd locate the landfill at the edge of the city," he commented. THE STRIPMINE site, own- by Midland Coal Co., be leased for $1 a year, but the county does not have an option to purchase the property. Advantages of this site. Herring said, are the lease price and the idea that bad land could be reclaimed. Disadvantages are the distance and poorer, winding county roads. The third site considered, but apparently rejected because of price, is east of Wataga in Spartai Township about 10 miles from Galesburg^ The owner, Floyd Grant, asked $600 an acre for 220 acres of land. This is the closest pro­ sed site, but it is about REXCO Creditors To Discuss Rental A meeting of creditors of the financially beleaguered Rex D. Johnson grain enterprises has been scheduled for May 16 to consider renewing a lease with Central Soya, which is presently operating the three Johnson grain elevators in Knox County. STEPHEN J. COVEY, federal referee in bankruptcy, said the session will be held at 2:45 p. m. in the Knox County Cdurthouse qounty courtroom. A proposal will be offered to extend the lease for five years from Aug. 1, 1973, to July 31, 1978. Rent proposed is $325,000, payable in annual installments, plus a cent a bushel for all grain handled in excess of 3 million bushels. It would be a net lease, with Central " :" r property taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance bills, and the company would have the right of first refusal in the event the creditors' committee decided to lease or sell the property at the end of the five years. . Rental for the terminating five years was $500,000. Attorneys in the long, complicated bankruptcy proceedings have said that the completion of the first 5-year lease should see most of the major, secured creditors paid off to the extent of about $700,000. . . . r PROCEEDS FROM the operations during the next five years would go toward paying off unsecured creditors, to whom more than $2 million, is owed. The Johnson elevators are at Oneida, Wataga and Henderson. Rex Johnson and his wife Paula operated the company until bankruptcy action was initiated Feb. 22, 1968. Sheltered Workshop's Board Appoints Executive Director Laverne Weidler has been W'^'^i; ji;«!! i ifii!?"!!; iifi :|?::9?llfIfiBfja ff^^. awJoilued executive director of & mm 1: MM^H^^mm' Positive Attitudes, a sheltered workshop which trains handicapped persons for productive employment. The appointment was announced by Mrs. Harold Reinhardt, president of the board of directors. Weidler said the workshop will be moved to the former Strand Bakery near the intersection of South and Cherry streets by June 1. He said remodeling of the building to accommodate the workshop is scheduled to begin in May. The workshop presently has five persons but Weidler predicted that would be expanded to 20 by July 1. Persons at the workshop assemble products for various local industries, manufacture floor brushes and dusters, make wall and door signs, and handle clothing retail sales of some items for Pro- texall Inc. Laverne Weidler ft* executive director tracts to assemble items for Midwest Manufacturing Co., Gates Rubber Co., and Butler The workshop also has con- Manufacturing Co. IV2 miles off good road, Herring said. Equipment for the landfill site may cost about $23,700. This includes costs of drilling wells, fencing, road grading and engineering costs. Two buildings also will be needed and would cost a total of $10,000. One will be used for storage of equipment and the other for an office. GES FOR> WA&TERi < Zoning Board Act The Knox County Zoning mobile home on land he owns on Trailer Sites Board of Appeals Wednesday afternoon session rejected two requests for permission to locate mobile homes in rural areas, deferred action on a third request and allowed two others. A petition for a variance to side yard requirements was also denied. John H. McCormick was given permission to locate a in Haw Creek Township. McCormick told board members his son and daughter-in-law would live in it. GEORGE LINZE was given a conditional use permit to locate a mobile home on land he owns in Orange Township. Linze plans to occupy the mobile home while he builds a house there. A decision on request by Joan Gladfelter to locate a mobile home behind her restaurant she operates on Grand Avenue was deferred 30 days. Objections from Ed W. Beghtol, White's Insulation and Roofing Co. and Dick Blick Co. were heard. The board gave Mrs. Gladfelter the 30 to get the days to attempt objections with­ drawn. Board members indicated the request would not be granted if there were any objections. Requests by Jay Buchanan to locate a mobile home in Copley Township and Thomas J. Peters to locate one in Haw Creek Township were denied. THE BOARD said neither STILL IN STYLE! See Our Selection of Styled Corsages For Her Surprise Your Family With Flowers For Easter. CALl 342^812\ Anderson orists (Continued on Page 3) «

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