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a place to grow Vol. 105 - No. 163 Carroll Daily Times Herald Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Friday, July 12, 1974 — Eight Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week 15c Single Copy Rise in Wholesale Price is Smallest in Eight Months WASHINGTON (AP) Sharp increases in prices of industrial goods offset further declines in agricultural prices last month, lifting the Wholesale Price Index another five-tenths of one per cent, the government reported today. The wholesale price rise was the smallest in eight months, marking the first time since November that prices had risen by less than a full percentage point. In November prices rose six-tenths of one per cent. Wholesale prices dropped one-tenth of a per cent in October. The June increase of five- tenths of one per cent, both adjusted and unadjusted, works out to an annual rate of six per cent — still highly inflationary by historical standards. Agricultural prices dropped in June, for the fourth consecutive month, plunging a seasonally adjusted four per cent to a level 1.2 per cent below a year ago As farm and food prices declined, prices continued accelerating for a broad range of industrial commodities. These increases in wholesale industrial prices point to continued high prices ahead for consumers at the retail level. The Labor Department said metals, fuels, chemicals, ma- chinery and equipment accounted for about 80 per cent of the rise in the industrial commodities index, which advanced a seasonally adjusted 2.2 per cent in June following a rise of 2.7 per cent in May. Wholesale prices have risen at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 12.2 per cent during the last three months, and. were 14.5 per cent higher in June than in June 1973. The June increase lifted the government's Wholesale Price Index to 155.7, meaning that it cost $155.70 to buy the same volume of wholesale goods that $100 purchased in 1967. Farm prices dropped a sea- sonally adjusted 8.1 per cent, while prices of processed foods and feeds declined 1.1 per cent. At the farm level the biggest declines were for livestock, off an unadjusted 13.4 per cent; fresh and dried fruits and vegetables, down 13.7 per cent; live poultry off 9.6 per cent and milk down 7.7 per cent. The only major farm product increase was grain, up 6.6 per cent. Wholesale prices of consumer foods — those ready for sale on supermarket shelves, dropped 3.8 per cent. The decline included lower prices for meats, white potatoes, milk, processed poultry and dairy products. However, these food prices were still 8.3 per cent above a year ago. Other consumer goods at the wholesale level rose 2.1 per cent in June, lifting them 17.1 per cent higher than a year ago. Metal prices continued to advance sharply last month, rising 3.1 per cent, mostly because prices for iron and steel and other metal products soared. Higher prices for gasoline, distillates, electric power, coal and coke pushed the fuels index up 3 per cent. About the only decline in industrial products last month was in lumber and wood products, off 2.9 per cent. Iowa Rail Task Force Faces Formidable Job DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The 1974 Iowa Legislature gave $3 million to the new Energy Policy Council to establish a program to assist branch line railroads in the state. "This is a little like having six pieces of candy on a picnic with 20 children," said John Millhone, council director and chairman of its railroad task force. "The task force is going to have to choose where the money is to go, since the council is concerned it gets the most benefit possible from the investment in branch lines, and might be trying different types of demonstration projects in various parts of the state." There is an urgency to formulating task force proposals, caused by the desire to have a demonstration project underway with some tangible results to show the next legislative session in January. But the effort is complicated because of the little time remaining to get a project underway before winter ends the contruction season, it was brought out at the initial meeting of the task force Thursday. There are 3,700 miles of branch line railroads in Iowa. One of the first problems the task force has to cope with is determining what constitutes a branch line, as opposed to main or feeder lines, said Millhone. The task force must also determine "what information can be assembled on the branch lines quickly, and what criteria should be used in providing assistance" to the railroads, he added. The legislature appropriated the $3 million for the period from last July 1 until next June 30. Millhone has held his new post three weeks. In addition to Millhone, the task force is comprised of 10 other members, each with some expertise in transportation problems in Iowa. The group also sought opinions from nine "resource persons" at its first meeting. Millhone directed members to submit to him, by next Tuesday, suggestions as to which branch lines should receive assistance, and the form of help they believe should be provided. The early deadline was set, Millhone explained, because the council meets two days later "and will want the suggestions from the task force." Millhone said the appropriation "is seen as recognition by the legislature that railroads in Iowa are in critical condition... and that there is rapid abandonment of branch lines" which compromises th state's transportation needs. "The legislature felt the Beef Prices Not Expected to Go Down AMES, Iowa (AP) —Housewives stretching food dollars to put some beef in the family diet can plan to pay current prices for the rest of the year, an economist predicts. While beef prices probably will not rise very much in the next five months, they are not expected to drop significantly either, said Gene Futrell, an Iowa State University economist. Last January and February, shoppers were paying an average of $1.50 per pound, Futrell recalled. But for the rest of 1974, retail beef prices will probably be "something close to 10 per cent under that. That Beef, See Page 2 .need to put its finger in the dike to prevent rapid abandonment," Millhone added, "and it's an act of good faith by the state to the public and the railroads" that lawmakers are attempting to aid the faltering railroad system. "I've had a lot of people at both ends of the railroad industry—management and labor—tell me that Iowa is being looked at now as a state with the cutting edge in trying to develop a rail transportation policy." Several task force members deplored the condition of rail trackage in the state. Bierl Addition to Make Store Largest Retail Building Here 3 Area Health Care Facilities to Expand Applications to construct additions to two health care facilities in Carroll County and an application to construct a new custodial home in Lake View are among those to be reviewed by the Health Facilities Construction Review Committee in Des Moines July 25. A. L. Schluter, Lake View, has submitted an application to build a 42-bed addition to the existing facilities at the Carroll Health Center here. The addition will increase the center to a 132-bed facility, and includes a lounge, chapel and storage area. Estimated cost of the addition is $234,300. The application lists the approximate date of completion as June, 1975. The second application in Carroll County calls for an 18-bed addition to the existing 44-bed Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. The new addition will include a lounge and storage area. The cost of the Coon Rapids addition is estimated at $261,000, with completion in June, 1975. The application from Lake View calls for the construction of a new 46-bed custodial home at an estimated cost of $540,000. The approximate date of completion is scheduled as March, 1976. NFO Launches Pig Sell-off at Westside Bierl's Parkway Furniture in Carroll is constructing an addition to its building in Parkway Plaza that will increase its floor space by 50 per cent. The new addition, now under construction on the west side of the present Bierl building, will be called Bierl's Store of Floors. When the addition is completed, the facilities of the company will cover a total of 40,000 sq. ft., making it the largest retail building in Carroll under one roof. The expansion project, "according to Harold and Dennis Bierl, will provide better departmentalization for the Bierl operation, will increase the size of the floor covering department, will provide customers with more convenient selection and service, and will provide better display for the firm's home furnishing items. The Bierl firm started in business in 1954 on llth Street between Carroll and Adams Streets near Carroll High School. In 1957 it moved to 611 N. West Street. It moved into its new facilities in Parkway Plaza on Highway 30 east in 1970. Work on New Addition — A new addition now under construction to the Bierl Parkway Furniture here will increase the store's floor space by 50 per cent and will make it the largest retail building under one roof in Carroll. The addition is being built by the J. N. Daniel Construction Company, Carroll, and is on the west side of the present Bierl building. Plans now call for the additional facilities to be called Bierl's Store of Floors. A sell-off of feeder pigs weighing 40 to 60 pounds has been launched by the National Farmers Organization (NFO), which has a contract to deliver up to 500,000 head to an eastern packer for an export market. Initial deliveries under "Operation Little Porker" were undertaken at collection points in Iowa, Kentucky and Change in Ownership forS&M Interstate Securities Company of Kansas City, consumer finance subsidiary of ISC Industries, Inc., has agreed in principle to acquire, for $1,750,000, S&M Finance Company of Fort Dodge. The announcement was made by Paul Hamilton Jr., president of ISC Industries, a financial services company primarily engaged in the insurance, savings and loan, and consumer finance businesses. ISC assets presently exceed $400 million. S&M, with assets of $4.6 million, maintains its home office in Fort Dodge and has branch offices in Webster City, Sac City, Carroll and Storm Lake. Delbert Patrick, manager of the Carroll office, said the change of ownership will not change the operation of the Carroll office. Patrick will continue as manager here. Clark Eide, S&M president, will serve as consultant to the purchasing company. Paul Eide, vice-president will be responsible for Interstate's branch offices in Iowa. —Times Herald News Service Photo —Times Herald News Service Photo Scenes at Disaster Drill — Firemen in top photo fight fire in burning work with "injured" children as they lie on car, smoke from which hides the school ground with simulated injuries waiting for bus behind. In the lower picture, firemen the ambulances to arrive. Mock Disaster Drill Made to Appear Like the Real Thing South Dakota. Monday, July 8, NFO collection points in the East Omaha Marketing Area continued the sell-off by collecting between 700 and 1,000 head. The collection point at Westside, with NFO members from Carroll, Sac and Crawford Counties, collected 234 pigs that day. NFO leaders say the marketing action is a response to plunging hog prices, which dropped from about $41 a hundred in February to $24 in mid-June. They claim that the 500,000 head of pigs will take over 100 million pounds of pork out of meat counters over the next few months. The hogs would normally be marketed at 200-220 pounds. Bob Shoup, director of NFO's hog division, said the sell-offs will continue through 1974 or until "hog prices are back up to where they ought to be." ''Farmers have demonstrated that they don't want to feed $1 worth of corn to produce 50 cents worth of pork any longer," Shoup continued. The packer buying the pigs is arranging export sales in Japan, Turkey, Spain, Greece and other nations where roast pig is considered a delicacy, Shoup added. Area Forecast Par.tly cloudy and warm Friday night with chance of showers or thunderstorms, lows in mid 70s. Partly cloudy and not quite as warm Saturday, highs 85 to 90. Rainfall chances 50 per cent Friday night. AUDUBON — About 4:20 p.m. Wednesday the sirens which signal the noon hour and the report of fires and accidents sounded in this city and the 40 volunteer firemen went to their special telephones and were told that there was a fire "two miles east of the alfalfa mill." To most of them, this meant that the fire was a mile south and two miles east of Audubon. Most of them headed out there, some in their own cars and others in the fire department vehicles to which they are assigned. At about the same time, the siren in Exira was sounded and the message was the same. The volunteers there also headed for that location southeast of Audubon. While the firemen, with fire fighting units and emergency trucks, were speeding to the scene, so were state troopers, sheriff's officers and other whose work calls for their presence at such happenings. When they arrived the emergency workers were shocked to find dozens of youngsters apparently injured in what at first glance looked like a car-bus crash. The car was sitting crossways in the road burning. Some of the children were lying in the road, in ditches and down in a creek. But there were no injuries. It was all a massive "mock" disaster exercise. But to the firemen who first arrived on the scene it seemed horribly real. They hadn't been told it was a mock accident. Only the fire chiefs of the two towns knew! Likewise, state troopers were unaware that it was not "for real," although their superior officer had been told in advance. The exercise was the idea of Roger McLaughlin, administrator of Audubon County Memorial hospital. He worked out details of the plan with law enforcement officials, the fire chiefs, Civil Defense officials, Boy Scouts, the National Guard, and police, Only three others at the hospital had been told of the plans in advance — the director of nursing and two maintenance men. The maintenance men had emergency cots ready when the "injured" began arriving at the hospital. All off-duty nurses and other hospital personnel were called to duty. Off-duty police were summoned' National Guardsmen were alerted in advance and directed traffic Drill, Page 2 Saturday Issue of T-H Will Be Dropped The Carroll Daily Times Herald will discontinue publication of its Saturday edition after July 13, according to publisher James W. Wilson. Starting next Monday, July 15th, the Times Herald will become a five-day paper, published Monday through Friday. The decision to discontinue publishing the Saturday paper has been under consideration for more than two years. The move was made necessary in an attempt to curtail the ever-increasing cost of operation, Wilson said. "Without exception, everything purchased by the Times Herald has increased substantially and continued price increases have made the elimination of the Saturday edition necessary," Wilson said. "This action is being taken reluctantly, but efforts will continue to improve other issues of the week and we feel this move will make such action possible." Both the cost and supply 'of newsprint were major factors in the decision. The price of newsprint has been increased four times for a total of 30 per cent in the past 12 months. Newsprint is also in very short supply. Several papers have not been able to obtain the supply needed and the most optimistic prediction of when the shortage might be relieved is late in 1975. While the Times Herald has been able to obtain an adequate supply of newsprint thus far, discontinuance of the Saturday paper will conserve considerable quantities of newsprint. Increased postage rates also affected the decision. Congress has passed legislation slowing the proposed increases. But increases already in effect and those scheduled to be implemented spurred the decision at this time. The move will also mean a reduction in the work week hours for the Times Herald employees, following a national trend toward more leisure time for employees. "Several other Iowa daily newspapers have already discontinued their Saturday editions in an effort to keep costs within their incomes," Wilson said. "Saturday is the logical issue to discontinue if the decision to eliminate one day of publication is made, because it is the smallest-revenue producer of any issue." Other Iowa daily newspapers that have gone to a five-day week include the Centerville lowegian, Charles City Press, Estherville Daily News, LeMars Daily Sentinel, Cedar Falls Daily Record, Newton Daily News, Perry Daily Chief, Shenandoah Sentinel, Spencer Daily Reporter, Vinton Cedar Valley Daily Times, and Webster City Freeman Journal.