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T f jSglesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg,III, Thursday, June 28, 1973 Recruiters Are Confident of Success Despite New End'of'Draft Competition Weather and River Stages or mid AOs BOUlh^ WFSTEIW ILLINOIS: flcnernlly RO. through By LARRY REID (Staff Writer) Two Galesburg area recruiters have faith in their* ability to entice young men and women to join the military service despite the end of the draft. Recruiters in other areas may find their job somewhat more difficult when the draft ends June 30. With the threat 'of induction removed,"young* prospects may be less concerned about their military status. As one Army official put it, the end of the draft has thrown the recruiters more into competition with business for young people. Sgt. l.C. Ronald C. Millard, Galesburg area Army recruiter, believes recruiters will have to establish a better rap port with the news media under the new program. "What we are trying to do is sell an intangible product," he said. "Instead of working 8-10 hours a day we will be putting in 1012 hours," Millard remarked, THE RECRUITER said he is relying heavily on some of the Army's new programs and a patriotic spirit to encourage young people to join (he service. "We have a lot of patriotic people in the Galesburg area," he said, adding that it is one of the easiest areas in which to recruit. The former drill sergeant, who has seen combat duty in Vietnam, serves Knox, Henderson and Warren counties. He is assisted by Sgt. l.C. Philip H. Leroy. Some of the Army's new programs include enlistment Draft To End, But... Mrs. Virginia Coupland, executive secretary of the Selective Service System Local Board 149, Galesburg, said that while the general draft ends this month, boards will still have authority to induct persons with deferments. However, she said, this probably won't happen. It would take an act of Congress to change the law to resume a general induction, Mrs. Coupland said. She pointed out that with the change in the law, the Knox County board office here will be consolidated with offices in Henderson, Warren and McDonough counties with the headquarters at Monmouth. Consolidation must take place before Aug. 15, she said. of 18-year-old girls without parental consent and inducements for married women and couples. Millard said he also believes salaries and bonuses will be increased. While recruiters operate on THIS MONTH Millard's enlistment quota is nine. "With five young people on active duty and four being processed I think we will make it," he said. Millard pointed out that even when the draft was at a standstill late last year, he was able to double his quota of four in December, considered the most difficult recruiting month. His efforts then won him a top recruiting award. T. Sgt. Richard Nelson, the local Air Force recruiter, said he anticipates no difficulty achieving his quota under the a set salary, the sergeant said^ volunteer service program, he believes their salaries prob- Nelson noted that he has al- ably will be improved to compensate for the number of hours of work required to make the modern volunteer Army a reality. ready enlisted for the next quarter 17 persons with no previous service — five over his goal of 12. " I THINK we have a pretty good product in our technical training schools, guaranteed jobs and salary benefits," he said. The sergeant said the Air Force will continue to rely primarily on its present format Instead of new programs. Nejson, who serves Knox, Warren and McDonough counties, said that his office, now located at the Galesburg Post Office, will be moved July 9 to 1172 Monroe St. Both men support the volunteer Army. "It lets a person make up his own mind and should help build a more skilled Army,' Millard said. However, he pointed out that if the volunteer arrangement IOWA: Generally fnlr ~ Friday. Low tonight 60s. High Friday fibs. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature. 80; morning* low. 67. Sky partly cloudy. (Wednesday 's maxFrrTum. 80: min£™«' ta " fla Sun rose today at 5:34 a.m., seta m 8:3.1 p.m. eXTttltJt !D rOHECAST ILLINOIS: OccMlonnl Rhnw* f i Saturday through Monday. Low nn«* 70». Hlgii Saturday m-m. HI«« Sunday and Momtoy 70».ft0s. 81 RtVeft STAQEg Dubuque—0.5 no ehang» Davenport—8.0 fall o.l BurHngtoJWU Ml 6.6 KeokUk-8.9 fall 1.1 ouiney—12.0 rl*< 02 Orflfton—16.8 fall 0.1 Alton-18.0 fflll 0.2 St. Louis—20,0 fall 0,2 , Cape oifflrdeau-.2l7 fall o.fl LflSfllle-18.1 f«H A 0.2 Peoria—17^ fflll 6.1 Havana—17.3 .no ehang* Beardfltown-i9,2 ««e 0,1 St. Charles—16.S rlae 0.1 School Unit 115 Officials Charged OQUAWKA — A controversy Jr. Union School District 115 tended in court this week in Henderson County when the state's attorney filed eaves droning charges against the fails to work, the draffmight district's superintendent and a be reinstated. Nelson views principal- the volunteer plan as an in- Th® criminal charges were strument for better salaries, contained in a complaint signed by a teacher against Samuel Wegman, superintendent of schools, and Alan Dniskell, principal of Tri-Valley Middle School. The complainant, Jerry Dale Johnson, a science-ma,thema,tics •teacher whose contract was not renewed this spring, alleged that Driskell, his immediate supervisor, tape-recorded his classroom presentation without his knowledge. Johnson accused Wegman of authorizing the taping, which Johnson says violated his constitutional guarantee of privacy. Misdemeanor The alleged offense violates an Illinois statute and is classified as a misdemeanor. Henderson County State's Mty. LaMarr Evans, who filed the complaint, said he tried to disuade Johnson from making the charge. "But my policy has been to a?low a citizen to file charges," Evans explained, adding that he did not feel he should act as a judge. The charge was made after several young teachers — in cluding Johnson — were fired this' spring by the district's Board of Education. Johnson was dismissed because of an alleged lack of discipline — a charge reportedly supported by the tape recording. Johnson has said he was not told his class presentation would be taped. Wegman and Drlskel claim he was notified beforehand. The attorney for the defendants, Lyman Fort of Stronghurst, Wednesday filed a motion asking the judge to strike the complaint. Fort cited several alleged technical errors in the complaint, and also called the statute unconstitutional. Arguments Monday Arguments on the motion will be presented next Monday before Circuit Court Judge Earle Kloster. Wegman and Driskell were to appear in court Monday, but Evans said their appearance would probably be made by their counsel.' Evans also said if Klosler were to strike the complaint on the basis of a technical error, he complaint would be amended and refiled. 'Evans indicated he himself questioned the constitutionality of the statute, but would present the prosecution's case. If convicted, Wegman and Driskell each could be fined $1,000 and jailed for up to a year. Improvements Set On Oquawka Well Flown to Bum Center Two young persons, who were burned Wednesday in a f ruck accident, top left, were later loaded into a helicopter, below left, and transported to a Springfield hospital burn center. Above, the injured couple waits in the helicopter for the doors to be closed before takeoff. (Register-Mail photos by Steve Stout.) Carnival Couple Survives Burning Wreck on U.S. 34 By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) A young man and woman who were badly burned Wednesday in an accident on U.S. 34 west of Galesburg, were later transferred by helicopter from St. Mary's Hospital to a Springfield burn center. Paul Podmajersky III, 24, Macomb, and Donna J. Self, 19, Astoria, were tentatively listed yesterday as critical by hospital authorities at St. Mary's. Miss Self is originally from Beardstown. Podmajersky was driving a semi loaded with carnival equipment owned by Reid's Spectacular Shows. The girl was a passenger. Both are employes of the carnival show —Podmajersky a crew member on one of the rides, and Miss Self as a ticket seller. Podmajersky's truck was the last of a 3-truck convoy which was traveling from Burlington to Crete. The show closed Tuesday night after a 6-day engagement at Burlington's Steamboat Days celebration, PODMAJERSKY told authorities he felt a lurch and looked in the rear view mirror. The left rear wheels of the trailer raised off the pavement and the right wheels were careening into the ditch. He was attempting to bring the rig back on the pavement when the loaded trailer over turned, pulling the cab with it The accident occurred shortly before noon, just east of the Coldbrook junction. Witnesses said flames erupted as the cab crashed into the ditch. "It just blew," the driver of the truck in front of Podma jersky's recalled. "I looked back and he was trying to get it back on the road. It looked like he'd make it, then it just went over and there was an explosion.' Two hours later, Podmajer sky was lying in St. Mary's emergency room, surrounded by nurses and clergymen. He was talking and joking. "He's always like that," the other driver said. "No big thing to him, you know what I mean? He's hurting though." Pge .. . The girl was lying on a stretcher several feet from Podmajersky. "SHE'S WORRYING about her dog," the driver continued. "It was just a puppy. She got it only last night." He paused then. "I told her I'd sure get her another one. It didn't get out, I don't think," he said, looking again toward the emergency room door. The driver's eyes were red- rimmed and pulfy. "We were up most of the night, getting it packed up to move," he said. The unidentified driver sat there and waited nearly four hours until the two burn, victims were wheeled out to a waiting ambulance. He held on to Podmajersky's hand as the stretcher passed through the door. "I'll see you in a few days, you hang in there," he told the injured man. A nurse hustled through the emergency room door and looked toward the waiting driver. "She's so worried about her puppy. It's all she keeps talking about," she told him. PODMAJERSKY'S back and an arm were burned. After the truck cab hit and the flames engulfed them, he scrambled out, pulling the girl with bim. She received burns on her face and hands and several abrasions. They stumbled into a muddy cornfield, a/way from the roaring lire where they were given emergency first aid by tiwo Illinois Power Company em ployes. Ambulance operators found them sitting in the mud, waiting. "She was sort of lying across his feet," an attendant recalled. "He insisted we take care of her first." Podmajersky has worked for the company since April; Miss Self, for about two weeks. The company is own- See 4 Pair'(Continued on Page 3) By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) The City of Galesburg may spend almost $300,000 this year to improve the city's water well near Oquawka. Improvements, termed "expensive" by City Manager Thomas' Herring, may include installing six small supplemental wells to increase pumping capacity and cleaning the main well's 150-foot horizonal collector pipes. The city now has supplemental wcUs which were installed in the early 1950s. They could be used to provide water in case of an emergency; however, city officials have chosen not to Quality Bad The water quality from the old wells is "so bad" that treaitr ing it would result in more expense in the long run than in stalling new wells, said Donald Hcmser of Casler, Houser and Hutchison, Jacksonville, the finn studying the project. The six new wells will cost about $240,000 and cleaning the collector pipes an additional $45,000, Houser estimated. The city water fund this year should be large enough to support such an expense, according to Donald Viane, city fi nance director. The extensive project is nee essary, according to Houser, because the collector pipes, 90 fee' under ground, have become c'ocgod with iron deposits. They will be cleaned with a hydro chloric acid treatment. Collector pipes have been cleaned twice before with chlor ir.c, and this method helped, Houser said, but the more extensive treatment should do an even better job. The process of cleaning the perforations in the pipes takes equipment the city does not have, so it would be done on a contract basis, Houser explained. About four weeks will be needed for the project, and the cleaning will be repeated in four years. Supplemental wells would be drilled to increase the pumping capacity to 10 million gallons of water per day. At present, about 6.5 million gallons per day arc pumped. Appeals Board Denies Midland Zoning Change Request Bv NORMA CUNNINGHAM I By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals has said no to the Midland Coal Co. request for a zoning change that would have allowed consrtruction of a new processing plant in Copley Township. The latest round in a running battle between the firm and the county occurred Wednesday at a regular board session when Floyd Gustafson, board of appeals member, moved that the request for a zoning change, frcm farming to heavy industry! be denied. Midland presented testimony j in a day-long hearing at Copley Town Hall April 25 concerning (he proposed new plant, its location, capabilities and plans for expansion. Company officials said plans call for relocation of the processing plant nearer to the source of coal and addition of a dragline as part of a $16.5 million improvement program at Mecco Mine. Packed Hall Copley Township r esidents packed the town hall, many stating objections. One of the objections raised was the location of a rail line to haul processed coal from the plant and the possibility that the firm might condemn land for the right of way. The board cited four points in turning down the proposed zoning change: It would constitute spot zoning; the area is agricultural and should remain in that use; a processing plant already exists, and the zoning change would not be In the best interest of the county. In a written summation, David McDonald, attorney for the Copley Town Board and Rep. A. T. McMaster, R-Oneida, ob- jjectors to the zoning change, Isaid: "it is difficult to per| ceive a case in which the argu- mfnts against a requested zon- hig change are more compelling and the alleged justification for such proposed change is so bttle ..." Suit Filed Midland filed suit against the county last Friday, charging that reclamation standards set nearly a year ago by the board are unnecessary and unreasonable. The county answered with ,a cease and desist order because Jthe firm has not filed a state- jment of interest or posted required bond, and counsel for the coal company countered with a motion to stay the cease and desist order. A hearing in the, lease is set for Monday at 2 p.m. In other items on the Wednesday agenda, the board denied |the request of Thomas Plumbing and Heating Co. for a zoning variance in set-back requirements in a restricted industrial district in Galesburg Township. John Hattery, Galesburg attorney, appeared on behalf of Robert Collier who owns nearby property at 2132 McMaster Ave. Hattery said his client felt the set-back requirement should be (met, and pointed out that the firm had a building nearly completed which was in violation of; the requirement. | He said that while there would be expense involved, the building was pre-engineered and could be moved. He said the building was constructed with no building permit. Other Business In other business, the board: — Allowed the request of Mr. and Mrs. Ardo Peterson for a reduction in set-back requirements for construction of a grain bin in Rio Township. There were no objectors. Approved subject to state requirements the request of |American Central Corp. to del jvelop a private campground in ;a conservation district in Copley (Township. The firm is the developer of Oak Hun in Copley and Pcrsifer townships. — Gave Marvin Lannholm six months to clean up property and correct violations in land zoned highway business in Knox Township. The board had first denied his request for a conditional use permit to allow use of the premises for a contractor's (equipment storage yard and con- 'struction of a storage building. -- Okayed the request of Gary and Diane Johnson for a reduction in the set-hack requirement for construction of a house in a rural residential district in Walnut Grove Township. GOOD NEWS from FRANK'S |^fcR BEFOflf LIKE THIS. 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