Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 21, 1977 · Page 1
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ox •• .•> • .">',' >. Texas XXX Arkansas is No. 1 in U. S. broiler production, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin By The Editor AlexH.Washbum Teachers raid fund for the jobless Nothing tarnishes the image of the school teacher as a public-spirited person as the spectacle of this privileged character stooping to pick up the pennies left in the public treasury specifically for workers out of a job. Yet that is precisely the position the teachers are placed in when the Arkansas Education Association advises them to apply for unemployment pay during these Christmas school holidays. Teachers are under contract for nine months a year, and neither the Summer vacation nor the break at Christmas constitutes "unemployment." If there ever was a case crying for litigation in behalf of business firms and the em- ployes they have had to let go for economic reasons, this is it. You should understand that the Employment Security Division, which collects a tax on private business payrolls and distributes cash benefits to the uiemployed, is supposed to be a self-supporting arm of government. That is, for every benefit paid out to unemployed workers there is supposed to be a contribution from his former employer. But like many government endeavors the power to dole out public funds sooner or later corrupts the administrator and bankrupts the program. Here come the teachers proposing to draw unemployment funds when the public schools haven't contributed a dime to the Employment, Security Division. No wonder the Employment Security Division Is forever asking for more money. And if this barbed comment raises the anger of the army of the unemployed and makes the school teachers uncomfortable in their secure, contract jobs, well, so let it be. First call The bright red paint was hardly dry on the new fire truck when the McCaskill Volunteer Fire Department received its first call, Saturday night, at 7:15,10 miles away at the Alvin Wilson's residence, 4 miles east of Blevins. The house received minor damage, but a nearby small structure was destroyed Twelve volunteer fire-fighters from the McCaskill area were able to prevent further spreading of the fire. Hope Home erf the Bowie Knife Star ,1 //. Tim r //r«/i For Period VOL. 79—NO. 58 —14 Pages Meihber of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS 4,560 6 Mox. It. 9 4,502 WFDNFSnw HKf FMHVH -n io-7 •-}< • net paid clrrulntlon S months ending Sept. 30. rt77~4Stt J^l.l)M.M>A>. DhiKMRhK 21. 19i7 As filed with Audit Bureau of ClrrutoUons. subject to a«dH. PRICK 15c SL r W called un ur NASHVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A spokesman for the Corps of Engineers told members of the Little Missouri River Water Association Tuesday that it probably isn't feasible for five southwest Arkansas towns to use Lake Greeson as a water source. Col. John H. Moellering, chief engineer for the Corp's Vicksburg District, told the association members, however, that he would include their request in a study next year. The association, which represents Murfreesboro, Nashville, Prescott, McCaskill and Blevins, is seeking to get Lake Greeson changed to a water storage facility with a capability of providing the towns with a maximum of 50 million gal- lons of water daily by the year 2000. Moellering said it might be more feasible for the association to seek water from one of four lakes in the Tidsa District, rather than I,ake Greeson. Moellering said if Lake Greeson is to be used, one method of making it a water storage facility would be to construct a second dam downstream from Lake Greeson's present dam. But, Moellering said it would be hard to economically justify a second dam on the lake. The towns presently use the little Missouri River as a water source. The association is seeking another source because in the summer, the river level drops so low that area wells become dry. By BILLY BURTON Star Staff Writer One 18-year-old Hope man was killed and another seriously injured when an eastbound through freight slammed into their vehicle Tuesday night. Joe Barton, the passenger in the struck car, died at 1:SO a.m. Wednesday in Texarkana's Wadley Hospital, after he was transferred from Hempstead County Memorial Hospital late Tuesday night. The driver of the car, Charles G. Jester, remained in serious condition in Wadley Hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit Wednesday morning. According to police reports, the Jester vehicle was travelling south on Walnut Street, and as it attempted to cross the railroad tracks, was struck on the passenger side of the vehicle by the east-bound Missouri Pacific Railroad Engine 3075. The accident was reported to the Hope Police at 9:08 p.m. According to Sgt. James Purtle's police report filed on the accident, the engineer of the train was Nicky Mnhan, 31, of Greenbrtnr. Ark. The conductor of the train was the only witness to the incident that police talked with. He Is Ronald E. Domdoski, 27, on the inside How/ing 100 mph winds ripped through Co/ifornio's ogrico/fure-rich midsecfion for o second day fodoy, offer killing at least five people, fanning brush fires and trailing destruction along a 250-mi/e stretch from Bafcersfie/d to the Mexican border. Story on page 7. <.ITY SUBSCIUIIKRS: If you full I.* reeeive your Slur please phone 777-8811 between 6 tuul 6:30 p.m., Sntur- dayn between 3:30 and -1 p.m., mid a carrier will deliver your paper. Please do not eall before tlie time listed. .4OC <J.O/' 4O'. <O 0 Obituaries.../...... .2 Women's News 3 Dear Abby 3 Sports 4 Features 7&9 Comics 8 Classified 10 DAYS TO CHRISTMAS —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Pod Rogers Jester vehicle after train crossing wreck Stolen payroll checks cashed around city Recorder stolen in breakin Hope police Wednesday morning investigated an apparent breakin into the Arkansas Employment Security Division office over Tuesday night in which a tape recorder was stolen. Police were called to the office about 8 a.m. Wednesday when employees reported to work. Apparently, police said, the burglar entered the building through a skylight, took the tape player and exited through a rear door. Investigation into the incident is continuing. Forged payroll checks from G&S Manufacturing Co., totalling almost $1,400, have been cashed around the Hope area during the past week. The seven checks thus far recovered by the Hope Police were each made out for $197.55, and were all forged According to Public Information Officer for the Hope Police, Captain Carl D. Ward, the checks were made out with standard check- protection numbers, but from a different machine than the one G&S uses. Apparently, the checks were stolen from an out-of-date checkbook. Ward said 10 checks were missing, but only 7 have turned up thus far. All the checks were dated Friday, Dec. 16, 1977, and cashed on that date. All the checks were made out to either Walter Jones or Walter Lee Henderson, and all were signed by a "A.R. Swartz." Among the places the checks were cashed are Rephan's Otasco, Howards, TG&Y, Penny's and Kroger. According to police, there were apparently two people cashing the checks and all had identification for the two fictitious names—that were also apparently forged. The ID's did have color photographs of the person on them, it was stated A partial description of the two person is as. follows: one was a black male, about 6'1", 220 Ibs, clean shaven with a rough complexion, while the other was about 5*10", with a beard, in his late 30's. Addresses were Riven, and all have proven fictitious. Melisha'ssong CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) A foundation created to help battered children has been given 5,000 records and all rights to the song on them, "Mellsha's Song." (Continued on Page Two) Winners of Christmas decorating contests announced of North Uttle Rock. According to Domdoski, the train was travelling through Hope and waa only about 10 feet from the Walnut St. crossing when he spotted the Jeater vehicle. Domdoski alleges he told Mahan, who put on the emergency brake, but apparently, not in time. Domdoski says the crossing gates were down before the train entered the crossing, The engineer on the train told the same story as did Dom- doski. Both Jester and Barton were taken by Hempstead County Ambulance Service, Inc., ambulances to Memorial Hospital in Hope, where they were then transferred by the ambulance to Tcxarkana, A spokesman for the hospital said Barton suffered severe internal Injuries, which resulted in his death. Jester suffered a fractured arm and severe chest contusions. Purtle stated in his report that he was unable to complete it Tuesday night since neither person in the auto were talked to. Investigation into the incident is continuing, and as of Monday morning, no charges had been filed. A representative for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad refused to comment Wednesday morning, but-stated the company would make a statement on the incident Thursday morning. Jester is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jester of Hope. Mr. Barton, who resided at 407 East 14th, Is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barton of Hope. He Is survived, in addition to hla parents, by two brothers, John Barton of Hope, Jim Barton of Russton, La.; one sister, Betty Barton, of Russton, La.; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Barton of Fordyce; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs, Jessie Little of Strong. Services for Mr. Barton will beat 10:30a.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church of Hope, with Dr. Richard Stiltner officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, under the direction of Herndon Funeral Home. SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS in the Hope Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest was won by the above two homes. At left, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Huff, located on Hilltop Drive off Rosston Road won the Fantasy Sweepstakes, while the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ross, of Perrytown at right 'won the —Hope (Ark.) Star photos by Billy Burton Sweepstakes in Religious Theme. The Huff home featured a mechanical Santa dropping presents into a chimney, while an almost-life-si/e nativity .scene highlighted the Ross home. A story naming all the remaining winners is on page five of today's Star.

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