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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 184 Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties O Alton telegraph Printing Co., .972 A i ton) Hli noiS) Tuesday, August 22. 1972 2 SECTIONS 20 PAGES Price Est, Jan. 15, 1836 Convention set to nominate Nixon County health won 9 t be put on November ballot Delegate fight may erupt By CARL P. LEUBSDORF MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The second day of the smoothly programmed Republican convention opened today with the star performer, Richard M. Nixon, moving closer to center stage and a new presidential nomination. Nixon was flying to the scene from Washington as the delegates took their seats to listen to committee reports, pay tribute to "Older Americans" and adopt the platform he and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew will run on. The nomination comes tonight. Nixon makes his appearance Wednesday night to accept. Predictably, the platform is rich in praise of Nixon, vigorous in denunciation of the Democrats, and promising of even better days ahead should the voters return Nixon and Agnew to office. Unhappily to GOP leaders, however, there are scatterings of delegates who •would like to make some changes — and may try to do so from the floor in full view of the voters. But a larger potential for trouble, the allocation of seats for the 1976 convention, appeared to have dissipated. Big state Republicans evidently were prepared to accept defeat rather than take a lost cause to the convention floor. 'While different party factions and potential 1976 presidential hopefuls such as Agnew and Sen. Charles Percy of tlinois concentrated on the GOP's post-Nixon era, the convention proceeded along its carefull. constructed path toward the main 1972 business: renomination of Nixon tonight and Agnew Wednesday night and approval of the party's platform. Reluctance of Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. of Maryland to press a minor dispute over ending the military draft apparently assured unanimous approval of the platform at today's third session. Only one vote, captured in the New Mexico primary by Rep. Paul N. McCloskey of California, is expected to be withheld from Nixon in tonight's presidential balloting. The 1,348 delegates will vote after the President's name is formally presented by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, a longtime rival turned enthusiastic booster. The platform, like most of the speeches to this 30th GOP convention, combines praise of Nixon's accomplishments with attacks on the views of Democratic nominee George McGovern. McGovern, meanwhile, was in Austin, Tex., for a visit at the LBJ Ranch with former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who recently endorsed the Democratic candidate while dif- Man held in shotgunning of former football star By JOHN STETSON Telegraph Staff Writer A 70-year-old Alton man was charged with attempted murder in the Monday night shooting of former Alton High School football great Gerald D. "Scooter" Wilson. James Berry Johnson of 1918 Piasa St., was arrested at 7:12 p.m. after shooting Wilson with one shell from a double-baireled shotgun, police said. Wilson, who played football for SIU Carbondale last year, was one of the greatest running backs in the athletic history of Alton High School before graduating in 1969. . Events leading to the shooting started when Wilson went to Johnson's home to help in the moving of some furniture. Police said that Wilson, 21, who was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of buckshot wounds to the buttocks and internal organs, had gone to Johnson's to help move the furniture of Miss Joyce Vaughn. Miss Vaughn, according to reports of those interviewed by police, was behind in her rent money to Johnson, but had promised to pay him this week. The police account shows that when Wilson and others arrived at the Johnson home he didn't have a key so he asked Johnson to unlock the living quarters of Miss Vaughn. After Johnson refused, Wilson stayed around and said he knocked again and repeated the request to Johnson. Wilson told police that this time Johnson came out brandishing a shotgun. "Okay man, I'm leaving," Wilson said he told Johnson, end when he started away Wilson claims Johnson shot him. When police arrived Johnson told them that Wilson was in the back Police said Johnson's shoiguri had one spent .shell in the right chamber. After being jailed for the night, Johnson was scheduled this morning to appear before Associate Circuit Judge Arthur Greenwood. Wilson, who was treated for his injuries at St. Joseph's, was described in "satisfactory" condition by hospital officials at noon today. The long arm of a thief extends to maternity ward By MARY IIAZELWOOD Telegraph Staff Writer JERSEYVILLE — A small amount of change was taken early today from a woman's purse in a "Mission Impossible" gambit in the maternity department of the Jersey Community Hospital. The thieves, working through a hole in a window glass, used a pote made by nailing several short pieces of wood together to move the purse some eight to nine feet across the room to the win- dow where they were able to remove the contents of the purse through a 4-inch square hole they had made in the* window, police said. The wallet from the purse was found on the window ledge and the pole in an alley behind the hospital. However the thieves overlooked several $1 bills in the wallet although they had removed' papers from the wallet and placed them in the purse. acknowledging their ferences on issues. Johnson and anotrer former Democratic president, Harry ' S. Truman, were praised Monday night by Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas, the Republican national chairman, as part of the concerted GOP effort to convince anti- McGovern Democrats to desert their party and back Nixon in November. Several thousand foot-stomping, banner-waving young Nixon supporters in the spectator stands, breaking often into chants of "Four more years!" and "Nixon now!" hailed each blast at McGovern, showing considerably more enthusiasm than did the delegates on the convention floor. At one point, Secretary of Transportation John A. Volpe appeared at the rostrum with a resolution, quickly passed by voice vote, which invited the support of disenchanted Democrats. Its approval brought, on cue, a rousing band version of the Democratic theme song, "Happy Days are Here Again." Though dissent was seemingly confined to the rules battle and McCloskey's doomed effort to seat a New Mexico supporter who would be able to express his views to the convention as well as voting for him, party officials were unable to stick precisely to their carefully drawn timetable. The first two sessions of what Dole termed "the on- time convention" began 11 and three minutes late, respectively, and the night session ran more than an hour overtime. It still ended at 11:36 p.m. EDT, a far cry from the all-night marathons of last month's Democratic convention. It was marked by a mixup over one of a series of films on the program. A technician's error caused those in the brightly lit, flag- decorated hall to see a movie on Nixon's career that had been scheduled for tonight while home television viewers saw the scheduled opening- night film on administration accomplishments. While the session proceeded placidly' inside Convention Hall, some 3,500 persons demonstrated in the climax of a peaceful day of protests, marred only by scuffles between militant Cubans and Zippies and several arrests after an antiwar march. Few of the delegates, most of them leaving from side and rear exits, saw the protesters. The formal session Monday night featured five speeches fay California Gov. Ronald Reagan, the convention's temporary chairman; Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona and the three convention keynoters, Sen; Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts, party Co-chairman Anne Armstrong of Texas and' Mayor Richard G. Lugar of Indianapolis — plus a filmed tribute to Mrs. Nixon. Brooke, the only black senator and an acknowledged foe of Ninon's Vietnam policies, hailed the President's "bold and decisive leadership" in seeking closer ties with China and the Soviet Union and said his administration had produced "a recovery of confidence" at home. Mrs. Armstrong urged Democrats "deserted by McGovern and his extremists" to back the GOP, while Mayor Lugar called for the South Dakota senator's defeat "to prevent unparalleled disaster at home and abroad." Keynote speakers This trio of orators delivered the keynote-speeches to the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach Monday night. Left to right: Mayor Richard Lu- gar ot Indianapolis, Sirs. Anne Armstrong, co-chairman of the national com itiittee; Sen. Edward M. Brooke of Massachusetts. (Al* Wirephoto) BetHalto school spankings modified-by five new rules By BILL McFADIN Telegraph Staff Writer A five-step regulation on how teachers may administer physical punishment to students, including the stipulation that kids can be hit only on the rear end, was adopted Monday night by the Bethalto School Board. Sensitive to the question of such punishment since an SIU professor flayed the schools over their corporal punisht ment policy last spring,"the school board instituted other safeguards in the newly- adopted plan. Beside the buttocks restriction they were: 1) The punishment must be reasonable and administered without malice. 2) The child to be punished should always be taken out of the classroom for punishment. The child, after being punished, should not be taken back to the classroom until a sufficient period of time for adjustment has passed. 3) When corporal punishment is administered by a teacher, the teacher must have an adult witness present. 4) When corporal punishment is administered, a written report must be given to the principal during the same day. This"report wifl include the chid's name, date, nature of offense, previous actions the teacher has taken with the child and the signatures of the adult witness and the person who administered the punishment. A copy of this report will be made available to the parent upon request." The regulations left a large loophole, however. They did not stipulate with what the kids should be hit over the reai- end. Indicating that a baseball bat would be considered administration of punishment with "malice," Don Simpson, school superintendent, said that spankings by tradition are administered with a paddle. Another, yet smaller loophole was that no specified number of! swats was designated to make the punishment fit the crime. Simpson said the new policy is not really much different from the older one, except that it is shorter and more specific. The earlier policy, for instance, limited punishment to ary area below the neck. Also adopted as part of the policy resolution was a statement that "The board of education will insist on a rigid compliance with the above regulations. Non-compliance will -be considered as a violation of board of education policy and appropriate action will be taken against any teacher who is in noncompliance with this policy." Al last spring's meetings, Dr. William Whiteside, 335 Jersey St., Bethalto, chairman of the Special Education Department at the Edwardsville SIU campus, proposed a moratorium on all corporal punishment in the schools and the entire matter be studied from the standpoint of eliminating spanking. Following the April (See Page 2, Col. 3) By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer A campaign to get a resolution creating a Madison County health department on the November ballot has been dropped by a citizens group formed last winter, the Telegraph was told today. The group is now considering proposing to the county board that it create an "interim" county health department, by resolution to make the county eligible for state and federal planning funds that could lead to a 1974 or 1976 referendum on creation of a full-fledged public health unit in Madison County, the Telegraph learned. The citizens group headed by Granite City optometrist Dr. Leo Roman and Rollie Freeman of the Madison NAACP decided it "didn't have the mechanism or machinery for a successful campaign this fall," said Alan Boal, VISTA volunteer who has been working on the county health department proposal for over two years. Boal said the citizens committee was now "trying to develop a prospectus to present to the county board." The "prospectus" will detail what services and studies could be provided by an "interim" health unit created by board resolution. Boal said that Illinois Department of Public Health officials who had urged the placing of the health department referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot would still prefer that Madison County adopt a health department by referendum rather than board action. But Boal said that Forrest Nelson of the state health department, who was a chief consultant to the citizens group in meetings in February and March, assured him that if the county board acted it would "demonstrate good enough intent to qualify for (state and federal) money." In 1966, a resolution in the county board calling for a county health department referendum was tabled. The last time voters considered the county health department proposal was in a 1960 referendum, when it. was defeated. This winter, however, state public health officials and the citizen group felt they had growing support for a county health department from both physicians and lay people. In the meantime, Boal has been active in organizing an "Access Council" designed to provide better cooperation between present social and community service agencies and better referrals between the agencies. The Access Council would include both social service agency staff people and user representatives. It could include hiring of a "facilitator" who would see that a person needing health or other services would be kept from "getting lost" in the red tape of any agency, and if he couldn't get help from one source, he could quickly be referred to another. The first step, though, is compilation of a Community Resource Directory which will list the services, eligibility guidelines and staff of all community agencies in Madison County, Boal said. A funding proposal for the Access Council will be submitted to the Illinois Institute of Social Policy which has funded an Access Council now in operation in Peoria, Boal said. He said the amount of funding could range from $50,000 to 1300,000, depending on whether the program would be phased in on a limited basis or all at once. Inside Editorial . . . ' . A-4 Local governments pressured. MRF A-3 Attendance, despite rain, sets new record. Welfare . . . . A-2 Group wants more food stamp locations. low B-l 65, Amusements Family . Semi-disabled ing. turns to A-9 A-7 paint- Weather . . Cooler Wednesday; high 80. Television . . . . B-3 Comics A-10 Obituaries . . . . B-4 Stocks B-4 Classified . . . . B-5 Sports B-2 Gibson was 'different 1 . Cost of living shoots up in July WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of living rose four-tenths of one per cent last month, faster than any month since February, the Labor .Department said today. At the same time the department reported that the average weekly earnings of r a n k-a n d-f i 1 e production workers rose eight-tenths of one per cent, twice the increase in consumer prices. This left an increase of four-tenths of one per cent in buying power for July, the highest rise since the department began keeping figures on real earnings in 1904. A big increase in consumer prices was due mainly to a sharp jump in the cost of food. This went up a full one per cent in terms of the housewife's dollars, which the department said was six- tenths of one per cent more than usual for July. There was no increase in the average price of commodities other than food. These prices usually drop this time of year, due to summer sales and other factors, so nonfood goods showed a three- tenths of one per cent in- crease on a seasonally adjusted basis. The four-tenths cent increase of Labor Statis of one per the Bureau ics' Consumer Taking off blindfolds Price Index put the indicator at 125.5 for July. This means it costs $12.55 to buy a cross- section of goods and services that cost $10.00 |n 1967. The largest single price increase was for the group including meats, poultry and fish. These increased 2.8 per cent in July putting them a full 10.1 per cent higher than a year ago. This was more than twice the increase for any other food group. Many nonfood groups actually decreased in price last month. Apparel fell nine- tenths of one per cent as summer wear went on sale at retail .-tores. New car's decreased three-tenths of one per cent in price as dealers began discounting 1972 models in anticipation of the arrival of higher-priced 1973s. On the timings side, the department figured that workers earned $1.09 more a week in July than in June, for a total weekly pay check of $136.47. The department said this increase was attributable to a penny-per-hour increase in average hourly earnings and an increase of 12 minutes in the average work week. July's increase in the cost of living means consumer prices were 3 per cent higher in July than a year earlier. But workers' earnings are keeping substantially ahead of that , the department said. Even discounting the effect of inflation on paychecks, workers aave 3.5 per cent more buying power on the average than they did a year ago, the Labor Department, said. The department also released some statistics intended to illustrate the behavior of consumer prices under President Nixon's wage and price controls. Consumer prices were shown to have risen at a yearly rate of 2.9 per cent in the 11 months for which figures are available since Nixon declared a freeze on wages and prices Aug. 15, 1971. This is less than one percentage point lower than the 3.8 per cent yearly rate at which prices advanced in the eight months before the wage-price freeze. However, it is barely within Nixon's goal of getting inflation down to between 2 and 3 per cent by the end of this year. If the sharp rise in food prices levels off and if the prices of other goods and services remain at or slightly below their levels of the last few months, the goal will be reached- WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers soon will see the undraped form of bacon and the unexpurgated list of ingredients used to cure hams when they visit supermarket meat counters. Beginning next Feb. 19, says the Agriculture Department, bacon packages will have to feature a window showing at least 70 per cent of the length of a strip. Also, the department an- nounced Monday, labels on cured meats such as hams will have to include lists of ingredients used in procc.ssing. These will include two commonly used and controversial chemicals, nitrates and nitrites. Both regulations, under consideration for months, had been sought by consumer pokesmen. including Virginia Kmiuer, special assistant to the President for consumer affairs. Park ditch bid far over estimate Fosterburg water system endorsed By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer ST. LOUIS - An $800,000 water distribution system for Fosterburg Water District was endorsed here Monday by the executive advisory committee of East-West Gateway Coordinating Council. The council approved unanimously a grant application for $330,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will match a $10,000 local fund grant and $460,000 in revenue bonds. The committee also approved a $168,840 project for improvements of the sewage collection system in Bethalto. Both the Fosterburg and Bethalto projects now go to the full Gateway board and may be considered at the Aug. 30 meeting. The only reservations voiced against both projects was a request by Gateway's Environmental Task Force to file more information on the environmental considerations in the programs. The proposed Fosterburg system includes a water storage tank with a 50.0UO gallon capacity and 28 miles of water mains to supply- water purchased from Altoii Water Co. "The system will serve the residents with dependable, potable water, as well as encourage growth of the area," a staff report from Gateway said. The project is also endorsed by the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning C >mmission. The executive committee in endorsing the $108,840 Bethaltu project said Bethallo is request ing an $84.420 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and urban Development to be matched with $84,4'.'0 in local funds to extend the sewer system to "Wayside Estates," a newly annexed urea. "Wayside. Estates" -'deludes 86 homes, 49 vacant lots and 13 acres of undeveloped land. The project calls for a system of eight-inch sewers to serve the area By ANDEI YAKST1S Telegraph Staff Writer A §68,821 loijv bid to begin a mass beatification and erosion control project of the Shields' Creel") ditch out of liock Spring Park is $19,685 i.igher than the engineer's estimate of tlup job costs, the Alton Park and recreation Commission s were told Monday night. The low b,id of $68,821, submitted, by Widman Trucking and Excavating Co. of Godfrey, exceeds the ,.-19,134.70 cosf estimates of the Alton engineering firm of Sheppard, Mprgan & Sen- waab, Inc. which prepared the specifications for the city, Charles Sheppard oi the engineering firm told the commissioner^. The Widman bid and one from the Jersey County Construction Co. ($89,894), and another from Suburbia Gardens Nuifsery, Inc.. Si. Louis (!(74,712), were reviewed lj\ the park and recreation commissioners and sent to Mayor Paul Lenz and City Council. The bids for beautification and erosion control of the Shields dil'-h, however, do not include any funds for e 1 i m i n a t i ng the sewage pollution .of the creek, Sheppard told the Telegraph. Sheppard said that the only real solution to rid the ditch of pollution is the construction of sewers in the Oakvvood area of Godfrey Township where the polluted water enters Rock Spring Paik. The bids received .Monday would beautify and improve approximately 4,000 feet of the Shields ditch beginning at its exit from Hock Spring Park at College avenue and extending south along Hock Spring Drive. Sheppard .said- St. l.ouU andscape designer liobert Uoetz who assisted the Sheppard firm in the landscape design for the Shields l'reek project has said th:il the low bid on the project is "reasonable." the commissioners were told- Approximately $33,326 of the low bid would be used for landscaping, including grading, clearing and the planting of a variety of trees, shrubs and plants along the Shield's ditch, Sheppard said. Other work includes boulder walls, pipe, drains, street improvements and catch basin. The open Shields ditch carries the flow of water from Godfrey, through Hock Spring Park and eventually through the industrial impoundment area into the Mississippi Hiver. South offers to return 600 disabled Red troops SAIGON (AIM —TIH South Vietnamese government offered today !o return 6UU disabled North Vietnamese l> r i s o n e r s of war unconditionally It also announced ainnesiN for 49(i South Vietnamese coin ids. The Foreign Ministry called on Hanoi to jjropo.se arrangements fur receiving the pows. The Foreign Ministry .said the clemency w a> being made on the I.KVUMOII of Yu I.an, the I'liiddhtsl \y Soul'-, Da\ begins Festival, which Wednesday. "This. is ;i unilateral decision in accordance with II:.' humanitarian policy of the government of the Republic of Vietnam," the Foreign Ministry >aid in a statement. Although described officially as a unilateral decision, such proposals in the pu.si have been made in hopes ol a reciprocal release of American pn.i»iKTs of war held bv i he North Vietnamese and the Viet ('nil'.'.

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