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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 8

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 9, 1974
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NofthwM* Arkansas TIMM, Thurs., May 9, 1974 »vrrriviLLK. »· Disputing Claim By Mears Bumpers Opens Books, Lists Spending Seeks Injunction . LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Ally. Gen. Jim Guy T u c k e r Wednesday asked Pulaski County Chancery Court for jun:tion to stop Market Development, Inc.. of Cincinnati. Ohio, from o p e r a t i n g a promo By BILL SIMMONS LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Getting the piano tuned cost S18. The May electric bill was $155.58. Food purchases in January exceeded SUQO. including $361753 for turkeys. Those are some of the ways Gov. Dale Bumpers has spent the state appropriation for upkeep and operating expenses of the Governor's Mansion. Bumpers, who is running tor the Senate seat held by J.W. Fulbright. said he has attempted to make sure Ihc money was used [or the purposes for which it was intended. The appropriation came into the news last week when a Fulbright supporter, Roger Mears of Little Rolk. said Bumpers was drawing personal compensation that would total $52.500 a year. Bumpers disputed Mears' claim that the money was personal compensation, lie also opened his hooks lo The Associated Press for a check on how he has spent the appropriation. Mears arrived at (lie $52.500 figure by combining the govcr nor's $10.000 salary annually with the $30.000-a-year mansion fund and the SI2,500-a-yoar public relations expense appropriation. However. Bumpers said the amounts being drawn from those funds exceed the amounts being spent. He said the surplus will go back to the state. The AP was given permission by Bumpers to examine all of his records on the two f u n d s . Some mansion fund records have been seen, and arrangements are being made to see the fund records. At this writing, the AP has examined actual receipts only for April 1974. but has inspected checkbook entries hack to September 1973. in the mansion fund account. MANSION COSTS The records reflect that the cost of operation the mansion considerably exceeds that of the ordinary residence. For example, the utilities in calendar 1974 have totaled $1,009.49 so far. That includes S702.79 lo Arkansas Power Light Co., $345.65 to Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., $49.66 to the L i 111 e Rock Water oWrks, $1587.69 to Southwestern Bell Telephone Occasionally, though, a mis- to my o f f i c e and look at my t a k e will Iw made and the m a n - sion f u n d will be used to pay records, if you want to. H u t the p l a i n f a c t is lliat we can't stop for some personal item. When ^ o u r (ruck for less than $100 w i t h o u t losing money, but that's w h a t we do in this deal. I do it because of our friendship, not as a business thing. Dale IJumpers is a good guy and I hope they don't try to do something to him t h a t is unkind, un- f a i r and ungcntlemanly." He did not i d e n t i f y "they." Tiie mansion also has made purchases from Rand, Inc., another wholesale grocery dist r i b u t i o n business. Arnold said the turkeys were ticket [Ixnighl for e n t e r t a i n i n g man' '" iion guests during the Christ- that happens, he notes the error in his review of the accounts and Hie proper fund is reimbursed. Frost said. In the April receipts on the mansion f u n d , one such error was noted. A drug bill, for Q -tips, toothbrushes and other Hems, had been paid from the mansion land. TO UK CORRECTED The check was written by the mansion bookkeeper after the governor's daughter. Brooke, signed the drug store ticket a f t e r receiving the goods. "That will be corrected when f sec the governor the next time," Frost said. The governor's salary also ;ocs for tuition for Brooke at Trinity Cathedral school in Little Rock and for sons Brent ·md Bill at Hendrix College in Con way, Archie Schaffer, the governor's nephew, said. It also is used to buy the f a m i l y ' s clothes, medicines, and so on, be said. One major expense item is food at the mansion. Besides the Bumpers f a m i l y of five, persons who t a k e food at the mansion include the cook, a maid, two to three Stale Police personnel stationed at the mansion, and a couple of civilian guards who work at the nas season and were given by fie governor to mansion em- ployes, State Police o f f i c e r s assigned to the mansion and civil' Mav. Richard k a n a , w h o Arnold of is assisting Co., S118.70 to the Western kansas Telephone Co. Ar- without it being his own personal income?" Mears asked. "1 lon't think a governor can, either." Mears said he had supported Bumpers in 1970 and had supported Fulbright in his earlier races. He said he is not active in t h e F u l b r i g h t campaign. The research he has done on e x p e n d i t u r e s by has no connection to lort for Fulhri, "You know been working on this project on expense accounts, governor. Uonal prize schema. Tucker charged lhat the opcr atlon was defrauding Arkan sans. He also asked the court lo force the company to repay all money given to it by Arkansas residents. Deputy Atty. Gen. Clarence W. Cash said the Ohio firm offered alleged prizes consisting of a treasure chest tilled with nationally advertised household and cosmetic products. Cash said the items were not given away as prizes or at a special discount. The suit said they are being sold by the 1 - fcndants at a substantial profit. have SOS. 85 an security personnel. The dry-cleanng blls [ccn $1-3.50 for J a n u a r y , n February, S69.00 in March, in April, and $91.30 for That represents d r y cleaning for big table clothes used at the mansion, draperies, bedspreads and other items, including the clothing of the governor and his wile, Betty, Arnold .said. lie said that some cleaning hills might include up to 200 [| napkins used at the mansion for state functions. C L E A N I N G HILLS The hills for cleaning of the carpets and floors falls into the same category, he said. "With people coming to the mansion all the time and with the image of the slate to think about, tlic carpets have to be cleaned regularly. Ho said thai since Ihe mansion is used for official functions and lias many guests, spills of coffee, food and oLhcr things lake place at a rate much greater Ulan in the typical home. "And I don't think anybody in the slate wants the guests al ho slate mansion lo be walking - . - around on grimy, gummy car $160.i goes to Frank LCWK of p G i s now (] n they?" Arnold The carpet cleaning bills and loor-polishing bills lolal $343 so far this year. The mansion fund has beet: used to pay for $869.29 in flowers and arrangements so far this year. Arnold said the flowers beautify the mansion for Texar- Bimip- crs' senatorial campaign, said from 10 lo 12 persons may regularly participate al mealtime at Ihe mansion. The basic grocery purchases are made monthly at a nearby Safeway store. The tab al Safe .January was $'!G9. It was $369.31 in February, $482.66 in March. $:M2.ri2 in April and $381.95 this month. In addition, purchases have been made in smaller amounts from other food stores and bakeries. A monthly payment of Alamo, Tex.. for shipments of : s;] j t | fresh grapefruit. Foot! purchases through May 6 this year amounted io $2.{K*3.89 rVom Hie mansion fund. Most of it-- $1,421.14 \vns bought in January. The January total iricluties paid to Safeway. $l7!Uifj WHAT IS FIRST FEDERAL UP TO? court judgments striking down and certain expense allowances drawn by county officials. A crucial aspect in the gover- Up to 7W° Interest on Four Year Certificates of Deposit. Penalties assessed on premature withdrawals of certificates. that the expense funds are is the funds are issued properly Mears expressed his views in CERA to show that the funds as used by Bumpers., are being MAY WE SERVE YOU? REUPHOLSTERY SPECIAL! SOFA $129.00 2 Locations To Serve You Includes Labor and Materials first federal savings On the Square and Northwest Arkansas Ptaza Choice of Naugahyde, Nylons, Herculons and Velvets Choice of Colors PHONE 521-3424 or 521-3534 3 .EAST. .MOUNTAIN RECOVERY ROOM Phone 521-8815 The Western Arkansas Telephone Co. bill is for a telephone in the Bumpers residence in Charleston. H.G. "Jack" Frost Jr. of Little Rock, a Certified Public A c c o u n t a n t , said he told Bumpers to use the m a n s i o n f u n d to pay for the Charleston telephone since the governor eon- ducts state business on it while in Charleston. However, Frost said, personal items purchased for members of the Bumpers f a m i l y are not bought with money from the mansion f u n d or from the PR expense fund. The governor's salary, which la $833 per month, before taxes, f s used to pay for personal things. Frost said. The salary is limited to that amount--$10,000 per year--by the state Constitution Amendment 37, Section 2, adoped in 1946. . to Coleman Dairy in Little Rock. $:(»)!. r3 to slate Rep. Jack R. Phillips of Ozark for turkeys. ami $!ilG.GO to .lay Treeman Inc., a wholesale distributorship in Little Rock Freeman is a friend and tennis buddy of Bumpers. He anil the governor have appeared together in tennis matches lo raise funds for charities, Phillips, whoso district includes Bumpers' home county, also is a friend of the governor. LOSKS A10NKY Contacted Wednesday night, Freeman said most of his transactions with the mansion are money-losing operations for him. Sending a truck to the mansion for less than $100 worth of goods costs more t h a n the $7 or $8 profit in it for the wholesaler, he said. "I'm not sure how many trips that payment represents, but I know we lose money on t h e dealings with the mansion, and we only do it to accommodate the governor, as Freeman said. friend You can come specific social functions anc m a k e a guest's vist to the maiv ;ion more impressive. A sample of flower costs on a clay-to-day basis shows $27.70 on Mure!] 23 for a Bicenlcnnia' Tea, $51.95 on March 30 for E tea with wives of former FB; agents whose association wa: meeting in Little Rock, $26.11 for the Pen Women Tea on April 1, $14.00 on April 2 for ik Mother of Ihe Year function. The payment lo Coleman Dairy covers not only milk, bu also'oilier goods. The larges bill from Coleman lo Ihe man sioil Ihis year was $228.81 which also covered the cost o sherbet purchased for Severn thousand girl scouts who visitet the mansion several weeks car Her. Mears lold the AP Wednes day night, after being told of a few of the expenditures, that he believed the mansion Fun. amounted to personal income still. "Can a state employe Lak( state money and buy turkey for his guests and his friend Today In History By The Associated Press Todav- is Thursday, Slav 9, the 129th day of 1974. There are 236 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1936. Italy annexed Ethiopia, and K i n g Victor Emmanuel \vas proclaimed emperor. On this date- In 1502. Christopher Columbus set out from Cadiz. Spain on his fourth and last voyage to the new \vorld. In 1754. the first newspaper cartoon in America was published by Benjamin Franklin in his Pennsylvania Gazette. In 1926, U.S. Navy commander Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett became [he first men to make an airplane f l i g h t over the North Pole. In 1944, during the second World War. the Soviets recaptured the Black Sea naval base of Sevastipol. In 1957. President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress during a visit to Washington. In 1953. an agreement was reached to halt racial violence in Birmingham, Ala. Ten years ago: In Cairo, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev told thousands of cheering Egyptians he was making his first visit to Africa to aid What he called the struggles for peace and liberation. Five years ago: The Roman Catholic Church dropped 200 saints from the liturgical calendar as p a r t of the reforms urged by the second Vatican Council. Today's birthdays: Former Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman is 53 years old. The activist Catholic priest. Daniel Berrigan, is 53. Singer Hank Snow is 60. Thought for today: Not life, tat a good life, is to be chiefly fvtaed -- Socrates, Greek ptntospber, about 470-399 B.C. BALL JOINT AND WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIAL BOTH FOR 39 PRICE IF BOUGHT SEPARATELY $52.85 Olds, Cadillacs, and Chrysler products slightly higher. HERE'S WHAT WE DO: · Install two NEW ball-joints e S«t caster, camber, and toe-In to manufacturer's specificatioris e Check out the steering gear · Inspect tie rod ends and idler arms e Check the front wheel'bearings, inspect tfia brakes and seals · Inspect front springs and shocks Evelyn Kills 443-4591 \Vool\vorH\ Sat rsfaction Guaranteed · Replacement or Money Refuncfed 13 time 'ri work saving gift ideas for Mother's Day...Sunday, May 12th Famous maker appliances to please any mother..xjod any budget A. MiAu tip miiKM by Oofrol $1388 four ftgfe nlfiagi. Reg- riar, itngnHyfcg TMlrror«. B. "Mr. Coffee H" drip brewer ·Man 1 to 10 cups. ON switch cantrob warmer plate and tawing cyd*. C. The Super Max by Gillette lightweight. 1 speeds. A complete hair styling system. With attachments, D. 3 %-qt. electric Crock-Pot $1497 Slow cook everything in stoneware for lop flavor, nutrition and ecomony. E. Happy Home steam-dry iron $377 "Top side" controls for all fabrics. 6-or. water reservoir, fills eosily. F. Our own push button blender $1R77 It whips up tatty dbhw from drinks to d»ns«rt*. Avocado or harv**t gold. i\j C. lady Sunbeam hairdryer Professional type with- built-in heat control. 4 letting*. Storage- i $1588 H. Lady Schick mhrt huh.»ne» 20 rolleri in three sizes... wrth indkator dot. Clips, Maturing cup Included. $^88 J. lady Sunbeam electric *ha*er Two heads; on* tor tegs. one for underarms. Contoured; K. Our own electric can opener $777 lift Hw lever,. .*· ·* lira ceWng w« MM OB for vo*y ovoninp. L H c r Home portable mfaer SmarflysfvUdi«a«OMda. «t"TT7 Mas three »p*edg p«fc *P / / / M. Two-tike cfiroiM Automatic ttienutuelul spnttoHar desired aotar

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