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May 31, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 24

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: or Washington County (TIMESphoto by Ray Gray) NEW AGRICULTURAL CHAIR ENDOWED i i . . from left seated, Barnett and Kilter; standing, Stern, OMendorf and Selig Ticullure Chair Is Endowed A $250,000 endowed professorship was announced earlier t h i s month for the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas from the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation. The endowment will finance establishedment of the Elm: Farming-Richard S. Barnett Jr. Chair of Weed Science. Em · phasis will be placed on re i search in weeds, their morpho logy, chemistry, control through herbicides and kindred aspects of the relationship of crops to noxious growth. The foundation has established endowments for chairs in cotton, research, held by Dr Bradford A. Waddle, and in soy bean research, held by Dr. Charles A, Stutte. The development program of ; the University is in the f i l t h ~ year of a long-range fund rais · ing effort to bring private fund -· to the University to supplemcn " state appropriations. E. H Donaubauer is director. ;' On hand for the presentatkv at a joint luncheon of the caun cil and the U A Board of Trust ees were Richard S. Barnet ! Jr., trustee of the Ben J. Althe i mer Foundation; Roy Ritter .^ vice chairman of the Board o *- Trustees; John N. Stern, o ' Chicago, c h a i r m a n of lh *- foundation's board; Harol . Ohlendorf, chairman of the U/ «: Development Council; Leona C' Selig, newest member of th A l t h e i m e r foundation, a n '· William H. Bowen of Littl '·' Rock, a member of the foun Creek Project Progresses Despite Rain And Strike SPRINGDALE -- Despite ainy weather, an employes' trike at the local sand and ;ravel company and problems n maintaining a steady work crew, the Spring Creek project s about on schedule. A joint effort of the City of .pringdale, the Urban Renewal Agency and the Corps of Engineers, the $1.4 million flood control project which began in April, 1973 is expected to be inishcd by October. Corps of Engineers' represen- ative Efton Prewitt said that 7CT per cent of the allotted ime for the project has been used and work is 73.3 per cent complete. Completion was originally scheduled for mid-September. This dale was moved to Oct. L after work was delayed by a strike at the Arkhola Sand and Gravel Company. Under the direction of the Johnson-Egli Tunnel and Sbafl Company, the creek has been widened and a concrete box has been built between Meadow and Emma Avenues. The concrete box -- which will serve as a bridge -- will extend to Johnson Avenue. WORK PROGRESSES Work crews are now at the creek's intersection with John son Avenue. Prewitt said work on the concrete box here is dation and the UA Development Coucil. bout 75 per cent complete. At the intersection of th ircek and Huntsville Avenue :ollars are being placed aroun he existing bridge's footing At Shiloh Street a new bridg vill be built. Work here ha progressed to where the DOS' hat will hold up the deckin are being set. Last year's rainy weather an :he weekly rains of the pa month have slowed work, a. cording to project officials. On leavy rain once a week take away two work days, on spokesman said. The project has had a hig urnover in employes during th ast year. College students ar recruited to work with tl company. In the 13 montl inec work began, Johnson-Eg las replaced two project ma agers. Grows Marijuana TtSHOMINGO, Okla. (AP) Johnson County Sheriff Eve ett Stewart has a small gard adjacent to the county ja where he raises a number items, including marijuana. Sixteen marijuana plan' no\v about three feet high, a in the patch, surrounded by high chain link fence. ' L I let it grow here so peoi will know what it looks like the sheriff said. "It scare some people to think th might be growing it by mista in their back yard or pasture Noithw** Arkansas TIMIS, Friday, Mtoy 11,: 1974 «.: 7t F»VnT«VILH. ARKAMAS · 73 A Year Of Pluses And Minuses The past year has been one pluses and minuses for ashington County, financially. ederal grant money has made ssible many improvements d the county has instituted provements on its own, parti- ularly in the form of more Ficient bookkeeping opera- ons. However, inflation is eating way at county funds, just as is wilh many individuals, and e county's road operations in articular may be in jeopardy cutbacks. Increases in the cost of sphalt, blacktopping material, iat... and difficulty in getting eel for bridges .. are a few the county's problems. Everything is costing more, ccording to County Judge Voi ester, who says that road con- ruction and repair simply will ave to be cut back lo fit within ic bounds of the material and ounty can afford. In February of 1374, Judge ester said UK; cost of laying phat had gone up about Sl.lOf er mile., to a cost of $5,137 cr mile. Last year's price per allon for the asphalt producl as 11 cents and has risen to 7 cents per gallrin. Last year Ihe county paid 12 o 13 cents per gallon for black opping material. This year a ounty supplier is asking 15.ID ents for road emulsion 'rimary and sealer materia ave risen to more than 2 cnts a gallon. QUALITY LOW Quantity of the materials tha :an be obtained is also a prob em. Judge Lester is current!, vorrying -about where to get th Awards Given UA Employes Service awards have bee presented to 71 University o Arkansas non-academic en tfoyes who have complete either 30, 20, or 10 years of dill with the institution. Many of those honored wit ,hc service awards attended dinner last week in the Avkat sas Union at which time Ih service pins were presented b Dr. Charles Oxford, inlcrii president, 'and Fred Vorsange vice president for business. Entertainment at the hanqm was provided by two UofA stuc enls, Don Horner, a singer, ai Vicki Joy Purifoy. pianist. Thirty - year service a\var( were received by Cecil Bittl assistant director in charge the Southwest Branch Agrici tural Experiment Station at Hope; Ivan Curtis, foreman for the heating plant in the Physical Plant Department; Albert Guist, plasterer with the Phyr sical Plant Department, Carter Short, registrar of the University; and Ray Trammel, UofA legal counsel. eel for a new bridge on Morn;side Drive in Fayctteville. ot only is steel becoming more pensive than ever, but it is so hard to come by. AN ADVANTAGE The county had an advantage some of the bridges it has instructed during the past by ing federal surplus I-beams ·r bridges. Without it, the cost ir a bridge averages $400 a .ot. Federal aid in the form of irplus supplies, in the form ' federal revenue-sharing, and i the form of malehing grants us . meant a great deal to 'ashington County. Federal revenue-sharing ic 1974-75 fiscal year will total 096,626, an increase of approxi- mately $45.000 over last year's receipts. That increase, along wilh another $80,000 that was sel aside last year and not used will allow additional funds lo go into the county health unit (sec related story); and lo equipping the new vaujts (sec related story). The road fund receives $360,000 out of the federal revenue-sharing. GRANTS USED Federal grants are respon siblc for more than 50 per cent of Ihe funding of the new county jail; for the $38.000 being spent to re-roof and refurbish the exterior of the courthouse; for the public defenders' office; for assistance in the prosecutor' office; for a $60,000 contribution to the new vault addition; for repair of roads and bridges Bell Reports Progress In Employment Of Minorities Southwestern Bell Telephone Company reports t h a t it made i g n i f i c a n t progress in 1973 owai'd providing more employment and advancement oppur- imilies for women and ininori- ies. The company's conclusion Viis drawn from 1973 reports iled April 1 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under an agreement ·cached in January, 1973 bct- veen the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and '.he federal government. "Of real interest to many people, we think, is that last year more women became ramemcn and more men Became operators." said J. B Nichols, vice president a n d general manager for the tele nhnne company in Arkansas "In other words, traditiona male and female job roles con -inucd to disappear. Further, more minority people were hired than in any previous year mid Ihe n u m b e r of wonicn am minorities in management jobs conlinued fo climb." "The objective is to make nur work force eventually reflect by race and sex, the profiles ol available labor markets in tin areas we serve," he said. "Of Ihe 925 new employe hired in Arkansas last year. 2l were from minnrity g r o u p s This was about 2(i per cent c our hiring." he said. _ "We made pm'licularly sign, ficanl gains in moving minor es into management," he sak At the em! of 1972. 13 of 01 lanagement people in Arka.. as were from minority groups By last December, 39 wer llll Hit IIIIIHI 4 JK*~ jf3 .. .. - r ~ We want your business. And when we get it, we'll do everything a bank can do to help you make progress. inorities." "We're quite satisfied with le results we've had in chanp traditional male or femali ob roles in certain elassifica ons," Nichols said. "By December we'd placet ine women in traditional!} male' outsitle jobs -- like in taller and cable splicer -- her n Arkansas. T h i s was nirii nore than in 1972. We are no\ .(trading more women lo tbes obs in the first quarter of 197 and may tlo even better in 197 han in 1973," Nichols said. The telephone company i also striving to place men i certain clerical jobs, and 5 men began work in such job n Arkansas last year, 38 mor han were in these jobs in 1972. "Like the other j o b catc jories, a shortage of availabl alent is a problem. Men wh mow shorthand, typing other office skills seem to be n short supply," Nichols said. Commenting on Sonthwesler Jell's equal employment on nok. Nichols said. "Wber ive've failed lo reach our goa n certain job classes, we'v legun intensified rccruilin efforts designed to bring us u .0 par." Could the telephone corr pany's emphasis on equal cm nloyment and advancemci opportunity produce "revel's discrimination?' We don't think so." Nicho said. "Tile idea of the A f f i r m live Action Program is to pr vide an even chance for peop to succeed wilh the compai -- regardless of sex. rac color, religion, age or nation origin. Tliat applies lo ever body." .niaged in floods; and for rious other projects, The federal funds came rough fairly smoothly in the si year, hut the stale lurn- ck monies were another oblcm. Judge !cslcr said he is told to eXTK?ct an estimated 0.000 additional funds in state riiback from the $19.25 million jproprialcd by the general sembly in 1D73. However, Ihe additional funds ere not forth coming in unlhly payments. In fact, the unity's stale turnback, i: unning below last year's total fter futile discussions with ate finance department offi- als, Washington County offi- ers hope to see the additional inney at the end of the fiscal :, i ar -- maybe. With or without the additional l a t e money, Washingloi ounly ranks as big business: HE Quorum Court which mel November, 1973 approved £ i million plus budget. NEW SYSTEM Judge Lester and Count omptrollcr Lonnie Gilbow ecided that any group doing iat much business needs some ling better lhan Ihe antiqualec ookkeeping system used b; lany Arkansas counties. The result has been the intro uclion of more modern, effi lent procedure, backed by nini-compuler that is supposcc o keep county records intelligible and open. The new compu- er, combined with double-entry Bookkeeping, makes it much asier for administrators. to nake intelligent' and sound decisions about county finances. The year has seen the intro- uction of subdivision regu- ations and mobile home park regulations drawn up and" administered by the Cojinty anning Board. That board is low engaged in drawing' up plans to t a k e care of 'the abandoned car situation irif-lhe county. · Another innovation in the past year has been the county trash lickup program. Rural resi- lents bring Ihcir Irash -- which might otherwise be burned in violation of stale regulations -- lo pickup points throughout the county, paying a fee based on the a m o u n t of t r a s h . The county then hauls * the trash lo landfill operations. After meeting the initial cost of garbage bins and trucks. Ihe operation is ' nearly self- supporting. Judge Lester, who' is up for re-election in November, says he is proud of the progress the county has made in its road program and olher activities since he became judge. "It's a long-range program," ; he says, "and we just have to keep hacking at it," MOORE'S CHAPEL ('A' f RANDAli ROBERTS MOerONCMNES Member F.D.I.C. A Smile. That's me happy difference at Dillon*. It's what makes your shopping trip a lirrU nice* than anywhere else. Pleating you is our most important |ob and w* do it in lot* of ways. With deem stone, garden-fresh produce, top quality meats, tempting bread* and pastries. A money back guarantee. All this plus a storeful of everyday tow dhxount prices to save you money. Be* the mi3e, and our friendly people who wear Ht, «HH nuilioi the happy difference ot Dillons, come MO why.

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