Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 31, 1974 · Page 31
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May 31, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 31

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1«B * Nortfcwo* Arkansas TIMES, Friday, May 31, 1974 Construction On Tec/i School Begins Future In Doubt The f u t u r e of.lhc old Pnst Office hulld'niR in the center of (lie Kayelteville Square is in doiibl. 'Scheduled for ilemntl- l i n n hy Urban Renewal, the building may he saved hy a group «f citizens who are petitioning for the UR agency to revise ils plans for demolishing the building and constructing in its place a scenic area. Simple Changes Now A Thing 01 The Past The days when major changes in telephone service were simple t h i n g s like color and Princess phones by the bedside, direct distance dialing or new cables going underground are no more. According lo Southwestern Bell Manager George Holland, "Along with other areas of our society, the local telephone company faces challenges am: innovations never thought possible ten years ago." Technically - with the Bell Labs providing the brain power and \Veslern Electric the m a n u - facturing skill - local telephone people are being retrained constantly as new equipment and electronic wizardry m;iko old job skills obsolete. ' ' F o r instance, operator switchboards as we have known them since early in the century are now being replaced in Little Bock and later elsewhere in the slate. The new switchboards look more like control panels for space vehicles. They have no cords to plug in and out. only buttons that light up signi' Tying the types of calls ant other facts." Holland said. fie said these new switch boards and associated equip ment will allow customer.'! to direct dial just about any kintf of long distance call them selves. "With more and more pc using tile long distance network it became obvious t h a t cvcnf iiatly there wouldn't be enou" people in the country to h a n d l all the calls being made if the had to go through an operate each time. Also, the expcns of making calls through opera tors is so much more to til company we would have t charge a much higher r a t e fo all these calls," he said. INNOVATION Another innovation we ca expect in Fayetteville in fnlnr vcars is Electronic Switchin Systems (ESS) which allow telephone users a multitude sophisticated uses. Built much like a giai computer, ESS has almost i working parts and rclii heavily on an electron memory system marie possib through the invention of tl transistor by the Bell Labs years ago. Not only do telephones opera- 0 on ESS remain almost ouble free but the system lows users such sophisticated lephone magic as: --Call Transfer - A telephone ier can dial a special code, en the number of any other lephone in the local calling -ea. This causes any incoming alls to IK transferred allto- latically to the second phone. - Speed Calling whereby fre- icntly called local and long stance numbers can be cached hy dialing only three · four digits. --Three-Way calling which Hows a third party lo be rought into a telephone con- ersation by depressing the wilchhook on the phone, then tilling the third party's tele hone number. -- C a l l wailing which lets tele- hone users know someone i.= 1 tempting to reach them while ie line is busy by emitting two hort tones at a 10-second inter nl. It also allows the telephone ser to place the existing cal n hold while answering tho econd call. The state's first ESS system ·cut into service early this ear replacing the state's firs ial switching system in down own Little Reck. Holland salt his f i r s t system cost, the tele ihone company S'l million am lew ones will be added slowl. vith no announcement in th Faveltcvillc area at this time. . IjS'KLATlON "Just like everyone else nflalion is t r y i n g to take it oil with the telephone compan n increased labor costs an increased equipment costs hi we're stilt proud to say tha we have not had a statewid ncrease in basic monthly tele ihone rates in over 20 years," Holland said. Holland said the current trcn in the Bell System is to tr and keep basic monthly rate as low as possible and to scare Tor ne_w revenues, if needed, h charging more for specific se vices which are used by onl some of the telephone cust mers. "For example, the cost to th telephone company - ar thereby all our customers - fi providing free information 01 directory assistance has skyro keted in recent years. Yet. on few customers make the ajority of the calls. That's hy some of t h e telephone 0 m p a n i e s are already eginning to charge for this rvice;" Holland said. "At present, we do not have ly definite plans in Arkansas it I think practically all our istomers would rather the ten cent who use. directory ssistance most of the time ould pay when they call ather than spread this cost out 1 all our customers when most ' them seldom or ever use rectory assistance," he con- itded. Holland said the telephone ublic can expect to see a lol F technical and innovative hanges in service and usage eiKitive pricing in future years ut that giving the best tele- hone service possible will still the prime consideration for le company. "Even though we're proud lat we can connect people tear around the world today, ur basic interest is in con- ecting them across the street vith the most trouble free and conomical telephone service in he world," Holland said. SPRINGDALE -- Foundation work on the Northwest Vocational Technical School b e g a n here a couple weeks ago when the Jack Burge Construction Company brought in its earthmoving machines. Located on a -ID-acre track on Old Missouri Road, the 25.000 square foot facility is expected to be finished by March. 1975 with classes beginning the following August. School director J i m Taylor, said he experts initial enrollment at the school will he about 200 persons. The institution funded hy the stale legislature will serve Washington, Benton and Madison Counties. Because the application for funding was first processed two years ago. and because o spiraling construction costs, the o r i g i n a l appropriation c $510,000 will not cover the cntir cost of building and equipping the school. COSTS INCREASE Burge Construction Company submitted the low base bid of $479,300 to build the school. With the deletion of the carpentry course from the curriculum and other alterations, his cs- imatcd cost was lowered to $449,300. The money left from the original $510,000 allocation after paying Burge and Arch- tcct Paul Young Jr. ($28,081) will not be adequate to equip the building. Therefore, more money is being sought from the General Assembly. Courses to be offered hy the school are office occupations, machine shop, auto mechanics djesel and truck mechanics, anc licensed .practical nursing. T h e Northwest . Vo-Tech School will be a post-high schoo facility designed to meet the rea's employment needs and o upgrade skills of persons presently employed. Minimum admission age is 16 years old. No "hobby" calsscs will be held but extension and evening classes will be scheduled if area employers request them for heir workers. Regular classes will meet six hours each day five days a week. Each course will run for 48 weeks, beginning the first week in August each year. Tuition, payable quarterly will be $96 per year plus the cost of text-books, which w i I vary depending upon th course. The school will assist grad uates in locating jobs in N'orth west Arkansas. Past oxperienci in other volech schools acros the stale shows excellent result in placing graduates. Progress Termed Keynote At Area Hospital EUREKA SPRINGS -- Pro- ress is the keynote at Eureka prings Municipal Hospital vhere a contract was signed his month for the addition of surgical suite. "This has ben in the plan- ling stage for two years," said .eonard Pralt. who went to the lospital in 1972 as adminisra- or. Pratt formerly was purchasing agent at Washington Regional Medical Center. The contract was awarded to Jack Burge Construction of layette ville. The project is expected to cost approximaely $111.250. A starting date has not nun set but is expected shortly. Financing will be handled hrough $75,080 in revenue b o n d s a n d approximately $28,000 in a capital fund drive. The remaining money will be raised by additional private contributions between now and the completion date. Architect for he addiion is T. Ewing Shelton of Fayeltc- ville. The Board of Commissioners governing the hospital is pre- ently composed of Fredrick oily. Chairman; Mrs. Vernon ahnks. Mrs. Tillman Morgan. . B. Wilson Jr. and Cecil Wai- Remove Yarn Kinks Take the kinks out of yarn ripped from old sweaters hy winding it around the ironing board and applying steam from your iron. After you loosely rol it into a ball, it can be used like new yarn. Independent Automotive SERVICE AND BUD'S AUTO PARTS "Serving FayeHeville 3'A Years With Top Quality Parts and Dependable Service" NEW PARTS FOR ALL FOREIGN CARS {Check our Rates.on Volkswagens) 521-1587 "Under the guidance of lh«;. board much has already ben; accomplished." Pratt »«id.: Approximately $5.000 has been'; expended to meet the life safety; cods and $12,000 spent for a new auxiliary power plant. ; The board has plans, for addi-^ tional patient rooms in the near; future and a new obstetrical; suite as soon as economically, feasible Prat said. The hospital has a staff o v 43 employes and a medical staff', of thre physicians with a' fourth expected in July. T WANNA FREE CARPET SHAMPOO? To Celebrate Our First Year in Foyette- ville we will give the First 50 People to coll 521-2972 before June 5th will receive a FREE Carpet Shampoo with no obligation. whatsoever. KIRBY CO. of FAYETTEVILLE 530 No. College Avenue Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 Agnew Has Complied With IRS Demands BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) Spiro T. Agnew has paid his back taxes lo the fntcrnal Hev enne Service, a Baltimore new.spaper said today. The Baltimore S u n, quoting sources familiar with the case, said Agnew has complied fully with IRS demands, including payment of penalties and interest. Tile newspaper -said it could not be determined how much Agncw paid. The IRS has refused to comment since Agnew's resignation as vice president and plea of no contest lo a tax evasion charge last Oct. 10. The tax evasion case against Agnew related only to 1967. The Justice Department accused him of making $55.589 in 1967 and of owing $19,967.47 in taxes, while his return showed $26.099 in income and $6,416 in taxes owed. 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