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SECTION 6 FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 1974 Today In Washington County A Dilemma In. Drinking And Eating The TIMES received not too many days ago a letter from a perceptive resident of Our Town relative to the state of the culinary arts in Northwest Arkansas. The point was'made that only rarely, due to the economics of the problem, does a consistently excellent dining service exist without the underpinnings or the profits derived from mixed drinks. In other words--bars and good food tend to go together. The subject of liquor laws, o[ course, is a good deal broader than the toothsomeness oi an eggplant casserole. Arkansas .voters, at least to the 'extent that they have made an impression on the General Assembly, are presumed to be satisfiec with liquor laws no more liberal than what presently pertain. Few wet-dry, elections are held these days -- one way or the other. It is instructive to note, however, that the state liquor statutes HAVE undergone considerable change since Work War II, and in the n o r m a l couise of events can be expected to evolve ; still .'further in the years ahead. Only recently, for instance, has the state re pealed the ' P a i r Trade' law and begun to allow the,serving of mixed drinks in public places. . Meanwhile, of course, the law is such that a liquor store can't advertise .its prices; and serving of mixed drinks is regulated so that the licensee is hard put to make much profit Circumstances are not yet therefore, complimentary to good food. FROM ONE vantagepoint, the "dry" nature of Benton County is a serious problem in attracting the sort of capital invest menl needed for top quality developments--the sort, it .is pointed out, to be found on similar impoundments in Mis souri. A side-effect o f ' the Benton C o u n t y situation is that a sizeable liquor business exists along the Missouri border, 'on the north, and in "wet" Wash ington County on the south thereby depriving the county as well as the state, of taxes and sales revenues. The argument, that dry coun ties have less of a problem will drunk drivers, job absenteeism and alcoholism, is probably wel taken--but considerably less si if one happens to know h o v to' contact either a bootlegger or a friend making a run to Caverna. ANY DISCUSSION of mixed drinks and Northwest Arkansas seems inevitably to get back tc ·the inseparable matter of qual ity dining. This fact wa. brought home, a few days afte receiving the letter from th Fayetleville resident lamenting the old-fashioned restraints tha are still imposed on those whc like to dine out .and have cock tails without dragging a brown bag full of the stuff with them. ' I was with a small party tak ing advantage of the Saturdaj "special" at The Barn a Hickory Creek Marina a fe\ nights back, and visited wit Ms. Pauline Thelan, proprieto and chef. Ms. Thelan, an impos ing lady of considerable exper ience in the food business in th Chicago area, hails from Elgin HI. She opened The Barn abou the middle of last year. The place is attractive!; decked out in farm decor an features a fish fry · on Friday and a rib special on Saturday plus the normal staples (sue as steak). Meals come with as sorted relishes and salad, po Utoes anil good cinnamon rolls The place isn't too big an the manager is thinking of en largement. The thing though she laments, is that you can really do the sort of things wit good food you'd like to whe you can't serve mixed drinks She remembers how it was i Chicago. On the other hand, the vie 1 at the Hickory Creek Marin of Beaver Lake is prettier tha Elgin, I imagine, and, as I said changes take time. Meanwhile brown bagging i acceptable at The Barn, and th menu is a good deal better tha that. UA Gels Grant For Poultry Research Two companies have provide a total of $4,500 for researc in poultry production by th University of Arkansas Divisio of Agriculture, according to D John W. While, vice presiden tor agriculture. The National Cotlonsee Products Assn. has given $3,50 for research Into the nutrition needs of laying hens by D P. W. Waldroup, poultry scie list. Mountaire Corp. has give $1,000 for research on th availability of amino acids poultry by-products by Dr. T.J Nelson, poultry scientist. More People Living In Mobile Homes With the rising cost of con. r u c t i o n , maintenance aterials, borrowing money id evey day living, more and ore people are turning to obile home living. A recent survey by the Agri- iltural .Experiment Station at e University of Arkansas lows that at the time of the 1970 census -there were 1,526| mobile homes among the 26,538' year-round housing units in Washington County. Figures for mobile homes this year are expected to be at least double those of 1970. Figures are unavailable for more recent years since the decennial census provides the most readily available statistics on housing. With 5.8 per cent of the county's population living in mobile homes in 1970, mobile homes have become a significant part of the housing supply. The UA study was to determine the practicality of using mobile homes to improve housing problems of rural low- income families. Specific objectives were to determine where mobile homes are located; who is buying them; their cost; the rate of depreciation; the type of community facilities they have received arid the willingness of an owner to purchase another mobile home. Studies showed that 47.3 per cent of the mobile homes in the county were located in designated trailer parks and 52.7 were located outside specific parks. It is assumed that most of those outside a park- were in rural locations. Most of the older units were found outside parks, probably because such homes were located before the advent of the modern mobile home park. Most of the newer parks feature such conveniences as swimming pools, city water and sewer facilities and nearby shopping centers. Mobile homes are most (TTMESphoto by Ray Gray) HIT PAY DIRT ... Hinson, Moore and Hudler exhibiting Wyoming jade boulder they -found outside'Jeffrey City, Wyo. Three Rock Hounds Find Huge Wyoming Jade Stone A trio of young Fayetteville experiences. Formal programs, ock hounds have returned with 200 pound Wyoming jade Rodney Hinson. James Huder and Lewis Moore made a .5-day trip to the West which vas a combination pleasure and ock hunting expedition. The valuable boulder could easily have been overlooked except by experienced rock hun- ers because only a very small ,ip of it was visible to the eye. "It is probably the most valuable specimen I have found rom a monetary standpoint, but t is not the rarest" said Hin- on, who has been interested n rocks since early boyhood. le says he has found fossils bat are much less common, le expects to turn the boulder nto jewelry if the color is good ,nd it will polish. Hinson is president of the new- y farmed Ozark Gem and Mineral Club which held its third meeting Tuesday night. The club has a membership of 50 and all persons interested n the subject are invited to join. The club.meets at 7:30 .m. the second Tuesday of :ach month at the Fayetteville City Library. The objective of the club is to provide a forum for interested persons to share knowledge and Resumes Publication CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) -- W. }. "Bill" Hurley Jr. of Camden las announced plans to resume publication of The Arkansas Ixpress, a newspaper to be printed Monday through Friday nornings. Hurley said publication would be resumed "as soon after the irst of the year 1975 as practical, economically." Hurley said he would be edi tor-in-chief and publisher of the newspaper. presented by experts in the field, vill be featured. Hudler is vice president of ;he club and other officers are Vivian Medart, secretary and E.P. Hieney, treasurer. Hinson said field trips and ex iloration tours are also part o .he plans for the club. Physics Gran! Awarded UA The University of Arkansas has received a grant of $46,30C for a research project in phy sics, according to Dr. Charles Oxford, interim president. The project, entitled "Excita tion of M2 by Low-Energs Electron Impact," will be unde the direction of Dr. Richard An derson, associate professor o physics. The grant will cover a 2'A-year period from t h i September 1 through February 28, 1977. Dr. Anderson has been a member of the Physics Depart ment faculty since 1966. A for mer physicist with Eastman Kodak Company, he receivec his Ph. D. from the University of Oklahoma. He formerly taught at De Paul University in Chicago. Anderson has served as direc lor of previous NSF-financec projects. In 1972, he headed special training program fo high 'school science teachers, fi nanced by a grant of $31,46 from the NSF. He has servec as director for the past thre summers of the Student Scienc T r a i n i n g Program, whic brings high-aptitude scienc students, largely from smalle high schools that have inade quate science facilities, to th campus for a summer scienc camp. This program was begu with NSF support and receive' grants totaling $27,116 for th first two years. Parking Space May Become Hard To Find Parking space in Downtown ^ayetteville, normally at a iremium, may become almost txtinct in the future, partly as a result of two recent decisions if the Planning Commission. The commission has allowed wo businesses, planning exten- iive expansions, to use existing iff-street parking lots instead if furnishing their own parking ipace. The commission, on June 11 and Aug. 13, approved requests ly Industrial Finance Co. (in behalf of Mcllroy Bank) anc f First Federal Savings and jOan Association for permission o use city-owned parking lots n an effort to meet parking ·equirements for proposed ex- jansions. In the past, the same kind if approval was granted to the elephone company and. others. Indications are that other major expansions around and n the downtown Square, are planned. These businesses coulc also request permission to use existing parking. At a meeting of the com- nission, one member was quo ed as saying, in effect, "what ve do for one, we have to do or all." RECENT ACTIONS The two most recent actions of the commission involved otal of 277 parking spaces (113 or Industrial Finance and 16 'or First Federal) on varioU city lots near the square. The bank proposes to construct 39 larking federal spaces told the and Firs commission that "it will be impossible provide any on-site parking' initially. There is no indication as tc the number of these spaces tha would be used on an all-daj basis by employes and ho\ many could be available on th first-come, first-served basis b others. The June 11 decision by th Commission resulted in quite stir at the Board of Director meeting the following week The Board unanimously ap proved a resolution asking th Commission to reconsider it decision. The Commission, at its nex meeting however, reaffirmed it original decision allowing th bank's off-site parking and, a a subsequent meeting, allowec the second firm's request. (Th Board has no power to over-rul the commission's action.) City Board members had ex pressed doubt as to the legality of the decision, citing an ordin ance (Article 3, Section 3 o Ordinance 1947.) which prohi bits the use by two firms the same parking space. Mayor Russell Purdy ex pressed the concern of man citizens when he asked fh commission "are we stackin cars on top of each other?" COMMITTEE NOT FORMED After reaffirming its decisio on July 9, the commissio agreed to form a committee t study the downtown parkin situation. However, at the Auf 13 meeting, commission mei ber admitted that the com miltee had not been formed an again agreed to form one. A proposed ordinance ha also been drawn up by Cit Attorney Jim McCord, at th Board's request, that wou] require any off-site lots to b owned or leased by the firn desiring to use them. Th present ordinance (Article Section 9 of Qrdinance 1947 (CONTINUED ON PAGE 13B) MOBILE HOME LIVING .. .parks such as this are homes JOT many area residents Springdale Named Bicentennial Community SPRINGDALE -- The City of Springdale is expected to be the irst one in Northwest Arkansas o receive official designation is a Bicentennial Community 'rom the national American Re- 'olution Bicentennial Committee. Approval of the town's planned projects to celebrate the na- ion's 200th anniversary during he summer of 1976 came from he state bicentennial commit- ee in July. The general theme or the state "Arkansas Rediscovered," will be carried hroughout Sprirtgdale's activities. Springdale filed its applica- .ion for bicentennial community status in late May asking to participate in the three national categories of activities: Heritage '76, Festival U.S.A., and Horizons '76. With the Chamber of Commerce appointed as central organizing committee, , project plans were launched. Seventeen persons in addition to Chamber executive director, Lee Hackery, assisted. Plans relating to Heritage '76 Include retracing the Eutterfield Stagecoach Line, the old overland mail route through Northr west Arkansas. One possibility would be to run a coach along that route. A relay station for the coach line will be built in Shiloh Town Main Street, another planned Heritage '76 project. PRELIMINARY .PLANS Preliminary plans call for building Shilph Town, a mair street resembling the origina 1 town of Shiloh that was later renamed Springdale. Designs include construction ol old store fronts, hitching ;'osts saloons, cafes, general sloe's a Wells Fargo office and th relay station. Native crafts, farmers mark els, and frontier stage shows are also possibilities. In the application, it was noted fha "although technical studies have not been made, it is possi ble that such a town cqulc operate on a seasonal basis.' The theme for Shiloh Town cen ters around the founding o Springdale. Also a part of Heritage '76 is the Shiloh Museum that wil be expanded and improved, and possibly moved to Shiloh Town The annual Chamber of Com merce' Goodwill Tour will fi into the Heritage '76 category The trip involving about 15' people is expected to include tours of various slates and his orical places including Penn- ylvania and Washington, D.C, Also in the Heritage '76 category is the Stagecoach Inn res- aurant that may he incorporated into Shiloh Town plans. Both he restaurant and Shiloh Town also fit into the Festival U.S.A. category. The annual Poultry Festival n April, 1976 will include special events pertaining to the na- lon's bicentennial. The Chamer-sponsored Gospel Sing in August will also be arranged to participate in the anniversary spirit. An arts and crafts fair with native worksmanship is planned and may be staged in Shiloh Town. Anolher means of celebratiifg thet bicentennial is through the annual musical production by the Arts Center of the Ozarks, headquartered in Springdale. A production based on the bicentennial is proposed. But the climax of Festival U.S.A. plans is the annual Ro(CONTINUED ON PAGE 13B) commonly occupied by households with few persons. About 50 per cent o( those outside a park had two or less occupants and some 60 per cent of these inside parks were occupied ( by one or two people. '._'" The Bureau of the Census considers a dwelling overcrowded if there is more than one occupant per room. On this basis, only 10 per cent of those outside a park -were overcrowded and t h r e e per cent inside parks fit the category in Washington County. !. This compared to a national figure of eight per cent of overall bousing. j; More, than half the household heads living in mobile homes were working full lime; 28-per cent were students; abou 1*^12 per cent were retired wilh only three per cent listed in other categories. ' . More of those in homes outside parks were retirees -- 21 per cent indicating many aged who own small plots of land have chosen to stay in the country and use a mobile h o m e ' f o r ; economy. ;; 1 · Students account for a large percentage of those living;'}!!; mobile homes inside .parks--'-only two per cent of those outside parks were students -: 'in spite ot the fact that the Uni- versitv has built a numbeS'Tof rental units. Mobile hotfies occupied by students were' generally located near Fayetle- ville. ;;·_ The study showed the pr;9e paid for mobile homes varied from less than $2,000 to $12.000. Only four exceeded $10,000. About 15 per cent were bought or less than $3,000 and 37 "per :ent for les than $4,000. "..;.. AVERAGE PRICE ;:;.'· The average price paid fpr new homes going into parks vas $5,500. .The figure ; for lomes going outside parks wSs County's New Bookkeeping System Now In Operation Washington County's new machine bookkeeping system-aimed at keeping county finances in line with sound business practices -- is now in full operation. ' The machine used by the bookeeping staff of the county judge's office is a Burroughs L-5000_ "mini-computer." The machine was delivered late in 1973 and the staff has spent many months setting up accounts for each county office and programming the system, Lonnie Gilbow, head of the bookkeeping department, says County Judge Vol Lester has worked to improve the county finance system since taking office in 1969. Gilbow explained that when an elected official or county C o u r t ' s finance committee meets and receives a reporl based on data from the book, keeping machine. The reporl siiows the amount allocated to each office; the amount of that allocation that is encumbered; and the percentage encumbered. Gilbow noted that an accounting firm also checks the report each month. The bookkeeping machine is relatively inexpensive, but adequate, Gilbow says. Mrs. Litha Tilly, of the county judge's staff, usually handles the machine. Gilbow explained that within several months, the .county will exchange the machine for an L-8000, which has punch card capability. That will allow for s 1 i g hi1 y higher, probably: because of the extra cost'.-'.of moving and installing. · :;,,'.'* The study noted that a use'd mobile home at a price of $4,00.0. would be within the reachbf many low-income families. If a of $4,000 were obtained with a amortized period of. 10 years at eight per cent interest, monthly payments could be,-;.fis low as $48.54. ;,;. About two thirds of all mobile homes were purchased new from a dealer with 11 per cent bought used from a dealer and 22 per cent changed hands between individuals. Since mobile homes have been n significant part of the nation's housing supply for a relatively short time, empirical evidence of lasting quality is acking. Most current mortgages are for about 10 years.' Current estimates from the 1970^ census of housing indicates.a lonBcr useful life. Mobile home owners, asked to estimate resale value of their employe needs to make a coun-; about a five-fold expansion of ty purchase, they can contact i county business before the sys- the bookkeeping department. Af- i tern needs updating.' ter the goods are received, the! The machine is also used to acount in question is encumber-1 store a master list of county ed for the amount of the pur- [ inventory, that can reveal quickly the location of county property. PEOPLE'S SYSTEM Gilbow exphasizes that "this is the people's system," and one purpose ot such a system is to make it easy for citizens to tell at a glance the financial situation of the county. Visitors are welcome in the bookkeeping department n n y time, Gilbow said. The system is working smoothly. Gilbow believes, due in part to the cooperation of other county officials. Money is turned over monthly from the collector's office, he explains, and there are few slips in the system. chase, even before the bill is paid. MINI - COMPUTER With the "memory" capability of the "mini-computer", it is possible to know within a few minutes what proportion of an office's allocation is encumbered. Gilbow says this takes care of the problem encountered by counties who simply note cash in-flow and out-flow, and never know how much of their allocated funds are available. "This allows us to properly inform the people who have to make decisions," plains. Gilbow ex- Once a month the Quorum Folk Center Plans Family Harvest Festival By TYLER HARDEMAN The Ozark Folk Center at Mountain .View will hold ils second Family Harvest Festival this year from Oct. 14 through Nov. 3. Preserving, canning and storage of foods will be demonstrated; a mule-drawn sorghum mill will be producing molasses; lye from an ash hopper will be used in making lye soap and hominy; preserves and jams from the fruits and berries of field and forest will be shown. A highlight of the festival will be a traditional housewarming for the one-room pioneer cabin that the Folk Center craftsmen have been building all summer. Each craftsman has designed special items for the cabin from pottery to andirons, from quilts fo rugs - and these will be moved into the cabin with appropriate pride during t h e first week. On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m., the pioneer cabin will be formally dedicated at ceremonies to which the Governor, the Ozark Folk Center Commission and dignitaries from Stone County and the Department of Parks and Tourism will be invited. Rackensack founder, recording artist and nnled folklorist Jimmy Driftwood will perform and there will be square dancing in honor of the occasion. FESTIVAL THEMES Each week of the festival will be built around a theme: Harvest, Oct. 14-19; Youth, Oct. 21266, the Family, Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Throughout the entire three week period - with the exception of Sundays - the Ozark Folk Theater will stage a production of an original play by Dee Johnson of Mountain View at 1 p.m. on the Music Auditorium's outdoor stage. And each day at 2 p.m. a series of special concerts will be given in the auditorium with music appropriate to the theme of the week. Jimmy Driftwood is scheduled to perform in these concerts during Youth Week. On Sundays at 2 p.m. a gospel sing will be held in the auditorium. During Harvest Week, the pioneer cabin will be furnished and decorated and during the remaining two weeks hosts and hostesses will be on h a n d to explain its construction and furnishings to visitors. Saturdays will be the big days at the Folk Center during the Festival. On Oct. 19, in addition to the cabin dedication, there will be a string band competition featuring performers from all over the region. Finals for the competition will be held during the regular Rackensack Folklore Society performance beginning at 8 p.m. in the Music Auditorium. Nature hikes through the woods that adjoin the Folk Center by resident naturalist Freeman Thomas will get underway at 3 o'clock. Saturday, Oct. 26. the nature hikes will be restricted to children, ages 6-16. Throughout the day there will be cratls contests for the youngsters. At 11:30 there will be lall tale telling in the Songs 'N Such Building. Adults 50 and over will compete before an audience of children, 12 years and younger, in telling the saddest, funniest, scariest, and most unbelievable stories. At 3 p.m. a ballad singing contest will be held with finals that evening during the regular performance of the Rackensack Society. On Saturday, Nov. 2, family nature hikes will be conducted at 10:30 and 3. There will be story hour for families at 11:30 and at 3 a fiddle an jig dancing contest will be held followed by finals during the evening musical. OTHER EVENTS In addition to these special events, there will be sack races, stilt races, jump rope contests, horseshoe pitching competitions and. egg races at 11 and 3 at the children's playground each day during Youth Week. Children will be encouraged to participate in the craft operations throughout that week. During Family Week there will be old- time dress revues at 3 p.m. every day In the Folk Center restaurant. Continuing throughout the :hree weeks of the Harvest Festival will be all regular Folk C e n t e r operations. Crafts demonstrations -- there are 17 in all, including basketry, primitive furniture making, pot- t e r y , shuckery, quilting, weaving, spinning, musical instrument making and blacksmithing -- take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. (During Youth Week, children will be admitted fpr 75 cents, and special invita tions to classrooms throughout the state will be extended.' Musical performances taki place from 12:30 to 1 p m during the day on the outdoor stage, and at 8 p.m. eacl evening except Sunday, th Rackensack Folklore Societ gives a two-hour concert in th' 1,043-seat Musical Auditorium homes, indicated depreciation during the first two vears pf^ about 27 per cent with a five' vear old home in 1970 expected 'o bring about GO per cent'~0f ne purchase orice. WATER SUPPLIES The study noted that about; J6 per cent of homes in parks, bad water from public water systems with 85 per cent in. parks having access to public s e w a g e facilities. Outside' parks, about three-fifth, used, water from drilled wells; 22 per; cent had water from public systems and nine per cent from dug wells or other sources. ' Outside parks only nine per cent had access to public sewage with 83 per cent using sep' tic tanks and eight per cent using other methods of sewage, disposal. -:, About 96 per cent of homes inside parks are heated with natural gas as comnared to 47 per cent of those outside parks. Butane provided fuel for the others. .\,'... Questions concerning altitudes o[ mobile home owners inward mobile h o m e . living showed that three out of five occunanfs would buy another mobile home should the nee arise. :'..',' Twenty-nine per cent of the wncrs said a mobile home was they could afford; 56 p^er cnt said it was a method..pT ettini; an equipped home quickly; 96 per cent said they vere convenient to move to new obs and 63 per cent said they vere inexpensive to maintain. Only six per cent said they ike to live in a mobile home ourt and 13 per cent indicated mobile Homes were easilv sold. USUAL COMPLAINTS '"' Most frequent complaints of Dccuoants were that mobile lomes were poorly constructed and a feelimr of insecurity l u r i n g turbulent weattiei. Scventv per cent comnlained of ioor construction and 58 per cent said they didn't feel safe n stormy weather. Fourteen per cent said manufacturers "did not honor their promises anij 1 ner cent said they considered the home only temporary. The sludv also showed that 980 of the 18.278 homes in 'Banion County were of the mobile type while in Madison county 101. of the 3,546 homes were mobile. -* : Statewide, the largest percentage of mobile homes -- 9.8 ner cent -- was found in Saline County and the lowest Decent- age -- 1.2 per cent -- in Brad- lev Cmmlv. As of ihe 1970 co.n- sus there were 29,666 mobile hnrnos in the state among Ihe 672,967 year-round housing units for a 4A per cent average, i.-;. 1

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