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115th YEAR-NUMBER 72 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS 275 Club Offers Help For Alcoholics By PEGGY FRIZZELt TIMES Staff Writer SPRINGDALE--Do you have a drinking problem? Do you think it can bo helped? Will you admit you can't handle it alone? Will you go to any length to achieve sobriety? These are four questions used as criteria for admission to the 215 Club, a residential treatment center for alcoholics. A man wanting to participate in the month-long program at the halfway house (a common nickname for the 215 Club center) must show a willingness to solve his problem by answering the questions in the af- f. i r m a t i v e , explained Allen Phillips, president of the 215 .Club's board of directors. From the May 28 opening of he residential center until July 31, 25 men have participated 11 the prggram. At the present ;ime. the house is full with 10 residents. An expansion pro- jram is underway and expected Lo be completed next week to increase the house's capacity to 18 clients. "The community response has been far in excess of what we expected," , Phillips said-approvingly. Although the center technically cannot turn away female applicants, the present facilities cannot handle housing both sexes. The dream of the 215 Club is to build a permanent facility for men and women in two years, Phillips said. The present center is located at 1208 Sf. Did Missouri Road in the Industrial Park. The city rents the building to 215 Club, Inc. IDEA ORIGINATES The" idea for the facility began about four years ago when members of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sought a way to establish a residential facility for problem drinkers. No state aid was available at that time. But when the Ozark Guidance C e n t e r , a comprehensive community mental health center in Springdale, received a $20,000 grant to set up an alcoholism program last year, the program director, Russ Guirl, added his help to the original group. The group met with members of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District to order priorities for alcoholism .reatment. The first priority was establishment of a detoxification and rehabilitation center where clients could live while undergoing extensive therapy. As a result of this meeting, under the name "215 club" since they believed then that the house w o u l d - b e located at -215 Old Wire Road. Although that's not where the center is, the name stuck, Phillips said with a chuckle, since that was the name on all the incorporation papers. The initial funding came from the pockets of the individual group members. With pooled money, the group paid a few nonth's rent on the house and egan renovations. COUNTY HELPS Last November, the group app r o a c h e d t h e Washington bounty Quorum Court and came away with $0,000 for the 1974 vcar. "This gave us our start," Phillips said. "Without the support -of .Washington County 9 wpuldn' t. be, here." Although the center is set up to serve four counties, (Washington, Madison, Benton and C a r r o l l ) , only Washington County voted funds for it, Phillips said. He hopes this year all four counties will help support it. Proposed budget for the next operating year is in excess of $20,000. The 215 Club also signed a contract in April with the \rkansas Social Rehabilitative Services for reimbursement for operating expenses. for those clients participating :n the program and approved by that state agency, the center receives $4.50 a day. Actual operating expenses run about $4.53 per day. Phillips said, and about 10 per cent of the clients are not certified as eligible by the Arkansas Social Rehabilitative Services. The 215 Club also recently received a $27,500 grant from the state's Office on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse with which several program employes' salaries are met. This one-year grant pays the wages of Bob Wilkinson, house manager at .he center. Wilkinson, of Little Rock, worked as an assistant manager ot a residential treatment center for alcoholics prior lo coming to Spingdale. GRANT RECEIVED In June, a 52,400 grant for center furnishings--bunk beds, freezer, tape recorder, typewriter, etc.--was received from the Arkansas State Rehabilitative Services. Twenty per cent of this grant was matched on the local level with group members again digging into their pockets and with local donations. Although 215 Club is independent of the Ozark Guidance Center, it docs work in conjunction with OGC and has written agreement that the two igencies will exchange ser,'ices. OGC handles the payroll or 215 Club employes with the club reimbursing OGC. In this way, employes are eligible for the fringe benefits OGC can offer, Phillips said. Who refers probem drinkers lo the residential treatment center? Phillips said referrals from the courts and AA members acounlcd for 80 per cent of the clientele. The percentage of success in such treatment centers in very small, he said, and the 215 Club is aware of this fact. But even the smallest percentage financially benefits the community because the citizens don't spend CONTINUED ON P.IGE TWO) All Military Forces Said Insulated From Nixon Team In Final Days In Response To Crisis UA Trims Its Energy Bill Spurred by the energy crisis, University - of Arkansas shaved $21,383 off the electricity bill for the Fayetteville campus from Nov. 16, 1973 to April 16, 1974, and reduced natural gas consumption by 40 million cubic et. Results of the campaign were announced in a report from the Energy Conservation Committee headed by Fred Vorsanger, vice president for business. The " ' ; composed of adminis- staff, faculty and stu- ,, _ _ million cubic foot ,, ,, in natural gas - which represents $21,000 -- failed "to " i n a lower gas bill. In because of higher gas prices, the bill showed an in- rease. The annual cost of electricity on the Fayetteville campus was 5378,805; gas $226,953 and water $26,500. The report made no mention of a saving on water costs. The committee report noted that some of the savings in natural gas could be due to an effort to conserve energy and some to a mild winter. The committee solicited ideas on trimming energy use. Prof. S. E. Stephenson of the College of Engineering, who headed a sub-committee, said many of the ideas submitted have been implemented. It was agreed by the com- mittee, 'ollow reduce Stephenson a concerted heating and said, effort air condi- .ioning, lighting, hot water, etc. It was recommended that each faculty and staff member and student be charged with responsibility for energy conservation in his own work or living area. In conjunction with this recommendation, small reminder signs wil be placed on all light switches lo remind people to switch lights off when not needed. Two members of the committee, students Jim Calhoun of Little Rock- and Ed Lynch of Hot Springs, discussed problems with students living in resident halls and in Greek housing. Their report emphasized the fact that wasting of energy can be reduced in students' rooms, as well as residential Hall lounge and recreation areas at a big savings. A savings of $11,783 was noted on the total electric for these areas for Nov. 16, 1973 April 16, 1974, as compared to the same period during the pre vions year. The subcommittee recom mended that the Ad Hoc Com mitlee take action on a long list of findings. One suggcstioi was that the Energy Conserve tion Committee establisl 'energy conservation scholar ships" for tuition in an anioun (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Keeping The Record Straight There ig absolutely no doubt about where Libby Howard stands in Ihe battle for wo- raen's equality. She is shown working on a carpentry display at a fair staged Saturday hy the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Or- ganization for Women (NOW) in the nation's capital, (AP Wirephofo) JIHMII NEWS BRIEFS Fugitive Held Robert Dale Larson, 31, on an unlawful flight warrant, has been placed in custody of the U.S. marshal's office following a preliminary hearing before U.S. Magistrate Walter Niblock of Fayetteville. Bond was set at $5,000. Larsen and three other prisoners escaped from the Rapid City, N.D., .iail Oct. 25, 1972. During the jail break Larsen struck a jailer with an iron rod, injuring him severely. The three other escapees were recaptured soon after the Jail break. Larsen, who was employed by a Springdale truck company, has been sought since his escape. Security Tightens WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President-designate Nelson A. Rockefeller has quit flying in his own airplanes as part of the security measures that could eventually include protection for as many as 10 children. The Secret Service began protecting Rockefeller less than 20 minutes after President Fprd named him as his choice for vice president last Tuesday. B u t permanent security equipment will not be installed in his homes nor will protection legally be extended to Rockefeller's immediate family until he is confirmee! by Congress. Weather Outlook A high pressure ridge with light winds in the upper levels continued to cause air stagnation over the state Saturday and an air stagnation advisory remained in effect. No significant increase in air contamination levels was noted Saturday, the National Weather Service said. However, contamination levels remained slightly higher than normal. A stationary front extended from north of Walnut Ridge to near Texarkana, then southwest into Texas. Some showers and thundershowers were reported in north Arkansas on Saturday. New Building Planned By First Federal Plans for construction of multi-story building have beer announced by First Federa 1 Savings and Loan Association. The building will be locatec immediately west of the current First Federal Building on West Center Street on a site pur c h a s e d from the Urban Renewal Agency. Alcuin Eason Jr., president o the First Federal, told the TIMES he expects to take bids shortly after the first of the year and that construction o the building will take from l: months to two years. Warren D. Scgraves. a Fayetteville architect, is de signing the building. The exac number of stories has not bee determined, E.ason said, an will depend on.the number o potential leasers of space. First Federal will occupy In first two floors of the building Eason and Company will als have a suite of offices in th building. LEASES PLANNED Several other firms, Easo said, have indicated an interes in leasing space in the buildin and plans for other floors ar being discussed but are still ui settled. After the new structure i completed, the building no 1 occupied by First Federal an (CONlTNirED ON PAGE TWO) After Two Men Hospitalized Suspect Held In. Bar Shooting Two persons were hospitalized Saturday afternoon, one with a gunshot wound, following an altercation at the Corrall Lounge in the 2000 block' of South School Avenue. Jim Baker, 28, of Route 10 was in fair condition at Washington Regional Medical Center after being shot in the right thigh. Eugene Hitter, 41, of Route 2 was reported In stable condition in the intensive care unit after suffering a blow to the head. A third man, Jack D, Bowerman, 35, 2108 Cottonwood, Springdale, is being held by Fayetleville police in connection with the shooting. Police said no charges have been filed against Bowerman and that ho is being held under $10,000 bond for investigation of assault with intent to kill. Police said that according to witnesses a fight erupted at about 4 p.m. Saturday at the lounge between Ritter and a fourth man, identified as Tony Sradcr, 25 of 1722 Stone St. The witnesses said that dur- ing the fight Bowerman ran behind the bar, grabbed a pistol that is kept there and threatened to shoot Srader and Baker. At that point, witnesses said, Sradcr ran out tho rear door and Bowerman fired a shot at him, missing. Srader said that he continued running across the parking lot and heard another shot fired. He told police that he turned around and saw Bowerman standing over Baker with a pistol in his hand. Police said they believe that Rilter was injured somelim during the fight when he wa hit in the head with a pool cu or, possibly, by falling again the juke box. Witnesses told police th after the shooting, Bowerim and Ritter left in Rilter's pic up and apparently went lo tl home of Ritter's daughter, ea of Fayetteville. Ritter rcpor edly contacted a girlfriend, wh transported him to the hospita Bowerman turned himself at the police department abo three hours after the shooting. HOMECOMING NO REAL PLEASURE SPRINGDALE -- Some days it just doesn't pay to come home as Orval Freeman of 1301 N. West End St. discovered when he returned from a trip Saturday morning to find most of his furniture, all of his clothing and some of his appliances missing. Freeman told police that color television set, stereo system, washer, dryer, two rifles all living room furniture anc all his clothing were gone Value of the missing items was placed at $3,000. Police said entry to the home was gained by cutting a screen on an east side win dow. Freeman said he left on his trip Aug. 19. Manhunt Drags On The search for Robert Le «rubbs, 24, of Fayetteville, Cummins Prison Farm inmat who escaped from a priso work detail Wednesday, i centered in a thickly woode area four miles southwest Pine Bluff. Tim Baltz, public informatio officer for the stale Correctio Department, said authentic had found more footprints be lieved to be those of Grubbs. Baltz explained that prisoners wear a certain typ of shoe with a notch in it fo tracking purposes. The shoe easily distinguishable, Bali said. Grubs and two others, Alv Arnold, 24 of Bentonville an Kenneth Johnson, 26, of Crai head County, escaped from th work detail after stealing truck and crashing through gate. Arnold and Johnson we: recaptured Thursday. Grubbs was serving 14 yea from Washington County fi burglary and grand larceny. Burns Recovering LOS ANGELES (AP) -- C median George Burns, who u derwent open heart surgei Aug. 9, was released fro'm C dars of Lebanon Hospital Satu day, officials said. The 79-year-old entertain was admitted to the hospit Aug. 5. Ford Again Pledges Action To Reduce Inflation Pace WASHINGTON (AP) -- Present Ford signed a bill Salur- setting up his new wage- rice monitoring a'gency and romised more action to heat iflation. The new Council on Wage nd Price Stability, which re- laces the Nixon adminis- ration's Cost of Living Council, intended to expose excessive FDA Probe Scheduled WASHINGTON (AP) -- The overnment announced Satur ay it will conduct a full review if charges that the Food and Drug Administration harassed taff scientists who opposed approval of new drugs. Caspar W. Weinberger, secre- ary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, aid a panel of six experts -- hree from government anc hree from the outside -- woulc named to examine employe complaints aired before the lenatc. HEW said the panel is ex iccted to make ils report with n six months. Eleven FDA scientists ant hree outside advisers have toh a joint hearing of two Senate subcommittees of alleged in stances of d r u g industry favor tism, improper administrative practices and harassment. "These a r e d i s t u r b i n g charges which must be ar swcred." Weinberger said i his announcement of tho probe The investigatory group wi' be headed by Dr. .Theodor Cooper, HEW deputy assistan secretary of health and forme director of the National Hear and Lung Institute. HEW officials were unable t say immediately who would ap point the panel members. Dr Alexander M. Schmidt, fo« and drug commissioner, recom mended that no one within th FDA oe chosen. "I believe that the over-all In vesligation must be free froi any possibility of political or in dividual bias," Schmidt sail "Certainly, this problem re quires more than just an inte nal investigation by an FD management which is- itself th subject of employe complain' and allegations." b age and price increases lanagement and labor. The council has no powers to npose controls and Ford em- hasized. "this legislation is not e forerunner of wage-price ontrols." The President got prompt ae- on on this legislation, which c requested less than two r ceks ago in an address to a int session of Congress. He lid it indicated the cooper/i- ve and constructive spirit be- veen Congress and the White ouse in the effort to counter nflatipn, which he described as Public Enemy No. 1." Ford said members of the ew council would be named mmediately "so it can convene romptly and develop an genria for action in the immolate future." GUIDANCE OFFERED Before signing the bill in the ^binet Room, Ford described t as "monitoring legislation." The new council, he said, would '·give guidance in very broad erms to management and Ja- ior so they don't take advan- age of a free economy in thi :ritical situation." Although this was "not an infant answer . . . not an immc Use Against Congress Feared WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 'entagon kept close watch dur- ng the last days of Richard M. Nixon's presidency lo guard' against any possibility of orders going directly to military units from the White House, of- 'icials said Saturday. Pentagon officials said there was concern about the potential .hat "somebody in the White Elouse," not necessarily Nixon, might go outside the chain oi command and take some action. Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Gen. George Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took what one Pentagon source described as 1 contingency planning "in tha event of improbable circumstances." The Pentagon o f f i c i a l s indicated they felt it important to be on guard against any possibility in an unprecedented situation. Pentagon spokesman Jerry W. Friedhcim, asked about the precautions, said Schlesinger and Brown were never con| corned about any action by ele- lents of the military on their wn in support of Nixon. "They were never concerned hat something would boil up rorn below," Friedheim said. There never was the slightest tdication ol that." REPORTS DENIED He also denied reports that he military was placed under a form of surveillance during his period. Friedheim said no military mils were ever placed on alert luring the crisis culminating in Nixon's resignalion and the uccession of Gerald R. Ford to he presidency. Nixon resigned Aug. 9 after he House Judiciary Committee md approved three articles of mpcachmenl but before they came to a vote on the Housa loor. Pentagon sources said the precautionary action was designed specifically to assure that no order would go to any diate panacea," Ford said (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) LOCAL FORECAST-- Partly cloudy and hazy with mild nights and hot. humid days ;hrough Monday. Chance of at tcrnoon and evening thunder ·showers. High today low 90s ows tonight upper 60s; high Monday low 90s. Sunset loda 7:54; sunrise Monday 6:43. Weather map on page 12A. military unit for any sort of ac- ion against Congress during any House vote on impeachment and a Senate trial. A Defense Department official quoted SchlcsinRer as say"in keeping with my statutory responsibility, I did assure myself that there would be no question about the proper constitutional and legislative chain of command, and there was never any question." Earlier. Schlesinger had described the military in this situation as "a force for stability in the country." Informed sources said thera was no special meeting between the secretary and t h e Joint Chiefs of Staff to plan the tightening of lines of authority. Inside Sunday's TIMES late Summer 74 And Ice Cream 7A Property Tax System Inaccurate, Unfair IDA University Revises Traffic Regulations 12A Polygraph Finding Place In Buisness World IB Round About Town __ 2B Texas Picked To Win SWC SB Editorial 4A For Women 7A-9A Crossword Puzzle -- 10A Sports 3B-6B Entertainment 7B Classified 8B-11B

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