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INSIUE- Edilorlal 4 For Women 12 Sports 15-17 Amusements 22 Comics 23 Classified ...» 26-28 115th YEAR-- Jlorthtotgt The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEV1UE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1974 LOCAL FORECAST- Mostly cloudy and continued w a r m with showers again. Thursday. Low last night 66. Lows tonight near 70 with hlghl Thursday in the low to mid 80s. Sunset today 7:30 Sunrise Thursday 6:57. Weather map on pag« 21 ·£40 PAGES-TEN CENTS City Hall Opening Door Wider By JACK WALLACE 0( The TIMES Stall As anyone who has tried to locate a city official after hours (cr on weekends and holidays) knows, finding that official can be a frustrating experience. To. overcome this problem, a new telephone answering system is to be installed in January of 1975 that will make City Hall available to its citizens 24 hours a day. Most of those who call during other than normal business hours have complaints or problems that can easily be taken care of when City Hall opens. However, there are calls that are considered emergencies, by the city staff members, such as a broken water main, a car running into a fire hydrant or a major traffic signal that is not operating. These require immediate attention on the part of some city official. The new system will utilize a commercial telephone answering service and a paging system, such as that used by Washington Regional Medical Center, the Fayetteville Fire Department and the Little Rock Water Works. . A caller attempting to get help in an emergency situation would simply call the City Hall telephone number (521-7700) and get a recorded message advising him to dial the answering service if there is an emergency. At that point, the answering service would activate a tone controlled paging system which would immediately tell the affected official that an emergency existed and to contact the answering service and, in turn, the party who called. "It's all a part of our goal to provide the most effective and responsible service possible and, in effect, place the city in a posture of responding to public emergencies on a 24- hour, seven-day basis," said Sturman Mackey, budget officer for the city. Administrative assistant Da- · vid McWethy pointed out that "the most important thing is the follow-up. A citizen who calls in an emergency has a right to know that the problem has been taken care of." (McWethy, Mackey ' and several others recently met to discuss the need for such a system.) Mackey said that the system makes it necessary for the person on call (the person with the paging device in hand, so to speaw) to make discrctipn- ar ydecisions when he receives a call. If the problem is not serious, the caller should be informed that his problem will be taken care of as soon as City Hall opens another business day. Tf, however, the emergency is an immediate one, the person on call would immediately notify the department head Involved for the necessary action. The cost of the system is estimated to be about $800 for the actual equipment needed, which includes a transmitter to be kept at the answering service and two or three pagers to be kept by the officials on call during the period. A monthly charge would be paid to the answering service. The pager is a device smaller than a pack of cigarettes, which can be carried in a shirt or coat pocket or clipped onto a belt. It emits a beeping tone signal which informs the car- rier that something needs his attention. The paging system has an effective radius of 25 miles, so the carrier would not be required to remain at home, but could, for example, attend a movie, go shopping or plow the "back forty," and still be informed of an emergencv. The small cost, relatively speaking of course, would not require the approval of the Board of Directors as large items do, but City Manager Don Grimes is expected to ask the board for approval of the idea Sept. 17 at its regularly scheduled meeting. The city plans to begin the program with two or three pag- er which, in the future or as the need arises, could be increased to six with the same transmitter being used. The system could also be expanded to include, for example, the municipal judge, who is frequently called upon to sign arrest warrants at odd hours. In this manner, Judge Hichard Wells could '"oe contacted at any time if an emergency arose. Grimes cautioned that the system is for emergency use only and not for persons wanting to complain about non- emergency matters. "Even I sometimes.have difficulty finding t h e proper person on weekends or holidays CONTINUED ON P, tGE TWO) Pardons Said Not Considered Now WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford is not at present actively considering pardons for all Watergate figures, but will weigh any request for pardons which reaches his desk. House minority leader John Rhodes said today. Rhodes and Senate minority leader Hugh Scott, R-Pa., clarified Ford's Tuesday stand on Watergate pardons after meeting for one hour and 45 minutes with the President at the White House today. Scott read a presidential statement which he said Ford asked him to give to reporters. In it, the President said: "The announcement yesterday by Mr. Hushen concerning a study of the entire matter of presidential clemency and pardons was prompted by inquiries to the White House press office concerning Mrs. John Dean's reported statement in reference to pardoning of her husband and similar public statements on behalf of others. "Such a study is, of course, made for any request concerning pardon of an individual. However, no inference should be drawn as to the outcome of such study in any case. Nor is my pardon of the former president, under the unique circumstances stated by me in granting it, related to any case which is or may be under study." Hushen is John W. Hushen, the President's acting press secretary. Hushen said Tuesday at a While House news briefing the (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Ford Orders Funds To Pay For Jobs For Unemployed WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford announced today he has ordered the spending of $415 million to finance 85,000 public sector jobs in state and local governments. Ford said he will ask Secretary of Labor Peter J, Brennan to immediately disburse $65 million to those communities in which unemployment is highest. By the end of the month, Ford said, another $350 million will be made available under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. Ford made the announcement to labor leaders and Senate and House members attending the second round of pre-economic summitry aimed at solving America's twin problems of inflation and recession. The session was part of a continuing series of meetings leading to the White House economic summit conference Sept. 27-28. The President said the effect of today's actions will be to double the number of federally funded public service jobs -- to 170,000 by this coming winter. He said that in addition $1.3 billion will be available to state and local governments for .manpower, programs. Ford noted the unemployment rate in August was 5.* per cent and said that "we certainly ' ' ' about work" and "the present situ ation calls for full use of avail able tools and dollars." His remarks were released in advance of delivery. Ford emphasized there wil be no controls imposed on vages and prices. "To leaders of our labor un ons, and to the captains of in dustry. I make a sincere appea for restraint," said-Ford. "And t must be self-imposed re straint." cannot be complacenl any American lacking New Phone Rush Over More than 3,100 new tele jhones have been installed i ?ayetteville since Aug. 1! according to local manager eorge Holland. An additional 1,900 telephone were moved to differen ocations during the same tim period. Again this year the telephon company put up a portabl office to handle the increase business brought about by th influx of students to the Univer sity of Arkansas. Twelve installers from outsid this district were in town fo the three-week period an between 25 and 30 extra clerica workers were employed t handle paper work involved. Holland said a majority of th work had already been com pleted but some work remaine to be done for person requesting changes in locatio o f telephones or thos requesting phones. specific types Administration Seeking To Double Transition Funds For Ex-President Rain Fails To Cut Fair Attendance An almost continuous rain ailed to cut down the attcn- lance at the opening day of he Washington County Fair .vhich got underway Tuesday. Gale receipts at $1,200 compare favorably with past opening days, said Bill Breazeale,.: president of the fair association. Fair officials were amazed and gratified at the attendance. 'I thought when the rain started we had had it but things were just beginning to slow down when I left at 11 p.m.;" Breazeale said. Fairgoers disregarded t h e drenching rains as they dashed between exhibit buildings. Concession stands, operated by area civic organizations, did a and office business as cus- .omers sought temporary shelter from the rain which varied rom a downpour to -a light mist. THROUGH SATURDAY The Fair will continue through Saturday with today designated as senior citizen day. All persons 60 years of age or older were admitted free "rom I to 5:30 p.m. Judging of exhibits continued with judges evaluating hogs, sheep, milw goats and junior jeef today. Dairy cattle, both the open and junior divisions will be judged Thursday. The dairy showmanship contest will be held at 4 p.m. and beef fitting and showing at 6 p.m. Thursday. Friday is Kids Day and all school youngsters will be admitted free. The junior livestock auction will be held in the livestock arena at 7:30 p.m. Registration Ending Registration ends Friday for community School classes at Woodland Junior High School this semester. The term includes adult education classes which begin Tuesday and Tuesday and ' are held each Thursday night. For more information, call 5218701. Rainy Day At The Fair --TIMESPhoto by Ken Good SLEEPING AT THE FAIR Rain fell heavy *«1 almost continuously yesterday on Washington County Fairgocra hut gate receipts were not hurt. According to lair officials the lirsi day crowd was as good as previous years. (TIMESphofa by Ken Good) .. .this unidentified baby sleeps amid the prize winning exhibits at Washington County Fair. The signs says 'Shhh, baby is sleeping' Lincoln Plans Medical Clinic By PAT DONAT TIMES Staff Writer ' A plan to establish a medical iinic at Lincoln was outlined y Mayor Boyce Davis at the uesday meeting of the VVash- ngton County Health Advisory Council. The innoavtive plan under con- sideration calls for establishment of a clinic to be staffed by. a physician's assistant. Housing is being provided fjy County Judge Vol. Lester in the form of two mobile homes which can be converted to accommodate the new program. Lincoln has been without a NEWS BRIEFS For Kids Day Fayetteville schools will be dismissed two hours early Friday afternoon so that children may take advantage of Kids Day at-, the Washington County ""air. The Washington County Court- icuse will also be closed on Friday afternoon. Woman Injured A19-year-old Fayetteville woman was injured early Tuesday morning when her car struck a utility pole in the K- Mart parking lot at 3055 N. College Ave. Miss Terry Lou King of 1900 Melmar Drive was reated and released at Wash- ngton Regional Medical Center. Fayelteville police said Miss King told them that she was caving the parking lot and as she neared the exit, applied her Brakes. The brakes grabbed, she said, pulling her car into .he pole. Still At Large Robert Lee Grubbs, 24, of Fayetteville, a Cummins Prison 'arm inmate who escaped from a prison work detail Aug. 21, emains at large, prison officials said today. Grubbs and two others, Alvie Arnold, 24 of Bentonville and (enneth Johnson, 26, of Craig- icad County, escaped from the vork detail after stealing a ruck and crashing through a gate. Arnold and Johnson were recaptured Aug. 22. Grubbs was serving 14 years 'rom Washington County for mrglary and grand larceny. Two Indicted WASHINGTON (AP) -former officers Two Penn Central Railroad and three other men have been indicted on fcdera charges of conspiring to mis apply $4.2 million in Pcnn Cen tral funds. The Justice Department sail today that the five also were charged with mail and win fraud in a 23-count indictmen returned in U.S. Dislriit Cour in Philadelphia Tuesday. )hysician since the retirement ' the last full-time doctor in 370. A search ito attract a phy- Ician to the area has been con- ucted ever since by a commit- ee of the Kiwanis Club, com osed now of Loyd Swope, Lary Bell and Roy Jackson. At community meetings held o discuss the plan to use a phy- ician's assistant, Mayor Davis aid there was no adverse reac- ion. "The fact that the staff would vork without the actual pre- ence of a physician didn't jar nyone and everyone seemed to eel that any service is betlei ban no medical service," Davis aid. PROGRAM LIMITED The use of physician assis- ants (PAs) is being considered jcross the nation as one means if get health service to people vho need it. There is only one ilation. in Akrkansas that pre ently employs a PA working mder the supervision of a doc or. Davis said a Board Filings Four more persons have filed as candidates for positions on [he Fayetteville Board of Dircc tors. A slate of seven directors will be elected Nov. 5. Filing for election from Ward 2 was Pat Watkins; Ward 4 Al Hughes; Position 5 (a large), Mrs. Marion Orion, an incumbent, and for Position 7 (also at large), Morris Co'llie: Jr. Three others previously filei the required petitions, including incumbents Russell Purdy anc Paul Noland. Noland filed fo Ward 3 and Purdy for the a large Position 6. John Todd fi! ed for Position 2, Ward 2. ffiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiinuiiiuiHUMiniHMiiH icen called by meeting has the Kiwanis Committee for tonight at which .he panel will meet with cooperating physicians to further he plan. Davis pointed out there are many questions in law gov erning the newly c r e a t e c position of PA. He said it is generally accepted that the questions will be brought up at the next session of the state legislature. Bud Allen, chairman of th Advisory Council appointed by [he county judge to work wit the Northwest Arkansas Ecpno mic Development District' (NEADD) Health Advisor; Council, pledged support for Ihi project. Also pledging support wa Leo Palmer, health planner fo NAEDD, who proposed that the plan is implemented an am bulance might be available the clinic. It was announced that Health Fair will be sponsoro by the Northwest Arkansa Plaza Merchants Associatio ept. 26-27 and agencies were ivited to participate. The council voted to review nd up-date the Washington ounty section of the Compre- ensive Health Plan approved February. Many of the problems identi- (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Rain Likely To Continue y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain is again in the Arkansas feather picture. The National Weather Service orecast calls for scattered nowers and a few thunder- bowers likely 'today, becoming ess likely tonight and becom- ng likely again Thursday. The chance of precipitation is yd per cent today in all but the outheast portion p1 the state vhere the probability is 30 per ent. There is a 30 per cent nance of rain tonight through- ut the state. The precipitation probability Thursday ranges .CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO1 Will Combine Benefits Of Separate Laws WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Ford administration proposes to combine the benefits of two separate laws in order to provide Richard M. Nixon more than twice the funds former President Lyndon B. Johnson received for his period of transition to private life, government records show. General Services Administrator Arthur F. Sampson is to defend the $850,000 Nixon budget proposal before a Senate appropriations panel today. GSA figures obtained from congressional sources show that the Nixon budget for his first 10 months out of office compares I with a total of $1.1 million ispent for Johnson, his'imme- diate predecessor, during the four years Johnson lived after, retiring as president. Of that total, Johnson received about $370,000 for transition expenses and $37,000 in pension funds during his first 17, months out of office. The presidential pension has since been increased to $60,000 annually.. The Nixon proposal, worked out by Nixon aides and Sampson in an unannounced meetipg in San Clemente, Calif., immediately after the resignation, would take full advantage of both the Former Presidents Act of 1958 arid the Presidential Trasition Act of 1963. FUNDS PROVIDED The Transition Act provides'a former president with up to $450,000 for office, staff and other benefits during his first six months out of office. Tha Former Presidents Act provides for a pension, to begin immediately after a president leaves office, plus up to $96,000 for staff salaries and "suitable office space, appropriately equipped" to begin at the end of the transition period. A Justice Department memo- andum prepared at Sampson's equest indicates that Nixon is not eligible for full benefits under both laws at the same time. The Nixon proposal, however, would extend the transition period from six months to more than 10 months, ending on June 30, 1975, the end of the current fiscal year. At the same time, Nixon would be receiving $400,000 in pension, staff salaries and other benefits under tha Former Presidents Act. A GSA spokesman cited the Johnson transition as a precedent, noting that he was the only president to receive the benefits of both acts and pointing out that he extended his transition period from six months to 17 months. But GSA documents show that Johnson received only hit (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Jet Carrying 78 Passengers Crashes In North Carolina CHARLOTTE, N. C. (AP) -An Eastern Air Lines jet carry- ng 78 passengers and a crew of 'our crashed into a wooded hillside today as it was approach- ng fog-shrouded Douglas Municipal Airport here. There were no immediale reports on the number of casualties, but a spokesman at Memorial Hospital reported about 12 persons were brought there for treatment. William Rawlings, (he · ine's sales manager for th» lharlolte district, said Eastern Around personnel were in con- act with the jet moments be- lore it crashed. "Our Eastern people had no idea anything was wrong. Everything appeared normal; There was fog this morning but the exact cause we do not know," Rawlings said. The DC930, a stretched version of the DC9, was Eastern's (CONTINUED O* PAG* TWO)

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