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Northwest ArkÂ«nsas TIMES, Wed., Sept. 25, 1974 FAYCTTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Â· Decision Due In 60 Days 'Mutt' Jones Bans Judy Petty From County Parade LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Republican congressional candidate Judy Petty of Little Rock lias been banned from riding in the Faulkner County Fair Parade today at Conway by state Sen. Guy H. "Mutt" Jones Sr., a Conway Democrat. Mrs. Petty opposes the reelection hid of Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark. She said Mills would be allowed to participate in the parade and would be positioned second only to Jones. Jones, who has been parade marshal! for 25 years, said Tuesday night that he wasn't sure but that he understood Mills would be in the parade. Jones' son, Guy H. Jones Jr. of Conway, said Tuesday that a former or incumbent officerhol- der can ride in the parade and that the policy excluding othei candidates had been in effect since the late 1930s. Jonos said the fair parade committee voted Tuesday to maintain its 25-year-old rule which allows incumbents or for mer officeholders to ride in the fair with signs identifying them and giving their official titles But, Jones said, no one is per milted to ride as a candidate. Mrs. Petty said she woult walk along the parade route to day. "This crops up every bien nium," the senior Jones added "I knew it would come up thi year. We don't expect to put 01 a show every two years for ; bunch of candidates -- Demo crats or Republicans. It's sin ply got nothing to do with poli tics." In a news release, Mrs. Pet I; said, "To make matters eve PSC Closes Phone Hearings rorse, Mutt Jones has also in- ormed my staff thai I would ot be allowed to shake hands t the Faulkner County Fair." "That is absolutely a false lalement," Jones responded Tuesday night. "I have nothing o do with the fairgrounds." ones said he had control only iver parade activities. "It's a free fair. I don't know f any law against people shak- ng hands," Jones said. "They ertainly won't let anyone make a political speech out here. The fairgrounds are pri- that Mrs. to make a out of the LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Hearings before the state Public Service Commission into a $2.8 million rate increase request by General Telephone Co. of the Southwest ended Tuesday. Commission Chairman Pat Moran told attorneys for the utility and the PSC staff to file briefs in Ihe cast within 15 days after the transcript of the hearings is completed. Moran said the commissioners would have a decision on whether to approve the increase within 60 days after the briefs are filed. At a public hearing Tuesday on the request, stale Rep. Doug Adams of Strawberry told the commission the people he represents would not mind paying if they were getting good tele phone service. However, Adams asked the Â·ately owned." Jones contended 3 etty was trying 'synthetic issue" vhole "matter. "We've had a parade here for 25 years, and nobody's ever icard of this person who's been so badly mistreated before now," Jones said. Two years ago, Jones said. :he Young Democrats wanted to enter a float in the parade. Etched on the float were to be the names of all of the state's Democratic candidates who had Republican opponents. Jones said his name was among the Democrats, but that the Young Democrats were told to remove the names and that they complied. "So, there's nothing unusual about this. ...Nobody's being mistreated," Jones said. Jones has been convicted on federal income lax charges and recently was expelled from the Arkansas Senate. A special circuit court judge has ordered that Jones be reinstated. That decision is being appealed to the state Supreme Court. PSC to deny the rate hike request because of poor service and management. Adams and several other state legislators, municipal officials aiid the general public aired their views at the hear- mg. The PSC staff recommended City attorney Willis B. Smith. Jr. of Texarkana, Ark., said tho city objected to the proposal iccause the city doesn't feel he rales requested are justified. About $980,000 ot the requested increase would come Tom Texarkana. General serves about 50 communities in Arkansas including Texarkana, Pocahonlas, Jacksonville and Stuttgart. State Sen. Nick Wilson of Pocahontas said no business should be allowed to raise the price of a prouduct until that product is better. He said the phone company is no different than any other business "except it's the only one of its kind in town. "People in our part of the state are tired enough of this to drive 150 miles to Little Rock lo tell you about it." Adams said he had receivec complaints of poor service, including crosstalking, popping noises in the receiver and persons being cut off in midcon- versation. State Rep. Bobby Glover of of the conversation and had to State Rep. Wayne Hampton of Stuttgart said the rate increase General proposes "is way out of line with prices charged by other telephone companies" bordering his area. He said the increase was discriminatory and asked the com missioners to "search your soul" before granting the increase. Hampton Charles O. said state Rep. "Bubba" Wade of Texarkana couldn't attend the hearing, but "endorses everything I've said." Glover said he thought the 1935 law which allowed General to go ahead with its rate hike before the PSC had a chance to rule on it would be changed by slicing General's $2.8 million request in half. New rates were instituted by General under bond on Aug. 10 in all exchanges except Texarkana. There, only one rate can be charged until the city coun cil on the Texas side has a chance to vote on the increase. Mondale Almost Certain To Seek Demo Nomination Carlisle said the Increase "excessive, ridiculous and should not be allowed." Oris King of Poughkeepsie, county clerk in Sharp County, suggested the "large companies tighten their belts just like the people are doing" in the midst of inflation, "If the other phone com- DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Walter F. Mondale says he is "99 per cent" certain he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976. In appearances before the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the news media Tuesday night, the Minnesota Democrat stopped short of formally announcing his candidacy. "I'm very strongly inclined to do it. I probably will do it," he told a news conference. "I'm 99 per cent of the was there, but I have not yet decided ... I'm not trying to be coy, but 1 have not yet decided to run," Mondale said. He declined to set a date for making a formal entry into the race. In a 30-minule appearance before the state AFL-CIO con cenlion, Mondale r e f e r r e c briefly to Sen. Edward M. Ken nedy's announcement Mondaj that the Massachusetts Demo crat would not be a presidenlia candidate in 1976. "The developments yesterday encourage me even more to 'be lieve that this is an idea tha just might be possible," Mon dale said. "I'm not kidding my self. It's going to be a long tough road and I'm going t need a lot of help." While Mondale was speakin to the AFL-CIO, Minnesota' other senator, 1068 Democrati presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey, told a Minneapolis ews conference he would give londale a "ringing" endorsement at the labor convention oday. Humphrey said Mondale has good chance of getting the omination because he is well espected by his colleagues in Congress. Mondale's appearance before tie AFL-CIO came only a few lours after the convention adopted a resolution supporting a presidential bid by him. Mondale said he intends tc continue schedule ng a final decision. He has vis- his heavy travel this fall before mak- ted about January. 20 states since Appliances Stolen SPRINGDALE -- A television and electric fan were stolen 'roin Sue- Freeman's home ear- ier this month while she and tier family were away. The TV and fan were taken after entry was gained into the mobile home in Shady Grove Trailer Park through a bedroom window. Tucker Demands FEA Justify Its Price Rules WAS1NGTON (AP) -- Atty. Gen. Jim Guy Tucker told a congressional committee Tues day that the Federal Energy Administration must be forced to just if iy its pricing regulations. Tucker has filed a lawsuit challenging the FF,A's regulations allowing a three-fold increase in the price of liquid propane gas. He said the regulations were issued without formal supporting economic evidence. Tucker accused the FEA of "a callousness and secretiveness . . . which is unconscionable." Tucker asked the House Small Business Committee why no economic studies were.made before the regulations were enacted. "If they weren't prepared, who made the pricing and allocation decisions, and how were they made?" Tucker asked. "At this time in our national history, no agency, and certainly no a'gency making decisions as sensitive as those made by the FEA, can afford even the slightest appearance of illegitimate or unethical dealings and decision makings," Tucker added. "Until the FEA begins making open decisions, openl yar- rived at, with publication of supporting economic analyses and studies, the American people can only be left with the gravest suspicions, doubt and panies can serve their customers well and cheaper, why can't General!" King said. Many of the speakers delivered petitions and letters to the PSC protesting the rate hike. State Rep. Jessie Hayes of Pocahontas said he had 960 letters and signatures opposing the increase. Hayes said that while in Little Rock he called home "and was cut off in the middle Refunds Ordered DALLAS, Tex. (AP) -- Five ictroleum firms in Arkansas lave agreed to refund H total o Tiore than $14,000 to customers because of overcharging during August. The Federal Energy Adminis tration said it reached agree ment with 103 petroleum firms in the five-state southwest re gion. Here are the Arkansas firms Iheir product, type of operation location and amount of refund: Searcy LP Gas, propane retailer, Searcy, $2,779. Rison Butane, propane, retai ler, Rison, $3,990. Arkansas Liquefied Gas Co. propane, retailer, Booneville $4,523. Red River Gas Co., propane retailer, Lewisville, $2,457. W a l n u t Ridge Airport AvGas, retailer, Walnut Ridge $614. le General Assembly next ear. Gov. Dale Bumpers also as voiced opposition to the aw. .Under the law, utilities can tart charging new rates six months after they make appli- ation to the PSC provided tho ommission takes no action iti lat time frame. Any portion ot approved by the commis ion is refunded. State Rep. William F. Foster f England said he had re eivcd more calls ham . con tituenls complaining about the General request than on rate likes requested earlier by Ar ansas Louisiana Gas Co. anc Arkansas Power Light Co. Foster said he believed Gen eral should get a slight rate in crease, but asked the PSC to veigh the evidence closely be ore allowing the amount re quested. Attorney Jim Hannah o Jearcy, representing the city o ludsonia, said rates and serv ces were inseparable and be cause of that Judsonia wa against a rate hike. , Clyde Archer of Wright, rep resenting Arkansas Communit Organizations for Reform No\ (ACORN), called, the new rat schedules excessive and said i lis area the increases rang Between 13 per cent and 148 pe cent above the flat rate. "They say this will reinforc the investors' confidence in th company, but'it. does not do th same for its customers," Arch er said. General had argued in tl hearings the increase woul reinforce investors' confidence J. E. Graham of San Angel Tex., a company vice pres dent, had said the rale of r turn on General's commo equity had declined steadil since 1953 from 14.3 per cent I 8.4 per cent last year. Bumpers' Aides Plan For Move To Washington LITTLE ROOK (AP). -- Gov. 'ale Bumpers probably will ake a f jout 12 members,of his crsonal staff to Washington, il b is elected to the U.S. Senate n November, according lo Arhie Schaffer, an aide to Bump- r s . Â· ' " ' . . However, .Schaffer said he ml Richard Arnold, the gover- or's political and legislative dvisor, were the only two ides who had definitely d.c hied to go. Schaffer said at least three 01 our of Bumpers' aides woulc vork in a Little Rock office vhile Bumpers served in Wash nglon. Bumpers, who defeated Sen . W. Fulbright in the Denio cratic primary this spring, Iv.is inly one obstacle left in his ath to Washington -- John larris Jones of Pine Bluff, th iepublican senatorial nominee Sohaffer -said Bumpers vis ted Washington recently tc meet with members of the Ar ';ansas congressional delega ion. " "We haven't made any fina decisions," Schaffer said. "Th elections aren't until Novembe and no final decisions will be made until then. "The governor hasn't starte looking for a place to live, an arobably won't until after th November elections." Schaffer said- he had bee looking 'around Washington fo an area where he might like t reside. Tom McRae, 37, who Bumpers' slate-federal cooi dinator, said he definite! would not go to Washington. "I enjoyed it while I was u there, but then I didn't ha\ two children," McRae said. made my decision a long tim ago that if the governor wo the election, I wouldn't be mo\ ing." Two-Car Wreck Injures Three, One Seriously One person', was hospitalized nd two others treated and o l e a s e d Â»t Washington Regional Medical C e n t e r illpwing ii two-car accident nt 10 inter section of Hwy. 71 nnd .oHing Hills' Drive Tuesday iglit. , . .-,. Mrs. Knock,V. Parker, 47, of oule 5 was in fair condition lis" morning; \vhile her lius- and,' Lby Parker. 51, and a'mcs B. Dodson, 63, of 1102 'helma St.,- Springdale were rcatcd and released. Kayetteville police said the ccident, at 9:55 p.m., occurred /lien a car driven by Ley Par- or struck the rear end of a chicle driven by Dodson, Dodson told police he was topped for the light at Ihe iiterscction when the. accident iccurrcd. Parker said he was inable to stop in lime to avoid tie accident due lo the rainslick ighwny. Both vehicles were raveling north on Hwy. 71. Battery Stolen SPRINGDALE -- A 12-volt lattery was stolen From Wayne Marriman's c a r T u e s d a y norning while the vehicle was parked at Wilson's processing Iant. Hamman, of Johnson, valued the battery at $38.' Key aides who were undecided included Jim LaMonica and Martin Borchert. They, along with Schaffer, were the only aides named by Bumpers 'n 1970 who remained on his staff. 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