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Logansport Pharos-Tribune and Press (Newspaper) - January 24, 1975, Logansport, Indiana Home Paper Of 41 Communities Founded in LOGANSPORT INDIANA 46947 FRIDAY EVENING JANUARY 24 1975 Phone Price Per Copy Fifteen Cents First Fatality Recorded Here First Fatal Logansport and Cass County recorded their first traffic fatality Thursday night when the car 1 in which Mrs Velma Lucille Judy Bisacchi 52 of 1311 Erie Ave was riding was struck by a car r driven by David L Sturgeon 25 Box 65 Onward on N Third Street at the entrance to Marsh Supermarket Staff photo by George Hagene Demos Long-Range Tax Program To Be Unveiled INDIANAPOLIS UPI House Speaker Phillip E Bainbridge still irked by Senate Republican leadership rejection of his proposed moratorium on the sales tax said today the Democratic long-range tax program will be unveiled next week It doesn't look too promising for compromise when the Senate says it will not consider something that hasn't even passed the House Bainbridge said I doubt if many of the senators have even read it His reference was to a expected to pass the House today that would create a sales tax holiday for all purchases and a longer moratorium for new car sales Simultaneously today the Senate controlled by Republicans prepared to pass on final reading and send to the House a help the taxpayer program developed by Gov Otis R Bowen and other GOP leaders It would return nearly million out of the state surplus that proved bigger than predicted partially because sales tax collections were boosted by inflation The GOP package survived 17 proposed Democratic amendments Thursday that covered some of the ideas the Democrats have been discussing for their phase II tax program Phase I is the short-range plan including the sales tax moratorium and increased unemployment benefits on which Labor Committee hearings were held today However Bainbridge said there was no concerted effort to run the long-range Democratic plan past the Senate in the form of the amendments that were offered Thursday Some of those ideas have been discussed as alternatives but we haven't gotten them tied down yet We will meet Monday to start doing he added He said it might be Tuesday or before any final decision is made The sales tax moratorium had been slated for final passage Thursday in the House but after a news conference in which Senate Republican leaders an- they would kill the moratorium as lacking any economic value to the state the Democrats reacted by pulling the back and saying they wanted to see what first in the Senate to the proposed Democratic amendments Bowen What happened to 17 proposed Democratic amendments to the five Senate bills first outlined by Gov Otis R Bowen as a way of returning proximately million to taxpayers was defeat on partisan votes The five GOP bills advanced to final passage today They include a rebate to individual income local revenue sharing sion of renters income tax credit ex- of aid and disabled and elimination of sales tax from false teeth eye glasses and hearing aids But of more significance to puzzled Hoosiers trying to determine the outcome from the 1975 Legislature battles between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate were casual re- marks by Senate Finance Chairman Lawrence Borst and Senate Minority Leader Robert Fair D- Princeton Fair to a question as had been charged during the four-hour debate on the GOP tax help Democratic amendments were a preview of the rest of the Democratic tax proposals Substantially yes Congressman Hillis To Talk At CC Dinner Why Is Local Divorce Rate Up The divorce rate is soaring in Press Staff Writer Jackie Rosen probes the causes and of divorce in a three part series beginning Sunday The stories are based on Interviews with divorced people who reside in Cass and surrounding counties Logansport recorded its first traffic fatality of 1975 late night Mrs Velma Lucille Judy Bisacchi 52 of 1311 Erie Ave was pronounced dead at p.m at Memorial Hospital by Cass County Coroner Louis Marocco following a p.m accident in which she suffered head and chest injuries The cause of death not readily known Marocco said and the coroner ordered an autopsy which was in progress at press time was a passenger in a car driven by her husband Yato J Bisacchi 57 of the same address according to in- officer Jerry Arnold Arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages and failure of duty in a fatal accident is the driver of the other car David L Sturgeon 25 Box 65 of Onward Sturgeon was admitted to Memorial Hospital where he is being held for ob- servation suffering from a laceration on the lip and a broken tooth Yato Bisacchi suffered minor abrasions on his face and John C Casey 22 of 14th Street owner of the car driven by Sturgeon suffered a head laceration Casey who also is being held for ob- servation at Memorial was arrested for public intoxication disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer while being treated at Memorial Hospital cording to Sergeant Arnold The accident occurred on N Third Street at to Marsh Supermarket according to Arnold The Bisacchi auto was enroute south on N Third Street and attempting to turn left into the supermarket when the Casey auto it in the side Sergeant Arnold stated Casey vehicle skidded some 100 feet before striking the Bisacchi auto in the passenger's door Sergeant Arnold said Arnold said the force of the impact spun the Bisacchi auto around to the northeast 21 feet and the Sturgeon auto continued 23 feet Following the accident Sturgeon allegedly got out of the car and began running for failure of duty charge Mrs Bisacchi was born July in Logansport to Herny and Verna Knight Wells She was married to Yato Bisacchi on April 12 1947 She was an employe of the Supermarket for the past 14 years and a member of the local clerk's union No 725 She also was a member of St Vincent's Catholic Church Surviving with her husband are her Mrs Verna Helvie 1716 Ave one daughter Jodene Bisacchi St one son Kenneth Francesville one brother Curtis 1800 Ave two sisters Mrs Geneva Smith 1504 Clifton Ave and Mrs Jean Pfeiffer 1608 Treen St Friends may call after 7 p.m Saturday at Marocco Funeral Chapel and the Rosary will be said at 8 p.m Sunday Funeral services will be at 10 Monday at St Vincent's Catholic Church with Father Maurice Miller officiating Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery Flu Epidemic Still Apparent In Schools A wave of influenza which began sweeping county schools last week shows no county-wide trend toward receding Two of the county's four school corporations however reported a slight decrease in absence rates at the end of this week Southeastern School Corporation where absence rates hit a high of nearly 11 percent on Monday showed only a nine percent rate on Wednesday and Superintendent Meredith Thompson said Friday's attendance figures would reveal the rate had fallen below the nine percent level Caston School Corporation also had a number of students back in class at the end of the week after crossing the 20 percent mark A total of 215 Caston students were absent Monday and the figures reached 222 on Wednesday Superintendent Byron Bunker said only 170 students were absent on Thursday which would indicate attendance may be returning to normal Pioneer attendance figures show the absence rate is still on the increase Pioneer had been affected perhaps of any of the four corporations earlier in the week Superintendent Clyde Zeek reported Tuesday the absence rate was hovering in the neighborhood of eight percent Although there was a minimal change in absences at Pioneer Junior and Senior High School the rates had jumped to 10 percent at Pioneer Elementary 12 percent at Noble Elementary and more than 20 percent at Lake Cicott Elementary by the end of the week Logansport schools still were reporting unusually high absence rates in certain areas by the end of the week The rate at the high school had changed only slightly from 10 percent to 11 percent during the course of the week while Lincoln Middle School had dropped back to a six percent rate McKinley dropped from 17 percent on Monday to 14 percent on Thursday Washington School dropped significantly from 17 percent on Monday to eight percent on Thursday However six corporation schools besides the high school were reporting rates in the percent range Fairview Middle School and Elementary reported a 16 percent rate on Thursday which was high for the corporation County health officials have requested corporation schools to report attendance figures beginning Monday in order to keep an eye on the inroads of the virus Ford Sees Chance Of Mideast War WASHINGTON UPI President Ford spoke of last resorts of many if's the nation's economy is still grim in 1976 Ford suggested he might not run for President being realistic in the face of tough odds But he quickly added he thought the economy would rebound I'm planning to be a he said Ford had not ordered an increase in the imported oil tariff raise the cost of a gallon of gasoline 8 to 10 cents Congress might have delayed his entire economic and energy program The order was signed a few hours before Thurs day's broadcast interview with NBC Congress has not acted in roughly three he said I can of course remove the import duty I have imposed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is not successful next month on his return to peacemaking in the Middle East Ford said I think we undoubtedly would be forced to go to Geneva He said all his advisers consider the chance of war in the Mideast is high there is war if there is an embargo by all the oil producing nations the United States Would be forced into drastic fuel allocation and conservation Gasoline Ford said would be a last resort which could last 5 to 10 years the Western industrialized nations faced strangulation the United States would be prepared to take the action He did not comment on a report that three American divisions were either being sent or prepared for the Middle East there were moves to have the FBI get rid of unnecessary derogatory mation on congressmen I would have no opposition to having it disposed of Fifth district Congressman Elwood Bud Hillis will be a guest speaker at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting Saturday Congressman Floyd Fithian of the second district also has been invited to attend Highlighting the evening's program will be the traditional passing of the gavel to the new Chamber president Fred Sabatini from immediate Walter Myers Retiring directors Dick Babb Cox Jack Davidson and Jim Hendricks will be honored with special plaques The new Chamber directors are Norb Adrian Jack Barton Charles Kingery Pfarrer and Keith Erny Ned Grable will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening President-elect Sabatini stated that the business meeting will be divided into three categories The first category will deal with con- a number of projects which the Chamber feels important The second segment focuses on new projects which the Board feels must be dealt with because of immediate im- portance The third category deals with new proposals from members Discussion will be held to designate the importance of these proposals Members will then be asked to indicate their areas of interest Also on the business agenda members will vote on changes This year's meeting at the K of C Hall will begin at 7 by a cocktail hour at p.m Music will be provided by the Notables from 9 to midnight A special advertising section portraying Chamber of Commerce activities in the community will be included in the Sunday issue of the and Press F o r e c a s t The Weather INDIANA Increasing cloudiness and a little warmer this afternoon with 30 per cent chance of light rain late in northern and west central portions Cloudy tonight with 30 to 60 per cent possibility of rain greatest chance northern third of state Mostly cloudy and not much temperature change Saturday with 30 per cent chance of a few light showers northern third Highs this mid 40s to near 50 Lows tonight low to upper 30s Highs Saturday mid 40s to near 50 Becker Fails In Attempt To Amend Bargaining Thursday's high was 35 at 3 p.m The overnight low was 30 at 1 Construction In Cass Jumps Million The construction of Krause Milling Company and Indiana Grain Company the 1974 construction figure in Cass County to The 74 figure was an astounding more than the 1973 con- struction figure of However the number of new single family dwellings dropped noticeably from 89 in 1973 to 53 in 1974 The 1973 figure in family dwellings construction was while was only The yearly report issued by Cass County Planning Commissioner Floyd Stafford also shows drops in home additions family garages and the number of permits Home additions fell from 21 permits and to only six permits and Family garages fell from the 1973 total of and 11 permits to an even and six permits The total number of permits fell from 158 to 99 The mercantile buildings division in- creased from to and the other structures division increased from in 1973 to in 1974 One division which did not appear on the 1974 report was recreational buildings However only one was constructed in 1973 that one accounting for Thirty mobile home permits were issued in 1974 compared to 24 in 1973 Ten Planning Commission meetings were held during the year the board of zoning Appeals met six times during the year and three public hearings were held Bridge Is Approved A paving the way for Logansport's new 18th Street bridge passed a House committee unanimously Thursday The Roads and Transportation com- approved the after hearing talks in its behalf by County Attorney John O'Neill and Ned Fairman consulting engineer The measure 1280 had been in- by State Rep Nelson Becker to permit construction of a bridge over a railroad without the advance payment of the railroad's 20 percent share of the cost It was necessitated because of the bankruptcy of the Penn Central railroad making it unable to help pay for the 18th Street bridge The is now ready for 2nd reading in the House which Becker anticipates will come next Monday or Tuesday permitting public employes to strike was pushed toward final passage in the Indiana House today The Democrat majority beat down at- tempts by Rep Nelson Becker and other Republican legislators to amend the collective bargaining Thursday Representative Becker who sponsored a collective bargaining for public em- ployes in the 1974 sesson today explained why he tried to amend the agency and union shop clauses out of the Democrat collective bargaining His amendment lost He said the union shop and agency shop clauses should be matters for negotiation in labor contracts rather than to be spelled out in law The collective bargaining law should only set up the procedure to be followed in determining union representation the items subject to bargaining and a board to establish fair labor practices the Cass legislator said He said he opposes strikes by public employes As the now stands a minority of public employes could force all of them to pay union dues to hold their jobs he reported The provides if 30 percent of the employes of a public agency sign a petition an election must be held to determine if that union shall represent all of the employes It takes only a majority of those voting in the election to bind all of the employes to support the union with regular payments of union dues Thus if a city has 100 employes and only 25 of them vote in the election to determine union representation 13 employes could force all 100 to pay union assessments in order to hold their jobs Becker pointed out Under the union shop clause all of the employes also could be forced to belong to the union if city officials agree to it If they refused to join they would lose their jobs The Democrat majority in the House not only voted down Becker's amendment to remove the union and agency shop clauses but also rejected amendments aimed at banning strikes and to at least forbid prison guards and hospital from The amendment lost The was amended to include nurses Excluded are teachers firemen policemen university professors and professional engineers Police and firemen asked to be excluded because they have their own collective bargaining Teachers already have such a law Republican legislators warned that the would lead to walkouts by garbage men snow removal workers prison guards and hospital workers in tax ported public hospitals Rep Robert Bales Danville reminded members that Gov Otis Bowen has said he would veto any such collective bargaining unless it forbids strikes Mt Hope Building Plans Completed By Architect Blueprints of the proposed Mt Hope Cemetery Chapel and Service Building have been completed Architect Thomas Medland presented them to the Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday The building which measures 100 feet eight inches by 50 feet will be located in the extreme northeast corner of the cemetery It will feature a mansard front with brick facing The brick facing will utilize the bricks that have been taken from downtown buildings that have been demolished and will serve as a type of memorial to the downtown district according to City Engineer Robert Minnick Included in the building will be the chapel which measures 50 feet by 48 feet and an ample garage area Also included are a sexton's office storage room janitor's room and public and employe restrooms Our primary concern for building the chapel is to provide residents with a site to hold graveside commented Mayor Martin Eugene Monahan Our great need for a vehicle storage area and a sexton's office also are important factors in the construction of this building The inside of the building will be block wall with carpeting in the sexton's office and the chapel Tentatively the plans and specifications are to be advertised within the next two weeks and bids taken until February 26 according to the board The price on the City Code books was set at A record of each person who chases the book will be made and the money received by the city will be deposited into the General Fund The board approved claims of expenses transfers and investments
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