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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - March 1, 1977, Blytheville, Arkansas Pr p. I Î- ' ' ,, Ç BLYTHEVILLE, ARK: 72315 VOL. 82.-NO. 241 10 CENTS 18 PAGES TUESDAY, MARCH 1,1977 ' ' With the coldest winter recorded by U. S. statistician^ in the past 177 'years now consigned to the ihiitoty books^ these blossoms spotted' this l.'i E. R. "Chlgger" Smith, director of BlythevUle's Office ^ of-InspècUon. md Code Enforcement, says thè state i remove;' signs .-that , violate city sign 6r-^fêd beforë'the enactmentoif the-ordinance-. Smith noted thatithe ElythevUlé City CoiuncU p^ed an ordiiAnce in March, 1972, setting restrictions on signs .in dowtitowBlytheviUè and that the nonrcohformity section of the ordinance is due to expire March 31. The state court decision struck down a provision tof Fayetteviile's sign ordinance providing that owners: of nonccmforming signs in that city must make the sigtu conform or remove them by 1980. ^^ : passed in 1972 by the BlytheviUe council sets sj^ific'TestHctions on bushiess signs. Excerpis from the ordinance are as fdiows: —Must not exœjed 100 square feet in area or 10 per cent 'of thetotal first floor wall areafacing à public strieet; — Must not exceed the size of the major identification sign :(of the business) ; .pf'.biisine^S'and.fl .. premises; .'-^'gns must be in good repair and finhly anchored; — Free of hazards. . Smith said his office has not approached businesses which had signs erected prior to the enactment of the '72 SIGNS, Page 4 weekiby Courier News photographer Jim Keon herald the arriyal.of spring, now less than three weeks away. (Courier News Photo by Keon) ROmBUP^-March 1 Transfer Burfrrng Trips Probation D. A; Webb, o\yher. of V^eb|>.'s Auto Salvage on South'HigHway 61 nrar BlythevUle, has b^fplaced o^-i^y prbbatioiii for the Jan. 5 violation of therVüriuikas according tojQlytheviUeiMwTcipaTCoiu^^^ Records show that Webb was found guilty of open burning of junked cars; Webb ^sted a |159 bond-aiid' the case! was'.cM-tinued,to^eb..l5, records showed.. .. ' . ' ., . Lan7 Cummings,-fiel(iinsiwctor witt the state Department-of Pollution Control and Ecolo^, says he yisited the'«sa]vage y^rd Jan. 5 found Webb in violation of open buying:. Webb Appeared' in coiirt F^. 15 and was ¡placed, oh probation/by Muriidipal jCoürt Judge :Max> HüHsoh,' ro records show; j' , . Webb has until ¡May, 15 to confom, Witt-the .'State laws establish^iby the state, ^ecordsi^state... Record Player Stolen The wf|ekend burglary ¡pf the/Heaf Stait>|öfficM In Chiclcasawba Courts'in BlytheviUe,'is beihg^iinvati^ cording to BlytheviUe''^lice. ,.,1. , - . Police^said a .record player valu^.at $90 was laken^t-The'rear door wu broken to gain .entry, pdice said.. , ROUNDUP. Page 4 Sunnyiand mild today, partly doudy and wärmer tonight, mostljr'äoudy and mUd Wednesday with chance of shower or. thunderstorms. High today uppisr Ms, loVi^ tonight mid 40s, high ; Wednesday near 60. Precipitation probabUity: 40|per. cent Wednesday. * j By JIM LUIÎIER Associated'Press Writer. WASHINGTON (AP) - A Sehate-Hoiise conference committee weighing Presidént Car-tér's tax cut and rebate'plan wants the economic stimulation program to help needy Americans pay their fuel bills. Thé conferees proposed such a one-shot program, costing $200 iniUion, as part of a package of tax cuts and increased spending designed to piunp up' the economy ovèr the next seven months. A compromise budget amendment thatwduld make room for up to $17 billion worth of tax cuts and goVet^rhent spending; was ' approved«''Monday night and sent to the Hotise and Senate for finaKconsjderationi late this<wéek.'On'ë'é that process is 'complete, Co'hgress can pass legislation to prime the sluggish economy. The confierees' actjpn would acconithodate the program proposed by Carter, which includes $50 tax rebates or direct payments for an estimatéd 200 million Americans. .But any alternative plan of tax cuts and spending hikes totaling'$17 billion or lèss also could be approved as a result>f the budget amendment. , The cqhférees.gayë in to the demands of Sen. ''Éd>nùnd S. Muskie, chairman of the Sénate Budget Committee, and recommended the $200-miUion plan to help needy persons pay for fuel this winter. Details of the proposal have yet to tie worked out, but Muskie . ehvfsions a one-time- payment: of iip-to'$250 >per home, earmàrkedioç thpse iriigreatesf need'iW^èiTelilïàrdest hit by the winter. ' The most expensive items in the plani'ai^e 'the tax rebates, an increase in the standard deduc tion and,a tax.cut for business. In 'ad(U|pn, Iffie economic-stimulus plan envisioned by the budget conferees would include $3.5 billion in direct federal speeding to create jobs between now 'M'di Sept. 30, when fiscal I977 ends; The:package is more than $l billion above ¿what Carter recommended. Congressional economists estimate that enactment of the^Ian would result in a 6 per cent growth in the economy this year and a drop in unemployment from the current 7.3 per cent to 7 per cent. , The program would raise federal spenSng this year to $41^5 billion, or $69.8 billion above expected revenues. ih additiy to the tax cuts and special fuel-biU aid, here is how the budget conferees propose to spend the stimulus over the next seven niqnUis: —$700 million fprpublic-serv- ice jobs, such as in hospitals and jaUs. The number of such jobs would rise from the current 310,000 to 600,000 ovér the next seven months and to 725,-000 in 1978. . —$60 million for the job opportunities program; which involves 12-month jobs^ on local economic development projects. —Up to $400'million hiore to start construction on such public wks projects as schools and hospitals. —$700 million for special em-ploymentgraining and jobs tar-getëd for yoi&ig and old Americans, who are hardest hit by unennpl'oymerit. —$500 million forcons^ction of ' récreaUpn, facilities, railroads and highways. —$925 miUionVin special aid to help offset'tax irevenues löst by states, citiesvandïcounties because of the slnggish economy and bad weaUier. S Heavy Blow By JOHN HAMMARLEY Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Hppes of ratifying the Equal Rights Amenc^ent in this legislative session were dealt a heavy, if not fatal, blow Mon-day.... r, ^bUse'merhbera voted to send the era ratification rewlutioh wide réfèr^ncium on the question to the Rules Committer. •!I tliink' it's dead," Rep: W. E. "Bill" Beaumont ot jLittle Rock,„sponsor of the ratification resolution, said later. ,ERA, which would ban discrimination based on sex, would become ^rt of the U.S. Constitution if ratified by 38 states by the March 22, 1979 deadline. So far, 35 states have ratified the proposed amendment. The biU was sponsored by Rep. Boyjee Alford of ' Pine Bluff. It would have given Ar-kansans a chance to vote on ERA during the next general election. If the biU were enacted, the popular vote would serve as an indicator of how the people expected the General Assembly to treat the ERA ratification issue, Alford said. The first move shifted Al-ford's bill to the Rules Coim-mit^epjlepi Prank''Willems of ParisV v&hd%dMSgainst Bèaff-mont'*8,'résoÎutiôh in anbthir itÄfttfe^söggöiitf^ that proposal join Alford's in the Rides Committee. The House Voted without casting* individual ballots tb, send J^aumont's resolution back to the Rules Committee. ER-Arkansas leader Gloria Cabe of Little Rock said House members "clearly shirked their responsibility" by voting according to a means that left no official record of how they voted. "It was obvious on the floor tliey wanted tO' put' it where it can't be seen again," Mrs. Cabe said. Rep. Ernest Cunningham of West Memphis made a rarely used parliamentary move which allowed the House to vote on the measure without having individual votes recorded. Instead of voting on the.ir electronic voting machines, the' House members sto'pd'^When called to cast their vote on Beaumont's ERA resolution. No V naines wérè recorded. The voté tp send. the^meà'si^e b to Earlier, the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Béaumont résolution on a voice vote. Rep. G. W. "Buddy" Turnér of Pine Bluff, Rules Committee chairman, said his primary concern was to determine if a controversial issue like the ERA resolution could be voted out of committee on a voice vote. ER-Arkansas officials said last week the push for ratification in the state had 29 confirmed votes in the House on Beaumont's measure. It would need 51 to passed the House. "When you only have a third of the votes, it's hard to protect your flanks," Rep. Julian Street of Camden, another member of the Rules Committee, said; Rep. CecU Alexander of He-ber Springs asked'tftat Alford's referendum bill be ref^r^d to the pules Committee. ■ ' "It's such 'ah'''emotionally .charged issue I ^ink »Conimittee needs •'to look-at it in relation to the other issues that may be on the next general election ballot," Alexander said. Alford, himself a member of the Rules Committee, said he doesn't know about the fate of his bill, but said he thinks he knows about the ratification measure of Beaumont's. "I know one resolution that is deader than a door nail," Alford said. Before the vote to move the Beaumont resolution back to committee was passed, several House members said they wanted to get the issue over with and vote on it. By BILL SIMMONS Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The 'tenate quickly passedthe com-tpromise on school aid !dis-wtribution Monday, bût the governor's revenue transfer plan for cities and counties ran into a little trouble. To the disappointment of the sponsor. Sen. Bill Walmsley .of Batesville, the Senate decided .'to put the transfer biU through another hearing Wednesday in the Senate. The school aid compromise was reached last week bétween Gov. David Pryor and Sen. Clarence E. Bell of Parkin. Pryor and BeU differed over ;how;soon state aid to'the public schbpls .should come in line withï changes in school enroU-ment) Pryor wanted to'go fas-.ter toward better per-pupU dis-stribuUon. Thet - House had passed tPiydrisfpian, the Senate had approved BeU's. They ^agréed last yyeek to settle at a point closer to Bell's-proposal than to .^ryor's. "Pryor said he did that , to get||ome movement toward ibetterper pupildistribution out ^6f this lé^gislàtlve àêssionv - The'cpmpromise wiU slow the process pf distributing state aid ' on a p^r .pupil basis by^about. three y'rar? compared to. what would liâvé been accqmpjished % under the governor's original-plan. , r The Senate attached the com- ..promisé amendment to the House-pàssed aid distribution biU, HB 470, and then approved thé biU 33-0. Sen. John F. "Mutt" Gibson of Dermott led the fight to hold up the transfer bin for a hearing.' He said the Senate ought to allow anyone with anything to say about the biU to come to the Senate and speak their mind. Walmsley objected. He said the bill, SB 432, already had been given an intense scrutinyiby the Revenue and Taxation Committee, where another foe. Sen, Ben Allen of Uttle- Rock, questioned the plan closëly. The biU would let cities and counties share in 17 per cent of the state's net pereonal income tax revenue each year, pro-, vided the counties approve the transfer of funds from the state to the local governments. ' Sen. Max HoweU>of Jacksonville said the governor's plan would automatically reduce the anibuht available each year to other elements of state government that depend on the state general revenues. "We are tampering with the. stability of the education fund, higher ^education, social services,". ; Howell said. "Unless, we're going, to .^vite the, AEA (^kansas "Education Aissoci-atipniï'the univereitles atid colleges, Sand all bf the using agencies,of state government, then we are pre-empting the agencies that ought to be heard;" The Senate decided to let Walmsley, Gibson, and Rules Committee Chairman Knox Nelson of Pine Bluff decided who would speak during the hearing, which some senators said might last four hours. In odier action: —The Senate approved a bill by Sen, ;Knox Nelson of Pine Bluff to make it a misdemeanor to threaten or speak ■abusively to a bus driver when he was in the presence of students. Walmsley held up the bill by giving notice that he might ask for another vote within three days, —The, House defeated a bill that would aUow police and other officials to pick up public drunks and take them to either a detoxification center or jail without\ charging them with a —The House passed a biU that w(kdd appropriate $1 mU-lion ov# the next two years for the esublishment of community'cdleges at Melbourne and Menaif —A~}bill . that would have madefiihy person whose name on trash dumped in ' !al spot liable for the died in the House, Ben Allen of Littlé bt the Senate to okay an ,ent: to exempt Little- Rock amei Rock from legislation to require that most city governing board members be elected from wards. The bill was amended last week to exempt cities of fewer than 10,000 residents. The bill still is pending in the Senate. —Sen. Joe Ford of Little Rock got the Senate to delay action on the bill to appropriate funds for the Social Services Division until somebody explains how many new programs are in the budget, what they cost, and how much of a general budget increase the agency would get under the bill. The bill would appropriate more than $300 million in state and federal funds in. each of the next two fiscal years. —The Senate passed 30-0 a bill to authorize the state Medical Board to establish the qualifications for physicians' assistants.'Such a "person is not a doctor, but works .in'connectiqn with a doctor as an aidé above the level of a nurse. Sponsors of the legislation hope to encourage development of a physicians' assistant program to get more medical personnel into rural areas, where doctors are few and in need of help. —The Senate okayed a bill to require state agencies promulgating rules and regulations to submit them to the Arkansas Legislative CouncU for its ad-, vice before putting them into effect. Responding swiftly to an Action Line reader's compl^t last, week, the Blytheville Sanitation Department yesterday cleared out the old tires, drink cans, bottles and junk car parts next to the vacant Fma Service Station at Ash and First. Gene Chii;mon, department foroman, said it was learned that the service station lot is owned by Baldwin Oil Company of Jonesboro and ,.that the firm will be charged for the cleanup. Three truck loads of refuse were hauled away from the lot, ;Chitmon noted. Also, an aUey behind the servic^e station was also cleaned up, Chitmon said. (Courier News Photo by Binz) FISHING LIMIT^ DISSIDENT MEETING FATHER'S PLEA AMIN I^ETREATS 'i ' f CApER TRIPS - . i , - , ■ ,. A, In^the Gulf of Alaska, off the coast oifvfNew England and in waters shared with Cuba, the U. S. government is trying, to ¿enforce thè new 200-;ixiile fishing limits. After turning thé issue of human rights mto .a central theme of his first weekVi in^ f^ffîce, President . Carter is ;meettog with Soviet diss^ent. Vladimir Bukovsky, who spent 12 yeu-s in Russian prisons. A grief-stricken father is plieading for help to allow his 3-year-old son, Jeddie, critically injured ^hen hit by a car, to die before the child's < body deteriorates. >, ! President Idi Amin retreated some more today from his confrontation with the United States by Ufting his order banning Americans from leaving Uganda. President Carter is considering visits to the home states of the House speaker and the Senate majority leader in the first of several back-to-the-people trips. 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