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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondala Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 16th Valume 82No 2 lOc a Copy Two 22 Presi Hrrln Dally Journal Murphysboro Indepundenr THURSDAY JANUARY 3 1974 lit 01017 IX LIBRARY JUS NEWSPAPERS BOX DECATUR ILL 62525 What Less than 2 gallons of regular gas Mrs Warier nnted Illinois 13 and the Carterville whether he had posted new By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Illinoisan Its been changing so often I have to look and see Thats what Mary Ann Bad ger an employe at Mels Sun oco in Murphysboro said this morning when asked at what price gasoline at the station was selling this morning Spurred on by an increase in gasoline prices charged by oil companies Southern Illi nois service station owners raised the pump price of gaso line Wednesday and today by as much as six cents per gal lon The price of regular gaso line crept over the 50 cents pergallon line at some sta tions as owners attempted to compensate for the higher price they now must pay for gasoline Premium prices al ready were above 50 cents at some stations C F Bailey owner of Bail eys Standard Service Sta tion in Herrin said he raised his prices by 58 cents a gal lon as of am today Regular at Baileys now sells at 524 cents per gallon while premium is selling at 564 cents per gallon An un leaded brands sells at 544 cents a gallon Bailey has operated his sta tion for 17 years This is the highest Ive ever sfeen gas he said Even when I was traveling even out in the west where gas prices are usually Ive never seen it this high At Mels Sunoco in Mur physboro Mrs Badger said the pump price was raised Wednesday by two cents Reg ular now sells at 499 cents per gallon while premium costs 519 cents a gallon Diesel fuel went up four cents per gallon rising to 489 cents Sun Oil raised its prices to dealers two cents per gallon this week Mrs Badger noted In Carbohdale gas prices rose six cents per gallon this morning at Kens Standard Service owner Kenneth Gar ner said Regular now sells at 529 cents a gallon and premium sells at 569 cents a gallon Garner said he would be paying six cents more a gallon when his distributor delivers Garners allotment of gasoline later today Dans Standard Service at Illinois 13 and the Carterville Crossroads also raised its prices six cents a gallon today to 529 cents and 569 cents owner Dan Clayton said Two service station opera tors in Marion had not raised their prices when contacted this morning but one plan ned to shortly and the other refused to discuss the matter Ive been so busy I havent had time to change said Bill Clarida owner of Bills Suno co in Marion when asked whether he had posted new prices He planned to raise his prices by cents a gallon later today This morning Clarida was selling regular at 469 cents a gallon and premium at 509 cents a gal lon The owner of Waynes Shell Service in Marion asked about his prices said I havent raised mine yet and I wont disclose any figures Im sorry He then hung up owners when asked how far they thought gasoline prices might rise this year said they had no idea Your guess is as good as mine Bailey of Herrin said Baitey sounded a slightly op timistic note He said Cost of Living Council guidelines limit dealers and distributors to only one price hike a month That means motor ists wont see another at the pump until February at least Oil firms agree to limit gasoline Washington AP Energy chief William E Simon said today that oil com panies and independent distributors have agreed to set a limit of 10 gallons of gasoline per customer at service sta tions Simon also predicted that gasoline prices will increase over the next month or two to levels about 8 to 11 cents higher than in early December Simon told a news conference his price estimates increased from his estimate of about seven cents last week took account of a new set of gasoline price hikes to be authorized Feb 1 Simon said the new increases would come as a variable formula designed to give service 70 per customer of service stations station owners partial com pensation for the reduced amounts of gasoline they can sell as gasoline production is cut under federal regula tions Simon has already ordered creation of a standby gasoline rationing program but has deferred until later a decision whether to put it into effect He has also asked the public to limit its gasoline purchases voluntarily to 10 gallons per week Todays announcement of agreement with the distributors marks a further tightening of gasoline controls although still on a voluntary basis Simon said major oil com panies and independent distributors and retailers have agreed to encourage a policy limiting service station gasoline sates to 10 gallons per customer He said the companies could enforce ttiis as company policy at the service stations If owns directly but could only urge it upon franchised service sta tions The sales limit if enforced would still leave a motorist free to drive on and purchase another 10 gallons at the next service station but as gasoline supplies dwindle waiting lines may discourage this tactic Simon reported that gasoline consumption was running some 78 per cent below normal de mand forecasts over the four weeks ending Dec 21 This was an improvement in fuel saving from the 57 per cent reported the week earlier but still far short of the 20 per cent gasoline reduction now believed necessary he said IRS survey Gas station price violations told lortat weekend the IRS found with flight si Washington AP Gasoline stations are violating price regulations at a higher rate than any other industry under government price guidelines an Internal Revenue Service survey shows About 20 per cent of service stations checked were selling gasoline above the legal ceiling price the agency said The rate of the price violations is far greater than in other in dustries under price control and is leading the IRS to step up its enforcement efforts nation ally a spokesman said A spokesman said the IRS plans to have 300 agents assigned solely to checking price violations by gasoline sta tions Most of the violations pro bably do not involve flagrant price gouging in which motorists are charged or more for a gallon of gas the spokesman gaid But the number of suchj serious violations is increasj ing Also on the rise judging by IRS statistics are the number of price refunds ordered by the agency against service stations charging more than the legal selling price The spokesman said it ap pears an increasing number of gasoline stations are using various gimmicks to get around the governments price regula tions The three major oil companies Amoco Sun Oil and Standard Oil of Ohio increased prices Wednesday The wholesale gasoline increases of 58 cents a gallon for Amoco two cents for Sun Oil and a cent for Standard follow similar increases an nounced Monday by Standard Oil of California Union Oil Co and Shell Oil Co A spokesman for the energy office said the companies would have to submit detailed reports justifying their price increases which he said would be legal if they are based on the higher costs of foreign oil For the week that ended Dec 21 the IRS found that 693 of 3590 service stations checked were charging more than the legal price During Christmas week there were 194 violations of 696 stations checked During the fourday New Years weekend the IRS found 409 service stations of 2346 sta tions checked were violating legal selling prices This is only a partial picture as the check for last weekend covered only part of the country In related developments Interior Department says it has begun the first step in opening up about 77 million acres of Pacific Ocean bottom to oil and gas exploration The area is off the California coast and oil companies would identify areas they would like to explore The department would then select areas that would be up for competitive biddingin 1975 The nations civilian airlines have yet to use any of the military jet fuel set aside for them by the government A Pentagon spokesman said the practice would continue to ensure the airlines do not run short of fuel Twelve Boeing 747 jumbo jets will be taken out of service by American and Trans World Airlines the companies have announced American said it would ground 10 and TWA said it would mothball two effective Benefit increase okayed San Clemente AP Despite some misgivings President Nixon is ready to sign into law an 11 per cent increase In Social Security benefits Although Nixon was known to feel that the timing of the hikes would have an adverse effect on the federal budget aides in dicated he would sign the measure today and issue a statement citing some of his objections Nixon had to act on the bill by midnight or it would die by pocket veto The bill would increase the average monthly payment for a j retired individual from to and for a couple from The President signed a number of major bills Wednes day including a billion defense appropriations act This was billion less than the administration had re quested Nixon also signed a bill in creasing by million the total amount of loans and guarantees that the Small Business Ad ministration came make before June 30 State job order probed Springfield AP An order by the administra tion of Gov Daniel Walker removing several thousand state jobs from civil service protec tion will undergo scrutiny today as the Illinois Civil Service Commission opens two days of public hearings The order issued by state Personnel Director Nolan Jones would allow hiring persons for 32 job categories without a civil service examination Republicans contend that Walker and Jones took the ac 4 tion to insure that Walker cam paign workers would get jobs Jones said he acted without consulting Walker in an attempt to increase the employment of members of minority groups The order issued without fanfare to the heads of all state departments and agencies Nov 14 said the 32 job classes were singled out because their prin cipal requirement is good physical condition Critics of the order contended however that some of the jobs such as special liquor control agent license inspector grain sampler and vehicle testing station operator involved more than good physical condi tion Attorneys for the two largest state employe organizations in Illinois filed separate court suits challenging the legality of the order The Civil Service Commission met Nov 28 and promised to rule by Jan 4 on the legality of i the Jones order with flight schedule cutbacks scheduled to go into effect Mon day The airlines said the move comes because of flight schedule cutbacks prompted by fuel shortages A Chicago policeman who owns a gasoline station has been accused in a suit filed by the Internal Revenue Service of up ping prices to more than a gallon during the holiday weekend IRS officials said the suit may be the first of its kind The station was ordered closed by a federal court Sunday after an IRS agent allegedly was charged a gallon for gasoline OSullivan on Rend board William OSullivan a Benton businessman will join the Rend Lake Conservancy District Board of Trustees in place of Mary J Resheter Buckner whose fiveyear term expires Jan 26 according to Miss Re sheter The appointment is for one of three atlarge members on the sixmember board The appointment was the first made under a recent state law which changes authority for the appointment from the circuit court judges in the Second Ju dicial Circuit to the state le gislators in whose districts Rend Lake is included CJ Covington president of the Rend Lake board said that the board has not been notified of the appointment He said the appointment must be made by the two senators and six re presentatives from the 54th and 59th districts Miss Resheter is secretary of the Rend Lake board and a new election will have to be held if and when official notice is received Covington said Miss Resheter has filed for Republican nomination for state representative in the 59th dis trict OSullivan is the owner of a sporting goods store in Benton Other members of the board are John Douglas Benton C i J Covington Mt Vernon Frank Feltmeier Mt Vernon Angelo Bione Christopher and Patton West Frankfort An Associafed Press photographer shot this picturt of gas near Prairie du Rocher Tonight freezing rain sleet and snow changing to all snow early and ending late Cold with lows 12 to 18 Friday mostly cloudy with highs in the 20s Partly cloudy and cold Saturday and Sunday with chance of snow Monday INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 1719 21 4 67 1920 1113 20 Gas on in Randolph after Tuesday explosion tissue makers say no squeeze Washington AP So insistent have rumors of a toilet paper shortage in the Washington area been that shoppers have been hoarding large quantities of the product emptying supermarket shelves and creating temporary shortages in the process Manufacturers and grocers say there is enough toilet paper j available for all to buy But they say what is in short supply are the paper bags with which to carry the toilet paper and other purchases home At least one chain has offered customers a penny a bag if they would bring in their own Things were warming up to day in northwestern Randolph County homes and businesses The area had been without natural gas since Tuesday night when a 24inch line of the Mississippi River Trans mission Co exploded The Illinois Power Co and the Chester city gas service both tapped into the line near the point of explosion were cut off By pm Wednesday the fuel company had run a line to another pipeline about 200 yards from the one that exploded This enabled the company to bypass the break allowing service to be restor ed A R Cairns Illinois Power Co service area manager at Sparta said his company sup plies about 246 homes and bus inesses in the Prairie du Roch er area He said all service had been restored by 5 am today HerbertEggemeyer gas su perintendent for the City of Chester said the city supplies gas to 1720 homes and busi nesses and by 9 am service had been restored to all but 175 He said work is expected to be completed today We had 94 volunteers from gas companies all over South ern Illinois helping us Egge meyer said Cairns said the Illinois Pow er Co had 12 men helping Chester and 10 men from his companys office in the Belle ville area bad been assisting at Prairie du Rocher I wouldnt begin to esti mate the number of overtime hours the men have worked The men worked all night We had 94 from all over so some people were awaken ed so their gas could be turned on Some had their porch lights on and were sitting up waiting for us Everyone seemed to understand the problem and did not com plain Cairns said Mississippi River Transmis sion Co employes have been working around the clock to repair the 30 feet of line de stroyed by the explosion The explosion was reported at pm Tuesday The blast blew a crater about 30 feet long and 15 feet deep The fire was visible as far north as St Louis and as far south as Murphysboro ap proximately 60 miles away Ralph Bellinger Randolph County sheriff said the fire melted snow in an area 600 feet wide The pressure was pointing north causing most of the force to be on the 100foot bluff This probably helped keep down damage No one was injured and apparently the only property burned was an oldbarn he said Area fire departments were at the scene but returned to their stations because the cold was causing the water on the trucks to freeze The fire from the pipeline burned like a huge blow torch until 1 am Thursday when the gas was shut off at the main the sheriff said The blaze was estimated to be 150 feet high Residents from two nursing homes in the Chester and Pra irie du Rocher area that were heated by gas were taken to Memorial Hospital at Chester The residents were moved back to the nursing homes this morning Cairns said his company found most home owners spent tfie night at home Tem porary shelters had been set up in churches and schools The rupture which caused the escaping gas to explode is believed to have been caus ed by a faulty weld or a split in a seam An inspector from the National Transporta tion Safety Boards pipeline safety division is investigat ing Gasoline cans blamed in fire Two Chicago AP five gallon cans gasoline stored in a closet next to a heater exploded Wednesday night setting fire to a threeflat building and routing about 40 persons from their apartments into freezing weather police said A mother and her five children were rescued from their thirdfloor apartment by two patrolmen who suffered smoke inhalation One of children was hospitalized suf fering tion from smoke inhala
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