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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OPFICI 710 N Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N 1Mb Volume 82No 331 Oc a Copy TweStcHonifaoPago 010175 HOME OFFICE LINDSAYSCHAU3 PO BOX 789 62625 oisan iMCHiortiCirboniliii Prii Htrrln Pillx Murphyeboro indtpMdwt FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8 1974 Astronauts home after mans longest space voyage i j dnofori imciA rfnwn in the Droblem was cc Aboard the USS New Orleans AP Skylab 3s astronauts came safely home from mans longest space voyage today splashing down with pinpoint precision in the Pacific Ocean after 84 days in orbit The Apollo taxi ship carrying Gerald P Carr William R Pogue and Edward G Gibson parachuted into the sea 34 miles from this recovery ship to climax a record flight which the space agency said proved America can do anything in manned space flight that it so desires During nearly three months in space the astronauts had circl ed the globe 1214 times travel ed miles and gathered a wealth of scientific and medical data on man his earth and his solar system The astronauts hit gentle waters 176 miles southwest of San Diego Calif at am CDT after a journey of 84 days one hour and 16 minutes breaking the previous Skylab 2 record of 59 days Helicopters were overhead almost immediately to drop frogmen into the ocean to secure the bobbing spacecraft with a flotation collar The recovery ship im mediately steamed toward the Apollo ready to hoist it aboard as quickly as possible so space agency doctors could begin ex tensive medical examinations to determine how well the astronauts withstood their long exposure to space weight lessness What a beautiful sight Commander Carr reported as the spacecraft descended toward touchdown Well done Pogue said after the splashdown Its good to be back good to be homev Gibson said On landing the astronauts immediately took pulse readings on one another and through scratchy communications one crewman could be heard saying 70 beats on me The coneshaped spacecraft turned over with its point down and floated upside down in the water Inside the astronauts pushed a lever to inflate three plastic balloons which forced the craft to right itself There was a small concern as reentry approached when Mission Control detected a leak in one jet thruster system capable of guiding the Apollo through the atmosphere Not certain how serious the problem was controllers In structed the astronauts to use a second thruster system that was operable It worked perfectly Theastronauts eager to corns home had started the trip earthward at am CDT when they separated the Apollo craft from the 118footlong space station which had housed three different crews for a total of 171 days Area truck stop cleare ffl Independent truck drivers who have been holed up at the Marion Truck Plaza for several days began leaving at pm today Joe Hurley a truck driver said he hauls locally said the nearly 100 men voted late this morning and the majority agreed to move their trucks to avoid legal action against the plaza owners Pat and Arnie Lober Sale of diesel fuel resumed for the first time since the stoppage began Drivers be gan bringing their belongings from nearby motel rooms and evacaution of the estimated 10 trucks involved began speedily We agreed when we stop ped here that we would move on if any violence occurred or if the owners were threat ened with legal action Hur ley said Hurley said he does not know how far the trucks will get They may get 20 miles or they may get 1000 miles be f ore they come to ablockade All we know is that we are Strikers leave at Marion owners request getting out of here he said Mrs Lober shortly before noon today asked drivers blocking the truck stop to leave We cant go on like this said the operator of the stop where independent truckers were jammed up for the eighth day today James Garrison attorney for Mrs Lober and her hus band Arnie told the drivers at a meeting that the Lobers are quite concerned about the more than million in trucks and cargoes on the 40 acre truck stopsite Garrison said the Lobers have no liability insurance against loss if anything hap The meeting followed rum ors the state police and Na tional Guard members were to move all trucks out of the stop No such action had taken place at noon The only law enforcement officers at the site at noon wrfe two patrol men in a Marion police car on the service station lot Marion Mayor Robert But ler and Commissioner Rex Presson appeared briefly at the truck plaza Presson said they wre there to find out what we can do to get the trucks moving out of the plaza One driver who stopped at the plaza this morning and was caught in the stoppage said the Marion plaza was the only truck stop between Texas and Marion that was still blocked He said stops everywhere else were operat ing normally At the Holiday Inn across the street from the truck plaza about 30 police cars and sev eral National Guard vehicles were parkedThe police were meetingin one of the dining rooms V D ftli i 2 t v IflFB 1 n Bli I I MJlVfc Police and National Guard vehicles were parked outside Motel near Marion as authorities discussed nearby truck tieup by Tom Porttr Negotiators try to convince truckers But truck traffic increases By the Associated Press Negotiators for striking in dependent truckers are turning from selling the government on the needs of truckers to trying to sell the truckers on the sincerity of the government The White House was op timistic that the tentative set tlement reached Thursday would end the hinedayold strike but said contingency plans had been developed in case the protests continued Federal Energy Office deputy administrator John C Sawhill said piose plans involved the possible use of federal troops to keep the highways open to truck traffic We hope that wont be necessary he said But if it is necessary then thats the step well take SawhiU said the final decision would be made by the Jusitce Department lilany independent truckers leaders denounced thesettle ment as a sellout One J W River Rat Edwards of Kansas City said As long as the government refuses to talk sense we wont either But the negotiators said they felt they could end the shutdown once they explained what government concessions mean to the independent drivers I Chief negotiator William Hill of Pittsburgh said he felt the shutdown could end by the first of next week if they individual drivers get the program and the package explained to J He said Pennsylvania Gov Milton J Shapp who organized and mediated the negotiations had promised to bounce like a grasshopper all over the coun try if necessary to explain the proposed settlement Shapp who started his career by driving a coal truck said the independent truckers did not get everything they wanted but that the n e g o t i a t i o ns nevertheless were a major breakthrough Shapp the selfappointed mediator who initiated negotia between dissidents and federal officials in Washington journeyed to a truck stop in Bartonsville Pa to explain the settlement to protesters The manager of the Stop 76 in I that truckers from nearby areas had gathered for the meeting with Shapp But Fry said most remained opposed to the ten tative agreement reached early Thursday Meanwhile more trucks were reported on the road today as scattered incidents of violence continued Increased truck traffic was noted by officials in Pennsyl vania Missouri and Kansas but there was no sign that the shut down to gain reduced fuel rates Bartonsville Bill Fry reported I ding and other concessions was en Bomb threats gunfire By the Associated Press Bomb threats and more gun fire on Illinois roads today marked the strike by in dependent truck drivers dissatisfied with the federal governments settlement of fer Request denied Washington AP A federal judge today dis missed the Senate Watergate committees request for a court order directing Presi dent Nixon to give it five presidential tapes One trucker reported to au thorities he exchanged gunfire with two vehicles early today on an interstate highway south of j Chicago No one was injured authorities said State police at Effingham re ported that two of three large truck stops which reopened Wednesday received bomb threats early today No bombs were found and the truck stops remained open Despite scattered violence authorities reported an increase in truck traffic as members of the Illinois National Guard took up stations at truck stops and joined state police in patrolling highways i Gov Daniel Walker said the 1200 guardsmen will stay on I duty until a settlement is ac cepted a prospect which looked dim for striking drivers in Illinois In Southern Illinois there were scattered reports of rock throwing and continuing blockades by independent drivers The driver of a Du Quoin Packing Co truck reported a brick was thrown at the truck about 4 am today Illinois Dis trict 13 State Police said the incident occurred on US 460 west of Mt Vernon The driver was unhurt A Du Quoin Packing Co spokesman refused to comment on how the truck strike is affect ing deliveries to and from the plant Vote on energy bill scheduled Feb 19 Washington AP The Senate has scheduled a vote on emergency energy legislation 11 days from to day Under the agreement an nounced today by Majority Leader Mike Mansfield the Senate will vote Tuesday Feb 19 on a motion to recommit the bill to conference If that move fails Mansfield said the Senate will men vote on passage of the bill that would roll back the price of roughly onequarter of the oil drilled in the United States Senate Interior chairman Henry M Jackson DWash floor manager of the bill said earlier this week he was confi dent it would pass once it came to a vote But Republicans and oilstate senators objecting to the rollback provision have conducted a minifilibuster against the bill to postpone ac tion until after the 10day Lin coln Day recess which begins today With the federal government still undecided on imposing na tionwide gasoline rationing an increasing number of states are implementing controls on their own WARMER Tonight mostly cloudy with chance of occasional light snow Lows in the 20s Satur day partly sunn and warmer Highs around 40 Partly cloud dy and a little warmer Sunday through Tuesday INDEX Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Sports Weather details map 1417 5 19 4 6 1718 1113 17 Ballots delayed Illinois county clerks have been notified to delay having 18 will be a holdiay in obser vance of Washingtons birth ballots printed for the March day and the deadline will be 19 primary pending a court J ruling on where some candi dates names are supposed to go Jackson County Clerk Delrnar Ward said he received notice from the state election board Thursday not to set the official ballot form until further notice The first immediate result of the order probably will be a delay in absentee balloting which by law is scheduled to start Feb 19 Ward said Feb 18 is listed as the last day for registration for the primary and also the first day to cast absentee ballots Feb moved back to Feb 19 Ward said persons who apply for absentee ballots in person on the first day possibly may not be able to vote unless the ballot form question is resolved in time to have ballots printed before Feb 19 The question of placement on the balllot involves candidates for appellate court judge posts A suit has been filed to deter mine where the names should be and the suit has been passed to the Illinois Supreme court for a decision Hot ley pulle d in Thursday for coffee James Holly Memphis Tenn Don Newbery Momenn By Wanda Barras Of The Southern Illinoisan Jim Holley 25 Memphis Tenn pulled into the Marion Truck Plaza at 1 am Thurs day to get a cup of coffee and have a brake repaired on his truck Holley didnt know the plaza was tied up in the independent truckers work stopppage to force a fuel price rollback When he stopped his truck another vehicle pulled behind it and he was asked to stay Since then Holleys company has been trying to get a court order to get the truck out Holley said Id like to go to get back home but he is not unsympathetic with the independent truckers object lives Holley had a truck himself a few months ago and lost it because of the high cost of fuel He said if the work stoppage had started three or four month ago he pro bably would still have his truck Now hes company driver He says the strike is fine for the independent operators But for the company drivers theyre holding up We cant do anything about it The independent drivers are doing the dirty work but the big trucking companies willreap the benefit too Holley is a little leery of traveling under overpasses since hearing reports of bricks being thrown and guns fired on trucks But he says it isnt truckers causing the vio lence Its fanatics or some young kids Holley said three 13yearold oys were picked up in Arkansas for harassing truckers Hooleys wife warned him not to go on the road but you cant put bread and butter on the table if you stay at home he said Another company driver Willis Putnam Jackson Miss said Id like to go But there are 40 trucks block ing mine so how can I get it out Putnams company like Holleys was trying to get a court order to allow the truck to leave the truck plaza When Putnam pulled into the truck plaza Monday for fuel they just said1 theyd appreciate it if Id stay with them and they pulled a truck behind me So I stayed Putna msaid they assured him theyd feed him and find him a place to stay The inde pendent drivers have a fund for helping pay expenses for drivers who need it He said it has been peaceful at the truck stop and nobody has offered to hurt me and theyve treated him well Putnams wife was worried about his welfare until I told her how peaceful it was here He says it has cost him about for room and board since hes been there but he expects the company to reim burse his expenses Putnam says hes been walking around and listening trying to find out when they are going to let us go Don Newberry an indepen dent driver from Momence has three trucks tied up in the stoppage He and one of those trucks are waiting out the strike at the truck plaza Newberry said Its the best thing in the world Its about time the independent trucker got off his behind and did something about inflated parts fuel license tires and tiie whole ball of wax We arent a bunch of rich people We just want to make a living and have something to live on after Newberry has been in trucking business 22 years and during that time he says he has been broke three times because of high prices Maybe Ijm headed for a fourth time But Ive got a little laid back Ive tired to prepare for this he said Newberry says his rigs wont turn a wheel until this is over The work stoppage is cost ing Newberry a week to stay in Marion and wait out the strike Ive met a lot of enjoyable people here and I could have been in ahell of a lot worse place Bill Short an independent trucker from Johnston City has been giving stranded truckers rides to wherever they wanted to go Short says he has taken them to the grocery store the laundromat and movies He has worked 16 to 20 hours a day since the strike started and spent for gasoline to supply the truckers transportation This is for everybody Were doing this for the coun try If everybody had stuck with us this would be over by now The country cant operate without trucks Willis Putman Jackson Miss William Short Johnston City Photos by Jack Griggs Grocers getting supplies and Sarge getting weary Stories en page 3   

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