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   Mt Vernon Register News (Newspaper) - December 30, 1970, Mt Vernon, Illinois                                TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 39, last night's low 20. , 7:00 a.m. today 22. Downtown at noon 33, humidity 67. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS .MKMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCUT^ATION SQUARE DE.'iL FOR ALL-SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE       A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER FORECAST Mt. Vernon Zone - Heavy snow warnings, probably accumulating in excess of 4 inches. Low around 30. Thursday cloudy and snow ending during morning, high in 30s, VOLUME LI-NO. 78 SENAT :VI0UNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, DECExVIBER 30, IDTf) 50 Cents Per Week - Single Copy 10c BICKERING CONTINUES Harold Watson/ 74 Retired Mt. V. Hotel Owner Dies Harold G.. Watson, one of the best fHeiids Mt. Vernon ever had, died . yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. , He was 74' years, eight months arid one day of age. Owner-operator of Hotel Em-merson when it was the busiest convention and political rally center in southern Illinois, Mr. Watson was an intimate ,of this great and near-great of Illinois and the nation. In failing health, he retired four, years ago. The hotel was sold but he maintamed an apartment there. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Myers Final Action Before Jan. 1 Unlikely SOCIAL SECURITY today's FUNNY l^^ll     RAISE RETROACTIVE? TiMm le W. F. Dettte SKniwtr, Texas f*. -' - .\ ' II  ���iin.t. @ 1970 by NU> ti^ Aged Pay More Raise Charges For Medicore Doctor Service Antimissile Rocket Test Successful ftAROLD G. WATSON m Chapel' and burial will be Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at Mirers Chapel, where, friends may call after 10 a.m. Sa,tui'-day. Mr. Watson was a political power in the Republican party, but iie was iibt a politician. He 'never asked anything for himself as, for 40 years, he pitched in whdteheartedly to suppbrt party candidates on the grass' roots, state and national levels^' =    He �was-always working quietly, hari and efficiently behind-the-scenes in rugged political battles, as well as projects for the iJettermerit of his home town, ' Mr. Watson was a rare man who got bis rewards from the satisfaction of knowing he had helped his party, or his town. He always shunned publicity, or public credit for his help and would never accept a political appointment where a salary was;''concerned. Because of thisi'^tiriselfjshn|gssi;i son ifecame; a'!^^ of many great riieri - senators, governors and city, coimty and state officials all over thie-coun- try;.;. Leaders like the late Senator Everett Dirksen, a close friend, always sought out Mr. Watson first when they came to Mt. Vernori. - After a handshake and a chat, they went about their WASHINGTON ,(AP) -- The Sprint missile, a key weapon in the Safeguard antimissile system, has scored its first successful test intercept of an intercontinental ballistic missile warhead over the Pacific, the Pentagon announced today. The Sprint, a short-range, super-fast missile, shot up from the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Pacific on Dec. 23 and came within "kill range" of the ICBM target nose cone which had been launched from California, 4,200 miles away. .  .     . The test did not involve any actual explosion, the Pentagon said. The intercept was verified by' instruments. The Sprint, like its partner long-range Spartan antimissile, would carry a nuclear warhead in an actual intercept of an incoming enemy ICBM. The Spartan and the Sprint comprise a one-two punch, with the Spartan designed to meet and destroy enemy warheads more than 400 miles away and the Sprint designed to take out enemy warheads which" penetrate the Spartan umbrella defense. The Sprint relies on blinding speed to meet an enemy warhead some 25 miles up and destroy it. Four months ago, the Spartan scored what the Pentagon called its first successful test intercept. I i WASHINGTON (AP - Tlie j aged must pay 6 per cent more I for supplemental medicare ben-i efits next July 1 largely because ' of rising doctor charges, the De-\ partment of Healtli, Education i and Welfare announced today. The current $5.30 a month 1 premium vnW increase to ?5.60 a month for the 19.5 million medicare subscribers. This is far less than the 1.30, or 32 per cent, increase announced last December for the current fiscal year. Most of tlie latest increase was attributed to the expected 6.7 per cent jump in the amount i of doctors' fees covered by med-j icare and to an estimated 2 per cent rise in the use of physicians' services. HEW said an estimated 15 per cent increase in the cost and utilization of such institutional services as hospital outpatient clinirs will account for, the remainder of "the premium rise. Supplemental medicare meets parts of the elderly's nonhospi-I tal medical expenses. The government, which matches individual contributions, will pay out an additional $70 million from general revenues next year because of the premium increase. President Has Medical Checkup Please Stay Off Ice Dangerous On City Park Lake The ice is dangerously thin on Mt. .Vernon's city park lake, a popular winter time skating place. "Please stay off the ice until it becomes thick enough to be safe," said Public Works Director Les Hall. "Just watch the paper and we will make an an-noucement when skating will be permitted." Hall said several youngsters have already been skating. "The ice is thin enough now that you take your life in your hands when you skate," he said. (Continued On Page 2 Col. 5) WHIIIinMIIIHlllllllllllllHllllllillillNIIIMIIIilililllllllllllllllllKlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilll^ WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon got a glowing report on the state of his health after hospital tests today. His personal physician, however, recommended the chief executive get more sunshine and exercise-away from Washington. Nixon, however, took a some-Iwhat different view. He told a i small group of newsmen that his health is so good" I have no excuse" to get away to. his homes in Florida and southern Caifomia. The chief exiecutive's physician. Air Force Brig. Gen. Walter R. Tkach, said he was urging sunshine and exercise at the Nixon vacation reti'eats because he feels ,this is necessaiy to insure Nixon's continued good health. Asked by reporters if Nixon could not continue his present regimen without harm to his physical well-being, Tkach replied, "I'm not betting on it." Accompanied by Tkach and an assistant White House physician, Nixon flew to the Naval Hospital in suburban Bethesda, Md., today for two hours of medical tests. WASHINGTON (AP) -There's little chance Congress will complete work on a inajor I Social Seciurity benefit increases ; before time runs out Sunday, : But chances are good ,tlie new Congress will pass the measure quickly and make the benefits retroactive to Jan. 1. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday "it is utterly impossible" to reconcile diffenrces between a Senate version-of the Social Security bill arid a less liberal House proposal in the few days left to the 91st Congress. resident Nixon has said he will ask the 82nd Congress to make increases retroactive to the first of the year if the cur-I rent Congress fails to act before I its term expires at noon Sunday. Mills' assessment came after the Senate voted 81 to 0 for a bill to give 26 million Social Security beneficiaries added money totaling $6.5 billion. Three million welfare recipients would get an additional $1^ billion. . He said it would take commit-tee technicians ait least three days to draft a compromise reconciling "at least 100 substantive': changes" the Senate made in the House Soigiaf; S^urity proposal; One thing Both House and Senate agreed oit was the paycheck bite. The bill raises the base income subject to Social Security tax from the current $7,800 to $9,000 yearly. Under a previous law, the percentage of deduction goes up automatically in 1971 from 4.8 per cent to 5.2. ' The Serrate version would provide a 10 per cent increase in payments effective Jan. 1 to all beneficiaries of the three Social Security cash programs: retirement, survivor and disability. Those at the bottom of the scale would be raised ifrom the current $64 monthly minimum to $100, a 56 per cent increase. The House bill calls for only a 5 per cent increase, raising ,tlie minimum to $67.50. But both versions have provisions increasing several other Social Security benefits and tightening up on medicare and medicaid health program costs. Both would establish a new system raising benefits whenever the cost of livng jumps 3 per cent. And widows would get 100 per cent of husbands' payments instead of the current 821/2 per cent. Each house would increase the amount of annual wages a retired person can earn without losing benefits-the Senate to .$2,400 and the House to $2,000. Current yearly maximum is $1,680. On welfare, the Senate voted to give an extra .$1 billion to the aged, blind and disabled on welfare by establishing a $130 monthly minimum income level. The House version established a $110 floor. I Passes Defense Bill I    And Social Security TRY AGAIN TO SETTLE SST ISSUE WASHINGTON (AP) - A bickering 91st Congress scheduled another attempt today to resolve the controversy that may yet keep it in session as long as the law allows: the future of the supersonic transport plane. Whie the House and Senate settled one major problem Tuesday night by passing a $66.6-bil-lion defense appropriations bill, Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said "there's still a long tunnel ahead." Mansfield said it appears Congress will have to keep working into the weekend, and possibly until noon Sunday-the final moment tha 91st can do business. After that, the Constitution says the Capitol belongs to the 92nd Congress, which actually doesn't plan to meet until Jan. 21. . The Senate Tuesday tabled, thus' killing a compromise $7-bil-lion transportation appropriations bill that includes $210 million to subsidize the airplane. The Senate earlier had voted to spend nothing at all. 'That action prepared the way for a new conference with the House, which first voted $290 million for the SST and then accepted the conference recommendation of $210 million. The Senate expanded to nine men its negotiating delegation, adding Sen, William Proxmire, D-Wis., chief SST foe and Sen. Norris Cotton, R-N.H., who favors the plane. But it appeared unlikely the new conference would even begin work before tonight. The House recessed until evening while many members attended the funeral of Rep. L. Mendel Rivers in Charleston, S.C. Anyway, Senate niernbers of the initial conference said they doubt the new round of talks will do muclj good. Proxmire said if the dispute isn't settled, he will filibuster against the SST to the end of the session. In other work it did finish Tuesday, the Senate passed, 81 tc 0, a massive increase in Social Security benefits-but that bill appeai'ed to be foundering in between the two houses. Rep. Wilbur Mills, D-Ark., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said it will be impossible to work out a compromise for passage this Congress. SHE'D REMAKE THE SUBURBS-Aulhropologist Margaret Mead gestures during appearance before American .\ssociation ror the Advancement of Science in Chicago Tuesday. She would redesign America's suburbs so that all economic levels could live in them.   ^AP Wirephoto) Ogilvie To Seek Road Bond Vote SPRINGFIELD, HI, (AP) -Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie - in announcing a 1971 Illinois highway program of $448 million Tuesday - said he would ask the upcoming legislature to authorize another highway bond referendum. Voters approved $2 billion in of a new supplemental freeway bonds in 1969 for construction system in the state, but the Illinois Supreme Court held the authorization luiconstitutional earlier this year the debt was never incurred. Ogilvie didn't disclose the amount of bonds he would seek, but said it would be "considerably less than $2 billion." The $488 million road program was selected from $567 million in recommended high-v/ay improvements engineers had blueprinted for 1971, Ogilvie said in a news conference. He said his 1971 highway improvement effort would be the highest in the state's history and would exceed he 1970 program by $60.9 million. But the 1970 program exceeded the 1969 road spending plan of $348 million by $227 million--v.'hich does not include $148 million pared from the 1970 program by the supreme court decision on the bond money. Name Councilmen, Supervisors in 1971 CITY AND GOUNTY ELECTIONS LOOMING Mt. v.. County Banks To Close This Saturday All banks in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county will be closed this Friday and Saturday, January 1 and 2. Regular banking hotirs will be resumed next Monday. Banks which will be closed include Security Bank & Trust, Bank of Illinois, Fu-st Bank & Trust, First State Bank of Dix, Texico State Bank, Ina State Bank and First National Bank of Woodlawn. Calls Manson Case 'Lynching' LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charles Manson's attorney has told the jury in the Sharon Tate murder trial "This case is a lynching. Tliey are tiying to lynch Mr. Manson." Thus, Ii-ving Kanarek began his final summation Tuesday saying that the hippie-style clan leader had been a victim of prejudicial pre-trial publicity created while he "has been sitting in a dungeon." Heavy Snow Forecast CASQUES BEHIND BARS-Six Basque separatists, sentenced to death by a Spanish court, are shown in their cell in the Burgos, Spain, Prison Tuesday. Gen. Francisco Franco met with � ...ivfq^i-.s to discuss the case. He alone can commute death sentences. �      ' (A^ Wirephoto via cable from Bayonne) Franco Spares Barque Lives madrid 7aP) - Gen. Francisco Franco commuted the death sentences of six Basque extremists tonight The r8-year-old chief oi state reduced the sentences to 30 years In prison, i The announcement that he was . saving the youthful Basques' from the garrote or the firing squad came after Fi-anco met with his Cabinet for the second straight day, Franco acted after receiving pleas for clemency from governments, and heads of states in various parts of the world. And there also was the threat should the sentences be carried out. They were imposed for murder and banditry. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS! Warnings of snow, heavy in! the southern third of Illinois, were issued for tonight. For the remaining two-thirds of the state travelers warnings were posted by the National Weather Service. As much as 4 inches was forecast for Soutliern Illinois and from 2 to 4 inches in the central sections. Lesser amounts were expected fartiier north. Tlie snowfall iii all areas should end Thursday morning, forecasters said. Most of the state will have slippery highways. Today, skies were partly sunny and warmer temperatures were forecast for the south central areas. SNICKER-A-DAY Overheard (one plump gal to another the same) "Look at her! Ever since she went on that diet she thinks she's a little thin god." Up To 49c Grocer Can Pay Cash On Food Stamp Change WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has insisted all along that the nation's food stamp program prevents recipients from spending the coupons on such goods as liquor, cigarettes, soap I lect. and toilet paper. |   Another new rule will �o- -0- -0- But now, with customers able to get up to 49 cents cash each time they spend food stamps, there are no restrictions on spending the change they col- Another election year ip coming up in 1971 in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county. Included will bo:  ;      ; 1-A city election at which two Mt. Vernon ciiy councilmen.will be named for fovir-year terms. 2-Township elections, all over (he county, which will decide political control of the pqwerfiil county board of supervisors." Republican and Democratic candidates for township offices --'deluding supervisor seats in �g'lt of the 16 tfjwnships-will b2 nominated at party caucuses in early February. The final towr�hip elections will be held April 6. Board Control At Stake Theoretically political control of the county board will be at stake next sprng. Actually, the Democrats, who have a 16-to-5 majority on the ^l-member board now, arc vi-iually assured of keeping control. Of the 13 holdover members ten are Democrats and three are Republicans. ' Of the "eight supervisor seats apen for 1971 elections six are now being held by Democrats, two by Republicans. That means that Republicans would have to win in all eight to\vnships this yenr. That is not likely. Here are the townships which will elect supervisors in 1971, and the supervisors in those townships who are completing four-year terms: Mt. Vernon - Charles W. Waitc, D. Shiloh-Terry Marlin, R. McClellan-Lowell Davis, D. Webber-Lei ity Chanibliss, D. Casner-Frank Hazlip, D. Elk Prairie-Robert Irvin, D. Dodds-Vance Skinner, D. Farrington-Keitn Mills, R, 8 Holdover Members Now, under a new Agriculture Department policy, if a stamp user moves briskly enough he might be able to collect enough food stamps to be used for bottle or other container deposits on eligibe items. Previously, a customer could buy a bottle of! cash   in   change   from   food 1 milk with stamps but had to pay stamps to pay for a cup of New Year's cheer. Or possibly a bar of soap. cash for the deposit. Department officials said the ; rule changes were requested by Effective today, the depart-1 food stamp users-totaling 9 ment said, grocers will be permitted to pay up to 49 cents cash as change from food stamp sales. This rule will apply to each coupon transaction. Until now, change for stamps j amounting to less than 50 cents had to be in the form of credit slips issued the customer by the store. These could be traded later only at the same store and for approved items on the 1^ stamp list. ^ million persons-and by retail grocers. Tliey are aimed at speeding up food stamp transactions, the department said. Food stamps are sold to eligible low-income people and include bonus coupons so that their buying power at grocery stores is increased. Nationally, the average food stamp recipient spends about $4 on stamps which buy $10 worth of groceries. Eight of the 16 townships have ! holdover memoers of the board, allow i Elected in 1969, they still have two years rc'nah;ing of their four-year terms. Holdover supervisors, and the townships the> serve, include: Grand Prairie - Leslie Sheldon, D. Spring Garden-Frank Neal, D. Blissville-.Max Shurtz, R, Field-Ross Wir:berly, D. Pendleton-Vern Hamson, D. Moores Prair'e-E. H. Kiefer, R. Bald Hill~R,isse".! EUiston, D. Rome-Oren Pitman, R. Assistants St'jy On In addition to the eight supervisor holdovers, the five assistant supervisors of Mt. Vernon township will remain in office without having to seek reelee- CpnlinuL'd On Page 2 Col. 6)   

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