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   Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 1, 1978, Anderson, Indiana                                 /     Index              PAGES      Births .........    ...... 2                                    Entertainment .    ... 28,29      Family emphasis    .... 6,7          ... 19-22      What's where ...    ......31     City installs new computer system  See page 31  While saving energy avoid fire hazards  See page 18  Weather  Tonight generally clear anil cold. Low in the mid and upper teens. Thursday cloudy and cold with chance of snow by late morning or afternoon. High in the low and mid 30s. Probability of precipitation 40 percent. Yesterday's high, 35, overnight low. 22.  Public opposition to canal pact up  amended to guarantee U.S. defense rights. At that time, 25 percent of those interviewed opposed the pacts.  In the most recent poll, taken last week, 54 percent said they support ratification of the amended pacts. In the January poll, the figure was 65 percent in support.  Six percent were uncertain in the February survey.  Thus, the latest poll found an increase of 15 points in opposition strength and a drop of about 11 points in support for the treaties in the last six weeks.  Public awareness of the treaties continued to climb, increasing to 81 percent of those interviewed last week, versus the 77 percent who said in the January AP-NBC News poll that they had heard or read of the pacts.  The latest poll was taken Feb. 22 and 23, as the Senate met in secret session to discuss allegations that the family of Panamanian leader Omar Tor-rijos was involved in drug smuggling and that Torrijos did nothing to stop the crimes.  In the week prior to last week’s telephone interviews with 1,600 adults, there were news accounts of the allegations against Torrijos and his family.  As with past polls, the February survey found that those who say they feel very strongly about the Panama Canal are evenly divided among supporters and opponents. And, in general, the less importance a person attaches to the canal issue, the more likely the respondent is to favor the pact.  The January survey was taken as moves aimed at amending the treaties were prominent in the news, but actual debate on the pacts had not begun.  There are two Panama Canal treaties. The first describes the gradual takeover of the operations of the waterway by the Panamanians between now and the year 2000. The second assures Panamanian control of the canal and its continued neutrality after the turn of the century.  As with any sample survey, the approval by two-thirds of those results of the AP-NBC News poll  NEW YORK (AP) - Public opposition to amended Panama Canal treaties has grown in recent weeks as the Senate moves slowly toward a decision on the pacts, a new Associated Press-NBC News poll shows.  Despite the increase on a broad front in opposition to the agreements, a majority of Americans still express support for the treaties if they are amended as suggested by the Senate leadership.  Forty percent of those familiar with the treaties oppose ratification by the Senate, even if the pacts are amended to guarantee U.S. defense rights and the right to speedy passage through the waterway in time of crisis after the year 2000, when Panama would control the canal.  In an AP-NBC News poll six weeks ago, respondents were asked if they supported the treaties provided they were  McIntyre joins 45  pro-treaty  legislators  WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Thomas J. McIntyre, undecided until now in the Panama Canal debate, said today he will vote to ratify the treaties despite threats of political retribution involving what he called “coarse and brutish” tactics.  The New Hampshire Democrat’s announcement was accompanied by a harsh denunciation of some conservatives, whom he said seek not to compete honorably but only to “annihilate those they see as ‘enemies’.”  McIntyre’s decision brings the number of pro-treaty senators to 46 in a running count kept by The Associated Press. Ratification of the treaties would require  present and voting, or 67 if all 100 senators vote.  The AP tally shows 25 senators opposed. Twenty-nine are undecided. Of these, 11 have said they are leaning in favor of ratification and seven that they are leaning against.  McIntyre had not indicated before today that he was leaning either way.  He has' been courted by the White House to vote for ratification. President Carter campaigned in New Hampshire in mid-February for McIntyre.  ■itHoctntwt Prvnn  REPRESENTATIVES OF UMW LOCALS LOOK OVER PROPOSED CONTRACT . . . contract presented today to members; vote set for March 4  State union leaders meet to hear contract details  can vary from the exact opinions of all Americans with telephones solely because, of chance variations in the sample.  For a poll of 1,600 adults, the variation due to sampling error is-no more than three percentage points either way. The error margin is said to be valid at the 95 percent confidence level. This means that, if the same questions were repeated in 20 polls, the results of at least 19 surveys would be within three percentage points of the results of this survey.  By The Associated Press Leaders from all 21 of Indiana locals of the United Mine Workers will hear details of the tentative coal strike settlement today as the union moves toward a weekend ratification vote.  About 200 union officials were called to a meeting in the' UMW District 11 headquarters in Terre Haute to hear details of the proposed contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association.  The local leaders then will take the information back to rank-and-file members who have the final decision on whether to accept the contract and end the 85-day strike.  A tentative schedule set by Indiana UMW leaders would give the miners at least two days to study the contract, with a ratification vote probably on Sunday.  District 11 President Larry Reynolds returned to Washington on Tuesday and in contract talks as a member of the UMW bargaining council, which approved the settlement earlier.  Reynolds said he would have no comment on the contract until Thursday, after meeting with local union officials. However, he was quoted in earlier reports from Washington as saying the agreement is workable but “not something you can jump for joy over. 1 ’  As the crucial vote neared, state  officials said strike-related unemployment appeared to be stabilizing.  And on Tuesday, striking UMW members halted a Conrail freight train carrying coal from the southwestern Indiana community of Oakland City by forming, a human blockade across the tracks.  The Indiana Employment Security Division said 4,400 persons were idle Tuesday, up about 500 from Monday. The increase was attributed to a series of small layoffs around the state, including a one-day furlough for about 80 employees of Mobile Aerial Towers at Fort Wayne.  Retail establishments at Terre Haute were open Tuesday after abandoning their earlier plans to close each Tuesday to meet 25 percent power cutbacks imposed by Public Service Indiana, the state’s largest utility. The businesses were operating with shorter work days instead, closing before dark.  “It (unemployment) is still going up,” said Bruce Meyer of the employment security division. “It looks better because there don’t seem to be many signs of further one-day layoffs being contemplated.”  About 6,000 workers at General Motors’ Delco Electronics plant at Kokomo were on a one-day layoff last Friday. On Monday, about 2,900 Delco Remy employees at Anderson and 2,500 RCA workers  at Marion were idled, but they were back on the job Tuesday.  Chuck Hardy, a spokesman for Delco-Remy, reported the layoff at his company resulted in a 26 percent reduction in power usage. He said this was 6 percent more than the company anticipated and that there were no plans for further layoffs.  Meyer added, however, that only 50 workers laid off indefinitely because of the coal-induced energy crisis have been recalled. Oakland City Police Chief Bob Bighan said about 35 or 40 miners blocked passage of the train, which he said was going to take about 60 cars loaded with coal to a northern Indiana location. He said the men stood on the tracks, carrying picket signs and that some climbed on the caboose and threatened the train’s engineer.  “No one was hurt, but it could have been a bad situation,” said Bighan. “I immediately called for additional help because there was only one other officer on duty besides myself.”  He said members of the Indiana State Police and Gibson County Sheriff’s Department responded and there were no incidents.  Sgt. Paul Montgomery of the state police said union employees on the train refused to drive the train through the picket line and that management personnel were going to the scene to get the train going again.  Wednesday, March 1, 1978 Anderson, Indiana Vol. 93 No. 295 Price Fifteen Cents  Missing  funds  probe  requested  By DONNA DOUGLAS Bulletin Staff Writer  At the request of Madison County Prosecutor William F. Lawler Jr., the Anderson Police Department has assigned a detective to investigate the missing funds of the Anderson Township School Building Corp. An audit of the corporation’s accounts completed recently shows $233,244 missing from its funds.  Lawler told the Bulletin today since the State Board of Accounts would not order an investigation because the corporation is a private one, he felt such an investigation should be undertaken. No one contacted him personally asking for the probe, but “since there is possible criminal action involved, we felt we should go forward with it," Lawler said today.  He explained APD’s detective will try to discover what, if any, criminal activity may be involved in this case. Lawler said appointments have also been made to contact persons involved with the issue to gather additional information on the missing funds.  Lawler said he made the request to the police department Tuesday. They immediately responded, he said, assigning a detective to investigate the situation.  News of the missing Tunds was first reported in the Bulletin Feb. 3. Members of the board ol directors of the holding corporation, which was formed to finance the construction of Madison Heights High School in 1954, were reportedly told by former treasurer William C. Edmundson in December 1977 that he had misspent certain funds belonging to the holding company.  An audit of the corporation's accounts was ordered. When completed, it was discovered unauthorized checks on its accounts were written, with large sums of money going to Thomson and McKinnon, a local stock brokerage firm, and Don J. Merchant Inc. Other sums were also written on the account including more than $1,000 to Edmundson’s son, Dan.  According to a member of the board of directors, Dan Edmundson returned the money deposited in his account after he learned where the money had come from. William Edmundson has also reportedly repaid $75,417 of his own money to the accounts.  See Page 31, Column 5  New organization to help unemployed  By TOM WATSON Bulletin Staff Writer  In Anderson, and in every American city, there are a certain number of “hard core” unemployed persons.  These are men and women who may have family problems or problems with drugs and alcohol, or perhaps they are just lazy. But for whatever reason, they have never been able to hold a steady job.  Many private and governmental social service agencies have virtually given up on these people.  But one new agency, successful across the country and just now getting started in Madison County, j was founded with the philosophy that no one is beyond help and, “Everybody can be somebody.” '  Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, more commonly known as OIC, is an organization which was started in 1964 in an abandoned jail in Philadelphia by Dr. Leon Sullivan.  According to OIC literature, the agency is now “the largest non-profit minority manpower institution (in America), that provides free skills training and placement to unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged men and women.” The OIC currently has about 200 offices in the United States and branches in six other countries, including Nigeria and Jamaica.  Dr. Sullivan, pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, still maintains a training program for local OIC leaders in that city.  Besides his leadership of the OIC, Dr. Sullivan is also involved with other social service agencies and has been on the board of directors of General Motors for the past six years.  The Madison County OIC was organized last November by the Rev. Tom Robinson, pastor of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1525 W. 15th St.  Robinson moved from Marion recently to become pastor of the local church. He had been involved with the OIC in Marion and was asked by representatives of the OIC’s state planning office to try and get the agency established here.  The minister organized a 13-member board of directors, with local real estate agent Jesse Johnson as president; Dave  Middleton, principal of the Anderson Area Vocational Technical School, as vice president; and Jack Samuels, executive director of the Community Action Council, as treasurer.  OICs across the country have been successful by “dealing with the whole individual,” Robinson says. “We develop a plan for an individual based on his own interests and capabilities,” This is known as the. “employability plan.”  “We don’t do any actual (job) training,” Robinson continues. “We bring them (the hard core unemployed) up to entry level” so they are mentally prepared to begin training at a facility such as the local vocational school or Ivy Tech in Muncie.  “We call this inspirational and motivational training,” Robinson says.  On Jan. 9, the first five students were enrolled in Madison County OIC classes, which are now being held at the 17th and Lincoln Neighborhood Center.  One student dropped out of the program because of illness. But of the other four, two are now enrolled at Anderson Area Vocational School and two are at Ivy Tech.  One of these four, Lester Walton Jr., has already been hired as a supervisor at Carter Industries.  Walton has nothing but praise for the agency. “OIC has changed my whole life around,” he says.  Eleven more students began the six-we^k OIC program on Monday. Robinson says the local  OIC’s goal is “to train 40 people in six months.” Another goal is to place 20 of these people in “non-subsidized jobs’’ (not Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, or CETA, jobs).  Funding is currently an unanswered question for the fledgling organization, but Robinson says an application has been made for federal CETA funding.  • Board of Directors President Johnson says he was somewhat skeptical at first, but now that he has seen what OIC can do, he is a believer.  “They (OlC-trained counselors) can convince these people that they can do better,” Johnson says, “and they do seem to do better.”   

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