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   Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 7, 1978, Anderson, Indiana                                 Tuesday, March 7, 197$ Vol. 93 No. 300 Anderson, Indiana Price Fifteen Cents  Taft-Hartley law  ‘ain’t gonna work’  Opponents march  Annodateti Prenn  A group dressed in mourners clothing marches by a tower construction yard across the highway from where some 4,000 persons  Layoffs continue  gathered to protest Sunday against the controversial high voltage line across Minnesota.  Coal strike takes toll— electricity bills to go up  By BARB ALBERT Bulletin Staff Writer  Besides feeling the chilling effects of the coal strike now, local electricity customers will feel the effects in their pocketbooks this summer.  Both Public Service Indiana and Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. said customers’ bills will be higher, probably beginning in June or July.  Morris Gillihan, l&M spokesman, said the utility is already seeking increases in fuel adjustment clauses. Utility expenses have increased because it is burning more oil and higher-priced non-union coal. Also, I&M’s nuclear plant in Michigan, which supplies less expensive fuel, was inoperative for 15 days.  Customers should notice increases, but Gillihan could not estimate how much they would be.  A PSI spokesman said Monday night, “It’s costing us a great deal more—$2Vi million in January and $5 million in February—to serve our customers.”  He said coal from the West,  which PSI has to expensive and  use, is more purchased  electricity from out-of-state is driving costs up. PSI has also been forced to run less efficient generating plants.  Although customers should notice some decreases in their bills now, the spokesman said the average residential customer will pay an additional $1.85 for January and $3.70 for February. These increases won’t be noticed until about June or July, he explained.  The PSI spokesman said a  39-day coal supply remains now under normal conditions, but the same supply will last 49 days with the mandatory curtailment.  “We are not expecting to get to a 30-day supply until the later part of March. Customers have been cooperating tremendously. For the last two weeks, PSI has averaged an overall 20 percent reduction,’’ he explained.  Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., which serves the majority of Madison County and Anderson, also reported a 20 percent overall cutback Monday. l&M coal supplies remain at the 40-day level, according to Maris Hall, Anderson’s Municipal Light and Power superintendent.  Both PSI and l&M said they are  receiving some coal from the West and non-union mines. l&M also is utilizing oil-fired generating plants and a nuclear facility in Michigan.  The mandatory 25 percent curtailment for business and industry is continuing to cause layoffs in Anderson and in the state. Ron Actis, Delco Remy public relations Spokesman, said Monday that one-day layoffs similar to those in the last two weeks likely will occur next week.  Warner Press has been on a four-day workweek for the last two weeks, according to Richard Grant, vice president and plant manager. About 125 employees have been laid off for one day, but future layoffs cannot be predicted until the end of each week, he added.  Pat Kiely, acting executive director of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, said the number of businesses suspected to be violating the cutback are “few and far between.”  Quite a few residents have called the ChanTber to report violators, and the police gave the Chamber a list of less than two pages a week ago, Kiely said.  By The Associated Press  “It ain’t gonna work,” said one mine union official. Another called it "slave labor.” An Ohio miner was even more succinct as he watched President Carter on television invoking the Taft-Hartley Act. "That does it,” he said, and walked out.  Similar comments were heard across the coalfields Monday as miners heard Carter announce the first moves to order them back on the 91st day of the United Mine Workers strike, a day in which even harsher power cutbacks were announced in the coal-short Midwest.  Carter named a panel whose job it will be to recommend an 80-day, back-to-work order during which new efforts could be made to negotiate a contract. The panel has scheduled a hearing Wednesday, and a federal judge could be asked for an order that same day.  Administration sources also noted miners who violate a government order might become ineligible for food stamps and that refusal to work could result in fines or jail sentences for local union leaders.  Army staff officers, meanwhile, were reported reviewing civil disturbance control plans, but Pentagon officials said federal soldiers would be used in the coal strike crisis only as a very last resort.  Carter acted after miners from Appalachia to as far west as Oklahoma rejected, by a more than 2-to-1 margin, the latest offer from the Bituminous Coal Operators Association. They had voted over the weekend and Monday.  Whether the 166,000 striking miners would return to the job under orders was in serious doubt, given the UMW tradition of nocontract, no-work, and the attitude of many miners’ toward Carter’s latest move. Some miners interviewed Monday said they would go back, but many more said they would not or would wait for local union votes.  UMW President Arnold Miller predicted fewer than half the strikers would return to work under Taft-Hartley. “And those that don’t go to work will try to stop those that do,” he said. “It’s a sticky situation.”  Some miners expected violence should any men return to work. Chester Newsome, president of Local 8100, which favors the contract, said his truck was smashed and overturned Monday near Pikeville, Ky. No police report was made on such an incident, but Newsome  said he felt his local’s vote provoked the attack.  Some miners and union leaders also said miners would go back only if the government seized the mines — one other option open to Carter and one they felt would put the onus on mine operators as well as miners.  “It ain't gonna work,” Joe Phipps, president of UMW District 19 in southeastern Kentucky and Tennessee, said of Carter’s move. “There’s gonna be bloodshed if he tries to force the fellows back to the mines.”  “Nobody is going back. We want seizure, not Taft,” said miner Terry Hodge near Cabin Creek, W.V.a. “Nobody can make us do nothing. United we stand, divided we fall. We’re going to stand.”  Asked why he wanted seizure,  Hodge said, “That way we go to work under the federal government, not the coal operators ... I think they — the miners — will go back under that. No way Taft-Hartley.”  Local union leaders generally said they would order their men back underground but most doubted the men would go. And many miners who said they felt they should obey a government order added they would do so only in the absence of picket lines, an unlikely prospect.  Normally under a Taft-Hartley injunction, strikers return to work under the terms of their expired contract. But Carter said Monday that he would “seek to permit any  See Page 3, Col. 3  Miners could lose U.S. food stamps  WASHINGTON (AP) — If striking coal miners do not go back to work under a Taft-Hartley injunction, President Carter will hit them where they already hurt: in the breadbasket.  He will take away their eligibility for food stamps, starting next month.  “The administration will act promptly,” Joe Shepherd, deputy director of the government’s food stamp program, said Monday after the president announced he will seek a court injunction under the Taft-Hartley Act to force the miners back to work.  “If the courts order the miners back to work and they refuse, there is provision in our regulations for terminating food stamp recipients,” Shepherd said. "The provision is for terminating any household that has a member in an illegal work stoppage.  “Refusing to obey a Taft-Hartley order would make a strike illegal, and we would require the states to take action to terminate the strikers’ eligibility,” he said.  Shepherd said federal officials would issue the order in telegrams to the states.  But miners say they are not worried about the cutoff because local merchants will provide them with  the credit they need to purchase food and other goods until the paychecks start again.  “The miner’s not as bad otf as all those people in the big cities think," said Vernon Cole, a Harlan County, Ky., banker. “They’re our people. They’re taken care of.”  The food stamp program is administered by the Agriculture Department, where figures show a multimillion-dollar jump in the use of the coupons to buy groceries during the 92-day coal strike.  Strike-related layoffs and bad weather account for some of the jump. But department officials think striking miners also account for part of it.  X-ray opens new world for treatment of mental ills  See Page 6  Weather  City bus system improvements planned  An extensive program to improve the operations of the City of Anderson Transit System is scheduled to go into effect April 1, CATS manager Chuck Martindale told the Anderson Board of Public Works Monday.  This program will include the addition of new routes, expansion of some existing routes and an elaborate information and public relations campaign.  A major change regular bus riders should notice right away is that bu&es will begin running  every 40 minutes instead of the current 30-minute schedule.  Martindale said this move to a “40-minute headway’’ will actually improve service because it will allow for expansion of routes and make it easier for riders to transfer from one route to another.  The CATS manager also noted, “Some of the routes we have now are too fast.” Drivers attempting to meet the 30-minute timetable are “tearing up our equipment," he said, adding that the new  40-minute schedule will lessen the amount of maintenance needed on the city’s fleet of buses.  “We’re going to schedule our operations down to a gnat’s eyebrow,” Martindale said, emphasizing the point that times of arrival and departure will be as precise as possible under the new program. One feature of the public relations campaign will be the distribution of complete, up-to-date printed schedules, he added.  One new route scheduled to begin operation next month is a  “shopper’s shuttle’’ serving shopping centers and major stores in the southeast portion of the city (stops will include Ayr-Way and Southdale shopping center). Express shuttles to Delco Remy and Guide Division plants will also be added.  Martindale said at next week’s board meeting he will distribute copies of the new “Transportation Development Program,” an 80-page document. If the board approves the plan, local residents will begin seeing its effects in about four weeks.  The CATS manager also got the board’s approval to change an application for federal funds for the bus system. The amended application will result in about $25,000 (out of a maximum of $412,000 which is available) of the federal money going towards making CATS more accessible to the elderly and handicapped. Martindale and officials in the Anderson Planning Department have been working on programs for handicapped and elderly persons for several months.  Cloudy with a chance of light snow tonight. Lows in the mid 20s. Becoming partly sunny Wednesday. Highs in the upper 30s. Probability of precipitation 40 percent. Yesterday's high, 37, overnight low, 24; no precipitation. (Map on page 2.)  Index  PAGES  Births............... 3  Comics ..............14  Deaths............... 3  Editorials............ 4  Entertainment........IS  Family emphasis.....6,7  Sports............11,12  JVhat’s where......... 3  Political hopefuls listed for primary  COUNTY TREASURER  The May primary field for county and state offices has been completed with the passing of the deadline for candidates to declare for office. In Madison County, the sheriff’s race is the one to watch with 14 Democrats and five Republicans tossing their hats into the ring.  SHERIFF Democrat Joseph E. Allen, 614 Anderson Road, Chesterfield; Thomas Ashley, 3147 Fletcher St.; John C. Bair Sr., 5038 Pearl St.; Jack N. Castor, 2325 Melody Lane; Lonny Fincher, Rt. 9; Jerome P. Fuller, 2402 Pitt St.; Robert L. Graham, 2511 W. 11th St.; Jesse P. Hughes, 1006 Porto Bello St., Pendleton; Marion J. Knotts, 3145 Raible Ave.; Roy R. Ramsey, 632 Erie St., Lapel; Robert L. Sapp, Rt. 4'  Alexandria; Harold A. Snow, 826 Yorkshire Road; Mark W. Thompson, 555 S. Pendleton Ave., Whetsel, Rt. 1, Pendleton.  Republican Robert E. Baldwin, Rt. 1, Middletown; David Eisenbise, Rt.  2, Pendleton; Mark Fox,- 325 Walnut St., Chesterfield; Edward C. "Ted" Jordan, 407 Edgewood Drive; H.D. “Pug” Vaughn, Rt. 4, Alexandria.  COUNTY ASSESSOR Democrat Raymond Anderson, 1703 Arrow Ave.; Tom Broderick, 1722 Corlett Way.  Republican  Robert Hooker, 2708 Little John St.  COUNTY CLERK Democrat  Rose Mary Lockwood, Rt. 1,  Alexandria; Edward C. Osban, 2208 E. Fifth St.  Republican  John W. Gunter, 2408 E. Eighth St.  COUNTY COUNCIL Democrat  Jane E. Raymer, District 1, 230 South Broadway, Pendleton; Paul  G. Thurston, District 2, Rt. 4, Alexandria; Jeannette Lineback, District 2, Rt. 1, Summitville; Lowell T. Powell, District 2, 1024 Vasbinder Drive, Chesterfield; Mary Lou Aynes, District 3, 2951 Cross St.; Edward J. Ronsheim Jr., District 4, 517 Winding Way; Gene Mitchell, Rt. 1, Frankton. Republican Roger K. Frazier, District 1, Rt.  3, Pendleton; Doyle M. Wilcox, District 1, 6611 S. Rosalind Lane;  Gladys F. Hollon, District 2, 632 Oxford Road; John Vasconi, District 3, 1815 Poplar St.; Anne T. Jones, District 4, 5106 Kingswood Lane; M. Darlene Likens, District 4, Rt. 6; Daniel L. Sumner, District 4, 874 Hickory Drive.  COUNTY COMMISSIONER Democrat  Robert L. Pike, Rt. 3, Pendleton; Luther D. Puckett Sr., Rt. 3, Pendleton.  Republican Wilbur House, Rt. 1, Pendleton; E. Max Roberts, Rt. 2, Pendleton.  COUNTY RECORDER Democrat Felix Brooks Jr., 2329 Walton St.; Baxter Jones, 2703 Main St. Republican Martha Lambertson, 1303 South D St., Elwood.  Democrat  Thomas Newman, 2024 Sherman St.; Skip Waymire, Rt. 2  Republican  John J. Garrett, 1818 Woodview Lane.  PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Democrat  Richard E. Kreegar, 411 W. Eighth St., William F. Lawler, 2219 Starlight Drive.  Republican  H. Erskine Cherry, 936 W. Eighth St.  JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT 2 Democrat  Jack L. Brinkman, 1042 Harter Blvd.  Republican  William R. Clifford, 413 Stuart Circle.  BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES South Madison Community School Corp.  Larry E. Whiteley, District 2, Rt. 4, Anderson; Albert Stewart, District 3, Rt. 2, Fortville; Robert G. Elsbury, Rt. 11; Ned A. Craig, District 3, Rt. 1, Pendleton; Lois A. Carpenter, Rt. 4; Steven L. Stewart, 130 Franklin St., Pendleton; Merrill R. Stohler, Markle ville.  ELWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORP.  William H. Crimans, District 4, Rt. 3, Elwood; Marilyn R. Thornberry, District 4, Rt. 4, Elwood; John C. Burdsall, District 1, 615 S. 17th St., Elwood; Robert Abernathy, District 1, 1602  See Page 3, Col. 3   

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