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Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 8, 1978, Anderson, Indiana Wednesday, March 8, 1978 Vol. 93 No. 301 Anderson, Indiana Price Fifteen Cents masses of ice Gray get white frosting The weekend may bring some, relief — temperatures in the low 50s are forecast — but at this point, winter still refuses to loosen its grip on the Anderson area. About three inches of snow have fallen here since Tuesday afternoon, but high winds have resulted in drifts as high as five feet. All public schools ih Madison County were reported closed today. No city streets were closed this morning. However, the following county roads and state highways were closed at 9:30 a.m., according to county highway department and state police reports: — Ind. 13 was drifted shut north of El wood. — Ind. 132, closed from Pendleton to Lapel. — County Road 450E, closed just north of Ind. 36. — County Road 380E, between Ind. 38 and Ind. 236. — County Road 400E, north of Ind. 38. — County Road 1500N, just west of 500W. — County Road 100W, at 1500N. Interstate 69 in Madison County was “open but extremely slick and hazardous” this morning, a state police spokesperson said. Ind. 9 was open only one lane north of Alexandria. County Highway Superintendent Winston Keller, said this morning eight county snowplows were out working to open drifted county roads. “There’s four or five foot drifts all over,” Keller said. “The roads all blew in last night.” He noted that the hardest hit area appears to be between Anderson and Pendleton. “It’s a little worse south (in Madison County) than it is north, for a change," Keller added. “We had crews working all night,’’ said Richard Cain, assistant Anderson street commissioner, this morning. The snow crews first hit the streets at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, he said. Besides the plowing being done, street department employees are also “using a combination of sand and salt” on the streets, Cain said. This is being done because of a salt shortage, he noted. Cain said the department has had 300 to 400 tons of salt on order since late December, but only a few meager shipments have arrived. “We’re holding the salt primarily for the Eisenhower Bridge,” Cain said. The high-arched bridge over White River, originally designed to be heated to prevent ice-ups in the winter, is a constant headache for the street department when conditions are bad. Cain described the bridge as “passable” this morning. A travelers advisory was in effect today for central and southern Indiana. Surprisingly, “most of northern Indiana was dry and clear” this morning, according to the National Weather Service report. Winter is still here John Cleary High winds last night caused drifting snow to partially hide this stop sign at 100 South, 500 East in Anderson. Although spring is about two weeks away, snow will probably around when the new season begins. be Coal strike hearing held today By OWEN ULLMANN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid warnings of violence in the coalfields, a presidential panel is holding a hearing on the 93-day-old coal strike so the Carter administration can go to court to force miners back to work. The tiiree-member board of inquiry that President Carter was required to create under the Taft-Hartley Act planned to write a report immediately after today’s hearing. Once that report is handed to the president — that could be tonight or Thursday — he can direct the attorney general to obtain a court injunction against the walkout. Administration officials say a federal takeover of the mines is still possible if a court order is ignored. The board planned to hear union and management representatives tell their sides of the dispute at a session described by one official as “pretty much a pro forma thing.” Immediately after the hearing, the board planned to write a report, without recommendations, on the status of the dispute, issues involved and chances for a settlement. . Until the panel submits its report to the president, he cannot seek an injunction. The administration has said it expects to go to court by Thursday. But many of the 160,000 striking miners are expected to defy a back-to-work order, and some strikers predicted there would be fighting between those who try to obey the law and those who do not. “The majority of the men — 95 percent — doesn’t want to go back to work. And if the other 5 percent try to work, there will be violence. You can rest assured there will be,” Patrick Burke, a United Mine Workers official in Ohio, warned Tuesday. UMW President Arnold Miller, who said a number of his members would return to work, also acknowledged that "there will be some problems.” In West Virginia, a miner warned Gov. Jay Rockefeller that if he brought in National Guard troops to enforce an injunction, "there will be war.” Under Taft-Hartley, the miners can be ordered back to work for an 80-day “cooling off” period. The administration does not expect all the striking miners — or even most — to obey the injunction. But it hopes enough return to work so coal-dependent states can avert sweeping layoffs and power cutbacks threatened by dwindling coal reserves. If too few mines reopen under Taft-Hartley, administration officials say they are actively considering federal seizure of the mines as an alternate way to increase soft coal production. Robert Strauss, Carter’s trade negotiator and a key adviser on the coal strike, said Tuesday that the administration may ask Congress for legislation that would allow a federal takeover of the mines. But first, he said, “We’ve got to take a run at this (Taft-Hartley).” Carter rejected an immediate seizure of the mines when he invoked the act on Monday. Strauss disclosed on Tuesday that he and other administration officials had favored invoking Taft-Hartley and drafting seizure legislation at the same time. But working against the option of a government takeover was the length of time it would have taken to get the necessary legislation from Congress. Miners, who rejected a proposed contract by a 2-to-l margin over the weekend, have expressed a preference, for working in govern ment-operated mines rather than under a Taft-Hartley injunction. Some administration officials say that even in the face of mass defiance by the striking miners, an injunction may encourage the reopening of non-union mines that were shut because of threats of violence from strikers and allow coal already mined to be shipped to areas in short supply. That would help coal-dependent areas make it through the cold weather, reducing the urgency of reaching a permanent settlement. “We would be buying time, and also be giving time for unioii locals or districts to negotiate separate settlements with individual companies,” said 'One official, who asked not to be named. New administrative appointments approved by the school board last night include, left to right, Leonard Austin, assistant superintendent of special services; George Pentz, principal of Robinson; and' Miss Lorelei Lacy, principal of Riley. Two youths apprehended after chase; charges filed AUSTIN PENTZ LACY Elementary heads transferred HHS principal promoted Highland High School Principal Leonard W. Austin has been appointed assistant superintendent for special services for Anderson Community Schools. Austin, who became principal of HHS in 1976, succeeds Dr. William O’Neal who has assumed the; position of assistant superintendent for secondary education for ACS. Austin’s appointment was approved by the ACS board of trustees Tuesday night. In addition, the school board approved appointments of Miss Lorelei Lacy as principal of Riley Elementary and George Pentz as principal of the new Maurice G. Robinson Elementary. Austin, a graduate of Indiana St?te and Ball State universities, began his teaching career at Knox High School in 1949 as a teacher of English and speech. In 1951 he joiAed the faculty at North Anderson Junior High School. His administrative service began as dean of boys at Central Junior High School in 1955 and he was made assistant principal there in 1956. , In 1965, Austin assumed the position of principal of Central Junior High and ,was later transferred to North Side Middle School. In 1976 he became principal of HHS following an administrative overhaul at the high school. ACS Superintendent Dr. Harold Gallagher said Aut> tin’s duties will include supervision of library services, educational resource and research center, special education programs, nursing services and vocational education. Miss Lacy, who is presently principal of Shadeland, will succeed Farada Hensley as principal of Riley. She began her educational career in 1950 with the Alexandria schools. In 1953 she came to Anderson as a teacher at Shadeland School. She has also been a guidance counselor at Central Junior High and chairman of that department at East Side Middle School. Since 1975 she has been assistant principal at Hiawatha and principal af Columbia and Shadeland schools. Pentz will be replacing Paul Tunnel at Robinson School. Tunnell is being transferred to Southview School where he will assume the principalship. Pentz is currently principal of Brentwood Elementary School. The educator began his career with ACS in 1955 as a teacher at Seventh Street Elementary. In 1966 he became principal of the elementary and in 1970 was named to his current position at Brentwood. In other business last night, the board authorized the advertising of an appropriation from the cumulative building fund for $105,000. The money will go for lease rental payments to the Anderson Township School Building Corp. for the Madison Heights High School bond issue. According to David Gotshall, ACS attorney, the schools are obligated to resume payments according to an agreement with the building corporation. An unauthorized letter to ACS in December 1976 from former treasurer of the company, William C. Edmundson, had indicated no further payments were necessary. The board of directors of the company rescinded the letter early in January when they first learned of the unauthorized agreement Edmundson had made. Gallagher and William Herb, supervisor of buildings and grounds, also reported to the board all schools except Chesterfield Elementary, HHS and Valley Grove Elementary are at or below the 40 percent cutbacks in energy mandated by Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. Gallagher said Anderson High School has also stayed below the 40 percent cutback level despite having the gymnasium open last Saturday for the Anderson Sectional. A chase by eight units from three different Madison County police departments last night near Mounds Road and Church Drive ended in the apprehension of two juveniles from Ingalls believed to have been traveling in a car stolen from Indianapolis. Madison County Police Sgt. W. W. Harp reports the 15- and 16-year-old boys now in Madison County jail may have been involved in crimes in three 'counties. They are presently charged with fleeing, pending charges of failure to pay in Delaware County and auto theft in Marion County. According to Harp, the chase began around 11:08 p.m. when county police were notified of a drunken driver in the area of Ind. 67 near County Road 300E. Since State plans Guard use all county units were working on a property damage accident where a semi had jackknifed on Ind. 9, a unit from Chesterfield was asked to pursue the drunk driver complaint. Chesterfield authorities spotted the car with no license plates traveling slowly; when they tried to stop it, the driver drove off at high speed. Police followed the car to the dead end of Church Drive south of Mounds Road where the subjects jumped out and fled on foot. Chesterfield policeman Gary Rudig and Sgt. Harp, who answered the call while he was off duty, pursued the two youths on foot. By that time a couple of other county units and four units from the city police had come to the scene. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials are mapping plans to press more Indiana National Guardsmen into duty once a federal court orders striking United Mine Workers to go back to work under the Taft-Hartley Act. Officials said the added force would be needed to police nonunion coal mines in Indiana which would be free to operate once the 80-day cooling off goes into effect. Gov. Otis R. Bowen began calling up guardsmen a month ago to protect truck convoys of coal from utility stockpiles to generating sta- .Harp reported the foot search lasted about 40 minutes since the youths kept doubling back as they saw other police units in the area. They were finally apprehended behind a tree in a housing development south of Ind. 38 near 42nd Street between Roberts Street and Ind. 109. The youths were not armed. A report that a shot may have been fired is yet unconfirmed. Upon further investigation, police determined the car had been stolen from a dealership in Indianapolis. The youths reportedly traveled on 1-69 to Amicks Truck stop where they obtained practically a tankful of gas without paying and then came to the Madison County area where they were spotted. tions. About 300 guard members were on duty in the southwestern Indiana coalfields Tuesday. The Indiana Public Service Commission was urged Tuesday to continue curtailments of electricity until it is certain striking miners will honor the Taft-Hartley order. W.E. George, vice president of Public Service Indiana, recommended the commission hold fast to its curtailment plan, saying, “Until coal is actually flowing, the only prudent course is to continue the present program.” Index PAGES Births......... 3 Comics ........26 Deaths......... 3 Editorials...... 4 PAGES Entertainment . . 17 Family 8-11 Sports......19-22 What's where ... 2 Weather Partial clearing overnight. Lows in low to mid 20s. Partly sunny Thursday. Highs in low 40s. Yesterday's high, 28, overnight low, 21, .15 inch of precipitation. (Map on page 2.)
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