Middlesboro Daily News, March 22, 1977

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March 22, 1977

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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - March 22, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky Weather Cloudy, windy and much colder today with a chance of showers. Highs will be near 50. Decreasing cloudiness tonight with lows In (he low 30s. Partly cloudy Wednesday with highs In the low 50s, VOL. 64 NO. 305 Cold Front Moves Into Kentucky ByUnitedPressInternational After a near perfect spring day Monday, conditions changed dramatically during the evening. A fast moving cold front pushed through Ihc state Monday night and Tuesday morning, triggering thunder- showers. Behind the front much colder air injured into Ken- tucky. Shortly after midnight, the National Weather Service said observers began reporting snow flurries in the northern counties of the state. Kentucky State Police report- ed road conditions across the Commonwealth as wet and slick in spots, but still in basically good condition. However a State Police spokes- man reported that situation might change, with snow predicted for the northern part of the slate. The cause of all thJs dramatic weather, according to forecas- ters, was a deep low centered over Southern Ohio. The low will continued moving northeastward Tuesday mor- ning, dragging clouds and rain along with it.-Bui as it moved away, strong and gusty winds were produced. The high winds blowing across the Blue Grass resulted in some property damage, with power lines reported down in some areas of Central Ken- lucky, State Police received a report of a roof blowing off a building in Danville. As for the rest of the week, the weather service was calling for "much colder" tempera- tures today, with some snow flurries scattered along the Ohio River. Below freezing weather is in store for much of Kentucky Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, .-But .warmer weather will begin moving iii Wednesday, with highs in the 50s. The Home Daily of the Cumberlands MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY TUESDAY MARCH 22, 1977 50th Anniversary Of Girl Scouts Observed Here Joining girls of like ages from around the world in celebrating the 50lh Observance of the founding of the international organization of Girls Scouts, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts last night was a large group of local girls involved In scouting activities. The celebration took place at the First Baptist Church last night and involved several troops of Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, and Kadets. The girls demonstrated for an audience comprised of parents and friends Girl Scout activities such as the mini-play (below) involving Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and other dolls who became involved in the difficult task of pulling taffey. At the side, a Brownie rests after her troop demonstrated how Mexican Girl Guides, as Girl Scouts are known elsewhere in the world, might celebrate by doing the Mexican "Hat Dance." 15 Cents A Mexican Girl Guide? Girl Scouts in 'Mini-Play' Biggest Mistake on Tax Forms? Not Signed By RANDY MINKOFF FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) Kentucky's revenue commis- sioner has reported somewhat of a surprise as Co what is the most common error by state taxpayers who are filing their tax returns this year. "It's almost kinda silly, but the most common mistake is something that should be the easiest thing to do on tiie state Carpenter noted. The most common People are forgetting to sign their forms. "You'd really be surprised to see how many forms come in to our of f i ce uiisi g Ca rpenter laughed. "It's nothing really' serious and it's so simple, but many people are forgetting to sign the If this is the only problem, Carpenter says the returns are sent back for the taxpayer's signature and processed ac- cording to regular routine. But for the taxpayer who anxiously is awaiting a sizeable refund from the slate, it must be frustrating to know it is being held up because they forgot to sign the form, Carpenter said. "It just hasn't cropped up this year Carpenter said. "It's happened in the previous years and we urge everyone to sign the forms. But I guess possibly it gets lost in the shuffle, especially with new changes every year in how you should prepare the return." The revenue commissioner emphasized failing lo sign the return isn't the only mistake Kentucky taxpayers are making this year. He said there has been some problem with indicating the proper number of total exemp- tions. "I'd have to say that ranks number two on the list, although it's kinda for behind failing to sign the Carpenter noted. Mathematical errors, which you would figure to be the most common error, hasn't been a problem this year according to Carpenter. Credit that to more preparation or the invention of the pocket ca Icul ator. "We check the math errors and most of the time if there are any they aren't major and we notice Carpenter said. have a pre-audit force that is checking every tax return and we notice the simple mathematical errors." Carpenter said if the staff notes the error is a major one, a' 'kick-out'r card is used and i t is set aside for revi ew. Otherwise, it is put throught the usual data processing devices and if a person is to receive a refund, the check is mailed out. Generally speaking, Carpen- ter said Kentuckians are doing a much better job of preparing their 1976 state returns this year than in any previous year. Carpenter said the instruc- tions on both the state and federal forms are rather explic it and understood by m ost people. "I think if you read the instructions well and take the lime, you won't have any he said. And, the commissioner said careful checking by Kentucki- ans-will also help. 'Td have to say that people are doing a much better job this year and there are very few errors for the most said Carpenter, who noted that makes his staff's job all the more easier. "People seem to be following the instructions, checking their math and ail. If they'd all sign them, we wouldn't have really much trouble." More U.S. Anns Aid Heading for Zaire KINSHASA, Zaire second shipment of emergency U.S. aid was on its way to Zaire today to help government troops light an invasion of the copper-rich Shaba province. Officials denied reports of fresh clashes in the area. A jumbo jet loaded with 11.5 million worth of spare aircraft parts, medical supplies, para- chutes and combat uniforms left New York's Kennedy Airport Monday for the former1 Belgian Congo. A similar consignment was sent last week. A government spokesman in Washington said an additional request from Zairean President Mobutu Sese Scko was "being Negotiations Aimed at Halting ARH Strike Open in Lexington LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) Anotlier round of negotiations begins today in Lexington between Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Inc., and the United Steelworkers of America to avert a possible strike slated for April 1. ARH has been notified by the union of Its intention to strike at the 10 facilities in Kentucky, Virginia and Western Virginia because of the failure to reach agreement on a new agreement. ARH has facilities in seven eastern and southcast- ern Kentucky locations. Rex 'Bailey, an official of ARH, said talks have been conducted since last October and negotiations would resume Tuesday. Bailey said the company would not say what the major stumbling blocks arc lo an agreement on a new contract. ARH President David K. Hcydinger said he was confi- dent an agreement could be reached before the current contract expires at midnight, March 31. In a release, Heydinger said while a strike can be averted, he feels obligated lo inform the people served by the hospitals that the possibility of n strike exists. "1 would also like to point out that the central management office of ARH in Lexington will not determine the individual hospilal's response lo a strike, "said Heydinger, who said that determination would be made by the Board of Governors in each hospital. Heydinger said the hospital governors were "very capable, knowledgeable, and concerned citizens of the hospital com- munities and service areas who can best decide the level of services their hospital can maintain with a reduced work force." "Our primary concern is the he said. ARH was hit by a strike in 1974 when the last contract was negotiated. Bailey said mem- bers of the union involved were out for more than 120 days before a settlement was rea- ched. "But even if a strike should occur, the facilities would remain Bailey said. "We are not talking about every union that is represented by every employe in the facili- ties." The Unite d Steelworkers ha r- gaihing unit consists of people, according to Bailey. The union took over the bargainingposition from anoth- er union several years ago, he added. Bailey said ARH provides inpatient care for more than people in the three-stale area with oulpalient services totaling more than Harlan has the largest ARH facility in Kentucky with 179 beds. Other locations in the slateindudedSoulh Williamson 143 beds, Hazard, !35 beds, Middlesboro 96 beds, Whiles- burg 92 beds and McDowell in Floyd County60 beds. The largesl ARH facility, however, is located in Beckley, W.VA.. Other locations are in Man, W. Va., and Wise, Va. He notedthecounty-ownedhospital at West Liberty, Ky., is not part of the present collective bargaining agreement. Vance Briefed For Arms Talk With Russians By HELEN THOMAS UPI White House Reporter WASHINGTON Un- deterred by a bnrrnge of criticism from Soviet lender Leonid Brezhnev, President Carter is going ahead with plans to dispatch Secretory uf Slate Cyrus Vnnce to Moscow later this week forarms talks. CartersummonedthoNotion- al Security Council to a mid- Hfternoon meeting today to put final touches un a proposal to get the Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks off dead center. Vance, who leaves Friday, will discuss the proposal with Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders. The President Imd no direct response to Brezhnev's attacks Monday on Carter's strong defense of human rights and support of Soviet dissidents. Press Secretary Jody Powell said the speech is "very long. It's being studied now." Carter arranged to unveil his legislative proposal for univer- sal voting registration and congressionnlcampnign financ- ing to the Democratic leader- ship at a breakfast meeting today. Laterhe scheduled a fnrcwell meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Tnkoo Fukuda. Ac- cording to Japanese officials, Carter Mondny personally rent- firmed to Fnkudn his intention of withdrawing American ground troops from South Korea after consultation. Pott'ell said Monday that preparations for Vance's mis- sion to Moscow were on track, atld from all indications "both IKirttes consider his trip to he an important step toward relieving the burden of the arms race ami preventing nuclear destruction of all the people of Ihu world." The SALT I! agreement expires in October. Carter seeks a simple extension us a first step and negotiations on the more controversial ele- ments Involving the Backfire bomber nnd Cruise missile later, but so far Hie Soviets navebalked. Geraldl-'ord made the same proposal lo Brezhnev and was turned down. TheCarterspokesmannnd no comment on Indian Prime Minister Indira Gnandi's re- sounding defeat, other than to praise the fnc't that "citizens of thc wor Id's largesl dcmocracy had expressed a free choice in an election. He said it "should be an inspiration in the global context" because "many coun- tries do not have that right." Carter's overnight house guest was (iov. Jerry Brown of California, one of his opponents in the primary campaign, who also attended the White House dinner honoring Fukudn. Al a Cabinet meeting Monny, IntcriorSccrelaryCccll Andrus revealed that probes of natural gns leaders on federal lands "will result In substantial amounts In Ihc pipeline next fall." Carter plans to announce his comprehensive energy program at a joint cession of Congress April 20, but sayi some parts of the program are leaking. He told the Cabinet some of Ihc provisions under considera- tion arc becoming public because of the need for prior consultation with affected or-' ganizatlons, Rnergy adviser James Schleslnger announced he re- ceived some responses lo some White House letters soliciting the views of Individuals and groups on energy conservation policy. Carter plans to hold a news conference this week, probably on Thursday, 15 Bank Hostages Freed By Canadian 'Mercenary' studied by Die State Depart- ment in close consultation with the White House." No weapons have been supplied. "Hie insurgents crossed over from Marxist-ruled Angola some two .weeks ago and captured several towns and villages on Zaire's south- western border with Angola. Zairean troops recaptured the town of Kasaji some 150 miles west of the copper mining center of Kolwezi Saturday. A top official of the state- controlled news agency, AZAP, denied some news reports Uiat Zaire had bombed the border town of Dilolo, one of the first settlements taken by the invaders. "There have been no reports of new he said. The bulk of the invasion force, estimated at around is believed to be remnants of the militia that fought to sever the province, then known as Katanga, away from Zaire following independ- ence in 1960. Some diplomatic observers said the attackers were wel- comed as heroes by the population of Shaba, which accounts for more than half the country's exports. Zaire has accused Angola, Cuba and the Soviet Union of backing the assault, but Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who is on an extensive lour of Africa, said in Mozambique the allega- tions are false. "There is not a single Cuban Castro said. Some troops who backed the winning Marxist faction in the Angolan civil war last year remain in the West African nation. Belgium has sent Mobutu two planeloads of small arms and France has pledged spare parts to service Zaire's 17 Mirage Jet fighters. TORONTO (UPI) A self- described mercenary held up to 15 persons hostage at gunpoint In a downtown bank Monday In what an intermediary said today was a bizarre plan to assassinate President Idi Am in of Uganda. The gunman, who identified himself as Bob McLagan, 38, of Vancouver, freed the last of his hostages and was taken in handcuffs from the Bank Canadian N a U on al shor tly after p.m. EST. None of the hostages was hurt. The incident began 12 hours earlier when McLagan, carry- ing a sawed-off shotgun, locked nine women and five male employes in a second-floor room of the bank. He fired two shots inside the building and latersiezeda policesergennt. Police, who cordoned off a four block area in the heart of Toronto's f ina nc ia 1 distri ct, said the man demanded a Hercules C-130 military transport plane to take him to Uganda so he could meet Amin Throughout the tense drama, the gunman Idd reporters by telephone he had been a mercenary in the Congo In 1965 and wanted a C-130 Hercules to fly him to Uganda, "so 1 can see my pal" Amin. CFRB radio reporter Charles Doering, who was ushered Into the bank at the gunman's request in the early hours of theincident, said Mcljigjin told him he hut hnd never met the Ugandan presi- dent. 11 c n Iso told Doertn g he was a seaman A'ho had worked on the Great Lakes. After the drama ended, however, Doering said McLa- gan's real purpose was to kill Amin with two fragmentation grenades he demanded from police. Doering said McLagan had also demanded two para- chutes in case Uganda refused him permission to land. Doering said Iheearllerstory was broadcast "because he had a radio in there, and that's the story he wanted. He wanted Amin to welcome him with open nrms so he could assassinate him." McLagan gave no reason for wanting to kill Amin, and apparently had never been a mercenary, Doering said. In the early hours of the incident, McLogan released 11 hostages, but he seized S.Sgl. Dill Donaldson, who had escort- ed Doering Into the bank. With Donaldson, held bank employes Luc Loisel- le, Pierre Chalsson and Michel Plouffe. He did not threaten the hostages, but warned police he would not "serve any time." After hours of negotiations, police brought in McLagan's brother Bick, from Hamilton, Ont., and his sister, Helen, from Mississauga, Ont., to try topersuadehim to surrender. Four hours after they entered the bank, Police Chief Harold Adamson announced to nowi- men McLagan was in custody. Minutes later, the gunman, wearing a checkered shirt and light pants, was taken In handcuffs to a police car and whisked away. As McLagan was being taken away, the remaining hostages continued on Page B Cily Council Meets Tonight .The Middlesboro Cily Council meets tonight in a postponed session brought about by a conflict with the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner last week. The meeting will be held al 7 p.m. Included on tonight's agenda is final approval on the purchase of the firsl mortgage on Tenn-Flake; installation of six streetlights In Fords Woods; and appropriations of for the Ambulance Service and -for the I Recreation Commission. Cily Council meets are open lo the public and are held in Ihe first floor cily courl-council chamber room. Files in 7th Charles Chadwell, 62. of 209 Oakwood Roid, Mld- has filed as a candidate for magistrate In the 7th District as a Republican. Chadwell retired In August 1375 from the shoe repair business and plans to devote full time to the office If elected, continued on Page 8 In Jailer's Race Files for Office George Clyde Robblns, Plneville, has filed as a candlaK for Jailer on the Democratic ticket In the May primary election. Son of Clyde and Georgle Robbfns, Plnevllle. the candidate graduated frcm Pinevllle High School In 1971 and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Cliranct Wllion, Mht- dleiboro, filed for UM office of coniUMe on the Democratic ticket In the May Primary election. A native of the city, he has lived here all hli life except for lervlng In the U.S. Navy during World War II. A coal miner here for 20 continued on Page 8 ;