Union-Liberty Journal (Newspaper) - June 26, 1975, Hamilton, Ohio Local branches should survive any cost-cuts by U.S. Postal Service The more than 20 post offices and branches in Butler County apparently are facing no threat of closing. Announcement was made Wednesday In Cincinnati after the General Accounting Office, Washington, reported the U. S. Postal Service could save million a year with no decline in service by closing small rural post offices in the nation. The Washington report showed the Postal Service is losing about billion' a year. "Despite a federal subsidy of billion, the service had to borrow million to help meet current operating expenses" during the 1974 fiscal the GAO said. The Cincinnati regional office of the Postal Service reported Wednesday that Congress has invoked a strong in- junction in the postal reorganization act against closing offices solely because they are operating at a deficit. The Cincinnati office said, "the only reason a post off ice would be considered for closing would be if it had less than customers, and the postmaster in charge of the station died, retired or otherwise left that office." There It no post office or branch in this county serving than 25 customers. Post offices are rated or ranked by classes, and the classes are determined by a schedule of revenue derived from each office. Butler County has four First Class post offices; Middletown, Oxford, Monroe and Hamilton. Second Class post offices include Trenton, Seven Mile, West Chester, Ross and College Corner. Third Class offices are Somerville, Okeana and Overpeck. Offices ranked as Fourth Class are Shandon and Collinsville. Fairfield, Reily and Millville are branches of the Hamilton Post Office. The Postal Service also maintains several contract stations in the county; stations where the business proprietor or' property owner operates the station on a contract basis and is not Postal Service (civil service) employes. Monroe's Mt. Pleasant Home holds Strawberry Festival Linda Scutt and Barbara Kuhn below, and Is open to residents of all religions, provide entertainment lor the Mt. races or creeds. At left. Lonine Pleasant Retirement Home's annual DeForest helps by dishing fresh Strawberry Festival held earlier this strawberries, month. The home is non-denominational Union Township fire levy renewel okayed for November ballot Union Twp's and Monroe's largest Liberty Jwp's only weekly newspaper By ALICE BATTAGLIA Union Township voters will be asked to renew an existing fire department., levy at the polls this November, following township trustee action Tuesday night. The "trustees voted to place on the ballot a one-mill renewal for continued operation of the volunteer fire department and life squad for the next five vears. The existing fire levy will expire at the end of the current year. While the levy now in effect was originally set at one-mill, property re- evaluations nave caused it to slip to a value of .72 mills, trustees noted, witn a present income of around .per year. Passage of the renewal should increase, the levy's value to about per year for the department, Assistant Fire Chief Earl Wilcox estimated. Union Township Fire Department and Life squad are currently based on a roster of around 53 persons, a fleet of eight vehicles and three firehouses, Wilcox said. In police department matters, the board voted to award a contract to HEC Electronics for installation of a radio tower, antenna and connecting cable for the communications system. The board accepted HEC's low bid of with an additional rate-for Editor's Notebook necessary adjustments on each of the five patrol car's mobile radio units. The new equipment will eliminate the "dead" spots occacionally encountered in the township by radio units in the police cruisers, said Township Police Chief Paul Arthur. Arthur also advised the board of plans to switch to blue flashing lights' for the patrol cars, at a cost of each, in line with a nationwide trend of flashing blue lights. The currently- used white and red lights will be phased out in the state, he said Testing of applicants for the post of police depart- ment sergeant was scheduled by the board for July 16. Thursday, June 26, 1975 Vol. 3 No. 31 Court at Journal Sq., Hamilton, Ohio 16 Pages (51.3) 863-8200 Monroe murder suspect under guard at hospital Marion Adkins, 37, 40 W. Elm St., Monroe, is scheduledjto appear Friday in Middletown Municipal Court for arraignment in the shooting death of a Mid- -dletown area7 man late Monday, according to police. Police said Adkins js charged with murder and is under police guard at Middletown Hospital where he is reported in satisfac- tory condition with a bullet wound of the left arm.- Adkins is accused by police of killing Eugene By Chuck Elliott sets dividends HOWDY NIEGHBORS! After two y years and several issues of driving back and forth between Hamilton and the area served by this newspaper, the.Monroe-Union Liberty Journal has finally found a home. We've opened an office in Maud, next door to the Happy Food Store, at the corner of Cincinnati-Dayton and Tylersville Roads. The exact address is 7835 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. And, we've even got a telephone. Our telephone number is 777-1518. The Monroe-ULJ editorial and advertising staff will now work out of this office. However, the actual printing of the newspaper will continue to be done at our downtown Hamilton printing plant. OFFICE SPACE in Liberty and Union townships and Monroe is as hard to find as snow in July. Of the few places available, Maud was selected because it offers a good central location or as good as we could find to serve the area., Monroe is only six-miles or seven minutes north on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Liberty Township is less than two miles away and Tylersville Road gives easy access to the Pisgah area. of this column says HOWDY NEIGHBORS! But really, the Monroe-ULJ staff are not strangers to the area. The entire staff, from the editor on down, live in the area we cover. Our kids go to the Lakota and Monroe schools; we belong to the local service clubs, go to local churches and shop at local stores. THE NEW 'Monroe-ULJ office will' not have regular hours. We do not have an office secretary and those of us working out of the office will be in and out. If you call our Maud office number and don't get an answer, rail our downtown office 863-8200, and leave a message. When we come in, we will return your call. OUR THREE area reporters, Alice Battaglia, Lois Cockerham and Jan Barbour will not be working out of the Maud office. Rather than trying to reach them at the 777-1518 number, call them at home. UNION TOWNSHIP NEWS Alice Battaglia, 9643 Marie Court, Cincinnati 45241. Phone 777-6960. LIBERTY TOWNSHIP NEWS Lois Cockerham, 7491 Linn Road, Hamilton 45011. Phone 774-4797 MONROE NEWS-Jan Barbour, 740 Wickow Lane, Monroe 45040. Phone 539-7844. ADVERTISING Bernie Nicholas, Monroe-ULJ office, 7835 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester 450G9. Phone 777-1518 or 863-8200. EDITOR Chuck Elliott, Monroe-ULJ office, 7835 Cincinnati-Dnylon Road, West Chester 45069, Phone 777-1518 or 863-8200. Board of Directors'of The Cincinnati Gas Electric Co. elected William H. Dickhoner as president and chief executive officer. He succeeds B. John Yeager, who was elected chairman of the hoard. Earl A. Borgmann was elected vice president of engineering. He previously was manager of teneral engineering epartment. The changes are effective July 1. directors also declared dividends on common and preferred scorkc: A regular quarterly dividend of 41 cents per share on the outstanding shares of common stock of the company, payable Aug. 15, 1975, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 15, 1975. Regular quarterly dividends on the outstanding shares of .cumulative preferred stock ,of company of per share on the 4 per cent series; 41.1875 per share on cent series; per share on the 9.30 per cent series; per share on the 7.44 per cent-series.; and per share on the 9.28 per cent series; payable Oct. 1, 1975, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 2, 1975. Woodard, 37, 1932 Wilbraham Road, following an argument over a bowling machine game. Woodard was dead on 'arrival -at Middletown Hospital after the shooting at -the Point Cafe on Yankee Road. When officers arrived at the cafe, they reported Woodard was lying on the floor. Police said- he had been shot in the face-a't fc.lose: range. Woodard's brother, Harold, 40, 2452.Wilbraham Road, .suffered a. bullet wound of the.'arrri 'but refused medical treatment, Dolice said. Detectives' who filed the murdei; charge Tuesday said it is believed only one gun was involved, a .45 caliber revolver which has been recovered. Adkins was arrested later at a residence on Lafayette Ave. inside Journal Bulletin News School Service Letters to Liberty EARLY PAPER NEXT WEEK Due to next week's July 4 holiday, the Monroe- Union Liberty Journal will be published on Wednesday, July 2 Because of the early publication date, all news items must be turned into the paper by noon Friday, June 27. Union Township news items should be turned into Alice Battaglia, 777-6980; Liberty Township items to Lois Cocker-ham, 774-4797; and Monroe items to Jan Harbour, 539-7844. Tax exemption period extended 'Pefro' June 28 at Fairgrounds 'Pefro' of religious music festival Persons eligible for homestead exemption under amended House bill 379, who did not file for an exemption in tax year 1974, can do so now by filing an application form 105E available in the auditor's office in Hamilton or Middletown. To be eligible for this special exemption, the owner of the homestead must have been 65 years of age during 1974, resided at the address of the homestead for which he is filing, owned the property as of Jan. and have had a total income of less than House bill 379 permits late filing for the vear 1974 only. To receive this deduction the application must be filed by Sept. 22, 1975. The first Monday in June was the final date for filing for reductions for 1975, which are those bills payable in 1976. However, those who wish to file for homestead exemptions in 1975, due to being classified as 100 per cent disabled, may still file applications until July All homestead ap- plications are available and may be filed in the Butler County Auditor's Office in the Auditor's License Bureau at 119 S. Second St. in Hamilton, or on Central Avenue in Middletown. Petra is a Greek word meaning "massive Petra is also a four member rock group from Ft. Wayne, Ind.. that olavs "massive Petra will be among'acts to appear at the Saturday, June 28, "Son-Shine '75" religious music festival for youth at the Butler County Fairgrounds. The Festival is scheduled 12-11 p.m. Rock music is considered by many to be one of the strongest me.ans of communication to young people and Petra's'ministry aims at communicating the Gospel through rock music. Petra's music expresses the joy, excitement and fun of being a Christian as well as the seriousness of being right with God, said David Stephenson, coordinator of "Son-Shine '75." In the past two years, Petra has appeared in several coffeehouse-type ministries and has performed in such colleges as Wheaton College, Taylor University, Oral Roberts University and Cumberland College, where the group received standing ovations. Dan R. Brock concert chairman at Cumberland College, said, "in my two years of coordinating con- certs on this campus I have worked with many bands, and can honestly say that Petra is one of the most talented and cooperative groups I have ever had the privilege of working with The music ability of this band is unbelievable..." Other groups appearing are the J. C. Power Outlet of California, Soul Liberation of New York; Randy Matthews of Cincinnati; Chuck Girard, formerly with Love Song of California; Brother George and the State of Confusion. Speaker for the program is Richard Houge, a nationally known youth speaker from Houston, Texas. Festival host will be Jim Garlow, Trenton, N. J. Purpose of the festival is to "challenge today's young people to an exciting'and meaningful life in said Stephenson senior high youth advisor of the Grace Methoaist Church. "The festival is not designed to increase the size of any church, nor is it designed to bring financial support or praise to any individual or group." Vernon Pottenger, youth director of the St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church, is chairman of the festival. Afimission is a donation. County to receive license tax money Butler County is scheduled to receive in 1975 license tax revenues from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Registrar Curtis Andrews said the amount is the first of several installments by which the bureau annually returns vehicle license fees to local governments to pay for road improvements. "By the time this distribution process is said Andrews, "more than 95 cents out of every dollar Ohio motorists paid for validation stickers will have been returned to their home county, city of township, to pay for maintaining the roads they drive on every day." The state distribution of million represents about 40 per cent of the total to be divided among the 88 counties this year on a per vehicle basis, said the registrar.