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   Times Recorder, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1970, Zanesville, Ohio                               Good Morning A sunburn victim we know claims the distance between the sun and the earth -is greatly exaggerated. The Wednesday's TR: Much-Needed Anti-Crime Bill Passed By House VOL. NO. 16 PAGES ZANESVILLE, OHIO, 43701 TUESDAY, JULY 21, 1970 TEN CENTS County Highway Employes Called Back To Work By JOHN RAY TR Staff Reporter An 'uneasy truce prevailed today between Muskingum County Commissioners and County Engineer James T. Davidson with regard to the return to work of 43 county road employes. The men frad been laid off last Friday by Davidson, who claimed that commissioners' transfer of from his 1970 budget to finance a 93-mile highway resurfacing program had forced him to make the lay offs. Davidson announced Monday night that the men were being notified to report back to work this morning. He said they would remain on the payroll for at least two weeks in the hope that the matter can be worked out. Earlier at a brief meeting held in their office, conv missioners had voted unanimously to file suit in an attempt to remove the engineer from office. The meeting was held to attempt to resolve difficulties between the engineer and commissioners which had resulted in the lay off of the county highway workers Friday. The disputes has been smouldering between the two county offices for two years. At the start of the meeting Davidson told commissioners Scott -Patton, president of the board, and Dee Shook and Alva Hittle that the transfer of by them from the engineer's 1970 budget was "unlawful and illegal." "I am ordering those 43 men back to work tomorrow Davidson said, "for one more pay period of two weeks. If, at the end of that time, the hasn't been transferred back to my accounts I'll lay off 50 men." Patton said the primary in- terest as far as the com- missioners was concerned was to see that the men got back to work immediately. All three commissioners said there was no need for laying the men off in the first place, that there was money in the engineer's funds to continue the program as planned. Commissioners pointed out to Davidson that when they met with him at the time bids were opened for the county road jobs, he had said there was available for the summer's road program. A few moments later he had changed it to The next morning the com- missioners received a letter from Davidson claiming there was only available. When confronted by these statements, Davidson, denied he had not made such statements about the larger figures. Davidson, throughout the brief meeting, claimed com- missioners had acted in an "unlawful" manner in trans- ferring the funds and that they had set up the entire road program "illegally." Finally Prosecutor Richard E. Bridwell jumped to his feet and said, I've had enough of your talk about what's legal and what's illegal. I'm the one to decide that." Patton then said he would entertain a motion to pass a resolution asking for Davidson's removal from office. Hittle made the motion and it was seconded by Shook, afterwhich all three voted in its favor. Davidson stormed angrily from the room, followed by Hutson Barnes, county superintendent' of roads, who had sat in at the meeting. Patton declared the meeting closed. Patton said, "It's a shame these men had to be laid off. There never was any need to lay them off. The county has enough funds to retain the working force we have now." Before leaving the meeting Davidson said there would be a move made to "remove two county commissioners" from office. He obviously was referring to Patton and Shook because Hittle lost his bid for reelection at the May 5 primary. Moon Men Visit Spacecraft The ApoDo 11 astronauts were presented a plaque and made honorary Missouri Muteskin- ners when they visited their spacecraft on display at Jefferson City. They revisited their spacecraft for the first time since they landed on the moon a year ago. Left to right are Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. (Buzz) AWrin, the two who walked on the moon; and Michael Collins. Supermarket Robbed By DERON MIKAL TR Staff Reporter Two men-one armed with a submachine gun and the other with a pistol staged a daring, daytime robbery at the West Main Street A P supermarket about 5 p.m. Monday. They escaped with an estimated in cash. Nearly a dozen customers were hastily rounded up and herded to the rear of the store while a store clerk was forced to turn over money .from a cash register at a check out and from the office safe. Witnesses gave the following account of the robbery: A man identified as "Peck'' Johnson waiting outside while h i s family shopped and believing his wife killed rushed the robbers as they were making their get-away. One turned and shot at Johnson to stop his pursuit. Johnson was not hit Dorothy Davis at a checkout counter said all she remem- bered was turning and looking at a big gun. She said the man stood only a couple feet away from her with the gun hoisted to his shoulder and his eye scanning the gun sight She said what she noticed most was his Afro hair style. She said it was big and bushy and that his face was hidden behind the-round magazine near the gun stock. He ordered tier go get away from the cash register and go to the rear of the store with the customers. The gunman had Loretta Groves, a 20-year employe get on her knees facing a wall after making her open the office safe. She said he threatened her life. He scooped up bills from the office safe and from the cash drawer. Then he had her open one of the four check out registers and he took only bills from it After that the pair rushed from the store. One witness said the robbers boldly walked into the store and immediately began shouting orders. A hushed lull hovered over the place as people scurried to the rear of the store. No one said a word throughout the seven-minute ordeal. They stood together frozen in place and "scared to according to one of the customers who refused to identify himself. The manager, Rex England, was out of the store at the time on a lunch break. Most of the counter boys .were in the stock room. Police swarmed on the scene moments after the robbery was reported. Sgt. Bobbie Martin. Det Dick Tracy and Sgt. William Clark launched an immediate in- vestigation. Later Monday evening Columbus police reportedly picked up two suspects fitting the description of the robbers. Someone in the parking lot had noted the license plate number of the get-away car. South Backs Government WASHINGTON (UPI) ident Nixon said Monday that South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu is willing to share power with the Commu- nists if the people of South Vietnam want it. But he repeated his pledge that no coalition government with the Communists would be imposed on South Vietnam as a part of a negotiated peace settlement. Responding to questions at an informal news conference, the President said there was no disagreement between Washing- ton and Saigon over the question of a possible coalition government in South Vietnam. He said Thieu's statements in a Sunday television program objecting to a coalition with the Communists reflected the South Vietnamese leader's aversion to an imposed political settlement which would hand the Commu- nists a share of the power. "The government of South Vietnam must be one chosen by the people of South Nixon said. "It will be one and should be one that reflects the political forces in South Viet- nam." Of a possible postwar govern- ment, the President comment- ed: "How these forces would be represented in the Parliament for example is something to be worked out by the people of South Vietnam and by the elected representatives and elected leaders of South Viet- nam." He said that if and when an election with Communist parti- cipation has been held, "then what government comes out of that election is something to be worked out by the elected officials but it should not be determined in advance of the people indicating what type of government they want." Nixon said that since the U.S. sweeps into Communist sanc- tuaries inside Cambodia ended July 1, American casualties in Southeast Asia have been lower than any three-week period in the last four years. "There are still too many. One is loo many. But the fact that we have come that far is some the President said. He said there were no plans now to speed up the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam but added that continual reassessments will be made and if a speedier withdrawal is possible "you can be sure we will move faster." Nixon noted that his commis- sion on campus unrest, now conducting hearings, was told Her Summer Job Karen Hinrichs. 18. oMuer, operator, and sole employe of "Steeple Jill Flagpole Painting goes up a pole ta Portland, Ore. after finding salary summer jobs for teen agers practi- cally loiiexistant hi the area. a 1971 high school graduate, aad tae of Mir two female flagpole painters n the I. S.. plans to use sunnier earrings to attend beaaty college this fall. Egyptian Targets Bombed For 60th Day FORECAST Party toaay. fc Ike tor By Press MmurtfcMl The Israeli air force bombed Egyptian positions along the Suez Canal for tne Mth consecutive day Monday, de- spite reports Russian-built mis- siles had been moved up to within two miles of the waterway. Cairo saxl one Skyhawk was sbM down and another hit, but Israel denied this. Israeli planes also struck into Jordan against Jordanian army positions it saxl had aided Arab guerrillas in attacks on border settlements. It was the third consecutive day of these attacks and the sixth in eight days. Jordan said one person was wounded. Reports that the Egyptians had moved the SAM2 and SAM3 missil? sites to within twtt mites of the canal came Sunday from Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli ambassador to the I'nited States, in a television interview. Previously the missile sites were 15 miles or more back. Israeli Premier Golda Meir, in an interview with the West (rf-rman weekly news Dcr Spiegel in Frankfurt, agreed with Rabin the Soviet aim was hegemony, or prepon- derant influence, throughout the Middle East. She said the Russian tauktap could bring a headon clash with Israel. Asked whether this did not mean that a major war is dangerously near, she answered with one word: "Perhaps." An Israeli military spokes- man saxl the planes hit Egyptian army positions, artil- lery emplacements and "otlxT military but be did not spell out if these were missile sites. Egypt, which did shoot down an F4 Phantom Saturday, apparently with missiles, said its aerial defenses shot down a Skyhawk Monday and that another was damaged. But it dxl not say if missiles were involved. Israel saxl only all of its planes returned safely from the canal raids and into Jordan, by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., that one way to bring peace on campuses was to end the war in Vietnam. "That, of course, would not be the President said. "I am not sure that it would bring peace on the campus." He then added: "I want peace on the campus but my major obligation is to adopt policies that I consider wifl bring peace to the world. And for that reason I have to reject the easy and sometimes tempt- ing road of a quick and easy solution ending the war in Vietnam." The president, said Thieu apparently was expressing his objections to giving the Com- munists a role in the political process before the war ends. Communists Intensify Activities In Cambodia PHNOM PENH namese Communist forces in- tensified their activity around the highway connecting Phnom Penh to Cambodia's only deep seaport Monday, the 16th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva accords which divided Vietnam into two countries. Cambodian troops fought to retake the village of Saang, 30 miles southwest of Phnom Penh and 12 miles from the highway to the port of Kompong Som, formerly Sihanoukville, after Communist guerrillas overran and burned a government outpost there, the military commander of the region said. Fighting also was reported in Kirirom, 11 miles off the same highway, and near Angkor Wat, site of centuries old Buddhist temples northwest of Phnom Penh. To the east, U.S. planes took advantage of a break in monsoon weather to bomb former Communist sanctuaries near the South Vietnamese border and the Ho Chi Minn Trail in Laos. In Saigon, spokesmen for South Vietnamese high com- mand said an additional Saigon regime troops had been pulled out of Cambodia, cutting the South Vietnamese force operating there to men. The troops were withdrawn from the Parrot's Beak region west of Saigon, the spokesmen said. Brig. Gen. Sosthene Fer- nande, commander of the Second Military Region in Cambodia, said Communist troops overran the government outpost at Saang in Kompong Speu province early Sunday while most of the government forces were out on a night operation. The outpost is located in the mountains about 12 miles south of the Phnom Penh-Kompong Som highway. The Communists burned the outpost and still held the village Monday afternoon despite pounding of the area by Cambodian T2S jet fighters, Fernande said. Inside Today's Times Recorder Problem Simple recent mass netting of government employes who protested Slates expedition into Cambodia brought from Sen. Barry Goldwau-r the comment that ''in private industry this kmd of effrontery would be rewarded wiih dismissal notico." The problem as not Uiat simple, however. Please turn to Page 4-A Y-Dch Program The YMCA has begun in a new Y-Deb program opvn to girls age 9 through 12. For a picture report on this please turn to Page To Dear Earl Financial Hospital News s VSPAPEXI   

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