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Daily News (Newspaper) - December 12, 1969, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Tax Rate Changes Holding ight OnCounty State AndNational Levels Five Mill Jump For Huntingdon County In Budget For the first time In five years an increase in the Huntingdon County tax millage is anticipated The Huntingdon County Commissioners gave tentative approval yesterday to a budget for 1970which will require a fivemill increase in the present real estate tax levy In comments on the proposed increase the board members said The completed budget must be it is necessary due to proposed in Harrlsburg by January 1 1970 building improvements The balanced budget is based The 1970 budget now open for on an assessed valuation of tax inspection at the boards office able real estate in the county of in the courthouse will be ap539500000 Each mill of real proved finally at the session to estate tax brings into the county be held on Wednesday Dec 24 offers about 536000 At present the county 1ms tt 14mUl real estate tax Under the new budget If it is approved as It now stands the real estate tax levy will mount to 19 mills The budget for 1970 Is greater than the county spending blueprint tor the past year The new budget anticipates a cash balance of at the end of 1970 Chairman Gordon W Hav erstock presided at yesterdays meeting which was held at the courthouse All members were present for the session Com missioners Henry C McCamant and James DiCosimo secretary Attorney A Lynn Corcellus coun ty solicitor and Lew is FGreene chief clerk also were in atten dance Blair Shore Cold Springs Road Huntingdon RD 2 sales repre sentative for Radio Station WHUN was appointed to the Huntingdon County Child Welfare Service Ad CContd on Page 2 Assembly Leaders Plan AllOut Push For Income Tax HARRISBURG UPI The ground work was being laid today for an allout attempt in the General Assembly next week to enact a personal income tax and end Pennsylvanias yearlong fiscal deadlock Legislative leaders informed rankandfile lawmakers that next weeks session could run five an extraordinary de parture from the customary leg islative schedule Gov Raymond P Shafer was lining up support among Repub lican county chairmen whom he asked to persuade local GOP legislators to back the income levy Shafer Informed his cabinet earlier this week there was a possibility of a break In the lengthy stalemate and he or dered an immediate drive by highranking executive officials to generate support for the tax program The legislative leaders fully expect that next week will be the last time the General As sembly will meet until after the new year It was reported that In an attempt to sweeten the tax pro gram the leaders were consid ering linking a legislative sal ary increase to the overall pro posal The plan would work this way The Senate Finance Commit tee which is holding a series of Housepassed business tax in creases would amend one of the bills to Include the income tax and then report it to the floor The Senate would pass the legislation and send it to the House for concurrence in the reality the in come tax To Conference Committee The House would refuse to Contd on Page 12 Senate Approves Exemption Stiff Battle Is Seen WASHINGTON UPI Despite the Senates decisive approval and wide political popularity an increase in the income tax exemp tion to S800 faces a stiff battle to become law The Nixon administration is dead set against it because of its high cost to the government Every boost in the exemption costs the Treasury about billion in tax collections And Rep Wilbur D Mills D Ark who will lead the House negotiating team when it confers with the Senate on the bills final shape said lie will not accept an exemption increase for the coming calen dar year He Indicated he might accept a hike later on An outpouring of mall showed Congress the boost in the exemption was far and away the most popular provision in the Senates complex 585page Contd on Page 18 THE DAILY NEWS VOL 48 HUNTINGDON and MOUNT UNION PA FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 1969 No 269 Congressional Inquiry Is Continuing Huntingdon Young Man Army Major Is Called To AcqJted Testify At My Lai Probe May Elect WASHINGTON UPI Congressional investigation of the alleged massacre at My Lai focused today on the Army officer believed to have received radio reports from the South Vietnamese village during the incident Called to testifybefore the House armed services investTV Oi T T TJ 1 gating subcommittee was Maj J5 LJ Charles Calhoun executive officer of the battalion directing the operation that included the sweep through the suspected Viet Cons stronghold Calhoun was not identified by the subcommittee but he has apoeared twice before a PentaHERSHEY Pa gon panel investigating the My Board of Trustees of Pennsyl Lai affair Congressional sourvanla state University will hold ces said they understood that a sPeclal meeting here today to although Calhoun was outside consider and possibly elect a the hamlet he was in contact new university president with the troops there and Tne meetin win at specifically with Capt Ernest Pm at the M1ton Medina commander of the Medical Center The 32member board headed Medina testified on w Roland of New Castle will hear the recom A Huntingdon young man David Earl Reed was found not guilty last evening by a Huntingdon County Criminal Court iury that took 31 minutes to reach a de cision Reed 20 was tried on two charges burglary and larceny Judge R Merle Heffner pre sided at the trial which opened on Wednesday After the iury returned its ver dict last evening Judge Heffner adjudged Reed in contempt of court for failure to pay his fine and costs on two previous crim intl convictions Reed was placed in Huntingdon County Jail on the contempt charge The young defendant was ar rested by Huntingdon Chief of Po lice Donald Wingate as the result of the burglarizing of the Dean shopping ana mailing means that we can expect a feirly even flow ton HunttagtJon Jufy 23 About was stolen from a money bag that was hidden Mail Early Appeal Gets Good Response The customers of the Hunting don Post Office have really taken the annual Mail Early plea to heart this year The employees of the post office have handling an unprecedented flow of Christ mas cards and parcels during the past week and for the emp loyees this is a good sign The earlv start on Christmas Prepare Plot For OffStreet Parking Workmen for Huntingdon Borough yesterday started the razing of a former service station at the corner of Fourth and Penn Streets in the borough The site will be used as one of two new offstreet parking facilities planned for developments by the Huntingdon Borough Parking Authority comnany in My Lai dina testified Contd on Page 12 INSIDE THE NEWS Ann Landers 13 Building Page10 Classified Ads 16 17 Comics15 Courthouse Roundup 10 Crossword17 Farm Page 9 Obituaries 2 On Stage Live 8 School Page11 Society Club14 Sports4 5 Television Programs S 9 mendations of a selection com mittee named to seek a replace ment for Dr Eric A Walker who has held the post for 13 years third longest tenure in the history of Penn State Walker told the board last January of his plans to retire no later than July 1 1970 two months after his 60th birthday He made the announcement then to enable the board to have ample time to name a successor His future plans he said were indefinite A native of England Walker was installed as Penn States 12th president on Oct 1 1956 Contd on Page IS of mail between now and Christ mas day the officer in charge commented This should let us keep up with our distribution and delivery day by day and without serious dela5rs Best of all there Contd on Page 12 i a tire display in the store The trial of another case the To Perform For Jurist Mrs Kopechne Certain Her Daughter Drowned BROCKTON Mass UPI j Mr and Mrs Joseph P Ko pechne would have yielded in favor of an autopsy on their daughter Mary Jo had they felt they were obstructing justice it I was learned Thursday In an interview with Paul I Stevens of the Brockton Enter prise Mrs Gwen L Kopechne said she and her husband had agreed that if in any way we had felt we were obstructing justice by fighting exhumation of Mary Jos body we would have yielded in favor of an autopsy But I know what drowning I is I have seen drowned persons I before Mrs Kopechne said When I saw my daughter I could tell she had drowned Miss Kopechne drowned July 18 when a car driven by Sen Edward M Kennedy went off a narrow bridge on Chappaquld dick Island on Cape Cod into a tidal pond Wednesday morning Presi dent Judge Bernard C Brornn ski in Common Pleas Court in WilkesBarre Pa ruled against exhumation of the body for an autopsy as requested by Dis trict Attorney Edmund S Den nis of New Bedford An inquest into the death will begin Jan 5 in Edgartown Mrs Kopechne recalled that Kennedy was the first person to notify her of her daughters death when he telephoned their Berkley Heights NJ home about 9 am July 19 I screamed and went into shock Mrs Kopechne said I dropped the telephone and screamed Sen Kennedy called right back and talked to my husband She said Kennedy appeared to be full of shock himspif He has told me personally since that he was in shock on that terrible morning and didnt Contd on Page 12 Viet Cong Commandos Rip Bridge SAIGON Cong commandos blew up a 120foot concrete bridge on Highway 4 Saigons link with the southern tip of South Vietnam in an attack reported today The explosions Thursday night left the span S5 miles southwest of Saigon a sham bles disrupting traffic from the southern Mekong Delta the nations ricebowl to markets in the capital Military spokesmen said three government troops as signed to guard the bridge were wounded and one civilian was killed in the attack The bridge is eight miles south of Can Tho the deltas biggest city The commandos escaped without apparent losses En gineers this morning began repairing the structure expect Contd on Page 5 r at am today The jury for the trial was selected last Wed nesday Two young men Robert Power of Saxton and Jaines H Jones army of Dudley were chargec backed government of Greece with larceny by Patrolman Robwent on trial in the 18nation ert Edmundson of the Huntingdor Council of Europe today Borough Police Department Ii accused of suppressing indivi is alleged that they stole a tank dual rights and demo C Of Greece Judge Bans Singing At On Trial rp i T Lourt Irial In Chicago PARIS CHICAGO was days so d Cont d on i 18 he council an WEATHER was enjoying it with his fellow defendants Folk singer Phil Ochs almost to play his guitar for the jury and later poet Allen promote unity and safeguard the European heritage deg bated a proposal put forth by the Scandinavian nations to was expel Greece The main charge was that the military regime that took over in April 1967 had violated the chance of snow flurries High f to Chicago in August 1968 to Ji theatrically sort of spook the Cloudy and cold today tonight and Saturday with Ochs came to the witness stand with his guitar and testified Yippie leaders Abbis Hoffman and Jerry Rubincame today 30 to 35 Low tonight upper 20s High Saturday 25 to 30 Sunday continued cold with snow flurries licely suppressing democratic free doms It was the first international test for the Contd on Page 3 spook National Conven CHRISTMAS SEALS FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS ANDAIR POLLUTION Apollo Crewmen Tell About Trip SPACE CENTER Houston detail about their trip Officials UPIApollo 12s moon explo were particularly interested in rers meet the press today to learning about problems such tell publicly for the first time as the dust that blocked the adventures and problems of Conrads view on landing before Americas second lunar expedi they gave Apollo 13 the go tion ahead for a March 12 launch Charles Pete Conrad Rich Doctors released Conrad ard F Gordon and Alan L Gordon and Bean Wednesday Bean took time during their from a moon bug quarantine day off Thursday to visit their that started last month on the offices and from pictures they lunar surface They said the took in space chose slides and moon pilots showed no signs of movies to use in describing lunar germs their voyage The astronauts began their Their postflight news confer million millionmile jour ence was scheduled for 10 am ney with a blastoff from Cape EST at the Manned Spacecraft Kennedy Nov 14 Center Auditorium Four days later Conrad and The astronauts already have Bean touched down on the lunar told space agency officials in Contd on Page 2 theatrically Democratic tion He said they wanted to show that fantasies in the street were a means of dealing with what seemed to be an absurd world He also said Hoffman and Rubin wanted to avoid violence in their festival of life Ready to Play and Sing Defense attorney William Kunstler said Ochs was ready arm and asked the to play his guitar and sing a most famous poem is song he sang at the convention to identify it Judge Julius J Hoffman Oh an instrument too forbade singing but permitted Judge Hoffman said Ginsberg Ochs to recite the words of I took it and squeezed out a few Aint Marchin Anymore bars to the prosecutions Then Ginsberg was called to objection which the judge testify his long hair and beard upheld flowing as he made his way to Ginsberg chanted his Man the witness stand Defense tra of Preservation which he attorney Leonard I Weinglass used to try to bring good carried a harmonium under his Contd on Page 2 Manson Charged In Seven Murders H Pageant To Be Presented Twice Sunday Four and 7 pm Sunday Dec ember 14 are the hours for two performances of contemporary composer Randall Thompsons musical drama The Nativity According To Saint Luke The pageant is being presented in the sanctuary of Stone Church of the Brethren Huntingdon by the Chancel Choir of the church under the direction of Mrs Robert E Faus Dr Esther M fringed Contd on Page 12 LOS ANGELES UPI Charles Manson a tiny beard ed man with shoulder length hair was formally charged in the seven TateLaBianca mur ders Thursday as authorities investigated links between the Manson Family and other slayings Manson 35 the accused master of a knifewielding hippie cult delayed until Dec 22 a plea to the seven counts of murder and one of conspiracy in the August killings Spectators in the jammed courtroom stood on chairs for a better view as the 110pound Manson was led in by three officers He spoke out in a clear and resonant voice when asked if he understood nis Constitu tional rights Manson clad in a filthy buckskin outfit and mocassins told Superior Court Judge William B Keene that he did not have the money to hire a lawyer and the court appointed a county public defender to represent him at least temporarily Keens named Deputy Public Defender Paul Fitzgerald to handle his case Prominent attorneys are known to have offered their services free and it was expected Manson would select one or more of them Manson appeared calm al most bored during the 15 minute arraignment As he was led out he smiled broadly at a darkhaired girl photographer seated in the front row of newsmen sitting in the space ordinarily occupied by a jury In view of a court order forbidding public officials to comment on any evidence in the case before the trial Contd on Page 2
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