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   Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1968, Monessen, Pennsylvania                               The Daily Newspaper of the Mid-Monongahela Valley Area 67th 152 Second Pojfige paU at U.S.' Post Pa. DECEMBER 1968 10 CENTS PER COPY President like millions of other proud sits glued to TV coverage during critical stage of the Apollo 8 mission in which the astronauts splashed into the Pacific Ocean only yards from the main recovery vessel. Approvetwb county fobs v er Arthur J. Boyle Jr. of .Greensburg and John Ab- raham of North Huntingdon Twp. will be the direc- of the new Westmoreland County Departments of Industrial Promotion and Personnel after a bat- tle of several weeks over their appointments and salaries. -_ The appointments by the four- member county Salary Board Tuesday in a 2-1 vote with Republican Commissioner John J. LaCarte vot- ing and Democrat Commissioners James R. Kelley and Bernard Scherer voting The annual salaries of for Boyle and for Abraham were approved with Controller Wayne G. Gongaware abstaining. The three other times the salaries came up for a the issue was deadlocked with Gongaware joining LaCarte in opposition. Gongaware said he had opposed the salary for a personnel officer because he wanted to thorough- ly investigate the necessity of the position and ap- parently because of personal feeling towards the ap- pointee. Abraham once ran against him for a po- litical seat in North Huntingdon .Twp. Gongaware said his investigation 'has convinced him that the home for the aged at Westmoreland Manor is in need of a- personnel director because the many and various classifi- cations of employes at the institution and because of the need of a person in complete charge of the personnel at the home. He said he abstained from voting because of his personal feelings. who was angered over the ap- charged that the salary board meeting was conducted illegally because it was done with- See 3 ies found at jail There were several shortcomings noted in an overall favorable report made public yesterday after the annual inspection of tbe Washington County Jail Tbe jail was inspected Dec. 11 and 12 and the report from Arthur T. state commissioner of was read at yesterday's meeting of the Board of County It was pointed out in the report that the full complement of guards agreed upon nearly two years ago has not been reached and that work and outside recreation activities are inadequate. clean The jail was found to be orderly and clean with physical facilities improving and correction- al procedures progressive. Prisoners had no real grievances with regard to treatment when interviewed. The report also recommended that a second non-inmate cook be employed. As for the guard there are now 12 on the payroll and the state has recommended a min- See 3 Seen this window of auto supply wait to be pushed into baying a new having more trouble walking on sidewalks to cars driving. Ralph Greco Greco renamed Chamber head for Donora Ralph owner and op- erator of the Greco Fruit Mar- ket in was re-elected president of the Donora Cham- ber of Commerce during the annual reorganization meeting of the chamber yesterday. who ran was elected to his second cpn- seclitive term. In accepting the Greco called for con- crete by the board of business and civic leaders and the citizens of Do- nora. must become more in- volved in the community and take some worthy project un- der consideration for the fu- he told members of the board at the meeting. hope we can become one of the strongest chambers in the he said in urging board members and citizens of the community to come for- ward with any suggestions. Others elected to serve for See 3 W-P Steel sets new research project in Ohio Wheeling-PiUsburgh Steel Corp. officials today announc- ed plans to undertake a new industrial research and develop- ment project in central Ohio. Principio Alloys name of the project will carry out re- search in the fields of powder- ed alloy manu- facturing methods for alloy' parts and heat treatment of metals. Principio will be housed in a square fool building in the Alum Creek Industrial Park in Columbus. Initial employment at I h e new facility will consist of a small number of engineers and research technicians. Dr. T. a member of Wheeling-Pitts- burgh's Research has overall responsibility for the Principio project Tbe decision to locate Prin- cipio in Columbus came large- See RESEARCH-Page 3 'Squares' triumph in Apollo SPACE Houston acting head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration today called Apollo historic flight to the moon triumph of the and its successful return beginning of a movement that will never has started his drive out into the said Dr. Thomas 0. Paine. said the United States may follow the historic Apollo 8 flight in moon orbit with two lunar landings next year and two more before the end of 1970. But he cautioned that even after the success with which Frank James Lovell and William Anders carried mankind to the alien world of the the deadline pressure remains for meeting President Kennedy's goal of a lunar landing before the end of the decade. Apollo 8 proved the moonf- light mothership can do its Paine said. But the lunar landing goal will remain an uncertainty until the craft that will set two men on the moon's face passes its first test with astronauts during Apollo 9 next February or March. Apollo 9 will fly in earth orbit. The next Apollo is scheduled to send the entire moonflight machine to the moon in May and two astronauts on that flight will probably take the landing craft down within 10 miles of the moon's face without an actual touchdown. Paine said the landing itself remains unlikely on Apollo but that it could take place during Apollo 11. This flight might go to the moon in July or landing two men for a 24-hour Apollo 3 proved the moonship could do the job it was designed for in provided sew navigation data without See 5 Splashdown on the astronauts in fine shape By WEBSTER K. NOLAN ABOARD THE USS YORK- TOWN 8 astro- nauts Frank James Lovell and William Anders splashed perfectly into the today to end their six- day journey around the moon and reported jubilantly it was now of American The astronauts plowed into the atmosphere at nearly went through a violent during their descent and floated down into the pre-dawn darkness only yards from this prime recovery carrier. They were sound and chipper at the end a Christmas time unpre- cedented in the annals of exploration during which they traveled miles and orbited the moon 10 times. not made of green cheese at reported Borman as the spacecraft floated in the rolling waiting to be taken aboard the made of American It was a remarkable end to a mission that followed the book as closely as any in American spaceflight history. how you Lovell said when the space center established contact with the' floating on the rolling seas. is something for all said Dr. Thomas 0. acting director of the U.S. Space at the Houston space center. has started his drive out into the The six-ton Apollo cabin slashed into earth's atmosphere at an estimated miles per hour and .flashed across the night sky 'above the eastern Pacific leaving a trail of fiery gases in its wake. The return was some mph faster than previous earth orbital and super- heated air boiled off the ship's heat shield at an estimated degrees. The astronauts' return was marked by the business- like behavior displayed ever since Apollo 8 blasted from Cape Kennedy last Saturday on a mighty Saturn 5 rocket. The crew was confident and relaxed. When a rescue helicopter .hovering over the spacecraft asked the moon is made out he not made out of green cheese at all. It's made oat of American The -astronauts rolled up a staggering list of for both space and men to leave earth's gravita- tional first men to orbit the fastest and farthest from earth men have ever traveled. Apollo 8 began its historic. return to earth at a.m. EST and splashdown came 14 minutes later. The the of World War immediately steamed toward the heat-blackened spaceship after it hit the sea. The landing came one hour and 19 minutes before dawn in the remote area of the mid- 550 miles from See 5 U.S. guns hit supply buildup JL M. JL in Murphy Thomas FAKED CHARTS Edward R. Murphy executive officer of USS explains to news conference how he fabricated vessel's charts which his captors him to make to show the ship violated territorial waters of North Korea. But Murphy said-he managed to insert enough errors to make them obvious fakes. With him is Capt. Vincent Navy public information officer. Pueblo eourt of inquiry routine WASHINGTON gon sources see virtually no chance that any member of the USS Pueblo's crew will face court martial for conduct during the 11 months the 82 men were prisoners of the North Koreans. The Navy is bending over backward to praise and express confidence in the and to emphasize that the court of inquiry to be convened in San Diego within the next few weeks merely follows routine proce- dure. Observers believe it would be especially difficult to 'blame crewmen for signing spurious trumpeted by the since the release of the men was obtained with an apology which the U.S. government repudiated both before and after signing it. There is the additional fact that the United States is not at war with North raising a question as to what extent the Articles of War could be applied. And legal proof that the North Koreans were aided by any of the prisoners is nowhere in. evidence. a court of inquiry usually is a prelude to a possible court and the See 3 French talks blasted PARIS war talks delegation chafed today at France's discussion with the Viet Cong on the political future of South Vietnam. The Saigon negotiating Pham Dang denounced French Foreign Minister Michel Debre's meeting Thursday with Tran Buu the top Viet Cong at the stalled Paris talks. Release promised North Vietnam and the Viet Cong countered with a commu- nique demanding the opening of negotiations around a circular table. It said Saigon was trying to sabotage peace efforts. Kiem emerged from his conference with Debre and announced remains only for the details to be before the Viet Cong release three captive GIs in South Vietnam as promised. Denouncing the Kiem-Debre the Saigon leader said the French foreign minister prejudged the .nature of the conference to be held and its final seems difficult not to link Tran Buu Kiem's efforts to be received by the French foreign minister with the effort put up by the Communist side with a view of winning for the a certain status for the forthcoming Paris Lam said. One of the primary issues blocking the beginning of expanded talks is Saigon's refusal to accept the Viet Cong as a separate entity at the bargaining table. Debre was the first French cabinet member to meet with a Viet Cong repesentative a Sec 3 n area Reds dealt heavy blow planes and South Vietnamese footsoldiers slammed into the Communist troops And supply buildup threatening Saigon and dealt the guerrillas a heavy .military spokesmen said today. American B52 divebombers and helicopter gunships destroyed 125 Commu- nist 55 .fortifications and 28 sampans in raids Thursday that triggered 10 fireballs in the guerrilla supply network toward Saigon. Cong captured South Vietnamese men captured 49 Viet Cong trainees in a camp 20 miles north of the capital and seized two tons of hidden Communist TNT and arms south in the Mekong military men said. U.S. headquarters disclosed intelligence reports meantime that showed the guerrillas had not used the allies' 24-hour Christmas cease fire to move See Page S Weather Warmer with occasional root lows in 30s. Warmer Saturday with occasional ram. Inside Bridge Classified 15 Comics 1C Editorials................ 4 Health.................... IT Hospital registers..........12 Obituaries................ 12 Sports ie Stocks..................... 11 TV news.................. it Women's news 7 Pomeroy gets Musmanno seat on court HARRIS BURG Thomas W. Pomeroy of Pitts- a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar. has been chosen by Gov. Ray- mond P. Shafer for a vacancy on tbe Pennsylvania Supreme Court The appointment of Pomeroy on Thursday ended weeks of speculation on a successor to the late Michael A. who died last Oct. 12. The post carries an annual salary of The interim appoint- ment will run until January of 1970. Pomeroy. a was named by Shafer from a list of 20 names submitted by a special Judicial Qualification Advisory Committee. Pomeroy is a senior partner in the Pitts- burgh law firm of Lockbart Johnson. He lives with his wife in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ben His appointment to replace a Democrat changed the political lineup of the state's highest court to five Republicans and two Demo- crats. in announcing the ap- called Pomeroy outstanding will bring to the court a great knowledge and under- .standing of the law and a gen- uine concern for the people of our the gover- nor predicted. Pomeroy was graduated from Lafayette College in 1929 and from Harvard Law School in 1933. The nominating commission was used by Shafer to test the recommendation of the recent Constitutional Convention that voters decide in the 1969 pri- mary whether statewide judges should continue to be or whether they should be ap- pointed by the governor from a slate submitted by a nonparti- san commission. am completely satisfied with this method of selecting persons to fill vacancies on our statewide courts a method that all Pennsylvania voters will be asked to approve at next year's primary tbe governor said. fact that such a man as Tom Pomeroy has been se- lected from the commission's list should prove to all Pena- sylvanians the merits of this system of selecting persons to fill vacancies on statewide If the voters approve iht commission method next a seven member commission would be appointed composed of four non-lawyers and members of the bar who are not Judges. Not more than four of the members could bt from the same political party. The governor would name four and three would be ap- pointed by state Supreme Court.   

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