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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - January 5, 1983, Blytheville, Arkansas 1 j news Blytheville Ark. 72315 vol.88-no. 199 15 cents 26 pages wednesday january 5,1983 2secti0ns Reagan a swayed Clayton Blytheville fire capt. Billy King a Volunteer with the department for 24 years received an award from mayor Tom a. Little As Quot outstanding fireman of the it was the first year the award has been made. King was selected for the Honor after a vote of bad officers. Looking on at the presentation was acting fire chief Danny smothers. King top firefighter by Tommy Clayton in staff writer Blytheville Billy King a Volunteer firefighter with 24 years experience has been selected As Blytheville fire department s 1982 Quot outstanding fireman of the year Quot Quot Billy King is somebody who is really dedicated to his Job Quot acting fire chief Danny smothers said yesterday in presenting the award. Quot he always gives 100 percent at fires and he s always been there when we need King is one of Only two volunteers left on the department and holds the rank of Captain. A one time mostly Volunteer Force at bad has been gradually replaced with full time firefighters. King said the highlight of his years on the Force has been the Fellowship he has shared with fellow firefighters. Quot they re some of the Best Quot he said. Over the years Many improvements in firefighting have been made the most important being air packs King said. Quot air i nation packs let us go into Smokey houses. We use them quite King said today s better trucks Are also better equipped. An advantage to fighting out of town blazes came about when the City purchased a 5,000-gallon Tanker truck. Battling fires. King said is different from most occupations in that Quot you never know what you la be getting he pointed out that serious fires can occur anytime and in any weather. Firemen at Home Are alerted to blazes by voice pagers and special phones installed in their houses. When carrying the pager King said he can receive the signals As far away As Steele and Gosnell. No matter where he is when a fire Call is issued King said he tries to answer every one. This often disrupts his sleep or other activities. Once he took a taxi to a fire when it was inconvenient for him to get to his vehicle. Modern Day fires King said Are More dangerous than when he first started. Quot you see More types of fires now because of new building materials. There Are More chemicals plastic and other substances used in buildings now. Quot i can put up with Wood smoke but fumes from some fires can get pretty although the fire department often experiences Long dry spells without Calls King said there Are also times when fires occur around the clock on certain Days. King has also had his share of serious fires. He judged the most serious Blaze in his career occurred a few years ago when a gasoline Tanker exploded at Allen Petroleum co. Although no one was killed he said the heat from the burning fuel was intense and that chemicals had to be used to extinguish it. As a result of burned eyes and smoke inhalation King had to spend five Days in the Hospital to recuperate. Other fires he estimated were the most serious during his career include a fire in the mid-1960s which destroyed the klan studios and a Blaze which damaged an entire Block in Osceola in 1975. Eleven different fire departments sent personnel to the Blaze. King noted. The Only other time King was injured at a Blaze occurred when he fell off a ladder at the american legion hut. He escaped with a broken foot. King also has helped carry out people who died in fires. Quot you Don t Ever get used to that. I think there s nothing More violent than to die in a King said leadership of the fire department is better than Ever. Quot they re All dedicated to their smothers pointed out that King is an integral figure in the department. Quot he cares a lot about his fellow Man and the asked if he plans to retire soon King replied Quot ill stay with it As Long As they la let me. I be loved every minute of it and would t Trade it for smothers added that he Hopes bestowing the award can become an annual event at bad. Washington a president Reagan is under growing pressure from his own economic advisers and his Best friends in Congress to seek tax increases defense cuts or both to avoid Quot terrifying Quot deficits that could reach $300 billion by 1988. But by All accounts Reagan was staying his budget course tuesday despite private warnings from administration officials that he could be courting economic disaster. The president remains Quot firm on not reducing defense spending and firm on not increasing taxes Quot said his spokesman Larry Speakes. Earlier tuesday the president s closest Friend in Congress sen. Paul Laxalt r-nev., left a meeting with Reagan describing the budget estimates for the next five years As Quot the deficit numbers that we re looking at now Are huge and probably intolerable Quot said Laxalt chairman of Reagan s 1980 Campaign and now general chairman of the Republican party. Laxalt said Reagan is Quot very close to being in Concrete Quot in his refusal to trim Pentagon spending. Meanwhile administration officials put out the word tuesday that All of Reagan s senior economic advisers a including Secretary of state George p. Shultz Treasury Secretary Donald t. Regan budget director David a. Stockman and chief White House economist Martin s. Feldstein a favor a combination of tax increases and military cuts to reduce the deficits. Otherwise according to internal administration estimates the deficit will swell from a record $200 billion in fiscal 1984 to $300 billion four Nancy honoured los Angeles a first lady Nancy Reagan got a musical tribute from a 10-year-old pianist who wrote and played Quot portrait of a lady Quot at a luncheon in her Honor. In return mrs. Reagan presented John Argosino with a musical theme called Quot to love a the boy was one of eight performers from the Young musicians foundation who played for mrs. Reagan on tuesday at the los Angeles music Center. Quot there Are a lot of very talented performers waiting in the wings out there Quot mrs. Reagan told about 350 members of the amazing Blue ribbon a financial support group for the music recovering Denver a Colorado gov. Richard Lamm wearing a Back Brace and moving stiffly has left a hos Quoit. What a was trap Tail f in a ruptured disc that caused him to Black out from intense pain. Lamm 47, said tuesday he received Quot first rate Quot treatment at the University of Colorado health science Center where he was admitted just after Midnight is dropouts climbing Church events. Page 12 classified ads. Pages 22-25 comics to listings pages 18,19 editorial. Page 6 looking Back. Page 19 obituaries. Page 12 selected mkt. Quotes. Page 12 sports. Pages 15-17 to tonight. Page 14 women s news. Page 9 1 Washington a defections from the social Security system Are running at an All time High As hundreds of counties and other government agencies move to rid themselves of the payroll tax Burden. The Cash Short system lost an estimated 75,955 government contributors on Jan. 1 As 100 counties school districts and other Public agencies pulled their employees out of the system. Los Angeles county yanked its 55,000 employees out Over the objections of unions in a move that will Cost social Security $143 million in 1983 and reportedly save the county $36 million. The losses were More than double the previous High set in 1979, when 81 state and local government agencies pulled 34,134 workers out of social Security including All of Alaska s 14,500 state employees. Quot any time you lose Money it s not Good ii uie Syblein Quot Saivii social Security spokesman James Brown. Some 275 government agencies Are threatening to pull 104,506 employees out of the system at the end of 1983, and 112 agencies with 63,149 Are threatening to withdraw at the end of 1983. In addition 177 non profit agencies a hospitals schools charities and other groups a were scheduled to drop out last year and nearly 900 others a with several Hundred thousand employees a Are threatening to withdraw Over the next two years. Social Security does not yet know which ones have carried out the threat to withdraw. For most of the 116 million workers who pay 6.7 percent of their earnings to social Security there is no Way out of the system. Federal workers Are not covered but most state local and non profit agencies have opted to join the system. The Pace of withdrawals has quickened in the past two years As social Security s financial picture worsened and As efforts were mounted in Congress to bar the door to any More defections. The National commission on social Security Reform which says social Security needs to save $150 billion to $200 billion by 1990, favors mandating coverage for new Federal workers and All non profit employees. Most members also seemed to favor extending coverage to All state and local government workers but the panel is not expected to press for that because of uncertainties Over whether such a move would be constitutional. Failure weighed by David Shribman 0. 1983 . Times news service Washington in december 1977, president Carter gathered two dozen members of Congress in the Indian treaty room of the executive office building for the signing of the social Security Reform act. Before a Battery of television cameras Carter said that the additional Revenue the act was providing would guarantee Quot that from 1980 through 2030, the social Security system will be now five years after Carter s assurances Congress and the White House Are again bracing for a struggle Over social Security financing. The National commission on social Security Reform in fact has projected that the cumulative deficit of the system May be As High As $200 billion by the end of the decade. How the 1977 assurances became one of the biggest issues facing Congress in 1983 is like much else in the political life of the capital in recent years a Story of How economic assumptions went awry and it has served As a warning to Reagan administration officials who must respond soon to the social Security crisis. Carter s assurances were derived from assumptions that were far too optimistic according to an examination of the record and interviews with economists and former administration officials. These assumptions which formed the foundation of the 1977 social Security act and were based on government economic forecasts reflected the Hopes Ftp administration had for an economic turnaround by the 1980 election the increase in the consumer Price Index in 1980, for example had risen nearly three times As much As the administration had projected. Increases in social Security benefits Are tied to the consumer Price Index and when the Carter administration s assumptions were factored into social Security formulas to determine Cost of living Benefit increases the administration projected that benefits would Rise by 5 percent in 1980. That year however benefits Rose by 14.3 percent. Administrations often sculpt their economic projections with political ends in mind. Though the White House was not alone in failing to foresee the High rates of inflation of the late 1970s, the Carter administration like Many administrations made projections that were More optimistic than those made by Independent economic forecasters. The National commission on social Security Reform the bipartisan panel that is to report to president Reagan this month has already taken Steps to base its work on lai Iviz i c pessimistic than those derived from Reagan s 1983 budget figures or those issued by Independent forecasters. Quot we made the most pessimistic Choice Quot said Robert j. Myers executive director of the commission Quot because if things turn out better the Trust fund will be All the Reagan and some senior administration officials have already begun conferring about social Security. While the president s advisers have agreed on an economic forecast for the next five years it is not Clear whether those figures would form the basis of Reagan s social Security proposals according to Edwin l. Dale jr., a spokesman for the office of management and budget. Years later. Shultz a Treasury Secretary and budget director under former president Nixon was described by a Well placed administration source As being Quot horrified Quot by the looming deficits. Because of his economic experience Shultz has worked closely with Reagan s economic advisers in shaping budget policy. The economic advisers fear the enormous amount of Money the government will have to borrow to cover its budget shortfall will drive up interest rates Lead to a new burst of High inflation and throw an already seriously ill Economy into a deeper slump according to the sources who asked to remain Anonymous. Feldstein has called the deficit problem the most serious threat to this country s economic Well being. The president has until Jan. 31 to Send Congress a budget plan for fiscal 1984, which begins next october. Some administration officials expect him to make key decisions about taxes and defense spending by the end of this week. On monday administration officials said the president tentatively approved $30 billion in non defense spending cuts for fiscal 1984 to hold Down the deficit. At the same time he wants to increase the Pentagon s budget by $40 billion from $207.5 billion this year to $247 billion. To swiped a 7 2 horsepower Mercury outboard motor valued at $350 was stolen sometime Between dec. 28 and yesterday from a storage shed behind Cecil Johnson s Hearn Street Home in Blytheville police said. A Buck knife and a Browning Model 2000 Shotgun with a Green Canvas Case were taken around 7 30 last night from Roy Bray s vehicle parked near North sixth and Fulton streets. The items Are valued at $594.fire damage minor minor damage resulted yesterday from a Blaze at 11 20 . At Jarvis John insurance Agency inc., 109 n. Walnut in Osceola. The fire started in the ceiling and kept firefighters at the site for about 40 Rote up Scot county unemployment for november was at a modern Day High of 16.9 percent. The figure was a full percent above october s figure and 1.8 percent above september. Unemployment was 16.5 percent in july and 16.2 percent in As i by the associated press generally fair and warmer thursday. Lows tonight Low to mid 30s. Highs thursday mid 50s to Neitro 60. Thursday a fair warmer. Friday a partly Cloudy mild. Saturday a partly could mild. Sunday a partly Cloudy mild. Sunset today 5 12 . Sunrise thursday a 7 17 . The follow info were by North East rps Arch and exic Sidn Onici in pc scr and Are on Dala Eoll Cleil daily at Hani. Last u hours precipitation a none High temperature 4 degrees Low temperature 29 degrees 8a.m. Temperature degrees 2-Ineh High soil temp 16 degrees 2-Inch Low soil temp. In degrees 4 Inch High soil temp 45degrees 4-Ineh Low soil temp if degrees

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