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Daily Tipton Tribune (Newspaper) - June 19, 1975, Tipton, Indiana TA/JMF **The ONLY Netvspatntr in the World Dedicated to Serving Tipton County, Indiana 9f VOLUME 79 NO. 144 THURSDAY, JUNE 19,1975 TIPTON, INDIANA 46072 iS CENTS. THS baseball diamond project moving A new baseball diamond and recreational practice field for Tipton High Sdiool moved a little closer to reality Wednesday evening as members of the Tipton Community School Corporation’s board of education gave Supt. Vincent Guenther approval to submit plans to the State Division of Schoolhouse Planning.    _ The board approved, in all, plans to start three capital improvement projects— the baseball diamond, revamping of ,Jt>asketball goals in the THS gymnasium and repaving of a driveway at Lincoln Elementary School. Supt. Guenther presented the board with rough estimates of the cost of the three projects and said that approval would be needed from the state division and the Indiana State Tax Commissioners before funds from the corporation’s cumulative building fund could be used for the projects. The most costly of the three projects will be the baseoall diamond and recreational practice fields to be located south of the THS football field. That project could approach costs in excess of $10,000 before completion. Supt. Guenther said initial estimates to install drainage tile in the 10.5 - acre field, were between $5,000 and $6,000. He said appromximately 4,800 feet of tile would have to be placed in the field first at 50-foot intervals at the south end and then at 20- foot intervals in the diamond’s infield. TTie tile would be tied into a trunk line which would feed into a stonn sewer in the area. Supt. Guenther said the cost of fencing would probably be as much as the drainage tile. He said the fencing was necessary to keep people and cars off the field while landscaping and grass seeding is underway. He predicted in future years the school system would have to install lighting and water at the playing field. Bids will be sought for the project, *along with the other two projects planned by the school board. Inside the Tipton High School Gymnasium plans are to rearrange side court baskets so that two equal- sized cross courts can be used at the same time. New basketball bank boards will be installed with motors to swing them up and out of the way for vapsity play. Cost estimates are about $2,000. Supt. Guenther said the change will enable girls and boy’s athletic events to take place simultaneously on each half of the gymnasium. He said both projects were designed to provide more recreational areas for girl’s athletics. The third capital improvement project slated for completion during the year is a complete reconstruction of the circular driveway at Lincoln Elementary School. The driveway is 517 feet long and will have to have an additional 105 feet of new curbing installed. The estirnated costs of that project are between $4,000 and $5,000. Competitive bids will also be sought on that project. Board members agreed Wednesday to defer any plans to pave additional parking facilities at Tipton High School. Other Actkm In other business Wednesday the school board did the following^: —flired three new teachers for Lincoln Elementary School. They are; Deborah Lynn Jackson to teach fourth grade; Kathleen Laughner to teach third grade; and Marilyn Line, elementary music teacher. —Approved requests for midterm graduation by three Tipton High School students who will be seniors in the fail. —Signed contracts for William Harmeyer to serve as swimming pool manager and Chad Wendorf as assistant manager during the summer. Also approved a request from Ted Ifinkle to use school buses to transport the Tipton Swim Club to Gas City and Hartford City for swimming competition. —Approved claims totaling $197,019.46. C. of C. to strength its committment Chamber of Commerce directors meeting Tuesday evening agreed that the chamber should take a more definite stand in behalf of business and industry looking at Hptcxi for location purposes. C. of C. Vice President John Woods told the group, “We have erred in not getting involved. Do we want to keep from making a few individuals unhappy or do we want to promote new industry in Tipton. Sure we are going to step on a few toes.’’ <SIí|íe uia0 it VÚUB ...» k'k'k'k'k'k'k'k'kifirkitjkir'k 200 YE ARS AGO The Continental Congress directs Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire to send all forces to join the combined American Army around Boston. Woods’ remarks came during an informal discussion about problems in getting new businesses located in Tipton County. It was brought to the attention of the chamber that a least one »firm trying to set up a business in Tipton has been unable to purchase suitable land locally, and that in the past other firms have located elsewhere because they did not receive the cooperation they expected. Woods said, “It would be a shame to let it happen again. Let’s invite these people to present their case to us. ’ ’ TTie chamber directors were concerned about problems iff finding suitable sites for location of new industry. Carlton Hull, chairman of the inxJustrial development committee, pointed out the problems involved in obtaining land for development. “We are told more times than not, that land is not for sale available at any price,’’ said Hull. He said that although it is a farmer’s privilege not to sell land for industrial use, it has cost the community industry that could hire hundreds of people. Hull said that the Norfolk and Western Railway Co. has done more to encourage industry to locate in Tipton and Tipton County than any other firm or individual. Hull too called for the chamber to strengthen its contmittement to potential industry. “It’s our own fault if we don’t stand up for the company that wants to locate here.’’ He also called on local realtors to cooperate with the chamber of commerce in coordinating relocation plans and to create a flow of information between possible land sellers and buyers. The only new industrial acquisition made for the community in recent years is now at a standkill according to Hull. Planned construction of a multimillion dollar grain elevator east of Tipton by Cargill Inc. of Minneapolis is being postponed because of problems getting construction equipment. Hull said the firm has been unable to get the equipment necessary to process 100 rail cars of grain. He said he was certain the firm would continue with its construction plans once the equipment was available. In other action Tuesday the directors discussed the city’s proposal to make Independence (Continued from Page 8) Ford begins early campaign efforts WASHINGTON _ (U P I) — Presidential candidates tend to shy from making the early bird attempt to catch the worm. Not Gerald R. Ford. He is off and running with the election still almost 18 months away. In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson waited until the Democratic presidential nominating convention was two days deep in session before announcing. But he was an elected President, with no real Democratic opposition and facing a race against Sen. Barry Gold-water, whom he considered a weak foe. In 1968 Richard Nixon gleefully waited while early bird George Romney ran himself out of the competition. Nixon needed the protection of a waiting game. In the traditions of American presidential politics the early bird has about as much real chance of success as a dark horse. TTie first rarely manages to get the/worm and the latter most oft^ never even enters the race. But Wednesday, with little fanfare. President Ford for all pn i ourposes threw his hat into the ring. It landed with all the drama of one of his stump speeches in which reporters—80 familiar with the all too familiar prose —will sort of hum along when he delivers such lines as “in my firm judgment any government big (Continued on Page 8) 51st pint given Windfall resident Johny Joe Matchett gave his 51st pint of blood Wednesday afternoon during the county's second quarterly blood draw of the year conducted at Tipton County Memorial. Hospital. Matchett is assisted by Judy Henline, a technician employed by the Central Indiana Community Blood Bank of Indianapolis. According to Dorothy Vinton, director of volunteer services at the local hospital, 163 pints of blood were collected during Wednesday’s drive. A total of 175 appointments were made and some residents walked in without appointments to clpnate their blood. Thirty- three^persons were rejected as donors because of health factors. The drive fell short of the quarterly goal of 200 pints, but officials felt the results of the drive were better than anticipated. The county’s annual quota for its blood bank is 800 pints a year from five per cent of the county’s population. Hillis announces aid for County's economy Fifth District (Congressman Elwood H. “Bud” Hillis has announced that Tipton (County along with Howard and Miami (Counties has been designated as a redevelopn^nt area, making the counties eligible for federal financial assistance in planning and executing projects to stimulate economic growth and create jobs. Tipton (County became eligible to participate in the program due to its high rate of unemployment, said Hillis. The program is administered by the Economic Development Administration within the Department of (Commerce. As a redevelopment area, Tipton County will be eligible for grants up to 50 per cent of the costs of public facilities needed to help existing industry to expand and attract new job sources. This assistance will come in the form of public works grants and loans, technical assistance, planning grants and loans and guarantees the congressman said. Efforts are already underway locally to implement the program through a committee working in cooperation with the Quabache Regional Development (Cómmission. ■ Tipton (County was designated as a “redevelopment county” by Indiana (Cov. (Xis Bowen so that it could become eligible for industrial grant and business loan benefits under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965. Before economic development projects in the county can be undertaken, however, an overall economic development program outlining the economic base of the county and giving proposals (Continued on Page 8) Social Security tax increase urged WASHINGTON (UPI) — Two former Social Security (rfficials are proposing that Social Security taxes be sharply increased within 18 months to keep the system on a sound financial footing. ^ But Robert M. Ball, commissioner of Social Security from 1962 to 1973. and Robert Myers, chief actuary for the system for many years, disagree over what type of increase is called for. Ball wants one which would increase the maximum tax by about 50 per cent, but which would be paid only by middle and high income wage earners, those earning over $16,500 in 1977. Myers wants a proportiwiate-ly smaller increase, but one which would affect every wage earner, including the poor. In 'testimony Wednesday to the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, the two experts decried the (Continued on Page 8) St. Bernard shot Dog's death leads to public criticism Man's best friend? This St. Bernard dog which waS spared from being put to sleep in Tipton after it was given a new home was found lying dead in a shallow grave in the Windfall Town Dump after apparently shot as a stray dog. The dog’s death sparked new talk about the need for a county- wide dogcatcher and animal pound. Health officials were also critical of the manner in which the body was disposed.    ^ ' By RANDY BYAL Managing editor Baby was a gentle, but unwanted, St. Bernard with a wonderlust until found by Tipton Assistant Animal Warden Ron Byrd last week. The young warden spared Baby’s life and set out to find her a home where she would be loved and wanted. But Baby’s new lease on life was short lived. She met an untimely death earlier this week at the end of a policenxan’s revolver in Windfall. Later found in an uncovéc^ grave at the town dump, khe affectionate St. Bernard was the apparent victim of a town policy to destroy dogs running loose. The shooting of Baby has since spurred a wave of criticism from several sources and has prompted new discussions about the need for a better way to take ^ care of the oou ity's stray dogs. Baby found a new home last week with Tribune reporter Mrs. Jennifer Brown who lives in Windfall. She agreed to give the dog a home after Byrd appealed for someone to take the animal. A chain and collar were purchased for the large pet and Baby began a routine of walking at the end of a leash several times a day. It was when family members went to walk the dog Tuesday that it was discovered that Baby had broken loose or had been released from her quarters. Baby was next seen by the Brown family lying uncovered in a shallow trench at the old Windfall Town Dump. The lifeless body lay in a pool of blood and water, dead of a head wound. Mrs. Brown called the shooting a “cruel and inhuman act.” She said the dog was harmless and could have been returned to her before being shot. She said the animal was a “valuable animal” and not a stray. She said she issued a complaint Town Board President Ed Browning. Windfall Town Marshal Ray Sherrill confirmed that he shot a stray St. Bernard dog at about 11:30 p.m. Monday after he said it was found wandering in the north part of town. The marshal said the dog was wearing a collar, but had no identification tag. “I didn’t know whose dog it was and had no place to keep it. I had to shoot it,” said Sherrill. The marshal said if he could have found the owner of the dog he would have issued a ticket for having a stray dog. it was Jenny Brown’s dog, 1 didn’t know it.” said Sherrill. The marshal said he was acting aooording to town board policy, am nd a dogcatdiaiLStf^.t]^ town board has said I am not to he a dogcatcher. I got chewed out once before for keeping dogs in the community building.” said Sherrill.' Mrs. Brown said an anonymous caller told her that the dog had been shot and taken to the town dump. She said she found the dog still wearing the collar she had purchased less than a week earlier. I Act criticized The shooting sparked public criticism from the animal warden and the county health department in addition to the dog owner. Others called for hiring of a county- wide dogcatcher. Byrd, who said the dog was a fine gentle animal, was outraged by the shooting. “The dog that was killed wouldn’t hurt anybody. My little girl who is two years old used to play with it. ” Byrd said he never shoots stray dogs in Tipton and makes every effort to find a home for the stray animal. Sick and wounded animals are put to sleep, but not by shooting, he said. ‘Tt is a shame to try to save dogs here and have them go to another town only to be shot,” said Byrd. He explained that a state law requires that stray dogs be detained for 72 hours before being dtstrpy^ so that owners will have a chance to claim their animals. Byrd said the St Bernard was so friendly it could easily be coaxed into an automobile. Destruction of the dog prompted Byrd and Tipton Mayor Eldon L. CsLge to call for a county- wide dogcatcher. Mayor C^age said he would ask the county commissioners to consider using a CETA mannower employe to serve as county animal warden. Dogs have been a problem in several areas in the county because there is no means to catch stray dogs. Baby’s death also drew the attention of County Sanitarian John Hayes, who was upset with the manner in which the animal was disposed of. He said the animal was put in a shallow grave in the old Windfall dump and was not properly covered. An inspection by Hayes revealed that a thin cover of dirt was eventually placed over the dog’s body, but the rear quarters were still exposed to flies and vermin. Hayes said that state law requires that dead animal carcasses be placed in plastic bags and buried at least four feet in the ground. * The santiarian said that people in the Windfall community had been guilty previously of improperly cbsposing of animal carcasses and that the marshal's office had been told to take care of the dead animals in the manner prescribed by law. Hayes said he would notify the town marshal and the town board to see that continuation of such practices be discouraged by town officials. Hayes said letters were mailed to the town last August in a previous incident Other town marshals in the county have also been advised by the health office of the manner in which to dispose of animal carcasses. Hayes said flies could spread disease because of the rotting carcass. WEATHER Hot and humid today, tonight and Friday, tllgbt chance of late afternoon or evening showers or thunderstorms. Highs today and Friday around 96. Lows tonight around 70. Precipitation probability percentage 20 today and tonight. Indiana extended outlook for Saturday through Monday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid each day. Highs low and mid 90s. Lows low and ndd 70s. ♦

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