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Greensburg Daily News (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Greensburg, Indiana Our prayer lord Grant me the vigor to pursue your work with exhilaration and love. Amen. Greensburg daily news 89th year a no. 34 Southeastern Indiana s Foremost newspaper copyright j of 13 Gro Ornburg doily nows wednesday february 9, 1983 Greensburg ind. Please Call us. With a Story or picture idea 663-3111 8 . To 4p.m. A to subscribe or for Home delivery assistance 663-3111 25 cent county Farmers turn out to hear of Federal Pik program by . Murphy the question that Farmers of this nation Are now facing is what to do with an estimated 260 million tons of Grain after two record harvests in the lat two years the Grain bins and warehouses of this country Are full generating a Grain glut across the world. The balance Between Supply and demand has teetered to record Levels. Farmers through advanced technology favourable weather and a lot of hard work have produced themselves out of a Market. That problem and a possible solution were the topics at North Decatur High school tuesday As Over 250 Agri businessmen met to learn about and discuss the governments Pik payment in kind program. The Pik program is a land diversion project designed to bring supplies More in line with demand. The government offers Farmers an amount of commodity for reducing acreage. Five crops qualify for Pik wheat com sorghum Cotton and Rice. The anticipated effect of the program is to reduce the amount of Grain now being produced. Although production will be reduced it is believed the surplus commodities now in storage will be ample to meet both foreign and Domestic needs. Fred Glover head of the Decatur county agricultural stabilization and conservation service last conducted tuesdays meeting explaining the program to the capacity crowd and going Over examples of hypothetical farms enrolled in the program. Also speaking at the gathering was Gilbert Ricke state ass officer. Although the specifics pertaining to percentages and bids of the program can become complicated simply put this is How the program works locally Bra meet tonight a request for a special exception is the Only item on the Agenda of tonight a meeting of the Decatur county Board of zoning appeals when it meets in regular session at the county Board of health building on North Lincoln Street. Carl Snedeker who resides on Indiana 46 East in Sal Creek township has asked the Board to approve a special exception so that he can lease a portion of his lot for Mobile Home dwellings. Tonight a monthly meeting will begin at 7 30 closings employees of Decatur county will be Given the Day off Friday february ii in Observance of president Abraham Lincoln a birthday. All county offices including offices in the Decatur county courthouse will be closed Friday and will reopen at their Normal times monday february 14. A City of Greensburg offices including those in Greensburg City Hall will operate As Normal Friday As will the Greensburg Post office. Mail de very and Box service will take place As usual. The Post office however will close in Celebration of Washington a birthday monday february 21, with no mail delivery scheduled for that Calls Back Columbus ind. Up about 200 production employees of the Cummins engine co. Will return to work in Early March a company spokesman said today. The company which has Laid off about 2,400 employees believes a modest increase in sales during the past two weeks May be in anticipation of higher Federal excise taxes on heavy duty trucks that take effect april i the spokesman trial to jury Batavia Ohio up a the trial of Richard Weston charged with four counts of aggravated murder goes to the jury today. Weston 43, of Brookville ind., is accused of the july 6, 1981 shooting deaths of Billy Stevenson of nearby Bethel and three members of his family a his wife 5-year-old son and brother in Law. Clermont county common pleas court judge John Watson told jurors to report to court today with personal effects and two changes of clothing in Case it takes several Days to reach a verdict. The jury will be sequestered during Indiana Cloudy tonight and thursday. Lows tonight in the upper 20s to mid 30s. Highs thursday in the mid 30s North to the mid 40s to pages Abby. Classifieds.8,9 comics .8 lifestyles.8 obituaries.2 opinions.4 sports.67 television.2 As mayor Smith to seek a fourth term by . Murphy Greensburg mayor Shel Smith announced this morning his intentions to seek a second consecutive term at City Hall in the upcoming municipal elections. Smith a former Greensburg realtor said he will seek the Republican party nomination in the May primary. In seeking another term As mayor Smith stated his primary objective is to finish what he considers a the most challenging task he Ever undertook in restoring efficiency and Confidence in Greensburg City if elected Smith will begin his fourth term As mayor of this City. He was first appointed to the Post to fill a vacancy left by Earl Woodard who resigned in 1951. Smith ran and was elected that year and was re elected in 1955. He was unable to finish his second term As mayor due to being hospitalized following a scandal involving the disappearance of City court funds. However Smith overcame the controversy and Defeated incumbent mayor Jim Ryle 20 years later in the 1979 elections. At a press conference held at City Hall this morning Smith outlined several policies and procedures initiated during his administration that have saved the City Money. He gave As an example the fact that the City now requires bids for All products of More than nominal Cost. This has resulted in a savings of approximately $85,000, he stated. The mayor added that All purchases Are made locally whenever possible. Other new policies of his administration Smith mentioned include a Purchase of a larger garbage truck that has resulted in substantial savings to the City because it Only makes a single trip to the Landfill where seven were formerly Shel Smith required. A the implementation of performance record checks and the elimination of what was deemed excessive overtime wages have further reduced operating costs. A an a open door policy and the relocation of the mayors office to the ground floor of City Hall that has brought a favourable Public response. A i have kept my pledge to be a full time City official a he stated. Smith said that although a depressed Economy and reduced Federal funds have restricted planned improvements and development he stated he feels his administration has accomplished some worthwhile projects during his first three please see Smith Page 2 county Council oks additional funding additional appropriations totalling nearly $46,000 were approved by members of the Decatur county Council who met tuesday morning at the courthouse. The largest appropriation receiving Council approval deals with the planned reassessment scheduled to begin Here in the mid-1980�?Ts. The Council approved a $30,000 appropriation from the county a reassessment cumulative fund to be used in a separate fund which will provide for computerizing reassessment information on the county a new computer system. Also receiving Council approval tuesday was a $15,000 Transfer of funds from the county general fund into the election clerical fund. Also taken from the general fund was an additional $180 necessary to pay another member of the county sheriffs department Merit Board. The additional member is now required by Law it was explained tuesday. In other action tuesday morning the Council a approved an additional appropriation of $269 from the county commissioners budget to be used for the Region to mental health group membership and a approved a Transfer of funds of $142 from the commissioners budget for the 1983 pay raise afforded the courthouse Matron. A Farmer enters into a contract designating a certain number of his acres that Are to be enrolled in the Pik program. Although it can go higher through the whole base bid process Agri businessmen enrolling in Pik Are guaranteed approval of Between to and 30 percent participation. The amount of land if approved by the government would be ineligible for planting of the chosen commodity. In payment for the unused land the government would give to the Farmer an amount of Grain equal to the anticipated Harvest that would have been obtained if the Pik land were planted. Those enrolling in Pik must already be participating in the 20 percent reduced acreage program. There Are numerous ways the Farmer can be reimbursed with Grain. They can take it from their own stored Grain part of the surplus ship it from an approved government warehouse or sell it at the warehouse among other options. Ricke told the Farmers the goal of the program is to enrol 23 million acres of Farmland nationwide in Pik. Glover said the benefits of the program include an assured Harvest Fields could build up nitrogen Levels while not in use storage problems would be eased and expenses would be Cut due to the decreased number of acres that would be Farmed. Glover told the daily news this morning that out of an approximate 1,000 farm operators in the county 35 percent Are enrolled in the 20 percent reduced acreage program. He says he has no Way of knowing How Many operators will enrol in Pik by the March la deadline but added that the area Farmers seem to be receiving the program favourably. Pik officers in this county Are Edwin Jackson Henry Ernstes and Arthur Ortman. High school diploma May be tougher to obtain by Allen Essex students at Greensburg Junior High can probably expect to face stiffer graduation requirements when they Are in High school than did older Brothers and Sisters if a discussion held by the City school Board tuesday evening is any indication. What a in the works now looks like a change from 32 to 38 credits with additional courses in subjects such As English mathematics and other basics to be required. While most members of the Board were for stiffening the graduation requirements Leo Wolter expressed the possibility that some students would be less Likely to receive a High Sci diploma. Col the decision however lies not with local school boards but with the state department of Public instruction at least so far As minimum requirements Are concerned. Currently the state minimum is 32 credits. That is the Standard for graduation from Greensburg High school. The state is proposing to raise the requirement to 38 credits by adding two More semesters of required courses in English math and science. The idea of adding required courses in social studies and computer science has been dropped by the Indiana department of Public instructions general commission explained Greensburg superintendent of schools Robert Frensemeier. Four Public hearings have been held around the state to gauge the opinion of educators and the general Public on the stepped up requirements. Several groups attended the meeting and made presentations it was stated. The renovation of kitchens at the four elementary schools in Greensburg was discussed. An approximate Cost of $250,000 has been estimated by the architects for the project Lom corp. Of Indianapolis. Some additional equipment for the High school Kitchen is included in the project. On March i the school Board will meet with architects and visit the four kitchens to be renovated to familiarize themselves with the planned work. The decision a approve the project will be taken up at the regular school Board meeting March 8. Adoption of the 1983-84 school Calendar was approved. The Calendar was agreed upon by teachers prior to presentation to the Board. School will begin on tuesday aug. 24 for teachers and wednesday aug. 24 for students. Christmas vacation will begin dec. 19 and end Jan. 3, 1984. The fall semester will end Jan. 20 and the Spring semester will begin Jan. 23. Spring break will be mar. 19-23. Frensemeier explained to Board members present vice president Leon Johnson was presiding in the absence of president Tom Simmermeyer who is recovering from surgery that the school corporation belongs to the southwestern Ohio education television association sorta and that videotapes May be rented at Low Cost. The association also broadcasts programs Over a uhf station the superintendent explained to the daily news. Although Ohio schools naturally pay less than the Greensburg schools the service is still a bargain he said. Other routine matters handled during the meeting included discussion of school bus contracts ged diploma signings use of school facilities As polling places and painting of cartoon characters and other decorations at Billings school. A Ita strike losing support grocers see Little effect from strike by Allen Essex depending upon who you talk to the Independent truck Drivers strike is either having Little or no effect on Price and availability of groceries and produce Here or it May soon be having a big Impact. Understandably local grocers done to want to cause a panic. Rumours have created actual shortages in past years when the Public got the notion that certain products would be unavailable. For instance it was rumoured not Many years ago that there would soon be a National Scarcity of bathroom tissue. People began to Hoard that commodity thus a shortage resulted. Although canned boxed and other easily stored items of groceries probably will not become scarce fruits and vegetables and other perishable items May become harder to find. A spokesperson for the Kroger store in Batesville said that there Hasni to been much of a problem yet. Although there Haven to been any noticeable shortages there Are some problems with delivery times she said. A in general not really there Are some trucks that Are late. Produce is the big thing that a supposed to be although a few television reports have indicated that some Drivers Are being paid bonuses for operating during the strike the Kroger management person who spoke with the daily news said that no Kroger prices have been changed due to the strike. Our prices Are the same As we started out with at the beginning of the strike. She said that most of the trucks make deliveries to the Batesville Kroger store Are company owned but wholesale deliveries to the Cincinnati warehouse might be affected. Bob Schoettmer manager of the Marsh supermarket on North Lincoln Street said that his company has its own Fleet of trucks and warehouses and the strike Hasni to had much effect. All commodities including produce come to Greensburg in a Marsh truck rather than by Independent operators so no effect has yet been detected in deliveries he explained. Joe Knueven manager of Greensburg Iga said that the Only change so far in delivery patterns to his store has been that All deliveries Are made during the Day. A the Only thing they be done is they be pulled the trucks off at night and deliver in the Day now. We re used to having night deliveries. Other than that it has t affected us at All. We get produce from a couple places and so far its service been real Good but then you never know when we re going to feel the effects of it. You just have to play it by ear from Day to Knueven said that one source of produce for his store is a private Carrier and the other is via the Iga company owned trucks from Iga warehouses. There has been no effect in Price or availability of any grocery items or produce yet he said. A a everything a in Good shape a he said. One regional wholesaler said that some grocery suppliers Are being greatly affected by the truck strike. A there Are grocery products that have been stopped or had a Price change or both. Its had an effect in the Region on produce and fresh merchandise. Its had a big effect. Its stopped a stopped through not being Able to be hauled and through intimidation a he explained. Some prices have doubled since the beginning of the strike the company spokesperson added. A a it a going to affect the stuff that a please see effect Page 2 by United press International with support for their strike waning in some states leaders of the Independent truckers association met with congressional allies Early today trying to build a coalition to represent their interests and end the strike within a a week or reports of violence against no striking truckers also declined in the strike which began its 10th Day today and Drivers planned protest convoys in Massachusetts and Minnesota. North Carolina gov. James b. Hunt or. Appealed to Independent Drivers to go Back to work saying interruptions in Normal truck traffic a Cost the people of our state jobs and Oregon gov. Vie Atiyeh told truckers he would Contact the states congressional delegation on their behalf and gov. Joseph e. Brennan of Maine said he would help them air their views but did not support them. New transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole denied the strike had widely disrupted Commerce and said her representatives would meet with a fall responsible representatives of the trucking Industry to discuss the issues. Many states reported tuesday truck traffic had increased from last week. A the truckers just can to afford to stay out for a Long period and there Are a lot of them going Back a said Ita representative Charles Brown of new Jersey. A but we feel we have made our Ita president Mike Parkhurst said he has been meeting with a a dozens of congressmen or their aides trying to find a voice for truckers problems a especially the 5-cent fuel tax and higher Road use fees. Convoy Independent truckers formed a Convoy coming Down the Massachusetts Turnpike into Boston tuesday to dramatize their opposition to increased gasoline taxes and Road use fees. Massachusetts state police said about 50 trucks pulled out from Westboro at the Start of the Convoy. Up telephoto

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