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Tribune (Newspaper) - September 1, 1976, Tipton, Indiana iFairview Cemetery custodian defends actions EDITOR’S NOTE: Louis Meyer, custodian of Fairview Cemetery, today responded to accusations by the Fair-view Cemetery Board that he failed to follow instructions and that his recordkeeping was not in order. Meyer’s performance was the subject of a meeting of the Cemetery Board and Tipton City Council on Aug. 9 in which possible termination of Meyer was’ mentioned. Meyer was not present for the meeting.    ^ Meyer submitteíT the following statement to the press which is printed in its entirety. Custodian’s Statement This letter is in response to the Aug. 10, 1976 Tribune article concerning conditions at Fairview Cemetery and the recent meeting of the Fairview Cemetery Board. I will answer each allegation of the article separately. Firstly, I have not ignored any of the Board’s resolutions except one passed early last spring. That resolution dictates that I construct a large gravel container on the cemetery grounds, and the gravel in theucontainer be used to fill graves instead of soil. I have ignored this resolution for the following reasons; .1 am paid a fee, according to the Indiana State Statutes under which I work, to maintain the grounds of Fairview Cemetery. I am not paid, nor required to perform, construction of any kind. All past construction erected at the cemetery has always been privately contracted. This has been the policy of the cemetery for decades. The Board also failed to authorize any additional money for the additional labor required if the resolutions were enacted. Furthermore, the Board did not consider all practical aspects when this Resolution was passed. If a grave is filled with gravel and covered with sod before any monument foundation is made, the gravel will flow into the hole for the foundation as it is being dug and cause« the sod over the gravé to collapse. The Board made no provision for such a situation of events, although it is very common for a burial to be done before a foundation is poured. diiis is the only instance in which I have ever ignored Board action, and their action in this instance is, at best, very questionable because it totally lacks any provisions for financing. I have also received various requests from Board members as individuals. In some cases, these requests have even conflicted with each other. I have not acted on these requests because they have not been passed by the Board as a v;hole. During my tenure at Fairview Cemetery, I have personally taken the time and expense to learn the Indiana laws concerning required burial and cemetery procedures and have used these as standards for my work. Before my term as Superintendent of the cemetery, my predecessor was Paul Guilkey, who obviously was either Louisville quiet LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The second year of court- ordered school busing began here today with no apparent trouble. Hours earlier, police had used tear gas to break up a protest by more than 1,000 busing opponents on the eve of the school openings. Newsmen at two schools that were the scene of demonstrations a year ago reported buses arrived this morning without incident. The countywide busing program involves about 130 schools, including elementary, middle and high schools. Officials said attendance figures would not be available until later in the dav A crowd of about 300 to 500 busing foes Tuesday night quickly turned into an unruly mob of over 1,000 protestors, pblicesaid. V^hen the demonstrators began throwing objects at police and sitting in the middle*bf the highway, police fired “less than 10” tear gas cannisters into the crowd. Six persons were arrested, including one demonstrator who allegedly set fire to a dumpster garbage container near the highway. No injuries were reported. The march and demonstration occurred on Presión Highway near Southern High School in southern Jefferson County. Southern High School was the scene of one of the largest and most violent antibus^^ demonstrations last year. Tuesday night’s fracas began as a peaceful march from a shopping center about a mile south to the high school, police said. The busing opponents then returned to the shopping center area where they were joined by several hundred more demonstrators. With highway traffic blocked and riot-equipped police on all sides, the demonstrators began hurling rocks, bottles and bricks at police and set fire lo at least five garbage containers and one empty automobile, police said. A bank building window was shattered by a thrown object. Repeated warnings from police went unheeded. Police told the demonstrators to disperse within five minutes or they would begin Rring tear gas. ‘‘We gave them a warning and a countdown each minute,” said Jefferson County Police Chief Russell McDaniel. ‘‘They didn’t respond so we fired several things of tear gas at them.” McDaniel estimated the crowd at that point at about 1,150.    , ‘‘You can only let it go on for so long,” said Carl Yates, spokesman for the Louisville City Police. ‘‘We gave them ample warning.” Bob Yates, spokesman for the Jefferson County Police, said 160 uniformed county police officers confronted the demonstrators. About 60 city police (Continued on Page 12) Man sentenced to farm A Tipton man was sentenced to one year on the Indiana State Farm Tuesday afternoon in Tipton Circuit Court for his part in the March mugging of an elderly Tipton man. Richard Perrin, 21, 419 Poplar St., Tipton, was given the sentence by Tipton Circuit Judge Frederick K. Surber who accepted Perrin’s guilty plea lo the charge of theft. Perrin will receive credit for the time he has already served in Tipton County Jail against the one year sentence. Perrin, who has also been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, entered not guilty pleas to both charges on Monday, but on Tuesday he reversed his plea to the theft charge. He still must face trial in connection with the conspiracy charge. Perrin and another Tipton man, Steve Stewart, 21, Rt. 2, have admitted robbing Charles Beal, 84, 321 S. Main St., Tipton, of $24 at 7:30 on March 16 as Beal was walking home from a Rotary Club meeting. Beal reportedly put up a fight but gave in when the assailant, believed lo be Stewart, reportedly asked ‘‘You want to dieold man?” Perrin has admitted driving the car away from the scene but said he did not take part in the actual act of robbery. For his part in the mugging be received $4. Stewart faces charges of robbery in Tipton Circuit Court, but has not yet been brought to trial. The pair are also charged with the robbery of an Atlanta liquor store that occurred less than an hour after the Beal mugging in Tipton. Charges for this offense have been filed in Hamilton County, but no trial date has yet been set. I Old Settlers Schedule I I I 7:00 p.m. Reunion 7:30 p.m. -8:00p.m.- Thursday Sept. 2 Official opening of Old Settlers i 7:0( p.m. Flag dedication ceremony Teen Queen Pageant Friday, Sept. 3 — Free entertainment: Floyd and Jimmy Ha .s, father and son comedy I 8:00 p . — The Singing Sheriff, John W. Gunter % of Madjw n County I 9:00 p.m.— The Country Rhythm Boys. '    Saturday,    Sept. 4    , Skits by local groups. Contests with audience participation Tricycle and big wheel races - Bicycle Races, including all-county 1:3cp.m.— 3:0i/p.m.— 4:00p.m. — 5:00 p.m. -feature race. 6:00 p.m. Northwestern High School band I I performance ^ 7:00p.m. — OhioCrusaders    g %    8:00p.m.    —BobKingmagicact g 9:00p.m. —Kristi WriehtPancers     % ignorant of these laws or was aware of them and chose lo ignore them. During the course of my work over the past three years, I have many times found Mr. (io.ilkey’s work to be below legal standards. Some graves he has completed have the vaults placed less than 12 inches below the surface of the ground. The concept of a ‘-‘shallow grave,” made notorious by Western movies as a final insulting gesture lo dead outlaws, is a shameful reality in Fairview Cemetery as a result of Paul Guilkey’s work. It is more than just aesthetically disgusting — it is illegal and unfair to those who paid good money for the proper burial of their loved ones. The evidence of this will always remain. Indiana law requires a minimum depth of 24 inches at the shallowest point of the outer receptacle. I have yet to find a burial by Guilkey that meets proper requirements. The law further states, ‘‘Any p>ersonv firm or corporation, their agents, employees or servants, who shall violate (these) provisions... shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in the sum not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or shall be imprisoned not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both, at the discretion of the couryj’ Financial Records I would also like to publically state that my complete financial records are open to the Board, the City of Tipton, or any individual who wishes l(» see them at anytime. I was last present at a Cemetery Board meeting on April 30,1976wilh Mr. David Quigley, attorney- at- law, present at my request. Also present at the meeting were Mr. Kendall, Mr. Zeek, Mr. Allen. Mr. McNeal, Mr. Morris. Mr. Nichols, Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Stevens and his son. During the meeting, problems that had arisen at the cemetery and the management of it were discussed. I received notice that minor complaints had been made at various limes to the Cemetery Board and we discussed those complaints and possible remedies for them. The general consensus seemed to be that written procedures were necessary for me to abide by in the performance of my job. These procedures were to be given lo me by the Board as quickly as possible and my performance was to be judged on my compliance with those written standards. I was informed that my job was not in danger, but that communication cl^nnels needed lo be opened between the Board and myself. I agreed. Generally speaking, Mr. Quigley and I left the meeting feeling that quite a bit had been accomplished. In retrospect, our feelings were not merited. The next communication I had with the Board or through a member was when I read the Tipton Tribune on Aug. 10. I have never received :iTiy written procedures governing the performance of my employment as the Board promised. I want this explained lo the same audience which read the comments and statements of the Cemetery Board made public through the newspaper. Needless lo say. I am bewildered and disappointed by their statements. During my tenure of employment, I have sought lo do a good job and have done so without much guidance from my employers, the Cemetery Board. I think it is significant to note that communication is a two- way street. I fully realize that the Board has the full authority and power to terminate my employment if they so-choose. But I think that this decision should rest upon performance, not personalities - and empty promises. I have received many compliments about the Cemetery and I have received very few complaints. I have always tried lo remedy these few complaints. AlsOj the contract which I have presented to the Board was suggested by me at the last meeting I attended on April 30,1976. This idea was encouraged by Mayor Kendall and drawn up using a previous contract as a model. I found this contract was unacceptable when I read it in the Tribune of Aug. 10.1976. The reasons it is unacceptable have not been explained to me. I would also like lo publicly ask why I was not informed of the meeting of the Fairview Cemetery Board that was the subject of the newspaper article. I was unaware the meeting was held until I read the headlines in the Aug. 10 Tribune. 1 Obviously had business there and would have enjoyed being there to hear all allegations in person. This is only fair, of course. Yet I was not notified. Who is responsible for this outrage? Since the newspaper article Appeared, Clerk- Treasurer John McT^al has calle.d me and personally apologized for the article as it appeared in the paper. He also said that statements made bj\bim at the meeting were not attributable lo me personally, as the newspaper implied. I would like to publicly thank him for his courtesy in this matter. In conclusion, I would like lo ask some further questions, the answers to which are of interest lo all concerned citizens. Is it possible for an open opponent, so biased against myself, lo serve constructively and intelligently on the Cemetery Board? Is it desirable for a person who is either ignorant of or defiant of Indiana Cemetery Statutes to be a member of the Cemetery Board? Have these entire proceedings been a proper manner by which lo resolve any problem by mature people? I am requesting that the editor of the Tribune place this ‘‘letter to the editor” in the same front page location as the previous^rlicle. Louis W. Meyer Fairview Cemetery Custodian Serving Tipton County^ Indiana Tribune \OIA ME 80 NO. 207 W E O N ESI) A Y , S EI» T E M B E R 1, 1976 T1P TO N . IM) IA \ A. 46072 15 CENTS PER COPY Probe of Hartke is asketd By DANIEL WEST Our Washington Bureau WASHINGTON— A leading conservative lobbying group has formally requested the Senate ethics committee to launch an investigation into the campaign expenditures, personal finances and congressional conduct of Indiana Sen. Vance Hartke. The call for congressional investigation was made Aug. 26 in a letter to members of the ethics panel by James Roberts, executive director of the American Conservative Union (ACU). Roberts listed seven instances of political contributions for which, he says, Hartke should be thoroughly investigated under provisions of the Corrupt Practices Act and the 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act. Additionally Roberts asked members of the ethics unit to probe the Hoosier Democrat’s travels abroad at taxpayers’expense. The letter was hand delivered last Tho.^sday afternoon lo the chairman of the committee. Sen. Howard Cannon, D-Nev. Copies were also delivered to the other five members of the select committee. It marks the first time ACU has singled out one national lawmaker for criticism, and the first time ACU has called on Congress to investigate the political behavior of one of its members. However, Common Cause, a liberal Fish kill traceiJ congressional watch- dog group, has in the past demanded such probes. One resulted in a House ethics committee investigation of Rep. Rober Sikes. D-Fla. Common Causes’ charges were borne out and Sikes was later censured by the House. ‘‘I have personally crnlacied óen. Hartke about these matters,” wrote Roberts, ‘‘bul he has seen fit to ignore my correspondence. I therefore request your committee to investigate the senator’s conduct as regards possible conflict of interest in his official campaign reports and improprietion in this official government travels.” Neither Hartke nor chairman Cannon would comment on the charges contained in Robert’s letter. Nor would Cannon say whether he plans to follow through with an investigation. Regarding possible conflict- of- interest situations surrounding Hartke’s political finances, ACU leveled the following charges: —that Harlke, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, sponsored legislation granting a special tax refund lo American Motors after receiving a $2,000 campaign contribution from the corporation; —that Harlkj received a $5,000 contribution from the Maritime Engineers and- the Seafarers International Union five days before voting in support of a bill to insure that shipment of 30 per cent of all imported oil would be made in U.S. ships; —that Hartke received a $3,500 contribution from the Ashland Oil Company, and shortly before voted for federal legislation to lift price controls on natural gas, a prime legislative objective of Ashland. ACU also mentioned other, better known instances where money that has (Continued on Page 12) Investigators f^m the Indiana Department of Conservation have completed their probe of a fishkill that left hundreds of dead fish floating early Monday morning. Officer Jerry Markin, who is assigned lo Tipton County, said the deaths have been linked to an effluent discharged from the Stokley- VanCamp tomato processing plant on Tipton’s north side. The conservation officer said Stokely officials admitted causing the discharge when a valve apparently was left open by mistake. The valve was part of an expensive system installed to prevent discharge of effluent into the streams. Officer Markin said the fishkill was not the first attributed to .],(> canning factory in recent years. The effluent, which contail’i'd tor:.ato acid and cleaning agents, was described as ‘‘highly toxic lo fish” by the conservation officer Officer Markir said it was unlikely that a similar siiuation would ever occur, except by a !mman error. The officer saió the effluent, because of its high acidity ‘'kills fish left and right” and even killed some vegetation in the creeks. Three conservation officers completed.^ count of the dead fish late Mondaty, reporting 1,176 fish of varying species killed. The count also included a box of dead fish taken to Tipton City Hall by young fishermen who spotted the effects of the pollutant. Officer Markin sajd he and other officers of the Department of Natural Resources were concerned about the fishkill. ‘‘Quite a few people want^lo know what is being done about the situation. The people have lost quite a few fish. and not just little fingerlings either,” said Markin. The officer said once tests by the Indiana State Board of Health are returned confirming the cause of the fish deaths, efforts would be made to get the fish replaced. ‘‘Something should be done to get the cr^ek restocked with fish for the people of the area,” said Markin. He estimated the cost of obtaining more fish for the creek could run as high as$i.O(>o. GOP candidate named Tipton County Republicans threw a surprise into the upcoming fall election by announcing that a 69- year- old Tipton man, long established in the funeral home business, would be their candidate for coroner in the fall. Robert Nichols. 69, 216 W. Jefferson St., Tipton, has never before been elected lo political office, but has served as deputy coroner during the last two terms of the current coroner, his son Philip. The senior Nichols is president of the Young- Nichols Funeral Home and has lived and worked in Tipton all of his life. He is also the president of the Tipton Building and Loan Association In the'^May primary, no Republicans sought the office, which left the nomination open to party officials. Parly officials waited until the last possible day to comply with today’s noon deadline for selection of a candidate. Nichols will face Chester Mitchell, 76, 223 S. Main St., Tipton, the Democratic candidate for coroner, in the fall. The Republican parly also announced that they have secured the former Tipton Tribune Building on East Jefferson Street for their fall campaign headquarters. The party is also sponsoring a workshop in the Windfall Community Building on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. At that lime all candidates, precinct committeemen, polling people and registration officers of the parly will work on preparations for the fall campaign. The workshop is sponsored in conjunction with the Republican Stale Committee. Local Republican chairman Kenneth Zaloudek urges all interested Republicans lo attend. Goltdsmith girls in Queen contest ^ Eleven Goldsmith area girls are signed up to compete in the Goldsmith Old Settler Teen Queen Pageant which will highlight the opening night of the 92-year-old reunion Thursday evening. The queen contest will take place on a stage in Magnet! Grove, where all of the activities of the three- day reunion are scheduled. The contest will get underway at 8 p.m. following the official opening of the Old Settlers Reunion at 7 p.m. and a flag raising ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The 1975 queen, Belinda Woods, will crown the winner at the conclusion of the pageant. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Johnson, Rl. 3, Tipton. The contest is open to all teenage girts who live within a three- mile radius df Goldsmith. Contestants in the pageant include: Tonia Nichols, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Nichols, Goldsmith. She is a sophomore at Tipton High School. Sherry Hart, 15, Rt. 3, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore. She is an eighth grader at Sharpsville- Prairie School. Julie Gabriel. 15. Rt. 3, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gabriel. She is a sophomore at Tri-Central High Sch(K>l. Pamela Eades, 16, Rt. 3, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ross. She is a junior at Tri- Central High School. Shiela Oberleas, 17, Goldsmith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Oberleas. She is a senior at Tipton High School. Staci Silence, 16, Rt. 3, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Silence. She a t tends Tipton High School. Debra Thomas, 18, Rt. 1, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl 'Thomas. She is a freshman at I.U.- Kokomo. Diane Thomas, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl 'Thomas, Rt. 1, Tipton. She'is a junior at Tipton High School Regina Vandevender, 15, Goldsmith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Vandevender. She is a sophomore at Tipton .High School. Barbara Wertz, 18, Rt. 3, Tipton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wertz. She is a graduate of Tipton High School and is employed at Citizens National Bank. Tina Hogan, 16. Tetersburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cook. She is a junior at Tipton High School. Free Entertainment ' •Two nights of free entertainment have v been provided for visitors to the reunion. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evening and 6 p.m. Saturday evening. A series of contests will highlight the Saturday afternoon program, including the feature event, a 20- lap bicycle race for residents from all areas of the county. I Ilia Other races include a ‘‘Big Wheel” race for youngsters between the ages of three and six years old. Entries can be telephoned lo 963- 2701. The Old Settlers Reunion is organized each year by the Old Settlers Association which is 92 years old this year. Present officers of the association are: Fred Miller, president; Clifford ?Bauer, vice president; Waneta Foutch, secretary- treasurer; and Dan Stowers, Garry Shook and Jerry Dell, trustees. Many of the prizes and money for expenses of the reunion have been ^ donated by area businesses. The association expressed thanks today to Citizens National Bank, Farmers Loan and 'Trust Co., Tipton Building and Loan Association. Pioneer Hi- Bred, Pioneer Beef Cattle, Jim Dandy Restaurants, Bargain Bob’s, Leatherman- Morris Funeral Home, Young- Nichols Funeral Home and Slokeli^- VanCamp for their assistance. f

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