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Post-Herald (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Beckley, West Virginia Firing Gives Nixon Time: Page 4 Volume 254 Majoritiet Heavy BECKLEY POST-HERMD Beckley, W. Va., Wednesday Morning, October Raleigh Votes ForCheck School Money Procedure The News ..In AN ATTORNEY for Otto Kerner argued Tuesday that the former Illinois governor never knew he was taking bri. js when he accepted race track stock at bargain rates. Kerner, a federal judge, was convicted Feb. 19 of bribery, con- spiracy, fraud, income tax evasion and perjury in con- nection with race track stock dealings while he was governor. His attorneys argued before a special ap- peals court panel in attempts to overturn the convictions. .Elmer Wayne Henley, one of two teenagers accused of murder in Houston's mass murder case, will undergo psychiatric tests to determine his sanity, his lawyer said. Henley, 17, is scheduled to be tried Jan. 14 on a charge of murder in the slaying of Charles Cobble, 17, one of 27 youths whose bodies were found in Houston and two other areas. .The head of a stevedores' union announced Tuesday that U. S. maritime unions would soon begin a boycott of Soviet cargoes that would last until the Middle East war ends and Arab nations resume oil shipments to the United States. KERNER LABOR STRIFE CONTINUED Tuesday at the American Electric Power System's Philip Sporn power plant at New Haven after state police were sent in to help sheriff's deputies keep peace in a four-month-old strike. .State Tax Commissioner Richard Dailey has advised the West Virginia County Assessors Association mat the, levy, which will provide to be voted on next month, would not be annually, will furnish retroactive. .Anbran Martin, sentenced to die in the electric chair for his pan in the Yabfonski family murders, has appealed his conviction to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Raleigh County voters en- dorsed the school bond-levy Tuesday by an over whelming majority, according to unofficial tabulations. About 28 per cent of the voters turned out. With 81 of the county's 84 precincts reporting, the levy was passed with votes for and against for an 86.69 per cent majority, according to unofficial figures, and the bond issue passed with votes for and against, giving it 80.95 per cent. Precincts not reporting were Pettus (No. Sandlick (No. 133) and Montcoal (No. As a result of the passage of the bond issue, the county will now receive from state and federal funds to be added to the that bond sales will raise. The more than million will be used in part to build two new high schools in Raleigh County, one in the Sophia-Stoco area and the other in the Trap Hill area, and to pay for improvements at Marsh Fork, Shady Spring and Woodrow Wilson high schools at a total of cost of of which will come from bond sales. Also to be build from bond money is a million vocational-technical center, which will cost Raleigh County million. State and federal funds will make tip the dif- ference. New elementary schools will be built at Bradley, Coal City, Hollywood, Shady Spring and Stanaford as a result of the bond issue passage, and 25 ex- isting elementary schools will renovated. Governor's Staff Says Kelly Errs CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) State Treasurer John Kelly accused Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. of forwarding a federal rev- enue sharing check to him through a personal checking ac- count, but the governor's office Tuesday said Kelly had it all wrong. Kelly said he received a check from the governor Mon- day in the amount of "I cannot Kelly said in a letter to Moore, "how you can deposit state money to your own personal ac- count. "The checking account used for deposit of the federal reve- nue sharing check received this week was the same account 12-Countg Regional Service (RNS) 2 15 Cents U. N. Calls1 For Fresh Truce Try War Still Rages In Middle East 2 Men Leap From Runaway Truck Two men leaped from this truck seconds before it overturned Tuesday afternoon in front of the Ra-Lei Club on West Neville Street. Driver James E. Alexander of San- dusky, 'Ohio, and Eugene Bentley Jr. of Glen White, an employe of Marty's Furni- ture and Appliances on South Heber Street, told police they were stacking metal cab- inets in the truck, parked on Lilly Street, when the emergency brakes apparently gave way and it started rolling down West Neville. Damage to the vehicle, owned by Sandusky Metal Products of Sandusky, was police said. No one was injured. Firemen hosed down the street because of a minor gas leak from the vehicle. (Post-Herald Photo) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aerial combat and artillery duels raged Tuesday in the Arab-Israeli war, smashing a day-old cease-fire. The United Nations Security Council called once again for an immediate halt to the fighting. Tuesday's U.S.-Soviet spon- sored cease-fire request, the second in as many days, urged the Arabs and Israelis to return (See U. N. CALLS, Page 13) Syria Okehs Truce UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said Tuesday night the Syrian government had notified him it accepts the Security Council's initial cease- fire appeal. Address Set Tonight Nixon To Bare Tapes Poverty Image Lamented GEOLOGIST WILLIAM K. Overbey Jr. testified Tuesday that substantial acid mine drainage would result from a proposed coal mine near Cheat Lake in Monongalia County. Overbey was among several witnesses presented by the state Department of Natural Resources as the Water Resources Board con- tinued its hearing on Valley Mining Co.'s appeal from denial of its permit to mine coal in the scenic region. .Rep. John Slack, D-W. Va., said Tuesday he does not plan to campaign against his two Democratic primary opponents until the election is closer at hand. Charleston lawyers Darrell McGraw and Paul Kaufman have both announced they will run apainst Slack. .The U. S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with contempt of court fines assessed against two newsmen for reporting on a public hearing. The court refused to hear an appeal from two Baton Rouge, La., newsmen. They claimed a federal district court order against reuorting on the 1971 hearing was an obvious violation of First Amendment freedoms. They reported despite the order and were each fined free textbooks and instructional materials to students and sup- port high school bands and employes' salaries and allow repair of school buildings to eliminate fire hazards. CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) West Virginia's poverty im- age and poor labor record are stumbling blocks in luring in- dustries to the Mountain State, says an official of the state Commerce Department. "It's a fact that these things hurt us in getting companies to consider moving to West Vir- said Richard Suther- land, in a telephone interview. "Gov. Moore doesn't like for us to talk about these said Sutherland, recently named deputy director of the Division of Industrial Develop- ment within the Commerce De- partment. "But I was glad to hear that Huntington publisher say what he did." Sutherland referred to a re- cent speech by N.S. Hayden, publisher of the Huntington Co. Hayden said he felt West Virginia's record of labor violence and work stop- pages was a deterrent in at- tracting new industries. It was a charge quickly disputed by state officials and labor lead- ers. Mayor Wants Civil Defense Of City, County Revamped A revamping of the civil defense organization of Beckley and Raleigh County was ad- vocated Tuesday night by Mayor John H. McCulloch dur- ing the regular meeting of city council. By appointing William R. Straub to take the position of director of emergency services for the city, McCulloch said he hopes to coordinate the efforts of the city and county emergency preparedness. Straub is also director of emergency services for Raleigh County. In the city post, he is succeeding Alan Truman, who has resigned. "Presently, we have no pre- paration for a mass emergency in the city or McCulloch said. "A major mine disaster or any major for disaster would find all our emergency services great state of confusion." In other business, council received bids on three items: construction of the No. 3 fire station, fire hose and four police cruisers. Brooks and Gentry bid a total of on the fire station, excluding the foundation, and (See CIVIL DEFENSE, Page 7) THE U. S. SUPREME COURT on Tuesday rejected without comment Ohio's bid to reopen its dispute with Kentuckv over where to locate the boundary between the two states in the Ohio River. On March 5 of this vear, the high court accepted the recommendations of a special master aooointed to take evidence In the case and affirmed Kentucky's claim to the northern edge of the river. A 12-year-old Jackson County youth died Monday after being accidentally shot by his brother while the two prepared to go hunting. Michael Landon Zirkle died after he was struck in the chest by a blast from a .410-gauge shotgun, police said. U. S. District Judge Robert E. Maxwell on Tuesday granted Consolidation Coal Co. a temporary restraining order against it work stoppage at the firm's Blacksville No. 1 coal mine in Monongalia County Accidents Kill 2 Hospitals Are Struck r THR PPFCS In Spat Over Hiring Picketing Ban Extended CHARLESTON. W. Va. (AP) U. S. District Judge K. K. Hall on Tuesday extended for 30 days a temporary restraining order forbidding picketing against Pocahontas Fuel Co.'s Lynco Mine in Wyoming Countv. He also suspended for 30 days the imposi- tion of sentences on members of United Mine Workers Local 7692 who had pleaded guilty to being in contempt of the temporary restraining order. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Separate traffic accidents in West Virginia have killed two more persons, state police re- ported Monday. Violet Dee Silkett, 19, of Spencer died after the car in which she was riding went out of control on U.S. 33 and crashed east of Spencer. Frank Dailey, 77, of Friendly in Tyler County was struck by a car and killed as he crossed W.Va. 2 near his home. The Weather BECKLEY VICINITY: Mostly sunny today, highs around 70, lows tonight in the low 40s. Sunny Thursday, highs in the low 70s. Probability of pre- cipitation is near 0 through Thursday. (Details On Page 9) Appalachian Regional Hospitals on Tuesday appealed to the U. S. Steel Workers union to order an end to a wildcat strike at three of the its hospitals. The strike began at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Man hospital and spread at 3 p.m. to the Beckley and South Williamson, Ky. hospitals where strikers from Man set up picket lines. The Man strike started ap- parently in protest over the hiring of a licensed practical nurse. A union spokesman said there had been a freeze on hir- ing of new personnel at the hospital, yet the new nurse began work Tuesday. J. G. Coberly, executive vice president of AHR Non-profit Health-Care System, said the walkout violated a no-strike clause in the hospital corpora- tion's contract with the union. He said the union had filed no complaint or grievencc and (See HOSPITALS, Page 13) Sen. Leonard Denounced HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) Virginia Civil Liberties Union President William Dennan Tuesday charged state Sen. Louise Leonard, R-Jefferson, with "attempting to bamboozle the public xvith her legislation on pornography." Dennan said Mrs. Leonard "claims to be opposed to censorship yet she calls for the passage of legislation that would do precisely what she claims to have 'furtherest from her mind.' It's time she stopped playing games with the people of West Virginia." Nixon Vindication Foreseen By Ford After 'Fireworks' HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Vice President-designate Ger- ald R. Ford predicted Tuesday that "after the smoke has President Nixon will be vindicated. Ford said hfe was confident that in the "difficult days that lie Congress and the public xvill set aside political partisanship. "1 believe that patriotism and principle will triumph that we will emerge from this latest ordeal a unified people and a unified he said. Ford's remarks were made to a joint session of the Pennsyl- vania General Assembly in the state Capitol. "There may be a few road- blocks along the Ford said, "and there will certainly be a lot of noise and fireworks but we are going to make it." Boyle Judged Fit For Trial WASHINGTON (AP) A re- moval hearing for W.A. "Tony" Boyle was re-set Tuesday for Nov. 9 with lawyers agreeing the bed-ridden deposed union leader was competent to assist in his own defense. The hearing has been re- scheduled several times since the former United Mine Work- ers president was admitted to a hospital after an overdose of barituates, Sept. 24. Boyle's lawyer, Charles Moses, said he probably would waive opposition Nov. 9, to Boyle's being ordered to Pitts- burgh to face federal con- spiracy charges, and ultimate- ly, murder charges in the deaths of UMW insurgent Jo- seph Yablonski his wife, and a daughter. In the hciring Tuesday be- fore U.S. Magistrate Arthur B c n n e 11, two psychiatrists called by .lustier: Department lawyer Ronald Malone .said Boyle was competent to assist in his own defense and under- stand the charges against him. WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon capitulated Tues- day and agreed to comply with a court order that he surrender Watergate-related tapes and documents to a federal judge. The abrupt and astounding turnabout came two hours after the House of Representatives took the first formal steps that could lead to impeachment. But the President, scuttled plans to give the Senate Water- gate committee an authenti- cated summary of the tapes. White House chief of staff Al- exander M. Haig Jr., the Presi- dent's top aide, discounted the seriousness of the impeachment move. But he said Nixon's re- versal reflected a realization that there was a threat of grave consequences developing in the wake of recent events. Nixon scheduled a nationwide radio and television address on the issue for 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday. "This President does not defy the Nixon's lawyer told Watcigate Judge John J. Sirica in announcing that the Presi- dent will comply in full with a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order requiring him to deliver White House tapes and related papers. Nixon's earlier refusal to comply with the order led to his firing of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and precipitated a crisis of con- fidence in his administration. The decision to turn over the tapes was expected to case the clamor for impeachment. But House leaders decided to go ahead with their earlier deci- sion to begin a Judiciary Com- mittee preliminary investiga- tion to determine whether grounds for impeachment exist. There also was growing sup- port in both houses of Congress for legislation to establish a special prosecution force m re- place Cox and assure its inde- pendence from the While House. Meanwhile, the President's so-called compromise plan to give the Senate Watergate com- mittee an authenticated sum- mary of the tapes evaporated when Haig told newsmen at the White House that the offer had been withdrawn. Nixon's agreement with the committee leaders appeared tenuous at best almost from the time of its announcement Fri- day night. And it was clouded further Tuesday when com- mittee lawyers appealed Si- rica's decision to throw out their lawsuit seeking the tapes. Then the panel's chairman, Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C, sent a telegram to the Presi- dent saying his understanding of the proposal, to be put to the full committee Thursday, was far different from that de- scribed by the White House. After Haig announced termi- nation of the agreement, com- mittee chief counsel Samuel Dash questioned whether the President's offer "was really a ploy." "Obviously, we will now have to meet recognizjng that this of- fer was not made in good Dash said. "I don't think the President has heard the last from my committee." Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., R- Tenn., the committee vice chairman, said he still hoped some sort of arrangement could be worked out with Nixon to ob- tain the tapes. Haig and presidential attor- ney Charles Alan Wright told a news conference late Tuesday that the White House bad, mis- calculated the public outcry" over the tapes issue. Dairy Fund Letter To Nixon Disclosed WASHINGTON (AP) The dairy industry promised Presi- dent Nixon million in re-elec- tion contrbutions two weeks before the President imposed import quotas on ice cream and other dairy products, it was disclosed Tuesday. The promise was contained in a letter sent to Nixon Dec. ]fi, J970 by Patrick J. Hillings, law- yer for the Associated Milk Producers, Inc. A copy of the letter was obtained by Hie As- sociated Press. Public records show the quotas were imposed Dec. 31, 1970 by prcsidental proclamation. "This letter discusses a mat- ter of some delicacy and of sig- nificant political Hill- ings said in the opening graph. He said the milk producers' group had donated to Republican candidates in the 1970 mid-term elections and said the group was working to set up "appropriate channels for AMPI to contribute mil- lion for your re-election." (See DAIRY FUND, Page 13) Hechler Says Sources Of Money No Secret WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Ken Hcchlcr D-W.Va. said Tuesday it was no secret that his annual "Week in Washing- ton" lours for high school sen- iors arc financed by corporate contributions. "I am proud of those public- spirited companies which have helped bring thousands of young West Virginians to Wash- ington as part of my Hcchlcr said when con- tacted at hi.s Washington office. Contrary to a story from Capilol Hill News Service Mon- day which said the contribu- tions had just been uncovered, Hcchlcr said, "My press re- leases indicate to the contrary. In the past 15 years I have con- sistently made it clear" where the money comes from. The story, printed in The Charleston Gazette, referred to Hcchlcr's September newsletter as saying Hcchlcr sponsors the Week in Wasbipgton programs. "In saying I have sponsored the programs, I suppose you could say I conduct Hcchlcr replied. In statement released Tues- day, Hechler said: "Although 80 per cent of the cost of this highly successful program is born by West Vir- ginia-based companies, when- ever I can (Keep West Virginia Green) and help young West Virginians with the assistance of outside support, I intend to continue." Richardson Would Get A New Prosecutor WASHINGTON (AP) For- mer Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Rich- ardson called for the appoint- ment of a new Watergate spe- cial prosecutor and said Tucs- dav the American people must judge whether President Nixon should he impeached. Richardson, who resigned rather than comply with Nix- on's order to fire special prose- cutor Archibald Cox, said he disagreed with the President's effort to curtail the independ- ence of the Cox investigation. His comments were made at a nationally-televised news con- ference before the announce- ment that Nixon will now com- ply with a court order and turn over White House tapes for a judge's private inspection. Raleigh Gets Action Grant WASHINGTON (AP) Of- fice of Economic Opportunity grants to West Virginia agencies were announced Tues- day by the office of Sen. Jen- nings Randolph. The programs provide outreach and referral services to locate, identify and refer needed programs to low-income individuals and families. The services to he provided include housing, health educa- tion, manpower, community de- v e 1 o p m c n t, rural trans- portation, senior citizens and vocational training. The grants included: --S75.32I to the Raleigh Coun- ty Community Action Associ- ation, Inc., at Beckley. to the Nicholas County Community Action As- sociation, Inc., at Sunimers- villc. I ;