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OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY OWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO COUNTY Voimne 12 -- Number 31 Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, April 28, 1977 I 2 Sections -- 24 Pages -- 10 Cents to meet 0hb Countlans will have the opportunity to meet some or all of the tadi tes in the May primary election during a meet-the- a d tes forum May 12 at Ohio County High School. = mrum will be sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer "_. gram, the government class at Ohio County High, and Radio WLLs ,hrs.. Laura Rickard, Ohio County RSVP director, said the idea ;t Ioped from requests from several volunteers who expressed an cut in knowing more about the candidates. Mrs. Rlckard said invitations have been mailed to 68 candidates, county and state, for the 7: 30 p.m. forum. the public, the forum will be moderated by Lloyd Spivey errled llve on WLLS. 8 2 mlle walk to benefit the United Cerebral Pplsy campaign in .._ ounty will be held Saturday, May 21. Walk, scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m., will begin at the Beaver Baptlst Church. The route will proceed south on the Rochester at.ross Apple House and Liberty Street Roads, onto U.S. 231 OaCk to the church, n ,LFod and refreshments will be served at at least o point during Walk. viile, s oo dinator of the event. I)elores Huff, Fords i c r street sweeper Dam will become the first city in the history of Ohio have a street sweeper. g a called meeting of the Beaver Dam City Council Wed- tt Y night, the city fathers, on a motion b Ken Maddox, voted "=UVe - Y &t raise for bids for a street-cleaning machine. a Previous meeting, it was pointed out that a re-built sweeper Purchased for between $4,500 and $10,000 and that a new unit ";' cost approximatel $26,000 Ut Y er business, the council, on a motion by Glen Berryman, &RZ " ,e accept the bid of Fuller Nursery for the care of plots at Cemetery and Oldham Park for the 1977 calendar year. m Was $150. Proposed revenue sharing budget was discussed and Wendell Was directed by Mayor C. Webster Harris to prepare otices and preparations for a public hearing scheduled Second Monday in May. er savings Cnilfornin. James Oscar Wallace, 57, former secretary-treasurer and manager of Ohio County Federal Savings and Loan Association in Hartford, died Sunday at the Ohio County Hospital. Born in Cromwell, he was a deacon and honorary chairman of the Hartford Baptist Church Board of Deacons, a member and secretary of Hartford Masonic Lodge 675, and a member of the Lizzie Ford Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Sandefur Wallace; a daughter, Mrs. Davis Rutherford of West Newberry, Vt.; a grandchild, and a sister, Betty Will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Hartford Baptist will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. Services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller. : FUneral Home in Hartford. w ew e r be_rg Co.unty man was electrocuted Monday afternoon . WlIlh,......,, t g on a Warren Rural Electric pruJeet near Olatoa . valatth, nB .nilock, of Bee Springs, was pronounced dead on eeOrdla ';, mo County Hospital following the 4:22 p.m. accident. . ,rgeaey- n.arles 8hourds, administrator of the Ohio County " tt It cam.. ',momance Service, Bullock was helping to set a pole b-qe Was contact with a 7,200-volt power line. "oWlla,, t,_ " employe of Floyd Pike Electrical Contractors, a e, ' reen firm doing contact work for Warren Rural Electric. Ohio County Jailer Elgan Brigance displays the hand injury he sustained when Monte Parent, Louisville, reportedly tried to escape custody last Wednesday. Parent was involved in a wild chase that took Sheriff Gene Gaither all the way to Oklahoma. U.S. Senator Wendell Ford and E. R. Phelps, president of Peabody Coal Company, differ in their appraisals of President Jimmy Carter's national energy plan. And Kentucky, according to Ford, can expect to play a vital role and be a central figure in the President's proposals. Phelps does not see it that way. "If the Administration and Congress really desire a substantial increase in production and will take off our handcuffs, we'll dig the coal," E. R. Phelps, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Coal Company said today. Asked to evaluate President Carter's energy program as outlined to the joint session of Congress Wednesday night, Mr. Phelps had a number of com- ments. "It seems odd to hear the President ask for sacrifice and higher production at the same time the Congress is passing a surface mining bill which will further restrict access to reserves and further complicate the mining process. And our major customers, the utilities, have not yet seen the promised long-range plan which will allow them to finance new coal-burning plants or retrofit old ones. Until they do, substantial in- creases in production of plentiful Midwest high-sulfur coal is not in the cards." "These governmentally imposed restrictions makes it questionable whether the market can absorb in- creased production in a timely manner. Since production depends on the market for the product, it is therefore questionable whether in- creased production will be timely. It is not like turning on a water tap. Both the and ind are faced with a lot of lead time." "Another thing to remember is that increased production depends at least as much on the dedication and cooperation of the skilled labor forces required as it does on the necessary capital investments by the com- panies. We're going to need more and better miners and more and better machinery." "We fully support the President's intention to step up research and to develop new technologies in the use of coal. In the face of dwindling supplies of other fossil fuels and public reluctance to embrace nuclear power, coal really should be America's ace in the hole in the energy game. "But you can't say you want it while you are busily preventing its use if you really expect results," Phelps concluded. "The President is determined to place an unprecendented emphasis on accelerating our efforts in coal research and development," said A Beaver Dam woman has been charged with arson following a fire at her home last Friday. Mrs. Corinne Waddle, 36, turned herself in to the Ohio County Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff Gene Gaither. Gaither said Mrs. Waddle repor- tedly set fire to the residence at 221 East First Street and then walked to Area law enforcement officials might have second thoughts the next time they are asked to intercept an intoxicated motorist on the Western Kentucky Parkway. For Ohio County Sheriff Gone Gaither, such a call lasted from last Wednesday until Tuesday afternoon. In the Ohio County Jail by way of Central City, Oklahoma City, Okla. and Hartford, is Randall Lee Vick, 23 of Route 2, Central City. Vick is charged with driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal mischief in the first degree, and possession of a controlled substance. Monte Parent, Louisville, a passenger in the Vick car, also is in jail on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public intoxication and possession of a controlled sub- stance. Sheriff Gaither and State Trooper Wayne Neal gave the following ac- coun t: A call was received to intercept a drunk driver traveling east on the Western Kentucky Parkway. Traveling at a high rate of speed, Vick reportedly knocked over a gasoline pump and damaged ad- ditional property at the Chevron Service Station at the Beaver Dam parkway plaza. Vick got back on the parkway and turned south on the Green River Parkway and traveled to Morgantown where he got off and headed north on US. 231. The car was stopped inside the Ohio County line on U.S. 231 and Vick was placed under arrest by Neal. While the trooper was getting Parent out of the car, Vick made a Ford, who is on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which will be responsible for acting on the President's program. "He has correctly recognized the important role coal must play if we are to reduce our dependence on dwindling supplies of natural gas and oil, and he intends to turn to coal as the answer to our energy needs. He @ants to increase coal production by at least 400 tons between now and 1985, and this can only enhance Kentucky's economy." Ford said that the President's plan closely parallels what Kentucky has been doing since 1972 through the state's research and development program. That was the year the state legislature -- at then Gov. Ford's request -- authorized $57.5 million for coal research and development. "The President's strategy recognizes the importance of the (Continued on page 16) the IGA store in Midtown Plaza with her young son where she called the sheriff's department. The interior of the house, owned by Ellis Patton, was gutted by the blaze. Mrs. Waddle's other children were not at home at the time. She remains lodged in the Ohio jail. break into a wooded area. Vick was spotted in Beaver Dam late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Giving chase on foot were members of the Beaver Dam and Hartford Police Departments and sheriff department deputies. An Oklahoma state trooper stopped a man fitting Vick's description in Oklahoma City and placed him under arrest. Gaither made the trip to Oklahoma and returned with Vick Tuesday morning. In the meantime, Parent reportedly attempted to free himself from jail and fractured jailer Elgan Brigance's finger in the process. During a scuffle, Brigance's finger was caught between a cell door and a wall. He required a doctor's treat- ment and now is wearing a cast. O To what extent has the employment picture in Ohio County changed in the last decade or so? What adjustments have taken place in the local job market due to automation? The proportion of working people in the area in white collar occupations and the proportion in blue collar have shifted appreciably. As in most parts of the country, technological advances -- in factories, on farms and elsewhere -- have resulted in the elimination of some kinds of work and the creation of new ones. With machines taking over many operatiOns, fewer production workers have been needed for the same amount of output. At the same time, however, there has been a growing demand for people in clerical and management jobs. In Ohio County, the figures show, the proportion of men and women in white collar jobs has been on the increase since 1960. The rise since then is estimated at 5.9 percent. Of the 5,129 people who were em- ployed locally at that time, 1,060 were in white collar jobs. The remainder were in various blue collar or service occupations or were working on farms. The findings are based upon data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Commerce. Designated as "white collar" in their reports are professional, technical and kindred workers, managers, proprietors, clerical and sales persons. In the "blue collar" group are mechanics, construction workers, craftsmen, factory operatives and others engaged in the production, transportation and maintenance of goods and equipment, In Ohio County, due to the ad- justments that have taken place, white collar workers now constitute an estimated 26.6 percent of the local labor force. Over the years, the numerical gap between white collar employees and blue collar has been widening. There are now nearly 15 million more in the white collar ranks than in the blue collar. Economically, they are closer together than ever. The great dif- ference that once existed between them in earning capacity and living standards has diminished con- siderably.