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'00News and Views of The Cimarron Valley 6, 1967 PERKINS JOURNAL PERKINS, PAYNE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 74059 VOL. 77, NO. 31 *4/for e Perkins Youth To Meet Frida,v For last issue before day. We encourage you to the ballot will all of Perkins, to interest in- area. payroll, no mat- is located-in the help the whole why Perkins list of industries. that an "in- not have to hire a to be considered its own in the field with Ralph's Pac- a surprising of people. Why interest several if we could offer facilities like ot- This offer a lease basis that back the proposed that the Per- Well as the whole lot go to the polls Vote in mind jus t issue is not under- three of this pa- given answers to the bond if feel who have work- Payne County in too good to let go at the polls. AIM like this issue of short on news-- the holiday there turned in in less deadline. Of ir bad shape to having too problems, pro- Center Plannin00 The Perkins Youth Centel: will hold a general meeting, Fri- day, July 7, to discuss member- ship and the work needed on the Community building. All per- sons interested are urged to at- tend. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Several members and officers in the Perkins Center attended a meeting and dance held by the Okmulgee "Red Baron" Youth Center, Saturday night at Okmul- gee. While there the Perkins young people met with officers of the Okmulgee group and dis- cussed various ideas and pro- blems comanon to both groups. Attending the meeting from Perkins were Mr. and Mrs. Ric- hard Mangold and Mrs. Bill Dis- ney, chaperones; and, Nyta Wil- lis, IAnda Lockwood, Jack Bow- yer, Linda Hall, Randy Jarvis, Linda Sager, Debbie Mercer, Happy Wells, Rusty Behne, Wayng Mangold and Ph Hug- ( Ydhth enter is the outgrowth of a project by the Perkins Jaycees to establish organized activities and recrea- tion for the young people in this area. The group has had several act- ivities to date including a live band dance and more are in the making. Any Perkins youngster inter- ested in joining the Perkins Youth Center should contact any of the above mentioned people. OHP Warns Not To Drop Good Driving Habits Oklahoma motorists were warned today not to drop their guard just because the Fourth of July weekend is over. Safety Commissioner Bob Lester remin- ded all drivers that 40 per cent of Oklahoma's fatal accidents in 1966 occured on Saturday and Sunday. "Last Fourth of July eight persons were killed over the ho- liday weekend. That was a 72 hour period. The following we- ekend, ten persons were killed on Saturday and Sunday, a 48 hour period," Lester recalled. Over Memorial Day this year from Friday afternoon, May 26 through May 30, midnight, eight persons died in Oklahoma traffic accidents. During the same period the following week- end, ten persons died. Oklahoma's top traffic safety man told newsmen that the gen- eral feeling among the public after a holiday is "Well, that's over. Now we can relax". Lester said that most weekend accidents are caused by "speed and careless driving. He said that failure of persons who do most of their driving in urban areas to adjust their driving habits to ,,1 conditions is also'a factor. As an example, .. average speed withitl city lim :,is about 20 to 25 miles an hour, depend- ing on the city. On the open road the average speed on regular highways is approximately 58 miles per hour. The urban dri- ver must key all his driving ma- neuvers to this increase. He must also learn to main- fain greater distances between vehicles, estimate safe passing distances at the higher speed and be more alert than in town where traffic may be heavier but moves at a slower pace. Welcome news items more, so help or bring in your .arvin that this year's largest attendance promoted. estimates on the Perkihs fireworks as large or lar- helping in the You can be proud well done, has been working up his he always has a going. realize it or not a great deal of town employee to help keep down around town. If the rig is on truck, it apparatus rigged Works tcoI most disgusting made is giving when re- The local fire de- its share. through Per- probably town was with the two brought about mvn up with ds and too lowing the were going to that were EDITORIAL Vote "YES" Tuesday Next Tuesday, Payne Countians will have the opportunity to approve the issuance of $2,500,000.00 of bonds to provide funds for the purpose of securing and developing industry in our county. The idea of county-wide bond financing of industrial development is based on the premise that the location of a new industry in the county benefits the whole county and not just the community in which it is sittmted. Of course, the primary benefits of any industry is jobs for our citizens, particularly our young people who in the past have all to often had to leave our county and state to seek employment. A look at Moore Business Forms in Stilhvater, Payne County's newest industry, will reveal that an industrial facility draws its workers from a wide area. Rudy Bittle, Plant Manager, advises [hat of the present 80 employees, 7 (or nearly 10%) are from Perkins, and the remainder are from Yale, Cushing, Coyle, Glencoe, [ted Rock, Ripley, Morrison and Stillwater. If the forthcoming bond proposal is approved, Perkins will tand on an equal footing with other communities in the county in its attempts to secure new industries. All it would take is finding a company that is basically financially sound and then convincing its officers that Perkins would be an excellent place to locate. Financing could then be obtained through the Payne County Industrial Trust. With a little hard work, we can get our share, or more, of new industries, and we should never forget that any company that locates in Cushing or Stillwater will provide numerous jobs that can and will be filled by, present Perkins people and those desiring to move here. The only possibility of the people being taxed to pay off the bonds would be in the event an industry that has been assisted goes "sour" and cannot meet its obligations. The decision of whether or not to provide financial assistance to a company will rest with the Trustees of the Payne County Industrial Trust, who have been appointed by the County Commissioners and are as follows: Delbert Butler, Bob Ahrberg, V. M. Thompson, Jr., Harley Thomas, Gerald Bradshaw, Earl Shelton, Clarence McGinty, George Berry. iTl Ahrberg, Gene Hancock, Roy Kemp and Cecil Martin. We have the utmost confidence that these men, each with years of business experience behind them, can distinguish between a "shiny apple" and a "rotten egg" in determining whether or not a company is worthy of backing. The issuance of county-wide bonds is a legal, appropriate and legitimate method of encouraging industrial development and expTnsion. It has worked with tremendous success in other Okla- homa counties. Perkins stands to gain as much or more than any cent will ever have to be raised in taxes to pay off the bonds. community in the county. The odds are overwhelming that not one We support the industrial bond proposal and urge you to vote YES on the .green ballot next Tuesday. D.D.D. Industrial Trust Proposal Vote To Be On Green Ballot Tuesday Perkins area ad valorem tax- payers will have the opportun- ity to vote Tuesday, July 11, on a most important county-wide issue. Two state questions will also be voted on pertaining to state judiciary changes. The county issue, which will be on the green ballot, will decide whether Payne County taxpay- ers are interested in bringing new industry to the county. The issue is provided for under Article 10, Section 35 of the Con- stitution of the State of Oklaho- Oklahoma Merchants To Attend Meeting Sponsored By ORMA All Oklahoman merchants are invited to seminars to be con- ducted over the state next week by the Oklahoma Retail Mer- chants Association, to explain the important new "Oklahoma Retail Installment Sales Act." Enacted by the recent legisla- ture, the law will give consumers new protection in obtaining full disclosure from merchants of contract terms. ORMA, which represents 30,000 merchants, spo- nsored the legislation. T. C. "Ted" Knoop, ORMA ex- ecutive director, will conduct the meetings at Oklahoma City's Sheraton - Oklahoma hotel July 10, Muskogee July 11, Lawton July 12, Tulsa July 13 andEnid uly 14. "We particularly hope also to have representatives of credit bureaus, banks, finance com- panies and other interested peo- ple at the meetings, to learn a- bout the new legislation which equally protects consumers and the legitimate merchants who al- ready are operating legally," he said. "The new law hits at fly-by- night, or 'gray area' operators, and is similar to the most modern of laws enacted in 30 other states." he said. Knoop pointed out that "mer- chants would rather operate on a cash basis, if consumers would let them." "However, 65 percent of the nation's business is done on cridit. Therefore, most have a cash price and a time price dif- ferential (service charge)." "The new legislation spells out that fly-by-night firms must do what our legitimate merchants have been doing aH along; be truthful in letting the buyer un- derstand what the contract says," he said. Knoop said buyers will be pro- tected and merchants also will be treated fairly, in that the new law preserves the time price doc- trine allowing charge and col- lection of a credit service fee sufficient to cover the cost of the merchant's credit department, Phil Hughes Family Returns From Western - Vacation Trip Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hughes and family returned from a va- cation, Saturday, June 30. They left June 18 for the western United States to visit relatives and to go sightseeing. The Hug- hes stopped in Colorado, Mon- tana, Washington, and California to visit relatives and friends. Places of interest visited included the Rocky Mountains National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and The Saint's Canyon, rna. By passing this amendment, Oklahoma has joined 42 other states that have offered areas in their state available financing for industrial promotion, and now will be able to compete with these states, The county ballot, if given ap- proval, will allow a 12 man board to govern the use of $2,500,000 to entice industry to this county. The most common question or objection to this sort of question is that of an additional tax in- crease or possibly a new tax. It is important that the citizens realize that the chances for a mill levy in connection with the in- dustrial bond are practically non- existent which will make the bonds the same as self-liquid- ating. The county commissioners, who have to call the election, have appointed a committee of trustees who will take the res- ponsibility of screening and seek- ing out new industries to locate locally. If the board of trustees select only reputable industries, there will be no tax levy, because these industries will be able to pay for the moey used for titeir buildin or equipment in the way of lease money. This money wil1 then be used to IY off the bond. indebtedness for the amount use help locate that particular in,, dtry. Only if the industry which has established itself should go bank- rupt and leaves the county, lea- ving behind no assets whatso- ever, can a tax be levied. This levy could not be more than 5- mills per year and only as long as needed for this particular in- debtedness. Before this actioR was taken the trust board would have a full year to sell or find[ another industry to take over the facilities before the levy would be assessed. All risk is virtually taken out of the picture since the county commissioners must give appro- val of the trust board which consist of 12 men over the cou- nty. They are: Bill Ahrberg, Gene Hancock, Roy Kemp, all of Cushing, Cecil Martin, Yale, Vic Thompson, Jr., Harley Tho- mas, Gerald Bradshaw, E. W, Shelton, Bob Ahrberg, George Berry all of Stillwater; Buster McGinty of Glencoe: Delbert Butler, president of the Payne County Bank in Perkins, completes the list of twelve high- ly regarded businessmen. With men like this, with many years of experience in the bus- iness world, making the deci- sions of the screening and rec- ommending to the county com- missioners as to the allocation of funds to prospective indus- tries, there should be no risk to county taxpayers. it has been pointed out by Jack Vassar, area promotional chairman, that all areas of Payne County, including Perkins, would be eligible to use the fund, if they are able to convince the trust board that they have a "sure thing." For pertinent questions and answers of the issue turn to paget three of the Journal Mr. and Mrs. I. D. Vasser had as their guests over the weekend two of Mrs. Vamars cousins, Mrs. Ethel Cox, San Franciso, Cali- fornia, and Mr. and Mrs. Wil- lard Tucker, Phillip and Terry, Sxom St. Louis, Mo. /: " !i /