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Corpus Christi Times (Newspaper) - May 27, 1975, Corpus Christi, Texas corpus Christi Vol 66235 CORPUS TEXAS TUESDAY MAY 271975 30 15 Cents It Looks Go For Civic Center By DON RODMAN Staff Writer The muddy waters surrounding the sale of convention center bonds suddenly cleared today and it appears the project will definitely proceed Charles Kobdish assistant state attorney general said in a telephone interview with the Times that the state will be willing to enter into an agreed judgment to allow the bonds to be sold and the civic center to be built The reaction was a relief both at City Hall and from those suing the city to get the bonds sold Kobdish said that in light of the US Supreme Courts ruling in a Fort Worth library case two weeks ago I am sure the parties in the Corpus Christi case should be able to come to an understanding A group of local citizens headed by W 0 Harrison filed suit in October against the city and the state charging that the convention center bonds should be sold because the law preventing their sale was unconstitutional The Supreme Court in the Fort Worth case agreed that the election process was unconstitutional but justices used language which left doubts about how the decision applied locally statement puts the state the Harrison group and the city all essentially on the side of favoring the certification and sale of the million in bonds voted in 1972 Those bonds were approved by the total vote but failed to get approval The assistant attorney general said that the state will be filing a motion for rehearing in the Fort Worth case but that he doubts the Supreme consider it He said he will ask the high court to clarify the language used in the Fort Worth decision handed down May 12 The state has 25 days to file its petition and the courts decision on whether it will consider the petition should be known by midsummer See CENTER Page Commissioner J P Luby said fees would open avenue others might do same if allowed here he felt Photos by George Gongora Demonstration Noisy but Nonviolent County Judge Robert Barnes defends stand said he was against park fees By GARY GARRISON HIDALGO AP About 300 farm union women and chil peaceably to the El Texano Ranch near here today where they jeered and taunted the man who shot and wounded 10 of their numbers Monday Shouting Viva La Huelga and Viva Chavez the demonstrators accompanied by United Farm Workers organizers marched from the Inter national Bridge through the streets of this Rio Grande town to the ranchs main house The large vocal group stopped across the road from the big house and shouted insults at CL Miller Jr a ranch employe who blasted 11 persons Monday with his shotgun after he said they entered ranch property and began stomping melons One of the wounded was a ranch employe A deputies watched the demonstrators some of whom dared Miller to come outside Neither Miller nor ranch owner Pate appeared and the marchers returned to the Rio Grande bridge across which many of the Mexican laborers come each day to pick melons in this area There were no signs of Texas Rangers on the scene Union organizer Tony said 3000 laborers boycotted melon fields Monday before the shooting Miller was named in 10 complaints accusing him of aggravated assault after the shootings He was released under bond Miller said the union sympathizers were trampling his melons and urging his workers to leave the field Asked if he had been shooting at someone Miller told Harlin gen I havent been shooting at them I shot em The police told me I was in my rights Miller said They the union supporters were two miles from any road They were carrying those red flags Theyll be easy to recognize The leader ran at me with a club and I shot him full face with my shotgun Miller said The 10 union supporters were treated and released from McAllen General Hospital A union spokesman said one man was hit in the head with shotgun pellets Another suffered an eye injury Another sympathizer was struck in the leg by 15 shotgun pellets said union supporters would gather today at the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande here in an at tempt to stop Mexican nationals from going to work in the melon fields Three union organizers convinced 3000 Mexicans not to work in the fields Monday he said said 300 of Millers workers See UNION Page Trojans Vs Bobcats South San Antonio may have fresh edge on Moody as Class regional finals begin tomorrow Page 4 B Action Line IB Bridge 2A Brite Ideas Comics ISA Crossword ISA Dear Abby HA Deaths Editorials 2B Entertainment EtCetera Horoscope ISA Corpus Christ IB Junior Art Pet Health Sports Swann Tagliabue IB Tempo TV Scout IDA Want Ads Weather Warm and Partly Cloudy 818 County Wont Budge in Opposing Fee By NICK JIMENEZ Staff Writer No fee no park County Judge Robert N Barnes said today describing the standstill in development of the Mustang Island State Park A Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce delegation appeared before the Commissioners Court today urging the court to abandon its stand opposing the charging of a entrance fee to a mile section of beach at the park The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has proposed to charge a entrance fee to the park including the beach a point which the commissioners court is against Development of the park has remained on the drawing board because of the courts stand Mike Wilson a member of the delegation said the committee had spoken with Clayton Garrison executive director of the department In urging reversal of the stand he pointed out that the development of other state parks on the beach has been avidly supported by commissioners courts in those counties Wilson said that the state is prepared to spend million to million on the park but if the court continues to hold its stand the money will be spent elsewhere Chester Wheless committee chairman said the departments plan to construct a stabilized road along the dunes line along which traffic would be channeled would provide a beautiful safe area But Barnes said the Commissioners Court was not likely to change its stand The Commissioners Court is not likely to consider taking any action where we could close the beach If this money is spent elsewhere its regret table he said Barnes said the public had driven their cars on the beach unrestricted for years Barnes and County Atty Franklin Smith have said that to charge a fee would be in effect restricting access Theyre witling to allow pedestrian traffic up and down the beach without paying a fee but theyre not willing to allow cars to do it Smith said Commissioner J P Luby said to restrict access would leave the avenue open for private developers to do the same thing The park is in his precinct I think it would destroy one of our strongest arguments against beach Smith said I just hate to see any portion of the beach closed by the Smith said there was a way to operate the rest of the park and charge a fee for access to it without charging for access to the beach See PARK Page Jernigan To Leave This August By BILLY NEWTON Staff Writer KINGSVILLE Directors of the Texas University System today accepted the resignation of Chancellor J C Jernigan effective next Aug 31 The vote was unanimous on a motion by board member Lawrence McNeil of Corpus Christi seconded by Mrs Richard M Kleberg Jr of Kingsville The vote came at pm after the board had reconvened after a executive session During the open session that preceded the executive session Jernigan appealed to the board to consider his offer to resign effective Aug 311976 In a statement following the boards vote Jernigan expressed his appreciation to the board for having given him the opportunity to serve in the position of chancellor I know the action you have taken is what you feel in your wisdom is best for the ongoing of this institution said With the permission of the board president J C Martin of Laredo Jernigan disclosed that the board had James C Jernigan chancellor offered him an alternative of serving until Jan 11976 This board is not just kicking me out in the cold Jernigan said He said he realized that a resignation effective in August 1976 would make him a lame duck chancellor for too long a period but he said In my own conscience I could not alter a resignation I had already given Jernigan 59 joined the faculty in 1946 as director of mens activities He had received his undergraduate and masters degrees from North Texas State University and had been superintendent of Pilot Point Independent School District In 1949 he took his doctorate in student personnel services from the University of Chicago and was made director of student personnel services and associate professor of education at From 1950 to 1962 he served as dean of the college and professor of education and psychology He was named president of the university in 1962 and served for 11 years Jn 1973 he became chancellor of the system which includes University at Corpus Christi Dr Gerald Burns Robins succeeded him as president of at Kingsville Jernigan a native of Van Alstyne was graduated from McKinney High School in McKinney He served in the Army during World War II in Europe and was discharged with the rank of captain Photo by George Gongora Is this your monkey City humane officer R Ramirez feeds a melon slice to a female monkey Animal Control took into custody Sunday night after it bit a girl at a local Dairy Queen No one had claimed the animal though Supervisor George Lord said the animal has a collar and is used to captivity Right now its just turning over water buckets and doing what monkeys are to do he Animal control will keep the 10 and then will give it to an area 200 state department if it hasnt been claimed
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