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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - July 22, 1970, Galveston, Texas VOL 129 NO 103 Associated Press AP wirephoto Service Texas Oldest Newspaper Established in 1842 Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Galveston and All of Galveston County md GALVESTON TEXAS WEDNESDAY MORNING JULY 22.1970 The County's Only Paper SINGLE COPY lOc Two-Cent County Tax Hike Expected Although Values Up Million By JOEL of assessed value il fnr County of Galveston assessed values are up by 125 million and county taxpayers can expect a tax of assessed value it a Tuesday Tax Assessor Collector C H estimates the increase of about two cents per assessed value of property for the county for 1970 will be up by And County Auditor Hudson Caro is expected to ask county commissioners to increase the county's lax rale from the present per 5100 of assessed value to to take care of an increase in the county's bonded indebtedness caused by sale of million of the million in road and bridge improvement bonds approved by the voters last year Johnson said in a letter to County Judge Ray thai the county can t ct to collect taxes for 1971 on assessed values of compared to for the current tax year Galveston County taxes are rate of 51.01 value In to this taxpayers who do not have the homestead exemption must pay the 30 cents per Farm to Market lateral road and flood control lax This brings the lax rate up to 51.31 for most taxpayers Actual figures on estimated assessed value for the county of See TAX HIKE Page Lightning Hits 2 Galveston Buildings Hitchcock Twister Wrecks 3 Trailers STAFF niOTO By LINDA TRAILER FLATTENED BY TORNADO AT WONDERLAND MOBILE HOMES IN HITCHCOCK This One And Three Others Were Damaged By Twister Tuesday Tourists Flee Florida Area As Hurricane Becky Nears PANAMA CITY Fla API Thousands of tourists fled da Panhandle resort areas Tuesday as Hurricane Hecky approached with an hour winds A Panama City motel tor estimated that about half of vacationers thronging the white beaches of that area had pulled out The Navy and Air Force evacuated planes from bases at Pensacola Milton and Panama City At Pensacola some dents and tourists were ed from low-lying Pensacola Beach where storm tides lapped at the sand and seawalls Hurricane warning flags were raised along a stretch of shoreline from Fort Walton Weather GALVESTON AREA Partly cloudy and warm Wednesday through Thursday High Wednesday mid 80s Island upper 80s Mainland low Wednesday night mid 70s Island and Mainland High Thursday upper 80s Island low 90s Mainland TC air sampler reading 68 micrograms per cubic meter State limit BOATING Northeast and east winds 10 16 becoming southeasterly Wednesday night and Thursday Water slightly choppy Offshore wave heights 3 feet subsiding to feet Wednesday night and Thursday LATEST WATER 81 degrees Poor BECKY HEADS FOR FLORIDA PANHANDLE Hurricane Force Winds Due There Today Beach to Port St Joe Winds of 75 miles per hour embraced only a to area near the storm center Gale winds extended 150 miles to the north and east of the eye Becky affected a vast area as it moved northward about 10 miles per hour from a position 180 miles south-southeast of Pensacola Fla Far to the south of the Florida Panhandle winds of 56 miles per hour hit Anna Maria Island near Tampa Rains and squalls covered much of Florida's west coast and spread into the interior At Pensacola tides rose 3 to b feel and surf boiled up 8 to 10 feet Gale force winds reaching out 150 miles to the north and east of Becky's center were expected to hit the Alabama and west Florida coasts during the night and hurricane winds to reach shore early Wednesday The National Hurricane ter urged coastal residents to complete preparations for the storm before dark By LINDA WESTERLAGE STAFF A line of thunderstorms moved across County Tuesday witli one tornado reported touching down in Hitchcock and lightning striking the American National Insurance Co building in Downtown Lightning also reportedly struck the steeple of the Westminister Presbyterian Church in the 5100 Block of Avenue U Workmen placed a temporary covering over the opening The cool front moved across the area around p.m with 1.14 inches of rain falling between 1 p m and p.m Temperatures dropped from 87 degrees to 72 degrees in about 30 minutes Lightning reportedly struck a concrete ornamental cap stove on top of the old Medical Arts Building now one of the American National Insurance Co buildings downtown splitting a concrete block and sending a large chunk of it sailing 11 stories to the sidewalk below No one was hurt but the concrete block split as it hit the pavement sending a large piece of it flying on the back window of a parked automobile shattering the glass The automobile was owned by Garcia 2103 had been on scaffolding at the ninth floor level painting when it began to rain He and the other workmen lowered themselves to the pavement and had gone to get a cup of coffee when the accident occurred Parkey Anico assistant vice president engineering said half of the block fell on top of the building and the other half approximately 100 pounds felt to the street People In the office reported the building shook They also said It was raining very heavily at the time Around p.m a tornado was reported in Hitchcock toppling three mobiles homes and destroying one other A trailer on display at See STORM Page CAR WINDOW SHATTERED BY STONE FROM ATOP BUILDING Pete Garcia Removes Large Chunk That Tektite Emerge Galveston Daily News Marine Editor Jim Holman is in the Virgin Islands observing project in five women lived surface of the ocean or two weeks Tuesday those women emerged and Holman filed the following report By JIM HOLMAN NEWS STAFF WRITER GREAT BAY Virgin Islands Five excited woman aquanauts met the world again Tuesday for the first time in over two weeks with a slight scare that one was not ready For her re entry LC Finance Status Questioned NEWS STAFF WHITER LEAGUE CITY In a special meeting Tuesday city council members questioned an item for in the statement of available funds from the bond election of 1965 and asked for Regional Sewer Study Errors Explained STAFF WRITER HOUSTON errors in the Houston Galveston Area Council's preliminary reports on the eight county regional sewer study were obtained from official records and other rav And we're telling you for sure if that sweet MRS VERA PERKINS isn't just and entertaining her sister MRS RUTH TERVO from Detroit Mich who's visiting her COURTNEY MURRAY is planning on a trip across the with his grandchildren and is the whole pack ever going to have a ball Genial JOE BYNUM isn't hobbling around cause old age got to him overnight he's favoring leg that's mending after surgery The K BALL WITHERS have as their house guest attractive MRS MARY HAMILTON of Corpus Christi Mrs H is Mrs Withers stepmother MONA PALMER who's going to Tyler Junior College is just sitting on pins and needles She tried out for he Apache Belles and it will be about two weeks before she knows whether or not she will be accepted NANCY WARREN and cousin SHERYL SORRENTINO are all excited over winning trophies at the Lassie League Carnival when awards were handed out TOMMY and JO ANN SCALES arc lullabying a little pink bundle LAURA ANNE born at St Mary's Hospital on July 18 JUDGE and MRS JOE FIELDS of Archer City are visiting their niece MRS W E CANFIELD MR and MRS WALTER L BLUME SR are all cause son WALTER JR is coming home from Vietnam LAURA MRS GLENN MILLER has completed her lab technician course at St Mary's Hospital and will soon be working at Beeler Manske Clinic in Texas City MR and MRS F X HEINRICH are just tickled as can be to have son PAUL RAY home on leave from the Navy before he goes to his next assignment Puerto Rico Birthday kids are O'DONOHOE ERIC BROWN JAMES STEfHENSON VERNA and ERVIN VANSKIKE are celebrating wedding anniversary By TERRY MacLEOD Nat Turner president of a consulting engineering firm said Tuesday Turner appeared before the H GAC at a workshop session late Tuesday morning to discuss progress of the eight county study of sewer needs to the year 2020 Turner's engineering firm Turner Collie and Bernard Johnson and Associates have been doing the sewer needs study as a joint venture under contract with II GAC In the June meeting of the council the two firms came under considerable criticism of preliminary sewer studies because of errors in the report The firms were accused of swivel chair engineering and failing to do proper in the field checking of data after they showed a plant at Conroe to be located on the wrong side of town and in the preliminary report showed a sewer plant in Anahuac which doesn't exist Turner Tuesday emphasized the preliminary nature of reports received by the H GAC so far and said that in preliminary reports such errors arc bound to occur The final report for the area will contain information on 254 treatment plants operating under 179 governmental subdivisions in the eight county area which includes square miles The report will not contain See Page clarification as to who had the authority to recommit the funds into certificates of deposit after maturity dates This was the second meeting in as many weeks in response from council members for the accounts of the bond money to be explained The city auditor John Coburn of Houston was unable to be at the first meeting however lie presented the second statement along with the first Tuesday night with the remark that these were merely work sheets and were not audited Cobum e x p I a I n e d that the accounts receivable in the street improvement account was for paving assessments According to the statement the amount is See FINANCIAL Page Project Tektite medics were fearful for awhile that a knee pain bothering Aline Szmant 3 student at Scripp Institute of might indicate the need for longer decompression But Dr Ed Beckman of Galveston medical chief of the project met with her while the other women went to Charlotte Amalie for eye He gave her the go ahead as having completed the mission First out of the project decompression chamber was Dr Meade team leader who holds a doctorate degree from Duke University and is the mother of three children After her exit Miss Szmant Peggy Lucas the engineer of the project Ann Hartline and Dr Renate True who holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Marseilles followed Eventually they all returned to the St John base camp roughly compared to a Vietnam base and went into conference with University of Texas psychologists As they waited they sat around the base rest and relaxation areas talking to husbands and other workers on the project As they came out of the Houston Sec TEKTITE Page Lawmakers Join Drilling Protest By BRIAN GRAHAM NEWS STAFF WRITER State Sen A R Babe Schwartz and U.S Rep Bob Eckhardt of Houston Tuesday joined in the protests over two applications to drill oil wells in Galveston's West Bay The two lawmakers sent their Check These YOUTH speaks out on marriage and children Special ture with photos Page IB AMERICAN al Insurance new president Glendon E Johnson greets nearly workers of the Galveston home of- fice staff Page Other Dr Earl Garden Forum Official Records Ship TV Want Women's News HAVE A SIP Dr Sylvia E Mead woman aquanaut leader offers a sip of rum filled pineapple to Ann Hartline Tuesday after they left decompression chamber off St John Island Behind Ann is Alina Smant ASSOCIATED TRESS Next to Sylvia is Dr Renate True whose husband Merrill also an aquanaut presented the drink Right is et Lucas They ended Tektite II mission after spending two weeks on ocean floor protests to Col Franklin B Moon district engineer for the corps which must approve the applications for drilling permits before any drilling can begin The permits if granted to the Cabot Corp of Houston and Texaco tnc would be the first ever granted for drilling in West Deadline for filing protests against the permits is today under corps regulations in his telegrams to he was unalterably opposed to the drilling of any oil or gas wells and the erection and maintainence of any drilling platform in Galveston Bay And Eckhardt called fur public hearings on the two companies applications before granting them permits The corps should receive assurances that there will be no harmful effects on the bay before granting the permits Eckhardt said It is obvious from recent oil and gas production disasters that the technology of the industry is insufficient to protect the public Interest in our public Schwartz said Band Concert Tonight Galveston's regular day night Beach Band Concert will be held that Is tonight this week The concert was rained out Tuesday night Frank Incaprera band director said the planned program of songs from lywood movies will be presented It at p.m In Menard Park on Seawall Boulevard between and Streets
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