Thursday, February 19, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT ror> 3TH YEAR, NO. 246 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 70004, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 19, PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS Press SUNDAY VALLEY FAUCET CON'STRUCTION SITE near present U.S. Brass building GROUNDBREAKING HELD Immediate Construction Slated for Valley Faucet :By MERLE WATSON Reporter-News Stall Writer Another milestone in Abilenc's Industrial progress was reached Thursday morning when ground was'broken for a new building which will house one of Hie city's newest industries, the' Valley Faucet Co., a division of United States Brass Corp. Immediate construction is expected .to begin on Phase I of the three-phase project wilh completion date set for Sep- tember of this year. Location the new facility will be on a 20-acre tract just of United Slates Brass, which fronts on Interstate 20. Until completion of Phase 1, which is being built at a cost of Valley Faucet will continue ils operations in half of the U.S. Brass building and at. a building at 1609 S. Treadaway. New Abilenlans like H here, Pg. 4-A Plans call for the completion of Phase 'I in the summer of 1971 and completion of Phase III in 1972. Estimated cost of the entire project is in excess of million. By the end of 1972, Ihe firm plans to have employed as many as 500 persons. Present employ- ment is M people. Phase I will contain square feet, Phase II square feet and I'hase III square feet. Less than a year ago, United Slates Brass, which is a subsidi- ary of Ilydnimelals Inc., an- nounced that it was moving its Valley Faucet Co. from Detroit, Mich., to Abilene. United Slates Brass, which Saggy Sofa Socks Consumer Watchdog WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon's consumer advocate Is getting a firsl-hand taste of the citizen fruslralions' which pour into her office daily. Virginia Knauer, a homemak- er, mother ad grandmother when she's not fielding Ihe com- plaints of consumers, can't seem to gel her sofa fixed. "The buyer has the right to register his dissatisfaction and (have his complaint heard and weighed when his interests are badly said President Nixon in his "Buyer's Bill of Rights" last October. But Mrs. Knauer says she's had a little trouble gelling satis- faction since a new sofa was de- livered to her home last August. "Can you imagine sending out a sofa wilh a broken she asks. "And badly badly stitched together. I could have done a bellcr job." Mrs. Knaner is pleased wilh the response she gels when she approaches manufacturers about the to letters and complaints she gels in her office every month. She managed lo convince a floor lile firm it should replace a cracked floor for one woman. For one man she managed to get his refrigerator warranty exlended because the appliance had been in repair shops for half the original three-year war- ranty. But what's happened with the sofa replacement she was prom- ised? "Now they're not even sure that the-y ordered the one Ihcy promised lo deliver sometime between August and the first of Oclober. I think the first of No- vember at the latest Uiey would have had the new she says. "So at this point I've gotten a little defeatist about she says. She jokingly suggcsls call- ing a news conference, but she doesn't mention the name of the large Washington department store involved. "And this isn't schlock furni- ture. This was good furniture. Which shows that maybe I should have sluck lo antiques. "I think this is unconscion- able. I'm so busy solving olher people's problems, I don't have time to take care of my own." produces all ilcms in the plumb- ing supply line, began production here April 15, 1969. And it was the latter part of May llial the announccmcnl was made that Valley Faucet was moving lo Abilene. On July 3, 1969, the lirsl faucet came off the assembly line. Since Uial lime over BO.MO faucets have been produced by the company, said Frank Picczynski, local manager. The Abilene Industrial Fovm- dnlion is largely responsible for the location of the company in Abilene. According to .Elton Abies, industrial manager of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation is using pledges made by local business people for the construction of the build- ing. "The funds are being used for equity and the Foundation is borrowing the remaining amount from local institutions. The Foundation is leasing the building to U.S. Brass on a lease-purchase he said. Valley Faucet manufactures a complete line of 33 lop qualily faucets and accessories for new homes as well as remodeling projects. Solid brass con- struction is utilized for quiet operation at high pressures. Valley Faucets are designed for kitchens, lavoralaries and showers and are characterized by one motion of the faucet handle which governs both (empcralure and volume of water. In addition (o Ihe Valley operations, Abilene will continue to be a satellite automatic screw machine operalion or U.S. Brass' main plant in Piano. U.S. Brass, which is wholly- owned subsidiary of Hydro- melals, Inc., is a leading producer of plumbing supplies, valves and fillings, in addition lo single control faucets. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ES5A WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map. Pg. ABILENE AND VICINITY -mf'e rddi-ji) Fair and cooler today and lo night, becoming clear la parlly cloudy and a MllFe warmer Knday. High loday, rear 55; kw; tonighl, a round 30; Mgh Friday, near 60. i 15 m p.h. Ffklh Frw for 74 fows erwlfrx] 9 a.m.: arc) 31. Hrgh and low larre date last year: and 17. Smsel IAI! nkihl: njnrlse today: suntel tonVjfit: Red Units Suspend Operations in Laos Casaulties Apparently Heavy By PETKH O'LOUGHLIN Associated Press Writer VIENTIANE, Ijos (AP) Heavy casualties apparently have forced llic North Viet- namese anil the Pathct Lao lo suspend operations temporarily in their campaign to recapture Ihc Plain o[ Jars, official sources reported today. The batllc area 100 miles north-northeast of Vientiane was reported "very quiet" to- day after seven days of hard fighting in which the Laotian government said 17 of its troops were killed and 28 wounded. The only action reported to- day was the loss of a small gov- ernment outpost four miles northeast of the Xieng Khouang airstrip. The airstrip is the gov- ernment's chief stronghold, but Norih Vietnamese rocket bom- bardment have closed it to ev- erything but helicopters and "now that's not too the sources said. The sources said government guerrilla patrols had found the bodies of 174 North Vietnamese troops on the plain, bringing the total confirmed enemy casual- ties to more lhan H85 since the North Vietnamese offensive opened last week. The sources said the Norlh Vietnamese were carrying new battle gear and had been killed by AC47 gunships recently sup- plied to the Laotian air force by Ihe U.S. government. Nine North Vietnamese trucks were found destroyed near the bodies, Ihe sources said. Intelligence reports say Ihe North Vietnamese and Pathct Lao have massed about men around the Plain of Jars. Bui Ihc premier of Laos said to- day that the outnumbered force of Mco-hill tribesmen and Lao- tian army troops, commanded by Gen. Vang Pao, will "fight lo Ihc end" and will contain the North Vietnamese offensive un- til the rains return and end it. Prince Souvanna Phouma said Ihe offensive which the North Vietanmese and the Com- munist Palhet Lao movement launched last week is "much more important" than their of- fensive during the dry season last winter. "This he told a news conference, "they are better prepared." Souvanna, who returned from an inspection lour of the Plain o[ Jars two days ago, said the North Vietnamese have three divisions there. He said they be- gan the offensive on Friday wilh simultaneous attacks on 12 to 13 government positions, each of which was held by only two or lliree companies. Although outnumbered, the premier said, Ihe government troops have high morale and "ihey will fight to Ihe end. Our aim is to contain the offensive unlil Ihe rainy season starts in May or June." The North Vietnamese and Palhet Lao forces were reported earlier this week to have cap- lured a number of outpost posi- tions around the eastern half of the plaleau, and the government forces were reported regrouping on the western side. But Prince Souvanna declared: "We will maintain all our positions on the Plain of Jars." The Plain of Jars, so called IN OREGON 'Welfare Cadillac' Irritates Officials PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) "Welfare a song high on country and western record- Ing charts across the country, drew sharp criticism from Ine Oregon Welfare Advisory Com- mission this week-ant! a quick counler-rebuUal from Oregon music lovers. Written and sung by Guy Drake of Nashville, Tcnn., the recording ridicules people who work for a living and say they can live bellcr, even own a new Cadillac, on welfare. Ennls Kizer, chairman of the advisory commission, scut a statement and tape recording lo Oregon radio stations which said, in part, "It isn't easy be- ing poor. Those who are need a helping hand, not ridicule and shame." Kizer said, in essence, that the recording's insinuations were nonsense, at least in Ore- gon. He sad most welfare recip- ictns in the slate were either (he old, the disable or depend- ent children. He asked lhal stations playing "Welfare Cadillac" also play his lape or road his written slalc- mcnt. Of nine radio stations polled in Oregon Wednesday, eight said they were playing the rec- ord regularly. Four said Ihey were also playing Kizer's re- buttal, in whole or part; three said they were not. Ow; slalion, however, said in- slead of Keizcr's statement, it was playing a song called "About That Welfare Cadillac" recorded by Muzz Martin, a Coos Bay, Ore., logger and re- leased Friday by Ripcord Rcc-. ords of Vancouver, Wash. The station said Martin's re- cording was a direct rebuttal lo because of (he large number of funeral Jars (here, is about 50 miles long and 20 miles wide. It is ICO miles north-northeast of Vientiane, the capital, and is the hub of most of the counlry's main roads. Souvanna denied that Ameri- can troops are fighting in Laos and said that his government would never ask for foreign troops. "We need only he said. "'We will ask the Ameri- cars for arms. This Is nol con- trary lo Article 4 of the Geneva accords." The accords scl the terms for Laotian neutrality, and all nations and factions in- volved In Laos pay lip service lo them. Souvanna said Hie United Stales retcnlly had strength- ened his forces' firepower by supplying them with AC47 planes aimed wilh three galling guns thai fire rounds a minute. Dv ELLIE 11UCKKH and HETTY GRISSOM Cowboy Band Due In Macy's Parade Hardin-Simmons University's world famous Cowboy Band and Six White Horses have accepted an invitation to perform in Macy's 43rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Dr. Elwin L. Skiles, president of H-SU, said Thursday morning that Ihe Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees gave formal approval to the invitation Wednesday. Nolice of Ihe selection of the Cowboy Band and the White Horses came from Dennis C. Mulheard, band coordinator ot the Alacy Parade. Trustees have authorized Dr. Skiles and the adminislrative staff lo begin laying plans to finance Ihc trip to New York: Skiles said that likely a number of performances for Ihe Band will be scheduled both while cu roule to New'York and on Ihe return trip back to Abilene. The world's largest department store's parade will be staged Nov. 26 and will be telecasted in color over NRC from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Abilene Time. "The invilation from Macy's is a great honor lor said Dr. Skiles. An estimated 75- million television viewers are expected lo view this year's parade. Thn Cowboy Band and Six White Horses will be among the units in the spotlight. The band and the horse unit look part in the inaugural parade of President Nixon on Jan. 20, 1969. It was the fourth lime the bandmcn paraded through the streets o I Washington for a new president. The first Maty Parade was held in 1924 wilh an audience estimated at along the line of march. Today New York City police estimate that over a million men, women, and children crowd the line of march from 77lh Street and Central Park West lo Herald Square. The Thanksgiving Parade lias grown rapidly in popularity. In the early 1930's ncwsrccls began lo take Macy's Parade across Hie country and lo far places of the world. Television has brought llic parade to multi- millions. The first parade to he televised was the spectacular ol 1953. Since 1055 NBC has made Macy's Parade a major event of Ihe year. Along the roule cameras of CBS TV Network pickup the passing show, treating it as one of the major news events of Ilia holiday season. Abcut 3D Macy's executives each year assume responsibility for organizing the parade. About 1200 of Macy's people, before the year is over, participate...about half in staging and about half in (he line of march. Some of the foremost performing personalities of nearly four decades who have appeared and performed on Macy's Parade float include such personalities as Shirley Temple, Jimmy Duranle, Danny Kayc, Sid Caesar, Milton Berlc, Eddie Canlor, Connie Frances, Ginger Rogers, the Radio City Music Hall ftockclles, Dick Clark, Tony Bennctl, and Benny Goodman. NEWS INDEX Amusements.......... 17B BridfiB................8A Dullness Notes 12A Classified..........14-17B Ccmics 133 Editorials............. 12B Horoscope.............9A Hospital Patienls........6A Obituaries 3A Spoils I5-17A This Man's Art 178 To Your Good Health 88 TV Log.............. 1 1 B Women's News........OB Apollo 12 Travelled Farther Than No. 11 I'd like lo know Just how many wiles Apollo II traveled from blasloff to splash down and (lie fastest miles per hour. Also sniuc question In regard lo Apollo 12. A. Ajwllo 11 traveled miles from liftoff lo splashdown and reached a maximum speed nf miles per hour at re-entry. Apollo 12 traveled miles and readied a maximum speed of miles per hour (same as Apollo 11) al re- cnlry. (J. Dncs llic cily golf course have any plans for a program for Ils senior citizens? Why nol lei them piny tor say per year nn weekdays? Also, do Ihcy plan any more new holes (3 holes) which are needed now? Do they plan to lilic a man lo start Ihe playpvs on MIC Ilvsl hnle on weekends? This Is very much needed In !he summer months. A. Larry .loncs, Kupl. of Parks and He-creation, says Hie possibility of reducing Ihc rales for those over 65, has been discussed, liul nothing definite lias liecn decided. There arc no plans for new holes Iwcausc there's nol enough land to expand Ihe course al (lie present, location, but a nine-hole course is planned for Red Dud Park in the near future. Jones says Ihey have a starter who works from Hie pro shop wilh a P.A. system. For what reason did ACC declare the .coffee house off limits for ACC students? A. Two reasons mainly, says Garvin Dcaiichanip, vice president for student personnel services at ACC. The location was loo far from the campus and there was no faculty supervision. A new coffee house has been opened which is closer, has a paved parking lot, faculty supervision and the organizational structure has been approved Ihe college. Dean Bcauchamp feels the environment and atmosphere of Ihe new coffee house is more suitable. .lust how miicli salary Increase dirt the U.S. congressmen vole (hcmsclvcs In 1069? A. Salaries for mcmlicrs of both the House and Senate were raised from per year to 0- On June the Coca Cola Bollllng Co. closed a Name Match Game Contest, No one seems lo know how Ihc contest could have been won. I've been (old no one won. Please tell me how Ihe conlcst was ended and how many won, there must have been thousands who entered the contest. A. There were over 8tM) winners In Ihe Big Name Bingn contest which probably is Ihe contest you're referring lo. In this area the winners were: Candy Dcrringlon and Edwin Shaddix, Abilene; John Gilbert, Big Spring. You'll receive a list of the other winners by mail. Drake's and neatly served Ihe purpose. Without exception, however, the stations said Ihey had re- ceived overwhelming listener re- sponse in favor of Ihe original recording and against the wel- fare commission. One station reported several listeners had called in, asking, "What's Ihc commission got lo Olher listeners, said the disc jockies, just called lo say they agreed wilh Ihe sentiments ex- pressed in "Welfare and asked that Ihcy keep play- ing il. THEY LOST Defense lawyers Leonard I. Weinglass, left, and'William M. Kunsller pon- der a question during a Chicago news confer- ence Wednesday. The two attorneys met news- men after five of their seven clients were found guilty of inciting disorders at the 1968 Demo- cratic National Convention. Stories, picture, Pg. 11A. (AP wirepholo)