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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT -i T------ _ _ _ ___ ___________________________________________ jj i j. _ -_____ 89TH YEAR, NO. 290 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE. TEXAS, 79604. SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 5, PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS lOc SUNDAY Attoamttd itten, Wright Will Keep Seats By MERLE WATSON Reporter-News Staff Writer Both incumbents, C. G. Whit- ten and W. P. Wright Jr., retained their scats on the Abilene Board of Education Sat- urday by overwhelming majorities. Wright polled voles to for his opponent, Ben Aguirre, for the.Place 3 seat. For the Place 7 post, veteran board member Whitten polled to for his opponent the Rev. T. G. Oliphant. Wright's victory is his first election to the bonrd as he was appointed in 1965 to fill the unexpired term of the late Mrs. Tom Roberts. Whitten was first elected to the board in 1959. Both will serve six year terms. When contacted for a state- ment on the election results, Whitten'said, "I look upon the election victory as a vote of con- fidence in the way the school board hrfs functioned in the last few years. "While we would agree with our opponents that many improvements can be made, we believe we are well on our way to solving most of the scholastic and racial problems which have faced us in the recent past. "1 congratulate Rev. Oliphant and Mr. Aguirre for their coura- geous campaign which was based on the integrity of all the candidates and it seems to me their actions expressed confidence in the Democratic system." Contacted at the home of friends, Wright said, "I'm delighted to be elected. I hope that the people who voted for Ben will not feel that their vote Breakdown of voles Pg. 4-A has been wasted because I will do just as I said I would do. I will represent them like I would anyone else. "I think that It is always a bit of a disappointment that more people don't vote in school board elections. I know the next few years we are going to have some challenging problems and I hope if they have any ideas or sug- gestions that they will feel free to call on me." Ben Aguirre said, "1 have no apologies or regrets. I think we accomplished what we set out to do. I can't think of flnyone else I would want to lose to. He (Wright) is quite a guy. "I think we shall overcome. I know we will. There will be other school elections, and I'll be B'wood Okays Bond Issue; 3 Towns Vote for Sales Tax Issues ranging from a million bond vole passed by Brownwood voters to approval of the one per cent city sales tax by three cities wore decided by Big Country residents in Satur- day's elections. But one Issue, that being a trustee position on the Hohbs school board, will have to be decided -by less conventional flipping a coin. In that race, Bishop Gordon and H. L. Davis each received 23 votes. Election Judge Floyd Noles Indicated a slip of the coin may 'decide the issue. i GIVING overwhelming sup- NEWS INDEX Abilene Events ........5-B AmuiemraH....... 10-13-C Attnlojy.............. 7-B Auttin Notebook........g-B Btrry'. World.......10-A Books 7-D. 12-A Business...............5-B Classifieds........ 8-13-D Crossword 5-B Doctors' Moil Box.......4-B Editorials 6-B Farm................1 4-D Hospital 13-A Jumble..............5-B Letter to Servicemen 5-B Markers............. 8-9-C Obituaries........... Oil .................7-B Recordings 10-C Spoits.............. 1-7-D- TexasI.............. T-B To Your Good Health____4-B TV Tab (Pullout of Sect. B) Women's News Area results Pg. i-B port of the one per cent city sales tax were residents of Weinert (50 for and 2 Early and Santa Anna The million bond issue in Brdwnwood, as shown by unof- ficial results late..' Saturday, appeared to be headed toward approval as the count was for and against. That was the vote count of property owners, with unofficial returns of the non-property owners being 92 for and 38 against. The bond money will be used for revamping and construction of school facilities. Brady residents, in a refer- endum vote, said they believed the Chief of Police should be elected, not appointed by the City Council. The vote was 294 for election and 170 for appoint- ment. WRITE-IN votes played a big part in Big Country elections Saturday, with several positions being filled on school boards and city councils in that fashion. John Hancock and Survern O'Dell were elected to the Win- gate school board by write-in ballots, as no one had filed for the posts. The same situation also occurred at Trent, where Jerry Wayne Patterson and J. M. Eaton became aldermen via the write-in. Another sttong write-in cam- paign failed in Trent, however, as Mrs. Eldon Hicks and Mrs. Lena McWilliams failed to be placed there. on the school board VOTERS also were hard nosed In many cases as they ousted incumbents to city and school posts. These occurred in Robert Lee, Comanche, Albany, and Stephenvilie and numerous other Big Country cities. A return to the polls is upcoming Tuesday as approxi- mately 20 Big Country cities vote on their city council posi- tions. Exploding Mortar Kills 5 Children SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Five children ranging in age from three to 14 years old were killed Saturday when a mortar round with which they were playing exploded. Officials said the children ap- parently hit the live round with a crowbar, causing it to exp- lode. The shell was feet tall, officials said. Four of the children died in- stantly, officials said, and a fifth died enroule to a hospital. Police said they found an anti-tank shell on the same premises and an Army demoli- tion squad was called in to dis- arm it. The incident occurred in the back yard of a residence south of Salt Lake City. around. If I'm not then my sons will be." Following the election Oliphant said, "I would like to thank everybody for giving me nice support especially the newspaper, television and radio. I am not discouraged by being defeated and I will continue to be interested in all phases of educational and civic affairs in Abilene. "I wish (lie best of success to my opponent. I enjoyed the race. I met a lot of people of all races and I had much en- couragement from them. I'm down but I'm not out. "I still feel that the Negro will continue to try to be a part of the community in which he lives and I hope my running in this particular race will be an encouragement to all minority groups to strive to become active in all phases of com- munity life in Abilene." Whitten and Wright carried all but one of the five voting boxes as well as carrying the absentee voting. Aguirre and Oliphant outpolled the incumbents at the Woodson Elementary School bo.x. Wright won by over a 5-to-l majority while Whitten had over a 3-to-I margin. A total of votes were cast in Saturday's election as compared to in the 1968 election. The votes will be canvassed at the next school board meeting which has been set for Wed- nesday at p.m. Eight persons received write in votes. These include Mrs. E. L. Fourton, 3; Mrs. W. Irby Fox, 3; Ray Hagar, 2; Dub Karr, 2; Dr. John Stevens, 1; Gordon Asbury, 2; Ralph Hooks, 1; and Mrs. Nann Fox, 2. Victors at the polls Obviously pleased with the results 1 n Saturday's school board election were W. P. (Bill) Wright Jr., left, and C. G. Whitten, right. Both retained their seats on Abilene Board of Education with landslide victories. Whitten defeated the Rev, T. G. Oliphant and Wright won over B en Aguirre. (Staff Photos by Reg Reynolds) Disaster Came in Night At Fire Base Schroeder CAl LAY, Vietnam (AP) The only man awake at Fire Base Schroeder was the guard at the main gate, and they cut his throat. Then the Viet Cong sappers crept unchallenged into the base and methodically began blasting it to pieces with dynamite satch- el charges. First '-they destroyed six 103mm howitzers. Then they blew up 20 trucks. Finally they worked over the 'perimeter bunkers where scores'of Viet- namese soldiers were bi- vouacked with their families. That is how American sources describe the overrunning of Fire Estes Transferred To El Paso Billie Sol Estes was placed in La Tuna Federal Prison near El Paso Saturday, according to the Associated Press, after being transferred out of the federal prison at Sandstone, Minn., where he had been held since 1966. Estes spent Friday night at Potter County Jail in Amarillo while .being transferred. Mrs. Estes, notified of the move by (he Abilene Reportfer- News, said Saturday that she had received a letter from the 'warden at Sandstone saying that her husband was being moved to El Paso, but not saying when. A few days ago, said Mrs. Estes, a friend sent her a clipping from an Iowa paper reporting that her husband had been recognized while being moved through there. The letter from the warden at Sandstone was the first she had received from Sandstone authorities since Estes was imprisoned. "I really appreciated she said. Mrs. Estes said til at four years ago she had asked that her husband be moved closer to home for the sake of the family, but that nothing was ever done about it. She added that he had "received hundreds of letters in the past few months from people everywhere" saying that they thought Estes should have been paroled, or just sympathetic lo her family. "Perhaps public sentiment could have had something to do with his being moved lo Texas. I just don't she said. Estes, now 45, was sentenced lo 15 years in prison for mail fraud and conspiracy involving the mortgaging of fertilizer tanks that never existed. Last Jan. 3 his name came before the parole board, but he was turned down. It will be almost two years before he can apply again. The move to El Paso marks the second time Estes has been transferred. He started serving his sentence in the Kan., prison, and then was mov- ed to Sandstone. WEATHER U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU Map, ft. ABILENE AND VICINITY Mfrmlte n- dlusl Fair to partly cloudy Sunday; high Sunday 70, low Sunday ntant rear 45; wlndt IMht and variable; Hferi Monday vpftr TOt, Prettpllatlon probability Base Schroeder, one of the first U.S. Army fire bases ever hand- ed over to the Vietnamese early Wednesday but few details were released. Only by weekend did the ex- tent of the disaster become known. The action was one of the; worst setbacks to the Viet- namese army in months. Schroeder was a typical circu- lar fire base established beside Route 4 in the northern Mekong Delta by the U.S. 9th Infantry Division in 1967. It was handed over to the Vietnamese in August 1969 when part of the 9th Division was sent home in the initial U.S. troops withdrawals. The llth Regiment of the Viet- namese 7th Division was head- quartered at Schoeder. An in- fantry battalion was supposed to provide security on the perime- ter. The Vietnamese regimental commander was seriously wounded in the first few min- utes of the action. Only one American was there, an infan- try captain, because U.S. advis- ers have been cut back in (he 7lh Division. He was killed in the first few minutes. By morning, according to U.S. sources, nearly half the person- nel inside the fire base were casualties. Saigon authorities announced that 24 soldiers were killed and 60 wounded. At least 12 dependents were killed and many more wounded, according to U.S. sources. The fire base was so flattened that the dead were being dug up from the bunkers foif.'two days, said one American who xhad been there. The base is now being rebuilt. Reports said 29 Viet 'tSfnjf were killed in (he attack, jjadil true this would give the govern- ment troops better than a one- fur-one ratio. But Americans'.ft the northern delta regard the fire base attack as a resounding Viet Cong propaganda victory; "one they have been looking for some time, and one we are sure they will, make the most said an American. The devastating nature of the attack and the loss of the artil- lery pieces and the trucks also is expected to hurt the morale of the Vietnamese 7th Division. It is only now recovering from a year of deterioration under.an incompetent military command- er. The departure of the Turn to DISASTER, Pg. 4-A 3rd Living Textbook Seminar June 22, 23 One man's tribute 43 43 A striking Atlanta sanitation worker kneels at the grave of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday after a rally by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference sup- porting the strike. Dr. King wu usauiipUd in Mem- phis, Tenn., two years ago while supporting a sanitation workers' strike there. The picket signs reading "I Am A Man" were first used in the Memphis strike. Story Pg. 11-A, (AP Wirephblo) i-M 40............ 10 It U 43 U High and Fow for 34-hours f p.m.: U and High and low Mma datt M and'ti. Sunwt night: tunrlM rodayi lunwt tonloM: readme al p.m.] HtmUlty ait rm.i n par ant. The third annual "Living Texlbook sponsored by The Abilene Reporter News, will be conducted June 22 and 23 at Hardin Simmons University, Publisher Andrew B. Shellon announced Saturday. A feature of the seminar will be a luncheon address Monday by Elizabeth (Mrs. Les) Car- penter of Washington, author of the current best seller, "Ruf- fles and Flourishes." For the five years of Lyndon B. John- son's presidency, she was press secretary and staff aide lo Mrs. Johnson. Dr. Joe Starnes, assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum director for the Abilene Independent School Dis- trict, will'direct the seminar, as hs has the previous ones. Dr. Starnes said he has asked the newspaper to provide -80 scholarships to cover meals, rooms and fees for the seminar for teachers who will turn student for the two day ses- sion. -Success of the previous seminars has prompted many inquiries from teachers about applications for this June pro- gram, Starnes. said. The 80 scholarships' will be distributed, first come, first served, to teachers and adminis- trators in this area. The seminar deals with usage of the daily newspaper in the classroom. Sessions are in the H-SU Student Union Building. Mrs. Hope Shackelford will lead the seminar its first day. Mrs, Shackelford, a dynamic learner, was 1965 recipient of the Pacemaker. Award from the National Education Association and Parade Magazine for out- standing performance in the classroom. Teachers, administrators' and professional newspaper people will participate in the various sections of the seminar, Dr. Starnes said. The with sessions running from breakfast through dinner each day, is de- signed to concentrate many days' study into a few hours. The Abilene school -district grants participants In." the seminar an hour's "board credit" toward the six hours summer study the board re- quires of local teachers every three years. AUTHOR DUE AT SEMINAR El izabeth Carpenter, author of the -best selling'book "Ruffles and be in West Texas: to attend the June 20. showing of the Ft..Griffin Fandangle at Albany and to in Abilene Monday, June 22. Mrs. Carpenter .and her party will be' guests of Reporter News in Abilene. She will speak at a Monday luncheon for participants, in the Reporter News spon- sored seminar for teachers: ,v Plans are to open the.lunch- eon to others who will ..want to hear her, Editor Ed Wish- camper announced.' Arrangements -will, be made for an autograph 'party. so Mrs. Carpentnr can 'sign copies of her light hearted, humorous chronicle of her adventures In (he White House during service as press secretary to Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.   

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