Abilene Reporter News, May 2, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

May 02, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1970, Abilene, Texas gbflem il IIII11 3 STAR FINAL ___ "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT YEAR, NO. 318 PHONE 67JU271 ABILENE, TEXAS. 78604, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS---------lOc DAILY-20c SUNDAY Attoeivtod Round One for Senate Up to Voters Today BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS As many as 2 million Texans ballot Saturday with the big pri- mary race centering on Sen. flalph Yarborough, a controver- sial Democrat seeking renomi- nation. Should Yarborough, 66, be de- feated, the Senate's Southern bloc is certain to gain a mem- a Democrat or a Republican will be determined in the Nov. 3 general election. The senator's Democratic op- ponent is Lloyd Bentsen Jr., 49, a Houston insurance man and Neatly, Musgrove Races in Spotlight voting Four-year-old Melissa Clay's "ballot box" hat won first place in the "Krazy Hat" junior contest Friday during Fish Day activities at Lake Kemp near Sey- mour. Melissa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Clay of Seymour, is congratulated by Preston Jameson, em- cee of the event. See story Page 6-A. (Staff Photo by Linda Pullig) By TOM PORTER Reporter-News Staff Writer Two area state representative races have sparked most of the pre-election action and will be a focus of attention Saturday night as the ballots are counted. One ot the hottest races for state office carried has been that for State Representative, 53rd District, in which Joe Hanna is seeking to replace the Incumbent, Burke Musgrove. Both are from Breckenridge, and voters in Callahan, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens Taylor County's Democrats Will Decide 4 Races Today The Democratic County Commissioner! races and the local Republican struggle over party control will be In the spotlight in Taylor County voting today, Four local races highlight the Demo ballot. Two of them are for county commissioner and both feature rural candidates and Abilene opposition for the first time. After county commissioners redistricted the county January 1 in accordance with the Supreme Court's "one-man, one- vote" ruling thousands of persons living in the Abilene city limits came under the representation of a "rural" commissioner, and they themselves became eligible to run for that office. Abilene businessman Sheila Thornton was the first to enter the race. He Is opposing J. T. (Jake) McMillon of Lawn, a veteran of 19 years on the court, for the Prec. 4 seat. The other commissioners seat np for election is Prec. 2, and it also features a "city vs. rural" race. Joe McDuff ot Merkel Is facing former Abilene mayor C. E. Gatlin for that seat. On the Democratic ballot, the only other 'local' contested races are for Taylor County district clerk and state representative from Dist. 62, Place 1. State Rep. Grant Jones Is being challenged by Joe Hernandez, an Abilene school teacher. For Taylor County district clerk Miss Irene Crawford, the present clerk and a veteran of 18 years in that office, is being opposed by Troy Willis, a veteran of 20 years in law enforcement work in Abilene. Over in the Republican camp, voters will choose between County Chairman Dr. Clyde Morgan, who Is seeking another term, and Dr. Rod Cannedy, hit challenger. Six contests for local precinct chairmanships are also on ballots. At p.m. Democrats and Republicans will go to their respective polling places for precinct conventions to adopt resolutions and name delegates to toe county conventions May 9. On the Democratic ballot other unopposed races include Ed Payner for criminal district attorney and Roy Skaggs for Taylor county Judge. Also included are Mrs. Chester Hutcheson for county clerk of Taylor County; Mrs. Hayden Thomas for Taylor County treasurer; Clive Pierce for County school superinten- dent; and Larry J. Cunningham for Taylor County democratic executive chairman. Captain Charged In Family Deaths FT. BRAGG, N. C. (AP) Green Beret Capt. Jeffrey R. MacDonald was charged Friday with murdering his pregnant wile and two small daughters, a bizarre crime he had blamed on a nipple-type band of three men and a blonde. The slayings occurred in ttw predawn hours Feb. 17. Bodies of Mrs. Colette Mac- Donald, 26; Kimberiy, 6, and Kristen Jean, 2, were found In the MacDonalds' blood-spat- tered apartment when military policemen responded to Mac- Donald's telephoned plea for help. The doctor had called a tele- phone operator and asked that police and an ambulance be sent to the apartment. The police found Mrs. Mac- Donald lying on the floor In her bedroom. MacDonald, suffering from stab wounds, was lying be- side her. The girls were dead in their beds counties will settle the issue In the Democratic Primary. Whether or not the recent investigation of alleged "irregularities" by VI. S. "Bill" Heatly of Paducah has hurt his chances for re-election to the House o f Representatives, District 80, will also be shown by Saturday's vote. Heatly's opponent in the Democratic Primary is Leon Williams of Quanah, the former manager of the Quanah Chamber of Commerce who leveled most of the charges against Heatly. The Grand Jury study found no "irregularities" in Heatly's dealings. Should Heatly get by Williams, he will fate Zack Fisher of Memphis, in the November general election. Fisher, an independent insurance agent and farmer-rancher, is seeking the position on the Republican ballot. A race which could result In a run-off Is that for Texas House of Representatives, District where three Big Spring men are seeking the office vacated by Temple Dickson of Sweetwater. Democratic candidates are Dee Jon Davis, a lawyer; Ralph Mahoney, cotton buyer, and Roy Ford, an attorney. The District covers Howard, Mitchell and Nolan counties. Austin McCloud of Mitchell County and Roger Q. Garrett Jr. of Taylor County are candidates in the Democratic Primary for the post of Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals, llth District of Texas. Judge Clyde Turn to AREA, Pg. 4-A WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT ESSA WEATHER ftUREAU (Waittitr Map IM) ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) A warmer after noon i Saturday through Sunday- High Saturday Rround 70, tow Saturday nlghl around 48. High Sunday 7540. frt. a.m. Frt. P.m. 52 M 52 63 50 46 45 46 44 W 44 46 54 5? 42 56 Hiph and low tor 24-hotirs erwflnf 10 pm.: AS and 44. High and low ytart M and -13. Sunset [nsf nfght: p.m.; wnrlM today: a.m.; tonight] p.m. Barometer reading at 10 p.m.: 11.46. HumidMy at 10 p.m.: per cvnl. former congressman from the Lower Valley. Republicans in this predomi- nantly Democratic stale will choose between Rep. George Bush or Robert Morris for Sen- ate nomination. Bush, a Houston oil man, lost to Yarborough for the Senate in 1964 but gained the largest vote ever for a Republican in a Tex- as state race. Morris is presi- dent of the University of Piano and is a former Senate commit- tee counsel. He has lost two bids for the in New York and the other in Texas. Balloting also takes place on offices from the courthouse to the governorship, but there are no primary contests for many of the major statewide offices. The GOP is bidding for only a handful of positions. Twelve of Texas' 23 U.S. House members have no opposi- tion Saturday or in the general election. One of Ihese returned to Washington automatically is Republican Bob Price. The oth- ers are Democrats. Less than half of the 4 million registered voters are expected to ballot. One reason for a low turnout is that there is no Dem- ocratic primary contest for the governorship, although Gov. Preston Smith will face a Re- publican in the general election. Polls open at 7 a.m., most close at 7 p.m. The Democratic race for the Senate grew bitter In the final two weeks, but Yarborough said he nevertheless saw a great apathy among votesr. Yarborough Is hoping for a turnout, particularly of ethnic minorities, one of his traditional- ly firm bases of support along with union labor and liberals. Indications were that Bentsen may have cut sharply into Yar- borough's Mexican-American following, heavily concentrated in an area starting at San An- tonio and stretching southward. Bentsen had represented part of this region in the House and his family has had land holdings there. Yarborough sought to cut back on any Bentsen sentiment among Mexican-Americans by declaring that Bentsen's father exploited farm laborers from Mexico and was a land grabber. 12 Counties Have Hot Judge Races By TOM PORTER Reporter-News Slate Kdilcir County judge races in 12 Big Country counties will provide most of the local suspense in Saturday's voting. The hottest races are those for county judge in Eastland, Shackelford, Baylor, Comanche, Erath, Howard, Nolan, Mason, Mitchell, Scurry, Stonewall and Throckmorton counties on the Democratic ballot. In EASTLAND COUNTY, Scott Bailey Is seeking a third term as County Judge, and is being opposed by Carr Garrett. Both were born and reared In the county. In another hot Thornton's Plans Brownwood Store Thornton's department store, with three locations in Abilene, announced today that they will open a large fourth Thornton's In Brownwood in mid-August. The new department store, now under construction In the Commerce Square Shopping Center in northwest Brownwood, will have square feet of floor sales space, about 50 per cent larger than the Thornton's River Oaks location here. Jimmy Little, manager of the Abilene MerchaYit Park Store, will be the new manager of the Brownwood store and Pat Foy, now in the riownlown Thornton's store, will be manager of the Merchant Park store. The Brownwood Thornton's will carry a full department store line of merchandise, according lo Richard Hood, general manager of Thornton's, including appliances, carpets and furniture. "Thornton's is looking forward to the continuing progress of West Hood said. "We have found that business In this area Is very good and we are looking forward lo ari optimistic future and to our continued growth in the Big Country." Hood said that Thornton's possibly will be announcing JIMMY LITTLE manager o( new store several now locations for Thornton's department stores In the near future. Architect of the Brownwood Thornton store Is Kneer and Hamm Assoc. of Fort Worth and contractor Is the Herman Bennett Co. of Brownwood. Thornton's three locations In Turn to THORNTON'S, Pg. 4-A Eastland County races, incumbent Counly Commis- sioner, Precinct 4, C. B. (Runt) Dill is being opposed by Jesse H. Reynolds Jr., Morris D. White and W. W. (Jack) Sawyers. For the post of Justice of Urn Peace, Precinct 3, (Rising Star) in Eastland County, Incumbent B. A, Butler is being opposed by E. M. (Buddy) Turner, and for I he vacant post of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, candidates are Carl Lamb, and Carlton Holder. SHACK ELFORD COUNTY Judge I. M. Chlsm Is being opposed in his bid for rie-election by Albany businessman John E. Beall. For re-election as County- District Clerk, Mrs. Ruby Is being opposed by Mrs. 3. F. (Jean) Rodriguez ot Albany. Incumbent MITCHELL COUNTY Judge Elmer Martin is opposed by Bill Carter, local sand and gravel dealer, In Saturday's Primary. Also in Mitchell County, Mrs. Bruce Hart is beuig opposed for re- election as County Treasurer by Mrs. Pearl Rhodes and Mrs. Mildred Mann Boyd, and seeking to fill the office of County Clerk are Mrs, Marie Bassnam, Dennis Waldlng and Henry Doss. In SCURRY COUNTY, Sterling Taylor did not file for re-election as county judge, and the candidates seeking the vacated post are Preston Wilson, Shelby Coker and Joe V. Robinson. For County Treasurer, Incumbent Agnes Brown Is being opposed by Billy Turn to JUDGES, Pg. 2-A NEWSlDEX Amuitmtnti 8A Attroloiy Ill BrUfet lit Church Niw> 71 ChuiiM 12-KI Camlet I, 91 Mrforlafc Farm 171 M.rkttt 10, 111 ObrluarUl 3, 4A Oil Spefti 13-UA TV U, HA TV 11A Womw'i Ntwi 31 Do 2-Step: Vote, Attend Convention Gov. Preston Smith has issued I four-page pamphlet on voting m the primary Saturday, in which he out that the etoction Is only "the first step; (is) the precinct convention." Smith's little pamphlet Is dedgned to take tttt difficulty oot of what can be a confusing of events. "Precinct conventions are the only tone when every citizen has OM opportunity to lift nil voice, to., .personally express what he likM about his state and what he bopM fail state win do in the bt nyi. TIM governor itatM eoaon (hit only about per eat at those who vote In the primary attend their precinct convention. Putting It simply, he says, "First vote. Second, attend your precinct convention and let your voice be heard. .join me in taking that second step.' To explain what a precinct convention is, the governor says: 1. Your political precinct is where you live vote. For Abilene precincts, see Pg. 1, M. 2. The precinct convention, held May 2 by those who have voted on that day, elects delegates to the county convention and ptnei S. Ttte time and place of conventions are In where you vote with Die time posted on the bulletin board at the county courthouse, generally p.m. 4. Precincts are filled with people, many of whom get together before the convention to discuss their mutual choices for convention officers chairman, secretary, delegates to the county convention and any resolutions they might want to present. This is a pre-conventlon caucus. 5. Caucus means a n organization meeting prior to a convention. Vote, then go to convention, hi group if possible and be at least 15 minutes early. Next in Smith's pamphlet, he lists the general schedule for a precinct convention: 1. The precinct chairman or, In his absence, anyone, can fill the position of Temporary Chairman of the Precinct Convention. The first order of business is to make a list of all persons present at the. convention. Only qualified residents of that precinct who voted in their party primary and authorized representatives of the. news media may participate in the party precinct convention. 2. Check the itamp tt the voter's party on registration receipt if doubt u to eligibility of person. 3. Have someone take minulcs until a permanent secretary is elected. 4. Nominate a chairman, a secretary; then, adopt a slale "f delegates. 5. Pass any resolutions. Adjourn. Kile two copies ot the convsntion minutes with the County Clerk within three days of the convention. Under "points lo remember" the governor's pamphlet states: The law does not require a person have stamped evidence of pirty affiliation lo take part in his precinct convention. The fact that he voted entitles him to participate. The easiest way to surmount a difficulty is to have Ihe person sign an affidavit that he voied lhat day in (his party's) primary. The parts of Ihe pamphlet condensed here should apply to both parties. Smith says a greal deal more about Ihe Democratic Party's rules. Local Democratic leaders say they know of no special resolutions of Inter-party struggles coming up at their precinct conventions Saturday. French Robertson, Taylor County chairman for Preston Smith, said, "We're just Interested In a record vole turnout and in all precincts holding their conventions, so we can have strong representation at the state convention Sept. 15, in Dallas. "It is Important that we Democrats have a good Robertson said Friday, "so there won't be any question about the number of delegates we send to the county and stale conventions." Robertson said he was referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of the "one- man, one-vote" concept, which is endangered when we have, for example, these instances of only one man showing up at his precinct convention and electing himself as a delegate. said Robertson, "that person goes to the county U PRECINCT, Pg. J-A Settle Your Arguments at the Polls; Vote Today! ;