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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1970, Abilene, Texas Abilene "W'THOUT W'TH TO FRiENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT DECEMBER 13, mO- IQc SUNDAY Associated Preu i in Taylor County's Surplus Home Divorcee With Income Draws Free Groceries i resources are: homesteads household goods year model .of trade, loan value of insurance up lo per person and live: necessary for home-produced food. Only 10 acres can be claim- ed as a homestead. By ROY A JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer A young divorcee in her 20's who owns her own luxurious ranch home, a registered quarterhorse and automobile and whose income through Sept. 24 was at least per monlh has been receiving free groceries through the county's Surplus Commodities Program for the past three months, it was learned Thursday. Friends tell of the woman's bragging about trips to tropical islands and of raising registered thoroughbreds. An expensive dog usually accompanies her when vvhe goes for a spin in her 1970 Oldsmobile Tnronado. Chagrined public officials verified The Abilene Reporter- News findings Friday and immediately discontinued the young woman's participation in the program designed for the county's low income families. Checking official court records on file wilh the district clerk's office, a reporter found that the woman was receiving per month temporary alimony from her husband and per month child support from an ex- busband at the time she applied for the free groceries on Sept. 17, listing an income of per month. WITH THE approval of County Judge Roy Skaggs, commodities foot! program Administrator Isabel (Easy) Arauza opened his confidential Iiles on the woman's case to The Reporter-News after the error was pointed out. Coincidenlally, the files showed that the woman was due to report to Arauza's office for review of her case on Friday. She did not appear and was automatically sent a form notifying her that her participation in the free food program had been cancelled The file also showed that the woman's application w a s handled by an employe no longer in Arauza's office, and Judge Skaggs praised Arauza's administration of the complex program. "It is Judge Skaggs said, "that some things like this are going to happen. Mr. Arauza is doing the best job he can with the limited amount of time and personnel Jie has. Until he has the opportunity lo personally check on a given situation, I hate to see him get the blame for having it happen." A REPORTER visited Arauza's office and observed his handling at one of the reviews before informing him of the newspaper's intentions o f running a story about the divorcee's having received the free groceries. In the case he was handling at the time, Arauza reluctantly "cut off" a 65-year-old man who had been receiving the free groceries since inception of the program here in September, 1969. "It broke my heart to have to do that to Arauza said, "but his payroll receipts showed that he made during the See DIVORCEE, Page 3-A Debt to Society: Per Month? U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Scrvics (Wejlher Map, PjT 7.0) radius) Clear to partly cloudy Increasing, cloudiness Sunday night Monday, Chance for Ifcfcr ram 1 Hlah Suiway In low 60s: low lindaV nil in upper 30s. High Monday near Lll sou Iwaslerly winds Sunday. 4 Enough is enough especially when you're only three years old, trying to gobble down a portion of. the 850 pounds of chili served Saturday at Abilene High's Chili Day. Kendall Barnes, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barnes Jr of 2410 Rountree, was one of over persons served by the Eagle Band. The band net- ted about according to Jim Wilson, treasurer of the Booster Club (Staff Pho- to by Linda Pullig)
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