Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas gbflenr otter WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IF Byron 93RD YEAH, NO. 200 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, THURSDAY EVENING; JANUARY 3, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Freu (IP) NE City Transformed Into Ice Rink By BLUE RUCKER Hurry Now to Get :Nqme 6n Car Tags Q. What's procedure for gelling my otnumbers, on my car license plate? A. Simply [ill oul an application al the lax office at the new courltiousc. tr you do it right away you can pick up the lags aflcr the first of February, providing, of course, lhal you've paid the additional fee for special plates. Any combination ot six let- ters ov numbers is'okay as long as yon use good taste in words and providing you don't tome up with something that interferes wilh the present licensing system or which is the same identically that someone else already has asked tor. Q. Can the traffic people do something about tbc intersection of N. 3rd and drape? A lo this point Hie comet hasn't been as spectacular as expected but there's a'good possibility this may be its first Irin around Ihe sun. If this is so, the outer Coaling, if it had one, has been blown off bv solar winds, Ihus the comet-should be brighter now than il was.- Dr. Ivey says there's also a possibility it could break up into more than one comet afler it passes the sun. One word'of caution; Don't use the bmoc- ulars before the sun goes down; you could do irreparable damage to your eyes if you look at the sun through binoculars. Address questions lo Aedon Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 1M04. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please in- clude telephone numbers If possible. Uy GARY BALDIUDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer Ice continued lo hold its grip on Abilene and vicinity Thurs- day, with sunshine 'the anli- dole for the paralysis sched- uled ibc cloud- cover, late Friday morning. The streets of Abilene and oth- er Big Country -towns were turned into'. one huge skating rink.of Wednesday and will continue, to be hazardous for drivers until nearly noon Fri- day, predicts Abilene's National Weather Service, On lop of everything else, there's a slight chance of snow Thursday night, but northerly winds of 10 lo 25 miles per hour arc expected to diminish Thurs- day evening. ONCE AGAIN, temperatures will drop into Ihe teens Thurs- day jumping to Ihe miil- 30s Friday afternoon. That devilish freezing drizzle has only a 20.per cent chance of continuing Friday afternoon and evening. Abilene, Ranger, Ilamlin and Can Politics Be Far Away? When the new year comes, con politics be far owoy? The answer is no, of course, as no less than 11 Taylor County elective of- fices will be up for grabs in 1974. Nearly all of Ihe incumbents plon lo run again. See story, and pic- tures, Pg. 1-B. Amusements 6C Business Notes 4B Business Milror ..........2A Bridge 6A Classified 8-11C Comics Editoriols 4A Horoscope 9A Hospital Patients 3A Obituaries 12C Spoils-................ 1-3C TV Log..................6C TV Scout 6C Women's News Stamford registered low luinper- alurcs of 16 degrees. Knox City and 1C a s 11 a n d thermometers showed lows of 18, Colorado City and Swect ger 17. The town of Winters held true lo its name, recording a 12-de- gree losv for Ihe 24 hours ending al 9 a.m. Icy fingers of this latest cold spell reached inlo every vein of city life closing schools, stranding some travelers, injur- ing others, and killing one. John Alvin Bennett, 73, of Cross Plains, was killed in an accident on 20 at Thurber early Wednesday after- noon. Two others were injured. And an Easlland accident re- sulted in head injuries that left Mrs. Dana Dcniese Delameler, 23, of Albuquerque, in-'vcrj crili- cal condition -lale Thursday morning al Ilendrick. TRAVELERS HEADING west from Dallas on Wednesday took ae long as nine hours lo reach Abilene. Campers at Abilene KOA campgrounds were, advised by Ihe Department of Public Safely to wait until noon Thurs- day before venturing out again. Abilene police reported nearly 90 accidents on city streets since 11 a.m. Wednesday. Texas international planes at Abilene Municipal Airport re- sumed regular schedules' al 8 a.m. .Thursday after icy riin- ways, balled, traffic after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Flights were coin- ing in and oul of Midland, San 'Aiigclo.'arid Dallas. Two inches of" new snow in- creased the coyer to five inches al Dalharl in the .Panhandle, where temperatures dived to 5 degrees near dawn. There, was an- inch of fresh snow at 'Pervylon, where.Ihe deplh leached five inches, and aL 'Amarillo, where Ml was three indies deep. Ice Extends School Holiday Checking Where They Are Three travelers "ways bus station a map of Abilene s stranded at the Continental Trail- The travelers are ML to right John DP. Wccl'hesday-'liy'icy Voatls look at Calif.; Carl Cook: Va.Y arid' Bill' Sylvester ene to see exactly where they are. of Fort Worth. (Staff Photo by Jon Gates) Utilities, Post Office Take Icy Conditions in Stride By BILL GOULD Reporter-News Staff Wrifcr Winter's first ice storm Thurs- day was met wilh a cold shoul- der by most Abilenians, who seemed delermincd lo gril their chattering teeth and go about the day's business despite (he freeze. Traditionally, "neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night" arc supposlcd lo stop Ihe nation's teller carriers, and there were no exceptions in Abi- lene. Mel customer serv- ice representative at the down- town Post Office, admitted lhal the weather had slowed down service a bil Thursday. "OUR CARRIERS may be a lilllc Layne. .said, "but they'll gel there." Elsewhere, utilities in the city reported very few problems as a result of the cold snap. "No (rouble at all "was Ihe word from both Lloyd Cope, dis- trict manager of West Texas Utilities, and C. C. (litick) Kl- lioll, regional manager of Lone Slar (ias Co. Al Southwestern Hell, howev- er, Ihe wealher could be blamed indirectly for one problem, said district manager .Sam Ogletree. "Overloaded he ex- plained. "Everyone seems lo be on Ihe phone al the same time today, and our equipment just can't quite handle Ihe volume all al once." EMPLOYE ATTENDANCE at all three major utilities was about normal, the spokesmen said. Oglclrce noted lhal Soulli- western Hell has many working wives on ils payrolls, bul lhal there were few absences Thurs- day morning. Shelter Set Up In Merkel Gym The Civil Defense organization of Merkel came lo. the aid of motorists stranded there Wednesday night by setting up a shelter in Hie school gymnasium until highways arc clear of ice so they can get back on the road. The gym was opened after all inolels became filled, according lo Krai Starbuck, Merkel Civil Dclense director. The Civil Icnsc provided blankcls nnd Ihe lied Cross of Abilene furnished mattresses. "Most of-our'people normally make arrangements (for child care) whether school is in or he said. "So far as I know, we have only one person oul 'today.11 Mrs. Hiilh Ilodgin, city secre- said offices were open and a full strength Thursdr.y. "II is a regular workday for she pointed out. "In fact, a lot of cily hall employes left early for work -because ol street conditions." WEATHER National Weolher ServTci (Wmlher Mop, Pg. 3A) ABILENE AND VICINITY. (10-milt rodlusl Travelers' advisory continues in clfccl lor Thursday. Freeiifig d'lrzlc Ihi5 morning will continue lo cause ridiardous driving Canadians- Slighl chance ol snow ctaudv and continued cold Inrougli Friday. kind's ol ID to 2i diminishing fonlgnl. Hiqh today in fonighl, ucper-lecns, K-i.- day's hiqh in tfls probobliity ol precipitation decreasing io ?0 per cent noan and JO per -cenl tonignt. High arvd for 24 houri ericiinfl 9 a.m.: 31 and 14. High ond tow same- last yeor: 38 Sunsel last night: p.m.; iunrise lodoy; a.m.; -Jurisel lon'ghl: SUCK HIGHWAY AND street surfaces a p p a re n'i'l'y were enough lo keep many Abilenians from driving themselves lo work, however. Hspenlcd tele- phone calls lo the city's four cab companies were met wilh busy signals, indicating a heavy de- mand lor taxi services. By ill? same token, however, cily buses didii'.t have an'apprer ciable increase in passengers for ils early Thursday raor.jng runs. Emniell Curry, assistant supervisor 'for Abilene. Transit Syslcni, said loads were about normal although buses were running a halt hour late on some routes. The Etlua'tion was somewhat different at Ihe. stations of Ihe Iwo major bus lines serving Abi- lene. II was business nrelty much as usual at Abilene Municipal Airporl. where Texas Inlerna- lional Airlines resumed regular arrival znd departure schedules 'al 8 a.m. a'fler an interruption since about "I p.m. Wednesday. Travelers Use Benches, Buses In Overnight A d07cn or more passengers slept overnight on Continental Trailway? buses but they didn't go anywhere. The reason for llieir extra peaceful slumber was lhal the buses were stopped in Abilene due lo Ihe-icy conditions on ln- lerslale Highway. 20. left the station bill many said Charles Hall of Indio, Calif., a student going back home after the holidays. "People 'slepl on benches or on Ihe buics. Jl worked out all right." Jim Ilarcourl, ticket agent with Continental Trailways, said about 12 people slayed in the slalion, where the restaurant was kepi open all niglil. "BUT ABOUT the same amount slepl on Ihe buses; they kept them running since Ihey got here lo keep the ,ieat he said. "I don't know why any- one would slay in the slalion. These benches arc hard. One guy even slepl oh trie ilnor." The buses were due lo leave Thursday inorning. By JUDY HAMMONDS Reporter-News Slaff Writer S 1 i p p e'r y, dangerous toads closed schools throughout Abi- lene Thursday, delaying post- holiday return lo classes. Abilene public school students, scheduled to start back to school on Thursday, were lold lale Wednesday night not to report due to the hazardous road condi- tions within the cily. Abilene Superintendent of Seluiols A. E. Wells said he did nol yet know whether schools would open Friday. "WE "WILL probably know aboul 6-7 p.m. whether we will be able to have school tomor- he said. Teachers in the Abilene schools went lo work Wednesday lo prepare for the re-opening of classes, bul-were not asked lo report Thursday after classes were canceled. V. II. Levered, superintendent of Wylie schools, said his slu- denls and teachers did nol have to altend school either. "It's jusl as slick as II can he said. "We have a bill behind the bus shed, and if Ihe roads are iced up, we can't get Ihe buses up." He said, "We'll go back Fri- day if we can." HE .ADDED THAT he didn't like lo go back for jusl one day, 1ml pointed out that two weeks ago Gov. Briscoe reversed his ruling of a monlh ago which would have allowed schools lo cancel classes lor a total of five days due lo weather condilion.s without having to make them up. The icy slreels throughout Ihe area not only canceled classes for students and teachers al Abi- lene C ii r i s t i a n Schools, but threw a wrench inlo the basket- ball team's plans. They were lo leave for Lubbock for a lourna- menl Thursday morning. Dean of Ihe high school, Dee Null, said he planned to call Lubbock and postpone Hie trip, if lhat would not ruin the sched- ule of the Lubbock team. I Alb- bock is free of ice, he said. "IT WOULD take two or three hnurs just lo gel lo Snyder, and then we might have an acci- he. said. He said Ihe schools-will open tomorrow, .if possible. "I just hope we get a break In Hie he said. "The bad Ihing is, some of our people live on. the tilher Csoulh) side of (own, and we have so many ve- hicles coming because we don't Vuri'a .1 Mrs.. Froncie Foole, principal of St. John's, an 'Abilene private school, said her school's' classed' were also canceled Thursday. "We will follow the public schools' she said. "When they go back, we'll go back." She said teachers were not "re- quired" to report'-Thursday, but added she "might schedule a teachers workshop if classes are also canceled'Friday. Schools Ihroughput the Big Country were- closed Thursday due lo -hazardous road condi- tions. Some had to delay open- ings afler tlte holidays, while others had slarled back to class- es Wednesday. A few, fortunately, had not planned lo reopen until Monday. CLOSED WERE schools in Co- mancltc, Cisco, Baird, Clyde, Trent, EulK, Hermleigh, Cole- man, Merkel, Ballinger, Paint Rock, Howcna, Winters, Ollen and Robert I.ee. Also closed .were Ihe schools in Colorado Cily, Sweetwaler, Blackwell, Highland, Roscoe, L o r a i n e., Hobbs, McCaulley, Easlland, Carbon, Rising Star. and Cross Plains. Students in Divide did not have to report either their school- house burned down early Thurs- day morning. P.olh night and day classes were canceJed al Texas Stale Technical Institute at Sweelwa- ter. Fire Levels Divide School By STEVE. iUOA'K Hcpor'lcr-Ncivs Staff fi'rllcr The Divide School was de- stroyed by fire Thursday morn- ing as Sweelwalcr firemen fought icy roads for! 15 minutes lo make (he 22-mile trip lo the blaze. "We lia'd said Sweetwaler Fire Thief H. I.. Sommers, -'bill il still took ii minutes to get mil there after we got the call at a.m. By Ihe time they got there, ibe building was gone, bill (hey stood by 30 or 45. minutes lo protect ihe nearby buildings." School s'upt. I.. I- Pniden said that Ihe building, a two-stovy brick structure built in 1033, housed H classrooms, Ihe cafe- leria and two offices. Agricul- Inre classrooms and Ihe gym, housed in separalc buildings, were undamaged by Ihe fire, he said. Pniden said 'lhal no decision had been made ycl on where classes will meet when Ihcy are resumed. "There will he a board meet- ing to n i gli Pniden said, "We'll just have lo sil down and think aboul it for awhile." The fire is believed lo have started in a boiler room, Ptiiclen said. THE ICY ROADS also cbn'trib- uled ID numerous aulo accidents around Ihe area, and 'the De- parlmenl of Public Safely said Ilial conditions were no beltor Thursday morning............. The DPS Thursday morn- ing that Interstate 20 from Ilig Spring to Dallas was ice glazed and extremely hazardous. .The inlerstale was rcpnrlctl clear, however, from Midland lo Dig Spring- To the norlh, Ihe DPS said that roads in the Lubbock area were in fairly good shape wilh light snow and ice on bridges and overpasses. liolh San Angclo and llrown- wood reported very icy condi- tions. Chains were recommend- ed for any travel in Ihe Brown- wood area. Freezing mist was still retried tailing in San An- geto, bul temperatures were ex- pected to climb above freezing later Thursday, the DPS said, Though auto accidents were numerous in the area, only one falalily was reported. JOHN ALVJN nennetl, .73, of Cross Plains was killed in an accident on Interstate 20 at Thurber early Wednesday allcr- noon..Two others injured in lhat accidenl, B e n n e I 's daughter, llrs. Palsy Jliller, 30 of Kasl- land, and his wife, were in Kasl- land Memorial Hospital Thurs- day morning. Mrs. Miller was listed in satisfactory condition and Mrs. Ilcnnctl was in fair condition. Another accident-on 120 3.4 miles.from Easlland resulted in head injuries to Mrs. Dana Dc- niese'Delamoter, 23, of Albit- qucrquc, N.M. She was listed in very critical condition in Ihe in- tensive care unit of Hendriek Memorial Hospital Thursday niorning. THE D111VEH of the second ear in tlinl accident, Mrs. Kllen Boggus, 67, of Gordon, was list- ed in salisfaclory condilion Thursday in Eastland Memorial Hospital. Though Ilendrick Memorial Hospital reported brisk traffic in Ihe emergency room all afler- noon Wednesday, only four or five people were reported treat- ed Wednesday night (or ice-te- lalcd incidents. 15 u s i n c- s s also showed a marked decrease for Ihe Abilene Police Department and highway palrol. Of Ihe ftfi accidents llwt were, reported in Hie cily from 11 a.m. Wednesday until Thursday morning, only three minor and no major accidents were re- ported after 9 DIDN'T have as many accidents last year aboul this lime as we had Wednesday in the cily." said Capl. F. M. Pniill of the Traffic Division. Priiili said thai mosl of Ihe. accidcnls were rear-end colli- sions. I-lc said Ihis was due pri- marily to motorists following loo closely. Pniill said that mo- lorisls should mainlain at least a three-car distance in icy weather. The highway patrol reported only one minor accidenl over- night. Though slick slreets weren't Ihe cause, Ihe-y definitely ham- pered efforts of firemen in three Wednesday and Thursday. AlilU'W: FIRE u nils were also making runs on icy streets Wednesday. Fire swepl through Hie roof of Ihe Kentucky Fried Chicken No. 2, 2819 S. Hlh, around p.m. Wednesday causing heavy structural damage to the build- in-- District Kirc Chief Ewing Nel- son said mosl of Ihe'fire was confined to a storage area. Nel- son said firemen wore able to cxlir.guish Ihe in 15 min- nlcs. Five tinils 13 men from Ihe department were dispatched lo fight Ihe fire.