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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR RDES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLp EXACTLY AS IF 93RD. YEAH, NO. 201 PHONE' 673-4271 79804, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 4, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Presi (IP) By ELI-IE RUCKER Inspector Now Knows Cigar Was Pistasreful Q. FIcase 1 ell the city inspector who checks electric work to' leave his cigar outside people's I said any- thing to him he might condemn my V'iring. This guy came, cigar and all, and went through my house, smelling it up. so bad I tried all [day to get that stink out. It tore up niy sinuses loo. Al-.Lct's give him the. benefit'of a doubt, maybe he didn't realize his cigar WHS offen- sive. He dues now. The asst. cily manager informed him.' Q. Several months agV an ad ran In the paper about a man anil his son who repaired, old (riinks. At the lime I didn't netd- their services hut now have a trunk to he redone. may have run in April or May. Can you A.-It wasn't an ad, it was in Action Line. And we didn't print their names, address or phone number because they already liavc m'ore business than they want. But for months'after'the Action Line question ran, had daily calls asking about Ihe trunks, so since this is Ihe only place around thai does this kind of work and since we're still getting calls about restoring trunks we'll just print the name. Call Layne Dowdy 672- 4714.-IIe has a waiting list. Q. Can the traffic department do something about Ihe congestion in front of (he post office on. Pine St. in the mornings? The traffic lanes are al- ways slow and often times blocked even into the Intersection. A. City Traffic Engineer Bud Taylor doesn't know what else he can do. lie knows it's a problem but meter maids try to keep traffic moving as best they'can. ff someone slops and blocks traffic he's asked to move on but so many people are pulling in and out of the parking spots in front of Ihe post office at that time of dav that sometimes traffic comes to a standstill while cars are backing but. Q. We are having a llltlc "discussion" In our office over what letters are not used on Texas license plates. I think 6 and Q are omillcd because of tliclr simi- lar appearance. A. Tiight, easily be confused with 0 so on regular car licensing it's not used. None of the vowels, AEIOU, arc used'on passenger cars because they might form obscene words, says Vcrlin Schradcr at the county ta.v office. Q. The Sweclivatcr High School Jour- nalism Deparlmenl needs addresses for Lee Majors, star of "Big Three Dog Nlghl and nobby Riggs. A. How come you don't want Billie Jean's Maybe for' the same reason you addressed 'your letter "Dear Sir." But never mind, write Majors and Rifigs in care of ABC-TV, 1330 Avenue of tlie Americas, New York, N.Y., 10019. Three Dog Night can be reached through Public Itelations Asso- ciates, 9000 Sunset. Blvd., .Suite 1006, Los Angeles, Calif. 900C9. Q. Y'all downtown don't seem to like your traffic buttons very well, so maybe we could have (hem? We need them to outline left turn lanes or at least down (he center on Bulternnt People thai ifon'l drive Butternut every day like I do, don't know where (he left turn are. I find livo near misses this morning Irving to lurn left off Butternut. A: The traffic engineer is hoping to use them oh all major thoroughfares and secondary streets'to supplement paint. So far, except for the fact that some people deplore them, the buttons ?re working out well. The paint's not wearing off and they're easily sen at night. When the traffic de- partment is allocated more money to spend on butlonsf you'll see some on Butternut. Address questions to Action Line, Box 38, Abilene, Texas 79G01. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and pddresses given. Please incluifc Icl- epho'ne numbers if possible....._____ I .Record Snowfall I Weather Highlight i A record high snowfall in 5 January and an unusually t dry spring and late fall Z highlighted Abilene's weath- er in 1973. Staff writer Bill -i Gould reviews the weather year on Pg, 1 B. Amu'semenls 8A Bridge 1 OC Classified 4-9C Ccmics 10A Editorials 4A Horbscooe 28 Hospiiol 1 IA Obituaries 3A Sporls 1 ,2C TV LOT 9A TV Scout 9A Women's 3B Pass Million By GEORGE-NEAR; Reporter-News Staff Writer Taylor County bank deposits zoomed lo all-time record_ highs far past the million barrier with increases of nearly mil- lion-over, the previous year. lioth d'e posits and'loans climbed more than 15 per cent above the ils 'in the 'five'. Abilene, were' anil''for the eight-banks in the county they wore Loans neared the million figure, with in '.he five 'A b i I'c n e banks and in the banks. FOR THE i'MUST time in his- tory, one Abilene batik passed Ihe million mark in clcpo.v ils and anulhcr was less thaii million away. First National had as of the close of business Dec. 31. 1373, and Cili- ?.ens National tolaled A third First Slale, 'was only a little ''lover million away al Three banks were well over million each in loans, Cili- zens leading with First Nalional following wilh and First Stale also topping 'Ihe .barrier with Citizens had already ;been' aver million figure "bul''Ihe olher iwo broke Ihe Deposits 4th 3rd Quarter Dec. 31, Oct. 17, 1973 1973 Abilene National Bank Bank of Commerce Cilizens National Bank First National Bonk..... 1 1 1 Firsl Slale Bank........ TOTAL ABILENE .___. Nolionol Bonk, McrkeJ 6.27B.26I .Home State Trent" First Stole Bank, Tuscola TOTAL 3 RURAL BANKS TAYLOR COUNTY TOTAL 4th Quarter Dec. 31, 1972 milestone during the year. JOHN WRIGHTj president o( .First State Bank, said "1973 was a very prosperous year for most segments o'f our economy. While Ihe .availability of oilier key commodities could make a dif- ference in moil' of "the leading economic indicators Now the Work Begins Susan Klianie, a secretary at the Abilene Police porls have lo be classified Cor city safety statistics before Department, looks over some of'the 91 accident they go on to the Department of Public Safely. (Staff Photo reports that, have been filed since the beginning by 'Don Blaklcy) of winter's first ice storm The re- New Ice Possible Next Week Icy January weather is .lea'v-' ing the "Abilene area wilh pros- pects for a pleasant but the ice. could be back early next week. "Saturday appears to be a nice said forecaster Jerry Bryant of the National Service here Friday. "Sunday should be'- just parjly cloudy and it looks like it will be even .warmer." added Ihe warm- ing trend will-probably end Sun- day1 night or Monday; whe-n the 'next 'fronl sweeps into the Big Country. "IT'S LIKELY lhat by Sunday Mammons Heads Social Security Glyn -Hammons, 36, of ISJfi Marsalis, has named dis- trict manager of the Social Se- c u r i t y Administration office here.- The, appointment, is cffcclive immediale-ly, said Eugene; ,1. Riegler, regional :represenlative of Social Security's Bureau of District Operations'in Dallas. HAMMONS, who' has served almosl five years as assistant district manager, replaces for: Mgr. Bob Tulcy, who retired lasl week after 19 years., as the local head of Social Sccn- rily. A native of Deport, in Norlh- p.ast Texas, Hammons was' reared in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma City University. lie served in the Sanla.re, N.M., Tulsa, Okla., and El-Dor- ado, Ark., offices before moving lo Abilene, in I960. As assistant district Hammons aided in supervision of (he Brownwood branch office, trained new employes anil served as coordinator nf the staff for Medicare mailers. ON NOV. 30 he was presented (il.YN HAMMONS succeeds Bob Tuley a Certificate of High Quality In- crease by Tuley for his perform- ance. The award had the clfect of promoting llammons to the nexl level in his Civil Service grade inslcad of having io wail for a longevity increase. As district manager, Mam- mons will supervise a tf-counly area, which has over SO.OOO ben- eficiaries. nighl or Monday we'll have the chance of snow or freezing, Bryant said. He added that could mean the. same kind of icy conditions that paralyzed the area this week. The slippery roads resulted in an epidemic of Iraffic accidents, primarily minor, as cars crcpl along .streets in nn effort lo go on with business as usual. A Cross Plains Al- vin Bennett, 73, was killed in an accident on .Interstate 20 at Thurber Wednesday, and Iwo oliie-i's were injured. An- Easl- Jand accident pul an Albuquer- que woman in very critical con- dition al Henclrick Hospilal in Abilene. Local campgrounds and mo- tels experienced a lifl in posl- holiday business as drivers gave up hopes of reaching Ih'efr (les- decided to stay in Abilene overnight. Clouds lingered over areas eaal of a line linking. Tori Worlh, Waco, Austin and Co- Inlla -Friday. Clearing skies farlhcr wcsl helped Ihcrmo- melcrs lo nosedive. lo five inches of snoiv still covered much of the Pan- handle, and the mercury plunged to S below zero at Dal- harl and 6 below at I'errylon. Farther south the readings near dawn included Amarillo 4 above zero, Childrcss 10, Abi- lene, [.ubbpck and San Angclo H, Wichita Dallas 15, Wink 16, Midland-Odessa and Mineral Wells 18, El Paso 21, Dallas- Forl Worth 2i, Del Rio and Ty- ler 25, I.ongview, l.ulkin and Toxarkana 28, 'Auslin and San Antonio 30 and Bcanniont-Porl Arthur and Palacios 32, Al Ihe same 'hour Hie only stations wilh marks. above were Galvcslon 34, Alice, Corpus Chrisli and Vic- Loans 4th Quarter Dec. 31, 1973 Abilene National Bonk Bank of Commerce Citizens National Bank first National First Stale Bank....... "54 TOTAL ABILENl FiM National Bonk; Merkel Home Stale Bonk, Trent First Stole Bank. Tuscola TOTAL 3 RURAL BANKS TAYLOR COUNTY TOTAL Jrrf Quarter Oct. 17. :i, Dec. 31, im point (o a slowdown of inflation rather than a recession. "With the recently announced oil price hikes and Die liklilinnil of furlher increases, oil explora- tion and production should in- crease substantially in our area. "These, coupled 'with the for- eign and domestic demand for food and. feed should en- able us to enjoy a very profita- ble 1074." JOE HODGES, president of Abilene Nalional Hank, said the Dec. 31 deposit and loan figures were all-time high "records for his hank and that the same con- dition'is apparently true of all financial institutions. "The mon- ey on hand in the banks indi- cates a very strong financial sil- ualion for Abilene." "Taking into consideration the confusion on the national level, f would say Hi at in Abilene we have basic conditions for the strongest economic situation we ever have Hodges said. "Bui in view of-lhe national sit- uation, we will have to wait and see what develops before we really know where Ihe economic situation is heading. "1 don't share Ihe gloom or the dire forecastes we've been gelling, from the nalioiially-orj- enled economists and I see real brightening of the situation before the end.of .the first quar- ter of this Hodges held'that 1973 was (iie "best year we've ever but no one really is in a position to make a concrete forecast as to what Ihe situation will be nation- ally in the first part of 1974." BOB UPTON, president of Citizens National Bank, said he fell the future is a litlle uncer- tain because of Ihe energy cri- sis, but that the outlook for the Abilene, area looks strong for 1974. "The increase for Ibis year probably won't be as great as it was in 1973, bul 1 don't look for a downturn locallv. I think that in 1974 inlcrcsl rates will.recede, slightly, although inflation likely will continue (o be a problem. "Until some kind of decision is made in the consumer wil be'cautious in. re- tail sales 'as'well as in residen- tial sales, bul 1 don't expect thai situation lo last longer than the first quarter of 1974. As'Sdon as buyer confidence is restored ev- ery indication is thai the Abilene economy will: rcm.aln -as strong and will continue to grow in the ensuing year. "I feel very. good, about our prospects in Abilene, which are superior .to (lie national picture and Ihings .will Ire better 'than the forecasters of doom are tell- ing US." DON MAPLES, president pi i the Bank of Commerce, said i that-1973 was the best year eve'f for his bank and that he is sure thartlie'same-is Ir'ue of many i businessesln Ihe area. He said-he expected a contin- uation-of outstanding economic conditions in .the Abilene arc's .since Abilene'Js more fortunate' than most areas of the country wilh ils :low 'strong retail j sales, increase in' activity in the oil business, good agriculture..and caltle prospecls. prest dent of First National-Rank'of Abilene, said, "We've enjoyed a strong economy in West Tex-. as and this area (luring this lasl quarter as reflected by the general increase in sils and olher business indices. "From an agricultural stand- point we would like lo have a' good rain more than anything f else right now. In 1374 we Ihink they're might be some rough'- spots, but (he overall picture looks good, particularly in the employment figures." America Jobless Total Shows Gain loria 35, McAllcn 38 and BroHiisville 39. Freellng drizzle which con- tributed to countless Iraffic ac- was blamed for a least five deaths on slreels and highways Wednesday and slopped by Thursday evening. Ice melted in many areas by Ihe day's end. but the hard freeze overnight lefl patches of dangerous glaze here and there. Slale police reported conditions were worst in the Hill Country of .Southwest Texas and in parls of is'orlheast Texas, but all routes remained open. Forecasts mentioned a slight chance for rain or drale again lonighl and Saturday in parts ,of South Central and Southeast Texas, and warming Irend was promised in all areas through Saturday. WASHINGTON' (AP) nation's rale moved up from 4.7 per cent lo per cent-of liie work foive in December, n'trk.iig Ine sec- ond consecutive Monthly in- crease since. Ihe 'beginning of the energy crisis, Ihe govern- ment reported today-. The increase apparently was due lo the general slowdown of the economy but analysts for the Bureau of Labor Statistics said they lacked complete in- formation lo determine Ihe ef- fect of the fuel shortage on Ihe jobless rale. Administration officials hart said previously the impact would be fell in December and even more sharply during the first three months of this year. President Nixon's chief eco- nomic adviser, Herbert Stein, has forecast a jobless rate reaching about six per cenl lat- er Ibis year as Ihe full effects of the energy-crisis impact on Ihe economy. According lo the Labor De- parlmenl report Ihe -number of people oul of work increased by last month lo.a of 4.4 million'. This followed an in- crease of in the jobless rate in November." The 4.9 per cenl jobless was the highest level since a rale of 5 per cent last May. A year ago4he rale was 5.1 per cent but II had fallen (o 4.5 per cenl in Oclobcr, the lowest in 1973. The unemployment survey was conducled from a sample of about households na- lionwidc. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCf NolignaT Wtglher Map, Fg. 11A) ABILENE AND VICINITY rccJius) ClEor lo partly cloudy anrf warmer fodoy Ihroogh Soturdoy. Light ord variable winds becoming 'soulrierly i 12 m.p.h. lonTghl. Higri lempcralurf Ihii afternoon in upper 30s; lonighl's low Jn middle 70i; high Saturday Tn upper XOJ. High and low For 24 hours endTno f a.m.: 27 and High ond low same rfati lost year; n tmrt w. Sunset lost nighl: lunrlsi lodiy: suniEj tonTgM: 2nd American Girl Seized For Terrorism Questioning El) RI.ANCKK LONDON (AP) police seized a second young American girl loday for ques- tioning about anus smuggling and international terrorism. Scotland Yard said she was a "known associate" of' Allison Thompson, an 18-year-old wait- ress from Sanla Barbara, Ca- lif., who has been held six (lays wilh Iwo male friends. The second girj arrived bv jumbo jet from New York and was slill bcin1! :ii London Airporl three hours lat- er. Alrporl sources said she was in her early 20s. She was not identified. A politician and Ihe Times of f.ondon called on Ihe British government to try Miss Thomp- son' and the two Moslem men seized with her. P r i m e Minister Edward Heath's Conservative govern- ment was reported considering deporting the Irio lo Ihe Uniled Slales lo avoid Ihe reprisals likely from olher terrorists should I hey be li'ied and .sen- tenced in prison. Slanlcy Davis of Ihe opposi- lion Labor parly and the Times said Ihcy should be tried for gun-running and plotting terror- is! raids as a warning lo guer- rillas not lo try anything in Britain. Those being held are Allison Thompson, 18, a Santa Bar- bara, Calif., waitress and mod- el; Abdclkrib KI-Hakkaoiii, -25, a Moroccan who was president of Ihe stiidcnl body al Santa Barbara City College last year, and Allcr Nasccn, a 21-ycar-olrf Pakistani who also attended (he Santa Barbara collect.
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