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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT B3RD YEAR; NO. 298 PHONE 673-427L ABILENE; TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 11, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Dissociated Press NE Strange Sound Was Welcome Rainfall By EI.UE RUCKEH Bats Hanging Around Not Uncommon Here Q. IVc saw something hanging from bur pencil Ircc in broad daylight (hat looked jiisl like a lial. Sure enough on exaniinalion It was a bat. A hairy rcd- one. Is (his nol unusual? I know Iliey sleep in Ihc daytime, but In a Ircc? arc Ihc chances Mini it's rabid? IVe have a dog Iiul we're not lolling him onl in tlic uai'kyard, we don't want any hat Ijillng him. A. Xookccper Dan Watson assures us bals don't attack. Not the variety we have in Abilene anyway. If. the bat falls to Hie ground I hough and your dog wanders over to investigate this strange intruder in his [he bat could take a notion to bite liiin and Watson tells-us a pretty good percen- tage do have rabies. Be sure to wear heavy learner gloves it you're thinking o[ moving that bat. Hanging from a tree isn't particularly un- usual for a bat; they'll hang from anything llicy can get their little hooks into. Watson. has seen lots of Iliein in flowers and bushes at roadside parks. They're insect like to be where Ihc food is. If you're fascinated with bals and can't gel lo Transylvania, Watson suggests a .summer trip to Carlsbad Caverns. They slart pouring (ml of the caverns at dusk, look like smoke coining out they're so thick. Having recently purchased a '71 CM ;i occurred. Can Grey- hound bus drivers stint (he bus before nil scat Ijclls are fastened'.' If not, not? Surely (he government docs not approve of wholesale transport murder If they won't permit me alone Hint chance. A. No, bus passengers don't .buckle up for very simple reason there aren't any seat belts in the scats. And it's not just the old buses that don't have them; Bill Sims, assistant district manager of Greyhound Luslincs has a brand new bus that hasn't oven hit the road yet which doesn't include safely bells. Only the bus driver is required to fasten his scat belt. Q. Where would 1 find some Information on the Bermuda Triangle? A. Check Ihe Hcfcrcnce Desk at Ihc city library. The strange phenomenon is men- tioned in two books currently on the shelves. The Bermuda Triangle is supposedly an area off Hie coast of Florida where ships and aircraft have disappeared and never been heard of again. Iladio contact is lost with the ships one minute lliere's conlacl. Die next minute, no conlacl at all. The story goes lhat bodies arc never found from shipwrecks there; wreckage is sometimes found but always far from Hie Bermuda Triangle area. While you're at the library, nsk for a newspaper arliclc from a Florida paper that goes into the subject in depth. In a couple of weeks, librarians expect more material on Hie subject so you'll have enough books and articles to keep you much more than busy. Q. I've heard If yon gel blKcn by a rattlesnake that it helps lo build a resis- tance and you won't suffer as much on the next bile. Truth or old wives talc? A. Apparently there's some truth to il. A local physician who's treated a good many snakebite cases says people do develop anti- bodies to snake venom. But don't run out and let yourself get billon by a litlle billy snake just because you might be bitten by a bigger one some other time. Yon might wind up with a big bite from a lillle snake. Address questions to Action Line, 30, Abilene, Texas 79604. Names will nol be used bnl questions must he signed and addresses given. Please include IcI- cphone numbers it possible. By JOE DACY II Itonorter-Ncns Staff Writer The unfcmiliar sound of drum- ming rain began at about 2 a.m. Thursday, forecasters al the Na- tional Weather Service said, but only dropped an official .29 inch of moisture on Abilene during a 67-iiiiniile period. Forecaslcr Frank Cannon said the thunderstorm, which accom- panied the passage of a cold front, ended at a.m. Thurs- day following a blustery en- trance into the city. Cannon said peak wind gusts of 43 inph were recorded in ad- vance of the storm, which had moved entirely out of the area by Thursday morning. TI1K RAINFALL is the first such in what is supposed to be a month In Abilene's rainy season. Normal for April, however, is 1 2.47 inches, Cannon said. Abilene's accumulated rainfall is still behind normal, 1.76 inches as compared to the aver- age accumulalin of 3.55 by this time of year Bui Abilene was apparently gypcd out of its fair share of Ihe' rain with area towns reporting tv.'O and three limes more. South Abilene may have got slightly more rain, however. A rain gauge at 2318 River Oaks Circle reported .35 inch. About .50 was reported at 5320 Mano. Areas to the north and north- east of Abilene apparently re- ceived the most rainfall with Anson reporting one inch, HaskeU, .76; Hawley, .50; Mer- kcl, .CO and Knox City, .70. "That's all we are lo gel with liiis Cannon said, adding thai (here will probably be no new activity for Ihc next clay or so. AT THIS TIME of year, he explained, frontal activity be- gins to penetrate farther and farther southward. By Salurdav anther Pacific front may work its way into the area but ils effect is merely speculative, Cannon indicated. The last rainfall was Mar. 24 with .02 inch, lie said. Bob Bridges, district plant manager for Southwestern Telephone Co., said he expects some service problems because of Ihe high winds which accom- panied the approaching cold front Wednesday. Bridges said. Thursday morn- ing lie would not know the ex- tent of Ihe damage until custom- ers begin calling in later in the day. and the Land of the Brave An American Hag Hies from a makeshift flagpole amidst Hie debris from homes destroyed by a kill- er tornado which hit, Xenia, Ohio, on. April 3. In- specting Ihe damage Wednesday is Charles Webster of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (AP Wirepholo) Dr. Starnes Resigns llyGAHYDALDRIDGK Reporter-News Slaff Writer Dr. Joe Sl.irnes, assistant su- perintendent of Abilene public schools and one of Hie unsuc- cessful applicauls .for the job of relirins Supl. A. E. Wells, has agreed to resign, school otlicials confirmed Thursday. Dr. Harold Briuson, the dis- trict's other assistant superin- tendent and Hie one chosen lo succeed Wells, said Dr. Starnes had derided lo leave. No formal resignation has been tendered and no dale for .Starnes' departure has beon de- termined. "IN MY LAST discussion with Dr. Slarncs (on Brinson told the Reporter-News, "he expressed to me lhat he had decided lo leave. But whether he leaves or slays is up to him." Asked what prompted Slarnes's resignation, Briuson said: "Both of us said individu- JOIi STAHNES resigns ally (to Ihc board of Irustecs al the lime the were being considered for snperinlcndenl) Increased Telephone Use Causing Service Problems L Increased telephone usage in Abilene is apparently causing some service problems for Southwestern Hell Telephone Co., since equipment is nrl yet geared to handle the overload. Bob Bridges, district plant manager, said Thursday that some of Ihe equipment is "busy all Ihe time" because of inade- quate capability. "We design our equipment on the basis of groups of Bridges explained. "We. have (he capacity for 10 calls oncral- ing at the same lime in each group of 100 customers based on usage studies of how people use Ihc phone service." SOME PEOPLE; however, use Ihe phone in a "particular Rroup two or three times above aver- age, he said. ''We've had this problem all along at various Jic added. Bridges said the phono compa- ny is due to increase equipment capacity at the bcginnin; of next year as part of a two-year cycle by which the equipment is increased to handle demand. In Ihe meantime phone com- pany employes make daily changes to balance oul the over- load wilhin the different groups. are constantly switching people from one group to anoth- Bridges said, ''and miking load studies on Ihc equipment. If we find (wo or ilirce customers in a particular group usinij Ihc system more Ihan Ihe average we put them in groups where Ihc load is not so heavy." HIUDGF.S SAID a combina- tion of residential and business phones is usually arrived it so Ihe phones will not overload. He said no damage is done lo the equipment but that custom- ers may not get a dial tone when they try lo use the phone, or Ihe dial tone may be two or Ihrce seconds laic. But in some instances switch- ing docs not help. A radio sta- tion which "runs a contest of some type will overload the ma- chine in a hurry with all these people trying lo call Bridges explained. Bad wcalhor causes pconle lo call Ihc time and temperature number and tho Nalional Wcatli- cr Service at Municipal Airport, also overloading the system, lie said. DR. HAROLD BRIMSON new superintendent that if we didn't gel the job we would leave. il wasn't surprising to me in Ihis last conversation that Slarnes had decided lo Brinson said. Slarnes told the Heporter- Ncws Thursday that he had "not been officially relieved of my dulies. I do have concerns about Ihis whole Ihing, but al this point I would prefer not to .con- firm nor deny the rumors." However, an administrative official close to the matter said Thursday thai in a Monday meeling with Starnes, Brinson had told Starnes he thought it would be best if he left and (he board had informally agreed in an cxeculive session on person- nel. Sonic replacements were also discussed the source said. The official said lhat in the meantime Starnes had personal- ly decided lo stay on for at least a year until hn could dclcrminc what would be best for his fu- ture. That was before Brinson held three meetings with Slarncs Ihis week, the officials said. WEDNESDAY NIGHT Supl. Wells said Slarnes had not been fired. Starnes confirmed Wclls's statement, and Brinson rcilcrat- Lighlning associated with the storm may also have caused some problems, he said. Light hail also was reported at several locations around the Big Country including Colcman, llamlin, Winters, Colorado Cily, Brcckenridge, Rotan, Hawley, Swectwatcr, Stamford and Knox Cily. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE Municipal Airport Tolal "or Year Normal for Year Dyess ALBANY ANSON BAIRD BALLINGER WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weolher Map, Pg. 6-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10 mil radius) Parlly cloudy cooler loday becoming Mr lonlghl and Friday. Wi ry winds 10 1o 20 mph diminishing tt High today and Friday rear 70. loniqhl rear 50. Hinh ond low lor 24 hours ending 9 a.m.: Si and tt. High and Tow same dal and 43. lash nighh sunrise loday: .41) .30 .50 (10 cr 70. year: e 18 Israelis Die In 'Suicide Raid' "There's really absolutely no truth in the rumor that HID hoard of education has fired Dr. Rrinson said. Board President C.G. Wliittcn could not be reached for com- ment Thursday morning. Reports that Starnes had been forced to resign had been circu- lated earlier this week by leacli- ers. Starnes is in charges of in- slniclional services. "QUITE A LOT of teachers were disappointed that Joe didn't get the Brinson said, "but Ihe same type of tiling would have happened if I hadn't gotten Ihc job." Brinson said it was unfortu- nale that this personnel waiter should be aired in public'. "This type of thing can't do anything but hurt both of us." When Starnes leaves, Hrinsoti will have two assistant s'.iperin- Icndcnl positions lo fill. Another administrative official has said that at least two pre- sent school district administra- tors are under consideration for the opening. They are Personnel Director Allison Koonce and Special Programs Director Billy C. L'arles. Hy MAX NASH Associated Press Wrilcr Q1RYAT SHMONAH, Israel (AP) Three Arab terrorists sneaked across the Lebanese border into Iliis little Israeli (own today, killed IS men, women and children and then blew themselves up as Israeli troops stormed the apartment building where they were hid- ing, senior police officers said. "Tliey were even armed with rocket-propelled grenades and (hey were throwing children from the lop floor of Ihe build- said an officer in a bullet- proof vest, standing outside the scarred and ransacked apart- ment bloc. The Popular Fronl for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a. splinter Palestin- ian group telephoned news- agencies in Beirut and claimed responsibility for (he "suicide altack" on Qiryat Shmonah. It said Ihc purpose of the raid was lo gain the release of 100 guerrillas from Israeli prisons. Three more guerrilla infil- trators seized a school in Ihe mountainside frontier scttle- mcnl, but it was empty for the Passover holidays and (lie gun- men abandoned the building and escaped, police said. Senior military sources said Ihc bodies of men, women and children found in the apartment house brought the death loll to IS with 16 wounded. The state radio said eight children, eight adulls and two soldiers died in Ihe most cosily guerrilla raid inside Israel since Hie Tel Aviv airport massacre of May 1972, which took 26 lives. The Arabs first seized control of an empty school and then moved lo Ihe apartmcnl build- ing. The slate radio said Ihcy fired submachine guns and threw grenades into Ihc apart- ments as Ihey shot their way up lo the fourth tloor in a trail of blood. Israeli froops and Defense Minister Moshc Dayan rushed lo Ihc mountainside town, and .inst over four hours after the raid began a military source said, "ft is all over." Heavy ex- plosions shook Hie building as the Israeli troops stormed il. The bodies of Israeli civilians were found in [lie doorways of I heir apartment and childrens' tiullct-torii corpses lay on Hie stairway of the building, Ihe ra- dio said. The guerrillas carrying explosive charges with their Russian-made assault rifles, and the room where they barri- caded themselves exploded when Ihe Israelis opened fire and rushed Hie building, Ihe ra- dio said. Tlie blasted bodies of the three guerrillas were found inside. The group's command in Lebanon said, "Our men car- ried out their instructions, They se( off explosive bells Ihcy wore for (he operation when the enemy tried to storm the build- ing Ihey were holding. They died along wilh Iheir hostages." The Israeli radio said the guerrillas invaded the town early in (he morning and began shooling "in all directions." Police and army unils sealed off Ihe town, and ils residents were rusJied to the shelters in which they take refuge when guerrillas in southern Lebanon shell llicin. One woman whose aparlmenl was invaded by the guerrillas (old a Tel Aviv newspaper: "About a tall man wear- ing army clothes enlered our house and started shooling without saying a word. I was nil. but I threw myself out of a window and neighbors took me to a first-aid station." NEWS INDEX Amusements Bridge Business Mirror Birjsncs; Nctci Clarified Comics Editorials Horoscope Hospilal Patic-nls. 6A Obituaries IOC Sparl; 1-3D To Your Gacd Health 2C TV Leg 
                            

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