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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 18, 1974, Abilene, Texas ®fje Abilene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS 11 GOES"—Byron MTH YEAR, NO. 82 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE. TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING. AUGUST 18, 1974-NINETY-TWO PAGES IN SEVEN SECTIONS _25t Classrooms Call as Summer Slips Away WmWf %k£o Mmfr A boy of summer To four-year-old Joel McMillon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ron McMillon of 3913 Wilshire, the start of school Tuesday means the end of watching the big boys play softball and of all-day adventures with his brother, Jeffrey, 5, who'll be starting kindergarten. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) By BILL HERRIDGE Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene parks will seem a little quieter during school hours next week with more than 10,000 students returning to class. The “Summer of ’74“ has been a memorable one for the youngsters — a summer filled with swimming, watermelons, fireworks and just plain fun. MOST OF THE KIDS, however, are "ready to get back into the swing of academia. Pep rallies, football games, science fair and friendships new and renewed, will replace hours at the zoo, or the lake or the parks. Charles Watson, 19, of 1617 Wishbone took time out from a “frisbee” game with his brother Hugh to reflect on the coming school year. “I’ve had a lot of fun this summer,” he said, “but I’m ready to get back to school. I miss seeing my friends every day, and am anxious to get this year out of the way.” His desire is easy to understand. Charles will lie a senior at Abilene High School. He said he plans to attend Hardin-Simmons University, majoring in music. MARTHA COBBS, 9, daughter of Sgt. and Mrs. Joe Cobbs of 140 Virginia, said she hasn’t any special plans for the waning days of summer vacation. “I won t do anything special before I go back to school,” the Dyess Elementary fifth-grader said, “but I’m not ready for school to start. Summers too much fun.” Mary Rogers, also 9. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mac A. Rogers, 4510 State, said she is ready for classes to begin. “Pm tired of summer” she said “I miss my friends and want to get back to school. I miss Math and English classes the most.” Mary’ will be in the fifth grade at Lee Elementary School. She said she will spend the last days of her summer vacation buying school supplies and getting ready for classes. DARRELL RIDDLE, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert L. Riddle, 3301 Nonesuch, will be a third-grader at Anson school. He said he's ready to return to the world of ABC's. “I’m tired of having nothing to do,” Darrell said. “I miss art and math classes the most, I guess — really I miss everything. I'm ready to go back to school.” Summer's last inning saw sandlot baseball games, ice cream parties and a last chance to grab a few Sunray*, enhancing the tan that perhaps wasn't quite done to perfection. However the last days of vacation were spent by Abilene youngsters, the memories of the “Summer of ’74” will remain in their minds through the met-a morphasis autumn brings to the trees and the dread of winter with its fairyland snow falls. One thing remains true, however, kids will be ready to take another break come May 30, 1975, for another memorable summer. President Criticizes Attack on Rockefeller Bv GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford declared on Saturday that Nelson Rockefeller remains in the running for vice president and criticized what a White House official called an attempt by right-wing extremists to discredit the former New 5 ork governor. “President Ford has advised me that former Gov. Rockefeller has been and remains under consideration for the vice presidential nomination, White House Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst said after emerging from an Oval Office meeting.' TerHorst’s statement came atter a .series of developments and White House disclosures that led to speculation Rockefeller had little chance of getting the nomination. Meanwhile, however, two Republican sources on Capitol Hill said they learned that neither Rockefeller nor Republican national chairman George Bush was likely to be selected by Ford. Here was the sequence of events: Columnist Jack Anderson reported last week that seven cartons of material once be- Investigation Found Possible Pentagon Misconduct Bv RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Army Investigators found what they considered evidence of possible criminal misconduct by senior Pentagon officials in the awarding of a $40 million advertising contract, but their recommendation that the case be turned over to the Justice Department was rejected. according to government sources. The Army chose instead to refer the matter to its own Inspector General keeping it within military channels, for what has been termed officially a continuing inquiry aimed at “improving management controls.” The Army says the criminal aspect of the investigation is closed. Army spokesmen deny that any finding of possible criminal activity was made in the original probe by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) or that any recommendation Recommendations Surprise Skaggs Foreman Says Sex Acts Prompted Jury's Jail Report By JOE DACY II Reporter-New* SUH Writer Taylor County Grand Jury foreman William Grosvenor told The Reporter-News Saturday that the grand jury’s recommendations concerning the county jail were prompted by recent incidents of sodomy in the jail. Grosvenor of 1134 Glenwood, said the sodomy charges were “slow coming to light” and that the 42nd District Court grand jury “felt like the citizens needed a study'’ of jail conditions. THE ALLEGED ACTS of sodomy, involving as many as four inmates over a week-long period, were uncovered by Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Davis in June. One of two inmates charged with “sexual abuse,” formerly sodomy, Dennis Butman, 26. of Merkel received a 25-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Most of the sexual abuses occurred in the shower area of the jail, Davis has said, calling the situation a “reign of terror.” Friday’s grand jury recommendations call for a study into the advisability of building a new, modem jail: of hiring more deputies, including women; and of installing television monitoring equipment, a recreation area and a better speaker system. GRAND JURY' members toured the jail Friday morning for “about an hour or an hour and a half,” Grovenor said, adding that they had not talked to Sheriff Jack Landrum about the recommendations. Two deputies, including chief jailer Bob Stanley, took the grand jurors throughout the four-story structure, he said. “The jail is probably one of the last places we spend money on,” Grosvenor, who works for Rita Barber Inc., said. “I think the sheriff’s department ii doing a good job rver there with what they have to work with.” he added. Grosvenor would not say what specific condition* struck him as needing the most improvement but he indicated the jail tour was “worthwhile.” Taylor County Judge Roy Skaggs said Saturday that he was “surprised” at the grand jury’s recommendation, especially the first item — that consideration be given to building a new jail. SKAGGS SAID the matter would probably be discussed at the commissioners court meeting Tuesday. And he said a study group would “probably,” in his opinion, be established. “I think the idea of a conusee JURY, Pg. 16A, Col. 5 was ever made to refer ii to the Justice Department. However, the CID investigators’ report, dated April 29. said that “the Department of Justice should be immediately apprised of the facts disclosed as a result of this inquiry and that the Department of Justice initiate an investigation as appropriate.” Although this was not done, the Justice Department is known to have obtained a copy of the report, and is said to have no reservations now about the handling of the case. Justice Department officials refused to comment. The case concerns the award of a contract in October. 1972, for promoting and advertising the Army’s all-volunteer recruitment program to N. W. Ayer & Son., Inc., a New York advertising agency. Ayer had previously held Army advertising contracts. Neal VV. O’Connor, chairman of the firm, dismissed as absurd any suggestion of favoritism in the contract award. The CID investigators reported that the decision to select the agency over six others might have been wrongfully influenced by high-level Pentagon olticiais. They said the investigation had not found that anyone received favors, but that the circumstances of the contract award and what they termed “certain unusual relationships between the parties concerned” merited further investigation. On this basis they recommended the case be turned over to the Justice Department. Among those named in the report were former Secretary of the Army Robert Froehlke, Roger T. Kelley, who was then assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs. William ll. Kraus, a member of the e \ a I u a t i o n board which awarded the contract, and Brig. Gen. Robert M. Mon* league, who was Kelley's aide. Froehlke is president of Sentry Insurance Co., of Stevens Point. W’is.. and Kraus, who was named to tile selection board by Froehlke, is a vice president of the same firm. Kelley, a vice president of See CONTRACT, Eg. ISA, Col. I New Eula School longing to Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt had been copied before being destroyed, and that the documents contained allegations that Rock*--feller had hired thugs to di*-rupt the 1072 Democratic National Convention and tilt ’he nomination toward Sen. George McGovern. TerHorst began receiving press inquiries about the Anderson column. At about 9:15 a.m. EDT Saturday , he summoned two news service reporters to his office to respond to the inquiries. He said that Philip Kuchen. a long-time Ford friend and adviser, was contacted early Sunday, Aug. ll by a man who identified himself only as “Mr. Long.” According to terHorst, this source told Buclien that he had information on the whereabouts and contents of the so-called Hunt papers. TerHorst said the man told Bueh-en “there ought to be some things he ought to know” if Rockefeller were being considered for vice president. TerHorst said Budlet! assigned another attorney on Ford s transition staff to look into the information. This at torney concluded by late Sunday that the Hunt papers may indeed have been copied^ at a Washington photocopying firm, terHorst said. Kuchen then reported to Foitl on the situation, terHorst said, and Ford directed him to turn “everything he had over to Leon Jaworski.” the Water-gate special prosecutor. This was done Monday. terHorst said. He said assistant prosecutor Richard Ben Veniste was assigned to handle the probe and ‘ everybody here just withdrew.” After reporters interpreted his remarks as meaning Fold had ordered an investigation of the Rockefeller allegations. terHorst again summoned correspondents to his office to stress that the President had not requested an investigation. He said he had simply turned the material over to the spe-elal prosecutor without a request for reports on what the investigation turned up. TerHorst also told reporters that Ford planned to disclose his vice presidential choice next Tuesday or Wednesday. This immediately led to ''pecu- See WHITE HOUSE, Pg. UA, Col. 6 •w Inside Today Better Sight for Vicki ti fJP. A One doy last June Vicki Greeson, 17 entered Hendrick Memorial Hospital for cataract surgery. Two days later, Vicki was out of the hospital and with-in a week had resumed her normal routine in her hometown of Rule. And it was oil possible thanks to a process called Phaco - Emulsification. Pp. 22, 23A. “They've given me the key to the front door, and I'm going home to see if it fits/' Richard Nixon sold ot his inauguration in 1969. A summary of his legacy appears on Pg. 17A. Abilene Events Calendar . 41 Amusements . 1-4B Austin Notebook 5A Berry's World 4A Biq Country Calendar 4B Books ............. 48 Bridqe .............. 28 Classified 10-16C Crossword Puxzle 18A Editorials ......... . . 4C Farm News 16C staff photo bv John belt VICKI GREESON . . . seeing clearer even day Hospital Patients ISA Horoscope HA Jumble Puzzle MA Markets 7-9C Obituaries MA Oil JC Settinq the Scene ti Sports . . 1-6C Texas MA This Week In West Texos 48 Today In History 38 To Your Good Health 2B TV Tab 1-16E Womens New* 1-120 Hearing Thursday On New City Budget A tall tree shades the lawn of the new Eula junior-senior high school. Officials will dedicate the new school Sunday afternoon during an open house and school will open Monday. More photos, Pg. IDA. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton) Bv GARY BALDRIDGE Reporter-News staff Writer A public hearing on the proposed city budget for 1974-75 will be held at 9 a m. Thursday at City Hall. City Manager Fred Sandlin ha* recommended to the city council a $13.6 million budget with no tax rate increase. The only city .service for which Sandim seek* un increase in fees is residential refuse collection. Single-family residences with carry-out service would p,t\ a minimum of $2.75 (50 cents more than c u r r e ii t rates», apartments* refuse collection fees would go from $1.80 to $2.20 and singlefamily residences having container service would pay $2.25, t*r 25 cents more than in 1973-74. THE NEW BUDGET is about $15 million more than the 1973-74 budget. More than half the increase will pay for salary raises. Very few new programs are included, since capital improvements projects and other programs were handled by the separate. $1 T million revenue sharing budget. During two days of City Council budget workshop sessions, salaries were the main point of debate. Councilman Don Watts argued that firemen and policemen .should get more than the 150-per-month increase in the proposed budget. Sandlin said a study comparing lo'-al city employ# salaries with those of other towns showed Abilene’s police and fire department pay scales were more in line with the See BUDGET, Pg. UA, Cfi. I Peanut queen Ham Tate, 18. of Stephenville was chosen 1974 State Peanut Queen Saturday night in Eastland. Miss Tate is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Tate of Stephenville. First runner-up was < ’harm Pennington of Grapeland, and second runner-up was Shirley Ford of Eastland Chosen as “Miss Congeniality” was Janet Will* niann of Mason. (RNS Photo)
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