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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE'TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 84TH.YEAR, NO. 74 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 30, PAGES IN F'OUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Asiociaial Press (ffl Women in Jail: 'Favors' Lacking By KITTY FRIEDEN Reporter-News Staff-Writer While the .Commissioners Court debates budget requests for Taylor County and recommendations for a new jail made by a. 42nd District Court grand jury, three women In county jail have views sharp- ened by the confinement of a cell. In a mood bordering on bitterness and resignation to their plight, the women prisoners in Taylor County Jail said they get no "special favors." The women claimed tliey were denied the right to become trusties and were not allowed to make phone calls as often us male prisoners. THE WOMEN talked inside the women's "tank." AL {hat lime only three women were being held. Since then, one more women has been booked into the jail. The. three prisoners will be referred to by fictitious names since their trials are pending. Linda, a 21-year-old blonde who once did part-time modeling, said, "I just think the whole thing is really messed up. It's been four weeks since we got to make phone calls." "I don't think it's been four said Chiel Jailer Lt. Bob Stanley, explain- ing, "We've been busy and short-handed." lie said he is not required to allow the prisoners to make phone calls once a week but uses it as a privilege for which they must work. He said they must have clean tanks and must stay out of (rouble to be allowed the phone calls. He explained the men, too, had missed the usual phone call per week recently, because the jail has been under-staffed. The prisoners are also allowed televis- ion arid radio il they can furnish it them- selves. During the interview the three women kept their only form of entertain- ment television with its after- noon soap operas. Linda said Iliat for a while Deputy Dch- foy Kersey bad gone shopping for them, buying the women some of, the items not supplied by the weekly commissary at the jail. BUT THE DEPUTY was told unless she could shop for the men as well, the "spe- cial favors" for the women would have to be stopped.. Lt. Stanley confirmed this saving it would be discriminating against the male prisoners, so the personal shopping came to a halt. "But hell, the men get cable TV and windows, and they get to be one woman prisoner said. She ex-plained the women's tank had no cable hook-up. The i women had watched a newscast about Jhe tour the 42nd District Court grand jury had made aline jail and said Ihey hoped some of the proposals could be adopted, particularly the recommendation about the windows. LT. STANLEY said he could only specu- late as to why the women's cell had not been built with windows. Sheriff Jack I.a'n- drum said he did not know the rationale behind constructing the lower floor with- out windows, but speculated it may have been because (he floor is air conditioned. As for not allowing the women to be- come trusties, Stanley repeated his earlier position that he did not have the personnel to allow the women the freedom of (lie jail slotl phole by Getold JAIL COMPLETE 'CONFINEMENT'TOR "WOMEN1 women here for trusty privileges alongside trusties. Linda said she had been in jail alone for a few days when (he only other woman prisoner was being tried out as Ibe jail's first female trusty. Stanley said this was done because the woman would have been alone in her cell, since al the lime, she was the only fe- male prisoner. Kay, a 20-year-old who is in Taylor Coun- ty Jail for the second time wanted to know "why we can't cook. The kitchen's down the hall. Some of the men don't know how to cook." The chief jailer agreed il would be a "great idea" but said, again that, it would lake more personnel. He said he could nol restrict the floor to the women because some of the kitchen duly is heavy work- that requires "men. He said the male trusties clean and stack all of the jail's dishes and unload the heavy food supplies when they arc- delivered. "IF" I HAD a matron! she could slay on the floor and handle Ihe juveniles, women and the Stanley said. But al- Ihough Ihe sheriff has requested a matron, it is uncertain if Ihe county commissioners will granl the jail the necessary money. The women said they had never been abused, however, and voicing their opin- ions on the jailers ''Some arc good and some are bad.'1 "I really like the one of. them added. Kay said the first lime she was booked into jail here late last year she was five months pregnant. "There were limes when I needed a doctor and they didn't hear me or they were too busy." LT. STANLEY who did hoi work al. Die jail at thai time, said be and other jailers Sec Women, Pg. IDA, Col. 1 Hill Wet By Up to 10 Inches The Associated Press Relentless rains pounded the Texas Hill Country to 10 unofficial inches in some areas around Junction-caus- ing rivers and streams to gusli over their bunks, sweeping away livestock and ranch equipment near Hie waters' Snn Antonio on the southern edge of Ihe Hill Country fell under a flush flood warning as did numerous counties on or near I lie Llano and Guadnlupe rivers. Weathermen warned of flood conditions in Hexar, Medina, Kendall, Handera and Comal counties. A fire dcparlnicnt spokes- man al Junction said G to 10 inches of rain .which fell around thai Hill Country.town since Wednesday prompted an expected 30-foot crest on Ihe Lhino River.. There has been tin evacuation or flooding of homes and businesses, Ihe spokesman said. Water gushed across U.S. 377 norllieasl of Junction lo- day. Conditions were 'nearly as serious in many other areas over Central Texas and inlu the southeast parl cf Ihe slate Summer Weather May Miss Summer's Final Holiday Forecasters al the X'alioiw! Weather Service have some good news -and some l.-ud news for Hie long, Labor Day week- end. First the good news: Weath- erman Frank Camion Friday .predicted a: Saturday break in the now-you-see-thchi, now- you-don'l showers scattered over the area. Fair weather should prevail .then, but. NOW THE HAD NEWS: Scattered and widely scattered showers should return Sunday and Monday' if, a iiew cold front pushes in from t h e north. Cannon .said the front has little identity at present but is expected to enter the area around Sunday to slir things up again; Shower. possibilities for Fri- day remained slight because an upper-level low pressure trough is closing the gap be- tween it and ils parent frontal system to the cast. The frontal system has back- ed up along a line through Wichita Falls, Abilene' arid Del Rio wilh Ihpilrough-right behind from Childross, Big Spring and Big Bend .National. Park', Cannon explained, THE AKHA also bus lost some of the moisture avail- able for rain, he added. 'Althougli.il is too early, lo tell anything about il, a sec- ond cold front-lo the far north may also cause some changes" in the future.... No Immediate Gas Hike Due A giis rate increase for Lone Star Gas Co. approved by the Texas Railroad Commission Ihis week won't immediately be passed on to residential customers, C.C. (Buck) El- liott, Abilene regional manag- er, said Friday. Lone Star received approval for a rale increase of .1.56 cents per cubic feel. The company had asked for an S.I cenl increase per cubic feel in May 1873. A spokesman said the com- pany was not satisfied with Ihe increase but would.accept if for.the 'lime being. THE Commis- sion authorized the company's transmission d i v i s To n to charge its distribution division the increased rate. Klliotl explained that the transmission division produces ami transports natural gas lo the cities that Lone Star serves. The distribution divi- sions, which includes the Abi- See GAS HIKE, Pg. 10A.-Col.-5 as numerous rivers and creeks carried raging crests and overflowed into lowlands. Ilesldenls in the Junction vi- cinity were warned thai a 30-foot crest was ncaring that city and flood stage there :s just 14 feel. The National Weather Service said serious flooding was expected on the north and south forks of the Llano above Junction and along Ihe main stream from' there down lo the (own of Llano. A special advisory for areas along the Gnadalupe River urged precautions against, flooding from Ingram to below Kcrrville. Uadar delected downpours al Hie rale of 2 inches per hour al many points, official observers reported, and anoth- er center of some of the lieavi-" esl rain was from around Luf- kin to College Slalion. Weather service employes were kept busy for hours issu- ing one flash flood warning after another for various coun-i lies. Even in localities which -cs-: caped flooding, violent thun- derslorm's and sheets of rain made travel hazardous !on and highways. .The continuing rains 'lol-; lowed on the heels of tiirbul-' elite which spawned a baker's- dozen tornadoes late Thursday; at or near I.oraine, Eden and farUo'the" soulli in the'Houston vicinity. While several funnel.' clouds apparently touched gi'ound in ippen areas, Of-any.serious daiii'age." WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NtNcmaP Serviw (WMlfler Mop, Pg. 3A) ABILENE AMD "VICINITY railiuO Parlly cloudy end mild through Saturday. A stlohl chance Ihunderfhowers laday and tonTcirir. Lfghl and variabfe winds. High-toddy and Saturday in Ihe mid Ws. Low 1o- right In 1he upper Us. ProbabllllY of rain 20 per ctnl and tonighl, TEMPERATURES Thursday p.m. Friday o.tn. SO 1'W............ 7? 81........... 11 81 n 77............ 71 78........... }fi. 71 7J 70 7-1 70 71............ 71 17 73 72........... 74 7? 77 High and lor 24 tndlrg f a.m.: W end 69. and 'n. Sunrise locfay: sunset lonighh sunrise Barometer reading al neon; 23.11 in. Humidity noon: H per cehi. Cubs to Show Stripes Reporter Agrees DveSS tO 'Go Western' ill Louisiana I nil During Holiday Weekend The Nelson Park Zoo's five er animal on Ihe endangerde J tiger cubs will be on display species list." through Monday with their 1 nolher as a special attraction SO IF TIIEY'UK' bom, for holiday visitors, said Zoo j.ou must'eilher destroy them Director Dan Watson on Fri- or accommodate thein wher- day. ever Ihey're born, he added. Watson said Ihe zoo, which Walson indicalcd vaseclom-has gone back to its normal 10 jcs mjgnl be clone on male a.m. lo 5 p.m. schedule, will animals which Hie zoo would alio have special extended nol [0 ]lave breed due to holiday hours. lack Of spacc for offspring. The zoo will not close until 7 Watson mu.-.lioned lhal infla-p.m. Saturday through Mon- ijon nas hil the zoo world as day. much as the average is probably Ihe last cr. "In Ihe past tigers sold for group of tiger cubs we'll have about to now we said Watson, "because might gel as much as a under new federal guidelines piece if we could sell you can't sell them or any olh- he come out of jail a woman in Ta> fail told R-N police rep and after only a n jail for an interview wit in, Miss. Fricden agreed, h to interviewing the womei County Jail is a "Betwee stoty on Pg. ItTT a different 'tor County orter Kitty short stay h the wom-ler reaction n in Toylor n Editions" 6C JIM CONU5Y Reporter-News military WJicn Dyess Air Force Base sends its top crews to compete in November's bombing 'com-pcition against (be best the U.S. Strategic- Air Command and England's Royal Air Force has to offer, the Abile- 'nrians will be sporting special uniforms. their western lials and hoots, along with special jackets and shirts identifying them ns Dyess and Key City representatives, llic crews will bring Ihe atmosphere of Texas with Itiem when Shreveport, Louisiana's Barksdale A i r Force Base hosts them Nov. 10-10. Representatives of the bomber, tanker and maintenance crews met the Chamber of Commerce IJoard of Directors Friday morning at tlieir monlhly meeting, where Col. Eric W. Carlson pledged that the men "will do their very best to represent Abilene." Tl'lH DOMl) commander explained that the 107-1 Combat Crew Competition, dubbed "Operation Giant is aimed at giving SAC bomber and tanker wings ii chance to compete against each oilier in bombing and nagivation competition. The last competition was held three years ago al McCoy See. DYESS, I'g. IOA, Col. 6 I-8D Hospital Patienls 3A 2A Your BC 6-73 Log Scout 6C No Law Against 'Jacked Up7 Cars By EIJJE RUCKER Q. Do we have laws against jacked up cars being driven on Ihe streets? If my brakes hadn't been In good shape I'd have run Into one car's gas tank. I wonder why (be safety bumpers if Texas is going lo allow (hesc car bodies to he raised up so much higher than normal? A. According lo Capt. Homer Bailey al Uie Texas dcparlmeiil of Public Safety, no motor vehicle regulation prohibits raising the car body and driving it that way. Q. How do you slop a wood floor from squeaking? H has carpet on II.. A. Probably, says Hoy White who's in Hie flooring business, whal you have Is a tub-floor with nnollicr floor on top and no fell in between. This will definitely cause squeaks. Tf you're bugged flat out of your mind, lake up ilie lloor and put sonic felt in. This involves some expense. Sometimes a loose nail will cause a racket. You might re-nail the floor with galvanized, screw shank or ring shank nails. Eventually Ihe nail will work itself up and slart squeaking again bul you will have a few years of peace. Q. A few months ago Ihe coliseum had a group lhal attracted a lol of young folks. I picked up my children Just as the show ended. Before I got on I of Ihe parking lol Ihe oiilside lights were turned off. A great in any young people were still walling for rlrtcs and drivers were looking for children In Ihe dark, I wonder If this will happen for Ihe Elvis show? II seems like a dangerous practice. A. The usual practice, the coliseum manager, is to-leave the lights on until Ihe lol is cleared for safely and to facilitate emptying the parking lot. If, nl some lime, they were lurned off early, it was unintentional, he said. But JOE Coolcy ap- preciates your interest, will try nol lo let il happen again. He said to tell you lhal policemen slay around until all (he kids have been picked up, Wlinl Indian (ribcs lived in Texas? A. More than a few. Tonknwas and Co- manchcs hung out around Abilene, accord- ing lo Dr. Fane Downs, Southwest history professor al McMurry. The Comanches ran the Apaches oul; a few Chcrokccs moved lo TOMS when they were chased mil of Ihe Carolinas. Then Ihere were Ihe: Wichita Indians, Ihe Kiowas, Caddos, Ilas- innis, Karankawas, Coahuillccans, Juma- nos (who mysteriously vanished) and Tig- uas who were pueblo Indians in the Kl Paso area. For a more comprehensive list- ing, Dr. Downs suggesls W. W. New- comb's book. "Indians of Texas." Q. Is there a great books discussion group meeting anywhere In lawn? A. There was aboul six years ago unlil most of the members moved away. The City Library organized il and the group used Ihe library for a meeting place. Li- brary Director Dec Biackmori said he'd be happy lo acccpl names and addresses of Ihose interested and possibly another group can bo formed. Leave your name al Ihc reference desk. Address questions ID Act inn I.lnc, Box 38, Abilene, Texas 73COI. Names will nol be nscil but questions must be signed and addresses given'. IMcase In- clude telephone numbers If possible. Uniform of the Day Lt. Col. Al Barlck, righl, models the'special uniform Abilene provided in 1971 for Dyess Air Force Base's bomb competition crews. He, along with this year's crews, including S. Sgt. Jerry Sheridan of 9GUi AMS, left, was introduced to the Chamber of Commerce Hoard of Directors at a Friday morning meeting. (Slafl Photo by Don Blaklcy)   

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