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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 12, 1974, Abilene, Texas mom mmm Coming... ...in Sunday's Reporter-News Leading cheers takes lots of ' . -    •    r.4-:    I /rorc/ work The cheerleaders for the five Abilene junior high schools are the girls who work hard to boost spirits high at their schools, in both victories and defeats. By Marsha Cawthon. A bee's life isn t always honey sweet Bees have this communal living thing down pat, but life isn't always sweet for them. By Bill Herridge. Many factors help decide milk prices The story behind the pricing of milk, one of the most perishable of the basic foods, is a complicated one. By Joe Dacy ll. J tEfje Abilene Reporter RAIN CHANCE ★ Complete weather, PR. JA"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Bvron 94TH YEAR, NO. 117 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, OCT. 12, 1974 —FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Press (fl3) Cougars Win; Eagles Blanked Stories in Sports, Section CProducers Form State-Wide Group Permian 24 Cooper 28 Abilene 0 Odessa 12 Snyder 14 Brownwood 34 Estacada 6 Weatherford 7 Anson 20 Ranger 28 Coahoma 20 Bangs 8 Colo. City 7 De Leon , 38 Stamford 6 Dublin 0 Hamlin 26 Eastland 35 Winters 12 Coleman 7 Jim Ned 26 Clyde 30 Merkel 13 Cisco 8 Rotan 21 Roscoe 18 Wylie 14 Baird 0 By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer STEPHENVILLE - Dairy and beef producers from throughout a wide area of West Central Texas formed a state-wide organization here Friday to protest economic conditions which they said are forcing them out of business. About 80 to 90 stockmen and other persons, some of whom had voted here Oct. 2 to delay until Oct. IO their plans to slaughter hundreds of calves to dramatize their plight, also decided Friday to meet Monday with U.S.’ Undersecretary of ’Agriculture Phil J. Campbell. Campbell had offered to meet with producers to discuss their problems. That meeting was set for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the courthouse square in downtown Stephenville. AFTER THAT meeting they are expected to vote on whether to go ahead with Wednesday’s proposed slaughter of 800 to 1.000 small calves. On hand Friday also t<> discuss the situation were Texas Accident Thought to Be Terrorist Attack ■  — Kissinger's Bodyguard Injured By*BARRY SCHWEID Associated Press Writer AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A submachine gun accidentally discharged aboard Henry A. Kissinger's jet plane at Cairo Airport on Friday as he prepared to leave for Damascus and Jordan. Bullets wounded his principal bodyguard, onlv 20 feet from the secretary of state. Fearing a terrorist attack, Kissinger hurried to his private compartment on the plane and the shutters were drawn. The Secret Service agent. Walter Bothe, 33, of Alexandria, Va., suffered a deep scalp wound and a second wound on the right forearm. “You are damn lucky,” Kissinger told Bothe after it was determined he had not been injured seriously and that the shot came from inside the Boeing 707 when a c ase earning the Israeli-made Uzi submachine gun tumbled from a rack onto the floor. Kissinger spent four hours with Syrian President Hafez Assad at Damascus and told newsmen afterwards, “We had very good, very constructive talks in a friendly atmosphere.” Asked whether he had made progress toward a peace agreement, Kissinger said, “I am always optimistic.” Kissinger was to return to Damascus on Monday for further talks. He arrived late Friday in Amman for talks with King Hussein on linking Israeli-Kgyptian negotiations with followup talks between Israel and Jordan on a disengage ment on the west bank. Hussein proposes that he represent the half-million Palestinians displaced during the 1967 war, but Egypt and Syria have acknowledged the Palestinian liberation organization as the “sole legitimate representative” of the 2.85 million Palestinians throughout the Middle East. A senior American official told newsmen Jordan will need “a charter” from the Arab summit meeting at Rabat, Morocco, on Oct. 26 to conduct the negotiations. He declined assessment of Husseins chances. In an arrival statement. Kissinger said Jordan’s views would be “taken into account with great seriousness.” Parents help savings Vickie and Bobby Klahn are a couple combining marriage and college. On Bobby’s birthday, his mother helped out and treated them both to dinner. Vickie and Bobby save on their ^ocery bill by taking their parents up on invitations to dinners. (Staff Photo by John Best) Agriculture Commissioner John C. White and Reagan Brow n, representing Gov. Dolph Briscoe. Both men pledged to do anything they could to help the men had head off the slaughter. which they insist will blacken the image of the protesting cattle and dairy producers. Producers attending t h e two-hour meeting in the Stephenville Savings & Loan's Rainbow' Room were not only from the locally active Cross Timbers Dairy & Beef Organization, but also from Waco, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Nacogdoches and Edinburg. James Traweek, president of the Cross Timbers group, said that he wanted to see a united effort from the producers, which he received after nearly two hours of discussion.’“Until we can determine what we can get for our product, we'll be in trouble,” he told the crowd. TRAWEEK SAID that news media coverage was making the public more aware that “farmers across the country 4; Inside Todoy Market Posts Another Gain The stock market overcomes some early profits takinq, posts another broad advance and wraps up its strongest weekly gain on record. Pq. 4D. American travelers used to bargain-basement prices in Europe ore finding inflation is taking a bite out of holiday budgets. But the dollar still goes farther in England than in many major U.S. cities. Pg. 4D. JOHN WHITE . . . trying to avoid slaughter are getting made and desperate.” But he was adamant in wanting the producers to help themselves as much as possible. Traweek explained that Thursday he and others from the group w ere I town by Commissioner White to visit Gov. Briscoe, who he said was “definitely sympathetic” to their problems. While with Briscoe, he said, they called U.S. Rep. VV. R. Poage, D-Tex., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. and Poage pledged to talk with President Ford about their problem. REAGAN BROWN . . . represents Briscoe “I talked with Poage today and he did meet with the President and a representative of the Department of Agriculture,” said Traweek. Poage suggested that the producers organize, while in the meantime the government tries to see what it. can do to relieve conditions, reported Traweek. The producers are concerned. they said, with what they call a critical problem: closing the gap between the cost of raising calves to maturity and the price they receive for the animals. They want an end to cattle feed grain exports, which they hope would lower the price of gram in this country by increasing the domestic supply. And they want an end to beef imports. TUE I) XI BYM EN say the price they receive for their milk is still so far from a fair one that they cannot afford to feed their cattle. Also Friday morning. White told the group that Rep. E. L. Short of Tahoka, vice chairman of the Texas House Agriculture Committee, has offered to form a special sub- See MEDIA, Pg. MA, Col. 5 Cattlemen, Dairymen Feel Friends Are in Short Supply Amusement! 10-114 Astro-groph Bridqe Church News Classified Comics ...... 6 7B Editorials ........ . . . 4 A Form Heortline 2A Markets Obituaries . MD Oil Sports .............. .. use Todoy in History...... ____SB TV Log ..... ... IOA TV Scout........... ... 10A Women'* New*..... . . . 2.3B By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer STEPHENVILLE - Although the talk was often complex and heated Friday during the cattle and dairymen's meeting here, several major points and opinions surfaced. The first seemed to be that the producers do not w-ant to slaughter thousands of calves to dramatize their economic plight—if they can postpone it for any length of time short of bankruptcy. Another point was that they feel they are nearly out of friends in government to whom they can turn for help. In fact, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture John C. White drew no arguments when he told the group, “The only damn friends you've got in politics today are Governor Briscoe and me.” AS PERSON alter person took the microphone or spoke from the floor, it seemed unlikely for a while that any agreement could be reached. But a statewide organization of cattle and dairy' producers was finally voted on with no objections. Producer organizations from several other Texas areas—including East and South Central Texas—were in attendance to add a stronger voice to the group’s demands for immediate help from the gov ernment to ease their losses Larry Gamblin of Sulphur Springs said a group of his people from Hawkins and Wise counties had recently attended milk bill hearings in Chicago “and I think we are going to get some help by Nov. I un increasing the floor price of milk). But if costs continue to rise, I don’t know if the proposed new figure will help us that much. Ninety per cent of parity is what we feel we need.” Gamblin said his area has about 500 “grade A dairies” and they “will be in trouble soon.” Felix Purmley, president of See COST. Pg. I2A. Col. * Small Savings Don't Worry Couple By MARSHA CARTHON Reporter-News Staff Writer When a couple combines marriage and college, coping with inflation is one course they both study. Vickie and Bobby Klahn have learned well. Bobby is a student at Hardm-SLm-mons University and Vickie is a secretary for a local business firm. Bobby used to be on a baseball scholarship, but his eligibility ran out and now they must take care of his tuition themselves. “We took out a loan for Bobby’s education and we don’t have to start payments on the loan until he graduates!” Vickie said. TO MAKE ENDS meet each month, N ickle and Bobby both pitch in for just about any job they can find. X'ickie works all day and sometimes babysits in tile evenings. She is also in charge of the dog project. The Klahn s have a male and a female poodle and sell the pups. •They are registered so we made about 8200 on the last litter. Another is Living with Inflation-7 expected around Christmas and that will really help.” Vickie said Besides going to school. Bobby works part-time at a local bank printing checks. He has worked it out so that he prints the checks when Ins school schedule will allow. As long as he gets the work done, the hours are up to him. He also officiates at junior high and junior varsity football games. IHE KEARNS spend every cent they make just living and pay ing the bills. They live on $350 a month or less. Housing is reasonable. They live in student housing at RSU, which costs S53 a month with all bills paid except electricity. Electricity bill inns about $12 to $14 a month even during the summer. Vickie said. Vickie spends from $25 to 830 for groceries every two or three weeks. She said she never spends more than $40 a month on groceries. “I try to buv meat that will stretch two meals. Like, if I buy a roast, I save half of it for another dinner. And J buy pieces of chicken instead of a whole chicken. It all helps.” she said. Bobby is a canned meat lover. But it’s not as inexpensive as it used to be. “It goes a long way and he loves it. lie d rather have it than steak almost,” she said. The Klahns spend next to nothing eating out. If they eat out at all it’s for lunch together during the week. “WE WILL LSI ALLT just grab a hamburger for lunch or something since we are both busy and working.” Vickie said. Vickie’s parents and Bobby's mother live in Abilene. So, they invite them over for dinner every now and then “They can always tell when we tun short of money. We always show up around dinner time. It’s real nice fraus through and we really enjoy it.” she said. Their house was unfurnished and when they moved into it, they had to find furniture. “It came from evelysee COL PLC, Bg. MA. Col. 5 / TRAWEEK beef. dairv leader ;

  • Bill Herridge
  • Bobby Klahn
  • Dolph Briscoe
  • E. L. Short
  • Felix Purmley
  • Hafez Assad
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • James Traweek
  • Jim Conley
  • Joe Dacy
  • John C. White
  • King Hussein
  • Larry Gamblin
  • Marsha Carthon
  • Phil J. Campbell
  • R. Poage
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Walter Bothe

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: October 12, 1974

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