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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE 94TH YEAR, NO.; 175 -PHONE 673-4271 .ABILENE WEDNESpAY EVENING, DECEMBER' 11, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS 0 15 Cents- Attociattd Prett By BLUE RUCKER Age Said No Factor In School Hi rings Q. Have1 any jaWsijIts been filed against the cUy of Abilene or (he local school system for age Who do you see lo make a complaint? ..A. None have been tiled Ihalwe know But Superintendent of Schools -Harold Brinsoh says'.he understands how someone could feel such discrimination might exist in'; the 'school system as he's had from three' to (or some posi- tions. If someone wasn'l hired he could conceivably think it was because of age. Brinson says, that age has no bearing; if someone is he -Is qualified and age is not.a factor.' to register a complaint, if you are be- tween 40 and contact Hie Dept. of Labor, Wage and Hour Division in the Federal Building. Q. If a person Is allergic'lo penicil- lin, would he also be allergic lo mold, such as forms on bread and cheese? A. Not necessarily, says ail allergist. They are both molds, but the penicillin given by injection is a highly refined prod- two are entirely, different, "aller- gicly speaking." You'might be allergic to brtad mold if you're an- allergic person but Ihis wouldn't, necessarily mean you would react to penicillin. Q. Where might I find someone to quilt a quilt lor me? I've looked ev- erywhere.' I'll love you forever If you'll find someone who will help Die but Ih Is one'time. A. Then we'll tell you real quick to call Linda Daniels at 673-9564, 'cause we don't wanl.lo lose out on any lovin'. 'Linda teaches quilting. It she can't handle your quilt personally, she may be able to recom jiiend an advanced student who will. The nostalgia bit has hit hard; -it's caused such Interest in quilts that most of the church groups and women's clubs are swamped with requests. Q. I'd like for you (e ask (he post office something. My uncle orders 1 Itrst day 'ctvert for ne'stoee I collect them. We've moved several times and 'It's difficult [or him lo keep up with my address: The first day cover Is mailed wllh a stick-em label (hat polls off so (he envelope Is perfect. Lately (he post office has written In gigantic letters all'over-the front of the with the new. address scribbled on the enve- lope. The first day. covers are ruined. I have to throw them away. Why can't they just place another sticker on (he envelope with my correct address? Mel Layne at the Post Office says th'ey can and usually do use the pressure -sensitive labels but the envelopes still must be re-postmarked and the old ad- dress marked out. If you're continually on lie move, he suggests you tell your uncle lo have the first day covers mailed to him. He can then-put them in another envelope addressed'to you and if the post office scribbles all over it, it won't hurt the one inside. day covers are envelopes sent to philatelists postmarked and stamped wilh a commemorative stamp on the first day It is issued. Address questions to Action Line, Box 3t, Abilene, Texas -79604. Names will not be used hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please Include telephone number if possible. By PHIL 'SHOOK 'Reporter-News Staff Writer ,'Wilh national unemployment at 6.5 per Abilene metropolitan 1.0 per cent in October, the lowest level in the state for the third straight month. [The T-e s Employment Commission reported only unemployed in-the Abi- lene: .Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area for a cent against a 3.9 for the'stale in October, the last month tab-... ulaled. TEXAS EMPLOYMENT Related Stories, Pg. 8A. Commission records also show Ih at the.: Abilene SMS which includes Taylor, Callahan and Jorics Counties, has recorded the.'lowest unemployment tale in the six out of- Ihe: first ten months of 1974. Unemployment rates in the state for October ranged from .highs per cent in the Laredo SMSA and 7.9 in the Brownsville.-. Harlingen San Benito SMSA to lower rates of 2.1 in the Lubbock'SMSA; 2.4 per cent in the" SaV "Angela. SMSA; and 2.6 per cenl in the' Wichita Falls 'ami the Mid- land-Odessa SMSA's. Dr. James R. Vinson, assis- tant to the president of Har- din-Simmons arid an economist, said Tuesday that the low unemployment level in Abilene- reflects the growth of an area that. has shown rapid increases ..in in- come and industrial growth. Dr. Vinson said the demand for housing here is an indica- tion of the recent people into the area. Three East Geiman'speed skaters befoie a recent meet at Inzell, West Germany. The skateis are, 'frorh left, Ileike Lange, Ute Dix and-1 Moruka 'Zernicek. (AP Wirepholb) By LIZ MOORE Reporter-News Slaf[ Writer Employment isn't the only economic bright spot'enjoyed by Abilene over other U.S. cit- ies during a recession. Enrollments in the three pri- vate colleges here defy Ihe trend, elsewhere _for ..such schools in the competition for students. Abilene Christian College nearly topped Ihe lisl of the state's private colleges show- ing a higher fall, enrollment over 1973 ACC has 286 more students for a total of Hardin-Simmons University has students this fall, representing a gain of 7G. And although McMurry Col- lege showed a slight decrease, the college president, DiY. Thomas Kim, said Tuesday lhat preliminary figures show tlial the spring will surpass the spring of 1973. McMurry fall enroll- ment of 1.309 compared to a year ago. "ACC PLACED'a great deal more emphasis on student re- said Clinton How- ,clh, director, of- admissions and placement, there. "We dealt with more prospective students and -their -parents. The faculty and everyone con- cerned put forth more effort." He said that the efforts will continue "not only .in Texas and Ilie Big Country but out of state as well." Hnweth also attributed the Goodfellows Receive Concern for the needy ranges from the rich lo (he no-so-rich, as Wednesday's let- ters to the Abilene Goodfel- lows proved. A check airived for from an anonymous source. And was sent by a nurs- ing home residenl who apolo- gized for the small contribu- tion. "I read of so many people wilh'.children not having enough to eal, shoes lo wear, the contributor wrote. "It just drives ir.e up (he wall and makes me feel so ashamed and small." Latest contributions include: In memory of Bonnie Belle Graham and Kathleen Pugh by Paul D. Graham 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lacy Jr. 25.00 Agnes C. Beckham 75.00 Mr. and Mrs. Jack .McMahon 25.00 In lieu of Chrstmas cards from Mr. and Mrs. Bud Peterson and sons 10.00 Mr; arid Mrs. Jones Jr. 10.00. Women's Auxiliary to the Abilene Restaurant Assn. Becky, Patricia and Blake Burton 15.00 Mr. and Mrs. Robert F.Jones 10.00 Anonymous 25.00 In lieu of Christmas cards lo Abilene friends from the Joe.Sleger Family In memory of our darling son, Van B.. Betlcrton, by his father and mother Mr. and Mrs.'G.V. Belterlon 10.00 Mrs. Ernest Wright 25.00 Stacy and Rob Petligrew 10.00 Mrs. R.M. Fielder 10.00 In lieu of Christmas cards lo Abilene friends from Lena and Norman Naill 15.00 Mr., and Mrs. R. C. Harrison 3.50 Col. and Mrs. Eric W. Carlson In lieu of local Christmas cards Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Leach 5.00 In memory of my dad, Dr. H. Gordon Clinard, from Tracy Clinard'.: 25.00 Mrs. Edwin Jennings In lieu of Christ mas cards... lo Abilene friends from Mrs. O.H. Davenport 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Baggelt 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin 15.00 Mr. and. Mrs. Hugh Kennedy 5.00 Col. and Mrs. Billie J. Norwood 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Dick, Clyde ;5.00 Anonymous 500.00 Mr. and Mrs. Elgin Hci-ringlon in lieu of Christmas cards lo Abilene friends 10.00 Mrs. Marcial B. Moore in lieu of Christmas cards lo Abilene friends 25.00 Mrs. James D. Kennedy 5.00 Larry and Rickie Stone in lien of Christmas cards to friends 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Dail Fields 100.00 The Searchers Class of First Christian Church 25.00 Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Seidel 30.00 Mrs. W.E. Clement 10.00 Guy Caldwell 100.00 Anonymous, Stamford 1.00 Dr. and Mrs. Raymond T. Bynum ,25.00 Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wiginton and Richard 15.00 Mildred Butler 10.00 Mrs. J.T. Brian 20.00 Key Cily Chapter ofthe American Assn. of Retired Persons 25.00 Total Previously Acknowledged Total lo dale W.M1.7I GOAL Trend healthy .figures to good finan- cial aid available to students. Sherwyn McNair, director of public relations -at H-SU; .dis- cussed the Tuition Equaliza- tion Grant in connection with this financial aid. He said that the availability of state funds lo help equalize the luilions of private and state schools is a new atlrac-' (ion for sludcnls. and ACC also have McNair pointed out, "and; work programs, loans and scholarships are available at all three schools." PARENTS CLUBS and re- cruilmenl through the alumni are also being utilized more in recruitment efforts, McNair said. Although McMurry showed a slight drop, Dr. Kim empha- sized thatlhe school's enroll- ment "is still very healthy." "Preliminary indications from pre-registr'alion of trans- fers and; new freshmen indi- cate that the spring enroll- ment will be he added. He said that the expansion of the1 evening program there and greater publicity for the school are probably contribut- ing factors. ACC and Hardin-Simmons also are anticipating higher spring enrollments, so the good news for the. colleges may hold out a continuing bright spot. FAMILY WIEKIMU WANT-AI 15 Htrh-l (Extra 1S-) in "THE TRUTH of Ihe mat- ter is that unemployment Is Ipwjh a growing, Dr. Vinson said. Han'ell placement su- pervisor for the Texas' Em- ployment Commission In -Abi- lene, felt the .low unemploy- ment rate was attributable lo Ihe "dlversly of businesses In the Abilene area and our close relationship to the energy oc- cupations in the area." Rush said the area has many .small businesses but no major ones such as aircraft plants 'or auto manufacturing plants which can be hit hard- est by layoffs. Rush said in recent months many applicants from Houston and San Antonio and other larger cities have come to Ab- ilene to 'seek employment. Most of the applicants are air- craft industry workers, mach- inists 'and welders, he added. Rush said he expected the unemployment figure to go up slightly in November to about 2 per cent here and then drop below 1.9 per cent in 'Decem- ber. The type of worker that most finds a job in the Abilene area is the factory type employe, the 'food service and .convalescent' home' em- ploye, Rush said. .HUSH ADDED.fhat the only problem created by the low unemployment rate here is that sometimes skills of the employe applicants don't malch what employers want. Among the largest employ- ers in Abilene, Rush said, are the Abilene Independent School Corp., Automa- tion Industries, Inc., Hendrick Memorial Hospital, Gooch Packing Company and Aileer. 'Tom Leelh, Manager of -In- dustrial 'Relations trial expansion. "All phases of the economy have been moving forward, In- cluding college enrollment E-nd the m i 1 i I a r y Gressett said. He added that local Industri- alists have not had lo slow down production because of a lack of employes. THE ONLY'drawback to the high employment of Ilie local work force is lhat some indus- tries could move ahead faster wilh more employes available during this expansion period, Gresselt said. In spite of inljatipn and hav- ing to "work harder than ever to keep sales Gooch Packing Co. has not had lo layoff any personnel or cut back production. President Robert Gooch said lhat most days the company See CITY, Pg. 8A, Col. 1 Building, Loans Okay Despite Tight having no difficulty in getting any., type .pf he said. A tight labor market creates some problems with turnover, Leelh said, due id 'the other jobs available in the commun- ity. He added that .there have been a 'number of applicants from other Texas cities. Jack Gresselt, execulive vice president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, also attributed the low unemploy- ment rate lo a period of indus- NWS INDEX Amuserrwnls 7B Bridge 40 Clossified 4-7C Comics 6B Editorials 4A Horoscope 5A- Hospital Palienls 3A Obituaries 7C Sporls I-3C- To Your Good Health 7 A TV Log 7B Woman's News 2-3B By ANN FL051ES Reporter-News Staff Writer Bucking the trend in cities throughout Ihe nation, home building in Abilene is holding its own despite rising con- struction costs and flight" money. The strong rate of new home construction apparently is one factor conlributing to Abilene's stubbornly healthy economy and low unemploy- ment -during this inflationary "We stick out like a sore thumb because- we're doing what we should have been doing all theorized Ho. Evans, executive director of the Abilene Home Builders Assn. While other cilies have "ov- erbuill" in the past few years, A1) i'l en e V home liuilding slumped 'during the five-year period ending in 1970, he said. "An average of less new'homes were built .each year during that period when according to national statistics for.icities our size .we should have 'beenivbvilding >300' a Evans explained. "WE'RE-'ilUST now doing what we should have been doing all he re- marked, noting lhat home building here is back up lo [he rate of about 250 a year. Evans' theory lhat Abilene developers are now "correct- ing" the mistakes of the 1SC5- 70 period'is shared by C. E. Bcntley, president of Abilene Savings'Assn. "Our builders have been cautious, tt'e have not had in flic immediate past any over- c'ohstruclion as in some cil- Benlley' noted. He also pointed -out thai there has been no shortage of loan money available to local home buyers as Ihere has been elsewhere in the nation.- "There have been periods in some 'metropolitan areas where Ihore was no mortgage money available. But, here there has been no dearth of he explained.- The reason for this, he re- flected, is related to the total economy of Abilene. "THE WITHDRAWAL from. savings accounts here has not been as great as In other cit- ies. Also, Ihere've been no big layoffs here, no .plant closings and funds continue to flow inlo savings institutions." he said. Unquestionably, a number- of prospective .home' buyers have by the high interest rales on loans but many, have come to accept the high "a factdf Bentley said. And, lie said that local lend- ing institutions have given preference to the home buyer over the commercial builder., Both men say they expect the "strong housing program" to continue here in the imme- diate future and Bentley said home buyers may. see.interest rates drop "fractionally" next year. Although Ihe lolal monela'ry value of construction so far In Abilene this year, is down from 1973, a record year, home building is holding Us own, ac- cording lo Warren Swafford, cily building inspector. Cily building permits through' November show 183 new home starts' as compared lo 179 last year. "We're not selling the world on fire, but we're holding up pretty Swafford said, adding that construction starts this year include a number of commercial and public pro- jects. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE Notional Weather IWeither Map, Pg. 1A) ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Generally fnlr anrf warmer loday. Continued Fair I anight And Thurs- day- West lo nortHyrcslerly winds B lo 19 mph becoming southweslerly 10 lo 30 mpli Thursday. High today nrwl Thurs- day In upper SQs. Low lontgtit In Tow 30s. High and low lor 14 hours, ending f a.m.: '45 oixl 37. High and low some dale last year: 72" and 40. Sunrise today: lonfflhl: Sunrise lomorrflw: Abilene's Oil, Gas Industry Has All Available Rigs Up By BOB CAMPBELL Slaff Writer Abilene's booming oil and gas industry plays a major role in low unemploymenl and a strong economy here. Glen Michel, execulive vice president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Assn., says all of Ihe 50 available drilling rigs here are out and running. "All of Ihe people in the oil industry are extremely Michel said in his Petroleum 'Building office. He added that Ihc boom has resulled in more work for ge- ologists, well service compa- engineers, production men, supply houses, perforat- ing companies, cement com- panies and other allied fields. MICHEL SAID all- of Ihe drilling rigs are at least three or four weeks behind and lhat some are booked into May and June. "We're not gelling anything In inventory because we're us- ing it up as fast as we can get he said. Experienced drillers and well: service men are desper- aiely needed, he said, and in- experienced workers are being trained on most crews. "We're having a hard lime getting people lo work in our Michel said.'noling lhat many experienced men went Into olher lines'-In the 1950s. He said the industry needs three or four years lo get going full speed again. Another economic indicator, downtown office space, shows Abilene is especially aclive in the oil business.' Jolm Connor, property man- ager for the First National Bank, reports 100 per cent oc- cupancy in the six-story bank building and 96.6 per cenl of the Ely Building floor space laken. One indication Is a planned housing subdivision announc- ed by Tom Lewis Co. To be known as Butlon Willow Park- way, the 90-acre subdivision south of Ihe Stonegatc Addition will include 275 new homes as well as 200 apartment units. "That speaks prclly well for the Connor said. He said only Iwo small of- fices are open on tne third floor of the five-story Ely Building. Charles W. Johnson, vice- president o( Citizens Nalional Bank, said 50 tenants occupy 97 or 98 per cent of the floor space in the six floors that Ihe. bank leases in its eight- story headquarters. "I think it's about as full downlown as it can John- son said of Abilene office space. Loui'se -Richards, general manager of the five-story Pe- Iroleum Building, reported "aboul 90 per cent" occupancy now and offices left. However, she said enough people are interest in Ihe ones'" that remain thai they nro6ably will be occupied soon. Harry Howard, presi- dent of the First Stale Bank, said its 32 offices and three renled floors are "full lo the Kills." MICHEL SEES Abilene as fortunate in lhat Its economy is diversified among agricul- ture, oil and gas, manufactur- ing and the federal govern- ment. "We're not based on one thing; we're based on many Ihings." He said two Ihings lhat would hurt Abilene economi- cally would be cuts in national defense spending severe enough, to cut back Dyess Air Force Base or cuts in the oil depletion allowance. (which Congress is threaten- ing.) Jlichel claims a parlicnlarly. harmful effect of reducing oil's lax break would be a drastic reduction in "risk cap- ital" or money the oilmen risk and can afford to lose in developing new fields and wells. v He said the state's big budg- et surplus for next year is due in large part to the taxes a rejuvenated oil and gas Indus- try has paid. V'1
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