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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Abilene, Texas Abilene Reporter- News __ "Without or with offense to friends or foes we sketch your world exactly as it PAGES INI SECTIONS ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 15 Cents' Action Line by Ellie Rucker Aclion Line j Abilene Reportir-Ntwi P.O. Box 30, Abilene, TMOI Rule specific on religious exemption I Q. In the income tu form sent us by mail, oo the page where you fill out i self-employment Uz a a note that i If you belong'to a recognized religious sect that hu cbastientioui objections to Social Security, you don't have to participate in Soda] Security. ;i What sects are these? Are there any I around here? Bow do you Join? Or how to you start one? I'm ready. We could meet once a year, April 15, to flU out our exemption forms. A. Neat idea but it won't work. Bill Biondi of IRS in Dallas explains il applies only (o ;self-employed ministers religious reason have qualms about being 'given a Social Security number and con- tributing toward a retirement fund, i .The Mennoniles are the only ministers .he knows of who, as a group, reject Social Security. Individual Mennonites who are [employed by a company and are paid jwagcs. must pay the Social Security tax. Any minister of any denomination can the exemption though. Until a few lyears ago, no ministers were covered by Social Security program. But because many of them felt they wanted the 'retirement benefits they petitioned to be included as a group. When you start your new religious sect, only those wages paid you by your congregation would be'exempl from PICA. ;Goodtry. Q. Did Mac'Davis ever play with the late Buddy Holly and the Crickets? A. We don't think so. Davis is about 30 now means he graduated from high school in 1961 or '62 and. Holly was killed in a plane crash early in 1959. Biographies on Davis say he really didn't develop as a performer until after graduation from high school. Davis and Holly both grew up' but we couldn't find any real link between them. Q. What is the standard fee for the executor of an estate? A. 11 varies but 5 per cent of the income to the estate while administration of the estate is pending is the general rule, plus 5 per cent of whatever is paid out for debts and services rendered to the estate, says an attorney. Many times an executor is named in tht will and his fee also stipulated. It may be more or less than the usual 5 per cent. Q. I've already called in the Breckeoridge experts but no one's been able to solve my problem so I'm turning to Abilene and you. We have two nice looking pecan trees, about II years old. We planted the seeds to grow them so you know they are not grafted. They are nice large paper shell pecans. Why do they shed their small pecan nuts every year? They'll be loaded with nuts about the size of an acorn. and just when everything is looking good for a bumper pecan crop, sud- denly both trees start shedding their fruit In two or three days every nut it on the ground. There are no signs of borers or any type insect damage. We've sprayed every year. A Abilenc's most prominent pecan tree grower, County Agent H. C. Stanley's first reaction was that you don't have large paper shells if you planted the seeds yourself because paper shells must be grafted. He would first suspect pecan nut casebearers or weather conditions but this doesn't seem to fit. Pecan trees need zinc and nitrogen and they don't gel enough from the soil without supplemental feeding. In the spring, he says to use one pound nitrogen fertilizer for each inch of_diametcr of the trunk of the tree. He also recommends foliar feeding with zinc sulfate two pounds 36 per cent zinc sulfate to 100 gallons water. Spray the leaves May 20, spray again two or three times at 21 day intervals. You canmix insecticide with the zinc if you wish. Stanley says if you don't gather pecans after this treatment you may as well chop down the trees. Rituals discounted in cattle slayings By KITTY FRIEDEN Staff Writer Texas Cattle Raisers Assn. Inspector Hatlun Moore said Friday he is doubtful that any ritualistic cult is related to any of the -mutilation-slayings ol cattle in the area. He said an autopsy showed Thursday that the animal which had died recently had been killed by a disease and small animals had chewed off one ear and the sexual organs, Moore said the Hereford heifer on which the autopsy was conducted died of blackleg and belonged to 0. B. Spence who has a ranch about one-fourth of a mile north of the Taylor-Jones County line. Moore said two dogs were driven away from "the calf which was lying on the Spence property just off FM 600. The calf was found Thursday afternoon and had been dead only about 12 hours, the cattle inspector added. Moore said there have been other in- cidents in Ihe state where teeth marks have been found on the tissues of dead animals, and "I'm of the opinion thai that's the way a lot of them are." He said the finding, which discounts talcs of Satanic ritual and cultism, had been hampered because until Thursday, the calves found dead in this area had been dead for severaldoys, and it was too late to run autopsies. Moore indicated he believes the result of the recent autopsy is probably the ex- planation for many of the incidents of mutilated cattle in the West Texas arear However, he said authorities in Min- nesota do have reason to believe it is a person, not an animal, who is removing the' sexual organs, cars and tails from dead cattle. Several stateshave reported incidents of cattle" found dead of unknown causes and partially mutilated. Speculation has run rampant that some type of ritualistic cult may have been responsible. The reports in this area were made for the first time last week when a Jones County rancher notified investigators several days after he found one of his animals dead. Since other reports have followed, two of those in Taylor County and the most, recent in Jones County Thursday. Big bank cuts rate below 10 percent What's so scary? Thoughts of Halloween and1 skeletons may have been scary .at first, to students like Nathatt Hams, 10, a 5th grader at-Valley View Elementary, but when leather Darell Martin brought a real skeleton to school the plass soon lost their fear well, most of it anyway. Nathan's! parents are Mr. and Harris of 518. Forrest. (Related; story, picture .Pg.; IB) (Staff. Photo by Jonny Gates) NEW YORK (AP) New York's First National City Bank, the nation's second largest commercial bank, cut its prime lending rate today by li point to per cent, effective Monday. Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York and Manufacturers Bank of I.os Angeles previously posted the industrywide low of 9V< percent, adopted earlier in the week. The Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh an- nounced a quarterpoint drop in its prime to 10 per cent today. Citibank's prime rate, which is deter- mined by a formula composed of other short-term interest rates ton which Ihc bank depends, is re-examined every Friday. short-lerm rales falling from lack of business demand, the decline was expected, though some had thought a drop to per cent was possible. In fact many money market analysis now cxneclthe industry's prime rate to be per cent in a month', at' .least among the biggest banks. The prime is the rate banks charge their biggest and best corporate customers. It is not linked directly with consumer rates, but changes in the prime may indicate movements in those rates as well. In recent weeks, as the sharpness of the current business recession has become evident, the Federal Reserve Board has sought to push interest rales down to en- courage, more business activity. This monetary easing, along with the un- derlying slackening in demand, has led to lower rales. On Thursday Ihe New York Federal Reserve Bank disclosed in its weekly report that business loans at Ihe 12 big New York Cily commercial banks were down S500 million, bringing the two-week decrease to nearly SI billion. Cheering Jordanians pay tribute to Arabia's king By The Associated Press Some Jordanians shouting "save .Jerusalem" gave Saudi Arabia's King Faisal a tumultuous welcome in Amman today. They slaughtered four camels outside the airport lounge in homage to the monarch, who also holds the title "Protectorof Islam's Holy Shrines." Faisal flew in from Damascus, where he prayed in an ancient mosque with President Hafez Assad. Thousands of Syrians cheered the Saudi monarch as he left the Syrian capital and threw slaughtered sheep in his path as a sign of tribute. Fasal, wearing a traditional white robe and headdress, embraced Jordan's King Hussein, wearing a field marshal's uniform, as a 21-gun salute Loomed a royal welcome at Amman airport. Arab efforts to secure Israeli with- drawal from the occupied eastern sector of Jerusalem are expected to be the major topic of discussion between Faisal and Hussein during Faisal's three-day visit to Jordan. The 71-year-old Faisal, ruler of Ihe richest oil state, bankrolls several Arab armies and has vowed he will pray in Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque before he dies, but only when an Arab flag flies over the Arab quarter. The war along the Israeli-Lebanese border subsided into shelling exchanges a Beirut newspaper reported that Palestinian guerrillas trained in Syria have moved into Ihe Arkoub region of i southern Lebanon to defend their j; stronghold against Israeli attacks. U. S. Religion belief growing PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) A growing number of Americans although still a minority believe religion is increasing its influence on their society, according to the latest Gallup Poll. The survey showed 31 per cent of respondents believe the inflbence of religion is growing, while 56 per cent believe its effect is waning. In 1970, the last time the question was asked, only 14 per cent believed the in- fluence of religion was growing as com-'; pared to 75 per cent who fell its impact was lessening. The present survey represents a reversal of the long term trend lhat began in 1957, when the question first was asked. At that time, only 14 per cent felt the in- fluence of religion was decreasing. Drowning, fumes blamed in deaths Looking down Abilene pilot Ollie Higgins believes aviation in the Big Country is in for 'n. big year. To prove his point, he took Reporter-News Staff Photographer .lonny Cates aloft for a view of the new terminal facility- 74 Airport traffic brisk ByBILLHERRIDGE Staff Writer The increase in airline passenger traffic in Abilene better lhan doubled Ihe world- wide average for 1974, and Airport Manager Glenn Mceks believes one reason is the aviation facilities on Ihe cjtyls southeast edge. Figures released by the International Civil Aviation Organization, an in- ternational body based in Montreal, show thai the world's airlines carried only slightly less than four per cent more passengers in 1974 lhan in 1973. One airline couldn't be happier Texas International's crippling strike may not be good news to Abilene air travelers or the airline's management, but Dallas-based Apollo Airlines, filling the transportation void left by the ground- bound TI jets, couldn't be happier. Haryy Margolis, president of the infant company, said that Apollo's operations have far exceeded the expectations of the firm'shierarchy. flying seven full days' he said and we have'carried about 400 passengers Abilene'-Dallas-Fort Worth run." He explained that the airline was shut dowfl for a day following its inauguration for maintenance problems, and was grounded for nearly three days by bad weather. o Texas International's ground workers went on strike Dec.l, but flight schedules were unaffected unlil the firm's pilots voted to honor picket lines Dec. 5. The Apollo, however, is currently running four flights daily to and from D-FW Air-: port, and Margolis said the present schedule seems to be an optimum level if service. added that the strike and subsequent operation of the small airline has demonstrated a need for commuter-- type service in West Texas, and noted that 1 Apollo is now working on a tcntalivc schedule of.flights from D-FW to San Angclo. sonic of which will stop over in Abilene for passenger service. "We don't plan on duplicating any routes offered by Texas International." Margolis said, "but we arc working, on Ihe San Angelo run and a similar schedule between Tiilsa and Oklahoma City, and into D- Texas International, in the meantime, is taking flight reservations from Abilene, for Jan. 30 through a direct telephone link- up, at its reservation office in Longvicw, in hopes that iKc airline will be able to begin operation on a full schedule as soon after the strike ends as possible. The figures for Abilene, according to city and Federal Aviation Administration statistics, show that passengers emplaned at Abilene on commercial operations up or slightly more than 10 per cent more lhan in 19V3. "At the lime Texas International suspended flights early in Meeks said, "they were landing three DC-9 jets and four Convair aircraft here daily. "It is hard to say just how many people came into Abilene by commercial he continued, "but a standard rule of thumb in the industry allows for as many getting off as we have boarding a flight." Commercial air traffic, however, came to a standstill in early December when fnternalional ground workers went on strike. Al that time, however, TI was bringing seven planes to Abilene daily three of which were DC-9 jets. The other aircraft, Convairs, completed the airline's daily traffic into Abilene. "With the TI strike still in Meeks said, "it is difficult to predict the coming year for commercial aviation in Abilene. However, the piclurc_was very Aviation, Pg.iA, 1 ByJOEDACYII Staff Writer Merkcl Justice of the Peace Lewis Millcll Firday released the results of autopsies performed on the six oil pipeline repairmen who were killed near here Dec. 1. The autopsies, ordered by Miliclt's predecessor, Judge Hoy Buchanan of Merkel, were conducted by Abilene pathologist Dr. Jarrett E. Williams. i Millett ruled that Gulf Oil Co. employes' Don While of Roscoc and Robert "ice1 Redman of Swoetwaler both died as a result of drowning in a pool of crude oil, which was induced by "respiratory paralysis from toxic fumes, vapor, gas or compounds of hydrogen sulfide sulphur compounds." The oilier four men died as a result of exposure to those toxic fumes, which also caused respiratory paralysis, the report stated. Those men were Gulf Oil Co. employes T. P. Raines of Swcelwaler and Stanley Holderman of Roscoc; Browne Con- struction Co. employe Robert Arellano of Colorado Cily, and Moylan Construction Co. employe Cody Cox of Eastland. The official ruling was made Wed- nesday, Millett said. The incident is still under investigalion by the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Lubbock officialshave said lhat report is due shortly. The OSHA officials also said that one or more of the three companies could be "cited for violalions of federal safety standards if regional OSHA personnel in Dallas determine that those regulations have been violated. Thercport has been delayed for several weeks by end of the year in- vestigator Bob Simmons of Lubbock said last week. THE DEATHS were caused when the: men attempted to repair a leaking oil; pipeline in a nine-fool deep trench south of' Abilene near Loop 322. The autopsies were complicalcd by sophisticated chemical pathologist Williams had said earlier. STEP program gof results here The STEP program for traffic safety got results in Abilene, and the figures and evaluation of the project is explained in' a storyonPg.l-B. Amusements.........................6C Business Classified...........................2-8D A: Horoscope.............................8B Hospital Patients.......................5B Sports...............................1-3C To Your Good Health..................5A TV TV Scout...'...........................5C Women's News......................2-3B Weather U.S.DEPARTMENTOFCOMMERCE Service. (Weather Map, ABILENE AND VICINITY (IDmile radius) Par cloudy in rough Saturday. Warmer Saturday. Winds lii and variable becoming westerly 10 10 mph Salurdi High lodav in me miq JOs. Low lonjgril In Ihc. mW Hioh and low for 24 hours endinfl 9 ft.rii', High and low same dale Sunrise sunset lonlgi lomorrow
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