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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - July 22, 1970, Galveston, Texas ialtestrm VOL. 129, NO. 103 Associated Press AP wirephoto Service Texas' Oldest Newspaper, Established in 1842. Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Galveston and All of Galveston County 3fch md BMfh Ctttid Uondtyi GALVESTON. TEXAS WEDNESDAY MORNING, JULY 22.1970 The County's Only 7-Day Paper SINGLE COPY lOc Two-Cent County Tax Hike Expected Although Values Up Million By JOEL KIRKl'ATIUCK of assessed value, il fnr rnimiv ByJOELKIHKPATIUCK .VEHSSTAtVttlllTER County of Galveston assessed values are up by 125 million and county taxpayers can expect a tax of assessed value, it a Tuesday. Tax Assessor Collector C. H. Jotmson estimates the increase of about two cents per assessed value of property la: for the county for 1970 will be up by And County Auditor Hudson Caro is expected to ask county commissioners to increase the county's lax rale from the present per 5100 of assessed value to to take care of an increase in the county's bonded indebtedness caused by sale of million of the million in road and bridge improvement bonds approved by the voters last year. Johnson said in a letter to County Judge Ray llolbrook thai the county can t ct to collect taxes for 1971 on iota! assessed values of compared to for the current tax year. Galveston County taxes are oasic rate of 51.01 ssessed value. In to this, taxpayers who do not have the homestead exemption must pay the 30 cents per Farm to Market lateral road and flood control lax. This, brings the lax rate up to 51.31 for most taxpayers. Actual figures on estimated assessed value for the county of See TAX HIKE Page 4A Lightning Hits 2 Galveston Buildings Hitchcock Twister Wrecks 3 Trailers STAFF niOTO By LINDA HESTEHUGE TRAILER FLATTENED BY TORNADO AT WONDERLAND MOBILE HOMES IN HITCHCOCK This One And Three Others Were Damaged By Twister Tuesday Tourists Flee Florida Area As Hurricane Becky Nears PANAMA CITY, Fla. (API Thousands of tourists fled Flori- da Panhandle resort areas Tuesday as Hurricane Hecky approached with 7D-mile an hour winds. A Panama City motel opera- tor estimated that about half of vacationers thronging the white beaches of that area had pulled out. The Navy and Air Force evacuated planes from bases at Pensacola, Milton and Panama City. At Pensacola, some resi- dents and tourists were evacuat- ed from low-lying Pensacola Beach where storm tides lapped at the sand and seawalls. Hurricane warning flags were raised along a 100-mile stretch of shoreline from Fort Walton Weather GALVESTON AREA Partly cloudy and warm Wednesday through Thursday. High Wednesday mid 80s Island, upper 80s Mainland; low Wednesday night mid 70s Island and Mainland. High Thursday upper 80s Island, low 90s Mainland. TC L.M air sampler reading Tuesday: 68 micrograms per cubic meter. (State limit BOATING Northeast and east winds 10 16 m.p.h. becoming southeasterly Wednesday night and Thursday. Water slightly choppy. Offshore wave heights 2- 3 feet subsiding to 1-2 feet Wednesday night and Thursday. LATEST WATER TEMPERA- 81 degrees. FISHING- Poor. BECKY HEADS FOR FLORIDA PANHANDLE Hurricane Force Winds Due There Today Beach to Port St. Joe. Winds of 75 miles per hour embraced only a 20- to 30-mile area near the storm center. Gale winds extended 150 miles to the north and east of the eye. Becky affected a vast area as it moved northward about 10 miles per hour from a position 180 miles south-southeast of Pensacola, Fla. Far to the south of the. Florida Panhandle, winds of 56 miles per hour hit Anna Maria Island near Tampa. Rains and occa- sional squalls covered much of Florida's west coast and spread into the interior. At Pensacola, tides rose 3 to b feel and surf boiled up 8 to 10 feet. Gale force winds reaching out 150 miles to the north and east of Becky's center were expected to hit the Alabama and north- west Florida coasts during the night and hurricane winds to reach shore early Wednesday. The National Hurricane Cen- ter urged coastal residents to complete preparations for the storm before dark. By LINDA WESTERLAGE XKWS STAFF WillTKH A line of thunderstorms moved across Galveslon County Tuesday witli one tornado reported touching down in Hitchcock and lightning striking the American National Insurance Co. building in Downtown Galvoston. Lightning also reportedly struck the steeple of the Westminister Presbyterian Church in the 5100 Block of Avenue U. Workmen placed a temporary covering over the opening. The cool front moved across the area around p.m. with 1.14 inches of rain falling between 1 :-10 p. m. and p.m. Temperatures dropped from 87 degrees to 72 degrees in about 30 minutes. Lightning reportedly struck a concrete ornamental cap stove on top of the old Medical Arts Building (now one of the American National Insurance Co. buildings) downtown, splitting a concrete block and sending a large chunk of it sailing 11 stories to the sidewalk below. No one was hurt but the concrete block split as it hit the pavement, sending a large piece of it flying on the back window of a parked automobile, shattering the glass. The automobile was owned by Garcia, 2103 33rd. Garcia.-i had been on scaffolding at the ninth floor level, painting when it began to rain. He and the other workmen lowered themselves to the pavement and had gone to get a cup of coffee when the accident occurred. Bill Parkey, Anico assistant vice president, engineering, said half of the block fell on top of the building and the other half, approximately 100 pounds, felt to the street. People In the office reported the building shook. They also said It was raining very heavily at the time. Around p.m. a "tornado was reported in Hitchcock toppling three mobiles homes and destroying one other. A trailer on display at See STORM Page 3A CAR WINDOW SHATTERED BY STONE FROM ATOP ANICQ BUILDING Pete Garcia Removes Large Chunk That Hit.His'Carv, Tektite Aquanmits Emerge Galveston Daily News Marine Editor Jim Holman is in the Virgin Islands observing Ihe "Teklile" project in five women lived bt-nealh Ihe surface of the ocean (or two weeks. Tuesday those women emerged, and Holman filed the following report. By JIM HOLMAN NEWS STAFF WRITER GREAT LAMESHUR BAY, Virgin Islands Five excited woman aquanauts met the world again Tuesday for the first time in over two weeks, with a slight scare that one was not ready For her re entry. LC Finance Status Questioned ByJUNEANGERSTEIN NEWS STAFF WHITER LEAGUE CITY In a special meeting Tuesday city council members questioned an item for in the statement of available funds from the bond election of 1965 and asked for H-GAC Regional Sewer Study Errors Explained ByJOELKlRKPATRICK XEWS STAFF WRITER HOUSTON errors in the Houston Galveston Area Council's preliminary reports on the eight county regional sewer study were obtained from "official records and other rav And we're telling you for sure, if that sweet MRS. VERA. PERKINS isn't just awhceling and adealing entertaining her sister, MRS. RUTH TERVO, from Detroit. Mich., who's visiting her COURTNEY MURRAY is planning on a trip across the "i.itcs with his grandchildren and is the whole pack ever going to have a ball Genial JOE BYNUM isn't hobbling around cause old age got to him overnight, he's favoring Ihe leg that's mending after surgery... The K. BALL WITHERS have as their house guest, attractive MRS. MARY HAMILTON of Corpus Christi. Mrs. H. is Mrs. Withers' stepmother MONA PALMER who's going to Tyler Junior College is just sitting on pins and needles. She tried out for (he Apache Belles, and it will be about two weeks before she knows whether or not she will be accepted NANCY WARREN and cousin, SHERYL SORRENTINO, are all excited over winning trophies at the Lassie League Carnival when awards were handed out... TOMMY and JO ANN SCALES arc lullabying a little pink bundle, LAURA ANNE, born at St. Mary's Hospital on July 18 JUDGE and MRS. JOE FIELDS of Archer City are visiting their niece, MRS. W. E. CANFIELD MR. and MRS. WALTER L. BLUME SR. are all adither cause son, WALTER JR. is coming home from Vietnam LAURA (MRS. GLENN) MILLER, has completed her lab technician course at St. Mary's Hospital and will soon be working at Beeler Manske Clinic in Texas City MR. and MRS. F. X. HEINRICH are just tickled as can be to have son, PAUL RAY, home on leave from the Navy before he goes to his next assignment Puerto Rico Birthday kids are SAMKIE O'DONOHOE, ERIC BROWN, JAMES STEfHENSON VERNA and ERVIN VANSKIKE are celebrating Iheir 34th wedding anniversary... By TERRY MacLEOD Nat Turner, president of a consulting engineering firm said Tuesday. Turner appeared before the H GAC at a workshop session late Tuesday morning to discuss progress of the eight county study of sewer needs to the year 2020. Turner's engineering firm. Turner, Collie Rraden, and Bernard Johnson and Associates, have been doing the sewer needs study as a joint venture under contract with Ihe II GAC. In the June meeting of the council, the two firms came under considerable criticism of preliminary sewer studies because of errors in the report. The firms were accused of "swivel chair engineering" and failing to do proper in the field checking of data after they showed a scwcr plant at Conroe to be located on the wrong side of town, and in the preliminary report showed a sewer plant in Anahuac which doesn't exist. Turner Tuesday emphasized the preliminary nature of reports received by the H GAC so far, and said that in preliminary reports, such errors arc bound to occur. The final report for the area will contain information on 254 treatment plants operating under 179 governmental subdivisions in the eight county area which includes square miles. The report will not contain See H-GAC Page 4A clarification as to who had the authority to recommit the funds into certificates of deposit after maturity dates. This was the second meeting in as many weeks in response from council members for the accounts of the bond money to be' explained. The city auditor, John Coburn of Houston, was unable to be at the first meeting; however, lie presented the second statement along with the first Tuesday night with the remark that these were "merely work sheets and were not audited." Cobum e x p I a I n e d that listed.in the accounts receivable in the street improvement account was for paving assessments. According to the statement, the amount is See FINANCIAL Page 4A Project Tektite medics were fearful for awhile that a knee pain bothering Aline Szmant, 3 student at Scripp Institute of Oceanogaphy, might indicate the need for longer decompression. But Dr. Ed Beckman of Galveston, medical chief of the project, met with her while the other women went to Charlotte Amalie for eye checkyps. He gave her the go ahead as having completed the mission. First out of the project decompression chamber was Dr. tkVria Meade, team leader, who holds a doctorate degree from Duke University and is the mother of three children. After her exit, Miss Szmant, Peggy Lucas, the engineer of the project, Ann Hartline, and Dr. Renate True, who holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Marseilles, followed. Eventually they all returned to the St. John base camp roughly compared to a Vietnam base and went into conference with University of Texas psychologists workingon theproject. As they "waited, they sat around the base rest and relaxation areas, talking to husbands and other workers on the project. As they came out of the Houston Sec TEKTITE, Page 4A Lawmakers Join Drilling Protest By BRIAN GRAHAM NEWS STAFF WRITER State Sen. A. R. (Babe) Schwartz and U.S. Rep.' Bob Eckhardt of Houston .Tuesday joined in the protests over two applications to drill oil wells in Galveston's West Bay. The two lawmakers sent their Check These YOUTH speaks out on marriage and children. Special fea- ture, with photos. Page IB. AMERICAN Nation- al Insurance Co.'s new president Glendon E. Johnson greets nearly workers of the Galveston home of- fice staff. Page 10A. Other Features: "ridge........7H Comics........SB Crossword.......uu Deaths.........4A Dr. Alvarez......6B Earl Wilsnn......2A Editorials.........jB Garden Forum 14A Horoscope.........2A Markets......7R Official Records 8B Ship Activity.....IDA Sports........10A-13A TV Listings.....2A Want Ads......911-111! Women's News 3B-5B HAVE A SIP Dr. Sylvia E. Mead, woman aquanaut leader, offers a sip of rum filled pineapple to Ann Hartline Tuesday after they left decompression chamber off St. John Island. Behind Ann is Alina Smant. ASSOCIATED TRESS HIKKI'EIOTO Next to Sylvia is Dr. Renate True, whose husband, Merrill, also an aquanaut, presented the drink. Right is Margar- et Lucas. They ended Tektite II mission after spending two weeks on ocean floor. protests to Col. Franklin B. Moon, district engineer for the corps which must approve the applications for drilling permits before any drilling can begin. The permits, if granted to the Cabot Corp. of 'Houston and .Texaco tnc., would be the first ever granted for. drilling in West Deadline for filing protests against the permits is today under corps regulations. in his telegrams to he was "unalterably opposed to the drilling of any oil or gas wells and the erection and maintainence of any drilling platform in Galveston Bay." And Eckhardt, called fur public hearings on the two companies' applications before granting them permits. The corps should receive assurances that there will be no harmful effects on the bay before granting the permits, Eckhardt said. "It is obvious from recent oil and gas production disasters that the technology of the industry is insufficient to protect the public Interest in our public Schwartz said. Band Concert Tonight Galveston's regular Tues- day night Beach Band 'Concert will be held Wed- nesday (that Is, tonight) this week. The concert was rained out Tuesday night. Frank Incaprera, band director, said the planned program of songs from Hol- lywood movies will be presented. It start: at p.m. In Menard Park, on Seawall Boulevard between 27th and 28th Streets.
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