Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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89TH YEAR, NO. 290 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 5, 1970—SEVENTY PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Associated Prest (ZP)
By MERLE WATSON Reporter-News Staff Writer Both incumbents, C. G. Whitten and W. P. (Bill) Wright Jr., retained their seats on the Abilene Board of Education Saturday by overwhelming majorities.
Wright polled 3,776 votes to 690 for his opponent, Ben Aguirre, for the Place 3 seat.
For the Place 7 post, veteran borfrd member Whitten polled 3.461 to 1.028 for his opponent the Rev. T. G. Oliphant.
Wright’s victory is his first election to the board as he was appointed in 1965 to fill the unexpired term of the late Mrs. Tom Roberts.
Whitten was first elected to the board in 1959. Both will serve six - year terms.
When contacted for a statement on the election results,
Whitten said, “I look upon the election victory as a vote of confidence in the way the school board has functioned in the last few years.
“While we would agree with our opponents that many improvements can be made, we believe we are well on our way to solving most of the scholastic and racial problems which have faced us in the recent past.
“I congratulate Rev. Oliphant and Mr. Agu ire for their courageous campaign which was based on the integrity of all the candidates and it seems to me their actions expressed confidence in the Democratic system.”
Contacted at the home of friends, Wright said, “I’m delighted to be elected. I hope that the people who voted for Ben will not feel that their vote
Breakdown of votes Pg. 4-A
has been wasted because I will do just as I sa d I would do. I will represent them like I would anyone else.
“I think that it is always a bit of a disappointment that more people don’t vote in school board elections. I know the next few yoars we are going to have some challenging problems and I hope if they have any ideas or suggestions that they will feel free to call on me.”
Ben Aguirre said. “I have no apologies or regrets. I lh nk we accomplished what we set out to do. I can’t think of anyone else I would want to lose to. He (Wright) is quite a guy.
“I think we shall overcome. I know we will. There will be other school elections, and ITI be
B wood Okays Bond issue;
3 Towns Vote for Sales Tax
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million bond vote passed by rea " there.
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day’s elections Early (151-24), abd Santa Anna posts. These occurred in Robert
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trustee position on the Hobbs Brownwood, as shown by unof- Big Country’ cities,
school board, will have to be fjcial resuUs late Saturday, . ( n t the Hs is
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and H. L. Davis each received 23 owners, with unofficial returns tl0ns- _
votes. Election Judge Floyd 0f the non-property owners being
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Astrology.............. 7-B for election and 170 for appoint- killed Saturday when a mortar
Austin Notebook........8-B ment. round Wlth which the-V Were
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Ciossifieds........ 8-13-D being filled on school boards and a crowbar, causing it to exp-
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Doctors' Moil Bo* 4-B John Hancock and Survern officials said.
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jumbie..............5-B ballots, as no one had filed for fifth died enroute to a hospital.
Letter to Servicemen .... 5-B the posts. The same situation Police said they found an
Markets.............8-9-C also occurred at Trent, wheie anti-tank shell on the same
Obituaries...........Jerry Wayne Patterson and J. premises and an Army demoli-
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around, lf I’m not then my sons will be.”
Following the election Oliphant said, “I would like to thank everybody for giving me nice support especially the newspaper, television and radio.
I am not discouraged by being defeated and I will continue to be interested in all phases of educational and civic affairs in Abilene.
“I wish the best of success to my opponent. I enjoyed the race. I met a lot of people of all races and I had much encouragement from them. I'm down but I'm not out.
“I still feel that the Negro will continue to try to be a part of the community in which he lives and I hope my running in this particular race will be an encouragement to all minority groups to strive to become active in all phases of community life in Abilene.”
Whitten .-md Wright carried all but one of the five voting boxes as well as carrying the absentee voting. Aguirre and Oliphant bo*h outpolled the incumbents at the Woodson Elementary School box.
Wright won by over a 5-to-l majority while Whitten had over a 3-to-l margin.
A total of 4,537 votes were cast in Saturday’s election as compared to 4,232 in the 1968 election.
The votes will be canvassed at the next school board meeting which has been set for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Eight persons received write -in votes. These include Mrs. E. L. Fourton, 3; Mrs. W. Irbv Fox, 3; Ray Hagar, 2; Dub Karr, 2; Dr. John Stevens, I; Gordon Asbury, 2; Ralph Hooks, I; and Mrs. Ntfnn Fox. 2.
Victors at the polls
Obviously pleased with the results in Saturday’s school board election were VV. P. (Rill) Wright Jr., left, and C. G. Whitten, right. Both retained their seats on the Abilene Board of Education with landslide victories. Whitten defeated the Rev. T. G. Oliphant and Wright won over Ben Aguirre. (Staff Photos by Reg Reynolds)
Disaster Came in Night At Fire Base Schroeder
CAI LAY, Vietnam (AP) — The only man awake at Fire Base Schroeder was the guard at the main gate, and they cut his throat.
Then the Viet Cong sappers crept unchallenged into the base and methodically began blasting it to pieces with dynamite satchel charges.
First they destroyed six 105mm howitzers. Then they blew up 20 trucks. Finally they worked over the perimeter bunkers where scores of Vietnamese soldiers were bivouacked with their families.
That is how American sources describe the overrunning of Fire
Estes T ransferred To El Paso Prison
Billie Sol Estes was placed in La Tuna Federal Prison near El Paso Saturday, according to the Associated Press, after being transferred out of the federal prison at Sandstone, Minn., where he had been held since 1966.
Estes spent Friday night at Potter County Jail in Amarillo while being transferred.
Mrs. Estes, notified of the move by the Abilene Reporter-News, said Saturday that she had received a letter from the warden at Sandstone saying that her husband was being moved to El Paso, but not saying when.
A few days ago, said Mrs. Estes, a friend sent her a
One man's tribute
A striking Atlanta sanitation worker kneels at the grave of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday after a rally by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference sup-, porting the strike. Dr. King was assassinated in Mem
phis, Tenn., two years ago while supporting a sanitation workers’ strike there. The picket signs reading ‘‘I Am A Man” were first used in the Memphis strike. Story Pg. 11-A. (AP Wirephoto) , -
clipping from an Iowa repornng that her husband had been recognized while being moved through there.
The letter from the warden at Sandstone was the first she had received from Sandstone authorities since Estes was imprisoned.
“I really appreciated it,” she said.
Mrs. Estes said that four years ago she had asked that her husband be moved closer to home for the sake of the family, but that nothing was ever done about it.
She added that he had “received hundreds of letters in the past few months from people everywhere” saying that they thought Estes should have been paroled, or just sympathetic to her family.
“Perhaps public sentiment could have had something to do with his being moved to Texas. I just don’t know,” she said.
Estes, now 45, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for mail fraud and conspiracy involving the mortgaging of fertilizer tanks that never existed.
Last Jan. 3 his name came before the parole board, but he was turned down. It will be almost two years before he can apply again.
The move to El Paso marks the second time Estes has been transferred. He started serving his sentence in the lieavenworth, Kan., prison, and then was moved to Sandstone.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Pg. 3-B)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Fair to partly cloudy Sunday; high Sunday 70, low Sunday night near 45; winds light and variable; High Monday upper 70s. Precipitation probability less than IO per cent.
TEMPERATURES Sat. a.m. Sat. p.m.
44 .. 2:00 43
43 .... ... 3:00 43
41 4:00 ......... . 43
41 .......... . 5:00 43
41 ... 7:00 41
40 .. 8 00 _______ ... . 40
42 . ’OO ....... .... 40
44 ............. 10:00 ........ .... —
43 11:00 —
44 . 12:00 ... —
Hiah and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: 54 and 40,
High and low same date last year: 85 and 62.
Sunset last night: 7:01J tunrise today? 8:22; sunset tonight: 7:01.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.40. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 73 per cent.
Base Schroeder, one of the first V S. Army fire bases ever handed over to the Vietnamese early Wednesday but few details were released.
Only by weekend did the extent of the disaster become known. The action was one of the worst setbacks to the Vietnamese army in months.
Schroeder was a typical circular fire base established beside Route 4 in the northern Mekong Delta by the U.S. 9th Infantry Division in 1967.
It was handed over to the Vietnamese in August 1969 when part of the 9th Division was sent home in the initial U.S. troops withdrawals.
The lith Regiment of the Vietnamese 7th Division was headquartered at Schoeder. An infantry battalion was supposed to provide security on the perimeter
The Vietnamese regimental commander was seriously
wounded in the first few minutes of the action. Only one American was there, an infantry captain, because U.S. advisers have been cut back in the 7th Division He was killed in the first few minutes.
By morning, according to U.S. sources, nearly half the person
nel inside the fire base were casualties. Saigon authorities announced that 24 soldiers were killed and 60 wounded. At least 12 dependents were killed and many more wounded, according to U.S. sources.
The fire base was so flattened that the dead were being dug up from the bunkers for two days, said one American who had been there. The base is now being rebuilt.
Reports said 29 Yriet Cong were killed in the attack, and if true this would give the government troops better than a one-for-one ratio. But Americans in the northern delta regard the fire base attack as a resounding Viet Cong propaganda victory’; “one they have been looking for some time, and one we are sure they will make the most of,” said an American.
The devastating nature of the attack and the loss of the artillery pieces and the trucks also is expected to hurt the morale of the Vietnamese 7th Division. It is only now recovering from a year of deterioration under an incompetent military’ commander.
The departure of the U.S. 9th
Turn to DISASTER, Pg. 4-A
3rd Living Textbook Seminar June 22, 23
The third annual “Living Textbook Seminar,” sponsored by The Abilene Reporter - News, will be conducted June 22 and 23 at Hardin - Simmons University, Publisher Andrew B. Shelton announced Saturday.
A feature of the seminar will be a luncheon address Monday by Elizabeth (Mrs. Les) Carpenter of Washington, author of the current best - seller, “Ruffles and Flourishes.” For the five years of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, she was press secretary and staff aide to Mrs. Johnson.
Dr. Joe Starnes, assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum director for the Abilene Independent School District, will direct the seminar, as he has the previous ones.
Dr. Starnes said he has asked the newspaper to provide 80 scholarships — to cover meals, rooms and fees for the seminar — for teachers who will turn student for the two - day session.
Success of the previous seminars has prompted many inquiries from teachers about applications for this June program, Starnes said.
The 80 scholarships will be distributed, first come, first served, to teachers and administrators in this area.
The seminar deals with usage of the daily newspaper in the classroom. Sessions are in the H SU Student Union Building.
Mrs. Hope Shackelford will lead the seminar its first day. Mrs. Shackelford, a dynamic teacher, was 1965 recipient of the Pacemaker Award from the National Education Association and Parade Magazine for outstanding performance in the classroom.
Teachers, administrators and professional newspaper people will participate in the various sections of the seminar, Dr. Starnes said. The seminar, with sessions running from breakfast through dinner each day, is designed to concentrate many days’ study into a few hours.
The Abilene school district grants participants in the seminar an hour’s “board
credit” toward summer study quires of local three years.
the six hours the board reteachers every
AUTHOR DUE AT SEMINAR
Elizabeth Carpenter, author of the best - selling book “Ruffles and Flourishes,” will be in West Texas in June to attend the June 20 showing of the Ft. Griffin Fandangle at Albany and to speak in Abilene Monday, June 22.
Mrs. Carpenter and her party will be guests of The Reporter - News in Abilene.
She will speak at a Monday luncheon for participants in the Reporter - News - sponsored seminar for teachers.
Plans are to open the luncheon to others who will want to hear her. Editor Ed N. Wish-
Arrangements will be made for an autograph party so Mrs. Carpenter can sign copies of her book, a light -hearted, humorous chronicle of her adventures in the White House during service as press secretary to Mrs Lyndon B. Johnson.
Will Keep Seats