Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas
®f)t Abilene porter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron89TH YEAR. NO. 311 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE. TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING. APRIL 26, 1970-EIGHTY-FOUR PAGES IN SEVEN SECTIONS !0c DAILY-20c SUNDAY-
ted China Orbits Singing Satellite
World Can Hear Tribute to Mao
Lest we forget
David Harker, 10, of Roy, rtah. serves as a reminder to turn clocks ahead one hour today for Daylight Savings Time. Maybe the rule doesn't apply to sundials. (AP Wirephoto)
Tornadoes, Wind, Hail Crash Over North Central Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Heavy thunderstorms, spewing tornadoes that did little damage and some high winds and light hail, crashed over North Central Texas and sections of the state’s northeastern area Saturday.
Awesome dark clouds, terrify
ing in appearance but for the most part harmless, kept a large section of the state jittery until just before dusk when the heaviest weather seemed to be dissipating.
Tornado watches, tornado warnings and cautions on se-vere thunderstorms stumbled
Rain Scattered, Sometimes Heavy
“There are holes in the sky, “Where The rain comes in, “But the holes are small, “That’s why it rains thin.” Except that is on the I. T. McArthur ranch IO miles west of Rotan in Fisher County, where 4 inches thudded down around 3 a rn. Saturday. But Rotan itself recorded only a relatively meager .50 inches.
What happened across the Big Country Saturday, according to the Abilene weatherman James Doty was this:
“We had two lines of thunderstorms, running north to south, both heading east.”
With the thunderstorms came a tornado watch from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. which included Shackelford. Comanche. Erath, Callahan, Brown and Coleman Counties, but the only thing that occurred was one lone thunderstorm which started just south of Baird, then headed
southeast and ended up around Hamilton.
Stamford, though, reported a house fire at 113 E. Campbell, which firemen said was started possibly by lightning.
The house, owned by G. C. Caruthers, was lightly damaged because the fire was spotted immediately. It was unoccupied at the time.
Abilene's experience was
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU
(Weather Map 6-A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlla radius) — Clear to partly cloudy and warm Sunday and Monday. High both days, 85 to 90. low Sunday night near 65. Southerly winds 5 mph to 15 mph.
Sat. a m.....
65 ...... 2 OO
60 ... . 4 OO
59 . 5:00
65 . . 8:00
65 ... 9:00
68 68 73
Sat. p rn.
83 87 86
10:00 ............. 69
12:00 . — hours ending IO
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Norman for Year
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High and low for 24 p.m.: 73 and 61.
High and low same date last year: 87 and 59.
Sunset last night: 7:15 p.m.; sunrise today: 6:57 a.m., sunset tonight; 8:17
Barometer reading at IO p.m.: 27 94. Humidity at IO p m.: 79 per cent.
over one another, but the wild weather produced its worst blows at Paris, on the Red River in Northeast Texas. There, a tornado’s outer perimeter damaged the Pleasant Grove Nursing Home, but caused only one injury, an employe cut by flying glass.
A heavy storm flooded Dallas International Motor Speedway to cancel qualifying for Sunday’s Trans-American sedan
The same storm dumped light hail and torrents of rain on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, flooding some underpasses, blowing in plate-glass windows and causing at least one downtown business in Dallas to close because of windblown water damage.
Just before dark, employes tried to remove windblown rain from a number of downtown businesses and show windows.
Hours after the twister struck its glancing blow at Paris, heavy thunderstorms raked the area from 25 miles east of the city to 30 miles west of Waco.
At the same time, skies became only partly cloudy for awhile in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Another section of storms raked the Texas-Oklaho-ma section from near McAlester to west of Texarkana.
Thunderstorms formed in the Stamford-Baird section east of Abilene but weakened and then broke up to move near Comanche with little punch.
One of the North Central Texas tornadoes touched down near Watauga In the northeastern section of Tarrant County at midafternoon. It remained aloft another 15 or 2ft minutes and disappeared after blowing over a windmill and damaging a barn.
TOKYO (AP) — Communist China announced it had put into orbit its first satellite—a 381-pound package that plays a song honoring Mao Tse-tung.
The announcement did not say what else the satellite might be doing or what sort of rocket carried it into a high, looping orbit in space Friday.
The success made Communist China the fifth nation to put its own satellite into orbit. The Soviet Union was first in 1957, followed by the United States in 1958. France in 1905 and Japan, which put a 24-pound payload into orbit Feb. ll.
Although the Chinese made no Immediate reference to the sat-
Pentagon Says Package May Watch Russians
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Pentagon scientists said Saturday Red Chinas first space launch could be a step toward developing reconnaissance satellites to guard against possible Russian surprise attack.
“I don’t think it adds to the worries we have,” one scientist said.
He told a newsman the launch of the 381-pound satellite in‘o earth orbit does not by itself indicate that the Chinese have achieved a capability to fire intercontinental ballistic missiles at the United States.
There was a marked lack of surprise among defense and Air Force scientists at the Communist Chinese achievement in joining the small band of nations which have entered space.
This same feeling was reflected in a formal Defense Department statement which recalled that Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird told Congress two months ago he believed the Chinese Communists would attempt to test launch their Prst ICBM or space boaster in the near future.
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ellite’s military significance, surprised Japanese officials and scientists quickly noted that China—already a nuclear nation —apparently ' had the ingredients now for an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In Washington, however, the U.S. Defense Department said the launching came as no surprise. It said the achievement “obviously reflects the significant progress” in China.
The U.S. North American Air Defense Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., confirmed Peking’s announcement that the satellite was circling the globe every 114 minutes at a distance from the earth ranging from 273 miles to 1.480 miles. NORAD said the satellite will pass over several U.S. cities. including New York, Honolulu and San Francisco, but will probably not be visible to the naked eye.
Peking radio and the New China—Hsinhua—news agency
broadcast a timetable for the satellite’s passage over various cities, including Moscow, Saigon. London, Washington, Tokyo and—in a section for “cities of the motherland”—'Taped and Long Kong. Taipei is the capital of the rival Nationalist Chinese government.
Sign of patience
Pop singer B. J. Thomas of Houston, in Abilene for a concert Saturday, signs his autograph for Kryss White, 17, a Cooper High School junior. Kryss was one of about 20 of his fans who waited almost two hours for his overdue flight to arrive at Municipal Airport. (Staff Photo by Jim Conley)
B. J. Thomas Leaves Stage
By JIM CONLEY
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Pop singer B. J. Thomas, apparently feeling the effects of long hours without sleep including an early morning stop in an Illinois jail. sang one song and walked off the stage Saturday night at Taylor County Coliseum.
One person who attended, Miss Pat Hartmann, 617 Washington, said Thomas put his hands down at his side and said, “I’ve been up too long,” then left the stage.
Many people rushed out (rf the Coliseum — some without getting ticket stubs — when it became obvious that Thomas’ withdrawal was not a joke.
A spokesman in Thomas’ Abilene hotel room told a reporter shortly after the concert that he understood that the ticket money would be refunded within two days but that he didn’t have the authority to make a definite statement.
He refused to give his name or his position but said he was a member of Thomas’ party.
Within ten minutes aftor Thomas left the stage, members of the McMurry Student Association, sponsors of the con
cert, began giving out ticket stubs to the crowd of 2.500.
Ed Williamson, president of tho student association, told Abilene-Rep orter News photographer Reg Reynolds. “B. J. has been on tour and is fatigued. . .he’s really sick.”
Later Saturday night. Willamson issued the following statement to the Abilene Report er-News:
“We’re naturally as dissappointed as anybody else that we didn’t get to hear a good deal more of this fine
Construction has begun on a $350,000 addition Edgewood Shopping Center at N. 12th and Mockingbird to house two new firms, Mitchell’s Department Store and Leonard's Auto Center.
Completion of the 28,000-
NEW EDGEWOOD ADDITION WILL HOUSE TWO MORE FIRMS . . . Mitchell’* Department Store and Leonard’! Auto to Join Center
entertainer. Thomas said he was
“In regard to tickets and financial arrangements, tile student body wants to do what is right in this matter, but it is an extremely complex matter and one which wall have to be studied by experts. Certainly I could not say anything definite about it tonight. WTe want to discuss it with our professionals.”
Thomas w’as arrested early
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square foot enlargement Is expected by July 15, said Robert A. Jordan, vice president of Abilene Savings Assn.
Jordan estimated Mitchell’s and Leonard’s would be open for business by Aug. I.
Jordan said Abilene Investment Co. has purchased the remainder of the shopping ccnted, with the exception of M System Grocer}’, which owns its building.
Abilene Investment is a subsidiary of Abilene Savings Assn.
Other firms already located in Edgewood are Abilene Drug Co.,
T. G. & Y., Village Fashion, H&R Block, Empress Beauty Shop and a branch office of Abilene Savings, which opened in 1964. said Jordan.
The one-story structure, on the north end of the shopping center, will Rice east. Contractor is Clanahan Construction Co. of Tyler.
The parking lot at the shopping center will also be expanded to include the entire remaining area, except for one * lot, 130 feet by 130 feet, at N. 14th and Mockingbird which will be reserved for future expansion.
The expanded lot will park 147 more cars. Both Mitchell’s and Leonard’s are subsidiaries of Tandy Corp. of Fort Worth.
Mitchell's will be a general department store and Leonard’s will handle a complete line of automative items, said Jordan, J