Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 9, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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mmtrTheres Hope, But No Chance to End Reconl Dry
Abilene and area residents staring with hopeful eyes upward were glared back at with equal strength Saturday as the bright sun and hot, dry air conspired successfully to set a record of days without rain.
Saturday made 67 straight days without any measurable moisture in Abilene, breaking the record set from Nov. 17,1886 to Jan. 22, 1887, but most local residents seem to prefer the city break into the record books in some other—any other-area.
Not only has Abilene set a record but it seems likely that the string of dry days will continue for a while. The forecast from the weather bureau calls for fair and hot Sunday through Monday.
When asked if there was any hope for rain, a Weather Bureau employe said, “There s hope, but no chance.”
As Abilenians tried to remember just what it feels like to be wet while out of a swimming pool, the towns in the area were moving slowly toward records of their own in the dry spell area.
The far west Texas town of Snyder has gone 77 days without rain but that is still not a record for the city. The last measurable rain was May 23 and lakes in the vicinity are beginning to look like wide puddles, according to weather bureau officials who say that the pond at Towle Park is as low as it has ever been and that Lake Thomas
is about 35 feet below what is considered
In Ballinger, the days without rain stands at 26, with the last measurable amount July 12 when a scanty .02 fell. According to the weather records in Ballinger, the longest dry spell in 1970 before this one was 19 days.
Weatherman James Dabney in Eastland said Saturday that the rain on July 13 in that city was recorded at .42 and that along with .5 the day before are the only rainfall in Eastland in 26 days. Dabney stated that “according to the records available here, that is the longest time ever with absolutely no rain fall at all.”
“We seem to have broken the record,”
Auto Kills (•City Twin In Backyard
COLORADO CITY (RNS) - A set of nine-year-old twins were injured, one fatally, about 8:15 p.m. Saturday while working in the backyard of their home.
LaWayne Iglehart was killed and her twin brother DaWayne injured when both were struck by a automobile driven by Mrs. Madeline McIntosh, 60, of Colorado City.
The girl had extensive head injuries and she died about two hours after the accident in Root Memorial Hospital. Her brother, who suffered mouth injuries, was listed in good condition at the same hospital.
According to city police, the accident occurred when the car driven by Mrs. McIntosh went out of control, crossed lanes, jumped a curb, rammed over the heavy wire fence and struck both children.
The children's mother, Mrs. Roy Wayne Iglehart was on the back porch at tho time of the accident but was not injured.
Funeral is pending with Hiker and Son Funeral Home.
Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wayne Iglehart of Colorado City.
Impact Approves City Sales Tax
Voters of the City of Impact approved a one per cent city sales tax Saturday by a vote of
The election was held at the home of Impact Mayor Dallas Perkins, who said he had no idea what the yearly revenue from the tax would be. He said the money would go into the general operating fund.
Perkins had earlier said that the city has no plans yet for the use of the tax money.
Impact has 32 registered voters.
The sale of alcoholic beverages is Impact’s main industry. The business community is made up of two liquor stores and a drive-in grocery winch also sells beer and wine.
Dabney said, “for no rain at all, not even a trace.”
Cisco has been hot and dry for 25 days, since July 13, according to rain records kept at the local fire department. But residents there can at least remember a good rain, an ineh-and-one-half fell on the 13th.
Sixteen days ago on July 22, it rained in Colorado City, not much of a rain, recorded at .10, but it did “get the ground, some ground anyway, wet.”
Not any measurable rain was recorded In Knox City, in the month (rf July according to record keeper Jack Garrison. It did rain .42 during four different short showers in June,
Harrison said, but that “doesn't amount to
Munday weatherman Glen Weaver said Saturday night it had not rained since June 21 in that city and that “is very much a
“It rained just a little, .45 on July 21,” he said, “and since then we have no rain at all,
not even a trace.”
Weaver said the normal rain for this time of year is “between 14 and 15 inches and that Munday’s 1970 total so far is just 7.42.”
“We've been hearing about all these dry towns,” Weaver said, “but Munday has got to be one of the driest.”
Russians Advising Hanoi to Cool It'
SAIGON (AP) - The Soviet Union is applying pressure on North Vietnam to “cool it” in Laos so that Laotian factions can end their pocket war with a political settlement, diplomatic sources in Saigon said Saturday.
Preliminary' peace talks are now under way in Vientiane, the administrative capital of Laos, between the government of Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma and the Communist Pathet Lao.
The Soviet Union favors the talks, the sources said, and one added that “Russia has told North Vietnam to cool it in Laos and pull out Its 30,000 troops in the northern part of the country.”
The sources said their information came through diplomatic circles from various world capitals.
The Soviet Union was said to support the negotiations because of a desire to limit Red China’s influence in Indochina and its original backing of Souvanna Phouma as a Laotian neutralist.
The Soviet Union and Britain are cochairman of the Geneva agreement that set up a neutral Laos with a coalition government of Communists, anti-Com-munists and neutralists.
The coalition collapsed the Pathet Lao, headed by Prince Souphanouvong, Souvanna Phouma’s half-brother, who launched a guerrilla campaign against the government with North Vietnamese support.
Souphanouvong proposed the peace talks in a letter July 27 to Souvanna Phouma and then sent Prince Tiao Souk Vongsak as his representative.
Vongsak, public works minister in the early coalition govern
ment, was described by the diplomatic sources as being a nationalist opposed to North Vietnamese presence in Laos.
The diplomats in Vientiane and Saigon said the negotiations may lead to a settlement but it will be a long process.
An agreement between the opposing Laotians could end the
warfare in the northern half of the country, they said, but It probably would ignore the uninhabited eastern panhandle. That is the site of North Vietnam’* Ho Chi Minh trail, used to move supplies and reinforcements to North Vietnamese troops fighting in Cambodia and South Vietnam.
Child Drowns Here In Apartment Pool
A small boy drowned early Saturday morning in the pool of the Villa Chateau apartments after wandering from his enclosed play area.
Dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial was Stacy Davidson, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Eugene Davidson. Bryan Calcote, resident of the apartments, reported I h e incident to Abilene police at 8:05 a.m.
Davidson is presently serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam, near Da Nang. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Davidson of Rt 3, Abilene, have made attempts to contact him through the Red Cross.
Funeral arrangements are being made at Elliott's Funeral
The child was born May 5, 1968 in Abilene.
Survivors include his parents; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Davidson, Rt. 3, the maternal grandparents, Mrs. Patricia Cavin Ford of 1810
STACY DAVIDSON ... left play area
Vogel and Joe Cavin of Austin; the maternal great* grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Ashton of Rt. 4; the paternal great-grandmother Mrs. Laura Davidson of Muskogee, Okla.
Bank Missing $4 Million
Earl M. Collier, inset, administrator of Hendrick Memorial Hospital the past 41 years, has given up the day-to-day job of running the facility and is now director of development. The Taylor-Jones County Medical Society will hold an appreciation dinner for Collier Tuesday night, and a special section in today’s Reporter-News tells the story of the man known as “The Earl of Abilene” — and of his hospital. (Staff Photos by Don Blakley)
EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) -The U.S. Comptroller of the Currency closed the Eatontown National Bank as insolvent Saturday. A bank director said about $4 million was believed missing.
The board of directors of the
ABM Opponents May Have Edge
WASHINGTON (AR) - A replay of last year’s cliff hanging Senate vote on the Safeguard antimissile system is scheduled Wednesday with one vital difference: This time ABM opponents may win.
An Associated Press poll shows 50 senators either committed to vote for an amendment barring Safeguard expansion or leaning strongly in that direction.
They are opposed by 46 senators who have decided to vote for an expansion of the system requested by President Nixon as a protective curtain around the nation’s force of retaliatory Minutemen nuclear missiles.
A down-to-the-wire Senate drama last year over installation of the first Safeguard sites was climaxed by a one-vote victory for the President.
Three senators say they still are undecided and are not listed in either camp.
And one, Sen. Karl E. Mundt, R-S.D., an ABM supporter, is believed so ill he will not be
able to leave the hospital to cast his vote.
With only 99 senators expected at the 2:30 p.m. CDT balloting, the chance for a tie with Vice President Spiro T. Agnew casting the deciding vote—a dis-
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tinct possibility last year—appears nil.
Senate observers give the amendment drafted by Sens. John Sherman Cooper, R-Ky., and Philip Hart, D-Mich.f the best chance of success.
A rival amendment by Sen. Harold Hughes, D-Iowa, to bar all Safeguard spending except for research and development seems to have little chance.
The Senate debate this year has been focused on the desirability of expanding the Safeguard system to two additional sites—in Wyoming and North Dakota.
In earlier action, the Armed Services Committee wrote out of its $19.2-billion military procurement bill authority to begin expansion of Safeguard to a thin area defense against a possible Chinese Communist missile attack.
Debate on the measure this year has been relatively short and desultory, in sharp contrast to last summer’s two-month Senate donnybrook.
Over the year, the opposing
forces have remained mainly the same.
And most of the arguments have not changed.
Safeguard foes have been caught off balance, however, by Nixon administration insistence that congressional approval of Safeguard is absolutely necessary to achieve success at the
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ABILENE AND VICINITY (4Vril« radius) — Fair and hot Sunday through Morday. High both days ov*r I i, minimum temperatures in the low 70'*. Winds mostly light and southerly.
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High and low p.m.: IOO and 71.
High and low aama Oat* lest year; 97 end 78.
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arms-limitation talks with the Soviet Union. Safeguard, its advocates contend, is an important bargaining chip to toss on the table at the Vienna talks.
But opponents cite scientific testimony that casts doubt on the ability of key Safeguard to function well under Soviet attack and ask why the Soviets should care one way or the other about a purely defensive system that may not work.
There have been only a few changes in the voting lineups from last year’s Safeguard roll calls.
But Safeguard foes appear now to have crossed-or to be close to crossing—the line to victory. The result would be to restrain the momentum of a system they say has both technical faults and adds to the rising fever of the arms race.
The Cooper-Hart amendment would bar the spending of $322 million to begin work on the two additional ABM sites. It would retain $1 billion to continue development and construction (rf the two sites authorized last year.
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bank issued a statement quoting federal authorities as saying there were fiscal irregularities involving the president of the bank.
The statement said:
“The directors of the Eatontown National Bank have been advised by the regional comptroller of currency that Douglas J. Schotte, president of the bank, has improperly issued a substantial number of cashier’s checks payable to stock brokerage firms and other institutions.
“The comptroller has advised the directors that it will require some time to determine the total amount involved. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has been appointed receiver to take over the affairs of the bank.”
Schotte, who lives in a ranch-house in nearby Middletown, could not be reached for comment.
Eugene W. Landy, a vice president, a director and one of the organizers of the six-year old bank, said that Schotte had been cooperating in an investigation.
No charges have been filed against Schotte.
In an interview’, Landy said bank directors believed about $4 million was missing.
“We’re hoping it doam’t go higher,” he said.
A spokesman for the U.S. Comptroller said the bank would not open Saturday, Monday “or ever again” in its present form.
The bank has 10,000 depositors and listed resources of $16,450,650 in ta semiannual report issued June 90.
A spokesman for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said deposits of up to $20,000 would be returned to individual depositors within IO day*. He said all contractural obligations between tile bank and customers would remain in force though it may be necessary to extend time periods in some cases.
A team of 23 FDIC liquidation officials were dispatched to the bank. Members of the FBI, the administrator of national banks and representatives of the office of the comptroller were also on hand.
There are IO trustees of the bank. Landy, who is a trustee,
released the statement following
a series of meetings.
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