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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Abilene, Texas '.'.'WITHOUT OFFENSE TO .FRIENDS OR FOES'WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT WTH YEAR, NO, 65 .-PHONE-673-4271. ABILENE, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 21, 1974-42 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Staff by FuHen MIDLAND-BASED HELICOPTER READY FOR TAKE-OFF not many speeders notice the "buzzard" in the sky DI'S PATROL CARS A'WAIT UNSUSPECTING SPEEDERS 32 were stopped in onp-hour. Tuesday morning Frowns On Lead Feet By JIM tONLEY lieporter-News Slatf Writer Every few weeks 30 to 40 motorists find out the hard way that the "wide open spaces" around Abilene ave not ideal for Idling Iheir feet get heavy on the gas pedal. They usually .learn about- half, a mile 'loslate, as they come over slight- rise in .the that a Beparlment of Public Safety helicopter has lii.ned theni miles per hour over the, speed limit .of 55, j; "Some bt -them- (the speed; ersj iiist. laugh andVsome are C: plus the speed of the vehicle, its description and Hie time. Several seconds later the car would come over the hill in Ihe ea'stbo'und traffic lanes and one of about eight wailing patrolmen would flag down Ihe auto and give the driver a 'ticket. A typical sceiie, went this THE standing outside their: cars" parked be- side the; road, :fieard their ra- "Item 25, a tan .sedan at 81, ;at Less than 10 -seconds later driven -.by -'a luckless Keeping on Trucking It's unlikely that the truck passing this -each oilier of upcoming DPS cars.and hehcop- group of highway patrolmen will be ters.'The truckers refer to the patrolmen as pulled over for a'ticket. The patrolmen "Smokey" and the helicopter as "buzzard.1 said the truckers have radios and warn "bufwe' know how fast they iveve going so they can't realty argue loo mucti." APPARENTLY not many drivers 'nolice the helicopter overhead before lhejr are nabbed. Patrolman Larry Hood, for instance, said, "I've never. had'- anyone, tell me they'd seen (he helicopter." Just west of Merkel on "In- terstate Highway 20 Tuesday morning the operation was in full 'swing. .The helicopter would radio id a group of DPS officers alter spotting a speed- er approaching them that he had an "item" (or me hill. The .copter -.radioed: "You can see him now, the next car approaching you." Whichever officer's turn it 'was walked to the center of Ihe highway and flagged the car to a stop. ''You were clocked going Si miles per hour by a helicopter on side of that the "officer told the man. "Any reason for you lo.be speed- (Officers said they ask that in case there is an emer- gency of some In .this case, [he man mum- bled, "No. ...well I .was just trying to get home fast; my Sec Copier, Pg. 12A, Col. 1 MOTORIST PASSES WHITE LINE ON SHOULDER patrolman in air "starts liis stopwatch Partial GM Rollback Due DETROIT (AP) Motors' announced "today that, in response .to a .request by President Ford il'.will.parlially roll back a planned price in- crease for 1975 cars.. GM it would.reduce the scheduled increase by an average from Ihe pre- viously, announced figure. The Sulo maker's aelion had been predicted by Ihe Detroit Free Press in a dispatch from its Washington bureau. The newspaper said the President had indicated the move was coming when he conferred at the White House with leaders from the House and Senate. GM 'Chairman Hichard C. GcrsLcnncrg.said Ihe nation's .liirgesL industrial firm was im-. plcmen.ling Ihe rollback iii re- sponse, to "President Ford's appeal'to all segments of the American public to help light inflation." GM the-a'Jto industry's ac- DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Notional Weather service (Weather NO ABILENE AND 1 VJCINITY on Thurs- day High iDday In Low .lo- 'ntgM In 70s. High tlvyrsday In low 905. i High ond lo.v {or 14 hours ending 9 o.m.: 93 and 70. Hlgft and low some date las) year; ami 73. Sunrise 1oday: sunset lonfghi: Sunrise 'knowledgcd pricing -had announced that prices of its 1975 vehicles would be going up by nearly'- 10 per cent, or an average 5500 per vehicle. The figure included in the base price .plus to ?20 for shipping costs.'With Ihe rollback, the increase woukl.be just short of 0 per ccnl, or slightly more than on the average. The compulation :of Ihe average price of GM vehicles includes its heavy-duty truck line, which has; models Ihat run as high as GcVslcnberg said Ihe revised increase includes a 6 per cent liikc in Ihe price ol cars and a 10 per cent boost Tor; trucks. Bar Grievance Panel Viewed Five Abilene attorneys have been appointed to a grievance committee to'in- vestigate any reported vio- lations of ethical rules by local lawyers. The work- ings of the committee ond some-of the past experi- ences are recounted on Pg. 1-8. Amusements............ 6B Business 2A Bridqe................ IOC Classified 5-9C Comics 7B Editorials 4A Horoscope 8A Hospilol Poleinls 3A Obiluariss 9C Socrls............... 1-4C To Your Good Heallh..... IDA TV Log 6B TV Scour 6B Women's News..........' 3B City to Absorb Fuel Asst.' City Manager 'John Satchel said Wednesday Ihe new fuel adjustment cost from West Cenlral Texas Municipal Water District will not be passed on lo consumers. On Tuesday the water dis- trict board of directors gave its approval lo a jump in rate from six cenls to nine cenls per gallons of water pumped lo member cities. The new rale will have lo be ap- proved by Abilene, Albany, Anso'n and Breckenridgc. CITY MANAGER Fred San- dlin will ask for Ihe City Coun- cil's approval of the agree- ment at Thursday's meeting. Water District General Man- ager Victor Jaeggli said in- creased electrical cosls for pumping water had necessitat- ed Ihe new rates. Hatchel snid Abilene con- sumers would not be paying more as a result of the new rale. He-said-the city budget would absorb the additional costs wilh no.problem. If- Abilene were lo use 12 million gallons per day for Ihe next three inonlhs from -Lake Hub the added-cost, -.vould be about But the city is not expected to use. Ihat much. School Administrators' Room Ample By EU.IE RUCKER No! real leccnlly, hot before (he lasl bond issue passed, .'the voters (urnerl dovrn a bond issue that includ- ed expanding (he administration build- ing. I-now hear Ihe school is leasing a building take cave of "extra" ad- ministrators ,lney ''need." Can you find out if this rumor Is IrptV- A. "We're not leasing tiny building lo lake care of extra administrators, We have lols of room for our people in Wood- son and Lamar'and do not plan to build or add on to this says school Supl.. Harold Brinson. Apparently that's one ru- mor you can scratch. Brinson said if any artdilions were planned, the issue would he lirouglit be- lore the voters. As -far .as extra, admjnis-, ti'alovs, lliey lost two, added, two, sd tlie number is the same as last year. No, I don'! wanl (o incel KIvls. But I would like la know If lucre's any iyay lo preserve newspapers where they won't Inrn brown and I'd like (o keep one about Nixon's resig- nation for my granddaughter. A. Laminating is great, only you'll have trouble finding someone to do it here. A paper's more valuable in its natural slate anyway., Ben Kzzell of Kingston Bookstore has a fascinalion for old newspaper. He wraps his in Saran. The key is to keep it away from air and liglhl. You could try'a plaslic dry cleaner bag', scaling the edges wilh heal, blit this is tricky. Practice a few limes. Be sure you have a sheet of paper between the plaslic and the iron or you'll wind up wilh burned crud all over Ihe Q. The city's geldng Warned.for sornelkmff'll dtdn'f do. You quoted a man from Bell Tele- phone saying the agreed lo waler Ihe trees IB tne containers' downtown. This Is no! so, (he city nail nothing to do with It. The Downtown Merchants Assn. walcrcrt (lie trees for a while, charging each, merchant 35 cents, tier Irce each week until Iheir Irnck broke dry.vn. The association notified each merchant (he wafer service was dis- continued and they'd have to wafer Iheir own trees. A. We stand corrected. Tlic city's only connection with Ihe project was recom- mending what type plant material should go in the containers and allowing''a few cily employes ;lo be Iiirert lo help Down- town Merchants Assn. set them out. Sorry to misrepresent you, City. Q. K was my imderslamiing thai Mr. AYclls repotted a budget balanced (or surplus) on leaving the superlntenden- cy..V7hy then, the deficit now? cojor irie Just Interested and curious, A. .There is still a surplus, a balanced b'udgpf and a deficit. Sounds strange, yes, so we'll try to explain. The Surplus (or unappropriated bal- ance it you wish) is money not budgeted set aside and nol touched inilil ab- solutely necessary. Dr Harold llrmsmi ex- plains Hie school system doesn't gel mon- ey from the stale or federal government lo slart programs, it gets it after the program is in progress. Thus some surplus- is mandatory, otherwise money would have to.be borrowed. Because of increased cost of materials and. practically everything else including a raise in the minimum wage, the system faced extra expenses of with no funds lo cover it. 'Practically every school district in the state faces the same crisis. Districts Were counting on Gov. Briscoo calling a special session of the legislature to appropriate the funds but lie refused because of the long- drawn-out Constitutional Convention. The extra had lo conic from somewhere so was taken from sur- plus, f which will be taken care of with a lax increase. Brinson says we still have the same surplus we hud on Aug. 31, 1973. To bal- ance (his year's budget .they're using only fmuls left over trom last year. Address questions (o Action Line, 30, Ahilcne, Texas 79604. Names will not be useil hut must lie signed and addresses given. 1'lcase In- clude telephone numlicrs II possible. Bankshares Sets 3-2 Stock Split First Abilene Bankshares Inc. has. declared a thrce-for- Iwc slock split effected in form of a slock dividend. The action taken by the Abi- lene based multibnnk holding company was announced Wednesday by its president, Walter F. Johnson. The holding c o m p a n y 's board also declared a 28-cenl quarterly cash dividend to be paid on the bcsis of Ihe in- creased shaves outstanding, which represents an increase of 10.5 per cent over the divi- dend paid during the last quar- ter. The cash dividend will be paid to shareholders of rec- ord Sept. 20, payable Oct. 2, THE STOCK'SHUT will.bo; effective to shareholders of re- cord Sepl. 4, .and dlslribulion of the additional shiii'cs will be made Sept. 18. N'o fractional shares will be issued, and fra- clional shares will cither be bought or sold al the option the shareholder to eliminate such fractional shares. First Abilene Bankshares owns First Nalional Bank, Ab- ilene, Bank of Commerce, Abj- lene, and Hereford Stale Dank, Hereford. Johnson said, "We arc pleased to announce the 'in: crease in the number--of shares oulstanding from 272, 482 lo and the accom- panying increased cash divi- dend to (he shareholders. All Ihrec banks have continued lo enjoy" good growth, and each has conlributed significantly to Ihe increased earnings of First Abilene Bankshares, fnc. and provides the .basis'for the action lakcri by the board." A ;