Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 22, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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3 STAR FINAL
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
90TH YEAR, NO. 67 PHONE 673-4271_ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 22, 1970—THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Auoeieted Prat (IP)Stamford 'Strip' Annex May Prompt Dry Vote
By WALLY SIMMONS
Reporter-News State Editor
STAMFORD - The city of Stamford isn’t “dry” mw—not completely anyway. But it might be again before long.
An area north of town where several liquor and beer stores are located was annexed to the city by the Stamford City Council Friday. One of the leading opponents of the move said residents of that precinct are likely to call an election and vote it dry.
THE COUNCIL passed the annexation ordinance unanimously after a public hearing on the matter Friday. Two persons argued against the annexation of about a half-mile strip along North Swenson Street located in Haskell County. The old city limits was also the county line.
The first session of the public hearing was held earlier this month and several businessmen in the area that was annexed had voiced objections. They were concerned mainly about
having to pay the city sales tax.
Under state law, a wet precinct annexed into a dry city can continue to sell liquor and only residents of the precinct can vote it dry.
THE COUNCIL also got its final summary report on a comprehensive city plan from Hunter Associates of Dallas, a project which has been in the works since October of 1968.
Grady Bowdry, former Stamford city manager, and Don
Caffoy, operator of a liquor and beer store in the annexed area, were the two who questioned the council about the annexation.
Bowdry, who doesn't live in that area and owns no business there, questioned Mayor James Self about the amount of additional tax revenue that could be expected from the annexed area and the cost of providing city services.
HE WAS TOLD that property taxes would give the city about
$2,038 per year and there was no clear estimate available on the amount the city sales tax would produce. The cost of providing city services was estimated at $81,150 for water and $66,030 for sewer improvements.
“Do you have the money to pay for it,” Bowdry asked.
Mayor Self replied that the city couldn't write a check for it at that moment, but that cities usually didn’t have the money to pay for projects like that in advance. The mayor said the
city planned to provide the services to the area within the next five years.
CAFFEY ASKED the mayor how’ he could be certain that future city councils would fulfill the obligation to extend city services and was told that many programs such as this come before city councils all Ihe time, with Councilmen Farced Hassen and Grady Cozby citing examples.
Prior to the meeting, Cat fey
said he has contacted a lawyer and plans to take the matter to
“We’ll fight It until it come* time to pay a sales tax,” he said, “and if it isn’t tied up rn court, I guess well pay the
He said he doesn’t believe the city ever intends to provide the annexed area with city services, “They don’t have the money,” he said. “All they want is to
See STAMFORD, Pg. 2-A
Texarkana Hit By New Flood
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
New downpours struck Texarkana Friday atop heavy rains Thursday, causing extensive new flooding with police using boats to rescue some persons.
About a dozen homes were flooded, and the rescued included a mother with four children, one in arms.
The water closed all but two
routes from the western area to downtown Texarkana and traffic was stacked up for miles.
AU underpasses were flooded, some of them six feet deep in water.
Rainfall from about 2 a.m. Friday until about 1:30 p.m. when the worst of the downpour eased off was 3.44 inches officially, with an estimated 4 inches downtown.
GLENN BIGGS . . . takes new post
Former Abilene Man Named As Bank Execulive
Glenn Biggs, former Abilene real estate and business executive, has been elected executive vice president and director of First National Bank of San Antonio.
Biggs’ primary responsibility at the bank effective Sept. 15 will be marketing.
He has been serving as president of National Western Life Insurance Co. in Austin. Before that he was executive administrative assistant to Ben Barnes, then speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
Biggs was formerly a partner in Millerman and Millerman Insurance and Real Estate in Abilene. Prior to that he served as assistant manager of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.
A 1956 graduate of Baylor University, Biggs is a member of the board of trustees of Hendrick Memorial Hospital, a member of the Board of Development of Hardin-Simmons University and is chairman of Texas Conservation Foundation.
This fell atop the 4.97 inches Thursday at Texarkana.
Meanwhile, some portions of Texas from the Panhandle and South Plains east lo the Red River found their lengthy droughts broken during the night.
“It’s a more serious problem than we had Thursday,” said Sgt. John Slover of the Texarkana, Tex., Police Department. “We’ve had flooding all over town today,”
Slover said the police and others were evacuating residents who want to leave, using boats. Auxiliary police were called in to help.
“Ten to 12 of our major streets are flooded and impassable,” the sergeant said.
There was more rejoicing than crying in Texarkana, however, since the rainfall broke a drought of about three months.
And the same rejoicing took place from the Panhandle east as good rains fell, with two inches common and one report of 3.12 inches on the upper Colorado River.
Setting off the rains was a cold front that stretched from San Angelo to Sherman and on to Fort Smith, Ark. But the front began to erode, although chances of showers through Thursday remained.
Swimming in the flood
Wrecker crews were busy Friday in Texarkana as they had to swim in more than six feet of watef at the U.S. Highway 82 un
derpass to pull automobiles from the muddy water. Heavy rainfall hit the city Friday, causing se
vere flooding for the second day in a row. (AP Wirephoto)
Heavy Downpours weather
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Soak Big Country
After 86 days with only a halfinch of rain, the West Texas town of Dublin finally got more than enough rain to “fill in all the cracks” Friday as 2.20 inches fell in six hours.
According to Charles Nelson, who is with the weather observation station in Dublin, the rain began to fall about 4 a.m. Friday, fell hardest between 5 and 6 a.m., and finally stopped at IO a.m.
The ground got positively wet, Nelson said, and the electrical
Stephenville Man Killed in Mishap
COMANCHE (UNS) - A 74-year-old Stephenville b u s i-nessman and former city constable waa killed early Friday morning in a car-truck crash that occurred during a heavy rain storm on Highway 67.
Oscar McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck 4.7 miles east of here by Justice
Studying Problem Of DelinquentGirl
The Statewide Reception Center for Girls at Brownwood has been open since May. The State Home and School for Girls nearby opens its first classes Sept. 14.
The Texas Youth Council facilities are trying new concepts in working with delinquent girls, a “success-oriented” program. Cheryl Foster, Youth Editor, Diane Withee, Women’s Staff writer, and photographer Don Blakley spent a day at the Center and School for Girls, touring the plant, talking with the director and administrators, the house-parents and social workers.
Sunday the Women’s Section Page One and several inside pages explore the buildings, the people and the philosophies which wiU fry to deal with the growing problem of the delinquent girl.
“We’re Here to Help the Hurt Child” and ‘They Will Not Know Failure Here” are the Women’s Section Page One stories which lead to more pictures and stories inside.
of the Peace Ottis Fields of Comanche.
The driver of the truck, James Rhodes of San Angelo, was not injured.
According to investigating Highway Patrolman Joe Wylie, the crash occurred at about 7:20 a.m. Friday—during the time that the highway area received 1.25 inches of rain.
The car that Mr. McCoy was driving was headed west and the truck, a diesel freight, was headed east when the accident occurred.
A livestock inspector and collector for Farmer’s National Bank in Stephenville, .Mr. McCoy was reportedly en route to a cattle sale in Brownwood.
Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Emil V. Becker of First Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will be in Nancy Smith Cemetery’.
Born March 13, 1896, in
Summerville County, he had lived in Erath County most of his life. He married Mel Lewis in 1913.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Loyd and Floyd, both of Stephenville; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Jones of Walnut Springs; one brother, Dewey of Stephenville; one sister, Mrs. Lovie Fretwell of Walnut Springs; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
storm that accompanied the rain shut down power in some Dublin homes for “about 15 minutes.”
The good wet news was spread around the Big Country throughout the day Friday as several area towns recorded good rains.
Clyde did a repeat performance to make three days that rain has fallen there. Friday, 1.50 inches fell making a three-day total of 3 inches.
Comanche got a 1.25 rain Friday morning and the Eula area has a two-day total rainfall of 2.50.
Sweetwater got a Friday rainfall total of 1.75, while De Leon, Munday and Old Glory recorded more modest amounts of .60, .63 and .25. Eastland and Throckmorton recorded rains of 1.57 and 1.10 Friday.
The Abilene forecast calls for more of Thursday’s performance — maybe — with the Weather Bureau putting the chances for rain Saturday and Saturday night at 30 per cent.
The rains kept temperatures at only moderately hot levels, but where they did not fall, forecasts called for mercury’ readings above IOO for Saturday.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Mao, Pg. 1S-A)
AR ILE NE AND VICINITY (AOmlla re-rtiu1)) Partly cloudy and warm
Saturday through Sunday with scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. High both days 95; low 75. Probability of rain Saturday and Saturday nght 30 per cent. Southerly wnds IO to 15 miles per hour.
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS AND NORTHEAST TEXAS — Partly cloudy ard mild Monday through Wednesday. Chance of thundershowers north Monday and Tuesday and east portion Wednesday. Highest temperatures in lower 90s. Lowest temperatures in upper AOs,
TEMPERATURES Fri. a m. Frl. p.m.
75 . . 1:00 73
74 ..... 2:00 75
74 ......... 3:00 83
74 . .. 4:00 BA
73 .......... . 5 00 90
73 ....... A:;0 85
71 ...... 7:00 §3
74 .. 8:00 . ..79
75 ......... 9 00 77
77 ... IO OO .... 74
77 ......... 11:00 —
74 12 OO —
Hgh and inw for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.. 90 ard 73.
Hiqh and low same date last year: 98 and 76.
Sunset last night: 8 17; sunrise today: 7:07; sunset tonight: 8:14.
Bartree ter reading at 9 p.m.: 28.05. Humidity af 9 p.m.: 77 per cent.
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Anson Miss Picked As 'Cotton Queen'
By JOY CULWELL Reporter-News Correspondent
ANSON (RNS) — A tiny sandy - haired 18 - year - old Friday night was crowned Jones County Fair Cotton Queen before a capacity audience in Pioneer Hall here.
Linda Hitter, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ritter of Anson, won the title from a field of 13 contestants.
She will be a freshman at Hardin - Simmons University in Abilene in the fall.
First runner - up was Pauletta Rowland, 18, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rowland of Anson.
A Stamford beauty, Christi Lundgren . was second runner-up.
Christi is the reigning Jones County Farm Bureau queen.
Pam Scott and Barbara Ritter, both of Anson, completed the top five finalists.
Miss Congeniality was Vicki Bradshaw, the 17 - year - old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Bradshaw of Anson.
The new Jones County Fair cotton queen will compete in the state contest in Dallas in the fall.
Judges for the contest were Patti Harper, Mrs. Dale McNutt,
Dr. Rod Cannedv, and James Hallmark, all of Abilene.
Emcee was Don Watts of KRBC. Denise Conger played the A RITTER
organ for the event, * * • queen
Saturday events will include the horse show which will begin at a m. in the arena. John Rector and Dennis Ellerbracht are in
charge of the show.
Saturday evening Pioneer Squares of Anson will hold a square dance on the east side of the square with Sleepy Browning of Jayton as caller. The dance is free and open to the public.
San Angelo Races Integration Deadline
SAN ANGELO — Ihiblic schools will open here as scheduled Monday if a desegregation plan is worked out by school and federal justice department officials.
The two groups went into a closed-door session at 9:30 a.m. Friday attempting to reach a workable plan. School Supt. G. B. Wadzeek said Judge Joe Estes recessed the meeting late Friday until Monday.
But they will meet informally Saturday. Wadzeek said an announcement on the plan “might be available sometime around 9 p.m. Saturday.”
He said schools will open Monday and whatever agreement is reached will go into effect immediately.
Judge Estes ordered the two groups behind closed doors Friday morning after dismissing
earlier that morning any
suggestions by the defense for a different solution to the
In the small courtroom in San Angelo's federal building, the judge told school attorney Curt Steib, “You have to come up with a plan before school starts,
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although I firmly believe it is not necessary The action ensued following a law suit filed by the federal government, charging desegregation violations.
Six school districts were named in the original desegregation suit, including Wichita Falls, Ferris, Garland, Richard, Lubbock and San Angelo, but Judge Estes signed an order Wednesday separating the six school suits into separate actions.
A hearing on the Wichita Falls suit has been set for Tuesday in that city An Ei Paso federal court will hold similar hearings for school districts in Midland and Odessa sometime next week, with Judge Ernest Guinn presiding.
Those suits were transferred from Austin to El Paso, but the
schools will be able to open on schedule, officials said.
Both districts v/ere sued for alleged racial discrimination.
In Austin, officials said they had received no desegregation plans at all from five of seven school districts sued in the Austin federal court for alleged non-compliance with the civil rights laws. The schools should have filed them Friday, but only Temple and Calvert filed new desegregation plans.
In Houston, only Galena Park was known to have made a settlement with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, involving the closing of all-Negro junior high and elementary schools and the transferring of black pupils elsewhere. Three other Houston
See DESEGREGATION, Pg. 2-A