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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 31, 1974, Abilene, Texas Coming In Sunday's Reporler^News Stranger than fiction? The man hunt in the • Stephenville area has all the ingredients for a movie script* By staffer •Jim Conley. The real sh ow in wrestling Where is the show ct', the wrestling watches-1— J in the crowd or in the d ring? By State Editor Loretta Fulton. Photos by John Best. The. coming fortunes of Big Country football teams are measured in the '74 grid review. A special section by R*N ^ sports staff# Selection of a 1975 Sweetheart is a highlight of the upcoming West Texas Fair. A colorful view of the candidates will be in the women's section. Itbe Abilene! Sporter 3 STAR FINAL MTH YEAR, NO. 75 PHONE 673-4271 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY ASJT GOES Byron --A    rh    .FNF    TF.YAs'~7n6fl4~SATllROAY    MORNINgTaUG.    31, ICT-FORTY-KOLK^^    Prite    15    Cen,S Associated Press (IP) Ford Calls Additional Gasoline Tax 'Unwise' Ready for the telethon In spite of suffering muscular dystrophy, Tim Hughes, 12, of Baird, goes to school and enjoys several hobbies including assembling electronic gadgets and playing the organ. A videotape of Tim playing the organ will be telecast over KTXS-TY be tween 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Monday as part of the New Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Tim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmer Hughes of Baird. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley) WASHINGTON (AP) -President Ford said through a spokesman Friday he does not favor an additional 10-eenfs-per-gallon tax on gasoline because that would be “exorbitant, unwise and unnecessary.” Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst said the declaration ties in with his statement Thursday that Ford will not seek any tax increase this veal*. Reports circulated last week that the administration was considering a jump in the gasoline excise tax from 4 to 14 cents as both an inflation-fighting and energy saving tool. TerHorst said he had hoped to lay that report to rest last week by pointing out it was only one of many economic policy alternatives being weighed. But he said that after reports of the possible gasoline tax increase had persisted, he talked to Ford, who authorized the new statement opposing the jump. TerHorst said Ford believes such an increase would have “no merit at all in really trying to control inflation or energy consumption.” TerHorst repeated his broader tax statement of Thursday that while no president ever favors a tax increase he often must consider one and can't foreclose the option. “But I don’t want you to get Ford in Columbus. Pg. 3\ the idea the President is preparing a tax increase proposal for Congress” for next year, terHorst declared. He said the President “doesn't want to rule out anv idea” in the economic field but emphasized that consideration of an alternative does not mean approval. TerHorst was asked if he inquired whether the President might favor any lower gasoline tax increase. He said lie had not specifically inquired. WTU, Lone Star Settle Lawsuit Rains Lash South Texas Bv The Associated Press Torrential rains and rising floodwater severed the main traffic artery between San Antonio and Del Rio Friday while booming thunderstorms continued to gorge HUI Country rivers and streams with record rainfalls. Flood warnings went up in Medina. Kimble. Kendall. Bexar, Uvalde and several other Hill Country counties north and west of San Antonio. Telephones and lights were reported out in Kimble County. A man drowned and two other persons were injured at a low water crossing near Sonora. The man was identified as Juan Aguinaga, a Mexican citizen. A Junction fire department spokesman said some livestock and ranch equipment had been washed away by the Llano River. Some rural home evacuations were necessary in Medina County. By midafternoon, however, the showers tapered off, although some stiU plagued East and South Central Texas, and the sun came out. Water from swollen rivers and streams began to recede from those low lying areas prone to flash flooding but still menaced other areas. Junction had the largest rainfall-4.32 inches-from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. Friday while Texarkana trailed a tai second with 1.87 inches. McAllen recorded the day s high with 97 and Marfa had the low of 52. The forecasters said showers and thundershowers would be limited to East Texas Saturday with clear to partlv cloudy skies elsewhere. Temperatures will range from the mid 60s to near ICO. The Highway Department said U.S. 90 was closed west of San Antonio at the Bexar-Medina county line and between Knippa and Sabinal in the cedar scrub area near Gamer State Park. The agency also said U.S. 377 was closed between Junction and Rocksprings. Water also coursed across Farm 385 in that area. Also closed were Texas 16 at the Bexar-Bandera County line: Texas 46 between Boerne and U.S. 281: and Texas 173 between Bandera and U.S. 90. U.S. 90 is the main link between San Antonio and Del Rio. Autonties said thunderstorms dumped up to IO inch es and more of rain around Hondo, just west of San Antonio, between midnight Thursday and noon Friday. A few scattered points in the east of the Big Country received rainfall Friday, with Dublin’s 1.41 inches the most recorded. The Erath County community received most of its moisture between midnight and 7 a.m. Rockwood in Coleman County measured 1.3 inches. Other towns reporting rainfall included Breckenridge, which received .68 for a five-day total of 2.60, and Santa Anna, with a .10 measurement. Inside Todoy Market Roars Back The stock market broke free from the grip of a three-week slide and rebounded with o gain of almost 22 points. Pg. IIC. As the United Staten plays a cautious role, the Organizations of American States is getting ready for moves to lift the embargo on Cuba by the end of the year Pg. 5A Amusements ...... ......UA Astrograph ....... .......TA Bridge .......... .......7 A Church News 7B Classified ........ 2-8D Comics . . 8, 9C Editorials 4A Form 8. 9D Markets ..... IO, IIC Obituaries 48 Oil ..... 12C Sports ........... ..... 1-7C Today in History 10A TV Log ......TOA TV Scout TOA Women News 2, 38 West Texas Utilities and Lone Star Gas Co. have settled out of court a lawsuit concerning a gas sales contract and extended the pact through 1989, officials of the two firms announced Friday. The suit, pending in 104th Iii('our! in Abilene, will be dismissed on joint motion of attorneys for both parties. WTU tiled suit Feb. 14. alleging that Lone Star Gas Co. was preparing to terminate illegally a contract between the two firms IO years before its expiration date. THE SUIT sought to hold Lone Star to a contract signed in 1959 extending through 1984. In a press release Friday, the firms announced that the new agreement provides fur the exchange and .storage of natural gav for WTU by Lone Star “and appropriate adjustments for such service.” Officials of both firms said the agreement provides that details of the new contract and the negotiations which led to the pact not be made public. fVTU had alleged in the suit that Lone Star had notified WTU that the 1959 contract was to be terminated as of midnight. Dec. 31, 1974. WTI alleged I hat Lone Star's expressed intention of ending the contract “constitutes a tin eat that miles* the plaintiff (WTI ) in willing to negotiate a new contract the defendant (Lone Star) will make no further deliveries of gas. . .after Dec. 31. 1974." WTU ALSO contended that the termination notice from Lone Star was "with full knowledge.. .that the natural gas which, is the subject matter of the contracts in question is the principal, if not the sole, source of a practical fuel supply” for WTU’s generating plants. No specific amount of damages was sought bv WTU, although the firm alleged it had incurred "substantial costs and damages.” Deserter Returns To Canada PLACE ARCH INTERNATIONAL PARK (AP)—Accused U.S. Arfny deserter Ronald Anderson, arrested by U.S. customs agents on Canadian soil last Saturday, was returned to Canada Friday night. Anderson was released from Fort Lewis military stockade earlier in the afternoon after a U.S. State Department official said Canada and the United States were in agreement on the facts of the incident. Anderson was greeted by his wife and newsmen when he crossed the border. He was accompanied by Canada's consul general to Seattle, Ray Anderson. no relation. A n d e r s o n, 31. a landed immigrant in Canada, was arrested on Canadian soil last Saturday as he and his wife, see DESERTER. Pg. I2A, Cal. • A Man With By RDY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer Texas Highway Commissioner Dewitt Greer, internationally recognized for his administrative work for the Texas Highway Dept., said here Friday that “probably one of the biggest single accomplishments of my administration was the appointment of Jake Roberts” as district highway engineer for the Abilene district. Greer, who was state highway engineer for 27 years, longer than any person has ever served, joined 200 area citizens in honoring Roberts with a retirement luncheon at the Abilene Civie Center. Roberts, a 44-year veteran of the Highway Department, will retire Sunday after 23 years as district engineer. The Abilene Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the luncheon, presented Roberts with a plaque for his faithful service and civic contributions, and the retiring official was presented a proclamation by the Big Spring City Council See ROBERTS, Pg. 12A, Col I Stiff Phot#* toy OCH •lakier THE MANY FACES OF JAKE ROBERTS ON HIS DAY . . . veteran highway engineer honored Friday in Abilene ;

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