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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Abilene, Texas Jim    Ned VV ins,B'wood Falls Jim Ned edged into the    by Gainesville in a Class state semifinals in Class    AAA semifinal game, A with a 7-6 win over    knocked out of the play- Memphis Friday night    offs because the Lions while Bropnwood, tied at    had one less tot down. 20 with one stcond left    Details, Pg. IC. 1 Democrats Denounce Ford Policies Teacher says formal learning isn't everything An Abilene High School teacher with a PhD says that a practical education is just as important as formal, learning. By Morven Weitzel. ®fje Silent Reporter"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 172 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 7, 1974—FORTY-FOUR PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cent? Associated Prate (ZP) Then, as rival factions conferred and planned for Saturday's .showdown on a party charter, the 2,038 delegate* overwhelmingly endorsed a 1975 legislative program calling for tax reform, national health insurance, a public service jobs plan and “an across-the-board system of economic controls.” Even before they voted, the party’s congressional leaders, led by House Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma, pledged that the overwhelming Democratic majorities in the House and Senate would move promptly in January to enact measures aimed at the national economic crisis. “The people want positive action in dealing with national problems; the Democratic party must provide positive action,” proclaimed assistant Senate Demoratic leader Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia See DEMOCRATS, Col. I Back page this section Ford Reviews Economic Program WASHINGTON (A P) -White House Press Secretary Hon Nessen hinted Friday that President Ford will seek new anti-recession legislation In the near future and that he will move toward a mandatory energy-conservation program early next year. Nessen said the latest 6.5 per cent unemployment rat* was “a source of great concern” to Ford. He said the economic situation was under review. “As we decide to take new steps they will be announced.” Nessen said. Nessen, who acknowledged that the jobless rate had increased faster than expected since Ford unveiled his economic program on Oct. I, gave no clue as to what further antirecession recommendations might be made but indicated legislation would b* involved. Nessen said White House officials were so concerned about the unemployment rate that they searched Friday morning for steps that could be taken by executive action to ease the problem. But he said they could find no authority for action. Nessen also said Ford will outline in his January State of the Union message to Congress an oil conservation program that could involve a mandatory ceiling on oil imports. KANSAS CITY (AP) — Democrats charged President Ford with failing to provide the nation with economic leadership and launched their party’* unprecedented mini convention Friday by roaring approval of their own eight-point program to fight inflation and recession. Exultant over last month’s election successes, the Democrats cheered a round of speeches in which party and congressional leaders denounced the Republican administration and proclaimed the goals of party unity, economic action in 1975 and a presidential victory in 1976. A tricycle, a doll, a Snoopy toothbrush and a doctor’s kit... that s what Lorrie Parsons told Santa s helper to bring her Christmas Day. Santa's helper is Harvey Oaxaca from El Paso, a sophomore fullback on the McMurry football team, who is hearing children's Christmas wishes at Sears and Roe buck. Lorrie, 3, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.1 Earl Parsons II of 1825 Jameson. (McMurry Photo by Craig Huber) Bell Says Probe Was Its Duty By JOHN LUMPKIN Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) - Southwestern Bell Telehone Co., fighting a $29.2 union libel suit, says it had the ight and the duty to investi-ate two of its top executives. The company filed a formal ourt reply on Friday to harges in the libel suit filed y James Ashley of San Anto-10, who was fired by Bell, nd the family of T.O. Gravitt of Dallas, Bell’s top man in Texas until he committed suicide Oft. 17. Bell denied in its court answer all the allegations in the suit brought by Ashley and the Gravitt family. The suit. filed three weeks ago, has sent tremors through Texas. Based on some of the suit's allegations and information obtained elsewhere, Bell is now fighting statements and allegations about company political slush funds, unfair rate-setting practices and illegal wiretapping. In the court answer filed in 57th State District Court here, Bell is not specific about the irregularities it says led to the investigation of first Ashley and then Gravitt. The company and its San Antonio area general manager, Chester Todd, also a defendant, deny that there was a conspiracy “to deprive said Ashley and Gravitt of their employment with the company.” It says the company used trained professional investigators from outside the state to conduct the Texas inquiry. The answer says the investigators were not under the direction of anyone in Bell’s Texas operations. Gravitt in his suicide note See BELL, Col. 8 Rack page this section Goodfellows Asked to Ease Tragic Loss Coming... ... in Sunday's Reporter-News u. “Tho children need clothes and toys,” the neighbor implored. “Please help this family if you can.” Abilene Goodfellows received 52 letters Friday from persons seeking food, clothing and toys. Another 40 letters brought contributions totaling $1,022, bringing the total for the campaign to $4,978.20. Persons wishing to contribute to the Goodfellows or those wishing to report needs of a family or individual may write Goodfellows, Box 30, Abilene, Tex. 79604. Latest contributions include; Caroline T. Chambers 50.00 In memory of T. L. Hiner by Mrs. T. L. Hiner 10.00 Anonymous 25.00 Thelma McPherson 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Marsh 10.00 10.00 Anonymous 1.00 Crescent Temple No. 57 of Pythian Sisters 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Reid 12.00 Mr. and Mrs. Dick Henley 10.00 St. Vincent De Paul Society 50.00 In memory of my mother, Mrs George Ayers, from Mr. and Mrs. Bueford Knight 25.00 Ruth C. Cogdell 5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Terry Breeden    15    00 In lieu of Christmas cards to some of our Aspermont friends from Hary and Ethel Fletcher    2    00 Anonymous    3.00 In lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene friends bv Alam Bynum    10.00 In memory of Dona Mae Hurley from Dorotha Locke    5.00 Beula Wynne Love    10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Arch D. Batjer    100.00 Mrs. Sterling Childers 30.00 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. McDaniel    25.00 Mrs. J. M. Hoos    10.00 In memory of Dr. and Mrs. Dallas Southard    10.00 NEWS INDEX Amusements ............ 8B Astrograph ............ IGD Bridge ................. 7B Churc News........... 8, 9C Classified    ............. 4-9D Comics ............ 2, 3D Editorials ............... 4A Form .................. 9B Headline ............ IOO Morkets ............ IO,    UC Obituaries .............. 9D Oil ................ 4. 5B Sports ................ 1-6C Today in History ........ TOD TV Log ................8B TV Scout .............. 8B Women's    News........ 2, 3B Mr. and Mrs. Garland S. Choate 12 OO Archie Faulks 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Brown 100.00 Mary-Martha Sunday School Class of Aldersgate United Methodist Church 5.00 Mrs. Edna Earl Simmons 5.00 Jean Powell 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Boyd 10.00 Mrs. Cozete Jones 5.00 Officers’ Wives Club of Dyess AFB 75.00 MSgt. and Mrs. John R. Flowers 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Connally 100.00 Anonymous 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Simmons 200.00 In memory of Mrs. Louis Knight sponsor of the Abilene Blue Bonnet Brigade and in memory of Mrs. A. Sams of Seymour by Sara Symes 5.00 Meiisa-No. 2709 20.00 Anonymous 10.00 In memory of my husband Everardo C. Flores, Sr. and in memory of Mr. Merle Thornton By Mrs. Phoebe Flores 2.00 Total    $1,022.00 Previously Acknowledged    $3,956.20 Total to date    $4,978.20 GOAL    $18,250 Monumental task Workmen scale the Washington Monument Friday to weather proof the historic landmark. The ascent will take them to the top of the 555-foot monument and down again. (AP Wirephoto) Store takes its customers back into past A recently opened mercantile store in Trent brings back a little of the past in the items offered for sale. By Loretta Fulton. One of the more poignant letters received by the Goodfellows Friday was a letter from a concerned neighbor asking help for a young mother and father and their six children. This family lost a six-week old baby in September due to pneumonia, the neighbor wrote. “After the baby’s funeral, the mother was hospitalized and operated on and now the father is out of work due to minor surgery.” The neighbor said she talked with the mother and she doesn’t have much hope for Christmas for the children. The children are ages I to Black drama group finding Abilene talent A newly-organized black drama group has found many talented youngsters in Abilene. Setting the Scene by Alice Miller. ;

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