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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas ®jje AbileneSporter -Betoil"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES''—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 244 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEX.. 79604. SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 16, 1974- FORTY PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press (TPIThe Purple Plum Eater Fights Back I Panhandle Quake ROANOKE. Va. (APi-Twelve-year-old Danny Willis’ mother thinks he’s “plum crazy.'’ And he is. enough to be t h e unofficial plum-eating champion of Roanoke's Hidden V a 11 e y Intermediate School. When the cafeteria recently served plums, he gulped down his portion. This promoted friends and acquaintances to push their plums in his direction. After the donations ended, a count showed that Danny had eaten 37 canned plums. This got his picture in the school newspaper and sparked a run on the cafeteria’s plums with various challengers trying to break Danny’s record. One contender knocked Danny from his throne by eating 40 plums. Then another pupil came along and downed 53. His pride at stake and with a will of iron — and matching digestive system — Danny went into training to win back the title. The training was simple. He just skipped the main fare when Irs specialty was served again this week. To the roar of the crowds, the purple plum eater began — one, two three ... Excitement mounted: 21. 22, 23 ... 37, 38. 39 ... cheers, hurrahs. 52, 53, 54 ... and finally: 70! Afterwards, the victorious champ commented: ‘ I don t love plums that much. I like ’em a little. But I don’t love ’em. I didn’t get sick or anything — but my mother is going to kill me.’’ According to Danny, his mother, Mrs. Robert A. Willis, gave him a warning about possible gastronomic difficulties. She “says it could damage my biology or something,'’ he said. Shakes 4 States WTU Files Suit On Lone Star Gas In Pact Dispute Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An earthquake shook parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas Friday afternoon, and three brief earth tremors were felt in the southern half of Arkansas Friday night. No injuries were reported in any oi the areas. The Arkansas tremors, rated at 3.8 on the Richter scale at St Louis University, were telt in Little Rock and several other communities about (> p.m. The earthquake was centered in the Panhandle near Perryton, Tex. It “shook the ratters.’* said Mrs. Richard Burke of Perryton. The United States Geologi- Pl r rn : *<■ totem. ’fill ■.&■■■ *>: - rn- ■ysfyski ft** * -:*** ipi mm ■ By BILL GOULD Reporter-New* Staff Writer West Texas Utilities Co. of Abilene has filed suit here against Lone Star Gas Co., alleging that a 1959 contract between the two utilities is being illegally terminated by Lone Star IO years before its expiration date. The suit, filed Thursday afternoon in 104th District Court by Abilene attorneys Stanley P. Wilson and Robert H Ai vis. seeks to hold bine Star t»* a Dee. 15. 1959 contract it Inside Todoy Big Board Breaks Slump The stock market broke out of its recent lethargy Friday to post its best gam in almost a month. Pg. I IC. A federal judqe says he hopes President Nixon ond Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski will stop discussing whether John W Dean Iii told the truth about Watergate Pg 9A Julie Nixon Eisenhower was reported "cheerful—he r usual lovial self," by a doctor friend who visited her Friday evening, 24 hours ofter surgery for removol of a benign ovarian cyst. Pg. 12A. Wholesale prices rose 3 I per cent lost month, the second largest monthly increase on record, the government reports. Pg. IIC. Amuieinoiits ............ 7C Astrology    SA Bridge .............. •• Church N«w§    6,7    • Classified .......... t-60 Comics ........... Editorials .............. 4A F*"*     in    ii? Markets    10,]C Obituaries ...............fA Oil ................. 1 ®A Sports ............ 1-5C TX i« History....... «• TV Loa TV Scout    BC Women's Nows    2,31 signed with WTI’ AS PLAINTIFF. UTU alleges that the contract obligates Lone Star to deliver “an adequate supply of natural gas to meet the fuel requirements for the operation” of seven W T U electrical generating plants in Abilene and elsewhere in West Texas. Further, the suit maintains that the agreement was to continue from midnight, Dec 31. l%i) to midnight, Dec. 31. 1984, and that WTI’ has complied with all of its contractual obligations a* set forth iii the agreement. However, tile plaintiff alleges Lone Star has since notified WTI that the contract is to bi* terminated as of midnight. Der. 31. 1974 The suit then describes Lone Stars reasons for ending the contract as “wrongful and without justification in eithei fact or law.” and alleges that the expressed intention of end mg the contract “constitutes a threat that unless the plaintiff WTI ) i< willing to negotiate a new contract the defendant (Lone Start will make no lur-thor deliveries of gas. . alter Dec. 31, 1974.” WI L' \I SO contends in the .suit that the termination notice was delivered “with full knowledge .that the natural gas which is the subject matter of the contract in question is the- principal, ii not the sole, source of a practical fuel supply” for WTU’s generating plants. Ending the contract prematurely would be “against the public interest.” WIL alleges, maintaining also in the suit that Lone Star “has steadfastly and repeatedly refused to reconsider its position” Although no specific sum is mentioned in the suit. WTU contends that Lore Stars “w lungful and unjustified acts, threats and attempted forfeiture” have resulted in “substantial costs and damages." Sought in the suit by WTU are a court order holding Lone Star to the current contract, enjoining the gas company from selling the gas in ques- See SUIT. I'g. 12A. lei. 3 Pow wow at McMurry A group of high school students at Student Weekend discusses a McMurrv College publication with the reigning Chief McMurrv, Sid Fowler, on the second floor balcony of Radford Student Life Center on Friday. They are. from left. Dean Turnbull, Cooner High senior and son of Dr. and Mrs. .Marshall Turnbull of 1*249 Hollis; senior Fowler of Levelland. Debbye and Pat lye Smith from Winters High, twin daughters of Mr and Mrs. C. W. Smith of Bradshaw. Weekenders will talk to McMurn faculty early Saturday, then see a basketball game and attend a dance afterwards. (Photo In Hilly Adams) 'Positive' ID Now Keys Check Policy cal Survey said some walls were cracked in Perryton but no major damage was reported. The survey said the quake was located between Perryton and Borger, Tex. The seismograph center at Boulder, Colo . said the center was IO miles south of Perryton. It also was felt in Spearman, Pampa and Borger and surrounding Texas towns, and in Guymon, Goodwill and Hardesty, Okla., and Liberal, Kan. The Richter scale is a measure of ground motion recorded on a seismograph. Every increase of one number means a 10-fold increase in magnitude. A quake with a reading of four can cause moderate damage and one of five considerable damage. A man in Beaver, Okla., said the tremor caused dishes to rattle in his home and also resulted in a few minor crack in the walls. We heard a sort of rumbling and felt it for a few seconds.” said George Riffe. a resident of Baker, Okla. Two-foot-thick rock walls in the county jail at Beaver. Okla., were shaken. Deputy Tom Kimber said. “The jail is in a basement and it shook the dickens out of things down there.” he said. “I was clown thene with another officer and we both felt it plenty." • I knew darn well it was an earthquake because it even rattled my false teeth.” said John Rust of nearby Borger in the Texas Panhandle Friday. Rust s teeth survived the jolt as did the mostly agricultural and oil area. “We thought it wa^ another explosion,” said a resident of Borger, a city where the last earthquake was felt seven years ago. No injuries were reported. It shook the rafters.” said Mrs. Richard Burke of Perryton. Officials of the Phillips Petroleum Co. installations at Baker said also that vibrations from the quake set off some of their electrical equipment that automatically shut off some valves. No damage was re-ported. By STK\ E MONK Reporter-New s Military Editor “I never knew that such a tew wolds could cause .such a lot of confusion.” That was the reaction of Hist. Atty. Ed Paynter after a Friday afternoon meeting with two local bankers, a Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau official concerning the new policies of his office regarding check swindling cases. The confusion began when Paynter’s office issued a set of policies on which check ens es they would take in light of the new lienal code that went into effect Jan I THAT POLKA Stated that for the PA s office to take a check swindling case. a “valid Texas drivers licence identiii cation of the maker must In* noted on the check unless the person taking the check personally knows the maker, no check with Social Sccuritv numbers, Air Force number. or out of state drivers license will be accepted.” After the meeting between Paynter; Oliver Howard, chairman of the board of Citizens National Bank; Walter Johnson, president of First Winters Honors Two Men of Year Funding of Agnew's Secret Service Protection Cut Off WASHINGTON (AP) - The General Accounting Office notified the Treasury Department Friday that it would not allow any more payments for S ' ret Service agents assigned to former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after Sunday. In a letter to Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz, Comptroller General Elmer B. Staats said the payments for the agents were not authorized under any law. Agnew left for a vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., earlier in the week w'ith an escort of agents estimated at between 12 and 21 by a congressional critic of the practice, Rep. John E. Moss. D-Ualif. Moss has been asking Staats for several weeks to take action against the continued payment of government funds for Agnew’s agents. The GAO has final authority over government expends tures. If any payments are made for the agents assigned to Agnew after Sunday the disbursing officer in the Treasury Department who makes them could be held personally responsible for refunding the money. However, a GAO spokesman, Roland Sawyer, said that if the Treasury Department ret uses to obey the order, the GAO’s only recourse would be to ask the Justice Department to seek complt anee through the courts. According to Sawyer, the three-page letter was sent by messenger to the Treasury Department. Sawyer said the letter concluded that -appropriation for the operations of the Secret Service are not available to pay the costs of furnishing Secret Service protection to former Nice President Agnew. Therefore, future payments made for such purpose will be disallowed bv our office.” Agnew has not been seen publicly in Palm Springs, nor have his Secret Service agents. Newsmen have not l>een able to spot Agnew or agents -rom outside the estate of singer Frank Sinatra, where Agnew is believed staying Bv JAMES BOYETT Reporter-News Male Editor WINTERS Winters got two for the price of one Frida > night. The town usualh honors one man as “Man of the Year.” but this year the decision was too hard anti the committee selected two of them Bo til men. Bill Griffin and Hal Dry* al‘e employes tit the Wallace Murry Corp. in W inters. The company manufacturers grills and louvers for heating and cooling vents. Griffin is comptroller oi the company and Din is general manager and vice president of Wallace Murry Corp. Both have held various re sponsible positions in the Winters Chamber of Commerce. Dry is currently a member of the City Council and Grill in is president of the Country Club. Dry was born and reared in Winters, whereas Griffin moved to Winters in 1970. Speaker at the event Friday was Ed Jackson, director of student recruitment at Har-din-Simmons University in Abilene. Jack s o n encouraged the group to hue several weeds from the patch which will help the town to grow and prosper The first weed in his patch was that of indecision. He said decisions have to be met headon. Second, was the weed of in difference. He said jwopte have to work harder than “just enough to get by.” Doubt was another weed. “ll you say i doubt we can do that' then FII guarantee you can't do it.” National Bank; Jot* Felton of the Better Business Bureau; and Jack Gressett. general manager of the Ch ituber of Commerce, a clarification of that policy was issued. The provision of th*" policy quoted above was altered to read: “Any means of the ideo tification that satisfies the individual merchant and will allow POSITIVE identification will l>e acceptable by thi> office,*’ Paynter also reteased the tallowing statement regarding the new policy: “Ident ii leat ion positive identification, is the single most important feature in ac ceptanee of checks by this of I ice, and thai responsibility bv necessity, must rest on the jKMSon who takes the cheek Proper identification can tx* had from a numbei of sonnies. Any method of propel identification will bt* acceptable. t his office -Vill rely and must on \ou, the merchant, See t HOKE, Bg. It A. lot I IF YOU SHOULD FAIL TO RECEIVE YOUR REPORTERNEWS PLEASE CALL 673-4271 DURING THESE TIMES WEEKDAYS: from 6:00 to 9 00 A M. and 5 00 to 7:00 P.M. SATURDAY, SUNDAY, HOLIDAYS: from 7:00 to 10:30 A.M. and we will deliver a copy. After these listed times wo do not maintain a delivery service. OUTSIDE ABILENE CAH YOUR LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR Station Owners Threaten More Protest Shutdowns Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Molt* protest shutdowns were threatened by service station owners Friday despite efforts by the Federal Energy Office to ease the dealers' an ger over short supplies and new regulations. In the area around Norfolk, Va., hundreds of stations actually did dose down in what owners said would Ix* a tour-day strike The protest play et! havoc with area motorists and prompted city officials lo ,<sk the governor to declare a state of emergency. Dealers in Pennsylvania, California, Washington. Oregon, Oklahoma and elsewhere threatened shutdowns ii federal officials villi nut act on their complaints. The demands varied, but prime among them were more gasoline, pEMuiis* sion to charge higher pnces and an end to the order ban lung preferential treatment tor regulai customers. In Washington, the FEO sought to calm the dealers by telling them th* three-day-old rule against favoring regular customers would not conflict with state rules or commercial cont! acts. Charles Binsted, executive director <>i th** National 1 digress of petroleum Rota.. • \ said dealer* were * jumping strai dd up anti down** hi an 0*r ut Ute FEO    on. ;

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