Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gfeflene porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93HD YEAR, NO. 249 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 78004, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 21, PACKS IN THREE SECTIONS Associated 1'ren By E1.1.IE KUCKER WWII Speed Limits Ranged From 35 to 45 Q- Docs anyone remember whal Hie speed limit was during World War II when we hail gas rationing? A. Back in ,the "good ole in (lie early part of World War H, we crept along al 35 Inline latter part of tlie war 11 was raised back [o 45 mph, where the Lcgis- liilure liad set it war. says .lake lloberls'of [he Texas Highway Denarlmcnt. Maybe 55 mpb, isn't bad after all. Q. Our gcomclry class al t'ooner wanls (o know if (here's a Rhodes Schol- ar in Abilene? "A. Kwell Murphy, secretary of the Texas nhodes Scholars Selection Committee, says the raster of American Rhodes Scholars published last October didn't list anybody from Abilene. Murpliy is a Rhodes Scholar. So are Jim McKnight and Wilson EJkins. All three arc formerly from Sari Angelo. Each year only 70 boys are selected from all over the world for a scholarship lo Oxford in England. Of (he 70, fom- arc from our region which covers a six-slate area. Q. Isn't there a way a person could pay his city taxes on the installment plan? When you're Irving to make ends meet and just barely keeping your head above water, you're hit wilh a city tax assessment. Wow! Anil if you don't pay it off, It just, keeps growing. Ts there someone a person can see about Ihis? A. There is a plan. It works like this: You get your tax notice on Oct. 1 each year. Pay half the tax before Dec. 1 and you have until June 30 the next year lo pay the other half wilh no penalty or interest. If.you've really gotten messed up and your (axes are delinquent, drop by the City Tax Office for a friendly chat wilh Office Manager .luanita Kring. Arrangements can be made to pay whatever you can afford on a monthly basis. Under this system, penalty and interest on the unpaid balance continue lo accrue until the lax is paid in full. Q. 1 have an old 1927 .edition of the Amarlllo Dally wilh headlines about Charles Lindbergh's flight to Par- is. It's a complete newspaper. Docs 11 have any value? How much? A. Well, it's worth a couple dollars to one of the local bookstore owners. If it's in good condition, lie'll mat. it and sell it. We've sent you his name. A book at the city library called, "Early American Newspa- pers" gives suggestions on determining val- ue of those old papers. Basically it's a mat- lei- of scarcity, condition of the paper and inlensity of collector, demand. Once you've decided what you'll lake for it, run an ad in the Anlique Trader Weekly. We've senl you that address, too. fl. Is there something yon can lake lo help remove scars? A friend suggested Vilamiu E capsules bill they diiln'l help inc. I've had several kelolds on my arms that left awful bad scars. A. For generations, people have been rub- bing olive oil, vaseline, Ihc inside of Ihe aloe vcra plant, Vitamin E oil, and various and sundry home remedies on scars. A dermatol- ogist tells us Ihis can't hurt bill he's nol sure il helps either. As time passes, most scars fade away. lie did say though, that a really bad scar can be excised again by surgery. While it s healing, X-ray, treatments will sometimes suppress over-growth of scar tissue. If the scar is several months old, even -Vray won't affect it. Also, cortisone injections into the scar can-sometimes cause il to Ilalten.- Aildress questions to Action I.lnc, Bo.v 30 Abilene Texas '79601 Names will ml be used bill must he signed and addresses given. Please Include tel- ephone milliners if possible.__________ Pilot Plan For Elderly Underway Thursday marks the formal opening of the Sen- ior Citizens Communily Center at Rose Park and three other salellite cen- ters. City officials hope the pilot program will show that a municipal government- can run a successful service for the elderly. Story, Pg. NEWS INDEX Amusements 1 OA Business Holes 2B Business Mirror 2A Bridge 1 OC Classified 7-IOC Comics 6C Editorials 4 A Horoscope )OC Hospital Palienls 3A Obituaries 1 C Sports i To Your Good Health 1 2C TV Loo 10A TV Seoul IOA Women's News 3B Wet Quirk' Welcome CONSTITUTION' EDITOR Reg Murphy pictured al work Atlanta Editor Said Abducted ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) Keg Murphy, editor of the Atlanta Constitution, has been abducted by a group calling itself Ihe "Revolutionary Ihe newspaper said today. Murphy, 40, lias been since about day, when he left his home wilh a man who said he wanted to lalk to him aboul a news story, his wife said. There have'been no demands, bill there were indications lhal 'a followup telephone call was expecled. William II.. Fields, executive editor of Atlanta Newspapers, which publishes the Con- stitution aiid Atlanta 'Journal, said the newspaper received a telephone call, about p.m. Wednesday He said .similar calls were made to Atlanta television sla- lion WAOA and lo Mrs. Mur- Phy. The FHI In Atlanta and Washington declined comment. Fields issued a brief stale- men! which said: "Reg Murphy presumably, has been kidnaped. Jim Minler, managing editor of the Con- stitution, received a telephone call al p.m. from someone saying Murphy bad been kid- naped by Ihe 'Revolutionary Army.' "The caller said I h c Con- stitution would hear further by other means. Channel 5 TV WAGA received a similar call at about p.m. Shortly thereafter, Murphy's wife re- ceived a call from someone who said, 'If you waul to know about your husband, call Jim Mrs. Murphy said the person who called her did nol identify himself in any way. "I am nol sure what -to she said. "I have no other in- formalion. I am wailing now for some kind of contact." '.Security was lighl at Ihe marble and glass building. Guards were requiring all em- ployes lo show their building passes and to register, even though I hey were familiar with mosl of them. FBI agents- searched Mur- phy's office for clues again to- day after having made a search Wednesday night, sources at Ihe paper said. Murphy was named editor of (he Constitution in October 196B, al the lime the laic Ralph McGill was publisher. Murphy and Hal Gulliver, as- sociate edilor of Ihe Con-. stitulion, were coauthors of a book published in 1971 by Charles Scribner's Sons en- titled, "The Southern Slrale- II was an analysis of Ihe re- sults of Ihe 1970 cleclions in Ihe Soulh and Ihe strategy of Presi- dent Nixon to win over tradi- tional Democratic strongholds. By JO 1C DACV It Reporter-News Staff Wrlier Forecasters al Ihe National Weather.Service said Thursday thai a quirk in Ihe wcalhcr pal- tern-caused Ihe welcome accu- mulation of .42 incli of rain in Abilene by 10 a.m. ilixed with occasional snow and some hail, the precipitation began coming down at about a.m., forecaster Frank Can- non said. Cannon said Ihe snowfall was "heavier than expecled" but Iliallh eprccipitalion would prob- ably end sometime Thursday af- ternoon. MKANWlllLU, amounts of up lo one inch were falling around Ihe Big Country, and a mixture of snow and rain continued lo fall at 'mid-morning. Putnam reported Ihe heaviest rainfall wilh one inch, and Baird wasn'l far behind wilh .38. Area weather was a confusing conglomerate of precipitation forms ranging from lighl rain in Ballinger lo moderate snow in Clyde, and Abilene to gollball- sized hail in Colenian. Olher unofficial m e a s u r e- incnts included Clyde, Win- ters, .15; Colorado Cily, -55; Sweelwalcr. .30; Ifamlin, .07; Stamford, .31; Lawn, .31; Knox City, .25. "WE HAD THAT front mov- ing through but the upper level low pressure (rough hung back a Cannon explained. "This created a surge of moislure in our mid and upper levels. "Until (he trough moves by us later on, we will slill have rain and occasional he said. Such a (rough usually coin- cides wilh a.cold front, Cannon said, but Ihis lime Ihc fast mov- ing Pacific air outdistanced Ihe low pressure line allowing Ihe space between them to fill with Gulf rn.oisliire. i f.Had.iliq trough' and.Irani coin- cided, Cannon said the showers would have been more fretiueril but would nol have lasted as long. The Gulf moisture was brought into the area by south- erly winds Wednesday, Cannon said. He said it was hard lo say how much more rain the area would receive bill lhat chances of precipitation would decrease lo 30 per cenl by Thursday cve- .ning. The early morning snow fall is also expecled lo disappear, Can- non said. The temperature plummeted to 33 degrees and remained relatively steady Thursday morning. Skies arc expected lo clear Friday wilh temperatures reach- ing inlo (he mid 50s. Taylor County extension agent H. C. Stanley said Ihe rain had given ar.ea farmers "a new lease on life" aiding small grains and growing crops pri- marily, STANLEY SAID, however, lhal al. least Iwo inches of rain would be needed planling. Stanley said the rain would also WEATHER City Hopes to Cut 4 Center Ribbons City officials and civic leaders hopefully will be on hand Thurs- da'y at ribbon-culling ceremo- nies dedicating' four senior citi- zen centers in Abilene. Weather permitting, Ihc digni- taries will do the honors al.noon, al Rose and Cobb parks and nl al Scars and Carver parks, according lo Recreation Supl. Mel Nccse. The centers, which began op- erations Feb. 1, provide hoi meals and olhcr services to Ihe cily's elderly' residents' under' a" program funded by a federal grant and from Ihc cily. TIIOSF. sniKOULKI) to at- tend al each of Ihe locations include: pose Dr. Joe C. Humphrey, vice chairman of Ihc and Recreation ,Board; project director Mrs. David Hooper; so- cial services director Mrs. Thomas Frederick; civic representatives Ellic Ruckcr, Mrs.. Frank Scarborough, Don Maples, Paf Wright and Mrs. Busier Shirey. Cobb Cily Councilman Abe Allen; Parks Hoard member Mrs. Glynn Hay; Parks Supl. Perry Scoll; center director help fill depleted slock lanks. Bob Green of (he Southwest Peanut Growers Assn. in Gar- land agreed that al least two inches needed "lo do much .good. Bui. we're' grateful for anything we can The rain and snow, which set Abilene streets awash, caused link1 (rouble and no real flood- ing, said street superintendent Charlie While. Fire Chief C. Musick said his department had no reports of Hooding, and .added lhat the rain would help cut down oii-lhe. frequency of grassfircs. which have plagued Ihe area since the Front Triggers Texas Variety By THE ASSOCIATED PKKSS A cold frnt that set off tur- bulence ranging from snow to spring -like Ihunderslorms sprinted across Texas Wednes- day but forecasters called for somewhal ('aimer weather .by tonight. The National Weather Service placed much of the easlern half of the slate under H tornado as the storms peaked by early today. The Public Safety Depart- ment reported a tornado was believed In have .touched down 'near Trpup in East Texas about a.m. There were no imme- diate reports of injuries or damage. The reported twister was ac- companied by a violent thun- derstorm which s'wepl through Troup, Henderson and Lufkm. An inch of snow covered (he ground at Midland- and light snow and rain fell over much of Texas west and north of Abi- lene. Temperatures were not se- vere, with Dalhart in the upper Panhandle reporting 30 degrees al dawn. Wind gusts up lo 72 miles per hour slammed into Forl Worth during early morning darkness. Golf -'ball .size'' Hail pounded. Whitneyvln Notlli Central JVcxa's asthc violent slorms Wichita Falls received nearly an inch of rain during a heavy thunderstorm. Other heavy slorms formed across eastern portions during the nighl. Iljgh winds swept Easl Texas before dawn and blowing dusl and reduced visibilities in Texas as 40 m.p.h. winds pushed through Ihe area. Snow whitened sections of; (he Panhandle and forecasts called for continued snow on Ihe High Plains. Forecasts called for Ihe cold front to move put of the slate by tonight wilh lingering cloudN Where If Rained ness and rains for most sec- lions. All in for cooler temperatures. However, skios should begin clearing, froiji Ihe wcsl fc'y to- morrow, -weathermen said. Predawn lemporalures varied from 31 'degrees at Dalhai I up to 72 al Houston. drought look bold. Sam Oglelree, district er of Soluhwbslern Bell Tele- phone-Co., said Ihe rain had caused only minor problems with telephone service in Abi- lene. What litlle trouble there is. was caused when water seeped into minute cracks in lines, he said, which were caused by high winds Monday and Wednesday. Thursday winds are expected lo reach 30 nipli. Department of Public safety dispatcher Austin-Petty said at -'morning Thursday that there were no reports of. icing on Jhc roads and that no acci- dents' had .yet been .reported .011 rain slick.roads. The rain and snow breaks a three.and a half month drought, during which .lime .only .41 inch fell in Abilene. a rain of .35 inch .was reported here ex- aclly one year. ago. followed Ihe next day .by .61 inch. TOMMY MOHU1S city insurance man 111 Mil. HOY WILUN'GHAM Abilene physician am, IS Join ACC Board Leslie I.oyd and Kirk Wood- ward. Scars Cily Councilman .loe Alcorla; Parks Board member Kddic Hodges; Parks and ficc- rcalion Director Billy Beaird; I.eon. Garcia; center director Mrs. Catherine Martinez and Mrs. Hex Kyker. Cily Man- ager. John Halchcl; Parks Board member Mrs. Bob Morford; Mel X'ccsc; center director Mrs. G. V. Daniels; John Thomas; Mrs. Kdimnid-Bojarski; and the Rev. S. I. iMorcland. Teenagers Playing Station Line Game Ore. (AP) The gasoline shortage has spawned a new diversion nmoiiR the tcen-agors of this Southern Oregon town. Jackson Connly sheriff's deputies say Iwo or three youngsters drive their cars to Ihe pumps of a closed station and slarl -a short line. Very quickly, oilier cars line up be- hind them.' When Hie line reaches two or three blocks, Ihc teen-agers drive off, leaving a siring of cais .waiting for gasoline al pumps that aren't open. (40 mile roifjus) Cloudy, windy and colder wilh occasional showers today. Decreasing cloudiness and colder lonight. Fair arid mild Friday. Uorlhcrly winds al II lo 30 mcJi, diminishing lonighl. High loday in mid-.Cs. Low lonighF in losv High Friday in low 50s. Probability of 'jin decreasing 10 3D per cenl Ihis afternoon. Hiph and low for 24 hours ending and 3a. High ond low same dole last year: 50 and JO. Sunset tosl nighl: sunrise today sunset lorriqhl: ABIt.KNF, Municipal Airport Total for Year Normal for Year Dyess AFB BAIRD BALLINGER BRECKKNHIDGE CLYDE COLEMAN COLORADO CITY GORMAN IIAMIJN' 1IAWLEY KNOX CITY l.AWN MEHKEL PAINT ROCK PUTNAM HANGER ROT AN STAMFORD SWEET-WATER WINTF.HS Thurs. .42 .CO 1.73 .33 .S3 .10 .65 .60 Tr. .55 .85 .07 .60 .25 .31 .50 Tr. l.CO Tr. .30 .30 .15 Seven men, including Iwo from Abilene, have been named to Ihe Abilene Christian College Board of Trustees. Willard Paine of Lubbock, president of the Bank of the West and ACC board chairman, announced lhal Ihe seven men named lo the '-15-man 'governing body of the college are Herbert R. 'Gibson Jr. of Dr. Jack Griggs of San Antonio. .1. 'Oliver Jackson of Austin: Wil- liam K. (Bill) Johnson of Aniar- illo. L. Chcsley McDonald of Sterling City, Tommy A. Morris and Dr. Willingham, bplh of Abilene. Two of Ihe vacancies were created-when Dr. J. P. Gibson of Abilene, chairman of the board's purpose committee, and Gus Bowman of Dallas were named to the Senior Board. ACC trustees may be elected lo the Senior Board when Ihcy reach Ihe age of 70 and their terms expire. THE ACC HOARD also re- eleclcd officers of Ihe board, Ihe executive committee., of Ihe board and the Irnslees whose terms expire Ihis year. The trus- tees committee on purpose rec- ommended the new trustees, re- election of board officers and executive commillee. The only change in Hie board officers was assistant secrelary where W. C. (Dnb) Carr of Abi- lene replaces Dr. .1. P. Gibson. The only changes in the i-xecu- livc committee were the ap- Women Sport Show Admitted Free With Sportsmen and their wives will be special guests Thursday for the opening of the Fonrlh Sports and Vacation Show, wilh Ihc women admilled free if ac- companied by Inch1 husbands. Joe Cooley, coliseum manag- er, said llic offer would UP good only on Thursday. Wives may altend at no charge whether husbands purchase full or half- price lickcts. Coupons for Ihe discount were printed in Hie special supplement lo Wednes- day afternoon's and Thursday morning's Abilene Reporter- News. llcgular ticket prices arc for adults and 50 cents for chil- dren. THE SHOW is co-sponsored by The Abilene Bass Cotib, is furnishing alllhc liekcl lakers and ushers dnrint; Ihc four-day by The Reporter News and by Taylor Connly Coliseum. Officials, promising the larg- est assembly of .sporting goods aiiytt hero in Iho big Country, ex- pccl more than people lo file through. Ihe coliseum doors between Ihe opening Thursday and .Sunday's closing. Doors will open for Ibis year's show al 2 p.m. Thursday and will close al 10 p.m. The hours will be Hie same Friday. Saturday's hours will be 9 a.m. lo 10 p.m. and Sunday the show will nm from noon In R p.ni- niiMONSTIIATIONS on ev- erything Ivoni fashion lo square dancing lo bass fishing will bo. fcaluicd. The c'nlerlainmen! program Visitors Husbands Thursday will begin al 5 p.m. with a scuba diving exhibition and a fashion show. Al p.m. thore will be an archery exhibi- tion: at fi p.m.: instruction on care and cleaning; al p.m., buss filleting and cooking and safely exhibits: 7 p.m.. plastic worm lishing demonstra- tion; a.m. outdoor pholog- niphy domonslraliini. Al S p.m. Iheie will he a woman's view on bass fishing: p.m.: Wosl Texas bass .fishing; !l p.m.; archery and scuba diving exhibi- tions; and p.m., another, bass fishing demonstration. Members of the sponsoring committee arc Cooley; Abilene Bass Club president Krt Alforrt; Bass Club .members Bob (lill and 11am Sli'ildlcbrnnks; and Ilc- porlcr-Ncws publisher A.B. Slid- Kin and general in.anngiT .Mcl'aily.' pointmenl of Morris and Dr. Willingham lo replace Dr. Gib- son and Ihe late Arl Carniichael. In addition lo Paine, officers of Ihe ACC Hoard will include chairman-elect and vice chair- man Ray McGlolhlin Jr. ol Abi- lene, vice chairman Harvey Baker of Abilene, vice chairman Leslie Huff or Salado, vice chairman E. V: Mitchell of Mid- land, secrelary-lreasufer A. Q. Scotl of Abilene, assistant secre- lary Bob Bailey of Abilene and a s s i s I a n I secretary C. Bhodpii of .Abilene. McGLOTILMN VIM, become chairman of Ihe Board of .Trus- tees on Sept. 1 and Paine will slop down .from the chairman- ship bill retain his board meni- yembers of the executive committee ;reappoinled are: Baker, Bailey, McGlothlin, Orr, Payne, Rhoclen, Scolt and John Wright of Abilene. 'Trustees r e e I c c I c d le'rins expire in''1973 John II. Banister of Dallas, Robert Bankes.of Fort Worlh, Jasper Howard of Texarkaiia, licuel I.emmrais of Austin, I.eon Locke of Ihmgcrford and- Harrold Owen of Fort Worlh.. Two of the' board members were, promoted from AC'C's Ad- visory Board and four were promoted from AC'C's National Development Council. The for- mer Advisory Board members include Herbert Gibson .Jr.. and William K. Johnson. GIBSON, 38, is president of Gibson Discount Centers, Inc., one of the largest discount cen- ter operations' in the nation. His parents. Mr. and Mrs. H. II. Gibson Si-, of Dallas, contributed million 10 Abilene Christian College last year. Johnson was promoted to the Iruslee.-i from his position as vice chairman of Ihe Advisory Board al ACC. The four members promoted from Iho NDC are Dr. Willing- ham. J. Oliver Jackson, L. dies- ley McDonald and Tommy Mor- ris. ._________________ Decline Noied In '73 Traffic Deaths CHICAGO (AP) -'The Na- tional Safely Council .says a decline in traffic fatalities be- cause of (he fuel shortage con- tributed lo a 1 per cent drop in the nation's accident death loll in 1TO. The figures -released on f d n c s d a y showed- that I persons died -.'in acci- dents lasl year.