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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 200 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1974 —THIRTY PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS A asor in led Press (/Pl Icy Glaze Nearly Paralyzes Area Weary wait These travelers spent a long boring night in the lobby of the Continental Trailvvavs Bus Station in Abi- passengers stranded in Abilene since Wednesday afternoon when the buses they were on were halted due to hazardous Ie ne Wednesday. They are deft to right! Esmeralda conditions. Thev will get back underway sometime today, Hinojosa, Maria Hinojosa, and Benita Hinohosa. The if the weather improves. (Staff Photo bv John Davis) three, bound for Bakersfield, Calif., are among 43 Ice a Pain? Yes, Say 45 Bus Riders By MIKE MURPHEY Reporter-New* Staff Writer Although Abilemans might think themselves inconvenienced by the icy conditions which the weather is causing, consider the plight of 45 Continental Trailways bus passengers who were unwilling overnighters in Abilene Wednesday. The slick highways forced the bus line’s Abilene office to halt operations Wednesday afternoon, leaving two buses stranded here until the weather conditions improve enough to make travel safe. According to a bus-station spokesman, the decision to halt the two buses was made by the drivers. One of the vehicles, a bus from Big Spring going to Dallas, stopped in Abilene about noon Wednesday. The other bus. west bound from Dallas, arrived in Abilene at 3:15 p.m. The two drivers conferred with each other over the road conditions, and PAGE ONE BY KATHARYN DUFF 4 Memories of his boyhood in Abilene give Ray (William R.) Olds, Dallas architect, arguments to use in a crusade in which he and some others are joined on zoning regulations for that city. Ray is the younger son of the late F. C. (Pete) Olds, who designed many of Abilene’s finer buildings. Ray s mother, now Mrs. Henry A. Sebastian, and brother, Fred, are Abilenians still. Ray has his own firm in Dallas, is currently treasurer of the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. And as such he wrote a lengthy piece on zoning for a recent Sunday edition of the Times Herald. In the piece Ray recalled the days when he lived in the 800 block of Highland, not far from Grover Nelson’s store. * * * “Many of us grew un in towns much smaller than Dallas,!’ he wrote, “and remember fondly the varied textures of childhood experiences: being sent on an errand to Nelson’s Grocery in the next block, examining the boxes of cereal, tobacco pouches and patting the store cat was one of my favorites. “Up the street a wealthy family lived in a mansion, yet only a block away were a number of small, wood siding homes. Needless to say, the elementary school classes included kids whose backgrounds presented a contrasting experience to relate to my own homelife. I believe this type of environment contributed positively to all who lived in it.” * * * Such patterns of life are no more. Ray continued. “Today, in Dallas (and to a large degree in Abilene) we find the newer .sections of town, those developed under present zoning concepts, a different circumstance. Housing quite similar in size and cost is grouped into large areas. Places of employment are off to the edges or completely removed. “Large masses of people live in neighborhoods populated en tirely by others on the same scale and relative position of employment. A generation of children have had contact only with children who have a similar economic and cultural background. They have not experienced the friendship of other children both above and below their economic position. When they finally come in contact with dissimilar viewpoints, some have reacted radically. “The final straw is now emerging. Entire cities surrounding Dallas are using zoning as a means of preventing a segment cf our population from living in them.. .. “Zoning, as originally conceived, has a valid purpose. No one wants to live next to a smoke-belching factory. But we have carried it to the point where if is a clearly negative aspect in our daily lives. A new look needs to be taken into our present zoning system with sociologists, economists, planners and architects carefully considering the potential. ... “A return to the rich pattern of the small town would be a welcome relief to today’s monotony.” * * * That’s the heart of Rays lengthy argument. And he’s right, times have changed. Notice, he used to walk to Grover's neighborhood grocery store. Now, for most, it’s an auto trip to get a loaf of bread. decided the trip funker in either direction would be too hazardous to undertake. So 45 people of different destinations. interests, and backgrounds, were looking for something to do in Abilene Wednesday night. THREE DF the passenger* were young men who had met on the bus trip. Bill Sylvester was heading from Fort Worth to Odessa, normally an eight-hour trip, “but it took us eight hours just to get bere.” complained Sylvester. He said the bus had averaged 14 miles pen* hour. John Tremble, a Fresno, Calif, native, was heading toward his home, and Carl Cook wa* making the long bus trip from Newport News, Va. to Salem, Ore. When questioned about what they planned to do for the evening. Sylvester laughed. “Well, I don’t know how things could get much worse. I guess we’ll find a bar somewhere and make a night of it.” When the three were informed that Abilene was a dry town and there were no public bars, their mouths gaped open in disappointment and disbelief. When they had recovered their composure, Tremble tapped on the table at which he was sitting in the small bus station restaurant. “I guess we’re staying right here.” he said grimly. At that point, one of the waitresses announced that the restaurant was closing and everyone would have to leave. MOST OF the people were planning on staying in the bus station lobby for the night. Carry Sublett, another young man heading from Los Angeles to Huntsville, said he hoped they would leave the heaters on in the buses so they could sleep there. “These benches are pretty hard,” he observed. All of the passengers inter- See ICE, Pg. 12A. Cel. S Slick ice-coated streets and highways throughout the Big Country were responsible for numerous automobile accidents and at least one death Wednesday. Drizzle and light rain falling at sub-freezing temperatures caused the hazardous driving conditions which led to a shutdown of air travle in and out of the city Wednesday afternoon and a partial halt of bus travel. Icy streets were blamed for amny of the 75-plus minor minor accidents and seven major accidents reported to Abilene police after mid-day Wednesday. NUMEROUS WRECKS kept police in area townss and the Department of Public Safety busy throughout the day and night. The only fatal accident reported was one on slick Interstate 20 at Thurber early Wednesday afternoon in which John Alvin Bennett, 73. of Cross Plains was killed. Services are pending at Higginbotham Funeral Home in Cross Plains. Bennett’s daughter, Mrs. Patsy Miler, 30, of Eastland, received head injuries and lacerations in the two-vehicle wreck and was listed in critical condition at Eastland Memorial Hospital late Wednesday. Bennett's wife also received head injuries and was listed in fair condition at Eastland memorial. A truck drivdr. also injured was not identified by press time. hendrick Memorial HosoitaT In Abilene reported brisk traffic in its emergency room ail afternoon and evening Wednesday with some 30 persons treated after the noon hour. MOST OF the in juried treated there were fractured bones. a spokesman said, with about half of the injuries resulting from auto accidents and the other half from falls on slippery pavement. Most serious of those treated at Hendrick, the emergency room spokesman said, was Mrs. Dana Deniese Delame-ter, 23 of Albuquerque, N.M., who received head injuried in two-car accident at 8:15 a m. Wednesday 3.4 miles from Eastland on icy 111 20. Mrs. Diameter was listed in very critical condition in the intensive care unit late Wednesday. Her h ii s b a n d, Wayne, driver, was not injured. Mrs. Ellen Boggus. 67. of Gordon, driver of the second car involved, was taken to Eastland Memorial Hospital with facila cuts and bruises. Freezing weather and icy slick streets were reported throughout the Big Country where temperatures generally were reported in the 20s at mid-evening. Paint Rock reported freezing drizzle all day Wednesday turning to snow about 5:30 p.m. Ranger reported misty and 22 degrees while De Leon cited icy roads and an 18 degree low. COMA N C II E reported a trace of rain and icy pavement. Eastland reported a night low of 17 degrees. The Eastland Highway Patrol reported a total of IO accidents Wednesday by 9:30 p.m. Travelers’ advisories were out for the immediate Abilene vicinity. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the ice line extended from the Panhandle and Red River Valley southward to a line from north of Lufkin to Temple, Austin and westward into the Hill Country, northwest of San Antonio. Freezing mist and drizzle covered most of North Central Texas and Northeast Texas. In Northwest Texas, roads were icy and slick around Mineral Wells with light snow and freezing rain in the area. Roads in the Panhandle area around Amarillo were snow packed and hazardous. Icing was expected oversee GLAZE, Pg. 12A, Col. t Inside Todoy Oil Price Hikes Boost Dollar Increoses in the price of Libyan and non-Arab oil sent the American dollar surging on European exchanges Pg. 12A. Coal industry talks in London have broken up without any progress toward resolving the British economic crisis. Pg. 3A. Forecasts of price increases ranging up to nine cents a gallon within a week are heard as qas stations begin a new round of price hikes. Pg. 8A. President Nixon signs into law a bill that would deny federal highway funds to states which do not lower speed limits to 55 mph within 60 days. Pg. 6A. Amusement! ............ SC Astrology      2A Bridge    SA Classified    7-1    OC Comics      6C Dr. Lamb        SA Editorials    ...    4A Farm    . . . . 10,11A Markets     4,    SC Obituaries     IOC Oil      SB Sports    1-3C Sylvia Porter ........ BB Today in History .    SA TV Loq    .    2A TV Scout    2A • Women'* News ....... 3,4B Hanna, Martin to Seek Reelection By DON FLORES Reporter-New* Staff Writer With the filing deadline a month away, two of the six state representatives from Big Country legislative districts have announced their intentions of seeking re-election. The filing deadline. Feb. 4, and the primary election, May 4. however, are not as “important” to most of the area legislators as the upcoming Texas Constitutional Convection, Jan. 8. Reps. Joe Hanna of Breckenridge and Elmer Martin of Colorado City said Monday they would file for reelection within the “next few days.” Two other representative said they would announce their political plans at a later date. Rep. Renal Rosson of Snyder said he would make his decision “in the next lew days.” and Rep. W.S. neatly of Paducah said his decision will be made public “as the filing deadline nears.” REP. LYNN Na hers of "I RENAL ROSSON . . . lias reservations Brownwood was unavailable for comment and Rep. Frank Calhoun of Abilene has already announced thai he will not seek another term. In announcing his intentions, Hanna said, “I'm chairman of #Wayward Wind7 Tex Ritter Dies NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Country music st ir Tex Ritter died Wednesday night of a heart attack while visiting a friend at the county jail, police said. Ritter — singer, guitar player. actor and politician — was 67. Davidson County Sheriff Fate Thomas said Ritter was stricken while visiting a friend who had been jailed for nonpayment of alimony. Police administered oxygen and rushed Ritter to Baptist Hospital, where he died, Thomas said. Hoipital officials said Ritter suffered a massive coronary . arid died in the emergency room at 7 p.m. Ritter’s hit records included: “High NmA|' “Boll Wee- « UY L xii.” “Wayward Wind.” “Hillbilly Heaven’ and “You Are My Sunshine.” Ritter starred in 78 movies in his 12-year Hollywood carcer and appeared in television Westerns, such as “The Rebel” and “Zane Gray Theater.” But he won most of his awards in the country music field, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1964. Ritter, a transplanted Texan who lived in Nashville, was a familiar sight in both political and musical circles with his big smile and 16-gallon hat. In 1970 Ritter sought the U S Senate seat of Democrat Albert Gore, but was defeated in the Tennessee primary election by Hep. Bill Brock. TFX RITTER . , . was visiting friends BILL HEATLY ... will make decision the Rural Energy Commission And when we meet in regular session next year, we'll have a lot to do about this energy crisis.” “Another of my interests iii running again is to do something about the need for vocational training. ’; the cahir-man of the Vocational Technical Committee said. Hanna, who will be seeking his third term, said hi* is looking forward to revising the Texas Constitution. He said legislators were elected to do a job, and part of that job is to write a new constitution. “That's what I intend to do.” he added. Ile said that being in Austin while the constitution is being revised may hinder his reelection campaign. *i won’t get to visit with as many friends as I’d like.’ he said. “but nu people know what I stand for and my personality.” HIS 54TH Legislative District includes two Big Country (•counties, Eastland and Stephens. Martin, who represents Dis- ELMER MARTIN . . . will run again MMI JOE HANNA . . . seeks re-election trriet 61. said he will file for a second term of edifice in a few days and at that time will i*-sue a statement concerning his campaign. • Right now. I’m looking for-waid to working on ti * revision of the constitution,” the 58-year-old legislator said. “It s a great opportunist' to See HANNA, Pg. ILL i »L I ;

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