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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Abilene, Texas WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 17 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604; THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 4, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS By BLUE RUCKEH Total Price Change Is Company Policy Q. Sunday my wife and I ran by (he slore for a jar of coffee. While we were looking over the Sanka, a man brought out another ease, placed it on (he shelf, then proceeded to rcpricc the jars already on (he shelf wilh a higher price. Now we certainly don't begrudge a price raise when (he wholesale price to the grocer has increased bnt how can they justify raising the price ot Kerns already on (he shelf that had obviously been purchased at an earlier, lower price? A. You're not the first frustrated consum- er to wonder about this practice. The man- ager of that store said simply, "All I know is it's company policy thai when a price change comes out, we cltange the price on everything. You can't have seven or eight different prices on one item." So we called the regional manager of the chain grocery in another city. He says this is a normal retail practice, that every busi- ness in the country abides by. If an item decreases in price, every item in the slore is marked down to reflect the decrease, otherwise the store would be "stuck" with the items marked at a higher price. And it it's fair to mark everything down, it's also fair to mark all items up after an increase. Also he said prices on the slielf must be the same to avoid bedlam and confusion and maintain a "balanced inventory." He says the store would lose control over what it's doing if one item sold for two or three different prices. (1. Do they on the fountain in front of City Hall? We've only seen it going once or twice since it's been here. A. '-The esthetic value of the fountain is not equal to the cost and labor expended to keep the water says City Manager Fred Sandlin. For the time being anyway, he doesn't intend to turn it on but said he might be influenced in Ihe other direction if citizens really want to see the fountain in operation. Q. Where can I find a Mexican flag without going to Mexico? A. The Mexican Consulate in Dallas told Action Line your best bet is to write Pape- lera del Korte de la Laguna S.A, Ramos Ariszpe 101 sur Torreon, Coatiuila, Mexico. And if you think that's a mouthful you ough- ta try typing it. Wow! Write this store first, saying what you want and request a price list. When you place your order, include a check. Q. I'm a musician (a piano player) and I played for a locally well-known musician on several occasions. He was paid for the jobs. I've contacted him many lime and he promises In send a check in the mail for the jobs plus expenses froni.anolher one but (hese are only empty promises for nothing has arrived. An attorney would take a per- centage to collect for me and I hesitate to do this. Do you have any good ideas? A. Small Claims Court might be your an- swer if under is involved. Drop by Justice of the Peace Roland Dumvody's of- fice in the basement of the old county court- house. You'll need to fill out a form and pay court costs. No attorney is necessary. There's no guarantee you'll get your money if you win the case, but you can gel a judgment against him. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79601. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if It's a Bird, It's a.. July 4 Spectacular Flash! Some K-4 Phantom jets and a truckload of explosives are heading toward Abilene. No, it's not. war, but the rc- snlls will be "Spectacular" when they reach Sholwell Stadium al 8 p.m. Thursday. Tlie jet flyover from Hergs- trom AFB and a best-ever fireworks display will be part of the celebration at the Country July 4 Spectacular. "Uncle a steel drum barbershop singing clowns and old-fashioned, una- bashed flag-waving are on the program too. Gates open at 7 p.m.. and if you forget your U.S. Flag the price of admission the .laycccs will sell you one for a (fuarter. Fireworks in the Family Last Chance Members o{ A'oilene's fireworks. .family, Gordon and son-in-law Gene Pendery of Denver, Colo., wait for Roberts, of Farmington, N. M., left, his father, Fourth of July business at one of the nine fireworks stands j. T. Roberts of 2442 Buffalo Gap Road; center, the family operates each year. (Staff Photo by Don Blaklcy) A sign al one of-J. T. Roberts fireworks stands re- minds Fourth of July celebrants that this will be the last year they will be able to buy "Black Cats" or any oilier brand of firecrackers because of a federal bah. (Staff Photo by Don Blakleyj Firecracker-Less Future Faces Family By JOE UACY I! Reporter-News Staff Writer Despite increasing regula- tions and ;m impending ban on firecrackers, the .1. T. Roberts family of 24S Buffalo Gap Road plans to continue busi- ness in fireworks in Abilene. .the last year we can sell said Rod Roberts, 20, son of the retired oil field tester who started the. 26-day-a-year busi- ness nine years ago. "lint we can sell everything he added. Young Roberts and nine members of t h e family sell fireworks 16 days al Christ- mas and 11 days before the Fourth of July. them oul'of the city limiis and now, on the verge of losing their "hottest" item, the age-old firecracker, Roberts-said be is still opti- mistic about future July Fourths. "IT WILL HURT tile first year coming Roberts said of the federal firecracker ban, "because people are used io buying firecrackers." Roberts; said, he is hoping celebrants' will begin to spend their money on the next most popular item, the bottle rocket. Hoinan candles, smoke Returning Dyess B52 Crew 'Followed Home7 by Rain By HOY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer Chalk up another successful mission for the 9Glh Bomb Reporter-News Staff Writer Wing headquartered at Dyess AFB. A light rain a very strange sight in West Texas o'f lale was falling when a B52 bomber became the third to return to Dyess from Thai- land. Although they didn'l .want Io brag, the local crew jokingly claimed credit for bringing the moisture. "It had been raining in Thailand for a week when we left. -It was raining in Guam when we left there yesterday, and it's raining when we get noted the aircraft com- mander, Capl. Dennis Maki. "It seems like it's following us." IF THAT is the case, sever- al thousands of parched Big Country residenls joined the. five Dyess men's families, in spirit at least, in welcoming the men home from a three- month tour of duly. Two Dyess B52s returned May 1G and 17. The move is part of a gradual reduction of forces in Thailand since the Vietnam ceasefire agreement. The olher two B52s which had been slated to land at Dyess Thursday went instead to Carswcll AFB in 'Fort Worth. Neither had a local crew. Olher members of the crew arriving home Thursday were 1st Lt. Larry Franks, co-pilot; Maj.' Jeny Casliion, radar- Lt. Paul Seav- cr, navigator; and Capl. Eu- gene D u c h a in p, electronic warfare officer. LT. 1'HANKS1 wife, Judy, said she had an umbrella in the back of Ihe car, but decid- ed not to gel it out, indicating lhal a little rain wasn't going to dampen spirits. "We've needed it so bad that 1 don't care when it she smiled. "It's great to be home and to have rain, too, makes it doubly Capt. Duchamp said. Maj. Casliion, who was sporting a new mustache, said of arriving home on Ihe Fourth of July, ''They're all holidays when you come home." Asked how long he would keep Ihe nmslachc, his wife "for about anoth- er hour." THE FAMILIES waited pa- tiently'in the rain as U.S. Cus- toms officials checked through Ihe baggage of the men at plane-side. After about 10 minutes, how- ever, Capt. Maki's three-year- oll daughter Kris Tina broke from her mother's grasp and crossed the 30 feet of runway separating her from her dad- dy. Reunion of all Ihe families followed only minutes later. Asked how he would cele- brate the Fourth of July, Capt. Maki just smiled, as his sun Mike, 8, said excitedly, "We've got fireworks nt home, Daddy." Joining the families in grceling Ihe crew members was Lt. Col. Billy Shaekelford, commander of the 337th Bomb Squadron. bombs, sparklers and the most elaborate item, the 53.50 "flo- ral" shell, may also receive more emphasis now that the traditional firecracker is soon to be outlawed, Roberts said. TH13 "FLORAL" shell, he "bursts like a flow- is the largest item the Interstate C o m in e r c e Commission will allow them to sen: Roberts said he is saddened by the firecracker ban. "T think it is sad especially with the Bicentennial coming he said. Roberts said he has seen no big push to buy up caseloads of firecrackers. In the first place a caseload contains firecrackers and sells for 5200, he said. A few people have pur- chased "a "bale" of product, which includes firecrackers. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National VYealhcr Service (Weather Map, Pg. M-A ABILENE AND VICINITY (10 mile radius) Parly cloudy a chance cl today. Clearlnq and not so v.arm lonigM and SpuJJiorlv 15 Io 25 mch tecbmiix) rYcrthHv 10 fo !S mph Ihis oflc-rnaon. High Ihh afternoon in 90i. Low lonlghl in upper 40s. High Frldoy neo'r 90. Probability of coin today cenl. warning conlinue In "Kitls will save Diem for tlieir Ruberls predicted are a lot of Roberts also speculated thai some persons might doing a litllc blackmarkcting after ilie'ban becomes effective. "BUT WHAT Ihey do wUh Ihem after lliey buy Pg. 8A. Col.'I City Teased By Morning Showers p.m. 84 3M 5-.K1 Thursday am. for hours endirg High and lov-; 97 3nd 75. High nrJ Ici.v sa and Sunrise sunset loniglil: sunrise dole la ycnr: It By JOE UACY H Reporter-News Staff Writer Lijdil rains tantalized por- tions of Abilene early Thurs- day morning, and forecasters nt the National Weather Serv- ice gave even odds, 50 per cent, on rain for Thursday. Forecaster Craw- ford snid, however, thai no ruin was measured at Abilene Municipal Airport, and thai no more (nan a tenth of an inch fell in any portion of the city. Hawley reported incli. Most of the showers oc- curred to the west and south- west of the city, he said. Crawford said Hie brief rains were caused by the in- Irusion of a weak cold front, once stalled in the Olahoim panhandle. A HIGH PRESSURE system liad been blocking Die cool front bnl it moved on cast- ward, Crawford said, and a second "high'' moved in be- hind the front In push it south- ward toward Abilene. The shifting of high pressure systems will allow the front to drift on through the Abilene area Thursday, Crawford said. prclly likely there will .he some rain around Ihe area lie said, adding there was "no way to haw much or where Ihe needed moisture .would fall. Official records show lhal Abilene is still about sis.inch- es short on accumulated rain- fall for the year. The 50-50 chance of precipi- tation may be short-lived, however. Crawford said clear- ing is expected on Friday. MORE SEVERE weather was touched off by the. front Thursday morning, turning loose rain at rates of up to hvo inches an hour in Ihe Tex- as Panhandle, Ihe Associated Press reported. Arnusemcnls Bridqe Business Notes Classified...... Comics Editorials...... Hcroscoce Hospital Poticnis Obituaries IDA Sports 1-2C To Your Good Health......4B TV Loo 6B TV Scout ...............-68 Women's News 2-3B 6B 9A 3-7C 7B 4A .43 I IA Estes-Horton Link Is Denied Rain, Pilots Welcomed At Colorado City Fly-In By BILL HERRIDGE Hcporter-News SUM Writer COLORADO CITY Peri- odic morning rains were wel- comed by about 300 Colorado City townspeople and some 100 pilots and their passengers fqr the ninth annual Colorado City F1 y -I n Breakfast Thursday morning. The rain, although light, was as welcome as the out-of- town birdmen assembled for, the annual event. One local farmer said that a fly-in hreakfasl should be held every day providing it brought the much-needed moisture. THK 35 AIRCRAFT ranged in size from 20-year-old, two- passchger puddle jumpers In sleek multi-engine eight-pas- senger aircraft. Pilots from major Wesl Texas cities vcre represented. Other activities during Ihe day-long July 4th event includ- ed sky divers, who Icfl their aircraft from thousands of feel above Ihe earth (o sail, through the showers and make a rain-soaked landing. There was something for ev- eryone as remote control mod- el aircrafl were put through their paces by Iransmitler-lol- ing pilots, much to the delight of more than 100 children as- sembled on the ground. Specially designed acrobatic aircraft were scheduled Io perform intricate maneuvers later in the day, if the showers stopped. FOHT WORTH (AP) -The name of liillie Sol Esles, the. paroled former financier who now lives in Abilene, has been brought into a lawsuit filed in Fort Worth againsl a Houston land developer. The suit originally was filed on behalf of Hidden Valley Country Club Estates, Inc., of Midland, whose president is Ray K. llorton of Midland, llorton is friem1.'. of Estcs whose varied business inter- ests include' ownership of property in Taylor Counly. Ilorton has been listed as owner of Ihe La Posada Res- taurant in BUITO Alley, where Estes' v.'ife, Palsy, has been working as hostess and cash- ier. In the .suit. Hidden Valley Country Club Kslates, Inc., has asked'Disl. Judge .loc Spur- lock to remove two liens on some properly in Fort Worth. H contends lhal Keith Maxwell cast, a cloud on its BII.L1E SOI, KSTES name mentioned lillc to the properly by filing the liens. IN EFFECT, through ques- tions which Maxwell requested Ihe court to ask llorton, the Houston man sought to learn whether ICsle.s was a silent partner in a Tarrant County real estate develop- ment. At one point he inquired whether ''Ihe corporation of- Jt.K. llorlon al any time indi- cated to W. Keiih Maxwell lh.il. P.illie Sol Estes would he a partner in the joint venture and development" of the ISur- se.y Ranch, which is north of Fort Worth near Keller. Max- well also asked whether Hor- ton's corporation. requested lhal Maxwell send plans lor Ihe developmcnl to Esles. Morton's answ r to belli questions was "no." Another question from Max- well sought information about prior dealings by Eslcs and Hidden Valley executives. Horlon, contending through counsel that such information had no bearing on the lawsuit al issue, refused to answer. Spin-lock scl a hearing [or July 12 on the unanswered question and also on whether llorton must reply to other in- n.uiries among a total of 162 about his background. Tlorlon m a i n I a i ire d I hat Maxwell merely asked some of them to embarrass him. Ksle.s won a parole alter serving six years on a 15-year federal prison sentence stemming from his 196i con- viclion of mail fraud and con- spiracy. Testimony brought out lhal he tonk 'In millions of dollars from soiling mortgages on nonexistent farm fertilizer I auks. Under twins of his parole, Esles was forbidden to engage in self-employment enterprises or promotional activities: Liv- ing in Abilene, he has said he. is raising .beef calllc' on a brother's farm anrl working as See KSTfcR, Pg. 8A, Cel. 1 ;