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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Abilene, Texas Abilene reporter news jul s is Quot % a Quot without or with offence to friends or foes we sketch your world exactly As it goes Quot Byron 26 pages in 3 Section Abilene Texas monday evening july la 1977 20 cents Briscoe advises decrease in local school District payments cutting off electricity firemen Cut off electricity to a Small House behind 3142 s. 2nd where an explosion and Flash fire this morning critically injured an Abilene Man Ted Wadzeck. Wadzeck was to be flow to John Sealy Hospital Burn Center this afternoon. Staff photo by Bob Campbell blast leaves Man critical an explosion and Flash fire at a Small Home behind 3142 s. 2nd this morning left a 26-year-old Man in critical condition at Hendrick medical Center. Ted Wadzeck was admitted to Hendrick with second and third degree Burns Over most of his body a Hospital spokesman said. The spokesman said Wadzeck was to be flown to John Sealy Hospital Burn Center in Galveston about 12 30 . Today. Six units of the Abilene fire dept answered the 8 38 . Alarm and found the House soldering and All four Walls bowed out from the Flash explosion dist. Fire chief Stewart. Wadzeck a clothing caught fire in the explosion said fire marshal Len Blackwood. A it was a natural Gas explosion apparently a Blackwood said. However he said the investigation was continuing and no official cause had been determined. Lone Star Gas co. Specialists were summoned to see if it was a Gas leak he said. Firemen had to extinguish Only Small patches of fire when they arrived Blackwood said. A apparently there was very Little fire a he said. A a when he Wadzeck gets Able we want to talk to him to find out what the House is owned by Lurlene Walker of 3142 s. 2nd St it had mostly minor fire damage inside where curtains were burned and work work was blackened Austin a gov. Dolph Briscoe recommended a $100 million decrease today in the amount local school districts pay for educating 2vi million Public school children. In an address to the special session Briscoe also recommended a $300 million salary increase for teachers and the doubling of state equalization Money for schools a from $100 million to $200 million. Also he said the legislature must authorize an in depth study of better ways of determining How much local districts should put into Public education. The local fund assignment now totals $500 million he said and this should be lowered to $400 million by the special session. He said texans a expect Swift action on an education Bill. Briscoe said he has had More than 500 requests to open the 30-Day session to other subjects but he will not do so a until the matter of Public school financing is the Senate agreed to meet with the House on Friday to hear complaints against associate Justice Don Yarbrough of the Texas supreme court a complaints that could Lead to his removal it also scheduled an afternoon hearing on school financing and elected sen. Peyton Mcknight a Tyler As assistant presiding officer for the special session. Beaumont lawyer Tanner Hunt or. Was chosen As Senate parliamentarian for the special session. Briscoe a who controls what the legislature May consider in special session a says 210 topics were proposed for the session but he set aside All but school finance. He told a news conference Friday he wanted the Quot entire focus and a a Effort of the legislature entered on that subject. After that has been handled he indicated he might submit other topics for debate. Atty. Gen. John Hill the governors probable opponent in the 1978 democratic party primary said saturday he was a a hopeful that Briscoe will let lawmakers consider a proposed constitutional amendment providing property tax Relief on agriculture land As Well As for homeowners. Hill will be watching the session closely to see if Briscoe makes mistakes that Hill can use in a possible Campaign against the two term governor. Briscoe called legislators Back to town after they failed in the 140-Day session ending May 30 to enact a school finance Bill that included teacher pay raises. State comptroller Bob Bullock estimates the legislature has $959.8 million to spend which apparently is enough to cover any of the school proposals being prepared. Under the states a pay As you go provision the legislature cannot spend More than the comptroller estimates will be available in the Treasury except by a four fifths vote of the lawmakers. On Friday a joint House Senate session will consider resolutions to remove Yarbrough As associate Justice a Job he has held for Only 6vi months. A House Resolution cites three counts against Yarbrough forgery perjury and plotting to commit murder. The state judicial qualifications commission is to meet saturday to hear evidence in the Case. Yarbrough. 36, was indicted by a Travis county grand jury last month for forgery and aggravated perjury. He is thought to be the first Justice Ever indicted for a crime while in office. Hams county dist. Atty. Carol Vance also said Yarbrought a former business associate John William Rothkopf secretly taped 3vi hours of meetings with Yarbrough in which Yarbrough said he wanted two men a wiped former atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr a who defended himself and was acquitted in two criminal trials growing out of the Sharpstown banking scandal a has agreed to represent Yarbrough at the legislative hearing. Briscoe said be has been advised that if two thirds of the Senate and House approve the resolutions directing him to remove Yarbrough from office he has no Choice but to do so. At least one person a Justice Martin Dies or. Of the Beaumont court of civil appeals a already has been suggested As a possible successor to Yarbrough. Legislature school woes pose no hassle to aids by William Whitaker staff writer while the Abilene Independent school District is desperately in need of a school finance package it is in an enviable position in at least one respect a it Dosena to have to worry much about the Rural Urban dispute going on in the legislature. That s what Gerald Brashear business manager for aids said this morning As the state legislature gathered to come up with some sort of school finance package. Gordon Harmon Ais do a new superintendent was in Austin this morning after studying some of the proposed legislation dealing with school finance. Harmon said last week that the single most important problem facing Public schools in Texas is obtaining some sort of school finance package so individual school districts could plan their budgets. Sixty four per cent of the Revenue for the 1976-77 budget was from the state Brashears said a so that a Good portion of this years budget is going to be determined in the next couple of Brashears said the main problem hinged on How the school districts Are going to determine the local fund assignment Between Rural and Urban areas. The Rural land owners want a tax Relief by having their land taxed on what it can produce agriculturally rather than what it can be sold for he said the Urban land owners on the other hand want All land taxed on its Market value Brashears said. House Bill i proposed by speaker of the House Bill Clayton would give a District the option on How it wanted to assess its property. Big country legislators including sen. Grant Jones of Abilene have favored Clayton s Bill. Brashears said he favored Clayton s Bill and believes it has the most support in the legislature. School districts would probably use whichever of the options that would have them paying less into the local fund assignment. A it s not going to affect us that much though a Brashears said. A we Haven to got that much land in Abilene Harmon in an interview with the re Porter news recently said he favored the idea of a Bill which would allow school districts to choose Between such options a plan which would alleviate Farmers having their land taxed on the Market value. Taylor commissioners Okay budget tax rate increase sunny Jig Wiwi weather Are there any plans for a fire station in far South Abilene department of Commerce hat 001 a Rvl weather map up 2a Abilene and Vicinity <10 mile radius Clear to partly Cloudy with hot afternoons through tuesday winos Art southerly at 17 to 7? mph the Amer noon highs in the upper 0s and the Low tonight in the lower tos q. Are there any plans in the making for building a fire station in far South Abilene a. Yes indeed says assistant City manager John Hatchel. The City is having a study made on Public facilities which will include choosing two Sites for new fire stations also $20,000 of the Revenue sharing Money has been requested to be available to buy those Sites. The actual building is probably a couple of years away says Hatchel. It is possible that the City will relocate fire stations instead of adding new ones because the most expensive part of a station is the manpower Hatchel said. A feasibility study will be made on relocating stations. Q. Natalee Powers hid As a guest on her to program a woman who wrote a Book of recipes for people with hyperglycemia. I would like to have oae but done to know where to get it. Could you find out a. The Book is sugarless cookery for the gourmet Natalee says written by Elsie Maye Peckham in. There Are a few copies left at lbs. Ltd., 2803 s. 14th, and the Price is $10.45 including tax q. Where can i get the soul train tee shirts a. Soul train is a syndicated to program that runs on Channel 12. A tvs manager Bob Jackson talked to the producers in California about the tee shirts thursday it seems that the people on the show Wear those tee shirts and sometimes they give them to people who win the dance contests but they be never offered them for Sale. However. Jackson said the producer thought it might not be a bad idea so keep watch sunday p in 9194 �T�5 959594 93. 17. 847 17 temperatures 1,00 to. 3 of 4 of. J of. 6 of. A. 0 00. Too. 10 of. 11 of 17 of monday a in. La so to 77 75 .74 .73 75 .7 12 is a High and Low for 74 hour ending noon 95 and 71 High and Low same Date last year 71 and 64 Sunset last night 8 49 Sunrise today 6 40, Sunset tonight 8 48 Sunrise tomorrow. 6 40 barometer Reading at noon too inches humidity at noon 45 per cent by Bob Campbell staff writer Taylor county commissioners this morning approved a $3,648,090 county budget for the fiscal year beginning oct. I and also approved a four cent tax rate increase in 1978. The budget plans for $3,515,737 in revenues during the year making a deficit of More than $130,000, but the county will begin the year with a balance of $729,900, county auditor Gene Brock reported at the to . Commissioners meeting today. It is expected to end fiscal 1978 with a $597,546 balance which excludes Federal Revenue sharing Money Brock explained. The commissioners then approved a four cent increase in the tax rate for 1978. Raising it three cents for general operations and one cent for the Road and Bridge fund they authorized a county rate of 70 cents per Hundred dollars of adjusted valuation. The rate now is divided into la cents for roads and Bridges 47 cents for general operations 2m cents for the Taylor see related Story pm. 8a county coliseum sinking fund and 9vi cents for the courthouse and jail sinking fund. They rescinded an action of last week when a raise of $150 a month for county Law librarian Sarita Abbott was approved instead of the $125 approved by the Law Library Board and granted a request by attorney John weeks to raise the civil suit filing fee from $5 to $10 to bring added Revenue into the Library fund. They also rescinded approval last week of a contract with key City vend ing co. For the operation of the courthouse snack bar and voted to advertise for bids. Judge Skaggs explained that a concessionaire contacted him last week after the key City vending contract was approved and signed and reminded him of a Promise he said the judge made five years ago to allow bids on the snack bar operation. The county judge said key City since had indicated a willingness to take part in competitive bidding and not to insist on the signed contract being upheld. The commissioners also extended the county contract with Pritchard and Abbott a fort Worth property appraisal firm for two years. Action line by Judy Bargainer writ action lift co Abilene reporter news p o sox 30. Abilene. Text 79604 pm 676-3111 $2.50 an hour effective july i a. Its a Good thought but it did no to happen. Frank Carmichael of the wage hour division of the dept of labor says there has been no Federal action As of yet to increase the minimum wage to any specific amount at any particular time. Q. At the Rose Park swimming Pool every Bour kids under 16 have to get out of the Pool for 15 minutes so the older people can have it All to themselves. Is that just an advantage for the older people or is there some other reason for that Rule a. There Are three reasons for that Rule says Dick boots. City recreation director. First the 15 minute break construction scheduled for apartment Complex ing the program and you might just get gives the younger kids a Chance to rest your Chance at a soul train tee shirt. Second it gives the lifeguards a break. Arri third it gives the people who want q. Did the minimum wage go to to swim a Chance to work out. By Debbie Smith staff writer construction for a 128-unit apartment Complex in Southwest Abilene is scheduled to begin next week and May offer Relief for apartment seekers who continue to fill waiting lists. Harry Taylor of Ramon corp. Said the Odessa based construction company received a permit last week to build the $1,750,000 Complex at 1000 s. Clack. He said site work will begin about july 18. No expected Date of completion has been announced he said but a Complex this size usually requires eight to to months. The Structure called Quail run and designed by Odessa architect Jim Frazier will have 48 one bedroom one Bath room units 48 two bedroom one bathroom units 32 two bedroom two bathroom units a manager s apartment club and laundry building and swimming Pool. Apartment will be carpeted and have Central heating and Cooling Taylor said and the company expects to use Abilene contractors and businesses for some projects. Quail run will be ram con a first apartment Complex in Abilene but the company has built Homes and sub divisions Here Taylor said. John Dunn City building inspector said the building will be on the West Side of the Winters freeway and face North on Fairmont with the main Entrance on South Clack. He said plans have been approved and financing arranged so a everything is go and they re just waiting to Jerry Skaggs manager of three fountains apartments and executive Secretary of the Abilene apartment assn., said Abilene has a shortage of apartments evidenced by the number of people who Are on waiting lists. She said she receives Many Calls from Young singles entering the Abilene Job Market. Las Briars apartments 2010 s. Clack is enlarging its 184 units by building 192 one bedroom two bedroom and efficiency units to handle the number on its waiting list said Lou Briley assistant manager. Tentative opening Date is sept. 16. Quail run is not expected to affect the number of tenants in the Las Briskas addition she said since the addition will be completed and tenants moved in before Quail run is finished. Gaa May delay production the president of general motors corp. Says the Start of the 1978 Model year for car and truck production could be delayed because of anti pollution standards. Pm. 4c vote set on Neutron bomb the Neutron bomb is on top of the Senate a Agenda with a vote on giving Congress final approval of the weapon pending. Post office okays citizen rate the . Postal service approves president Carters two tier postal rate plan under which individuals would pay 13 cents to mail a first class letter while businesses would pay 16 cents. I g 8a amusements7b Bridge notes2b business mirror8b classified6 Ioc comics. 6b dear abby7b editorials4a horoscope.7b Hospital patients.6c living.1-3b obituaries.5c people.2a sports.1-3c to your Good health7b to log.7b a no scout.7b

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