Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas
Abilene WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron )4TII YEAR, NO. 29 PHONE TEXAS, 79004, TUESDAY EVENING, THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN FOUR SECTIOf Auociatfd Prat (fl By EU JE RUCKKR Signs Pointing Way To Hospitals Asked Q. I'm of Abilene and ils facili- ties why can't WE have hospital signs on our city streets ami our high- ways coming Into the city? OIncr elites smaller than ours have them. Out of Iiran fricmls have brought critically ill patients in, liad to slop and call for directions to (lie nearest, hospital. The signs arc badly needed. A. Former Traffic Engineer End Taylor agrees and has recommended Ihe signs to the incoming traffic engineer. So. we'll sec. If the city puts up the guides on its streets, tlie highway department will very likely add signs to highways leading into Abilene. The city will have to make Hie first move since it wouldn't help much to have signs on the freeways and inlerslalcs, Ihun Tio further directions once you leave them. Q. I notice the 1'ark Drive-In has brought (wo more skin flicks (o town. It has shown X-raled movies regularly for several years. Please find out from Ed I'aj nler why he ignores the northsidc of Abilene.while pursuing with such mis- sionary zeal the pornographic movies on Abilcne's sonlhsidc? A. "To say something is X-ratert doesn't mean it is obscene within the meaning of the says District Atlonicy I'aynter. "We look at it from Hie entire community's- viewpoint. The phrase 'judged by contempo- rary community standards' Ims some legal connotations and we must take, that into consideration." "We try not to he blnenoses about it on one hand, yet try to look at these things by wiiill.we feel are community standards. The Abilene Police Department has the responsi- bility for investigating this and they keep a pretty close eye on what goes on in movie liouses." Kcmember, at least one X-rated movie has won an Academy Award (Midnight. Cow- while in Atlanta an H-raled movie was called obscene, so apparently movie ratings have little (o do with what is and what is not obscene. Q. How many tickets have been given, In (he last year, inside the city limits of Clyde for speeding3 A. According to Don Chrisloplier of tlie Highway Patrol in Baird (also patrols Clyde) no records are kept on how many tickets are issued in a specific location. Highway patrol records are connlywide, he says, not broken down into areas. He did say Clyde City Marshal Jewell. Allen could tell you how many he's given inside Clyde city limits but this wouldn't be an accurate indication at all because he issues very few Iraffic iickels. Traffic control in Clyde is handled mainly by the Highway Patrol, says Christopher. Whatever happened to Sandy Chap- pell? Someone told me she, got. married. Is she still singing? A. No, she's not singing and she did gel married. She married Bill Crume, advertis- ing executive in Dallas. She got tired of being on the road, so gave up the singing and is now working as saleswoman for Graphic Arts. She's currently trying to break into television in Dallas which shouldn't be too hard with her years of experience on Abilene TV but apparently competition is pretty lough there. Will the water we're getting from T.ake lluhhard go directly into (he Abi- lene water plant or into Phantom Lake, itself and then into (he plant? If It come.s into the lake it could be a prob- lem. The water is supposed lo be com- patible but I understand from people who seem to know quite a about Hub- bard water that it is much saltier, ft sounds like (his would make an ecologi- cal imbalance at Phantom, destroying vegetation and killing fish. A. Hubbard water isn't going into Phan- tom Lake at all, says City Water Superin- tendent Bill Wcems. Even1 drop, he says, will go right into a line to Hie Abilene pump station where it will lie mixed 50-50 with our water. However, Hubbard has lols of good fish in it, so you can discount that theory about the water destroying Phantom fish. Hardness of the Hubbard water was last checked at 332 parts per million while Phan- tom had only 110 ppm, but both arc consid- ered within Hie potable limits. Address questions to Action Line. Box 31, Ahiicnc Texas Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please incldudc telephone numbers if possible__________ The New Ron Presidential Press Secretary Ron Ziegler looks slim and trim as he prepares for a motorcycle ride at the Western White House in San detente, Calif. Ziegler lias been on a diet and has dropped from 214 to 173 pounds. He is renting the motor- cycle for fun and commuting. (AP Wirephoto) Bike Lanes, Open Areas Requested by City Panel Ily GARY BALDHIUGE ticporler-Ncws Staff Writer The City Environmental Goals Committee gave its final ap- proval Monday to a 20-page re- port on its recommendations to the Cily Council "for working with, and not againsl, our envi- ronment." The report, financed through a comprehensive planning grant from the U.S. Depl. of Housing and Urban Development, will he Ihe second study submitted to the City Council since Ihe com- mittee's appointment J8 months ago. Last year Hie committee es- tablished 10major environmen- tal goals for the city. The new report, which will be presented lo the Cily Council on July 25, gues into greater detail on each initial suggestion. AMONG ITS many recommen- dations arc the purchase of hind along creeks for parks and open space, bicycle routes and lanes for the public, encouragement of weather modification research, and construction of a botanical garden and a downtown plaza. City Planner Wayne Herring- Ion, who serves as liaison offi- cer for the committee and the Planning Depl., reported Mon- day that an environmental slide presentation should he ready within two weckj. Also funded in part by the comprehensive planning grant, the slides are designed to pro- mole public information and ed- ucation on environmental prob- Where If Rained ABILENE Municipal Airport .26 Total for Year 7.58 Normal for Year 13.40 2313 Hiver Oaks Cr. .38 20-11 Butternut .95 Dyess AKB Tr. ATOCA Tr. IJAIRD Tr. BALLINGKIl .50 CLYDE DUBLIN .-10 I7.-UILIN .22 LAWN 1.05 L-UEDERS .10 MKHKEL Tr. PAINT ROCK .20 HOCKDALK .20 SAPJTA ANNA -10 SEYMOUR -40 SNYDEIi Tr. STAMFORD .02 TUSCOLA 2.50 WINTERS .40 Icnis. The City Planning Dcut. and the Knvironmenla] Goals Committee hope lo make the slides available lo students and civic groups. Included in Ihe presentation will be a discussion of the Envi- ronmental Goals Committee's role in dealing wilh local prob- lems, the positive and negative aspects of Abilene's environ- ment and suggested projects for citizen involvement. Ending Hie meeting was a dis- cussion on the possibility of re- establishing the recycling pro- gram which wns recently slapped for Inck of manpower. Dr. Earl Harrison, chairman of Ihe committee, suggested in- viting a number of civic club presidents lo the committee's next meeting for the purpose of establishing a continuous man- power supply for the recycling of newspapers and other mater- ials. Committee members agreed, and the next meeting was sched- uled for Ana. 5. After Escape Fails Ity W. DALE NELSON Associated 1'rtss Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Two armed convicts, driven back by gunfire and tear gas in a desperate attempt to escape their besieged ccllhlock, sur- rendered to law officers Mon- day night, ending a 103-hour ordeal at the U.S. District Courtliouse. Hours after their frantic ef- fort lo find freedom by axing their way into a courthouse ventilation duct, Frank Gor- ham Jr., 26, and Robert N. Jones, 2-t, were flown to the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Gorham and Jones had been inside the cellblock since Thursday when they seized eight hostages and "tried to bargain for a freedom flight lo Africa. They released one of Ihe hostages Friday and held the others as bargaining pawns until the seven fled Sunday in a daring escape engineered by one, a deputy U.S. marshal. .Stripped and handcuffed, Gorham and Jones gave up 36 hours later. The final act of the drama began about 9 p.m. EOT Mon- day when they used an ax lo hack their way into the air duct. For Hie first time since Gorham and Jones had barri- caded themselves Inside the basement lockup, officers ex- changed gunfire with the pair, llieii used tear gas to force them back into Ihelr conline.- mcnt. No one was' hurl. Deputy District of Columbia 1'olicc Chief Maurice Culli- nane, part of a force of about 'Bumbling' Award Established WASHINGTON (A P) Hep. liill Gunter, D-Fla., says lie has established a "Bum- bling Bureaucrat of the Month" award, and the first recipient be James A. Conlon, administrator of the Bureau of Engraving. Guntcr said Conlon will re- ceive the award, a crumpled piece of waste paper, for his role in completing production of 4.8 billion gas ration cou- pons alter it became clear they weren't needed. The cost to the taxpayers was mil- lion, Guntcr said ment. in a state- Man Found Shot In Tuxedo Store 20 District policemen and U.S. marshals who stormed into the" cellblcck said he persuaded Jones and Gorham to surrender. "1 was just talking to them through Ihe he said. "Just rapping with them." Cullinane said Jones and Gorham stripped and hand- cuffed themselves. Then police entered the room, searched them and allowed Ilicin to dress again. They were driven to nearby Andrew's Air Force Base, where they were ushered aboard a Coast Guard jet parked 500 yards from where President Nixon boards Hie Spirit of '76. A. Carlson, director of the Bureau of Prisons, said it was his decision to send the men to -the prison in Atlanta. He said the men had nothing to do with it, all hough authori- ties had talked earlier of send- ing them to a prison hospital facility .at Springfield, Mo. The men objected to this. Carlson said Atlanta wai choscn.because it was the fed- eral maximum security prison closest to Washington. Tlii men had asked for a prison on either the East or the Wet.1 Coast. STAMFORD llaskell Coun- ly Sheriff's Department officials are investigating a mysterious fatal shooting which occurred about 11 p.m. Monday at a beer store in the Tuxedo community east of Stamford in northern Jones County. Sheriff (lartli Garrett from neighboring llaskell County said an unidentified man asked a tel- ephone operator to summon aid, telling her that "three people have been shot, one of them bad." lie added that the same man apparently look that message on foul to the home of the store's manager, Jack Stacy, near the store. "WE ONLY FOUND one vic- Sheriff Garrett told The Reporler-News Tuesday mom- ing, "tie was identified as .lames Wendeborn, 32. He was lying in a poo] of blood in a storage room." Sheriff Garrett said that charge from Wendeborn's own shotgun had struck him In the neck, and he died three hours later in a Stamford hospital. "U'c worked on the 5 a.m. this Ihe Sheriff said Tuesday "We have ruled out robbery as a motive, since no cash was missing from Ihe rash register. We haven't been able to locate any of Ihe wit- nesses, and the person who made the call aid has disap- peared." "WE JUST haven't been able lo turn much Sheriff Gar- relt snid we will continue WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service Map, :M ABILENE AMD VICINITY (10 mils rcdius) Clear lo paMIy doijdy Ofid hot Taday through Liqhr arid vari- able winds, Hlnh today and Wca'nesc'cv in 90s. lonlght In low 703. High nnrl low for 24 lio'jrs endir-g 9 a.m.: W ord High and tow sanr.e dale losl year: 4fi and EO. sunrise looav: sunset lonlghl: Sunrise loinorrow: working on it unlil we arrive at some conclusions." Funeral for Wendeborn will be in Ktnney Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial rail be in Highland Memorial Cemetery. He was born Jan. 17, 1W2 in Knox City. He married Connie Gonzales Aug. 16, I9fi9 in Stam- ford. Survivors include his wife; his mother, llrs. Minnie Wendebom of Stamford; hvo sisters, Mrs. C. 0. Richards of Stamford and Mrs. Marra Marciniak of Hamil- ton, N.J., and one brother, Fred of Richardson. W. LON STEFFENS longtime resident Abilene Native Dies at Age 88 Lon Steffcns, longtime resident of Abilene, died about 4 a.m. Tuesday at his home at 3142 Over St. Funeral arrangements are pending wilh North's Funeral Home, Mr. Steffens was bora June 15, 1SS6, in Abilene and spent most of lus life here. He was the son of Olto Steffcns, who organized Ihe Taylor County Bank in Buf- falo Gap, which he laler moved to Abilene. The bank became the First National Bank in 1884. In 1S98 the First National Hank merged with Abilene Na- tional Bank and became the Slcft'ens and Ltrwdcn Bank. Ill 1903 the Slcffens and I.owdcn Bank was nationalized under the name of (he American National Bank. Tlie bank was placed in receivership in 1905. HE AND HIS father also shared an active interest in the oil business since Olto Stcft'cns was one of the backers of the first oil well (hilled west of the Rain From East Brings Up to 1.25 L Western Camping Flavors Science Ten ACC students and their professor have return- ed from six weeks of study- ing science in the Ameri- can West, from Mexico to Canada. A story on their camp-out is on Pcj. 1-B. NEWS INDEX Amusements 8C Bridge 6A Business Mirror 48 Classified Comics 7B Editorials 4A Horoscope.............. 6A Kosnilol Palicnls 2A OlMluarfcs 2B Snorts 1-3C To Your Good Health...... 5A TV l.oo 8C TV Seoul 8C Women's Mews 3B By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer Weather patterns should re- turn Tuesday to Hie conditions which prevailed before Mon- day's rain, which dropped as much as 1.25 inches in portions of Abilene. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said the show- ers dropped .26 incli at tlie Mu- nicipal Airport, hut .95 was mea- sured at 2041 Butternut ,.90 at 102G Cedar and 1.25 at 020 EN 12lh, Weatherman Chuck Miller said the northeast portion of Hie city apparenlly received tin; brunt of the sloshing rain since the storm entered the city from that side. "It was .in odd Miller said of Ihe "moderate" thunder- storm, ''due to the pressure sys- tem." .MILLER EXPLAINED Unit the storm, which moved from Ihe north-northeast lo the soiilh- soulhwest, was driven hy upper level winds flowing in that direc- tion since Sunday. The highest wind gust record- ed at the airport was 47 mpli, Miller said, but the storm caused lillle city damage. Scat- tered reports of power loss and loss of phone service were re- ported, however. Tlie Weather Service also re- ceived a report of pea-sized hail in north Abilene. Hail, high winds and a heavy rain of 2.50 inches caused some damage to corn crops near Tns- cola. lligii winds and blowing sand were reported in Rotan, which clocked winds at CO niph. and at Colorado City wilh 45 mph gusts. Sandstorms also were report- ed in Munday, Tuscola and near Lueders. ALTHOUGH most of tlic rain in Abilene fell wilhin the first 18 minutes of Ihe storm's entry, Miller said it hit the :iirport at p.m. and continued wilh light lo moderate showers through p.m. Miller said showers were of Ihe conveclivc type caused by high Ipnipenitnres, a in Abi- lene, anil a strong flow of Gulf moisture. Although no rain chances are in Tuesday's forecast officially, Miller said conditions will prob- ably be ripe for more heat showers Tuesday. Don Savcrance, chairman of Ihe Taylor County disaster com- mitlee which has requested the area be designated a disaster area, said Tuesday the rains "haven't even dented" the ten- month drought. "IT LOOKS LIKE ils going to be- real he aairt, refer- ring to reports he he had received Tuesday morning. "It didn't even lay the dust in some pnrts vmd maybe rained an inch a mile he "We'll take anything we can Mississippi here in Abilene. Mr. Steffcns served 38 years irith the Texas Employers In- surance Assn. and Employers Casualty. He was the former dis- trict manager with the insur- ance company. He was with the company since its beginning in 1941 and became semi-retired in 1952. llr. Steffens "quiluated" Abi- lene High School and old Sim- mons College in Abilene nearly a year before graduation each time. He received a gold medal in 1B05 as all-round athlete from Simmons College. He later went to Hill's Busi- ness College in Abilene and worked for Ihe Sayles and Sayles law firm as a stenogra- pher. Later he worked as deputy county clerk under County Clerk S.M. Garrison and J.L. Mc- David. Mr. Steffens then moved to Dallas and worked with several jobs before going wilh Employ- ers Insurance. In December 1914 ho married Sfary Moore Green, of Dallas. MRS. STEFFE.NS was the groat-great-grcat granddaughter of Gen. Evan Shelby and Col. John Green of Revolutionary War fame. Her greal-grandfatli- er was Charles Stewart Todd who served as the U.S. ambas- sador to Russia under the ad- ministration of William Henry Harrison. While in Abilene Mi-. Stelt'ens belonged to the Lions Club, Knife and Fork, Abilene Club, Abilene Country Club and was former vice president ol the WcstTe.tas Golf Association. Mr. and Mrs. Slcffens had two children, W. Lon Steffens, Jr., of Corpus Christ! who is also with Employers Insurance Associa- tion and Mrs. Clintic Bee Trige; who preceded her father in death. Mr. Steffens is sunivcd by his wife of the home; one son, W. Lon Steffens of Corpus Chrlsti; and four grand children; one sis- ter and one brother.