Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 19, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Dallas Beauty Selected New Miss Texas
FORT WORTH (AP) _ Phyl-lis George, Miss Dallas, a brown-eyed brunette who flirted with the crown a year ago, rode s twin preliminary triumph Saturday to the Miss Texas title.
The tall, curvaceous North Texas State elementary education major was chosen from among 66 contestants to represent Texas in September at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.
A Will Rogers Auditorium au
dience responded with a ringing cheer as the 21-year-old M’ss George, a double prelim winner last year also, was named the successor to Longview's Dana Dowell.
In 1969, Miss George was the second runnerup here.
Miss George, first covered hor face with her hands, then grabbed the first runnerup, Miss West Texas, and threw her arms around Miss Dowell. Her eyes glistening, she then took the tra
ditional stroll, her crown aloft and her cape flowing behind her, down the pageant runway.
Miss West Texas, Rellinda Mvrick, 21, a brown - haired, green-eyed senior at the University of Texas, was the first runnerup. As such, she would step into the title role if for any reason—such as marriage— Miss George should relinquish her crown.
The other finalists were: Second runnerup: Miss Denlon,
Janice Bain, 20, of San Antonio, a student at North Texas State.
Third runnerup: Miss Wichita Falls, Mae Beth Cormany, 19, a student at Midwestern.
Fourth runnerup: Miss Waco, Ethyle Lynn Peacock, 22, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed student at Baylor University.
The winner represents Texas at the Miss America Pageant next September in Atlantic City. Texas has not had a national beauty title since 1942.
The semi finalists were Janice Bain, Miss Denton; Vicki Vanderburg, Miss East Texas State; Marilyn Savage, Miss Houston; Dianne Veateh, Miss Longview; Linda White, Miss Oak Cliff; Janet Schnell, Miss Texas Woman's University; Ethyle Lynn Peacock, Miss Waco; Rellinda Myrick, Miss West Texas, and Mae Beth Cormany, Miss Wichita Falls.
Besides Miss George, other
preliminary winners among the finalists were Miss Bain, 20, of San Antonio, a talent winner; Miss Schnell, 21, of Denton, also a talent winner, and Miss Cormany, 19, of Wichita Falls, a Thursday night swimswuit preliminary winner.
In addition to the trip to Atlantic City, the new Miss Texas receives a $2,500 college scholarship and a $3,000 wardrobe.
PHYLLIS GEORGE . . . Miss Texas
Nixon Raps Solons Over Budget Deficit
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon accused Congress Saturday of making a travesty of its own $200.8-billion federal spending ceiling. And he raised the specter of more inflation and a massive deficit and asked Congress to set a meaningful and effective ceiling on expenditures.
Voicing a deepening concern over what Congress is doing to spend the taxpayers’ money, the President said in a statement with political overtones that: “This is a time when the taxpayers of the United States will not tolerate irresponsible spending ”
And the President told the lawmakers in language that appeared to underscore his possession of the veto power that: “The Congress must examine with special care those spending programs which benefit some of the people but which really raise taxes and prices for all the people.”
Nixon not only criticized Congress for upping expenditures
but protested also it is doing so without providing the revenue to pay for them.
Nixon’s broadside was fired when few Congress members were available for comment. But Rep. Carl Albert of Oklahoma, the Democratic floor leader, called it an ill-advised attempt to cover up the administration’s economic shortcomings. He added:
“The people ... will not fall for such obvious political gimmickry designed to disguise presidential neglect in such fields as health, education and housing.”
Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Democrats’ Senate leader, said it is highly questionable whether Congress would vote a mandatory ceiling and declared reduction in spending is a joint responsibility of the President and Congress.
The $200.8-billion ceiling set by Congress on fiscal 1971 spending is not viewed on Capitol Hill as being very meaningful since it provides that it can be adjust-
A happy puppy farm
This puppy seems to be a little bored with having to pose for a picture. But he has lots of friends (about IOO) to keep him happy most of the time. He lives in a puppy farm in Ovalo which easily surpasses Snoopy’s Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. Reporter-News
staff writer Loretta Fulton visited the Ovalo puppy farm to photograph the happenings there. A full picture page appears on Page 5-B of today’s Reporter-News. (Staff Photo by Loretta Fulton)
Gang Splits Over Division of Loot
Littlest Train Robbery
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Two masked men, one armed with a pistol, held up a miniature train at a city park Saturday in a scaleddown version of the Great Train Robbery.
Police said at least 30 of the estimated 80 passengers aboard were robbed by the pair. They sprang from a clump of bushes as the little train chugged through a wooded area of Brackenridge Park.
No one was Injured but witnesses said one of the men choked a passenger and roughed up another who thought it was a joke. Mock train robberies have been staged at the park
several times to raise money for charity.
P^ngineer Walter Lucas, 24, said the men struck at the busiest time of the day. “They were waiting right there, behind that clump of bushes,” Lucas said. “One of them said, ‘Stop, mister,’ and he had a gun pointed at my chest. And when I’ve got a gun pointed at me, I do what I’m told.”
One man wore a ski mask. His companion’s face was covered with a large scarf, Lucas said.
“They told me, ‘Don’t make a move,’ ” Lucas said. Then they started walking beside the
Allies Take Over Old Combat Base
SAIGON (AP) — Allied forces established a new combat base Saturday at Kham Due, an abandoned U.S. Green Berets camp 13.5 miles from the Laotian border in South Vietnam's northern sector.
Military informants said the base could serve as a good jumping off point for a possible thrust against enemy bases inside Laos.
U.S. Air Force C130 cargo planes began landing there after U.S. Army engineers finished filling in shell craters and cleared the skeleton wreckage of old aircraft and other debris left on the airstrip since Kham Due was abandoned in May 1968.
Until the American and South Vietnamese return within the past week, Kham Due, 55 miles southwest of Da Nang has been deserted.
The camp was overrun in 1968 IB the culmination of a siege by
some 5,000 troops of the North Vietnamese 2nd Division, and hundreds of soldiers and their dependents were rescued in one of the most harrowing evacuation efforts of the Vietnam war.
In the evacuation, nine U.S. aircraft were shot down.
Military sources said the reopening of Kham Due was expected to be “a one-shot deal” rather than establishment of a permanent base.
The objective of the operation, according to sources at Kham Due, is the destruction of rear base areas of the North Vietnamese 2nd Division. This division still operates with relative freedom in tile mountains in the area.
But there have been mounting indications that some of the 6,000 South Vietnamese troops put into the region in the past several days may ultimately launch a drive across the rugged jungle border into Laos.
train, he said. One stuffed purses and billfolds in a big white bag while the other held the gun on the passengers. The mon fled before all the passengers were robbed.
Christian Berndt of Houston, vacationing here with his wife and twin boys, said he thought it was all a joke and refused to hand over his billfold. Then one of them “grabbed me by the head and pushed me over,” Berndt said. He said the man pointed a gun at his head.
“Then they came back to me and grabbed my purse,” Mrs. Berndt said.
A man directly in front of the Bemdts, sitting in the first seat on the train, was roughed up the worst, she said. “They shook him and almost choked him to death,” she said.
Mrs. Berndt said she lost about $25, several credit cards and checks.
Police said a total of $500 may have been taken from the passengers.
The train, dubbed “Old Smok-
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ey,” is a miniature replica of an 1865 steam train, Lucas said. It is one of four that make regular runs on tiny tracks through the park.
Lucas said he used his walkietalkie to alert train owner Jim Collins while the men had their backs turned to him.
The men apprently saw him, he said, and ran back to the front of the train. “They said, ‘What do you think you’re doing, mister,’ then took off through the woods,” he said.
The robbery, first of its type here, took only about five minutes, Lucas said. After an hour-long police investigation, the little train was rolling again.
CISCO — A quarrel among members of a six - person gang early Saturday morning on how to split up the loot from two armed robberies in I.awton and I>ewisville left one man in a Cisco hospital with five gunshot wounds and his fiance in a Cisco jail.
The other four In the group have not yet been apprehended, and the manhunt for them is continuing all over the Big Country.
The six were Identified as Rene J. Brennette Jr., Bob Bruce, a man known as Ray, last name unknown, all AWOL from Ft. Sill, Okla.; Kenneth Radford, 21, AWOL from Ft. Benning, Ga.; Carolina Means, IR, and Cora Patricia Smith. 23, who is reportedly Brennette’s fiance.
The group had robbed a service station in Lawton late Friday night and a grocery store
in I^ewisville early Saturday morning.
They were traveling west and apparently got into an argument over the money, which totaled only $212.85, about 6 a.m. Saturday and stopped the car when they were about seven miles west of Cisco.
Miss Smith said Radford and Bruce robbed her and Brennette of their shares of the loot, forced Brennette out of the car and told him they were going to kill him. She said one of them was holding a knife to her throat.
She told Cisco officers that Brennette started running and that Bruce began firing at him with a .22 caliber pistol. Brennette was hit three times.
Miss Smith later told police that Radford told Bruce, “You’re not shooting very well. Give me the gun and let me try.”
Radford fired twice more, Turn to GANG, Pg. 4-A
Israeli Plane Shot Down During Suez Bombing Raid
TEL AVIV (AP) - An Israeli plane was downed Saturday during a strike against Egyptian missile sites near the Suez Canal. It was the fourth loss admitted by Israel since it spotted a concentration of Soviet-built missiles within 15 miles of the waterway.
The military command said the jet, not identified, was shot down during a midday attack on the missile network in the central sector of the canal. The two crewmen were (seen bailing out over Egyptian soil, a spokesman said.
Three planes were downed previously by missiles during attacks against the sites, but the military did not say whether the fourth was felled by a missile.
Israel says Egypt set up an elaborate network of missiles last month with help from Soviet military adviser! in an at
tempt to cancel out Israel’s air superiority over the 103-mile canal and to weaken Israeli defenses along the canal.
The Israelis say tile network includes SAM2 missiles, designed to bring down high-flying planes and the more sophisticated SAM3s, built to down low-al-titude planes.
Israel lost two planes to SAM2 missiles on June 30, the day the network was discovered and a third on July 5. Foreign sources said all three were U.S.-built Phantom fighter-bombers, outstanding planes in Israel’s air force.
Israel has admitted the loss of 25 planes to the Arabs since the June 1967 Middle East war. Tel Aviv claims Israel has brought down 133 Arab aircraft over the same period, 105 belonging to Egypt.
Elsewhere, Israeli planes
pounded Arab guerrilla posi-tioas in lebanon and Jordan and got home safely, the military command said.
ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, Pp. 13 A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (Asmile radius) — Fair and hot Sunday through Monday. Afternoon highs 95 to IOO; lows in low to middle 70s. Southerly winds S to 15 miles per hour.
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Sunset last night: |:46» aunrlsa todayt 8:44; sunset tonight; 1:45
Barometer reading af 9 pm.: 2S.11. Humidity at P p.m.j A1 cor rent.
ed by the President to reflect congressional actions.
The President said he was not suggesting that the government should necessarily adhere to a strict pattern of balancing the budget every year, since economic conditions call for a deficit.
But he continued:
“If we allow these outlays to overshoot the basic revenue-producing capacity of our tax system—as happened particularly in 1967 and 1968—we will produce the same result: inflation of a magnitude that will take difficult and painful measures to eliminate.”
Along with upping appropriations, Nixon said Congress has cut projected revenue for the present fiscal year by $3 billion and for the next 1972 fiscal year $5 billion below his request. In addition, he said, it has failed to act on his bid for a tax on lead in gasoline, on advancing the collection date for state and gift taxes and increasing postal rates.
C. M. BENDER . . . rites today
Breckenridge Civic Leader Dies at 90
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -C. M. Bender, 90, retired Breckenridge businessman and civic leader, was dead on arrival at Stephens Memorial Hospital at noon Saturday.
He had been in failing health for several years and a patient at Breckenridge Nursing Home the last seven weeks.
Funeral will be in Fort Worth at 2 p.m. Sunday in Robertson-Mueller-Harper Funeral Chapel. Satterwhite Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Burial will be rn Ahavath Sholom Cemetery.
Mr. Bender was born May 25, 1880, in Russia and came to the United States as a youth. He married. Bertha Clarice Segalin August 25, 1912, in Portsmith, Va.
They came to Breckenridge in 1919, owning and operating Bender’s Department Store before his retirement about 20 years ago.
Mr. Bender was recently honored by the YMCA board for his many years of service to the organization. He aided in creating the state of Israel and made several tnps to the country in his lifetime.
Mr. Bender has served as honorary president of the Southwestern Region, Zionist Organization of America.
In 1929 he attended the Zionist
Turn to BENDEE, Pg. 4-A