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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 2, 1974, Abilene, Texas E\)t Abilene importer -foetus"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 350 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604. SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 2. 1974—SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY +lc Stale Sale* TaiAt Least 20 Die in Chemical Plant Explosion FLIXBOROUGH, England (AP) — A chemical plant exploded in a huge ball of flame Saturday, killing a number of workers and sending a blanket of poisonous fumes into the surrounding countryside, police said. Official estimates of the death toll ranged between 20 and 55, but no firm count was immediately available. Police said early Sunday that 30 and perhaps 40 persons were still unaccounted for. The force of the 5 p.m. blast demolished or damaged homes for miles around this Lincolnshire industrial area 150 miles north of London. Police said that because of the fumes, an estimated 20.000 persons were being evacuated from IO nearby villages. They reported that 94 persons were treated at local hospitals — 30 from the factory — Nypro-U.K. Ltd. — and the rest from surrounding villages. Many of the injured were cut bv flying glass. The blast occurred when only a skeleton crew was on duty at the plant. The normal work force numbers about 500. Hundreds of firemen, policemen and ambulance workers, aided by searchlights and breathing apparatus, combed through the rubble of the plant and the demolished houses late into the night. The explosion appeared to be accidental, police said. adding there was no indication that guerrillas were involved. Late Saturday night, several hours after the late afternoon explosion, flames still licked 300 feet into the sky above the charred and mangled ruins of the chemical works. Belching clouds of smoke were visible 25 miles away. The control room area of the plant was still surrounded by a wall of flames and acrid fumes, and by midnight Saturday only two bodies had been recovered. With the danger of new blasts and deadly poisonous fumes, fire fighters played their hoses on two large tanks of ammonia to lessen the fire risk. The firemen had th J situation mostly under control Saturday night, but a spokesman said it might take several days to snuff out the blaze completely. Special security forces patrolled the area* to prevent looting. Most of the dead were believed to be inside an area of the factory that took the main force of the blast. Rescue workers were unable to get near the area because of the wall of flames and acrid fumes. “We don't know how many people are inside, although we know there were about 50 or 60 before the explosion,” said the designer of the plant. Michael Shaw, one of the first to reach the scene. “We probably got 30 of them out but we are still checking.” The factory is about a mile from Flixborough, which is three miles northwest of the major steel-producing town of Scunthorpe. One ambulance worker said after the blast: “It was quite colossal. People are being treated for injuries from flying glass from shattered windows in surrounding villages. “People have been injured by glass in the middle of Scunthorpe. two to three miles from the explosion. “Ambulances from 20 to 30 miles around have been involved in the operation.” The explosion occurred in w hat is called Area One of the factory. Kerry Caborn, 23. a factory worker who escaped unscathed. said: “It does not look as though anyone got out of Area One.” Lawrence Harry. 31. another worker, said he was about ISO rards from the explosion but also got out unhurt. “There was a small bang — then a huge explosion,” Harry said. “Everything went as black as hell. We were blown off our feet and were wandering around in a daze. One of our friends was missing so we went back inside to get him. There was nothing working iii the plant. It was just a shell.” The man rescued by Harry and Caborn was reported to be in a hospital with serious injuries. Plant designer Shaw said the factory was “completely wrecked.” Rep. Martin Wins 61st Race by 2-1Inside TodayBusiness Center In Aspermont By DON FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer Beating his Abilene opponent by a two to one margin, incumbent State Rep. Elmer Martin of Colorado City won the Democratic nomination for the State House of Representatives, District 61, in Saturday’s runoff election. The 58-year-old Martin, according to complete unofficial returns, won three of the five counties in the district. The district includes Fisher, Jones, Mitchell, Nolan and much of Taylor County. Martin received 5.721 votes while Abilene attorney Mike Young recorded 2,871 votes. SINCE NO Republican filed for the post, the former Mitchell County judge will return to the state legislature for a second two-year term. Mitchell and Nolan Counties provided the incumbent legislator with the winning margin. Mitchell County gave Martin 15 per cent of the votes cast in the legislative race, while Nolan County delivered 80 per cent of the vote to the legislator. Martin also carried Fisher County. In that county Martin received 569 to Young’s 213. Young made his best showing in Jones County where he received 1,370 votes to Martin's 916. IN TAYLOR COUNTY the 35-year-old collected 641 votes to Martin's 575. Martin told The Reporter-News Saturday night in a telephone interview that he was “extremely happy . . . and grateiul to the people” of the district that supported him in the runoff election. The Colorado City man, who will be back at the Texas Constitutional Convention in Austin on Monday, said, “This has been a long, hard campaign. The people, I imagine, County ..................Mortm    Young Flutier Jones Mitchell Nolan Toy tor TOTALS *9    213 916 1.370 ....1,452    81 2.209    566  575    441 5.721 2,171 RI P. ELMER MARTIN . . . Bist. 61 nominee are as tired as the candidates.” After expressing his best wishes to his opponent. Martin said. “My entire campaign has been based solely on my record and my integrity. “So I can't help but see the vote today as a spur for me as your state representative to continue to do my very be*t to listen to the good people of the 61st District and to seek their best interest in honest, fair, but determined manner,” the farmer-rancher said. MARTIN ALSO thanked the “many friends who gave their extra time, talent and their effort to make this a winning campaign. Commenting on his defeat Saturday night from his home. Young said he was disappointed in the loss, but was more disappointed in the Taylor County vote. He explained. “I really needed Taylor Countv to come out. We needed .several thousand votes.” Last night we bad volunteer workers call about 84 per cent of the voters in Taylor County,” Young said. “This morning workers were able to call about 50 per cent of the voters to remind them.” “I'm really disappointed iii the turnout,” he added. Young called tile campaigning for political oft ice “a rewarding experience.” “The most gratifying thing to come out of it is the tremendous amount of volunteers that went right down to the wire with me.” Young said. On his political future, he said. “Until you're dead, theres always another day.” Gives Free Advice The Aspermont Small Busi ness Development Cent ter offers free advice to area businessmen seek- ing loans from the Small Business Administration. Pg. 15A. A show of Peter Hurd sketches and notes will open Sunday afternoon at the Abilene Fine Arts Museum. Pg. IB. Vice President Gerald Ford seems to be zigging and zagging—not only as he crosses the country but also in regard to the President ond the im peachment inquiry. Pg. I I A. Abilene Events Calendar 4B Amusements 1.4B Austin Notebook . . . SA Berry's World 44 Biq Country Calendar 3B Books 4B Bridge 3B Business News . . . 22A Classified 7-UC Crossword Puzzle ISA Editorials 4 A Form News 23 A Horoscope UA Hosoital Patients 9 A Jumble Puzzle 74A Markets 20-22A Obituaries TOA Oil 6C Pecordinas IB Setting the Scene IB Snorts .....1-6,13-UC T«*xos . . 17A This Week In West Texas . 164 Today in History UA To Your Good Health . . 19A TV Toh ......... 1-16E Women's News 1-14D Yarbrough Takes Easy 4-1 Victory By ANN FLORES Reporter-News Staff Writer A last minute claim by hts opponent that he had possibly “mishandled certain funds entrusted to his keeping” apparently did Billy G. Yarbrough no harm in Saturday’s Democratic runoff for the Taylor County school superintendent nomination. Yarbrough won the contest by a wide margin, 2.762 votes to LeWayne Harris’ 656, unofficial results indicated. There is no Republican candidate for the spot tieing vacated by retiring Supt. Clive Fierce. Yarbrough, county school supervisor for the past IO years, carried every box in the county with ease to rack up the 4-1 victory margin. HARRIS. A teacher and coowner of the Lazee Tee Golf Center, conceded defeat at 7:30 p.m.. only half an hour after the polls eloped “I have lo't the election.” Harris said in a call to The Reporter-News after about IO boxes had been counted. “I would like to personally congratulate Mr. Yarbrough im his victory. I gave it my very best and that wasn't good enough.” Harris went on to say. “I did not lay down and give him this race. He beat my very best.. .I’m not going to say I will not run for election again BILLY YARBROUGH ... wins by 4-1 margin but I hope I have the foresight not to take on the strongest man politically in Taylor County next time.” IN A VICTORY statement shortly after Harris’ admission of defeat, Yarbrough said, “I would like to thank the voters for being judge and jury in this case and that their mandate will serve notice to future candidates that this type of mudslinging will not lie tolerated.” By “mudslinging,” Tar- Krueger Takes Dis! 21 Runoff By JERRY REED Reporter-News Staff Writer Robert Krueger, a newcomer to politics, won the Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional district over State Sen. Nelson Wolff to set up a battle of PJ.Ds for the seat in the November general election. The New Braunfels businessman faces Doug Harlan, 30. a San Antonio Republican who won his party's nomination over three other candidates without a runoff in May. With all 32 counties complete, Krueger had 29,284 votes, or 51.55 per cent to Wolff's 27,526, or 48.45 per Ezzell Captures Democratic Nomination in 63rd District By JIM HAGLUND Reporter-News Sunday Editor Michael II. Ezzell, a 30-year-old Snyder man making his first try for political office, Saturday captured thp Democratic nomination for the 63rd District House seat, but not the endorsement of his opponent, former Borden County Judge Glenn Toombs of Snyder. Ezzell, a minister in the Fluvanna Church of Christ and a counselor in the Snyder public school system as well as being involved in an industrial weed control business, captured the nomination in the six-county district 3,890 to 2,623. He will face Republican John (Rich) Anderson of Borden County in the November election for the right to replace retiring Rep. Renal Ros-son of Snyder, who chose not to seek reelection. BUT TOOMBS, who carried only Dawson County in the runoff Saturday after taking Dawson, Sterling and Coke in the May 4 primary when he led the voting with 46 per cent, refused to endorse Ezzell lur lite November election. MIKE EZZELL . . . ‘positive campaign* “I personally can’t support the man...I can’t support a Republican either.” Toombs, 44, originally from Merkel, said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, maybe ITI just go fishing.” Ezzell had no comment on Toomb s statement. But Ezzell dewed a charge by Toombs that his supporters had used “dirty tricks” and “name ( ailing” in the election, saying that he had tried to run a “positive campaign.” And Ezzell said. ‘T in very pleased, to say the least, about the way it turned around (from the first primary i for us.” He said the nomination win was a vote of confidence in his abilities. Toombs, h o w e v e r, questioned the voters* decision saying, “If they put a man who’s a Church of Christ minister in the Legislature, I don't know.” He added that he thinks the pulpit, not the Legislature. is the place for a minister. EZZELL ROLLED up his largest margins in Scurry and Borden counties. In Borden County, he beat Toombs 5 to 2, polling 200 votes to SO for Toombs, former county judge who admitted he had political troubles there. In Scurry County Ezzell s margin was nearly 2 to I; he had 1,715 votes to 862 for Toombs. Ezzell had led 1.998 See EZZELL. Pg. 14A, Col. 6 cent, according to Texas Election Bureau figures. Half the votes were from Bexar County, which Wolff carried 16.014* to 12.286. but it was not enough to overcome Krueger's advantage elsewhere. Krueger carried 22 of the 32 counties. Harlan is a professor of government who holds a law degree from Duke University, where Krueger once was dean of students. Both nominees are bachelors.    , Krueger, whose Ph.D is in literature, now runs Comal Cottons, a family textile mill in New Braunfels. Big Country counties in the district gave Krueger a substantial edge. 914-578, although Wolff carried one of the three, Coke County, 200-146. CONCHO COUNTY awarded Krueger 109 votes, while Runnels County was chalking up a 2-1 (659-3141 margin for Krueger. Tom Green Courv (San Angelo), the second largest county in the district, also went along with Krueger, 3544-3087. All othc r Congressional nominations were decided by the first primary. Rep. O C. Fisher of San Angelo, who held the seat for 16 terms, decided to retire at the end of this year to set up the scramble for the 21st district Democratic nomination that resulted in the runoff. Six Democrats sought the nomination, with a third strong contender. State Rep. Joe Poerner of Hondo, garnering enough votes to assure the runoff. WOLEK, A one-time state senator and a one-term state legislator before that, led the first primary 32.877 to 26.361 Both men are considered moderate - to - conservative. Krueger received labor support. but did not hesitate to criticize the unions during the campaign. No strong issues were developed in the campaign Krueger presented himself as a “fresh face” while Wolff ported to his legislative experience. Both strongly support the tax depletion allowance on oil. HARLAN. Uke Krueger the possessor of a Ph.D., challenged the popular Fisher in 1972. He lost, 91.180 to 69.374. but the 43,2 per cent he gamed was considered a very strong showing for a Republican in the traditionally Democratic district. The far-flung district includes 28 whole counties and parts ‘if four others, ranging from Runnels County on the northeast to the Mexican-Tex- as border around Del Rio on the Southwest. Krueger went Bandera 368 32? Bexar 12 286 16,014 Brewster 604 234 Coke •46 200 Comal 2,573 452 Concho 66 151 Crone 460 360 Crockett 138 144 Edwards 251 SC Gillespie 37? 221 Glasscock 61 61 Irion 206 120 Jolt Da^is 61 M Kendall 165 203 Kcr I 264 587 Kimtoie 412 462 Liana 728 528 Mason 173 225 Med i no 196 418 Menard 274 199 Pecos 434 144 Racoon 271 101 Real 8? 66 Reeves 48 7 Runnels 659 410 Schleicher 252 21*3 Stewing 48 40 Sutton 186 207 Terrell 267 259 Tom Green 3 544 3 087 Upton 625 464 Val Verde 1,914 1,362 Totois 29 284 27 526 PercertOQ* 51.55 48 45 brough said he referred to Harris’ statement during a press conference Friday morning that he (Yarbrough) “was guilty at one time of either carelessly mishandling or misusing certain funds entrusted to his keeping.” Harris would give newsmen no indication as to the nature of the suggested allegation against Yarbrough but said the “report” came to his attention through a member of a “highly reputable law firm rn the city.” Yarbrough said Friday that he had contacted his lawyer, Randall Jackson, to investigate the possibility of filing a slander suit against Harris. Even after his victory Saturday, Yarbrough said he intends to take some legal action against Harris. He said it may not take the form of a suit if Hams will agree to answer under oath certain questions such as what the alleged fund misuse was and who reported the rumor to him. Atter conceding defeat Saturday. Harris would not comment* on how he thought the fund misuse allegations had affected his own chances in the superintendent's race. YARBROUGH. HOWEVER. said he believed it had actually helped him. “I think I would have won the race any-w ay but not by the percentage I did. I think it (Harris’ press conference statements) helped me.” In his victory statement, Yarbrough thanked the news media “for being alert, efficient and fair in responsible reporting.” He also thanked his campaign workers and voters and promised “to try my very best to never abridge their trust and to serve in a manner that is honorable, honest and truthful.” He went on to say. “I wish Air. Harris the best in the future. I have no hard feelings toward him but I'm glad we won and elated the voters saw lit to do right.” Harris told The Reporter-News he had known since the May 4 primary that he had no chance to win. “When all the other candidates come out against you. that hurts. I barely made it into the runoff in the first place.” he remarked from his home Saturday night. Harris received 22.8 per cent of the vote in the primary See YARBROUGH Pg. 14A Big Country Turnout Light In Demo Runoff Elections By JAMES BOYETT Reporter-News State Editor Big Country area voters turned out to the polls Saturday in relatively light numbers to decide the runoffs left over from the May 4 Democratic primary elections. Five counties had runoffs for county judges. In a hot contest in Jones County, incumbent County Judge Leon Thurman barely held back a charge from Anson motel owner Roy Lane. Thurman had only a 45-vote margin in the race, which ended up with a 1.172 to 1.127 vote count. Iii Nolan County, school teacher John Edd Killen de* Big (ountry vole, Pg. 8A teated former school superintendent Olaf South in their race for county judge. Incumbent County Judge L.M. Hubbard ran third in the May 4 primary race. Killen polled 1.658 votes lo 1,130 for South. In Coleman County, Pete Skelton, a Gouldbusk farmer and rancher, buried Charlie Hunter under a more than 2 to I landslide, 1,312 to 645. for the nomination for Coleman County Judge. Skeltor. will succeed County Judge Frank Lewis, who did not seek reelection s I n c •* there is no Republican opposition in November. In Stonewall County, a former Stonewall County deputy sheriff and clerk won the Democratic nomination for county judge by a 150-vott margin. Fred Brock received 394 votes to the 244 vote:* given to his opponent George Frazier. In a dose race in Comanche County, Albert A. Brannan defeated Johnny Livingston in tilt runoff race for County Judge Brannan received 891 votes to Livingston’s 821 voles. Incumbent Judice Fred Hall did not seek reelection. ;

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