Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gflbtlene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH' YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93RD YEAH, NO. 262 PIIONK 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 6. PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Dissociated Press (JP) By EU.1E JIUCKEfi Debris Said Mounting In Elm Creek Bed Q. As properly owner along Elm C'rcck I'm concerned about Hie very real possiMlily of flooding due (o the condi- tion of the creek beil. Debris accumu- lates due (o normal seasonal limb breakage, dead weeds, etc. Also, some. of our ;iro not (oo careful about throwing limbs and trash over llieir fences anil down Hie banks of Hie creek. When was (he creek dredged lust nr has il ever been Arc rands available for such a project ami If so whal plans have liccn made for (he work? A. The enlire creek bed lias never been dredged, according In Director of 1'ublic Works Jerry Smith, for the simple reason lhal lie can't get his equipment in to do the work. Since most of Ihe creek is developed, properly owners own Ihe land riglil down to llu> creek bank. lie says, "if I knew a particu- lar area and the owner would give me ade- quate eascinc-nl to gel into il and out again, I'd do some work on il, especially in a flood-prone area. lint if it's simply a trashy creek area behind somebody's house and they want the taxpayers to clean it out, no dice." 'flic creek bed north of Lee Elementary was re-channeled, cleaned and straightened last year by Hie city and some of the pro- perty'owners. "After a Smith says, "city crews try to pick up debris near ihe bridges mil that's about all we can do in an area that's been developed because there's no access to the creek al regular intervals where we can gel in and out of il." Consequently no funds have been set aside for dredging the entire creek sinoe il couldn't be dredged even if funds were available. 0. The Iteporler-N'c.ws nnd Action Line are onr good friends and helpers. Last year your paper hail a lax table for .sales lav, including city sales tax. What's tlic probable (late of publishing another this year? A. Well, actually, it -won't be published this year. The IKS office doesn't have a sales lax deduction schedule for this year. It shouldn't be a problem though because your lax form includes a very simple formula for figuring sales tax deductions for each stale. Q. Mayor Ilunlcr was ipiolcd as say- ing. "It's impovtanl for iho Cily'govern- ment to do ivliat it tan lo uiigrjilc Ilia employment opportunities for people." IVlial about upgrading Ihe opportunities nntf value, of (hose already employed? I refer specifically lo those employed by I he City. For example, why is Ihe staff at the Abilene- paid less than Hie refuse collectors, i.e. base pay of per inonlli compared to hase HiO per month? How can Hie cily justify build- ing a million dollar zoo and pay an individual barely over an liour lo maintain it? Why (In 'on keepers uol rale al least the same base pay as refuse collectors? If for no other justification Ihan that keepers pick, up a large ninuiinf of "garbage" daily including many forms of garbage lhafonr refuse collectors art nol subject lo. keeping Is a technical profession. I( rctniircs an individual who is alert, sensitive, intelligent, observant, dedicat- ed, responsible; who has the abilily to put scientific inforinalion lo practical use ami who has a good deal of common sense. They must be skilled in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, clcclrical problem solving anil able to work under hazard- ous and dangerous conditions. All of Ihcsc in addition (o refuse A. Wish we could print, all of your letter. 11 was most enlightening. This may sound like n matter of bow you use words' The Cily Manager says base pity is the same 5105. But in reality, refuse collectors arc given a day incentive pay for every day they're on Hie regular collec- tion route Inns, they make abnul SIO more a month than zookeepers, if they come to work. Refuse collecting, we're lold (and can im- agine it's true) is a man-killing job with an extremely high turnover rate. In hopes of allracling more collectors and lo retain those already on Ibe job, Ihe incentive pay was instituted but the base pay was not changed. Address lo Action Line, lio.v 30, Abilene, Texas 79001. Names will nol he used but questions must be signed and addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if possible. House Panel to Get Nixon Material WASHINGTON (AH) Vtes- idenl Nixon informed Ihe House Judiciary .Committee today he will give il all the material he lias already turned' over lo Ihe Watergate grand jury "without limitation." The President also offered to answer written, questions and submit to an orval interview if (he committee is nol satisfied with the written answers. Nixon's decision was an- nounced by James D. SI. Clair Ihe President's chief Walergale lawyer, al a hearing called lo hear arguments on the dis- position of a sealed grand jury report. St. Clair told U.S.. District Judge John J. Sirica thai the While House would offer no recommendation as lo what the judge should do with the sealed repovl .which sources have in- dicated contains grand jury findings on the President's role in Walergale. SI. Clair disclosed thai the re- port is Hi to 2 pages long: that is in addition to Ihe briefcase containing grand jury evidence which was given lliL' judge airing wilh the sealed pix'senl- nienl. Ueferring lo news accounts about the sealed report. SI. Clair said, "We consider (here has been a serious breach of grand jury secrecy." lie said also the published re- ports represented a "gross dis- tortion of its contents." The grand jury gave Ihe re- port lo Sirica last Friday a'.ong with an indictment charging seven former Nixon adminis- tration and campaign officials wilh conspiring to block Ihe in- vestigation of I h c Watergate break-in. In addition lo lawyers from the While House, the special prosecutor's office and the House Judiciary Committee, counsel [or all seven defendants were present for today's hear- ing. T b c hearing was moved lo the ceremonial coiirlrnam to accommodate some 3110 'people who showed tip. SI. Clair was Ibe first to speak. John J. Wilson.counsel for former presidential aides 11.11. lUldeman and John b'.lirlich- man. already has notified Si- rica liv 'etti'r lhal he would ar- gue that Ihe grand jury had no authority lo issue ils .sealed re- pin11. In his letter Wilson said Ihe grand jury "has no power lo do ijlhei' indicl or Ignore. II may nol make special reports." Wilson contended the sealed report "prejudices our clients and should be expunged or rc- lurncd lo the grand jury wilh Ihe court's instructions lhal I heir acl was wholly illegal anil Going to Be Busy Telephone company crews will be busy all over Abilene during 1974 as South- western.Bell'carries, out million iii construction scheduled for Ihis year. An example of behiiul-llie-scenes activity is Bud Wilson, an employe since 1937; shown testing for circuit failures on Ihe 3 lo. 11 p.m. shift at the central office in down- town Abilene. Phone 'Number1 Million Hy HILL COULD Hcuorlor-iVcws Staff ll'rllcr Southwestern Bell officials made a local call recently, and Ihe number they dialed was S5 million.... "That's how much we'll be spending for couslruclion in Abilene during said dis- Irict manager Sam Oglclree in announcing the telephone com- pany's expansion plans. "B a s i c a 11 y, what we're doing is to relieve congestion in some residential neighbor- hoods and improve or extend service lo some outlying he explained. THE AMOUNT to be spent Ibis year is in addition lo Ihe million in construction com- pleted here by Southwestern liellin he added. The SS million local figure will be part of more than half a billion dollars lo lie spent Ihe company slalewido Iliis year. Ogletree said. "Thai's about SIO million a he pointed onl. In Abilene, work will include extending ihe underground ca- ble system north along Pine replacing old cable wilh newer, more efficient ca- ble in several parts of (own; adding more circuits to serve rapidly growing residential neighborhoods such as Bad- ford Hills; and extending or upgrading service lo Caps, View, Hawley and Anson. OGLKTHEK SAID the IteeJ for the extensive construction is shown by Ibe growth in the number and usage of tele- phones. "The number of telephones in Abilene Is projected lo grow to about in he said. "We have abotil phones here now." Tlic demand fur telephone service during increased dramatically, he added. "On the average business day, long distance volumes shot up about calls per day over (he figure." Locally, Southwestern Hell carried H 1S73 .payroll of S2.S million in Abilene, Oglelrcc said, and city and county tax- es paid by Ihe telephone com- pany lasl year exceeded S-llifl.OOO. New Drcrgwoy To Open Here Approximotely 100 area drivers are expected to compete for in cosh prizes Sunday al the new Steainboat Mountain Drag- wal south of Abilene Story and photograph. Pg. IB. Amusements............ 6A Bridge IOC Business Mirror HA Clossified 5-10C Comics.................. 4C Editoricls Horoscope Hospital Pnlicnls Obituaries Snorls To Your Good Health TV I TV Scout Women'-; News 4A 10A 8A 5B I-3C 2A 6A 6A 2.3B SWEEP OUT THOSE UHUSED ITEMS SWEEP IN CASH! With A WEEK-ENDIR WANT AD 15 WORDS 3 DAYS Save SI.90 Additional wofdl 15' each No phone Cain in advance Deadline 3 pm No relundi ABIUHE REPORHR-NF-WS School Board Fever Catching in Abilene liy ANN 1'I.OKI'S Hcpoi'icr-iN'Girs Slaff Writer Since noon Tuesday, three persons filed to run [or Iwo of the three places lo be filled in the April 6 Abilene School Hoard elcclion. With Ihe filing deadline set al 5 p.m. Wednesday 14 candidates had filed by mid-moniing. Latest entries include Kd Cole or 422G S. 71h for Place 6 and William R. (Willie) Dane of 2010 Minter Lune for Place 4. Lewis CoiiH-ay of -IBB Noiihway filed Tuesday afternoon for Place (i. Cole, who will he running against incumbent Mrs. Claud (Till) McAilen and four oilier candidates, is chief of case work services at Abilene Sink1 School, a post he has held since T1I1C FATHUlt of two boys in the public school system. Cole also teaches a night course in sociology al Harrtin-Simmons Uniyersily. In the past, lie also lias iaught night'courses in soci- ology and psychology for ilc- iMurry College' al Dyess AKB. Employed as a professional .Tfifial'worker in various social agencies for the past 18 years, "'Cole has held local and slate offices in the Texas Social Wcl- fare Assn. and HIP National Assn. of Social Workers. "1 am interested in serving on the ScJioo] Board because as a father, a social worker and a classroom teacher, T wish lo promote (he very bcsl education possible for all children in the communily." Cote, pasl president of the Lin- coln Junior High I'TA. holds a bachelor's degree from Soul horn Methodist University and a mits- COLIC seeks I'lacc 6 ter's degree from Hie University of SOU'thern'Ciilifdriiia... HANK, WHO opposes incum- bent Mrs. William Rulledge and two other hope- fuls, has been assistant sccre- lary of Abilene Savings Assn. since 1971. Before lhal, be was employed in the loan servicing department of Die association. Mane's civic activities include serving as chairman of the. Planning and Zonim; Hoard, lie also is a member of the Taylor County Traffic Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, and H hoard member of the for llctlcr (iovcrnmenl. A native of lirownwood and father of Ibree, he is a graduate of lirownwood High School nnd holds a bachelor's degree from 14 in School Trustee Lineup; Deadline Today Staff Physician At Sfafe School Dead of Gunshof Dr. Frank Canlrell, -16, of 2010 S. Clack, Apt. I-tD, a staff physi- cian at Abilene Slale School for HIP 10 mnnlhs, was dead oil arrival Wednesday morning al Hcndrick Memorial Hospital of a gunshot wound in Ihe bead. Funeral is pending M Kllioll- Hamil Funeral Home. Police were notified al a.m. by Cantrell's wife, Kayc, of Die shooling at Ilic couple's apartment in (he Las Hrisas Aparlments, 2010 S. Clack. .Justice of (he Peace Dnnwody ruled death by self-in- flicted gunshot wound. POLICE SAID Canlicl! had been shot oneo through the head wilh a .3ft caliber pistol lhal was found near Ihe body. Dr. Canlrell, a board certified internist, had come in the slate "school last May from a position al a slate hospital in ncnlnn. according lo Slate School Snpt. I.. Cain. lie had attended medical school al the University nf Ar- kansas School or Medicine in l.illlc llnck. The lineup for the Abilene School Hoard eleclion at noon Wednesday, with additional can- didates still possible before Ihe 5 p.m. deadline, was as follows: I'lacc J Mrs. William K. I Margaret) Hnlledge, incumbent, former school teacher and wife nf an Abilene attoiney. W'ally Kullington, head foot- ball coach al Abilene Christian College and former Abilene High School coach. Earl Harrison, head of Ihe geology department al Harrtin- Simmons University. Willie liane. Abilene Savings Assn. assislanl secretary and chairman of the City Planning and Zoning Hoard. I'lacc 5 Dr. Herman Schaffcr, incum- bent, local physician. Paul Cirobman, political sci- ence student al Hariliii-Smimons .University and shipping clerk for Ailccn Inc. lioycc Wayne serv- ice slation operator. Jimmy Dan lionrland, dislrib- vutor for Gulf Oil Co. and serv- ice .slaion owner. Place B Mis. Claud (Tidl McAden, in- cumbent, assistant dean of stu- dent life al II-Sl'. .Mrs. Jack (Joyce) McC.lolhlin, housewife and district cnmmit- leewomaii for the Republican party in Taylor County. Ham Mid'dlcbrooks. insurance salesman and pasl president of WEATHER" US. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NalionLl wenlhcr Sirvice (Weather Mop, P9. 1A) ABILENE ANO VICINITY (JO mifc rodius) A'OMly fair WAr-n lodny Thursday. Soulliv.eslerly wrndl at IS ID 31 mph. Increasing Tnursrtny. tiigli today and Thursday in mid-BDs, Low IcnTqM fn loiter LSI. High and low tor II lioiin enrting 9 79 artd iJ. llicih nnd low lomc date I'll year: 69 Grid 41. hit nlqM: lod.iy: lunjel lonlflhl: Hie Cooper High School Booster Club. Lewis Cninvay, graduate sin- dent al Abilne Christian Col- lege and former executive sec- retary for Ihe Taylor County iVAACP. Chuck Harrison, real eslale salesman and a former profes- sional baseball player for the Hoiislon Astro.'; and Kansas City Hoyals. Ed Cole, chief of case work services al Abilene Slale School and pail-lime leachcr al HSU. WILUH BANE Place 4 candidate West Texas Stale University. "'He'said be is running on his merits out of interest in the community and Ihe school sys- U'lll. CONH'AV, a former branch executive secretary of Ihe Tay- lor Connly National Assn. for Ihe Advancement of Colored People is currently working toward bis master's de- gree in business at Abilene Christian College. Harried and Hie father of Ibree children in Ihe Abilene public schools. Conway is a graduate of ACC. "I welcome Ihe opportunity to serve on Ihe School Board and share Ihe responsibility for providing (he very finest pro- grams of education possible for our children in the Abilene Inde- pendenl .School Con- way said. was born in Te.v., my wife is a native Abilcnian. We wet'e married in Abilene on Feb. 2, 195-1. We have children in the public schools: Susan, Rosalind and Willie. I'm a re- tired Army veteran, served In the Korean War. and wilh Ibe llllst Airborne Division for two tours in Vietnam. Living here in Abilene since my retirement, during undergraduate and grad- uate work in business al ACC. I have appreciated many, many of its citizens and pledge my besl effori in Ihis race, for an opportunity lo serve them and Ibeir lip said. Humid 93% Fails To Produce Rain ny .101: n.UT H ilcptirler-News Slaff Vlriler Forecasters al the Xalional IVeallitT Service said Ihi1 humid- ity- Wednesday morning gol up In 91! per cent, bill that the mois- ture should be gone by after- noon, giving rise to tempera- tures in the mill Slls. Monday's cool fronl having left Ihf map. forecaster C. II. iCltuck) Milli'i1 said nolhing new is in sighl for the Abilene area. Miller, who said he joined the weather service Icam Tuesday, said the weather situation is "not going to change very much. We have a few high clouds and that's aboul il." ilillcr said Ihe oveinighl low- was a soggy j-l degrees. DUIIINC THIS apparent lull in wc.tlher activity, the Weather .Service issued ils report for uGather conditions in February, showing lhal month lo be dry, windy and warm, Miller said. Tlic lifsl rainfall in months occurred in February, but amounted lo a meager .S7 inch compared wilh l.fil inches lasl year and a normal. Miller said sunshine prevailed during SS per cent of the day- light hours in the month, total- ing Ti'i or the possible hours of daylight. The abundant sunshine cou- pled wilh "unseasonably conditions made February warm as well as dry. TIIK AVKIIACK high for the month was degrees and 51.1 for a daily average. The normal average is 47.0. Lasl year's aver- age was -I-M. The average low Icmperalure was 3S.S compared lo a normal minimum average of 116.3. A 1972 record-lying S5-dcgree high was reached on Ihe '28111 wilb Die Intiesl tojiipoi'rilui'e al 211 degrees on Ihe Slh. MILLIvll SAM, the highesl wind speed for Ihe month was a westerly blow of 3S mph. The average daily wind 'speed was computed al 14.2 mpli., he sairt. Weather service figures show the average normal wind speed for February is 12.2 mph. Lasl year's daily average was inpli.