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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Abilene, Texas gttrilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Bvron D3R15 YKAK NO. 2G5 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS. 79604, SATURDAY MAHCU St. 1P74 FOHTY PACES IN KOl'Il .SECTIONS Associated Press Lawrence Welk Arrives Amidst Hullabaloo li.V LIZ JIOOIIK- Ucporlcr-Ncws staff Wrilcr II was all there except the bubbles. The red carpel, Ihc televi- sion cameras, red-coated olfi- cials, Miss Champagne Music, a band playing a little swing music and approximately 200 anxious, expectant persons. They were nil gathered at Abilene Municipal Airport Fri- day (o meet tlic cause of this hullabaloo Lawrence Welk. NOT EVEN a late airplane, delayed a hall hour from its scheduled p.m. arrival time, could dampen the enthu- siasm ol fans and city officials there to welcome the band leader and his entire compa- ny. The group performed ill R p.m. Friday in Taylor Comity Coliseum. Key officials of (lie Abilene Chamber of Commerce lined up on either side of a red car- pel to greet Welk. Miss Cham- pagne Alcx- ia Mayfield chosen in a KRliC-sponsorcd contest, was ready lo assume her role as official Abilene hostess. But probably no otic there could he as happy or anxious as Mrs. Emelia "Cranny" Ol- son of Slamroril, inner of The Reporlcr-Ncws "M v c I Lawrence Welk Conlcd." The S7-ycar-oM iviiloiv and of seven insisted on one thing of her escort Ellic Mucker of The Reporter-News Action Line, prior lo meeting her idol. She didn't want In lie. holding on to her cane when she met Welk. SO E1.1.IK held on lo her as thp moment arrived the plane landed and the Abilene Christian College Stage Hand struck tip the Welk Show -Mel- ody. in walked each band im'in- ber, -dancers Hobby litirgess and Cissy King, singing and dancing star Arlhiit- Duncan, accordionist Mynm -Floren and then Welk himself. The officials and Miss' Champagne Music g reel e d him. and Mayor Pro Tern Sam Waldrop read the official proc- lamation d e c 1 a r i ng this Welk Day." And then it was Cranny Ol- son's turn lo meet the man whose picture she keeps on lier television set. She beamed as Welk pinned a purple or- chirj corsage oti, after which Hip hand leader hugged her and kissed her on the cheek. "Thank vim for- coming to see me." In1 said. "I never miss your Cranny told him. clasping his hands. THANK you so mut'li for remembering me all these years and for heing my fan." Welk said as the crowd pressed in and television cam- eras whirred. "Are yon com- ing lo I he "I bought my lickcl moinhs lirannv exclaimed. Cisco JC President, Dr. Willis, Resigns CISCO Lcland Willis, president of Cisco .Junior Col- lege for the pasl eight years, Friday submitted his resigna- tion lo the college's board of regents at the regular monthly meeting. Board President Lloyd Lon- don said the regents accepted (lie resignation with regrets. Willis who was given a new 1 li r c e -y e a r contract last month, told The Reporter-News Friday evening that he had resigned for, "just personal reasons. I really can't explain anything beyond Ihat. now1 I don'l have any definite be added. "I do plan to stay in Cisco tem- porarily." THE It 0 A li I) designated Carrol Kcoll, current dean of faculty and admissions as act- ing chief executive of the school. Scott is a veteran of 12 ycars-wilh the college. He is a AP t.EI.AND WILLIS no definite plans native of I.ubbock and holds degrees from Sam Houston State University. Willis graduated from Abi- Suit Is Settled In Man's Death ROY A. JOX'KS II lleporler-News Staff Writer A damage suit tiled against the City of Abilene by the family of one of two city employes killed in a sewer line accident last year was settled out of court Friday for The suil was one in which Mrs. Bessie Moore had sued on behalf of herself and four children due to the death of Jess II. Moore, 39, last Aug. 4. Moore and Jessie Lee Swaim, 59, both employes of the city's Water and .Sewer Department, were seeking lo unclog it large sewer line in an alley in liin 2fifJO block of Minlcr Ln. when they were overcome by some form of toxic scuer gas and killed, families for both men alleged in two damage suits totaling more than a .quarter-million dollars. A damage suit filed against Ihe City of Abilene by widow, Marie, slill is pending. A March 18 trial dale had been sel for both suits. The compromise selllcniciil in the Moore case was ap- proved by 101th Disl. Judge .1. Neil Daniel at the request of attorneys (or both sides. Attorney Frank Scarborough represented Mrs. Moore, who had asked for loss of her Imsband's income, pins in fuiiera) expenses. The couple's four children, Lisa Nell, M, Jess Hal, 3, Judy Fay, -t, and Jim West, 20 months, had sought another SIOO.OOO in damages. Attorney Bruce Kvans was appointed temporary guardian for Lisa Nell and Patricia Kl- liolt was appointed temporary guardian for Ihc other three iMoorc children. Attorney John (.'amp represented the City o[ Abilene. JUDOE 1) AM E I, .appor- tioned Ihc proceeds of the set- tlement as follows: lo Mrs. Moore, lo each of Ihe children, lo we, -held in Irust by Ilic court, and lo Scarborough. lie also noted that "this agreement is entered imo as a compromise settlement of a doubtful right" and ordered that the "agreement and judg- ment shall not constitule an admission of liability on Ihe part of Ihe defendant Plaintiffs in Ihe livo suits al- leged that Ihe City of Abilene was negligent in failing to sup- ply adequate gas detecting de- vices for their employes, in failing to supply self-contained gas mask appliances for Ihe men. in railing to supply blow- er devices lo clear onl Ihe air in the work area and pnmp See SUIT. I'g. SA. Col. S lenc in I1H3 and received a DA degree "from Daniel Baker College in Browmvood. His advanced de- grees arc from Howard Payne College. Willis held many coaching and teaching jobs in Texas public schools for 12 years be- fore going to CJC in 19111 as athletic director and basket- ball coach, lie assumed the office of dean of Ihc college in 1963. When President Grady Ilogue, who.had headed C.IO for 10 years, resigned in 19GG, Willis was appointed to the THE IJOAIUI of regents has adopted-a resolution of appre- ciation for the work-and lead- ership of Willis during his ten- ure. The college's enrollment increased more than 300 per cent and has had in excess of 1.000 students most of the past live years. The college, uliicli lias a faculty of GD, has completed six new buildings under Willis' direction and has established extension programs in several locations in Ihe Big Country. Willis, -ta, is a native of Wal- nul Springs. Me has been ac- live in church and community affairs in Cisco and is a pasl president of Hie Cisco Rotary Club, lie h.is been active in college circles and is a pasl president of the Texas Junior College Athletic Assn. IV' Will you dance with me? Lawrence Welk, band leader arid star of his own television show, hugs an ardent i'an. Mrs. Kmelia Olson, winner of The Reporter-News "Meet Lawrence Welk Contest." The two met upon Welk's arrival Friday aflenioou a I Abilene Municipal Airport. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley) President Urges Strict Rain Misses Limits on Campaign Gifts The Key Cily Although some showers were reported in the Abilene area Friday Hie precipitation missed the Key Cily. Most of Ihe rain was report- ed norlh and east of Abilene, with Monday showing the" most with .81 of an inch. Other (owns reporting rain were Hawley, Anson, Avoca, Nugent, Paint Creek and Itockdale, all a trace. Lucders reported .10 of an inch. fly DICK llAltNKS Associated Press Miller WASHINGTON (A P) President Nixon, moving lo correct the abuses of his own and other pasl campaigns, Friday proposed strict limits on campaign conlribnlions and new federal laws against "dirty tricks." Ihe President said office- seekers should not be, bank- rolled by the government. In a message to Congress and a 15-minule nationwide ra- dio speech, Nixon outlined proposals that would change markedly Ihe federal election syslem. Congress is already sharply divided over some of Ihe lypes of reforms he proposes, but legislative action on the sub- ject is expected (hiring Ihe .spring, "I am doubtful that any leg- islation can provide the pana- cea Ihat some seek to guaran- tee, absolute integrity in Ihc electoral process." said iS'ixun. FBI Arrests Two in Kidnaping WASHINGTON -Two men have been arrested in the kidnaping of 8-year-old John Calzadilla, Ihe l-'Bl announced Friday night. In a release, Kill director Clarence M. Belley said those arrested were Norbato M. Fernandez, 17, and his hrmh- cr. Kligio Fernandez, 19, of Union City, Kelley said the two were ar- rested in the Newark. N..L, area and were charged wilh violating federal kidnaping statutes. He added that information available to the Fill indicates lhal additional individuals were involved in Ihe kidnaping and an extensive investigation is underway lo apprehend all others involved. The kidnapers escaped with a ransom Friday after releasing the Umg Island, X.Y., hoy unharmed after holding him for 33 hours. Second Suit Filed in Clyde Explosion HOV A. .IONUS 11 Reporter-News Staff Writer UAIUD A second large damage suil, this one seeking has been filed here against an Abilene business in connection wilh a Feb. II fire and explosion near Clyde which look the lives of four 'volunteer firemen. Plaintifls in Ihe suit filed against Kmmcll I.. Galloway and Paul R. Galloway, doing business as Galloway Casing Pulling Co., are the survivors of Hoy Lee (loin: his wife, Sue, and their children, I.eah Mosle.v of llairil and Gary Gciin of Waco. The suil, tiled al 12nd Dis- trict Court by attorney Mal- colm Schulz of Abilene, is the second tiled in connection wilh Hie explosion and fire which occurred 12 miles norlh of Clyde on KM 604. The survivors of Michael Ronald Warren, 26, and Abi- lene Chvislian College senior and n fiiblc Icaclicr