Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - March 14, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 14, 1970-THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY 20c SUNDAY Associated PrestoTo
Cambodia Demands Withdrawal by VC
China, USSR Aid I
Sought by Prince
Measure of caution
The disc on Sweetwater Jaycee Don Cannon proclaims “I Hustle.'’ and he’d better do inst that if he expects to measure the entire 56’2 inches of this coniankerous rattlesnake caught during the annual Sweetwater Jaycee Rattlesnake Round-Up. Officials c OUnted 5,580 pounds of squirming, striking rattlers Friday. (Staff Photo b y Tom Porter)
S'water Rattler Round-Up Off to 5,580-Pound Start
IU TOM PORTER Reporter-News State Editor
SWI I ITV ATE It — With 5,580 pounds of rattlesnakes already counted by the Friday 8 p nu deadline, the 12th Annual Sweetwater s Jaycees Rattlesnake Roundup is off to a flung start.
‘■Right now,” said Jaycees president Rill King, “we re way ahead of the last two or three \ears in number of snakes brought in and in poundage.
O n Friday night, Lana McWilliams, a statuesque blonde beauty from Sweetwater, was crowned 1970 Rattlesnake Queen during the annual pageant in the new' Sweetwater High School auditorium.
The 17-year old daughter of Mr. , ,,AMg
and Mrs KG ,.ft Ii0-lt
McWilliams is queen
head majorette at Sweetwater High School where she also serves as reporter for the band.
She was chosen over 30 other contestants.
Runners-up were Jackie McQueen, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. McQueen of Sweetwater, and Carolyn Gause, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Gause of Sweetwater.
TEN FINALISTS included the top three and Melissa Weaver of Colorado City, Judy Shirley of Sweetwater, Charlene Shifflett of Sweetwater, Cella Gent of Sweetwater, Debbie Frazier of Roscoe, Judy Boyd of Sweetwater and Karen Rice of Sweetwater.
Miss Kathy Cox, IWW Miss Snake Charmer, crowned the new queen.
ALTHOl (HI MOST of the snake hunters
will be up at the crack of dawn Saturday and Sunday, activities for the sight-seers wilt begin both days at IO a m. At that time, the rattlers will be weighed in, measured and sn ike - handling demonstrations will begin.
\t intervals throughout both days. Patrick Burchfield of Columbus, Ohio, will give ha: dling demonstrations of live domestic snakes and exotic vipers. Exhibits from the military, wildlife, poisonous snakes and exotic \ipers are set up at the Nolan County Coliseum.
One of the first teams arriving Friday was the Inadale Rattlesnake Club of the Dallas area. The six members had 999 pounds loaded in the back end of a bob tail truck. They said they had lost 200 more pounds at one of the members’ home recently.
MJI EN W. D. Hobbs of Maryneal brought in about 75 large rattlers, a woman hunter looked at them and said, “Boy, those are beauties.-’ Then she thought and added, “if you can call a snake beautiful. ITI say they’re nice.”
Someone nearby remarked, ‘‘I wouldn’t even call them that.”
A Sweetwater team, headed by club president Tony Hailey and Robert Ramer brought in 1.012 pounds; most of that amount in toe sacks.
By registration closing at 6 p m., 65 hunters had signed up for a chance at the prize money and trophies.
HINTERS CAME from Brigham City, I tab; Anderson, Ind.; Chicago, 111.; Galesburg, 111.; and Hebron, Ohio; as well as from numerous points in Texas.
Across the way in the Exhibit Building, the Gun and Coin Show w7as also going full steam Friday. Officials there said they had pre - registered 127 tables for exhibits. They had only 118 last year, that being a record.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, the Elks Lodge will sponsor the annual Rattlesnake Dance.
Prizes and trophies will be awarded at 6 p.m. Sunday.
BANGKOK. Thailand (AP) -The Cambodian government issued an ultimatum Friday to Viet Cong-North Vietnamese troops to get out of Cambodia before dawn Sunday.
I The demand came while bands of angry Cambodians rampaged through Phnom Penh, the capital, for the third straight day, attacking Vietnamese shops and houses, ac-i cording to reports reaching Bangkok.
T’ambodia’s ruler, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, cut short a vacation in France to fly home via Moscow and Peking where, he said in Paris, he would seek Soviet and Communist Chinese help in curbing the Hanoi and Viet Cong troops in Cambodia
The demonstrations against the massive presence of Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese army troops along the Cambodian-South Vietnamese frontier began Sunday in Cambodia’s border prounce of Svay Rieng.
They spread Wednesday into Phnom Penh, where thousands of noters attacked the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese embassies. burning cars and hurling papers out of the windows.
Demonstrators milled outside the National Assembly in Phnom Penh as legislators debated the situation and Deputy Premier Sink Matak announced later the suspension of a commercial agreement under which Cambodia sold rice to the Viet Cong-North Vietnamese troops. He also proposed that the Cambodian army be increased from 49,000 to 59.000 men.
A Cambodian army spokesman said there had been 184 skirmishes between Cambwlian troops or police and Viet Cong units since the beginning of 1969.
Although estimates vary, it is believed as many as 60.0(H) Viet Cong-North Vietnamese troops are in Cambodia—many in frontier base camps from which they launch attacks into South Vietnam.
The Khmer News Agency in Phnom Penh reported Friday that the government had told the intruders they must leave not later than Sunday.
It said the demand was made in a note delivered by the gov-
s. department of commerce
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Sunset last niqht: 6:45; sunrise today: 6:51; sunset tonight; 6:46.
Barometer reading at ll p.m.: 28.39. Humidity at ll p.m.: 86 per cent.
eminent to the \ let Cong and North Vietnamese embassies. The nolo expressed regrets for the attacks on the embassies, the news agency said, but added the demonstrators expressed the exasperation of the people against the infiltration and occupation of Cambodian territo-ry.
Tho Tokyo newspaper Yomiu-ri reported in a dispatch from Phnom Penh that the government’s note said the Viet Cong-North Vietnamese forces were asked to be out of the country by dawn Sunday. It also said the Cambodian government had reinforced its border guards with several thousand soldiers.
Although there had been no response from Hanoi or the Viet Cong's political leadership some authorities said * would be physically impossible for them to remove their troops by Sunday.
In the past Hanoi generally has ignored charges that North Vietnamese troops are operating in either Cambodia or South Vietnam.
FCC to Probe Bribe Charge In Affiliation
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has ordered a secret inquiry info allegations of bribery lo obtain broadcast network affiliation.
The agency did not elaborate in its brief announcement on what touched off the investigation, but in New York last month the American Broadcasting Co. fired one of its officials upon his arrest un a complaint that he took a bribe from a Midwest television station seeking network affiliation.
The inquiry, the FCC said, will be “into alleged practices of broadcast licensees or per nutters (including any networks) involving payments to employes or officers of networks to influence the grant of network affiliations.”
The investigation is to “determine whether bribery had been used to obtain network affiliations, and if so, to what extent and under what circumstances,” the KCC said.
The FCC's chief hearing examiner was given authority to subpoena books, documents and other records and to designate a hearing examiner to preside over the inquiry that will “be nonpublic unless and until” it is determined that the public interest would be served by having open sessions.
The ABC regional manager for the midwestern area was arrested in New York last month on charges of taking a bribe from an executive of a Dayton, Ohio, television station that wanted to become an ABC affiliate.
Quarterback snowed under
Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboy quarterback, is literally ‘‘thrown for a loss” as he' is surrounded by youngsters Friday night at Moody Coliseum where he and other Cowboy stars battled a group of Abilenians in a charity basketball game. Staubach, All-American and Heisman Trophy winner from the U.S. Naval Academy, signed autographs for the youngsters at half - time. See story page IO-A. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
Protestant Delegates Approve Merger Proposal
Senate Approves Own Voting Biti
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate passed, 64 to 12, Friday a voting-rights bill that runs counter to legislation passed by the House and recommended by President Nixon.
It extends for five years key .sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, designed primarily to prevent discriminatory denial of the franchise to Negroes in the South.
The administration requested, and the House approved last December by a five-vote margin, a broader bill that would treat all states alike.
The measure passed by the
Senate, after two weeks of debate, also would lower the voting age to 18 in all elections after Jan. I, 1971 and suspend the use of voter literacy tests in all states.
In addition, it requires states to permit persons to register to vote in presidential elections up to 30 days before the election. And persons w'ho moved to a state too late to qualify would be permitted to vote by absentee ballot or in person in the state where they formerly resided.
The main issue in the Senate was whether to substitute for
the House-passed administration bill a measure to extend the 1965 act keeping Southern states subject to the key provisions of the 1965 Act.
The substitute, offered by Republican Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania and Sen. Philip A. Hart, D-Mich., was approved by a 51-22 vote just before final action on the amended legislation.
Since passage of the 1965 act, nearly a million Southern Negroes have been registered as voters. Supporters of the act have called it the most effective civil rights legislation in the nation’s history.
Senate opposition to the: House-passed administration bill centered only secondarily on its nationwide application of the ban on literacy tests.
Of more concern to civil rights advocates was the elimination of a requirement that the states covered get prior approval from the attorney general of any changes in election laws.
The Nixon bill would substitute for this provision authority for the attorney general to bring court action against changes which he felt were discriminatory.
Civil rights forces argued that this would open the way for many new bars to registration of Negroes,
The Senate bill now goes to the House, which could accept it or direct the appointment of conferees to try to work out a compromise.
House Democratic leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma, questioned at a news conference, said personally he supports the Senate proposal to permit 18-year-olds to vote.
Rep. John Brademas, D-Ind., added “I hope the House takes the Senate bill’’
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Representatives of nine Protestant denominations Friday approved a plan to unite before the end of tins decade and create the biggest Protestant church in the world.
The vote was unanimous and the plan now goes to the individual denominations for reaction. The new church would be called “The Church of Christ Uniting.”
After the vote, church delegates broke spontaneously into the ancient Christian Doxology of thanksgiving, “praise God from whom all blessings flow
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The united church will include “all that is indispensable to each of us” and yet be “unlike the churches an> of us has known in our past separateness,” declares the 145-page plan of union.
After completing a week of revisions, the Consultation on Chinch Union now forwards the plan to the participating groups, totaling 25 million Christians.
Their reaction will be considered in final revisions before the plan is submitted for ratifica-
tion, expected by the mid-1970s. Final implementation of the union would create the biggest Protestant church in the world Envisaged as a church “truly catholic, truly evangelical and truly reformed,” the plan calls for the new church to press on toward ultimate reunion of all Christians, asserting:
“Our Lord .lesus Christ prayed: ‘That they may all be one ...’ John 17:21 ... This oneness in the church is required for the credibility and effectiveness of Christ’s mission.” In commending the 10-chapter plan to the participating denominations tor their study and relit™ to CHURCH, Pg. S A
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of the pollution, which Interior ‘spokesmen said that the well Secretai' Waller Ha ke! de- pjUgginir itself with sand was a scribed Ihursday as a ‘ dtsas- !-Iuc.ky broak.*’
■ W inds up to 35 miles an hour
I he new danger developed ^Ppt 01j sijc^ moving away when the Weather Bureau fore- fr0m the coast and out to sea. cast Friday a shift in wind by ^he (’oast Guard said the fore-Sundav that could carry the oil cast for a vvind shift could carry How into the Delta Migratory lbe oil back toward the rich oys-Water Fowl Refuge at the south- ter becls and wildlife preserves eastern tip of Louisiana. I dday along the coast, 30 miles fro) Hie pollution was blowing out to tbe wells.
sea- At midafternoon, a hea\
Chevron Oil Co., owner of the brown slick extended southea: 12-well oil platform that has of the rig four miles. The slid been gushing oil since a fire was was moderate for another four extinguished earlier this week, miles, and a lighter rainbow said five wells remained tin-slick extended 15 miles from the |cap* (**“» some of the,rig.