Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAH, NO. 286 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79C04, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 29, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Prcn (VP) Hoofing It Two Wyandolle, Midi., exchange students were 'quick Club. The northerners 'were allowed to ride, some of the small to dodge the "snorting monster" which headed toward slock. The group will wind up its five-day slay here Friday niglil. them at a rodeo put on especially for the exchangers at with a banquet, at Old.Abilene Town. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley) Old Abilene Town Thursday by the Cooper High Bodeo______________ Teen March Carnival Is of Cancelled By ANN FLO.HES Reporter-News Staff IVrifcr The Teen Action Program Carnival, held annually since the mid to raise mon- ey for the March of Dimes, was called oft lliis year by orgami- crs meeting Thursday night Cancellalion of the event, which drew an estimated teenagers last year, stemmed from the insufficient number of clubs registering to snonsor booths al this year's carnival originally scheduled for April 13. Representatives of s e v e r a 1 YMCA clubs and carnival or- ganizers Col. Ed Stopp, MOD chairman, and Bellie Cogburn, MOD executive director, decid- ed Thursday to hold a prc-grad- uation sockhop instead as this year's fund-raising project. BEING PLANNED to capital- ize on the current '50s nostalgia trend, the bop is tcnta'ivcly scheduled May 18, two weekends prior lo the Cooper and Abilene High commencement ccvenio- monies. All teenagers in the city, of both junior high and high school age levels, will be invited to (he hop. Those meeting Thursday chose the Civic Center exhibit hall as the probable site. Admission, which Mrs. Cog- burn said will not exceed a person, may include Ihe price of a pair of bobby socks in which n student can dance away the nighl. A band which can play music of the '50s will be sought. Th edecision to cancel (he car- nival and instead hold a came after only 11 clubs signed up lo sponsor booths at what Mrs. Cogburn termed Ihe "sink or swim" meeting Thursday. Although several clubs indi- cated willingness lo sponsor more Uian one booth apiece., il was apparent that booths would total only about 15, with at least 20 being necessary, according lo Slopp. -MAliKA MORHIS of Abilene High pointed out-that the "bon voyage" concert of Ihe Abilene Christian College Hilltoppers has been scheduled April 13 in tlie Prosecutors Rest In Murder Trial The state suddenly rest- ed its case Friday morning in the Baird murder trial of James Allen Hatched of Abilene after surprise testi- mony Thursday from his 8- year-old daughter. Story, Pg. 10D. NEWS INDEX Amusements 7C Bridge 6A Buiiness Minor ID Cloisified 2-9D Comics 9B E.-fitoriafs 4A Horoscope.............. 7 A Hospital Palrents 3A Obituaries.............. I OB Sperls 1-4C To Your Good Health......8B Travel 6-7B TV Log 6C TV Scout-...........----- rJC Women's News 2-3B Civic Center and might conflict with the carnival which had also been slated for the center. "I think you're bucking a lot wilh not enough booths aud es- pecially with ttie concert that night, said .Stopp. "IVs so loose at this particular moment, I'd bate.to see Ihese kid.1! spin- ning their wheels for somelhig that will fall flat." Apparently a major reason for Ihe shortage of proposed booths was a School Board requirement passed in August dial all (und- raising activities in Ihe schools be cleared through the second- ary principals committee. CARNIVAL organizers did not go through (he committee. Mrs. Cogburn said she knew nothing of the need, for the comniiltec's approval xvhen she sent oul lel- lers in early March inviting all the high school clubs to partici- pate. Because -of the board policy which in part reads, "Children in school may be asked to con- tribute only lo intra-school proj- the PTA Queen contest was going to be eliminaled from Ibis year's carnival, Stonp an- nounced earlier this month. Money in conjunction with the queen contest had been raised directly in Ihe schools and thus had lo be stopped, Stopo said. He contended, though, that the carnival ilself has no direct af- filiation wilh the schools and thus could be held as planned. However, those al Thursday's meeting decided lo end their planning for Ihe- carnival ilself when Ihe.v saw that not enough booths had been arranged to make Ihc event worthwhile- Little League Girls Upheld On Appeal By JOHN T. McGOWAN Associated Writer TRENTON, N. (AP) A New Jersey court to- day upheld a ruling that Little League basebalj girls take tlie field with boys. The ruling by the Ihrec- judge panel was split 2-1, how- ever, and there will be an au- tomatic appeal to the state Su- preme Court. The decision by the Appel- late Division of Superior Court followed by a day a similar decision by Judge George B. Gelman of llackensiick in the case of Frances Pescalore, 11- Slie had applied Feb. 2 lo play in the nearby H i d g e f i e 1 d League. Gelman said the Ridgcficld Boys Athletic Association was setting a bad example by changing its name to include "Roys" in the title and by threatening to close down rather than let girls play. A general directive by the state Division of Civil Rights ordered the group two months ago to allow participation by girls. H was that directive, the Appellate Division today up- held. In Superior Court Thursday, Gelmaii said, "Here we have a group of adults circumvent- ing the law by operating under a different name. It would be bad psychologically and mor- ally for a group of adults to encourage circumventing the law." Victor Ruskin, attorney for the Ridgefield group, argued: "I fail to see the irreparable damage to one girl versus the damage to 251 boys if they don't practice." Hiked Arab Output Presumed for U.S. BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Saudi Arabia lias authorized Ihe Arabian American Oil Co. Aranico increase pro- duction lo million barrels a day beginning April 1, oil in- dustry sources reported Fri- day. The added output was presumed lo be for the Unilccl Slates. Saudi Arabia produced S.iH million barrels a day before Aral) oil diplomacy began dur- ing I he October Middle Easl. war. Production dropped lo 7.3 million before Ihc oil embargo was lifted March 18. A 15 per cent production cutback was imposed against Wcsl European nations and Japan to pressure the United to Depart Duty in Thailand HE No Speedy Return Seen to 70 By men Aim RLYSTONI: 'Associated Press Writer BANGKOK. Thailand (AP) United Stales will be- gin withdrawing about troops from Thailand in mid- May and will send home a number of wnrplanes, includ- ing .B52 bombers, Thai and U.S. officials announced to- day. The reduction of U.S.' forces in Thailand by nearly a four Hi will leave about Ameri- can troops in the country, the smallest, number since 19G6, U.S. spokesmen said. No deadline was set for completion of Hie withdrawal. A number of politically in- fluential Thais have been de- manding that the U.S. pres- ence be cut drastically or eliminated. Some members of the U.S. Congress also have urged recently that 1he Am- erican force be reduced. The U.S. force in Thailand includes about service- men stationed al six air bases and a port facility, about 300 fighters and fighter-bombers and about 50 B52 heavy bomb- ers. Since the American bombing in Cambodia slopped last Aug. 15, the planes have been flying reconnaissance and supply missions in Indochina. But. higliranking U.S. officials Front's Passage To Change Little Except for a. little dust, less than Thursday, and slightly cooler temperatures, the expect- ed passage o! a cold front will have little effect here, forecast- ers at the National Weather Service said Friday. Forecaster D. W. Eck said a "secondary" front, following a dust-raiser on Thursday, will bring cooler night-lime tempera- tures, "but there's no weather expected with it other than the northwest winds." The front which passed Lub- bock at a.m. Friday, is not expected to produce as much dust as the first front, Kck said. WEATHER U.S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Narional Wedlher Service (Wiolhtr Mop, ft. 3A> AEMLEME AND VIC1NIIY (TO-rnHe Fair loday through Nil nulle- so v.-orm (his o'lernosn. Cooler tonight. Norlhwcslerly fj'rds 30 mcri.. decreoiing tonight. H'gh today and Saturday rear Eo. Lo.v lonfght In lo.v 40s. nigh ana lor 24 riourj ending 9 a.m. 65 and is Minn and Icjv'some dale year: tt Sunsol Issl nighl: sunrise today: sunscl loniqhl: have said the principal reason for their presence is to deter North Vietnamese action in South Vietnam. U.S. spokesmen satd il has not been decided how many planes are to be withdrawn. But they said they expected the number would lie com- mensurate with the troop re- duction. "The force that will remain after these reductions have, been completed will be ade- quate lo help preserve the se- curity of the joint Thai-U.S. statement said. The sizable U.S. miiltary presence in Thailand dates back to 1062, when first troops were sent in. The U.S. forces grew as Hie Vietnam war escalated, reaching about in J9GS-6S, then ebbed to about 32.000 in 1370. The 1972 Communist offen- sive in Vietnam brought an increase in the forces in Thai- land to about This dropped off again lo about last summer and has been reduced another since then by attrition and a. series of phased withdrawals. Dressed Possum Meat Sells Quickly FRANKLIN', Tcnn. (AP) Possum meal is good and the high price of beef and pork makes it taste even better, says Mrs. J. C. Harper. She advertised six dressed opossums weighing four pounds each on a radio swap p r o g r a m Thursday. Within minutes, she had sold them for 50 cents each about 13 cents a pound. Mrs. Harper provided cook- ing instructions with the pos- sums. By BLUE RUCKEH Q. Since the energy crisis Is supposed (o he over, when do stale officials plan to put us back on a realistic 70 mpli speed limit? A. The governor's office tells us they're wailing on the federal people. The rule thai federal highway funds would be with- held from any state not lowering its speed limit lo 55, so until the federal law is changed, we'll be driving at 55. The Governor's office isn't expecting a change in the law tomorrow cither. We're told il will probably lake six weeks for oil shipmenls to get over here from Ihc Middle East. Add lo that the processing lime, plus distribution time and it could be 2 or 3 months before we start to feel anything. Ilight now we're drawing on reserves. Onr nil reserves will probably have to be built back up again in case the Middle Easlcrn countries decide to cut us off again. If we kid another embargo and no reserves lo fall back on, we'd feel the shortage immediate- ly. 1 left a dwarf hibiscus plant in the lioiise lasl weekend when I was out of town. Of course I turned (tic heat off before I left and now the plant's partial- ly frozen. The larger leaves are crimped and funny looking but Uie Hide buds and new growth weren't nipped. Should I cut off the damaged leaves or what? A. Leave it alone, says plant authority Paula Carter. If we should have another freeze (heaven the larger, damaged leaves will help protect tlie lillle new buds. Mrs. Carter says lo feed Ihe plant to force il back into growlh and keep it in a warm spol. I'm wondering why the cily parks department mowed ihe grass In Hose Park Ihrce limes last week and once last weekend when Ihe grass hasn't even grown that much. This seems like waste of gasoline. A. If you saw somebody mowing lasl week-end, it was cither a private citizen testing his mower or maybe a slroaker with a new twist because city officials tell us parks employes quit at on Friday, rion't mow on weekends, except at Ihe golf course. Parks Supt. Bill Beaird says Ihe entire park was mowed once last week and certain sections had to be remowed where "winter rye" had popped up. It lakes about tv.'o days to mow the 70-aere park which may explain why you saw the mowers operating more lhan one day, Q. IVc heard rumors dial the group "Chicago" was coming lo Abilene. Do you know if (his is so and when Ihcy're coming? Where do we gel tickets? A. Chicago was supposedly to he here in early April but they've been rescheduled, arc now expected at the Taylor Counly Coli- seum cither April 2ft or 30. Tickets aren't on sate yet biit watch The ncportcr-News for a definite dale and information on ticket sales. Q. Concerning Ihc revised stMe consll- Slates to move Israel toward a. peace settlement. The Saudi move was expect- ed. After a meeting of Arab states in Vienna, Saudi Arabi- an oil minister Ahmed Zaki declared his country 'would raise production by more than a million barrels a day. About 15 per cem of Ameri- can oil imports, amounting to 1.2 million barrels a day. were lost during liie five-month em- bargo. Saudi Arabia was Ihe big- gest, supplier with bar- rels a day last September. Aranico Is 30 per cent owned by Standard Oil of Cali- fornia, W per cent by Texaco, :10 per cent by Standard Oil of New Jersey and 10 per cent by Mobil Oil Co. Libya, America's second largest, supplier with barrels a day, and Iraq, with have refused to resume oil deliveries lo the United Slates pending further prog- ress toward peace in (he Mid- dle [Cast. Kuwait said it would not. re- store production lo September levels until after a meeting June I in Cairo at which Arab nil ministers will review the. embargo d e e.i s ion. Kiraail provided the United States with 44.000 barrels a day lasl September. According lo the Lebanese press, Saudi Arabia has as- sured Syria, which opposed lifling the ban, that it would be renewed if (here still'was no disengagement agreement with Israel on ihe Golan Heights after Ihe June 1 meet- ing. KENNETH SlfOIiT Johnston principal Principal's Gunshot Death Self-Inflicted lulion would any of Ihc revisions under discussion in Austin in any way permit stale (ax money to be used to support parochial schools? If so, how? A. A proposal was made that an entire section ho written into the education ariiele prohibiting the use of stale funds for reli- gious, church-affiliated schools below col- lege level. The convention didn't adopt (he section and most of the delegates who voted against it did so because they fell it was already prohibilcd by Supreme Courl deci- sions and by Hie Bill of liights. The section seemed to lie redundant. Nothing has been written into Ihc new constitution that would grants being made to students private schools above the high school level, accord- ing lo the Conslilulionnl Convention Infor- mation Center. Address questions lo Action I.inc. flov .10, Abilene, Texas 70G01, Names nlll not he used but question.; must he signed and addresses given. Please include (ol- cplionc mnnbr.rs If possible. Kenneth C. Short, 52, principal of Johnston Elementary, was found dead about (M5 a.m. Fri- day in the den of his home at H-12 N. Willis from a single 12- gauge sholugn wound in the chcsl, police said Friday morn- ing. Short's wife lla was asleep in a bedroom in another part of the home, police said, and was not awakened by the shot. Patrolman Jim Nance said thai Khort had evidentlv died .sometime in the early morning hours Friday bi'.l lhal his body was not discovered until about a.m. The shotgun was found by his side, said Nance. JUSTICK OF THK Peace Ro- land DuirAody, who pronounced Short dead at Ihe scene, ruled death by self-inflicted gunshot wounds. No autopsy was or- dered. Arrangements are pending al North's Funeral Home. Short w a s completing 24 years with the Abilene Indepen- dent School District. A native of Dolores, Colo., Short received both bis bache- lor's and master's degree" from llardin-Simmons University. lie joined Ihc school distrid as a leachcr al North Junior High (now Franklin) in September 1950. tic was named assistant prin- cipal there in 1958 and principal al I.amar Elementary in In he became principal al Fair Park, and assumed Ihc -same duties at Johnston in 1968. Supl. A, K. Wells released a r< I a l c m c n I Friday morning which said. "This is a great shock lo our entire school sys- tem. Mr. Short had taught in the Abilene Public- Schools since 1950, and was considered one of our top teachers and adminislra- tors. His whole life as well as niost of his activities were dedi- cated to his school work. "I've never known anyone had a greater love for school work and more interested in servin? and helping the stu- dents under liis supervision. Mr. Short lias served as p.incipal in three of our elementary schools I.amar. Fair T'avk and John- ston. I'lllDK aud intercs! in bi.s schools caused Mini lo give many extra hours of work ir.aking his school a superior one and one at would best serve its community. His death is a great loss not only lo the Abilene Public Schools but to all facets of our community." Mr. Short is survived by his v.ifc lla und two children, Mrs. Carolyn Ritiavd, a science teach- er-at Mann Junior .High, and Kenneth Jr.. who has been al- tcndins; llardin-Simmons Uni- versity. I'DGAH LLOYD Swindle, ele- mentary education director for Ihc school district, has been put in charge al Johnston, Welts said. Only Thursday afleinoon Mr. Short arranged a picture for Friday evening edition of Tlie. Abilene Reporter-News al John- ston promoting Ihe Bicycle K'l- deo which is scheduled Satur- day.