Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - May 2, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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•RTH YEAR, NO. 318 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 2,1970—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY
Associated Press (JP)
Round One for Senate Up to Voters Today
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
As many as 2 million Texans ballot Saturday with the big primary race centering on Sen. Ralph Yarborough, a controversial Democrat seeking renomination.
Should Yarborough. 66, be de
feated, the Senate’s Southern bloc is certain to gain a member—whether a Democrat or a Republican will be determined in the Nov. 3 general election.
The senator’s Democratic opponent is Lloyd Bentsen Jr., 49, a Houston insurance man and
Heatly, Musgrove Races in Spotlight
Four-year-old Melissa Clay’s “ballot box’’ hat won first place in the “Krazy Hat” junior contest Friday during Fish Day activities at Lake Kemp near Seymour. Melissa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Clay of Seymour, is congratulated by Preston Jameson, emcee of the event. See story Page 6-A. (Staff Photo by Linda Pullig)
By TOM PORTER
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Two area state representative races have sparked most of the pre-election action and will be a focus of attention Saturday night as the ballots are counted.
One of the hottest races for state office carried has been that for State Representative, 53rd District, in which Joe Hanna is seeking to replace the incumbent, Burke Musgrove.
Botn are from Breckenridge, and voters in Callahan, Eastland, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens
Taylor County's Democrats
Will Decide 4 Races Today
The Democratic County Commissioners races and the local Republican struggle over party control will be in the spotlight in Taylor County voting today.
Four local races highlight the Demo ballot. Two of them are for county commissioner and both feature rural candidates and Abilene opposition for the first time.
After county commissioners redistricted the county January I — in accordance with the Supreme Court’s “one-man, one-vote” ruling — thousands of persons living in the Abilene city limits came under t h e representation of a “rural” commissioner, and they themselves became eligible to run for that office.
Abilene businessman Sheila Thornton was the first to enter the race. He is opposing J. T. (Jake) McMillon of Lawn, a veteran of 19 years on the court, for the Prec. 4 seat.
The other commissioners seat up for election is Prec. 2, and it also features a “city vs. rural” race.
Joe McDuff of Merkel Is facing former Abilene mayor C. E. Gatlin for that seat.
On the Democratic ballot, the wily other ‘local’ contested races are for Taylor County district clerk and state representative from Dist. 62, Place I.
State Rep. Grant Jones is being challenged by Joe
Hernandez, an Abilene school teacher.
For Taylor County district clerk Miss Irene Crawford, the present clerk and a veteran of 18 years in that office, Is being opposed by Troy Willis, a veteran of 20 years in law enforcement work in Abilene.
Over in the Republican camp, voters will choose between County Chairman Dr. Clyde Morgan, who is seeking another term, and Dr. Rod Cannedy, his challenger.
Six contests for local precinct chairmanships are also on the ballots.
At 7:30 p.m. Democrats and
Republicans will go to their respective polling places for precinct conventions to adopt resolutions and name delegates to the county conventions May 9.
On the Democratic ballot other unopposed races include Ed Payner for criminal district attorney and Roy Skaggs for Taylor county judge.
Also included are Mrs. Chester Hutcheson for county clerk of Taylor County; Mrs. Hayden Thomas for Taylor County treasurer; Clive Pierce for County school superintendent; and Larry J. Cunningham for Taylor County democratic executive chairman.
Captain Charged In Family Deaths
counties will settle the issue in the Democnftic Primary.
Whether or not the recent investigation of alleged “irregularities” by W. S. “Bill” Heatlv of Paducah has hurt his chances for re-election to the House o f Representatives, District RO. will also be shown by Saturday’s vote.
Heatly’s opponent in the
Democratic Primary is Leon Williams of Quanah, the former manager of the Quanah
Chamber of Commerce who leveled most of the charges against Heatly.
The Grand Jury study found no “irregularities” in Heatly’s dealings.
Should Heatly get by Williams, he will fate Zack Fisher of Memphis, in the November
general election. Fisher, an independent insurance agent and farmer-rancher, is seeking the position on the Republican ballot.
A race which could result In a run-off Is that for Texas House of Representatives, District 63, where three Big Spring men are seeking the office vacated by Temple Dickson of Sweetwater.
Democratic candidates are Dee Jon Davis, a lawyer; Ralph Mahoney, a cotton buyer, and Roy Ford, an attorney. The District covers Howard, Mitchell and Nolan counties.
Austin McCloud of Mitchell County and Roger Q. Garrett Jr. of Taylor County are candidates in the Democratic Primary for the post of Chief Justice of the Court of Civil Appeals, lith District of Texas. Judge Clyde
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former congressman from the Lower Valley.
Republicans in this predominantly Democratic state will choose between Rep. George Bush or Robert Morris for Senate nomination.
Bush, a Houston oil man, lost to Yarborough for the Senate in 1964 but gained the largest vote ever for a Republican in a Texas state race. Morris is president of the University of Plano and is a former Senate committee counsel. He has lost two bids for the Senate—one in New York and the other in Texas.
Balloting also takes place on offices from the courthouse to the governorship, but there are no primary contests for many of the major statewide offices. The GOP is bidding for only a handful of positions.
Twelve of Texas* 23 U.S. House members have no opposition Saturday or in the general election. One of these returned to Washington automatically is Republican Bob Price. The others are Democrats.
Less than half of the 4 million registered voters are expected to ballot. One reason for a low turnout is that there is no Democratic primary contest for the governorship, although Gov. Preston Smith will face a Republican in the general election.
Polls open at 7 a.m., most close at 7 p.m.
The Democratic race for the Senate grew bitter in the final two weeks, but Yarborough said
he nevertheless saw a great apathy among votesr.
Yarborough is hoping for a turnout, particularly of ethnic minorities, one of his traditional, ly firm bases of support along with union labor and liberals.
Indications were that Bentsen may have cut sharply into Yarborough’s Mexican-Ameiican following, heavily concentrated in an area starting at San An
tonio and stretching southward.
Bentsen had represented part of this region in the House and his family has had extensive land holdings there.
Yarborough sought to cut back on any Bentsen sentiment among Mexican-Americans by declaring that Bentsen’s father exploited farm laborers from Mexico and was a land grabber.
12 Counties Have Hot Judge Races
By TOM PORTER
Reporter-New'S State Editor
(’minty judge races in 12 Big Country counties will provide most of the local suspense in Saturday’s voting.
The hottest races are those for county judge in Eastland, Shackelford, Baylor, Comanche, Erath, Howard, Nolan, Mason, Mitchell, Scurry, Stonewall and Throckmorton counties on the Democratic ballot.
In EASTLAND COUNTY, Scott Bailey is seeking a third term as County Judge, and is being opposed by Carl Garrett. Both were bore and reared in the county. In another hot
Thornton's Plans Brownwood Store
FT. BRAGG, N. C. (AP) -Green Beret Capt, Jeffrey R. MacDonald was charged Friday with murdering his pregnant wife and two small daughters, a bizarre crime he had blamed on a hippie-type band of three mea and a blonde.
The slayings occurred in the predawn hours Feb. 17.
Bodies of Mrs. Colette MacDonald, 26; Kimberly, 6, and Kristen Jean, 2. were found in the MacDonalds’ blood-spat
tered apartment when military beemen responded to Maenads telephoned plea for help.
The doctor had called a telephone operator and asked that police and an ambulance be sent to the apartment.
The police found Mrs. MacDonald lying on the floor in her bedroom. MacDonald, suffering from stab wounds, was lying beside her. The girls were dead in their bed*
U.S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map Papa 11-B)
ABILENE ANO VICINITY (40-mll# radius) — A little warmer afternoon* Saturday through Sunday. High Saturday a round 70, low Saturday night around 48. High Sunday 75-80.
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High and low for 24-hour* endlnt p rn ■ 55 and 44.
High and low jama date la*t year: 52 and 43.
Sunset last night: 8:20 p.m.; »unrise today: 6:51 a.m.; sunset tonight; 8:20
Barometer reading at IO p.m.: 28.46.
Humidity af IO p.m.: 61 per cent.
Thornton’s department store, with three locations in Abilene, minounced today that they will open a large fourth Thornton’s in Brownwood in mid-August.
The new department store, now under construction in the Commerce Square Shopping Center in northwest Brownwood, will have 26,500 square feet of floor sales space, about 50 per cent larger than the Thornton’s River Oaks location here.
Jimmy Little, manager of the Abilene Merchant Park Store, will be the new manager of the Brownwood store and Pat Foy, now in the downtown Thornton’s store, will be manager of the Merchant Park store.
The Brownwood Thornton’s will carry a full department store line of merchandise, according to Richard Hood, general manager of Thornton’s, including appliances, carpets and furniture.
“Thornton’s is looking forward to the continuing progress of West Texas,” Hood said. “We have found that business in this area is very good and we are looking forward to an optimistic future and to our continued growth in the Big Country.”
Hood said that Thornton's possibly will be announcing
JIMMY LITTLE . . . manager of new store
several new locations for
Thornton’s department stores In the near future.
Architect of the Brownwood Thornton store Is Kneer and Hamm Assoc, of Fort Worth and contractor is the Herman Bennett Co. of Brownwood. Thornton’s three locations in
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Eastland County races, incumbent County Commissioner, Precinct 4, C. B. (Runt) Dill is being opposed by Jesse H. Reynolds Jr., Morris D. White and W W. (Jack) Sawyers.
For the post of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, (Rising Star) in Eastland County, incumbent B. A. Butler is being opposed by E. M. (Buddy) Turner, and for the vacant post of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, (Cisco), candidates are Carl Lamb, and Carlton Holder.
SHACK ELFORD COUNTY Judge I. M. Chism is being opposed in his bid tor re-election by Albany businessman John E. Beall. For re-election as County-District Clerk, Mrs. Ruby Moore is being opposed by Mrs. J. F. (Jean) Rodriguez of Albany.
Incumbent MITCHELL C OUNTY Judge Elmer Martin is opposed by Bill Carter, local sand and gravel dealer, in Saturday’s Primary. Also in Mitchell County, Mrs. Bruce Hart is being opposed for reelection as County Treasurer by Mrs. Pearl Rhodes and Mrs. Mildred Mann Boyd, and seeking to fill the office of County Clerk are Mrs Marie Bassham, Dennis Walding and Henry Doss.
In SCURRY COUNTY, Sterling Taylor did not file for re-election as county judge, and the candidates seeking the vacated post are Preston Wilson, Shelby Coker and Joe V. Robinson. For County Treasurer, incumbent Agnes Brown is being opposed by Billy
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Amuaomant* .......... 8A
Astrology ............ Iii
Bride* .............. Hi
Churel! Newt ......... 7B
Classified .......... 12-161
Comic* ........... . 8, VB
Editorial* ............. 61
Form ............... ITB
Market* .......... IO, 111
Obituaries .......... 3, 4A
Oil ................ 8, 9A
Sports ............ 13-16A
TV Log ............. UA
TV Scout............ 11A
Womtn'* New* ........ 31Do 2-Step: Vote, Attend Convention
Gov. Preston Smith has issued a four-page pamphlet on voting in the primary Saturday, in which he points out that the election is only “the first step; second (Is) the precinct convention.”
Smith’s little pamphlet Is designed to take the difficulty out of what can be a confusing set of events.
“Precinct conventions are the only time when every citizen has the opportunity to lift his voice, to.. .personally express what he likes about his state and what he hopes his state will do In tho
future,** he says.
The governor states his concern that only about five per cent of those who vote in the
primary attend their precinct convention.
Putting it simply, he says, “First vote. Second, attend your precinct convention and let your voice be heard. . .join me in taking that second step.’
To explain what a precinct convention is, the governor says:
1. Your political precinct Is w'here you live and vote. For Abilene precincts, see Pg. I, 2-8.
2. The precinct convention, held May 2 by those who have voted wi that day, elects delegates to the county convention and passes resolutions.
3. The time and place of
conventions are ( in Abilene); where you vote with the time posted on the bulletin board at the county courthouse, generally 7:30 p.m.
4. Precincts are filled with people, many of whom get together before the convention to discuss their mutual choices for convention officers — chairman, secretary, delegates to the county convention and any resolutions they might want to present. This is a pre-convention caucus.
5. Caucus means a n organization meeting prior to a convention.
6. Vote, then go to the convention, in a group if possible and be at least 15 minutes early.
Next in Smith’s pamphlet, he lists the general schedule for a precinct convention:
1. The precinct chairman or, in his absence, anyone, can fill the position of Temporary Chairman of the Precinct Convention. The first order of business is to make a list of all persons present at tho convention. Only qualified residents of that precinct who voted in their party primary — and authorized representatives of the news media — may participate in the party precinct convention.
2. Check the stamp cif the voter’s party on registration receipt if doubt as to eligibility of person.
3 Have someone take minutes until a permanent secretary is elected
4. Nominate a chairman, a secretary; then, adopt a slate of delegates.
5. Pass any resolutions. Adjourn. File two copies of the convention minutes with the County Clerk within three days of the convention.
Under “points to remember” the governors pamphlet states:
The law does not require a person have stamped evidence of party affiliation to take part in his precinct convention. The fact that he voted entitles him to participate. The easiest way to surmount a difficulty is to have
tho person sign an affidavit that he voted that day in (his party’s) primary
The parts of the pamphlet condensed here should apply to both parties. Smith says a great deal more about the Democratic Party’s rules.
Local Democratic leaders say they know of no special resolutions of inter-party struggles coming up at their precinct conventions Saturday.
French Robertson, Taylor County chairman for Preston Smith, said, “We’re just interested in a record vote turnout and in all precincts holding their conventions, so we can have strong representation at the state convention Sept. 15,
“It is important that we Democrats have a good
turnout,” Robertson said
Friday, “so there won’t be any question about the number of delegates we send to the county and state conventions.”
Robertson said he was
referring to the U.S. Supreme Court s affirmation of the “one-man, one-vote” concept, which is endangered when we have, for example, these instances of only one man showing up at his precinct convention and electing himself as a delegate.
“Then,” said Robertson, “that person goes to the county
Turn to PRECINCT, Pg. S-ASettle Your Arguments at the Polls; Vote Today!