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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 145THONE 673-1271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 5, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS lUc SUNDAY Auochtcd Preu (ff) ower of A fire in a West Tcxns Utilities regulator in a dislri- bution substation just cast of downtown Abilene caused damages in the neighborhood ol and knocked out elec- trical service In the downtown area about 35 mir.ulcs Thursday. No one was injured in the 12.45 p.m. lire. District Kire Chief Wcldon Stewart said four firs depart- ment vehicles, two engines and Iwo boosters, answered the call, and that the fire required cnly a fc'.v minuses of pumping to put out Hie oil. "We had to wait a moment at first t'i make sure no juice (electricity) was flowing; then pumped with three hoses for just a few he said. SO INTENSE vas the oil-fed lire that steel girders supporting the 43-year-old substation were mcllcd in half. President Holf Hardy srid an immediate investigation will be held to determine the Richey Een Richey, 67, the founder and operator of Abi'cne Boys Ranch, died at a.m. Thursday in the intensive care unit of Hendrick Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack. Funeral is pending at North's Funeral Home. Mr. Richey and his wife began the ranch in 1943 with 10 youngsters and an old barracks building. Since that time several hundred boys have resided there under the affection and influence o[ the founding couple. WORKING UNDER the philosophy of "there's always room for one more" whenever possible, the Richcys produced a number of responsible citizens who otherwise might never have had the opportunity lo know what it was to be cared for. Mr. Richey almost left the ranch in the early part of 1951 because of an appointment to the Taylor County adult probation office, but the former city commissioner decided that his place was wilh the ranch and four days after lie had bocn appointed, he resigned the position. MR. RICHEY served as an Abilene city commissioner in 1916 and 1947 and organized the Optimist Cub here which became the first sponsor of the ranch. He his wife were recipients of the Exchange Club s Golden Deeds Award in 1966, rnd on that occavon Abilene attorney Davis Scarborough said the couple war, selected for ''public acknowledgement of the gnnd deed nf those heros and heroines of everyday life." Born June 7, 1903, at Burnet, Industrials Up, Uliliiies Gain Industrials were up 1.10. transportation was off .13, and utilities were up .36 after four and one-half hours of trading on the New York Stuck Kxchange. The New Ycrk composite was off .07. Volume traded was according to tre Abilene office of Schneider, Bernct S; Hick- man. DEN RIC1IEY c.vcily commissioner he graduated from high school there after lettering in four football, basketball, baseball and track. He went to work for Ford Motor Co.. remaining with them for several HE CAME TO Abilene in 1933 to be general manager of Western Chevrolet Co. Two years later hi> became See IIICIIKY, I'g. 3A C2U5C of ihc fire and aided that it may be months before final figures on the damages are available. The eight-year-old regulator, which uses more than gallons of oil as a coolant and insulation, was ruptured and rpparcntly set on fire by an arc of electricity. B. L. Teubner, a fireman at the power plant, said he was in the cooling tower not far from the transformer when it blew. "There wasn't anyone even in the he said. "Most of the crews were at lunch." TOMMY MILLS, the sub- Elation crew supervisor, said he saw a large arc on lop of the regulator about and immediately called the fire department. Mills and Hardy speculated that the arc cculd have been caused by a squirrel, a bird or "some type of contamination." Even al the height of the fire, electrical power was being switched to others of the 12 similar substations in Abilene and the downtown power was restored. The substation which burned is directly adjacent to the company's main power station just northeast of the Business 80 Traffic circle. HARDY SAID at p.m. all power would be restored in n few minutes. There was still some power failure in the down- town area at Had not the fire department arrived so quickly and worked so efficiently, the entire sub- ftaticn could easily have been destroyed, Hardy said. Even so the ruplurei regu- lator was completely destroyed. It is worth an estimated and another one, some six feet away was damaged by the intense heat. Hardy said that if a new regu- lator has to be ordered, it might be months before this substation returns to ncrm.il operation, but he emphasized the other local substation could more than adequately handle the city's power needs. United Fund volunteers brought in contributions ar.d pledges today which boosted this year's campaign to or 65.4 per cent of the goal. Reporters were brought in Immediately before the luncheon meeting, during which Neal Spolcc, president of Texas Communications, was guest speaker. The meeting was the third of the campaign. Special recognition w a s accorded the public schools divi- sion and the women's division, both of which reached their goals last week. Co-chairmen of the public schools group were Billy C. Earles Bob Thomp- son; the women's group was under the direction ol Mrs. College Newspaper Editor Fired Over Fictional Story GREENSBORO, N.C. (APi The president of Greensboro College says a short story in the siudint newspaper describing the assassination of n fictional dean has created a "climate of fc.ir" on Ihc campus. The story, written by a stu- dent, has resulted in ilie firing of the newspaper's editor and the n'signal.on of staff in protc.-t. Students have called n meet- ing for tonight lo support Ihc ed- itor Itobcrl Collins. D.ivid G. Mobbcrly, president of th: college, said Wednesday in a letter explaining Ihc firing lhat Ihe story had "specifically Intimidated the deans of Iliis by strongly supgcsluc words implying violence upon their persons." He said the story had "effect- ed a campus climate i.f fear, threat and deep concern for the safely of members (if Ihis cam- pus community." Cnll.ns said, "I ilor.'t s--j where I've dene anything tl'.it wrong. I was Irv.nf; U, ii.-.e Ihe paper as Ihe of Ihc stu- dents. Apparently they .T newspaper like lhat.'' The story, "The was wTillcn by Gerry llepncr, who submitted it to the ,iapCi' fur publication. Mobbcrly said no disciplinary iiclio.T would be taken liic author, who It nol n member of news-paper staff. of Goal Davis Scarborough and Sirs. James .Murphy. Among the Abilene firms which were announced as new contributors to the drive w-ere Gclbraith Electric, Slate High- way Department, West Texas L'ti'litics Co., Quality Printing, Merchants Fast Lines, Lone Star Gas Co. Office and Sen-ice, Jack's Chcirolct Co. and General Motors Acceptance Corp. In all of the ICO per cent (if the cmplojts given to the United Fund. Distinguished as "fair share" contributors, f.rms which reported 85 per cent pledging at least one hour's pay monthly, were Galbraith Electric, State Highway Dcpt., West Texas Utilities, Quality Printing and Lone Star Gas Co. Office Service. Galbnith Electric. Merchants Fast Lines, Independent Whole- sale Grocery and Super Ko'xl Centers reported a per cent increase in giving over last yc.i r. The United Fund is seeking for the support of 21 agencies. NEWS INDEX t nl; Notti 12A. Clouded M Ccm.ci HoiDilol Potifnti ObilusrrM Scorn To Your Good Hrallh IV lev Wcrren'l Nf.l 1 7C 8A I4A -I7C I3C I2C 1 7A 1IC 3A 6-8C SC 2-4D Mr. Clean? Scott Slonaker manages a smile as he squints through the mud on his face after winning the 1970 Midwest Regional Championships of the National All Terrain Vehicle As- sociation al Lisle, a suburb west of Chicago. The course takes the driver through hair-pin turns, water jumps and rough straight-aways. (AP Wirephoto) Approval Apparent Bv ELLIE ni'CKER Protest Registered On Q. Why should children be ghen (no or three hours homework every day? This makes for a mighty long day. especially when they have piano lessons (o pracl'lce and should practice their musical Instrument they lake In school, hut Just flat don't have lime or arms enough lo carry It home with all those books. A. Action Line couldn't agree with you mere: the School Administration isn't all that sold on loads of homework either. Here, briefly, is what the elementary' pri-cipals' manual has to say about it: Most study activities should be carried out at school, undrr supervision When a child needs slrenRlhcnin? or has missed work because of absence or if a child doesn't complete his assignment during study period, home assignments may be given. Teachers should take into consideration the student's total assignment load. The teacher, of course, has the final fay as she's the one who knows the child's need and abilities. Q. I'lcasc lell me If there's a place In Abilene where I could send used Christ- mas, birthday and Mother's Day cards lo retarded children. I have so many and hate In burn II some child would enjoy looking at them. A. Patients in the occupational therapy department at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center are making Christmas tree decorations from old Christmas cards and would love to have your card-. The cutting, pasting and bending helps them develop hard and finder coordination. They're most interested ip cards wilh Santas and large Christmas but will take anything you have. Take your cards to Johnnie Miller at the center, 4C01 Hartford. Q. Isn't there a clause In the U.S. Conslilnllon lhal slates an only son or heir Is not In be drilled and put on the firing line In case of a war? A. There's no'hing in the Constitution to that effect that we could find, and according to the Recruiting Service Manual used by the Induction Center, an only child can be drafted as well as sent In the front lines. The exception is a "sole surviving son." If r. family has only one son remaining as a result of some blood relative (brother, father, mother or sister) becoming 100 per cent incapacitated or dying as a result of pivcrnment service, then the sole surviving son is exempt from the draft. Wh.il Is the reroid number nl home runs hit by one person during any World Series? A. In Ihrec consecutive games In 1328, Lnu Gehrig (New York, American league) hit four home runs, a record. Babe. Ruth holds the game record of three, set In 1926 and ngaln In 1928. The World Series home run record Is IS by Mickey Mantle (New York, American) between 1951 ,ind fays the Guinness Hook of World Ilccnrds. Council Unwavering On City Hal! Workers'Law By JIM CO.N'LEY Reporter-News Stall Writer A two-hour discussion by the Abilene City Council of a requirement that city employes live within the city limits resulted Thursday in apparent approval of the policy. Attorney Dub Burke, representing the Abilene Kircnrn's Assn.. requested that the council study the mat'.cr with a view toward placing a mileage restriction on employes rather than a .strict city-limit requirement. He said the rule had not been evaded by firemen living outside the city, since they had turned in their changes of address at the times they moved. MOVING INTO the city would create a hardship for these men. Burke told the council, "but they will abide by your decision." Of 1.11 firemen, said that 7 live dulside the citv limits. Burke emphasized that due to the configuration of the ciiy limits, a person could live a dislance farther north of city hall lhan another person who lives cast of city hall yet the man to the cast would be the only one of the two living outside city limits. This, Ilurke lold the council, makes the rule in- equitable. City Manager II. I'. Clifton answered that he thinks the current policy is "primarily a good rule. It's a little bit hard for me to believe you can be a really good citizen of Abilene and not live in Clifton said. HE CITED THE need for f ome city employes, particuhrly fire and police- departmrr.t personnel, to be reached quickly in time of emergency. Also, Clifton added that he thought any mileage limitation out-ide the city limits would be. Trucker Don It. Wagoner, 32, nf 1212 S. burned ;o death in n cnc-vchiclc accident l.'.S. UO 12 miles west of Palo Pm'o near tlic liracl Community about ;1 a.m. Thursday. According to the investigating officer, Highway Patrolman Colcman of M.ncral Wells, trailer t r u ck. heading cast, crossed the road, rolled down a -30-foot embankment, and caught on fire. Wagoner's body was not found Litil two hours alier the Colcm.in E.-'d. Wagoner was driving a truck lor-iKI wilh rock, and was employed by Brazos Trucking Co. here. Kuncr.il is pending al North's Funeral Home. Born Dec. 18, 1917 in Tajlor County, he was reared in the county attended Abilene Public Schools. He served in the Air Force and was employed by Sears Itocbuck Co. for Ihrec jears. He had been working for Ilrazos Trucking Co. here for the past three months. He was a member of Golden Gate llaplist Church. Survivors are wife, Poro- a son, Uiny, ,-nd a DON it. d'es Icr, Susie, hMh of the homo; h s ppients. Mr. end Mrs. M. H. Wagoner of (M2 Cherry: a hrnthrr, Travis r.f Abilene: four MMers, Mrs. Wanda Carter of Merchant, Mrs. Leia Harper of 690 Cedar, Mrs. George Turner of III. I, Cljrie, Mrs. Chsrles Cox of Wl N. Crrckftt; a cjantlfalhrr, Il.W. H.iley of n.ijaio: several niccu and nephews. a problem. "It would be too difficult to determine the distance. And what do you measure? Driving distance? As the crow flies? .While we know where the city limits arc." Councilman Tom Loughrey said that the morale and loyally of city employes should be considered, tlicn proposed that a committee be formed to study the policy to sec whether or not it should be rescinded. THE VOTE WAS 52 against his proposal, with Loughrey and Councilman Joel A p p 1 c t o n favoring it. This vole followed a legal opinion by City Ally. Ben Nicdecken, that "this policy was approved by a previous council See cm', PR. IDA 26 Degrees Good Reason To Shiver If you shivered under the covers last night, there was a gocxl reason. The temperature