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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas Ibflent WITHOUT OR VyiTH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 94TH YEAR, NO. 121 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 16, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Preit By ELUE RUCKER Walkie -Talkie Said Not Too High Q. :Il's evident that extravagance in city hall is rampant in view of Mr. John Hatchet's slalcmenl in the paper Sept. 27 that dry walkte-lalkles cost {650 each. This needs investigating In view of the fact Ibat I have a rig (hat reaches Lithuania and it cost much less (ban to talk across town? Ridiculous. I want an explana- tion. yam: rig is a Citizens Band unit, what you have is quite different from city walkie-talkies in complexity, range, clarity, and remember they oper- ate through a repeater system. Asst. City-Manager John Hatchel says, "They're in the police radio system, have four channels, long battery life, recharge- able batteries in a compact unit. They can do anything a mobile unit in a car can do. They were purchased on competitive bids; was the lowest bid meeting city speci- fications." "The price is not unusually liigh. A po- lice.radio in a-car will run well over even mobile units we buy for trucks arid department heads are now run- ning well over Radio stuff has just gone sky-high to the moon." Q. I'm raising, for the first time, a 17-irumlh-old heifer which will calve In 9 months. Is there any special care she should receive? A. "Proper nutrition is the main thing, says County Extension Agent U. C. Stan- ley, and it you'll drop by his office on the third floor of the old courthouse he'll give you some printed information on nutrition for your heifer. He's going to dig around, 'sec if he can't find a booklet on caring for beef cattle, too. Q. I've heard rumors the. phone company bere will be closing in about two years and'lhc operators going to Midland. Is this so or just a rumor? A. Company officials will say only that nothing is on paper, there's no official word they'll lose operators here but the Irend is in .that direction due to cost of labor. A huge phone company building is going up in Midland, lines are being laid to many places in Texas so it could hap- pen. It may be '77, '78 or '80 but no matter when, "we will always have some operators says our source. Q. Do you recall offhand who It Is (hat picks up books for the AAUW hook sale? I called the first two com- panies that came to mind but neither are doing it this year. A. You have to load, transport and un- load your own stuff this year. AAUW women weren't able to work out hauling arrangements with Hie moving companies. Probably the easiest thing is to drop them by any fire station. AAUW members will fetch them from there. Sale date is Nov. 6 through 0, this year, on Pine St. next door lo Minter's. Q. Since the new scanning technique of making X-rays and the needle tech- nique used in performing cataract eye surgery seem to be so much superior to the "present method used In taking X-rays and performing eye surgery, how soon do you think it will be before It's used In Abilene? A. Both arc used here now, according lo an eye surgeon and a radiologist. Three eye surgeons are currently certified to use the needle technique, or Phaco Emulsifi- calion if you prefer. Thyroid scanning has been here since 1969. Scanning for tumors has been ex- panded in the last five years to brain scans, liver scans and many othor things including Hodgkh's Disease, lung tumors and in many cases tumors of the vascular system. Newer, more sophisticated techniques of scanning are not yet available here main- ly because equipment costs between and Sodfl.OOO. At least one radiologist is willing to accept donations of such equipment if any- body is feeling generous. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 3fl, Abilene, Texas 7M04. Names will not he used bat questions must be signed and addresses given. Please in- clude telephone numbers if possible. School Stores erating Here Op Students at the two Abi- lene public high schools can shop right in their own schools for necessary school supplies; Both schools hove student stores operated by the student councils, Story, pictures, Pg. 1 B. Amusements 6B IOC Business Mirror...........7B Classified..............5-9C Comics BA Editorials 4A Hcroscope.............. IOC Hosnitol Patients 9A Obituaries.............. 2B Sports 1-4C To Your Good Health 8B TV Log ____............ oB TV Scout 6B Women's News...........3B I iJ j x AN tfx-> X I''OOD STAMP PROGRAM: "DO I lower income groups may be eligible X Slstf Pholo State Workers Need Food Stamps? By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer ''The Texas Public the offi- cial publication of the Tex- as Public Employee Assn., said in its Sep- tember issue that many-state employes may be eligible for federal food stamps. Publication editor Barbara I.ougcway of Austin told The Reporter-News that "wrc understand there are quite a few stale employes who qualify." The article was written, she said, to encourage slate employes, especially those .wilh families, making less than a month, to see if they are eligible. Under the state classification system, the.following persons 'make less: GROUP II, all Steps', Group III, all steps; Group IV, through step six; Group V, through step four; Group VI, through step 2. Statewide, a total of fall into this .category, said Clifford Donahp, classifica- tion analyst in the state auditor's office in Austin.. There arc in group II, in group III, in group IV, in group V and in group Vf, he said.. Although no breakdown was available for Abilene, or Taylor County, BUI Albert of the governor's office of equal employ- ment opportunity, said there are fuil- lime slate employes in Taylor, Callahiin and .lones counties. A large majority of these, 1.2G5, work at Abilene Stale School. About S3 per cent, make less than S-352, said 0. V. Mil- stead, director of personnel. Milslead said 378 employes make a month. DYESS AFB information officers said that of the military personnel at the base, airmen'make or less, and so do 15 of the 555 civilian workers. -Taylor Gene Brock'said that there arc 68 county employes who make a month or less out of about 170 total. These persons, and the others listed, he said are not necessarily eligible fov food stamps but arc lliose who fall within the salary range which indicates the possibili- ty lhat one is eligible. Salary alone does not determine wheth- er or not a person is eligible for food stamps. The governing factors are "re- sources" and "income." A FAMILY MAY not have more than ill resources, such as savings, un- less one or more members are over CO, in which case lliat figure is doubled. Exempt from these resources are one car of any type, one home and lot of any type, personal clfecls and household goods and appliances and the equity value of other items.! Although income standards change ev- ery six months, food stamp eligibility is based on a masimum net allowable in- come, which is a month for one per- son; for two; three; four; five. Deducted from one's gross income are withholding (axes, 'social security deducT lions, allowable medical expenses, child care costs, natural disaster expenses, and tuition and fees for education. OTHER DEDUCTIONS may be possible. The staff at the food stamp office, in the old courthouse building, can best deter- mine whether a person is eligible for food stamps, Director May Ellen Johnson said. She added lhat there are about persons enrolled in the progrma in Taylor County. Track Down Spending, Says Ford IJy FRANK COHMIEH Associated Tress Writer KANSAS CITY (AP) Pre- sident Ford, campaigning in four Midwestern states for Re- publican candidates in the off-year election, called today for the election of "inflation- fighters who are going to keep track of every single penny this government spends." In his text for a Republican breakfast, Ford said lhat in tiie economic area "the Prcsidenl riroposcs, but the Congress disposes." He continued: "Unless we send people into the House and Senate who rec- ognize Ihe role big govern- ment and deficit-spending plav in our economy, we never arc going lo end this inflation that is costing every American consumer so much." At another point, Ford told his audience, "You can make my job easier by sending more Republicans to Congress lo work with me in Ihe two years ahead." The President, who sched- uled campaign slops today in Missouri, Soulii Dakota, Ne- braska and Indiana, declared, "I know lhat this will be a tough election and some people say ilial Ihe odds are against our candidates this year." But he added words aimed at the local citizenry, were also against the University of Missouri last Saturday but the Tigers defeated Nebraska in a brilliant effort." The President made campaign pitch in behalf of former U. S. Hep. Thomas li. Curtis, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Thoniiis I1'. Eaglcion in Missouri. CNB Acquires Most of Block Moil n bring m TOM FAMILY WEEKENDER Wml Ad Deadline: Tkun.-lOO P.M. 3 DAYS-Fri-Sat-Suit. (15 Wtrdt Iitn Wwdi-15'Each BIG SHOPPERS li ttw it SHOP THROUGH FAMILY WEEKENDER ADS CASH OHLT ptaie KltH, Pluse) By JIM CONLEY Hcporlcr-Ncws Staff Writer The Citizens National Rank has nearly doubled its down- town land area with the ac- quisition of all but one-sixth of the block north of the present main banking area. Making the announcement Wednesday were Oliver How- ard, chairman of Ihe board of CNB and Rob Upton, the bank's president. THKY SAID that the bulk of the new area, in the block bounded by N. Sth and 6lh and Cedar and Cypress, jusl south of the Civic Ccnler, would be converted to bank-operated parking space for the lime being. The Ace Hardware building, which takes up aboul one-lhird of lhat block's east side, will be convcrlcd to an office build- ing. Howard said lhat conver- sion would involve "complete exterior renovation as well as interior refurbishing." Ace Hardware is combining with Southwest Lumber Co. of 4012 N. Isl, where the facili- ties have been more than dou- bled in size, said Roy Varncr, a partner in Soulhwesl Lum- ber and Ace Hardware. Only Ihe Greyhound" Bus Terminal, which occupies Ihe northwestern one-sixth of the block, was not purchased by Citizens National. A FRAME HOUSE on the west side of the block will be raxed, while the Wes-Tex Fi- nance Co. building on the southeastern corner will be moved lo another location. "Hopefully we'll have Ihe parking facilities and building renovation completed by Jan. said Howard. Upton and Howard said the properly is being purchased for "future expansion but in Ihe immediate future it will be used for additional parking." Thai parking area will be completely redesigned, includ- ing landscaping, they said. Ray 11. Lewis, Realtor, ar- ranged the purchase of the property for the bank from several property owners. The purchase was for an amount which will remain un- disclosed, Howard said. THE MAIN; BANKING facil- ity now utilizes a basement, main floor and mezzanine for its operations, while six other floors in that building are used for office space. The parking building just north of the main hank build- ing has a ground floor for len- ants of the office space, while the bank uses the other two floors itself. On the west side of the pre- sent Citizens-owned block, the bank has ils family banking center adjacent lo six drive-in tellers. Three other drive-in teller posts arc also utilized on the northeast corner of the Underneath t h e family banking center and drive-in, there is underground parking already for the building's ten- ants. The new laud gives Citizens the largest banking area in Ihe city, believe Upton and Howard. Citizens National Bank was organized in 1902 at N. 1st and Pine. It built a new building there in 1917 and broke ground for its new building on Cypress between 4th and 5lh in 1954. ITS COMPLEX was eoni- plcled in recent years wilh de- velopment of Ihe entire block- now occupied by the main building, familv banking cen- ter, drive-in tellers and park- ing building. By 1974 the block had in- creased by e'ight limes ils 1954 assessed value for tax pui-pos- es. This year Ibat value was For several years the block has had the highest assessed value of any of Ihe 55 blocks in the central business district or city lax re- cords show. The block south, occupied by Southwestern Nell and other businesses, is second in value at The assessed value of the recently purchased five-sixths block lo the north of Citizens is with Greyhound ex- cluded from iho lotal. Guard Units Standing By In Boston BOSTON (AP) Schools opened in Boston today wilh National Guard units standing by in armories and hundreds of police patrolling a high school that was the scene of the lalesl outbreak of racial violence. Gov. Francis Siirgciil mobilized (lie Guard on Tues- day and about 450 guardsmen were sent lo armories, wilh Auio Insurance Rate Hike Seen AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) A representative of the cur in- surance industry said Tuesday lie had hoped that fewer acci- dents would lead to lower in- surance rates, but unfortu- nately the rates must go up. David Irons, Dallas lawyer and lobbyist for the Texas Au- tomobile Insurance Service Office, said he would recom- mend at a slate rale hearing Thursday "an upward rate ad- justment." had hoped lo sec some real dollar benefits in the form of auto rate reductions from the declining frequency of accidents, but unfortunately statistics show costs to settle claims arc climbing too Irons said. "The soaring costs of bump- ers, fenders, all other parts and repair work, hospital hills and medical expenses liave to be reflected, in the insurance thai pays for these. "An upward rate iuljushuciit seems necessary until inflation can lie whipped. Those hoping insurance rales could go down when everything else is going up will ud doubt be disappoint- lie said. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nollonal WtatMr SIrvice (WMIher Map, ptj. IA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-mile radius) Folr and warmer ImJay through Thursday, Southwesterly 5 to IS mph. Hlfih today In Low lanighi In mfd-IOs. High Thursday nrar to. High and for "U hours ending 9 am.: 61 and 42. High and fort same dale lost year: 73 anJ 51. Sunrise locay: suniel tonight! JroS; sunrise tomorrow: other units put on standby for possible callup. But the Ite- publican governor's request to the While House for feder- al troops was turned down by President Ford. The governor ordered the Guard standby after citing stonings and dis- orders" in schools Tuesday, mostly at a high school in the predominately w h i I c Hyde Park section where eight while persons were injured. One 15-year-old was slashed in the abdomen. Scattered violence has trou- bled the school system since it opened m.orc than four weeks ago under a court-ordered school desegregation plan relying heavily on busing. One aiTesl was reported at Hyde Park High School today. A 17-year-old black male was charged with assault on a po- lice officer. At Hyde Park High, atten- dance was off sharply from Tuesday's totals, wilh almost as many police around the school as there were students. The school has a projected total enrollment of and just 353 students 103 whiles and '250 blacks and other mi- norities were in class today. On Tuesday, attendance was Ctl whites and 481 blacks. About 50 police patrolled the school corridors, with about 200 more outside. The other guardsmen came 50 men from tJic 220lh Infan- try Co. were billeted at Guard armories in Doston and Quirtcy. The infantrymen were chosen for their "superior rat- ing In civil disturbance train- said Capl. James Porter, a Guard spokesman. The other guardsmen came from military police compa- nies. They were issued handcuffs, steel helmets wilh face shields, flak jackets, gas masks and 36-inch riot which Porter said have "less lethal force options than a firearm." Porter said the men would be given firearms only on (he decision of the Guard com- mander, lirig. Gen. Nicholas .1. DelTorto. STREW QREYHOUND ACE HARDWARE NKTU 5th DKNE-W CENTER. MAJH BANK .TWKE DRWE-IH TEUERS STREET Hew Parking The striped area denotes new parking which Citizens National Bank will be providing in the block north of its existing facilities. Citizens purchased ;ill Hie properly in the block except Greyhound Bus's one- sixth block area on Ihe northwest corner. The old Ace Hardware building will be converted to office space by Ihe bank. Other buildings on the property will be cither razed or moved. (Staff drawing by Jan Walker) _ ;