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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Abilene, Texas n "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 34TH YEAR, NO. 135 PHONE 673-4271. ABILENE, TEXAS, .79604, THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 31, PAGES IN KOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Ccnls Associated Prm Year's Rainfall Tops 30 Inches By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer Nature has apparently called a truce in the .war of air masses over Abilene, allowing a torn ado-spawning cold front to do battle elsewhere in Tol- as. The onslaught of thunder- storm's left Abilene will] anoth- er inches of rain since p.m. Wednesday for -i monthly accumulation of 5.03- 2.45 inches over the noiTnal for October, 2.60 inches. The total for the year is 30.54, which is 9.17 over ine normal for the year of 21.37 through but .02 inch of the rain occurred be- fore midnight at Abilene Mu- nicipal Airport. THE EXTENDED outlool: tor the weekend calls for a possibility of showers on Fri- day, otherwise generally fair and mild, wenllicrinan Darrril Crawford said Thursday. Although all of Abilene's lakes are now overflowing, Cily Water Supt. Bill Weeiiis said, he expects no trouble irom the recent rains since Uiey have ceased lor the time being. -said Lake Fort State Hooding, Pg. 6A Phantom was running 27 inch- es over its spillway Thursday Ihc liiglipst overflow since 1061. Lake .Abilene, which set an alltimc overflow record of 3.5 feet before the Sepi. 1 flood, is running IS inches over ilu spillway, Wccuis said. And Lake Kirby, finally Twisters Dance In Cisco Area Higli winds, tliunder and lightning played in the Big Country rain Wednesday after- noon and night, bul tornadoes touching down near- Cisco caused the only reported dam- age. The- twister sightings were reported west of Cisco and near Cisco Junior College ear- ly Wednesday afternoon. Cisco police said a tornado tore down a lew signs on 1H-20 and moved a trailer house be- longing to John Loveless off ils foundation. The trailer was parked -near the Terra Firm Tile Co. A ItEPOHT OF several win- dows broken out of a car driv- en by a Cisco woman could not be confirmed. No damage was reported from Hie tornado sighted near the college. A few oilier 15ig Country towns reported brisk winds, but with no known damage. Much of the area was under ;v tornado watch most of the af- Icvnnon. Most of Ilic rain was accom- panied by electrical displays as the line of Ihundershowcrs dropped generous amounls of moislure ranging up to Cross Plains' three recorded inches. Small hail fell in the vicinity of Sweetwatcr and Rolan, but no damage had been reported early Thursday. Where It Rained lopped its spillway by 6 inches foi the first li'me in four years. Tlie lake levels were at their lowest points in early August at the end of a "lO-month drought which cost Taylor Counly more than ?6 million in agricultural production. Kivby was 6 per cent ot ca. pacily and 15.1 feet below its spillway on Aug. o, Weenv.; iaid. LAKE AH1LENK WHS '23.7 pc-i cent of capacity and 12' feel below spillway Aug. 3 and Luke B'orl Phantom was 33.f> per cent of capacity al IG.3 Icct spillway. Vt'ecms said the rains, whicil icfilled Hie lakes in 89 days, Aug. steadily in- 1-1 eased through Angus! and September, and filled Lake Abilene' and Fort Phantom in September. Ki'oiii Aug. 2 to tlic present, 21.09 inches has lallcn al Abi- icne Municipal Airport, ting the meager 8.85 for the period beginning Jan. 1. Extortionists Fail to Ransom Banker's Wife Color It Hdllbween Five-year-old Eric Arnelle tackled a 30 pound pumpkin for a Halliween Jack- o'-lantevn. It wasn't easy cutlying all the .different pieces he knew a jack-'o-lan- lei-n must have. But.when it was finish- ed, Eric was.as proud of. his 30 pound jack-'d- lantern as any 5-year-old would hie. He is the sou of Mr. and Mrs. Shelley Arnetle of 2018 Wood-.' ridgeVFor photos and story see Page photo 'by Don Blakley) Tex. (AP) failed Wednes- Municipal Airport PLAINS to ransom (lie wire of a Total for LEON president for an undis- Normal for sum of police 2102 873 said Robert NE Treatment president of the 901 Bank and 901 S. Crockett Dycss.'AFB Lake .52 ROCK PUTNAM .60 a telephone call around 10 a.m.. from a man who said J'eiidleton's wife, was' Lake Phantom DEPARTMENT OF hostage. Lake Kirby National weolher }.0fl Pendleton went 'honie. to 'de- Map, PS- EA) ABILENE. AMD VICINITY an unspecified isunr of BAIHD Porlly cloudy and ANNA to the extortionists bul BA iiijFc warinc-r Friilgy. Variable SEYMOUR "Ihcy had gone. He said 15 mnh. Hlqh faddy I" lie upper Lov; toruglil in Ihe mid 40s. found his wife bound and in? mirl 70s. High and lo.v [or 74 ending in a closet at. ,tlie Lake 85 and She was not harmed. 44. said Ihey are looking today: 6-55; sunscl lanlghh sunrise tomorrow: two mcn'in their early 20s. Trustees Elected 1 N 1 1 Give Trick-or-Treat Reminders 'Although the Abilene Police Residents wishing to wcl- out, the patrolmen will be "re-DepartmenL will not send out come trick-or-trealers .should minded at the to patrol units Thursday turn on a porch light oiaimca canay- son said he does not know how wear Halloween costumes that Ilc warned motorists to be lllany extra cars will be on arc either light in color or the lookout for excited He added that the decorated wilh reflective tape youngsters. county usually does not -have so they can be seen in the Pruitt said although there anything more than the usual beam of car lights. will-be no extra patrol cars pranks at Halloween. Five new trustees for Hendrick Memorial Hospital of Abilene were named Thursday morning by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Three present trustees were elected three-year terms. N e w hospital board members, selected by Texas Bap-lists who sponsor Ulc institution, arc: Robert Hilt, president of Western Plumbing Wholesalers of Abilene and incoming president of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. The Rev. Jerry Poleel, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Abilene. Charles Trickey, president of ACCO Feeds, division of Anderson -Clay ton Co., Abilene. Howard Wilkins, an public accountant; Ronald .McMillon, secretary-treasurer of Abilene Sheet Melal Inc. NAMED TO NEW terms on Ihc board were present trustees firyan Bradbury, the Itev. Gene Me-Combs, pastor of t h e First Baptist Church nf Duncan-ville.; and James Parker, president of Sam Glass Enterprises, operator of retail grocery stores including the four Super .Duper stores in Abilene. Ilitl and Bradbury are members of South Side Baptist Church of Abilene. Trickey, Wilkins and Parker arc members of First Baptist Church of Abilene. McMillon is chairman of deacons fjf Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, liaptisl Convention regulations require that tnislces for convention sponsored institutions be Baptists. Tenure of trustees is routinely limited to three consecutive Ihree-year terms beflre rotation off boards bul an exception was made on hospilal trustees because of transition in management of Ihe hospilal, present president, JBonn'e Powell Jr., said. "BECAUSE OF the change in leadership brought by Hie retirement of jr. Collier, flendrick admininslrator for many years, the Baptist Convention extended the terms- of some trustees due to rotate. off the Powejl said, "As a result, we have seven Iras-lees leaving tile hoard now with only five new ones joining (he board." The retiring trustees arc Lynn Cook, chairman; Alack Kplen, Lamar Moore Jr., II. Skinner and the Rev. Jack TUdlehoovcr, ail of Abilene; Glenn Biggs of San Anlonio and Leonard Proclor of Midland. Notes 8-C Your Good H TV Loq TV Scout Women's Abilene in Top 10 for College Grods Q. Whal's Ihe percentage of college and high school graduates among Ihe citizenry of Abilene? How does It com- pare with other Texas Cllies? A. As of the 1070 census 52.5 per cent of those 25 and older were high school gradu- ates. Abilene and Taylor Counly rank in the top 10 In cities and counties of Ihe stale in education. The ..median number' of- school years completed (again 25 and over) is 12.1. State average is 11.6. Out ol people, have four or more "years of college, which is nearly 11 per cent. Q. Jly husband is such a conscien- tious objector he won't even kill a spider. There's one dn my kitchti ceiling that's getting fatter every day but he doesn't have a web. I asked my hnsbaid why and he saW, "He's a jumping spMer jimptig spiders dwi't tave webs." Well, wfcy nt? DM'! they iced a home tfo? A. He has one, your kilchen ceiling. ACC Enlomplogist Elaine-Smith explains spiders tall into two categories, those fhat have webs to calch their food and tliose that hunt or jump for food. Since your jumper doesn't need a web to entangle a fly or mosquito [or his evening meal, he doesn't have one. I hate the Idea thai nurses have to serve on jnries. We used It get OR! of It when we were called. The other day we almost lost a By ELLTE RUCKEH we had bur head iurse jury duty and we didn't have enough help. Espe- cially nurses fn intensive care, recov- ery room aid surgery should be ex- empt. You know Abilene: Is short of nurs- es. There are so mamy other business- es that lei a ptrsoi to serve and there are pleity tt women sitting at a bridge table, vr wt the golf coarse tkit sore. Please ask a judge he would fed H he had a heart attack and (he nurse he aeeded was serviig on jury duty. A. If everybody who thought he should be exempted from'jury duty was actually exempted, (here wouldn't be anybody left to serve. And this was practically the case a few years ago. The law was changed in 1971 because special interest groups built up CAemp- lions for: attorneys, wives of attorneys, physicians, ministers of the officers of Ihe stale and Ihe U.S., all over- seers of roads, railroad stalion agents, conductors, engineers, all members of the National Guard, registered, practical and vocational nurses, any practitioner who treats the'sick by prayer or spiritual means in'. accordance with the tenets of established churches or denominations, all licensed morticians, pharmacists, agents and patrolmen in forestry prelection work, all school teachers and more. Now as you can sec, Ihings had gotten out of hand. The legislature abolished all exemptions except' four those 65 and over, women with children under 10, high school and' college sludenls, full-time vo- calio'rial students. District Judge Don Lane thinks lhat blaming the loss of a patient on the court system is pretty far-fetched. "I realize often an inconvenience for working people lo serve'on ar jury bul if you stall picking up only people who don't have anything else to do, the quality of jury service falls down. I'd hate to have my rights deter- mined by people who have nolhing eke to do bul sit on a jury." Q. mat Uod of gnus were the Abi- lene Police Department using at Ibe tun ot (he ceitary? A. You 'can see one on display on Ihe ground floor at City Hall. It's, a 45 Colt single.action, better know as an old Ihum- buster the same type gun Little Joe on Bonanza used. Address questions lo Ac I ion Line, Box II, Abilene, Texas TKM. Names will no I be used hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please In- clude telcplpne umbers If possible. Poetic Justice Taylor County Coiirlhouse is reflected in the 1.35 inches of rain which fell Wcdnesclay. The accumulation is part of a deluge in Uic lasl llircc ft months, which killed a 10-moulh drought lhat cost Ihc country more llian million in agri- cultural production. (Slaft Photo hy John Best) ;