Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas
gfeflew porter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAH, NO. 99 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 70604. TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated 1'rcss By ELLIE RUCKER Curfew Discounted As Anti-Crime Tool Q. We're experiencing a great many drug problems in our small cily and naturally arc looking For ways (o com- bat (his. Surname told me thai Ahilene had done some studies on curfews and how they cut down on drug abuse, n'c'il like to present (o our city coun- cil (he idea ot a curfew hn( we need some statistics to hack up our request. Can you help? A. We didn't find local statistics but nflcr talking with several agencies in Aus- tin, learned Hie general consensus is thai curfews do not help combat drug prob- lems since most youth crime tends to be committed before 10 p.m. A study made by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in 1972 con- cluded tliul curfews are not the answer. In they arc often discriminatory. Says the study, "Unless police departments set up clear policy guides, police arc likely to improvise enforcement and reflect bias- es." "Police tend to melc out more severe dispositions to Negroes and to boys who look lough, because, from both prejudice and to some extent departmental statis- tics, they assume that these juveniles commit crimes more frequently than do oilier lypcs of yoiilh." Other studies called for abolition o[ ex- isting curfews. If you want still more facts, write Texas Department of Com- munity Affairs, Office of Drug Abuse in Austin. Q. How does a person color and preserve pampas grass blooms and ulipii arc you supposed lo do it? I died it last year and it didn't work. A! Now's the lime, while the blooms are soft and silky, says garden clubber Mrs. W. II. Buchanan. Combine one cup glycer- in, one cup warm water and two ounces food coloring. Cut stems on the slant, stick (hem in the solution and leave them there for three weeks. Maybe you didn't leave last year's crop in the mix long enough. tj. It would be Interesting to know why (he bands of local high schools ride school buses (built only for short hauls) while many area schools use charier buses for bands as well as the football team. Our football (earns go on charter buses. We should support our athletic program but school bands are certain- ly a major part of sluilcnts and team spirit. A. Superintendent of Schools Harold Brinson realizes the band buses are not aa comfortable as the "activity bus" but it goes back to a matter of money and a iraiter of precedence. During football sea- son the football team has priority over the activities bus, which is not a charter; it's owned by the school system. Also it would take more than one bu? to accommodate the band, whereas one bus will suffice for the football team, says Brinson. The band pays its ovyn way on out-of- town, trips and if the principals or band booster clubs have the money to charter buses, this would be up lo them, says Brinson. Travel expenses for the football team come out of the athletic budget. Brinson says, "I'm not for staying with something just because we've set a prec- edent but I don't think we can break out of this trap until we can come up with a teller source of revenue for this group of students." Q. IVhat (o use to kill aphids in my garden? And how do Ilicy get started? A. Ants carry them in and they hatch out like crazy. In a vegetable garden, Paula Carter suggests you use somelbing like nicotine sulfate or any vegetable spray llial says on it "safe non-toxic." Just scattering loose tobacco helps. Or try encircling your garden with mint plants since anls don't like to be near mint. Address questions lo Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79601. Names will not be used but questions must be signed and addresses given. I'leasc in- clude telephone numbers If possible. Institution Staff Training Stressed A trained staff would be the key to the success of a community- based institu- tion for Abilene iuvenile de- linquents, two professionals soy. The third of a series by Joe Dacy II is on Pg. IB. Amusements 4B Bridge 7 A Business Mirror....... 7 A Classified 2-6C Comics 23 Eclilorrals............... 4A Horoscope 6C Hosnilol Palienls 8A Obituaries ?A Soorls I.2C To Your Good Health...... KB TV Loo 4B TV Seoul 4B Women's NDM 3B Lifti CHA Soaking Rains Are Now Past Soaking Stage 'Congratulations' Irreverent congratulations greeted Boone Powell Jr. in the form a cream cake presented by a gorilla for Ihe 5flth anniversary of llendrick Mem- orial Hospital. Powell, administrator at the Hos- Pie in the 'Elvis' Enliven Breakfast Opener pifal, was one ot several prominent citizens spoofed at Tuesday's Abilene Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club. (Staff photo by Don Blakley) By LIZ MOOI1K Kcporler-Ncws Staff Writer Tuesday's Abilene Chamber of Conimes'ce Breakfast Club was an instant remedy lor the slow-to-wakc-up. Better than 10 ci'.ps of cof- fee, the McMurry College Lab Band and some pretty wild skits opened the eyelids of ap- proximately 300 persons at- tending tlie meal at the Abi- lene Civic Center. Because (be first fall break- fast was sponsored by North's Funeral Homes, masters oT ceremony Garnet Gracy Fred Lee Hughes were soberly attired in black suits with while carnations affixed to the lapels. THE ONLY halfway serious m o m c n t came when Pat, Wright of the Chamber of Commerce Women's Commit- tee presented three Pampered Public awards to outstanding Abilene relail personnel. The winners were Elaine Foolc of 718 Westmoreland, buyer for the lingerie depart- ment of Grissom's Depart- ment Store; Verna -Sa'ing, 1518 S. 6lh, checker with Super Du- por Food Store on Ei'.ffalo Gap Tld., and Andrew Urban, of 3950 Wilslnrc, pharmacist for Clinic Pharmacy. The winners '.vcre evaluated for courtesy and bv compet- ence by .'in anonymous group of shoppers. Ol'.ier "awards" included a bushel of corn to Jerry Law- less anti Bob Kuykendall of Kuykcndnll Office Machines for Iheir "corny" radio com- mercials. BOONK POWELL JR. was presented a cream cake in his face, that is by a gorilla wheeled in on a stivlclier. The honor was bestowed for the 50lh anniversary of Hendrick ,M e in o r i a 1 Hospital where Powell is the administrator. "Elvis fvcsley" made a spe- cial appearance, but rndcri his "Hound Dog" rendition in a huff when icrcaminc; girls car- ried off MC Hughes instead of the singer (impersonated by Dale Marl in, Operation Main- stream Staff All of I ho skits spoofing prominent Abilene citizens were accompanied bv a cac- kling machine, drum rolls by Ihe Lab which was directed by Roger Bush, and other special effects. The new Miss Teenage Abi- lene, Margie Ballavl of Colo- rado Cily, was special guest at Hie breakfast. AFTERMATH 01? POWELL'S ENCOUNTER Hie congratulations were a liltlc gooey By JOE DACY It Reporter-News Staff Writer More and more rain is now expected to drench the Abilene area, at least through Wednes- day, forecasters at the Nation- al Weather Service predicted Tuesday. A massive high pressure system over Ihe Great Lakes is moving northeastward, weatherman Jerry O'Bryant explained, and as i; does it is drawing a curtain of rain back over the Abilene area. O'Bryanl lisled several con- ditions in Ihe atmosphere, all of which herald more rain for I he already saturated Big Country. THERE IS A strong low pressure system in the Pacific which is pumping moisture into Ihe area from Mexico. East winds are also expected to bring in moisture from that direction, O'Bryant said. A cold front is ban-cling WHERE IT RAINED AUILHM; Municipal Airport Total for Year 24.24 Normal for Year 18.29 901 Piedmont .35 NE Treatment Plant .31 Dycss AFB .27 Lake Abilene .31 Lake Phantom Hill .29 Lake Kirby .20 BALLING Ell .17 BLACKWELL .50 CLYDE .40 COLEMAN .10 COLORADO CITY .50 EASTLANI) Tr. HAMLIN .5-1 1IAWLKY .511 HOTAN .80 RULE .80 STAMFOHD .55 TUSCOLA .20 'WINTERS .90 down from .Montana and is ex- pected lo surpass a weak cool front stalled to the norlh, he said. To summarize. O'Bryant said the area will probably get "more cold weather, more The thick blanket of nrecip- ilable moisture extends ns high as feet over Abi- lene, he said, saluraling the atmosphere. "We may go back into a shower he said. "It's Ijecomjng much more of a posMbih'ly." O'Bi-yant" indicated that this could mean a second stage of the 13-day rainy season that has struck the area since Sept. 11. The forecaster added that officials will be keeping a close watch on the possibility of more flooding if heavy rains fait to the south and southwest on Ihe Elm Creek watershed. "EVERYTHING'S saturated around O'Bryant said of ground conditions. "So, ev- erything's runoff." The Reporter-News tried (but failed) Monday to give an accurate estimate of just how much water one shower can impart to Ihe already soaked land. The total figure was in- accurate. More than 17 million gallons of water accumulates over n square mile area when il rains only 1 inch. There are 912 square miles in Taylor County alone and measurements of more than 10 inches were giv- en since Sept. 15. Municipal Airport gauges caught an additional .26 inch in Ihe 24-hour period prior to a.m. Tuesday, O'Bryant said. This brings the yearly total to 24.24 as compared lo a normal of 18.20. The total for the month, all since Sept. 11, is 9.87, he said, just .66 inches short of a 1932, SS-year record. Phantom Overflow Gains WEATHER City water superintendent Bill iveems said Tuesday that Lake Fort Phantom has in- creased ils overflow of the spillway by .2 foot lo a total of about seven inches. Killing Frost Deals New Blow to Midwest's Corn BOONE, Iowa CAP) -An early killing frost has dealt weather-stricken Midwest corn and soybean producers anoth- er blow and may mean higher consumer prices on meat, milk and eggs. Officials say freezing tem- peratures which settled across Ihe Upper Midwest on Satur- day night and Sunday night may have caused Ihe loss of another 200 million bushels of corn, and the figure on soy- bean loss could be twice as great. One result may be consum- ers paying "slill higher prices for meat, milk and says Waller Gocppinger, chief administrative officer of the National Corn Growers Asso- ciation in lioone. "American farmers would probably have raised a record C.I billion bushel corn crop this he said on Mon- day. "After Ihe spring storms and summer drought, it was looking like a crop of 5 billion b'jshels. "But the frost damage has covered such a wide area that billion bushels is Ihe maxi- mum that can be expected. II could be less." S e v e r e spring storms washed away much newly planted corn and soybean seed or delayed plantings, then a summer drought laid waste lo thousands of acres of prime cropland. Now the unseasonably early frost has. taken its toll of immature corn stands in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illi- nois and Michigan, Gocppin- ger said. Delayed plantings of corn resulted in later-maturing planls which were more sus- ceptible to fro.sl. For lhat corn lo develop "it needed a lalcv- Ihnn-avcragc killing frost, date, inslead of an earlier Gocppinger said. In DCS Molnes, Iowa, Na- tional Weather Service fore- caster Paul Waile said, "We've had frost all over the state, but there was a killer (he lasl two nighls with tern-, pcraliires all below 30 de- grees." lie said an earlier Iowa freeze, on Sept. 2, "occurs that cnvly only aboul once in 50 years. The Iroit Saturday and Sunday occurs only once in every 20 lo 25 years in most of Iowa." lie said the first fall freeze in crnlral Inwn nsiwllv occurs Oct. 5-10. Dr. Harvey Thompson, an Iowa Stale University agrono- mist, estimated the Iowa corn loss from frost alone :il 40 mil- lion bushels-, or'4 per cent of a predicted one billion bushel harvest, "The percentage loss on soybeans will be.more than double Ihe loss on Thompson said. "Because of Ihe sprinf: rain, hardly any beans were planted on lime, and a lot were replanted a couple of limes." Goeppinger said corn pro- d-.iccrs in the seven-slate Up- per Mldwc.sl area who were hit by the drought and then the frost "arc really paying the biggest price. Probably in many cases Ihcy may not gel 15 lo 20 bushels lo an acre. And in sonic cases there is complete failure." Corn producers in recent years have consistently har- vested more than 100 bushels an acre. Meanwhile, he said Lake Abilene's overrun has dropped by that same amount down lo 1.5 feet over, and Lake Kirby remained Ihe same al fed below spillway level. The first two lakes are ex- pected to drain for from four lo six weeks, Wccnis said, to allow Lake Abilene lo provide a flooding "buffer" ag.iinsl fu- ture rains. Lake Ilubbard, near Brcck- enridge. Abilene's some-lime water supply, is now 7q per cent of capacity, said Victor Jacggli, general manager of the West Central Texas Munic- ipal Waler District. That lake, which now holds Rain Gauge 'Wears Out' T h c Reporter-News has several persons who call in with rain reports from area towns, bill Richard linissow of Clyde may have taken Ihe cake in telling how hard il has rained there. ".My rain gauge has worn Bnissow said Monday; Pressed for an explanation, he said thai the numbers on his brand-new rain gauge had washed away. "ALL OF THE numbers are worn he said, "and when this slarlcd (Sept. 11) il was a new one." Biussow said he has already purchased another gauge, this lime with raised numbers, .so thiil the rainfall won't wash I hem oft (his lime. llul if it kcops raining he might have lo find a gauge, that floats as well. three times as much water as Lake Fort Phantom, is 7.3 feet below spillway, up seven feet since the rain began. Weekend rains at Clyde and Baird helped send Ihe lake level upward, he said, adding Ilial addilional rains co'jld fill Ihe lake lo its capacity. U.S. DEPARTMENT Of COMMERCE Notional Service (Wealher Pg. IA) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-miIi raj'usj Ccudy and cool wllh Inter- miltenl rain lotfay. Cloudy and co-nlin- ucd cool a chance ol rain lanigM and Wednesday. Easl and vjmds 5 lo 1? mph. Higo today do. Lo'.v tonight in Ire lower 50s. High Wednesday In Ihe lower 60s. Probability nl rain ICO per cent Icdoy, 50 per cent toniqhl end Wednesday. High and lo-.v lor 2t hours sndir.fl f Miqh and IG'.V some date TOM vear: SD ard 7X Suirise IwfOY: sunset tonight: sunrise tomorrow: West Texas Flood Watch Now Routine DY THK ASSOCIATED PRKSS Unceasing rains, moslly in and South Texas, caused more flood troubles today and moisture amounts for the year in some sections climbed close lo normal totals for a full 12 months. Official observers blamed moisture-laden air billowing ashore from both the Gulf of Mexico and Ihe Pacific Ocean for Hie continuing downpours. Big rises coursing down the llio Grande overflowed into loiv and generally uninhabited areas from below El Paso to- ward Lake Amistad, far down- stream. Renewed flooding also occurred along parts of the Pccos River, which eventually [lows into the llio Grande. At the same lime heavy rains which hit the Lower llio Grande Valley near the mouth of Ihe international border stream again filled streets and roadways with muddy water. Similar conditions only Mon- day forced 25 families lo flee Ihe southeast part of ICdinburg and hampered travel. Ruin fell early in Ihe day nvcr much of Ihe northwest half of Texas, and the Nation- al Weather following an almost daily sued a flash' flood watch through for sections along and west of.the Pecos Iliver. Midland and Odessa, where slreels ran curb deep Monday aflernoon, were among points receiving slill more moisture. Water flowing across high- ways made travel hazardous elsewhere in the affected areas. Temperatures near dawn slipped down lo 42 degrees at Guadalupe Pass cast of lil Paso in far West Texas, 46 al Lubbock and 47 al Amarillo. Al the same hour it was slill 71 al McAllcn and 77 al Brownsville on the southern lip of Ihe state. Top marks Monday after- noon ranged from 85 at Brownsville down to 51 at Amarillo, Lubbock and Maria. Forecasts promised no letup in rain across the northwest hall of the stale and in the Lower llio Grande Vullcy.