The Mexia Daily News from Mexia, Texas on February 28, 1977 · Page 1
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Worth repeating "The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and 1 self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith." — John Foster Dulles, former U.S. Secretary of State. Volume 78 Serving The People Of The Bi-Stone Area Established As A Newspaper In 1872 Number 49 Member AP and NEA Monday, February 28, 1977 Say something good about the BiStortff area Mexia, Texas 10 cents 10 Pages Ernie ROCHE of Hubbard brings his woodcarving artistry to Gibbs Memorial Library for a program tonight at 7:30...sponsored by the local Art League... An organizational meeting to form the GED class will be held Tuesday night at Mexia High School. The meeting is to start at 7. Anyone interested in obtaining a GED (high school diploma equivalency) is urged to attend. There is no cost or obligation to anyone, emphasizes Larry SEWELL, class instructor again this year. One must be 17 years or older and must have been out of school for at least a year...to qualify. Please park on the south parking lot and enter the building through the middle ramp, Sewell stresses... tour) for local Lions at their weekly luncheon-meeting...Tuesday...and, the Lions board of directors has a meeting scheduled for this evening at 7 in the Community room of Southwestern Electric Service Company... Texas' violence hits 15 weekend fatalities By The Associated Press . A Fort Worth mystery slaying helped to swell the violent death toll in Texas during the weekend. Two men told police they found the body of a young woman, cut in halves apparently after she was raped and strangled, on a west side dump while hunting for automobile parts. The unidentified victim had been nailed inside a box about 2V 2 feet square and was believed to have died no more than 24 hours earlier. Altogether The Associated Press tabulated reports of 15 fatalities between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, including eight in traffic accidents, three other homicides, two electrocution and one in a fire. Henry RADDE, our pastor up at First United Methodist, will present the program (Holy Land slides' armchair Mostly fair through Tuesday. Warmer Tuesday. Low tonight about 32. High Tuesday near 67; Takeover of school program eyed by State AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - A House subcommittee leaned toward phasing in a complet^slate takeover of the Foundation School Program today as it began work on molding six different bills into a single school finance proposal. Chairman Tom Massey, D-San Angelo, said his goal was to send a bill to the full House Public Education Committee in three weeks, setting up a vote in the House perhaps before April 1. The committee decided to use Gov. Dolph Briscoe's bill HB750 as is vehicle but leaned in its opening discussion toward the approach taken by a coalition of seven school administrators' organization. That plan would reduce the Foundation School Program from $508 million a year to $396 million, with the state picking up the cost of subsequent improvements in the program. Other approaches would tie the local fund assignemtn either to a percentage of the total cost of the foundation program or to a fixed tax rate - so many cents per $100 of taxable property. Rep. Ruben Torres, D-Brownsville, said ther obviously isn't enough money available to have the state assume the full local fund assignment over the nest two years - an estimated $1.04 billion. But, he said, it could be phased in over a two to four year period. "I agree.:.! like the idea of a set figure on local fund assignments that everytime we beef it the foundation program up it doesn't fall on the folks back home in higher property taxes," said Massey. Torres also proposed a "progressive" local fund assignment where poor districts woule pay less in terms of mandatory tax rate ,than rich ones. He said his studies showed a range of one or two cents per $100 valuation in the poorest to 22 cents in the riches. In a straw vote, committee members indicated they favored a limit on local property taxes, at least at present levels. Several members indicated the disequalizing effect of reducing local fund assignments could be offset by increasing aid to poor districts. The full education committee begins hearings Tuesday on another facet of school finance, higher retirement benefits for school teachers. Speaker Bill Clayton said he expects little of importance to come up in the House this week. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies held Sunday for Majestic House of Hair Design Yesterday's ribbon cutting at the Majestic House of Hair Design at 808 East Milam marked the 10th anniversary of the Majestic Beauty Salon. In February, 1967 Laverne Wilson opened the beauty salon in the Majestic Hotel. She moved it to 404 East Palestine.The Majestic was bought by Chuck Liles in September. 1975. Chuck, for 8 years and associated with Sanger-Harris and Neiman, Marcus. The salon remained in the same location until February, 1977 when Chuck, moved it to 808 East Palestine and gave it a new name, the Majestic House of Hair Design. A home was remodeled into a fashionable salon with separate styling, Ribbon-cu tting The Majestic House of Hair Design had its ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday afternoon at 808 East Milam Street. I .a Verne Wilson had just snipped the ribbon when picture was taken. Watching is owner Chuck Liles. Others in photo include the Jim Ramseys, Willis Bug, TomFlatt, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Haenisch. (Staff photo by Bob Wright: Dusk at high noon The National Weather Service termed it the worst dust storm since 1955, and this view looking toward downtown Oklahoma City, Okla., Dears out the observation. Winds up to 40 miles per hour blew the dust across Oklahoma, dropping visibility to a quarter of a mile. The dust was settling the next day, but the sky was still brown. Shapes of tall downtown buildings can barely be seen in the photo. (AP wirephoto) Deadline reminder for campaign reports' fillings issued by White AUSTIN, Tex. (AP)- Secretary of State Mark White reminded local politicians today that March 3 is the first deadline for ^filing campaign reports for the upcoming April 2 city and school board elections. Candidates with opponents must file all previously unreported contributions and expenditures through Feb. 21, a White said. White said candidates and specific purpose political committees involved in the municipal elections must file their statements with the city secretary or city clerk. In school board elections the statements are filed with the secretary of the school board. . ..,.,.... Trailer house gutted by fire Mexia firemen responded to a blaze early tnis morning, involving a vacant trailer house at 805 North Denton Street. The fire shich gutted "a trailer owned by James Smith at 1:31 , resulted in no in- juriesr Cause of the incident I Two men killed in 2-vehicle accident 14 miles from Fairfield Drive Friendly Dow Jones NEW YORK (AP) - Dow Jones 11 a.m. stock averages: 30 Industrials, 933,43. Unch.; 20 Transportation, 221. 46-0.35; 15 Utilities, 104.81-0.16; 65 Stocks, 304.89-0.19. Two Oakwood men were killed when their vehicles collided head-on a hill, 14 miles east of Fairfield on farm-to market road 489 Sunday. Investigating the car- truck fatalities was Trooper David Eldridge , stationed at Teague with the Department of Public safety. Dead in the accident are Connie Lee Bailey 60, and Tommie Lee Shed,37. Both lived on Route 1, Oakwood. Mr. Bailey was driving a 1970 Ford pickup truck, while Mr. Shed drove a 1974 Chevrolet. Both vehicles reportedly met on the crest of a hill, leading to the head-on collision. The drivers were lone occupants of both vehicles, Trooper Eldridge reports. Mr. Bailey's body was taken to Dorsey- Keatts Funeral Home in Mexia. Mr. Shed's body was taken to Capps Funeral Home at Fairfield. shampooing, drying and men's styling rooms. Much remodeling was done, with the total effect being one of light. Working with Chuck are Laverne Wilson, Pat Glidewell, who has been with the Majestic for two years, and Karyl Sanders a three and one-half year employee. Stocks Coca Cola 75 off >/„; duPont 126% up %; Exxon 50% up V 8 ; Gen Elec 50'/ 8 ; Gulf Oil 28% off '/«; Penney 40% off •%; RCA 27; Safeway 48'/ 8 ; Sears 62%. AUSTIN Tex. i (AP>- State Dist. Judge Arthur Lesher Jr. of Houston has suspended the law license of former district judge Garth Bates, the State Bar of Texas announced today. BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Two commuter trains collided near Barcelona today, killing more than 20 persons, the Catalan rail company said. Verse a day "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8. Meany introduces Soviet dissident George Meany, right president of the -Al-'L-CIO introduces Soviet dissident Vadimir Bukovsky to the press in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP wirephoto)

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