DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD i:! T ?:F i LII cr.'jitn i BOX 45436 y DALLAS, TEX. 75235 44th YEAR NUMBER 21 Phone 775-3531 DEL RIO, TEXAS 78840, TUESDAY AFTERNOON, April 13, 1971 10c COPY EIGHT PAGES TODAY Masked Bandits Take $250,000 from Bank AT LEADERSHIP MEET-Jaime Ortiz, who has expressed interest in organizing a youth council at Del Rio High School, left, talks with Jesus Almaguer Jr. of the governor's committee in Austin, a technical associate trainee who will be in charge of this region, extending to Brownsville. The training session ended shortly before noon today after opening Monday in the San Felipe Neighborhood Facility. (News-Herald Photo) SEEK TO LIFT SIEGE 2,000 ARVINs Open Big Push By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Some 2,000 South Vietnamese troops launched a drive today to lift (the two-week-old siege of Fire Base 6 in the central highlands after U.S. B52 bombers prepared the way with 600 tons of bombs. The big bombers attacked North Vietnamese positions within a mile of the eastern side of the base close to the Laotian and Cambodian borders. It was the heaviest B52 attack in the central highlands in nearly a year. Four battalions from South Vietnam's 22nd Infantry Division moved up for the drive to relieve the less than two battalions hanging on at Fire Base 6. But no ground contact with the enemy was reported. With elements of two North Vietnamese infantry regiments and one artillery regiment reported in the area, some South Vietnamese paratroop units which participated in the Laotian invasion were flown from Quang Tri to the central highlands as a ready reserve force.. •U.S. C130 cargo planes dropped two more 15,000-pound blockbuster bombs on North Vietnamese troop concentrations on the western side of the base. Two of the big bombs were dropped on enemy positions Monday, the first time in the war that 15,000-pounders had been used against troops. Heretofore, the bombs had been used to blast out landing zones for helicopters in the jungles; the biggest bomb used against enemy positions had been 3,000 pounds. U.S. officials were reassessing the progress of the Vietnamization program in light of the disappointing South Vietnamese performance in Laos and the current enemy offensive in the highlands. In- formed sources said as a result, reduction of the 40,500 U.S Trustees Certified The Commissioners Court Monday canvassed the county school elections, certifying winners. Edwin Lily received fc four votes to gain election as trustee of Common School District 6 at Langtry. Robert Cauthorn Jr. won re-election as trustee of Juno Common District 4 with 8 votes. Ross Foster and Will O. Mills were re-elected county school trustees. Foster got 7 votes at Langtry and 582 at Del Rio. Mills got 8 at Juno, 23 at Comstock and 593 at Dej Rio. Foster represents Precince 4 and Mills Precinct 3. Air Force personnel, still in Vietnam will likely be kept to a minimum during the 100,000- rnan cutback President Nixon has programmed for May 1- Dec. 1. They said that perhaps only one air wing would be pulled out. To increase the effectiveness of Its support for the South Vietnamese and its production for the diminishing American forces, the U.S. 7th Air Force is planning a reorganization and consolidation of its squadrons in South Vietnam. Certain types of aircraft will be grouped at central points instead of being spread over the country. The sources said this should result in speedier maintenance, keep more planes In the air and help offset the reduction in American strength. U.S. B52 bombers and tactical fighter-bombers have helped contain the offensive in the highlands and apparently have kept Fire Base 6 from being overrun a second time. Around -. -. . ^ — - ,^ Town By IMA JO FLEETWOOD JOHNNY HUMPHREYS left today for Texas A&M University after spending the Easter holidays in Del Rio with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Humphreys. Johnny was initiated recently into Phi Eta Sigma, a national freshman scholastic fraternity for students who maintain a '3.5 or better grade point ratio. A CLOCK RADIO will be given away by the New Light Church Choir to raise money for the choir. It will be given away Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the home of Mrs. Johnnie Mae Jordan, 403 Dignowity St. A SPECIAL MEETING of American Legion Post 595 is planned for 8 p.m. Wednesday at the post headquarters, 507 W. Martin St. Officers will be elected by the post. JOHN FINGER JR., transferred from-: Del Rio to Fort Worth by the U.S. Customs service, has been here Monday and Tuesday, coming for federal court. Finger said Mrs. Finger will join him in Fort Worth later; he said if he had made a choice he could not be more pleased in his new assignment. THE DEL RIO AREA ASSOCIATION for Retarded Children will meet tonight at 8 o'clock in the San Felipe Neighborhood Facility. Officers are anxious to have a good attendance. HERE 18 YEARS County Agent Tatum Moving to C/eburne Twelve Hostages Released 1 Tommy Tatum, county agent for Val Verde County for 18 years, is being transferred to Cleburne, in Jonnson County, by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Tatum is to assume his duties in Cleburne May 1. "That area is different from Val Verde County," Tatum said. "Stockmen there raise beef and small grains are n duced. When I visited there aw only one pasture with sheep." Ray Siegmund, district agricultural agent of Fort Stockton, Tex.,was here Monday and met with the Val Verde County Commissioners Court to announce Tatum's new assignment in Cleburne. There he will have an assistant agent and a home demonstration agent, who also has an assistant in the office. When Tatum came to Del Rio in 1953 he had office space on the second floor of the Del Rio Furniture Store. At that time, the 4-H Club had an old barn on Dignowity Street. The next year, additions were made to the barns and in 1953, the 4-H Club moved to Val Verde County Fair Grounds, Activities of the organization have been TOMMY TATUM . . . Transferring centered there ever since. Structures of the organization have all been built with funds raised by the 4-H Club and the parents of members; no county or state funds are spent for construction. The show barn at the site, in use since 1963, has been improved ,from time to time and the most recent addition is the new horse barn, which will accommodate 40 horses. It too was built from funds raised by the 4-H Club and their parents and for the most part, the labor was done by volunteers, When Tatum came to Del Rio the 4-H Club had 32 members, county-wide, and presently there are 188 enrolled. The 4-H Horse Club has 80 members. Tatum was born and reared in Erath County. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and, following his graduation, went to Sanderson where he taught vocational agriculture until he moved to Del Rio in 1953. "I've enjoyed my work here," Tatum said, "and after all this time, I even have some second generation 4-H Club members." While he will be in Cleburne May 1, the family will not join him until later. Mr. and Mrs. Tatum have five children, including Mrs. Vicki Haslanger, who resides in Houston; Jack Tatum, a sophomore student at Texas A&M University; Bill Tatum, a sophomore student in Del Rio High School and a member of the 4-H rifle team; Missy Tatum, who is 10, and Cindy Tatum, who is 8 years of age. District Court Meets at Bracket* BRACKETTVILLE-A civil suit involving a .claim for damages filed by Eloida DeLa Rosa, et al against Roland Williams is being heard today in District Court at Brackettville. Judge George M. Thurmond of Del Rio is presiding in the case. Wednesday, Thurmond will hear a motion to revoke the probation of Maxie Morgan who was convicted last year on a D.W.L charge and an assaulting an officer charge. District Attorney John Pettit is seeking to have probation granted Morgan on a 1969 conviction revoked. ,, Also scheduled to come to trial Wednesday is a theft over $50 charge against Lewis Wells. The district court is scheduled for an arraignment session in Maverick County on the 16th and in Val Verde County on the 20th. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of North Heights Parent-Teacher Association will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Officers and chairmen of committees are expected to attend the session. RETIRED M. SGT. J.R. DYE, with Mrs. Dye and their children, Steven, Judith and Diane Dye of Hurst, Tex., spent Easter visiting in Del Rio as guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Cross. Wind Warnings Up at Amistad Like a broken record, the weather forecast again reads "Cloudy to partly cloudy, windy and mild becoming fair, windy and a little cooler Wednesday. Wind warnings for Lake Amistad." Winds have raked the city for days. Legal Abortions Bill Faces Uncertain Fate AUSTIN (AP) - A bill that would legalize abortions in Texas barely made it out of the Senate Public Health Committee today with an uncertain future ahead in Senate debate. "We'll bring it up when we get the votes." Sen. Don Ken- nardof Fort worth, said after the measure won 5-4 approval of the committee. Kennard said he understood a number of amendments would be offered by opponents in floor debate. The measure, sponsored by Kennard and Sen. Tom Creighton of Mineral Wells, would legalize abortions in Texas if a woman gives her written consent. If a girl is unmarried and under 16 the parents must consent. A doctor could not be forced to perform an abortion Dr. Newby Again Board President Air Condition Bid Accepted The ,Val Verde County Commissioners Court Monday afternoon accepted the $4,904 bid of Sam L. Sadler to air Weather DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Cloudy to partly cloudy, windy and mild this afternoon becoming fair and windy and a little cooler Wednesday. Low tonight in the high 60s; maximum temperature Wednesday in the mid-70s. Wind warnings for Lake Amistad with wind out of'the southeast at 15 to 25 miles per hour, becoming northwesterly at 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusty tonight. Winds will diminish late Wednesday. Maximum temperature Monday, 85; minimum; 63. Minimum temperature this morning, 59. Time of sunset, 7:09 p.m.; time of sunrise, 6:19 a.m. condition the County Tax Assessor-Collector Building. Other proposals included a $5,243 bid from Harold Kelley and a $7,744 bid from Western Ah* Conditiqning. The court decided to readvertise bids for sheriffs department cars. County Judge Sergio Gonzalez Jr. explained that this will be done to clarify specifications. In other actions during the day-long session attended by all members, the court declined for the present/ to act on approval or an adult probation \ officer, for the 63rd Judicial District. The court's stud/of . the /ambulance situation continued. Private ambulance operators have given notice of their intention to discontinue service at the end of May. Both the city and county have been studying means to provide this .essential service, but no final conclusion has been reached. Dr. Hi Newby was re-elected president of the Del Rio independent School District's board of trustees at a regular meeting of the board Monday night. : Philip A. Ricks was elected vice-president and Walt Davenport was named secretary. ' . . The new school board, was organized after the old board met and certified the election of three trustees in the recent election. The canvass confirmed the re-election of Dr. Newby and the election of Glenn Scallorn and Frank Ramon to the board. The action completed the service of retiring board members Leonel Martinez and - Paul Halamicek. Neither sought re-election. The board adopted a resolution commending the service of the two and expressing . appreciation to them. - ' District Attorney John Pettit was present to swear in Newby, Ramon and Scallorn. The board's first business was the appointment of an equalization board, to be announced as • soon as appointees .have been given an opportunity to accept. The board also authorized the employment of two additional coaches Jor junior high school. A schedule for pay to those faculty members whose schedules require extra days of work was approved during a brief executive session as submitted by Supt. O.B. Poole DR. HI NEWBY .. President Again Jr. School architect Jim Heister of Dallas was unable to appear to present the master plan for school construction which he has completed. The board was given a demonstration of the protective check writing machine which has been placed into use and expressed approval of the new system. The administration and trustees indicated they look with favor on a suggestion made by Davenport that two polling places be set up for the next trustee election to remedy the congestion experienced in the April 3 vote. All new and old board members were present. Also present were Supt. Poole and administrative staff members Joe Brown. Walter Block and A.F. McFarlane. , The board adopted the school calendar for 1971-72. In-service training is set Aug. 23-25. Registration 'will be Aug. 26-27. Christmas holidays will be Dec. 20-Jan. 3. The semester will end Jaa 21. An Easter holiday will be. observed March' 31-April 3. The spring semester will close May 31 to June 2. . upon demand. The bill also increases the maximum penalty for illegal abortions from 5 to 12 years in prison. The bill was recommended by a subcommittee today and approved by the committee without discussion. At first the vote was 5-2 with Sens. Charles Herring of Austin and Henry Grover of Houston voting against. Later Sens. Mike McKool of Dallas and Joe Bernal of San Antonio arrived and asked to be shown as voting "No." The others agreed. Several hundred persons attended a committee hearing on the measure March 29 with several hours of testimony both for and against the bill. A hearing on a similar bill introduced in the House is scheduled April 19. AUSTIN (AP) — Texas senators tentatnvely approved today a proposal to make the term of office for all statewide officials, such as governor and lieutenant governor, four years instead of two. Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes seemed eager for the Senate to adopt the proposed constitutional amendment, even suggesting arguments the sponsor, Sen. Tom C reighton of Mineral Wells, might use on the floor. Gov. Preston Smith has consistently fought the four-year term. Two on Raft Trip Overdue Two San Antonio physicians were reported missing this afternoon from a raft trip down the Rio Grande River from near Sanderson to Del Rto. • Drs, John Carter and Allan Eichler left San Antonio Sunday and were due back late Monday night, according to a report from Carter's office. Both men had rafts with them when they left San Antonio s and were reported to have been K ing to travel on the river to ;1 Rio from a launching point somewhere near Sanderson which is some 20 miles from •' the Rio Grande. Dr. Eichler's wife, contacted by newsmen in San Antonio said that she had nqt heard from her husband by noon today and that Border Patrol Officers had been asked to search for the missing pair. . Barnes is considering running for governor or U.S. senator. The Senate vote tentatively approving the measure was 21-7. A final vote is needed before it goes to the House. It would be submitted to the voters at a steewide election in November, 1972. Senators rejected amendments that would have made statewide officials seek election only in presidential years and would have limited the governor and lieutenant governor to two four- year terms. Sen. A. M. Aikin of Paris said the two year budget bill would be ready Tuesday afternoon and. acommittee hearing was set on the measure for Thursday morning. The full Senate will debate it Friday. Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes said Monday the bill will require $583 million in new taxes over the next two years; Barnes wants the appropriations bill laid on the senators' desks early so they can examine it before debating the measure Friday. ".NEW YORK (AP) - Two. masked "Holdup men escaped with $250^)00 from a branch bank in Brooklyn today while a third companion held 12 persons hostage in a Staten Island home, police said. Police said some of the hostages, held all night, were related to the bank's manager, Charles A. Di Sogra, who also was held captive and forced to open the bank's vault. All were released unharmed, police said. Police said the three armed men invaded Di Sogra's home on Staten Island Monday night and took him to his sister-in- law's home where a total of 12 people were held hostage. While one bandit remained with the hostages, two of the men forced DI Sogra to drive them to a branch of the Community National Bank and Trust Company at the Fort Hamilton Army base . in Brooklyn at about 7:30 a.m. and ordered him to open the bank's safe. Police said Di Sogra had only part of the combination of the two-lock safe, and the holdup men had to wait for a woman cashier to arrive to open the lower part of the vault. The men escaped, leaving several bank employes handcuffed together, police said. They forced Di Sogra to drive them away from the base, dropped him off and abandoned the car 20 blocks away. Lost Boy Found ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 4-year-old boy lost in the Manzano Mountains since.- he wandered away from an Easter Sunday picnic was found alive today. A report on the physical condition of the youngster, Patrick Sanchez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patricio Sanchez of Albuquerque, wasn't available. The only report from the search camp was that he had been found and was being returned to the camp. More than. 400 searchers had gone into the mountains Monday and today, without success, as a police officer noted: "This is a big, bit country when you go looking for a little boy." The family had been on a picnic near Chilili with relatives. Young Patrick and a cousin, Kenny Robinson, disappeared. The Robinson boy was found several hours later. The Sanchez boy's father said the two youngsters "had just found the Easter eggs we had hid for them, when they started running up a hilL We hollered for them to come back, but by the time we got to the top of the hill, they were gone." Eight Indicted InFederalCourt The federal grand jury with Mrs. Maxine H. Lee of Uvalde as its foreman, handed down eight criminal indictments Monday as the jury of 20 people reported to U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. Leslie Duane Oglesby was indicted for possession of an unregistered firearm and for making a firearm and failing to pay the tax. Harvey William Schilling was cited for smuggling and concealing marijuana, two counts of failure to register and pay special tax. Juan Manuel Aguero was indicted on four counts of transporting aliens. Guadalupe Salazar-Perez faces five counts >of transporting aliens. , Humberto Adame also was indicted on five counts of transporting aliens, and Rogelio Zavala-Maldonado. six ' counts of transporting aliens. Other indictments included Armelio Garcia-Tristan, five counts, transporting aliens, and Pablo Martinez-Ramirez, five counts, transporting aliens. The jurors were excused after making their report to the court with praises from Judge Wood for their performance and dedication to their civic 'responsibility. He noted that serving as jurors ts~ an important role in the overall democratic process. o Amistad Report i, \ ( ...... Amistad elevation i this morning was 1063.20,' down .03 /from Monday. IDepth of the water at Amistad Dam was 163J20 feet/ down .03. Water storage this morning amounted to 1,086,036 acre feet, a decrease of 794 'acre feet. Water surface this morning measured 26,461 acres, down 18 acres. Downstream release was 1,080 second feet.
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