Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 82, No. 90, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 18, 1982 Page: 1 of 20
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82nd Year Volume No. 90 Two Sections 20 Pages Wednesday, August 18, 1982 Twenty Five-Cents Mineral Wells, Texas
totaling $99,000 were turned
over to board attorney Jake Varnell for
NEW YORK (AP) - The dramatic
drop in interest rates of late to playing
to rave notices on Wall Street, but
whether it will prove cause for similar
elation through the rest of the American
economy in the months ahead remains
to be seen.
On Tuesday, declining rates helped
touch off the biggest single • day gain in
New York Stock Exchange history • a
38.81 - point rise, to 831.24, in the
Dow Jones average of 30 industrial
In the frenzy of trading activity,
composite volume of all NYSE - listed
stocks traded on the exchange floor and
in other markets also set a record, with
105.67 million shares changing hands.
The bond markets, meanwhile,
continued an explosive rally that has
been running since last week.
Buyers scrambling after Treasury bills
maturing in 30 days drove the interest
rates on those government securities
down close to 8 percent • about five
percentage points below where they
stood as recently as late June.
If rates keep dropping, they could
relieve some of the serious strains in the
economy caused by high borrowing
costs over the past year - which have put
home mortgages, auto loans and
business credit beyond the reach of
Two of Wall Street’s most respected
economists, both of whom have long
been skeptical about the interest - rate
outlook, think rates are indeed headed
The catch * and a big catch it to * to
that both have grown more optimistic
about interest • rate prospects precisely
because they are more pessimistic about
the chances for an improvement tn
Many analysts had feared that heavy
Treasury borrowing to finance huge
federal budget deficits would keep
interest rates high, but the Wall Street
economists decided the bad economy
will probably shrink demand for
Henry Kaufman, economist at the
investment banking firm of Salomon
Brothen, said Tuesday that long -term
interest rates on government bonds
could fall from 12*4 percent to the 9 *
10 percent range within the next 12
months, largely because of the reduced
The primary reason for his “new
outlook,” Kaufman said, to that “a
smart business recovery in the second
half of this year to now much torn likely
to materialize” than was thought a few
Stock - market analysts said
Kaufman’s reputation, and his wide
following among money managers
responsible for pension funds and other
large pools of money, helped give those
comments special weight
z Council marks Baker
approved by TAB agency
When Gloria Gilbert won the Miss Texas title,she had to relinquish her Miss Palo Pinto County title. Accepting the crown above
from Gloria to Toni Holton, first runner * up and swim suit winner in the local pageant Toni, 18, a recent graduate of MWHS is
studying computer science at Devry Institute in Irving. She is the daughter of Sylvia Holton and Max Holton. The brief
ceremony was held Sunday during the reception for Miss Texas.
Army dispels report
By Sue Sterling
Expansion plans for Palo Pinto
General Hospital were unanimously
approved by a committee of more than
50 persons of the Texas Area 5 Health
Systems Agency in Euless, hospital
Administrator Mike Slaton told PPGH
Slaton said the approval is the second
stage in the certificate of need process,
with the final hearing to be held Sept.
20 at the Texas Health Facilities
Commission in Austin.
The process is required to try to
avoid duplication in services among
hospitals and ensure that expansion is
At the TA5HSA meeting Tuesday
afternoon, the chairman of the
Certificate of Need Committee which
reviewed and approved the expansion
plans earlier this month, presented the
project to the full board with the
committee’s recommendation for
Slaton said the project was
unanimously approved on a voice vote.
The expansion plans calls for the
addition of a third floor to the hospital
which will contain 40 medical - surgical
beds and ah 8,000 square foot addition
for ancilliary services at the back of the
The construction, estimated at a cost
of $6.5 million, will be financed with
revenue bonds and a local fund drive
that is attempting to raise $1 million
towards the cost.
In other board action Tuesday,
Slaton reported that a telemetry system
that will link Possum Kingdom
ambulance paramedics with physicians
at the hospital may be completed by
the end of September.
The antenna has been installed, and
Slaton said the console is ready to be
installed as soon as Southwestern Bell
Telephone Co. can install the necessary
equipment in the emergency room.
Slaton said Dr. James Berg is
developing protocol for the use of the
equipment. That protocol, he said, will be
submitted to the medical staff for
approval at a later date.
In related action, Slaton told the
board that the hospital’s beeper system,
which was put on the wrong frequency
when the system was installed four or
five years ago is also being corrected.
Slaton said the hospital was put on a
business frequency rather than a
medical frequency and he said there
have been problems with users knocking
each other off the air.
The board also authorized board
president Jim Holub to borrow up to
$100,000 for a 30 • day period to
provide operating capital, if necessary,
until the hospital can receive Medicare
The problem with the delays in
reimbursement, Slaton said, is causing
cash flow problems for all hospitals, and
he said the action will provide working
capital in case the hospital needs it
before the payments arrive.
The board has a provision in its
depository contract with the local bank
to borrow funds at a 2.5 percent
The board also approved purchase of
a defibrillator for the intensive care unit
of the hospital at a cost of $6,615,
which Slaton said was a 10 percent
savings in cost.
Slaton said the current unit had
gone out and the hospital has been using
a loaned unit for three weeks.
The board also approved a list of
emergency room physicians
recommended by the staff, and
approved the addition of an
anesthesiologist to the medical staff.
Dr. James C. Travis will come to
Mineral Wells on March 15 after
completing his three - year residency in
anesthesiology at Parkland Hospital in
Dallas, Dr. William O’Quin told the
Travis, a native of San Antonio,
received his bachelor’s degree from
Baylor University and his medical
degree from Southwestern University
Medical School in Dallas, Slaton said.
Travis was recruited by the hospital’s
physician procurement committee
which was organized to determine
medical needs of the community and to
recruit physicians to fill those positions.
He is the second physician recruited
by the committee, which is now
attempting to recruit a pediatrician for
the area, Slaton said.
The board also approved write offs of
192 accounts totaling $120,632.07; one
Medicare account totaling $25.10; and
two charity accounts totaling
$1,205.30. Fifty • nine accounts
learn to be Aggies
“But by the second day, all the walls
are broken down.
“They find out whatever they were in
high school makes no difference.
They’re starting new, and they can be
anything they want to be,’’ he said.
The fish camp, sponsored by the
Texas A&M YMCA, has evolved the past
four years into a major event. The 2,300
freshmen attending the four camp
sessions this year represent almost a
third of A&M’s incoming freshman
Applications are taken on a first •
come, first - served basis, and this year
the camp was filled by mid • July.
“We’ve been turning down five or six
applications a day since then,” Gillespie
The competition to even tougher
among upper * classmen wanting to
serve as counselors at camp. There were
more than 1,000 applications for the
500 counseling positions this year.
The camp is held at Lakeview
Methodist Assembly, a church
encampment about 10 miles south of
Palestine. Participants and counselors
each pay $60 for the four days of
The camp’s main thrust to to teach
Agtfe traditions, which can barely be
done In four days.
A&M to crawling with traditions • like
standing up all the way through football
fames, or kissing the nearest women any
time the team scores.
Passing the Crown
(Photo by Larry Crump)
Hotel as 'blighted area'
By Jon Gregory
Moving toward the acquisition of
industrial (commercial) development
bonds for the rennovation of the Baker
Hotel, the Mineral Wells City Council
late Tuesday voted to designate the
historic structure, a “blighted area.”
Such action was required for bonds
to be granted for any rejuvenation
project. The designation, effective for
either five years or until the council
revokes it, is required to be submitted
to the Texas Industrial Commission.
Once submitted, a period of thirty
days must elapse before the designation
is officially effective, provided there are
no objections from the TIC.
The area takes in the part of N.E. 2nd
Avenue bounded on the south by E.
Hubbard Street and on the north by
N.E. 1st Street. The Development
Corporation Act of 1979 provides for
designation as an “eligible blighted
area,” and defines such an area as one
with ’Substandard, slum, deteriorated
or deteriorating structures” among
Mayor Pro Tern Ken Davis asked City
Manager Jim Stiff if there would be any
“negative’* effects with regard to
property values. Stiff replied, that the
effect would depend on who was
appraising the building.
He added that no changes in city
policy or the enforcement of existing
ordinances would accompany the
. The discussion took place at a public
hearing held prior to council action.
Later in the meeting the council
unanimously approved the measure,
with Davis making the motion and
Councilman B. H. “Tiny” Gilstrap
seconding. Councilmembers Bill
Harrington and Charles Poole were
absent from the meeting.
In other action, the council passed an
ordinance banning the possession of
alcoholic beverages in public parks or
playgrounds within the city. Under the
ordinance violation is a misdemeanor
punishable by a fine of no more than
$200 and no less than $2.
As defined in the document, “A
public park or playground shall include
any public property heretofore or
hereafter donated, sold or leased to the
city or which is under the supervision,
maintenance and control of the city and
which is available for use by the general
public for outdoor recreational
Abo, Police Chief Don Fairrel was
directed by the ordinance to post signs
in “one or more conspicuous places” in
each park warning users of the new
City Attorney George Gault advtoed
that “possession” of alcoholic bevenges
would even include “someone with a six
- pack or a case of beer In the trunk of
An ordinance revising the fuel coat
tariff schedule of Texas Power and
light Company was also approved by
the council. The vote was in response to
an agreement between TP&L and Texas
Municipal League attorneys that the
company submit fuel cost charges to the
Public Utility Commission for prior
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PPG expansion plans
on 'missing' general
EL PASO (AP) — An Army official
dispelled reports today that retired Gen.
William C. Westmoreland had been
whisked away by an unidentified flying
object. Westmoreland is in West Texas
but has been reached by telephone, the.
A spokesman for Fort Bliss said a
woman who gave that story to law
enforcement officers in the West Texas
town of Monahans is “a crank.”
A non - commissioned duty officer,
who declined to give his name, said the
general was contacted early today in
West Texas. He said he could not reveal
the general’s location because it was
“classified information.” He would not
The woman’s report had prompted an
all • points bulletin from the Army to
West Texas authorities to help locate
Westmoreland, 68, who was commander
of U.S. forces in Vietnam during the
Dear Abby ....
PALESTINE, Texas (AP) - At this
moment there are 576 young people in
the backwoods of East Texas. They are
screaming, sweating, meditating and
They are hissing, whah • whahing and
hullabaloo • caneck - canecking.
They are learning to be Texas Aggies.
It’s a 29 • year - old institution called
Aggie Fish Camp. By the end of August,
2,300 young men and women will have
experienced this rite of passage from
high school seniors to college freshmen,
- from ordinary humans to Texas Aggies.
The “fish” don’t learn school spirit.
It’s more like school frenzy.
When these kids get back home and
back down to earth, they’ll probably
wonder if they really spent so much of
their time screaming:
“Aggie Fish Camp *82. Lots of fun
for me and you.”
Or: “Aggie spirit always sticks. We’re
the class of *86.”
They’ve got yells for the Aggies, yells
for the fish camp and yelk for their
individual camp groups.
A favorite among Camp Kimbrough
Killer Bees: “Camp Kimbrough. We’re
io tired, itk so late. Letk go home and
It’s all very silly, but silliness is the
great equalizer at the camp.
“Freshmen come here holding back,
wondering what they’ve gotten Into,”
said David Gillespie, a Bryan senior and
director of this year’s camo.____________
MINERAL WELLS AREA
— Fair to partly cloudy
through Thursday with
chance for isolated
thundershowers in area
today. Low tonight in 70s.
High Wednesday near 100.
Friday through Sunday:
continued warm with lows in
70s. Highs in the 90s.
height of the war.
Police said the message included the
possibility that “foul play” could be
involved in the general’s disappearance.
The request was withdrawn after
inconsistencies developed ' in the
woman’s story, and Westmoreland was
located about two hours later, said Ed
Starnes, a public affairs officer at
Fort Bliss , officials called the
Pentagon after the woman contacted
Monahans police Tuesday, but Starnes
said no records were kept of
Westmoreland’s travel plans because he
is retired. There was no answer at the
general’s South Carolina home, he
The all - points bulletin was a
precaution, Starnes added. The general
had not been expected in the area until
September, he said.
The woman had told officers that she
and Westmoreland had been tracking
Student bus route schedules for
the coming school year in the
Mineral Wells Independent School
District are located on page 6A of
followed up on
rational,” but officials awere shaking
their heads. “It gets weirder all the
time,” one said.
“We’re getting several stories. They’ve
been everything from her being a four ■
star incognito to an Army general to the
fact that UFOs picked him up,” Starnes
said. She told police if they did n o t
' contact officials in Washington, “she
would call Ronald Reagan in the
morning,” Starnes said.
An attendant at the gas station the
woman reported being with
Westmoreland at in Van Hom
remembered the woman, and said she
was traveling with a man who said he
had to get to El Paso, Starnes said.
drug smugglers and that he was picked
up by UFOs.
Officials at the Monahans police
department said she told them she was
“an Air Force general traveling
incognito” and had met Westmoreland
at a gas station in Van Hom, a town
about 120 miles east of El Paso.
Monahans is about 40 miles
southwest of Odessa and about 115
miles northeast of Van Hom.
Col. B.B. Whit marsh, the provost
marshal at Fort Bliss, talked with the
woman but decided the story was
hokey, Starnes said.
The woman’s stories kept changing,
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