The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. SIXTY-FIRST YEAR, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 16, 1986 Page: 2 of 12
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JANUARY 16, 1986
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The U S Naval Institute has
published a landmark work by
Robert L. Shaw titled "Fighter
Combat." It's likely to be a test-
book in the fighter command of
most countries foe years to come
Shaw tries, for the first time,
to illustrate and analyze specific
tactics of fighters dueling in the
air. In the book are about ISO
detailed illustrations of such
tactics. He draws also on experi
ence for fourteen years as a
It's a curious irony of fate that
such a book hasn't appeared
before now. Fighter combat was
perhaps the most colorful form of
warfare in World War I. It
remained that in World War II.
Yet few thorough studies of air
tactics have found their way,
illustrated, into print.
Was it because fighter com-
mands don't wish to share their
eipertise with potential enemy
fliers? Was it because the subject
If you wonder how they do it.
at 30.000 feet, with missiles,
rockets and automatic guidance
and aiming systems, it's here in
"Fighter Combat." Every
aspiring Fighter pilot, every
student of aviation history, and
every reader who wants to know
what air war is like today, should
read the Naval Institute's
"Fighter Combat" by Bob Shaw.
Major credit cards continue to
charge gullible cardholders
eighteen percent or so interest on
unpaid charges after 30 days.
There's little excuse for con-
tinued use of such an excessive
paid (and the big ones have far
more), that's S18.000.000 earned
on interest alone, each year. If
cardholders pay up each month,
the $18,000,000 in interest dis-
With interest rates down
several points over two years,
protests have begun. Nothing has
happened -in most cases Interest
rates have continued to fall and
most banks who distribute cards
like VISA haven't given cus-
tomers the deserved adjust-
Many banks, as a result, are
making a killing with eighteen
percent rates Proof of that is the
current gimmick to lure card
holders into not paying. VISA
holders who owe several thou-
sand dollars receive statements
which state that the account is
prepaid, no payment being due.
The account really isn’t pre
paid What's at stake is millions
of dollars If a card company
averages $100,000,000 outstand-
ing in loans on which interest is
So the banks issue cards reck-
lessly. The latest pitch in that
direction is a current letter sug
gesting parents obtain cards for
their children! This could be a
risky undertaking In their eager-
ness to get out as many cards as
possible, banks often don't use
proper prudence in issuing them.
When some cardholders who
never should have been issued
cards fail to pay. the loss is
absorbed by the huge interest
charges to reliable cardholders.
The banks then claim the cost of
doing business justifies excessive
rates. Not true. It's their own
Today's rates for VISA or
MASTERCARD should be about
twelve or thirteen percent. That
would allow a fair profit. If the
distribution of cards is respon-
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WASHINGTON. D C. - Now that
Fdward Kennedy has taken himself
out of the Democratic presidential
race, southern Democrats are in
serious search of a candidate from
the region who might have national
appeal They feel only a ticket with a
southerner ai the lop can win.
As yet there's no leader with
name recognition and charisma in
sight Much talk is heard -in liberal
circles outside ihe south- about Sena-
tor Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. He
has pleated non-southerners and
made an impression But his name is
scarcely known in Dixie outside
Senator Ernest Rollings of South
Carolina made his bid--a failure-in
1984 Had he waited, he might be
more in the spotlight today.
Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia is a
studious, intellectual type--not
thought of in most circles as a
dynamic leader with the sparkle to
capture a national following Senator
Lawton Chiles of Florida, just out of a
by-pass operation, ts also lacking that
dramatic talent required of successful
Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas is
a possibility. But he hasn't yet really
turned on the nation. Senator Albert
Gore of Tennessee is a comer and a
likely future candidate, but he's
under forty and considered too young
at this time.
Senator Howell Heflin of Alabama
is considered too liberal by enough
southern Democrats to handicap him.
Senator Bennett Johnson of Louis-
iana is a possibility but little known
Arkansas' other Democratic Sen-
ator. David Pryor, is respected but
only came to the Senate in 1978 Jim
Sasser is. like Bumpers, much
talked and could be the dark horse
He's Tennessee's senior senator -
elected in 1976.
There are several Democratic
governors, among them Bob Graham
in Florida, about which speculation
swirls but none has really captured a
national following to compare to that
of Mano Cuomo of New York, for
There's Charles Robb of Virginia,
most-talked. Mark White of Texas
and Joe Frank Harris of Georgia And
there's border-state governor Martha
Collins, a probability as vice presi
dential nominee if a southerner isn't
in first place on the 1988 ticket.
Filing for city offices opens Monday
was so complicated, with so many
variables, that no one dared
undertake what many considered
an impossible task?
Whatever the reason for the
absence of such a work- and it
admittedly has a limited market-
there is now such a study, and it’s
certain to become a standard
reference, a point of departure. In
it are quotes from the world's
greatest fliers, quite a few from
the unique collection of mission
re creations in "Fighter Tactics"
Beryl Sprinkel, chairman, Council
of Economic Advisors:
"The economy should expand
in 1986 by a healthy if not
spectacular rate of 4 percent.”
David Wyxs. economist: on trade
"I think the deFicit will be
running in the range of $12 billion
to $14 billion for the next 3 to 6
months before we start to see
Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime
"Israel will act with all the
means at its disposal.. .to combat
Filing in the city elections will
open ncit Monday, January 20,
for the election of city officers
on April 5. Candidates may File
for the open mayor's post, and
two council places starting the
20th and February 19, 1986, is
the last day to file. Absentee
voting by personal appearance
will be held March 17 to April 1.
Mayor H.F. Ritchie has indi-
cated that he will probably be a
candidate for re-election to his
post. There are two council posi-
tions open and they are currently
held by Wayne Jones and Johnny
Candidates for the position
of school trustee may file at any
time at the administration office
at 1111 12th Street. Positions
open include the Big Lake place
now held by Tim Sellman, the
Stiles place held by Thomas
Baker, and the Texon place held
by Martin Kirkpatrick. The
school election date is also April
There will be three open places
on the board of directors of
Reagan Hospital District. March
11 is the last day to file a petition
with the signatures of 25 re-
gistered voters on it to the hos-
pital administrator. Applications
to run for the hospital board may
be picked up at any time.
Absentee voting will start March
12 and end April 1. Trustees
whose places will be open this
year include Max Schneemann
111. Rusty Owens, and Dr. J.L.
Wright, Jr. Election day is
Reagan County Democratic
Party Chairperson Mrs. Imogene
Jackson has had more candidates
file for places on the county bal-
Johnny Pat Watkins has tossed
his hat into the commissioner
precinct 4 race. Watkins and
Japson Pettit have officially,
filed for that place and incum
bent Commissioner Thomas
Strubc has said he will be a can-
didate once more.
Mrs. Jackson reports that
Venita Terra! was the first candi-
date to officially file for the
county treasurer's position.
Bonnie Everett and Nancy L.
Ratliff have also officially filed
as candidates for the county
There are two candidates for
county judge. Incumbent Rea-
gan County Judge Frank Sandcl
has filed for re-election. He will
be challenged by Larry Isom,
a local oil company owner.
Incumbent Justices of Peace
Fay Noble and Pauline Stout )
have filed for re-election. Incum-
bent Commissioner Precinct 2
Mike Elkins has also filed for
a place on the May democratic
Ronald Reagan. President:
“These twin evils--narcotics
trafficking and terrorism--
represent the most insidious and
dangerous threats to the
Judge Brock Jones to seek re-election
The secret of success is to do
all you can without thought of
Hangover: Something to oc-
cupy a head that wasn't used the
Review, Plymouth, Wis.
The ideal wife is one who
grows dearer all the time instead
of merely more expensive.
Times, Los Angeles.
The fact that figures don't lie
is a good reason to stick to a diet.
-Courier, Waterloo, la.
Tact is the quality which leads
us to use keys rather than batter-
ing rams to open doors.
1. Who made this plea?
2. To whom were they speaking?
3. What was the occasion?
4. Where may this statement be
1. Joshua, the son of Nun. and
Caleb, the son of Jephunneh.
2. The children of Israel.
3. When the ten spies made their
report and frightened the chil-
dren of Israel with their tales.
4. Numbers 14:9.
The last half of January con-
tains. perhaps, as many im-
portant birthday anniversaries as
any other like period of the year
Daniel Webster, one of the
nation's great orators, a Cabinet
officer, a Senator (from Massa-
chusetts). was born at Franklin,
New Hampshire, on the 18th in
Robert E. Lee. considered by
many the most able military
strategist in the Civil War, was
bom on the 19th. in 1807, in
Westmoreland County. Virginia.
Edgar Allen Poe. one of the
nation's greatest writers, was
also bom on the 19th. in Boston,
"Stonewall” Jackson, the
most daring tactical military
leader in the Confederate armies
and perhaps in U.S. history, was
bom on the 21st. in 1824. at what
is now Clarksburg. West
Virginia. Fred Vinton, 13th Chief
Justice, was bom on the 22nd in
1890. at Louisa. Kentucky.
Douglas MacArthur, one of
the most able strategists of World
War II. was bom on the 26th at
Little Rock, Arkansas. (The 26th
is also Michigan Day. the 29th.
Kansas Day.) William McKinley.
25th president, was bom on the
29th at Niles, Ohio, in 1843.
Thomas Paine, who gained
fame and popularity writing in
the cause of the American revolu-
tion. was born in England on the
29th in 1737. (He lost much of his
popularity as Samuel Gemens
was to do in later years.)
Franklin Roosevelt was bom
on the 30th. at Hyde Park. New
York, in 1882-the only president
ever elected to four terms (the
nation’s 32nd). He is credited
with doing much to bring the
nation out of the depression of the
early thirties and with the
successful direction of military
strategy in World War II.
Beauty should be kind, as well as
All orators are dumb where
In life beauty perishes, but not in
-Leonardo Da Vinci.
What is beautiful is good, and
who is good will soon be
Gift Suggestion! Reagan County
History Book, S12.50 plus tax, at
The Big Lake Wildcat.
Ozona; January 10. 1986 -
112th District Court Judge Brock
Jones filed, with the Office of the
Secretary of State, documents
designating his Campaign Trea-
surer and announced his inten-
tion to seek re-election as Pre-
siding Judge of the 112th District
Court, subject to the Democratic
Primary to be held in May of
Jones, a former Assistant At-
torney General and veteran trial
judge was appointed as Judge
of the 112th District Court in
April 1983 and was elected to
that position in the General Elec-
tion of 1984. Judge Jones is a
native of Ozona. a graduate of
Ozona High School, the Univer-
sity of Texas, and the University
of Texas School of Law. He was
licensed to practice law before
the Supreme Court of Texas in
Judge Jones is married to the
former Camille Adams of Ozona
They have two children. Martin
Brock Jones, 111, age 17, and
Margaret Camille Adams Jones,
J.Y. Girls roll over Stanton Buffaloes
The Reagan County Junior
Varsity Girls got back on the
winning track with a 33-16 win
over the Stanton J.V. girls last
Friday night. The J.V. girls arc
now 4-3 for the year. The 3
losses came in the Reagan
County Tournament at the hands
of the varsity teams of Green-
wood. Ozona, and Pecos. The
J.V. Owls have wins over Ozona.
Christoval, and Stanton. In the
Stanton game, the Owls were led
by the shooting of Dena Sutton
who was high point with 12
points. Assisting in the scoring
was Patricia Valadez with 6,
Cindy Mitchell with 4. Amy
Elkins, Shannon Lawler, Valerie
Stice, Regina Weise, Sheba
Minnick with 2 each. Julie Bray
scored 1 point. Dena Sutton was
also the leading rebounder with -
6 rebounds. Cindy Mitchell was '
outstanding on defense with 9
steals and 3 assists. The Owls
will be in McCamey Friday at
4:30 to take on the McCamey
Badgers in a J.V. contest prior
to the varsity games.
Those were the ....
(Taken from past files of the Big Lake Wildcat)
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK
TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
O'Hearn, Jr.. Lacy D. Way, and
Dr. J.L. Wright. Jr.
Rebel not ye against the
Lord, neither fear ye the people of
the land... The Lord is with us:
Fear them not.
Danny Kirkpatrick and Zach
Edwards showed the champion
lambs in the 53rd Annual Reagan
County 4-H Livestock Show here
last Saturday. Kirkpatrick
showed the champion crossbred
lamb and the champion pen of 2
lambs. Edwards exhibited the
champion finewool lamb.
Reagan County School Trus-
tees approved a means of com-
plying w ith state mandated legis-
lation when they approved parti-
cipation in Region 18 Service
Center’s Mastery Management
System. The system will provide
a means of reporting student
mastery of essential elements as
set out in Chapter 75 of House
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Reagan County School Trus-
tees accepted the resignation of
Superintendent Wm. J. (Bill)
Teel at their regular monthly
meeting last Monday night.
Teel, who has held the top school
spot for Reagan County Inde-
pendent School District since
July 1, 1973, will enter the pri-
vate business field when his re-
signation becomes effective
August 1, 1981.
Coleman Bluecats won the top
spot in Reagan County's 50th
Annual Basketball Tournament
by defeating Greenwood. Rea-
gan Cdunty came in fourth.
James Phillips was the only Rea-
gan County player to make the
Tax Assessor-Collector Chris-
tine Gardner met with the com-
missioners’ court and presented
the 1981 tax roll for approval.
The total valuation for the county
is $517,000,000 and after all
exemptions are claimed the tax
roll is $433,387,440 in value.
Grand Champion lamb of the
44th Annual Reagan County
Livestock Show last Saturday was
show n by Danny Kirkpatrick, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kirk-
patrick of Best. The reserve
grand champion lamb was shown
by Diann Floyd, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Floyd of Big
Reagan County defeated the
Crane Golden Cranes, 57-54,
here Tuesday night in District
7AA competition to remain un-
defeated in district play. The
Owls are now 2-0 in district
Membership Chevron awards
were presented to Lions mem-
bers at last week's meeting by
Ralph Havenhill, secretary.
The awards denote the number
of years of Lions Gub member-
ship. Lions receiving awards
35 year Membership Award -
W.A. Glasscock, C.E. Ham,
A.B. Hayes, Wilson Loftin, and
30 year Membership Award -
Ike Chaffin, J.T. Johnston,
Billy Boyd, and J.L. Werst. Jr.
20 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
A change in Marathon Oil
Company retirement age af-
fected several employees of the
Texon and Benedum Field area
on Thursday of last week. Age
limit was reduced to 60 years and
over, affecting H.L. Adams,
R.C. Howard, S.J. Warriner,
Clyde E. Miller, W. Guy Day, O
C.W. Barhee. and Henry Moore.
Members of the Progressive
Study Club viewed a film on the
origin, process and adaptabili-
ty of Teflon in its meeting last
week. Mrs. J.L. Millwee was
hostess. Mrs. Joalicc Poehler,
homemaking instructor at the
high school showed the educa-
tional film. Members present 5
included Mmes. Earl Chriesman,
Jack Vail. E.A. McIntyre, Wayne
Dolan, Poehler, and Millwee.
25 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Grant Teaff, head football
coach at Angelo State Univer-
sity delivered an inspiring
speech at the annual football
banquet here Saturday night.
Toastmaster was Danny Curtis.
Max Schneemann III presented
a gift to Miss Teddia Miller, foot-
Steve Wayne Coates was
named an assistant cashier of
Reagan State Bank at the annual
shareholders meeting January
14. Directors are Shankle Blox-
om. Mrs. N.W. Hickman. Frank
Junell, Sam Mann. Ernest
Such extensive damage has ~
been reported from thoughtless
and indiscriminate use of BB and
air guns during and since the
Christmas holidays, the City
of Big Lake requests the volun-
tary cooperation of parents of
children owning guns to help en-
force a city ordinance which re-
stricts the discharging of any 0
guns in the city limits.
The Reagan County Junior
Owls captured a first place tro-
phy at Junction's junior high
basketball tournament last week-
end, defeating the host team,
61-28, to win the championship
and mark up their 10th straight
win this season. Johnny Howard
and Jackie Aly of the Owls made *+
the all-tournament team.
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Werst, David. The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. SIXTY-FIRST YEAR, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 16, 1986, newspaper, January 16, 1986; Big Lake, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth657628/m1/2/: accessed October 25, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Reagan County Library.