Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 103, No. 15, Ed. 1 Monday, January 19, 1981 Page: 1 of 10
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p.O. BOX 45436
VOL. 103—NO. 15.
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Freedom planes await hostages
By The Associated Press
The United States reached agreement
with Iran today for the release of the 52
American hostages, but Iran’s chief
hostage negotiator said their flight to
freedom awaited official word that billions
of dollars have been transferred to the
Bank of England.
There were conflicting reports from
Tehran airport on movement of the
One reliable source in Tehran said he
had been told by the Iranian government
office at the airport that some of the
hostages had arrived at the airport. The
source said two Algerian planes were
scheduled to take off at about 1 a.m.
Tehran time, 4:30 p.m. EST, with all the
hostages but the destination was not given.
But other airport officials said the
Americans had not arrived for departure.
At a news conference in Tehran, Iranian
negotiator Behzad Nabavi said the
hostages would be put aboard a plane
Nothing seemed to bother people at the big benefit show Saturday night at the
Hopkins County Regional Civic Center as these youngsters exemplify. Although
they left before their names could be obtained, the youngsters were totally en-
thralled by the performances of "Memphis" and the Jacky Ward Show. Both Ward
and "Memphis" kept the crowd clapping and calling for more as they presented a
2Vi-hour performance to raise money to help pay for the new bleachers in the
Livestock Arena — proof again that cowboys and cowgirls come in all sizes and
enjoy their music.
Wallace jailed, denied bond
Billy Ray Wallace, 39, has been
returned from the Texas Department
of Corrections and arraigned on new
charges before Justice of the Peace
Bauman said that he denied bond
after arraigning Wallace on a charge
of capital murder.
Wallace is accused in the July 12,
1979 murder of his wife Janyth Kay
Mrs. Wallace disappeared on July
12 and her body was not found until
Dec. 5,1979 in a shallow grave near
the East Caney-Community.
Wallace pled guilty to a charge of
murder on Dec. IS, 979 before Judge
Lanny Ramsay and was sentenced-to
serve the maximum sentence of life
Jessie Lee Shaw, an employee at
Wallace’s dairy, was indicted in the
murder of Mrs. Wallace. He pled
guilty to a charge of murder on April
1, 1980 in the case and was sentenced
to serve a 60-year sentence in TDC.
Wallace’s attorneys then filed a writ
of habeas corpus on Oct. 7,1980 and it
was granted on Dec. 10 of last year by
the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
due to an error in the wording of the
document to which Wallace had pled
guilty in 1979.
Sales tax rebate jumps
The first rebate of the city sales tax,
in 1981 received by Sulphur Springs
represents a hefty increase of 48
percent over the corresponding period
State Comptroller Bbb Bullock’s
office said Sulphur Springs' rebate for
the period through Jan. 9 amounted to
$34,085.22, compared to $22,950.14 last
In all of 1980, Sulphur Springs
received $608,096.30, an 18 percent
increase over 1979.
Bullock’s office made payments
totaling $33.1 million to nearly a
thousand cities levying the optional
one percent sales tax, the first for the
While the percentage of increase
was large in Sulphur Springs,
Bullock’s monthly summary showed
that all reports apparently were not
complete. The report did not list a
payment for Mount Pleasant, where
$16,609.87 was received during the
corresponding period in 1980. Mount
Pleasant’s city sales tax rebates in
1980 topped $680,000.
The January report did not show a
payment for Cumby, the only other
town in Hopkins County that collects
the city sales tax.
Dreary week taking shape
Cold temperatures, cloudy skies,
and light drizzle made Monday a
rEthw (Uunmil beginning for the week.
forecast for the Hopkins County does
not give much hope for warmer,
brighter days either, at least not for
the next few days.;. ' , • f -
The forecast is calling for continued
i-iomiy skies, cold hmiperaturepliiL
light rain Or drizzle through Monday
sight. There is a chance the rain may
change to sleet or snow after sunset
should the mercury dreg) below the
The high temperature reading
Monday was not expected to climb
above 45 degrees and the ovemig*
low is expected to drop near 32
degrees early Tuesday morning.
The high Tuesday should be in the
mid 40s, but the rain is expected to
stop .and skies should begin to clear
“immediately after” Iran hears officially
from Algeria that the United States has
transferred money to an Algerian account
in the Bank of England under the
agreement to exchange the hostages for
frozen Iranian funds. The hours went by
without such word from Algeria.
Officials at Tehran airport gave con-
flicting reports about plans for the
hostages and several said they expected
the52 Americans to leave within hours.
An official who identified himself as
deputy manager of the airport, said he was
“not sure they will depart tonight, but
anyhow they have not arrived.”
American television networks showed
film supplied by Iran of Algerian doctors
examining some hostages. Mrs. Louisa
Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the hostage
families, said she thought the hostage
families might have to spend another night
in Iran because of the dangers of night
flights out of Tehran airport.
But one U.S. official in Washington said
he still hoped the hostages would be
released today. “I still think they are
coming out this afternoon,” he said.
Also in Washington, a U.S. official said a
potentially serious last-minute hitch had
developed and that the Central Bank of
Iran had not authorized the Bank of
England to set up an escrow account for
the frozen Iranian assets. There was no
confirmation of an ABC report that the
money had been unfrozen and the funds
were “in place.”
Nabavi said Algerian doctors were
examining the Americans and that the
doctors would have to submit a report on
the hostages’ health at the moment of
The complicated agreement to free the
hostages, in exchange for what U.S. of-
ficials said was $8 to $9 billion in frozen
Iranian funds came after a 14^-month
effort by the Carter administration and in
the final hours of his presidency.
President-elect Ronald Reagan, who
takes office Tuesday, said, “All of us are
encouraged but still have our fingers
Nabavi said foreign newsmen would not
be able to see the hostages before their
departure, but that the Americans had
been interviewed by Iranian Television
and that the film would be “transmitted to
the world tonight.”
CBS said that sources inside Tehran had
told the network that the hostages would
likely be taken to Algiers in two Algerian
jetliners which had been standing by at the
airport, then on to West Germany in U.S.
military hospital planes.
A staff member at the control tower at
Mehrabad Airport, in a telephone con-
versation with The Associated Press in
New York, said he had no information on
any Algerian planes and that no flight
plans had been filed.
If the hostages were flown from Tehran
to Algiers it would mean a trip of about
3,000 miles. Algiers is about 1,000 miles
from Wiesbaden and the total flight time
could be more than 10 hours.
U.S. officials hoped the freed Americans
would be flown to Algiers and on to West
Germany today, their 443rd day in cap-
tivity. President Carter and other officials
in Washington prepared to fly to Germany
to greet them, but White House officials
said the president would not go if the trip
would prevent his attending Reagan’s
Joy follows late-night phone calls
By The Associated Press
Ringing telephones around the country
today awakened the families of 52
American hostages before dawn with good
news for the first time in 14V4 months: the
agreement to free their loved ones was
signed at last.
The parents of hostage Johnny McKeel
were waiting beside the fireplace when the
phone rang at 3:20 a.m. at their Balch
Springs, Texas, home. After a short
conversation with an undersecretary of
state, Wynona McKeel grabbed a large
yellow ribbon and walked outside with her
husband, Johnny Sr.
They stood in the light rain, tying the
ribbon around their oak tree.
“There. Nbw we are ready for him to
come home. Now there is a yellow ribbon
tied around an old oak tree,” she mur-
mured as her voice broke.
Asked if there were ever any times when
they became discouraged and thought that
the telephone call informing them of the
release would never come, McKeel
replied, “There were lots of times when we
got discouraged and thought we would
never get the call.”
The McKeels say they will go to meet
their son when he returns to the United
Local celebration scheduled
Although most Americans breathed a
sigh of relief when the announcement
came that an agreement had been reached
between the U.S. and Iran for the release
of the hostages, those same people once
again began holding their collective breath
until the hostages are safely out of the
hands of the Iranians.
It was with that feeling of relief and
cautious anticipation that the members of
the Hopkins County Chamber of Com-
merce and the Ministerial Alliance met
Monday to plan a community celebration
in honor of the 52 hostages and in memory
of the eight Americans killed last April in
the ill-fated rescue attempt.
“We made our plans on the assumption
that the hostages would be released
Monday,” said Ed Phelps, manager of the
Chamber of Commerce.
“If the hostages are in fact released
Monday we plan to stage a county-wide
thanksgiving celebation in the Civic
Center auditorium Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.,”
Tenatively the program would consist of
the presenatation of colors with the
Sulphur Springs High School band playing
the National Anthem followed by the
pledge of allegiance.
Father Daivd Holland, vicar of Saint
Philip’s Episcopal Church, will lead the
audience in a prayer of thanksgiving, as
will the Rev. G.L. Day, pastor of the First
United Methodist Church.
After the prayers are offered the names
of the 52 hostages will be read, along with
the names of the eight men who died in the
A medley of partriotic song will conclude
the program according to Phelps.
“The program is still a bit iffy,” Phelps
said. “The first thing that has to happen is
the release of the hostages. As soon as they
are safely out of Iran we will have
something to celebrate.”
States, no matter where he is taken.
Asked if they were packed for the trip,
Mrs. McKeel laughed and said, “It won’t
They asked the members of the media to
leave after the excitement died down. It
had been a long night and they wanted to
get some sleep while they were waiting for
yet another phone call.
This one would tell them their son was
leaving Iran and on his way home...where
he would get a first-hand look at the
freshly-tied ribbon around the oak tree in
the front yard of a home he had not seen in
more Utah a yea^ ^ ; ;
beginning to fort pure Joy. It’s
been a long while stace I have felt that,”
said Hazel Lee, of Pasadena, Calif., when
she heard about the pact that should mean
freedom for her son, Gary.
“It’s like having a baby,” she said. “The
sense of rebirth is what I’m feeling. The
rebirth of Joy is what I’m feeling, and
hope. When I feel my arms around him and
hear his voice, it will all be worth it. ”
"My God, it’s over. It’s finished and
they’re coming home," said Dorothea
Morefield of San Diego, wife of hostage
“I can’t start to tell you the relief,” she
said. “The weight’s lifted, the pain’s gone.
It’s a glorious feeling. All of a sudden I
don’t have a headache. All of a sudden, I’m
Brittain, Mabe, Price
elected to city council
Vic Brittain, Bobby Gregg Price and
Dee Mabe won Saturday's Sulphur Springs
City Commission election despite the
strong .running of Mike Hodge, Henry H.
Oppenhelm, Jim Dobson and Larry
Although the final tally of voters fell
short of some projections, 950 Sulphur
Springs residents turned out to cast their
ballots for three candidates.
Brittain led Price with only a one-vote
margin as he paced the field of candidates
with 320 ballots.
Price was second with 319 and Mabe was
re-elected with 287 to lead the field of 18
hopefuls. Since no- provisions exist for
runoff elections in city council elections
here, Brittain, Price and Mabe will be
taking the oath of office.
Hodge finished fourth in the results with
249 votes and Dobson was nearby with 226.
Blount received 219 while Oppenheim had
The other candidates and the number of
ballots cast for them were: Lem Plaxco,
160; Billy Bob McCool, 106; Homer
Blevins, 98; Mary Flowers, 77; Deborah
Matthews, 57; Jim Wells, 49; Vernon L.
Castle, 41; Loyd D. Fields, 29; W. Don
Walker, 27 and Joy Matlock Bell, nine.
There were also four persons written in
as candidates, but none of the quartet
received more than two votes.
Price, Mabe and Brittain will take office
at the first meeting of the City Commission
City Secretary Kathea Whittle said that
the newly-elected commissioners will be
sworn in on April 7.
Also at that same session, a new com-
mission chairman and chairman pro tern
will be elected.
Chairman Lewis Helm and Com-
missioner Gerald Bowers’ terms are
Mabe currently serves as chairman pro
Bank reports good year
Among candidates tor the title of Miss Sulphur Springs tor 1M1 are these eight young
women. From loft, seated, are Lisa Gaye Thompson, sponsored by Kentucky Fried
Chicken; Donna Hatcher, sponsored by New Horizons Health Chib; Tammy Glover,
Tubb Jewelry; and Use Latimer, Primrose Lane: Standing from left are Carol
Denise Kendrick, sponsored by Pizza Hut; April Lae Ann Lynch, Peoples National
Bank; Michelle Conley, C.H. McCorkle A Co.; and Da Anna Kay Brown, Satoway.
The eight girls will be competing in a field of 12 tor the Miss Sulphur Springe title in
the Jay coo-sponsored pageant scheduled tor Feb. 1 in the Hopkins County Regional
Civic Center. Photos of other candidates will he printed in subsequent editions.
—hiw mm iy binge! l. oo»n»
City National Bank shareholders at their
annual meeting in Sulphur Springs were
told by President W.W. Jones Jr. that “we
had a very good year.”
“We hope next year (1981) will be as
good,". Jones continued, “but the
prospects are not as good.
“Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs
are in good shape,” he continued. “If they
leave us alone on the national situation, we
will have a good year.”
City National Bank deposits gained
more than $4 million during the year and
assets moved upward to $19,011,296,36.
Present for the shareholders meeting
were Enos L. Ashcroft Jr., R.B. Carothers,
John L Jones, Thomas E. Jones, W.W.
Jones Jr., H.J. Mahaffey and Howard &
Smith, all directors, and Wendell Sapaugh,
William McDowell and Curtis Hamby Jr.
of St. Louis, Mo.
The stockholders re-elected the direc-
tors. He directors, in turn, re-elected the
officers and added two, Sandra Phillips
and Sue Horchem, as assistant cashiers.
Reelected officers are W.W. Jones Jr.,
president; H.J. Mahaffey, senior vice
president; James B. Diamond, Lee Testes,
Vic Brittain, Ronald Wyatt, Howaid &
Smith and Enos L Ashcroft Jr., vice
presidents; (Smith and Ashcraft are
inactive vice presidents); Jim Weeks,
assistant vice presfcfant; and Thu Glenn,
Mandy Moseley, Mery Strode and
Dorothy Edwards,! assistant cashiers,
along with the two new promotions.
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