AGRICULTURE: The Grain Scandal

When he moved into Sudan, Texas (pop. 1,400) about four years ago, Offie Shannon was hardly noticed. A 46-year-old Texas farmer, Shannon went into the grain business, and he and his wife helped pour the concrete for his first grain elevator. But before long, he was the talk of the town. A one-man building boom, Shannon built close to $750,000 worth of warehouses, stores and houses. He was elected president of the local chamber of commerce. In his spare time, Shannon wrote and started to film a movie on the life of Christ, with a cast of townspeople. He...

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