Big political year looms; 6 candidates in early

January 5-8, 1960 Six candidates threw their hats in the ring as 1960’s big political year got under way this week. Announcing for re-election were: ‘State Rep. Terry Townsend of Brady, to represent the 74th District (Burnet, Gillespie, Lampasas, Llano, McCulloch and San Saba Counties) in the Texas House of Representatives. ‘Sheriff Luke Vogel. ‘Tax Assessor-Collector John Guice. ‘Precinct 1 Commissioner Walter L. Bryson. ‘Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Betsill. Only one contest has developed so far. Reubin Thomas, 40, of Brady announced Monday that he will be a candidate for county tax assessor-collector, opposing Guice. Also expiring this year are the terms of County Attorney Aubrey Davee and Constable Arch Cleven-ger. Davee said Tuesday that he has not decided whether to seek re-election. In the district races A.O. Newman is retiring as 35th District Judge, and William O. Breedlove of Brownwood is the only candidate so far to succeed him. Gordon Griffin Jr., of Brownwood has announced that he will seek re-election as district attorney for the 35th District. Because of changes in election dates this year the candidates have little time to make a decision. They must file for a place on the ballot by Feb. 1. The first Democratic Primary comes May 7 and the runoff is set for June 4. Voters will have plenty of opportunity to use their poll taxes this year. They will elect a president, a governor, and other state officials. The last day to pay poll taxes is Jan. 31. Brady voters will elect a mayor, two aldermen and a city secretary on the first Tuesday in April, Expiring are the terms of Mayor G.C. Kirk, Adlerman Harl Fowler and Dr. Harry Priess, and City Secretary James Underwood. On the Brady School Board the terms of Dr. G.H. Ricks and Leonard Atherton are expiring. Two board members will be named in an election on the first Saturday in April. * * * Utilities show city growth Utility connections’lights, gas and water’indicate a continued steady growth of population in Brady, after the slump during the dry years in the mid 1950’s. All three utilities show an increase over this time last year. Customers on Pioneer Natural Gas Company’s lines now total 2,257, including 138 customers on the company’s transmission line from Bangs to Brady. That is an increase of 48 connections since January last year (2,209 including 142 on the transmission line.) The Brady Water and Light Works has added 186 electric customers during the year and 152 water customers. The totals now: 2,520 electric customers as compared to 2,334 last year and 2,417 water customers as compared to 2,265 last year. Most of the new utility connections were made to 39 houses on Boston and Bee Streets on Brady’s north side which found new owners last year. * * * Lohn News The mild weather last week was a boon to the Christmas visiting and most families had loved ones with them. Due to the rains of the previous week, cotton harvesting was at a standstill. The Lohn Co-operative Gin has not operated since Monday of last week when two bales were ginned. The directors expect to set certain days each week to operate. Capt. Nelda Frost of Bergstrom AFB, Austin, spent from Thursday until Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Frost. Others spending Christmas with the group were Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Fisher and son Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Frost and children of Brady, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Jones of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Amarine and Glenda Vineyard of Santa Anna, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lohn and family. Holiday guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Watkins were Mr. and Mrs. Harroll Watkins, Finn and Mackey, and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Watkins, Diane, Jan and Gayle of Big Lake. Joining the group for Christmas Eve dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Huffman of Winters, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Patterson of Fife, Mrs. Ellen Van Dohlen of Paint Rock, Dr. and Mrs. Steve King and family of Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Miller and family of Brownwood, Mr. and Mrs. Jym Mitchell, and Billy Patterson who has recently returned from a two-year tour of duty on Okinawa. Mrs. Carroll Watkins and daughters went to Snyder Saturday to meet her brother, Johnny Akers of Denver, Colo., for a visit in the home of relatives. * * * Brady Cagers rolling up hefty scores Brady Bulldogs cagers, who have been turning in some impressive scores in their early season games, outpointed the Bluecats in Coleman last week, 58-34. The Dogs were in front 25-18 at the half and continued to widen the margin in the last half. Coleman won the B game, 55-53. This week the Dogs were on their home court against Ballinger Tuesday night and will be in Big Lake for a tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Against Ballinger the Dogs were seeking their third win over the Bearcats. They whipped them, 62-46, in the Howard Payne tournament and then did it again Dec. 22 in Ballinger, 72-55. Brady scorers in the game at Ballinger: Robert Ricks 14, Gene Rowell 20, Herbie Penn 28, Gary Garner 2, Roger Powell 2, Charles Hanson 1, Richard Anderson 4 and Charles Reynolds 1. Brady scorers in the game at Coleman: Ricks 10, Rowell 2, Garner 10, Penn 14, Reynolds 16, Fernando Lafuente 2 and Anderson 4. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Here from Fort Worth Mr. and Mrs. Fred Daniel and daughters Freddie Gayle, Cheryl and Debbie of Fort Worth, were Christmas weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mitchell. * * * Guests of Mitchells Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mitchell of Rochelle were Mr. and Mrs. Jerrell Rice and children of Cisco and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Morrison of Austin. * * * Here from Kingsville Mr. and Mrs. Russ Holland and daughters, Roseann and Kay, returned to Kingsville Saturday after a couple of days visiting friends here. * * * Visits with Barkers Guests in the Ernest Barker home during the holidays were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Darlene and Janet, Wichita, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Hendley, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thomas, and Becky, Roswell, N. Mex. Visiting briefly with the Barkers were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Johnson and Joe Bob Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson, Gary and Karen, Abilene; and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lee Jordan and Gayle, San Antonio.

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