Bill for Brady Lake loan passes test in Congress

April 5-8, 1960 Facing a big hurdle in Austin next Tuesday, the Brady Lake project cleared another big hurdle in Washington this week. In Washington the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill, HR 4781, which will make Brady eligible for a federal loan at a low interest rate to finance its part of building a municipal reservoir-flood control dam in cooperation with the Soil Conservation Service. The bill makes the loan available to Brady from the Farmers Home Administration at an interest rate of 2.699 percent. For Brady the low interest rate will mean a savings of approximately $28,000 a year. Brady’s Water Committee was informed of passage of the bill in a telegram Wednesday from Senator Lyndon Johnson: “Pleased to advise Senate Agriculture Committee today favorably reported HR 4781 with amendment specifying the separate appropriations for the 11 watershed projects covered by this bill shall be continued and not merged with the present Public Law 566.” Congressman O.C. Fisher introduced the bill in the House late last summer and got it approved by the House in three days. When the bill was sent to the Senate it got left behind in the rush of the last few days before Congress adjourned last September. The lake project’s “big hurdle” in Austin comes at 10 a.m. next Tuesday at a public hearing before the State Board of Water Engineers on Brady’s application for a water permit. Civil leaders are urgent that as many Brady residents as possible appear at the hearing. A special bus will be run, leaving here at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Round-trip tickets are $3.50, and reservation should be made at the Chamber of Commerce office. Brady Creek is one of the “11 watershed projects” referred to in Senator Johnson’s telegram. The bill simply makes these 11 watersheds eligible for the same loan funds as projects under Public Law 566, a measure passed later for other upstream flood-prevention programs after projects like that on Brady Creek became so popular throughout the nation. The bill also would make the Brady Lake project eligible for “fish and wildlife benefits,” although these benefits might be insignificant to Brady. The Senate, of course, must still act on the bill, but C.P. Rockwell, a member of the Brady Water Committee, said that Senate passage is just routine now that it has received the agriculture committee’s approval. Brady renames Ricks, Atherton Dr. G. H. Ricks and Leonard Atherton were re-elected to the Brady School Board Saturday. Dr. Ricks polled 181 votes, but only two votes separated Atherton and the third man in the race, Otto Barsch. Atherton had 117 votes and Barsch, 115. Court dismisses Whitten charge Charges of indecent exposure against W. E. Whitten, former Brady school superintendent, and former principal of the Mayfield Elementary School in San Antonio, were dismissed by Judge Archie Brown in a San Antonio district court Monday. Judge Brown dismissed the charges after Asst. Dist. Atty. Mayo Galindo moved for dismissal on grounds of insufficient evidence. Mr. Whitten had been charged for allegedly exposing himself to two teenage boys in July, 1958. Four Brady citizens were in San Antonio Monday morning when court opened to testify for Mr. Whitten, They were County Judge Love Kimbrough, A. H. Floyd, Jackie Gartman and Edmon Ellison. The state had no case to begin with, the Bradyites reported, and when the case came to trial, there were no state’s witnesses present. “It was pretty common knowledge Mr. Whitten had been framed by an enemy or enemies,” one of the Brady men said. School tax hike okayed by Rochelle The Rochelle School Board met Monday night and canvassed the school district’s tax election Saturday, which carried by a vote of 87 to 21. Unofficial results of the school trustee election showed O.B. Conn, H.W. Kruckemeyer and R.S. Mosely as being almost unanimously elected. They were unopposed. A total of 108 votes were cast. The measure raised the school tax from $1.50 to $1.70, with the extra 20 cents going for school maintenance and operation. The amount to retire the school bonds remains the same. Grady Yates was elected to the County Board. Unopposed, he was serving out the unexpired term of the late Lowell E. Smith. Carroll, Briscoe on Lohn Board Zane Carroll was re-elected to the Lohn School Board Saturday, and Tommy Briscoe was added as a new member. Carroll received 36 votes and Briscoe 31. Emmitt Moore, the third man on the ballot, received 21 votes. Melvin re-elects Bratton, Fortson John Bratton and Otha L. Fortson were re-elected to the Melvin School Board in Saturday’s election. Bratton received 138 votes; Fortson, 114; and Anastascio Perez, Jr., 33. Four men received write-in votes: Tim Siler, 6; Raymond Murray, 4; Billy Ray Taliaferro, 3; and Fred Garcia, 1. Geeslins return from Philippines Mr. and Mrs. Edward Geeslin returned Thursday morning from the Philippines where they visited their son, Conrad, and his family. Aboard a cargo ship, the Geeslins left Manila March 1 and arrived in Oakland, Calif., March 25. After visiting relatives in Los Angeles they came on to Brady by bus. PERSONAL MENTIONS Guests of daughter Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lee and Larry of Rochelle, visited their daughter and sister, Mrs. Sam Dennis and family of Big Spring last week. Visit in Houston Mr. and Mrs. G.P. Kittle, accompanied by Mrs. Lewis Bell and Mrs.. Carl Nance, drove to Houston Friday afternoon for a weekend visit with their respective sons-in-law and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Todd, Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Corky Pence and family.

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