Lake vote called; mass meeting Tuesday

Nov. 29-Dec. 2-1960 Brady residents will vote Tuesday, Dec. 20 on a $1,485,000 bond issue to finance construction of Brady Lake. The election was called by the City Council in a special session Thursday afternoon after the Council and Brady’s three-man Water Board were given a vote of confidence by a group of about 50 businessmen Wednesday night. C.P. Rockwell, a member of the Water Board, outlined the project, told how the City will finance it and then asked the businessmen: “We are ready to go, if you are.” “Let’s go!” said the businessmen as they stood up for the rising vote. Rockwell and the two other members of the Water Board, Chairman Leo Oates and John Sloane, met with the businessmen in the Fellowship Hall of the First Christian Church. The whole town is being invited to hear the project discussed at a “town hall” meeting in the Brady High School auditorium next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The City’s engineers and financial advisors and representatives of the Soil Conservation Service will be present to answer any questions. “We want you to bring as many people as possible to the meeting,” the businessmen were urged Wednesday night. The biggest surprise Wednesday was on the cost of the project. It will require only an additional five cents per thousand gallons on Brady’s water rate. The five-cent increase would apply only on water used after the first 4,000 gallons which now costs $2.75. “This is water revenue bond issue, and no tax is involved,” Rockwell emphasized. The lake, to be built about two and a half miles west of Brady and Brady Creek, will cost an estimated $2,335,000. Of that total, the Soil Conservation Service will contribute $850,000 as its share for the flood protection the project will provide. Brady will finance the other $1,485,000 in 40-year bonds to be sold to the Farmers Home Administration. The bonds will draw an interest of 2.632 percent. The five-cent increase in water rates, plus funds the City already has available for the project, will give the City $76,864 annually to pay off the bonds. Rockwell said, however, that the average payment would be only an estimated $68,718. Why is the election being called so suddenly: Rockwell explained that it must be held this month or otherwise the City might have to wait six months while the voters are getting new poll taxes and while new tax rolls are being prepared. “And this is the third year that the Soil Consrvation Service has held this $850,000 for us. They say they cannot assure us that it will be held over beyond next July when their new fiscal year starts.” To be eligible for the bond election, a voter must be a resident of the City of Brady and must have a poll tax. Rockwell said the Brady Lake will be unique in the fact that even though the federal government is putting up the money for it “It will belong to us: the federal government will have nothingto do with it; it will be ours.” * * * Brady Cagers win opener over Mason Brady High’s Bulldog cagers opened their season Tuesday night with a 67-35 victory over the Punchers at Mason. The Dogs also won the B game, 45-17. Saturday they have a date in Brownwood and then go to Coleman next Tuesday. The Bulldogs won’t play a home game until Tuesday, Dec. 13, with Coleman. George Kidd led the scoring in Mason with 20 points, followed by Gene Rowell and Charles Reynolds, both with 14. Knox Trammell was tops in the B game scoring with 15. * * * All-district team honors 6 Bulldogs The Brady Bulldogs paced three linemen and three backs on the All-District 18-AA team this year. Coaches of the district, meeting Wednesday night, honored 24 boys. In keeping with their practice of several years, they started out to pick 22 boys’without regard to first or second team selections’but wound up with 24 because of ties in the backfield voting. Brady’s honorees are tackle Danny Williams, guards John Watson and Billy Harbour, quarterback Charles Reynolds, fullback Gene Henderson and halfback Darrell Roper. All except Henderson, a senior, will be back next year. * * * Pupettes rebuilding, Show lots of promise Coach Laurice Hunter faces a rebuilding job with her Brady High Pupettes, district co-champions (with Lampasas) last year. Getting an early start on the season, the Pupettes already have played eight games and have a 5-3 record. They defeated Wall here Tuesday night , 38-31 and were to meet Coleman here in two games Thursday night, the B game at 6:30 and the A game at 7:30 p.m. A freshman, Josephine Hernandez, shows lots of promise for the Pupettes. Replacing high-scoring Tommye Low, who graduated, Josephine has averaged 15 points in each of the four games. ‘And she’s playing against varsity guards,’ Coach Hunter pointed out. Ernestine Sandoval is the Pupettes’ only starting forward back from last year. She is a junior and hit 14 points against Wall Tuesday. Other Pupette forwards are Judy Davenport, a sophomore, and the team’s playmaker; and Linda Taylor, also a sophomore and a long-shot artist. The Pupettes have a tall hustling trio of guards: Joyce Haynes, a senior and all-district honoree last year; Lynfred Jo Otte and Mary Cole, juniors. ‘They’ve been picking up the rebounds,’ Miss Hunter said. Joyce and Mary are cheer leaders, ‘and it has really helped with their jumping.’ Two sophomore guards, Jeanette Sorell and Nancy Templeton, complete the Pupettes’ A team. ‘They’re young but they’re learning,’ Miss Hunter said of the Pupettes. She is enthusiastic, too, about the B team, which edged Wall here Tuesday, 26-23, giving them a 6-1 record for the year. Mary Jo Trammell, a sophomore, has averaged better than 22 points in five games, and Vickie Herberg, another Sophomore, has almost 10 points per game. The B team this year has defeated Eldorado twice and holds wins over Winters, Ballinger and Wall. Their loss was to Lake View. A 40-20 victory over Winters was the first time a Brady team, either A or B, has downed Winters since girls basketball was added at Brady High five years ago. Likewise, the A team’s 28-26 win over Coleman this year also was Brady’s first victory ever over the Coleman girls. Others on the B team are Tresha Appleton, Barbara Dennard, Brenda Snodgrass, Ann Rector, Mary Davis, Mary Rose, Dannye Dial, and Anita Ynostroza. * * * Personnel Mentions Don Johnson released Don Johnson is much improved after spending a week in Brady Hospital following a mild heart condition Tuesday before Thanksgiving. He was able to return home Wednesday. Mr. Johnson has been advised to take life slowly, and with plenty of rest, should get along nicely. * * * Here from Trinity Miss Linda Bradham, student at Trinity University, San Antonio, was a Thanksgiving guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bradham. Trinity friends of Linda’s who visited during the holidays were Joe Gary, Cross Plains; Melinda Meers, Menard; Pat Cornish, Detroit, Mitch.; and Beth Soothern, Andover, N. Y.

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