Council studying request for boost in phone rates

Aug. 8-11, 1962 The City Council promised to “come up with something” by June 12 on a request for a rate increase by Southwestern States Telephone Company. A decision is pending, also on an offer from the telephone company to provide “extended area service” linking the Brady exchange with toll-free service to Lohn, Melvin, Mercury, Rochelle and Voca. John Allen and A. J. Lacy, from the telephone company’s Brownwood office, asked for an increase in rates when the smaller exchanges are tied in with Brady. The smaller exchanges, of course, are owned by the Central Texas Telephone Co-op, and an agreement for the toll-free service must be made with the co-op. Allen told the council, however, that the co-op “has been pressuring us to do something, and it all depends on this council.” Southwestern States and the co-op both would have to install additional equipment. Extended Area Service (EAS) would allow Brady residents to dial almost any number in the county without going through an operator. Rural residents in turn could dial into Brady toll-free; they couldn’t dial each other, however (from Melvin to Rochelle, for example.) The Doole exchange is the only one in the county which would not be included in EAS. Allen said it is too far away, “and you have to stop somewhere.” Mayor John Rudder asked Allen for “time to study this proposal so the council may make the right decision.” Allen said the council “has put us off almost two years already’you put us off because of the bond issue for the lake, and then you put us off because of the city election’We can’t wait too much longer.” The council and Allen finally agreed to meet again on June 12. Councilman Aubrey Townsend complained about the service provided by the telephone company in Brady, about his phone being out of order or getting wrong numbers. “We’ve talked about this before,” he told Allen. Councilman Jim Harkrider said, he too, has had trouble in placing and receiving calls. * * * Melvin seniors near graduation The closing program for the 1961-62 school year for the Melvin School got under way with the baccalaureate service Sunday night. Ernest McCoy, minister of the Fourth and Bridge Street Church of Christ, Brady, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 7:45 p.m Sunday in the Melvin School auditorium. County school supt. J. E. Herrington will speak next Thursday night for the grade school exercises. Penrose B. Metcalfe, a member of the State Board of Education, will deliver the high school commencement address on Friday night, May 18. * * * Board elects teachers, hires Siler as Ag Prof. The Brady School Board, meeting Monday night, elected Guy Siler of Lohn to succeed Bill Coleman as a vocational agriculture teacher at Brady High. Other teachers for the 1962-63 school year also were elected. The coaches and principals and band director James Mallow were elected earlier this spring. Coleman asked the board to be released from his contract as of June 1. He and his wife are moving to Iowa where both will attend Iowa State University next year. Siler, a graduate of Melvin High School and Southwest Texas State College, has been teaching agriculture this year at Lohn. His election here is subject to his being released from his contract at Lohn. In electing the new teaching staff, the school board was asked by the following teachers not to be considered for 1962-63 contracts: Mrs. Joanna Boothe, second grade teacher at North Ward; Mrs. Lucy Baucom, English-Spanish teacher at high school; Mrs. Yvonne Wallin, music teacher at junior high and high school; and John H. Wallin, science teacher at high school. The following teachers were elected: North Ward’Mmes. Elizabeth Reese, Maurice Richie, Mildred Breckenridge, May Lou Porter, Peggy Ann Owens, Mildred Ferguson and Margaret Pearson. South Ward’Mmes. Frances Sloan, Hettie Fae George, Ruby Collins, Criselda Ynostroza, Laura May Ellis, Nell Spiller, Amy Turner, Martha Rockwell, Edna Commander, Lucile Reynolds, Mary June Bowden, Marjorie Bryson, Dorothy Hunt, Lucille Huffman, Phyllis Ethridge and Mary Ella Williamson. Junior High School’A.H. Floyd, Harvey Sutton, James O. Bates and Mmes. Elizabeth McSwain, Belle S. Lackey, Ruth Sutton, Olene Floyd, Berta Sue Hubbard, Nancy Thompson, Pauline Parker, and Miss Nola Meers. High School’Joe McDonough, E. L. Ross, G. S. Hubbard, Don R. Hale, Miss Tressie Shaver, Miss Lucille Welch and Mmes. Margaret F. Barker, Mary Ruth Bates, Winifred R. Burk and Mary Jo Powell. Dunbar’Mrs. Irene O. Reed. School nurse’Mrs. Erna Samuelson. * * * Hudspeth heads student council Kenneth Hudspeth was elected president of the Brady High School Student Council for 1962-63 in a runoff election with Robert Shurtleff. Husdpeth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Hudspeth. Other officers elected last week are Mark Day, vice president; Judy Davenport, secretary and Jeannette Sorrell, treasurer. Roylene Taylor, in a runoff with Eileen Brown, was elected alternate cheer leader Tuesday . Other cheerleaders elected last week are Barbara Dennard, Jackie Behrens, Sammy Murphy and Mary Rose. * * * Board may send band to Dallas The Brady School Board Monday night agreed to study the feasibility of sending the Bulldog band to the State Fair in Dallas, Oct. 21 for “Brady Day.” In other action, the board: ‘Authorized purchase of 13 new Underwood typewriters for the high school commercial department at a net cost of $895 ($68.84 per machine). ‘Authorized purchase of a new school bus chassis and reconditioning and mounting of a 1951 body on a new chassis. ‘Authorized purchase of a commercial-type lawn mower for the school grounds. ‘Appointed a committee from the board to study the financial problems of the school’s athletic program. * * * Reynolds on all-star team Brady High’s Charles Reynolds, all-state in basketball, was chosen this week as a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association’s all-star basketball team. As a member of the south squad, Reynolds will play in the all-star basketball game during the association’s annual clinic next August. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Daughter to Dr. Granvilles Dr. and Mrs. George Granville of Houston announce the birth of a daughter Wednesday, May 9. The little girl weighed six pounds and six ounces, but as yet has not been named. The Granvilles have a son David, two and a half years old. Mrs. Vera Granville is the paternal grandmother.

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