Showers lift limitation on use of water

Sept. 7-11, 1962 Water rationing for the present is over in Brady. That is the word of James Feazelle, city superintendent, following showers in Brady over the weekend. “Of course, we need lots more of them before we can call the drouth broken,” Feazelle said, “but at least this is a start.” Showers in McCulloch County preceded a cool front Friday night and again Sunday afternoon. The rainfall in Brady Friday night measured .29 inch, and Sunday afternoon, .41. The moisture, with light showers a few days previously, eased the water situation here. Lawns have already shown the effects of the showers. Some parts of McCulloch County received heavier falls the past weekend, but a general “million dollar” rain is badly needed in all parts of the county. George Kidd of the White’s Brady Creek ranch east of Brady perhaps had one of the best reports. He gauged 1.80 in the Friday and Sunday rains. But as a general rule the showers varied from light to heavy. Last week’s rainfall also brought smiles to the Voca community where Wes Behrens said the total fall varied from 1.5 to 2 inches. Many farmers and ranchers are continuing to haul stock water, as little run off has been provided by the showers except in isolated cases. * * * Yule decorating contest okayed by C-C board Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, meeting Monday night, renewed their approval of the Christmas home decorating contest and the commercial feeding program again this year. Andy Allen, reporting for the Civic Committee, said the decorating contest will have two divisions, one for picture windows to be judged from the outside and one to cover all outside decorations including shrubs and lawns. First prize will be $20 and second, $15. A plaque for the best commercial decoration of business establishments will be awarded also. E. L. Ross and County Agent Norman Drake outlined plans for the Commercial feeding program for the county’s junior boys and girls. The program will have two weigh-in dates, Sept. 29 for calves and Dec. 8 for lambs and pigs. In other action Cecil Coggin reported that the Home Demonstration Clubs would like to hold the County Fair again this year. James Isbell, board president, asked Coggin and his committee to meet with the clubs. J.D. Barley, representing the Parks and Recreation Committee, reported on the dredging on Brady Creek being done by the City and County at Richards Park. At the suggestion of Glenn Kirrle, Isbell asked Andy Allen to investigate the cost of erecting large highway signs to advertise Brady. Allen is to report at the next meeting of the board. Others attending the board meeting were Tim Jones, Ross Huffman, Frank Roddie, Jr., Bill Robinett, Dr. Richard Winters, Gerald Huffman and Manager George Purcell. * * * County hires auditing firm The County Commissioners Court has hired the Fredericksburg firm of Balsar and Davidson to audit the county’s books for 1962. C.O. Balsar met with the commissioners to discuss the audit, and election of his firm was unanimously approved. The company has done the City of Brady’s audit for the last several years and works also for Burnet, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall and Kimble counties. * * * Prussic Acid endangers livestock Drouth stunted Sudan, sorghums and Johnson grass which have begun to show growth after recent showers may bear danger for cattle and sheep, warns Norman Drake, county agent of McCulloch. “We have had a few cases of prussic acid in livestock herds, and cattle and sheep should be watched closely as the new growth begins. When symptoms of prussic acid occur, get in touch with your veterinarian at once,” Drake said. * * * Five’future nurses’ complete program Five Brady High School girls participated in the Candy Striper Volunteer Program offered this summer at Brady Hospital. They completed 15 hours of class instruction and at least 50 hours of observation and volunteer service in three departments of the hospital (X-ray, clinic and patient care). Candy Striper programs are carried out throughout the nation with the cooperation of high schools and hospitals. “This gives high school girls a chance to become familiar with the broad opportunities in the health career fields in which there is a shortage of workers,” said Mrs. Henry Land, director of nurses for Brady Hospital. The Candy Stripers wear a red and white striped pinafore over a white blouse, the nationally approved uniform for the program. Completing the program here were Eileen Brown, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Allen H. Brown; Della Mae Clevenger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delton Clevenger; Johnnie Sue Jordan, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. J. J. Jordan; Karen Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Moore; and Leona Zumwalt, niece of Mrs. T. E. Bingham. Certificates were awarded after 50 hours of service, and a gold star was added for each additional ten hours. Receiving as many as four stars for additional service were Eileen, Della Mae and Leona. “The instruction and supervision of these girls as offered by the hospital has provided them with many opportunities to learn new skills and in giving service to patients,” Mrs. Land said. “Many patients have enjoyed the contact with these young ladies.” Most of the Candy Stripers are members of the Future Nurses Club at Brady High. The club was organized last year with about 25 members and is making plans for the coming year. * * * Kimbrough suit reset for Oct. 2 A suit by County Judge Love Kimbrough against Brady rancher T. A. Parker has been reset for trial Tuesday, Oct. 2. The jury will be called for 9:30 a.m. Filed last March, the suit originally was set for Sept. 10. Kimbrough is asking damages of $100,000 from Parker as a result of a radio broadcast made last spring. * * * Voca woman hurt in wreck Mrs. Mamie Behrens of Voca was seriously injured about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in an automobile accident at Voca. Approaching the intersection with Farm-Market Road 734, she was driving south on the paved road just south of Voca. The car hit sand and skidded into the island at the intersection. Mrs. Behrens was thrown out of the car. She was accompanied by her son, Jackie, a Brady High School student and two grandchildren. She was brought to Brady Hospital with a severe fractured right leg, bruises, cuts and suffering shock. * * * County values now $13 million The County Commissioners Court has raised the County’s total valuations for tax purposes to $13,994,220. That compares to $11,345,165 last year. The commissioners worked most of last spring adjusting the valuations to overcome a deficit in the County’s General Fund. County Judge Love Kimbrough pointed out that he county’s bonded debt, originally totaling $371,000 now has been reduced to $165,000. * * * Music club to open year with coffee Members of the Damrosch Music Club will meet for their annual coffee Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Richards Memorial Library Clubroom. Following the president’s welcome, Mrs. Joe Dale Johnson will give a brief talk on ‘Federation and It’s Meaning.’ Mrs. Posey Collins will be the main speaker, giving a talk on the music highlights of her trip to Europe. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Basketball scholarship George Kidd III, Brady athletic luminary the past two years, has received a two-year basketball scholarship at South Plains Junior College at Levelland. He will study pre-vet. Tommy Kidd, who attended SAC at San Angelo the last two years will enroll at Texas A&M College as a junior civil engineering student. George and Tommy are sons of Mr. and Mrs. George Kidd, Jr. of Brady. * * * It’s a boy Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson are happy to announce the birth of a new grandson Aug. 31 in Indianapolis, Ind. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. John R. Barker. Mrs. Barker is the former Betty Johnson. The Barkers’ third son has been names James Allen. He weighed eight and one-half pounds.

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