March 22-25, 1966 Two McCulloch County youths were winners in the McCulloch Electric Cooperative essay and oratory contest held Monday night at the Brady High School auditorium. Vicki Gamblin, 16-year-old Rochelle student and Terry Traweek, 17-year-old Brady high School student, were declared winners after 13 students had given oratories on “Rural Electric Cooperatives ‘Helping Texas Grow.” They will make the all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June with the Texas Electric Cooperatives’ Youth Tour and represent McCulloch Electric Cooperative, Inc. The 13 students were judged on knowledge of subject, speaking ability, poise, personality and appearance. The group consisted of winners of the essay contest that was conducted earlier by the McCulloch Electric Co-op. The two winners will join 98 other West Texas students on a 12 day trip beginning June 2. Vicki is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gamblin of Placid and is a junior at Rochelle High School. Terry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Traweek of Brady and is a junior at Brady High School. Chosen as alternates for the trip were Clarice Garrison of San Saba High School, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Garrison, and David Hall of Eden High School, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Hall. Entertainment was furnished by the Brady High School girls’ sextet under the direction of Linda Adrian. Madeline Davenport, of McCulloch Electric welcomed the visitors. Other McCulloch County contestants were Lewis Bratton of Rochelle, Linda Anderson of Brady and Candace Polk of Melvin. *** 6,262 license plates sold in McCulloch County through Monday The sale of 1966 license plates is lagging far behind this time last year, according to spokesmen from County Tax Assessors’ office. To date 6,262 plates have been sold for all types of vehicles. According to last year’s figures, the total leaves about 2,930 vehicles to be registered in the next eight days. Tax Assessor Collector John Guice said that the office would open on Saturday, March 26 and during the noon hour for the remainder of the month for the convenience of those wishing to purchase their license plates. *** Little Leaguers gather Monday for summer plans With the coming of spring, little boys’ thoughts turn to baseball and little league. Billy Jack Neal, little league president, has called a meeting for Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse for all boys interested in playing in the summer program. All boys must be accompanied by one parent to be eligible to participate. Boys ages eight and nine will play in the Pee Wee league and those 10-12 will play in the Little League. Any boy who was eight after Aug. 1, 1965, may play on a Pee Wee team. Those who will be 13 after Aug. 1, 1966, will be too old to play in the league . The Brady Little League Association is part of a summer recreation program for McCulloch County youth. Last year 100 boys took part in the baseball program. *** J. Roy Barnes dies Saturday in VA Hospital James Roy Barnes, 67, died at 12 p.m. Saturday in the VA hospital in Kerrville after a long illness. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Wilkerson Funeral Home with burial in the Melvin Cemetery. Mr. Barnes was born Oct. 4, 1898, in Hunt County and was a veteran of World War I and II. He was a retired real estate agent and stock farmer. He had lived in the Melvin Community since 1914. He was a candidate for sheriff nearly a quarter of a century ago. Survivors include his wife; two sons, John Barnes and Joe Barnes; two daughters, Nova Barnes of Norton and Mrs. Stanley Anderson of Melvin; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John Ables of McAllen and Mrs. Earl Black of Bronte; and a brother, Leslie Barnes of Corpus Christi. *** Mrs. Walter Gray suffers bruises in two-car accident Mr. Walter Gray and Daryl Estes were in a collision at the intersection of Pine and 17th Street about 11 a.m. this morning. Estes was uninjured but Mrs. Gray went to Brady hospital to be checked for injuries. She was traveling north on Pine and Estes was driving east on 17th when the panel truck driven by Estes and the station wagon collided. The front end of the truck was damaged and the driver’s side of the wagon was badly dented. *** Deans Honor Roll Davey Cornelius, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Cornelius of Brady, made the dean’s honor roll for the fall semester at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos.