April 12-15, 1966 Probably the best kept secret in the Heart of Texas is to be revealed Thursday night when the Brady Chamber of Commerce presents the Distinguished Service Award at the annual membership banquet. Each year an award committee meets to select a winner from the nominations submitted by the citizens of McCulloch County. Though the selection is made far in advance, the award remains a secret until the award is presented at the banquet. Only a few times in the 18-year history has the news leaked out ahead of time. The banquet also serves as in installation dinner for new officers and directors of the Chamber of Commerce. Taking office this year will be Frank Lohn, president; Murray Jordan, first vice- president; Don Neal, second vice- president; Lewis Jordan, treasurer; George Purcell, manager and Mrs. James Feazelle, secretary. New directors will be Don Neal, Pete Knutson, Daymon McBee, Neal Self and Elbert Boswell. Guest speaker will be Dr. Hugo Hansen, head of the Agricultural Department of the University of Odense, Denmark. His stories on travel points out the amusing differences between the ranchers and farmers of Texas and those in his home country. “Dr. Hugo is one of the most humorous speakers you will ever hear,” commented Lt. Governor Preston Smith, “I have heard him several times and he delights audiences of all calibers.” The visitor is anxious to meet the local citizens in order to get an impression of the people in a smaller community. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Brady High School faculty band. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria on Thursday. A few tickets are still available at the Chamber of Commerce. Past winners beginning in 1946 have been, G.R. White, Hardin Jones, Dr. Posey Collins, Frank Roddie, Sr., Otto Frederick, Mrs. W.N. White, Douglas Fry, Mrs. F.M. Richards, Dick Winters, Earl Rudder, Demp Branscum, Clarence Snider, Dr. J.W. Ragsdale, Floyd Marshall, Marge Lawler, K.K. Steffens, Milton Gainer, Walter Gray and Mrs. Mabel Francis. *** Melvin man charged in shooting Ramon Diaz of Melvin, was charged Monday in Justice of the Peace Joe Myrick’s Court with assault with intent to murder, and released on $1,000 bond to await action of the grand jury. The charge was made after a shooting at a Melvin dance shortly after midnight Saturday when Diaz allegedly shot Roman Sauceda after an argument. Sauceda received a flesh wound in the left shoulder. Sheriff Luke Vogel said the shooting took place in the crowded dance hall while about 100 people were present. *** Barron purchases Palace building Forrest Barron, owner of Barron’s Jewelry Store, has purchased the old Palace Theater building on the south side of the plaza from V.E. Jordan. Work will begin in the near future to remodel the structure to convert it into a jewelry store. Barron said he hopes to move into the new store sometime this summer. The Barrons moved to Brady in September of 1963 from Texas City, after purchasing Threadgill’s Jewelry, a Brady trademark for many years. The new building will offer room for expansion and a larger display area for his merchandise. *** Winners selected in Brady High bake-off Thirty-six Brady High School homemaking students participated in the local Teen-Age bake-off sponsored by the Adams Extract Co. Mary Self, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Self, was named winner by three judges’ with her entry of praline cookies. Karen Feazelle took second place with a Red Letter Day Torte and Jan Bratton won third with a chocolate marble cake. Fifty finalists will be chosen from the state for a free trip to Dallas. Grand prize winner will receive a six-day trip to Hawaii for herself and sponsoring teacher. The finalists will be chosen by homemaking teachers and will enter the bake-off in the Embassy Ballroom of the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Dallas on June 27-28. Entrants were judged on the originality of the recipe, proficiency, appearance, and taste. They were required to use two Adams Extract products in their entry. *** Norwood re-elected Mayor of Melvin The incumbent mayor and two aldermen were re- elected to office in the Melvin City Election on Tuesday. Shields Norwood, unopposed for mayor, received 23 votes. Avert Carlson was returned to office as alderman with 23 votes and James Normand was re-elected with 17 votes. Write-ins for alderman were Floyd Marshall with six votes and Otha Fortson with one vote. Twenty four ballots were cast in all.