Highway Week in Texas’big business in county

Sept. 20-23, 1966 Highway Week is being observed in Texas this week, Sept. 18-24, following proclamation by Governor John Connally. The theme for the annual observance is “Better Highways Save Lives’Time’ Money.” The two offices in Brady have a total of 28 employees and the regular monthly payroll amounts to about $12,980, which is an important contribution to the economy of the community. There are two separate offices at the local Highway Department facility. The Engineers office, under senior resident engineer Ben Dillon, plans and supervises construction of highways in McCulloch and San Saba counties while under foreman John Black, maintains the 258.48 miles of highways in McCulloch County. Personnel in the Engineers’ office includes Dillon, Dick Bradshaw, Paul Bradshaw, Clovis Brown, Raymond Calley, Elmer Flemming, Noel Haynes, Alfred Machen, Douglas McWilliams, Lyndon Myrick, Ed Tittle and Tom White. In the maintenance department are Black, Lowell Brown, Albert F. Garner, Jimmy C. Hinds, Billie A. Hughes, Gerald Hutchens, James E. Jordan, Andrew Leifeste, John Lemons, Dick Marsden, Allen G. Miers, Lindsey Passmore, James J. Ramsey, Wiley H. Steward, Weldon B. Thornton and Joe Tinney. A look at the records reveals that construction in McCulloch and San Saba Counties for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31 totaled $384,552 on former RM Highway 734, now State Highway 71 in McCulloch County; $198,378 on State Highway 16 in San Saba County; $22,000 on FM Highway 500 in San Saba Country and $22,336 on seal coat work for an overall total of $628,266. Looking at the current fiscal year, the $161,930 project on FM Highway 288 (Deep Creek Road) is under construction in McCulloch County. The $151,279 contract for hot mix surfacing and paved shoulders on US 190 in San Saba County from Richland Springs west to the McCulloch County line has been awarded and construction is scheduled to start next week. *** Barron’s Jewelry holds open house Barron’s of Brady will hold an open house Saturday at their new jewelry store on the south side of the square and the public is invited to attend. Forrest Barron bought the old Palace theatre building early in the summer and remodeled it into an up-to-date jewelry store. The firm moved into the new location Aug. 1. Door prizes will be given throughout the day. Prizes will include a Bulova watch, six Speidel watch bands, British Sterling after shave and cologne, a 16-piece starter set of Franciscan earthenware, silver polish and six sets of steak knives. No purchases are necessary and one does not have to be present to win. Refreshments will be served. The Barrons moved to Brady from Texas City in 1962 and bought out Threadgill’s Jewelry Store where they operated until the move to the new location. The store is stocked with up-to-date merchandise with such brands as Bulova and Accutron watches; Iroquis and Franciscan pottery; Lennox and Daulton china; Reed and Barton and International silver and home decorative items for the home. *** Flying Saucer’ No, storage tanks new lights “It’s a flying saucer!” It’s Superman!” “No, it’s Batman!” Would you believe the city’s water storage tank at the corner of South Pine and Burns Streets’ Well, that’s what it was. Shortly after dark Monday evening, residents of the south part of Brady realized something was different. The whole area south of 17th street was brilliant with light from some source. On investigation it proved to be some underlighting on the new city water storage tank. The lighting effect made the tank look like something from outer space as the long spidery legs stood out ghost like on the under side of the tank. A light company received permission from the City of Brady to put an experimental set of lights on the tower for both security reasons and for advertising the city. Should the city decide to buy the lights, they will serve as a deterrent to vandalism and if the proper lighting effect is achieved, it will light up the lettering on the tank. “The lights could discourage the kids from climbing the tank after dark and cut down on vandalism around the tank. It could also be an effective means of advertising our city,” City Superintendent James Feazelle said. “We haven’t bought the lighting. It is just an experiment to see how it will be received by the residents of Brady.

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