Federal grant for park one of top 10 stories

Dec. 23-30, 1966 The ten top stories, newswise, from Brady and McCulloch County reflect the growth and advancement of the area. They also bring closer to home the war in Vietnam as not only this county but many other Texas counties have among the tragedies of the past year, the death in war of a young home town man. The top story of the year came only a few days before Christmas as the city was approved for a federal grant for a park at Brady Lake. The $119, 650 was approved by the Department of Interior on a cost-share basis for the building of a 165-acre park at the lake. Brady will match this sum. The second story tells the story of progress for the City of Brady and surrounding area when Loadcraft officials were notified of a $2.9 million contract for 1372 platform cargo trailers. This was the largest single contract the company had ever received and brought the Brady plant backlog of firm orders to $15 million. Recreation, the coming business for Texas, was next on the list when the Texas Muzzle Loading Rifle Association met in Brady and voted to move the headquarters of the organization here. The shooting site for the club was set for Brady Lake and the city cooperated by offering a 20-year lease with a 20-year option. The group voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move as over 2/3 of the votes were in agreement with the change in new headquarters. In May the Brady, Texas Municipal Gas Corporation formed in October 1965, bought the Pioneer Natural Gas properties in McCulloch County. The non-profit organization paid $1,250,000 for the gas company. The corporation is headed by five Brady businessmen, Billy J. Neal, J.D. Barley, Frank Corder, Sam McAnally and Mayor John Rudder. The work projects for the Housing Authority of Brady to begin the low-income housing project of 90 units was given the go-ahead signal Oct. 20. Homer Haworth, Orange, Tex. contractor, was low bidder with a figure of $929,352. Another move to make Brady a recreation center was made when the City of Brady purchased the race track for $15,000. The Jubilee race track property and facilities, a 100-acre parcel of land, was purchased with the restriction that the property and facilities be limited to public use for entertainment and recreation for 25 years. The City and the July Jubilee Association entered into an agreement whereby the Mayor and two councilmen and three members of the Jubilee Board of Directors will govern the race track and properties. The Brady schools were totally integrated beginning the fall term of school and the East Ward School was closed. After studying the three-year plan for total integration and finding that approximately 11 students would remain in East Ward for the school year, the trustees of the Brady Independent School Dsitrict decided total integration was the answer for the Brady schools. Along with other improvements at Brady Lake, the City Council approved the building of rest room facilities at the site of the Brady Rod and Gun Club firing range at the lake. A contract was also let for a pump station to be built at the site of the No. 6 water well at the lake where a 50,000 gallon water tank would furnish water for the lake area. The Vietnam War was driven close to home as the news arrived in Brady that Burton McCord, one of Brady’s fine young men and a West Point graduate, had been killed by a sniper’s bullet while in battle in Vietnam. McCord was a first lieutenant, who had been promoted to captain but never lived to wear his captain’s bars. No top ten stories would be complete without at least one about the weather in McCulloch County. This one was a “bell ringer” as nine inches of snow was dumped over the county on the night of Feb. 21. Measurements of up to 12 inches were reported over the county as the snowfall left farmers and ranchers sporting the biggest grins of the year. It was the heaviest snow since 1957 when an overnight fall dumped 8.5 inches on the countryside. *** Cold brings mist; rain is missed Much to the dismay of farmers and ranchers in McCulloch County, another dry norther blew into the area Tuesday afternoon. Despite predictions by weather forecasters that there was a good chance of showers or some snow, the clouds and light mist ushered in by the front dissipated and the hoped for “wet norther” failed to materialize. Tuesday afternoon about 3 p.m. the front arrived accompanied by gusty winds and dark clouds, but before nightfall they had cleared away. The temperature dropped from a pleasant 68 to 40 about 9 p.m. Then the drop became more noticeable as the low for Wednesday morning dipped to 16 degrees, according to U.S. Weather observer, Mrs. J.R. Cochran. The mercury failed to climb above the 40- degree mark Wednesday and the mercury again fell to 16 Thursday morning. Farmers and ranchers in the county are badly in need of some moisture. Most have been feeding their livestock and many have been burning pear for winter feed. Continued cold, with another wave of frigid air moving down the center of the United States, gives little promise of rain or snow. Most of the moisture accompaning the fronts continues to move eastward as they develop.

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