If over 60, you don’t need to register to vote

Jan. 20-24, 1967 Persons over 60 years of age who live in a city of less than 10,000 inhabitants, or in a rural area in any county except Bexar County, will not have to register in order to vote in elections held during the year 1967, according to Attorney General Crawford C. Martin. This, in effect, means that McCulloch County residents over 60 years of age need not register to be eligible to vote. The local tax office is not registering those over 60. Inquiries have been made at the McCulloch County Tax-Assessor Collector’s office pertaining to the registration of 60-year olds and spokesmen for the office say that these persons do not need to register in order to vote this year. The question has arisen over a Travis County district court ruling that the amendment, which appeared on the ballot as Amendment No. 7 in the general election last November, was not validly adopted because the proposition on the ballot did not give notice of the full contents of the amendment. The State is appealing this decision. In Bexar County, all voters must register, under an order of the commissioners court entered last June. The order was adopted pursuant to a provision in the voter registration law which authorizes the commissioners court in a county of more than 500,000 inhabitants to require all voters to register. Bexar County is the only county in which the commissioners court has exercised this authority. Voter registration in McCulloch County is very slow. As of Monday, approximately 635 persons had availed themselves to the right to register to vote free of charge. Last year, 1,975 persons registered or paid a poll tax to exercise their right to vote. The tax-assessor collector’s office will issue registrations until Jan. 31. No plans have been made at present for the office to remain open after regular hours. Though this year is an off-year for elections, some issues could arise later in the year and be presented for balloting. *** Brady student qualifies for area all-state band Seven members of the Brady High School band were in Irving last Saturday to try out for the area All- State Band. They had previously tried out for All- Region and were selected for the higher competition. Gwen Ashba, on the string bass, qualified to the All-State Band which will play in Houston, Feb. 9-11. Tryouts will be held for places in one of two all-state organizations. The top group chosen, approximately 100, will play in the symphonic band and the concert band will be made up of the second 100 members in the competition. BHS band members other than Gwen who went to Irving were: Steve Wilson, Bob McDonough, Christi Woody, Norma Holloway, Debbie Huffman and Carol Ricks. *** Mercury Club plans Valentine and bingo party The Mercury Ladies Community Club met Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. with the new president, Mrs. Ethel Adams, presiding. As Mrs. Elmer Eckert had surgery, Mrs. Ethel Adams and Mrs. Alpha Eckert gave her program on making roses out of variegated paper. Those present to enjoy the program were : Mrs. D.S. Pumphrey, Mrs. Bill Miller, Mrs. Wayne Powell, Mrs. L.C. Underwood, Mrs. Ed Burk, Mrs. D. Cox, Mrs. J.T. Thompson, Mrs. Clifton Turner, Mrs. Ethel Cox, Mrs. Gordie Dunn and Mrs. Chester Penn. Mrs. Clifton Turner and Mrs. Wayne Powell were hostesses and served cookies, coffee and soft drinks. The next meeting will be Feb. 15 for a Valentine and bingo party. Each member will remember to bring her Secret Pal’s Valentine gift and two prizes for bingo. *** Bride-elect feted with party Miss Marcia McDonald, bride-elect of Don Arons of Rochelle, was honored with a lingerie shower and dinner party Wednesday, Jan. 18. Hostesses were Miss Dana Newlin and her mother, Mrs. Clinton Newlin, entertaining at the Newlin home at 504 Grand Ave. The honoree’s chosen colors of azure blue and yellow were stressed in the decorations and centerpieces of yellow pom poms and blue sprayed leaves. Attending the party were the honoree, her mother, Mrs. Bill McDonald of Rochelle and Mrs. Bobby Keesee, Mrs. Tom White and Delila Mary Thompson. *** To wed Bradyite Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Godfrey of Fort Worth, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Virginia, to Daniel Kurt Otte, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst K. Otte of Brady. The bride is a graduate of Wichita Falls High School and is majoring in business education at Texas Christian University, where she is a member of the National Businesswomen’s Fraternity, Phi Phi Theta. The groom, a graduate of Brady High School, is also a student at Texas Christian University where he is majoring in business management and pre-law. The couple plan an early February wedding.

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