10 years ago
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Offers for Rent for a New Activity Center – Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,” a principle that could well be used to describe the relocation of the Center to Uvalde adult activities. The old facility, which was located at 250 E. Main St., is being demolished to make way for a new Walgreens store and this action is matched by the effort to build a new activity center. Kay Brieden, director of the Uvalde Adult Activity Center, which is temporarily housed in the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in the Town Center Square, said design work was nearing completion, with a drawing by architect which is expected to be completed this week and the tendering process for the new facility already underway.
Street works begin Monday – The Texas Department of Transportation and Slack & Co. Contracting Inc. will perform basic repairs and replace the pavement surface on US 83, or Getty Street, in Uvalde, from Anglin Street to north of Hwy 55 starting Monday. Crews will remove the first 2 inches of the pavement, repairing up to 8 inches from the base of the road if necessary, before laying a new surface on the road. The $ 1.2 million project is expected to last about four months. “This project will require the temporary daily closure of the Getty Street lanes. Anglin Street lane closures at Farm-to-Market 1052 will not be permitted during rush hour, ”said Josh Donat, TxDOT’s public information manager.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Dry Times – Unless you’ve experienced something like the great drought of the early 1950s, it’s hard to imagine the scope of something so devastating. Over a period of 10 years, agricultural and ranching activities in the region have all but evaporated, entire rivers and lakes have dried up, and the simple act of trying to find clean water has become a crisis for many families. And although the current drought plaguing the southern states of the country is relatively recent, some predict that it could eclipse the record drought in terms of duration and lack of rainfall, raising serious questions about planning a such event. “We know Texas has experienced droughts that have lasted for several years,” state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in a press release from Texas A&M. “Many locals remember the drought of the 1950s, and tree ring records show that drought conditions sometimes last for a decade or more. I’m concerned because the same ocean conditions that seem to have contributed to the drought of the 1950s have been back for several years now and could last for another five to 15 years. According to the US Drought Monitor, nearly 85 percent of Texas is listed as being in an exceptional drought, with the rest listed as being in extreme or severe drought.
50 years ago
Thursday, October 7, 1971
Over $ 1 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Wooten Feed Lots – Two lawsuits against Pat Wooten of Sabinal have been filed in 38th District Judicial Court in recent days, one seeking the appointment of a receiver and the other damages in excess of $ 1 million. At the time of going to press yesterday, a hearing was underway in District Court chaired by Judge Ross Doughty, regarding a proposal to expand the powers of receivership and to put in place a method of claiming against them. Wootens. … In the application for the appointment of a receiver, the Winter Garden Production Credit Association, headquartered in Cotulla, claims that the defendant owes the plaintiff a debt of more than $ 495,250, secured by a trust deed covering certain land, livestock, grain in stock and accounts receivable. … In the lawsuit for damages, G. Kendrick, a resident of Harris County, seeks damages in the amount of $ 1,426,268.23. He accuses that between May 1, 1970 and September 13, 1971, the defendant “falsely and fraudulently represented to the plaintiff, both orally and in writing, that he had purchased a total of 10,309 head of cattle”. The plaintiff claims that he paid the defendant $ 1,274,300.71 for the cattle.
A gust of wind blows a bus off the highway – Twelve people were rushed to hospital, but only one had to be hospitalized, following a bus crash on Sunday night near Uvalde. … The 12 were among 18 passengers on a Kerrville Bus Company bus that was hit by a strong gust of wind during a rain and thunderstorm. … According to investigating highway patrol officers RE Smith and RW Munk, the incident occurred around 10:30 pm Sunday night 3.3 miles west of Uvalde on Highway 90. The wind was blowing hard and the driver had slowed down the bus due to heavy rain. A gust of wind apparently spun the vehicle, a 1965 GMC coach, on the road; he skidded across the road on the north side and fell to the side. As the bus came to a stop on its right side, the vehicle was heading west.
Sunday October 10, 1971
Hogg Grant Provides First Mental Health Service Center – A demonstration program for an innovative one-stop-shop for mental health in Crystal City and surrounding communities has been approved by the University of Texas chancellor’s office. The $ 26,556 Hogg Foundation grant for mental health marked the culmination of months of planning by staff at San Antonio Medical School (UTMSSA) as well as the Hogg Foundation. The initial grant will support a program for the nine months from October 1, 1971 to June 30, 1972. Staff members of the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Medicine and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health met regularly the city and the school. officials as well as citizen groups in Crystal City and Uvalde to plan a realistic program of mental health services.
COMPILED BY JULYE KEEBLE
from Leader-News files