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   Winnsboro News (Newspaper) - January 6, 1966, Winnsboro, Texas                                Building permits here total over $250 thousand Over a quarter of a million dollars were spent in Winnsboro on new construction and additions during the nine-month period from April through December of 1965. Building permits totaling $278,701 were issued at City Mall during that period. Of this total, $145,676 was for construction of new homes and additions and $133,025 was for commercial construction. No figures are available for the first three months of the year as building permits were not required before that time. The permits show that a total of 20 new homes were constructed during that period, with a total expenditure of $126,000. The remainder of the non-commercial permits were primarily for additions such as carports and storage buildings. December was the biggest month for issuance of residential permits, with a total of $52,005 recorded. Over $24,000 in permits were issued in both August and September. Total of residential permits for each month during the period covered were: April, $12,185; May, $2,075; June! $9,050; July, $6,100; August, $24,461; Septem- ber, $24,400; October, f2,0W; November, $13,400; December, $52,-005. The biggest month for issuance of comme*rcial permits was July at which time four permits were issued for a total of $111,-000. The total of commercial permits by month was: April, $1,875; May, $150; June, none; July, $111,000; August, none; September, $7,500; Oct. $7,500; November, none; December, $5,-000. Improvements on FM 515 slated Bids for improvements on FM Road 515 from Coke to State Highway 154, a distance of 8.036 miles, will be opened Jan. 26, according to Sidney Cox Jr., resident engineer of Mineola. The work will include reconstruction, grading, structures, base and surfacing. It will be a continuation of the improvements on 515 from Winnsboro to Coke, increasing the maximum recommended speed on the road from 45 to 60 miles per hour. Mr. Cox said work on the project will probably begin in March. Seven Wood County candidates announce Serving Northeast Texas' Leading Produce Market, Agricultural Seetion and Rich, Four-County Oil Area 3fe Utttnabnrn Jfotufl Volume 5*-Number 9 Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas 75494, Thursday, January 8, 1966 lQc   Copy two Sections-Ten Paget BID ACCEPTED ON 500.000 GALLON TANK Increase in city's water storage capacity planned Seven persons seeking Wood County offices and State Representative George T, Hinson this week authorized The Winnsboro News to announce their candidacy, subject to the Democratic Primary. This will be the first race for Rep. Hinson in the new 11th district created by legislative redisricting. The new district includes Hopkins, Wood, Camp and Upshur counties. Rep. Hinson has served in the legislature since 1950 except for four years and has served on almost all house committees. He is one of the 10 senior members of the legislature and is chairman of that body's East Texas delegation. The seven persons announcing their candidacy for county office this week were: RAILS COUNTRY Sidelights By GMJ CONGRATULATIONS go to Robert Rex, son of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Watkins of Pickton, who took first baby honors in the Tri-County with his timely 1:45 a.m. arrival New Year's day. t t t WHS "TOMAHAWK" yearbook chiefs are sending up smoke signals this week requesting the brief loan of Indian maiden cos-j tumes. Blankets are the main items needed along with any other paraphenaila such as moccasins, beads, head feathers, etc. All for a picture-making session for photos for the 1965-66 Tomahawk. Those with suitable items are asked to contact Di-anne Boyd or Mary Smart. t t t IF YOU WATCHED the Orange Bowl game, last Saturday, you probably remember well Alabama's No. 88, End Ray Perkins, who was the Crimson Tide's clutch receiver during the entire game and turned in one of the outstanding performances of all the bowl battles. What we didn't knovv was his close tie with Winnsboro. Ray is the husband of the former Carolyn Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Martin of Beaumont and former Winnsboroans. They have been married about two years. Carolyn was born here. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isham Puckett and the niece of Mrs. Ernest Martin. t    t    t RECENTLY   NAMED editor of the Richardson Daily News is Tom McLeod, editor of The Winnsboro News, for several months in 1962 . . . and of still further interest to several Winnsboro residents is the fact that he was employed by still another old hand of this news-iSee TRAILS, Page 2) Candidates announce in Di�t. 10 race Two persons this week announced their candidacy for state representative in the newly-created District 10, composed of Franklin Lamar, Delta, and Red River counties. The two candidates are Neal Solomon of Mount Vernon, the incumbent representative of what was District 11 prior to legislative redisricting. The other candidate is John S. Porter of Blossom. County Judge T. A. Browning, who is seeking reelection to his < third four-year, term. A native of the Stout Community, he also served eight years as county superintendent. District Clerk Kelsie M. Ross, seeking re-election to a third four-year term. He has previously served as district clerk from 1947-54 and was deputy district clerk for six years. Mrs. Evelyn Horton, seeking re-election as county treasurer. She has served two terms. C. S. Lindsey, seeking a third four-year term as county superintendent. He is a former teacher at Cartwright and has been associated with Wood County Schools a number of years. J. A. Glenn, seeking his first full term as county clerk. Mr. Glenn was elected to serve an unexpired term in November of 1964. Q. B. Stevens, the incumbent, seeking re-election to his fifth term as commissioner of Precinct 4. J. C. (Bud) Junior, seeking election as commissioner of Precinct 4. A veteran of World War II and a native of Precinct 4, he is seeking election to public office for the first time. He has been doing road work in association with present commissioners the past 4]/a years. FIRST BABY born in Winnsboro in 1966 was Robert Rex Watkins, �hown here by his mother, Mrs. Weldon Watkins of  Pickton.   The   youngster, born at 1:45 a.m. Jan. 1, was the earliest arrival since Winnsboro merchants started holding the annual "first baby" contest. (Staff Photo) Robert Rex Watkins first baby born in city in 1966 Young Robert Rex Watkins made his appearance into the world just at the right time. He was born exactly one hour and 45 minutes after the new year began and was the first baby born in Winnsboro in 1966. As a result, he's the winner of over $100 in prizes offered by Winnsboro merchants in their annual "First Baby Contest." The son of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Watkins of Rt. 1, Pick-ton, he was the earliest ar- James E. Old funeral services held Monday Funeral services for James E. Old, former county judge, mayor and well-known civic leader, were held Monday afternoon at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Taylor officiating. Burial was in Lee Cemetery. Mr. Old died Saturday, Jan. 1, in a Beaumont hospital following a short period of illness. He was 60. A resident of Winnsboro since 1933, Mr. Old had been active in a wide range of civic and church affairs and in ranching. Mr. Old served as Wood County Judge during World War II, being appointed to serve an unexpired term then winning election to a full term. Afterward, he served as mayor of Winnsboro for two separate terms. It was during his administration that a major portion of the city's streets were paved. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club and had served as director   of   the   East   Texas Chamber of Commerce. He was boro. JAMES E. OLD attendance. He was born in Cooper Feb. 4, 1905. He received his B. A. Degree from East Texas State Teachers College and his M.A. from Southern Methodist University, where he taught for seven years before moving to Winns- instrumental in obtaining for Winnsboro the CCC camp and the Kraft Cheese plant. Mr. Old was also very active in scouting activities. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and served as treasurer and president of the Boy Scout Foundation. He was a life member of the Board of Directors of the East Texas Area Council. A member of the First Methodist Church, he had served on the Board of Stewards from 1934 until 1961 and was chairman much of the time. He was a delegate from his church to the North Texas Annual Conference for over 20 years and was elected by the conference as a dele- gate to the jurisdictional   con-1 Wright, Dr. G. H. Gamblin, M. terence in New Orleans in 1954. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Development of SMU. in the Rotary Club, Mr. Old had a record of 14 years perfect rival since the contest started with the first baby of 1962. Young Robert weighed in at six pounds, 11 ounces. He was delivered at Winnsboro Hospital by Dr. Ross Mathis. He is the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Watkins. Their other is also a son, Richard, age 7. Robert Rex was named after an uncle and his maternal grandfather. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rex Randolph of Pickton and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Watkins of Sulphur Springs. Great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Simms of Pick-ton and Mrs. O. C. Randolph of Pickton. Mr. Watkins is employed as a supervisor with Rockwell Manufacturing Company in Sulphur Springs. The last two "first babies" haven't arrived until Jan. 4- I and the one before that didn't get here until Jan. 5. Last year's winner was Debra Ann Carden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Carden. The 1964 winner was Stephen Mark Bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bell. A total of 28 local business firms participated in this year's contest, which offered a wide variety of valuable prizes to the winner. Burglars take cash register Sunday night A cash register was taken from Winkle's Conoco service station in one of two break-ins reported in Winnsboro Sunday night. Police Chief Bill Williamson said the burglars broke out a back window to gain entrance to the station and carted off the cash register which contained a-bout $25 in silver. Someone also broke into Swanner's Drive-In Grocery the same night, also gaining entrance through a back window. However, nothing was apparently taken from the store. Wood county poll tail on sale here Winnsboro residents who live in Wood County can obtain the 1966 poll tax receipts at Crad-dock Insurance Agency. Franklin County poll taxes haven't gone on sale in the city yet. Deadline for paying poll taxes is Jan. 31. The Texas poll tax is current-erts, L. G. Saxon, Richard � ly being challenged in federal Works, J. W. Mattasolio, George j courts, but a decision isn't likely T. Thomas, Shelton Brock, R. H. I soon. So Texans probably won't McCrary, M. L. Waggoner, D. C. j be able to vote unless they pay Munden and Roger Acker. I their poll taxes. The Winnsboro City Council took the first step toward improvement of the city water system by accepting a bid of $24,947 for a 500,000 gallon storage tank at the regular meeting Tuesday night. Low bidder on the project was Colvin Construction Company. The only other bid submitted for a 500,000 gallon tank was for $26,200 from Anderson Tank Company of Arp, Texas. The council is hopeful of getting the storage tank, a new pump and new pump house installed within 60 to 90 days. The new facility will give the city a storage capacity of around 585,000 gallons. Current capacity with underground storage and overhead tank is around 150,000. The new storage tank will replace the underground storage currently being used, but not the overhead tank. The new tank will be installed in the area behind the Jerry Moyers home near the old underground storage. However, it will be moved up on a hill. Mayor Lee Ray estimated that purchase of a new pump and construction of a new pumphouse will cost from $8 thousand to $10 thousand, pushing the total cost of the project to between $30 thousand to $35 thousand. The project has been planned since last summer when a pump Police fines show increase during 1965 The local police department was either nabbing more lawbreakers or more persons were violating the law in Winnsboro in 1965 than in the previous year. The.total paid in police fines here last year showed an increase of more than $1,500 over the 1964 total. The amount paid in during 1965 was $5,018.45, compared to a total of $3,511.50 in 1964. The number of charges on which fines were paid increased from 218 to 228, according to records at City Hall. Reckless driving again led the list of offenses resulting in fines and showed a slight increase. In 1965, 62 fines were paid for reckless driving, compared to 58 in 1964. Biggest increase in fines was for drunkeness, which climbed from 24 in 1964 to 40 in 1965. This was the second most frequent charge filed. Eight other charges related to drinking also resulted in fines. The charge of unnecessary noise with motor vehicle showed the greatest decline. It was third on the 1964 list with 22 violations but only 11 persons were fined on that charge in 1965. Driving without license charges climbed from 19 to 24 to hold down third place in 1965. Some of the other most frequent charges were: disturbing the peace, 17; shoplifting, 12; violating traffic signs, 11; negligent collision, 10; and speeding, nine. While the amount of police fines was increasing, the amount of collections from parking meters showed a slight decline, dropping from $5,945 in 1964 to $5,686.62 in 1965. Parking meter fines were down to $803.96, compared to $872.20 in 1964 and revenue from parking zones last year dropped to $352, compared to $360 in 1964. breakdown put the city in danger of running short of water.; State officials have also recommended that the city have 500,-000 gallons of storage. The council also reviewed the financial statement which show- j ed the city heading into the new. year with a total of $62,338.32 a-1 vailable cash. That   amount   at this  time last  year was $45,-879.01. Total cash on hand, which includes refunding bond account, j social  security account  and  a i $15,000 time deposit, is $85,364. i At Monday's meeting, M. D. | Carlock, president of the Autumn: Trails Assn., met with the council to discuss plans for construction of a new building at city park. The council is currently planning to go ahead with the project and decided to make definite plans later this week. The city will borrow the money to construct the building so it can be paid out in installments and prevent the supply of cash on hand from running too low. More details will probably be available next week. FIREMAN OF YEAR - Lun-dy Corley has a big smile as he accepts the Catn-Bolding Award which is given annually to the Fireman of the year selected by members of the Winnsboro Volunteer Fire Department. The award was presented Monday night at the annual firemen's banquet. (Staff Photo) Fireman of Year award goes to Lundy Corley at annual banquet Lundy Corley, the man who lias been a member of the Winnsboro Volunteer Fire Department longer than anyone else, has been named Fireman of the Year by the local organization. Mr. Corley, who will have completed his 39th year as a member of the department Feb. 3 of this year, was presented the Cain-Bolding Fireman of the Year Award at the annual firemen's banquet at the Trade Winn dining room Monday night. The award was presented to Fire Chief R. C. Martin, who explained that the recipient is picked by a vote of the department. Mr. Martin also recognized a number of others with long years of service in the department. They included Loyd Gore, 35 years; Pinchie Raley, 33 years; Sailor Cunningham and R. C. Martin, 23 years; Skeen Smith and Henry Lee Smith, 22 years. Mr. Martin, who served as master of ceremonies, reported to the large crowd attending the banquet that the fire losses of Winnsboro showed a sharp de- crease during the past year. In 1965, the total loss by fire was only $4,460, compared to $22,625 in the previous year. There were only 23 fires inside the city limits, compared to 41 in 1964. The fire department also answered 32 calls in rural areas, compared to 74 the previous year. Mr. Martin also explained the Students shiver as heat goes off Winnsboro had some shivering students for the first two days of the week as the heat was off in the high school building. The heating system failed Monday morning due to faulty valves on the boiler which prevented the pumps from moving the hot water from one end of the building to the other. The valves had to be obtained in Fort Worth and it was late Tuesday before they could be obtained and installed. Principal Willard B. Bethea said the temperature was about 62 degrees inside the building at the coldest point of the two days. In 1928, he was married to the former Sallie Lucy Andrews, who survives. Other survivors are two sons, Dr. James Rowland Old of Beaumont and Gwynne Old of Houston; one brother, John W. Old of Highlands, Texas; and two grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Rowland Butler, Malvin Cain, Red Newman, Ralph Newman, Brock Hopkins, Wortham Craddock, Russell Cannaday and Bud Gil-breath. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Ross Mathis, Jake Martin, Basil Gibson, Tommy Reneau, Hiram Williams, Dr. E. P. Stuart,   Irvin   Wright,   T.    A. D. McWhorter, Joe Bailey Rob- New Church of Christ to have open house Sunday The Winnsboro Church of Christ will formally open its new building with services Sunday morning and open house Sunday afternoon. Regular services will be held Sunday morning, with Bible classes at 9:45 and worship service at 10:45 a.m. Open house will be from 2 to 5 in the afternoon and the public is invited to tour the new building. Tadley S. Teddley of Greenville, composer of over 100 religious songs, will be present Sunday afternoon and special singing will be held in connection with the open house. The new building is located at the intersection of Live Oak Street and East Coke Road. It is constructed of prefabricated structural steel and brick. The new church includes 6,950 feel of floor space and an auditorium which seats 320 persons. It has 10 classrooms, a nursery, two rest rooms and a minister's study. The building is completely air-conditioned and the auditorium is carpeted. The front of the church features decorative rock design and the re-maininder oi the exterior is brick. Cost of the building was about $50,000. First services were held last week, although the interior wasn't completely finished. Minister of the Church of Christ is Charles Adams. workings of a new and versatile unit the department has acquired during the year. Introduced as new members who have joined the department in the past year were Tracy Terry, D. P. Ross and Don Winkle. Guest speaker for the event was Odis Phillips, chief of the Gilmer Fire Department. He paid tribute to volunteer firemen, saying they are the "greatest men God ever let live." He said members of the department arc men who have dedicated their lives to their community and are ready to give their services 24 hours a day. He urged the department ,to maintain high standards so it can command the respect of the community. "Make your department hard to get into and easy to get out of," he said, "and you'll have a department which you can be proud of." Ray Pollard gets Oak Leaf Cluster Maj. Hay Pollard, 35, son of Mrs. Minnie Pollard, Winnsboro, Tex., received the first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Army Commendation Medal, Dec. 6, while a student at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Major Pollard received the award for meritorius service during his previous assignment with Headquarters, U. S. Army Air Defense Command at Ent Air Force Base, Colo. The Oak Leaf Cluster is given for each additional award of the medal after the initial presentation. Major Pollard, who entered the Army in September 1952, is attending the regular course at the | collage. ! He was graduated from Winns-| boro High School in 1947 and ; received a B. S. degree in 1953 from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. His wile, Barbara, is with him at Fort Leavonworih. NEW CIICWH - This is the attw Church oi Christ buiMiug. which will be formally opened with services Sunday. Opeu bouse is scheduled Sunday afternoon and Hie public is unit- ed to inspect the uew building. This view shows tue trout entrance aud one of the sides of the   new   structure. Otaif Photo)   

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