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Brownfield News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Brownfield, Texas 15436 a ii re 75235 class of �?T77 handshake and diploma Brownfield High school held ifs commencement exercises May 26 in the High school gym before a capacity crowd. As the 144 members of the 1977 graduating class took their seats the band under the direction of Rod Lovett played the traditional processional. Brent Hogue led the invocation followed by the speeches of salutatorian Darla Collier and valedictorian Bart Knox. Principal of bus Jesse Geron presented the graduating class to superintendent of schools w. O. Caraway who pronounced the class As graduates. Keith Vandivere. President of the school Board presented diplomas to the Young men and women. The school band then played the school song a Hail Brownfield High school a followed by the senior song a moving on a Sung by Donna Warington. In the final solemn moments Karen Dodds led the Benediction before the 144 classmates released balloons confetti and noise makers in a final moment of glory. I salutatorian addresses Hass b downfield news 15 sunday May 27, 1977 3 i la pm till Lill there would be less child delinquency if fewer people would fall asleep at the switch. Well it had to come eventually. Within the next 15 months the country will be swarming with Highway department employees erecting foreign signs along the nations roads. And while we Are not entirely convinced the conversion of the american mile to the european metric is totally bad we do have some misgivings about it. It scares us to death to think of the Many changes that must be made in every Industry in doing away with our old inches Yards Miles pints and quarts. Speed limit signs will be the first victim of the five year program that is expected to Cost Well Over $100 million. During the summer months of next year the National 55 mph Speed limit signs will be replaced by signs Reading 88.5 Kph. And apparently there Are no moves afoot to have both Speed limits shown on the signs. There is even a measure that will make All cars after 1980 with speedometers with readings in Kilometres. Under the metric conversion act almost every Little sign you see on the Highway will be affected. As one Sage put it we suspect that years hence Well be sitting on the front porch and advising our grandchildren that if a you give someone an Inch take a and the kids will look up a quizzical expression on their faces and say a huh a j the latest edition of a government published Telephone directory used by Treasury department employees has some helpful tips for improving the Telephone manners of bureaucrats. Page 140 of the Booklet has 24 hints on what a government employee should say on the see paper in 4 artists Conception of the new Brownfield state Bank facilities Brownfield state Bank amp Trust announce remodelling plans Sam spikes president of the Brownfield state Bank amp Trust company signed a contract with Mike Klein contractor of Lubbock Texas May 27, 1977 for extensive remodelling and expansion of the Bank which has been redesigned by architects Whitaker and Hall of Lubbock. Contract amount is $430,000.00. A 60 car parking lot will be developed on the property immediately North across the Street from the Bank formerly known As the Jack Bailey property. Property secured from . And Bill Noble where Robert l. Noble insurance Agency is located will also be used in remodelling. The Bank a extensive remodelling and expansion project local businesses observe Holiday the following businesses will be closed monday May 30 in Observance of memorial Day first National Bank Brownfield state Bank and Trust Brownfield savings and loan Pioneer natural Gas co., general Telephone co., Amoco kleins Collins Fields philos cagier a gift Box and Bayless jewellers. Other businesses scheduled to close Are Montgomery wards Sears Cowboy store. Staudte a Ford country press Brownfield news Stacy Mason Ryburn a gift shop Barrons fabrics top Dollar and Goodyear. All City and county offices will also be closed due to the Holiday. Will begin during the month of june and will enhance its appearance and Benefit the customers with More convenience. A it is our desire to provide our customers and friends with one of the most functional banking facilities to be found anywhere a said president Sam spikes. Completion of the lobby area is expected in january 1978, and the entire project in june of 1978. Remodelling will begin with the lobby being designed into a circular shape and will include private offices for each loan officer. It will also provide Bank marketing new accounts and reception areas five paying and receiving Teller windows three note Teller windows a statement window and a meeting room. New furniture and fixtures will be obtained for the remodeler Bank. A new feature will be a mini Bank located on the left As one enters the Bank. The mini Bank will include three loan officers two secretaries and a walk up Teller window. It will allow the Bank to provide added service and convenience to the customer As it is to be opened additional hours to those of the main lobby. A spiral staircase and elevator at the front of the lobby and another staircase at the Back will Lead the Way to the second floor where the expansion project will continue. Located Here will be an enlarged Trust department with a reception and waiting area. A customers Coffee lounge and additional room for operations personnel will also occupy the second floor. The Large area of the second floor will provide ample storage and will allow for future expansion of the Bank. Drive in windows will remain in their present location but will also be expanded to include the present Noble building. Five Remote Type windows will be included for express transactions while one regular window will be used for commercial transactions. The drive in facilities will also contain an expansion area for an automated Twenty four hour Teller which is to be installed at a later Date. Remodelling of the exterior of the Bank will also be included. Canopies will extend dream come to life for Alvin Davis see Brownfield state Page 4 when Alvin Davis opened his new Western store on the outskirts of Brownfield he had no Way of knowing How the move would effect the business. Evidently it did no to Hurt. Sales for the store increased 46% in november of 1976, the first month of business. And that was Only after three weeks. Dollar volume for the novem Ber March period registered 60.4% ahead of the same period a year ago. Most of the Cowboy stores Dius business comes from people who weren to customers at the downtown location. This is the business Davis had hoped to tap by moving to the main Highway outside of Brownfield. Grand opening was the first impression of a successful Job. In november Davis recalls a we had a horrible cold miserable Day for the grand opening but did More business than Ever before. On that Day we got checks from 26 different Banks covering five states and Canada. He had a $4,700 Day the largest since he started the Western business in 1959. Davis and his wife Barbara purchased 40 acres of land five years ago to build a new Home with dreams of building a new store. The store Only 200 Yards away from their Home sets on i it acres of Alfalfa Patch used to feed the 30 or 40 Appaloosa horses Davis owns. Davis assumed a leadership role in the fledgling Western English retailers of America association two years ago. The growing pains of that organization and his involvement on a National level indirectly filed his desire to build a new store. Undoubtedly the most unusual aspect of the store is the Gas pumps. A in observing the trend to self service Gas and convenience food stores we thought it would be a natural Here a Davis said. The gasoline / i summer employment for youth topic of discussion a i the Terry county Community actions committee met May 24 in a the chamber building to discuss the summer youth employment g service. Attending the meeting from the South Plains Community actions Agency located in Levelland were Bill Powell director a David Cardenas and Jim Boyd. Don Mcwhorter chairman of the committee was present to explain to the participants How the payroll g schedule would work and How the youth would be paid. Others attending the meeting were James Sinclair Union school system mrs. Myrtle head Kendrick memorial Library a Odell Wilkes Meadow school system Dick Fletcher City and a Frank Odom Wellman Public schools. A members of the South Plains Agency also announced that an p a All Day seminar has been scheduled for june 23 for the youth a i involved in the program. Transportation and meals will be provided. A j this program is funded under the title Iii division of the comprehensive employment and training act. And Western store act As complementary drawing cards. In 1959 Davis invested $5,000 and opened a Western store As a sideline business in Post. His brother Carrol managed the store. In 1960 Eddie Courtney became a partner and now each owns his own business. Courtney Jalvin Davis operates eddies Cowboy store in Levelland and Carrol runs the Cowboy Corner Wilcox Ariz. There probably Aren t Many things As Gratifying As looking Back at a major decision that appears to have been decided with uncanny perception. A we made our move at exactly the right time because we had a poor crop year and the downtown merchants suffered a Davis reflects. A the Good lord smiled on us when we decided to move when we against pheasant season county judge Herbert Chesshir announced May 26, that he and other members of the Terry county commissioners court were strongly opposed to the open pheasant season in the county. Chesshir believes that not enough time has passed for the reproduction of the pheasant population to justify an open season. In conversations with local landowners and Farmers it is evident that they also Are opposed to the idea of open season at this time. The commissioners urge All persons against open pheasant season to write to Joe Kirk Fulton at . Box 1526 in Lubbock Texas stating their views.144 graduate from bus record crowd in attendance

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