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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - August 25, 1977, Burnet, Texas
Fifteen newcomers around town the Burnet school District has hired fifteen new teachers Tor the 197778 a Ooi in id be xxx 5 r 35 rust Dell Itma Btl Tady for the fall season the Marble Falls Mustangs boosters served up Barbecue before the mus Tang Granger scrimmage Friday Page air business women in the Highland lakes. The Nevroy Tormad Highland lakes chapter of the business amp professional Tomen received As charter of an installation banquet saturday night at the Highlander inn in Page of Hill country highlights. A weekly column of the a comings and goings Quot of people we All know. See Page a3 Ben s Burnet a weekly column by term City judge Ben Frederickson her aiding the everyday events and people around town see Peg b6 Bertram residents protest removal of Deputy a gathering tuesday night of Bertram residents had to be moved to larger quarters a town angry citizens met to discuss the firing this week of Burnet county sheriffs Deputy Chuck Johnston. County commissioners rescind approval Burnet county commissioners ads we in i wow w w win up Iipp week decided that the request by county attorney Bene Straiten tar $3 000 Worth Al Law books woe Quot Tot affy Unm Cestary Alt Bouch i of they voted two weeks ago to buy the books. This Page Briggs historical Marker. The county historical commission we conduct dedication ceremonies sunday Tor the new Briggs Maher to be erected a the Entrance of the Community. See Page 83bertram residents protest Deputy a firing sheriff listening to things that Arentt True a Johnston by Miles Hawthorne Bertram a citizens Here and especially children were spurred to action tuesday by reports that Deputy sheriff Chuck Johnston had been dismissed from his duties by Burnet sheriff Wallace Riddell. The citizens started gathering tuesday evening first at the Little Queen eatery then moved on to the old school building when the crowds grew too Large for the restaurant. Bertram residents who recently were in protest of their town marshal came out 65 Strong by one count to support the Deputy assigned to their area and after standing with raised arms in a vote of Confidence for Johnston started two petitions one for adults and one for minors to be taken to sheriff Riddell. Bill Lentz and Bertram mayor Ken Odiorne headed the meeting in the schoolhouse which opened with Odiorne s assertion that the gathering was in no Way to be taken As an official meeting but was a citizens group acting in protest. Lentz outlined what he knew of the Case saying that a the main instigator of Johnston s firing a and i Don t mind saying it is Doyle someone in the crowd said a Doyle s Wallace s Toolie in according to Lentz town marshal Zukie Bonnett had concealed Knight in the Back seat of his patrol car and pulling alongside Johnston s car and parking Drew Johnston into a conversation trying to get the Deputy to make comments about Knight. Deputy Johnston later told reporters he had been told by sheriff Riddell that Knight was not the Man who had informed him of Johnston s conduct which displeased the sheriff. Johnston said Riddell had spoken with him in the sheriff s office monday and after closing the door had said he was dissatisfied with Johnston s performance listing such complaints As racing his engine driving at High rates of Speed wasting time at the county jail and holding secret meetings with Deputy . Hullum and judge Ray Palmer. Johnston denied All four complaints. The Only interpretation Johnston could put on the secret meeting charges was that he had had Coffee with Hullum and others in Public places and went on to say he had never spoken with Palmer except when he had gone to look at the judge s trailer. Johnston did not attend the meeting during which citizens spoke highly of his record Ernest Franklin saying a the s the Best one we be had and i be been Here 69 Johnston has been with the the Burnet county bulletin a thursday edition a vol. 104 no. 64 30 pages 3 sections August 25,1977 commissioners renege on previous decision no Law books after All Burnet a the county commissioners changed their minds and monday reneged on an earlier vote to buy West s Texas forms for the county Law Library. Speaking at the invitation of the commissioners retired judge Tommy Ferguson told the meeting he knew of no use for the books in a county attorney s office. Gene Clements who acted As chairman in the absence of judge b. Pogue said that though they had approved Purchase of the form books at the request of county attorney Gene Stratton seeming for a moment to forget Stratton s name we have since found out that they the books Are not of one use whatsoever in a prosecuting attorney s office Ferguson outlined the books contents and history for the commissioners. A in other words they re of no use whatsoever Clements asked. A none that i can think of Quot said Ferguson. The commissioners then voted unanimously to rescind their previous vote and cancel the Purchase of the books. As the commissioners had invited Ferguson to speak so Stratton had asked John Muller a sales representative of ism to demonstrate dictation equipment at the meeting. Muller presented a history of the dictation machine beginning with its invention by Thomas Edison in 1877 and went on to demonstrate the portable ism Model. The commissioners responded by addressing mrs. June Mcgilv Ray Secretary to Gene Stratton saying they had Given her the go ahead to Price used equipment and had not shown any interest in new equipment. Mrs. Mcgilvray answered that the used equipment Deal a was just a Complete the commissioners tabled action on the dictation equipment. Gene Stratton sat through the proceedings without comment. Mrs. Ethel Benedict spoke to the commissioners on behalf of the Library Board with a presentation of the proposed Library budget. Eighty eight per cent of the budget consists of salaries showing a 19 per cent increase of salaries Over last year. Two new part time employees have been included one for the Brown free Library and one for the Oak Alley Library. According to mrs. Benedict the new facility with More space than the old requires More supervision especially on the Mezzanine after school because of a tendency of the children to climb around when not watched. It was pointed out that the utilizes Bills were paid in a Lump by the county along with the jail s utilities and were therefore not included in the budget. The budget will be submitted to the county auditor and will face official consideration in Early october. Mrs. Janie Cozby asked the commissioners approval in combining the Library s building account and furnishings account and spending surplus Money a about $7,500 for More shelving a desk and a typewriter. She pointed out that if the Library Board acts now they can Benefit by the contract prices. The commissioners gave their approval to the expenditures. The commissioners were told that at present the Library funds Are based on 7 cents per $100 valuation of property whereas state Law permits As much As 12 cents per $100. Mrs. Willie Mae Price the Burnet librarian told the commissioners there have been 86 new patrons at the Library in the month of August. Other Library business brought before the commissioners was a complaint by a carpet cleaner from Llano that he has not yet been paid $465 for work done at the facility while All other contractors have been paid. Some time ago the commissioners had heard that the general contractor was reluctant to pay because of the poor Quality of work though the carpet cleaner told the meeting that he cleaned the carpets after cont. On p. A 4 sheriff s department since May 4. Prior to that he had worked with the Dallas county sheriff s department Johnston told reporters a i Don t have a thing against the sheriff or the sheriff s department but unfortunately he s listening to things that Aren t Riddell who was at Shoppe re Hospital with pneumonia was unavailable for comment. Johnston has not been to certification school and was told recently by Knight that Riddell was t going to Send him a ibo he might As Well hang it cont. On p. A. 2 a you. Stink like our local polecats news Media told county commissioners sister requests printing of 14 Page letter a vote of Confidence for Deputy Chuck Johnston brought Bertram citizens to their foot tuesday night at a mooting in Tho old school building. Burnet the sister of precinct 3 county commissioner Beck Hibler this week sent copies of a lengthy letter to three members f the Burnet county news Media protesting what she termed a an unfair battering Quot and Quot bad mouthing Quot of her brother. The 14-Page, typewritten letter from mrs. Lorene Hibler Bolt was accompanied with a cover Sheet stating that the document was typed monday August 22, and was to be printed Quot ver Tatem Quot sic. Quot even though my letter is Long i request that you print it As Quot letters to the editor Quot Section Quot she wrote Quot of you refuse to do this then i will pay for it but i do want it in tuesday s printing. In no Way a not one word is to be copies of the letter were delivered to Joan Puckett publisher of the Burnet county bulletin John Moore editor of the Highlander of Marble Falls and Harry Kaindl manager of Kalb radio Burnet. Efforts to Contact mrs. Bolt by bulletin publisher Joan Puckett were unsuccessful. Quot the letter was entirely too Long to be printed. And contained Many libellous statements Quot mrs Puckett said. Quot i tried to Call her both at the Austin number which was on the letter and at the Beck Hibler residence to see if she was serious about paying to have it published. The bulletin will print the letter in its entirety if mrs. Bolt pays typesetting costs and is willing to delete libellous mrs. Bolt a resident of Austin addressed the news Media directly in her letter saying Quot you the news Media of Burnet county stink much like our local polecats except More the polecat releases his stink Only once in awhile and you of the news Media stink in your reporting most of the she went on. Quot you Don t report news you try to make a sensational Story out of what you know nothing about telling it the Way you want instead of the Way it referring to a vicious make believe news Quot Quot half truths and hypocritical Way of reporting Quot mrs. Bolt alleged the bulletin based a recent editorial and news on hearsay. Quot How could you possibly print facts when you had no reporter there huh Quot mrs. Bolt wrote addressing the bulletin bulletin publisher Puckett pointed out that mrs. Bolt was not there either. Quot but the truth of the matter which can be easily verified is that the bulletin did have a reporter at the meeting in question a Miles Hawthorne Hawthorne maintains that he arrived at the meeting shortly after the main argument and attacks on Stratton by Hibler and because he did not actually witness the scene refrained from reporting despite hearing the facts stated minutes after the occurrence., the bulletin editorial refer red to was one which called Hibler s remarks concerning St Atton a personal affair Quot unfit to print Quot Quot character asap Seine Tion Quot and sufficient reason to vote Hibler out of office. Mrs. Bolt referred to the editorial As a dastardly end incriminating Hogwash against commissioner Hibler or any other principled citizen s attack on this Quot Little weasel s the bulletin was not tingled out for mrs. Bolt s stinging criticism however. On the subject of Harry Kaindl Burnet radio station Kalb manager she said she was Quot thoroughly amazed with utter disgust Quot with his approach to the news. As for the Highlander reporter David Crowder mrs. Bolt said of his supplying Kaindl with the tape recording of a controversial commissioners meeting Quot shame shame on you Little David a can t you do better than that Quot a for former libertarian publisher Tim afer mrs. Bolt said Quot tiny Tim. Did it finally happen you know i be always been one to believe when you do an injustice to another person it always comes Back to you smack in the the letter basically depicts Hibler As Quot a Fine upright honest citizen doing no wrong but being falsely accused Quot by the Quot Way out yonder Quot the Quot Little weasel Quot county attorney Gene Stratton and others who have a joined forces to corrupt the Burnet county courthouse citing Hibler s record a a boy scout a High school football Atar and a Tail gunner in world War la mrs. Bolt further summarized Hibler s record As a commission a and depicted the Quot Way out yorkers Quot As interlopers set on undermining the Progress made by the commissioners court. Quot Beck Hibler is one of the finest outstanding citizens Burnet county has Ever had the Honor of claiming Quot writes his sister. Quot his character his morals his working As an elected official As Well As for private Enterprise the example he sets for others but mostly working with youth Are beyond a How could one person be so honoured in so Many ways in so Many different facets of lie sic if he were the kind of vile person you Are trying to picture him a Quot she continues. A you just can t fool these Good folks of Burnet county with All of your criticism and character abuse of a person so Wei Brtown for his High principles which Are Beck s Way of life Quot or. Boff says
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