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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 1, 1977, Burnet, Texas
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Of the 20 prospective jurors summoned 12 were chosen four women and eight men. Six prospective jurors were excused four of them because they Are Over 65 years of age and two for medical reasons. Fines were assessed by judge d v. Hammond against two prospective jurors who failed to show up in court monday morning. The 12 grand jurors Are Frank Vav. Duncan Valaree g. Blair Rufus Oldham . Trantham Doris o Donnell Larry Bruns Wanda m. Warden who was appointed foreperson David l. Lilley James Burkett Ruby Barton John a. Butler and Darrell Montgomery. Capco meet focuses on resources Marble Falls the preservation of natural and cultural resources in Burnet and Llano counties will be the focal Point of a Public meeting scheduled for tonight thursday at the first Baptist Church in Marble Falls at 7 . The program organized and sponsored by capital area planning Council Capco has been shaped by citizen input from the two counties and is part of a larger Capco project which endeavours to gather Quot inventories Quot of the architecture archaeology biology and history of the Capco member counties. Judge b. Pogue will open the program with a welcoming address and the Moderator mrs. Bill Bryson chairman of the Burnet county historical commission will provide introductory remarks and an explanation of the program. A slide show will be offered featuring natural and cultural resources of Burnet Llano county. A panel discussion will Start at 7 30 with Community representatives Fielding questions from the floor dealing with preservation and conservation efforts and significant local resources in need of Protection. A major theme of the program will be the possibility for planning in the two counties for Protection of resources. Llano county is joining with Burnet for the program because the Llano county government is not currently an Active member of Capco. The program will end with a wrap up and adjournment followed by refreshments. Burnet a a prisoner in the county jail escaped late wednesday night november 23, and re turned sometime during thanksgiving morning after taking the car belonging to the sheriff s wife wrecking it abandoning it and apparently attempting to gain entry to a building in Marble Falls according to sheriff Wallace Riddell. Kenneth Allen 20, was found sleeping in the unused jury room at the jail thursday morning. Marble Falls Lawman Chuck Miller spotted a car backing up to o Connor s tire co. In Marble Falls shortly after 3 a m. Thursday and gave Chase after the car pulled away at High Speed. Miller called in the License number which checked out As the plates on mrs. Riddell s 1977 Oldsmobile Sedan. Miller lost the fleeing vehicle in Marble Falls though the Driver apparently hit a tree with the left rear Quarter panel of the car causing considerable damage so the body As Well As breaking out the rear window. After being returned to Burnet the car was abandoned off of South main near the old sewer Plant. Sheriff s Deputy Gene schillings who had been listening to cont. On p. A9 Burnet speaking of the problems facing the nation Sena Tor John Tower told a group of followers at the Highlander inn tuesday afternoon that when the Public gives an outcry Over questions of Energy production social Security and welfare As was heard when safety belts were made mandatory then the Quot Public out cry Quot could have an affect on legis lation. The primary problems which Tower outlined in response to questions included organized labor agricultural exports the newly created department of Energy health care and h e w Hospital guidelines and welfare programs. The senior senator from Texas said that social Security has be come Quot actually unsound Quot that currently americans Are paying for the Active Rolls instead of insuring future social Security payments he also said the employers Are paying More than their share which Means passing the expense on to the consumer or else paying out of profits which drains capital needed for growth the current system of social Security payments put an unfair and damaging Burden on the self employed and Cha table is flu tons such As hospitals and schools particularly private universities. On the question of health Carri. Tower expressed dissatisfaction with the department of health education and welfare s Hospital guidelines an opinion which has also been heard from governor Dolph Briscoe and several demo critic candidates the guidelines state that hospitals Winch do not meet a set quota of births Spende Tomies or other particular services would have to cease providing those services altogether Tower said the guidelines would result in an exodus of doctors from Many areas and the closing of hospitals Quot there s Gonna a a lot of kids born in pick up trucks on the Way to Austin if this thing goes through Quot Tower said other problems facing Hosp als. Tower said. Include the mini mum wage for some workers Winch causes an increase in Hospital overhead. Quot maybe doctors charge too much Quot he said but added that he was not in a position to say absolutely that they do Quot i have rarely seen an indigent person who needed health care who could t get it Quot he said. On the subject of organized labor Tower said he had been picked As labor s number one target in Tho coming election Quot an Honor for which f am or said his stands on labor issues have won him few follow Ere from the of i Cio ranks and went on to say that an increase in the minimum wage could cause one million people to be Laid off when asked what could be done to Cut Down government spending. Tower responded that most proponents of cutting spending want to reduce the defense budget. Quot the number one priority we should trave is the Security of the United states Quot Tower said. President Carter s newly formed cont on p. A9 annual Christmas Parade is Friday Burnet plans have been Laid for the Christmas Parade pm Day. December 2, which will Welcome Santa to Burnet. The Jolly giver of gifts and Grant or of wishes will be the guest of Honor in the Burnet Christmas Parade which begins at 4 30 . At North main and Post Oak. The Parade route will run Down the West Side of the Square around the courthouse and Back out Pierce Street. Santa will Stop on the Square after the Parade to see what the local kids Are wanting for Christmas entrants in the Parade should Start lining up at 3 on North main. The chamber of Commerce is offering Cash prizes to the Best floats in the Parade $76 will go to the Best float 150 to the second place float and 126 to show in the Parade. Commercial floats Are encouraged to participate but will not be eligible for prizes. County votes pay raises for employees Burnet Tho county commissioners voted in favor of salary increases for All county employees monday raising elected officials by $75 per month monthly salaried employees $60 per month and All Houdy wage earners 30 cents per hour bringing the minimum hourly wage among county employees to $3.05. The pay raise Wilt total in the neighbourhood of $49,000 Over a one year period. The commissioners Abo voted to appoint or. Joe Sheppard As tie county health officer for the coming Yew. Another vote taken at the meeting approved Purchase of a 1974 Chevrolet c 66 flatbed truck for $4,000 to be used in precinct 2. Discussion at the meeting included Landfill Sites the tuning track at the High school in Burnet and possible methods of sharing expenses with the City of Marble Falls to maintain the Library there. Burnet superintendent Bob Wilkin spoke to the commissioners and asked them to consider hauling materials for the track at the school. The county had previously hauled the caliche to the track with the school District providing the gasoline for the trucks. Wilkin proposed that the same arrangement be made for the new project. Wilkin noted that Tho caliche is powder Fine when it gets dry and proposed using Quot Cost Quot Stone cuttings which in the experience of the coaches provides a Well packed surface. The track has been widened lengthened and curbed since the time of the first project. The commissioners agreed to take up the matter at a later meeting when it could be put on the Agenda and acted upon. Dick Zimmerman Marble Falls City administrator spoke to the commissioners in reference to the Marble Falls Library maintenance the expense of which he claims is inequitable with the other libraries in the county. According to Zimmerman the City of Marble Falls is paying in excess of $4,000 per year to run tie Library $2,400 of which is spent on utilities. Comparing the Marble Falls Library to tile Herman Brown free Library in Burnet Zimmerman said Quot we just want to bring to your attention that there is an inequality Between the two Zimmerman read a Resolution of the Marble Falls City Council which expressed a desire for the com missioners to pay for the utilities since the county pays for the utilities at the Brown Library. The utilities at the Herman Brown Library Are on the same metering system As the county jail a situation which the commis toners have in the past wanted to change because they have no Way of knowing How much the Library utilities Are costing the county. The county currently pays the Library workers though the Library building is owned by friends of the Library commissioner Johnny Allen moved that a thorough study be cont. On p. A9 sen. Tower
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