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Burnet County Bulletin (Newspaper) - October 17, 1977, Burnet, Texas
Brady Downs of of file inc Mil to. Box 7ci235 Dallas. Rexa is Sass Bow Day pub Gow 9. Xxx Llano defeats Barnet. 30-7 in Story Pogo s Brady bulldogs bite Mustangs Steve Claiborne Falls to away with the Only 42 Points scored photo by re haul the ground while clutching to the football Homecoming Tor Gunther Marble Falls was a quiet affair As the bulldogs walked a monday edition a Burnet freshmen Jav beat Marble Falls see Page 7 vol. 104 no. 79 the Burnet Man sues for libel i bulletin editorial cartoon results in $25,000 Law suit i october 17,1977 Burnet a $25,000 libel suit was filed Friday in 33rd District courts Here by Doyle Knight against George my Joan Puckett and a it he Burnet county bulletin. The action is being brought because of a cartoon published in the August 29, 1977, edition of the bulletin which Knight allege has exposed him to Quot Public hatred and ridicule and his honesty integrity and virtue have been Quot said cartoon Vas false unfair malicious reckless libellous and defamatory Quot the suit alleges. Quot it has exposed plaintiff to Public Wrath hatred contempt and ridicule and has deprived him of the benefits of Public Confidence and of social Intercourse. The publication of the cartoon was cruel and malicious in utter disregard to plaintiff s feelings and reputation As Well As the feelings and reputation of his the libel suit alleges that Knight has suffered Quot mental distress and anguish mortification grief shame and embarrassment Quot and has caused him actual damages of $15,000. Knight further asks the court for Quot exemplary damages Quot of $10,000. The petition filed in District court alleges that Quot at and before the time of the publishing of the matters hereinafter complained of Knight was a respected upright and honorable citizen of Bertram enjoying the esteem respect and Confidence of his friends neighbors and fellow the suit further alleges that Homecoming Queen named durig half time ceremonies miss Mern Sanders was named Homecoming Queen of Marble Falls chosen Nom live candidates Mem showed her happiness As tears streamed Down her lace making this year one she Wilt never forget photo by Richard lumber the cartoon constituted an Quot unwarranted invasion of Knight s right of privacy to be left alone free from unwarranted publicity and intrusion into his personal life and affairs. The intrusion by Joan and George Puckett is described As Quot wilful Quot and Quot an act of reckless indifference As to the effect on Knight s Well being and sen Sibili the bulletin having been contacted by Doyle Knight s attorney Sam Kindred ran an apology on sept. 12, 1977, to Knight As requested by Kindred in a letter dated sept. 6, 1977. Kindred s letter of sept. 6 said Quot my client Knight has asked me to advise him As to his Legal rights and remedies concerning redress for his injuries. I have informed him that it is my opinion that he has been defamed and lib eled and that he can validly maintain an action in the courts against your Publica Tion. Quot it is up to you whether such a drastic measure will prove to be necessary. I believe the insinuations of or. Knight s involvement in the Johnston matter May be dispersed in either of two ways one of which would be that mentioned above the Public determination of fact in a court of Law. Quot the second alternative would be for you to publish a statement to the effect that you have no reason to believe Doyle Knight had anything to do with the Johnston matter coupled with a suitable apology for your characterization of or. Knight in your newspaper. Quot or. Knight has authorized me to pursue the second alternative. I encourage you to accept or Knight s conciliatory offer you will thereby lend timely assistance to our Effort to dispel the popular Disfavour which is at present mistakenly directed against or. Knight and you will better serve the Public with the truth which is their due Quot Board eyes Bond Issue Burnet the trustees of the Burnet Cist Are scheduled to meet tuesday october 18, at the High school at 7 30 . To Deal with issues of land sales As Well As the regular monthly business r a Underwood of the Burnet fire department and mayor Pont on p. 4 Kindred s letter concluded on sept. 12 the apology appeared in the bulletin sept. 20, 1977, Kindred again wrote the pucketts a letter stating that Quot or. Knight position remains essentially unchanged having done no wrong he should suffer no harm. Of you will print your apology once More in a thursday edition and pay his Legal fat s whim Are a the moment $4r�?T Tomike it will release you from my and All liability i connection with Yon in in de cts on of % vol a Quot should v meet our offer of settlement yen n ill have an Opportunity to hear me make that offer before a jury where we will a seeking thousands not hundreds of Podeis this is our last offer before we file pleadings you will not have another Opp Oft a. Win or fuse to be released cheaply Quot attorney Kindred s Lefter of set 20, f 77. Concluded. Once again the bulletin apologized in the sept. 29 a thursday edition to or. Knight. Problems of elderly Burnet county Cutti ens were the topic of a Public hearing at the methodist Church wednesday in the photo above Auvey Chandler Speaks on by problem of transportation while left to right. Gene Kew Jinni Umbrun. William Hunt and Geneva Alice vision photo by Mills Hawthorne elderly discuss needs including Utility costs meeting conducted by Capco i Burnet fifty elderly citizens of Burnet county attended a Public hearing at the methodist Church thursday to discuss their needs the meeting was conducted by Capitol area planning Council Capco representative Janna Zumbrun neighbourhood Center coordinator Gene Spitzer and Auvey Chandler of Burnet outreach the discussion entered on problems of paying Utility Bills a matter of considerable concern face the oncoming Winter and higher us life costs. Some emergency Aid is available through Carco though it is often limited and sometimes slow m arriving. Other needs expressed wars transportation income help will gardens and improvement of attitudes towards the elderly on fixed incomes who Are often labelled the limited funds and Star make it difficult for Many to for Ftp transportation to places they need to go such As Dot a a it the neighbourhood Center shares a Van with another project Leavi a a them with Quot half a Van Quot acceding to Spitz or. Mrs Chandler said she can and drive Many people to do a to errands but the Cost of a Urance to cover passengers its five Cost of maintaining the any Are prohibitive. Spitz or plans to Start widening classes and a project to help the senior citizens prepare their gardens to insure that they have fresh vegetables year round. Also a greenhouse project la planned for growing vegetables
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