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Copperas Cove Press (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Copperas Cove, Texas County bar recommends personal bail Bonds by Lynn Garner the Coryell county bar association heard an explanation of the personal recognizance Bond program in Bell county from Joe w. Price director of the Bell county personal Bond program at a regular business meeting in Gatesville March 18, and voted to request that Price appear before the county commissioners court at a future Date to explain How a similar program could be established in Coryell county. Price said that Bell county one of six counties is including Dallas Harris Elpaso i Ravis and Bexar to establish the personal Bond program. He said the program was established because of the concern for military personnel who must pay about $50 for commercial Bonds on the average or remain in jail which works a hardship on families and reduces the manpower at fort Hood. Price said his office visits the county jails each Day to inform persons arrested of the personal Bonds. A screening process is conducted to determine the persons ability to repay the Bond fee and his criminal record. Only those who Are Lowrick Are accepted for personal Bonds Price said. He said the judge of the presiding court including Justice of the peace county judge or District judge has the Power to Grant a personal Bond under existing Law but the unique feature of the personal Bond program in Bell county is the creation of a program operated and financed by the county. The Bell county program was established in May 1973, Price said when House Bill 762 was passed by the Texas legislature authorizing the personal Bond program. The personal Bond program can be established in a county with approval of the commissioners court and can assess a personal Bond fee of $10 or three percent of the bail whichever is greater Price said. He added that the Law permits the court to waive the fee or reduce the fee if Good cause is shown. In Bell county he said the accused does not have to pay the bail fee if he is found not guilty if he is an indigent the judge the City built for family living May order his release. Price said he had recently received approval from the Bell county commissioners court to seek a Grant Extension of $20,571 from the state criminal Justice Council in Austin and for $4,800 from Bell county in a in kind a services which includes office space machines and other items. He said the projected income for the next fiscal year is $36,000 and the expected operations Cost is $33,000 Price said he figured the average bail in Bell county at $640, averaging 200 Bonds per month with an average fee of $15. He added that the operations Cost does not include chasing a person who jumps bail that would be up to the Law enforcement agencies Price said. He said the Bell county program should be self supporting in its second year of existence. In a Progress report covering the initial nine month period from april 6, 1973 to december 31, 1973 prepared for the criminal Justice Council Price stated that the percentage of forfeitures has been slightly More than one percent. During its first nine months the personal Bond office w Rote 1.578 Bonds with 842 for civilians and 736 for military personnel with 1,234 for misdemeanours and 344 for felonies. The Bell county office filed to revoke 66 Bonds and had 21 forfeitures. During the period. 920 Bonds were disposed with 658 still pending in december with the majority of the Bonds being approved by the be county justices of the peace. Considering ,"�?T80 Days on Bond during the nine month period which would otherwise Cost the county $5.50 per Day to jail a prisoner. Price said the savings to the county from the program would be $983,293. Sgt. Dwayne Jacobs Iii corps judge advocates general office who works As a military Bason with the Bell county personal Bond office said the program was excellent from the military standpoint. He said it. Gen. Allen m. Burdett Iii corps and fort Hood a directive to All unit commanders that All military see county bar Page 3 last your vote april 6copperas Cove press 44your Hometown newspaper vol. 24, no. 20 Copperas Cove Texas 76522 sunday March 31, 1974 Price per copy to cents 2 sections 24 pages Lovett Ledger presented with Golden deeds award Lovett Ledger was the recipient of the Golden deeds award Given by the Copperas Cove Exchange club at their second annual Golden deeds banquet last night at j. L. Williams Junior High school. Approximately 400 people were on hand to see Ledger accept the award from Exchange club president Mel Cunningham. Cunningham gave a presentation of events from ledgers life. Ledger was born december la 1909, in the Small Williamson county town of Florence 30 Miles from Copperas Cove. Named Lovett Lewis Ledger he was the Only son of Logan Thomas Ledger and Frances Clara Ledger. The son of a sharecropper Young Ledger a was something of a precocious child a said Cunningham relating an incident that occurred when Ledger was nine. He chaff \ feed his father and Mother to Austin in the family car a a Model t. Driving Dew n a Congress Avenue near the Capitol he suddenly realized he was going in the wrong \ direction. Making a a turn in the Middle of the Street he was almost immediately stopped by a policeman who informed him that a turns were illegal. Uncertain about j what to do next Young Ledger $ nude another a turn around the policeman and drove away. A there Are some who will witness that his driving Hasni to changed much in the last 55 Cunningham quipped. In school. Ledger was not known As a studious Type but one of his teachers saw his potential and urged him to go to College. He obtained a football scholarship to Daniel Baker College in Brownwood but lost it due to a knee injury. He worked As switchboard operator and Short order Cook at the Brownwood hotel to obtain funds to Complete one year at the College. After that time he had to quit school and find a Job. First he was a teacher later he became principal of the Briggs school. It was there that he met a 19-year-old English teacher from Copperas Cove named Lea Roy Thompson. Within three months they were married. Soon after they moved to Florence and taught in the schools there. After teaching coaching and serving As elementary school principal for four years. Ledger obtained a position with the Texas Highway department. In 1940 he became a director with the National youth administration. He stayed with this Job until the outbreak of world War la. The ledgers moved to san Antonio when the War came where Ledger was employed As a Sheet Metal worker at Kelly Field. While in san Antonio the ledgers became patents after ten years of marriage. Lovett Leslie Ledger. Known As a a Papoose was born in june of 1944. Ledger had to a Moonlight Quot As a door to door Salesman to pay for the baby a arrival said Cunningham. Ledger later became personnel director at Randolph air Force base and edited training manuals for pilots. Another baby Martha Frances known As a mar Kyd was born two years later. In Early 1950, Ledger was Given the Opportunity to move to Chicago but by february he had decided the he neither wanted to leave Texas nor work for a salary anymore. The ledgers moved to Copperas Cove that year. The Ledger business in a Copperas Cove had a Small beginning a snack bar on a main Street where he a specialized in hamburgers and Short order items. Six months later at the advice of his life a Uncle who owned a j furniture store in Corsicana he opened a furniture store on Avenue d. In the Early Days he would sell a piece of a furniture close the store and deliver the furniture in a a pickup truck he called a old Pete a said Cunningham. See Golden deeds pigs 3 Absentee balloting to end the final Day for Absentee voting in the Copperas Cove school a a Board and City Council elections is tuesday with the general a a elections scheduled april 6. Absentee voting for the City Council election is being held at the a a Copperas Cove City Hall. 507 South main from 8 . To 5 ., t. Monday through Friday. Registered voters will vote on election a Ltd Day april 6 at the City Library 602 South main from 8 . To 7 $ the Absentee voting for the four places on the school Board is a being conducted at the Avenue e school administration office from 8 . To 4 Monday through Friday. The school Board election a april 6 will be held at the Avenue e elementary school Library. A from 8 . To 7 Lovett Ledger Golden deeds award recipient bicycles earn safety awards More than 300 Copperas Ove youths participated in in bicycle Rodeo March 23 at in Avenue e elementary Choel grounds As part of the Arent teachers association Hool safety program. The Copperas Cove police i apartment registered More Lan 150 bicycles with licenses allowing inspections and chairs made by volunteers of he Pia and the Exchange dub. The cycles practice iding techniques by completing a driving course designed to test balance revision stops turning and Roper use of hand signals and Overall coordination. Children completing the nurse were awarded safety certificates donated by Eldor Schwausch of state farm insurance. The vow ladies auxiliary purchased reflector tape to Mark the bicycles. Other organizations participating in the Rodeo included the Copperas Cove Volunteer fire department the police department vow Post 8577 ladies auxiliary boy scouts girl scouts several High school students and Pat members. Jack Ayers was school coordinator for the safety program and pm a coordinators were mrs Juan Zimmerman mrs Jeri Reis mrs. Pat Prather mrs Carolyn Saxon. The safety Rodeo was preceded by special activities in the schools including films pamphlets lectures by the Texas department of Public safety and a poster contest. Fox and his wife. Ann have three children Margie la and Ronnie and Karen 9. He has lived in Copperas Cove for six years and owns Cove Auto Supply a Jaycee will be honoured each month in appreciation of their service to the organization and the Community. Following the announcement of the Jaycee of the month Bill Citrano District ii administrative National director of the Texas Jaycees whose Home club is in Killeen presented a program concerning methods for information on drug abuse. A in other business Bill Bennett reported that a craftsman has been contacted to make plans for school playground equipment to be made from recyclable material to be donated to the elementary schools. Cove to sponsor special olympics the regional division of the Texas special olympics will be held in Copperas Cove for the second straight year april 16 regional director Bill Duncan announced Friday. Seven schools including Copperas Cove Gatesville Lampasas Killeen Temple. Rogers and Cameron participated in the program last year with approximately 250 youths involved. The contests Are based on the format of the olympic games with athletic events divided into age groups and ability. The athletic events for the youths include the 25-Yard dash 50-Yard dash 220-Yard dash 880-Yard run. 220-Yard shuttle relay 440-Yard relay Field events include the standing Long jump High jump softball throw and running Broad jump. Duncan said the meet is conducted by the Copperas Cove High school athletic department High school athletes and by the special services of fort Hood but local organizations can also provide some assistance. Duncan also encouraged persons to attend the games a a people would enjoy watching the children performing in athletic events and it gives you a Thirll to watch them winners in the regional meet will be eligible to attend the state meet in Austin which is followed by an International meet involving countries throughout the world. The olympics was established by the Joseph p. Kennedy foundation and is assisted by the american association of retarded children. School transfers the Copperas Cove Independent school District announced recently that persons wishing to Transfer into the school District for the 1974-75 school year must make application from april i to april 30 at the school administration office at Avenue e. Ronald Fox awarded Jaycee of the month Art festival set saturday Ronald Fox Ron Fox was named Jaycee of the month at the tuesday meeting of the Copperas Cove Jaycees in recognition of his service with the Jaycees. Fox was recognized tor his outstanding work As chairman of the circus committee and for his other contributions to the Jaycees As past president and As chairman of the awards banquet. He has been a member of the Jaycees three years and is presently the inter club director. Entries from school children will consist of work done Iii the classroom. Adult entries must be accompanied is an entry tee of is for Fine arts Ain so cents for crafts. The entry fees will be used to finance the festival All expenses of the festival will be covered by the Money collected from the entry fees. There is no limit on the number of adult entries and the show is open to Amateur or professional artists Iii Copperas i Ove and the surrounding areas. However anything previously entered in a Copperas Cove Art show should not be reentered in the festival said mrs. Hammonds. An entry does not have to have been completed in the past year to be eligible she said. The Art show will be open to the Public from 1-5 Saturday and from 25 p a sunday All entries must be picked up Between 56 Sunday ribbons for first second and third places and honorable mention will be awarded to entrants in Junior High and up. Winners among the elementary children will reveal awards of Merit. Bond goal set according to or Wade Sadler chairman of the Coryell county savings Bonds committee the 1974 savings Bond goal for the county is $260,000 january sales of e and h United states savings Bond totalled $30,307 for 12 percent of the sales goal. Certified cycler Eldor Schwausch presents a safety bicycling award certificate to Schawn Camp 4th grader at Avenue e elementary for completing the requirements of the bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Parent teachers association March 16 on the Avenue e school grounds. Lnspect10n--officer m j Sheehan inspects Robin busters bicycle and registers the Bike with a License plate As part of the safety program during the fat bicycle Rodeo March 16 on the Avenue e school grounds. The annual Spring Art festival will be held saturday and sunday at Williams Junior High school. Entries Are due Friday afternoon Between 4-7 And should by taken to the school. Judging will take place saturday morning. Judges Wilt be Mary Montgomery a graduate of the University of Texas and Arf teacher in the Lampasas elementary schools Gladys Dickson a graduate of Sam Houston state University and Art teacher in the Lampasas secondary schools and Bill Alexander of Copperas Cove an Art major at South West Texas state University mrs Bee Hammonds chairman of the school Art department is in charge of the festival

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