10 years ago: Tenders for a new activity center

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10 years ago

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Offers for rent for a new center of activity – Newton’s third law of motion states that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”, a principle that could well be used to describe the relocation of the center of Uvalde adult activities. The old facility, which was located at 250 E. Main St., is being demolished to make way for a new Walgreens store and this action is matched by the effort to build a new activity center. Kay Brieden, director of the Uvalde Adult Activity Centre, which is temporarily housed in the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in the Town Center Square, said design work is nearing completion, with an architect’s drawing expected to be completed this week and the tendering process for the new facility already underway.

Street work begins Monday – The Texas Department of Transportation and Slack & Co. Contracting Inc. will perform basic repairs and replace pavement surface on US 83, or Getty Street, in Uvalde, from Anglin Street north of Highway 55 starting Monday. Crews will remove the top 2 inches of pavement, repairing up to 8 inches of the base of the road if necessary, before laying a new surface on the road. The $1.2 million project is expected to last approximately four months. “This project will require the daily temporary lane closures on Getty Street. Lane closures between Anglin Street and Farm-to-Market 1052 will not be permitted during peak hours,” said Josh Donat, TxDOT’s public information officer.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dry Times – Unless you’ve been through something like the Great Drought of the early 1950s, it’s hard to imagine the scale of something so devastating. Over a 10-year period, farming and ranching in the region nearly evaporated, entire rivers and lakes dried up, and the simple act of trying to find clean water became a crisis for many families. And although the current drought afflicting the southern states of the country is relatively recent, some predict that it could eclipse the record drought in terms of duration and lack of rainfall, which raises serious questions regarding the planning of a such event. “We know that Texas has had droughts that lasted for several years,” state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in a Texas A&M press release. “Many residents remember the drought of the 1950s, and records of tree rings show that drought conditions sometimes last a decade or more. I’m worried because the same ocean conditions that seem to have contributed to the 1950s drought have been back for several years now and could last another five to 15 years. According to the US Drought Monitor, nearly 85% of Texas is listed as being in exceptional drought conditions, with the remainder listed as being in extreme or severe drought conditions.

50 years ago

Thursday, October 7, 1971

Over $1 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Wooten Feed Lots – Two lawsuits against Sabinal’s Pat Wooten have been filed in the 38th Judicial District Court in recent days, one seeking the appointment of a receiver and the other seeking damages in excess of $1 million. At the time of going to press yesterday, a hearing was underway in the District Court under the presidency of Judge Ross Doughty, regarding a proposal to expand the powers of the receiver and put in place a method for making claims against the Wootens. … In the application for the appointment of a receiver, the Winter Garden Production Credit Association, headquartered in Cotulla, asserts that the defendant is indebted to the plaintiff for more than $495,250, secured by a trust deed covering certain lands , by livestock, by grain in warehouse and by accounts receivable. … In the action for damages, Harris County resident G. Kendrick seeks damages in the amount of $1,426,268.23. He charges that between May 1, 1970 and September 13, 1971, defendant “falsely and fraudulently stated to plaintiff, both orally and in writing, that he had purchased a total of 10,309 head of cattle”. The plaintiff claims to have paid the defendant $1,274,300.71 for the cattle.

A gust of wind blows a bus off the motorway – Twelve people were taken to hospital, but only one required hospitalization, following a bus accident on Sunday evening near Uvalde. … The 12 were among 18 passengers on a bus belonging to the Kerrville Bus Company which was overturned by a strong gust of wind during rain and thunderstorm. … According to Highway Patrolmen RE Smith and RW Munk, who investigated, the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening 3.3 miles west of Uvalde on Highway 90. The wind was blowing hard and the driver had slowed the bus down due to heavy rain. . A gust of wind apparently caused the vehicle, a 1965 GMC coach, to spin on the road; he skidded on the road on the north side and fell sideways. When the bus came to rest on its right side, the vehicle was heading west.

Sunday, October 10, 1971

Hogg Grant Provides First Center for Mental Health Services – A demonstration program for an innovative multi-service center for mental health in Crystal City and surrounding communities has been approved by the University of Texas Chancellor’s Office. The $26,556 Hogg Foundation Mental Health Grant marked the culmination of months of planning by staff members at San Antonio Medical School (UTMSSA) as well as the Hogg Foundation. The initial grant will support a program for the nine months from October 1, 1971 through June 30, 1972. Staff members from the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health met regularly with the responsible city and school as well as citizen groups in Crystal City and Uvalde to plan a realistic program of mental health services.

COMPILED BY JULYE KEEBLE

from Leader-News files

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