The Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. 155, No. 6, Ed. 1 Saturday, March 15, 2008 Page: 1 of 11
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SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2008
"Che jBastrop adocrtiser
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper Since March 1, 1853 Semi-Weekly Since Sept. 5, 1977
Volume 155, Number 6
14 pages in two sections
By Davis McAuley
Lone candidate still in mayor s race
Earlier Tuesday, DeLaRosa told The
Advertiser he hoped his candidacy would
help clarify a section of the charter which
limits the mayor and council members to
three consecutive terms in office. The ques-
tion is whether a council member, at the end
See TERMS, Page 2A
Veteran Bastrop Council Member Willie
DeLaRosa, after entering the mayor's race
on Monday, stepped aside at the end of a city
council meeting Tuesday. The move leaves
businessman Terry Orr as the sole candidate
to replace Mayor Tom Scott whose term ends
in May and who is not eligible for re-elec-
DeLaRosa announced his change of heart
following an hour-long executive session with
the council and city attorney J.C. Brown.
"It was a good discussion, and in the
best interest of going forward for the city,
I'll withdraw my application for mayor," he
In announcing the closed-door session,
Scott said the council would seek legal
advice because "there's a question about the
qualification of a candidate, and the council
is the arbiter of qualifications" under the city
for good cause
By Jacqueline Davis
Bastrop High School freshman Andrea
Gaylor looks beastly on the sidelines of every
sporting event she attends for her school.
That's because the 15-year-old is dressed
in a fuzzy brown bear costume at each vol-
leyball, basketball and football game she
goes to as the 9th grade Bastrop Bears
mascot. And apparently it's not always easy
being suited up like that.
"It's so scary to be in there," Gaylor said.
"If you don't have someone with you to pro-
tect you, sometimes you get knocked over."
Even though Gaylor said wearing the
outfit is like wearing an oven, she enjoys
boosting school spirit in a bear suit so much
that she switched to it from cheerleading and
tried out Friday to be mascot again in the
1 Oth grade.
"It's really fun to see the little kids' faces
when they see me in the bear suit—they get
so excited," Gaylor said.
If attending every game (even the golf
matches) wasn't enough, Gaylor also man-
ages her own teen clothing business on Main
Street, in which she sells funky tops and
See FASHION, Page 2A
The Bastrop Advertiser photos/Terry Hagerty
Andrea Gaylor, at top, peeks her head
out of the bear suit she wears as the
freshman mascot at Bastrop High
School. Gaylor said that while the suit
can get stuffy, it's still a fun job. Just
don't knock her over.
At right, a Yorkie named Charlie takes
a seat on one of Gaylor's custom dog
blankets that she sells at her Main
Street store called Electra-fried Chicks,
which also sells a line of dog clothing
and hand-picked teen clothing.
By Davis McAuley
A medical research chimpanzee escaped Thursday
from a compound at the Michale E. Keeling Center
for Comparative Medicine and Research north of
Bastrop and was shot to death by a University of
Texas police officer before it could be tranquilized
and returned to the facility.
The police agency is conducting a full review of
the action, said center director Dr. Christian Abee.
"It's quite a tragedy,'" said Abee. "There will be a
Abee said the 18-year-old chimp escaped about
8:30 a.m. and was tracked to an adjacent pasture.
A team of center employees, trained to capture and
retrieve escaped animals, was in place and prepared
to fire a tranquilizing dart at the 140-pound animal
when the officer fired, causing the chimp's death,
according to Abee. He declined to say how many
shots were fired. "That's under investigation," he
See ESCAPE, Page 2A
to chimp escape
By Terry Hagerty
Some neighbors said they were disturbed by
another animal escape.
Others said they were unaware of the event.
A few people said they were not aware an animal
research center was located nearby.
The focus of discussion Thursday among some
residents bordering the Michale E. Keeling Center
for Comparative Medicine and Research was the
escape and subsequent fatal shooting the day before
of a chimpanzee.
In the second time in four months, a chimpanzee
escaped from the center. In November a chimpan-
zee that escaped was subdued by a tranquilizer dart
before it escaped from the center's grounds.
On Wednesday, an 18-year-old chimpanzee that
escaped around 8:30 a.m. was fatally shot by a cam-
See REACTION, Page 2A
Seguin pitcher edges Bastrop.
Energy Matters by Mark Rose.
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AUSTIN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS
for 55 th time
By Jacqueline Davis
A Smithville man that police said is known all
over tow n for various thefts was arrested for the
55th time on March 9 for burglary of a vehicle,
according to the Smithville Police Department.
On Feb. 23 at about 2 a.m., the vehicle's
owner said he saw Melvin Lewis Johnson,
40, break into his vehicle in the 800 block of
Garwood Street and attempt to take two ampli-
fiers that were part of his vehicle sound sys-
tem and a checkbook, said Lieutenant Lonny
Richardson with the SPD.
Richardson further confirmed the complain-
ant's report by getting scent pad evidence from
the inside of the complainant's vehicle, which
matched Johnson's scent in a police line-up
using trained police dogs, he said.
According to the SPD, Johnson has 45 previ-
See ARREST, Page 2A
The Bastrop Advertiser photo/Terry Hagerty
Crucifixion of Christ retold
Justin Rodriguez, playing a Roman centurion, prepares to give Jesus
a sponge doused with soured wine during a reenactment of the
crucifixion by Celebration Community Church. See page 10A for
story and photos.
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