The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 124, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 1, 1999 Page: 3 of 12
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Thursday, July 1, 1999
The Albany News
Gity continues mosquito spraying
Frequent rainfall during May
and June, followed by warm
sunny days, have resulted in a
bigger than usual crop ofTexas-
size mosquitoes in and around
Albany, and local city employ-
ees are working to cut down on
the insect population.
t The city's spraying program
was well underway by mid-May,
but City Manager Bobby Rus-
sell is experimenting with a dif-
ferent technique this year. In-
stead of utilizing the specially-
equipped truck during the
evening hours, a city employee
is spraying mostly late at night,
"We think that we're getting
better results from the insecti-
cide by spraying after the wind
has died down," he explained. A
positive side effect has been that
the fogging does not disturb
evening outdoor activities as
Russell added that city work-
ers have continued to spray at
the Fandangle grounds twice a
day, and will also make daily
trips to the ball parks as long as
baseball and soflball practices
and games continue.
Otherwise, most other resi-
dential and commercial areas
are fogged about every other
day, with the worker spraying
about half of the community
' each night.
The city manager stated that
he had ordered a second barrel
of insecticide this week, and he
anticipates that workers will
end up using at least twice as
much as they did last summer,
which was drier than usual.
The city normally uses about
one barrel a year.
The insecticide used by the
city is approved by the EPA and
is environmentally safe, and city
workers also place special dis-
kettes into standing bodies of
water to kill mosquito larvae.
While most of the spraying i$
done with the truck, workers do
use hand sprayers occasionally
in areas, that can not. be reached
by a truck.
"There are definitely lots of
mosquitoes around, but it's noth-
ing compared to what it would
be if we weren't spraying," com-
mented Russell. 'Tou only have
to spend a few minutes out in
the country to find out how bad
they can be if left alone."
To reduce mosquito breeding
areias around homes or neigh-
borhoods, residents are asked
to get rid of items that hold
clear, stagnant pools of water,
such as old tires or empty recep-
tacles, on a regular basis, Shal-
low, clear standing water can
produce mosquitoes in less than
Outside pet dishes should
have the water changed at least
twice a week, along with bird
baths, wading pools and other
such outdoor items. Mosquitoes
can transmit heartworms in
dogs, so keeping yards free of
standing water is also impor-
tant for pets.
(Cont. from pg. 1;
, teers had a little trouble get-
ting the Fnndangle calliope
"fired up" and ready to play, but
eventually, spectators heard the
unique tones of the steam-pow-
ered instrument coming south
along Main Street, preceded by
Hardin-Simmons' Six White
Horses and followed by around
100 individual and group en-
Near the front of the parade
were several wagons owned by
members of the Fort Belknap
Muleskinners, who have been
participating in the Fandangle
Parade for a total of 23 years.
Because .of their dedication to
travel by wagon, from Graham
to ride in the parade.every year,
the organizer's named them as
this year's Honorary Parade
Tammy Brown, who works in
Ayers' office and- helps with the
organization of the parade, com-
mented that one of the teams of
mules brought by the group
started appearing in the parade'
two decades ago. "These same
two mules have been pulling
tihat vYagPA.fctr 20 years,"' she
Other parade participants
came behind the marshals, fol-
lowing the route along Main
Street, passing the judges stand
in front of the First National
Among the slate of judges
were Lawrence and Sonja Clay-,
tajn of Abilene, Carolyn Hunter
of the Texas Longhorn Breeders
Association of America, Dr. Ken-
neth Davis of Lubbock, Dr. Mary
Evelyn Collins of Sam Houston
State University, and Darlene
Bellinghausen of Merkel.
Ayers expressed, his appre-
ciation to the judges and an-
nouncers, along with those who
helped with lineup duties, the
individuals and businesses who
provided trucks, trailers and
drivers for the parade floats,
and the sheriff s office and high-
way department for handling
and diverting traffic during the
Special thanks was extended
to Tammy Brown and Joanie
Holson for helping with the or-
ganization of the parade, Ayers
also thanked his wife Lorna and
his family for helping decorate
floats and get ready for the an-
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The three top entries in a
number of different categories
were named by the judges and
announced at the Thursday
night Fandangle performance.
The winners will each receive
a trophy from the Fandangle
Association. Local residents who
placed in the top three of any
division are'asked to pick up
their awards at the Fandangle
office in the Albany Visitors
The 1999 Fandangle Parade
winners include the following:
Best Float: 1. Albany Boy
Scouts, "The Legacy of Shackel-
ford County Oil;" 2: Carol's Old
West Design of Hamlin, "Long
Journey;" 3. Alpha Zeta Epsilon,
"Pioneer Spirit "
Best Cowgirl under 18: 1. Jesse
Williams, 2. Abigail Ayers, 3. Kayla
Best Cowboy under 18:1. Kolby
Lowe, 2. Cache Tankersley,'3; Ja-
Best Cowboy over 18: 1. Jamie
Nail, 2. Bob Williams, 3, Ben Jack
Best Individual Entry: 1, Jun-
ior Masked Rider. Autumn Owen;
2. Miniature wagons, CliffordCook
of Garland; 3. Antique bicycle,
James Oden. . ;
Best Antique Car, 1949 and
older: 1, Henson's 1911 Model T, 2.
H.B1 Carroll's 1909 Sears buggy
car, 3. Robert McDnaiel's 1909
Model K Sears buggy car. . 4 .
Best Antique Car, 1950 and
newer: 1. Wayne White's 1973Mer-
cury Cougar, 2. Kennith Spurgin's
1950 MG, 2. Mustang Car Club
Best Sidesaddle Entry: l . Treca
Edington, 2. Amanda Edgar, 3.
Jana Caldwell. , ,,
Best Indian: 1, Wendell Farmer,
2. Cody Irwin, 3. Mary Crocker.
Best Horse-drawn Entry: L
Morehart Mortuary's pioneer
hearse, 2. West Texas Rehab
wagon, 3, Gary Fambro's buggy.
Best Group Entry: 1. Fifth Texas
Confederate Cavalry, 2. Reneap's
miniature horses, 3. Rural Fire
Best Overall Entry: 1. Six White
Horses, 2; Buster the Longhorn, 3!
Clint Kniffen's 1945 Oliver trac-
Best Overall' Sweetheart: 1.
Miss Breckenridge Sally Arriola,
2. Taylor County Riding Club
Sweetheart Jamie Pritchard, and
Miss Rising Star Lacy Knight. ,
Best Riding Club: 1. Stamford
Junior Sheriff's Posse, 2. Abilene
Saddle Ciub, 3. Vinson Ranch
Best Antique Tractor: 1. Wade
Jones' 1935 John Deere
(Cont. from pg. 1
refused because there was some
confusion about whether Mit-
chell wanted to purchase or fell
the equipment in question.
Enloe noted that the advertise-
ment published by the county
was unclear, and Jimmy Brooks
made a motion to refuse t ta-
bids on that basis, and to re-
advertise with the correct infor-.
The new notice reads that
precinct 2 is looking for a used
motorgrader to purchase, with
an older motorgrader available
for trade-in only. The bids will
be opened during the first regu-
lar mee,. ig in July.
Ru/al Fire Dept.
Enloe asked the commission-
ers' help in improving the
public's perception of the Shack-
elford County Rural Fire De-
partment. The department has
held three fundraisers during
the past year to raise money to
make their upcoming annual
note payment on the new barn.
"It upsets me when people
come up to me at these fund-
raisers and say they're glad to
see these guys trying to pay their
own way," said Enloe. "I do think
it's commendable that they work
to make money to cover their
expenses, but we as the general
• public have got to quit looking
at it like they owe us something.
They don't owe us anything; we
owe them for taking time.out of
their lives to protect county
"The rural firemen take off
from their jobs, a lot of times
without pay, to fight fires. They
donate their free time and re-
sources, and are doing us a tre-
mendous favor by doing what
they do. They are dedicated and
trustworthy, and we need to be
proud of them, and help them bb
much as we can."
Enloe stated that the depart-
ment does notyethave the fund-
ing necessary to cover their an-
nual note payment.
sale of the
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A large percentage of the Albany High School Class of 1949 met for the 50th anniversary
of their graduation this past weekend, spending the weekend visiting and attending
Fandangle events. [Staff photo]
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Lucas, Donnie A. The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 124, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 1, 1999, newspaper, July 1, 1999; Albany, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth413930/m1/3/: accessed February 24, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Old Jail Art Center.