Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 36, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 7, 1988 Page: 4 of 12
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Page 4-PaIacios Beacon, Sept. 7, 1988
20 YEARS AGO-1968
A total of 1425 students settled down to classwork Tuesday,
this was 22 students less than were registered the first day of
school last year.
The Texas Highway Commission authorized the widening of
State Highway 35 Business Route through Palacios to four lanes.
The Palacios Farmers Co-op Gin had ginned a total of 1808
bales of cotton at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
25 YEARS AGO-1963
The Palacios Sharks open the 1963 football season Friday
away from home against the 3A El Campo Ricebiids.
Palacios had ideal weather for the boat races Monday spon-
sored by the Chamber of Commerce.
A total of 1445 had enrolled in Palacios schools, ten less that at
last year's first day enrollment.
Dick Gullett was promoted to managership of Bay Chevrolet,
30 YEARS AGO-1958
Water from the new city water well, tank and mains will proba-
bly be turned into Palacios' water mains early next week, follow-
ing approval from the State Health Department.
St. Anthony's Catholic Church’s annual parish bazaar will be
held Sunday, August 31, on the church grounds.
The Palacios port handled 77,300 tons during 1967 according
to a statement of tonnage handled by ports and moving through
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway released by the U.S. Army Engineer
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ing out twice daily with head coach Joe Newbill and his assistant,
Toney Carr. Coach Charles Shreve had 25 boys signed up for ju-
nior high football including five lcttermcn.
35 YEARS AGO-1953
The ginning of cotton had been delayed by muddy fields as
2.84 inches of rain had fallen during the week. A total of 2,162
bales had been ginned locally Thursday morning.
Registration for the 1953-54 school year of the Palacios
schools will be staged September 3-5.
Matagoida County might possibly realize some added tax rev-
enue should the country's approximately 65 miles of offshore
tidelands be developed into an oil-producing area, according to
County Tax Assessor-Collector Jim Selkirk.
40 YEARS AGO-1948
The 1948-49 term for the Palacios schools will open Tuesday,
The Missouri Pacific Bus lines were seeking establishment of
additional bus service through Palacios and the Continental Trail-
ways were opposing the project.
The Palacios High School Band, directed by L.A. House, was
to present its first concert of the year Friday night.
Male citizens bom after August 30, 1922 were to register
Monday in the second peace-time draft.
45 YEARS AGO-1943
Members of the Palacios Volunteer Fire Department and city
officials enjoyed a barbecue Monday night on the west side of the
Over 30,000 pounds of shrimp were brought in by 26 boats on-;-
opening day of shrimp season. . ,
A big street dance was being planned for Labor Day night.
Music would be furnished by a hillbilly band and the AAATC or-
50 YEARS AGO-1938
More than 30 boats went out on opening day of the shrimp_
season and all came in lnniVd to the limit
55 YEARS AGO-1933
County Commissioners Court set the tax rate of $1.17, a
reduction of 48 cents from the previous year.
6f YEARS AGO-I928
The City Feed Store, a Palacios business for many years and >
operated the past ten years by Harold Stewart and J.E. Grant, :
ceased operations. , „ , . . .
The Palacios Volunteer Fire Department held an election ot of-
ficers to fill the unexpired terms of those who had resigned or left :
the city. John Bowden was elected chief; L. S. Appleton, assistant .
chief; C.M. Bachen, Guy Stuffing and Hugh J. Dismukcs, first,;
second and third sergeants respectively.
65 YEARS AGO-1923
J.L. Smith, who fanned the I.P. Miller place, brought in the
largest bale of cotton for the season, which weighed 628 pounds,
Smith, who is 55 years of age, had no help on his farm except one
small mule and he cultivated 17 acres.
The deplorable condition of the city park was causing much
Good job encouraging "stay-ins"
The Palacios Independent School District's Board of Trustees
has taken a very positive attitude toward "High Attention" or "At-
Risk" students by unanimously passing a district-wide program to
attempt to encourage students to complete a high school education.
As Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Reaves recently stated,
"special handling of students at-risk of dropping out is not new to
the Palacios ISD.” I know it is not new because everything from
special reading programs, vocational programs, counseling pro-
grams, etc. has been tried by the district.
What I am excited about is that Dr. Reaves, the administration,
staff and trustees are renewing their efforts by looking for
new/additional ways and developing strategies to challenge the at-
risk students to "see the advantage of completing school." The
realization that "we're are not going to turn these students around
overnight" is the right attitude in developing a long-range program
to work at this long-time problem.
The emphasis being placed on the individual student's
problems and needs is, in my opinion, the only place to start
because the district has already made other programs available.
While the renewed attempt to encourage the at-risk student at
school is great, I am sure the district will make every effort to
challenge the parents of these students to work with the school in
its efforts to help their children. Without the home attitudes and
efforts being turned toward an understanding of the importance of
education to their childrens' future, the greatest efforts that can
possibly be made by the district will be only partially successful.
I encourage the entire Palacios ISD community, each parent,
and each school staff member to join this most worthy effort to
encourage every student to complete his/her high school educa-
tion. While the old excuses of poverty, language barriers, race,
and divorce between parents are somewhat valid, in 1988, very
few students cannot overcome these problems. The pulling to-
gether of the community, parents, staff and the "student" can
overcome almost all supposed barriers to completing a high school
The right direction has been set, now let's follow it.
Questions concerning cable TV
The hallmark of a successfully operated business is perfor-
mance, not promises. Falcon Cable T.V. has had months to
improve receptioa If they had done so there would no be a
healthier public regard for a continuation of their service.
The oner, once the city is signed up for a continuation of said
services, to increase the number of channels, is of questionable
value. The two free channels being offered are supportive of the
adage that "you get what you pay for." The Showtime and Disney
channels would serve Falcon in that they bring in additional
More desirable access would be of the type that enhances our
community through channels that provide information The C
SPAN format is an excellent example, giving full time coverage of
Senate, House, and political happenings. A day of C SPAN
would be more enlightening than a year of Disney-and IT IS
I suggest that our City Fathers look around for other, more en-
terprising cable operations, and instead of letting the bidders en-
tirely dictate what we may expect, let the needs of our community
determine what a new franchise is going to contain.
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pressure intensified pressure on red snapper beginning about 1965.
Red snapper are primarily harvested in the northern gulf from
Panama City, Fla. to Galveston, with greatest fishing pressure west
of the Mississippi River.
Commercial landings of red snapper exhibited a continuous de-
cline between 1965 (14-million pounds) and 1980 (4.9-miil. lbs.),
increased in 1983 (7.3-mill, lbs.) then dropped to a historic low in
1986 (4.1-mill. lbs.). Most of the decline is in the eastern gulf; Texas
and Louisiana landings actually increased. The downslide in land-
ings are due primarily to declines in size of fish populations. Esti-
mated number of red snapper caught by recreational fishermen has
declined through the years, falling from 6-million fish in 1979 to 2-
million fish in 1985. Most were caught from private boats, charter
bodts and hcadboats
Shrimp trawling, especially during September-November, cap-
tures many juvenile red snapper. Maximum impact of commercial
shrimping on red snapper,stocks appears to be off Texas where 63%
of total Gulf juvenile cabbires occur. Red Snapper by-catch in the
(Jult probably exceeds tqjpreaiional catch and may range anywhere
from 4.4-12-million fish/vear.
In 1980, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
(GMFMC) documented a substantial decline in reef fish stocks
(including red snapper). A known factor contributing to this decline
was overfishing in some areas be directed and non-directed (by-
catch) recreational and commercial users. There was documented in-
creased fishing effort, both directed and non-directed, declining
catch per unit effort in some areas and introduction of new, more
Because of growth overfishing, the GMFMC implemented in the
mid 1980's size and bag limits for recreational fishermen, various
gear restrictions and created "stressed areas" where the red snapper
population decline was particularly acute. In these "stressed areas"
more restrictive regulations were enacted, including prohibition of
fish traps. One such "stressed area" was off the upper Texas coast
from the Louisiana border south to the 95-degree longitude line and
out to the 100-ft. depth contour.
Even with these regulations there continues to be too much effort,
high fishing mortality and declining production of red snapper, ac-
cording the GMFMC. By-catch in the trawl fishery continues. Ov#?
all recreational and commercial harvest in 1986 was lower than any-
year since 1979. Juvenile indices obtained by the NMFS sampling;
were lower between 1983-86 than for any previous year since 1972?
Based on these data the Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Com- i
mittee of the GMFMC stated this spring that "after consideration^
the scientific evidence it is concluded the stock is overfished and;
current effort is too high...". It appears, therefore, that regulations
enacted in the early 1980's have not halted the decline of red snapper'
in the Gulf. ?;
The foremost problem in fisheries management today is expand-;
ing human population, increasing consumer demand, increasing:
fishing pressure and a limited natural resource. This leads to, at the-:
minimum, over exploitation and possibly depletion of fish stocjcjj,;
Expanding competition for red snapper between users competing fdi;•
the resource and the space the resource occupies continues to b£$;
problem in the Gulf. The simple fact is, the GMFMC maintains,;i£
the resource is limited and the ability to consume it is not.
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Ah, the beautiful rain! The
cloudy skies and gentle rain
falling most of the night does
look good after months of dry
weather. It does seem as if the
weather was planned this year to
benefit the farmers in this area,
as most all the harvest is in and
the results sound good.
Many speech writers say that
one must repeat the main topic at
least three times to get it across. I
fear I exceed the limits on safety;
but again I would like to em-
phasize the need for constant
lookout for little things, particu-
larly around construction, which
can cause injury. A wire care-
lessly pushed aside, a board with
a nail projecting, loose wire and
discarded scraps lying about can
cause an injury which will dis-
able a person for some time.
While you have a hammer
handy, just bend the nail down;
be sure the old electric wiring is
not still "hot" pick up the trash
once in a while!
We hear the safety talk, see
the bumper stickers, and the TV
shorts so much, I think we tend
to become numb. Every day I
hear the question "Why do we
need to change the electric ser-
vice now; it has been working
for 25 years? The age of the
equipment is a good tip off. Man
of the codes we use now were
not in existence 25 years ago;
and new items and ideas are
constantly being added. When a
certain item causes accidents
many times over the country, not
just Palacios; it indicates that this
particular section of the code
needs to be clarified or changed.
With the advent of computers,
this becomes a more rapid oc-
currence than in the "good old
days." We also must consider
that the nationally accepted code
organizations must be a profit
making organization to exist;
therefore they are the constant
target of special interest groups
promoting a new product or
method. All amendments to a
code must start somewhere. We,
in Palacios, can send in proposed
So, if you disagree with a
section of the code, as written,
please feel free to bring a written
proposal to the city, and we will
put it in proper form to get it in
Most codes are updated every
three years with amendments,
then a new book issued. So if
enough folks let their wishes be
known, something will be done.
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