Burleson Star (Burleson, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 37, Ed. 1 Monday, January 7, 1991 Page: 1 of 14
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Burleson, Texas • For The Good Life
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First it was the executive vice
president; now the Chamber •
president-elect has resigned
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On the Inside
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Burleson children got the day off school Friday bat they weren't getting
to pltfy outside much due to the freezing drizzle and then the wet, thawing
mess that began when the temperature got above freezing. Danny Rudd
was one of those children who spent most of his time indoors Friday.
Icy weather closes schools
BY SALLY ELLERTSON
Last week's icy weather caught a
lot of people by surprise and created
havoc on the roads.
Burleson Independent School
District closed school on Friday, the
day after the conditions worsened.
The freezing drizzle began late Wed-
nesday night and really began tomake
conditions bad when people headed
to work Thursday morning.
The Burleson street department
worked overtime trying to make the
roads safe for residents and travelers.
"We used between eight and 10
torts of sand and worked 40-50 man
hours," Dave Stringer of the street
department said. The crews worked
through the night Thursday, starting
at 8 p.m.
The Hwy. 174 overpass in the
200block of N.E. Wilshire was closed
almost an hour Thursday morning
due to ice on the bridge that caused
several accidents and the injury of a
Burleson police officer.
Mike Pollard, a three-and-one-
half year veteran of the police depart-
ment, suffered a fractured knee, tom
ligaments in that knee, and a broken
nose when an white and reddish-
orange 1976 Toyota Corolla driven
by 21-year-old Peggy L. Russell of
Joshua spun on the ice and hit him as
he was checking on the victim in a
previous accident. Russell did not
report any injuries. As of press time,
no charges were going to be filed
Tanya Scott, the woman Pollard
was checking on, suffered minor con-
tusions in her accident Her 5-year-
old daughter also had some bumps
Pollard, a 1981 Alvarado High
School graduate, who received the
Rookie of the Year honor, was to un-
dergo surgery Friday. He was listed
in good condition as of press time.
Huguley Hospital reportedemer-
gency room treatment of five people
injured in automobile accidents
Thursday. As of press time Friday,
one person had been treated for inju-
ries received in an autombile acci-
dent and three were treated for falls
resulting from slippery conditions.
In all, the Burleson police re-
sponded to nine minor (vehicle acci-
dents without injuries) vehicle acci-
dents and five major (accidents with
The sites of the major accidents
were the Hwy. 174 overpass at 241
N.E. Wilshire (three accidents), one
in the 2200 block of S.W. Wilshire,
and a reported accident in the 900
block of N.E. Alsbury that was not
located. The minor accidents all took
place on Wilshire and the service
roads. These included the 300 and
100 blocks of S.E. Burleson Blvd.,
100'South Burleson Blvd. (two acci-
dents), and 300 S.W. Burleson Blvd.,
as well as the 1100 and 2200 blocks
of S.W. Wilshire, and 300 N.E.
No accidents, major or minor,
were reported as of press time Friday.
Vehicles were sliding on the ice
on 1-35, especially around the south-
bound rest area, late Thursday night.
leson volunteer firmen were called
out starting at 8:03 p.m. Thursday.
Two people were transported to the
hospital when a van slid on the ice in
Please see NO, Page 9A
The Burleson Area Chamber of
Commerce—due to be minus an
executive vice-president in a week—
could also find itself without a presi-
Dave Baldwin, president of First
National Bank of Burleson, was the
president-elect, but that wouldn’thave
helped matters much because he's
still recuperating from a kidney trans-
plant and wouldn't have been able to
assume office for at least three
i Rather than put the chamber in
the position of having no president
and EVP at the same time, Baldwin
submitted his resignation from the
chamber board of directors last week.
That still left the chamber with-
out a designated president for the
coming year, but that could be settled
as early as tomorrow (Tuesday).
The board of directors will meet
in regular session at noon Tuesday at
t Huguley Hospital and likely will vote
for a new president
Just as likely, that new president
is probably going to look a whole lot
like the old president.
J.L. Phinney, city attorney for
city of Burleson, has served as
.- president for the pi$t year and there
seems to be strong sentiment among
board members to ask him to accept
the presidency for another year.
With no EVP at all for at least a
few more months—and even then,
one who may not be familiar with
Burleson or the Burleson chamber—
the board feeling seems to be that the
chamber and its membership would
be best served by the nomination of a
recent president to fill that post or,*
even better, by the continuity of re-
taining the same person as president
for another term.
At last week's Chamber Goodlife
Ambassador luncheon, Phinney noted
to ambassadors that the board of di-
rectors had asked him if he would
serve another term as president.
He joked to ambassadors that
"nobody else must have been willing
to take the job," and added that it
looked like he would be working
with them for another year.
First National, which did have
two members on the board, now has
none since Ron Baron, vice-presi-
dentand cashier of the bank, no longer
... Resigns from Chamber Board
works for that institution. Thatchange
also came last week.
Baron said that in all probability
he would have to relocate and proba-
bly wouldn't be able to fill the three-
year term to which he was recently
He would have to join the cham-
ber as an individual member cm- go to
work for a company already a mem-
ber to remain eligible for the board.
Baron said he had not yet mtoe
up his mind what to do. He said-mat
his decision would likely be influ-
enced by his future employment.
The chamber will continue tak-
ing applications and resumes for an
EVP through Jan. 31. The salary for
that position will be in the lower
Qualifications include "a mature,
career-minded individual... (with)
an understanding of economic and
industrial development, management,
finances of non-profit corporations,
fund raising, membership develop-
ment, and public relations."
Interested persons may send
resumes to Phinney at the chamber
office, P.O. Box 92, Burleson.
Doris Miller, the current EVP,
will step down Jan. 15. A reception
honoring her is planned for the eve-
ning of her last day on the job. Cham-
ber members and other friends and
Sue Smith wm only one of several residents who was delayed to leaving
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associates of Miller are invited to
attend the reception, scheduled from
5:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 15.
The reception will be held in the
Chamber Board Room.
One of the chamber's biggest
. events of the year is also scheduled
for this week. The 27th Annual
Awards Banquet will be held Satur-
day, Jan. 12, at the Holiday Inn on I-
35 South in Fort Worth.
Reservations and checks must
be received at the chamber office by
Wednesday, Jan. 9. Reservations are
$20 per person. In addition to dinner,
those attending will have the addi-
tional treat of a performance by the
Burleson High School Show Choir.
A reception begins at 6:30 p.m.
with dinner being served at 7:00.
Cozy fire's nice
but use caution
A fireplace, with a dancing fire
lends a cozy feeling to any home,
especially on a cold, blustery day.
Fireplaces and other wood-burning
equipment can provide efficient heat,
too. But they can spell tragedy if
you're notcareful. The following tips
will keep your home safe:
Keep tight-fitting screens or glass
doors in front of fireplace openings
to prevent sparks from flying out.
Keep papers, furniture, and other
things that might bum away from the
front Of the fireplace. Don't leave
children alone in a room where a fire
is burning. Never bum while you are
out or asleep.
A woCfl-buming heating system
or device should be safe, economical,
efficient, easy to use, and attractive
to look at. No system is fireproof.
Have your system installed by a repu-
table professional and have it in-
spected by the fire department before
you use it. Keep small children from
being burned by a wood-burning stove
by purchasing and installing retain-
ing screens made especially for that
Although proper installatiorftan
help prevent a fire, know what to do
if one does happen. Know the signs
of a chimney fire: a loud roar, suck-
ing sounds-and shaking pipes. Make
sure your entire family knows what
to do. If you think you jiave a chim-
ney fire, cutoff the fire's air supply by
shutting any air intake vents in the
firebox. Close the damper. Everyone
should leave the house immediately
and call the fire department from a/
neighbor’s home or other nearby tele-\
phone. Practice fire drills so that
everyone knows at least two different
ways out of the house.
Dispose of ashes by placing
in metal containers., never in paper/
plastic bags or cardboard box*
Ashes can hold enough heat to start a
fire for several days. Wet the ashes
and make sure they are cold.
Keep the home fires burning
safely this winter.
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