Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 154, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 29, 1980 Page: 1 of 30
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VOL. 102-NO. 154.
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The Hopkins County Young Farmers are already getting out the 7:30 p.m. July 4th at Helm Lake located south o«i College Street,
signs for the Fifth Annual Young Farmers Fourth of July just outside the city limits. Young Farmers said that the
Fireworks Display. Danny Johnson grabbed the sign pointing fireworks will begin as soon as it's dark enough A refreshment
the way while Wade Bartley, John Boles, Herb Flora and Bobby stand will be available and admission is free.
McDonald got the welcome mat out. The event kicks off about
City ponders solution
to fuel contamination
There was no immediate indication of
what caused the crash or whether anyone
had survived it.
An armada of ships and helicopters,
battling high winds and 12-foot waves,
began combing the Tyrrhenian Sea north
of here shortly after the twin-engine
jetliner was reported missing.
Aboard were 77 passengers, inc luding 11
children and two irtfants, as well as a crew
of four, headed by veteran pilot Domenico
Gatti. 44. A Wes* German couple were
believed to be the only foreigners on the
An official at Palermo's Punta Raisi
Airport said, “It would be a miracle if
anyone is found alive."
Winds were reported g usting at more
than 30 mph in the area, hampering the
The jetliner was last sighted over the
island of Poraa off the Naples coast about
40 minutes after it took off from Bologna at
182 p m. — 2:02 p.m. EDT — on a direct
one hour and 40 minute flight to this
Itaiia officials said the plane was last in
radio contact with Rome's Ciampino
Airport S3 minutes after takeoff and
disappeared from the airport's radar
screen 20 minutes later. The aircraft had
fuel for only three hours of flight and
passed that mark at 11:02 p.m., the of-
Earlier, a passenger ferry, the Clodia,
reported sighting two emergency lights in
the search area, but airline spokesman
Italo Govoni said they could not have been
from the DC-9.
“We wish the report of the ship sighting
the lights was true, but there were no
emergency lights on that plane," he said.
Itavia’s flight control desk said in a
statement that it could not explain the
plane's disappearance “in any logical
manner, unless there was an act of
sabotage, a bomb explosion aboard.
“The plane began Its descent after
receiving permission from the Rome
control but it never asked for permission
from the Palermo airport. Rome began
calling the plane repeatedly, but without
success. An Air Malta airliner which was
in the vicinity also tried in vain to establish
radio contact with our plane. There was no
warning signal from the pilots,” said the
statement by Itavia, a private company
founded in 1958. Its fleet includes seven
U.S.-made McDonnell Douglas DC-9s and
three Dutch-built Fokker F28s.
The City of Sulphur Springs is ex-
periencing a gas crunch, but of a different
There’s plenty of gasoline in the city’s
fuel tanks — it just won’t run the city’s 69-
plus vehicles or the more than 100 small
engines used in various city services.
The question of what was wrong was
answered Friday morning but a final
solution is still to be found. The answer
ultimately is expected to be passed on to
the city commission for a decision on
whether or not to replace leaking fuel
“The problem started about 3%-weeks
ago,” says Interim City Manager Travis
Owens. “We found out we had water in the
tanks and on the 19th we pumped ’em dry
and then put some more gas in 'em.”
Owens says engine fuel filters are
clogging up, and now the city maintenance
people are finding small metal shavings in
the carburetors of the city’s vehicles.
Thursday afternoon a trash truck, two
police cars and a city car assigned to the
It wasn’t exactly a cool snap, and
the heat wave which has walloped
Northeast Texas for the past few days
is far from over - but at least Sulphur
Springs has had a brief break from
those sweltering 100-degree-plus
Friday’s high at the official weather
observation station was “only” 99
degrees, contrasted to record
nuudmums of 104 and 103 on the two
And forecasts prepared by the
National Weather Service call for
about the same, with highs in the
near-100 range on Sunday and in the
mid-90s through Wednesday. Over-
night lows should be in the mid to
upper 70s, the according to the
By 8 a.m. Saturday the mercery
had climbed from a morning low of 78
to 84, and shortly before noon the
thermometer stood at an unofficial 91
While the outlook remains heat and
more beater Hopkins County/the
area is at least expected to escape
record highs, Much of North Texas
won’t be so lucky, however. The
weather service Says records should
tumble again Sunday in the Wichita
Falls region, where temperatures
could reach 115, and In the Dallas area
where daytime highs are expected to
pass the 100 degree mark again. By
Wednesday, North Texas is expected
to have “cooled off” to die lower 100b.
Quality Control Department were in the
maintenance building with the carburetors
tom down and another police vehicle had
just been repaired.
Bill Garrett, maintenance supervisor,
posted signs on the city’s pumps on Main
Street, advising drivers of city vehicles to
go to a station to get their gasoline.
“We are experiencing problems only
with the unleaded gas,” Owens said.
The city is supplied with gasoline under
a contract with the Gulf Oil Corporation
and Owens said that the vehicles are now
filling up at a station located at the com-
pany’s bulk storage plant.
By 4 p.m. Thursday, a Gulf represen-
tative was present looking into the
Jorge Berindogue, sales manager of
Gulf’s Dallas office, said that as the tanks
and pumps belong to the city, Gulf has no
He did say, however, that as Owens had
called asking for help on the problem,
“Whatever it is, we’ll try to assist them.” *
On Friday morning,
technician was had
pressurization test on the ettj tanks.
“We’re going to have to put m new
tanks,” Owens reported after ite teabag
was completed. “They pte three or tear
pounds of pressure on the tank and ap-
parently there's some holes in it aa big a> a
Owens said the city would be looking for
a station that could be leased untd sack
time as we can replace these tanks nr
make additonal plans.”
He said that the “regular” g****— aad
diesel tanks “aren’t as had aad we’re
going to try to continue to one those tanks
for a while.”
The city’s tanks and pumps are ooij Ih
years old according to Owens, whs
estimated the cost of new fiberglass tanks
at about $3,000 each - pins an i
“We’ll just have to let the
make a decision on whether or Mt to
replace the tanks,” Owens said.
aad ter wstar Martha busy themselves
of ciaoftej o frwtt bosket gift, owe ot the
by o aow hosinets the two Swtphor Springs
they hod saved for a capital
investment. Words such os 'recession' and 'unstable economy'
tailed to alter the course ot the new venture and tha two find the
days ahead otter 'a big challenge.'
Teens thumb nose at recession
leyvfnr cresfmty. Aadif the
'isle a hat place in a
bate active is VH
dpfcwr Springs in
parents aad two
I is Tans, N M
require a lot of ready capital to get star-
ted,” Martha says
“We saw the success our grandmother
had with this fresh fruit gift basket idea in
Taos but we didn't know if it would work
here or not,” Sabra added. “And she also
ases hand-woven straw baskets, which are
more expensive and require more initial
investment than we wanted to make
However, maybe someday we will use
than also,” the business-minded 16-year-
After discovering they could not operate
their new business from their home
because of residential zoning restrictions,
they pooled their resources, rented a small
baikteiK on South Davis, had a telephone
installed and began the task of rounding up
the rudimentary equipment required to
laundi the project into a full-scale
operation with a planned July 5 opening
Using funds saved from after school and
fafl-time summer jota the girte purchased
a display stand from a fabric shop which
was gmwfl oat of business, and a dfffk and
two second-hand refrigerators, from
which they immediately removed all the
teefves hi order to store larger quantities
of bwL “We want to eventually purchase
a brae refrigerated display case, but for
the enterprising duo also made
arrangements with an Ohio company to
purchase the baskets or trays in bulk
quantities. Each tray comes with its own
suggested layout or design pattern but no
two ever appear the same - either
because of the shape of the fruit itself or
the creative touch of the builder.
And advertising the new product has
taken on a front-seat priority with other
family members. Mrs. Christie carried
one of the finished products, weighing
some 19 pounds, to work and returned with
a plastic elephant ornament (which bad
been tied on for decoration), the discarded
fan-tail top from the fresh pineapple which
occupied the center of the arrangement
and “about 10 orders for new baskets."
“We told the girls some kind of business
that provides a service to the public would
probably be the best course to pursue and
the creative nature of this business makes
it very unique,” Mrs. Christie said.
Martha explains that each arrangement
Is covered with a Saran-Wrap kind of
material which will hold the fruit in place
and the basket is then topped with bows,
ribbons and a card of some description tf
Out of business
well mak£ do with the
that is what the customer wants.
“Eventually we’d like to pi
wrapping machine and use a
called shrink film’,” she says,
heat from fiw machine gently <
plastic covering to the shape of the
but that investment just depends <
public,” she says.
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Keys, Clarke. Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 154, Ed. 1 Sunday, June 29, 1980, newspaper, June 29, 1980; Sulphur Springs, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth823398/m1/1/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hopkins County Genealogical Society.