Sulphur Springs News-Telegram (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 156, Ed. 1 Tuesday, July 1, 1980 Page: 1 of 18
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104 and 103 marks set on-June 25-26.
Monday’s high was 97 degrees at the
official weather observation station in
P.G. BO/ 4
Dallas residents bask in 'balmy' 105 degrees
By LAURA RICHARDSON
Associated Press Writer
DALLAS (AP) — Texans have
always considered hot summers
something you just learn to live with.
But after last week's 110-degree plus
temperatures, folks here found 105
almost balmy. 1
“Yeah, it’s hot, but it don’t bother
“me,” said a hard-hatted female con-
struction worker as she dashed across
the street on her way back to work.
She and her male counterparts
claimed Monday’s, noontime tem-
perature of 102 degrees was nothin;?,
nothing at all —. at least not compared
to last week's 113.
“You don't get used to that kind ot
weather,” said Gordon Allan, a
machine operator on the downtown site.
"It was 116 degrees near my
machine,” said James Bramblett.
“Just about all you can do to keep cool
is dream, just think about getting home
to a cold shower.” .
“But today, it’s pretty good," Allan
said. "We’ve got us a little breeze, and
it doesn’t burn you when'it blows. We’re
not so bad off.”'
White collar workers walked' the
streets in three-piece suits with nary a
loose tie nor a bead of sweat. Women
dressed to the nines arid sat in the sun in
Thanks-Givipg ^Square park eating
"I eat here (in the park) almost every
day,” said straw-hatted Sandra Bryant,
a secretary for Dallas’ Shakespeare
Festival. "It’s really not so bad,
especially today, I was a little warm
"You want to see some hot people,"
said traffic patrolman D.G. Bridges, .
mopping his brow, "you look at the
guys in the pit.”. ;
The pit is the 65-foot deep hole ex-
cavated for the foundation of the new
Placid Oil Co. building, and it is "the
closest to Hell 1 ever hope to be," one
"We "got up to 132 degrees, unof-
ficially, last week,” said Virgil Payton.
"It's hard to take, I'll tell you."
But the hottest man in town - or at
/east the only one who was complaining
/- was a tourist.
Dressed in running shorts and a cut--
off T-shirt, Douglas Durden of Toledo,
Ohio, found downtown Dallas too hot to
’Man, I’m not used to this heat, I
can’t take it." Durden said. "We've
been here two days and I’m ready to get
the hell*out. It’s too much."
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Shooting off fireworks, even for the Hopkins County Young
Farmers, isn't the easist thing in the world. Ralph Oldham, who
actually ignites the fireworks at the annual display, uses these
mortar tubes to send the aerial displays aloft. Young Farmers
Bobby McDonald, John Boles, Herb Flora, Danny Johnson and
Wade Bartley compared the sizes of the various tubes as they
prepare for Friday night's big event. The Fift^Annual Young
Farmers Fireworks Display will be held at Helm Lake, located
south of town on College Street. Signs will be in place to direct
residents to the location.
Trustees file motion of
intent to raise tax rate
By JOE WOOSLEY
Trustees of the SulpMir Springs In-
dependent School District complied with
legal requirements Monday as they ap-
proved a motion citing their intent to in-
crease the tax rate for the 1980-81 school
All members of the board were present.
Patsy Johnson, president, presided as
Johnny Dobson, Tim Kelty, Paul Tipping,
Gary Odom, W.T. Allison II and Judy
Gilreath joined in approval of the action.
The board members earlier in the month
were involved in several study sessions
concerning the requirements for the up-
For the first time in history, the school
board is planning to supplement the
salaries of alljeachers. Under the current
thinking, beginning teachers will draw
$200 above the minimum state schedule
and master’s degree teachers will have
$300 supplements. Teachers with a doc-
tor’s degree will get $400 above state
The past year, teachers were given $100
bonuses and support personnel $50.
The regulations set up specific steps and
procedures involving changes in school
taxes, including legal notices and public
The public hearing for the new proposed
budget will be held at6:30p.m. July 8.
The actual tax rate will not be formally
set until the August meeting of the board.
Using present projections, the new tax
rate may be either 10 or 11 cents higher,
which would be up from $1.25 to $1.35 or
Each one cent increase in the tax rate
will bring in an estimated $13,000.
The proposed salary supplements wduld
require about one-half of the proposed
Following the adjournment of the
special meeting at noon Monday, the
trustees informally discussed athletic field
options. They plan to pursue a study of the
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Sioux indians win again
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress acted
illegally when it took the Black Hills from
the Sioux Indftin Nation more than 100
years ago, partly in retaliation for the
Custer massacre, and the bill - $117
million including interest - “must now at
last be paid,” the Suprerike Court says.
Monday’s 8-1 decision upheld the largest
award ever granted by the U.S. Court of
Claims, including $17 million for the land
itself and about $100 million in interest,
dating from the 1877 takeover. The claim
wasfirst filed in 1924.
But attorneys in the case said the
decision is not expected to have a large
impact on other Indian claims cases.
More to the right
Murray Guessman operates the frontend loader as Tom Skeen" way and then turned to steam, causing an explosion. The steam
watches and Jeff Irving gives instructions for the digging up Of explosion blew chunks of concrete as much as six to eight inches
temporary road repairs north of Sulphur Springs on SH-lt. The above the surface of the road Sunday evening, resulting in the
repairs on the roadway, which has recently been resurfaced, late night.temporary repair work and Monday's efforts,
came about after water collected under tke old concrete high- ? -sum Photo
JULY 1„ 1980.
VOL. 102—NO. 156.
Gilley, Cable in ring once more
Demo run-off recount
scheduled for Monday
The run-off race for the Democratic
nomination for District 10 representative
moves into what could be the final stage
with a Monday morning recount
throughout the district. *•
Riding on the outcome will be whether
incumbent Smith Gilley of Greenville or
challenger Lowell Cable of Sulphur
Springs advances to the general election
ballot in November if no further
challenges afe filed.
The Democratic candidate will be op-
posed by Commerce automobile dealer
Jack Whilden, the Republican nominee, in
In Hopkins County, ballots will be
recounted at 9 a.m. in the district cour-
troom in the courthouse, with Democratic
County Chairman John Ramey, Chad
Cable and Coy Johnson handling the
At the same time, recounts will be un-
derway in other counties in the district,
Cable had requested the recount after
Gilley logged a slim advantage in the run-
off balloting. In requesting the recount,
Cable stressed there was no cause to
suspect “deliberate irregularities” in the
run-off election, but emphasized the race
was so close, “...that we would forever
have a tinge of doubt (without seeking the
The order directing the recount came
Monday from Billy Goldberg, chairman of
the State Democratic Executive Com-
mittee. Cable earlier had announced that
he had officially filed the necessary legal
requirements in the state headquarters at
Golber; directed the three counties
involved in the State Representative
District 10 to conduct a recount of the race
and report the result to the state com-
mittee on or before July 11.
Goldberg additionally sent county party
officials relevant parts of Article 9.38a of
the Texas Election Code and reminded
them of five points covering the rules for
The two candidates in the June 7 run-off
polled a combined vote of 7,831.
Incumbent Gilley held a 131-vote margin
following the run-off. Gilley had 2,014 votes
in Hunt County, 1,617 in Hopkins County
and 350 in Rains County.
Cable had 1,829 in Hopkins County, 1,799
in Hunt County and 222 in Rains County.
Public's help needed
for outreach clinic
By JIM MOORE
The long-range possibility of a Hopkins
County Outreach Clinic is in existence —
and if enough county residents are willing
to send a letter to the right officials, it
could be a reality by Sept. 1,1981.
Como names superintendent
James Smith, 39, has been em-
ployed as the new superintendent of
schools at Como-Pickton.
Smith, currently principal at
Clarksville’s Junior High School, said
he would be moving i.ito the
teacherage on campus as soon as
minor renovation work is completed.
The district earlier had offered the
position to Coleman Stanfield, who
then accepted a post with a larger
school in East Texas. Smith, who was
in the runner-up spot in the earlier
interviews, then was offered the
position and accepted.
"I am quite enthused about this new
job," Smith said Tuesday as he was
getting acquainted at the school. “We
are looking forward to a good year
Smith is a veteran of 17 years in the
school profession. He was with the
Iowa Park system for eight years
before going to to the Rio Grande
Valley at Harlingen, where he
remained until accepting the prin-
cipal’s post at Clarksville three years
He holds both bachelor and
master’s degrees from Southwestern
State University in Weatherford,
Okla. He obtained his administrator’s
certificate at East Texas State
University. Smith has completed all
classroom work toward a doctor’s
His family consists of his wife,
Beverly, and two children. The
daughter, Teresa, will be entering
Austin College at Sherman with a
basketball scholarship this fall. The
son, Gary, will be a junior at Como-
Lewis Ham, who had been
superintendent at Como-Pickton for
several years, left his position several
days ago. He was honored at a
reception at the Woman’s Building in
' Sulphur Springs last Thursday.
Heat ahead for holiday
The late June trend to "moderate”
temperatures — only in the upper 90s
— carried over into the first day of
July and set the stage for continued
hot weather over the holiday weekend
ahead, according to forecasts. .
Tuesday morning, the Sulphur
Springs area was on its way toward a
ninth straight day with temperature
readings in the mid 90s and over, as
the overnight low dropped to only 74
degrees and the mercury stood at 80
Yet the high-90s of the past few days
seemed mild in comparison withthe
degrees off the all-time
record maximum for the final day in
Forecasts prepared by the National
Weather Service call for more of the
same over the next few days, with
daytime highs in the upper 90s and
ovei night lows in the upper 70s
Apd while the downtown square .
probably will be a hot spot on Wed-
nesday for the opening of the 44th
annual Sulphur Springs holiday rodeo
parade, scheduled for3:30p.m., rodeo
fans should find temperatures more
pleasant for the rodeo itself. The four-
day event unfolds at 8:30 p.m. Wed-
nesday through July 5 at the outdoor
City Park arena.
There is no mention of rain in the
forecast through Saturday, with, fair
skies on tap. No rain has fallen in
Sulphur Springs since June 22, and
3.38 inches of moisture fell during
return to more seasonable summer
levels, outdoor recreation enthusiasts
should take precautions over the long
holiday weekend. The current heat
wave in the Southwest has been
designated a contributing factor in 61
deaths, according to wire reports.
Rene F. Somodevilla, representing
Terrell State Hospital, told a large group
of Hopkins County residents Monday at a
luncheon that the clinic could be
operational by that date if funded; by the
Texas legislature and approved by the
citizens of Hookins County.
He said McKinney was taking over
responsibility for the Hunt County
Outreach Clinic in Greenville, giving
Terrell State Hospital the opportunity to
serve Hopkins County with such a facility.
The Hopkins County facility would be
able to screen and evaluate emotionally
disturbed chiildren, handle Department of
Human Resources referrals, screen
mental cases before admission to the state
hospital in Terrell, and would administer a
drug and alcohol abuse program locally.
“We cannot refuse service to anyone due
to an inability to pay,” Somodevilla said.
He explained that the facility would
utilize a sliding scale fee system ranging
from free to fees of $2 to $24 per session.
Somodevilla said that medications
would be available to patients at cost and
that the fees paid by those who had an
ability to pay would help to provide no-cost
medications to those who Could not afford
The proposed mental health clinic would
also provide counseling fqr families of
persons with problems.
Somodevilla said current records show
that Hopkins County has approximately
2,000 persons in need of psychiatric,
alcoholism or drug abuse services.
“Most recent data show an annual ad-
mission rate of over 50 persons to state
mental hospitals," Somodevilla said, “and
an annual alcohol-related arrest rate of r
over 700 individuals”,
If approved by the citizens of the county
'■ and the legislative Budget Board (LBB),
the clinic would be staffed by a
psychologist, one psychiatric caseworker,
an alcoholism-drug abuse counselor, a
licensed vocational nurse, a part-time
psychiatrist and clerical personnel.
Somodevilla said that the offices would
be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with per-
sonnel on call on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
The cost of the facility would be about
$88,000 per year with the state paying
$80,000 through Terrell State Hospital.
Somodevilla said Hopkins County’s
share would be $8,000 which would include
office area, utilities, the fees paid by those
going to the clinic and other such in-kind
matching funds and-or cash outlay.
He said that letters ate needed showing
the county’s interest by July 12 so they can
be taken to the meeting of the LBB in
Austin for its action.
“We need the letters to show the
county’s support for such a facility,”
Somodevilla said. • ,
All letters should be addressed to Luis
M- Cowley, M.D., Terrell State Hospital
P-O. Box 70, Terrell, Tex. 75160.
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