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,*>:... A* r BftAZOSPORT CAQSRS SCORE 74-60 WIN OVfR BAYTOWN, MAINTAIN DISTRICT RANK-PAGE 5 VOL. 48 NO. 272 E BRAZOSPORT FACTS SERVING BRAZOSPORT, ANGLETON, WEST COLUMBIA, BRAZOR1A, SWEENY, OLD OCEAN, D ANBURY and DAMON Associated Press Member SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 1961 Payoffs Revealed In BEAUMONT (AP)-The Texas IIAfie Investigating; Committee has ended Its probe of vice in the Beaumont-Port Arthur nreu. Committee members say they Will submit a report and recommendations to the Legislature wnlch meets next week. At Its final session the o>m- milteo heard four high nolL-e officials sny they had received cash in mysterious envelopes amounting to thousands of ilol- laivln the last five years. But the police officers said tuey did not know who had sent Ihem the monoy. The Port Arthur Police ChM Garland B. Douglas, said he hid received $65,584. The Jefferson County Sheriff, C. H. Meyer, said he had received J85.000 above his campaign contrl- bul Ions. And two constables, Reagan K.Wr of Beaumont and O'Neil Provost of Port Arthur, testified they received lesser amounts mil In the thousands of dollars. The Committee also questioned the Jefferson County District Attorney, K a m i c Griffin, c 1 oscly about his income tax returns. When asked how he got V>,9H9 from 1955 through 1958 not listed as salary or fees from private leral practice, Griffin replied: % won It playing gin rummy with my friends." The final two witnesses testified about payoffs to police officers. One witness, 34-ycarold Casey Rcvia, said he saw the operator of a bookie joint make almost weekly payments for three months In 1357 to prevent police interference with the Texas Club in downtown Beaumont. ^-> said the payments vtpre made to' the Beaumont Chief of Detectives, Jim Safford. After the h e a r i n g adjourned, Safford told reporters the testimony was what he called "i<n unmitigated lie." The other witness, 32-year- old Jack Greer, (old of buying an interest in the Ritz Club in downtown Beaumont and paying S?' 1 ) per month protection to main- U|;!' a mixed-drink club. when business turned bad and he was unable to make the payments, he said, police raided the dub and dosed it. Cluto city councilman met In a special session Friday night to Iry to fill tlie city manager post being vacated by F. M. Sanders. They also passed a motion Sanders' resignation be Jan. 13, at SjinilcrV request. After reviewing and discussiiis Missing Tires Located Clute Police Chief BUI Parten reported Saturday that two of five 1' •ge truck tires taken in a bun• '\Yt had been found. The thr»e missing tires were valued at $150 each. Chief Parien said a check of Wilson Oil Company In Clute wis made after the Monday night burglary was discovered. A final inventory showed that five tires were missing. Two of the tires were later found in some jrass in the area of the company, Parten said. £fe described the missing tires as size 100 x 20 Firestone tires. CAROL BARNETT, In BP Mt- moriul Hospital with pneumonia. W. W. McKINNEY of dulc, improving in a Galvcston hospital and hoping to come home bxvi after 11 weeks of hospltalizatijn. NAD1NE CO CUBAN of KP, celebrating licr 14th birthday on Saturday. . . W1LDA and WALTER BOUD- BSAUX, scheduled to mark their 2YU1 wedding anniversary on Sunday. And, the JIM ARNOLDS, Uue to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday. . . And Around The County: Board Chairman L. J. Me- NEILL. Supt. FRED MILLKR and Curriculum Director C. W. NKW of the Sweeny Schools, in Austin iitlciiillng Uie Mid-winter Conference on Education. . . JfiOHGE DeVOLL, minister .if tfle Sweeny Church of Christ for the past three yearn, accepting' the pastorate of a Ft. SlocKtnn church, and he and his family moving there this week. . . Airman 2-C COUHTNEY CUI.- PEPPKU, recently returned fruiii u tour ot duly in Japan, IMS been a guest In the home of l-.is parents, MH. uml MKS. K. 'J. CULPEPl'ER. HQ Is currency byi|.lonea at an airbuse in Abilene. Freeport, Texas AREA KIWANIS OF FICERS INSTALLED Klwanli Clubi of Lake Jackun and Fret- port changed adminiitralloni thli week In e joint annual inilnllnllon lhai ha> be- coma a tradition with the two clubi. Kenneth Kerley, Kiwanli dUtrici lieutenant governor, installed new officer! and directors of both clubt. He also commented on the achievement! of the civic clubi, and honored the 20 yean of lerrice of G. C. Mardman Sr.. only charter member present. Installation followed a buffet tupper at the Rirenid* Country Club. From left. Free- poii Patt Pretldent T. C. Selman. Freeport President Kenneth Gonz&lei, Lt. GOT. Kerley, Laka Jackson Prsiident Jim Martin, and Lake Jackson Pail President I. J. (Joe) Talbot. —Gulf Pholo-Engraron Inc. Clute Secretary Sought the 11 applications for the position, the Coundl decided to have personal interviews with four cf the men at a spedal session Wednesday night, prior to the live as of noon today instead of i regular meeting Thursday night ;tm when they might take action <«i filling the job. Annual Angleton CC Program Set A unique program Is plannci for the annual meeting of Uie Angleton Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 21. Chairman of the affair is James E. Holcombe, who was recently named by Chamber Pra>l- dent Clyde Neal. Holcombe said the meeting is scheduled for the Angleton High School cafeteria. Tully SVcstmoreland is progrim chairman for the meeting. He an^ nounccd plans for a dramatic presentation of the Chamuer's UKKX oiuou us expetii program of work for 1961, making serve as installing officer. New president of the AngU:on Chamber will be Dr. B. G. Pedc. Carl Wachtstetter will be installed as first vice president, R. y. Pegram as second vice president and L. C. Cooksey as secretary- treasurer. New directors who will also be installed at that time include A. C. Welmken, C. C Armstrong, Dr. Randolph Brantley, W. Brown Slaughter and Holcombe. A visiting Chamber of Commerce official is expected to Hoi- In another motion Mrs. Nota Belle Shanks, dry derk, was appointed acting city secretary uniil the vacancy is filled. About half of the applications for the city manager post came from men in Dallas and northeast Texas cities, in response to an ad placed in a Dallas newspape". One application came from a Rio Grande Valley nan and three came from Brazosport men. TJid decision to interview two local men and two out-of-cou.Tty men came after much Council discussion of each man's men's and qualifications for the post. When asked how soon he wished to begin his new job as road superintendent for Precinct 1 County Commissioner D i x < e Brown. S a n d e rs told council men "as soon as possible". He said Brown wo u 1 d like for him to begin his county duties Monday if it could be arranged. He said he would help as much as possible in acquainting a now city secretary with the job. Councilmen decided against hasty hiring of a city secretary. They delegated the post to Mrs. Shanks until a decision is trade. use of recordings, music and combe said, other spedal aids. "The program win be the kick- ..«,_..«,_ •>«*...••*._,% ••&»•*«» off for our 1961 program," N,,, LICENSE EXAMINER FINDS said. "In addition to presenting our plans for the coming year, closing out the work for 1909, and having an entertaining evening, we will also install the iu>.,v Chamber officers for the coming year. Cuba Hints At Future Accord Editorial HUNTER MAY FIND BfRD IN BUSH WHILE BIRD IN HAND FOES OFF Angleton's prompt and realistic efforts .toward making itself more attractive to the people who will build and operate the new Monsanto plant is In sharp contrast with Braz- osport's inability to do so. , As has been observed, Monsanto's site now has no physical ties with any one of several nearby Brazoria County communities. The distance varies from nine miles (straight line) from Alvin to- 19 from Freeport. Given good highways, this difference might easily be out- weighted by other advantages a city might offer. Funds have been appropriated by the Texas Highway Commission for an east-west road that will link the Monsanto site and Brazos- port. The Highway Department is ready to begin construction as soon as a route is decided on. But that route is the catch. The Lake Jackson City Council favors one route, the Freeport and Clute Councils another. Already this conflict of interests has delayed the actual building of the road. If the conflict, and the attitude that maintains the conflict, persists, there may be worse consequences. The Highway Commission and Department has no desire to be the arbiter of a conflict between communities. Ako, there are many other places in the state where the money earmarked for this road could be put to good use without controversy. It would be not at all unlikely for the Highway Commission, to take this attitude: "The state needs many roads. We will transfer this money to a project that will benefit a community that knows what it wants. When you people can get together and tell us what you want, we will try to find the funds to do it." In different words, we are saying that while Lake Jackson, Clute and Freeport are losing a bird in the hand by fighting over it, an aggressive, unified Angleton is in tha process of capturing a bird in tha bush. Obviously, any one of the several east-west routes proposed would benefit both Brazos- port and Angleton. All of them are based on an assumption of purpose, rather than a demonstrated need. The southern route would benefit Angleton and Lake Jackson more than no road at all; the northern route would benefit Clute and Freeport better than no road at all. Surely an agreement can be reached on a single road which, though perhaps less advantageous to some one community, would allow the other communities the benefit of some road. But no compromise or agreement is going to be reached by three groups standing at a distance, each hoping the others will give in first. This utter refusal of the several councils to discuss problems of mutual concern is one of Brazosport's biggest handicaps. The road is only one of many examples. We cannot believe that these councils, in placing some vague concept of community pride above the actual welfare of the area and their own communities, are reflecting the attitudes of the people they represent. HOUSING POST URGED Kennedy ^i'-••'" *|£: ;;"••• For tiou Asks . -*> • • «• sing WASHINGTON (AP) — A re- ( The task force also recom- port to President-Elect Kennedy | mends another innovation which this morning proooses a new subsidy program in the interest ot housing. It would encourage bonding uf housing for low-income families and it also calls for steps designed to stimulate borne building and urban improvements. Kennedy's task-force on housing and urban development suggests a flexible subsidy program intended to encourage as mucn private enterprise as possible in the building of low-cost housing. Kennedy has indicated he favws — a Cabinet post for housing and urban development The group proposals also include 500 million dollars annually for college bousing loans, 510 million dollars over four years for farm bousing, and the planning of grants to help urban areas map their mass transit and suburban development programs. President-Elect Kennedy planned a series of Washington conferences before returning to r.is Hubby Poor Teacher Tide Schedule Saturday: High 8:23 p.m. Low 12:03 p.m. Sunday: High 7:04 a.m. 8:52 p.m. Low 1:54 a.m. 12:49 p.m. Sun Data Sets Today 5:38 p.m. Rises Sunday 7:18 a.m. bets Sunday 5:39 p.m. By FOLLY O'CONNELL A small boy watched in admiration as Texas Highway Patrol officers policed the roads around Tyler. They looked dashing in their high-topped boots and uniforms as they sped around un motorcydes. t%irhl ^in/tare HariripH thpn that ouriu tKimiffra UCUUCQ uieii UMII this was the Job for him. As Driver License Patrolman for tne post six years, with three years In Brazoria County, he finds the Job somewhat different from h>s Four Crashes, No Personal Injuries Frcepoit police wore called to nvcstigate four auto accidents Friday. There were no Injuries reported for the people involved n the wrecks. A one car nccldent occurred at Brazosport Blvd. (Highway £K> and North Avenue A about 10:40 ).m. Police said the driver, Virginia teed, was going north on Brazos- wrt Blvd. She stopped for a U-at- !lc light at Avenue A, then M- cmpted a right turn. Because o( OKgy car windows she tuirwd tou sharply and her auto nit a >olc& danuiging the car's rinjh trout fender. In an accident at West Fourth and Vclasco Blvd. South about ^'20 p.m., drivers were Adolpn R. \nubcl ot 14 Avenue C, In a 19o7 Plymouth, und Willliuii C. rVwv lain of 1708 West Sixth, In 3 19T<6 Chuvrolcl. Officers said that Hie Fomuln •4ir wus going west on West fourth and the Knebel auto was leaded north un Velasoa Blvd. South wh<-n the collision occurred. Velasco Blvd. South and West Broad was the scene of an accident about 7:15 a.m. Police said a 1959 Chevrolet was traveling west on Broad. driven by Ailcen Candy of b05 South Avenue C, who tailed >o yield right of way when attempting a right turn onto Velasro Blvd. South. The Candy car struck a I'JoC Bulek driven by Tliomas M. Jones of 518' i West Fourth, truveing north on Vclusco Blvd., according to the accident report. At 1:30 a.m. a parked, until tended 1940 Ford was hit by another car on North Ninth Stre.-t south of North Avenue D. Poli;-? reported that Howard S. McGuffie of 12 South Avenue C was driving lib 1957 Chuvrul.-t suuth on North Ninth and c-olliJ;\l with the Ford, owned by K. W. Sealy of 823 Avenue D. which was legally parked on the lelt siflt> of thn KtrfH>t. early a m b i t i o ns, but no less interesting. Day after day he rides with every kind of driver, including many nervous novices, but has escaped unscathed so far. However, he recalls one harrowing ride with a woman where he chose to walk back, and a scare while riding with a Freeport youth. When he was accepted by the Texas Department of Public Safety he and other new members were assigned to Drivers License School. Other divUuxis are the State Highway Patrol, License and Weight Division aod Vehicle Inspection Division. He received the same basic training given to members at all four divisions, and the opportunity to transfer to the Highway Patrnl after a year. However, he chcrs to remain in his He considers the present working post. ditions and hours better. His first three yeans were spent at the Pasadena and Houston rea. A Pasadena woman gave him liis most nerve-wracking ride. He says she was elderly and weighed ubout 250 pounds. Her husoand taught her to drive and delivered her to Sanders. She slid und?r the wheel and Sanders sat in the car's front seat beside her. She started off all right, with the usual amount ot nervous.iiss, but went to pieces as she no- prouchcd a point on the street where another street intersected it. Instead of slowing to make the turn, the woman zoomed ths i-ar across the busy street and into a deep ditch which ran uiral-; lei on the other side of Uie street. The driver then turned, roic the fur bunk momentarily, and zipped back into the ditch, up the other bonk and across the street. Sanders was fighting for control of the car all the time, but sse outweighed him and be was losing. He snatched the car keys about this time, and they came to a stop without a collision with the other vehicles in the area. Clutching the car keys m his hand, be told the woman to stay there until her husband arrived to drive, and walked about three- fuurths of a mile back to where the husband was waiting. He was only slightly shook up when another woman ran a stop' sign at Calument while driving on San Jacinto in Houston a little later. He entered a car with a Froe- port youth as driver while giving tests at the Freeport City Hall one day. "We started west in West Fourth. By the time we gut to the Junior High School the boy was hitting about 60 miles \>n hour," Sanders recalls. "I said, 'Aren't you going too fast, son?' and he slammed «n the brakes. I nearly went through the windshield and the car almost went into a spin. U took about a block to get the car stopped. Then the boy grinned and shakily, 'Guess I was just vous. You said for me to out and take off, and I did.' " Sanders cays women drive as well as men as a general rule, hut they are inclined to blow up ahead of men. Women taught to drive by nuj, bands are usually nervo js at having a stranger beslda them as they take the driver test, Sanders says. They sometimes n« Win to yell at them at their husbands do, so they will feel moro at eass. Sanders feels that their nervousness reveals their reaction to the strain of driving in heavy traffic, however, so be remains calm as usual. He does recommend that, as a rule, a wife should pick a disinterested person to teach her to drive rather than her husband, who might lack the necessary patience. About half of the applicants fail either the written or driver test the first time, and pass on the second attempt. A larger percentage fail the written test CUBA (AP) — The Castro regime tightened thte screws a little more during the night in Cuba. The government froze issuance of any new exit permits for all Cubans and some foreign residents. Tourists will not be affected and American residents leaving will not require permits I ——— terrorists and a small plant for making bombs in downtown Havana. The government-controlled radio accused US intelligence of financing terrorist operations in Cuba. unless they intend to return. At the same time, the Castro government let it be known it would not reject a reconciliation with the United States after President-Elect Kennedy takes office. , The pitch was made by Communist-tinged Ernesto Guevara who heads Cuba's National Bank. He also admitted that Cuba swappsd its 1960-61 sugar crop to the Communist Bloc for political considerations that he did not identify. , Guevara is the dedicated left- winger rtputed to be the voice behind Castro. Only recently he returned from a tour of the Communist countries. In a three-hour address last night, Guevara emphasized that Kennedy had said Wednesday he would not assume responsibility for the breakoff of diplomatic relations until he took office Jan. 20. Guevara said this declaration is important and injects a note of uncertainty on the matter. He added: "This means President Eisenhower is responsible for all and that there are certain differences . . ." But Guevara also referred to Kennedy's Presidential campaign statement that the United States should encourage anti- Castro forces. Guevara said Kennedy would bear watching. Although he did not play it up, as the big item, Guavara finally got dqwn to cases*. He wants the United States to renew trade with Cuba and above all to buy three million tons of Cuban sugar. He did not say so—but implied—that Cuba got considerably less from the Communists unless, of course, a person want- New York headojiarters today. He was meeting in separate conferences this morning with Demo- ed to count the unspecified pol- cratic National Chairman Henry Jackson and Governors Davi-3 Lawrence of Pennsylvania and Ernest Hollings of South Carolina. Last night. Kennedy conferred for 90 minutes with his secretary of state designate, Dean Rusk. Kennedy told newsmen their talks covered the wnole spectrum ot foreign affairs including Cuba and Laos. Kennedy said last night that in his discussion with Rusk he had reached some decisions on top- lex-el policy appointments. But he added that they would not be announced immediatdy. The two men talked amid reports that Kennedy is thinking of sending Averell Harriman to confer with Soviet Premier Khrushchev. The purpose would be to learn what Khrushchev when he called had in mind for improviD: Soviet-American relations. Harriman is to be Kennedy's ambassador-at-large. Kennedy gave no details of ras meeting with Rusk but changed his plans to spend one full week away from Washington before the inauguration. After spending tonight and tomorrow in New York, Kennedy (Continued On P.g. 6) tlies to Boston Monday. itical considerations. Switzarland took over protection of US government interests in Cuba last night and the handful of remaining US Embassy personnel began leaving. The Swiss envoys immediately inherited a first-class dip lomatic headache—how to secure the release of four Americans arrested by Castro Intelligence agents. The Tour are members of a television team. Charges against them were not disclosed. The Havana radio said today Cuban agents have seized six Crash Injures Angleton Boys Two Angleton boys are hospitalized following a car-scooter accident on Highway 35 east nf Angleton Friday night Paul Miltonberger, 12, of .IU3 Mulberry, had both legs broken in the accident. Terry Blackwe'J,' 14, of 1220 Taylor sustained severe cuts and bruises. Terry was driving a 1959 Coshman scooter with Paul as a passenger. The acdd»nt occurred when a 1955 Ford driven by Joseph LJoyd Vincent struck the scooifr trom the rear. Angleton Patrolman F. E. IVells said Vincent told officer le did not see the scooter. Botn vehicles were traveling east. It was raining at the time of the accident. The two boys were taton to Jie Angleton Hospital by Angle- Ion Funeral Home ambulance. Wells said charges are pending. Both vehicles were demolished, Wells said. LJ Store Burglarized y About $200 in cigarettes arid / ammunition are reported to be / missing in a Lake Jackson burg- / iary which occurred Friday night. sometime / / Police Chief J. S. "Cap" Brown/ said the burglary was report!*!/ by the store owner, A. ; B. Ferreuy Saturday morning. V,« >> Ferrell told officers he had Just " , purchased the cigarettes and adt" ' munition, and they were still fo- j \ gether in the store when they | were taken. Chief Brown said entry to the store was probably made by way ; of a rear window where a large fan is installed. The Weather Saturday, mostly cloudy with occasional rain. Sunday, partly cloudy and cool, Low Saturday night 50, High Sunday 58. , Angleton Hears Report On Road One possible route for a road between Angleton and the Monsanto Chemical Co. property was presented to about 40 Angleton citizens Friday. Ralph W. Gilbert, chairman if the Streets and High\vays Com- DRIVER LICENSE PATROLMAN'S LIFE NEVER DULL Burn! SandtTi Btjin* Driving Ttii 01 Janus Foster, 16. Clute mittee for the A n g 1 e ton Chamber of Commerce, was in charge of a meeting held at the Angleton Bank of Commerce Community Room. County Commissioner Dixie Brown of Freeport spoke briefly concerning the controversy over a state highway route to Galveston County. Emphasizing that the direct route shown is only one of several possibilities, Gilbert asked that local citizens advise as lo their feeling on the best route in terms of convenience ard economy. The road suggested would run from Angleton to a point near the south line of the dry of Danbury. to the Monsanto site. This route would follow Couniy Road 210 from Angleton to 'Flores Bayou, and then go along County Road 205. It was suggested ihat this route would save purchase of much of the right-of-way, meaning a saving of both time and money. Brown expressed a desire to help in obtaining a direct route. He said 1 he still favored the lower route to Galveston County as between the two proposals of the Texas Highway Departmeqt. Brown suggested a general meeting of citizens from all tjvvns in Precinct 1, in the hopes that they might come up with a single suggested route to recommend to the Texas Highway Department. Gilbert said his committee hopes to submit cost figures and recommendations on the dirert route to the Angleton Chamber's Board of Directors within II* next lew weeks.

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