Council says “no” to phone rate hike

10 Years ago-

The recent hot weather was a major concern for the 28th annual Cowboy Gallop 5K Run.  But one thing was for sure, at the sound of the gun at 7:30 a.m. sharp last Saturday morning, it was the soupy and heavy humidity that was sure to make for a damp run.  It didn’t stop 98 5K runners from participating in Saturday’s event to kickoff the days festivities of Cowboy Homecoming at the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton.  Trying to fend off the humid weather, it was 29-year old Gabriel Lucido of San Antonio who became the 28th overall winner of the Cowboy Gallop in a time of 15:56.  “I have kept up running to stay in shape,” said Lucido.  “I like to set goals and accomplish them.”  


20 Years ago-

Jack Wisdom, president of the Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming Association (PCHA), said Monday that PCHA officers, directors, members and committee chairmen are really pleased with the outcome of the 31st annual 1996 Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming.  “Sure, it was warm but being up on the Showgrounds hill brought a nice breeze that made it very comfortable.  The people came and seemed to enjoy everything.  Yes, we’re very pleased,”  stated Wisdom.  “the Association deeply appreciates the fine cooperation it has had from the Atascosa County Showgrounds Association and the Pleasanton Young Farmers.  Their help has been invaluable. The 31st annual Homecoming was launched  Thursday night, August 15, with Alamo Attractions Carnival’s Annual “Armband” Night and the County Team Roping sponsored by the Pleasanton Young Farmers.


30 Years ago-

It may have been only a scrimmage, but if you were a Pleasanton Eagle fan, you liked what you saw.  So did Pleasanton head coach Paul Jette who saw his Eagles, outweighed at almost every position, take a 2-0 scrimmage victory over the Hondo Owls.  The only score of the night came in the third period of the controlled scrimmage was held on Friday at Owl Stadium after it was canceled on Thursday due to thunder and lightening that lasted for over an hour at Hondo.  “Its been a long time since I’ve seen a Pleasanton Eagle team play against Hondo the way these kids played tonight,” said Richard Porter, an Eagle parent and supporter.  It was a good old fashioned defensive battle with both teams evenly matched, if there was a difference in the two teams, it was the Eagle passing game.  It clicked better than Hondo’s.      


40 Years ago-

Cowboy Homecoming Queen candidates Paula Bezoni, Sue Brown, Kim Farrer, Denise Goddard, and Teresa Sotello, and Chamber of Commerce Duchess Dana Bowman, learned last week that being a member of “royalty” meant more than just smiling and waving to the crowds at parades.  These young ladies, one of whom will be crowned Queen of the Cowboy Homecoming next Thursday night at the Jaycee Rodeo, spent a very informative, plus a pleasant afternoon learning how to conduct themselves while representing Pleasanton at different courts and parades which they will attend throughout Texas.  Mrs. Juanita Taylor, general chairman of the Miss South Texas Pageant which is held each year in Seguin, Texas, accompanied by Miss South Texas, Karen Ann Luddeke, and Eyvette Warnneche, fashion coordinator of San Antonio, visited with the girls in the home of Judy Wilkerson.  Also there to advise the girls were Cindy Bradham and Sally Starr, who as members of the Young Woman’s Club of Pleasanton, have charge of the Cowboy Homecoming Coronation, and Mary Schwerke, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.


50 Years ago-

Pleasanton school trustees last night approved a $1,002,571 operating budget for Pleasanton school in 1966-67.  Aside from capital outlay, expenditures will be up slightly more than $40,000 over last year, according to Irwin Glasser, president of the board.  Supt. Drew H. Reese called in a “tight budget”, “I think we’re operating in the most economical manner possible,” he said, “and it may be that we’ve skimped a little bit too much.”  It is indeed a tight budget. Expenditures will exceed revenues and only by using an approximate $40,000 balance now available will the schools finish in the black-by $583.  The trustees set a tax rate of $1.80-the same as last year-with $1.40 of the rate going for maintenance and operation and .40 earmarked for debt retirement.  


60 Years ago-

No phone rate increase…So agreed the Pleasanton city council Tuesday night by a 2-0 vote.  The council had spent an hour-and-a-half debating the merits of the telephone company’s request for its fourth rate increase since 1948.  Ald. Richard Wehman brought an abrupt end to the negotiations when he moved that no increase be permitted.  “You mean tonight?” asked Mayor Gene Winn.  “I make a motion not to give the telephone company a raise. Period,” Wehman said.  C.C. Bradshaw, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. troubleshooter, protested that such action would be “a pretty stringent thing,” He insisted that it would, in effect, bar the telephone company from future negotiation.  “I make a motion that we don’t grant the raise,” Wehman repeated.  He got a second to the motion from Ald. Johnnie Butler, who had declared that there were “4,000 reasons” why he wasn’t in favor of a rate increase-he was referring to the population here as begin solidly opposed to any rate hike.


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