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(Kswqem ) by Bill Burleson USPS 859-420 crews put the big banner for Night Football Club, across Cherry Street the highway, proudly pro- Gridley the home of the Icy Bulldogs, AAA Football for 1979. C.H., and Yen Ping are about to open "Chef Gridley's newest Chinese It will be in the former building. have dieted a bit since the you will be interested in servings at the annual School Booster Spa- Feed on Friday, the 25th ... to 8:00 ... at the school. Call for tickets. Guy has some new "Cal for, his huge propane ts ... these are to replace the new ones he put on a while The cold and wet weather the sticky stuff and just rolled up and off. Better this time, Walt. letter with the Salt Lake postmark had a short message Funk Bros. Market, It read: "This is to pay which I shoplifted from about 12 years ago. If you own the store then, could see that this money gets did own it then. You (unsigned)." Also en- a ten dollar bill and five weatherperson goofed, it snow yesterday. Not that was disappointed with the ]Ongressman Bizz Johnson by Wednesday, making like a good politician From Gridley, he went to The next day he had meet- With farmers. Next week, he as to hit the far north, Mount and Yreka. says the plan to move Am- Onto the Southern Pacific line more passengers is moving But, he says, there a lot of .. it will cost a whole lot for some reason. has lost 15 pounds, and hale and hearty. We think he hard to beat in the up- ng election. Don Sullivan is gathering material for the "roasting" Dr. Adrian Sears. is invited, the only limit are only. 230 tickets .. $7.50 per head, in- es dinner, Moose Hall, 26. Get 'em at Old Roma George Hughes at Gridley yesterday to get a head on ordering the New Year for the second annual Crusade Gourmet Dinner 13. Those who last year are the best Chairman Gary Free- will announce ticket sales but, mark your calendar. won't lose all your the Rotary Club's second Carlo night on Feb- That was a hum-dinger too. Garcia, Yuba City Su- ',and candidate for Gene .* s vacated Assembly seat, Gridley Rotarians yes- short and well thought on how to finance lquent rehabilitation. ,Agency to. reorganize are the goals and general _of the Gridley Inter- COUncil? the question discussed, formal answer, by mem- planning committee try- reorganized this not meeting for the past discussed how actively pursue goals and goals. ger, a counselor High School, definitely see the IA-C take on Day," which successful last decided that planning would present to a full meeting of at a January 28 meeting Chambers at 11:30 a.m. is invited to these lunch meetings. Vol. 100 No. 39 15c Copy Gridley, Butte County, CA 95948 Friday, January 11, 1980 .. --4" DRUG MEETING - As a followup to a previous meeting, Marian Bramble, of the Butte County Drug Counseling and Referral Center, will present a com- munity talk January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Gridley High School library. Joining her will be Charles Dunn, a DCRC counselor for the Gridley area. Bramble will talk on identifying drugs and how parents can communicate with their children. Above, she talks with GHS principal Charles Nelson about the dramatic increase in drug and alcohol abuse. "Because California's kiwifruit industry has dramatically expand- ed in recent years, it is becoming increasingly necessary that we co- ordinate our marketing efforts with New Zealand," said George Tanimoto, presidentof Kiwi Growers of California. This increasing supply of fruit during a time of relatively static consumer demand has prompted the formation of the California Kiwifruit Commission (CKC). The commission will be empowered to participate in many varied activi- ties including commodity adver- tising and promotion at the state, national and international levels. "However," said Tanimoto, "in order to be truly effective in this regard, it is essential that plans be co-ordinated with New Zea- land. Since conflicts in marketing seasons do not exist, between New Zealand and California, we felt it necessary to seek New Zealand in- volvement in future marketing en- deavors." "With this goal in mind," he said, "we are hopeful that the CKC, once formed, will invite at lea~t cme reoresentative from New Zealand to serve as a nonvoting ex officio member on the board of directors." Tanimoto feels that sharing in the decision making pro- cess will lead to great under- standing between California and New Zealand growers and might eventually lead to cooperative marketing ventures. Speaking as a representative for the board of directors of Kiwi Growers of California, Tanimoto says: "tile willingness of Cali- fornia kiwifruit producers to meet with New Zealand producers and discuss areas of mutual interest will, we hope, lead to greater suc- cess for us both in the market- place. ' ' Tanimoto said all interested per- sons will have an opportunity to discuss this cooperative endeavor as well as other issues confronting the industry, at the upcoming statewide annual meeting to be held in Sacramento on February 2, 1980, at the Woodland Inn. Details may be obtained by calling or writing Dorothy Church, Kiwi Growers of California, Chico CA, (916) 345-9529. Q in [Editor's note: the second in a series of articles reviewing the decade of the 1970's as taken from The Gridley Herald files.] JANUARY English Flu hit Gridley along with the rest of California causing high absentee rates at all the local schools. At one point during the epidemic, as many as 40 percent of the students were not in classes at Sycamore School. FEBRUARY Tommiana Lynch and Dr. Claude Thomas were chosen as the citizens of the year by the chamber of commerce. The Junior Women Club received the top organization award. MARCH Biggs-Gridley Water District celebrated its 30th year in March. APRIL In April, Wilbur Mills and Jerry Sweringen were re-elected and Frank Cook was elected for the first time to the Gridley Ele- mentary School District School Board. Dr. Claude Thomas was re- elected, and Gary Rudd plus Jack Eberle were newly elected to the Gridley High School Board. MAY It was in May that the first ar- ticle appeared in the Herald con- cerning the emminent establishr ment of cable T.V. service to the Gridley area. It wasn't until 1978 that Gfidley finally got this long- awaited service. JUNE Gridley's electrical power facility, Substation A was officially dedicated by Mayor Ed Davis in May. The Gridley City Council an- nounced its intention of going into the garbage hauling business touching off months of contro- versy. After being presented with a citizen's petition the city decided to abandon the idea and recinded the ilegislation in*Au[gust. JULY In mid-summer U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Thomas H. Baker, a resident of Biggs, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Southeast Asia. 825 Libby cannery workers July 19. The strike only lasted three days and was resolved with a 5.5 percent pay hike. AUGUST The lazy, hot summer days of August were made even warmer by the heated protest lodged by the Lions Club being forced to put a fence around Goldle's Place at the fairgrounds. The fence was built and a guard at the gate carefully checked I.D.'s, insuring that minors would not be served. SEPTEMBER Even in 1973, Gridley was show- ing concerns about city growth. In September a city growth ques- tionnaire was distributed to resi- dents. OCTOBER During the month of October, a panel headed by County Super- visor Jim Ladd, discussed the im- pact of the Federal 1973 Highway Act. Fear that rural areas like Gridley would be discriminated against in favor of the urban transportation needs. NOVEMBER That Fall, a real need was taken to the Gridley City Council by the area ministerial association and with them Police Chief Howard Geyer heading a committee, the Gridley Emergency Relief Fund came into being. Problems of annexation filled the headlines in November with the attempted annexation of the 41 properties in the Ayers tract. DECEMBER The results of the city growth questionnaire were made public at the end of 1973. Most answering said they favored zoning and city planning. Landowners favored medium industrial growth and renters favored heavy industrial growth. Over tile month, the business promotion "Thank You for Shop- ping in Gridley" gave away 41 prizes to area residents. JANUARY The first rumors of a shopping center being built on Hwy 99 sur- faced in a caption under a picture in the Herald. A plan for dealing with, some of the most pressing senior citizen problems in the north state was be- ing completed by the federal government in the beginning of 1974. Some present federal pro- grams for seniors came out of this plan. FEBRUARY The City Council asked Earl to his fire chief. What followed was some controversy that ended with. the Council's apologizing to King, who then voluntarily stepped aside in lieu of a full time fire chief. A fire at J&L Manufacturing caused $100,000 damage in Feb- ruary. MARCH In a city election, Vic Parker and Bud Spurgeon were elected to the Gridley City Council. Seven area residents were cap- tured and charged with a variety of narcotics violations. This was the first major drug bust of the decade for this area. Julia Vieria and Gerald Slagle were chosen Citizens of the Year for 1973 by the Gridley Chamber of Commerce. Harold Mayfield was also hired during the month of March as the new director of public works and city engineer for Gridley. Gridley Lions were named the top organi- zation for 1973. APRIL The Gridley City Council voted Golden Feather Fair. SEPTEMBER In September, the Gridley City Council set aside $31,959 to remodel City Hall. This task was just recently completed. It was during the fall that Butte.' College's permanent campus was dedicated by federal, state and local officials. OCTOBER It was a proud moment for the Gridley Chapter of Future Farmers of America when three of its mem- bers received American Farmer Degrees. Jim Schohr, Mark Mc- Lean and Larry Waller were the recipients. U.S.S. Pueblo skipper Commd. " Lloyd Bucher was another popular Butte College speaker to give a talk in Gridley. to hire a full time fire chief in: April. The first man to fill this position was Marvin Scott, a city employee since 1951. In school news, Mary Brown replaced Larry Sweringen on the GUSD Board and Principal Howard Vaughn retired after 33 years at GUHS. MAY After much discussion, the GESD Board selected the site for a multi-purpose building at Syca- more School. JUNE In the June primary, a light voter turnout elected Larry Gillick county sheriff. In a heated GUHS Board meeting, Jack Eberle was asked to resign his board seat by a retiring faculty member due to his conduct at the recent Gridley High gradu- ation. JULY Gridley raised the tax rate by 30 cents to pay for the 7V2 percent pay hike it gave city employees. Rain in July threatened the area peach crop. Later that month "Brown Rot" appeared in 50 per- Cent of the 1974 peach crop. AUGUST The Butte College Trustees were able to decrease their property bas- ed support tax by 61 cents, which were welcome news to local resi- dents who saw all other taxes going up and up and up, Jake Walgenbach was named re" tiring Joe Whitaker's successor to the of fair for the NOVEMBER The November election saw two Chico men elected to county of- fice. Alvin Anderson was elected county assessor and Carl Morton replaced Swinney, a Gridleyan, as county treasurer and tax collector. DECEMBER Area serviceman, Verle David Holt was cited for heroism, res- cuing flood victims, while sta- tioned in Hawaii. The last Herald in 1974 reported record income for state farmers. Their gross income was $8.6 billion. Inflation had taken hold over every segment of the local economy from public employee pay hikes to the prices paid at the local supermarket. Gridley was just like every place in America at the mid-decade mark. DISASTER AVERTED - A gas pump was totally destroyed yesterday afternoon in a fire at the Quik-Sav Station on Highwa 99E. According to the Gridley Fire Department, Joyce Silva of Gridley drove into the station and. her vehicle struck one of the pumps, knocking it over. lhe wires then shorted out, causing the fire. Two city fire trucks and one county truck tO the 1:08 incident.