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PAGE 10A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, June 13, 2001 Royal's "ly ifaml : Profiles in courage Continued fiom page 1A eighteen-foot wide oversize load on a fourteen-foot wide roadway was unusual. And it was required by state egulation to have an 6scort vehicle with flashing ilights and red flags. Whether the escort truck was positioned to give adequate warnirg that morning is a question that will have to be answered,in a courtroom. Glase, ow his said he did not seei_anyeseort truck. The escort driver says he definitely saw Glasgow. Despite the trauma he has suffered, Royal is vfiry clear about one thing: heGwas as Close to the "t right edge of the blackp as he dared be, because o[ the lack of shoulders on the r p.ad. mas Hight, Sr,. says if this re- port is true the hauler may have pulled over more than the four feet the load was already in- truding into the oncoming traf- fic lane to avoid the police car. The legal battle over who did what that morning has already begun, with the towing com- pany, Top Gun Transport of Athens, filing a Notice of Claim against Glasgow, stan- dard procedure when a com- pany expects a major damage suit. And there are signs Glasgow's lawyers, which in- elude one of the state's major legal teams, may be prepar- ing to launch their offensive• Hight, who declines to discuss possible amounts of damages To run off into the weeds 1. r- that might be sought, cites the dering the highway was to m- principle involved in some of ,ite possible trouble, perhaps, the giant jury verdicts against even a rollover. Glasgow be: cigarette companies? The [ieved he had allowed enough t most recent, a three Billion room for the approaching' dollar judgment against a to- load. "I thought we had enough (distance)...but something happened. Whatever slack we had was played out," he told the News in his first public omments on the wreck. The ,something" that may have happened was the presence at the roadside of a Malakoff police car. Officer Greg Hill was parked at the entrance to County Road 1300, operating radar to catch speeders• Hill ays he was parked five to geven feet from the roadway. k witness and some evidence uggests his vehicle may have been closer, perhaps as little is eleven inches from the oad. Glasgow's lawyer, Tho- bacco company last week, sets a new standard for damages on behalf of an individual. "The question is," says Hight, "...how large a punitive dam- age award will it take to cause the defendants to change their behavior? The jury may look at a company's profits and say, 'They make a billion dol- lars a month in profits. Let's penalize them three month's worth.'" Such heady sums are outside the experience of Jean Glasgow. She sees the acci- dent as something that has" disrupted everything" in their lives. Hospital bills alone, at the end of business Monday had topped $309,000. That doesn't include the doctor billsl which are expected to be monumen- tal. The stress has been "pretty hard" on the entire family, she says, especially coming as it did two years before the couple had planned to retire. Their retirement was ,not ex- pected to be fancy. The big fantasy they had imagined was probably a camping trailer so the couple could take fishing trips down to the coast. Glasgow's 33-year-old son Glenn bears some of the deeper scars of the incident. He joined Athens firemen in their attempt to remove the shattered body of his father from his demolished pickup that morning. The elder Glasgow never lost conscious- ness, though the femur and upper thigh were broken in sev- erai places. In fact, the large thighbones were so shattered that when firemen were trying to pull his body from where it was pinned they were pulling his skin, unsupported by bones. A fireman said later that if they had realized Glenn was the victim's son they never would have allowed him to participate in the removal process. While recounting the firemen's ef- forts to rescue him with the Jaws of Life, Glasgow broke into tears over their hour and a half ordeal. The "what might have been " scenario that troubles. Glasgow most is not the possible dashing of their re- tirement hopes but the horror of what might have happened if it had been a school bus con- fronting the wide load instead of a pickup. In fact, on the morning in question, a bus had picked up her two grandchil- dren five minutes before the wide load's passage. Her con- cern is not idle speculation. Malakoff schools' Director of Transportation Ed Wood says two school bus drivers have reported having to hit the ditches to avoid collision with wide loads• Since the accident on May 8,the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation has taken action to avoid a school bus collision. It has put a "cur- few" into effect, banning wide load transports on Farm Road 3441 between Highway 31 and Highway 59 during morning and afternoon travel periods for the Malakoff schools. The rule went into effect May 17, nine days after Glasgow's accident and was not in effect on the day of the accident, as was previously reported here. That earlier report was based on the statements of State Represen- tative Clyde Alexander who is chairman of the important House Committee on Transpor- tation. Meanwhile, Jean Glasgow must try to cope with changing uncertainties. She is preparing to go to work earlier soiliat she can be at the hos- pital earlier. "q'his has changed e life in the family," she says. Fortunately, her husband is a "strong man" she says, "with a high tolerance for pain". Unfortunately, this does not apply to the emotional im- pact. The nights are the worst for her husband, she says, the times when he relives his life and death struggle and deals with the demons that accom- pany his journey to an unknown future. Catde Barron's Ball 2001 kicks offJune 23rd Cedar Creek Lake volun- teers will host the third an- nual "kick off" event on Sat- urday, June 23rd, at Prom- enade Hall, 7:00-11:00, "Ce- dar Creek Lake Style." Typical of the fun loving Lake Area residents an en- tirely new program is set for the 2001 kick off event with the Cattle Barron's Ball theme of "hello Texas." Stephany Byrd, Athens resident, former Miss Texas, will kick off the vent with the Jimmy Buf- fet song "hell Texas" at 7:00. Do Not be Late! The casual dress "Cedar Creek Lake Style" is, of course€ ted, white and bluejor Texas. iI The Honorable Conoss- Pete Sessions i41 be man the Master of CeZnony and first grade tflcher/ homebuilder Vanett4Miller, Mistress of Cetmony. With this comCtation of j r these two dynamic The Honorable Congress- man Pete Sessions will be the Master of Ceremony and first grade teacher/ homebuilder Vanetta Miller, Mistress of Ceremony. With this combination of these two dynamic person- alities the evening is sure to be surprise and fun filled. Also, a stranger in black will be there with his six shoot- ers to keep everyone in or- der or jailed. We will honor Wanda Fleming, whose cancer was diagnosed in February, after • many long months of che- motherapy, seems to be re- mission and she will be on hand to offer her own can- cer testimonial. Jackie Lancaster will at- tempt to conduct a profes- sional auction with his two co-host Sessions (the "yel- low Rose of Texas") and Miller ("These Boots are t FISH .... C&HC'pH=H now available. One week notice and permit required for the Triploid Grass Carp. The Hybrid Bluegill can reach the weight of 21/2 to 3 lbs. We furnish your hauling contain- ers. We guaruntee live delivery. 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Get your advance tickets now for $30 at the Greater Cedar Creek Lake & Eustace Chambers of Commerce, Gaill's Bou- tique, Caldwell Banker, Tool City Hall, Cedar Creek Bank (all locations), Citizen's State Bank and fVWr@ malakoffnews. tom First National;Bank of GBC & Athens. Don't miss this evening of fun and enter- tainment all in the name of American Cancer Society and Wanda Fleming. Channel Catfish, Hybrid Blue Gill," Fathead Minnows, Large Mouth Bass,Black Crappie. (The Hybrid Blue Gill will reach a weight of 2 to 2 1/2 pounds. Delivery Will Be: Friday, June29 At Tbe Following Location: Southside General Store - Athens (903) 677-2973 Time: 8:00-8:45am Agua Shade and Complete line of pond equipment available... Call your local store to place your arder or call 1-870-578-9501 FISH WAGON 202 W. Jackson, Harrisburg, At'. 72432 Tan & 1 •16 SESSION 5 A $25 UNLIMITED WEEK FOR $5.00 We * Dawn Park M0000Fi, i,/[8 am-9 pm • Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 1 pro-6 pm .... 1734 E. Corsicana • 675-8898 Malakoff CoC Continued fiom page 1A only problem with this setup is that the water flow is gravity fed, and only flows when the tank is con- siderably higher than any- helpful home remedy hints for garden management. Eor water conservation, col- lect water from drains spouts, then put a dash of thing the club workers are olive oil in the container to trying to water. This means most of the watering is done by a few volunteers carrying five-gallon buckets to the plants. One of those buckets full of water weighs 8.4 lbs., says Matsy, who knows first-hand. Chamber member Bill Bauman has looked at the water setup and says it needs a $200 pump to alle- viate the problem and that the Diggers will need to find a safe place to lock it up or it will be stolen. This Tuesday the Club held " Planned Learning Tree" teacher training for teachers and other folks in- terested in teaching youth "how, not what, to think about the environment•" On Wednesday they will hold a similar session at Malakoff High School, and on July 11 they will hold one at Cross Roads School. This is an- other part of the Forestry grant agreement. The Diggers also maintain the circle flowerbed by the library and the veteran's memorial garden by city hall, and sponsor a "yard of the month" award, as well as a "beautiful business of the month" award. Matsy also gave out some keep mosquitoes from breeding there• The city requests folks water at night when demand is low, but some worry that night watering encourages fun- gus to grow on plants• Matsy says sprinkling corn- meal On the ground will prevent the fungus• Then she volunteered the information that if you soak your feet in cornmeal paste if will rid your feet of fun- gus. She said she was se- rious. Matsy says she sees real signs of community pride growing• She pointed out the large commitment to town beautification made by George Ochoa in pur- chasing and planting more than $1000 worth of crepe myrtles around his restau- ranL andby Jeff Spivey who landscaped his new carwash nicely. She en- couraged folks to drive down Woodland street to see ow beautification is spreading down that street, to the extent that residents are having abtual meetings about it. Bartlett is an- other street that is chang- ing, she said, as residents clean up, fix up, and ex- change plants. Cleaning RESIDENTIAL LIGHT COMMERCIAL Specializing in "Spring Cleaning" MOBILE • 903-521-6372 HOME • 903-451-0161 Debbie Pavazzi • Cleaning Specialist Family Owned BUsiness I . I 131-A E. Main Street Gun Barrel City, Texas 903-887-9522 103 LaCosta St. Athens, Texas 903-677-9522 I , I . , . ! , 1 1 [ i 1 lllll > "€