Bright and Brief
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Band director James Patton admits he was caught in a bribe, and his feet paid the penalty.
Patton and his assistants, Douglas Fletcher and W. Marty Johnson, had promised their Southmont Junior-Senior High School band students they would walk home if the group did better in the Indiana State Fair competition than last year’s seventh place showing.
They did, placing fifth.
And so did Patton, Fletcher and Martin - 25 miles’ worth.
″It was a spontaneous bribe,″ said Patton, 48. ″The kids had worked hard all summer, so since they did some walking for us, I thought we’d do some walking for them.″
The teachers started their hike along Indiana Route 136 near Brownsburg at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and walked all night. Band booster president Roger Beach drove alongside, warning of approaching cars.
When the weary group arrived at the school shortly before 1 p.m., guess who met them? A large crowd of townspeople, students waving flags, and, of course, the proudly blaring band.
″I feel really good,″ Patton said Thursday. ″When we got home we soaked a little bit. We were so proud of our kids that any soreness is worth it.″
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) - A tired truck driver who pulled over to take a nap awoke to find his cargo had gotten up and walked away.
Chelan County sheriff’s officials stood by Thursday morning, waiting for animal control officers to round up 10 head of cattle that someone apparently released from the truck about 2 a.m. as driver Randolph Moser slept, said dispatcher Eileen Noble.
Deputies managed to herd an 11th animal back into the truck, which was taking the animals to a meat company in Snohomish. The others gathered in a pasture and orchard behind a home, she said.
Before they were directed to one place, dispatcher Joe Vanlandingham said calls came in from all over town reporting cattle in people’s yards.
GURLEY, Neb. (AP) - Don’t think that the work’s all done now that Mary Egging’s youngest child is about to finish high school. She’ll keep busy with her newsletter, whose circulation is the rest of her 16 kids.
Mrs. Egging sent her oldest child, Mary Ann, off to school for the first time 36 years ago.
On Monday, her youngest son, Philip, heads to St. Patrick’s High School in Sidney for the last time. Philip is the last of Ted and Mary Eggings’ children to graduate from St. Patrick’s.
When the family had 14 children at home at one time, Mrs. Egging said, she had to limit them to one school activity each.
Now that she has some time to do some things for herself, she spends time putting together a newsletter of six to eight pages every couple of months to relay family happenings to her three college students and the rest of the children out on their own.
FAIRFAX, Calif. (AP) - It’s a real break for the animal abandoned at the Peninsula Humane Society - but for Victoria and Richard Bicardo, it’ll just mean one more alligator in their bedroom at night.
″When the lights are off at night, we can hear them thrashing around,″ said Mrs. Bicardo, who with her husband adopted the abandoned baby gator to join their two young reptile pets.
She said she never felt uneasy about sleeping so near the golden-eyed creatures, adding that gators are indifferent to humans, except at feeding time.
Humane Society officials said they picked the Bicardos out of 50 callers expressing interest in adopting the three-foot-long animal because of the couple’s ″passion and commitment″ to alligators.
Local aquariums didn’t want the gator that was abandoned last week; they said they have enough.
The three gators now enjoy a 10-foot wading pool while they wait for their keepers to complete an extensive outdoor moat and an 8-by-30-foot indoor aquarium.