60 years ago

Rugged gridders sought by Coach Bronzan for green eleven: Major football activity at Liberty this week has been the process of separating the football players and the panty waists. With a tough schedule ahead, and a green team, Coach Lou Bronzan, assisted by Jack Ferrill and Bruce Nelson, has been putting the squad through some scrimmage with critical eyes on the way in which the boys take the bumps and jars of physical contact.

"We've got some promising looking material," Bronzan explained, "but we've got to find out which boys are willing to bump heads and then come back for more. Every year, there are a few boys who turn out full of enthusiasm, and then when the going gets rough, they lose interest and drop by the wayside. With so much to learn this year, we can't lose time on the boys who can't be counted upon to give their best all the time. The sooner we can pick an aggressive, dependable squad, the quicker will we be able to start making a football team out of it."

25 years ago

Byron store proposal opposed: The Byron Union School District board of trustees will ask the county to reject plans for a diesel stop and liquor dispensing convenience store at Border Junction.

The action came Tuesday after trustees heard from parent Jerry Schweikert, who told them about the plans for the businesses at the intersection of Highway 4 and Byron Highway, north of Byron Elementary School and west of Discovery Bay Elementary School. Schweikert told the board that children catch the bus there, and parents are worried that big rig traffic in the area of the diesel stop, and motorists buying alcoholic beverages at the convenience store, would endanger youngsters.

The board directed Superintendent Kathy Himeloch to send a letter a to county planners expressing opposition to the plan.

The board also adopted a $1.5 million budget, up from $1.3 million last year.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger files

Himeloch said the increase was necessary mainly to pay for new staff as the district grows, particularly in the burgeoning Discovery Bay community.

The budget includes a 5 percent reserve, Himeloch said.

-- Brentwood and Daily Ledger news files