Glasscock County News

Volume 8, Number 7                                 Garden City, Texas                                 March 13 2002


Local Public Computer for Job Searches


            The Permian Basin Workforce Development Board, Workforce Network office in Big Spring has donated a public-use computer to the Glasscock County Extension office, which will enable county residents to find job-search services on the Internet. Job seekers and anyone needing career planning information may use the computer to access and to receive immediate job listings in the Texas Hires system, as well as labor market information, numerous related sites and an abundance of resource and planning information.

            This technology also allows a person to register online for services such as job referrals and unemployment benefits, without having to visit the Workforce Center office in Big Spring. At the TWC website, you can complete your own application and search through job listings. Employers can list their job information and immediately view applicants’ information.

            At the Workforce office in Big Spring, 310 Owens, a resource center is available with several computers, free access to a copier, fax machine and newspapers. Career transition workshops, individual testing and training information are also available.

            Anyone wanting to access job-training programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act, Choices or Trade Adjustment Act, may contact Susan Lyons at 1/800-749-8373. She will set up an interview time to discuss training assistance availability through programs for both youth and adults.

            If a Glasscock County resident is unable to drive to Big Spring for some of these services, Workforce personnel will meet with that person in Garden City. Upon request, they will also provide employee and job-seeker workshops of interest to groups in the area.




Now: Single Poison-Control Phone Number


            For the first time, Americans can use a single toll-free telephone number to reach a poison control center anywhere in the nation. Officials recently launched the national hotline, 1-800-222-1222, and applauded it as an overdue coordination of the country’s 65 separately run poison centers. Callers dialing the number will be automatically linked to the closest poison center. The new number is part of a $21 million federal effort to update poison control centers across the country.

            Centers field calls on approximately 2.2 million suspected poisonings per year, mostly involving young children. About 75 % of all poisonings can be safely handled at home with the help of a poison center aide, though 700 to 800 calls to centers each year end in fatalities, according to Dr. Alan Woolf, president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

            Household cleaners and chemicals make up the bulk of poisonous substances in homes, though perfumes, medications, and spider and animal bites can also lead to poisoning.




In The Spotlight


Wade Jansa, Taylor Niehues and Colton Schwartz qualified for the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association state meet in San Antonio April 13.  (See page 5 for participants in regional meets.)


•  Amy Hoch received a bachelor of business administration in marketing from Texas A & M University in December.


•  Michelle Fuchs and Ryan Batla were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for having maintained a 3.75 grade point average for the grading period at Texas A & M University.


•  M’Lynn Niehues, Summer Eoff, Chasity Jansa and Jill Hoelscher were recognized as Distinguished Students, having earned a 3.25 – 3.75 grade point average, for the grading period at Texas A & M University.


  Tiffany Wheat was named to the Distinguished Students list for the fall semester at Tarleton State University.


  The GCHS Lady Kats basketball team tied for the District 8-A championship and won the Bi-District title before falling to Roby in Area action. The Lady Kats are coached by Brent Kirkland and assistant coach Shana Kirkland.


  Jessica Hoch, a GCHS sophomore, was named the Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Megan Niehues was named the Newcomer of the Year in District 8-A girls’ basketball. Sophomore Leslie Jansa made the All-District team, senior Collene Cox made the second team and senior Lori Hoelscher was named to the district’s defensive honor team.


• GCHS senior Kendall Goodwin was named to the All-District 8-A boys’ basketball team, and was listed on the district’s defensive honor team. Senior Boyd Batla made the All-District second team.


 GCISD Students of the Month for February were: kindergartner Ashley Halfmann, daughter of Gary and Sharon Halfmann; fourth grader Amber Halfmann, daughter of Nathan and Gena Halfmann; seventh grader Kristen Buzbee, daughter of Darla Burks and sophomore Amanda Henson, daughter of Linda and Doug Randel.


Carolyn Sullivan, a junior at GCHS, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care June 20-30, 2002 in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Robert and Ila Ann Sullivan.


  Bonnie Braden, daughter of Kenneth and Shirley Braden, was recently accepted by the Texas Tech at Amarillo Pharmacy School, and will begin there in August. She is a 1998 graduate of GCHS.



Aquifer Water Level Tables Available


               Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District Manager Rick Harston presented the latest aquifer water level tables at the district’s board of directors’ meeting Feb. 19.

            The Edwards Trinity in Glasscock County is up 2.4 feet this year over last, and is approximately one foot above its 1983 level. That same aquifer in Reagan County is about the same as last year, but is approximately 9 feet lower than its 1983 level. Harston credits reduced irrigation for this year’s figures.

The Glasscock County Ogallala aquifer is down about 4.5 feet since last year. Even so, the Ogallala is five feet above its 1984 level. Harston says he can’t explain the Ogallala figures, but he does see a correlation between the amount of acreage in Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) and water levels. He said when large tracts of land in the northern part of the county went into CRP, the level of the Ogallala went up, and more recently, when several tracts were taken out of CRP and put back into cultivation (and irrigation), the water level has gone down.

            Harston stresses that GGCD’s water table figures are simple averages of the wells he measures each year, and are not totally accurate, since for various reasons, he isn’t always able to measure exactly the same wells every year. Graphs of the water levels are available at the GGCD office in Garden City.




GCISD Administrators Given Salary Increase


               At its Feb. 18 meeting, the GCISD School Board voted to give a 3- percent cost-of-living increase to Elementary School Principal Brad Jones, Secondary School Principal Faith Scott and Counselor Doug Connor. They also agreed to add one year to Athletic Director Wade Wesley’s contract.

            At the request of cheerleader sponsors Micki Wesley and Linda DeWitt, the board approved changes in how cheerleaders are elected. Among the changes for the high school: cheerleaders will be elected with a weighted system in which independent judges’ votes will count 50 percent, faculty votes 30 percent, and student votes 20 percent; students trying out for cheerleader and a parent must attend a pre-tryout meeting where rules and costs will be discussed; tryouts for cheerleader, mascot and flag corps will be the same day (April 4 this year). Students in these positions will follow the same rules for eligibility, behavior, etc. as participants in other extra-curricular activities. Wesley also said an answer needs to be found to the problem of students not being supportive of cheerleaders at pep rallies and at games.

            In the junior high, any student who tries out for cheerleader and can obtain a uniform will now be on the cheering squad.

            The board discussed a proposed 2002-2003 school calendar, and will vote on it at the March 18 meeting.

            Editor’s note: The March school board meeting was moved from March 11 to March 18 and will be covered in the April issue of the Glasscock County News.



Jones Wins Varmint-Calling Contest


            L.D. Jones won the Glasscock County Varmint-Calling Contest 2002 with seven bobcats, one coyote, and one raccoon. Jones also bagged the biggest bobcat, at 32 inches. He won $600 for his efforts. Fred Havlak won $300 for second place with three gray foxes, three bobcats and two coyotes, one of which was the largest, at 29 inches.

            A total of 40 varmints (7 raccoons, 11 gray foxes, 16 bobcats and 6 coyotes) were taken by 12 teams of hunters during the February event, which was sponsored by the Glasscock County Range and Wildlife Committee. According to committee chairman Butch Halfmann, the event raised $1,200, and the $300 left after prizes were paid will buy cameras for local range and wildlife research.






The filing deadline for school board positions is Mar. 20. Early voting for the May 4 election begins April 17 and ends April 30.

Terms are expiring for board members Jimmy Eggemeyer and Karla Hoelscher.


• The Community Choir, 28 members strong, will present an Easter cantata, “Amen,”  Mar. 31 at 7 p. m. at the Glasscock County Community Center. A fellowship will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.


  Open House at the school is Mar. 19 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. A performance of the one-act  play “Rumors”  will be given at 7 p.m.


  A quilting class will be held Mar. 21 and 22 starting at 9 a.m. at the Coop Gin office.  Those interested in attending should call Lana Hirt 397-2317 by Mar. 16.


  The Lions Club will hold a hamburger supper to benefit Faith Scott on Mar. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school. The price is $5 per plate, and all donations will be gladly accepted.


A county planning meeting for the Little League baseball season will be Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Hall.  For additional information call Kara Hoelscher, 397-2658.


•  The Bearkat Booster Club will meet April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss the May 14 UIL Banquet. All ideas are welcome.


 The family of Arlis Ratliff wishes to express sincere appreciation for your prayers, your visits, your kindness and your concern during Arlis’ lengthy illness. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, memorials and the numerous lovely cards and notes we have received. Your support has been a tremendous blessing.


Anyone who would like to have one of the old basketball banners that were hanging in the gym should call Nancy Hillger at 354-2350 (home) or 354-2361 (work). Or, mail a card with your name, address, phone number and whether you want a boys’ or girls’ banner to her at P.O. Box 124, Garden City. The deadline is Mar. 31. All names will be put in a hat and drawn for the banners.


 Reminder: Check the community calendar for information about time and place of meetings, school events and holidays or other community events at To add an event, e-mail or call 354-2381.


• A Project Graduation meeting will be held Mar. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ to the next B-B-Q chicken dinner, how the fundraising has done so far, and to continue planning for the big night, May 23. Senior parents and interested adults are invited.  For more information, call Deb Pelzel, 354-2562.


•  Numerous Glasscock County 4-Hers recently showed animals at major livestock shows in Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and San Angelo.




Garden City Head Start Registration Slated


Garden City Head Start registration will be April 22-- April 26 for children who are four years of age by Sept. 1, 2002.  Bring proof of income, birth certificate, immunization record and social security numbers (for all members of the household).  Applications will be taken in the Garden City Head Start classroom from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Head Start is primarily a program for four-year-olds, however, if enrollment is low, they may take some three-year-olds. Applications for both ages will be taken at this time, and the three-year-old applicants will be on a waiting list. 

            Contact Delia Pierson, 354-2413, for more information.




County Accepts Paving Bid


            Glasscock County Commissioners accepted the Reese Albert Company’s low bid of $177,457 for the 2002 paving project. The project consists of seven miles of County Road 185 ($161,434) and the parking area around the Community Center  ($16,023). The bid includes $7,000 extra for “hot mix” paving around the Community Center.  County Engineer Dan Glass said the “hot mix” is not necessarily better than the less expensive aggregate paving, but he added, “It’s prettier, and there will be less tracking into the building. However, it will need to be sealed in a couple of years to prevent cracking.” Jones Brothers had the second lowest bid ($184,398) and Van Zant Paving was next lowest ($188,992) of the five bids submitted.

            Eugene Hirt, on behalf of the Glasscock County Community Center Foundation and Community Development Committee, thanked the court for the having the bond election, which resulted in the center being built. He said County Extension Agent Steve Sturtz should be especially commended for his valuable work in getting the center completed, which he said included everything from computers to the septic system. Hirt also mentioned County Treasurer Alan Dierschke’s  “good work with caring for the bond monies raised,” and helping with other problems.

            The court, in turn, thanked Sturtz, Hirt, Maritha Blalock, and the other members of the foundation who worked for years to make the Community Center a reality. Commissioners decided to honor all these people at the county’s annual appreciation dinner.


No Problem with Emergency Lighting


            Dierschke reported that the Community Center does in fact have battery-powered emergency lighting which comes on when power fails. He said the architect demonstrated its use to him, and the lighting level is more than adequate.

The county is withholding $13,000 from contractor N.C. Sturgeon until a water leak in a bathroom wall cavity is repaired and kitchen cabinet drawers are replaced with specified hardwood, rather than particleboard. The source of the water leak is undetermined.

            The Glasscock County Animal Protection Agency gave the county $5,300 to use toward the expense of having two predator trappers in the county.  The agency’s funds are raised through voluntary assessments paid by county livestock producers.

            The court re-appointed Rick Harston as the county’s non-voting member on the state water development board.

            The court passed resolutions recognizing National Agriculture Week March 17-23 and National County Government Week April 7-13. They also decided to join the County Information Resources Agency at no cost. That agency helps county governments and state agencies exchange electronic data.

            Commissioners discussed the possibility of using the Senior Citizens’ Center rather than the Methodist Church as a polling place. Commissioner Michael Hoch said the church is really too small when there are two primary elections. He said the change would need Justice Department approval, and would require access for the handicapped at the seniors’ center.




Deadline for New Scrapie Rules is April 1 


            Sheep and goat industry folks, who own one head or thousands, need to remember that on April 1, all sheep and goats must be in compliance with the new USDA state and federal scrapie management regulations.

            “These new regulations require sheep and goats to be wearing a premise identification ear tag before they are removed from your premises,” said Steve Sturtz, Texas Cooperative Extension Agent. “It makes no difference if that premise is a ranch or someone’s back yard -- if the animals fall within the required regulation guidelines, they must be tagged,” he said.

Sturtz said the five sheep and goat classes that require tagging are: 1) all sheep 18 months of age or older 2) all breeding sheep regardless of age 3) sexually intact show or exhibition sheep and goats 4) all goats 18 months of age or older that are or have been commingled with sheep 5) all breeding goats that are or have been commingled with sheep. Whethers from either species and commercial goats that have never had contact with sheep are the only two exemptions to the tagging rule.

            “To be absolutely safe and to cut down on confusion, my recommendation is to tag all female sheep and goats regardless of age and all intact males over 18 months old when they leave your place. After April 1, if you take animals to an auction without tags, the auction will tag them with their premises tags –- for a fee,” Sturtz said.  Sales transactions must be recorded and kept for five years.

            Sturtz said, “It is very important to realize that these new regulations have been put in place for the benefit of the U.S. sheep and goat producer. We want to wipe this disease out of the U.S. With a scrapie-free designation, our producers can freely sell breeding stock on the world market with minimal restrictions, as Australia and New Zealand now do.”

            Scrapie is a fatal degenerative brain disease affecting sheep and goats which was accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1947. Lambs and kids are most susceptible. The malady develops slowly and infected animals usually don’t show symptoms until they are at least 18 months old. Symptoms include weight loss, tremors, coordination loss, swaying and wool pulling.

            Past eradication efforts have been unsuccessful. The new premise identification system will allow diseased animals to be traced back to their point of origin, a key element in the eradication of the disease. Officials predict the program will help eliminate scrapie from the U.S. by 2010.

To get premise identification number and to order free ear tags, call toll-free 1-866-873-2824. It is important to order early, as delivery is slow.  For more information, go to: or



Students Compete in Math, Science

Several GCISD students have been participating in The Texas Math and Science Coaches Association competitions. Results of the state qualifying regional meet are:

Sixth grade science: Wade Jansa 1st, Whitney Kellermeier 3rd, Lyza-Ann Lopez 5th, and Amy Multer 6th. Seventh grade science: Taylor Niehues 1st. Eighth grade science: Cory Multer. Sixth grade number sense: Wade Jansa 2nd, Amy Multer 3rd, Whitney Kellermeier 4th, and Lyza-Ann Lopez 5th. Seventh grade number sense: Colton Schwartz 4th.  Sixth grade calculator: Wade Jansa 2nd, Amy Multer 4th, Whitney Kellermeier 5th, Lyza-Ann Lopez 6th. Seventh grade calculator: Taylor Niehues 3rd. Sixth grade mathematics: Amy Multer 2nd, Wade Jansa 3rd, Whitney Kellermeier 5th, and Lyza-Ann Lopez 6th.  Seventh grade mathematics: Taylor Niehues 2nd and Colton Schwartz 5th.

Students who qualified for the state meet by scoring above the state contest requirements are: Taylor Niehues in science, calculator, number sense and mathematics, Colton Schwartz in number sense and mathematics and Wade Jansa in science.

The state meet will be April 13 in San Antonio.

At the Mar. 2 TMSCA Qualifying Meet in McCamey, the following students received awards: Sixth grade science: Halie Schaefer 5th, Amy Multer 6th.  Seventh grade science: Taylor Niehues 4th. Sixth grade number sense: Amy Multer 6th.   Seventh grade number sense: Taylor Niehues 3rd. Sixth grade calculator: Amy Multer 5th Seventh grade calculator: Taylor Niehues 2nd. Seventh grade math: Taylor Niehues 2nd

The 6th grade team of Amy Multer, Halie Schaefer, and Analisa Gonzales received the 3rd place Sweepstakes Award.




From the Schoolhouse


Junior High Boys Finish Strong Season


            The Garden City Junior High boys’ A-team finished the basketball season 10 – 3 and won the championship at the Water Valley Tournament. Team members are: Tyler Bednar, Roberto Chavira, Cade Doss, Alex Halfmann, Shawn Maxie, Cory Multer and Taylor Niehues.

            The B-team finished with an 11 – 3 record. Team members are: Jared Bradford, Doug Cmerek, Jason Flores, Cade Halfmann, J.R. Medrano, Evan Jansa, Chase O’Brien and Colton Schwartz. Jimmy Fine coaches both teams.


High School Tennis Teams Win Tourney


            GCHS won the team championships in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions at the recent Garden City Invitational Tournament. In girls’ doubles competition, Jessica Hoch and Megan Niehues placed first, Lindsey Chudej and Becky Chavira were second while Linda and Terri Branham placed third. Colleen Cox placed second in girls’ singles.

Tyler Coats and Curtis Eggemeyer placed second in boys’ doubles; Matthew Cmerek and Blake Chudej were third.






•  Arlis Dale Ratliff, 77, died Feb. 16 in Midland Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with emphysema and diabetes. He was buried in Garden City Cemetery. He was born in Lamesa in 1924 and married Barbara Lu Currie in 1955 in Garden City. He was a life-long rancher. He served in the U.S. Army and also was a Glasscock County Commissioner for four years. He and his wife served as Glasscock County Chairmen for the Howard-Glasscock Centennial. He was honored at the Old Settler’s Reunion as Pioneer of the Year.  His survivors include his wife, Barbara Lu, his daughter, Laura Maud Huitt and grandson Luke Huitt, all of Garden City.


•  Boyd Bryans, 79, a former resident of Glasscock County, died on Feb. 25 in Austin and was buried in Pflugerville, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and retired from Cosden Oil & Chemical Co. in Big Spring after 28 years service. He is survived by his wife, Reba Bryans; a son, John D. Bryans and wife Jenny of Big Spring; a daughter, Kellie Caton and husband Carl of San Antonio; a stepdaughter, Kenny Kay Stephens of Big Spring; two brothers, Edward Bryans of Roswell, N.M. and Leonard Bryans of Dallas; two sisters, Myrl Fitzhugh of Fort Worth and twin Bonnell Newland of Crane, and others.


About This Publication


The next issue will be April 10.  The deadline for that issue is April 8The Glasscock County News is published by Joe Melanie Calverley, P. O. Box 98, Garden City, TX, 79739.  Phone or Fax: 915/354-2221; e-mail: