Glasscock County News
Volume 17, Number 5 Garden City, Texas February 16, 2011
County: Keyless Locks for
personnel can get into them at any time, and recently she has found the entry door in Garden City locked, causing a potential delay in emergency response time. She added that very high-dollar equipment is unsecured with the present open system. She said keys are not practical for all the volunteers who might need them, and asked that keyless lock pads be installed which will operate with a code.
Eugene Hirt, reporting for the Glasscock County Lions Club and Historical Foundation, said the foundation wants to have some improvements made inside the community center, and asked county commissioners to approve paying for some of them. He said installing four-foot high Marlite, a wainscoting material, inside hallways and on some other walls, plus eight-foot high plywood on interior closet walls, will provide badly needed protection for the walls themselves. He said the foundation can pay almost $15,000 of the cost, and commissioners agreed to pay for slightly over $6,000 more.
Speed Limit Signs for CR 305
Fred Chaney asked the court to install speed limit signs or speed bumps on CR 305 where it joins CR 300. He said trucks go too fast to make the turn and have taken his fences down several times. Commissioner Gary Jones apologized to Chaney, saying he should have taken care of the problem before now, and that appropriate signs would be installed immediately. He said he had just forgotten to get it done.
Don Bonifay, the county’s road engineering consultant, discussed paving projects for 2011. He said costs would likely be relatively low again this year, since TXDOT is doing fewer projects and paving companies are needing work. He suggested if the county has extra work that needs to be done, commissioners might look at doing it this year. He said the cost for seal coating would probably run about $22,000 per mile, with new paving costing about three times as much. He intends to get bids out early, to capitalize on lower costs.
The commissioners’ court approved an Unfunded Mandate Resolution from the Texas Association of Counties. It asks the state legislature not to mandate to counties programs that are not funded by the state. Judge Halfmann said the state is trying to pass as much as possible along to counties in order to help solve the state’s budget woes.
Work on ‘Old Jail’ Nears Completion
Alan Dierschke reported that repair work on the ‘Old Jail’ is mostly complete, and was largely within budget. He said a huge amount of work was done, much of which is not visible from the highway. He said county citizens should stop and take a close look at the building to appreciate it. K. Halfmann said the workmen did a good job, and the building is “something to be proud of.”
Dierschke said the county’s two historic courthouses are getting closer to being listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. He said the listing is a requirement for most historical grants.
Sheriff Keith Burnett said two men have died on or at drilling rigs lately, one from natural causes and one from electrocution. He said his personnel were called to rigs for one reason or another every day last week. He also reported he has ordered hard hats, safety glasses, etc., for his department in order to comply with OSHA regulations when they go onto rigs, and rubber boots so their regular footwear isn’t ruined by the slush around the rigs.
Burnett also reported seizure of 550 gallons of red dye diesel and two tanks recently, which he will give to the county for road crew use.
He said there is growing pressure on Upton County officials to provide fire trucks for the Midkiff area, which Burnett said would greatly help Glasscock County’s volunteers, who try to protect that area of Upton County.
A request from ag agent Rebel Royall for county assistance in sending a
4-H livestock judging team (four youth and a sponsor) to
You are invited to attend Glasscock County ISD’s Open House, Supper and Health Fair March 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the school.
The Health Fair will feature over 35 health-related exhibits and booths, and activities will include an Air Evac helicopter landing, weather permitting.
Free health screenings include blood sugar levels, blood pressure, plus vision acuity and hearing. There will also be a blood drive, a scan specialist offering paid vascular screening and a Lions Club Eyeglasses drive.
Items being collected for
The 4-H Leadership Tour Group is sponsoring a meal consisting of stew, cornbread, dessert and a drink, which will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria for $6 (adults) or $4 (students).
The Health Fair is sponsored by the Glasscock County Cooperative Extension, Glasscock County Volunteer EMS and GCISD.
Vascular Screenings Available
Scan Specialists U.S.A. will be at GCISD March 8 performing nine ultrasound screenings for vascular disease or stroke. The screenings will be in the home economics room at the school from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will scan the arteries in the neck, the main artery off of the heart, the thyroid, liver, spleen, both kidneys, gallbladder and the arteries in the legs.
According to the company, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you have a family history of heart disease stroke or cancer, ultrasound screening can provide early detection. According to the company, these tests are typically not performed at annual check-ups and insurance companies usually do not pay for them unless a person is symptomatic. Scan Specialists is charging $45 for each scan or all nine for $189. Pre-registration is necessary. Call 1/800/931-4772 for an appointment.
Brown: Outdoor Burning Illegal in Garden City
Claudia Brown spoke to the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court Feb.
14 regarding outdoor burning in the town of
Brown said a law currently on the books states that no person may cause, allow or permit any outdoor burning within the State of Texas except as provided by orders or permits of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
General requirements for allowable outdoor burning, according to the TCAA [as paraphrased from materials Brown provided the court], include that burning must be downwind of or at least 300 feet from any structure containing sensitive receptors located on adjacent properties unless prior written approval is obtained from the adjacent occupant; burning shall be during daylight hours and attended by a responsible party at all times during the active burn phase; burning shall not be commenced when the surface wind speed is predicted to be less than six mph or greater than 23 mph during the burn period. [“Sensitive receptors” include any man-made structure utilized for human residence or business.]
According to Brown, state rules allow burning of household waste generated on the premises of the home. They do not, however, remove the prohibition of burning within less than 300 feet of a sensitive receptor, and if within 300 feet, written permission from all affected landowners is required. There is no allowable burning rule for a business.
In addition, Brown said other county areas outside Garden City, like St. Lawrence, would be governed only by the requirements of no burning after sunset, none within 300 feet of another home or business and wind restrictions.
Brown mentioned personal problems from outdoor burning in her neighborhood, including blowing burning materials, exploding aerosol cans, alley grass fires, fires in her lawn caused by others burning trash and her husband’s congestive heart failure condition, which causes breathing problems. She said trash is routinely burned within 300 feet of the community center, courthouse, and post office, all “sensitive receptors,” according to the law.
She suggested that the county review the materials with its attorney
and asked to be on the agenda for the March commissioners’ court meeting. She
said at that time, “…if
Hillger: Appraisal District Needs Space
Hillger said due to increasing workload, including a state-mandated mapping project, the appraisal district will probably hire another person, either full or part-time, in the future. She said a third person plus necessary computers, printers, scanners, etc. will simply not fit in the room now allocated to tax office and appraisal district work without reconfiguring the space. Such work would involve moving the counter, making it L-shaped, replacing flooring, repainting walls and relocating electric and phone lines. She said this option would at best be a short-term solution to the space problem.
She said another option would be to use the current sheriff’s office space for the appraisal district and to move the entire sheriff’s department to the vacant space in the same building, which for years was used as an apartment. She said the appraisal district could allocate “rent” to the county for use of the space. This option would require building handicapped access at the south door, which would be the sheriff’s department entrance. The current sheriff’s department secretary’s office would be used for some office equipment, a break area, as well as storage for tax and appraisal records. With the next budget year, the sheriff would ask for funds to reconfigure the apartment into offices, a booking room, etc. Hillger suggested unless the court has other plans for the apartment, it would seem to make sense to expand into that area.
She said a third option would be for the appraisal district to rent space from a third party in Garden City, off-site, outside the courthouse area. Whatever the option, Hillger said the transition needs to be complete in three months. Commissioners were to look at the apartment space soon and discuss the matter again in their March meeting.
Photo Workshop Set for June
An amateur adult photography workshop will be held June 27-30 at the
The ins and outs of camera menus and the elements of exposure will be covered, along with composition, lenses, different lighting situations and creative ways to use them. Each day will include a lecture and time photographing. Participants will receive feedback on their photography from Davidson, who will be on-site at shooting locations to lend one-on-one guidance.
Davidson is a freelance photographer and photo-educator based in
Further details and registration information will be made available in the near future. Contact the Glasscock County AgriLife Extension office, 432-354-2381 for information.
• Glasscock County Senior Citizens will meet March 1 at 6 p.m. and the fare will be potluck.
Seidenberger, the local school nurse and a
• At its regular meeting Feb. 7, the GCISD school board accepted the resignation of secondary school principal Ken Hoskins and elementary school teacher Melanie Hoskins, effective at the end of the current school year. Elementary School Principal Randy Gartman was given a one-year contract extension and a $1,800 per year raise.
• Glasscock County Little League: boys and girls ages 4-12 can now sign up for Little League. The last day for enrollment is March 8. Call Perla Garcia for more information, 354-2584. The annual general meeting will be at the community center on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
• A stew meal will be available in the school cafeteria March 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. for $6 (adults) or $4 (students), sponsored by the 4-H Leadership Tour Group. The meal will be in conjunction with the school’s Open House, Health Fair and Book Fair.
• The National Weather Service will provide weather spotter training March 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the community center. This is a free training, open to everyone.
USDA’s Rural Development Sub-Area Office in Ozona will hold an office day/
housing fair Feb. 22, from 4 – 5 p.m. at the
• Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report Jan. 1 - 31: Wrecks – 2, Livestock/Animal Calls – 5, Medical Calls – 4,
Rescue – 0, Fires – 6, Unlock Car – 1, Assist Motorist – 8, Domestic Disturbance – 0, Arrests – 3, Roadway Issues – 0, Reckless Driving – 1, Disorderly Conduct – 0, Criminal Trespassing – 0, Assault – 0, Other – 7, Oilfield Calls – 0, Theft – 0, Burglary – 0, Total Citations – 121.
• Results from the 74th annual
Top Hand Award – Matthew Halfmann. Top winners were: Zach Burnett, Grand Champion Rabbit, Derek Halfmann, Reserve Grand Champion Rabbit; showmanship for rabbits Kamie Halfmann, senior, Megan Hughes, intermediate, Ally Burnett, junior; Samantha Kellermeier, Grand Champion Steer; Samantha Kellermeier, Reserve Grand Champion Steer; showmanship for steers, Cassie Hirt, senior; Hagan Halfmann, Grand Champion Swine; Ian Schaefer, Reserve Grand Champion Swine; showmanship for swine, Lexie Schaefer, senior, Rafe Royall, intermediate, Kenzie Schaefer, junior; Matthew Halfmann, Grand Champion Lamb; Cassie Hirt, Reserve Grand Champion Lamb; showmanship for lambs, Ian Schaefer senior, Allison Halfmann, junior.
Kadden Kothmann, Grand Champion Goat; Brody Halfmann, Reserve Grand Champion Goat; showmanship for goats Reggie Halfmann, senior, Carlie Hollingsworth, intermediate, Matthew Halfmann, junior.
From the Schoolhouse
Local winners in the annual
• An enrichment robotics program is starting for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, and these students will compete this spring in the GEAR “TransFarmers” at Texas Tech. Robotics kits for this program were furnished by the school, the Booster Club and the PTO. Support of the Garden City students in their academic programs is deeply appreciated.
• Results from the Wink Invitational UIL Meet Feb. 12: Craig Wheeler – 4th Ready Writing, 2nd Headline; Sarah Hoelscher – 4th Editorial; Brandon Gartman – 5th Headline, 3rd Science. Results for Feature and News Writing are not yet available.
Basketball: Games and tournament dates, times and locations can be found on the school website at: http://www.gckats.net
Dates to Note:
March 8: Open House, Health Fair, Book Fair, stew meal. Activities begin at 4 p.m.
Check the school website at: http://www.gckats.net for a schedule of current events.
Allene K. Lawson, 85, of
Garden City, died on Jan. 16, 2011, in a
She was born on Feb. 14, 1925, in Alpine,
Allene graduated from
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Dot and Dan Smith of Colorado City and Suzie and Duane Hillger of Garden City; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Melinda Lawson of Groesbeck; nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Glenn Lawson; one brother and two sisters. The family suggests memorials to the donor's favorite charity.
• Maurine Seidenberger Russell,
90, of Bangs,
She was born in
Maurine was a resident of
Maurine was preceded in death by her eldest son, Gary Seidenberger; and
husband H.A. Russell. She is survived by her two sons, Mike Seidenberger of
• Mary A. Ballard Burnett
After graduating from Alpine High School, she received a degree in education
preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Ballard; daughter Mary
Beth Ballard; her sister, Davelyn Neidhardt; and granddaughter Misty
Hollingsworth. Family members include husband Cliff Burnett of Hylton; sister
Sixie and Charlie Davis of
• Myrl Bryans Fitzhugh,
Myrl was born July 9, 1918 in Garden City,
Myrl was also preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Edward and Boyd.
Myrl is survived by her son, Max Bryans Fitzhugh and wife, Brenda, of Abilene; her daughter, Annelle Gault and husband, Jimmy, of Abilene; grandchildren, Andy Fitzhugh and wife, Kristin, Mylia Roan and husband, Jared, Matt Fitzhugh and wife, Helen and Ashlee Johnson and husband, Ben; six great grandchildren; sister, Bonnell Newland of Grapevine; brother, Leonard Bryans and wife, Jo of Dallas; sisters-in-law, Reba Bryans and Helen Bryans; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to either DJD
Cambodia Ministries, Inc.
Livingston died Jan. 17, 2011, and was buried at
He was born Feb. 8, 1928 in Ranger,
On July 26,1948, he married Marjorie Ward, to this union they were blessed with three older boys, and then "that." The boys are: Jim and wife Denise of Austin, Jerry and wife Cecilia of Andrews, Steve and wife Cathy of Garden City, and Kevin and wife Tonia of Lubbock.
He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie of 62 years and their four sons; a
brother Bill Livingston; sisters, Glenna Cox and Nell Swan; eleven
grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents: brothers and sisters: Lola, Joe, Gerald, Iola,
Next Issue Date and Deadline
The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be March 16, 2011. The deadline for that issue is March 14, but earlier material is helpful. Send information to: P.O. Box 98, Garden City, TX 79739; phone or fax: 432/354-2221; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.