Glasscock County News

Volume 17, Number 5                                 Garden City, Texas                                    February 16, 2011

County: Keyless Locks for EMS, VFD


                Glasscock County’s commissioners court on Feb. 14 voted (Mark Halfmann absent) to install keyless locks on the buildings which house EMS and fire department equipment in Garden City and St. Lawrence. The action came as a result of a request from Christy Seidenberger, emergency medical service director. She said the buildings currently have to be left unlocked so emergency

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.

                County Judge Kim Halfmann said this work, and repair of a water fountain leak, will be scheduled so as not to interfere with previously scheduled community center events.


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 Scotland was tabled until K. Halfmann can check on the legality of such assistance. Commissioner Michael Hoch said he was under the impression that the county is prohibited from contributing to such endeavors. The cost is estimated at $3,800 per person. The team qualified for the international competition by virtue of winning the prestigious Denver contest recently.




Attention: Glasscock County Residents


                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 Safe Place of the Permian Basin include baby shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, bath and hand towels, washcloths, women’s lotion, body wash and deodorant.

                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 Garden City, saying it is illegal according to state statutes.               

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 Glasscock County has not placed notice to the public that these [state] laws exist and started implementing measures to enforce them, my next step will be to go to the TCEQ and request that they enforce them.”



Hillger: Appraisal District Needs Space


               Glasscock County’s chief tax appraiser Nancy Hillger told the commissioners’ court Feb. 14 that the appraisal district office needs more space.  Currently, the appraisal office and tax office occupy the same space, with the sheriff’s department in the building’s two other offices and a jail booking room, which is used as office space by two deputies.

                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 Glasscock County Community Center, once again taught by Jennifer Davidson. This workshop will be designed to fit the needs of those who attended last summer, plus new participants.

                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 Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an instructor with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Lindblad Expeditions, and National Geographic Expeditions. Her website is

                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.


 Christy Seidenberger, the local school nurse and a county EMT, has been nominated for the America's Most Wanted All-Star Award for her medical service.  Voting began Feb. 14 for the eight nominees.  Go to to vote for Christy, who tirelessly and generously gives of herself, her time, and her talents to our community while maintaining a full time job, having a family, and being EMS director for Glasscock County. To show support for Christy, vote on the website.


  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.


• A United Blood Services Blood Drive will be held March 8 from 1– 7 p.m. in the blood mobile outside the school ‘complex’ building.  Contact Christy Seidenberger @ 354-2243 if interested in donating. 

  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 Community Center in Garden City. A representative will be available to discuss housing programs for very low, low, and moderate income families. Also, there will be information regarding various community program loans and grants, business and industry loans and grants, and help in applying for USDA Rural Development assistance. For more information, call the Ozona office, (325) 392-2301, ext. 4.


  Glasscock County received $11 million in program payments from the Texas Farm Service Agency during farm year 2010, according to the USDA. This figure includes commodity loans and program payments, conservation, disaster assistance and farm loans. Payments to some other area counties: Howard $20M, Midland $6M, Sterling $892K, Reagan $5M, Upton $2M and Martin $22M. The FSA delivered over $1.6 billion in federal farm program payments and loans statewide to farmers and ranchers during that time.


  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.



4-H News


  Results from the 74th annual Glasscock County Jr. Livestock Show:


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


The Garden City School Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair March 7 – March 9.  A family event will be held March 8 during open house.  If you would like to volunteer to work during the book fair, contact Randy Gartman at the elementary school office.  You may work as long or little as you like.  Come out and support your school library.


  Local winners in the annual Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board’s poster contest for fifth graders were Cade Braden 1st, Annie Munoz 2nd and Shayla Jackson 3rd.  Cade will be honored at a banquet in March where his poster with the 2011 theme “Forests For People – More Than You Can Imagine” will be on display.


  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.


Scheduled Events:


                Basketball:   Games and tournament dates, times and locations can be found on the school website at:



Dates to Note:          


                March 8:  Open House, Health Fair, Book Fair, stew meal.  Activities begin at 4 p.m.


Check the school website at: for a schedule of current events.





  Allene K. Lawson, 85, of Garden City, died on Jan. 16, 2011, in a Stanton nursing home and was buried at the Garden City Cemetery.

            She was born on Feb. 14, 1925, in Alpine, Texas and married Hugh Kyle Lawson on May 25, 1943 in Saragosa, Texas. He preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2001.

            Allene graduated from Pecos High School. She lived in Stanton for 28 years and had worked as a clerk in the tax assessor/collectors office and for the abstract company for two years each, but mostly she was a self-employed seamstress. In 1984 she moved to Garden City. Allene enjoyed reading, embroidery and crocheting. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Garden City.

            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, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2011, in Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She was buried in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.

             She was born in Moulton, Texas, to Otto and Lillian Hoepfl on March 24, 1920. She married Herbert Seidenberger in Hermleigh, Texas, in 1941, and together they had five children. Later she married H.A. Russell of Early, Texas.

            Maurine was a resident of Brown County for 36 years and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Her love of family spanned over four generations. She was an inspiration to her family and will be missed by many.

            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 Brownwood, Texas, and Dr. Steve Seidenberger and spouse Ronda of Salina, Okla.; two daughters, Sandra Wilde and spouse Floyd of St. Lawrence, Texas, and Becky Hanophy and spouse Jim of Hurst, Texas; and daughter-in-law Linda Seidenberger Reeh of San Angelo. Also surviving is Herbert Seidenberger; and three sisters, Lillian Long, JoAnn Cagle and Shirley Keen; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with another great-granddaughter expected any day.


  Mary A. Ballard Burnett of Hylton, Texas, died Jan. 15, 2011, after a brief illness and was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton. Born in San Angelo, Texas, on Dec. 18, 1934, to David and Dora Mae McGill, she grew up on her parent's ranch in Hovey, Texas, between Fort Stockton and Alpine. 

            After graduating from Alpine High School, she received a degree in education from Sul Ross State University in 1956. While there, she met and later married Bill Ballard. Mary taught in Garden City, Fairview/Wall, Snyder, Christoval and Fort Stockton schools for 32 years before retiring to work fulltime at their family businesses in Fort Stockton. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, 4-H, Hovey 42 Club and loved to entertain friends and family. Her quick wit and lively personality endeared her to all. Following the loss of Bill, her husband of 38 years, Mary wed Cliff Burnett and moved to their ranch near Hylton, where they enjoyed spoiling their grandchildren.

           Mary was 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 Fort Stockton; daughter Becky Allison and husband Will of Sonora; daughter Billie Tjaden of San Angelo; Linda Williams of San Angelo; Dee Burnett of Atlanta; son Brad and Ida Burnett of Decatur, Texas; and Lea Ann Burnett of Roscoe. Grandchildren are Hanna and David Blesing, Serena Allison, Britni and Taylor Tjaden, Lucky Hollingsworth, Zane, Keeley and Brant Burnett, Emory and Nicole Luther, Georgia, Graceland and Joey Waller; plus numerous nephews, in addition to many dear and cherished friends.


  Myrl Bryans Fitzhugh, 92, of Abilene, Texas, died on Jan. 14, 2011. A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Big Spring, followed by a private burial.

            Myrl was born July 9, 1918 in Garden City, Texas, to John Clarence and Iva Lee Bryans. She graduated from Garden City High School in 1934. Following a year of working with the family attended Hardin Junior College in Wichita Falls and then transferred to Draughons Business College. She returned to Garden City and worked for the Glasscock County District Clerk. In 1938 she met Harold Max Fitzhugh, who was the assistant county agent. They were married on Dec. 23, 1939 and he preceded her in death in 2002 after 62 years of marriage. While Max served in the military in World War II, Myrl lived in Eldorado, Texas where she worked for Elliott-Waldren Abstract Company. Max and Myrl returned to Garden City until 1952 when they moved to Big Spring. There Myrl worked at the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and First United Methodist Church. She was active at the church serving in many lay leadership positions and in organizations related to her children's lives. In 1969, Max and Myrl moved to Lamesa and became active in First United Methodist Church. Following Max's retirement, they moved to Broadway Plaza Retirement Community in Fort Worth in 2001. In 2008, Myrl moved to Wesley Court Retirement Community in Abilene, where she was a resident at the time of her death.

            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. P.O. Box 100362, Fort Worth, Texas 76185 or Total Surrender Evangelistic Association, Inc. (T.S.E.A.) 1606 Paisley Dr. Arlington, Texas 76015.


 Jack Livingston died Jan. 17, 2011, and was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas.   

            He was born Feb. 8, 1928 in Ranger, Texas to Ira and Dora Bell Livingston, number 6 of 12 children. The family moved to a farm east of Midland in 1930, later buying a property on Cotton Flat Road to farm and have a dairy. As a teenager during WWII, he worked at the Midland Army Airfield mowing runways and dodging planes. Jack left home at seventeen to work in the oilfield for Beckman Inc. in Colorado. In 1948, he transferred to Oklahoma City for three years, coming back home to Midland for a total of sixty-one plus years, connected in some way to the oilfield. When not working in the oil patch, he would tinker with all of his projects, building all sorts of unusual toys for his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

           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, Troy, Jewel, Iva May, and Mike.


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:

                The Glasscock County News is published by Joe Melanie Calverley, P. O. Box 98, Garden City, TX, 79739.  Phone or fax: 432/354-2221; e-mail:; web site: