Glasscock County News
Volume 18, Number 07 Garden City, Texas April 11, 2012
County Delays Decision on Abatement
Meeting in regular session April 9, the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court postponed a decision on whether to grant a tax abatement to a DCP gas plant until its May 14 meeting. Clay Fowler of Capitol Appraisal in Austin and Trey Novosod, representing DCP, attended the meeting.
Fowler told the court the abatement under discussion would cost the county approximately $1.5 million in tax dollars over a ten-year period. He said most abatements are granted to encourage economic development in an area, usually in the form of jobs. Manufacturing plants are often given abatements, he said. He mentioned a wind farm in a neighboring county that was given an abatement, but employs only seven people and most live out of the county. He questioned the economic benefit of that abatement to the county that gave it.
Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann said an abatement to the DCP plant might be opening the doors for more abatements for future gas plants, and Commissioner Gary Jones noted that no other similar entity has even asked for an abatement.
More Teeth into Driveway Permits
Commissioners discussed tweaking the county’s commercial driveway permit to try and get tank batteries farther off county roads without impacting landowners. Commissioners and Sheriff Keith Burnett agree that the permits are not perfect, but are working most of the time, and both regulations and compliance will get better.
Burnett asked for and got the commissioners’ court’s approval to work with landowners where necessary to make safe places for school busses to pull over to load and unload students and to turn around.
He also asked commissioners to have signs in their precincts replaced that have been painted with offensive language. Burnett said he gets the calls from citizens who are angered by the signs continued presence.
Commissioner Mark Halfmann asked Burnett how farmers are going to move equipment along roadways in the county with all the truck traffic. Burnett had no answer except to say that he doesn’t see how it’s possible to safely move equipment on CR 125, CR 110, CR130 or State Highway 33. He added that it is not legal to move such equipment at night.
Burnett advised the court that he will be asking for a third deputy in the next fiscal year. He said, “We’re being run over!” He also said much of his department’s equipment is getting old and will soon need replacing.
Animal Control Association Helps With Predator/Pig Control Efforts
Lynn Glass gave Judge Halfmann a check for $8,900 from the county livestock association to help fund predator control. The money comes from voluntary donations from county livestock producers.
Donald Petersen with TxDOT gave commissioners an update on their regional activities, but seal coating the shoulders on State Highway 2401 was the only 2012 project in Glasscock County.
There were no Glasscock County applicants for recent TxDOT job openings.
Commissioners will get specifications together for a fire barn at the Drumright location and construction of an equipment shed at the county barn on CR 415 with the intention of putting bid proposals out after their May 14 meeting.
Saying they needed more information, the court tabled until the May meeting a request from Eco-Drip for a relay radio on the water tower in Garden City, which would help the company’s Internet service.
The court accepted a conflict of interest statement from Commissioner Halfmann, part owner of Desert Stone Quarry.
New Sound System Slated for Gym
At a special meeting March 22, GCISD Superintendent Steve Long reported to the board that a pre-bid meeting with architects and contractors to discuss the high school renovation had gone well. He said work will probably start June 4 and should be completed before school begins in August. Long showed a rendered ceiling plan for the rotunda area, with the starburst done in red, black and white, as it is now. The board seemed to agree they wanted to keep the school colors in the ceiling, while changing the wall colors.
Long reported that a new sound system in the game gymnasium will cost $13,000. The board agreed that the current system is awful. Board member Tibby Niehues said there simply has to be a way to make the sound such that people are understandable. Other board members said the school wouldn’t pay for anything less.
After a lengthy closed session regarding teachers’ contracts, the board approved 20 one-year term teacher contracts, five multiple assignment one-year term contracts, one probationary contract and eight independent contractors.
The board also raised the salary schedule for non-teaching positions (maintenance, bus drivers, secretaries, cafeteria workers, bookkeeper and substitute teachers).
Harston Resigns; T. Burnett GGCD Manager
At a special meeting Feb. 1, the Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District’s Board of Directors accepted Rick Harston’s resignation and hired Tisha Burnett as the new manager/secretary. Burnett will have a 90-day probation period and a general contract, with an annual salary of $40,000.
At its regular meeting March 20 (Allan Fuchs absent), the board directed Burnett to gather managers’ contracts from several other water districts for board review. The board wants a new contract to replace the one it has used for many years, which board members have decided has “no teeth.” After review, the board may write a contract, or have a lawyer write it.
Burnett and the board discussed an oil well which Apache plans to drill that is close to the Garden City Water System’s reserve water supply, northwest of the county road equipment barn on CR 415. Burnett said there is nothing the water district can do to stop the drilling as long as the company is within state and district rules, which she said it is.
Directors said county government and GGCD need to stand together in attempting to protect the public water supply.
Burnett reported that the May directors election will be canceled, since no director plans to resign and no one else is running for a position on the board. Directors are Kenneth Braden, Wayne Hirt, Galen Schwartz, Allan Fuchs and Russell Halfmann. The terms of Braden, Hirt and Fuchs are expiring in May.
Burnett also said the county is in a “severe drought,” according to the Palmer Drought Survey, and she will issue the appropriate notices regarding that fact.
Burnett, reporting on a recent meeting of the West Texas Weather Modification Assn., said 128 clouds were seeded from April 20 to Oct. 11, 2011; she said 11 of those clouds were seeded over Glasscock County. She said three of the associations four planes are operational, with the fourth to be ready soon. All four are currently stationed in San Angelo. GGCD pays more than $26,000 annually for its part of the WTWMA’s cloud seeding efforts.
County EMS Stocks Ambulances with Donation
Medical treatment aboard an ambulance can mean the difference between life and death in critical emergency situations. The minutes it takes to get to a hospital can be deadly if treatment isn’t administered while en route. The Glasscock County EMS recently received a $2,500 donation to stock its ambulances with life saving materials through America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM. Charles Braden, a farmer in Glasscock County, was a winner in the program and directed the donation to the EMS.
"The EMS helps the whole community and it is made up of all volunteer workers,” Braden said. “They don’t get paid for being on call 24 hours a day, so I am happy to do everything I can to help them and make their job easier."
The service will use the $2,500 to purchase supplies for the ambulances, including new batteries, medications, bandages and blood pressure monitors. These purchases will allow the service to remain in compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
"Grow Communities is an amazing program,” said Christy Seidenberger, president of the EMS. “We also received the donation last year and it helped us purchase needed pediatric supplies, and this year we look forward to purchasing blood pressure monitors."
In a ceremony held on April 3 at the school in Garden City, Braden got the chance to present the Glasscock County Volunteer EMS with the $2,500 donation.
Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:
· Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.
· The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.
· More than $352,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Texas.
· A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com.
Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Glasscock County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Braden make every day to our society.
Finely Textured Lean Beef Information
Glasscock County Extension Agents recently received the following message from Dan Hale, Professor and Extension Meat Specialist at Texas A & M.
“Agents: I have personally viewed the process of producing finely textured lean beef. It is safe and 100% beef. Its physical characteristics and make-up described in the media are misrepresentations. If you have further questions please call me at 979-587-9245. Our faculty has reviewed this product extensively.
The following is a good, accurate overview that I received from the Texas Beef Council.”
The Texas Beef Council is a non-profit organization funded by Texas farmers and ranchers. For more than 25 years, we have focused on sound science to communicate the benefits of lean beef in an overall healthy diet. Because of our commitment to educating consumers, we are providing you with this information today to present facts on a subject you have either read, seen or heard about in the past several weeks.
You have probably received a few questions or wondered yourself about lean finely textured beef (LFTB), or what the media are calling "pink slime." I can understand why! At the Texas Beef Council many of us are health conscious parents, and just like you, we want to make sure our families, school children and Texas consumers have access to high-quality, safe food. Unfortunately, as with so many things, it's hard to discern the facts from the hype. Here's what you should know and can share with anyone asking you about LFTB:
1) LFTB is beef. When steaks and roasts are cut, it creates the "trim" that becomes ground beef. The LFTB goes through a process to remove fat from the beef trim that can't effectively be reclaimed with a knife. It is then added to ground beef as a concentrated, lean source of protein. Though some media outlets are reporting this product is filler, that's not true.
2) Ground beef that includes LFTB is proven safe and supported by independent scientists, safety advocates and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). By law, E. coli and Salmonella cannot be in meat supplied for school lunch. In some cases, a small, safe amount of ammonia gas or citric acid is used in the process of LFTB, which like other safety measures along the way, reduces the potential for bacterial contamination. FSIS has reviewed and approved this practice as safe, and safety advocates have applauded it as an effective way of ensuring safe beef for consumers.
3) Processing aids like ammonia gas, citric acid and others do not appear singled out on food labels because by definition and by law, they do not affect the finished food.
4) The nutritional profiles of LFTB and traditional ground beef are nearly identical. LFTB is 90-to-95% lean (5-10% fat) and, just like all beef, is a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.
5) LFTB offers affordable nutrition for kids, which is critical given shrinking school budgets, rising food costs and the fact that for many kids, school lunch is their best chance at getting a well-balanced meal during the day.
You may be wondering if we're talking about the same product after all you've heard or read about "pink slime," but the fact is, the gross descriptions of this product and process aren't true. LFTB is simply a low-fat source of beef added to ground beef used in dishes you know and love.
There are a number of resources available if you're interested in learning more or looking for information to share, including: a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; video of the process from one of the LFTB suppliers, Beef Products Inc.; an interview and expert Q&A with Dr. Russell Cross, former FSIS administrator and current head of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University; and a "pink slime" myth debunking website.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns. I'd be happy to connect you to a number of experts on this subject.
Sincerely, Richard Wortham, Texas Beef Council Executive Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15: Spring Chicken Affair in San Angelo
Sunday, April 15th – that’s the date brightly colored tents will dot San Angelo’s southwest skyline, fryers will bubble with 9,000 pieces of chicken and musical entertainment will fill the air. The occasion is the 30th annual Spring Chicken Affair set to begin at 11 a.m. on Knickerbocker Road behind First Financial Bank to benefit West Texas Rehabilitation Center.
Tickets are $8 per person at the event or in advance at the sponsors of this popular fundraiser: First Financial Bank, H-E-B Food Store and Foster Communications. The San Angelo Restaurant Association provides the expertise and personnel to serve the Sunday-after-church fried chicken meal with all the trimmings.
For those who can’t stay and enjoy the activities, take-out meals will be
available. Also, thanks to Home Motors Towing Service, volunteers will deliver
food to homebound individuals within the San Angelo city limits who have no
transportation or have physical limitations which prevent them from attending.
Call WT Rehab at 223-6300 by April 11 to arrange for delivery.
Featured entertainment will be provided during the event by The Divas … five performers who are known for strong vocals, surprising instrumentals and a genuine appreciation for each other’s talents.
"All of us at Rehab are extremely grateful to everyone responsible for this huge undertaking and we invite the Center’s friends from the Concho Valley to come and join the fun as serving lines will be open until 2 p.m.,” said WTRC President Woody Gilliland. Events such as the Spring Chicken Affair make it possible for the Center to serve all who seek its services, regardless of their financial circumstances. For more information about the event or Rehab services, call 223-6300 or visit the web site at www.WestTexasRehab.org.
In The Spotlight
• Lane Halfmann was awarded All American Honors in livestock judging at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, placing fourth highest of more than 300 participants. He was a member of the Blinn Community College judging team. Halfmann, the son of Terry and Mark Halfmann, is a sophomore at Blinn and will transfer to Texas Tech next fall.
• Filing dates for school board positions are July 21 – Aug. 20, according to Kathy Wheat. Board members whose terms are expiring are Tibby Niehues, Kevin Hirt, Nathan Halfmann and Doug Jost. Newly elected members will serve four-year terms.
• Those who need to do business at the Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District office in Garden City should call ahead to be sure someone is there. Manager Tisha Burnett sometimes has to be out of the office, and part-time help may not be available. Burnett says office phone calls roll to her cell phone, so she shouldn’t miss calls.
• The Board of Director of the Glasscock County Appraisal District is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Appraiser. This has been a part time position in the past. The directors have decided that it is time to make this position full time because of the significant increase in the workload of the appraisal district due to legislative changes and the many changes happening in our county. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on April 20, 2012 or until the position is filled. For more information or for an application, please contact the Glasscock County Appraisal District, P.O. Box 155, 124 S. Myrl Street, Garden City, TX 79739, Ph: 432-354-2580, Email: email@example.com
• GCISD Kindergarten Registration for 2012 – 2013 is Wednesday, May 9 at 2:45 p.m. Children who will be attending Garden City’s kindergarten next year are invited to come to the kindergarten classrooms where they will be able to meet the teacher, and to participate in fun activities. Children need to be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2012 to enroll. Parents will go to the elementary office to register their children. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, shot record, and social security card. If you are unable to register your child at this time, come by the elementary office at your convenience or call 354- 2243.
• Swim lessons will be June 11-14 and June 18-21 for ages 3 and up. You can email Tibby Niehues at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 432-264-8220 or 432-354-2220 for more information or to sign up. The cost is $20 per week.
• The Gutierrez family thanks everyone in the community for their prayers and support during Alicia’s recent health crisis. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.
• There will be a rabies vaccination clinic May 10 at the St. Lawrence Church Pavilion from 1 to 3 p.m. and in Garden City at the community center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per animal for rabies; $20 for distemper/parvo, $15 for feline distemper, $5 for dewormer, $12 for Bordetella and $10 for rattlesnake vaccine. For horses, the cost is $10 for rabies, $20 for a Coggins test, $20 for distemper/strangles, $15 for flu/rhino, $25 for west nile, $25 for encephalitis/tetanus or option of one $25 shot for west nile/encephalitis/tetanus. Animals must be present; no “take home” medications.
The clinic is sponsored by the Glasscock County Extension Program Council and partial proceeds will go to the local 4-H club. Dr. Dustin McElwee of Brock Veterinary Clinic will provide the service. By law, it is the owner’s responsibility to have pets vaccinated against rabies.
• Reminder: Bearkats, Classes 1960 thru 1970 will have a reunion April 21 at the Hampton Inn in Brownwood. The event starts at 10 a.m. with a meal at 1 p.m. Individuals are responsible for making their own reservations by calling 325/641-1122. Contact Sandra Seidenberger Wilde, 432/397-2373, email@example.com or Tavie Daniel Murphy 830/303-8850 (day), 830/379-4860 (night), firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming (so they have a meal count), or for more information.
• REMINDER: Farmers can nominate a school district for a $25,000 grant from Monsanto to enhance the areas of science and/or math. The nomination period ends April 15. Go to www.GrowRuralEducation.com to nominate your school.
• Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report March 1 - 31: Wrecks – 7, Livestock/Animal Calls – 5, Medical Calls – 8, Rescue – 1, Fires – 0, Assist Motorist – 3, Arrests – 6, Other – 2, Oilfield Calls –7, Theft –7, Total Citations – 103.
2012 Major Stock Show Results
Livestock Judging Results:
• Practice Contest at Texas Tech:
The team of Brody Halfmann, Reggie
Halfmann, Rafe Royall and Bryson Batla placed 2nd.
The team of Matthew Halfmann, Peyton Royall, Allyson Halfmann and Chapman Royall was 10th.
• San Angelo Stock Show- Livestock Judging Contest:
Senior Team- Brody Halfmann, Reggie
Halfmann, Blayne Batla and Bryson Batla 2nd place
• Clarendon College Invitational Judging Contest:
Senior Team- Brody Halfmann, Reggie
Halfmann, Blayne Batla and Bryson Batla- 6th Place
From the Schoolhouse
Jr. High TMSCA Meet Results:
At the Plains meet, Garden City Jr. High placed 1st in Sweepstakes competing with 1A – 3A schools, placing first in number sense, calculator and science. Nineteen students qualified to compete in San Antonio in April.
Individual placements were:
Number Sense- 1st Team: 8th grade – Rafe Royall 2nd, Seth Miller 3rd, Hope Halfmann 4th, Carlie Hollingsworth 5th, Hugo Almazan 7th, Braeden Jones 8th, Ashlyn Koenning 9th; 7th grade – Jackson Abney 2nd, Nohemi Cardenas 4th, Kortney Halfmann 5th, Itzamara Carranza 7th, Christy Montes 10th; 6th grade – Scott Miller 1st, Kenzie Schaefer 2nd, Xalli Sotelo 3rd.
Calculator- 1st Team: 8th grade – Ashlyn Koenning 2nd, Rafe Royall 3rd, Hope Halfmann 6th, Megan Hughes 7th, Seth Miller 9th, Hugo Almazan 10th; 7th grade – Nohemi Cardenas 1st, Kortney Halfmann 2nd, Itzamara Carranza 4th, Christy Montes 6th; 6th grade – Derek Halfmann 1st, Ally Burnett 3rd, Scott Miller 4th, Kenzie Schaefer 5th.
Math- 1st Team: 8th grade – Carlie Hollingsworth 1st, Rafe Royall 3rd, Hugo Almazan 4th, Seth Miller 5th, Braeden Jones 6th, Hope Halfmann 7th, Ashlyn Koenning 7th; 7th grade – Nohemi Cardenas 1st, Jackson Abney 3rd, Christy Montes 4th, Kortney Halfmann 5th, Itzamara Carranza 6th; 6th grade – Scott Miller 1st, Ally Burnett 2nd, Kenzie Schaefer 3rd.
Science- 1st Team: 8th grade – Rafe Royall 1st, Seth Miller 2nd, Braeden Jones 4th, Hugo Almazan 6th, Ashlyn Koenning 10th; 7th grade – Jackson Abney 4th, Nohemi Cardenas 6th.
TMSCA State Meet Results:
Team placements: Number Sense 4th, Calculator 6th, Math 9th, Science 9th, Sweepstakes 8th.
Individual Results: Peyton Schaefer 10th Number Sense; Lexie Schaefer – 5th Number Sense, 6th Calculator, 5th Math, 7th Science; Ashley Halfmann – 10th Number Sense, 9th Calculator, 7th Math; Brazos Hirt – 4th Number Sense, 8th Calculator, 8th Math, 9th Science; Kadden Kothmann – 8th Number Sense, 4th Calculator, 9th Math, 2nd Science; Holly Halfmann – 7th Calculator, 6th Science; Hope Allen – 9th Calculator.
AG Mechanic Results:
GCISD students entered three projects in the Houston show, which had a total of 398 entries.
• 12' Entrance Gate — Maddie Hoelscher and Calleen Jansa, 1st in class, 4 in division, 4 in overall showmanship
• Water Well Pulling Wheel — Sarah Hoelscher and Carlie Hollingsworth, 4th in class
•1929 Farmall Regular — Jacob Dalton, Katy Multer, Cassie Hirt, Taylor Hughes, did not place in the top 4
All 3 projects received a blue ribbon for quality.
Dates to Note:
April 12 – Area Track Meet @G.C.; April 14 – State Robotics @Dallas; State JH TMSCA @San Antonio; Area OAP @ Howard College; Area Livestock Judging @ Texas Tech.
Check the school website at: http://www.gckats.net for a schedule of current events and sporting events
REMINDER: Schedules are subject to change!
Next Issue Date and Deadline
The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be May 16, 2012. The deadline for that issue is May 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: email@example.com.