Glasscock County News
Volume 18, Number 11 Garden City, Texas August 15, 201 2
County Accepts Bids; Discusses New Budget
Meeting in special session July 30 (Mark Halfmann absent), Glasscock County’s Commissioners’ Court accepted a $91,000 bid for a fire department/EMS barn in the Drumright area. The turnkey bid was from Metal Solutions (Tyler Bradley) of Big Spring. The other bids submitted were from JW&T Inc. ($92,893) and Ivy Metal Buildings ($135,000).
A water truck cab and chassis will be purchased from Roberts Truck Center of San Angelo for $89,200. Roberts also will supply a single axle 6 to 8-yard dump truck for a price of $79,400. County Treasurer Alan Dierschke estimated total costs for the two vehicles, after full outfitting will be approximately $194,000.
County’s Valuations Approach $3 Billion
With taxable valuations of $2,987,680,175, County Judge Kim Halfmann and County Treasurer Alan Dierschke designed a budget using a projected tax rate of 22 cents per $100 valuation (down from the current 30 cents) as a basis for work on the 2012-2013 budget. At that rate, estimated revenue will be more than $7 million, up from slightly less than $5 million last year. Expenditures will total approximately $6 million.
The projected budget includes a $250 per month ($3,000 annual) salary increase for all full-time employees. Part-time employees will get a raise of $1.44 per hour. Commissioners are hopeful that the raise will make the county more competitive with the oil field – at least enough to help keep current employees. Extension employees, whose salaries are primarily paid by the state, will get a raise of $125 per month.
Dierschke explained that because the county uses bi-weekly pay periods, once every seven years, there is an extra pay period. That will happen this year, and there will be 27 pay periods in the new fiscal year rather than the usual 26. Dierschke said the extra pay period makes salaries look larger than they actually are for this year.
Expenditures Expected to Rise
Work on the new budget is not final, but there are probably going to be several notable increases in expenditures. For example, the sheriff’s department will need not only another salary and benefits, but also an additional vehicle and more equipment for its third deputy. So, the sheriff’s department budget has increased from $318,000 to $526,000. Also, jail expenses have increased due to more traffic, more arrests, and more local jail time, increasing the jail budget from $36,000 to $50,000.
A little-known county expense is that for autopsies. Judge Halfmann said since 1981, the county averaged two deaths per year, which required autopsy until recently. County Clerk Becky Batla said her office has certified 11 deaths since January this year.
Road Repair, Maintenance Expensive
Everyone knows what a beating county roads have been taking for the last three to four years, and that is reflected in projected expenditures as well. The budget for the maintenance barn and yard expense has been tentatively raised from $10,000 to $75,000; road-building materials are expected to cost $150,000, up from $100,000; $20,000 is estimated for road signs, to replace many as required by the state.
But the largest increase will likely be in the seal coat and paving budget. The county has, for several years, budgeted for 20 miles of work annually, but the thinking now is that 30 or more miles annually may be necessary, taking that budget up from $500,000 to $1 million.
The county’s Indigent Health Care fund, set according to a percentage of ad valorem taxes according to state regulations, will be approximately $526,000. If not used for health care of indigent individuals, this money rolls into the general operating fund at the end of the fiscal year.
GCISD Gives Gas Plant Abatement
Meeting in regular session Aug. 13, the GCISD school board (Tibby Niehues absent) voted to create a DCP Midstream Reinvestment Zone and to give tax abatement to DCP for a gas plant they are constructing near Highway 87 in northeastern Glasscock County. According to Moak, Casey and Associates, an Austin firm specializing in school finance, which recommended the board approve the abatement, the school district’s agreement with DCP is solid and the district stands to lose no money. Their figures project a $345,000 tax benefit to the school and a $1.5 million tax benefit to DCP over 15 years.
The school also has abatement agreements with Airtricity Panther Project (projected to give the school tax benefits of $9 million and the company benefits of $13 million over 15 years) and Crosstex Permian (projected at school benefits of $353,000 and company benefits of $1 million over 15 years).
“A Generation of Test Takers”
The board approved a resolution concerning high stakes, standardized testing in Texas public schools. Superintendent Steve Long said the resolution was formed over a period of four years, and has been passed by 580 school districts. It is directed to the state legislature and states in part: “…the over reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessment of learning that really matters in the state and federal accountability systems is strangling our public schools and undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive on a global stage.......
“…we commend Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education, for his concern about the overemphasis on high stakes testing that has become ‘a perversion of its original intent’ and for his continuing support of high standards and local accountability.”
The resolution further calls on the Texas Legislature to “reexamine the public school accountability system in Texas and to develop a system that encompasses multiple assessments, reflects greater validity, uses more cost efficient sampling techniques … and more accurately reflects what students know, appreciate and can do in terms of the rigorous standards essential to their success, enhances the role of teachers as designers, guides to instruction and leaders, and nurtures the sense of inquiry and love of learning in all students.”
GCHS Eliminates Semester Testing
Along the same lines, while discussing the few changes to the GCISD student handbook, Secondary School Principal Gary Jones said he is eliminating semester tests. He said, “We are testing these kids to death.” Without the semester tests, teachers would get five more days each semester for instruction. He said in addition to semester tests, state/federal mandates now require 15 end-of-course tests.
Long commented, “We are creating a generation of test takers; we need problem solvers.”
Jones said he has also added that a student must attend GCHS for a minimum of four semesters in order to be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian. He said otherwise, it is possible for a junior or senior transfer student with very high grades from another school with unknown standards to qualify. He said it’s best to put the rule in place before a problem presents itself. Under the new rule, such a transfer student would be allowed to be recognized as an honor student.
Jones said all changes to the Student Code of Conduct were legal issues, like language regarding bullying and harassment.
The board approved both the student handbook and code of conduct as well as the faculty handbook with no changes and the adjunct faculty request. Long emphasized that adjunct faculty (AgriLife Extension personnel) must adhere to the same standards as regular teachers.
Garden City, Grady Top Area Schools in AYP Testing
School Counselor Tracy Spencer presented Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) testing results, saying that Garden City and Grady were the only schools in the area that met the federal school rating system guidelines. Spencer said faculty and students are to be commended for this accomplishment. AYP evaluations for each school district can be found at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ayp/2011/index.html
After discussion with Athletic Director Matt Odom to clarify some points in the new athletic policy, the board approved it as written. Odom reported that 39 boys are playing football. He said he is trying for three teams, freshman, JV and varsity. He hopes to have 10 games for each, but can’t be certain of that at this point.
In other action, the board approved a school housing rental agreement and a technology maintenance agreement with Musketball Technology of Odessa. Long said the cost is $75 per hour and they are on site 20 hours weekly, more if necessary.
Proposed County Tax Rate Set
The Glasscock County Commissioner’s Court (Gary Jones absent) voted Aug. 13 to set the proposed tax rate for the next fiscal year at 22 cents per $100 valuation, well above both the effective rate of .138966 cents and the rollback figure of 15 cents. Currently, the rate is 30 cents. Public hearings will be held on the proposed tax rate and county budget Monday, Aug. 27 at 8 a.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Both will be in the courtroom of the county courthouse in Garden City.
The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Glasscock County last year was $53,382. Based on last year’s tax rate of .30 cents per $100 valuation, the tax on that home was $160.14. The average taxable of a residence homestead this year is $58,038. At the effective tax rate this year of .138966 cents, taxes on this residence would be $80.65; at the proposed tax rate of .22 cents, the tax on that residence would be $127.68.
County Judge Kim Halfmann said she believes it is important to build reserves for the future now, while valuations are at an all-time high. She said county expenses are rising, especially those for road repair and maintenance. She said that trend will increase still more in the future. She said most of the county’s tax dollars come from oil and gas companies, much of which will be used to rebuild the roads those same companies are tearing up. She said the oil/gas activity will eventually plateau and decline in time. She said, “We need to be careful with our tax money, and we need to take care of things while we can.”
Plains Secures County Waiver
Plains Pipeline, L.P. asked for and got a waiver of Glasscock County’s requirement that pipelines be cased when they pass under county roads. The line will be a 12-inch steel trunk line, originating in Reagan County and carrying crude oil. Plains representative Wayne Roberts explained that research has shown that, for metal lines, casing actually causes more problems than it solves, for a number of reasons. He said most entities now are not requiring casing when the pipeline is metal. If the line were poly, it would require casing, he said. He mentioned railroads and TxDOT, as well as Midland and Reagan counties as examples of those that have increased depth requirements and have dropped casing.
After discussion, commissioners decided to allow Plains to use uncased bores under county roads at five locations at a minimum depth of six feet below the lowest point in the bar ditch.
Judge Halfmann reported that Eco-Drip has decided to use other means than a requested relay mounted on the county’s water tower for their Internet needs. (The court had never voted on the matter.)
Landfill Matters Unclear
Regarding space availability at the county’s north landfill, Judge Halfmann said the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) has no record of Glasscock County ever having filed a site operating plan. She said one will have to be written before the county can move forward on landfill matters, including whether to give M & M Disposal permission to use the facility.
She also reported there is no recorded deed showing that the landfill acreage was donated to the county. A survey and an appraisal are in the works, along with efforts to determine who owns the property adjacent to the landfill.
Halfmann said she and Christy Seidenberger, emergency program director, have worked out a plan by which the county’s volunteer EMS personnel will be paid a $50 stipend for every two runs they make. The money will be paid quarterly, with Seidenberger reporting runs to County Treasurer Alan Dierschke. It is projected that by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, there will have been 150 ambulance runs; three EMT’s are required on each run.
Glasscock County will once again pay part ($6,000) of the DPS secretary’s salary, currently paid by Howard County. That amount will probably increase to $11,000 next year if the DPS manages to get more troopers on staff and to provide more assistance in Glasscock County. The salary assistance was cut some time ago, when commissioners felt we were not getting our money’s worth from the DPS. But she said each wreck and each fatality here requires that paperwork go through the DPS office in Howard County. Commissioners agreed that we need to pay our share.
Halfmann said Glasscock County accounts for 27 percent (60) of the traffic accidents (223) in the four-county DPS district (Howard, Glasscock, Sterling and Coke).
‘Glasscock County Not Above the Law’
Halfmann said, regarding the DPS issuing tickets to locals, “Glasscock County is not above the law. We all need to slow down; it’s dangerous out there!” She said she is doing all she can to pressure TxDOT and the DPS to help make our roads safer.
Halfmann questioned some budget items during a budget workshop, stressing the need for fiscal responsibility from all county departments. She said, as the county’s chief financial officer, she is charged with seeing that tax dollars are spent carefully. As part of that oversight, she plans to take a closer look at some expenditures, such as those for travel, to be sure proper guidelines are in place.
Halfmann confirmed that Warren Multer, the county’s entomologist, is retiring in March 2013 and said she is encouraging the Extension Service to provide a replacement for him.
In other action, the commissioners’ court: accepted the certified tax appraisal roll, approved sheriff’s and constable fees (unchanged), approved road and bridge fees (unchanged) and accepted the annual tax assessor/collector’s report.
GGCD to Collect $50 Per Well Deposit Again
The Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District will begin immediately to collect the $50 refundable deposit per well permit that its rules stipulate. The deposit is to be paid when the well permit is applied for prior to drilling and is refunded when the driller’s log for the well is provided to the district. The decision to re-enforce the deposit rule was made at the GGCD’s regular board meeting July 17 (Wayne Hirt absent).
GGCD Manager Tisha Burnett said the deposit hasn’t been collected in about two years, and resulting in fewer drillers’ logs being filed with the district. She said the deposit serves as an incentive to get the driller’s logs turned in.
Burnett reported that work regarding a dispute between two landowners regarding well spacing in northern Glasscock County is ongoing. She said she is supplying all pertinent information to both parties and hopes a resolution can be found.
Burnett told board members that the next budget will need a substantial increase in funding for water sample testing, since so many samples are being taken and the cost has risen to $60 per regular analysis. The district doesn’t charge for the testing, so long as individual requests are not excessive.
The board approved the 2012-2013 renewal rate for Burnett’s medical insurance, which reflects a $25 per month increase to $562.90. Burnett said dental insurance for her and her family actually decreased $3.32 per month to $63.20, which she pays herself.
Burnett reported that the district should be able to close on the purchase of the office building at the board’s August 21 meeting. She said James Cypert’s attorney is preparing papers for the transaction.
Burnett said there have been several inquiries about rental of the office space next to the water district and she is making a list of interested parties. When the water district officially owns the property, necessary cleaning and refurbishing will be done and a price set for rental.
• Deanie Craft thanks everyone for the cards, calls and prayers after her recent hip surgery. She reports that her recovery is going very well and she will not need to have rehab. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
• Glasscock County volunteers will be honored with an appreciation meal Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Community Center. County commissioners will prepare the meal and door prizes will be given. All community volunteers and a guest are invited.
• Glasscock County Volunteer EMS welcomes our newest member, Christie Dyer, Paramedic.
• Bryan Porter is the county’s newest sheriff’s deputy, replacing Manny Aguilar. A trained dog handler, he will be in charge of Ducks, the county’s drug dog.
• Families with loved ones buried in the Garden City Cemetery are urged to maintain their gravesites. The county provides mowing in the cemetery itself, but cannot always control grass and weeds inside plots. Weeds, such as grass burrs, spread and become a serious problem quickly, especially after a rain. Call Joe Calverley (354-2221) or Kim Halfmann (354-2639) for more information.
• GCISD’s school board will hold a budget workshop Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. in the school’s boardroom. The session may conclude with a trip to Midland to view a house constructed by a builder the school is considering for its planned house construction project.
• A public hearing to discuss GCISD’s proposed budget and tax rate for 2012- 2013 will be Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. in the boardroom.
• Attention all Glasscock County residents…..Have you ever thought about becoming an EMT? Now is your chance! An EMT Basic course will be starting soon in Garden City. There will be an informational meeting with Howard College representatives on Monday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Glasscock County Community Center. Class times and dates will be decided by the class participants. For more information, contact Christy Seidenberger.
• The next meeting of the Glasscock County Senior Citizens will be Sun., Aug. 19 from 2-6 p.m. with finger foods as the fare. They will also meet Tue. Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. Bar-B-Que brisket will be provided, so bring a dish to compliment.
• Filing deadline for school board positions is Aug. 20. Board members whose terms are expiring are Tibby Niehues, Kevin Hirt, Nathan Halfmann and Doug Jost.
Through Aug. 13, the following have filed as candidates for the GCISD school board: Jamie Walker, Tana Halfmann, Darrell Halfmann, Nathan Halfmann and Doug Jost. Newly elected members will serve four-year terms.
• REMINDER: GCHS Classes of 1987-1997, MARK YOUR CALENDARS! A Class Reunion is planned for the weekend of Sept. 7 – 8 for the graduates, faculty and families of all who attended GCHS during the years 1987 – 1997. GCHS will host a home football game on Fri., Sept 7 and a dinner with dance will be held Sept. 8 at the Glasscock County Community Center. The cost will be $20 per person starting with a social hour at 6 p.m., a Kenny Blanek catered meal at 7:30 followed by a dance. Contact Christy Carlton Seidenberger (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jamie Glass Walker (email@example.com) or Charlene Schraeder Belew (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. RSVP and $20 per person can be sent to GCHS REUNION c/o Christy Seidenberger, P.O. Box 88, Garden City, TX 79739. Please spread the word!
• Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report July 1 - 31: Wrecks – 17, Livestock/Animal Calls – 4, Medical Calls – 10, Rescue – 1, Fires – 5, Assist Motorist – 9, Arrests – 2, Other – 20, Oilfield Calls –1, Theft –0, Total Citations – 176.
• County Judge Kim Halfmann reports that San Angelo ISD has sent a letter to its principals, coaches and teachers advising that, due to dangerous driving conditions, no school vehicle transporting students will be allowed to travel State Highway 158 west of San Angelo.
Plan Now for By-Mail Voting in General Election
There are several reasons why some voters might want to cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election by mail rather than in person: 1) expected absence from the county (college students, travelers) 2) having some disability 3) being 65 years of age or older or 4) being confined in jail.
One must apply for a by-mail ballot. Request an application from the Glasscock County Clerk’s Office (phone: 432/354-2371, email: email@example.com. The first day to apply for a by-mail ballot is Sept. 7. Applications must be received back in the clerk’s office by Oct. 30.
Ballots will be mailed to you and must be received back in the clerk’s office by Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012.
Be sure to allow for the time required for postal delivery back and forth for both applications and ballots.
School Adds Faculty, Staff
The GCISD board at its meeting Aug. 13, voted to hire Bryce Meador, Kelsey Frymire and Beverly Hawthorne as teaching/coaching faculty, and Anna Rodriquez as an aide.
Meador holds BA in Criminal Justice and Spanish from Hardin-Simmons University (2009). He previously taught and coached in Water Valley. Meador’s coaching assignments are as head powerlifting coach and assistant with football and track.
Frymire earned an MS in Exercise and Sports Science (sports management) in 2012 from Texas Tech University. She received her BS in Kinesiology (exercise science) from Angelo State University. Frymire will be an assistant coach for cross-country, girls’ basketball and track.
Hawthorne, who will teach 3rd grade, graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. Her teaching experience was in Leander ISD.
The board accepted Alonzo Garcia’s resignation.
Tips for Battling Mosquitoes From AgriLife Expert
“Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease are a major problem in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex this summer,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist at Dallas. “This is one of the worst years we’ve seen in north Texas for the mosquito-borne disease called West Nile virus, and the season is far from over. As of the first week in August, over 160 cases of the disease have been reported from Dallas County alone.”
Merchant advises Texans to be aggressive in dealing with the blood-sucking critters. As a first line of defense when going outdoors, especially at dusk or early morning, everyone should use insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET, IR-3535, picaridin or lemon oil of eucalyptus, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
But that’s not all. There are some practical steps everyone can take to further reduce mosquito risk around the home, he said.
"The first step is to make sure mosquitoes aren’t breeding on your own property,” he said. “It only takes a little water standing for a week or so to breed mosquitoes. And even without rain, stagnant water can come from shrinking ponds or creeks, irrigation water, or even washing the car.
"Some of the most common places to find standing water this time of year are in water catch basins, storm drains, flower pot dishes, untended water features and neglected swimming pools. After a summer shower, make sure you don’t have small containers, wheelbarrows or even children’s toys holding water.”
Merchant said standing water in catchment basins, ditches and other hard-to-drain sites can be treated with an insect growth regulator containing methoprene or the bacterial insecticide Bti. These insecticides are safe for the environment and come in dissolvable doughnut, briquettes or granular form.
"We usually don’t worry much about fish ponds, streams or creeks, because fish usually take care of the problem there,” he said. Once possible breeding sites are eliminated, Merchant said there are several options for eliminating mosquitoes that still find their way into the yard.
"Knowing how mosquitoes behave and using the right products can make your home safer, inside and out,” he said.
He said mosquitoes spend most of their time during the day in shady resting sites around the backyard. So treating sites like tall grass, shrubs and trees, as well as shaded eaves, walls and especially doorways of the house can provide significant mosquito suppression.
"When you treat shaded doorways you can eliminate those mosquitoes that often get swept into the house when people come and go. These are some of the worst offenders because people don’t generally wear repellents indoors,” Merchant said.
Pump-up and hose-end sprayers and aerosol cans for backyard use can also be used to treat trees, shrubs and ground cover where mosquitoes rest during the heat of the day. Merchant said to look for products that promise multi-week control. Insecticides containing lambda-cyhalothrin, deltamethrin and cyfluthrin are good choices when the goal is long-term mosquito control.
"I’m not usually a fan of using broadcast pesticide applications in the backyard, but mosquitoes are serious business, especially this year,” he said.
If you don’t like the idea of treating yourself, and mosquitoes are a problem, another option is to hire a pest management company. Professionals have the tools and knowledge to apply insecticides properly and to successfully control mosquitoes.
If you choose to do it yourself, Merchant advises reading and following the pesticide label directions carefully. “If you wear the recommended gear, and apply when and where the label says, you can do your own mosquito control safely. All landscape sprays should be applied in the evening or early morning before bees and butterflies are active. Don’t spray insecticides on windy days or when rain is expected.
For more information on mosquitoes and their control see: http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu. To learn more about pyrethroid pesticides used in mosquito control see: http://citybugs.tamu.edu/2012/02/20/using-pyrethroids-safely/.
From the Schoolhouse
Dates to Note: Aug. 17 – Football scrimmage, varsity and JV, Loraine @GC, 6 p.m.; Aug. 27 – First day of classes; Aug. 31 – Meet the Bearkats, 7 p.m. at the football field.
Check the school website at: http://www.gckats.net for a schedule of current events and sporting events
REMINDER: Schedules are subject to change!
Texas 4-H Congress: Glasscock 4-H Club members, Colton Belew and Kadden Kothmann, participated in the Texas 4-H Congress in Austin. A statewide bi-annual 4-H event, the Congress is one of the premiere leadership and citizenship experiences open to senior 4-H members. Congress immerses 4-H’ers into the law making process, from identifying, researching, writing, presenting and debating potential legislation, which affect the citizens and communities where 4-H members live. Congress engages 4-H members in understanding the importance of having a voice, sharing their opinions, speaking in front of others and compromising. 4-H members gain a greater understanding of the history of Texas, the legislative process and stronger leadership skills. As a participant, Kadden served as a member of the House of Representatives, and Colton was the Sergeant-at-Arms in the House. Charlene Belew served as an adult chaperone. More information can be obtained through the Texas 4-H website at http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/txcongress.
District 6 4-H Record Book and Outstanding Award Results: Four Glasscock 4-H Club members competed on the district level with their record books. The primary purpose of a young person completing a record book is to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves in the future. A secondary benefit is to prepare young people for the process of completing quality academic scholarship applications. Results included:
Chapman Royall – Senior Swine 1st, Kadden Kothmann – Senior Goats 2nd, Matthew Halfmann – Intermediate Goats 1st, Claire Fuchs – Junior Rabbits 1st. Matthew was received the District 6 4-H Outstanding Intermediate Boy Award. More information regarding record books can be found at http://texas4h.tamu.edu/youth_recordbooks.
Mission Possible: Glasscock 4-H Club senior members, Katy Multer and Shelby Schwartz, served as mentors to the campers at Mission Possible Camp at Lake Brownwood in July. Mission Possible is an inclusive camp that invites youth with disabilities or special needs to participate in a traditional summer camp experience. As mentors, Multer and Schwartz received specialized training in working with persons with special needs and acted as a “buddy” during camp activities. Charlene Belew serves as an agent advisor to this camp. More information can be obtained at, http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/youth-camps-and-retreats/missionpossible/.
Texas 4-H Volunteer Conference: Christy Seidenberger, Kim Halfmann and Tracye Spencer, Glasscock 4-H Club volunteer leaders, participated in the 2nd annual volunteer conference in San Antonio in July. The conference agenda included more than 40 educational workshops, updates on the Texas 4-H Program, motivational speakers and networking. Christy, Kim and Charlene Belew serve on the planning committee for the event. Next year’s conference will be in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. More information forthcoming via the following web address, http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/volunteer_conference.
Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents: Charlene Belew, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences, was recognized at the TAE4-HA’s annual conference in Round Rock in August, as a Distinguished Service Award winner. Charlene will be recognized for this achievement on the national level in October during the NAE4-HA Conference in Orlando, Florida. Charlene will serve as the TAE4-HA president for the 2012-2013 year.
Texas 4-H Golf Challenge: Colton Belew and Austin Hoelscher competed in the Texas 4-H Golf Challenge in Magnolia at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club, Aug. 6, placing 4th in a two shot scramble. The contest offers intermediate and senior 4-H members the opportunity to compete in an outdoor sporting event while testing their knowledge and skills in the areas of sports nutrition, golf course and turf grass management, and the rules and etiquette of golf. Contestants are judged on three components: low golf score, on-course scenarios, and a written quiz. More information can be found at, http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/golf.
Next Issue Date and Deadline
The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be Sept.12, 2012. The deadline for that issue is Sept.10, 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.