Glasscock County News
Volume 19, Number 05 Garden City, Texas February 13, 2013
County Seeks Advice Regarding Subdivisions
At its meeting Feb. 11, the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court hired the Austin law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado and Acosta to advise them as to development of subdivision regulations and other matters as needed. The firm specializes in representing counties in a wide range of concerns, and has many West Texas counties as clients. Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann said she has gotten several recommendations for the firm, and has not heard anything negative about them.
The court decided to enter into a General Legal Services Agreement with Bickerstaff, Heath, which will allow a lower hourly rate ($200 per hour) than if it used the firm’s services for a single matter at a time. The lower rate will apply for most legal issues, except for some specialized matters such as litigation, environmental concerns, bond issues, etc. The rate also applies regardless of who handles the work, whether a senior attorney or a paralegal. This agreement in no way eliminates the use of other law firms at the discretion of the commissioners’ court.
Subdivision Regulations Not Mandatory; Others Are
Chuck Kimbrough of the Bickerstaff firm explained that counties are required to have countywide floodwater management and wastewater/septic regulations (Glasscock County has none of these except a requirement that if a facility is under 10 acres, it must have a septic system). But counties are not required to have regulations regarding subdivisions nor mobile home rental communities (MHRCS). However, he said if they choose to enact regulations, those can be very loose or very strict. He said the goal for a county like Glasscock would be to deal with growth, not to curb or restrict it.
Judge Halfmann said she thinks the county must try to be “ahead of the curve” with possible growth coming our way, but she fears that “we are behind already.”
Kimbrough said unregulated subdivisions, whether residential, commercial or industrial, could lead to sub-standard construction, or to activities that can be harmful to the county and its citizens. Regulations, he said, would address issues such as water, septic, fire protection and roads, along with who is to provide and to maintain those things. He encouraged the court to carefully consider possible regulations with thought to who will enforce them.
Kimbrough said Sterling County recently enacted subdivision regulations and he gave commissioners copies of that document. He said it is correct and forward thinking, but conservative and not overly restrictive. He said it might not be what is needed here, but would be helpful in starting discussions. He said the work on Sterling County’s document cost the county about $10,000.
He said it would take at least four months from beginning the process to enacting it into law. Commissioners instructed him to begin preliminary work immediately on a regulation document.
GCISD Principals Get Raises
The GCISD board voted Feb. 11 to increase salaries for two administrators as recommended by Interim Superintendent Johnny Tubb. Secondary School Principal Gary Jones’ salary was set at $82,000, up from $77,000 and Elementary School Principal Joy Jones received $70,000, up from $67,000. Both their contracts were extended for a year, as was Athletic Director Matt Odom’s. The raises will take effect with the next budget.
“Gary and Joy have proven themselves with their abilities to be the instructional leaders at our campuses. When they came to Glasscock Co. ISD, they were paid at entry-level salaried positions, but now that they have established themselves as proven administrators, it is important that they are paid accordingly. Much thought was given prior to their recommended salaries and they are now aligned with what is going on in the rest of Region 18. We are very fortunate to have them in our system,” said Tubb.
Elementary Principal Jones reported to the board that local students performed very well on the state STAAR tests for 2012. According to figures she presented, GC students outperformed the state average in 16 of 17 areas tested, and in one (eighth grade social studies) they matched the state results. Tests were given in various subject areas in grades three through eight. Jones said more rating results will be available at a later date.
The board discussed the possibility of physical plant improvements, including a possible timetable for a bond issue.
Tubb reported that the Grimes company will have recommendations for overall improvements by the next board meeting. Tubb said these improvements would likely include making the football stadium ADA compliant and improving lighting at the stadium.
Board member Jamie Walker said parking should not be allowed next to the fence surrounding the field, due to safety concerns, since children play behind parked cars.
Walker: School Needs ‘Massive Improvements’
Walker went on to say that the school needs “massive improvements,” and said whatever will be necessary in ten years should be done now.
She pushed for a bond election in September of 2013, rather than November 2013, saying she wants a new gym in place by basketball season of 2014. But Tubb said it would take six to eight weeks to get plans ready after a bond issue passes, and the construction would probably be complete in 2015.
Walker said the board should proceed now, as if the bond will pass, in order to save time after the bond election. However, Tubb said it is always a mistake to assume that voters will pass a bond. He said, “The process is a process,” and needs to be “an open book.”
Tubb suggested that the board consider some options for using the “Complex” building as a temporary practice facility. But Walker said that isn’t practical, and voters might see it as a permanent fix to the problem and vote a bond issue down. Tubb said he would check into requirements for a September election.
Bus Drivers Needed
The board discussed the problems with hiring bus drivers. Tubb said the need is great, especially for substitute drivers, and suggested looking at the pay scale, saying more money is probably the answer. That pay scale starts at $8.57 per hour and is complicated, including adjustments for seniority, number of miles and number of students.
Tubb reported that the sites for new houses have been laid out and septic concerns are being considered. He said the county hasn’t been able to get fill dirt delivered, due to a shortage of county workers, so the board decided to hire it done, and will contact Rogers Construction.
Tubb said he had recently met with Jose Lopez regarding the board-approved purchase of three town lots from Lopez at a price of $15,000 per lot. According to Tubb, Lopez said he wasn’t sure the school wanted the property, since no one had contacted him. Tubb told him the school would put up a fence to separate these lots from his remaining property.
New Vehicles Planned
Board President Andy Wheeler had a list of school vehicles compiled by Maintenance Supervisor Tony Gomez, so the board can look at mileage and repairs to various vehicles and decide which ones to replace. For now, the plan is buy two Suburbans to replace a car and a Suburban.
Tubb reported that the cameras installed on buses were not activated, but that is being corrected. He’s notifying companies working in the county that the cameras are in use.
Auditor Tracy Tarter reported that there were no major problems found during his audit, and financially, GCISD is in “really good shape.”
Tubb said the district needs to make adjustments as circumstances change during each year so that year-end WADA settlement amounts carried over are less than $100,000. He said the district will possibly send out about $30 million in the next fiscal year. The district keeps about 15 cents on the dollar, he said.
County Tightens Pipeline Permits
On Feb. 11, the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court made a minor revision to its pipeline permit, stating that the applicant will have no equipment in the county right-of-way prior to, during or post-construction. They also agreed to make sure that applicants are told that the two weeks allowed from beginning to completion includes covering holes, whether on private property or in county right-of-way. Discussion centered around a site on Sherrod Road which was begun two years ago, and which still has holes six feet deep, causing water runoff under the county road and erosion on both sides. Judge Kim Halfmann said this type of inaction puts the county at a liability risk, not to mention the damage from erosion.
Commissioners gave Judge Halfmann authority to represent the county in matters regarding a gift deed from Ray Walker of acreage adjoining the Garden City Cemetery. A verbal intention of the gift was made in 2005, and Walker says he still is willing to gift the acreage. A survey was done and corners marked at that time, but there is no record of the survey or of who did it. No appraisal or title search was done, Walker was never asked to sign papers and no documents were filed of record. Halfmann said a current appraisal has now been completed and a title search is being conducted.
TexaStone Quarries Undertakes Land Reclamation
Brenda Edwards, owner and general manager of TexaStone Quarries, met with the commissioners’ court as part of the company’s plan for land reclamation and adaptive reuse. To meet requirements of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), she is required to inform public officials of the plan and to post the plan in the courthouse. Major components of the plan include site cleanup, infrastructure removal, site safety, site reclamation including adaptive reuse approaches, ecosystem restoration and post-quarrying land use monitoring. Edwards said they have reclaimed two pits so far, and showed photographs of those areas.
TexaStone Quarries is located on private land and while neither Texas nor MSHA require a reclamation plan, TexaStone Quarries chooses to provide and utilize a detailed reclamation plan for closed mines and land rehabilitation. Interested parties may view the posted plan in the county courthouse.
• Glasscock County Senior Citizens, after a break for holidays and the flu season, will meet on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Clifford Hoelscher is frying fish, so bring a dish to compliment or a dessert. The mid-month meeting will be Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. Everyone over 50 is welcome.
• School Calendar Change: Due to testing date complications, the ‘bad weather day’ holiday originally scheduled for Monday, April 1 has been rescheduled for Friday, May 17.
• The Glasscock County Little League will begin baseball registration Feb. 18 and continue through March 1. Registration forms will be handed out to students at school. If you need a form or have any questions, contact Ana Rodriguez at 432-213-8028.
There will be a number of GCLL Board positions to fill this year including President and Vice-President. If you are interested in volunteering for any position or would like to help out in any other way, please call Rodriguez.
• The Glasscock 4-H Teen Leadership Tour group will be hosting their annual BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, May 19. Whole BBQ chickens with all the fixings and homemade desserts will be offered. Be on the lookout for a 4-H member to be contacting you in late April to take your order. We apologize that the event was not conducted on Super Bowl Sunday as in the past, but there were too many community conflicts. Contact the Extension office with questions, 354-2381. --- Charlene Belew
• The family of Booger Pruit would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the last celebration of his life. It was a wonderful tribute to him from the people and community he loved so much. The outpouring of love, prayers, and support will never be forgotten. A special thanks to those who prepared and organized the meal. It has been a true blessing to live in such a giving community. “Great is our gladness to serve God through others, for our Father taught us we are all sisters and brothers.”
• A memorial celebration of the life of Royce “Booger” Pruit, who was Glasscock County Sheriff for 47 years, will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Glasscock County Community Center. Everyone is welcome to share their favorite memory of Booger. Cookies and punch will be served.
• Reminder: Please help keep the St. Lawrence used oil deposit tank site location clean. Do not pour oil out onto the ground and make sure there are no rags or debris in the oil prior to dumping it into the tank. The deposit area is located on the south side of the VFD/EMS barn.
• Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report Jan. 1 – 31, 2013: Wrecks – 4, Livestock/Animal Calls – 6, Medical Calls – 3, Rescue – 5, Fires – 2, Assist Motorist – 9, Arrests – 1, Other – 13, Oilfield Calls –5, Theft – 0, Total Citations – 46
From the Schoolhouse
UIL Practice Meet Results:
Middle School: Number Sense (4th Team) - Jackson Abney – 4th, Nohemi Cardenas – 5th; Calculator (2nd Team) - Nohemi Cardenas – 2nd, Riley Eggemeyer – 4th, Itzamara Carranza – 6th, Christy Montes – 7th, Jackson Abney -9th, Derek Halfmann – 3rd, Karli Tubb – 8th; Math (4th Team) - Nohemi Cardenas – 8th, Jackson Abney -10th; Science (3rd Team) - Jackson Abney -4th, Karli Tubb – 7th; Sweepstakes -3rd, behind Hutchinson and San Angelo Lincoln.
High School: Kadden Kothmann – 1st Number Sense, 1st Calculator, 6th Math, 3rd Science; Brazos Hirt – 2nd Number Sense, 2nd Calculator, 2nd Math, 6th Science
UIL Academic Meet Results:
Editorial Writing – Craig Wheeler 4th; Headline Writing – Dillon Koenning 5th; News Writing – Antonio Ramirez 3rd.
Math and Science placings are by grade level. Overall placing is the top 6 in 9th grade thru 12th grade.
Science – Hugo Almazan 6th, Kadden Kothmann 1st, Brazos Hirt 4th, Lexie Schaefer 2nd, Ashley Halfmann 4th; Science Overall – Lexie Schaefer 5th
Math- Hugo Almazan 6th, Kadden Kothmann 1st, Brazos Hirt 4th, Lexie Schaefer 2nd, Ashley Halfmann 4th; Math Overall – Lexie Schaefer 5th
Calculator – Mikki Barron 1st, Hugo Almazan 6th, Brazos Hirt 1st, Hope Allen 4th, Kadden Kothmann 5th, Lexie Schaefer 1st, Ashley Halfmann 5th; Calculator Overall – Mikki Barron 3rd, Lexie Schaefer 4th, Brazos Hirt 5th
Number Sense – Hugo Almazan 5th, Kadden Kothmann 2nd, Brazos Hirt 3rd, Ashley Halfmann 1st, Lexie Schaefer 2nd; Number Sense Overall – Ashley Halfmann 1st, Lexie Schaefer 3rd, Kadden Kothmann 4th, Brazos Hirt 5th.
Sarah and Maddie Hoelscher placed 1st in class, 1st in division, and won Reserve Champion Project at the Fort Worth Ag Mechanics show with their stack fold tool bar. Thanks to the St. Lawrence CO-OP for helping with transportation of the project.
Dates to Note:
Check the school website at: http://www.gckats.net for a schedule of current events and sporting events.
2013 Glasscock County Junior Livestock Show Results (Revised):
Swine Show: Champion Black OPB- Holly Halfmann; Reserve Champion Black OPB- Derek Halfmann; Champion Chester- Brylie Schaefer; Reserve Champion Chester- Derek Halfmann; Champion Duroc- Reed Seidenberger; Reserve Champion Duroc- Hagan Halfmann; Champion Hamp- Lexie Schaefer; Reserve Champion Hamp- Kamie Halfmann; Champion Cross Bred- Rafe Royall; Reserve Champion Cross Bred- Reed Seidenberger; Champion York- Holly Halfmann; Reserve Champion York- Rafe Royall; Grand Champion Swine- Rafe Royall; Reserve Grand Champion Swine- Lexie Schaefer
Showmanship: Senior- Lexie Schaefer, Intermediate- Kenzie Schaefer, Junior- Kastin Wilde
Lamb Show: Champion Fine Wool- Lyndee Walker; Reserve Champion Fine Wool- Lyndee Walker; Champion Fine Wool Cross- Matthew Halfmann; Reserve Champion Fine Wool Cross- Brody Halfmann; Champion Medium Wool- Brody Halfmann; Reserve Champion Medium Wool- Bailey Dieringer; Grand Champion Lamb- Brody Halfmann; Reserve Grand Champion Lamb- Matthew Halfmann
Showmanship: Senior- Brody Halfmann, Intermediate- Matthew Halfmann, Junior- Bailey Dieringer
Rabbit Show: Champion Commercial Rabbit- Zach Burnett; Reserve Commercial Rabbit- Claire Fuchs; Champion Fancy Rabbit- Ally Burnett; Reserve Champion Fancy Rabbit- Zach Burnett; Grand Champion Rabbit- Zach Burnett; Reserve Grand Champion Rabbit- Claire Fuchs.
Showmanship: Senior- Megan Hughes, Intermediate- Ally Burnett, Junior- Claire Fuchs
Goat Show: Champion Angora Doe Kid- Braydon Hollingsworth; Reserve Champion Angora Doe Kid- Carlie Hollingsworth; Champion Meat Doe- Brody Halfmann; Reserve Champion Meat Doe- Reed Seidenberger, Champion Light Weight Goat- Kadden Kothmann; Reserve Champion Light Weight Goat- Matthew Halfmann; Champion Medium Weight Goat- Hannah Halfmann; Reserve Champion Medium Weight Goat- Allison Halfmann; Champion Heavy Weight Goat- Matthew Halfmann; Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Goat- Hannah Halfmann; Grand Champion Goat- Hannah Halfmann; Reserve Grand Champion Goat- Allison Halfmann
Showmanship: Senior- Kadden Kothmann, Intermediate- Matthew Halfmann, Junior- Reed Seidenberger
Top Hand Award- Matthew Halfmann
Scholarship Recipients: Brody Halfmann, Peyton Schaefer, Chapman Royall, Colton Belew
Royce "Booger" Pruit, 75, of Garden City, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in a Sterling City nursing home and was buried at the Garden City Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Lovington, New Mexico and married Beverly Cox June 8, 1956 in Lovington.
Royce came to Garden City from Penwell and graduated from Garden City High School. He started working as a Deputy Sheriff for Glasscock County in 1958 and was appointed Sheriff in 1962. He retired in 2008 after 47 years and was the longest serving Sheriff in Texas and the United States. He also served as the Glasscock County Tax Assessor/Collector. He was a member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Pruit of Garden City; one son, Van Pruit and wife Delores of Stanton; eight grandchildren, Coty Pruit, Becky Pruit and Lindy Pruit all of San Angelo, Shawn German of Stanton, Staci Kunkle of Greenwood, and Cassie Paranuk, Melissa Meador and Troy Deiterman all of Waco; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Kay Lawton of Greenwood, Arkansas and Iretta Pruit of Odessa; and two brothers, Dick Pruit of Spencerville, Oklahoma and Donald Pruit of Fort Worth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Chester Pruit; one son, Lonnie Pruit; three sisters, Eunice Rowe, Ollie Harwell and Joyce McFarland; and three brothers, Roy Pruit, Bob Pruit and Tommy Pruit.
The family suggests memorials be made to Sterling County Nursing Home, P. O. Box 46, Sterling City, Texas 76951.
Marjorie Mowrey Klein, 93, was born in Garden City, Texas on July 18, 1919 to Allie D. and Jimmie (McCord) Cook, and died on Jan. 20, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. A memorial service was on Jan. 24, 2013 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio. She was a member of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her children, Jack Mowrey, Gary Mowrey (Jane) and Marsha Zintgraff; grandchildren, Brian Zintgraff, Dean Zintgraff (Miranda), Christy Parrish (Brette), Patrick Mowrey; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Blake & Taylor Zintgraff and Brooklyn Parrish. She is also survived by numerous nieces & nephews.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her husbands, Jack Mowrey and Sidney Klein; and her grandson, Michael Mowrey; her sisters, Marguerite Hardy, Allene Dozier and Pauline Berry; brothers, Allie B., Alton, Marshall and Jack Cook.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Norman Preston Christie, 86, died Jan. 21, 2013 in Del Rio, Texas. He was buried at the Garden City Cemetery. He was born April 9, 1926 in Garden City.
He is survived by his wife Jovita Christie; son Norman Christie and wife Isabel; daughter Millie Christie Hirt and husband Steven; granddaughter Christie Hirt Hinton and husband Tony and their boys, Hayden, Kason and Tanner; grandson Cody Hirt and wife Jordana Hardgrave and their children, Hannah and Reid.
In Lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests donations to the Veterans Outdoors, 213 Sebastian Lane, Georgetown, TX 78633 or Val Verde Hospice.
Joseph Ervin Wooten was born in Hale Center, Texas July 19, 1936 to J.E. and Ruth (Sanders) Wooten. He died in San Angelo, Texas Jan. 14, 2013.
Ervin was a long time resident of Glasscock County, serving as a member of the Glasscock County School Board, Justice of the Peace and County Commissioner. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart Bertie Mae Robinson in 1955. His greatest fulfillment was providing for his family and he always made sure that his extended family was also taken care of. His nieces and nephews thought of him as their father figure. It was a great thrill for his grandsons to ride in the “big truck” and drive around the county with “Papa” when they would come to visit.
He was a big man with a big heart who was always there to help whoever needed it.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Bertie; brother Jerry (Alma) Wooten of Fredericksburg, Texas; sons Joe (Judy) Wooten of Minooka, IL and Gerald (Donna) Wooten of Sheffield, Texas; grandsons Joey (Sara), Bobby, Tommy, Jimmy, and Britt Wooten. He is also survived by his special nieces and nephews, Cindy Nunally, Pam (Ryan) Walker, Jim (Carlyn) Williams, Corky (Sherrie) Turner, Becky (John) Nelson, and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joanne Turner, and sons Stuart and David.
The family would like to thank BRC Hospice for their care, which made Ervin’s last days comfortable.
Next Issue Date and Deadline
The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be March 13, 2013. The deadline for that issue is March 11, 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.