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(_= l.J\ I(. I _)(o..,' I.=4 ....................... AU rO**MIXLD AD{; 750 EXPIRES SMALL YOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584 2263 Ihh,h.h,l,hh,h,l,.I,.hl.hl,II .... II .... IIh.l,l,hl 01.10.2013 The Texas Panhandles First Newspaper. Established 1878. THE CLARENDON NEWS & THE DONLEY COUNTY LEADER THIS WEEK 2 A few new businesses could put Clarendon on a path for growth. 4 Donley County administers the oath of office to five returning officia'ls. 5 State comptroller releases estimate for revenues in next bienium. 8 And the Bronocs overpower the boys from Memphis. All this and much more as The Enterprise reports in this week's amazing edition! Spring registration starts Jan. 14 at CC Clarendon College will hold general registration Monday, January 14, for the spring 2013 semester. Students can come to the Instructional Center on the Clarendon campus, M.K. Brown Academic Center on the Pampa campus, or the administration office at the Childress campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. to receive advising, take place- ment testing, register for courses, speak with financial aid, or obtain an ID card. Dorms open Sunday, Janu- ary 13, at 2 p.m. and classes start Tuesday, January 15. For more information, con- tact CC at 806-874-3571 or visit www.ClarendonCollege.edu. Chamber sets date for next 'After Hours' .TIc Clarendon Chamber of 'Cbfimlei~e will hold its next Business After Hours Social for Chamber members and prospec- tive members on Thursday, Janu- ary 31. The host for this social will be the Pilgrim Bank, and the hours will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All Chamber members and prospects are asked to come and network with each other, share ideas, and bring a friend. Irrigation meeting to be held in Amarillo The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show hosted by the Texas A&M AgiLife Extension Service will be held Jan. 17 in the Regency Room of the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo. The trade show will include about 30 booths from the irriga- tion industry, area groundwater districts and educational institu- tions. For information, call 806- 677-5600. State plans shot clinics for January The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold three Immunization Clinics in Clarendon. All clinics will be held at the TDSHS office at Five Medi- cal Drive from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 10, 17, and 24. All clinic times subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions or unforeseen scheduling conflicts. Merchants make donation Clarendon Chamber of Commerce President Bonnie Campbell presents $2,925 to Mary Shields, Director of the Donley County Senior Citizens Center Monday morning. The money was donated by several local merchants who dedicated a portion of their sales from a December 21 promotion to help the local senior center. The donation represents an increase over last year's promotion, which netted $2,500 for the DCSC. Shown here are Gary Campbell of Campbell's Online Marketing, Christi Coxy of Henson's, Terri Floyd of Every Nook & Cranny, Buddy James of Lowe's Family Center, Ronna Newman of Ronna's Creations, Earl Hartman of J&W Lumber, MaryRuth Bishop of Wishes' Quilting & Fabric, and Roger Estlack of The Clarendon Enterprise Not pictured but participat- ing in the promotion were Mike's Pharmacy, Stavenhagen Video, Country Bloomers Flowers & Gifts, Straight Off The Ranch, the Clarendon Outpost, McKinney Motor Company, and Floyd's Automotive Supply. ENTERPRISE PHOTO/MORGAN WHEATLY anlma Seventy-three local kids will be competing for bragging rights and cash sales during the annual Donley County Junior Livestock Show and Auction this Saturday, January the Donley County Activity Center north of Clarendon on Hwy. 70. 4H and FFA members have been working with their animal proj- ects since last summer, leading up to this contest, which is a precursor to bigger shows such as those in Fort Worth and Houston. Animals will begin arriving at the activity center on Thursday, and all exhibits must be in place by 5 p.m. Friday with weigh-in starting immediately. The livestock show will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday with entries in the following categories: goats, sheep, heifers, steers, gilts, and bar- rows. The Buyers' Meal will begin at 6 p.m. with the livestock anction to follow the meal. Participating in the show this year are Austin Adams, Kati Adams, Dalton Benson, Jade Benson, Lane Cabler, Kaltlyn Davis, Seth Greet, Hadleigh Halsell, Payton Havens, Calder Havens, Makenzie Hinton, Hannah Hommel, Tres Hommel, David Johnston, Clay King, Coltin Kingston, Kyle Lindsey, Kadee Lockeby, Devin Lucero, Chance Kallie Lindsey brushes her pig in preparation for the upcoming Donley County Livestock Show this Saturday. ENTERPRISE PHOTO McAnear, Klaiton Moore, Caylor Brittney McAnear, Kelsey McA- Joseph Jaramillo, KylerLamberson, Monroe, Collin Monroe, Andy near, John Pigg, Jodee Pigg, Cody Kallie Lindsey, Christian Lucero, Munoz, Shelby Musick, Kari Wood, Colt Wood, Ethan Babcock, Gaven Nazario, Emeri Robinson, O'Dell, KassieO'Dell, KylaO'Dell, Keandre Cortez, Chardy Craft, Izzy Diego Souza, Stone Schwertner, Shelby O'Keefe, Jake Owens, Misti Craft, Clint Franks, Cole Franks, Clay Ward. Scott, Braylee Sheilds, Cheyenne Arden Haught, Kolt Stevenson, For more information, contact Smith, Johnathon Taylor, Marijke Parker Womak, Jasmine Lockeby, Darla Franks at the Donley County Tiddens, Koyt Tucek, Cole Ward, Charlie Ann Neeley, Madison Extension Office, Lon Adams at Ryan Ward, Kaden Bennett, Trevor Smith, Joslyn Burton, Cody Cabler, Hedley High School, or Don Hillis Cobb, Isaac Dunham, Caden Farris, Tristen Harper, Porshe Henderson, at Clarendon High School. Land Board votes to release $300 million to ly now IP in USDA Natural Resources Con- servation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist Weldon Sears has announced applications for fund- ing opportunities with the Environ- mental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at the NRCS offices located at the comer of Fourth and Sully across the street from the Donley County Courthouse Annex. NRCS in Texas has received its initial allocation of EQIP funding in 2013 and will begin ranking and obligating EQIP contracts after Feb- ruary 15. All agriculture producers interested in submitting a contract application for 2013 should do so before this ranking deadline. EQIP - one of the largest pro- grams in the Farm Bill - is a vol- untary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations. "EQIP is a valuable tool to help Donley County's agricultural producers implement conservation practices that provide environmental benefits to help sustain agricultural operations," says Sears. EQIP is a continuous sign-up program that allows landowners or operators to apply for financial and technical assistance for the applica- tion of specific conservation prac- tices; but the deadline for the first 2013 funding is February 15, 2013. Contracts are offered periodically depending on budgetary allocations. Applications made after the dead- line will be considered in the next funding cycle. Higher priority will be given to those applications that address national, state and lOcal pri- orities and provide higher cost effi- ciency. EQIP offers technical and financial help to install or implement structural, vegetative, and manage- ment practices that can benefit the soil, water, air, plants, livestock, and wildlife. Each county in the state is funded yearly to assist producers financially with these land manage- ment practices. In addition to helping our envi- ronment, Farm Bill conservation program funds support rural com- munities. In Texas, it is estimated that each dollar of NRCS and private matching expenditures on NRCS conservation programs generates an additional $2.54 in sales of goods and services. For more information, includ- ing eligibility requirements, call the NRCS Office at (806) 874-3561 ext. 3, or go by the office, located in the USDA Service Center in Clarendon. Service center locations and pro- gram information can be found at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov. fund schools AUSTIN - The School Land to the $500 million previously was frustrating because lawmakers Patterson said he would oppose "This kind of short-term think- Board voted Tuesday to release an approved for release by the board for passed a flawed budget last session future legislative raids on the Perma- ing will kill the goose that lays the additional $300 million to public public schools during the 2012-2013 that addressed short-term problems nent School Fund. golden egg," Patterson said. schools during its 2013 fiscal year fiscal biennium. The board voted without a long-term vision.Under the current operational The School Land.Board over- after review of the Permanent School to release the $300 million in two "We need to strive to do better," guidelines of the Permanent School sees about 10 percent of the Perma- Fund's projected royalty income, installments of $150 million each, Patterson said. "Spending down our Fund's Bond Guarantee Program, up nent School Fund, Patterson said. cash flows, and investment capi- with the first payment in February kid's trust fund to pay today's bills to $9 billion of school district bonds But since 2003, that 10 percent of the tal requirements indicated the fund and the last in June. is a path I don't want to go down could ultimately be guaranteed by pie has been responsible for provid- would not be hurt by lawmakers' Texas Land Commissioner any further. Fortunately, the fund that money, resulting in higher credit ing from one-sixth to one-third of the demands for cash. Jerry Patterson, chairman of the is healthy enough to protect Texas ratings and lower borrowing costs total dollars released annually from The $300 million release board, cast the lone vote against schools from one year of bad bud- for school districts across the state, the Permanent School Fund to public approved Tuesday is in addition the payment. He said the decision geting." Patterson said. schools. eO :~