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! 01.14.2016 The Texas Panhandle's First Newspaper. Established 1878. THE CLARENDON NEWS & THE DONLEY COUNTY LEADER Single O0 Copy THIS WEEK 2 The First Amendment protects the freedoms of every American. 4 Peggy takes a trip down memory lane. 5 Clarendon's Les Beaux Arts Club welcomes a new member. 7 And the Broncos breeze past by White Deer for a victory. All this and much more as The Enterprise reports in this week's amazing edition! Chamber seeking award nominations The Clarendon Chamber of Commerce is now seeking nomi- nations for its annual community awards banquet. Honorees will be announced during the banquet, which is scheduled for Thursday, Febru- ary 11, at the Bairfield Activity Center. Nominations are being sought for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year - two individ- uals who have made a significant contribution to the community the last year, and the Saints' Roost Award - honoring an individual for a lifetime of service to the community. Written nominations should specify what award the person is being nominated for and a brief paragraph stating the reason for the nomination. The nominations should be no more than one page in length. Nomination~ can be mailed to the Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 986, Clarendon, TX 79226, or delivered to the Cham- ber at the Clarendon Visitor Center inside the Mulkey The- atre at 110 S. Keamey from 10 a.m. noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If the center is closed, nominations may be left in the mailbox on the light pole in front of the office. Pep rally to boost CHS district games Clarendon High School will hold a pep rally for district bas- ketball season this Friday, Janu- ary 15, at 3:10 p.m. in the Bronco Gym. The community is invited to attend. Kenny King coming to CHS presentation Clarendon High School will receive a trophy from the National Football League in honor of Kenny King during the high school boys' basketball game next Friday, January 22, in the Bronco Gym. King, who played football for the Clarendon Bronchos and for the University of Oklahoma before achieving professional fame with the Oakland Raiders in two Super Bowls in the early 1980s, will be on hand as CHS receives the trophy as part of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. Riley Shadle benefit to be held Jan. 23 A special benefit for Riley Shadle will also be held next Sat- urday, January 23, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Donley County Activ- ity Center and will feature food, games, auctions, and live music. Charles Clinton and the Optimistics will be the featured band for the evening, and all the proceeds will benefit the family of Riley Shadle, who suffered a severe injury during the Claren- don-Lockney football game last fall and is now hospitalized in Denver. Those who are unable to attend may make a contribution to the Riley Shadle Fund at the Donley County State Bank. Licensed open carry is the law in Donley County, specifically the ties where local courts meet. The carry have the burden of knowing house and Courthouse Annex for of the land in Texas, but don't try Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, and law provides an exception for peace where they can take their weapons, added security in those buildings. packing in the Donley County Court- Justice of Peace offices in Clarendon officers and individuals specifically But nonetheless, the county will post Commissioners also approved a house, and Hedley. authorized by statue to carry weap- signs at the entrances of the afore- reinvestment zone for the Salt Fork During their regular meetingJudge John Howard told the ons in a court, mentioned buildings. II wind farm development proposed Monday, the county commission- commissioners that state law already The judge said the county is In other business, commission- for the northwestern comer of the ers' court held that guns are prohib- prohibits anyone from carrying a gun not required to post signs about the ers approved placing cameras at the county. Negotiations for a tax abate- ited in buildings where courts meet in court. Monday's action just clari- prohibition since people licensed to east and west entrances of the Court- ment on that project are ongoing. Koyt Tucek and Tyler Harper exhibited the top animals in the Beef Division during the annual Donley County Junior Livestock Show last Saturday, January 9, at the Donley County Activity Center. Tucek repeated his 2015 perfor- mance by showing the Grand Cham- pion Steer, and Harper had the Grand Champion Heifer. Other top winners were Brenna Ellis and her Grand Champion Goat; Madison Smith with the Grand Champion Sheep; Maloree Wann and her Grand Champion Gilt; and Koyt Tucek with the Grand Cham- pion Barrow. Reserve Champion honors when to Izzy Craft, goats; Joseph Watson, sheep; Grant Haynes, steers; Taylee Ehlert, heifers; Maloree Wann, gilts; and Harrison Howard, barrows. A total of 79 kids from the Donley County 4-H Club and local FFA chapters exhibited 135 animals during the show. Last year 77 young people showed 110 animals. The livestock auction follow- ing the show generated an estimated $49,150, and that number will increase as donations continue to be received. The 2015 premium sale totaled about $42,600 at this point last year. Showmanship awards this year went to Chardy Craft - Senior Goat, Kynna Phillips - Junior Goat, Jas- mine Lockeby - Senior Sheep, Mal- erie Simpson - Junior Sheep, Ray JaramiUo - Senior Swine, Brock Harley - Junior Swine, Hannah Hommel - Senior Beef, and Tyler Harper - Junior Beef. The Pee Wee Showmanship winners were Presley Smith and Gracie Ellis. Complete results of the show are as follows: Sheep - Light Weight - Mal- erie Simpson, first; McKay Shelp, second; Jasmine Eockeby, third; Shiann Cook, fourth; and Alysse Simpson, fifth. Medium Weight - Joseph Watson, first; Madison Smith, second; and Alysse Simpson, third. Heavy Weight - Madison Smith, Grand Champion; Joseph Watson, Reserve Champion; and Shiann Cook, third. See 'Stock show' on page 3. ;~ ~',,, ~ ~ i~i iI ;:iiiiiiiiiiii,iiii ~ Donley County 4-H member, Brenna Ellis, receives her first ribbon at the Donley county Livestock Show last Saturday. Ellis also won in the Goat Heavy Weight division Grand Champion Goat. PHOTO BY MORGAN WHEATLY rops Clarendon's sales tax revenue compared to the same period in for this calendar year got off to a 2015. rough start when TeXas Comptroller The figure shows weak sales in Glenn Hegar distributed local sales November at businesses that report taxes last week. their taxes monthly. The city's January alloca- Other local cities fared better tion came in at $26,638.57, which with Hedley's allocation for the reflects a decrease of 10.12 percent month at $505.27, up from $237.98 perce in Janua last January, and Howardwick at was down largely due to spending $1,062.37, up from $835.01 a year reductions in oil and gas-related ago. sectors," Hegar said. "This was Statewide, sales tax revenues expected, given ongoing weakness were down 1.1 percent at $2.33 bil- in oil and natural gas prices. Remit- lion. tances from other sectors, such as "As with the previous twoconstruction and information, con- months, December sales tax revenue tinued to grow" CC team wins in Lubbock The Clarendon Col- the topl0spots. lege Meats team won the Courtney Walker fin- Southwest International ished in first place with Invitational judging contest 914 points; Wesley Bumett hosted in Lubbock this past placed third with 878 points; weekend. Thachary Mayer placed Clarendon College fin- fourth with 873 points; and ished in first place with 3,495 Taylor Stubenborbt placed points, followed by Garden tenth with 830 points. City CommunityCollege Other team members with 3,315; the Australian included Dyllan Galligan, National Team with 3,268 Maggie Roque, JD Davis, in third; Cisco College with and Taylor Swinson. 3,032 in fourth; and Western The team will next Texas College with 1,841 in head to the National Western fifth place. Intercollegiate Meat Judging Individually, Clarendon Contest in Greeley, Colo., on College finished With 4 of January 17. Clarendon College's Meats Judging Team won an invitational tournament in Lubbock last weekend. COURTESY PHOTO/CLARENDON COLLEGE at H The Hedley Board of Alder- men will review that city's employee policies this week after a called meeting last Tuesday, January 5, that featured accusa- tions of nepotism, improper use of funds, and harassment. Mayor Leon Ward moved to take last week's meeting into closed session before the contro- versial topics were raised, but City Secretary Gini Bumett protested, saying she wanted any hearing about her held in public and ques- tioning whether the agenda was properly posted to allow a closed session. Ward then agreed to keep the meeting public and began a dis- cussion about Burnett using the city's debit card for personal use. Minutes of the city's Decem- ber 10 meeting, that were approved earlier at the January 5 meeting, indicate that the board had unani- mously approved Burnett's use of the card for a meal while out of town on business for the city. But in the new discussion, Ward said he felt that expenditure should not have been approved and that Bur- nett did not realize how serious a transgression it was to have used the card in that manner. Ward also said he did not think he had impressed on Bumett enough about a charge of nepo- tism, relating to her paying her father to do contract labor for the city. Burnett said the meal expense was approved and said she had promised not to hire her father again even though she could point to numerous times when the city had done the same thing in the past. She said the controversy seemed to have arisen after she filed a complaint against Alder- man Dusty Wilkinson. "I filed a harassment charge on Dusty Wilkinson," she said. "After the December 10 meeting, I gave verbal complaint to Leon on December 16. I have been slan- dered and retaliated against" Wilkinson was not present at last Tuesday's meeting but was lis- tening on speaker phone for parts of the meeting. Alderman Lonnie Roby said the board had approved the expense for the meal, that no one had a problem with it, and he urged the board to forget the whole thing and move on. "This is a bunch of bull crap" Roby said. Alderman Kathy Spier said the charge Of nepotism made no sense to her. "I don't understand the prob- lem" she said. "Mother and I work for the senior citizens center. Should I be fired for nepotism? What about all the years that (former city secretary) Randy (Shaw) and (former city clerk) Rhonda (Shaw) ran the city?" "Gini has been nothing but honest and forthright and above board" Spier said. Bumett also read guidelines from the Texas Open Meetings Act prohibiting board members from discussing city business out- side of a posted meeting whether in person, on the phone, or by electronic message. The board's regular meet- ing this week will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 14. J r ~,,~,~-. , E I[ J! "|f II