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March 22, 1973     The Clarendon Enterprise
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March 22, 1973

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Auto sales bring $$$ for Donley County the biggest business in Clarendon? You probably stop and think awhile, but here's one industry which any industry in the county in retail sales. And is a big, big part of the county's economy. it's the car industry. It's by far the biggest in- in the county. Clarendon Press made a brief survey this week of money the car industry brings into the economy, figures were astounding. Press Picked last week's automobile business as a week of automobile sales. A Press reporter check- the automobile registrations for new or used cars found information which willsurprtse the persu week, according to new and used car registrations, worth of cars were registered in Donley Of that amount, $128,240 worth of cars were put- in Clarendon, and about $12,000 worth of cars were elsewhere. of 42Carswere registered to make this total. Some 42 Vars were urchased from outside of Donley Most f these w,. "e used cars Of the total, 26 trucks were purchased new There's no real way of knowing whether last week's sales will be an average week for this year, but, ff it was, some $7,299,812 worth of cars could be registered in Donley County during 1973. And ff last week could be considered average, some $6,668,480 worth of vehicles could be pur- chased from Donley County car dealers. If this a trend, the automobile industry generates nearly $7 million worth of trade in the county. And that's lots of trade for a county this size. Another interesting note is that most new cars sold in Clarendon are .purchased by people who live outside Don- ley County. Of 23 brand new cars purchased from Donley County dealers last week, 17 of them wentto buyers outside Douley County. This shows that the county is receiving much money from other counties. The main factor in out-of county purchases is the intense promotion made by Chamberlain Motor Company via the A m- arillo advertising media. Chamberlaln's "Downhill all the way" slogan has captured hundreds of car buyers, and his personal service has brought these same people back to Doniey County each time they buy their next car. Other degleys, including Alderson Chevrolet, Mills Motor Company and lmer Motor Company, also get a good amount of out-of-cotu,cy business, which is due many times to per- sonai service. Just the fact that this multi-milliondoUar business comes to Donley County is a help to our economy, but the business also does wonders for local taxes. Using last week's sales as a sample again, some $3,910.50 was paid in sales tax for automobiles registered in Donley County. The local tax office keeps 5% of this money as pay for collecting this state tax. The county's total on last week's pales is $196. If this is multiplied 52 times, this is $10,192 for the year. The county also receives the first $50,000 of all license plate money, then receives half of all license money after that. Last week, a total of $924 was collected for licehse plcates on new or used cars registered in Donley County. This creates a healthy sum for the county also. Of course, everybody knows that much of this potential $7 million in car sales goes to Detroit, but then much of it stays home, too. Much of thmoney pays the various car dealer employes, who then put the money into Donley County economy through purchase of groceries, clothes, etc. The new car sales in Donley County aid the county very, very much. And we all should be proud of the county's aggressive dealers who are responsible for this giant part of the economy. Donley County, Texas March 22, 1973 3 Sections Volume 1, KNORpp at the Doniey County State Bank told that old bankers never die; they just lose State Bank at Hedley had heduled a rt - s meeting at the bank last F riday afternoon, Ullivan of Waco, vice chairman of the beard, Plans to attend the meeting. He chartered a plane left at 5 a.m. Friday morning, instructing the Memphis. hour, dozed Still Sleepy because of the early off soon as the Plane took off, then woke up about ca:toW?" he asked the pilot. ust 1..._ exarkana,,, the pilot told Sullivan. Sul- ---s,, and went back to sleep. n, and Sullivan knew that it was time to land asked the pilot about the delay, and the fog Was holding, them up. Sullivan then me more sleep. he was on the ground in Memphis. however, but Memphis, Tennesseel! didn,t know about Memphis, Texas. Plane, ate breakfast, and then depart- s, Texas, where he made the board not on time, but at least he wasthere. NEWHOUSE BOUGHT a new electric chain saw was very, very proud of it. He toted it out to u some firewood for his fireplace, but he K sOcket anywhere out there. Story to be true, but Rabbit Osburn says THESE CLARENDON HighSchool studentsattendedtheorga- ulzational meeting of the Clarendon High School Key Club Monday night. The Key Club is sponsored by the Clarendon Kiwanis Club. Pictured here are Alan Harper, Gary Jack, Twelve Pages No. 45 US to another story Rabbit Osburn told that Bright had an insurance meeting Rabbit said that Bright drove his car is, attended the meeting, then forgot about aM rode the bus home. had left his car, he went back to the bus ticket, and rode back to Memphis. at least it's a good story. my wife and I made a Sunday trip to my It had been quite a spell since I way, and we Just decided to run down It was a rewarding afternoon, be- many fond memories of my boyhood. once said that "You can never go home I believe there's merit in that state- a few short years, has changed so town. Factories have gone up rues have been built by the hundreds. To town is growing up. Even the streets n thing s that never change. We drove by and saw boys and girls sitting on the Used to do. We saw tennis players playing COurts we used to u - dra-,, , se, and we saw teen- lust as was the case 7 or 8 years town When I was a bey, I lived 20 miles As we left Graham, we drove out on the to the old home place where I spent As we drove, I saw new houses which had And old houses, which 7 or 8 activity from their occupants, ed. SOme of them weren't even standing. most of them elderly, who oc- Many of them have died, and the rues, their home-places rotting in the where my friends lived. Most of things in the cities. The youth of around our home Place has left, most of it stay. ur hbme lnthe country were once well- With Paint and flower beds. Now, as the vn too old and feeble to take care of their ed. tthrongh my mind as we drove past once knew were astounding. I re- drove to town twice a week to buy Sday afternoon and once on Friday our time was spent in the country. a trip to town was very special), miles home to feed the pigs and ring.. e. But, they're Jhst mere- knew on the farm is no longer there. me, never to be again. The mere- goes from day to day. Yester- it Will never be again. An organizational meeting was held Monday night for the formation of the Clarendon High School Key Club, an or- ganization of high school boys sponsored by the Clarendon Kiwalds Club. The Key Club is an international organization of boys. Each local group works as a service organization, work- ing for the community and school. Several Clarendon boys, along with Kiwanis Club mem- bers, have travelled to various Key Clubs in the Panhan- dle to get information about forming a club. Ten boys met at the high school cafeteria Monday night to organize the local Key Club. They met again Wednesday morning. They will apply for a charter from the Inter- national headquarters. Elected as temporary officers were Alan Harper, presi- dent; Danny Monroe, vice president; Tommy Hill, secre- tary; and Wayne Hardin, treasurer. Other boys who attended the organizational meeting in- cluded Roy Monroe, Gary Jack, Eddie Eads, Mac Thornberry, Randy Crosiin and Scott Hamilton Basil Smith will serve as Kiwanis Club sponsor for the Key Club. The high school principal will serve as the school sponsor. Kiwanians attending the organizational meeting included Darell Harper, Basil Smith, Jeff Walker, Earl Ford and Dean Singleton. A group of Key Club members from Pampa instructed the group on organizing the new Key Clu. Five Kiwanians from Parpa attended. The special guest for the organizational meeting was it. Gov. Jim Gilmer of Amarillo. THIS CAR WAS DRIVEN by Eng:nta Tatum of Clarendon when it collid,d with a Childress car in a grinding collision Sunday afternoon. Seven persons were injured. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) SPRING has brought out the squirrels in full force. This squirrel was having a great time Sunday when photographer Will Lowe snapped a shot. The squirrelproved very photo- genic. Hospital race gains momentum The race for the Donley County Hospital District board of directors gained new momentum as the filing deadline ap- proached last Friday. Four more persons filed for places on the hospital board. Four members had filedthe week be- fore. The four newest entriesinthe race include Ernest Barbee, Place 1; Delbert Robertson, Place 2; and Dot Doty and Lacy Noble in Place 3. Three places are to be filled on the 7-member board. This is the first election in Doniey County history to elect the hospital board members. The board formerly has been ap- pointed by the Commissioners Court, but a new bill which passed in Austin last week called for the election of the board members. The other four places are filled this year by bold-over board members, who will run for election next April. This year's election is set for $hrdav April 7. With the new entries and the deadline already past, here's how the election sizes up. The following names will be list- ed in this order on your ballot. Mac Thornberry, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Eads, Danny Monroe, Randy Croslin and Wayne Hardin. Not pictured is Tommy Hill, who also attended. (Press Photo) Council sets zoning hearing The Clarendon City Council Tuesday night set a tenta- tive date of April 10 fora zoning hearing to consider the re- zoning of a tract of landwest of the First Baptist Church for a proposed 102-bed nursing home A request was made that the council consider re-zoning the property for a nursing home, but not for any other pur- pose. The council will confer with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission on the matter. McDonnell Construction Company of Abilene announced last week that they will build the ultra-modern nursing complex in the near future if the PRPC and city council approve the plans. The project is estimated to cost in excess of $400,000. For those who haven't bought license plates yet, better hurry! The deadline for having plates on cars is April 1, Just over a week away. The tax office closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and won't open again until Monday, March 30. The local tax office said that about 1,000 cars had been registered, to date which is about half to two-thirds the total cars in the county. So they expect a mad rush at the last minute Place 1, Ernest Barbee and Roland Shields. Place 2, Delbert Robertson, Mrs. T. M. Caldwell and Owen Johnson. Place 3, DOt Doty, Darell Harper and Lacy Nobles. The last four entries came on the final day, with three of the entries in the race made during the final hour before filing deadline. Ernest'Barbee lsafarmer lnDonley County. He is a form- er member of the Donley County Hospital Board. He was on the beard when the original lawsuit was filed against Dr. George Smith by the hospital board. He was one of the mem- bers who was removed from the hospital board when their terms expired on April I, 1972. Commissioners replaced four member s on that board because they felt the board acted "ir- responsibly" by filing the lawsuit against the county's only doctor. Robertson is prese!y serving on the hospital board. His term expires April l.obertson was also on the board which filed the lawsuit against Smith. He is a mortician for Murphy Funeral Home. Robertson was consistently voting in a dif- fering direction from the majority of the present board. He had previously announced that he would not seek another term on the hospital board, but he changed his mind prior to the deadline. Mrs. Doty, wholivesatSherwoodShores, is a nurse. She is the wife of Glenn Dory, a carpenter. Lacy Noble is a Lelia Lake farmer, well-known to most Donley County residents. He and Mrs. Dory are newcomers to the hospital scene. Shields is a Clarendon farmer, Mrs. Caldwell is a house- wife and Owen Johnson is a partner in Wallace Monument Company. Harper is sales manager for Chamberlain Motor Company. These members filed week before last for the board. Seven persons injured in auto crash Seven persons were injured in a grinding 2-car wreck at the intersection of Highway 287 and Farm Road 1260 near Lelia Lake Sunday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. The wreck involved a 1967 Ford, driven by Ava Slaton of Chlldress, and a 1967 Chevrolet driven by EugenlaTatum of Clarendon. Investigating Highway Patrolman Ray Burch said the Slaton car was travelling east on Hwy. 287 when the Tatum car crashed into the side of it. Mrs. Tatum aPparently didn't see a Yield sign, Burch said. The injured, all taken to Hall County Hospital, included Mrs. Slaton, Mrs. Tatum, Crystal Tatum, Edna Mae Watts, John Tatum and Thomas Lee Tatum. All were released by Tuesday. . Tills .UTO was driven by Mrs. Ava SIMon of Clflldrcss wlwn it and it Ciart,ndon car collided during a grinding wreck m, ar Lelia Lake Sunday. (Press Photo by Will l,owe)