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II,l,I,I,ll,ll,ll,ll,I,IIl,I,h,I,l,ll,I,ll CRT C006 *************************** MIXED ADC 760 SMALL TOWN PAPERS MAILED: 5/9/2007 5026 (ALIFORNIA AVE SW EXPIRES: SEATTLE, WA 98136~1208 SERIES 10.2007 3, VOL. XVIII, NO. 21 Established 1878. THE CLARENDON NEWS &,THE DONLEY COUNTY LEADER www.ClarendonO nline.com Single Copy Price: 75 The Texas Panhandle's Oldest Newspaper THIS WEEK 2 The Texas Legislature finally goes too far with their med- dling. 3 The Enterprise sweeps the .awards at the Panhandle Press convention. 5 Find out where the can- 'didates for city alderman stand. 8 And the Broncos continue ,their winning ways. All this and much more as The Enterprise reports in this week's award-winning edition! Foundation reactivates disaster relief fund :: In response to the recent dam- aging tornados in the Panhandle, the Amarillo Area Foundation has reactivated the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund with a $50,000 dona- tion from the Pete and Wanda Gilvin Fund, a component fund of the Foundation. The Foundation encourages others to make donations to the fund to assist with recent tornado damage. To assist with the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund, make checks payable to the Amarillo Area Foun- dation for the Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund and mail to 801 S. Fillmore, Suite 700, Amarillo, Tx 79101. Credit cards will be accepted online at www.aaf-hf.org. For information on donating, contact Charlotte Rhodes at (806) 6-4521. County taps deputy to take constable's job Tony Sellars was appointed Constable of Precincts 3 & 4 last week. He took the oath of office on May 1. Sellars was previously a traf- fic control officer with the Donley County Sheriff's Office, He succeeds Mike Wallendorf, who resigned as Constable in Janu- ary. Shot clinic to be held here next Tuesday The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold an Immunization Clinic May 15 in Clarendon at the state office in the Community Services Building at 5 Medical Drive. :" The clinic will be open 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. All clinic times are subject to change due to weather conditions or scheduling conflicts. Foster Care meeting t:o be held in Amarillo Foster care provides a tem- porary safe haven for children as Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers and foster parents work toward uniting children with their families. There is an urgent need for more families to open their hearts and homes by becoming foster and adoptive parents. To learn more about fostering and adoption, attend an informa- tional meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the CPS office located at 6200 1-40 West, in Amarillo. Clarendon Mayor Mark White has been at the city's helm for less than a year and is seeking his first full term in that position. White grew up in Clarendon and graduated from Clarendon High School in 1981 before attending Clarendon College and West Texas State University. In 1983, he took a position v ,ith the family business, Wallace Monu- ment Co.; and today, he and his sister are co-owners of the busi- ness. City leaders picked White to fill a vacant position on the Board of Aldermen in 2001. He soon was tapped as the city's Mayor Pro- tem and then succeeded Mayor Tex Selvidge when he stepped down last May. White visited with the Enterprise last week to discuss the accomplishments the city has made and the things he would like to see happen if he's reelected. ENTERPRISE: What would you say are the main accomplishments Clarendon has achieved since you joined the Board of Aldermen? WHITE: I think the main accom- plishment has been the street proj- ect. Another has been getting the [Best Western] hotel here. ENTERPRISE: What good has come 9 n).tlae street project? WHITE: The main benefits have been water control along with beautification of that part of town. Travelers don't have to go down rub-boarded roads anymore. Another thing is dust control. You know, used to we would have to dust at home once a week, and now it's not so bad. It was coming off those streets. ENTERPRISE: A lot of people were against the street project. What would you say to them? You have to keep up with the times if you're going to grow and prosper. I think that was a step toward beautifying the town. It cost a lot of money, but I feel like it was money well spent. ENTERPRISE: Maintenance of the streets is always an issue. What can be done in that area? WHITE: We are trying to find a street sweeper that we can afford, and our summer help will be shoveling and sweeping rocks and dirt out of the gutters. We hope to seal coat a certain number of streets every year on a five-year rotation, and that work will go to bid this August. ENTERPRISE: The personal property tax has been the subject of a lot of debate lately. What are your personal thoughts about that issue? A Conversation With Mayor Mark White WHITE: I don't like the personal if you're re-elected? and I want to see it continue to be property tax; but I feel like if we WHITE: I want to see the downtown that way. We've applied for a parks don't have it, the ad valorem rate area beautified with new sidewalks grant to get some new picnic tables would have to go up. I think there and ADA ramps. We've got a grant and playground equipment- merry- needs to be a cap on taxing vehicles, to install a water pressure system in go-rounds and swings - for the Anything over 10 years doesn't the west side of town. The pressure park. It would also plant wildflow- need to be taxed, in that area is extremely low and ers in the terraces at the park. ENTERPRISE: So is that some- could be a potential health issue, ENTERPRISE: As you look into the thing you would push for if you are and I want to see that project fin- future at Clarendon 10 or 15 years re-elected? ished. Also, our water tower is dete- down the road, what do you see? WHITE: Sure. riorating and needs to be replaced. WHITE: I hope it's a lot cleaner and ENTERPRISE: In the last few years, ENTERPRISE: What's wrong with nicer. Hopefully, we'll have more there has been some discussion at the water tower? paved streets, more sidewalks, and City Hall about publishing the list WHITE: It was built in the 1920s, maybe another new hotel to bring of who owes delinquent taxes. What and we've had to weld up some more people to town. I'd also like are your feelings on this? places where it's seeping. We've to have an activity center for our WHITE: I think the Donley applied for a grant to replace it and youth. Appraisal District has done a lot should know something in the near ENTERPRISE: What would be better job recently of collecting future, your final message to the voters? delinquent taxes; and if a list is ENTERPRISE: Any other goals?WHITE: I would just encourage going to be published, it ought to be WHITE: Ijust want to see Clarendon them to use their vote. I'd appreciate up to the appraisal district, continue to grow and thrive. We their support, and I will do the best I ENTERPRISE: What are your goals have a lot going for a town our size, can to serve the taxpayers. Longtime Justice of the Peace factor." to attend school, and other Class C County Judge Jack Hall said. Jimmy Johnson retired effective last Johnson will continue his part misdemeanors," he said. Until someone is selected to fill Friday but will continue as City of time job as municipal judge from his Johnson took the job of munici- the position, Ann Kennedy, Justice of Clarendon Municipal Judge. new office at 116 S. Kearney. pal judge in 1999 and since then has the Peace for Precincts 3 & 4, is cov- Johnson held the office ofJustice "This is part time, and it gives been able to collect a lot of money for ering the duties of that office. of the Peace for Precincts 1 & 2 for me more free time with my family." local businesses who've received hot To qualify for the position you fourteen years before stepping down As municipal judge Johnson checks, must have resided continuously in last week citing health concerns and handles Class C misdemeanorsThe County is currently solicit- the state of Texas for 12 months and stress as the cause for the decision, that occur within the city limits of ing applications to replace Johnson be a resident of Precinct 1 or 2 for the "There are several reasons," he Clarendon. as JP. preceding six months. said. "I'm 66, I've had some heart "I see traffic and public intoxica- "Applications will be accepted Applications can be picked up in problems, and then there's the stress tion violations, bad checks, failure until May 23 at 5 p.m " Donley Judge Hall's office. Voters will head to the polls this Saturday, May 12, to cast ballots in local elections and in a state constitu- tional amendment election. Clarendon voters will be choos- ing a mayor and two aldermen. Lau- raine Paul is Challenging Mayor Mark White to be the city's chief executive; and Claude Debord, Ann Huey, Terry Noble, and Bobby Woodard are vying for two open positions on the Board of Aldermen. City ballots can be cast at the Clarendon College Bairfield Activity Center, the Donley County Court- house, the Clarendon Community Center, or the Burton Memorial Library. Voters in the Hedley school district will have several candidates to choose from with nine people competing for four on the Board of Trustees. Incumbents Rex Morris, Abby O'Neal, Jason Sargent, and Marlee Sharp are being challenged by Mary Jon Hicks, James LoUar, Troy Monroe, Kelly Patton, and James Edward Potts. Ballots in the Hedley school election can be cast only at the Hedley Lions Club building. In addition to local races, all voters in Donley County can par- ticipate in the state constitutional amendment election to cast ballots for or against Proposition One, which would "provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed tbr public school purposes on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years." Polling places for the state con- stitutional amendment election are as follows: Precinct 101 - Bairfield Activity Center, Precinct 102 - How- ardwick City Hall, Precinct 201 - Donley County Courthouse, Precinct 301 - Clarendon Community Center, Precinct 303 - Hedley Lions Club, and Precinct 401 - Burton Memorial Library. Polls will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jury convicts sex offender A Lelia Lake man was found guilty of Indecency with a Child last Wednesday and is facing an additional charge after he did not show up Callis for the sentenc- ing portion of his trial on Thursday. A Donley County Jury convicted Gabriel M. Callis on a charge that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 17 with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of himself. The incident hap- pened on New Year's Day during a sleepover. The jury also found Callis not guilty of a second count of the same charge. Jurors heard testimony of two prior assaults the defendant had com- mitted, but Callis had no prior history of sex offenses, District Attorney Smart Messer said. Callis missed his 8 a.m. court time Thursday for the sentencing See 'Callis' on page 3. ee