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2 doctors meet with board "Two medical doctors from Amarillo, both working in the Tech Family Medicine program, met with the Donley Hospital District board of directors Tuesday night to the possibility of setting up practice at Medical HospRal. Drs. Ernest Cabrera and Ronald Thomas met with board and asked clarification of what the lawsuit con- surrounding the district are all about, and asked pending lawsuits would affect them if they moved to 'endons members reviewed the past several years' hap- and how the controversy came about. The doctors several questions concerning the suits, two explained that they want to practice here, but that committed to stay in the Tech program until next and likely cannot come until then. The board explained that doctors are needed now, since the hospital is closed. The two said that they have friends in California who are looking for a practice in the Texas Panhandle, and said that these doctors might be interested in coming here soon. The two doctors asked what the Doniey County district might offer an incoming doctor. It was pointed out that a guarantee of $3,000 a month for three months was given to Dr. Patrick Dolan when he came here, and that a sial- tar arrangement could probably be made. Both doctors expressed an interest in Clarendon, and said that they were quite sure that doctors could be found for Clarendon. The regular monthly board meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday night at Medical Center. No county tax for the elderly who are past the age of 65 and who have tax of less than $3,000 will pay no county tax begin- in 1974. Commissioners Court, in a recent meeting, voted to over-65s from taxes after the Legislaturepass- Law giving counties this authority. Swinney made a motion that the exemption for older 'sons be put in effect immediately. Jess Finley seconded nlOtion. Swinney and Finley voted in favor of immediate and Gene White and Junior Hill voted against it. Biilie Christai broke the tie and the motion failed. Then, Judge Christal made a motion that the exemption be applied beginning in 1974. This motion passed. This means that beginning in 1974, those people 65 and over will pay no county taxes on property with $3,000 or le valuations. County officials point out that it is a good measure for the elderly, but that it will cause problems for the county's tax rolls. 'That's a lot of tax dollars we won't get," one county of- ficial explained. "But I guess we'll manage." Good or bad, the measure starts with the 1974 tax rolls. THIS LOADED TRUCK didn't quite make it through down- town Clarendon Friday, as the truck hit the electrical lines, tore them along with their poles, and sent live wires flying all around the downtown intersection. Electric, telephone and Cable TV lines were knocked clown in the incident. Workmen quickly cleared the street of live wires, and put the lines back into circulation Friday afternoon. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) #,. #,,, Oonley County, Texas Thursday, June 14, 1973 1 Section 10 Pages Volume II, No. 5 Shorty Thompson honors set Saint's Roost celebration nearing and Herschel H. (Sherry) Thompson and his wife be honored for 21 yearsofdedicatton to the church custodian. who never looks at a person without smiling, will this week after serving the church 21 years as custo- And the church will honor him all day, with a recep- following church Sunday night. .After retirement Sherry and Ruby plan to take it easy, do e gardening, d "Just piddle." horty and Ruby moved to Clarendon in 1924, but left for Veral years. They returned to Clarendon In 1932 to stay. 'rty took part in farming, ranching and constructionwork.  worked for the C4ty of Clarendon for awhtle too. I e went to work in1951 for the First Baptist Church, where has worked for nearly 22 years. horty and Ruby report many experiences observed while W kng at the church, "and they're all good." These fine people have helped me when I needed help ," Shorty observed. N QrtY has worked with Royal Ambassadors, has taught a "#a Sunday School Class, and has been very faithful in all tts of the church. The Thompsons have worked under six pastors in their etl's here, including the Rev. L. A. Sartaln the Rev. Ho-  Scott, the Rev. Ed Byers, the Rev. W. W. Vander- , the Rev. Robert Lawrence and the presentpastor, Dr. es Brandon. TheY have one son, San Thompson who lives in Amarillo. .-ey have had three foster children, Mrs DebbieShields of ;tarillo, Charles Jackson of California; and the late Mrs. e Plan to be of every service possible to the church we ,. dUrimz retirement." Shorty saia. "We want to always be qltl'ul members." " The annual Clarendon Saint's Roost Celebration will be held Wednesday through Saturday: July 4 through 7, and plans are under way for the gala 4-day event, which will be kicked off on July 4, Independence Day. Plans call for a rodeo to be featured each evening, Kld Events will be held Thursday at 7:30p.m., the traditional Terrapin Race will be held Saturday at 4 p.m, and the American Quarter Horse Approved Horse Show will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. Roping contests will be held Sunday, July 8, at I p.m. The gala event, sponsored by the Outdoor Entertainment Association, will be kicked off on Wednesday with a big parade. The Old Settlers Reunion will be at 2p.m. on Wednesday, and the Fiddlers Contest will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Many visitors from out of town will be in town for the event, which is always Clarendon's featured event of the yeal. MR. AND MRS. SHORTY THOMPSON...retiring from the First Baptist Church. (Press Photo) i i iii! I FLOATING AMPHITHEATRE near Greenbelt Lake is shape rapidly. 'Phis photo shews that three rows of are completed. There will be 10 rows when corn- pleted, with a seating capacity of over 600 people. The first production at the open-air theatre will be next Easter. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) THIS ELECTRICAL POLE was knocked down when a truck hit lines at the intersection of Highway 287 and Kearney Streets downtown Friday. Workmen quickly cleaned up the mess. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) County to get new radar The Doniey County Commissioners Court voted Monday dur- ing regular session to lease all-new modern radar equip- ment to be used by the local units of the Highway Patrol. The new units will be leased on a 90-day trial basis. The new radar system is unique in that patrolmen do not have to be at a standstill to check the speed of drivers by radar. The patrol car can be moving at full speed, and still clock a driver's speed. This will make it much easier for patrolmen to catch speeders. The Commissioners Court also voted to ask the state for extension of farm roads leading south of C larendon to the JA Ranch and leading north of Clarendon towards Alanreed. The JA Road lacks 3.8 miles of paving to be complete, and the road to Alanreed lacks about 8 miles. When the 8 miles are paved towards Alanreed, the road Construction ahead on amphitheatre Construction is well under way on the Seven Cities float- lng amphithetre near the dam at Greenbelt Lake, Norma Selvidge, director, reports. The first three rows of 10 have been completed for seat- ing around the body of water which will float the amphi- theatre, and construction, which is under way by hand, Is ahead of schedule. Mrs. Selvldge reports that her office will be open the first of next week. It is in the office building which form- erly was the Cantrell Farm Supply building. She said her phone wotfld be hooked up this week in the office. She has been touring theatrical facilities in the Chicago area. She said that she is spreading the word about the floating threatre which is undex construction here, and said much enthusiasm has been shown in the North for this program. The facility will be completed for experimental use in the fall, and the first production will be the Easter production next spring. The ampthltheatre project is part of the entire Seven CRies amusement park idea which is underwritten by Sev- yen Cities, Inc. Court to be held Tuesday District Court will be in sesslonTuesday, June 19, in Don- ley County. Criminal cases will be considered. will connect with another farm road to make a short route to Alanreed. At present, Alanreed resident have to drive 35 miles to Clarendon, but the new road would give them a short route to Clarendon. The decision to ask the state for extension, of these roads was passed 3-I, wlthCommissioner Junior Hill voting against the move. Hill favors a road in theHedley area, rather than completion of these roads. The commissioners voted to employ H. C. Shaw, Lloyd McCord and Roddy Kllnnert as deputies during the July 4 celebration. The deputies will be on extra duty July 4, 5, 6, andT. The Sheriff's Department asked for some pay raises dur- ing the meeting, but no action was taken by the commis- sioners. Friends start McConnell fund On March 22 of this year, Mrs. Wade (Brenda) McConnell of Clarendon, 22, entered Groom Memorial Hospital with a kidney infection. Six days later, Mrs. McConnell gave birth to a child, and three days later, had to undergo exploratory surgery of her liver and bladder. Aftez the surgery, Mrs, McConnell was sent home to recover. In 5 days, she was rushed back to the hospital for emer- gency surgery. Three days later, she was strtckenby pneu- monia. Three days later, a blood clot was discovered in her right lung. Last Tuesday, she began bleeding, and some 5 pints of blood ultimately was given to her. Mrs. McConnell is still in the hospitai trying to over- come these obstacles which have faced her for three months. Her husband Wade works for ivan Dement Road Construc- tion, and works every day, and visits his wife each night at Groom. Friends of the McConnells have started a love fund to help pay the thousands of dollars in medical costs for the young family. Donations for the fund may be made at The Farmers State Bank & Trust Company, Osburn Furniture or The Clarendon Press. Checks may be made out to the McCon- nell Fund.