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July 4, 1973

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Press early for celebration The Clarendon Press was pub- 36 hours early this week so that residents of Clarendon might receive this edition prior to the July 4-7 Saint's Roost Cel- ebration activities. The Presswas sCheduled to be out Tuesday af- ternoon and in thepost officeboxes by early Wednesday morning. No news was accepted after n0on Tuesday, so any news hap- Penlngs after noon Tuesday will be Published in next week'sPress, Which will be on regular sched- ale. Deadline for each week's Press is 9 p. m. Tuesday, and ad copy and news copy must y that time. The Press staff hopes you en= this July 4 edition, as the staff strives to please every read- er With each edition of The Clar- Xlon Press. CLARENDON, DONLEY COUNTY, TEXAS Wednesday, July 4,1973 20 Pages Vol. 2, No. 8 rade t en eel bration Hospital board budget DOnley County Hospital District board of directors approved a $331,389 budget, which calls for the to be open from July 1 (last Sunday), then retired eXecutive session to discuss the appeal of District Montgomery's consent Judgment which settled involving the hospital. the closed meeting, the board scheduled a for Tuesday night (last night) to discuss whether to appeal the Judgment, which settled all suits in- the hospital district, and cleared the air for the in Medical Center Hospital's history. A vote last night on the question of whether or not the Judge's decision. Observers expected the to appeal the decision. (The Press was printed to the Tuesday night meeting in order to come out the July 4 celebration.) Judgment is appealed, attorneys predict that the will be up in the air for another 18 months. An of the Judgment ending the hospital lawsuits would irregular, legal experts say. The Judgment was Judgment, which means that all parties involved settle the lawsuits. The hospital hoard agreed Dr. George W. Smith agreed to settle, and the group agreed to settle. Since that agreement is made, there is a question as to the right of any to appeal, since all have agreed to the set- settlement, in brief, gives Dr. George W. Smith , payable in four payments. The settlement was as giving Smith that money which was his at the new hospital district was formed. Smith, in turn, to drop all his suits and agreed not to boycott center facilities,) settlement papers called for the hospital district money to pay Dr. Smith each year. The board budget any money for Smith in the 1973-74 budget. president Delbert Robertson said that if the dis.. forced to pay this money, then the board will a- budget and talk about a tax increase. The pre- ts 65 per $100 valuation. calls for the hospital to be open and in full the entire year, which began Sunday. It calls average 13 patients per day in the hospital and per day in the nursing home. Wlth these ave- budget calls for a loss of $23,581.79 the hospital is not open, and there are few pro- for it to open in the next few months, the budget provides little information as to the hospital's status. copy of the hospital district's budget can be ll Page 5, Section 2 of today's Press,) Lawrence Neece Chamber manager I _ Neece, a resident of Clarendon since 1939, named manager of the Clarendon Chamber of it was announced this week by Chamber of president Dave Croslin. spent his first day on the Job Monday. He replaces Price Jr., who resigned from the chamber post full time to the Emmett O. Simmons Insuranee e will do most of the chamber's workfrom his Chamber of Commerce telephone number will the same as is presently listed in the phone book. is considering opening an office either down- in the city hall. A meeting next week of the chamber of directors will decide many of the chamber's fu- Came to Clarendon in 1939, and returned in 1945 in World War IL He is a member of St. Baptist Episcopal Church, where he is treasurer. Served as warden and a member of the Bishops He is also a Lay Reader in the church. Worked in Boy Scout work for 20 years, where earned the coveted Silver Beaver Award. He is of Adobe Walls Council of Boy Scouts, WOrked with the Red Cross for 17 years, and was fund chairman for the drive one time. married to Berkely Neece. They have two children Who is serving with the Navy in Washington, and Bobo of A marlllo. THE RODEO QUEEN qltestsnts are imx awtdttl Jealglle B, Ci! Crall 9 n Elllm,$se Owens,, the announcement of the new 1973 Rodeo Queen, which Pat Trout, Cheryl Shadle, Pare Johnston, Camile Mann, is set for Saturday night's rodeo performance. Contestants Judy White and Tallene Litilefleld. (Saye Photo) include (not in this order) Deanna Baird, Sherri Altman, Get your turtles ready,for the race Turtle Headquarters, otherwise known as THE CLARENDON PRESS, announces that it will be registering terrapins for this year's race Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. The race will be held on Saturday, 4 p.m. at the corner of 3rd and Kearny. The rules for the race are as follows 1. Only one terrapin may be entered per person. 2. Only land terrapins may be entered in the race. 3. The three eligible age groups are 0 to 6, 7 to 11, and 12 and up. The winners from each of the age groups com- pete for the grand championship. 4. First place prize is a $25 bond second place is $10 and third place, $5. THE PRESS talked with several children who are entering their terrapins in this year's race. Karen and Lynn Alderson, children of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Alderson, each have turtles that they found about a week ago. Karen's turtle is named "Charlie Sue" and Lynn's is "Roger". The terrapins reside in the Alderson's back yard and are Press announces Donley history The Clarendon Press will publish the first complete history of Donley County ever published, it was announced this week by Press publisher Dean Singleton* The book, titled "DONLEY COUNTY: LAND O' PROMISE," is written by Virginia Browder, a lifetime resident of Doniey County and a renowned historian of Dontey County events. Ms, Browder has been working on the book for several years, and is presently adding the finishing touches to the 300-page, hard-bound edition. Publication date is set for December 1, 1973. Singleton added that he hopes to have the book on the shelves for the Christmas gift season. The large volume will sell for $15, but a pre-publicaUon sale will be held, beginning July 1, and those volumes will sell for $12 in advance. The Clarendon Press will be open Wednesday afternoon after the parade and the rest of tire week to sell these pre-publicatlon book subscriptions at the $3 savings. The book will be produced locally at the Press facilities. It will be the first book to be published on the new Comp- ugraphic type-setting computer at The Press. Several more books are scheduled later. The author lives on Cedar Hills Ranch between Hedley and Memphis in Donley County. She has lived on that same ranch all her life, with the exception of her years at Hock- aday School in Dallas and two trips to Europe. She also attended the University of Texas and Chevy Chase Girls School in Washington, D. C. Ms. Browder has written the book "Butterfly Dust," a book of poetry, and "The Giles Chronicle," a history of the Giles community. Both books were published by The Clarendon Press when it was owned by the late Clyde I. (Pinky) Price. She plans to re-publish "Butterfly Dust" in the near future. You can read the first and opening chapter of the new book in this issue of The Press, on Page 1p Section 2. fed a training diet of lettuce leaves and cherries to "make 'era go faster". Karen and Lynn have been entering turtles in the race for several years. Karen explained that every year her turtle has quickly approached the edge of the circle. About one half inch from the line it stops and watches another turtle cross the lineI She hopes "Charlie Sue" will do better than that this year. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cole, Terry, Tim and Shanna, have picked up their terrapins on the road at their farm. The turtles are fed cantalope and live in a box except for their periodic workouts in the yard. The Coles have been entering the race for six years. So, get your turtle and give these turtles a run for their monevl IT'S NEARLY TIME for the arual Turtle Race in Clar- endon, which, incidentally, is set for 4 p. re. Saturday downtown. And many kids are getting ready for the event by training their turtles. Such is the case with Lynn and Karen Alderson. They're giving their turtles twice-daily workouts, and feeding them special "turtle racer" diets Clarendon's annual Saint's Roost Celebration and Rodeo will get under way this afternoon (Wednesday) at h30p.m, when a gala parade kicks the event off downtown* The western parade will be the first event on a program which extends through Saturday night, with fun-filled activities for young and old alike filling in between. Floats, horses, bikes, bands and exhibits of all types will be included in the downtown parade. A large crowd is ex- pected to view the parade. All downtown businesses will be closed Wednesday. Immediately following the parade, the Old Settlers Reunion will get under way at the Mulkey Theatre. Following the reunion opening, the annual Fiddler's Contest will be held at the Mulkey. Fiddlers from across the Panhandle are expected for the big musical event. A cash purse is provided for the fiddle competition. Ernest Kent is in charge of the Old Settlers Reunion, and Tom Waters will run the Fiddlers Contest. The first performance of the 4-night rodeo will get under way Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Arena. All types of rodeo events will be included in the rodeo. Following the rodeo every night, a dance will be held on the newly enlarged dance slab at the rodeo arena. The Country Impressions will play for the Wednesday night dance, Jer- ry Wayne will play for the Thursday and Saturday night dances, and national recording star Johnny Bush and his band will play for the Friday night dance. The Outdoor Entertainment Association has expressed much delight in having a recording star play at the local dance. Kid Events will be featured during the Thursday night rodeo performance. The rodeo will begin one hour early, at 7:30 p. m. for the Kid Events. This performance will spotlight the younger cowboys and cowgirls. Events open to the youngsters will be calf riding, steer riding, girls barrel racing and the junior queen's contest. The calf rtdl tle. ranges from 10 and under. Steer riders should be in the 11 -13 category. Girls wishing to compete in the Junior barrel race need to be 12 years or younger. There are five entries in the "Li'l" Queen's Contest. To qualify, a girl must be 13 years old and have some horsemanship abilities. Judges for the young ladies will be Jo Ann Meyers of Childress and Burl Hollar. As a token of her honor the queen will receive a lovely tiara. Belt buckles will be awarded to first and second place winners and third and fourth runners-up for the Junior rodeo will receive ribbons. The Friday night rodeo performance will be at 8:30 p. m. Saturday morning at 9 a. m., an American Quarter Horse Approved Horse Show will be held at the rodeo arena. The public is invited. Concerning the seniors rodeo, there will be four of them the 4th through the 7th. Each event will be limited to 12 contestants per evening. The entry fees are the same as last year's. Saddle broncs, barebacks, bulls and barrel racing all require a $20.00 fee. Calf roping and heading and heeling is (Continued on page 3) to make them run faster. Karen says her turtle has near- ly won the race several times, but always stops to watch the winner just before it reaches the finish line. The bro- ther and sister are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Gone Alderson. (Press Photo by Will Lowe)