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The Clarendon Press, July 12 D 1973, Page 8 Turtle Race--. BY JOAN HOAGLAND I had never before seen one and it wasn't because I had chosen not to. I Just never had the chance to attend a ter- rapin race. Last Saturday's was my first. The week prior to the race The Press was swarmed with calls and people coming in to register their terrapins. Mothers who had loaded their cars with an entire neigh- borhood of children lined them up to get their numbers. Businesslike big brothers called to register turtles for their little sisters. (Do you know how many big brothers are stumped by the question "How old is your little sister?"l) Three hundred turtles later, long before 4 p.m. on Satur- day, a crowd gathered at the intersection of Kearny and 3rd. I thought I would get there early so I wouldn't miss any- thing. Well, I found I didn't know the meaning of the word early to turtle racing enthusiasts. By the time I arrived the street corners were Jammed with children of all ages, care- fully carrying their boxes containing their turtles. I observed the last-minute preparations before the race: a turtle eating a final energy-packed morsel, a turtle re- ceiving its last pep talk from its trainer, a turtle sleeping on its back. Being interested in fashion, I particularly wanted to see what the well-dressed terrapin is wearing these days. There were striped turtles, patchwork turtles and turtles "au naturale". Most eye-catching of all were green and gold glittered turtles. I learned a lot at the terrapin race, but most surprising was that turtles can move when they want to. When the cage was lifted there was no dilly=dailying around about getting to the finish line. I don't know if it was the heat of the pave- ment or a turtle's rejection of crowds, but they  in all directions, straight for the edge of the circle. ARer the races were over I was amazed at how quickly owners claimed their turtles. I guess that the pre-race days of training and conditioning developed close bonds of friend- WINNERS OF THE annual turtle race, spouored by the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, are shown with Basil Smith, center, who conducted the race. They are Jennie Deyhlej left, third place; Kari Allen first place; and Brenda Shaw, second place winner. The race was a booming success, with a total of 346 turtles entered. (Press Photo by Will THE LPI'rLE LEAGUE ALL.qTAR8 are preparl for play next Monday night at 6p.m. lnOptimist Park at Pampa. They will play Carson County All-Stars. They include, front row, Terry Putman, Alvin Reese, John Nichols, Chris Ford, Chad Selvidge, Mark Jack, Dean Hawkins. Back row, Gary Thomas, Keith Floyd, Larry Davis, Wade Porter Gary McClellan. Coaches are Horace McClellan Shelton. (Press Photo by Will Lowe) ship between humans and terrapins. Lowe) Religi Thoughts Grasshopers appear in OU S record numbers across county One of the most successful events of the 1973 Saint's Roost Celebration was the Turtle Race, whichalwaysdraws a crowd and a bushel of interest. A total of 346 turtles were registered for the big race, which was held Saturday afternoon in downtown Clarendon. The total set a new record for the favorite event. Con- testants kept the front door and telephones busy at The Clarendon Press, where the turtle headquarters was located. Karl Allen, who was visiting her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Homer Estlack and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Allen, won the cham- pionship with her turtle. The hard-shelled animal easily won the 0-6 bracket, then won the finals a few minutes lat- er. Young Kart lives in Hart. Brenda Shaw of Alabama, who won last year's turtle race championship, won second place in this year's competition. She competed in the Over 12 division. Jennie Deyhle won third place after winning the 7-11 class race. Her turtle came in last place in the runoff. A large crowd turned out for the turtle race Saturday. It was conducted by Basil Smith, assisted by several other men who served as Judges. Life is a mysterious something. Many have tried to define it. The wise men of the earth have sought an explanation of life's existance. Because of this, many ideas as to how life began have been set forth throughout the ages. The newest attempt at defining life and seeking an explana- tion of its existance is the theory of evolution. This theory, which is )nly an educated guess, attempts to prove that life originated from one source. Everything began in the oceans. Man is the descendant of some lower form of life. Life evolved, according to this guess, from one living cell which is the father and mother of all life upon our planet. In many places in our world this concept has given rise to various religions and ridiculous religious ideas. Spiritual- ism, with its teachings of reincarnation, has its source from this idea. For example, the red ant in your yard might be a great, great, great, great grandmother; so don't step on it. All life originates from one living cell; therefore we're kin to all forms of life in one way or another. Even the mole can become a kinsman through such reasoning. Vast religious systems have been built as a result of such logic. The teaching of the Bible isfar from these educated guesses of men. The Bible declares that there is a supreme intelli- FURTHER REDUCTIONS!!! Young grasshoppers are appearing in large numbers in several areas of Donley County, according to county ex- tension agent Ronald Gooch. Grasshoppers are relatively easy to kill when they are young but become more difficult to control as they near ma- turity. They are best controlled in their hatching grounds before they begin to migrate over large areas. Frequently spot spraying the hatching areas will prevent later wide- spread damage. Eggs are usually deposited in late summer and Eall in grassy, uncultivated areas such as roadsides, fence rows, idle crop land and ranges. The young nymps, after hatching the following spring, feed in the hatching area for several days before moving to fields, gardens and ranges. Apply- ing control measures while the young grasshoppers are still fairly concentrated will reduce the later damage to crops and ranges. Several insecticides give effective control of young grass- hoppers. Producers should pay careful attention to the label precautions before applying any insecticide to crops or ranges Specific control reco m mendations for gras shoppers on grass- land and field crops are available at the county agent's off- e, Gooch said. gent, powerful, almighty, Person behind the creation Through His word, the heavens and earth were create& His command the earth brought forth its treasure He created man in His own image after His own and placed man over the works of His hands in The Biblical teaching gives a purpose to life, a being, with a Somebody back of it all. According to the life didn't just evolve. There is nothing circumstancial life's beginning. It didn't just happen. Nothing was chance. God, the Almighty, Lord of the Universe, ed; and it was done. Tenderly, He formed a man fro$ dust of the ground, breathed into the clay a part of and man became a living soul. God created you. You didn't just happen to be. You just evolve. 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