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Page 6 Legal Matters by Texas Attorney General Dan Morales Child Support: It's More Than Money August is National Child Support Month. At this time every year, we pause to r the far- reaching importance of our efforts to ensure that Texas children receive the support owed them by both parents. On an almost daily basis, we read about front-burner, headline- grabbing issues such as welfare reform and youth violence. How often do we stop to think about the connection between these issues and child support? Probably not enough. Yet the connection is direct and vitaL Many children in our country grow up in poverty and on public assistance precisely be- cause both parents do not help support them. Recently, we released a new juvenile justice plan for Texas, which addresses the complex is- sues of youth violence and school safety. In that plan we restate our belief that the child support pro- gram is an integral part of the answer to the rising juvenile crime rate. Most hardened criminals start out as disadvantaged children. Many have known both poverty and parental desertion early in their lives. Child support is critical. No child should unneces- sarily experience the pain or the harmful effects of poverty. And child support is not just about money. Children need to know who their parents are and that their parents care about them. In all our dealings, we actively and consistently urge both parents to stay in touch with their children. Fathers are important Our goal is to intervene as early as possible in cases where our assistance is needed. Two of our special child support initiatives are especially important in this respect: Parenthood and Paternity (PAPA) and Volunteers in Pater- nity (vn,). PAPA is a program we have introduced to the public schools. It is a curriculum for teaching young people about the responsilities of parenthood. We explain that the law requires both parents to help support their child until the child is 18 years old. The VIP program is based upon a partnership we have formed with more than 280 hospi- tals and birthing facilities across the state. We find that many un- married fathers respond positively when given the opportunity to ac- knowledge their newborns at the time of birth. Once legal paternity has been established the groundwork exists for a court order of child support - and that newborn's future is a little more sure. Child Support Today and Tomorrow Our caseload continues to grow, and social forces beyond our control add new cases to our dock- et every day. For one thing, migra- tion to Texas from other states is on the rise again. As a result, many of these new Texans owe child sup- port which we must collect and send to other states. II AGOSTO ES EL MES DE MANTENIMIENTO PARA I,-I HI JOSe PERO LO NECESITAN TODO EL AIIO. COBRO DE SOSTENIMIENTO PARA N|NOS DEPENDIENTES. ES IVAS QUI c SOI.hIENTE DiNERO. Registered Child Care Opens For ;I1 (lattuben tW Although the task is monumental, we are showing posi- tive results. In the first three years of our administration, we col- lected more than $1 billion in child support collections. Currently, an- nnal collections are near the $430 million mark and for Texas children, we established more than 30,000 paternities last year. We have made these gains through various strategies, some of which have been detailed in other Legal Matters columns: wage withhold- ing, tax refund intercepts, and the new hire program, for example. In the next year, we will be implementing a revolutionary sys- tem of automation to support the collection process. This new sys- tem is slated to come on line next winter, and my technical staff is working around the clock now to ensure that every detail is in place before we shift the burden from the old system to the new. For more information about our child support program, call us at 800-252-3515. To receive copies of our child support brochures, please visit your local Child Sup- port Office. Or write to: Office of the Attorney General, Research and Legal Support Division, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, Texas 78711- 2548. Fishing Report The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports that fishing at Greenbelt Lake is good. The water is clear, 79 degrees, 4 feet below normal level; black bass good to 6.5 pounds on plastic worms and minnows; walleye good to 4.5 pounds on minnows; sand bass good trolling) on iis and min- nows; crappie fair in shallow water on minnows; catfish good to 16.5 pounds on minnows, liver, nighterawlers and water dogs. Report Errors Check your ad the first day it runs to see ff all the Information Is correct. Please call ae Clarendon News of. rice at 874-2259 the first day the ad runs to report the error. It not reported on the first day after the ad runs, Tae ,Clarendon News Is not !responsible. New produce offers variety Texas consumers can choose from more than 120 new varieties of fruits and vegetables developed and now grown in the state. Some examples include: Variedad de nuevas cosechas Los consumidores gozan de mds de 120 nuevas vanedades de fruta y verclum desarolladas en Texas. Algunos ejemplos: Social Security News by Jim Talbot Serial Security Cards Carry New Messages "Protect both your card and your number to prevent their misuse" is the message on the new version of the Social Security card issued since early summer. For years the message was "Carry your card in your purse or wallet." Times have changed and so has the message, according to Jim Talbot, manager of the Amarillo Social Security office. "Social Security now encourages people to recordtheir numbers and to keep their cards and numbers in a safe place," Talbot said. "The message on the stub attached to the new version of the Social Security number card also reminds people to show their cards to their employers when starting a new job," Talbot said. It is important that the employer gets the employee's Social Security number and name right so that his or her earnings can be recorded correctly. Social Security benefits are based on the earnings information recorded under a person's Social Security number. Missing earnings could result in failure to qualify for benefits or lower benefits. ik?, 00hool is flcrc! Tif00 Wncif.s and. erasers James Owens Thursday, August 11, il""hu The L/ons 3( by Gene Alderson The Clarendon Lions held its regular mee6 noon on Tuesday, July 25, 1 the Lions HalL fourteen me Lion Sweetheart Dee Willia three guests were pr. o1 Everyone enjoyed a very del T-Bone steak dinner. Boss|l'( Garland called the meeti a Pi order, and following the r opening ceremony, Pr0 Chairman Smith announced there would be two programs Iroa The first program brought by Will Parks, Distrk Iote gineer for the Texas Departn Transportation. He was duced by Steve Smith who Local Maintenance Super Mr. Parks informed the club i the district included 13 co : Operations in Donley Coun '. handled by 11 employees a nae annual payroll is $210,000. ', State of Texas owns over 2500 : of land and maintains 350 rail ' roads within Donley County. i translates into 800 to 900 . miles. The state supervises mO ,ue of 1900 acres twice a year. TIC nual budget for the district's o tion in Donley County is $60 Mr. Parks states that highway : handles 8,000 cars per day. Ii : state.40 handles 14,000 per ,Ide The State of Texas with 7 eenterline miles ranks 2rid i number of miles of highway  1/2 all of the nations of the world. United States of America is f The Texas Departmea Transportation administd oo Transportation Enhance Fund which is used not to buil ] maintain highways, but to maid ex transportation system more d 2 able to use. Uses for money  1 their fund include projects add ex 7 to the appearance of a highva!. S an approach to a town, refurbisl 2 building such as court housa E depots, and projects relating to] E lands or abandoned railroad d S of-way. 2 E The second program brought by Tamara O'Connor ] is Executive Director of the L High Plains Eye Bank Sheis al , " t and her home club is Am , t Lone Star. She was formerly ] the Eye Bank in Fort Worth. S she arrived in March, eye  , tions have increased from 8 t : .per month. Of the 30 people  dor mg for a cornea transplant i area, 15 are age 25 or younger, Ret oldest eye donor was 102. The recipient was 98. The Eye Bai accept any eye. If disease pre it from being transplanted, it v used for research. One eye can up to ten persons. If you would sider giving the Gift of Sight, tact any member of the Lions for more information. There no other business and the me adjourned. The joy of life is variety;  LOT org[rs tenderest love requires t0 renewed by intervals 1 I Service Repair Windshield 1 Cracks I State Inspection 1 Stickers 1 Stop By For A Complete Full Excess fat increases your chances of high blood pressure and diabetes. Which increaSe your risk of heart disease. Good reasons to start a waist dispoS program today. ! You can help preve 1 heart disease and stroke| We can tell you how. | Call l_8OO.00a_usA00. ! American Heart ti Association This space provided as a pubhc set v' 1993, American Head Assoc,atl/ x IIl .h CHRISTINA Swimsuits also 50% OFT I.iltle girls stilts now under $12.00, Jr's Suits now under $20.00, and Miesy (to size 18) now under $25.00. 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