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November 5, 1973     The Clarendon Enterprise
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EVER HEAR of a peach tree blooming In whtor? Well, have now. TMs peach tree, which grows In the yard of Mr. [Mrs. Bill Todd here In Clarendon, started blooming Just as you please a few days ago, despite the time of year. L Ill II Ill Clarendon, Donley County, Texas tax collections % in October collections in the public school, college and hospital are well ahead of last year, according to a report issued the Clarendon Independent School District, which collects for all three districts. for the coming year began October 1. Those paid taxes during October received a 3% discount, and people took advantage of the situation. Taxpayers get a discount if their taxes are paid in November and a 1% if they're paid in December. January payments get no and taxes paid afer Feb. 1 will be charged a penalty. school district collected taxes totaUin8 $11D,200 during about 43% of the total assessments of $256,821. Clarendon College District collected $40,116 during also 43% of their assessments, which are $92,124. Donley County Hospital District collected $43,000 during which amounts to 43% of their total assessments of amounts collected in October are quite a bit above last "commented Mrs. Bob Trout, who collects the ;t 70% complete County's milo harvest, the largest in 10 years, is 70% completed, with almost 30,000,000 pounds come into the two city grain elevators. The rest of the IS in after the. first killing freeze. gram is good and the milo is getting $3.80 per over $1,000,000 worth of milo having come city elevators in the past few weeks. reasons for the large crop are that the rains came at the the weather conditions were good and that there were acres of grain planted this year. 2A still 3-way tie district 2A football race remained In a 3-way tie Friday as all three district leaders won their games handily. McLean, Claude beat Wheeler, ami Memphis Wellington. All three leaders have lost one game In play. the tie remains when the season is over, wMch Is very the three teams would flip to see who represents the the playoffs. All three teams will be favored to win the *[ their pm. Usgy, peseh us bloom In fl spd d flw yEwr, hm flls o apparently didn't know that this is November. It could only happen In Clarendon. [Press Photo by Richard Allen] I _ __ Sunday, November 5, 1973 I I II Fuel shortage hampers Donley County The fuel shortage is hitting Donley County in a big way, but the main thrust seems to be on county farmers, who are being hit with the shortage in crisis proportions. All kinds of fuel--gasoline, diesel and propane--are in short supply, but the biggest shortage is diesel. The federal government has put a mandatory allotment system on diesel, ruling that no buyer can use any more diesel fuel than he used the same month last year. This puts things in bad shape for Donley County farmers for several reasons. First, the weather was bad during October and November last year, and farmers didn't get into the fields much during the two months, thus they used a minimal amount of fuel last year. This year, the weather has been excellent, and farmers have been working from daylight to dark. But, they can get only as much diesel as they got last year, so they've been cut off. One local seller of diesel said he hadn't had any to sell in 10 days. "I can't sell it if I don't have itI" he said. So, some farmers are having to slow their farming pace to coincide with last year. What ff you farmed with butane last year and bought a diesel tractor this year? Well, you're probably out of luck, since the federal allotment system doesn't allow for you to have any fuel. Some moves are being made by the government to provide a limited amount of fuel to new buyers of diesel, but it will take a lot of red tape, and they still won't get enough fuel. Another factor in the diesel shortage is the expanded use of farm land. Last year, much of the land in the county wasn't farmed due to the set-aside farm programs. This year, the government has adopted a "fence to fence" farming program, and much more land is being farmed. But, the allotment program says you can't buy any more fuel than last year, so if more land has been taken on, the fuel crisis hits again. II II I _ I IIII I , Volume II, No. 36 IIIIII III IIIII The propane shortage isn't quite as bad as the diesel shortage--that is, not now. Donley County had an early winter last year, and a lot of propane was used early in the winter. This year, the temperatures have been warmer, and little fuel has been used for heating. Since propane sales have been placed on an allotment basis too, that means that propane is more available this year than diesel. But, as the winter grows colder, local suppliers are worried about propane running short. Some suppliers are already running short, others are expecting shortages in the next month or two. Gasoline is beginning to run short, too. Suppliers are getting the same amount of gasoline as they did last year, but usage is obviously up, so the shortage exists. Gasoline prices are soaring, too. Most dealers got a 3c a gallon increase this week, putting regular grade gasoline at 39c a gallon, up 8c a gallon over the same time last year. And more price hikes are expected. One local wholesaler reported that he was unable to supply one of his stations for 10 days in October. The station bought some gasoline elsewhere and didn't have to close. So, the fuel situation in Donley County is beginning to get critical, and the outlook for county farmers signals problems ahead. Fertilizer is short-- prices are soaring Fuel isn't the only thing that's short for Donley Ceenty farmers. Local fertilizer dealers reported Fdday that fertilizer is short in the county, with the situation likely to get much worse as the year goes on. And besides getting short, fertilizer has Jumped In price--up from 520 to $30 a ton over last month's price. "It's getting scarce and high!" said one fertilizer dealer. m McLEAN--It took 'em awhile, but the Clarendon Bronchos finally got wound up and showed some of that championship style here Friday night, shutting down the McLean Tigers 28-0 before a crowd of Clarendon folks that was larger than the home crowd of McLean. The Tigers played a game of ball control during the first period of play, letting the Bronchos have the ball just once during the entire quarter, but ings turned around in the secoud perked to put the Bronchos on the winning track. Even though the going was close in the first period, the statistics of the game coincide with the lopsided score. The Bronchos gained 385 yards total offense, while holding the Tigers to 207 total yards. The Bronchos gained 350 yards on the ground, mainly with the heroic running of stars Kenneth King and Jerry Holland. Holland was the game's leading rusher, gaining 147 yards in 20 carries. King rained 140 yards in 16 carries. Tony Wallace,a freshman who played his first varsity football Friday night, gained 27 yards in 7 carries, including a touchdown. Johnny Gerner ran for 24 yards in two carries, and quarterback Randy Croslin gained 12 yards in 6 carries. The Broncho defense held the Tigers to 172 rushing yards and 35 yards through the air. The Tigers completed 4 of 9 passes for 35 yards. Croslin completed 2 out of 5 passes for 35 yards, including two interceptions. Also in the mistake corner for Clarendon were two fumbles by King, one of which was made just before he started across the goal. McLean was hurt by the loss of two star running backs. with a pass, and the Tigers took over on the 50. They drove down to the 20, and a last-second field goal fell short of the goal, making it 7-0 at the half. The Bronehes came out fighting after the half. Scott Hamilton fielded the low kickoff on the 37, where the Broncs started their drive. Holland ran for 19 yards, Gerner for 19, King for 1, and ' Halfback Gary Griffin was taken off the field in an ambulance Holland ran to theMcLean 6 with a 17-yard run. King ran for 3, after suffering a severe blow early in the first period, and Joe Riley left the field with a knee injury late in the game. Both had been stars for the Tigers. The Bronchos were destined to score on their first possession of the game. Starting out on their own S-yard line after a McLean punt, Croslin led his team down to the 11 in 8 plays. On a first down situation, King headed for the goal and fumbled on the 3-yard line just as he started to cross the goal. McLean recovered, and Clarendon didn't get the ball again during that quarter. The Broues got on the board after a punt by McLean fell short on the McLean 33-yard-line. From there, King ran for 6, then for 5, then for 3 again. Holland went to the 10, King to the 8, and King ran in for the touchdown. King's kick was good, and it was 7-0 with 3:59 left in the half. Clarendon got the ball again on the" next series when McLean couldn't move it, but on second down, Croslin hit McLean's Riley then Croslin took it over for the touchdown from the 3. King's kick made it 14-0. McLean couldn't move the ball, and punted to Oerner, who returned the punt 24 yards to the McLean 41. A pass to Stun Shelton put the bali on the 25, but a 15-yard penalty put it back on the 40. Gerner ran for S, then Holland made the most thrilling run of the night, a 34-yard scamper breaking tackle after tackle to the 6-yard-line. King ran 5 yards, and Croslin took it over for the touchdown. After the kick, it was 21-0 Clarendon. On the next series, Clarendon drove down to the McLean 2-5, only to have a pass intercepted by McLean. But the defense held, and the Tigers couldn't move down the field. The Bronehes scored their final touchdown late in the fourth period. A short punt by McLean put the ball on the 26. Tony Wallace picked up 11 yards, then ran for 5, then for 4, then for 1, then for 2, and finally went over from 4 yards out for the touchdown. The kick made it 28-0, where it was to stay. Citizens to vote on nine amendments Tuesday Donley County residents will join voters throughout the state when they cast their ballots in Tuesday's constitutional amendment election. POLLS WILL open throughout the county at 8 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. Although the Constitutional Revision Commission has finished its work and will present it to delegates soon, Tuesday's election deals with some areas in the present state constitution. A new constitution may not be adopted by the voters, and, should this occur, the state will continue to operate under the present constitution. Voters will consider nine amendments in Tuesday's election. A summary of the amendments follows: AMENDMENT NO. 1 on the ballot authorizes annual sessions of the legislature and increases the legislative pay from $4,800 to $15,000 per year. Those for this amendment say Texas government is a $5 billion a year business and requires more attention than it did in years past; therefore it requires fulRime representatives and compensation to retain or to get good people interested in serving in the legislature. Those against this amendment say $4,800 a year is what the pay was when a representative ran for the job and that the cost of government is high enough now. AMENDMENT NO.2 on the ballot is a proposal that would give single adults with real property the same protection and security from forced sale for debt of their homestead that is now given to families. It also provides that a family homestead may not be abandoned without the consent of both spouses. Proponents of the amendment argue that single adults deserve the same protection against creditors as do married adults and there should be no discrimination, Opponents say there is an increasing number of single adults and because the homestead exemption was designed primarily to protect innocent family [Coat'& on Page 3] JERRY HOLLAND dances a Jig, but gains 34 yards. TONY WALLACE, bottom, picks up his first varsity touchdown, as teammates cheer.