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T HE C .REN D THE CLARENDON NEWS & OIN *************************** ADC 750 EXP SMALL TOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNZA AVE SW SEA TTLE WA 98 136-1208 lhh'l"h"'rh,lh,lh,ll,hlll,l,l,l,l,ll,l,ll : i i!i:f!iii!i!i:iii i~i: i i!: ~ IRES: THE DONLEY COUNTY LEADER 11.22.2007 The Texas Panhandle's First Newspaper. Established 1878. "0"Y2:3" Single Copy Price: 75 THIS WEEK 2 The Supreme Court has a chance to unholster the Second Amendment. 3 Clarendon School Trustees make their selections for the appraisal board. 5 Use some helpful tips when shopping for toys this holiday season. 7 And the Broncos fall to the Swifts. All this and much more as The Enterprise reports in this week's amazing edition/ County urging use of fire precautions The Donley County Com- missioners COurt recognizes that a high fire danger exists, due to dry weather conditions; and the Court urges citizens use extreme caution when burning outdoors. Precautions such as monitor- ing wind conditions, using fire guards, and contacting the Sher- iff's office before any outdoor burning should be implemented. Should a fire get out of con- trol, remember you will be held liable for any damages caused. New correspondent will cover Hedley Kathy Spier has joined THE CLARENDON ENTERPRISE as the new corresPondent for the Hedley community Residents in the Hedley area are urged to contact Spier if they have news items about their fami- lies, activities, or Organizations they would like to see in print. All of her contact information is available in her inaugural column on page four. "We're really happy to have Kathy on board," said publisher Roger Estlack. "Part of the flavor of the Clarendon paper has always been its community cor- respondents, and we look forward to the news Kathy will bring as each week." Spier will join Howardwick correspondent Peggy Cockerham on the ENTERPRISE'S Society page each week. Retired teachers to meet next Monday The Donley County Retired School Personnel Association will meet Monday, November 26, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the Clarendon Church Of Christ. The program will be given by Superintendent Monte Hys- inger. All retired personnel from the public school and the college are invited to attend. Members are asked to bring snacks. PCS seeking angels The Panhandle Community Services Annual Angel Tree Project is accepting applications for infants and children through November 30. The project is for Donley County residents only. At the time of application, please have the child's age and clothes and shoe size. November 28 through December 15, interested citizens of Donley County may come in and choose their angel, or they may give a donation to help with the purchase of gifts. The gifts need to be wrapped and back on or before December 17, to Panhandle Community Services, located at 416 S. Kearney. 9 The search for the next presi- No contract was signed Thurs- and was the manager and part owner committees for the Texas Higher dent of Clarendon College ended day, but both sides agreed Auven- of Megent Music Company in Ama- Education Coordinating Board and before it started last week when the shine will serve as long as he is rillo from 1964 to 1970. the Southern Association of Schools CC Board of Regents decided the enjoying the job and as long as the In addition to his degree from and Colleges. He has also served as best person for the job was already board thinks he is serving the col- WT, Auvenshine holds a Doctor President of the Texas Community on the job. lege well. of Education degree from the Uni- College Association, in addition to Dr. William R. Auvenshine,Board Chairman Charles versity of Northern Colorado and numerous other civic and education who had been serving in an interim Deyhle, Sr said Auvenshine has the a Bachelor of Science degree from organizations. capacity since July, became the 17th unanimous support of the regents. Texas Christian University. Auvenshine succeeds Dr. W. sitting president of the Panhandle's "I am very pleased because Auvenghine began his career in Myles Shelton, who stepped down oldest college following Thursday's we have a man with a lot of experi- higher education as Dean of Student effective June 28 to take the job as regular board meeting, ence at a college larger than ours," Services at Ranger Junior College president of Galveston College. "I'm extremely pleased to be Deyhle said. "He is extremely well from 1971 to 1984. He then served In other college business last in Clarendon," Auvenshine told the informed, and he has made a lot of 20 years as president of Hill College week, Regents continued talks with ENTERPRISE. "We have an outstanding friends here in a short time." in Hillsboro before retiring in 2004. representatives for a wind energy board of regents and an outstanding Auvenshine is no stranger to Most recently Auvenshine served as farm slated for construction on the faculty and staff. I've also been very the Texas Panhandle. He received his Interim President at Galveston Col- Trew Ranch along the northern impressed with the high caliber of- Master of Education Degree from lege in Galveston, Texas. l)onley County border. The board the student body." "West Texas State University in 1967 He has served on numerous See 'College' on page 3. Swifts corral Broncs Alton Gaines tries to break through the Nazareth defense Bi-District playoff game 6-35. See page seven for details. last Thursday night at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo. Clarendon lost the ENTERPRISE PHOTO / ROGER ESTLACK jo Donley County's unemploy- Donley County's ment rate dipped to 3.8 percent in October, according to seasonally non-adjusted data from the Texas Workforce Commission. The figures show Donley County with 1,718 people employed out of a workforce of 1,785 with 67 people looking for work. That is better than September's figures which reflected an unem- ployment rate of 4.6 percent with 80 people out of work out of a work- force of 1,736. One year ago in October, unemployment rate was 3.9 percent with 71 people jobless. Statewide, the October season- ally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.1 percent, down from 4,3 percent in September and 4.8 percent in October 2006. For the third month in 2007, the statewide unemployment rate reached the lowest point since the current series began in 1976. Seasonally adjusted nonagri- cultural employment in Texas grew by 24,200 jobs in October. ires II in Texas employers now have state at 2.7 percent (not seasonally added 206,400jobs over the past 12 adjusted): The Amarillo, Lubbock, months for an annual growth rate of and Odessa MSAs were second at 2.0 percent. 3.1 percent. "The strength of the Texas "Texas employers continue economy is reflected in this record their impressive run by adding jobs low unemployment rate," said Texas and fueling the state's economy," Workforce Commission (TWC) said TWC Commissioner Repre- Chair Diane Rath. "Texas employ- senting Employers Ron Lehman. ers continue to expand at a tremen- "We have job growth in 10 of dous pace, offering workers strong 11 industry sectors over the past opportunities." month, with notable annual job The Midland Metropolitan growth rates in Natural Resources Statistical Area (MSA) experienced and Mining, as well as Professional the lowest unemployment rate in the and Business Services." ni ma onal The 1888 Charles and Mary pioneers of the region, and many other partners throughout Ann (Molly) Goodnight Ranch, Charles Goodnight achieved the area are dedicated to restoring located 20 miles west of Clarendon great success as a cattleman and was the home that Charles Goodnight in Armstrong County, has been partially responsible for blazing a built so that it can become a cen- designated in the National Register cattle trail from Texas to Colorado. terpiece of the planned Charles of Historic Places by the National In addition, he established several Goodnight Historical Center. The Park Service. of the largest early ranches in the restored home and interpretive This property joins some 2700 Panhandle and in Colorado, and with center will provide a place where properties in Texas with this desig- Molly's assistance, saved the area's future generations wilfleam the sto- nation, native buffalo lines for posterity, ries of Charles Goodnight-stories of The Goodnight Ranch is oneThis Victorian style house is the vision, determination, achievement, of the earliest large homes in the last home he built and one in which frontier life,and the development of Panhandle of Texas and was the he lived for the last thirty-eight years the cattle industry. ranch headquarters for Goodnight's of his life. Plans are now underway Retaining its integrity of loca- 102,400-acre ranch. The home is for a $3 million campaign to restore tion, design, setting, association, representative of both early homes the homestead and furnishings, build materials, and workmanship, the on the High Plains of the Texas an interpretive center, and raise an home is much like it was when Panhandle as well as a dwelling operations endowment. Charles and Molly Goodnight lived uniquely associated with one of the The Armstrong County Board there. The home of Col. Charles Goodnight. 9 Dr. Bill Auvenshine comments on ram The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is still offering members of. the public an opportunity to voice opinions about the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and suggest ideas about improving ECP for the future. Interested individuals have until the close of business on December 24, 2007, to submit comments for consideration. ECP provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disas- ters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in peri- ods of severe drought. Funding for ECP is appropriated by Congress. "FSA is inviting public com- ment on ECP to ensure that the full range of issues and program alter- natives are addressed," said Bruce Ferguson, Executive Director for the Dontey County FSA. According to Ferguson, ECP currently offers qualified applicants assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved emergency conservation practices as determined by FSA county com- mittees. Conservation practices include but are not limited to debris removal, fence and conservation structure restoration, and livestock watering measures during drought. Written comments on and requests for copies of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement should be directed to ECP SEIS, Geo-Marine Incorporated, 2713 Magruder Blvd Suite D, Hampton, VA 23666-1572. ECP details can also be obtained by contacting Matthew Ponish via e-mall at Mathew.ponish @wdc.usda.gov. Get high-speed wireless Internet for your home or office. 0 ,