The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 16, 2004 Page: 4 of 28
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THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER 2004
THE CANADIAN RECORD
ax Office investigation ongoing
In their meeting Monday morning, Hemp-
hill County Commissioners questioned Tax
Assessor-Collector Debbie Ford regarding
her office's procedure for checks and balances.
A former Tax Office employee, Pam
Flowers, has been accused of embezzling an
unknown amount from the office. She came
forward when auditors arrived to conduct the
annual audit in mid-November and was ar-
rested November 30 by the Texas Rangers on
charges of theft of more than $1,500, but less
than $20,000, a state jail felony.
The investigation of the alleged theft is
ongoing, Ford said. She has hired a new clerk,
Carolyn Price, who will begin work on January
3. The County auditors, Gaskill, Pharis and
Pharis, L.L.P., will return next week, Ford
Said, and she hopes a full report will be ready
by the Court meeting in January.
Commissioner Ed Culver asked Ford if
she had ever checked into how other counties
do their reports. "Is there a better way?" he
asked. "Every dollar should be accounted for
and distributed to the right place."
Ford indicated she had not reviewed other
counties' methods, but would take time to do
so. Culver also suggested she make inquiries to
her tax associations about possible changes in
accounting procedures. Commissioner Lynard
Schafer added, "Checks and balances need to
be in place."
Ford said she will also ask the auditors
about suggestions for changing the office's
reporting—daily, weekly and monthly.
In other business, the Commissioners:
•Heard a report from the Extension Agents
Kyle Barnett and Whitney Kizziar about Ex-
tension programs. Kizziar provided informa-
tion about the District Food Show December
11 in Amarillo and the parenting workshop
scheduled for January. Barnett talked about
a Range Management series held recently
with 40 plus producers in attendance and plans
for an upcoming Quail Appreciation Day and
programs tied to nature tourism efforts. The
Hemphill County Junior Livestock Show will
be held January 21-22,2005.
•Approved a request by the Briscoe Vol-
unteer Fire Department for funding in the
amount of $2,325 for the purchase of a used
"Jaws of Life." Wheeler County will fund the;
•Approved advertising for a Precinct #3
Road Hand to replace Carl Hornbaek who is
retiring December 31.
•Approved advertising for an Administra-
tive Assistant for the County Judge to replace
Shirley Wilson who is retiring December 31.
•Accepted the annual Cooperative Working
Agreement with the Tralee Crisis Center for
Women, Inc. in Pampa.
Those present for the meeting were Judge
Bob Gober, Commissioners Joe Schaef, Ed
Culver, John Ramp and Lynard Schafer,
County Clerk Charles Cole, County Attorney
Ty Sparks, County Tax Assessor-Collector
Debbie Ford, Dave Pearson of the Briscoe
Volunteer Fire Department, Extension agents
Kyle Barnett and Whitney Kizziar, and Record
reporter Cathy Rieketts.
Wednesday, December 22nd
& Thursday, December 23rd
from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
will be served.
We will close at 1:00 pm
on Christmas Eve so our
employees may spend
this time with their families.
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One of the many abandoned cabins out
at Lake Marvin caught fire early Monday
morning, nearly burning the structure to the
ground. The Canadian Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment was Called out at around 6 a.m. Monday,
and then was called out again two more times
during the day on the same fire. At 11:20 a.m
the fire department was dispatched for a grass
fire that had ignited around the cabin. Then,
at 2:45 p.m., the fire department responded to
the Lake Marvin cabin fire that had started up
According to the Canadian Volunteer Fire
Department, the structure is demolished. It
is uncertain as to what caused the fire, but
questions have been raised as to whether or not
someone was using the cabin.
The vacant cabins at Lake Marvin have
been broken into and used in the past, Eco-
nomic Development Director Remelle Farrar
"Because it's so isolated out there, people
do use the cabins on an unauthorized basis,"
she said. The United States Department of
Agriculture Forest Service replaces locks and
repairs places on the cabins where they have
been broken into, but it does not prevent their
Hemphill County and the USDA Forest
Service are currently trying to coordinate an
agreement so that the County can take over
the upkeep of the cabins. The County already
has responsibility for the maintenance of the
roads at the lake and security of the area, Far-
"Everybody is optimistic for the County to
take over the operation and maintenance of
those improvements at Lake Marvin. It's like
the partnership we have with the Lodge," she
said. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has
a concessioner agreement with the U.S. Forest
Service that delegates maintenance and opera-
tions of the facility to the Chamber.
The plan, if an agreement with the County
can be reached, is to renovate the cabins to
their original primitive conditions, available
for public use, Farrar said. The reason for the
closure of the cabins is because after plumb-
ing was installed, people began abusing the
facilities, causing an array of problems and
increased expenses for their upkeep.
The renovated cabins will not have plumb-
ing and a central bath house will be available,
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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
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BIDDING WILL CLOSE AT
THE START OF THE CONCERT -
ITEMS AWARDED AND
PA YMENT DUE AFTER WE
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2:30 PM - COME EARLY AND BID
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Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 114, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 16, 2004, newspaper, December 16, 2004; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth220660/m1/4/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.