Citizens Journal (Atlanta, Tex.), Vol. 113, No. 46, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 13, 1991 Page: 1 of 28
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USPS NO. 114-160 VOL. 113, NO. 46
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1991
CASS COUNTY, TEXAS • 2 SECTIONS, 24 PAGES
county nurse decision
By VALERIE EAVES
Journal Staff Writer
The Cass County Commis-
sioners Court resumed debate on
the position of County Health
Nurse at its meeting Tuesday.
At its last meeting, the court
had decided to hire a nurse to fill
the vacancy left by the resignation
of Barbara Jester. However, the
court decided to reconsider the
measure after receiving a letter
from Hughes Springs City
Manager George Fite concerning
the satellite offices the county
health nurse had provided.
Fite said in his letter that the
state would be able to continue
that service if the county would
hand the position over to the state
That was one of the reasons
the court decided at its last meet-
ing to keep the nurse under coun-
ty control, because they weren't
sure what services the state
would continue to provide.
County Judge Tommy Kessler
said he contacted Dr. Marion
Crowder, the director of Region 7
of the State Health Department,
and she also said that the state
would continue to provide serv-
ices such as the satellite offices.
The state has already notified
the county that they will pay the
nurse's salary if the county keeps
control of the position, all the
county will have to pay is the
fringe benefits. The fringe would
amount to about $7,000.
"We know that if we keep con-
trol of the position, we'll have to
come up with $7,000 that we
didn't budget for," said Kessler. "If
we turn it over to the state, we'll
save that much plus travel ex-
The commissioners estimated
the total savings to the county to
be about $10,000 if they did away
with the county health nurse posi-
tion and went strictly with a state
"At any time I'm for saving
$10,000," said Precinct 3 Com
missioner Robert Buzbee. "But
what will we be giving up, what's it
going to cost the people. We need
a guarantee that they're going to
be there and that they're going to
provide all the services we need.
We can't leave our people hang-
"My understanding is that the
state will give us all of those
benefits, and more," said Precinct
2 Commissioner Nolan Moore.
The county also has a sanita-
tion inspector, David Fant, and an
office secretary through the state
health department. Kessler told
the group that they can drop on
position without risk of losing the
other two. He also mentioned that
the secretary could take on more
duties, such as indigent health ap-
One monkey wrench thrown in-
to all of this is the chance that the
state health department will be
reconfigured in the next year or
two. That made some of the com-
missioners hesitant to turn the
nurse's job over to the state.
"Whenever you turn something
over to the state, you have no
control over it at all," said Precinct
4 Commissioner Freddie Tyson.
As an example, several of the
commissioners brought up the
closing of the District 19 Highway
Office in Atlanta. They said the
changes expected in the state
health department in the next few
years could have the same result
as the changes in the state high-
way department did.
"I'd like to make a motion to re-
scind our earlier vote and let the
Please see COUNTY page 2A
FmHA accepting loan applications
Applications for emergency
farm loans for losses caused by
adverse weather conditions are
being accepted at the Farmers
Home Administration (FmHA) of-
fice located in Linden, FmHA
County Supervisor Mrs. Robbie A.
Cass County is one of two in
the state recently named by
Secretary of Agriculture Clayton
Yeutter as eligible for loans to
cover part of actual production
losses resulting from the adverse
The Atlanta Area Chamber of
Commerce has announced that
the annual Christmas Parade will
be held Saturday, Dec. 7, and
registration for parade participants
is now under way.
According to chamber manager
Bob Embry, the parade promises
to be a good one with several
area bands, floats, cars, and of
course, the first appearance in
this area of Santa Claus.
The parade this year will be
held at 11 a.m. in downtown At-
lanta. Embry says the daylight
hour was chosen so that floats
and participants can be better and
more safely viewed by the crowd.
This year's theme is "Christmas
Wishes" and prizes and plaques
will be awarded to the top three
floats in two categories: commer-
cial and non-commercial.
"We invite all of the area
churches, businesses, schools,
clubs and organizations to enter a
float, band, car, train, marching
group, just about anything that will
carry out the theme this year,"
Embry said, "Entry forms are
available at the chamber office
and should be filled out and
returned by Nov. 22."
For more information, call the
chamber office at 903-796-3296.
Mrs. Mitchell said farmers may
be eligible for loans of up to 80
percent of their actual losses or
the operating loan needed to con-
tinue in business or $500,000,
whichever is less. For farmers un-
able to obtain credit from private
commercial lenders, the interest is
"As a general rule, a farmer
must have suffered at least 30
percent loss of production to be
eligible for an FmHA emergency
loan," Mrs. Mitchell said. Farmers
particpating in the PIK or Federal
Crop Insurance program will have
to figure in proceeds from these
programs in determining their
"Applications for loans under
this emergency designation will be
accepted until May 26, 1992, but
farmers should apply as soon as
possible. Delays in applying could
create backlogs in processing and
possibly over into the new farming
season," Mrs. Mitchell said.
The FmHA office in Linden is
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Friday.
City blood drive on tap
United Blood Services has announced the Atlanta pre-holiday
citywide blood drive will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21. The drive,
which seeks to replenish the local supply of blood that is needed dur-
ing the long holiday season, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at
the First Assembly of God Church in Atlanta. Free cholesterol
screenings available. For more information, call Ouida Garrett at
Yearbooks go on sale
Queen City school yearbooks have gone on sale and are available
at any of the district's campuses. The cost is $20 each or $23 if stu-
dents want their names imprinted on the cover.
Comptroller to send advisor
A representative of the State Comptroller's office will be in Atlanta
on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to help local businesses and taxpayers with in-
formation about changes on state taxes that were made during the
recent legislative sessions. John Talley will be in the mayor's office at
Atlanta City Hall from 2-33 p.m. Call 1-903-236-7797 for more infor-
Social Security rep to visit
A representative of the Texarkana office of the Social Security Ad-
ministration has scheduled a visit to Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 21.
People having business with Social Security will be seen on a first
come, first served basis from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Afternoon visits are
by appointment only.
Seminar on checks slated
A seminar to help area merchants cut down on the number of for-
geries and hot checks this holiday season will be held Nov. 14 at 7
p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Auditorium. Cass County Assistant Dis-
trict Attorney Randal Lee will be the speaker. The seminar, which is
free, is geared toward area merchants, business people, clerks and
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Pholat by JOHN COLEMAN
Kildare store razed
A Kildare grocery store and
service station owned by
Jerry Whatley were
destroyed by fire late Mon-
day morning. The fire was
reported |ust after 11 a.m.
and when units arrived, the
business was totally en-
gulfed. Top photo:
Firefighters from the Lin-
den Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, Rural Fire District
No. 1 and Atlanta Fire
Department were on the
scene past noon quelling
the blaze and protecting
nearby property. Left, the
Whatleys console each
other over their loss.
Wind chill factor a reliable
outdoor comfort indicator
Journal Staff Report
That time oi the year has ar-
rived when weather forecasters
deliver to us the temperature and
follow it with a reference to the
"wind chill factor," which always
reflects a colder temperature.
So just what is wind chill?
"The temperature of the air is
not always a reliable indicator of
how cold a person will feel out-
doors," explained meteorologist
Ernest Ethridge of the National
Weather Service in Shreveport
recently. "Other weather ele-
ments, such as wind speed, rela-
tive humidity and sunshine, also
exert an influence."
Ethridge went on to say that the
wind chill term is used to describe
the relative discomfort resulting
from the combination of wind and
"A wind chill factor was
developed by Antarctic explorers
in the winter of 1941 to show the
combined effects of wind and tem-
perature as an equivalent to calm
air temperatures," the weather
scientist explained. "Generally,
coldness is related to the loss of
heat from exposed flesh. There-
fore, the wind chill index describes
Please see Wind Chill
Chart on Page 3A.
the cooling power of the air on
that exposed skin."
The body loses heat by means
of radiation (sending out), conduc-
tion (attraction) and convection
(movement from area to another).
The wind chill index does not take
into account all possible losses of
body heat, such as loss of heat
through conduction caused by
contact with cold surfaces, or loss
of heat from the lungs caused by
breathing in cold air.
The index also does not take in-
to consideration the addition of
any heat caused by incoming
solar radiation. It does, Ethridge
contends, give a good measure of
convective cooling that is the
major source of body heat loss.
"In addition to weather ele-
ments. the state of health and me-
tabolism of an individual, as well
as protective clothing worn, will
have an influence on how cold
one feels at any given place and
time," Ethridge said.
The accompanying chart shows
the cooling power for various
combination of wind and tempera-
ture and is expressed in equiv-
alent degrees of Fahrenheit.
Countdown to Christmas Cash begins
Journal Staff Report
Forty-two...41 ...40.. 39. .38... the Countdown to
Christmas has begun! As of today, there are 42 days
remaining until Christmas and the Citizens Journal
and area merchants are counting the days until they
can give away $600 in Christmas Cash and a
weekend getaway to such places as New Orleans,
Nashville or Galveston.
Local shoppers may register at any of the par-
ticipating merchants for a weekly drawing of $100 in
Christmas Cash. These certificates are redeemable
for merchandise at any of the sponsoring
At the end of the six weeks of Christmas Cash
drawings, a Grand Prize drawing will be held (Dec.
23) for three days and two nights of lodging in the
winner's choice of several cities.
Watch for details and the growing list of participat-
ing businesses in the special ads and on the front
page of the Citizens Journal each week.
Registration is under way now at the following
Adcock's Family Pharmacy, Big Burger,
Eddie's Furniture Warehouse, Hill's Sewing Cen-
ter, Ivan Smith Furniture, Keith Bartoot Jewelers,
Llndsey-Mannlng, Local Color, Mark's Sleep &
Leisure, McCutchan's Pharmacy, Northeast
Texas Training Academy (School of Cosmetol-
ogy), Peacock's Grocery, Phllpott Power Saw,
Ray Harp Jewelers, Roark Motor Supply, Trl-
State Drug and Woods Carpet Center.
The countdown has begun! Merry Christinas!
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