The Albany News (Albany, Tex.), Vol. 121, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 13, 1997 Page: 1 of 14
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Thursday, February 1.3, 1997, Albany, Texas 76430
14 Pages in 2 Sections
Volume Number 121 - Number 37 Price 50#
Bob Green receives Cornerstone Award
A ward recipien t...
Bob Green (I), well-known local rancher and historian, is handed the coveted Cornerstone
Award by longtime friend Reilly Nail. Green received the award at the Chamber of Commerce
banquet held last Saturday evening. [Staff Photo I
Local rancher and noted his-
torian Bob Green was presented
with the coveted Cornerstone
during the annual Albany Cham-
ber of Commerce Banquet held
Saturday, February 7.
The announcement of the
award was made by Green's long-
time friend, Reilly Nail of Al-
bany, and was made just before
Dr. Don Newbury, chancellor of
Howard Payne University ad-
dressed the crowd of over 200.
The Cornerstone Award is
given periodically by the Cham-
ber in recognition of outstand-
ing contributions to the cultural
and economic growth of the Al-
"We feel that Bob exemplifies
the community-minded type in-
dividual that the Cornerstone is
meant to recognize," said Cham-
ber President Randall Palmore.
Palmore made a presentation
of his own to Fort Griffin Gen-
eral Merchandise Restaurant for
the recognition the steakhcfuse
has brought to Albany. The res-
taurant was recently picked by
Texas Monthly magazine as the
best small-town steakhouse in
The restaurant also catered
the meal for the banquet.
The Albany High School show
choir, Belles and Beaus, provided
a 1950s musical review for the
Palmore introduced the
Chamber officers for the upcom-
ing year, including first vice
president Mike Parsons, second
vice president Vickie Halbert
and secretary-treasurer Mike
Cotter. Palmore was elected for
a third one-year term recently.
Nail shortened his introduc-
tion speech of Green, stating that
if"Albany didn't have Bob Green,
we would have to invent him."
In turn Green, a noted story-
teller, kept his remarks very
brief, saying that what an honor
it was to receive the Corner-
stone Award and a two-inch rain
in the same week.
Green attended New Mexico
Military Institute during high
school and first year of college
before serving in World War II
as an officer in the Tank Corps.
He was awarded a Silver Star
and two Bronze Stars for service
He completed his college edu-
cation attheUniversity ofTexas
after the war, then returned to
his beloved family ranch in the
eastern part of Shackelford
County and western Stephens
Green is a noted historian and
"When I lived elsewhere," said
Nail. "I looked forward to his
columns in. the Albany News
entitled "Meanwhile, Back at the
Ranch." They were Wonderful,
well-written pieces reminding us
not only of our heritage, but of
our obligation to mankind and
what we can learn from the past."
In 1976 Green actively par-
ticipated in a group effort to re-
pay a debt to the state of Georgia
for men and supplies sent to
help in the Texas Revolution
against Mexico. He selected
stones for the construction of
the fountain in the Bank Park to
honor those who gave their 1 ives.
He also undertook the rebuild-
ingand restoration ofthe Jacobs
House, Albany's oldest resi-
Green, along with wife,
Nancy, and documentary maker
Bob Lukeman, recently com-
pleted compiling and narrating,
a film about the history of this
part of Texas entitled, Trails
Crossing, a? History of Shackel-
ford County and ifs Environs.
The film is being shown in the
newly expanded Old Jail Art
Local filing period starts Feb. 17
The filing period for four Al-
bany and Moran local races will
open next Monday, February 17,
and candidates will be able to
start signing up for the hospital
. election about a week later.
The filing period for the Al-
bany and Moran city council and
mayoral elections, as well as
the election of school boards
members for both communities,
starts Monday and will continue
through March 19.
The Shackelford County Hos-
pital District board of directors
election will open its filing pe-
riod the next week for three seats
on the board.
Election day for all local elec-
tions has been set for Saturday,
Early voting by personal ap-
pearance will beheld from April
14 through April 29. Local vot-
ers can request applications for
mail-in ballots beginning March
School Board Seats
Albany school district voters
decide the fate of two seats on
the board of trustees in the May
elections, both three-year terms.
Positions up for election this
year include Place 3 held by Jeff
Jones and the Place 4 seat held
'by David Schkade.
In Moran, school board mem-
bers whose thr'ee-year terms are
expiring include Joyce Bacon,
Brawner Reed and Alvice
None of the incumbents have
indicated whether they will seek
another term of office.
The filing period will continue
through May 19 and applica-:
tions can be picked up at the
superintendent's offices at both
schools, open from 8:00 a.m. to
Candidates in the school elec-
tions must file for a specific seat
on the board and must live
within the boundaries of the
Voters living within the Al-
bany city limits will select two
council members and a mayor
during the May 3 election.
Harold Cox was elected as
mayor last spring to fill the'un-
expired term vacated by Jack
Bryant. His term is scheduled
to expire in May of this year.
The two-year terms of coun-
cilmen David Cleveland and Ken
Thompson will be expiring this
Incumbent council members
in Moran, who also serve two-
vear terms, include Mayor
Marvin Kays, Ronald Hallmark
and Joe Clack.
Candidates wishing tofile for
places on the ballot in the at-
large elections can sign up in
each community. The Albany
City Hall is open from 9:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., while the Moran
office is open 8:00 a.m. to'12:00
noon each weekday.
In both cases, candidates
must sign up specifically for the
mayoral race or the counci 1 race.
The candidate with the most
votes in the mayor's race will
Hospital board hires consultant
Members of the Shackelford
County Hospital board voted
unanimously to hire a consult-
ant to help close the local hospi^
tal during a meeting held last
Thursday, February 6-
The consultant, Joe Steph-
ens, began his work here on
Monday and met with the direc-
tors in an emergency session on
Stephens was employed
through a contract with the
Texas Organization ofRural and
(^ommunity Hospitals (TORCH)
and has guided several other
hospital,boards through closure
Board members project that
the cost to hire the consultant
for one month will be around
"This is not inexpensive, but
in light of our situation, I don't
see that we have much choice,"
commented board president Bob
Among Stephens' duties will
be handling legal matters and
accounts receivable; notifying
the required state and federal
agencies of the closure; review-
ing all contracts and making
recommendations as to their
disposal; making sure proce-
dures for the collection of ac-
counts receivables are in place,
reviewing accounts payables for
appropriateness and establish-
ing procedures for the notifica-
tion of all vendors regarding the
closure. He will also handle ar-
rangements for a final financial
audit and cost report.
In other action, the directors
discussed the contract of Drs.
Victor and Arlene Lorica, as well
as ambulance options.
— Up on the housetop
Workers from Lydick-Hooks Roofing Co. take advantage
of a marginally acceptable day to continue the process
of replacing the courthouse's copper roof. (Staff Photo]
Commissioners return to '80-20 split'
By Melinda L. Lucas
Finances were the main topic
when Shackelford County com-
missioners met in regular ses-
sion Monday, February 10.
The commissioners voted to
return to the traditional "80-20
split" to finance the precincts'
budgets during a workshop
Monday afterno< i.
They also decided on a "sal-
ary" for the county constable
and approved a budget for the
Following a recommendation
by County Treasurer Sherry
Enloe at the last meeting, the
commissioners spent Monday
afternoon paring the 1997 bud-
get, which was initially set last
fall. At that time, the court de-
cided on a split 3-2 vote to adopt
a new policy in funding pre-
In the past, the so-called "80-
20 split" gave commissioners
equal portions of the road and
bridge funds, along with five
percent each from the genpral
fund for a total of 20 percent.
The new policy adopted last
fall would have given commis-
sioner the amount they felt was
actually needed to operate
rather than a set amount that
was equal across the board.
Budgeted amounts ranged from
$110,342 for precinct two to
$ 130,384 for precinct one, total-
Constable's, budget, salary approved
ing $474,814 for all four pre-
Enloe reported duringa Janu-
ary 27 session that the county
would be facing a financial crij
sis by the end of the summer if
changes were not made in the
budget. She pointed out that if
the commissioners spent their
entire budgets during 1997, they
would receive over 30 percent of
the general budget.
During the February 10 af-
ternoon workshop, the commis-
sioners voted to return to the
"80-20 split," which will give
each precinct a total of $98, 240
to work with. (
The change in the funding
means that all four precincts
will receive a total of $392,960,
a difference of more than
$80,0Q0 from the original bud-
Each commissioner will con-
tinue to work on his budget to
bring it within the guideline of
the new amount.
Newly elected County Con-
stable Larry Macon appeared
before the commissioners Mon-
day to discuss his salary. About
a dozen other local citizens were
also present, most of them stat-
ing that they felt that a con-
stable was not needed and would
just add an extra burden on
"The main thing people are
concerned with is not that we
have a constable or even if we
need one," cohimented Bob
Snyder. "It's not a personality
conflict; it's not a question of
what the constable can or can't
do. It's simply a question of
"You need to get away from
the details and get to the bottom
line, that it's a matter of dollars
and cents," he continued. "The-
tax rate here is shameful and
we as taxpayers don't want any
Commissioner Jimmy Brooks
stated that the problem would
be solved if Macon vyould re-
sign, and County Judge Ross
Montgomery also raised that
possibility, but Macon did not
offer to resign his position.
The office of Shackelford
County Constable has not been
filled in 51 years. Macon filed as
a write-in candidate one day
before the filing deadline last
August and was duly elected
during the November general
election/Later in November, the
(See County, pg. 8-A)
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