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New Tulia Voting System Creates Confusion
Some School District Patrons Do Not Reside In Places To Vote For Trustee This Year
Confusion is being created by the new
single member district voting system for Tulia
Independent School District and City of Tulia.
Following the settlement of suits contesting the
at-large method, patrons of the city and school
district are being introduced to the new proce-
dure for electing officials.
This Saturday, May 2, is the date for
school, city and hospital elections. Polls open at
7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
School trustee positions are for three-year
terms; city and hospital positions are chosen for
The "new and unusual situation" is not
understood by some people, according to E. W.
Riley, the school assistant superintendent and
absentee voting head. He encourages "anyone
who has a question about their precinct to phone
the school business office, 995-4595. We have
a map and we would be glad to look it up for
In city districts and school places, eligible
voters will participate only in the selection of
their home district/place. They can also cast
ballots for at-large positions.
Under this formula, all voters residing
within City of Tulia will be eligible to vote in the
mayor’s race, which pits incumbent Dave Ed-
wards against council member Sam Sadler.
Also voting in the municipal election are to
be citizens living in districts 3 and 4. Ed Work-
man and Richard D. Harl are contesting for
District 3. Roberto Gutierrez is unopposed in
Residents of other City of Tulia districts
can vote only for mayor.
Terms of Edwards, Sadler and Don
Stringer expire this spring.
All municipal balloting will be at City
Persons residing in places 1 and 3 will
choose their trustee in the Tulia school election.
but other citizens will not vote this year for
Balloting is to be in the Tulia High School
Auditorium foyer for both places.
William B. Childress and Anna Padilla
Granado are candidates for the Place 1 scat.
Incumbent Scott Burrow is unopposed in Place
Harold Keeter is retiring from the board.
Riley says Place 1 is bounded by 7th Street
on the south, Dallas Street on the east, Broad-
way on the north and U.S. Highway 87 on the
The Place 3 boundaries include: south, 6th
Street; cast, Vigo Highway; north, 10th Street;
and West, Airport Road.
Early voting varied greatly. City Secre-
tary Barbara Cabe said 60 individuals had
voted in the Tulia municipal election last Tues-
day, which was the final day to cast early
ballots. Mrs. Cabe said this was "more than we
have in some elections."
By contrast, only five votes had been cast
at the same time in the school election.
The other two county towns' schools and
cities continue under the at-large system. Kress
has races for every position to be filled in *92.
The feature in the southern Swisher County
town pits incumbent mayor Joe Frausto against
former mayor T. F. (Tooter) Reed.
Kress' municipal election, which is to be
held at City Hall, also will involve filling two
Names of Louise Kirk, Larry Buske,
Randy Perales and Edward Vuittonet appear on
the ballot Talmadge Todd has filed as a write-
Terms of Frausto, Buske and Jackie Scott
expire this year.
A seven-person battle is being waged for
two seats on the Kress school board. The ballot
order includes: Pink Dickens, Stephen Barrett,
Larry Searsy, Johnny Cantu, Dina Trevino,
Barney Will bom and Benny Rodriguez.
"I'm having more absentee ballots than
usual,” Clara Miller Gullett said, indicating a
possible heavy turnout Saturday.
Barrett and Steve Stark are trustees whose
terms expire this year.
Incumbents arc running unopposed for city
and school positions in Happy and for the
Swisher Memorial Hospital board.
Following are thumbnail sketches of Satur-
day elections in Swisher County, including
polling places and candidates listed in order
their names appear on ballots:
Voting site: foyer of Tulia High School
Place 1: William B. Childress, Anna Pa-
Place 3: Scott Burrow
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The Tulia Herald®
* * * COVERING SWISHER COUNTY LIKE THE SUNSHINE * * *
VOL. 84, NO. 18
THE TULIA (Swisher County) HERALD
THURSDAY, APRIL - , 1992
No Fresh Leads Surface
In Roper Disappearance
Anxiety Mounts For Missing Man's Family
Emotional state of the Preston Roper family has ridden a roller coaster, ranging fro.
hope and encouragement to disappointment and frustration, since the 77-year-old Tulian
disappeared Friday afternoon.
The suspenseful ordeal continued at press time as various calls from throughout the
region have been received by the Swisher County Sheriffs Department and the family
bearing well-intended reports of sighting the missing man. All of the calls have resulted in
dead ends. *
Sheriff Larry Stewart said a DPS helicopter from Lubbock arrived at 1 p.m. Tuesday "so
we could take a look from the air and see if we could find anything.” The aerial search
basically concentrated in Swisher, Briscoe and Hale counties.
Members of the family request that friends seeking current information please phone the
First United Methodist Church pastor's study, 995-4608, or
Delbert Devin's office, 995-4652. This will enable the Roper
home phone to remain open fofamily correspondence and the
possibility of emergency calls.
Mr. Roper, a Tulia community resident since 1952, has
been missing since Friday afternoon. His wife contacted the
Swisher County Sheriffs Department at 5:38 p.m. that day to
K j ^ report his disappearance.
" V LAST SEEN NEAR GRANDY’S
Last seen westbound on Highway 86 near Grandy’s
about 12:40 p.m. Friday, he was driving his four-door white
'85 Buick LaSabre. The vehicle bears a "Longhorn Granddad"
bumper sticker, and the license plate number is DTN-03N.
Mr. Roper reportedly has a severe memory loss and
wears hearing aids in both ears for a hearing impairment. In
addition to his disappearance, the family is concerned because
he has a heart condition which requires medication.
His physical description is: 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, hazel eyes, brown hair and fair skin.
At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a red cap which bore the wording "Hale
Center Co-op Gin." His attire included a tan long sleeve shirt and light brown Levi's or jeans.
The name of Roper, who resides southwest of Tulia on Farm Road 928, was placed in
the missing persons’ computer bank. A bulletin concerning his disappearance was released
Friday to Region 5, which includes the Texas Panhandle and parts of Oklahoma, and along
1-40. A second bulletin was issued Saturday to Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana
and Region One of Texas.
After the disappearance was publicized, a Lazbuddie woman said she had seen him at
2 p.m. Friday on the Wal-Mart's parking lot in Plainview. This prompted a theory that he
might be attempting to visit a brother in New Home.
A cluster of four sightings in the western section of Plainview were reported Saturday
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COTTONWOOD LANE—Arbor Day was celebrated by the Swlnbum Elemen-
tary sixth grade by planting 100 cottonwood trees along the south end of
Austin Street. Tom Davey, district conservation with the Tule Creek Soil and
Water, assists two girls with their tree planting on Thursday morning. The
project was a joint effort Involving the following: Tule Creek Soil and Water
Conservation District, Soil Conservation Service, City of Tulia Water Depart-
ment, Richard Griffith, Joe Cowan, Lynn Cowan and the sixth grade class.
Davey said 'this sixth grade class did a super job planting the trees,** a drip
Irrigation system was Installed to provide water for the trees and, according to
Davey, the trees should grow "about a foot or more each year." The cotton-
wood lane Is near the proposed nature park. —Staff photo
77/ Miss The People .. /
Gale Stephens Checking Into Retirement
By Jim Reynolds
"I had mixed emotions about coming to Tulia because I counted
stations and there were 28 here then," Gale Stephens remembers
back 33 years when he pondered the possibility of going into
business for himself. At that time, he had worked seven years for
Jack Driskill at a service station in Happy.
Despite reservations, the personable Stephens embarked on the
venture which has been known through the years as Gale's Texaco.
"I opened it up as a brand new station" at 528 North Highway 87, he
Government regulations have hastened his retirement. Federal
guidelines that older tanks must be removed arc forcing Young &
Ellis, owners of the property, to take that action.
"The tanks have to be removed," Stephens said. "We’ve known
this was coming. It will take some time, 90 I felt like it was time to
close the business and retire."
Lynn Ellis jokingly told his tenant, "We had to dig those tanks up,
but we didn't tell you that you had to quit."
"I've been called 'dirty dog' and 'quitter' by friends when they
learned about his retirement,which will occur this Thursday, April
30, Stephens claims.
One longtime customer said, "this is going to be sad." Rather than
become emotional himself, he told the friend-client, "Why don't you
These remarks indicate the informal, personal relationship
Stephens enjoys with many of his customers, some of whom he has
served since opening Gale's Texaco.
"I’ve enjoyed those years. I like people. More than anything else,
HI miss everybody."
Will he continue to make his home here?
"Oh sure, all my friends are here."
"WHAT WILL YOU DO?"
One of the major retirement concerns has been voiced by Ixxi
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275 Applicants For Swisher Prison Jobs
"The best we could tell, approximately 275 applicants"
for prison correctional officer positions attended 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday sessions in Swisher Memorial Building, ac-
cording to Hal Wllkerson of the Texas Employment
Commission. "I didn't see a frown In the room," he added.
Applications will continue to be accepted at the TEC
office in Tulia through Friday noon.
Applicants will take Department of Criminal Justice pre-
employment tests next Wednesday at Amarillo College.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Well-adjusted means you can make the
same mistakes over and over again, and
keep smiling. —Feme Vise
NEEDED: RENTAL PROPERTY
Several inquiries about rental prop-
erty in Tulia have been received in re-
cent days, we are told.
IN NO HURRY!
The cow whose services were se-
cured to determine the Booster Club's
cow patty bingo winner Thursday was in
no hurry. According to J. D. Pepper, "it
took an hour and a half" before she felt
the urge to choose a winner.
Susie Younger, who held lucky num-
ber 44, received five $20 bills from
Pepper, the new Booster Club president,
on Monday as the winner.
Speaking of goodies, Daphne Hale
came in Thursday morning with a pan of
still-warm cinnamon rolls. They were
more than a little good. Thanks!
9-1-1 Works . . .
Bonnie Daniel Praises Emergency System
"I didn't want to take the time to look up the ambulance
number; I wanted to call immediately."
That thought when Bonnie Daniel returned home
from the grocery store Saturday night and saw her husband
laying injured in the street following a fall underscores the
value of the new 9-1-1 emergency phone system.
"They were here in nothing flat. I was amazed," Mrs.
Daniel said. "Bobby Lamb and Shawn Smith were driving
up in a pickup when I got off the phone. When they asked
him acouple of questions the ambulance was coming down
the street It couldn't have been over a couple of minutes."
Kirk Daniel, a 38-year-old handicapped individual,
"had gone across the street to visit a neighbor. On the way
back home he fell on his bad leg and broke that knee cap
right half in two, a perfect break."
Mrs. Daniel outlined her correspondence with the
"really efficient dispatcher" after dialing 9-1-1.
"Hello, is this 603 NE 1st?", the dispatcher asked. "Is
this the Kirk Daniel address? What is your emergency?"
Ensuing questions were the victim’s age, whether the
accident were life threatening and other data.
The Tulia Police Department dispatcher then calmly
informed Mrs. Daniel, "Hold on, I'm dispatching an ambu-
lance." The caller explained, "I could hear her calling an
ambulance over the phone. Then the dispatcher came back
on the line, told me the ambulance was on the way and
asked would 1 like for her to stay on the line with me until
the ambulance arrived."
FIRST 9-1-1 INJURY CALL
Although this was the first injury emergency since 9-
1-1 went on line April 15, Bonnie Daniel said, "There
wasn't a moment's hesitation about what needed to be done.
She had it down pat!"
The injured man had not been down long, but no one
was at home and he was undetected until his wife returned
from the store.
Daniel was taken to the Swisher Memorial Hospital
emergency room by T ulia Ambulance and transferred to St
Anthony's Hospital. He reached the Amarillo medical fa-
cility about 11 p.m. Saturday and underwent surgery at 8
a.m. the following morning.
"He is doing fantastic," his wife said. He was ready to
return home by mid-week.
Mrs. Daniel made an interesting point. The 9-1-1
equipment locks in the caller's address on a screen near the
dispatcher. "This is important because if my little boy had
to make an emergency call he might not have known our
address," she said.
Her evaluation of the emergency system is simply: "I
was impressed. They were super."
THS Athletes Aim High
In Regional Track Meet
Lofty goals arc being eyed by THS athletes as they put the finishing touches
on their skills prior to the Region I track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Ratliff
Stadium in Odessa. Despite having only two seniors, the Lady Hornets are
determined to defend their regional crown and their male counterparts also have
their sights set high.
Along the way, the Maroon and White would like to qualify athletes for the Big
Show in Austin.
Can the Lady Hornets repeat?
Coach Dale Morris says "I don't have all the results, but if we perform well, I
believe we have the potential to score enough points to win."
And what about the Hornets?
"You have to go down there thinking everybody has a chance," Coach Richard
Chapman says, although he acknowledges that Canyon, Burnet and Clyde will be
favored in the boys division.
"I think we have a chance to finish high in the standings if wc can nickel and
dime people to death," Coach Chapman adds. "Wc like those dimes and double
dimes." First place in individual events counts 10 points and relay wins are worth
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Heather Venhaus Lions Sweetheart
Heather Venhaus. daughter of Frank and Julia Venhausjwas
chosen Tuesday evening to succeed Meredith Gruben as sweethear of
the Tulia Lions Club She was sponsored by Tulia Floral
Chosen by three Plainview judges as first runner up was Jonna
Herring, daughter of John and Jeannett Herring. Christal Basaldua.
daughter of. Santos and Norma Basaldua. was tabbed by her peers as
Miss Congeniality The pageantjatas held in the high school auditorium
Glancing Inside.. .
'Observe National Drinking Water Week with well test 14
*Sufficient housing next consideration to capitalize on jobs 12
‘Youth baseball summer league squads announced • , 6
*Police cast wide loop, several crimes solved . 3
*Agent Gibson concerned.about "control of our own water' 2
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