The Tulia Herald (Tulia, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 26, 1992 Page: 1 of 28
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Old Man Winter Cometh Again Tuesday
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FFA Members Offer To Erect Yule
Decor To Replace Missing Cash
The Tulia High FFA Chapter is in a
bind and is seeking community support,
but it wants to earn funds rather than to
receive donations. A blue bank money
bag, containing FFA fund-raising
checks and cash, disappeared from
the vo-ag classroom task week.
To replace these funds — which
were earmarked to meet obligations
incurred in the fund-raising project —
Advisor Kerry Gardner said the FFA
chapter members are offering their
services to erect Christmas decorations
for Individuals or businesses and to
assist with other chores In which the
public needs help.
Gardner said that information about
the missing money would be "greatly
appreciated by all FFA members and
the advisor. Information should be
passed along to Gardner by phoning
995-3122 or (night) 627-4435 or to the
The Tulia Herald is offering a $50
CASH REWARD for information lead-
ing to the return of the missing money
bag and cash.
SNOWCAT — Hunter Wood created a snow cat Saturday
after the season's first snow covered the area. Hunter's
snow creature was among the most unique of a dozen or so
which appeared. — Staff photo
$$$ Value Of Doctor?
Estimated Economic Impact Viewed
Medical service is a necessity. No value can be
placed on human life nor physical well-being, the ob-
viously initial goals of health care.
Aside from that fact, what is the financial impact of
losing a doctor? This newspaper has been asked to place
financial numbers on the impact of Dr. Steve Jones
closing his Tulia practice.
Obviously, numbers cannot be exact and, in fact,
fluctuate from month to month. Differences of opinions
would exist on any figures.
With these facts in mind, here are estimates —
which are designed to be conservative — of what Dr.
Jones' departure means or what the impact of another
physician opening a practice in Tulia could prove to be
although some intangible factors arc not included:
Assuming 50 prescriptions were written during
each day a physician's clinic was open and the average
cost was S27 per prescription (based on information
acquired from local pharmacists, which they indicate is
below the national average), the daily prescription fee
would be $1,350.
Following this same formula, the prescription total
would be $36,450 per month or $437,400 per year.
Assuming each dollar circulates six times before
. leaving an area (the national average is seven times), the
annual economic effect of lost prescriptions would be
$2,624,400, regardless of where these are filled.
Using the basis that each office visit results in two
prescriptions, that would mean this hypothetical physician
would see 675 patients per month or have 8,100 office
calls in a year. Should his fee average $30 per visit (this
fee fluctuates with each doctor), the income would
amount to $243,000 per year. Obviously, the physician
would not net this figure due to expenses such as staff,
office, utilities, supplies, etc.
Again using the ratio of each dollar rotaung six
times before leaving a community, the $243,000 this
physician created would amount to $4,082,400.
From a personnel standpoint, the loss a physician
could result in five positions within the doctor's clinic at
an estimated annual cost of $105,000 in wages, two
fewer pharmacy employees which would total ap-
proximately $30,000 and the physician's estimated
income of $75,000. That total in lost personnel income
would be $210,000.
If a dollar passes through six hands, the yearly
decline would be $1,260,000. Should one-half of those
dollars remain in this community, the sum would be
These totals — which again are estimates and
would not be figured the same by any two individuals —
would be $4.7 million. That figure sounds supcrfulous,
but it is what the abovementioncd formula of tangibles
Not included are such factors as hospital patients
and hospital personnel involved,otherofficecalls which
would not necessitate prescriptions and additional pro-
Advice On ’Strayed’ Cattle Given
By Sheriff Stewart, Field Inspector
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An cstray is described by the dictionary as "a domestic
animal found wandering or without an owner." In West Texas
terminology such an animal is a "stray.”
But the proper handling of a "stray" is not common
knowledge, according to Sheriff Larry Stewart and Kenneth
Chambers, a field inspector for the Texas and Southwestern
Cattle Raisers Association.
"There is lots of misunderstanding about strays," the
Swisher County sheriff points out. "Twenty-five or more
years ago, strays were primarily handled on an individual
Chambers, a resident of Dawn, near Hereford, adds "the
law was not specific then, but now it is."
Sheriff Stewart advises "if you find cattle or have lost
cattle, contact us immediately. We serve as a clearing house
and will check brands in the courthouse." He emphasizes that
"every body should register his brand with the County Clerk's
TIME FOR STRAY CATTLE
"With a lot of new cattle normally coming in about this
time of year, there arc always strays," the sheriff says. "When
we have wheat pasture is the worst lime."
Chamber says "call as quick as you notice a stray. It's
much easier to trace then."
Sheriff Stewart agrees wholeheartedly. "A lot of people
will look (for the owner) for six months before they call us."
He emphasizes that "animals can't be held for damage to
fields, feed stacks, etc." However, once that animal has been
declared an cstray, an individual "can go to small claims court
and seek to have damages awarded."
The law stipulates that an cstray animal should be
reported to the county sheriff, who takes the animal into
possession and attempts to find the owner. Chambers ex-
plains that an advertisement must be placed in a local news-
paper for two issues about the stray. If the owner docs not then
appear, the animal is sold at public auction.
FUNDS KEPT ONE YEAR
Funds from the sale of that animal "must be earmarked
and kept for one year," according to the sheriff. If an indi-
vidual comes forward and "can prove ownership," the money
is released to this person.
"Proof involves a brand, sales slip or identification of
unusual markings and the individual must sign an affidavit of
ownership. In addition, he/shc should be able to describe
when and from where the animal strayed.
If the animal is sold and the proceeds arc unclaimed for
one year, that money then goes into the county's central jury
"We're not trying to make money from selling strays,"
the sheriff emphasizes. "Thai's our job and we want to do it
While some individuals disagree with the handing of
estrays, the sheriff "must operate under state statutes (Texas
Agricultural Code and Texas Propclrty Code). We do not
arbitrarily make rules," Stewart explains.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
personnel assists county sheriffs in locating owners of estrays.
"This doesn’t limit us to county boundaries as far as locating
the owners," Stewart said.
Brand inspector Joe Bob Via checks cattle at sale bams
and works with the sheriff as a market inspector.
"He is very instrumental in helping return straysandalso
in determining if somebody is bringing in some cattle that
don’t belong to them."
Continued on Page Two
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
We believe in the sanctity of the home.
We believe in the home as the place
where love, faith, trust and devotion must
be lived each day, where obedience and
reverence grow, and where God is
We believe those within its walls
should be taught to work, to play, and to
have compassion for those lessfortunate.
We believe sharing responsibilities is
necessary and that from the fireside will
come the citizens who will uphold the best
ways of life.
—Extension Homemakers Creed
TULIANS SHARE ELECTION
EXCITEMENT IN ARKANSAS
Selma Gutierrez and Jaylccn Wilfong
had the oncc-in-a-lifctimc opportunity to
share the excitement in President-elect
Bill Clinton's home state on election day.
The Tulia Head Start officials were in
Little Rock, Ark., for a conference, which
just happened to occur on election day.
They experienced the electricity and
excitement which filled the air that night
as they walked past the Arkansas State
House. It was wall-to-wall people, so to
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Christmas Spirit Parade
Scheduled On December 7
Nominations Sought For 'Christmas Spirit’
The "Christmas Spirit" Parade will be hosted by the Swisher County
Senior Citizens and RSVP. "We cordially invite anyone and everyone
to participate," sponsors say.
All entries should line up at Broadway and Donley by 6:45 p.m. on
Monday, Dec. 7. The parade will proceed down Broadway.
All entries that wish to be judged will be parked following the parade
on the West side of the courthouse. They will then be judged for first,
second and third places. Ribbons will be awarded.
"We are looking for someone to lead the parade who will represent
the theme 'Christmas Spirit'," said a spokesperson. "This person can be.
of any age, who is truly spirited with love, compassion and understand-
ing. You may enter or nominate someone to represent "Christmas
Entries or nominations must be in the RSVP or Senior Citizens
office by Dec. 1. The person chosen will lead the parade and host the
festivities for the evening. Entry form below.
| I nominate_to represent |
; "Christmas Spirit". .
. Please provide some information as to why this person \
will be a good representative. J
"If you cannot participate in the parade, we urge you to get out and
support those who do enter. You are also invited to visit the Memorial
Building’s open house and Christmas Tree Silent auction from 5:00 until
7:00. Caroling, refreshments, fun and fellowship!! Come join us!!," the
Santa Claus Coming Decembers
Santa Claus has informed Chamber of Commerce officials that he
will be in Tulia from 10a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, Dec 5 He is to
have fruit for each boy and girl with whom he discusses Christmas
Tentative plans call for himto be at the gazebo Incase of inclement
weather, Santa will be situated at Swisher Memorial Building
The jolly old gent dressed in red hopes to return to Tulia with a
special surprise for young admirers Additional information will be
17 Hornets Footballers All-District
Seventeen Hornet gridders have been chosen to the 2-3A all-
district squad. They include: first team—Cory Sanders, Ryan Prater,
Gaiy Browning, Rusty Crosby, Ruben Mireles, Kevin Pepper, Robert
Rodriquez and John Brookins; second team—Cody Culwell, Brent
Barnett, Cash Love and Kareem White; honorable mention—Ryan
McCaslin, Rey Resendez, Tony Kelly, Billy Paul Pitt and Jr. Garcia.
Please see complete story on page 5B
Youth Basketball Meeting Monday
A meeting of the 1993 Tulia Youth Basketball parents and coaches
is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Youth Center.
George Optimistic About Propazine Use
Following a trip to Washington, lobbying for the resumption of
Propazine use, Swisher County farmer Pat George is optimistic that the
chemical might be reinstated for use on grain sorghum.
The measure has been approved by the House and is now under
consideration in the Senate Please see article on Farm and Ranch
Teen Pregnancies: A Real Life Crisis
Part Three of a Series
By Jim Reynolds
"I think the crux of the problem is that parents arc
allowing their children to grow up too quick. Wc’rc
creating miniature adults," said school nurse Gwyn
Shannon during an interview to gamer her thoughts on
teen pregnancy. "Far too many things start too early."
Alluding to Swisher's dubious ranking of second
among 254 Texas counties on the birth rate per 1,(XX)
females aged V9 and younger, Mrs. Shannon said
"obviously that’s a statistic I'm not proud of."
She added the situation is "nothing new." This
county, she said, has ranked first or second in percent-
age of teen births "several years."
The school nurse stressed "you really can't even
refer to teen pregnancies. They arc school-agc preg-
nancies," which occasionally involve pre-teens.
Tulia has "six or seven pregnancies in school now
and another just delivered," according to Mrs. Shan-
non. "I get real frustrated because we come out with
about the same number every year."
Whatever the reason, the nurse said, it is not
uncommon for teenage mothers to become pregnant in
the spring of their eighth grade year and deliver during
their ninth grade year, making them high school stu-
dents. "We've had several cases of that. We have an
eighth grader now who is pregnant and due to deliver
She feels that junior high pregnancies arc "more
prevalent than we realize, because we can’t always
keep track of them (female students). They disappear
and then suddenly reappear" at school months later.
RUSH TO GROW UP
The book All Grown Up and No Place To Go, is
recommended to parents by Mrs. Shannon.
"Many parents rush kids to grow up," she said.
"They have everything adults do on a miniature model.
By 15, they have done everything and life is boring;
what else do they have?"
She continues by asking, "what docs boredom
The school nurse is a strong advocate of integrat-
ing sex education into an overall health study to "be
included in the overall curriculum." This should start
in kindergarten, she believes, with information about
the human body and "why the body is unique" and
advance with each ensuing year.
One reason she favors this progressive study is
"schools arc having to take up slack" concerning
education on such matters which formerly were
learned in the home.
"Hormones work" in human bodies—creating
sexual urges— regardless of whether knowledge is
available to young people, the nurse pointed out. In her
learned opinion certain individuals (male and female)
will become sexually active while in school.
Although "some people believe sex education
leads to permissiveness" she contended it would not
promote promiscuity but could, in fact, serve as a
dctercni if young people better understood their bodies
and the responsibilities of child bearing and rearing.
Knowledge in these areas could cause a teenager to be
more reluctant about entering into a sexual encounter
which could produce an unwanted child.
Improved knowledge of the body could also
serve to promote self esteem, the nurse believes.
(Additional views from Mrs. Shannon will be
shared in a future article dealing with possible solu-
ASSUME ADULT ROLE
"When you choose to have sex, you accept an
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