The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. SIXTY EIGHTH YEAR, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 20, 1993 Page: 2 of 10
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May 2U, 19S3
Letters to the editor
Write him and express your opinion
P .O. Box 946
Big Lake, TX 76932
*1hose were the days...
"Thanks for the sno cones"
On May 4 and S, the 4th graders
at Reagan County Elementary
School took the TAAS tests. They
tried very hard to do their best;
therefore, their teachers wanted to
reward them in some way. I con-
tacted the two drivers of the snow
cone trucks in Big Lake and asked
them if they would provide snow
cones for these students on Friday
They both agreed but they did not
wish to be paid for providing the
snow cones. This shows us that
others in the community appreciate
our students and their hard work. 1
would like to take this opportunity
to thank the providers of the snow
cones for their great service for our
Lorenzo M. Florez
"The time has come.
The time has come for all good
men to come to the aid of their
country. It is time for citizens of Big
Lake, of Texas, and of the United
States of America to tell our repre-
sentatives what we want. If the flat
tax with no exemptions plan is the
answer, which I believe is, then we
all need to take pen in hand and write
our so called representatives and tell
them what we think. We should
flood them with so many letters that
they would have no recourse but to
bend to the will of the people.
I have felt for years that the an-
swer to all of our tax problems could
be solved with a flat tax of 10% and
eliminate the income tax. But then
what would all those poor IRS
workers, tax lawyers, and other tax
dodgers do for a living? I say let 'em
get out and get a real job or get in the
unemployment lines, I really don't
We have been lied to and de-
frauded long enough. All it takes for
any citizen to do is to take five
minutes of time and a 29 cent stamp
and we could get our point over.
"They recognize me right away"
1928 Glenwood Dr.
San Angelo, TX 76901
Yes, I'm very proud of you! How
sweet of you to remember me so
Since I've been in San Angelo,
I've run into so many former pupils.
They recognize me right away. I
would know they looked familiar,
but I couldn't always come up with
A few months ago I got to see
'Jopie' and her husband when they
came to vote where I was precinct
judge. While booking lyceums in
school here in San Angelo, I was
; refered to a lady at the SAISD ad-
ministrative office. As I entered, I
was greeted with open arms and an
enthusiastic "Mrs. Darling"!.
She was 'Janie'.
In another school I was able to
hug 'Sandy', who teaches there.
I was surprised by 'Theresa'
when she enrolled in my Yoga class.
I ran into Patti' where she had a
very responsible job at a local bank
And 'Kim' in a check out line.
I was very surprised when I was
booking lyceums at an elementary
school not far from El Paso. The
attractive lady principal finally took
a closer look at my business card
and exclaimed, "Mrs. Darling!”
"You were my dance teacher! My
parents were the Green's who taught
at Reagan Co. High!"
Several years ago I went to a big
school yard sale. As I was getting in
my car to leave a tall, handsome
young man hurried to stop me. He
looked familiar, but it took a while
for me to come up with 'Jay
Weatherby'. I hadn't seen him since
first grade. And there is Loy' and
Of course, a sad occasion
brought me into contact with so
many I'll never forget.
Over the years I had classes in
Rankin, Garden City, Iraan, Sonora,
and Sterling City, but Big Lake will
always be near and dear to my heart.
David, you must have been in the
'social club' that did not continue the
whole school year, or maybe you
didn't continue. I'm surprised that
you had to take lessons to team folk
dances-schottish, polka, etc, for I
did teach all those and I'm sorry that
you missed out on jitterbug.
At one recital there were seven or
eight couples that did the routine
jitterbug-not throwing the girl over
your shoulder or through your legs,
but with a Lindy or Jitterbop basic
and all turns and twists.
Another recital about five
couples did a Tango and another did
a Rhumba. They also learned
ChaCha when it first came out. I had
learned it at a six day teacher's con-
vention in Houston.
Just as important, students
learned how to be a good host and
hostess and to be a welcome guest,
how to ask for a dance and what to
do afterward and later how to ask for
a date for a dance party, and to
accept or refuse and to call for a
date...of course with mom or dad at
the wheel of the car if you didn't
have a driver's license. And conduct
at the party and finally the boy
seeing his date safely home on time.
By the way, the husband of one
of my dance pupils was very com-
plimentary of your writing style-
said you wouldn't think that a jour-
nalist like that would come out of
Big Lake! Of course, he never knew
what a great ISD Reagan Co. was
and is with such names as
Havenhill, Featherston, Horton,
Nunn, Cole, Williams, Coates,
Ashcraft, Watkins, Daves, Dendy,
and many, many others.
If I should ever happen to get a
class in jitterbug, etc. in Big Lake,
you and your wife must be my
guests for the course. At this time I
only have classes in Yoga and adult
tap in association with San Angelo
Civic Ballet at the Cactus Hotel. If
I ever stop all these activities I guess
I'll just fall apart.
Later this month I'll be going to
Silver Spring, Md. to attend the
wedding of my son's daughter.
They all seem to have sprouted roots
in the Washington D.C. area.
Among the politicians I think they
call it 'Potomac Fever'.
Thanks for remembering-
I am proud of you.
a lyceum is the booking of a show
in schools or on the stage. In days
past it was magicians and variety
shows. Now it is assemblies that
have some educational as well as
entertainment value. Ms. Darling is
’show biz folks'.
Some of you older folks remem-
ber when teachers could and did try
to impart some culture and civility on
us unwashed masses. Ms.
Darling's letter reminded me very
well that she did indeed try to teach
us all to be good hosts and host-
esses as well as good guests and
how to perform the most awkward
anddifficult of all tasks... asking a girt
to dance. And for the girls...to ac-
cept a dance knowing you were
about to get mashed. Teaching civil
conduct was part of the duty of the
dance teacher back in those days in
small West Texas towns. Flo Dar-
ling did it with goodness, grace and
dignity and with the best of inten-
tions without regard of how uncivi-
lized we realty were.
A person full of grace dignity, and
kindness. And she loves to dance.
Those were the days.
5 years ago this week
Big Lake was well repre-
sented in last week's ARCO
Jesse Owens track meet. Local
entrants included Michael
Goodloe, Allen Strambler, Jr.,
Alicia Thompson, Lezlie Neill,
Patrick Strambler, and Ashley
Tarvin. Strambler ran a 56.9 in
the 13-14 age group and Lezlie
ran a 29.47 200 meter dash.
Sales tax rebates are up 26%
for last month. The city received
$21,964.06 this reporting period
as compared to $15,562 last
The 3rd annual American
Cancer Society benefit golf
tournament was held May 14 at
Big Lake Country Club. Jerry
and Charlene Burleson shot a 66
and Evelyn and R.L. McKinney
shot a 66. Steve Bird and Ginger
Robertson shot a 67.
Graduation exercises will be
held here May 29.
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Bitner, Jr.
announce the engagement and
approaching marriage of their
daughter Shelley to Scott
Blanton. They have set their
wedding date for July 30 in Big
10 years ago this week
Reagan County voters will go
to the polls to vote on a $3.4
million school bond issue. The
bond has an 8 year repayment
schedule and is to be used to
construct elementary class-
41 RCHS seniors will gradu-
ate in Sunday's baccalaureate
and commencement exercises.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Cameron of
Van Alstyne are parents of a son,
Joshua Caleb Cameron born
May 13 at 8:04 A.M.
Julie Hunt, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Sherman Hunt, has
earned an associate degree in
nursing from Odessa College on
15 years ago this week
Warner Lear, longtime Big Lake
resident was the big winner of the
Beta Sigma Phi shopping spree at
Jack's Supermarket. Warner was
timed with a stop watch and fol-
lowed by a group of ladies. Warner
only dropped two bottles in his
spree', but they were a quart of
cooking oil and a gooey jar of
The runoff election between Bob
Ferguson and Mike Elkins for
commissioner precinct 2 is set for
June 3. Ferguson outpolled Elkins
by 12 votes 159 to 147.
Mr. and Mrs. James Matthews
attended graduation ceremonies at
Texas Tech last Friday when their
son Steven graduated with a
bachelor's degree in management.
Funeral services for Mrs. H.L.
Adams were held Saturday in San
20 years ago this weeek
Funeral services for Rev. Dou-
glas McFarland were held here
Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist
Church. Rev. McFarland was a re-
tired Baptist minister and former
pastor of Bethlehem Church.
The annual Industrial Arts-
woodworking show will be held at
RCHS Tuesday, this is the evening
when shop classes have to show off
their work to parents, interested citi-
zens and taxpayers.
The annual Little League Bar-
becue will be held May 19 in the
county park picnic area. Plates are
$1.50 each and proceeds go to
benefit Reagan County Little
John Scott Giddicons bom to
Janie and Ron Giddicons is the new
grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Holt.
The infant is the first bom of the
After several years of work and
study, Lee Kane will receive his
Bachelor of Business Administra-
tion degree from Angelo State Uni-
25 years ago this week
Big Lake Golf Association's
18th annual Invitational Golf
Tournament will be held here this
Among those receiving a Bach-
elor of Science degree in Pharmacy
from Southwestern State College in
Oklahoma is former Big Lake
resident Wayne Davis.
RCHS commencement exer-
cises will be held Sunday for the
class of'68. Outstanding seniors of
RCHS include Vikki Winchester,
editor of Owl's Hoot; Linda Mills,
cheerleader, best actress, and NHS
member; Wade Daugherty, presi-
dent of senior class, student council
member, and outstanding golfer;
and A1 Barnes, outstanding athlete
at RCHS who will be playing foot-
ball at ACC next year.
30 years ago this week
Big Lake Golf Association's
13th annual invitational golf tour-
nament will be held here this
weekend. Entry fee is $3.00.
Oleta Davis, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Mack Davis will marry Max
Mullinax of Midland.
Davenport School will close its
1962-63 term tonight when gradu-
ation exercises will be held at the
school. Graduates include Barbara
Knight, Willie James, Jr., and Bill
Phillips III. Special music will be
played by Katherine Lucas as pia-
nist. Rev. Leomard Jordan of New
Hope Baptist Church in Big Spring
will be commencement speaker.
The 67 Steak House will observe
its 10th anniversary Saturday under
the continous operation of Jess and
Annie Clement. Curb service will
begin at 3:00 Saturday under the
direction of Linda Starnes who
graduates from high school Friday
Don Hiett, counselor in the local
schools has accepted the position of
principal of Sam Houston Elemen-
tary school in Corsicana. Hiett has
been wanting to move into admin-
istration for several years.
School finance action
Lawmakers still grappling with education funding issues
By Lyndell Williams
and Ed Sterling
TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
AUSTIN — The Texas Senate
voted 27-4 last week for a school fi-
nance bill that would allow the state
to shift $40 billion in commercial
property from rich school districts
to poor ones.
The measure, by Sen. Bill
Ratliff, R-Mt. Pleasant, is de-
signed to address school funding
inequities without consolidating lo-
cal school districts.
The Senate action sets up a show-
down in the House between the
two chambers’ finance plans, which
take radically different approaches
to equalize public education fund-
The Senate plan would require
109 property-rich districts to share
some of their commercial tax
wealth with property-poor districts.
The House measure would con-
solidate 281 of Texas’ 1,048 school
districts — merging property-rich
districts with lower-wealth districts
nearby — and use state aid to level
out funding inequities.
Lawmakers must pass a plan to
equalize school funding by June 1
or face a court-ordered cutoff of
state education aid.
House Trims No-pass Rule
Meanwhile, the nine-year-old
“no pass, no-play” rule that was
part of former Gov. Mark White’s
education reform package, was di-
luted by the House during a long
debate on state rules for local
The current rule, the capstone of
education reforms enacted in 1984,
bars junior high and high school
students who arc flunking classes
from taking part in extracurricular
activities such as football, band, or
debate for six weeks.
The House version, which was
tentatively approved last week,
would let school principals shorten
the suspension to three weeks for
students who immediately start im-
proving their test scores. But stu-
dents who fail a test during that
period would face suspension for a
full six weeks.
Clinton’s BTU Tax Ripped
A host of Texas business, farm
and industrial leaders joined Rail-
road Commissioners Jim Nugent,
Mary Scott Nabers and Barry
Williamson last week in a news
conference to sound the alarm
against the Clinton Administra-
tion’s proposed BTU tax on energy.
“The proposed tax is a job
destroyer that will hurt middle
income consumers and threaten
Texas’ current economic recovery,”
the commissioners warned.
“This tax will rip through our
economy like a Texas tornado,”
said Nugent. “It will leave be-
hind unemployment and higher en-
ergy prices that lead to high infla-
tion and interest rates. This is a
recipe for economic disaster, not
More than 450,000 jobs have
been lost in the domestic energy
patch since 1980 — more than
losses in the auto and steel indus-
tries combined. More than 160,000
of the energy jobs lost were held by
“From agriculture to trucking, to
manufacturing to petrochemicals,
the BTU tax will hurt Texans,”
said Nabers. “Consumers will def-
initely be impacted and Texans will
“This tax is unfair because Texas
will pay 12.5 percent of the tax
while we represent only 6.8 per-
cent of the nation’s population,”
Williamson said. “Texans should
not have to pay twice as much as
states like California, New York
Prison Bond Issue Passes
A $1 billion bond issue for
new prisons and jails, which black
and Hispanic lawmakers blocked
earlier, passed the House last week
with a 130-6 vote.
Minority members stalled the
resolution by denying it the 100
votes needed to place it on the bal-
lot for voter approval. The lawmak-
ers said they were frustrated by the
Legislature’s inability to develop a
constitutional school finance plan.
Doctor Referral Bill
The Senate has approved a bill
that would prohibit doctors from
referring patients to facilities in
which they are an investor. Viola-
tors would face fines of $15,000 for
A recent national study showed
that patients referred to physician-
owned laboratories pay 26 percent
to 125 percent more than at inde-
The bill by Sen. Mike Moncrief,
D-Fort Vforth, now goes to the
House for consideration.
House Oks Tax Cap
A measure that would allow
voters to decide whether to cap
the state’s franchise tax has won
preliminary House approval.
The proposed constitutional am-
endment passed 95-39. It must
gain 100 votes in the House and a
two-thirds vote in the Senate to be
placed on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The amendment would cap the
corporate income tax at its current
a The Texas House has concurred
with Senate amendments to a bill
that would create the Texas Lottery
Commission in April 1994. The
commission, with separate lottery
and bingo divisions, would consist
of a three-member board appointed
by the governor.
■ The House State Affairs Com-
mittee voted 8-7 to close the
Texas Sunset Advisory Commis-
sion, which recommends what state
agencies should be closed. Gov.
Richards and legislative leaders
said the sunset commission was un-
24 hours a day
First, let me say that I enjoy
reading your Wildcat. I have never
written a comment before, but after
seeing and knowing what I do know,
thanks to mis amigos and amigas, I
say is this America or what?
Since when do two or three un-
documented persons, to put it
mildly, walk our clean city streets,
get by with running a so called pe-
tition to run off a person of high
esteem and a citizen of the United
States of America. Fantastico! And
not a wet, mind you. This citizen is
not on food stamps, WIC's, free
lunch or etc. Wow! This man of God
is anointed one, employed by al-
Forgive them for they do not
know what they are doing. Top this,
some gabachos and half gabachos,
get this, have signed this so called
petition. Some were told by these
gabachos that no one would know
about their signing. Right? Wrong.
Everyone knows later. I would put
these famous names not only His-
panic right here on this page and I
would sign my name, but I have
about a year to retire so, you under-
Yes, I am employed. These pe-
tition people haven't taken that
away from me. Not Yet. I do reside
north of the famous tracks. Tracks,
ring a bell? I do pay my taxes, have
insurance and drive on our high-
ways legally. Not on food stamps,
WIC, etc. Oh yes, I vote. I am
Catholic and expect to die Catholic.
And pray that God and our blessed
mother will provide a priest at the
hour of my death. Bendito sea Dios,
y nuestra morenita.
Letter to the
Attacks on Freemasonry are al-
most as old as the Fraternity itself.
The tenets of the Masonic Fraternity
have withstood the test of time and
the criticism of many religious or-
ganizations. I would suggest that,
rather than argue with anyone, an
individual look no farther than his
local community to find a recipient
of charity from one of the many
I am a Christian, a member of a
Baptist Church, and I am a Mason.
The Baptist Church and the Ma-
sonic Fraternity will no doubt sur-
vive the present turmoil lhatdividcs
and separates the Southern Baptist
Convention, but I would like all
concerned to make one prayerful
consideration. If the report from the
Home Mission Board concerning
Freemasonry is rejected or altered,
what Christian message will this
send to the hundreds of Pastors,
Deacons and Sunday School teach-
ers who are also Masons? Am I my
brother's keeper? I pray that I am.
Edward R. Dison
Continued from page 1
-Yessenia Ramirez and Bryan
Owl Pride..Jeanie Monzingo.
First team all state awards
John Marc Henderson and Nuno
State Gold Medalist-Track
Reagan County All Sports
Booster Club president Jeanine
Tarvin announced Booster Club
awards. She named The Reagan
County Sheriffs Department and
Big Lake Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment for special awards for their
support of the teams.
Jane Gay received the Lifetime
Booster Award. Mrs. Gay was
singled out for trying to keep up
with four grandsons in various
sports and being an Owl fan and
Marie Dodd and Lauren Tarvin
were recognized for being Booster
Club yard sign helpers.
The All Sports Banquet is an
annual event sponsored by the Re-
agan County All Sports booster
club. Officers include Jeanine
Tarvin, president; Randy Mobleu
vice-president; Mary Ellen Flow,
Secretary; and Mary Henderson,
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