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Jacksboro, Texas - home of historic Fort Richardson
Established in 1880 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Vol. 133, No. 14 www.jacksboronewspapers.com 75 cents
Lions Club will meet in regular ses-
sion at noon. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at
the Lions Building on East Street behind
the newspaper. They meet regularly the
second and fourth Wednesdays of every
month. They serve a catered lunch.
Friends of the Museum
Jack County Friends of the Museum
will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept.
13, in the museum.The group meets ev-
ery second Thursday of the month.
The Rough Riders Play day will be Sat-
urday, Sept. 15, at the arena on Highway
59. Sign up at 1 p.m. Negative coggins
checked. The play day is held the third
Saturday of each month.
Antelope Jamboree will be Saturday,
Sept. 15, at the Antelope Community
Center. The jamboree is held the third
Saturday of each month.
Bryson Independent School District
trustees will meet in a rescheduled ses-
sion at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in the
The board regularly meets the third
Monday of each month. A complete
agenda will be posted 72 hours in ad-
vance at the school.
The members of the JHS Band Boost-
ers will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17,
at the high school band hall. The boost-
er club meets the third Monday of each
month during the school year.
Jacksboro City Council will meet in
regular session at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Sept. 18, at Jacksboro City Hall. They
will continue budget workshops and host
a public hearing for the tax increase.
Trustees regularly meet the second and
fourth Tuesday of each month. A com-
plete agenda will be posted 72 hours in
advance at City Hall.
For the Year
Rainfall measured daily at 7 a.m.
Lost Creek Reservoir at capacity: 1,009.50feet
Current level: 1,006.44feet
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City decreases funding for library,
Concerned Citizens, sets tax rate
By SANDI ARGO
The Jacksboro City council
met Thursday to formally adopt
the budget and tax rate of $1.18
per $100 of tax valuation.
In a meeting that was, accord-
ing to City Manager Mike Smith,
“cut and dry,” the council voted
to give $5,000 per year to the
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Public
Library and $5,000 to the Con-
cerned Citizens Center.
Formerly, donations from the
City have equalled $25,000 to
the library and $20,000 to Con-
cerned Citizens in most years.
The council agreed that if the city
is in a better financial position at
a later time, then additional mon-
ey may be given.
They are hoping the sales tax
will enable that to happen, but at
this time, the main concern is for
the streets, water treatment plant
The decision of the council was
met with contempt from support-
ers of the library, and was not a
unanimous vote by the council.
The vote was 3 to 1 in favor of
the reduced donations with one
vote abstaining, that of Ken Jos-
This decision was critical to
the library, according to Director
Lanora Joslin. “This will leave
the library with four months of
their annual budget unfunded. I
don’t know what we are going
to do,” says Joslin. “But my first
priority is to the patrons of the li-
ig to Faith Community
Hospital Administrator Frank
Beaman, they should be able to
contribute the remaining $ 15,000
to the Concerned Citizens Center
as part of a program for commu-
The council met for budget dis-
cussions Sept. 4. In the original
budget for 2013, the
to the lib
r and c
ter were not included at all.
During the previous budget
meeting, it was brought to the
council’s attention that the wa-
ter treatment plant for the city is
now in need of repair.
According to Smith, “If the city
gets a big rain, such as we had re-
cently, the creek that runs along
the drying beds could flood.
(Drying beds include three areas
of sand set up to dry the sludge
at the treatment plant. The sludge
is then hauled off once dry.) The
drying beds run off of grav-
; the lowest
: treatment plant. A
ity, meaning they i
point of the treatment plai
dry creek runs through the plant,
andi*'" ‘ 11 "" " ‘ ’
l if it rains three to four inch-
like it did recently, the creek
ignificantly. Then work-
not get to the pumps to
shut off the waste water plant so
you don’t have all the rain water
coming through, which means
that all the sludge we had in there
is now washed downstream.
Now we have an environmental
hazard that we have to report to
TECQ as a non conformity. And
it happens a couple times a year.”
According to Smith, there are
only a couple of ways to deal
with the problem. Either raise the
drying beds and put in a new lift
station, which would pump the
sludge out, or build a huge retain-
Right now when it floods, the
workers have to walk across a
Not only e
large pipe to reach the pumps.
Not a place that
^y having to ^
they are walking
over a flooded creek flowing
anyone sitting at the meeting
wanted to be.
“This involves not only safety
issues, but environmental is-
sues and possible health issues,”
Smith noted. “I can’t tell you
what the cost of that is going to
be to fix.”
The city has had an engineer
looking into the matter. It’s this
and other unforeseen problems
that have put the city at odds over
where the money needs to go.
Council woman Faye Lewis
commented, “With the issues on
Belknap, and the issues with the
water treatment plant, our hands
are tied. We are between a rock
and a hard place.”
In the budget meeting, Smith
asked if there were other dona-
tions being considered besides
the library and Concerned Citi-
zens Center. Lewis stated “as far
as I am concerned, we are just
looking at the two.”
Councilman Ken Joslin sug-
gested they stay with last year’s
budget. “I think we should look
into a possible increase for street
repairs, but keep the rest the
As in the past few meetings,
the council was asked about the
originally proposed raises for the
city employees, which had been
removed from the proposal at the
Aug. 28 meeting because of the
repairs needed from the Belknap
water main break.
Lewis commented, “I thought
once the four percent (raises)
was taken out (of the budgetj,
there was no reason to compare
to last year.”
The council agreed that the
community needs the library and
the Concerned Citizens Center.
How the city chose to assist these
entities was a big decision, one
that was not answered to every- -|-
Lewis proposed the library con-
sider “trimming back” hours, and
tightening up wherever they can.
Courthouse lawn nears completion
Months of restoration have culminated into the last phases including a new courthouse lawn. Workers from McAlister Land-
scape, Inc. of Fort Worth have been working the last several weeks to remove trees and plants, replacing them with many
natural-looking plants. McAlister will maintain the plants until they are 90 percent established. (Photo by SandiArgo)
freds donates profits to first responders
To honor the fallen heroes of
9/11, fred’s Super Dollar will
donate all operating profits from
store sales Tuesday, Sept. 11, to
designated first responder units
in communities whei
The donation plan is an out-
growth of fred’s “Hero Hats”
tradition that began in 2002.
The “Hero Hats” effort, which
is currently taking place, gives
shoppers the opportunity to pur-
chase paper cut-outs of hats for
$1 to sign and hang in the win-
dow of their local fred’s Super
Dollar, giving visible support to
their area’s emergency teams.
“We have teamed with our
shoppers on ‘Hero Hats’ to help
raise money for first responders
and Sept. 11, we’ll take it a step
further with the donation of the
its stores day’s operating profits,” said Ur-
sula Roman, marketing director
for fred’s Super Dollar.
“fred’s wants to do all it can for
a group of men and women who
mean so much to our country.”
Since “Hero Hats” began, fred’s
Super Dollar has raised more
than $2 million dollars for local
fire, police and sheriff depart-
In 2011, fred’s Super Dollar do-
“Our ‘Hero Hats’ program has
been a wonderful way for us to
remember the tragic events of
September 11, honor all the fall-
en heroes, and show our appre-
ciation for the emergency teams
who continue to save li
day,” Roman said.
“The anniversary of the trag-
edies in New York, Washington
D.C. and Pennsylvania seems
like the appropriate time to make
this gesture of support and appre-
Shoppers can join fred’s Super
Dollar in commemorating 9/11
by visiting their local store Tues-
“We are confident our custom-
; will help us continue to show
of these programs,” Roman said.
dows in their honor and that the
money raised Sept. 11 will be
helpful to their needs.”
The “Hero Hats” campaign runs
through Wednesday, Sept. 12.
fred’s Super Dollar offers the
l help i
find it inspiring to see the ‘Hero
iging in the store win-
every Hats’ hanj
•oducts customers need most at
e lowest prices every day.
For more information, please
visit the website at www.fredsinc.
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Hudson, Pam. Jacksboro Gazette-News (Jacksboro, Tex.), Vol. 133, No. 14, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 11, 2012, newspaper, September 11, 2012; Jacksboro, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth707885/m1/1/: accessed February 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library.