The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 27, 2001 Page: 3 of 8
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This month featured a story
on a photographic display of area
war veterans under construction
in the Katy Depot in West. West
residents Robert and Mary
Zahirniak reported they had
framed over 100 pictures of area
war veterans and were hoping to
receive more. "We hope to make
it a place for children to come
and see pictures of the city dur-
ing its earlier day," Mrs.
Zahirniak said then. Their hope
is that West schools will bring
students to this museum so they
can learn more about the city
and its history.
West Lady Trojan Callie
Grochoske signed a letter of in-
tent to attend and play volley-
ball at Temple College. She was
a first team All District 17-AAA
selection in volleyball her senior
February 8 was West Day in
the State Capitol building in
Austin and West Kolaches were
a big hit as over 30 area resi-
dents helped distribute the tasty
t reats to the various offices there.
"I think it is a tremendous
thing for the City of West," West
Mayor Russ Willsey said con-
cerning the events at the Capi-
tol. "The legislators surely know
where West is and what we do."
St. Mary's School received
keys to a new 2000 Ford Club
Wagon van to be used for ath-
letic events and field trips. The
vehicle was purchased with pro-
ceeds from St. Mary's Quarter-
back Club. St. Mary's School and
the Church of the Assumption.
The Hillcrest Medical Center
at West was the topic of discus-
sion during the month as ques-
tions swirled concerning the
hospital's future. During a Feb.
7 meeting, West Hospital Au-
thority board members met with
a Hillcrest Baptist Medical Cen-
ter task force committee and
learned that the West hospital
facility was having Financial
troubles and that the facility's
revenues were not sufficient to
cover it expenses.
A Feb. 18 benefit at Geneva
Hall in Elm Mott aided James
and Frankie Hendrix, who had
their home destroyed in a Jan.
12 fire in the Whiskey Hollow
area near Leroy and Tours. An
auction featured some unique
items donated by legendary coun-
try music star Loretta Lynn.
The West Police Department
was among eight McLennan
County law enforcement agen-
cies receiving equipment from
the Law Enforcement and Train-
ing Division of the Texas Engi-
neering Extension Service. The
equipment is to assist in the
battle against drunk driving on
Texas roadways. The West Po-
lice received an in-vehicle video
Texas Baptist Builders Asso-
ciation members were at the Bold
Springs Baptist Church in West
helping renovate the church'sold
sanctuary into classrooms and a
The West Trojan powerlifting
team took first place honors at
the West Powerlifting Meet Feb.
17. Lady Trojan lifters took third
place in the girls division.
The West High School Key
Club was honored during the
month as the "Best Key Club" in
Kiwanis Division 23. The club is
a service organization for high
school students and is sponsored
by the Kiwanis Club.
Wet weather began the month
as the area continued to be satu-
rated by rain. In January and
February alone, the city had re-
ceived over seven inches and the
wet weather had delayed corn
planting for area farmers.
A Texas Historical Marker at
the West Brethren Church was
dedicated during a March 4 cer-
The West News - Thursday, December 27,2001
emony. The ceremony marked
the over 100 year history of the
church's congregation which was
formally organized by the Rev.
Adolf Chlumsky in June 1892.
The first church was dedicated
Gessica Eskew, a West High
School junior, and Chad Neckar,
both qualified for the state
powerlifting meet. Eskew placed
ninth in the state meet in the 123
pound class. Neckar placed fifth
place at the state meet in the 220
On March 12, the future ofthe
Hillcrest Medical Center ofWest
was discussed at a West Hospi-
tal Authority meeting. The hos-
pital authority unveiled its plans
to seek legislation to have an
election which would allow vot-
ers to decide on creating a health
care district. The bill was sub-
mitted to State Representative
Jim Dunham and State Senator
One hundred and twenty-
seven teams competed in the
West Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment's Eighth Annual Barbecue
Cookoff on March 17 at the West-
fest and West Fair and Rodeo
grounds. Marty Marak ofWest
won the Grand Championship at
the cookoff and David Vernon
and the Bud Boys cooking team
won the Reserve Champion tro-
The West Church of Christ
began construction on a new fa-
cility on Tokio Road near the
West' Public Library. The new
church is to be located on 11.6
acres and is to replace its current
structure at 407 W. Spruce.
The West High School Trojan
Dazzler dance team won several
awards at two dance competi-
West VFW Post 4819 and its
Ladies Auxiliary honored three
West Middle School students
during a March 2S banquet. The
three were winners of the lo-
cally-sponsored essay contest.
The winners were first place.
Brandy Mynar; second place,
Tyler Sullins; and third place,
Large crowds attended the
second edition of the Stations of
the Cross in the parking lot of St.
Mary's Catholic Church of the
Assumption in West. An esti-
mated 1,850 people passed by
the Stations during a two-hour
period on April 8.
The West Middle School's so-
lar car race team qualified for
the TXU Electric and Gas Solar
Model Car championship after
winning first place at the re-
gional race in Waco.
Area residents gathered in the
West High School auditorium on
((Letter to the Editor))
Once again, we thank the
West Kiwanis Club for the won-
derful books you gave us for the
"Storybook Christmas" Project.
The children, families, and
teachers all greatly appreciate
this gift of reading. Bless you and
West Kindergarten Teachers,
in the March 12
Paid for by the Holt Cotterman,
Curtis Cleveland, Treasurer,
PO Box 7798, Waco, TX 76714-7798
April 11 to hear about the finan-
cially-troubled West hospital fa-
cility. West Hospital Authority
President David Pareya dis-
cussed the possibility of an elec-
tion to establish a West Medical
District within the West Inde-
pendent School District bound-
aries. This would serve to create
a taxing entity for the medical
Michael D. Williams, presi-
dent and CEO ofthe Community
Health Corporation in Dallas,
presented statistical information
on the West facility and was the
primary speaker for the event.
Williams reported that Hillcrest
had lost slightly over $1.5 mil-
lion at the West hospital over the
last year and had substantial
losses the first two years of its
lease of the West facility.
Three West Lady Trojans and
one West T roja n q u a I i fi ed for the
Regional Track Meet after plac-
ing high in the District 17-AAA
meet. Natalie Otto qualified in
two events as she won the 3200
meter run and took second in the
1600 meter run. Amber Marak
won first in the 300 meter hurdles
and Amy Hromadka took second
in the 400 meter run. West Tro-
jan Frankie Pavelka won first in
the 300 meter run.
A lawsuit filed by two West
men against 12 present and
former West Independent School
District employees was dis-
missed earlier this month from
the 19th State District Court.
19th State District Judge Ralph
Strother dismissed the case be-
cause it was reported his court
lacked jurisdiction in the case.
Three West cancer survivors
joined in a Flag Run Ceremony
April 27 in West. This ceremony
was part of the first Central
Texas Race for the Cure sched-
uled for April 28 in Waco.
Henrietta Meurer, Helen
Kubacak and Becky Sulak, all
breast cancer survivors, were
chosen to carry the flag i nto West.
A West team consisting of ap-
proximately 90 entrants joined
over 4,000 participants in the
Almost 100 area youngsters
attended the West High School
Junior-Senior Prom's "After
Prom Party" gathering on April
28 at Doc and Laddy's in Waco.
In recent years, West has joined
the growing number of cities of-
fering drug-free and alcohol-free
parties for their youth following
Junior and Senior Proms.
News came early in the month,
that Hillcrest Health Systems
had reached an agreement with
the West Hospital Authority to
terminate Hillcrest's lease con-
tract of the West hospital facil-
ity. The announcement came al-
most four years to the day, when
the two groups announced a five
year lease agreement for the
Hillcrest officials said the sev-
ering of the lease agreement
came as a result of reduced utili-
zation by patients and the
Hillcrest Medical Center in West
having greater expenses than
revenues for each ofthe last four
Mike Mynarcik and Ron
Sykora were elected to the West
Independent School District
board oftrusteesfollowinga May
The Texas Department of
Transportation conducted meet-
ings in Elm Mott and West con-
cerning the proposed widening
of 1-35. The proposed 1-35 project
will reconstruct and widen the
existing highway from four lanes
to six lanes and allow for the
additional construction of a sev-
enth and eighth lane.
The West Lady Trojan soft-
ball team won the District 17-
AAA title and then defeated Pal-
estine Westwood (10-2) in Area
and Lorena (8-2) in the regional
quarterfinals before falling to
Splendora (1-0) in the regional
The West Trojans had an
The Horror of "Superbugs"
By Jim Hightower
Food poisoning is ugly stuff, and it can be downright deadly, but
luckily, there are powerful antibiotics that can beat back most cases
of salmonella or other bacterial food poisonings—unless, however,
the bug infectingyou happens to have evolved into a "superbug" that
is immune to antibiotics.
"Superbugs" is not the title of some bad horror movie, but a truly
horrible reality of modern life in which some bacteria are rapidly
developing a resistance to even our most powerful antibiotic drugs.
Two new scientific studies have found an alarming rise in meat
products that are contaminated with these antibiotic-resistant
bacteria. In one study, the Center for Disease Cont rol examined 407
chicken samples taken from supermarkets in four states. More than
half were contaminated with E. faecium bacteria that had developed
immunity to the three drugs usually used to kill it.
In the other study, the Food and Drug Administration examined
200 samples of ground beef, chicken, pork, and turkey from super-
markets in the Washington D.C. area. A fifth of the samples
contained salmonella bacteria, and 83 percent of these bacteria were
resistant to at least one ofthe antibiotics commonly used to kill this
Not only is this rapid and deadly mutation scary, but it's also
stupid, for it should not be happening at all. The problem stems from
the fact that giant agribusiness operators are dosing chickens,
cattle, and other animals with tons of antibiotics annually, not to
cure disease, but—get this—to force the animals to gain weight
quickly. While some three million pounds of antibiotics go to treat
humans each year, nearly 25 million pounds are fed to animals
simply to speed up the fattening process...and to fatten the profits of
the giant meat purveyors.
In their rush to profit, these corporations are creating the
superbugs in our meat supply...and literally making a killing on us.
Radio talk-show host and author, dim Hightower is a former
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baseball playoffs as they tied for
the District 17-AAA champion-
ship with Lorena and then beat
Caldwell (2-1) in Bi-District ac-
tion, Lufkin Hudson (8-9,9-0 and
6-2) in Area before falling to Elgin
(3-6, 13-6 and 2-3) in regional
Frankie Pavelka qualified for
the state meet after winning first
place at the regional meet in the
300 hurdles. He then placed sixth
Crystal Jernigan, a member
of the Abbott Lady Panther golf
team, participated in the Class A
state golf tournament May 7 and
8 in Austin.
Ninety-five West High School
seniors participated in West High
School's graduation on May 25.
Georgia Jung was the class vale-
dictorian and Jennifer Perry was
Thirteen-year-old West gym-
nast Brittany Deiterman won a
fourth place medal in the vault
competition at the National
United States of America Gym-
nastics meet while participating
in the highest level for junior
The West hospital closed its
doors on May 31 and the Hillcrest
Medical Center at West ceased
to exist. It was the first time in
more than 29years that the West
community was without a hospi-
tal facility. "It's a sad day, a tragic
day," West Hospital Authority
President David Pareya said
during a brief gathering at mid-
night May 31 as the facility's
doors were closed.
Approximately 400 pounds of
mari juana, valued on the street
at over $250,000, was seized dur-
ing a June 1 raid of a West resi-
dence. In addition to he mari-
juana, $56,000 in cash, several
weapons, a van and pickup truck
were also seized in the raid.
Efrain Arce Perez, age 37 of 608
N. Reagan in West, was arrested
in the raid and was charged with
possession of marijuana with
intent to distribute.
A TXU Electric/Gas represen-
tative addressed the West City
Council at their June 5 meeting
concerning a proposed rate in-
crease. The increase would have
resulted in a rate hike to resi-
dential customers of approxi-
mately $7.30 per month and a
rate hike for commercial users of
approximately $5.50 per month.
The City ofWest participated
in the annual Precinct 3 Clean
up Day on June 23.
The West Police Department
in cooperation with the West In-
dependent School District ap-
plied for a federal grant which
would give law enforcement a
visual presence on all of the
school district's campuses, the
program would enable the West
Police to hire a school resource
officer for the West ISD Schools.
Two Penelope High School stu-
dents were given an up close
view of the future of space travel
as they participated in the Texas
Aerospace Scholars Program
'June 3-8 in Houston. Joe Harlin
and Casey Watson were among
12 Texas high school students
spending five days at the Johnson
Space Center using their math
and science skills to design a
mock human space mission to
Numerous area youngsters
participated in the West Police
Department's third annual bi-
cycle rodeo on June 30 at the
West High School parking lot.
Joey Kolar, a 2001 West High
grad, signed a letter of intent to
attend Temple College on a base-
ball scholarship. Kolar was a first
team Super Centex selection at
Heileman of West was crowned
the 2001 Miss Teen Lake Whit-
ney during the 49th annual Lake
Whitney Pageant June 22-23 at
Hill College in Hillsboro.
I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to my family, relatives
and friends for their help during and following my recent
I also wish to thank the West Volunteer Ambulance Service
for their quick response, Father Ron Scheible and Father
Jerry Ryno for their visits and prayers, and Dr. Jason Kleine
and the staff at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and rehab for
their care during my stay there.
And last, but not least, I wish to thank everyone for their
visits, phone calls, flowers, food and cards. It is greatly
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