The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 97, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 24, 1987 Page: 1 of 22
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Ninety-Seventh Year No. 52
The best form of advertising in the West trade area
. Happy New Year
Vzpommame a prejeme vse nejlepsi
k yanocnim svatkum a hodne zdravi,
stesti a uspechu do Noveho roku.
We remember you and wish you all the
best during the Christmas holidays and
good health, happiness, and success
during the New Year.
From all of us at
Publishing Co., Inc.
Linn, Sue and John Pescaia,
Jerome Kopecky Cecil Veselka
The Joe Edd Grimm home at 1515 N. Reagan Street was
chosen first place winner in the West Chamber of
Commerce Christmas decoration contest. As the picture
Indicates 'much time and effort was put into making this
home the first place winner. (staff photo by Larry Knapek)
Chamber Announces Winners In Christmas Decoration Contest
Linda Montgomery Carla Livingston
Describing the judging as ex-
tremely difficult, the West Chamber
of Commerce announced T uesday the
winners in the chamber's Christmas
Decoration Contest among homes in
the West city limits.
The first place winner and recipi-
ent of a $75 check for the top prize was
the Joe Edd Grimm residence at 1515
N. Reagan Street.
Second place and a $50 prize went
to the Ray Glatter Sr. home at 600 S.
Third place and the $25 prize went
to the Jerry Zapalac residence at 903
S. Harrison Street.
Though the above three were
judged the top winners, the panels of
judges for this contest said there were
many "outstanding homes to choose
from" and compiled a list of some of
the homes in the city that people
should take a look at during this holi-
The list of homes on the honorable
mention list includes:
210 E. Elm
801 N. Main
1000 S. Harrison
1508 N. Davis
112 S. Mills Street
1505 N. Davis
1404 N. Davis
809 N. College
304 East Pine
504 Meadow Drive.
Ronnie Sykora, a co-chairman for
this chamber of commerce sponsored
event, said the chamber would like
thank everyone that decorated then-
home and Helped spread the Christ-
mas spirit in West.
West United Fund Donates $4,200 to Area Groups
Ten West area and Waco groups
received early Christmas gifts this
year as the West United Fund donated
$4,200 to the various non-profit
The West Untod Fund officers
and directors met ucc. 3 and dis-
bursed the $4,200 among the 10
The groups receiving the dona-
tions arc: West Youth Baseball - Soft-
ball Association, American Red
Cross, West Girl Scouts, Bluebonnet
Council Girl Scouts, West Camp Fire,
West Boy Scouts, West Senior Citi-
zens Center, West Volunteer Ambu-
lance Association, West Library As-
sociation and West Welfare.
It was noted this is the twentieth
year the West United Fund has con-
tributed to the West Youth Baseball -
Anyone working in the Waco area
can make their donations to the West
United Fund through the Waco
United Fund Program. The goal of the
West United Fund is to try and give
the largest amount of contributions to
"our local organizations."
Anyone wishing to make dona-
tions to the West United Fund pro-
gram may contact the Grimm Insur-
ance Agency at 210 N. Main St. in
Six West High School Students
Named to All Region Band
Six West High students were
among those named to the All Region
8 Band following tryouts Dec. 12 at
the Killeen Ellison High School.
Carla Ncmec, Laura Cinek, Jay
Lynn Hollingsworth, Paul Sulak,
Diane Kapczynski and Denise
Kapczynski were chosen for the all
region band and arc to perform with
the band in concert on Jan. 23 at
Killeen Ellison High School.
West Band Director Jack Felts said
West has the most students making
the band of any AAA school in the
region. The large Region 8 covers the
territory to the north (Waxahachie) to
the south (Bryan) to the east (Corsi-
cana) and to the west (Killeen).
Council Has Short Schedule in December
West City Council had a short
business schedule during two regular
meetings in December.
At the council's Dec. 1 meeting,
the council voted to re-appoint
Freddy Gcrik as City Fire Marshal.
They also voted to purchase a scanner
for the West Police Department at a
cost of $150.
During the council’s Dec. 15 meet-
ing, the council agreed to rezone the
property located at 313 N. Washing-
ton in West for the purpose of selling
antiques from that premises. The
property is owned by Joyce Griffith.
New Sales Tax Rate
Takes Effect January 1
Tax rate to be 7.5 percent in West
These West High School Band students were named to
the All Region 8 Band. On the front row (left to right) are:
Carla Nemec, Jay Lynn Hollingsworth and Diane
Kapczynski. Standing are: Denise Kapczynski, Laura
Cinek and Paul Sulak. (staff photo by Larry Knapek)
AUSTIN - State Comptroller
Bob Bullock Wednesday re-
minded merchants and resi-
dents in 82 Texas counties and
>4 cities that anew optional half-
percent sales tax will take effect
on January 1.
"Voters in these cities and
counties have elected to levy this
additional sales tax as a method
to generate money to reduce city
or county property taxes," Bul-
The local option sales tax was
approved by the Legislature in
1986 and coutd raise about $93.1
million for cities and counties
where it has been enacted, Bul-
The law allows either city or
county residents or both to add
the extra sales tax.
Businesses in cities and coun-
ties that adopted the tax during
April and August elections must
begin collecting the tax on Janu-
Cities and counties that voted
for the new tax rate in November
or approve it during elections in
the first three quarters of next
year must collect the increased
sales tax rate on January 1,
"For one of your New Year's
resolutions, you ought to be pre-
pared for this increase," Bullock
The extra revenue from the
half-percent sales tax must be
applied toward property tax
reduction, Bullock said. The
amount of reduction will vary
from area to area.
Property owners in these cit-
ies and counties may see prop-
erty tax changes after the 1988
t# x rates are set in the fall of next
Ross Fire Department to Elect Officers
ROSS - The Ross Volunteer Fire Department has scheduled a 7 p.m.
meeting for Jan. 5 in the Ross City Hall. Officers for 1988 are to be elected
at this meeting.
All members are urged to attend.
Here We Go Again
Both the Social Security tax wage base and the tax rate will
increase in 1988. Beginning January 1st, the first $45,000 of
earned income will be taxed on both employer and employee at
a rate of 7.51%. Just to give you something to look forward to,
Congress is actively considering making the Medicare tax por-
tion (1.45%) applicable to your entire earned income rather than
just the Social Security wage base. Each year when we remind
you of these increases, we cannot help observing that for a 35
year old employee, an investment of the $6,760 Social Security
tax payment at 8% interest would yield $765,000 at age 65,
which would in turn provide an annuity of approximately
$32,000 a year. Please raise your hand if you believe that your
Social Security benefit will be $32,000 a year at age 65.
HJC Sets Spring Registration Dates
Dates and times for spring semester classes have been an-
nounced by Registrar Myles Shelton. Offices on both the
Hillsboro campus and at the Cleburne Center will open Wednes-
day, Jan. 6, and current and prospective students may begin
picking up schedules and various forms at that time. Registra-
tion will be held Jan. 11-12 with classes starting Jan. 13.
Teens, Alcohol and Rural Roads Don't Mix
Holiday party-time often means a long drive for rural Texas
teenagers - a drive that can end in tragedy. "Rural youth are just
as subject to pressures to drink as teenagers in urban areas,"
says Dr. Mary Ann Heussner, a health education specialist. "The
relatively lower use of seatbelts in rural counties and the
temptation to drive at excessive speeds on open country roads
can create a fatal mix." In 1986, 42% of all rural fatal accidents
involved driving while intoxicated (DWI), while 35% of all
statewide accidents involved DWI, according to the Texas A&M
University Agricultural Extension Service specialist. She en-
courages teenagers to give their parents a worry-free holiday
season by staying free of alcohol or other drugs, using a seatbelt
and urging friends to do the same and riding with only those
drivers and friends who have not been drinking.
City Offices to Close for Holidays
The cily offices in West City Hall are to be closed at the following
times for the upcoming holidays: noon on Christmas eve, all day on
Christmas Day and all day on New Year's Day.
Plan Party to Beat the "Day After" Blues
By taking some practical steps you can put together a holiday
party that won't leave your friends regretting what they drank
the night before, says a Texas A&M University Agricultural
Extension Service nutritionist. Offer plenty of high protein and
carbohydrate foods like cheese, meats, raw vegetables and
crackers, says Dr. Alice Hunt. These foods stay in the stomach
longer, which slows the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol.
When guests nibble on food, it also tends to slow the amount of
alcohol they drink. Serve a variety of appealing nonalcoholic
beverages as well. Use a jigger or a self-measuring one-ounce
bottle spout at the bar to mix drinks. You're not doing your
guests any favor by mixing doubles, since the average person can
only process about an ounce of alcohol per hour. If you're serving
an alcoholic punch, use a noncarbonated base such as fruit juice.
When carbonated beverages are used as a base, the alcohol is
absorbed faster. Finally, Hunt suggests that you close the bar
and bring out dessert about two hours before the party is over.
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