The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1996 Page: 1 of 12
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Volume 106, No. 26
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The West News
Celebrating 106 years sem ng the West area
Pre-Rodeo Trail Ride set for June 30
The West Fair and Rodeo Association and West Longhorn
Club will have their annual Pre-Rodeo Trail Ride, meeting and
meal for June 30. The trail ride starts at 1 p.m. at the club
house and will return for the meeting at 5 p.m. followed by a
meal. This is the group's 50th Pre-Rodeo Meeting to get
together and make plans for the 50th anniversary of the West
Rodeo on Aug. 8,9 and 10. All members are invited and urged
to attend the June 30 event. Also everyone is asked to remem-
ber the rodeo's slogan, "The Old Time West in West."
Drum Majors, Twirlers plan car wash
The West High School Drum Majors and Twirlers have sched-
uled a car wash from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. this Saturday in the
parking lot of Dr. William Manax. The car wash is free,
however donations will be accepted. Proceeds will be used to
offset summer camp expenses.
Ross FCE group to meet June 24
The Ross FCE Club has scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. June
24 in the home of Theresa Jaska. Marsha Jaska is to give a
book review and ali interested homemakers are invited to
Garden Club plans Thursday meeting
The West Bluebell Garden Club is scheduled to meet at 9:30
a.m. today (Thursday) at the West Public Library for a brief
meeting and coffee. The group will then travel for a tour of the
Robinson nursery and gardens. Guests are always welcome to
the garden club's activities.
WHS 1976 grads plan reunion meeting
The 1976 West High School graduating class has scheduled a
meeting for 6 p.m. June 30 at Shadowland. For more informa-
tion, call Paula at 822-1723.
West Seniors plan garage sale
The West Senior Center has scheduled a garage sale from 9
a.m. - noon today (Thursday) and Friday in the West Commu-
nity Center. This is one of the senior center's fund-raising
projects during the year with the proceeds going for their
activities and the center.
Students may enroll through June
The West Elementary School office is to be open through June
and will be enrolling new students. Anyone who has recently
moved to West or have a child who will be attending Kinder-
garten needs to have them enrolled for the 1996-97 school
year. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekdays. For
questions or more information, call 826- 3753.
County Steer validation set June 25
The state and McLennan County Steer Validation is sched-
uled from 9 a.m. • noon June 25 at the Heart of Texas
Fairgrounds in Waco. For steers to be exhibited at any of the
mqjor shows or the McLennan County Junior Livestock Show,
they must be tagged on this day. For more information, contact
the West High School Ag Department at 826-3244.
"Over 50" Dance set for June 21
An "Over 50" Dance is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. this Friday at
Lone Star Hall in West. Music is to be provided by Jerry
Haisler Band and refreshments will be served. Admission is $4
per person and there is no smoking or alcohol allowed. For
more information, call Bill Mangrum at 829-1477.
Westfest Mug, T-Shirt Design Contests
Area residents will have the opportunity to aid Westfest this
year in designing two of the festival's more popular souvenirs
sold during the annual Labor Day weekend event. Last year
for the first time, Westfost sponsored a Mug Desfgn Contest
and this year have also added a T-Shirt Design Contest.
Anyone is elgible to enter either or both of the contests. Each
contest winner will be selected by the Westfest Board of
Directors and the winning designs will appear on this year's
Westfest Mugs or T-Shirts. The contest winners are to each
receive a $100 cash prize, a three day pass to the 1996 festival
for two and will be recognized at the opening Westfest
ceremonies.The deadline for submitting entries in the contest
is July 3 and contest rules can be obtained from the Walla
Insurance Agency in West. The winner is to be named on July
More incentives for 4th grade readers
West Elementary School fourth grade teachers Anna
Urbanovsky and Donna Thompson are offering an added
incentive for fourth grade students to participate in the West
Public Library's Summer Reading Program. The two teachers
reported they will give all 1996-97 West Elementary School
fourth graders an extra reward for participating in this
summer's reading program. The students will need to bring
their reading logs with than when the new school year starts.
The West library's summer reading program is continue
through July 23.
A new fire truck for the West
Volunteer Fire Department was
among the topics of discussion
duringMonday night's West City
Council meeting in City Hall.
West Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment member Steve Vanek
presented the council with
specifications for a new fire truck
to aid the department in fighting
grass fires. This truck would
replace a jeep-type fire truck
currently used by the
department, he reported.
Estimated cost for this fire
truck was $63,000 with Vanek
and other fire department
members present at the meeting
noting the department had
$14,000 and possibly an
additional $9,000 from the sale
of an ambulance-type vehicle to
be used toward the purchase of
the fire truck. This would leave
about $40,000 needed to
purchase the vehicle.
The firemen also said the
department, which receives
proceeds from its annual
barbecue cook-off each March,
would agree to pledge $5,000 a
year for an unspecified period to
aid in paying for the truck.
"We are really down to one
truck as a first responder,”
Fireman David Vernon added.
West Fire Marshal Freddy
Gerik, who also serves as the
Fire Chief, asked the council to
also consider the age of the fire
department's 1970 model
pumper truck. "Don’t be led to
believe that I am telling you we
need to replace it, I'm not," he
told the council, however he said
that alter a truck gets 25 years
old or older, then state
regulations require a letter
stating if parts for the vehicle
are still available and can be
obtained within a two week
period should the truck need
The fire marshal said this
reporting procedure would be
required each year and added he
did not know whether the age of
this vehicle, despite its fine con-
on school board
West Independent School District trustee Larry Mynarcik resigned
his position on the school board last week and board members
planned to discuss the filling of this position at the special called-
meeting June 19.
Mynarcik resigned his school board position at their June 12
West ISD Business Manager John Sulak said the board was
leaning toward appointing someone to Mynarcik's position. Though
Mynarcik still had almost two years left on his current three year
board term, Sulak explained the board appointment's would only be
through May 1997, when this board position would be filled during
the regular school board election.
The board also has the option of scheduling an election to fill this
position or leaving the position vacant until the May 1997 trustee
In personnel related matters, the school board accepted the
resignations of three school district employees. Those resigning
were Amy Darling, speech pathologist; John Mitchell, an ED teacher
at high school; and Rebecca Clark, assistant band director.
The trustees also employed Tina Robinson, fourth grade teacher
at West Elementary School; and West High School teachers Steven
May, government; and Krisann Price, math.
In the board's called meeting, set for June 19, the trustees were
also scheduled to meet with an architect from Huckabee and
Associates, a Stephenviile architectural firm. This firm previously
drew the plans for a proposed new West High School facility, which
was defeated in two school bond elections earlier this year.
Sulak described this as simply a fact-finding meeting with the
architect and have them review possible alternatives to the school
district's building program.
County crop tour
set for June 28
The annual McLennan County Crops Tour is scheduled for June
28 beginning in McGregor and ending in West.
The tour is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. that day with the first
stop at the Harlan Huffman Farm on Highway 84 approximately
three miles east of McGregor.
Identification and control of the Mexican Com Rootworm in com,
pre-harvested considerations for grain storage, com varieties for
Central Texas and Afiatoxins considerations in com will be discussed.
The second portion of the tour takes place near West where com
varieties, cotton varieties and grain sorghum varieties are to be
viewed and discussed. Cotton plant populations and cotton pest
management considerations will also be discussed.
Those planning to participate in just the second portion of the
tour are asked to be at Cottonwood Hall at approximately 10 a.m
From there, buses will take the tour to see cotton varieties and a
plant population study on the Frank Polonsky farm and to com and
grain sorghum variety plots on the Larry Mechell farm.
Speakers for the tour are to include Dr. Roy Parker, extension
entomologist; Dr. Cloyce Coffman, extension agronomist; Bill
Buxkemper, Hill County extension agent; Marty Jungman, extension
IPM agent; and various agribusiness representatives.
Lunch is to be served at noon at Cottonwood Hall near West,
compliments of several local agribusinesses Two CEU*s will be
offered for pesticide applicators.
plans for new fire truck
titrn, would one day force the
rbhase of a newer pumper
she city currently has
proximately $59,000 set aside
the purchase of a new pumper
ti|iqk, however the cost of such a
vehicle was estimated by
rjk at between $100,000 to
West Mayor Russ Willsey
hked the fire department
■rubers for their input and said
gives us something to think
al )qt between now and budget
Ilifest Community Hospital
Bi ltd President David Pareya
acfitessed the council on the
sibility of the city annexing
dditional tract of land located
ajcent to the hospital and
o\4i£d by the hospital.
Phis past February, Pareya
nig with hospital admin-
istator Betty York had asked
council to annex this same
property so the hospital could
pi ’sue grant money for
developing an elderly housing
complex in this area.
Pareya told the council
Monday that the project was still
on the drawing board, but "a
whole new concept" to financing
the project was being considered.
Mayor Willsey said a good,
legal description of the property
would be needed and asked
Pareya to get with Public Works
Director Albert Matus concern-
ing the utilities needed for this
proposed project and the pro-
jected cost to the city for provid-
Pareya, who also serves as
Justice of the Peace for Precinct
3 and city judge, reported his
office had moved to its new
location at the comer of Oak and
Reagan Streets. He said the office
should be open for business next
week and asked the council for
suggestions on creating more
parking space at the location.
He inquired about the possi-
bility of changing the parallel
parking spaces on the Reagan
Street side to angle parking.
Mayor Willsey said he would talk
with the West Lumber Company
owner Jake Tucker about possi-
bly addingparking spaces on the
lumber company's side of Reagan
. The council also took into con-
sideration West Police Chief
Tommy Dulock's request to have
two officers on duty between the
hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. every
day. Currently two officers are
on duty during this time period
only twice a week.
The city council voted to
appoint Robby Payne to the city's
Zoning Board. Payne fills the
position vacated by Ed Sykora,
who resigned from the position,
after being elected to the city
council in May.
The council also approved
having the railroad caboose
moved to a permanent location
on the north side of the city's
railroad depot, which is currently
being renovated in the 300 block
of North Washington Street.
Over 30 members of the Czech Republic National Guard were in West on Monday
visiting the city. The soldiers were at Fort Hood to see how the National Guard
operates in the United States. Hie Czech soldiers had heard about West and Just
wanted to visit. They ate a meal in the West Community Center, talked with various
area residents and then took a short tour.
City gets sales tax rebate increase
John Sharp, state comptroller
of Public Accounts, on June 14
del ivered a total of $ 154.5 million
in June sales tax rebates to 1,081
cities and 115 counties, a 23
percent increase over the
allocations for June 1995.
The City of West received
$18,320.64 during this period
compared to$13,797.91 received
duringthe same period last year.
This shows an increase of 32.77
So far this year, West has
received $ 112,302.03in sales tax
rebate money compared to
$109,247.13 through the same
reporting period in 1995.
Throughout the state, "total
sales tax rebates thus far in 1996
are a very respectable 8.9 percent
higher than those through June
of last year," Sharp said.
Payments for June 1996 shew a
significant increase over those of
June 1995 due in part to a
procedural change in the way
the rebates are now processed by
the comptroller's office.
Texas cities received monthly
sales tax rebates of $140.9
million, 23.8 percent above the
$113.7 million last June.
Counties in Texas were sent
rebates of $13.6 million, 15.2
percent above $11.8 million last
This month's city and county
sales tax rebates include taxes
collected on April sales and
reported to the Comptroller in
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