The Stonewall Courier (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 2014 Page: 1 of 8
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HOME OF JOE BOND
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Despite a few bumps, process is
rapidly moving along as planned
By Patti Walker
The Stonewall Courier
Aspermont City Council members and staff, working
diligently in their quest to secure more water for Stonewall
County residents, continue to unravel kinks and put out fires
that have popped up with the Hamlin pipeline project.
During their regular meeting Feb. 18, council members tabled
a number of pipeline-related agenda items to be discussed during
a special called meeting this past Monday. Some of those items
included calling for a bond election to raise funds for the $2
million project and retaining the help of law firm specializing
in bond counsel.
The Feb. 18 meeting also included a public hearing regarding
the city’s application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for
a Community Development Block Grant seeking funds from
the states disaster relief program. Only within the last year has
the fund been expanded to administer grants to counties most
affected by the state’s historic drought.
Prior, the fund was only designated for natural disasters due
to tornadoes, hurricanes, flood and fire, among others, but never
drought. If approved, the city could receive up to $350,000 in
state aid to help defray the cost of the pipeline.
In addition, the city approved a resolution authorizing the
publication of a notice of intent for the city to issue certificates
City Administrator Sonny Campbell also relayed to council
members that the city of Anson had not given its initial approval
for the agreement because of some contract wording in which
the city of Hamlin was excluded.
Anson officials would need to sign off of the deal because
Hamlin actually purchases its water from Anson, which is a
member of the West Central Texas Municipal Water District
and pulls water from Hubbard Creek Reservoir.
Campbell assured council members this was a minor oversight
that was being corrected and had every confidence the project
would be approved by Anson officials.
In Mondays special called meeting, council members
approved hiring the Amarillo-based Underwood Law Firm as
bond counsel for the pipeline project. The firm will advise local
officials at various steps in the process and work to secure the
financing for the project.
Council members also approved an ordinance that calls for
a special election on the issuance of certificates of obligation
for the project and outlines the election procedures. The special
bond election would be conducted in May simultaneously with
Council also voted to authorize Campbell to move forward in
the city’s disaster relief grant application as previously discussed.
capital murder in
shooting death of
Photos by Patti Walker/The Stonewall Courier
Aspermont Ag Mechanics Team this year includes Chase Odom, Kade Lowack, Trey Meador, Cory
Myers, Rope Bradley, Taylor Riffe and ag teacher Tres Myers.
Taylor Riffe was tasked with helping to weld the Tres MYers a9 mechanics students, standing
pieces of iron that eventually would come togeth- >n front of the plow they constructed, show off
er to make a plow he and his fellow ag mechanics one t*ie'r * ribbons from a recent stock
students would enter into various stock shows this show competition in which they entered the
season. The student project received a blue ribbon implement into compeition.
at Fort Worth, San Antonio and San Angelo.
Ag students plow over
stock show competition
By Patti Walker Lowack, Trey Meador, Cory Myers, Chase
The Stonewall Courier Odom and Taylor Riffe.
The students built a plow to enter the
During stock show season, most of the agricultural machinery and equipment
hype is heaped on the youngsters who category in the Fort Worth, San Angelo
show livestock, but the annual event also and San Antonio stock shows, bringing
draws a number of other students who home blue ribbons each time,
showcase a different set of agricultural One of the only requirements was that
skills than their spotlight-hogging peers exhibits must have been developed or
in the swine show. constructed within one calendar year of
Such an event is the ag mechanics show the exhibition date,
open to junior exhibitors at a number of Other categories in the ag mechanics
regional stock shows, including the Big 3 divisions included: Trailers, Pickup &
% Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston Truck Accessories, Tractor Restoration,
% but also the smaller show such as San Horse-Drawn Equipment Restoration,
Angelo. and, new to the competition this year,
Tres Myers, the ag teacher at Aspermont Home Convenience and Outdoor
ISD, this year mentored an ag mechanics Cooking,
team comprising Rope Bradley, Kade
2-year-old daughter State looks to honor longtime
By Wayne Hodgin
The Stonewall Courier
POST — While a 34-
year-old mother remained
behind bars with a charge
of capital murder in the
shooting death of her
2-year-old daughter late last
week, residents in Post City
are left bewildered by the
news and seeking answers
in such a horrific crime.
Garza County Sheriff
Terry Morgan said the local
911 operations center received a call a few minutes
before 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 from a woman reporting her
When deputies responded to the home in the 400
block of South Avenue H in Post, they found the
woman alone in the home and the gruesome discovery
of a toddler’s body, dead from an apparent gunshot to
Ashlee Anne Dean, 34, was arrested and taken to the
Garza County jail. She was arraigned Saturday from
the jail via teleconference before Justice of the Peace
Gordon Terry and charged with capital murder, which is
mandatory in homicide cases involving children younger
See MURDER Page 5
ASHLEE ANNE DEAN
family farms, ranches
Program recognizes land in
use for 100 years or more
By Wayne Hodgin
The Stonewall Courier
Stonewall County farmers and ranchers
whose land has been continual use since
1914 are encouraged to apply to the state’s
Family Land Heritage program, which
recognizes farms and ranches in the state
of Texas that have been operated by the
same families for at least 100 years.
Administered by the Texas Department
of Agriculture, the Family Land Heritage
program first began recognizing families
that, through generations of hard work,
perseverance and love of the land, have
operated their farms and ranches for a
century or more, helping Texas become a
$100 billion powerhouse of agricultural
In Stonewall County, this designation
has been bestowed upon six farms,
including the most recent honoree,
the Sparks Farm, last year. The oldest
recognized is the J.D. Patterson Ranch.
According to state officials, more than
98 percent of all farms and ranches in
Texas continue to be family owned.
Applications for the 2014 Family
Land Heritage program are now being
accepted and must be submitted by May
1. Those accepted into the program will
be honored at a ceremony this fall at
the Texas Capital in Austin, where state
officials will recognize farms and ranches
established in 1914 or earlier.
Eligible farms and ranches must still be
owned and operated by the descendants
of the founder, either through blood,
marriage or adoption. At least 10 acres
of the land must be in continuous
agricultural production for the past 100
years or more. There is no cost to apply
for the recognition.
To date, the state has recognized more
than 4,800 properties in 237 counties
across Texas. In 2000, the Family Land
Heritage program began honoring families
See FARMS Page 5
Events are listed free of charge as a
service by this newspaper for nonprofit
groups, civic organizations, churches,
schools and select community events.
Listings should be submitted at least
two weeks in advance and will run
as often as possible through the
date of the event. News staff does
not guarantee placement of events.
Emailed submissions are preferred to
Early voting ahead of the March 4
primary is ongoing through Feb.
28. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday at the Stonewall
Men of Steel, a Christian men’s
ministry sponsored by the Stonewall
County Ministerial Alliance and open
to all men and boys of Stonewall
County, will meet for an all-you-can-
eat buffet breakfast and Bible study
at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Central
Baptist Church in Aspermont. Pastor
Robby Harris will be speaker. For
information, contact Brian Burgess
Stonewall County Senior Citizens
Center, 516 S. Washington, will
have a garage sale from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. March 7. Bag Day will
begin at 9 a.m. March 8. Donations
are welcome at the center. Call
Linda Shugart at 940-989-3411 for
The Stonewall County Senior
Citizens will have a catfish buffet
fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 12. All welcome. Plates cost
$8 per person and include drink,
sides and dessert.
The Sagerton Hee Haw will be March
27-29 at the Sagerton Community
Center. Dinner plates, sandwiches
and pie will be sold from 5:30 to
7 p.m. each night. Live music and
singing will be from 7 to 8 p.m., and
the entertainment will follow. Group
tickets can be reserved beginning
March 10 by calling 940-997-2688,
and individual tickets will go on sale
at 8 a.m. March 13 at the Sagerton
Community Center. Tickets cost $5
each (limit 10).
Texas Tech University School of Law
is sponsoring a “Free” Low-Income
Taxpayer Clinic. The clinic is ongoing
year around conducted by law
students assisting in with Federal
tax issues related to individual tax
matters. Eligibility is determined by
the Federal poverty guidelines. For
more information or schedule an
appointment, call Nancy Mojica at
806-834-7972 or 800-420-8037.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Munday Nursing Center sponsors
a support group for Alzheimer’s
patients, caregivers, family and
friends at 12:30 p.m. the second
Tuesday of the month in Fellowship
Hall at Munday First United
Methodist Church. Bring a sack
lunch. Call Ronda Thompson at 940-
Wartime veterans or surviving
spouses may be entitled to monthly
income from the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs. For information,
contact Marsha Mahurin at West
Texas Senior Resources at 806-781 -
3901 or email marsha. mahurin®
If you spot an error of fact,
contact the Stonewall Courier
office at 888-400-1083 or email
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Hodgin, Wayne. The Stonewall Courier (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 2014, newspaper, February 27, 2014; Childress, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth741363/m1/1/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Stonewall County Library.