The Stonewall Courier (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 2014 Page: 2 of 8
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2 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014 | THE STONEWALL COURIER
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It is the mission of this
newspaper to promote
the rights of individualism
in the American Declara-
tion of Independence.
The right of life, liberty
and ownership of prop-
erty are the cornerstone
of freedom. Govern-
ment's sole purpose is
to enhance our liberty
and freedom. Therefore,
we hold every elected
and appointed agent of
to that standard.
Editorial: Noon Mondays
$30 a year in the county
$35 a year outside the
Medicare expert saves SMHD
$60K to date
The regular meeting of the Stonewall Memorial
Hospital District board of directors Feb. 19 in the
meeting room at Gibson Care Center. President
Marvin Vahlenkamp called the meeting to order
at 5:36 p.m. with all members present.
Heather Kolb, the new director of nursing for
care center, was present to meet the board mem-
bers during open forum.
The board approved the minutes for the last
meeting and approved accounts payable/receiv-
Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb reported to
board members the installation of the hospitals
new computer system was nearing completion, so
he was unable to print out financials, but he said
the network should be up and running by next
months meeting. Kolb said he lacks one payment
to Midway Plumbing and that only one applica-
tion for the election had been picked up. County
residents who are eligible have until Friday to ap-
ply to be put on the ballot for the May election.
Care home Administrator Steve King in-
formed the board of a new resident the center will
be receiving soon and the paying guest who will
live with the new resident. He also told them that
Gale Tedrow was working on her minimal data
set certification to be the centers keypoint staff
member on Medicare procedures and paperwork.
He said the center had saved about $60,000 so far
Agency OKs TRC as a lender
Officials with the USDA Farm Service Agency
this week announced the Texas Rural Communities
organization has been approved as a nontraditional
guaranteed loan lender for the FSA in the state of
A recently revised policy allows FSA to issue farm
loan guarantees to nontraditional lenders. Nontradi-
tional lenders can originate, hold and service guar-
The goal of Texas Rural Communities is to im-
prove and maintain the quality of rural communities.
This goal is accomplished by assisting rural commu-
nities, individuals, groups and support organizations
with viable rural development enterprises.
FSA has worked with traditional lenders in the
past, but is now expanding to work with both tradi-
tional and nontraditional lenders. A nontraditional
lender is one that does not typically hold deposit
accounts and is not subject to oversight and supervi-
sion. The most common nontraditional lenders are
those who are funded under the U.S. Department
Monday - Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffin or
Cereal & Toast, Fruit Juice & Milk
Tuesday -Chicken-n-Biscuit or Cereal &
Toast, Fruit Juice & Milk
Wednesday - Pancake/Sausage on a Stick
& Oven Roasted Potatoes or Cereal & Toast,
Fruit Juice & Milk
Thursday - Sunrise Sandwich or Cereal &
Toast, Fruit & Milk
Friday - Breakfast Burrito or Cereal & Toast,
Fruit & Milk
since she had come on board in correctly admin-
istering and submitting paperwork to the govern-
ment to be reimbursed through Medicare. Also,
King said, another Certified Nursing Assistant
class soon will be offered.
George Abernathy reported to the board that
the toilets in the hospital were about 50 years old
and some or all may have to be replaced before
long. He also told them four new heating/cool-
ing units had been purchased to replace some not
Dr. Passman asked Mr. Kolb to inform the
board that he is seeing patients in the clinic, con-
trary to rumors. He is in the clinic every Tuesday
and Thursday afternoon and by appointment.
Mr. Kolb said that rural health clinics are set up
for physicians assistants and other medical staff
to work under a doctor to help keep costs down
while meeting the demand for local patients. Mr.
Kolb also reported that the physical therapy de-
partment had 160 patients last month.
A motion was made to purchase five new beds
for the hospital. The new employee drug testing
and background check policy was approved. The
board then went into closed session to discuss the
new Physical Therapy, Alternative and Education
No action was taken when they came out of
of Treasury’s Community Development Financial
FSA-guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide
agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet
the lenders normal underwriting criteria. Farmers
and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through
a lender, and the lender arranges for the guarantee.
FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of
principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans
can be used for both farm ownership and operating
“The Agency has expanded its authority to extend
guarantees to nontraditional lenders like Texas Rural
Communities in order to provide credit to producers
who operate in underserved locations,” said Judith
Canales, executive director of the Texas FSA.
For questions regarding the FSA Guaranteed
Loan program, please contact your lender or your
local FSA Office.
The Stonewall Courier
Monday - Chicken Quesadilla, Garden
Salad, Refried Beans, Applesauce & Milk
Tuesday - Country Fried Steak, Mashed
Potatoes, Gravy, Savory Green Beans, Hot
Roll Strawberry Cup & Milk
Wednesday - Chicken Fajitas, Salsa, Charro
Beans, Seasoned Corn, Orange Smiles & Milk
Thursday - Popcorn Chicken, Garden Salad,
Baby Carrots, Breadstick, Apple Slices & Milk
Friday - Cheeseburger, Sweet Potatoes
Fries, Coleslaw, Sliced Peaches & Milk
Senior Citizens Menu
Milk, Tea, Coffee
Milk, Tea, Coffee
Center closed Thursday for Garage Sale
ome Olympic thoughts:
I cannot imagine doing a tenth of what I saw
athletes do on skis, snowboards, skates or sleds
during the past two weeks. It’s just unbelievable what
they achieve and the manner they achieve it.
Watching the Olympics, I’m really surprised we
don’t see some deaths in some of
I wonder what the parents of the
athletes feel when they see their
children in these events? I’m not
sure I could take it.
I thought NBC did a good job in
their coverage. I’m not a big Matt
Lauer fan, but he did a better job
than Bob Costas while filling in.
Perhaps I’m just growing tired of
Costas bringing his opinion into
things. Really, Bob, we don’t care
about your opinion on gun control.
Just give us the sports.
I’d like to publicly thank our first-responders for
the job they do. It’s been brutally cold this winter, but
you’ve answered the call.
In addition to first-responders, the power people
need a slap on the shoulder as well.
We live in times where we are absolutely dependent
on certain things. If we’re in trouble, we expect the
police or deputies to be there in a hurry.
If there’s a wreck, the fire department and EMS are
there ready to save lives.
You’ve got DPS troopers watching the highways
and TxDOT personnel trying to stay ahead of the
The men and women who work any number of
emergencies we might find ourselves in we take for
granted — until we need them.
According to Google Director of Engineering Ray
Kurzweil, computers will be able to understand our
languages, learn from experience and outsmart the
vast majority of us by 2029.
I’m not sure I’m real cool with the fact there will
be machines running around smarter than us. Maybe
I’ve seen one too many Terminator, Matrix or iRobot
movies, but you know as well as I do that many times
life does imitate art. After all, the phone in your
pocket is probably better than what Captain Kirk was
using on early “Star Trek” episodes.
Anyhow, this Kurzweil fellow made a prediction in
1990 that a computer would be able to beat a chess
champion by 1998.
Interestingly, IBM’s Deep Blue topped chess great
Garry Kasparov in 1997.
Look how much we depend on technology today
compared to 20 years ago and the 20 years before
that. It’s safe to say in 20 years we’ll be that much
more advanced. Hopefully, these advances will be of
Early voting ends Friday, and I bet 50 percent of
adults don’t even realize it is going on. I’d even bet
you 20 percent don’t have a clue there is a primary.
Apathy has taken over at a time we need people
paying attention and taking interest in their commu-
nities, states and nation.
It saddens me when I see a veteran knowing we’ll
be lucky if voter turnout even sniffs 20 percent.
I implore you, take an interest and vote. Too many
have sacrificed for us to be complacent and take free
elections for granted.
Chris Blackburn is CEO of Blackburn Media Group, owner
of The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, Hall County Herald,
The Hollis News, The Knox County News-Courier, The Post
Dispatch, The Childress Index, Wellington Leader and The
Stonewall Courier. He can be reached by email at chris@black-
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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/m1/2/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Stonewall County Library.