The Dublin Citizen (Dublin, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 29, 1996 Page: 1 of 22
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Volume 6, No. 26
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State fl[ Capital
By LyiMI William 1Ed SMtaf
TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION
AUSTIN — Stale Treasurer
Martha Whitehead acted Unfitly
io December 1994 when die dmed
up the state-run Ifcxpool investment
fund, according to a Thus attorney
general’s opinion made public last
Ifcxpool lost an estimated $2 bil-
lion when investors withdrew their
deposits, concerned after news
reports regarding similar invest-
ments in high-risk "derivatives”
that caused the bankruptcy of Or-
ange County, Calif.
Whitehead responded by using
Treasury money to buy back some
of the securities at book value,
to prevent losses for Ifcxpool
members. The bailout cost Tfcxas
• .taxpayers about $55 million, she
The non-enforceable opinion —
requested by the director of the
State Pension Review Board —
was written by Assistant Attorn ■ ■
General Susan L. Garrison.
"The state treasurer’s use of
funds in the state Treasury in'De-
cember 1994 to purchase Ifcxpool
funds at a price above the market
value was not authorized by law,”
Whitehead told the Houston
Chroniclt yhe acted only after she
had been assured at a Dec.
meeting with three of Attorney
General Dan Morales’ staffers that
her action would be "proper, legal,
necessary and the best solution
to prevent devastating losses for
taxpayers at the local level.”
Morales called Whitehead’s char-
acterization of the meeting "un-
true. ” He did not comment on pos-
sible consequences of the alleged
violation of the state constitution.
About 1,400 local school dis-
tricts, cities and other government
entities invest cash for short periods
Complicating matters beyond the
difference between "book value”
and "market value” is the fact
that Whitehead's office will be
abolished Sept. 1, in accordance
with a constitutional amendment
passed in November.
VitaPro Probe, Lawsuit
The state has filed a lawsuit
seeking to invalidate the $34
million contract between the Tfcxas
Department of Criminal Justice and
VitaPro Foods Inc. of Montreal,
Canada, the supplier of a soybean-
based meat substitute used to feed
Tfcxas prison inmates.
According to a report in the
Austin Xmerican-Statesman, the
contract — now under investigation
by state and federal authorities —
was approved without competitive
bids by James A. "Andy” Collins.
Collins retired Dec. 31 from his
$120,000-a-year post as executive
director of the TDCJ, but continued
on the payroll through Jan. 31. In
January, VitaPro hired Collins as a
consultant at the rate of $1,000 a
day, said Yank Barry, the company’s
chief executive officer.
The state is seeking a refund
of $3 million already spent on
the meat substitute, spying the
purchase should have been made
through its purchasing agency, the
General Services Commission.
Last week, state Sen. Mike
Moncrief, D-Fort Worth, accused
Collins of lying to a Senate
committee in October when he
said under oath that his private
business plans would not conflict
with his state job. Tfcxas law
prohibits officials from conducting
business with state agencies for two
years after they have left office.
Allan Polunsky, chairman of the
Tfcxas Board of Criminal Justice,
ordered an investigation of the
VitaPro contract after the arrest
last month of Houston businessman
See CAPITAL page 2
Friday is deadline for
Christmas in April
Friday is the deadline for applications for the Christmas in April
project in Dublin. /
The program is a volunteer effort to renovate bousing for the elderly
and handicapped, it is funded entirely through monetary donations and
all labor is volunteer. - y
Applicants must be 60 years or older or handicapped, must own their
own borne or in the process of buying and must show proof of low
The number of homes which will be renovated and the extent of the
renovations will be determined by the amount of funds which are
donated to the project.
After applications are screened to determine if they meet qualification
criteria, a group of Christmas in April volunteers will visit the home to
assess needed repairs.
The actual work day will be April 20.
Anyone who wishes to be considered for home renovation should
contact David Leach, First United Methodist Church, 445-2157 or
Early voting for primary
underway at courthouse
Farly voting will continue an-
other week for the March 12
Because the primary election
falls during the annual school
spring break, some observers pre-
dict larger than usual turnout for
early voting which continues
through March 8.
Votes may be cast at the Erath
County Courthouse in Slephen-
ville. There is no box for early
voting in Dublin.
Voters may vote in either the
Democrat or Republican primary -
but not both.
Democratic voter boxes are:
Box 3: Dublin City Hall
Box 4: Recreation Building at
Two file for school
board, city council
Mike Jumey, current president of
the Dublin ISD board of trustees,
has filed for re-election to the
The term of incumbent Connie
Welch is also expiring. '
Meanwhile, Dr. Don Stewart has
filed for the Ward 2 seat on the
Dublin City Council, a post cur-
rently held by Larry Parham.
Each of the city’s four wards
will have one seat up for election.
Those positions are currently held
by Rodney Armstrong in Ward 1,
Jack Thompson in Ward 3 and
James “Red" Seigars in Ward 4.
Council members serve two year
terms and school board members
serve three years.
Filing deadline for school board
and city council is 5 p.m. Wednes-
day, March 20.
‘ Early voting for those races will
be March 15 through 30 with the
election set for Saturday, May 4.
Dublin City Park
Box 6: Purves Baptist Church
Box 14: Highland Community
Box 15: Greens Creek Baptist
Box 17: Lingleville School
Republican voter boxes are:
Boxes 3 and 4: Dublin Fire Hall
Box 14: Highland Community
Box 15: Greens Creek Baptist
Box 17: Lingleville School
Anyone who signed a petition to
put a candidate on the ballot must
vote in the primary party of that
candidate, according to the County
Democrat election chairmen and
judges will attend an election
school in the community room of
Harris Methodist Erath County
Hospital Saturday from 10 a.m.
Dublin man gets
life sentences for
A Dublin man has received two
concurrent life sentences after
pleading guilty to two counts of
aggravated sexual assault.
Herschel Luke Foster. 34, was
sentenced Monday in 266th Dis-
trict Court by Judge Don Jones.
He was arrested twice in Octo-
ber, 1995 by Dublin police in
connection with sexual incidents
involving children under the age of
In other court action, a March 25
court date was set for Armandino
Fuentes of Dublin who is charged
with assaulting Dublin police of-
ficer Curtis Lewis.
Joshua Boucher took advantage of the record breaking tempera-
tures last weekend to celebrate his 6th birthday and fly kites with
friends at the city park. Joshua, the son of Mark and Debbie
Boucher, presented each of his guests with a kite to take home.
Weather watchers point out that record-breaking high and Iqw
temperatures were set in February. Photo by Kari Lanting
Keep Dublin Beautiful organizes
city-wide cleanup for Saturday
to five years,
Dr. Rem Huse of Dublin was
sentenced to five years in prison
and fined $1,000 Tuesday after
being convicted of violating the
terms of his pafole on theft of
Huse, a Stephenville chiroprac-
tor, was free on $5,000 bond after
filing an appeal Tuesday afternoon.
His attorney, Ben Doyle Sud-
derth of Comanche, had requested
a new trial which was denied by
Judge Don Jones.
One of the prosecution witnesses
was V.W. Stephens, owner and
manager of Bosque River Center*
where Dr. Huse operated a chiro-
practic clinic. Stephens testified
that Huse had written him a check
for nearly $7,000 on a closed
Other witnesses also testified
they had received checks from
Huse on accounts which had been
According to testimony, Huse
was arrested in December for con-
tinuing to write -bad checks in1
violation of his probation. Two
weeks after his arrest, he report-*
edly wrote another bad check.
Huse was originally convicted in
February 1993 of writing bad
checks in the amount of more than
$750 and less than $20,000. He
was given five years deferred adju-
dication and fined $1,000.
A former Dublin city council-
man, H“se was serving on the,
council at the time of his convic-
tion in 1993. He had served on the
council’s finance committee.
Volunteers will gather at the
Miller Grist Mill in WrightrHistori-
cal Park at 8 a.m. Saturday to kick
off a daylong city-wide cleanup
effort organized by the Keep Dub-
lin Beautiful committee.
Local residents are encouraged
to make a special effort to clean up
their own property, particularly
along fence rows and in ditches,
while volunteers will work in the
public areas throughout the com-
Waste Management, Inc. will
provide a rolloff container for the
Saturday cleanup, according to
Dublin City Councilwoman Melha
Reed, who is a founder of the local
Keep Dublin Beautiful effort.
Mr$. Reed reminds that no
household garbage or contractors
debris can be dumped in the rolloff
which will be located at the water
tower, nor can the rolloff be used
for metal, hazardous materials,
paint, batteries or oil filters.
Bolton Mobil has agreed to ac-
cept tires and used oil, Dublin Tire
will accept old tires under 24
inches in size and Armstrong Mo-
tor will accept scrap metal.
Paper, cardboard and glass may
be broughUo the. recycling dropoff
at the Cathy Brewer residence on
The Keep Dublin Beautiful
group has arranged for brush to be
dumped without charge at the
Stephenville land fill Saturday
only. Local residents should pro-
vide some identification such as a
water bill or drivers license to
prove they are Dublin residents.
The City of Dublin will have a
See DUBLIN page 7
Jim Leatherwood to
First National board
Jimmy Leatherwood was elected
to the board of directors of First
National Bank of Dublin during
the annual stockholders meeting
Owner of a Dublin-based truck-
ing company, Leatherwood joins a
He is former president of the
County okays rules for
Without discussion, the Erath
County Commissioners Court
unanimously approved regulations
for “sexually oriented businesses”
during their tegular meeting Mon-
Although County Judge Tab Th-
ompson indicated he has not been
approached about permits for such
businesses,,he said he would ap-
point a five-member board later
See SEXUAL page 7
(National Weather Service
report from Arra Lee Nelson)
Feb. 22- 2&
Date, Hi Low Rain
Golden Days of the Rodeo Cowgirl
By KAREN WRIGHT
The 1920’s were the Golden
Days of Rodeo when daring young
women wearing flashy costumes
did just about anything they
wanted to do, no matter how
Some of the most famous etched
their names in rodeo history by
riding bucking broncs and doing
tricks atop galloping horses.
Among the most famous - as
evidenced by being named world
champion cowgirl eight times -
was Barbara Inez “Tad" Lucas.
Tad and several more of rodeo’s
golden girls were the subject of the
Women’s Thursday Club meeting
last week -- a program presented
by two women who grew up in the
Tad Lucas’s daughter, Mitzi Lu-
cas Riley of Aledo, and her friend
Carolyn Holden, daughter of rodeo
producer Everett Colbora, relived
their memories of famous women
rodeo stars, a presentation which
was highlighted by taped footage
of several early rodeos including
those in Madison Square Garden in
New York and dozens of glossy
Mitzi and Carolyn also per-
formed in rodeos, Mitzi as a trick
rider and Carolyn as part of the
Tad and Mitzi arc the only
mother/daughter duo in the Cow-
boy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma
(’ity. Tad is also a member and
Mitzi a nominee of the Cowgirl
Hall of Fame which is currently
See RODEO f&ge 7
ABOVE: Mitzi in Mom's 10-gallon hat
LEFT: Tad Lucas doing what she did best
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