The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 201, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, June 28, 1996 Page: 4 of 4
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By STEVE BRIGMAN_
Hopkins County beef producers are
suffering through some of the hardest
times in memory, with low wholesale
prices and high feed prices stirring up a
recipe for disaster for in Texas cattle
Throw in rising Mexican imports and
a prolonged drought, and the picture gets
Chaunce Thompson of the Southwest
Cattle Raiser’s Association said he
“can’t remember when so many things
were out of kilter.”
“The poor old beef producer is just
hanging on out there,” said Tommy
Barker, Hopkins County Extension
agent. “Our greatest hope was that we
were going to get normal rains and get
grasses up and get away from the farmer
having to buy his feed, but that has just
not happened ”
But with farmers forced to sell off cat-
tle they cannot afford to feed, the
increased supply has driven prices down.
“The price at sale barns, and every-
where, is just disastrous,” Barker said.
“Two years ago, for example, a good
beef calf was bringing $500. A year ago.
that same beef calf was bringing $350.
Now that same beef calf is bpriging
The state comptroller’s office report-
ed last week that wholesale beef (vices
have plummeted 32.5 percent since
A recent increase in cattle imported
from Mexico, due to the weakening of
the peso and the drought in northern
Mexico, has contributed to cattle pro-
“Imports are not our major problem,”
Barker said. “The problem is, we have
an oversupply of cattle. But the straw
that broke die camel’s back could very
well be the cattle coming in from Mexi-
co and other areas.”
Barker said the overproduction pari of
the formula is rapidly taking care of
itself with producers bring forced to sell.
“It is going to be a painful way to
overcome this, but we are going to move
a lot of those excess cows out, he said.
Therein lies one of the dilemmas in
the beef industry: what is good for the
individual producer is bad for the indus-
try collectively. When prices are high, it
is good for individuals to sell. That
increases supply and drives prices down.
Reports From Our Area Correspondents
By Cathy Hatiburton -Halter_
Did you know that Arbala once
had a thriving downtown area? There
was a drug store, a cotton gin a Bap-
tist church and a Methodist church.
There was a doctor in Arbala who
made the usual house calls and even
stayed overnight with patients’ fami-
lies awaiting the birth of a baby or
during times of severe illness. A can-
nery and mattress factory were also
part of the makeup of Arbala. This
community was described as a praine
as settlers arrived here in the late
1800s to build their homes and raise
families. Several generations have
gone through many changes within
the Arbala community. Stay tuned for
The games and food committee for
the Family Fun Day will meet on
Monday, July 1, to review and final-
ize plans for the Family Fun Day
activities. On July 4, activities will
get off to a start at 5 p.m. at the com-
munity center grounds. Games for all
1 ages including, water balloon toss,
egg toss, three-legged race, dominoes
(bring your own table and domi-
noes), horseshoes, ring toss, dunking
booth, pinatas and many more. Prizes
will be awarded in all categories.
“Goodie bags” containing stickers,
coloring books and pencils will be
given to the children. Various types
of safety literature will be provided
by the Arbala VFD.
Hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks
and other refreshments will be pro-
vided inside the community center. A
short fireworks show will conclude
the evening activities. Fireworks will
i- be by family donation only and the
Arbala VFD will be in charge of the
fireworks display. Due to the dry
weather, the fireworks display will be
at the discretion of the VFD.
If you are looking for some good,
clean family fun, come on out to
Arbala. For more information, call
Donna at 383-2705, Cathy at 485-
3984 or Lynn at 485-2272. We hope
to see you there.
Don’t forget about the First Friday
Night Dance at the community cen-
ter on July 5. This will be a good
way to round out your holiday week-
end. The dance will begin at 7 p.m.
By Ann Minyard___
Hello again. Have you ever been at
a stage in your life where everything
was running smooth and in a routine
then everything went crazy? That’s
what happened to me. My husband
has a new business venture and it’s
going to require a lot of my time.
We’ve been in Arkansas, Missouri,
Illinois and Wisconsin this past week.
My thanks to Ellie Swindell for writ-
ing the column for me and agreeing
to continue until I get settled down.
We may miss a week or so every
now and then, but between both of us
we will continue to write the news.
Congratulations to Kimi Baldridge
and Bobby Sartin on their recent
marriage. Kimi is the daughter of Bill
and Julie Baldridge and Bobby is the
son of Francis Sartin and the late Bil-
ly Sartin. They will make their home
in the Arbala community.
The descendants of Mr. and Mrs.
John Clark held their annual family
reunion at the Reilly Springs Com-
munity Center on June 22. Approxi-
mately 31 attended. Debbie Friddle
will host the event next year.
Lavena Owens and Janie Me Larry
were in San Antonio last week to
attend the Republican State Conven-
Billie Robinson’s mother, Mrs.
Peoples of Silo. Okbu, is visiting Bil-
lie and Don this week.
A special welcome to the Rev.
Brad Bennett, pastor of the Hopkins
County Methodist Co-operative
Parish. The Reilly Springs congrega-
tion received a wonderful blessing
from his beautiful singing and mes-
sage Sunday morning.
Darla Baldridge was host for a
birthday party Sunday afternoon hon-
oring her husband, Billy Baldridge,
their son, Brandon and her father,
Spencer Hinkle. All share the same
birthday of June 24. Those attending
were Bill and Julie Baldridge, Kimi
Sartin and Sammie Jo, Spencer and
Vanita Hinkle and Marsha, J.R. Hin-
kle, Tamera Meeks, Jacob and Gene-
va Ponder and Lorie Baldridge.
Visiting with Ellie Swindell this
week are Barbara Williamson, Jen-
nifer Millar and Kayla and Alyssa
Boyett of Mesquite and Sabrina
Rosentraub of Indianapolis. Alyssa
and Sabrina will remain for several
days’ visit with Ellie.
The Parish Council of the Hopkins
County Methodist Co-operative
Parish will meet at Arbala at 7 p.m.
I’ve sure missed being with the
Reilly Springs Quilting Group the
past couple of weeks, but they are
keeping up the good work. They just
finished a quilt for Ellie Swindell and
have put one in for Vera Harrington.
Polly McKay hasn’t been feeling
well and has also missed a couple of
weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are
with her and we hope she will be
feeling better very soon.
Again, my deep appreciation to
Ellie Swindell for writing the news
and maybe I’ll get settled down soon.
Until then, have a great week, keep
smiling and make the world wonder
what you’re up to.
By Jimmy Bassham____
The “good old days” were the
main topic of conversation as L.D.
“Red” Chester, Larry Joe “Toddy”
McKinnon, Dale Mills, Gerald Field-
en and myself gathered at Miss Ruby
McKinnon’s new home on Friday
morning. Joe Toddy and Red were
laying Ruby’s carpet and floor cov-
ering. Dale was installing the air con-
ditioning to make it more comfort-
able for everyone. We had a very
enjoyable visit and some work was
Quita Bartholomew of Dallas vis-
ited her parents, J.D. and Hazel Lit-
trell the past weekend. Quita helped
her mother gather and prepare things
from the garden. Hazel shared plenty
with her daughter for her services.
By the way, the Littrell’s sweet com
Goldie Mills had as his visitors on
Friday, Johnny and Rickey Carr The
Carrs formerly lived at the Bluff and
farmed down on the old Leonard
Ranch. Johnny now lives in Arkansas
and Rickey resides in Tennessee.
Doc and Rhonda Chance of Mis-
souri, parents of Mark Hymer, visit-
ed Mark, Buffy and Paige during this
Mary Vance reported having a
great time at the annual Abernathy
family reunion last weekend. The
event was held at Windpoint Park
just south of Greenville. Mary stated
that 93 family members were pre-
sent. Everyone enjoyed a silent auc-
tion, cake walk, and a game of “Fam-
ily Feud.” The festivities continued
throughout the weekend.
Amanda Bassham has just returned
from a week’s visit with her aunt,
Kristy Winnie in Raymondville.
Kristy, a coach with the Ray-
mondville school district, and Aman-
da attended a basketball clinic con-
ducted by Texas A&M University.
Amanda was presented with the Hus-
tle Award. She reported nice flights
to and from Corpus Christi.
Archie Collins of Dike recently
enrolled as a member of our elite
Domino Club. Archie reports that he
began playing the game of dominoes
at the early age of 5. He states that
his lifelong lnterest in the game con-
tributes to his success and also to his
reputation as one of Northeast Texas’
top domino whizzes.
Montie Flippin, Tina Jaggers and
Julie Tubb, local elementary school
teachers, are spending the week in
Dallas and reportedly are having a
great time. The ladies are also attend-
ing educational workshops.
Don and Pat Deaton have become
Lake Pipet .tne Completed
New system will be able to
pump about 13 million gallons
of water daily to our city
By STEVE BRIGMAN
A pipeline that will bring Coop-
er Lake water to Sulphur Springs
was completed Thursday as city
workers installed the final section
of pipe at the city's water treat-
Mayor Stacy Cody chipped in
to tighten the last bolt, but
declared that the moment
belonged to the workers who
completed the project.
“The reason we are here today
is to honor these workers." Cody
said. “They have gone over and
beyond the call of duty in getting
this project accomplished."
Since construction of the 12.7-
mile pipeline began in August of
1995, city workers have laid
67,270 feet of pipe in 303 days.
“This is going to give the city
of Sulphur Springs the capability
of pumping from Cooper Lake 13
million gallons of water a day if
we need to." Cody said.
The pipeline should give the
water treatment plant better water
to treat, according to Cody.
He said it should also eliminate
the bad-tasting water that has
resulted from low water levels in
Lake Sulphur Springs in the past
“If you ask most people in the
industry before we started this
project, they would say that city
employees would not be able to
do this job." Cody said.
Cody referred to each of the
city workers by name as he
praised them for the accomplish-
Crew foreman V.J. Buckland
was at the top of the list.
“I was out at the water line one
day and he was getting chewed
out by one of the people he was
passing by, but he kept a good
attitude and moved right on down
the project.” Cody said.
After congratulating the crew,
Cody climbed down into the
trench to tighten the ceremonial
“golden bolt.” “One small step for
man," he joked with the workers.
But the one big drink for Sul-
phur Springs will not take place
until installation of the pump
which is scheduled for December,
according to City Manager Marc
He said that in a pinch a tempo-
rary pump could be installed
within a week.
Cody went on to praise the
work crew for completing the pro-
ject relatively free of injury.
“We have had a few bumps and
bruises but nothing that became
life threatening and I am thankful
for that," he said.
In a special meeting Friday
night the City Council will dis-
cuss plans to begin pumping
Mayor Slacy Cody stands on the last section of pipe installed Than-
da> to tighten the ceremonial “golden boh” marking the completion
0t a Mae that wiB provide Sulphur Springs with water from Cooper
Lake. Chy workers laid 67,27® feet of pipe in 303 days.
quite successful tomato growers.
They report that the tomato plants in
their flowerbeds are producing a
record number of tomatoes. I always
look forward to visiting with my dear
friends, the Deatons.
Mr. Claudie Patterson recently cel-
ebrated his 90th birthday on Friday,
June 21. Mr. Claudie and Mrs. Lutie
are lifelong residents of the Bluff and
are loved and respected by everyone.
They are certainly the example of the
Some other June birthdays include,
June Bassham, June 10; Carol
Deaton, June 22; Nell Shipp, June
25; and Debra Bassham, June 28.
Due to strict orders, unfortunately
I’m not able to reveal the ladies’
ages. Again, “Happy birthday” to
each of die June celebrants.
Congratulations are also in order to
two couples celebrating anniver-
saries. L.Roy and Nancy Emerson
will be companions for 46 years on
June 28. Arthur and Nell Shipp will
celebrate their anniversary on Sun-
day, June 30.
The Sulphur Bluff Jail was built in
the 1930s at the beginning of the oil
boom. Homer Herren was constable
of this flourishing community at the
time. The small jail was constructed
on the old cotton gin lot just across
the road from the R.S. “Stant” Skeen
home. Rumor has it that one of its
first guests, who was placed there for
enjoying a little too much of the spir-
its, escaped by removing the bars.
The little jail was never utilized
The Order of the Eastern Star will
meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the
Masonic Lodge Hall Wanda Kimball
will present a patriotic program.
A special reminder in regard to the
upcoming school reunion on Satur-
day, June 29, and our Annual Home-
coming on Sunday, June 30. Each of
the events will be held at the com-
munity center. An evening meal will
be catered at the school reunion and
a covered dish luncheon will be
served at the Homecoming.
By Patsy Shaw_
The Petty Reunion was held Sun-
day in the Tira Community Center.
Judy Petty said there were lots of
good food and a good time was had
Chandler Smith is spending the
week with her grandparents, Troy
and Georgia Smith. Also, Georgia
and Mary were in Mesquite to help
their sister Joyce Johnson celebrate
Lynn Lawson and his son, Derrick,
spent a few days with his parents,
L.V. and Melba Lawson last week.
Derrick decided to stay to fish and
help with the garden harvest. L.V.
and Melba took him home on Sun-
Those in the hospital are Joe
Roberson and George Harvey.
Last week just wasn’t Maxine Pat-
terson’s week. She was in Paris after
George had entered the hospital and
was involved in a car accident that
totaled her car. When it rains, it
The members of the Tira United
Methodist Church are having a clean-
ing day on Saturday, June 29. They
invite anyone who is interested to
come and bring their cleaning sup-
plies and/or lawn equipment to make
ready for the Homecoming on July 7.
We are looking forward to the big
Liz Steinziek, Michael Horn and
Tonja Horn ate lunch with Lucille
Horn Sunday. Michael is in the pro-
cess of moving to Meridian, Miss.,
for flight training.
Melba McKinney and Dorothy
Fitzgerald picked Robin up in Athens
and drove to Tyler to do some shop-
Juanita and Bill Sloan spent Sun-
day with Verda and Francis Withrow.
Verda Withrow’s brother, Charles
Fultz, is back at his home now.
Mary Weir is spending time with
her daughter, Betty Farris, while she
Our sympathy to Margie Webb,
who lost her sister, Mary McGuire
We had a great weekend. Our
daughter, Donna Shaw from Grand
Prairie, was here. She is doing her
radiology clinical study at Charleston
Methodist Hospital in Dallas, which
will be completed in December,
1996. After that, she plans to get a
paying job... Then on Sunday after-
noon, two of our longtime friends,
Doyle and Hazel Glossup came for a
nice visit. We graduated from North
Hopkins together and Hazel and I
grew up neighbors and friends from
the time we started to school. There
is a special bond with folks like that
even though our lives have gone in
separate directions for the last 42
Don asked me to thank all of you
for your thoughtfulness, cards and
visits during his recovery from knee
surgery. He isn't getting mobile as
fast as he would like, of course. A
great deal of our time is spent going
back and forth to Dallas for therapy.
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