The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 201, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, December 6, 1996 Page: 4 of 4
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ty was filled to over-flowing with
fwnilies showing up for Thanksgiving
dinner a Man’s and Grandma's.
Mildred Hintoo had a houseful of
pony with family coming from
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1 n birthday this week. Her
Mr. Buford Tantoo and wife,
’Virginia, came by and treated Mildred
out to lunch on Monday. Her brother
aiao recently celebrated a birthday.
Speaking of birthdays, I forgot to
mention “Happy birthday” to Mike
Arbala Community Center held a
buainrss meeting this past Monday.
Diacuaaions were held on the upcom-
ing Christmas dinner on Thursday
night at 6 p-tn.
During the meeting, a motion to
donate money to help defray the cost
of gifts, Santa and other minor
expenses was declined by a few of
Ihoae present Anyone in the commu-
nity who would like to donate gifts
for the dinner, please call 383-2705,
4*5-3984 or 485-2272. Any gifts not
naed will be donated to Hopkins
County Memorial Hospital to give
out to pediatric patients during the
Volunteers to decorate will meet
around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Other business included the discus-
sion held on an alternative parking
area immediately north of the com-
munity center building. We are look-
ing for individuals that may own this
Iffwd in the event the area was paved.
The current parking spaces in front of
the fire station are getting quite
crowded. The fire department plans to
add on yet another section to the sta-
tion for die truck received from the
Waiting their turn
tf yon have infonnatiofi regarding
Ml tact of land, please contact
383^705, 485-3984 or 485-2272
When you get around toaddressing
Ihoae Christmas cards, don’t forget
about dropping one off to Andy
Thanks to Arbala United Methodist
Church for donating funds to go
towards gifts for the children at
Arbala’s Christmas dinner. Their gen-
erosity to the children of this commu-
nity is truly appreciated. After all,
Christmas is for the children.
Get well wishes go out to Mrs.
Rhea Williams. I hear she is at home
and recuperating nicely after several
days in the hospital. God bless you,
Rhea. Our thoughts and prayers go
out to you.
If anyone is still interested in pur-
chasing tickets for the quilt that was
donated to Arbala UMC by Mildred
Hinton, please contact any church
member. The drawing for the quilt
will be held this Thursday night, Dec.
5, during the Arbala Christinas dinner.
Thanks to all who have purchased
tickets and good luck.
By Jimmy Bastham
I hope everyone had a nice Thanks-
giving holiday and enjoyed plenty of
turkey and dressing with all the trim-
Well, now you can start preparing
for Christinas, which is just around
the comer. Last Brjday, which is nor-
mally the most active shopping day of
the year, may not receive the honor
this year. The inclement weather
caused many shoppers to stay in.
Quita Bartholomew of Richardson
spent this past week visiting with her
parents, Durward and Hazel Littrell.
Scott, Quita’s son and his fiancee,
Amy Kilpatrick, also spent Thanks-
giving with the Littrells. Scott and
Amy will be united in marriage on
We wish this
best of happiness
attendance of all
“reported that 30
having a wonderful Thanksgiving
Day with all of their family home.
They abo had about 30 family mem-
Bert and Barbara Domer had the
Bouriand family (Barbara’s family)
on Thanksgiving Day for turkey and
dressing with all the trimmings. Bar-
bara reported that 25 were present.
Bert and Barbara prepared Mexican
food for lunch and had the Domer
family in their home on Sunday. They
capped the evening off with Hopkins
County stew for dinner. The Domer
boys, Bert and George, have the rep-
utation of being hearty eaters. There
were 44 Domer family members in
attendance. Barbara reported that it
was sort of hectic, but she surely
enjoyed having everyone.
It is so great to see these large fam-
ilies get together and share in cele-
brations of die holiday season.
Mrs. Lutie Patterson was readmit-
ted to the East Texas Medical Center
in Mount Vernon last Wednesday and
was released yesterday to return
home. We wish Mrs. Lutie a speedy
recovery in order that she can once
again bake those delicious fried pies.
Loyd Mead and his late wife, Lois,
were both 50-year members of the
Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Mead
received his 65-year pin and certifi-
cate of service in the Masonic Lodge
last Saturday during Honor the
Masons Night. Oren Singleton, a for-
mer student of Mr. Mead’s, presented
both the O.E.S. and Masonic Lodge
service pins to Mr. Mead. There were
six Masonic lodges and eight O.E.S.
chapters in attendance at the ceremo-
Two of my first cousins and their
darting wives will be hooomd on their
50th wedding anniversaries by their
L.D. “Red” and Billie Dew
Chester will be honored at 2 pjn. Sat-
urday, Dec. 14, at the Lancaster Pack
Baptist Church in lanrastrr.
Henry Alien and Margie Davis will
be honored from 2 p.m. to 4 run.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Sulphur Bluff
Both couples have requested no
gifts, please, just your presence.
These two couples were married dur-
ing a double ceremony in Sulphur
Springs on Dec. 14, 1946. Gosh, I
was a mere baby, being born earlier
Congratulations to these two spe-
cial couples and may your future
years be blessed and happy ones as
those have been in the past
Two of our local teachers celebrat-
ed birthdays on Dec. 1. Phyllis Brown
and John McNeill are both dedicated
professionals and we are pleased to
have them working with our young
people. Happy belated birthdays!
Cecil Jostin will be celebrating his
42nd birthday on Friday, Dec. 6. Dar-
la plans to bake her specialty, the buz-
zard cake, for Cecil’s special day.
Debbie Davis Anderson was given
a surprise birthday party by her sister,
Marla, and her mom last Sunday,
Dec. 1. Debbie was the big 45 which
was indicated by the many candles.
Linda Patterson Henton will cele-
brate her birthday on Sunday, Dec. 8.
I recall Linda as the pretty little girl
helping her dad on the farm. It wasn’t
unusual to see her raking hay, milking
cows or helping with the numerous
chores. Linda is the daughter of Don
and Katie Patterson.
Congratulations and happy birthday
to each of our celebrants this week.
The 14th Annual Cap Herman Invi-
tational Basketball Tournament will
be held next week on Dec. 12-14. The
tournament is held in honor of the
legendary Mr. Cap Herman, who is
known and loved by all former stu-
dents, teachers, coaches and parents
Please come out next weekend and
viait with Mr. Cap and see some great
I hope that everyone can get out
and enjoy the beautiful weather this
week. See you next week with more
By Patsy Skmw_
We extend our sympathy to the
Audrey Anderson family. She was
buried in the lira Cemetery on Satur-
day afternoon. Audrey grew up in this
Donna Joslin’s brother-in-law, Joe
Roberson, is seriously ill in St.
Joseph’s Hospital in Paris.
Dwight and Mary Rawson, Danny,
Judy and Missie Rawson, spent
Thursday at Judy’s parents’ home in
Georgia and Troy Smith were in
Greenville with Troy’s son and his
wife, Jimmy and Helm Smith, for die
Gay and Ruth Chapman’s son,
Kenny, and his wife, Suzie and
daughter, Heather from Killeen, were
home for the holidays. Mick and Lin-
da Petty dropped by for a short visit.
Charles and Peggy Deaton were
with Leslie Wester on Wednesday and
Sandra Wester and Linda Andrasko
spent Thanksgiving Day with him and
stayed until Saturday.
Mildred Chapman’s family spent
the holiday weekend at their home
place. June Vessel and her son, Den-
ny, and grandson, Tanner; Gay Lou
and Doug Haley and their three chil-
dren and granddaughter; and Betty
and Carl Chapman and their son,
Gregg, were all there to celebrate
Thanksgiving. The girls stayed at the
country home and the men had their
annual camp out. *
I talked with Lucille Spencer and
she had eye surgery on Nov. 26, and
is doing well.
Melba McKinney’s house was alive
with company and they celebrated
Thanksgiving all week laqg. Her
guests were: Kenny and Becky McK-
inney from Houston; Harold McKin-
ney from Fort Worth; Jan and Debbie
Hargrave and Mac McKinney from
Dallas; Lisa and David Ottawa from
Conroe; Gregg and Christie Fitzger-
ald from Longview; Chris and Robin
Petty from Athens; and Larry and
Dorothy Fitzgerald from Tin.
Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald drove
down to Athens to see Chris and
Robin Petty in their new home Tues-
Floyd and Martha Payton attended
the Honzell family reunion in Pales-
tine on Thanksgiving Day. There
were 75 folks from many different
states. Last week, the Paytons also
celebrated their 46th wedding
anniversary and daughter, Regina
Payton and Rick Rickenbach took
them out to eat. Our congratulations
to the Paytons.
Chip and Jan Vaughn have a new
concrete driveway and it isn’t any too
soon. Their house and garage flooded
with the last rains so badly they Vac-
uumed up 23 gallons of writer. The
new driveway has a drain and hope-
fully it will take care of future high
water. Malcolm, Tiffany and Brandon
attended Chip’s family reunion in
Dallas on Saturday.
Lucille Horn’s family ate Thanks-
giving dinner Friday night at Lucille’s
house. Those attending were Michael
and Tracy Horn from Mississippi,
Tonja Horn from Denton, Delayne
Vaughn from College Station, Eliza-
beth Steinsiek from Sulphur Springs
and Chip and Jan Vaughn, Malcolm,
Tiffany and Brandon, from Tira.
We were glad to have our daugh-
ters here. Ruth Ann, Phillip and Josh
Ray from Wichita Falls and Dona
Shaw from Grand Prairie came. Janie
Lewis ate dinner with us on Thursday.
We have so much to be thankful for
and it was so good to be with family
AMPI wants feds to put floor
on wholesale dairy prices
CbBdren from Reilly Springs and Pfckton United
Methodist Church, representing the Sulphur
Springs-Paris District of the United Methodist
Church Children’s Handchime Choir, wait to take
the stage at Friday night’s Christmas celebration
in Heritage Square. Several hundred people
showed up for the official lighting of the downtown
square. The program featured stew, music and
From Staff Reports
Associated Milk Producers Inc.
officials hope to stabilize falling milk
production and avoid a crisis in the
dairy industry by seeking a floor on
wholesafoinifofRicesfrmn the U.S.
Department of. Agriculture.
The cooperative’s board of direc-
tors voted Nov. 20 to petition U.S.
Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glick-
man to convene an emergency nation-
al hearing and create a floor on the
basic formula price for the purpose of
establishing raw ingredient costs for
all milk used in the production of
products other than butter, milk pow-
der and cheese.
According to AMPI Southern
Region Manager Jim Carroll, a floor
on milk prices would stabilize what
has become a volatile dairy market
and protect both farmers and con-
Charles Beckendorf, a Texas dairy-
man and president of Associated Milk
Producers Inc., recently requested an
emergency meeting with Gtickman to
address die current conditions that
have seen butter prices drop 52 per-
cent, while prices for Cheddar cheese
traded on the National Cheese
Exchange have fallen 24 percent in
four weeks. Cheddar cheese prices
directly impact the price for milk paid
to dairy farmers.
For more than two years the price
paid for milk had settled near $12 per
hundredweight, but milk prices in
recent months have eclipsed the $16
mark as production has fallen while
consumer demand is higher.
The recent drop in Cheddar cheese
and butter prices are expected to push
milk prices.down $4.
AMPI’s most recent request would
limit the impact of the drop to 12 per-
cent on the portion of dairy fanners’
production used to make products
other than butter, milk powder and
cheese, shielding about half of the
national milk production from the
projected 25 percent decrease.
According to Careoll, the floor
would not encourage excess produc-
tion but would stabilize declining
milk production, which could ulti-
mately lead to higher consumer
The number of dairy producers has
declined significantly in Hopkins
County over the past few years. There
were 342 dairy farms in the county in
September, according to the most
recent federal milk market adminis-
There were 445 dairies in the coun-
ty in 1995. Nationally, the number of
dairy cows declined for the 15th con-
secutive month in September.
“I believe there’s a chance Mr.
Glickman will see the wisdom in our
request,” Carroll said. “He has the
responsibility to consumers to main-
tain a ready supply of fresh milk on
the shelves of America’s supermar-
City tables merger of utilities
By PETER REJCEK
Natural gas and electricity in the
city of Sulphur Springs will remain as
Mother Nature intended them to be
for now — separate.
City Manager Marc Maxwell asked
the City Council to table an ordinance
which would approve a merger
between the city’s two providers of
gas and electricity.
“I feel... very uneasy about grant-
ing the merger at this point,” he said.
The merger would combine Texas
Utilities Company (TU Electric) with
the Lone Star Gas Company, a divi-
sion of ENSERCH Corporation. In
essence, Texas Utilities would acquire
ENSERCH capital stock and the
merger would transfer the franchise to
the electric utility.
Auto break-ins thought related
By DAWN CHALADtE
While most Sulphur Springs resi-
dents did their Christmas shopping at
local retail stores over the Thanksgiv-
ing weekend, someone was picking
and choosing items from a variety of
vehicles parked throughout town.
According to Sulphur Springs
Police Department Capt. Robert Stid-
ham. seven vehicle burglaries have
been reported since Wednesday.
‘The car burglaries that we’ve been
having prior to the Thanksgiving hol-
idays were in one part of town, which
would probably be the southwest part
of town,” Stidham said, adding that
patrols had been stepped up in that
“Now they went from one part of
town to another prut of town and
started hitting cars ...,” he said.
Sometime between Tuesday night
and Wednesday, a car parked in the
800 block of W.A. Street was bur-
glarized. The thief or thieves took a
Motorola phone valued at $800 and a
Canon Sure Shot Supreme camera
Another burglary, this one in a
driveway in the 300 block of Hodge
Street, was reported Wednesday. A
passport and wallet were taken from
the glove box and found on the
ground nearby, minus $500 in cash.
Property from another vehicle bur-
glary was found at Austin Elementary
School shortly before 11 a.m.
Wednesday. A janitor found two purs-
es in the school courtyard. One purse,
which turned up missing Tuesday
night, was left in a 1996 Mitsubishi
Eclipse by a local woman. About $35
was missing from the bag.
Two vehicles were burglarized
overnight Saturday while parked at
the Asturias Apartments. A compact
disc player worth $330 was stolen
from one A tool box containing an
assortment of Proto hand tools worth
$500 and two factory speakers were
taken from the other vehicle. The
thief also attempted to take an
AM/FM cassette player worth $300,
but was unable to remove it from the
dash, damaging it in the process.
Also Saturday night, a vehicle
parked in a driveway i* the 300 block
of Azalea Street was entered. Taken
was a Motorola cellular phone worth
$100, a red tool box with assorted
hand tools worth $50 and a U.S. sav-
ings bond worth $100.
All of the recent burglaries, Stid-
ham said, are “probably connected.”
“Usually there is a rash of them and
there’s either one or two persons
doing it,” he said.
Stidham said that he received a
phone call from the Greenville Police
Department Monday morning about
some vehicle burglaries there, but
concluded that there was no connec-
tion between them and the local
“This is an ongoing problem of car
burglaries, not just for Sulphur
Springs, but. . . for other towns,” Stid-
ham said. “We are trying to do the
best that we can.”
Stidham added that car owners can
avoid becoming victims of theft by
not leaving purses or other valuables
in the front seat or floorboard of the
car, no matter how soon they plan to
‘Take them inside, even if you’re
just going to be there for a minute,
because ifcually that’s all it takes ...
for something like this to happen,” he
Stidham also advises shoppers to
lock purses and packages in die trunk
and keep a close eye on checks and
‘This is the time of year that people
would tike to get a hold of your
checkbook and credit cards and forge
checks and use your credit card for
their advantage,” Stidham said.
Neighbors can help each other and
the police department, Stidham said,
by being a tittle extra nosy.
SSISD names designers of its newest Christmas card
By BRUCE ALSOBBOOK
George Bush gets one. So will Jim
Chapman and Bill Ratliff and a slew
In fact, for several yean now high-
ranking officials have gotten the
Christmas cards students at Douglas
Intermediate School have been
designing for the Sulphur Springs
Independent School District
The cards — about 600 arc sent out
each December — wind up in other
school districts, in the offices of state
officials, and in the hands of helpful
citizens and businesses
Early Wednesday morning about
350 students at the school for fifth-
graders sat cross-legged in the cafeto-
rium and got a peek at the work of the
four classmates who had the winning
designs for this year’s card.
Bobby Belt wrote the verse gracing
the inside of this year's card that
reads, “Christmas is the time of year
when everyone is filled with cheer.
Decorations, lights and mistletoe,
bells, presents, warm clothes and
“Have a merry Christmas and a
great school year,” the verse con-
“I just figured it should be about
Christmas and so I thought of things
that are about Christmas,” he said.
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Keys, Scott & Lamb, Bill. The Hopkins County Echo (Sulphur Springs, Tex.), Vol. 201, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, December 6, 1996, newspaper, December 6, 1996; Sulphur Springs, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth780562/m1/4/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hopkins County Genealogical Society.