The Clifton Record and Bosque County Tribune (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 96, No. 4, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 23, 1991 Page: 1 of 16
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America Goes To War
United States, U.N. Forces Launch
Operation Desert Storm Jan. 16
SAYING THANKS - Student*, faculty, and
•taff of Clifton High School are currently sign-
ing letter* of appreciation and encouragement
to the men and women of the Deceit Storm oper-
ation in the Persian Gulf. Pictured are Brittany
Maseey deft), National Honor Society president
and Robert Bleything. The NHS is sponsoring the
project and Bleything** mother, Susan Coston,
is a military nurse who will receive one of the
Other letters will be sent to specific people if
their full address is supplied Thoee who wish to
include their relatives or friends in this project
are asked to call the school at 676-6002 with that
—Staff Photo By Kristi Stanberry
Sales Tax Rebates Take Marked
January Dip In Bosque County
AUSTIN - Although Comptroller
John Sharp has described higher lo-
cal saks tax revenues as signaling
improvement in the Texas economy
statewide, Bosque County cities are
yet to feel the exhilaration. Statis-
tics released last week show that
Bosque cities are running behind
last year’s pace, by 14.92 percent.
With the exception of Valley
Mills, Walnut Springs, and Iredell,
all Bosque County cities showed a
decline in saks tax revenues, com-
paring the January 1991 check to
the January 1990 check.
Clifton received the largest check
this January, $10,567.50, which
compares to $11,471.81 last Janu-
ary, a 7.97 percent decrease.
Three Bosque County cities did
not receive January checks: Cran-
fllls Gap, Iredell, and Morgan.
Meridian received a $2,447.17
payment, Valley Milk $1,155.64,
and Walnut Springs $637.19. Total
received by Bosque County cities
this January was $14,907.50, which
conjpares to $17,521.94 Ust Janu-
ary, down -14.92 percent.
The county government received
a check, too, $11,159.57, which is up
3.8 percent over last year’s
Statewide, the comptroller sent
checks totaling $91 million to the ci-
ties and counties that collect local
sales taxes. This month’s sales tax
rebates to cities increased 16 per-
cent over the January 1990 figures,
while counties received $9.6 mil-
lion, an increase of 33 percent over
January rebate checks, encom-
passing the Christmas shopping
season, reflect taxes collected on
November sake and reported in kte
December by businesses filing
Merchants collect the state and lo-
cal sales taxes and send them to the
Comptroller’s office with their tax
returns. The state keeps it share
and sends cities and counties the lo-
cal portion of the sales tax each
The accompanying chart indicates
detailed amounts rebated to cities
and the county, along with other in-
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CLIFTON - Bosque Countians
wen stunned last Wednesday when
■ ,t it was announced that the United
[I States had mad* good on a threat
to go to war with Iraq if the coun-
try’s leader, Saddam Hussein, did
not by Jan. 15 begin to pull forces
out of Kuwait, a country he had in-
vaded this past summer.
Events talking place in Kuwait,
Iraq, and the surrounding Middle
Bast area have been developing
since Aug. 8 when the Iraqi army,
under President Saddam Hussein’s
leadership, invaded Kuwait, its
* neighbor to the south, and occupied
The following chronology is a brief
account of events since that time,
ending with the United States and
its allies launching Operation
If Desert Storm on Jan. 16, to liberate
Crisis In Kuwait
• Aug. ft: Iraq invaded Kuwait;
President George Bush orders eco-
nomic embargo against Iraq.
• Aug. Ts Bush sends warplanes
and ground troops to Saudi Arabia.
• Aug. Bt American troops are
positioned in Saudi Arabia: Iras
riosss its borders to foreigners, trap-
ping thousands at Americans and
• Aug. B0: Iraq moves Western
hostages to vital military installa-
tions for use as human shields.
• 8ept 23: Iraqi President Sad
dam Hussein says he will destroy
• Nov. & Bush orders more
troops to the Persian Gulf; Opera-
troops into Kuwait.
• • Nov. 86c United Nations Sets
Jau. 15 deadline for Iraq to with-
draw from Kuwait or face military
• Dec. Mk Total of 16,000 sailors
am) marines ship out for Gulf.
• Jan. 9: United States Secre-
tary of State James Baker meets
Find Details Inside This Issue!
Walnut Springs Election Results In Rollback Tie
By WILLIAM T. JORDAN
CLIFTON RECORD ASSOCIATE EDITOR
WALNUT SPRINGS - Last
Saturday’s special municipal elec-
tion to decide whether to roll back
Walnut Springs’ 1990 ad valorem
tax rate from $.3370 per $100 valu-
ation to $.1967 has resulted in a
75-75 tie vote.
The election was requested in a
100-signature petition presented to
the City Council last Nov. 10 by
L.C. Hill, former municipal judge
and school board member. Hill was
spokesman for the Citisens’ Com-
mittee for a Rollback Election 4t the
The Council had adopted the
$.3370 rate at a second and final
public hearing last Oct. 12 at City
Hall. The rate compared with a
1989 figure at $.1839, a climb of
Rendering Of Personal
Property Deadline Near
MERIDIAN — Property rendition
forms must be in the Bosque County
Central Appraisal District office in
Meridian by Monday, April 1, Dim
Whitney, chief appraiser, has
reminded area property owners. A
30-day extension of the deadline is
available by written request.
A rendition is a special form,
available at the appraisal district
office, on which a property owner
lists taxable property. It can also
list the owner’s opinion of the
property’s value. Property owners
file these renditions with the chief
King Olav V Dies Jan. 17
Following Heart Attack
CLIFTON - News was received
in Clifton last Friday of the death
of Norway’s King OUv V, 87, the ol-
dest reigning monarch in Europe.
King Olav will be remembered by
many person* in Boaque County
who saw him during his visit to this
area in October, 1982.
While Olav was still Crown
Prince in 1940, Hitler’s troops in-
vaded Norway, forcing Olav, his
elderly father King Haakon VII,
and leaders of the parliament
government to go into hiding. After
finding safety in England, Olav be-
came the top envoy to the United
States, helping to build a fighting
force of free Norwegians. He often
attended cabinet meetings and
made radio broadcasts to his coun-
tryman. Following the alliad liber-
ation of Norway in 1945 ha reoeived
a triumphant homecoming.
He became king in 1957 following
his father’s death and was known
8ee OLAV, Page 16
appraiser of the appraisal district in
which the property k located.
The law require* certain proparty
owners to file renditions each year.
Anyone who on Jan. 1 owns or
manages tangible personal property
used to produce income must, by
law, render that property for tax*
tion. Business inventories, office
furniture and fixtures, and business
vehicles are examples of income-
producing personal property.
The chief appraiser may also re-
quire others to render property they
own or manage. If so, the property
owner will receive a written notice
of the rendition requirement and an
appropriate rendition form.
Anyone may voluntarily fik a
rendition with the appraisal dis-
trict, although state law dose not re-
quire the average property owner to
render a home or personal property
not used to produce income.
Property owners who render do not
need to estimdte their property’*
However, there are several good
reasons to do so, Whitnqy explained
“First, rendition is a means for a
property owner to record an opinion
of the property’s value,” ha point-
“Second, by recalling an opinion
See APPRAISAL, Page 16
with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq
Ax. u in Geneva, Swi tier land, to
seek a peaceful end to the occupa-
tion of Kuwait with no reoults.
• Jan. 12: United States Con
gross votes to give President Bush
the authority to launch a military
attack on Iraq if withdrawal from
Kuwait is not evident by the Jan.
• Jan. 16: The United States
and its allies launched Operation
Deeert Storm to liberate Kuwait
and reinstate its former govern-
ment to power.
Bosque County Involvement
There are a number erf military
persons from Boaque County who
ere serving in the Persian Gulf,
Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, and in
other areas directly involved ifr
Operation Desert Storm. In order to
honor these dedicated men and
women who have chosen to serve
their country through military serv-
ice, this newspaper is striving to
compile a list of military personnel
who are deployed in that region.
Persons who have a relative or
know of someone from Boaque
County deployed in the Middle East
are asked to call The Record with
THIS SIGN in Clifton express-
es the sentiments of much of the
community, now that America
has gone to war.
—Staff Photo By Melanie Martin
that person’s name, branch of the
service, address if they wish that to
be included, and general region of
This list will be published regular-
ly in The Clifton Record end its tit-
ter publication, The Botque Globe,
in order to remind thoee who re-
main on the homefront to remem-
ber our ‘Texans In The Middle
East” with prayers, thoughts, and
letters of encouragement.
Persons are asked to mail names
for Texans In The Middle East” to
the Record at P.O. Box 353, Clifton,
TX 76634, or by calling 675-3336 a
675-6110..Names revived by Fri-
day win be published in the follow
ing issue of this newspaper.
Council members had proposed
the increase at a called session last
Sept. 17, after reviewing higher
coets which they had expected the
city to face in several categories.
Following a lengthy discussion, the
Council had adopted a 1990-91
municipal budget of $145,241.86,
$13,280.86 higher than the 1989-90
figure of $131,961.
In an interview Monday with The
Clifton Record, Hill said that his
group would not seek a recount, be-
cause they did not question the le-
gality of the election procedure. He
said that proponents of the tax roll-
back felt that the vote tabulation
had been “very fair” and that
“everything had been done exactly
right" by those counting ballots,
whom he regarded as being "as fair
Tlie election personnel included
Betty Keller, judge; Nathan Morse,
alternate judge, and Karen White-
head and Charlene Freeman,
ckrks. City Secretary Nancy Jack-
son said teat all four had counted
the ballot* cast several times before
certifying the 75-75 tie vote.
Hill, acknowledging that more
voters had signed the petition seek-
ing the election that had voted in
favor of a rollback, saw several pos-
sible reasons for the difference.
Unexpected illness on the part of
some who had planned to vote was
one factor that he mentioned.
Another was confusion over the
question’s wording on the ballot,
although Hill said that such uncer-
tainty probably existed on both
sides of the issue.
"I don’t believe that the true feel-
ings of the majority of the people of
Walnut Springs have been ex-
prssssd in this election,” Hill com-
He said that he would "like to go
ahead and settle it.” Like City
Secretary Jackson, he stated that he
would contact the office of the Secre-
8#e ROLLBACK, Page 15
CIVIL WAR ERA clothing will be among the items featured In
the Boeque Memorial Museum's newest exhibit, which will be*
gin with a membership tea this Sunday from $ to 4 p.m. Exhibit
items will range from bullets to letters. According to those who
have already witnessed the exhibit, it k quite impressive.
Pictured putting the finishing touches on one of the Civil War
garment# k Estrella Poaey, one of the workers on the exhibit.
See related story for ftirther details.
—Staff Photo By Malanit Martin
Museum Tea Will Mark
Opening Of New Exhibit
CLIFTON - The Boaque Memori-
al Museum in Clifton will formally
open its newest clothing exhibit
with a membership tea from 2 to 4
p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Among items
from the Civil War era to be shown
will be clothing from the wardrobe
of the great-grandmother of Anna
Leslie Richardson of Clifton.
In announcing plans for the ex-
hibit, Dee Sharp of Iredell, presi-
dent of the museum's board of
“The Boaque Memorial Mueaeum
has continued in its growth because
of the outstanding support it has
receivad from the county as a whole,
corporate interests, memorial con-
tributions, and many dedicated in-
dividuals. This nonprofit
organisation needs the interest and
support of all of tee citisens of
“This is an excellent opportunity
for the general public to visit the
museum, see firsthand what the
museum has to offer, and consider
museum membership Membership
is open to slT individuals and insti-
tutions who show s willingness to
work toward those purposes fa
which the museum was organised,"
President Sharp concluded.
Membership dues include: Stu-
dent, $5; individual, $10; family,
$25; sustaining, $60; patron, $100,
and Friend of tea Museum, $600.
Museum operating hours are from
2 to 6 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays
and from 10 sum. to 6 p.m. Fridays
“A cordial invitation is extended
to everyone to come on by the muse-
um on Sunday, Jan. 27,” President
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