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The Jeremiah People
‘The Hiding Place’
At First Baptist Church
A NATIONAL MAIN STREET CITY
PHOTOS, RESULTS OF 2009
Pages 10 A 12
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Clifton, Texas 76634 VOL. 114, NO. 15 — WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009
CLIFTON — The Bosque Art Center’s annual
fundraiser, The Big Event, will be held this week-
end, April 17-18.
On Friday night, April 17, Don Edwards and
Donna Ingham will kick off the weekend’s activities.
Edwards, internationally known western recording
artist, will begin everything with a concert of cow-
boy and other melodies. He has recently completed
a documentary about the late Maynard Dixon, the
well-known artist who is said to have given the west
“a new language of expression.” The documentary,
narrated by Diane Keaton, features Edwards as the
voice of Maynard Dixon. Edwards’ performances
range from movies, symphonies, and, of course, so-
Ingham is a “Texas Tail-Tale Teller” who will en-
tertain with stories.
The Big Event has evolved from a modest effort
27 years ago to today’s full weekend of activities.
The late Sharon Knustrom is credited with the
name Big Event. According to Joyce Jones, the
board of the then Bosque County Conservatory of
Take In Texas Culture
CLIFTON — High school stu- Clifton and the surrounding area grades, with letters of recommen
dents from the Danielsen School last week to learn more about dation by teachers, parents, and
(Skole) in Bergen, Norway, visited America. They are selected by others.
When sent to the U.S., they
study for one year at Hillcrest
Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls,
Minn. The school closes for Eas-
ter holidays every year and that is
when the students take a tour,
usually lasting about three weeks.
Asbjoern Odd Ysteboe and his
wife, Ella, have been traveling to
the U.S. from Bergen every year
for the past 17 years to direct the
tour. They bring chaperones with
them plus the bus driver from
Minnesota and his wife. Barry
Malme and wife, Kay, have been
the drivers for the past three
“The favorite stop is Clifton,”
said Ysteboe. “The students say
it’s their best stop on the tour and
they go back and tell other stu
dents and parents about Clifton.”
Ysteboe says Clifton is becoming
very well known in Norway.
Cost for the kids tb come to the
U.S. for one year is approximately
$80,000 per student, so they and
their parents must really want
them to learn about the U.S.
The students came here from
Oklahoma, and were headed for
Amarillo, the Grand Canyon, and
on into California, said Brenda
Herzog of the Clifton Chamber of
“Every night, except while in
Clifton where they spend the night
with host families, they are in mo-
FIRST RIDE EVER — One Norwegian student showed shear enjoy- tels,” she explained,
ment out of simply getting up on “Kellypso” at Three Mountain Retreat The students are divided into
under the guidance of Joe Gary. — staff Photo By Carol Spicer * See STUDENTS, Page 2
Mammoth Site Featured
At Rotary Luncheon
By Carol Spicer
CLIFTON — Anita Benedict, director of the
Maybom Museum and Waco Mammoth Site, spoke
at last week’s Bosque County (Clifton) Rotary Club
Benedict talked about the history of the site, and
the first findings in 1978, when two young men were
hunting for arrowheads, and instead, found bones.
She spoke about the three years of the initial ex-
cavation and the discovery of Columbia Mammoth
bones and tusks.
“By 1990, we had discovered 11 different mam-
mals, digging at depths from four feet to 12 feet,”
said Benedict. “By 1996, seven more had been dis-
covered, along with the remains of a camel and a
tooth from a saber tooth tiger.”
She told the gathering how the bones that had
been removed to the Mayborn Museum were fully
encased in a cast, prior to moving, so that nothing
could damage them.
Benedict talked briefly about one volunteer at the
site who has put in over 12,000 hours. “He is now 87
years old and retired from the site,” she added.
She said that a Columbia Mammoth is different
from the wooly mammoths, it being a grazer with
flat teeth for grinding, and is able to produces about
sue sets of theese throughout its lifetime.
She noted that the 14-foot-tall mammals actually
walked on their toes, while carrying tusks that could
be up to 17 feet long.
Benedict said that the site has been dated as be-
tween 54,000 and 72,000 years old, there having been
four different times of death of the mammals within
an approximate 20,000 year time span.
The current belief is that many of the deaths were
MAMMOTH SITE HIGHLIGHTS TALK — Anita
Benedict, director of the Waco Mammoth Site, re-
cently talked to members of the Bosque County
(Clifton) Rotary Club. - Staff Photo By Carol Spicer
caused by a flood event of the Bosque River, causing
a back-wash into the ravine.
• See MAMMOTHS, Page 2
Fine Arts was trying to decide how to raise money.
The late Joan Spieler had told the board that “one
more pot-luck supper” wasn’t going to raise what
they needed. Knustrom said that what was needed
was “a big event.” From that time forward The Big
Event was the name.
Dr. Terry Watson will provide “Villas Las Palmas”
in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to be one of the many out-
standing auction items this year. The auction will
be preceded by “another fabulous dinner” catered
by BestYett of Waco, said a spokesman. This event
is the major source of funding to operate the Bosque
• See BIG EVENT, Page 2
CLIFTON — Bosque County abounds with
an exceptional number of artists working in
many genres. On Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m., 13 artists open their studios to the
public as The Bosque Arts Center’s Art Coun-
cil presents the Third Annual Artist Studio and
Gallery Tour in Clifton, Meridian, and the sur-
Art galleries in downtown Clifton will feature
several artists painting and sculpting on-
site. The Bosque Arts Center and its galleries
(art and photography) will be open as well.
On this self-guiaed tour, patrons may visit one
or all of the studios and galleries listed. This is
an opportunity to see where artists work and
• See STUDIO TOUR, Page 2
Open House Sunday
CLIFTON — Goodall-Witcher
Healthcare Foundation began in
1939 when Dr. V.D. Goodall and Dr.
S.L. Witcher decided Clifton
needed a permanent healthcare
Now, officials are ready to show
the community what has been
done with an open house, set for 2
to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 19. Goodall-
DALLAS — The U.S. Census
Bureau has started its first ma-
jor operation on the ground in
preparation for the 2010 census.
During the next few months,
workers will be driving and
walking every street and veri-
fying and updating census ad-
dress lists and maps.
The operation runs through
mid-July. In most areas, ad-
dresses will be updated without
census workers contacting
Witcher officials invite the general
public to attend for facility tours
and light refreshments.
Local and area dignitaries are
expected to attend, as is U.S. Con-
gressman Chet Edwards (D-
Waco), who was instrumental in
Healthcare Foundation in attain-
ing governmental grants and
households. However; in some
instances, where confirmation
or clarification is needed, a cen-
sus'worker may come to the
The workers will be wearing
official census identification
badges and carrying handheld
“A complete and accurate ad-
dress list is the cornerstone of a
successful census,” said Gabriel
Sanchez, regional director.
loans for the projects.
To continue its mission to pro-
vide quality healthcare services
through efficient, comprehensive,
and friendly care, the foundation
embarked on a massive upgrade
that included a completely new
clinic facility. The multi-million-
dollar project — known as “The
Next Generation in Healthcare”
— also included maior renova-
tions to the hospital, extended
care nursing facility, and adminis-
“We are very proud of what
we’ve been able to do, but without
the community’s support, none of
this would have ever been pos-
sible,” said Clarence Fields, Jr.,
FACHE, the foundation’s presi-
dent and chief executive officer.
“Our open house is a time to
show off what’s been accom-
plished with the help of those in
our community, and to thank ev-
eryone as well,” Felds added.
For more information about the
Open House or about healthcare
offerings through Goodall-Witcher,
call 254-675-8322 or visit
< www.gwhf.org >.
Census Workers Begin
T.E.A. Party Slated
Today At Courthouse
MERIDIAN — T.E.A. stands for
“taxed enough already.” A T.E.A.
Party is slated April 15, ‘*Tax Day”
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the
Bosque County Courthouse in
Meridian. The party is for every-
one who feels they have been
taxed enough — whether Repub-
lican, Democrat, or Independent.
Similar T.E.A. parties will be tak-
ing place all around the country on
Everyone is invited to attend
the T.E.A. Party and bring a chair,
banner, sign, and wear red, white,
or blue if convenient, and bring
Also, guests are urged to bring
a tea bag to throw into the mix.
Walt Lewis, as Thomas
Jefferson, will be reading the Con-
stitution, while Sherrod Fielden
will offer a poem. Jimmy Schmidt
and David Corpier will lead the
songs. There may be other speak-
ers, but as of yet these are unde-
“Be a part of this. The preser-
vation of freedom begins with you.
‘We The People’ have the powerto
change the world around us. We
must exercise our remaining
rights to organize and gather and
to speak our minds against the
oppression both on the taxpayer
and on those who work so hard to
live the American Dream,” said a
These anti-tax protests are pop-
ping up around the country and
are expected to culminate
Wednesday—tax day—with hun-
dreds of rallies nationwide.
The movement, which ex-
panded over the last two months,
is depending upon independent
media to drive participants to the
activities, since much of the larger
mainstream media is ignoring the
protests, as are members of Con-
gress and the U.S. Senate.
Of concern to taxpayers is the
give-away of public monies to Wall
Street giants and large corpora-
tions, as instigated by Presidents
George W. Bush and Barack
Obama. Some are protesting the
Federal Reserve central bank
while others are upset at the
thrashing of the U.S. Constitution.
Boys’ Golf Team Takes District
Wennin Takes First For Girls
CLIFTON - Clifton High
School boys’ golf team took first
place in the district tournament on
Monday, April 6, with a score of
344. The other teams (in order)
were Crawford (346), Hico (382),
On the girls’ side, Cassie
Wennin took first place with a
score of 105.
“We are very proud of
theperformance of our golfers. We
had to fight some tough conditions
with the low temperatures and the
wind,” said Coach Chad Olson.
“We are very excited for our
District Championship. We fought
hard and showed toughness,” said
Olson. “We had played against
Crawford in a couple of tourna-
ments this year. They had beaten
us at each of those, but we rose to
the occasion today. Mark Alan
New led us with a third-place fin-
ish and Connor Odom finished
“Casie Wennin played well and
won the overall individual title,”
added Olson. “She played well and
won by one stroke.”
Scoring for the boys were, Mark
Alan New (83), Forrest Culp (89),
• See CHS GOLF, Page 10
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