The Winkler County News (Kermit, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 11, 2014 Page: 1 of 14
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The Winkler County News
“The Only Newspaper in the World That Cares Anything About Winkler County”
Kermit, Winkler County, Texas 79745
Vol. 79, No. 35
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Another traffic fatality was
recorded in Winkler County last
Wednesday evening following a
three-vehicle crash about six miles
east of Kermit on Highway 302.
Four others were injured in the
accident that occurred about 6:20
Raul Cruz Gonzalez, 30, of
El Paso was pronounced dead at
the scene when his 2009 Chevrolet
3500 truck was struck by a 2011
Dodge Ram truck driven by Jaime
Auden Estrada, 21, of Kermit.
According to a report from Texas
Department of Public Safety, the
vehicle driven by Estrada was
west bound when it drifted into the
east bound lane and collided with
Estrada was taken to Medical
Center Hospital in Odessa and was
listed in critical condition Thursday
morning. Updates on his condition
were not available.
Victor Roacho of Gardendale, a
passenger in Gonzalez’ vehicle was
taken to MCH and was reported to
be in fair condition last Thursday
According to the report, the
enclosed box trailer being towed by
Gonzalez’s truck then struck a 2012
Chevrolet Cruzer, driven by Jay
Connor Lang, 21, of Odessa.
Lang was treated and released
while passenger Collin Wayne
Birkholz, 21, of Odessa was listed in
Gonzalez’s body was taken to
Family Services Funeral Parlor in
Members of EMS and Kermit
Volunteer Fire Department were
on the scene for over 3 hours and
utilized the jaws of life to extract
Estrada from his vehicle prior to
being air-lifted to Odessa.
KHS HOMECOMING QUEEN NOMINEES include (seated, l-r) Daira Rodriguez, daughter of
Juan and Olga Rodriguez; Lexy Garcia, daughter of Mario and Rosa Garcia; Alexis Flores,
daughter of Albert Flores and Kristie Armendariz; and Karen Gutierrez, daughter of Jose and
Anna Gutierrez. Members of the Court include (standing) freshman Dalilah Montoya, daughter
of Amanda and Rigo Urquidi; sophomore Omega Lujan, daughter of Oswald and Ysenia Lujan
and junior Yahira Rodriguez, daughter of Maria Rodriguez and Eladio Serna. Not present:
Noemi Borunda, daughter of Socorro and Graciela Borunda.
burn ban, proclamations
Meeting in regular
session Monday, the Winkler
County Commissioners Court
unanimously approved an
extension of the county-wide
burn ban as well as proclaiming
October as National Domestic
Violence Awareness Month, Fire
Prevention Week and support
for a resolution supporting a
Both Kermit and Wink
Volunteer Fire Departments
requested to continue the burn ban
which prohibits outdoor burning.
The Court agreed. In addition
Oct. 5-11 was proclaimed Fire
The Kermit Student Council
will be hosting its annual blood
drive on Sept. 22.
The theme this year is “Find
the hero in you.”
The drive will be held in the
high school commons area from
11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday,
KHS student council sponsor
Evelyn Lockwood pointed out
that the drive is open to everyone
and is being conducted by United
To sign up for giving blood,
The resolution approved by
the Court supports a proposition
requesting a constitutional
amendment to provide additional
funding for the state highway
fund—without any increase in
taxes. County roadways are to
get assistance from the fund.
an exception to the burn ban at
the request of both Kermit and
Wink schools, which asked for
permission to hold homecoming
bon fires. The Kermit bonfire
has been cancelled and the Wink
bonfire is set for Thursday, Sept.
donors are asked to contact Mrs.
Lockwood or sign-up in the
All donors will receive
points that can be redeemed for
prizes like t-shirts and movie
It is possible to donate blood
up to three times each year.
Donors must be at least 16
years of age and meet weight
Minors must have a permit
signed by parent or guardian.
Administrator John Clark
presented a review of financial
(See COMMISSIONERS, pg.14)
The Ambassador’s Club of
the Kermit Chamber of Commerce
is seeking new members. The
function of the Ambassador’s Club
is just what the name implies - to
be Ambassadors to the community
and to promote new and existing
business and to support the chamber
in their activities.
The club normally meets on the
first Wednesday of the month for a
noon luncheon at the Chamber of
Commerce office located at 112 N.
are simple. If your company is a
member of the Kennit Chamber
of Commerce or if you are an
individual chamber member, then
you are eligible for membership.
There are no other fees.
For further information,
contact the chamber office at (432)
KHS Council plans blood drive
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PROCLAMATION TIME—Monday morning Winkler County Commissioners’ Court proclaimed
October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Fire Prevention Week and supported
a resolution for a constitutional amendment to provide additional funding for Texas highways
and county roads. The Court includes (l-r) Commissioners Robbie Wolf and Billy Stevens,
County Judge Bonnie Leek, and Commissioners Billy Thompson and Randy Neal.
to hold annual
5-mile b ke tour
The kick-off event for the
10th Annual Kennit Celebration
Days will be the 5-Mile Bike
Tour beginning at 8:30 a.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 27 at Winkler
County Park. Sponsored by the
Kennit Downtown Lions Club, the
event is open to youth ages six to
The ride is limited to the first
50 registrants so pre-register early
by contacting Sheila Clark at (432)
208-7353. Registration deadline
is Tuesday, Sept. 24. There is no
Participants must provide
their own bicycle and helmets
must be worn throughout the ride.
Football and motorcycle helmets
are acceptable. Helmets will be
provided upon request. Parental
release is required for all riders.
Water, drinks and nourishment
will be provided before, during and
after the bike tour. Additionally, a
free ‘goody bag’ will be given to
The Lions Club will hold a
drawing for two new bicycles.
Only registered participants will
be entered into the drawing.
ERMA ‘KAKI’ COLEMAN
Justice of Peace
precincts 1,3 seat
I am running for Justice of
the Peace Pets. 1 and 3. My name
on the ballot will appear as Enna
“Kaki” Coleman. I included my
nickname on the ballot because
so many of you only know me as
I have been associated with
law-enforcement since 1966 when
my late husband joined the Texas
Department of Public Safety as a
Highway Patrolman, they are now
known as State Troopers. My late
husband served Winkler County
for 15 years, some of you may
have heard of him, met him or
worked with him, Texas Ranger
Joe Coleman. My older son retired
from a law-enforcement career
after 18 years of service and being
elected, Officer of the Year in
1999. My younger son owns and
operates Anchor Towing, which
is in the process of relocating
and reorganizing. I guess you
can say he is associated with
law-enforcement since he works
closely with them. My daughter
escaped being in law enforcement,
she works for Apache Oil
After the death of my
husband, I started my own law-
enforcement career with Texas
Department of Public Safety as a
Police Communications Operator.
I worked in Pecos, Sherman and
Midland. Before the death of my
husband while living in Pecos,
I worked as a teacher’s aide and
substitute teacher. I managed to
get 64 college hours at night while
working and raising three children.
Then I had the opportunity
to become an owner and operator
of a small business, Ma Wilson’s
Donut Shop. A lot of you remember
my big donuts, the best in the area-
My customers called them tractor
tires. I had the business twelve and
a half years.
(See COLEMAN, page 13)
9-1-1 attacks remembered
by Paul Scifres
Life was pretty much normal
in Winkler County on the days
prior to Sept. 11, 2001. Headlines
from The Winkler County News
had these reports:
Attack on a city police
officer triggered indictments
against three persons. Four others
were indicted on possession of
controlled substance - cocaine.
New child restraint laws and
a ban on open alcohol containers
went into effect.
It was also noted that it was
now illegal for persons under the
age of 18 years to ride in the bed
of a pickup or trailer.
A public hearing was held
on the proposed county budget
which reflected a 2.5 cent
decrease in the property tax rate.
Winker County Judge Bonnie
Leek said the tax rate of 72 cents
would drop to 69.5 cents per
$100 of valuation.
KISD’s property tax rate
was set at $1.50, the same as
the previous year. The tax rate
would help finance the budget
and needed repairs. Board
President John Bell said, “We
have some very nice buildings,
but many are showing their
age. The high school and East
Primary buildings are now about
50 years old. If we are going to
protect our buildings, we must
make investments to improve
In sports, Amos Fuddle
picked Midland Christian
School over the Kermit Yellow
Jackets and Wink was picked
to beat Irion County. In football
games from the previous week,
Kermit lost to Brownfield by a
score of 21-0 and the Wildcats
lost to McCamey 54-6.
After the 9-1-1 attack,
Winkler County residents were
stunned as was the rest of the
country. By late Tuesday on
Sept. 11, gas stations were
covered with customers filling
their vehicles fearing that gas
prices might rise to between $3
and $5 per gallon along with
On Friday following the
attack, more than 100 persons
(See 9-1-1, page 13)
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Parks, Phil. The Winkler County News (Kermit, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 11, 2014, newspaper, September 11, 2014; Kermit, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth790762/m1/1/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Winkler County Library.