The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 92, Ed. 1 Sunday, September 13, 1992 Page: 1 of 16
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Hospice of Lea County,
Inc., serving Lea, Gaines, and
Yoakum counties has
announced a Volunteer
Training Session to be held
Saturday, September 19, from
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Grace
Lutheran Church, 100 E.
Berry Drive, Hobbs, NM.
Lunch will be provided at no
charge. For reservations,
please contact Kim Martin at
The Littlefield Lions Club
will serve their 1992
Homecoming Fiesta Dinner
Friday, Sept. 18, prior to the
Littlefield, Seminole football
Serving will begin at 5
p.m. and continue to 7:30
p.m. in the Lamb County Ag
and Community Center,
located one mile north of U.S.
Hwy 84 on U.S. 385.
Seminole fans are invited
to attend. Tickets will be $4
for adults, and $2.50 for
children under 12.
A homecoming chili cook-
off will be held in Seagraves
on Sept. 19. Entry fees are
$10.00. Interested parties may
contact Pat Wingo at 806-
546-3065 after 4 p.m.
The evening will conclude
with a street dance with music
provided by the Crystal River
The first class for
Beginning English adults will
be held Monday, Sept. 14, at
the public library, 704 Hobbs
Highway. The class will be
held on Monday and
Thursday nights from 7:30-
The course will teach
adults to speak English as
well as to read and write.
Interested persons should call
the library at 758-5668, or
come by the library at the
Teachers who will share
teaching responsibilities are
Linda Spears, and Marda
Students are asked not to
bring their children.
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Loop .................. 6 1
"New Deal.......... 22 1
Cotton Center.. 31
Vol. 85, No. 92
Seminole (Gaines County), Texas 79360
Sunday, Sept. 13,1992
taken at 7:30 a.m.
Further contract proposals
from Dr. Dennis Tedford, an
Arizona physician interested in
relocating in Seminole, stirred
some controversy during a
special meeting of the Seminole
Hospital Board Monday.
Through a recruiter, Dr.
Tedford requested that board
members reconsider portions of
the contract, most of which were
However, a request for a
stipend of $7,500 a month for
living expenses, in addition to the
guarantee previously approved
until the doctor becomes licensed
to practice in Texas, drew
negative comments from board
members Paul Condit and John
Condit said, "The man has
become loo difficult to deal with-
-there has to be a point to get
Golman said, "I don’t think the
taxpayers of this hospital district
ought to spend their hard-earned
tax money for a stipend for a man
who can make close to $200,000
on ag tour
Four stops will be made on
this year’s Agriculture tour in
conjunction with Ag/Oil Day in
The tour will begin from the
Gaines County Civic Building at
9 a.m. this Thursday. Buses for
the tour will be furnished by the
Seminole Independent School
This year’s tour will include
slops to view various crops
grown in West Gaines County,
The collection account audit of $2,000 for copies of the mineral that very few requests for real including chili peppers at the Phil
the Gaines County Appraisal roll and $500 for copies of the property rolls were made, that Wallace Farm; peanuts at the
District was given to appraisal real property roll and did not feel most of the requests to the district Hylton Nolen farm; watermelons
board members by Dave Davis of anything 'was out of line.” are for mineral rolls. at the Chuck Rowland Farm; and
Davis, Ray and Co. at the board’s According to Caudle, the district Delinquent taxes were another cotton demonstrations.
regular meeting Tuesday.
1992 ROYALTY—Senior Amanda Higginbottom (seated center) was chosen as the 1992
Homecoming Queen during ceremonies Friday afternoon at the Seminole High School gym. Other
members of the court were, from 'eft, Shannon Burns, freshman attendant; Kyla Bornstein, senior
attendant; Miss Higginbottom; Alice Byars, senior attendant; Sarah Parrott, junior attendant; and
Becky Jimenez, freshman attendant. (Sentinel Photo)
APPRAISAL DISTRICT SAVES AUDIT COSTS
Over $56 million taxes collected
is entitled to recover costs when item of discussion at the meeting. The tour, sponsored by the
Davis said the tax rolls are in ^ Attorney Joe McGill, who Gaines County Soil Conservation
"excellent" shape, despite a majcjng coDies of the rolls She handles delinquent taxes for the Service and the Texas
problem with computer software saj(j ^ check with other hoard, reported that several Agricultural extension Service,
a year by practicing medicine."
Several other board members,
while saying they would have a
problem justifying the expense,
said Dr. Tedford could generate a
sizeable income for the hospital
and that he should have financial
help until he becomes licensed to
practice medicine in Texas. The
guarantee recently approved by
the board will take affect only
when and if Dr. Tedford begins
his medical practice locally.
After further discussion, board
members directed interim
administrator Tom Hockwald to
contact the recruiter and say they
would be willing to advance the
$7,500 a month to Dr. Tedford,
only if the amount advanced
would be taken off the guarantee
or the money would be repaid.
At their meeting Sept. 1, board
members approved offering a
tltree-year contract to the doctor,
providing for a $150,000 net
guarantee for the first year; free
office space in the clinic for 12
months, a full-time office person;
a subsidy of his professional
liability insurance premiums; and
relocation expenses. The
agreement stated that he would
be advanced up to $12,500 per
month, if needed, with net
income in excess of the guarantee
to be repaid.
In addition, after the first year,
the doctor would begin paying
regular rent for the clinic space
and the cost of office personnel.
After two years, up to $75,000 of
the guarantee would be forgiven.
However, should he leave in less
than three years, guaranteed
funds would have to be repaid.
Besides the stipend, Dr.
Tedford, through the recruiter,
requested that a provision of the
approved contract not obligate
his estate to pay off the loan if he
should die; that a full-time office
person be deleted and that
physicians working the
emergency room be paid a flat
previous 24 hours.)
Total rainfall for Sept.... 0.00"
Total rainfall for 1992 20.38”
(Jan. 1.82", Feb. 2.46, Mar. 1.55”,
Apr. .50", May 6.34", June 3.37",
Jufy 1.16", Aug 3.18")
1991 Hi Low Prec.
Sept. 7 82 64 Tr.
Sept. 8 86 . 64 .02
Sept. 9 86 66 .00
Sept. 10 82 65 .44
Sept: 11 86 63 .00
Total Rainfall SepL 91.... 7.27"
Ttyal rainfall, 1991...L. 26.55"
Record Sept. High, 1959 103*
Record Sept. Low, 1975.... 40’
Average Sept. High ........86.9’
Average SepL Low..........57.6*
Average Sept, rainfall...... 1.58"
Greatest daily rainfall, '69 3.60”
Greatest Sept, rainfall,'74 .7.45"
Avg. Sept days 32* & under 0
Avg. Sept, days 90* & over 14
(Official NWS records are maintained by
John E. Moffatt. Records are for the per-
late last year that posted the appraisal districts as to their costs delinquent letters have been sent will return to the Civic Building
ted™c? account, and the fSal ”d rcf?rt back 10 |hc '"“f; ^ out and hc has received SCTCrl" “ r
statement could not be reconciled Chief Appraiser also ment.oncd responses. p 8 am'
to the tax rolls.
However, when the problem RY COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
was discovered, appraisal district
employees kept the tax rolls by
hand and the auditors saw no
problem with the rolls and issued
a "clean" opinion.
During the course of the
report, Davis said the appraisal
district had collected
approximately $56 million in
Columbus Day trail ride planned
prior to the trail ride.
Anyone wishing to participate
in any part or all of the Columbus
Day celebration must send the
appropriate fee before October 5.
A Columbus Day Trail Ride food and water for themselves
around Cedar Lake is being and their mount,
planned by the Gaines County Motorized vehicles will not be
Historical Commission. The ride, allowod with the exception of
set for Friday and Saturday, emergency vehicles. However,
taxes and dispersed them to the October 9 and 10, will be on the horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles, Fees are: Barbecue and campfire,
entities the district serves. In Sanderson Ranch. and hikers are welcome to join $7; Camp breakfast and ride, $10;
addition, he said that if each The event will commemorate the riders. or all events, $15.
entity collected their own taxes the 500th anniversary of The Loop EMS will be in There will be space for RV,
and were audited separately, the Columbus’ discovery of the West contact with the ride and provide camp trailers, or tents to spend
minimum cost would be $1,200 Indies. any first-aid necessary. The event Friday.night at the ranch. Water
1 Mrs. Paul (Bonita) Baker of will be insured by Belchers and port-a-potties will be
Seagraves, chairman of the Trail Insurance. available, but electricity and
Ride Committee, reported Neil Registration for the event will dumps for grey water will not.
Sanderson will be Trail Boss for begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, Only spit bath quantities will be
the ride. Various wranglers will with a barbecue, catered by available for bathing.
to $1,500 each. The auditor said
that since the collections are done
at a central location,
approximately $12,000 to
$15,000 is saved in audit charges
alone. be assigned to ride point, swing,
In other business, board flank and drag. The ride will
member Carole Ehrlich said she begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10,
had been questioned about fees and conclude at 5 p.m. Coffee,
charged for copies of both the prepared by Pauline Anccll, will
mineral and real property roll. be waiting for the riders as they
Chief Appraiser Betty Caudle return to camp. While on the ride
said that the district charges each rider will provide their own
Thelma’s of Seminole, following
at 6 p.m. The opening ceremony
Corrals, water, and feed will
will be held at 7:30 prior to the ^ Provided for the horses by
campfire gathering which will Stclvin Sanderson. Everyone
conclude at 10 p.m. should bring their own folding
At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning
the flag will be raised and a camp Direction markers will begin
breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. See TRAIL RIDE, Page 2
The emergency room situation
was discussed by board members,
with Hockwald giving the board
financial figures from Oct. 1 of
1991 to Aug. 31 of this year.
Emergency Room doctors are
paid $300 to cover the ER and
Hockwald said that an average of
$137 a day was collected weekly
during the surveyed period, thus
a payment of a flat fee of $437
could be paid to physicians.
However, Dr. John
Hawronsky, while not completely
disputing the figures, said he
thought the collection figure
would be higher.
The board then requested the
medical staff, administrative staff
and a board committee to
formulate a policy suggesting not
only emergency room fees, but a
policy for comprehensive
emergency room coverage.
In other business at the
meeting, Betty Caudle, Chief
Appraiser of the Gar es County
Appraisal District, appeared
before the board to give a report
on the current states of the
lawsuit filed by Am^rada-Hcss
Corporation against th i appraisal
district concerning valuations.
Mrs. Caudle told board
members that if the arbitration
judge ruled in favor of the oil
See HOSPITAL, Page 2
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Dow, M. Gene & Fisher, David. The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 92, Ed. 1 Sunday, September 13, 1992, newspaper, September 13, 1992; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth832341/m1/1/: accessed February 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.