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PAGE 4) Seminole (Texas) Seminal Wednesday, November 1.3000
Salute to veterans
By M. Gene Dow, Publisher
This Saturday, November 11,2000 is Veterans
For the occasion, the Sentinel has published a
special section in this
iuw to honor and
recognize local veterans
of the U. S. Military
All of the interviews
and stories are by our
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Patricia Roberson, whose
idea it was to do this
There is no way we
could have done a story
on all the veterans who reside in Seminole and Gaines
County. Matter of fact, there was no way we could
even get a list of all the local veterans. Patricia had to
seek out some of the veterans she knew had served
their country. An attempt was made to get at least one
or two from each conflict or war—World War II,
Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf—she came up
with a dozen or more. In order to get more included,
the Sentinel, invited local veterans to call in and give
us at least their branch of service and war in which
they participated. Many others did and are listed in
this issue, but there are many, many others. We only
wish we could have had the time and resources to do
a frill story on each one.
The stories are most interesting and about people
you probably have come in contact with during your
daily life, but never thought about the service they
performed for their country. Most veterans are this
way, few talk about their war experiences. But at the
same time, during the course of the interviews, the
local vets who were written up, expressed
appreciation for the opportunity to tell about their
experiences on this eve of Veterans Day. Many felt
they had received little recognition for their service.
“When we got back home, we just went back to
work,” one vet said.
Local businesses and individuals have joined this
salute to our veterans by putting in advertisements to
recognize and honor those who have served. They are
what make this special section possible.
Once before, the Sentinel published a special
section, honoring the men and women who were
serving in the Persian Gulf War— “Operation Desert
Storm”. It was well received. Even today there are
requests for back copies of that “Yellow Ribbon”
edition which was published during that war in 1991.
Also included in this issue is a proclamation, written
especially to Gaines County veterans on this Veterans
Day, from Texas Governor George W. Bush. Also
included is a proclamation in honor of local veterans
of the Persian Oulf War from President George H.
Bush which did not arrive in time to be included in
the “Yellow Ribbon” edition.
This is the Sentinel’s effort to give our veterans the
recognition they deserve in fighting for the freedoms
which they have preserved for each of us.
SURVIVED ALL THAT
Happy Veterans Pay
• * •
THE OLD INDIAN CHIEF SA YS— "Thank you
veterans, one and all, for your service to this
The Windmill Museum
STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS
State wins payday
by Pauline Word, TP A
The American Wind Power Center is in Lubbock. It is a
windmill museum, opened just two years ago. It was a
dream of Billie Wolfe, a home economics teacher at Texas
Tech, who recognized the significance of the windmill in
American history. She knew that the best way to tell the
story of the windmill was with a permanent display.
Although she passed away before the museum officially
opened, she knew that work had started on fulfilling her
Plans for the facility began in 1993 when a non-profit
organization was founded to acquire some restored early
windmills. The city of Lubbock provided 28 acres of rolling
hills to be the site of the historic landmarks. The rarest of the
windmills are exhibited indoors.
Director Coy Henris aeya fee goal ia to have thejnofl
comprehensive collection ofhistoric windmills in the world.
He’s already got a good start.
“We have a Southern Cross Windmill, produced in South
Africa; a Buchanan Windmill, which was in use from 1884
to 1890 and an Ozark Windmill manufactured from 19IOto
Also on the grounds are windmills with names like
Eclipse, Aermotor, Monitor, Samson, Challenger and Axtell.
The windmill was invented in Persia around 600 A.D.
The American windmill dates back to 19854 when Daniel
Halladay, a New England machinist, got the first American
windmill patent. Within the next seventy-five years, more
than 700 companies manfrflctured a variety of windmills
which were sold and erected across the Great Plains. Scrap
metal drives during both world wars took their toll on
windmills, so the old ones are quite rare.
The windmill, more than any other invention, helped
settle the American West. It supplied water for stearr
engines roaring toward the pacific and permitted rancher*
to fence and tyreed cattle. The tall structures also helped
‘ farmers to live on land that had no rivers, streams or lakes.
Many rural families have donated the windmills to the
American Wind Power Center because they want them
preserved and displayed so generations of people can learn
Some people left the windmills up long after they were
pumping water. They just wanted to see them and remember.
The US has three windmill companies still in operation.
Two of those are in Texas. The Aermotor company has
planted its roots in San Angelo. The Parrish windmill is
made in Earth. The Dempster company, which is the longest
surviving company, is in Beatrice, Nebraska.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10
a.m. until 5 p.m. It gets about 500 visitors a month from all
over the world. For irtore information, call 806-747-8734.
The website is windmill.com.
A TEXAS VOICE
Traditions on parade
“We’ve got spirit, yes we do; we’ve got spirit, how
If you’ve been to many high school sporting events,
the cry is probably familiar to you. Fans on one side yell
at those on the other side, who respond in like fashion,
except they hope it is louder. This taunting cheer goes
back and forth a few times until both sides end up
chanting “We’ve got more! We’ve got morel”
The first time I heard the cry, it was cute. From the
second time on, I didn’t care for it, probably because.
“spirit” has always been important to me and I know
spirit has absolutely nothing to do with yelling at the
other team’s fans. (Kind of like an older cheer:
“Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon rind; look on
the scoreboard and see who’s behind).
Not to put too much emphasis on it, though, because
it never turned me against a team or its fans, it just does
nothing to impress me. Make sense?
I love high school sports, mostly because of the spirit,
camaraderie, dedication and heart one finds there. That
By Store Martaindalv
Quarter. As the season winds down, so does the online
fen-voting contest. One of two quarterfinal “games” is
wrapping up right now, with Texas' Hook ’Em Homs
holding a slight lead over Florida’s Gater Chomp. Next,
Georgia's white English bulldog Uga will be pitted
against Nortre Dame’s Painting of the Helmets. Those
two winners will make up the second semifinals round.
^Already qualified for the semifinals and scheduled to
begin their competition November 17 are Texas A&M ’s
AUSTIN — The state of Texas
won cases against two “payday”
lenders in Hidalgo County that*
made loans without a license and
charged interest rates as high as
A jury found the businesses EZ
* Cash and Quick Cash and owners
. George Moreno and Anna Gaytan
guilty and ordered them to pay
$250,000 and $17,500, respec-
tively, to restore interest overpay-
ments by unsuspecting customers.
Combined civil penalties were
, $12,000 and state’s attorneys fees
The jury also found the defen-
dants used threats or coercion to
collect money from customers,
including the threat of filing crimi-
nal charges when customers had
not violated any laws.
“These are clearly illegal acts
perpetrated by unscrupulous indi-
viduals,” said Attorney General
John Cornyn. “The people of this
state have no tolerance for lend-
ers who prey on those least able
to protect themselves against these
kinds of practices.”
Businesses that engage in pay-
day loan arrangements typically
lend small amounts to customers
who face short-term financial dif-
ficulties and often live paycheck
to paycheck, with little access to
mainstream forms of credit.
Hu shot supply remains slim
The Texas Department of
Health has received only 35,000
of the 366,000 doses of flu vac-
cine it ordered and the balance
should be shipped periodically
Most of the shipment will go
to public health facilities. The
agency is asking doctors to dis-
Sharilyn Stanley, M.D., the
agency’s associate commissioner
for disease control and prevention.
High-risk groups include
people age 65 and older, nursing
home residents, asthmatics and
people with diabetes, kidney or
heart problems. Children on long-
term aspirin therapy and pregnant
women in the second or third tri-
mester as well as health care work-
ers also are high-risk.
The health department esti-
mates private practitioners and
health care pfbvftters in Texas
have ordered 3 million doses of
the flu vaccine.
TNRCC report finds 42 changes
The Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission would
continue to operate for the next 12
years and would gain greater flex-
ibility over its own budget under
changes proposed in the first in-
depth performance review of the
The Sunset Advisory Commis-
sion completed a yearlong review
of the environmental agency and
found thatTNRCC’s current fund-
ing structure does not adequately
support its activities and that the
agency lacks strategic direction
and innovation in its regulatory
The report also found that the
public’s interest is not represented
in environmental issues as well as
it is in electric utility and insur-
ance regulation, and that the
agency limits the collection and
use of public input into its com-
The commission turned its re-
port and 42 recommended
changes over to the Legislature for
High School in Victoria, Matthew
Cole, Howell Middle School in
Victoria and Morgan Redus,
Bremond Elementary in Bremond.
• The first 29 people graduated
from the Comptroller’s Texas IT
Academy, a public-private part-
nership to help fill high-tech state
jobs. Students are college gradu-
ates who earn an entry-level sal-
ary while in the program and agree
to work for the state for at least
two years after they graduate.
12th Man and Ohio State’s Dotting the “i”.
The site is entertaining provides background
information on all 40 traditions. I learned that the Purdue
Boilermakers players, after a win, pay tribute to their
fans by lifting their helmets and singing “Hail Purdue”
to the supporters. I really like that.
But that and other descriptions were put into question
perse their vaccines to the elderly
and other high-risk groups first
until an adequate supply is avail-
“What we’re trying to avoid is
a well-protected low-risk popula-
tion at the expense of an unpro-
tected high-risk population,” said
• Secretary of State Elton
Bomer announced the results of
his “Why My Parents Should
Vote” essay contest that drew
3,000 entries from schoolchildren
statewide. First-place winners are
Andrew Cole, Stroman Memorial
said, though, school spirit is truly defined at the collegiate when I read the site’s analysis of Texas A&M s 12th
level / Man, a tradition with which I am very familiar.
RAH! RAH! SIS BOOM BAH! The Tostitos description of the 13th Man centers on
Why. I don't know. May >e It hu to be strong because the fact that for the last several yean a walk-on member
it is called upon to unify students from a variety of
backgrounds from different regions and, of course, from
hundreds or thousands of different high schools. Maybe
college spirit is so strong because its primary practitioners
are just tasting their freedom and are looking fbr
something to claim as their own. Maybe it stays strong
through the decades because former students do what
they can to perpetuate it as a reminder of their glory days.
There is a fun Web-based competition going on right
now, sponsored by Tostitos, called the ‘Tourney of
Traditions” at www.tostitos.espn.com. Traditions are
how school spirit often displays itself and every team has
some sort of tradition. ..
Tostitos started the tourney in August with a s
of 40 colleges' representative traditions, such as the
Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech and Wisconsin’s Fifth
of the student body participates on the kickoff team at
every home game. Well, that’s true, but it is not the
tradition of the 12th Man, merely a personification of it.
No, the 12th Man tradition traces its roots to the 1922
Dixie Classic (forerunner of the Cotton Bowl) when an
injury-decimated Aggie team was down to 11 players.
Student E. King Gill came out of the stands and put on
an injured player's uniform to enter the game if needed.
He never did get into the game, but his willingness to
serve is why Aggie students today spend the entire
football game on their feet, exhibiting their readiness to
enter the fray if needed.
there’s quite a
Special team and
the entire student body standing by just in case they’re
needed, at least in my mind.
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