Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 94, No. 4, Ed. 1 Sunday, October 29, 2000 Page: 1 of 14
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Ag Commissioner urges
contact with lawmakers
The Seminole Volunteer Fire Department held a training seminar at
Anderson Grain earlier this week. The training involved scaling walls and
“pick maneuvers" A firemen is shown scaling the side of the grain chute.
School in squabble
over bus delivery
Seminole ISD is in a squabble
over a school bus that was purchased
more than a year ago.
B&R Bus Sales of Bronte,
delivered Lhc bus in September 1999,
but the bus had mechanical problems
and was not accepted by the school.
The company picked up the bus
and returned it for repairs. However,
before delivering the bus after
repairs, the company demanded
payment of the approximately
$108,000 balance owed to the
company. The school has refused
payment uniil the bus is delivered
and in acceptable condition. So the
bus has more or less been held
“hostage" since September a year
The school requested a hearing
before Judge George Hansard in
106th District Court here Wednesday
afternoon, for a ruling to require
delivery of lhc bus by the company.
After a briefing on the case by the
respective attorneys, Judge Hansard
requested the attorneys to present
their arguments and details in writing
within five days before he would
consider a ruling.
After the hearing the school’s
attorney met with the school board to
brief the members on the situation.
Gaines County was the first of
three stops Thursday for Town Hall
meetings held by Texas
Commissioner of Agriculture Susan
Combs. The Gaines County meeting
took place at the Party House of
Gaines County Park.
The Commissioner fielded
questions from those present,
including queries about the boll
weevil eradication program. She said
she expects the Legislature to
appropriate approximately $50
million in matching funds, which will
be shared by those areas already in
the program, this legislative session.
She also urged those present to
contact their lawmakers, both in
Austin and Washington, D.C. “Rural
America is concerned about their
voice not being heard,” she said. She
also said that politicians arc not
hearing from rurai America, but they
do hear from environmental groups
and others. “I know we’re all busy,”
she said, “but we need to take time to
make our voices heard."
Among the concerns expressed in
rural areas, she said, were federal
regulatory agencies and how they
appear to be trying to curtail
agriculture. “We (state agency) spend
Early voting picked up
considerably at the County Clerk’s
office of the Gaines County
Courthouse the latter part of last
As of Friday afternoon, 380
persons had voted early in the general
election. Voting will continue
through this Friday, Nov. 3 at boih
the clerk’s office and Seagravcs City
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7,
with polls open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at
all county polling places.
education in biotechnology,
encourage young Texans to work in
agriculture, enhance the Texas
Agricultural Finance Authority,
reduce the impact of drought on
Texas farmers anti ranchers, establish
an agricultural task force on
transportation and expand
The plan of action includes, the opportunities for direct producer to
promotion of Texas products to consumer sales.
Texans; the cultivation of world
markets lor Texas products, attract
I more value-added processing, mainly
through public-private partnerships,
to Texas, help Texas agriculture to
“We need to tell people who we
arc," said Combs. "The more
information we can gel out about
agriculture, the better."
Bale count up to 69,316
Cool, damp weather played havoc
with cotton harvesting and ginning
this past week as the 11 gins in
operation in the county processed just
9,042 bales! That brings the season
total to 69,316.
The Lamcsa Cotton Classing
Office classed 19,246 samples this
past week, bringing the season total
week and 81.02 percent for the
season; Mike Distribution was 40.1
percent for the week and 40.5 percent
for the season; and Strength
Distribution was 27.66 grams per lex
for the week and 27.58 grams per tex
for the season.
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MAKING A POINT
Susan Combs, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, is shown speaking during a
“Town Hall" meeting Thursday at the Party House at Gaines County Park.
During the meeting, she talked about several issues, including a plan to
strengthen Texas agriculture s position in the global marketplace
a lot of time dealing with federal reap the benefits of a retail
issues ;ind try to keep you informed,” revolution, encourage research and
she said, “but it’s much more
effective if you contact your
Also mentioned was an initiative,
launched by lhc TDA, to strengthen
the Texas agricultural industry’s
position in the global marketplace
well into the 21 ” Century.
Trick or Treat
Motorists arc rcnuiyjcd to be
especially alert Tuesday night as
little ghosts and goblins will be
on the move trick and treating for
Trick or treaters arc reminded
to only go to houses with outside
The Alpha Epsilon Epsilon
(AEE) chapter of Beta Sigma Phi
sorority will sponsor a Baked
Potato Dinner on Nov. 3 from
5:30 until 8 p.m. at the Gaines
County Civic Building prior to
the Seminole Indians fixithall
Dinner will include a Targe
baked potato with a number of
toppings from which to choose,
homemade dessert and a drink.
Tickets ($5 for adults and S3
for children under 12) may be
purchased at the dixit.
Proceeds will benefit the
Seminole Fire Department for the
purchase of a new thermal
For more information, call
Trcnia Lawson at 758-5881 until
5 p.m., or 785-8192, and Condi
Pitcox at 758-3153.
The Seminole Sentinel will he
publishing a special section to
honor local veterans of die U S.
Military Service in recognition of
Veterans Day, Nov. 11
A list of local veterans is not
available. If you arc a veteran of
any of die IJ.S. conflicts, please
Seminole Junior Study (Tub
will not be having die Fall
Festival this year. The festival,
which is usually scheduled for
October 31, luis been canceled
due to lack of participation.
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Sentinel Photo/Devs Flehec
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Susan Combs (right) is shown visiting with, from left. Ted Higginbottom. Doyle
Fincher and Robbie Blount, following a “Town Hall" meeting at the Party House of the Gaines County Park Thursday
The Commissioner touched on several agriculture-related issues and fielded questions during the meeting
Color Grade Distribution for Grade
11 was 71.7 percent for the week and
74.5 percent for the season. Grade 21
was 20.3 percent for the week and
14.2 percent for the season; and
Grade 12 was 4.8 percent for the
week and 7.7 percent for the season.
Length Distribution was 34.04
thirty-seconds for the week and 33.65
thirty-seconds for the season; Length
Uniformity was 81.17 percent for the
184 million lbs. of
The weather this past week slowed
down all agricultural harvesting,
As of Friday morning, six of the
seven peanut processors in operation
in the county this year reported just
over 184 million pounds as having
been processed so far this season.
Processing is expected to pick up.
however, once the sun re-appears and
the crop dries out.
2000 Bale Count
.IKeaamgi taken at t wm.
previout 24 hour*)
Total rainffllt Tor OcL...........78"
Total rainfall for 2000.....9.30"
(l99*Jan. .9<r. Feh. .00, Mar 192”. Apr.
.73". May 7.57", June 2.43", July 42\
Aug. 3.76*. Sept. 3.46", Oct. .27", Nov
.00", Dec. .21" 2000: Jan. .25”. Feh 09",
Mar. 169*. Apr. .97' , May .07". June
3.96", July .19". Aug. 30". Sept Tr)
Total rainfall Oct.. 99 ..
Total rainfall. 1999 ......
Record Oct High, 1977
Record Oct. Low, 1993
Average Oct High........
Average Oct. Low.......
Average Oct. rainfall.....
Greatest daily rainfall/60. 3.69"
Greatest Oci rainfall/36 10.91"
Avg. Oct. days 32 & under.. 1
Avg. days over 90 degrees.... 4
Greatest Oct. Snow. 76......3.5"
(Official NWS raccmit arr maintained b
John E. Moffatv Record* arc for the period
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Dow, M. Gene & Fisher, David. Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 94, No. 4, Ed. 1 Sunday, October 29, 2000, newspaper, October 29, 2000; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth838267/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.