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Kay Perry enjoys designing a floral arrangement in her Stamford Floral shop at 110 S. Swenson, Stamford, TX, (325) 773-2005. They are open 9:00-5:00 Monday – Friday & 9:00-12:00 on Saturdays. See Story Page 2

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MARK THE DATE... DONATION: Denise Dennis wants to remind everyone that January 18th is West Texas Rehab Telethon. She says, “I would appreciate money donations or bring your cans to me so I can sell them. Each can puts a smile on the faces of those that go to the West Texas Rehab Center. If it was not for the Center and my parents and God, I would not be able to do the things I can do today.” Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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AG CONFERENCE: The Rolling Plains Cotton and Ag Conference is set for Jan. 23 at the Haskell Civic Center. The program is being presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Jones, Haskell, Knox counties. The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. There will be a $10 registration fee, which includes lunch. Please RSVP to Jones County Extension office @ 325-823-2432, Haskell County @ 940-864-2658, or Knox County @ 940-459-2651 by January 21st.

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BENEFIT: Michael Burfiend Family Benefit to help pay for handicap accessible bathroom. Enchilada Casserole Dinner $8.00/ plate. Sunday, January 26th 11:00-1:30 High School Cafeteria. Take-outs will be

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MEET THE CANDIDATES: The Leadership Advisory Board of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Jones County will host Meet the Candidates Dinner on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The event will be held at the Anson Opera House, 1120 11th St. in Anson. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and candidate presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 10 and under and are available at the door or in our office.

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RETIREMENT PARTY: Raymond Pippin will be retiring from the City after 26 years of devoted service to the citizens of Stamford. A Retirement Party will be held at Stamford City Hall on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

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SMORGASBORD: Swedish Smorgasbord will be Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Avoca, (Ericksdahl Community) Texas. Tickets are $25.00 (sold in advance only). Available Seating Times are 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. For tickets contact Annette Wilson (325)773-2104 or Tena Tankersley (325)668-2796.

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BY KAY SPEARS Kay Perry opened Stamford Floral in 2003 with her sister-in-law, Sharla Smith, at 102 S. Swenson, where the Noteworthy Bookstore & New Stamford American are located today. She and her husband, Bill, raised their children in Haskell, Texas. She had a beauty shop at her home and was able to be there when her children came home from school. Laughingly adding, “So I could be the referee, they all needed a referee.” She stated she had “gotten a taste” for flower arranging when her mother owned a flower shop in Rule, Texas for a short time. After her children went to college, Sam Tankersley called her and told her, “The Highs are shutting down, right now. They are not even going to be open next week. If you girls are serious, now is the time.” Perry stated the Highs had been in Stamford for 85 years and had a flower business which included a greenhouse. Perry stated the Highs were located on Reynolds Street and her husband, Bill, clarified “the same street the High School is on.” In 2005 Perry bought out Smith and in 2013 she

bought the old Bunkley Drug Store building at 110 S. Swenson and has been there ever since. The Bunkley Drug Store had been a staple on the west side of the square in Stamford, Texas for many years. In the 1932 and 1936 Stamford Telephone Books, the Stamford State Bank is listed at 100 S. Swenson, the Yates Drug Store at 102 S. Swenson and the Bunkley Drug Store at 104 S. Swenson. Now, there is no 100 S. Swenson and the corner store’s address is 102 S. Swenson. It appears that the addresses have shifted to the south somewhat over the years. Perry stated that there were two doors, each with stairs to the basement where the two windows are today, on either side of the front door. The two drug stores may have shared a wall and at some time the Bunkley Drug Store expanded, making two stores into one. Perry stated Mr. Bunkley let her see the basement when he was closing his store. “There was a rug and a table and two chairs. They threw that rug back and there was a hole in the floor, and I asked ‘Well, what is that hole for?’ That’s where they kept their hooch in the Pro-

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The old “Bunkley Building” at 110 S. Swenson has been the home of Stamford Floral since Kay and Bill Perry purchased it in 2013. Luckily for Stamford, the Perrys love history and have kept the soda fountain concept as an ice cream bar. They are open 9:00-5:00 Monday – Friday & 9:00-12:00 on Saturdays, (325) 773-2005. hibition days. This is how far back this building goes, to 1907 is when I think it was built.” The Perry’s love the history of the building and having their business inside. They have kept the soda fountain in place, and it is fun to see the old stools there. The soda fountain isn’t just to look at, they sell ice cream and say they really enjoy having people, especially children, come in to enjoy the experience. Besides flowers they sell gifts, plants, Sweet

Shop USA Candies, Jon Hart Design bags and Willow Tree figurines. Stamford Floral uses Tele Flora and Flower Shop Network. They also have a website to use when ordering flowers, stamfordfloral. net, where the motto is “Flowers are Our Passion.” The real treat is to visit Stamford Floral with the familiar sights, smells and friendly welcome. They are located at 110 S. Swenson, Stamford, Texas, (325) 7732005.

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Jones County Commissioners Welcome 2020 BY KAY SPEARS The first Jones County Commissioners Court of 2020 met Monday, January 13, 2020, 9:00am in the Commissioners Courtroom on the third floor of the Jones County Courthouse in Anson, Texas. In attendance were Judge Dale Spurgin, the Jones County Commissioners: James Clawson (Pct. 1), Lonnie Vivian (Pct. 2), Ross Davis (Pct. 3), and Joel Spraberry (Pct. 4), County Clerk LeeAnn Jennings, County Treasurer Amber Thompson, County Auditor Gwen Bailey, County Tax Assessor Collector Gloria Little, and County Sheriff Danny Jimenez. The minutes of the last regular meeting on December 26, 2019 were approved after Jones County Judge Spurgin called the Commissioners Court to order. The following four trust property bids were approved as one action item: A bid submitted by Lawrence Hall Chevrolet Buick Inc. for the purchase of (R19883), Lot 2 and 3, in Block 14, of the Edmonds Addition, to the City of Anson, Jones County, Texas. The Bid Amount is $2,000.00. Court cost has been waived. A bid submitted by Paul Wright & Lola Wright for the purchase of (R17904), Lot 4, in Block 96, of the Original Town of Stamford, Jones County, Texas. The Bid Amount is $100.00. Court cost has been waived. A bid submitted by Paul Wright & Lola Wright for the purchase of (R20017),

Lot 5, in Block 96, of the Original Town of Stamford, Jones County, Texas. The Bid Amount is $100.00. Court cost has been waived. A bid submitted by Jose Baez for the purchase of (R21789), Lot 8, in Block 5, of the Original Town of Stamford, Jones County, Texas. The Bid Amount is $100.00. Court cost has been waived. There was need to take action on a previous bid in order to have the correct language on the property bid. It was approved to rescind a bid submitted by Laverne Kay Baits for the purchase of (R24263), Lots 5 and 6, Block 1, Shady Crest Addition, to the Town of Hamlin, Jones County, Texas. The bid amount is $25,000.00. Court Cost has been waived. It was then approved to accept a bid submitted by Laverne Kay Baitz on behalf of Richard Justin and Barbara Lynn McCoy for the purchase of (R24263), Lots 5 and 6, Block 1, Shady Crest Addition, to the Town of Hamlin, Jones County, Texas. The bid amount is $25,000.00. Court Cost has been waived. Judge Spurgin gave an update regarding Disaster Declaration and all items related to FEMA, TDA and TDEM forms, requirements for the large projects in Precincts 1 and 3 and the small projects in Precincts 2 and 4. He stated he talked with the Council of Governments (COG) on mitigation projects. TxDOT will look at the Sweetwater Creek loca-

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Judge Brooks Hagler of the 259th District Court participates in a discussion during Commissioners Court on Monday, January 13, 2020, concerning timely billing practices of courtappointed attorneys in Child Protective Services (CPS) legal cases. tion in Precinct 4 to help with the design. County Road 311 in Precinct 3 has a similar situation with a mitigation project. The Commissioners approved adding three more vendors to the Material and Hauling Bids list of vendors. It was approved to close County Road 441, beginning South of FM 2746 and ending at the intersection of County Road 443. The petition for this action was posted on the Courthouse doors for the required 20 days, since December 6, 2019. The eight property owners involved in Precinct 4 signed the petition. Judge Spurgin stated he added the status of the Burn Ban to the agenda. It was discussed and agreed upon to keep the Burn Ban in place and address it again at the end of the 90day period. The Burn Ban is in effect with no agricultural exemptions. The Jones County Child Protective Board has reorganized their Board Membership. They wanted the Commissioners Court to be aware of their current

Board Members: Whitney Ortega (Hawley), Cheryl Guernsey (Anson), Treyla Henrich (Anson), Katy Cook (Anson), Micky Brewer (Stamford), Karri Feagan (Anson), Linda Huffaker (Avoca), Tiffany Mueller (Stamford), Cassidy McBrayer (Anson), Gina Overby (Anson), Brandi Prichard (Hamlin) and Kollin Smith (Hamlin). The Commissioners approved the list and to include it in the minutes. The yearly overview of the Investment Policy was presented by County Treasurer Thompson and approved by the Commissioners. Thompson then presented the Travel Policy with the corrected/clarified language, which was approved, and the Personnel Policy was discussed including when the Courthouse is closed due to severe weather. Judge Spurgin stated the Courthouse does not necessarily close when the schools are closed. Another item under the Personnel Policy addressed insurance coverage extended to spouses of personnel. SEE COURT, PG 4

Mary Jean Kelley was born July 9, 1931, in Stamford, Texas to Sterling and Mary Keen. She graduated from Stamford High School in 1948 where she was a cheerleader. She was the Stamford sponsor for the 1947 Texas Cowboy Reunion held in Stamford every 4th of July. She attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. She married her high school sweetheart, the love of her life, James Herschel Kelley, on June 11, 1950. As a young girl, Mary Jean accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Stamford, Texas. Mary Jean and Herschel moved their family to Austin, Texas, in 1965, where they continued to raise their children to love the Lord. They were faithful members of Allandale Baptist Church now known as Great Hills Baptist Church for over fifty years. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Jerry Keen, and her husband, Herschel. She is survived by her three loving and devoted children and their families. Mark Kelley, and wife, Cathy, of Potosi and daughter, Beverly Whittlesey, and husband, Clayton, of Marble Falls, and son, Jimmy Kelley, and his wife, Janie, of Cedar Park. Seven grandchildren: Matthew Kelley, and wife, Missy, Nicole Roe, all of Abilene; Blake Whittlesey, and wife, Kimberly; Brooke Smith, and husband, Dakota, all of Liberty Hill; Katie Kelley of College Station, Kari Kelley Davis, and husband, Matt, of Temple, and Kristi Kelley of Cedar Park. Eight great grandchildren: Mason Kelley, Briley, Victor and Carson Roe, all of Abilene; McKinley and Emily Whittlesey; Landon and Logan Smith, all of Liberty Hill. Also, nephews, Kirt and Eric Keen. Mary Jean was a loving mother and grandmother, and always wanted the best for her children. She loved her family and was the happiest when she was surrounded by her loved ones. She always had a tender heart toward them which was displayed by her giving and generous spirit. She truly had the gift of giving and was faithful to give both to her church and many other ministries. Pallbearers were Matthew Kelley, Blake Whittlesey, Mason Kelley, Briley, Victor and Carson Roe. The family received friends from 1:00-2:00 pm on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills, 9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas. A memorial service celebrating her life was held mmediately following at 2:00 pm with Ross Hartsfield officiating. In addition, visitation was held in Stamford, Texas on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Interment immediately followed at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Scott Kelley, nephew, officiating. Memorials may be made to Joyce Meyers Ministries, one of her favorites, at www.joycemeyer.org or P. O. Box655, Fenton, MO 63026.


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Major utility work is being done on N. Swenson in Stamford, Texas. Utility crews are using large equipment to place poles high above the ground and update power lines.

Lueders-Avoca ISD Public Announcement for G/T Referral Lueders-Avoca ISD is beginning the referral process for Gifted/Talented (G/T) services for the 2020-2021 school year. We are committed to providing challenging learning experiences for students with exceptional intellectual and creative thinking abilities. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Lueders-Avoca ISD in kindergarten through 12th grade can pick up or request a copy of the referral form at their school office after January 7, 2020. This form must be returned to the school by January 24,2020. Those unable to go by the school office should call and request a form to be sent to them.

County Attorney Chad Cowan was brought in to help with the discussion on the terms spouse, partner and informal or common law marriage. He told the Court that the State of Texas has created a form or declaration of informal marriage that states a couple are married. The couple signs the document and files it with the County Clerk, declaring that they consider themselves married. This puts them in the position of having to go through the divorce process if they want to dissolve their relationship. Cowan recognized the question of if the County wants to extend insurance, bereavement leave, etc. to people outside the bounds of marriage, for instance boyfriends/girlfriends. The Court looked at a variety of scenarios, what problems may arise and took no action at this time. Thompson presented the Treasurer’s Report, which was approved. County Auditor Bailey stated there were no Amended Budget and Line Item Transfers and it was approved to Pay Bills. The first meeting of the year recognized a number of items on the agenda needing yearly attention. No action was taken on Authorizing the Treasurer to Distribute Payroll as Budgeted due to the change in State Law. The following were approved: Salary Budget Amendment for the 2020 Salary Schedule, Deputation of County Employees, Setting Compensation for County Auditor, Setting Compensation for Assistant County Auditor, Setting Salary of Official Court Reporter, Approving Bonds for Elected Officials, Setting Bailiff Pay, Setting Salaries of County and Precinct Officers, Setting Salaries of Employees, Setting Special Venire Pay, Setting Licensing and Registration Fees for Tax Agent, Setting Judges Travel Expense, Setting Educational Expense for Elected Officials, Setting Travel Expense for County Agent and Home Demonstration Agent, Setting Jury Pay, Setting Paupers Funeral Expense and Setting

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Expense Account for Juvenile Board Members. The Distribution of Fire Department Funds was approved. Worker’s Compensation Insurance for Volunteer Firemen Outside City Limits While Working Fires was approved. The item of the Salary Grievance Committee was moved to the next meeting. The Appointment of Purchasing Agent and Adopt Policy of Expenditures of $750 to $5,000 Approved by Purchasing Agent and Purchases Over $5,000 Approved by Commissioners Court was approved as well as: Each Request Must Be Made in Writing. No action was taken regarding Setting Time Limit on Billing of Expenditures. This item refers to the 259th District Court-Appointed Attorneys billing for their time in and out of court representing parents and children involved in Child Protective Services (CPS) court cases. A four-year delay in billing brought this issue to Judge Spurgin’s attention and perhaps the need to set a policy regarding timely submissions. District Judge Brooks Hagler addressed Commissioners Court regarding this matter. He stated the District is very fortunate to have the five or six attorneys who handle CPS cases and if they decided not to, “we would be in a significant bind.” “We have an obligation by statute to provide CPS attorneys.” Hagler stated in each case there are at least three attorneys, one for the mother, one for the biological father and one for the child. If there is more than one child and there are different fathers, every father has an attorney. “By statute, these CPS cases generally take a year, sometimes longer.” He stated CPS cases are heard before him all day on the third Friday of the month and the five or six attorneys rotate between the cases, one after the other. He presented options for the Court to ponder and the Court agreed to further discuss the matter at a future meeting. Judge Spurgin brought the Texas

Midwest Public Facility Corporation Board Members to the table and contacted Attorney Herb Bristow by phone. The Board Members present were Judge Dale Spurgin, Sheriff Danny Jimenez, Commissioner Joel Spraberry, County Auditor Gwen Bailey and Bill Carman. As of January 10, 2020, there are 350 detainees being housed at the Bluebonnet Detention Center in Anson, Texas. An added 350-500 will be added in the next 30-day period, a modification to the original plan. Adding detainees in phases is due to employee background checks being held-up. Background checks for potential employees are being processed through the federal government and are taking a long time. This has been a problem since September 2019. With a limited number of people being housed at Bluebonnet, Jones County receives a lower County Fee than if the facility was at the 750 capacity. The Commissioners Court approved Judge Spurgin to execute necessary modifications to complete activation of the facility. The Commissioners Court was adjourned and the TMPFC Board Meeting was opened. The TMPFC Board approved the report from Operator/contractors on Renovation, Phase 1 – construction and the 12/20/2019 Pay Application #5. They approved billing for Bluebonnet Detention Center under ICE IGSA and the 12/20/2019 requisitions of funds from Capital Reserve and Replacement Fund for reimbursement of Operator and authorize payment by Trustee of Requisitions upon receipt of funds. It was approved to authorize Dale Spurgin on behalf of TMPFC (Jones County Detention Center/Bluebonnet Detention Facility) to execute resolutions and submit payment requisitions for regular bills for previously approved projects and obligations due and/or received prior to next called meeting. With no further business to address, the meeting was adjourned.

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State of the City Report Part I It hass been an honor to serve you as Mayor for the past 20 months. For some time now, I have intended to bring you a “State of the City” report. This is done annually by mayors in numerous larger cities across Texas and the United States. I hope that it becomes an annual tradition in Stamford as well, no matter who is serving as mayor. A community’s mayor should periodically communicate with its citizens to outline the city’s accomplishments and its future vision. To be candid, I struggled a bit with the method of delivery. In most cities, this report is a public speech, much like the President’s annual State of the Union Address. For many reasons, that’s not a style I care for. As such, I have looked to the historical roots of the State of the Union Address. Great presidential leaders like Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt supplied a written report, rather than a speech. Today I do the same, providing you a written report on the State of the City. I also wanted to provide you something that would be actually readable, in a manageable size and a useful format. In that vein, I am borrowing the symbolism of the new year and the new decade. 20 is a good round number, so today I unveil our report outlining Stamford’s 20 in 2020 Plan. Over the last 20 months, our City Council has exhaustively studied our city government and its operations. We have done so to identify our city’s needs and determine the priorities necessary to make Stamford a thriving, prosperous community for the next century, the Better Stamford of which I speak so often. We’ve got a lot of work to do. I’ve said repeatedly that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Stamford we love did not develop overnight into a place that needs improve-

ESSAYS FROM WEST OF 98 James M. Decker ment. We won’t achieve our vision of a Better Stamford overnight either. We’ll get there with steady progress and consistent hard work. We’re already on the way. Over the last 20 months, I have seen many aspects of our city government shift in positive ways. Some areas have moved quickly, and I am elated that they have. Other areas have moved slower than I would like, which just means we need to work harder to keep them moving. This is to be expected. This is a movement focused on long-term, transformative change, not merely shortterm results. We must keep our eye on the prize of that transformative change. The results will follow in their due time. We can’t see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel yet, but we are on the correct set of railroad tracks. Stamford’s 20 in 20 Plan outlines 20 areas of emphasis identified in the last 20 months’ worth of work. I believe these items are each fundamental to the future prosperity of our community. Some of these items are large infrastructure issues. These items make it possible for people to live in our community. Other items are smaller, quality of life issues. These items make it desirable for people to live in our community. How we address the little things reflects our community pride and our desire to make our place welcoming for residents past, present, and future. This list is surely not comprehensive. There are

areas of city operations that are not mentioned but may be addressed moving forward. Other unforeseen issues might arise. We may supplement this plan as needed. But as we work together towards a Better Stamford, these 20 items are important to that vision. In the coming weeks, we will roll out individual announcements and essays on many of these items. That way, we can discuss each item with the depth that it deserves, without making this report too long and unwieldy to read. 1. Careful Stewardship Of Property Tax And Utility Rates We have kept property tax and utility rates unchanged through the last two budget cycles and we should continue to resist any impulse to raise rates. As long as you have me serving as mayor, I will advocate against rate increases. But we must also acknowledge that our current tax and utility rates are high. This creates difficulty for fixed-income and low-income citizens, of which we have many. There is only one solution: we must grow our economy and tax base and generate more city revenues to offer more, improved services, but at a lower cost to the average individual taxpayer. 2. Short Term Street Improvements Many of Stamford’s streets are unsatisfactory. Many more streets can be charitably described as mediocre. This is no secret. For too many years, we have deferred too much maintenance on our streets. This has changed.

Our city employees are stepping up their repairs of potholes and we want to communicate that to you. Beginning at the January 21, 2020 city council meeting, our city staff will provide a monthly paving report to update on potholes that are fixed and other street repairs that are made. This communication also needs to be a two-way street. We need to hear from you as well. Today, I have launched stamfordstreets@gmail.com as an email address dedicated solely for you to notify us of potholes and other street issues. The job is a big one. I will not overpromise and underdeliver and suggest that every pothole will be fixed overnight. However, I want you to notify us so that we have an accurate to-do list that reflects the community’s concerns and for which city leadership can actively monitor our progress. 3. Comprehensive Planning of Street Improvements Improvement of Stamford’s streets requires both short-term and long-term planning. To my knowledge, Stamford has never had a long-term comprehensive plan for improvements of its streets. Today, we change that. I have studied that comprehensive street improvement plans for other, larger cities to devise our plan. We will begin by scoring the condition of each of our streets. Our city council has developed a scoring system that will rate each street and then determine their priority in repair and replacement. In the coming weeks, we will roll out an opportunity for you to contribute to this project. As we complete our scoring, we will share that with the public and use it to develop a comprehensive, multiyear street improvement plan. SEE DECKER, PG 8

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In harsh year, U.S. crop acreage shrinks 5 percent The rainiest spring in a quarter-century slowed the planting season and helped limit U.S. farmers to their smallest crop area in five decades, said KASN AG REPORT the government in assessing 2019 production. With Richard Kemp Early snowfall and icy autumn weather prevented growers from harvesting more than 600 million bushels of corn, and the USDA said it would update estimates of corn and soybean supplies, if warranted, “once producers are able to finish harvesting remaining acres.” USDA proposes new criteria for fair play in livestock marketing More than two years after killing an Obama-era proposal to make it easier for livestock producers to prove unfair treatment at the hands of meat processors, the Trump administration said it wants to use four criteria to determine whether packers give undue or unreasonable preference to one producer over another. Talks & Eats – Manhattan – Surf ‘n’ Turf: Can our seafood survive Big Ag and climate change? As oceans warm, our major fisheries are shifting. At the same time, farm runoff is contributing to dead zones from the Gulf of Mexico to Long Island. Both of these issues – climate change and farming practices – affect the health of ocean ecosystems and, ultimately, the seafood that winds up on our plates. Join moderator and best-selling author Paul Greenberg and our panel for a stimulating discussion Feb. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m., at Subculture in Greenwich Village. VIP reception with drinks and bites beforehand.


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Bulldogs Defeather the Cardinals The Dawgs defeated Hermleigh 69-34 on Friday evening. Stamford was ahead by 2 at the end of the first quarter, but pulled away with a dynamic 2nd quarter to lead at the half 38-21. Austin Brewer led the scoring with 21 points. Keyven Mueller had 15, Stephon Johnson 9, Trace Price and D’Marcus Barber 8 each, Lane Pattton 6, and Charles Moore 2. Stamford 14 24 13 18--69 Hermleigh 12 9 7 6--34

Lady Bulldogs Take a Bite out of the Plowgirls The Lady Dawgs defeated the Roscoe Plowgirls 73-23 . Stamford outscored Roscoe in the first half 38-6 and never looked back. Tylee Bevel and Shandlee Mueller led the scoring with 14 apiece. Audrey Brewer and Laylonna Applin contributed 12 and 11, and Citlaly Gutierrez, Bresha Applin, and Macy Detamore had 9, 8, and 5 respectively. Stamford 19 19 19 16--73 Roscoe 5 1 9 8--23 D’Marcus Barber outjumps a Hermleigh defender.

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We will seek every state and federal grant source available to assist in financing this ambitious goal. I want to congratulate our city staff who recently obtained a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration to provide approximately $90,000 in repairs to dirt streets in the western parts of Stamford. We are excited to see the progress from these funds and showcase this project as the first in many such projects to come. 4. Continued Water/Sewer Improvements As you know, we are deep into our $20 million project to rebuild our water supply and treatment infrastructure. Our water tower construction is well underway, with our pump stations at Lake Stamford and our new water treatment plant to follow. Our final component of this project will apply excess funds from the other project components to replace the most problematic water lines in town. We expect to have several million dollars available to do so. As 2020 unfolds, your city council and city staff will be developing a list of high-priority lines to replace. We

want our replacement efforts to generate the biggest “bang for the buck” in improving both the reliability of water delivery and the quality of the water that is delivered. 5. Comprehensive House Demolition Plan The City of Stamford is grateful to Reclaiming Stamford and its leadership in spearheading our renewed campaign to demolish dilapidated houses and clear vacant lots. The fall of 2019 saw over 25 houses and lots cleared for maintenance and redevelopment, which have brightened up several major thoroughfares in town. However, we have many, many houses left to go. Over the spring, we will complete a comprehensive list of properties that need clearing. This way, we can begin a communitywide discussion about the scope of the project, the priorities for cleanup, and opportunities for redevelopment. 6. Renovation of vacant houses and re-purposing of wood Many of you have asked me about opportunities to renovate vacant houses or re-use wood from houses prior to demolition. This is a complex issue. Thus far, we have focused on

demolition of houses that are the biggest health and safety issues or are the most dangerous structures— burnouts and other buildings that are far beyond salvage and would be unsafe to enter for any sort of re-purposing project. There are numerous concerns associated with renovations or repurposing of materials on properties—liability, safety, and the logistics of managing such projects. With that said, I have devoted myself to investigating similar projects in other communities and if there ARE opportunities to do so successfully, I am open to exploring a pilot project of this nature in Stamford. 7. Park Restoration And Improvement After discussions with many of you, we will launch an advisory committee to gather and exchange ideas for the improvement of Washington Park. This committee will work to expand the park, clean up unsightly properties adjacent to the park, and plan ideas and funding for improvements inside the park. Harmon Park was a gem when it was updated in the 1990s with grant funding from Texas Parks and Wild-

life. It remains an excellent facility, but it is showing its age and needs improvement. We are building a list of improvements and repairs that are needed and will explore funding options. 8. Swimming Pool Master Plan Our community feedback has been incredible since the generous anonymous contributions made pool admission free in the summers of 2018 and 2019. We intend to continue the partnership with that anonymous donor. Pool usage has boomed and we want our visitors to have a continually better, more inviting facility to use. We want to build on improvements made in 2019 by both the City of Stamford and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce by developing a master plan for use and improvement of both the pool and the park area surrounding it. Discussions should include a new pool building, newer and more attractive fencing, improvement of the adjacent basketball courts, and added amenities like a splash pad and water slide. Editor’s Note: The report will continue with items 9-20 in next week’s issue.

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Nugent Church of Christ Nugent, Texas Wayne Kitchens, Preacher Sun. 10 Bible Classes 11 Morning Assembly Orient Street Church of Christ Wes Horn 510 S Orient 773-3419 Worship: 10:30 Paint Creek Baptist Church Pastor Tony Grand 940-864-3358 AM Worship: 11:00

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Governor’s Domestic Terrorism Task Force Meets At Capitol

Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the state Capitol. “We must work together to develop meaningful solutions to fully eradicate domestic terrorism in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in explaining the purpose of the meeting. “Just as domestic terrorism takes many forms, this task force is committed to developing comprehensive and evolving defense strategies to ensure a safe and secure future for every Texan,” Abbott added. Abbott’s office said the task force analyzed prevention strategies against domestic terrorism in the form of cyber attacks and discussed the importance of good “cyber hygiene.” Task force members include Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other high-ranking state, county and federal officials. DPS RELEASES REPORTS On Jan. 7, the Texas Department of Public Safety released two reports: the 58-page “Assessing the Mass Attacks Threat to Texas” and the 49-page “Texas Domestic Terrorism Threat Assessment.” In releasing the documents, DPS Director Steven McCraw said it is critical to evaluate public safety vulnerabilities. To further its mission in preventing acts of violence and terrorism, the DPS is urging Texans to report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement or through the iWatchTexas program, a system that captures and connects potential criminal, terroristic or school safetyrelated threats. Both reports are available online at dps.texas.gov/news. htm. DISASTER IS DECLARED Drought conditions have caused a state of disaster in 17 Texas counties, Gov. Greg Abbott declared on Jan. 3.

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The declaration applies to the counties of Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Karnes, Kendall, Kinney, Llano, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Williamson, Zapata, and Zavala. Significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire and pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy. In the declaration, the governor authorizes the use of all necessary available resources of state government and its political subdivisions. INJURY STATISTICS POSTED The Texas Department of Insurance on Jan. 3 referred to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing there are more workers in shopping malls and retail outlets that get sick and injured than in any other private industry sector in Texas. An estimated 33,200 retail workers in Texas suffered a job-related illness or injury in 2018, as compared to 12,300 in construction, 17,700 in transportation and 20,400 in manufacturing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 25% of these injuries required Texas retail workers to lose a day of work, while about 5% of the injuries required employees to lose 31 days or more of work. The median time off for injured retail workers in Texas was five days. “There are more retail workers in the state getting injured than employees in construction, transportation or even on

factory floors,” said Chris D’Amura, director of workplace safety at the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. “We’re seeing a lot of retail workers with sprains, strains, tears and overexertion. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the longer workdays, expanded schedules and irregular shifts can negatively affect the mental and physical health of retail workers,” D’Amura said. “When you add less sleep and more crowd stress, it’s not surprising we start seeing more accidents. Falls from ladders, slips on floors and trips over boxes and equipment were cited among the most common causes of injuries in the retail industry. Overexertion due to lifting, lowering and repetitive motion is also a high cause of injury in retail,” D’Amura added. PAXTON REACTS TO RULING State Attorney General Paxton on Jan. 6 welcomed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling that parties protesting the relocation of Confederate monuments at the University of Texas do not have standing to pursue their lawsuit. “This case was correctly dismissed months ago for lack of standing, and we are pleased that the Fifth Circuit agreed with our arguments and affirmed the district court’s decision,” Paxton said. “As the court recognized, the plaintiffs had no legal injury from the university’s decision to move property on its campus.” The bronze statues of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan were moved in 2015 and 2017 to the Briscoe Center for American History on the university campus, where the figures are part of an educational display.

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Listen to the World This week I want to talk about something that, admittedly, I have been guilty of myself and have fully begun to understand why it is not only rude but a bit annoying as well. I have talked in the past about overreliance on cell phones and, at the youth level, it is a constant problem to get people to put down their phones and pay attention to the world THOUGHTS FROM around them. However, there is an extension to this idea that UNDER THE CAP many companies are not helping with: headphones. I know what Will McClure you may be thinking: what is so wrong with headphones as people can be considerate when listening to their own things? Isn’t that what they were made for? While it is true that they are nice to have, like cell phones there is an overreliance on them by many people, especially our youth. I know for teachers it is a problem with the wireless version as students can be sneaky and hide that they are listening to music instead of focusing on the lesson, and that is a problem in itself. However, when this same issue extends to the rest of the world around us, it becomes something that needs serious reexamination. What brought me to these thoughts this week is something that I have observed as well as talking to friends and coworkers. I was getting to-go food for myself one day, and I was waiting patiently at the front when I noticed that one of the people working in the back on the food had, you guessed it, a wireless headphone in his ear. Personally, I get having headphones in during work for certain things (I did it when I was still working as editor), but doing so in an environment where you need to constantly communicate with others, at least to me, just seems a bit disrespectful of your fellow coworkers and your position in general. If you have ever paid attention to the ones working the drive-thru window, it can be a juggling routine at times to speak and listen for the orders through the headset while also getting orders to the customers at the window. So why would you willingly do so? All I could do is just shake my head at what convenience has done as those little headphones have put us more into our own little worlds. Again, I can honestly say that I have been guilty of this myself with having headphones in and someone needing to talk to me, but I would like to say that I have gotten better about not wearing them out in public as much (usually if I am walking or doing laundry, and even then I’ve gotten better at taking them out when I am at a store and talking to someone else). Maybe I am just overreacting to this whole thing and just trying to make something out of nothing, but my overall point is that our personal devices have become a sort of crutch for many of us, with headphones blocking out more of the world around us more and more each day. We all like listening to our own things from time to time, but we can miss good conversations and really hearing the world if we just continue to turn the volume up. All I am saying is that we should all spend more time really listening to our world instead of finding the next song stored on our iPhones or Androids. Keep the headphones more for leisure and open our ears more to our surroundings. After all, you will never know the great things that you may hear just by paying attention. The best part about it is you don’t even need to plug anything in. Until next time, dear reader, my cap’s off to you!

The Back Forty Of The Texas Folklife Festival I was one of the early ambassadors of the Texas Folklife Festival that started 48 years ago on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. It was designed to show off the state’s diverse cultural population. Jo Ann Andera was hired as a bilingual tour guide at the start and now she is the director of the festival, a post she has held for 39 years. “The festival was all about unique characters getting together in one place,” says JoAnn. “The festival became a family and participants looked forward to their annual reunion.” The Lebanese belly dancers drew a big crowd. So did the crawfish races put on by the Cajuns from Port Arthur. So did the stage where storytellers told outrageous stories, most of them based on their own experiences. Spot Baird, Professor of Possumology, used to parade around holding a silver platter with a baked possum, sweet potatoes and various garnishes on it. Possum Queen Daisy Potter accompanied him

dressed in regal attire complete with tiara. They were promoting the annual Yamboree in Gilmer. Cowboy Williams of Chappell Hill was there with his hog dogs telling about his adventures hunting wild hogs and demonstrating how he calls up his dogs. Bill Brett, former postmaster of Hull, Texas made rope from horsehair and hung out at the back forty where pioneer crafts were demonstrated. JoAnn says Bill brought moonshine to the festival. “He called it his fortified Vitamin C and offered it so people could taste real moonshine.” JoAnn went to Bill’s funeral. “He built his own coffin. When he was depressed or wasn’t feeling too good he’d go lie down in his coffin and just kinda think about the world. At his funeral he was wrapped in his grand-

mother’s quilt and carried to his final resting place in a horsedrawn carriage.” Hondo Crouch of Luckenbach was a popular figure at the festival. He used to dance with the belly dancers. “One of the racing crawfish died and Hondo got a funeral together. They had this huge funeral procession complete with a couple of nuns and laid the little crawfish in a burial plot on one of our berms.” The festival takes place the first weekend in June. None of the original characters are around anymore but there are new

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ones to take their places. JoAnn says it was just the best time when all the extraordinary characters were there. “They were just wonderful people who had an unusual hobby or talent or love of something. We truly miss them. The festival is preserving the history of these people. I’m very proud of what this event has done. I know people who met at the Folklife Festival and have been married for 40 years. I know friendships made here that have lasted. It’s a very unique event.” JoAnn’s office is full of festival memorabilia and photographs.


Oh my, what about that nice snow? It sure was nice to see it can snow here. We did not get very much around here, but toward Abilene they got a lot, enough to cover the ground, so pretty. We could use some more of that, we really need the moisture. Well, it’s that time of the year again for the Stock Shows. The students showing all their hard work with the animals and other projects. I always admire the students that put in so much of their time working toward the shows. That is really good for them. I wish them all the best. Thursday, Jan. 16 the Hobby Club will be meeting at the Sagerton Community Center at 2 P M. Monday, January 20 is a holiday. Saturday, Jan. 25 there will be a musical at the Old Glory Community Center with the concession stand opening at 5:30 P M and the program will begin at 6 P M. This is our first musical since October and we are looking forward to seeing all of you again in this New Year. If the weather is bad, with ice and snow, the musical will be canceled. I enjoyed having daughter, Rita, spend Monday with me and helping me. The Multi County Retired Teachers and School Personnel met at the Home Economics Building at the Stamford High School on Wednesday for their luncheon and meeting with

the first of Feb25 members ruary. Yvonne present. Reves won the President door prize. Sandra Whiz CreighReves ton and Mittie welcomed Dunham drove everyone to Stamford on and led the Monday to do group in the some shopping Pledge of Al- OLD GLORY NEWS and ate at their legiance to Senior Citizens both flags. By Anita Dozier Center. Barbara BilOn Thurslington gave day Mittie drove to Abilene the invocation. The delifor an appointment. While cious meal was prepared there she met her grandand served by Mrs. Heathdaughter, Sonja Dunham, ington’s home economics for lunch and a nice visit. Class. Following the meal, Sandra introduced Dr. Trus- She stated that it is a real blessing when one gets to sell Thane, the optometrist visit with grandchildren. from Stamford to speak Due to illness Gerral to the group. Dr. Thane and Shelly Waldon finally gave a very interesting and got to have Christmas with informative talk on eyes. his son and family, Justin He stated that the modern and Barbara Waldon, Cody technology has done wonand Hunter in Hawley on ders in caring for the eyes Friday. On Sunday Gerral now. Following his talk he and Shelly were in Abilene had a question and answer to have Christmas with his time which the group took mother, Mary Sue Riscus. advantage of. President Carm Letz was in Haskell Reves thanked Dr. Thane to attend the Stock Show for his time and then called on Friday. Grandson, Brody the meeting to order. Letz, was showing swine Anita read the minutes and and won second on one of Sharon Shelby gave the his pigs and fourth place on treasurer’s report. Sandra the other. Congratulations spoke of the TRTA convento Brody. tion and no interest was On Saturday, Carm drove noted. She told of the next meeting to be in Aspermont to Childress to spend the day with Aimee Bowman on Wednesday, April 8, at and her family. The Bow11:30 A M and encouraged mans lived in this commueveryone to please attend. nity for a few years, neighWe will be discussing the bors to Dale and Carm. future of this Unit. Anita Visiting with Glen and collected everyone’s record Helen Pierce on Sunday of their volunteer hours as were Kara Briggs and Crete they needed to be turned in of Haskell, and Kim Lowack to the District Chairman by

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and Kelly from OG. Talked with Phyllis Letz and she stated that she and Danny spent most of the week filling appointments and Physical Therapy. Danny drove to Sweetwater to visit a friend Rex Mayfield and do some jamming with several musicians. Thought for the week: “When criticizing people, you might want to consider this, first offer a word of praise and appreciation. Remember, the barber always lathers the customer before he applies the razor.” Happy Birthday wishes go to Rita Thomas, Patsy Richards, Breanna Bly, David McKee, Joan Pittcock, Judy Sanchez, Eric Conner, Judy New, Jim Ward, Troy Conner, Paige Tabor, Patsy Schonerstedt, Tully Brown, Alice Winters, Doylene Jones, Jacey Corzine, Norva Smth, Roy Bell, Kirstin Lehrmann, Ruthann Klose and Emma Marie Willis. We wish you many more.

8603 FM707 TRUBY RANCH Fantastic Home w/ a pool 126± acres...$975,000 HWY 277 Hawley Faith over Fear home, barn w/horse stalls 51± Ac IN CONTRACT 2952 CR 216 Nice Home on 1 acre south of town! 4/2..........................$153,900 1502 Compton Stamford 3/2/2 Ranch home 1.6± AC!......Reduced! $124,900 1310 PORTLAND Great 3/2 remodel! Must See!...................................$114,500 1105 New Hope Road 2/2 brick Great Location!.................................... SOLD 613 POTOMAC 3/1.5 corner lot!.............................................................. $72,500 703 Columbia Nice 3 bedroom 2 bath on a corner lot w garage!Reduced!$69,900 804 Wells 3/1 w CH/A, tiled walk-in Shower...........................IN CONTRACT 716 E Oliver 4 bedroom/ 2 baths quiet area..............................................$68,900 1207 HUDSON 3 bedroom, 1 bath in a good location!..............................$49,900 New 1315 Hudson Rd 3/1 w CHA Great location!................................$39,900 McHarg Lots with Barn and wet weather creek!.........................................$32,000 712 E Vanderbilt Gorgeous 1910 2 story Victorian home.........................SOLD 519 Commercial Ave, Anson- 3/1 Rock home w Metal shop...............$49,000 Sagerton 3 bd 1 bath with fireplace and out buildings..............IN CONTRACT #10 Country Cove ALBANY Nice 3/2 Brick home in cul-de-sac!...... $164,000 913 Harold St ALBANY beautiful 2 story Call for details!....................$132,000 140 Offield ALBANY Blacksmith Shop, Art Studio and 3/2 mobile Home......$82,000

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480± AC SE of Roby Tank, water well 170± Ac SE of Rotan Pasture SOLD Paved Rd frontage IN CONTRACT

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1,015± AC Great Sock Farm or Hay farm SOLD 10 ac Old Peanut Co-op Property

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126 ac cult. N.380 Rule 227± AC N of Rule Good combo place Pasture and cultivation! Great Hunting! 160± AC – The Kittley Irrigated Farm Northwest of Rule! SOLD 271± AC SE of Weinert Dry land farm w/ pasture, tanks and creek! 619± AC N of Lake Stamford pasture and tanks!

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NEW 377 ac on Hwy 277 Pasture/Cult. Coop water 1,764± Ac Near Lueders Great Hunting! 782± AC N of Neinda Mostly Cultivated farm 663± AC Great combo place w/ fence, pens, water well and tank 402± AC FM 600 & HWY 180 389± AC Cultivation, Rural water and Electric N of Merkle 323 Ac Creek, Cultivation and Hunting! 253± AC FM 600 & HWY 180 247± Stock Farm SOLD 241± AC FM 600 & HWY 180 239± AC FM 600 & HWY 180 230± AC Ft. Phantom River Ranch, Excellent Hunting! 220± AC Cultivation on California Creek and US HWY 6 RD Frontage 160± AC south of Avoca IN CONTRACT 139± AC- Farrington Cotton Farm Prime Cultivation 50± AC Cultivated farm 45± Acres Right outside of Town 20± AC Near Ft. Phantom OAK TREES w/ Electric and rural water!

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Wedeking Announces Candidacy “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt Hi, I’m Zane Wedeking and I want to represent you as Jones County Commissioner for Precinct 2. I couldn’t agree more with Teddy’s philosophy of hard work for a just cause. Born and raised in Stamford, with my family roots planted in Jones County over 140 years ago spanning 6 generations, there is nothing more important to me than working with integrity and foresight to ensure the future of this community is bright and prosperous for my children and grandchildren. There are more than a few key issues of importance in the duties I aim to be responsible for in our precinct. As a farmer and rancher with properties spanning across northern Jones county, I know the county roads and bridges like the back of my hand, and it is my top priority to improve their overall condition and scheduled maintenance. While the upkeep of our roads is obvious and felt daily by all of our residents, it is also of great importance to apply greater vision and strategic planning that will have a positive economic impact on our community from the larger county level to

Zane Wedeking, wife Luci Wedeking, son Shalako (5), and daughter Annabel (3) that felt in the pocketbook of each individual property owner and taxpayer. Along with fiscal responsibility and good old-fashioned common sense applied to making relevant county budgetary decisions, I am intent on providing more opportunities and financial resources through grants focused on rural development projects, public facilities and infrastructure, and making local services and support for Texas Veterans and Family Alliance more easily available. Our veterans, hospital and healthcare services, and police and fire departments are all close to my heart and deserve a county representative that will champion their best interests.

While I stand for working together for a stronger more collaborative Jones County, I represent the greater Stamford, Avoca, Ericksdahl, and Lueders area first and foremost. Your voice is important to me, and I’m here to represent you. Starting now through after I am elected, I invite you to reach out to me with any issue of concern. I’m grateful to have this chance to “work hard at work worth doing” and represent the good people of Jones County Precinct 2 as your County Commissioner. Vote Zane Wedeking on March 3, 2020! Politcal ad pd for by Lucile Wedeking, Campaign Treasurer.

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