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The Hamilton Herald-News 138th Year Volume Forty-Three

Hamilton, Texas 76531 Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Annual can drive gets twist for ’13

Hamilton County residents and businesses have been issued a challenge to kick off United Care’s annual fall food drive. Businesses, organizations, churches and schools are asked to create food sculptures and display them beginning Nov. 4. The sculptures can be anything from a New York skyline of cans to Mount Rushmore carved out of cheddar,

according to organizers. “We thought this might be a fun way of raising awareness as well as recognizing the businesses and organizations that do so much to support our food bank and help the citizens of our community,” said United Care representative John Galindo. A list of participating locations will be published weekly, and the

community can visit participating locations and vote for their favorite sculpture by leaving food items or change for United Care. United Care is in great need of items like powdered or shelf-life milk, canned vegetables, hearty soups and stews, cereal and peanut butter. For voting purposes, a point system will place greater value on these items.

“People are hurting everywhere, and our communities are no exception,” said Galindo. “Our distribution center is already running low on items, even staples like powdered milk. We’ve never had trouble getting that before. ” Sculptures should be displayed until Nov. 22. United Care will tabulate the votes, and the winning sculptors will be recognized during

the community Thanksgiving Dinner at the United Methodist Church in Hico on Saturday, Nov. 23, and at the community Thanksgiving lunch at First Baptist Church in Hamilton on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Participants are invited to display their sculptures at the community Thanksgiving meals and can donate nonpreishable items from their sculptures to United Care.

Rabid bat Never too young confirmed at school Health department issues warning Hamilton Independent School District had a bat eradication specialist inspect its buildings on Monday after a bat found near the elementary gym tested positive for rabies last week. The City of Hamilton Animal Control and the Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control issued a Public Health Notice Rabies Alert regarding the incident. The bat was found outside the old rock gym on South Taylor Street. The notice instructs staff, guests, visitors and passersby to not touch our handle grounded bats. “On Oct. 15, a bat was found at approximately 11 a.m. on the outside wall of the elementary gym,” the alert states. “The bat was tested by the DSHS and was found to be positive for rabies. “If you think that you or someone else may have come in physical contact with this animal, please call City of Hamilton Animal Control, Officer Paul Gomez, at 254-

386-8116, or DSHS Zoonosis Control at 254-778-6744.” Three rabies cases were confirmed in Hamilton earlier this year on skunks, according to Gomez. “We are asking you to please visit with your child about the importance of not handing wild animals or animals with which they are not familiar – bats, rodents, cats, dogs – any aninal that the student does not know – should be treated as a ‘wild’ animal and left alone,” said HISD Superintendent Clay Tarpley in a letter to parents. “Do not touch or handle these animals.” Tarpley said HISD has a policy that if an animal around the school is spotted without its owner, for safety purposes, Hamilton Animal Control is called to pick up the animal. Ken Alexander, Director of Finance and Operations, said Monday evening that the bat specialists determined that the bat was migratory; there was no evidence of colonies.

Early voting under way Early voting for the special State Constitutional Amendments Election continues through Friday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Early votes in Hamilton County may be cast at the Hamilton County Clerk’s

Office in the Hamilton County Courthouse Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Photo identification is required to vote. Polling places on Election Day will be open from 7 a.m. Continued to Page 10A

Library book sale Nov. 2 at pavilion By Tom Adams The Friends of the Hamilton Public Library announced their annual book sale will be Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Jayson Harris Pavilion at Fair Park in conjunction with the Pottsville Extension Education Club Holiday Market. A huge selection of paperbacks and hardbound books will be available, covering virtually all subjects, including current fiction, self-help, reference, hobbies, history and biography. Books will be sold by the bag, with large bags priced at $5 each and small bags at $2. For those preferring to buy less than a bag, paperbacks will be priced two for $1 and hardbound books will be $1 each. Mickey Hill, the Friends’ president, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up for your winter reading at incredibly cheap prices, and browse the wonderful arts and crafts at the Holiday Market for those hard to find, unique Christmas gifts.” All book sale proceeds will go toward supporting the Hamilton Public Library. ~~~ GETTING READY- At right, Nancy Henkes and her children haul books to get ready for the annual Hamilton Public Library book sale.

TEAMWORK- Trinity Haile, 12, recently raised almost $1200 for children’s cancer research with the help of her grandpa, Don Haile, owner of Ranglers Convenience Store, and the store’s employees. She is shown presenting the check to Jennifer Bolton, executive director of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Also pictured is Trinity’s little sister, Tayte. Staff Photo

Hamilton girl proves kids can make a difference

Trinity Haile, a seventh-grader at Hamilton Junior High School, recently spearheaded a fund-raiser that raised $1200 to help childhood cancer research. And she did it in only two weeks. Trinity’s a busy 12-year-old with volleyball, basketball, track, cross country, cheerleading, pig showing, one act play and church youth activities filling her schedule. She also has an active family with her parents, Brandon and Bridgette, older sister Taylor and younger brother and sister Tyner and Tayte. She could very easily have left fund-

raising and worrying about kids with cancer to the grownups. But she didn’t. “I have always wanted to help kids that aren’t as fortunate as I am, so my sister, brother and I had a great idea to raise money for TeamConnor by hosting a lemonade stand,” Trinity said. “It was cool because we got to raise money to help kids and tell people about childhood cancer.” The lemonade stand was her first fundraising effort. Her most recent, a pin-up drive at Ranglers Convenience Store, raised almost $1200 in only two weeks. Ranglers Continued to Page 7A

Community meeting to address prescription drug abuse Hamilton Junior High School will host a community awareness meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for parents, students and the community on prescription drugs. The meeting will be held from 5:15 to 6 p.m. in the HJH Library and will feature experts who will tell the dangers of prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands as well as proper ways to dispose of unused medicines. Medicine abuse is a national problem, according to HJH counselor Susan Tober. More than 2000 teenagers use prescription drugs without a doctor’s guidance every day. More teenagers are abusing prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. “Not only is prescription drug abuse illegal, but it can have serious and even deadly consequences,” Tober said. The good news is that parents can and must play an important role in solving this problem.” According to ThePartnershipatDrugfree. org, teen medicine abuse has become an epidemic. One in four teens reports having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, which is a 33 percent increase over a fiveyear period and translates to about 5 million teens, almost twice the population of Chicago. “Please join us as we meet together to listen to a physician and a pharmacist, view a video of parent experiences and learn how to keep our medicines from falling into the wrong hands,” Tober said.

Six Market Blvd to host golf tourney Nationally recognized Texas-based band Six Market Blvd. will be hosting its annual Balls, Sticks and Guitar Picks golf tournament in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Perry Country Club. Tee off is 9 a.m. The tournament will benefit the Boot Campaign, a national non-profit organization dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of active military by encouraging Americans to “get their boots on.” The tournament will feature goodie bags, silent auction, Hole In One contest and an award ceremony. The band will perform an acoustic show after the tournament around 3 p.m. There are still team slots available. Six Market Blvd. has become one of the most talked about bands to break out of

Texas in the last year. They have been featured in national outlets and their latest record, “Shake it Down,” debuted at #42 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, #22 on the Heatseekers Chart and #1 on the Heatseekers Regional South Central Chart. It debuted at #5 on the iTunes Country Chart. 6MB has had two Top 20 hits on the Texas Music Chart and have been invited to perform at some of the biggest music festivals in the Midwest. Their live reputation has catapulted them into the upper echelon of the touring circuit, and their numbers have tripled over the last six months. For more information about the campaign, log on to www.bootcampaign.com.

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