The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on November 18, 1988 · Page 10
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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 10

Seguin, Texas
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Friday, November 18, 1988
Page 10
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farmers waiting '• 'i ' 2 ,* f* ;checks The Seguln Qazetta-Enterprlse • Friday, Novemtwr 18, 1988 • Page f 1 ^yJENNlFERDIXON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Thou- of farmers are waiting for government insurance checks to cover crops scorched by last sum«-*i dtotight, is the agency that les the program wrestles with biggest caseload ever. The government wiil end up tnak- g about $1 billion in crop insur- tce payments for the 1988 season, official said, but for a pair of juth Texas fanners who have been siting for their checks since sultrier, the delay has been tough on eir cash flow. ! "I'd be bankrupt if I didn't have Iseed com crop. It's the only thing ing me,going," said Edinburg er Gene Houts, who has been waiting since July for insurance •payments on cotton and corn crops devastated by the drought. ; * "There must be a tremendous Backlog because we're not getting rriuch satisfaction down here," said Harlingen cotton and grain farmer Tommy Funk. "I'jn about ready to |6 to Washington on it" ,,'iJFuhk said he received a check for a withered grain crop early on, but .has been waiting since late August for a check in the thousands of dollars on his cotton crop. "Houts said ne was appealing to Sen, Phil Gramm, R-Texas, and Rep. Kika de la Garza, a Mission Democrat and chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, to investigate the situation. He said he knows of several other Valley farmers in similar circumstances. ' John Marshall, chief executive office* of the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., said the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency has received more than 53,000 claims and has processed and paid about 44,000 of them, But (Hat leaves 9,000 other farmers waiting for their checks, and MarshaU said a few thousand of them have had delays of over 60 days, while a few hundred have had to wait more than 90 days. "This is the heaviest workload We've ever had," Marshall said. "The unprecedented volume led to some of the delays." On top of that, the agency has been phasing in a new computer system and has had to work out the bugs. "We've solved those problems and they are humming along how," Marshall said. In addition, overtime shifts were instituted to meet the crush of claims due to the drought; The FCIC Writes and pays directly on 20 percent of crop insurance claims. Region choir JOE F. SAEGERT MIDDLE SCHOOL students who have been named to the regional choir are (back from left) Karen Hillin. Reva Davis, LaShpnda Wilson, Tammy Pouncey, Tabitha Sapien, Molly Sullivan. Wendy Davis, Rachael Belmarez, Tefw Jarvls, director; (front) Ben Ramos, John Oliver, Jason Cram, Trey Womble and not pictured. Andre Schueler. (Staff photoXJ Lions help out ft)UR AREA LIONS Clubs recently contributed t6 a fund to purchase a leg brace for a needy local Seguinite. In this exceptional case, the local citizen turned to the Lions as a last resort. Representing the four clubs are (from left) Mark Moeller, Lion Zone chairman; Bill Mladenka, Mcqueeney Uons president; Leroy Hoffmann, Seguin Evening Lions president; Bill Klingemann, Seguin Noon Lions president and Ron Nokes, Seguin Sunrise Lions president. (Staff photo) NAPftt AUTO PARTS Christmas EARLY SALE I15S9 6" long-nose Vise-Grip® locking pliers and stainless § steel pocket knife in a genuine leather belt-holster. (603I<H) Chilton's Big :, _ ^-.^r ^p. Book gives in- Jstant references & information for ^repairing your vehicle, (899-1378) t 1 KKK Keep your tools :ilPpmW in their place Bwith this handy, versatile topi organi?er. tf8?7-1529) 6-pe. set in» dudes 4 &jo> _,, „ ,„,_.,,...screwdrivers.'Save in^yy on top quality NAPA hand tooJs. REG. 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Over 150 proposals for presentations were submitted. Among those accepted was the presentation of Seguin ISD's storyteller-in- residence program by storyteller Fleming. Fleming discussed ways in whicli storytelling could be used to implement essential elements in language arts and theatre arts. According to Fleming, "Storytelling is not only a means of entertainment, but can be used to instruct and to encourage students to read." "Stoiytelling is by no means a new thing, but I think its significance and value as a teaching tool are often overlooked," Fleming, explained. jj'.i Oh the same topic, DeLois Garrett, Seguin High School Dean og Instruction, presented a workshop jn. Galveston at the Texas Associatio^ for Supervision and Curriculurn Development. Her workshop wajf entitled "Storyteller-in-Residenc|j Project." Garrejtt also served a^ facilitator for a general session on, "Decreasing Minority Dropout Rates." 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