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Seguin, Texas
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Sunday, February 23, 1986
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Page 4A - Sunday, February 23,1986 - The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise CONNIE BLAIR turns her dairy cattle out onto a winter oat pasture on the Blair family dairy located east of Seguin. Blair and the other three Guadalupe County dairies have shown no interest in taking part in a government dairy buyout program. (Staff photo by Mike Barbee) Local dairies refuse buyout By MIKE BAKBEE Staff Writer Guadalupe County's four dairies have shown little interest in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's dairy buyout program, confirm officials with the local Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. The program is designed to reduce milk output which has grown steadily in recent years and has led to large surpluses of dairy products which strain the federal milk price support budget. "The program allows qualifying dairymen to sell their entire herd and receive payment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the milk they would have produced, if they agree to stay out of dairying for five years," explained Bud Schwart, dairy marketing economist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Each dairy that wants to take part must report its annual production base to the local ASCS office by Feb. 28 and has until March 7 to sign a contract. Each dairy must also submit a bid specifying how much it wants per hundredweight of milk that it would have produced during the five-year period. The U.S. Secretary ol Agriculture will announce March 28 whose bids the government will accept. Connie Blair, whose family owns and operates the Blair Dairy three miles east of Seguin off Highway 90A, said that her family would not sell out. "This is my living. This is what 1 do," she explained. "The public had got the wrong idea about who pays for the buyout," Blair said. She stressed that dairy operators, not taxpayers, will pay for the buyout program. The government will assess dairy producers 40 cents per hundredweight of milk produced beginning in April to finance the program. The assessment decreases to 25 cents per hundredweight in January 1987 and will cease in October 1987, ASCS officials said. Blair doesn't care much for government intervention in the economy. "I say let supply and demand take care of itself, but since the government is in it that won't be," she said. She predicted that corporations and big business will one day control almost all dairies. "I feel real fortunate, though, because I don't have a big overhead. I could live with $10 (per hundredweight) milk," she said. Currently, Blair receives $13.50 per hundredweight for her cows' 3.5 percent butterfat milk, which amounts to be about $1.16 per gallon. To calculate her profit, though, she must subtract from that costs such as feed for the cows, labor, electricity, veterinary bills and depreciation on equipment. Blair milks her 38 milch cows twice a day every day. Her day begins at 5:30 a.m. with milking. Later she gets her two children ready for , school. And at various times of the year, she plows, plants, helps her cows calve and cares for sick animals. "There's always something to do," she said. Her 73-year-old mother also helps out. She works as a nurse's aide at a local nursing home and cleans house, cooks and washes at the Blair home in her free time. "If you like cattle and you like the farm, it's a good life. It's a lot of work. You can't mind work if you're on the farm. The dairy life has been good to us. It's like any other job you hflve to like Vvhat you ? do' to, stay there, "she said. Exhibit to open on Texas' novel AUSTIN - The story behind the story. That's what a new exhibition opening Feb. 28 at The University of Texas is all about. It is a behind-the-scenes look at how James Michener's best-selling new novel "Texas" came to be. It will be on view through Aug. 31 in the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, located in Sid Richardson Hall (Unit 2), adjacent to the Lyndon ;• B. Johnson Library and Museum. y Titled "Michener's Texas: ;.' Evolution of a Historical Novel," the v exhibition tracks the author's • creative process from first drafts (pecked out on yellow sheets on a manual typewriter) through sub• sequent revisions, editorial changes and, finally, to the printed tradebook .- edition of the 1,096-page novel . published by Random House. Viewers will see some of the author's field notes, lists of names ' (drawn from 18th and 19th Century 1 census records) that he considered ' for characters in the novel, com• ments from his Random House editor, maps he studied and some of the historical books from the Barker ' Texas History Center that he read. , Of special interest is the editorial I, metamorphosis into finished galley , proofs of two pages from Michener's first draft of Chapter Four ("Two ., Eagles"), which later became Chapter Six ("Three Men, Three Battles"). "Even Michener gets edited," says Dr. Don Carleton, director of the ' Barker Texas History Center who had the idea to create an exhibition from the ephemura of the Michener ' project. Also on display are some of the original pencil drawings by the artist Charles Shaw that appear in the special two-volume deluxe edition of OBITUARY John C. McKean John Clunn McKean died Friday, Feb. 21, at the age of 90 in San Marcos. He was a longtime resident and rancher in Staples. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at the Staples Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Staples Cemetery Surivors include his wife, Lillie McKean of Staples; a son, Richard Allen McKean of Manchaca; three daughters, Julia Mae Hamby of Universal City, Ruth Baverlein of Kinsbury and Elaine Dorow of Kingsville; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. "Texas," recently published by The University of Texas Press. But the editorial emphasis associated with the book "Texas" is only part of the exhibition focus. From his criss-crossing of the state for more than 15,000 miles to become thoroughly familiar with Texas ("When it comes to research, I'm like a Baptist — I believe in total immersion"), Michener evoked a wide range of interest and response to his writing project. Many items in the exhibition capture that interest as well as reflect the only-in-Texas souvenirs he picked up in his state travels. Included are fan mail, an armadillo hat emblazoned with the word TEXAS, a purple sweatshirt from Gilley's nightclub in Pasadena, "gimme" caps from the Dallas Cowboys and the Citizens National Bank of Waxahachie, newspaper stories, plaques, invitations to traditional Texas celebrations, a certificate conferring the Doctor of Armadillology "degree," a membership card in the Chili Appreciation Society-International. Of special import are historically valuable letters sent to Michener by Texans whose ancestors were part of the state's history. Many photographs mounted for the exhibition depict Michener in a variety of Texas settings — climbing up a railroad boxcar, sitting on a shanty porch, watching oil drillers at work, attending a UT football practice, walking along the Gulf Coast, watching a cattle auction, chatting with customers in a West Texas cafe, standing in the doorway of the tiny post office in Shafter (population 31). Another visual treat is the Continuous showing of a videotape made of Michener for a segment on Charles Kuralt's "Sunday Morning" program on CBS. Carleton says Michener will donate the materials produced during the "Texas" project, including those displayed in the exhibition, to UT's Barker Texas History Center, which has served as headquarters for Michener since October 1982. The author chose the UT center as his base because of its extensive resources for the study of historical Texas. He now lives in Austin and is a professor emeritus at UT Austin. A grant from the Brown Foundation of Houston has underwritten the new exhibition. Visiting hours in the Barker Texas History Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Entrance to the exhibition is on the west side of Richardson Hall (Unit 2). DPS plans tornado excercise Recruit completes training Navy Seaman Recrui* Mark A. Wilson, son of Don A. and Dona lee J. Wilson of Seguin has completed recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, 111. During Wilson's eight-week training cycle, he studied general military subjects designed to prepare him for further academic and on-the-job training in one of the Navy's 85 basic fields, Wilson's studies included seamanship, close order drill, Naval history and first aid. Personnel who complete this course of instruction are eligible for three hours of college credit in physical education and hygiene. He joined the Navy in June 1985. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Was • West Court Exxon Now- Wayne's Exxon I 50% Off % grease jobs | with this I ad Operated By; Wayne Beeman Phone: 379-6372 Hours: 6 AM • 8 PM Mon.-Sat. 8 AM - 5 PM Sunday Road Service: 8 AM-5PM | Oil changes, Grease & Wash Jobs, ' ~New Tires, Batteries & Accessories* ' Put an Exxon Tiger in your tank today! 50% Off | grease jobs . with this | I Jl ad Thsnks for dropping by-847 W. Court Wayne and Cindy Beeman By RON FELLOWS Stiff Writer A tornado disaster exercise will be conducted in Seguin Thursday morning, testing all the city's emergency resources. The test is part of a Texas Department of Public Safety district- wide exercise, dubbed "Twister II." In it, the city will be hit by heavy storms and tornados, causing heavy property damage and casualties. "There are several things we want to test, including the emergency radio broadcasts, the city's new pagers for the utility departments, public works and police, and how EMS and the hospital responds to the casualties," explained Otha L, Grisham, Guadalupe County emergency management coordinator. This is the second year that Seguin has participated in the DPS annual exercise. Last year, it was flood disaster that the city had to cope with. Under the scenario of' 'Twister II," a tornado watch will be issued at 7 a.m. by the National Weather Service. A half-hour later, they will issue a severe thunderstorm watch. At 8 a.m., a school bus driver will report sighting a funnel cloud five miles west of Seguin, followed a few minutes later by strong winds and rain striking the Seguin area. Power outages will be reported on the west side of the city, and the National Weather Service will issue tornado and thunderstorm warnings. At 8:30 a.m., Mayor Betty Jean Jones will put the city's emergency recall plan into operation and order the activation of the Emergency Operations Center, located at the police station. Fifteen minutes later, the sheriff and police departments Warning Point Teletypes will receive the alert message from the district Disaster Emergency Operations Center in San Antonio. Shortly thereafter, the highway patrol's emergency center in San Antonio will signal the start of the exercise. As the scenario continues, heavy rains and strong winds pummel the city. The mayor broadcasts a warning over radio station KWED's remote facility, located at the EOC. The storm starts damaging phone lines, and power interruptions are reported throughout the city. At 9:15, a police patrol unit reports a funnel cloud sighted over the Texas Lutheran College area. Highway maintenance crews report another funnel cloud near the Guadalupe River bridge on Highway 90 west of the city. Ten minutes later the tornado strikes Seguin. Heavy damage is reported in the area of the 600 block of North Bowie Street. Police report that the street is blocked with downed trees and debris near the intersection of West College. Power lines are also down, and casualties are reported. At 9:32, EMS units are called to the area of West Krezdorn and North Camp streets, where multiple casualties are reported. The EMS establishes an "on-scene command post" at the Methodist church parking lot and requests assistance from police and other city crews. Simulated casualties receive treatment at the scene and are then transported to Guadalupe Valley Hospital emergency room. At 10:30, Mayor Jones requests National Guard assistance after .declaring a disaster emergency. Many homes ate reported damaged and a flood alert is called for the area along Walnut Branch. As recovery operations move ahead, the weather begins to clear and Seguin can begin to mop up. While this test cannot accomplish what the "real thing" can do for training personnel, or even what a no-notice, unpublished exercise can show, Grisham says that tests such as "Twister II" are worthwhile. "These tests are good. It gives us a chance to test our procedures, our equipment and our people," he said. "There are several things we want to test during this exercise. One is the radio station's remote broadcast facilities which were installed three years ago. We need to check the system out at least once a year. "Another is to check out the city's new pagers which we have for our four departments — water, electric, police and public works.'' Grisham said that there will be messages for simulated situations to which the various departments will have to respond, "We also want to test how long it takes EMS to respond and how they and the hospital handle the casualties." A number of nurse trainees and other personnel will be made up with realistic-looking wounds and will be placed at the scene and in different situations in the Krezdorn-Camp disaster area. All "victims" will be tagged as to what happened to them. EMS;and hospital personnel will have to react to whatever the situation calls'for. Neither the EMS technicians nor the hospital doctors and nurses will Know in advance what type of injuries they will be facing. ; Ham radio operators will also lend their assistance. Participating will be the Guadalupe Valley Radio and Repeater Association, part of the Radio Amateur Emergency Service. The local ham operators will be called into action when the teletype and phone lines go down. Part of the exercise is to find a way for Seguin to communicate with San Antonio in that situation. The amateur radio operators will provide that communication, Grisham said. Although tornados are not common in Seguin, they can happen. "In December 1983, we were hit by a storm that did heavy damage to apartment buildings near the high school on 123 Bypass," Grisham recalled. ; "Our primary vulnerability is to flooding, but we need to be prepared for any eventuality," he said. Grisham said that the chemical spill on IH-10 late last year "was better than any simulated test" because it was real and the people involved had to really respond. "They did a fine job. We're just glad it wasn't something more serious." Seguinite sentenced to TDC for violating probation A Seguin man was sentenced to two years in the Texas Department of Corrections Tuesday by 25th District Court Judge B.B. Schraub. Gilbert Sandoval of 1201 N. Camp was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to charges that he violated conditions of his probation by driving while intoxicated June 15,1985. In June 1982, Sandoval was given five years probation for felony driving while intoxicated. Sandoval may be placed on shock probation, a method by which he could be released from prison after serving several months and showing a good record. He would then be placed on probation. dosfrout SEALY DISCONTINUES HOTEL POSTUREPEDIC- OUR LOWEST PRICE EVER! \Sealti When these are gone, they're all gone! Same durable construction found in top hotels. Sealy's model change-over means huge close-out savings. Shop early while they last! *138°° $QROO *328°° Full Ea. PC. Queen Set Twin Ea. PC. FREE DELIVERY a SET-UP 300 S. Austin Seguin 3794622 ^°v\ > A* ^ <$ # ^ ^V ^. j^

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