Spur Swimming Pool sinks at Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Project

Posted on Thursday 3 June 2010

The Spur Swimming Pool has sunk at Pepi’s Refresh Everything Project. On Tuesday, June 1, I went to vote at http://www.refresheverything.com/ and couldn’t find the Spur Swimming Pool anywhere. So this morning I contacted Joyce Howze who was in charge of applying for the project on behalf of the City of Spur. Howze said that she went online to submit the application beginning at 11:00 p.m. May 31. She gave up finally at 2:00 a.m. June 1. She told me the project was rejected yet again by the website, so she is giving up. She considers the process too difficult and says it faces too much competition.

The City of Spur, though, is proceeding, by getting cost estimates on replacing the pool with a smaller one which could be built just south of the existing pool. In the meantime, I am working on putting together a page for the effort on Facebook. What I need in order to this, though, is any photos my readers may have of themselves or others taken at the Spur Swimming Pool. Can you help me out? If so, email them to me: cindi@thetexasspur.com

cindit @ 2:33 pm
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Woodward joins Dickens County Judge’s race

Posted on Monday 10 May 2010

The field of candidates for Dickens County Judge has grown to three for the November 2 General Election. Woody Woodward of Spur has joined the race as an Independent candidate and faces incumbent Lesa Arnold, Republican candidate, and Democratic Candidate Jeff Braly…

For more on this see the May 13 issue of The Texas Spur.

cindit @ 4:50 pm
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Jayton voters elect two new council members, one incumbent

Posted on Monday 10 May 2010

Jayton voters elected two new city council members and reelected one incumbent Saturday, May 8 in the municipal election.

Lenora Stanaland was reelected to another term and is joined by two newcomers to the council, Doyle Lee and Kathy Smith. Incumbent Don Wayne Jones received 50 votes but was defeated in his bid for reelection. Stanaland received 85 votes, Lee, 88 votes, and Smith, 72 votes.
Connie Martinez and Jay Kingston were elected to the Jayton-Girard ISD Board of Trustees. Martinez received 83 votes and Kingston, 80 votes, to be elected from a field of six candidates vying for two positions.

Other vote tallies in that election, also held Saturday, were:
George Alderman 37 votes
Sherry Doss 58 votes
Shawn Hart 35 votes
Jace Baker 15 votes

Sue Maben and Bedford Jones were elected to the Spur ISD Board of Trustees in that election, also held on Saturday. Maben, a former Spur ISD teacher, defeated write-in candidate Misti Castillo, 25-9 votes, for the Place 4 position. Jones was unopposed in his bid for the Place 5 position.

Patton Springs ISD will not hold their election until November in conjunction with the General Election.
Candidates for the Dickens City Council and the Spur City Council were unopposed, so elections were not held in those municipalities.

cindit @ 11:34 am
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Life is frustrating–Let’s weed the garden

Posted on Thursday 6 May 2010

We have had a wonderful, wet Spring which has led to beautiful flowers, but lots of weeds. As I drive the highways I notice that the weeds have gotten so tall they have obscured the roadside flowers. The same has occurred in my flower beds and gardens at home. In fact the size of the weeds I pulled–or in some cases whacked–yesterday afternoon look like they have been on steroids this year.

Following a brief weeding session in which I only conquered one bed, I had to stop to go to a weekly bible study I attend. Last night we covered Matthew chapter 13 where you will find the parable of the weeds:
“Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “

This week was a frustrating week. Sometimes I wonder if I am just spinning my wheels. On days when I feel this way I find it at least a little rewarding to work out my frustrations by weeding. Alas, just like the farmer says in the parable, I ended up pulling more than just weeds. I also pulled out some of the pretty flowers along with those weeds. The farmer is right. It is a futile effort, because you can uproot some really good stuff by taking out your frustration on the bad weeds. That’s kind of what I did this week. I expressed frustration toward someone and may have uprooted some good planted in my relationship with that person.

cindit @ 3:53 pm
Posted under: Local Life
Spur Swimming Pool not accepted for Pepsi grant project

Posted on Monday 3 May 2010

If you want to vote for Spur Swimming Pool in the online Pepsi Refresh Project, you will have to wait at least until June 1 after the application submitted by Joyce Howze on behalf of the City of Spur was not accepted for May voting.

Many people went to the website http://www.refresheverything.com last weekend to cast their vote for the pool, but were unable to find it among the projects listed. When contacted to find out what happened, Howze told The Texas Spur that the project was not accepted. She said that the deadline for submitting the application was midnight May 1, but she wasn’t aware that 100 runners-up from the previous month’s contenders would be transferred to May for voting to give them another shot.

Howze explained that the application process works on a “first-come, first-served basis” and submissions begin the first of the month at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and end at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on the 15th of the month or when the first 1,000 applications are received, whichever occurs first. Since Spur didn’t appear, Pepsi must have reached their limit of 1,000 applications before the idea for Spur Swimming Pool was received which means the Refresh Project must have received more than 900 new entries for May.

Howze said she plans to resubmit the application for the pool next month.

“I don’t see this as a total loss because we can reapply,” said Howze.

She intends to use the picture that people turned out for at the pool on April 24 for other grant applications the city intends to pursue. She sees the fact that so many people turned out for the photo as a huge success, because it shows that people support the pool project.

“When people unite for a common cause good things always happen, and I can see our community uniting for this,” said Howze.

A grant from Pepsi would cover half the minimal amount of $441,000 proposed for replacing the pool with one of the same size and repairing the bathhouse. The remainder of the funding would come from other grants and even donations. A fund has been established by the Friends of Main Street at Spur Security Bank to accept donations for the project. For more information on contributing to the project contact Joyce Howze at 806-271-4392 or the City of Spur, 806-271-3316.

cindit @ 3:56 pm
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Spur Swimming Pool not accepted for Pepsi Refresh Project

Posted on Monday 3 May 2010

I have been fielding questions from people who have gone online to vote for the Spur Swimming Pool in the Pepsi Refresh Project. I called the person who was submitting it, Joyce Howze of Spur, this morning to find out what happened. She told me it wasn’t accepted.

I’ll have more later. Check this week’s Texas Spur to find out what happened.

cindit @ 10:18 am
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“Stored” memories destroyed in flames

Posted on Friday 26 March 2010

Spur lost another nostalgic landmark early Friday morning, March 26, when Rett’s Grocery & Station (previously known as Todd’s and, before that, Hill’s) burned to the ground. The Spur Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire about 1:00 a.m. from a call by a resident living near the store. It appears the fire started in the attic of the building located at 601 West Harris. It then spread to the ground floor where flames engulfed the west side of the building. Fortunately the gas pumps, located on the opposite end of the building, were not involved in the fire, and surrounding homes avoided damage. There were no injuries.

Many in Spur, and those who grew up in Spur, remember it as Todd’s, and before that, as Hill’s where they may have stopped in for drinks and snacks. I remember going to Hill’s Grocery with my grandmother in the afternoon where she would buy candy for me. My favorite thing was the small football-shaped milk chocolate packaged in brown foil printed like a football. I remember Homer Hill would wash the windshield while filling our car with gas. As he got older his eyesight waned, and so would clarity of those window washings. Streaks would usually be left behind, and my dad would say, “Looks like Homer washed the windshield.” So, I have some fond memories of trips to Hill’s and, later, Todd’s. Late last year Georgia Todd sold the store to Robert and Loretta Waddell, and the store became known as Rett’s. We grieve with them in their loss.

I am sure many of you have fond memories of your own. Feel free to share them by leaving a comment, and see photos of the fire and its aftermath in our photo gallery.

Cindi @ 2:49 pm
Posted under: Local Life and Uncategorized
What ever happened to “public servants”?

Posted on Friday 5 March 2010

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Delaware) was called “the public servants’ defender” this week in an article on thehill.com (http://thehill.com/capital-living/84585-the-public-servants-defender). I found it when I simply Googled the term “public servant” this morning, because I had been thinking about the fact that this is a term that we rarely hear anymore in reference to our elected officials. I also discovered in this morning’s quest that a public servant is defined as “a person who holds a government position by election or appointment”.

In Kaufman’s case he is referring to a public servant as a “federal employee” and seems to have excluded himself from this term, as it appears many of our elected officials have, thus the reason the term has fallen out of fashion. For example, on the hill today in Washington we have a president and his political party’s elected trying to cram a health care reform bill down the public’s throat while that public is screaming, “Stop it! Don’t do this, please!!”

So when did our elected officials quit serving the public, therefore no longer being referred to or referring to themselves as “public servants”? I think the answer is when they stopped listening to their constituents and began pushing their own personal agendas. I guess they think the public is just too stupid to know what’s good for us, so these no-longer-public-servants will just go ahead and jam it into our mouths all the while shouting above our screams “By God, you’re going to take this medicine whether it’s good for you or not!”

“If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes.”
Noah Webster, History of the United States:1832

Cindi @ 11:42 am
Posted under: Local Life and Local Politics
So you want to run for public office?!

Posted on Tuesday 5 January 2010

So you want to run for public office?! A trail of candidates have entered the political scene in local county races this year looking for…well…I don’t know what. Change I suppose. But at what price comes this change for those who have thrown themselves into the political race whether it be for county judge, county commissioner, county justice of the peace, or any other public office.

Whenever anyone decides he/she wants change and takes it upon himself to make it happen, whether in the social or personal arena, one can bet there will be sacrifice. I watched an interview this morning with Ann Romney, wife of politician Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008. She referred to the political scene as “tough”. To say the least, I’m sure. Just ask Sarah Palin. She of all people knows what it’s like to be on the road just trying to get elected at the voting polls.

If a candidate makes it out of the polls still alive, it is really only the beginning. Once elected the candidate-now-public-official will face further scrutiny as he/she begins putting his/her ideas into action. No longer is he/she a candidate just running for office, now he/she is employed by that office which is owned and paid for by the public. And guess what, the public’s opinion of he/she and their actions matters, especially if he/she wishes to remain employed in that position.

Good luck and best wishes to those who have begun the journey to an elected office. But be aware that it will be a road that is sometimes rough and often discouraging. And if you arrive successfully at the courthouse, that’s when the “tough” arena called politics really gets rugged. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, and don’t forget who you are working for.

Cindi @ 4:13 pm
Posted under: Local Life and Local Politics
A five-legged heifer

Posted on Friday 23 October 2009

Being a small-town newspaper editor offers some unique photo opportunities. At least I don’t think newspaper editors in larger dailies are offered such chances as the one I was invited to witness yesterday. A guy drove up to the office in his old farm pickup with its typical-looking farm-worn patina pulling an equally scruffy looking stock trailer. The farmer asked us if we had ever seen a five-legged cow. Our expressions of doubt led to his insistence for us to come outside and see for ourselves.

We felt sure he had to be pulling one of our four legs, as we followed him out to the trailer waiting for the joke to fall on us. Peering between the bars on the trailer we looked inside and saw a black heifer who communicated her contention toward us by her worried pacing. The darkness of the trailer blended with her dark coat made it difficult to find, but in time our eyes adjusted to the low light and focused to find that the heifer did indeed have a fifth leg, albeit much shorter than the other four. It dangled from the right lower joint of the heifer’s front right leg.

The farmer’s buddies at the cafe suggested he bring her by the newspaper office for a photo, but the low light situation and my resistance to climbing inside the trailer with the agitated creature prevented taking one. So, you’ll just to have to take me at my word and know that I am not just pulling one of your legs.

Cindi @ 11:45 am
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