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Thursday, December 4, 1997
West Texas banks give $25,000 for Sandhills
West Texas area banks have donated $25,000 to the $160,000 campaign to enhance Monahans Sandhills State Park.
The early Christmas gift came from a bank holding company whose properties include First State Bank of Monahans, Kermit State Bank and the Bank of the West in Odessa.
First State Bank President Charles Wade, above right, made the presentation to Kitty Dunagan, chair of the Friends of Monahans Sandhills State Park, in front of the park reception center's parking lot where work already is in progress.
The gift pushes the total collected so far to $134,000, $26,000 short of the fund drive's goal.
"We are optimistic that we will be able to reach our goal by the end of the year," said Dunagan as she thanked Wade and the area banks.
"West Texas Banks are pleased to have a part in putting the Monahans Sandhills State Park on a sound financial basis for the future," said Wade as he presented the gift to Dunagan.
Money from the fund drive is being combined with state funds for renovation and enhancement of the park and its museum/interpretive center.
Work already is in progress and the center's park offices have moved temporarily to the Section House in the park until its completion. Officials note those visiting the park should turn right on the road immediately after the entrance and just before the center's parking area to go toward the Section House.
Wade says directors of area banks voted unanimously to make the gift to the Sandhills.
Continues Wade: "Tourists dollars are one of the best contributions to the local economy because these rarely require large investments in schools, roads or other services normally required to service new businesses.
Pat Finley retiring
Ward County Clerk Pat Finley says she is retiring. Even if it is the Christmas season, we should all feel a little somber. Finley is one of those elected officials anyone can use as a good example of why democracy is the best, allbeit not perfect, form of government the mind of man has yet devised.
Pat Finley did her job and she has done it well. She has been in office since 1979 and she feels it is time to stop and smell the roses for a little while. She deserves that. She has served the people and she has served them well.
But Pat Finley's kind of retirement looks like it could be tiring. She plans to keep working in the community, the church, the library, the Ward County Archives and then pull a stint or two with the hospital auxiliary.
On further consideration, that's the kind of retirement you would expect from a county clerk who once was chosen the most outstanding county clerk in Texas by her fellow county and court clerks. That was in 1990 and 1991.
Pat, we don't want to see you go but we understand why you have decided to take a rest.
After all, as you have noted, you really might need to "get my house and closets clean." But we'd bet your house and closets are as pristine as the offices and records of the Ward County Clerk.
Thank you, Pat V. Finley.
No one could replace you as county clerk. It would not be right to expect that of who ever your successor might be.
Jo Ann Roark first candidate to file
Clerk Jo Ann Roark of the 143rd Judicial District was the first
Roark filed the formal documents Wednesday morning with Triva Oxedine,
Candidates for the primary elections have until Jan. 2 to file with
Political season officially begins in County
Pat V. Finley, who has been Ward County Clerk nearly two decades and
Both are Democrats.
Finley says it is time for her to surrender her office "and get my house
"I'd like to travel some and spend more time 'just not hurrying'," says
Welch also looks forard to time away from the courthouse.
"I'm going to retire," Welch says.
I'm turning 65 and my wife's prepariang to retire at her job. lMy wife's
Those decisions by incumbents to retire were the major developments of
By Tuesday, Dec. 2, two potential county clerk candidates - Finley's
Finley's pending retirement marks the end of a career in elective office
Says Finley: "As I look back, I have seen many changes since I started working for Ward County: Walter Harwell was the County Judge, followed by Carl D. )Toon) Estes; E.A. King, Chester Taggart, Richard Sitz and currently, Sam G. Massey.
"The jail was on the third floor of the Courthouse and Blackie McNerlin
"All the record books were in the entrance area of the office and we
Finely says she is "extremely proud of the condition of those records.
She thanks the citizens.
"The people of Ward County have been so very good to me," declares
Says the County Clerk: "When I went to work for Ward County, our
What are her plans?
"After I retire (and get my house and closets clean) I would like to do
Candidates file campaign treasurer
Candidates for party nominations to Ward County offices at stake in the
Only after this is done, says FInley, can the candidates file for either
So far, the county clerk reports, the following potential candidates
County Commissioner Pct. 4
County Commissioner Pct. 2
Justice of the Peace Pct. 2
Justice of the Peace Pct. 1
Ward County Clerk
Yuletide tradition in the park
In Hill Park across from the courthouse in Monahans, the Monoahans High School band plays at the traditional start of the Christmas season in Ward County. Citizens gathered in the park on the pre-Thanksgiving weekend.
City Christmas tinsel
Last weekend, a special projects team from The Monahans News toured
The focus of this study was City Christmas Tinsel, the stuff that
Here is the result of this special fact finding trip. The City Christmas
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