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The Paris News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Paris, Texas
Wheels Fords mt5 the finest Taurus yet Page 9 ism keyboard types in chinese Page 5 Nell Sperry gardeners mailbag Page 3 saturday May 31 1986 117th Yew no 298 30 pages in 2 sections 25 army cavalry horse platoon brings Back yesterday son of Valliant couple helps keep spirit traditions of mounted military alive fort Hood was once a vanished Breed of men lives again in soldiers like set Jerry l Mitchell Mitchell is a ghost from the army past who is just As at Home with an 1873 Springfield carbine As he is with an m16 assault Rifle he is a trooper who daily gallops out of the pages of americas history to keep alive the traditions and spirit of americas mounted military Man Mitchell is a horse Soldier with the 1st cavalry divisions cavalry horse platoon Mitchell 28 son of Georgia Ruf Fin and Stepson of James Ruffin and Soninlaw of Marion and thelmer Smith All of Valliant is one of a select 24 soldiers out of some men in the 1st cavalry division who Wear the traditional cavalry Blue uniforms and Stetson and perform for audiences ranging from groups of Grade school children to audiences at the 1985 presidential inauguration its strictly a Volunteer assignment for Cav troopers at this Southwest fort one that Many vie for but few will attain in a Bradley fighting vehicle crewman with the 1st cavalry Divi Sion but in currently the wheel supervisor and assistant Saddler and Section Leader with the cavalry horse said Mitchell i saw the horse platoon perform at the red River army depot and i liked what i saw so when i came to fort Hood i tried out for the platoon and made founded in 1972 the cavalry horse platoon is the last mounted army cavalry unit in the army it strives for authenticity by Pony soldiers Pony soldiers of the 1st cavalry divisions cavalry horse platoon cover an a horsed trooper As Hes helped up on another troopers horse during a Riding demonstration at fort Hood Texas army photo by staff sgt Gary Tomoyasu Scott Scudder eyed As first round pick from wire and staff reports once again the eyes of professional baseball scouts Are upon Young promising prospects from Texas on june 2 when the Amateur draft begins several of the states ripest could be taken in the first round and Pra Rilands Scott scud Der should be one of the first Tex ans picked the scouts have told me this is the Best crop to come out of Texas in the draft said Allan Simp son editor of baseball four maybe even five should go in the firs round there have never been More than three in any one year there seems to be even More Talent than usual 15 or 20 Texas High school players May be drafted in the first five in the 21 years of the draft 33 texans have been drafted in the first round scouts attribute the traditionally Strong state Talent to population climate and coaching i used to work in new England and you would have to drive1 for Miles before you see a Good pro said Stan Saleski a new York Yankees scout Here you can drive for an hour and find four Good Bill Scudder the Prai Riland High school baseball coach has been entertaining scouts from see draft pm 1 tax refund checks go out unsigned Austin Texas a the Treasury department has some Good news bad news and Good news for taxpayers your Check really is in the mail unfortunately its not signed but dont worry Banks will Honor it the unsigned checks mostly for kansans resulted from a malfunctioning Treasury department machine that nor Mally Stamps irs regional director Gordon p Hickamn signature times an hour said Eugene sides Deputy regional manager for the departments financial manage ment service the machine was out of whack for about 45 minutes last week sides said thursday this Type of thing would nor Mally be caught it could have been caught through Quality control procedures but they got this has happened from time to said Jim Laforest a spokesman in Washington for the Treasury department which writes 800 million checks a year but the checks Are perfectly Good so Meone who received one should just take it to the Bank and the Bank will process the Treasury department has notified the Federal Reserve Bank of the serial numbers and Date of the unsigned checks he said it was a print malfunction sometimes the Ink will run out and fade we dont really know Why it happens fourteen thousand is a fair amount its happened before for 100 at a time everybody knows what to do about Index wins another Pra Rilands Scott Scudder throws one in to a wills Point Batter during the two teams area playoff game thurs Day night Scudder who has been mentioned As one the top pro draft picks in mondays draft struck out 15 and gave up two hits in a 71 win Over the tigers photo by Dee Edwards phone 7858744 7855538 using equipment from actual 1861model cavalry sabers and 45caliber Colt single action pistols to a restored Studebaker escort Wagon used to haul supplies in the 1890s but authenticity Doest Stop with the trappings of the cavalry troopers these throwbacks to the Indian wars must also master the use of their weapons tactics and horses through the use of the 1873 manual of cavalry tactics i haunt Ridden a horse in about five years when i tried out for the platoon and they had me ride the test ride with my arms Down by my sides it was hard i had to learn to ride using my left hand to control the horse because the right is used for the the men of the cavalry horse platoon showcase the professionalism and Cando attitude that has carried the Pony Soldier through the carnage of the civil War and the Indian campaigns to the mechanized warfare in world War ii and helicopter assaults of the Vietnam conflict its a Tough never ending Job that takes these troopers from coast to coast thrill ing audiences by depicting the army of yesterday and today i enjoy being in the horse Pla Toon because were the Only unit like it in the army said Mitchell we always train hard to do our shows but its Worth it i like the people i work with working with the horse and going to places doing our thing i also enjoy working with the old weapons its Nice to talk with the kids and people who see our performances Mitchell and his v i Thelma have four children Letanna 5 Bethel 4 2 and Jessica 5 months getting ready army sgt Jerry l Mitchell of Valliant gives his Colt 45 pistol a final butting before a weapons demonstration Mitchell is a Volunteer trooper with the 1st cavalry divisions cavalry horse platoon at fort Hood Texas army photo by staff sgt Gary Tomoyasu 3 commissioner candidates answer questions at forum v James c Wheeler by ski Crrie Langston news staff writer three of the four men vying for two spots on the Lamar county commissioners court took the Opportunity thursday to discuss their qualifications for the office and Field audience questions at the Paris Jaycees forum the two precinct 4 commissioner candidates incumbent James c Dode Wheeler and Vic easter Wood and precinct 2 commissioner candidate Ronald Dockrey were present incumbent precinct 2 commissioner Maxie Wofford was absent the questions ranged from the current tax rate Homestead exemptions Road conditions and county sales taxes the precinct 4 candidates took the microphones first and were asked if the county tax rate is too Low too High or just right to adequately serve the county needs answering first Wheeler said when i took Over in 1979 the tax rate was 37 cents on valuations now its 45 cents on a valuation by mandate we had to raise it three percent to work Over the jail i think the people of Lamar county get their moneys Worth for what the county tax Easterwood said i feel like we could get by a lot better personally i feel like its about the next question was posed to determine the candidates stand on offering Homestead exemptions to county taxpayers since the valuations due out soon Are expected to be much higher Easterwood said he was not familiar enough with the Issue in answer and Wheeler pointed out Victor Easterwood that the county senior citizen exemptions take a lot off the the next question was How county Road maintenance can be improved yes it can be Wheeler said Price of Oil is coming Down now i have 125 Miles of Oil Road in my precinct they can be improved our budget is to run 12 months on including salary and benefits for myself and six and a half men that approximately comes off for salary 1 think they can be improved but we have 261 Miles to keep up with that 125 Miles of Oil Road is hard to keep up we Haven had the Money to recoil we just have to keep Patching Easterwood said 1 personally feel like the biggest problem we have with our county roads right now is our ditches the water runs Down our roads instead of our Dit Ches without some form of drainage i dont see How can improve our Road when asked what Aid the county could offer the 9 000 or so residents who will be without commodities during the four months after the government halts funding for the distribution program easter Wood swirl he was not familiar enough with the Issue to answer and Wheeler advocated a sales tax As the solution the Best tax form of any is a county sales tax and the commissioners have been trying to get a sales tax for the last 20 years know if we could get a one cent Emiliy sales tax we could lower our and Valorme tax in the said such a sales tax Ronald Dockrey would require statutory changes through the legislature concerning a minimum Security jail for the county Easterwood said a minimum Security jail would be about the Only thing that you could go to right now with the system set up like it Wheeler said we have All that Money to pay Back that we sold Bonds for to rework this jail 1 think it could be worked when asked if they approved or disapproved of the county participation in a consolidated tax col Lection unit administered by the appraisal District Easterwood said he answer because he was not too Well versed on these taxes that everybody interested Wheeler said he approved i think it would save Money we have to pay so much on that tax appraisal Board and i think it would improve the condition of the taxes in the Dockrey answered those same questions As Well a few others when asked if he supported a new jail for the county he said the old courthouse was built in the Wagon and mule Days and its possibly the Best Structure in Paris but its maybe not the Best Struc Ture for a jail you have to take into consideration that there Are people who work in the courthouse and safety is involved in not saying that the Law enforcement Doest take care of the situation in jus saying that it should be t consideration i say in for a new jail t really am saying that the people need to dictate what scr of okla pc 1
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