September 2009

community focus
Alvord/Chico area edition

Wise County Messenger

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WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Welcome to the Wise County do, get one-on-one with community Messenger’s Community Focus. leaders, dig deeper into stories in Each month we will take a closer the news, find best-kept secrets and look at your community, invite you to submit news, focusing on the news and and especially photos, of life photos that make the in your community. And so much more. Alvord and Chico areas of For advertisers, our county great. Community Focus offers Community Focus is the merchants the opportunity result of our exploration of to target their customers ways to better serve Wise with a local product that County readers. Ironically, blankets their market. it was our investigation of And we welcome any Internet-based new media and all suggestions. Give that led us to a new print PHIL MAJOR us a call, or use the handy product. online submission form at Regardless of method of wcmessenger.com. delivery, readers want local news. We hope you enjoy the Wise And by creating the Community County Messenger’s Community Focus. Focus, we plan to shine the light ! into Wise County communities to E-mail your photos, story offer a more detailed look. ideas or favorite family recipe to Each week we will target a focus@wcmessenger.com or call different area of the county and (940) 627-5987 and ask for the tell you about the people and newsroom. places that make it special. ! We plan to highlight more news Visit Community Focus online at from our schools, feature your www.wcmessenger.com/focus neighbors and the good things they

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SKEET SHOOT — Alvord FFA will have a skeet shoot starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Oak Hill MX Park, County Road 1270 between Alvord and Decatur. The event will also have a .22-caliber rifle giveaway, raffles, an auction and other prizes. CHICOFEST — Chicofest is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Chico square. Booths can be rented for $5 or $10 with electricity by calling (940) 644-2515. The event will include a cake walk, horseshoes, a beauty pageant featuring Chico High School boys at 11 a.m. and bingo at 1 p.m. A picnic will follow Chicofest in the park. FALL FEST — Alvord’s Fall Fest is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in downtown Alvord. To reserve a booth, call city hall at (940) 427-5916. BOOK SALE — The Chico Library is having an ongoing book sale during library hours, 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. LIBRARY HOURS — The Alvord Public Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD
The Alvord School Board approved the budget and tax rate for the 2009-2010 school year at the Aug. 27 meeting. Members approved a budget of $8,436,704 for the fiscal year, compared to a budget of $13,419,350 last year. The board approved a tax rate of $1.34, the same rate as the previous year.

ON THE COVER
Nikki Weatherly, right, was crowned Chico High School homecoming queen Sept. 11. She was presented the crown by last year’s queen, Megan Cantrell, left. Escorts were Abby Hand and Marcus Delgado. Photo was taken by Johnny Britton. Do you know of something noteworthy around the Chico and Alvord areas? E-mail focus@wcmessenger.com or call (940) 627-5987.

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LET’S DISH

Banana Split Sundae
This month’s dish is submitted by Minnie Jennings at the Old Drugstore in Chico
1 banana 1 scoop each of Homemade Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate Blue Bell ice cream Whipped cream Strawberry topping Chocolate topping Pineapple topping 2 maraschino cherries

The summer is melting into fall, but the hot temperatures are still hanging around. Having a little bit of ice cream is the perfect way to cool off on a sweltering afternoon. At The Old Drugstore in Chico, Minnie

Jennings makes the perfect accompaniment to a good air conditioner — a traditional banana split. Jennings said the treat is ordered year round and is a good dessert to split with a friend.

Split the banana in half and place in a bowl. Put scoops of ice cream on top of bananas, then put pineapple topping on top of the vanilla scoop, strawberry topping on the strawberry scoop and chocolate topping on the chocolate scoop. Top with whipped cream and two cherries.

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DEGREES — FFA degrees were awarded to, from left, Lincoln McNabb, Josh Romines, Megan Cantrell and Casey Spann. Not pictured is Brad Farell and Jacob Creighton.

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Chico FFA members Megan Cantrell, Jacob Creighton, Brad Farell, Lincoln McNabb, Josh Romines and Casey Spann were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree at the 81st annual Texas FFA Convention July 7-10 in Dallas. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by Texas FFA.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes the members’ agricultural awareness, leadership, career development and active involvement in the FFA organization. Cantrell also won the state outdoor recreation proficiency and received a $200 check from the state FFA convention.

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YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS
Have a photo you’d like to share with us? We’ll choose one (or maybe two) each month to publish in our “Your Life in Focus” feature. Be sure and tell us what is going on in the photo, where it was taken and any other significant detail. This month’s photo of a 2-year-old border collie named Penny Poot was sent to us earlier this year by Marla Torres of Chico.

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Coffman Tank Trucks & Messenger Office Supply:
Believing they can get the job done right matters a lot to the folks at Coffman Tank Trucks in Chico. When J.D. and Terrisa Coffman asked their 225 employees to choose a slogan, they responded with: “Coffman Confidence: Confidence in Safety. Confidence in Service. Confidence in Coffman.” And we’re proud of Coffman’s confidence in Messenger Office Supply to quickly and competitively meet their office product needs. “We get all kinds of e-mails from office-supply companies. I just delete them,” Terrisa said. “J.D. says that when we need something, just call the Messenger.” A 30-year veteran of hauling salt water from the oilfield to disposal sites, Coffman started the firm in 2003, operating from his pickup truck. “The Messenger worked with us from the beginning,” Terrisa explained. “They have been loyal to us, and we’re just returning the favor.” Coffman Tank Trucks relies on Messenger Office Supply’s free next-day delivery and on its account representative, Carrie Adkins. “When I need something, I don’t look in the catalog. I just call Carrie, and she takes total care of us,” Terrisa said. Despite its size, Coffman operates like a close-knit Christian family. “We have been very blessed. God is part of our business. If it weren’t for him we wouldn’t be here,” Terrisa said with confidence.

We Put The SERVE in Service

Coffman Tank Trucks co-owners J.D. and Terrisa Coffman with Messenger Office Supply’s Carrie Adkins.

About Coffman...
J.D. Coffman speaks from experience when he explains how a fully-loaded vehicle weighing 80,000 pounds should be operated. He started as a driver in the oilfield when he was 18 years old. J.D. is geared toward safety. A professional driving school teaches classes at Coffman’s headquarters. “We have driving classes pretty much every day,” J.D. said. “The more qualified your personnel are, the more you’re equipped to do the job at task. Driving is 90% of what they do.” Coffman has a full service department to keep its vehicles on the road. “We owe it to our customers to always be ready when they need us. They don’t stop drilling on Christmas Day,” Terrisa Coffman noted.

Carrie Adkins with Coffman Tank Trucks dispatcher Steven Bredemeyer and operations administrator Gail Berg. Messenger Office Supply offers free delivery on orders of $25 or more to all of Wise County including Coffman’s headquarters in Chico.

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