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4-H leaders recognized for outstanding service
By Dakota McDonald/The Post Dispatch—
Numerous Garza County 4-H leaders, including Ray and Celia Mason, Marcella Oden and Elizabeth Payton, were recognized for their outstanding service at the recent Garza County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.
Presented with the 4-H Distinguished Leader Award and the 20 Year Excellent Service to 4-H Award were Ray and Celia Mason who often volunteer at the Palmer Gun Club, coaching others on basic shooting fundamentals, safety and gun fit.
Marcella Oden was presented with The Backbone Award for her constant dedication to the 4-H Club and her commitment to keep it running.
Elizabeth Payton, who was unable to attend the meeting, was recognized for being a recent Gold Star Award Recipient, the highest achievement award given by the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program.
Awards were presented to recipients by Danya Peterson, CEA-ANR.
Following previous presentations by Election Systems and Software and Hart Intercivic, the court voted against purchasing a new voting system.
Garza County had formerly received a $120,000 election security matching grant from the Texas Secretary of State to purchase a new voting system. Through the grant, the county was required to match $16,000, making the available funds $136,000.
In the record vote, Commissioners Jeff Williams, Precinct 1; Charles Morris, Precinct 2; Ted Brannon, Precinct 3; and Jerry Benham, Precinct 4, voted against while County Judge Lee Norman voted in favor of the purchase of a new voting system.
The court approved the Garza County Historical Board, an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting and researching historical information. Presented for appointment were Linda Puckett, Nancy Thuett, Pat Cruse, Jeff Williams, Judy Bush, Ruth Ann Young and Margie Maestas.
In county reports, Sheriff Terry Morgan informed the court that 76 inmates are currently residing in the county jail, 44 of which are Garza County inmates. Morgan also announced that the sheriff’s office is in the process of receiving repair bids and trading in patrol vehicles.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Dec. 28.