The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1985 Page: 1 of 10
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^ glancing around
... by the editor
No doubt about it, football is a
rough game. There are a lot of
ways to get hurt, but thanks to
pads and helmets, the bloodlett-
ing is kept to a minimum. But,
I've played rougher games.
There is a rougher game which
f I will describe in detail. I came
to my opinion about the game
rougher than football late one
night. It went like this.
1 was sleeping for all I was
worth. It was comfortable, com-
plete, unconscious sleep - no
tossing or turning or rapid eye
movements. I was sleeping the
~ sleep only one with a clear con-
™ scious can sleep.
An electrifying screech
pierced my sleep. "WALLY
COX", shouted my wife. That
shout hit me at least 210 volts
worth. 1 levitated straight up
about a foot, came down, hit my
head on the headboard, raised
up, pulled a muscle in my back
and fell off the bed. I hit my knee
V then fell face first into the wall. I
watched football all day New
Year's Day and never saw an in-
jury as bad as the one I suffered
Now here is a little more back-
ground on my injury caused by
the game. Trivial Pursuit. We
had been playing the game with
V friends earlier in the day. You
play and play and rack the reces-
ses and convolutions of your
cranium trying your best to
dredge up answers to questions
that are mostly useless. The
more avid players writhe in
agony and w hen they finally give
up on a particular question and
then they say I knew that. 1 knew
a that," and they hit their fore-
^ heads with the heel of their hand
and slap the table.
Some questions in the game go
like this: "What was Juliet's
last name in Shakespeare's
'Romeo and Juliet'? Answer-
Capulet. You knew that. You
studied it in high school. Or,
'What was Scarlett O'Hara's
real first name?'....Katie is the
answer. Or, "What is the name
of the camel on the camel cig-
arettes' pack?....Old Joe. How
tall is gourmet cook Julia Child?
...6 feet 2 inches. "What child-
ren's product does Binney and
crayons. 'Tess Truehart is the
wife of what comic strip charac-
ter? "...Dick Tracy of course.
"What were the names of the
two gangs in West Side Story...
The Jets and the Sharks. And on
infinitum, ad nauseum.
I happen to be best when I
land on the yellow squares. My
wife will kill you when she lands
on the pink squares. The pink
squares deal with entertain-
ment and old movies and such.
After a trivially spent after-
noon, 1 was watching an old mov-
ie and there was a radar operator
in a submarine show. 1 innocent-
ly, between bites of my sand-
wich, asked my better half,
"Who is that?" 1 could see her
tense up as the familiar look
came over her face. She strained
to answer the incredibly trivial
question. "1 know who that is,
she said. And I'll think of it."
She walked around the rest of
the evening hitting her fist into
the palm of her hand and waving
clenched fists into the air mutter-
ing to herself.
My clear conscience allows me
to fall asleep almost immediate-
ly. A T.V. going and lights on
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Miss 1985 arrived at
5:45 a.m. January 1
The Big Lake Chamber of
Commerce did not have to wait
long on the first baby of 1985.
Julia Ann Olivas was born in
Reagan Memorial Hospital at
5:45 a.m. on January 1, 1985.
The Big Lake Chamber of Com-
merce has several participating
businesses who will give the new
arrival prizes and merchandise
as part of their annual 'First Ba-
by of the Year' contest.
Julia Ann is the newest daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ildefonso Oli-
vas who live near the Tex-Cot
Gin in North Reagan County.
The new 1985 arrival weighed in
at 8 lbs. 1/2 oz. and was deliv-
ered by Dr. C. S. Nunnally. Jul-
ia Ann is the seventh child in the
Chamber members participat-.
ing in the "First Baby" contest
include Big Lake Supermarket,
Blue Chateau, The Davis Com-
pany, Matthews, Love's Kid
Stuff, Reagan Professional
Pharmacy, T & C Village Market,
Martin's Dept. Store, Schaible's
Grocery, Big Lake Wildcat, Pop-
pa Joe's, and Shot's conven-
Tourney started in 1929
54th boys tournament starts today
Area basketball teams will be
competing against Mother Na-
ture as well as opposing teams as
action in the 54th Annual RCHS
Boys basketball tournament is
scheduled to get underway here
today. Snow started falling New
Year's day in Big Lake and resi-
dents all over West Texas woke
up Wednesday morning to as
much as six inches of snow on the
ground and icy road conditions.
The oldest tournament in West
Texas was started in 1929 by
F. F. Tannery. The first game
was played in the basement of
the now demolished junior high
school building. The gymnasi-
um was the only indoor court in
West Texas at the time. The first
tournament was such a success,
plans were made in January 1930
to hold a second tournament. A
San Angelo Daily Times article
in 1930 said "Big Lake boasts a
fine indoor court and the San An-
gelo team being an outdoor club,
of course will be at a disadvan-
tage. But (San Angelo) Coach
Wright, having no gymnasium at
home contemplates sending this
club to the tournament just to
gain experience on a gymnasi-
West Texas sports figure Blon-
dy Cross wrote a colorful story on
the tournament in the February
14, 1930 issue of the Wildcat.
Big Lake lost the championship
game 24-23 in triple overtime to
Alpine in the 1930 tournament.
This year ten teams will be
trying for the championship title
of the legendary RCHS tourna-
ment. Teams entered include
host Reagan County, Crane,
Ozona, Eldorado, Ballinger, Col-
orado City, Greenwood, Sonora,
McCamey, and Kermit. Crane
won last year's tournament by
defeating Greenwood in the fin-
al game 61-48.
Eldorado is scheduled to play
Ozona at 5:30 p.m. Thursday
followed by Reagan County
against Crane at 7 in the high
school gym and Sonora against
McCamey at 7 at the middle
school. Colorado City will play
Greenwood at 8:30 p.m. to wind
down Thursday's action. RCHS
Coach Barry Voss said this
year's tournament is literally up
for grabs. "We have four or five
teams who could be considered
strong contenders for the cham-
pionship this year. And the other
teams know that anything is pos-
sible at the RCHS tournament",
said Coach Voss.
County officials swom in to their terms of office er, and Reagan County Sheriff Paul Weatherby.
on January 1, 1985 include top row L-R: Commis- Bottom row L-R is County Judge Frank Sandel and
sioner Pet. 1 Lester Ratliff, Commissioner Pet. Tax Assessor-Collector Christine Gardner.
3 Bill Schneemann, Constable Pet. 2 Jimmy Farm-
Top stories of 1984 are concluded................
'Jane Doe' was buried in August 1984
1984 was a newsworthy year
for Big Lake and Reagan County
residents. The top news stories
of 1984 in review are concluded
On Wednesday, August 8 at
approximately 9:10 p.m., a pas-
sing motorist noticed something
Reagan County officials were
sworn into office January 1 at
10:00 a.m. before a large crowd
of friends and county employees.
County Judge Frank Sandel gave
the oath of office to Paul Weath-
erby who assumed duties as
sheriff of Reagan County. Af-
ter the oath was given, the crowd
gave the new sheriff a hearty
round of applause.
After administering the oath
of office to Weatherby, the judge
gave the oath of office to county
tax assessor-collector Christine
Gardner and Constable of pre-
cinct two, Jimmy Farmer. Mrs.
this week. A review of the news
from January through July 1984
was run in last week's Wildcat.
laying in the eastbound lane of
Highway 67. The motorist pas-
sed the form, turned around to
investigate, and found the body
Gardner has been a county of-
ficial for several years and Farm-
er is assuming his elected posi-
tion for the first time.
Commissioners Lester Ratliff
and Bill Schneemann took their
oaths of office to conclude the
ceremonies and official action.
Ratliff has held office longer than
any other county elected official
and Schneemann is assuming
duties for the county for the first
time. Schneemann served sev-
eral terms as mayor of the City of
Big Lake. Ratliff will serve as
commissioner of precinct one and
Schneemann will serve precinct
of a female laying on the pave-
ment on the shoulder of the road.
The motorist flagged down the
driver of a passing pickup and
the person relayed the message
to the Sheriff’s department dis-
patcher. A Big Lake Volunteer
Fire Department ambulance
crew was dispatched to the scene
along with sheriff's deputies and
DPS Troopers Leo Arrieta and
Bill Franklin. A search of the
scene was conducted the night of
the incident using the fire de-
partments high powered area
flood lights and BLVFD volun-
teers. A more extensive search
of the area was conducted the
next morning. Given the name of
Jane Doe, the young woman was
buried Wednesday afternoon,
August 15, at 2:30 in a simple
graveside ceremony held by
J. B. Bitner, Jr., pastor of Big
Lake’s First Baptist Church.
State Troopers Arrieta and
Franklin continue their inves-
tigation, aided by Texas Ran-
ger Pete Montemayor, Reagan
County Sheriff’s officers and
other area law enforcement of-
Reagan County School Trus-
tees took some of the ‘sting’ out
of last month’s controversial
teacher housing rent increase
decision. The board voted 5-2
to decrease the amount of rent
previously set by $125.00. The
new rents will be $125.00 for a
two bedroom house, $175.00 for
a three bedroom house, and
$275.00 for one of the six newer
SAN ANGELO - Juan M. Do-
minguez, with the Maintenance
Section of the State Department
of Highways and Public Trans-
portation (DHT) located in Barn-
hart, was honored August 9,
1984, at a Safety meeting, with
the presentation of a Certifi-
cate and Lapel Emblem for 30
years of meritorious service.
The Reagan County Trail Blaz-
ers left Monday, August 6, for a
five day trip to Jamaica.
Miss Eva Levario and Javier
Siller were united in marriage
Saturday in the Reagan County
Community Building in Big Lake.
Justice of the Peace Pauline
School started for Reagan
County on Monday, August 20,
1984. Student Enrollment recor-
ded a net gain of 116 students
over last year’s first day figures.
Last year’s first day enrollment
figures were 1,073 and the first
day figures this year were 1,189.
Reagan County 4-H members
who had winning entries in the
Record Book Project included
Wendi Skelton, Nikki Robinette,
Jennifer Farmer, Tony Farmer,
and Angela Suggs.
Suzanne Askey of Big Lake
was one of the 21 spring gradu-
ates receiving their LVN certif-
icates in graduation ceremonies
at Odessa College August 15.
Paul Weatherby is named spe-
cial investigator by 83rd District
Attorney Aubrey Edwards.
Weatherby will begin his duties
The 1984-85 RCHS Coaching
Staff includes Charles Lipse,
Rob Taylor, Ronnie Reeger, Rob-
ert Sexton, Barry Voss, and
Over 40 persons attended open
house at the Hickman house
which is being converted to a
museum for Big Lake. The event
was sponsored by the Reagan
County Historical Society.
Jay Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sherman Hunt, graduated from
ASU in August with a BS de-
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County officials take
oaths on January 1st
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Werst, David. The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1985, newspaper, January 3, 1985; Big Lake, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth656421/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Reagan County Library.