The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 60, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1985 Page: 2 of 10
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Those were the days...........
(Taken from past files of The Big Lake Wildcat)
Top stories of 1984
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Last Year This Week
Drivers convicted of driving
while intoxicated will be facing a
minimum jail term for two or
more convictions under a strict-
er Texas law effective January 1,
1984. The jail term will be man-
datory under the new laws.
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Matthews
are parents of a new daughter,
Megan Marie, born Friday in
Amarillo. She weighed 8 lbs. 1
oz. She joins a brother, Christo-
pher, age 6.
A fire occurred Tuesday af-
ternoon when employees of H.D.
Odom, Inc. were plugging a well
on the Henry Petroleum Univer-
sity Branch "A" Lease about 10
miles north of Texon and Best.
According to reports, the well
started blowing gas and before
the rig operator could get all the
machinery on the location shut
down, the gas ignited into a ball
of flame. Five men were burned.
Reagan County EMT's took four
of the men to the Lubbock Burn
Center where two are in serious
and two are listed in fair condi-
tion. The fifth man was treated
for first and second degree burns
of the hands and face at Reagan
5 Years Ago This Week
Mark Noland of the Reagan
County Owls was named on the
San Angelo Standard Times All-
West Texas Super Team which
was announced last Sunday. No-
land was also named to the 1979
Class A All-West Texas Team on
offense, as was Kent Burleson.
Named to the Class A All-West
Texas Team on defense was
Todd Munn of the Owls.
The Reagan Owls' rematch
with the Greenwood Rangers
ended in victory for the local
team, but Greenwood took the
Owls into overtime before they
finally went down by one point
Vick D. Atwood has author-
ized the Big Lake Wildcat to pub-
licly announce his candidacy for
the office of Sheriff of Reagan
County in the May 3 elections.
10 Years Ago This Week
Crane's Golden Cranes came
back strong in the last half to
down the Reagan County Owls
65-50 in the championship game
of the 44th Annual Reagan Coun-
ty High School Basketball Tourn-
ament here Saturday night. The
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...my clear conscience
the other side of the bed do not
bother me much. That night I
fell asleep while she read a ro-
mance novel and occasionally
muttered something. 1 have
been married long enough to
know to not respond to mutter-
ings not quite loud enough to
hear and not directed straight at
me or my ancestors. Dream land
overtook me quickly.
You sharp readers can easily
guess what happened next and
how I was injured. It's just not
a normal occurance to have
someone shout "WALLY COX'
in a loud voice while you are in a
trance. In addition to my physi-
cal injuries, I surely suffered
some psychic trauma. You all
now know the dangers of Trivial
Pursuit. Pads will soon be re-
quired and don't forget helmets.
It' s a dangerous game.
Big Offer MIkai
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1975 Owl team members include1
Mark Edwards, Wayne Poynor,
Gilbert Subia, Fred Leija, Ar-
mando Ybarro, Pete Acosta,
Jennings Teel, Tim Tuner, Phil-
lip Schneemann, George Thomp-
son, and Tom Duesing. Owls
chosen to the All-Tournament
team include Jennings Teel and
County officials sworn in Wed-
nesday, January 1, at 10 a.m. by
83rd District Attorney Aubrey
Edwards include W. T. Mills,
County Judge; Mrs. Flora Mae
McIntyre, County Treasurer;
Mrs. Franklin (Mozelle) Whitley,
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3;
Mrs. Billy (Pauline) Stout, Jus-
tice of the Peace, Precinct 1;
Mrs. J. C. (Hazel) Carr, County
and District Clerk; Jim L. Daniel,
Commissioner Precinct 4; and
witnessing the ceremony are
James L. Proffitt, sheriff; and
Lester Ratliff, commissioner pre-
An estimated total of $2500
in groceries and in cash was tak-
en from Big Lake Grocery in
pre-dawn hours Monday through
entry of a window at the rear of
the building. Willis Short, own-
er, said that this was the second
time to be robbed in this present
15 Years Ago This Week
Derrell Marion moved here
last Friday to become minister of
the Big Lake Church of Christ.
He is a mid-term graduate of
Abilene Christian College hold-
ing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Sunday night the Big Lake
area and most of West Texas was
gripped in an ice storm. A num-
ber of power lines shorted out
and the temperature dropped to
a low 22 degrees.
20 Years Ago This Week
Mrs. Christine Gardner and
Mrs. Edna Burkett were sworn in
January 1 as Tax Assessor-
Collector and deputy Tax Asses-
sor-Collector respectively. Mrs.
Gardner had served as deputy
since 1950 and was elected at the
general election in November.
An official Texas hostorical
building medallion with an in-
terpretive plate has been award-
ed Reagan County's oldest
building, the John E. Gardner
ranch five miles west of Big Lake
near Kemper Station, thereby
designating it as a recorded Tex-
as Historic Landmark significant
to the history of Texas.
Teams entered in the RCHS
Owls' 34th Annual Basketball
Tournament to be held Jan. 7, 8,
and 9 include the Alpine Bucks,
Balmorhea Bears, Brady Bull-
dogs, Crane Golden Cranes,
Del Rio Wildcats, Denver City
Mustangs, Forsan Buffaloes,
Garden City Bearcats, Iraan
Braves, Marathon Mustangs,
Sterling City Eagles, Wink Wild-
cats, Mason Punchers, McCam-
ey Badgers, Miles Bulldogs,
Ozona Lions, Rankin Red Devils,
and the Sonora Broncos.
25 Years Ago This Week
The year 1959 closed out with a
total rainfall of 18.41 inches in
Big Lake, the largest amount re-
corded here for any year since
Each week The Big Lake Wild-
cat, in cooperation with the Rial-
to Theatre, will give to regular
mail subscribers, two tickets.
This week's tickets go to Mr.
and Mrs. L. J. Spraggins to see
"The Wonderful Country" at the
Som eof the items on special
this week at Cheatham's Groc-
ery include 2 lb. can of Maryland
Club Coffee, $1.39; 1 lb. box of
Nabisco Crackers, 274; Del Mon-
te Tuna, 2 for 694; 36 oz. Log
Cabin Syrup, 694; Qt. jar Mor-
ton's Salad Dressing, 394; 3 lb.
can of Crisco, 694.
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Ragland
and children, Vicki, Debra, and
Kim, returned on Tuesday of last
week from Desamona where they
had been Christmas guests in
the home of his father and moth-
er, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Ragland.
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gree. Jay and his wife Glennia
reside in San Angelo.
This year’s JV cheerleading
squad consists of Brandi Neff,
Cindy Mitchell, Mary Clark, and
Zelos Hightower and Jack
Black, Big Lake fishermen,
caught a 301b., a 25 lb., and a 10
lb. catfish on a Labor Day fish-
ing trip near Eagle Pass on the
Three Reagan County officials
have been served summons in a
civil action in United States Dis-
trict Court for the northern dis-
trict of Texas, alleging they de-
prived Dave Carr of his civil
rights. The three officials named
in the summons were Deputy
Sheriff Charles R. Edwards, Jus-
tice of the Peace Fay Noble, and
Adult Probation Officer Ed Mc-
Reagan County law enforce-
ment officers received the autop-
sy report on the unidentified fe-
male found east of Big Lake on
August 8, 1984, known to every-
one as ‘‘Jane Doe”. In the con-
cluding remarks of the autopsy,
the medical examiner said, ‘‘It is
our opinion that the deceased, a
20-25 year old unidentified white
female, died as a result of multi-
ple injuries sustained when
struck by a motor vehicle trav-
eling at a high rate of speed.”
The autopsy toxicology report re-
vealed nothing unusual in the
way of alcohol, drugs, or poisons.
On September 7, 1984 Big
Lake Supermarket was purchas-
ed from Willis Short by Bill and
The 1984 Reagan County Owls
Football Team got their season
underway with a 20-7 win over
the Robert Lee Steers here Fri-
day night, September 5.
Edie Teel of Water Valley be-
came the bride of Charles An-
thony Glass on Saturday, Sep-
tember 1. The wedding was held
in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in
San Angelo with Rev. Louis
Droll and Rev. J. B. Bitner, Jr.
1984 RCHS Homecoming can-
didates include Suzanne Smith,
Shami McGregor, and Shawna
Van Deman. Duchesses include
Slade Harkleroad, Brandi Neff,
and Carmen Aguilar.
Miss Leonor Aguilar became
the bride of Reynaldo Vargas
Saturday, September 1, at 2:00
p.m. in Saint Margaret of Cor-
tona Church in Big Lake. The
Reverend Joe S. Vasquez of
The Big Lake Chamber of
Commerce Oilfield Appreciation
Fish Fry was a success and over
800 plates were served. Tommy
Tims and his Basin Tank Rental
Crew helped cook up fish which
was served with all the trim-
mings. Members of the BLVFD
served the fish.
Patients in Reagan County
Care Center will be paying com-
parable room rates as other area
care center patients. At their
board meeting, Reagan Hospital
District directors set the room
rates for the Care Center for
semi-private rooms at $30.00 per
day and private room rates at
$50.00 per day.
Zachary Edwards, age 10, took
Grand Champion lamb honors at
the Howard County Fair with his
medium weight finewool. The
lamb won the Champion Fine-
wool Class, then beat out Suffolk
lambs, hampshires, and cross-
bred lambs for the Grand Cham-
pion. Edwards’ Grand Cham-
pion Lamb was bred by Pat Jack-
At the Big Lake Chamber of
Commerce's annual awards ban-
quet held Tuesday, October 8,
1984 at the Reagan County Com-
munity Center, Chamber pres-
ident Mark Kohutek presen-
ted the Citizen of the Year awar^
to Big Lake Wildcat publisher
J. L. ‘Mike’ Werst, Jr. Werst
was recognized for his many
community efforts throughout
the years he has lived in Big Lake
and the support he has given to
local organizations, the schools,
city, and county. He was recog-
nized for his service to the com-
munity and for using his time
and energy to benefit the town
and area where he chose to live.
Mr. Gene Hurt, the “Old
Pro” and owner of Hurt’s Nur-
sery in Odessa, was guest speak-
er at the Reagan Garden Club
meeting Tuesday night, Octo-
ber 16. About 50 garden club
members and guests attended.
A wonderful Chili and Bean
Supper for the benefit of “Meals-
On-Wheels” was held Friday
evening, October 12, at the Ac-
tivity Center. Treasurer Bonnie
Sandel reported a profit of $750
on the supper plus some dona-
Barbara Conaway’s chili cook-
ing team took the first place
trophy in the 5th Annual Caliente
Classic-Big Lake Chili Cook-Off.
Conaway’s team won over ap-
proximately 30 entries in the
event which was held last Satur-
day, October 20, at Reagan
The RCHS band received a
division I rating Saturday, Oc-
tober 27 in Odessa in the Re-
gion 6 UIL Marching Contest.
The Owl band earned the top rat-
ing and was selected as first
alternate to the regional march-
ing contest. The Reagan Coun-
ty twirlers also competed at the
district contest in Odessa and
performed solo and as a trio for
ratings. All three qualified
for the state solo and ensemble
contest held in Austin at the end
of the spring semester.
Reagan County Owls Varsity,
Junior Varsity, 8th grade, and
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These people are talking
about you. They are local
business people who depend
upon your patronage
for their success.
What do business people talk about
when they get together? Ways they
can do business? Yes. and no.
Of course every good business
person wants to do more business,
but there's a lot more to it than that.
Many local business people are also
residents of our community. They
work here and they live and play
here. They’re your friends and neigh-
bors and they know the surest way
to keep the business community
healthy is to make our town a good
place to live. The two go hand
When you shop locally, part of the
money you spend is returned to you
in the form of taxes paid by these local
firms. Their charitable donations also
benefit our town. So remember to sup-
port the local businesses that support
No need to roam... the best shopping s here at home!
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