The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 21, 1980 Page: 1 of 8
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"A Strong Voice For Big Lake and Reagan County"
VOLUME 55 NUMBER 34 _BIG LAKE, REAGAN COUNTY, TEXAS 76932 - AUGUST 21. 1980 25*
Teachers already working in classes
Reagan County schools start Monday
Superintendent William J. Teel an-
nounced that all systems are go in the
Reagan County School system as school
is scheduled for its first day of classes
next Monday, August 25. Mr. Teel said
school buses will run their regular routes,
and the cafeteria will serve its regular
noon meal and all classes will operate on
their regular schedules.
The first bell at Reagan County High
School will ring at 8:20 with the tardy bell
at 8:25. The high school lunch period is
from 12:00 noon until 12:35. The lunch
tardy bell will ring at 12:40. High school
classes will dismiss at 3:35.
In Reagan County Middle School, the
first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. with the tardy
bell at 8:25. Lunch at the Middle School
will be from 12:00 noon until 12:35, with
the tardy bell at 12:40. School will dis-
miss at the Middle School at 3:30.
The first bell at Reagan County Ele-
mentary School will ring at 8:20 with the
tardy bell at 8:25. Kindergarten, first,
and second grades dismiss school for the
day at 2:30 p.m. Third, fourth, and fifth
grade will dismiss at 3:30.
On the school day before a holiday, all
schools generally dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
The first holiday of the year is Labor Day,
Teachers officially reported for work
last week to prepare for the opening of
school and band and football practice
have been going on for some time now.
Richard McReavy will be back this year
as principal at Reagan County High
School. The RCHS faculty and their
assignments are: JoAnn Stout, English;
Barry Voss, English and boy's athletics;
Michael Fisher, sophomore English,
Middle School Coach; Mr. Driscoll, fresh-
man English; Larry Cole, math, trig, and
geometry; Ginton White, algebra; John-
nie Hickman, American History; Paul
Lippe, World History; Robert Sexton,
government; Elaine Williams, biology;
Steven Moore, science; Jerry Floyd, shop
and woods; Terry Williams, shop and
metals; JoAlice Poehler, homemaking;
Glen Standly, speech, drama; Sandra
Harris, accounting, shorthand, typing;
Mary Tatum, P.E., girls athletics, tennis;
John Dankworth, health, girls athletics;
Richard Davis, athletic director, boys
P.E.; Keith Wood, band, choir; Carolyn
White, special education; Malinda Crow,
librarian, journalism; Carlynn Harris,
special services, and Ray Solomon,
Spanish. Judy Beam will be principal's
secretary again this year and Linda Settle
will serve as Counselor at RCHS.
By david werst
Wonderful West Texas. Every now
and then most of us probably should set *
aside a few minutes of our time for reflec-
tion on how good we have it here in West
Texas. By having it good, 1 mean we
have the opportunity to earn good liv-
ings, our county, hospitals, schools, and
city provide us with good services, and
there are plenty of churches and recrea-
tion facilities for those persons so'inclined
to use them.
There is one thing that is somewhat
disturbing about living here in semi-para-
dise however. I mean besides having to
put up with the heat, water shortages,
harsh soils and locusts. One thing that is
sort of disturbing is the fact that we do
lead sheltered lives here.
One example of us West Texians liv-
ing sheltered lives here and not being in
"the know* as much as the people in the
northeast part of the country is - the Jew-
ish words they use on television shows.
I was watching a television show and
this comedian kept referring to things
which meant a little less than nothing to
me. He called someone a 'Shlemiel' and
a ' Shnuk'. Also, other words (of derision
1 guess) were said. Shlepper. Lemmel,
Kibitz, gonif, Nudnik, and a few more.
Now I do not especially like to be so ig-
norant so 1 started looking around for a
translation to some of the words used. It
seemed the more I listened and payed at-
tention, the more Jewish words were
used on television.
Anyway, I never found out for sure
what all those words meant except that
they are words not just Jewish, but more
precisely, they are Yiddish words and
phrases. Yiddish, as opposed to Hebrew,
was a tongue for use in every day life.
Yiddish is a language of earthy expres-
My little investigation into the words
the Jewish comedians used revealed a
whole new world.
Don Rickies, who was always funny to
me became more understandable. So
did Alan King, Jerry Lewis, Shecky
Greene, Stiller and Meara, and all the
As the words became more under-
standable, so did the punch lines to the
jokes. For instance - the word Shlemiel.
A Shlemiel is a simpleton deluxe. A real
dope. A Shlemiel would fall on his back
and break his nose. Or how about a
Kuetsh. A Kuetsh is a sourpuss, a cronic
griper and complainer.
And, the Jewish people live by their
proverbs. Some proverbs come from a
book called the Talmud which is actually
a collection of six books on various sub-
jects. For example, the Talmud says
'The man who refuses to live within his
means, but seeks to be supported by
charity, must not be helped.' The Tal-
mud is not the source of a lot of the jokes
but one source of the jokes are Yiddish
curses. Jewish people, it seems, delight
in placing a terrible curse on someone
and use great ingenuity in thinking up
such curses. And they do not use He-
brew in everyday language-they use Yid-
Some examples of Jewish curses, and
you may have heard these as punch lines
on television are: May his stomach churn
like a music box. May he get sick, and re-
member it. May a thunderbolt find his
head. May his buttocks drop off. Let on-
ions grow in his navel. May his name re-
turn without his body. May he need a
prescription. May he be siezed by the
cholera. May prolonged nausea over-
come him. May he spend all he has on
physicians. May cramps parade through
Those curses are well thought out and
are certainly original, but maybe they are
not as to the point as getting cussed out
by a West Texas ranch foreman or your
supervisor in the oil field.
It may seem strange to the Jewish folks
that not everyone here knows what Lox
and bagels are, but then they may not
know the pleasures of nachos, chili rel-
lenos, and guadalajaras. Also, they prob-
ably do not know what brand of truck a
Mack is or the difference between Here-
fords and Angus cattle. I'll take West
The first meeting of the year of the
Reagan County All Sports Booster Club
will be held Tuesday night August 26 at
7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the
Middle School and the club will elect of-
ficers and give committee assignments.
Reagan County Middle School Princi-
pal Joseph Lucas is returning this year to
head up activities at that school. The
Middle School staff includes: Bill Ash-
craft, special services; James Bird, so-
cial studies and coach; Virginia Black,
math and reading; Linda Blaydes, Eng-
lish and math; Charlene Burleson, li-
brarian; Peri Clark, social studies and
coach; Kristi Copeland, homemaking;
Susi Jac Garner, English and Spanish;
Rita Dell Harris, science; Judy Luxton,
all levels reading; Donald Meroney,
math; Bobby McDonald, social studies
and coach; David McEntyre, band; Mar-
jorie Russell, science; Ray Solomon, Eng-
lish and Spanish, and Keith Wood, band.
Mrs. Adilenc Settle is Middle School
principal' s secretary.
Reagan County Elementary Principal
Jerry Burleson has a full staff ready to go.
The elementary staff includes: Jean
Westmoreland, secretary; Pauline Alex-
ander, Winelle Green and Sheren Childs
as fifth grade teachers. Betty Turner, Joe
Green and Nanine Askins as fourth grade
teachers; Rhonda Holt, Ellen Buckley,
Mary Lou Elkins, and Debra Moore as
third grade teachers; Mildred Rice, Pat
Turner, Karen McDonald, and Theta
Pucket as second grade teachers; Dalma
Morrow, Sharon McReavy, Pat Bitner,
Jeanne Cole, and Nancy Ashcraft, as first
grade teachers; and Alicia Werst, Kay
Boedeckcr, Marcelle Montis and Julie
Van Diver as Kindergarten teachers.
Fifth grade teachers aide will be Jo-
Anne Wortham; fourth grade aide Lorene
Parry; third grade aide Betty Page; sec-
ond grade aide, Debbie Routh; first grade
aide, Esther Aten; and Kindergarten
aide, Susanna Ramirez.
Jan Harkleroad will teach Elementary
P.E., Tami Monzingo, music and Karen
Bennie will be speech therapist. Carlynn
Harris is director of special services and
Beverly Briley and Mona Sue Yocham arc
special services teachers. Sherrie Rios
and Jimmy Dale Teel are aides. Wanda
Black is Elementary librarian.
Gregg DeAnda and Rosella DeAnda
are Elementary bilingual education
Owls start season with scrimmage
The Reagan County Owls will wind up
their first two weeks of football practice
with a scrimmage against the Rankin Red
Devils in Rankin this Friday. The Junior
Varsity squads from the two schools will
get the scrimmage action started at 6:30
p.m. while the varsity teams will line up
against each other starting at 8:00 p.m.
In a scrimmage, the offensive team will
start on the 35 yard line and will have
three downs to make 10 yards. The ball
will go back to the 35 yard line if a first
down is not made. Once the offensive
team reaches the opponents 30 yard line,
the offense gets four downs. In the Rea-
gan County-Rankin scrimmage, the varsi-
ty teams will run twenty offensive plays
with the first team then twenty plays with
the defense. The varsity second teams
will then run ten offensive plays and ten
Rankin is ranked number two in the
state in Gass A this year by Texas Foot-
ball Magazine. Coach Richard Davis said
the Red Devils should indeed be tough
and that they basically have the same
team they had last year. They have ten
defensive and eight offensive starters
back from last year.
The Reagan Owls lost heavily to grad-
uation. There are only five returning let-
termen from last year. The varsity team
has eight seniors, seven juniors, and six
sophomores on its roster so far.
Members of the Reagna County Varsity
are: Ed Mendez, Jr. 140; Gregg Fisher,
sophomore 150; James Phillips, Sr. 180;
Tony Mendez, Sr. 170; Dennis Woodard,
Big Lake Racquetball Association is
planning to hold their second annual
tournament starting September 2 at the
local court located at 310 Second Street
last year's overall team of Mario Martin-
ez and Daniel Mendez, Jr. will be defend-
ing their title.
Mario Martinez is this year's tourna-
ment director and Martinez urges those
interested in competing to get a partner
and call him at 884-2221 to get signed up.
The entry fee will be $4.00 per person.
A bracket will be drawn following regis-
The double elimination tourney playing
times will be scheduled at times conven-
ient to players to accomodate work sche-
dules. The tournament is open to all lo-
cal persons and all age groups. There
will be several divisions for teams and
teams will be placed in divisions accord-
ing to their abilities. Trophies will be
awarded for first, second, and third place
finishers in each division.
Sr. 130; Torin Burleson, Jr. 165; Warren
Burnett, Jr. 145; Rene Rodriguez, Sr.
202; Mike Ortiz, Jr. 140; Tate Siegenthal-
er, Sr. 145; Scott Britton, sophomore 160;
and Danny Schwertner, sophomore 160.
Other varsity members include:
Thomas Baker, Jr. 185; Bill Miley, Jr.
248; Joe Armstrong, Jr. 140; Jack Blake-
ly, sophomore 145; Dennis Ritchie, Sr.
190; Bo Brantley, Sr. 160; Hector Martin-
ez1, sophomore 160; Bradley Armstrong,
sophomore 160; and James Furr, Sr. 140.
Possible offensive starters in the Rank-
in scrimmage are center-Scott Britton;
strong guard-Thomas Baker; strong tack-
le-Dennis Ritchie; quick guard-Tate Sieg-
enthaler; tight end-Bradley Armstrong;
wing back-Michael Ortiz; quarterback-
Gregg Fisher; fullback-Torin Burleson;
tailback-James Phillips; split end-Ed
Coach Davis reports no serious in-
juries yet although Tony Mendez is listed
as doubtful for the scrimmage because of
a bruised back.
Mrs. Jan Bryson has recently taken
over duties as home economics county
extension Agent for Upton and Reagan
Counties. Mrs. Bryson, the former Jan
Hirt of Garden City, will be spending
time in Big Lake, Rankin, McCamey,
and Midkiff. Mrs. Bryson took the place
of Rita Nell Diffee who moved from this
Mrs. Bryson, one of six children raised
on a cotten farm in Glasscock County, at-
tended public schools in Garden City and
Members of the Owls Junior Varsity
include: Joe Nichols, Dewayne Baldwin.
Allen Johnson, Patrick Ortiz, Emmit Bak-
er, Jeff Carr, Armando Aguilar, Andy
Vann, Juan Barrera, Rodriguez, Dave
Carr, Jeff Clark, Chris Moreno, Jessie
Reyes, Stephen Ratto, Jeff Gamer, Reg-
gie Aguilar, Robby Clark, Don Sanchez,
Randy Green, Troy Deubler, Robert San-
chez, and Mike Johnson.
Last year the Owls won the scrimmage
5-1 but this year the story could be dif-
ferent. The Owls are in Gass AA and
Rankin is in A, but Rankin is one of the
top ranked teams in the state.
The class designations are different
this year. All schools moved up one class
designation and Class B has been done
away with. Rankin would have been a
Class B school last year and Reagan
County would have been Gass A.
The Owls will have one additional
scrimmage against Van Horn. That
scrimmage will be held August 29 in Im-
perial. The first regular season game will
be played against Crane in Big Lake on
later graduated from Texas Tech Univer-
sity with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Home Economics in May of 1980. In
preparation for a career as a county ex-
tension agent, Mrs. Bryson majored in
home economics education and clothing
VVhile a student at Texas Tech, Mrs.
Bryson was very active in the collegiate
4-H program and was a charter member
of the Texas Tech 4-H Gub. She was
named distinguished charter member in
1978; outstanding 4H'er in 1978; out-
standing 4-H'er in 1979; and was Vice
president of the club in 1979. Mrs. Bry-
son was also active in sports at Tech
and lettered in track in 1976-77. She also
modeled for clothing stores, judged
'Make it with Wool' contests, and was
the recipient of several scholarship
Mrs. Bryson is married to Joe E. Bry-
son who is employed by Gulf Oil Corpora-
tion. Mr. Bryson is a longtime resident
fMrs. Bryson graduated from Garden
City High School in 1976 and while a stu-
dent in Garden City she was extremely
active in the 4-H program. She has been
a Gold Star award winner, state
council representative, Texas 4-H
congress member, and Glasscock County
Gub president, reporter, and secretary-
Jan Bryson is new extension
agent for Reagan County
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